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Full Report for 08/$d/2009


Alice In Chains Album Details
antiMusic reports: Some new details have surfaced about the Alice in Chains comeback album. The effort, titled "Black Gives Way To Blue," is set to hit stores on September 29.

According to Blabbermouth, the track listing has been revealed as follows: 1. All Secrets Known 02. Check My Brain 03. Last Of My Kind 04. Your Decision 05. A Looking In View 06. When The Sun Rose Again 07. Acid Bubble 08. Lessons Learned 09. Take Her Out 10. Private Hell 11. Black Gives Way To Blue

Former Comes with the Fall singer William DuVall took over vocal duties for the late Layne Staley who died of a drug overdose in 2002. The band said of their new album that they hope "these songs will strike a chord and make a similar impact on all of you out there that were moved by this band in the first place." - Read the Blabbermouth report

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Kid Rock Helps Beaten Pizza Man
timesoftheinternet.com reports: Kid Rock sent a little surprise to a Papa John pizza delivery man viciously beaten and robbed in Ohio last month -- a $1,500 check.

Harry Colyer, 28, of Harrison, Ohio, said he found the check earlier this week when he was released from a Cincinnati hospital after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his face, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

While in town for a July 22 concert, Kid Rock decided to help Colyer after reading a story about the attack, said Nick Stern, a New York City representative of the musician. - more on this story

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Van Halen Sitcom- Dylan Christmas Album- Steven Tyler Breaks Shoulder- Duff McKagan's Loaded Sick Vinyl- Beastie Cancer Update- 80s Icon Dies and more
antiMusic reports: Look who's hot for…Two and A Half Men! Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) will play himself in an episode when the CBS comedy returns Sept. 21more

Bob Dylan is busy working away on an upcoming Christmas album. According to Bullypulpit.com, at least four songs have been already recorded for the as-yet-untitled yuletide offering. more

Duff McKagan's Loaded has this tidbit for fans: "We want everyone to know that a limited vinyl version of Sick is now available in the US! The custom multi-colored record comes with LP-only cover art by Mexican Chocolate Design, and is packaged with a white label two song 7"!" It's for sale here

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, sent an email blast this morning, Aug. 5, updating his health status following surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his parotid gland, the discovery of which caused the cancellation of the band's scheduled concert appearances behind their recently completed album, Hot Sauce Committee. You can read the email here

The trio behind Spinal Tap and the Folksmen has set a Sept. 1 release date for a DVD of their recent concert tour. "Unwigged & Unplugged: An Evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer" features an entire 35-track performance filmed at their May 31 show at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee. more

Gunfire 76, the new project featuring former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13, has finished recording its debut album at a studio in Charlotte, North Carolina for a tentative fall release more

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has broken his shoulder after falling off the stage during a concert on the veteran rock band's ill-starred summer tour, an insider said on Thursday. more. So it isn't surprising that Aerosmith postponed at least one weekend concert.more

Family and fans of legendary rock singer Phil Lynott are planning a major exhibition to mark what would have been his 60th birthday. The Green Gallery in Dublin, Ireland will pay tribute to the Thin Lizzy frontman later this month with a collection of works inspired by him. more

Leafblade, the side-project of guitarist/singer Danny Cavanagh from Anathema, will release their debut album Beyond, Beyond on September 10th through the new label Angelic Recordings. more

Born to Run Late: The date Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are expected to perform the album "Born to Run" in its entirety on stage has been changed. Springsteen has moved the date from Sept. 10 to Nov. 18 more.

80s Icon Dies: John Hughes, the director behind such '80s classics as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, has died. Hughes suffered a heart attack and could not be revived, various media outlets report. He was 59.more

Skid Row had to postpone their South American tour due to scheduling conflicts. They tell fans, "We have now rescheduled the shows and we will be there in November." more

Order Of Ennead is currently preparing to record their next album for Earache Records.more

Apocalyptica has announced that they will be entering the studio later this year to record a new studio album. The record is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of next year.more

Down drummer Jimmy Bower revealed that the band are coming very close to finishing and releasing their new DVD. "We're about to release a live DVD of a tour we did in Europe back when we had absolutely no promotion and no label to speak of, yet we sold out every show. Now that?s gotta tell you something." more

Red Collar has announced a special vinyl release of their debut full-length, Pilgrim. The pressing will be limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, with a reworked track listing to give the album a better Side A / Side B feel.more

