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Okkervil River, Loose Fur, Drunken C-Listers and the Squirrat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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OKKERVIL RIVER gets an audio feature at NPR with three streaming songs from Black Sheep Boy and Black Sheep Boy Appendix.

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS have reached a truce with the Kaiser Chiefs and get praise from the Test Icicles.

ROBERT JOHNSON, DAVID BOWIE and CREAM are among those slated for Grammy Lifetime Achievement awards.

GNIKSAMKCAB: The Wall Street Journal just ran a front page story mentioning the website.

DOWNLOAD PROBE: Digital Music News has a source claiming that New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer is looking at the way major labels constructed contracts with various paid music outlets.

THE FLAMING LIPS have an advance track from At War With The Mystics available from iTunes, Rhapsody and other o­nline music services.

ROD STEWART: At 61 years old, a seven-week-old baby can be a little tiring.

LOOSE FUR, which features Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche with multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke, will release Born Again in the U.S.A. o­n March 21. BONUS: Prefix has a review of and video from Tweedy's solo show in NYC.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS has announced new tour dates for February and March.

THE SUBWAYS also have tour dates for March, including cities where Pate site members live.  You can stream a few from MySpace or download the T. Rex-influenced "Rock and Roll Queen" right now.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer has been charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, but apparently not with DUI. And he's had to take over guitar duties with Babyshambles, as their guitarist quit at the holidays.

JENNY LEWIS: CMJ has details of the Rilo Kiley singer's solo album, due January 24.

THE WHITE STRIPES: Jack has been ordered to shut up for two weeks to recuperate from an acute vocal cord injury. Meg is the new face for Marc Jacobs' fashion line.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Li-Lo is "appalled" by her Vanity Fair interview. In a statement released Tuesday to Teen People magazine, Lohan denied having bulimia and said, "The words that I gave to the writer for Vanity Fair were misused and misconstrued, and I'm appalled with the way it was done." VF stands by its story.

MR. BLACKWELL issued his 46th annual "Worst Dressed" list, led by "over-the-hill Lolita" Britney Spears -- even before these pictures hit the Internet. Many of my other favorite targets also made the list.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS: The usual mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. What can you make of awards like the "Crest Whitestrips Fans Favorite Smile?" And the Choices are...

COLIN FARRELL sex tape is out o­n the Internet.

JOHNNY DEPP has been tipped to star in the film adaptation of Sweeney Todd.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX has directed a music video.

JESSICA SIMPSON may be drunk dialing Nick Lachey, a source tells Star magazine -- so who could doubt it? Meanwhile, the couple have sold their Newlyweds house to Justin Berfield of Malcolm in the Middle.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON told Match Point co-star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers not to stare at her chest during their nude scenes. Which is sorta like asking you not to think of an elephant. Or two.

BRADGELINA: Ananova reports that Pitt phoned Jennifer Aniston to tell her that Jolie is pregnant -- a story no doubt floated by the Bradgelina camp to counter the original -- and much funnier -- rumor. ALSO: Forgot to note that Jolie filed papers to change the last names of Maddox and Zahara to Jolie-Pitt.

NATALIE PORTMAN is considering shaving her head again... and not for a movie.

LOST: Naveen Andrews, who plays Iraqi soldier Sayid o­n the hit show, has acknowledged that he fathered a child while briefly separated from longtime girlfriend Barbara Hershey. Evangeline Lilly had the pilot script rewritten to avoid a nude scene. E! has some teasers for the second half of the season.

MIKE MYERS, just separated, has his mojo workin'.

THE FRENCH HOTEL: Speaking of drunk...

RONALD REAGAN: Historian Richard Reeves wrote The Reagan Detour in 1985; his new book, President Reagan, is part of a significant shift in elite opinion about our 40th president. He is no longer viewed as "an unwitting tool of a manipulative staff," in Reeves's phrase. Reeves now thinks Pres. Bush is a puppet of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. So if you're keeping score, Reagan is no longer Reagan, Bush is Reagan, except that he's no Reagan.

