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Report for 12/06/06
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: Styx – "All I Want for Christmas" Video

Best of 06: Here, There and Everywhere (Beatles)

Reviews: Los Lonely Boys | MorleyView: Josh Kelley | Wayne "The Train" Hancock | Stacy Rock | Behemoth

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Rap Bus Fire
CMJ reports: Lif, Coup And Wiz Escape Burning Bus About an hour after their departure from San Diego, the tour bus carrying Mr. Lif, the Coup, DJ Big Wiz, Metro and friends tumbled across the highway and burst into flames. According to a statement on the Definitive Jux website, the hip-hop troubadours and their tour buddies have suffered injuries, but astonishingly, everyone aboard is "essentially OK." 

DJ Big Wiz, SILK-E of the Coup and their friend/merch man Zarha were the most seriously injured by the crash. Each of them is receiving proper care and beginning recovery. The rest of the crew escaped from the bus "battered, but relatively unscathed." The tour bus and everything inside was destroyed during the fire. Though they have not made an official announcement, Def Jux has indicated that at least the majority of the remaining dates will be canceled due to the unfortunate accident. As the artists continue to recover from the crash, the label will provide fans with continued updates on the situation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing Pumpkins Leak?
blabbermouth.net reports: According to MTV.com, four supposed SMASHING PUMPKINS demo tracks have been making the rounds on numerous file-sharing web sites - but the authenticity of the tunes remains to be seen. The songs - "Collapsing Cities", "The Restless Word", "Siam Mais" and "In the Eyes Beholding" - were leaked as "The Baker Demos". The reunited band has been working with producer Roy Thomas Baker (QUEEN, THE CARS) on their forthcoming comeback LP.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MySpace Virus
punkbands reports: Websense Security Labs has confirmed the existence of a worm spreading on the MySpace network. This worm is exploiting the Javascript support within Apple's embedded QuickTime player (1). This is used in conjunction with a MySpace vulnerability that was announced two weeks ago on the Full-Disclosure mailing list (2). The vulnerabilities are being used to replace the legitimate links on the user's MySpace profile with links to a phishing site.

Once a user's MySpace profile is infected (by viewing a malicious embedded QuickTime video), that profile is modified in two ways. The links in the user's page are replaced with links to a phishing site, and a copy of the malicious QuickTime video is embedded into the user's site. Any other users who visit this newly-infected profile may have their own profile infected as well.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Karaoke for Hicks
Reuters reports: "American Idol" season five champ Taylor Hicks will tackle songs written by Bryan Adams, Rob Thomas and Marvin Gaye on his upcoming self-titled effort. The set is due December 12 via Arista.

The silver-haired Alabama native will be putting his own spin on the Smokey Robinson classic "Ain't That Peculiar," originally performed by Marvin Gaye. "Wherever I Lay My Hat," written by Gaye, and "Dream Myself Awake," by Thomas, are also included.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Grease Lawsuit
AP reports: Lawsuit is the word: Olivia Newton-John is suing Universal Music Group Inc. for allegedly failing to pay more than $1 million in royalties on sales of the "Grease" soundtrack album. 

The breach-of-contract suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior court. It contends that while Universal did pay some royalties on the album, it failed to make a range of other contractual payments, said John Mason, an attorney for Newton-John. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maximo Park UK Comeback
Gigwise reports: Maximo Park are to return to live action in the UK with two dates in February. 

They will debut new material with shows in Newcastle and London a head of the release of their second album. Tickets go on sale on Thursday (December 7) with more dates expected to be announced shortly. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Punk Xmas
blabbermouth.net reports: RAMONES drummer Marky Ramone is pounding out the beat on a new Christmas single from his punk rock supergroup, OSAKA POPSTAR. The track is titled "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't", and it's the theme song from the 1966 movie of the same name starring Italian actor Rossano Brazzi. OSAKA POPSTAR originally released the song on their debut album "Osaka Popstar & The American Legends Of Punk", which came out earlier this year, and the band has now gotten into the holiday spirit and released it as a single.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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All-Star Traffic Tribute
BW&BK reports: Former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord will take part in an all-star celebration of the late Jim Capaldi, solo musician and member of TRAFFIC. The show will take place January 21st, close to the second anniversary of his death, at London's Roundhouse. Tickets go on sale December 18. 

