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What To Buy
punkbands reports: Albums out this week - I thought it was holiday season most places, but there are actually some albums being released this week. Albums in stores are:

Nick Oliveri/Mondo Generator - Dead Planet
Exploited -Totally Exploited - Best Of 12"
f***ed Up - Year Of The Dog
Biohazard - Biohazard (Reissue)
Holly Golightly - Christmas Tree's On Fire 7"
Ghouls - Stand Alone
Get A Grip/Hammer Head - Split[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Messiah Complex Video
SMN reports: Kansas City based melodic metal act THE MESSIAH COMPLEX has just released a second video offering from their debut album, "Black September".

 The video, 'A Storm of Fireflies', directed by vocalist Rikk Wolf, and co-directed by AT THE LEFT HAND OF GOD bassist, Rob Atwell, is now viewable on the band's MySpace and on YouTube. A Hi-Def version will be available soon on the band's main site.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Seacrest New Year
Celebrity Week reports: Ryan Seacrest admits that when it comes to Dick Clark, he's a "little bit of a stalker." The American Idol host says he's read every book and article about his mentor and adds "sometimes I'm afraid I scare him because I'm so overzealous." Apparently not that scared, considering Clark asked Seacrest back as co-host of New Year's Rockin' Eve again this year.

We caught up with the Seacrest to find out more about � Who he wants to kiss at midnight: "Christina Aguilera... I've been looking at the choices this year. Rascal Flatts, Christina, The Jersey Boys... Yeah, I think I'm going to pick Christina." [Sure it's not Clay Aiken?]

Taking over for Dick: "As far as I'm concerned Dick can do it and will do it as long as he wants to and when he doesn't want to and he wants to sit at home and watch it, hopefully he will still like me and I can continue the tradition. " [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beach Boys Legal Wipeout
TMZ reports: The Beach Boys just learned a hard lesson about the American justice system. TMZ has learned that on December 11, Danny Morin, the lawyer from Brother Records Inc. (The Beach Boys' company), showed up 13 minutes late for a court hearing in Los Angeles Federal Court. Judge Manuel Real, legendary for his explosive tirades, sent some seriously bad vibrations through the courtoom by dismissing The Beach Boys' case.

Brother Records Inc. filed the lawsuit last January, seeking $20 million in damages from two men who allegedly stole a treasure trove of band memorabilia from a North Hollywood warehouse. The band claimed that Allan Gaba, owner of the warehouse, and his friend Roy Sciacca, pilfered such items as Brian Wilson and Mike Love's contract for the song, "Do It Again," photos of the band with George Harrison, and original music compositions.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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An Albatross Tour
PR reports: Psych-grind masters of the spiritual and physical revolution, AN ALBATROSS have announced they will be heading out on an East Coast tour of the US, followed by a European tour in support of the band's debutfull-length "Blessphemy (of the Peace-Beast Feastgiver and the Bear-Warp Kumite)" out now on Ace Fu (vinyl released throughGSL)!

Dec 31 2006 Cafe Metropolis New Years Bash w/The Swims & DJ's Brothers Gieda & Drew M. Wilkes-Barre, PA, Pennsylvania
Jan 18 2007 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Are Black Stone Cherry Next?
PR reports: Rock powerhouse Black Stone Cherry is one of four finalists competing in the December/January installment of Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next?" contest. Anyone can vote for free by going to the Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next?" page. The winner will be announced in January, and will be invited to record an exclusive live session and interview Yahoo's LA studios, to be aired at the same web address above over the course of the following month.

A young band made up of Kentucky natives Chris Robertson (guitars/lead vocals), Ben Wells (guitars/backing vocals), Jon Lawhon (bass/backing vocals) and John Fred Young (drums/backing vocals), Black Stone Cherry is currently touring the U.S. as direct support to labelmate Zakk Wylde's band, Black Label Society. At the conclusion of the tour in Los Angeles on December 8th, the band is set to pick up a tour with Hinder beginning December 13th, continuing their ongoing life on the road. Since its early July release, Black Stone Cherry's self-titled Roadrunner Records debut has hit the #12 spot on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart with the first single, "Lonely Train," reaching #15 on the Active Rock chart.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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1349 US Tour
PR reports: Norwegian black metallers 1349 will return to the US beginning March 28 for their first headline tour of America. The tour will also feature Goatwhore, Nachtmystium and Averse Sefira. The first confirmed dates on the trek are noted below. The tour will continue to support 1349's latest album, Hellfire.

28 - (USA) The Muse, Nashville TN
29 - (USA) Jaxx, West Springfield VA
30 - (USA) The Loft, Poughkeepsie NY
31 - (USA) Mark's Place, Bedford NH
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Killing Joke Double CD
PR reports: A Double CD of previously unreleased KILLING JOKE material out February on Candlelight. This is a fan's dream come true! A double CD of Killing Joke material taken from the band preparation for the "Extremities" album, rare mixes, a TOTALLY unheard track "The Fanatic" and a full live show from the Extremities tour. 

