News Roundup: Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Weezer, Jim Dickinson
--Entertainingly, Bob Dylan was apparently put into the back seat of a police cruiser in Long Branch, New Jersey last month while in town touring with Willie Nelson and John Mellancamp. The artist had been wandering around Long Branch wearing sweatpants, two raincoats, and a hood over his head, peering through various windows. ABC News reports that one house's residents called the police, reporting that an "eccentric-looking old man" was in the area. Twenty-four-year-old officer Kristie Buble responded to the call, and did not believe the hooded rambler was actually Dylan. "We see a lot of people on our beat, and I wasn't sure if he came from one of our hospitals or something," she said. Dylan wasn't carrying any identification, so she asked him to ride with her to his tour buses. "He asked me if I could drive him back to the neighborhood when I verified who he was," Buble said, "which made me even more suspicious." The officer was surprised when the suspicious fellow indeed led her to two gigantic buses at a nearby hotel. We wish we could hear Dylan's side of this, but he's not the kind of guy who tweets about this sort of thing.
--Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has verified that "These Are My Twisted Words," the mysterious Radiohead-sounding track that appeared online last week, is indeed a Radiohead song. "We've been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished," Greenwood wrote on his blog. "We're pretty proud of it. As for more new material, there's other stuff in various states of completion, but this is one we've been practicing, and which we'll probably play at this summer's concerts." "These Are My Twisted Words" is available via download or bit torrent. The track is likely not part like the an upcoming EP titled Wall of Ice as previously thought (EW has more on that). Last week, the always-specific Thom Yorke told The Believer the band has no plans to release a new album anytime soon, and that they have an innovative new way to release future material "in a physical realm and a digital realm. But, yeah.. no, I can't tell you what it is...Sorry to be so vague about everything."
--Weezer's new single wasn't supposed to be released until August 25, but it looks like Wal Mart went ahead and accidentally released it early. The jumpy, drum-heavy, "(If You Are Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" has 39-year-old Rivers Cuomo still writing lyrics like a 16-year-old, but we'll take it. The song's been taken off YouTube, but Earsucker has it.
--Memphis musician-producer Jim Dickenson died Saturday due to complications from heart surgery. He was 67. Dickinson was a behind-the-scenes session man and producer who worked with Aretha Franklin and the Replacements, among others. Bob Dylan called Dickenson a "brother" during his Grammy acceptance speech for 1997's Time Out of Mind, and Dickinson played keys on the Rolling Stones' classic "Wild Horses." He was the father of Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars. "He went peacefully," his wife, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "He had a great life. He loved his family and music. And he loved Memphis music, specifically."