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New Releases, NY Dolls, T-Bone Burnett, Pig Olympics Finals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

FLAMING LIPS: Though the band's latest album has its share of politics, frontman Wayne Coyne has his priorities: ''People will say, 'Wayne, are you interested in politics?' I say, 'Not as interested as I am in making music. Otherwise, I'd run for office.'" Interest in the band has just made Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots the first Lips record to go Gold. NPR has an audio interview and three songs from At War With The Mystics.

NEW RELEASES: Be Yor Own Pet, Calexico, Richard Butler (from the Psychedelic Furs), Dresden Dolls, Drive-By Truckers and Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, (a/k/a/ Sid 'n' Susie) are streaming in their entirety from AOL Music. There are also new albums from Elefant and Fiery Furnaces.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: His album of Woody Guthrie covers is streaming in advance of next week's release. There's also video up at Amazon and CMT.

NEW YORK DOLLS: David Johansen and Syl Sylvain blurb the reunion album at CMJ. There are three free downloads at Roadrunner Records.

THE ROLLING STONES: Cityrag has some Photoshop phun, asking "What will fit in Mick's mouth?"

BECK really doesn't want to talk about Scientology.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: We previously noted that the BBC planned to air the story of Easter as a musical featuring the songs of Manchester rock bands. Two clips -- Joy Division's  "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (at the Last Supper) and the Morrissey-Smiths combo "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side/Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (the betrayal by Judas) -- have turned up o­n YouTube. (They loaded slowly for me, so you might consider hitting the "pause" button right when it starts running to let the video load for a few minutes.)

T-BONE BURNETT has posted a track called "Zombieland" o­n his website in advance of his album due next month.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Kevin Drew talks about the value of collaboration and communities in making music, while showing a healthy skepticism of the the press.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO: While CMJ describes The Best Party Ever album as "sort of like Belle And Sebastian playing Pet Sounds using o­nly instruments found in a kindergarten classroom, the duo is as self-deprecating as their name, with singer Jof Owen declaring, "We just put it out and thought, ‘Well, that's 500 quid down the drain...'" You can hear 'em at MySpace.

CINNAMON GIRL: Stereogum is killing music with a dozen versions of the signature Neil Young tune.

JAY FARRAR is starting work o­n a new Son Volt album, but will first release a collection of mostly traditional songs he cut with former Varnaline singer Anders Parker.

BUDDY HOLLY: The watch he wore the Day the Music Died has been sold at auction in Dallas, Texas for over 155K. The diamond-studded timepiece was bought by an anonymous woman from San Francisco, but not as an investment -- she's just a fan of the man.

BRADGELINA: Pitt's bonding with 4-year-old Maddox extends beyond getting the same mohawk haircut to getting a Buddhist prayer of protection tatooed o­n his neck.

VAUGHNISTON: Jennifer Aniston called into The Oprah Winfrey Show to help quash rumors of an Oprah-hosted wedding extravaganza.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Hubby Spenderline slams Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson for divorcing. Yeah, somehow I don't see Kevin as the o­ne eager to divorce Britney.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Perez Hilton reports that Cruise's Scientology security guards take his garbage out and protect it until it's picked up. IDLY has found video of an out-of-shape Britney dancing to the demo of her new song, To My Sister, for your daily dose of schadenfreude.

UNITED 93 gets a sterling advance review at Ain't-it-Cool-News: "Nothing in this film feels exploitative and is rendered with remarkable taste."

EVA LONGORIA: The Desperate Housewife is bugged by all the gossip about her sex life when there are more important issues to think about. Maybe if she stopped talking about teaching her boyfriend things and talking about vibrators so much that ABC begged her to stop, the press might ask her opinion about more important issues, though no o­ne will much care.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: The father of the Pirates Of The Caribbean starlet apparently had an odd wish for her success: "My father says, 'I wish this could have happened in five years' time, you could have been 20 and got really p***ed and slept with loads of people and no-one would have known.' "That would have been great." Father knows best!

HUGH GRANT decided to play a Simon Cowell-inspired judge in the upcoming American Dreamz after watching American Idol: "I enjoy cruelty. I like people being humiliated. I like watching freaks. The freakier the better, as far as I am concerned. I think in a way the show doesn’t go far enough." Which may explain that whole Divine Brown incident.

QUEEN o­n AMERICAN IDOL: Guitarist Brian May writes at his blog that the show was edited to make him seem more critical of a contestant than he really was.

GEORGE MICHAEL crashed into three cars while trying to park his SUV in London early Sunday. He was taken into custody in central London in February o­n suspicion of possessing drugs after being found slumped at the wheel of a car.

JANE FONDA would like to tour the country and speak out against US involvement in Iraq, but thinks her controversial history of Vietnam War protests leaves her with "too much baggage."

JULIA ROBERTS: From the "Green Issue" of Vanity Fair: "An admitted latecomer to environmental concerns, Roberts is proof that it's never too late to start caring for the earth and that it can all start at home. From the Prius she drives and the solar-powered house she's building in California to the metal cup she uses to go out for coffee, the grocery bags she religiously returns to the store for a nickel ... Roberts firmly believes that the little things make a difference ..." Page Six wonders how many private planes Roberts has flown o­n. I don't know, but just getting to her Broadway debut likely burned as much fuel as driving a Hummer for an entire year.

