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PAS/CAL, Apollo Sunshine, The Manolo and Singing Dolphin, Smoking Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

MICK JAGGER'S GIRLFRIEND has been nicknamed the "new Yoko Ono" for to get them to tidy up their appearance and live a healthier lifestyle o­n their world tour. Jerry Hall is enjoying a good gloat. To be fair, L'Wren Scott is more attractive than Yoko (though o­ne would think Jagger could do better).

MAC McCAUGHAN of Superchunk and Portastatic is interviewed in Free Williamsburg, with a free Portastatic download.

RAY DAVIES may have at last completed his first solo album since leaving the Kinks, and may ambark o­n his first major tour with a new band. Many of the songs are about his time in pre-Katrina New Orleans, but he has since tuned his attention to London.

THE STROKES: Stereogum is killing music again with another leaked track, "You Only Live Once" and a mashup of the prior leak, "Juicebox," with the "Peter Gunn Theme."

PAS/CAL is blogging the recording of their debut album. You should still be able to download "Summer Is Almost Here," even though it's almost gone.

APOLLO SUNSHINE has a Flaming Lips and Polyphonic Spree sorta vibe happening. You can hear the band at its MySpace page.

THE WHITE STRIPES are set to be the first band to play The Daily Show in December. Also, the band's next video will be directed by Michel Gondry.

TOP 100 MOMENTS IN OPERA down under. That's for our resident opera buff.

BOB MOULD thinks the music scene has improved lately.

I <3 THE '80's: Noted producer Steve Lillywhite, who has worked with such acts as U2, Johnny Thunders, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Psychedelic Furs, XTC and Eddie & the Hot Rods, has joined the executive ranks at Columbia Records as a talent scout.

PITCHFORK likes the new Franz Ferdinand, but realllly doesn't like the new Liz Phair, the review for which begins: "Now this is a terrible Liz Phair record."

HARVEY DANGER is releasing its new album for free o­n the Internet.

BONO and BOB GELDOF may be Nobel Prize nominees. U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn are also thought to be frontrunners, though hardly anyone bought their album.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS WATCH: Tyler Durden has (or maybe had, by the tiime you read this) the video of Moss doing cocaine. It's from an Italian news show, which added some things that make it doubly weird. Her ex-boyfriend, Jefferson Hack, brought her three-year old daughter to visit her in rehab. He also is seeking sole custody of the girl, who could be Jude Law's baby.

RENEE ZELLWEGER already has a new boyfriend?

NICHOLAS CAGE now has a son named Kal-El, which should force other celebrities to stop the can-you-top-this-name game. Do you think Cage is still miffed that he did not get to play Superman in the '90's?

COURTNEY COX is in negotiations to appear o­n Desperate Housewives. The headline writes itself.

RALPH FINNES finds that Harry Potter is already changing his life.

JAMES BOND is blamed for seeming to champion unsafe sex by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The journal also criticizes Basic Instinct for promoting even more unsafe sex with psychotic, ice-pick wielding killers.

JESSICA ALBA, who is thinking about that I Dream of Jeannie movie (if they get the script right), has a great response to the casting couch: "Of course I've been asked. But from a really crass point of view, if I just want to make out with somebody, I don't really want to see him in the morning, much less every day during filming."

MOVIE TRAILERS REVISITED: That hilariously remixed trailer for The Shining linked here (and many other places) Friday rated a story in The New York Times. Though not mentioned in the story, the scary remixes of West Side Story and Titanic are pretty good, too.

BROADCAST NETWORKS may launch shows o­n demand o­n cable systems in the near future. Hey, it's working for World Wrestling Entertainment...

NIPSEY RUSSELL, dead of cancer at 82.

JON STEWART and The Daily Show are featured in London's Guardian.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie and Pitt are reportedly throwing a "family blessing" costing over a million bucks for the actress's two adopted children. Pitt is said to be designing a Buddhist-style temple for the event.

ELLE MACPHERSON is renouncing fur under pressure from PETA. BTW, I tried reallly hard to find a picture of Elle wearing fur, but after looking at over 700 pictures, I have concluded that she is almost always photographed wearing swimwear, saran wrap and duct tape, or often less. This is just o­ne of the small sacrifices I make for you, the Pate reader.

WALLACE AND GROMIT: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is currently rating 100 percent o­n the Tomatometer.

TELETUBBIES COCAINE BUST: No, really.

DASHTON wedding photos and interview reportedly sold to OK! magazine for three million bucks.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE says she's working o­n a sitcom at ABC about what her life might have been like had she stayed in Kansas and became a teacher and been gay. The show's working title is Ellen.

WALTER CRONKITE thinks Americans lack the education to vote properly. He also fears the blogosphere, still in its "infancy," could threaten the standing of mainstream media as a news source for consumers already confused by cable's "opinion journalism." Walter obviously longs for the good old days, when he could get the story of the Tet Offensive completely backward without fear of some milblogger pointing it out.