IRAQ: Both Shiite and Sunni Arabs celebrated the Islamic feast of sacrifice Tuesday with calls for an end to the bloodshed that has wracked Iraq since last month's elections, though Sunnis also renewed calls for the withdrawal of US troops. Sen. Hillary Clinton slammed what she called an "unforgivable" failure by the Bush administration to provide potentially lifesaving body armor to US troops, though -- as noted here Monday -- the troops don't all see it that way. The AP ran a story headlined "Fear Keeps Mosul Residents From Informing." Absent from the story are any figures as to the past or current level of tips. We do learn from the story that terror attacks in Mosul are pushing the locals more toward the US troops. And we learn from Haider Ainja (an Iraqi-American who translates Iraqi media) that tips recently helped defuse a number of bombs and discover of number of weapons caches in Mosul.

IRAN broke U.N. seals o­n its nuclear enrichment facility Tuesday, causing the US and other countries to threaten to take the issue to the UN Security Council -- where nothing will happen without support from Russia and China that is nowhere to be seen.

NANOTECH: Nanotech booster Glenn Reynolds liked the nanotech-gone-wrong thriller, The Cunning Blood.

SQUIRRAT: A simple case of hair loss, or a mythical cross-breed of squirrels and rats? London's Sun investigates!

FLAMING MOUSE UPDATE: A small town rumor that sparked world wide interest about a mouse burning down a house has been denied by the house's owner.

LION ATTACKS are on the rise in Tanzania and Mozambique. But not in Detroit.

CAT CSI: A cat owner used DNA evidence to pursue the case that her cat was killed by a neighbor's dog.

CALF BURIED UP TO ITS NOSE is rescued by hunters as its mother paced and walked in circles nearby.

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We Are Scientists, Morningwood, Yupsters, Stable Cat and Fugitive Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

WE ARE SCIENTISTS singer Keith Murray talks to Newsday about trying to translate British buzz to success at home. The band's Love and Squalor album comes out today; you may be able to stream the whole album in The Booth at MySpace, but if they've changed it, you can still stream three from the band's MySpace page or hit the Sci-Cave.

MORNINGWOOD -- more MTV-friendly and polarizing to hipsters than We Are Scientists -- also has an album coming out today. It's streaming courtesy of AOL Music. And you don't have to belong to AOL to hear it.

MY SPACE: USA Today has another piece o­n how teens and bands love it. However, some bloggers are accusing new owner Rupert Murdoch of interfering with their ability to access rival sites.

THE ROLLING STONES: The folks at the Superbowl have revoked a controversial ban against having audience members over the age of 45 o­n the field during the Stones' halftime performance. Critics had insisted the decision meant the rockers, who boast a combined age of 246, were too old for their own show.

HEATHER MILLS McCARTNEY is preparing to undergo major surgery to stop the constant pain she has suffered since giving birth to their daughter BEATRICE in 2003. Sir Paul is quite the kidney disturber.

THE HOLD STEADY will be previewing some new tunes while touring the South, San Diego and L.A.

BJORK was voted the world's most eccentric star in a survey for the BBC's Homes & Antiques magazine, beating out Elton John, Johnny Rotten and more.

T.REX DELUXE REISSUES get varied ratings o­n the Pitchfork.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are finishing up a double album with Rick Rubin, due in April.

YUPSTERS -- or do you call them "Yindies" -- "occupy a precarious and troubling spot in our culture," so the L.A. Weekly warns of ten signs of the Yindie apocalypse.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Sarah Hepola, former music editor at the Dallas Observer, has her parents review Bright Eyes, Kanye West and more.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: British police are homing in o­n the drug dealer who sold cocaine to the supposedly sober supermodel.

BFCA CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS: Brokeback Mountain took three top honors, including best picture. But Heath Ledger lost the best actor award to Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who thanked his coleagues because he's "not the easiest guy to work with." Reese Witherspoon won the best actress award for Walk The Line. Paul Giamatti pulled off the biggest upset of the night, winning for best supporting actor in Cinderella Man over odds-on favorite George Clooney.

PORN AWARDS: The 23rd annual Adult Video News (AVN) Awards were held over the weekend. Adult entertainment, including porn videos and films shot mainly in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, racked up estimated sales of 12.6 billion in 2005, according to statistics compiled by AVN. That's more than the US theatrical revenue for mainstream Hollywood films. It was a big night for Pirates -- o­ne of the costliest adult movies ever produced -- which won 11 awards. But like Hollywood, even the porn biz has remake fever -- with The New Devil in Miss Jones winning best film.

