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Saturday Sox Special   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Saturday, October 29, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

I CANNOT CLAIM TO BE A HUGE WHITE SOX FAN (or a Cubs fan, either), but you cannot grow up in Chicago without appreciaiting the historical achievement of a Chicago club winning the World Series. And when hundreds of thousands of people turn up o­n your doorstep -- in this case, the La Salle Street "Canyon" -- for the tickertape victory parade, it's impossible not to notice. It was enough of a spectacle that I thought a few of of y'all might enjoy the sights and sounds of the day. But I don't want to slow down the page further, so if you want the full coverage, just click the "Read more..." link at the bottom of this entry.

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Son Volt, Broken Social Scene, David Hasselhoff and 100 Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 28, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

[NOTE: Our server was down much of Thursday, so if you missed yesterday's entry, be sure to keep scrollin', scrollin', scrollin'...]

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

HALLOWEEN TIMEWASTERS: This online pumpkin carving is okay, but this tutorial in pumpkin carving is even better.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Fulfillment, from the sect of Homosaku.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: Frontman Alec Ounsworth does an e-mail interview with Paste: "I'd rather not do phone or face-to-face interviews because there have been whole sentences fabricated or certain leaps of faith made o­n the interviewer's part regarding what I've said." Pitchfork digs the band's new track, "Satan Said Dance."

SON VOLT: The band's October 21st show at the 9:30 Club can be streamed or downloaded from NPR.

THE BEACH BOYS are suing an auction house, claiming that 28 lots intended for sale next week, including original test pressings for some of their best known hits and the original arrangement sheets for "Good Vibrations"and "God Only Knows" -- both with handwritten notes from Brian Wilson -- were stolen.

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS will pack it in if they end up as a parody of the Kaiser Chiefs.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Billboard asks Jimmy Shaw about the difficulty in playing with BSS and (along with fellow BSS-er Emily Haines) the more new-wavey Metric. You can compare and contrast by watching the BSS video for "Almost Crimes" and Metric's video for "Monster Hospital" (Thanks, Brooklyn Vegan).

RYAN ADAMS: Scenestars now has an internet radio station that's all-Ryan, all-the-time. Which is also a good excuse to note that he and Parker Posey appear to be involved in a bizzare love triangle that has nothing to do with New Order.

SPIN and VIBE magazines have been quietly put o­n the market.

SCOTT MILLER: Little Hits is killing music with selections from Game Theory and the Loud Family.

DAVID HASSELHOFF: His "Best Of" collection is getting rave reviews o­n Amazon.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Moss has checked out of rehab. So what did ex-beau Johnny Depp reportedly give her to celebrate her release? A mirror.

REESE WITHERSPOON was terrified her first attempts to sing like June Carter Cash in Walk The Line would leak to the internet, because they were terrible. Witherspoon knows about the internet? Who'da thunkit?

KIRSTEN DUNST: It seems like her jokes about buying champagne at Costco may have some basis in fact, if the photos at Hollywood Rag are any indication.

CAPOTE: The tour-de-force of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has boosted sales of In Cold Blood and the biography that inspired the film (though the movie is based o­n about 50 pages of the bio).

MASTERS OF HORROR: Tonight -- if you're a Showtime subscriber -- you may want to check out the 13-part original horror anthology from a roster of directors and writers in the genre that deserve the title. First up is "Incident o­n and Off a Mountain Road," by Don Coscarelli. Later episodes are directed by John Carpenter, Joe Dante, John Landis, Tobe Hooper, Dario Argento and others.

KING KONG: Peter Jackson's remake of the classic is weighing in at three hours long and costing 207 million bucks.

LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD: The trailer for the upcoming Albert Brooks movie is available in glorious Quicktime.

YOUR MOMENT OF SITH: Just in time for the Revenge of the Sith DVD release next Tuesday, the leak of Yoda rapping and breakdancing.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie is sighing with relief after an Ethiopian judge ruled she is the legal guardian of baby daughter Zahara, despite the alleged mother coming forward.

VAUGHNISTON were in full make-out mode during Jon Favreau's birthday party. Vince, you're so money, baby.

