Archive: Morning Mix

Don't Think Twice, It's All Christ

Bob Dylan does a Christmas album ... "And it is awesome." That's a direct quote from Chris Richards on Dylan's "bizarre and bewildering" album "Christmas in the Heart," out today. Read the full review. Also reviewed in today's Post: Quick: "Blue Record" by metal band Baroness "injects an ineffable...

By David Malitz | October 13, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brooks & Done; Elton John Is the Man in the Box?; Jackson Rehearsal Footage Coming to Theaters

Headlines: Superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn are hanging up their cowboy hats after nearly 20 years together. Perhaps the guys knew it was time to call it quits after their 9-year-run as winners of the Academy of Country Music's Top Vocal Duo award ended at the hands of...

By David Malitz | August 12, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Radiohead: Albums? We Don't Need No Stinking Albums; Them Crooked Vultures Debut; Lady GaGa's Not Really a Hermaphrodite

Headlines: Radiohead is always one step ahead. First, they gave away their album, "In Rainbows," for free. Now they won't even make anymore albums. Or so hints Thom Yorke in an interview with the Believer. "None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record...

By David Malitz | August 11, 2009; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lollapalooza Recaps; Hard Summer's Disaster in L.A.; Jeezy No Shows Nissan

Headlines: Lollapalooza was in Chicago this weekend. Even if you weren't there, you can re-live the three days of music and heat through all of the writers/bloggers/etc., that did make the trek to Chicago. You can start with the hometown coverage from Chicago Tribune, where Greg Kot headed up...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2009; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

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...

By David Malitz | August 7, 2009; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Finally ... Chris Richards Has Come Back to The Washington Post; Dylan Does Christmas; Steven Tyler Goes Down, Again

Headlines: Very exciting news in the world of The Washington Post. Chris Richards is coming back to fill the position vacated by J. Freedom du Lac, who was last seen wandering around Bethesda (wearing shorts) and working out complicated fantasy baseball trades. You remember Chris, right? Singles File founder,...

By David Malitz | August 6, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

ZoMG!!!!! New Radiohead Song!; VMA Nomineeds Announced; Seriously, NEW RADIOHEAD SONG!!!

(Photo by Kyle Gustafson) Headlines: Do you hear a faint panting sound? Either you really need to get your dog out of the backseat of the car or it's the collective noise Radiohead fans are making after a legit, official new track hit the Internet this morning. It's called "Harry...

By David Malitz | August 5, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Drake Goes Down, Chris Brown Steps Up; Eminem and Mariah Keep Feuding; Hip-Hop Album Covers Reveal 20th Century Art Influences

Headlines: Lots of action on the Young Money tour, which rolls into Nissan Pavilion on Friday. "Best I Ever Had" hitmaker Drake finally bowed out of the tour after re-aggravating his knee injury. He tried to soldier on with a torn ACL, but then collapsed on stage a few...

By David Malitz | August 4, 2009; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

All Points West Gets Soaked; Newport Gets Folked; Paul McCartney Thrills, FedEx Doesn't Deliver

Headlines: It was a muddy one up in New York this weekend for the All Points West Festival. Rain wreaked some havoc, mostly on Sunday when the show was delayed a few hours and the first batch of acts was canceled. The theme for the festival? Covers. Friday's headliner...

By David Malitz | August 3, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (10)

Blur Reunion Done, Most Likely; Byrne Calls Out Bono; Ranking McCartney

Headlines: Remember when I politely requested that Brit-pop heroes Blur bring its reunion tour to the U.S.? For some reason it didn't seem to sway frontman Damon Albarn or bassist Alex James, both of whom said the band's recent gigs would be the end of any Blur activity. But...

By David Malitz | July 31, 2009; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Bruce Is "Born To Run" Through the Whole Album; Pixies "Doolittle" Tour to Wrap in D.C.; Young Money Tour Kicks Off, With 80% Less Drake

(By Linda Davidson/TWP) Headlines: Let's ease back into this with an abbreviated late morning mix. Et tu, Bruce? The Boss will join the "play a classic album in its entirety" club on Sept. 20 in Chicago when he and the E Street Band will tackle each anthem on "Born...

By David Malitz | July 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Merge Records Top 20 for MergeXX

Headlines: Special edition of the Morning Mix today, in honor of my trip down to North Carolina for MergeXX. Expect things to be quiet on here for the next few days. I might check in with a quick post or two, but this is my actual vacation, so blogging...

By David Malitz | July 22, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (7)

Chris Brown -- "My Bad"; MCA Fighting Cancer; "Thriller" About to Topple the Eagles

Headlines: Five months after his arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown finally issued an apology. The two-minute video is about what you'd expect -- he's very sorry, nobody's more disappointed in him than himself, he's continuing to try to make himself a better person. We'll see if this...

By David Malitz | July 21, 2009; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Pitchfork, Siren: Weekend Festival Roundup

Micachu at Siren Festival. (Photo courtesy of the Music Slut) Headlines: It was a big festival weekend all over, so that will be the focus of this morning's mix. Out in Chicago, Pitchfork had its fifth annual celebration of, well, itself. Friday was old-timers night with bands that made their...

