Day In Rock 11/18: Ja Rule Manager Arrested- Jack White Snubs Lohan- Feds Investigate Dylan Song- Priest Vs The Damned- Cannibal Corpse Hospitalized- Exhumed- Bad Metal- Iommi/Hughes Pt 2?- Flaming Lips- Trapt- (hed)pe- Maiden Tribute- Stereolab- Vandals- Top Songs of All Time- Depeche Mode- Manson- Ashlee Not 'Dishonest'- Jacko Sued- Exodus- Dark Tranquillity- more
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Ja Rule's Manager Arrested
AP reports: Ja Rule's manager was arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into the music label once known as Murder Inc. 

Ron "Gutta" Robinson, 29, was arraigned on money laundering charges in federal court and released on $500,000 bond. 

Robinson was accused of conspiring with other unidentified suspects to launder more than $1 million between 1997 and 2002. He allegedly "knew and believed that some of the laundered funds were the proceeds of ... a controlled substance," the indictment said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jack White Snubs Lohan
Rockdirt reports: The White Stripes frontman Jack White refused Lindsay Lohan's offer to appear on her debut album 'Speak', according to The Sun. White sneered, "Somebody dared to ask me. Ha! She's another 16-year-old actress making an album. Like, 'NO!'" - Click Here for the Full Story 
Feds Investigate Dylan Song
MuchMusic reports: U.S. Secret Service agents were called in to investigate teens in Boulder, Colorado over a planned performance of Bob Dylan's "Masters Of War" at a high school event. Parents complained that the students were using the song to call for the death of George Bush. The principal of the school says government agents questioned him and the teacher in charge of the concert, and asked for a copy of the lyrics to the song. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Ashlee Not 'Dishonest'
MuchMusic reports: Ashlee Simpson spoke to MuchNews last weekend about her disastrous appearance on Saturday Night Live earlier this fall. "It was a situation that wasn't really my fault," the 20-year-old singer said in Los Angeles, on the set of the video for her new single, "La La". "I was sick, it was something I couldn't help so I just kind of put it behind me." Joe Simpson, Ashlee's dad and manager, complained about the press coverage of the SNL fiasco, saying, "You would have thought we got an abortion or we were doing cocaine. Did we do something wrong here? Nothing we did was dishonest." 

For more Ashlee, watch The Ashlee Simpson Show on Sundays at 4:30. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The show isn't called Saturday Night Mime, so there is a bit of dishonesty there. 

Source: MuchMusic also has news on Young Buck Sought In Vibe Stabbing , New R. Kelly Sex Scandal , Jackson Sued Again , Snoop Opens Doors , The Fightin' Ferdinands, Billboard Awards Performers Announced and more click here to check it out

Priest Vs The Damned
AP reports: A clergyman has criticized a city's decision to ask an aging punk band to switch on its annual civic display of Christmas lights. 

The Damned, the Rev. Stephen Leeke said Wednesday, do not really encapsulate the spirit of the season. 

"I do not think they are the best people to be switching on the Christmas lights," said Leeke, vicar of St. Martin's Church in Cambridge, 50 miles north of London. "I think perhaps it would be more appropriate for them to switch them off. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Cannibal Corpse Hospitalized
Blabbermouth reports: CANNIBAL CORPSE lead singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fischer was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday (Nov. 16) causing him to miss the group's scheduled performance at The World in Pittsburgh last night. The band, who are currently touring North America with NAPALM DEATH, MACABRE, KATAKLYSM and GOATWHORE, did not give specifics as to what Fischer's illness was, but a member of the CANNIBAL CORPSE road crew announced to the crowd that Fischer was "extremely sick and has spent the day in the hospital." The band proceeded to play an instrumental set and were eventually joined by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizo Iacono, who valiantly handled many CANNIBAL CORPSE classics with the aid of the crowd. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Exhumed Drummer
Blabbermouth reports: Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED have announced the addition of Canadian drummer Matt Connell (ex-f*** THE FACTS, EXPERIMENT IN TERROR) to the group's ranks. 

