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Sylvia Hauser, The Hold Steady, Arctic Monkeys and Zombie Worms   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 21, 2005 - 08:30 AM
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...AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION somewhere in the Southeast. After jokingly referring to Ms. Hauser's new life as a biker chick, I am informed that Ms. H got a 250cc Honda Rebel for her birthday. It's apparently a fine bike for Sylvia-sized people. And for a Japanese bike, it still has a Southern Accent.  Her fiancee's bike is in the background, as are signs that she is producing Extreme Makeover: Home Edition amid the Kudzu and wild hogs.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: A classic... penguin smacking.

JENNY LEWIS of Rilo Kiley talks about covering The Traveling Wilburys with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard for her solo album due in January. MTV says it "draws heavily from the winsome sexiness of Dusty Springfield's masterpiece Dusty in Memphis and the unbridled moxie of Loretta Lynn's Coal Miner's Daughter." Let's hope so!

CREAM: Ginger Baker claims the band broke up because Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce insisted o­n turning it up to eleven.

THE HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks to the Tuscon Weekly: about being being featured in an Internet sitcom funded by Target: "In indie rock there's this sort of elitist thing. Most people who have heard of us already are not going to hear about us at Target, nor are they buying their music at Target. I don't want to get into a situation at any point where it's like if you don't read Pitchfork then you can't hear about us, because that's not where we're coming from."

ON THE PITCHFORK: Speaking of which, the Detroit Cobras get a reads-better-than-the-number-suggests 7.5 for Baby, their latest batch of obscure R&B covers.

THE SILVER JEWS album Tanglewood Numbers is racking up an composite score of 79 at Metacritic -- not bad given the expectations set by American Water and the wait since 2001's Bright Flight.

U2 keeps Bono away from coffee because he becomes difficult to deal with when he's consumed caffeine. Who'da thunkit?

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS: The wholesale killing of music as someone posts a whole bunch of Arctic Monkeys live video.

SO.WRONG... Earlier this week, Amber Taylor e-mailed me a link to Jonathan Coulton's cover of "Baby Got Back." To return the favor, I sent her a link to Nina Gordon (ex-Veruca Salt) covering "Straight Outta Compton." But when Ms. Taylor posted the Coulton link as appealing to "some of you sickos," I had to e-mail her that real sickos would prefer the rap version of "Build Me Up, Buttercup" featuring ODB. Ms. Taylor posted it under the heading "Wrong piled upon wrong" and gave me the blame I so richly deserve.

VAN HALEN denies involvement with the Rock Star TV show.

THE STROKES: Stereogum is killing music with another leak from the upcoming album.

DAVE MATTHEWS is performing o­n a Caribbean cruise. If he's lucky, no o­ne will dump human waste o­n him.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle tries to answer a question: "Now that Scarlett Johansson's mainstream makeover is complete, indie guys from coast to coast are wondering: on whom shall I crush now?"

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The Babyshambles album has leaked o­nto the internet. Some bloggers are less than impressed. However, Stereogum likes it and is killing music. Supermodel Helena Christensen is backing Moss, which would be more believable if she were to recreate the video to Chris Issak's "Wicked Game" with me while she explained herself.

YOUR SUBCULTURE SOUNDTRACK is a new indie-centric wiki.

DONT STOP BELIEVIN': The Chicago White Sox, headed for their first World Series since 1959, have adopted Journey's 1981 hit as their postseason rallying cry, with A.J. Pierzynski blaring the tune in the clubhouse after the team's American League pennant-clinching victory over the Angels o­n Sunday. The players also sang the tune o­n the flight home from Anaheim. Is it that they don't want me to root for them, or are they just trying to make the Black Sox look better?

DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN? The charity single featuring Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, Roky Erickson, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck, Sum 41, Sloan, Sonic Youth, and more now has a video.

NEW WAVE SINGLES: If you'r a fan of the seven-inchers from the days of skinny ties, here's a massive gallery of sleeves for your enjoyment.

MADONNA denies she was trying to use a Kabbalah mystic for profit (or prophet), but No Rock and Roll Fun is dubious. Madge is also griping that people treat her attraction to Kabbalah as though she had announced that she's joined the Nazi party.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Us Weekly has its story and is sticking to it.

MICHAEL JACKSON has been summoned for jury duty in L.A. His lawyers hope to get a deferment.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: The teen diva was reportedly sprawled out o­n the dirty linoleum floor of a West Hollywood 7-Eleven at 5 a.m. Her rep denies it, natch.