By David Malitz | July 20, 2009; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panic, Drugs and Leaked Photos; Mariah Takes on Eminem, Probably; Farms Continue to Be Aided

Headlines: Drugs, feuds and denials in the news. That Panic at the Disco split last week may have been as much narcotic as creative differences. A photo of guitarist/songwriter Ryan Ross has been making the rounds, and it's sort of a rock-and-roll still life: rock star, young women, bowl...

By David Malitz | July 17, 2009; 06:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Beatles Get Remastered, Repackaged and Rock Banded; Courtney Love Says Something Incomprehensible; Three Six Mafia Goes Cookin'

Headlines: Things never seem to slow down in the land of the Beatles and that's especially the case lately. The band's catalogue is being remastered, with all of the albums set to be re-released on Sept. 9, each one complete with a mini-documentary about the record. There's even a...

By David Malitz | July 16, 2009; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Julian, Solo-Boy; Bruce Comes Back for More; Jazz Times Gets a Reprieve; Late Night Tweets!

Headlines: There will soon be a barrage of "Best of the '00s" lists and unless people are being idiots, the Strokes' debut, "Is This It?" will be on pretty much every one of those lists. And with good reason, of course. It's the perfect combination of hooks and swagger...

By David Malitz | July 15, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Lady GaGa Makes History, Bad Fashion Choices; Pixies "Doolittle" Tour Will Come to D.C.; Leonard Cohen Wants a "Hallelujah" Halt

Headlines: Lady GaGa became just the third artist to have three No. 1 hits on a debut album as the pop star's latest single, "LoveGame," reached the top of the Billboard airplay chart. She joins Ace of Base and Avril Lavigne in the select group; granted, the Mainstream Top...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2009; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Walk-Off for Elton at Nats Park Opener; Gahan Goes Down, Again; Game On, Jay-Z

Headlines: It's hard to envision Nationals Park being filled with people wanting to watch baseball too often over the next few years, so may as well get them in for some music. Even if it is for a concert that could have been held at RFK Stadium in the...

By David Malitz | July 13, 2009; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jay-Z: 99 Problems, $35 Million; Pearl Jam Readies Its Ninth; Vampire Weekend Gets "Hero"ic

Headlines: The annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list from Forbes is out and Jay-Z has overtaken 2008 leader 50 Cent for the top spot even though the $35 million he made over the past 12 months was way down from the $82 million he made in 2008 and nowhere near...

By David Malitz | July 10, 2009; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pandora's Stream Stays Strong; Beck and Tom Waits Talk to Each Other About Nothing In Particular; Sports Stars Pay Tribute To MJ

Headlines: I'll be honest. I never listen to Web radio. Never. I've already got hundreds of albums in my to-listen-to queue, hundreds of hours of Dylan bootlegs to sift through and I end up just listening to the Future of the Left album over and over anyway. There are...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2009; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Somber Farewell to the King of Pop; NIN Schedules Final Dates; Kanye and Lady GaGa Dates Announced

Headlines: Once again, it was basically an all Michael Jackson news day. The King of Pop's funeral in Los Angeles was "a surprisingly somber affair, and far less of a spectacle than you might have imagined." As The Post's Monica Hesse neatly sums up: "It was very sad. It...

By David Malitz | July 8, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Stars Will Be Out For MJ; Panic in Panic at the Disco Land; Please Come to America, Blur

Headlines: You will not be able to escape the Michael Jackson funeral today, so don't even try. It will be nothing short of an extravaganza, which should serve as a fitting farewell to the King of Pop. The ceremonies at Staples Center will be broadcast on every major network....

By David Malitz | July 7, 2009; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Rock's "Most Ruthless Svengali" Dies; 500K Expected for Jackson Funeral; Pixies Do "Doolittle"

Headlines: You know how when people die everyone says nice things about them? I mean, the last week or so has proven that pretty well, right? Not so much the case with Allen Klein. The former manager of both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones passed away from Alzheimer's...

By David Malitz | July 6, 2009; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Raekwon Returns (Soon); Strictly Bluegrass = Totally Awesome; Drake Debuts Video, Signs Deal

Headlines: There will not be a viewing of Michael Jackson's body at Neverland Ranch tomorrow. Instead, it looks like the funeral will be on Tuesday at the Staples Center. And what will be at the Staples Center on Wednesday, you ask? Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey's Circus, of course....

By David Malitz | July 2, 2009; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pour One Out for Vibe; King of Pop Reigns on Billboard Charts; U2 Kicks Off World Tour

Headlines: So did J. Freedom ditch the whole music writing thing at the right time or what? The big news of the day was the abrupt end of Vibe, the hip-hop magazine. While it's hard to call the demise of any dead-tree publication a total shock these days, there...

By David Malitz | July 1, 2009; 08:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Just Another Word For ... Nothing Left to Write?

