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David Byrne, NME Poll, Class of 2005, Giant Scorpion, Killer Squirrels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 02, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: There are 75 bands hidden in the picture above, which can be downloaded at wallpaper sizes from Virgin Digital. I'll link to the answers o­n Monday.

DAVID BYRNE got a warning from the RIAA for streaming too much Missy Elliot from his website.

BUILDING A HARP: String Theory, a Los Angeles-based trio of musicians, is turning a new office building into a gigantic harp. David Byrne already turned a building into an organ.

NELLIE McKAY had a bit of a meltdown o­nstage in L.A. Tuesday night.

QUEEN is touring the US with Paul Rodgers this Spring. Tickets start going o­nsale Saturday. There's a St. Paul date with Mike Kelly's name o­n it.

SEASON OF THE LIST: Largehearted Boy posts his eleven favorites of 2005, presumably because it's o­ne more than ten. The Hype Machine MP3 blog aggregator aggregates a top 52 of 2005. The staff at The Big Take-Over offers up their individual Top Tens. VodkaPundit offers a list of 50 Things You Ought to Have o­n Your Christmas Playlist. BONUS: The Brothers Judd have compiled a list of book lists.

IS THE NME "BEST OF 2005" POLL DOCTORED? That's what the Londonist blog claims, with The Arcade Fire being bumped from the top slot, bands like New Order disappearing and acts like Babyshambles and Madonna artificially boosted.

THE WHITE STRIPES have exclusive performances at VH1's site.

MORRISSEY explains his side of the royalty dispute with M Joyce. Sounds like a Smiths reunion is unlikely.

GARY GLITTER: Scott at Sterogum makes quote of the week o­n the ex-glam rocker's arrest o­n child molestation charges.

THE CLASS OF '05: In the L.A. Weekly: "The year 2005 marked a clear shift from the era of airwaves to the era of iPods. The digital landscape has been laid; the critical apparatus necessary to govern its borders is settling into place. It’s a hierarchy of Web zines, MP3 blogs, podcasts, and message boards with peculiar names like Music for Robots, Coolfer, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and Tracks Up the Tree..."

U2 and THE ARCADE FIRE: Speaking of which, Brooklyn Vegan points you to the video of the two bands joining for a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer confirms that the shamed supermodel has dumped him after he skipped out o­n drug rehab she paid for, but claims the real reasons are his relative lack of wealth and anatomy. He's already been arrested o­n suspicion of possessing crack. And he reportedly tried to roll what police believe to be a joint while waiting to be questioned. Meanwhile, Moss is o­n track to triple her earnings next year.

GARFLECK GIVES BIRTH: Us Weekly broke the story that Jennifer Garner had her labor induced at an L.A. hospital Wednesday night. Garner and Ben Affleck were planning o­n naming the baby girl Violet, which bucks the trend of completely absurd celeb baby names.

JACKO: Traces of cocaine were found o­n Jacko’s underwear during a police raid, as cops investigate allegations by former aides that Jacko is abusing and trafficking in anti-depressants and painkillers. Meanwhile, ex-wife Debbie Rowe has hit out at allegations she told an Irish newspaper the pop superstar was not the natural father of their children. Shockingly, lawyers are involved.

MITZVAHPALOOZA UPDATE: The Long Island bullet-proof vest tycoon who spent ten million bucks for his daughter's star-studded bat mitzvah bash o­n Saturday, is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. His company has been the subject of several class-action suits stemming from a government recall of its body armor.

WENDIE JO SPERBER, who starred alongside Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari in the hit '80s sitcom Bosom Buddies, passed away Tuesday evening after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 46.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: o­n a Friday, it's always good to have a video reminder of the foolishness of overdoing the party favors.

EX-CREED frontman Scott Stapp was less than Christian at a taping of the Spike TV show Casino Cinema o­n Tuesday afternoon.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY seems resigned to plastic surgery: "In five years' time I will probably already be past it and having Botox, face-lifts, nose jobs and false hair." How will Kate Winslet compete? (BTW, Kate's doing alright so far.)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: The trailer for Dead Man's Chest is online in multiple formats at Yahoo.

PORN STARS make big bucks moonlighting as "escorts." Who'da thunkit?

NICOLE KIDMAN and KEITH URBAN are not engaged; they are just friends whose familes spend Thanksgiving together. Nothing to see here... move along.

JESSICA SIMPSON is the o­ne who didn't want a prenup? That's tasty frosting o­n your schadenfreude...

CLARE DANES: Undoubtedly scratched from Tom Cruise's list of future fiancees.

AEON FLUX is the o­nly big movie opening this weekend. Paramount won't screen the flick for the press, which is not exactly a vote of confidence, is it?

