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Iron & Wine/Calexico, Jelly Roll Morton, Black Mountain, Monkeys and Haggis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: Okay, so I was off by a week o­n Charlie Brown, but Rudolph definitely airs o­n CBS tonight. To warm up for the show, you can check out author Rick Goldschmidt's Rankin/Bass tribute site, go to TVParty for a look behind the scenes or straight to Time and Space Toys for Rudolph merch.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE: Noah Lennox and David Portner are interviewed in CMJ and seem every bit as odd as the band's music.

IRON & WINE and CALEXICO are streaming a gig from NPR tonight.

THE BAND, its influences and impact are essayed at Stylus.

JELLY ROLL MORTON: The Village Voice reports that the interviews Alan Lomax recorded with Jelly Roll Morton for the Library of Congress in 1938 — the first jazz oral history, complete with musical demonstrations — have been released complete and unexpurgated as a seven-CD box.

ROGER DALTREY, out promoting a DVD set of Who live performances of Tommy and Quadrophenia, talks about the industry and his career in rock: "His parents were never convinced, however. 'Certainly till the last few years of their life, they felt: "One day you'll get a real job, son." And that was after Tommy!'"

THE ROLLING STONES are slated for the Super Bowl halftime show.

LAURA VEIRS: So Much Silence is killing music with MP3s of her recent gig for KCRW: "This is the first I'd listened to her, and it's quite intriguing."

GARY GLITTER: Vietnam is considering releasing the former British rocker charged with child molestation o­n 40K bail, but he would not be allowed to leave the country.

THE POSIES get a profile in Glide magazine.

PINK FLOYD'S DAVID GILMOUR is famed for his philanthropy, but when it comes to his kids, acts like money is the root of all evil today.

PAUL WELLER is still ruling out any chance of reuniting The Jam. Weller also denied recent reports that he is worth £165 million -- much to the dismay of Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher.

OASIS: Speaking of which, Noel and brother Liam are feuding again, requiring separate buses o­n the Aussie leg of their tour.

BLACK MOUNTAIN tells ChartAttack that the band is not feuding with Broken Social Scene. Well, of course not; both bands are Canadian. You can download a couple of Black Mountain tracks from the band's label.

JACK WHITE and wife Karen Elson are expecting a child, according to Star magazine. No word o­n whether they are expecting Jessica Simpson's child.

JACKO: In other paternity news, Michael Jackson's ex-wife has reportedly told an Irish newspaper that Jacko is not the natural father of their children. I am shocked! C'mon, is Jacko the natural anything?

MORRISSEY talks to Billboard about working with legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone for his upcoming album.

THE RECORDING BIZ is complaining that some users of the Live365 site aren't following the Byzantine laws for webcasts.

FREE DOWNLOADS: *Sixeyes is touting o­ne of its sponsors -- eMusic's trial offer of 50 Free Downloads, no strings.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer has reportedly left rehab after a week.

BECOME PRESIDENT OR DIE TRYIN': Most people who call President Bush a gangster don't mean it as a compliment. But rapper 50 Cent continues to be the anti-Kanye, calling Dubya "Incredible… A gangsta. I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him."

50 CENT, TOM PETTY, AEROSMITH, DON HENLEY and JOE WALSH are available for bat mitzvahs, if you're a multimillionaire defense contractor.

THE FRENCH HOTEL and her former BFF have sunk to selling their cancelled "reality" show to the E! channel. So what does the "E" stand for?

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: A newly-revealed letter by author C.S. Lewis shows he opposed the idea of a screen version of his Narnia books. The letter was written decades before the creation of computer-gererated effects, but whatever.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise won the title of "Tackiest Star of the Year" in a poll taken by the Los Angeles Daily News, over stiff competition from Paris Hilton and Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Jude Law and Sienna Miller, and Anna Nicole Smith. Cruise promised to donate the ultrasound machine he bought for Holmes to a hospital when the child is born, thereby looking like less of a nutball and getting a tax deduction. SEMI-RELATED: Desert circles in remote New Mexico mark the huge mountainside vault constructed to protect the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who founded the Church of Scientology in the 1950s.

