THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...
with MALCOLM McLAREN! The svengali behind the Sex Pistols (after a stint promoting the New York Dolls), the Burundi drumming sound of post punk (e.g., Adam Ant and Bow Wow Wow Wow), and the hit "Buffalo Girls," died at 64 after a long bout with cancer. Obviously, the Pistols' "God Save the Queen," "Holidays in the Sun," and "Anarchy in the UK" are the order of the day, along with Bow Wow Wow's remake of the Strangeloves hit "I Want Candy." NME collects statements from John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), NY Doll Sylvain Sylvain, ex-partner Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Echo and the Bunnymen and more.
BEACH HOUSE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.
CITIZEN COPE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set streaming via KCRW.
FLORENCE and the MACHINE gets a feature on All Things Considered, with a link to an unplugged set for WFUV.
KILL ROCK STARS has a free 21-song sampler for download, including tracks from the Decemberists, Bikini Kill, Elliot Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Horse Feathers and more...
KEITH RICHARDS, LORD of the UNDEAD: Captain's Dead offers the complete "Honeymoon Tapes" to stream and download.
CURSIVE attacks Starship's "We Built This City" for The A.V. Club Undercover. Awesome use of the Omnichord and melodica, dudes.
SUPERCHUNK: Mac McCaughan talks to Spinner about the bands upcoming LP -- its first since 2001.
LAURA MARLING talks to the NYT's T Magazine about her new LP, growing up, reading lists, her childhood soundtrack, etc.
MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Under the Radar about prose, the liturgical function of music, and people on the fringe. (Thx, LHB.)
M.I.A. talks to NME about Lady GaGa, Sleigh Bells, the punk ethos and more...
CUTOUT BIN: From Adam and the Ants to Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, from the Clash to Dee Dee Warwick, from the Juliana Hatfield Three to Jack Nitzsche, from Magazine to Norman Greenbaum, plus the Sex Pistols (natch), Duane Eddy, the Three O'Clock, Ted Leo and more -- is streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide release finds Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night, which is currently scoring 60 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. Opening near-wide is Letters to God, a Christian-themed drama not widely screened for critics.
SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: He's denying that he's in at least a dozen sex tapes with other women featuring Nazi-themed paraphernalia. RadarOnline claims James spent several hundred thousand dollars on his various mistresses.
TIGER WOODS: Scolded from the grave to prop up his merch empire. Because Earl was a shining example.
DEMI MOORE now admits she had an "extreme obsession" with her body, yet still manages to be miffed that people speculate over how much she spent on plastic surgery.
NICOLAS CAGE: What if you had to auction off your swank properties... and no one was interested?
KATE GOSSELIN will once again be inflicted on the North American TV audience.
PIXELS: An 8-bit attack.
KYRGZSTAN: The president of Kyrgyzstan was forced to flee the capital, Bishkek, on Wednesday after bloody protests erupted across the country over his repressive rule, a backlash that could pose a threat to the American military supply line into nearby Afghanistan.
PAKISTAN: The parliament voted unanimously in favor of measures which limit key presidential powers.
IRAQ: The Iraqi political group of radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has rejected both of the front-running candidates for prime minister. The Sadrist bloc of 40 parliamentary seats could have swung the decision for either Allawi or Maliki.
A GOLDFISH is trained to play fetch.
SOME BIRDS have more influence than others when it comes to controlling a flock's soaring flight, according to a new study of homing pigeons that wore little backpacks equipped with GPS devices.
CHICKEN ON THE LAM meets a violent end in Lower Merion Township, PA.
A NEWLY-DISCOVERED LIZARD is very manly.
A SAVAGE PREDATOR known as "Fishzilla" and a perch capable of climbing trees could soon reach the far north of Queensland.
AN ORPHANED OWL raised by humans is scared of heights?