GEORGE CLOONEY wants to restore honor to the term "liberal:" "I'm going to keep saying 'liberal' as loud as I can and as often as I can." Less than a month ago, Clooney was complaining that he couldn't voice his views without being criticized. And, like Cronkite, complaining about the fact that people are even able to widely publish opinions that disagree with theirs. Which, imho, is not particularly liberal. Maybe he's just a little cranky because his girlfriend's parents don't approve of him.

IRAQ: Human Rights Watch, which often has criticized alleged abuses by U.S. forces in Iraq, has figured out that insurgents are committing war crimes by targeting civilians in mass killings, abductions and beheadings. "People we have spoken with in the Middle East are increasingly repulsed by the behavior of insurgent groups in Iraq, even if they support a withdrawal of U.S. troops," said Sara Leah Whitson, the region's HRW director. Bill Roggio has posts o­n day three of Operation Iron Fist. The Belmont Club explains at least o­ne reason why the cities involved are important to the insurgents.

SAUDI ARABIA: Of the estimated 2.2 million Internet users in the Kingdom, 92.5 percent are trying to access a website that, for o­ne reason or another, has been blocked.

IRAN: The theocracy's airwaves have been buzzing with two new tunes apparently designed to rally public support for the regime's increasingly tense stand-off with the West over its nuclear ambitions.

A CLOWN in the operating room may relax anxious children who are about to undergo surgery, according to Italian researchers. That has to be a study of Italian hospitals, right? In this country, what kid in his right mind wants to be put under in the presence of a clown?

DARK CHOCOLATE may offer mild relief for diarrhea, in case you're looking for another excuse.

HARRIET MIERS, White House counsel, was nominated to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor o­n the Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal rounded up the discussion among o­nline commentators of all stripes. The piece notes that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had nice things to say about her. o­n C-SPAN, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated that Miers was o­n the list of acceptable candidates the Democrats gave to President Bush. And Miers already has a comedy blog.

THE HOTLINE, a pricey must-read for Washington DC heavyweights, has started a free blog. The Miers nomination was Topic A there Monday.

DeLAY UPDATE: Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and his assistants rushed Monday to fix problems with an indictment against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay by charging him with conspiracy and money laundering. The hasty presentation of DeLay's case to a grand jury sitting for its first day of service was sparked after DeLay's lawyers filed a brief seeking dismissal of the charge of conspiracy to violate Texas election laws because the conspiracy laws did not apply to the state election code during the 2002 election. The new indictment is o­nline at FindLaw. And National Review's Byron York has seen a copy of the documentary-in-progress of the case.

DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS: The British music industry cheered a tripling of digital music sales in the first half of 2005 that offset persistent declines in overall sales. However, Britain's band managers are complaining about royalty rates paid by services like iTunes.

SHOE-BLOGGING: The Manolo, he makes six figures blogging about the shoes.

BASEBALL: As the palyoffs begin, I note that not every woman is a fan of the sport. Perhaps they would be interested in a history of the baseball uniform.

THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS was yesterday. Missed it by thatmuch.

DOLPHINS have been taught to sing the theme from Batman.

WALKING THE DOG is better than most diets.

CAT saved when driver swerved; skateboarder not so lucky.

CHIMP quits smoking after 16 years.

NANNY GOAT nurses an orphaned foal.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Arctic Monkeys, Panda Cub and Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 03, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS: Though my weekend schedule was in flux, I was able to scurry down to the Double Door (where Barry Jive and the Uptown Five played at the end of High Fidelity) to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the last minute Saturday night. Alas, no pics, though this o­ne from jvan01's Flickr account, taken 9/11 in Houston, is representative. That band puts o­n o­ne helluva hot, sweaty, funky soul extravaganza. Indeed, the Dap-Kings did an entire power-packed set before they brought Sharon Jones out. the set included not o­nly highlights from Dap Dippin' With Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Naturally (an Amazon Best of 2005 (so far) pick and one of mine too), but also several new songs that were equally smokin'. It's like finding a big stack of Stax wax that somehow never got released in the late '60s or early '70's. You can see video at the Daptone records site, but it really doesn't do the band's James Brown Live at the Apollo energy level justice. Ms. Jones may be built more like Aretha, but moves like Tina Turner. Suffice it to say the Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately" have never sounded funkier.

THE NEXT BIG THING: UK tastemakers suggeted to the Guardian that it will probably be The Arctic Monkeys. So the Guardian obliged with a profile: "Their forthcoming second single, "I Bet You Look Good o­n the Dancefloor," is a blistering, three-minute romp about trying to impress a girl at a club. Frontman Alex Turner talks it down, but I think Craig O'Neill would dig it the most.

ANTHONY AND THE JOHNSONS frontman Antony Hegarty is interviewed in the Chicago Sun-Times after beating out Coldpaly for the UK's presitigious Mercury Music Prize. It's not my cup of tea, but if you like Rufus Wainwright, you'll probably dig it. *Sixeyes is killing music, so you could listen yourself if you're an outlaw.

KEITH MOON to be played by Mike Myers. Blame producer Roger Daltrey.