LENNY KRAVITZ is reportedly in talks to play Jimi Hendrix in a biopic a la Ray and Walk The Line.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Future ex Nick Lachey has hired an aggressive PR flack to combat the o­ne hired by Jessica's creepy dad-manager Joe. And Joe has been mending fences with US Weekly by giving them the scoop o­n the couple's separation.

BRITNEY SPEARS has reportedly sent Christina Aguilera a self-help guide to marriage. Because the pop tart is a supermom. Excuse me, I have to lie down for a moment.

LOST: Paper magazine has a catch-up guide for those who want to start watching or want to pretend that they do.

STARSKY AND HUTCH is being remade for French TV so that it's "less macho." But of course. After all, in the States, the cops don't surrender at the end of the show.

KATE BECKINSALE explains that making the sequel to Underworld is all about keeping the spark in her marriage to director Len Wiseman, particularly her black leather catsuit: "What can I say, guys like it. That costume is really just sex fetish wear."

IRAQ: Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), back from his 4th trip to Iraq in the past 17 months, reports real progress o­n the economic political and security fronts. Sen. Lieberman notes that "polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now." He adds: "American military leaders estimate that about o­ne-third of the approximately 100,000 members of the Iraqi military are able to 'lead the fight' themselves with logistical support from the US, and that that number should double by next year." Bill Roggio, blogs from Husaybah about the Iraqi troops there -- and the Marines' opinion of them. Kevin Sites blogs from northern Iraq. Virginia governor and prospective Democratic presidential candidate Mark Warner said o­n Monday that the US needs to set milestones for progress, not a firm withdrawal date.

IRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad claims to have felt "a light" surrounding and protecting him while addressing the UN in September. Which makes eeryone more comfy with the nuclear program and his comments about wiping Israel off the map.

CULT OF THE iPod: The true cultist has an iPod-compatible bed.

SOME MP3 PLAYERS are among PC magazine's ten worst products of the year.

MONKEYS have an accent depending o­n where they live, according to a new study at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute.  For example, in France, they call themselves "minkeys."

THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE: Not o­nly the theme to The Green Hornet, but also a scientific mystery now solved.

SHEEP are singing ringtones for the holidays.

HAGGIS SEASON starts today.

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Smoosh, Holiday Music, The Life Aquatic, Cheetah cubs and a Stolen Lion cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE: A Charlie Brown Christmas airs tonight o­n ABC. Unsurprisingly, network suits didn't dig it at first. That was 40 years ago. Granted, it's not quite the same without the Dolly Madison commercials, but the dancing is still very cool. UPDATE: The show airs next Tuesday, Dec. 6. I should learn to read more carefully.

SMOOSH: Seattle's tween twosome get a four-star concert review in Glasgow: "These kids are more than all right." Audio and video of the sisters is available at SPIN magazine.

THE ARCADE FIRE frontman Win Butler talks to Canada's National Post about trying to remain unaffected by sudden success.

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES for this year are Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols and... Miles Davis? The Stooges, The Dave Clark 5, The Patti Smith Group and Joe Tx appear to have been stiffed yet again. At Punk Turns 30, Theresa Kereakes asks several questions and "can o­nly imagine the 'all star jam at the end of the night."

THE DECEMBERISTS are rumored to be signing with Capitol Records.

THE PORTLAND SCENE is surveyed by Canada's Globe and Mail, with the usual focus o­n The Decemberists and The Shins. But there's a nice look back at past "scenes" at the end of the article.

SEASON OF THE LIST: PopMatters issues "An Indispensible Guide to Holiday Music."

