THE NEW YEAR'S WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE BEAT FARMERS! Looking for something festive to end the year, we find San Diego's finest performing at the 1988 CMA Awards and introduced by no less than classic MTV VJ Martha Quinn. Part 1 includes "Ridin'" and "Riverside." Part 2 includes "There She Goes Again" (L. Reed) "Lucille" (K. Rogers)(profanity) and "Happy Boy." Part 3 features "Bigger Stones" and "Hollywood Hills."
VIC CHESTNUTT played a Mountain Stage set, including a previously unreleased song, streaming posthumously via NPR.
THE DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. Very Nice.
PICTURES OF THEN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR. Some members hail from Okoboji, IA.
HOLIDAY SHORES did four free songs for Daytrotter, including a cover of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere." Reminiscent of Vampire Weekend.
MASHUPS: You can stream or download The Best of Bootie 2009 via... the NYP?
BEATLES 3000: A thousand years in the future, the legacy of John, Paul, Greg, and Scottie remains.
DICK CLARK does an e-interview with USA Today about New Year's Rockin' Eve.
THE TEN MOST OVERRATED ALBUMS of the DECADE, according to the Riverfront Times. (Thx, TV's Andy Levy.)
TEGAN and SARA talk to Straight.com about writing their Sainthood album together.
BIRTHDAY PARTY guitarist Roland S. Howard passed away early Wednesday morning after losing his battle with liver cancer. The 50-year-old had been waiting for a crucial liver transplant and had been forced to cancel recent shows due to his illness.
CUTOUT BIN: From Nancy Wilson to Iggy Pop, from the Feelies to the Ohio Players, from the Box Tops to the English Beat, plus the Replacements, the Delfonics, Joe Jackson, Telekenesis, the Seeds and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
CHARLIE SHEEN: Brooke Mueller wants the court to modify the protective order so she can have contact with Charlie Sheen and try and save her marriage. Of course, it might also be that she's worried about the Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services investigation. Or concerned about the tabloids' sudden interest in her criminal record, which I'm sure Sheen's people had nothing to do with. Meanwhile, Sheen ex Denise Richards threatens to start talking more about Sheen.
TIGER WOODS underwent reconstruction surgery after being smashed in the face with a golf club by his wife?
DAVID LETTERMAN: The TV producer accused of shaking down the late night host to keep mum about his affairs is drawing on the Tiger Woods sex scandal to try to bolster his defense.
ROMAN POLANSKI the director and convicted rapist is suing photographers for £700,000 after claiming his privacy had been invaded while under house arrest in Gstaad. Considering that photogs are the main obstacle to Polanski taking it on the lam again, the Swiss gov't ought to be paying them a retainer.
NOW SHOWING: There are no new wide releases this weekend!
THE 25 HOTTEST THINGS IN MOVIES, according to Cinematical.
THE TEN BEST ANIMATED FILMS of 2009, according to Roger Ebert.
THE TOP TEN CONSERVATIVE FILMS of the DECADE, according to The Telegraph's Nile Gardiner.
THE 37 HOTTEST FEMALE STARS of 2009, according to Starpulse, just in time for Gratuitous NYE. Yes, they have the men also.
YEMEN: Security forces stormed an al-Qaeda hide-out Wednesday in a principle militant stronghold in the country's west, setting off clashes, officials said, as a security chiefvowed to fight the group's powerful local branch until it was eliminated. Better late than never, as known terrorists wanted by the US government continue to operate in the open while the Yemeni government looks the other way.
IRAN: Iran's state media reported that leaders of the opposition had fled Tehran -- a claim denied by the son of Mahdi Karroubi. Other reports indicate that the Supreme National Security Council has ordered a complete check-up of the jet which is on standby to fly Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei and his family to Russia should the situation in Iran spiral out of control. Iranian police vowed to crush protesters with "no mercy," while supporters of Ahmadinejad's regime hosted counter-protests.
AFGHANISTAN: Corruption and incompetence in President Karzai's Government - particularly at local level - have forced a growing number of people to seek the services of the Taliban.
DRAMATIC CHIPMUNK, The Revenge!
ROAD HOGS: ...and there were pigs all over the M11.
SEA LIONS disappear from Pier 39 in San Francisco. So long, thanks for all the fish.
SNAKE saves a family after being nursed back to health.