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Report for 12/05/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Taylor Hicks eCard

Best of 06: Hey Tiger

Reviews: Pixies | 2&2: Last November | Marion Raven | MorleyView: Stolen Babies | Sikth

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2&2: Last November
antiMusic reports: For this week's 2&2 we actually have an Inside Track interview with Luke Pilgrim of Last November. Luke answers our questions and takes us track by track through the band's new album All The Gory Details. 2&2: The first obvious question: Where did your name come from? ** Luke: Originally, Last November had no meaning whatsoever. It wasn't until about two years after I thought of the name that any significance formed from it. I wrote a song called "On New Years Day" and the chorus of the song says "This will be our last 
November/ I'm praying I make it through December..." 

2&2: How would you describe your music to someone that hasn't heard it? ** Luke: Like a struggling young rock band trying their best to survive in an industry that's consumed with fake sincerity. We aren't reinventing the wheel. It's only rock 'n roll. I can't claim to be the best songwriter around (especially while Paul McCartney is still alive), but I will say we're putting ourselves out there. We don't have to be dragged to the slaughter. We drive ourselves there with smiles on our faces. Because whether anyone ever listens to us or not, they can't say we didn't try our damnedest. [check out the full story link for the entire interview including the Inside Track]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Guns for GNR Tickets
blabbermouth.net reports: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland city officials will reward anyone who turns in a gun this Saturday in Sobrante Park and next week in DeFremery Park with two tickets to the Dec. 15 concert by GUNS N' ROSES at Oracle Arena. 

"GUNS N' ROSES - the band?" asked Mike Magardo, a 34-year-old Oakland resident. "I think that's a little off the mark. In general, the folks who would show up for a gun exchange in those neighborhoods either don't know or care who GUNS N' ROSES are."[see full story to see how well it worked]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ratt Reunion
blabbermouth.net reports: Vocalist Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE) appears to have left RATT, the band he has fronted for the past six years following the departure of original singer Stephen Pearcy. In a Dec. 4, 2006 posting on his official web site, Pearl wrote, "It's time to go. Thanks to all the RATT fans for all the good times and good luck to the guys for the future."

Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, it is believed that RATT's original/surviving members Pearcy (vocals), bassist Juan Croucier, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer are planning to reunite for a tour in 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rare Dimebag Track
blabbermouth.net reports: Dan McNew, the organizer of the Ride for Dime bike rally in honor of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, has posted the following message on the RideForDime.com web site:

"We all know Dimebag's musical roots were in country western music, and we all know what a great sense of humor he had. And last but not least, Dime supported the local music scene in Dallas and would sometimes record with local musicians. I ran into one of those musicians, 'Throbbin Donnie Rodd' tonight [Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006] in a club who told me the story of how Dimebag sat in on a recording session with him and recorded this country western song called 'Country Western Transvestite Whore'. Dime plays lead guitar and lead vocals. I just wanted to pass this song on to everyone. Enjoy!" [see full story for the download link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Billboard Awards Winners
Las Vegas Sun reports: An R&B veteran and a young upstart won big Monday night at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards. 

A 17-year-old lothario, Chris Brown, took home new artist of the year, male of artist of the year and artist of the year awards. But it was a seasoned artist that took home the most honors. R&B diva Mary J. Blige's comeback album, "The Breakthrough," delivered nine awards to the 35-year-old singer, including R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year, female R&B artist of the year and R&B/Hip-Hop album of the year. 

Country crossover Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" won both country album and album of the year. The "American Idol" winner was named female country artist of the year. Canadian rockers Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons," won rock album of the year and artist-duo/group of the year. The band closed the show jamming to "Looking for some Touch," with Kid Rock and ZZ Top. [see full story for more][see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Staind Taking A Break 
TuneLab reports: It's going to be awhile before there's a new Staind album in record stores according to front-man Aaron Lewis. In an interview with Billboard he said, "Everybody needs some time off. I like to try to make sure the surface is clean. You've got to let all the build-up from being on tour and playing the same songs over and over again go away and have a clean slate to start over with so we don't repeat ourselves.

We've kept a pretty rigorous schedule from the word go in our career. We've been around for 10 years and made five records; that's a pretty serious work schedule. I don't think there's anything wrong with slowing that down just a little bit and giving people a little bit of an opportunity to miss what we have to offer."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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$100K Underground
Gigwise reports: A ridiculously rare Velvet Underground acetate album is on sale on eBay with the highest bidder, at the time of press, offering $106,400 for the piece. 

The album is so pricey because it's thought to be the only surviving copy of the early version of The Velvet Undergrounds' classic eponymous album. 