THE CRIBS are nifty little punk outfit that has some downloads through the band's site, but nip over to Insound for the freebie of "Hey Scenesters!" There are free downloads from other bands o­n the page, including stuff from American Analog Set, Antony and the Johnsons, Castanets, CocoRosie, Deerhoof... and that's just the A-D page.

AQUALUNG frontman Matt Hales gets a Pop Quiz in the San Francisco Chronicle. Feel your age as it's reported that he had no idea his band shared a name with the most famous album by Jethro Tull.

JOSE GONZALEZ: I don't think I've mentioned this young Swedish singer-songwriter before, but Australia's The Age says: "His songs are reminiscent of folk-pop's gentle giants, from Paul Simon and Nick Drake to Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens, but his influences are much more diverse, thanks to his Argentinian-born parents and the hardcore punk scene of his teenage years in Gothenburg." You can stream a few live tracks from songs:Illinois, including an acoustic cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

THE LIFE AQUATIC has just debuted o­n cable TV, so it's probably no accident that The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge came out a week ago. If you haven't seen the movie, we're talking David Bowie songs performed as Portugeuse cabaret music. Brooklyn Vegan is killing music with links to downloads.

SUFJAN STEVENS: You Ain't No Picasso is uncharacteristically killing music by further circulating the bonus track o­n the vinyl version of Illinois

R.I.P. CDs? It's the San Francisco Chronicle's turn to look at digital alternatives, including MP3 blogs and o­nline radio stations that frequently supply material for this site.

JESSICA SIMPSON: It appears that American Media Inc. occasionally gets it as wrong as The New York Times. Who'da thunkit? But that may not be the funniest Nick and Jessica story of the day if it pans out that there was no prenup.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: The Mean Girl was spotted getting very friendly with Johnny Knoxville, whose wife was nowhere to be seen. At least they weren't caught canoodling.

MADONNA gets no kick from Vicodin, but is "a lot of fun" o­n morphine. If I was forced to listen to her, I know I would prefer the latter.

THE FRENCH HOTEL was in tears when authorities took away her night monkey. No surgery was involved.

GEORGE CLOONEY groped Matt Damon daily while shooting Syriana. Most workplaces would consider that sexual harassment, but not so in the land of the casting couch.

GRAMMY BAROMETER: It seems that the Grammys may be accurately predicted by the year-end VH1 Top 20 Countdown. I wish that was shocking.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Roger Ebert says the script was ghost-rewritten by Emma Thompson, who penned the screenplay to Sense and Sensibility.

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA: Folks in both Japan and China are irked that the big roles all went to Chinese actors.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER: Their friends say the fighting spices things up.

EVERY CHRISTMAS MOVIE EVER MADE: juiceenewsdaily is just daring someone to disprove it.

FELICITY HUFFMAN: The award-winning Desperate Housewife says she suffered from anorexia and bulimia and credits meeting her future husband, William H. Macy, with helping her over self-esteem issues.

OSCAR FRONT-RUNNERS, according to Premiere magazine. The person who posted this notes that Woody Allen's Match Point -- a winner at Cannes -- is notably absent.

KING KONG: The PR machine shifts into a higher gear with this rave piece in the latest Newsweek.

SEATTLE SUPERTRAIN: Two monorail trains clipped each other o­n a curve in the tracks Saturday evening in the heart of Seattle, resulting in minor injuries. I hope the passengers get the hot coffee and cool music they were promised.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio is blogging a storm from Husaybah, including a backgrounder o­n Operation Steel Curtain, and accounts of a night patrol and follow-up foot patrols, during which Corporal Austin Hall told Roggio: "Over three weeks ago, we wouldn’t have gotten 200 feet into this city without taking fire."

IRAQ II: The Christian Science Monitor looks at the perception gap "that has put the military and media at odds, as troops complain that the media care o­nly about death tolls, while the media counter that their job is to look at the broader picture, not through the soda straw of troops' individual experiences." Actually, the managing editor of the AP, as well as editors of its member newspapers have admitted they are the o­nes looking through the soda straw. Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, writes that "objective realities in Iraq suggest that the military is too optimistic -- but also that the public and the strategic community are becoming too fatalistic." And journalists and academics are even more negative than that.

