VIDEOPALOOZA: Clips from last weekend's fest surface on YouTube, including some shot from backstage. For example, you can see Gnarls Barkley take the stage to "We Are The Champions" and play "Crazy" in their tennis gear from backstage as well as the backstage view of The Raconteurs covering "Crazy." There's also a backstage clip of The Go! Team playing "We Won't Be Defeated." If you prefer the view from the mosh pit, you can check out Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia" and The Flaming Lips playing "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots." Indeed, from the Lips' set you can also see short clips of the balloon drop and Wayne surfing the crowd in the Space Bubble. There's also Sleater-Kinney playing "Entertain" at one of their last shows ever.
NEW RELEASES: Another slow week in the dog days of summer. The soundtrack to Zach Braff's The Last Kiss is streaming from AOL Music. The Sadies do their Americana thing In Concert. Comets on Fire roll out heavy psychedelia somewhere between the Allmans and Bule Oyster Cult. And Fiery Furnace Matthew Friedberger releases a schizophrenic solo album -- half summer pop, half concept album about a religious school.
SOUL ASYLUM frontman Dave Pirner talks to PopMatters about coming full circle geographically and musically. You can stream the band's set at the World Cafe from NPR.
CANADIAN AMERICANA is big in Europe. And now Disney's "It's A Small World" song is stuck in my head.
CHUCK KLOSTERMAN, an author and columnist for Esquire who has written for GQ, SPIN, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Believer, and ESPN, lists "Music You Should Hear" for Amazon. You will want to read his explanation of why Boston's debut makes his list.
THE DITTY BOPS: Amanda and Abby (left) are touring their new album by bicycle -- and blogging it, with plenty of pics and embedded YouTube videos. That's the famous World's Largest Ball of Twine in the picture above. You can stream their nifty Americana from MySpace.
PLATONISM IN POP: London's Telegraph uses Pop Idol (the UK model for American Idol) as a springboard to argue that creativity is overrated in art and what is wrong about their educational system.
THE ESSEX GREEN: NPR calls the band "classic without sounding retro," though I would add Americana to the list of sounds mixed into the band's tuneful sonic stew. You can stream a set with an interview from the World Cafe.
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: XTC popmeister Andy Partridge makes unlikely cameos in this Guardian article, in which the writer details his journey into the avant-garde musical world of Don Van Vliet.
YOUR GUIDE TO GOTH MUSIC, courtesy of Stylus.
LOVE STINKS: The New York Sun has a piece on Ruined Music, a site featuring essays about music destroyed by bad memories. Sadly, I cannot hook you up with a copy of Ben Folds' "Song For The Dumped."
MAD MEL UPDATE: VH1's Best Week Ever has a must-see remix of Gibson's Signs trailer, with an ending more shocking than the original. Meanwhile, Will Farrell blames the Amish for causing most of the wars in the world today.
THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul is making late night visits and calls to friends of his estranged wife Heather Mills to convince them he's not such a bad guy. A lengthy piece in the Daily Mail reports that McCartney has frozen their joint bank account after allegedly discovering that she withdrew around £1million in one month. He also changed the locks on their London home. Read the whole thing.
TOM-KAT UPDATE: Paramount is not backing any more Cruise movies until he faces a "financial adjustment and reality check." "Right now," said an insider close to the negotiations, "he is simply too expensive to employ."
BRADGELINA: Pitt publicly extols the joys of fatherhood, but some are raising questions about his back-to-back filming schedule while Jolie is home with the three kids.
JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER have reportedly split for good, because she can't get over his affair with his children's nanny, according to a friend of the actress.
GWYNETH PALTROW is thinking of having plastic surgery to repair the lumps and bumps of her post-baby figure. In the meantime, she's got a gig filming a commercial for Korean clothing line Bean Pole.
JESSICA SIMPSON claims that her new album is not about her failed marriage to Nick Lachey. The fact that the video for the single, "A Public Affair," features her stealing a Lachey lookalike from Maria Menunous -- who was Entertainment Tonight's Latina infobabe before current Lachey girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo -- is purely coincidental.
DAKOTA FANNING: Investors have pulled cash out of the controversial movie Hounddog, perhaps realizing that there isn't a big market for showing a 12-year-old girl getting raped, and that pedophiles are not a great target audience.
JENNA JAMESON: The porn superstar's husband has been accused of assaulting a topless dancer performing in Jameson's Arizona club. I'm sure this rumor is totally unrelated to the rumor noted here yesterday about Jameson taking up with rock star Dave Navarro.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is getting support for re-election as Gov. of CA from Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jerry Zucker, again splitting the typically reliable liberal Hollywood community.
DIE HARD: The music video. For those unfamiliar with the trilogy, I should note there are spoilers and the bridge is probably NSFW.
IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed writes about the was panic -- both from facts and rumor -- affects his neighborhood in Baghdad, which is among the most violent. Iraqi PM al-Maliki criticized a pre-dawn air and ground attack on a stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia. Which makes sense if you know that al-Maliki relies heavily on al-Sadr for political support. At least the AP's Antonio Castaneda is on the scene to report that it's really hot in Iraq in the summer. And the L.A. Times can report on the clever insurgents in Ramadi, while ignoring the partial success the Coalition is having there. Apparently, it's news to the media that the parties to a conflict will change their tactics to adapt to their opponent's tactics, and so on.
MIDEAST CONFLICT and the MEDIA: Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs by a freelance Lebanese photog from its database on Monday after concluding that not only did he manipulate a photo of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on suburban Beirut, but he also doctored a photo of an Israeli F-16 fighter to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three. Reuters fails to tell its readers that it originally called these flares "missiles." As Reuters continues to have to 'fess up on these photos, it will want to take a look at Hajj's bridge photos -- and what a former New York Times photog syas about them. It will also want to take a look at these photos of the same building supposedly destroyed twice, weeks apart, with a cameo from the women noted here yesterday.
MIDEAST CONFLICT and the MEDIA II: Reuters is merely the most glaring example of the media's coverage of this story. There was yesterday's uncritical relaying of casualty estimates that got revised down from 40 to 1 (and earlier from 56 to 28 in Qana). There is Washington Post writter Tom Ricks going on CNN and casually accusing Israel of allowing Hezbollah to retain some of it's firepower so they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon, along with the unsupported trope that "there's some belief from our reporters that they have occasionally targeted the media." Good luck finding his stories on those topics in the paper, where he might actually have to have proper sourcing. At Protein Wisdom, Jeff Goldstein deconstructs a CNN story that is sadly all too typical of the coverage of this conflict. But don't take my word for it -- just read the photo captions of the major wire services and note the percentage of times a strike in Lebanon is identified as coming from Israel, "Israeli bombardment," etc. versus the percentage of times Israelis are identified as being hit by "rockets" or "rocket attacks" that do not expressly identify the attacks as an attack by Hezbollah or Hamas. Many times the captions do not even mention Hezbollah.
ARMADILLOS are feating on tasty red fire ants near Nashville, but they may want to look both ways before crossing.
POSSUM FEST! It's apparently the hot spot for vote-seeking Florida politicos. I guess it's a welcome break from the rubber chicken circuit.
THE NIGERIAN PUPPY SCAM: It's like all of the past Nigerian scams, but with non-existent puppies.
A DOG IN THE FRIDGE: People moving out of an apartment really need to check that before they leave.
TRUMPETER SWANS nest in Illinois for the first time since 1847. Columnated ruins domino.