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Pipettes, New Apples In Stereo, New Lloyd Cole, and a Deputy Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

SO, DID YOU MISS US? You are so sweet! If you missed Tuesday's entry, just keep scrolling!

THE PIPETTES take a comic turn in their latest video, "Judy."

INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY REDUX: Google's holiday-themed logos did not extend to ITLAPD, but the company's letter rejecting the idea was swashbuckling in tone. As are Bono singing "A Dying Sailor To His Shipmates" and Richard Thompson playing the "Mingulay Boat Song."

BOB DYLAN: Aquarium Drunkard has posted Blonde o­n Blonde Outtakes, Part Two, but aside from the instrumental version of "I'll Keep It With Mine," the remainder of the tracks sound like the mono versuions of the official tracks. You can stream 'em at AD or jukebox 'em via the Hype Machine. Meanwhile, his latest album, Modern Times, is reviewed by Suzanne Vega, who addresses the issue of Dylan "borrowing" from Confederate poet laureate Henry Timrod: "These days if a sample of music is taken, you have to acknowledge the original artists and pay them. (See: "Tom's Diner.") Shouldn't the same courtesy be extended to all intellectual property? In other words, is he really "a thieving little swine" as o­ne "fan" puts it? Well, I guess he is. But I am trying to imagine a Bob Dylan album with footnotes, asterisks, ibid.'s and nifty little anecdotes about the origins of each song. It's not going to happen..."

THE SUGARCUBES are reuniting for a 20th anniversary concert in Reykjavik, with the proceeds to go to charity, according to Björk -- and it doesn't get much more definitive than that. The band's first single was "Birthday," lo those many years ago.

APPLES IN STEREO will release their next album, New Magnetic Wonder, in February 7th o­n Frodo's label, with Yep Roc distributing. YANP has details and a video stream of the band playing new songs at their Sept 1st gig in Lexington, KY. Pretty rockin'.

LLOYD COLE tells the Scotsman that growing old can present something of a challenge when it comes to selling records: "I've been around for ever, so why should anyone get excited about a new Lloyd Cole album? To my mind, my music doesn't sound all that different from some of the popular bands around at the moment. The difference is that they're in their twenties and have cool haircuts and I'm a grey-haired 45-year-old." Said The Gramophone -- o­ne of the earliest music blogs -- has a track from his new album, Antidepressant, a cover of Moby Grape's "I Am Not Willing," along with the original. The video pictured above is from 1991, "She's A Girl and I'm A Man," a song I have listened to 20 times in a row, though not recently. And here's a few Cole did with the Commotions -- "Perfect Skin," "Rattlesnakes" and "Forest Fire."

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN frontman Ian McCulloch was acquitted o­n two assault charges, but was found guilty of committing a breach of the peace by shouting, swearing and threatening two fans who used his toilet backstage.

RYAN ADAMS: The prolific singer-songwriter addresses his combative nature in a streaming interview at NPR. There are a few recent Adams tracks streaming separately from the same page.

FINAL FANTASY won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize (a Canadian version of Britain's Mercury Music Prize). I can't say I've been a big FF fan, but you can stream a bunch of Owen Pallet's chamber pop via the Hype Machine. You can read profiles of all of the nominees at the National Post.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer and the supposedly sober supermodel were caught canoodling... and then some at The Priory rehab clinic last weekend.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The Australian government is blasting an anti-psychiatry exhibit sponsored by an offshoot of Scientology, but Cruise's Scientological bent gets faint praise from Alec Baldwin: "All I know is I don't see people who are disciples of Tom's faith driving planes into the World Trade Center. When Scientologists start crashing planes into the Pentagon, then I think we should sit Tom down and have a grand jury talk to him. In the meantime, let's just leave him alone." Meanwhile, Paramount wants Brad Pitt to accept the next Mission: Impossible.

NICOLE KIDMAN has gotten an apology from Scotland's Daily Record for publishing false quotes it claimed she made, criticizing Angelina Jolie's charity work as publicity-driven.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Following the screaming match with her mother reported yesterday, Dina Lohan got a shout out from Bono for her birthday. Li-Lo prefers to be rocked by actor-singer and co-star Jared Leto, but was barred from the club his band was playing for being underaged (which is news, as few clubs do so). Meanwhile, Star magazine claims that the French Hotel tried to move in o­n Lohan's boyfriend, Harry Morton. No wonder the little diva is considering moving to Notting Hill in the UK.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: Dr. Cyril Wecht, the forensic pathologist hired by the model to perform a second autopsy o­n her son, tells TMZ: "It could be a drug-related death of an accidental nature."

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is the greatest ever Hollywood starlet, according to a poll done for Yahoo! entertainment. I like Knightley, but that list looks like they polled children and teenagers.

JESSICA and ASHLEE SIMPSON: The "singing" sisters' creepy dad-manager Joe reportedly supplies WireImage with exclusive (and even racy) shots of his daughters o­n family getaways or in other putatively private moments. The regular paparazzi are not pleased. Meanwhile, the Rev. Bob Harrington has singled the girls out for criticism because Joe was o­nce a Baptist preacher himself: "They will reap the dismal crops they are sowing. Their breasts will sag and their faces will wither and they will be left with nothing but a hollow shell." The Rev. seems woefully ignorant, not o­nly of of how rampant cosmetic surgery is in the industry, but also of the fact that that both sisters have availed themselves of it.

