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BOO! It's time for scares, it's time for screams...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 31, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Saturday Sox Special   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Saturday, October 29, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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I CANNOT CLAIM TO BE A HUGE WHITE SOX FAN (or a Cubs fan, either), but you cannot grow up in Chicago without appreciaiting the historical achievement of a Chicago club winning the World Series. And when hundreds of thousands of people turn up o­n your doorstep -- in this case, the La Salle Street "Canyon" -- for the tickertape victory parade, it's impossible not to notice. It was enough of a spectacle that I thought a few of of y'all might enjoy the sights and sounds of the day. But I don't want to slow down the page further, so if you want the full coverage, just click the "Read more..." link at the bottom of this entry.

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Son Volt, Broken Social Scene, David Hasselhoff and 100 Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 28, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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[NOTE: Our server was down much of Thursday, so if you missed yesterday's entry, be sure to keep scrollin', scrollin', scrollin'...]

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

HALLOWEEN TIMEWASTERS: This online pumpkin carving is okay, but this tutorial in pumpkin carving is even better.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Fulfillment, from the sect of Homosaku.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: Frontman Alec Ounsworth does an e-mail interview with Paste: "I'd rather not do phone or face-to-face interviews because there have been whole sentences fabricated or certain leaps of faith made o­n the interviewer's part regarding what I've said." Pitchfork digs the band's new track, "Satan Said Dance."

SON VOLT: The band's October 21st show at the 9:30 Club can be streamed or downloaded from NPR.

THE BEACH BOYS are suing an auction house, claiming that 28 lots intended for sale next week, including original test pressings for some of their best known hits and the original arrangement sheets for "Good Vibrations"and "God Only Knows" -- both with handwritten notes from Brian Wilson -- were stolen.

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS will pack it in if they end up as a parody of the Kaiser Chiefs.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Billboard asks Jimmy Shaw about the difficulty in playing with BSS and (along with fellow BSS-er Emily Haines) the more new-wavey Metric. You can compare and contrast by watching the BSS video for "Almost Crimes" and Metric's video for "Monster Hospital" (Thanks, Brooklyn Vegan).

RYAN ADAMS: Scenestars now has an internet radio station that's all-Ryan, all-the-time. Which is also a good excuse to note that he and Parker Posey appear to be involved in a bizzare love triangle that has nothing to do with New Order.

SPIN and VIBE magazines have been quietly put o­n the market.

SCOTT MILLER: Little Hits is killing music with selections from Game Theory and the Loud Family.

DAVID HASSELHOFF: His "Best Of" collection is getting rave reviews o­n Amazon.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Moss has checked out of rehab. So what did ex-beau Johnny Depp reportedly give her to celebrate her release? A mirror.

REESE WITHERSPOON was terrified her first attempts to sing like June Carter Cash in Walk The Line would leak to the internet, because they were terrible. Witherspoon knows about the internet? Who'da thunkit?

KIRSTEN DUNST: It seems like her jokes about buying champagne at Costco may have some basis in fact, if the photos at Hollywood Rag are any indication.

CAPOTE: The tour-de-force of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has boosted sales of In Cold Blood and the biography that inspired the film (though the movie is based o­n about 50 pages of the bio).

MASTERS OF HORROR: Tonight -- if you're a Showtime subscriber -- you may want to check out the 13-part original horror anthology from a roster of directors and writers in the genre that deserve the title. First up is "Incident o­n and Off a Mountain Road," by Don Coscarelli. Later episodes are directed by John Carpenter, Joe Dante, John Landis, Tobe Hooper, Dario Argento and others.

KING KONG: Peter Jackson's remake of the classic is weighing in at three hours long and costing 207 million bucks.

LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD: The trailer for the upcoming Albert Brooks movie is available in glorious Quicktime.

YOUR MOMENT OF SITH: Just in time for the Revenge of the Sith DVD release next Tuesday, the leak of Yoda rapping and breakdancing.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie is sighing with relief after an Ethiopian judge ruled she is the legal guardian of baby daughter Zahara, despite the alleged mother coming forward.

VAUGHNISTON were in full make-out mode during Jon Favreau's birthday party. Vince, you're so money, baby.

NANCY SINATRA was unimpressed with Jessica Simpson's version of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin.'" Presumably, Nancy was referring to the audio, as opposed to the video.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly mocked her husband's attempts at singing. The same report o­n their marital misery claims that "while Spears was busy changing their infant son?s diapers, Federline reportedly spent two hours getting his hair braided." If it wasn't Spears, I would question whether it takes two hours to change diapers.

JESSICA BIEL: Since she was named "the sexiest woman alive" by Esquire magazine, I thought it would o­nly be fair to let people see the Esquire pictorial for themselves. After all, I am all about the fairness.

THE FRENCH HOTEL topped a Teen People poll of the biggest celebrity egos, beating out a number of musicians, including Kanye West and Jack White.

MICHAEL JACKSON is selling the Neverland ranch. He's reportedly missing the payroll for his employees there, too.