HILARY SWANK and CHAD LOWE have decided to separate. He should have seen it coming after she won the Oscar in 2000 for Boys Don't Cry and forgot to thank him.

HARRY BELAFONTE, hanging out with Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez, calls Pres. Bush "the greatest tyrant in the world" and "the greatest terrorist in the world." I'll bet Harry fits right in o­n that famous boat of his.

BRITNEY SPEARS plans to make her comeback by guesting o­n Spenderline's debut album? If true, it would be proof that love is blind... and occasionally mentally challenged.

BRADGELINA have convinced Richard Branson to allow them to be aboard the Virgin Galactic Spaceship which will lift off in 2010.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Li-Lo is rumored to be dating Leo DiCaprio, but are they compatible?

MUNICH: The movie's chances for awards are damaged by the Academy's copy-protection scheme.

KATE BECKINSALE sometimes forgets how hot she looks in a latex catuit.

TARA REID: It looks like cleaning up her act was not o­ne of her New Year's resolutions.

SAM MENDES: The director of American Beauty admits it was overrated.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER said a weekend accident requiring 15 stitches in his lip won't stop him from riding motorcycles. The Governator does not have a motorcycle endorsement o­n his driver license, though an exemption for cycles with sidecars means he didn't break any laws Sunday when he was involved in the collision.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Pastor J. Grant Swank, Jr. writes that Cruise is doing the work of Satan. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

KIRSTIE ALLEY nicely dodges the question of why Scientology couldn't help her lose weight.

SHERYL CROW is shooting down rumors that she's been visiting fertility clinics. Maybe because of the other rumor that Lance Armstrong dumped her.

JOE PESCI moonlights as a jazz singer.

RACHEL WEISZ confirmed she's five months pregnant with movie-maker fiance Darren Aronofsky's baby.

OPRAH got conned by A Million Little Pieces, author James Frey's supposedly nonfiction memoir of his vomit-caked years as an alcoholic, drug addict, and criminal... which turns out to have been "embellished," to put it charitably.

JESSICA SIMPSON just paid a grand for a framed lithograph of a stick woman at the Jack Gallery in Monterey titled, "You Say I'm a B-tch Like It's a Bad Thing."

BORN TO JUDGE: Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is a Springsteen fan, which probably has the Boss ready to tear his hair out.

SUICIDE BOMBERS: As George Clooney notes, we need to understand them. So it's worth noting that the belief that suicide bombers are poor, uneducated, disaffected or disturbed is contradicted by science. One method to attenuate murdercide is to target dangerous groups that influence individuals, such as Al ­Qaeda; another method, says Princeton University economist Alan B. Krueger, is to increase the civil liberties of the countries that breed terrorist groups.

IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar writes that the Islamic Party swiftly rejected Zarqawi's call that it abandon the political process and go back to the "right path." Omar also notes that the Kurdish decision to nominate Jalal Talabani for the presidency was well-received by the largest Sunni Arab party. Pres. Talabani and outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, a Shiite, both expressed support for a united front. The US has stepped up contacts with some Iraqi insurgent groups in a bid to exploit tensions between Iraqi insurgents and Al-Qaeda in several predominantly Sunni cities, including Taji, Ysefiya, Qaim and Ramadi. Bill Roggio has more o­n Ramadi. And three-month-old Iraqi girl suffering from life-threatening spina bifida was recovering after a successful three-hour operation in Atlanta.

NSA SURVEILLANCE: Although the Washington Post runs headlines like "Report Rebuts Bush o­n Spying," The New York Times more accurately reported that a report by the Congressional Research Service "reached no bottom-line conclusions o­n whether the program was legal, in part because it said so many details of the operation remain classified." You can download the CRS report and read it for yourself. I would add that as an arm of Congress, CRS has an interest in arguing that Congress has the power to constrain the President, just as he has an interest in asserting they do not.

STABLE CAT befriends a horse, annoys the pigs and ducks.

DOGGIE-STYLE: The New York Times (via the Chicago Tribune) surveys websites offering fashion for dogs. (Thanks, Debbie)

WILD BOAR not so wild, but nonetheless shot while taking a nap in the guest bedroom in a Bavarian family's house after fleeing from hunters.

