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Mitch Easter, Pazz & Jop Poll, BTO, Hot Freaks, a Piglet with a Pint   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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MITCH EASTER talks to Greensboro's Yes! Weekly about his first album in 18 years. You can -- and should -- stream a few from Dynamico at HisSpace. (For you youngsters, Mitch produced the first REM albums and sounds a bit like them or Robyn Hitchcock.) Sadly, all of the Let's Active videos I linked last November have been yanked by Viacom, though a copy of "Waters Part" just crept back a few days ago. And they didn't touch a two-part live mini-set from 1989: Part 1 features "Talking To Myself" and "Writing The Book Of Last Pages." Part 2 features "Horizon" and "In Little Ways." And there's a Let's Active MySpace also. The Man can't bust Mitch's music!

THE PAZZ & JOP POLL 2006 is posted at the Village Voice. An old dude from Minnesota takes the top slot. Former P&J curator Robert Christgau has all the past years' results, back to 1974... or 1971.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Tom Moon of NPR serves up streams from Fresh, the band's last album and this week's "Shadow Classic."

THE SAMSHING PUMPKINS "reunion" album will be titled Zeitgeist, with the unusual Saturday release date of 07-07-07.

MIDLAKE: Creative Loafing talks with frontman Tim Smith about the band's evolving sound, which currently owes much to 70s soft rock (but better). Chromewaves can hook you up with audio and video; so can the Hype Machine.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: I was having some bigtime computer problems while working o­n this entry, but I am still "Takin' Care of Business." BTW, this live BTO clip has an odd cameo introduction.

SxSW: A few of my fave music blogs -- Chromewaves, Largehearted Boy, Gorilla vs. Bear, MOKB, Rock Insider, and YANP -- are curating "Hot Freaks," with 32 bands o­n three stages in two days for the Austin musicfest. GvsB will hook you up with free legal downloads from participating bands.

TOP TEN WORST PROPOSITIONS in song, according to Stylus.

GARY GLITTER'S three-year child molestation sentence was cut by three months as part of a nationwide Lunar New Year prison amnesty in Vietnam.

FRANKIE LAINE, the big-voiced singer who sold more than 100 million records, died of heart failure at 93. Today he may be best known for singing Western themes like "Rawhide," "High Noon" and... "Blazing Saddles."

BRITNEY SPEARS was dumped over the phone by Issac Cohen, who calls her "a bit much for my taste." The pop tart has blurted out that she feels old at 24. It's not the years, hun; it's the mileage. And, if you believe Fed-Ex's minions, the lesbian orgies.

JESSICA BIEL takes Lindsay Lohan's role in A Woman of No Importance.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Speaking of whom, FNC's Roger Friedman says she is doing pretty well... considering her dad's in jail and her mother is a party animal. Kind of a backhanded compliment, really.

REESE & RYAN BREAK-UPDATE: "A source" tells US Weekly that Ryan Philippe is not dating 18-year-old actress Nikki Reed -- she's dating a friend of his. Isn't everyone supposed to outgrow that o­ne in high school?

RYAN O'NEAL is claiming he hit his son Griffin in self-defense. Griffin and his pregnant girlfriend deny that, and have retained celeb lawyer Gloria Allred.

KIM KARDASHIAN'S NASTY SEX TAPE with R&B singer Ray J has been bought by pr0n purveyor Vivid Video, which plans to release it Feb. 28th. There's even a trailer floating around somewhere.

DREW BARRYMORE and ZACH BRAFF were looking cozy at the SNL after-party last weekend. Barrymore's rep denies she's dating the Scrub.

ELLEN DEGENERES and PORTIA DE ROSSI are planning o­n starting a family - as soon as they can decide which o­ne of them will carry a baby. C'mon, I thinbk we know which o­ne wears the pants in that relationship.

MISCHA BARTON: The former O.C. hottie dumped scruffy rocker Cisco Adler after nude pics of him surfaced in that French Hotel stuff leaking o­n the Internet.

HANNIBAL LECTER is looking for his penis and severed head o­n eBay.

CHARLIZE THERON, having made a film that is critical of censorship in Fidel Castro's Cuba, is apparently so scared of being ostracized in Hollywood that she's claiming the US is not much better. At least, you would hope she recognizes the difference between private and government-imposed censroship, and knows that Cuba is o­ne of the world

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FoW, More New Releases, Cat Power covers, and a Piggy Wedding   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 07, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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SPIKE JONZE: Bloggers Dave & Thomas list their "Top 10 Spike Jonze Music Videos." But I think you would find that this "Weapon of Choice" has better sync than the o­ne embedded at the first link.

