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Man Man Finish CD, Plan Tour
PR reports: It's been a crazy and beautiful time for the Man Man folks since the release of the critically acclaimed "Six Demon Bag" (appropriately released one year ago today on the Ace Fu imprint). Now, one year later, the group emerges from the studio, new songs in tow, to unleash sparkling new gems to an exclusive few.

Sat 02.24.07 St. Louis, MO Washington University - The Gargoyle 
Fri 03.16.07 Montreal, QC Club Lambi w/ Icy Demons 
Sat 03.17.07 Ottawa, ON (CA) Zaphod Beeblebrox w/ Icy 
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Carnal Forge Tracks
PR reports: Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE have finalized the track listing for their sixth album, "Testify for My Victims", due in May via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Aren't You Dead Yet?" was recorded, mixed and mastered over a four-and-a-half-month period and was produced by CARNAL FORGE.

"Testify for My Victims" track listing:

01. Testify For My Victims
02. Burning Eden
03. Numb (The Dead)
04. Godsend Gods End
05. End Game
06. Questions Pertaining The Ownership Of My Mind
07. Freedom By Mutilation
08. Subhuman
09. No Longer Bleeding
10. Biological Waste Matter
11. Lost Legion
12. Ante Mori
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Strata To Kill Hannah
Wind-Up reports: STRATA has just picked up some tour dates with Kill Hannah. Here are the dates:

3/13/2007 - The Mojo Room, Port St. Lucie, FL 
3/15/2007 - Ziggy's, Winston Salem, NC 
3/16/2007 - 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH 
3/18/2007 - The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI 
3/22/2007 - The Station, Portland, ME 
3/23/2007 - The Loft , Poughkeepsie, NY 
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Madina Lake Mystery
Roadrunner reports: Madina Lake is producing a series of webisodes. The pop-punk band has produced two so far, with more on the way. The story is about disappearance, murder, and magic in the 1950s town of Madina Lake. It includes a varied cast of characters, and some enigmatic forest people, all backed up by an original soundtrack created by members of the band. You can check it out at the full story link. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Umphrey's McGee B-Sides
PR reports: On April 3, 2007 Umphrey's McGee releases a double disc B-Sides album – a spontaneous and intriguing follow-up to their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers. Titled The Bottom Half, disc one features ten songs that did not make it onto Safety In Numbers, while disc two offers outtakes, alternative versions of songs, a cappella recordings, and other bits from the band's 2005 studio sessions. As with Safety In Numbers, famed album artist Storm Thorgerson has designed the artwork for The Bottom Half.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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March 13
Kayos reports: Not to attach any undue significance to the March 13 release of November Rain In Paradise City, an unauthorized biographical documentary DVD of Guns N' Roses, but Locomotive Records will also spill beer (re-releasing Tankard's 2000 Kings Of Beer on March 13), transmit a virus (by releasing Heavenly's all-new second album, Virus, on March 13), ultimately resulting in World Chaos on March 13 (a re-release of the 1990 Holy Moses album). Never has the metal community gone through so much drama in one day.[see full story for more info on each release]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Secondhand Serenade Hit
MSO reports: Indie phenomenon SECONDHAND SERENADE is JOHN VESELY, a one-man show hailing from Menlo Park, CA. His mix of extremely heartfelt music and poetic lyrics has caused a strong reaction with fans through MySpace. This underground buzz and word-of-mouth propelled him to reach and stay at the top unsigned artist position on MySpace for four months. As of today, SECONDHAND SERENADE has reached over 17,692,067 plays on MySpace, an incredible feat for an artist just now signed by an indie label. After selling over 15,000 copies of his debut acoustic album Awake on his own through a PayPal account, John signed on with Daniel Glass as part of his newly formed Glassnote Records. Last week (2/6), the label released AWAKE with two new songs--"It's Not Over" and "Take Me With You"--and it has debuted at #16 and #8 on the Billboard "Top Heatseekers" chart and the "Alternative New Artist" albums chart, respectively. AWAKE marks the first-ever release for Glassnote Records which is distributed through ILG (Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). 

