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Report for 09/13/06
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: Megadeth "She Wolf" video
From the new GIGANTOUR 2005 DVD

Artist: Mastodon

Reviews: Live At KEXP Volume Two | Rotten Cross

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Britney Gives Birth
hecklerspray reports: Here's some news so breaking that we're not sure how true it is - it's being reported that Britney Spears has given birth to her second baby boy with husband turned grossly inept rapper Kevin Federline.

Details on the apparent birth of the second Britney Spears baby are thin on the ground, but here's what we know. Or what we think we know. Or what someone else thinks they know and told everyone else. Look, the National Enquirer reported it - and we all know what a history Britney Spears and the National Enquirer have - but its website is knackered, so here's the Britney Spears news from Celebrity Baby Blog instead: [The National Enquirer] claim [Britney Spears] gave birth to a 6 lb, 11 oz boy just before 2 am this morning. Their source says, "Kevin Federline took Britney to the hospital in the evening hours of September 11 to prepare for the Cesarean birth." They say her mother and sister were present at the birth. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eminem Surprise Release
Launch reports: Eminem will release a selection of new music next month, completely dismissing suggestions he is retiring from the music business. 

The rapper is understood to have recorded a mixtape with emerging DJ Whoo Kid, who has been linked with new material from both Michael Jackson and 50 Cent in recent months. MO< Titled The Re-Up, the mix includes a number of songs from Eminem, including a new single, and is dedicated to his best friend, Proof, who was killed earlier this year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Axl Speaks
MTV reports: In an interview with New York magazine, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose explained what's been holding up the release of the oft-delayed Chinese Democracy, an album he's spent more than a decade working on. "It's not about being a control freak," he said. "It's about being maybe smart enough to go, 'No, that's a bad idea.' That's all it's about - keeping the ability to at least have a shot as opposed to something that's just an obvious disaster. I want to make a good record. I don't want to throw a brick. This cannot be Shaq at the free-throw line." Rose added that the disc will surface before the end of 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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eDonkey Pays Up
AP reports: The firm behind popular online file-sharing software eDonkey has agreed to pay $30 million to avoid potential copyright infringement lawsuits from the recording industry, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Under terms of the latest agreement, MetaMachine and its top executives, Sam Yagan and Jed McCaleb, agreed to immediately cease distributing eDonkey, eDonkey 2000, Overnet and other software versions.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Supernova Beats Supergroup
MTV reports: David has defeated Goliath. According to a Tuesday (September 12) ruling by San Diego Judge John Houston, the producers of CBS' "Rock Star" are going to have to come up with an alternate name for Supernova, the band made up of Motley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Voivod's Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Last month, the original Supernova - an Orange County, California, punk trio - filed for a preliminary injunction in San Diego's U.S. District Court...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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UK Hall of Fame
SMN reports: The BBC has revealed that rock legends LED ZEPPELIN are set to enter the UK Music Hall of Fame. They will join singer ROD STEWART, BRIAN WILSON and the late DUSTY SPRINGFIELD. There will also be a tribute to LED ZEPPELIN, who have sold more than 300 million albums globally, from rockers WOLFMOTHER.

Sir George Martin, who produced THE BEATLES, is to receive a special honour which recognises "his exceptional contribution to British music". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drummer All Used Up
punkbands reports: The Used have announced that Branden Steineckert (drums) has left the band: It is with much sadness that we want to tell you that Branden is no longer the drummer in The Used. We felt that we needed to move forward without Branden as our drummer.

We wish Branden well, and owe a great deal of gratitude towards him for his hard work over the years. We could not have gotten this far without him.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rare Dimebag Footage on DVD
PR reports: Hard Rock International is proud to announce that HARD ROCK TREASURES - a DVD documentary featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of these prized possessions and the stories behind them - is set for release on MPI Home Video on October 31, 2006. HARD ROCK TREASURES will be available at various local retail outlets, Hard Rock's Rock Shops worldwide and online at www.hardrock.com for $24.98. More than three years in the making, HARD ROCK TREASURES documents the journey of Hard Rock's own "Indiana Jones of Rock 'n' Roll" Don Bernstine, as he acquires these rare collectibles and meets with some of rock's most celebrated artists in their own element and private settings. A remarkable highlight on the DVD includes never-before-released footage of the late Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott (Pantera/Damageplan) and brother Vinnie Paul, at their private home on the eve of the launch of Damageplan's debut CD release, as well as a poignant look back at that historic interview with Vinnie Paul, on the first anniversary of "Dimebag's" tragic death[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bennie Smith RIP
AP reports: Bennie Smith, a guitarist and St. Louis blues legend who played with stars like Chuck Berry and Ike and Tina Turner, died Sunday following a heart attack. He was 72.

