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New Hold Steady, Isobel Campbell, 80s fashion, Pig in Boots   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GNARLS BARKLEY had it "Goin' On" for Dave on the Eye network the other night.

THE HOLD STEADY are advance streaming their new album Stay Positive.  Which should be enough for today, but I'll continue.

LOU REED talks to New York magazine about his new satellite radio show, then breaks bad when the subject of money is raised.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL is reluctantly interviewed by The Observer about a bunch of things, including her first take of current collaborator Mark Lanegan: "He was in Glasgow with Queens of the Stone Age in around May 2003. I don't go out much - I never have - so it was quite a new thing to be at this rock concert with all these kids going mad. I felt like a scientist observing some event. I got quite tired in the middle and had to go to the toilet for a sit down."

THE TING TINGS tell USAToday that they get lots of free merch named "Ting" or "ing Ting."  Kattie White: "I only wish we had known this. We would have named ourselves after something really expensive and hard to get hold of."

MY MORNING JACKET has a little mini-documentary on the recording and roll out of the band's new Evil Urges album (the mellow vibe of which is semi-controversial).  Frontman Jim James talks to The A.V. Club.

OF MONTREAL frontman Kevin Barnes blogs about the band's just-completed album: "i am so bored with art that makes sense and "works". i wanted to do somethings that didn't "work". very few things pique our interest while they are working as we expect them to, things are far more interesting when they are not working..."

FRANZ FERDINAND has posted snippets of songs in progress in the "Music" section of their website, with some departures from the usuall FF sound.

WILL JOHNSON of Centro-matic and South San Gabriel talks to the Phoenix about recording and playing as two different bands with the same members.

EIGHTIES FASHION violates the laws of nature, going against the evolutionary process itself, according to a professor of mathematics.

MADONNA's publicist has hit back at claims on a celebrity gossip website that the superstar hired Heather Mills' hard-hitting divorce lawyer, suggesting a bitter feud with Guy Ritchie was about to erupt.

PAUL NEWMAN has quietly turned over the 120 million dollar value of his ownership in Newman's Own - the company that makes salad dressing and cookies - to charity.  Roger Friedman learned about this extraordinary gift as news started coming out recently about Newman's battle with lung cancer. Newman's rep denied reports that the cancer is terminal.

SHIA LeBEOUF says he's "embarrassed" by a video that made its way around the Internet yesterday, showing LaBeouf participating in a sophomoric slapping contest with a friend during what appears to be a boozy house party. LaBeouf successfully provoked his pal to whack him by calling him a "faggot."

JESSICA ALBA's baby girl looks just like her, according to her Uncle Josh.  I'm thinking she looks younger.  The Alba is claiming that she is unaware of the tabloid offers for the baby pics.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON look great together, says Sam's bro, producer Mark Ronson.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: They actually put out a teaser trailer for Valkyrie.  Be afraid.

PAM ANDERSON presented Hugh Hefner with his 82nd birthday cake in the nude.  Hef still living.

SPIKE LEE continued his latest showbiz feud-promotion, invoking America's bitter legacy of slavery in response to Clint Eastwood's comments to the Guardian.

IRON MAN 2 may lose director Jon Favreau because Marvel Studios head honcho David Maisel is being cheap regards to making Favreau's deal.  Penny wise, multi-million dollar foolish.

THE DARK KNIGHT has a new website (via Comcast) with behind-the-scenes video and more...  Plus, director Christopher Nolan tells SciFi wire that his vision of The Joker was inspired by Johnny Rotten.

DENISE RICHARDS & CHARLIE SHEEN are at loggerheads over whether to vaccinate their kids. He is convinced vaccinations are poison.  In contrast, I am convnced people will want to see Richards getting a nude spray tan.

VENEZUELA: Hugo Chavez has tossed out a controversial intelligence decree that would have forced Venezuelans to become informants and spy on their neighbors or face prison time. Chavez says the National Assembly will draft a new law from scratch in response to resounding criticism.

