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Art Brut, New Ryan Adams, Live Talking Heads, but no Smoking Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 16, 2006 - 08:05 AM
Posted by: kbade


photo courtesy of BiblioMama.

ART BRUT, WE ARE SCIENTISTS and the SPINTO BAND played Chicago o­n Thursday. Ken King and I went, but I didn't blurb it Friday for deadline reasons. The show lived up to my expectations. Art Brut is o­ne of a select group of bands (like the Replacements and Guided by Voices) that is truly post-modern -- aware of the essential silliness of what they do, but with enough passion for it to avoid descending into Spinal Tap-esque parody.

When Ken and I saw Art Brut at the Pitchfork fest, frontman Eddie Argos would stop in the middle of "Emily Kane" -- a song about first love that's equal parts Ray Davies and Jonathan Richman -- to tell the audience that he was wrong, that it was a bad idea to want to get in touch with a first love years later. This time, he told the crowd of the e-mail he got from someone who got in touch with her first love, got married and pregnant, who was so happy she had not listened to his concert monologue. Argos said the lesson was that he has to stop stopping the song... and that you should stop listening to him and other people in bands. Of course, earlier in the show, he demanded that everyone in the audience go home after the show and form a band.

We Are Scientists have toured with Art Brut enough that they cover each other's songs o­n a tour single. WAS was tight and occasionally funny. The video for "It's A Hit" is funny in a darker way. When WAS covers Art Brut's "Bang Bang Rock N' Roll," the hyperactive third-billed Spinto Band comes out to dance. The Spinto Band is probably best known for "Oh, Mandy" -- which is not the Manilow tune. You can hear Art Brut's upcoming UK single, "Nag Nag Nag Nag," as well as the must-hear "Formed A Band," via MySpace.

TWO GALLANTS were jailed after an altercation with police in Houston. MKOB has news coverage and a fan video from the scene, plus a streaming Two Gallants song.

JOE STRUMMER is the subject of a new biography by Chris Salewicz, writer and friend of the star for 25 years. London's Sun has an exclusive essay by Salewicz at the link.

JARVIS COCKER, NICK CAVE and BETH ORTON are among those discussing the changing role of pop music in modern life for a roundtable in London's Observer.

REMIX THE MONKEY: Stereogum can link you to the winner and other top entries in a contest to remix Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey," with video of Gabriel discussing them.

RYAN ADAMS: The compulsively prolific singer-songwriter is streaming 36 new songs from his website, in styles ranging from thrashy punk to Whiskeytown-esque alt-country.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: As we get closer to Halloween, I'll be trying to feature more video like (the late) Jim Carroll belting out "People Who Died."

WHO IS BOB DYLAN? Yes, there is at least one person who doesn't know. Actually, I think Bob would find that an intriguing question, but he probably wouldn't give a straight answer. Heather Browne is posted some rarities from No Direction Home you can stream via the Hype Machine.

AMERICA is trying for a comeback with indie cred, enlisting ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlessinger for production help, and cameos from members of My Morning Jacket and Nada Surf o­n covers of their songs.

TALKING HEADS: Jefito blog has posted a gig from 9/16/78, which you can stream via the Hype Machine.

FREDDY FENDER has died of complications of many illnesses, including lung cancer, at 69. Bizzare trivia: In February 1999, Fender was awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame after then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush wrote to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce endorsing him.

DEBORAH HARRY and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein closed out CBGB (OMFUG) Saturday night with an unpluggety set that included "One Way or Another" and a cover of the Ramones song "I Want to Be Your Boyfriend." I haven't seen any video of that yet, though I did find an acoustic "Heart of Glass" from 2002. The final GBGB show in NYC was scheduled to be Patti Smith last night.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Radar notes the parallels between the the Pete-Kate train wreck and the saga of Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg.

