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Huey Lewis, Road Songs, Cover Albums, Ferrets, Ligers and Surfin' Mice   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 15, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

STARTING THE WEEK WITH A SHOUT for our vast audience o­n the Continent...

GANG OF FOUR is streaming all over the 'net. Brooklyn Vegan has the linkage.

HUEY LEWIS has a fan base among the developmentally disabled, according to an article that seems way too politically incorrect for the SF Weekly.

SUB-POP label co-founder Jonathan Poneman is interviewed by Reuters, about the label's history and how the Internet made the Postal Service the label's second-best-selling act.

INDIE LABELS are joining the Recording Industry Association of America.

THE RIAA, having not gotten much from its battle against filesharing, is gearing up to fight CD burning.

DIY MUSICIANS, including Ani DiFranco, the Churchills, Christopher Dallman and the Sharp Things, are profiled in the Free New Mexican.

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN IN 2008? There is a website, which appears to be a hoax. But the cool slogan and poster could draw him in...

JULIA ROBERTS may become a stay-at-home mom.

THE DA VINCI CODE: Sony studio officials have consulted with religious experts o­n how they might alter the plot of the novel to avoid offending the devout.

JANICE DICKINSON: I have to agree with The Superficial that the self-proclaimed first supermodel has a super driver's license photo.

SUSAN SARANDON joins Jamie Lee Curtis in criticizing cosmetic surgery: "I'm scared of plastic surgery. You're somewhere between a burn victim and a female impersonator, and then there's kind of an Asian thing going o­n..."

TOM SIZEMORE has been diagnosed with priapism -- a rare medical condition that leaves him sexually insatiable -- which doctors believe could have been caused by years of alcohol and drug abuse. It would explain why he dated Heidi Fleiss...

IRAQ: Bomb attacks o­n U.S. supply convoys have doubled over the past year but casualties have declined with increased armoring of vehicles, according to the U.S. general in charge of logistics. A major chemical production facility, suspected to have been built by insurgents, was uncovered by US forces during a raid this week near Mosul; early tests suggest substances that could be used in explosives. Iraq's Oil Minister said that his country posted the highest level of crude sales in the country's petroleum history in July.

THE 9/11 COMMISSION releases its statement o­n the "Able Danger" controversy. The full statement is available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Robert Pollard has more GbV demos posted. And former GbV force Tobin Sprout has set up his own website.

THE LENNON LEGACY is assessed at the London Observer.

ROAD SONGS: USA TODAY's travel and music writers each select a favorite road-trip song, with a link to other playlist recommendations.

REVOLUTION IN THE HEAD is just killing music, with "albums" of covers performed by Belle and Sebastian and Elliot Smith.

IRAQ EXIT STRATEGIES: Gen. George Casey, the U.S. ground commander in Iraq, reportedly has been privately rebuked by the Bush administration for openly discussing plans to reduce troop levels there next year. Although many suspect that Bush wants to draw down troops ahead of the 2006 election (and all things being equal, I'm sure he would like to if he can), it's notable that the drawdown talk was coming from the military, not the Administration. Although no o­ne wants to set a timetable to encourage terrorists to wait out the coalition, I suspect the military wants to make clear it won't be there in full force forever, for reasons of: (a) Iraqi politics; (b) assuaging concerns of military families; and (c) perhaps most important, sending a message to Iraqi forces not to become dependent. And for those who see an anlogy between Iraq and Vietnam, Henry the K offers lessons o­n exit strategies.

LONDON: Radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed has been banned from setting foot o­n British soil again. Britain launched a crackdown o­n foreign-born Muslim ideologues Thursday, arresting ten and announcing they would be deported.

GOOD SAMARITAN races up a fire escape and catches a six-year-old girl who fell from the roof of her day care center.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer's band, Babyshambles, had their equipment seized by police after a secret gig in London, due to noise complaints. And he's trying to get back in with galpal Kate Moss by buying her expensive lingerie, which we really know is a gift for him. Graphic footage of Doherty deliberately harming himself will not appear in a forthcoming fly-on-the-wall documentary about the former Libertines' singer, much to his chagrin, I'm thinking.

t. A. T. u. RETURNS: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

TOP FIVE WAYS MP3 has changed the world, according to C|Net.

FAUXRENER: Mick Jones is restarting Foreigner without Lou Gramm. Caveat Emptor (which would be true anyway).

IRAQ II: Camp Liberty, o­ne of the best-appointed compounds in the constellation of American military bases in Iraq, has the vague feel of a college campus, albeit with sand underfoot, Blackhawks overhead and the occasional random mortar attack. The New York Times version of this story also has photos. The Altlanta Journal-Constitution blogs conditions at Camp Taji; the comments show that not all the troops live like this.

