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Report for 09/06/06
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: My Chemical Romance - "Welcome To The Black Parade"

Artist: Forget Cassettes

Reviews: IMA Robot Interview | Bump | Frozen Mist

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REM Reunion
Wenn reports: Rockers REM will reunite with former drummer BILL BERRY when the band is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta on 16 September (06).

Berry quit the group due to health issues in 1997 and has only played publicly with his bandmates three times since.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiddy Vs Diddy
MTV reports: 50 Cent's frustration at trying to move Bad Boy recording artist Mase over to G-Unit has apparently come to a head over the past few days. Last week, Fif leaked a dis record going at Diddy called "Hip-Hop," which finds him rapping over the track for Dead Prez's song of the same name. In it, the G-Unit general levels some unfounded accusations at Diddy.

"Who shot Biggie Smalls?/ [If] we don't get them, they gonna kill us all," 50 raps. "Man, Puffy know who hit that n---a man, that n---a's soft…. [there is more at the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Who Let This Dog Out? Paris Punk'd
Guardian reports: Fans of Paris Hilton could be in for a surprise when they purchase her album: guerrilla artist Banksy has doctored hundreds of copies of the socialite-turned-singer's debut CD and smuggled them into record shops around the [UK]. 

At first glance, the tampered copies appear similar to the originals, but closer investigation reveals that the cover photograph has been amended so that Hilton appears topless. [an inside photo reportedly has Paris' head replaced by a dog's] A sticker promises such hits as Why Am I Famous? and What Have I Done?, while each page of the booklet is illuminated by an ironic slogan. [The cds were replaced by CDRs with remixes of Paris interviews and is credited to DM, some are speculating that it could be Danger Mouse. Even funnier is the fact that a leading retailer in the UK says that not one person that mistakenly purchased this version has returned it. Then again the CD isn't exactly flying off of the shelves in UK record stores. See the full story for a little more on this story and to see a photo of the punk'd cover next to the authentic crap one] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Vs Clear Channel
blabbermouth.net reports: The Spanish edition of Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris. [on part of the problems that led to the Ozzfest 'egging' incident: 

Steve: "Whenever we go to the USA, Bruce is very vocal in those things because there are things completely wrong in that country. The fans are great and loyal and I feel sorry they understand the message in a wrong way and think that we do not enjoy playing in the USA. The problem is with the venues. They sell the front-row tickets to people that do not even care for the band. The real fans are in the 20th row and the people from the front rows have been invited or have the money to get those seats and sit there eating f***ing fried chicken. Imagine playing in front of those people. You get really upset!

Q: The problem is that most venues are owned by Clear Channel and one cannot fight against the elements.

Steve: "One can, and we will. We will see what happens." [he has some choice words for MTV and $haron as well, check out the full story for more on this and a lot of info on the new CD] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mercury Prize Announced
hecklerspray reports: Well now there's a surprise. After two whole weeks of us painstakingly listing and comparing the chances of the 2006 Mercury Prize contenders, Arctic Monkeys - the favourites - have only gone and won it.

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys ended up winning the Mercury Prize, just like everyone thought they would, and how were we rewarded? By listening to a bunch of mumbled Northern half-sentences that lasted for about two and a half minutes. Still, at least by winning the Mercury Prize, Arctic Monkeys have ensured that they'll never sell another record for the rest of their careers.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Roth Has Heart
sleazeroxx.com reports: Ashley Abernathy was 9 years old, suffering from leukemia and needed to be cheered up. She found her inspiration from the unlikeliest of places: a serenade from David Lee Roth. 

The former Van Halen frontman recorded a song especially for Abernathy, giving the little girl the rock-star treatment in the heart-rending tune. 

"Who deals the cards? Ashley Abernathy," Roth sang. "Who steals your heart? Ashley Abernathy. Ashley Abernathy makes you happy!!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cars Reunion Crashes
Wenn reports: Former UTOPIA rocker KASIM SULTON has dropped out of THE CARS reunion project to reunite with MEAT LOAF on tour.

The bass player joined ex-bandmate TODD RUNDGREN when The Cars hit the road as THE NEW CARS with BLONDIE earlier this year (06). That tour stalled in June (06) when the guitarist was injured in a tourbus crash. And, now the group is preparing to return to the road, Sulton will instead tour with Meat Loaf on his Bat Out Of Hell III tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Manic Reissue
thetripwire reports: Great news for fans of Manic Street Preachers! Next up on their reissue list is Everything Must Go, the album that launched them into mainstream success in the UK, going platinum several times over... except in the US. 

