The Morning Mix: Fake Man in Jacko's Mirror?; Isaac Brock's Salad Days; Chris Cornell Wonders WWJD?


Headlines: A British paper wonders: Was that really Michael Jackson at the big Michael Jackson press conference in London last week? All 50 of Jacko's concerts at the 02 Arena have sold out. ... Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock (hearts) Ian Ian MacKaye, referring to the D.C. punk legend as "the reason I started doing this." ("This," by the way, includes a music video directed by Heath Ledger.) ... Chris Cornell gets all Biblical on his new Twitter rival, Trent Reznor. ... Revlon might be stripping Rihanna of her Covergirl statuts. Meanwhile, shawty would get loose with Chris Brown again: Lil Mama says she'd "definitely" collaborate with the beleaguered hip-hop singer a second time. ... The paps don't make Lily Allen smile. ... Another day, another posthumous Tupac Shakur album. ... Guess who's also back in the [expletive] house? Once-mighty gangsta-rap label Death Row Records. ... Public Enemy RSVPs for the "Roots Picnic" in Philly, says it will bring the noise. Specifically, the epochal "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" album, which PE will perform in its entirety, backed by the Roots and Antibalas. TV on the Radio and Santigold will also perform at the July June 6 concert.

Say What?
"Songwriting is the opposite of a crossword puzzle; the more letters you fill in, the more difficult the blank spots become." -- Musician/Jennifer Aniston ex/Twitter fiend John Mayer.

Track Meet of the Day
Mickey Raphael takes our sister-cousin blog Express Night Out on a song-by-song tour of Willie Nelson's "Naked Willie" album on which some of Willie's late '60s/early '70s songs are stripped of their strings and such. "It was great for that time, really locked into the sounds of the '60s, but it had no success with these recordings," Raphael says. "It wasn't Willie, that's the deal."

(Way Too Long) Video of the Day
In which Gene Simmons and industry rib-poker Bob Lefsetz lock horns onstage at a Canadian music-biz confab following a testy round of online name-calling.

Live Last Weekend
The Feelies are reviewed at the 9:30 club in Style. On Post Rock: Morrissey at the Warner Theatre. The aforementioned Modest Mouse at the 9:30 club. Tom Rush at Rams Head Tavern. And "Tradition/E-Novation" at the Freer Gallery of Art.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 16, 2009; 9:08 AM ET Morning Mix
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Billboard says The Roots' picnic is *June* 6.

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