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Invitro Week: Stitches
antiMusic reports: Invitro is the new project from ex-Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling that made quite a name for themselves on the Family Values tour this summer. Their debut ' When I Was A Planet' hit stores this month and to celebrate we asked frontman Jeff Weber to pick his favorite five tracks from the CD and tell us a little bit about each one. We'll now turn it over to him for today's song "Stitches":

stitches: was a song about trying to keep my life together. The first thing I wrote was the bridge, which I tried to fill with what I thought were ridiculous one line excuses I had used in the past. 

The rest of the lyrics pertained to trying to keep my life under control, while constantly making mistakes concerning everything from priorities to partying, all the while trying to keep my problems a secret.

Got you interested? Then check it out and learn more about the group- right here

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Elton Child Porn?
antiMusic reports: "My gift is my porn and this one's for you". Looks like Elton has some explaining to do if a British report is true. It appears that he donated what has been described as a child porn photo to an art exhibit and now faces investigation over the matter. Maybe he was writting a book with Pete Townshend and need the photo for research? Contact Music has the report: Sir Elton John is facing an investigation from child porn police after a photo he donated to an art exhibition was seized by cops. 

Art gallery bosses at The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England have withdrawn the explicit photo a day before the exhibition is due to start on Wednesday (26Sep07), reports British newspaper The Sun. 

The photo, taken by famed photographer Nan Godin, features two young girls posing provocatively - and is one of 4,000 pictures used in the Sir Elton John Photographic Collection. The Rocket Man hitmaker is said to admire the "directness, truth and poignancy" of Godin's work.- more on this story

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Want Some Van Halen?
antiMusic reports: YouTubers are going crazy over a new video captured of Van Halen performing "Everybody Wants Some" during the rehearsal show in Los Angeles on September 16th. Overall the fan response has been overwhelmingly positive and seems to be energizing fans for the reunion tour which kicks off on Thursday in North Carolina. 

Here is just some of the fan reaction. max00k9 writes "Holy crap! Man this tour is gonna bury the Vanhagar era for good. This is what the f*** has been missing since Dave left VH pure rock and entertainment. With Sammy it was just zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz boring say bye bye to Vanhagar music for good! Eddie knows it why the hell would he have kept attempting to bring Dave back like 4 times, EVH knows they were at their best with Dave."

ljquigley says "Not bad...sorry am a Haggar fan at heart. Makes ME feel old looking at them, tho. I'm 47...lol." The footage had the opposite effect on fulcher33 who writes, "My God, I feel like 25 years have been erased off of my life and I'm 14 again. I'm not a very religious person but I'd like to thank God for making this happen." - Judge for yourself right here

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Congress Vs Rap
antiMusic reports: Make no mistake America, Congress really cares about kids! Today they held a hearing tackling the number one issue facing young Americans. No, it's not toxic toys (and food) imported from China, it's not the coming Social Security crash, it's not an announcement that they will stop buying special interest votes by placing crushing debt on the younger generation ($400 K for a child born today) to fund their "programs", it definitely wasn't the overcrowding of schools and drop in the quality of education due to illegal immigration, and it's not even a bill to stop the exporting of millions of jobs. It's a far more important issue that threatens our future. That's right, the House held a hearing about rap lyrics. 

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Tuesday to examine the most important issue facing the nation, hip-hop. "Our representatives" heard stirring testimony from rappers about what is wrong and what is right with hip-hop. Master P couldn't apologize fast enough for using the word "bitch" in some of his past songs. 

On the other side of the coin, rapper David Banner says he is just keeping it real. "I'm like (author) Stephen King: horror music is what I do," he said according to Contact music. "If by some stroke of the pen, hip-hop was silenced, the issues would still be present in our communities. Drugs, violence and the criminal element were around long before hip-hop existed."

If you are so inclined you can write your "representative" and tell them how much you appreciate them looking at the important issues instead of the frivolous ones. You'll find the contact information- right here. 