FOUNTAINS of WAYNE: At PopMatters, George Reisch writes that his favorite band is in danger of driving into the musical ditch by constantly putting down their protagonists. Didn't stop PM from embedding the "Stacy's Mom" video.

TWO MORE NEW RELEASES: The Postmarks released an eponymous debut that should appeal to fans of twee stuff like Camera Obscura. The Parson Redheads are doing a West Coast folk-pop thing o­n King Giraffe.

CAT POWER: Stereogum and Rolling Stone both posted raves o­n her intimate solo show at the Hiro Ballroom got me checking the ol' HM for Chan Marshall's covers. I found different versions of Smokey Robinson's "Tears Of A Clown," Moby Grape's "Naked, If I Want To," an odd, perhaps NSFW take o­n Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," and The Nerves' "Hanging o­n the Telephone," which Cat recorded for a commercial.

DAVID BYRNE gets some encouragement from Time magazine for selections from his Imelda Marcos musical.

ARTHUR BROWN is the god of hellfire... and he brings you "Fire!"

SxSW: Do they come from a land Down Under? The Age writes up the herd of Aussies headed to Austin next month.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE is o­n hiatus from touring, but the band has created the score for The Tracey Fragments, an independent picture premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Feist's new album is due May 1st in the US.

APPLES IN STEREO get a good audio review at NPR. Remember, you can stream all of New Magnetic Wonder this week via Spinner.

DON HENLEY, champion of the downtrodden, has the unenviable job of explaining to the L.A. Times why The Eagles' first studio album since in 1979 will be sold o­nly through Wal-Mart for a year.

ASTRONUT Lisa Marie Nowak was charged with attempted first-degree murder, not to mention attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery. You probably already heard she drove a 900 miles from Houston to Orlando in a a wig, a trench coat and a diaper to confront a woman she believed was a romantic rival, carrying a BB gun and pepper spray. But when ABCNews reports Nowak was in a "bizarre love triangle" with a fellow astronaut, you know someone was thinking of New Order.

BRITNEY SPEARS has asked R&B singer Ne-Yo to pen tracks for her comeback album, but Ne-Yo been told to avoid Fed-Ex, as the pop tart has written enough tunes about him herself.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is getting pressure from gay rights leaders in L.A. to explain the series of anti-gay and racial slurs in a video that began circulating o­n the Internet last week.

BAD GIRLS: Newsweek asks whether the influence of people like Britney Spears, the French Hotel, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie o­n young girls is creating a generation of prosti-tots.

BRANDY: The 50 million dollar lawsuit filed by the parents of the woman killed in the Brandy car crash may get thrown out of court, but the woman's husband may yet file a wrongful death suit.

JESSICA SIMSPON claims she decided to divorce Nick Lachey after watching The Notebook. And I would guess she decided to go out in public looking like this after watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

EMINIEM is reportedly engaged to Kim Mathers. Yet again. You know what they say... third time's an even bigger train wreck. UPDATE: Em's rep denies the story.

REESE & RYAN BREAK-UPDATE: Three months after his split from Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe says, "This is the most difficult time in my life." In an interview airing this week, Phillippe, 32, tells TV's Extra: "I must stay focused o­n my kids." Apparently, o­ne way to do that is to go out with a new girl, who turns out to be 18-year-old Nikki Reed, who had a recurring role o­n The O.C. last season.

SIENNA MILLER was caught conspicuously canoodling with musician-swordsman Jamie Burke in the lobby of the Gramercy Park Hotel. But my favorite part of this item is when NYDN gossip Ben Widdicombe writes: "In addition to ex-fiance Jude Law, Miller has been linked to former co-stars including Daniel Craig and heterosexual actor Hayden Christensen." NTTAWWT.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON was apparently talking, dancing, holding hands with Justin Timberlake -- and grinding her body into his -- at that Super Bowl party mentioned here yesterday. Have I mentioned that it's good to be JT?

THANDIE NEWTON teamed up with Greenpeace to write letters to Madonna, Robin Williams, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson and her Mission Impossible II co-star Tom Cruise, urging them to drive environmentally friendly cars. She got zero response. I'm shocked.

TARA REID: The perennial party girl fell back into old habits over the SuperBowl weekend.

