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More Awesome Music Video, Festivals, Wilco and a Smoking Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 26, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

MORE AWESOME MUSIC VIDEOS: Or, as Modern Demogogue titled its list, "50+ Music Videos Thare Are More Awesome Than The Ones o­n Pitchfork's Crappy List." MD certainly makes me wonder how the P-Forkers missed Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler in Aerosmith's "Crazy" and Christoper Walken in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice."

INTONATION FESTIVAL: Chicagoist reports from Union Park, complete with a Flickr photoset including snaps of everyone from Roky Erikson to -- as Ken King would be glad to see -- local poetry dude Thax.

BONNAROO FESTIVAL: Cable and Tweed hooks you up with audio highlights you can stream from the Hype Machine, such as Stevie Nicks joining headliner Tom Petty for "Stop Dragging My Heart Around."

WHO'S LEFT: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshed really don't get along. And Roger, for his part, likes it that way.

ARTHUR LEE: The Love frontman is among the first to receive a bone marrow transplant from umbilical stem cells, but is still fighting leukemia. Stereogum reports o­n the NYC benefit concert featuring everyone from Robert Plant and Ian Hunter to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth. You can follow links there to Scenestars for background o­n Arthur Lee and Love, and you can stream and download a few classic Love tracks via MySpace, though none from the classic album Forever Changes.

ELVIS COSTELLO and DIANA KRALL are expecting a baby in December.

KOOL & THE GANG co-founder and lead guitarist Claydes Charles Smith died after a long illness at 57. He co-wrote songs including "Celebration" and "Jungle Boogie."

SUFJAN STEVENS: *Sixeyes hooks you up to Part 2 of the streaming party for his upcoming LP, The Avalanche, plus free MP3 downloads.

GRAM PARSONS prevented the infamous Altamont concert from turning into a bloodbath, according to Keith Richards, Lord of the Undead.

WILCO is touring Canada, so Jeff Tweedy is talking to Vue Weekly about the band's new songwriting process and to the Edmonton Sun about why he doesn't like to play the new songs often live. But they played o­ne o­n Conan O'Brien recently, which you can stream via the Hype Machine.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO played the World Cafe recently, so you can stream a set from NPR. the accompanying article makes o­nly brief mention of his health problems and personal tragedies, but if you aren't familiar with them, you can check out his recent interview at PopMatters.

ARCTIC MONKEYS bassist Andy Nicholson reportedly left the band as a result of a secret family crisis, according to a family member.

SIR BOB GELDOF and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are among those selected by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to police how wealthy countries live up to their aid commitments to Africa.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Anthony Rossomando, who filled in when the troubled singer left the Libertines, is now replacing him in the supposedly sober supermodel. The alternate punchline incorporates the fact that he is currently a member of Dirty Pretty Things.

NICOLE KIDMAN and KEITH URBAN got hitched yesterday. The country singer had to sign a pre-nuptial agreement earning him £350,000 for every year he is with the actress, with any settlement becoming null and void if the former junkie uses illegal drugs or alcohol to excess.

MARCIA CROSS also got hitched to stockbroker Tom Mahoney at a wedding attended by her co-Desperate Housewives Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman. Cross has been plagued by rumors that she was a lesbian. NTTAWWT.

SELMA BLAIR and AHMET ZAPPA, otoh, are getting unhitched after two years of marriage.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Click clicked with audiences to the tune of 40 million, which is toward the low end for a Sandler opening. Cars slipped to the second slot with 22.5 million, which is not a big drop for week three, though the movie still lags prior Pixar pics. Nacho Libre dropped a troubling 57 percent, but has already made 52.6 million o­n a 35 million budget. Waist Deep, which opened barely wide o­n 1,000 screens, made 9.4 million and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift plunged 61 percent in its second week. Hollywood is desperately hoping Superman Returns and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest are huge hits, but the lesson here may be that it's easier to make money o­n a moderate budget.

PIRATES: Speaking of which, director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp recruited Hal Willner to produce an album of pirate music featuring Bono, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Richard Thompson, Lucinda Williams and more. E! has an amusing piece eamining the cutthroat world of Capt. Jack Sparrow imitators in Tinseltown.

BRADGELINA: Sites all over the 'net got cease-and-desist letters over allegedly stolen photos of the family taken in Namibia, including images from a private baby shower. Yet not everyone got the e-mail. You would thing the Jolie-Pitts' bigshot legal crew would know about how to find things with Technorati. Meanwhile, the paparazzo arrested at a day care center attended by Maddox talked to TMZ, but insisted o­n anonymity!

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde's latest single, "A Public Affair," sounds like a lame imitation of Madonna's "Holiday." And now she's reportedly becoming chummy with Cher, so maybe a remake of "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" is in our future. Readers of InStyle have voted her Hollywood's Favorite Body. And the Gallery of the Absurd has created the Creepy Dad Trading Card for Papa Joe Simpson, the former preacher-turned-manager who can't stop talking about his daughter's breasts.

THE McCARTNEYS: A raunchy video of Heather Mills McCartney performing a sexy striptease is to be aired o­n an X-rated British TV channel.

DAVID HASSELHOFF has been voted the king of cyberspace, according to a Pipex survey. The king got a little testy o­n CNN's American Morning, after Soledad O'Brien asked about his wife's charges of abuse.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: US Weekly joins the press chorus asking, "When Will We See Suri?"

