April 13, 2006

Today's Hotness: The Mendoza Line, The Beatles, Dinosaur Jr.

The Mendoza Line>> The series of posts under the title "from Under A Threatening Sky" at AmericanBookCongress, which details sundry goings-on during the recent Mendoza Line tour, is often quite funny. Take for example this brief snippet from the band's time spent at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

>> In case you were totally sniffing glue all day, The Beatles catalog is finally heading to download stores. Apparently the sets are being digitally remastered for what surprisingly sounds like the first time, and once that is done the discs will be reissued and put on sale via your usual digital storefront suspects. Here's Reuters' coverage. Coincidentally the WSJ reported in a sorta dense article this AM that creepy, fallen pop star Michael Jackson intends to sell half of stake in music publishing enterprise Sony ATV [no link to this one, we got it in an email]. His total stake in the partnership with Sony includes ownership of the publishing rights to 251 Beatles songs. The Journal offered no information about any sale of Beatles rights, so it's anybody's guess as to whether they are part of the deal. Sony ATV's entire musical assets are said to be worth $1 billion.

>> Man, it's quiet out there on the Internet. How about some Dinosaur Jr. videos? Here are some Google video embeds of "Freak Scene" and "Just Like Heaven" filmed during the original lineup's tour last year. Dig it:

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