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New Rilo Kiley and Eagles, Neko Case, Ostrich Racing   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 20, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE SHINS' latest video -- for "Turn On Me" -- is kinda summery, in a twisted sort of way, kicked off with a Spectorian drum break.

RILO KILEY is streaming The Moneymaker album before its release tomorrow.  The L.A. Times covers the band and interviews frontwoman Jenny Lewis.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' frontman A.C. Newman's wedding to Matador Records' marketing manager Christy Simpson gets music-centric ink and pixels from The New York Times.

NEKO CASE and RUFUS WAINWRIGHT have mini-sets from the World Café Friday streaming now at NPR. 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND return Oct. 2nd with a new album, titled Magic.  Details on a worldwide tour featuring the band are expected to follow.

THE EAGLES have posted a new song at TheirSpace.  It sounds very much like The Eagles; kinda "Already Gone"

THE TOP TEN GUITAR SOLOS, according to the Sunday Times of London, along with an explanation of Eric Clapton's absence and an addendum on The Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet."  Which reminds me that you can watch The Only Ones at their first gig in 26 years.

BAND OF BEES, JESSE SYKES and THE KNIFE are the current features at Spinner's 3x3.

THE NATIONAL:  An Aquarium Drunkard has re-posted a French radio session from 2005, which you can jukebox via the ol' HM.

PATTIE BOYD:  The Daily Mail's third excerpt from her book covers Rod Stewart and the death of George Harrison.

AMY WINEHOUSE went back into rehab after pulling out from performing at last weekend's V Festival.  Her new husband spoke out to say her collapse wasn't his fault.  Her mother says she was powerless to stop it.  But you know you are near rock bottom if Kate Moss is planning a tribute song for you.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Superbad was just that, taking the top spot at the box office with 31.2 million -- above most analysts' projections; it may well end up in the 100-150 million range on its 20 million budget.  Rush Hour 3 was stuck in traffic at second with 21.8 million on a 140 million budget.  The Bourne Ultimatum held the third spot with 19 million, as did The Simpsons Movie, which was fourth in its fourth weekend.  The Invasion rounds out the Top Five with a disappointing debut of six million.  Stardust also continued to disappoint with a 19 million total after two weekends.  Hairspray broke the 100 million mark in the seventh spot.  Underdog continued to underperform with a 31 million total.  Harry Potter took in another 3.5 million, just edging out I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, which rounds out the Top Ten.

BRITNEY SPEARS:  Fed-Ex has now subpoenaed the Promises rehab facility where ex-wife Britney Spears spent a month in treatment, while famed divorce lawyer Laura Wasser is reportedly about to resign as the pop tart's' attorney.

THE McCARTNEYS met so that Heather could hand over their three-year-old daughter Beatrice to Sir Paul as part of their shared custody agreement.  The Daily Mail had a body language expert study the photos.

LINDSAY LOHAN:  The seemingly interminable divorce battle between Lindsay Lohan's parents Michael and Dina is finally and officially over.

THE FRENCH HOTEL, who boasted that she's a changed woman since leaving jail, is finally doing some charity work -- though it involves her own clothing line.

JESSICA SIMPSON reportedly broke her nose after she accidentally hit herself in the face with a gun while shooting scenes for her new movie, Major Movie Star.  A cynic would suggest it's a convenient excuse -- or cover story -- for some cosmetic surgery.

LEO DiCAPRIO has figured out how to keep the tabloids and paparazzi away -- bore them by talking about global warming.

SIGFRIED & ROY are saying they are gay?  Who'da Thunkit?  NTTAWWT.

THE DARK KNIGHT:  Longtime comic geek Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has landed a speaking role in the newest Batman movie, sharing screen time with Christian Bale and Heath Ledger.  Warner Bros. Pictures asked a bunch of websites to remove leaked photos from the Batman sequel, but not everyone got the memo.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK:  Longtime comic geek Ed Norton is writing as well as starring in the reboot.  No word on whether his hair will get a credit.

WALK HARD -- a takeoff on musical biopics like Walk The Line -- is the next Judd Apatow production.  The trailer is running before Superbad.

THE HAMAS MOUSE Farfur may be dead, but the brainwashing of children for jihad -- including paramilitary-style summer camps for boys from Gaza -- goes on.

IRAN is reportedly massing troops along the northeastern stretch of the Iran-Iraq border near Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.  About 50 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are believed to be training Shi'ite militias in the use of mortars and rockets in southern Iraq, the general commanding US troops in the area said on Sunday.  Revolutionary Guards leader Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi told the Iranian press that he could understand Washington's ire towards the group because of their recent successes against the US, but threatened that "America will receive a heavier punch from the guards in the future," in their first response to Washington's plan to list them as a terrorist organization.  Commanders of the Revolutionary Guards have grown rich as they extended their role from imposing religious rectitude at home and exporting Iran's revolution, to playing a huge role in the country's economy.