AARON SPELLING, the producer of Beverly Hills 90210, Dynasty, Fantasy Island, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, Charlie's Angels, and Love Boat, died o­n Friday, days after suffering a stroke, his publicist said. He was 83.

MADONNA is pricing herself out of the UK market, with fans revolting against "outrageous" ticket prices.

JESSICA ALBA moves magazines, so she's the cover of Entertainment Weekly's "hot list" issue. Just Jared has pics of Alba's photoshoot to lighten you Monday mood. Plus, a fan site has posted video of her comedic turn with King Kong from the MTV Movie Awards.

THE WORLD'S FUNNIEST JOKE was written by Spike Milligan of the Goon Show. But it is not, as Monty Python would have it, a "killer joke."

IRAQ: The US has given its support to Prime Minister al-Maliki's national reconciliation plan, mentioned here Friday. Some senators expressed fears about the scope of an amnesty, but the US ambassador to Baghdad said it does not include those who have killed US troops. It was refereshing to hear Sen. Carl Levin mention the US liberated Iraq and got rid of a "horrific dictator." Sen. Richard Durbin claimed the plan also calls for the beginning of withdrawal of American troops with a timetable, but the plan sets no deadline for withdrawal. Moreover, the plan calls for "the necessity of agreeing o­n a timetable under conditions that take into account the formation of Iraqi armed forces so as to guarantee Iraq's security," which sounds much like the conditions-based approach that is current US policy. The Times of London reports that the main insurgent groups intend to reject the plan. At ITM, Mohammed is also against amnesty for outlaw militias. The top American commander in Iraq has drafted a plan that projects sharp reductions in US troop levels by the end of 2007, with the first cuts coming this September, according to the NYT. Of course, this sort of story might be meant for domestic political consumption, but the reductions in equipment suggest it's serious (at least for now). Meanwhile, oil production is now over 2.5 million barrels a day, a record since the fall of Saddam.

CLOWNS attacked a nuclear missile silo in North Dakota. And I'm not insulting them; the attackers were dressed as clowns.

XIKU THE CHINESE CHIMP has almost quit chain-smoking, but it has taken a beer or two to help get him through detox.

SEA LIONS and DOLPHINS are participating in large-scale military exercises in the Pacific this month. I think I've seen this movie before.

BILLY THE GOAT has been demoted from lance-corporal to a private in the Royal Welsh regiment for behaving like a goat.

HARRIET, the world's oldest tortoise, has died in Australia after a short illness at age 176. Harriet is believed to have been studied by Charles Darwin.

A GATOR was nabbed by the police yesterday... o­n Long Island. Last week there was o­ne in Philly. These gators get around.

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The Jam, Elvis Perkins, Cutout Bin, Jose Gonzalez and English Baboons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 23, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with THE JAM. Original Pate drummer Ron Hahm pointed me to an absolute trove o­n YouTube, including the band's final TV appearance o­n The Tube from late 1982. It even kicks off with "Ghosts" which popped up in the Pate setlist early o­n. The band also does a ripping cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up." If you prefer the band's earlier output, there's this hour-plus show from German TV's Rockpalast circa 1980. That set includes "Little Boy Soldiers," another tune that made the early Pate setlist.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Road Blocks. Go from Point "A" to Point "B." What could be easier?

WHO'S LEFT: Pete Townshend should know better than to blog a story featuring a sex act between two teenagers, as he's still o­n the Sex Offenders' Register in the UK.

ELVIS PERKINS: Stereogum names the band led by the son of Anthony Perkins an "Artist to Watch." The band has a pair streaming from MySpace, but there's plenty more o­n the Hype Machine, as the band has posted a bunch of MP3s o­n the official website.

CHUCK BERRY: With the DVD of Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll coming out next week (after being long out-of-print o­n home video), director Taylor Hackford and others get the chance to tell you what a complete pain Berry was to work with.

WEEKEND CUTOUT BIN: Another helping of fortuitous finds from the Hype Machine. Elvis Costello - "Radio, Radio"; The Skatalites - "Guns of Navarone"; Patti Smith - "Because The Night"; Gram Parsons (with Emmylou Harris) - "A Song For You"; Richard Thompson - "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" (live at KBCO); Broken Social Scene - "Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl"; The Minus 5 (featuring Robyn Hitchcock) - "Your Day Will Come" (Alternate Version); The Pipettes - "Why Did You Stay"; Teenage Fanclub - "The Concept"; Pearl Jam - "Kick Out The Jams" (with the explicit intro).

WOLFMOTHER: The Late Show with David Letterman is streaming an exclusive performance of "Woman" from the heavy rock band's self-titled disc.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Speaking of Letterman, I thought I'd better post this clip of Sonic Youth playing "Incinerate" while it's still o­n YouTube. If you haven't heard Rather Ripped, you might be surprised at how normal and near-pop it is.

DAVID LOWERY, of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, talks to the Charleston Post and Courier about using Andy Kaufman-esque tactics against Cracker's ex-label and trying to write records the way Thomas Pynchon writes novels or Federico Fellini made movies. You can stream Cracker from the Hype Machine and Camper Van Beethoven from MySpace.

CULTURE CLUB: To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, the o­nly thing worse than reforming Culture Club would be reforming Culture Club without Boy George. Granted, there's a bench warrant out for the Boy's arrest, but it just ain't the Archies without the Jughead beat.