MADONNA: The father of the little boy Madge adopted in Malawi has described his feelings of confusion and powerlessness in the face of the singer's determination to take his o­nly surviving child away. The Human Rights Consultative Committee, a grouping of 67 human rights NGOs in Malawi, will apply to Malawi's High Court to halt the adoption. That last link has some contrary quotes from the father, along with some family members claiming the father is being exploited.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Grudge 2 won the weekend with 22 million, which means it will make decent money, but far short of the original, which opened with 39 million. The Departed took the second slot, dropping o­nly 30 percent -- though it may face competition this weekend from Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. Man of the Year made 12.5 million, which means it may break even, after accounting for marketing costs and such. Open Season grossed 11 million and was off 30 percent, so it too may break even by the time Flushed Away arrives to compete for the family audience. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning dropped 60 percent to make a mere 7.8 million, but is a money-maker o­n its shoestring budget.

MATT DAMON and LEONARDO Di CAPRIO are good enough actors to fool Jack Nicholson into thinking they were doctors coming to give him a rectal exam.

PAUL McCARTNEY has begun a process to trademark his name for use o­n goods as wide-ranging as pantihose, waistcoats, bath robes, articles of fancy dress, overalls, sports clothing, swimwear and vegetarian food.

GEORGE MICHAEL: Cell phone footage of his latest drug bust, courtesy of TMZ.

JOHN FORSYTHE, who played patriarch Blake Carrington o­n Dynasty and was the voice of Charlie in both the TV and film versions of Charlie's Angels, was treated for colon cancer and is now recovering at a L.A. hospital. My college roomie Dale made sure I noticed, as we enjoyed mocking Dynasty MST3K-style, going so far as to pop bottles of Coke in tandem with the opening credits. I'm sure we do the same with best wishes for Forsythe's recovery.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The buzz is that Holmes' parents are still outraged that her rumored nuptials will be conducted by the Church of Scientology, with suggestions that they are threatening a last-minute boycott of the wedding to try to convince Katie to have a proper Catholic ceremony, even if she does o­ne Scientology-style, too.

BRADGELINA: Another day, another photographer punched in the face by Jolie's hired goons.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson says he drank alcohol the morning after his July 28 arrest for driving under the influence. In front of his kids.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be flirting with Keira Knightley in The Best Time of Our Lives, a movie that revolves around Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, his wife Caitlin and her childhood friend Vera Phillips.

JESSICA ALBA was snapped getting married... for a scene in the Fantastic Four sequel. Had you for a second, didn't I?

THE CULT of the iPod may run into the buzzsaw of Islamic extremism with the construction of "Apple Mecca."

SALMAN RUSHDIE tells a reporter for London's Independent -- though it appears the reporter doesn't get it -- about the Islamic extremism that spawned the fatwa against him long before 9/11: "If tomorrow the Israel/Palestine issue was resolved to the total happiness of all parties, it would not diminish the amount of terrorism coming out of al-Qa'ida by o­ne jot. It's not what they're after. Yes, it's a recruiting tool, rhetorically. Many people see there's an injustice there, and it helps them to get people into the gang, but it's not what they want. What they want is to change the nature of human life o­n earth into the image of the Taliban. If you want the whole earth to look like Taliban Afghanistan, then you're o­n the same side as them. If you don't want that, you're not. They do not represent the quest for human justice. That, I think, is o­ne of the great mistakes of the left." And Rushdie has much more where that came from.

IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed details the heroism of an Iraqi policeman facing a car-bomber. London's Times reports o­n coup rumors, while the Washington Post's David Ignatius dismisses and looks beyond them. Bill Roggio looks at the divisions in al-Qaeda in Iraq. The AP claims Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's influence is declining, while radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has ordered his Shiite militia not to take part in the sectarian bloodshed -- though I suspect that's for public consumption o­nly. Sen. Minority Whip Dick Durbin says that the security situation has improved somewhat since his last visit.

PAKISTAN: A plot to stage a coup against Pres. General Pervez Musharraf soon after his recent return from the US has been uncovered, resulting in the arrest of more than 40 people. This plot takes place in the context of Musharraf's agreement with the US o­n a massive joint operation against the Taliban.

ELEPHANT IMMIGRANTS UPDATE: It turns out that the Pennsylvania congressional candidate who used an elephant and a six-piece mariachi band for an elaborate political stunt designed to make a point about border security was "fired" by Donald Trump o­n The Apprentice two years ago. Plus, we now have the video of the stunt.

CAT CLONING: A California company set up to clone beloved pets has gone out of business after cloning just two cats.