SOMALIA: The US will take "strong measures" to prevent Islamic terrorists from strengthening their foothold in Somalia, according to the State Dept. Heavy fighting was reported in central Somalia between residential militias and troops that left Mogadishu and are heading to the semi-autonomous regional government of Puntland. Ethiopian soldiers paraded o­n Tuesday a wounded senior cleric captured in south Somalia. Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Madobe told reporters he suffered more than a dozen bullet wounds after US planes fired o­n his forest hideout in attack that he said killed eight Islamist colleagues.

WHO IS WILLIAM M. ARKIN? The Washington Post's "National and Homeland Security" blogger, who argued that US troops in Iraq are pampered mercenaries -- and ended up apologizing for the "mercenary" part, is now playing the victim in yet another response to his critics. Arkin also writes that the "many e-mails I've gotten privately from people serving in the military are, not surprisingly, the most respectful and reflective," without realizing that these are largely the people he wanted to silence in his original piece. The other funny part is that he appears to be getting attacked with a version of the "chickenhawk" argument (that o­nly soldiers have the authority to speak o­n war), but has no idea what the flaws in that criticism are... probably because it's an attack usually lobbed by anti-war activists.

IRAQ: At ITM, Omar relayed local reports that Baghdad's security operation had just started in Azamiyah in the northeastern part of the city. An AFP photographer embedded with US forces said soldiers searched dozens of houses and that "a large number of weapons were seized and more than a dozen people detained." OTOH, a man sentenced to death for the 1983 bombings of the US and French embassies now sits in Iraq's parliament, according to U.S. military intelligence. In Fallujah, Bill Ardolino blogs a late night raid with the Iraqi Army and discusses the unit's strengths and weaknesses. The Iraqi Army US Marines wrapped up an intell-driven mission which resulted in nabbing 77 detainees near Habbaniyah. At Slate, Christopher Hitchens argues that Iraq's sectarian strife was unavoidable, in more than o­ne sense of the word.

IRAN: Bill Roggio notes that the "diplomatic track for compelling Iran to comply with its international obligations over its nuclear ambitions appears to be coming to a crashing end," probably between Feb 11th and Feb 21st.

IRAN and IRAQ: A couple of weeks ago, Newsweek had a "web exclusive" about "mounting intelligence indicating Tehran has been supplying insurgents with electronic sensors that trigger roadside bombs used against US troops." Now the mag reports that the intell is "ambiguous." A US official suggested a briefing o­n Iranian meddling had been put off because intell officials couldn't agree about the info. Of course, another reason might be that if you put evidence o­n the table that is convincing, the press would ask what the Bush admin. plans to do about it... and they may not have an answer.

TWO PIGS wearing tailor-made wedding outfits "tied the knot" in a lavish ceremony attracting hundreds of well-wishers at a small town in northeastern Taiwan.

DOGS interface with their owner from anywhere in the world over the Internet. The Human Computer Dog Interface includes an automatic dog feeder, a ball-throwing device, stereo speakers and a computer video camera.

SNAKE CONTROL goes DIY Down Under when the local snake catcher was unable to return a housewife's calls for almost six hours.

PIKO the GORILLA didn't know what hit her when crowds of humans gathered around the ape cage at Tokyo's zoo to shout incantations and throw roasted soya beans But she soon learned the beans were tasty.

CAMPUS SQUIRREL attacks coed, steals her strawberry Nutri-Grain bar.

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New Maximo Park, New Releases, Springsteen outtakes, Puppy Bowl III   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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MAXIMO PARK multiplies and and beefs up a new-wave synth in the video for "Our Velocity," from the band's upcoming Our Earthly Pleasures album.

NEW RELEASES: Peter Bjorn and John, Bloc Party, Apples in Stereo, Loney Dear and Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter are among those streaming in full from Spinner. The charming Eleni Mandell releases Miracle of Five, which is streaming in full this week at TheBooth. Longtime Americana duo Over the Rhine releases Discount Fireworks. And Richard Lloyd's Fields of Fire returns as a two-disc "deluxe" edition, with o­ne disc a straight-up remastered version of the original and the other a radically different "revisitation," with different arrangements, songs in a different sequence, plus two bonus tracks.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE wanna take you higher with super-deluxe re-issues of the band's first seven albums o­n March 20th.

APPLE and APPLE have settled their trademark tiff, possibly setting the stage for the Beatles to invade iTunes.

BOB DYLAN: Andy Kershaw tracked down the man who yelled "Judas!" at Bob & The Band at the Royal Albert Hall (actually the Manchester's Free Trade Hall ) o­n their notorious UK tour in May 1966. Heather Browne is streaming that bit of history.

THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE gets an in-depth career survey at PopMatters (w/ embedded video of "Kiss"). You can see his SuperBowl halftime show via Spinner. Not bad for a 48-year-old who needs a hip replacement. I've always been partial to "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," which I think was inspired by fellow Minnesotan Paul Westerberg. I'm pretty sure Westerberg thinks so, too, as I saw The Replacements cover it.

WHAM! may yet inflict a reunion album and tour o­n an unsuspecting public.

SMASHING PUMPKINS' reunion probably will not include original members James Iha o­n guitar and D'Arcy Wretzky o­n bass. Manager Paul Geary also told MTV that Billy Corgan & Co. previously turned down seven-figure offers to reunite.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Captain's dead blog got ready for the SuperBowl with Born to Run outtakes, which you can jukebox via the ol' HM.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer shockingly was denied a gun license. Meanwhile, the supposedly sober supermodel reportedly looked "tipsy" in new portraits taken for the National Portrait Gallery, but you can judge for yourself at the link.

JESSICA SIMPSON has decided to try the tranny hooker look, going so far as to model her O-face for everyone.

RYAN O'NEAL, defending his weekend arrest o­n assault charges, accuses his son Griffin of "wildly swinging a fireplace poker" at him and allegedly injuring Griffin's pregnant girlfriend.

ALANIS MORISSETE & RYAN GOSLING have called off their engagement. It's apparently a mutual decision, so we may not even get a jagged little pill out of it.

ANDY DICK was removed by security o­n Jimmy Kimmel Live because he wouldn't stop groping Ivanka Trump. Video at the link.

JESSICA BIEL and ALYSSA MILANO are both after Justin Timberlake? Did he have a secret SuperBowl assignation with SCARLETT JOHANSSON? It's good to be JT.

LINDSAY LOHAN popped out of rehab and popped into the Hollywood bar scene. Though she was not seen drinking alcohol, she was seen with the French Hotel, which can't be a good thing.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise again displayed his complete lack of rhythm during a Marc Anthony-Jennifer Lopez duet at a SuperBowl party hosted by Ocean Drive magazine. Video at the link.

BEN AFFLECK says his role in Smokin' Aces made him give up smoking, though he apparently will continue making bad movies.

FACTORY GIRL: Filmmaker Chuck Wein joins Bob Dylan o­n the list of those threatening to sue for libel if changes are not made to the Edie Sedgwick biopic.

KIRSTEN DUNST has been seen with every dark-haired, scruffy guy in Hollywood lately.

CHARLIZE THERON has stepped from in front of the camera to behind it to make a documentary o­n Cuba, particularly Cuban hip-hoppers. Theron said she didn't set out to make the film with an agenda in mind, but found that many of the young people she met questioned Fidel Castro's regime.

RICK MORANIS got an op-ed published in The New York Times. I have to think the paper didn't get that Moranis is mocking the paper's core readership.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A Saudi Arabian judge sentenced 20 foreigners to receive lashes and prison for attending a party where alcohol was served and men and women danced, a newspaper reported Sunday. An Islamic school in Britain with a Saudi curriculum teaches children as young as five that Jews are "repugnant" and "apes" and that Christians are "pigs."

IRAQ in the MEDIA: The NBC Nightly News did a piece asking, "Iraq has heroes, so where are their medals? The main subject of the story is Marine Corps Reserve Cpl. Todd Corbin, who was awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery. NBC did not mention he received the award in April 2006, or that NBC News failed to cover it at the time. Better late than never. For example, 1st Lt. Brian Chontosh got the Navy Cross with no coverage from NBC. Sgt. Willie L. Copeland, III got the Navy Cross with no coverage from NBC. Lance Corporal Dominic D. Esquibel? Nope, nothing from the Peacock. The list goes o­n, but you get the idea. NBC News might want to try a story headlined, "Iraq has heroes with medals, so why no mass media coverage?"

IRAQ: The new US-Iraqi effort to stabilize Baghdad will begin soon, and o­n a scale never seen during four years of war, American officers said. A command center in Baghdad began operations Monday, as three divisions of the Iraqi Army have redeployed in the city. Iraqi troops set up new checkpoints and an Iraqi general took command, as some have begun complaining that the security drive has been too slow in starting. Meanwhile, the US Senate could not muster a majority, let alone the necessary 60 votes, to force a vote o­n a nonbinding measure expressing disagreement with "the surge" without allowing competing measures. Outside Baghdad, two key members of al-Sadr's political and military organization were killed, a sign that top ranks of the group continue to come under attack from both Sunni insurgents and US and Iraqi forces.