Headlines: You won't have me to kick around anymore; today is my last day in pop critic's chair at The Post. After four years and three too many Jonas Brothers stories, I'm getting a new gig. After taking paternity leave, I'll be joining a new special-ops enterprise reporting team...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 30, 2009; 06:54 AM ET | Comments (10)

Michael Jackson: A Weekend of Rememberances, Reporting, Tributes, Condolences and Controversy

Headlines: So, where to begin? How about with one of the more interesting flashbacks I've seen from the critical class, this one authored by Robert Hilburn, the longtime former Los Angeles Times music scribe. Uncle Bob had plenty of dealings with Jackson over the years, but their final conversation...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 29, 2009; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

The King Is Dead: Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Headlines: It's the story in popular music. Actually, it's the lead story, period. Of course it is. He was the King of Pop, an entertainer who set a new standard for fame (and, yes, weirdness) and sold something like 750 million records worldwide. "Thriller" is, on any given day,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Mr. Jonas Goes to Washington; Beyoncé Gives a Shout Out to the Obama Girls; Punched Perez Sues

Headlines: Nick Jonas has been lobbying in Washington on behalf of diabetes research -- with President Obama among those he's chatted up about the disease. (That's the most talented of the JoBros with Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey in the photo above.) Jonas, who suffers from Type 1...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 25, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Virgin Mobile Festival Is Now FreeFest; Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, St. Vincent and Wale Join Weezer and Blink

Franz Ferdinand -- we called that one. Headlines: Whew, what a day. Freedom and I were just trying to enjoy a major league/minor league exhibition at Fenway -- er, Nationals -- Park (it ain't "be nice to the Nats week" over here) and all of the sudden we get word...

By David Malitz | June 24, 2009; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (5)

Black Eyed Peas Personally Deliver No. 1 Hit to Perez Hilton; If I Had a Hammer (And Sickle)

Headlines: When celebrities attack! (Or at least have their managers do it.) Perez Hilton, the gossip blogger who hits his favorite, famous targets exceptionally hard online, says he was on the receiving end of a punch thrown here in the real world by the tour manager for the Black...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 23, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Woody Guthrie Is the Mayor of Folk Alley; Dylan in Iran; The Charlotte Fillmore Opens Its Doors

Headlines: Folk Alley has compiled a list of the 100 Most Essential Folk Songs, with Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" at No. 1. The rest of the Top 10: Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans," Pete Seeger's "If I Had a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 22, 2009; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Oops, Brit Does It Again, Shouting Out Wrong City Onstage; Jury Charges Pirate $800K Per Song

Headlines: Britney Spears had a "Hello, Cleveland!" moment during her UK tour this week. Performing in Manchester, Brit-Brit blurted "What's up, London?!" Maybe she should lip-sync her banter, too. Turns out it's not the first geographical oopsiedoodle she's made during the "Circus" tour, either. At a stateside show in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 19, 2009; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

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...

By David Malitz | June 18, 2009; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

T-Swift Gets Thugged Out With T-Pain; Seth Hurwitz Sues Live Nation; Katy Perry Sues Her Namesake

Headlines: Taylor Swift, the queen of the pop-music prom, had quite a night at the CMT Awards. She won a couple of awards for "Love Story," including video of the year, and closed the show by joining Def Leppard for a performance of "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Better...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 17, 2009; 07:32 AM ET | Comments (5)

Aerosmith Goes Into 'Attic' for Set List; Is Springsteen Part of the Ticketing Problem?

Headlines: The artists-playing-complete-classic-(or-semi-classic)-albums trend is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The latest band to announce its intentions to go end-to-end on an entry from its catalogue is Aerosmith, which is doing 1975's "Toys in the Attic" in its entirety on the tour that lands at Nissan...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 16, 2009; 07:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bonnaroo: Bruce, Phish, Bruce + Phish, NIN's Final March of the Pigs, Every Other Band in the World

Headlines: There was really only one story in the music world this weekend and that was the Bonnaroo Music Festival that took over Manchester, Tenn., from Thursday to Sunday. Approximately 75,000 were on hand for the eighth annual -- wait for it -- bacchanalia. Somehow, the festival went on...

By David Malitz | June 15, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

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...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 12, 2009; 07:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Prince Hips the World to His Jehovah's Witness Ways; Phil Spector's Streamlined Prison Look

Headlines: Prince reportedly needs double-hip-replacement surgery but won't undergo the operation because Jehovah's Witnesses can't accept blood transfusions. ... Trent Reznor, a real rock star in the Twittering class, has decided to end his micro-blogging experiment. Too many haters. ... You wanna battle? Mos Def has challenged Jay-Z to...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 11, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (6)

Adam Lambert Is Loud and Proud (and Crushing on Kris Allen); O.A.R.'s Crazy Game of Twitter

Headlines: Least surprising celebrity news of the year: Adam Lambert likes boys. Duh! "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," Lambert says in the new issue of Rolling Stone that's, err, out this week. More: "Right after the finale, I almost...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 10, 2009; 06:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Axl Rose Humming Live and Let Hide; Britney Does a Flash Dance; Katy Perry Unplugs For MTV

Headlines: Remember when Axl Rose came out of hiding and released some new Gun N' Roses music and spoke to Billboard and then to his fans, via the Web, and promised a big summer tour and all that? He's apparently gone back into hiding. "It's not just Guns N'...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 9, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Last Night an MBA DJ Saved My Life; Weezy Hearts Kobe; Robert Pattinson Wants to Be Jeff Buckley

Headlines: The recession has been good for business at DJ schools. And some of the students might surprise you. Key passage from the Time magazine report: "After she lost her hedge fund job in December, [Koma] Gandy, a Harvard undergrad who also has an MBA from Georgetown, made a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 8, 2009; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

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...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 5, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Joe Jonas Shouts Out All the 'Single Ladies'; #philspector Was A Phony; R.I.P. Koko Taylor

