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GbV, Perfect Albums, Calexico, Ronco and a Jackalope   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS, mama, you got to move. Matthew Harris has a birds-eye view of the 17th St. levee in New Orleans. Jefferson Parish declared martial law. TV stations and newspapers from the Big Easy kept o­n going over the 'net after Katrina knocked out the power. A Small Victory rounded up good news from NO; Instapundit rounded up hurricane relief links.

GUIDED BY VOICES: The Electrifying Conclusion is coming to DVD, just in time for the holidays.

ONE FOR RICHARD NESS: This afternoon, a Central or South American band was playing outside the Thompson Center, as it does from time to time. I think most big cities have o­ne of these, sounding like a cross between Native American folk and Zamfir, master of the pan flute. However, this afternoon they were playing Harry Nilsson's "Without You" in that style.

NEIL YOUNG: NOW has a piece o­n the performance of his upcoming Prairie Wind album at the ole Grand Ole Opry for Jonathan Demme. "And Chad, I think you're hitting the tambourine in exactly the wrong spot every single time."

SLOAN seems to be bubbling around the 'net recently. Here's a post at *Sixeyes lauding their power pop and killing music a little bit.

THE PERFECT ALBUM: Users of the message board and group blog at Plastic.com nominated and (sorta) voted o­n candidates. Not a bad list.

THE BLACK CROWES are releasing four live albums. That's three more than just o­ne live album.

CALEXICO can (and should) be seen covering Love's classic "Alone Again Or" in streaming Quicktime from last year's ACL Festival.

THE MINDERS: Having mentioned Apples In Stereo o­n Monday, I shouldn't have needed You Ain't No Picasso to remind me of The Minders (both feature Robert Schneider). You can kill music at YANP or stream a few from a Flash-based MP3 player at the band's website.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: At last weekend's Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival, the troubled singer started and lost a fight with Razorlight's Johnny Borrell.

GANGSTAS: The Smoking Gun looks at the NYPD's 500-page Hip-Hop dossier.

PAUL McCARTNEY does a Q & A with Reuters supporting Jon Pratt's theory about the singer secretly wanting to be the drummer.

NOT o­n THE PITCHFORK: Lucy Van Pelt is not a fan of the influential website?

BRADGELINA UPDATE: I don't think I can top Defamer's comment o­n this picture of Pitt with Zahara.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is a pest in Budapest, towing the locals' cars without much notice, snarling traffic and sending his "goons" after those who try to take pictures o­n their own street. But he's replacing Stephen Sommers as director of the When Worlds Collide remake, so we can look forward to being destroyed by Zira and Bellus.

KILL KILL REALITY. With backstage antics fitting for a triple-X booth, It sounds like the E! channel should go straight to the unrated DVD.

THE BLUES BROTHERS turns 25 with a special edition DVD.

Elwood: "What kind of music do you usually have here?"
Claire from Bob's Country Bunker: "Oh, we got both kinds. We got country AND western."

IRAQ: U.S. warplanes bombed alleged safe houses of Zarqawi's fighters near the Syrian border Tuesday in o­ne of the strongest uses of air power in months, backing a Sunni-led push to drive out Zarqawi's forces. Arthur Chrenkoff has his penultimate round-up of under-reported news. I linked to the story about the Iraqi version of American Idol, but missed that there's an Iraqi version of Cops. I've noted tribal clashes in Najaf, but missed that the local economy is booming o­n religious tourism and that the crime rate has dropped 90 percent. And you can stream a new Michael Yon phone interview from Mosul that covers a variety of topics. If you haven't checked Yon's dispatches, you really should.

CHARLIZE THERON joins Arrested Development for five episodes. The show premieres September 19th, with Theron first appearing the following week.

ORLANDO BLOOM caught canoodling with Elizabethtown co-star Kirsten Dunst in Miami for the MTV VMAs.

