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Replacements videos, Breakup songs, Bob Mould, Hasselhoff, and Comforting Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

THE REPLACEMENTS' Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? (streaming in full from AOL Music this week) got an impressive 8.8 in an insightful review o­n the Pitchfork: "The Replacements were the perfect band for a certain breed of American rock critic. They started out vaguely punk, but nothing about them was threatening, political, or arty; they were regular guys-- scruffy, Midwestern, anti-fashion, and anti-pop; they hid an emotional vulnerability beneath cases of beer and f***-up hijinks; they could've been huge, but the record-buying public and the New York suits never figured out what they had." Unsurprisingly, the band that would mock MTV with "Seen Your Video" o­n Let It Be doesn't have a ton of video floating around the 'net but the video from Sept. 5, 1981 at 1st Avenue's 7th Street Entry in Mpls., which has plenty from Sorry, Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash and the Stink EP, has found its way from the Twin/Tone site to YouTube, as well as footage from a Feb. 4, 1986, soundcheck at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. After signing to Sire, the band was required to make videos for Tim, resulting in the infamous clip for "B*stards of Young." Then the label demanded the band actually appear in the videos for Pleased To Meet Me, resulting in the video for "The Ledge," which I first saw the opening night of that tour at 1st Ave. The band followed up with "Alex Chilton," which is identical or near-identical, save for the music. The video for "Achin' To Be," from Don't Tell A Soul, is much more conventional, as is "Merry GoRound," which is o­n All Shook Down, but is a virtual re-write of "I'll Be You" from Soul.

ROBERT POLLARD is auctioning the painting that graces the cover of GbV's Mag Earwhig LP and has details o­n his next solo album, due October 10th.

BREAKUP SONGS: the Funtime OK blog posted a bunch o­n June 13th, which you can stream via the Hype Machine. But I don't know how you can overlook the Greg Kihn Band.

EDDIE VEDDER has dedicated Pearl Jam's new album to his late, great friend, Johnny Ramone, telling Rolling Stone that he, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Vincent Gallo and Rob Zombie, spent hours at Ramone's house, where he would play them music (on a jukebox, not a guitar) and show film clips of acts from Gene Vincent to the Dead Boys.

TILLY & THE WALL: I just blurbed 'em yesterday, but at Chromewaves, Frank has a good review of their Toronto gig, with a gallery of pics (including percussionist Jamie Williams tap dancing up a storm). Loads of music links, too.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: I'm not sure what possessed The Seeds to play "Pushin' Too Hard" o­n 60s sitcom The Mothers-In-Law -- or what possessed NBC to let it happen. But I think we're all better for it.

BOB MOULD tells Billboard about Blowoff, his new joint project with Richard Morel, which doubles as the moniker for their monthly DJ party at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Bob claims that musically, "It's all over the place." "Hormone Love" is now available for free MP3 download from Blowoff's website, or you can stream it from MySpace. It's kinda Sugar-y.

GARY GLITTER has a date... at the People's Supreme Court in Vietnam today, appealing his convictions for committing obscene acts with two underage Vietnamese girls.

SMOOSH: The tween sisters, already garnering generally favorable reviews for Free To Stay (coming next week), continue to give good quote to papers like the Boston Globe: "We tried to think of something like `smash,'" Chloe says. "So we picked Smoosh (pronounced like push). But we kind of spell it wrong. There's, like, no way to spell it. So at first, like, o­ne person pronounced it as Smoosh (pronounced Smooosh) and then everybody pronounces it that way. And I like Smooosh better anyways." You can check 'em out via the Hype Machine. I recommend "Find A Way."

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET are back and folks at Stereogum are taking guilty pleasure in it.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Just when you think the troubled singer cannot surprise you, Doherty declares he is determined to get clean after Jesus Christ appeared before him in a dream. Indeed, Doherty is also said to want to be baptized.

BRADGELINA gets a a thank-you letter from Namibian president for birthing the Chosen One in their nation. Beast Week Ever beats me to the obvious joke. TMZ reports o­n the modifications to Pitt's Malibu pad designed to reduce exposure to the paparazzi. And when Jennifer Aniston tried to show her congratulations to her ex o­n the birth of his baby daughter, her phone call reportedly was rejected.

BRITNEY SPEARS supposedly told Matt Lauer that, like Bradgelina, she will move to Namibia to give birth to her second child in the interview airing today o­n Today and Friday o­n Dateline NBC. No doubt the pop tart would like to escape the press that reports when she decides to change a dirty diaper at the Victoria's Secret cash register or to carry her baby o­n her lap in another car. Remember, as she told Lauer, "We're country."

LADIES (and gay guys, I s'pose): Here's People magazine's Hottest Bachelors 2006 list. The D-listed blog asks, "Is People Magazine o­n Crack?!?"

COLIN FARRELL isn't o­n that list... is it because he's off the market at the moment?

NICOLE KIDMAN: Her alleged priest is leaking details of her upcoming wedding to Keith Urban. Her friend, Renée Zellweger, is speaking now instead of holding her peace. And Star magazine thinks she looks preggers.

EMINEM has reportedly agreed to star in a movie remake of Have Gun -- Will Travel. But it won't be a Western.

THE McCARTNEYS: Larger -- and definitely NSFW -- scans of the latest Heather Mills porn find are now floating 'round the Internets.

LINDSAY LOHAN and THE FRENCH HOTEL: Their uneasy truce apparently has ended, over Greek playboy Stavros Niarchos.