THE BBC has come under attack for paying expenses to a disgraced academic who says the 7/7 London bombings may have been an intelligence agency conspiracy.  His theory is that the Al-Qaeda inspired bombers were 'innocent patsies', set up by elements of the Israeli, British and U.S. security agencies.

IRAQ: McClatchy reports that recent substantial gains by the Iraqi army, flagging insurgent violence and civilians reclaiming a sense of confidence have produced expectations that are higher than at any time since 2003. Iraqi police captured 65 Mahdi Army fighters during operations in Dhi Qhar province. Iraqi and Coalition forces killed three AQI fighters and detained five during raids in northern Iraq. Iraqi Special Operations Forces detained four AQI operatives in the Tal Abtah area northwest of Mosul. Coalition forces detained two AQI cell leaders and three associates in Baghdad.  Bodybuilding and bodyguarding are booming businesses in Iraq. The State Department's top Iraq adviser says he believes a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement will be finalized by the end of July.  We'll see.

A CANE TOAD survived after being eaten by a dog and spending 40 minutes in the animal's stomach. The dog also lived to bark another day -- proving she's as tough as her owner, Darwin rugby league star Jackson Crews. It's like the story of Jonah and the big fish, but with a cane toad and a dog.

BIG IN BOOTS: The world's only porker who is afraid of mud.  Awww...some pics at the link.

AN ELUSIVE HEN that took up residence outside a McDonald's was finally captured after it engaging in acts of civil disobedience.

BEAUTY the BALD EAGLE gets a bionic beak.  We can rebuild her.  We have the technology.  Nuhnuhnuhnuh.

LONG-TAILED MACAQUES were observed four times over the past eight years scooping up small fish with their hands.  The species had been known to eat fruit and forage for crabs and insects, but never before fish from rivers.  Just keep your hands off me, you d*mn dirty apes!

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Foo Zeppelin, New Releases, New Radiohead, Monkey Robots   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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FOO ZEPPELIN:  Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on "Rock and Roll" (with a profanity-laden intro) and "Ramble On" for the encore to the Foos' big gig at Wembley Stadium in London last weekend. In an interview after the concert, Page said Zep was ready to reunite and perform more live events... but fans could have to wait until Autumn 2009 as band members had to tie up individual projects first. And that's a Twofer Tuesday!

NEW RELEASES: My Morning Jacket, Adele, Supergrass, Martha Wainwright, Solomon Burke, James Hunter, The Beach Boys and more are streaming in full via Spinner.

SIGUR ROS is advance streaming their upcoming album, Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust ("with a buzz in our ear we play endlessly"), if you're into that sort of thing.  I can be, in the right mood.

RON SEXSMITH has an advance stream of his version of "Brandy Alexander," (which he co-wrote with Leslie Feist) available via Entertainment Weekly. The song was inspired by a story of John Lennon and Harry Nilsson's fondness for the cocktail -- and sounds like it, methinks.

FEIST: The Irish Independent tells us how she gets, how she gets to Sesame Street.

RADIOHEAD debut a new song, "Super-Collider," in Dublin.  Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood cover Portishead's "The Rip" unpluggety backstage in St. Louis. That's Two Twofer Tuesdays.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE frontman Ben Gibbard talks to Gothamist about the new album, taking over Stereogum for a day, and the nature of alt-rock fame: "Even after selling a million records, I very rarely get recognized on the street or when I'm shopping for groceries. I think part of the benefit of being in a nerdy, bookish, indie rock band is that you blend into a crowd pretty easily. It'd be one thing if -- you know, I'm not dressed like Steven Tyler or someone like that, so it's pretty easy to blend in."

MUDHONEY's Mark Arm talks to Express about his influences, songwriting, going back to a day job and more...

THE FOALS drop a surprising seven free songs at Daytrotter, four previously unreleased.

THOMAS DOLBY answers the standard 20 questions for PopMatters, including the all-important "Star Trek or Star Wars?"

JESSICA SIMPSON is going into the lingerie business. I am sure it will reek of style and class.

BRITNEY SPEARS' latest appeal to overturn the conservatorship awarded to her father in February was rejected by a California appellate court.