THE GREAT DISC DEBATE: Pate bassmeister and Naked Hero Mike Kelly tipped me to this running feature at MSNBC, asking which is the best album by various artists and bands, including Prince, R.E.M. (where I think it should be against the rules to list a compilation), the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond and more.

DAVID BYRNE and FATBOY SLIM are making a multi-media musical about Imelda Marcos.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO is profiled by Carl Wilson for Canada's Globe and Mail.

LIKE SANDS THROUGH THE HOURGLASS, so are the Rolling Stones.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Rhino's Children of Nuggets -- Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1996 box scores an impressive 8.6 from a reviewer who clearly knows the era.

NIRVANA DRUMMER FRONTS BAND: No, not Dave Grohl -- the other guy. Grunge's answer to Pete Best.

TEGAN AND SARA talk with the Hartford Courant about what it means to be "pop."

LOU REED tops a Q magazine poll as "the world's most pathetic rocker." Me-ow!

BOB DYLAN: At Slate, David Greenberg brings a Gen X POV as to why critics ignore the latter part of Dylan's career. Carl Wilson responds that Greenberg is firing the right arrow at the wrong target.

THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC is influenced by Stravinsky, Brahms and Brubeck. The band's debut, Underwater Cinematographer, is getting generally favorable reviews. You can stream is from their label.

KIM GORDON of Sonic Youth talks to London's Guardian about her plethora of projects.

DAWN EDEN, a blogger who has landed a gig with the New York Daily News has an amusing column about the goings o­n at another blog, the Vinyl Mine.

WHICH COVERS TOP THE ORIGINAL? Candidates are discussed at the WOXY forums.

TOP TEN incidental moments in Punk, courtesy of Stylus.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Doherty, who was just complaining about gaining weight from kicking drugs, collapsed at the end of a gig following a day-long booze bender. He was also questioned by police, then released after police raided a venue Babyshambles played; Pete claims he has an implant to help keep him off drugs. Moss, missed her daughter's third birthday party in rehab as detectives searched the recording studio where Moss allegedly snorted cocaine. Moss is recjecting gifts and messages from Courtney Love. And President Bush is featured o­n a cover of "White Lines" mentioning the superwaif.

SERENITY came in second at the box office to Flightplan, though it had a higher per-screen average, as did David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. I saw Serenity and thought it a very smartly written space opera. Daniel Drezner has a post o­n the blogger marketing campaign and a review of sorts.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Aniston's divorce became final o­n Sunday. Their Beverly Hills estate is o­n the market. The infallible Star magazine claims Aniston has taken up with 7th Heaven's Geoff Stults, who an uncanny resemblance to Brad. If true, it would be a case of life imitating Friends.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is officially unengaged to that Paris guy. And has bladder contol issues, allegedly.

MARIAH CAREY is happy to remain single and celibate after witnessing the damaging effects of sexual promiscuity. A nice message for the kids and in her case, a relief to society generally.

MICHELE WILLIAMS, expecting a child with boyfriend Heath Ledger, does seem to have gotten a reallllly deep tan, if Page Six is accurate.

JESSICA ALBA and the the whole crew of Into the Blue were high o­n seasickness drugs. Most movie critics would have liked some also. And the movie limped into fifth place at the box office. Her upcoming movie Awake launches Bob and Harvey Weinstein's post-Miramax company.

INTERNET KILLED THE RADIO STAR? A new study from Yahoo! and OMD Worldwide finds that globally, youths far prefer to get their music fix from the Internet than the radio. However, the researchers also point out that radio is still an important medium to introduce new artists.

YES, ICANN: The US rejects calls for the UN to become the Internet's principal traffic policeman. The EU prefers the multilateral approach, natch.

A LAPTOP IN EVERY LAP? Nicholas Negroponte, director of M.I.T.'s Media Lab wants to bridge the digital divide by producing 15 million laptops costing o­nly o­ne hundred bucks apiece, shipping most of them at first to children in Brazil, Egypt, Thailand and South Africa.

GOOGLE has offered to blanket San Francisco with free wireless Internet access at no cost to the city.

ROSE McGOWAN is leading the pack for a big role in Sin City 2.

SIENNA MILLER miscarried? Sienna's rep calls such talk "complete and utter balderdash!"

CLARE DANES had a wardrobe malfunction while rehearsing Christina Olson: American Model (third item).

TARA REID having a meltdown now that her E! show, Taradise, has been officially canceled and other offers of work have dried up, her friends say.

COURTNEY LOVE is mad at her mother for writing a memoir. Yeah, it's awful when someone financially exploits a family relationship.

CHARLIZE THERON was "discovered" going "nuts" in a Hollywood bank.

GLOBAL WARMING: At least ten to 30 percent of recent warming may be due to the Sun. Yet scientists know very little about how much sunlight is absorbed or reflected by Earth. Meanwhile Radiohead's Thom Yorke agonizes over whether to meet with British PM Tony Blair o­n the topic.

NANOTECH: Nanowires may enable magnetic microchips that do not generate heat and are simpler and potentially cheaper to produce. There's a post o­n molecular electronics at the Science Blog. PLUS: Instapundit offers a discount to the Foresight conference.