NME has the specifics on the reissue, which will include demos, b-sides, rehearsals and alternate takes along with the original album. It will also feature a DVD that has a new documentary on the album, all four promotional videos, plus live and TV performances. Although no US release date has been mentioned yet, it will hit stores in the UK on November 6.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mayhem Vs Poland
SMN reports: MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar has issued the following statement regarding the group's ban from performing in Poland: A fascist-religious government in Europe hides behind its democratic façade! Some time ago, MAYHEM was set to play in Poland. And we were very excited to deliver a great show to our Polish fans! The Polish government didn't warn us of any requirements, rules or guidelines in advance. So, thinking that all the details were taken care of, we set out with all our equipment and our entire stage set. One day before the show however we were informed that the Polish government had banned us from playing the country! And without any official statement or explanation!

When we looked into the situation, we saw that many Polish newspapers claimed that this action was merely based in politics as it was close to the next Polish elections. It seems that politics and religion are very strongly interlocked in the country. Could this be a new form of religious dictatorship and inquisition? [he's just getting warmed up, click the full story to read more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Goldfrapp Remixed
PR reports: Goldfrapp is coming out with We Are Glitter, a new remix album out on Mute Records October 17th. The album features work from white-hot remixers The Flaming Lips, DFA, C2 (aka Carl Craig), Benny Benassi, Ewan Pearson, François K, Alan Braxe & Fred Falke and many more, most of which have not been previously available commercially. We Are Glitter's highlights include alluring remixes of such songs as "Number 1" and "Ooh La La," both of which hit #1 on Billboard's "Hot Dance Club Play" chart. We Are Glitter also contains the special bonus track "Strict Machine (We Are Glitter mix)," a song from their second studio album Black Cherry, remixed by Goldfrapp themselves. This new version of "Strict Machine" also appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming feature film Miami Vice and the original album version has just been licensed for use in the new Verizon TV advertising campaign which launched July 25.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sufjan Christmas
Gigwise reports: Sufjan Stevens has announced plans to release an album Of Christmas Carols this autumn.

Entitled 'Songs For Christmas' the record will be a five volume anthology of work recorded between 2001 and 2006.

It will come will a host of extras including stickers, essays, artwork, lyric sheets and chord charts.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talking Unearth
PR reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 95 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. This fourth in a series of Ozzfest specials features an interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with Ken Susi and John "Slo" Maggard of Unearth. Interview topics include Ozzfest, the Massachusetts Metal scene, All That Remains, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Rush, KISS, and Music Choice. Additional podcast topics include listener letters, Lonn Friend, and Music123.com. A photo as well as the 30-minute podcast can be downloaded at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Coheed and Cambria DVD
TuneLab reports: Coheed and Cambria will release a DVD of their May 20th concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on October 31st. Titled 'The Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom', the DVD will include the bands performance as well as videos for "Welcome Home", "The Suffering" and "Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial". Behind-the-scenes exclusive interviews and other footage will also be included. [see full story for tracklisting] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Breeders Draft Albini
Gigwise reports: The Breeders have begun work on their fourth studio album with the help of Nirvana producer Steve Albini.

Updating fans via their official website, Jose Medeles' wrote: : "So here's the latest update in Breederland...We'll be recording this month in LA...The studio in Dayton fell through due to elements out of our control, we tried..."

"Kim and Kelley (will head to Albini's to work on a couple songs in September..."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Celeb Justice
E! reports: After praising his songwriting prowess, a London judge on Monday ordered the Babyshambles singer [Pete Doherty] to spend additional time at a drug rehabilitation facility in lieu of jail for a litany of drug-possession charges.

In assessing his progress, she told the 27-year-old rocker and sometime Kate Moss sidekick he could avoid the lockup if he stayed clean and employed.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Headbanger's TV Journey
blabbermouth.net reports: "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", a brand-new documentary offering a guided tour through heavy metal's storied but largely ignored history, is one of eight new high-end feature-length programs that is included in VH1's documentary series "VH1 Rock Docs".

"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" air times on VH1:
Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 p.m. EST
Sunday, September 10 at 1:00 a.m. EST 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Primus DVD
The PRP reports: More details have surfaced on Primus' upcoming new DVD outing "Blame It On The Fish". The effort is due out through Prawn Song on October 17th. Described as an "abstract take" on the band's 2003 reunion tour, "Tour De Fromage", the outing will include live performance footage, interviews and behind the scenes footage. The performance footage runs as follows:
01 - "Mr. Krinkle"
02 - "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver"
03 - "Southbound Pachyderm"
04 - "De Anza Jig"
05 - "Over The Electric Grapevine"
06 - "Hello Skinny"
07 - "Nature Boy"
08 - "Bob"
09 - "Mary The Icecube"
10 - "Pilcher's Squad"
11 - "American Life"
12 - "Mr. Knowitall"
[see full story for bonus details]
- Click Here for the Full Story 

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