JOSE GONZALEZ: The New Zealand Herald calls the folk-rocker a man of contradictions, but he tells NOW that the comparisons to Nick Drake were a bit premature: "It wasn't until after I started playing shows that I began listening to Nick Drake. People would ask me after every gig if I liked Nick Drake, because I sounded so much like him. So I decided to check out his albums. At first I thought, 'This guy doesn't sound anything like me,' but the more I listened the more I enjoyed what I heard. Now I'd say he's an influence, too." You can stream his appearance last week o­n KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in multiple formats, including video.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo got married in Hawaii recently.

RADIOHEAD: In The New Yorker, critic Sasha Frere-Jones, who has not been a fan of the band, has reconsidered.

THE SOPRANOS: Today may be D-Day for HBO to give a final counter-offer to six of the show's cast members who remain unsigned for the final episodes of the series. Lorraine Bracco may have the vineyard to fall back o­n, but James Gandolfini is reportedly hosting a sit-down this weekend with hardcore holdouts Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are the Adam Sandler-controlled Click (21 percent Rotten o­n the Tomatometer, but probably critic-proof) and the Tyrese vehicle Waist Deep (43 percent Rotten overall, but 55 percent with the "cream of the crop" critics). The world waits for Wednesday, when Superman Returns (early reviews have it at 92 percent Fresh overall and 100 percent from the "cream").

SUPER-HYPE: Speaking of which, the PR for Superman Returns ranges as far as Page Six running a blurb o­n the science of Superman and IGN compiling a list of the Top Ten Superman Songs.

KATE BOSWORTH, a/k/a Lois Lane, seems to be on the Skeletor diet, with an NYC eating-disorder specialist pointing to her "emaciated chest" and "collarbone standing out" as signs the five-foot-seven star is too thin. This looks like a job for... Burger King!

CLICK may not be getting good reviews, but it did inspire MTV to compile a list of Ten All-Time Favorite Movie Gadgets.

BRADGELINA: The fallout from her CNN interview continues as The New York Times lauds her while savaging Anderson Cooper. TMZ has reported that a paparazzo was arrested in Malibu Thursday after allegedly jumping the fence at a daycare center that Maddox was attending. And the ever-reliable National Enquirer claims that tension between the new parents exploded recently over frustration about not being able to spend time alone.

CHER is also becoming an activist, promoting effective helmets for U.S. soldiers (primarily Marines) and donating more than 130K to the group Operation Helmet, which pays about 100 bucks to modify the inside of soldiers' helmets to make them better able to absorb shock from a bomb blast. And she talked to Anderson Cooper about it, too. She has also appeared o­n and called into shows o­n C-SPAN o­n this and related issues.

BRITNEY SPEARS has gone brunette and may have fired the baby's "manny" at the behest of Spenderline, who is busy giving pennies to charity.

CAMERON DIAZ dumped by Justin Timberlake? That rumor is rampant, though I think I heard it denied o­n TV.

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE & DAVID: Charlie Sheen has reportedly gotten a vist from his new squeeze's parents. And he apparently made a good impression... or her parents are being diplomatic.

THE FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane slayed íem at Harvard's pre-graduation "Class Day." Our site admin Lance pointed me to the video of Stewie addressing the seniors.

KING TUTANKHAMUN has returned to the Windy City, so o­n a Friday I couldn't resist the video and the audio.

OZZIE GUILLEN: The Chicago White Sox manager has been fined and ordered to undergo sensitivity training for his use of a derogatory term aimed at Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti. Guillen said to reporters when referring to Mariotti before Tuesday's game, "What a piece of [expletive] he is, [expletive] fag." Sensitivity training may teach Guillen not to slur gays by lumping them in with hacks like Eddie Munster.

IRAQ: At ITM, Omar reports that attacks in Baghdad dropped 19 percent in the first week of Operation Forward Together, and that the new gov't is turning its attention to confronting the partisian militias. Contrary to media reports, Japan denies it is planning to pull out of Iraq. Apparently, there was a misinterpretation of stories about future handovers to Iraqi forces by Britain and other countries. The Times of London claims that the new gov't will soon announce a sweeping plan for national reconciliation that will offer Iraqi resistance groups inclusion in the political process and an amnesty for their prisoners if they renounce violence and lay down their arms. London's Independent has o­ne of those rare pieces noting that the Kurdish region is largely peaceful, and cities are beginning to thrive.

IRAN: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says that Iran's foreign minister told him Tehran was seriously considering the Western offer for ending the dispute of Iran's nuke program. Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad derided foes of Iran's nuclear work as mentally disturbed.

NORTH KOREA: Former Pres. Clinton's Defense Secretary and Assistant Defense Secretary argue that the US should launch a pre-emptive strike o­n the North Korean ICBM before it can be test launched. The pre-emptive, unilateral, cowboy warmongers in the Bush Admin. have dismissed the idea. Of course, this would be a much less serious issue if the 1994 "Agreed Framework" had not been a sham.

BABOONS are stealing flags so they can root for England in the World Cup.

FIVE RARE MONKEYS, including a sick mother and her weeks-old baby, have been stolen from a British zoo.

BAMBI, the New York tabby, is the o­nly contestant from the Meow Mix House that has not been adopted. Mandy Stadtmiller, who wrote the article for the New York Post, must feel like Victoria Corningstone.

MAIL CARRIERS in Philadelphia, PA may be used to barking dogs, but not a hissing four-foot alligator.

THE TASMANIAN DEVIL -- a species currently endangered by a rampant facial tumor disease -- is getting help from Warner Bros.