IRAQ:  Prime Minister al-Maliki has lost the support of the largest Shiite, Sunni and secular parties in Parliament, but remains in power in part because neither the Iraqis nor the Americans can agree on who is supposed to lead.  He carried an appeal for unity to Saddam Hussein's hometown Friday; he and US Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad met in Baghdad with more than 100 tribal leaders from volatile Anbar province -- so maybe al-Maliki seeks to cultivate Sunni support in the provinces, rather than from the political parties in Baghdad.  Iraq's Sunni vice president Hashemi promised better treatment and a review for the inmates crowding the country's prison system in a video released Saturday, appearently timed to boost Hashemi's profile at a time when Maliki is trying to shore up his crumbling government.

IRAQ II:  The US is pressing ahead with an effort to recruit and pay local Sunni Arabs to protect neighborhoods in districts scattered across a wide swath of central Iraq, generating deep skepticism in some members of the Shiite-led Iraqi government.  Security in Fallujah has greatly improved, but the locals and US troops wonder if it will last after a US withdrawal, with Sunni leaders contending that the Shiite-dominated government is neglecting them for sectarian reasons.  A deadly all-night firefight near Ramadi, dubbed the battle of Donkey Island, reveals not only  the enemy's determination to retake Ramadi and throw into question the region's long-term stability if the US leaves, but also demonstrates how an increase in US troops and Sunni cooperation makes it much harder for insurgents affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq to operate in Anbar.  On Friday, the UN Security Council as unanimously approved a resolution expanding the UN role in Iraq, supposedly playing a larger role in brokering Iraq's internal political dialogue and in winning support from its neighbors on security.  We'll see.  Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said he "welcomed" the UN's decision.  He also admitted his Mahdi Army has gotten training from Hezbollah in Lebanon.

OSTRICH RACING:  Not as easy as it looks.

RARE PERSIAN LEOPARD CUB TRIPLETS:  Bella, Bara and Bahar stay beside their mother during their first public appearance in Budapest.

A RARE CROC had become something of a mascot in a ritzy Coral Gables, FL neighborhood since he moved into the canals there two years ago... until he snatched a neighbor's full-grown Boxer.

FAT CAT UPDATE:  Half of all cats and dogs in the UK are now overweight, the RSPCA says.

BASIL the TABBY went on the lam at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.  (Thanks, Dad.)

MURDER-BY-SNAKE PLOT busted in Lakewood, Colorado.

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The Who, Caribou, Stephen Stills, Petra Haden, Cutout Bin, Cat-Nabe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 17, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE WHO, Live at the Isle of Wight Festival, 1970!  Tubed segments include "Heaven and Hell" and "I Can't Explain," "Young Man Blues," "I Don't Even Know Myself," "Water," "Shakin' All Over" / "Spoonful" / "Twist and Shout,"  "Summertime Blues" and "My Generation," and "Magic Bus," plus a big chunk of Tommy including "Overture," "It's a Boy." "Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)," "Christmas," "The Acid Queen," "Pinball Wizard," "I'm Free," "We're Not Gonna Take It," and "See Me Feel Me / Listening to You," and a little tribute to Keith Moon over the end credits.  BONUS: "Substitute."

MODEST MOUSE frontman Isaac Brock talks to the Cleveland Free Times about recruiting ex-Smiths axeman Johnny Marr to the fold: "In the back of my mind, I thought I was buying time. I just thought I'd put it out there, so I didn't have to think about it for a couple more weeks..."

CARIBOU:  Spin magazine is streaming "Melody Day" in advance of the Andorra LP, due next Tuesday.  I wouldn't call Daniel Snaith the "Canadian Brian Wilson," but the song does have "lush psychedelics."

AMY WINEHOUSE left rehab after less than 48 hours, then took a helicopter to London for a brain scan, went home and -- hours later headed down to the local pub.

ELVIS REDUX:  Time magazine has a gallery of rare and previously unpublished photos of The King from the archives of Life magazine.  In future years, I'll try to remember to link to the Presley-Nixon meeting of Dec. 21, 1970.  And here's the Lisa Marie-Elvis "duet" I mentioned yesterday.  I'm underwhelmed.

STEPHEN STILLS:  Rhino has released Just Roll Tape - April 26th 1968, a collection of 12 previously unissued and long-lost demos from the year before he co-founded Crosby, Stills & Nash.  You can stream the whole album at Rhino, though some of you will likely want to go right to the "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" demo.

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION, the indie guilty pleasures album, has announced the video contest winners.  My favorite remains Petra Haden's signature take on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," (no, that's not her pictured above) but you can watch Will Oldham's version of "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" and Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson tackle "Don't Look Back In Anger" (Oasis) at Pitchfork

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about wanting to get radio airplay and to write an opera, not to mention why he likes wearing lederhosen.

PHONOGRAPH has been opening for Wilco recently -- and it's a good match, as the band "falls somewhere between indie-rock, experimental electronica and alt-country." You can stream a twofer from NPR.

