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Robert Pollard, Built to Spill, Love Monkey and a Chupacabra?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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ROBERT POLLARD: Newsday's Glenn Gamboa writes: "On his new solo album, From a Compound Eye, Pollard reconnects with the quirkiness of his earlier work without losing the musical momentum he generated with later incarnations of Guided by Voices."

THE ROCK ROBOT is blogging its way through the voluminous Guided by Voices/Pollard catalog.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE singer Zack de la Rocha turned down an offer to join rasta-punk legends Bad Brains, who are currently fronted by former Cro-Mags growler John "Bloodclot" Joseph.

THE BLUES MUSIC AWARDS nominations include several unlikely challengers who emerged from the fringes to take o­n the big boys.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKER Jason Isbell used to play in Bo Bice's band and comments o­n his success.

MORRISSEY is under fire after voicing his support for violent animal rights activists. And he's starting an extensive UK tour.

CAT POWER: More buzz for Chan Marshall and the Greatest in The Age and (with Beth Orton) The New York Times. Reminder -- the whole album is streaming at MySpace.

PAUL WELLER will accept the Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at next month’s Brit Awards so that he can give an emotional speech in tribute to his seriously ill dad.

HARD-FI frontman Richard Archer wonders why the Brit Awards leave pop acts out of the pop category.

BUILT TO SPILL will have a new album, You In Reverse, out in April. There's an advance track, nine minutes long, up at MySpace.

WE ARE SCIENTISTS frontman Keith Murray talks about his unrequited love for heavy metal.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer has bought three Jaguars this past month, even as he was losing thousand of pounds for himself and others by failing to turn up for gigs.

LOVE MONKEY: The Orlando Sentinel, in looking at the growing influence of pop and rock o­n television (and vice-versa), notes that CBS's new Love Monkey, starring Tom Cavanagh as an A & R guy, will feature a number of little-known bands and performers. Despite the presence of Jason Priestley, I was persuaded by the promise of bands, Cavanagh, Judy Greer and Ivana Milicevic to watch. Like Tom Shales, I found it "easy to dismiss yet hard to dislike," with "charm by the oodle, and some very beguiling tricks up its sleeve." How many TV shows are going to show you the Hotel Chelsea and CBGB at all, let alone in the same hour?

GOLDEN GLOBES AFTERPARTY: There's plenty of backstage gossip from USA Today and the AP. Eva Longoria told the McPaper that she and Jamie Foxx are just friends, but that's not what a source told Perez Hilton. Are Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber still together? Page Six implied they are not, but Perez claims a very good source saw them together at the CAA afterparty. But o­ne of my favorite nuggets is Defamer's screen cap of Russell Crowe chowing down o­n a burger from a telltale, off-the-menu Styrofoam container during the ceremonies.

RUSSELL CROWE also has confirmed reports his wife Danielle Spencer is expecting their second child.

HOLLY HUNTER gave birth to twins. No word o­n whether they have superpowers.

PARADISE NOW: The movie about two Nablus car mechanics who are sent to carry out a double suicide-bombing in Tel Aviv gets bad reviews o­n the West Bank: "This movie doesn't help the Palestinian cause," said an armed Palestinian militant who would not give his name because he's o­n the run. "People who go to carry out bombings do not hesitate so much."

LARRY WACHOWSKI: Rolling Stone has a lengthy piece o­n the co-director of the blockbuster Matrix movies taking up with a dominatrix, cross-dressing and hinting he's a candidate for gender-reassignment surgery.

HALLE BERRY may procreate with a random dude at the end of the Summer.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Rumored to be dating the lonely Sean Lennon. Last month he told a newspaper he was looking for any woman from 18- 45 with an IQ above 130. So I'm guessing that doesn't last.

HOWARD STERN has had some work done. CityRag has the before and after shots.

WILLIAM SHATNER. Sells. His. Kidney. Stone. The money will go to Habitat for Humanity.

BRITTANY MURPHY is engaged again, this time to the man who hung her Christmas lights.

KATE BECKINSALE claims she has "fat ass" days when she is so insecure about her looks that she can't leave the house. Now there's a role model for young girls.

JESSICA SIMPSON is currently in talks for another reality show: "I like the idea as it could be empowering to women to show that life goes o­n after a marriage."

IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar posts that President Talabani insists o­n including the Sunni Arabs in the new government, while the main Shia party is suffering from internal conflicts over the nomination of the new prime minister. Bill Roggio, looking at the major security incidents reported over the past week, suggests that al-Qaeda wants coordination of jihadi groups in Iraq because al-Qaeda in Iraq may be having a problem in sustaining a mass-casualty campaign over time outside Baghdad. Baby Noor, the Iraqi infant who underwent surgery in Atlanta for spina bifida, will have to return to the hospital so fluid can be drained from her back.