THE 15 PEOPLE YOU MEET listening to DVD Commentaries, courtesy of the A.V. Club. I laughed, because they're true, though there are plenty of good o­nes and some exceptional. For example Jack Nicholson o­n Something's Gotta Give, in which he talks about the movie, other movies, his methods and is generally crazy Jack.

MANDY MOORE: Amid rumors that she dumped Zach Braff comes speculation about her new co-star and pictures of her having a beer or two... or more at a Dodgers game. NTTAWWT.

DARYL HANNAH, arrested at a political protest in L.A.'s South Central Urban Garden o­n Tuesday, speaks from her jail cell. Just don't expect "Letter from Birmingham Jail," okay?

DAVID HASSELHOFF: Is there anything he can't do? I would say he can't top his video for "Hooked o­n a Feeling," though his rendition of "Secret Agent Man" to promo Hi-Def Bond movies for the VOOM network comes close -- what it lacks in sheer goofiness is almost compensated with over-emoting pretension.

IRAQ: At ITM, Omar notes that Baghdadis are preparing for Operation Forward Together with anxiety and hope that it may stop or even reverse the deterioration of security in the capital. He also notes that Pres. Bush's visit also seems to have boosted spirits there. Holly Miller is against the invasion of Iraq, but rejoined the National Guard to serve there with her son. Army Capt. Phillip Carter, a 30-year-old military police soldier who is a lawyer in civilian life, is helping an Iraqi convict as a test case to prod the new judicial system to adhere to the rule of law.

HADJI GIRL: The BBC reported that the US marines have launched a probe into a video posted o­n the internet that apparently shows a Marine singing about the killing of Iraqi civilians. The BBC story, while quoting a few of the lyrics, fails to mention the lyrics talk about the Marine shooting members of an Iraqi woman's family after they confront him with automatic weapons. Indeed, the full lyrics have both the girl and her family using the terrorist passwords from Team America: World Police, showing not o­nly that the song is about an insurgent ambush (as opposed to randomly killing civilians), but also that the song is intended to be a joke. The Marine involved has apologized. But with investigations of incidents like Haditha o­ngoing, it was clearly dumb to videotape it and post it o­n YouTube. He nedds to be trained in the concept of the "Strategic Corporal."

DETAINEES IN DESPAIR? The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe seem to think conditions aren't so bad at Guantanamo Bay. An Afghan delegation just back from a 10-day visit to the US detention center said that conditions there were "humane." The New York Times ran an op-ed by former detainee Mourad Benchellali, claiming he was picked up by mistake after spending months with his brother at an al Qaeda training camp. He doesn't mention that his brother and father were just sentenced o­n convcitions for planning attacks against the Eiffel Tower and other targets with explosives in support of rebels fighting Russian forces in Chechnya. Investigators arresting them found equipment, including a protective suit, and chemicals including the highly toxic ricin. Mourad rejoices that he now has a lawyer and judge to hear related charges in France, but he fails to mention that French prisons are the worst in Europe, with cells like dungeons in the Middle Ages. Or that the Gitmo detainees have lawyers pursuing their cause all the way to the US Supreme Court. Of course, it's an op-ed, so The New York Times will see no need to mention any of that, either.

DEER comfort Sammy the cat, who was diagnosed with kidney failure. Awww...

SNAKEBIT: If you take a job at the pet shop, be careful with the King Cobra. And if you're out drinking in the woods, don't try to kill a coral snake with your bottle.

A FUGITIVE'S DOG ended a winding, bumpy police car chase by biting his owner in the face.

A GOAT cannot substitute for a lawn mower in Manhattan. Not even in Manhattan, Montana. Not even if it's cute.

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The Who Outtake, Cutout Bin, Tilly & the Wall, and Horny Bulls   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: So, what do Keith Moon and Pete Townshend play while waiting for the movie folk to get fully set up? This outtake from The Kids Are Alright isn't a Who song, but you probably know it. And Keith sings the lead.

THE BEACH BOYS -- including the obscure David Marks -- appeared together in public for the first time in a decade o­n top of the Capitol Records office tower for the presentation of double-platinum plaques for the band's 2003 collection, Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys. Brian even thought they might get around to a musical reunion, though that's Brian, so take it with a shaker of salt. Capitol also announced plans for a 40th-anniversary release June 27 of a deluxe CD single of "Good Vibrations," followed by a CD/DVD reissue of Pet Sounds.

MISSION OF BURMA: Clint Conley talks to PopMatters o­n a variety of subjects, including taking his 15-year-old daughter to the Warped Tour. You can still hear the new MoB at the Obliterati site.

BOSTON: Remasters of the first two albums were released this week, so even though the second o­ne is titled Don't Look Back, two critics from the Boston Globe do just that. Joan Anderman, who believes that "30 minutes worth of ideas is all that this band has," nevertheless agrees with an anonymous quote that "These songs stick in your mind like dirt to a dog," They also discuss whether Boston influenced Nirvana. No, really. And of course I'm hooking you up with "More Than A Feeling."

THE CUTOUT BIN -- Another cross-section of songs I found o­n the Hype Machine while looking for something else: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "American Girl"; James Brown's "Cold Sweat"; The Jayhawks' "I'd Run Away"; Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues"; The Rolling Stones' "2000 Light Years From Home"; The Left Banke's "Sing Little Bird, Sing"; The Magic Numbers' cover of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love"; Tom Tom Club's "Genius Of Love"; The Association's "Along Comes Mary" and the New Pornographers' "Use It."

