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Broken Social Scene, Silver Jews, Xclusive Panda Pic and Dogs as Live Shark Bait   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


THE MAGIC NUMBERS were SPIN magazine's band of the day yesterday, with streaming audio and video.

MICK JAGGER denies reports that his girlfriend, stylist L'Wren Scott, is trying to rehab the Rolling Stones' choice of clothing and smoking habits.

PINK FLOYD: Roger Waters gets all misty over the band's Live8 reunion.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE scores an impressive 8.5 at Pitchfork for the band's sophomore self-titled album.

TOM VERLAINE: His Warm and Cool album is to be reissued o­n October 11, complete with eight bonus tracks. He also has two new albums ready; o­ne will be a vocal album, "more like what people know me for in Television."

SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones thinks most Punk is crap and would rather listen to Boston, Queen and Slade.

JOHNNY CASH was a better actor than Joaquin Phoenix. However, Erik Childress of efilmcritic.com gives Walk the Line five stars.

MIXES: The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. Stereogum has turned up Out of 5, a group effort that makes theme mixes available for streaming or download (complete with cover art. The current theme is "Covers that eclipsed the orginals," beginning with Al Green's version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

ROSH HASHANA: Stereogum also commemorates the Jewish new year by pointing us to MP3s from the Silver Jews, with good buzz for Tanglewood Numbers, which comes out October 18th.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH have signed to Wichita Recordings in the UK, home of Bloc Party, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

MY MORNING JACKET: Speaking of which, the band is interviewed o­n PopMatters about its new album, Z which came out Tuesday.

DONOVAN is showing art inspired by Sappho, the lady poet, circa 600 B.C., from the Greek island of Lesbos. And his "Catch the Wind" is playing o­n Volvo commercials every five minutes or so.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Sharon Stone has kind words for the troubled model and wants to meet Jesus. Moss also gets a lift from Blow. Fish. Barrel. Gun.

DASHTON: Moore and Kutcher were married by Eitan Yardeni, a rabbi for the Kabbalah Centre. Rick Ross of Cultnews.com tells The Scoop that Yardeni doesn't seem to be an ordained rabbi.

MADONNA has her favorite ale delivered by the barrel load. If I was Madge, I would consider drinking heavily also.

RONNIE BARKER, formerly o­ne of The Two Ronnies, has died at the age of 76, following a long period of heart trouble.

TERRY GILLIAM gets some odd e-mail and press courtesy of actress Sarah Polley.

ELIZABETHTOWN: Cameron Crowe's latest film was not well-received at the Toronto Film Festival, but Crowe has since cut about a dozen minutes. Peter Sobczynski at efilmcritic.com says the slimmer version is a "delight."

EVANGELINE LILLY: The Lost lovely drools in her sleep. I don't have a link for that; you're just going to have to take my word for it. Okay, okay, here.

HUGH GRANT fears that his new haircut makes him look like a butch lesbian. Or should that be "hopes?"

LI-LO LOWDOWN: Lindsay Lohan and two other people were taken to a hospital Tuesday after the actress got into another car accident while trying to avoid the paparazzi. Lohan and her passenger were shaken up, but neither appeared badly hurt. And Lohan was reportedly quite the diva at a charity benefit in Chicago this past weekend. Page Six can't help but quote someone saying Li-Lo "made frequent trips to the ladies' room."

MARTHA'S (BAD) MANNERS: The domestic diva had a baby shower-themed show for actress Jennifer Garner that threatened to alienate pregnant mothers disinvited from the taping.

THE FRENCH HOTEL has already moved o­n to a richer Greek shipping heir.

GEORGE CLOONEY is urging his fellow Hollywood stars to keep quiet when it comes to politics, because he fears celebrity endorsements don't help their favorite candidates. This is the same Clooney who just told Newsweek about proudly carrying the liberal banner. Indeed, he goes o­n to say, among other things: "I would argue that (throughout) American history, it's pretty hard to find a time when liberals were o­n the wrong side of an issue." However, while promoting his new film, Good Night, and Good Luck, Clooney notes that, "as a country we always in time of fear seem to overreact a little bit. You know, Pearl Harbor happens and we round up all the Japanese-Americans and put them in internment camps." That internment was ordered by FDR and supported by Earl Warren, a pair most people would consider to be liberal. That's not being o­n the wrong side of an issue, mind you; that's an "overreaction." Just sayin'.

WILL and JADA PINKETT SMITH are trying to get corporate sponsors for their personal New Years' Eve Party. Sadder still, the corps aren't nibbling. Ouch!

HARVEY PEKAR has a new graphic novel in stores today, a prequel-of-sorts to American Splendor (the subject of a fine movie starring Paul Giamatti).

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jennifer Aniston doesn't want to be a rebound girl, but took a role in the upcoming Derailed after Juila Roberts told her Clive Owen was "dreamy." Why someone in Aniston's position would be seeking counsel from a obnoxious homewrecker is left a mystery.

HURRICANE RELIEF: Britney Spears is auctioning the white stone bra worn in her Toxic video and her nasty-looking flip-flops. Meanwhile, Brian Wilson is making over 500 personal phone calls and raising 210K after vowing to call anyone who contributed a Benjamin through his website.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Those rumors of an imminent separation from hubby Nick Lachey are floating around again. Boots... start walkin'...

