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Report for 12/08/06
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: Architect – "The Awakening" mp3

Best of 06: Mars Volta

Reviews: Doors | Rock Star Supernova | MorleyView: Dead Celebrity Status | Behemoth | Sandra McCracken

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Nerds Vs Band, Nerds Win
Gigwise reports: Clinic have been forced to cancel their one-off London show at the legendary surroundings of St Martin's College next week. 

The cancellation of the December 14 show comes after a 'small minority' of local students complained about the event saying that it would disrupt their studies. 

A sit-in stage protest had been organised in response to the show.[see full story for more... they are afraid of interrupting their studies but they still have time to protest?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney Talks Crotch
antiMusic reports: For those that care, Britney took to her website on Thursday and explained about her recent behavior including giving some photographers a better view of her than they ever expected. "It's been so long since I've been out on the town with friends," Britney writes. 

"It's also been 2 years since I've even celebrated my birthday. Every move I make at this point has been magnified more than I expected, and I probably did take my new found freedom a little too far. Anyway, thank God for Victoria's Secrets' new underwear line! I look forward to a new year, new music and a new me."

[For all of your emailing asking about "the photos" we don't have them but you can see them at the full story link. But first ask yourself, What Would Tyler Durden Do? ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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User Sues Kazaa over RIAA Lawsuit
tinfoilmusic.net reports: In Chicago, Illinois, a Kazaa customer has filed a class action against Kazaa, Lewan v. Sharman, U.S.Dist. Ct., N.D. Ill 06-cv-6736.

The lead plaintiff, Catherine Lewan, was a Kazaa customer who was sued by the RIAA for her use of Kazaa, and paid a settlement to the RIAA. In her complaint she alleges, among other things, that -Kazaa deceptively marketed its product as allowing "free downloads" (Complaint, par. 30); -it designed the software in such a manner as to create a shared files folder and make that folder available to anyone using Kazaa, while at the same time failing to make the user aware that it had done so [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Grammy Nominations
PR reports: Nominations for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced today by The Recording Academy® reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, new up-and-comers are nominated alongside established artists and a diverse array of producers and other creative professionals garner multiple nominations. The press event was held at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood and was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations this morning included Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Chris Brown, Evanescence's Amy Lee, Ludacris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rascal Flatts, Justin Timberlake, and KT Tunstall. The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 11, 2007, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Mary J. Blige tops the nominations with eight, while Red Hot Chili Peppers garner six, James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, will.i.am and John Williams each earn five nods. Beyoncé, Bryan-Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton, T.I, and Justin Timberlake receive four each. [see full story for the list of top nominations]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pete Doherty Cartoon
Yahoo reports: A cartoon charting the life of Pete Doherty is to be made into a TV program. A Boy Called Pete is one of a series of animated books detailing the highs and lows of pop-culture figures, including Britney Spears, Madonna, Eminem, and Robbie Williams.

Devised by Peter Robinson, the tale of the former Libertine and Babyshambles' star has now been sold to TV, although there are currently no details about when it will air.[see full story for more... cartoon drug busts are always fun for the kids to watch!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Super Furry Albums
Gigwise reports: Super Furry Animals have three albums worth of fresh material, according to frontman Gruff Rhys. 

The Welsh outfit have recently finished mastering their as-yet-untitled new album, but Gruff says there's plenty more where that came from. 

Rhys confirmed that the band have about 20 hours of material which they are going to put out gradually over the coming years. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sam Kress RIP
blabbermouth.net reports: Sam Kress, the original vocalist of acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN and former co-editor of early '80s underground fanzine Whiplash, passed away several days ago. The cause of his death has not been released.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Plot new CD, Return to Classic Sound?
blabbermouth.net reports: METALLICA has written about 25 songs for its ninth studio effort and is now concentrating on trimming that list to one album's worth of material, which it will begin recording in January. Drummer Lars Ulrich told Launch on Tuesday (December 5) that the band's summer European tour, on which METALLICA played its classic 1986 album "Master of Puppets" in its entirety, paved the way for the sound of the new album. "What I hear sounds very lively, very spunky, got a lot of energy," he said. "I think that the shows we played over the summer, we were definitely leaner and kind of in better shape than we've been in a long time. I mean, having to deliver 'Master of Puppets' for three months this summer definitely revitalized some of that stuff in us, and it's been kind of fun having that in the back of our mind as we've been going through this process. [see full story for more including Lars promise about his drums this time around… (thanks Bob Rock for that inspired tribute to pots n pans… but will James return to his old school vocal style?] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Trendkiller Tour
blabbermouth.net reports: The first dates have been announced for The Trendkiller Tour 2007 featuring SWORN ENEMY, KATAKLYSM, SUICIDE SILENCE, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK and TOO PURE TO DIE. They are as follows:

Feb. 01 - Worcester, MA
Feb. 02 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Feb. 03 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Club Deep
Feb. 04 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Helmet Temp
blabbermouth.net reports: SEBASTIAN BACH/SPREAD EAGLE bassist Rob De Luca is playing bass for HELMET on the Canadian leg of the GUNS N' ROSES tour after HELMET's regular bassist was refused at the U.S.-Canadian border. Rob had four hours to learn the 10-song set for the show in Winnipeg, then did a 12-song set in Calgary. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cornell Does Jacko
pr-inside reports: Rocker CHRIS CORNELL is set to astound fans with his upcoming sophomore solo album, which contains his cover of MICHAEL JACKSON's classic BILLIE JEAN. 

The AUDIOSLAVE singer, who used to front SOUNDGARDEN, admits the cover is a surprise choice, but insists fans will barely recognise the source material. He says, "There was once a time when Michael Jackson was cool. He was once at the cutting edge of music, even though it was pop. "There were two things about the song that appealed to me - the song is quite dark and I knew I could make it in to my own, like JOHNNY CASH did it with Soundgarden's RUSTY CAGE and NINE INCH NAILS' HURT.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Re:Ignition Tour
TuneLab reports: Re:Ignition have announced the following dates for January with Indorphine and former Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling's new band, Invitro:

January 16th in San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club
January 17th in Berkeley, CA @ Blakes on Telegraph
January 18th in San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIAA Want to Screw Artists?
tinfoilmusic.net reports: In a move to make them even more popular, the RIAA is seeking to reduce the royalty rate paid to artists. The agreement signed in 1981 is good for 25 years and ends, oh, real soon now.

The Digital Music Weblog points out that "During the period when piracy was devastating the record industry, the RIAA argues, profits for publishers rose as revenue generated from ringtones and other innovative services grew. Record industry executives said there was nothing strange about seeking a rate change that would pay less to the people who write the music." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Isis Tour
SMN reports: ISIS have announced the following North American tour dates:

February 22 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
February 23 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
February 24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
February 26 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
February 27 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kittie Tour
SMN reports: KITTIE will be embarking on a headline tour in support of their new album hitting stores February 20th entitled "Funeral For Yesterday." The first batch of dates have been announced and many more are soon to follow.

The Funeral for Yesterday Tour featuring: KITTIE, WALLS OF JERICHO, DEAD TO FALL, 36 CRAZYFISTS, IN THIS MOMENT [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Into Eternity Lineup
SMN reports: INTO ETERNITY's Tim Roth has posted the following update: "We are really excited to announce Steve (Bolognese) and Justin (Bender) as permanent members. Both will be hitting the road with us in January. They figured all the music out by ear, so I didn't have to teach them anything. That just blew me away. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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