NIRVANA wishes Ru Paul a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (thx Stereogum)
THAT RARE VELVET UNDERGROUND ACETATE has failed to sell, after the winning 155K bid on eBay turned out to be bogus.
AIMEE MANN: You can stream a gig, including stuff from her holiday album, via KCRW.
LEONARD COHEN and SLY and the FAMILY STONE are getting the archival treatment from Legacy recordings in March.
RBALLY is still kickin' -- and has posted sets from R.E.M. (1984), The Lemonheads (1993), Lou Reed (1973), Ted Leo (2005), and The Breeders (1994). As always you can jukebox 'em on the ol' HM... just click "listen" where you want to start.
ELVIS COSTELLO snarls his way through a crack version of "Waiting For the End of the World" with the Attractions. His first ever TV performance, however, is a solo take on "Allison."
THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE is set to perform in the Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show in February.
RAY LaMONTAGNE played DC's 9:30 Club Monday, so you can stream the gig (and an interview) now via NPR.
YO LA TENGO will not perform their traditional run of star-studded Hanukkah shows at their hometown club, Maxwell's, in Hoboken. Bummer.
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PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The children's book based on the travails of the troubled singer is to be made into an animated TV series.
BRADGELINA: Jolie talks about the relationship she developed with Pitt on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in January's Vogue magazine, adding: "We are legally bound to our children, not to each other, and I think that's the most important thing." Another oddly ambiguous comment, yes? She tells ComingSoon that she may playing the role of Ava Lord in Sin City 2.
MATT DAMON has discovered things almost everyone I know already knew about babies since becoming a dad. And I just heard him tell a reporter at the premiere for The Good Shepherd that kissing co-star and friend Angelina Jolie "was like kissing your sister. Except you have a really hot sister."
BRITNEY SPEARS: The French Hotel is defending her new friend's new habits: "She goes home every night to her babies and partying has not come in the way of her parenting." Except when she went to JR Rotem's apartment building at 3:30 a.m., that is.
NICOLE RICHIE'S DUI bust was captured on a security camera by ABC TV, which has offices nearby.
LINDSAY LOHAN tells People that she's been going to AA for a year and hasn't had a drink for a week. Do the math. Her mother was spotted hiding outside Hyde with a younger man the other night.
JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER: Law is still complaining his divorce from Sadie Frost left him broke, but won't talk about Sienna Miller. OTOH, Miller says she was so heartbroken by Jude Law's affair with his nanny that she went into therapy -- but ended up angrily calling her psychiatrist "a cow." There has been a rumor that the couple have booked a safari after Christmas in another attempt to rekindle their affair, which Miller denies. She also fears her dad's reaction to her graphic love scenes in the upcoming Edie Sedgwick biopic, Factory Girl.
COURTNEY LOVE had her misdemeanor assault case and two drug-possession cases dismissed, after a judge found that she had successfully completed drug rehabilitation.
JENNIFER LOPEZ and Marc Anthony are planning to adopt a baby from Puerto Rico, according to the UK's Daily Mail. The paper claims that J-Lo is studying P.R. adoption law to avoid the bad pub Madonna got adopting in Malawi.
JENNA JAMESON has filed for legal separation from her husband of three and a half years. I'm shocked! Even though her hubby was also a pr0n star, I'm shocked!
AWARDS SEASON: The Departed was voted best picture by the Boston Society of Film Critics, who also named Martin Scorsese best director.
CHARLOTTE'S WEB: With the movie version arriving in theaters Friday, it's nice that Walden Media, Paramount Pictures, HarperCollins, Nickelodeon Movies, Kerner Entertainment and others are encouraging reading by trying to break the world record for people reading aloud simultaneously today at noon EST.
A SUICIDAL MAN visits the mall, Blues Brothers-style. You want outta this parking lot?... O.K.
THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP: USA Today reports on the poll it conducted with Gallup that "Three of four support the major recommendations unveiled by the Iraq Study Group last week." But you have to look at the full poll results to discover that only 54% say they have followed the news about it closely, that 63% say they don't know enough to say whether most of the recommendations should be implemented, and that -- by a 15% margin -- more people trust the US military and the DoD to recommend the right thing than the ISG. Time runs a piece by Lisa Beyar puncturing the ISG report's suggestion that acting on the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians will help Iraq.
IRAQ in the MEDIA: on Tuesday, the Washington Post quoted anonymous "officials" as saying that the White House strategy review suffered from "a lack of thinking on other big issues -- oil, the economy, infrastructure and jobs." Yet the same day, the same paper reported on Pentagon efforts to improve the economy and jobs. Both stories appeared on the front page of the paper. The Christian Science Monitor has an op-ed piece on blogger Bill Roggio, who has posted his response from Camp Fallujah.
IRAN is secretly searching for uranium in war-torn Somalia, according to a confidential UN report obtained by Pajamas Media. The story is bylined to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, who has an incredible backstory.
A SQUIRREL PACK bit to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park. They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh.
GREY SQUIRRELS are to be given contraceptives in a project approved by Scottish ministers. The may want to ty that in Russia.
ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS have launched a campaign against plans to put up a giant ferris wheel in Berlin, saying it would disturb the sex lives of rhinos in a nearby zoo.
THE SYDNEY MUD WHELK moves very slowly and looks harmless enough... but it's a potential time bomb.