MORE MTV VMA BUZZ: The French Hotel doesn't know whether she's really marrying the guy named Paris. Jamie Foxx, who had been starting to annoy me, went back up a notch: After spotting O.J. Simpson at a party, Foxx grabbed a mic and yelled, "It's a killer party — O.J.'s here!" He then commanded the crowd to "Do the O.J." while making a stabbing motion.

RON POPEIL IS SELLING RONCO, not for 100 million, not 80 million, not even 75 million, but for the low, low, price of 56.5 million dollars! But wait, there's more...

THE IRAQI ARMY: o­n the edge of the Sunni triangle, the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade of the Iraqi Army is taking the lead o­n security and roadside-bomb attacks have nearly stopped. Major K is blogging about the formation of the 6th Infantry Division which will soon be the first operational division in the new Iraqi Army, but addresses progress generally. Dadmany blogs his visit with an Iraqi Army unit, mainly reporting comments from the Deputy Commanding General about what the old army had become under Saddam, what he hopes the new IA will become and what it needs to get there.

THE IRAQI CONSTITUTION: PowerLine has a translation of a story o­n poll of Iraqi opinion o­n the draft constitution from Tuesday's edition of the Iraqi newspaper Alhayat. Eighty-eight percent support holding the constitutional vote under current conditions. Support for federalism was largely limited to the Kurds; 58 percent prefer a central government with provincial administration. 84 percent support giving women full rights and benefits as men. And the provisions referring to Islam are probably more liberal than public opinion. (These results are consistent with last month's IRI poll.) NYU Prof Noah Feldment thinks the extension of federalism to Shiite provinces is the main cause of Sunni discontent. There may be minor edits to the draft, so I suppose we can hope that the definition of "minor" is a bit elastic, as at least o­ne Sunni party has left wiggle room to support the draft with changes.

CULT OF THE iPod: Apple may announce its long-awaited iTunes phone being developed with Motorola as early as next Wednesday, but skepticism remains over whether the device will have as much success as the iconic iPod digital music player. It may even be arbitrarily limited to storing o­nly 25 songs.

DON'T KNOW MUCH about science according to a new poll. Examples: Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. o­nly about 10 percent know what radiation is. o­ne adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century.

GLOBAL WARMING: Author Ross Gelbspan claims Hurricane Katrina's real name is global warming, but very few of us know this because the coal and oil industries have spent millions of dollars to keep the public in doubt about the issue. Gelbspan does not name a single scientist supporting his claim about hurricanes. The scientists quoted in articles syndicated by The New York Times and the L.A. Times generally don't think so either, though MIT meteorologist Kerry Emanuel thinks it might be proved to be o­ne factor if current trends continue for the next few years.

NANOTECH: German physicists have created a material harder than diamond from aggregated diamond nanorods. ALSO: Droplets of liquid have been moved uphill by molecular motors. The so-called “nano-shuttles” could also create a range of different types of smart surfaces, such as adhesive surfaces that can be switched o­n and off, or surfaces that can be switched from o­ne color to another.

CINDY SHEEHAN is not building opposition to the war in Iraq, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. About half of those surveyed think President Bush should meet with her again, though Sheehan claims to be glad he did not. About the same number "support what Cindy Sheehan is doing," but only 13 percent said U.S. forces should be withdrawn immediately, which is what Sheehan advocates. This is why political scientists consider polling to be as much art as science.

BERLIN'S MAYOR is being criticized for officially welcoming to a sado-masochism festival to the German capital this weekend. But he was probably hoping to be whipped.

CONCEALED CARRY: At an Albequerque Wal-Mart, 72-year-old Due Moore fatally shot Felix Vigil, who was attacking his ex-wife with a knife near the store's deli counter where she worked.

THE RABBIT DONE DIED of a disease that made it look like a jackalope.

OSTRICH halts traffic o­n the Golden Gate.

A CAT crawled into the ground-floor of a German apartment, broke window blinds, tore down drapes and trashed furniture. Police also found fish and fish remains from a broken aquarium scattered around the apartment. Hey, the fish should have kept its mouth shut.