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is being remade. It might even be good, as it's being produced by Gary Ross, whose father was a writer o­n the 1954 original.

ROSE McGOWAN almost got herself arrested in Hollywood Tuesday night. The story appears to be a misunderstanding with a security guard; the nosy rumors floating around the 'net would blow your mind.

CARTOONS are the first movies in decades to be shown in Saudi Arabia. And they will be shown to women and children. "These are small steps that King Abdullah is trying to take to live up to his reputation as the champion of reformers," said Mai Yamani, a Saudi-born writer and academic.

BILL GATES: Mister Softee tells The New Yorker that that his o­ne distraction from business and philanthropy is the Fox TV thriller 24. He watches it obsessively — or at least he did until Elisha Cuthbert's character disappeared this past season. I thought about putting Bill's picture here... for about a nanosecond.

HURRICANE KATRINA is cusing a surge of tattoos in the Big Easy.

GWYNETH PALTROW finds the UK's streets are dirty, the weather cold and its customer services "rubbish." Of course, she recently criticized the US, too. Seems like she's unhappy wherever she is and might want to look at the common denominator.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie and Pitt go joyriding in her jet. Rumors of their engagement cause the usual internet phenomena, such as the inevitable wedding registry. One of the items there is the unrated DVD of Jolie's Original Sin, which may be why IDLY can point you to a 28 MB unrated clip of a sex scene between Antonio Banderas and Jolie from the movie. NSFW? You betcha!

NANOTECH: Using the parts inside a single molecule, scientists have constructed the world's smallest car -- four nanometers, slightly wider than a strand of DNA.

CULT OF THE iPod: iLounge has the Top Ten Things You Wanted to Know About the 5G iPod for regular folks and for techies and audiophiles.

IRAQ: Guardian journalist Rory Carroll was freed by a group of Sadr City residents; it appears that Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi was present when he was released. Carroll wants to go o­n reporting o­n Iraq; maybe he'll rethink that "US troops are more dangerous than the insurgents" angle he was working. Iraqi security forces arrested a nephew of Saddam o­n suspicion he was funneling foreign money to the insurgents. A senior lieutenant to Zarqawi was killed by US-led forces near Ramadi. Saad Ali Firas Muntar al-Dulaimi was chiefly responsible for planning and executing all terrorist attacks o­n Iraqi and coalition forces in the Ramadi and Fallujah areas, according to the military. And Al-Qaeda in Iraq has released a new statement in which it explains that they are not fighting the US occupation of Iraq, but to create "an Islamic state which is part of the caliphate and the Muslim territory."

MUDSLINGER THE PIG does all sorts of tricks, including playing soccer. Which would be strange enough without the sudden appearance of MacKenzie Phillips in this video.

A RAT released o­n a deserted island off New Zealand beat scientists, traps, baits and sniffer dogs before being captured four months later o­n a neighbouring island. Sounds like a good time to read up o­n the rat love manifesto.

CATS may be allergic to humans.

DOG suffers from narcolepsy. Now that Skeeter falls asleep in mid-trot, the Hendersons place him in a stroller for his customary walk.

ZOMBIE WORMS feast o­n the corpses of whales o­n the ocean floor.

200 LB. BABY ELEPHANT is delivered in less than ten minutes. I fing it more off that many elephants take days to deliver their massive offspring.

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The Decemberists, Apollo Sunshine, The Posies and Wireless Cows   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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THE DECEMBERISTS played Chicago Tuesday and Wednesday; Ken King and I saw them last night. As when I saw them at the Intonation festival, for a band that often gets compared to Robyn Hitchcock and the Smiths for its literary quirkiness, the sextet knows how to "make show." Live, the band packed a bigger wallop than o­n the albums, especially a galloping version of "The Infanta" from Picaresque, though "This Sporting Life" and even "Sixteen Military Wives" were punchier. Although the set favored Picaresque, the band did dip into the back catalog for crowd favorites like "Leslie Anne Levine" and "Red Right Ankle," a request frontman Colin Meloy dedicated to his "sweetheart," who we learned created the band's avian backdrop. I also want to highlight the contribution of violinist and vocalist Petra Haden, who is the newest Decemberist and seems to be having a great deal of fun with it. Indeed, the band "making show" works beyond mere theatricality because all of the members seem to be having fun making music. The encore was energetic as well, with Meloy leading the band through a hyper-kinetic cover of ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" (sadly the bootleg video link I had is dead now) and their own "I Was Made For The Stage." The show was sponsored by KEXP, which has a streaming studio appearance from March o­nline. I believe the show was recorded, so perhaps you too will soon be able to enjoy a part of a highly entertaining evening.

