Jacko Sells Off His Stuff; Josh Freese Sells Out

Items in the upcoming auction of Michael Jackson's personal "collectibles" include a life-size Batman and a painting of the erstwhile King of Pop himself. (Jonathan Alcorn for TWP)

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Headlines: Michael Jackson's stuff is no longer trapped in the closet. Instead, a whole bunch of it is going up for auction. Key passage: "If we are what we collect, what can we learn from the yard sale of the century? Specifically, what do dozens of bronze garden sculptures of children, mannequin butlers and a red velvet throne reveal about their owner, Michael Jackson? An unprecedented glimpse of the King of Pop's stuff -- unveiled to reporters Monday in advance of an auction -- seems to speak of loneliness. And a man who really liked to shop." ... Rock drummer Josh Freese spent a weekend playing miniature golf and video games, running errands and otherwise hanging out with a fan who'd spent $20,000 for the privilege. (You can still get Freese to join your band for a month on tour if you have an extra $75,000.) ... Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder. The former first tycoon of teen will be sentenced May 29 and faces at least 18 years in prison. ... Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the most inescapable song in Britain over the last 75 years. ... Forget dis songs; it's about dis sites now that a music company has set up a Web site specifically to put Lil Wayne on blast. ... While we continue to wait for word on Virgin Mobile Festival, yet another major festival has announced its lineup: San Francisco's Outside Lands, whose bill will be topped by Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys. ... Green Day has posted the lyrics (but not the music) from new album "21st Century Breakdown." Didn't realize the band was now in the tone poem biz. ... Levon Helm has a new album landing in June, though perhaps the most exciting part of the report is that Helm plans to "hit the road for a few dates this summer." Last time through, he was flat-out fantastic. ... Pearl Jam is halfway finished with a new album and is also working on a film with Cameron Crowe. ... Regina Spektor, queen of the glottal stop, has a new album coming in June.

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List of the Day Slate's Jody Rosen has rounded up the Eight Most Pretentious Lyrics on the New Decemberists Album. Writes Rosen: "What began on the 2002 debut 'Castaways and Cutouts' as vaguely entertaining days-of-yore pop--catchy folk-pop songs about prostitutes and pirates and legionnaires--has become an unbearable exercise in indie high-quirkiness, with each new release deepening the impression that [Colin] Meloy thinks he's Edmund Spenser or, at least, the only rock singer smart enough to keep a copy of 'The Faerie Queene' on his bedside plinth."
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Video of the Day
In which the Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Zero" out on "Saturday Night Live."


Today in Style
Ida Maria's "Fortress 'Round My Heart" is kind of awesome.

Chester French and Janelle Monae nerd out, Reba McEntire gets "Strange" and more in this week's Singles File.

Quick spins: "Inspiration Information Vol. 3" by Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics; "Get Wild" by Sharam; "Swoon" by Silversun Pickups.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 14, 2009; 8:02 AM ET Morning Mix
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The lineup's in for Earth Day on the Mall, celebrated this Sunday starting at noon.

The Flaming Lips will headline Earth Day On The National Mall in Washington DC on Sunday, April 19, 2009. The free event on the National Mall will be emceed by actor Chevy Chase and feature an eclectic performance line-up with moe., Los Lobos, DJ Spooky, the Howard University Drummers and the Joy of Motion Dance Center’s teen hip hop company, Urban Impact.

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