BUGSY the RABBIT has been freed unhurt after a week hiding in the engine of Jon Llewlyn's Ford Mondeo. What's up with that, Doc?

AN ENRAGED GIANT PIG attacked a nurse after charging her horse, which caused the nurse to be thrown to the ground.

NO SMOKING COW: The same strain of deadly E. coli bacteria that sickened dozens of people nationwide has been found at a cattle ranch in California's Salinas Valley within a mile of spinach fields, but an investigator says, "We do not have a smoking cow at this point."

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Musical Movie Moments, Grizzly Bear, Cutout Bin, Fugitive Emu   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 13, 2006 - 08:20 AM
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...with THE TOP 40 MUSIC MOMENTS IN FILM HISTORY, according to Bullz-Eye, though they are really listing rock music moments. The self-imposed rules barred some I would list, like "Raindrops Keep Fallin' o­n My Head" from Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. It's not clear whether the rules exclude "Everybody's Talkin'" from Midnight Cowboy. Other omissions are more puzzling, such as the opening of American Graffiti, which invented the wall-to-wall rock soundtrack. Nothing from The Blues Brothers? No Wes Anderson moments from Rushmore (x2), The Royal Tenenbaums, or The Life Aquatic? No Big Lebowski? No "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" from Full Metal Jacket? No "Born to be Wild" from Easy Rider? Pictured above is "Tiny Dancer" from Almost Famous, which certainly does make the list.

THE PITCHFORK DRINKING GAME: It is Friday, after all... (via Stereogum.)

GRIZZLY BEAR did a short World Cafe set now streaming from NPR. Ed Droste and Dan Rossen were interviewed by Pitchfork about making a coherent album. Droste also spoke recently to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about recording in his mother's home, the Yellow House of the disc's title, but refuse to dish about his straight bandmates' tour antics. When NOW asked about the Brian Wilson comparisons, Droste demurred in favor of his East Coast upbringing: "We'd be the Cape Cod Beach Boys, drinking Bloody Marys and freezing in the Atlantic Ocean."

JOHN PEEL DAY was yesterday, so London's Telegraph looks at the legacy of the legendary BBC Radio o­ne DJ.

PAOLO NUTINI: Heather Browne brought my attention to this live set of soulful rock you can jukebox via the Hype Machine. Paolo sounds much older and much less Scottish than you might expect.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Actor Hal Sparks was joined by Dennis De Young o­n "Come Sail Away" for Celebrity Duets. I know. I'm sorry. I don't know what came over me.

WILCO: Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest, a live DVD by Jeff Tweedy, is coming October 24th. The audio tracks of all the songs featured o­n the DVD also will be available for anyone who purchases Sunken Treasure to download for free. A piece in the Portland Mercury argues that Nels Cline saved the guitar: "His name is like a 40-point Scrabble word if ever dropped in the middle of an 'interesting musical conversation.'"

JOLIE HOLLAND is still touring behind her recent third album, Springtime Can Kill You, full of music the New York Press describes as "steeped in haunting American Gothic imagery... conveyed with her bittersweet gin-soaked amalgam of folk, jazz and blues." At the moment, you can still stream the title track and more via the Hype Machine.

CAT POWER is the new face of Chanel jewelry. No, really.

DAVID BOWIE is teaming up with SpongeBob SquarePants. No, really.

THE CUTOUT BIN: This Friday's fortuitous finds from the Hype Machine include: Soul Brothers Six - Some Kind Of Wonderful; The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations; The Cars - Moving In Stereo; The Beatles - Hey Bulldog; Hoodoo Gurus - Tojo; Okkervil River - For Real (live); The Louvin Brothers - The Christian Life; Rolling Stones - Time is o­n My Side; The Clash - Rudie Can't Fail; Weezer - Uptown Girl; Zombies - Tell Her No; Lou Reed - Walk o­n the Wild Side; and The Beach Boys - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.

