FLEET FOXES have released an official video for "Mykonos."
NEW RELEASES: Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 release Goodnight, Oslo. Eleni Mandell releases Artificial Fire. Tommy Keene releases In The Late Bright. Morrissey releases Years of Refusal. Benjy Feree releases Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee. Spinner does not seem to have updated since last week, but maybe by the time you read this.
THE SPINTO BAND does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a medley of "Give Me Just A Little More Time" (Chairman of the Board), "The Boys Are Back In Town" (Thin Lizzy) and "The Sweet Escape" (Gwen Stefani).
THE JOY FORMIDABLE are offering their album for download at the NME.
THE HANDSOME FAMILY answers the infamous 20 questions at PopMatters. Audio playlist at the link.
SIMON & GARFUNKEL joined forces for a surprise reunion in NYC on Friday, performing three songs during the encore of Simon's show at the newly renovated Beacon Theater.
BACKBEAT: Author Malcolm Gladwell recently noted that folks tend to overlook The Beatles' important formative period in Hamburg, but there is a 1994 movie about it, with a soundtrack of classics like "Money" and "Long Tall Sally" performed by an alt-star band including Dave Grohl, Thurston Moore, Greg Dulli, Dave Pirner, Mike Mills and Don Fleming. And that's a Twofer Tuesday.
EMMY THE GREAT interviews Aidan Moffit (ex-Arab Strap), Darren Hayman (ex-Hefner), Mica Levi (Micachu) and Lightspeed Champion (about Steve Martin) for Drowned In Sound. She's a wild and crazy gal.
ONE-MAN BANDS, like Loney Dear and Phosphorescent, are surveyed by Jon Pareles for the New York Times.
SAINT ETIENNE talks to the BBC about 20 years of musicmaking.
WILL OLDHAM talks about his Bonnie "Prince" Billy persona with... the Financial Times.
SALMA HAYEK got hitched to French businessman and baby daddy Francois-Henri Pinault on Valentine's Day, according to the French newsmagazine Le Point.
LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON reportedly had another blow-out on Valentine's Day. ALSO: Lohan admits she has lost some weight lately, but "it's not intentional."
MADONNA took Jesus to a Kabbalah meeting on Saturday. Jesus Luz, that is.
HAYDEN PANETIERRE & MILO VENTIMIGLIA: The Heroes costars have called it quits.
KATE MOSS has denied she is pregnant but admitted to putting on enough weight to merit wearing a bra for the first time in her life.
MEL GIBSON: Stll Crazy.
WOLVERINE debuted a 60-second spot with plenty o' new footage on TV Sunday night.
JOSS WHEDON, whose Dollhouse debuted Friday night, talks to NPR's Fresh Air about slayers. dolls and singing villains.
PAKISTAN: The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across a large swath of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at "pacifying" a spreading Taliban insurgency there. Much like feeding an crocodile "pacifies" it... temporarily.
AFGHANISTAN: Kandahar police foiled a plot to blow up a provincial building in the city as US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke visited the South. US forces killed the shadow governor of Afghanistan's northwestern province of Badghis and eight other Taliban leaders and fighters during an airstrike on a village near the border with Turkmenistan. Gen. Petraeus says Iran is helping Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
IRAQ: Abu Ahmed was a longtime insurgent organizer and spiritual leader, but has become an indispensable partner in a covert war against AQI. His transformation traces an arc followed by many of his countrymen, from all-out war against the Americans to revulsion against Al Qaeda's psychopathic ideology.
KITTENS, inspired by Kittens.
TEN PIGLETS have brought fresh hope for the future for Britain's rarest breed of pig. Awww... some pics at the link.
POLAR BEAR plays peek-a-boo. At least he seems happy.
SO, AN ELK walks into a bar. At least, that's my theory, which is mine.