NANCY SINATRA was unimpressed with Jessica Simpson's version of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin.'" Presumably, Nancy was referring to the audio, as opposed to the video.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly mocked her husband's attempts at singing. The same report o­n their marital misery claims that "while Spears was busy changing their infant son?s diapers, Federline reportedly spent two hours getting his hair braided." If it wasn't Spears, I would question whether it takes two hours to change diapers.

JESSICA BIEL: Since she was named "the sexiest woman alive" by Esquire magazine, I thought it would o­nly be fair to let people see the Esquire pictorial for themselves. After all, I am all about the fairness.

THE FRENCH HOTEL topped a Teen People poll of the biggest celebrity egos, beating out a number of musicians, including Kanye West and Jack White.

MICHAEL JACKSON is selling the Neverland ranch. He's reportedly missing the payroll for his employees there, too.

ELLE McPHERSON says PETA lied when the group claimed that she wanted to get out of her mink contract and was out in support of the line this week.

BROOKE SHIELDS is pregnant with her second child, which she plans to name Paxil, just to annoy Tom Cruise.

MICHAEL MOORE is a "corporate criminal, environmental menace and racist union-buster," according to a new book.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY has run back to ex-boyfriend Jamie Dornan.

CULT OF THE iPod: It's probably a misstep for Apple to try to use the recently departed Rosa Parks to sell the gadget. It's much better PR to have doctors putting medical images o­n them.

ROBOTS may perform surgery in space, guided by eartbound humans.

NANOTECH: These molecules were made for walkin.' And that's just what they'll do.

ATTACK OF THE BLOGS is the title of a story by David Lyons in Forbes magazine. Obviously, bloggers are going to respond. It should suffice to note that former dead-tree journalist Dan Gilmour thought it "a pile of trash." And that at least o­ne blogger doesn't think Lyons is accurate in another story, either.

KARL ROVE: As I write this, we don't know whether Bush's top political adviser will be indicted (The New York Times thinks not today), but it does look like he may be dumped by his longtime galpal for a ranch hand. However, he may be able to find love elsewhere.

IRAQ: London's Guardian (of all papers) has uncovered evidence of a growing split in the insurgency between the locals and the foreign jihadis of al Qaeda. StrategyPage notes that the Muslim media is less and less willing to be an apologist for al Qaeda, at least when it comes to killing Muslim civilians.

OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL implicates more than 2,000 companies, France, Russia and China -- all countries that coincidentally were in favor of lifting sanctions against Saddam and opposed the 2003 invasion.

FRANCE: The suspicion of past corruption tainting Jacques Chirac's presidency returned to haunt himWednesday when a court imposed suspended sentences and fines o­n his former henchmen for a scheme involving tens of millions in school building contract kickbacks. o­ne man missing from the proceedings was "the president whose name we dare not utter," a defense lawyer alleged.

A PUG named Torres claimed the crown of political top dog in the British parliament's dog of the year contest. Maybe Torres will bark out o­n behalf of the 26 percent of British dogs that suffer from their owners' stress.

EMILY THE CAT left her home in Appleton WI and sailed to France.

GOLDFISH: Under pressure from PETA, The First Assembly of God Church has agreed to discontinue the practice of swallowing live goldfish as part of its Fear Factor ministry.

PYTHON UPDATE: Today's encroachment o­n humanity is the 11 1/2 foot, 45-pounder found in an Iowa cornfield and taken to a reptile nature center in Ames.

100 PIGS used as an instrument of revenge.

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Rogue Wave, Art Brut, ELO, Aussie indies, and Cows as Fuel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

BELIEVE IT OR NOT (Thanks, Debbie):

ROGUE WAVE: The band's sophomore album, Descended Like Vultures, scored a respectable 7.8 o­n the Pitchfork and is doing the same or better at Metacritic. SF Weekly has a glowing piece that notes comparisons to the Shins and Simon & Garfunkel. It's album of the week for Gorilla vs. Bear, which is killing music with downloads and links to others. More upright citizens can stream a few from the band's MySpace page, with bonus tracks at the band's semi-secret MySpace page, including a cover of Buddy Holly's "Everyday." The band also has a list of music for the road posted at Amazon.

JOHN PEEL: The BBC has an article o­n the late DJ's lasting influence. London's Times inventories the 142 items in his box of singles (a list with something for everyone).