SIENNA MILLER says a pair of pajamas she shared with Heath Ledger, who died in January, helps keep her Casanova costar alive in her heart.

KATE HUDSON didn't deny a romance with Lance Armstrong when she appeared on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show Monday morning to plug her new eco-friendly hair product line with long time stylist David Babaii.  Hudson recently took her son Ryder to Armstrong's hometown of Austin, TX.

BILL MURRAY'a wife claims that he is the violent and booze-addicted one in the family - but she has gotten a reputation in her suburban Charleston, SC, neighborhood as an avid drinker who gets "physical" with her children and gets into bizarre police incidents.  I cannot imagine who dropped that tidbit onto Page Six...

ANNE HATHAWAY's boyfriend's charity is under investigation by NY State Attorney General Andrew Andrew Cuomo. "She was on the board, but is no longer," Hathaway's spokesman said. "I don't remember exactly when she ceased to be a board member."  Maybe when the phone rang?

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. has publicly thanked Burger King for helping him overcome his personal problems and resurrect his film career. But it's not really an endorsement of the King...

RUPERT EVERETT has made an unreserved apology for calling soldiers "wimps" and suggesting they went into the Army to torture prisoners.

CAPT. KIRK is not invited to Lt. Sulu's big gay wedding.

SEAN COMBS would like to be called Puff Daddy. The circle is now complete.

WALL-E: There;'s an extended clip from the upcoming Pixar pic on the Tube, if you get there before the Mouse's lawyers.

"CARBON OFFSETTING is like kicking the dog and giving money to the RSPCA, but simply all the best people are doing it, darling."

ISLAMISM in S.E. ASIA: The deadliest terrorist networks in Southeast Asia have suffered significant setbacks in the past three years, weakened by aggressive policing, improved intelligence, enhanced military operations and an erosion of public support, government officials and counterterrorism specialists say. OTOH, members of a moderate Muslim sect were ordered by the government Monday to return to mainstream Islam or face possible imprisonment for insulting the country's predominant religion.

ISLAMISM in the UK: An "encyclopaedia or library" of articles promoting terrorism was found during raids on the homes of three men and a boy of 16, a court has heard.  Schoolchildren as young as 13 in Yorkshire are being groomed by al-Qaeda extremists trying to radicalize them and turn them into terrorists, a chief constable has warned.

IRAN: The US wants the EU to redouble efforts to punish Iran financially for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, a US diplomat said Monday before an EU-US summit in Slovenia.

IRAQ: Sadr City's markets are recovering; since the wall project was completed more than two weeks ago, firefights have been replaced with intelligence gathering, civic engagement and reconstruction. The chief of the Anbar Salvation Council announced on Monday an alliance of four political powers in the predominantly Sunni province of al-Anbar within preparations for the forthcoming elections scheduled for next October. This alliance does not include the Iraqi Islamic Party of Iraqi Vice President al-Hashimi.  Sheik Ahmad al-Rishawi of the Anbar movement is offering his men to help gin up a rebellion against Osama bin Laden's organization along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.  Eight former officials from executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's government will be transferred from US military prisons to Iraqi custody in the coming days.

MONKEYS CONTROL ROBOTS with their minds. Video at the link. Just so long as it's not squirrels.

A 300-LB MASTIFF makes for a good watchdog. Pics at the link.

A 40-YEAR-OLD MAN has been found dead with a cobra carcass in his hands and a condom on his penis. In Bangkok.  Snake remnants were found in the dead man's teeth.  No happy ending for him.

DOG SAVES HUNTER who suffered a crippling fall - by fetching his mobile phone.

CHANCE BEATS THE ODDS: A frisky yellow Labrador named Chance was lost after last month's tornado in Parkersburg, IA, but sniffed his way to his owners' car nine days later.

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Neko Case, The Old 97s, The Brunettes, Kung Fu Pandas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 09, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION played "Galaxy of the Lost" for the redhead on the peacock.

NEKO CASE played L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall last November; NPR has the whole thing streaming now.