CANADA: A corruption scandal forced a no-confidence vote that toppled Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal government, triggering an unusual election campaign during the Christmas holidays. Regular visitors here may have seen this coming since May.

HOW TO REACH A HUMAN from many corporate automated phone systems.

DEJA VU: Tonight o­n It's the Mind, we examine the phenomenon of deja vu -- that strange feeling we sometimes get that we've lived through something before, that what is happening now has already happened.

ABUSED CHEETAH CUBS UPDATE: The two cheetah cubs held captive and abused at a remote village restaurant in eastern Ethiopia are now in the custody of a government veterinarian and US troops.

LION CUB SNATCHED -- two Arabic-speaking parrots -- from the Gaza Zoo by armed robbers. Reuters notes: "Rival armed groups have been trying to stake a claim to power in Gaza ahead of key parliamentary elections in January." It's not clear how the parrots figure into that, but whatever.

MOOSE MEAT: Alaska inmates at a prison work farm are taking o­n a new assignment: butchering the meat of moose struck by trains each winter along 68 miles of railroad track.

RUNAWAY OSTRICH captured by local police in St. John, IN. The bird was originally mistaken for an emu.

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Richard Thompson, Chris Whitley, Rogue Wave, Cheetah cubs and Siberian Chipmunks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 28, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

OH, THE HUMANITY! AND THE M&MS!

RICHARD THOMPSON: Billboard has details o­n the incredible box set coming in February. But wait, there's more... if you pre-order direct.

HARRY AND THE POTTERS: The band that plays the Hogwarts ball in Goblet of Fire is made up of members of Pulp and Radiohead. ANAblog is killing music with three downloads.

SEASON OF THE LIST: Best of 2005s from The Catbirdseat and Torr.

PINK FLOYD: After some rude comments at the UK Music Hall of Fame ceremony, Roger Waters is back to signaling he's up for a reunion.

LED ZEPPELIN: London's Independent has a book excerpt that nicely recaps the birth of the band from the corpse of the Yardbirds.

GARY GLITTER: Authorities in Vietnam have formally extended the former glam-rocker's detention by four months, while claims that he had sex with under-age girls are examined.

THE MAGIC NUMBERS get reviewed by Newsday's people in the street. You can stream them for yourself via MySpace and the band's sampler. But this week, Chromewaves (and other music blogs) are killing music with the band's acoustic cover of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love".

CHRIS WHITLEY: The critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter has died of lung cancer at age 45. Doveman front man Thomas Bartlett has posted a cover of "Loco Girl" in memoriam.

WILSON "LIT" WALTERS, JR., a member of the Grammy Award-winning Fairfield Four gospel group, also has died of cancer. He was 74.

COLDPLAY frontman Chris Martin insists he had no idea how to give a woman an orgasm until recently. He is married to Gwyneth Paltrow, an actress. Just sayin'.

THE STROKES are interviewed about the upcoming album, First Impressions of Earth, in London's Guardian.

DEPECHE MODE frontman Dave Gahan faces reality. At least he won't face Pittsburgh's airport security.

ROGUE WAVE is profiled at ChartAttack. The band's second album, Descended Like Vultures, is getting good reviews at Metacritic for its Garden State sorta sound. You can stream Rogue Wave from two MySpace pages.

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS are the peg for another story about the Internet's impact o­n the music biz -- this o­ne's in London's Independent. Greg Kot notes the digital democratization of the music biz in the Chicago Tribune.

GARBAGE frontwoman Shirley Manson is supporting a new US campaign to encourage young stars to wear earplugs and spare their eardrums.

U2 with opener Patti Smith in NYC is reviewed in the Village Voice. Sounds like Bono knows how to politick better than Patti.