Later this month, SECONDHAND SERENADE will team up with Butch Walker and Danny Lohner to produce his debut full-length. The new album--which will feature a full band--will be released at the end of the summer.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jesus And Mary Chain Reunion Shows
CMJ reports: After a nearly decade-long drought, the world will again taste the live, dripping distortion of the Jesus And Mary Chain. Asked why a reunion, why now, Mary Chain's Jim Reid responded via press release, "Why not?" According to the release, both Reid and his brother William had wanted to reunite for quite some time, their last performance, in 1998, being "such a bloody awful mess... that [it] was no way for the Mary Chain to end." As their redemptive rock'n'roll Hail Mary, the Mary Chain will take on the Coachella Festival in April and the Spanish Summercase Festival in July. As of yet, there are no plans for future shows or a new Jesus And Mary Chain record, though Jim Reid stated, "Maybe." [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kevin Devine Dropped
CMJ reports: Rumors are swirling about which artists will be dropped from Capitol Music Group after the merger of Capitol with Virgin in January. Today, New York native Kevin Devine posted a MySpace blog confirming that he is no longer at the label. After playing a show in Nashville last week, his manager informed him of the news. According to Devine, the label decided to go in a different direction without him, however allowing him to shop around his Capitol release, Put Your Ghost To Rest.

"It was definitely a roll of the dice to begin with," Devine explained exclusively to CMJ. "I guess I feel the music industry is such a dissolving dinosaur I don't think it matters anymore where you sign. But we've had a good relationship with the people [at Capitol]. No smoke and mirrors. I guess that has helped us in the end."
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Roots Added to Bonnaroo
PR reports: Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, the people behind the Bonnaroo Music & Camping Festival, have announced the recent addition of The Roots to their already extensive line-up of rock, jam, hip hop and comedy. Currently the eco-conscious, 4-day, ‘round-clock-event has put together a roster including everyone from The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Regina Spektor, The Hold Steady, Spoon, Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips, Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, David Cross, DJ Shadow, Wilco and over 70 others. Headliners for the event will be the newly reunited Police, as well as Tool and Widespread Panic. Non-music experiences will include such attractions as the silent disco, a brewing festival, and documentary film screenings.

Tickets for Bonnaroo go on sale this Friday, February 23rd at 12:00pm EST. You can buy them exclusively at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Johnnie Taylor Reissue
conqueroo reports: Johnnie Taylor, one of the greatest soul singers who ever lived, was at the peak of his game on September 23, 1972, when he sang to an effusive crowd at the now-defunct Summit Club in South Los Angeles. The show was captured on tape and will be reissued February 20 by Stax Records as Johnnie Taylor: Live at the Summit Club. The live album, produced by Al Bell, the then-president of Stax Records, was recorded at the time of the historic two-day Wattstax concert at nearby Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Wattstax bill was filled, so Stax put many of its artists into nearby clubs where they were taped and filmed. As well as including his biggest hits ("Who's Making Love," "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone"), the album contains six previously unreleased tracks that emphasize the blues side of Taylor's repertoire. Label-mate Rufus Thomas said of Taylor in his introduction: "When you speak of blues, this is a man who knows ‘em from the letter A to the letter Z." [in stores this week! see full story for more info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chimaira Video Premiere
PR reports: Fans will wait no longer. Behold! CHIMAIRA's music video, ‘Resurrection', the title track from their highly anticipated Ferret Music debut will be airing on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball on February 24th @ 10 PM EST. ‘Resurrection', CHIMAIRA's new recording, will be released on March 6.

The video for ‘Resurrection' was directed by Todd Bell and features Mixed Martial Arts with concept and band performance. CHIMAIRA have combined forces with MMA fighter Maverick for a music video of epic proportions. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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First to Leave Preview
PR reports: First to Leave has posted 3 new songs on their Myspace. The Songs ('Drag the Lake', 'The Blind Man' and 'Two Guns, One Mile') are from First To Leave's upcoming Lobster Records debut "Forging a Future" which drops this spring. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Holy Apocalypse Cow Batman!
PR reports: Asheville, NC-based SeepeopleS will release their third album, Apocalypse Cow Vol. I, on March 20, 2007. The band will be on tour, debuting new material from the album, from February through August, with festival appearances throughout the summer, including Wakarusa and Dogstock. Apocalypse Cow Vol. I will be released on the band's own imprint, Razcalz Recordz; produced by Will Holland (The Pixies, Devo), the album was recorded at Chillhouse Studios in Boston, MA. 

