No man's law can get in the way of art, so sayeth the hip hop producer known as Danger Mouse. Still, he had to expect some stop signs when he dropped Jay-Z's Black Album and the Beatles' White Album into a musical blender and pulled out the aptly named Grey Album.
The record, which features Jay-Z's raps laid over the instrumentals from the Fab Four's trippy classic, is currently a download favorite, and that will probably remain the only way fans can grab it. It turns out that EMI, the Beatles' corporate home, aren't fans of the project and have issued a slew of cease-and-desist documents keeping the project out of stores. Still, this inspired and engaging slice of psychedelicized hip hop is my Best Bet for the week.
Here's some more timely stuff.
JOE'S LAST LAUGH
It seems like just yesterday that Adam Mesh, the original Average Joe, was shown the romantic door in favor of his chisel-chinned competition and America groaned over the victory of style over substance. Tonight, our glorious loser returns to prime time with the shoe on the other foot. In classic reality show fashion, he'll be asked to find a mate from a selection of interested ladies, while his spurner finds herself with the far lower-profile gig as host of a televised blackjack tournament. Average Joe: Adam Returns airs on NBC at 10 p.m. GSN's World Series of Blackjack airs on the Game Show Network at 10 p.m. My bet is Joe, er, Adam will win the inevitable ratings war.
Let's see if I can get through the next few sentences without ever mentioning this holiday's iconic color. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and a good many people will be downtown. The annual St. Patrick's Day parade will wind from Telfair Street to Broad Street starting at 2 p.m.; an Irish-themed street party will run from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Eighth Street Plaza (admission costs $5); and children will be allowed to run free through green pastures (oh, I knew I couldn't do it) at the free children's area at Augusta Common. It will also be open from 1 to 6 p.m.
Gentlemen, start your brackets. The first-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament start Thursday night. Because there are no fewer than 26,000 games being played Thursday and Friday, channel surfers won't be able to trip over yet another airing of The Shawshank Redemption without landing in some college hoops. Those listening closely might also be able to hear the groan of thousands of people realizing that their office pool picks are useless.
FUN WITH AMNESIA
While having memories selectively erased doesn't sound like a swell idea in practice, I'm pretty sure it will make a fine movie. That's the premise of the new Jim Carrey comedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, opening Friday. The latest offering from the whacked-out mind of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) also stars Kate Winslet and the furry-feet-free Elijah Wood.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh made his famous flight May 21, 1927, making late May a perfect time to visit the Lindbergh exhibition on display at the Augusta Museum of History. But c'mon, who wants to wait until May? You don't want to be the last kid on your block to see Lucky Lindy's log and flight suit, do you? The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children 6-18, and is free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, call 722-8454 or visit www.augustamuseum.org.
Prince is already rock royalty, but now he can officially be considered a music legend. The Purple One, singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, 1970s rock pioneers Traffic, all-time rock pioneers the Dells, former Beatle George Harrison, truck huckster Bob Seger and guitar slingers ZZ Top were actually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, but the world will see the ceremony from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday on VH1. Maybe the six-day delay will mean fewer speeches and more Prince-style funk.
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