The Morning Mix: Malibu Neighbors on the Edge; P4K Bums Colin Meloy; Lil Jon + 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'? Yeah!!!!
As The Edge moves forward with a development project in Malibu, the guitarist is being accused of endangering wildlife, potentially upsetting the ecosystem and creating an eyesore of McMansions that would obstruct existing views. ... Colin Meloy wants Decemberists fans to tell Pitchfork to kiss their pasty white hindquarters. This after the Web site awarded a mere 5.7 points to the band's new album, "The Hazards of Love." In a Tweet, Meloy writes: "A call to arms! A Pitchfork Critical Mass e-Mooning! Send pics of your derriere (clothed or un-) to email@example.com." (Hat tip: The Daily Swarm.) ... Meanwhile, Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber has made the list of Time 100 finalists. ... Lil Jon is back, sort of. His trademark shouts have been added to two mixtapes featuring rock and new wave songs by Black Sabbath, Bauhaus, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Cure and others. ... Duran Duran is recording with Mark Ronson. Call me crazy, but I'm keenly interested in hearing what they come up with. (Also, in that same linked piece: An update on Amy Winehouse's new album.)... Jay-Z: Hip-hop > Obama in improving race relations. ... John Rich is hoppin' mad -- and not just at the Congress over the auto industry bailout. He's fuming at NBC over the network's handling of "Nashville Star." ... Prince's new Web site, lotusflow3r.com, goes live
today tonight. Using a membership model, the site will provide early access to the little purple polyglot's new albums ("LotusFlow3r," "MPLSoUND" and "Elixer," featuring his new protege Bria Valente), along with unreleased music, streaming video, first crack at concert tickets, etc. Annual fee: $77. ... Phil Spector is "a demonic maniac," prosecutor says. ... Elvis Costello is getting in touch with his inner-Appalachian on a new T Bone Burnett-produced project. ... RIP Ted Jarrett, the R&B songwriter/producer best-known for "You Can Make It If You Try." ... New Orleans musician Eddie Bo has also died. His song, "I'm Wise," was recorded by Little Richard as "Slippin' and Slidin'."
"You can turn from very cool to corny by the time that night is over." -- Harlem rapper Jim Jones, explaining why you don't see many rappers "eagerly willing" to perform in a play. Jones is starring in "Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones," which begins a five-night run tonight in Manhattan.
Video of the Day
In which Neil Young makes like Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and bleats: "Cough up the bucks! Cough up the bucks!"
Speaking of Which...
My Style piece on the new recession-music playlist (Young Jeezy Willie Isz, John Rich, Tom Paxton, etc.) can be found here.
Podcast of the Day
Dutty Artz has put together a very good Recession Rap Podcast that I tried to get into the abovementioned story before Editor Joe took a machete to it.
UPDATE: Timothy Geithner's Congressional testimony on AIG has blown out the MSNBC schedule. I may or may not be on tomorrow.
I'm tentatively scheduled to appear on MSNBC at 12:30 12:50 this afternoon to discuss recession songs, which are sprouting up like tents in/around my former zip code, in Sacramento.
Today in Style
Snoop Dogg goes Bollywood (and gets confused by meaning of "Jai Ho"), Superchunk returns a winner and more in Singles File. Quick spins: "Carolina" by Eric Church. "Crack the Skye" by Mastodon. "Grace/Wasteland" by Pete Doherty.
By J. Freedom du Lac |
March 24, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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