SON VOLT is doing a concert webcast from the 9:30 Club in DC for NPR this Friday at 10 Eastern/9 Central. You can also stream past shows from the link, including My Morning Jacket with Kathleen Edwards.

JOHNNY CASH: Pitchfork has the skinny o­n the first-ever single-disc career retrospective.

MY MORNING JACKET: Seen their video for "Off the Record?"

APOLLO SUNSHINE is written up at YANP. He's killing music a little, but scrupulous readers can stream a few from the band's MySpace page.

THE CONSTANTINES are interviewed at PopMatters, which ironically is the low score for the band's new album at Metacritic, which gives a composite score of 81.

WEEZER frontman Rivers Cuomo is going back to Harvard. I thought he wanted to be in Beverly Hills.

THE POSIES get a web-exclusive profile at Paste. Better still, Auer and Stringfellow play Jukebox Jury with Seattle Weekly. Stringfellow says that being in a band "is like being drafted with friends and sent to Guadalcanal; it's either going to be the world's greatest bonding experience or something ugly is going to come out of it—some tale you o­nly tell your grandchildren when you're really drunk."

FIERY FURNACES cover "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" for the Rubber Soul tribute disc. Stereogum kills the music.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Kevin Drew gives what I suspect is half-serious advice to people listening to the band's new self-titled album: "If you listen to this record song by song I think you'll love it. If you put it o­n all at o­nce it's very difficult to find something to get into. It's not an instant coffee... But if you want a crazy psychedelic indie-rock disco party, then hey, do we have an album for you!"

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH have a chat with the Austinist.

THE MICHAEL STIPE LUNCHBOX that Bono and Coldplay's Chris Martin bid tens of thousands of pounds to get can be seen at R.E.M.H.Q.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Moss's mother has flown to America after a call for help with a week of "family therapy sessions."

BONO lunched with President Bush to follow up o­n their July talk at the G-8 summit and to discuss President Bush's cover version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday." The self-proclaimed "Imelda Marcos of sunglasses," also met with Congressional Democrats to talk about debt relief for developing countries and the global AIDS crisis.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is proud of her "leading ladies." Which may explain why she seems set o­n getting plastic surgery later in life.

MICK JAGGER is mocked by ex-wife Jerry Hall.

MADONNA is mocked by Jon Bon Jovi.

JESSICA SIMPSON and Nick Lachey continue to lead separate lives, according to Page Six and Us Weekly.

THE FRENCH HOTEL, in what may be a first, denies having sex with someone. Just when you thought Tom Sizemore had already hit rock bottom.

VAUGHNISTON: Just Jared has a boatload of photos of Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn caught canoodling o­n a Chicago hotel balcony.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The latest tabloid rumors have Cruise and Holmes getting hitched next month o­n a Mexican beach. A source told London's Daily Mirror, "Tom's old fashioned. He wants his child to be born in wedlock." That's sorta old-fashioned, I guess...

DAVID COPPERFIELD is hoping to impregnate a female participant o­n stage without touching her. Since so many sites have already mined the Tom Cruise jokes, I'll ask, "How does being married to Claudia Schiffer put you off women?"

DEAD MAN'S CHEST: Some Russian movie site has leaked pics of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.

WILLEM DAFOE says his toughest sex scenes yet were in a new film co-starring and directed by his wife.

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF has hired former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger and longtime Al Gore senior aide Ron Klain as advisers to the TV show, joining former White House social secretary Capricia Marshall and former Clinton communications aide Steve Cohen, who is a writer for the show.

EVANGELINE LILLY seems to be engaged to the Hobbit she works with o­n Lost (third item).

MEL GIBSON donates a million bucks to hurricane relief for Mexico?

CHURCH AND STATE? A San Antonio middle school is under fire for trying to change the curriculum to include grammar books, dictionaries and teaching manuals based o­n the beliefs of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

CULT OF THE iPod: The gadget is catching o­n as an educational tool at the elementary school level.

NANOTECH: When it comes to assessing the occupational health hazards of exposure to nanoparticles, what can we learn from other small particles and fibers such as asbestos?

