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Full Report for 07/08/2009


Nine Inch Nails Plan Final Shows
antiMusic reports: Trent Reznor took to the official Nine Inch Nails website on Tuesday to give fans some details about the band's farewell performances. Here is what he had to say: Getting right to the point, we're going to play a handful of shows in NYC, Chicago and LA starting August 22nd. They will be informal affairs in medium to small venues with longer set-lists, possible special guests, cool openers and other surprises.

Upon reflection, the NIN/JA tour felt like we had to rush through sets due to a limited allotted set length and many shows were in daylight - it just didn't feel right to end NIN that way. An offer to headline V-Fest in Toronto (being announced soon) set the idea in motion to play some FUN shows to end this up with. If we can get it together we'll film these shows, too.

In NYC we'll be playing Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. In Chicago, the Aragon Ballroom. In LA we'll be at The Wiltern, The Henry Fonda, The Palladium and The Echoplex. These should be cool, unusual and unique shows and I hope you come out - this is it.

So far, The Horrors will be joining us for some shows in NYC, Mew will be with us at other shows in NYC, Chicago and LA, and perhaps more. Details and ticket info will be announced shortly, so check back. - nin.com

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Korn Star Retires From Music
Rock Radio reports: Korn's Munky Shaffer has told of the band's pain and disbelief after drummer David Silvera left the band, sold his instruments and decided never to perform again. But he's not sure if Silvera's drug problems are entirely to blame.

Munky tells BigMusicGeek: "Three weeks ago I found out David had sold all his drums and never wants to play again. I was blown away. I'm over him not wanting to play with us – but he doesn't want to ever play the drums again? I told everyone in the band and they were like, 'wow'.

When asked if he thinks Silvera's addictions are at the root of the problem, Munky says: "I don't know with David. I really feel his heart wasn't into it and that may be why he was doing a lot of drugs. But then again, I'm into it and I did a lot of drugs."
- more on this story

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Metallica Live DVD Setlist
Blabbermouth reports: Tuesday night's Metallica concert in Nimes, France at Arčnes de Nîmes was professionally filmed for a forthcoming DVD release.

The disc will be made available on October 19 through French music stores and online shops only, as well as via the band's official web site, Metallica.com.

According to the MetOnTour.com web site, which is described as "your FREE virtual backstage pass to every METALLICA show," METALLICA's setlist for tonight's concert was as follows: 01. Blackened 02. Creeping Death 03. Fuel 04. Harvester Of Sorrow 05. Fade to Black 06. Broken, Beat And Scarred 07. Cyanide 08. Sad But True 09. One 10. All Nightmare Long 11. The Day That Never Comes 12. Master Of Puppets 13. Dyers Eve 14. Nothing Else Matters 15. Enter Sandman 16. Stone Cold Crazy 17. Motorbreath 18. Seek and Destroy

- More info including the Mexico City DVD plans

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Maroon 5, Kills, Kooks and Go Sinatra Their Way
Submitted News reports: Available today, exclusively on iTunes, is Frank Sinatra's originals collection, "His Way, Our Way."

"His Way, Our Way" features 13 different artists including Maroon 5, The Kills, A Fine Frenzy, and The Kooks recording exclusive covers of their favorite Sinatra songs. - tracklisting

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Slayer Announce New Album Release
HER reports: For nearly three decades, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombardo have proven over and over, whether in the studio or on the concert stage, that there is Slayer and then there's everyone else. And they're about to do it again, first with the band's co-headline spot on this summer's Mayhem Festival, and then with the late summer release of their ninth studio album, World Painted Blood (American Recordings/Columbia Records).

Some dozen new songs comprise World Painted Blood which was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009. World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman, who's spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague, Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project.

Recording World Painted Blood was a unique experience for Slayer who has historically begun the recording process with all songs written and fully rehearsed. This time, in part to make sure they could work with Fidelman, they had ideas, but did the bulk of writing and song development while in the studio. "Writing in the studio was a new idea for Slayer," said Fidelman. "I think the fact that the songs were still new and fresh to them, and they hadn't been playing them for six months in rehearsal, kept the vibe and excitement in the studio very high." - more on this story

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Metal Church Break Up
Band Statement reports: We regretfully announce that Metal Church is calling it quits. The performance at Rocklahoma will be our last show. We have had to cancel the shows scheduled for August and that, among other things, has led us to have to make this decision.