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? A Kansas City husband and wife who ran a psychotherapy practice went o­n trial o­n Tuesday o­n charges that they kept mentally ill people as slaves, forced them to perform sex acts o­n videotape and then billed Medicare nearly $1 million for the "therapy."

SEX IS NOT A TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC BACK PAIN: Apparently, not everyone knows this.

LONGWANG BATTERS CHINA: Okay, call me Beavis.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio rounds up Operation Hiba (Mountaineers), a cordon and search operation in and around Ramadi, noting that an Iraqi Army patrol was attacked, and fought back effectively. Nevertheless, Coalition forces still have a tough job ahead in securing Ramadi. In addition, Coalition and Iraqi forces launched Operation Bawwabatu Annaher (River Gate), which apparently seeks to clear and hold (as opposed to cordon and search) Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana. Baghdad remains dangerous. Major K puts the drop in "fully capable" Iraqi Battalions into context, based o­n his experience conducting joint operations with Iraqi units.

IRAQ II: Iraq's politicians struggle over rules for how to count the votes in the referendum o­n the draft constitution and conduct last-minute negotiations over changes to its language.

SLICES, DICES, CHOPS AND MAKES JULIENNE FRIES! Isn't that amazing! But wait! There's more...

LOST IN TRANSLATION takes whatever you type and translates it through several languages, then back to English.

GOOGLE'S OFFER TO BUILD FREE WI-FI IN SF: Mayor Gavin Newsom said he expects lawsuits and federal legislation will attempt to quash the effort. ALSO: Google partners with Sun to challenge Microsoft Office.

MICROSOFT has pulled out of licensing talks with EMI, Universal, Warner and Sony-BMG, apparently unwilling to pay the going royalty rates, which is a big relief to iTunes and other o­nline music services.

ONLINE TAXES: A coalition of 18 states, representing about 20 percent of the nation's population, hopes to convince e-tailers — but does not force them — to begin collecting state sales taxes. The Supreme Court ruled in 1967 and 1992 that states lack the power to force a retailer to collect sales taxes for a state where the retailer doesn't have a physical presence. The court left the door open to Congress to grant that power to the states, but Congress hasn't done so.

RICHARD FEYNMAN: A collection of his letters, selected and edited by his daughter, Michelle, sheds light o­n the great scientist as a teacher.

PANDAS: Seeing the panda cub story I had up the other day, my co-clerk forwarded me photos she took at the National Zoo recently of the cub's Dad, Tian Tian. According to the Zoo information desk attendant, Tian Tian is not interested in parenting and just "took off" after the baby was born "just like men." When Debbie saw him, he was just lolling around, eating bamboo, just like pandas. And in checking the spelling of Tian Tian, I discovered the National Zoo has a streaming panda cam.

WILLIAM SHATNER lobbies LA Gov. Blanco to save pets abandoned due to Hurricane Katrina. Pets rescued from the storm-ravaged area were special guests at the National Cathedral o­n Tuesday night for the annual blessing of the animals.

STRAY DOGS are being skewered o­n hooks and dragged behind boats as live shark bait o­n French-controlled Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. WARNING: There's a nasty picture at the link.

CATS: The 80th Carnival of the Cats is o­nline at Music and Cats.

BIRD FLU: President Bush, stirring debate o­n the worrisome possibility of a bird flu pandemic, suggested dispatching American troops to enforce quarantines in any areas with outbreaks of the killer virus. Areas like Devil's Tower?

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PAS/CAL, Apollo Sunshine, The Manolo and Singing Dolphin, Smoking Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


MICK JAGGER'S GIRLFRIEND has been nicknamed the "new Yoko Ono" for to get them to tidy up their appearance and live a healthier lifestyle o­n their world tour. Jerry Hall is enjoying a good gloat. To be fair, L'Wren Scott is more attractive than Yoko (though o­ne would think Jagger could do better).

MAC McCAUGHAN of Superchunk and Portastatic is interviewed in Free Williamsburg, with a free Portastatic download.

RAY DAVIES may have at last completed his first solo album since leaving the Kinks, and may ambark o­n his first major tour with a new band. Many of the songs are about his time in pre-Katrina New Orleans, but he has since tuned his attention to London.

THE STROKES: Stereogum is killing music again with another leaked track, "You Only Live Once" and a mashup of the prior leak, "Juicebox," with the "Peter Gunn Theme."

PAS/CAL is blogging the recording of their debut album. You should still be able to download "Summer Is Almost Here," even though it's almost gone.

APOLLO SUNSHINE has a Flaming Lips and Polyphonic Spree sorta vibe happening. You can hear the band at its MySpace page.

THE WHITE STRIPES are set to be the first band to play The Daily Show in December. Also, the band's next video will be directed by Michel Gondry.

TOP 100 MOMENTS IN OPERA down under. That's for our resident opera buff.

BOB MOULD thinks the music scene has improved lately.

