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Report for 12/23/05
Top 5 of 05

Over the last few weeks of 05 we will be posting our writers' picks for the best of 2005. 

Each day we will post a new Top 5 list from two of our writers. At the conclusion we will present the master list comprised of the top picks from all of our writer submissions. 

Trent McMartin's Top 5 of 05.

5. The Mohawk Lodge - Rare Birds
4. Brian Borcherdt -  The Remains of Brian Borcherdt Vol. 2
3. System of a Down - Mezmerize
2. North Atlantic Explorers -  Skylines
1. Thrice -  Vheissu 

Jordan Rodgers's Top 5 of 05.

5. Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs
4. Bonnie "Prince" Billy/Matt Sweeney - Superwolf
3. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois 

(click on the CD lists to read that writer's comments on each CD and for related links for release)

Bobby Brown Ruins Xmas
Contact Music reports: Fallen R+B star BOBBY BROWN has sparked outrage among family groups in America, after insisting Santa Claus doesn't exist on his TV holiday special BEING BOBBY BROWN: CHRISTMAS WITH THE BROWNS.

Carving up a ham, surrounded by family and friends, joker Brown looks straight into the TV camera and states, "Kids, I want to tell you there's no such thing as Santa Claus." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Diddy A Joke
Contact Music reports: SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS has declared all his stage name changes a "joke".

He says, "No (more name changes), this is it. To be honest, changing my name was just a joke, and you never know how seriously people will take things.[One of our lovely readers came up with his next name p.shiddy. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Texas Vs Sony
tinfoil.music reports: The Texas attorney general said on Wednesday that he added a new claim to a lawsuit charging Sony BMG Music Entertainment with violating the state's laws on deceptive trade practices by hiding "spyware" on its compact discs. 

The new charges brought by Abbott contend that MediaMax software used by Sony BMG to thwart illegal copying of music on CDs violated state laws because it was downloaded even if users rejected a license agreement.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Love Home Auction
AP reports: A historic home bought by rocker Courtney Love about eight years ago is up for public auction to satisfy debts in a foreclosure case, the Thurston County sheriff's office has announced.

Love, who was married to the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, purchased the gabled bungalow for his family in 1997 and now owes about $367,000, including the loan balance and legal fees, to WMC Mortgage Corp. of Los Angeles, which filed for foreclosure in Superior Court.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fugees Snub Black Eyed Peas
Gigwise reports: The Fugees' Pras Michel has rubbished any likenesses to the Black Eyed Peas saying they are like Oasis compared to The Beatles. 

The trio who have reunited after ten years together believe they are far superior to trout-faced Fergie and co. 

He told Time Out magazine: "I don't have nothing bad to say about them, they are what they are. But they're not the Fugees.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Futureheads Soph
Gigwise reports: The Futureheads have recorded fourteen songs for their second album and has given an insight into life in the studio.

Posting on their official website they wrote recently: "The band is nearing the end of a five week stint recording with Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Depeche Mode) on a farm near Scarborough in North Yorkshire."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Sugababe
hecklerspray reports: Only yesterday, The Sugababes announced that Mutya Buena had left the group after seven beautiful years of looking all grumpy in photos and mumbling answers in interviews.

It took all of a day to find a replacement for Mutya. And the brand new Sugababe - Amelle Berrabah - seems to fit the Sugababes bill perfectly: she's a bit funny-looking and she isn't really smiling in the new group photo. Ah, it's like Mutya never left.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Erasure Go Country
Aversion reports: Erasure will make the unexpected leap from synth-pop to country on its next album.

The British duo will unleash Union Street in April from Mute Records. The 11-track album reinvents classic Erasure numbers as country-western tracks. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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John Hall Running for Congress
Day in Rock Reader Submission reports: John Hall, known not only for his work in pop music as the center piece of the 70s/80s group Orleans( Still the One, Dance With Me, Love Takes Time, etc.) but as well for his political underpinings which sometimes frame his songwriting, is running for the Congress in 19th District of New York.

With John's other resume which includes his work with the School Board in Ulster County and while a resident in Woodstock, NY, he has decided to take his education, experience, character and integrity into politics and to Washington AND with the same passion that surfaces in his music.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Oasis Shuns Sony
Ananova reports: Noel Gallagher fears Sony Music will "do the dirty" on Oasis and release a 'greatest hits' album next year.

Oasis do not want to release a compilation album yet - but their Sony contract ends next year.

Noel said: "We've come to the end of our contract with Sony. We won't sign with them again.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Scarred Set Release
Punkmusic.com reports: This past August Punk Core proudly announced that they would be welcoming The Scarred into their roster. They just announced that the new album, entitled No Solution, will be in stores on March 21st 2006. No Solution is the follow up to the band's self released, self titled debut which earned a spot in the hearts of '77 style punk fans. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Helloween Nix Show
Blabbermouth reports: German power metallers HELLOWEEN have been forced to cancel their Polish concert, which was scheduled for January 12, 2006 at Poznan's Arena due to "poor ticket sales," according to the promoter, Metalfest. Only 150 tickets (for an over-4,000-capacity venue) had reportedly been sold at the time of the cancellation[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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God Not Avenged
Blabbermouth reports: Launch Radio Networks reports: With the holidays here and the so-called "War On Christmas" in the news, religion is always a hot topic at this time of year. AVENGED SEVENFOLD includes a number of religious references in its music, even taking its name from a passage in the Bible. But frontman M. Shadows told Launch that the band doesn't have any messages about God, or the Devil for that matter. "Anyone that read the lyrics and really knew anything about us, they would know we're not promoting either," he said. "That's one thing about this band that I love is that we never really shove any kind of, like, political or religious beliefs on people. We just, the music's there to entertain and maybe thought-provoking on both sides, but we don't try to, like, really shove anything down anyone's throat. There's too many bands that do that nowadays, I think."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Libertad
Audio Aggression reports: While speaking to ABC Radio's ePrep, Velvet Revolver front-man Scott Weiland said the band have decided to title their next album 'Libertad', which is the Spanish word for freedom.[see full story for what Scott had to say about the concept behind the new album]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Update
Audio Aggression reports: Radiohead will return the studio in February to continue work on their follow-up to 2003's 'Hail to the Thief'. The band will hit the road in May for a handful of UK dates followed by a US tour in the summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mike Peters fighting Cancer
Day in Rock reports: Mike Peters (The Alarm) posted the following message on the group's homepage this week: Hello my friends,

I hope you are all enjoying the best of times as the holiday season approaches.

I have some very difficult news to share with you. Last Thursday on the 8th December, I was diagnosed as having cancer. I have been told by my consultant, Dr. E that I have Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The good news is that although my illness is not curable, it is treatable and, in the words of Dr. E, it is a disease I will probably die with, rather than of.

I want to reassure all of you that I will be fighting this fight with every ounce of energy I can muster. I have my wife Jules, and son Dylan beside me and they are reason enough to live for. They have both been incredible.[see full story link for the entire message from Mike. ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jay-Z Taxis
MTV reports: Ho, ho, Hova! Jay-Z is proving he's no Scrooge this holiday season. With millions of New Yorkers finding it so difficult to maneuver through the city due to the transit strike which has now come to an end the Jigga sent out several limousines to pick up pedestrians around the city who were trying to make it to work over the past three days.[We may bust on Jay-Z here at DiR from time to time but this was a pretty damn cool thing for him to do. Now click the full story link to see what he's doing for some poor children for Christmas]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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