THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE KINKS! Live at the Rainbow Theater, 1972. There's documentary footage intercut, but your setlist includes "Till the End of the Day," "Waterloo Sunset," "Top of the Pops," "The Money-go-Round," "Sunny Afternoon," "She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina," "Alcohol," "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoid Blues," and -- of course -- "You Really Got Me." PLUS: Ray Davies has revealed he's still suffering from the effects of a gunshot wound he sustained over seven years ago.
RHETT MILLER of The Old 97's recently performed a studio session for KEXP.
AMOS LEE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.
GEORGE HARRISON would have turned 68 today. The Concert for George is streaming all day Friday.
CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE does its final four free songs for Daytrotter.
TV on the RADIO drops "Will Do" in advance of Nine Types of Light.
THE WATSON TWINS drop a cover of The Turtles' "You Showed Me" in advance of their Night Covers EP.
SUGAR, Live at Cat's Cradle, Nov. 19, 1994.
EVERY NUMBER ONE POP HIT through 1993, five seconds apiece. Very cool, natch.
THE JAGS have your number written on the "Back of My Hand." From TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.
THE JAYHAWKS have been guest-editing Magnet. Gary Louris did an advance interview with the mag and has written about topics including the Minnesota Twins, Spain, and Crosswords, while Mark Olson has essayed Movies, Books, Food, the Violin and more...
THE 90s are discussed and surveyed in videos by All Songs Considered. It's a nice counterpart to The A.V. Club's just-completed 10-part series, "Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?"
OMD: Andy McCluskey talks to PopMatters about putting the band back together.
BRITISH SEA POWER: Scott "Yan" Wilkinson and Martin Noble talk to Drowned in Sound about a decade making music, popular insanity and more...
CUTOUT BIN: From Big Audio Dynamite to the Beatles, from Otis Redding to Wire, from Richard Hell to Van Morrison, plus Springsteen, Fine Young Cannibals, Edwyn Collins, Echo & the Bunnymen and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are the Farrelly Bros comedy Hall Pass, which is currently scoring 34 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Nic Cage in Drive Angry, which is scoring 48 percent, albeit on a small sample of reviews at the moment.
CHARLIE SHEEN: CBS and Warner Bros. are pulling the plug on the highly rated Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season, after Sheen dialed into the nutty Alex Jones Show to blast show creator Chuck Lorre, Alcoholics Anonymous and... wait for it... Thomas Jefferson. Sheen has responded to the shutdown with a wacky open letter. Also, his latest galpal has been identified as a cannabis magazine cover girl. Charlie keepin' it klassy.
LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors in her grand theft case believe the store surveillance video is strong evidence against her and one source even described it as a "smoking gun."
CHRISTINA AGUILERA is reportedly doing some heavy boozing, according to a piece in the print version of Us Weekly.
DAVID ARQUETTE wants to get back together with wife Courteney Cox - but for now, the decision is up to her.
REMAKES: The Bodyguard and Soapdish are Hollywood's latest recycling projects.
RANDY QUAID says he's won his legal fight to stay in Canada, in a stunning victory over the "Hollywood star-whackers" who were bent on killing actors like him. Quaid and hsi wife face felony burglary charges in the US.
BILL MURRAY comments on Ghostbusters 3.
MEMPHIS, the MLK flick written and directed by Paul Greengrass, has been picked up by Universal.
10 MOVIES the Oscars Made Famous.
20 LOVE STORIES for People Who Hate Love Stories.
THE 50 GREATEST TITLE SEQUENCES, according to IFC.
THE KING'S SPEECH could become the first Oscar-winner to be shot on the same set as a gay pr0n video. And an Amy Winehouse video.
TERROR in the USA: The US charged a Saudi man attending college in Texas with plotting to carry out attacks in the US. Khalid Ali Aldawsar studied electrical engineering, purchased explosives over the Internet, and planned on attacking dams, a nuclear plant, and the home of former President George W. Bush.
IRAN is expanding its covert global search for the uranium it needs for its nuclear activities and a key focus is Zimbabwe.
SYRIA may have been building a secret nuclear-related site near Damascus, possibly linked to a site bombed by Israel in 2007.
YEMEN: After an escalation in violence between supporters and opponents of the Yemeni government in Sana, the capital, this week, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has instructed security forces to protect demonstrators and thwart clashes between the two sides.
LIBYA: Forces loyal to Gaddafi and rebels are battling in western areas of the country; fighting has been reported just 30 miles outside Tripoli. Large numbers of army units and other security forces have defected. Insurgent commanders said they have sent troops for an offensive against Tripoli and residents of the capital prepared their first mass demonstration in days on Friday. The so-called UN Human Rights Council may not condemn Gaddafi today.
AFGHANISTAN: After years of fighting for control of a prominent valley in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the US military has begun to pull back most of its forces from ground it once insisted was central to the campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
MARU the BOX CAT faces her biggest challenge evah.
SEXY MONKEYS wash with their own urine. Sixty percent of the time, it works all the time.
AN ALLIGATOR was washed into a Brazilian home by floodwaters.
FAMILY DOG as fire alarm.
SHANGHAI adopts a one-dog policy.