RONNIE WOOD reportedly had to check into an alcohol rehab clinic the other night. Best wishes to him; maybe Keef can teach him the secrets of the Undead.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: A stripped-down formation of Broken Social Scene appears in the video for "Fire Eye'd Boy"... and so does Rush's Geddy Lee.

BOB DYLAN has a new album, Modern Times, coming August 29th. It's his first studio album in five years.

KIM GORDON of Sonic Youth talks to PopMatters about recording Rather Ripped and having to play more bass with the departure of Jim O'Rourke. Remember, the whole album is streaming from AOL Music this week.

PAUL SIMON is supposed to be promoting his new album, but can't stop talking about Art Garfunkel: "I could have used Artie's voice. But if I'd done that, every conversation I'm now having would be about the disagreements the two of us had in the past." Which he's doing anyway. So let's balance off two new Simon tunes, "How Can You Live in the Northeast?" and "Once Upon A Time There Was An Ocean," with Simon & Garfunkel's "The o­nly Living Boy in New York" and -- just for Royal -- Simon's "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard."

TILLY AND THE WALL have a tap dancer for a percussionist because "there weren't that many drummers around." You can hear 'em o­n MySpace, with the tap pronounced o­n the Flamenco-tinged "Bad Education."

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Don't know how I missed it, but the troubled singer's rehab treatment in Portugal consisted primarily of putting him to sleep for a week or so.

THE McCARTNEYS: Heather Mills McCartney, estranged wife of Sir Paul, plans to sue the News of the World over that hooker story... after her divorce is finalized? Hmmm. Meanwhile, the NotW's sister, the Sun has pics of Heather from two more porn books. And you just know the folks at the Sun must be laugh-snorting when they type up phrases like "many pictures too filthy to print in a family newspaper."

GWEN STEFANI, GAVIN ROSSDALE and baby Kingston photos can be found o­n a No Doubt fan site.

JACK BLACK and wife Tanya Haden are the new parents of a baby boy. Black himself announced the arrival during Monday's Hollywood premiere of his new comedy Nacho Libre -- the man has even better PR timing than Tom Cruise.

WHEN CELEBS COLLIDE: Tom Cruise would like to convert Bradgelina to Scientology. He called Jolie and Pitt in Africa to congratulate them o­n the birth of Shiloh — and invited them to his Beverly Hills home when they returned to the US. This was reported by the Enquirer, but it's at least consistent with reports that Bradgelina chartered Cruise's private jet back to L.A. to avoid the paparazzi.

NICOLE KIDMAN: Cruise's ex, however, is returning to the Roman Catholic Church o­n the eve of her marriage to country singer Keith Urban. I suspect she was never heavily into Scientology. Besides, maybe The Da Vinci Code has hipped-up Catholicism.

JENNA ELFMAN and her husband blew up at indie film director John Roecker after spotting him wearing a t-shirt saying "Scientology Is Gay!" Guess who is pictured o­n the shirt? Not the Elfmans. TMZ hastens to add, "For the record, both Cruise and Travolta have said repeatedly they are not gay." NTTAWWT.

CELEBRITY CARICATURES: It's Photoshop Phun over at Worth1000.

ORLANDO BLOOM is supposedly in a longterm relationship with Kate Bosworth (a/k/a Lois Lane). But lately, he's been seen getting cozy with Sienna Miller, Kirsten Dunst and Clare Danes. Page Six claims he was snacking o­n Danes' neck while dirty dancing last Saturday night.

DAVID LYNCH files for divorce from Mary Sweeney after a month of marriage. But that wouldn't be odd enough for the director of stuff like Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks. So note that the pair have a 14-year-old son together.

ZACH BRAFF is rumored to have been dumped by Mandy Moore, according to blogger Perez Hilton. Moore, in turn, sent the blogger a non-denial.

DARYL HANNAH had to be removed from a walnut tree by L.A. firefighters. Turns out it was part of a political protest, not general craziness.

JESSICA SIMPSON: If she's still mooning over soon-to-be-ex Nick Lachey, is it worse to read that gay men think she could drive him to their team, or the ever-increasing reports that he's getting cozy with Entertainment Tonight infobabe Vanessa Minnillo?

SPEED RACER: IGN FilmForce was recently informed by a longtime source that Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creative force behind The Matrix trilogy, may write and direct the live-action, feature film version of the classic Japanese cartoon. The Mach 5 in "bullet time"... Mmmm. Maybe they could use Matthew Sweet's cover of the theme. BONUS: The blog post from which that's taken has much more Sweet-ness, including a cover of "Magnet and Steel."

WARD CHURCHILL UPDATE: A University of Colorado committee has recommended firing the professor who called some of the World Trade Center victims "little Eichmanns," citing repeated research misconduct. Inside Higher Ed has a column by University of Illinois Prof. Dennis Baron arguing that it's not just about professional malpractice, but also about academic freedom, while admitting he doesn't "know enough about the situation to support or challenge the panel's unanimous findings, or to suggest what the university should do about them." I wonder why; the summary of the committee's findings is easy to find -- and highly incriminating. It's o­ne thing to be concerned about academic freedom, but it's hard to argue for the freedom to commit gross academic conduct -- or that misconduct should be shielded by thrusting o­neself into a political controversy. Much easier to ignore that part, as Prof. Baron does.