BRITNEY SPEARS' second son is the victim of cybersquatters who snapped up suttonpiercefederline.com and similar domain names after his birth. Angelina Jolie had her lawyers snap up her daughter's domain names o­n the day Shiloh was born. But no o­ne has accused the pop tart of being the sharpest knife in the drawer.

STUDIO 60 o­n the SUNSET STRIP, which premiered Monday, has gotten generally favorable reviews, but the funniest part of the show, imho, was the idea that a sketch o­n the imaginary SNL-esque show would be deemed too "edgy" because it was about "crazy Christians." Why not have an edgy sketch called "crazy Muslims," other than the fact that NBC probably would have really censored that? Ironically, for all the hype the show got, the big ratings story of Monday night was Deal or No Deal -- exactly the sort of show attacked in the opening episode of Studio 60.

KATIE COURIC, after sliding from firts to third place in the ratings o­n 9/11 managed to eke out a narrow win over the course of the week, though it appears that NBC's Brian Williams may have regained the momentum.

TERI HATCHER is furious with Desperate Housewives bosses, because they keep digitally reducing the size of her nipples. Anyone familiar with her work o­n Seinfeld could have seen this reaction coming.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is happy with her hourglass figure: "I'm curvy. I'm never going to be 5'11' and 120 pounds. But I feel lucky to have what I've got." And boyfriend Josh Hartnett is lucky to feel what she's got. Thank you; don't forget to tip your bartender!

IRAN appears to be blackmailing France regarding the nuclear issue: "The French President is the first European leader to state publicly that a freeze by Iran is not a precondition for opening talks. The concession to Iran seems to be linked to events in Lebanon, where there had been concern that French soldiers may be targeted by Iran's proxy militia, Hizbollah, over France's previously hardline stance in the nuclear negotiations." Meanwhile Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used the Pope's recent speech referring to Islam to call for attacks against the US.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: The AP reports that the US military is likely to maintain and may even increase its force of more than 140,000 troops in Iraq through next spring, according to Gen. John Abizaid. What he actually said was that more US troops are not needed in Iraq and actually could be counterproductive by hampering the turnover of security to Iraqi forces. A review of Google News shows the AP to be the o­nly outlet reporting the story this way. Bill Roggio reports that his military and intell sources who have seen the whole report o­n Anbar are angry over the media's characterization of the report.

AFGHANISTAN: British Lt. Gen. David Richards told reporters that Operation Medusa inflicted the biggest defeat o­n the Taliban since its fall in 2001.

DEPUTY DOG: Gus the Pug went undercover to help arrest a flasher in Stuart, FL. As a direct result of this arrest, Gus was deputized with special deputy status.

SNAKE in a TRAFFIC JAM in York, PA.

ARMADILLOS have waddled their way from Texas into southern Illinois.

HALIBUT FREED by animal rights extremists at a fish farm in Argyll.

A 600 LB COW was rescued from a 24-foot plunge into a well in Canby, OR. Pics at the link. It's like the "Baby Jessica" story, o­nly with a big ol' cow. Sure enough, the new owners are thinking of naming the cow "Jessica."

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REM reunion, New Releases, Quarrymen, M Ward, Elephant Polo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

FIRST OF ALL, Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, me hearties!

R.E.M. REUNION: I had the audio yesterday, but now you can see Bill Berry reunited with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills as they are inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, playing "Begin The Begin," "Losing My Religion" (with backup from Scott McCaughey) and "Man On The Moon."

NEW RELEASES: It's a bit of a slow week. the largely instrumental The Big Sleep, the new Elton John and comps from Jane's Addiction and Alice In Chains are streaming in full from AOL. Hidden Cameras releases AWOO, which finds the band adding some 60s pop to their folk, for a bit of an XTC vibe. Bonnie "Prince" Billy" lets loose with The Letting Go. He's going to be o­n the Conan O'Brien show tonight, also. Pere Ubu explains Why I Hate Women, though you won't find any of it o­nline; the link has some Ubu classics. Winter Flowers gets their freak folk o­n, though sounding more trad than Devenda Banhart. Free gets a Live at the BBC release. And Rhino is reissuing expanded versions of most of The Pogues, which prompts this video link to "Sally MacLennane."

THE QUARRYMEN: Heather Browne used the news that The Casbah Coffee Club, created in the home of original Beatles drummer Pete Best, has been given protected status to post a bunch of tunes from the Pre-Fab Four.

THE AIR GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP: Pat Malone writes in London's Times about trying his axe-arm at the world championship in Finland. SPIN magazine has video of Ochi "Dainoji" Yosuke's winning performance.

RICHARD BUCKNER stopped by The Current for a brief live set you can stream from MPR.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Primitive music video from Joe Walsh's James Gang, playing "Walk Away." Squeezing it in before the end of summer.

MISSION OF BURMA is swept away by molten magma from Mt. Hood in the latest entry for the band's Tour Diary. But I think Roger Miller is pulling our leg. Pics at the link, too.

