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New Decemberists and Pernice Bros., Flaming Lips, and Cows   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


BOB DYLAN: Stereogum will hook you up with the video he did with Scarlett Johansson and his new iPod commercial. The New Yorker nicely reprints a 1964 profile of Dylan by Nat Hentoff, in which he declared he was done with "finger-pointing" songs. Remember, his new album is streaming in full from AOL this week.

THE DECEMBERISTS gave a free MP3 download titled "Summersong" to Pitchfork.

NEKO CASE doesn't need to be called alt-country; "country" is just fine with her. There's plenty of Neko, including a gig with Calexico, streaming at the Hype Machine at the moment, though my favorite of hers may still be "Deep Red Bells."

CAT POWER talks to The Phoenix about the benefits of sobriety and mixing solo shows with band gigs.

BRIAN WILSON always seems pretty lucid when he talks about Pet Sounds. You can hear it in the podcasts for the 40th Anniversary reissue, which is still streaming in full from AOL this week.

THE FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that behind the Jane Jetson-style dresses, green alien masks and Santa Claus suits is the relationship the band enjoys with its audience: "I came from the audience. To me, the audience makes all the difference. We really do come here to be with them. The way our show is now, without the audience being able to freak out and surrender to all this stuff, I don't think it would be anything." you can see those costumes at work in last month's TV performance of "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)," which also has Coyne working a double-neck guitar. The video quality is better o­n this mournful cover of "Suspicious Minds" for the BBC. And if you're new to the Lips' live antics, you should check out these short clips of Coyne in the Space Bubble and leading Red Rocks through part of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

TEGAN and SARA: Tegan does the "Random Rules" iPod shuffle for the A.V. Club, causing her to praise the praiseworthy Brendan Benson. You can stream Tegan and Sara via the Hype Machine, and Brendan Benson's "Spit It Out" via MySpace. Of course, I like his Spector-esque "The Pledge" and the title track to "The Alternative To Love" almost as much.

BLOG BUZZ MELTDOWN: I wish I had written the "Net Gains" section of this column in the Broward- Palm Beach New Times.

THE PERNICE BROTHERS are streaming new material from their recently redesigned website.

BECK talks with Wired about his new album and whether his last album, Guero, helped mark the death of the album as we know it.

JESSICA SIMPSON: US Weekly got around to blogging some of the details her hookup with John Mayer from their print story, after getting scooped by People's website Tuesday. The Simpson andd Mayer camps disagree over the amount of canoodling, but Mayer has laryngitis, just like she does. Coincidentally enough, ex Nick Lachey has finally "moved o­n" from the pneumatic blonde.

BRITNEY SPEARS would like you to buy her baby girl a chandelier. Meanwhile, hubby Spenderline will play the deadbeat husband of a celebrity o­n HBO's Entourage. I would have thought he'd get that sort of role o­n Law & Order -- ripped from today's headlines!

GWEN STEFANI is said to be "boycotting" the MTV Video Music Awards because of the shoddy treatment she got last year.

PINK is the new Hank Williams, Jr. For some reason, I'm not surprised.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Her wacky convict dad is now explaining the details of the wacky cartoon he sent in to the New York Daily News. And her flacks are back to pushing the "Harry Morton is trying to clean up her act" story.

GLENN FORD, a top box-office draw in the 1950s whose career spanned more than five decades and more than 100 films, was found dead at his Beverly Hills home by L.A. Fire Department paramedics just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. He was 90.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Viacom, having kicked Cruise off the Paramount lot, now has its SpikeTV channel mocking him, even while promoting him. Meanwhile, a Cruise look-alike is stealing prescription drugs from homes in Arapahoe County, CO.

BRADGELINA: Pitt and Jolie have people saying we should reset our Bradgelina decoder rings to "Happier than ever!"

CAMBERLAKE IN TROUBLE? Page Six says Justin Timberlake is acting single sans Cameron Diaz while promoting his CD. He's also taped a segment for the Ellen show that makes him sound like a wedding is about 15 years off.

NYC MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG endorses Shakira for the Video of the Year at MTV’s Video Music Awards, passing over Xtina Aguilera, who would have appealed not o­nly to the Latino vote, but also to the locals generally.

JOE PISCOPO's divorce from his kid's former nanny is getting ugly. Who'da thunk?

HILARY SWANK denied hooking up with her agent in April as she divorced Chad Lowe, but it seems that the pair has been caught canoodling. Coincidentally, Campisi recently split from his wife, with whom he has a toddler.

EDU-BLOGGING: The 82nd Carnival of Education is posted, with a distinctly theatrical twist.

IRAQ and COUNTER-INSURGENCY: I haven't read Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, but author Lt. Col. John A. Nagl -- who served in Iraq -- may have sold me with the preface to the paperback edition: "Authors generally learn something about their subject matter, and then write about it. I took the opposite approach..." That might sound odd, but I think it ultimately underscores the point that insurgent conflicts like Malaysia or Vietnam, the Philippines or Algeria, tend to be long and messy, regardless of outcome. And I don't know if Nagl ends up discussing troop levels, but when you look at these examples (esp. Vietnam and Algeria), it's hard to make a case that having more troops in Iraq at the outset would necessarily have made a difference.

BLOGGERS ABROAD: I'm a little remiss in mentioning that Publius Pundit has been blogging from Ukraine, where the Orange Revolution is faltering and Princess Leia is their o­nly hope. Michael J. Totten has been blogging from the border of Israel near Gaza, posting plenty of pictures, too.

A BABY ALBINO PYGMY MARMOSET clings to life -- and a thumb -- at the Froso Zoo in Sweden. The pygmy marmoset rarely rises above a weight of 100 grams.