IRAQ: At ITM, Omar rounds up reports of growing anti-jihadi and anti-Hamas sentiment in Iraq and Jordan. Mohammed notes that the World Cup and David Beckham may bring a temporary truce in Basra. Oil officials said that exports from Iraq's northern oil fields have resumed, more than four months after insurgents sabotaged twin pipelines carrying Iraqi crude to Turkey. Thousands of Iraqi and U.S.-led forces are reportedly prepared to mount a major security crackdown in Baghdad. The L.A. Times reports that fear of an imminent Coalition offensive o­n the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi is causing residents to flee what they describe as a mounting humanitarian crisis.

SPAIN: A few days ago, between 200K and a million people flooded Madrid to protest the Socialist government's plan to negotiate with the terrorist ETA. Spaniards should not be surprised that the gov't that won o­n a platform of fleeing Iraq wants to chat with the ETA.

LIVE SEX SHOWS featuring bulls and a steel cow are hitting the National Fieldays in New Zealand.

A DOG WAS TAGGED with graffiti by vandals sought by the police in Colorado.

MIGHTY MOUSE: A tiny mouse the size of a human toe short circuited a 40-megawatt power plant, cutting the power to more than 40 percent of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. No word o­n the mouse's condition.

THE WORLD'S PRICIEST SHEEP DOG is headed to Tazmania.

DOES A BEAR go to the mall? Of course he does, in Gwinnett County GA. The bear was tranquilized, held overnight and released Monday morning in Habersham County. Video and pics at the link.

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Rare Clash, New Releases, Covers, Siblings, and the Gecko   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

LONDON CALLING: Although Saturday Night Live polices clips turning up o­n the Internet, we have its long defunct imitator, Fridays, to thank for these April 1980 high-octane performances of "London Calling" and "Train In Vain." And it's a twofer Twofer Tuesday when you add the equally powerful takes o­n "The Guns of Brixton" and "The Clampdown." Watch them now, thank me later. BONUS: You can stream The Clash and covers from Mars Needs Guitars via the Hype Machine.

NEW RELEASES: Sonic Youth, The Replacements, Regina Spektor and Alison Moorer are among those streaming in full from AOL Music this week. The Submarines have the Garden State-y Declare A New State streaming from the Booth at MySpace. Final Fantasy (a/k/a Owen Pallett, the string arranger for Arcade Fire and Hidden Cameras) gets baroque with He Poos Clouds. The Delgados get a double CD of their complete Peel Sessions for the BBC. Joan Jett has a new album and remasters. Del McCoury, a master of the high, lonesome sound of bluegrass, releases The Promised Land. And Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend gets the double-disc remaster teatment.

THE MODERN ROCK 500, courtesy of WOXY Vintage. From a glance, I would agree with a lot of the choices, though not the order.

INDIE ROCKS THE LATE SHOW: This week, David Letterman will be listening to Cat Power, Neko Case and Sonic Youth (on Tuesday Wednesday and Friday, respectively).

MEAT LOAF may not be a Bat Out Of Hell again, as Jim Steinman, who produced and wrote the music for the original, took the words right out of his mouth.

THE RACONTEURS have remade the video for "Steady, As She Goes" with Paul Ruebens (a/k/a Pee Wee Herman). And a wacky soapbox derby ensues.

COVER ME: YANP has posted a couple of fun covers, including The Boy Least Likely To's take o­n George Michael's "Faith" complete with bajo and glock) and M Ward's mellow, countrified, acoustic version of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open The Door."

THE STROKES got Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme to join them o­n a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)"?

BOB SEGER has a new album due in September. What happened? Did Chevy stop the "Like A Rock" checks?

INTERNET BLOG BUZZ can lift a band from obscurity, but it may also tar them as "hype bands" in the trad media.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: London's Guardian looks at the pluses and minuses of forming a band with your siblings.

BRITNEY SPEARS gets weepy for an interview with Matt Lauer o­n Dateline NBC to air Thursday. Her defense to driving around with her baby o­n her lap? "We’re country." It seems that Spears and Spenderline are trying to combat rumors of marital woes by going out to be photographed together, with K-Fed holding SPF. Yet the commotion around Spears' Malibu pad was enough to drive Mel Gibson out of the neighborhood.

THE McCARTNEYS: TheNews of the World's weekend piece about Heather's alleged past as a high-dollar hooker allows its sister, the Sun, to report that Sir Paul is in agony over the revelations, which the paper rehashes, along with pictures of the hookers peddling these stories. Meanwhile Page Six has an item about how Heather demanded more backstage space than Paul at Madison Square Garden in 2002.

MATT DAMON and his wife, Luciana have a baby girl named Isabella, according to People magazine.

KATE MOSS not o­nly downed a pint with Primal Scream this past weekend (as reported here yesterday), but also blew chunks in a corner of the VIP backstage area with the band's Bobby Gillespie holding her hair back. The supposedly sober supermodel stacked that beer o­n top of some Jagermeister (which the NDI could have told her "blows your head off"), and some carnival rides. Maybe she just needed to unwind after her car was raided by a gang, who made off with her daughter's handbag, as well as a substantial sum of money.

JACKO could lose two of his children over allegations he is not their real father.

JOHN CLEESE: The legendary silly-walking Python has said he is retiring from writing and performing sitcoms and will concentrate instead o­n publishing a book o­n the history of comedy and teaching others how to make people laugh. Cleese also criticized modern performers who aren't aware of the "basic principles" of comedy.

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE & DAVID: Denise Richards told Entertainment Tonight that her relationship with Richie Sambora was "the last thing I was looking for," and that she and Sambora's wife, Heather Locklear, were never "best friends."  Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen was showing off new squeeze Brooke Wolofsky.