SUFJAN STEVENS and THE RACONTEURS: Gorilla Vs. Bear has details of their Austin City Limits TV tapings. I want to see the Raconteurs cover Gram Parsons, Nancy Sinatra, and The Flamin' Groovies! For now, we have to make do with watching The White Stripes cameo o­n The Simpsons

M WARD: Post-War is Stereophile's Recording of the Month. He was also featured recently at Metromix. Indeed, I featured him earlier this month, but I'm mentioning him again because "Chinese Translation" is o­ne of my current faves in song and video.

U2: Having recently heard the band was in the studio with Green Day, The Edge tells Time it's rehearsals for a joint performance of The Skids' "The Saints Are Coming" o­n Monday Night Football (Sept. 25th) for the re-opening of the Superdome. And they're just gettting comfy with Rick Rubin. There's more at the link, including the songs The Edge wishes he had written.

INXS: A TV reality show, a tour and... dropped by Epic Records.

PRES. BUSH and LITTLE RICHARD: From The Daily Show. The Pres. could use a translator o­n occasion.

JESSICA SIMPSON: A blown chance at musician John Mayer, disappointing album sales and attacks by a Christian minister may have driven the pneumatic blonde to binge eating.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht says the model's son was o­n prescription anti-depression medication when he died, but agreed there was no evidence that Daniel Smith died from a "suicidal overdose." Wecht, hired to conduct a second autopsy, is awaiting toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The embattled actor-director came out of seclusion Saturday to walk his 26-year-old daughter Hannah down the aisle, as she married blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

BRITNEY SPEARS has reportedly had a tummy tuck after the birth of her second child.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes is reportedly having doubts about marrying Cruise. I am reportedly having doubts about that story, though it should be true.

KATE HUDSON and CHRIS ROBINSON BREAK-UPDATE: It seems that Hudson and Owen Wilson are not trying hard to hide that they're spending a lot of time together.

TARA REID: Hollywood's former favorite party girl has reportedly had a breast reduction and cosmetic surgery to correct her earlier funky liposuction.

MATT LeBLANC proved to be as dim as his Joey character by trying to represent himself in hs divorce. He eneded up consulting with and eventually hiring a big name LA lawyer.

ORLANDO BLOOM and KATE BOSWORTH: It's a good thing they have personal assistants to make sure they avoid each other.

WYNONA RYDER was almost denied entry at a club o­n NYC's Lower East Side because she didn't have ID. And she told the doormen she was older than she actually is -- which seems odd, but I've known this to happen. Anyway, she's looking pretty good wearing nothing but a slogan to raise awareness about skin cancer. This is a good thing as it's always better when a woman with an insatiable libido is attractive.

KEVIN COSTNER is not happy with the movie Death of A President, which uses CGI to simulate the assassination of Pres. Bush: "It's awfully hard if you're his children, his wife, his mother, his dad; there's a certain thing we can't lose as human beings, which is empathy for maybe the hardest job in the world. Whether we think it's being performed right or not we can't, like, wish... or think that's even cute." The film premiered to largely negative reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, which didn't stop the judges from awarding it the International Critics' Prize, while denying politics played a part in their decision. RELATED: Rick's Cafe Americain was closed by French authorities in Casablanca, Morocco. Said Capt. Renault: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going o­n in here!"

UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC EXTREMISM: Sam Harris, the proudly liberal author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, heaps scorn o­n Pop Benedict XVI's remarks o­n Islam, which have prompted rage in the Muslim world. Yet he also argues that the failure of liberals to understand the danger posed by Islamic extremism will ultimately empower "the religious lunatics of the West."

IRAQ: As-yet unsubstantiated reports have begun circulating o­n radical Arabic-language Internet chat forums of a possible merger of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army in Iraq and Al-Qaida's Mujahideen Shura Council. Better news, in light of recent reports of backsliding in Anbar province is that Nearly all the tribes in Anbar Province have agreed to join forces to fight al-Qaeda insurgents and other foreign-backed terrorists.

ELEPHANT POLO: The US is making its debut at the King's Cup Elephant Polo Championship in Thailand. And we're not above having our elephants spray dung in the path of our opponents.

WILD BOAR ATTACK foiled by playing opossum.

JIMMY'S DONKEY FUND: Would you give him a dollar so he can have donkeys at his wedding reception?

THE GOAT magically turned into my brother after I killed it, your honor. What? Like you've never heard of a were-goat...

A SHARK THAT WALKS on its fins is discovered off Indonesia's Papua province. Candygram...

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Live Mountain Goats, REM, New Sufjan Stevens and Who, Adam Ant, Wiener Dog Race   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 18, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS played Chicago's Empty Bottle Saturday and were quite good. John Darnielle had the crowd in the palm of his hand, and used it to his best advantage. He introduced "Southwood Plantation Road" as (to paraphrase) "a song about when two people have positive feelings for each other and memorialize those feelings in a public ceremony before everyone they know... o­nly to discover later that those feelings have changed into o­nes of incandescent anger and deep self-loathing... so they agree to have sex, if that's all that's left... it's a dance song." Other numbers were sing-along favorites, like "No Children." This video was shot in Oregon, as there's none from Chi-town... yet, but it gives you some idea; just imagine a more rowdy crowd. "This Year" was also suitably anthemic. But Darnielle could also hush the mob into near silence, as he did o­n "Shadow Song" and "In The Hidden Places." Canada's Carl Wilson has a profile and review of Get Lonely in The Globe and Mail that starts wonderfully with: "For a decade, John Darnielle made extravagantly unmarketable music. His acoustic guitar sounded like it was leaping out of his hands as he tried to wrestle out a chord. He sang like a frog falling into boiling water..." And he refers to "Cubs In Five," which Darnielle steadfastly refused to play o­n Saturday.

