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Report for 11/06/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Staind - "Sober"

Artist: Ultrathrash

Reviews: Jet | Bad Religion DVD | The Cat Empire | Enemite

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Kanye Hissy Fit
DiR reports: And the award for biggest ego goes to….. Kanye West!

And the award for the sorest loser goes to… Kanye West

And the award for most overrated artist in 50 years goes to…. Kanye West

And the Award for best video according to MTV Europe goes to… Justice and Simian for "We Are Your Friends." Houston we have a problem, or at least Kanye did. When the winner of this award was announced last week at the MTV Europe music awards, West had a bit of fit, reportedly jumped up on stage as the REAL WINNERS were receiving their honor and launched into a tirade about why he deserved the award for his "Touch The Sky" video.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blur Reunion
Gigwise reports: Blur's Alex James has revealed in an exclusive interview with Gigwise that Graham Coxon is set to rejoin the band for their new album. The bassist has revealed that all three members of Blur are now talking to Coxon again, and are optimistic he could rejoin the band for recording next year.

James told us, "We've all been talking to each other recently and I chatted to Graham the other week. It seems everyone has kiss and made up now and there could be a happy ending."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Temp
TuneLab reports: Frank Ferrer will fill in for Bryan Mantia, who will return home to spend time with his wife and newborn, on the rest of Guns N' Roses current tour. Ferrer has previously played with Perry Farrell among others.[see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eminem Recording
Gigwise reports: Eminem has come out of his self-imposed retirement and has started work on a new album. Fellow hip-hop star Akon says, a "bored" Slim Shady has started recording again - and Akon is happy to take the credit. 

"I know him through Obie Trice and we've talked about doing something together for so long, but our schedules made it impossible. It was our chemistry that got him out of retirement."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hall of Jovi
DiR reports: It appears the Hall of Fame UK voters seem to think that Bon Jovi is on par with James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield and Sir George Martin. Johnny Rzeznik, oops Jon Bon Jovi (sorry the haircut confused us), and his crew of the cowboys on steel horses will be inducted into the UK Hall of Fame on Monday November 13th by Dave Stewart and Kara DioGuardi of Platinum Weird, according to Noble PR. 

It's doubtful that they will perform one of their biggest hits with the following amended lyrics… "Ooh we're half way there…. Ooh ooh, living off our hair!". But you never know. Congrats to the Jersey boys, the music industry couldn't have survived without your noble contributions. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hope Died
blabbermouth.net reports: According to MTV.com, IF HOPE DIES have decided to go on hiatus upon the advent of 2007. A statement released by the band claims "we are going on an indefinite hiatus after December. Some of our hearts just haven't been into this lately, and why keep touring if we're not going to give it our all every night? We have already talked about the future and recording another album, which we all agreed we want to do eventually."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DVD in Chains?
blabbermouth.net reports: ALICE IN CHAINS filmed its concert on Tuesday night (October 31) in Providence, Rhode Island for a possible DVD release, guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Launch at the first of the band's two New York City shows on Wednesday (November 1). The Halloween performance was two hours and forty minutes long, with the group playing additional songs for the filming. There's no indication yet of when the DVD could surface or what other features it might contain.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KISS Your Teeth
blabbermouth.net reports: Rock your teeth clean - and encourage better brushing habits! - with the electronic KISS toothbrush (see full story for a link to a photo) that lets you hear two full minutes of "Rock and Roll All Night" while you brush! Sound vibrations stream from the bristles through your teeth - so you can actually hear music inside your head! To increase the volume, simply increase your brushing pressure! The better you brush, the better the sound! [Gene is rumored to be working on KISS tampons that will play two minutes of "Lick it Up"]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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06 Version of a Fruit Cake?
DiR reports: Usually pop singers wait and album or two to cash in on a xmas album, not so with the driving miss Lohan's little sis. Thus this blurb we were sent [they suggested we add it to our holiday guide]…. On November 21st, YMC Records and Lindsay's little sis, Ali Lohan, are kicking off the Christmas season with the release of her debut album, Lohan Holiday. Showing off her talent and sleigh full of holiday-themed songs that celebrate her love of the Christmas season, Lohan Holiday is sure to bring tidings of joy with an infectious and up-beat album that features the hit single "I Like Christmas" and classic songs such as "Deck The Halls," "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night." … In related news, CD sales continue to plummet and the industry scratches it's collective head wondering why and blaming it on MP3s… - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Flaming Lips Honored with Alley
pr-inside reports: Rockers THE FLAMING LIPS are to be honoured in their native Oklahoma City with their own alley.

City officials have voted to name a downtown street in the band's honour.

And, in fitting with the group's unkempt image, the Flaming Lips Alley is a dimly-lit area strewn with litter.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Ataris Set Date
TuneLab reports: The Ataris have signed with Sanctuary Records for the release of their long delayed fifth full length album, 'Welcome the Night'. The disc is set to arrive in stores on February 6th.[see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MSN Out of Download Game
music.tinfoil reports: Two years after opening its MSN Music store to compete with Apple Computer's iTunes, Microsoft plans to stop selling downloads from the site, CNET News.com has learned. 

Beginning, Nov. 14, MSN's music site will begin redirecting music purchasers to either the Zune Marketplace Web site or to RealNetworks' Rhapsody site. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Coheed and Cambria Split
punkbands reports: Alternative Press have received official word that Mic Todd (bass) and Josh Eppard (drums) have left Coheed and Cambria for personal reasons. The band's frontman Claudio Sanchez told the magazine: 

"For me, it's kind of hard to say exactly why [they're out of the band]. There were moments where it felt like it could've been creative differences and, maybe just a dislike of touring [on their part]. I think that's really what's brought us to this moment. It started off this summer with Josh giving us a call and saying, 'I can't do this tour.' And, ya know, we couldn't really call it a tour if we didn't get that call. He would always say he couldn't do it. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rancid Get Used
punkbands reports: Rancid have announced that Brett Reed has left the band and is being replaced by Brandon Steineckert who left the Used this past September: "Brett Reed has decided to leave Rancid and we wish him all the best in his journeys. Thanx Brett for the last 15 years. Brandon Steineckert, formally of the band The Used has stepped in to the drumming position and we want to welcome Brandon into the Rancid family."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Thrice Concept
punkbands reports: Thrice are making speedy progress on their upcoming 4-disc spanning concept album series, having recently finished up sessions for the "earth" volume of the series: "We closed out the Earth sessions yesterday with the tracking of "Come All You Weary." That song ended up being the only song on Earth with any kind of non-acoustic instrument or a full drumset. I tried my best at getting Ri his "big John Bonham" drum sound in our pathetically tiny room, but I think it turned out ok. It's fun sometimes having limitations because you're forced to find creative ways to break them.

So we officially started the Water sessions today by starting work on a track with the working title "Open Water".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Victory Vs Virgin
Billboard reports: Victory Records has sued Virgin Records and EMI Music North America for interfering with its contractual relationship with the band HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS. Victory claims that the major-label "poached" the band from the indie even though the group still had two more records to deliver under its contract.

In the suit filed yesterday (Nov. 2) in the federal District Court in Chicago, Victory alleges that the band was happy with the indie until Virgin executives convinced them to sign with the major. The band then hired a national litigation law firm and a public relations company [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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