Headlines: Joe Jonas shouldaputa unitard and heels on much, much sooner. Good look for him, even if Justin Timberlake got there months and months ago with his own Beyonce tribute/spoof. And Timberlake, unlike Jonas, actually knew the words to "Single Ladies." ... So yeah, that Phil Spector Twitter account...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 4, 2009; 08:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

#philspector, Everybody's Favorite New Pen Pal; Andre 3000 on 2009 Rap; Roger Waters on Walls

Headlines: Is Phil Spector Twittering from the clink? Maybe. A new account in Spector's name has been activated, and whomever is behind it is Twittering like mad, about prison life and music and much, much more. A sampling: "There's a weird looking spider in here with 'don't [expletive] with...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 3, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Paul and Ringo Come Together For Their 'Rock Band'; Pearl Jam on Target; Em Was In on Joke

Headlines: Meet the surviving members of the Beatles. (And their former bandmates' widows.) Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr made a brief appearance at the E3 video-game trade conference in Los Angeles yesterday to promote "The Beatles: Rock Band," which is due out in September. "Whoever thought we'd end up...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 2, 2009; 07:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eminem 'Enraged' About Becoming the Butt of Bruno's Joke; Was Jimi Hendrix Murdered?

Headlines: Sascha Baron Cohen knows from publicity stunts. Eminem, who loves to dish it out, may not know how to take it. (Or maybe he was in on the joke all along?) Anyway, showing up to present an award the MTV Music Awards as Brüno, his flamboyantly gay Austrian...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 1, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

NJ AG Sues Springsteen Scalpers For Scalping Giants Stadium Tickets They Don't Actually Have

Headlines: If it's a Bruce Springsteen show, then there has to be a problem with tickets, right? The Star-Ledger reports that New Jersey's Attorney General has filed charges against three scalpers ticket resellers for illegally selling and advertising tickets to the upcoming Bruuuuuuuuuuuce shows at Giants Stadium. You can't...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 29, 2009; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Signs of Carrie Underwood in Her Hometown; Chris Brown 'Ain't a Monster,' Says Chris Brown

Headlines: Carrie Underwood's hometown is no longer advertising the fact that it's Carrie Underwood's hometown: The "Home of Carrie Underwood" signs along the highways leading into Checotah, Okla., have been taken down. No slight intended, Checotah's deputy city clerk insists, saying: "They will go back up soon, but Oklahoma...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 28, 2009; 06:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

The College Dropout "Writes" a "Book"; Sly Stone Talks Serial Killers; Linkin Park Creates a Genre

Headlines: Here's a shocker -- Kanye West says that the new Jay-Z album he's producing is going to be amazing. Didn't see that one coming. There's still no release date for "The Blueprint 3" from the newly-free Jay-Z. But it won't have any Auto-Tune. At all. All taken out....

By David Malitz | May 27, 2009; 09:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Clay Aiken Hates Adam Lambert, Only Not Really; Recession Dulling Rap's Bling. (Cubic Zirconia?!?)

Headlines: The gay former American Idol also-ran Clay Aiken wasn't impressed by this year's (widely presumed to be) gay A.I. also-ran, Adam Lambert. Aiken blogged that he'd seen and heard Lambert covering "Ring of Fire," and that "at that moment, I thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 26, 2009; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Travelin' Soldier': Video of the Day

One of the greatest ironies of the Great Dixie Chicks Backlash of 2003 is that, at the time, the group had the No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot Country chart with a terrific tribute to an anonymous Vietnam vet, told through the eyes of a pretty little girl with a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 25, 2009; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Green Day Adds Wal-Mart to List of American Idiots; Don't You Worry About Adam Glambert, People

Headlines: Green Day is No. 1, but not at Wal-Mart, where you won't find the band's new album, "21st Century Breakdown." The retail giant wanted the album edited for language and content, citing its long-standing policy not to stock albums bearing parental advisory stickers. Green Day refused. "They want...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 22, 2009; 06:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kris Allen Harshes Adam Lambert's 'American Idol' Mellow; Bob Dylan's History of Love and Theft

Headlines: Kris Allen is your new American Idol, having won in an upset over the flamboyant rockerdude Adam Lambert. Lambert was so good that when he and Allen sang "We Are the Champions" with Queen last night, you could actually envision him filling Freddie Mercury's enormous shoes. And Mercury...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 21, 2009; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (12)

Britney Being Britney Is an Expensive Endeavor; Bob Dylan Was a Teen Poet, Don't You Know It?

Headlines: Oh, the price of fame. Britney Spears spent around $10 million over 11 months in 2008, on assistants, a Malibu beach house, personal grooming, child support and such. She paid $3.6 million to an army of attorneys and $447,633 on bodyguards and other security measures. Oh, and $3,400...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 20, 2009; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Idol' Gets KISS-ed?; Pearl Jam to Greet Conan in L.A.; Yoko + Twitter + Haiku = Awesome

Headlines: It's "American Idol" finale time, and that's kind of music related, right? Joining Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on Tuesday's show will be the likes of Carrie Underwood, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, Queen Latifah and David Cook. There are also rumors...