BETTIE PAGE: Whitney Masterson at USA Today rounds up links to galleries and coverage of the legendary pin-up as The Notorious Bettie Page opened in limited release this past weekend. The movie trailer is up at Yahoo and YouTube.

IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed has the latest o­n candidates for prime minister and other offices. The San Diego Union-Tribune profiles five heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. The paper says it's just a start and rightly so, for there are plenty of heroes to cover -- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Juan M. Rubio (Silver Star) Marine Lance Cpl. Carlos Gomez-Perez (Silver Star) and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Jewett (Bronze Star) are just three recent examples. Note that each of those stories is local news coverage; the national press almost entirely ignores them.

IRAN --contary to prior assurances -- is pursuing a far more sophisticated way of making atomic fuel that American officials and inspectors say could speed Iran's path to developing a nuclear weapon. The Iranian government has also intensified efforts to illegally obtain weapons technology from the US. The cover story of The New Republic addresses the the fanatacism of Iran's current leadership: "The Basiji's cult of self-destruction would be chilling in any country. In the context of the Iranian nuclear program, however, its obsession with martyrdom amounts to a lit fuse." Amir Taheri has more o­n how this fanaticism shapes Ahmadinejad's strategic thinking.

CARTOON JIHAD: Comedy Central bars South Park from showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The "Buzz Log" at Yahoo says "you must give South Park credit for taking o­n a tough target," but the writer is referring to Family Guy.

PIG OLYMPIC UPDATE: Antoinette from Canada was the competitor to beat in Sunday's final, but ultimately the Russians dominated the third annual Pig Olympics, capturing first and second place, with the French taking third. The Ukrainians, Chinese, Canadians and Latvians went home without medals.

CANADA THE CAT stowed away o­n a fertilizer truck crossing the US border to do the jobs American cats just won't do.

SOME ROOSTERS have become sexually aggressive sociopaths in the quest for the perfect breast. The punchline writes itself.

A WILD TURKEY found roaming in an apartment complex was taken to Morningside Park in upper Manhattan o­n Friday. And NYC is pretentious enough that the bird was named Hedda Gobbler, after Hedda Gabler, a character in a Henrik Ibsen play.

A BLACK BEAR was detained o­n suspicion of murder in the remote Cherokee National Forest Chilhowee Recreation Area of Tennessee.

LLAMAS have a dedicated caretaker in Marie McCluskey, who has lived for nearly five months in a home without electricity, water or heat following a fire so that she could stay with her herd in Michigan.

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Built to Spill, Mission of Burma, Pig Olympics and Fairy Penguins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 17, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

SONIC YOUTH: We already heard that Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore would appear in the season finale of Gilmore Girls, but now comes word that Joe Pernice, Yo La Tengo, Sparks, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Sam Phillips will also appear in the show airing May 9th.

BUILT TO SPILL frontman Doug Martsch is recovering from a major operation to repair a detached retina. You can stream a couple from the band's new album via MySpace.

THE STOOGES are working o­n a reunion CD, according to Iggy Pop, who says it seemed like the right time because he'd "sort of run out of ideas..."

THE MAGIC NUMBERS are eager to explore darker territory when they begin recording the follow-up to their self-titled 2005 debut next month. You can stream the band's album from their sampler.

NEIL YOUNG has reportedly recorded a song titled, "Impeach the President."

GUNS 'N' ROSES will perform a pair of concerts at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom May 15 and 17, according to concert promoter Live Nation. There's still no word o­n when Rose's decade-in-the-making Chinese Democracy LP will see release.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: If I told you The Velvet Underground played "Sister Ray" o­n The Lawrence Welk Show, you would probably say, "I have to see it to believe it."

ARCTIC MONKEYS: London's Guardian follows the band in the States to see whether this distinctly British band van make it in the US. The boys aren't fond of interviews, so Craig Marks, of Blender magazine, gets the money quote: "Over here, if you want to sell a lot of records, you have to go to local radio stations in Dayton, Ohio, and shake the hands of men with satin jackets."

MISSION OF BURMA is rolling out advance tracks from the upcoming album, The Obliterati, at their wiki, starting with "2wice" (but there should be two or three more posted by the time you read this).

BRITAIN'S FAVORITE LYRIC comes from U2's "One," according to a poll conducted by VH1.

GARY GLITTER is getting extradited back to Britain and will go straight to prison if officials get their way, according to the News of the World. (Sorry, no link; the paper's file structure is about as reliable as the content.)

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The supposedly sober supermodel says she's not getting any, despite rumours she is has rekindled her romance with the troubled singer. What she is getting is another lucrative modeling gig, this time with Nikon. London's Guardian thinks the newly unveiled sculpture of Moss marks the death of British art. Meanwhile, Doherty has been has been voted Worst Celebrity Dad in a new o­nline survey. Former Co-Libertine Carl Barat says he would really like to work with Doherty again someday... if he ever cleans up his act.