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White Stripes Sex Tape Denied
Hecklerspray reports: The Meg White sex tape - or what we thought was a Meg White sex tape - exploded onto the internet yesterday. A low-quality two-minute video of a dumpy girl staring dead-eyed into a camera as a bloke shoves his fingers in her mouth and his thingummy up her whatsit, the apparent Meg White sex tape briefly united the planet in an orgy of careful monitor-peering, debates about whether the girl was Meg White or not and absolutely no sexual reaction whatsoever. By anyone. 

But now Meg White's rep has come forward to put us out of our misery - and trust us, the Meg White sex tape made us pretty miserable - by pointing out that the whole Meg White sex tape thing is a fake. Meg's rep tells TMZ, "Some people have a very twisted sense of humor and this prank is in particularly bad taste. The tape circulating on the Internet as featuring Meg White is fake. It's definitely not Meg."

Yes, the Meg White sex tape prank is in particularly bad taste, for so many different reasons. ...Meg White is suffering from anxiety - although now we aren't sure if it's a genuine medically-diagnosed anxiety or just the sort of anxiety you get when you discover a woman who looks like a slightly uglier version of you is having sex on the internet - and rumours of a Meg White sex tape aren't exactly going to help her recovery.- more on this story

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The Sex Pistols Revisit Anarchy for Video Game
antiMusic reports: Remember this rumor? Well it's official, here is the press release: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Sex Pistols, who famously turned down the award, recently returned to the studio to re-record "Anarchy in the U.K.," which will be included in Guitar Hero™ III: Legends of Rock as a master track. Now, fans can perform their own live version of the punk anthem in the next installment of the #1 best-selling music and rhythm video game franchise. 

The Sex Pistols were an obvious choice for Guitar Hero, having established themselves as the definitive punk band of the 1970s. Unable to locate the original multi-tracks for inclusion in the game, Activision invited the band back into the studio to re-record a couple of songs including "Anarchy in the U.K." Original members John Lydon on vocals, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook re-teamed with producer Chris Thomas, utilizing the original analog sound desk (circa 1969) that was built for George Martin at Air Studios, London, England in order to maintain the classic sound.- more on this story

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Serj Multiplicity
antiMusic reports: System of a Down's Serj Tankian is releasing his new solo album on October 23rd and to help get the word out he's put together a rather interesting video where he interviews himself with some great personality parodies. 

It is pretty funny parody of the music biz and he also gives you a look at the recording in his home studio, previews some clips, as well as explains a little of the collective consciousness in the 9 minute video. Our favorite is the label exec. 

"News In Rock - Serj Tankian's Elect the Dead." check it out- here

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Labels Criminally Accused of Hacking
antiMusic reports: Leading BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay has launched an offensive against media companies that they say have been trying to bring them down by illegal means including hacking, spamming and denial of service attacks. The Netherlands based company announced last week that they have filed criminal complains against the Swedish divisions of several major media companies including three leading music labels. 

Here is their announcement: Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.

While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police. The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level.

The [music]companies that are being reported are the following:Emi Music Sweden AB, Universal Music Group Sweden AB, Sony Bmg Music Entertainment (Sweden) AB- the announcement

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Lenny Kravitz Looks for February Revolution
antiMusic reports: You won't be getting any new love from Lenny Kravitz this year but you won't have to wait far into next year to get some as February is looking like the target release date for his 8th album "It Is Time for a Love Revolution."

According to Billboard "Kravitz played nearly all the instruments on his first effort in three years, which was recorded at his studio in the Bahamas as well as Miami, Paris and New York." He spoke to the magazine's Jonathan Cohen last week and gave a few details on the effort. "The last record was still very natural, but it had a cleaner sound," Kravitz tells Billboard.com. "On this one, I was really into using more of the room mics and getting a lot of spill. I wanted to hear the walls and the room."

