RICHARD HAWLEY has a new video for the surprisingly upbeat "Tonight the Streets are Ours," from his upcoming LP. Isn't that Amazing! Now how much would you pay? But wait, there's more...
THE YARDBIRDS REUNITE? Rolling Stone claimed that Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck would rejoin the rhythm section, but Beck's manager denies the story.
HARRY NILSSON: An Aquarium Drunkard raves about the new Harry Nilsson documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? and embeds the trailer. He also embeds the first part of The Point, Harry Nilsson's 1971 animated feature -- narrated by his pal Ringo Starr -- which includes "Me and My Arrow." He further posts tracks you can jukebox via the ol' HM.THE 100 BEST COVER SONGS OF ALL TIME, according to the New York Post. Best Week Ever located video for the Top Ten.
MINUS THE BEAR have an album due in September; the band recently got an audio feature on the World Cafe you can stream from NPR,"complete with precise guitar work and complex time changes."
CHEAP TRICK is set to perform the entire Sgt. Pepper album from start to finish at the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, as well as special guests. The first half of the concert will features other Beatles classics.
THE JAM deliver a raw live take on Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up."
RYAN ADAMS: The rehabbed rockstar remains addicted to recording, telling the L.A. Times, "I get around a studio and I get pervy. The fact that we're in one right now literally makes me want to make a record today and be done like tomorrow..."
THE HOLD STEADY is Harry Potter's favorite band at the moment; Art Brut will be so jealous.
THE FUTURIST has posted WOXY's video interviews with The National and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne from the Bonnaroo fest.
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS frontman A.C. Newman talks to Metromix about the "pre-order, stream now" program and the Executive Edition of the upcoming Challengers LP. And here's the link to "Buy Early, Get Now" site.
SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: His original (i many senses) version of "I Put A Spell On You" is streaming from Spinner, just because it's cool.
DAVENDRA BANHART, head freak-folkie, announces plans for a new album due in late September.
LINDSAY LOHAN sneakily turned herself in to the police late Thursday to be officially arrested for her May DUI incident. A report that Lohan's antics in Vegas last weekend scared the bond stooges into de-funding her next pic is denied by her rep.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry topped the box office, opening with 34.8 million -- right in the ballpark of an Adam Sandler summer comedy opening. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix dropped to second place with 32.1 million; it's 58 percent drop was big, but not far out of line with others in the series, esp. with the final Potter book dropping on Saturday. It has already made 559 million worldwide on a 150 million budget, so Sony remains smiling. Hairspray debuted in third place with 27.8 million, which is probably a bit stronger than projected. Transformers took in another 20.5 million and maybe enters the running for the biggest film of the summer. Ratatouille rounds out the Top Five with 11 million; decent legs in the face of Harry Potter, but its final total will be hurt by that slower opening weekend. Live Free or Die Hard pulled in another 7.3 million and in in the black on domestic receipts. License to Wed, 1408 and Evan almighty all dropped nearly 50 percent. Knocked Up rounds out the Top Ten.
TAMMY FAYE MESSNER, f/k/a Tammy Faye Bakker, who had battled colon cancer since 1996 that more recently spread to her lungs, died peacefully at her home Friday.
THE McCARTNEYS: The Daily Mail claims that Sir Paul and Heather Mills are understood to have thrashed out a divorce deal in which she will receive almost £70 million. Apparently, payments will be made over time to assure Sir Paul that Heather behaves herself.
MADONNA may be the latest celeb to disprove the saying that one can never be too rich or too thin.
JESSICA BIEL tells MTV that she "would definitely love to take on something that is physically totally different from what I look like and what I'm used to doing, do something like a 'Monster'." Playing ugly got Charlize Theron an Oscar, so why not?
NAOMI WATTS looks due to give birth any moment now, perhaps to an alien bursting through her chest. That is an odd-looking baby bulge.
CELEBRITY MAKEUNDERS: The Daily Mail has pics from a website that photoshops celebs into ordinary-looking people.
ORLANDO BLOOM and co-star NAOMIE HARRIS were caught in a near-canoodling incident in London.
BRADGELINA: Jolie is reportedly none too happy that Pitt will be working with former lover and fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow on the Watergate film Dirty Tricks. The couple took the kids incognito to a French adventure park. "To see Brad Pitt knocking around in a bouncy castle with his children [and] screaming like wild animals was like a hallucination," said park operator Benjamin Gautier, breaking Rule No. 1 of Bouncy Castle Club.
FILIPINO INMATES RECREATE "THRILLER." Let's go to the video.
TURKEY: The Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin Sunday, and the prime minister pledged to safeguard the country's secular traditions and do whatever the government deems necessary to fight separatist Kurdish rebels. The party actually lost seats, but is expected to be able to form a ruling coalition.
AFGHANISTAN: Col. Rahmatullah Safi, border police commander in the three western provinces of Farah, Badghis and Herat, claimed that his forces seized and intercepted weapons including anti-tank mines on the Afghan-Iranian border that were intended for the Taliban.
IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki urged parliament to cancel or shorten the summer recess so as to help the government solving some pending issues. Iraq's national security advisor writes in the L.A. Times of the slow political process, "We have a government that requires consensus to make decisions. Unlike the dictatorial and authoritarian regimes of the past, our democracy cannot act quickly against the wishes of its constituents - something our supporters abroad should celebrate, not criticize." Iraqi politicians from across the parliamentary spectrum have warned that a US withdrawal would cause bloodshed and leave the country dominated by radical militias. Iraqi and Arab papers are abuzz with the news of the expected return of the Sunni "Iraqi Accord Front" to the parliament, after weeks of boycott. The National Dialogue Front may also return if parliament takes up major bills like the draft oil law.
IRAQ II: US forces are striking a variety of "handshake agreements" with Iraqi insurgents and militia groups, sometimes resulting in the release of fighters detained for attacking coalition forces, US military officials said in several recent interviews. US forces have "turned the corner" in Anbar province, but it will take two more years for Iraqi forces to be ready to replace US troops, a senior US commander said Friday. A top aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani was stabbed to death in what Sistani's supporters believe was a warning to Iraq's senior Shiite cleric; an inside job is suspected. Michael Yon has a new dispatch about US forces in Diyala meeting with Iraqi Army officers and former insurgent leaders to work out "rules of cooperation." All seemed most eager to oppose sectarian agendas. Bill Roggio has two roundups on operations in Baghdad's Belts of eastern Anbar, northern Babil, and Diyala. US troops on Sunday detained two suspected weapons smugglers who may be linked to Iran's elite Quds force. Dozens of low-level members of AQI are daring to become informants for the US military in the hostile Baghdad neighborhood of Doura.
SAM the SEAGULL is about to shoplift some Chilli Heatwave flavor Doritos; he's a repeat offender. Pics and video at the link.
CHINA: Having noted their rat and mouse infestations last week, we note the place is also infested with gerbils and marmots.
SNAKE in a SHOWER: And not in a good way.
PET HOARDING GOES EXOTIC, with an Ohio home containing bear cubs, a goat and a pet lion named Brutus.
ZOEY the CHIHUAHUA saved her owners' 1-year-old grandson from a rattlesnake, taking the bite herself.