A ROTTWEILER helps rear two lambs born in need of extra love and attention in Wales. NTTAWWT.

CROCODILE angered when Aussie schoolkids try to take a swimming class in his pool.

A WHOOPING CRANE believed killed with 17 others in severe Florida storms may be alive, because a signal transmitting from the bird indicates it survived.

PUPPY BOWL III gets in-depth coverage from the Wshington Post.

VIVI the WHIPPET, who bolted from her crate at Kennedy Airport after the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, remains missing after almost a year. Folks are losing hope that she will be found.

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Arcade Fire, Paolo Nutini, Belly demos, Sloan, Polar Bear Scare   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 05, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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ARCADE FIRE: The Gazette reviewed the band's gig at London's ornate Porchester Hall, claimin that it was the final encore of "Wake Up" that inevitably stole the night, as the band abandoned the stage and played acoustically, right in the heart of the crowd. Actually, they played in the foyer of the hall, as they do from time to time.

YOU TUBE hits a rough patch, as Viacom requests the removal of 100K videos after talks collapse. In addition, indie labels mull lawsuits to ensure they are fairly treated by the video-sharing service.

VAN HALEN: David Lee Roth has officially returned to front the band's upcoming tour.

PAOLO NUTINI: The unusually soulful 19-year-old Scot played a set for the World Cafe Friday that you can stream from NPR now.

SOUL REVIVAL: Speaking of soul music, The New York Times reports o­n the current resurgence of classic soul singers and classic soul's influence o­n new artists.

BELLY: Tanya Donnelly has posted the demos for most of Star o­n her website for your downloading and listening pleasure.

THE MONKEES: Most folks are familiar with the countrified album version of Mike Nesmith's "You Just May Be The One," but the original arrangement for TV in this (badly-synced) clip sounds more like The Searchers with John Entwhistle sitting in o­n the bass.

SLOAN: At Chromewaves, Frank rediscovers his love for the band. The power-poppers were pretty much off my radar also, but "I Understand" was certainly worth "Song of the Day" honors at NPR.

CARL NEWMAN and ROD STEWART: NOW Toronto finds similarities between the New Pr0nographer with the old o­ne.

WESTERN STATES MOTEL sounds much like The Shins, with a touch of Wilco. The o­ne-man band also scored o­ne of the "extras" for the the Walk the Line Special Edition DVD, You can stream four relaxed tracks from HisSpace.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer has publicly apologized to the supposedly sober supermodel for the shocking shots of him injecting himself with cocaine.

ENNIO MORRICONE is a five-time Oscar nominee, but never won. This year he is receiving a lifetime-achievement Oscar this year -- the second ever awarded to a composer. NPR has a streaming audio feature, plus a a Top 10 list of his film scores. I (of course) will go straight for live video of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," along with a stream of "A Fistful of Dollars," plus a rockin' cover of "Fistful" from Babe Ruth, circa 1975.

MARTIN SCORSESE took the top prize from the Directors Guild of America for The Departed -- his first DGA award after six previous nominations. The award likely solidifies his odds to take the Oscar. Accepting his award, Scorsese joked that his film had been particularly well-received in US cities with an allegedly large mafia presence.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In a weekend that was down 20 percent year-over-year, The Messengers and Because I Said So led the box office with 14.5 and 13 million, as movies for youngsters and chicks providfed effective counter-programming o­n SuperBowl weekend. Epic Movie (No. 3) and Smokin' Aces (No.5) plunged precipitously, though the latter is sure to make money. Night at the Museum (No. 4) is finally running out of steam, though a 225 million take to date is pretty sweet. Stomp the Yard dropped to No.6, but has already made 56 million o­n a 13 million budget. Dreamgirls drops to the seventh slot as it struggles toward the 100 million mark. Pan's Labyrinth holds the eighth slot and exeeds its budget here in the US, with possible Oscars poised to boost it in the DVD market. The Pursuit of Happyness slips to the nointh slot, but has made almost three times its budget. The Queen rounds out the top ten, with a 45 million US total o­n a 15 million budget.

FARRAH FAWCETT is certified cancer-free for her 60th birthday, while RYAN O'NEAL was arrested for assaulting his son, Griffin.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The couple canoodled conspicuously in Miami Beach for some pre-SuperBowl PR.

TOMMY LEE is developing a new line of lingerie for men? Or was it just a come-on line to a waitress?

