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Akercocke Want You To Go To Hell
PR reports: Get sucked into hell by one of the most anticipated death metal releases of 2007. 'Antichrist' is the newest release by the satanic Englishmen, AKERCOCKE and it makes its way to US stores this week.

Finally, America can find out what all of the controversy is about. 'Antichrist' is the album so evil that Northern Ireland opposed the band's appearance in the region. It's the album so satanic that the band's original US pressing plant refused to handle the disc. See for yourself why this epic masterpiece has caused such a stir as AKERCOCKE's 'Antichrist' comes to the US. 

'Antichrist' Track Listing: Black Messiah, Summon the Antichrist, Axiom, The Promise, My Apterous Angel, Distant Fires Reflect in the Eyes of Satan, Man Without Faith or Trust, The Dark Inside, Footsteps Resound in an Empty Chapel, Epode. 
- watch the twisted and surreal video for "Axiom" 

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Blunt Sets UK Record, Sues Producer
Contact Music reports: JAMES BLUNT's smash hit debut BACK TO BEDLAM has become the biggest-selling U.K. album of the millennium. The British singer's record has sold 3,020,490 copies - overtaking Dido's No Angel album which had 3,015,703 sales. 2004s Back To Bedlam sold 11 million copies internationally. 

[in other news from Contact Music] Singer JAMES BLUNT is suing music producer LUKAS BURTON, who claims he co-wrote six songs on the crooner's debut album BACK TO BEDLAM. Burton alleges he co-wrote Goodbye My Lover, No Bravery, Cry, I Don't Believe, I Really Want You and Don't Lose Yourself with Blunt and is now seeking royalties from the tracks.

But Blunt insists he wrote the songs while still serving in the British army and is asking London's High Court to rule that he and EMI Publishing own the copyright to the disputed tracks. - more on this story

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Glamrock Love Connection Connects With Viewers
PR reports: The premiere airing of Rock Of Love With Bret Michaels was a huge ratings hit for VH-1, receiving rave reviews by masses of national media. 

The first installment of this 10-part reality series airing Sunday's at 9 PM (EST)/9 central on VH-1, came in with outstanding ratings for the cable company's 'Celebreality' division. 

Rock Of Love With Bret Michaels was touted as "hilarious… the kind of rock n' roll unpredictability that keeps his success humming along," says Larry Getlen in the NY Post.- more on this story

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Eastern Baltic Girls Rock Mondo Generator
PR reports: Mondo Generator recently returned from their European tour where front man Nick Oliveri checked in from the road with the following update:

"Eastern Baltic rock! There were tons of hot girls, but unfortunately none of them were at our gigs. Estonia was cool, but Bulgaria was the best as me and Ian got to sing 'Sex and Violence' with The Exploited; I'll never forget it," says Oliveri recapping Mondo Generator's recent European tour. "Warsaw is always a good time, but I haven't played there since I played with Queens of the Stone Age 7 years ago. We had crazy drives through Serbia and Croatia going into Romania, where we got lost thinking we were taking an exit, but it was really an entrance. We had a great time playing for all the European fans and hope to get back there soon."

Mondo Generator's new album "Dead Planet" landed in stores this week through Suburban Noize Records. The band is currently on the road all summer long on the second stage at Ozzfest 2007 and playing off dates with Circus Diablo. 

Mondo Generator have uploaded the video for "Lie Detector", from their recently released new album "Dead Planet". - Check it out, maybe it has some Eastern Baltic girls in it.

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Viva La Songs
PR reports: Bam Margera has made it his mission to expose an entire generation of his peers to some original high-energy music through his VIVA LA BANDS album and tour series. Brought to you by Ferret Music and Filthy Note Records, VIVA LA BANDS, VOL. 2 will hit stores on September 4, 2007

The CD features exclusive tracks, written and recorded for the CD/DVD combo from some of Bam's favorite acts like CLUTCH, IN FLAMES, CKY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, VIKING SKULL and VAINS OF JENNA. A US-exclusive track from SHINY TOY GUNS and music from other faves like GWAR, THE SOUNDS, DIMMU BORGIR and KILL HANNAH also appears on the killer compilation. 

