The Morning Mix: Nickelback's Slogan: 'Yes We Can-Rock'; The Dead Bringing Old Songs Back to Life


Headlines: Nickelback proves that post-grunge never goes out of style, cleans up at Juno Awards. Sam Roberts wins artist of the year at the so-called Canadian Grammys, prompting millions of Americans to shrug. ... Meanwhile, Beyonce is totally down with our neighbors to the north, having covered Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan during her swing through Canada. Says Rolling Stone: "With three more Canadian shows in cities like Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Vancouver on the way, here's hoping Beyonce busts out some Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Feist before heading back to the States. And no Nickelback covers, please." ... The Dead is dusting off the mothballs for its upcoming tour, with some long-ignored songs among the 150 the band has prepared. Key quote from Bob Weir: "We're doing tunes I haven't played in 35 years or so; but that said, there'll be all the old favorites." ... Coldplay, the Beasties and Tool will headline All Points West July 31-Aug. 2 in New Jersey. Can a competing Virgin Mobile Festival announcement be far behind? ... Amy Winehouse is getting back together with "Back to Black" co-producer Mark Ronson after an apparently failed attempt to make a reggae album. ... T.I. gets a year and a day in the clink. And he's already tired of talking about it. ... Jon Bon Jovi has gone gospel. Sort of. ... Britney Spears, who once attacked a paparazzi SUV with an umbrella, "does not support or tolerate" violent behavior. ... The Rascal Flatts dudes are embracing the gay community. ... Bob Dylan might be willing to rent his mansion in the Scottish Highlands for your wedding, if this report is to be believed. Dylan, by the way, is giving away a new digital download today. ... Wilco's next album is due in June, and it will include a collaboration with Feist. ... There might not be three more days of peace, love and music, after all: The Woodstock 40th anniversary concert appears to be in jeopardy.

Today (and Saturday) in Style
His name is Prince. His new triple-album isn't half-bad.

George Jones: Selling Himself, Successfully.

Also: Malitz reports on Glasvegas. (Executive summary: Meh.)

Video of the Day
In which Camera Obscura does the British indie-pop time warp again (though this time without any references to Lloyd Cole).

Today on
Our much classier sister blog, The Classical Beat, is open for business. Writes TWP's classical critic, Anne Midgette: "The premise of this blog is that it's everyone's right to have an opinion about classical music. The Classical Beat is not only a one-stop hub for classical music news, views, and voices around the internet; more importantly, it is an official forum for the dialogue we need to keep this field vital."


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 30, 2009; 7:58 AM ET Morning Mix
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