In light of this week’s news, Jose would like to say a few things to his brothers and sisters of color. We can’t all count on Gov. Paterson to pardon us. In general, brown people sit in prison with kiddie diddlers. Be smart, wear rubbers, please don’t pee on people and if you do don’t videotape it.
R. Kelly's child pornography trial wages on this week. The defense wants to call Jim DeRogatis to ask how he acquired the sex tape in 2002 that's now the center of the trial. The judge says he'll make a ruling May 30th. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges. If you recall R. Kelly had sex with and then peed on a 16-year old girl and videotaped it.
UK punk icons Wire have announced their upcoming album, Object 47, will be released July 7th. It will be their 11th album and they claim also the 47th item in their discography. It’s somewhat sad then that in 30 years they have only played a total of 154 shows by their own count. This will be Wire’s first album since last year’s Send.
The Faint will be releasing their new album, Fasciinatiion, on August 5th. As was long rumored, that album will not be on Saddle Creek. The Faint has opted to release Fasciinatiion on their own label, Blank.wav. Joel Peterson has already publicized some more label releases including the already scheduled first release by Andrew Bowen of Omahype.
Earl Simmons, aka DMX, has escaped the clutches of paternal responsibility this week. A Maryland judge has voided the $1.5 million judgment against him. The rapper had been previously ordered to render the payment to the mother of his child. He had previously claimed that she raped him, and she had the chutzpas to sue him for defamation. Jose is doing the math on if that’s +/- child support.
Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University Monday. Yale is internationally renowned for the unending stream of thieving, gutless, soulless cocksucker MBAs it sends out into the world. McCartney was quoted as saying “I feel dirty.”
Yep Roc is releasing a second box set from Robyn Hitchcock. Why anyone in the world needed a follow up to last year's I Wanna Go Backwards I don’t know. This box features mid-'80s sides, live material and the albums Fegmania! and Element Of Light, as opposed to last year's Backwards which did not feature mid-'80s sides, live material and the albums Fegmania! and Element Of Light.
DFA Records will be releasing two 12-inch singles 80s style July 15th. It seems almost irrelevant that the artist is Free Blood, featuring former !!! member John Pugh and fashion designer Madeline Davy.
Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters got pardoned! The pioneering rapper has spent more than five years in prison before receiving a full pardon from New York Gov. David Paterson. He had been convicted of attempted murder in 1991. Gov. Paterson explained “That how I roll bro, my brotha is missing a fucking eye!”