BRADGELINA: Jolie slams Western countries for trying to shut out migrants and refugees from Africa and other hotspots. Jolie's SUV driver slams a cyclist, who nevertheless pointed out that the actress' driver was looking to escape some enthusiastic paparazzi. I don't know whether the cyclist meant X17 which was o­n the scene.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases include The Grudge 2 and WWE wrestler John Cena's The Marine, neither of which seems to have been screened for critics. The Robin Williams political "comedy" Man of the Year is currently scoring a whopping 19 percent o­n the Tomatometer. One Night with the King has not been widely reviewed either, though I wonder if that's because it appears to be a telling of the story of Ester. Anyway, The Departed is really good, and may take the weekend unless teenagers flood The Grudge 2.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson was not sounding all that contrite with Diane Sawyer o­n GMA.

MADONNA and husband Guy Ritchie filed adoption papers for o­ne-year-old Davie Banda in Malawi -- and promised his dad they would often bring him back to visit.

VAUGHNISTON: Jennifer Aniston is still denying a break-up with Vince Vaughn, this time o­n The Oprah Winfrey Show.

BRITNEY SPEARS: For some reason, hubby Spenderline reportedly is forbidding his wife from using male dancers in her new video. Spenderline, who was a back-up dancer for Spears, is said to be "surprisingly insecure and secretly terrified" that Spears will dump him if her career takes off again. The o­nly part of that I doubt is the "surprisingly."

ALEC BALDWIN lets nothing stand in his way. Not an airplane crashing into a building. Not a condom. Nothing. Got that!?

KATE HUDSON and CHRIS ROBINSON BREAK-UPDATE: Although their separation began with little animosity, Robinson has grown "increasingly irate" as Hudson has been spotted in public with Owen Wilson, according to Star magazine.

SCREECH is cashing in o­n his leaked sex tape: "We could spend a fortune fighting it in court, with little bits already being leaked out o­n the Internet or we could suck it up and say you know what, it could be a losing battle, we'll make money if we just side with it." This may be his best acting ever.

ELLEN De GENERES AND PORTIA de ROSSI are planning a summer "wedding," according to the National Enquirer.

RACHEL BILSON: The O.C. cutie has slammed girls who pose semi-nude for men's magazines, insisting o­nly her boyfriend Adam Brody sees her naked. Bilson is constantly approached to pose in skimpy underwear for the saucy publications, but always refuses. Tight tops and panties? Sure. A see-through top? Maybe. But skimpy underwear? No way.

MICKEY, MINNIE and GOOFY have their own smutty video. Needless to say, it's been yanked from YouTube. UPDATE: At the moment, some video can be found at DailyMotion.

NORTH KOREA: There were as many as 10 failures related to intelligence reporting o­n North Korean missile tests and the suspected nuclear test that harmed US givernment efforts to deal with the issue. I'm shocked. Past stumbles have included missing chances to detect or stop the 9/11 attacks, faulty assessments of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs both before the Gulf War and before the 2003 invasion, the failure to predict the 1998 round of nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, and overly optimistic predictions of the Iraqi reaction to a US invasion. Not to mention the failure to discern the internal weakness of the former USSR in the 1980s.

IRAQ: The Counterterrorism Blog has translated jihadist website messages calling for Baghdad residents to prepare for an upcoming "Big Battle of Baghdad." The L.A. Times has a look at improvements and obstacles in the Amariya neighborhood of Baghdad. Although 25 of the 31 tribes in Anbar province have decided to back the Iraqi government and join forces to hunt al-Qaeda, Bill Roggio notes an AQ alliance with the remaining six tribes. He also links to a Financial Times story reporting that the leaders of influential Sunni and Shia religious groups will "meet in the holy city of Mecca next week to endorse a call for an end to all sectarian bloodshed."

ISLAM IN EUROPE: The New York Times reports that centrists and progressives across Europe are becoming disturbed that any criticism of Islam or Muslim immigration provokes threats of violence. An example given is the violent reaction to Pope Benedict XVI's speech that contained quotations critical of Islam. Another example not mentioned would be the radical Muslims in France's housing estates waging an undeclared "intifada" against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day, causing the Interior Ministry to ask for armored cars.

BASIL, an 18-year-old Welsh cob, unlocked his paddock, jumped a fence and made his way back, in the dark, to the farm where he was raised more than three miles away.

ELEPHANTS and a six-member mariachi band cross the Rio Grande for an immigration stunt.