SNAKES AT A MAILBOX: A timely twist o­n the postal cliche.

SNAKES o­n a CRIME SPREE: A car was stolen from an Arkansas convenience store Sunday night after the suspects allegedly used snakes to scare the car’s owner away from her keys earlier in the day.

SNAKES o­n a PLANE will be auctioned off to benefit an animal rights organization.

DUTCH COWS NEED SEX, according to an animal rights group in Amsterdam.

SWISS COWS, however, do not want you to hug it out with them, so back off, willya?

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XTC, Rare Beach Boys, Sub Pop Singles, Touch & Go, and Interspecies Adoption   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


XTC is releasing a nine-disc box set of rarities and outtakes titled The Fuzzy Warbles Collectors Album in October. Frontman Andy Partridge told Billboard.com: "You can kind of see why I just didn't want these songs collecting dust and going unheard. We threw away better material than most bands made a career out of." Let's celebrate with "Generals and Majors," which was shot at the last minute after a meeting with Virgin Records mogul Richard Branson, who is seated top left at the table. The video links I posted in April are still good, too.

THE BEACH BOYS: By popular demand, Aquarium Drunkard has reposted a 1967 rehearsal session that includes a selection of BB songs and a cover of "The Letter." You can also stream the tracks there or via the Hype Machine (where you'll also see a few versions of "Baby, Please Don't Go," but I digress). BTW, the AD blog also has its own blog radio o­nsite, which is currently streaming the Stones, Sonic Youth, Television, Guided by Voices, Centro-Matic, Brendan Benson and more...

LOU REED and ANTONY (of Antony & the Johnsons) are staging a "theatrically realized" version of Reed's 1973 concept album, Berlin.

THE SUB POP SINGLES CLUB: Heather Browne is killing music with a selection of the label's monthly singles from 11/88-3/02, including Nirvana, Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick," The Flaming Lips cover of "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Understanding," a Christmas single from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, rare Jesus & Mary Chain, J Mascis playing "Leaving o­n A Jet Plane" and much more. You can stream them via the Hype Machine, too.

GARY GLITTER: The NFL has effectively banned stadiums from playing Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2" following his conviction o­n child molestation charges. Stereogum notes that the New England Patriots are polling fans for a replacement.

TOUCH & GO is "the o­nly label for Shellac," according to Steve Albini. With the label's big reunion gig just around the corner (figuratively; literally, it's near the Hideout), here's the mini-documentary, A Brief, Incomplete Story of Touch and Go Records at Twenty-Five Years Old.

THE SADIES continue to promote the cameo-studded In Concert, Vol. 1 (produced by the aforementioned Steve Albini), with a piece in PopMatters that's chock full of "behind the scenes" details and a blurb in Harp magazine, in which Travis Good says that "Having Garth Hudson there... really justified The Last Waltz vibe." (Thanks, Chromewaves!) And there are still a bunch of Sadies tracks o­n the Hype Machine.

KRISTIN HERSH of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave gushes over singer songwriter Vic Chestnutt to JB, the blogger for the Arizona Daily Star and the Tuscon Citizen.

OK GO's treadmill video, featured here and many other places o­n teh Internets, rated a "behind the scenes" story from Reuters, launching a discussion of the effect of YouTube and MySpace o­n the music biz. OK Go singer Damian Kulash discloses the treadmill video was his sister's idea.

BEIRUT frontman Zach Condon tells Boston's Edge about not liking indie rock at first. But now his Eastern-European tinged take o­n the genre is hot enough to put plenty of tracks o­n the Hype Machine.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer, in rehab pending sentencing o­n drug charges, got a bail exemption to play with Babyshambles at... wait for it... the Get Loaded In The Park festival. He was nice enough to give a shout out to the Priory rehab center and the Metropolitan Police. Doherty was undoubtedly riding high o­n word that his band signed a multi-album deal with Parlophone worth £1million over the weekend.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Following the ouster from the Paramount lot, Cruise-Wagner Productions has made a deal with a partnership of Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins; Dwight Schar, chairman of homebuilder NVR Inc.; and Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of Six Flags Inc. While the new partners declined to discuss the details of their arrangement, sources said that Cruise would be required to shoot ads in which he dances with Mr. Six. Just kidding 'bout that. But I'm not kidding that Tinseltown is laughing at the deal, as the reported two-or-three million dollar pact is a fraction of the ten million Cruise got from Paramount. Cruise-Wagner had been seeking at least 100 million in capital from hedge funds.

JESSICA SIMPSON is dating John Mayer, according to People magazine. Earlier on Tuesday, PerezHilton claimed the story world run in the US Weekly, with a non-denial denial from Simpson's rep. US should have blogged the story; now, they lost the scoop. In the meantime, enjoy the pneumatic blonde's laryngitis.

KATE HUDSON-CHRIS ROBINSON BREAK-UPDATE: The supposedly splitting couple plan to spend the Labor Day weekend at the California Speedway, watching the Sony HD 500 NASCAR race.

COLIN FARRELL has obtained an protective order barring alleged stalker Dessarae Bradford from coming within 150 yards of him for three years. The order extends to the actor's 2-year-old son, James, and the boy's mom, model Kim Bordenave. "We're working o­n getting a restraining order in Ireland as well," Farrell's attorney, Jeff McFarland, told the judge.

MADONNA may still have a lot of fans, but hubby Guy Ritchie is not o­ne of them.

PAULA ABDUL's red carpet interview at the Emmys is must-see YouTube.

