Trent Reznor Puts the Hurt on Prince, R. Cuomo; Jacko's Ex-Rep Now Bain of His Existence; Pumpkins-Basher Malitz Gets Psychoanalyzed



Headlines: Trent Reznor's pretty hate machine is running on all cylinders these days. Says the Chris Cornell-slagging, Webby Award-winning musician: "I'm not Prince or Rivers Cuomo who brags about having hundreds of great songs. And to that I would say, Prince, if you have a hundred great songs or a thousand, how about picking a few and putting them on your record that you've put out because your last several have sucked. Same for you, Rivers. I say that constructively, you know." ... Raymone Bain is out of Michael Jackson's life, but the D.C.-based publicity exec who repped the pop star during his child-molestation case and then became general manager of his empire isn't going without a legal fight. Claiming that he owes her millions in unpaid business earnings, Bain is suing Jackson for $44 million. Never mind that the whole world seems to think that Jacko is broke. ... Is the entire "Gossip Girl" cast looking to break into the music biz? On the (expensive, stylish) heels of the Leighton Meester-is-making-an-album news comes word that Taylor Momsen's band, the Pretty Reckless, made its live debut this week in New York, with the teen actress who plays raccoon-eyed Jenny Humphrey on TV getting in touch with her inner-Courtney Love onstage. Momsen's group already has an album deal with Interscope. Of course. ... Toni Braxton can, um, breathe again, now that a woman who allegedly impersonated the sultry R&B singer in concert (!) has been arrested. ... Glastonbury might be called off, and it's not even Jay-Z's fault. Organizers have been holding emergency talks following the swine flu outbreak and might pull the plug on this year's festival if there's an actual pandemic. ... Not everybody loves Kid Cudi! The ubiquitous guest rapper says he got the big brush-off from Andre 3000 and Lily Allen. ... Rihanna and Katy Perry: BFFs? ... Chi Cheng, the Deftones bassist who has been comatose since November, is improving to the point that he's been taken off of life support and moved out of the ICU. ... The Beastie Boys have included a bonus 7-inch featuring a couple of previously unheard tracks in some copies of the "Check Your Head" vinyl reissue. One of the songs, "Lee Majors Come Again," is totally new, having been written and recorded during a recent session. ... So you know how Malitz has been a little bit unkind to the Smashing Pumpkins in the past? But has admitted that he loved the band when he was, like, Nick Jonas's age? Well, HipstersUnited has decided that David's SP screeds obviously support this thesis: The Pumpkins get "kicked around" by "tastemaking thirtyish writers for online music-news outlets" who "are, generally, reacting against music they loved as teenagers out of a desire to fit in with the professional, 'adult' rock-crit world that they are entering." Malitz, by the way, is 28 and, to the best of my knowledge, thinks the "professional, 'adult' rock-crit world" is fairly overrated.

Interview of the Day
Sister-cousin blog Express Night Out does the do with Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon.

Headline of the Day
"(Room) Number of the Beast: NY Times trashes Iron Maiden's new hotel," by The Daily Swarm.

Video of the Day
Who says country music doesn't play in Europe? Taylor Swift was on "Later with Jools Holland" the other night, with a couple of concert dates booked at Shepherds Bush Empire. (Same London venue where the Dixie Chicks undid their country career, btw.)

By J. Freedom du Lac |  May 7, 2009; 5:49 AM ET Morning Mix
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I'm still kinda unclear why Ms. Swift is concidered country music. Isn't she in essence a singer-songwriter, mainly of her own songs? Which is not very Nashville.

Maybe she cover George Jones songs at concerts? Or is there a secret Reba collabo that I just don't know about? What am I missing here?

Posted by: M__N | May 7, 2009 9:18 AM

What, you don't see the banjo and fiddle player in that video? (Easier to see 'em than it is to hear 'em, btw.) There's Dobro, mandolin, steel string guitar, etc, on her recordings, too.

But yeah, Taylor is basically a pop singer-songwriter whose tunes have some country elements mixed in. Except when they don't, as the label has released various versions/mixes of some of the songs, including some sans the country sounds.

That she writes her own songs, btw, doesn't really mean anything in the context of contemporary Nashville. Jamey Johnson writes his own stuff (when he's not covering Waylon Jennings), and nobody's gonna argue that he's not a hardcore country guy. Alan Jackson writes his own stuff, and he's as country as they get. Miranda Lambert, Ashton Shepherd, Sugarland, Toby Keith, Eric Church ... the list goes on and on.

Posted by: jfdulac | May 7, 2009 10:16 AM

Valid points. (I can't watch youtube during the 9-5, just basing my thoughts on what bits of her music I've heard of her on the radio).

My view of country is admittedly limited, she just struck me as someone in the Shania Twain "I'm country, except when I'm not" camp. Not that her music actually sounds much like Shania, just the marketing, as you mentioned.

Posted by: M__N | May 7, 2009 10:28 AM

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