Krist Novoselic For Wahkiakum Co. Clerk; The 2010 Grammy For Best Polka Album Goes To ... Nobody!


Headlines: Krist Novoselic is running for elected office. Only, not really. The ex-Nirvana bassist filed papers to run for Wahkiakum County Clerk, in the southwest part of Washington state that he now calls home. But it's a publicity stunt, he says, designed to draw attention to a flaw in the state's election system. Key paragraph: "The issue, he said, is that candidates can declare their own party on the ballot, regardless of whether they're truly Republicans or Democrats. They can also file under a fictitious party, as Novoselic did this week." Says Novoselic, who registered to run as a member of the "Grange Party," which doesn't exist: "It's complicated. It confuses voters and it disenfranchises voters. And we should think about a settlement that speaks to the needs and values of Washington voters." He swears he doesn't want to win, though, saying he'll vote for the incumbent -- and that he'll resign if elected. Rock-and-roll! ... Is Silver Spring-based JazzTimes on the ropes? Rumors suggest as much. ... Here are three words that are sort of scary when strung together: Coldplay concept album. Chris Martin seems to be aware of the possibility that things could go very, very bad, though, saying that the next Coldplay album will be "based upon this story idea which I can't talk about because it might be bad." ... Katy Perry is no Ditto-head: She says she's "not impressed" with Beth Ditto, the Gossip frontwoman who recently lashed out at Perry. ... Jimmy Sturr has received a lifetime ban from the folks who give out the Grammy Awards. Well, that's not really true: The King of Polka would be eligible to win his 19th Grammy if he, like, collaborated with Lil Wayne on a rap record, or maybe played with a fellow Grammy fave like Stevie Wonder or Alison Krauss or something. But no more Grammy for best polka album, as the Recording Academy has eliminated the category in an effort to ensure that the Grammys remain "pertinent within the current musical landscape." Right, because nothing says pertinence within the current musical landscape like best traditional blues album, or best Hawaiian album, or, for that matter, an award named after an analog sound storage medium. Plus, why is the single of the year award still called "record of the year"? You can not go to iTunes and download a "record." You can't go to most stores and buy one, either. You're not in 1964 anymore, Recording Academy. Anyway, Sturr -- who had complete ownership of the polka category, winning 18 of the past 24 awards -- isn't totally mad at it, saying: "Sure I feel a little bad, but I'm grateful, man. The Academy did a lot, not only recognizing me but recognizing polka music." ... Whitney Houston will always love you, even if she isn't always making new music for you. In fact, it's been seven years since she released an album. But that changes in September, when her comeback album comes out. ... Big Star box set! ... Kelis's milkshake no longer brings Nas to the yard. After her estranged husband Twittered a photo of himself with Maxwell and a group of rather festive looking females, Kelis sent a series of Tweets about infidelity. For example: "This lovely day I would like to touch on cheaters. Super brief! Why be cowardly why not go after what you really want?" She also said that "all the scum bag coward husbands" and "less than impressive" women should unite and "go down in flames together." Yikers. Kelis and Nas have, by the way, filed for divorce.

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