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Report for 12/27/05
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. 

Gary Schwind's Top 5 (err 10) of 05.

10. Little Barrie - We Are Little Barrie
9. A Band of Bees - Free the Bees
8. Oliver Mtukudzi - Nhava
7. Nashville Pussy - Get Some
6. Graceland Mafia - Family Business
5. Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic
4. The Blue Van - The Art of Rolling
3. Athlete - Tourist
2. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus
1. Lucero - Nobody's Darlings

Gary also has some honorable mentions, so be sure to click on his list to see those too!.

Morley Seaver's Top 5 (or so) of 2005.

5. Cori Yarckin - Ringing in My Head
4. Crisis - Like Sheep Led to Slaughter
3. Scarling - So Long Scarecrow
2. My Ruin - The Brutal Language
1c.  Janeen Leah - Time is Never Wasted
1b. Imogen Heap - Speak for Yourself
1a. Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring

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

Howie Day Arrested
MTV reports: Howie Day was arrested for rowdy behavior on Wednesday at Logan International Airport in Boston after allegedly mixing alcohol with a sleeping pill on a flight, according to The Associated Press. The singer/songwriter was charged with interfering with the flight crew... [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley Murder
BW&BK reports: Boston's WHDH-TV is reporting that professional bodybuilder Craig Titus who helped MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil lose 20 pounds as part of VH1's Remaking: VINCE NEIL special and his wife, Kelly Ryan, were arrested Friday (December 23) in Massachusetts as fugitives in the slaying of a woman whose body was found last week in Ryan's burned-out luxury car abandoned off a remote desert highway. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko Reality TV
Ananova reports: Michael Jackson is to appear in a US reality TV show involving his family.

He is to appear in the pilot and make guest appearances during the series reports the Mirror.

The show will focus on his brother Tito's three sons as they try to break into the music industry[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Who 06
Gigwise reports: The Who have confirmed that they will definitely doing a World Tour in 2006, their first in nearly four years.

The bands manager Bill Curbishley announced the news telling Rolling Stone: "We plan to visit the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and also South America."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jessica 007 Simpson?
hecklerspray reports: Scarlett, Angelina and Charlize have now all turned down the chance to be the new Bond Girl. So the Bond producers are trying something new: forget getting a good actress - they want Jessica Simpson.

At first, Jessica Simpson as a Bond Girl sounds like terrible news, but let's look on the bright side. Jessica will be cheaper, leaving more money to spend on invisible cars and space lasers and stuff. And Jessica Simpson and Daniel Craig will be able to relax in between takes by having competitions to see who has the most manly jawline.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Producer
Aversion reports: Radiohead have named the man who will sit behind the boards when the act records its next album. Radiohead's tapped Mark Stent (Madonna, Bjork). The band plans to return to the studio in February.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Congress Rocks?
Aversion reports: A bipartisan group of U.S. Congressmen have put their political differences aside in the name of getting their rock on.

The band, Second Amendment, features an all Capitol Hill lineup: singer/guitarist Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), guitarist Thaddeus McCotter, (R-Mich) keyboardist Jon Porter (R-Nev), bassist Dave Weldon (R-Fla.) and drummer Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.). The act, which juggles covers of bands as diverse as The Beatles to Toby Keith, will head on a five-stop tour of U.S. military installations this week to entertain troops. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shelter Deal
Blabbermouth reports: MTV.com is reporting that New York hardcore legends SHELTER have inked a deal with Good Life Recordings to release the tentatively titled "Eternal" next year[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brides of Uncertainty
Blabbermouth reports: BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION guitarist Tracii Guns has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Right now, the future of the BRIDES is not clear. We have not broken the band up, but we also will not be working or playing in 2006. The BRIDES is constantly a work in progress and I would feel alot better about the band if Nikki [Sixx] were to return, but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon, so for now, it is what it is." [see full story for more including a lot on Tracii's recent jump into the Quiet Riot camp]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rare Tad
Blabbermouth reports: Greg Prato of Billboard.com is reporting that former members of acclaimed '90s rock band TAD are putting together a DVD documentary, as well as a CD of unreleased tunes recorded circa 1998, shortly before TAD's split. Singer/guitarist Tad Doyle says the DVD will feature "interviews with people that knew us and saw us play, interspersed with live video and some of the actual videos we did. There's various stuff from being on tour with SOUNDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS [but] I don't think there's much of being on tour with NIRVANA. I don't thing we were carrying cameras at that point. Most of the stuff I shot on video myself."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ace Solo CD
Blabbermouth reports: Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is currently working on a solo album for a tentative spring release, he revealed during a guest appearance last night (Dec. 23) on the "Merry KISSmass Special" with Eddie Trunk on New York's Q104.3 FM. Around 15 songs are being recorded for the effort (with about 10 expected to make the final cut)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tentative Mastodon
Blabbermouth reports: According to the new issue of Resound magazine (the free magazine/mail-order catalog of Relapse Records), MASTODON have set "Blood Mountain" as the tentative title of the follow-up to 2004's "Leviathan", due next summer via Warner Bros.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lacuna Coil Finish CD
Blabbermouth reports: Italy's LACUNA COIL have confirmed on their official web site that the recording, mixing, and mastering of their forthcoming album, "Karmacode", is complete. The CD is tentatively scheduled for release in early April via Century Media Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AC/DC Top Jewels
Blabbermouth reports: According to The Sydney Morning Herald, AC/DC's "Family Jewels" was Australia's top-selling DVD in 2005. The veteran hard rock band was one of several artists alongside KYLIE MINOGUE, THE EAGLES, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, U2, QUEEN and ROD STEWART to have two DVDs in the top-40 DVD chart.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sony Spyware Continues
Audio Aggression reports: Contrary to Sony's recall of infected CDs, Sony's own stores continue to sell the infected CDs to unsuspecting consumers. From The Consumerist.com:

I just got back from the Sony Style store in the Westchester mall, (White Plains, NY) and I saw that they had many CDs in the shelves that had the XCP rootkits. I asked the manager about this and they said they were, and I quote, "still allowed to sell them".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foxy Vs Judge
E! reports: The good news is Foxy Brown's tongue appears fully functional. 

The bad news is the embattled rapper, revealed this month to be all but deaf, nearly landed in jail Friday for sticking out said organ and "making faces" at a New York City judge, the Associated Press reported. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warner Downloads Subpoena
Reuters reports: Warner Music Group Corp. has been subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in connection with an ongoing antitrust investigation into the pricing of digital music downloads, the company said in a securities filing on Friday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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W.A.S.P. Tour
KNAC reports: W.A.S.P. are continuing to tour in support of "The Neon God Part 2: The Demise" announcing a number of U.S. dates followed by European summer festival appearances and a full European tour. 

The dates so far are as follows:
Feb. 25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre 
Feb. 28 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall 
Mar. 01 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Hall 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cursed Tour
The PRP reports: Cursed will be touring throughout January, here's the stops:
January 06th Montreal, QC - Sala Rossa (Feat. Cancer Bats)
January 07th Ottawa, ON - Cafe DuKuf (Feat. Cancer Bats)
January 08th Kingston, ON - Scherzo (Feat. Cancer Bats)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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