Cradle Of Filth has announced that they are currently planning to enter the recording studio by November to start work on their next album. The album is expected to be released around the March/April period of 2010 more

David J of Bauhaus and Love And Rockets has announced that he will give two unique performances in Los Angeles, during which he will play original material as well as cover songs by artists including Nick Cave and Glasvegas.more

The new folk-savvy 4-piece from Winchester, Polly and the Billets Doux are set to perform a session on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends at 6:15pm on Saturday 8th August. Described as blues, folk, country and jazz with a dash of Americana and rockabilly, the band will perform the song "The City and the Sailor," from their debut album, "Fiction, Half-Truths and Downright Lies," released Monday 10th August. Show link

V Festival have announced two up-and-coming acts who will open this year's festivals. The Last Republic and Underline The Sky have won this year's Road To V contest more -

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KISS For Grandma?
antiMusic reports: Now Grandma can get in on all that KISS merch with KISS Bingo! We're totally serious, the band announce this latest whoring of their likeness on Thursday. Of course, they whore Peter and Ace's images and not those other guys wearing their make-up.

Yes it was a slow news day, so here is part of the exciting announcement which basically gives the instructions for how to play bingo (we'll leave that alone): The Classic game of Bingo meets KISS.

Players choose a Bingo Card to begin the game. There are 24 numbers per card plus a free space in the center of the card. The numbers run from 1 to 75. Once the game begins, the caller selects numbers at a random and calls them. As soon as the caller calls out a number, all the players place a Bingo Chip on that number (if the number is on their card). The winner is determined when a player completes a winning bingo pattern (a line - either vertical, horizontal or diagonal, a full card (when all the numbers are to be covered or any pattern that the caller determines to be the winning combination prior to the game beginning).
- Have money to waste?

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Aerosmith Singer Falls Off Stage, Taken To The Hospital
Rapid City Journal reports: A huge number of fans and concert connoisseurs packed the field in front of the Buffalo Chip Campground main stage to see the bad boys of Boston themselves, Aerosmith. But fans were treated instead to an abbreviated show after lead singer Steven Tyler fell off the stage during the set, a Journal reporter at the scene said.

Details were sketchy at news deadline, but staffers said the sound system failed shortly before the incident as the band was playing "Love In An Elevator."

Tyler was helped backstage after the fall, where word came that he was being taken to an area hospital after being evaluated backstage by medical personnel. - more on this story

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Ministry Remixed
PR reports: Ministry, arguably the most influential industrial band to date, punctuated the close of their 30 year recording career with 2007's The Last Sucker. Now comes the remix album, The Last Dubber, an appropriately beguiling album that dabbles in both trance and metal.

All tracks remixed by Clayton Workbeck of RevCo with the exception of "Let's Go (Dawn of Oblivion Mix)" by John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Ministry, False Icons) and "The Last Sucker (Hardware Revamp Mix)" by DJ Hardware

The Last Dubber is the fourth in a series of remix records from Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records. The previous albums being: Prong's Power of Damn MiXXXer, RevCo's Cocktail MiXXX, Ministry's Rio Grande Dubya and RevCo's Sex-O MiXXX-O (which is set for a Sept. 29 release). - more on this story

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Nick Oliveri Goes Death Acoustic
MVD reports: Impedance and MVD Audio are pleased to announce the release of Nick Oliveri Death Acoustic for North American distribution on October 6, 2009.

You may know him as the long haired bass player on the early Kyuss albums or as the mysterious Rex Everything in The Dwarves. Others will know him as one of the creative partners behind Queens Of The Stone Age and more recently the screaming front man of Mondo Generator. He is of course, Nick Oliveri... A man that should need no introduction to rock fans across the world.

Starting his musical career as a teenager with some friends from Palm Desert, California, Oliveri played bass and wrote a number of songs on the first two albums of desert rock pioneers Kyuss. The band would go on to establish them as a cult band worldwide and ensure high interest in all the members' future projects.
- more on this story

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Tenacious D To Replace Beasties At Music Festival
PR reports: The self-proclaimed "Greatest Band in the World," Tenacious D, is joining the world's greatest lineup of artists for the 2nd annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, taking place August 28 - 30 in historic Golden Gate Park.

The closing act on Sunday night, Tenacious D will share the day's bill with remarkable artists such as MIA, Ween, Modest Mouse and Band of Horses amongst others.