ART BRUT singer Eddie Argos talks to Chart Attack about the lighthearted approach of the band's album: "All those stories and stuff o­n the album are true. So it's funny that people think we're playing a character, like making comedy music. But I'm just trying to be honest, really." Although the band has taken down most of the free downloads from its website, I think you can still access a couple through 3hive and another from SPIN magazine.

THE BAND: The five disc A Musical History, with 102 tracks, of which nearly 40 are previously unreleased or unavailable o­n CD, racks up an impressive 8.7 o­n the Pitchfork.

JACK-FM: The supposedly iPod-like format is a hit in L.A., but ratings are down with New Yorkers. A Newsday columnist theorizes that "in a city filled with racial diversity and music that crosses racial divides, Jack sounds pretty darn white." Apparently, the columnist does not consider L.A. to be racially diverse.

BEYOND THE MONSTER MASH: The Onion's A.V. Club presents a "definitive mix" for Halloween. What, no Shaggs?

PEARL JAM and ROBERT PLANT are rockin' the Zeppelin o­n video floating 'round the internet.

KAISER CHIEFS frontman Ricky Wilson briefly passed out o­n stage Sunday night.

GENE SIMMONS will return to television next year with three new programs: a reality show, a cartoon and a boxing show.

LIZ PHAIR: If you're not inclined to buy her newer records, but not repelled by her, note that she's really getting into a weekly podcast available through her website.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA is featured this month by Stylus magazine as o­ne of the first inductees to its Hall of Fame.

AUSSIE INDIE BANDS, 1976-1992 are being catalogued at the Wikipedia. Some regular reader of this site ought to be able to write the entry for the Celibate Rifles!

WALK THE LINE: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, and a host of musical acts paid tribute to Johnny Cash for a TV special, to air November 16th o­n CBS -- just two days before the Cash biopic Walk The Line opens in theaters. I'm glad to read that The Killer stole the show.

MADONNA has no time for religious doctrines which discourage people from questioning their beliefs. Madge also regrets the strong sexuality she displayed early in her career, because it hurt lots of people, including half of the NBA.

AMERICA'S NEXT MUPPET is in development at ABC.

TV's TOP TEN SCARIEST CHARACTERS: List courtesy of MSNBC. The number o­ne choice is excellent.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' Nicollette Sheridan has become unengaged.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie told People that she wants to adopt again.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Li-Lo now claims that she was o­n an IV drip and nearly died after losing all that weight a few months back: "I was going through a lot of stuff and overworking and not thinking of my body. I was going through that phase that everyone goes through." Yes, everyone goes through that phase where you suddenly shed scary amounts of weight and nearly die. ALSO: Just how big is Li-Lo's forehead? And it looks like Lohan bought herself a trout mouth to go with her latest dye job.

NICOLAS CAGE decided to call his baby son Kal-El not o­nly because it's Superman's birth name, but also because it's short for Abracadabra Kal-El Shazam. Okay, that's way less crazy.

RACHEL McADAMS and Notebook co-star Ryan Gosling caught canoodling.

JOE MANTEGNA defies political correctness to say that some Hollywood heavyweights love to own and shoot guns: "Lots of guys in Hollywood love to shoot," Mantegna, a longtime gun sportsman, tells Fade In magazine. "But they ain't gonna talk to you." And they probably won't be calling Joe much in the future.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise ex Nicole Kidman is reportedly devastated by the news of Holmes' pregnancy. A "close fried" thinks Nic still has feelings for Cruise, but it could just be an intimate knowledge of the unfolding tragedy. Holmes is believed to be trying to sell Victoria Beckam o­n Scientology after a mystery illness struck the Beckhams' son.

JESSICA SIMPSON is in therapy, but hopes her marriage lasts forever. Which is why she spent her third marriage anniversary o­n another continent from husband Nick Lachey. And I don't know whether that's a joke.

CHLOE SEVIGNY is refusing to succumb to the media hysteria surrounding the bird flu virus: "Doesn't avian flu affect old people more? I'm young and healthy. I have a strong constitution. My mother breast-fed me for years." Which sorta gives me insight into how she ended up in The Brown Bunny.

JANET JACKSON denies she has a "secret" child. Carefully.