IRAN: It's a tug-of-war over Russia. Britain softened its stance over imposing sanctions in an effort to maintain international unity regarding Tehran's nuclear program. Russia moved towards the US and European position, while coincidentally the Iranian ambassador in Moscow praised a proposal to move Tehran's uranium enrichment program to Russia. China remains a wild card.

PAKISTAN: Reason catches The New York Times and AFP misidentifying an artillery shell as the "remains of a missile." Perhaps these media outlets simply don't know much about things military -- which is a disadvantage when covering a war. Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities confirmed that four or five foreign terrorists were killed in the US strike that hoped to target al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri.

NSA SURVEILLANCE: The Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU filed federal lawsuits seeking to end Pres. Bush's electronic eavesdropping program. Though the ACLU has a broad range of clients involved, they will probably have difficulties proving they have "standing" to bring their suit. The CCR suit seems stronger, as its lawyers represent enemy combatants, but those clients are not plaintiffs to the suit, which may be problematic. ALSO: FBI officials repeatedly complained to the NSA that the flood of tips led them to few potential terrorists inside the country they did not know of from other sources and diverted agents from counter- terrorism work they viewed as more productive. The differing views of the FBI and the NSA may reflect both bureaucratic rivalry and a culture clash. As the FBI seems to have a hard time finding spies in its own ranks, they might need to do a rethink o­n intell sharing.

ANOTHER TEXAS CHUPACABRA? Local animal experts are having a hard time identifying a strange looking animal killed in Angelina County, TX o­n Friday. Looks like a deformed coyote to me.

PARROT SQUEALS: A computer programmer found out his girlfriend was having an affair when his pet parrot kept repeating her lover's name, British media reported Tuesday. Usually, it's the girlfriend who makes that mistake. At least, that's what I've heard. From friends. Of friends.

CHINCHILLAS and BOA CONSTRICTORS were among the animals blessed in Spain to mark the feast day of Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals.

PETS: They're going to live forever... if they graduate from the fame academy for pets in Germany, where talented animals get the chance to sing, dance and play musical instruments.

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CVB, SXSW, BRMC, Tim Fite, Golden Globes, The Dog Whisperer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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ARCTIC MONKEYS: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not gets a perfect ten from NME: "Essentially this is a stripped-down, punk rock record with every touchstone of Great British Music covered: The Britishness of The Kinks, the melodic nous of The Beatles, the sneer of Sex Pistols, the wit of The Smiths, the groove of The Stone Roses, the anthems of Oasis, the clatter of The Libertines..." The album also scores five stars in the Guardian: "The spectre of Oasis lurks around Arctic Monkeys, proof that even the most promising beginnings can turn into a dreary, reactionary bore. For now, however, they look and sound unstoppable." The Observer headline is "Believe the hype." At *Sixeyes, Alan gives it an 8.5: "A still raw and very good band with an impressive debut... it's a mass media wet dream." Alan also links you to AM MP3s... You can also check out this BBC Real Audio feature o­n the lads.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall gets a biographical piece in Newsday. Her latest The Greatest, comes out today and was featured here yesterday, so scroll o­n down.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN is again touring behind New Roman Times, a rock opera that could be described as progressive both musically and politically. Guitarist Greg Lisher: "If Bush had lost, it might have screwed up our concept. Since he's still in office, our record still has some life to it."

ROCK ME, AMADEUS: Alex Ross, the music critic of The New Yorker, compiles an All-time Top 40, based o­n Google hits. Guess who beats The Beatles?

SXSW 2006 The full list of acts is a "humdinger." See You in the Pit returns to blog the bands (with much suspected killing of music), starting with The Earlies, singer Allison Goldfrapp, Thunderbirds Are Now! and indie chanteuse Neko Case.

WE ARE SCIENTISTS: Keith Murray found the sudden interest of major labels at SXSW "sort of amusing because it felt like we all knew something that everybody else apparently didn't -- that we were some idiot band from Brooklyn."

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB: You can stream their set for World Cafe from NPR.

POPWORLD sounds like my kind of television show. I would like to see Britney Spears walk out and Gwen Stefani grow visibly angry when aggressively interviewed about cheese.

E-LABELS, like UMe and Cordless, get no respect. Just ask the Posies' Ken Stringfellow and Devo's Gerald Casale. The latter says of the CD: "People want objects. It's a fetish." Well, yeah... which leads to the next story.

LINER NOTES are going digital and interactive.

TIM FITE: IGN puts the 25 year old from rural Pennsylvania in a group that "tweaks the conventions of folk music," including Camper Van Beethoven, Howe Gelb, The Gourds, and Beck. He's got a few streaming at MySpace and older tracks for download at his website.

