Beck Starts a Record Club; Black Eyed Peas Reach the Top; Courtney Love Attempts to Stay Upright



Headlines: Here's some news that would have made 1996 David lose his mind -- Beck covering "The Velvet Underground and Nico" in its entirety! In 2009 it's just another pretty cool thing on the Internet. Beck's starting a record club, except his version consists of bringing some famous pals together -- MGMT, Jamie Lidell, Devenda Banhart, Devendra Banhart's beard -- and recording entire albums, unrehearsed. The results will then be offered for download at Could be a disaster, but it could be pretty cool ... The Black Eyed Peas have their first No. 1 album. Fergie,, and, uh, the other people, knocked Dave Matthews out of the top spot. Most surprising chart news? That "super"group Chickenfoot -- you know, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers -- held steady at the No. 4 slot in its second week of release. Probably just due to people getting such joy from saying the word "Chickenfoot" ... Paul McCartney will score an animated film based on a children's story he co-wrote. "High in the Clouds" is the movie and it "tells the story of a squirrel's quest to find an animal sanctuary." Sure, why not? ... Is the long-simmering feud between Atlanta rappers Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane heating up again? Jeezy took aim at Gucci with his new song "24-23," which leaked on Monday, but Gucci seemed ambivalent. "I like the attention, so I guess I kind of liked it." For his part, Jeezy says he isn't the aggressor and is just responding to some slights from recent Gucci mixtapes. The pair will share bills at two radio station-sponsored shows this weekend, in North Carolina and Atlanta. Gucci will be at Show Place Arena on Sunday, if you're still looking for that last-second Father's Day gift ... Tropicalia pioneers Os Mutantes are set to record and release their first album in 35 years. It will be released by Anti, which is becoming the go-to label for new music from still-hip older folk. Check out that roster: Bettye LaVette, Booker T, Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, Ramblin Jack Elliot. As for Os Mutantes, the fuzzed-out guitar on their classic "A Minha Menina" is one of the cooler sounds you'll ever hear ... The new Courtney Love album will actually be a new Hole album. Or, if Courtney Love were to type it, perhaps [expletive] hLLe [expletive]. She's the only somewhat original member of the band remaining, but does that really matter? Courtney's songwriting collaborators for the album include Linda Perry and Billy Corgan. That sentence reminds me of Kennedy. Remember Kennedy? ... Rihanna is getting sued for trespassing and invasion of property. Nothing exciting, just idling cars or some nonsense ... Kellie Pickler did have a pet monkey, but no longer. "It became really challenging because she can't travel really well when we are on the bus," she said. Pop stars, they have the same problems as you and me ... The Lollapalooza schedule is out. Lou Reed vs. Snoop? Yikes, conflict. Who has done more drugs in his life? ... Jeopardy contestants need to brush up on their grunge history. The question was, "What is Sub Pop?" ... And some sad local news. Clark Sabine, 33, of D.C.-area bands such as Statehood and Motorcycle Wars, passed away Tuesday night after a year-and-a-half battle with melanoma. Sabine was a fixture on the local scene for the last decade, playing in bands, working at clubs and record stores. He was an old-school showman on stage. Yesterday a friend was telling me about a house show that Motorcycle Wars played, about eight or so years ago. The performance took place in a basement and when it came time for Motorcycle Wars to take the "stage," Sabine was nowhere to be found. All of a sudden he comes crashing through the ceiling and drops to the floor. He had been hiding in the crawl space for about an hour, at least, all through the opening act, just waiting to make his big entrance. That's commitment. Statehood recently finished recording its second album, which will see some sort of future release.

By David Malitz |  June 18, 2009; 8:21 AM ET Morning Mix
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Q: "Lou Reed vs. Snoop? Yikes, conflict. Who has done more drugs in his life?"

A: Lou Reed. By far.

Wait a second - Perry Farrell on the Kids stage? Talk about early childhood (mis)education.

Posted by: SSMD1 | June 18, 2009 9:17 AM

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