BILLY BRAGG talks about the struggle for freedom beyond England with Vancouver's Straight.

THE OLD 97's stpped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND singer Ezra Koenig talks to Metromix about Internet debates, Vampire Weekend's alleged resemblance to Paul Simon's "Graceland" and their more literal connections to Art Garfunkel.

THE BRUNETTES bring back the giant rocker in the video for "Small Town Crew."

THE HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn staying positive confuses a reporter from the Guardian: "When I think about the Hold Steady, I don't think about optimism or Oprah Winfrey. I think, Holly's in the hospital, and Gideon's got a pipe made from a Pringle's can. I think, some nights the painkillers make the pain even worse."

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT tells the Independent that growing up among the Wainwrights and McGarrigles was not like being in the Von Trapp family.  Two streaming tracks at the link also.

MUDHONEY guitarist Steve Turner talks to Drowned In Sound about returning to the energetic, abrasive output of the band's first few records after 20 years of making music.  Two videos at the link, including "Touch Me, I'm Sick."

PAUL WELLER, former Mod and Style Councillor is interviewed by fashion designer Sir Paul Smith at the Independent.

AMY WINEHOUSE has apologized after being caught in yet another shameful video which shows her revelling in sex in a public place, surrounded by evidence of drugs and singing racist chants.

JESICA ALBA & CASH WARREN have welcomed a baby girl, according to US magazine.  The Alba is interviewed about motherhood, The Love Guru and mysticism at USA Weekend.

PATRICK SWAYZE, battling pancreatic cancer, is nevertheless set to start filming a new TV series for A&E.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is reportedly in talks to star in a remake of of the Lerner and Loewe classic musical "My Fair Lady."

WONDER WOMAN: Lydna Carter discovered a body on the Potomac River in Washington and assisted rescuers.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Kung Fu Panda exceeded expectations, taking in 60 million, which is a good thing, considering a rumored budget in the 130-50 million range.  I thought it was fun and a bit more kid-oriented than one might guess with Jack Black in the lead (though he just became a dad again, so why not).  You Don't Mess With The Zohan followed with 40 million, about average for an Adam Sandler comedy opening.  With a 90 million budget, it should do fine.  Indiana Jones comes in third with 22.8 million, but a 49 percent drop is probably bigger than Hollywood hoped for.  Even so, Indy has raked in 253 million in the US, 520 million worldwide.  Sex & The City plunges 62.5 percent to fourth place with 21 million.  But it wil cross 100 million this week on a 60 million budget.  The Strangers drops about 56 percent to round out the Top Five -- 37.6 million on a 9 million budget is not bad.  Iron Man, btw, hangs in at sixth and may cross the 300 million mark in the US by next week.

ANNE HECHE has reached a divorce settlement with her ex-husband Coley Laffoon, including a 275K lump sum payment to him.

DISNEY & PIXAR, otoh, have worked well together under a prenup.

KATE BECKINSALE has offered an unusual excuse for her poor performance in the kitchen - she's too good in bed: "I'm the worst wife in the cooking department. I always thought you can't be good at food and sex, but you can always order the food in.  I'd rather he didn't order in the sex."

ANNE HATHAWAY is desperate to change the 'good girl' image she got starring in children's films 'The Princess Diaries' and 'Ella Enchanted.'   You would have thought Brokeback Mountain and Havoc would have done the trick.

CLINT EASTWOOD talks to the Guardian about race, euthanasia, politicians, capital punishment, Dirty Harry and Spike Lee: "A guy like him should shut his face."

ALFRED HITCHCOCK knew how to control your mind.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad has ordered the country's leading banks to transfer billions of dollars of assets from Europe to the Central Bank to prevent them being frozen by international sanctions. But his action has caused friction with the governor of the Central Bank, who may resign over the issue. This would constitute a serious blow to Mr Ahmadinejad's already battered reputation for economic competence.