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New Radiohead, Hylozoists, Cutout Bin, Fugitive Bear and Country Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

RADIOHEAD debuted a new song, "All I Need," in Chicago and it's turned up o­n YouTube (for now). The sound, which is surprisingly good for a bootleg video, has also turned up o­n the Hype Machine.

TOP OF THE POPS: The venerable BBC music showcase that inspired songs from The Kinks and The Smithereens, has been cancelled after a 42 year run that began with the Rolling Stones, who sang "I Wanna Be Your Man."

CENTRO-MATIC frontman Will Johnson tells PopMatters, "everything artistic stands at that brink of total confusion and possible failure versus falling to the other side of something truly memorable and exciting to your heart." He also talks about the latest Cento-Matic album, Fort Recovery, his other projects and more. PopMatters also has a bunch 'o' Centro-Matic MP3 links for you.

FIERY FURNACES: The brother-sister act got an audio feature o­n Fresh Air that's streaming from NPR. Their latest album, Bitter Tea just got a nice write-up in the City Pages of the Twin Cities, o­n top of generally favorable reviews via Metacritic. You can stream 'em via the Hype Machine.

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Q magazine's manufacture of a buzz band o­n MySpace is the jumping-off point for a piece in London's Guardian surveying rock hype going back to "Colonel" Tom Parker.

CALEXICO: Joey Burns tailors his explanation of the band's sound to his audience: "People ask what kind of music we play," he says. "Since I live in Tucson, if I'm talking to a border patrol agent in Arizona, I start mentioning pedal steel or trumpets. If I'm talking to an indie rocker, I mention Smog, Latin Playboys or Manu Chao as influences." You can stream 'em via the Hype Machine.

HYLOZOISTS is an instrumental orch-pop ensemble comprised of members of the Sadies, Tricky Woo and other bands, but multi-instrumentalist/producer/arranger Paul Aucoin tells NOW that the band has its own distinct sound. That seems true, based o­n the tracks streaming from MySpace, some but not all of which feature those multiple vibraphones.

RICHARD ASHCROFT: The former Verve frontman was arrested after bursting into a local youth club near his wife's home and demanding to work with teenagers. Apparently, alcohol was involved.

TILLY & THE WALL: Flagpole maintains that the band's second LP, Bottoms of Barrels, erases the claims of gimmickry that inevitably follow when you have a tap dancer instead of a drummer. The band is o­n the Team Love label, which allows bands to post tracks o­nline. You can download the whole album for free via the label's website.

THE CUTOUT BIN: Here's another helping of tracks found o­n the Hype Machine while I was looking for something else. The Who - "A Quick o­ne, While He's Away" (check out John Entwistle's bass); The Lyres - "Help You Ann" (a neo-garage classic); The Velvet Underground - "White Light/White Heat" (oh, to have Nanook of the North's cover); Nico - "These Days" (co-written by Jackson Browne, iirc); Billy Bragg - "Accident Waiting to Happen" (Billy rawks out with a band); Fountains Of Wayne - "...Baby o­ne More Time" (yep, that song); The Wonders - "That Thing You Do" (written by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne); The Mountain Goats - "You're So Vain" (yep, that song); The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset" (an all-time great song); Marvin Gaye - "Can I Get a Witness" (an all-time great performer).

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS: Former Libertines Carl Barat and Gary Powell are members of this band, which just secured a US release of their debut disc, Waterloo through Interscope August 8th, to coincide with a mini-tour of the States. But why wait until then, when you can stream them from the Hype Machine?

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Stereogum received pics from a Swedish reader of Barat and Powell's former bandmate getting into a bar brawl in Stockholm. And he's planning to publish his diaries, detailing his music career, battle with drugs and brief, turbulent relationship with Kate Moss. The singer failed to attend an event at London's Boogaloo pub to celebrate the deal.

BRITNEY SPEARS and Spenderline recently went o­n vacation in Florida, but Spears reportedly rented two houses so they didnít have to stay together, according to In Touch Weekly. Meanwhile, US Weekly had experts analyze Spearsís body language during her sit-down with Matt Lauer o­n Dateline NBC. Former FBI polygraph examiner and criminal profiler Jack Timarco thought she wasn't being honest when she said her marriage was fabulous; he also flagged her non-denial that she banished Spenderline to the basement of their home. Adding to the friction is Spenderline wanting their baby's "manny" fired.

JAMES BLUNT awakens a five-year-old girl from a coma. Usually, his music has the opposite effect. And I would say that even if he hadn't bagged Petra Nemcova with it.

BRADGELINA: Jolie's CNN interview beat all cable-news competition in the slot, doubling viewers and tripling the coveted 25-54 demo. But the L.A. Times called it a milestone marking CNN's turn away from real news coverage. And to rub it in, the paper ran "How to Shop for Kids the Brangelina Way," based o­n Jolie's comment that she and Pitt are "looking at different countries" from which to adopt their next child. fishbowlNY notes that Forbes magazine has fallen into Jolie's "exclusive" trap.

WILLIAM SHATNER, Tom Brokaw, Regis Philbin and legendary director James Burrows are joining the Academy of Television Art & Sciences Hall of Fame. RELATED: Matt Damon may be the new Captain Kirk.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Has Andrew Morton, the infamous biographer of Princess Diana been scared off a Cruise tell-all by certain religious types? Or is he working o­n making it a TV special?

NICOLE KIDMAN: With her wedding to Keith Urban imminent, I've been seeing her o­n the infotainment TV shows. And like Tyler Durden, it's occurred to me that she is looking kinda scary lately.

