The Morning Mix: Phish Reels in Bootleggers; Dylan's Never Ending Studio Tour Continues; Taylor Swift = Hot

Headlines
On the eve of its reunion tour, Phish has asked a federal judge to keep bootleggers from harshing the band's mellow. ... Bob Dylan has moved on from thinking 'bout Alicia Keys to listening to Billy Joe Shaver. Dylan's new studio album (title TBD) is due in "late April." ... Chris Brown is due in court today, though he still hasn't been formally charged with anything. (Except in the court of public opinion, of course.) ... Michael Jackson's return to the concert stage? He's doing it for the kids! ... No teardrops for Taylor Swift, whose "Fearless" is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the 11th week. It's the best chart showing since the turn of the millennium, when Santana's "Supernatural" parked it at No. 1 for 12 weeks. Swift guests on "CSI" tonight. ... Artists lashing out at cultural critics: Not a new concept. But when the artist is David Byrne and the critic is Jon Pareles and the beef dates all the way back to 1981, it becomes at least a little bit interesting. Meanwhile, Summer Bleeding calls Byrne's bluff. ... This will probably come as a huge surprise to you, but the Jonas Brothers might have longevity issues. ... Felony drug charges against Lil Wayne have been dismissed. The ones in Georgia, anyway. Weezy still faces drug charges in Arizona, along with a weapons charge in New York. At least 27 states reportedly considering criminal charges of reckless Auto-Tuning, as well.

Video of the Day

In which the aforementioned Lil Wayne rocks out with his locks out -- and also with the Auto-Tuner on. Raise your hand if you're looking forward to Weezy's rock-and-roll "Rebirth." Anyone? No?

UPDATE: As Weezy's label's lawyers are in copyright-protection mode, try this link for the "Prom Queen" video.

List of the Day
Country blog The 9513 ranks "the 20 most controversial songs by women." The top three is actually comprised of six songs: List-topper "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells; a quartet of Loretta Lynn tunes ("The Pill"/"Rated X"/"Fist City"/"The Wings Upon Your Horns"); and Jeannie C. Riley's version of "Harper Valley PTA."

Concert Pick of the Day
The Black Lips at the Black Cat, 8 p.m., with Gentleman Jesse and His Men and Suns of Guns. $15. The ghost of GG Allin rides -- and he's fronting a flower-punk band! Antics aside, the Black Lips do the psych-tinged, girl-group nodding, Jonestown Massacre death tape-sampling, rambunctious, low-fi garage-rock thing quite well. New album "200 Million Thousand" is worth 51 minutes of your time, if not more.

Say What?


"We've played some shows with [Arcade Fire] and they really treat people like [expletive]. ... I thought, 'Who do they think they are?' I don't know why people put up with it. I wouldn't put up with it. I don't care if it's Arcade Fire or Brian Eno. If either of them walked into a room and treated people like [expletive], I'd be like, '[Expletive] you, get outta here.' ... People treat Arcade Fire like they're the greatest thing ever and they get away with it. Those sort of opinions change my view of their music. They have good tunes, but they're pricks, so [expletive] 'em.

"Who does Arcade Fire think they are? I've been around groups. I've been around the Edge from U2 and he's the [expletive] sweetest guy ever. I was around Justin Timberlake when he was young and he was just a normal, nice, kind person. Anyone can be polite and kind and people who have the privilege and money and attention should understand that. If they don't, then [expletive] 'em."

-- Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne (pictured above), blow-torching indie-rock heroes Arcade Fire.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 5, 2009; 8:41 AM ET Morning Mix
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