DOGS are dinner in Ho Chi Minh City for the annual food issue of The New Yorker. Apparently, in 'Nam, "Black Dog" is a delicacy, not today's second Led Zeppelin IV reference.

IS THAT A PAIR OF RARE CUBAN SONGBIRDS in your pants, or... oh, it is.

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Richard Thompson, Luxury Liners, Zahara blogs and Hogzilla II   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


STANLEY MOUSE and ALTON KELLEY: Some Russian is collecting their posters. Anyone who shopped at the Music Works may remember some of these. My ex-roomie Dru Martin had the Bo Diddley.

HURRICANE KATRINA: Having hooked you up to blog coverage yesterday, today I'll point you to the Yahoo Full Coverage page to follow the aftermath of the storm.

RICHARD THOMPSON GOES MUSIC SHOPPING with The New Yorker. Find out whether he bought Wille Dixon or Cyndi Lauper.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' Carl Newman lists music you should hear for Amazon and gives some advice to Axl Rose.

ERIC CLAPTON talks about his difficulty writing about a relationship that is productive and successful and loving without being boring or self-indulgent. And how a happy homelife led him to reunite Cream.

BLOC PARTY is interviewed on the Pitchfork: "We were formed in reaction to bands like Oasis."

RILO KILEY bassist Pierre "Duke" de Reeder tals about opening for Coldplay.

POWER POP: My Old Kentucky Blog tempts you to download the Luxury Liners by name-dropping Badfinger, Big Star, The Byrds and The Raspberries. I wouldn't go that far, but you also can get the MP3s straight from the band's official website or stream some from the band's MySpace page. If I had to pick an original, it would be "Sunshine," but the cover of Cher's "Believe" is really good.

POLYPHONIC SPREE: Gorilla vs. Bear notes that the PS is most of the soundtrack for the upcoming movie Thumbsucker. You can stream a few from the band's MySpace page.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: His Babyshambles bandmates say the troubled singer was never going to quit the band; he just wanted to take time out of the public spotlight. Keep in mind that Doherty looks to be starting a video blog for paying fans at his website.

MICK JAGGER agrees that his stage presence is similar to that of Hitler, but it's all in good fun.

THE NINETIES "offered the worst music of any decade in the rock 'n' roll era," argues Brent DiCrescenzo, in large part by creating his own box set of music from the decade.

IRAQ: The troops are getting a new generation of bomb-resistant armored vehicles named the Cougar and the Buffalo. Tim Russert's Meet the Press segment with four retired generals suggests in passing that the U.S. is making progress training Iraqi forces. Dave Doyle, a freelance sports reporter stationed in Iraq, posts dispatches and gets feedback from both sides of the Iraq issue.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE OIL: If the estimates are correct, the oil sands project in Alberta, Canada has the ability to supply all of North America for the next 50 years without touching a drop of imported oil. The Canucks can be so glad the U.S. is busy with Iraq at the moment.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Vanity Fair breaks its sales record with the Aniston cover. Zahara Jolie has a blog. It seems that Angie has already taught the tot not to believe everything you read in the papers.  Pitt's ex-galpal Gwyneth Paltrow thinks Pitt and Aniston are reaping what they sowed by being so public with their marriage. If I was Paltrow, I wouldn't want to talk about Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, either.

DOROTHY'S RUBY SLIPPERS STOLEN: We all know whodunit, don't we? After all, Dorothy kinda stole them herself, right off the feet of that poor woman's dead sister...

PAGE SIX GETS IT WRONG? Hard to believe, but I think so. But you never know...

STACY'S MOM thinks Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher needs to eat something.

EDDIE MURPHY and MARIAH CAREY caught canoodling in Miami for the MTV VMAs.

LIZ HURLEY getting hitched?

THE SPANISH INQUISITION: Amongst their weaponry are: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to Natalie Portman.

EVA LONGORIA has vexed her ABC bosses by taping a segment for Dateline NBC. The picture of Longoria bikini-clad to present an MTV award fails to show just how tight the bottom piece was. But no o­ne ever accused her of leaving anything to the imagination.  Except maybe Dude.Man.Phat, who definitely has an imagination.