BOB GELDOF is slamming Italy for failing to give more to the world's poor and urged its leaders to help break a deadlock in international trade talks. Bono, meanwhile, is upset with Canada.

RYAN ADAMS was briefly joined by ex-galpal Minnie Driver last week at Adams' show for Wall Street Rising's Music Downtown Series.

PAT MORITA died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes; he was 73.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Walk the Line hold the top spots again. Pride and Prejudice moved up from ten to seven after expanding to 1,300 screens, with a pre screen average rivalling the third-place Yours, Mine and Ours.

MADONNA, who values her family's privacy so much, is blabbing about how musical her kids are o­n British TV.

MISCHA BARTON: The O.C. hottie is engaged to Kimberly Stewart's scuzzy-lookin' ex-fiance and reveals she avoided sleeping with Leonardo DiCaprio. Proof that there is no accounting for taste.

KIMBERLY STEWART, meanwhile, has ended her engagement to Laguna Beach reality "star" Talan Torriero after eleven days.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT explains why her pop career is a big hit in Japan: "They don't understand what I'm singing." I think she's nailed it.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE gets a boffo advance review in the Daily Mail. andPOP wonders whether Narnia will become Hollywood's next successful foray in tapping into the Christian niche market.

BRITNEY SPEARS' husband Cletus has installed a shark tank at their Malibu home. Just the thing to welcome their new baby.

BRET MICHAELS: The Poison frontman has leapt from the "Where are they now?" file by cheating death when a mystery gunman in a white Ford F-150 riddled his tour bus with bullets Monday night.

GEORGE CLOONEY has had the worst year of his life, culminating in beating a rattlesnake to death with a baseball bat after it fatally attacked his beloved dog. So won't you please give him an Oscar?

KATE WINSLET thinks she still looks hot naked in her upcoming movie, Little Children. I'll be the judge of that.

PORN STARS eating foot-longs is irresistable to the press.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SEQUELS: Plagued by thievery.

JACKO CONVERTING TO ISLAM? There are multiple reports of it in the Middle East. It would explain his recent anti-Semitic remarks.

KURT VONNEGUT praises terrorists.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie and Pitt did Thanksgiving in Pakistan. And are Joss Stone fans.

IRAQ: The Economist reports o­n Arab public opinion turning against terrorism in Iraq and throughout the Mideast. The preacher at a major Sunni Arab mosque condemning terror attacks is the latest example. Stories of dozens of Iraqis who have reportedly been forced to help insurgents probably help turn locals against the terrorists also. However, Abu Hussein, Saddam's torturer and executioner at Abu Ghraib, is ready to return to his job if Saddam comes back. Reading that article suggests that former interim prime minister Ayad Allawi's comment that human rights abuses by some in the new government are as bad now as they were under Saddam are pandering to the Sunni Arab minority and secular Shiites ahead of the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections.

IRAQ II: Iraqi troops are now in full control of Kut; it is the first major city where security is wholly in Iraqi hands. US troops have officially handed over Forward Operating Base Danger -- the site of Saddam’s largest palace -- to the Iraqi government o­n Tuesday; it is the 29th American base so relinquished. Returning from his third trip to Iraq, US Rep. Mark Kennedy said he was pleased with the progress the military is making: "By far the No. 1 concern of the military is not their conditions there or the enemy they are facing, but the tone of the debate in Congress o­n Friday and, generally, the tone of many people in the media. It was regularly brought up.'' UPI's Pam Hess, just back from nine weeks as an embedded reporter, suggests finds the situation more complex than portrayed in the press and that the military was honest with her about it. A bipartisan poll shows that while most disapprove of President Bush's handling of the Iraq war, about the same number views Democratic criticism of the war as hurting troop morale and motivated by politics.

IRAN reportedly offered North Korea oil and natural gas as payment for help in developing nuclear missiles. Russia, which is opposing sanctions for Iran's intransigence regarding its nuke program, will be glad to read reports that Iran is secretly training Chechen rebels in sophisticated terror techniques to enable them to carry out more effective attacks against Russian forces.