"EXHUMED would like to extend a 'f*** yeah!' to Connell, who replaces founding member Col Jones (who left the band in 2003, shortly after the recording of 'Anatomy is Destiny')," the group write on their web site.[see full story for more, including info on a new DVD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bad Metal
Blabbermouth reports: VH1 will premiere "40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs ... Ever" on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25) from 9PM-10PM. The cable channel's description of the program follows: 

"What's your favorite most awesomely bad 'metal' song of all time? What heavy metal songs make you shake your head, roll your eyes, laugh, gag or just want to punch something because they're so horrendously great ... that you love to hate them (or is it vice versa)? VH1 is counting down the '40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs ... Ever' in a 2-hour special, hosted by Riki Rachtman, that will cover the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs over the last three decades of awesomely bad heavy metal — the kind of songs you shouldn't bang your head to ... the kind of songs that maybe don't rock, but you love them anyway (or not). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Iommi/Hughes Pt 2?
Blabbermouth reports: Launch Radio Networks is reporting that BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and occasional collaborator Glenn Hughes are recording a new album, which they hope to release in 2005. Iommi told Launch that the pair - who recently released some recordings they made together in 1996 - will resume working in December and finish early in the New Year. Sanctuary Records will release the album, and Iommi and Hughes hope to tour in support of it.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on DIMEBAG DARRELL Sets Record Straight On Split With WASHBURN, Switch To DEAN, OZZY And SHARON OSBOURNE Among Presenters At MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS 2004, STARWOOD: Live Photos Posted Online, EPICA Guitarist: KAMELOT Frontman To Guest On New Album, ANTHRAX: Listen To Entire 'The Greater Of Two Evils' Album Online and more click here to check it out

Flaming Lips Docu
Pitchfork reports: Underneath the fuzzy animal costumes, three-piece white suits, and syringes of brown liquid lie The Flaming Lips. With a busy year behind them peppered by a wide spectrum of newsworthy endeavors, it might be argued that it's the perfect time for Wayne Coyne and his Oklahoma trio to be the subject of a documentary film covering their travels and travails. And so they are! Entitled My Life With the Fearless Freaks, and directed by longtime friend of the band Bradley Beesley, the doc will be available on DVD on March 23rd via Shout Films. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Pitchfork also has news on TV on the Radio win Shortlist Music Prize, Cream reunite!, The Slits' 1979 debut set for reissue, Death Cab Sign to Atlantic, Coil's Jhonn Balance, RIP and more click here to check it out

Infinity Drop Indies
Reuters reports: Infinity Broadcasting on Wednesday said it had severed ties with independent promoters, following the lead of other radio chains that have stopped the controversial practice of taking payments in return for playing new songs on their stations. 

The move comes just over three weeks after U.K. music giant EMI Group Plc confirmed that the New York Attorney General had begun a probe of how music companies influence what songs are played on the radio. 

"We're not going to be utilizing independent promoters, effective immediately," said Karen Mateo, a spokeswoman for Infinity Broadcasting, a unit of Viacom Inc . [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Trapt DualDisc
IAYM reports: Trapt will be releasing a CD/DVD DualDisc edition of their latest effort "Trapt" through Warner Bros. on November 23rd.- Click Here for the Full Story 
(hed)pe + Drowning Pool Tour
IAYM reports: (hed)P.E. have lined up a wealth of dates alongside Drowning Pool to take them through until mid-December, these have been confirmed as follows: 

November 23rd San Diego, California Cane's 
November 24th Orangevale, California The Boardwalk 
November 26th West Hollywood, California Key Club 
November 27th Anaheim, California House Of Blues 
November 28th Fresno, California Banker Ballroom 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Dark Tranquillity Update, Nonpoint/Candiria/Dry Kill Logic Tour, Dog Fashion Disco Bassist Quits, The Coma Structure Disband, Fear Factory "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" Video and more click here to check it out

All-Star Maiden Tribute
Metal-Rules reports: Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (KISS, MEATLOAF) has finished producing an all-star tribute to IRON MAIDEN in honor of their 25th anniversary. Culling from his extensive contacts in the musician world, Kulick has assembled major hard rock and metal players to come together and put this tribute album together. 

