· How do you like your tofu, music fans: grilled, sautéed, or sexy? Take your pick in PETA’s second annual poll of the world’s hottest celebrity vegetarians; among the athletes, authors, and actors are a number of high-profile musicians — like Andre 3000, Chrissie Hynde, Thom Yorke, and strict vegans Moby and Morrissey — who’ve made no bones about, well, not eating anything with bones. But there are also a few less likely suspects you might not have clocked as veggies: Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixle-Zavala, rappers Common and Ghostface Killah, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Avril Lavigne, and Idol winner Carrie Underwood. To vote for your favorite, go to PETA’s website.
· According to his label, Plug Research, Jimmy Tamborello, a.k.a. solo artist Dntel, a.k.a. one half of electro-emo champs the Postal Service (they’ve sold some 780,000 copies of their 2003 Sub Pop debut, Give Up) is set to release a new album on July 11, Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake, under yet another alter ego, James Figurine — an offshoot of the synth-pop trio Figurine. Look for guests like Rilo Kiley sweetheart and Postal collaborator Jenny Lewis, and Kings of Convenience’s Erlend Oy. Tamborello is apparently a very busy man; Sub Pop publicists also tell us of a projected 2007 release for the next Dntel record, though they’re still playing it coy on Give Up‘s long-awaited sequel.
· In this week’s eww-that’s-weird department, Michael Jackson is apparently looking to team up with 50 Cent on a project. According to Billboard magazine, someone named DJ Whoo Kid is heading to the beleaguered Gloved One’s home in Bahrain to grab some tracks from his home studio, which would then be combined on a mixtape with work from Fitty. The rapper’s spokesperson (perhaps wisely) refused to confirm the collaboration at press time.
· In label news, the man who practically defined Sassy-era indie-boy It-ness, Evan Dando, has signed with his longtime band the Lemonheads to Vagrant Records. The label, springboard to bands pretty strictly wed to the axis of emo (see Dashboard Confessional, From Autumn to Ashes, Saves the Day), is widening its scope as of late, having recently signed Pitchfork faves like the rowdy, erudite rock quintet the Hold Steady and British post-punk revivalists the Futureheads. Also signed? Viral blog sensations Tapes’n’Tapes (think of them as the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah of 2005, or perhaps the Arcade Fire of ’04), to XL Recordings. Their already-self-released The Loon will get an official rerelease on July 25; they’ll also be touring the States throughout June and July.