The track list speaks for itself; this is a fantastic journey through the making of this album and beyond. Fantastic sound quality throughout! [see full story for the track list]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Plug Performers
PR reports: PLUG Independent Music Awards have announced the performers for the 2007 PLUG Awards Show at New York City's Irving Plaza on Saturday, February 10, 2007. Scheduled to play are Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Silversun Pickups, El-P, Tokyo Police Club, Deerhoof, and comedian, David Cross will host the event. Additional performers will be announced shortly. Unlike traditional award shows, each artist will perform 20-40 minute mini-sets on stage. 

During the PLUG Awards show, Stephen Malkmus will accept the 2007 PLUG Impact Award. This honor celebrates Malkmus's influence on independent music through his exceptional work in Pavement, Silver Jews and his prolific career as a solo artist. In 2005, The Flaming Lips received the PLUG Impact Award. Performing in Malkmus's current band, The Jicks, is Sleater-Kinney drummer, Janet Weiss. Last year, Sleater-Kinney received five nominations and won the PLUG Award for Punk Album of the Year. This is the only scheduled New York live date for Malkmus.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Self Against City Parties
PR reports: SELF AGAINST CITY are celebrating the release of their first full-length album, Telling Secrets To Strangers with a series of West Coast record release shows! In Los Angeles, Anaheim, and their hometown of Sacramento, the band will perform new songs from Telling Secrets To Strangers as well as some old fan faves from their debut EPTake It How You Want It (2005). Those in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase Telling Secrets To Strangers at doors and receive free admission to the show. [see full story for show details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Papa Roach Vid contest
PR reports: Papa Roach has launched a contest for fans to create their own music video for the bands new single "Forever." The contest winner will be personally selected by the band and awarded an Apple MacBook. For details on the contest click the full story link . Papa Roach will also be touring the Northeast US and Canada beginning January with It Dies Today. Dates are as follows:

January 23rd Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
January 24th Portland, OR - Roseland
January 26th Seattle, WA - Showbox
January 27th Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
January 29th Calgary, AB - Cowboys
January 30th Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre
February 01st Grand Prairie, AB - The Corral
February 02nd Fort McMurray, AB - Cowboys
February 03rd Red Deer, AB - Catwalk
February 05th Lethbridge, AB - The Roadhouse
February 07th Saskatoon, MB - RyLy's
February 08th Regina, MB - The Drink
February 09th Winnipeg, MB - Silverado's Rockin Rodeo
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PR reports: A new online contest was recently launched by FameCast. The nationwide contest, the first of many to be held by FameCast, was developed to discover the next big music and comedy stars. The FameCast contest will showcase legitimate artists who have yet to be discovered and whom the audience deems to be worthy of stardom. The online contest and community will provide contestants the ability to connect with and grow a national audience and compete to win the grand prize worth $10,000. FameCast removes the physical barriers to talent discovery and aims to shine the spotlight on those that have what it takes, but have lacked the breaks. 

For the first contest, contestants will participate on one of six stages - Rock, Pop, R&B, Country, Hip Hop, and Comedy. Contestants will need to submit a video performance to participate and judging for all qualified submitted performances will open up on January 8, 2007. The contest exists to serve the talent industry, the artists themselves, and the fans voting for who's worthy of being called the best. The audience truly decides who rises to the top, democratizing the talent industry - for the people, by the people. The final five contestants from each Stage will be flown on location in Austin, TX to compete in a live show during SXSW the week of March 12, 2007. The shows will be Webcast for viewers to watch and select the ultimate FameCast winners that same week.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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anti Christmas Special
PR reports: So those Christmas carolers just wont go away and you didn't get that PS3. Cheer up, because METAL Injection has just uploaded its 2006 Anti-Christmas Special taking a look at what happens when people take Christmas a little too far. 

The special also features a brutal rendition of the 12 "Metal" Days of Christmas which features cameos from members of GWAR, Municipal Waste, The Red Chord, Ion Dissonance, Norma Jean, Between The Buried and Me, God Forbid, Sanctity and Necrophagist. [see full story for that]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Post Xmas Korn
PR reports: The long awaited CD and DVD documenting this past summer's Family Values Tour 2006 is in stores today. The CD and DVD (sold separately) features live tracks from Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir en grey, 10 Years and Deadsy. Filmed and recorded in Boston, the DVD takes viewers on-stage, backstage, behind-the-scenes and in the dressing room with exclusive concert footage, interviews and out-takes all in digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Check out the e-card (at the full story link) for a preview and pick up your copy today.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Attorney Remembers James Brown
PR reports: James Brown's longtime California attorney, Debra Opri, issues the following statement: 

"It is with great sadness and sorrow that the world lost a legend and pioneer of the music world. James Brown was known to all as 'The Godfather of Soul.' I knew him as a very good, kind, and religious man, so how befitting it is that he passed on the day Christ was born."
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