BEE GEES: The late Maurice Gibb was o­nce a gun-toting drunk, according to a new tell-all written by his daughter.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks. If you like fashion or enjoy actresses in hot dresses, check the galleries at Yahoo, E! Online, People and The Envelope. There are tons of hi-res pics at Egotastic, who also saw Issac grope Scarlett. Speaking of E!, I caught a bit of their red carpet show during dinner and got to see co-host Isaac Mizrahi grope one of Scarlett Johanssen's Golden Globes while examining her dress. Apparently, you can get away with that if you're very, very gay. Speaking of which, it was (as expected) a big night for Brokeback Mountain, which won in four of the seven categories, including best drama, best director and best screenplay. And Philip Seymour Hoffman won for playing Truman Capote, who the movie showed to be gay. (Who knew?) The other big winners were Johnny and June Carter Cash. Joaquin Phoenix -- after asking, "Whoever thought I'd win in the Comedy or Musical category?" -- thanked Johnny, June and T-Bone Burnett. Reese Witherspoon also won, as did Walk The Line. Steve Carrell of The Office had a great acceptance speech he claimed was written by his wife, Nancy; it ignored his career and instead praised his wife, noting that she had put aside her career for his. The producers of Lost also thanked Carrell's wife, which is not o­nly funny, but an excuse to link to Evangeline Lilly standing out in an aqua dress.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise gave his pregnant fiancee Holmes a unique 27th birthday present -- a DVD compendium of every movie he has acted in. Next year, it will be a mirror with his face pasted into it.

FELICITY HUFFMAN had to look long and hard in sex shops for a realistic-looking flaccid penis to play a transsexual in Transamerica. Then she named it -- so she must have been playing a cheesy man. She looked much more feminine on the red carpet with hubby William H. Macy, who she thanked when picking up the Globe for best actress in a drama.

JUST ASKING: Page Six has another round of not-so-blind items.

UMA THURMAN has found a boyfriend, who she uses to take a backhanded swipe at ex-husband Ethan Hawke. She also hints there may be table-dancing in her future, so Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan should get her o­n speed-dial.

KATE MOSS: Speaking of which, Page Six had the supposedly sober supermodel hanging out at a Malibu club at 2 a.m. with a bunch of "hard-living, dirty punk rocker types with tattoos and piercings who looked like her ex Pete Doherty."

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY tells Cosmo that "I'm o­ne of those people who goes to a club and gets very, very sweaty and makes a complete fool of herself." Just o­ne of many reasons to like her. She lost out at the Globes to Reese Witherspoon, but was a a winner in white o­n the red carpet. She even topped the E! Online fashion poll.

BRADGELINA: People magazine is rumored to have donated 400K to a charity endorsed by Jolie to get those pregnancy pics.

BATMAN RUMORS: It seems that Warner Bros. and Chris Nolan are looking at names like Johnny Depp and Rachel Weisz for the sequel to Batman Begins.

KATE BECKINSALE, realizing that she is "not doing a very good job at conquering Hollywood," may return to the UK to raise her daughter. Apparently we are playing the sympathy card to get people to go see the Underworld sequel. Still, she looked, smashing -- if a bit ruffled -- o­n the red carpet o­n the Globes.

JESSICA SIMPSON hubby Nick Lachey admits he may have been too much of a cry-baby for her.

MISCHA BARTON: The OC starlet has resolved to put down the cigarette and pick up a sandwich this year.

BRITNEY SPEARS, in a moment of lucidity, went shopping without her wedding ring.

WALTER CRONKITE thinks the US should already be out of Iraq. He said o­ne of his proudest moments came at the end of a 1968 documentary he made following a visit to Vietnam during the Tet offensive. Urged by his boss to briefly set aside his objectivity to give his view of the situation, Cronkite said the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit. As the Tet Offensive was a military disaster for the Vietcong, we are left to wonder why he's so proud of misreporting it -- even assuming the war was unwinnable, Tet wasn't evidence of it.

IRAQ: The number of US troops wounded in Iraq fell by more than a quarter in 2005 from a year earlier. Rather remarkable, given the extensive operations in Anbar province this past Fall. We can hope it reflects the growing involvement of Iraqi security forces. The electoral commission is throwing out votes from 227 ballot boxes in last month's parliamentary elections because of fraud, a tiny percentage of the total vote that shouldn't greatly affect overall results.

IRAN: Faced with President Ahmadinejad's nuclear ambitions, US and UK officials think US military action and Western sanctions are unlikely. Not mentioned in the story is the possibility of a preemptive strike from Israel.

NSA SURVEILLANCE: Former Veep Al Gore accused President Bush of breaking the law by authorizing the NSA to eavesdrop o­n international telephone calls without a court warrant. Gore failed to mention the Clinton Administration's record and positions o­n warrantless searches and warrantless wiretapping. And since there is no case law finding the NSA program illegal, maybe Gore should have concluded that there was no controlling legal authority o­n the issue.

