Beatles suddenly are here, there and darn near everywhere

Daybreak’s afternoon stroll through the pop-culture world (a special no-fluff edition) happily finds a few things that never change, other things that do, a super-cool mystery music video and not one mention of Kim Kardashian, save this one.

JOHN WOULD CLAP: Per today’s Rolling Stone, “The new issue. . . .on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access September 2nd, contains an exclusive look at Martin Scorsese's new documentary and the accompanying photo book “George Harrison: Living In the Material World” by Olivia Harrison, edited by Mark Holborn, to be published by Abrams on September 26th.”

SCARBOROUGH LIKES THE WHITE ALBUM: Today’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC included a fascinating round-table interview about the Beatles and their unprecedented string of success that, in relative terms, was accomplished in the blink of an eye. You can see by clicking here:

SPEAKING OF WHICH: There’s a Beatles music festival, “Abbey Road on the River,” going on throughout the holiday weekend at National Harbor on the grounds of the Gaylord. This cynical reporter reluctantly attended last year’s edition, thinking it would be cheesy. It was anything but. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The TV station at the top of the website from which you’re reading this is a sponsor, but this plug would be provided even if it weren’t).

STAGED SPATS AFTER ALL: Per the L.A. Times, “Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed have a date to get married -- finally. The KISS singer and the former Playmate have been together for 28 years and have two children. Invitations to the Oct. 1 wedding, sent out under the kids' names, contain art by Nick, 22, and a nontraditional message from Sophie, 18: "After 28 years of loose strings, our parents have finally decided to tie the knot."

HALFWAY FOLLOWED THE CONDITIONS OF RELEASE: Per the AP, “Grammy-winning rapper T.I., who was moved to a halfway house this week after months in prison, is locked up again at a federal penitentiary. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website Friday shows the rapper at the Atlanta penitentiary with a release date of Sept. 29.”

YO MAMA!: Per TMZ, “"NCIS" actor David Fisher tells TMZ ... he only got violent with his neighbor yesterday in self-defense AFTER the neighbor talked smack about David's dead mother. Fisher was arrested on suspicion of battery in L.A. yesterday ... and the neighbor told police Fisher choked him ... but the actor tells us he was only acting out of self-defense.”

THIS BEGS FOR A LITTLE STEVEN GUEST ROLE: Per Deadline, “EXCLUSIVE: HBO has teamed with James Gandolfini for Big Dead Place, a drama based on Nicholas Johnson’s memoir about his stint working for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Gandolfini is executive producing the project, which is being developed as a starring vehicle for him. (HBO) has been looking to find a new series vehicle for Gandolfini, a followup to his iconic role on the network’s mob drama The Sopranos.”

SOUNDS LIKE D.C.’S CITY COUNCIL: Per indieWIRE, “Year after year, (the Venice Film Festival) exhibits the kind of chronic mismanagement you might expect from some African republic in an Evelyn Waugh novel. The pointless bureaucracy. The weird mix of officiousness and thoughtless disregard. The rules made for no reason, serving no discernible purpose. One hesitates to use the rather-too-modish term “first-world problems,” but it’s hard to know what else to call these. They are many and are frustrating only in the sense that we are here to work, and that work is constantly stymied.”

WASTIN’ AWAY: Per E!, “So what's in Skinnygirl margaritas? It's definitely not the worm. Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is having to do a lot of explaining after her hot-selling line of cocktails was abruptly dropped by Whole Foods this week after the chain rejected her claim that that the ingredients she touted were "all natural."

STUFF HAPPENS: Per The Insider, “Hot on the heels of those unsubstantiated affair rumors (which have been soundly denied) comes word that HawthoRNe, the medical series Jada Pinkett Smith and Marc Anthony starred on, has been canceled by TNT.”{ }

UM, WHAT HE SAID: Per Pitchfork, “As far as debut albums go, the The Golden Age of Apocalypse is definitely a head-spinner, precisely the sort of improbable hybrid from an almost-unknown artist that the Brainfeeder crew has come to specialize in over the last couple years. After all, it's not every day that you find a record that simultaneously recalls the laid-back sprawl of Erykah Badu's Return of the Ankh and the bustling mania of Mouse on Mars' Iaora Tahiti, the slick jazz futurism of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and the gentle homespun soul of Bill Withers' Just As I Am.”{ }

AND FINALLY: Today’s super-cool mystery music video.

--Skip Wood