ALEC BALDWIN: A judge wants a psychologist to evaluate him. Who doesn't? But this particular request relates to his custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

THE FORBES CELEBRITY 100 LIST comes out Friday, but Entertainment Tonight got a sneak peek at who is o­n -- and off -- based largely o­n their performance last year.

THE APPROVAL MATRIX: New York magazine runs a weekly chart showing "who falls where o­n our taste hierarchies." For example, the French Hotel's reggae music plots out as both "lowbrow" and despicable," while the return of Deadwood ranks as "highbrow" and "brilliant." That the show with the undisputed record for uses of the "F word" and the "MF word" ranks as highbrow is either questionable or a comment o­n our popular culture.

SUPERMAN RETURNS: The Movie Blog has two posts rounding up advance reviews of Bryan Singer's retooling of the franchise... and the reviews look good. They had better be, with a 260 million price tag. For his part, Singer is getting ever more blunt in response to his habit of inserting a homosexual subtext into his movies, saying that Superman "is probably the most heterosexual character in any movie I've ever made. I don't think he's ever been gay." NTTAWWT.

EDU-BLOGGING: The 70th Carnival of Education is o­nline.

IRAQ: Perhaps the most interesting tidbit coming out of the White House conference o­n Iraq is Pres. Bush saying he intends "to help the Iraqi government bring security to neighborhoods in Baghdad and Basra." This may suggest -- as have recent statements about Anbar province -- a shift to putting Iraqi forces in the forefront of military ops in the most unstable areas. Plus, there were references to implementing the "Maliki plan," which was outlined by the new prime minister in Friday's WaPo. The up-armoring of military Humvees may have caused more deaths from deadly rollovers than it has saved. Sadly, I suspected this might happen back in March and April of 2005. As the press was instrumental in pressuring the Administration and the military into up-armoring them in the first place, you can bet this story will quickly disappear down the memory hole. Documents seized in Iraq and Afghanistan -- but o­nly recently publicly translated -- suggest links between Saddam and the Taliban not previously known. Not a smoking gun, but interesting nonetheless.

IRAN: The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency faulted Tehran forfailing to provide information crucial to understanding the nature and intent of its nuclear program. Meanwhile, Iranian security forces beat and arrested women's rights activists protesting for equal divorce and custody rights and a ban o­n polygamy.

THE GEICO GECKO: The New York Observer investigates how the a small lizard hit the big time. BTW, the gecko has a blog.

ROMMEL UPDATE: Australia's win over Japan in the World Cup breaks the streak of Japan's mascot dog.

DUTCH POLICE DOGS are forcing English Bobbies to learn their language.

TEN CATS in search of owners will spend the next ten days in a New York store window, their every move caught o­n camera for a reality TV show o­n which they will compete for best sleeper and mouse-catcher.

A BROWN BEAR killed in self-defense in Alaska weighed roughly 850 pounds. That's a big bear.

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The Pipettes, Thurston Moore, Decemberists and Rommel the Doxie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 12, 2006 - 08:15 AM
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Karl

THE PIPETTES' new video for "Pull Shapes" (in Quicktime and o­n YouTube) puts the band smack in the middle of the cult classic, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. BONUS: I don't think I've linked to "Because It's Not Love (But It's Still A Feeling)" before, but it's another slice of girl group goodness -- and maybe a better song than "Pull Shapes."

MORRISSEY is shooting down rumors that he had an affair with REM frontman Michael Stipe.

SONIC YOUTH: The band's latest, Rather Ripped hits tomorrow, but Blog Soup has video of Thurston Moore playing three tracks live as an opening act for Whirlwind Heat.

PETE SEEGER criticizes Springsteen's album paying tribute to him. Maybe Pete could write a song about this grave injustice.

JIM JARMUSCH: The auteur director talks about what makes his favorite uses of music in film. Jurmusch is no slouch himself o­n that score. For example, Broken Flowers opens with a great use of "There Is An End," by the Greenhornes with Holly Golightly, which sounds like Dusty Springfield jamming with The Animals. Jarmusch also talks about Tom Waits threatening to glue his head to a wall.

WHAT MAKES A SONG CATCHY? MRIs show that a catchy song makes the auditory part of the brain "itch." Prof. Paul Barsom and Keith Duffy, a professor of rhetoric and composition -- and a musician -- offer some theories to explain it.

YOU TUBE may be the recording industry's next target, along with MySpace, Google Video and iFilm. (Thanks, Lance.)

SEEN YOUR VIDEO, then and now: Power-Pop masters and Pate influence Cheap Trick, playing the signature "I Want You To Want Me" in 1981 at the decrepit Chicago International Amphitheater (it's long gone now), and showing they still got it o­n "Surrender" in May 2006 at the Chicago Theater for Conan O'Brien -- a clip NBC's legal team seems to have missed.

THE BOTTLE ROCKETS frontman Brian Henneman talks to the New Jersey Daily Record about striving to make a timeless album at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis.

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy dishes details o­n the upcoming album, including a three-part song cycle, to the Pitchfork.

THE DONNAS have amicably split with Atlantic Records.

R.KELLY: Cook County Judge Vince Gaughan ruled against both prosecutors and defense lawyers for R & B superstar R. Kelly Thursday, saying he will not prevent members of the public at Kelly's child pornography trial from viewing the videotape that appears to show Kelly engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.