JIM CARREY and JENNY McCARTHY: Caught canoodling. Obviously. And eew.

LINDSAY LOHAN and SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS allegedly had a confrontation over table space at a tres chic NYC nightclub. Page Six seemingly blames Lohan, but the NYDN's Rush & Molloy puts it o­n Puffy. It's Roshomon for the ridiculous.

THE APPROVAL MATRIX: New York magazine's graph of the highbrow and lowbrow spotlights the tambourine in Xtina's new song. I haven't heard it, but those who know me know I like a good tambourine almost as much as a good cowbell.

OWEN WILSON was thisclose to enlisting in the Marines, until he discovered they really don't battle lava monsters with swords.

JESSICA SIMPSON is supposedly devastated that ex-hubby Nick Lachey is dating ex-friend and ET infobabe Vanessa Minnillo. So she'll be thrilled to discover the details of the couple's trysts turning up in Star magazine and US Weekly.

REESE WITHERSPOON denies she is pregnant in a lawsuit she has filed against Star magazine.

ANNE HATHAWAY, next starring in The Devil Wears Prada, says co-star Stanley Tucci kept smacking and elbowing her breasts. She adds that "He wasn't doing it to be like a dirty old man," but really. When she confronted him about it, "Stanley got really flustered and he said: 'What do you expect, you're flinging those melons around like it's harvest season!'" As if he didn't see her NSFW work in Brokeback Mountain and then rent Havoc.

EDU-BLOGGING: It may be summer vacation for the kids, but the 72nd Carnival Of Education is o­nline.

IRAQ: At ITM, Omar reports o­n the latest bizarre rumor around Baghdad. The Coalition has transferred authority for a major portion of the northern Baghdad region to the 9th Iraqi Army Division. And it appears that the US has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003. However, a senior Defense Department official pointed out that they are thought to predate 1991 and were not in useable conditions.

IRAQ IN THE MEDIA: The New York Times ran stories today o­n the eight US servicemen charged with premeditated murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian in April, and o­n relatives honoring Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, o­ne of the two US soldiers tortured and killed near Yusufiya. Sadly, these two stories are a microcosm of how the NYT and other media outlets cover US troops, which is to say they generally don't unless they are suspected of committing war crimes or are captured by the enemy (like Jessica Lynch). Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, a medic who remained in the burning fuselage of his aircraft after it was hit by an RPG to treat the wounded, was awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism but got zero coverage from the paper. Colonel James Coffman, Jr. rallied his Commandos through a four-hour battle -- at o­ne point, an enemy round shattered his shooting hand and rendered his rifle inoperable, so he bandaged his hand, picked up rifles from Commando casualties and fired them with his other hand until each ran out of ammunition. He was awarded the the Distinguished Service Cross, which was noted in one sentence in the paper. Master Sgt. Donald R. Hollenbaugh won the same award for personally eliminating multiple enemy-controlled weapon positions and helping to hold off hundreds of enemy fighters while the wounded were evacuated in the first battle of Fallujah, and got zero mention in the paper. These stories, and many, many others like them, seem quite dramatic, but they are apparently not "fit to print" in the NYT. And you can bet that the same pattern holds with network TV coverage also.

FUGITIVE BEAR UPDATE: Bavarian authorities hunting Bruno, Europe's most wanted bear, have rejected an offer to lure him into a sex trap because Bruno is too young to be interested in females. Bruno has eluded his pursuers for over a month. Local hunters equipped with special traps have failed. Even a group of Finnish bear hunters with highly trained tracking dogs hasn't managed to find him, although he has become increasingly audacious, wandering into a village last Friday and sitting in front of a police station.

MONTANA GOAT UPDATE: A goat evicted from Manhattan, MT, by the town council has a new home outside the town limits.

DON'T MESS WITH THE KING: At least three villagers are reported to have been killed by lions in eastern Kenya after a Somali militia near the Kenyan border stole three cubs. It's all part of the circle of life.

COUNTRY DOGS are happier than their city counterparts, according to a new study down under.

HERRING sometimes defend themselves from killerwhales by disappearing under the cover of their own bubbly flatulence. How did that get left out of Finding Nemo?

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MMJ, 'Mats, 100 Awesome Videos, Advance Sufjan Stevens, Belle and Lewis Updates   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

MY MORNING JACKET played "Gideon" with members of the Boston Pops o­n The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this month and it's still o­n YouTube. The Cat Power clip is also still up, so I wonder if Dave has a relaxed attitude about it...

THE REPLACEMENTS: Paul Westerberg talks to The New York Times about the new retrospective disc, with quotes true to the spirit of the band: "It probably isn't Interview 101 to say so, but I haven't really listened to it. I guess you should know what you are hyping, but I could say that I know there are a handful of good songs o­n there, and it may introduce some young people to what we did." We also learn that he is scoring the animated film, Open Season. You can stream a bunch from the 'Mats via the Hype Machine, including relative rarities like "Beer For Breakfast" and the Tim version of "Can't Hardly Wait."

100 AWESOME MUSIC VIDEOS: Pitchfork discovers YouTube in a big way. Among the finds are A-Ha's "Take o­n Me," David Hasselhoff's "Hooked o­n A Feeling," Herbie Hancock's "Rockit," Lionel Richie's "Hello," and the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew's "Super Bowl Shuffle." Yeah, there are some cool o­nes mixed in also. I've posted most of them here already, but it would be a good way to catch up. A cool o­ne I missed before now is They Might Be Giants' majestic "Ana Ng."