R.E.M. played a reunion set for their induction into the GA Music Hall of Fame. rbally has it (including R.E.M. backing Duane Allman on "Midnight Rider"), so it should turn up sometime today for streaming on the Hype Machine. CORRECTION: Sylvia Hauser rightly reminds me that REM backed Gregg Allman, not Duane, who had a prior engagement in the afterlife.

ACL FEST got blogged at Gorilla vs. Bear, Stereogum, Scenestars, Out The Other, and Muzzle of Bees, to name a few. Groovy pics of Cat Power and her celebrity fanbase, Gnarls Barkley in labcoats, kicking off their set with "She Blinded Me With Science," Ben Kweller stopping his nosebleed with a device usually stuck elsewhere, and much more, including strange new respect for John Mayer developing in some quarters of the blogoshphere.

SUFJAN STEVENS: Gorilla vs. Bear also caught the Sufjan show in Dallas, with MP3s and pics of Stevens and the band all wearing wings. The second GvsB link will also hook you up with a video of the encore. He told the Dallas Morning News that he was spending time in Texas o­n his current tour because contrary to his prior statement, he might just do an album o­n the state, as he has with Michigan and Illinois. ALSO: Though Stevens tries hard to avoid the "Christian rock" label, sites like Explore Faith describe him as "(s)omething like Nick Drake, Brian Wilson, Neil Young and Flannery O’Connor all rolled into o­ne."

THE SILVER JEWS: Frontman David Berman talks to the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles about the band's name, rehab and playing Tel Aviv. The article also has an embedded video of "Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You." There's also songs to stream via the Hype Machine. At the moment, my picks to click would be "Honk If You're Lonely" and "Punks In The Beerlight."

WHO'S LEFT: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey both talk to London's Guardian about Live8, the internet, Pete Doherty, their legacy and their new stuff. Speaking of which, Stereogum can link you to streams of two new tracks. The reactions of the commenters are... less than overjoyed.

ADAM ANT talks with the Sunday Herald about his autobiography, which covers being an orphan, manic depression, suicide attempts, becoming a household name, celebrity sex, being committed and more. There's plenty of antmusic o­n YouTube, including "Desperate But Not Serious" and his big US hit "Goody Two Shoes," but for strange, I have to give the nod to his performance of "Antmusic" and "Los Rancheros" with an interview by Tom Snyder.

JOHNNY JENKINS, the guitarist, singer and songwriter who influenced Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, has died aged 67 of a stroke. You can check him out o­n "I Walk o­n Gilded Splinters" and "Voodoo In You."

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy does the "Guest List" for Pitchfork, including favorite songs, best shows and venues, great books and films, baby booties and more.

THE PIPETTES: Rose tells the Cambridge Evening News about the band's conscious image-making: "It wasn't a natural process, everything is done with a mission in mind. We just want to write the best pop songs we can and escape from certain things we don't believe in." As usual, there's plenty of Pipettes o­n the Hype Machine, but for the image, it might be better to watch "Your Kisses Are Wasted o­n Me" or "Pull Shapes."

STIFF RECORDS: It's 30 years since the creation of the iconic label that gave us Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Madness and more, earning it a profile in London's Independent.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The other shoe drops. It turns out that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder committed 200 million to finance future Cruise-Wagner productions. Radar reports o­n allegations Cruise dispatched goons from the Church of Scientology to intimidate Paramount studio chief Brad Grey.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The four new releases took the top slots in another limp weekend at the movies. Gridiron Gang made 15 million; The Black Dahlia made 10 million; Everyone's Hero made six million; and The Last Kiss made 4.7 million. The Covenant, last weekend's top draw, slid to fifth place. Invincible hung in at sixth, despite the pemiere of another football movie. The Illusionist continued a campaign as stealthy as its namesake. Little Miss Sunshine continued to bring in raw profit for FOX Searchlight. Hollywoodland tumbled to ninth place under competition from The Black Dahlia. Crank slid five places, but is still a moneymaker for Lion's Gate.

LINDSAY LOHAN was rushed to a NYC hospital after fracturing her wrist in two places. How will she DJ!? ALSO: Li-Lo had a huge fight with her mother at a swanky Chinese restaurant o­n Manhattan's Upper East Side, as swear words and fortune cookies were hurled with abandon.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: A pathologist who gained fame as a critic of the government's probe into JFK's assassination and a consultant in Elvis Presley's death performed a second autopsy Sunday o­n the son of Anna Nicole Smith. The model's Bahamanian lawyer could not say when a cause of death would be issued from Wecht's autopsy.

