Sharp Notes May 23 2001

Bad blood. The Allman Brothers Band is pissed off again. They've filed a "complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief" against Universal Music Group, claiming their former manager and Capricorn label boss Phil Walden gave Polygram Records (now owned by Universal) live tapes that the band owned. The plaintiffs — the individual members of the original group (though not ousted guitarist Dickey Betts) — want the tapes back.

Bad blood part II. Eighty-eight-year-old Rosa Parks is still pissed off at OutKast for naming their song (now 3 years old) after her. She's appealing the decision in her original lawsuit against the group, which was dismissed in November 1999, and has hired Johnny Cochran to represent her. She feels the song taints her legacy; the group maintains they were inspired by her, meant no disrespect and are protected by freedom of speech.

In other hip-hop news, rap acts Mos Def, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Planet Asia and former Atlantans Zion I performed at a benefit concert May 12 in L.A., to raise funds and awareness in support of Imam Jamil Al-Amin (previously known as H. Rap Brown), accused of murdering two Atlanta police officers.

Local trio the Flakes (featuring members of the Sound Device) and local duo F-Stop (featuring a member of San Agustin) appear along with the Swirlies, The Faint and 12 other bands on Random Access Music Machine: U.S. Pop Life Vol. 7 Experimental, a Japanese compilation on Contact Records. For more info, see home9.highway.ne.jp/contact/.

Film's "Coming Down (Can You Feel It?)" is in rotation during Braves games this season at Turner Field.

Place your vets. Travis Tritt is this year's recipient of the VFW Hall of Fame Award. Tritt was selected for his work, which includes having served as spokesperson for the Disabled American Veterans as well as portraying a disabled vet in three of his videos. He joins a motley crew of previous winners from the sports and entertainment fields such as George Foreman, Loretta Swit and Wayne Newton.