Kanye West Checks Ego Following 'South Park' Slaughter; Bill O'Reilly Hip-Hoppin' Mad (Again)


Headlines: Kanye West, whose famously narcissistic tendencies were mocked on "South Park" this week, sounded downright chastened in a blog post about the experience. The show portrayed the rapper as a megalomaniac with a latent desire to live as a "a gay fish." Noting that he'd been "murdered" by "South Park," and that it was "pretty funny" but "hurts my feelings," West wrote (in an ALL-CAPS post): "I actually have been working on my ego though. Having the crazy ego is played out at this point in my life and career. I used to use it to build up my esteem when nobody believed in me. Now that people do believe and support my music, the best response is 'Thank you' instead of 'I told you so!'" He added: "I got a long road ahead of me to make people believe I'm not actually a huge douche but I'm up for the challenge." ... Bill O'Reilly is outraged -- OUTRAGED! -- that the MSM isn't running wild and condemning Eminem's stupid new song and video, in which the "vile" rapper says something crude about Sarah Palin. ... Bruce Springsteen is named as the "other man" in a divorce filing. His rep says Springsteen stands by a 2006 statement about the rock star's dedication to Patti Scailfa. ... The Dave Matthews Band's new "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King" is something like an album-sized tribute to the late LeRoi Moore. The album also includes some posthumous sax parts from Moore. ... Dave Brubeck is recovering from a viral infection and hopes to be well enough to perform again in a few weeks. The jazz great's April 18 show at the Warner Theatre has been postponed. ... Country singer Joe Nichols is headed to Broadway, where he'll star in the stage adaptation of the 1992 film, "Pure Country." ... Beck's "One Foot in the Grave" reissue will include 13 previous unreleased tracks. ... YouTube and Universal Music Group are launching a premium music-video site. ... Bobby Womack is being wooed by the Gorillaz, who want the newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to sing on their new album. Key quote from Womack: "In the days when I would get loaded, I would have thought this was great. Now that I'm straight, I think I'm too square to know where they're at. I kept listening and thought, 'Damn, why do they want me?' It's all new to me. The only thing that convinced me was my daughter said, 'Dad, you got to do this.They're awesome.'"

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"I can't be that grown-up Shirley Temple girl wearing the stupid strawberry in her hair all the time because I'd kill myself or someone else would for me." -- Pop tart Katy Perry, who performs tonight at the 9:30 club.

Today in Weekend
Earl Klugh (tonight through Sunday at Blues Alley); the Wooden Birds (Sunday at Black Cat Backstage); Napalm Death (Sunday at Jaxx); Seal (Wednesday at Merriweather Post); the Flatlanders, Joe Ely (Thursday and Friday at the Birchmere).


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 10, 2009; 8:14 AM ET Morning Mix
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