SHARON STONE is reportedly set to recreate her infamous leg-crossing scene in the sequel to Basic Instinct. Would there be some other point to a sequel?

CONDI RICE: USA Today photoshopped the Secretary of State to make her look like she's possessed, causing the paper to issue an editor's note with the story.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY wants to have a clause written into her movie contracts to ensure she always gets to kiss her leading man.

HALLOWEEN is under assault in Europe by those who find it a "bad American habit."

X-RAY VISION: Apparently, these lenses from Kaya Optics are a technologial leap ahead of what used to be sold in comic books.

EDU-BLOGGING: The 38th Carnival of Education is o­nline.

I AM SUPERMAN: Oh, wait... maybe not.

SCIENCE EXPLAINS PAM ANDERSON: According to a landmark Canadian study, women who are educated, married or heavy are more likely to have low sex drives and less likely to have orgasms during intercourse. ALSO: Ms. Anderson has vowed to put her boobs away for good, and concentrate o­n her other assets: "My mom told me I've got beautiful eyes and a beautiful smile, that's what a man wants to see."  So look for her next layout in Maxim magazine to feature Pam in a burqa. Either that, or she will be sporting ginormous dental veneers.

IRAN: President Ahmadinejad has declared that Israel is a "disgraceful blot" that should be "wiped off the map" words you usually don't want to hear from a country with a nuclear program.

IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION: The first half of October saw the completion of a gas turbine rehabilitation, a new village water distribution network serving tens of thousands, ten school renovations, two police station renovations, a fire station renovation, improved security for a number of buildings, two road repair projects, a new power substation, new miles of electrical cable, and so o­n. But these aren't "grim milestones" and thus will disappear down the memory hole, even though such projects are part of the US strategy.

IRAQ II: Blogger Bill Roggio has been invited to embed with Marines in the Anbar Province. And while many predicted the ratification of the constitution would alienate the Sunni Arab minority, three Sunni Arab parties have announced a coalition to run in December's parliamentary elections, urge Iraqis to take part in the polls and reject any calls for a boycott.

MUST LOVE DOGS: Dogster is an o­nline dating service for dogs.

CAT saves woman from a house fire in Nora Springs, IA.

AMAZONIAN PARROT sings "How much is that doggie in the window?" and "Alouette" to surprised Pennsylvania state senators from a statehouse balcony after Lt. Gov. Knoll formally recognized the bird.

COWS can power trains and cars. But you probably don't want to watch the video showing how.

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The Blue Van, Mystery Train, Pavement, Badgers and Banned Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

CREAM began its three-night reunion at Madison Square Garden. While the Boston Globe had a boffo review, Rolling Stone, the New York Daily News and The New York Times were a bit more restrained in their praise.

WILCO has four tracks from the upcoming live DVD available for view in streaming Quicktime.

THE HIVES recently did a DJ stint playing some of their favorite tunes for the Ausie Broadcating Corp., which can be streamed from the link.

THE BLUE VAN: If you think the Hives are okay, you may well like The Blue Van, a Danish outfit that cites The Who, The Small Faces, The Sonics and the MC5 as influences. You can stream a few from MySpace. There are a couple of MP3s for download at You Ain't No Picasso, including a cover of "Have Love, Will Travel," but it's not killing music, as they are available through the band's website. But if you go to the band's site, you can also snag a cover of "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag."

ELVIS PRESLEY: Most everyone has seen the King with President Nixon, but Elvis World Japan has a directory full of other celebrity meetings, including Rosalyn Carter, B.B. King, Jane Russell, country great Hank Snow, Sophia Loren and many, many, more.

MYSTERY TRAIN: Locust St. is killing music with the original single by Little Junior's Blue Flames.

THE POSIES: Jon Auer is interviewed in Losing Today.

COLDPLAY frontman Chris Martin has revealed that Coldplay's lyrics need improving? How about "admitted?" Speaking of admissions, Martin -- recently named the world's sexiest vegetarian -- admits he eats things that have breathed.

PAVEMENT: Turquoise Days is killing music with a bunch of live covers, including Echo & the Bunnymen, the Velvet Underground and the Pixies.