PITCHFORK MUSIC SAMPLER: The influential site has also partnered with eMusic to offer free downloads from the bands scheduled to play the Pitchfork Festival next month, including Devendra Banhart, Art Brut, Mission of Burma, Mountain Goats, The National, Yo La Tengo and more. Download 'em individually and you don't even have to provide any personal info.

ARCTIC MONKEYS appear to have dumped original bassist Andy Nicholson, who was unable to tour after suffering a bout of "fatigue."

SUFJAN STEVENS: Apple is streaming The Avalanche --the album of Illinois outtakes -- in glorious Quicktime.

YACHT ROCK: Original Pate drummer Ron Hahm tipped me to this streaming series from Channel 101. Though you may want to start with episode o­ne, which fictionalizes what happened to Jim Messina after being dumped by Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald's creation of "What A Fool Believes" (with a great cameo from Hall & Oates), Ron tips episode seven, in which Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg settle a bet between Loggins and McDonald.

THE SEX PISTOLS are giving an official release to their legendary bootleg album Spunk, the o­nly collection of Sex Pistols material that features the original lineup with Glen Matlock. The IckMusic blog recently posted a boot of the Pistols playing Atlanta, GA o­n Jan. 5, 1978, which you can stream via the Hype Machine.

DEVENDRA BANHART: YANP fell under the spell of the "golden-throated shaman" of freak folk at the Bonnaroo festival. There's plenty of Banhart tracks streaming via the Hype Machine.

TOM VERLAINE just laughed when the L.A. Daily News asked if a music scene as groundbreaking as the mid-'70s punk movement could possibly bubble up now from the downtown streets of NYC today. There are some recent Verlaine tracks streaming via the Hype Machine.

FRANK BLACK wrote a batch of new songs for the Pixies to convince Kim Deal to do an album, but discovered his heart wasn't in it. Three tracks from Black's new Fastman/Raiderman double-disc are streaming via MySpace.

PUBLIC ENEMY used to fight the power, but now it seems that Chuck D is more about the Banjamins: "Making a living... That's what drives me. I still don't see how Jay-Z and Puffy are worth what they're worth. I must be doing something wrong."

BRADGELINA:  Obviously, the big item was the airing of Jolie's interview with Anderson Cooper o­n CNN, which stretched the show into a "very special episode" (really, that's what Cooper called it) lasting two hours, in which they spaced Jolie's segments and even repeated them within the show.  She is clearly not what BWE called the old, hot, sexy and freaky Jolie who discussed wearing Billy-Bob Thornton's blood with Larry King back in 2001.  And though she was asked a few questions about her personal life, the interview was primarily about her work for the UN o­n refugee and children's issues.  She diplomatically avoided taking the bait when Cooper tried to goad her into commenting o­n the invasion of Iraq, except to say that it was hard to get funds for some of her projects from the US due to the cost of the war.  Given her devotion to refugee issues, she might want to put Iraq o­n her intinerary.  She could visit the Genocide Museum in Suleimaniya to see the 5,000 lights representing villages Saddam emptied and the pictures of about 1.5 million Kurds forced to flee into the mountains in 1991.  BTW, the latest refugee report from the UNHCR notes that Iraq had o­ne of the sharpest drops in refugees worldwide in 2005.  And since she complained to Cooper that many don't hear about the good work the UN does, she could learn that the same could be said about the US.   She could learn that US has cut Iraq's child mortality rate to half of what it was under Saddam, among many other humanitarian accomplishments.  We also learned from the interview that Jolie is a big proponent of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and even has the phrase "know your rights" tattooed o­n her back.  So it's slightly ironic that Namibia's National Society for Human Rights branded Jolie and Pitt "colonial overlords" and wants them banned from the country where Jolie just gave birth.

VAUGHNISTON: Vaughn invited his parents to the set o­n the day Aniston had to shoot her nude scene for The Break-Up. No wonder Aniston still wants to be friends with ex Brad Pitt.

NICOLE KIDMAN is denying those pregnancy rumors. She and fiancee Keith Urban have also decided that their best bet against the paparazzi is to get them drunk.

MADONNA explained to the sweltering crowd at Chicago's United Center: "I told them to keep the air conditioning turned off. We don't want to contribute to global warming, do we?" Richard Roeper lists the following tour factoids from Madge's own website: Number of semitrucks used to transport equipment from city to city: 24; Number of private planes for Madonna and entourage: 2; Number of cars and vans used to transport other members of the tour: 18; Watts of power used to run show each night: 400K. ALSO: Madge is planning a duet with her new apprentice, Darth Lohan.

HEIDI KLUM is expecting another baby Seal.

HALLE BERRY has adopted... a kitten. US Weekly weakly went with a Catwoman reference, which just shows that they are... scaredy-cats.

JESSICA SIMPSON: It looks like her latest spread for Maxim magazine is a thinly-disguised promo for her new line of hideous wigs and hair extensions.

GWYNETH PALTROW is a Ghostbuster for Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. And gives family counseling to Madonna.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise declares he wants ten children.

PAMELA ANDERSON is to pose naked in the window of designer Stella McCartney's London store in a stunt for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. That's a cunning stunt. Well, not really. Guys who want to see PETA women naked realize that if everyone went vegan, the women would stop stripping.

CARMEN ELECTRA and DAVE NAVARRO break-up rumors are re-circulating, this time in Star magazine.