RUSSELL CROWE slams celebrity acitivists like Bono and Bob Geldof. According to Crowe, "There's a lot that can be achieved by putting a cheque in the right place and shutting up about it." I'm sure the hotel employee who got hit by the phone Crowe threw at him agrees 11 million times over.

GWYNETH PALTROW and CHRIS MARTIN are relocating to Los Angeles, if o­nly to prove that neither is physically capable of getting a tan.

BRITNEY SPEARS screams at and threatens a 13-year-old girl. Just prepping for motherhood, y'know.

HOLLYWOOD REMAKES: The theory seems to be that they are a good bet because you have a proven quantity with name recognition. But that theory has mixed results in the real world.

JESSICA ALBA will not be remaking I Dream of Jeannie, thereby removing any reason to see o­ne. Thanks, Jess!

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY was offered liposuction by an L.A. dermotologist. This is the culture that produces Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie.

DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Mohammed blogs that Grand Ayatollah Al Sistani opposes the federation of the draft constitution and wants unity with the Sunnis. He could have said this earlier, so I wonder whether he might have a larger agenda. Joseph Nye argues that democratization can surely help remove some of the sources of rage that fuel terrorism, but is o­nly part of the solution. Tall Dave looks at the odds that democracy can take root in Iraq and thinks it's the economy, stupid.

THE HOME FRONT: Listening to Cindy Sheehan bail o­n an NPR interview convinced me that the groups backing her would probably do better with Barbara Porchia. Also, imho, antiwar protesters ought to figure out that protesting outside Walter Reed Hospital and at funerals doesn't win hearts and minds. And it would probably help if veterans returning from Iraq were not shunned when they go back to college. That's free advice and worth every penny.

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. forces have killed a senior Taliban commander responsible for a spate of attacks in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said o­n Monday. France has significantly boosted its military presence in the region as part of a budding rapprochement withthe U.S.

GLOBAL WARMING killed most life o­n Earth 250 million years ago, according to U.S. researchers. Clearly, those Trilobites should not have been driving their SUVs all over the planet.

COFFEE is the biggest source of antioxidants in the average American's diet. Not to mention what cappuccinos do for Pam Anderson.

NANOTECH: As Pate mastermind Jon Pratt is all about the thin film coatings, I note with great interest the idea of a thin film treatment that can permanently prevent glass from fogging and virtually eliminate glare.

F***ING TOWN IN AUSTRIA keeps getting its F***ing sign stolen. Police Chief Kommandant Schmidtberger asks, "What is this big F***ing joke?"

SPEAKING OF THE F WORD, students are being allowed to swear at o­ne British secondary school -- as long as they limit their use of bad language to five times a lesson.

TURN DOWN THAT RACKET! Or suffer the fate of the Princess of Swaziland.

SEX THERAPIST LAURA BERMAN complains about being stared at by construction workers. Granted, such behavior is classless -- but if the o­nly person to complain has her own line of "intimate accessories," this particular encounter begins to sound very much like "This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby!"

RE-WILDING UPDATE: A plan by a Cornell University-led team of scientists to populate U.S. grasslands with wild lions, cheetahs, elephants and other African safari favorites -- previously noted here -- has been slammed by conservation groups.

ELEPHANT who lost a foot after stepping o­n a landmine six years ago has had a temporary limb fitted. Video at the link.

JELLYFISH shut down a nuclear reactor in Sweden which supplies about 10 percent of the nation's electricity.

SQUIRREL halts a £1million development at a Scots castle the old-school way -- by being endangered.

WHY CAN'T THE GEESE CROSS THE ROAD? A new ordinance in Amherst, N.H., as it turns out.

HUMAN ZOO EXHIBIT UPDATE: o­ne of the humans has a blog. Don't miss the "About Me" section.

HOGZILLA II -- THE RETURN: The 594 lb. boar captured in the suburbs of Queensland is something to see, but is still no match for south Georgia's 800 lb. beast.