BRADGELINA: It's been said that Pitt morphs into his lovers, but it now seems like he's turning into Jolie's 4-year-old son, Maddox, while he and Jolie consider giving their baby a Namibian name. Meanwhile, Jon Voight seems to be trying to curry favor with his estranged daughter. Calvin Klein model Jenny Shimizu told the News of the World about how she and Jolie trawled strip joints to ogle the girlie action, which they recreated when they got home, and more: "Angelina is an unbelievable lesbian lover... She has a body which just makes you gasp and shudder with lust..." and so o­n. And this is why the News of the World should have permanent links.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Scary Movie 4 took the top slot with 41 million in receipts (not bad o­n a 45 million budget). Ice Age 2 and The Benchwarmers placed and showed, with Disney's The Wild pulling o­nly 9.5 million for a movie with an 80 million budget -- ouch!

GWYNETH PALTROW got the first photo of Moses out, no doubt an arrangement with a friendly photog. No plagues or miracles were observed.

MADONNA lost the Best Female Artist award to Ashlee Simpson at the MTV Australian Video Music Awards. That doesn't speak well of Madge or Australia!

LINDSAY LOHAN is making stupid statements: "I want people to know that with all the glitz and glamour you can still go home and it can still be s**t."

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY insists she is curvy compared to most of the leading ladies she goes up against at auditions -- and has called o­n studios to take a more responsible attitude. So either she or Hollywood is crazier than I suspected.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise has been running seminars for his adopted children, 11-year-old Connor and 13-year-old Isabella, o­n how to take care of the baby: "The kids will have different responsibilities and run in shifts. They're going to help o­n every level." London's Sun claims that Cruise has spent about 225K o­n in-home hospital equipment. How bad is Cruise's PR? A CBS News poll showing an increasing disfavorable view of Islam shows that only eight percent of the American public view Scientology favorably.

BRITNEY SPEARS threatens to invade your home weekly. Meanwhile, hubby Spenderline claims his "musical career" is the fault of the press: "They are forcing me to do this, and I am glad they are. I am more than happy to do it."

PAM ANDERSON has to face it -- she's addicted to love.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR: I've already noted that if you're David Spade, the first rule of dating Heather Locklear is that you do not talk about dating Heather Locklear. The second rule of dating Heather Locklear is that you do not talk about dating Heather Locklear.

KENNY ROGERS is a plastic surgery disaster. He should know when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em, when to nip and when to tuck.

JOSH BOLTEN: The new White House chief of staff is an outlaw biker.

EVANGELINE LILLY: The Lost hottie displays a number of bad traits common to actresses in claiming: "I spent many nights crying myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because of the way men leered and disrespected me, because they assumed things about my mental capacity or my physical willingness based o­n the way I looked." She even quit her job as a waitress over it -- then took a job working for a singles chat line.

IRAQ: As the retired Generals criticizing Defense Secretary Rumsfeld continued to hit the media (with the media's promise of more to come), retired Gen. Tommy Franks, who led the invasion of Iraq, retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Gen. John Keane, former Army vice chief of staff, retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael P. DeLong, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command during the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Gen. Peter Pace, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended Rumsfeld. What strikes me most about the criticism is that it is of the decisions and events of 2003 and 2004, not what's going o­n today. There is an old saying about generals wanting to fight the last battle... Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. John R. Vines contends that Al Qaeda in Iraq and Zarqawi have conceded strategic defeat and are o­n their way out of the country. That's consistent with Vines' prior comments o­n the decline in foreign fighters slipping across the Syrian border since last Fall's operations in western Iraq. It would also partially explain the medium-term trend of declining US casualties. There have been reports that Zarqawi was demoted earlier this month. It seems like AQ thinks Rumsfeld is doing a better job than the critical retired generals do.

SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN IRAQ is generally perceived to be a bigger threat than the insurgents at this point. But sectarian violence is nothing new in Iraq. Saddam's regime committed horrific atrocities against the Shia and the Kurds, killing hundreds of thousands. By historical standards, the number of revenge killings in Iraq has been fairly small. For example, 10K French were summarily killed as collaborators after WWII. The number of Germans killed in eastern Europe after WWII was in the hundreds of thousands, but such are generally not blamed o­n the US for liberating France and defeating Nazi Germany. Nevertheless, the lack of security -- especially in Baghdad -- is a major problem. Bill Roggio (and, by linkage, Omar at ITM) look at anger at the politicos delaying the new govt and plans for a future military campaign focused o­n the city. The campaign seems to be based o­n the operations in Anbar province last Fall, pairing military sweeps with reconstruction.

IRAN has formed battalions of suicide bombers to strike at British and American targets if the nation’s nuclear sites are attacked. Which is a great argument for such a regime to have nukes. Pres. Ahmadinejad was again saying "The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by o­ne storm." Another confidence builder. Meanwhile, Kurdish groups are looking for help with regime change, preferably peacefully.

THE PIG OLYMPICS got underway yesterday in Moscow, with a field of 12 piglets competing in three events: pig-racing, pig-swimming and "pigball."

FAIRY PENGUINS are being saved by sweaters knit by Mormons in New South Wales.

CATS: Molly the Cat was rescued after two weeks trapped inside the bowels of a New York City building. More than 200 Chinese cats got a sumptuous fish banquet for eradicating rats from farmland in Sanjiang Township. A cat saved the life of a newborn baby abandoned o­n the doorstep of a house in Cologne, Germany.

WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG competition has put the ballot o­nline. Vote now!

TITUS THE WEIMARANER and three other dogs are sprung from the pound by Titus' owner, who is now in a cage himself.

GATOR stopped from buying a Lincoln Continental o­n Merritt Island, Florida.

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The Go! Team, The Shazam, The Zutons... and Peeps!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 14, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

"WHERE'S YOUR MESSIAH NOW?" ABC has its annual showing of The Ten Commandments S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y night, so I cannot let it pass without mention now. Edward G. Robinson's Dathan never actually spoke that line in the movie, but like "Play It Again, Sam" (not spoken in Casablanca), it 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

SEDER-MASOCHISM: Twisted ToyFare Theatre presents a passover story featuring superhero action figures.

GOOD FRIDAY TIMEWASTERS: Fur Ball Pong and Little Donkey, courtesy of The Boy Least Likely To. Did you catch the video for "Be Gentle With Me" when I posted it? If not, don't miss out o­n a very Spring-y number, with cute and cuddly creatures...

JOHNNY ROTTEN is no more keen about the Sex Pistols getting a Brit Award than he was about entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

THE GO! TEAM: If you haven't heard the band's unique musical mixture, Filter has a documentary for you. The footage of the little kids dancing was shot at last year's Pitchfork Festival, where I saw 'em. As usual, you can check out a few tracks at MySpace.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: A Blessing and a Curse comes out next Tuesday, but you can hear the whole thing now, in Flash or Qucktime.

JON LANGFORD: When the Mekons' maestro moved to Chicago from Wales in 1992, Langford decided he’d do what most immigrants do when they step off the boat: reinvent themselves. "I felt liberated," he says. "I could do whatever I wanted."

THE SHAZAM: Coolfer Glenn (and Largehearted Boy) turned me o­n to this power pop band from Nashville The band's MySpace page lists influences like "The Who, Beatles, The Move, ELO, Cheap Trick, Mott The Hoople, Queen... british 60s, arena 70s...," which is a pretty good indicator of what's streaming there. They also have plenty of samples and a full Rundgren-esque freebie at their website.

THE BEATLES are finally preparing to sell their songs o­nline, pending the digital remastering of the entire Beatles catalog.

MICHAEL NESMITH: The former Monkee, movie producer and video pioneer talks to Wired about the digital revolution.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Here's something to put some spring in your step -- "Birdhouse In Your Soul," as performed by They Might Be Giants, with the fat horns of Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra!

THE RACONTEURS: Jack White says the band is not a "side project:" "Of course, there's going to be more White Stripes records, more Greenhornes records, more Brendan Benson records, but for right now, it's time for the Raconteurs."

THE ZUTONS: London's Guardian calls them "the best sci-fi trash-rock band in Britain." Their new album, Tired of Hangin' Around, comes out next week in the UK, but you can get an adavnce taste from MySpace.

TOM VERLAINE and TELEVISION: Brooklyn Vegan hooks you up with album release and show dates. Pitchfork gives the new Verlaine solo albums middling reviews.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop and Bo Diddley lend a hand o­n their first new album in 32 years, due July 25th.

PAUL WELLER comes alive with a double-disc due for Europe in June.

GANG OF FOUR: Stylus has a regular column that forces their regular writers to listen to bands that they’ve never heard — but by all rights should have — and charts the reaction. That's Entertainment! Don't spoil the ending for yourself.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise talks sex in GQ while Holmes falls under his spell. Meanwhile, at test screenings of Mission Impossible 3, audiences are snickering when Cruise tells Michelle Monaghan their relationship is real and applauding when he gets beaten up. And yet no o­ne dares suggest that his plan to traverse NYC o­n a motorbike, a speedboat, a taxi, a helicopter, sports-car, and the subway for the premiere might play into his mountain of bad PR. REMINDER: Diane Sawyer will be riding the crazy train with Cruise tonight o­n ABC (9 p.m. ET), but you can get a preview right now.

NOW SHOWING: The holiday weekend's wide releases are Scary Movie 4 (45 percent Rotten o­n the Tomatometer) and Madagascar-wannabe The Wild (19 percent Rotten o­n sparse reviews; it's 30 percent Rotten among the "cream of the crop" critics). The Ten Commandments is looking better all the time!

EVANGELINE LILLY: The Lost hottie, like most actresses, would like Scarlett Johansson's career.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR: If you're David Spade, the first rule of dating Heather Locklear is that you do not talk about dating Heather Locklear.

DAKOTA FANNING: Rumors of her death were greatly Photoshopped.

JACKO may avert bankruptcy by agreeing to give Sony an option to buy about 25 percent of his interest in a song catalog that includes scores of hits from The Beatles.

NICOLAS CAGE wants to move into a small castle o­n the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. Which, o­n the Cage scale, isn't all that crazy.

SIENNA MILLER got her toes sucked and made out with Tamara Summers after the Oscars. Apparently, Hollywood execs weren't amused.

JESSICA SIMPSON and LINDSAY LOHAN: Perez Hilton claims that their catfight was brief and instigated by a hairdresser.

JESSICA SIMPSON and KATE BECKINSALE could ensure that the Dallas movie is every bit as bad as I imagine it will be.

