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|Silverchair Week: Those Thieving Birds Part 1 / Strange Behaviour / Those Thieving Birds Part 2|
The band is in the midst of a sold out tour Down Under (they'll be back Stateside in Nov) and we asked frontman Daniel Johns to pick some of his favorite tracks from the new album and tell us a little bit about them. Here he is with today's song "Those Thieving Birds Part 1 / Strange Behaviour / Those Thieving Birds Part 2."
I wrote this on a rainy day in Windsor, England, and never expected it to be so long. The construction of the song was not as 'considered' as it might sound. Musically it took about 2 or 3 days to write, and a lot of the lyrics were made up on the spot whilst recording demos of the song. The hard thing about this song was trying to include all the ideas and still make it appear simple. I think we achieved it.- Preview tracks from the CD, get tour dates and more here
|Terrorist Targets Britney and Madonna|
Muhammad Abdel-Al, the senior leader of the Palestinian terror group The Popular Resistance Committees took special aim at the pop stars in an interview featured in the new book 'Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans - to a Jew!' by Aaron Klein which reportedly asked Islamic extremists what would happen to the U.S. under Islamic Sharia law. And it's not good for MTV.
"If I meet these whores I will have the honour - I repeat, I will have the honour - to be the first one to cut the heads off Madonna and Britney Spears if they will keep spreading their satanic culture against Islam," pronounced Abdel-Al.
But he gives the two pop stars hope of saving their heads in the event that the US ever comes under Islamic Fascist rule, "If these two prostitutes keep doing what they are doing, we of course will punish them.- he's not done! He's just about to get medieval on their asses
|Axl Vs Security Guard|
The guard, Gary Armijo, filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court on August 29 and claims that during a concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles in December of 1996, Axl "intentionally kicked [him] in the head proximately causing severe physical injuries." We were at the show in question (it was December of last year) and did not witness such a headkicking, but there was a spot where someone tossed a drink on stage and that set Axl off a little, so it may have happened then.
Of course, Axl says this lawsuit and allegations are BS. At least his attorney does and says they have video to prove it. Howard Weitzman, Axl's attorney spoke with TMZ shortly after they ran a story about the lawsuit and said, "The allegations in this lawsuit are frivolous. There is video of this incident which contradicts the allegations against Axl. Axl vehemently denies he did anything wrong which will be proven via witnesses and the video. Unfortunately anyone can file a lawsuit whether it has merit or not. In my opinion this is a pathetic attempt to get money from Axl." - Read the lawsuit here (especially if you never knew Axl's birth name).
|Fans Crash Zeppelin Ticket Site|
If you've been under a rock here are the basics: the show will take place at the 02 Arena in London on November 26th and only 14,500 fans will be lucky enough to score the tickets which are going for 125 pounds (roughly $255 or 185 Euros) each.
But many fans that tried to enter the lottery on Wednesday found a crashed website. But there is still hope as organizers have issued the following statement: The message is to be patient. The website will be open until middy Monday for anyone wanting to register. It is not 'first come first served' and all successful applicants will be entered into the ballot for tickets to be drawn at random.- More about the reunion show
|Motley Crue Fired Tommy Lee?|
Now Lee has reportedly issued a statement contradicting that. It reads, "I am a founding member of Motley Crue. Based on internal band issues aired publicly, my future with the band is uncertain. I have tried to meet with my bandmates repeatedly without success but have informed them that I'm not walking away from my band of 25 years.
"It troubles me that the current legal issues which were filed by the corporations against my personal manager are separating us and causing more dysfunction. I hope we can work this out amongst ourselves."- more on this story
|Eminem Recording New CD|
New York radio station Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez had quite the show on Wednesday as Fiddy trashed his record label and Eminem made a surprise call in to the station during the interview to announce he is working on a new CD.
"It feels good right now, the energy of the label. For a while, I didn't want to go back to the studio," Eminem said. "I went through some personal things. I'm coming out of those personal things."
