P.F. SLOAN, who wrote hits like "Secret Agent Man," "You Baby" -- and who can forget Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve of Destruction?" -- as well as playing on 60s hits like "Letís Live For Today" and "California Dreamin'," is working on on album of old and new songs with help from Lucinda Williams, Frank Black, The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and Buddy Miller.
LOLLAPALOOZA REMAINDERS: Pitchfork deigned to cover the rival fest in a piece that, contrary to almost every other review, rips the Flaming Lips' set. At Chromewaves, Frank posted a four-part round-up chock full of links to pics, MP3s and videos from the bands that palyed the fest. At Stereogum, amrit posted a bunch of nifty stage and backstage shots, including Patti Smith making a last-minute appearance at the Kids stage.
R.E.M.: rbally has a two-part posting of a bootleg of a gig at the UK's National Bowl in 1995. You can stream it from the Hype Machine without killing music.
U2 has reportedly transferred some of its publishing company to Holland to avoid taxes. Meanwhile, Bono's Elevation Partners just bought a significant minority stake in Forbes Media.
ARTHUR LEE: More remembrances of the late Love frontman. The first is in print from The Doors' John Densmore. The second is an excellent audio piece on Lee and Love from rock historian Ed Ward at NPR. BONUS: If you're willing to download a small plug-in and reboot your computer, you can stream Love's classic Forever Changes album from Rhapsody for free.
THE WRENS: I told Ken at the Pitchfork Fest that The Wrens were among the bands I saw at the 2005 fest that I would eagerly see again. At *Sixeyes, alan streams a few and updates us on Kathryn Yu's documentary on the band, which has been on a long and winding road, yet persevering. The video above is "Faster Gun" from The Meadowlands.
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson airlifted 200 British citizens who fled war-torn Beirut from Cyprus to the UK.
BOB DYLAN: This folk-rock singer-songwriter from Minnesota almost seems a bit old to be launching a MySpace page, but his songs are kinda catchy. I recommend him.
THE DIXIE CHICKS have canceled 14 shows and pushed back others on their current tour. The group says it has replaced them with other dates. Opening for Puppet Show?
PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer and the supposedly sober supermodel were caught getting cozy at the low-key Rhythm Festival in Clapham on Sunday, hobnobbing backstage with Jerry Lee Lewis and Shane McGowan.
MAD MEL UPDATE: Ralph Shapiro, the Deputy in Charge at the Malibu branch of the D.A.'s office, has been taken off the Mel Gibson case, while the L.A. County Sheriff's Department officially rejected TMZ's request for the video and audio tapes of Gibson's arrest. The actor's fall makes Malibu neighbors feel comfy dishing on Mel's kids. And Oasys Mobile has created a "Mel in Malibu" ringtone with a professional actor impersonating Gibsonís infamous tirade.
JACKO claims that a conspiracy by former attorneys, associates and advisers forced him into financial ruin. But the Mel Gibson story precludes him from being more specific.
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The cover girl queen has taken a preliminary step in divorcing her philandering hubby, but may be wavering on going through with a permanent split. Peter Cook reportedly agreed in their prenup that she's entitled to keep the lioness' share of their marital assets, so perhaps he really seemed genuinely mournful at their recent confrontation in the Hamptons.
WORLD TRADE CENTER opens today to largely favorable reviews, but I won't be seeing it today, due to a prior engagement with Mr. Tom Waits. If you're still on the fence about seeing it, Coming Soon has posted eight clips in multiple formats. Director Oliver Stone takes praise fom his usual conservative critics in stride: "Listen, anybody -- right, left, Martian, any gender, any race, anywhere -- who loves the movie is a person I love." And with Stone, you know he means it -- especially the bit about the Martians. Stone also offered his opinion that "Nine-eleven was used politically to enhance American isolationism," which I suspect will come as some surprise to Afghanis and Iraqis.
THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul's security staff called the cops when one of his estranged wife's guards climbed a wall to let her in to Sir Paul's estate, after realizing the locks at the home had been changed. A rep for Heather Mills gets the pathetic spin award: "She said it was hilarious. It was just a complete mix-up."
DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Perez Hilton gets confirmation from Navarro that the guitarist is seeing porn superstarlet Jenna Jameson, who appears to be splitting from husband Jay Grdina. BTW, appropos of nothing, Jameson's MySpace page streams Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy."
TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise and Holmes will reportedly be making a decision to release photographs of the Tom-Kitten "shortly." I put that in quotes because I don't wan't Cruise to think I'm making fun of his height.
SCIENTOLOGISTS had to rock-a rock-a rock-a nonstop tonight -- uh-huh! -- down at the Celebrity Centre. Video at the link, in which we learn that John Travolta is "everywoman." I thought L. Ron was not down with that.
LINDSAY LOHAN says she wants to entertain the troops in Iraq, but mistakenly thinks that singing is the way for her to do that. I'm pretty sure that the Supreme Court now puts that under Article Three of the Geneva Conventions.
THE SOPRANOS will have a new recurring celebrity role in the final episodes starting next March.
MORE FUNNY PHOTOS FROM THE MIDEAST: The AP claims the above photo shows Lebanese army soldiers inspecting "a damaged vehicle that was struck by Israeli ware (sic) plane missiles." Yet the windshield magically survived without even a crack! Also, it looks like the folks in Tyre are big fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, especially the scene where Eric Idle tries to rid himself of someone who is not quite dead. The AP ran a photo of the dead in Tyre, missing the guy getting up at the end. There's a different phony dead guy in these NYT photos from Tyre, too. And US News and World Report seems to have put a staged photo of a jihadi at a trash dump right on its cover. Hooray for Hezbollywood!
MIDEAST CONFLICT in the MEDIA II: Yesterday, I noted that Washington Post writer Tom Ricks went on CNN and casually accused Israel of allowing Hezbollah to retain some of its firepower so they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon. Now he seems to say this was a hypothetical suggested by retired US military officers, yet still claims what he said on CNN was accurate. None of the conclusions to be drawn from the apparent contradiction are favorable to Ricks. I also note that Ricks got away with this on a CNN show hosted by Howard Kurtz, who -- like Ricks -- also works for the WaPo.
IRAQ: The cellphone business is booming. OTOH, so is the suitcase business. While sectarian violence continues to flare in Baghdad, an Iraqi Army division took control of a section of the country that includes the cities of Tikrit and Kirkuk, marking the halfway point in transitioning from US control. Iraqi forces are also assuming responsibility for the training of their countryís soldiers. The New York Times notices the heroism of Capt. Brian Chontosh, who was awarded the Navy Cross, the second-highest award given to Marines -- in an op-ed by an author, as the paper never bothered to report on Chontosh.
...AND THERE WERE PENGUINS ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY: Twenty-one penguins from Indianapolis were rescued on a hot east Texas highway Tuesday after a truck carrying the wildlife to a temporary home south of Houston overturned. Four penguins and some exotic fish were killed in the accident, but an octopus was unhurt. Dramatic penguin pics and video at WTHR.
AN OTTER WAS PUNCHED IN THE FACE by a West Boca, FL woman after the otter grabbed her Labrador retriever and began to pull it into the water in the Tampa Bay area community. And in my head, Ron Burgundy is reading that.
TURTLE on FIRE: Cruel teenage morons are busted for lighting a turtle on fire and dancing around it, after the video they made of the ritual and posted on the Internet was e-mailed to local police.
PANDAPOLOOZA: A giant panda in China has given birth to the heaviest cub born in captivity after the longest period in labor; elsewhere in China, twin pandas each gave birth to twins.
TIGERPALOOZA: Endangered Siberian tigers get a new lease on life. Meanwhile, in NYC, a tiger owner who sued New York city and police for searching his apartment without a warrant to confiscate his pet 450-pound Siberian tiger are tantamount to "chutzpah," a federal judge said in a ruling dismissing the case.