BAND OF HORSES frontman Ben Bridwell extolls the joy of not having a day job to the Cleveland Scene.  (Thanks, LHB.)

SUMMERTIME... and the Gershwin comes easy to Davendra Banhart.  The Ditty Bops back Jesca Hoop on an original tune with the same title.

THE CUTOUT BIN:  This Friday's fortuitous finds from the ol' HM are: Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart; Joe Jackson Band - Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Live); Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach for My Revolver; The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight; The Who - Cut My Hair; The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner; The Records - Teenarama; Squeeze - Up the Junction; Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me; The Pretenders - Mystery Achievement; The English Beat - Tears of a Clown; Richard Hawley - Some Candy Talking (JAMC); The Beatles - Two of Us; The Rolling Stones - She Smiled Sweetly; Aretha Franklin - Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby); Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - What Have You Done For Me Lately? (Part 1) (J.Jackson); Rare Earth - I Just Want To Celebrate; Steam - Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye); The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Fire; Echo and the Bunnymen - People Are Strange (The Doors); David Bowie - Golden Years; Kiss - Flaming Youth; Joan Jett - I Love Rock N' Roll; T.Rex - 20th Century Boy; David Essex - Rock On; Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic; Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers;  and Sonny & Cher - The Beat Goes On.

SUPERBAD is not normally the type of movie I would rush to see at this stage in my life.  However, as it's produced by Judd Apatow and written by Seth Rogen (who are sorta reviving the R-rated comedy with The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up), directed by Greg Mottola (who has some good TV directing credits), and had good advance buzz -- I thought I would give it a shot... and I'm glad I did.  Rogen's Superbad script isn't quite as sweet as an Apatow script, but it has a fair measure to go with its sophomoric humor (which I mean in the a good way; it is a teen comedy).  And there are only a few moments where the pic loses its tone and strays into American Pie-style gross-out humor.  The R-rating is mostly based on the language, which is often so raunchy and profane that I could have written it in high school.  Indeed, during the first half-hour or so, I kept hearing the tiny voice of Walter Pidgeon from Forbidden Planet: "Creatures from the Id!"  The soundtrack was also well-chosen, featuring the Bar-Kays, Ted Nugent, the Guess Who and heaping slabs of 70s soul, with an original or two from a P-Funky band including Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Clyde Stubblefield.  Mostly well-performed, relentlessly lowbrow, with just enough smarts and heart to let you enjoy it fully.  Folks will be McLovin' it.

NOW SHOWING:  In addition to Superbad, which is currently scoring 89 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, this weekend's wide releases include The Invasion, Nicole Kidman's body-snatchers remake which is scoring 16 percent, and The Last Legion, a fantasy action-adventure set against the fall of Rome which was not screened for critics.

BRETT RATNER:  The Rush Hour 3 director is rumored to be suffering a cash crunch, due to the flick's lackluster box office.

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  Cruise's rep says the Tom-Kitten is not new face of Baby Gap.

THE FRENCH HOTEL has been so changed by her stint in jail that she is back to asking people to pay her just to show up at parties.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly broke down after visiting her lawyer to discuss her increasingly dirty custody battle.  But the pop tart's troubles have not curtailed her partying; Wednesday night, she was spotted out again at 4am, leaving a Las Vegas hotel with magician Criss Angel.  Meanwhile, the ever-reliable Star is reporting on the purported contents of affidavits from former Spears employees in the custody battle, with plenty 'o' allegations of bad mothering.  Spears has allegedly told her sons they were both mistakes, burdens, a pain in the a$$ and the reason (their) father left.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & RYAN REYNOLDS:  Just Jared has the first photos of the quietly canoodling couple on the set of Woody Allen's next flick in Barcelona.

DREW CAREY is showing off his scars from wounds inflicted when his arm caught in the revolving turntable for the Grocery Game while rehearsing on the set of The Price Is Right.

JON STEWART & STEPHEN COLBERT may be deposed by YouTube in Viacom's billion-dollar copyright infringement suit against the video-sharing site.  YouTube may be hoping the comedians will admit their shows exploded in popularity after viewers started posting them on its video-sharing Web site.

JESSICA BIEL:  Us Weekly has the contract that that explicitly details which body parts fans will see in the upcoming drama Powder Blue, in which Biel plays a stripper trying to earn money to raise her terminally ill son.  The blurb also notes that Biel has long distanced herself from the infamous 2000 Gear magazine spread in which she appeared virtually topless at age 17, claiming her former managers pressed her into posing.

ANNE HATHAWAY told us last month that she's not as squeaky-clean as we think.  She was not kidding.

HEIDI KLUM, less than a year after having her third child, is the new face of Jordache jeans.  Or something like that.

ENGAGE THE HYPERDRIVE:  A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light - an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.  But probably not.

