NOW that you mention it, I am ready for some football...
YEP, it's that time of the week again. BONUS: A bit of "Nowhere Man."
ARTHUR LEE of Love passed away, as I noted (with audio and video links)on Friday; ChartAttack lists 12 reasons why he was cool.
LOLLAPALOOZA: Jon Pareles sorta blogged the fest for The New York Times, with some interesting stuff on corporate sponsorship and Perry Farrell's influence in selecting the bands. Scott from Stereogum attended and posted pics of the Raconteurs, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, MTV babes and more, along with video of The Raconteurs, The Flaming Lips and Kanye West. You may also want to check out DaveMN's flickr set for Flaming Lips photos -- in addition to the bubble, the confetti and the balloons, it looks like the band staged a version of Santa Claus vs. The Martians, with guest appearances from Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain America. Chicagoist has more photo sets.
SLEATER-KINNEY played one of its last shows at Lollapallooza. Slate has posted a feature on the riot grrrl band. You can stream last week's DC gig from NPR.
GNARLS BARKLEY played Chicago's House of Blues before Lollapalooza. Stereogum reports that the band covered "There Is An End" by The Greenehornes with Holly Golightly," which is a nifty recognition that two of The Greenehornes are in The Raconteurs, who have been covering Gnarls' "Crazy" on tour.
NEW PIXIES TRACKS? Contrary to prior reports, maybe so.
TEGAN AND SARA cavort with animated chimps in "Monday, Monday, Monday." Which is one more Monday than the Mamas and Papas could handle.
THE KISS ARMY stormed Cleveland Saturday to demand that the band be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The foundation that selects inductees is based in New York City, not at the museum.
SONGS BY BLACK PEOPLE SUNG BY WHITE PEOPLE are streaming at Parking Lot Cities. None of them are by Pat Boone.
JOHHNY MARR has joined Modest Mouse. The former Smiths axeman already had been collaborating with MM frontman Issac Brock.
THE BLACK KEYS have unleashed four new songs, ranging from their usual gritty blues-rock to trippier, Hendrix-ispired stuff, in advance of their new album in September. Pitchfork hooks you up with streams and downloads.
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 is dead, having achieved the level of commercial success the duo had sounht when they started as "a punk band with pop pretentions." You can stream some from the Hype Machine. Among the mouners will be the critically acclaimed Cansei De Ser Sexy, the fizzy Brazilian pop group that led with "Let's Make Love and Listen Death from Above" (though I preferred other CSS tracks).
THE ROLLING STONES are charging the members of opening act Kasabian £150 each if they want to watch the Stones with the fans. Though Kasabian singer Tom Meighan thinks it's "probably Americans who are running it, not Jagger," it sounds exactly like an idea hatched by London School of Economics grad.
MAD MEL UPDATE: So how is Mel Gibson's rehab going? Pretty well, if we're discussing his career rehab program. Some of Gibson's Hollywood pals -- including Jodie Foster and Patrick Swayze -- defend him against charges of anti-Semitism. It turns out that the married Mel is not above hitting on the occasional Jewish model, either. Two more prominent American Jewish groups are offering to help Gibson, while the Jewish Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy who arrested him doesn't want to ruin his career.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby took the pole position with 47 million, helped by smart marketing led by Will Farrell. It wasn't bad, but it was no Anchorman, which, beneath its relentless stupidity (and I mean that in a good way), also had something to say about sexism in the workplace in the 70s. And narration by former Chitown 70s anchor Bill Curtis. The animated Barnyard came in second with 16 million, which is alright on a per-screen basis, though it may need home video to make back its 51 mill budget. Pirates hung in third place, placing it eighth on the all-time money-makers list. Miami Vice dropped a precipitous 62 percent to fourth place, while The Descent -- the rare horror film liked by critics -- made 8.8 million, with a good per screen average and a budget of only 6.5 million.
THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul denies he has "abandoned" estranged wife Heather Mills. The former Fab has also reportedly fired off a furious legal letter to Mills warning her to stay clear of his personal possessions, and sacked seven people at his NY offices, amid speculation it was due to their connections to her.
