Perfect (Dog) Day
Lou Reed hasn’t always pleased the critics and his fans (see: Metal Machine Music, those Honda scooter commercials in the ’80s), but he and gal pal Laurie Anderson may have found a new fanbase — dogs. The couple has announced plans to present a “high-frequency” concert next month in Australia designed especially for our furry little canine friends. “Music for Dogs” will be a part of the Vivid Live fest, which Reed and Anderson are curating. The downside is dogs can’t buy overpriced T-shirts. The upsides are plentiful — dogs can’t critique and they don’t have to miss half the show waiting in line for the Port-O-Potties. And if the animals do end up hating it, it’s nothing a scratch behind the ear can’t solve (though we hear that works with Rolling Stone’s David Fricke as well).
The myth that listening to the music of Mozart makes one more intelligent has been debunked by the scientist who conducted the original research.
Cult of Ugly Personality
Ian Astbury of College-turned-Hard Rock band The Cult has taken some swipes at popular American Rock singers for not helping the surviving members of The Doors out when they wanted to reform without their most famous (and most dead) member, Jim Morrison. Talking with Australia’s HeraldSun newspaper, Astbury — who filled in for Morrison when the surviving Doors reunited for a large tour a few years ago — said that American singers like Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell, Eddie Vedder, Scott Weiland and Trent Reznor should have “fought” for the vocal spot and questioned their integrity for not showing any interest. Uh, maybe those singers decided to just carry on with their own successful careers instead of fronting a glorified tribute band? The Cult hasn’t had a relevant album since 1989 — something tells us Ian would have joined an Air Supply cover band if he’d been asked.