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The Methods to Rubin's Madness
Metal Underground reports: In a brand new article published in this past weekend's edition of the New York Times magazine, co-head of Columbia Records Rick Rubin spoke about his work as a producer for such bands as Metallica, Linkin Park And Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Whenever he agrees to produce an album, Rubin scrutinizes the songs before going into the studio. Rubin works slowly, it can take him years to finish an album. "A lot of that is because of the songs," Rubin explained. "I try to get the artist to feel like they are writing songs for the ages rather than songs for an album. As they write, they come over and play the songs for me. For some reason, most people will write 10 songs and think, That's enough for a record, I'm done. When they play the songs for me, invariably the last two songs they've written are the best. I'll then say, 'You have two songs, go back and write eight more.' "

His responses are instant, specific and constructively definitive. In the early Metallica sessions, Rubin has been exacting about different drum sounds. "Lars" Ulrich, the drummer "will play two things for me, and I'll say, 'This one is great and that one is terrible,' " Rubin recalled. "Lars will say: 'How do you know? They both sound good to me.' Well, I just know. The right sound reaches its hand out and finds its way. So much of what I do is just being present and listening for that right sound." [Good that Rick is on the case now instead of Bob Crock so we won't get Lars bashing pots and pans this go around!] 
- Metal Underground story

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What To Watch
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Hellogoodbye, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Tuesday- Gogol Bordello, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Tuesday- The Starting Line, who visit 'The Sauce' on Tuesday

Rilo Kiley, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Wednesday- Fall Out Boy bassist/spokesmodel Pete Wentz, who visits 'The Sauce' on Wednesday

Kings of Leon, who perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Thursday- Goo Goo Dolls, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' on Thursday- more

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What To Buy
antiMusic reports: A ton of new releases are due out this week and Punkbands has put together a list of highlights that include: 

Every Time I Die - The Big Dirty CD/DVD
Flatliners - Great Awake
Chiodos - Bone Palace Ballet 
A.A. Bondy - American Hearts
Baroness - Red Album
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request 12"
- more

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Talking Heaven and Hell With Iommi
PR reports: The latest episode of "Talking Metal" is features an interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with legendary guitarist Tony Iommi. 

Topics include Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Martin, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, Led Zeppelin, Eddie Van Halen, Lunarmile, Gibson and Epiphone guitars, and the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. 

Additional podcasts topics include Geezer Butler, Queensryche, and Heaven and Hell's new DVD "Live From Radio City Music Hall" where Ostronomy and Strigl appear in the "Meet the Mob" and "Hail the Gods of Metal" extras segments. The 30-minute podcast can be downloaded at this - location

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Baumgardner Gets POD'd
PR reports: Mega-producer, Jay Baumgardner, has been tapped to produce and mix the new P.O.D. record, set for release early next year on INO/Columbia Records. Baumgardner is known for his uber-production and mixing skills on such artists as Evanescence, Helmet, Orgy, Seether, Papa Roach, Alien Ant Farm and Godsmack. Baumgardner's proven touch has helped to guide some of the most innovative and energetic artists of the last decade.

Recently, Baumgardner also lent his mixing talents to Powerspace on their recent The Kicks of Passion, released on Fueled By Ramen, as well as the Don Gilmore produced Scary Kids Scaring Kids, self-titled album set for release later this month. The combination of these exciting artists and Jay's talents on the board are bringing a new power to the rock music scene.- more on this story

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Evergreen Terrace Get Strung Out
PR reports: Evergreen Terrace announce a new tour that will kick off later this month. Here is what they had to say: We are excited to announce that we will hitting the road with melodic punk rock legends, Strung Out! 

This 45 day tour will cover most of the US and eastern Canada! We couldn't be more excited to cross the border and rock out for our friendly neighbors to the north. 

Make sure to check out all the tour dates, we're sure we will be hitting up your area! Wolfbiker- dates

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Lizzy Borden Has An Appointment with Death
antiMusic reports: Metal Blade has a set a October 2nd release date for the new Lizzy Borden album "Appointment with Death". Lizzy's first new studio offering in seven years. A concept tour is also planned around the concept of the album. 

Here is a little of what the label had to say about the release: Appointment with Death was produced by L. Borden and J. Scott It was recorded at the Zanzibar studios in N. Hollywood CA. And was mixed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel) at Mana sound in Florida. 

Like all past Lizzy Borden recordings, Appointment with Death is a conceptual piece; this concept is centered around the theme of, as the title implies, Death. "Oddly enough, writing eleven songs about death was no easy task for me; lyrically being graphic or grotesque would have been too easy, and being overly morbid would bring nothing new to the concept. I wrote this just like I have all of the other LB recordings, as a play or a movie. There is a beginning, middle and an end with the lead character taking us on a journey. Death is all around us, lurking, waiting to pounce, striking fear and antagonizing the living in many different ways, I tried to explore some of those ways in the most poetic way that I know how" commented Lizzy.- a lot more including tracks, who played on the CD and more

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Storm Trooper of Talk
PR reports: The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features an interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with Billy Milano of S.O.D. and M.O.D. 

