News Roundup: Perez Hilton Sues, Kanye West/Spike Jonze, Jim James, My Morning Jacket
--Perez Hilton is suing Black Eyed Peas manager Polo Molina for battery and "infliction of emotional distress," after, you know, he got punched for calling Will.I.Am something homophobic. Hilton's lawyer said in a statement: "Whether you love Perez or hate him, he is entitled to his freedom of speech without fear of physical violence." John Mayer has gotten involved, too, instigating an all-too-easy Twitter battle with the blogger. "Last year P!nk kneed me in the nuts outside Chateau Marmont," the guitarist wrote. "I was pissing blood for days. Did I make a scene?" Read the entire exchange chronologically here.
--Kanye West surprised the audience at the Los Angeles Film Festival last night with the premier of his Spike Jonze-directed short film, called We Were Once A Fairytale. The video involves West getting drunk, having sex in a club, realizing he's actually having sex with a pillow, cutting his stomach open with a bowie knife, and then pulling out a demon rodent connected by an umbilical chord.
--Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, will release an eight-year-old EP of George Harrison covers under the moniker Yim Yames. The 6 tracks, recorded a few days after Harrison's death in 2001, includes post-Beatles classics like "My Sweet Lord" and "All Things Must Pass." "It's definitely not the tightest or most professional recording you're ever going to hear in your life but I like that,"
James Yames told Billboard. "I think it lends it a more childish atmosphere." The EP will be available at yimyames.com July 7, but a free track is available for streaming there now.
--SOTC: Your first source for all-things-Roots-related. The band, which debuted a new track on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, has been added to Philadelphia's massive Fourth of July show at the Ben Franklin Parkway. Oh, and Sheryl Crow is playing. If you are stuck in the city, the band's Tuesday night Highline Ballroom residency has also been extended to November 24th.