This will mark the legendary band's first appearance in the Bay Area in three years and their United States Festival debut. The D promises to "unleash an earthquake of rock on the Bay Area!" - more on this story

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Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Frank Black and David Berkeley Tribute Mark Mulcahy
MVD reports: Singer-songwriter David Berkeley is honored to announce his contribution to the upcoming Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, out Sept 29th on Shout! Factory.

Serving as a benefit for the Mulcahy family, the album contains an amazing linup of indie rock greats contributing their own versions of Mulcahy songs. With Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe and The National handling the first three tracks on the album, the fourth is David Berkeley's haunting version of "Love's The Only Thing That Shuts Me Up." Dinosaur Jr., Elvis Perkins, Mercury Rev and Frank Black also contribute songs to the album.

"We're particularly taken with 'Love's The Only Thing That Shuts Me Up' by David Berkeley. A lovely interpretation from a rich voice," commends Katie Hasty of HITFIX upon an early listen to the album. - more on this story

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Shadows Fall On Demand
Adrenaline reports: Starting August 17, the new video from New England's Shadows Fall, "Still I Rise," will be available exclusively on Music Choice, the award winning, multi-platform music network.

Forty million music fans across the country will have exclusive access to the video on Music Choice On Demand - the most popular free video-on-demand network in the country.

"Still I Rise" is the first video from the band's upcoming album, Retribution, which streets September 15 on Everblack Industries. The video was shot by longtime Shadows Fall director Zack Merck at the Affliction warehouse in southern California, and was shot in the ring with actual Affliction fighters! Fans were invited to come down and rock out, and they received a special place as extras in the video.
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Julian Lennon Reissued
conqueroo reports: When a son of John Lennon announces his own musical career and shows up looking and sounding very much like his iconic dad, critics and listeners alike are bound to react with arms firmly folded. But Julian Lennon's gifts as a songwriter quickly broke down skepticism and sent the young artist soaring up the American album and singles charts.

Three of his original Atlantic Records albums have long since fallen out of print, only to be reissued by Noble Rot, a subsidiary of Collectors' Choice Music in the Infinity Entertainment Group. The albums The Secret Value of Daydreaming, Mr. Jordan and Help Yourself will hit retail on September 8, 2009 (the day before the remastered album catalog of his dad's group appears in stores). Author Gene Sculatti wrote the liner notes.

Lennon's first single, "Valotte," and "Too Late" from his 1984 Phil Ramone-produced Valotte album notched the No. 9 and 5 positions on the Billboard pop singles chart. The platinum-certified album received a Grammy nomination, and Sam Peckinpah directed the videos. With much to prove, Lennon released his follow-up, The Secret Value of Daydreaming, also produced by Ramone, in 1986. Billy Joel sat in on piano. With both the single ("Stick Around") and the album both attaining the No. 32 spots on their respective charts, the album showed Lennon to be a songwriter of considerable versatility.
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Singled Out: Bobby Long
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Bobby Long tells us about "The Bounty Of Mary Jane" from his brand new album "Dirty Pond Songs". We now turn it over to Bobby for the story:

I wrote this song during a sleepless night. I had done everything to try and sleep and was reading magazines and books, hoping my eyes would dwell on some words and knock me out. I played endless DVD commentaries, but everything seemed interesting and drew me in.

While looking for something I found a free DVD from a paper called "The Bounty". Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins are in it, and it's based on a boat during the times when Britain ruled the seas. I watched it and dreamt my way through it. At the end of the film I drifted off into a sleep and dreamt the whole film ending in my head.

It's not a particularly great film but I ended up falling in love with a woman in it. I woke up having a kind of intense sympathy for her and tried to write a song for her. I had previously written a finger picking riff for a Jesse James film I was working on, but I decided to use it for this song. I felt it was a good starting point. I wanted to push myself playing wise with this song and get away from the folk finger picking that I usually do. I tried to keep intensity with this song by having space and simple picking in the root chord, giving it rhythm. I never usually like the ohh and ahhs in songs. Sometimes they can be an easy replacement but they gave the song a morose and melancholic feel that somehow seemed to give a good crossover between parts.

I tried to re-watch the film and I quickly realized that my interpretation that I had dreamed was nothing like the film, even the woman was different. It's quite funny now because some people think its about weed, but then again maybe it is.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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