Wilco: The Lawsuit; Relix Keeps on Truckin'; Coldplay's Ripping Somebody Off
Headlines: Forget the Grammys, the multiple documentaries, the sold-out shed shows. Here's how you know Wilco is now a Big Time Rock Band -- litigation! Jay Bennett, the band's original guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/obsessive compulsive, is suing frontman Jeff Tweedy for at least $50,000 in past royalties. He claims he needs to keep collecting on the band's 1994-2001 output, including the "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" documentary and the band's breakthrough album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." For a refresher, here's Bennett's song-by-song breakdown of his contributions to that album ... Your seeds and stems can return to their rightful resting place. Relix is back! Well, it was never really gone, it's just that the current issue was going to be its last, but now there are new investors and, uh, whoa man, slow down. With both Phish and the Dead on the road again, it did seem like an odd time for the jam band mag to go away ... Forget Twitter. The hip new trend is getting rejected by Apple. First, the new Nine Inch Nails iPhone app got rejected due to "obscene, pornographic, offensive, or defamatory content." I'm gonna go obscene. Meanwhile, Eminem is planning his own app, and it's supposed to be very violent, like his new video, so he could get rejected as well ... Coldplay's "Viva La Vida," the song everybody claims to have written. First it was Joe Satriani, now it's Yusuf Islam. He claims it's a rip off of his 1973 song (as Cat Stevens, of course) "Foreigner Suite," but he's not ready to sue -- yet ... Hey, Remember the '90s? Reunion News, Part 1: Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers will hit the road this summer. There's no local date. VMoFest? The band has always played I.M.P. shows around here, for what it's worth ... Hey, Remember the '90s? Reunion News, Part 2: Sugar Ray, featuring noted entertainment magazine host Mark McGrath, will get back into the swing of things this summer. The band "will embark on a round of headlining shows this summer in anticipation of 'Music For Cougars,' the band's first new studio album since 2003," reports LiveDaily, with what seems to me as very generous use of the word "anticipation." August 8 at the 9:30 Club for you all you D.C. folk who just wanna fly ... The deluxe reissues just keep on coming. R.E.M.'s "Reckoning" gets the treatment on June 23. The extras include a July 7, 1984 concert from Chicago. Great, great album, but I'll still take "Murmur," by a nose ... Remember way back in 2006 when "Wolf" bands were all the rage? Now it's 2009 and if you don't have "Crystal" in your band name, the bloggers ain't interested. Still, Wolfmother soldiers on. Well, at least Andrew Stockdale does. He's the only remaining original member of the heavy power trio, which just debuted its new lineup ... Grad-school indie had its big night out Sunday with the "Dark Was the Night" benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall. David Byrne, Feist, Bon Iver, Sharon Jones, the National and Dirty Projectors all played brief sets, with a handful of expected walk-ons ... J. Freedom's back on his regular duty tomorrow.
"If I could change one law I would reverse the smoking ban immediately. I was in a pub last Saturday night, just having a quiet pint, and this fella gets his baby out and changes its nappy on the table next to me. That would have never happened before the smoking ban." -- Mark E. Smith of the Fall, who should probably be given Larry King's old USA Today column immediately.
The always-entertaining Singles File, this week featuring an odd collaboration (Todd Snider and Loretta Lynn), and odd cover (Oak Ridge Boys doing "Seven Nation Army") and the sorta-new Clipse/Kanye jam, now with more swine flu.
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Amadou & Mariam "Masitéladi"
Infectious Malian pop + hypnotic animation.
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