THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE RAMONES! Live at the US Festival in 1982. Part 1 includes "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?", "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and "I Wanna Be Sedated." Part 2 has "Beat on the Brat," "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow." Part 3 concludes with "Chinese Rocks" and "Teenage Lobotomy."
I AM KLOOT, a Mercury Prize nominee, is advance streaming Sky At Night, which is sorta in the ballpark of Elbow and Richard Hawley. There doesn't appear to be a US release date... yet. Check it out, check it outers! (Thx, TV's Andy Levy.)
BAND OF HORSES stopped by The Current for chat and mini-set.
LAURA MARLING did a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.
TIFT MERRITT stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.
WILD CHERRY: "Play That Funky Music." It's what they do.
ARCADE FIRE gets a meaty profile from the NYT's Jon Pareles.
SLEIGH BELLS: Alexis Krauss talks to BlackBook about her days in a girl group, her high school sweetheart, and the truth behind her relationship with M.I.A.
WEEN: Dean talks to AOL about fishing, as though you were expecting something normal.
GARY NUMAN talks to Rolling Stone about his upcoming box set and US tour.
CUTOUT BIN: From the MC5 (NSFW) to Chris Bell, From Elvis Costello to the Exciters, from Wire to The Who, from Stiff Little Fingers to Barry White, plus She & Him, the Replacements, the Sonics, Temper Trap and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, currently scoring 21 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Charlie St. Cloud, which is scoring 09 percent; and Dinner for Schmucks, scoring 53 percent.
MAD MEL UPDATE: Sources connected to Oksana Grigorieva say that there are "third party witnesses" who will tell L.A. County Sheriff's investigators they saw Mel Gibson punch Oksana on January 6 during the blowout at her home. Plus, more audio.
LINDSAY LOHAN is meeting with multiple reps from rehab facilities.
GEORGE CLOONEY's girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis has been implicated in a cocaine scandal surrounding two nightclubs in Milan, Italy, according to RadarOnline.
JESSICA SIMPSON has had "several meetings" with the brass at "American Idol" in the hopes of taking over Simon Cowell's judging duties. But maybe the show will pick Courtney Love. Maybe there should be a spin-off called American Idol Judge.
DREW CAREY drops 70 pounds.
CHRIS KLEIN has decided to extend his stay in rehab.
HEIDI & SPENCER PRATT, despite papers filed, are still seeing each other, according to RadarOnline.
PAUL GIAMATTI will play Nikita Khrushchev in an HBO telepic about the Soviet leader's two-week tour of the US.
JAMES FRANCO, movie star, conceptual artist, fiction writer, grad student, and cipher is profiled by New York magazine.
LEONARD NIMOY spoke with The A.V. Club about his love of photography, his mythological influences, and how he put his current show together.
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: An imam whose voice helped him become the first black Saudi to lead prayers at Mecca's Grand Mosque said he was wrong to speak against a fatwa prohibiting singing, in the latest spat between reformist and conservative clerics in the kingdom.
AFGHANISTAN: Haji Ghani is an illiterate, hashish-growing former warlord who directs a semiofficial police force and is known to show his anger through beatings. In Now Ruzi, a Taliban nest west of Kandahar, he is also US forces' main partner.
CARNITAS the MINI-PIG checks out the Sam Adams and some chips.
A BEAR came for the fruit, left with a stuffed bear.
PIGEONS on the pill in Provence. Tuppence a bag.
A ZEDONK, an unusual cross between a donkey and a zebra, is attracting attention at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, GA, after being born there about a week ago.