MYSTERY FISH washes up o­n the shores of Cayman Brac this past weekend.

THE DOG WHISPERER treats the personality disorders of pets of Hollywood celebrities and sports superstars, but also has to work with the celebs. As he puts it: "I rehabilitate dogs; I train people."

STINKY THE PELICAN needs a ride from Surf City to a new home in Miami.

THE MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE threatens the logging market of British Columbia.

PARROT ATTACK helped police identify a burglary suspect in Williamsport, PA.

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Cat Power, Guilt-free MP3s, Hasselhoff and Giant Mutant Rainbow Trout   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 16, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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GARY "ELVIS" SCHEPERS UPDATE: The New Duncan Imperials, who previously played with the tubaist and soundman in The Service, join the crowd doing benefit concerts to cover healthcare costs associated with his diabetes and his bout with flesh-eating bacteria (No, I'm not kididng). NDI is playing Chicago's Abbey Pub Friday night. Pate frontman Jon Pratt is going to try to make it, along with other blockheads from the Pate community. Anyone who can come should -- or just buy a ticket direct from the Abbey Pub anyway!

MLK DAY: NewspaperARCHIVE.com has provided a free archive o­n the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the public to view thousands of original newspaper articles. The archive includes stories from days of the Montgomery bus boycott, the "I Have A Dream" speech, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination o­n April 4, 1968, and thousands of other headlines o­n the civil rights leader. There is also a timeline for viewing newspapers in chronological order.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall talks at length to The Age about recording her new album -- which comes out tomorrow -- at the legendary Ardent Studios, with many of the same musicians that soul icon Al Green worked with during his awe-inspiring 1970s prime. Matador is streaming The Greatest at MySpace. I don't know if it's the Greatest, but it's probably her greatest. Frank at Chromewaves is killing music with Cat Power's cover of Pavement's "We Dance."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN frontman Stuart Murdoch tals to the Sunday Herald about trying to touch people while aspiring to the catchiness of ABBA, Phil Spector, Blondie and Smokey Robinson. He also has a nice bit about ex-gf and member Isobel Campbell.

GUILT-FREE MP3s: Stereogum has tracks from Belle & Sebastian, Robert Pollard, Eels, Magnet and more...

HARD-FI singer-songwriter Richard Archer talks to the Boston Globe about momentum in advance of the band's first US tour. Their album does not drop here until March.

SUFJAN STEVENS played Lincoln Center in NYC; Village Indian has pics and a review.

THE POLICE are the subject of a documentary by drummer Stuart Copeland, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival at the end of the month.

THE FLAMING LIPS get a glowing profile in London's Guardian in advance of the band's 11th album, At War With the Mystics, and a UK tour. Frontman Wayne Coyne is asked, "Exactly how safe is rolling across a crowd in a giant plastic bubble?"

MC5: AZ Night Buzz has part o­ne of an interview with bassist Mike Davis, who talks about a number of things, including the band's influence: "I know of judges, members of Congress, newscasters, lawyers, doctors, and all types of musicians and music fans who cite the MC5 as a major important factor in their history. It’s humbling."

METRIC: Emily Haines talks to the Journal News about her surprise at being asked to open for the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden, government support, consumer culture and more.

WANNA ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE? And party every day? Your coffee is almost ready.

PETE TOWNSHEND apologizes to Bob Dylan for snarky comments he made to MOJO magazine.

OKKERVIL RIVER keyboardist Jonathan Meiburg may be o­n to something: "Indie rock is such a giant category that it's kind of meaningless," he says. "We talk about budget rock, which is a little more descriptive." He also talks about the Black Sheep Boy Appendix.

JENNY LEWIS talks about making and touring behind her Rabbit Fur Coat. The Scotsman calls it "a warm but prickly cure for all manner of ills at this time of year."

ROBERT CHRISTGAU casts a skeptic's eye o­n compilations of Yo La Tengo and Neil Young. He also compares two Memphis-themed compilations, digging The Sound of the City: Memphis compiled by Charlie Gillett, who authored a wonderful book by the same name as the CD series.

MUSICLAND goes bankrupt. Sam Goody ain't got it!

MORGAN FREEMAN and his partners in the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Miss., plan to produce a series of live blues concert DVDs.

THE ALLMAN BROS., like the swallows returning to Capistrano, will make their annual pilgimage to NYC's Beacon Theater in March.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer has been arrested for for the third time o­n charges of possesssing class A drugs and driving under the influence. I'm gessing the senetencing o­n last week's guilty plea may not go well. The supposedly sober supermodel has had debauched and decadent birthday parties; this year, she is celebrating with a low-key dinner. Why, fewer witnesses? Nah, she's afraid someone will bring drugs to a big party.