IRAQ: US soldiers in Baghdad captured an Iraqi arms dealer and "assassination squad" leader responsible for trafficking Shi'ite extremists in and out of neighboring Iran for training, the military said Sunday. Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki on Sunday assured Iran that Iraq wouldn't allow its territory to be used as a platform to "harm" the Islamic republic, the official Iranian news agency reported. Iraqi police on Sunday dismantled an AQI cell of would-be suicide bombers in Hit, seizing 50 explosive belts primed for use, a local mayor said.  Coalition forces captured an alleged AQI leader and a man believed to lead a bombing cell under his direction during operations in Mosul Sunday. Coalition forces captured a suspected Basra-based Special Groups criminal and his associate late Saturday night during operations in the Rusafa district of Baghdad. Turkish warplanes struck a Kurdish guerrilla target in northern Iraq on Saturday night.  US troops in Iraq would be confined to their bases and private security guards subject to local law if Iraq gets its way in negotiations with the US over the future status of forces.

KUNG FU PANDAS:  Okay, more like Sumo pandas.  Let's go to the video.

HANUMAN THE MONKEY GOD has been named official chairman of the recently opened Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management in northern India.  Congrats!

KITTEN ABUSER ARRESTED after sealing kitties inside a wall with hardening insulation.  The kitties ae on the road to recovery.

PIGEON-RACING CHAMP Scott Gibson has quit the sport after spies hid in bushes to investigate cheating claims.

STRANDED DIVERS fight off Komodo dragon with rocks, wood.

SCIENTISTS fear a pack of deadly bull sharks  are now hunting people for the first time after Jaws-style attacks on a Mexican resort.

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Sir Paul, Summer songs, Road songs, Cutout Bin, SugarBush   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 06, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with PAUL McCARTNEY!  The Cute One played the Liverpool Sound Concert at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium last weekend -- the 41st anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters sits in on guitar and drums for several numbers of a set including "Hippy Hippy Shake," "Band On The Run," "Back In The USSR," "Something," "A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance" and "I Saw Her Standing There." 

SUMMER MIX: Urban Outfitters has a streamable and downloadable collection featuring tracks from The Teenagers, M83, The Kills, No Age, Frightened Rabbit, Flight of the Conchords and more...

THE NATIONAL's Matt Berninger talks to Exclaim! about why they chose to tour supporting R.E.M., the response so far, the band's new DVD/EP and how jumping from Beggars Banquet to 4AD has affected the band.

ROAD TRIP: Songs for Speeding in Summertime are featured in the latest entry in the Road Trip: Songs to Drive By series at NPR.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE guitarist/producer Chris Walla talks to Seattle Weekly about debuting at number-one on Billboard, the band as a brand, and Metallica.

THE CLASH perform "Police On My Back" at the US Festival in 1983.

SILVER JEWS mastermind David Berman talks to Drowned In Sound about songwriting, recording, touring, etc. as only Berman can.

OUR GENERATION(S): Tracks from The Byrds, Public Enemy, Buzzcocks, Kelly Clarkson and more set up a discussion of the defining music of past generations and the soundtrack for Generation Y via All Songs Considered.

LIZ PHAIR talks about the deluxe reissue of Exile in Guyville at The Bryant Park Project.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Bo Diddley to Television, from Curtis Mayfield to Toni Basil, from Sniff 'n' the Tears to The Stooges, from Springsteen to Jens Lekman, Aretha Franklin, Wall of Voodoo and more, this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are the animated, Jack Black-led Kung Fu Panda, currently scoring 85 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and the Adam Sandler comedy You Don't Mess with the Zohan, currently scoring 35 percent.

BRITNEY SPEARS is making a cameo in a Pussycat Dolls video - but isn't actually interacting with the group on set.  Also, the pop wreck's ex-lover Adnan Ghalib has received death threats after attempting to sell a sex tape allegedly starring the Toxic singer.

LINDSAY LOHAN has impressed the producers of new movie Labor Pains with her work ethic.  Meanwhile, friends describe Li-Lo and DJ Samantha Ronson as having "a very loyal and trustworthy relationship."