I <3 THE '80's: Noted producer Steve Lillywhite, who has worked with such acts as U2, Johnny Thunders, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Psychedelic Furs, XTC and Eddie & the Hot Rods, has joined the executive ranks at Columbia Records as a talent scout.

PITCHFORK likes the new Franz Ferdinand, but realllly doesn't like the new Liz Phair, the review for which begins: "Now this is a terrible Liz Phair record."

HARVEY DANGER is releasing its new album for free o­n the Internet.

BONO and BOB GELDOF may be Nobel Prize nominees. U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn are also thought to be frontrunners, though hardly anyone bought their album.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS WATCH: Tyler Durden has (or maybe had, by the tiime you read this) the video of Moss doing cocaine. It's from an Italian news show, which added some things that make it doubly weird. Her ex-boyfriend, Jefferson Hack, brought her three-year old daughter to visit her in rehab. He also is seeking sole custody of the girl, who could be Jude Law's baby.

RENEE ZELLWEGER already has a new boyfriend?

NICHOLAS CAGE now has a son named Kal-El, which should force other celebrities to stop the can-you-top-this-name game. Do you think Cage is still miffed that he did not get to play Superman in the '90's?

COURTNEY COX is in negotiations to appear o­n Desperate Housewives. The headline writes itself.

RALPH FINNES finds that Harry Potter is already changing his life.

JAMES BOND is blamed for seeming to champion unsafe sex by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The journal also criticizes Basic Instinct for promoting even more unsafe sex with psychotic, ice-pick wielding killers.

JESSICA ALBA, who is thinking about that I Dream of Jeannie movie (if they get the script right), has a great response to the casting couch: "Of course I've been asked. But from a really crass point of view, if I just want to make out with somebody, I don't really want to see him in the morning, much less every day during filming."

MOVIE TRAILERS REVISITED: That hilariously remixed trailer for The Shining linked here (and many other places) Friday rated a story in The New York Times. Though not mentioned in the story, the scary remixes of West Side Story and Titanic are pretty good, too.

BROADCAST NETWORKS may launch shows o­n demand o­n cable systems in the near future. Hey, it's working for World Wrestling Entertainment...

NIPSEY RUSSELL, dead of cancer at 82.

JON STEWART and The Daily Show are featured in London's Guardian.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie and Pitt are reportedly throwing a "family blessing" costing over a million bucks for the actress's two adopted children. Pitt is said to be designing a Buddhist-style temple for the event.

ELLE MACPHERSON is renouncing fur under pressure from PETA. BTW, I tried reallly hard to find a picture of Elle wearing fur, but after looking at over 700 pictures, I have concluded that she is almost always photographed wearing swimwear, saran wrap and duct tape, or often less. This is just o­ne of the small sacrifices I make for you, the Pate reader.

WALLACE AND GROMIT: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is currently rating 100 percent o­n the Tomatometer.


DASHTON wedding photos and interview reportedly sold to OK! magazine for three million bucks.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE says she's working o­n a sitcom at ABC about what her life might have been like had she stayed in Kansas and became a teacher and been gay. The show's working title is Ellen.

WALTER CRONKITE thinks Americans lack the education to vote properly. He also fears the blogosphere, still in its "infancy," could threaten the standing of mainstream media as a news source for consumers already confused by cable's "opinion journalism." Walter obviously longs for the good old days, when he could get the story of the Tet Offensive completely backward without fear of some milblogger pointing it out.

GEORGE CLOONEY wants to restore honor to the term "liberal:" "I'm going to keep saying 'liberal' as loud as I can and as often as I can." Less than a month ago, Clooney was complaining that he couldn't voice his views without being criticized. And, like Cronkite, complaining about the fact that people are even able to widely publish opinions that disagree with theirs. Which, imho, is not particularly liberal. Maybe he's just a little cranky because his girlfriend's parents don't approve of him.

IRAQ: Human Rights Watch, which often has criticized alleged abuses by U.S. forces in Iraq, has figured out that insurgents are committing war crimes by targeting civilians in mass killings, abductions and beheadings. "People we have spoken with in the Middle East are increasingly repulsed by the behavior of insurgent groups in Iraq, even if they support a withdrawal of U.S. troops," said Sara Leah Whitson, the region's HRW director. Bill Roggio has posts o­n day three of Operation Iron Fist. The Belmont Club explains at least o­ne reason why the cities involved are important to the insurgents.

SAUDI ARABIA: Of the estimated 2.2 million Internet users in the Kingdom, 92.5 percent are trying to access a website that, for o­ne reason or another, has been blocked.

IRAN: The theocracy's airwaves have been buzzing with two new tunes apparently designed to rally public support for the regime's increasingly tense stand-off with the West over its nuclear ambitions.

A CLOWN in the operating room may relax anxious children who are about to undergo surgery, according to Italian researchers. That has to be a study of Italian hospitals, right? In this country, what kid in his right mind wants to be put under in the presence of a clown?

DARK CHOCOLATE may offer mild relief for diarrhea, in case you're looking for another excuse.

HARRIET MIERS, White House counsel, was nominated to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor o­n the Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal rounded up the discussion among o­nline commentators of all stripes. The piece notes that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had nice things to say about her. o­n C-SPAN, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated that Miers was o­n the list of acceptable candidates the Democrats gave to President Bush. And Miers already has a comedy blog.

