The College Dropout "Writes" a "Book"; Sly Stone Talks Serial Killers; Linkin Park Creates a Genre

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Headlines: Here's a shocker -- Kanye West says that the new Jay-Z album he's producing is going to be amazing. Didn't see that one coming. There's still no release date for "The Blueprint 3" from the newly-free Jay-Z. But it won't have any Auto-Tune. At all. All taken out. "We actually removed all the songs with Auto-Tune off of his album," West said, "to make the point that this is an anti-Auto-Tune album, even though I released an album that has all Auto-Tune!" ... More Kanye news for you, this one with a bit of an Onion feel to it. "I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life," West has said. You know what's coming next -- Kanye West, author! Well, sort of. "Thank You and You're Welcome" is 52 lean pages of deep thoughts such as "I hate the word hate!" and "Get used to being used." That last one is Kanye's favorite. And he has a co-author ... Trent Reznor doesn't just use Twitter to take shots at other musicians. He also uses it to help save lives. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is showing that gray wouldn't necessarily be the color if he had a heart by helping to raise $645,000 for a fan in need of a heart transplant. Much of that money comes from VIP tickets for the current NIN/Jane's Addiction tour, many of which were snapped up by Reznor's nearly 568,000 followers. #industrial good guy ... Meg White married Patti Smith's son, Jackson, in Jack White's backyard on Friday. Cooler than Rene Zellweger. Remember when the White Stripes first emerged and there was that whole backstory of "Well are they brother and sister or did they used to be married, what's the deal?" Now it's all semilebrity relationships and mediocre "super"groups. "Elephant" will still probably find a place on my Top 20 of the 2000s list ... Phish is working on a new album, with the first song already available through the iTunes store. It's called "Time Turns Elastic" and it's about what happens when you spend too much time hanging out in the parking lot before a Phish show ... Chris Dourdias of Morning Becomes Eclectic was actually able to get reclusive funk icon Sly Stone to do an interview. He was in storytelling mode, including some about Charles Manson. You can listen to the show here ... Linkin Park is working on a new album, about which co-frontman Mike Shinoda says, "they're going to have to come up with a new genre name for what this record is." Hey man, it's not like "rap-rock" was an actual genre and that didn't turn out too well. "On this record, we're definitely paying attention to the substance and the nuance, and we hope to make something that's really cutting edge and really different," he says. OK, then ... Amy Winehouse booted. As in, she was kicked off a tribute album project for Quincy Jones. I'm sure she booted in the vernacular sense of the word, too. Winehouse is in St. Lucia "working on a new record," where "working on a new record" apparently means getting all sorts of bent on a daily basis. Who knew the Happy Mondays were an influence? ... This is about a month old but it's a great rant from Future of the Left frontman Andy Falkous about illegal downloading, specifically pertaining to his band's new album, "Travels With Myself and Another," which hit the Internet a full two months before its June 23 release. I know this won't exactly help his case, but the album is unquestionably one of the best of the year and might even match his old band's highwater mark, "Mclusky Do Dallas." The band just announced some summer U.S. tour dates, including a stop at Coney Island's Siren Festival and a gig the next night at tiny DC9 ... Yeah, there's a Weezer Snuggie and it's called a Wuggie. Inspired stuff there, guys. "A Wuggie is basically exactly like a Snuggie, except it says Weezer on it," Rivers Cuomo said. It can be used to cloak yourself in completely when Weezer plays that awful "Hash Pipe" song on its current tour, which may or may not be coming to D.C. on August 30 for a Virgin Festival that may or may not be happening. Who knows? ... New Jay Reatard album on August 18. "Watch Me Fall" will land just in time for my birthday -- thanks, Jay! The newly available MP3, "Ain't Gonna Save Me," sounds, well, like Jay Reatard, which is very good thing. Less breakneck, still all yelpy and twitchy, less Wipers influence, more New Zealand. Upgrade!

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I don't think Reznor can always claim to have such pure motives. If he was perfectly honest about it, I suspect he would admit that this charity gig was for media coverage of his tour and because he likes to show off. His tour has not sold out and it is a poorly thoughtout tour. Although Reznor is promoting this tour as his farewell tour, NIN opens for Jane's Addiction. The overall performance of this tour and show has been very poor. The show I attended was appalling. Reznor takes advantage of any kind of situation including charity events so it's not surprising he is exploiting this situation.

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