The DVD component to this rocking release contains almost an hour of never-before-seen Bam footage- more info and full tracklist

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The Cuban Beatles?
PR reports: Shout! Factory will be releasing Los Zafiros – Music From The Edge Of Time on DVD July 31st. The DVD contains tons of extras including: outtakes, interviews, Los Zafiros archival performances '50s & '60s, Cuban TV commercials and classic Cuban variety TV show montage.

For those whose lives they deeply touched, Los Zafiros are legends. Often referred to as The Beatles of 1960s Cuba, The Sapphires were a Cuban musical phenomenon molded by their time and place. Best described as world music before there was world music, they caused a sensation in Havana and beyond into the early 1970s with their brilliant mix of American-inspired doo-wop touched with Afro-Cuban rhythms, salsa, son and other traditional Latin forms. - more on this story

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Strange Noize For The Troops
PR reports: Suburban Noize Records a self-empowered independent music label and its artists on the Strange Noize Tour: Kottonmouth Kings, (HED) P.E. and the Subnoize Souljaz featuring Big B and The Dirtball are joining the effort to help America's wounded warriors. Their music is hardcore, their fans are hardcore and they understand the power they have to help young soldiers returning from a hardcore situation…having their bodies blown apart in the name of war. Using their power of hardcore music to reach thousands of fans they will debut the Ward 57 football jersey on stage July 18, 2007 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA. A handful of lucky soldiers will get to attend various shows across the country for the 32-date tour. Huntington Beach, California's (HED) P.E. in particular have taken the lead with the fundraising promotion pledging to wear the jerseys at each show. 

The WARD 57 T-shirts are $20 and the Jerseys $45 (plus shipping). All donations and purchases are tax-deductible. Proceeds (minus cost) will go directly to purchase items needed on Ward 57 such as amputee wheelchairs, medical equipment, DVD players, TVs, movies, music, washing machines and other items.- more info on what this is all about

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Who Will Rock Kimmel?
PR reports: JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE welcomes the following musical acts:

July 18 – Jason Aldean
July 19 – Kalai
July 25 – Editors**
July 31 – Common**
August 2 – Sean Kingston
August 3 – Rooney**
August 7 – Eldar
August 9 – Maximo Park (pre-taping 7/25)
August 28 – The Almost**
August 29 – Joss Stone**- find out what ** means

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars DVD
PR reports: After being forced from their homes by a brutal, decade-long civil war, six Sierra Leonean musicians found an unlikely form of healing to deal with losing everything -- they formed a band. The band's sound -- a mixture of home-grown West African beats, roots-reggae and Western-influenced R&B combined with heartfelt lyrics which condemn war and encourage social change -- gave hope to their countrymen and has been praised around the world, leading to the band's first U.S. tour this summer. 

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars chronicles the courageous band over three years, from Guinean refugee camps back to their war-ravaged homeland, as they spread a message of peace and tolerance. Serving as a unique tribute to the power of music and the celebration of the human spirit, this award-winning film from directors Zach Niles and Banker White, will be available on DVD for the first time August 14.- more on this story

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Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks For Kids
PR reports: The Barn in Brooklyn CT, on Sunday July 29, will present Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, one of the most compelling and truly original voices in American music today, in a very special evening celebrating their brand new digital release, DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS - DUETS.

This show is also a benefit for Benifund For Kids, Inc. (www.benifund.org), a non profit 501 (C) 3 recognized public charity dedicated to providing annual physical exams to the 10 million children in the U.S. who are uninsured and receive no federal, state or local assistance to obtain health and wellness care. Through corporate sponsorships, special events, private donations and organized partnerships, Benifund For Kids, Inc. raises money to assist with funding to local children's organizations throughout the country that participate in child wellness programs.- more on this story

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Songwriters and Story Tellers Compilation Contest Winners
PR reports: The Songwriters and Story Tellers Compilation Contest had over 200 entries representing some of the best songwriters and storytellers in all genres of music including Americana, Folk, Rock and Country.