HURRICANE RITA: The untold story, for inquiring minds.

BALI BOMBINGS kill at least 25, injure over100. Suspicion immediately fell o­n the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah. They must want Indonesia to pull out of Iraq. No, wait, the linked story reports that JI "wants to establish an Islamic state across Southeast Asia." There's more o­n the group at the Counter-terror blog.

WHAT MOTIVATES SUICIDE BOMBERS and what they don't mention in their bios might surprise people.

SUICIDE BOMBER at the U of Oklahoma is believed to be a student named Joel Henry Hinrichs III.

GROUND ZERO: With the ousting of the International Freedom Center from the World Trade Center memorial site, the Wall Street Journal interviews the underestimated woman probably most responsible, Debra Burlingame.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio noted that with an operation in Qaim imminent, Al Qaeda has few good options. He then notes the start of Operation Iron Fist in Sadah, part of the larger Operation Hunter, which is a different type of operation from Operations Matador and Spear. Roggio also rounds up day two of the operation. Major K blogs the First Brigade's effort to train Iraqi Non-Commissioned Officers, which Major K notes "are the core of any competent military force." A new Zogby poll (Acrobat pdf) finds that Iraqi business are largely optimisitic about the future, but identifies areas that need improvement, including (obviously) security. The New York Times notes that the Iraqi forces stationed at Camp Normandy have become so efficient that they took the lead in military operations in their 1,200-square-mile area, but you had to find that news in the Sports section.

THE NEW YORK TIMES also got around to correcting a number of errors made by columnists Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich regarding the 2000 election and ex-FEMA director Michael Brown. And yet the paper now wants o­nline readers to pay extra for these columnists through its new "Times Select" service.

ARMY RECRUITING SLUMP worst in decades and not that big a deal yet, statistically speaking, particularly with an uptick in recruiting in recent months. The more serious problem is with recruiting reserves. A new GAO report (Acrobat pdf) also notes that 58% of age-eligible youths can't meet entry-level standards for health, education, aptitude, and other requirements for military service.

CAUGHT o­n TAPE: A teenager videotaped his own murder, cracking the case.

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES: At Slate, John Dickerson asks, "How much trouble is the GOP really in?" At MSNBC, Howard Fineman asks, "Why can't the Democrats capitalize?" Roll Call's Mor-TON Kondracke thinks it's the lack of a positive agenda akin to the GOP's 1994 "Contract with America," which the Dems are supposedly formulating now.

PANDA CUB at the National Zoo has grown two Tupperware sizes in the past two months. More cute photos at the link.

PIG calendars and toys have been banned from a British local council office after a Muslim complained about pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the council in the run-up to the Islamic festival of Ramadan. Until now, I didn't know that massaging pigs relieved stress, let alone toy pigs.

DOGS vs. COW: A Russian is claiming this battle took place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Then again, "drugoi" claims that it took place in Phoenix, Alabama.

DOG found with "FREE" sign around his neck. I was going to make a joke about the sign, but an animal psychic makes it for me.

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The Magic Numbers, Dungen, The Shining, Santa, Chewbacca and Honeybees   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 30, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Puzzle your way through a round of Ray-Ray.

THE MAGIC NUMBERS' album gets a US release Tuesday but you can stream it wih a nifty Flash player today. I like track five, "Love Me Like You." And "I See You, You See Me," which I think is inspired a bit by "I'll Be Your Mirror."

SUFJAN STEVENS "is the artist who might have been birthed by Flannery O'Connor and Nick Drake, had they ever hooked up."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS have a photo-diary from touring down under.

RAY DAVIES is not the cute o­ne, okay?

I'M ONLY SLEEPING, not bidding.

LISTEN MY FRIEND: A new documentary, Spend an Evening With Saddle Creek, tells the story of how a group of friends single-handedly forged o­ne of the biggest labels in the indie era, "and in godforsaken Omaha, of all places."

DUNGEN: The "Swedish psych-rockers' literally awesome live show reveals them as what they essentially are -- a freaking jam band." But in a good way, I would add. The Pitchfork also reports that the band's U.S. success is getting its 2002 album, Stadsvandringar, a release here o­n Tuesday. However, from what I've heard, the current disc, Ta Det Lugnt, is less jammy and better.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH show the DIY way to hefty profit margin. "Everything started to change as soon as I started wearing brownish-yellow socks," says frontman Alec Ounsworth.

A.C. NEWMAN has been reading a lot about the New Pornographers, "and it's left him a little perplexed, to say the least."

NEIL YOUNG: His latest, Prairie Wind, scores a middling 5.8 o­n the Pitchfork, but there appears to be a wider spread at Metacritic.

SHE'S TAKEN EVERYTHING? The Sonic Impact T-Amp, a 30 dollar, 15-Watt amplifier "easily outperforms amplifiers that cost 100 times more."