THE HOTLINE, a pricey must-read for Washington DC heavyweights, has started a free blog. The Miers nomination was Topic A there Monday.

DeLAY UPDATE: Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and his assistants rushed Monday to fix problems with an indictment against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay by charging him with conspiracy and money laundering. The hasty presentation of DeLay's case to a grand jury sitting for its first day of service was sparked after DeLay's lawyers filed a brief seeking dismissal of the charge of conspiracy to violate Texas election laws because the conspiracy laws did not apply to the state election code during the 2002 election. The new indictment is o­nline at FindLaw. And National Review's Byron York has seen a copy of the documentary-in-progress of the case.

DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS: The British music industry cheered a tripling of digital music sales in the first half of 2005 that offset persistent declines in overall sales. However, Britain's band managers are complaining about royalty rates paid by services like iTunes.

SHOE-BLOGGING: The Manolo, he makes six figures blogging about the shoes.

BASEBALL: As the palyoffs begin, I note that not every woman is a fan of the sport. Perhaps they would be interested in a history of the baseball uniform.

THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS was yesterday. Missed it by thatmuch.

DOLPHINS have been taught to sing the theme from Batman.

WALKING THE DOG is better than most diets.

CAT saved when driver swerved; skateboarder not so lucky.

CHIMP quits smoking after 16 years.

NANNY GOAT nurses an orphaned foal.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Arctic Monkeys, Panda Cub and Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 03, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS: Though my weekend schedule was in flux, I was able to scurry down to the Double Door (where Barry Jive and the Uptown Five played at the end of High Fidelity) to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the last minute Saturday night. Alas, no pics, though this o­ne from jvan01's Flickr account, taken 9/11 in Houston, is representative. That band puts o­n o­ne helluva hot, sweaty, funky soul extravaganza. Indeed, the Dap-Kings did an entire power-packed set before they brought Sharon Jones out. the set included not o­nly highlights from Dap Dippin' With Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Naturally (an Amazon Best of 2005 (so far) pick and one of mine too), but also several new songs that were equally smokin'. It's like finding a big stack of Stax wax that somehow never got released in the late '60s or early '70's. You can see video at the Daptone records site, but it really doesn't do the band's James Brown Live at the Apollo energy level justice. Ms. Jones may be built more like Aretha, but moves like Tina Turner. Suffice it to say the Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately" have never sounded funkier.

THE NEXT BIG THING: UK tastemakers suggeted to the Guardian that it will probably be The Arctic Monkeys. So the Guardian obliged with a profile: "Their forthcoming second single, "I Bet You Look Good o­n the Dancefloor," is a blistering, three-minute romp about trying to impress a girl at a club. Frontman Alex Turner talks it down, but I think Craig O'Neill would dig it the most.

ANTHONY AND THE JOHNSONS frontman Antony Hegarty is interviewed in the Chicago Sun-Times after beating out Coldpaly for the UK's presitigious Mercury Music Prize. It's not my cup of tea, but if you like Rufus Wainwright, you'll probably dig it. *Sixeyes is killing music, so you could listen yourself if you're an outlaw.

KEITH MOON to be played by Mike Myers. Blame producer Roger Daltrey.

THE GREAT DISC DEBATE: Pate bassmeister and Naked Hero Mike Kelly tipped me to this running feature at MSNBC, asking which is the best album by various artists and bands, including Prince, R.E.M. (where I think it should be against the rules to list a compilation), the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond and more.

DAVID BYRNE and FATBOY SLIM are making a multi-media musical about Imelda Marcos.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO is profiled by Carl Wilson for Canada's Globe and Mail.

LIKE SANDS THROUGH THE HOURGLASS, so are the Rolling Stones.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Rhino's Children of Nuggets -- Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1996 box scores an impressive 8.6 from a reviewer who clearly knows the era.

NIRVANA DRUMMER FRONTS BAND: No, not Dave Grohl -- the other guy. Grunge's answer to Pete Best.

TEGAN AND SARA talk with the Hartford Courant about what it means to be "pop."

LOU REED tops a Q magazine poll as "the world's most pathetic rocker." Me-ow!

BOB DYLAN: At Slate, David Greenberg brings a Gen X POV as to why critics ignore the latter part of Dylan's career. Carl Wilson responds that Greenberg is firing the right arrow at the wrong target.

THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC is influenced by Stravinsky, Brahms and Brubeck. The band's debut, Underwater Cinematographer, is getting generally favorable reviews. You can stream is from their label.

KIM GORDON of Sonic Youth talks to London's Guardian about her plethora of projects.

DAWN EDEN, a blogger who has landed a gig with the New York Daily News has an amusing column about the goings o­n at another blog, the Vinyl Mine.

WHICH COVERS TOP THE ORIGINAL? Candidates are discussed at the WOXY forums.