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Super-special mid-Monday Hurricane bonus post   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 29, 2005 - 05:12 PM
Posted by: kbade


HURRICANE KATRINA: If this is the story for you, I would recommend -- oddly enough -- Terry Teachout's blog at ArtsJournal, which has an impressive round-up of links to hurricane coverage.

I have to think that Katrina and the Waves may now be feeling a bit like ex-Throwing Muse Kristin Hersh.

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Steve Earle, Kinky Friedman, Robots, Hamsters and Bikers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 29, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


APPLES IN STEREO are the soundtrack to the new HP photo ad.

KEITH RICHARDS apologizes for saying Mick Jagger has a small package. But he doesn't really say it was untrue.


JOHNNY ROTTEN and Sham 69 singer Jimmy Pursey came to blows outside the U.S. embassy as they queued for visas.

STEVE EARLE: The Asheville Citizen-Times lists its six reasons to love him.

THE SEATTLE SCENE: The Seattle Times takes a look at a post-grunge wave of musical immigrants, including Laura Veirs and the Fruit Bats.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Indyweek plays Scrabble with frontman John Darnielle.

WHITE STRIPES: Jack White sorta explains why he and Meg pretended to be brother and sister.

TALKING HEADS catalog is getting the deluxe reissue treatment from Rhino.

KINKY FRIEDMAN: The Nashville Scene profiles the Texas gubenatorial candidate.

UPCOMING RELEASES: The San Francisco Bay Guardian looks at the Fall schedule.

AIR GUITAR: The World Championship results are in.

SUGE KNIGHT shot at a party honoring Kanye West in Miami. I guess the hurricane wasn't enough to hold everyone's attention.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie is calling Pitt her husband. Meanwhile, Ashlee Simpson would like to be Pitt.

TARA REID: Sometimes, even a safe-for-work picture is worth a thousand words.

MATTHEW MODINE has some Phair-weather fans in a Canadian band called Pony Up.

THE COEN BROTHERS and CHARLIE KAUFFMAN are getting into radio dramas.

TERRY GILLIAM: His Brothers Grimm took second at the box office, but that doesn't stop him from slagging the first two Harry Potter movies and Spielberg's recent stuff.

GRIZZLY MAN: You can stream the first eight minutes of the excellent Werner Herzog movie (with music by Richard Thompson).

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Teri Hatcher gets a retraction of that story about her having fun in an old VW van in her yard, even as she denies rumors of an eating disorder. Eva Longoria is said to be suffereing headaches after being struck in the head by a pole o­n-set. I wonder if that falls under Workers' Comp?

REDFORD AND NEWMAN, together again?

NICOLE KIDMAN knows how to get movers to be careful with her stuff.

NATALIE PORTMAN, who shaved her head for V for Vendetta, is sporting a mohawk.

SEAN PENN'S stories from Iran get a good review at DowJones' MarketWatch, while noting other reax have been mixed.


JANE FONDA plans to introduce British MP George Galloway o­n his U.S. speaking tour. Galloway was expelled from the Labour Party for inciting Arabs to fight British troops and inciting British troops to defy orders. Since then his statements o­n Abu-Dhabi TV, Al-Jazeera and Syrian TV have been o­nly slightly muted.

IRAQI CONSTITUTION: Iraqi leaders finalized the draft constitution, which left some Sunni negotiators unsatisfied, despite last-minute concessions. At Iraq the Model, Omar live-blogged the legislative seession and posted additional thoughts that suggest that the Sunnis intend to remain primarily engaged in the political process -- for now, anyway.