KATIE COURIC is getting a big payday to jump to the CBS Evening News, so Viacom shareholders will be thrilled to learn that her departure hasn't dented the ratings of the Today show.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY prefers Englishmen because they aren't metrosexual. This is what happens when the o­nly American men you meet are in L.A. and NYC. She did offer up that Johnny Depp is a good kisser, but if she prefers Englishmen, the awful prosthetic teeth Depp had to wear as Capt. Jack Sparrow probably made her feel right at home.

PIGLET UPDATE: Turkey's public broadcaster has denied banning Winnie the Pooh because of Piglet. TRT said it had acquired the exclusive right to broadcast the cartoons and movies in Turkey but doesn't actually have the cartoons themselves yet. Employees have recently complained of increasing government intervention in TRT's broadcasting policy.  RELATED: Now that Turkey is being run by a more Islamist party, its pop culture has become virulently anti-American.

IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed notes insurgents are a step ahead of the government o­n intell in Baghdad, though he credits the new gov't for admitting it. Elsewhere, the Coalition is faring better. Although Al Qaeda in Iraq will try to regenerate following Zarqawi's death, Coalition forces have killed AQI "spiritual leader" Mansur Sulayman Mansur Khalif and 11 other leaders, and captured four other AQI leaders since June 8th.  Khalif was killed in the area of Yusufiyah, where the US soldiers were tortured and killed.  Large groups of armed foreign militants reportedly are fleeing towards the Syrian border, as US and Iraqi forces tighten their siege o­n Ramadi. The trial of Saddam Hussein o­n charges of massacring 148 Shiite inhabitants in Dujail has passed its first milestone, with the prosecution summing up its case and demanding the death penalty.

IRAN: As Pres. Bush heads to the EU Summit to show that America and Europe are o­n the same page when it comes to curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix says Iran probably will be able to produce a nuclear bomb by 2010 or 2011 if it is allowed to enrich uranium o­n an industrial scale.

ROBOTS: People are going to be having sex with robots within five years.

BELLE WEAVER UPDATE: The beagle that dialed 911 when her owner had a diabetic seizure will be the first animal to receive the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to those who use their wireless phones to save lives, stop crime or help in other emergencies.

OTHER DOGS are digging their groovy waterbeds.

LEWIS THE CAT UPDATE: A Connecticut judge has spared the life of the cat whose vicious attacks o­n neighbors landed his owner in court, but the terrorizing tomcat was ordered under house arrest at all times.

MOOSE fought off with a slipper in Norway. The object of the moose's anger was Ivar Smedstad's dog, a seemingly innocent Leonberger named Shiba. The moose, after ignoring Ivar's shouting, fled when Ivar beaned it with his slipper.

FLORIDA GATOR UPDATE: Alligator hunting licenses went like hotcakes in the Sunshine State.

MONKEYS pay attention to the weather. Baboons get stressed out when someone new moves into the neighborhood. A "monkey man" is worshipped by an impoverished Indian village.

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SONIC YOUTH played the 9:30 Club in DC last week, so you can stream it now from NPR. The show features material from Rather Ripped, which Thurston Moore discusses in MAGNET magazine. AOL reports that Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus sat in with SY at the Bonnaroo festival for an encore of "Expressway to Your Skull." But the pic above is a still from the video for o­ne of my fave SY tracks, "Teenage Riot."

NEW RELEASES: Keane, Willie Nelson, Fatboy Slim, Brightblack Morning and a box set of the legendary Gram Parsons are streaming in full from AOL Music this week. Frank Black has a new double-disc titled Fastman/Raiderman. The late (and also legendary) Johnny Cash has his last American Records release. Luna may be defunct, but has a "best of" and a documentary o­n DVD out today (as frontman Dean Wareham dabbles in movies). And you know it won't be long 'til summer comes, now that Thin Lizzy has another "best of" out.

JOE STRUMMER: Speaking of DVD documentaries, o­ne o­n the last 18 months of the former Clash co-founder will be out next week.

DRU MARTIN: Longtime Pate people may know Dru, who was o­ne of my college roommates and is now a teacher in Germany. He's been inspired by a higher power (as opposed to Angelina Jolie) to adopt orphans. He and his wife have already adopted three lovely kids from a Polish orphanage and they are working o­n adopting three more in the States.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN has signed with Champaign, IL-based Polyvinyl Records, which should be a good fit. The band often gets pegged as being like The Shins, Elliott Smith and Bright Eyes, but I think there's some mid-period Kinks in the mix as well. You can stream and download three tracks from their last album via MySpace.

TOMMY KEENE is currently touring for Crashing the Ether, which the Chicago Reader calls "his strongest solo album in at least a decade." But some of the funniest stuff in the Reader feature is Keene's recollection of David Geffen after Keene's first record for the label tankded: "He said, 'You're not going to make another record until you write a certified smash,' So I wrote with Jules Shear. I got together with Paul Westerberg o­ne night, but we just got drunk. I even said I'd get together with the guy who wrote the lyrics for Bryan Adams, but fortunately he wasn't available. I jumped through every hoop they wanted, and in the end they just kind of lost interest." Keene has posted two free downloads at his site; there are some Keene classics -- and a nifty cover of the Hollies' "Carrie-Anne" -- streaming from MySpace.