Smith, Kim Massie and the Soulard Blues Band were to perform Sunday night at a club in suburban University City, but when the musicians arrived onstage without Smith, harmonica player Tom "Papa" Ray told the crowd that Smith had died earlier that evening. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Candid Norma Jean Surprise
PR reports: "Redeemer", the new release from Atlanta power quintet NORMA JEAN has finally released its fury on the public this week. Revolver Magazine states that REDEEMER is "a menacingly brutal slab of noisecore with just the right hint of melody". With over 200,000 records scanned to date, the game is on with this new Ross Robinson produced release. (Slipknot, Glassjaw, The Cure, etc) 

As a surprise, 1,000 copies of REDEEMER were selected to contain Polaroids snapped by the band themselves during the recording process of the album. Be sure to go out and pick up a copy of "Redeemer" and check out the band on their upcoming headlining RADIO REBELLION tour; where they are joined by Between the Buried and Me, Fear Before the March of Flames and Misery Signals. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jamiroquai Vs Paparazzo
TMZ reports: Jay Kay, frontman for the once-popular band Jamiroquai, became enraged when he thought a throng of photographers waiting outside of a nightclub were there for him. Apparently Jay Kay thought it was 1996. As it turns out the paparazzi were there hoping to spot Lindsay Lohan.

It seems the thought of being famous enraged Jay Kay so much that he started hurling obscenties and then throwing punches at the shutterbugs. At that point, the cameramen did care and flashbulbs started popping. Rowan Lawrence, one photographer at the scene, told the Daily Mirror, "There was no provocation for his actions and the guy had done nothing when Jay hit him around the face." [see full story for video on fight] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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No Black Cloud for Black Crowes
BW&BK reports: THE BLACK CROWES launched their fall last week (September 7th) with a roar, treating 7,000 fans at Brown's Island in Richmond, VA to a career-spanning set of freak 'n' roll favorites, followed by three more powerful performances through the weekend. Despite guitarist Marc Ford's startling resignation only 48 hours before the tour commenced - and the recent dismissal of long-time keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch - the band united to deliver a signature performance. 

The departures of Ford and Hawrysch have led to an outbreak of speculation by the press and fans. The Black Crowes have responded with this statement: "Although we were very disappointed with the timing and method in which we were notified of the situation by Marc's attorney, we remain fully supportive of both Marc and Ed's efforts at sustaining sobriety and are sincerely hopeful that they enjoy a healthy and peaceful future."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shawn Colvin Returns
PR reports: Nonesuch Records releases three-time GRAMMY® Award winner Shawn Colvin's label debut, These Four Walls, on September 12. The album is the follow-up to 2001's Whole New You, which the Chicago Tribune called "irresistible."

Recorded in New York and Austin, These Four Walls was produced by Colvin's longtime collaborator, John Leventhal. Of the album's thirteen tracks, nine are co-written by Colvin and Leventhal and one, "I'm Gone," is penned by Colvin herself. The album also includes two cover tunes, a practice for which Colvin is well known. These Four Walls features several guest artists: GRAMMY® Award winners Patty Griffin and Marc Cohn on "Cinnamon Road," English singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson on "Let it Slide," and renowned pedal steel player Greg Leisz on the title track. Shawn Colvin and her band will tour the U.S. and abroad in support of the These Four Walls. A full itinerary will be announced shortly.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Boss and More Guest on Jesse Malin CD
PR reports: Jesse Malin has just finished recording his third record titled Glitter In The Gutter, to be released First Quarter 2007 on Adeline Records/East West. This album follows his two previous critically acclaimed releases: 2004's The Heat, and 2002's The Fine Art of Self Destruction. Glitter In The Gutter was recorded in various studios over the summer in Millbrook, New York; North Hollywood, CA; and in Jesse's native borough of Queens, New York. 

Guests on the album include a special vocal performance by Bruce Springsteen, Chris Shifflett of the Foo Fighters, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, long time pal Ryan Adams[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shortlist To Resume
AP reports: The Shortlist Music Prize, which was put on hiatus last year after its co-founders disputed over its future, is being resurrected. 

Greg Spotts, who co-founded the Shortlist with Tom Sarig, said the prize - which honors critically acclaimed albums that are out of the mainstream loop - will resume, perhaps as early as January.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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