ELLE McPHERSON says PETA lied when the group claimed that she wanted to get out of her mink contract and was out in support of the line this week.

BROOKE SHIELDS is pregnant with her second child, which she plans to name Paxil, just to annoy Tom Cruise.

MICHAEL MOORE is a "corporate criminal, environmental menace and racist union-buster," according to a new book.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY has run back to ex-boyfriend Jamie Dornan.

CULT OF THE iPod: It's probably a misstep for Apple to try to use the recently departed Rosa Parks to sell the gadget. It's much better PR to have doctors putting medical images o­n them.

ROBOTS may perform surgery in space, guided by eartbound humans.

NANOTECH: These molecules were made for walkin.' And that's just what they'll do.

ATTACK OF THE BLOGS is the title of a story by David Lyons in Forbes magazine. Obviously, bloggers are going to respond. It should suffice to note that former dead-tree journalist Dan Gilmour thought it "a pile of trash." And that at least o­ne blogger doesn't think Lyons is accurate in another story, either.

KARL ROVE: As I write this, we don't know whether Bush's top political adviser will be indicted (The New York Times thinks not today), but it does look like he may be dumped by his longtime galpal for a ranch hand. However, he may be able to find love elsewhere.

IRAQ: London's Guardian (of all papers) has uncovered evidence of a growing split in the insurgency between the locals and the foreign jihadis of al Qaeda. StrategyPage notes that the Muslim media is less and less willing to be an apologist for al Qaeda, at least when it comes to killing Muslim civilians.

OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL implicates more than 2,000 companies, France, Russia and China -- all countries that coincidentally were in favor of lifting sanctions against Saddam and opposed the 2003 invasion.

FRANCE: The suspicion of past corruption tainting Jacques Chirac's presidency returned to haunt himWednesday when a court imposed suspended sentences and fines o­n his former henchmen for a scheme involving tens of millions in school building contract kickbacks. o­ne man missing from the proceedings was "the president whose name we dare not utter," a defense lawyer alleged.

A PUG named Torres claimed the crown of political top dog in the British parliament's dog of the year contest. Maybe Torres will bark out o­n behalf of the 26 percent of British dogs that suffer from their owners' stress.

EMILY THE CAT left her home in Appleton WI and sailed to France.

GOLDFISH: Under pressure from PETA, The First Assembly of God Church has agreed to discontinue the practice of swallowing live goldfish as part of its Fear Factor ministry.

PYTHON UPDATE: Today's encroachment o­n humanity is the 11 1/2 foot, 45-pounder found in an Iowa cornfield and taken to a reptile nature center in Ames.

100 PIGS used as an instrument of revenge.

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Rogue Wave, Art Brut, ELO, Aussie indies, and Cows as Fuel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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The Blue Van, Mystery Train, Pavement, Badgers and Banned Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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CREAM began its three-night reunion at Madison Square Garden. While the Boston Globe had a boffo review, Rolling Stone, the New York Daily News and The New York Times were a bit more restrained in their praise.

WILCO has four tracks from the upcoming live DVD available for view in streaming Quicktime.

THE HIVES recently did a DJ stint playing some of their favorite tunes for the Ausie Broadcating Corp., which can be streamed from the link.

THE BLUE VAN: If you think the Hives are okay, you may well like The Blue Van, a Danish outfit that cites The Who, The Small Faces, The Sonics and the MC5 as influences. You can stream a few from MySpace. There are a couple of MP3s for download at You Ain't No Picasso, including a cover of "Have Love, Will Travel," but it's not killing music, as they are available through the band's website. But if you go to the band's site, you can also snag a cover of "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag."

ELVIS PRESLEY: Most everyone has seen the King with President Nixon, but Elvis World Japan has a directory full of other celebrity meetings, including Rosalyn Carter, B.B. King, Jane Russell, country great Hank Snow, Sophia Loren and many, many, more.

MYSTERY TRAIN: Locust St. is killing music with the original single by Little Junior's Blue Flames.

THE POSIES: Jon Auer is interviewed in Losing Today.

COLDPLAY frontman Chris Martin has revealed that Coldplay's lyrics need improving? How about "admitted?" Speaking of admissions, Martin -- recently named the world's sexiest vegetarian -- admits he eats things that have breathed.

PAVEMENT: Turquoise Days is killing music with a bunch of live covers, including Echo & the Bunnymen, the Velvet Underground and the Pixies.

TED NUGENT thinks that Sharon Osbourne should be slapped silly. And to think the Nuge used to say things that could be considered controversial...

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS: London's Guardian asks, Have they changed the music business? the correct answer is "no," though they do show how the business is changing.

PETER GABRIEL will be organizing the opening ceremonies for the World Cup.

FIERY FURNACES' newest scores a mere 4.0 o­n the Pitchfork: "Rehearsing My Choir is a sprawling piano opera starring Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger's grandmother, Olga Sarantos, and it's every bit as terrible and fantastic as it sounds." And it's not doing much better at Metacritic.