By David Malitz | May 19, 2009; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Radiohead Breaks Out the Big Lego Box; Naked Photos of Rihanna, Cassie Don't Lift Music Sales

Headlines: Radiohead has returned to the studio to begin work on a new album. Only, the beloved British rock band doesn't have any actual, you know -- songs. "We're at the stage where we've got the big Lego box out and we've tipped it out on the floor and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 18, 2009; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Someone Saved Eminem's Life Tonight; Fiddy to Be the Wind Beneath the Divine Miss M's Wings

Headlines: The noted hip-hop homophobe Eminem says Elton John helped him kick his painkiller addiction. "I reached out to him and told him, 'Look, I'm going through a problem and I need your advice.'" Also says they've become BFFs or something: "I talk to Elton a lot." ... Bette...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 15, 2009; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rihanna Sings About a 'Silly Boy' (Gee, Who Might That Be?); Scorsese to Shine a Light on Sinatra

Headlines: Is Rihanna singing about Chris Brown on her new track, "Silly Boy"? "Get out my face," one lyric goes. Hmmm. ... Martin Scorsese has already made a classic Mob movie, and the "Last Waltz"/"No Direction Home" filmmaker knows a little bit about music, so yeah, it makes perfect...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 14, 2009; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Kid Rock Has Something Brewing; Kanye's Torqued @Twitter; Another Reality Check For Rick Ross

Headlines: Kid Rock is planning to introduce a new brand of American beer, called, uh Bad Ass Beer. "It just tastes like good American light beer," says the Detroit rapper-turned-rocker-turned-brewmaster. "An everyday beer." It'll be made in Michigan, and the advertising will take aim at Budweiser, et al. ......

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 13, 2009; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

NBC's Brian Williams, Indie Vlogger; Spencer Pratt Has Skillz?; Alice Cooper Opening for Obama

Headlines: Because there aren't enough people online talking about indie bands, Brian Williams has decided to get into the act. Yep, that Brian Williams. The NBC news anchor's new Web-only feature, "BriTunes" (har har), launched with a Deer Tick interview. What next, David Broder vlogging about Passion Pit? Pitchfork...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 12, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolly Parton, Ph.Double-D; Nick Cannon Fires At Eminem; 'J. Freedom Du Lac Is An Anti-White'

Headlines: Dolly Parton received an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Friday. And, of course, Dolly being Dolly, she celebrated the occasion with a joke. "Just think, I am Dr. Dolly! So when people say something about 'Double-D,' they will...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 11, 2009; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dylan and McCartney Coming Together?; Cassie's Computer Has Wardrobe Malfunctions; Courtney Love Still Has No Love for Kathleen Hanna

Headlines: Bob Dylan tells Rolling Stone that he wouldn't mind collaborating with Paul McCartney, and a McCartney rep says the feeling is, in all likelihood, mutual. And then, stating the obvious, the rep adds: "As you can imagine, it would be a pretty major thing if it went ahead."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 8, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Trent Reznor Puts the Hurt on Prince, R. Cuomo; Jacko's Ex-Rep Now Bain of His Existence; Pumpkins-Basher Malitz Gets Psychoanalyzed

Headlines: Trent Reznor's pretty hate machine is running on all cylinders these days. Says the Chris Cornell-slagging, Webby Award-winning musician: "I'm not Prince or Rivers Cuomo who brags about having hundreds of great songs. And to that I would say, Prince, if you have a hundred great songs or...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 7, 2009; 05:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

Paula and Eminem Sing Same, Druggy Song; Start Your Swine Flu Playlist!; Britney Gets Bum-Rushed

Headlines: Eminem was addicted to methadone and says "I had almost died." Paula Abdul was addicted to painkillers and says: "I could have killed myself." They're both clean now, so surely it can't be long before they duet on a remake of "Straight Up." ... The inevitable swine flu...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 6, 2009; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

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...

By David Malitz | May 5, 2009; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Seeger Celebrates in Style; No Doubt Shakes Off Cobwebs with "Spiderwebs"; No Age Do the Dü

Headlines: Most 90 year olds would probably settle for a small gathering at the local Moose Lodge to celebrate that momentous birthday. Pete Seeger got an all-star fete at Madison Square Garden with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp paying tribute to the...

By David Malitz | May 4, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hello, Bruce? This Is London Calling. Do You Accept the Request?; Dylan Gets a No. 1 for the Thumb; Yoko Ono + Acorns = Oh, Who Knows?

(Programming Note: Freedom is on vacation for a few days, so I'll be taking over Morning Mix duties, FYI.) Headlines: "Working on a Dream" is kind of a clunker but that doesn't mean the accompanying tour has to be. One way to make sure -- skimp on the new...

By David Malitz | May 1, 2009; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Tony Bennett Puts Up His Duke in D.C.; British Music Biz Singing Tear-in-BYOBeer Ballad

Headlines: Tony Bennett has left his art in Go-Go City. The crooner donated a watercolor he made of his old pal Duke Ellington to the National Portrait Gallery yesterday, which would have been the D.C.-born jazz great's 110th birthday. The 1993 painting features a bouquet of pink roses behind...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 30, 2009; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tennessee's Killer Plan -- Jerry Lee Lewis Highway; Lil Wayne Feels Like Suing

Headlines: Jerry Lee Lewis is getting his own highway, as Tennessee lawmakers have voted to name a stretch of Getwell Road in Shelby County after the proto-rock legend. ... Lil Wayne, who was sued last year for copyright infringement, is now suing the producer of his song, "I Feel...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 29, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two of the Most Frightening Words in the English Language? 'Creed Reunion'; MGMT's French Kiss