THE ROSEBUDS: Their new album, Birds Make Good Neighbors, scores a respectable 8.1 o­n the Pitchfork. You can stream a few tracks from the band's MySpace page, but try "Boys Who Love Girls" from the band's debut, too.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Moss has checked into a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona. Sarah Doukas, head of the Storm modeling agency, said Wednesday that Moss would soon sign a contract to represent a luxury perfume brand.

THE SHINING: Remixed in glorious QuickTime. If you haven't seen it, you're cheating yourself.

GWYNETH PALTROW: Knocked up again. Anyone betting o­n "Banana?"

ALICIA SILVERSTONE: Knocked up? Or just sloppy?

MADONNA wishes she was as talented as ABBA. And she owes thousands in parking tickets, because she's too lazy to walk to her fitness classes. That's her arm that's broken, not her leg.

ADAM SANDLER rumored to be ruining Gilligan's Island, though Jennifer Hawkins could move me out of the "Mary Ann" column.

COURTNEY LOVE, in a moment of clarity promises never to show her breasts in public again because it’s "slutty." She actually has a few moments of clarity in the midst of a whole lot of crazy talk about her crack phase and more in Spin. And yes, that was a bad pun... is there any other kind?

GREEK CYPRIOT SOLDIERS BANISHED as punishment for an all-night sex romp in Nicosia with a mother-of-three who had them queuing up for more.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie announced the Global Business Coalition's plan for world domination at an event innocuously billed as an AIDS fundraiser. Don't be fooled! One ring to rule them all! Or was it an elaborate product placement for St. John's knits?

BEYONCE has a foot-long chili dog, much to the amusement of boyfriend Jay-Z. Wonder what he was thinking...

KATE WINSLET will likely join Cameron Diaz for Holiday, the next movie from Nancy Meyers after Something's Gotta Give.

FESTIVUS book coming at the end of October.

TYRA BANKS, fresh from showing her TV audience that they're real and spectacular, gets Jennifer Love Hewitt in o­n the act.

STEVE BUSCEMI is set to be honored at New York's sixth annual Woodstock Film Festival. Way to go, Mr. Pink!

CIVIL THREESOME: A Dutchman and his wife have signed a co-habitation contract with a woman they met in an internet chatroom.

JESSICA ALBA: Into the Blue gets scads of bad reviews, with the notable exception of Roger Ebert. USA Today gives us a clue as to how co-star Paul Walker will feel reading them. But if it flops, maybe Alba will get around to doing nude scenes.

IRAQ: Only o­ne Iraqi battalion can operate solo, down from three. That's bad news, though at least it shows we're monitoring these batallions. Bill Roggio looks at chaos in Ramadi. The US has reportedly handed over security responsibilities to Iraqi army and police units in Karbala. Sunni opposition to the draft Iraqi constitution is softening, making it likely that voters will approve it in the Oct. 15 referendum. Major K blogs about trying to overcome Iraqi fatalism, which he calls "one of the greatest challenges that we face in training the New Iraqi Army." And Michael Yon's latest isn't gripping so much as heartwarming.

DeLAY UPDATE: David Corn of The Nation asks top crisis management expert Eric Dezenhall about DeLay's likely strategy. Byron York of National Review reports that prosecutor Ronnie Earle has gave a film crew "extraordinary access" to make a motion picture about his work o­n the case.

GROUND ZERO: Forgot to mention that NY Gov. Pataki, bowing to a growing campaign by furious 9/11 families, the firefighters and police unions, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and ex-mayor Rudolph Giuliani, ousted a proposed freedom museum from ground zero Wednesday, declaring that the International Freedom Center generated "too much opposition, too much controversy" as to its content and location.

JUDITH MILLER, the New York Times reporter jailed since July 6th for refusing to testify in the C.I.A. leak case, was released Thursday after she reached an agreement with a federal prosecutor to testify before the grand jury. Tom Maguire has analysis, including strange reporting o­n the story by the NYT.

WHEN DID YOU STOP BEATING YOUR WIFE? An imam who wrote a book o­n how to beat your wife without leaving marks o­n her body has been ordered by a judge in Spain to study the country's constitution. Sure, that will turn him right around.

CULT OF THE iPod: It's never too early to start indoctrination.

PODCASTING: turns out there might just be money in it.

NANOTECH: A research team creates a molecule that walks like a human. But can it walk like an Egyptian? Like you didn't see that o­ne coming a mile away.

MIGHTY MICE: Genetically altered mice discovered accidentally at the Wistar Institute in Pennsylvania have the seemingly miraculous ability to regenerate like a salamander, and even regrow vital organs. Am I the o­nly o­ne whose eyebrows went up about the "discovered accidentally" part?

RUN RUDOLPH, RUN! The Danish airforce paid damages to Santa Claus after a blast from a low-flying fighter jet left Rudolph the reindeer lifeless.

WILD GORILLAS use tools when we're not looking. D*mn dirty apes.

HONEYBEES kill invading wasps by cooking them to death.

EVICITING A PIG is risky business.

ANIMAL HOARDING: A French case may be the world's record, as animal welfare officers discover 340 dogs living in a single house.

CHEWBACCA makes it to The Show.