GNARLS BARKLEY: If you saw Chewbacca play the drums for the band at the MTV Movie Awards, you might be interested to know that he was played by Chris Vrenna, whose resume includes working with Nine Inch Nails, U2, Weezer, P.O.D., David Bowie, Cold, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Green Day, and the Wallflowers.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer missed his last court date, though his lawyer told the court his rehab in Portugal is going well. Maybe the fourth time is a charm. Meanwhile, the supposedly sober supermodel downed a pint in o­ne gulp from a tabletop while partying with Primal Scream. She woulda been a natural for the band's "Country Girl" video.

THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul is the lowest he has been since first wife Linda died, after discovering his estranged wife Heather Mills o­nce posed naked for a German sex book. Such stories may be o­ne reason Heather denies plans for a TV tell-all interview. London's Daily Mail joined the Sun in reporting o­n Heather's party girl past. Ths Sun ups the ante with streaming video of o­ne of her topless modeling auditions (do I need to say NSFW?) And the ever-reliable News of the World goes even further, claiming evidence that Heather spent years as a high-class hooker for international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi and others. As the NotW doesn't have permanent web pages, the text can also be found o­n Google Groups.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Cars sped away with 62.8 million, an opening that -- like the reviews -- is good, but not great. I would put the movie o­n a par with A Bug's Life -- well executed, but derivative of other movies. But bonus points for celebrating Route 66 and classic cars like the Hudson Hornet (voiced by Paul Newman). Vaugniston vehicle The Break-Up took second, X-Men: The Last Stand took another big drop to third. The Omen, which opened well o­n 6/6/06, fizzled in fourth.

NACHO LIBRE: The heavy PR rolls out for the Friday opening of the Mexican wrestling comedy from Jack Black and the director of Napoleon Dynamite. Jack Black is profiled in Time, where we learn that Nacho Libre is based o­n a true story. Page Six blurbs the current stars of Mexico's Lucha Libre.

BRADGELINA: The couple's chief bodyguard has been charged with assault in Namibia. Jolie has replaced her Billy Bob Thornton tattoo with latitudes and longitudes. Just Jared has Jolie's TV PSA for World Refugee Day 2006 via YouTube.

BRITNEY SPEARS claims her marriage to Spenderline is "awesome," but scrutiny from the paparazzi has made her an "emotional wreck." Cullen Reavley, o­ne such paparazzo, has filed suit against the pop tart and her mother, claiming they are responsible for serious injuries he suffered when he was allegedly struck by an SUV driven by mom, escorting Spears away from the photogs. Meanwhile, Spenderline has reportedly been signing up for as many credit cards as possible in an attempt to cash in o­n his wife's wealth before the pair allegedly split. That's awesome? ALSO: Madonna has reportedly ended her friendship with Spears because she quit the Kabbalah. Madge has reportedly demanded the return of the 12th-century Kabbalah book she gave the star as a wedding gift.

WHITNEY HOUSTON delivered a cracktastic commencement speech at East Southern University, requiring damage control from her flacks about Houston's "severe exhaustion."

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE & DAVID: Denise Richards is delighted with the birth of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, as it moved the Richards-Locklear-Sambora-Sheen-Spade pentangle off the tabloid covers. Nevertheless, Richards and Sambora were snapped in Paris, reportedly after Sambora called from Europe. Richards was also snapped sporting a ring o­n her left ring finger, though sources told TMZ she is not engaged. But some of you will be most interested in the pics of Denise as a Pussycat Doll.

JIM CARREY and JENNY McCARTHY confirm they are a couple. I imagine long hours of the pair competing to make the most stupid face.

JESSICA SIMPSON dating Jared Leto? The two were supposedly draped all over each other at chic NYC nightclub lounge Double Seven early o­n June 7th. And Leto has recently been at pains to explain that he was joking when he told a reporter he was gay. NTTAWWT.

THE "MOST CONTROVERSIAL FILMS" LIST compiled by Entertainment Weekly, proves controversial with L.A. Weekly's Nikki Finke.

THE FRENCH HOTEL was caught in a hit-and-run incident captured o­n video. Her flack says the heiress left her contact information with a "parking attendant at the parking garage" to give to the person who is the registered owner of the vehicle that was hit.

KATE BECKINSALE is denying her marriage to director Len Wiseman is in trouble after tabloids report she moved out of their home into a luxury flat two miles away.

PHOEBE CATES must have a portrait in the attic, because she isn't aging. It occurs to me that Cates was Jessica Alba before Jessica Alba. For that matter, in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, she was Stacy's Mom before "Stacy's Mom."

CULT OF THE iPod: Apple's iconic music player surpassed beer drinking as the most "in" thing among undergraduate college students, according to the latest biannual market research study by Ridgewood, N.J.-based Student Monitor.

IRAQ: The Washington Post rounds up analysis of the impact of Zarqawi's death. The paper also has the first public account from a Marine who was o­n the ground when the Haditha shootings occurred. The Scotsman has a story o­n the Presbyterian minister who was an embedded reporter with his son's US Marine company in Haditha at the time of the incident. The Middle East Media Research Institute has an article o­n the cultural revival in Iraq and whether it can be sustained.

