FEIST is backed by a choir featuring members of Broken Social Scene, New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, The National, Mates of State and Nicole Atkins for a special version of "1234" on The Late Show. UPDATE: If that link wasn't working for you earlier, try it now.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is offering a free download of "Radio Nowhere" from his upcoming LP, though you have to give him your e-mail address. The Boss has also announced tour dates.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE are likely to reunite for Coachella 2008. Already, a new MySpace page for the band has appeared.
THE MODERN LOVERS: GvsB has details on the deluxe reissue of the Jonathan Richman-led classic, which sports eight bonus tracks, including "Roadrunner (Alternative Version)." Of course, if you have never heard the "official" version of "Roadrunner," you should hear that first!
ALL SONGS CONSIDERED is currently streaming new Iron & Wine, Rilo Kiley, Animal Collective, Maps and more.
KEITH RICHARDS: The Lord of the Undead ate a cigarette onstage at what is rumored to be the band's last-ever show in London on Sunday, in protest of a new anti-smoking ban. He has also demanded an apology from Swedish newspapers for their scathing reviews of the Rolling Stones's performance in the country earlier this month.
CANDIE PAYNE: London's Telegraph asks, "Is she the next Dusty Springfield?" Not quite, but she's in the ballpark, bringing an updated Northern Soul sound with help from producer Simon Dine on "I Wish I Could Have Loved You More" and Mark Ronson on the upcoming single "One More Chance." You can stream those and two more cool tunes from HerSpace. Dee-lish!
LOU REED is singing with The Killers for the band's upcoming album of odds and sods.
YO LA TENGO will be playing more intimate venues this Fall, mixing songs from their extensive catalog with stories and audience interaction.
LILY ALLEN had a pint of Guinness poured over head by reggae singer Bobby Kray at the weekend's Notting Hill Carnival, after she pushed him off the stage and wrestled the microphone away from him.
AMY WINEHOUSE'S father-in law says fans should stop buying her records to force the singer to seek help for what he called a drug addiction. Meanwhile, Winehouse and hubby have headed off on a an island getaway second honeymoon in the Caribbean.
OWEN WILSON tried to take his own life in the wake of a bitter blowup with a close pal, according to the NYPost. A source close to the Butterscotch Stallion told Extra that Luke Wilson found him. He has been visited in the hospital by family members... and Samuel L. Jackson, who chastized the paparazzi in the video at the link. While the details of his hospitalization remained closely guarded, its impact on the currently filming Tropic Thunder and Wes Anderson's soon-to-be-released The Darjeeling Limited could not be immediately assessed. UPDATE: Wilson was hooked on heroin and cocaine, struggling with depression and hanging out with the wrong crowd in the months before his attempted suicide, according to a bombshell new report with exclusive interviews in US Weekly magazine (according to the NYP). Courtney Love is blaming Wilson's newfound best buddy, British actor Steve Coogan; a Wilson pal says Wilson's addiction was so severe that Woody Harrelson tried to stage an intervention at his home in Maui. And it's pretty safe to say things are bad if Woody Harrelson is staging an intervention. A rep for Owen adamantly denies the actor has ever used heroin or cocaine.
KATE HUDSON broke down in tears after she found out about ex-boyfriend Owen Wilson's alleged suicide attempt and had to flee the set of her new film, Bachelor No.2.
BRITNEY SPEARS: TMZ claims there is an official criminal investigation in the Spears child custody saga -- involving a former counter-terror commando in the Israeli army. EW.com claims the first single from her fifth studio album will debut as soon as next week - and it's not either of the two supposed Britney tracks that leaked online at perezhilton.com last week.
SPEARS, LOHAN & HOTEL were shamed into skipping the Teen Choice Awards when they discovered the show was planning a "Newsmakers of the Year' award" featuring their various scandals.
MATT DAMON may be a second-time dad in about six months, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.
BRADGELINA: Jolie is in Iraq to witness firsthand the humanitarian crisis there, the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR has announced. She was also snapped with the Marines at Camp Waleed, near the Syrian border.