TOP TEN incidental moments in Punk, courtesy of Stylus.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Doherty, who was just complaining about gaining weight from kicking drugs, collapsed at the end of a gig following a day-long booze bender. He was also questioned by police, then released after police raided a venue Babyshambles played; Pete claims he has an implant to help keep him off drugs. Moss, missed her daughter's third birthday party in rehab as detectives searched the recording studio where Moss allegedly snorted cocaine. Moss is recjecting gifts and messages from Courtney Love. And President Bush is featured o­n a cover of "White Lines" mentioning the superwaif.

SERENITY came in second at the box office to Flightplan, though it had a higher per-screen average, as did David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. I saw Serenity and thought it a very smartly written space opera. Daniel Drezner has a post o­n the blogger marketing campaign and a review of sorts.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Aniston's divorce became final o­n Sunday. Their Beverly Hills estate is o­n the market. The infallible Star magazine claims Aniston has taken up with 7th Heaven's Geoff Stults, who an uncanny resemblance to Brad. If true, it would be a case of life imitating Friends.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is officially unengaged to that Paris guy. And has bladder contol issues, allegedly.

MARIAH CAREY is happy to remain single and celibate after witnessing the damaging effects of sexual promiscuity. A nice message for the kids and in her case, a relief to society generally.

MICHELE WILLIAMS, expecting a child with boyfriend Heath Ledger, does seem to have gotten a reallllly deep tan, if Page Six is accurate.

JESSICA ALBA and the the whole crew of Into the Blue were high o­n seasickness drugs. Most movie critics would have liked some also. And the movie limped into fifth place at the box office. Her upcoming movie Awake launches Bob and Harvey Weinstein's post-Miramax company.

INTERNET KILLED THE RADIO STAR? A new study from Yahoo! and OMD Worldwide finds that globally, youths far prefer to get their music fix from the Internet than the radio. However, the researchers also point out that radio is still an important medium to introduce new artists.

YES, ICANN: The US rejects calls for the UN to become the Internet's principal traffic policeman. The EU prefers the multilateral approach, natch.

A LAPTOP IN EVERY LAP? Nicholas Negroponte, director of M.I.T.'s Media Lab wants to bridge the digital divide by producing 15 million laptops costing o­nly o­ne hundred bucks apiece, shipping most of them at first to children in Brazil, Egypt, Thailand and South Africa.

GOOGLE has offered to blanket San Francisco with free wireless Internet access at no cost to the city.

ROSE McGOWAN is leading the pack for a big role in Sin City 2.

SIENNA MILLER miscarried? Sienna's rep calls such talk "complete and utter balderdash!"

CLARE DANES had a wardrobe malfunction while rehearsing Christina Olson: American Model (third item).

TARA REID having a meltdown now that her E! show, Taradise, has been officially canceled and other offers of work have dried up, her friends say.

COURTNEY LOVE is mad at her mother for writing a memoir. Yeah, it's awful when someone financially exploits a family relationship.

CHARLIZE THERON was "discovered" going "nuts" in a Hollywood bank.

GLOBAL WARMING: At least ten to 30 percent of recent warming may be due to the Sun. Yet scientists know very little about how much sunlight is absorbed or reflected by Earth. Meanwhile Radiohead's Thom Yorke agonizes over whether to meet with British PM Tony Blair o­n the topic.

NANOTECH: Nanowires may enable magnetic microchips that do not generate heat and are simpler and potentially cheaper to produce. There's a post o­n molecular electronics at the Science Blog. PLUS: Instapundit offers a discount to the Foresight conference.

HURRICANE RITA: The untold story, for inquiring minds.

BALI BOMBINGS kill at least 25, injure over100. Suspicion immediately fell o­n the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah. They must want Indonesia to pull out of Iraq. No, wait, the linked story reports that JI "wants to establish an Islamic state across Southeast Asia." There's more o­n the group at the Counter-terror blog.

WHAT MOTIVATES SUICIDE BOMBERS and what they don't mention in their bios might surprise people.

SUICIDE BOMBER at the U of Oklahoma is believed to be a student named Joel Henry Hinrichs III.

GROUND ZERO: With the ousting of the International Freedom Center from the World Trade Center memorial site, the Wall Street Journal interviews the underestimated woman probably most responsible, Debra Burlingame.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio noted that with an operation in Qaim imminent, Al Qaeda has few good options. He then notes the start of Operation Iron Fist in Sadah, part of the larger Operation Hunter, which is a different type of operation from Operations Matador and Spear. Roggio also rounds up day two of the operation. Major K blogs the First Brigade's effort to train Iraqi Non-Commissioned Officers, which Major K notes "are the core of any competent military force." A new Zogby poll (Acrobat pdf) finds that Iraqi business are largely optimisitic about the future, but identifies areas that need improvement, including (obviously) security. The New York Times notes that the Iraqi forces stationed at Camp Normandy have become so efficient that they took the lead in military operations in their 1,200-square-mile area, but you had to find that news in the Sports section.

THE NEW YORK TIMES also got around to correcting a number of errors made by columnists Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich regarding the 2000 election and ex-FEMA director Michael Brown. And yet the paper now wants o­nline readers to pay extra for these columnists through its new "Times Select" service.

ARMY RECRUITING SLUMP worst in decades and not that big a deal yet, statistically speaking, particularly with an uptick in recruiting in recent months. The more serious problem is with recruiting reserves. A new GAO report (Acrobat pdf) also notes that 58% of age-eligible youths can't meet entry-level standards for health, education, aptitude, and other requirements for military service.

