–Them Crooked Vultures surprised fans by playing Belgium’s Pukkelpop music festival yesterday (check out fan reports here). The band played the second stage between sets by Beirut and Wilco. The night before, the Dave Grohl/Josh Homme/John Paul Jones supergroup played their second gig at a small venue in Amsterdam. Video footage of that show has surfaced, and the band seems to be living up to its almost-impossible-to-meet expectations. Them Crooked Vultures are rumored to be making surprise appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals overseas in the next couple weeks.
—Billy Ray Cyrus is defending daughter Miley’s “stripper-pole” performance at the MTV Teen Choice Awards on August 10th. Performing “Party in the USA” Cyrus emerged from a makeshift trailer wearing short shorts, high leather boots, and a bra, basically. (Yes, it feels incredibly pervy to write this.) She danced on an ice cream stand with a pole on top. Her father told Access Hollywood: “You know what? I just think that Miley loves entertaining people. I always tell her to love what you’re doing and stay focused for the love of the art and not worry so much about opinion.” This would be an appropriate response if he were a dad talking about his daughters’ embarrassing performance at a school talent show.
–Check out the Walkmen’s new video for “On the Water.” If you are an animal lover, be prepared to be confused, and then very sad.
–This is depressing. A remake of classic Beatles film Yellow Sumbarmine is reportedly in the works The Hollywood Reporter reports. Robert Zemecki, the director of Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and The Polar Express, is reportedly in talks with Disney to direct the remake of the 1968 acid-trip-disguised-as-cinema. Like all of Zemecki’s animated films, it would likely be in 3D. Zemecki’s currently in talks to gain access to the film’s soundtrack which includes tracks “Eleanor Rigby” and “When I’m Sixty-Four.” The Beatles weren’t fans of the original (the cartoon voices weren’t even theirs), so it’s hard to imagine McCartney and Ringo going for this.