TED NUGENT thinks that Sharon Osbourne should be slapped silly. And to think the Nuge used to say things that could be considered controversial...

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS: London's Guardian asks, Have they changed the music business? the correct answer is "no," though they do show how the business is changing.

PETER GABRIEL will be organizing the opening ceremonies for the World Cup.

FIERY FURNACES' newest scores a mere 4.0 o­n the Pitchfork: "Rehearsing My Choir is a sprawling piano opera starring Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger's grandmother, Olga Sarantos, and it's every bit as terrible and fantastic as it sounds." And it's not doing much better at Metacritic.

WONDERWALL: The Top Five Ironic Versions of the Oasis staple are listed by the Harvard Independent.

PUMP AUDIO helps independent musicians and artists who are o­n small labels, or unsigned, get their songs o­nto cable TV and into commercials.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer pens a piece for London's Guardian to explain... why he should write a theme song for his favorite soccer team. After all, a man has to have priorities.

GWYNETH PALTROW has cryptically confirmed she is pregnant again. She has also slammed reports she criticized Britain and plans to return to her native America: "The British press are just ridiculous. I've never said anything like that." Of course, she reportedly made the comments to the US edition of Marie Claire magazine...

BETTING o­n CELEBS: Speaking of pregnant celebrities, online gamblers think it's likely that Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are expecting. They also pick Angelina Jolie as most likely to be the next Bond girl over Jessica Alba.

GEORGE CLOONEY: For future reference, it's okay to go to the hospital before the spinal fluid starts leaking from your nose. You're a bigtime movie star; someone will take you to the hospital if you demand to go.

DANNY BONADUCE may be sober, but he still can't seem to get happy: "It's embarrassing, but I'm at my happiest when I'm getting punched in the face," he tells FHM magazine.

SUSAN SARANDON: Yeah, it was kinda inevitable that you would have to talk to your son about playing a lesbian vampire.

AL PACINO: James Caan, Ed Harris, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia, Meryl Streep, Marisa Tomei, Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves were among those saluting Pacino as he was presented with the 2005 American Cinematheque Award o­n Friday. As a tribute to Pacino's career, each of them shouted the last part of their speeches. Except Colin Farrell, who gave his speech sans pants. That last bit is true.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Jolie may be working o­n a full-frontal pictorial together, if In Touch magazine is to be belived. In the meantime, we make do with a pic of Jolie alongside her equally crazed looking brother at the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Benefit Gala. At least they didn't make out this time.

SEN. JOHN McCAIN will guest-star in an episode of 24 this season, playing an ambitious Senator who thinks he should be the pretend President o­n the show.

EVA LONGORIA: The Desperate Housewife just wants to hang out at the Wal-Mart in San Antonio. Or she's planning a future career in stand-up comedy.

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO, star of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, forced the early end of an NBC-mandated sex harrassment sensitivity seminar by berating a network attorney over the issue of whether an actor might need to watch pornography in his trailer.

ALEC BALDWIN: Maybe his custody battle with Kim Basinger would be less bitter if he could land a date.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Perez Hilton gets first-had news that Li-Lo is covering "The Edge Of Seventeen" o­n her new album, reportedly with a cameo from Stevie Nicks. Oh boy.

CULT OF THE iPod: The photo here is of an art piece, but you can now buy the iBelieve, billed as "a social commentary o­n the fastest growing religion in the world."

TOP TECH TRENDS, as divined by futurists asked by Wired News.

NANOTECH: FWIW, Nanodot is liveblogging the Foresight Conference.

GOOGLE would like to know a lot more about you to put in the Google Base.

THE NEW REPUBLIC has launched a blog called The Plank. On day one, there was a lot of discussion of... Michael Jordan.

A GRIM MILESTONE: That's what the AP called the 200th US military death in Iraq. That quote was used in a BBC story. ABC News also called it a "grim milestone." So did CBS News. And Scripps Howard News Service. And Canada's Globe and Mail. And the International Herald-Tribune, (though you may have seen the version that appeared in The New York Times.) And the New York Daily News. And London's Times. And NPR. And the Village Voice. And the San Francisco Chronicle. And the Chicago Tribune story that ran o­n Knight-Ridder's wire. And Islam Online. The picture to the right was on the front page of MSNBC.com on Tuesday. Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, the spokesman for the American-led multinational force, called o­n news organizations not to look at the 2,000th death as a milestone in the conflict, noting that it "is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations."

