THURSTON MOORE and TOM VERLAINE: Sonic Youth's co-founder is a longtime friend of the Television axemeister. The two reminisce a little about the original NYC punk scene for Harp magazine. And on the off-chance you've never heard Television, try "Marquee Moon."
RICHARD HELL: Verlaine's Television bandmate talks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the pitfalls of being a punk rocker and a writer: "In music, people try to dismiss me as a so-called 'poet' making records. As a novelist, I have a problem with people saying, 'This is a punk rocker writing a book.' It makes it easy for them to not take it seriously, dismiss the thing without looking at what's being achieved..."
MICHAEL STIPE and CONOR OBERST: The Moore-Verlaine piece isn't the only duo in this month's Harp. The REM frontman and Bright Eyes mastermind are relatively new firends, while Stipe tries to dispel the myth that he is the indie Godfather.
MORRISSEY delivered an onstage warning to an animal testing laboratory at Oxford University that "we will get you," causing his flacks to go into damage control mode: "I suspect when he said 'we will get you' he wasn’t talking about violence at all, but exposing these people for what they do."
DAVID BOWIE is not doing well at semi-retirement, turning up to sing Pink Floyd classics "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb" during the encore of a David Gilmour gig at the Royal Albert Hall.
KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, QUEEN and DEF LEPPARD are the honorees for VH1's Rock Honors airing tonight at 9 Eastern. You can follow that link to preview videos and some photos that suggest there will be an All-Star band -- Gene Simmons with Rob Halford, Ace Frehley with Slash, and more.
SEEN YOUR VIDEO: "What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?" And in the background, natch, is Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators playing "You're Gonna Miss Me." Be sure to check out the rockin' jug player. The video is from American Bandstand circa 1966, to judge by that snip of Dick Clark's voice at the end.
EXCEPTIONAL COVER SONGS: Good Hodgkins asked music bloggers to write about "covers that actually do justice to — and in some cases surpass — the originals." You can stream 'em from the Hype Machine, but you may want to start with Shane MacGowan & The Popes covering Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie." Granted, "There are two types of people in this world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't." But that's a cover that should appeal to both types.
THE BALLAD OF EL GOODO: While on the subject of covers, Frank has posted a rare Ted Leo cover of the Big Star number at Chromewaves, which you can stream via the Hype Machine.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY: Dodge is back in the compilation business at My Old Kentucky Blog. You can stream more than a dozen versions of the Dylan tune from the Hype Machine.
SWEET JANE: Shake Your Fist has posted a few versions of the VU classic -- including Mott the Hoople and Gang of Four -- which you can stream from the Hype Machine. BONUS: The fact that I wrote about Lou Reed's Honda scooter commercial for the school paper at the time doesn't make me feel too old. After all, I wrote a little bit on the Kinks and jingle rock in March, and Dodge is discussing it over at My Old Kentucky Blog.
BABYSHAMBLES is heading into the studio to demo tracks for a new album, for which the band reportedly has an offer from Rough Trade. So Pete Doherty may get through the day without another train wreck headline.
BRADGELINA: The couple issued a public thank-you note to the hospital staff... through People magazine. The birth of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (destined to be the Most Beautiful Child Ever), is fodder for an iconic treatment in The Gallery of the Absurd.
MIRA SORVINO gave birth to a boy yesterday.
JESSICA SIMPSON: Is the pneumatic blonde seeking professional help in getting over Nick Lachey? Kristin Cavallari, Lachey's rebound romance, reportedly believes that Jessica needs to realize that it's over and move on.
MADONNA may bag a record 15 million from NBC for a TV concert special, according to NYDN gossips Rush & Molloy, who add: "It remains to be seen whether the network would air her posed on a cross, moving provocatively on a 'horse' or shouting profanities during an anti-Bush montage."
JOHNNY DEPP and KATE MOSS together again... in a biopic on late INXS singer Michael Hutchence.
REESE WITHERSPOON: Following the birth of the Tom-Kitten and Baby Bradgelina, the media is searching for signs that Witherspoon and other celebs may be pregnant. Just Jared has the photographic exhibits.