HORSE-SEX DEATH CASE: A man who authorities say helped run a farm where people had sex with animals — and where a Seattle man died doing so with a horse — was charged with misdemeanor criminal-trespassing Tuesday. Washington state is o­ne of more than a dozen states that does not outlaw bestiality. "There is no evidence of injury to the animal to support animal-cruelty charges," said the county prosecutor's chief of staff. "This is the o­nly crime we can charge."

PARENTS ARE SHOCKED at their kids' casual attitudes about oral sex. Sarah Brown, director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says, "What we're learning here is that adolescents are redefining what is intimate." Or maybe just redefining "is."  Somehow, the story avoids the term "Lewinsky."

HEALTH OF THE TROOPS: USA Today reports that more than o­ne in four U.S. troops have come home from the war with health problems that require medical or mental health treatment, according to the Pentagon's unprecedented detailed screening of troops before and after rotation to a war zone. This statistic includes things like toothaches and marital stress. The percentage of troops back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with health issues is close to the portion of former servicemembers coming to the VA for mental health or medical care. So it appears that health issues are not being ignored.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio looks at an unconventional approach to securing the border with Syria. Some analysts inside and outside the Bush administration are questioning the authenticity of the letter purportedly sent from al-Zawahiri to al-Zarqawi. A Spanish judge issued an arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers whose tank fired o­n the Hotel Palestine in Baghdad, killing a Spanish journalist and a Ukrainian cameraman. Jules Crittenden of the Boston Herald was there and says it "was an accident by well-intentioned men who had been under fire, some of it intense, since dawn the day before." Rory Carroll, who was writing articles for London's Guardian last month suggesting that US forces were a bigger threat to journalists than the insurgents, has been kidnapped by the inurgents.

THE UNITED NATIONS has developed procedures to curb sexual abuse by its peacekeepers but the measures are not being put into force because of a deep-seated culture of tolerating sexual exploitation, according to an independent review.

BOA CONSTRICTOR: Captured after popping up in the toilets of a posh block of flats in Manchester.

N.M. DOG attacks his owner, the author of a new state law that allows felony charges against owners of dangerous dogs.

COWS go wireless with Bluetooth technology.

ROADKILL: Why am I not surprised that the Stuffed Squirrel and Chipmunk Museum is located behind the Cheddar Curtain?

GATOR UPDATE: Here's o­ne I missed that turned up in a backyard in New Jersey.

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Elliot Smith, Animal Collective, Encyclopedia Brown and Lion Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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LESLIE FEIST talks to JAM about several topics, including her expanding fanbase: "What used to happen is I'd play a show and I'd look out and see people that I could imagine running into at my usual breakfast spots or in the two-block radius of whatever neighbourhood I lived. And now I look out and see people I would see o­n the bus or walking through a busy part of downtown where I would never normally go. There are people from all walks of life. And I really love that. It just makes me wonder what little foot soldier of melody found them, in what part of their lives, and their lives are completely different from mine. It makes me really curious."

JACK WHITE and BRENDAN BENSON will be Raconteurs early next year.

THE UK MUSIC HALL OF FAME is inducting The Who, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Joy Division/ New Order next month.

ELLIOT SMITH: Twenty-two unreleased tracks -- including tracks from the sessions for the singer/songwriter's final LP, From a Basement o­n the Hill — has leaked o­nline. Elliot Smith B-Sides is killing music.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: The Toronto Star deconstructs Jon Pareles' review of the band's NYC show from The New York Times. Me-OW!

ALICE COOPER thinks it's the end of the world as we know it, claiming current world affairs match the forecast written in the book of Revelations.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE: The band's latest, Feels, scores a 9.0 o­n the Pitchfork and a collective 83 at Metacritic. But the music is a little hard to describe in a blurb, so you may want to stream it for yourself.

LIZ PHAIR: Her new album gets a decent review at Slate, but it's scoring a 58 at Metacritic.

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS do not want to be called the next Libertines or Babyshambles. The band's new single "I Bet You Look Good o­n The Dance Floor" came out Tuesday and seems set for the Number 1 spot in the UK charts. You can watch them perform it or stream a bunch of AM tunes.

FIERY FURNACES talk to London's Guardian. So does their grandmother.

ABBA: Bjorn and Benny are going to court to dispute writer Carl-Johan Seth's claim about who wrote the script to o­ne of their musicals.

COLDPLAY frontman Chris Martin outbid Bono at a charity gig I mentioned yesterday, paying £20,000 for a lunchbox designed by Michael Stipe. Do you think Apple will get to take it to pre-school?

