THE BEATLES: A "new" album of Beatles music mixed by their legendary producer George Martin and described as a new "way of reliving the whole Beatles musical lifespan", will be released in November. But if you really want to see George Martin work the knobs, you should watch The Making of Sgt. Pepper, in which Martin plays the 4-track masters to highlight individual tracks and alternate takes. Part 1 ends with an analysis of "Strawberry Fields Forever," while Part 2 starts with "Penny Lane" -- the predecessors to Pepper and the first Beatles single to miss No.1 on the UK charts, for a very strange reason. (Part 2 also covers the title track.) Part 3 covers "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "With A Little Help From My Friends", and "Within You Without You." Part 4 addresses the influence of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album on Pepper and covers "Good Morning" and "Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite." Part 5 discusses Ringo's drumming and focuses on "A Day In the Life."
ROCKTOBER! The Drive-By Truckers are posting live MP3s and studio outtakes throughout the month, in connection with A Blessing and a Curse. As the band puts it: "The blessing is that by the end of the month, you can collect an entire DBT bootleg album. The curse is that each track will be available for a couple of days at most." Get clicking!
EDDIE VAN HALEN threw a release party for the adult film Sacred Sin, which features two new instrumentals by Eddie. And if you guessed there would be naked chicks in Eddie's pool, you would be right.
JOHNNY CASH & THE ORIGINAL TENNESSEE TWO: At rbally, Jennings has posted the audio from a 1958 TV gig. You can stream it via the Hype Machine, natch.
BACK IN BLACK: Goth has risen from the dead -- and the 1980s pioneers are (naturally) not happy about it.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK: The Ear Farm has posted a 2004 solo gig at the venerable Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. You can jukebox it via the Hype Machine.
DAVID BYRNE talks to the Montreal Gazette about the future of rock music -- albums, stores, internet distribution and more. Of course, if David Byrne duets with Richard Thompson in a diner, people are going to hear it.
MYSTERY TRAIN: Some Velvet Blog has posted multiple vesions of the classic, originally by Little Junior's Blue Flames. You can jukebox 'em via the Hype Machine, too.
WHAT IT IS! Amid the flurry of new releases yesterday, I should have mentioned that Rhino a four disc set of rare and classic funk tracks that have long served as the source material behind tracks by Kanye, Biggie, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and the Beastie Boys, among others. Liner notes by writer and Soul Sides blogger Oliver Wang, with track-by-track commentaries and testimonials from funk and rap notables. Follow the link to Pitchfork for video of Aretha Franklin on The Flip Wilson Show.
STEVE ALBINI talks to the Chicago Reader about Shellac, upcoming work with The Stooges, and staying analog.
PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer and supposedly sober supermodel are planning to marry in Ireland and start a family soon, according to the manager of a Dublin venue where they performed at last week.
ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S ex-boyfriend and wannabe baby daddy filed suit Monday against the spokesmodel, demanding that she return to California with newborn daughter Dannielynn Hope for a paternity test. Meanwhile, Smith's faux wedding to long-time attorney Howard K. Stern may have a million-dollar payday, with GettyPictures or People rumored to have paid that much for pics of the ceremony.
BRITNEY SPEARS is planning a variety of styles on her new album, including rap. Yet she is also determined to improve on her previous releases. But for the rap, that would seem like a low bar to clear. Meanwhile, Spenderline is backsliding into his party boy habits again.
ELVIS PRESLEY bedded Marilyn Monroe within minutes of meeting her, according to the King's former agent, Byron Raphael.
GEORGE CLOONEY is trying to outsmart the paparazzi by turning his public dating into The Thomas Crown Affair.
JESSICA SIMPSON was spotted in a hotel with John Mayer again. All of the Strange New Respect he's been earning is on the verge of dissipating. Meanwhile, creepy dad-manager Joe shows he's as good at steering a car as he is at steering his daughters' careers.
TOM-KAT UPDATE: According to TMZ, Cruise is now directly involved in whipping Holmes back into shape for their supposed wedding.
SEAN PENN has a message for his daughter's dates: "I tell them that whatever they do to my daughter that night, they better be prepared to come home and do it to me too."
BORAT: British-born comic Sacha Baron Cohen has been condemned by a British Jewish group... that supports Mel Gibson.
TORI SPELLING is the latest to go on pregnant actress watch.
SIENNA MILLER and JUDE LAW: TMZ asks, "Are They or Aren't They?" Get back to us when you have it figured out.
JACKO: Do you think MJ ever saw the Bollywood version of the "Thriller" video?
WHY DO HUMANS KISS? An article that shows Scienceline has a sense of humor.
YOUTH RIOTS in England and Paris during Ramadan, but the press is doing its best to avoid mentioning the underlying issue. Here's some video of the French police fleeing the scene.
OPERATIC JIHAD: Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post weighs in on the Deutsche Oper in Berlin cancelling its production of Mozart's Idomeneo for fear that the avant-garde remake's final, unscripted scene (in which the king of Crete lugs onstage the severed heads of Jesus, Buddha, Poseidon and Muhammad) might offend Muslim sensibilities and create a security risk.
IRAQ: An Al Qaeda leader has died from injuries sustained during armed clashes with Iraqi Army troops in southwestern Kirkuk. Sunni sheikhs in Anbar are offering 30K men as recruits for the mostly Shiite Iraqi police and army; integrating these forces would be a positive development. Bill Roggio looks at US and Iraqi ops against Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army outside Baghdad. London's Times goes on a Mahdi Army op inside Baghdad. Col. Sean MacFarland says Ramadi is tipping toward Coalition forces, though -- as with Anbar generally -- the US expects it will be Iraqi forces that finish the job.
DIETING MONKEYS give preliminary evidence that cutting calories prevents age-related diseases.
RED SQUIRRELS may get a rope bridge across the A933 in Scotland.
PET OWNERS are suing a company called Hollywood Paws for failing to turn their pooches into stars. Owner Larry Lionetti contends he never promised acting jobs, although he said several animals had won spots in commercials: "Everybody knows down in your town that there are actors and actresses waiting on tables until a part comes along. Who in L.A. doesn't know this?"
A MONTH IN THE DOGHOUSE, and a woman gets Stockholm Syndrome.
TEN DAYS IN A LIONCAGE, and Ye Fu calls it performance art. His goal is to feel what it is like to be an animal locked up in a cage by men. Not all that different from living in China, I'd wager.