BRITNEY SPEARS is desperate to pick the brains of actor Charlie Sheen over his hugely successful children's clothing range. Sheen reportedly believes it would be fun to work with Britney, which I buy in light of his rumored penchant for women dressed as schoolgirls.
MADONNA: A British health and safety officer overruled her diva demand that the air conditioning be shut off at Wembley Arena after some fans started to faint, with temperatures hitting the high 90s Fahrenheit.
BARBRA STREISAND was spotted outside a plastic surgery clinic, but maybe they also train beekeepers in there.
TOM-KAT UPDATE: If those icky tabloids are to be believed, Holmes had a breakdown, in part due to being isolated from her family while being inducted into Scientology, and in part from the controversy over her baby, Suri — who has still not been seen publicly -- but who has reportedly been seen by Penelope Cruz, who allegedly dated Cruise in the past. Other reports claim that Cruise doesn't want Holmes working.
JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde's creepy dad-manager is sabotaging her friendship with Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria because the latter gets more attention that Jessica when the two are out together.
DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: The ever-reliable Perez Hilton claims the guitarist is seeing porn superstar Jenna Jameson, though she is married to her business partner. Jameson just became the first adult star to be immoratlized in wax, at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas.
THE UNDER-REPORTED SCANDAL: The press reported that billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for soliciting sex from a masseuse at his Florida mansion at the end of July. But the involvement of underaged girls and perhaps a Yugoslavian sex slave and orgies with Nobel prize-winners have gone largely unreported, causig gossip sites like Jossip to remark: "Maybe since he's friends with Bill Clinton, Ron Burkle, and Donald Trump, accusations that he's raping little girls can be omitted from the news."
MIDEAST CONFLICT and the MEDIA: Reuters dropped a freelance Lebanese photographer who doctored an image of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on Beirut. Yet they also uncritically printed the photog's facially ridiculous explanation. Maybe Reuters will get around to explaining the photog's other doctored photos. But maybe not. Reuters is treating Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (one of the most powerful supporters of the Syrian occupation and who heads a militia allied to Hezbollah) as speaking for the entire country, instead of Fouad Seniora. The press is also treating the killing of three Chinese UN peacekeepers by Hezbollah as a much smaller story than when UN peacekeepers were killed by Israeli fire. The AP and Reuters seem to have photographs of the same woman with her house bombed weeks apart in Beirut (just bad luck, I'm sure).
MIDEAST CONFLICT and IRAQ: Ali Akbar Mohatashemi, the former Iranian ambassador to Syria and the founding father of Hezbollah, admits that Hezbollah is a main element of Iran's military. Iran is racing to resupply Hezbollah across the Syrian border ahead of a possible cease-fire being ironed out this week at the UN. In the longer term, Iran wants to supply Hezbollah with surface-to-air missile systems. ITM's Omar Fadhil, writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer, notes the shared Shiite fanatacism of Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad and the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq is taking a higher profile in Baghdad, with further thoughts at ITM. Patrick Lang, the former head of human intelligence collection and Middle East intelligence at the DIA, notes that Siite fanatics could disrupt US supply lines in Iraq. Meanwhile, Iran plans to expand its uranium enrichment, in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution setting an Aug. 31 deadline for the Islamic republic to halt enrichment.
CUBE-SHAPED WATERMELONS from Brazil are to be sold in the UK. It would make them easier to stack.
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME: Friends don't let friends drink and try sword-swallowing.
THE ARTIS ZOO in Amsterdam messed with Tania the polar bear's head by blasting her enclosure with a snow cannon in August.
NO PET LEFT BEHIND bill has passed the US Senate.
HORNY MANATEES are cruising the shallow waters off Longboat Key, FL.
THE IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER, thought to be extinct, is being sought by NASA.
THE COW WHISPERER knows what makes cows happy. Please, get your mind out of the gutter -- he's like Dr. Frickin' Doolittle.