DAVID HASSELHOFF has filed for divorce from actress Pamela Bach, his wife of 16 years. The AP focuses o­n his acting, but let's face it -- his masterpiece is the video for his cover of "Hooked o­n a Feeling."

SHELLEY WINTERS: The two-time Oscar-winning actress is dead at 85; she had been hospitalized in October after suffering a heart attack. I agree with her own opinion of her role as Charlotte Haze in Kubrick's Lolita: "one of the best performances I ever gave in any medium. She is dumb and cunning, silly, sad, sexy and bizarre, and totally American and human."

THE GOLDEN GLOBES are tonight. In Style has photos of starlets looking hot last year and all-time fugly red carpet dresses.  Tom O'Neill has predictions for movies and television.

OSCAR SEASON is also Academy "screener" piracy season.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: A major shake-up at the cineplex, with newcomers Glory Road, Last Holiday and Hoodwinked taking the top slots. Narnia drops to fourth place; King Kong to seventh, o­n a much smaller number of screens. Kong tops 200 million in the US after 33 days; Narnia which runs 2/3 as long, took 22 days to make that much.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS are rewriting the pay system for their talent. The upshot of these new deals, which are called cash break-even, is simple: If the film is a hit, the directors, lead actors, writers and others will enjoy an even richer payday, but o­nly after the studio has recouped its investment. If it's a bomb, the studio will be spared the ignoble task of cutting bonus checks o­n a money-losing dog. Talent agents and show business lawyers are skeptical, citing the industry's history of creative accounting.

BRADGELINA: Now that Jolie is pregnant, her equally strange but estranged dad, Jon Voight, is desperate for her to telephone him. But Bradgelina went to Haiti to do that voodoo that they do so well. Just Jared has pics of Jolie in a wedding dress.

GYWNETH PALTROW'S pregnancy officially outed by Lou Diamond Phillips. Lalalalala Bam-ba!

MICHAEL PALIN is the president of an environmental group that is now attacking him because of his frequent air travel. Is this the right room for an argument?

KATE BECKINSALE, while working o­n Pearl Harbor, made it her mission to show Ben Affleck that English girls are good at doing their bikini waxes and don't smell.

MUNICH: It turns out there was a cable-TV movie made 20 years ago based o­n the same book, and some people involved in that production say the Spielberg movie is getting too much credit for originality. Robert Lantos, producer of Sword of Gideon, he has no legal claim, but the complaint can't help the movie's chances during awards season.

TERI HATCHER is reluctant to have cosmetic surgery, saying that, "The idea of putting stuff in your body is weird to me." Anyone who has seen her skeletal frame recently knows that "stuff" includes food.

THE SOPRANOS return with 12 episodes starting March 12. An additional eight episodes in January 2007 will settle all family business.

EMILY'S REASONS WHY NOT: If it's a list, low ratings would be near the top.

LOST star Cynthia Watros pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a Hawaiian court, where she was fined $312, had her driver's license suspended for 90 days and was ordered to undergo an alcohol assessment and submit to 14 hours of counseling.

COURTNEY LOVE was judged clean and regained full custody of her daughter. She now hopes to make 100 million selling the Nirvana catalog. She's also miffed that Vanity Fair put Lindsay Lohan o­n the cover for admitting doing drugs when Love did the same thing. Meanwhile, the book by Love's mother is garnering generally favorable reviews.

SUNDANCE FILM FEST: Robert Redford showed up at the Television Critics Association press tour to defend the festival against charges of over-commercialization and celebrification. Likening the phenomenon to ripples in a pond, Redford said: "When a media person comes in and looks at the festival, but from an outer tier, they're going to see a completely different picture than the o­ne we're programming. They'll think it's about Paris Hilton, which is not about anything."

CAROLYN MURPHY, former SI cover model and the face of Estée Lauder, had her ex-husband arrested o­n extortion charges after he tried to sell the graphic sex tape they made o­n their 17-day honeymoon in Barbados. The husband was found in San Jose, living in his car with two dogs.

IRAQ: Young married couples in Baghdad are not getting enough sex, due to a lack of electrical power. Bill Roggio covers continuing police recruitment in Ramadi and continuing operations in northern Iraq. At Iraq the Model, Mohhamed reports that the new government may be a unity government without moving away from the election results; he also reports that citizens are forming squads to fight foreign terrorists in the Anbar province. US troops resue a British freelance journo no o­ne knew was missing.

IRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denounced Western nations threatening to refer his country to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear program. He accusing the West of a "dark ages" mentality and threatened retaliation unless it recognised his country's nuclear ambitions. That may be why France and Germany already starting to back down from the idea. So we can all look forward to nukes in the hands of a man who believes his government must prepare the country for the return of an Islamic Messiah.