YOUR MOMENT OF SITH: The Death Star is approaching Saturn.

CHOCOLATE POLLUTION: The EPA action against the Blommer Chocolate Co. factory has made national newswires.

HURRICANE KATRINA: The dramatic story about snipers o­n a bridge shooting at relief contractors now seems doubtful. It's getting to the point where it seems like the part about the hurricane hitting the Big Easy is o­ne of the few things the press got right.

BUSH'S SECRET PLAN FOR INTER-GALACTIC WAR: A former Canadian Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau is alarmed: "The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning." The speech ended with a standing ovation.

FRENCH RIOTS: French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin -- who is a man -- has dismissed claims by some of his party colleagues that rap music fuelled suburban rioting in France. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports o­n rising Islamic fundamentalism in France, including recent arrests that reveal that France has been targeted by an alliance teaming Zarqawi, leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, with an Algerian-dominated network. If o­nly France had not invaded Iraq...

COMING TO AMERICA: King Mswati III of Swaziland who is expected to show up "bare-chested, red feathers in his hair and sporting a traditional leopard-skin loincloth." He has 14 wives, who are selected in an... interesting manner.

ABUSED CHEETAH CUBS: US soldiers who discovered two endangered cheetah cubs being held captive and abused in a restaurant in a dusty, remote Ethiopian village have launched a campaign for the animals' rescue.

DEER are breeding like bunnies, not o­nly in the Twin Cities (as previously reported), but also in Council Bluffs, IA, which is debating reinstituting bow hunting. The bow control lobby is quire irked.

SIBERIAN CHIPMUNKS are wanted dead or alive after fleeing from an enclosure in southern England.

DRUNKEN MOOSE frightens Swedish family.

FLAMINGOS TOP TURKEYS in Kingston, NH this past Thanksgiving.

PARROTS: The Royal Navy mascot has been forced into shore duty o­n doctor’s orders. ALSO: A cheating husband was exposed after his wife's parrot imitated him calling out another woman’s name. Future mistresses will be nicknamed "Polly."

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Friday, November 25, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

KATHLEEN EDWARDS: Although she doesn't see herself as alt-country, *Sixeyes does and hooks you up with seven legal MP3s from her website. If you haven't heard her, I would recommend starting with "One More Song the Radio Won't Like," which is equal parts Lucinda Williams and Neil Young.

JEFF TWEEDY talks to Paste about the new live Wilco album, singing covers versus originals, ambivalence about our multimedia age and more.

BOB DYLAN: A collection of poems he wrote in 1960 sold for 78K at an auction of rock and pop memorabilia. A medallion worn by Jimi Hendrix during his memorable performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival failed to attract any bidders at its pre-sale price of 60-80K.

JIMI HENDRIX: Speaking of Jimi, his 1967 classic "Purple Haze" will figure a "musical culture" exam required for French high school students to graduate.

THE 33 HOTTEST BANDS IN CANADA: i (heart) music, inspired by the Information Leafblower blogger poll of US bands, has produced a blogger poll for bands from the great white north, eh? o­ne of the participating bloggers, Frank at Chromewaves, shows his picks to click.

THE UK'S HOTTEST 47 ACTS: Yet another blogger poll, with Take Your Medicine covering the other side of the Atlantic.

SEASON OF THE LIST: My Old Kentucky Blog has a Top 25 albums list, plus a few bonus lists. Gorilla vs. Bear has a Top 50 albums list, broken in halves; o­ne ranked, o­ne alphabetical.

GARY GLITTER might face a firing squad if found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl in Vietnam. The country very rarely, if ever, executes foreign tourists, but Vietnamese jails are notorious for their squalor, harsh treatment of prisoners and lack of attention to sanitation, hygiene and food. Even if he is not prosecuted in Vietnam, Glitter could face charges in the UK if he ever returned, under the Sex Offences Act 1996. Glitter denies the charges, but a local paper quotes Glitter as saying "When they met me, they all told me that they were older than 20."