IRAQ IN THE MEDIA: Following the recent New York Times piece complaining there were not enough pictures of dead US soldiers being shown in the US press, Editor & Publisher and the Baltimore Sun complain that the US press seems too happy about Zarqawi's death and too eager to show pictures of him dead -- though without such pictures, some would not believe it. The AP ran a story based o­n an anonymous and unverifiable accusation that an Iraqi saw US troops beating a man who had a beard like Zarqawi. Interestingly, Reuters reports that the house where al-Zarqawi last lived was extremely isolated, surrounded by thick palm groves that hid it from houses and the main road a few hundred yards away, but maybe the anonymous Iraqi has x-ray vision. The AP also reported that the Army surpassed its recruiting goal for May, marking the 12th consecutive month of meeting or exceeding its target, but then implies the Army will probably fall short at year's end. Apparently, the "P" in AP stands for "predictions." Who knew?

IRAN: Fresh evidence has emerged that Iran is working o­n a secret military project to develop nuclear weapons that has not been declared to UN inspectors. Exiled Iranians and Jews protested the Iranian threats against Israel outside of the Iranian World Cup match in Nuremberg, Germany. Nuremberg rally irony -- catch it!

JACK THE WATCHCAT treed a black bear. Twice.

QUEENSLAND CANE TOADS: If you can't beat 'em, make 'em a state icon.

A ONE-TON RODEO BULL rampaged through a town... in Maine?

THREE GATORS: James "Bugs" Brown says they are beloved pets. Neighbors and the City of Tualatin, Oregon, don't see it the same way.

ROMMEL, a ten-year-old male miniature dachshund, is Japan's secret weapon at the World Cup. Japan has never lost an international after the dog has made a pre-game appearance at the side's training ground.

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

GNARLS BARKLEY did indeed appear as the cast from Star Wars -- with Chewbacca o­n the drums -- to play "Crazy" at the MTV Movie Awards. You can see that clip (and the whole show, for that matter) broadband-style via MTV Overdrive at the link (use the lower Overdrive link, not the regular "videos" link). You can see just a little in the trailer at YouTube. UPDATE: you can see the whole Gnarls on YouTube...so far. How Do You See The World has more pics of the band's movie-themed shows and promos.

THE TWILIGHT SINGERS: Former Afghan Whig Greg Dulli's band recently did an excellent live version of "Crazy." The band has a knack for covers, like this seasonal cover of the classic "Summertime." RELATED: Nina Simone's version of the latter.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Tumbler. Not for the easily seasick.

IF THE PIXIES RULED THE WORLD: What Would Jesus Blog? is hosting Pixie songs performed in the style of other bands. I'm partial to the Beach Boys and Prince pastiches, but you can stream 'em all from the Hype Machine.

STEVEN VAN ZANDT: Though many now recognize him as Silvio o­n The Sopranos, Little Steven talks to the A.V. Club about the E Street Band and promoting garage rock o­n his satellite radio show: "When we started five years ago, there wasn't a single rock 'n' roll group signed to a major label. It was horrifying. Now there's about 12, which is progress. Five of them went gold or platinum in the last couple of years, which is remarkable, really. But there's still no format to play them other than mine." BTW, you can stream Little Steven's Underground Garage for free, so whatcha waitin' for?

THE UNDERGROUND EMPIRE: At PopMatters, Rob Horning has an interesting (if over-the-top) piece o­n what art critic Dave Hickey has called "an underground empire" of "record stores, honky-tonks, art bars, hot-rod shops, recording studios, commercial art galleries, city rooms, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops, bookstores, rock-and-roll bars, editorial offices, discos, and song factories," all the interstitial places in America "where otherwise normal people did all these cool things." RELATED: The Riverfront Times has an article o­n the impact of Internet retailing o­n local indie stores in St. Louis.

MORRISSEY really doesn't want a Smiths reunion: "I feel as if I've worked very hard since the demise of The Smiths and the others haven't, so why hand them attention that they haven't earned?"

UNDEAD AT LEEDS: London'd Independent has a piece o­n maybe the greatest live rock album ever, as Townshend and Daltrey schedule a return trip to kick off their latest tour.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: This week, My Old Kentucky Blog got the honor of hosting the web premiere of Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos' "Quiet As A Mouse," which is animated from over 700 individual paintings. The song is alright, but the video is even better.

EL PERRO DEL MAR: Swedish singer Sarah Assbring's sophomore album gets a recommended 8.1 o­n the Pitchfork for appropriating traditionally upbeat pop sounds to miserable ends. Thou not out in the US (yet), you can stream and download her early 60s stylings o­n MySpace and hear her cover of Brenda Lee's "Here Comes That Feeling" via the Hype Machine, though my pick to click is Assbring's own "God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get)."

ELVIS COSTELLO and ALLEN TOUSSAINT played a set from their City of Hope album at the World Cafe yesterday, which you can stream from NPR today.

SONIC YOUTH: Dean of rock critics Robert Christgau has always dug 'em, and he's calling Rather Ripped "a light-seeming, unprecedentedly hooky thing that could prove o­ne of their best." It's out next week, but you can stream the whole thing now.

MUSIC VIDEO: Pitchfork recommends a few music-related documentaries and video compilations, including We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen and The Busby Berkeley Collection.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer is reported to have checked into rehab in Portugal. He's a train wreck, but I always hope people can get back o­n the rails.

BRADGELINA: People has posted its cover photo of Pitt, Jolie and Shiloh. The issue will cost 50 cents extra at your newsstand, but the mag denies paying 4.1 million for the pics. TMZ has video of Jolie talking... and talking about her incredible experience having a baby in Africa, while Pitt listens... and listens. TMZ also claims that the Pitt-Jolies will be moving back to Malibu as soon as this weekend.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide release is Pixar's Doc Hollywood o­n wheels, Cars. Scoring 81 percent Fresh o­n the Tomatometer, it seems likely to continue Pixar's string of success. The remake of The Omen actually opened o­n 6/6/06, which a 30 precent Rotten would suggest was the most clever thing about it. Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion which opens semi-wide o­n 760 screens, scores a 79 percent Fresh.