LILY ALLEN says her drink may have been spiked after she had to be carried out of the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards on Tuesday night.

KELSEY GRAMMER has been released from a Hawaiian hospital where he was recovering from a mild heart attack.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL are moving in together. Specifically, Biel is preparing to live in Timberlake's Hollywood Hills home.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise is shoot the three final scenes on "Valkyrie," the movie that began production one year ago in Germany.  Variety's Peter Bart actually claims -- all other reports to the contrary -- that "several people I trust have seen 'Valkyrie' and testify that it's a superb thriller."

TIM BURTON is putting the creepiest possible spin on cheeseball mid-century soap opera Dark Shadows.  Can Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins be gar behind?

ZOOEY DESCHANEL talks to Men's Vogue about shooting The Happening and Gigantic, along with her budding music career as half of She & Him.

STEVE CARRELL gives a very family-unfriendly acceptance speech for a very family-unfriendly honor at the Men's Choice Awards, airing on SpikeTV June 22.

WANTED: Based upon Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series, shot in Chitown, the third trailer is now online.

FHM vs. MAXIM: The Orlando Sentinel has an in-depth analysis of the two magazines' Top 100 lists.  Plus a gallery.

KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED said Thursday that he would welcome the death penalty for his confessed role as mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

ZIMBABWE: US and British diplomats were attacked Thursday as they tried to investigate political violence in Zimbabwe and a US Embassy staffer was beaten, an embassy spokesman said.

IRAQ: The Mahdi Army has been using improvised rocket assisted mortars in Baghdad; the US military said the charges are "of Iranian-manufacture." Iraqi soldiers found four EFPs amongst weapons caches in Sadr City. Iraqi troops killed five AQI operatives and captured five in Baqubah. Police arrested a senior leader in the AQ-linked Mustafa Army in Mosul.

IRAQ and the MEDIA: Lt. Andrew Grayson has been acquitted of charges that he helped cover up the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha. With charges dropped against five of the eight Marines involved the incident and only two more trials to go - apologies may soon be in order. But the report from TIME magazine won't make the cover the way they hyped the charges.  Indeed, TIME's last report, in October 2007, was titled, "Who Will Be Punished for Haditha?", which assumes guilt.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Given ongoing anti-human operations by networls of militant squirrels, the US is lucky to have undecover operatives like SugarBush on our side. (Thanks, Sylvia!)

A FLOCK OF VANDAL SHEEP caused havoc in a remote Pembrokeshire graveyard after picking a fight with their mirror images reflected on polished granite headstones.

THE SWARM: Joshua Mullen just wanted to kill the bees swarming around his utility shed in Mobile, Alabama. When Mullen, 26, walked away from the gasoline-soaked towels he was using, he heard a "whoosh" and turned around to see the shed in flames that spread to his rented home and wound up causing some 80K in damage.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS ride horses drunk.

COWS stare unamazed as New Zealand scientists claim to have developed a "flatulence inoculation" aimed at cutting down on the massive amount of methane produced by cows and sheep.

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The Kills, Adele, Phish, Deerhunter, CocoRosie, Dude the Heron   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE KILLS fight in the video for "Last Day of Magic."

ADELE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

GO PHISH? All signs point to "yes." 

YES? No!

DEERHUNTER is streaming new tracks from their forthcoming record Microcastle at TheirSpace.

COCOROSIE is inviting a fatwa with the video for their new single, "God Has A Voice, She Speaks Through Me."

MY MORNING JACKET: The band's ascent is assessed at Louisville's Velocity Weekly.

BILLY BRAGG talks to Canada's Globe & Mail about his fave topics -- pop and politics.

BO DIDDLEY: PopMatters lists 10 reasons he is the forgotten heavyweight champion of rock. Ex-Blaster Dave Alvin remembers backing him up at a benefit show for the Southern California Blues Society. Diddley's command to members of the Blasters and X: "Whatever you do, do not play 'the Beat!'"

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS frontman Patterson Hood is inteviewed by Crawdaddy.