BRADGELINA: Jolie supposedly annoyed Pitt's mother by drinking at five-year-old Maddox's birthday party. And her estranged father, Jon Voight, put his foot in his mouth by wishing Maddox a happy birthday, then referring to 1 1/2-year-old Zahara as "Shakira." (To be fair, Voight wouldn't be the first guy to have Shakira o­n his mind.)

JESSICA ALBA cavorts with penguins o­n the set of Good Luck Chuck. Pic at the link.

LINDSAY LOHAN, who is supposedly trying to shine up her image, is borrowing from the Eva Longoria handbook by giving friends like supermodel Kate Moss sex toys as gifts. After all, nothing says, "classy, A-List actress" like a Deluxe Rampant Rabbit.

BRITNEY SPEARS has finally unloaded her Manhattan condo after two years o­n the market. She made a million more than she paid, but two million less than the asking price.

THE FRENCH HOTEL's debut album is tanking, bigtime. Pardon me while I savor the schadenfreude. Bwahahahaha!

KATIE COURIC got put o­n a Photoshop diet by CBS. Mediabistro has the before-and-after pics.

CNN ANCHOR Kyra Phillips and another employee were o­n a live microphone while talking relationships in the bathroom during a presidential speech.

JON BENET and the MEDIA: WaPo media writer Howie Kurtz asks, "Will every anchor, correspondent and producer who shamelessly hyped the John Mark Karr story now apologize for taking the country for a ride?: And answers himself: "Don't hold your breath." At the HuffPo, Bob Geiger goes further, claiming that the press obsessed over the suspect John Mark Karr without the most basic elements of proof that freshman journalism students taking Reporting 100 are taught to look for," adding that this "occurred at the expense of real news affecting real lives," such as the Mideast, Iraq, and hurricane prevention. The question Geiger does not ask is whether the press has done or would do a better job o­n any of those stories.

HURRICANE KATRINA, for example, is getting a o­ne-year retrospective from the media that almost never mentions that the press reported inflated body counts, unverified "rapes," and unconfirmed sniper attacks as fact, damaging rescue efforts at the time and warping public perception of the disaster to this day. The myth that poor blacks were harder hit than whites persists (though clearly the poor have a harder time rebuilding), perpetuated by Spike Lee's new HBO "documentary." The media has almost entirely ignored that the levee breaches resulted from massive soil failures under concrete storm walls, not from hurricane surges. And largely ignored it when the Army Corps of Engineers admitted responsibility for the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, saying the levees failed because they were built in a disjointed fashion using outdated data. And ignored video evidence that Katrina was the "final straw," but that the levees might otherwise have collapsed without warning. And perhaps worst of all, the press has largely ignored that the City of New Orleans still has no rebuilding plan for the poor and a completely imaginary evacuation plan for the poor and sick.

IRAQ and the MEDIA: I already spent time Monday noting major media missing the story of progress against sectarian violence in Baghdad. The WaPo finally reported some of that good news, though choosing to bury it in a story focusing instead o­n violence outside Baghdad. The paper still hasn't checked with the Baghdad morgue to verify the declining death toll, nor do I expect it at this point. Rather, the decrease in violence over the past two months gets reported this way: "Also, a suicide bombing in Baghdad killed 15 and injured 35, capping o­ne of the bloodiest 24 hours in Iraq in recent weeks." The WaPo then reports that "Nine U.S. soldiers also were killed over the weekend in and around Baghdad, the U.S. military said Monday, making it o­ne of the most lethal weekends for American troops in recent months." Not that the WaPo ever reported the declining US casualties over the last four months. In short, much like the NYT, the WaPo focuses o­n whichever timeframe or location will make things look the worst.

MIDEAST CONFLICT in the MEDIA: Here, the media's use of staged and occasionally doctored photos favoring Hezbollah has been well-documented. We're also seeing more reports from Lebanon suggesting that --contrary to the media theme that Hezbollah "won" the battle -- Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah is coming under growing criticism from every part of the political spectrum, including the Hezbollah itself. With all due respect to the aforementioned Bob Geiger, it could be argued that the media will do less harm to its own rep and to public discourse if it sticks more to getting the Jon Benet case wrong.

INTERSPECIES ADOPTIONS: As there were stories o­n the subject Monday and Tuesday, it seemed like the right time to link to this gallery of interspecies adoption stories, most of which have been featured here in the past.

MIRACLE TURTLE: Yeah, Chicago is the kind of town where there's a Virgin Mary sighting o­n a turtle's belly. I feel very blessed.

AN ALLIGATOR turns up in a pond in Concord, NH. Fish and Game Department. Fish and Game Sgt. Bruce Bonenfant rhetorically asked, "What do you do with a 2-foot long alligator?" then answered that finding a pet store that will take it is a good idea, but releasing it into the wild is not.

A RARE TIGER had to be shot while trying to a Florida Zoo, leading to the firing of the handler who left the big cat's cage unlatched.

A HOMING PIGEON ended up 5K miles away from her British home -- o­n a Caribbean island. Lost? I think not; the weather has to be better in the Dutch West Indies.

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Islands, New Releases, Richard Hawley, Bubblegum, a Lab and a Fawn   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


ISLANDS plays a "Concert à emporter" for La Blogoteque. The band gathers o­n a Paris street corner for a downtempo version of "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" and "Volcanoes." For comparison, you can stream the original "Whitney" via the Hype Machine.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Bob Dylan Ray LaMontagne, Pete Yorn, Stereolab (a compilation), Sam Moore (from Sam & Dave), The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (a Hurricane Katrina-inspired, cameo-studded remake of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On), the Beach Boys (the 40th anniversary edition of Pet Sounds) and... Jessica Simpson are streaming in full from AOL this week. Blog buzz band Birdmonster releases its debut album (check out "Cause You Can"). The Tyde follows up Once and Twice with Three's Co., sounding like you would expect a band named The Tyde to sound (which is good). The new M Ward is still streaming from Merge Records. Audioslave has a new single. BONUS: You can download the next two Pet Sounds podcasts, covering "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "You Still Believe In Me." DOUBLE BONUS: At Chromewaves, Frank is killing music with M Ward, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) & Jim James (My Morning Jacket) covering Dylan's "Girl From The North Country."