WORMS: California is encouraging public and private-sector employees to bring worms to work so that the creatures can chew up apple cores, sandwich scraps and other lunch leftovers and produce compost. Aren't they concerned about workplace stress?

DOGS scream for ice cream. The Good Humor Man is there.

A 100-LB. EMU gave police in a St. Louis suburb a mighty run, confounding them all six times someone reported the ostrich-like beast bugging motorists last weekend along busy Illinois Route 3. The operative word there is "gave."

A PYTHON was caught near York in the UK, cruising the toilets at a motorway rest area.

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Beck's Puppet Show, Live YLT, CvB and BtS, Badfinger, and Free Bubba   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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BECK tells Jam! Music how he came to include the low-budget DVD and sticker set with his latest album, The Information -- extras that disqualified the album from the UK charts. He also talks about touring with his puppet show, as you can see in the video for "Nausea."

THE RAMONES' story may be coming to the big screen. According to Variety, producer Rory Rosegarten has bought the movie rights to the book, I Slept With Joey Ramone, an authorized biography written by the late Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and punk rock writer Legs McNeil. Of course, when you put "Ramones" and "movie" in the same sentence, my mind immediately drifts back to "Rock N' Roll High School."

YO LA TENGO visited The Current, so you can stream a brief set from MPR. Ira Kaplan talks about his old and new faves, including his AC/DC guitar pick, for Pitchfork's "Guest List." James McNew recently spoke to Canada's Gazette about a variety of topics including differences in artists' creative impulses: "John Mayer. He

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Frank Black, Album Covers, Ides of March, Your Brain on Music, and Rocky!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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FRANK BLACK is back o­n the solo track and prolific to boot, though he puts it in perspective to the Houston Chronicle: "But didn't Elvis Costello write an album a day or something like that? I don't feel that prolific. I guess I sort of spit out o­ne a year." Which is as good an excuse as any to watch "Headache" again.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS have announced tour dates. If you can't wait to see them, most of the video links I compiled in July are still good.

BATTLE of the ALBUM COVERS is a Terry-Gilliamesque animation that has the 'net abuzz, in case you missed it. Possibly NSFW.

WOXY, the indie internet station returned yesterday, in conjunction with a plan to allow members of LaLa.com to create their own radio stations for free public streaming. Details at C|Net.

I'M FROM BARCELONA frontman Emanuel was interviewed by Absolut Noise about the band's name (taken from Fawlty Towers), his day job and the buzz resulting from the video for "We're From Barcelona." Actually, the video for "Collection of Stamps" is alright, too.

THE YOU TUBE DEAL: Coolfer Glenn notes those who think Google is nuts to buy the site.

WHO'S LEFT lists "Music You Should Hear" for Amazon. And it seems like "What's Leftover" should be the title for the next Townshend solo album.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: It might be that this song backed the radio promos for Chicago Bears football for many years. It might be the media frenzy over FoleyGate. Either way, I had a hankering to hear "Vehicle" by the Ides of March. Being a music geek, I'm compelled to add that the song was sung and written by Berwyn, IL native Jim Peterik.

THE WRENS: Pitchfork and Billboard have follow-up stories o­n the Wrens reissue news that Chromewaves reported last week. Pitchfork has more of the backstory, and suggests that "the matter of who, exactly, will be profiting from the sales of these reissues is still a sore subject." You can get a head start o­n all the Wrens goodness via the Hype Machine.

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC is a book by record producer (Stevie Wonder, Chris Issak) turned neuroscientist Daniel Levitin that covers a variety of topics, including the link between music and emotion, "earworm," why certain songs burn into the soul when we're young (it's science made Shrevie) and more. David Byrne and The Arcade Fire recently visited his lab. You can stream an hour Levitin did o­n MPR to promote the book.

REM: Marathonpacks has a review of the latest IRS compilation, with YouTube and MP3 links. (thx again, Chromewaves.)

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: Speaking of REM, NP frontman Carl Newman tells ChartAttack that the band's fourth album should be their Lifes Rich Pageant. (no thx, Chromewaves... I already found this o­ne!)

WHAM is reuniting for a Christmas concert at London's Wembley Arena. Cue Darth!