The 1966 recording features nine alternative versions of Velvet Underground tracks and is thought to be part of the much reported Lost Scepter Studio Recordings.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doherty Justice
hecklerspray reports: Pete Doherty is a funny old goose, isn't he? In the space of just over a year he's gone from being the critic's dirty-fingernailed darling to a widely-regarded spuff-monkey, but it can't just be because Pete Doherty's music is rubbish, can it?

Of course not - most of the reasons why Pete Doherty is quickly falling out of favour with everyone is because he keeps on ending up in court on tedious drugs charges. Like he was earlier today, turning up for sentencing on one of the roughly 12 billion times he's been arrested for possession of drugs lately. And the good news is that Pete Doherty managed to avoid jail yet again, instead being slapped with a £770 fine and a four-month driving ban. Well, at least that's good news for Kate Moss at least, since she won't have to wait until Pete Doherty gets out of chokey before she can become the wife of a jumped-up tuneless busker now.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Found Club Boy
TuneLab reports: New Found Glory have announced they will be hitting the road with Fall Out Boy and The Early November on a brief, small club tour starting on January 4th in San Francisco and ending on January 20th in Orlando, FL.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Goo Goo Dolls Book New Dates 
TuneLab reports: The Goo Goo Dolls will continue touring in support of their latest album, 'Let Love In', on into 2007. Latest additions include:

February 7th in Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convention Center
February 9th in Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
February 10th in Chattanooga, TN @ Memorial Auditorium
February 11th in Little Rock, AR @ Robinson Center
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cheadle as Miles
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned that Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle ("Hotel Rwanda") plans to direct and star in "Miles Davis," a biopic of the legendary jazz innovator. 

What's more, Cheadle has hired the Oscar-nominated screenwriting and producing duo, Chris Wilkinson and Steve Rivele ("Nixon"), a pair of lit heavyweights who adapted the life story of boxing's greatest heavyweight, Muhammad Ali, for Michael Mann's "Ali."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rick Scott Crocco RIP
blabbermouth.net reports: Longtime metal journalist and Shockwaves magazine editor Bob Nalbandian has released the following announcement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"I am saddened to report that Rick Scott Crocco passed away on the morning of December 3, 2006 in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. The cause of death is undisclosed. Rick was the original guitarist for the Orange County, CA hard rock band EDEN, who released their debut self-tiled album in March of 1986 on the Enigma/Restless label. Rick received critical praise as virtuoso guitarist and was often compared to the likes of Paul Gilbert, whom he had graduated from G.I.T. with in 1984.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Engine of Pain New Hire
blabbermouth.net reports: ENGINE OF PAIN, the Dutch thrash act featuring former AFTER FOREVER (1995-2000) drummer Joep Beckers, has announced the addition of guitarist Bastiaan Kuiper (SYMBOLIC, STORMRIDER) to the group's ranks. The band will release its new album, "I Am Your Enemy", in January 2007 via Lion Music.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wembley Mused
pr-inside reports: Rockers MUSE now look set to become the first act to headline a show at the new Wembley Stadium in London after plans to open the famous venue with shows by BON JOVI, THE ROLLING STONES and TAKE THAT fell flat.

Muse have booked the venue for 16 June (07) and hope to fill it with 75,000 fans.

The stadium, which housed London's LIVE AID and was the home field of the country's soccer team, has been closed for major renovation since 2000.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sheldon's Appetite
DiR reports: The Steven Adler fansite has a brand new interview with Sheldon Tarsha, former frontman for Adler's Appetite. Here is an excerpt where he discusses his new CD: Well, you know, after the whole (Adler's Appetite) break-up in Germany, I came back to LA, and I knew what I had to do, "I gotta make a record!". That was the plan with Adler's Appetite the whole time, I was thinkin' we're gonna make a record and put it out, and then the band broke up, and I was like, "Dude, I ain't stoppin now!". So, I started shopping for a deal with several different companies, but I just decided to get an investor and do it that way, make it independently. I built a state-of-the-art recording studio and produced the record myself. It's kinda crazy, I went like 'one-man band' style on it; did all the drums, guitar, bass, vocals, and engineering and production. I just did everything myself, it's a twelve song album, it's called TARSHA PROPHECIES. It will be available online at my website, TarshaRock.com![see full story for the full interview]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What to Buy
punkbands reports: Some good records comming out this week - the release schedule for this week is as follows: 

Rise Against - Generation Lost DVD
Death From Above 1979 -Heads Up
Botch - 061502 CD/DVD
Children Of Bodom - Chaos Ridden Years: Live In Stockholm DVD
Teasing Lulu - Infatuation
Be Your Own Pet - Be Your Own Pet
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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