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Songs from the Hottest State
PR reports: On August 7, the soundtrack to the new Ethan Hawke film "the Hottest State" will be released. The soundtrack features sixteen songs, plus two score passages, all recorded exclusively for the film. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris wrote all the music for the soundtrack and serves as the album's co-executive producer along with Hawke. Together they assembled a peerless group of artists to record Harris' songs: Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Feist, The Black Keys, M. Ward, Brad Mehldau, Tony Scherr and Argentinean newcomer, Rocha. Jesse Harris recorded three songs for the soundtrack himself and also has a small role in the film. The soundtrack will be released through Hickory Records.- tracklisting

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Red Hot Foo for Lil Bush
PR reports: In honor of this week's Live Earth concerts, Dave Grohl and The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be making an appearance on Comedy Central's "Lil Bush" Wed night at 10:30 pm. If you haven't heard already, "Lil Bush" premiered three weeks ago as Comedy Central's highest rated premiere in 3 years and continues to go strong. Guest appearances from Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Frank Black (The Pixies) and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) are planned in the future, while you can hear Iggy Pop every week providing the voice for Lil Rummy.- more on the show

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Iller Than Theirs Debut
PR reports: Independent record label Embedded Music will release the self-titled debut album of hip-hop duo Iller Than Theirs this fall. Brooklyn-based Iller Than Theirs is a mellow opposition to the commoditization of hip-hop culture that has resulted in fake MC's peddling their own posturing while crazed billionaires buy up and tear down the old neighborhoods. In a world that's growing more convoluted, complex, and corrupt, they've decided to respond with a simple, easygoing honesty of lyricism, free of pretension and thug theatrics. "We're not saying that we're better than anybody, alright? We're not better than nobody. We're just Iller."

Iller Than Theirs is made up of Tone Tank and Krayo, artists from the Nuclear Family collective. Known as Nuk Fam for short, these New York-based musicians pride themselves on their unique humor and humility. Nuk Fam boasts artists Junk Science, who released their debut Feeding Einstein in 2005, as well as Iller producers DJ Snafu, J. Howells Werthman, and Scott Thorough. The album is set for release on September 18, on Embedded Music, and will feature guest appearances from Mastah Ace, Cool Calm Pete, and varied Nuk Fam artists.- Sneak a Listen to the first single "Razor Bumps"

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Superdrag Reunite for Fall Tour
PR reports: Superdrag will be back on tour this Fall, with all four original members. Last seen onstage together more than 8 years ago, the original line-up of John Davis (guitar, vocals), Don Coffey Jr (drums), Brandon Fisher (guitar) and Tom Pappas (bass) have 6 performances scheduled for 2007.

Though Superdrag may be best-known for their 1996 major-label debut Regretfully Yours and the hit single "Sucked Out" that helped launch the band towards international success, the follow-up Head Trip In Every Key, issued in 1998, was widely regarded as the band's creative peak. - more including the dates

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Yellowcard Preview
PR reports: Yellowcard returns with new album Paper Walls on July 17th, the follow-up to 2006's gold-certified Lights and Sounds and their multi-platinum 2003 smash, Ocean Avenue. Drawing from both the universal, buoyant, hook-filled style of Ocean Avenue and the tougher edges of Lights and Sounds, Paper Walls takes it all a step further with an energized, anthemic and forward-looking set of songs. 

Paper Walls which will be available in both CD and Deluxe versions will be previewed exclusively on their Myspace Page from July 10-12th. 

After a stint on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour from June 29 July 19 and headlining shows to be announced, the band will join Blue October's on a fall tour from September 20 November 10. - check out the preview here and grab the tour dates

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The Oohlas Hit the Road
PR reports: Closing in on the one-year anniversary of their self-produced debut album BEST STOP POP, Los Angeles' The Oohlas will hit the road this week with Maximo Park and Monsters Are Waiting. The 12 city trip begins July 11th at the Paradise in Boston and wraps up at the Casbah in San Diego on July 28th, and will also head in to Canada for a few dates

July 11 Boston, MA Paradise Club
July 12 New York, NY Webster Hall
July 13 Montreal, Que. La Tulipe
July 14 Toronto, Ont. Mod Club- more dates

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Cary Brothers Tour
PR reports: The time has finally arrived for Cary Brothers to take his long-awaited debut album Who You Are on the road! Coming off his successful record release party at the career-launching Hotel Café, Brothers' and his band are all set to criss-cross the country with an array of musical friends including Carina Round, Stars of Track and Field, Priscilla Ahn, and Rachel Yamagata (for one special show in New York). 