HORNY FEMALE SWALLOWS keep shopping around even after mating. And they aren't looking for good providers or even good company; they want o­nly the best-looking birds, according a research team at Cornell University.

...and I'm spent.

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Big Star, The National, The Hold Steady, Serenity, Dugongs and a Baby Aardvark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 08:40 AM
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Karl

BIG STAR: The much-anticipated In Space is not faring well with the critics.

METACRITIC: So, what is faring well with the critics? As the third quarter draws to the close, check Metacritic's Best of 2005 (so far).

ON THE PITCHFORK: Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' Jacksonville City Nights rates a snarky 7.7: "You could be forgiven for not noticing, but earlier this year Adams started writing good songs again. I know!" Rhino's Just Say Sire box set gets a mere 6.7, but it seems to be based o­n knocking down a straw man, imho. But the UK reissue of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea scores a perfect 10.0.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH and THE NATIONAL: A Billboard review of the bill at Schuba's (which I had to miss) suggests the latter was better than the former, though it's clear the revewer didn't care much for CYHSY in the first place. You can listen to or watch The National at Beggars Banquet.

BOB DYLAN: More UK backlash: Bob Dylan: a poet and a poseur. A sample graf: "We live in a world run by people who came to consciousness during pop's 1960s golden age. Often significantly younger than Dylan, they not o­nly understand the iconic significance of the Fender Stratocaster guitar, they actually own o­ne. It's hardly surprising, then, that the new film's 'lost footage' from Dylan's crucial mid-1960s period should have created excitement. Yet there's something about our 'air guitar' establishment's endless valorisation of the sounds of its youth that is slightly creepy."

THE FLAMING LIPS are bringing out the guitars for At War With the Mystics, due early next year.

THE WHITE STRIPES, THE SHINS and M WARD: Each set from the September 27 triple-bill at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, is streamable from NPR. The White Stripes cover Dolly Parton, Burt Bacharach and Blind Willie McTell.

FIERY FURNACES: Seattle Weekly previews Rehearsing My Choir, which features Olga Sarantos, the duo's grandmother.

THE HOLD STEADY will play unplugged during seventh period in Littleton, Colorado's Littleton High School gymnasium.

BORN TO RUN AGAIN: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's breakthrough 1975 album, Columbia is prepping a box set that will include two DVDs along with a version of the album newly remastered by Bob Ludwig.

eMUSIC MAGAZINE: The o­nline service launches a hub with Michael Azerrad, author of the wonderful Our Band Could Be Your Life as EIC, with help from Kurt Loder, Harvey Pekar, Neal Pollack and Thurston Moore.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: British TV channel Sky o­ne plans to air a documentary next week showing Moss snorting coke. Moss' friends have her o­n suicide watch. But maybe it really doesn't bother her. Or maybe sh'es devastated and plans to leave Britain. Right now, she's taking a "short-term" break from the public eye and her modelling jobs. Will she take a five million dollar contract from an o­nline gambling company? NME has details of the upcoming disc from Doherty's band Babyshambles. And Pete, the barn door is open.

OZZY OSBOURNE tops Jude Law, as wife Sharon reveals that he was caught in bed with the nanny o­n the night their son Jack was born.

NEIL YOUNG: Rarities. Killing music.

DELTA BLUES REVIVAL: Tragedy + Time = The Onion.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise lecture series linked here yesterday is a hoax. Cruise is furious He wants to find out who is behind it and jump o­n their couch!

BENNIFER 2.0: Garner let slip that it's a girl o­n The Tonight Show. Proof that she's not a super-spy; she just plays o­ne o­n TV.

ALEC BALDWIN and KIM BASINGER renew their child custody battle. They should put this o­n CourtTV -- my pitch would be that it's The War of the Roses meets Irreconcilable Differences. And yes, that's a high-concept Player allusion.

TARA REID reflects o­n the reaction to her wardrobe malfunction: "People act like it was the worst crime in the world. It was a mistake, you know! But you would think my boob had popped out and shot Gandhi!" She assured FHM magazine, "My hooters are under control."

LI-LO is set to bare all for an upcoming Vanity Fair cover, which people might buy, now that she's off the Skeletor diet.

HILLARY DUFF, otoh, is still o­n the Skeletor diet and will be an anti-obesity campaign to encourage kids to eat right and exercise.

JESSICA ALBA is giving her boyfriend a stranger in the bedroom. Her new movie, Into the Blue gets a "C" from Entertainment Weekly: "In the far-off days of the early James Bond films, underwater action sequences had a hip tranquillity — a lyrical zing... The closest that Into the Blue comes to that old '60s lyricism is to feature Jessica Alba, in all her tawny, rope-muscled glory, slithering through the crystal blue waves of the Bahamas..."

SERENITY, the movie spin-off from the late Firefly, is doing pretty good o­n the Tomatometer. Perhaps more interesting is the studio's courtship of bloggers which appears to be paying off.

IS THIS THE RIGHT ROOM FOR AN ARGUMENT? Amazon is running a poll of favorite Monty Python moments, with streaming clips.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT: The Writers Guild of America is protesting. And so far McDonald's ain't lovin' it, either.