FUGITIVE COW UPDATE: "Molly B," the cow recaptured after escaping a Missouri abattoir probably will be spared the killing floor after employees at Mickey's Packing Plant voted 10-1 to keep her alive.

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Lou Rawls, Jens Lekman, CYHSY video, Bosley the Pug and Mouse Vengeance   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 09, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

GARY "ELVIS" SCHEPERS UPDATE: The first benefit concert dates are o­n the Pitchfork, with more to follow.

PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH: Fire destroyed this 116-year-old Chicago church o­n Friday, a historic structure that was built as a synagogue and became known as the birthplace of American gospel music. But you may know it as the place where "Joliet" Jake Blues had a divine revelation.

TOUR DATES for the Arctic Monkeys, as well as the twin bill of Belle & Sebastian with the New Pornographers are out, including many cities with Pate fans.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL (ex-Belle & Sebastian) and Mark Lanegan (ex-Screaming Trees) have put out the Ramblin' Man EP as a preview of their Ballad Of The Broken Seas album. The EP is streaming.

ROBERT FRIPP is providing the themes for the next generation of Windows. Channel 9 has video of the recording session.

JON PARELES writes in The New York Times that "2005 was a year for unheroic, unambitious pop with little more to say than 'Play me o­n the radio.'" At Coolfer, Glenn offers a rebuttal, noting there has always been a gap between the critically-acclaimed and the popular. Both seem to think pop should be more political, as though the public is clamoring for Pink's open letter to the President.

DEF LEPPARD is doing an album of covers, including T. Rex and The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset."

LOU RAWLS died Friday of cancer at 72. Rawls was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2004 and brain cancer in May 2005. He did an excellent show when I saw him and (as some of you know) I will always have fond memories of "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine." NPR has an audio report. The Boston Herald has a wonderful piece also, starting with the time that Rawls was declared dead... in 1958.

SYD BARRETT TURNED 60 o­n Friday, so London's Independent solicited remembrances of the crazy diamond, including o­ne from David Gilmour o­n trying to work with Syd after his meltdown.

JENS LEKMAN was supposedly going o­n hiatus, but he talked and played o­n NPR over the weekend. Streaming songs there, too, so you can hear lyrics such as "Yeah, I got busted/I painted a dirty word o­n your old man's Mercedes-Benz/'Cause you told me to do it..." with punchy horns, soulful harmonica and hand-claps.

THE ANTI-HIT LIST: John Sakomoto has ten songs to look forward to in 2006, including Elivis Costello reworking "Clubland" as "a joyful Latin jazz showcase."

SONIC YOUTH has begun recording its next album at Sear Sound Studio in New York, where the group put such prior albums as Sister and Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star to tape.

TED NUGENT may not have been in suspended animation since the '60s, but for someone still thinking about running for Governor of Michigan, the man has no inner monologue.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Reeling from recent photographs depicting the supposedly sober supermodel embracing new beau Jamie Burke, the troubled singer is having his tattoo bearing the letter 'K' removed from his left arm. Meanwhile, Moss insists she's too busy working to return to Britain for police questioning. Or she will return and is very happy to co-operate with the police, depending o­n which tabloid you read.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE knocked 'em dead in London, according to the Guardian

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH gets profiled by Scotland o­n Sunday while rehearsing earlier this month for Late Night With Conan O'Brien. You can see the video of that appearance at Prefix... though it's not their best, it's not bad.

JOAN JETT: The Tacoma News-Tribune lists ten reasons she rocks.

CULT OF THE iPod (CELEB ED.): London's Guardian "asked eight very different musicians to swap iPods. No o­ne knew whose tunes they were listening to, but that didn't stop them from guessing - and making some rather harsh judgments..."

JASON ISBELL, the youngest Drive-By Trucker, talks about his upcoming solo album.

GARY GLITTER, now charged with committing obscene acts with two underaged girls, gets a little support from Roger Daltrey, who says Glitter nedds to be helped, rather than shot.

COURTNEY LOVE lost the historic bungalow she bought in the late 1990s to a Los Angeles mortgage company after a foreclosure auction generated no bids.

JESSICA SIMPSON had the most photos in US Weekly in 2005. Meanwhile, estranged hubby Nick Lachey admits he liked to wear her shoes. Maybe it gave him an idea of what it was like to wear the Daisy Dukes in that relationship.

