NBC's Brian Williams, Indie Vlogger; Spencer Pratt Has Skillz?; Alice Cooper Opening for Obama



Headlines: Because there aren't enough people online talking about indie bands, Brian Williams has decided to get into the act. Yep, that Brian Williams. The NBC news anchor's new Web-only feature, "BriTunes" (har har), launched with a Deer Tick interview. What next, David Broder vlogging about Passion Pit? Pitchfork reviews the "BriTunes" premiere here. Meanwhile, Dan Harris of ABC News has some advice for Williams, including: "Don't let Dan Deacon into your control room." ... I can't believe I'm even "reporting" this, but that Spencer Pratt doofus from "The Hills" is working on a rap album and swears that he's, like, you know, major. Actual quote: "I'm the white Jay-Z in the game. I'm doing the baller thing. I'm more for the streets." Right, like Malibu Cove Colony Drive. Whatever, bro. Oh, and Pratt says that Heidi Montag is Lil' Kim to his Biggie Smalls. Yep. ... School's out, so Alice Cooper has been invited to Arizona State University's graduation ceremony to sing his anthem about that very thing. No biggie, but for the fact that POTUS will be headlining the event tomorrow. "Of all the people I've ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest rock star," Cooper said. ... Those nekkid pix of (allegedly) Rihanna were splashed all over the internets? Chris Brown swears he didn't leak them. ... The Guardian isn't happy with Green Day's decision to stream its new album in the U.K. via Rupert Murdoch's newspaper, the Sun, saying it "undermines [the band's] anti-rightwing media stance." Headline? "They must be having a 21st Century Breakdown." ... Alan Jackson loves him some Clarence Carter. So much so that he's doing an all-Carter-covers album. ... The Police might not be done just yet. ... Michael Jackson continues living la vida complicada. The latest twist: A music promoter who claims that Jackson is committed to performing in 2010 with Janet and the Jackson Five is suing to block the erstwhile king of pop's London concert run this year. ... The upcoming New Kids on the Block tour is having a few problems, with a bunch of shows canceled and the D.C. concert moved from Nissan Pavilion to the much, much, much smaller Patriot Center. The group is blaming "unforeseen production delays." Of course. By the way, what's up with the matching black-and-white outfits the old Kids wore on "Today"? They totally look like servers at some stupid K Street club, don't they?


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  May 12, 2009; 7:47 AM ET Morning Mix
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