Madonna-on-the-Thames Watch the self-made Englishwoman, sitting in front of a lovely London vista, during a hilarious videoconference (left) held Wednesday with Steve Jobs to announce that the longtime digital holdout is releasing her entire catalog to iTunes. Then, spend the rest of your weekend downloading all 15 albums, pausing only to contemplate buying Apple’s new iPod phone,the Motorola ROKR. Finally, ponder how soon it will be before you canuse every appliance down to your electric toothbrush to play Madonnatunes.
The Tender Bar: A MemoirPulitzer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer was raised not bywolves but by barflies. Read this warm and vivid account of the pubwhere he spent his childhood.
Make It Funky!This concert film doubles as an educational primer on the rich anddiverse musical history of New Orleans. Its limited theatrical releasetoday was planned long before Katrina turned the movie into anunintentional elegy. If it’s not playing near you, it’ll be out on DVDon Sept. 27.
Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid TimesThat title sure sounds apt, doesn’t it? This rousing CD by the veteranCanadian alt-rockers also contains a song called ”Will the FutureBlame Us?” Listen to some of these arena-ready, head-bobbing anthems,and you’ll feel a lot less depressed about current events.
You won’t be able to flip on your TV this weekend without coming across a Katrina telethon. Tonight is the ”S.O.S. (Saving OurSelves)” benefit on BET (7:30 p.m.), with Queen Latifah, Steve Harvey, and Alicia Keys among the scheduled performers. Keys is also booked to perform on ”Shelter From the Storm,” the telethon that’s airing at 8 p.m. on virtually every other channel on TV. And on Saturday at 8 p.m. is the MTV/VH1/CMT benefit ”ReAct Now: Music & Relief,” which has just added U2, Coldplay, Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam to the bill.