ICECUBE’s new solo album is to be titled Raw Footage. For all his contributions to hip-hop (he started this gangsta shit, after all), he really should be more careful about reminding us of his film career. I shudder at the thought of an album of hilarious Are We Done Yet outtakes.

Those of us who’ve wasted countless hours of our lives awkwardly swapping among the three VINES albums in our car stereos are in luck: Capitol Records will soon release a “best-of” record chronicling the vast, glorious career of the spazz-fronted Aussie hitmakers. No word yet on how industrial science has achieved the mammoth feat of cramming that much post-grunge brilliance onto a single disc. In an entirely unrelated and coincidental development: the Vines were dropped from Capitol last year after their third album failed to bother the charts.

My heart is truly warmed by all the angry e-mails I’ve been getting from BLACK CROWES apologists. “Your so called journalism,” writes one reader, “is pathetic and lacking all integrity.” I’m touched that anyone could be literal-minded enough to mistake me for an actual critic or journalist (the only scoop I’ve ever nailed is the shocking revelation that there was a third Vines album), but I suppose I should expect no less from people who pen angry letters defending hippie dad-rock jam bands.

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