STAGE PARENTS: When Lindsay Lohan admitted in the new issue of Vanity Fair that she'd used drugs "a little" and was throwing up her lunch, her mom/manager Dina blew it off. The New York Daily News surveys Dina, creepy dad/manager Joe Simpson and more.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Surprisingly (to me, anyway) Hostel topped the weekend, despite its gruesome subject matter and R-rating. Narnia placed, with Kong to show.

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS name Capote best picture of 2005 after six ballots. A History of Violence earned second place. Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman was voted best actor; second place to Jeff Daniels in The Squid and the Whale. Reese Witherspoon was selected as best actress for Walk the Line; Keira Knightley won second place for Pride and Prejudice. Best nonfiction film went to Grizzly Man.

THE DECADE THE BLOCKBUSTER DIED: The Long Tail blog offers a two-part analysis of the relative lack of multi-platinum albums in this century.

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN: The cowboys in Sheridan, WY, don't cotton much to them pudding-eating types, despite the popularity of the gay rodeo circuit in America.

XTINA AGUILERA shot video to play during a now-cancelled tour that looks like vintage erotica.

FACTORY GIRL: Sienna Miller promos the production by posing like Edie Sedwick for Vogue. Thanks to Google, it's easy to determine whether it's live or Memorex.

KATE BECKINSALE thinks American football and baseball are gay. NTTAWWT, aside from annoying sports fans and gay people.

HEATH LEDGER: Fathering a child made him want to start a war. Which is odd enough, but especially so from the mouth that said, ""I wouldn't want to go to war for anything either. Unless it was really to protect my family and it was my homeland being invaded."

BRADGELINA: Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has laughed off reports he is building an seaside skyscraper with Pitt.

GWYNETH PALTROW and JENNIFER ANISTON reportedly bonding over some Brad-bashing.

GEORGE CLOONEY explains why the suicide bombers in Syriana are sympathetically depicted as pious heroes while all the Americans in the movie are greedy or homicidal cynics: "They the terrorists are, in a way, the most sympathetic, but I think that's important... because if you are going to fight a war o­n terror, which is not a state that you can go and bomb, then you need to understand what it is that creates the people who would do such horrible things, rather then just saying - labeling them as evildoers." While we need to understand what makes terrorists tick, it does not follow that they must be given sympathetic treatment in film. Five of the 9/11 attackers made several trips to Las Vegas to hold meetings, gamble and be entertained by topless dancers. Not very pious. Getting a man with the mental ability of a four year-old to carry out a suicide attack is not particularly heroic. Moreover, many Muslims don't view beheading teachers or translators as Islamic. So portraying such people sympathetically may show that Clooney needs to work harder at understanding what makes terrorists tick.

EDU-BLOGGING: Forgot to mention that the 48th Carnival of Education is o­nline.

IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar discusses the creation of the third large political bloc, led by Allawi and suggests the parties are using the time until the final election results are announced to "organize their lines, probe the pulse of other parties and prepare for the real negotiations that are yet to come." Bill Roggio responds to corrections made to a Washington Post article that lumped him in with paid propaganda; folks across the political spectrum think Roggio was unfairly treated. Meanwhile, it seems that the Army has started to recognize the value of milblogs in getting their story out.

BODY ARMOR: The New York Times (via the Houston Chronicle) reports o­n a Pentagon study finging that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. Of course, if you look only at fatalities caused by wounds to the torso, such a result logically follows. US soldiers in the field were not all supportive of a the study, with some troops arguing Saturday that more armor would hinder combat effectiveness. This is at least the second time the NYT's take o­n body armor has differed from troops who actually wear it.

NSA SURVEILLANCE: In a web exclusive, Time runs a column from Joe Klein arguing that liberal democrats are playing too fast and too loose with issues of war and peace.

BOSLEY THE PUG was allegedly kidnapped by a carnie, turning the Internet into a dragnet involving DNA testing.

WIENER DOG: Amber Taylor directs us to a well-told tale of dachshund mischief by Miss Doxie.

BRITISH PETS are becoming obese and face chronic illnesses such as heart complaint, diabetes and arthritis.

COW ESCAPED ABATTOIR, dodged vehicles, ran in front of a train, braved the icy Missouri River and took three tranquilizer darts before being recaptured six hours later. News of the heifer's adventures prompted a number of people to offer to buy the animal.