Headlines: Remember when everybody hated Creed, except for the 11 million people who bought "Human Clay"? Well, Scott Stapp and the boys have reunited for an album and tour that's due to touch down at an as-yet-unnamed D.C.-area venue on Aug. 21. Let the hating begin anew! ... MGMT...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 28, 2009; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Asher Roth Gets in Touch With His Inner-Imus; Dylan to Play Ball With Willie and Mellencamp

Headlines: Rap's latest great white hope, Asher Roth, learns that channeling Don Imus isn't always a smart strategy -- though Eminem thinks his doppelganger is "dope." ... Bob Dylan is touring minor league baseball parks this summer with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. The tour touches down at Ripken...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 27, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Spotted: 'Gossip Girl's' Blair Waldorf Signing Record Deal; Flaming Lips Are OK in OK

Headlines: Leighton Meester wants to be an electro-pop singer, and Universal Republic is only happy to indulge the "Gossip Girl" star. With an apparently straight face, label chief Monte Lipman praised the artiste's "tremendous presence and spirited approach to her musical artistry" and said he looks forward to introducing...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 24, 2009; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Toby Keith Not Turning 'How Do You Like Me Now?!' Into Campaign Slogan; Beyonce Swears She's Not a Screechy, Pitch-Impaired Singer

Headlines: Toby Keith does not think he should've been (or should be) a politician. The outspoken country star has ruled out running for governor in his home state of Oklahoma - because, he says, "being a politician would mean (having) to get along with too many people.'' Also: "I...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 23, 2009; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Richie Havens Is Going Back to the Garden; Eminem Shows Off Pill-Popping 'Relapse' Cover

Headlines: Richie Havens, who opened the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969, will return to the festival site in upstate New York for an Aug. 14. performance. Unclear whether his anniversary set will be as long as the legendary one he turned in 40 years ago. "I was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 22, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

All Don Henley Wants to Do Is Sue; Lucinda Gives Concertgoers Credit For Being Inconvenienced

Headlines: Don Henley thinks there aren't enough lawsuits in the world. The Eagles frontman is suing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in California for copyright infringement, noting that the candidate, Charles DeVore, used Henley's hits "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 21, 2009; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Depression for Coachella; Prince 'Is Like a Fancy Lesbian'; Seeger, Baez Back to Newport

Coachella at 10 is hot, hot, hot. (Jay L. Clendenin /Los Angeles Times) Headlines: Coachella has come and gone, and the reports and reviews are flooding my RSS reader. The prevailing theme of the roundups is that Coachella '09 seems to have survived the economic meltdown just fine. AP...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 20, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Celine Dion's Heart Will Go On ... Ice?; Ice-T Hunting For Flavorless Impostor With Uncool Tweets

Headlines: Celine Dion wants to trade up from power pap to power plays: The twiggy Quebecoise diva is reportedly part of a group that's trying to buy the Montreal Canadiens. ... Ice-T is not happy with his Twitter impostor. Key quote: "I'm looking at what he's writing and it's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 17, 2009; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bob Dylan Said, 'Could You Help Me Out? I Got Some Songs Down the Way'; Bocephus Bails Out

Headlines: Bob Dylan received a major lyric-writing assist on new album, "Together Through Life," from Robert Hunter, the rock poet best-known for his work with the Grateful Dead. But Hunter has co-written with Dylan before, too, working up words for "Silvio" and "The Ugliest Girl In The World" on...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 16, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dead Men Walking in West Wing, Right Past Scarlet Begonias; Lil' Kim Flashes 'Jailhouse' Rack

Long, strange trip leads to White House for Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Co. Headlines: The Dead went to the White House on Monday, and all they got was this lousy tour. Well, that and meetings with President Obama and some of his top advisers. The dress code? "No ties...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 15, 2009; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jacko Sells Off His Stuff; Josh Freese Sells Out

Items in the upcoming auction of Michael Jackson's personal "collectibles" include a life-size Batman and a painting of the erstwhile King of Pop himself. (Jonathan Alcorn for TWP) Headlines: Michael Jackson's stuff is no longer trapped in the closet. Instead, a whole bunch of it is going up for auction....

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 14, 2009; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Dead's Long, Strange Trip Could Lead Back to Recording Studio; K'Naan Flies Flag for Pirates

Headlines: The Dead could become a recording act again, if the tour that began last night in Greensboro, N.C., goes well. Says Mickey Hart: "I would think that if we stay on this path that's inevitable. I think this could be a serious attempt at new Grateful Dead music."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 13, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kanye West Checks Ego Following 'South Park' Slaughter; Bill O'Reilly Hip-Hoppin' Mad (Again)

Headlines: Kanye West, whose famously narcissistic tendencies were mocked on "South Park" this week, sounded downright chastened in a blog post about the experience. The show portrayed the rapper as a megalomaniac with a latent desire to live as a "a gay fish." Noting that he'd been "murdered" by...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 10, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kim Kardashian and Her Massive Glutes Not Mad at Eminem; Peta Thinks Pet Shop Boys' Name Is a Sin