IRAQ II: Agency France Presse reports that "General Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed concern about a 'growing gap' between the US public's downbeat perception of the war o­n Iraq and that of the troops fighting it... Unlike others in the US administration, Myers did not blame the media coverage for the gap. Instead, he acknowledged the difficulty of conveying progress in a counter-insurgency campaign in which there are no front lines." Though perhaps Myers might reconsider if he sees AFP refer to the "war on Iraq." Knight-Ridder's Tom Lasseter continues his series painting the situation in al Anbar as hopeless, much like London's Guardian. The examples of local residents providing cruical info that prompts an airstrike against 50 terrorists (possibly leaders, too) and local Sunnis fighting Al Qaeda supporters never seem to make it into these stories. Bill Roggio questions the Guardian story o­n the situation in Haiditha; the blog of a reporter in the area, while not entirely rosy, seems to contradict the idea that the insurgents are running the Haiditha dam. Nor does it appear as though Fallujah is falling into insurgent hands, as the Guardian suggests. The AP has a new FAQ page devoted to its Iraq coverage, probably in response to the complaints from its member papers noted here previously. My favorite part is where the AP claims that it "also writes frequently about reconstruction efforts -- outlining both the progress that has been made in renovating schools (in a story earlier this summer)..." "Frequently" = "earlier this summer?"

CULT OF THE iPod: The gadget is replacing DJs at weddings. And Apple has settled a class-action suit involving batteries in earlier models of the iPod.

MEN SMARTER, according to a new study (not conducted by Ron Burgundy) though it seemingly also concludes that women use what they've got better than men. Having previously noted news that women are smarter, I just want to be fair about it.

IOWA MAN walks off with an artificial leg worth 17K... without paying.

MOSUL: Michael Yon, who is doing incredible blogging from Mosul, did an interview last week, in which he notes that the unit he has embedded with has not been hit with an IED in two weeks, when it used to get them twice daily. Coalition forces killed a major facilitator of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in northern Iraq, during operations in Mosul. Col. James H. Coffman Jr. was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross -- second o­nly to the Medal of Honor in recognizing bravery in combat by a soldier -- for rallying Iraqi commandos to defend their position against an insurgent assault in Mosul. A Google News search suggests the story ran in about 64 media outlets nationwide.

CINDY SHEEHAN is back in Crawford and she is starting to lose a little compassion for Gold Star Moms who still support the war. In turn, I'll bet those Moms don't like that Sheehan has called the foreign jihadis coming into Iraq "freedom fighters," but there it was o­n the streaming video. San Francisco's KGO-TV looks at the network groups funding and promoting her. As noted here previously, Cindy Sheehan has been mentioned tens of thousands of time o­n television alone.

POLICE RECOVER MAN'S BODY FROM ELEPHANT BUTTE, much to the delight of headline writers everywhere.

ROBOTS are playing o­nline poker.

HAMSTER-POWERED PHONE CHARGER: Some people have cellphone service that sounds like it's hamster-powered, too.

HOGS ROAR: Chattanooga city officials agreed to relax enforcement of a noise ordinance as about 12,000 Harley-Davidson bikers arrived Friday for a national convention along the city's typically tranquil riverfront... with millions of dollars to spend.

CATS sometimes bite the hand that strokes them. Scientists are studying why.

DOGS sometimes get lost. Archie the black Labrador jumped aboard the first train home and got off at the right station.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS stole six huntaway dogs from a Massey University farm, almost certainly killing some of them, as they were there for medical treatment.

PRAIRIE DOG ABUSE: A Colorado man was cited for allegedly abusing a prairie dog by tying a rope around its neck and spray painting it bright orange. Imho, an Old Testament-style punishment is due.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: Reptile wranglers searching for the crafty Carlito in Lake Machado have given up the hunt — at least for now. Abraham Amezcua, 35, who was selling T-shirts reading "You'll Never Catch Me" in English and Spanish, said the gator may not be seen for a long time.

HUMANS, caged and barely clothed within a rocky enclosure, were o­n display at the London Zoo. It's a mad house.

CHICKEN: Dark meat can now be transformed into white meat.

RARE CALICO LOBSTER saved from the cauldron, donated the rare find to a Boothbay Harbor aquarium in Maine.

BEE SWARM attacks elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland.


GEESE are competing with guard dogs.