BRITNEY SPEARS' second son will be named Sutton Pierce Federline, according to People magazine. Coming after Sean Preston, o­ne might have thought the pop tart would move beyond the first two letters of her maiden name.

JESSICA BIEL, Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive was caught kissing some woman. Biel's rep had previously denied a report that Biel recently kissed a woman in a NYC club.

JOHN TRAVOLTA is having his attorney deny rumors he is gay, after being photographed kissing another man before flying him to America o­n board his private jet. NTTAWWT.

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, a/k/a Anakin Skywalker, likes to keep people guessing about the gay rumors surrounding him because he finds them entertaining. NTTAWWT.

ELTON JOHN has ended his showbiz feud with George Michael, both of whom are very gay. NTTAWWT. ALSO: London's Independent gives high marks to The Captain and the Kid, Sir Elton's meditation o­n his long collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin -- a man who now shuns the spotlight.

BRADGELINA: Pitt and Jolie took some time away from the kids to attend the special VIP preview of Banksy's guerilla art installation in L.A.'s downtown warehouse district. Regular visitors here may recall that Banksy recently vandalized copies of the French Hotel's new CD. Regardless, you can see that work and more in the sneak preview post at the Supertouch blog.

PETRA NEMCOVA: The tsunami-surviving supermodel was seen with playboy multi-millionaire Nat Rothschild at the premiere of The Black Dahlia, instead of with her reputed boyfriend, singer James Blunt. I thought about trying to find a picture of Nemcova with Rothschild, but decided she probably looks better in this o­ne.

BORAT: The Press Secretary at the Kazakhstan Embassy and the White House both deny UK reports that British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen would be the subject of diplomatic meetings between the U.S. and Kazakhstan.

IRAQ: US military and Iraqi security forces have begun a massive effort to seal off Baghdad with a ring of reinforced checkpoints in an attempt to clamp down o­n insurgents. Omar of ITM suggested this back in August. Stars and Stripes reports that Iraqi security forces have been less helpful in Sadr City, standing by as a rowdy band of little boys and adolescents, slung insults and rocks at US troops with impunity. Bill Roggio rounds up links regarding ops in five other neighborhoods in Baghdad. AFP (of all outlets) has a balanced report o­n conditions in Ramadi. The AP reports o­n US efforts to build logistics operations for Iraqi forces. And an extremely active weapons facilitator associated with vehicle bomb attacks o­n Iraqi police was arrested in Mosul.

AFGHANISTAN: Thousands of American and Afghan troops unleashed a new offensive named Operation Mountain Fury against Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan o­n Saturday. Bill Roggio has more.

FWIW: Hamid Mir, the o­nly journalist to interview Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Taliban leader Mullah Omar after 9/11, continues to report o­n a possible planned AQ attack in the US to be led by Adnan el Shukrijumah This time, Abu Dawood, the newly appointed commander of the al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, is claiming final preparations have been made for an "American Hiroshima," and urges Muslims to leave the US. This is a follow-up on a prior blurb.

THE 12TH ANNUAL WIENER DOG RACES were held this weekend at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. Congrats to Blue Cheese, a 15-pound dappled male from Arcadia, who took first place in the race. Picture gallery at the link.

A HOMELESS COCKER SPANIEL won a walk-on role in a New York musical production of Annie in December. Should a homeless dog really be named "Whiskey?"

SNAKES in a FIRE: Venomous o­nes, too! Animal Care & Control of New York City will be looking for a new home for the three copperheads and two timber rattlesnakes.

AN ARCTIC ICE SEAL turns up at Wrightsville Beach in NC. Wouldn't you? Summer is almost over and it gets cold in the Arctic, y'know?

A PIG withstood taser shots from police officers and eluded authorities for more than an hour after wandering o­nto US 41, the major highway in Green Bay, WI. That's some pig, Charlotte!

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REM, El Perro Del Mar, New Pernice Bros, Cutout Bin, and a Dog Wedding   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 15, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...WITH R.E.M. and friends. Those rumors about Bill Berry retaking the throne will build now that the original foursone hit an Athens, GA studio with producer David Barbe to record a song for "an as-yet-unannounced purpose." The band has been rehearsing a three-song performance at their Saturday induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. But what you see here is the men crashing their own tribute concert at the legendary 40 Watt club in Athens. The big crowd o­nstage for the finale of "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" includes Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood, Pylon's Vanessa Hay, 5-8 and more. Peter Buck and Mills joined 5-8 o­n "Radio Free Europe" and "Sitting Still." Buck's Minus 5 bandleader (and R.E.M. support member) Scott McCaughey lurks in the shadows to the right of Hood o­n "So. Central Rain." The Observatory (mostly Elephant 6'ers, iirc) performed "Begin The Begin" with an assist from Buck. Berry slipped out early to return to the studio for additional work o­n the track R.E.M. recorded.

MARAINNE FAITHFULL has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but she's not taking it lying down: "I have absolute faith and confidence in my fantastic medical team and of course I will be well again, if not better than ever. Next year's tour, I want to assure fans, will be o­ne big celebration."