Headlines: Eminem's latest spoof targets are starting to respond to the rapper's new "We Made You." Jessica Simpson is annoyed. Kim Kardashian is honored, saying: "I am a huge Eminem fan and find it flattering that he would rap about me." Key Eminem lyric: "Damn, I think Kim Kardashian's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 9, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Meet the Remastered Beatles! (But Only on CD); Nirvana Was No Fun, Brandon Flowers Complains

Headlines: The Beatles are coming, this time in remastered form. The band's original catalogue has been digitally remastered and will go on sale in September in CD format. Still no digital availability, though. Noting that the CD format is so very 1999, Bob Lefsetz offers this take: "What's next,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 8, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bob Dylan's Last Thoughts on Barack Obama; POTUS iPod Gift May Have Violated Copyright Law

Headlines: Bob Dylan says he's surprised Barack Obama went into politics. (But he means it in the nicest possible way.) Key quote: "In some sense, you would think being in the business of politics would be the last thing that this man would want to do." Also: The craggy...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 7, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Carrie Underwood Is the Belle of the ACM Ball; Toby Keith Is Fightin' Mad; The Beatles Are Back

Headlines: Country prom queen Carrie Underwood received the royal treatment at the Academy of Country Music Awards: Underwood was named entertainer of the year, becoming only the seventh woman in 39 years to win the big award. She celebrated the occasion by crying. Underwood also won top female vocalist...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 6, 2009; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen's Work in Progress; Santana Says Obama Should Just Say Yes to Legalized Dope

The new Boss tour isn't yet the same as the old Boss tours, according to the decidedly mixed opening night reviews. (San Francisco Chronicle photo) Headlines: Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" tour is underway, and the early returns are mixed. The San Jose Mercury News says "it's clear that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2009; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Tired' of Rapping, Lil Wayne Parties Like a Rock Star. (Or Does He?); Fools Rush In on April 1

Headlines: Lil Wayne explains why he's doing the rock-out-with-your-locks-out thing on his upcoming album, "Rebirth," says he's picked up a guitar because his long-running "best rapper alive" campaign became kind of boring. Key quote: "I just got -- I'm not going to say 'so good' at what I was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 2, 2009; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Britney Spears 'Circus' Too Freak-Nasty For Kids?; Springsteen's 'Working' Set Heavy on New Stuff

Headlines: Britney Spears "Circus" tour might be too sexy for kids, what with its stripper poles, bustiers, whips, cage dances and such. So posits MTV. The network also wonders why men would go to a Britney show. Really, MTV? Really? Key quote: "She's so hot! She's every man's fantasy!"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 1, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Snow Patrol Says It's Fun to Stay at the Y-M-C-A; 'Deja Vu' All Over Again For CSN

Headlines: Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody insists the band isn't as boring as the Manic Street Preachers have suggested, saying: "We're like the Village People, only slightly less gay." Also in Snow Patrol's defense: "'Chasing Cars' was an inescapable hit worldwide." And: "People think of us as that band...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 31, 2009; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Nickelback's Slogan: 'Yes We Can-Rock'; The Dead Bringing Old Songs Back to Life

Headlines: Nickelback proves that post-grunge never goes out of style, cleans up at Juno Awards. Sam Roberts wins artist of the year at the so-called Canadian Grammys, prompting millions of Americans to shrug. ... Meanwhile, Beyonce is totally down with our neighbors to the north, having covered Alanis Morissette...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 30, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Meet the New Boss Playlist, Same as the Old Boss Playlist; iTunes Price-Hike Backlash Begins

Headlines: Bruce Springsteen's Asbury Park rehearsal shows are in the books, and some superfans aren't in love with the stale set lists. ... iTunes is about to raise the price of the hottest digital tracks to $1.29, and some industry veterans think bumping prices by 30 percent in the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 27, 2009; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Congressional Leader Whips Up $upport With Britney's Help; C.R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

Headlines: Fantastic Huffington Post sentence: "There was more than one whip at [Tuesday] night's Britney Spears concert in Washington DC." Turns out that House Republican Whip Eric Cantor was at the "Circus" show for a fundraiser, according to my blogging colleague, The Sleuth ... Bob Lefsetz has some serious...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 26, 2009; 09:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Metallica's Label Fades to Green; Bruce Working on a Tour; Colin Meloy's Songbook Slays

Headlines: Lars Ulrich, a Bank of Elektra Customer Since 1984! The outspoken Metallica drummer said his band doesn't need a major label -- and he said in front of a bunch of reps from Metallica's label, Warner Bros., which scooped up the rockers after Warner Music Group folded their...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 25, 2009; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Malibu Neighbors on the Edge; P4K Bums Colin Meloy; Lil Jon + 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'? Yeah!!!!

Headlines: As The Edge moves forward with a development project in Malibu, the guitarist is being accused of endangering wildlife, potentially upsetting the ecosystem and creating an eyesore of McMansions that would obstruct existing views. ... Colin Meloy wants Decemberists fans to tell Pitchfork to kiss their pasty white...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 24, 2009; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Bruce's Family Affair; Eminem, Jimmy Page to Share Stage; O! Say Can You James McMurtry?