MAN WAKES UP WITH SHEEP and is sure it was pregnant. Police did not ask how the young man came to that conclusion.

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The Velvet Underground, The Knitters, a Green Parrot and Rare Woodpeckers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 26, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade




FRIDAY TIMEWASTER II: Music-Map (Thanks, Ken King)!

JACK WHITE MULLS COKE DEAL: The White Stripes' frontman has been in talks with Coca-Cola to pen a new song for their commercials. "They want a new 'I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke' and believe Jack is the o­nly artist who can deliver them something that will be equally timeless," a source told NME. Why not? The band and soda already share the same color scheme...

SEE THE VELVET UNDERGROUND play "Sweet Jane" at Max's Kansas City.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE announces U.S. tour dates, with the lovely Leslie Feist as the opening act.

COVER SONGS: The Foxymorons are offering their album of covers -- which ranges from Hank Williams to Big Star to Gram Parsons to Whitney Houston -- for free and legal downloading, complete with cover art. The Copy, Right blog continues to kill music with a batch ranging from Kelis to Pete Townshend to Neil Diamond and Madonna.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN plan to release their seventh album, The Goalkeeper's Revenge, in January.

ALT-POP: Douglas Wolk attempts to dissect the oxymoronic genre.

THE KNITTERS get a nice write-up in L.A. City Beat. John Doe o­n recording the band's second record in 20 years: "We could’ve done it in under five hours, but you’ve got to take time out for bullsh*tting, telling jokes, and horsing around."

BOB DYLAN: The trailer for the Martin Scorsese documentary, No Direction Home, is o­nline in QuickTime. But could somebody explain why it's going to be out o­n DVD, featuring additional never-before-seen footage, a week before it airs o­n PBS?

MYSPACE: The social networking site favored by many indie bands, is intentionally designed to be butt-ugly. So is eBay.

TALKING BACK TO 80'S MUSIC: Number 45 in a series at Protein Wisdom.

TALKIN' 'BOUT MY G-G-GENERATION: Most incoming college students were born in 1987, which is roughly when most Pate fans graduated college, give or take a few years. The Beloit College Mindset List tells you how their worldview differs from yours.

FEMALE DJs are making it in a man's man's man's world.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt is renting a place in the Hamptons to be near Jolie, who is filming The Good Shepherd in New York. He also wants to go public about his relatinship with Jolie, so he's hired PR guru Pat Kingsley, the woman who made Tom Cruise appear sane until he dumped her for his sister.

VAUGHNISTON? Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were caught canoodling at a Dwight Yoakum concert by a tipster to The Superficial.

EDDIE MURPHY, in the midst of a divorce, was spotted boomeranging in the direction of Robin Givens.

CELEB MAY-WHENEVER ROMANCES: Oh No They Didn't lists relationship age differences from o­ne to 32+ years.

YOU'VE GOT TO SEE THE BAY-BEE: Jerry Seinfeld is a Dad for the third time. Just keep the baby away from the dingo, because you don't want someone turning up decades later claiming to be your kid.

BRITNEY SPEARS' husband gets a job. Sha na na na, na na na na na.

SIN CITY: Frank Miller says the sequel will include Nancy Callahan -- the character played by Jessica Alba in the original.

MARY-KATE OLSEN may become the new face of Calvin Klein. She may attract a younger demographic than Ashley, who was born two minutes earlier. No doubt her eating disorder was also considered a plus by the waif-friendly designer.

DENISE RICHARDS and CHARLIE SHEEN look more and more like they are reconciling.

ORLANDO BLOOM is a scatterbrain, which may explain his o­n-again relationship with Kate Bosworth.

JOHN CLEESE is having parts of his colon removed... and wants to auction them o­n his web site. I think he may run into some legal problems regarding medical waste disposal. But it's the thought that counts.

ALI G was dunked in the ocean by Pamela Anderson's bodyguards after he rugby-tackled the sexy actress at her dogs' wedding. Dude.Man.Phat has pictures.

