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Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M.:  No teaser this time... it's the full video for "Supernatural Superserious," from the upcoming Accelerate LP, with a little behind the scenes also.

ANTI-VALENTINES:  Five songs for those wishing to wallow in the holiday's sheer, soul-wrecking brutality are streaming on demand via NPR.

MAGNETIC FIELDS mastermind Stephin Merritt gives the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald different takes on his new album, Distortion.

GARY LOURIS, of Jayhawks and Golden Smog semi-fame, stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

THE POSTMARKS have released two free downloads, one of which is a cover of John Barry and Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice."


THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS have a trippy new video for their totally fab song "Myriad Harbor."

DeVOTCHKA, perhaps best known for soundtracking Little Miss Sunshine, have a new album, A Mad and Faithful Telling, due March 18 in North America.  You can stream an advance track, "Transliterator," from The Yellow Stereo.

GREG KOT, rock critic for the Chicago Tribune has posted the video of his appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, along with what he and Conan discussed when the cameras were off.

JOSE GONZALEZ performs "Abram" and "Time to Send Someone Away," amidst a hushed group of pleasantly surprised visitors at the Blanton Museum for KUT.

AMY WINEHOUSE has been trying to justify sharing a hotel room with artist Blake Wood by claiming he's gay.  The two met through Kelly Osboune.  He reportedly seems like a better influence than her incarcerated hubby, Blake Fielder-Civil, though that does not change the fact that she is still married.

BRITNEY SPEARS:  The ever-reliable Star magazine is claiming that the pop wreck "secretly wed" lens-lizard Adnan Ghalib during their visit to Mexico last month - which is legally meaningless, as he has not yet divorced his previous wife, AzLynn Berry.  Meanwhile, Ghalib was spotted chatting with the police, perhaps in connection with an alleged assault on another paparazzo.

NOW SHOWING:  This week's wide releaes open on Valentine's Day, including The Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy flick currently scoring 77 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Jumper, the teleportation movie currently scoring 19 percent; Step Up 2, a music drama scoring 56 percent; and the father-daughter rom-com Definitely, Maybe, which is scoring 75 percent.

O.J. SIMPSON was questioned by by police after his long-time girlfriend Christie Prody was hospitalized with a head injury and massive bruises all over her body.  The ever-reliable National Enquirer claims the cops aren't convinced that Prody was injured in a fall, but the police told TMZ that her injuries are "consistent" with a fall she took at a gas station, that they don't consider this a criminal case, and that O.J. was never a suspect.

THE McCARTNEYS:  Relations between Sir Paul and Heather Mills reportedly have taken a fresh downturn, after a day when the couple were to discuss their daughter's schooling at their divorce hearing.

MADONNA, who is approaching her 50th birthday, revealed greying roots during an outing in Berlin yesterday.

JENNIFER ANISTON reportedly had a happy 39th birthday on Monday, but she is reportedly gearing up to greet Angelina Jolie or, as she chooses to put it, "that person who ruined my life" after being bombarded with images of a glowing, pregnant Angelina.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is showing off her new baby, Max, in People magazine.

24 co-creator/executive producer Joel Surnow is leaving the Emmy-winning drama, which may not return until fall at the earliest, more likely January '09, due to the writers' strike.

NICOLE KIDMAN will star in a biopic of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, directed by Doug Liman.  She has starred in a string of flops.  Iraq-related movies flopped all last fall.  Liman is the director of Jumper, the poorly-reviewed teleportation flick opening today.  Sounds like a blockbuster.

QUANTUM of SOLACE:  Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench have just begun filming the newest installment of the James Bond franchise in Panama.  Aint-It-Cool-News has a totally wacky casting rumor.

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS & CO, overdub scenes from Casablanca, Singin' In The Rain, and The Godfather.

CARTOON JIHAD:  Denmark's leading newspapers reprinted a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad that triggered rioting in Muslim countries two years ago.  The newspapers said they republished the cartoon to show their firm commitment to freedom of speech after the arrest Tuesday of three people accused of plotting to kill the man who drew the cartoon depicting the prophet wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse.

IRAN has taken a significant step forward in its nuclear program by producing quantities of a gas crucial to the enrichment of uranium.  David Albright, a former UN nuclear inspector, said last week that the ingenuity demonstrated by Iranian scientists to overcome recent hitches was impressive.

HEZBOLLAH commander Imad Mughniyeh, suspected in some of the deadliest terrorist attacks of the last 25 years and a reputed role model for Osama bin Laden has been killed in Syria.  Robert Baer, who hunted Mugniyeh for years as a CIA officer, says ""He is the most dangerous terrorist we've ever faced. He is probably the most intelligent, most capable operative we've ever run across, including the KGB or anybody else...  He is the master terrorist, the grail that we have been after since 1983."  Hezbollah and Iran are blaming Israel for Mugniyah's death.  Israel denied any involvement, but was very likely behind Mugniyah's death, given the modus operandi.  Andrew Exum at Middle East Strategy at Harvard writes that Mughniyeh's demise, coming on the anniversary of Rafik Hariri's death, means that both sides of the Lebanese political divide will be pumped up and primed for war tomorrow.

IRAQ:  Parliament on Wednesday passed three key pieces of legislation that set a date for provincial elections, allotted 48 billion for 2008 spending, and provides limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody.  Beneath the surface, however, there is tension between some tribes of the Anbar Awakening and the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni party with limited grass-roots support, but which dominates the provincial council in Anbar Province.  Sheikh Ahmed, generally recognized leader of the Awakening, has already forged an alliance in Anbar with Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi and the IIP, while Sheikh Hatem, who regards himself as the rightful chief is compalining (and nearly getting assassinated on Monday).  Meanwhile, US SecDef Gates and SecState Rice have a piece in the WaPo about the "status of forces" agreement to be negotaiated between the US and Iraq, apparently meant to allay fears that it will lock the US into a permanent presence there.

HIDEOUS DEMON DOG sells snack food in Japan.  Videos at the link.

A GHOSTLY WHITE STAG has appeared in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands -- and has been caught on camera.

YEAR of the HAMSTER:  The price of hamsters has tripled in China after the start of the Year of the Rat.  Insert your own... Al Stewart or Richard Gere joke here.

FEMALE RATS prefer the smell of road-tested studs.

TROUT a la BONG is on the menu at a high-end eatery in Melbourne, Australia.

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