...AND A DVD: Having done the big John Hughes video blurb yesterday, I should mention that the "Everything's Duckie Edition" of Pretty In Pink is out today o­n DVD.

BEN FOLDS talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about releasing three internet-only EPs from 2003-04 as o­ne CD next month, touring with the Sydney Symphony, his next new LP and working o­n the soundtrack of the animated Over the Hedge: "I can tell you, it was no fun, but it paid really well and I think everyone can understand that."

CALEXICO frontman Joey Burns talks to London's Independent about why the band is more successful in Europe than in the States.

RICHARD HAWLEY gets a nice profile in London's Independent, showing that he has become wiser --and critically acclaimed -- as well as older. He has become a master of what Greil Marcus would call "3 a.m. music" -- striking stuff that would fit nicely in with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty In Memphis, and so o­n. You can see the lush, old school pop side of Hawley o­n "Cole's Corner" and a slightly more countrified side o­n "Just Like The Rain," which has some great Spanish landscapes. There are a few starker, acoustic numbers o­n the Hype Machine right now, including "I'm On Nights," which doesn't come up in the artist listings.

THE FLAMING LIPS bass player Michael Ivins takes a turn with the press describing the band's music for the Columbia Dispatch as "Walt Disney meets Led Zeppelin" and getting jazzed over the band's stage show for Canada's Gazette: "We're hoping that this is going to look fantastical and otherworldly -- literally, it being a UFO and all."

BUBBLEGUM: PopMatters has a piece suggesting that the rise of the genre in the 70s was generational and counter-counter-cultural, noting that Lester Bangs was a tireless advocate o­n behalf of the form, which ultimately influenced Punk. Plus, there's an embedded video of The Archies.

JEFF TWEEDY will not tour with Golden Smog this Fall, as he'll be with Wilco. But he is releasing a solo DVD in October. IIRC, there's some deal under which DVD buyers will be able to download the audio as MP3s, but don't hold me to that.

A BEATLES WEBCAM FOILS CRIME: A man in Dallas phoned the Merseyside police to report a robbery he saw while using a webcam to look at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.

GENE SIMMONS of KISS sent a get-well video to an Israeli soldier wounded in Lebanon, calling him a hero the world should be proud of. Simmons was born Haim Witz in Haifa in 1949, emigrating to the US at the age of eight with his mother, a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: People magazine reports that the Aussies have falsely accused Cruise of a sexist remark. The New York Times uses the Cruise-Paramount break-up as the launch for a piece o­n the waning of star power in Hollywood: "There is no statistical correlation between stars and success," according to S. Abraham Ravid, a professor of economics and finance at Rutgers University.

SPRINGSTEEN UPDATE: The Boss denied "unfounded and ugly rumors" of trouble with his marriage to Patty Scialfa in a posting that appeared o­n his official website. Presumably, he is referring to the blurb that ran o­n Page Six of the New York Post last week.

THE EMMYS: A nice thing about the Internet is that you don't have to actually watch the Emmys to see the wardobe malfunction, as VH1's Best Week Ever will do it for you.

ELTON JOHN wants to make a hip-hop record, which I thought he was setting up when he did that duet with Eminem at the 2001 Grammys. Bernie Taupin better start brushing up o­n the Urban Dictionary.

SAVE FERRIS: Matthew Broderick suffered a broken collar bone after falling off a horse. Sure, there's a Sarah Jessica Parker punchline there, but I'm in a good mood at the moment.

BRITNEY SPEARS' heavily-airbrushed, near-nude pregnant body will not be censored o­n Tokyo's subways. The pop tart is due to give birth o­n Halloween, which seems exactly right.

GEORGE CLOONEY played a practical joke o­n Bruce Willis by suggesting lots of middle-aged men were hitting o­n Bruce's 18-year-old daughter. As I'm childless (afaik), I can say that's not an excuse for not getting that's a pretty nasty joke. And I say that having mocked Willis over that Lindsay Lohan rumor.

MARISSA TOMEI wiggles out of a traffic ticket with her feminine celebrity wiles. And presumably did not go into a Mel Gibson-esque rant.

NO ONE WILL CALL HIM MAURICE: Christopher Nolan suggests that in the next Batman movie, Heath Ledger's Joker is going to be deadly serious. Which, imho, is a very good thing.

THE S.S. MINNOW, famous for its three-hour tour," can be yours for about 90K. That's a steal, considering that about 180K was spent fixing it up after it ran aground. No, really, it did. (Thanks, Ken!)

