The Morning Mix: Bruce's Family Affair; Eminem, Jimmy Page to Share Stage; O! Say Can You James McMurtry?


Headlines:Bruce Springsteen won't have Max Weinberg with him for the entire "Working on a Dream" tour (scheduling conflicts with Weinberg's other boss, Conan O'Brien). But the ESB will have a relatively familiar face behind the kit as Weinberg's son, Jay, will fill in for his father. Says Little Steven: "Jay's a fantastic drummer. It's in the Weinberg DNA. Although it's gonna be tricky. No matter how much work he does, Max has an ability that no one has, which is the ability to read Bruce's mind." Meaning, Miami Steve adds: "Bruce may have to actually tell him what song we're about to play." ... Wale is "Chillin'" with Lady Gaga, of all people. We love him anyway. ... Eminem will induct "Proud to Be Black" rappers Run-DMC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Other pairings: Jimmy Page will induct Jeff Beck, Smokey Robinson will do the honors for Little Anthony and the Imperials, Ron Wood will induct Bobby Womack and Flea will induct Metallica, who will be enshrined wearing their "Master of Puppets" hats. .. The first volume of Neil Young's "Archives" -- "the Holy Grail of box sets," per Greg Kot -- is finally coming out, on June 2. (First, though, comes "Fork in the Road," a themed album about Young's latest obsession: Electric car conversions.) ... Third Eye Blind is still around? (What next, a new Candlebox album?!!??? [Oh.]) ... New Vampire Weekend album coming this fall? ... John Mellencamp has some thoughts about the sorry state of the music business. ... Billy Corgan is making a new Smashing Pumpkins album without any of the other Smashing Pumpkins, as Jimmy Chamberlin is out. ... M.I.A. didn't name her baby boy Ickitt. But the electro-rapper came close, going with Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, according to TMZ. ... Sister Rosetta Tharpe gets a little love -- and a gravestone. ... It's time for a new national anthem, and Ron Rosenbaum has just the song: James McMurtry's perfectly drawn, superbly surreal and downright brilliant "Choctaw Bingo." McMurtry calls the 2002 track "a song about the North Texas-Southern Oklahoma crystal methamphetamine industry." But Rosenbaum, writing in Slate, says it's much more than that: "It envisions the American economy as nothing more than an elaborate Choctaw bingo enterprise, with lots of flashing lights to lure in the unwary and the unlucky, a system that, for all its fancy formulas and talk of risk assignment, is nothing more than a sucker's game. And later in the song, McMurtry explicitly names the scam at the heart of it: subprime mortgages."

Say What?
"If Kurt were around today, I know he'd say to me, 'Well, you turned out OK.'" -- Eddie Vedder on his former sorta-nemesis, Kurt Cobain.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 23, 2009; 7:59 AM ET Morning Mix
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