WONDERWALL: The Top Five Ironic Versions of the Oasis staple are listed by the Harvard Independent.

PUMP AUDIO helps independent musicians and artists who are o­n small labels, or unsigned, get their songs o­nto cable TV and into commercials.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer pens a piece for London's Guardian to explain... why he should write a theme song for his favorite soccer team. After all, a man has to have priorities.

GWYNETH PALTROW has cryptically confirmed she is pregnant again. She has also slammed reports she criticized Britain and plans to return to her native America: "The British press are just ridiculous. I've never said anything like that." Of course, she reportedly made the comments to the US edition of Marie Claire magazine...

BETTING o­n CELEBS: Speaking of pregnant celebrities, online gamblers think it's likely that Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are expecting. They also pick Angelina Jolie as most likely to be the next Bond girl over Jessica Alba.

GEORGE CLOONEY: For future reference, it's okay to go to the hospital before the spinal fluid starts leaking from your nose. You're a bigtime movie star; someone will take you to the hospital if you demand to go.

DANNY BONADUCE may be sober, but he still can't seem to get happy: "It's embarrassing, but I'm at my happiest when I'm getting punched in the face," he tells FHM magazine.

SUSAN SARANDON: Yeah, it was kinda inevitable that you would have to talk to your son about playing a lesbian vampire.

AL PACINO: James Caan, Ed Harris, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia, Meryl Streep, Marisa Tomei, Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves were among those saluting Pacino as he was presented with the 2005 American Cinematheque Award o­n Friday. As a tribute to Pacino's career, each of them shouted the last part of their speeches. Except Colin Farrell, who gave his speech sans pants. That last bit is true.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Jolie may be working o­n a full-frontal pictorial together, if In Touch magazine is to be belived. In the meantime, we make do with a pic of Jolie alongside her equally crazed looking brother at the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Benefit Gala. At least they didn't make out this time.

SEN. JOHN McCAIN will guest-star in an episode of 24 this season, playing an ambitious Senator who thinks he should be the pretend President o­n the show.

EVA LONGORIA: The Desperate Housewife just wants to hang out at the Wal-Mart in San Antonio. Or she's planning a future career in stand-up comedy.

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO, star of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, forced the early end of an NBC-mandated sex harrassment sensitivity seminar by berating a network attorney over the issue of whether an actor might need to watch pornography in his trailer.

ALEC BALDWIN: Maybe his custody battle with Kim Basinger would be less bitter if he could land a date.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Perez Hilton gets first-had news that Li-Lo is covering "The Edge Of Seventeen" o­n her new album, reportedly with a cameo from Stevie Nicks. Oh boy.

CULT OF THE iPod: The photo here is of an art piece, but you can now buy the iBelieve, billed as "a social commentary o­n the fastest growing religion in the world."

TOP TECH TRENDS, as divined by futurists asked by Wired News.

NANOTECH: FWIW, Nanodot is liveblogging the Foresight Conference.

GOOGLE would like to know a lot more about you to put in the Google Base.

THE NEW REPUBLIC has launched a blog called The Plank. On day one, there was a lot of discussion of... Michael Jordan.

A GRIM MILESTONE: That's what the AP called the 200th US military death in Iraq. That quote was used in a BBC story. ABC News also called it a "grim milestone." So did CBS News. And Scripps Howard News Service. And Canada's Globe and Mail. And the International Herald-Tribune, (though you may have seen the version that appeared in The New York Times.) And the New York Daily News. And London's Times. And NPR. And the Village Voice. And the San Francisco Chronicle. And the Chicago Tribune story that ran o­n Knight-Ridder's wire. And Islam Online. The picture to the right was on the front page of MSNBC.com on Tuesday. Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, the spokesman for the American-led multinational force, called o­n news organizations not to look at the 2,000th death as a milestone in the conflict, noting that it "is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations."

IRAQ: Bill Roggio posts o­n raids in Husaybah, Karabilah and Ushsh. Some women in Baghdad are taking up arms in private security jobs for reasons both personal and political. Seventy-nine percent of Iraqi voters approved the draft constitution; the press focused o­n Sunni Arab claims of vote fraud, though UN officials rejected them. These stories almost always quote Saleh Mutlaq and Hussein al-Falluji without mentioning that their NDC is home to many former Baathists and that the largest Sunni party, the IIP, has its sights set o­n the December elections. Indeed, the deadline for registering parties and electoral coalitions is Friday.

DOZENS OF PILOT WHALES have died after stranding themselves o­n a beach o­n the Australian island of Tasmania.

BADGERS break into a jail and attack the guards in Wiltshire, England.

UK PIGS: A West Yorkshire school has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children. British banks are banning piggy banks for fear of offending some Muslims. Neither seem to fear offending Muslims with the stereotype that they are all hotheads waiting for some excuse to blow their stacks.

GOLDFISH BOWLS are banned in Rome as animal cruelty. The city council also requires owners to regularly exercise their dogs.

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