House Dems Ask FCC Follow-Up Questions After Media Ownership Hearing In Nashville, Demand Their Druthers

So the FCC has started to feel the pressure, but according to those rascally Democrats, it's time for them to feel the burn. Fresh from a Monday public hearing on media ownership rules down in Nashville, TN, Chairman Martin and his tightest bros have decided to commission "ten economic studies pertaining to the effects of media ownership, and... well, you know, stuff like that." House Dems are pleased that the studies are being conducted but are concerned with the way Martin trailed off at the end of his sentence and gazed longingly at an ice cream truck passing by the window. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and six others have sent a letter full of question marks to Martin, demanding further details about the studies.

"Were those conducting the studies given further instruction in addition to the assignment of their respective topics?" the letter barks. "If so, what were the instructions given to each participant?" "How much money is being spent on each study?" "What internal and external resources will be made available for those conducting the studies?" And those are only the juicy bits! The sentiment of all these questions can be summed up as follows: "Are you actually going to do what you said, you dirty little rat?"

Congress ain't the only ones wary of the FCC; Monday's hearing in Nashville drew hundreds of concerned members of the public, including a slew of country music stars. Porter Wagoner sauntered up to Chairman Martin at one point, real smooth-like, and mentioned that "the days of an artist receiving regional airplay or breaking as a new act on radio are gone, and you are now considering making the situation even worse by letting some broadcast dynasties become even bigger broadcasting dynasties." John Rich of Big & Rich also declared that the lack of country stations in cities like New York and Los Angeles is patently "anti-American," to which those sitting around him agreed by hocking into a spittoon.

This hearing was the second in a proposed series of six, though Martin may only be responding to questions with lewd gestures by the fourth.

Iggy and the Stooges Have a MySpace Page. I Think You Know What That Means.

Do I have to spell it out for you? It means The Stooges just finished recording that reunion album they've been talking about for so long. Iggy Pop, the Asheton brahs, and some replacement dude named Mike Watt are calling their new LP The Weirdness (Virgin). You've probably already guessed that Steve Albini produced it.

Obviously, all the kids are wondering how it's gonna sound. Speaking to Billboard, The Ig offered the following somewhat worrisome quote:

"At times, [the songs have] a lot of going for the fences," he continues. "But there's a great deal of structure and attention to detail. We were very prepared, and we always have been any time we stepped into a studio. Even the song 'L.A. Blues,' the last cut on 'Fun House,' was pretty much exactly what you would have heard if you'd seen us live the week before we recorded it."

Um, call me crazy, but isn't that the best thing about Fun House? Isn't that the very element that makes Raw Power live up to its name? I know Iggy's been clean for years now, and I'm nothing but happy for him — I mean, shit, the guy's a national treasure — but wasn't half the thrill of The Stooges the knowledge that performances were accompanied by gratis gore, courtesy of a broken cocktail glass? I reserve my judgment until I hear the album, though — and for the record, I really hope it's good.

In lieu of any real information about the track names that were recently revealed, let me give you my professional hypotheses on what the songs are about:

"Trollin' " — Little known fact: Iggy spends much of his now ample spare time on internet message boards. I don't think it comes as any surprise that he's kind of a bully.

"ATM" — This is Iggy's pet name for David Bowie. And yes, it's a love song.

"You Can't Have Friends" — And we can't have nice things.

"My Idea of Fun" — Is obviously performing shirtless.

"The Weirdness" — Refers to the fact that this album has actually been made.

"Greedy Awful People" — The arch nemesis of "Shiny Happy People."

TMT Mega-Giveaway at Enon Shows Across U.S.!!!

In honor of Enon’s upcoming U.S. tour, TMT is proud to announce our first official “TMT Mega-Giveaway” in several years. TMT M-Gs used to be fairly common, but since our last Mega-Giveaway concert didn’t go so well, we were forced to cut back.

Well, readers, it’s been too long. It’s once again that time. I’m sure you all remember how these work, but let me refresh your memory:

Step 1: Go to one of the Enon shows listed below.

Step 2: Drink heavily, both prior to and during the show.

That’s it! Only two steps! After that, send photographic evidence of yourself successfully completing the aforementioned steps to TMT headquarters, and you could be eligible to win one of several prizes -- the grand prize being a year’s subscription to TMT, absolutely free of charge. Don’t miss out on this, the deal Rupert Murdoch once called “the Reaganomics of music website giveaways!”

TMT eagerly awaits your entries:

This Week In Stupid Musician Tricks: Chris Cornell of Audioslave Covers Michael Jackson

We here at TMT love to print all the news that's unfit to print — from the latest No Fun Fest tidbits to asinine rock musicians doing ridiculous things. So it should come as no surprise to any of you that we here at TMT wanted to fill you in on the latest moronic cover song to grace the music world. Namely, Chris Cornell of Audioslave's decision to cover Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."

"The song is quite dark and I knew I could make it in to my own, like Johnny Cash did it with Soundgarden's 'Rusty Cage' and Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt'," says Cornell, 42 (note the clever self-reference by mentioning his former [and better] band, Soundgarden). So Cornell will be releasing this musical outlandishness on his upcoming sophomoric solo LP, set for release in March 2007.

Now, color me a skeptic, but does this not seem like a not-so-clever way of stirring up a little bit of publicity for an already forgotten Audioslave LP that was released back in September? Really, what is the point of letting us know in December of 2006 that you are going to be releasing a cover of Michael Jackson in four months. Could it be that the Christmas consumer needed to remember that Audioslave did, in fact, release a third album, called Revelations, which everyone promptly forgot about? (This, of course, is our reminder.)

In any case, keep your ears peeled for S. Kobak, Hatchet, and Mr P's cover of "More, More, More" by The Andrea True Connection. Should be almost as ridiculous as Cornell's rendition of "Billie Jean."

The Rumors Are Not False: Mos Def’s Tru3 Magic to be Released in January

According to Mos Def's official webby, "the rumors are not false." Mos Def's forthcoming album, Tru3 Magic, is set for release January 9, 2007... probably. The release date has been moved a couple times now, and a post on Mos Def's website still has conflicting dates (1) (2), but we're pretty sure... at least fairly certain... well, I mean, it's probably going to come out January 9, but we don't know for sure. Dude, WTF. Seriously, why do we have to fucking tell you RIGHT NOW?!? Can't it wait?!? Calm the fuck down, asshole.

Asshole! Anyhoo, Tru3 Magic features "Dollar Day (Surprise Surprise)" (formerly titled "Katrina Clap" and originally released in September 2005), a scathing critique of the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, which was, according to Kanye West (look ma, he's a rapper too), racist. Mos Def was even arrested because of the song when he performed it on the streets the day of the 2006 MTV VMAs. Okay, okay, he was arrested for playing without a permit, but that's still pretty cool.

Since Image Award and Teen Choice Award nominations just aren't enough -- they just aren't -- the Grammys has nominated Mos Def's "Undeniable" for Best Rap Solo Performance, up against T.I., Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, and Lupe Fiasco. I don't know about you, but I find it kind of odd that he's nominated for such a dry track. His acting is where it's at. I mean, did anyone else catch his riveting portrayal of himself in that one GMC Denali sport utility vehicle commercial? Shit blows Common's Gap commercial completely out of the water.