GOSSIPOLA: L.A. billionaire Ron Burkle instigated the FBI investigation of an alleged extortion plot by former Page Six staffer Jared Paul Stern, but it got people looking at his personal and political life, and Burkle is not enjoying the spotlight o­ne little bit.

COLIN FARRELL'S last movie, The New World, will be shown with Smell-o-vision when it opens in Japan later this month.

KATIE COURIC and MEREDITH VIERA: The latter is replacing the former o­n the Today show, but o­nly the most observant viewers will notice the change.

SOUTH PARK was banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the prophet Muhammad. A person close to the show said the network's decision was made over concerns for public safety. So the most recent episode, at the point where Muhammad was to be seen, the screen was filled with the message: "Comedy Central has refused to broadcast an image of Muhammad o­n their network," followed by an image of Jesus Christ defecating o­n Pres. Bush and the American flag. I guess the network won't be rerunning the episode where Mohammed appears as a flamethrowing superhero, either. I would like to hear the explanation of why the network won't run the shows about Muhammed and Scientology, but was just fine with the whole Jesus defecating thing the week before Easter.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio notes another senior al-Qaeda middle-manager has assumed room temperature. Strategy Page suggests the threat of civil war is causing the neighbors to curb extremist support.  A recently translated document seized from Saddam's intell HQ refers to destroying documentation of WMD programs that may have been o­ngoing in 1998 (later than the current conventional wisdom). Wade Zirkle, who did two tours in Iraq before being wounded, is miffed with Reps. Moran and Murtha. The Washington Post rounds up retired Generals rebuking Rumsfeld. DefenseTech notes that Gen. Batiste had a different attitude last year. I would note that another critic, Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, oversaw the training of Iraqi army troops in 2003-2004. IIRC, the training during that period didn't turn out too well, which makes it a case of the pot and kettle at best. There's certainly a legit debate to have about whether the US should have invaded with overwhelming force (which is the trad doctrine) and been "ruthless," as retired Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack suggests. But we'll never know whether that wouldn't have made the US appear to be an occupier in the Iraqi mind faster and further fueled the insurgency against a bigger, fatter target.

IRAQ IN THE MEDIA: Bilal Hussein, a stringer who has staged photos of insurgents and is mentioned in the National Journal article o­n phony photos discussed here this week, may have been taken into custody by the US military in Ramadi (from where, coincidentally, Bill Roggio noted possibly fishy video emerged this week when compared to a photo from guess who?). The CBS News blog frames this as an issue of whether Hussein has allegiance to insurgents, but that is o­nly part of the issue. The other part comes up in a Winds of Change post o­n Michael Ware, Time’s Baghdad bureau chief, and his relationship with insurgents. The issue is that terrorists know how to use the media, including the ever-implicit threat of violence against journalists, to shape coverage to their favor.

PEEPS protest the removal of the Easter Bunny from St. Paul's City Hall. Shockingly, the bunnies moved ahead of the chicks this year in the marshmallow treat pantheon. These days, you can get your own peep-making machine or even go totally homemade. But let's face it, while some like to eat 100 in an hour, or ten in two minutes with a beer chaser, the dirty secret of the peeps' appeal is that we like to experiment o­n them. Subject them to liquid nitrogen, or a vacuum. Take a blowtorch and get medieval o­n them. Or stick with the traditional microwave oven treatment. Not that violence is the o­nly seemy underbelly to the peep subculture, as people make peep porn and post it o­n the Internet...

THE EASTER BUNNY, a/k/a the Osterhase, and his eggs date back to the time of the Pagans. He has managed to survive in the Christian era, but a German performance artist filed charges of grievous bodily harm against the world-famous fluffy-tailed offender in Dresden this week, alleging that the massive amounts of pastel-colored chocolate and marzipan eggs the bunny peddles have caused untold strokes, heart attacks and cases of obesity and diabetes.  UPDATE: How could I forget? The Easter Bunny Hates You!

THE DIAMOND STELLA EGG: Speaking of which, Faberge has nothing o­n this egg, covered in 100 half-carat diamonds worth £50 000 pounds. That's not counting the peach and apricot chocolate and pralines contained inside.

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Teddy Thompson, The National, Feist, Raja, Burmese Pythons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

SILVER JEWS frontman David Berman talks to the Chicago Tribune (Metromix) about overcoming his tour anxiety, what his rabbi said about having other Jews in the band, and getting hit o­n by Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island.

RAY DAVIES: The former Kinks frontman thinks Paul McCartney should abandon the middle of the road to either make stripped down music, or go to the other end of the spectrum and work with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO gets a hefty career profile in Harp, including his moments o­n the edge of death from multiple health maladies.

CHUCK BERRY: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, the Chuck Berry movie masterminded by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, is due in June, as both a two-disc "Special Edition" and a four-disc "Ultimate Edition." The latter will include an hour-plus roundtable with Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley discussing their shared experiences for the first time.

TEDDY THOMPSON (yes, the son of Richard and Linda) had his NYC gig interrupted by a police raid that was part of a city-wide narcotics crackdown. But the show must go o­n, so Teddy took his guitar to the streets. You can stream some clips from MySpace and see him tomorrow o­n Conan O'Brien's show.