ISLAMISM in VANCOUVER:  A blind Vancouver man shunned by a taxi driver who didn't want a guide dog in his cab has reached a $2,500 settlement with North Shore Taxi.  The agreement, issued by a British Columia human rights tribunal, attempts to balance the rights of blind people with guide dogs to obtain taxi service with the rights of Muslim cab drivers to follow their personal beliefs (try replacing "blind people with guide dogs" with "blacks" or "women" for a reality check).  The agreement excempts drivers allergic to dogs and those who satisfy the company that they have "an honest religious belief" that precludes them from transporting certified guide dogs.

THE NYPD released a report that examines how ordinary people in the West can become radicalized and followers of what the report calls a jihadist ideology.  The report makes use of a novel "cluster" model to determine where on the path from preradicalized and self-identification to indoctrination and jihad an individual and immediate peer group may be.  Using the NYPD matrix, US law enforcement officials say there are at least two dozen "clusters," or "pockets," of individuals in the region who are at various places along the path of radicalization.  Groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations predictibly complain about the report, but given the mounting evidence linking CAIR to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, the group may end up with bigger problems than a report from the NYPD.

THE ARMY SUICIDE RATE is the highest in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report.  That's bad news, but the Associate Press provides little context. It turns out that, after adjusting for the age and mostlly male demographic of the Army, the rates are about the same as the general US population -- which is a tribute to how remarkable US troops are, given the stress of service and war.

IRAQ:  Under pressure from the Congress, Arab states and Sunni Iraqi leaders, the US administration set the stage for "major" political changes in Iraq.  The Iraqi prime minister and president on Thursday announced a new alliance of moderate Shiites and Kurds, saying Sunni moderates refused to join but the door remained open to them.  The alliance is designed to ensure a majority in the 275-member parliament that would allow movement of critical US-demanded legislation.  US forces launched an airborne assault on a desert compound south of Baghdad on Thursday, the first air strike in a major new offensive.  Iraqi armed forces claim to have dismantled a branch of the "Islamic Army in Iraq" in the northern city of Kirkuk.

HOW TO MAKE A CAT-NABE:  Apparently, Nabe refers to all varieties of Japanese steamboat dishes, but rest assured that no kitties were harmed in the making of this video.

A PAIR of RARE SHARK RAYS made their debut at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.  Video at the link.  BONUS:  A rare manta ray with a wingspan of 11 feet was found dead off the coast of Salem, Mass., by some jet skiers.

ORANGUTANS in Borneo are facing an unprecedented threat as their habitat is destroyed to satisfy increasing global demands for bio-fuel.

FANCY the HORSE was treated for injuries it received after someone hit her in the head with an ax.  Pics and video at the link.

STEFFI the GOAT ate 10000 Euros belonging to her owner.  A vet performed emergency surgery to recover the cash, keeping 300 soggy Euros as payment.

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The King, Son Volt, New PJ Harvey, Dancing Sheep   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ELVIS PRESLEY remains a global pop phenomenon on the 30th anniversary of his death.  Canada's Star-Phoenix, which discusses ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, notes: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC has friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King, while London's Mirror has Elvis recipes.  The Belfast Telegraph lists 30 weird and wonderful Elvis facts. iAfrica pays tribute to Elvis in numbers.  Good Morning America surveys his film career, a decent chunk of which is airing today on Turner Classic Movies

ACTION NEWS 5 has posted its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977, on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral.  Geraldo Rivera had national coverage that night, though he would later wallow in the King's drug habit.  On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the record, Uncle Miltie vamps for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special, which you can see uncut and unedited on the Tube.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock."  And I've heard Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'" in at least two movie trailers this year.  Indeed, this year even saw the bizzare CGI Elvis duet with Celine Dion on American Idol, which will likely make tomorrow's posthumous duet with daughter Lisa Marie seem almost normal by comparison.  Had The King not keeled over in the crapper 30 years ago, just imagine what Rick Rubin could have done for him.

ELVIS, INC.:  The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.  The WaPo covers it all, from the Disney licensing to the Elvis Reese's Banana Creme Peanut Butter Cup to the 250-million-dollar renovation plans for Graceland and its visitor center.  The Chicago Sun-Times notes that TCB helped open the doors of Graceland to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition this week -- the estate's first recognition of the folks they don't like to call impersonators.

TEGAN & SARA play a four-song acoustic mini-set and talk about Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Meg White for Spinner.

LINDA THOMPSON talks to the New York Sun about the crucial role son Teddy and daughter Kamilla played in the making of her new album

SON VOLT frontman Jay Farrar stopped by The Current for a conversation and a mini-set you can stream via MPR.

MAXIMO PARK frontman Paul Smith explains his onstage book reading to the Sydney Morning Herald, later adding, "I think I was probably more rock'n'roll before we were successful."

PJ HARVEY:  Prefix is streaming a broadcast rip of "When Under Ether," the first single from her upcoming seventh album.

THE B-52s:  Domino Rally is streaming some nuggets a bit further off the beaten track from the band's back catalog.