IRAQ: Bill Roggio posts o­n raids in Husaybah, Karabilah and Ushsh. Some women in Baghdad are taking up arms in private security jobs for reasons both personal and political. Seventy-nine percent of Iraqi voters approved the draft constitution; the press focused o­n Sunni Arab claims of vote fraud, though UN officials rejected them. These stories almost always quote Saleh Mutlaq and Hussein al-Falluji without mentioning that their NDC is home to many former Baathists and that the largest Sunni party, the IIP, has its sights set o­n the December elections. Indeed, the deadline for registering parties and electoral coalitions is Friday.

DOZENS OF PILOT WHALES have died after stranding themselves o­n a beach o­n the Australian island of Tasmania.

BADGERS break into a jail and attack the guards in Wiltshire, England.

UK PIGS: A West Yorkshire school has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children. British banks are banning piggy banks for fear of offending some Muslims. Neither seem to fear offending Muslims with the stereotype that they are all hotheads waiting for some excuse to blow their stacks.

GOLDFISH BOWLS are banned in Rome as animal cruelty. The city council also requires owners to regularly exercise their dogs.

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Ditty Bops, Bluegrass, The Jam, Zombies, Witches and Religious Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

DITTY BOPS are profiled in Paste, but that piece doesn't really capture their mix of influences, including appalachian folk and western swing. You can stream their album from their website and check out their calendar.

SUFJAN STEVENS gets a good concert review from London's Independent.

THE ARROGANTS: Gorilla vs. Bear is touting this band as "Beautiful indie pop music, recommended for fans of The Sundays or Mazzy Star." That's certainly in the ballpark. There are a few MP3s at the link, but plenty more at the band's site. or you can stream a few from the band's MySpace page.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: The Boston Globe talks to Kevin Drew about the self-titled album as a reaction to the band's sudden semi-success: ''We didn't want to come out swinging. We wanted to come out sliding." Toronto Life talks to BSS producer (and occasional member) Dave Newfeld about his style and role in making BSS records.

BLUEGRASS: Billboard reports that it's good times for the form, with live shows and satellite radio broadening the bluegrass audience, especially younger fans.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS play a wedding gig of sorts.

THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN, the indie tribute to Rubber Soul comes out today. Frank ay Chromewaves is largely unimpressed, and kills Nellie McKay's jazzy "If I Needed Someone" this week. Low's version of "Nowhere Man" pops up at You Ain't No Picasso. You can stream samples at the album's web site and stream a few complete tracks from the site's "media" page.

THE JAM: Where are they now? Ex-Jam drummer Rick Buckler has formed a Jam tribute band, while Bruce Foxton plays with Stiff Little Fingers and Paul Weller tours solo. ALSO: Pate fans of the old school should note today's US release of the BBC compilation. A review of the UK release suggests it's a hodgepodge of studio and live material. Will the extra live disc be included?

BONO says Yoko Ono thinks of him as John Lennon's "son." Would Julian Lennon consider that a compliment?

LIZ PHAIR: Carl Wilson covers the Phair hoax blog, and thinks she might have been better suited to "The Star-Spangled Banner" than "God Bless America" at the World Series. Considering that she was a bit flat and worse o­n the high notes, I'd have to agree. BTW, the first two people I asked about her World Series appearance had the same response: "I had to leave the room."

PROTEIN WISDOM: Jeff Goldstein is again talking back to 80s music.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The shamed supermodel is writing poetry in rehab to help her relax.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY wept for an entire day after a critic slammed her lap dancing performance in Domino. Fortunately, I've heard her performance in the upcoming remake of Pride and Prejudice is much better. In the meantime, if she wants to work o­n her lap dancing, I know how to do constructive criticism.

STEVE MARTIN received the eighth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center Sunday night. In accepting the award, Martin pulled a slip of paper from his pocket, to read his favorite Twain "quote": "For God's sake, please don't name an award after me."

HOMER SIMPSON won the title of Philosopher Of The Decade from the British edition of Men's Health magazine. Editor Morgan Rees said: "These are people of real substance and solid achievement rather than temporary fame."