JIHADIS targeted French airplanes. If o­nly they had not invaded Iraq...

A NEW PILL may make traumatic memories less painful and intense. And it's not made by Lacuna, Inc.

BRING IT ON: British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs.

GIANT MUTANT RAINBOW TROUT are headed your way, if Agricultural Research Service scientists are right.

ELEPHANTS FROM MOSCOW get tanked o­n vodka.

RHINOS are getting relocated in Kenya.

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The Spinto Band, The Boy Least Likely To, Glowing Pigs and The Tell-tale Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 13, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Bugs. Cute. Potentially addictive.

THE SPINTO BAND is releasing a new single. I've o­nly mentioned them once before, but they did turn up o­n a number of "best of" lists, for reasons you can hear at MySpace or at their website.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS have set an April 25 release date for A Blessing and a Curse. The Replacements-esque "Feb. 14" is streaming at the album site.

INDIE YUPPIES: London's Independent has a UK-centric quiz asking Are you a Yindie?

PAUL STANLEY of KISS wants to rock 'n' roll all night, but the hip replacement surgery didn't do the trick.

LOOKING AHEAD: Seattle U's Spectator lists Ten Most Anticipated Albums of 2006.

THE NEW PANTHEON AWARDS, which continues the mission of the now-defunct Shortlist Prize in recognizing noteworthy albums that have sold less than 500,000 copies in the US, has announced the ten finalists, including Animal Collective's Feels, the Decemberists' Picaresque and Sufjan Stevens' Illinois. The judges include Elton John and Frodo Baggins.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO was SPIN Band of the Day yesterday, complete with a Quicktime video. If you check out the tracks at MySpace, you'll find a description: "Strongly influenced by the independent bands of the 1980s, the songs bring to mind the post punk playfulness of Altered Images, Aztec Camera, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and Orange Juice." To which I would add, "Except better."

THE GO! TEAM captain Ian Parton is more resistant to commercialism than o­ne might guess just from listenting to the band.

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS: Rolling Stone finally figures out that there's this exciting new band from the UK...

WE ARE SCIENTISTS and MORNINGWOOD released albums this week, so Coolfer Glenn decided to graph their blog buzz as compared to Nickelback. You Ain't No Picasso interviews W.A.S. frontman Keith Murray, who explains how the band got its name.

KCRW, home of Morning Becomes Eclectic, is now offering it as a video podcast.

JASON COLLETT, part of the Broken Social Scene thingamabob, talks about his solo album and the rise of his label, Arts & Crafts.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer followed up his guilty plea to drug possession by failing to show up at a gig that night.

CULT OF THE iPod: Boing-Boing reports that an Apple "spokesman" (reliable word has it that it was Steve Jobs himself) told MacWorld that Apple discards the personal information that the iTunes MiniStore transmits to Apple while you use iTunes.

TALK ABOUT THE PASSION: The prevalence of digital music has dulled listeners' senses and instilled in them a sense of music apathy, according to a new study from the University of Leicester.

MY SPACE: Rupert Murdoch plans to turn MySpace into a full-fledged competitor to portals such as Yahoo, adding free video downloads, revamping an instant-messaging program and eventually offering internet calling to the social-networking website. Meanwhile, the MySpace legal team has sent out Cease & Desist letters to the owners of domain names and web sites which use the MySpace name.

SONY XCP SUIT SETTLES: Millions of people look set to get free downloads from Sony BMG after a judge provisionally approved a settlement for many lawsuits against the music maker. However, still pending are legal cases mounted by several US states over Sony BMG's anti-piracy technology.

LINDSAY LOHAN and KATE MOSS: After visiting the Dark Room and lauching a childish and (no longer) anonymous attack o­n Scarlett Johannson, the duo went to Scores and ended up pole-dancing and kissing each other.

SCARLETT JOHANNSON inexplicably dished o­n her Match Point co-star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers: "I can say for sure I never had a passionate encounter with him. He's a really sexy, brooding guy, but he's very gossipy. He likes shoes, and it was like having a girlfriend o­n the set." NTTAWWT. No wonder he's blabbing about staring at her during the nude scenes.

NOW SHOWING: The gay caballeros open wide today. Other debuts scoring well o­n the Tomatometer include Queen Latifah's Last Holiday and Glory Road, which scores Fresh with the "cream of the crop," but Rotten overall. Are you ready for some football?

CAMBERLAKE: E! gossip Ted Casablance reports that Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are officially engaged.

JACK BLACK also got engaged to his girlfriend, animator Tanya Haden.

JESSICA SIMPSON has found an unusual confidante to help her cope with her split from hubby Nick Lachey... Warren Beatty. Various websites are asking whether Jessica has a shiner.

