Bob Dylan's Last Thoughts on Barack Obama; POTUS iPod Gift May Have Violated Copyright Law


Headlines: Bob Dylan says he's surprised Barack Obama went into politics. (But he means it in the nicest possible way.) Key quote: "In some sense, you would think being in the business of politics would be the last thing that this man would want to do." Also: The craggy rock poet is fond of Obama's work as an author, saying: "His writing style hits you on more than one level. It makes you feel and think at the same time, and that is hard to do. He says profoundly outrageous things." Which is really saying something, considering the source. Anyway, Dylan's "Feel A Change Comin' On," from his upcoming "Together Through Life" album, is now streaming on Newsweek's web site. That accordion part you hear? Courtesy David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. ... Did POTUS violate copyright law when he gave a fully loaded iPod to the Queen of England? ... becomes Blurt the print publication. Says the Silver Spring-based magazine's founder, Scott Crawford: "At last count, I've been told that starting a print mag in 2009 is completely insane 176 times. I expect that number to go up exponentially in the wake of Blender's demise." ... Neil Diamond might collaborate with Fred Durst? This is a joke, right? Right? ... Title Tracks, the new solo project by ex-Q and Not U/Georgie James dude John Davis, has released its debut single, "Every Little Bit Hurts" (b/w/ "Found Out"), with a show tonight at Black Cat. ... Green Day's new single, "Know Your Enemy," premieres in an unlikely place: At the start of the NCAA hoops championship telecast. ... Chris Brown pleads not guilty. ... Rolling Stone is apparently standing by the Ethan Hawke reporting that set off Toby Keith. ... Coldplay denies in federal court that it ripped off Joe Satriani. ... Kanye West gets his kicks. ... Women ruled at the Academy of Country Music Awards, with Carrie Underwood winning entertainer of the year, Taylor Swift taking top album honors and Julianne Hough capturing top new artist. But Reba McEntire, who hosted the show, says women have a much harder time succeeding in country music than do their male counterparts. ... A CMT blogger wonders why there are so few awards given out at the ACM Awards. ... Dolly Parton says she once suckled a pig as a child. ... Lil Wayne's camp is in a litigious mood: In addition to suing a number of mixtape distribution companies and DJs -- including Weezy's own collaborator, DJ Drama -- they're also going after the producers of a documentary about the rapper.

Video of the Day
In which Trace Adkins, backed by the West Point Glee Club, ponders war and peace in a haunting performance of "Til the Last Shot's Fired" on the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Today in Style
In Allison Stewart's Singles File: Dead Prez goes the recession-rap route, Fiona Apple covers a pop standard and more.

Rascal Flatts is "Unstoppable" and Billy Ray Cyrusgoes "Back to Tennessee." (And both are kind of formulaic.)

Quick Spin reviews: "Fork in the Road" by Neil Young; "Jigsaw" by Lady Sovereign; "Wide Open" by Jason Aldean.


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 7, 2009; 7:47 AM ET Morning Mix
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