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FRIDAY TIME-WASTER: Yo La Tengo: Prisoners of Love -- the hipster's version of the classic "Breakout." And a nice way for Matador Records to promote the band's retrospective collection.
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS have posted the title track from the forthcoming Twin Cinema for download. Me likes it!
THE POSIES' album, Every Kind of Light, comes out around the end of June. You can hear a clip at the site for the Paleo festival.
BLOC PARTY is shaking up British indie rock, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
LEADBELLY: The only known film appearance of the legendary singer, edited by Pete Seeger, can be streamed at iFilm.
THE TROGGS TAPES: Said to be a major inspiration for This Is Spinal Tap, tapes of "instrumental incompetence, mutual recrimination and much foul language" are available to stream or download at LimeOne. Internet... I think I love you...
TALKING BACK TO 80's MUSIC: The latest in a series at Protein Wisdom. Also: the latest in Scenes From An Italian Restaurant.
REVENGE OF THE SITH: Kevin Smith, director of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, has seen Episode III and geeks out over it: "Revenge of the Sith is, quite simply, f---ing awesome. This is the Star Wars prequel the haters have been bitching for since Menace came out, and if they don't cop to that when they finally see it, they're lying. As dark as Empire was, this movie goes a thousand times darker..."
GEORGE LUCAS talks about "Life After Darth."
MARK MOTHERSBAUGH talks about life after Devo.
BRADGELINA UPDATE: Us Weekly and Star magazine are having a tabloid catfight over those famous photos.
TOM CRUISE AND KATIE HOLMES photographed kissing, but still met with skepticism.
OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL investigation spreads to German companies and a French bank.
PRESIDENT BUSH TO WED SAUDI PRINCE: A Borowitz Report exclusive and likely to remain so.
THE BIG BOY GRAVEYARD. Or Dr. Evil's crash site.
BOOZE IS BRAIN FOOD, when taken in moderation, of course.
TWIN CITIES FOLK like Pate bassist Mike Kelly may want to check out the newly-launched mnspeak site which, despite its title, does not read as though written by the cast of Fargo.
WAL-MART will burn a mix CD and mail it to you.
TABLETOP FUSION: Seth Putterman, a physicist at the UCLA, has turned a tiny crystal into a particle accelerator. Putterman is not claiming to have created a source of virtually unlimited energy, because the reaction isn't self-sustaining. Even so, it's pretty neat.
DO THE BOSSA NOVA to the songs of The Clash, Joy Division, Modern English and more, courtesy of Nouvelle Vague, streaming from VH1.
BOB MOULD: Billboard has details on his July release of Body of Song.
MINUTEMEN: Flagpole magazine covers the making of the documentary, We Jam Econo: the Story of the Minutemen.
CBGB Gallery hosted a fete for director Don Letts' Punk: Attitude, which premieres on IFC in July. Tommy Ramone, "Handsome" Dick Manitoba of the Dictators, Martin Rev of Suicide, Punk magazine founders Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch were among those who turned out for Letts, who direcrted every Clash video. ALSO: The legendary venue could be could be saved if you bought enough chocolate.
COBRA VERDE'S John Petkovic examines the merger of hip-hop and pro basketball.
SPRINGSTEEN: Uncle Grambo raves over the Boss in the Motor City.
THE ONION: The St. Petersburg Times goes behind the laughter with the writers of the satirical newspaper.
BATMAN BEGINS: The full trailer is online, looking good in glorious QuickTime. As much of the movie was shot in Chicago, I'll have some behind the scenes photos for y'all as the June premiere approaches.
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY opens today to mixed reviews. But if you're so inclined, here's a guide to the Guide.
IRAQ: Iraq's National Assembly approved a list of Cabinet members Thursday to form a new government, though five positions have been filled temporarily after talks failed to produce a compromise. ALSO: The toughest commute in Iraq is the trip to the airport.
DOGS are going gangsta. And I'm not talking about Snoop, fo shizzle.
BLOGGERS AS JOURNOS: Julie Hilden of FindLaw (via CNN) argues that bloggers should benefit from any privilege that extends to journalists, largely for the reasons I have stated here before, but adds another point: Those who doubt that bloggers should share journalists' legal privileges should consider that bloggers already share journalists' legal risks.
THE HUFFINGTON POST: Arianna Huffington's soon-to-launch celbrity group blog is already being parodied -- oddly enough -- by The London Guardian.
ROSIE O'DONNELL: New blog address, same demented blank verse.
JUICED BASEBALL: While Congress turns its eye to other sports, Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, tells a tale of two sluggers.
PROM THEME: The Boston Globe reports that local high school administrators, worried about students' increasingly vulgar music tastes, have been delivering a pointed message to DJs: Keep it clean, or we keep the paycheck.
SONGS OF THE DECADES, as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners. The current round of voting covers 1965-74. BTW, the Beatles didn't win the prior period...
JINGLES: Watching the zillionth ad to use a rock song as a soundtrack for no particular reason, it occurred to me that advertising has suffered from the death of the jingle. My co-clerk Debbie pointed me to this stream at NPR on the topic.