BRADGELINA: I'm fairly sure People magazine would be mad if you read their exclusive pregnancy story (as scanned pages with pics) o­n the 'net, so they should hire somebody to chase these things down. The New York Daily News front page coverage includes an "Open letter to Jennifer Aniston." Extra reported that Aniston's publicist says, "All the reports about phone calls between Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie are all made up lies." But the Jolie o­ne is really funny. The phone call from Maddox Jolie-Pitt is pretty good, too. Golden Fiddle has the must-read prediction of where the story goes next.

JENNIFER ANNISTON and GWYNETH PALTROW deny reports that they Brad-bash o­n the phone together.

SIENNA MILLER has words for the nanny who had an affair with then-fiancé Jude Law: "I'm quite looking forward to the day when our paths will cross, which I know they will. She better live in fear."

CELEBRITY POTHEADS will be hot in 2006, according to CityRag, which helpfully provides a list and incriminating photos. It's like an all-hophead issue of Hush-Hush magazine.

GEORGE CLOONEY and LUCY LIU caught canoodling again o­n New Year's Eve.

SEAN PENN is having a hard time quitting smoking. And he blames Pres. Bush, natch.

V FOR VENDETTA: The upcoming -- and likely controversial -- movie starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving was written by Larry and Andy Wachowski (the Matrix trilogy), but is not officially directed by them, as Warner Bros. fears media coverage of Larry dumping his wife for a famous dominatrix and rumors of a gender change.

IRAQ: The US is intensifying efforts to both train and diversify Iraqi police forces. Terrorists will likely attempt to derail the formation of a national unity government. The New York Times (via the IHT) covers the clashes between al Qaeda and local insurgents by interviewing the latter. Bill Roggio has more background o­n the “red-on-red” fighting.

IRAN: The removal of the IAEA seals from its Natanz uranium enrichment plant is so troubling that Russia signalled that it would support a move by the US and European allies to report Teheran to the UN for breaching its nuclear obligations. However, no such move would result in sanctions without the support or acquiescence of China, which remains uncertain. That would explain Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice downplaying the possiblity of sanctions. Meanwhile, at the Counterterrorism Blog, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross wonders whether an Iranian military plane crash that killed eleven top commanders in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps was due to foul play -- and, if so, by whom.

ALITO HEARINGS: Sen. Joe Biden thinks that Supreme Court nominees answer so few questions at their Senate confirmation hearings that the hearings should probably be abandoned. He's got a point, though Alito has been more forthcoming than Roberts. And while Biden is generally a fair and serious guy, he is the worst possible messenger here -- both the New York Times and Fox News Channel did analysis showing that Biden monologued through 75 percent of his allotted time, which was more than any of his colleagues.

GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PIGS: Taiwan, home to the world's first transgenic glowing fish, has successfully bred fluorescent green pigs that researchers hope will boost the island's stem cell research. Do you like eggs and green ham? I do not like them, unless Jesse Jackson is offering...

THREE (NEARLY) BLIND PENGUINS, see how they march after a morning of cataract surgery.

DEER are o­n the rampage again, busting into a school in Kansas and a video store in Indiana. Got Bambi?

THE BIRDS killed o­ne of the most important human ancestors, according to the latest scientific study.

THE HUNTSMAN SPIDER: Kicking o­ne can be hazardous to your health.

MARY POPPINS is the name of the Tell-tale cat.

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WE ARE SCIENTISTS bassist Chris Cain says of the band's buzz: "It's gotta be the cats." Frontman Keith Murrary has more of the difference between the US and the UK: "Here, our reviews recognize the fact that we lean towards radio-friendly, hooky tones, but we’re essentially a weird, indie version of that. Whereas over there we might as well be the Spice Girls in terms of how mainstream we are. They tend to fetishize the indie rock bands and make rock stars out of them more so than we do over here."  If you scroll down a couple of entries, you'll find links to streams and downloads... or you could watch their recent appearance o­n Late Night with David Letterman.

SPARKS has a new album coming in March, with help from members of Faith No More and Red Kross.

LESLIE FEIST is big in France and recording her next album in Berlin, but is "grateful to be a Canadian." You can hear about how Feist got her foothold in Europe by listening to the BBC World profile at her website.

PATTERSON HOOD: The Drive-By Truckers frontman gave a guest lecture to the inaugural class of the Music Business Certificate program at the U of Georgia. He has also penned glowing liner notes for the upcoming Centro-matic album.

DAVE GROHL: The Foo Fighter is to become a dad in the Spring.

THE STROKES: Looks like frontman Julian Casablancas picked the right week to stop drinking.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and cocaine. He could do jail time.

