THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
... with UPBEAT! Syndicated out of Cleveland, Upbeat never achieved the status of American Bandstand, but attracted any number of major acts from 1964-71, including Otis Redding on the day before he died in that plane crash. Today's selections include Stevie Wonder with "For Once In My Life," Joe South with "Games People Play," Joe Tex with "Skinny Legs and All," Archie Bell and the Drells with "Tighten Up" (which just might be my favorite) Jerry Butler with "Only the Strong Survive," and the O'Kaysions with "I'm a Girl Watcher."
THE CLIENTELE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.
FIELD MUSIC stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.
WILL STRATTON stopped by WNYC for a chat and mini-set. BONUS: There's a downloadable EP at the link, too.
WILSON PICKETT is profiled on Fresh Air in connection with a new box set of his Atlantic output.
THE MUPPETS: "Stand By Me."
YOUR BIRTH DATE SONG: What does it say about you?
FANFARLO talks to Donewaiting about touring the Midwest for the first time. There's a link to a downloadable EP, too.
LISSIE is profiled by the BBC and interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard (Thx, Chromewaves.)
THE XX: Oliver Sim talks to Greg Kot about the evolution of the band's sound, and transitioning to festival gigs.
THE CUTOUT BIN: From Steve Miller to Soft Cell, from Elvis Costello to Ray Charles, from Jason & the Scorchers to Hall & Oates, from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to Echo & the Bunnymen, plus the Kinks, Arab Strap, Marvin Gaye, Beau Brummells, Rick James and more -- is streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Clash of the Titans, which is currently scoring 33 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Last Song, currently scoring 12 percent; and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too, which (per usual for Perry) was not screened for critics.
SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: Bullock is reconsidering her divorce options and believes she can save their marriage, a friend of the star tells PopEater. Other accounts say definitely decided to file for divorce and mention nasty phone fights between the couple. Maybe that's when James admitted to seven affairs. Allegedly. James' lawyer denies James is a neo-Nazi.
TIGER WOODS may have settled with mistress Rachel Uchitel for as much as ten million dollars.
CHARLIE SHEEN is leaving Two and Half Men? More like a negotiation.
ANNA PAQUIN of True Blood is publicly revealing she's bisexual. There's video.
ANGELINA JOLIE's former bodyguard describes what he claims to be a woman whose erratic behavior, yelling fits and unreasonable demands deeply hurt not only staff members - but especially Brad Pitt and their six children.
JENNIFER ANISTON: People are strting to notice that her career isn't going much better than her private life.
SUSAN SARANDON talks about life since splitting with her partner of two decades, Tim Robbins.
DENNIS HOPPER's wife tried to kill him, allegedly.
KATE HUDSON is putting her ex Alex Rodriguez to shame when it comes to playing the field.
FANTASTIC VOYAGE is headed back to the big screen in 3-D.
THE EXPENDABLES trailer is online.
WHY IS THIS SATURDAY DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER DAYS? Because ABC has its annual showing of The Ten Commandments, a grand spectacle featuring acting from Edward G. Robinson and Anne Baxter that is so over-the-top that Yul Brenner starts to look good by comparison. And while Robinson's Dathan never actually spoke the line "Where's your Messiah now?" in the movie, it -- like "Play It Again, Sam" (not spoken in Casablanca) -- has become part of a part of our culture. The line actually comes from Billy Crystal (sample), originally a bit from the Oscars, iirc. It later turned up on The Simpsons, with Chief Wiggum playing Dathan to Ned Flanders' Moses.
IRAN: China agreed to make steps toward supporting new sanctions on Iran? Not really. And both stories ran in the NYT, whose editors aren't paying attention. Tehran sent its chief nuclear negotiator to Beijing to discuss the threat of new sanctions.
AFGHANISTAN: Members of parliament rejected President Karzai's plan to appoint all five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission. Karzai warned that "the insurgency will change to a national resistance" if foreign countries interfered with his appointments to the ECC.
FRISKIES: One of their psychedelic ads gets a proper remix.
TOADS are able to detect pre-seismic cues such as the release of gases and charged particles, and use these as a form of earthquake early warning system.
DENTED FISH falls from the sky, now swims at sushi restaurant.
ASTRO-MICE are scheduled to fly on the space shuttle Discovery on Monday to spend 13 days aboard the international space station in an experiment to study the effects of life in zero gravity on their immune systems.
COCKROACH OF THE SEA: An enormous crustacean that attached itself to a submarine scouring the depths of the Gulf of Mexico is eliciting shock, awe and a touch of skepticism among Web readers -- but scientists say the critter is just an impressive example of a supersized species.
PEEPS SHOW: The Washington Post's traditional contest.