ARCTIC MONKEYS: Prefix has a two-part interview with Britain's Newest Hitmakers. Also, noting the band's anger that some are trying to sell free MP3s o­n sites like eBay, Take Your Medicine has a load of downloads.

BOB GELDOF was to receive the Man For Peace award at the annual Nobel Peace Prize laureates meeting in Rome o­n Thursday.

PATTI SMITH: Greil Marcus essays her debut, Horses, in the Village Voice.

CHEAP TRICK and ROGER DALTREY are all part of your Rock And Roll Fantasy...Camp. The camp with the difference? (via Ken King)

PAYOLA: Warner Music Group Corp., the third largest record company in the US, coughs up five million bucks to settle charges pursued by NY State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

COMMERCIAL ARTISTRY: London's Independent looks at the fates of bands that sell songs for commercials.

SUFJAN STEVENS: London's Observer sees the eccentric-but-spiritual folk-rocker as translating America for Europeans and selling 100,000 copies of the Illinois album while avoiding traditional publicity.

U2: The Vertigo tour has already grossed around 300 million bucks and will probably beat the prior record set by the Rolling Stones.

BOY LEAST LIKELY TO will finally release their album in the US in April, after making their live US debut at SWSX. You can stream some bouncy, twee pop at the band's website.

THE BETA BAND has met its omega, but Steve Mason is going forward with King Biscuit Time.

NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS has announced its Cool List for 2005, along with the new Fool List. I made neither, but will try harder in '06.

INDIE LABELS: NPR has a streaming report o­n the inreasing influence of the independents to the recording biz.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer is reportedly sequestered in a West Country studio laying down tracks for a solo album, contradicting reports that he is in rehab in Arizona. Meanwhile, Moss's stalker is o­n the run, armed with bomb-making materials, police have warned. No wonder the shamed supermodel is jumping around topless until she falls over (yeah, that's NSFW).

JACKO blames his mounting money problems o­n Jews, likening them to leeches. Jackson apologized to Jewish groups a decade ago for the lyrics "Jew me/Sue me/Everybody do me/Kick me/Kike me" o­n the song "They Don't Care About Us." No wonder he's moved to the Middle East.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER were at Balthazar o­n Tuesday, caught canoodling and getting into a screaming match. Actors love drama.

JOSS STONE reportedly broke up with music producer Beau Dozier (son of Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier) on the advice of Mick Jagger. Which is the definition of looking for love advice in all the wrong places.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Lindsay Lohan's relationship with Jared Leto has gone from low-profile to no-profile. But at least Page Six refers to Leto as a "legendary swordsman."

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise tells People magazine that he and Holmes will wed after their baby is born, possibly next summer or early fall.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie and Pitt plan to visit quake survivors in northern Pakistan. But Reuters can't help but add that Jolie was "dressed in light-coloured trousers and a black raincoat," with Pitt "sporting a gray wool knit hat, as well as the start of a beard." The couple was also spotted looking at houses in Washington, D.C. o­n the same day Jolie got her Cambodian citizenship. Jolie came close to passing out in Los Angeles International Airport; fortunately, no o­ne was injured in the stampede of men offering CPR.

HARRY POTTER: Daniel Radcliffe is Britain's richest teenager, with a personal fortune of £23million.

KIRSTEN DUNST is hanging out with Tara Reid; websites are now calling her "Kirsten Drunkst."

JOAQUIN PHOENIX has hinted to reporters that acting is so consuming he’s considering quitting. Perhaps he could make lotion with Kate Hudson.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: One of the five characters may be killed during the May sweeps. Teri Hatcher has filed a libel lawsuit against a British tabloid that claimed she had sex in a van outside her L.A. home. Libel law if much more plaintiff-friendly in the UK, natch.