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Moss has reportedly barred Doherty from visiting her in rehab. The troubled singer's friend and former manager has denied leaking the video of now-shamed superwaif Moss tooting the white lines. And I never noticed Mick Jones in that footage, but he's apparently there also.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON believes in plastic surgery: "I don't want to be an old hag. There's no fun in that." Being a shiny cat-person is much better. Scarlett claims to be o­nly 20, but maybe she's really 57.

ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN and the Case of the Hollywood Franchise.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is still racking up ratings, but these days, Hollywood is increasingly sensitive to viewer response o­n the Internet.

DASHTON: Kutcher believes his marriage to Moore is like a sitcom. So do I, but that doesn't mean I'll watch 30 Year Old Grandpa. And Moore takes a clawing at Radar o­nline.

BRITNEY SPEARS feels sad, fat and is probably insecure about her mothering skills, so going back to drinking and smoking is clearly the order of the day.

ROME, the eleven-part series alrady airing o­n HBO, but the BBC is preparing for a wave of controversy over its decision to broadcast it just outside the family hour. Within ten minutes of the opening credits, the first episode features an explicit sex scene. There are then three more -- including a rape -- in the same episode. It also has scenes of full frontal nudity, crucifixions, gruesome battles, assassinations, a beheading and a graphic animal sacrifice. It's pretty darn good, but not for tykes.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie's Beowulf co-star, Ray Winstone, says she and Pitt are getting married. Jennifer Aniston's rep has stopped commenting o­n Aniston's personal life after pictures of her and Vince Vaughn kissing were published in Britain's News of the World.

KIRSTEN DUNST reportedly was "drunk and obnoxious" at the premiere party for Elizabethtown. Her rep (also Aniston's rep) denies it, though Dunst herself told Jay Leno that she buys champagne at Costco and "maybe in a few months you will see me in a rehab clinic." Hey, the movie wasn't bad, just a little disappointing.

CAMERON DIAZ says that, had she not become a model and actress, "I really think I would have gotten into some sort of science, like zoology, or you know, oceanography, or something like that." For sure!

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Andrew Morton, the notorious unauthorized biographer, was in California last week researching an exposé o­n Cruise and his Scientology pals. He will be interested to learn that Cruise is helping design Holmes' wedding dress.

WILLIAM SHATNER was taken to a hospital from the set of Boston Legal Tuesday after complaining of lower back pain, but it looks... like... he's... going to be... okay.

HOMER SIMPSON is trying to get dubious high school students interested in math. Actually, the effort is being undertaken by three writers of The Simpsons who are college degree-toting mathematicians.

EVANGELINE LILLY: The Lost lovely knew she had hit the big time when a teenager stole her panties.

CULT OF THE iPod: Apple is stepping up its push to get iPod accessory makers to pay for the right to connect to the popular gadget. That's not very hiipie-groovy.

HURRICANE KATRINA evacuees hastily handed 2K in federal relief money last month have been living it up o­n Cape Cod, blowing cash o­n booze and strippers.

GLOBAL WARMING: Next week, the European Space Agency is launching a mission to help understand why Venus fell prey to runaway global warming. It was the Venusians and their SUVs, wasn't it?

THE BRITISH RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS HATRED BILL would punish anybody who publishes or says anything “likely to be heard or seen by any person in whom it is likely to stir up racial or religious hatred” by up to seven years in prison. Which seems like a much bigger threat to freedom of speech than anything proposed in the US after 9/11. Conversely, the British Home Secretary has just modified part of the Terrorism Bill which dealt with "glorifying" terrorism, so that Imams and others would be prosecuted o­nly if their remarks are seen as as inducements to further terrorist acts.

IRAQ: US officials have seen far fewer reports of voting "irregularities" from last weekend's referendum than there were from the January elections. Saddam Hussein is finally facing trial for alleged crimes against humanity, though his attorney will seek a three-month delay. Bill Roggio looks at battles in Husaybah and Karabilah, and has a Flash presentation o­n the Anbar Campaign. Milblogger Warriorjason, currently o­n his second deployment to Iraq and serving in the Ramadi AO, disputes press reports of civilian casualties from air strikes near Ramadi.

SIX LION CUBS have been born in less than a week at the Czech circus. Everybody say, "Awwww..." And where is Elton John?

FLORIDA GATOR UPDATE: This time, a Gainesvillegator lurches out of a lake to make off with two co-eds' spicy chicken.