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. Marines and Afghan troops launched an offensive Saturday to take a remote mountain valley from insurgents tied to the deadliest blow o­n American forces since the Taliban regime was ousted nearly four years ago. And they are using donkeys for their supply chain. Meanwhile, several hundred former Taliban members have returned from exile in Pakistan to join a government reconciliation program.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Trouble in Crazytown? The infallible Star magazine reports that Holmes may be getting cold feet about marrying Cruise, as a rift develops over wedding plans. Holmes still wants a Roman Catholic priest at their wedding out of respect for her parents, but Cruise wants o­nly a few family members and close Scientology friends. He also wants to hold the wedding in a Scientologist-friendly location, according to the source, such as the Scientology Celebrity Center in Los Angeles or aboard the Scientology yacht.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jennifer Aniston gets an apology from Kimberley Stewart, who may have noticed she's living in a glass house.

THE ISLAND: The producers of the laughably-bad Parts: The Clonus Horror have finally filed a copyright case, asking a New York court to have the sci-fi thriller pulled from theaters.

IRAQ III: Michael Yon sees more battle in Mosul and photographs it, but the words are compelling, too. A piece from the American Forces Press Service reports that nearly three dozen Iraqi army or police units are assessed as in the lead or independent; it seems like logistics and supplies are the sticking points for many units (which is better than having problems with training or morale). Major K meets the Iraqi Soldiers of the 1st Brigade -- the Brigade that took back Haifa Street in Baghdad -- and is impressed. Sunni Muslims in Ramadi fought Saturday to defend their Shiite neighbors against a bid to drive them from the western city, Sunni leaders and Shiite residents said.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS: Memo to aspiring counterfeiters -- Benjamin Franklin appears o­n the 100 dollar bill, not Abraham Lincoln.

RECORD OIL PRICES? Not after adjusting for inflation.

HOWARD ZINN, author of A People's History of the United States, claims that America is an occupied country. Which I would take more seriously if Zinn did not already think that America has been occupied since 1492.

LONDON II: The Guardian, having published a column by an employee who was a member of a radical Islamic group, follows up with an op-ed by Saad al-Fagih arguing that, "No o­ne will be more pleased than Osama bin Laden with the new measures announced by Tony Blair." Not mentioned was that al-Fagih seems to be a member or associate of Al Qaeda. And Harry's Place rounds up links o­n the investigation of the allegedly moderate Muslim Council of Britain.

CINDY SHEEHAN continues her anti-war vigil near President Bush's ranch. She has supporters holding vigils for her. David Duke backs her. Members of her family members disagree and she is now separated from her husband. At Iraq the Model, Mohammed responds to her question of why the U.S. is in Iraq. At the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, columnist Robert L. Jamieson, Jr. will probably have his e-malibox fill with hate mail from folks who normally agree with him. And Newsweek has a piece suggesting that President Bush does not treat meetings with grieving families like a frat party as Sheehan has charged. Sen. McCain, often a thorn in Bush's side, says ""any charge of insensitivity or uncaring o­n the part of this president is absolutely false."

MILBLOGGING gets an article in the Washington Post titled "The New Ernie Pyles." The Post Watch blog notes that the article manages a negative tone, when most milbloggers are not anti-war. It was hard to avoid noticing that the WaPo article was less representative than John Hockenberry's article at Wired. But if you put both together you get a feel for the range of opinion.

PODCASTING: KEXP's pioneering ways get coverage in the Seattle Times. In the next few weeks, KEXP says it will become the first to make its live radio broadcasts suitable for cellphones and handheld organizers.

FERRETS: After nine years of slippery, slinky competition, the Ferret Olympics is being forced to change its name because the U.S. Olympic Committee has threatened to sue.

SWANS are taking advantage of the gay-friendly atmosphere of Massachussetts. Yet there are still eggs, which aren't faring well.

CATS: Two teenagers performed a caesarean section o­n a dead cat they found along a New Brunswick road, saving two of four kittens.

DOGS are graduating from bomb-sniffing school. ALSO: Quite by chance, I came across this at Ask Yahoo: "Why do dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows?"

CATS AND DOGS: Jo Shoesmith, and her ex-husband, Marty Stephens, are having to rethink the joint custody arrangement for their aging dog, Misha. At the outset, friends and family had thought the notion of a pet custody arrangement a bit extreme -- even their lawyers scratched their heads when they thought about how, exactly, to word such a thing.

LIKE BUNNIES? New Zealander Brendan McMahon likes bunnies like bunnies. It landed him in jail.

LIGERS get coverage from National Geographic due to the Napoleon Dynamite factor. And "Liger" is o­ne of the top search engine requests that brings up this site.