THE WHO got surprisingly high marks from London's Independent and Guardian for their return gig at Leeds University (of Live at Leeds fame, natch). So our Twofer Tuesday presents two rave performances from the same era as the first Leeds concert, with their cover of Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" from the Isle of Wight Festival and the rare original "I Don't Even Know Myself" at Tanglewood, courtesy of Bill Graham Presents.

JOAN JETT: Apparently, rock and roll loves her, too, if the Village Voice review of her recent gig at CBGB is any indication. You can stream something old and something new via MySpace.

ALLISON MOORER exorcises a demon or two o­n her new album, Getting Somewhere. You can stream three tracks, including "Fairweather," which she wrote with husband Steve Earle, via MySpace (as well as a Randy Newman cover).

LAUREL CANYON is the title of a new book by Michael Walker that dishes the dirt o­n acts like Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Byrds, the Eagles, the Doors, Frank Zappa and more.

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS put out a double-album to help prevent suicides.

DR. JOHN has made an unlikely tribute album to the classics of Johnny Mercer. NPR has an audio feature plus three tracks.

BRADGELINA are considering putting up a 200-ft high wall in front of their cliff-top, beachfront home in Malibu. I'll bet the California Coastal Commission might be less pliable than the government of Namibia. Jolie confirms plans to adopt her next child to CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview to air tonight. Cooper gives his version of the story of how he got her first US interview. He also gives the impression that Jolie is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being he's ever known in his life.

BRITNEY SPEARS faced the Dateline NBC crew without her publicists and insisted o­n doing her own hair and makeup, which Page Six charitably called "a regrettable decision." Nevertheless, NBC was nice enough to cut the pop tart's attack o­n Julia Roberts.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Is Holmes shedding pounds too quickly for her wedding to Cruise, or already working o­n a second kid? Probably the first o­ne.

REESE WITHERSPOON: Knocked up or not? Probably the second o­ne.

NICOLE KIDMAN finally admits she's having her wedding to Keith Urban down under.

KATE BECKINSALE is dispelling rumors of a split from hubby Len Wiseman with a photo op in L.A. She's also giving the world TMI about being able to squirt milk across a room. Ironically, she's claiming that she is out of the competition to star in Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman in part because she embarrassed her daughter enough by dressing as Wonder Woman when they trick-or-treated for Halloween. But if she could do that milk trick in Wonder Woman it would be a blockbuster.

KATE MOSS has pulled out of a £1 million book deal. As the cocaine scandal and train-wreck trysts with junkie singer Pete Doherty did not wreck her modeling career (and may have helped it), it's not worth telling all anymore.

LINDSAY LOHAN is so scared of being outshone that she refuses to allow younger prettier girls sit at her table anywhere. According to Page Six, la Lohanís bodyguards regularly ask young ladies to find somewhere else to sit.

THE SOPRANOS: With just eight episodes left in the series, six cast members remain unsigned amid pay disputes.

VICTORIA SILVSTEDT: The Victoria's Secret supermodel has a very giving boyfriend.

JOHNNY DEPP makes the cover of Newsweek for a piece with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest spoilers and much about Depp following his own path professionally (in risky roles) and personally (to France).

U.S. CHARITABLE GIVING reached a near-record in inflation-adjusted dollars. And disaster relief was just a small part of it, making up o­nly half of the increase. Which won't stop some UN factotum like Jan Egeland from accusing the US of being stingy in the future, right before he takes credit for what the US does.

IRAQ: The L.A. Times reports that the Army general charged with investigating whether Marines tried to cover up the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha has found nothing pointing to a "knowing cover-up" of the facts by the supervising officers. Rep. Jack Murtha claimed there had been a cover-up o­n national television before the investigation had been completed. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces continue to assume more responsibilities, even in more restive areas like Hit in Anbar province and the Lutifiyah area of southwest Baghdad, which is in the "triangle of death." Less dramatic, but important, Iraqi soldiers have completed testing and evaluation of a new tracking and communications system for their convoys. Logistics and support for Iraqi forces are key to an eventual drawdown of US forces.

IRAN: London's Telegraph reports that the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini has broken a three-year silence to urge the US military to overthrow the country's clerical regime. He said much the same in 2003 to Christopher Hitchens. But the oldest son of the Shah of Iran disagrees, telling the Euro edition of Time magazine: "The thought of foreign tanks rolling into Tehran is beyond imagination. No Iranian could tolerate an invasion."

VERSACE THE CAT wanted to play with the seven-ft long boa constrictor that turned up at the house. His owners thought better of it.

LEWIS THE CAT, accused of biting and clawing neighbors and attacking an Avon lady, faces a possible death sentence, but may find sanctuary in Utah.

SNOOKY, A 200-LB PYTHON, may be forced to part with the San Antonio, TX family with whom he has lived for some 30 years.

THE LAOTIAN ROCK RAT: Reports of its death some 11 million years ago turn out to have been exaggerated.

BEAR EATS OATMEAL after breaking into a house in Vancouver. Following yesterday's report of a bear stopping in for dog food, we need just o­ne more bear and a blonde to complete the story.

BELLE WEAVER used her owner's cellphone to call 911 when he was in the throes of a diabetic seizure. The o­nly thing emergency dispatchers heard was barking, but it was enough cause to send help. "What's that you say, Lassie? Jimmy's trapped in a well?"

SNAKES overwhelmed and outnumbered an animal control company near Frisco, TX... but the humans are getting control of the situation.

CANE TOADS have advanced across northern Australia to the point where West Australian Environment Minister Mark McGowan wants to call in the army.

EGG KILLS HEN: No, really. It was a big egg.

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