PAMPERED PETS? A consumer group says 465 sometimes bizarre beauty products have launched so far this year for the world's pampered pets. But is the word "pampered" or "humiliated?"

JURASSIC POND: Researchers have found tracks of a previously unknown, two-legged swimming dinosaur in northern Wyoming.

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CYHSY, Black Mountain, Sly & the Family Harley, and King Midas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


NOTE: The site was down for a bit yesterday, so if you missed Monday's entry, don't forget to keep scrolling for your full measure of bloggy goodness.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: You Ain't No Picasso is killing music with four live tracks of unreleased CYHSY songs.

PAUL AND YOKO are still fighting after all these years.

MISSION OF BURMA has finished a new album for release early next year.

THE MANY MOODS OF MURRY WILSON: If you ever wondered how Brian Wilson got messed up, a good place to start would be with Bran's abusive father. WFMU has MP3s of a classic Murry tirade and related Flash animations by the wonderful indie cartoonist Peter Bagge.

FOO FIGHTERS and QUEEN: For this surprise pairing, the Foos' drummer (not Dave Grohl) gets promoted to vocalist. It must have been like Foo Fighters squared.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE did the medicinal marijuana thing as part of her cancer treatment. Otherwise, she doesn't touch the stuff.

BLACK MOUNTAIN a band that a Pitchfork profile has drawing upon Zeppelin, the Stones, the Velvet Underground and even E-Street Shuffle-era Springsteen, is o­ne of several interrelated bands. *Sixeyes hooks you up to multiple streams and legal downloads.

INDIE METAL: PopMatters reports o­n the resurgence of the genre.

RYAN ADAMS and THE STROKES play together -- chess, that is. No, really.

WOXY, the indie internet station long touted by Ken King (which also has a vintage channel) has posted photo sets of some of the bands that have visited to a Flickr account.

101 THINGS You Didn't Know About Rock N' Roll. Actually, I knew more than a few of them, but I am a music geek. Some of them are even true.

WYCLEF JEAN is a fan of Saddam Hussein?

SLY STONE'S FOUR-WHEELED HARLEY ROAD KING is up for auction o­n eBay at what seems like a very reasonable price right now. Actually, it's o­ne of two such cycles; this o­ne is owned by Sly's daughter, which makes it a family affair.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Her coke habit has cost her some contracts, but Moss appears in a new press release from Yves Saint Laurent and will still appear in the exclusive Pirelli tire calendar. Doherty plans to visit Moss in rehab -- like that's a good idea. And Doherty's plans to get into fashion design coincide nicely with a new poll picking him as the worst dressed celebrity.

SHARON STONE showed up to the opening of the new Louis Vuitton flagship store wearing something from the Basic Instinct collection.

MADONNA doesn't let her children watch TV, look at magazines, drink milk or eat ice cream. If nine-year-old Lourdes leaves dirty clothes o­n the floor, she is forced to wear the same outfit every day to school "until she learns her lesson." I'll bet she doesn't like wire hangers, either. And FWIW, Matt Drudge reports that Madge wants to warn us that people "are going to go to hell, if they don't turn from their wicked behavior." None of which stops Madge from dressing like a hooker.

THE SEXIEST MEN ALIVE are avoiding People magazine. Apparently, that cover is almost as jinxed as the cover of Sports Illustrated.

BONO is the ultimate ubersexual. But if ubers treat and respect women as equals, how did former President Clinton make the Top Ten?

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The Church of Scientology is not amused by ScienTOMogy.info, which mercilessly ridicules Cruise, his engagement, and his devotion to the controversial religion.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: The producers of Casino Royale would love Jolie as a Bond girl, but click for the sheer genius of the headline writer for London's Sun. Jolie may be busy with other things, like turning up o­n the home page of the Holocaust Museum and collecting English beer coasters. OTOH, she may want to kick it up a notch with Vaughniston going semi-public...

GEORGE CLOONEY has a "real problem with artists attacking other artists. Unless it's Clooney himself, attacking Russell Crowe.

ZACH BRAFF: The Garden Stater, who has been dating Mandy Moore for months, was caught canoodling with Rachel Bilson, who has been with O.C. co-star Adam Brody for some time now.

ALEC BALDWIN in the latest bit of nastiness of his bitter child custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger, argues that Kim is inflexible, given that she "has dramatically fewer professional and non-professional commitments" as compared to him. She will probably respond that if he's so busy, it argues against giving him more custody.

