In today’s wrapup of lunchtime headlines: Jamie Foxx and Def Leppard try to cross over on TV, the Rothbury festival gets even greener, and Pete Doherty might not be all that healthy! More »
File under I’ll Believe It Only When The Finished Product Is In My Hands (Or At Least My iTunes Playlist): “The La’s’ Lee Mavers has asked Pete Doherty if Babyshambles will help out with the recording of the second La’s album…. ‘Lee said he’s got loads of songs written and he’d like us to get involved,’ [Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek] said. ‘I’m not sure where it’ll go from here, but it’s enough to get excited about.’ ” Note that Mavers was quoted only a month ago as saying that he “doesn’t see the point” of resurrecting the old band name, and you’ll wonder if this is just another game of telephone gone awry for the good ol’ British music press or what. [NME] More »
Rolling Stone sent a writer to tag after the ever-troubled Amy Winehouse earlier this month, and after an early-morning vigil outside the singer’s door, Claire Hoffman was invited inside, where she was greeted by the news of Winehouse’s racist singalong, along with “discarded bags of potato chips, crumpled nuggets of tinfoil, beer bottles, lingerie boxes and scattered old credit cards.” “Up All Night With Amy Winehouse” is full of grimy details on Winehouse’s current existence, with the phrase “black resin” being used to describe the lining of her fingernails twice. But in some heartening news, it does actually have Winehouse discussing how she’d like to proceed with her next record, although some of those plans are communicated via hip-shakes and finger-wiggles.
The freshly engaged M.I.A. spent 30 minutes Sunday night entertaining the crowd at an afterparty for the MTV Movie Awards, and during her set she let drop that she was getting paid $100,000 for the appearance. (“I’m going to use it to build schools in Liberia,” she told the crowd, which included such Perez-ready names as Rumer Willis. “It costs
$2,000 $52,000 to build a school for 1,000.”) She’s not alone in getting big cash by playing for the elite: earlier Sunday, the Times of London theorized that big-money private concerts are to this year what big-ticket reunion shows were to 2007: A way to make a large payday in the face of declining record sales, and not just for “legacy” acts like Whitney Houston who can show up and run through their catalog. Current groups and acts that fall under the ever-more-meaningless rubric of “indie” are also cashing in by playing backyards and hotel ballrooms.
Amy Winehouse actually did something semi-music-related this weekend, when the above clip–of her plonking away on a guitar and mewling backing vocals while her goddaughter pretty capably sang Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You”–was posted to Pete Doherty’s very active YouTube channel. But of course, it was another clip on Doherty’s video blog, titled “winemouse,” that got most of the attention and made me wonder one thing: How low could the Internet go?
British magazine editors working in America who wanted to see Babyshamble Pete Doherty and Dirty Pretty Thing Carl Barat reunite the Libertines and save rock’n’roll won’t have to wait much longer. The pair is hard at work on… a musical! Britain’s illustrious Donmar Warehouse has commissioned the former bandmates to write a fresh bunch of numbers about the early days of a troubled rock band. Gee, where will they come up with ideas?
Pete Doherty has been sentenced to jail for 14 weeks for violating probation after getting caught with drugs in October. They’re saying he’ll probably only serve a month, and I know there’s some kind of Dohertorium around here. More »
Despite all the crack and littering busts, Pete Doherty’s greatest crime may be just around the corner: Tapes of the corpse-y Babyshambles frontman/junkie and ex-girlfriend Kate Moss apparently having the palest, boniest sex in history are missing, and Moss worries they may be leaked to the… More »
So what’s the more ridiculous item in this story: Perpetual junkie fuckup Pete Doherty arrested for littering? Or Shaun friggin’ Ryder claiming that Amy Winehouse can out-drink him? Shane MacGowan not available for quote at press time. More »