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Beirut, Mobius Band, Soul Asylum, Georgie James, Lassie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDDIE VEDDER:  "Guaranteed" is the folksy second single from his soundtrack for Into The Wild.

NEW RELEASES?  Not really for the indie crowd.  Radiohead and Interpol are still streaming in full via Spinner.

BEIRUT brought its indie cabaret to KEXP for a chat and six-song set you can stream on demand via NPR.

ROCK'S GREATEST BASS RIFFS, according to Jon Sobel at Blogcritics.  There is a shocking lack of Entwistle.

MOBIUS BAND, a Brooklyn combo that seasons its indie pop with a dash of electro, did the free songs to stream or download thing over at Daytrotter.  Thee of the four tracks are from the band's sophomore album, Heaven.  My picks to click would be "Friends Like These" and "Hallie."

SOUL ASYLUM dip into their back catalog for the classic "Never Really Been" at the Northern Lights Theater; Milwaukee, WI.  Throw in a cover of Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" and you have Twofer Tuesday.  BONUS:  At the beginning of this clip for a newer song, "Lately," you can hear the band morph their own "Misery" into McCartney's "Silly Love Songs."

GEORGIE JAMES visited the World Cafe for a chat and four-song set of "melodic, harmony-drenched songs steeped in '60s and '70s rock-pop nostalgia" you can stream via NPR.

JOANNA NEWSOM:  Indie's favorite harpist has a nttawwt moment while discussing her second album, Ys: "It would have been sort of terrible if I had tried to do a modified version of the same thing, trying to make it more successful, palatable. Not that there's anything wrong with immediacy or accessibility in music."

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS are streaming the title track from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, which is due in the US this April. 

DRM RIP:  Sony BMG Music Entertainment is finalizing plans to sell songs without the copyright protection software that has long restricted the use of music downloaded from the Internet; it is the last of the four majors to to drop DRM, or "digital rights management."  Looks like there's a catch, though.

BRITNEY SPEARS tested free of illegal drugs and alcohol during her two-night mental lockdown at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Note the word "illegal."  Dr. Phil canceled plans to do a show on the popwreck, because the situation is "too intense."  Criticism from his fellow shrinks had nothing to do with it.  Spears went into hiding with her new boyfriend, British paparazzo Adnam Ghalib, has been touting around intimate pictures taken of them together in recent days with a staggering £500,000 price tag.

LINDSAY LOHAN:  Billionaire heir turned art dealer Andy Valmorbida may be yet another man caught in Li-Lo's web.  Lohan's former neighbors are battling to stop her moving back to the Los Angeles apartment block she terrorized last summer.

DREW BARRYMORE is said to be pushing her "Get a Mac" boyfriend, Justin Long, to propose despite her bad track record with marriages and the fact that she's only been dating Long for five months.  It's in the National Enquirer, so it must be true.

GWYNETH PALTROW admits to the joys of tabloid gossip, even though she knows it's often inaccurate.

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL talks about her role in The Dark Knight and her Agent Provocateur ad campaign: "Somehow I hadn't understood that there'd be all these pictures of me out there in my underwear..."

NICOLE KIDMAN & KEITH URBAN have confirmed they are expecting their first child and are said to be thrilled.  The rumors were becoming undeniable after Kidman pulled out of her latest project.

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  As expected, the unauthorized Cruise bio has prompted outrage from Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields and from the Church of Scientology, which is mulling a 100-million-dollar lawsuit against author Andrew Morton and publisher St. Martin's Press.

AWARDS SEASON:  The strike-ridden Golden Globes will air as clip shows and a press conference covered by NBC News.  Oof.  "No Country for Old Men" was the big winner at the 73rd Annual New York Film Critics Circle awards, drawing the picture nod and three other prizes, including Javier Bardem for supporting actor.  Daniel Day-Lewis drew the lead actor nod for "There Will be Blood."  With no picket signs in sight, stars turned out for the Critics' Choice Awards on Monday, with generally similar results.

STAR TREK REBOOT:  Spoilers and ill-tidings about the script at Ain't-It-Cool-News.

PETRA NEMCOVA:  The tsunami-surviving supermodel is still ridiculously hot for Gratuitous Tuesday.

THE TUDORS now has a "behind the scenes" video to promote Season Two.

PAKISTAN:  A senior al Qaeda commander has been reported captured in the city of Lahore and is "under interrogation" at an undisclosed location, according to a Pakistani newspaper.  The report of Amin al Haq's capture has not been confirmed.  Pakistan is not specifically looking for Osama bin Laden, Pres. Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday.  Most Pakistanis want their country to be a democratic Islamic state and are deeply distrustful of the US and its war on terrorism, according to a poll released on Sunday: "It shows there is no major Western-oriented secular sub-group in Pakistan. People want more Islam. They don't think Pakistan is pious enough or that Islamic values are adequately expressed in daily life," said Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org.

IRAN:  Five Revolutionary Guard boats "harassed and provoked" three US Navy ships early Sunday in international waters, the US military said Monday, calling the encounter a "significant" confrontation.  The Iranian boats made "threatening" moves toward the US ships, which received a radio transmission that said, "I am coming at you. You will explode in a couple of minutes."  "They were a heartbeat from being blown up," a Pentagon official, speaking of the Iranians, told ABC News.  Meanwhile, the IHT reports that a rift is emerging between Pres. Ahmadinejad and supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei... though regular Pate vistors know that already.

IRAQ:  Two suicide bombers killed the leader of the Adhamiyah Awakening and 13 others. An Awakening fighter was killed and three al Qaeda were captured in a clash in Buhriz.  Milblogger Maj. Andrew Olmsted was killed in an ambush near Sadiyah; his "final post" -- to be published in the event of his death -- is at the link.

LASSIE:  *Woof!*  "What's that, girl?" *Woof, Woof!* "You were profiled by NPR?  Let's Listen!"

LITTLE MISS DOLITTLE:  Four-year-old Rose Willcocks speaks only to the animals.

WILD ELEPHANTS on Indonesia's Sumatra have repeatedly outsmarted efforts to stop them stealing crops.

A NZ MAN risked life and limb by dangling upside-down in the sea to take close-up pictures of a circling great white shark.  Cue Sheriff Brody (nsfw)!

DINGO, a three-year-old labrador, was admitted to a veterinary clinic in Austria at the weekend, barely able to stand on his own four paws and reeking "like a beer hall," a newspaper reported on Monday.  Cue Dean Wormer!

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