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Report for 12/19/06
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: Sierra Swan - "It's A Merry Time" 

Best of 06: Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 

Reviews: Elvis | 2&2 Q&A: Unwritten Law | MorleyView: Mike Garson (Bowie) | Ponytail | Devil Doll

2&2: Unwritten Law
antiMusic reports: This week we speak with Scott Russo about what's happening with Unwritten Law and his other music project Scott & Aimee. Scott took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer some email questions for us. 

2&2: You guys did something different with "The Hit List" by rerecording/rearranging your fan favorites... ** Scott: We wanted to do a best of disc to connect the dots for people who had heard these songs on the radio or TV, but weren't familiar with the band.in doing so, we were confronted by gathering tracks from 5 studio records and 4 labels.. It was going to be impossible to get the 4 labels to agree to give us the tracks ,so we seized the opportunity tore record these songs to make them fresh for us and for the fans.. 

2&2: I hear you have a side project... ** Scott: I'm involved with a project called Scott and Aimee… it's not a side project, as I'm equally loyal to this as well.. we recorded a record called "sitting in a tree" that we just released and is currently available at scottandaimee.com… we're still in the works of finding a distribution home for it.. we plan on touring the s*** out of this..the band consists of my girl, Aimee Allen, my brother Jon Grill, and long time friend Dylan Howard… it's in the vane of southern California rock and reggae.. you can get a sample at www.myspace.com/scottandaimee if you'd like to check it.. Aimee is the new voice of female empowerment.. I'm very proud and xcited to be side by side with her on this..[read more at the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Reunion
sleazeroxx.com reports: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose gave fans an early Christmas gift on Sunday, when he brought out former bandmate Izzy Stradlin for five songs during the rock group's concert in Los Angeles. 

Stradlin, who quit Guns N' Roses in November 1991 and has lived a fairly reclusive existence ever since, looked like a Blues Brother, decked out in dark suit, fedora and shades. He played guitar and contributed harmonies to "Think About You," "Used to Love Her," "Patience" and "Nightrain," and returned for the final tune, "Paradise City."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney Booed
TMZ reports: How the tide has turned - now it's Britney who's getting booed and K-Fed, or something like him, eliciting cheers.

The exhibitionist pop star was among the fans at last night's Lakers-Wizards game at L.A.'s Staples Center, attending with sister Jamie Lynn and agent Jason Trawick. When Brit's face popped up on the Jumbotron, according to a TMZ spy in attendance, the entire crowd booed loudly, making Britney so mad that she left even before halftime. [finally the public catches on… see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Zeppelin Sues Site
Reuters reports: Some of rock 'n' roll's biggest names have teamed up to sue the owner of a Web site that specializes in streaming rare concert recordings. Wolfgang's Vault offers thousands of recordings of rare audio and video music performances collected over 30 years by Bill Graham, a famous concert promoter who died in 1991.

On Monday, major rock names including Grateful Dead Productions, Carlos Santana and members of Led Zeppelin and The Doors, sued the current owner, claiming it was illegally offering recordings to stimulate sales of other products.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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My Chemical Romance Rise Against Tour
PR reports: My Chemical Romance have just announced a full-scale headlining US tour in February and March. Rise Against will be the opening act on all of these dates. Stay tuned for more dates coming with Muse as the opener!

Now available is a very special pre-sale for a limited amount of tickets to you all that starts right now. Just go to mychemicalromance.com/tour and click on the ticket link for the show you want to see. Hurry - there are a very limited amount for this pre-sale. 

2/22/2007 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena 
2/23/2007 Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Roadrunner Sold
DiR/CMJ reports: Looks like Roadrunner Records has been sold. No, not to Hot Topic, but to Warner Music Group. CMJ has these details: Warner Music Group announced today that it is acquiring 73.5 percent of Roadrunner Music Group, B.V. for a $73.5 million dollar purchase price in a deal expected to end in January. The Dutch-based company, founded by Cees Wessels in 1980, will now become a freestanding label group within the Atlantic Records group, with no staff turnover. With the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum group Nickelback as their most valuable asset, Roadrunner's roster includes Slipknot, Stone Sour, Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Black Label Society and Trivium, among others. Over their 26-year history, they've become the third-leading heavy metal label in the US.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Badly Drawn Boy USA
PR reports: Badly Drawn Boy announces his March tour dates Mancunian melody maestro promises to deliver more of his musical gems to audiences and enthusiasts alike across the USA for March 2007. 