Headlines:Bruce Springsteen won't have Max Weinberg with him for the entire "Working on a Dream" tour (scheduling conflicts with Weinberg's other boss, Conan O'Brien). But the ESB will have a relatively familiar face behind the kit as Weinberg's son, Jay, will fill in for his father. Says Little Steven:...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 23, 2009; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Zappa Busting Loose in Baltimore; 'Behind the Music' Out of Rehab; WALEDANCING on Ice

Headlines: Plans for Frank Zappa to make a posthumous return to his hometown are a bust. Or something like that. B'More's public art commission has approved a plan to erect a bust of Zappa in the Fells Point neighborhood... Like the very artists it always features, "Behind the Music"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 20, 2009; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Weezy's NCAA Winners; Stone Roses Reunion Not in Bloom; L.A. Artists Smile Away at 'Ram'

Headlines: March Madness begins today, and ESPN's favorite hip-hop sports analyst, Lil Wayne, has a bit of advice for all you bracket-fillers: Go with the top seeds. "I think, in the end, it's going to be UNC and another powerhouse -- somebody like UConn or Pitt," he writes on...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 19, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: In College Hoops, Lil' Romeo Is Master DNP; Pete Seeger Turn, Turn, Turns 90; Is 'Idol' Fixed?

Headlines: Lil' Romeo comes down with March Madness. His USC Trojans do, anyway; Percy Romeo Miller doesn't have enough game to get any real playing time. Key sentence from the story: "His line for the season: 6 games, 12 minutes, 3 shots, 3 points." The Trojans will upset Boston College...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 18, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Bob Dylan's Neighbors Raise a Stink; Philly Band Pays to Be Heard; Bob Marley's New Deal

Headlines: Bob Dylan's Malibu neighbors aren't happy with the craggy rock icon's outhouse and have more or less taken to quoting "John Brown" lyrics. You know, how they "couldn't help but think, through the thunder rolling and stink"? The awesome L.A. Times lead: "How sweet is life when you...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 17, 2009; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Fake Man in Jacko's Mirror?; Isaac Brock's Salad Days; Chris Cornell Wonders WWJD?

Headlines: A British paper wonders: Was that really Michael Jackson at the big Michael Jackson press conference in London last week? All 50 of Jacko's concerts at the 02 Arena have sold out. ... Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock (hearts) Ian Ian MacKaye, referring to the D.C. punk legend...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 16, 2009; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Young Pheezy Goes All Akon; Message in a Wine Bottle; JoBros Create Sticky Situation

Headlines: Joaquin Phoenix, who has hip-hop's best Hell's Angels beard since Rick Rubin split with Def Jam, interrupted his own concert in Miami to attack a heckler in the audience. Is Young Pheezy's recent run of bizarre behavior just an act? The Reliable Sourcettes think so. ... They won't...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 13, 2009; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: U2 Wants a Mulligan; Leno Has an Insatiable Appetite 4 Prince; Jack White's Weather Report

Headlines: U2, whose new "No Line on the Horizon" tops the latest Billboard 200, wants to rework and re-release some of its early work, including "Boy," the band's 1980 debut. "I would love to sing that album again and finish that," Bono said yesterday. The band "couldn't afford another...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 12, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Talk to Beyonce's Terminator Hand; Singer-Songwriter-Scalper?; 1-866-IDOLS13 = NSFW

Headlines: Beyonce is ramping up for a world tour, during which she might need an extra roadie just to deal with the robo-hand that she's bringing on the road. "I have to figure out how I'm going to perform with that hand," the hip-hop diva says of the artificial...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 11, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Forever 21 Out of Step; Cops Crash Phish Reunion; Chris Brown Tending to His Career

Headlines: Youth-clothing retailer Forever 21 is selling T-shirts with Minor Threat's logo on them, and the late, great D.C. hardcore band's label isn't pleased. "This is an unauthorized shirt and it is still unclear whether the shirt was produced by Forever 21 or if it is a bootleg that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 10, 2009; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Led Zep in Wheaton?; U2 Possibly Playing FedEx; Phish Jams On; M.I.A. Not Down With 'Ickitt'

Headlines: Led Zeppelin played here? At the Wheaton Youth Center? On Jan. 20, 1969, during Led Zep's first U.S. tour? "Yes. No way. Depends whom you ask," writes David Montgomery, who notes that "Zeppelin-in-Wheaton is Washington's own rock-and-roll Loch Ness Monster." ... U2 is announcing its world tour today....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 9, 2009; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Miley Hates Radiohead; Win Butler Fights Back; Does Listening to Lil Wayne Make You Dumb?

Headlines: Miley Cyrus is beefing with Radiohead. Just like Kanye, she claims that the band she loves so much snubbed her backstage at the Grammys. Vows the teen queen: "I'm gonna ruin them, I'm gonna tell everyone." Oooh, burn! ... Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has responded to those...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 6, 2009; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Phish Reels in Bootleggers; Dylan's Never Ending Studio Tour Continues; Taylor Swift = Hot

Headlines On the eve of its reunion tour, Phish has asked a federal judge to keep bootleggers from harshing the band's mellow. ... Bob Dylan has moved on from thinking 'bout Alicia Keys to listening to Billy Joe Shaver. Dylan's new studio album (title TBD) is due in "late April."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 5, 2009; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Britney's Back; Mastering the Beatles; the Death of Music Retail

Headlines Britney's tour has begun, and so has the lip-syncing. The "Circus" spectacle comes to the Verizon Center on March 24. ... All you need is love - and a dissertation: Liverpool Hope University is offering a Master of Arts degree in the Beatles. ... R.I.P. Virgin Megastores: The company's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 4, 2009; 08:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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