Stranded In Stereo: Monday Morning Newsletter (6-1-09)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Morning Newsletter (6-1-09)

Jay Bennett, the multi-instrumentalist and ex-Wilco member died last Sunday morning. He was known to have clashed with band leader Jeff Tweedy, but to have been prolific since his departure from the band. He had been in poor health and passed in his sleep. He was 45

Billy Joel is being sued by former drummer Liberty DeVitto. DeVitto now claims that Joel failed to pay him royalties. DeVitto worked for Joel for 30 years stretching from 1975 to 2005 and helped write some of his singles. José says that drummers don’t write songs, they hit things with sticks.

The Atlanta rapper Dolla was fatally shot last week at the Westside Mall. The shooting began at about 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. in the parking structure of the popular Westside mall. Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, was killed instantly by a shot in the head. D.J. Shabbazz escaped uninjured. Los Angeles police have already detained a suspect.

Green Day lost the battle but won the war with Wal-Mart. Despite the fact that Wal-Mart freely stocks T&A flocks unedited, they requested the punk band bleep their lyrics. Green Day refused. In a move widely seen as political and not fiscal, Wal-Mart refused to stock the record. Billie Joe Armstrong commented: "They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there. We just said no. You feel like you're in 1953 or something." Their album 21st Century Breakdown still managed to debut at number one last week without Wal-Mart.

The Beastie Boys have announced their new LP will be titled Hot Sauce Committee and is due for release in September. 2009 has been a productive year for the Beasties as they have re-released Check Your Head, Paul's Boutique and Ill Communication. Let us not forget that the brass monkey is a funky monkey.

Muse has announced that their new album will be titled The Resistance. The record is tentatively scheduled for a release this fall. Muse is also doing a handful of dates opening for U2 in North America this summer. This will be their first release since 2006.

Pete Yorn and actress Scarlett Johansson have recorded an album together. The unlikely album will be a collection of duets titled Break Up. The album is scheduled for a September 8 release. Last year her album of Tom Waits tanked like a bad layup. York is releasing his own album Back And Fourth on June 23. He was quoted as saying “Because seriously, she is that hot. That’s why.”

You may recall that Depeche Mode vocalist Dave Gahan was hospitalized on May 12th with gastroenteritis. The cause turned out to be a malignant tumor in his bladder. Several shows on their tour have been canceled; doctors have ordered him to rest until at least June 8th.Jose can think of precious few places worse than that for a tumor. take all the time you need.

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