Mar 03 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Mar 05 Somerville MA @ Somerville Theatre
Mar 06 Washington DC @ 9.30 Club
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Townshend Keynote
MTV reports: Pete Townshend will be the keynote speaker at next year's South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. The Who guitarist will give his keynote address on March 14 and perform with artist Rachel Fuller[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Whitney & Family
MTV reports: Whitney Houston, her mother, Cissy Houston, and cousin Dionne Warwick have recorded a song together for the first time. Aptly titled "Family First," the song will be featured on the soundtrack to "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls," due January 9. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ahmet Ertegun Laid To Rest
AP reports: Kid Rock joined Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and hundreds of other mourners Monday at the funeral of Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records. Ertegun - who counted Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones among the stars signed to his label - died on Dec. 14 at age 83, days after falling and suffering a head injury at a Rolling Stones concert in New York City. He later slipped into a coma.

The Turkish-born Ertegun was buried at an ancestral family site near a Muslim religious lodge on the Asian side of the city following a religious service.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bloc Party Remixed
Gigwise reports: Bloc Party are set to release two exclusive downloads of their upcoming single 'The Prayer.' 

The re-workings by DJ Para One and Break & Silent Witness are only available through recordstore.co.uk for £5. 

In total, 'The Prayer' will be released over four different formats - two 7" vinyls, CD and the download. 

The single will be augmented by four new songs - 'England', 'Version 2.0', 'We Were Lovers' and the Phones (Paul Epworth) remix of the main track. [there is more including a box set- see full story for details] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Ambulance
Gigwise reports: Legendary Velvet Underground guitarist John Cale is producing the next Ambulance Ltd album. 

Cale has been in the studio with Ambulance Ltd. singer and now sole member Marcus Congleton for the past three months and so far the pair have come up with 18 tracks. 

Congleton hopes that the new Ambulance Ltd album will be released in summer 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deceased Delay
blabbermouth.net reports: Virginia-based old-school thrash metallers DECEASED have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Our new album 'Surreal Overdose' has been pushed back until the end of the year. We won't get in to start recording it until fall of 2007 at the earliest. We are taking our time with writing the songs which are coming along nicely. No word yet on when this new CD will be released.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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My Ruin Update
blabbermouth.net reports: MY RUIN frontwoman Tairrie B., who was seriously injured in a car accident in late September, has posted the following message on the band's MySpace page:

"It has been said that one of the best things about Christmas is... 'You can make people forget the past with a present.' I love that quote because it means something so different to me. Not a gift kind of present but the present of being. The best gift of all.

"As the wound continues to heal, we continue to mix our new album. But now it seems it's time to take a break and celebrate the season. While we will all be apart this Christmas — Matt (Lechevalier; drums) in France, Chris (Lisee; bass) in Los Angeles, and Mick (Murphy; guitar) and I in Knoxville, Tennessee — we are with each other in the present. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Our Spoken Peace
TuneLab reports: Our Lady Peace front-man Raine Maida's upcoming solo debut will be in spoken word format. Maida recently told Billboard, "I'm looking to get a slightly different audience as well, like broaden from the Our Lady Peace thing. I think it's for people who could dig Sage Francis or Saul Williams or any of those cats that are at the cusp of something close to greatness for me. The word and the message is at the forefront and I don't want to say it outdoes the music, but you shouldn't just be humming along not knowing what I'm saying."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vader Masachist
SMN reports: MASACHIST, a band formed by Thrufel (guitarist known from AZARATH and YATTERING) and Daray (drummer of VADER, VESANIA and NEOLITHIC) has been born. Thrufel comments:

"The idea of creating MASACHIST has been in my mind for years but it finally took it's shape after meeting Daray in 2005. Convergent music tastes and views on playing extreme sounds resulted in a will to create something new, fresh and different from what we've been playing with our bands."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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