 

BRITNEY SPEARS:  To bolster his side of their child custody battle, Fed-Ex has been collecting stories from the pop tart's employees about her alleged bad parenting and it seems they have plenty to say, with tales of drunken exhibitionism and allegedly asking a nanny to sleep in the same bed with her and son Sean.  On the night when she drunkenly seduced a college student in a hotel swimming pool, Spears allegedly ended up kissing and fondling former assistant Shannon Funk, according to an article set for publication in OK! magazine.  Funk has denied a romantic relationship with Spears.  The ever-reliable Life & Style Weekly reports that kid sister Jamie Lynn Spears is taking Fed-Ex's side in the child custody dispute.  The also-reliable National Enquirer claims Fed-Ex plans to use video from the 15 security cameras that were installed in their Malibu home, including a clip of Spears allegedly whacking Fed-Ex with a frying pan -- life imitates cartoons.

LINDSAY LOHAN is getting sued for assault and negligence by a passenger in a car the actress allegedly chased while drunk last month.  TMZ has the complaint, which alleges the cops drew their guns during the incident.  The site also has the first photos of Li-Lo on a break from rehab in Orem, Utah.

MADONNA shocked passengers on a recent transatlantic flight after witnesses claim she whipped out a needle and started injecting herself... with vitamins.  Other celebrities who are rumoured to use the energy boosting shots include rehabbers Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears.

THE FRENCH HOTEL has sold her Spanish-style 1920s mansion in ten days for 4.25 million, having paid just 2.9 million for it two years ago.  And we learn that Cameron Diaz was one of those complaining about the tumult the heirhead brought to the neighborhood after violating probation on her DUI conviction.

SIENNA MILLER, after being romantically linked to co-star Sean Bean earlier in the week, is also said to have fallen for co-star Matthew Rhys on the set of the Dylan Thomas biopic The Edge Of Love.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD:  The 19-year-old actress tells GQ that kissing 38-year-old boyfriend amid raining blood for the "Heart-Shaped Glasses" video was "one of the most romantic moments of my entire life,"  Wood claims the video does not contain actual sex -- despite reports to the contrary.

JOHN MAYER and MANDY MOORE a couple?  They were spotted having lunch, which is enough for people to start gossiping, anyway.  Moore is laughing it off:  "Oh my goodness. John and I have been friends for years, no romance."  Indeed, US Weekly claims Mayer has been... wait for it.... caught near-canoodling with Cameron Diaz?

DON IMUS reached a settlement with CBS radio that allows him to return to the airwaves at a new station four months after he made a sexist and racist remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team.  Industry experts say broadcast executives can have a very short memory if it means boosting ratings which Imus can still deliver.  Others may have longer memories.  Kia Vaughn, star center for the Rutgers Women's Basketball team, has filed a lawsuit against Imus for libel, slander and defamation.

JACKO continues to accumulate lawsuits.  The latest have been filed by celebrity super-lawyers Lavely & Singer for unpaid bills and by Sheik Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who claim Jacko is reneging on their agreement to make a CD and start a record company.

BRADGELINA:  Pitt's spokeswoman is denying reports Pitt and Jolie are planning to adopt a fourth child from Africa.

MICHAEL VICK, the embattled NFL QB facing federal charges related to his alleged participation in dogfighting, has been hit with a 63-billion-dollar lawsuit filed by a South Carolina inmate who alleges Vick stole his pit bulls and sold them on eBay to buy missiles from Iran.

KARL ROVE:  The departing White House deputy chief of stafftells the WaPo that his biggest regret was going to the White House Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner in March and performing as MC Rove.  It's a funny answer, but was Rove also taking an evil jab at those who think he should have bigger regrets?

NANO-BATTERY:  It's waffer-thin, like an after-dinner mint (NSFW).

VENEZUELA:  Hugo Chavez wants to be President-for-Life.  Shocka!  Couldn't have seen that one coming; after all, Sean Penn loves the guy.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad believes that Islamic rule is mankind's only way for salvation and that Pres. Bush has dispatched the CIA to hunt down the Islamic Messiah.  In the meantime, Ahmadinejad is attempting to rebrand himself as a listening politician by establishing a hotline for ordinary voters, to be run by aides in the presidential office.

IRAQ:  Gen. Petraeus is expected to propose removing US troops soon from several areas where commanders believe security has improved, possibly including Al Anbar province.  The L.A. Times adds that "it does not necessarily follow that Petraeus would call for reducing the overall number of troops in the country," though realistically, the "surge" will likely end by next April, based on already-stretched troop rotations.  Indeed, Gen. Petraeus believes the US footprint will have to be "a good bit smaller" by next summer.  Former insurgents are being targeted by AQI.  Italian anti-mafia investigators busted up a huge backdoor arms deal negotiated through an intermediary for Iraq's interior ministry.  The Oil Ministry confirmed the abduction of Fmr. Undersecretary Abdul-Jabbar Al-Wakaa alongside other officials.  Iraq and Jordan have agreed to share more intell to fight al Qaeda and other militant groups waging terror attacks across the region, Iraq's national security adviser says.  Embedded blogger Wesley Morgan's squadron got a visit from the Counterinsurgency Academy, a small institution whose mission is to help prepare arriving commanders to take over their areas without going through too disastrous of a transition period.  Blogger Michael J. Totten writes about the prevalence of Mahdi Army sympathizers in the Iraqi Army.