MADONNA has caught a break in the saga hindering her and husband Guy Ritchie's successful adoption of young David Banda - a Malawi social worker was finally given permission to visit and assess the family. But Madge's latest song got some bad feedback at last Thursday's "Pop Rocks" party at NYC's Club 13.
RENEE ZELLEWEGER is looking "painfully thin" and spent some animated face time with Sir Paul McCartney on Saturday at a Tom Petty concert... under the watchful eyes of Christie Brinkley.
OHMIGOD, KENNY'S RICH! South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have inked a 75-million-dollar deal for three more seasons of the cartoon and a digital offshoot encompassing the Internet, mobile phones and games consoles.
MISS CONDUCT: Miss South Carolina Teen USA Lauren Caitlin Upton - whose mangled answer to a simple competition question became an Internet sensation (with millions of views on the Tube) -- got her second chance on the Today Show.
JESSICA ALBA has the ultimate sexy strut, according to a team of Cambridge mathematicians. The Jessica Alba sashay beat off competition from Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie and even Marilyn Monroe. And it increasingly seems that she's taking Cash back.
SEN. LARRY CRAIG (R-ID) insists, "I am not gay and never have been." Which earns him a NTTAWWT. Craig claims he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a Mpls airport washroom because he and his family "have been relentlessly and viciously harassed by The Idaho Statesman," which today published Craig's List.
TERROR in the US: Al Qaeda has an active plot to hit the West. The United States knows about it but doesn't have enough tactical detail to issue a precise warning or raise the threat level, says Vice Admiral (ret.) John Scott Redd, who heads the government's National Counterterrorism Center. He also believes another successful terror attack in the US is inevitable.
IRAN offered some cooperation with an International Atomic Energy Agency probe of an alleged secret uranium processing project linked by US intell to a nuclear arms program. But diplomats say the working document is flawed for apparently ruling out future inquiries by inspectors and making no mention of wider-ranging checks that the UN nuclear agency has said are needed to verify that Tehran has no hidden bomb agenda. It also does not define what Iran must do to resolve open questions and disregards a UN demand for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment. In his first major foreign policy speech as president, Nicolas Sarkozy of France said that Iran could be attacked militarily if it did not live up to its international obligations to curb its nuclear program. RELATED: A report by the Non-Proliferation Policy Education Center concludes that the UN atomic watchdog is losing ground in its mission to uncover abuses of nuclear know-how for bombmaking.
IRAQ: In spite of an announcement that the ministers in the Iraqi National List led by former Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Allawi had withdrawn from their position, three of them attended a regular meeting on Monday, Aswat al-Iraq reports in Arabic. A curfew and weapons ban was in effect and Shiite pilgrims were evacuated from the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, where fighting has killed up to 50 people and wounded 247 others, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Tuesday. Tens or even hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims are attending a big religious festival there. A a Georgetown professor of security studies, Colin Kahl, has published a study in International Security that dispels the notion that the US troops regularly disregard the Geneva Conventions. Nibras Kazimi reports that -- according to jihadi websites -- the number of attacks carried out by the AQ-affiliated "Islamic State of Iraq" have dropped from over 900 to under 200 on a biweekly basis.
KARIBA the HORSE has overcome its violent temperament by playing soccer. Video at the link.
SKIPPI the KANGAROO, reported killed in a car crash by German police, survived and was captured in a cornfield almost 10 miles from where his journey began. The fugitive marsupial has returned to his home at a petting zoo in southern Germany,
ORPHANED HEDGEHOGS adopt a cleaning brush as their mother. Simultaneously cute and sad pics at the link.
MYRON the WAYWARD EMU was corraled by shopping carts in the Wal-Mart parking lot in West Bend, Wisconsin.
INNOCENT WOLVES may be cleared for the mysterious deaths of tame animals by DNA testing, Jens Karlsson from Grimsö Wildlife Research Station told the Svenska Dagbladet (a great name for a newspaper or a rock band).