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1. The pragmatist in us thinks it's nice NBC didn't dump him, the patriot in us says fuck those bitches: Kanye West forced to tape his appearance at NFL's Kickoff Festivities tonight. He's out in California tonight, and out at the Razor we got stuck with Green Day. Who booked this thing, anyway? (Um, upside-ish: NFL rocking a Blue State slant? That's a good look.) While you're waiting for the playback, go check out Franklin Soults' review of Late Registration. This issue went to press before the telethon, so if you're looking for those kind of updates, you can get your deja-OTD over here. Oh, and the post about Davey D's Kanye/Ray Nagin megamix is here.

2. Is David Banner the next Kanye West? Go see Lemon-Red for links to Banner's real talk about New Orleans -- as in "I blame Bush for the time it took for them to react to the situation . . . This is ten times worse than 9/11" -- oh and some empfrees from Certified Bananner as well.

3. TV on the Radio beats Michael Jackson to the punch, records first Katrina-themed song:

LISTEN: TVOTR, "Dry Drunk Emperor" (mp3, via Touch N Go)
READ: Lyrics, etc.

4. Mocean Worker rip off the above-mentioned track by Davey D and remix the Ray Nagin rant (both this and TVOTR via Stereogum):

LISTEN: Mocean Worker, "NOLA Ain't Right Tonight" (mp3)

5. More proof there is no God: Hurricane destroys New Orleans, spares Phil Anselmo. From his publicist:

"Superjoint Ritual made it out of New Orleans safely prior to the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The band wishes the best for family, friends and fellow citizens of New Orleans who have had loss due to the devastation of hurricane Katrina."

6. Superjoint Ritual noticeably absent from the list of awesome swamp-thrash bands in need who will be the beneficiaries of donations to these guys:

"Manic Music & Distribution today confirms its preparations for a benefit show and other collection efforts to directly aid members of Crowbar, Soilent Green, Eyehategod and Goatwhore - all suffering substantial losses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. If you work for an equipment company and may be able to donate new or b-stock items to replace damaged or destroyed guitar cabinets, heads, cables, effects, strings, picks, skins and more please send email to"

7. Another update from Q&P:
"Quintron & Miss Pussycat have set up a fund, the money from which will go towards rebuilding the Spellcaster Lodge and helping all the other people from the 9th Ward who need it. Obviously, you should donate to whatever fund you see fit, but at least here, you know exactly
where the money will be going. Q, P, Trach and many others have a great community spirit and care very much about the neighborhood in which they live, and have put a lot of love into making their neighborhood a special place. If anyone is interested in donating (even $5 or $10 bucks is an immense help), they have a Paypal account set up. Here is the e-mail address:

"If you want to donate money to musicians who were victims of the hurricane, here's where to send a check or do Paypal. this goes DIRECTLY to people in need. No FEMA hassle, no red cross paperwork:
Trinity Parish Church Episcopal Discretionary Fund
200 N Elm St
Searcy, AR 72143-5271
write: KATRINA FUND in memo line of the check
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