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Report for 03/14/06
Mailbag: How the Southwest Was Lost
PR reports: Rolling Stone asked today "SXSW: Is the Party Over?". The simple answer to that question is in the fact that RS is even covering the event. How is this a mailbag? Well, a few readers (ok, publicists and bands) asked us why we haven't provided more postings about the festival this year and the real answer is if we posted every press release related to SxSW that we receive everyday we wouldn't have enough room for real news. Yes, it has gotten that bad with an average of over 35 press releases a day for the past few weeks. So the once cool underground indie fest has been pitchforked into a corporate showcase. Time for something new. Sorry for those hunting more info on the fest, we tried to cover some of the more notable happenings there but were overwhelmed with amount of PR received about "everyones" showcase. However, if you're looking for a killer indie band, look no further than the review at the full story link. This is what SxSW should be all about. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzfest Dates
PR reports: Ozzfest, now unofficially dubbed FreeFest, will kick off on July 12th in Kurt Cobain's backyward, a.k.a. Seattle and make it's way across the U.S. (sorry Canada, Sharon doesn't love you) to conclude in the "too hard to vote correctly using a simple ballot" capital of the nation in West Palm Beach, Fl on August 30th. 

Admission to this year's metal (and in the past mallcore, posercore and crapcore) festival will be free. Full details have not been announced yet nor the line-up but it believed that fans will have to log-on to "sponsor" websites to secure the free tickets. Once we have the full 411 we'll let you know. The good news is with free admission you can buy more eggs to toss at Sharon while yelling "Up The Irons!". 

Here are the dates: 
07/12 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre
07/14 - George, WA - Gorge
07/17 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/19 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
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Now Britney's Bulimic
hecklerspray.com reports: Britney Spears has a long road ahead of her finding solutions to all her innumerable problems, but a quick fix might just be to get some new friends, because someone is running around blabbing to everyone that Britney Spears is bulimic and bipolar. 

According to one magazine, Britney Spears' rehab stint has been hit with one unexpected problem - the pills that Britney Spears is taking to combat her recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder won't stay down because Britney Spears is claimed to be such a habitual bulimic that she keeps vomiting them all up the second she swallows them. [Perhaps the "friend" misunderstood? Could be that Britney vomited upon hearing K Fed's "music" and hasn't stopped since. Tune in next week when Britney remarries Kevin, has triplets then a sex change operation. All without singing a note! - see full story for more on this current captivating BS story.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Vs Google
Idolator.com reports: This morning, [MTV's parent company] Viacom filed a federal copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube and Google, alleging that almost 160,000 unauthorized clips of Viacom's programming were available on the video-sharing site, and that they'd been watched more than 1.5 billion times. Now, Viacom is looking to get paid--to the tune of more than a billion dollars: 

"YouTube is a significant, for-profit organization that has built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others' creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google. Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws. [Maybe YouTube should charge bands to air their videos? Is this MTV's new web strategy? We don't know but see full story for more on this story] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Leak Explained Away
gunsnroses.com reports: The song "Better" has been receiving airplay across the country, but there is no official single release. No one seems to know where the song came from or how it got out. Did Guns N' Roses purposely leak the track? "Here's what I know," keyboardist Dizzy Reed explains to GunsNRoses.com. "We were doing a commercial with Harley-Davidson. Harley was going to do a version using 'Paradise City' and another version using 'Better.' Their Web site even had a version up for like one day with 'Better,' but the version of 'Better' that they had was an unfinished, unapproved demo. That's why it was removed. The version that's getting airplay is that same demo. 

"Our understanding of how that happened is that an experimental edit using 'Better' in place of 'Paradise City' was somehow accidentally mislabeled as the 'Paradise City' Harley-Davidson video/commercial and was inadvertently released on the internet. We believe the 'leak' came from this source tape and someone with access to it…. For the record, absolutely none of the songs that have been leaked have come from the band or our organization. None of the songs that have been leaked are anything more than demo versions, works in progress. No final mixes. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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R.E,M. Reunite for Crock Hall
Gigwise reports: The original REM line-up reunited last night as the Athens band were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Drummer Bill Berry, who left the band a decade ago, performed a medley of early songs with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills. 

They performed ‘Man on the Moon' with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder on backing vocals, ‘Begin The Begin' and Gardening At Night at the New York, Warfdale Astoria Hall ceremony. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Police Add Dates
Ananova reports: The Police have announced extra UK dates after selling out the initial shows.

More than 120,000 tickets were snapped up the morning they were made available, reports NME.com.