THE NATIONAL: Singer Matt Berninger talked with CokeMachineGlow about songwriting, the band's evolving sound, the role of bloggers in the band's quasi-success, touring with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and plenty more.  You can hear 'em o­n MySpace.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Since American Idol was assaulting the Queen catalog the other night, let's revisit "Killer Queen" a live take of "Somebody To Love," the video for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," with David Bowie o­n "Under Pressure" and yes, even "Bohemian Rhapsody." BONUS: "Flash!" Ah-ah! He's incredible!

THE RACONTEURS: The Washington Post dug their US debut: "So what we've got here sounds suspiciously like a rock hipster's version of a supergroup, that dreaded hybrid beast -- half man, half hype -- that rarely exceeds the sum of its individual parts. (One word, party people: Asia.) But the Raconteurs seem ready to beat the supergroup rap, in large measure because there's an underlying sincerity about this enterprise. The songs are sludgy and soulful without seeming particularly calculated. Plus, these guys appear to love what they're doing."

LESLIE FEIST gives SPIN a progress report o­n the remix album and her next new album. You can stream a couple of Feist tunes from SPIN, also. Plus, there's All Things Feist, a new fan blog that seems to be killing music with live boots.

YO LA TENGO: If you didn't kill music by downloading the covers the band did o­n WFMU earlier this year, or if you're looking for more, I note that YTL is now selling Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics, a compilation from their WFMU covers gigs from 1996-2003.

BILLY BRAGG wants to be Googled.

STEELY DAN: At PopMatters, Will Layman asks: Is Steely Dan a cheesy, clownish, processed outfit that laid the groundwork for smoove jazz, or a band of triumphantly uncool "anti-rock" nerd heroes?

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer failed to turn up to court for a review of his drug rehab after being delayed following a concert in France. Ex Brit-soaper Danniella Westbrook and former Gossard model Sophie Anderton -- both recovering addicts -- are slagging Doherty and warning Moss to ditch him. The supposedly sober supermodel was spotted getting cozy with her ­Calvin Klein ad campaign co-star Jamie Dornan, "touching and whispering in o­ne another's ear all night," as a spy told the NYDN. Lindsay Lohan huddled with him also. Maybe that's why Dornan's ex, Keira Knightley, warned Sienna Miller that he's a heartbreaker. BONUS: Moss looks really flexible in sculpture.

JOHN TRAVOLTA and KELLY PRESTON: Five sources reportedly believe the couple's 14-year-old son is autistic, but is not being conventionally treated, due to the Scientological teaching against psychiatry.

MADONNA hubby Guy Ritchie spends every spare second judo fighting down at his local dojo and is planning a men-only holiday with best mate Jason Stratham this May in Chicago. So, how's the marriage going?

OPRAH WINFREY is channeling a little Gordon Gekko: "I was coming back from Africa o­n o­ne of my trips. I had taken o­ne of my wealthy friends with me. She said, 'Don't you just feel guilty? Don't you just feel terrible?' I said, 'No, I don't. I do not know how me being destitute is going to help them.'"

JUNE POINTER, the youngest of the Pointer Sisters, has died of cancer at 52.

JESSICA SIMPSON and LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly bared their claws at a bar in L.A. I would care more if Jell-O was involved.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT denies that she rates an "eight" out of ten in the sack.

BRITNEY SPEARS: The L.A. Dept. of Children and Family Services has reportedly closed its investigation into the welfare of the pop tart's child. Meanwhile, Spenderline says he will not allow his children to go into showbiz until they learn proper moral values. Otherwise, they might father illegitimate kids before taking up with someone who grew up o­n the Mickey Mouse Club and ends up selling her teen sex appeal in Catholic schoolgirl uniforms and PVC catsuits.

GWEN STEFANI and Gavin Rossdale are having a baby girl, or a very androgynous boy.

EWAN McGREGOR has adopted a 4-year-old girl from Mongolia. He will teach her the ways of the Force. Or be named a UN ambassador. Possibly both.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and PENELOPE CRUZ on the rocks?

THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL is open to same sex couples, which upsets the Traditional Values Coalition.

ZACH BRAFF talks about winning a Grammy for the Garden State soundtrack, his future plans and his new obsession with Lost: "At the Golden Globes I accosted each and every member. I'm such a fan that I almost tackled some of them. Matthew Fox -- I was like, 'Okay, let me get this straight. When you're in the hatch...' I don't know. I was like a weird Star Trek fan. But they are so nice and are all so cool. I spent like an hour talking to Evangeline Lilly about specific details of the show and she was like, 'Relax. I don't know.'" At least, that's what he tells galpal Mandy Moore about why he spent an hour with Evangeline Lilly.

BRADGELINA: Jolie has reportedly complained to friends that Jennifer Aniston was "milking" her split with Pitt o­n the Oprah Winfrey show to turn the public against the Jolie-Pitt pairing. Experts say pregnant women like Jolie should not go to Namibia due to the risk of malaria. Someone overheard Jolie say she thinks the baby is a girl, though she bought a shirt that read "BOY" o­n the front, along with dresses... And while Pitt has crews renovating his home around the clock, he has ordered workers to keep it quiet after dark and invited neighbors to a cocktail party to be held when the work is done.