DRIVE-THRU PRESERVES: When they tell you not to have your doors or windows open, they mean it.

MOUSE VENGEANCE: A simple house mouse callously thrown into a fire rises phoenix-like from the ashes to wreak vengeance o­n his tormentor.

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Bettye LaVette, The Fall, Harvey Pekar, Quaggas and Urban Coyotes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 06, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: The Falling Sand game. Actually, I don't know if it's a game, but it is a timewaster.

REMINDER: If you haven't visited, the Pate page at MySpace is streaming four live tracks from the band's 2003 reunion gig.

BETTYE LaVETTE has been a soul singer since the '60s, but she's getting noticed for I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise, produced by Joe Henry, which is an album of covers by contemporary female songwriters like Fiona Apple and Rosanne Cash. There's some streaming at the link, but check her website for a clip of Lucinda Williams' "Joy": "The two singers share a rawness in their voices — a sense that, dammit, they’ve lived. There’s a whole catalog of Williams’ tunes that LaVette would sound just perfect covering..."

ARCTIC MONKEYS: Contrary to prior reports, the band's album doesn't hit the States until February. Coolfer also hooks you up with modo AM linkage.

SHAWEN ACRES, helmed by former Guided by Voices guitarist Nate Farley has three MP3s at the official website, with o­ne streaming at MySpace.

BARRY COWSILL, a member of the popular 1960s singing family The Cowsills (whose story inspired The Partridge Family), was found dead o­n a New Orleans wharf nearly four months after he disappeared. He was 51. The coroner had not determined the cause of death but believed it was related to Hurricane Katrina -- but he may not know that Barry left a phone message with his sister Susan several days after the storm.

SEASON OF THE LIST: The New York Times wonders why music writers love the lists. LA Weekly lists "ten albums that stank up the room."

INSOUND SALE: Speaking of lists, Insound is running a 25 percent off sale o­n the Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2005.

THE FALL: A writer for London's Guardian tracks down all 43 people Michael E Smith cycled through the band: "It's a Tuesday morning in December, and I'm ringing people called Brown in Rotherham. 'Hello,' I begin again. 'I'm trying to trace Jonnie Brown who used to play in the Fall. He came from Rotherham and I wondered if you might be a relative.' 'The Who?' asks the latest Mr Brown. 'No. The Fall - the band from Salford. He played bass for three weeks in 1978.' 'Is this some kind of joke?'"

DAVID LEE ROTH will be waiting a while o­n that "inevitable Van Halen reunion. A source close to Van Halen told Page Six that Roth is deluding himself about replacing Hagar: "He might have talked to Alex, but it's going to be a cold day in hell before he ever rejoins the band."

M WARD has recently recorded a stunning cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" for charity, available through eMusic now, with iTunes and Rhgapsody soon to follow.

DOWNLOAD PROBE: New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer has now widened the investigation of download pricing to include various paid music stores.

BARRY GIBB bought Johnny Cash's house.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: o­ne of the UK's top police officers has called for the supposedly sober supermodel to return to Britain to answer questions over her alleged cocaine use. No Rock and Roll Fun reports that Moss has decided to return, but I haven't seen it confirmed.

BRADGELINA: Best Jolie Pregnancy Rumor Ever. It starts with Jennifer Aniston dialing Pitt's cellphone and getting Jolie instead...

NOW SHOWING: Hostel rates a fresh 89 o­n the Tomatometer, but I suspect the weekend will be another Kong-Narnia tussle. After all, can Hostel pull a huge crowd when the good reviews say things like: "It's an extreme film with its eye o­n a general audience, and it can't serve two masters. Still, I recommend it to people who think there aren't enough eyes being snipped out in films these days..."

LOHAN LOWDOWN: The pregnancy test that went to her hospital room was not for Li-Lo, if you believe her PR flack.

KEVIN SPACEY has been "outed" by a government-backed lesson plan for teaching gay history in Britain's schools.

SAG AWARDS: The list of nominees is out; no surprise that they love Brokeback Mountain. I expect much the same when the Film Actors Guild announces their noms.

GARFLECK: Affleck pimps himself out for his daughter's diapers. How's the career going? Guess Garner will have to be a working mom.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise tried to mend fences with his fiancée's family, but after reportedly tense holidays spent at Holmes’ house, wedding plans may have been put o­n hold.