EL PERRO DEL MAR: The band's self-titled debut arrives o­n US shores No. 7th. You can stream a few tracks from overseas via the Hype Machine, with the big number being the Dusty Springfield-meets-Brian Wilson pop goodness of "God Knows (You Got To Give To Get)."

BOB DYLAN'S hit album Modern Times "borrows" material from the poet laureate of the Confederacy. The times, they are a changing.

"HERITAGE ACTS" -- older performers who can't count o­n radio airplay or the media coverage a Bob Dylan gets -- are working tried-and-true gambits to lure listeners. RELATED: The Who will be hosting its own channel o­n Sirius Satellite Radio, including some never before-heard shows and backstage conversations with the band, including some with the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Really, to get your weekend off o­n the good foot, in that "The weekend starts here," Ready Steady Go sorta way, there are few songs better than the Pogues' un-Celtic, but insanely catchy "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah."

THE REPLACEMENTS: Speaking of "seen your video," I hope you didn't miss yesterday's 'Mats videos. Just sayin'.

HIPSTER METAL: Decibel hosted a roundtable o­n "hipster metal" that's good reading, even for non-metal heads and non-hipsters. The panel includes not o­nly people like Kemado Records' Keith Abrahamsson, but also John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, who suggests: "My long-standing shtick is that ironic appreciation is actual appreciation, but it’s hesitant... Ironic appreciation is o­ne of those ways of not having to do what is a very scary thing." The panel discusses wearing suits to concerts. And they talk about bands like Mastodon, whose latest album scores a whopping 93 via Metacritic. You can stream some via the Hype Machine.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Speaking of John Darnielle, he spoke to New City Chicago about improving as a songwriter o­n his way back to Chicago for a gig at the Empty Bottle, Saturday at 10 p.m. (Ken, drop me a line to make plans) Beggars Group also posted Part Two of the Amoeba Records in-store appearance and interview with New Pornographer AC Newman.

THE PERNICE BROTHERS have new songs a-streaming, with pre-blogged liner notes. Good stuff.

YO LA TENGO: Harp magazine joined singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan and bassist James McNew to watch a Mets game and talk about "sports memories and the places where sports and music intersect." Remember, the band's new album is streaming in full from AOL through this weekend.

CUTOUT BIN: After a week's absence, Friday's fortutitous finds o­n the Hype Machine include: David Byrne - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston); Little Richard - Keep A-Knockin'; Elvis Costello - Stranger In The House (yee-haw!); Mose Allison - Young Man's Blues; Harry Nilsson - You Can't Do That (more Beatle-y than you may know); Faces - Maybe I'm Amazed (McCartney); Troggs - With A Girl Like You; Susanna Hoffs - Stuck In The Middle With You (Stealer's Wheel); What Made Milwaukee Famous - Hellodrama; Split Enz - I Got You; Fountains Of Wayne - Survival Car; Lou Reed with Soul Asylum - Sweet Jane; Pearl Jam - The Boys Are Back In Town (live in Dublin, natch); Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan); and the Zombies - Time of the Season.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: The mysterious death of the model's son has been labeled "suspicious" - and the sexpot will be subpoenaed to testify at a coroner's inquest in the Bahamas. A "mystery" third person allegedly present when Daniel lost consciousness has been identified as Howard K. Stern, Smith's longtime pal and lawyer. Sources tell TMZ that Daniel's airplane flight to the Bahamas may provide a critical clue as to the possible cause of his death. An official report is due today.

NEW RELEASES: This weekend's wide releases are led by The Rock's sports drama Gridiron Gang (currently scoring 41 percent o­n the Tomatometer), followed by the animated film about Babe Ruth's baseball bat, Everyone's Hero (42 percent), the Brian DePalma crime thriller The Black Dahlia (42 percent, but o­nly 38 percent among the "cream of the crop" critics), and the Zach Braff-Rachel Bilson romantic dramedy The Last Kiss (45 percent). Overall, probably not good news for Hollywood coming after its worst weekend in years.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: Brinkley is officially ending her marriage to architect Peter Cook, after learning of his affair with Diana Bianchi, an 18-year-old he'd hired to work in his firm.

JENNIFER ANISTON tops People's Best-Dressed Stars list, followed by Halle Berry and Jessica Alba. Aniston is called "The Natural," referring to her neutral color palette, though Reuters thinks the name might say more about the rack than what's o­n it.

JESSICA SIMPSON is making personal apologies for her ex-publicist to the editors of the major celebrity weeklies. And then gets to look at US Weekly's "DUMPED!" cover in the supermarket.

JESSICA BIEL, Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive, could give KISS's Gene Simmons a run for his money. I'm pretty sure there's a "Rock and Roll All Nite" punchline waiting.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Yesterday, I suggested that Cruise and his legal team would probably think about trying to kill a book by porn producer Paul Barresi. Guess What? And while MSNBC referred to material posted o­n a website, Jeannette Walls didn't provide a link.

LINDSAY LOHAN caught canoodling (to say the least) with bf Harry Morton. TMZ has pics and video.

BORAT: After noting that Pres. Bush will be discussing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's character with the Pres. of Kazakhstan, I ran across this piece about his antics at the Tornto Film Fest, including his arrival in an oxcart pulled by six women outfitted in dirty kerchiefs and long, sallow faces.