Cary Brothers Tour Dates
11 Santa Barbara, CA - Hiro Ballroom ^
12 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord ^
14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge ^
15 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern ^- more dates

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Mayday Parade Debut
PR reports: Mayday Parade from Tallahassee, FL releases their debut full-length, A Lesson In Romantics today on Fearless Records. 

A Lesson In Romantics began to take shape early in 2007 as vocalist Derek Sanders, bass/vocals Jeremy Lenzo, guitarist Alex Garcia, guitarist Brook Betts and drummer/vocalist Jake Bundrick began to write tracks while touring nationwide last year and sleeping in parking lots weeks at a time.Once tracks and demos were created producers began to see potential and Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (Cartel, All Time Low, and Collective Soul) came on board helping to create an amazing full-length debut album.- more on this story

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OCMS Tribute New Orleans in New Video
PR reports: The past few months have been nothing short of jam-packed for OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW (OCMS). The band took a break from their hectic touring schedule and met up with established photographer/director Danny Clinch in the Mid-City area of New Orleans to shoot the video for their latest single, "I Hear Them All," an anthem in the classic Woody Guthrie tradition. 

The video features New Orleans local residents who each had their own inspirational stories regarding Hurricane Katrina, including George Porter Jr. of the legendary group The Meters, considered by many to be the Father of Funk. Band member Ketch Secor (vocals/fiddle/harmonica) commented: "Shooting this video in the Crescent City showed us first hand the strength and dedication of all those hardworking people committed to the rebuilding of New Orleans."
- Check out the video

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Ben Jelen Release Party, Yorn Support
PR reports: Ben Jelen will kick off his new CD and tour with a record release party headlining the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on July 16th and in-store performance to follow on July 17th at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square. Jelen will then set out on tour with Pete Yorn on his East Coast tour starting in St. Louis on July 21st. See all confirmed tour dates below.

Ben Jelen's sophomore CD ex-sensitive will be available in stores on July 17th through Linda Perry's Custard label. Jelen is the first artist release for 2007 from Custard, home to multi-platinum selling "You're Beautiful" singer James Blunt. Jelen recorded the tracks for the album with producer/label head Linda Perry whom also mixed the majority of the songs in addition to two mixes from famed producer Bill Bottrell (Shelby Lynne, Tom Petty, Rosanne Cash, Elton John).- grab the dates here

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Winehouse Platinum
PR reports: Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album, a mainstay of the Billboard Top 10 Albums Chart since its release a little more than 4 months ago has been certified platinum by the RIAA. 

Amy will be bringing her raved about live show to the U.S. in a pair of popular music festivals this August, with the V Festival in Washington, DC on August 4, and the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL on August 5. The charismatic star's much anticipated end-of-summer jaunt kicks off at NYC's Summer Stage on September 12, with a show the following day - September 13 - at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. She will be appearing at the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX on September 15, with stops in Los Angeles on September 18 & 19, San Francisco on September 21 & 22, Seattle on September 25, Minnesota on September 28, and pulling into Chicago, IL on September 29 - with more dates to be announced.- more on this story

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Mailbag: No Beef With Moby, Tongue Slashing
PR reports: The mail is rolling in! We're ignoring the dozens of whining "your just jealous" emails from Claybots as they will complain about any article that does less than canonize their favorite karaoke singer. But some are right, a lot of people in the press have blown this latest incident way out of proportion. But what else is new? The price of fame. Anyway, Clay Aiken aside, we're sticking with more relevant topics on the minds of our readers. 

Tim writes us today about our coverage of Moby's rant against the serving of meat at Live Earth. Here is what he had to say: You guys can make fun of Moby all you want but the fact remains that I learned far more about the problems with the environment in the two minutes it took to read his message then I learned during the entire 24 hour Live Earth nonsense. [point well taken, we take back our suggestion about a Live Stock concert unless Moby agrees to rant for at least 15 minutes of each hour. At least that WOULD be educational for the viewers.] 

Slashette sent us this angry missive about the Velvet Revolver story from yesterday: Velvet Bomb? Almost any band would kill to sell a hundred thousand cds in a week. How is that a bomb? Idiots! I noticed you didn't even bother to review it either.[you are right. Sorry. Congrats to Weiland, Slash and those other guys for selling less than half of what their debut sold and being outsold by the daughter of the guy that gave us "achy breaky heart". As for the review, an oversight on our part as we tried to listen to it telepathically, since the band's publicist didn't send us a copy, but it didn't work. We'll try harder next time or call in Anthony Michael Hall to do it.] - Mailbag

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