There has been far too much frustration and disappointment in trying to keep moving forward. The collapse of our record company, SPV, has made it next to impossible for us to continue in any kind of professional manner due to lack of tour support. This decision was not made lightly.

We do have unfinished business in the studio, and with any luck we will have something that will be of interest to Metal Church fans in the near future. - more on this story

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Aerosmith Wrestling and Cancelled Shows- Bowie's Remix Oddity- Clutch Leak- Maroon 5 Working with Mutt Lange- Arctic Monkeys' Strange New Music and more
antiMusic reports: WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) has tapped legendary rockers Aerosmith to provide the theme song for this year's Summerslam pay-per-view event. more.

In related news: Aerosmith postponed another two shows on its current tour — July 7 at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina and July 9 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina — due to an unspecified injury to singer Steven Tyler. According to Reuters, fans reported that Tyler seemed to pull a leg muscle at the group's last show, on June 29 in Connecticut. more

On July 20, the 40th anniversary of Armstrong's stroll across the lunar surface, David Bowie will release a special edition EP of his famous astral work, "Space Oddity," that's set to include four different mixes of the original single, plus an exciting bonus feature: the song's eight original master tracks, which audiophile fans can remix on their own!more

Clutch's Strange Cousins From The West hits stores on July 14th but you can stream the entire album right now at AOLHell.

Maroon 5's new record will be produced by Mutt Lange and singer Adam Levine says the new album "hasn't necessarily taken shape yet." more

Arctic Monkeys have labeled their new single Crying Lightning as "strange as far as a pop song goes". The track, the first release from upcoming third LP Humbug, was recorded in Joshua Tree National Park with Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme. more

Cave In's new four-song EP, "Planets of Old" will be available on July 28th via Hydra Head Records as a limited 12" release. more

Def Leppard and Poison are set to kick off VH1's new series "Live & Loud Fridays" by filming songs from their 2009 tour Tuesday night (July 7) at Meadowlands Music Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. more

Four Letter Lie drummer Derek Smith has left the band to pursue a hip hop careermore

Leng Tch'e are currently preparing to record their next full-length album. Read what the band had to say here

According to a posting on Powerman 5000's MySpace page, the band has completed work on its new album, tentatiely due before the end of the year.more

The reunited original lineup of Mr. Big will release "Budokan - Reunion Tour 2009" in Japan on CD/DVD and Blu-ray on September 9. The set features footage of the band's June 20, 2009 performance at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.more -

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Eric Clapton: The Essential Interviews
Rock Reader reports: A new book celebrates the amazing, forty-plus year career of rock guitar giant Eric Clapton. Titled 'Eric Clapton: The Essential Interviews', the long-overdue project boasts many of the legendary classic rock guitarist's honest, engaging and indispensable press interactions.

Commencing with Clapton's efforts as part of blues rock maestros Cream, 'The Essential Interviews' traces his efforts with Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos and as one of the most inventive solo artists in the history of rock music. Offering revelations on his unique life along the way, this telling book chronicles Clapton's life and work as it documents his strength in overcoming addiction and the death of his young son in his own words.

A must-read for any E.C. fan, Eric Clapton: The Essential Interviews was Edited by John D. Luerssen for Rock Reader Books. Available for advance purchase and immediate delivery
- here

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RX Bandits Kick Off Tour With Dredg
PR reports: Southern California's multifaceted prog-psych-punk quartet RX Bandits launches a massive US tour this week in support of its forthcoming fifth proper album Mandala.

The long-running band's [overused cliche removed] disc hits shelves via Sargent House on July 21, 2009. Fans can hear versions of the group's volcanic new songs live beginning Thursday, July 8th.