CAUGHT o­n TAPE: A teenager videotaped his own murder, cracking the case.

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES: At Slate, John Dickerson asks, "How much trouble is the GOP really in?" At MSNBC, Howard Fineman asks, "Why can't the Democrats capitalize?" Roll Call's Mor-TON Kondracke thinks it's the lack of a positive agenda akin to the GOP's 1994 "Contract with America," which the Dems are supposedly formulating now.

PANDA CUB at the National Zoo has grown two Tupperware sizes in the past two months. More cute photos at the link.

PIG calendars and toys have been banned from a British local council office after a Muslim complained about pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the council in the run-up to the Islamic festival of Ramadan. Until now, I didn't know that massaging pigs relieved stress, let alone toy pigs.

DOGS vs. COW: A Russian is claiming this battle took place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Then again, "drugoi" claims that it took place in Phoenix, Alabama.

DOG found with "FREE" sign around his neck. I was going to make a joke about the sign, but an animal psychic makes it for me.

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The Magic Numbers, Dungen, The Shining, Santa, Chewbacca and Honeybees   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 30, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade



FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Puzzle your way through a round of Ray-Ray.

THE MAGIC NUMBERS' album gets a US release Tuesday but you can stream it wih a nifty Flash player today. I like track five, "Love Me Like You." And "I See You, You See Me," which I think is inspired a bit by "I'll Be Your Mirror."

SUFJAN STEVENS "is the artist who might have been birthed by Flannery O'Connor and Nick Drake, had they ever hooked up."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS have a photo-diary from touring down under.

RAY DAVIES is not the cute o­ne, okay?

I'M ONLY SLEEPING, not bidding.

LISTEN MY FRIEND: A new documentary, Spend an Evening With Saddle Creek, tells the story of how a group of friends single-handedly forged o­ne of the biggest labels in the indie era, "and in godforsaken Omaha, of all places."

DUNGEN: The "Swedish psych-rockers' literally awesome live show reveals them as what they essentially are -- a freaking jam band." But in a good way, I would add. The Pitchfork also reports that the band's U.S. success is getting its 2002 album, Stadsvandringar, a release here o­n Tuesday. However, from what I've heard, the current disc, Ta Det Lugnt, is less jammy and better.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH show the DIY way to hefty profit margin. "Everything started to change as soon as I started wearing brownish-yellow socks," says frontman Alec Ounsworth.

A.C. NEWMAN has been reading a lot about the New Pornographers, "and it's left him a little perplexed, to say the least."

NEIL YOUNG: His latest, Prairie Wind, scores a middling 5.8 o­n the Pitchfork, but there appears to be a wider spread at Metacritic.

SHE'S TAKEN EVERYTHING? The Sonic Impact T-Amp, a 30 dollar, 15-Watt amplifier "easily outperforms amplifiers that cost 100 times more."

THE ROSEBUDS: Their new album, Birds Make Good Neighbors, scores a respectable 8.1 o­n the Pitchfork. You can stream a few tracks from the band's MySpace page, but try "Boys Who Love Girls" from the band's debut, too.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Moss has checked into a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona. Sarah Doukas, head of the Storm modeling agency, said Wednesday that Moss would soon sign a contract to represent a luxury perfume brand.

THE SHINING: Remixed in glorious QuickTime. If you haven't seen it, you're cheating yourself.

GWYNETH PALTROW: Knocked up again. Anyone betting o­n "Banana?"

ALICIA SILVERSTONE: Knocked up? Or just sloppy?

MADONNA wishes she was as talented as ABBA. And she owes thousands in parking tickets, because she's too lazy to walk to her fitness classes. That's her arm that's broken, not her leg.

ADAM SANDLER rumored to be ruining Gilligan's Island, though Jennifer Hawkins could move me out of the "Mary Ann" column.

COURTNEY LOVE, in a moment of clarity promises never to show her breasts in public again because it’s "slutty." She actually has a few moments of clarity in the midst of a whole lot of crazy talk about her crack phase and more in Spin. And yes, that was a bad pun... is there any other kind?

GREEK CYPRIOT SOLDIERS BANISHED as punishment for an all-night sex romp in Nicosia with a mother-of-three who had them queuing up for more.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie announced the Global Business Coalition's plan for world domination at an event innocuously billed as an AIDS fundraiser. Don't be fooled! One ring to rule them all! Or was it an elaborate product placement for St. John's knits?

BEYONCE has a foot-long chili dog, much to the amusement of boyfriend Jay-Z. Wonder what he was thinking...

KATE WINSLET will likely join Cameron Diaz for Holiday, the next movie from Nancy Meyers after Something's Gotta Give.

FESTIVUS book coming at the end of October.

TYRA BANKS, fresh from showing her TV audience that they're real and spectacular, gets Jennifer Love Hewitt in o­n the act.

STEVE BUSCEMI is set to be honored at New York's sixth annual Woodstock Film Festival. Way to go, Mr. Pink!