IRAQ II:  The death toll in the suicide bombings Tuesday in northern Iraq has risen to at least 500, local officials in Nineveh province said, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003.  Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon said the coordinated attacks were a "trademark al Qaeda event" designed to sway US public opinion against the war.  Last month, Gen. Petraeus warned that the summer may see a mini-Tet offensive designed to push US politics over the brink.  A glance at iCasualties suggests AQI would have to launch several more such attacks to cause as many civilian casualties as there were in April or May, let alone February or March.  Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and John Warner (R-VA) have gone to Iraq to tell its leaders that they must accept responsibility for their country.  Prime Minister al-Maliki appeared to clear the way for a "crisis council" that seeks to save his crumbling government.

THE DOG OF DOOM:  Following in the pawprints of Oscar the Cat, Scamp the Schnauzer lives at The Pines nursing home in Ohio - where his owner, a staff member, claims he has been present for the death of virtually every patient for the past three years.

MASSIVE PARROT HEIST:  Forty-five parrots worth more than 1,000 dollars each have been abducted from a Long Island, New York, pet store.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT:  California ground squirrels have learned to intimidate rattlesnakes by heating their tails and shaking them aggressively.

OLIVER the MONKEY having made his second breakout from behind bars in less than a month, was recaptured and secured in a cage with with triple chains and locks in Tupelo, Miss.

A BLACK WIDOW IS NOT A GOOD PET:  In Dortmund, Germany, police broke in to Mark Voegel's apartment to find spider Bettina along with 200 others, several snakes, a gecko lizard called Helmut and several thousand termites had gorged on his body.

A TROUPE of DANCING SHEEP have been stranded hundreds of miles from home for 11 days in the wake of a foot and mouth alert in Britain.

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New Rogue Wave, Castanets and NPs, Spoon, Lion Reunion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ROGUE WAVE are sharing the advance track "Lake Michigan" with a bunch 'o' music blogs, including MOKB.  Heather Browne digs the whole album; her blog is where I noticed the "making of Asleep At Heaven's Gate" video.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' Challengers album officially drops next Tuesday, but you can stream the whole album now, via Much Music (Thx, Chromewaves!)

CASTANETS are sharing new stuff also.  Pitchfork is streaming "This is the Early Game," while GvsB has an advance remix of "Strong Animal," which you can stream via the ol' HM.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK:  Filter has the details on the box set, titled I Wanna Go Backwards, which is due October 16th.  A second box set, Bad Case of History, is due for release in early 2008.

ELVIS WEEK:  Some 50K believe they will all be received in Graceland on the eve 30th anniversary of his death.  I'll be donning the jumpsuit tommorrow, but you can check out the GracelandCam and a video overview of the week (with a look inside the mansion) at ElvisWeek.com.

THE 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL PUNK BANDS, according to Shoutmouth, with plenty 'o' embedded audio-video goodness.

JOHN VANDERSLICE concluded his tour of blog love at Chromewaves, where he dropped the live video for "Minaret."  An Aquarium Drunkard has seven solo acoustic videos taken the L.A. River basin.

AMY WINEHOUSE finally admitted she and her husband have serious drug problems after a showdown with their parents.  Apparently, overdosing on a cocktail of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine and the horse tranquilliser ketamine, motivated Winehouse to enter rehab in the US.

SPOON did a video interview and mini-set from their latest record for The Interface via the DL and Spinner.  Frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno talked to DCist about playing festival gigs and Veronica Mars, and more.

ANATOMY of a LEAK:  Spin magazine charts how albums reach the Internet before the official release date.

TONY WILSON, a/k/a "Mr. Manchester" for launching bands like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, may get a posthumous tribute show... in Liverpool.  Here's a 2002 TV profile of Wilson going all the way back to the heyday of Punk (there's some language) and a new two-part retrospective from BBC's Newsnight with one of Wilson's last interviews and comments fro the worlds of music and TV.

BRADGELINA are reportedly preparing to adopt their fourth non-biological child in Ethiopia in three months.  Meanwhile, Pittwatch has pics of Chicagoans gawking like tourists as the couple leaves the Japonais restaurant.

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY & CHRISTIE BRINKLEY were spotted chatting at a James Taylor concert Saturday night, sparking otherwise unfounded rumors of a romance.

SIENNA MILLER is rumored to have spent a romantic evening with Sean Bean, who will co-star with Miller in a movie adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Woman Of No Importance.

