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Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


COCOROSIE, the sister duo that belnds folk, opera, electronics and scratchy hip-hop, play "Promise" from The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, which comes out today.  London's Telegraph had a dinner with the duo, in which they reveal: (a) they just hired their mom to manage them; (b) their mom got their first contact in the industry -- producer Rick Rubin; and (c) they think Rubin may be "too rock" for them.  I think they will find Rubin has some rap cred as well.

NEW RELEASES:  Bright Eyes, Hold Steady (unplugged), The Comas, Blonde Redhead and (Nick Cave's) Grinderman are all streaming in full this week via Spinner.  Laura Veirs releases Saltbreakers.  Love of Diagrams releases their debut LP of angular punk.

THE B-52s: Kate Pierson after introducing the documentary Before the Music Dies at the Woodstock Film Festival, tells NY's Times Herald-Record it's a "whole new day" for her band, as well as the music business: "We haven't done a record since 1991 and now we're financing it all ourselves and we own the record ... We're coming at this at the very moment when you don't know what's happening."

GOLDEN SMOG:  The alt-side project featuring members of Wilco, the Jayhawks and Soul Asylum, have posted advance tracks from the upcoming Blood on the Slacks EP at TheirSpace.

ST. VINCENT, led by Annie Clark of The Polyphonic Spree (and Sufjan Stevens's touring band) is betting the blog buzz from GvsB and Stereogum, to name just two.  As she'll be opening for John Vanderslice at the M-Shop in beautiful Ames, IA on the 12th, you may want to stream a few via the ol' HM.

TWOFER TUESDAY:  Tommy James & the Shondells bring the bubble-gum psychedelia with "Crimson and Clover" and (yes) "Mony, Mony."

KISS GUITARIST DIES:  That would be Mark St. John, from an apparent brain hemorrhage at 51.  Ace Frehley and Vinnie Vincent fans breathe a vaguely guilty sigh of relief.  St. John is the second former KISS member to die of brain hemorrhage. Eric Carr, who replaced drummer Peter Criss for a stretch, died on Nov. 24, 1991.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH:  An Aquarium Drunkard completes a trilogy of 1969 demos, including an instrumental vesrion of "Cinnamon Girl."  You can jukebox 'em on the ol' HM.

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS COVER BAND:  Oasis, The Killers and Razorlight are among those covering songs from the classic album to mark its 40th anniversary.  Geoff Emerick, the engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions, will use the same equipment to record the new versions for BBC 2.  And somehow I think I'm going to be glad I have 1988's Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father.

SPANDAU BALLET is threatening to reunite.  Strange, but true.

BRITNEY SPEARS rebound guy and music producer J.R. Rotem tells Complex magazine the two "were dating, before the crotch-shot thing... Now it's kind of rocky between us."  The pop tart reportedly would like to move on to LA Lakers star Luke Walton.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, but the DNA test results for of baby Dannielynn are due to be revealed in a Bahamas court room today.  Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Smith companion Howard K. Stern will not challenge custody if Larry Birkhead is confirmed to be the biological father.  But Stern has hired legal eagle Lin Wood to threaten suit against the media Stern believes are implicating him in the overdose deaths of Smith and her son.

THE FRENCH HOTEL: Speaking of lawsuits, the celebutard's lawyer went after Michael K of Dlisted.com, after K posted a parody of "The Simple Life" poster on his site (originally from the Gallery of the Absurd) making fun of the airhead heiress and her pal Nicole Richie.  Page Six notes the factual bases for the allegedly false inferences in the artwork.

DON IMUS:  Beginning Monday, April 16 (after the publicity dies down), MSNBC will suspend simulcasting the syndicated ‘Imus in the Morning' radio program for two weeks, after the aged shock jock referred to members of the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos."  CBS Radio released a statement promising to monitor the show's content in the future.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON and RYAN REYNOLDS were caught canoodling all over NYC last weekend.

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  FWIW, the Glitterati Gossip blog quotes sources close to Holmes as saying the actress is "furious" about Hollywood Car Wash, a book on the rise of a young actress on a TV series who is forced to lose weight, takes drugs, is hounded by paparazzi, and gets into a contracted relationship.  Where is the Carly Simon of today?

KIRSTEN DUNST has reportedly been dumped by Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, in favor of his ex-girlfriend, singer Fabiola Gotti.  Separately, Kiki says is a fan of marijuana and believes the world would be a better place if "everyone smoked weed."

SIENNA MILLER and JUDE LAW , who split over six months ago, are still trading insults between mutual friends.

DIANE KEATON will be honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center this week; the pseudononymous "Alexandra Zacharios-Haight" argues that it is a scandal that Keaton -- and other actresses over 50 -- are just getting their props now.

GRINDHOUSE may have underperformed in its box office debut last weekend, but the behind-the-scenes video with Rose McGowan at the Rolling Stone cover shoot is fun, as is the scarring story of Kurt Russell's first kiss.

BRADGELINA:  Jolie's weird brother James Haven says that he and his sis now consider themselves "orphans" following the death of their mother Marcheline Bertrand this past January -- even though their estranged father, actor Jon Voight, is still kicking.

IRAN:  Hardliners in the Iranian regime have warned that the seizure of British naval personnel demonstrates that they can make trouble for the West whenever they want to and do so with impunity.  As hinted here a week ago, Tehran claimed today that it is enriching uranium "on an industrial scale" and that was uranium gas into 3,000 centrifuges, theoretically enough to have a nuclear bomb in a year or so.  FOX News doubts it, as does nuke expert Jeffrey Lewis.  Unfortunately, less exaggerated figures only put off that date for another year or two.  Hypothetically, if the US had found even 1000 centrifuges in Iraq, would people have a different opinion of the mission there now?  I'm not advocating military action here, just asking.  People in 18 European countries were asked, though... and 52% think action -- including military action -- must be taken in order to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons... as long as someone else does it and pays for it.  Russia is already ignoring the UN sanctions against Iran.

IRAQ:  Coalition Forces captured a senior al-Qaeda leader and two others during raid Sunday morning in Baghdad.  There have been no major mass casualty attacks inside Baghdad since the suicide bombing in the Shia market on March 29th; Bill Roggio has a national overview. There were anti-US protests in Najaf, as called for by Moqtada al-Sadr; Reuters had the crowd in the thousands, the NYT had it in the tens of thousands, calling it "huge."  This in a country where millions of Shia will make pilgrimages more than once a year for various holy days.  Meanwhile, the Coalition op against al-Sadr's Mahdi Army in Diwaniyah is already 70% successful in four days.  On Monday, an agreement was reached on the formation of an Iraqi Army brigade made up of 4,000 soldiers recruited from Anbar, who will provide security in the province.

MACAVITY the CAT gets onto the busy Walsall to Wolverhampton bus at the same stop most mornings, then jumps off at the next stop 400m down the road, near a fish and chip shop.  More pics at the link.

WHEN FISH ATTACK:  A 57-pound fish jumps into a boat and attacks a man. Let's go to the video.

A FUGITIVE MOUSE delayed the departure of a Hanoi-to-Japan flight for more than four hours Sunday as technicians hunted down the potential threat.

FINLEY, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mixed-breed from Annapolis MD, could be the next world champion pier-jumper.

WORSE THAN PET HOARDING?  Police in East Greenbush, NY are trying to figure out why someone unloaded a collection of lawn and garden ornaments -- including a 3-foot-tall deer, a dog, several bunnies and something that looks like a possum -- on an unsuspecting homeowner's lawn and who owns the ceramic animals.

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