Meanwhile, Fiddy blames his record label for his inability to outsell Kanye West and broke his retirement pledge in the next breath.- read what he had to say
|Prince Vs YouTube|
The clips in question are reportedly of the bootleg variety which are captured without the a star's knowledge or approval. (plus they can't be fixed up like official video releases). "Prince believes strongly that as an artist the music rights must remain with the artist and thus copyrights should be protected across the board," reads a statement from the Prince camp.
He apparently believes that YouTube can stop copyright infringement on their site but choose not to. The statement says that YouTube "are clearly able (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success".
If want to learn more about this case, this article is- informative
|Bobby Byrd RIP|
He was 73. The founder of Brown's backing band the Famous Flames, Byrd appeared on the Godfather of Soul's biggest hits, like Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.
He died at his home in Georgia on Wednesday (12Sep07)- more on this story
|The Red Chord Debut New Video|
The Red Chord is also in the midst of the Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour which also features such Metal Blade artists as the legendary Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, and The Absence. The tour has been a success so far with Sold Out shows in Houston, San Antonio and Phoenix so far!
Following the Metal Blade US tour, The Red Chord will travel to Europe to play with death metal sensations Job For A Cowboy and The Black Dahlia Murder in late November.- video link
|Gomez' Ian Ball Sets Solo CD Release Date and Tour Dates|
Who Goes There began as an impromptu jam in the spring of 2007 and was completed over several sessions in Los Angeles. Ball edited the tracks himself on his laptop while on tour with Gomez in July. Two weeks of laboring constantly over his recordings on the road resulted in Ball returning home with a finished album -- a beguiling bit of Laurel Canyon Americana delivered with Ball's sly grin radiating from every syllable. From the laconic Wurlitzer groove of opening track "Sweet Sweet Sleep" to the lush harmonies of the drug ballad "The Elephant Pharmacy" to the epic compositional puzzle of the title track, Who Goes There is a woozy trek through Ian Ball's enigma.- more including tour dates
|QOTSA Holiday Special|
Here's the plot: While Bourdain cooks a traditional holiday feast at his Connecticut home, the Queens are rocking tracks including "Sick, Sick, Sick," "3's & 7's" and "Make It Wit Chu" at an ungodly volume in the basement rec room. When the band emerges, they're sporting appalling Christmas sweaters. "QVC graciously sent us the worst sweaters of all time," Homme explains. "I think someone Googled the word 'horrible' and that's how we found them." Bourdain, ever the arbiter of good taste, hasn't recovered: "Those Christmas sweaters were just the most terrifying things I've ever seen in my life. Beyond Sandra Lee on some really awful hallucinogen."- the fun is just starting
|We Are Not For Sale|
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Music critics get a lot of criticism themselves, which is totally understandable given the subjective nature of the medium and most honest critics wouldn't have it any other way. But I have to reiterate that we here at antiMusic got into this out of a love for music. Plain and as simple as that. So be assured that when you read a review or editorial on antiMusic you are getting the writer's honest opinion. Our editorial policy has always been that we let the writers have the freedom to write what they are inspired to write (with only politics being frowned on). Our review policy is simple. We get over a hundred CDs submitted to us each month and our writers then select the ones they wish to review. It really is as simple as that and that's why you will find some major releases right next to a unsigned band (and won't find some bigger releases reviewed here).
Also the stories in the Day in Rock are included because we feel they will be of interest to you, our readers, and we do try to mix it up to offer as broad of coverage as possible in all areas. We have always had an open policy with coverage, when readers ask us to cover certain artists we do. As long as we are online that will never change and as long as I am the editor you will never once see any article on antiMusic that was paid for. It may not seem important to you, but it is at the utmost importance to us. With the record biz being tainted enough in other areas you do not need to be exposed to bogus reviews that were purchased with the aim to trick you into buying a CD with your hard earned money. This not only hurts the fans, but the bands and all legitimate artists as well. We may not see another ten years online because we resist this practice but we'll happily go into bankruptcy with our integrity intact. - Keavin Wiggins / Editor antiMusic Network- *
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