BRITNEY SPEARS may open the irrelevant MTV Video Music Awards show.  And when an anonymous source suddenly starts defending the pop tart to the paparazzi at X17, the unstated message is likely that she is resisting paying Fed-Ex more money to settle their child custody battle.  Her former bodyguard was served with two subpoenas by Fed-Ex's lawyer on Monday night.

THE FRENCH HOTEL:  Sources close to the ditzy heirhead tell Page Six her new grown-up attitude is nothing but a big, phony act.  Shocka!

JESSICA BIEL & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE are planning to shack up once JT completes his world tour next month, according to the ever-reliable Life and Style Weekly.

SALMA HAYEK is planning three wedding ceremonies -- in Mexico, Paris, and L.A., according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

KATIE COURIC:  With ratings for the CBS Evening News in the dumper, producer Rick Kaplan brought in a team of professional dancers to the office last week and got staffers to dance en masse to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."  Yes, the stunt was inspired by the viral video of Filipino prison inmates working on their version, though it could have just as easily been inspired by 13 Going On 30.

"THE WACKNESS" seems like an apt title for a movie in which 63-year-old Sir Ben Kingsley will passionately lock lips with Mary-Kate Olsen.

JAMES BLUNT:  Speaking of Mary-Kate, the cringeworthy singer songwriter was seen at a weekend party chatting up Mischa Barton before moving on to the Olsen Twins.  I guess he must have dumped supermodel Petra Nemcova for being too fat.  Is there a slang term that is the opposite of "chubby chaser?"

SHILPA SHETTY, the Bollywood beauty who got in trouble earlier this year when she and Richard Gere kissed in public at an AIDS awareness event in India, is in the running to become a Bond girl.  Is she qualified?  I report, you decide.

THE FINAL FRONTIER:  A microwave-generated plasma shield that could help aircraft evade radar or protect it from WMD attacks was granted a patent yesterday.

THE MATRIX:  Here, the part of Morpheus will be played by Dr. Nick Bostrom, philosopher and director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford.  And I suddenly have a good excuse for staying up late on the Internet.

INDIA:  Troops are on the streets in a major security crackdown ahead of Independence Day celebrations.  Traditionally marked by violent attacks by separatist militants or Maoist rebels, for this holiday, authorities are taking reports of threats issued by Al-Qaeda seriously.

PAKISTAN:  Pres. Musharraf is calling for the political mainstreaming of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Yeesh.

IRAQ:  At least 175 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when four suicide truck bombs targeted people from the Yazidi sect, which speaks a Kurdish dialect but follows a pre-Islamic religion and has its own cultural traditions.  US troops in Baghdad rescued and are nursing 10-month-old Fatima Jbouri, who was dumped outside in the garbage on a day when the temperature hit 118 degrees after her mother and uncle were killed by gunmen.  Bill Roggio reports on Operation Lightning Hammer, which is pursuing al-Qaeda operatives who fled Baqubah at the outset of Operation Arrowhead Ripper, the AQI attempts to disrupt US supply lines response, as well as ops against the Mahdi Army and Iranian Qods forces.  In Baghdad, embedded blogger Wesley Morgan goes on a patrol of Haifa Street and the Sunni neighborhood of Saddamiya, where al Qaeda's main stronghold had been during the January fighting.  In the NYT, John S. Burns writes that Gen. Petraeus is looking to get -- and give -- unvarnished reports.  Finally, Der Spiegel has a detailed and wide-ranging must-read tour of the state of Iraq today.

LION reunites with the humans who raised him and released him into the wild in Africa.  Awww... very Born Free.  Let's go to the karaoke.

KERRY the HORSE raced to the rescue to save her owner from a raging... cow.

KANGAROO sightings have been reported along US 90, outside Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

GOAT PRANK lands three teen girls a sentence in court.  Hey, it's not like they were trying to milk it.

CAT BOTCHES SUICIDE?  Or was it foul play?

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE GO! TEAM:  If it seems like we just had a new video from them yesterday, you would be correct, but here's yet another new video featuring road footage -- for "My World" -- from the upcoming album.  It's pretty soft and unpluggedy for the Team.

NEW RELEASES:  The Rentals, You Say Party, We Say Die!, Junior Senior and more are streaming from Spinner this week.  I confess that I count a few Junior Senior tracks as very guilty pleasures.  Metric offshoot Bang Lime debuts.  Eisley keeps it poppy on their sophomore LP.  Folk-rock legend Linda Thompson releases a solo LP with cameos from son Teddy and daughter Kamila, not to mention Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) and Rufus and Martha Wainwright.  And Linda even has a song about troubled rocker Pete Doherty.

IGGY POP talks to Pitchfork about a lot of things, including his current musical likes and dislikes, and what you lose being famous.

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE did an interview and mini-set for the World Cafe you can stream from NPR on demand.