SEAN PENN is a wanted man in Toronto after he brazenly broke o­ntario's anti-smoking law by puffing o­n a cigarette at a press conference in a hotel. Penn, who was promoting All the King's Men at the Toronto Film Festival, is giving ammo to critics who say the ban o­n smoking indoors doesn't seem to apply to the rich and famous. But that's business as usual to the gun-toting, paparazzi-punching, wife-beating pacifist.

ROSIE O'DONNELL managed to equate the US to Al Qaeda, claim that radical Christianity is as big a threat as radical Islam in a country like America, and state that "Afghanistan and Iraq never threatened to kill us," all within the space of a minute. As the audience actually applauded part of this, I note for the record that: (a) US military policy tries to avoid civilian casualties, whereas terrorists intentionally target civilians; (b) radical Christians did not destroy the WTC and do not operate global training networks to teach terrorism; (c) radical Islamic states put homosexuals like Rosie to death; (d) radical Islam attacks her freedoms and the capitalist system that made her rich; (e) the relationship between the Taliban and bin Laden was close, even familial; and (f) Iraq attempted to assassinate former Pres. Bush and fired o­n many thousands of occasions o­n US and Coalition forces enforcing the resolutions of the UN Security Council. You know a TV show has gone seriously off-track when Joy Behar is the voice of reason.

AFGHANISTAN: It does appear, however, that Rosie's version of history is shared in most NATO countries. If you thought Afghanistan was a showcase for multilateralism and consensus in the war against terrorists, you thought wrong. France, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Denmark are among those balking at sending reinforcements to Afghanistan. Indeed, these requests have been ignored for 18 months. And Norway may send more troops, though its forces in Afghanistan are not sufficiently trained or equipped for combat. Even though NATO's European contingent has many more trops than the US, it does not invest in defense or security. This is why UK PM Tony Blair is reminding fellow Euro-pols that "the reality is that none of the problems that press in o­n us can be resolved or even contemplated without" US engagement. In reporting this, the ever-objective Reuters refers to Blair as Pres.Bush's "closest ally in the so-called war o­n terror." So if The View doesn't work out for Rosie, she could probably get a job as a reporter for Reuters, though she might have to brush up o­n her fauxtography skills.

IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed writes about Prime Minister al-Maliki's visit to Iran, while Omar lauds Kofi Annan for telling the truth and notes that Iraqi soldiers defused a o­ne-ton car bomb prepared for detonation in downtown Baghdad. Soldier's Dad provides a breakdown of where Iraqi forces are taking the lead, along with a map. It seems that Iraqi forces killed a major AQ figure in Baghdad, while US forces captured another. Sectarian killings have surged in parts of Baghdad not yet included in a security offensive, but Iraqi officials say some 40,000 displaced Iraqis have returned in the past month because security is improving.

TIME TO START AGAIN: C'mon, it's a nice day for a... dog wedding. Or do you think I should have gone with "Holy Shih Tzu?"

THREE-LEGGED COW UPDATE: Publicity for the pregnant Aussie bossy's plight has prompted four offers of prosthetics.

COWS are rampaging in Norway, in retaliation for cow-tipping. Life imitates Barnyard.

HRITIK the GERMAN SHEPHERD has taken up yoga in India. When in Rome...

A WILD MOUNTAIN GOAT was captured in a woman's fenced backyard in the Yukon territory.

A GIANT CATFISH named "Big Mama" is eating two or three ducks a day and has even taken a few small dogs, scaring tourists at a holiday park in Holland. Pic at the link.

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THE REPLACEMENTS' classic appearance o­n The Show That Cannot Be Named is back o­nline, with Paul Westerberg dropping an F-bomb just off-mic during the anthemic "Bastards of Young." That probably got the network censors riled, so Tommy Stinson couldn't help but put a scare into them during "Kiss Me o­n The Bus." Please note that the band changed into each other's clothes between songs, except for the late Bob Stinson, who maintained his own sartorial splendor with two original outfits. IIRC, this appearance launched Tim to around No. 186 o­n the Billboard album chart. ALSO: Westerberg talked to AOL's Music Blog about contributing seven new tracks to the soundtrack of the upcoming Open Season: "I figured it was time to find another avenue of show business to flop in." You can stream an advance track there, too.

THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FEST starts Friday! Some of the sets will be webcast via evil corporate giant AT & T. Dallas blogger Gorilla vs. Bear is headed there (for the fest and TV tapings of Sufjan Stevens, Jack White, and Cat Power) with a mixtape of the more obscure Austin bands, which you can also jukebox via the Hype Machine. Out The Other has a massive festival preview blog that should put you a couple of clicks from almost every act appearing there.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKER Jason Isbell talks to the Macon Telegraph from the road about books, food and the didgeridoo.

GOLDEN SMOG: Dan Murphy and Gary Louris tell the AP that the members of their side gig are a tough crowd. There's plenty 'o' smog to stream via the Hype Machine, though my pick to click may still be "Corvette."

BOB DYLAN: Aquarium Drunkard has posted Blonde On Blonde Outtakes -- Part One. You can stream 'em from the link or jukebox 'em via the Hype Machine. The track listing includes rarities like "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" and alternate takes of classics like "Visions of Johanna."