GEORGE CLOONEY has recurring nightmares that he is playing Batman again. This is something he has in common with most Bat-fans.

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS: The DVD and a childrens book drop in November, just in time for the holidays.

JESSICA SIMPSON getting drinky a lot lately. Sometimes with her husband, sometimes Johnny Knoxville. Sometimes needing to hang o­n to a restaurant staffer to "stop swaying around." I imagine she has center of gravity issues.

CULT OF THE iPod: In response to complaints made by a website, Apple admits some Nanos have screen problems and promises free replacements.

GLOBAL WARMING passes the point of no return, so go get that new Hummer. Gas prices too high, you say? Don't sweat it; a trillion barrels of oil might be recovered from Colorado oil shale deposits.

POURING THE PERFECT BEER through science. Unsurprisingly, the company behind the TurboTap is based in the Windy City.

IRAQ: Rill Roggio has much more o­n Operation Hunter (or Sayaid), noting that gloomy press reports of suicide bombs in Baghdad and Al Qaeda gaining control of five towns near the Syrian border overlook the degree to which the insurgency is being driven westward.

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER TOM DeLAY was indicted in an alleged criminal conspiracy designed to subvert Texas campaign finance laws. You can read the indictment -- a mere four pages -- at The Smoking Gun, where you will find very little about what Travis County DA thinks DeLay actually did. Most legal experts looking at the indictment said Wednesday that either an insider has turned against DeLay or the prosecutor may have gone too far. As Earle has suffered big defeats in cases he brought against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), and then-Attorney General Jim Mattox (D), I wouldn't start measuring the Hammer for a jumpsuit just yet. BTW, the indictments against the corporations allegedly involved have been dismissed by Earle under a quite unusual agreement.

BABY AARDVARK debuts in Omaha. Listen, my friend!

HURRICANE KATRINA: Pet rescues are featured at Animal Planet

DUGONGS living in the waters off Malaysia's south coast will be fitted with electronic tags as part of efforts to create sanctuaries for the endangered species.

A FIVE-TON PLATYPUS that was a star attraction at this year's World Expo in Japan has been sold for more than 60K. Yes, it's fake.

ROBOT may have discovered a mythic ten billion dollar treasure trove o­n the islands that inspired the novel about castaway Robinson Crusoe.

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THE NEW RAGS are "bluesy, jazzy and have a rockin' keyboard," according to You Ain't No Picasso, which also points to MP3s and streaming from the band's MySpace page, which also lists the band's diverse influences, including Brian Wilson, Ben Folds, Tom Waits, ragtime and Rachmaninov.

BONO applauds a plan by World Bank And the IMF to cancel 40 billion dollars worth of debt for 18 developing nations. And he wants to take o­n the WTO next.

METRIC: The Caunuck combo's new album drops in the US next week, but Frank at Chromewaves links you up with plenty of press, downloads and streams. Give 'em a listen; don't cost nothin'.

ACL FEST 2005 was a dust bowl!

IRON & WINE'S Sam Beam talks about the new EP collaboration with Calexico in Paste magazine.

EDDIE VEDDER was Sammy Davis, Jr.

KISS' GENE SIMMONS talks about his TV show, Rock School, in London's Guardian: "I think the show's quite good, but then I'm delusional about almost anything I do."

DAVID JOHANSEN answers a few questions about the New York Dolls tour, but doesn't stop there -- Q: I may interview Aretha Franklin today — do you have any questions for her? A: Yes. I want to ask her how many recipes she has that use vanilla wafers. I bet she’s got like 20 of ’em.

THE RADIOHEAD BLOG has a few amusing items, including guitarist Jonny Greenwood's shocking Sept. 23rd confession that he's never heard the Stooges. Plus a bit o­n making a compilation disc.

WELCOME TO THE O.C., INDIE ROCKERS: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has turned the show down, but the Daily Refill discovers there are plenty of fish in the sea.

TED NUGENT may run for Governor of Michigan in 2010; until then, he's giving Ann Coulter a run for her money.

BOB DYLAN: Scotland's Herald runs a column by Melanie Reid titled, "The answer, my friend, is that it’s a load of old hype." I think she starts with a false dichotomy, but it's funny anyway.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise will deliver a series of four lectures o­n topics related to "The Modern Science of Mental Health" beginning next month. Co-sponsored by the Citizens Commission o­n Human Rights, the lectures will be held at Scientology's Celebrity Center International in Los Angeles. You really must click to read the titles of the lectures. Brooke Shields tells Oprah that she wants to have another baby. And feed it Ritalin, even if unnecessary, just to drive Cruise completely off a cliff. Okay, I made that last bit up. But I think there may be a subtle message in the fact that Shields appeared o­n Oprah's show in the first place.

DASHTON: Gamblers think it's more likely that Kutcher and Moore will have a child than get divorced, as though "all of the above" is not an option. Bruce Willis “strictly forbids” his children with Moore from being exposed to Kabbalah.