SIENNA MILLER resents her media image as a wronged "little girl" in her relationship with o­n-again boyfriend Jude Law. So in the future, I'll refer to her as the "gullible masochist."

CINDERELLA STORY: Sadly, I was not high-bidder o­n a round of golf with Bill Murray.

HARVEY PEKAR talks to NewCity Chicago about his latest graphic novel and the return of the American Splendor comic.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY has been spotted with Pride & Prejudice Rupert Friend. But is he just a friend?

THE FRENCH HOTEL is being sued o­ne of her boyfriend's friends for talking trash about him -- now he alleges that she "has a drug and alcohol problem, some rather shady associates, and is known for erratic behavior."

RACHEL BILSON: The other OC hottie keeps the paparazzi at bay with a body double.

IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar writes that the current surge in violence is eroding confidence in government misitries, the Iraqi Army and the political parties: "I think this is the darkest image we have conveyed from Iraq in more than two years but it is a fact that it hasn’t been this bad in Iraq ever since the 9th of April 2003..." Bill Roggio also notes that the latest attacks have deadly results, but argues that the attacks have not provoked the Shiites into a civil war, and notes the Sunnis in Ramadi returned to the site of horror and are joining the police.

FRANCE has slipped off the front page and the nightly news, so it's worth noting that 425 car burnings were recorded around the country Saturday night, larger than last year's 333 New Year's Eve blazes, but was considered good news. A gang police rounded up after incidents of vandalism in Nice and put o­n a train to send them home robbed and sexually assaulted passengers, trashed the train and threatened to kill victims who used cellphones to call for help. Of nine people rounded up the day after the train episode, seven were quickly released from custody because they were minors.

HYPERSPACE DRIVE: Warp speed ahead?

MISTER SOFTEE unveiled a new o­nline music service, but it will not be compatible with iPods. Oh well, at least they have rushed out the security patch for for the Windows Meta File vulnerability.

BIRD ATTACK: A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was attacked by a bird at a Lowe's store in Fairview Heights, IL.

QUAGGAS: In what would be an unprecedented feat, a South African amateur scientist says he is going to bring a descendant from the zebra back from extinction.

IT'S A GIANT CROC: Unlabeled fossils — a jawbone, some teeth and armored plates — have been identified as those of a 30-foot-long crocodile, the largest that ever lived in prehistoric New Mexico. The fossils were stored, unclassified, for six years at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

URBAN COYOTES are thriving in the Windy City. Researchers estimate that there may be somewhere between several hundred and a couple thousand coyotes living in Chicago.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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WE ARE SCIENTISTS has announced their tour dates in support of With Love and Squalor, which got a 6.7 o­n the Pitchfork, but a 4 out of 5 stars write-up from London's Guardian. And Filter thinks it's a band to watch. Tou can decide for yourself by streaming three tracks from MySpace or checking out the audio and video at the Sci-Cave. It's angular, new-wavish sorta rock... hip now, as it was 20 years ago when Pate got started.

OTHER JANUARY RELEASES range from the Arctic Mokeys to a bunch of T. Rex reissues. Talking Heads DualDiscs, Robert Pollard, Aqualung, Laura Veirs and Test Icicles, too.

ROBERT CHRISTGAU has the latest consumer guide at the Village Voice. Looks like a "best of 2005" to me...

SLY STONE has old unheard stuff o­n the Internet, just like Elliot Smith and Neutral Milk Hotel. But Sly's seems like a family affair.

YUPSTERS are why indie labels now claim 27 percent of the music market — their largest share in recent memory -- according to Newsweek.

THE HOLD STEADY: Aquarium Drunkard has posted part two of his interview with keyboardist Franz Nicolay. I neglected to mention before that he's fun to watch o­nstage, too.

SUFJAN STEVENS may take a hiatus from music to write a book.

DION is singing the blues o­n his album due next week: "Dion said that despite being urged at various times by Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and Steven Van Zandt to make an album of blues, he never seriously considered it until a record producer, Richard Gottehrer, heard him talking about his early influences and performing examples" o­n NPR. And since the NYT link will die soon enough, there's Althouse.

PINK will be speaking truth to power o­n her next album, I'm Not Dead -- a title that just cries out for mockery.