THE FRENCH HOTEL says her TV show will begin shooting Nov. 1st. She also says, "All the networks are fighting over it," despite the fact that Fox took a pass o­n it.

THE MANOLO, he has joined Pajamas Media as a contributor. And even screenwriter Roger L. Simon, who did not know the Manolo, he finds he must write like the Manolo when writing about the Manolo.

JESSICA ALBA is standing up for women with curves, because everyone goes for women o­n the Skeletor diet. And she reveals that the secret of success with her is to treat her like a lady. If you make her feel that she's for real, she'll give you happiness.

CULT OF THE iPod: The Scotsman argues that your iPOd may be obsolete within a year. In the meantime, the Writers Guild of America West is arguing over the residuals for video o­n iPods.

BIT TORRENT: Fortune magazine writes about the filesharing software and its creator, Bram Cohen, noting that Hollywood may embrace both.

IRAQ: The election commission will investigate alleged voting irregularities, though two provinces with mixed population that are crucial to the results were not among those that appeared unusual. Iraqi blogger Sooni speculates about why there were so few attacks o­n the referendum day. Newsweek reports from Mosul o­n the US military role in the referendum, falling somewhere between the prior reports from the WaPo and the NYT Major K got to watch dismissive coverage of the referendum o­n CNN International. Major K would probably not like the way newspapers like the Miami Herald did its best to ignore the story altogether.

IRAQ II: Gen. David Patraeus is interviewed about the status of Iraqi forces. Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, a military historian and former commandant of the Army’s War College (who has criticized the post-invasion planning and supported a recent bill regarding standards for interrogating detainees) finally did an op-ed o­n his recent visit to review an Iraqi unit. As I noted earlier, Scales seems to think there has been progress in the past months. A Knight-Ridder story notes that the real estate market in Baghdad is booming, despite it remaining a locus of insurgent attacks. Usually, Knight-Ridder writes stories like "Saddam rose from squalor to become a defiant, destructive leader." Bill Roggio writes about the military operations around Ramadi, which may follow the pattern of Tal Afar.

KING MIDAS, a 300 lb green sea turtle, returned to his home tank in New Orleans.

PANDA CUB is finally named Tai Shan, which means "peaceful mountain." Pics that make you go 'Awwww..." at the link, natch.

MOOSE attacks moose statue in a coastal town in Norway.

CAT hitchhikes with a man deathly afraid of cats.

BRITISH POLICE DOG takes early retirement after bosses at South Yorkshire Police noted his poor motivation - and a fondness for making friends with rowdy drunkards. Now Buster the German Shepherd just hangs out at the donut shop. Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh.

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BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB bassist and vocalist Robert Levon Been talks to PopMatters about the evolution of the band's self-proclaimed Americana album, Howl. You can (and should) stream a couple from MySpace.

THE BEATLES top Variety magazine's poll of the most influential entertainers of the past 100 years.

SUFJAN STEVENS: Gorilla vs. Bear is killing music with a track from Dream Brother - The Songs of Tim + Jeff Buckley.

THE ROLLING STONES tour with a defibrillator, as if no o­ne knew that they have been among the undead for decades.

SON VOLT frontman Jay Farrar talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about the political nature of the new album, Okemah and the Melody of Riot: "I try to avoid being strident. It seems to turn people away. At most, I'd like to provoke discussion of some things, but it's not like I have answers," he said. Then he chuckled, "As of yet, I haven't been asked to play any peace marches."

NICK DRAKE: London's Guardian has a "snapshot" in advance of Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal (Island Remasters), which comes out next week, but looks to be a UK-only release.

SMOOSH: The sisters from Seattle -- aged 13 1nd 11 -- get a profile in Canada's Globe and Mail, albeit with mentions of polar opposites like Kidz Bop.

MY MORNING JACKET vocalist Jim James is all about the power of positive thinking.

ROGER DALTREY is getting a Gold Badge award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters for singing songs composed and written by Pete Townshend.

GREG DULLI: The ex-Aghan Whig talks about learning the music biz by self-releasing his new album, Amber Headlights: "With the Internet and iTunes and the various doppelgangers that have spawned, I don't think you can stop anybody now. Anybody can be Ani DiFranco today."

ROY ORBISON may turn up o­n a postage stamp, if Bono and Olivia Harrison have anything to say about it.

BAKER KNIGHT, writer of "Lonesone Town" and many others, is dead of natural causes at 72.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: *Sixeyes does a Q&A with John Darnielle, including the contents of his iPod. 4AD has a couple of older tunes for legal download. A couple of band-approved sites have downloads also.

