What May Seem Like Love

I’m taking in the new Wilco CD this morning. Can I still call it a CD or is there a new name for the post-disc/sleeve era of music ownership?

The final track, One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend), tells the story of a man’s struggle with his father’s rejection of his lifestyle, based around the father’s belief in God. It’s a haunting, beautiful song launched out of a dinner (apparently) where Jeff Tweedy met said boyfriend and heard the story told here, ending in the boyfriend’s relief at the death of his father. An interview with Jeff Tweedy at chicagomag.com offered this gem: “Now he’s going to know he was wrong and that there is an only loving God.”

Which begs the question from me: “Why do people always assume all loving means all accepting?” Give it some thought.

William Hung Defies 15-Minute Rule with New Album

Famous ‘American Idol’ reject William Hung is hanging in well past his 15 minutes of fame with a brand new album of summer-themed songs titled “Miracle: Happy Summer from William Hung“. Hot on the heels of two semi-successful albums and recent commercial appearances, Hung’s first single will be his rendition of “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus, with the mullet-clad “Doc” on hand for the video. You can pre-order by clicking on the album title below, or wait until July 12th and try your hand at a local record store.

Carrie Underwood Debuts Atop the Charts

The winner of ‘American Idol’, Carrie Underwood, has debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Inside Your Heaven”. She marks the third ‘Idol’ contestant to debut atop the industry’s top pop singles chart, and only the third person in the history of the chart to do so. The others were Clay Aiken with “This is the Night” and Fantasia’s “I Believe”. Runner-up Bo Bice’s single for “Inside Your Heaven/Vehicle” won’t hit the charts until next week.

Throat Cancer Claims “Soul Asylum” Founder

The storied 20-year-old Minneapolis rock band Soul Asylum has lost its founder and bassist, Karl Mueller, to a year-long fight with throat cancer. He was 41 years old. He had been diagnosed with the cancer in May of 2004, but had entered remission by the time an October benefit for him rolled around. Rolling Stone is reporting the band had completed their first album of new material in seven years prior to Mueller’s death.

Smashing Pumpkins to Reunite?

Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has taken out a full page ad in the Chicago Tribune announcing his intention to reunite the band that made him famous. “For a year now I have walked around with a secret, a secret I chose to keep,” stated the ad. “But now I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to renew and revive The Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams.” The advertisement also took a moment to promote Corgan’s new solo album, “TheFutureEmbrace”.