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DeVotchKa, Hold Steady, R.Hitchcock, Cat in the Vase   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 26, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

PETER BJORN & JOHN "Lay It Down" in a new video that's probably NSFW for language..

DeVotchKa played the World Cafe on Friday, so you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig, Tad and Franz stopped by the latest edition of Sound Opinions.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK gives Aquarium Drunkard a tour of NYC and an advance MP3 from his upcoming album. 

ROYAL BANGS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unrealeased.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the UK tour of 1000 Years Of Popular Music, which is as good an excuse as any to relink this one.

FRANZ FERDINAND talks to Eye Weekly about their new album -- which is already streaming -- axe-throwing and Win Butler's "paddle hand."

THE SILVER JEWS: David Berman has disbanded them.

SHE & HIM: Zooey Deschanel spills a few details about their next album during an interview with MTV at Sundance.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes gives advice on love, drinking, footwear and more to Drowned in Sounders.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Paul Blart: Mall Cop repeats atop the b.o. with another 21.5 million, reminding everyone it's January.  The Underworld flick had to settle for second -- 20 million against a 35 million production budget isn't bad, though the two prior installments tended not to have legs. Gran Torino drops to third -- it will cross the 100 million mark this week and be Clint's biggest grosser in unadjusted dollars.  Hotel For Dogs moved up to fourth place, but hasn't made even half of its production budget yet.  Slumdog Millionaire leaps up to round out the Top Five; it's 56 million total to date far exceeds its 15 million production budget.  Below the fold, Inkheart debuted in seventh place, doing better overseas than in the US.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON: Two prominent Bahamian citizens and a paramedic were detained in the Bahamas in an alleged extortion scheme targeting John Travolta following the death of his son, according to reports. One, Obie Wilchcombe, the island's former Minister of Tourism and a friend of the Travoltas, was also arrested but later released, according to TMZ.com.

KELLY OSBOURNE returns to rehab.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT: Why she called off her wedding (hint: insecurities on both sides). Former LFO frontman Rich Cronin told Howard Stern he would have married her.

TOM HANKS apologizes for calling Mormon support for California's Proposition 8 "un-American."

JOHN CLEESE is dating a 27-year-old? Or a 45-year-old? 

MOLLY RINGWALD is expecting twins.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE, contrary to prior reports, are still wrangling over arrangements for their children.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these actors.  On the TV side, 30 Rock and Mad Men took home statues. Slumdog Millionaire won the ensemble actor for a movie.

TOM BRADY & GISELLE BUNDCHEN are not engaged, according to the latter. 

FRED ARMISEN & ELISABETH MOSS, otoh, are engaged. Funnyman + Mad Woman = Crazy Delicious.

KELLY RUTHERFORD of Gossip Girl wins a round in her custody dispute.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. should be awarded Best Reaction Ever to a supporting actor Oscar nomination.

ISLAMISM DOWN UNDER: A Muslim cleric in Melbourne has sparked outrage by telling his followers it is acceptable to rape and beat their wives.

THE STANS: David Kilcullen (an advisor to Gen. Petraeus) is among the authors of Enduring Interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a new policy brief from the Center for a New American Security.

CAT IN THE VASE: Like Dr. Seuss, but with a vase.

A GOAT was busted for attempted auto theft in Nigeria.

A BOSTON TERRIER stopped a rape attempt in Pompano Beach, FL, sheriff's deputies said.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Rampaging squirrels are attacking nurses on their way to work in County Durham, meaning health chiefs have been forced to give advice to their employees to protect them from the animals.

TWO HORSES tested positive for an equine venereal disease in Wisconsin.  So many punchlines, so little time.
 

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