MISTER INCREDIBLE busted by the LAPD, along with Catwoman and others.

DASHTON: OK magazine is rumored to be furious at having paid three million for the lame B&W Kutcher-Moore wedding photos.

100 GREATEST MOVIES are to be listed by Total Film later this week, but the mag has already teased the Top Ten. Citizen Kane is number six, beaten by films including Fight Club. The number o­ne movie is funny.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie is furious with her Beowulf co-star Ray Winstone for leaking news about her alleged engagement to Pitt. Jolie is said to have refused to shoot any more scenes with Winstone until he apologizes. Meanwhile, Vaughniston is shacked up in the same West Hollywood villa where Billy Bob Thornton and Jolie began their affair.

WILLIAM SHATNER: The lower back pain that drove him to a hospital last week was caused by a kidney stone. Now he's showing it off o­n TV.

HOWARD STERN is losing audience even before his move to satellite radio.

ZOMBIE UPDATE: The Sci-Fi channel traces the history of Zombies and the possibility of contagious Zombochondria.

INTERVIEW WITH THE SAVIOUR: In two weeks, Anne Rice, the chronicler of vampires and witches, will publish Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, a novel about the seven-year-old Jesus, narrated by Christ himself. The advance notices say she's pulled it off.

WITCHES AND SATANISTS could use Britain's Racial and Religious Hatred Bill to trigger police investigations of their critics, should it become law. A similar law in Australia was used by a jailed witch to launch a criminal prosecution of the Salvation Army after it criticized witchcraft.

JESSICA ALBA seems annoyed that she always gets scripts that involve nudity: "Somehow, I don't think this is happening to Natalie Portman." Obviously, Alba has not seen Portman play a stripper in Closer, even though the pictures and even video is easy to find o­n the 'net. Do I need to note that, while not involving nudity, the links are probably NSFW?

IRAQ: Three enormous suicide bombs blew up near the Palestine Hotel -- home to many foreign journalists in Iraq --because the insurgents and jihadis know that the view from these hotels are what most media outlets show as representing Iraq as a whole. The head of the Arab League has strongly condemned the insurgents; the league previously supported Saddam and has been seen as biased toward Iraq's Sunni Arab minority. CNN has a video report o­n the effectiveness of Iraqi forces. Iraqi oil revenues were a record 2.6 billion dollars in September; a search of Google News suggests that the story is being ignored.

IRAQ II: Bill Roggio has posts up o­n unrest in Ramadi, the handover of four districts in Baghdad to the Iraqi Army, and conflicting press accounts o­n Miqdadiyah. However, the negative report from Knight-Ridder's Tom Lasseter linked there on the last point is contradicted not o­nly by the New York Times story mentioned, but also by outlets as diverse as Stars & Stripes and the Christian Science Monitor. Given Lasseter's record, I'm not surprised.

IRAQ BODY COUNTS: The Washington Post has a story about the U.S. military's revival of publicizing enemy body counts, which the story notes was "discredited" during the Vietnam War. Such body counts may not be the best way of measuring progress, but then why does the US media routinely publicize US military and Iraqi civilian deaths as though they are useful? The AP, Reuters and AFP are already anticipating the 2000th US military death.

CULT OF THE iPod: Looks like Apple will face a class-action lawsuit over those easily-scratched Nano screens, after all...

NANOTECH meets Kabbalah. Maybe it will be the theme of Madonna's next album. ALSO: Ten times lighter than steel, but 250 times stronger and superconductive! That's the hope for Buckypaper.

MAKE AN INFRARED CAMERA out of your old digital model. The French Hotel should take note.

HURRICANE KATRINA: All three levee breaches are looking less like acts of God and more like failures of engineering.

ROSA PARKS, dead at 92. By now, I would hope you already heard this, but better safe than sorry.

A DONKEY, LAMBS GOATS and ALPACAS are getting religion in Suffolk.

ANOTHER PYTHON, ANOTHER TOILET: Today's spotting comes from Kuala Lampur.

BRINGING YOUR PET COPPERHEAD TO SCHOOL sounds like a great idea, until it bites someone who may now lose an arm.

CATERPILLARS threaten the nation's maple syrup supply.

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