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Britney and Justin reunite tonight – with Madonna

So reports are all over the ‘net that Madonna‘s show tonight in Los Angeles will feature on onstage reunion of former childhood sweeties Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

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And for some reason, I’m excited about this, which is weird because I never gave two figs about these two former Mouseketeers when they were an item, but like so many women (and gay guys), I’m a sucker for romance, nostalgia, and drama.

I don’t need to tell all of you at Dodger Stadium tonight to whip out your camera phones, but something tells me Madge has the presence of mind (and PR savvy) to have the reunion officially documented.

Something weird about the Germs

Don’t you think this is kind of bizarre? Three-fourths of the original Germs, the Los Angeles punk band that broke up in 1980 when lead singer Darby Crash committed suicide – are playing gigs in L.A. with Shane West as their vocalist.

Yes, Shane West, the former ER actor who portrays Crash in the new biopic about the band What We Do Is Secret. I understand it’s a publicity stunt to market the film, but gee whiz.

A writer for the L.A.-based web site Defamer reports:

“(T)hey didn’t suck. In fact, they are probably better now than during their heyday in the sense that they can actually play their instruments and they are able to finish an hour-and-a-half set without destroying the entire venue, falling down from abusing too many substances or bleeding profusely on stage.”

When then you, sir, were not at a Germs show!

What’s next? Joy Division plays gigs with the fake Ian Curtis from Closer? Val Kilmer tours with the remaining Doors? Sissy Spacek pushes Loretta Lynn off the stage to sing her songs at the state fair?

It’s just weird.

Here’s the real Darby Crash, courtesy of Jenny Lens’ invaluable Punk Archive.

Raymond Pettibon in the studio

We mentioned artist Raymond Pettibon in an earlier post because he’s the fella who drew the album cover art for Sonic Youth‘s Goo.

Here’s Pettibon in his Los Angelese studio discussing baseball as one of the many inspirations for his art. The clip is courtesy of the series Art:21 — Art in the Twenty-First Century.

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