TERI HATCHER is back to complaining she can't find a man. Hey, she had her chance; I'm not dating her. That's final. Unless she calls.

IRAQ: Parliament took another day to attempt to win Sunni approval of the draft constitution. Iraqi Star, the local version of American Idol, has attracted a record viewership, though the final elimination rounds cannot be held in front of a live studio audience for security reasons. And Michael Yon has another riveting dispatch from Mosul, with photos of close quarters combat.

IRAQ II: Col. Thomas Spoehr says New York Times reporter Michael Moss spun a good news story about body armor into a bad news story. Mustang 09, blogging from Baghdad, noted this also. PowerLine details how AP reporter Angela Brown is airbrushing the facts when it comes to antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan. So when Knight Ridder's Tom Lasseter writes that insurgents in the al Anbar province have fought the U.S. military to a stalemate and that some commanders fear that much of the military effort is wasted, what should I make of it? I know that people like Clark Hoyt, the Washington Editor for KR, already takes the position that there is little good news to report from Iraq. I also know that Hoyt made a number of errors (regarding oil production, electricity generation and the number of provinces with few terror attacks) and omissions, as Brookings' Iraq Index shows. Gary Berkley, former publisher of a KR paper, thinks KR's coverage is biased as does Stingray, who is stationed in the al Anbar province. And there's nothing in Lasseter's stories suggesting he knows he was reporting o­n a cordon and search operation, not a clear and hold operation. So while I'm sure al Anbar is still a mess, I guess I'm taking those stories with a grain of salt.

ORGY ERUPTS at the trendy Bistro Du Vent in NYC.

POLICE NAB SEX OFFENDER SLEEPING WITH 15-YEAR OLD in Tennessee. The girl's mother had no problem with it, thereby perpetuating stereotypes about the South.

I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS: Britons are more likely to commit suicide o­n Monday than any other day of the week, according to researchers from the Office for National Statistics. This result held even for pensioners, who don't have to go to work. Sometimes, there are no reasons.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: Lake Machado is now being scoured by three alligator wrestlers and a cameraman from Gatorland of Orlando, FL, in hopes of catching the crafty Carlito, who has already eluded Colorado-based gator wrangler Jay Young.

TWENTY-NINE CROCODILES BUST OUT of a wildlife farm east of Beijing. The farm has set up a hotline for tips o­n any of the 13 runaway crocodiles still at large.

NEW BIOTERROR THREAT posed by Vietnamese Catfish.

TORTOISE has surgery, gets underbelly patched with fiberglass. I wonder if that came with TrueCoat... Anyway, it's probably better than using Bondo.

TURTLE EGGS: To persuade Mexican men not to illegally consume turtles' eggs which they believe to be aphrodisiacs, an international conservation group has launched an ad campaign featuring models with bulging breasts with the headline, "My man does not need turtle eggs because he knows they don't make him more potent." The National Women's Institute, while behind the effort to end consumption of turtle eggs, feels the campaign portrays women as sex objects.

KILLER WHALES have learned to set traps to catch seagulls.

DOLPHINS, PORPOISES AND SEALS have been spotted o­n London's River Thames.

HOMELESS BEAR ARRESTED for begging in Siberia.

ELEPHANT RELOCATION PLAN SUSPENDED in Kenya after a truck broke under the animals' weight.

SPIDER CAUSES CAR WRECK: A German woman shocked by a spider crawling across her face lost control of her car and crashed head o­n into a roadside tree, according to police in the western town of Rheine. The car was totally destroyed but the woman and the spider escaped with o­nly slight injuries.

TWO SUSPECTS AND A PARAKEET were sought by police in the investigation of a robbery of a hardware store in Des Moines, IA. It turned out that Peetie was a small parrot and apparently was not charged in the case.

RARE WOODPECKER AUDIO suggests there might be more than o­ne of the ivory-billed woodpecker -- o­nce thought extinct -- an eastern Arkansas swamp. Woodpecker audio at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Much less rare Woody Woodpecker audio at Frogstar.

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