PETA sought to have Minnesota ban the catching of the state fish -- the Walleye. Gov. Tim Pawlenty responded by planning to go out for a walleye dinner.

FOUR CHEETAH CUBS were born at the San Diego Zoo. Awww...

THOUSANDS OF TOADS invade Big Sandy, Montana. It was just two years ago that the town's streets were blocked by 10-foot drifts of tumbleweeds.

SURF'S UP for Aussie Mice. Kowabunga! Columnated ruins domino...

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Southern B*tch, King Wilkie, Greenhornes, Cane Toads and Jellyfish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 12, 2005 - 06:30 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Miniputt.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER II: Peekaboom. Devised by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, it harnesses the brain power of o­nline players to train a set of powerful vision recognition algorithms.

SOUTHERN B*TCH is band of the week at Paste magazine. The name is appropos, too. But don't take my word for it; stream a few tunes from the band's MySpace page. In a Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, Big Star, Rolling Stones sorta space. Nice.

MICK JAGGER UPDATE: Yesterday, I predicted that his mushy explanation of the new Rolling Stones track, "Sweet Neo Con," would annoy critics of President Bush. Sure enough, No Rock and Roll Fun calls him o­n it.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE will include a 7 track EP, entitled ep to be you and me, with their self-titled album in October. Pitchfork has a review and legal download link for a track from the forthcoming album.

WRECKLESS ERIC is not a fan of Coldplay. Or of Live Aid and Live 8. To put it mildly.

THE CUTE ONE will not buy back the rights to his Beatles tunes if Michael Jackson is forced to give them up, as they apparently will revert to Sir Paul in the not-too-distant future.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer is looked after in times of trouble by a 48 year-old fan.

KING WILKE: Want a taste of some bluegrass? My Old Kentucky Blog will hook you up with a guilt-free download from the band's site. Reminds me a little of Del McCoury, which is a good thing, Martha.

CBGB: The venerable nightclub wins a round in court o­n the issue of back rent, but trouble still looms ahead.

GREENHORNES: Coolfer Glenn reminds me that this nifty garage band's new EP, produced by the cool-in-his-own-right Brendan Benson, came out last week. One of the commenters notes that an older Greenhornes tune is featured in the new Jim Jarmusch movie, Broken Flowers, starring Bill Murray. That's absolutely right; the song is "There Is An End," a duet with Holly Golightly that sounds kinda like Dusty Springfield dueting with Eric Burdon and the Animals. There are samples from the EP streaming at the band's site.

IRAQ: Britain intercepted weapons being smuggled from Iran. A senior British official said he did not know the identity of the smugglers behind it but said it had the "fingerprints" of either Iran's Revolutionary Guard or the Lebanese based Hezbollah, both of which Tehran backs. An American accused in court papers of having ties to OBL is now working for the Iraqi government's Foreign Ministry, U.S. officials and a former CIA counterterrorism chief say.

A TOPLESS PROTEST against sexual harassment seems counter-productive, imho.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: King Norodom Sihamoni has signed a special decree giving Jolie Cambodian citizenship in recognition of her environmental work in the country. Does Aniston secretly hope to reconcile with Pitt? Or are those persistent Vince Vaughn rumors true? US magazine reports that Pitt went blonde at Jolie's request... to make him look more like her brother? Eewww.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS speaks out against cosmetic surgery among actresses: "The way they are injecting things and freezing things. People are looking like aliens."

MATT LeBLANC is hoping everyone (especially his wife) thinks he's just as stupid as the character he plays o­n Joey, but we all know what a lap dance is, don't we?

EDDIE MURPHY: His divorce may be due to his wife's belief that he's not as fun with her as he is with a tranny hooker.

COLIN FARRELL: Still keeping the sex video under wraps.

JENNIFER CONNELLY likes reading books, chatting o­n the phone and shopping o­nline during sex with her husband, actor Paul Bettany. If he wasn't having sex with Jennifer Connelly, I would almost feel sorry for the guy.

JESSICA SIMPSON sold cheap by her creepy Dad.

WHAT'S YOUR POP CULTURE LEXICON? Recent Harvard Law grad Amber Taylor lists her pop culture touchstones, but wants everyone to think about it. As Craig O'Neill o­nce called me a "gushing firehose of pop culture references," I'll just list a few that I use at this site:

Diner: "Every o­ne of my records means something! ...When I listen to my records they take me back to certain points in my life, OK?"
High Fidelity: "Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing."
Almost Famous: "Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?" (of course, I use many others offline)
This Is Spinal Tap: Many, but especially, "Well, it's o­ne louder, isn't it?" and "Where are they now, the little people of... Stonehenge?"
It's A Wonderful Life: "Do you want the moon? If you want it, I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down for you..." After all, Pate has a song called "Rope Around The Moon." How could I not use it?
Casablanca: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going o­n in here!"

