Bush: Evil Doer?
The recent report about what songs are on President Bush's iPod drew a lot of press attention, as well as general ridicule for the inclusion of The Knack's "My Sharona," a rather dirty ditty about an older guy lusting after an underage gal. But is there a bigger story within Bush's music listening habits? Some online pundits (most eagerly at BoingBoing.net) are suggesting that an article about Bush's iPod in the International Herald Tribute indicates that the Prez is participating in evil illegal downloading. The piece said one of Bush's pals uploads the songs to W's "music calculator" (as we're guessing he calls it), mostly culling them from Apple's iTunes store, though some have speculated that songs might have also come from the buddy's personal collection, which constitutes "file sharing." It is an assumptive leap, but anything suggesting hypocrisy in the Bush administration isn't out of the realm of possibility.
"Music activism" Web site downhillbattle.org is having a little fun with the possible misstep. The organization is looking for someone to create a new Web site, suethepresident.com, to mock the RIAA's actions against 12-year-olds who obtain the new Hillary Duff single without paying (among other unconscionable downloading deeds).
Donald Rumsfeld recently became the most punch drunk "performer" to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry since Hank Williams was banned from it. Rummy appeared at the hallowed Country music establishment (which is soon turning 80 years old) on April 23 for a special broadcast that was beamed to military troops overseas. Rumsfeld was introduced by the show's host, Dolly Parton, which ensured that he was only the third biggest boob on the stage that night.
The roster for the storied Lollapalooza "tour" -- which has been reduced to one massive two-night stand in Chicago's Grant Park, July 23-24 -- was announced April 22. The initial lineup looks somewhat promising, with headliners like Weezer, Widespread Panic and The Killers, plus appearances from the decade's most unlikely reunion acts, Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. Billy Idol, whose career revitalization includes a stint on this summer's Van's Warped Tour, will also appear. And train-wreck fans take note: The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre (whose contention for each other was documented in the amazing flick, Dig!) are both slated to perform. The event -- booked by Charles Attal Presents, current operators of the Madison Theater in Covington and the company responsible for the massive Austin City Limits festival -- will also feature The Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, Dashboard Confessional, Death Cab for Cutie, Digable Planets and Liz Phair. Two-day passes for the fest are currently available for $85 at lollapalooza.com (prices are to go up when the $85 tickets are gone).
Can't Stop, Might Stop?
It has been announced that another big-time rapper is going into retirement. While Jay-Z's retirement from the performing life doesn't seem to be going so well, this Rap star has one advantage Mr. Z doesn't -- he's dead. Yes, after releasing more music posthumously than when he was alive, Tupac Shakur's mother says an album of unreleased material due next year will -- finally -- be his last. Because now it's time for the Tupac On Ice tour!