CHARLIZE THERON will marry longtime boyfriend Stuart Townsend o­n the day it becomes legal for gays and lesbians to wed across America. Which sounds politically correct, but is also a great excuse for her to not marry him.

BRITNEY SPEARS finally sells those baby pictures. I wonder whether Britney demanded that rival Xtina's wedding get stuck in the corner of the cover or whether People was just countering the Xtina wedding pics in OK! magazine...

WHITEWASH SUPREMACISTS: Teen People magazine ran a sanitized story about a neo-Nazi teenage singing duo o­n its web site, despite reports that it has canceled a planned feature story about them that downplayed their racist views. The story seems to be removed now; a search for the girls' last name turns up a document, but will not return a link. According to media reports, the mag was planning to run a feature profile them in its February issue, but had promised to refrain from using the words "hate," "supremacist," and "Nazi."

IRAQ: In the L.A. Times, Max Boot compares polls of the American public, the Iraqi public, US military officers, journalists and academics o­n the state and direction of the country. Michael Yon blogs (with pics) the redeployment ball held by the Deuce Four, with a cameo by Bruce Willis. The Pentagon tentatively plans to reduce troops in country by three brigades and, under a "moderately optimistic" scenario, drop troop strength by more than o­ne-third. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace claims that the training of Iraqi forces is going "extremely well" and could help pave the way for a pullout. Though US officials are doubtful, DNA tests are being carried out to determine whether al-Zarqawi was killed in a recent US-led raid. Major General Rick Lynch, spokesman for the US-led multinational force, said he expects the MNF to capture or kill him "in the not too distant future." I'd like to see that, but don't know how much impact it would have.

THE UNITED NATIONS Security Council o­n Wednesday issued an unprecedented condemnation of Monday's Hizbullah attacks o­n northern Israel. The condemnation followed by two days a failed attempt o­n Monday, when Algeria came out against any mention of Hizbullah in the statement. When asked what changed from Monday to Wednesday, o­ne diplomatic official replied: "John Bolton."

MR. POTATO HEAD, Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder are among those targeted by the New York Public Interest Group as dangerous this holiday season.

GOOGLE BASE is becoming "porn heaven." Couldn't have seen that coming a mile away.

SAM, THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG, died just short of his 15th birthday.

THE DOGS OF WAR can get their own body armor, which can double as a harness for lowering and lifting canine combattants from a helicopter.

A WALRUS USIK was stolen in Wasilla, Alaska.

LLAMAS may be wonderful pets and companion animals, but don't cross o­ne unless you want to face the three sets of razor-sharp "fighting teeth," which llamas use to rip the scrotum from male competitors in the wild.

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Thankful I'm Not This Tom (abbreviated holiday edition)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY -- the remembrance of gratitude for Native Americans teaching the Pilgrims some farming tips and celebration of the Pilgrims' rejection of communism. Writing from the Land of Lincoln, I can't help but note that Honest Abe first proclaimed the national holiday shortly before his assassination, with words that still have some relevance today.

RAY DAVIES of the Kinks has "Thanksgiving Day" available for streaming from the EP he released this week. Pretty good.

THE TURKEYS PARDONED BY PRESIDENT BUSH were asked what they would do now and got the inevitable reply: "We're going to Disneyland!"

RUTH M. SIEMS, who helped create Stove Top stuffing, has passed at 74 from a heart attack. Speaking of stuffing, don't look at this picture until yours is entirely digested. You've been warned.

I'LL BE BACK at full steam Friday, but simply must convey this breaking story:

JESSICA SIMPSON and NICK LACHEY SEPARATED: It's official. Last Saturday night, hubby Nick Lachey was reportedly at the hot Miami Beach restaurant Nobu with six girls, none of which was Jessica. Maybe Saturday is o­ne of the two days Jessica gets her hair bleached every week. No doubt Jessica will be consulting Jennifer Aniston about all this.

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