SCARLETT JOHANSSON tells Allure magazine that she is "not promiscuous," but not a "serial monogamist, either." And she gets tested twice a year.

MAD MEL UPDATE: In advance clips from his upcoming GMA interview with Diane Sawyer, Gibson calls his anti-Semitic rant "just the stupid rambling of a drunkard." Which, to paraphrase Wanda Sykes, is a bit of an unfair slur against alcohol. Drinking too much by itself does not cause anti-Semitic ranting. Mel needs to try harder.

BARBRA STREISAND tells her audience to STFU before delivering her message of tolerance. Not even The New York Times found the Bush-bashing funny, so it must have been pretty awful.

BRITNEY SPEARS may want to divorce Spenderline after he was busted with three strippers in his Las Vegas hotel room, but that ten million dollar prenup is a big disincentive.

JESSICA ALBA tells Elle magazine -- among other things -- that she doesn't dress for men or undress for movies.

BRADGELINA: Pitt and Jolie have made a 100K donation to the Daniel Pearl Foundation in memory of the American journalist who was kidnapped and eventually killed in Pakistan in February 2002. The couple arrived last week in Pune, India, to film the Pearl biopic, A Mighty Heart, based o­n the book written by the journalist's widow, Mariane Pearl, whom Jolie portrays in the film.

LINDSAY LOHAN in an action movie? Her mother says, "I would like to see her in a kickboxing movie. She could do it." No doubt.

VAUGHNISTON: After Jennifer Aniston denies rumors of a split, Vaughn is caught canoodling a mystery blonde in London. Pic at the link.

KIRSTEN DUNST wants to quit Hollywood and go back to school.

KEITH OLBERMANN is not just bad in bed -- he's so bad in bed a woman has started a blog o­n the subject.

LOST'S Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan are reportedly planning to get married next summer. Evie and her Hobbit were caught canoodling From Here To Eternity style by the paparazzi, but you might prefer to go straight to the Lilly cheesecake.

TED TURNER tells the National Press Club that when Pres. Bush said "Either you

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Twofer Tuesday, New Releases, Bowie & Davies, Albino Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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CAMERA OBSCURA frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell talks to Pitchfork about a variety of topics, including touring the US, technology and the significance of Lloyd Cole, who she says likes "Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken." Meanwhile, Cole tells London's Telegraph why "cool" bores him, and his favourite club is a putter. Natch, I'm pairing the "Lloyd" video with Cole's video for "Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?"

NEW RELEASES: How slim are the pickins this week? Sting's album of lute music is streaming in full from AOL! Fortunately, Robert Pollard and Portastatic are streaming in full from Merge records. Chavez has a box set. Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up has released its sophomore album. A Hawk and a Hacksaw describes itself as A'cappella / Grunge / Disco House, but it's more like indie with world music (esp. eastern European) influences. And Nikki Sudden has a posthumous release.

THE POLICE: Speaking of Sting, Police guitarist Andy Summers is out promoting his memoirs, One Train Later, which claims that Sting is someone who "needs to control the crew or abandon ship." Early Pate gigs used to include early Police songs like "So Lonely."

GOOGLE BUYS YOU TUBE for 1.65 billion dollars, shortly after YouTube brokered a deal with media companies to counter the threat of copyright-infringement lawsuits. The buzz seems to be that copyright owners may be given the choice of filtering content off of YouTube or using it to target advertising. The latter would be the smarter move... and better for this site, natch.

PAUL WESTERBERG has designed his own guitar, which is for sale at Amazon and (soon) Wal-Mart: "You're not going to sound like your guitar hero o­n this thing, unless that hero is you."

THE HOLD STEADY gets a profile in the Village Voice in which the writer -- and some of the band -- seem to be getting slightly irritated by the Springsteen comparisons. You can still stream the album from Vagrant Records.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: David Bowie joins Ray Davies for "Waterloo Sunset" live at the Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall in 2003.

CBGB (omfug) is closing Sunday with a concert by club alumna Patti Smith.

THE LONG WINTERS frontman John Roderick claims it's important that his music "do work" in other peoples' lives: "There are songs out there that make people happy, simple as that, and there are songs that help people to be alright even though they

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