The Morning Mix: Congressional Leader Whips Up $upport With Britney's Help; C.R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.


Headlines: Fantastic Huffington Post sentence: "There was more than one whip at [Tuesday] night's Britney Spears concert in Washington DC." Turns out that House Republican Whip Eric Cantor was at the "Circus" show for a fundraiser, according to my blogging colleague, The Sleuth ... Bob Lefsetz has some serious issues with John Mellencamp's recent screed about the sorry state of the music business. So, too, does Idolator, whose C.R.O.C.K. headline I stole. ... That Talking Heads reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony seven years ago? Once in a Lifetime deal, says David Byrne, who continues to insist that there will be no full-on reunion. Key quote: "I don't need the money badly enough." ... Meanwhile, Metallica is reuniting with Jason Newsted at the band's upcoming RRHOF induction. Dave Mustaine could not be reached for comment. ... Prince fans are grumbling about the new Prince web site. Pitch-perfect Stereogum headline: "Prince Web Presence Leaves A Lot 2 B Desired." ... Akon says he has "no problems" with Suge Knight. ... Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are Chickenfoot. The butt-rock supergroup's album is out in June. ... Headline I never thought I'd see: "Iggy Pop Preps French Jazz Album." ... Soundgarden - Chris Cornell (but + Tad Doyle and Tom Morello) reunited in Seattle to perform a few grunge classics. ... Good Charlotte's Madden twins take time out from singing loser anthems (and dealing with the paparazzi) to push for clean, potable water in Africa. ... Dolly Parton, addressing long-standing rumors that she and her best friend/assistant are lesbian lovers, says that no, she is not, in fact, gay. The Daily Swarm uses the news as an excuse to write this funny headline: "Tempest In A D-Cup." In other, more substantial Parton news, "9 to 5: The Musical" will make its Broadway debut next month.

Say What?
"I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don't fully possess. I won't pretend I'm into something I'm not. I won't do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can't just, 'Cash the check' so to speak." -- Jimmy Chamberlin, blogging about his departure from the Smashing Pumpkins. Opines Rolling Stone: "The 'cash the check' line is especially striking, considering the Smashing Pumpkins have really 'sold out' ... in recent years, popping up in plenty of commercials."

Concert Pick of the Day
Ida Maria, opening for Glasvegas, at the Black Cat. Her potent 2008 single, "Oh My God," is an urgent, nervy thrill.

Video of the Day


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 26, 2009; 9:01 AM ET Morning Mix
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