...not to mention heaps of song lyrics and references from Monty Python, The Simpsons and Seinfeld. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

WOODSY THE OWL is denounced as a coward by environmentalists.

IRAQ II: The Washington Post quotes an anonymous "top U.S. military official" as saying that Iraq's leaders and military will be unable to lead the fight against insurgents until next summer at the earliest. However, the WaPo also quotes the official as saying that a significant spring withdrawal was "still possible" and that primary military responsibility for some parts of Iraq could likely be handed over even before the elections. So I'm wondering where the WaPo thought there was news here.

OVER THERE: Steven Bochco's Iraq-based TV drama is seemingly fizzling in the ratings.

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN SOUTH is a project of the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

GOOD VIBRATIONS: The New York Times runs an article in advance of Saturday's rare performance of Joseph Schillinger's "First Airphonic Suite" that includes a concise history of the theremin (try BugMeNot pidmeoff, pidmeoff1234). The article also mentions the wonderful documentary, Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey.

9/11 COMMISSION staffers knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohammed Atta as a member of Al Qaeda who might be part of U.S.-based terror cell more than a year before the attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged Thursday. Commission officials said that the information had not been included in the 9/11 report because aspects of the military's account sounded inconsistent with what the commission knew about Atta. Imho, it would have been better to mention it, even if to discount or debunk it.

BEHIND THE CHEDDAR CURTAIN: A tale of repression o­n the frozen tundra of "Curly" Lambeau Field, as Larry Primeau, known better as the Packalope, will be barred from wearing his trademark headgear into the stadium. Primeau was enshrined as a fan member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER TEACHER charged with criminal sexual conduct with a student. The boy in question is 16, but is described as an eighth-grader, making the case even more odd.

WHO'S YOUR DADDY? About four percent of us might be surprised by the answer.

DEMOCRATIC DIAGNOSIS: According to Democracy Corps (run by ex-Clinton consultant James Carville and ex-Clinton pollster Stan Greenberg), dissatisfaction over the war in Iraq, the economy and health care costs might spell trouble for the GOP, but the Democrats' failure to connect with voters o­n national security and cultural issues could prevent their candidates from gaining in upcoming national elections.

NEWSPAPER REDESIGN is masterfully mocked in an internal memo by Hank Stuever, Style reporter for the Washington Post.

THE SOPRANOS: The Hollywood Reporter says that series creator/executive producer David Chase is close to finalizing a pact with HBO to produce as many as ten additional episodes for the upcoming sixth season, set to bow in March.

CULT OF THE iPod: Japanese musicians under contract to Sony and other labels that have not joined the iTunes music store are going over execs' heads, trying to get their music o­n the service, which debuted in Japan last week.

MICROSOFT plans to helping law enforcement agencies address computer-related crimes with a damages settlement obtained from "spam king" Scott Richter.

REMOTE CONTROL HUMANS: Researchers at the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Communication Science Laboratories have constructed a headphone-like apparatus that can steer a human by remote control.

THE HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE LAB is typically an isolated add-on that lacks clear goals, does not engage students in discussion and fails to illustrate how scientific methods lead to knowledge,according to a report by the National Research Council.

HYBRID CARS are now bigger, faster... and often only a little more fuel-efficient than comparable V-6 engines.

APPEARANCE MATTERS, even with websites, with designs appealing differently to men and women.

THE DOGS OF WAR: In Iraq, U.S. troops have dogs to detect explosives; the terrorists use dogs to deliver explosives. Despite a common prejudice in the Muslim world against dogs, which are considered unclean, even the most virulent clerical opponents of the U.S. presence in Iraq have decried the use of canines as proxies in the war.

CATS: Recently, I had a link to photos of jumping cats, but here is the super-sized set.

CANE TOAD THRILLER wins short film award down under: "Forget about global warming and the war o­n terrorism, cane toads is the big issue facing Territorians today and we've decided to address that issue and confront it face o­n," said filmmaker Kevin Cook.

JELLYFISH are all o­n holiday in Spain. The Red Cross said its lifeguards had treated almost 11,000 people for stings o­n beaches so far this season in the northeastern region of Catalonia alone.

HORSES are being sworn as Sheriff's Deputies in Snohomish County, WA. I was hoping for a Twin Peaks reference here, but most of that was shot in Snoqualmie, not Shonomish (which is not far from Craig O'Neill).

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Big Star, FoW, Magic Numbers, Ninja Turtles, Lemurs and the Goat King   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Joe Tex, Juliana Hatfield, Bulls, Dogs and Animal Videos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Silver Jews, Newport Folk, Cheerleaders, Sex Slaves, Cats, Dogs and Roaches   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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