BRITNEY SPEARS is reportedly consulting a Christian life coach to help decide whether to divorce Spenderline.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is denying those pesky pregnancy rumors.

LINDSAY LOHAN is dissed by Vogue's Anna Wintour at the CFDA awards because, she "got up to use the bathroom to powder her nose six times in two hours," according to Page Six. La Lohan tells Harper's Bazaar: "I've become like the guy in relationships. Lately I just cannot be in a monogamous relationship." o­n behalf of men, thanks for the slam, Linds!

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Entertainment Tonight has retained a psychic to track down her supposed boyfriend, who has been missing since June 30 of last year.

KATHERINE HEIGL, recently of Grey's Anatomy, is a total tease to FHM magazine:"I think maybe I should do a sex tape. Look what it did for Paris Hilton! There's never enough sex for me. The guy I'm dating now is just so fantastic in bed that half the time I just want to leave the handcuffs o­n and say: 'I've got to run a few errands, but don't you move -- I'll be back!'"

GEORGE CLOONEY: What fails in Vegas stays in Vegas.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Life & Style Weekly reports different terms of a Tom_Kat prenup than other outlets, claiming that Holmes stands to make three million a year -- up to 33 million -- for each year that she is married to Cruise, as well as a palatial home in Montecito, CA. Which is interesting given that California's community property law kicks in if the marriage lasts longer than eleven years. The ubiquitous "insider" tells the mag, "She knows she needs to marry him to get the money to fight him for custody, if it comes to that."

FAMKE JANSSEN wasn't embarrassed when she ran into X-Men co-star Sir Ian McKellen o­n a nude beach, supposedly because she grew up in a family that regularly attends nude camps. The fact that McKellen is fantastically gay probably didn't hurt, though.

SPIDER-MAN 3: Marvel's Avi Arad his having some fun jerking everyone's chain over the fourth villain for the movie (which, imho, risks over-stuffing the flick, but I digress). The Internet Movie Database has switched Topher Grace as Venom with Rosemary Harris playing not o­nly Aunt May, but Carnage. IMDB also had Dylan Baker finally listed as The Lizard, but he's been delisted as well.

THE SEXIEST WOMAN ALIVE: Esquire magazine has entered round two of its contest to guess her identity. She's looking more and more like...

SCARLETT JOHANSSON has the best breasts in Hollywood, according to a new poll by In Touch Weekly. The full top 10 is at the link.

SLAVERY IN THE UK: Children as young as six are being brought to Britain in the hundreds every year to be used as "slave labor" in sweatshops, private homes and cannabis factories. Women are being sold off in sex slave auctions in the arrivals lounges of British airports.

IRAQ: Though Pres. Bush rightly notes that the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will not end the violence -- the approval of the defense and interior ministers is probably more important in the medium-term -- the US military says a series of raids conducted following the killing of Zarqawi has yielded a "treasure trove" of new information and will free up special forces to hunt down other targets. There's a round-up of various points of view at DefenseTech. However, as CNN and other media outlets have been interviewing antiwar activist Michael Berg about it -- despite the fact that his beheaded son Nick supported the invasion -- let's look at his claim that Saddam Hussein was "no worse than George Bush." As to Berg's claim that there was relative stability under Saddam, it might be noted that there was relative stability in Mussolini's Italy, too -- not to mention the USSR, etc. As to his claim that there have been 60K deaths after Bush invaded, whereas under Saddam, there were 30K deaths annually, there are two responses. First, that the Iraq Body Count pegs the civilian deaths at about 42K. Second, that even a figure of 60K divided by three years equals 20K annually, resulting in 30K fewer deaths than if Saddam had been left in power, with no prospect of democracy. Finally, Berg told CNN, "Al Qaeda supposedly killed my son," when the voice of the knife-wielder o­n the infamous beheading video is identified as Zarqawi’s. There was jubilation o­n the streets of Baghdad yesterday, but Berg was too busy with his long-shot political campaign to wonder why. BONUS: Jordanian services arrested Zarqawi's brother-in-law and an Al Jazeera journalist in the middle of a TV interview.

IRAN: After initially dismissing the western proposal o­n nuke talks, Pres. Ahmadinejad seems to have sussed that Iran needs to at least look like the regime is willing to talk. He was busy enough to delegate the rampant anti-Semitism to an aide. Meanwhile, Hashemi Rafsanjani, the second powerful man in the clerical regime had to cut short a speech and leave the city of Qom in the face of anti-regime protests. There were further clashes in northwest Iran as an angry crowd attacked Islamist militiamen during a security inspection.

WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY BUD? "Woof!" You rescued Nye from the river after he fell in, beaking both his arms?" "Woof!" Good boy, Bud!

AFGHAN DONKEY BOMB was intercepted in Kabul. The donkey had 66 pounds of explosives and several land mines strapped to its back hidden in old sacks, linked to a remote-controlled detonator.

ELEPHANTS are painting their faces in team colours and staging their own World Cup soccer tourney with a jumbo-sized ball in Thailand.

APE RIGHTS are o­n the agenda of Spanish Socialists in Parliament.

DROP THE CHIHUAHUA.

WOOLY BULLY: Uno.. dos... o­ne, two, tres, quatro!

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