SADDAM HUSSEIN has been forced to watch himself portrayed as Satan's gay lover in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, according to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: The AP lede: "A suicide car bombing and clashes between Shiite militia and Iraqi security forces left at least 50 people dead Monday in a brutal contradiction of the prime minister's claim that bloodshed was decreasing." The Washington Post: lede: "Gunmen and bombers claimed at least 69 lives in Iraq o­n Sunday, even as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki repeated the assertions of Iraqi and U.S. leaders that violence was easing from a wartime high set earlier this summer." However, the L.A. Times actually checked the numbers and reports: "Last month, the Baghdad morgue received more than 1,800 bodies, a record high. This month, the morgue is o­n track to receive less than a quarter of that." Moreover, AFP managed to quote from Maj. Gen. Caldwell's press briefing: "The average daily murder rate in Baghdad province has dropped 46 percent from July to August, while vehicle borne improvised devices decreased by 50 percent last week to a total of eight which was the lowest monthly average in eight months." The AP and the WaPo certainly know how to get the figures from the Baghdad morgue. Readers of sources like the AP and the WaPo were left with the false impression that Prime Minister al-Maliki was lying or out of touch, when those are the impressions o­ne should have had of the coverage from the AP and the WaPo.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: The Turkish Press reported o­n the arrest of a militant suspected of orchestrating some of the most horrific bomb attacks in Iraq. But when I tried Google News, there was not a single story o­n the arrest -- though there are plenty of stories o­n bombings in Kirkuk, the city nearest the arrest.

MIDEAST CONFLICT in the MEDIA: Yesterday, Reuters reported: "During a visit to war-battered areas of southern Beirut o­n Monday, Annan was heckled by scores of Hizbollah supporters. He was forced to cut short the visit and was driven away." A local reports to the Counterterrorism Blog that the event was completely staged.

SAM the LABRADOR has adopted Bluebell the Fawn. Sam even handles the bottle feeding in a pic at the link.

DOGS generally do not excel at Driver's Ed.

FAKE FOWL save a tourist town from seabird-killing seals. It's like the animal version of Blazing Saddles.

SNAKES o­n a train, in a secret location, and asleep near the cage from which it escaped months ago.

SERPENTES o­n a SHIPPE, courtesy of Geoffrey Chaucer's blog. WARNING: Spoylerez!

A CIRCUS MONKEY in the Russian republic of Buryatia had his motorcycle stolen.

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Bob Dylan clips, Pet Sounds, John Hughes video tribute, and Bears   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 28, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


HAPPY MORNINGS! Sure, most of you don't visit first thing in the morning -- especially o­n a Monday. But in my head, you do... and you need coffee.

BOB DYLAN: With Modern Times coming out tomorrow, Google Video is hosting a career-spanning collection of clips, including previously unreleased footage from the D.A. Pennebaker's Don’t Look Back. Plus, it looks like Bob will be having some good opening acts o­n tour, including Kings of Leon, the Foo Fighters (acoustic, iirc) and the Raconteurs.

THE WHITE STRIPES are o­n the back burner while Jack tours with the Raconteurs, but here's a sneak peek of how they will look o­n The Simpsons next month.

BRIAN WILSON, TOM WAITS, JERRY LEE LEWIS and FRANK BLACK are all part of an all-star panel of artists and execs judging the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, which is giving away over 150K in cash and prizes.

PET SOUNDS: The L.A. Times reviews the 40th Anniversary reissue of the classic album, specifically liking the previously unreleased BBC-TV interview of Brian Wilson by Beatles producer George Martin. Meanwhile, o­ne of my favorite music blogs, Largeheartedboy, is hosting a contest including a special edition o­n glorious colored vinyl (yellow for the original mono mix, green for the remastered stereo version); the deadline is noon today. Let's get a head start by brushing up o­n "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B." (a folk cover suggested by Al Jardine), "Hang o­n to Your Ego" (the original version of "I Know There's An Answer," deemed too arty by Mike Love), the transcendent "God Only Knows" and an instrumental outtake, "Trombone Dixie."

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: London's Guardian has a sobering look at the state of the Toronto-based musical collective and its offshoot bands. Main man Kevin Drew thinks BSS may be losing a little something: "None of us has any time any more in this band. There's lots of families and personal stuff, other bands going o­n, so Social Scene has become ... it's lost a bit of its love outside of when we're together, but when we're together it's there." You can stream the recent BSS unpluggety appearance o­n MPR's The Current from Captain's Dead.

RONNIE WOOD, o­ne of the less dead members of the Rolling Stones, opines that the political activism of Bono and Bob Geldof is pointless.

THE STOOGES, joined by bassist Mike Watt -- will begin recording a new studio album in Chicago o­n October 7th with Steve Albini behind the boards. (Thanks, Ken!)

DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME: The Pure Boredom blog is killing music with a raft of MP3s from the the 80s teen comedies of John Hughes. So I took up the task of providing a video version, starting with the Simple Minds clip (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two Pure Boredom missed from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float), and Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Pure Boredom didn't get to Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" Sadly, the great cover of "I Can't Help Falling In Love" by Lick the Tins does not have video, but I think John Hughes probably likes UB40's cover, too.

NO GIRLS ALLOWED? An article in the Washington Post wonders why there is "a stunning gender-related imbalance" regarding female rock guitarists. Given the generally PC outlook of the WaPo, I'm surprised that there's little discussion of the often sexist nature of the genre, as well as the general sexism of the Blues and Country music that spawned it. SEMI-RELATED: Suede's Bernard Butler talks to the Guardian about the resurgence of the guitar.

THE LEMONHEADS: Sadly, Frank at Chromewaves may be right in writing that "you can tell a person's age by how excited they are about the return of The Lemonheads." He has most of the links I posted last week, but will also hook you up with another new track from the album due next month, with J Mascis providing the guitar solo.

PROJECT MERSH: London's Independent discovers what indie musicians (and a lot of non-indies, too) have long known -- their money really comes from touring and merchandising.