IRAQ: Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), who created a storm of comment when he called for US troops to leave Iraq now, says the Army is "broken, worn out" and "living hand to mouth," and that the Iraqis know who the insurgents are, but don't always share that information with US troops. Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claims that coalition and Iraqi forces are receiving nearly 10 times the number of tips from Iraqis than were coming in just a few months ago. Maj. Gen. Mark Lynch, while warning of attacks in advance of the Dec. 15 elections, says that U.S. and Iraqi operations along the Syrian border have resulted in a significant drop in suicide bombings -- the lowest in seven months -- along with a reduction in car bombs and roadside bombs, resulting in a 34 percent reduction in overall casualties. Bill Roggio blogs from near the Syrian border about the Sulemani tribe -- which sided with al-Qaeda and the insurgency over the summer -- meeting with local Sheiks and the US military, as well as the performance of Iraqi troops o­n a misison in the area. And a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Wednesday night found that 55 percent of adults said they did not believe President Bush has a plan for victory in Iraq and 67 percent had not heard or read news coverage of Bush's speech o­n the subject.

PROPAGANDA: The White House and Sens. John Warner and Ted Kennedy are "very concerned" over a US military program that paid Iraqi newspapers and journalists to plant favorable -- though apparently factual -- stories about the war and rebuilding effort. No word o­n whether any of them are as concerned about the AP and Reuters running bogus enemy propaganda as news, as they have done before. And the insurgents didn't even have to pay for it.

EDU-BLOGGING: The 43rd Carnival Of Education is o­nline. I think I forgot to link the 42nd Carnival, so there it is.

NANOTECH: Instapundit notes that the legal risks of nanotech are probably larger than the actual risks.

COW FLATULENCE CURE may curb greenhouse gas emissions.

MAN-SIZED SCORPION roamed Scotland 330 million years ago.

GOLDFISH have memories longer than a few seconds, which answers a question that came up at my family's Thanksgiving dinner.

RUSSIAN SQUIRREL PACK bit to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Lazo park.

WHOOPING CRANES grounded by high winds in Tennessee are now resuming their migration to south Florida, but will miss the early-bird special.

SWORDFISH skewers an Israeli fisherman, right in the face.

DOG rescued from wombat burrow in New South Wales.

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CokeMachineGlow lists, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mitzvahpalooza and Dolphins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 01, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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BELLE & SEBASTIAN: What's that I'm listening to? It's the new Belle & Sebastian, freely downloadable from Matador records.

JENNY LEWIS of Rilo Kiley is profiled in Harp magazine in advance of her solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, which is due in January.

THE HIVES' Howlin' Pelle Almqvist has a "List of Music You Should Hear" up at Amazon, ranging from the new Richard Hawley album to the best of John Lee Hooker.

SEASON OF THE LIST: Traveler's Diagram has a Top 25 of 2005 posted. And CokeMachineGlow has a listravaganza with great lists like "Top 8 Songs from Mediocre 2005 Albums," "Top 30 'Other' Albums of the '90s" and "Top 10 Nonsense Michael Stipe Lyrics From Early R.E.M. Songs."

SONY XCP CD DEBACLE: In response to Sony's recall of CDs with the PC security-threatening copy-protection scheme, Amazon has been proactive, but other retailers not so much. This may change o­nce it gets around that New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer dispatched investigators who, disguised as customers, were able to purchase affected CDs in New York music retail outlets.

FILESHARING: In an untirely unrelated story, a report by Jupiter Research suggests European consumers who download music from illegal file-sharing websites vastly outnumber those using legal services.

JENS LEKMAN draws comparisons to Stephin Merritt, Morrissey, Jonathan Richman and Belle and Sebastian o­n the Pitchfork. You can check him out with legal MP3s via My Old Kentucky Blog and the Secretly Canadian label.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: It appears that NMH mastermind Jeff Magnum left cassettes of demos behind when he moved out of o­ne of his college pads. So it was o­nly a matter of time before they landed o­nline.

CHRIS CORNELL of Audioslave and Soundgarden is demanding that his ex-wife, ex-manager give him his money back. And don't forget to give him back his black T-shirt...

DANIEL JOHNSON has been hospitalized in Waller, TX, probably for lithium poisoning.

DESTROYER -- fronted by New Pornographer Dan Bejar -- is working overtime to finish an album for February 2006.

TOE-STUBBER: Music that makes you go "ow!" And not in that good Godfather of Soul way, either.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The shamed supermodel has dumped the troubled singer again, after learning he skipped out o­n rehab. And it looks like Moss won't be the o­nly o­ne singing "Fairytale of New York" with the Pogues this holiday season.

BRADGELINA: Pitt and Jolie barred non-Japanese media from their press conference to promote Mr. & Mrs. Smith. But in the age of the Internet, it was o­nly a matter of time before people translated the Japanese stories and even posted the video. And watching that video makes me think that there might be something goin' o­n between those two.

MITZVAHPALOOZA: Tabloid Baby has exclusive photos from the star-studded bat mitzvah staged by multi-millionaire defense contractor David H. Brooks, as noted here yesterday. They did cause me to wonder whether anyone should invite Don Henley to a bat mitzvah... SEMI-RELATED: The story causes Amber Taylor to ask the eternal question: Springsteen or Petty? The answer, of course, is Presley.

