Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News


Conrad Murray Trial For Manslaughter Of Michael Jackson Begins
The doctor, Michael Jackson‘s personal physician, stands accused of administering a fatal dose of propofol to the singer. Prosecutor David Walgren opened his case by showing the jury a postmortem image of Jackson‘s body on a hospital gurney, which The Smoking Gun already has. The proceeds are being televised and webcast, so expect a lot more rubber-necking coverage like this on gossip sites, especially when Murray’s attorney calls Jackson’s eldest son, 14-year-old Prince, to the stand.

Lil Wayne’s VMAs Stretch-Denim Inspires An AP Trendpiece
The attention-grabbing headline Latest Trend in Hip-Hop: Women’s Clothes disguises a lengthy meditation on the performance of masculinity by none other than celebrity stylist June Ambrose, who’s got a show premiering this winter on VH1. And yes, the piece may refer to Kanye West as “hip-hop’s ultimate metrosexual,” but at least it didn’t misidentify Lil Wayne’s bottoms as “jeggings.” [AP]

Hanson May Be Finished Releasing LPs
Don’t fret, though, Hanson fans; they’re just as committed to a continuing music career as they were in 1997, when patronizing interviewers asked what they wanted to do when they grew up. The brothers just don’t know what form it will take. As Zac Hanson told Billboard, “I think one more normal, 12-song album isn’t what we want to do now.” [Billboard]

Jeff Tweedy Talks Songwriting Process
David Daley interviews the Wilco frontman about The Whole Love, collaboration and happy accidents, and the accidental 9/11 resonance of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, in this interesting piece. [Salon]

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