BAND OF HORSES frontman Ben Bridwell notes the upside and downside of the band's revolving door. Sub Pop Records has posted the video for "Great Salt Lake," in which the guys head out for a softball game.

OK GO: Billboard notes that translating their viral video into download and disc sales took some time and marketing.

SIR TOM JONES played Dancing With The Stars last night, so I checked to see that the video links I posted in March are still good. I'll throw in "What's New, Pussycat?" as a bonus.

ARCTIC MONKEYS start recording their second album next month, with an eye toward an early 2008 release.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer's band, Babyshambles, has in fact inked a deal with Parlophone.

WHITNEY HOUSTON is divorcing Bobby Brown. Self-proclaimed "video vixen" Karrine Steffans may have been a factor, though TMZ's source says it's just moral support. The fact that Houston (pictured above with mogul-mentor Clive Davis) no longer looks like a homeless crack ho might also be a factor. SEMI-RELATED: Let's enjoy this tune from Islands -- Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby.

BRITNEY SPEARS' trashtastic parenting is about to be ripped from today's headlines for the season premiere of Law & Order o­n September 22nd.

BRADGELINA: Pitt needs Boudreaux's Butt Paste, which, as it turns out, isn't as fun as it sounds to the childless.

MADONNA: The Russian parliament is blocking a plan to send Madge to the international space station. Won't they do anything to make the world a better place?

JIM CARREY and STEVE CARELL, who co-starred in Bruce Almighty, will be heard together again for a CGI-animated feature film of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: You can bet Cruise will be unhappy with an upcoming book by former Tony Pellicano associate Paul Barresi -- especially this interview with a a p0rn star named "Big Red." Cruise's lawyers, otoh, may be delighted.

KATIE COURIC has slid to third place in the evening news ratings after a week. Meanwhile, Couric's exit didn't put a dent in the Today show's ratings at NBC. The execs at CBS that decided to pay her 20 million aren't exactly looking like geniuses right now.

KATE HUDSON and CHRIS ROBINSON UPDATE: US Weekly reports that Hudson had a secret, sexy beach getaway with Owen "the Butterscotch Stallion" Wilson" in Hawaii this week.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX and EVA MENDEZ: Caught canoodling at Unik's party for Wyclef Jean last week.

THE FRENCH HOTEL was caught canoodling o­n video with Blink 182's Travis Barker. His estranged wife Shanna Moakler tells People that she feels "betrayed" by the news.

BORAT: British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will be o­n the agenda when Kazakhstan's Pres. Nazarbayev meets with Pres. Bush. Cohen (also the creator of Ali G) has infuriated the Kazakhstan government with his portrayal of bumbling Kazakh TV presenter Borat, which has become an upcoming movie (here's the trailer). A spokesman for the Kazakhstan Embassy says: "I cannot speak for the president himself, o­nly for the government, but I certainly don't think Pres Nazarbayev and Mr Bush will share a joke about the film." Though it would be a smarter PR move if they did.

IRAQ and the MEDIA: Monday, the Washington Post ran a piece by Thomas Ricks about the dire situation in Anbar province. I didn't note it here immediately, because it was based o­n a report that he had not read and no o­ne would quote to him, and because Ricks recently had to backpedal from crazy stuff he said o­n CNN. Wednesday, Ricks penned an article headlined "General Affirms Anbar Analysis." I know that writers generally don't write their headlines, but that o­ne reflects the article. Yet The New York Times headline is "Grim Report Out of Anbar Is Disputed by General." The reality is a little more complex than either account. The US did not focus o­n Anbar until last Fall. Some Sunni tribesmen have joined the new government, but this also drove extremists in those tribes to AQ in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Army has taken the lead in Tal Afar, and there is continued success recruiting more police in Anbar generally. But that's not as "sexy" a story as super-secret reports of doom.

ARMY RECRUITMENT: As long as I'm o­n the WaPo, I'll note that Ann Scott Tyson was forced to concede that the Army will meet its goal of recruiting 80K new active-duty soldiers this fiscal year, but warns that meeting next year's active-duty recruiting target of 80K will remain a major challenge. She made the same argument in February to suggest the Army was in danger of falling short this year. You would think that Ms. Tyson, having been caught relying o­n bogus statistics o­n Army recruits from an antiwar group by the papers ombudswoman less than a year ago, she would be more careful. But maybe she knows more about the journalistic standards at the WaPo than I do.

BIG BOY, the nearly 10-foot long gator that starred in Live and Let Die, as well as TV and commercials, is to be stuffed and put o­n display in Britain after fans left flowers and tributes following his death at age 45.

SNAKE in a JAIL requires treatment for an inmate and a correctional officer in Indiana.

HEY, IS THAT A SNAKE IN YOUR KNICKERS? Yes.

CHA CHA the Havanese dog talks to Barbara Walters, but remains silent around other humans, just to gaslight her.

TAPING BACON TO THE CAT: John Scalzi admits that he is "a strange, strange, strange man." Pic at the link, natch.

A GROUPER kills a spear-fisherman. It's like The Old Man and the Sea, o­nly more stupid.

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