BENATOR AFFLECK? Virginia Democrats desperately seeking a big name to challenge Sen. George Allen next year, note that Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been shopping for real estate around Charlottesville. I'm guessing these Dems haven't heard about the "fruit basket."

ALEC BALDWIN is making a trip to New Orleans to help with hurricane relief efforts. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to use Baldwin as a floating platform from which they can pump water out of the ninth ward back into the levee system.

SUGE KNIGHT wants to bag the gangsta rap and become a college football coach. The 325-pound Knight went to University of Nevada at Las Vegas o­n a football scholarship and briefly played for the Oakland Raiders.

COURTNEY LOVE: Her mother's memoir explains a decent chunk of why Love is so... Courtney. When she was 4 years old, her hippie father would dose her with "magic pills" and draw psychedelic squiggles all over her naked body, but that's just the tip of the dysfuctional iceberg.

JESSICA ALBA is launching a video game, though I suspect extreme sports are not what her fans would suggest. She was strangely more attracted to her Fantastic Four co-stars o­nce they were in their muscle suits. There aren't many advance reviews for her upcoming flick Into the Blue, but those few are amusing. For example, Shadows o­n the Wall ledes: "There aren't nearly enough preposterous thrillers that involve gorgeous young stars wearing very little clothing." Ain't-It-Cool-News: "No, Into the Blue is not a good movie; it’s not even a defensibly decent movie. But... there are things going o­n here that go beyond the scope of which this type of movie usually delivers, and for that, I have to give it its props."

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Now that Jennifer Aniston is talking about her split from Pitt, Brad and Angie are walking down the aisle... at the Safeway.

THE FRENCH HOTEL: Finally, something makes her uncomfortable.

CHARLIZE THERON: Don't hate her 'cause she's beautiful!

DAVID CRONENBERG: The Scanners director found a new way to freak people out o­n the set of A History of Violence, using his wife to demonstrate sex scenes for Viggo Mortenson and Maria Bello.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is happy to be doing steamy topless scenes with Edgar Ramirez in her new movie: "In fact, to be able to do that in the middle of the desert was actually quite liberating. And to do it with a beautiful Venezuelan -- well, let's just say I'm a lucky girl!"

EVANGELINE LILLY urinated in a car park trash can to win a 20 dollar bet with Lost co-stars Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia and Dominic Monaghan.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH is headed for the Supreme Court, but not to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The real headline at the link is "Playmate appeals to Supreme Court," but I though some might think the story was about Justice Clarence Thomas.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA sent Ma Spears a corset and a diet handbook? I doubt it, but laughed anyway.

EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER, Big Easy Edition, will be hosted by First Lady Laura Bush.

HURRICANE KATRINA: The Congressional hearings look to be as likely to get at what happened as the bogus stories of local officials parroted by the media. Author Joel Kotkin seems to be o­ne of the few keeping his eye o­n the big picture.

OTHER DISASTERS: Live Science has a Top 10 list of natural disasters that worry scientists.

ALBERT BROOKS' new movie, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, has moved to Warner Independent Pictures, because Sony wanted Brooks to change the title.

RELIGIOUS BELIEF contributes to high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according a new study. The World Health Organization seems to disagree. Plus, I'm pretty sure that atheistic nations like the USSR and China all scored well o­n the dysfuctional scale.

TERRORISM: A Syrian was convicted in a Spanish court of leading a terrorist cell and conspiring to commit murder in the 9/11 attacks. Sixteen others were convicted of belonging to or collaborating with a terrorist organization, but not linked to 9/11. One of the 16 was Tayssir Alouni, a correspondent for the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera. ALSO: Three men charged in a terror investigation were planning shooting rampages at L.A.-area military sites to retaliate for what they called the oppression of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. BONUS: French anti-terrorism police arrested nine people Monday suspected of planning attacks in France, including an Islamist previously convicted o­n terrorism charges and freed from prison. The terrorists probably wanted France to withdraw from Iraq.

IRAQ: At Slate, Bing West notes the progress made by the Marines in Fallujah in less than a year to show the import of improving Iraqi forces going forward. The Belmont Club comments further, noting the import of institutional memory to the war. Bill Roggio makes a similar point regarding dismantling the al-Ahwal brigade in the city of Hit.

THE GIANT SQUID, mythic and elusive, is caught o­n film in its natural habitat for perhaps the first time. I think this would have happened much sooner if more people knew about the secret and violent sex life of the giant squid. The males are smaller than the females, but not where it counts.

FISH STORY: You shoulda seen the 35,000 that got away down under. I blame Nemo.

OUCH: Philippine fisheries quarantine inspector Mario Trio discovered illegally imported piranhas -- the hard way.

IGUANA: I've heard of cats getting stuck in trees, but an iguana?

BULL SEMEN makes the wheels of international diplomacy go 'round.

PANDAS: Chinese and American scientists will use GPS technology in an attempt to unveil the darkest secrets of the giant panda's sex life.

MOUSE GROUNDS AIRPLANE FOR 12 HOURS: I didn't know rodents were o­n the no-fly list.

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