KILLING MUSIC: Two men pleaded guilty to violating copyright laws by posting an album by Ryan Adams o­n a Web site before its public release, federal officials said Thursday.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: After advocating revolution, the troubled singer hits a new low, getting busted giving cocaine to a troubled teenager at The Priory rehab center, which is currently hosting the frontmen from Keane and The Darkness also. Indeed, the celeb contingent at the Priory has generated a joke MySpace page. (Thanks, Miss Valerie!) Even so, it's rumored that the supposedly sober supermodel still wants to marry him.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Now that his company has lost its deal with Paramount Cruise is having folks say he regrets bashing Brooke Shields. The episode has earned Cruise an Assuie award given to public figures who make derogatory and sexist public statements. More importantly, Page Six claims that Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone's decision to dump Cruise was motivated in part by Redstone's wife's reaction to the Shields incident. The decision blindsided Steven Spielberg, who directed Cruise in War of the Worlds and heads the now Paramount-owned DreamWorks. Best Week Ever has a funny faux memo from Redstone to Cruise. The Gallery of the Absurd has "The Prison Art of Katie Holmes," based o­n the editorial cartoon Lindsay Lohan's convict father sent the NYDN. And Just Jared has an unsourced report that Cruise may may a secret deal with Yahoo!

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mark Wahlberg was Invincible to the tune of 17 million, followed by Talladega Nights and the indie-movie-that-could, Little Miss Sunshine, which moved into third place (making 23 million so far o­n an 8 million budget and a 10.5 million sale to Fox Searchlight). Beerfest came in fourth with 6.5 million. Outkast's Idlewild came in eighth with 5.9 million, but that's over 6K per screen -- the highest of the weekend. Snakes o­n a Plane crashed into ninth place o­n its second weekend. How To Eat Fried Worms entered at twelfth, so you hope it was low budget.

THE McCARTNEYS: Heather Mills did another nude photo shoot at the lodge o­n Sir Paul's estate. This was for PETA's "I Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign, not a sleazy german sex manual.

KATE HUDSON-CHRIS ROBINSON BREAK-UPDATE: The rumor that Hudson may be seeing Owen Wilson (which he is treatening to sue over) reportedly did not go down well with the Butterscotch Stallion's then-galpal. A source told Page Six: "She's pretty upset, but everyone knows he's a dog."

MEAT LOAF swears like Samuel L. Jackson in an effort to energize the Kerrang! Awards in London. Or it could be that he's still cranky over the theft of his record collection, which he's trying to replace via eBay.

CINDY CRAWFORD admits she has been using a cosmetic surgeon for the past 11 years. And o­ne good enough that people are surprised by the disclosure.

JENNIFER LOPEZ pregnancy rumors were reignited by tween idol Jesse McCartney, who blurted out in a radio interview that J-Lo was not doing the Dallas movie because she was pregnant. J-Lo's rep vehemently denies it: "She is 100 percent not pregnant." Which, afaik, is the o­nly way to be not pregnant.

GWYNETH PALTROW'S widely-mocked "I Am African" PSA is a focus of an AP story o­n how the latest flood of stars searching for a good cause has prompted a collective groan in the press and among bloggers, as people question their methods and motives. Imho, Paltrow's ad was mocked for the same reason she was chosen to do it -- the obvious inconguity of claiming Paltrow was African, which is o­nly slightly less bizzare than seeing pictures of her surfing in England.

THE EMMYS: 24 and The Office took the top awards last night. The official site has your full list of winners and a photo gallery. There was also a tribute to -- and cameo by -- Dick Clark, who said: "Music is the soundtrack of our lives. Thank you for being a part of my life."

MAD MEL UPDATE: Rob Reiner says that Gibson must not just apologize for the anti-Semitic rant he mad during his recent DUI arrest, but also acknowledge that "his work reflects anti-Semitism." Though I agree that Gibson will have to do more, I wonder whether Reiner will ever come completely clean about the alleged misuse of public funds that spurred his resignation as head of a California commission.

JESSICA SIMPSON: It appears that MTV is working to keep the pneumatic blonde separate from ex Nick Lachey and his new gf Vanessa Minillo at the VMA Awards, to be held o­n the 31st.

BRADGELINA: Pitt may have to change the name of his production company, now that "Plan B" has been approved by the FDA as an emergency contraceptive. Meanwhile, London's Daily Mail makes the unlikey claim that Jolie and Jennifer Ansiton are burying the hatchet, and not in each other.

SURVIVOR is coming under fire from members of the New York City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus for its planned racial segregation of teams for the new season. I would have thought dividing the tribes into Christians, Jews and Muslims would be more topical.

LINDSAY LOHAN gets another verbal spanking for showing up late to work, this time from Bobby co-star William H. Macy: "I think what an actor has to realize (is that) when you show up an hour late, 150 people have been scrambling to cover for you. There is not an apology big enough in the world to have to make 150 people scramble. It's nothing but disrespect. And Lindsay Lohan is not the o­nly o­ne. A lot of actors show up late as if they're God's gift to the film. It's inexcusable, and they should have their a**es kicked."

JIM CARREY and JENNY McCARTHY were spotted snapping up a host of adult items at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer. If true, I can't say I'm shocked. Nauseated, maybe, but not shocked.

THE CULT OF THE iPod has even assimilated Osama bin Laden, according to his former sex slave (who also revealed his obsession with Whitney Houston). In a way, I'm not surprised to discover that OBL dances his mess around the cave to the strains of "Rock Lobster." After all, Kate and Cindy do sorta ululate to make those fish sounds.

IRAQ: Hundreds of Iraqi tribal chiefs have signed a "pact of honor" in support of Prime Minister al-Maliki's national reconciliation plan. The Washington Post has a piece o­n the brutality of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, as well as an interesting -- though not totally persuasive -- article by a professor of demography looking at the risk of death to US troops, not unlike a piece from May o­n the risk to British troops.

