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Report for 11/21/06
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: Sonic Youth - "Kim's Chords"

Best of 06: Time Symmetry

Reviews: The Killers Live | 2&2 Q&A: Sparta | The Harry Smith Project | Lola Ray | Trouble: Psalm 9

2&2 Q&A: Sparta
antiMusic reports: This week we speak to the one and only Jim Ward of Sparta about their brand new album ('Threes'), their new record deal and all other things new for the group. 

2&2: One thing that your fans love about you is that with every album you seem to evolve musically. Is that intentional on your part or is it just the natural progression for you? ** Jim Ward: we try to grow as we go on, it is really my mission in life to be a good song writer, I enjoy the process so much, each record is a reflection of the years in between the last one

2&2:You guys have made some big changes since your last album, so we have a couple questions about that. Keeley Davis had some pretty big shoes to fill, how did hook up with the group? And what has he brought to the mix? ** Jim Ward:we knew Keeley from his old band, engine down, he came in and totally gave a new brightness to the band, he is a great guy and an amazing writer, he has really helped me grow as a writer as well, he has brought a new layer to the sound for sure. [see full story for more Q&A with Jim and pick up the new CD if you haven't already, it's worth every penny] 
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Racist Kanye?
pr-inside reports: Rapper KANYE WEST has stirred up another controversy regarding race after making comments about the offspring of racially mixed couples.

West made headlines when he declared that US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH didn't care about black people during a telethon raising funds for Hurricane Katrina victims.

And the GOLD DIGGER singer has caused a stir again in the January (07) issue of Essence magazine by commenting on bi-racial babies. He says, "If it wasn't for race mixing there'd be no video girls. Me and most of our friends like mutts a lot. Yeah, in the hood we call 'em mutts!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

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OT: OJ Special Killed
PR reports: Common sense and good taste seem to have prevailed: FOX has decided to pull the plug on both its planned OJ Simpson book and television interview special, "O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened." 

News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said today, "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project. We are sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Aiken Vs Ripa
TMZ reports: Snippy Clay Aiken co-hosted Friday's "Live With Regis and Kelly," and Miss Ripa was clearly unhappy with the moptop Idol contestant's attitude. The road got rocky when they played a clip of Kelly impersonating Aiken on Halloween a few years ago ... from there on, Clay got into the mud. 

Ripa claims that Aiken was hostile toward her and feels that he wasn't "respectful in any way." Tensions ran high throughout the taping, but Clay pissed off the talk diva when he put his hands over her mouth to try to keep her from talking while interviewing "Dancing With The Stars" winners Cheryl Burke and Emmit Smith. Ms. Ripa was not amused, and let Clay know that he had crossed a line by touching her million-dollar cakehole. "Oh that's a no-no... I don't know where your hands have been." She has a point. [there is more, see the full story for that] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gilmour Tributes Sid
Launch reports: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is to release three new tracks in tribute to former band member and friend Syd Barrett, he has announced. Gilmour confirmed details of his "Arnold Layne" single on his official website, dedicating the release to Barrett, who died this summer of pancreatic cancer.

The material consists of an acoustic take on "Dark Globe" plus two versions of Pink Floyd's first-ever single, "Arnold Layne," all recorded at Gilmour's shows earlier this year at London's Royal Albert Hall.[there is more, Dave called on some friends for this see full story for that]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Futureheads Dropped
Gigwise reports: The Futureheads have been axed by their record label 679 Records. 

Despite the news frontman Barry Hyde says he is delighted with it because it means the band are now free from label pressures. "It's good to get out of the shackles of being tied down to something. I think it's put us in a very strong position 'cos we're still a band that people like."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Hope
Gigwise reports: Several of the former members of Hope of the States are to return to the musical fray with a new band called Troubles. 

The new troupe will play there first ever gig at the Star & Garter in Manchester on December 4. The band features Sam Herlihy, Mike Siddell, Michael Hibbert and Simon Jones form the original Hope of the States line up. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hendrix Sale Blocked
blabbermouth.net reports: United Press International reports that a strongly disputed $15 million sale of Jimi Hendrix's songs has been temporarily blocked by a New York judge. 

Manhattan Federal Court Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that the multi-million dollar sale of song rights by former Hendrix manager Michael Jeffrey would remain blocked until details of the controversial sale can be determined, the New York Daily News said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Blind Melon Tunes
blabbermouth.net reports: Three brand-new BLIND MELON tracks "Make a Difference", "For My Friends" and "Harmful Belly" have been posted online at www.blindmelonmach2.com. Also available at the same location is a video of the band performing the song "Harmful Belly" live in the studio (with the studio recording of the song partly dubbed over the video footage).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KISS Target
blabbermouth.net reports: According to a posting on the official KISS web site, KissOnline.com, KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has hand-signed a limited number of guitars that will be available for fans to purchase. "These are especially hot because each limited-edition guitar comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and collectable box," reads a posting on the site. "Available at all Target stores November 26."[see full story for more... because all rockers buy their gear at Target!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What's The Deal With Sevendust?
TuneLab reports: Sevendust is expected to announce they have signed with with EastWest Records for the release of their sixth studio album in the coming weeks. EastWest Records is an imprint of Warner Music Group and was once the home to Pantera and AC/DC. [see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What To Watch
TuneLab reports: Rock acts on TV this week include the following:

Chris Daughtry on "Good Morning America"
Rock Star Supernova on "Jimmy Kimmel"
Kid Rock performs with Jerry Lee Lewis on "Jay Leno"
Snow Patrol on "American Music Awards"
Tenacious D on "American Music Awards"

Chris Cornell on "Regis and Kelly"
Head Automatica on "Carson Daly"
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Exies Are Coming
TuneLab reports: The Exies new album, 'A Modern Way of Living With the Truth', will hit stores on April 10th 2007 via their new label, Eleven Seven Music. The band was previously signed to Virgin Records where they released 2002's 'Inertia' and 2004's 'Head for the Door'. [see full story to check out a video]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What to Buy
punkbands reports: ready to spend some cash on great albums this week? A lot of records comming out this week - the release schedule for this week is as follows: 

Brand New - The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies
MXPX - Let It Happen (Deluxe Edition) CD/DVD
V/A - Brats On The Beat:Ramones For Kid
Tim Barry - Rivanna Junction
Nirvana - In Utero: In Review DVD
Tom Waits - Orphans (Triple Disc Box Set)
[see full story for a TON more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Anti-Flag Tour
punkbands reports: Alternative Press is saying Anti-Flag will hit the road for a huge tour throughout March and April of next year in support of their latest album, For Blood and Empire. They'll be bringing along with them Alexisonfire, The Explosion and Set Your Goals. A few dates have been announced with plenty more expected soon.

Wed, 03/14/07 06:00 PM Saint Andrews Hall Detroit, MI 
Fri, 03/16/07 06:00 PM Metro Chicago, IL 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Simple Plan for Next Year
punkbands reports: Simple Plan are busy working on their third studio album and hoping for a spring release. After spending the last six months working on 70 to 80 "pieces" of songs, drummer Chuck Comeau told MTV News, "We have all these riffs and melodies and slow and fast parts it's like a puzzle. Now we're turning all those parts into full songs and figuring out what the record is going to sound like."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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