The Man With The Golden Arse

At this point you have probably heard that dear Pete Doherty has been arrested yet again, this time in connection with a photo in The Sun that appears to show him injecting heroin into a young woman lying comatose on the floor. Good to know he's recovering. Meanwhile, the actual photo in question is reproduced below (strictly for the kids).
Dr. Pete

UPDATE: Pete has come forward to set the story straight: "Just a note to note the unjust Sun's disturbing and ridiculously offensive 'story'. Firstly the photos are stolen from my flat so...upsetting and personally catastrophic...how rude, secondly it's a staged shot and what a f***ing liberty to suggest I'd bang up a sleeping lass. Darkness."

The female fan in the picture has given a slightly different explanation, saying that the needle was empty, and that Pete was drawing blood from her to use in one of his paintings (blood being Pete's medium of choice).

As for former best mate and Libertine Carl Barat, he has responded to the photos by saying: "It's a bad situation. It's a lot to take in. It's a sad situation."


Kate & Pete As Myra & Ian

Kate Moss and Pete Doherty
For those who live in London (or otherwise will be there next week), you should check out what is being billed as the world's first exhibition dedicated to viral emails, which is taking place at the Institute of Contemporary Art for one week only, from May 1st to 8th. Entitled Outrageous and Contagious, the exhibit includes this amazing pair of doctored photos of Kate Moss and Pete Doherty, who have been made to look like notorious British couple Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, who were responsible for the infamous Moors Murders in Manchester in the mid-1960s, the subject of The Smiths' classic Suffer Little Children. (The couple were further immortalized by Goldie Lookin' Chain in On The Radio, in which Maggot and co. claim "Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, those two have got nothing on my old lady.") Compare with the original photos of Hindley and Brady below.

Myra Hindley and Ian Brady

Trio Of New Videos: Pete Doherty, Arctic Monkeys & Ali G

There is a new video circulating that offers an incredibly intimate look at Pete Doherty hanging out in his flat, talking on the phone, joking around, and generally just being Pete. Included is footage of Pete walking around and strumming his guitar while singing Hired Gun. It's a must-view for any fan of Pete:

Another must-view is the new video for the Arctic Monkeys' latest single, The View from the Afternoon:

Finally, Ali G interviews Posh Spice and David Beckham:


Free Secret Machines Show

Secret Machines will be playing a free in-store performance at Virgin Megastore Union Square on April 27 at 6pm. You will need to purchase a copy of their new album, Ten Silver Drops, beginning at 9am on April 25th to get a wristband to reserve your space in line.


Les Incompetents, The Automatic & Dirty Little Faces -- Your New Favourite Bands

I don't know about you, but every few weeks (sometimes every few days) I need some new bands to get excited about. So, without further delay, I present you with three of the brightest hopes for 2006...

Les Incompetents
Les Incompetents
London-based six-piece Les Incompetents strike me as Pulp crossed with the Libertines, a delicious cocktail of hooks, energy and humour. You can listen to their majestic new single, How It All Went Wrong, here, or watch the video below:

The Automatic
The Automatic
The Automatic are from Wales, but have recently toured all corners of the UK with The Kooks and The Ordinary Boys. Their first single, Recover, was produced by the legendary Ian Broudie, but was simply good, not great. However, their just-released second single, Raoul, is an instant classic. Listen to Recover here, or watch the video for Raoul below...

Dirty Little Faces
Dirty Little Faces
Dirty Little Faces are another London-based band who count The Libertines among their key influences (along with The Jam, The Strokes, Oasis, The Kinks, The Small Faces and Supergrass). They also cite Ben Folds, but that just seems silly (though I've recently been enjoying Ben's cover of The Cure's In-Between Days). The band just released its first official single, Finding It Hard, this week. You can find additional tracks, including the excellent Picadilly, here.


Serge Gainsbourg Videos

It's truly incredible how many great music videos Serge made two decades before the advent of MTV. Four of the best...

Bonnie & Clyde (feat. Brigitte Bardot)

Une Petite Tasse d'Anxiete (feat. Gillian Hills)

Comic Strip (feat. Brigitte Bardot)

Pauvre Lola (feat. France Gall)

Help the Aged

Wherein Jarvis Cocker and painter John Currin combined to create one of the greatest music videos ever...