CULT OF THE iPod: The press is calling Fisher-Price's MP3 player aimed at infants "the iTod," but Fisher-Price almost certainly won't, or risk hearing from Apple's legal staff.

IRAN: Diplomats and experts familiar with Iran's nuke program say Iran still is far from producing any weapons-grade material needed for bombs and may be exaggerating its own progress. Of course, the same experts also say that many things about the program are unknown -- including the country's intentions -- and that it's unclear how reliable US or other Western intelligence estimates are. Meanwhile, Deputy Nuclear Chief Mohammad Saeedi told state-run television that plans to install 3,000 centrifuges at its facility in the central town of Natanz by late 2006, then expand to 54,000 centrifuges. To put this in context, a plant of 1,500 centrifuges could produce enough bomb fuel for o­ne weapon within three years.

IRAQ IN THE MEDIA: The Washington Post ran a story with the lede implying that Pres. Bush made claims about mobile bio labs while "intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true." Read to paragraph 12 to discover that the team that filed a field report o­n this was o­ne of several, and that "Two teams of military experts who viewed the trailers soon after their discovery concluded that the facilities were weapons labs, a finding that strongly influenced views of intelligence officials in Washington..." Moreover, CIA and DIA continued to believe this for a long period thereafter, because they don't change a coordinated report based o­n a preliminary finding in a field report. So it's no wonder the White House was mad at the WaPo and ABC for misleading reporting.

IRAQ IN THE MEDIA II: Following the National Journal story o­n phony war photos, Bill Roggio notes that the AP may have fallen for a phony video from Ramadi. Meanwhile, The New York Times runs a story headlined, "Deaths of U.S. Soldiers Climb Again in Iraq." This is the second such story the paper has done in a week. As noted earlier, the NYT never did a story about five months of declining casualties and probably will not if the past week turns out to be a blip in the longer trend. Moreover, the NYT and papers like the WaPo don't report o­n the trends or numbers of the enemy killed, because it's a practice discredited during the Vietnam War. The editorial judgments upon which these rules of coverage are based are... what, exactly?

RAJA, Sri Lanka's most celebrated elephant, has fallen ill after eating scores of cookies, chocolates and other rich food offered to him as part of Buddhist new year celebrations.

DOG POOP: San Francisco wants to run o­n it. The punchline writes itself.

BURMESE PYTHONS, roughly the circumference of a telephone pole, are growing in number and in feet across South Florida. "Last year, we caught 95 pythons," said Skip Snow, a biologist with Florida Everglades National Park. That's not counting the 13-footer that exploded after trying to eat an alligator, or two others that got loose and ate a Siamese cat and a turkey.

STOLEN BABY MEERKAT recovered, two suspects in custody.

POISONOUS SNAKES are probably a disproportionate protest of bad service at your bank.

BABY SEAL: So cute it looks like a stuffed animal. Awww...

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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS frontman Patterson Hood talks about the band's upcoming album: A Blessing and a Curse: "We went in with an agenda of what we did not want to do: A concept record, a rock opera, anything that anyone would call Southern. I’m not running from where I’m from, but I don’t necessarily have to write about it all the time. There’s been enough said about that for now." He also notes the importance of the producer of the band's critically acclaimed albums -- David Barbe, who played bass for Sugar. There are advance tracks to stream and download at MySpace.

FATS DOMINO, JERRY LEE LEWIS, BUDDY HOLLY, MARTHA REEVES and the VANDELLAS, JIMI HENDRIX and SONIC YOUTH are among those getting into the National Registry of Recordings picked by the Library of Congress.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS: David Fricke has some background o­n the reunion album at Rolling Stone.

THE DOORS: The surviving members are gearing up for the band's 40th anniversary with plans for a comprehensive boxed set, reissues, merchandise and an interactive Las Vegas attraction -- and possibly licensing their music for commercials for the first time.

HARD-FI started with an EP they recorded in a makeshift studio by themselves for about 500 bucks -- and stayed there to make their major label debut, Stars of CCTV. The Clash-influenced Brits think they have something to say to Americans: "Most people live in a suburban town or a town where there's nothing to do. They feel a little alienated from what's going o­n," says singer Richard Archer. "There's towns just like ours in America. I think what we say is quite universal." Hear 'em o­n MySpace.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS have a show to stream or download from NPR.

ELO and SLADE: Though the ELO catalog has been reissued, with liner notes from Randy Newman, Robert Christgau prefers Jeff Lynne's first band, The Move: "No other band better evokes a giant mechanical lizard." He likes Slade for the same reason. In that spirit, here's the Move playing "California Man" (later covered by Pate fave Cheap Trick) o­n Top of the Pops and Slade's biggest hit, "C*m O­n, Feel the Noize," both of which feature some truly fugly fashion. BONUS: The Move's "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" from 1967.

SPOON has been working o­n a new album with piano and guitar, but is collecting new instruments, says frontman Britt Daniel: "We're busy looking for instruments we've never played before. So far we have an electric harpsichord, a bunch of harmonicas and these weird Japanese instruments..." Until then, you can hear some current and past stuff o­n MySpace.

METRIC: Emily Haines talks to the A.V. Club about opening for the Stones at MSG and recording in a studio she built with co-founder James Shaw, who tals to the Winnipeg Sun who talks about the diversity of the Candaian "scene." Haines and Shaw are also members of Broken Social Scene.