BRITNEY SPEARS: Fed-Ex's pals float the rumor that Spears has been making late-night phone calls to him in hope of a reconciliation, which other sources dismiss. The pop tart's people also rubbish reports that she will ante up 25 mil to end their marriage, suggesting 1 mill is more likely.

GIRLS GONE WILD mogul Joe Francis rates the relative skills of the French Hotel, Lindsay Lohan, Kimberly Stewart and Tara Reid o­n the Howard Stern Show. We're all shocked that Francis is the sort to kiss and tell. SEMI-RELATED: Kim Kardashian now admits that she made more than o­ne sex video with her ex-boyfriend, R&B singer Ray J. She denies any effort to sell o­ne, contary to media reports.

WHITNEY HOUSTON wants to fast-track her divorce from Bobby Brown by way of a default judgment. Who could blame her?

JIM CARREY: Radar magazine is set to report that three big Carrey films have been shelved in the last year, including o­ne with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, due to the actor's unpredictable and bizarre behavior and o­n-set tantrums.

STUDIO 60 o­n the SUNSET STRIP is going o­n hiatus starting March 5, but supposedly will return later this season o­n "a date to be determined."

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE: Egotastic is not the o­nly site wondering what Denise Richards is doing o­n the beach in Hawaii.

SOMALIA: Three battalions of peacekeepers from Uganda and Nigeria will be airlifted to Somalia as soon as possible, as radical Islamists regroup in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea and Yemen.

LEBANON: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah publicly admitted the terror group is funded equipped and trained by Iran and Syria.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Police sources say a foiled plot to kidnap, torture and behead a British Muslim soldier was orchestrated by Al Qaeda. Security forces are also praising two British Muslim soldiers who agreed to act as "bait" in the extraordinary "sting" operation. Islamic terror cells in Britain have been instructed to carry out a series of kidnappings and beheadings of this sort. British intelligence services fear that Britain could be subject to a Beslan-style siege, with multiple hostages forced to plead for their lives o­n camera. However, many UK Muslins imagine this is all a government plot. All the while, young British Muslims are becoming radicalized by anti-Western views and misplaced multicultural policies. And the Brits have foiled a terror plot about o­nce every six weeks for the last 18 months.

IRAQ: Michael Yon has another gripping dispatch, this time about a villager martyring himself to stop a suicide bomber from killing others. You can also listen to Yon give a more general overview of what he's seen since returning to Iraq. Two senior Iraqi generals -- as well as Iranians -- are suspected of involvement in the attack that killed five US soldiers in Karbala. Iraq is restricitng passage to Iran and Syria preparation for the new security plan. Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army has been instructed to lay low, not carry guns and avoid confrontations with US forces.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: In The New York Times, Stuart Elliot thinks the SuperBowl ads were subliminally about Iraq. Which probably says more about Elliot than the ads. Perhaps he will do a follow-up on the secret messages he hears when he plays them backwards.

GLOBAL WARMING: As I predicted last week, the new IPCC summary for policy makers triggered plenty of doom-and-gloom coverage in the press. Indeed, the stories that bothered to mention that the IPCC substantially reduced its estimate of global warming and sea-level rise did so in stories of alarmists complaining about the IPCC summary, though the researchers o­n a new study of accelerated sea level rise say it's too early to blame it o­n humans. There were also stories stating that "Global warming has made stronger hurricanes, including those in the Atlantic Ocean such as 2005's Katrina," though the report really doesn't say that and even the author of The Republican War o­n Science thinks the media is overstating it.

POLAR BEAR SCARE: The New York Times article o­n the aforementioned IPCC report includes the above photo of polar bears, yet the story itself makes no reference to polar bears. Indeed, the story reports that "The panel said there was no solid scientific understanding of how rapidly the vast stores of ice in polar regions will melt." Moreover, polar bears o­n melting ice floes may turn up in Iceland, which has seen increasing pack ice. Overall, since 1970, the polar pear population has quintupled. In o­ne area of Canada the polar bear population increased 50 percent in just ten years. BTW, the original photo carries a caption stating the ice floe was carved by waves. The expedition set up an ice buoy to monitor the growth and ablation of sea ice; it was tough work because the ice was so thick. Aside from the emotional appeal of the polar bear photo, the NYT piece is chockful of truthiness, such as the claim that the Bush admin. "until recently avoided directly accepting that humans were warming the planet in potentially harmful ways," when in fact it did so in 2005, 2004, 2002, and 2001. The 2002 story ran in the NYT, making the reporting twice as truthy.

CASPER the CAT got stuck 50 feet up a tree in greater Manchester during six days of stormy weather. They don't have a fire department there?

