News Roundup: Jay-Z, Them Crooked Vultures, Grizzly Bear/Michael McDonald, Michael Jackson


–Jay-Z held a formal news conference yesterday to discuss plans for his upcoming Answer the Call September 11th benefit show at Madison Square Garden. Sitting beside Governor Patterson, Jay remembered September 11, 2001, the day the original Blueprint was released, and the days that followed. “I turned the TV on September 12th and I saw footage of these heroic actions,” Jay said. “People running to buildings and saving each other and I saw the strength of New York. It made me proud. So, as I was embarking on putting out Blueprint 3, it was only right that we revisit that day. This is my chance to do something to help out.” Also, you can hear Blueprint 3 free today at

–Them Crooked Vultures will hit the U.S. next month. They’re still holding out on New York, but you can catch them at Philly’s Electric Factory on October 12th. Presale starts Friday.

–We wrote yesterday about the puzzling Michael McDonald/Grizzly Bear collaboration on Veckatimest track “While You Wait for the Others.” McDonald spoke to Paste Magazine about the song, and said he’s a fan of what the Brooklyn scene offers. Grizzly Bear, according to McDonald, represent a continuation of his soft-rock ’70s sound. “When I was with the Doobies, the style of music was that we all went over the falls with chord progressions, trying to make things as complex and interconnected as possible. The punk movement swung towards being as primitive as possible, but now it’s back to where these guys are good musicians. I never thought that would come back around, but it has.”

–Michael Jackson probably will not get the permanent New York City tribute for which Councilwoman Letitia James has been lobbying so desperately. The New York Post reports that James is working to get Jackson a plaque at Brooklyn’s Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station, where the Martin Scorsese-directed “Bad” video was filmed in 1987. The councilwoman hopes to commission an art contest to determine what the tribute will look like. The MTA has already refused to rename name the station after Jackson. Hoyt-Schermerhorn just has that certain ring, doesn’t it?