IRAN: President Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new phase of a heavy water reactor, which will create a plutonium by-product that could be used to make atomic warheads, test-fired a submarine-to-surface missile during war games Sunday, stormed a Romanian oil rig to settle a commercial dispute, and the deputy speaker of Iran’s Parliaments says Tehran may develop nuclear weapons as a "preventative measure" against threats posed by the West. In reality, the UN is unlikely to impose sanctions, though there may be sanctions by a coalition of the willing.

MIDEAST CONFLICT in the MEDIA: Regarding the BBC's staged photo essay noted here earlier, the copy editor at USA Today notes that the same photo essay breathlessly identified a device as an anti-personnel mine that was actually a lithium battery. It seems like Hezbollah gets better PR coverage in the western media that it is getting in the Arabic press. At least, that would explain the apologetic tone of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's latest interview.

DOES A BEAR GET STUCK IN THE WOODS? No, but it may get stuck in the suburbs, where a whole family may climb a tree in someone's front yard. Let's go to the videos.

SNAKES o­n a MY SPACE PAGE: Animal Control confiscated a 90 pound python living in a home near Freedom Park, NC, after locals saw it o­n their neighbor’s Myspace.com page.

PUG ADOPTS HUSKY PUPS: Awww... Let's go to the video.

A MANATEE that has ventured as far north as Cape Cod seems to be doing quite well. Researchers think this may not have been his first trip to the Northeast.

A SECOND GROUP OF APES is discovered using tools, this time nutcrackers in the central African nation of Cameroon. They are just waiting for us maniacs to blow it up.

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...with the 5-6-7-8's playing "Woo Hoo," along with "I Walk Like Jane Mansfield" and "I'm Blue" o­n TV and in a bar. It's like being at the club from Kill Bill Vol. 1 without Uma Thurman lopping your head off. BTW, "Woo Hoo" is a cover.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' in-store performance at Easy Street Records in Seattle was blogged by all-time Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings: "For some reason, when Darnielle’s not singing falsetto, his warm, nasal tenor reminds me a lot of Kermit the Frog. So he’ll be singing about addiction, divorce, abuse, and heartbreak, and you keep thinking he’s going to break into 'The Rainbow Connection' at any time..." (Thanks, LHB!)

LOSING THE KNACK? Bruce Gary, the band's original drummer o­n "My Sharona," has died of complications from lymphoma at 54. Gary also worked with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Jack Bruce, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Harry Nilsson, Spencer Davis, Albert Collins, Albert King and John Lee Hooker. Earlier this month, Knack frontman Doug Fieger underwent successful brain surgery and is recovering at home. Martin Lewis, a radio host and protégé of fabled rock publicist Derek Taylor, remembers Gary at the HuffPo.

THE SHINS frontman James Mercer tells Billboard.com about the band's third album, Wincing the Night Away, now due in January: "I was just talking to some of the people at Sub Pop who were listening to the rough mixes, and they agree with me that we've stretched. We're trying some different styles."

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE is releasing a stopgap EP Sept. 5th, which will include covers of Psychedelic Furs, Nirvana, Edison Lighthouse and Tripping Daisy. You can hear a new original at the band's newly-upgraded website.

(photo courtesy of the multi-talented Kathryn Yu.)

DAVID BYRNE is going country. No, really. Stereogum has audio and video of David Byrne kickin' it with Sufjan Stevens o­n banjo.

CUTOUT BIN: More fortuitous finds from the Hype Machine, including: Rolling Stones (w/ Beatles?) - Drift Away (extremely rare); Keith Richards - Wicked as it Seems; John Lee Hooker - Crawlin' Kingsnake (with Keef); Lucinda Williams - Can't Let Go (live at KBCO); The Thirteenth Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me; Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy (Live); Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick; Adam And The Ants - Los Rancheros; The Kinks - Where Have All The Good Times Gone; Art Brut - Emily Kane; Sebadoh - Gimme Indie Rock; The Dead Milkmen - Bitchin' Camaro; Jim Reid (of the Jesus & Mary Chain) w/ Sister Vanilla - Song For A Secret; Soul Asylum - Cartoon; Tobin Sprout - It's Like Soul Man; Let's Active - Fell; Tommy Keene - Places That Are Gone; The Beach Boys - Let Him Run Wild (Alternate Take); Sweet - Ballroom Blitz; Rush - The Spirit of Radio (Live; a friend and fan of Simon and Garfunkel never caught the allusion); Journey - Just The Same Way; Diamond Nights - Destination Diamonds; and Cobra Starship - Snakes o­n a Plane (Bring It).

JOSE GONZALEZ, the acclaimed Argentine-Swedish singer-songwriter, explains why he sings in English, his third language. Many were introduced to Gonzalez through his song "Heartbeats," which is the soundtrack for the Sony Bravia ad where 170K superballs bounce the streets of San Francisco. Indeed, there's also a full-song length version of the ad and a "making of the ad" clip o­n YouTube. You can stream his recent World Cafe gig from NPR in Real or Windows format.

MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine is so angry with the United Nations that he is naming the band's next album United Abominations.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: When the supposedly sober supermodel invited the troubled singer to Bali for some sort of rumored wedding ceremony, did she know that Bali is a drug haven, where psychedelic mushrooms are considered its salads? Or is this sort of decision-making why she's reportedly seeing a therapist three times a week?

TOM-KAT UPDATE: In the wake of the Paramount/Cruise-Wagner break-up, execs at Creative Artists Agency -- Tinseltown's most powerful agency -- are threatening a boycott. CAA executive president Richard Lovett: "Paramount has no credibility right now. It is not clear who is running the studio and who is making the decisions." Insiders note that Paula Wagner -- Cruise's business partner -- is married to CAA president Rick Nicita.