TOTALLY GAY: Sony Music is launching the first major music label dedicated to nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists. NTTAWWT. After all, gay recording artists are underrepresented in the industry.

MY MORNING JACKET: Z gets a belated and enomous review from Jon Dolan in the Village Voice: "Unlike the Drive-By Truckers or Bubba Sparxxx, James doesn't care enough about the roots he's tugging at to dig for an organic identity; o­ne day in 1993 someone at a Rodan show yelled, 'Play "Free Bird,"' Jim nodded, and 10 years later he's a mid-level rock star. His secret is that he wouldn't know Lester Maddox from Let's Active..." You can hear tracks from the album at MySpace.

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO METAL, courtesy of Stylus magazine.

MORRISSEY: Go to Stereogum for the track list of his upcoming CD, but stay for the fake Morrissey song titles.

BRADGELINA: Officially pregnant. Jolie told a charity aid worker in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic o­n Monday; the pregnancy has since been confirmed to People magazine by representatives of both stars. E! gossip Ted Casablanca lends support to yesterday's "Brad had to call Jennifer Aniston" rumor, along with some Vaughniston dish.

COLIN FARRELL sex tape website was reportedly shut down Tuesday for violating a court order blocking release of the 15-minute video. But the site's tech consultant told Jossip that the server crashed from high traffic and that he had "not received any legal representations from any party."

LINDSAY LOHAN and KATE MOSS were spotted in the Dark Room, where Li-Lo resumed her role from Mean Girls in the bathroom.

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN actress Michelle Williams notes that husband and costar Heath Ledger doesn't have breasts, which certainly would have put an extra twist o­n the movie. Meanwhile, Ledger has lashed out at the US theaters that banned the movie, though his swipe at West Virginia displayed a dubious grasp of US history: "I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it but that’s a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago so that’s to be expected."

JESSICA SIMPSON hubby Nick Lachey is looking for a girl who looks like Jessica Alba, likes sports, has had fewer than ten sexual partners and likes his music. And I'll bet I find her first, because she's more likely to like my music.

JESSICA ALBA herself is already taken, as the latest round of beach pictures demonstrates.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: How's the rehab going?

BEN AFFLECK and MATT DAMON are rumored to be remaking Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They should know better than to make Capt. Lex mad...

HILARY SWANK caught canoodling with a new guy the day after her separation went public?

THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW named Good Night, and Good Luck best film, with Philip Seymour Hoffman winning best actor and Felicity Huffman taking best actress.

OPRAH may be silent about touting a memoir full of exaggeration and inaccuracies, but Random House is offering a refund.

JAMES BOND can't land a woman. Is anyone surprised? With his reputation?

LIZ HURLEY may make her own wedding dress or buy it from a department store. And is studying pig breeding for her future career as a farmer.

CULT OF THE iPod: Is iTunes spying o­n your listening?

IRAQ: Military officials told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a closed-door hearing that improvements to the body armor worn by the troops are underway and manufacture of the beefed-up armor will begin soon. Let's hope this isn't driven by politics. J.D. Johannes, a documentarian who embedded reporter with the 24th Marine Reserve Regiment, writes o­n his experience with body armor. So does Baghdad Guy, who is deployed with the 101st Airborne Division, and 1LT Micah J. Garrison, who serves in the infantry.

AFGHANISTAN: A new poll reveals that huge majorities reject Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, approve the US military role in their country and are grateful to international bodies like the UN.

NSA SURVEILLANCE: The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll and the ABC News/Washington Post poll find the country split over warrantless surveillance by the NSA. The latter poll also found that 65 percent say it's more important for the government to investigate terrorism than for it to protect privacy and as many say they're worried that Pres. Bush will not do enough to investigate terrorism as are worried that he'll go too far in compromising constitutional rights.

FUGITIVE COW UPDATE: Molly, who escaped an abattoir last week, will be spared following a wave of popular support. Town residents will now decide through a telephone poll whether the cow will remain a resident of Montana, where it will live out its life o­n pastureland surrounding the packing plant, or be shipped to an animal sanctuary in Seattle. And Molly may be pregnant.

OTHER COWS are not as fortunate, as they are bought at Indonesian ATM machines as part of Eid al-Adha, the Islamic day of sacrifice.  However, in Turkey, some of the sacrificial cattle made a break for it.

FLAMING MOUSE UPDATE: Although 81-year-old Luciano Mares told an Albuquerque television station that a strong wind spread burning leaves that cause fire to consume his house, he and his nephew are again standing by his original version that a mouse was the culprit.

MIRACLE CAT UPDATE: So the flaming mouse story is back o­n, but the cat clinging under a SUV o­n the NJ turnpike story may have been a wee bit embellished...

EVEN HAMSTERS get the blues.

SPIDER nests in Swedish woman's ear for 27 days.

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