THE WHITE STRIPES -- en español -- with "Conquista!" Jack doesn't miss an opportunity, does he?
NEW RELEASES: The Mountain Goats, Raveonettes, British Sea Power, Widespread Panic and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner. There is also a Neil Young tribute disc benefitting a breast cancer charity.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK answers 20 questions for PopMatters, with topics including his inspirations, best advice taken, Star Trek vs. Star Wars, time travel and stress management.
KELLY STOLTZ answers five questions for Muzzle of Bees, incluuding faves of 2007, his new album and the impact of the Intrernet. You can stream a bunch of new and old tracks via StoltzSpace.
JOE JACKSON talks to the Independent about leaving London for Berlin, his new album, his upcomin musical about Bram Stoker, and more...
LOS LOBOS: That White Stripes clip put me in the mood for a couple of vintage Los Lobos tracks, like "Don't Worry, Baby" and "Set Me Free, Rosa Lee." And that is your Twofer Tueday.
BECK, FEIST, SUPERCHUNK and the PIXIES are among the live sets recently featured at the reactivated rbally. You can jukebox a bunch via the ol' HM.
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: Stereogum marks the 10th anniversary of the seminal In The Aeroplane, Over the Sea LP with an essay and embedded video of frontman Jeff Mangum.
GRAMMYS REDUX: Preliminary estimates indicate the Grammy Awards telecast was watched by 17.5 million people, which would make it the third least- watched Grammys ever.
AMY WINEHOUSE should not have won her Grammys, according to Natalie Cole: "I think it sends a bad message to our young people who are trying to get into this business, the ones who are trying to do it right and really trying to keep themselves together."
BRITNEY SPEARS: More paparazzi are dropping out of the pack following the pop wreck because of the risk - to them. The throng of photogs has been infiltrated by L.A. gang members, according to some photo-agency heads. Meanwhile, the conservators of the Spears estate claim that Sam Lutfi demanded money from Spears; the firing of manager Howard Grossman may relate to his failure to turn over e-mail evidence of these demands. Dad Jamie Spears accused Grossman of trying to "circumvent" the conservatorship in various ways, including sending the pop tart a Mercedes. The paps are speculating that Dad has confiscated the infamous pink wig.
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS, Britney's 16-year-old knocked up sister, was spotted in Louisiana over the weekend with purported baby daddy Casey Aldridge, while the parents attend to Britney.
THE McCARTNEYS: At the end of day one of the couple's divorce hearing, Heather Mills emerged smiling, while Sir Paul looked distraught. It is expected that a deal will be rubber-stamped this week, though it was feared that allegations over the weekend that Mills was unfaithful at the start of their relationship might have jeopardized the smooth progress of the settlement.
LINDSAY LOHAN and the FRENCH HOTEL reportedly got into a catfight over access to hit producer Timbaland at a Grammy after-party.
RHIANNA was involved in a car accident following the Grammy Awards ceremony. No one was injured.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON reportedly took her mother and sister to a boutique in LA recently to look at wedding dresses, but her rep says, "A family member is getting married, not her. She is not engaged."
BRUCE WILLIS has a new gal pal -- 29-year-old lingerie model Emma Heming. Guess who she sorta looks like?
TILDA SWINTON, named Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs, brought her 29-year-old lover, leaving her long-term partner in Scotland looking after their twins. Come and knock on their door.
MADONNA: Has her new face cream put hair on her chest?
JACK NICHOLSON uses a foolproof pick-up line to win over the opposite sex - he asks women if they are pregnant.
REESE & RYAN UPDATE: Ryan Phillippe tells W magazine that his divorce from Reese Witherspoon, after seven years of marriage, was "the darkest, saddest place I had ever been." He also says, "I had difficulties in my relationship, and in my marriage, long before I ever met" new gal pal Abbie Cornish.
THE FORCE UNLEASHED: Billed as the "next great chapter" in George Lucas's Star Wars saga, the videogame scheduled to be released this summer is "on the cutting edge of a huge leap forward for the video-game industry -- a technological breakthrough nearly as revolutionary as the introduction of sound in film." Let's go to the video.
CARTOON JIHAD: In Nigeria, three people, including a police officer, were killed after Muslim students rioted over a caricature of Prophet Mohammed by their Christian colleagues, police and teachers said Friday. After the death of the youth who drew the picture, other rioters went on rampage and looted houses of policemen in town and burnt shops belonging to Christians. The police station was also burned down during the unrest. Officers arrested 44 people.
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: The Kingdom's religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine's Day, forcing couples to think of new ways to show their love. BONUS: Hardliners in Kuwait will discuss ways to repress all public displays recognizing the international day of love.
ISLAMISM in the UK: Anglicans greeted the Archbishop of Canterbury with a standing ovation Monday, despite his recent controversial statments about the role of Islamic law in Britain. The Archbishop claimed his words had been distorted but that he took responsibility for the lack of clarity in his pronouncements about Sharia law in a radio interview and a speech. At Slate, Anne Applebaum writes that reading his comments, "it becomes instantly clear that every syllable of the harshest tabloid criticism is more than well-deserved... This was a call for the evisceration of the British legal system as we know it." ALSO: Up to 17000 women in Britain are being subjected to "honor" related violence, including murder, every year, according to police chiefs.
AFGHANISTAN: In the WaPo, Ann Marlowe argues that we labor under two myths about the situation there. The first is that Hamid Karzai is a good president who looks after American interests. The second myth is that the situation in Afghanistan is going from bad to worse.
THE WEINERMOBILE wiped out on snow-covered Route 15 in Pennsylvania Sunday. And there were puns all over the highway.
THE GREAT WHITE SHARK: London's Telegraph prints a series of pics of nature's most efficient killing machine hunting and killing its prey with remarkable ease. Even in the afterlife, Police Chief Brody needs a bigger boat (nsfw).
KILLER JELLYFISH are on the move. Scientists are warning that their populations are exploding and will pose a monumental problem unless they are stopped. Pics at the link.
POLAR FOX CUBS are cutest evah. Slideshow at the link.
TINY PTERODACTYLS were the size of a sparrow. Scientists are welcoming their new find as another piece in the puzzle of ancient life.
UNO the BEAGLE took his first winning steps at the Westminster Dog Show. The best in show award has been presented 100 times by the Westminster Kennel Club and a beagle has never won. Cue Spoon. ALSO: The Boston Globe has a gallery from the first day of the show.