ENDANGERED WHOOPING CRANES led south to Florida from Wisconsin last fall were all killed in storms.

WILD EAGLES attacked a paraglider in Australia. Veteran Australian paraglider pilot Godfrey Wenness said eagle attacks were rare, but Moss had been flying in an area where the birds were not accustomed to human pilots.

A COYOTE swims ashore at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard... and is released in a nearby community.

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That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 02, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips...
Second D.J.: o­n their chapped lips...
First D.J.: ...their chapped lips is, "Does Phil feel lucky?" Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


The real Punxsutawney Phil has been called the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary. In fact, he's been right o­nly 39 percent of the time since 1887, though he's improved since 1980. Nevertheless, tens of thousands will make the journey to Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer or the 60 second edit as a refresher.

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. In addition to the examples given in that article, another can be found at the Christian Science Monitor.

Don't drive angry!

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."


...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullaballoo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention Joey Ramone & Holly Beth Vincent, as well as The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), David Bowie and Marianne Faithful and, from Ready Steady Go, the Rolling Stones.

THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH: After 19 years, the band from Hull have split up due to musical similarities.

ERIN McKEOWN brought her rootsy, swingin' brand of pop -- including covers of "Paper Moon" and "Get Happy" -- to the World Cafe last Friday, but it's just as good to stream today.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to JamBase about lyrics not being the most important thing, playing with the Venus 3, and more.

KISS: While reading this letter from "Beth" to Peter Criss, you can listen to listen to Criss sing "Hard Luck Woman," a song Soul Asylum should cover.

CELINE DION and Ananstacia sing AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long." The horror! The...HORROR!!! You will pine for that song from Titanic.

PATTI SMITH: EW blogger Michele Romero spends some time in the purple rooms of Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, where Smith is finishing her new covers album. There's also a link to a video of Patti singing Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" o­n the '70s TV show, Kids Are People Too.

NICK DRAKE: Stereogum has posted a lo-fi version of "To The Garden" -- o­ne of those rare "unreleased" tracks to be featured o­n the upcoming posthumous album.

THE HOLD STEADY guitarist Tad Kubler talks to Leeds Music Scene about a bunch of things including how featuring Franz's piano o­n the new album also accented his guitar work.

THE BROKEN WEST: An Aquarium Drunkard has posted an exclusive acoustic set, which includes a cover of Guided By Voices "Game of Pricks." You can also stream it via the ol' HM.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The supposedly sober supermodel's visit to the troubled singer in rehab is fueling speculation of a break-up, though it may be a temporary spilt for PR purposes. And all of their prior break-ups have been temporary, so don't count this train wreck out just yet.

THE CUTOUT BIN: This Friday's fortuitous finds o­n the ol' HM include: Wedding Present - Where Everybody Knows Your Name; Soul Asylum - Tied To The Tracks; The Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?; The Smithereens - All My Loving; Electric Light Orchestra - Shine a Little Love; Pezband - On And o­n; Bell, Chris - You And Your Sister; Billy Bragg - That's Entertainment; The Kinks - Apeman; Num - Noise; Casper & The Cookies - Sweet Transvestite; Spirit - I Got A Line o­n You; Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love; The Stooges - My Idea of Fun; and The Afghan Whigs - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe.

MISS CONDUCT: In her first TV interview since leaving rehab, Tara Conner suggested that an abusive childhood may have contributed to her woes. Like we've never heard that o­ne before. MSNBC has more video. Meanwhile, former Miss USA Susie Castillo is blasting Conner for tarnishing the image of the pageant.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Messengers, which is this week's unscreened-for-critics PG-13 horror flick, and Because I Said So, a rom-com Diane Keaton probably wishes had not been screened for critics, who are currently giving it 7 percent o­n the Tomatometer.

WINNING an OSCAR may be less than it's cracked up to be.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE: ...And the Winner is lays out the cases for and against the film getting the Oscar for Best Picture.

BRITNEY SPEARS has brought in yet another hot-shot record producer to work over her new material, leading some -- by which I mean me -- to speculate that the new stuff is even worse than her old stuff. Meanwhile, cocktail waitress "Dirty Delta" has a story about serving the pop tart three "orgy bowls" -- a drink meant for five people -- the night before she injured her leg o­n tour.

BRADGELINA: London's Observer reports that -- unlike past efforts -- the latest attempt to film Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is likely to reach the screen, with Jolie playing railroad heiress heroine Dagny Taggart. A two-hour screenplay is almost complete and filming is to start this year with release in 2008. It is being written by Randall Wallace, who wrote the Mel Gibson epic Braveheart, and is backed by Lion's Gate Entertainment.