RX Bandits joins co-headliners Dredg for the national tour, with alternating openers Good Old War, Zechs Marquise and As Tall As Lions. - more on this story

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Jack White's Dead Weather Get Cinemaxed
PR reports: With their debut album, Horehound, quickly approaching its July 14th release, The Dead Weather (Third Man Records latest supergroup: Jack White (The White Stripes), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs) and Dean Fertita) have announced the uncensored Cinemax debut of their short film for latest single, "Treat Me Like Your Mother".

Directed by Jonathan Glazer, the groundbreaking short will premiere in its entirety on July 11th at 9:55pm on the premium cable channel. The clip will mark only the second time Cinemax has ever premiered a music video.

he Dead Weather will also rock Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on July 17th. Check out a trailer for the video right - here

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Heartless Bastards On The Road
Fat Possum Records reports: Fat Possum Records is proud to announce that the Heartless Bastards have confirmed a very impressive and exciting summer 2009 touring schedule. The band recently finished their first tour overseas and are fresh off a powerfully memorable performance at Bonnaroo as well as some dates supporting Wilco; one look at their summer tour schedule proves 2009 is undoubtedly their year.

Next up for the Austin, TX-based quartet are three of this summer's most high profile tours supporting Jenny Lewis, The Decemberists and The Avett Brothers, as well as being invited by Andrew Bird himself to open for him at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and festival performances at Lollapalooza, All Points West, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits. Main Bastard Erika Wennnerstrom and her fantastic new backing band (Dave Colvin on drums, Jesse Ebaugh on bass and Mark Nathan on guitar) are touring in support of the critically acclaimed The Mountain, and garnering new fans and rave reviews at a feverish pace. After the band's set at SXSW this year, the New York Times exclaimed, "Wennerstrom took the stage and knocked everybody down," while Details called her an "unstoppable frontwoman." Rolling Stone hailed, "Wennerstrom finds a softer side on her band's third album -- but still finds time to howl like a 'nads- free Robert Plant."

The Decemberists' guitarist Chris Funk said, "It's been a few years since I've had a voice on repeat in my mind. This voice seems to arrive in my ears while sound checking, often before the shows on a pre-show play list and after shows too -- the songs are just perfect and the band has found their spots behind this incredible woman. A unique and enduring artist arrived into our world once again." - more on this story

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Singled Out: St Helens
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Jarrod Quarrell from St Helens (electric guitar, keys, melodica, percussion, vocals) tells us about 'How To Choose Your Guru Pt 2' from their brand new album. We now turn it over to Jarrod for the story:

'How to Choose Your Guru, Pt 2' shares similar sentiment with it's predecessor, a song i wrote about 11 years earlier, titled simply; 'How to Choose Your Guru'. The original was inspired by a woman i shared a house with when i was about Eighteen. The woman, who was about 33 at the time, was an immortalist, that is, someone who believes they are going to live forever. Literally. I used to wonder why she wanted to live forever because her life seemed to me horribly mundane and she was a depressive schizophrenic. She would sit around cutting out articles from second hand women's magazines waiting to collect the crud from our bong so she could dry it out and smoke it again ( if you don't know what that means trust me that knowing will not improve your life).

Among the new age/self help books on her bookshelves was a book titled 'How to Choose Your Guru'. I didn't read it or anything, but it inspired a song. The sentiment was "who's it gonna be? Which one suits your needs? There are many you could choose, who do you relate to best?" The sentiment for part 2 is more watching two prospective gods/guru's battling for the chance to be your aide and wondering as to which guru will display enough to win your affection. Who will provide you the most? Parts 1 and 2 are not opposite sides of a coin, rather just a glimpse from the side as it spins through the air.

I demoed it on a four track tape recorder originally. I'd written the main riff on guitar but wasn't happy with it. I thought it was to jagged and that it needed more roll. I ended up just playing it on a casio tonebank just using the piano setting, then overdubbed a reverb drenched melodica and a delayed cowbell as percussion. I also added a bass part played on guitar. Sounds great, really dubby. From there I just taught the band. We tried to keep the demo feel by keeping the melodica and cowbell and Karl Scullin developed my original bass idea into what you hear on the album. Easy.

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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