Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight while you were sleeping and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
For all the hullabaloo that we made over Mark Kozelek taunting the War on Drugs at the Ottawa Folk Festival, it turns out that the Sun Kil Moon singer did actually “apologize” to the band on his website. A few days after the incident, Kozelek posted:
To War On Drugs from Mark Kozelek in regards to Ottawa:
I had never heard of your band prior to taking the stage in Ottawa the other night. But to give you an idea of how bad the bleed was, my drummer said that it would have been easier for him to play along to your set than ours. It could have been any band’s music blaring from over the hill, and I still would have made jokes.
I hope to catch your set someday when it’s not drowning out my own. The schedule wasn’t your fault—I get it. That was my third rodeo with The Ottawa “Bleed” Fest. They’re still figuring things out over there. I hope they get it together someday.
Peace and all the best,
Now there’s no hint of the words, “I’m sorry,” or, “My bad, dudes,” but as far as passive-aggressive, half-hearted apologies go it’s not too bad. (We still prefer Mark “I don’t give a fuck” Kozelek, to be honest.)
Meanwhile over in Sweden, a bunch of scientists have been slipping Bob Dylan lyrics into their published research papers for the past 17 years. Turns out that they have a long-standing bet to see who can fit the most Dylan references into scientific journals before retirement. We have so many questions like, do they get extra bonus points for slipping in the more obscure tracks? And how will the release of The Basement Tapes affect their research? Also, it turns out the prize is only lunch at a local restaurant. Seems a little meager after all that work, but they probably just want to be on the side that’s winning. (Eh? Eeeehhhh?)
Nicki Minaj announced via Instagram that she will be hosting the European MTV Music Awards in Glasgow on November 9.
She’s also promised to keep any snakes away from her backup dancers this time around.
Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, has officially joined the cast of the upcoming sequel Magic Mike XXL, along with Channing Tatum, who will reprise his original role, Michael Strahan (what?), Jada Pinkett Smith and Elizabeth Banks. It has not been confirmed that Glover will be playing a stripper, but boy oh boy do we hope that he’ll seductively peel off all those grandma sweaters that he’s been wearing lately. That’s hot.
It turns out that British singer FKA twigs has been experiencing the severe downside of allegedly dating the world’s most famous vampire, actor Robert Pattinson. Apparently, she’s been subjected to many racist remarks on her social media accounts from crazy Twilight fans and the singer decided to use her own Twitter account to strike back.
Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online.
— FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) September 28, 2014
Her record label Young Turks was quick to back her up:
In the meantime we can all report, block, and ban the abusive parties from social networks. Love all at YT.
— Young Turks (@youngturksrec) September 28, 2014
Now we’ll definitely make a joke here about how all these nut job fans will soon be distracted by The Hunger Games in November, but in all seriousness. Much love to FKA twigs and many kudos to her for speaking up, keeping it classy and refusing to accept this behavior. You’re an amazing lady and the staff at Wondering Sound has nothing but respect for you and your work.