2. Downloaded the new-ish Sonic Youth last night; it's rather awesome. /rimshot
3. Viva Italia! I was at band rehearsal and missed the whole thing, but still - kudos to youdos.
4. When Kath and I signed up for Intelliflix, the evil bastard cousin of Netflix, the first DVD she put on our queue was the Seven-Up series, which ironically enough was the very thing we received, and we ended up sending it back because it was scratched. Anyway, she had a borrowed copy with her this weekend and I ended up getting sucked into it as well. The show was apparently meant to illustrate Britain's class structure and how it affects the lives of children as they are revisited every 7 years; the class thing ends up being a side story as the actual human drama becomes quite moving, especially Neil. Quite possibly the first reality show. If you end up watching it, you may want to space out your viewings; it can get a bit repetitive if you watch it all in one go, as each installment was originally shown 7 years apart.
5 will have to wait a bit.