The band have confirmed additional dates at the Birmingham NIA on September 5, Twickenham Stadium on September 9 and the Manchester Evening News Arena on October 16.[see full story for all the dates. Looks like Sting is making far more loot after dropping his lute. ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Megadeth, Shadows Fall and More for Download
Blabbermouth reports: MEGADETH, BUCKCHERRY, SHADOWS FALL, DREAM THEATER and TURBONEGRO have been confirmed for the Download festival, set to take place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. Demand for this year's festival has seen tickets sell faster than ever before, camping spaces have nearly all gone, and festival organizers are looking into an extension to the Donington Park capacity. Download 2007 is fast becoming the must-attend music event of the year. [see full story for more including the full lineup] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Otep Addresses Dropping
Blabbermouth reports: OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya has issued another statement in response to the persistent rumors that the band has been dropped by Capitol Records as a result of the recently announced merger of Capitol and Virgin Records into the Capitol Music Group.

OTEP's third full-length album, "The_ Ascension", was previously scheduled for release on March 20. Commented Shamaya: "It is true Capitol is going through a very intense reorganization at this time. To the question: Are we dropped? No official word has come down to us. Would it matter? Not really. The matrix of this band is titanium strong. With myself, eViL j, our management, lawyers, pencil pushers, finger pointers, and other assorted suits, sages, soldiers, PLUS our fans and supporters — this collective is ready to walk through Vesuvius without breaking a sweat.

"The only thing that truly 'sucks' about this reorganization is the delay of the album which is inevitable. Could be a week, could be a month — but it's going to be delayed…. [see full story for more]
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Godsmack Tour
TuneLab reports: Godsmack have announced a new round of dates which include:

May 5th in Memphis, TN @ Tom Lee Park
May 6th in Mobile, Al @ Saenger Theatre
May 8th in Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theatre
May 9th in Charleston, SC @ N. Charleston PAC
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Warped Dates
TuneLab reports: Dates for this years Vans Warped Tour have been announced. The tour will kick off on June 28th and will feature Tiger Army for the entire tour with As I Lay Dying, Family Force 5, The Used and Norma Jean among others set to perform on select dates.

Current itinerary is as follows:

June 28th in Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
June 29th in Pomona, CA @ Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
June 30th in Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park
July 1st in Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 3rd in Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird Stadium
July 5th in Calgary, AB @ Race City Speedway
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RIAA Vs Stroke Victim 
tinfoil.music reports: The RIAA has now brought suit against a stroke victim in Michigan in Warner v. Paladuk:

Although the defendant John Paladuk, an employee of C&N Railroad for 36 years, was living in Florida at the time of the alleged copyright suit, and had notified the RIAA that he had not engaged in any copyright infringement, and despite that the fact that Mr. Paladuk suffered a stroke last year which resulted in complete paralysis of his entire left side and severely impaired speech, rendering him disabled, and despite the fact that his disability check is his sole source of income, the RIAA commenced suit against him on February 27, 2007. [see full story for more - that's one way to make up for sagging profits]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gay Cover Controversy
punkbands reports: From the FNS Records MySpace page: Bridge9 Records and Have Heart have filed a Copyright Violation to Myspace in regards to YOUTH OF TOGAY's Myspace page. Myspace in turn has deleted their page without investigation. Their complaint states that YOTG's cover of Have Hearts "The Machinist" and the parody art of their album "The Things We Carry" have been illegally used. YOTG had recently posted the new track "The Gaychinist" from their upcoming single "The Dongs We Bury". 

Cover songs, rerecorded by YOTG, and other parody artists are protected legally by The Fair Use Act of 1976. This law protects artists, cartoonists and musicians.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Even More Warped Bands
punkbands reports: The lineup for this year's Warped Tour continues to grow with the recent additions of The Used, Yellowcard, Starting Line, So They Say, Buck O Nine, Circa Survive, Amber Pacific, Straylight Run, Supernova, Haste The Day, Evaline, Throw The Fight. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fall Out Boy Copy KISS
punkbands reports: Fall Out Boy are giving the fans the chance to win their own blood. Recalling Pete Doherty's blood paintings, the band are set to use their own fluids in a series of promotional posters which they will give away to fans. A winner will be chosen in each US city that the band hits on their tour.

Explaining the gory art, bassist Pete Wentz said: "We're going to be running a series of contests. One is an ode to Kiss. My brother is going to make 45 prints based on images from our record. 

"Each will be hand-numbered and individually made. In addition, all prints will have a mixture of each member of the band's blood in it.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Andrew Bordoni & Friends
SMN reports: The new CD from Chicago based British guitarist ANDREW BORDINI called simply "Andrew Bordoni & Friends" will be released June 2007.

The entirely instrumental album will feature guest appearances from some of today's best metal and rock guitarists including:

Michael Angelo Batio
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Doctor Butcher, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Kee Marcello (Ex- Europe - K2)
Dave Weiner (Steve Vai Band)
Lars Eric Mattsson
Matt Konfirst (Independent Artist)
Will Scarlett (One of Andrew's 16 year old students)
Ryan Richko (Independent Artist)
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