[the tribute will include Paul Di'Anno plus members of Motorhead, Helmet, Testament, Anthrax, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Dio, Raindow, Slaughter, Dokken, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Evanescence... lots more see full story for the run down and who is playing what on which song. ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rare Stereolab
Aversion reports: Stereolab will plunder its vaults for a three-disc rarities collection to hit stores in the spring. 

Although the band has yet to ink a deal with a label, it hopes to get its upcoming rarities collection, which remains untitled, in stores in April. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Vandals Settle With Variety
Aversion reports: The Vandals have agreed to step down in their battle to lampoon Daily Variety magazine, agreeing to change cover art for its most recent album. 

The band agreed to modify the cover art for its Hollywood Potato Chip (2004, Kung Fu). [see full story for more, including a look at the new cover]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Morrissey Dresses Like Priest, The Slits' Debut Reissued, U2 Streams New Album, Ever We Fall Signs to Hopeless, Over It Wraps Up Album and more click here to check it out

Top Songs of All Time
ArrowFM reports: First off, we don't have the entire list as the Rolling Stone Magazine is not on the stands yet. However, we do have the top ten. Number One is Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Number two is the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", a song that was recorded within a month of the Number One song. 

The rest of the top goes like this: "Imagine", John Lennon; "What's Going On", Marvin Gaye, "Respect", Aretha Franklin; "Good Vibrations", Beach Boys; "Johnny B. Goode", Chuck Berry; "Hey Jude", Beatles; "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Nirvana and number ten is Ray Charles' "What I'd Say"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on Another Stocking Stuffer, You Say it - Bon Jovi Plays it, Styx does the Beatles, In Stores Today, Snoop does the Doors and more click here to check it out

Depeche Mode Plan New CD
Ananova reports: Depeche Mode plan to begin work in January on their first album since 2001's Exciter. 

Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andrew Fletcher will meet next month in Santa Barbara, Calfornia, with Mute Records chief Daniel Miller, their manager Jonathan Kessler and producer Ben Hiller to discuss plans for the album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Ananova also has news on No escape from Steps for Lisa, Businessman sues Michael Jackson, Band Aid single can be downloaded, Brian announces first solo concerts, Louis backs Tabby to win and more click here to check it out

Manson Tour Expands
liveDaily reports: Marilyn Manson's in-progress tour, which supports the shock-rocker's new best-of compilation, continues to grow. 

The outing, dubbed the Against All Gods tour, now includes five new Texas stops and a New Mexico date, which extend the itinerary into mid-December. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Sued
liveDaily reports: Michael Jackson reportedly is the target of a $3 million breach-of-contract suit. 

J. Marc Schaffel, who claims in the suit that he was instrumental in producing two Fox-TV specials on Jackson's behalf to rebut a documentary by journalist Martin Bashir, claims Jackson hasn't repaid loans or paid production fees for the project. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on TLC survivors to seek new member via reality show, U2 streams new album at website as release date nears, Q&A: Clay Aiken talks Christmas tour and more, G-Unit rapper accused of stabbing at Vibe awards, Briefly: Green Day, R. Kelly, Live Aid, Styx and more click here to check it out

Exodus Anniversary Plans
BW&BK reports: EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has revealed EXCLUSIVELY to BW&BK that there are plans to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their legendary debut, Bonded By Blood, next year. The tentative two-CD set will feature the original mix of the album (originally titled A Lesson In Violence), and a bonus tribute CD[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dark Tranquillity Tracks
BW&BK reports: DARK TRANQUILLITY have issued information regarding their forthcoming album, Character, through their official website (www.darktranquillity.com). 

