PITCHFORK FEST VIDEO: Although Pitchfork told folks not to bring video cameras to the Festival, some apparently did... and uploaded their lo-fi videos to YouTube. Pitchfork now displays a semi-decent attitude about it, posting a number of highlights on its own website, including one of the best videos, Art Brut's finale of "Good Weekend." However, there are a number of clips not posted at Pitchfork. For example, there are also clips of Art Brut's "Formed A Band" and "My Little Brother." There's a shorter close-up version of Jens Lekman and his Swedich Hotties starting their set that loses sync along the way and a his first two songs taken from farther away, with better sync, but worse sound. Similarly, there's a closer minute of Mission of Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" and a full version from farther back. The first 11 minutes of Yo La Tengo is posted, with really bad audio. The clip of The National's "All The Wine" is taken from a distance, but the sound is pretty good. ALSO: Pitchfork has a selection of pics and interviews, including a funny one with man Man's Honus Honus. When asked about throwing feathers during the band's slot at the fest: "I wanted to do the feathers because we were playing early. I wanted to leave our mark on the stage, because nothing's gnarlier than feathers once they're covered in beer and water and sweat. Every band I see walking through here has a feather stuck to them." YANP has pics of Ted Leo bleeding after hitting himself with the mic.
RYAN ADAMS: The prolific singer-songwriter has a new song streaming at his website, but you can stream that one and other new ones he's debuting live via the Hype Machine.
AMERICA'S BEATLES? Not really, but this NPR story on the Aerovons is fascinating. Listen as a band started by a Beatles fanatic improbably winds up recording at Abbey Road and meeting George Harrison. Someone could make a movie out of it.
THOM YORKE: The Radiohead frontman has called for UK PM Tony Blair to be ousted from office over his handling of the mideast conflict. Apparently, Thom has a magic wand that is going to cause Hezbollah to stop firing rockets into Israel, so I'm curious why he hasn't used it himself yet.
GUILTY PLEASURES: Q magazine's Top Ten are reposted by the BBC. And thanks to Stereogum, we can listen to an explanation of how Guilty Pleasures are selected, complete with discussions and clips of David Essex, Kim Carnes, "Yacht Rock" and more. For the record, I have never been guilty of liking Gloria Gaynor.
MOUNTAIN GOATS: Tom Breihan of the Village Voice (and sometimes P-Fork) chats with John Darnielle about his voice, playing festival dates, and comic books -- including the perennial "Man-Thing vs. Swamp Thing" question. Plus, we have a good minute of Mountaig Goats playing "Cubs In Five" and almost as much of "No Children" at the Pitchfork Festival, with decent audio.
WOLF PARADE: Spencer Krug is still shocked the band is getting attention. Inexplicably, I haven't posted much about the band, but you can stream a bunch from the Hype Machine. My pick to click would probably be "This Heart's on Fire.
ELVIS COSTELLO: His early catalog is going to be reissued by Universal Music again, even though it just got deluxe reissues from Rhino. Universal promises its new versions will be the "definitive reissues."
SUFJAN STEVENS compares himself to the Romantics in an interview with London's Telegraph. No, not the band that did "What I Like About You."
THE FIRST HOUR OF MTV: Ken King told me it recently ran on VH1, but you can watch it on line via MTV Overdrive.
DRUM IT UP, FUZZBALL: StarWars.com interviews Chris Vrenna, the Grammy-winner who played drums as Chewbacca for Gnarls Barkley's spot at this year's MTV Movie Awards. BONUS: Yet another cover of the smash Gnarls hit "Crazy," this time by The Raconteurs.
MAD MEL UPDATE: In the wake of his anti-Semitic outburst during the DUI arrest (for which he has now been charged with a misdemeanor), Gibson has been invited to speak at the Temple of the Arts -- the largest entertainment industry synagogue in the US -- on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Rabbi David Baron told TMZ that some members of the congregation were skeptical, believing Gibson was an absolute anti-Semite, to which the Rabbi responded, "Better a repentant anti-Semite than an unrepentant anti-Semite." Meanwhile, the Gallery of the Absurd has a Gibson bumper-sticker and jokes.
