The Week’s Headlines: White Stripes, Radiohead and E.T.

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megwhite_sm.jpgThe week began full of rumor and speculation. As White Stripes fans dealt with the cancellation of the bi-chromatic band’s recent tour, attributed by their website to Meg White‘s “acute anxiety,” a particularly nasty rumor arose of an alleged sex tape of her and a mystery man. That of course spawned lots of jokes about Meg’s rhythm and a spate of images of her biting her lip or posing (unintentionally) suggestively as she plays. Finally, TMZ and others reported the tape a hoax. The White Stripes’ publicist added, “publicist: “Some people have a very twisted sense of humor and this prank is in particularly bad taste. The tape circulating on the internet as featuring Meg White is fake. It’s definitely not Meg.”

Meanwhile, Jack White, whose other project The Raconteurs are scheduled to open for Bob Dylan in November, took the stage with Dylan at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last Thursday. Here’s a clip of Jack and Bob performing “One More Cup of Coffee”:

Radiohead teased fans with undecipherable clips and cryptic messages on their blog Dead Air Space earlier this year, but starting last week, a series of hieroglyphs have appeared, causing would-be sleuths to create ciphers like this one:

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...and attempt to speculate messages supposed messages like “Yes we are still alive” (easy) and “Blink your eyes one for yes two for no code code code” (harder). Check out the fan-run Hodiau Direkton for updates and supposed cracks. Could a message supposedly reading “march wax” mean that the LP7 will hit stores in March? Apparently, cracking the alien code is only the first step.

And speaking of aliens, Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has just purchased the original Kuwahara BMX bike that Elliott rode in the 1982′s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. According to The Sun, Meighan tracked down the owner, who was reportedly putting the bike up for sale, and negotiated a price of over £10,000 (that’s over $20,000 for us yanks). Meighan, and apparently the rest of the band, are huge fans of the movie and toured Skywalker Ranch while touring through San Francisco. The article claims he even has “a lifesize model of ET on its way from America.”

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