Don't worry he has some special tour plans in store for you as well. He told Billboard that he is "going out and doing surprise gigs and playing clubs, where I can get out there and get close to the people and have fun." Tracklisting: "Love Revolution" "Bring It On" "Good Morning" "Love Love Love" "If You Want It"
"I'll Be Waiting" "Will You Marry Me" "I Love the Rain" "A Long and Sad Goodbye" "Dancing Till Dawn" "This Moment Is All There" "A New Door" "Back in Vietnam" "I Want To Go Home". - Check out the full Billboard article for more from Lenny on the album. 

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Hannah Montana Not Impregnated
Hecklerspray reports: Hold the phone! There's a young female Disney star out there who doesn't go around putting it about like a common tart - and that young star is 14-year-old Miley Cyrus from Disney's Hannah Montana, who absolutely isn't pregnant.

That didn't stop the whole wide internet believing that Miley Cyrus was pregnant yesterday, though, when a report claiming she had a bun in the oven - with quotes apparently from Miley Cyrus herself saying things like "I'm going to take good care of my baby" - was spread around various websites at lightning speed. 

But now it's emerged that the whole Miley Cyrus pregnancy story was all just a hoax that got out of hand - and a good thing too. Although if the story had been true, who could possibly blame Miley Cyrus for getting pregnant at 14? After all, Miley's father is Billy Ray Cyrus, and if a girl can't validate her crippled sense of self-worth stemming from years of taunts about her Dad's spectacularly dreadful haircut by sleeping around like a hooker, then what can she do?- more on this story

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Operation Ivy Remastered
antiMusic reports: If you hear a scream of joy coming from direction of Florida, that's Greenmuse when he hears this news. Epitaph sent over this update today about the reissue of a seminal album. Here is the 411:On the slate for 11/6 is the remastered, self-titled album from iconic ska-punk group Operation Ivy. 

Originally distributed by Lookout! Records as a compilation in 1991, which sold in excess of 500,000 copies, Operation Ivy features the group's only LP (Energy) as well as their 7" EP (Hectic) and two songs from the 7" EP compilation Turn It Around. 

Remastered by Gene Grimaldi (Tiger Army, Pennywise, NOFX), the album will released as a digipak with original artwork - more on this story

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Clear Channel Sold
CMJ reports: The nation's largest radio broadcasting entity, Clear Channel Communications Inc., has agreed to sell the company to a combination of equity firms for $19.5 billion, or $39.20 per share, lead by Thomas H. Lee Partners LP and Bain Capital Partners LLC. 

The initial offer was made last November, and was continually sweetened until the shareholders finally agreed to the buyout at a meeting this morning, with 98 percent of shareholders voting in favor. 

The company also announced plans to cut off a large chunk of itself, seeking buyers for all of its television stations and 448 of its smaller radio stations.- more on this story

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Moving Units Team With VHS or Beta for Fall Tour
antiMusic reports: Moving Units have an announced a co-headlining tour with VHS Or Beta this November as well as some special festival appearances.

Moving Units will be touring in support of their new album "Hexes for Exes" which hits stores on October 9th through Metropolis Records. The coheadlining tour is set to kick off on November 12th in Washington DC and will run until the 30th when it wraps up in Sacramento, Ca.

VHS Or Beta are supporting their aclaimed sophomore album " Bring On the Comets" which hit stores last month.- dates

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Kaiser Chiefs Unleash Angry Mob after the Riot
Filter reports: After having eloquently described the seedier side of UK nightlife in "I Predict A Riot," the Kaiser Chiefs are now detailing it in video for new single "The Angry Mob" where the band pose as waiters and drivers trying to quell the violence between rival bachelorette parties.

To see the lads live, get yourself to Beacon Theatre in New York on September 29th when it will be your last chance to see the Kaiser Chiefs in the US before they head back to Europe to start work on their new album. The rest of us will have to get our fix by watching their new video over and over again!- Check out the video here

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