The show will be presented by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris. Already confirmed to appear are Steve Winwood, Capaldi`'s longtime collaborator both in and out of Traffic; Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Bill Wyman and other such performers as Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Simon Kirke, Dennis Locorriere, the Storys, Andy Newmark, Ray Cooper and keyboardist Paul 'Wix' Wickens.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney's Crotch Popular
pr-inside reports: BRITNEY SPEARS has been named the most searched name on internet search engine Yahoo! in 2006 - the fifth time she's topped the annual list in the last six years.

Female celebrities feature heavily in Yahoo!'s top ten - SHAKIRA takes third spot, beating out competition from JESSICA SIMPSON and PARIS HILTON, who place fourth and fifth respectively.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Can Akon Save Whitney's Comeback?
pr-inside reports: R&B star AKON is giving WHITNEY HOUSTON a boost as she plans a major comeback he has agreed to work on her more "uptempo" numbers.

Houston has been planning her comeback album for more than a year and has been working on it with mentor CLIVE DAVIS, in between rehab stints to kick her drug abuse problems.

And now Senegalese chart-topper Akon has confirmed he's part of the diva's studio team. [see full story for more.... "we need more cheese, more cheese" yells Clive. Or is it cowbell?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Live Megadeth DVD
KNAC reports: Megadeth and Image Entertainment have confirmed the March 6, 2007 release of That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires live DVD. The show was filmed live at Obras Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 9, 2005 before a rabid audience of over 25,000 fans. The 90-plus minute film features songs encompassing Megadeth's career, ranging from their 1986 album Peace Sells…But Who's Buying through 2004's The System Has Failed.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Crock Hall Warped
punkbands reports: Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will open an exhibit in January honoring The Vans Warped Tour, the nation's longest running touring festival. The museum will put on display memorabilia from No Doubt, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX, New Found Glory, My Chemical Romance, Joan Jett, Dropkick Murphys, Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Helmet, Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, All-American Rejects and others.

The exhibit will run for six months and then its contents are going to be put into a time capsule for 25 years. In 2031 the capsule will be re-opened and put on display for another six months.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Year's Panic
punkbands reports: Panic! At The Disco are set to play a special performance in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve. The Las Vegas band will perform on a prime location "atop all the action" according to NBC, as part of the channel's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly. Times Square will host a quarter of a million people, while an estimated 20 million will watch live on TV. 

The hour-long show will be broadcast simultaneously on four TV channels in the US, as well as a live stream on nbc.com.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dog Fashion Disco Split
SMN reports: Baltimore based experimental metallers DOG FASHION DISCO have posted the following update:

"After much thought and consideration DOG FASHION DISCO has decided to call it quits. Their last and final show will be 1-13-07 at Club Sonar located on 407 E Saratoga St. in Baltimore, MD. They want to thank you; all of their dedicated fans for enabling them to make a life and career out of the music of DOG FASHION DISCO. This is something that not many people get to enjoy and do. It was a hard decision but after 10 years on CONSTANT dedication and touring it is time to pursue other interests. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Night Ranger 07
sleazeroxx.com reports: Frontiers Records is immensely proud to officially announce the signing of NIGHT RANGER for the release of their brand new studio album "Hole in the Sun"! 

Like no other band formed in the '80s, NIGHT RANGER has both epitomized and transcended the sound and style of that decade. Since original members Jack Blades, Jeff Watson, Kelly Keagy and Brad Gillis reunited in 1996, they have brought their guitar-crunching, melodic brand of hard rock into the 21st century with unparalleled talent, energy and creativity. With song titles as "There is Life", "Tell your Vision", "Drama Queen", "Rock Star", "White Knuckle Ride" and "Whatever Happened" NIGHT RANGER music and attitude has now come full circle. "Great melodies, blazing guitars and fun crazy rocking live shows...it is all we know how to do", admits Blades. We know we all can look forward to the release of "Hole in the Sun" during the spring of 2007![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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