NOW SHOWING: This weeks widest release is Beerfest (currently scoring 34 percent o­n the Tomatometer, 33 percent among the "cream of the crop" critics). Close behind is the Rock Star-of-the-gridiron flick Invincible (74 and 83 percent), followed by the adaptation of the kids' classic How to Eat Fried Worms (40-43 percent). Close to wide o­n 973 screens is Outkast's Prohibition-era musical Idlewild (52-71 percent). And if you have started seeing TV ads for Little Miss Sunshine (93-90 percent), that's because it's going wide o­n 1,430 screens this weekend.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is reportedly phoning showbiz execs with whom he's worked to apologize for his anti-Semitic rant the morning of his DUI arrest.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S marriage to second wife Patti Scialfa is o­n the rocks, with the two virtually living separate lives, according to the New York Post. Indeed, Page Six claims that "Part of the problem seems to be a friendship Springsteen developed with a stunning 9/11 widow The Boss is said to have met when he organized the America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon." Insert the Rising joke here.

QUINCY JONES: The 73-year-old musician-producer is dating a 15-year-old aspiring fashion designer? That would be beyond James Woods -- more like Tony Randall.

BRITNEY SPEARS' tell-all coffee table book is finally a bestseller... in 99 ¢ o­nly stores. Hubby Spenderline brags that he got "amazing-a** test scores" o­n his GED test, especially the math. How did we know it wasn't o­n the vocabulary section? Oh well, at least it's not like he's trying to make a living as a songwriter.

JESSICA ALBA suffers for her art, losing a tooth and chipping another during a love scene with Dane Cook while shooting Good Luck Chuck: "We were smashing our faces together and it just happened. It's not the slowest, most romantic of love scenes. Dane's a wild o­ne."

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE & DAVID: Despite a recent spotting of David Spade with Carmen Electra, the latest gossip is that the comedian intends to propose to Heather Locklear o­nce her divorce from Richie Sambora is finalized: "I'm so in love, it's ridiculous. Never in my life did I think I'd be with someone so gorgeous and successful..." These of course are the foundation of any successful marriage.

BRADGELINA: Having cycled through the "Jolie has moved out rumor" and the "Pitt is reaching out to his ex" rumors this week, we prepare for the weekend by coming full circle to the "Jolie is wearing a wedding band" rumor. The couple was spotted together at the birthday party for Pitt's Ocean's 13 co-star Scott Caan, with the E! channel confirming the story that Jolie waited until her estranged father, Jon Voight, left the gallery before going inside.

AMBER VALETTA: The supermodel turned actress has entered rehab for a nonsubstance-related addiction, according to the NYDN. Though some (by which I mean "I") would love to speculate it's a sex-addiction, the reference to "work stress" and "image issues" tend to point elsewhere, don't they?

GEORGE CLOONEY thought he contracted Malaria after visiting war-torn Darfur, but it was just a little food poisoning o­n the return flight. And maybe a small case of TMI.

ELIZABETH HURLEY, the actress and former face of Estée Lauder, presented prizes to pigs at the Hatfield House Country Show in Hertfordshire, England. How's the career, Liz? Seriously, she digs the pigs; she breeds Gloucester Old Spot pigs herself. I'm sure there's a punchline in that last bit.

BLACK CHILDREN TOLD TO SIT IN THE BACK OF THE BUS by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children. The school superintendent for the Red River Elementary School in Coushatta, LA, confirmed that an investigation has been opened and that the driver is not currently driving.

"EAT AT HITLER'S" UPDATE: Reuters reports: "A restaurant in India's financial hub has agreed to change its name from "Hitler's Cross" following strong protests by the country's tiny Jewish community and pressure from Israel." "Tiny." "Pressure." You almost get the sense that Reuters doesn't approve.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: Last Friday, I had a little blurb about The New York Times cherry-picking US casualty statistics, based o­n a glance at the long-term numbers. Blogger John Wixsted actually crunched the numbers and the NYT's skew is even worse than I thought. The number of US military fatalities, US fatalities from IEDs, US wounded and Iraqi military and police casualties are all down in the first 7 months of 2006 compared to the last 7 months of 2005.

HEZBOLLAH TV: A businessman was arrested Wednesday o­n conspiracy charges of enabling the broadcasts of a Hezbollah television station to New York-area customers. Prosecutor Stephen A. Miller suggested that more charges were imminent: "The charge lurking in the background is material support for terrorism." Meanwhile it seems that Boston Muslim-American Society has been directing folks to where you can see it o­nline.

BUBBA the SUPER GROUPER, an orphan who changed his sex and was the first fish to successfully undergo chemotherapy, died suddenly at the Shedd Aquarium Tuesday. Teams were mobilized to provide emergency medical care, but efforts to save the fish were not successful. "The past twenty-four hours have been extremely difficult for our staff as Bubba was truly a member of the Shedd family," said George Parsons, director of the Fishes department at Shedd. "Bubba overcame some incredible odds over the years, and that’s what made him so special to us. His story of survival inspired so many of our guests and the public that followed him."

MY KIND OF TOWN: Chicago, which recently banned the sale of foie gras, has been getting complaints about all the geese pooping in Grant Park. So the city is now spraying 200 gallons of a digestive irritant that will give the geese diarrhea within 20 minutes. Video at the links.

A PANTING, HALF-DEAD PITBULL was rescued from a dumpster in Lancaster, PA.

MOUNTAIN LION ESCAPES FROM A HOME in El Paso County, Colorado -- let's go to the video.

POLAR BEARS reportedly have shrinking genitals. Some scientists are linking this to industrial pollution, but they should consider that the bears do spend a lot of their time in cold water.

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