The selection process was a combination of fans voting through the iMuzic.com website and through a panel of judges. "This was a very difficult process" said Indie Artists Alliance founder, Phil Peretz, "we looked at several factors including how many times fans listened to the songs all the way to conclusion. We factored this against the voting score to keep this from being a popularity contest where the artists with the biggest database would win the contest. Once we narrowed the group of songs we took the 50 songs to our panel of judges and they selected the winners based on their abilities to paint a picture with words. By doing this we uncovered some great independent musicians."- see who won

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Mailbag: Screechy, Avril, McDork and more
PR reports: Lots of mail to answer today. 

Great Music Lasts, While Trends Die
Clamesha sent us these compelling thoughts about our story on AC/DC, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Radiohead and Nirvana CDs still selling big numbers while the star Clive Davis took credit from his employee for finding hasn't really passed the test of time. Clamesha writes: Whitney is not cheasy. She is way bettar thin the noisy bands you say are bettar. She can sign. 

Response: Wow, we didn't know she could sign. So she wasn't just using her prerogative to give Bobby the finger? But you are right. Her brand of vocal masturbation and screeching is annoying, yet mostly dairy free. She's still no Aretha or Diana, two women that could do far more with one note then a dozen extraneous ones used to cover up the lack of a truly great voice. Then again, she should be given credit for opening the door for a wealth of mediocre singers that copied that style, thus destroying the once proud tradition of Motown and R&B as American Idol has shown us. 

On the same story Danny writes: I think the reason that these old cds sell so well still is that they are great cds from start to finish instead of the one or two good songs we now seem to get from bands. I agree with your point about labels not taking chances anymore on different types of music and instead forcing a bunch of copycats on us. What can we do to change this?

Response: Sadly Danny there is very little we the record buying public can do to change the practice of the major labels foisting copycats on us and not offering new and exciting bands that can change the direct of music. The next Nirvana, Guns N' Roses if you will. Some how the notion of supply and demand goes over the swelled heads of most big label execs. That being said, we can continue to ignore the inferior clones and maybe someday before they are out of a job they will wake up to the fact that people don't want it. Even more important, you should keep your ears open to the artists on the smaller labels and support any band that you love. Turn your friends on to them and do your part to help them succeed. Believe it or not, that CAN really help and if an indie band succeeds on that level it will get the attention of the big labels. Remember Nirvana didn't sign directly to Geffen, they went the indie route first. There are a lot of places to find great independent releases; in fact, not to toot our own horn but about 70-80% of 100 or so CDs we review here each month are from indie bands and labels. Also Mark Hensch has a great series called Hensch's Hometown Heroes dedicated to underground bands, he covers a new CD each Wednesday. Try other sites that also cover indie music and troll Myspace, look at bands you like, click on their friends and check out other bands listed there. Most will be leeching crap, but you'd be surprised at the great music you can find. Hecklerspray runs a regular feature on their site where they cover bands they discover on Myspace and that's just the tip of the iceberg on using the web to find new music. Great music is out there, you just have to work at discovering it.

She Like Didn't Like Steal Like Songs Like For Sure
This next person didn't leave a name but we'll call him/her Debating Champ since he/she appears to be a student of the Al Franken school of debate and offers up this amazing irrefutable defense of Avril and the SECOND songwriting theft accusation. (Of a song Avril herself reportedly listed as one of her favorites. ooooopppps). Debating Champ writes: they are lieing

We have no response to this, as this argument was clear, concise and misspelled. 

Not All LA Residents are McDorks
Nikki want to set the record straight about a comment in a Rooney article about the cancelled teen soap "The O.C.". Nikki writes: I live in L.A. and we never call Orange County "The OC". We may call it the orange curtain but never "The OC". I never heard anyone call it that but that stupid tv show. 

Response: All we can say Nikki is that you must not be a McDork, that's who we called out for using that ubber lame term for the ubber lame soap. We should used the term THE McDork, sorry. We used to headquartered in OC but had to leave after the shame that show brought us. No, the real reason is we couldn't understand the new language and got tired of people peeing in our yard, but that's another story for another show. - post comments here

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