Roundup: MTV Veejays Working on Uncensored Oral History

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Original MTV Veejays Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and arguably the world’s cutest person, Martha Quinn, have inked a deal for a tell-all oral history about the channel’s early days (you know, when it still played videos).

Based on the recommendations of athletes, celebs and listeners, NPR has developed what it calls the ultimate workout mix. Because when you think “NPR,” surely you think of fist-pumping jams.

Ticketmaster and Bancorp South Arena in Tupelo, MS, are testing out a new anti-scalper policy. They’re restricting purchases of tickets to a forthcoming Eric Church show to residents of the “Mid-South and Southeast” regions, on the theory that a lot of scalpers do their business online from as far away as California. If your credit card zip code doesn’t place you in the south, you’re out of luck.

You know it’s bad for Lana Del Rey when even NBC anchor Brian Williams gets in on the bashing act: in a note to Gawker’s Nick Denton, he called it “one of the worst outings in SNL history.” Worse than that, he calls her a “Brooklyn hipster.” Ouch. If you’re counting, that makes him the second NBC employee to rip Lana, after Juliette Lewis (herself a sometime singer) tweeted: “Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold [sic] in their bedroom when theyre pretending to sing and perform #signofourtimes.” And that’s the last thing we’ll say about Lana’s SNL performance. Maybe.

In another sign that rock and roll may in fact be dead, Kid Rock issued an apology after a man complained that he smoked a cigar from the stage at a show near Detroit on Friday. It was, after all, a nonsmoking venue. Sheesh. Perhaps this guy shouldn’t go to concerts.

Continuing with the “rock is dead” theme, pop albums outsold rock albums in the UK last year. Rock albums had their lowest sales since 2003.

Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson and Andres Parker have recorded a disc of unpublished Woody Guthrie songs entitled New Multitudes. Coinciding with the folkie pioneer’s 100th birthday, the material stems from Guthrie lyrics that were never set to music, much like Billy Bragg and Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue projects of a decade or so ago. The quartet will go out on a limited tour behind the material.

An apparently deranged fan tracked down the location of Kate Bush‘s house and broke in, the better to propose marriage to her with the Tiffany ring he brought along.

And Levon Helm is facing a “medical procedure” that will force him to miss most of his Midnight Rambles in February.

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