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND'S LAST SCENE -- If you saw the movie, but didn't stay until the end of the credits, you missed a scene. If you haven't seen the movie, I would strongly advise not watching the clip, as it would be a compound spoiler.
WINDYWOOD: At the Chicago premiere of the Vaughniston vehicle, The Break-Up, IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Blah-Goy-uh-vich, or simply "Blago") signed a package of tax incentive that he hopes will make Chicago the "Hollywood of the Midwest."
LINDSAY LOHAN is spending the summer in England to chase after a boy. Speculation is that the boy is singer Jamie Burke, but he's going to be Stateside. D-oh!
MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ: The former Lost castaway's 60-day DUI jail sentence was cut to four hours and 27 minutes, due to overcrowding and budget problems in LA's jails.
STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY: You know... Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? The lead singer in the first band formed by Stevie Ray Vaughan? TMZ has some nice video, including "Insider Hollywood Secrets" from the veteran character actor, to coincide with the DVD release of Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, which is a documentary of one such party, where he is famed for his storytelling. Based on the interviews with him that I've heard, it's probably pretty darn good.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY abandons the VIP room at a London club, thinking ahead to the point in the evening when a lot of tequila will send her to the washroom frequently. And you would have to drink a lot of tequila to come out of a club wearing your hat that way.
EDU-BLOGGING: After getting it right for a couple of weeks, I have lapsed into an untimely announcement that the 68th Carnival of Education is online, just in time for the 69th.
IRAQ: Despite the fact that the investigation is ongoing, the coverage of the apparent shooting of civilians in Haditha is intensifying. Rep. John Murtha said Sunday that high-level reports he received indicated that no one fired upon the Marines or that there was any military action against the U.S. forces after the initial explosion. However, a lawyer told the WaPo that radio message traffic from the day may tell a different story. CNN reporter Arwa Damon, who dealt with some of the Marines involved is shocked by the allegations. Murtha is right to point out that this can only hurt an effort to win hearts and minds. So far, however, the story has drawn a muted reaction in the Arab media and in Baghdad. Even in Haditha, where there is plenty of reason for anger, the locals are impressed with the military investigations, while skeptical of military justice and disdainful of the Iraqi government. This last part is common outside Haditha also. At ITM, Mohammed notes that the politicians there are fiddling while the bombing continues. The US is reinforcing troops in Anbar province, primarily to reverse setbacks in Ramadi. Let's hope the Haditha shooting doesn't result in rules of engagement so restrictive that the troops (almost all of whom act properly) are ineffective or endangered.
IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad -- when he's not busy denying the Holocaust or threatening to wipe countries off the map -- is trying to consolidate power in the office of the presidency in a way never before seen in the 27-year history of the Islamic Republic, apparently with the tacit approval of Iran's supreme leader. Interestingly, the linked piece, which ran in The New York Times, attempts to suggest that Ahmadinejad is more liberal regarding the treatment of women, ignoring his role in the recent passage of the the dress code there.
A RIO GRANDE TURKEY adopted a two-week-old great gray owl that fell out of a nest at Spring Creek in Oregon. Sadly, this would be fatal for the baby owl.
A BIZZARE GOAT-HEAD DISPLAY, complete with pentagram, is under investigation in Connecticut. "We're not saying this is illegal," Torrington police Lt. Francis Balzano said. "We would just like to know what it means."
A KENTUCKY CATFISH spit up a "Class of '84" ring from Franklin Heights High School in Columbus, OH, which was returned to its owner, Lisa Peterson. I guess this means they aren't going steady anymore.
SKUNKS are resisting gentrification by going underground in Stockton, CA.
A GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPY was freed from the jaws of a seven-foot-long gator in Florida. (Where else?)
MARMOTS AMOK: It sounds like a campy horror movie: An aggressive gang of large rodents terrorizing a senior community, burrowing under homes, leaving nasty droppings on front porches and, if you believe all the stories, actually attacking people. But it may well be happening in Prosser, WA...