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Shane MacGowan and Friends - "I Put a Spell on You" (video)

Finally, an all-star charity jam you might be interested in for musical reasons as well as altruistic ones. Legendary Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan assembled a small but impressive group of friends for this cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You", including Nick Cave, Mick Jones, Johnny Depp (he of the ubiquitous guest guitar spot), Chrissie Hynde, and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie. There are few non-legends hanging about as well (Paloma Faith, anyone?), but I guess we can't all be Chrissie, now can we?

These days, when Shaney Mac isn't commented on for much more than his relationships with dentists or bartenders, it is nice to see him actually make this single happen. All proceeds go to Concern Worldwide for Haiti relief.

Owls, Aliens, and Others

Essayist Brian Phillips is no staunch empiricist, nor does he want to shatter delusions or expose machinations. In Impossible Owls, he is content to remain in a wide-eyed and owl-ier place.

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