PATE REUNION? No smoke yet, but someone is rubbing a couple of sticks together... Should anything come of it, I'll let you know, natch. (And yes, there's a clue in that item.)
NEKO CASE and MARTHA WAINWRIGHT played Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club Sunday night, so you can stream or download them from NPR. ALSO: Case is interviewed on Pitchfork about all sorts of stuff.
NEW RELEASES: You can hear full albums from Built to Spill, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Peter Walker, and Eagles of Death Metal via AOL Music. The full Calexico album is still streaming from VH1. There is the sophomore effort from Seattle's Crystal Skulls, who are playing the M-Shop in Ames, IA at the end of this week. There's a compilation from the decidedly alt-country collective Lambchop. There are also reissues from David Byrne & Brian Eno, Sebadoh, and Wire, which is issuing the classic trilogy of Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154, both separately and as an online box set with two live discs. And then there is Essential Judas Priest.
BUILT TO SPILL frontman Dave Martsch talks rotating lineups, inconsistent touring schedules, and infrequent albums with Harp, with a tip of the cap to the Replacements along the way.
THE BEATLES: Apple Corps head Neil Aspinall and Sir George Martin are re-mixing and re-mastering the Fabs for a Las Vegas extravaganza featuring Cirque du Soleil.
ARTHUR LEE: Just one day after I linked to a Love video, news comes that frontman Arthur Lee is fighting Leukemia.
WILCO has been road-testing material intended for its next album, including "a swamp rocker with total, full-on guitar" and "a beautiful soul number closer to Bill Withers."
SEEN YOUR VIDEO: At the Robert Pollard show, Ken King and I somehow ended up talking early Devo. I told Ken that I figured that NBC got their seminal performance of "Satisfaction" pulled from YouTube, but I was mistaken. However, having already linked that video once, I thought it would be fun to have folks take a gander at "Mongoloid" from Don Kirschner's Rock Concert in 1979. And since it's Tuesday, let's make it a twofer with a later, but really tight, charging version of "Uncontrollable Urge" from the movie, URGH! A Music War.
FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne talks to Harp about writing a song for Gwen Stefani and what it's like inside the space bubble. And if you haven't seen Wayne in the space bubble, there's a short clip with awful audio on YouTube.
TOP TEN MOMENTUM-KILLING FOLLOW-UP SINGLES to breakthrough post-grunge albums, courtesy of Stylus.
DANIEL JOHNSON: Jeff Feuerzeig talks about the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston on the World Cafe, including some audio with Yo La Tengo.
THE RACONTEURS had to change the band's name to the Saboteurs for the Assie leg of their tour to avoid a legal row with an unsigned jazz band down under.
PRIMAL SCREAM seems to be returning to a Stonesy-Stoogey sound on their upcoming album.
PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The News of the World published a pic purportedly showing the troubled singer shooting heroin, which could be the last straw for the supposedly sober supermodel. Meanwhile, Moss mulls starting her own clothing line when her modeling days are done.
GWYNETH PALTROW and Coldplay's Chris Martin welcomed their second child over the weekend. And lo, they named him Moses, supposedly after a song from the Live 2003 album that Martin wrote for his wife, though it's perfect timing for Passover.
HOLLYWOOD'S STAR PAYDAYS may be forcibly disclosed under a proposed regulation being considered by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
TERI HATCHER is expected to become the highest-paid TV actress after demanding a cut from products spun off from Desperate Housewives.
KEITH SUTHERLAND has signed for another three days of 24 as part of a multifaceted deal with Fox that will make him TV's highest-paid actor in a drama series.
MADONNA: Are you becomming as annoying as Madge? the New York Daily News lists the warning signs.
BRADGELINA: New York magazine mocks the tabloid feeding frenzy over the impending birth of baby Jolie-Pitt: "Not since Jesus has a baby been so eagerly anticipated. Actually, forget Jesus. only three wise men turned up to greet him in the manger..." Nice photo-fakery, too! A Namibian newspaper reported that the couple has taken refuge in a remote Namibian game lodge where wild lions will help protect them from the media. Pitt has construction crews working 24/7 to renovate his Hollywood Hills home before the birth of his child. And Michael Douglas is now saying he was misquoted by GQ magazine, which said he made inflammatory remarks about the couple.
SEAN CONNERY will officially announce his retirement from acting when he collects his Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Film Institute later this year.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER may be back for just a cameo in Terminator 4.
COLIN FARRELL: Off the wagon already?
HILLARY AND HOLLYWOOD: A lengthening list of top Hollywood celebrities have publicly criticized Sen. Hillary Clinton's Presidential ambitions, which will probably help her with the rest of the public.
BRITNEY SPEARS is set to drop out of FHM's 100 sexiest women list, published in the British edition of the men's magazine later this year. That's what happens when you binge on junk food to dull the pain of having married Spenderline.
CHARLIZE THERON was honored with a top prize from GLAAD for increasing "visibility and understanding in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community" by playing lesbian serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster. I, for one, did not know how keen lesbians are to let everyone know that they can be serial killers, just like the straight folks. She has also vowed not to get married until gays can get married, which is sure to rally her hetero male fans to that cause. I cannot escape the feeling that GLAAD didn't think this through beyond the "let's give her an award so she shows up... she's so hot" stage.
IRAQ: Bill Roggio points to a report that Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is "advising" Iraq's largest party to make concessions to the Sunnis to break the political gridlock and help form a government of national unity. Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey got two translations of a recently declassified document seized from Saddam's regime -- an April 2001 memo from the command of an Iraqi air force base seeking "the names of those who desire to volunteer for Suicide Mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American Interests..." Investors Business Daily has an article summarizing some of the other recently translated documents.
IRAQ IN THE MEDIA: The National Journal looks at phony photos coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan, usually supplied by local stringers for the major wire services. The article also notes that "(s)ometimes, residents -- even doctors and hospital officials -- sympathize with, or fear, the insurgents, and they simply lie or exaggerate to make Iraqi forces or US troops look bad." The Washington Post, where people claim they worry about such things, ran a story in which an anonymous "some" think the US may have over-emphasized Zarqawi's role in terror ops, which the military denies. Elsewhere, The New York Times runs a piece claiming that Army captains "are bailing out of active-duty service at rates that have alarmed senior officers," though not a single such officer is quoted in the story, not even anonymously. And if you make it to paragraph 11, you discover that the retention rate remains higher than it was before 9/11. Overall, the Army is surpassing its retention goal by 15 percent -- a figure unmentioned by the NYT. And while recruitment of new troops is exceeding monthly targets, the AFP and Reuters run stories suggesting the Army will end up missing its annual goals, which generally is called "speculation," not reporting.
GLOBAL WARMING stopped? Prof. Bob Carter, a geologist and paleoclimate researcher, writes: "Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase ..." That's a small sample, but still unexpected.
CHEETAH, star of a dozen Tarzan movies in the 1930s and 1940s, celebrated his 74th birthday -- albeit with sugar-free cake bceause he's diabetic.
HOG-DOGGING UPDATE: The bizzare, brutal "sport" of pitting dogs against a pig or boar, may be banned in North Carolina. Legislatures in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia also have bills in the works that would outlaw hog-dogging.
KITTY-GARTEN, like dog training class is as much or more for the pet owner as for the pet.
HIGH-MAINTENANCE B-TCH: Does the pet shop's name refer to the dogs or their owners?
WILD TURKEY discovers the hard way that the library is not a great place to meet a chick.