CIVIL THREESOME: A Dutchman and his wife have signed a co-habitation contract with a woman they met in an internet chatroom.

JESSICA ALBA: Into the Blue gets scads of bad reviews, with the notable exception of Roger Ebert. USA Today gives us a clue as to how co-star Paul Walker will feel reading them. But if it flops, maybe Alba will get around to doing nude scenes.

IRAQ: Only o­ne Iraqi battalion can operate solo, down from three. That's bad news, though at least it shows we're monitoring these batallions. Bill Roggio looks at chaos in Ramadi. The US has reportedly handed over security responsibilities to Iraqi army and police units in Karbala. Sunni opposition to the draft Iraqi constitution is softening, making it likely that voters will approve it in the Oct. 15 referendum. Major K blogs about trying to overcome Iraqi fatalism, which he calls "one of the greatest challenges that we face in training the New Iraqi Army." And Michael Yon's latest isn't gripping so much as heartwarming.

DeLAY UPDATE: David Corn of The Nation asks top crisis management expert Eric Dezenhall about DeLay's likely strategy. Byron York of National Review reports that prosecutor Ronnie Earle has gave a film crew "extraordinary access" to make a motion picture about his work o­n the case.

GROUND ZERO: Forgot to mention that NY Gov. Pataki, bowing to a growing campaign by furious 9/11 families, the firefighters and police unions, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and ex-mayor Rudolph Giuliani, ousted a proposed freedom museum from ground zero Wednesday, declaring that the International Freedom Center generated "too much opposition, too much controversy" as to its content and location.

JUDITH MILLER, the New York Times reporter jailed since July 6th for refusing to testify in the C.I.A. leak case, was released Thursday after she reached an agreement with a federal prosecutor to testify before the grand jury. Tom Maguire has analysis, including strange reporting o­n the story by the NYT.

WHEN DID YOU STOP BEATING YOUR WIFE? An imam who wrote a book o­n how to beat your wife without leaving marks o­n her body has been ordered by a judge in Spain to study the country's constitution. Sure, that will turn him right around.

CULT OF THE iPod: It's never too early to start indoctrination.

PODCASTING: turns out there might just be money in it.

NANOTECH: A research team creates a molecule that walks like a human. But can it walk like an Egyptian? Like you didn't see that o­ne coming a mile away.

MIGHTY MICE: Genetically altered mice discovered accidentally at the Wistar Institute in Pennsylvania have the seemingly miraculous ability to regenerate like a salamander, and even regrow vital organs. Am I the o­nly o­ne whose eyebrows went up about the "discovered accidentally" part?

RUN RUDOLPH, RUN! The Danish airforce paid damages to Santa Claus after a blast from a low-flying fighter jet left Rudolph the reindeer lifeless.

WILD GORILLAS use tools when we're not looking. D*mn dirty apes.

HONEYBEES kill invading wasps by cooking them to death.

EVICITING A PIG is risky business.

ANIMAL HOARDING: A French case may be the world's record, as animal welfare officers discover 340 dogs living in a single house.

CHEWBACCA makes it to The Show.

HORNY FEMALE SWALLOWS keep shopping around even after mating. And they aren't looking for good providers or even good company; they want o­nly the best-looking birds, according a research team at Cornell University.

...and I'm spent.

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BIG STAR: The much-anticipated In Space is not faring well with the critics.

METACRITIC: So, what is faring well with the critics? As the third quarter draws to the close, check Metacritic's Best of 2005 (so far).

ON THE PITCHFORK: Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' Jacksonville City Nights rates a snarky 7.7: "You could be forgiven for not noticing, but earlier this year Adams started writing good songs again. I know!" Rhino's Just Say Sire box set gets a mere 6.7, but it seems to be based o­n knocking down a straw man, imho. But the UK reissue of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea scores a perfect 10.0.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH and THE NATIONAL: A Billboard review of the bill at Schuba's (which I had to miss) suggests the latter was better than the former, though it's clear the revewer didn't care much for CYHSY in the first place. You can listen to or watch The National at Beggars Banquet.

BOB DYLAN: More UK backlash: Bob Dylan: a poet and a poseur. A sample graf: "We live in a world run by people who came to consciousness during pop's 1960s golden age. Often significantly younger than Dylan, they not o­nly understand the iconic significance of the Fender Stratocaster guitar, they actually own o­ne. It's hardly surprising, then, that the new film's 'lost footage' from Dylan's crucial mid-1960s period should have created excitement. Yet there's something about our 'air guitar' establishment's endless valorisation of the sounds of its youth that is slightly creepy."

THE FLAMING LIPS are bringing out the guitars for At War With the Mystics, due early next year.

THE WHITE STRIPES, THE SHINS and M WARD: Each set from the September 27 triple-bill at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, is streamable from NPR. The White Stripes cover Dolly Parton, Burt Bacharach and Blind Willie McTell.

FIERY FURNACES: Seattle Weekly previews Rehearsing My Choir, which features Olga Sarantos, the duo's grandmother.

THE HOLD STEADY will play unplugged during seventh period in Littleton, Colorado's Littleton High School gymnasium.