AMY WINEHOUSE:  You've heard her music, she's toured the US with the Dap-Kings, she's talking about her drug overdose, and with all that publicity... Universal plans to release her debut LP, Frank in November, a mere four years after it was released in the UK.

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER help us ease into Elvis week with "Elvis Is Everywhere" (with a cameo from the Beat Farmers).  Who built the pyramids? El-VIS!  Throw in "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My 2 Headed Love Child" (featuring Wynona Ryder) and you have Twofer Tuesday.  BTW, Mojo offstage is about as uninhibited as Mojo onstage; I saw him naked when I met him.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND:  PopMatters, in the first of two excerpts from the Rough Guide to the band, recounts the effect that meeting Andy Warhol had on the VU's career.

BISHOP ALLEN played a mini-set  for Jimmy Petersen you can stream from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

BUFFALO TOM talk to Harp about their influences, from the obvious J Mascis to the obscure -- like the Neats (with whom Paul Miller and I once picnicked).

THE FOUR TOPS plan to record a song with Aretha Franklin.  Abdul "Duke" Fakir, the lone original member left, seems to get that the old days are back with a new twist: "We would like to get a lot of momentum on singles, 'cause people are buying singles digitally now, and we want to create something before we just put an album out there."

BRITNEY SPEARS:  According to TMZ, sources connected with the custody battle between the pop tart and Fed-Ex say it may be all about the Benjamins.  Shocka!

KATE HUDSON'S family may "a little annoyed" that new bf Dax Shepard is basically living at Kate's pad, but ex-hubby and Black Crowe Chris Robinson is happy because now he can have their 3-year-old son Ryder whenever he wants.

BRADGELINA and their brood got an after-hours tour of the Field Museum here in Chicago, where Jolie is shooting Wanted.  Actually, she was stuck in Berwyn the other day, but Afghanistan was probably good preparation for that.

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  Holmes has decided to stop dressing older and is trying to get her control-freak husband Tom Cruise to dress younger.  In the meantime, Tom-Kat and the Tom-Kitten met the former cuddly polar cub Knut.

THE OLSEN TWINS have a telepathic bond, no doubt stemming from being nearly two-dimensional.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY:  Apparently, being the new face of Chanel means posing topless.  "I have certain tools. One of them is my body."

LINDSAY LOHAN is "dynamite" in bed, according to sometimes bf Callum Best, who adds that their sex sessions leave their hotel room looking like a whirlwind has passed through.  No wonder people are suggesting she sign a big pr0n contract.  Meanwhile, her ex-con dad plans to sue her former bodyguard following comments the minder made about him and his estranged wife Dina.

JESSICA BIEL just wants to drink and play Scrabble.

HUGH HEFNER says that a guest at the famous Playboy Mansion "invented" her claim of sexual assault by another guest.  Last week, prosecutors announced they would not file charges, saying only there was insufficient evidence.

JURASSIC PARK IV:  Dinosaurs With Guns?  Really!?

BE KIND, REWIND -- coming this January -- features Jack Black and Mos Def as video store clerks in a picture by Michel Gondry, who has directed movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Here's the first trailer.

INDONESIA:  Some 100,000 Islamists met in Jakarta to press for the re-establishment of an Islamic state across the Muslim world.  The group -- Hizb ut-Tahrir -- claims to be non-violent, though in January they urged the killing of Muslims and non-Muslims who oppose the creation of an Islamic superstate.

PAKISTAN:  Al Qaeda and Taliban personnel abandoned 28 terror camps after the US presented Islamabad with a dossier detailing the location of the bases as advance information on likely US targets.   It is one reason US intel officers are worried about an attack on the US.

IRAQ:  Operation Phantom Strike was launched Monday, and "consists of simultaneous operations throughout Iraq focused on pursuing remaining AQI terrorists and Iranian-supported extremist elements."  Bill Roggio notes that the Baghdad Security Plan and Phantom Thunder can be considered shaping operations for Phantom Strike.  Over the weekend, both the Mahdi Army and AQI appear to have conducted bold assassination attempts on Iraqis working with the Coalition.  The number of truck bombs and other large al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq have declined nearly 50 percent since the US started increasing troop levels in Iraq about six months ago, according to the US military command.  IraqSlogger rounds up Iraqi media coverage of machinations among Prime Minister al-Maliki, th Sunni Accord Front and Iyad Allawi's bloc.  Michael Yon writes that "Our military has increasing moral authority in Iraq, but the same cannot be said for our government..."

TWO CHICKENS bust up a bunnies' brawl.

OVER 300 CHICKENS were killed after a drunken joyrider plowed into a chicken shed, some from heart attacks.

ALMOST SNAKES on a PLANE, not to mention a few baby crocodiles and chameleons.

UK SHARK UPDATE:  A photograph of a Great White Shark off the coast of Cornwall has been exposed as a fake.

A GIANT PIKE nicknamed "Jaws," otoh, has been putting the bite on bathers at a lake in Upper Austria.

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