DEAN & BRITTA: The former Luna-tics tell Harp about albums that changed their lives. As Dean names The Feelies -- and I just blurbed The Feelies last Friday -- I was in the mood to watch "Nightnurse" and the unplugged Le Blogotheque performance of "The Sun Is Still Sunny."
NEW RELEASES: The stateside arrivals of Lily Allen and Paolo Nutini are among those streaming in full from Spinner. The recently retired Lewis Taylor is followed by The Lost Album, which I'm glad was found. Beirut has posted "Elephant Gun" from a new EP. Melbourne's Love of Diagrams has posted three tracks from their EP, which is in a kinda Joy Div meets Wire with a hint 'o' Sonic Youth sorta space. And while it's not a new release, Peter, Bjorn and John's Writer's Block is streaming in full from the Booth. Unless they changed it this morning.
ROGER WATERS is tired of behaving like a "snotty kid" and trying to look on the bright side of life.
ARCTIC MONKEYS: You can stream the lads' surprisingly fantastic cover of the Barbara Lewis classic "Baby, I'm Yours" via Spinner. It's very Merseybeat.
THE POLICE are rumored to be playing the Grammys on Feb. 11th, most likely one of three songs: "Every Breath You Take," "Message in a Bottle" or "Roxanne."
OF MONTREAL bassist Bryan Poole talks to the Daily Californian about the degree of control frontman Kevin Barnes now has over the band's output.
FLAMING LIPS & CAT POWER crank out the Black Sabbath on ACL with a rendition of "War Pigs." (Thanks to Pate's first drummer, Ron Hahm, for tracking that down.)
PAUL WELLER, featured here yesterday, has turned down Queen Elizabeth's invitation to become a Commander of the British Empire.
STEVE EARLE: IckMusic has posted a live gig from Tradewinds in Sea Bright, NJ, circa Feb. 1998 in two-parts. Plus, you can jukebox via the ol' HM.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL MUSIC? Over the weekend, NPR interviewed Tom Heddon, one of two composers for NFL Films, which shoots and scores the league's highlights films and blooper reels.
PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer has reportedly been asked to star in a new reality TV show, which will lock up celebrity drug addicts while they try to get clean. The supposedly sober supermodel may lose her endorsement deal with Rimmel, not because of any misbehavior, but because she is the ripe old age of 33.
TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes is having problems finding work because of her marriage to Cruise and his belief in Scientology, according to Hollywood insiders. Nevertheless, Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony continue to cozy up to TomKat, according to TMZ and Perez Hilton.
THE FRENCH HOTEL: parisexposed.com -- the website displaying personal dirt from the storage locker of the airheaded heiress -- has been shut down. But a lot of it seems to be floating around the 'net for free. NSFW, obvs.
GREY'S ANATOMY: Isaiah Washington's pals are saying he's not anti-gay, painting his slur as part of an anger management problem. T.R. Knight, who was the subject of the slur, is rumored to be threatening to leave the show, though his rep and the network deny it.
JESSICA SIMPSON is serving as John Mayer's band-aid. And his Grammy date.
CARMEN ELECTRA a pr0n starlet? No, but she is playing one in an upcoming British flick, I Want Candy.
LINDSAY LOHAN is getting blacklisted by stars like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
HILARY DUFF, usually seen as a goody-two-shoes, took the opportunity of her split from Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden to get sloppy drunk at Hollywood hotspot Hyde. Indeed, the Duff sisters reportedly were "all over" their two man-dates.
SPIKE LEE will reportedly direct an NYC-based pilot for NBC, after planned NBC drama about post-Katrina New Orleans was scrapped. What would Kanye West say?
BRUCE WILLIS is kicked in the head for making Die Hard 4.
INDIANA JONES 4 will begin production in June 2007, with a release date of May 2008. Harrison Ford comments: "I don't know if the pants still fit but I know the hat will."
IS HOLLYWOOD TOO TIMID FOR THE WAR on TERROR? Novelist Andrew Klavan has a piece in the L.A. Times answering, "pretty much."
GEORGE CLOONEY flatly denies dating PAMELA ANDERSON. But he seems to be looking for love in his Nespresso coffee commercial.
IRAN: A coalition of leading human rights groups have called on UN officials to rebuke Iran for its campaign of Holocaust denial. Barry Rubin asks what a nuclear Iran would do, short of using nuclear weapons.
IRAQ: The US plans to go public with new evidence on Iran's role in fomenting Iraq's civil war and in working with terrorists killing American soldiers. Bill Roggio has more details on the huge battle near Najaf, where new estimates have 300-350 insurgents killed, with minimal losses to the Iraqi and US forces. ITM has more on "militants" fleeing to Syria.
IRAQ in the MEDIA: Agency France-Presse finds a new level of dumb with this lede: "The White House has stood by President George W. Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, despite growing public opposition and a chorus of criticism from lawmakers in Congress." What's more, VP Dick Cheney still supports it! Who'da thunkit?
PANDA is a miniature guide horse for her blind handler, Edie. A children's book has been written about them.
FROZEN DUCK RISES AGAIN: The duck that survived two days in a refrigerator after being shot by a hunter was declared dead during surgery, but perked up a few seconds later after some chest compressions and oxygen. Video at the link.
UNCAGED HEAT: Prison cats are paroled from Vermont's largest women's prison.
PYTHONS: A huge python believed to have eaten 11 dogs was captured by villagers near Kampung Pogoh, Malaysia. Meanwhile, Florida is considering requiring python registration.
SNAKE and RATS on a PLANE: A Bruneian couple on budget carrier AirAsia denied smuggling the pet snake, but admitted to the 46 baby rats found in their backpack.