American idle

NOT A FAKE CAPTION: Trey Jones lines up his collection of toy American Idol figurines by candlelight while his parents Ed and Kathy watch in their home in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday, Sept. 5, 2005. Residents are still waiting for power to be restored after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LISTEN: Kanye + Master P + Ray Nagin + Juvenile + Shepard Smith et al, Sounds of NOLA [Davey D Mix] (mp3). The last five minutes turns Kanye's NBC speech and Ray's talk-radio sermon into "Jesus Walks" freestyles. Single of the year? See also Davey D's site for talkback by Chuck D and others.

LISTEN: Electric 6, "Rock and Roll Evacuation" (stream)

1. Alex Chilton safe?

2. Master P to the rescue. (Via catchdubs and cowboyznpoodlz). Says Birdman:
"All my sh*t is gone. I had like 12 condos and eight houses. All that's sucked under. I have nothing to go home to. We don't have nothing to go back to that MF for."

3. Good news: there's a way to triple your donation to the Red Cross. Bad news: it involves a visit to Barry Manilow's web site.

4. NYT's David Brooks, not normally noted for his rock criticism, invokes the Rolling Stones' "Shattered" in an argument -- very very very worth reading, even if you're the sort who only reads Frank Rich -- about New Orleans being the "anti-9/11."

5. Can't Stop Won't Stop author Jeff Chang on New Orleans and the politics of abandonment. Wayne & Wax posts about NOLA great Clarence "Frogman" Henry on new Boston superblog Riddim Method.

6. Harry Connick Jr. was on MSNBC pulling people out of houses onto a boat. Also, Dave Pirner sees N.O. footage, whines about losing a guitar. Britney Spears: not even remotely endangered by hurricane. She's from Louisiana, though, so by law she had to put up a message of no fewer than six lines on her website.

7. Let's hear it for American Idol diplomacy: Chinese democracy, pop-star style.
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