BIRDMONSTER gets some local love from the San Francisco Chronicle with the release of their debut LP: "(W)hen they kick into a song, they become another animal -- something fierce, of almost mythical stature, like a thunderbird -- living up to their name." There's a podcast with clips at the link.

T-BONE BURNETT is hitting the road in support of his first album in 14 years, The True False Identity, and a two-disc retrospective, Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett, both due May 16th.

MORRISSEY: London's Guardian asks "How o­n earth can the Tories like Morrissey?" As though politics is the o­nly subject he ever wrote about.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes has reportedly been banned from speaking to her baby for a week after it is born, in accord with the teachings of Scientology. And as Holmes rnears the bursting point, Cruise is joyriding in a fighter jet when he's not busy playing down the "silent birth" doctrine and his headline-grabbing prescription drug debate with Matt Lauer o­n the Today show in GQ magazine, even as he claims that he can get someone off heroin in three days through Scientology's detox programs. Can he top himself in his interview with Diane Sawyer, set to air Friday?

MADONNA and Guy Ritchie are only staying together for their children, according to the film director's dad.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Cameras captured Nick Lachey at a Vegas hotspot with CaCee Cobb, the pneumatic blonde's personal assistant. The Gilded Moose has pics of the pair looking cozy in the club's VIP area.

CARMEN ELECTRA could lose a lucrative cosmetics contract with Max Factor after riding a Sybian sex machine o­n the Howard Stern show. She is said to be shocked at the company's reaction.

EVANGELINE LILLY: The Lost hottie hates the laid-back island lifestyle of Hawaii -- where the show is shot -- because no o­ne has a notion of urgency.

J-LO is suing her least famous ex-husband, claiming, among other things, that he has demanded 5 million bucks from her to keep him from selling a tell-all book.

BRITNEY SPEARS gets another visit from the Department Of Children and Family Services and an L.A. sheriff's deputy. Star magazine claims that o­n April 7, Spears and Spenderline rushed baby Sean Preston to the hospital, where doctors discovered he had a minor skull fracture, ostensibly from a fall from his high chair. Star claims that deputies made a routine follow-up visit o­n April 8. In February, DCFS visited Spears' home after photos showed her driving with then 4-month-old Sean Preston in her lap, rather than in a car seat.

BRADGELINA: "If Dali Had Painted Angelina Jolie" is now showing in the Gallery of the Absurd.

MARTIN SHEEN: As the Bartlett presidency winds down, the West Wing star has turned down an entreaty from Ohio Democratic Party representatives to run for the U.S. Senate: "I'm just not qualified," he said. "You're mistaking celebrity for credibility."

LUCY LIU prefers to focus o­n helping child earthquake victims in Pakistan than o­n party politics: "It's hard not to rattle off my opinions, but if you focus o­n too much you can't get anything done."

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: Is the Sin City director dating Rose McGowan days after filing for divorce from his wife of 16 years? Rodriguez's rep says, "Rose is working with Robert o­n a yet-to-be-announced project. They have a professional relationship." Is that a denial?

DENNIS HOPPER is installing an exhibition of his own photographs and other works at the Ace Gallery in L.A. Check some out.

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL and PETER SARSGAARD are engaged and expecting a baby, which immediately raises two questions: (1) will they hyphenate their last name; and (2) will they name their child Aaron, even if it's a girl?

IRAQ: Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders unite to strongly criticize Egypt's president after he said Iraq was o­n the verge of a civil war. Time reports that the insurgents don't think it's a civil war, either. Charles Hess, director of the Iraq Project and Contracting Office, says the pace of reconstruction spending is increasing. Sherman Fleek, the man tasked with writing the Army's official history of reconstruction efforts in Iraq, looks at the big picture. Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claims in Time magazine that he was outspoken in his criticism before the war, but neither Defense Sec. Rumsfeld nor liberal columnists like Richard Cohen seem to recall it. Also unmentioned in the reports o­n Newbold is his prior history with Rumsfeld and the question of whether he was allowed to retire as a three-star general.

IRAN has enriched uranium, according to Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad. Not to worry though -- it's just so they don't have to depend o­n foreign oil. Iran's nuke program is before the UN Security Council, but Ahmadinejad says "They know they cannot do a damned thing."

GOATONAPOLE: Look out, Scientology! Goatonapole is the philosophy of the future.

DOGS: The traits that women adore or hate in their dogs offer them strong clues about what they need in a mate," according to longtime dog trainer and writer Sarah Wilson. For example: "For women who like sporting breeds -- golden retrievers, labs -- they want someone loving and social who will adore them. For women who like working breeds --Dobermans, Rottweilers, boxers -- they want someone more serious. They want to feel safe..."

NAKED MOLE-RATS debut at the Knoxville Zoo: "They're so ugly, they're cute," said Knoxville Zoo keeper Cathleen Wise. Or not...

CATS AND DOGS: Dog chases Cat. Dog shot by Cat Owner. Dog Owner and Cat Owner exchange gunfire. Dog Owner is taken to the hospital. It's the Circle of Life.

BALD EAGLE looking for a mate is rescued after getting stuck in the crotch of a maple tree.

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