PRISON BREAK star Lane Garrison had "more than twice the legal limit" of alcohol in his system and was under the influence of cocaine during the fatal crash that killed a 17-year-old boy in December, according to police. The Beverly Hills Police Department has recommend that the L.A. County District Attorney file a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes "dishes" about Cruise, her daughter Suri and her career in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar: Tom Cruise is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

LINDSAY LOHAN has decided not to star in the upcoming A Woman of No Importance so she can focus o­n getting better. Maybe the letter from her convict father will help with the healing.

SUPER BOWL myths and legends are dissected in the Chicago Tribune, but the paper left out the false claim that more women are victims of domestic violence o­n Super Bowl Sunday.

BEYONCE KNOWLES edged out Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba as this year's "most desirable woman" in an annual reader survey by AskMen.com, which was kind enough to post a gallery of the Top 99.

WHO IS CAPT. JAMIL HUSSEIN? The apparently pseudonymous Baghdad police officer was a source for over 60 Associated Press stories -- though the AP has never acknowledged the pseudonym. In what has become known as the "Burning Six" story, Hussein claimed that militiamen "burned and blew up four mosques and torched several homes" in Hurriyah. The Multi-National Corps stated that an Iraqi Army patrol found o­nly o­ne mosque had been burned. The AP's follow-up story referred to a single mosque, but was silent o­n the others. Wednesday, the AP had the gall to mischaracterize the MNF's report and further that "the AP has confirmed damage at three of the four mosques, including burn damage at two and slight damage at a third." Which seems quite a bit different from Hussein's claim that the mosques were burned and blew up." You might think a correction would be required by the AP's own policies, but apparently not -- when the story is Iraq.

THE NEW YORK TIMES published a photograph and videotape of a Texas soldier dying in Iraq, violating a signed agreement not to publish photos or video of any wounded soldiers without official consent. The rule exists to allow notification of next of kin. The paper is being forced to write the grieving family a letter of regret.

WHO IS WILLIAM M. ARKIN? He writes about "National and Homeland Security" for the Washington Post. Earlier this week, he responded to an NBC Nightly News report o­n US soldiers frustrated with opposition to war at home by suggesting that: their superiors should tell them speaking out was wrong; soldiers should be grateful that Americans still support them; that the public "indulged" them "(t)hrough every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder"; that "we don't see very many 'baby killer' epithets being thrown around these days, no o­ne in uniform is being spit upon"; that we provide "vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them"; and called them a "mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force."

Arkin does not explain what basis there would be for superior officers to try to censor soldiers speaking within the limits set by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He gives no reason to smear the military as a whole for Abu Grahib or Haditha (a case not yet tried, btw). He is apparently unaware of stories about the uniformed National Guardsman beaten by strangers in Washington state, or the protesters who spat at a wounded Iraq vet in Washington, DC last weekend. Arkin may think our troops have it easy, but the 1st Cavalry Division in Taji sleep o­n the cold ground, which contains sand mites, sand flies and other disease carriers, o­nly to get an anti-war e-mail when they tried to buy mattresses o­nline. Arkin admits he was "dead wrong" in using the word "mercenary" in a follow-up that then accuses them of hiding behind the constitution and the flag, and "spewing" an anti-dissent message. Given the lack of popular support for Iraq, the soldiers are the o­nes dissenting, but that irony is surpassed by Arkin's complaint that those who disagree with him are arrogant and intolerant.

Who is Arkin? In the past, the Washington Post has run stories in which he says he's an activist, not a journalist. And stories about his books and columns divulging classified info in the midst of a war. And his past jobs with Human Rights Watch, Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Policy Studies. Oddly enough, none of those jobs appear in his current bio for the paper.

MOZART the IGUANA's sad tale of penis removal reaches a satisfying cllimax.

1400 ENDANGERED TURTLES in a suitcase cruises past the eleven swans in an apartment in this week's animal hoarding/smuggling derby. Had it been Christmas season, the swans could have taken it.

A FAT CAT BURGLAR caught wedged in a doggie door was reunited with his estranged owner. The cat is FIV-positive to boot. Video at the link.

HERMAPHRODITE DEER bagged in Florida.

MOOSE are finding the snow in Anchorage, Alaska so deep they're going where they'd rather not, choosing major roads and plowed sidewalks.

DEAD PETS are a girl's best friend.

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