Topics include the "Rise Of the Infidels" CD, the crossover appeal of S.O.D., Jersey City, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, M.O.D., Desination Underground, and the 2008 Presidential election. 

Additional podcasts topics include Atreyu, the KISS Coffeehouse, Fox News, CNN, and Heaven and Hell's new DVD "Live From Radio City Music Hall" where Ostronomy and Strigl make appearances. The podcast can be downloaded at this- location

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Vader Plans
PR reports: At the moment VADER is working hard on band's future releases and upcoming tours. On their official website Peter (guitars, vocals) shares some details on band's new DVD, track, video clip, anniversary album and tour:

"() If You already noticed, there is new DVD gonna be released soon. The show was recorded in the club "Stodola" in Warsaw. That's why the title came from ("...and Blood Was Shed in Warsaw"). The main part of the DVD are the songs from our last releases, BUT...there are some rarities on this material like "Sword of the Witcher"! What the Hell is that? There's CD-Projekt RED who work on PC games and who asked us to compose a song, which is gonna be kinda "trailer-song" for Their upcoming game. The title of the game is "The Witcher" and this is pretty fresh RPG in the fantastic , filled with brutality and Magic world of the Witcher (from the Sapkowski novels). More then awesome graphics are made by world famous Mr. Baginski (1st prize ..... for "Cathedral") and give the game revolutionary character indeed! We said "yes!" and recorded the song in May in Hertz Studio.- more on this story

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Bam Parties
PR reports: Bam Margera and F.Y.E. have teamed up to kick off the release of Bam's latest rocking compilation, VIVA LA BANDS, VOL 2. The CD/DVD set is due to hit stores this Tuesday, September 4th with two fantastic events.

If you live in the NYC area, head over to F.Y.E. at 1290 Avenue of the Americas early on Tues, Sept 4th to take your place in line. At 6pm fans can meet Bam Margera and get their very own copy of VIVA LA BANDS, VOL 2 signed. All those that purchase a copy of the record at F.Y.E at any point the day of the event will receive a free VIVA LA BANDS poster and a wristband guaranteeing admission to the evening's event (available while supplies last). http://www.myspace.com/fyeevents

As a Halloween treat, two randomly chosen winners will not only get the chance to attend the VIVA LA BANDS TOUR Halloween show in Philadelphia, but they will get to attend with Bam himself. Airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and VIP tickets to the show are included.- Enter here

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Jug Band Movie
PR reports: "Chasin' Gus' Ghost", a documentary film tracing the history and influence of jug band music, premiered at San Francisco's historic Roxie Theatre on August 25th to rave reviews. A sold-out concert the following night at Great American Music Hall, featuring many musicians from the film including the previously announced John Sebastian, David Grisman, Geoff Muldaur, and Jim Kweskin and a surprise appearance by Maria Muldaur, wrapped up a memorable Jug Band Weekend (as declared by San Francisco's mayor) and the annual San Francisco Jug Band Festival. 

The film will make its East Coast debut during the Woodstock Film Festival, to be held in Woodstock, NY from October 10-14th, 2007. The festival has played host to a number of influential feature and documentary films including Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, Spellbound, and Pieces Of April, since its inception in 1999. 

"Chasin' Gus' Ghost", directed by Todd Kwait, explores the influence of jug band luminary Gus Cannon (voice narration by Taj Mahal) - a musician who helped shape American roots music and also inspired many other well-known, chart-topping artists such as Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) and John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful). All About Jazz's Samuel Chell called it "an absorbing movie capable of inspiring a whole new generation of ghost-chasers." - trailer

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Get Tweaked
PR reports: New Tertian Recordings (NTR) is pleased to announce the release of their newest CD Tweak features newly composed experimental and electroacoustic works by a talented and eclectic group of prize-winning American composers including Mark Chambers, John M. Crabtree, Charles Haarhues, Jeff Herriott, Aaron Johnson, William Price, Mark Snyder, and Christopher Watts. This exciting compilation contains expressive works by composers who bring forth an originality and freshness to the music of our century.

Featuring studio recordings and live performances by world-class musicians such as violinist Carter Williams and his ensemble Schallspiel, the music on this CD celebrates contemporary art music and its overwhelming diversity of styles and ideas. 

Tweak is available directly from the New Tertian Recordings web site or from other trusted online music retailers such as CDBaby.com, Digstation, iTunes.- Label Site

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The Kin Join The September Concert
PR reports: Wilspro Management is proud to announce that one of their artists, The Kin will join thousands of musicians to help "fill the skies with music" at the Sixth Annual September Concert, a free musical festival that was launched in 2002 to bring communities together on the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. 

Organized by The September Concert Foundation, these free and open-to-public concerts will take place on 9/11/07 in 55 US cities and in over 50 cities worldwide. Comprised of Australian brothers ISAAC AND THORRY KOREN, The Kin will be perform at 12:45 pm in the famous Union Square (14th St. & Broadway), one of the 9 public parks where the September concerts will be held in New York City.

The 9/11 concerts will also take place in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Washington DC, Florida, and Wisconsin. Overseas concerts will be held various cities in the Czech Republic, France, Ghana, Italy, Morocco and the UK.- more on this story

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