THE McCARTNEYS: Lady McCartney will be dropping the title... and probably the last name, after the divorce. Sir Paul, meanwhile, is about to be a grandfather again. And yes, in my head, "grandfather" is pronounced with the heavy Liverpudlian accent of A Hard Day's Night.
CHRSTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The Uptown Girl had a face-to-face confrontation with her philandering husband, though sans wedding ring. She even managed to up her favorable press by giving popsicles to a NYDN photog stationed outside the couple's Hamptons home.
DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Dennis Rodman thinks it's his fault.
XTINA AGUILLERA loves having sex with her husband in public places, which suggests that someday, everyone on the Internet will be enjoying it with her.
TOMMY LEE claims he is a stricter patent than his ex, Pam Anderson. I'm thinking that's not the highest bar to clear.
ELLEN DeGENERES is terrified she may lose partner Portia De Rossi to a man, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer. Ellen is a woman? Well, that explains a few things, though her dancing with Tom Cruise remains inexplicable.
TOM-KAT UPDATE: Don't let Cruise get too close to you, lest he give you the excruciating "high crotch" maneuver.
LINDSAY LOHAN has been summoned for testimony in her mom Dina's court battle over a music deal.
NOT-SO-BLIND ITEMS: Page Six asks "which tabloid TV producer spread a false story that his beautiful entertainment reporter is dating a muscular movie star?" The column also asks "which hunky actor who once picked up a young man and brought him back to the Mercer Hotel for oral sex is now hanging out with a top athlete?" Have the folks at Page Six asked D-Listed? BTW, the Mercer hotel has come up in other blind items.
SHERYL CROW is back in the dating pool, thanks to Courteney Cox-Arquette. Crow told larry King she finds it "terrifying," which is sure to make that blind date comfy.
VAUGHNISTON: Speaking of Crow and Cox-Arquette, Aniston has reportedly turned to them after allegedly calling off her marriage to Vaughn.
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and her boyfriend manage to dress alike even more strangely than Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend. Turn those shirts down a little, okay?
EDU-BLOGGING: The Ferris Wheel edition of the Carnival of Education is online. And to know me is to know I love a carnival!
IRAQ: US casualties fell in July, as they have every month since April, when The New York Times was eager to suggest a trend of increased casualties. The paper has never reported the declining trend in May, June and July. Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer talked to the press about difficulties building up Iraqi forces in Anbar province, though Fallujah and Qaim are calmer. At ITM, Mohammed talks about the propaganda of the Arab media regarding Iraq and elsewhere, especially the exploitation of the Qana tragedy. Indeed, YouTube has clips like this Al-Jazeera segment, where, starting at the 1:30 mark, you can see workers set down a body for an international photo op. And Human Rights Watch put the death toll in Qana at 28, below the official Lebanese figure of 54 dead.
MIDEAST CONFLICT: Does Hezbollah's record rocket attack signal the groups resilience, or -- coming after a day with a a measly ten attacks and a bold commando raid on Hezbollah leaders -- is the latest rocket barrage part of a propaganda effort? At Dean's World, Aziz rounds up the arguments that Israel has lost the war, while Ron Coleman offers arguments that Israel is winning. At ThreatsWatch, Steve Scippert argues that Hezbollah is on the ropes, with interesting feedback. Michael J. Totten posts some small encouraging signs for Lebanon.
WILD BUFFALO have taken over Fort Providence in the Northwest Territories of Canada, rubbing siding off houses, knocking down fences, kicking dogs and trucks, and scaring children off playgrounds.
BARNEY THE DOBERMAN has ripped apart Elvis Presley's teddy bear. And tigers play too rough?
NOISY COCKATOOS cause their owners to leave the town of Summerville, SC.
BOYS CATCH A FIVE-FOOT GATOR... in Montana! Those gators get around on those short little legs.
FIGHTING MONKEYS WITH MONKEYS: In an effort to keep monkeys out of the New Delhi subways, authorities have called in langur monkeys -- one of the few animals known to scare the local monkeys.