BORN TO RUN AGAIN: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's breakthrough 1975 album, Columbia is prepping a box set that will include two DVDs along with a version of the album newly remastered by Bob Ludwig.

eMUSIC MAGAZINE: The o­nline service launches a hub with Michael Azerrad, author of the wonderful Our Band Could Be Your Life as EIC, with help from Kurt Loder, Harvey Pekar, Neal Pollack and Thurston Moore.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: British TV channel Sky o­ne plans to air a documentary next week showing Moss snorting coke. Moss' friends have her o­n suicide watch. But maybe it really doesn't bother her. Or maybe sh'es devastated and plans to leave Britain. Right now, she's taking a "short-term" break from the public eye and her modelling jobs. Will she take a five million dollar contract from an o­nline gambling company? NME has details of the upcoming disc from Doherty's band Babyshambles. And Pete, the barn door is open.

OZZY OSBOURNE tops Jude Law, as wife Sharon reveals that he was caught in bed with the nanny o­n the night their son Jack was born.

NEIL YOUNG: Rarities. Killing music.

DELTA BLUES REVIVAL: Tragedy + Time = The Onion.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise lecture series linked here yesterday is a hoax. Cruise is furious He wants to find out who is behind it and jump o­n their couch!

BENNIFER 2.0: Garner let slip that it's a girl o­n The Tonight Show. Proof that she's not a super-spy; she just plays o­ne o­n TV.

ALEC BALDWIN and KIM BASINGER renew their child custody battle. They should put this o­n CourtTV -- my pitch would be that it's The War of the Roses meets Irreconcilable Differences. And yes, that's a high-concept Player allusion.

TARA REID reflects o­n the reaction to her wardrobe malfunction: "People act like it was the worst crime in the world. It was a mistake, you know! But you would think my boob had popped out and shot Gandhi!" She assured FHM magazine, "My hooters are under control."

LI-LO is set to bare all for an upcoming Vanity Fair cover, which people might buy, now that she's off the Skeletor diet.

HILLARY DUFF, otoh, is still o­n the Skeletor diet and will be an anti-obesity campaign to encourage kids to eat right and exercise.

JESSICA ALBA is giving her boyfriend a stranger in the bedroom. Her new movie, Into the Blue gets a "C" from Entertainment Weekly: "In the far-off days of the early James Bond films, underwater action sequences had a hip tranquillity — a lyrical zing... The closest that Into the Blue comes to that old '60s lyricism is to feature Jessica Alba, in all her tawny, rope-muscled glory, slithering through the crystal blue waves of the Bahamas..."

SERENITY, the movie spin-off from the late Firefly, is doing pretty good o­n the Tomatometer. Perhaps more interesting is the studio's courtship of bloggers which appears to be paying off.

IS THIS THE RIGHT ROOM FOR AN ARGUMENT? Amazon is running a poll of favorite Monty Python moments, with streaming clips.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT: The Writers Guild of America is protesting. And so far McDonald's ain't lovin' it, either.

GEORGE CLOONEY has recurring nightmares that he is playing Batman again. This is something he has in common with most Bat-fans.

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS: The DVD and a childrens book drop in November, just in time for the holidays.

JESSICA SIMPSON getting drinky a lot lately. Sometimes with her husband, sometimes Johnny Knoxville. Sometimes needing to hang o­n to a restaurant staffer to "stop swaying around." I imagine she has center of gravity issues.

CULT OF THE iPod: In response to complaints made by a website, Apple admits some Nanos have screen problems and promises free replacements.

GLOBAL WARMING passes the point of no return, so go get that new Hummer. Gas prices too high, you say? Don't sweat it; a trillion barrels of oil might be recovered from Colorado oil shale deposits.

POURING THE PERFECT BEER through science. Unsurprisingly, the company behind the TurboTap is based in the Windy City.

IRAQ: Rill Roggio has much more o­n Operation Hunter (or Sayaid), noting that gloomy press reports of suicide bombs in Baghdad and Al Qaeda gaining control of five towns near the Syrian border overlook the degree to which the insurgency is being driven westward.

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER TOM DeLAY was indicted in an alleged criminal conspiracy designed to subvert Texas campaign finance laws. You can read the indictment -- a mere four pages -- at The Smoking Gun, where you will find very little about what Travis County DA thinks DeLay actually did. Most legal experts looking at the indictment said Wednesday that either an insider has turned against DeLay or the prosecutor may have gone too far. As Earle has suffered big defeats in cases he brought against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), and then-Attorney General Jim Mattox (D), I wouldn't start measuring the Hammer for a jumpsuit just yet. BTW, the indictments against the corporations allegedly involved have been dismissed by Earle under a quite unusual agreement.

BABY AARDVARK debuts in Omaha. Listen, my friend!

HURRICANE KATRINA: Pet rescues are featured at Animal Planet

DUGONGS living in the waters off Malaysia's south coast will be fitted with electronic tags as part of efforts to create sanctuaries for the endangered species.

A FIVE-TON PLATYPUS that was a star attraction at this year's World Expo in Japan has been sold for more than 60K. Yes, it's fake.

ROBOT may have discovered a mythic ten billion dollar treasure trove o­n the islands that inspired the novel about castaway Robinson Crusoe.

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