Character is due for release on January 24th in Europe and on January 25th in North America via Century Media. The album will feature the following tracklisting: ‘The New Build', ‘Through Smudged Lenses', ‘Out Of Nothing', ‘The Endless Feed', ‘Lost To Apathy', ‘Mind Matters', ‘One Thought', ‘Dry Run', ‘Am I 1?', ‘Senses Tied' and ‘My Negation'. [see full story for a link to the cover art]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on CHAMBER OF STRENGTH - New Track Available Online, EXHUMED Announce New Drummer, Plan Filming For DVD Release, THE LIZARDS - Stone Cold!, HIGH ON FIRE Announce US Tour Dates, Orders Being Taken For KISS Bowling Balls and more click here to check it out

The PRP reports: The Eagles Of Death Metal and Walking Concert will be touring together throughout December, dates are as follows:
December 01st Philadelphia, PA - The Khyber
December 02nd Brooklyn, NY - North Six
December 03rd New York, NY - CBGB's
December 04th Washington DC - Black Cat
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Butch Walker Vs. American Hi-Fi: Round 2
press release reports: Epic recording artist Butch Walker is returning to the ring for the highly anticipated rematch to this summer's "Clash of the Heavyweights" tour. Round two will see Maverick recording artists American Hi-Fi once again performing their set, then returning as Walker's backing band. Walker's Epic labelmate Val Emmich will open each show. The tour begins December 4th at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Life Aquatic Soundtrack
Day in Rock reports: We have some info for you on the "Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" soundtrack. The film stars Bill Bill Murray and Owen Wilson and is directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums). The soundtrack hits stores on December 13th and included original music by Mark Mothersbaugh as well as classics from Devo, David Bowie, The Zombies, Iggy and the Stooges and more. 

Here is the tracklisting: 1. SVEN LIBAEK Shark Attack Theme - 2. Loquasto International Film Festival - 3. DAVID BOWIE Life On Mars? - 4. SEU JORGE Starman - 5. Let Me Tell You About My Boat - 6. SEU JORGE Rebel Rebel 7. Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets/Ned's Theme Take 1 - 8. DEVO Gut Feeling - 9. SVEN LIBAEK Open Sea Theme - 10. SEU JORGE Rock N' Roll Suicide - 11. JOAN BAEZ Here's To You - 12. We Call Them Pirates Out Here - 13. IGGY AND THE STOOGES Search and Destroy - 14. PACO DE LUCIA La Nina De Puerta Oscura - 15. SEU JORGE Life On Mars? - 16. Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op - 17. SEU JORGE Five Years - 18. SCOTT WALKER 30 Century Man - 19. THE ZOMBIES The Way I Feel Inside - 20. DAVID BOWIE Queen Bitch
- Click Here for the Full Story 

AHC Do Hellfest, UK
press release reports: American Head Charge have announced a Hellfest appearance and a UK tour - dates of which are below. A full USA run will begin on Jan 10th, with those dates coming shortly. The Feeding, American Head Charge's new album, hits stores on February 15th. 

Dec 4 - Hellfest - Altoona, Wisconsin - Sharkey's 

UK dates
Dec 15 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly 
Dec 16 - Liverpool, UK - Barfly 
Dec 18 - London, UK - Barfly - Click Here for the Full Story 

Punk on a Rock
press release reports: On December 11th 2004, Volcom Entertainment will be presenting the 5th annual Punk On A Rock held at the Pipeline Café in Honolulu, HI. Performances this year will include Guttermouth, Death By Stereo, Mad Caddies, ASG, The Briefs and Drowning Adam. 

Punk On A Rock started in 2000 and put together by Sandi Stern has seen performances over the years from such legendary puck rock acts as The Bouncing Souls, Youth Brigade, Swinging Utters, Strung Out, Anti Flag and The Suicide Machines. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

ODB Show on Hold
All Hip Hop reports: ...executives at Spike TV are trying to determine what to do with a reality show they created with Ol' Dirty, titled "Stuck on ODB." 