STEVEN SEAGAL is making a blues album with Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters Band members Bob Margolin and Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Robert Lockwood Jr., David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Willie "Pinetop" Perkins and Ruth Brown. If you didn't have the blues, Seagal will give them to you.

THE BOOK OF PLAYLISTS: London's Independent has some excerpts from the new Rough Guide, including lists from Nick Hornby, Al Green, Billy Bragg and more...

FATS DOMINO returns to the Big Easy to find 18 of his 21 gold records are missing.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer's band has cancelled the rest of its tour, blaming "constant pressure and continued harrassment from outside sources." This will give Doherty time to work o­n his fashion designs, so shamed supermodel Moss won't be completely out of gigs.

NEIL YOUNG will be Conan O'Brien's musical guest for the entire week of shows November 1-4.

INDIE CHICKS, including the Raveonettes' Sharin Foo, model Fall fashions in The New York Times Magazine.

THIS IS SPINAL TAP was voted the greatest rock'n'roll movie of all-time in a poll conducted by Blender magazine. The top ten are at the link; the full list hits newsstands tomorrow.

MICHAEL STIPE gets fugged by Go Fug Yourself.

BRITNEY SPEARS may be forced back to work by the ridiculous spending of hubby Cletus.

BEYONCE: Did Vanity Fair lighten her up for her cover?

NOT-SO-BLIND ITEM is how most websites have referred to a blurb about a not-gay actor and his not-a-beard fiancee.

ELIZABETHTOWN comes in third at the weekend box office, behind The Fog remake and Wallace & Gromit. But despite the generally bad reviews, Elizabethtown had a higher per-screen average than the others.

SALMA HAYEK, recently spotted with Jude Law, was caught cuddling with Sideways director Alexander Payne, who must be moving o­n from his marriage to Sandra Oh.

HUGH JACKMAN was rejected for the role of James Bond because the producers thought him "too fey." Tyler Durden has commentary and a photo gallery for you Jack-fans (you know who you are).

THE FRENCH HOTEL pens an apology note to former BFF Nicole Richie, now that her engagement is over and their TV show nearly so.

HARVEY PEKAR talks to the Cleveland Jewish News about his carreer and his Jewish roots to help promote his new graphic novel, Quitter.

HOMER SIMPSON is not as funny in Arabic. And Arabs are unhappy about it.

BLOGGERS AS JOURNOS: Mickey Kaus and former San Jose Mercury News journo Dan Gillmor argue that any federal "shield law" should focus o­n journalism, not journalists.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie and Pitt make lunchboxes for charity. Recovering toesucker Dick Morris muses about a Hillary vs. Condi race in 2008, but wouldn't Jolie be the "third way" candidate? And Jolie is nervous about the possible use of landmines along the borders of Iraq.

SYRIA has been offered a "Gaddafi deal" to end the Assad regime’s isolation if Damascus agrees to a long list of painful concessions. The offer comes as cross-border military operations may become a new front in the war.

IRAQ: I wrote about the constitutional referendum -- and the press reax thereto -- yesterday, so if you're if you're interested, keep scrolling past today's entry.

THE SINGING NEANDERTHALS in not a band; it's a book examining the evolutionary history of music.

MOVING PICTURES are coming to a magazine ad near you.

WOMEN GAIN WEIGHT from living with men.

NANOTECH: Cancer cells may be destroyed by nanobombs. And VoA is reporting (with video) o­n the Associated Nanotechnology Congress, which was held at Rice University.

NC CAT has two tongues and five toes o­n each paw. And too many punchlines to count, the "cat got your tongue" o­ne being o­ne of the few printable here.

ELEPHANTS are cleaning up in the Big Easy.

THE PYTHON PROBLEM IN FLORIDA: Venom o­ne -- Miami-Dade County's snakebite and snake removal unit -- is training a beagle to sniff out pythons like those that recently attacked a gator, a cat and a turkey. And worrying about the anaconda recently run over by a car o­n U.S. 41 near the Everglades.

DEER can't wait for plumbing.

ALASKAN BULL MOOSE is in a cliffhanger almost certain to end badly. Pic at the link.

I THINK WE'RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER BOAT: Thirteen-year-old Alex Johnston landed a world record tiger shark down under. Pic at the link.

PETA workers face 25 felony counts of animal cruelty in North Carolina.

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