ALTON KELLEY, the creator (with his artistic partner, Stanley Mouse) of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, such as the famed "skull and roses" poster for a Grateful Dead show at the Avalon Ballroom, died Sunday at his home in Petaluma after a long illness. He was 67.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Creepy dad-manager Joe has brought her relationship with Tony Romo to the brink and was the main source behind their split in May. He even offered to broker a deal to sell his engagement and wedding to a magazine should Romo and Jessica get engaged. On a brighter -- or scarier -- note, "Come On Over," which was released to country radio last week and debuted at no. 41 on Billboard's country singles charts, makes Simpson the highest charting debut solo artist in the history of Billboard's country singles chart.

CHARLIE SHEEN & BROOKE MUELLER had an intimate wedding -- just large enough for OK! magazine to photograph.

GILLIAN ANDERSON of The X-Files: I Want to Believe, is expecting her second child with boyfriend Mark Griffiths.  The truth is in her uterus.

SIENNA MILLER has dumped actor boyfriend Rhys Ifans because he was jealous about her seeing her ex-love - Matthew Rhys.

LILY ALLEN had to be carried out of London's exclusive Berkeley Square in the early hours of Wednesday morning after partying up a storm at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Pics at the link.

GEORGE CLOONEY reportedly broke things off with model-waitress Sara Larson last month because he worried she was exploiting her arm candy status to advance her career.

BILL MURRAY is being sued for divorce; Slate has his prenup.

ETHAN HAWKE and his fiancée, Ryan Shawhughes, are getting ready to walk down the aisle. Shawhughes, the former nanny of Hawke's children with Uma Thurman, is said to be "very pregnant."

ED McMAHON, who for decades appeared as Johnny Carson's sidekick on "The Tonight Show," is fighting to avoid foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home, according to published reports.

JENNA FISCHER: If you're missing The Office, you'll want to hear her tell Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her early jobs in a sex ed movie and an international call girl ring.

WALL-E: The latest trailer for the upcoming Pixar flick features some live actors and a character guide.

CARTOON JIHAD: Al Qaeda said on Wednesday it was behind a suicide attack on Denmark's embassy in Pakistan which it mounted in revenge for the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

PAKISTAN: Militants blew up two dozen video and music stalls on Wednesday in a Pakistani region on the Afghan border where supporters of Al Qaeda and the Taliban have tried to enforce strict Muslim rule, witnesses said.

IRAN: Developing nations joined the West on Wednesday in throwing their weight behind the UN nuclear watchdog's attempt to get Iran to clarify intelligence alleging that it secretly researched ways of making atom bombs. It was a rare sign of convergence on the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors after an inspector report on Iran that was tougher than previous ones and a call by the IAEA chief for "full disclosure" by Tehran.

IRAQ: Iraqi police announced the arrest of five senior leaders of the Mahdi Army in the city of Karbala as assassination attempts were made on three police commanders in Baghdad and southern Iraq. US soldiers killed four Mahdi Army fighters during two separate engagements in the New Baghdad district. In Al Kut, Coalition special forces teams captured a Mahdi Army Special Groups leader who is "suspected of being one of the top criminal leaders in Al Kut," Multinational Forces Iraq reported. US troops grabbed two AQI bombing suspects and a Shia militia leader Tuesday in separate raids north and south of Baghdad. Iraqi authorities announced Tuesday that they have released 81397 detainees this week under a new amnesty, while the US military said it had uncovered a massive weapons cache in a desert area in north-west Iraq.

POODLES will someday kill hairdresser Sandra Hartness. More pics at the link.

DUDE the HERON, orphaned by a storm, was taught to fly by wildlife expert Gary Zammit by running along beside him, flapping his arms wildly and squawking. Video at the link.

FUGITIVE BOA CONSTRICTOR on the loose in Stonetown, Canada.

MONSTER BEETLE UPDATE:  The giant beetle from Costa Rico, stopped at customs in Britain appears to made the journey to find a mate.  It has been known to happen.

A GIANT CATFISH is suspected of terrorizing German bathers in Berlin's Schlachtensee lake.

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