NELLIE McKAY if you missed it earlier, the AP and the NYT can catch you up o­n her acrimonious split with Columbia Records.

COURTNEY LOVE has collaborated with the Dead 60s guitarist Ben Gordon o­n tracks for her second solo album.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The tabloids have the supposedly sober supermodel going from "just friends" to falling in love with 20-year-old Jamie Burke: "She says he is just what she needs as, after Pete Doherty, he makes her feel normal again," said o­ne source. Peter Stoker of the National Drugs Prevention Alliance said Moss should be wary about starting another relationship when she should be concentrating o­n her recovery. But Ma Moss likes him much more than Doherty.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Li-Lo tells Vanity Fair she suffered from bulimia and took drugs, then denies cocaine use and has her publicist call the mag the next day to try to get the confession omitted from the article. Just Jared has the Vanity Fair layout. And Best Week Ever had a dubious report of a pregnancy test being smuggled to her hospital room. (The photos are down at BWE, hence the link to IDLY.)

DENISE RICHARDS and CHARLIE SHEEN are headed toward divorce again.

MIRA SORVINO is expecting her second child with husband Chris Backus, according to People magazine.

MICHA BARTON is on the verge of splitting from boyfriend Cisco Adler because of his possessive behavior. But at least the couples NYE screaming match seems to have mellowed following some burning of the ganja weed.

IS THE BLOOM OFF ORLANDO? The Entertainment Weekly blog mulls the NYT article that made him an example of the supposed failed attempt to force certain young actors and actreeses o­n the public. I tend to agree with the comment that the problem is really with the quality of movies, which is a function of the fact that you can do more in-depth character and plot o­n cable TV now, levaing movies to gravitate toward their natural advantage of size, which tends to produce big -- but often dumb -- action pictures.

BRADGELINA: Now the tabs are spicing up the pregnancy rumor with the marriage rumor, this time prompted by lawyers' opinions of Pitt's adoption of Jolie's kids. ALSO: The ladies and gay guys may enjoy Pitt in biker gear.

OCEAN'S 13: This time Clooney walks off with a big bag of money from Warner Bros. by having his partner shoot film of his friends all hanging out at his villa.

JON STEWART is rumored to be hosting the Oscars this year.

BEST PICTURE: No film has won the Oscar for best picture after being snubbed by the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America... so which movies got nominations from both? And is it time for an exception?

THE FRENCH HOTEL is again accused of of using racist ­epithets.

SIENNA MILLER claims she has tamed Jude Law. And she's young enough to not know that o­ne way to untame a guy is to walk around saying you have tamed him.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio writes about the latest round of small scale operations in Ramadi. StrategyPage notes that while many Iraqi leaders realize that the old ways of tribal revenge will not work, Iraqis prefer to "come at problems sideways, indirectly, so as not to make much of a fuss." Baghdad Guy, deployed with the 101st Airborne Division, 506th Infantry, paints a portrait of the streets of Baghdad.

IRAN: The bad news is that Pres. Ahmadinejad has said that the Holocaust was a myth, called for Israel to be wiped off the map, banned Western music from state-run radio and television, and doggedly pursued a nuclear program. The good news is that civic defiance against Ahmadinejad's authoritarianism is increasing.

CULT OF THE iPod: Mac Rumors is tracking the free downloads offered at iTunes.

TAGGING CONTENT may sound as geeky and boring as filing things, but Jeff Jarvis (formerly of TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly) notes that they will allow you to "discover content tagged by others, to target searches and advertising, to connect people of common interests, and even to collect the wisdom of the crowds."

PUPPY BOOM: There's no doubt about what dogs have been doing since Hurricane Katrina.

MIRACLE CAT survives a high-speed, 70-mile ride in the underbelly of a SUV. (Thanks, Debbie)

RARE BLACK RHINO is born at the Dvur Kralove zoo in the north of the Czech Republic. Zoos have launched an intensive breeding program to help save the species from extinction.

FUGITIVE BOARS: More than 60 boars which escaped after animal rights activists cut a fence at the Woodlands Wild Boar Farm in Devon, southwest England, remain at large two weeks later.

ANIMALS KNOW STUPID when they see it. And they see it frequently.

WIENER DOG caught canoodling with a lion. Video may be NSFW, if your boss is sqeamish about inter-species loving.

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