Hip-Hop Stars (Auto-) Tuning Out Jay-Z's 'Death' Wish; Police Deliver Major Bonnaroo Buzzkill

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Headlines: Jay-Z's song-sized call for the death of Auto-Tune has the hip-hop world talking. Mary J. Blige, who uses Auto-Tune on her new single, "The One," defends her position (sort of) by saying: "Do what you do, because I do what I do." Right. And Auto-Tune king T-Pain says Hova's song has only encouraged him to get another Auto-Tune-heavy album out sooner than later. "Jay-Z said something," he observes. "I gotta do it now." Black Eyed Peas catalyst will.i.am isn't about to change his Auto-Tuning ways, either, saying: "It ain't like I'm afraid of Auto-Tune." His marginally better quote, though, was the one that riffed on the "Death of Auto-Tune" title itself: "Death to synthesizers, too. Death to guitar picks. Death to Smoochy. Death to Slurpees." Meanwhile, Jim Jones says Jay-Z's "Death" wish is ridiculous, but not for artistic reasons. "If these young men are making money off of Auto-Tune, why would you try to stop that, when you got all the money already?" ... Bret Michaels: Bloodied, bruised and kinda bitter about the Tonys. ... There's a documentary coming soon about winegrower Maynard James Keenan, who happens to moonlight in a few rock bands, including Arizona Bay's favorite, Tool. ... Kris Allen says he's "flattered" that Adam Lambert had a crush on him. ... The cops preemptively harshed the mellow of countless Bonnaroo attendees, seizing more than 35 pounds of magic mushroom chocolate bars and a felony amount of marijuana. Key passage from the story: "The active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms produces a variety of symptoms in the drug user, including euphoria, giggling, creative thinking, sensation of insight, intense feelings of wonder, intense emotional sensitivity, time perception alteration, change in consciousness, closed-eye visuals, intense feelings of fear, anxiety and confusion." ... The festival kicked off last night with stormy weather. Though as the AP story notes, Bonnaroo organizers "announced a late addition so identified with sunny weather that he would seem a hopeful good luck charm: Jimmy Buffett." He'll perform Saturday. But the forecast for the weekend does not look promising. ... The CMA Music Festival had a rough night, with severe storms interrupting the festival's big stadium concert. Reba McEntire had to cut her set short when storms erupted while she was onstage, and the headliner, Rascal Flatts, never got to perform. ... Michelle Obama is launching a White House music series on Monday, with a jazz program leading off the schedule. Students will attend classes led by members of the Marsalis clan, with a concert featuring Paquito D'Rivera and others to follow. ... The Slits are releasing their first new album in nearly 30 years. ... Conor Oberst is forming a supergroup with M. Ward and My Morning Jacket's Jim James. ... Common is featured on the Jonas Brothers album? Really? ... Spin's forecast calls for a whole lot of "Purple Rain." The magazine is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Prince movie and soundtrack with an oral history and a tribute album that includes an Apollionia/Greg Dulli duet on "When Doves Cry." Among the other contributors to the cover project: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings ("Take Me With U") and Of Montreal ("Computer Blue").

Today in TWP
* A Family Affair: Ellis Marsalis and Sons Get It Together in D.C.

* Orquesta La Romana (tonight at Carter Barron); Amy Speace (Sunday at the Church of the Resurrection); Wussy (Monday at the Red and the Black); Diana Krall (Tuesday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; Wednesday at Wolf Trap); Telekinesis (Wednesday at Black Cat); Seth Walker (Wednesday at Ram's Head Tavern).

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 12, 2009; 7:16 AM ET Morning Mix
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Rascal Flatts were shut out? That's my kind of festival.

Posted by: Hemisphire | June 12, 2009 11:29 AM

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