News Roundup: Krist Novoselic, Drake, Black Keys, Iggy Pop


–Krist Novoselic is running for public clerk in Washington as a member of the Grunge Grange Party, a community service-driven group that was popular among farmers in the 1870s. Novoselic, who is the chairman of the Wahkiakum County Democratic Party, is not running to win, but to promote the party. The situation is complicated. We encourage you to read Novoselic’s own explanation, which may or may not help.

–Drake isn’t too happy about his latest release. The rapper did not authorize The Girls Love Drake, the mixtape released by a label called Canadian Money Entertainment. Drake’s management discovered the album being sold on iTunes and quickly sent over a cease-and-desist notice. The Canadian label defended the release, saying “Breaking him in the states along with other Toronto artists has always been our goal. Drake is our hometown hero.”

–We sort of wish the Black Keys would go back to making underproduced, sweaty garage rock, but the Akron, Ohio guitar-and-drums duo are going to continue experimenting. The group recorded with Mos Def and Jim Jones Wedneday night. According to Jones’ Twitter: “Aight back to our reg schedule I did some dope music with black keys and mos def last night def a good rock n roll experience.” We don’t know what the unlikely trio was working on. Mos Def’s publicist told Pitchfork: “They were just in the studio collaborating.”

–Here’s a way to make you look old: dissing Limp Bizkit and the Smashing Pumpkins as if they were current. In a March YouTube video, Iggy Pop mentioned “idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music.” He recently named those bands, saying “Anyone from Smashing Pumpkins to – what’s the one with Fred Durst?” Pop also thinks that new Vertical Horizon record is shit.