Feb 22, 2007 Preservation Pub Knoxville, TN
Feb 23, 2007 Crossroads Huntsville, AL
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Cabras Videos
PR reports: "Cabras" film director Fredy Polania has entered his latest music video into the running for inclusion on Steven Spielberg's upcoming reality show "On the Lot". "On the Lot," executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, will give aspiring filmmakers from around the world the chance to earn a $1-million development deal at DreamWorks. The show is premiering Spring 2007 on the Fox network. 

Polania has chosen to keep the plot of "Cabras", a self-described "philosophical thriller" due out in 2008, under a tight lid, and has been mainly promoting the "Cabras" soundtrack. Polania is the first independent film director to shoot music videos for every artist on a film soundtrack - a total of 20 artists. He approaches the soundtrack by choosing what are, in his view, the best independent artists from around the world. Hailing from the United States are New Crash Position, Lauren Briant, Bizarre from D-12, Antedote The Neato Project, A New Way Down, The Morning After, and Cede. International artists include Canada's Inner Surge, Latvia's Detlef's Zoo, Switzerland's Manana, and Israel's Squid, with more on the way. Video downloads and mp3's for these artists are available at www.cabrassoundtrack.com.
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Mail Bag: A Bad Case of Gelos
DayinRock reports: We haven't had a mailbag in a while and this week seemed opportune as we have received a few notable emails this week. Here are the highlights:

Kenny A write: (asking for a correction) It was Sinead O'Connor ripping up the picture on SNL, not Prince. [referring to the stupid joke in the Britney article from Monday]

Answer: Yes and that was the joke. The Prince reference was to the fact that the Purple One® wrote Sinead's hit "Nothing Compares 2 U". 

Nikki writes: How come you have totally ignored the tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith?

Answer: Did she make music? Plus we figured the 24/7 coverage by all the tabloids and cable "News" channels provided more than enough information about the death of this "important" figure. Finally, we honestly didn't give a damn and didn't think many of our readers would either. But her death and the overwhelming coverage does tell you a little about our society. A former president died recently and got only passing mention, even on political shows, and someone like Smith dies and the media coverage has been almost wall to wall. Imagine the coverage overload if she had died in Aruba! Esp on Broken Record with Greta Van Botox. 

Amber writes: Oasis is not a second rate anything let alone Beatles! They are nothing like the Beatles and so much better. They are the most original band in the world so stop hating on them because your gelos 

Answer: Trying to stop laughing enough to respond. Is gelos® a new disease that causes hearing loss and lowers the IQ? But you are right; we shouldn't have called Oasis a second rate Beatles. They are more like a fourth rate watered down Beatles without the originality or songwriting skill. Then again, Ringo is probably jealous of them. Thank you for providing further proof of why we need to add chlorine to the gene pool.
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Today's Reviews
....Shaw Blades - Influence
What can be better than this? Twelve classic songs, all out and out masterpieces, given a respectful once over by two guys who know a thing or two about writing a great song: Tommy Shaw of Styx and Jack Blades of Night Ranger (both of Damn Yankees). (4 stars) - Read the full Shaw Blades - Influence review
....Brazil - The Philosophy Of Velocity
This Philosophy Of Velocity is definitely something meant for sad kids.. I was bored for most of the album, but kept listening in hopes that something good would present itself, and it did... the end of the album.- Read the full Brazil - The Philosophy Of Velocity review
....Edel Sullivan - In the Time Of
On "In the Time Of" Edel Sullivan not only displays her talents as a traditional Irish fiddler; but her skills as a composer and arranger on many of the 13 tunes which appear on the album as well.- Read the full Edel Sullivan - In the Time Of review

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