The show was filmed last summer and one contestant who was fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet for five days and ordered to stay within 10 feet of Ol' Dirty at all times. 

If the contestant goes out of the designated 10 feet, the bracelet beeps and the contestant lost money out of a cash prize pot. 

"Right now things are on hold due to the tragic circumstances," a Spike spokesman said in a statement. [see full story for more, including info about services for ODB]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Our Lady of Cheese
antiMUSIC reports: [Not even remotely music related, but some good cheese fun for a Thursday] Diana Duyser of Hollywood, Florida, had a one of kind relic that has brought her many blessings (including big winnings at the casino) and she decided to offer the item on eBay for one lucky bidder. Duyser is in possession of a 10-year-old half of a grilled cheese sandwich. Not just any grilled cheese sandwich, this one is divine! It carries the image of the Virgin Mary. Duyser listed the holy sandwich last week and it became an instant hit with the faithful. In a few days the eBay page which held the auction for this one of a kind relic had been viewed almost 100,000 times and the bidding topped $22,000. But the auction was martyred. eBay held an inquisition last Sunday and deemed the auction a heresy against their doctrine which states "thou shalt not list jokes on eBay". But when Duyser confessed her true faithfulness to eBay, having been a member for over 2-years, and swore a holy oath that the divine sandwich was no joking matter, the high priests at eBay deemed it worthy of auction and the bidding resumed. 

Although heretics have tried to confuse eBayers with false idols, such as a grilled cheese sandwich carrying the image of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the faithful have resumed their devotion to the holy sandwich that the Blessed Mother visited upon. One faithful bidder has such devotion that at press time the relic was selling for $99,999,999.00. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Busted Gets Busted By Greenmuse
[Because of the paint fumes from a recent office remodel, we have another bit of fun for you on this fine Thursday. If holy grilled cheese doesn't do it for you, perhaps the musings of the Greenmuse will, as our beloved columnist lost a bet and was subjected to reviewing another form of cheese--the debut CD from Busted. Here is but a sampling of his review, you'll have to click the full story link to read it in its fully musing glory!] 

Where to start? Basically Busted is the band for you if you like Britany Spears but don't want to admit it to your Blink 182 fan friends, and you would like Avril Lavinge, but her music packs too much balls to the wall rock n roll for you. That only begins to scratch the surface of these jokers. Linkin Park has been called a boyband with guitars, but mostly in jest, Busted is exactly that. I wouldn't be surprised if one or more of these guys are ex-members of Westlife. Lets get on to a song by song breakdown of this, which is honestly the worst thing I've ever heard since the Op Ivy tribute album (anyone who knows me knows how low I regard that album) 

"What I go to school for": Whew doggie, now this is the single that most people associate with this band. In the credits, the band thanks Blink 182 for inspiration. This song could almost be a Blink song… almost, blink rocks way harder than this. The song is about a kid having a crush on his teacher and sings about the teacher being what he goes to school for, then later in the song the teacher tells him he is what she goes to school for and has "packed a bag in the trunk, looks like she picked herself a hunk". Then the two drive by the school much to the amazement of the kid's friends. Isn't there laws against this? Maybe in England there isn't, but here in the U.S. of A we take a firm stand against this sort of thing. Oh this also reminds me of a re-occurring theme of this album-these guys are cute and great. Just in case you didn't know. Most of their songs seem to be a self fellating ego trip. Sucky sucky boys. Also pro-tooled and produced out the wazoo. Maybe I haven't bought a CD in a long time, but is it common practice to have the pro-tools guy listed in the credits after each song? 

"Crashed the Wedding": another song that starts off almost rocking, then that darn Chris Kirkpatrick comes in and starts singing lost tracks off of Nsync's never released album. This tune is about how great this guy is that he can crash a wedding and regain the girl that is rightfully his. Though her father didn't want them to be together because the kid had no job. Doesn't that father know that he is no match for the hotness of a member of Busted? ? ? Silly father, jobs are for "not hot" people! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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