Shins star released from jail after allegedly assaulting girlfriend (NME)
MS: "Hi guys! I'm feeling much better on this new day (after sleeping until noon). I've decided to heed the advice of many commenters (lawyerly types) and friends-lock my last entry about the legal foibles between me and my ex-boyfriend."
Sound of 2008: The Top 10 (BBC News)
MS: 8. BLACK KIDS
They are: A Florida fivesome who create a collision of cool indie and 1980s pop - half Arcade Fire, half Human League.
Still unsigned, they have ridden a huge wave of internet buzz.
The pundits say: "They have a heady mix which sets them apart from the army of bands we all come across every day." Neil McCallum, Channel 4 head of music
They say: "We definitely take something away from every era. I realised a while back that pop music's all about theft."
Joe Jackson: Actually, I quite like landmines (Telegraph UK)
MS: For the past 10 years, Jackson has been a staunch defender of the rights of smokers. As a moderate five-a-day man, he is principally motivated by suspicion of the covert agenda of the anti-smoking lobby, which he dismisses as "a new Prohibition, a racket hugely driven by the pharmaceutical companies in partnership with the World Health Organisation".
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