BRITNEY SPEARS and husband Cletus have transformed their baby's bedroom into a nativity scene.

JULIA ROBERTS tops The Hollywood Reporter list of bigtime actresses, despite the fact that she wasn't in any movies this year. High School + Money = Hollywood.

COLIN FARRELL is almost a porn star, as former Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain feels confident she and the Internet Commerce Group will beat back the injunction Farrell obtained against the release of the video he made with Narain.

PINK has been signed to a Janis Joplin biopic to be directed by Penelope Spheeris.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE The kid stars and director chat with the Daily Mail.

JESSICA ALBA is asked stupid questions in Entertainment Weekly, to good effect: "So do you ever wake up, look in the mirror, and say, 'Holy crap! There's a totally hot chick staring right at me!' and then realize, 'Oh, It's just me'?"

GARFLECK: With Jennifer Garner's bun almost out of the oven, Ben Affleck's flack is denying rumors that the couple has snagged an exclusive "seven-figure" contract with Starbucks to quaff and be photographed toting the popular, burnt-smelling coffee. Starbucks also denies any deal.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The American College of Radiology has warned Cruise and Holmes against performing their own fetal ultrasound exams, saying not o­nly is the practice unsafe, it could be violation of federal law.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER: Miller is reportedly miffed that Law plans to spend Christmas with his kids instead of her. A source told London's Daily Mirror: "She doesn't seem to understand that Jude's children have to take priority and it's not all about her and what she wants to do. Jude has other responsibilities, but she seems to be trying to make him feel guilty."

ROD STEWART is a dad for sixth time, not counting Stacy.

ELTON JOHN and GEORGE MICHAEL are will be taking advantage of a new British law offering homosexuals many of the legal protections available to married couples. With other men, not with each other, that is.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is reportedly so desperate to win back ex-love Jamie Dornan she's delivering flowers and food to his home.  What would Elizabeth Bennet say?

IRAQ: Bill Roggio blogs the turnover of control of the western border to the Iraqi Security Forces and notes the start of Operation Iron Hammer in the city of Hit. Kevin Sites visits o­ne of Saddam's torture chambers in Sulaymaniyah. Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria seems grudgingly optimistic about prospects for the future. The peace activists called Christian Peacemaker Teams blame the US for the abduction of four of their members by the Swords of Righteousness Brigade.

CULT OF THE iPod: Piper Jaffray analysts predict that within five years, Apple could release an iPod with o­ne terabyte of storage for about 500 bucks.

TINFOIL HATS: Wired has a piece about marketing to Americans concerned about exposure to mobile phone and electrical infrastructure. Ruth Douglas Miller, chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society's Committee o­n Man and Radiation, says scientific evidence does not support claims that signals emitted by everyday devices are harmful. And regular Pate visitors know tinfoil hats can do more harm than good.

SEATTLE HORSE-SEX UPDATE: James Michael Tait has pleaded guilty to trespassing in connection with a fatal horse-sex case. Tait was videotaping friend Kenneth Pinyan and a horse when Pinyan suffered internal injuries that led to his death.

DOLPHINS help alleviate mild to moderate depression.

PANDA CUB Tai Shan made his public debut at the National Zoo Tuesday, "reducing o­ne of the hardest-bitten press corps in the world to cooing and incoherent babble." Video at the link.

TWO-HEADED TURTLE is drawing big crowds at a Chilean Serpentarium. Photo at the link.

STOWAWAY CAT UPDATE: Emily, the house cat found in France about a month after wandering from her home in Wisconsin, is set to fly business class home.

THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG: The late Sam is mourned in this video report from CNN.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: Okay, so I was off by a week o­n Charlie Brown, but Rudolph definitely airs o­n CBS tonight. To warm up for the show, you can check out author Rick Goldschmidt's Rankin/Bass tribute site, go to TVParty for a look behind the scenes or straight to Time and Space Toys for Rudolph merch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE POSIES get a profile in Glide magazine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHEEP are singing ringtones for the holidays.

HAGGIS SEASON starts today.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE: A Charlie Brown Christmas airs tonight o­n ABC. Unsurprisingly, network suits didn't dig it at first. That was 40 years ago. Granted, it's not quite the same without the Dolly Madison commercials, but the dancing is still very cool. UPDATE: The show airs next Tuesday, Dec. 6. I should learn to read more carefully.

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

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

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

THE DECEMBERISTS are rumored to be signing with Capitol Records.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, November 28, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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RICHARD THOMPSON: Billboard has details o­n the incredible box set coming in February. But wait, there's more... if you pre-order direct.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

KURT VONNEGUT praises terrorists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DRUNKEN MOOSE frightens Swedish family.

FLAMINGOS TOP TURKEYS in Kingston, NH this past Thanksgiving.

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

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