Jay Leno Kicks Off With ... Jay-Z and Kanye?; Wale = Delay; If I Was Going to Lollapalooza...


Headlines: Jay Leno, king of middle-of-the-road "comedy" and everything that is not edgy or hip returns to the airwaves next month. And on his first broadcast he will welcome ... Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West? That's more a commentary on Jay-Z and Kanye than Leno, I think. The three will perform "Run This Town," a song with a great title, but not much else working for it. In other Roc Nation news, that loooooooooong-awaited debut album from DMV's own Wale will continue to be long-awaited, at least for another month. Wale yesterday announced on his always active Twitter that "Attention Deficit" is being pushed back from its Sept. 22 release date to sometime in October. You know, most likely.

Fabolous reached the top of the charts for the first time in his career with "Way," which sold just under 100,000 copies in its first week. It was only the second highest-selling album of the week, though. Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" continues to move units and is now the year's second best seller, trailing just Taylor Swift's "Fearless." Unless something amazing happens you probably won't read about "Know Better Learn Faster," the new one from Thao With the Get Down Stay Down in an article about the top of the Billboard charts. But you'll likely read about it on this blog this fall; the album will be out on Oct. 13. And in hits-close-to-home news, the City Paper's Andrew Beaujon tackles one of the most pressing issues in the world today: are bands "it"s or "they"s?

Lollapalooza takes over Chicago's Grant Park this weekend. I won't be there, but it's still fun to plan out a festival itinerary. So here's mine.

Today: Get to the festival grounds between 12:30 and 1. Get acquainted with the surroundings, figure out where each of the eight stages are, find some good food spots, all that sort of stuff. Catch the Gaslight Anthem's greasy rock-and-roll goodness or fear the wrath of Express's Christopher Porter endlessly hounding you for missing them. Then scurry on over to catch the majority of Bon Iver's set so you can say, "Yeah, I saw Bon Iver, it was aight." Then maybe grab some food or just relax for a bit while waiting for Fleet Foxes to do their harmony-rich folk thing. You could stay put and wait for Andrew Bird's smart-boy chamber-pop, but might want to get a good spot for Of Montreal who don't have the songs or chops to match Bird, but will likely have quite an over-the-top spectacle prepared for the festival. To finish of the night, if you're under 18, you'll want to catch Kings of Leon. Otherwise, enjoy the silence with Depeche Mode.

Saturday: Sleep in and eat a hearty breakfast so you don't have to overpay for food at the festival. The first set that you want to make sure to be there for is neo-folkie-rocker Langhorne Slim. When I saw him at Iota a couple years ago I thought, "Here's a guy who would be a good fit at a festival." See if I'm right. Maybe leave a few minutes early to catch Norwegian firecracker Ida Maria. She usually backloads her set with all of her best songs, so even if you only catch the second half, you should be set. Then make your way over to the main stage to catch the end of Los Campesinos!, who were lots of fun at the 9:30 club a few nights ago. Rest up a bit while waiting for Arctic Monkeys on the same stage. If you're feeling their set, enjoy it. If it's not doing it for you after 15 minutes, book it over to where L.A. punks No Age are playing. Only problem with that is you'll lose your spot back at the main stage for TV on the Radio who will hopefully be at their most rocking for this hour-long set. After TVOTR it's time for Animal Collective, who should be playing as day turns into night and it should be fantastic. If for some reason you've been doing uppers, Diplo's set at the same time might be more to your liking. The night was supposed to end with the Beastie Boys but instead it's either Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Tool. Go see Tool. You'll be able to see YYY's at every other festival for the next 10 years.

Sunday: If you want to see what the kids are all fussing about, you'll want to get there for Ra Ra Riot then Bat for Lashes early in the afternoon. Then take your food/relaxing break before seeing what ridiculousness Dan Deacon has up his sleeve. It will almost certainly involve a London Bridge and a dance off. If you get sick of that you can always see Gang Gang Dance play some weird stuff. Neko Case vs. Vampire Weekend is the dilemma that greets you next. Go with whatever your closest to. Next is the classic Lou Reed vs. Deerhunter vs. Snoop Dogg battle. Your heart says Lou, your brain says Deerhunter, the rest of you that has spent three full days at a rock festival and just wants a contact high says Snoop. Your choice. Band of Horses or Silversun Pickups could be worth your time at 7:30, but that's iffy. Just stake out a good spot for Jane's Addiction as festival closers. Sure, I'm no Jane's fan, but it is Lollapalooza and maybe the end of the band's reunited run (at least for now) so they're likely to pull out all the stops.

Video of the Day: Elliott Smith - "Miss Misery"

Yesterday would have been his 40th birthday. So here's a little tribute to one of the very best songwriters. Ever.

By David Malitz |  August 7, 2009; 11:46 AM ET Morning Mix
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