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Full Report for 06/05/2008
Bangkok Five Week: Day 4 "This One's For The Haters"
antiMusic reports: The Bangkok Five have been favorites of antiMusic since before they were even the Bangkok Five. Explosive but melodic, the band strikes the right mix and have been easily winning over fans since their debut album came out. We celebrate the release of the band's sophomore album, 'We Love What Kills Us,' by asking frontman Frost to give us the inside story on his five favorite tracks from the album.

Here is Frost with today's song "This One's For The Haters": Pretty much self explanatory, no? Haha! We come from a scene where a lot of the time it seems more important to look and act a certain way, than it does to ACTUALLY be able to play your instruments. Pro-tools has made it easy for people of questionable or limited talent to record successfully.

We purposefully wrote a complex, super fast, hard to play song, and then recorded it to tape where there is no faking it. Those hi-hat patterns Blanco is playing would normally be an overdub, because most drummers could never pull that off at that speed. The performance presented here is a completely live take.

The album hits stores next week but you can grab a taste right now, plus get the latest on the band and more - right here

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Johnny Rotten Beat Up Female Employee?
TMZ reports: Forget the Queen, God save Johnny Rotten if the brutal, and despicable allegations against the punk rock legend are true.

According to a lawsuit filed moments ago in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Sex Pistol singer allegedly beat the crap out of a female assistant after calling her every horrible name in the book after the taping of a television show in 2007.

In the lawsuit, Roxane Davis claims Rotten, real name John Lydon, "cocked back his fist ... and punched her in the face" when the rocker was forced to stay in a room at the Ritz Carlton Hotel that didn't share a door with his other assistant ... a dude named Rambo.

Davis says both Rotten and Rambo unleashed a verbal tirade, calling her a "fat f**king c*nt, f**king c*nt, and fat f**king whore." - more on this story

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Jack White Pearl Jam?
Blabbermouth reports: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready recently told reporters on a teleconference call that the band won't be premiering any new material during its upcoming performance at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival, but McCready was open to the idea of being joined onstage by one of the other performers at the event.

Asked whom he himself would like to jam with, McCready had one person in mind: "I'd love to have Jack White up. I just, I think he's just a phenomenal guitar player and I'd love to see him play up close.

"I've seen The White Stripes in Europe, but it was kind of far away. But I'd love to have him up there and jam because he's got a killer voice and he's a great lead player too. So that would be exciting to me." - more on this story

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Girl Wasn't on R. Kelly Sex Tape?, Lemmy Now God of the Silver Screen, Avril Exported To China, MTV Potty Mouths Fined, My Morning Preview and more
antiMusic reports: Thursday quicks. Lots of video and audio preview action in this edition. Let's kick off with this story from Billboard: R. Kelly's lawyers opened his defense today (June 4) in Chicago, calling relatives of the alleged victim to testify that she's not the person in the sex video at the center of the case. more

Motorhead have finished recording their new album, Motorize, at the 606 Studios in Los Angeles, California, whose owner is Dave Grohl. The life and career of Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled Lemmy and slated for release in 2009. more

China has been flooding our market with crap products, seems only fitting that our neighbors to the North return the favor. We'll let Billboard fill you in: Canadian superstar Avril Lavigne will perform live in "six or seven" Chinese cities this fall as part of her upcoming Asian tour, Nettwerk Productions CEO Terry McBride said today. more

If their publicist had only answered that request for a review copy, Weezer might have had that no 1 spot. =) Idolator has the story: Based on first-day sales, Hits is predicting that Weezer's red self-titled album will move about 150,000 copies in the coming week, a total that's good enough to give Rivers Cuomo and Co. the No. 2 spot on the coming week's album chart. What's the predicted No. 1, you might ask? Why, the posers in Disturbed. more

MTV has been fined 255,000 by watchdog Ofcom for broadcasting offensive language before the watershed. The broadcaster was censured for "persistent" breaches on some of its European channels on programmes that were likely to appeal to children.

Since their label or PR reps haven't bothered to hit us up about a review, figured we'd toss this lil tidbit out. You can stream the new My Morning Jacket album Evil Urges at their MySpace page. Evil Urges is out June 10th on ATO Records. more

Your honor we submit for the jury, exhibit 97, that clearly shows what is really killing the music industry and it's not "illegal downloaders". view the video evidence here

To follow up your honor, the prosecution now submits for the jury, exhibit 98, which shows why the music industry deserves their self inflicted woes. view the evidence here.

Wind-up Records is doing a contest where winners will get a pair of tickets each to see Jeremy Fisher with O.A.R. One lucky winner will also get a merch pack from each artist. Feeling lucky? go here

Check out Cee-Lo and Jack Black performing "Kung Fu Fighting" at the Kung Fu Panda premiere party.

Society 1 will be releasing its' debut album with MDI on June 16. The band will be releasing Live And Raw which will be made available for download via iTunes. "People have told us for years that we sound so different live than on our records" stated frontman Matt Zane. more

Deja vu.. didn't we hear this right before Saint Teflon came out? : A pair of British metal magazines were given the opportunity to preview six songs from the upcoming Metallica album, with both publications giving the initial listening positive remarks. Both Rock Sound and Metal Hammer compared the new material to Master of Puppets. more.

Laura Marling is returning to the US for her headline tour. To get you the mood, check out the barely legal singers' single 'I'm a Fly'? here

Singer Katy Perry will be making her acting debut on the #1 rated daytime drama "The Young And The Restless," which airs on Thursday, June 12. Katy plays herself at a photo shoot, where she poses as the cover girl for the second issue of Restless Style magazine.

Floridian hardcore band Know The Score is currently in search of a second guitar player. Candidates should be able to write, must own professional gear, must have transportation, and must be able to tour for "short stints." more

Lagwagon have announced plans to release a new 7-song EP in time for their upcoming tour with MxPx, TAT and Only Crime. more

Glassjaw guitarist Justin Beck revealed some information about the band's long awaited new album: There will be a release well before the end of the year. There is no good reason why we shouldn't release something. - more

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Snoop The Cartoon
antiMusic reports: Some people ask us "why do you cover Snoop on a rock site?" The simple answer is: how can you not cover Snoop? He's the shizzle. Director Snoop Scorsese? That's right! Snoop's animated adventure is coming to DVD on June 24th.

Here is the lowdown: Codeblack Entertainment has expanded its lineup of DVD movies today by announcing the release of Snoop Dogg Presents Adventures of tha Blue Carpet Treatment. The film follows an animated Snoop Dogg as he journeys through the streets of Southern California where he is met by a variety of skirmishes, comedic run-ins and situations that only the Doggfather could find himself in. "The movie will give you something to look at because when I was making this record I was real visual about it," says Snoop in regards to the movie and its corresponding soundtrack. "I had a cartoon mind while I was making it, so I just wanted to bring that to the light."

This feature-length animated film showcases music from Snoop's multi-platinum album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, along with cameos and guest voices from comedians Mike Epps, Katt Williams and artists like Nate Dogg, E-40, The Game, Cypress Hill's B-Real and many of hip-hop's biggest stars. Adventures of tha Blue Carpet Treatment takes you to the streets of Long Beach and beyond in a sexy, violent and slightly twisted musical journey, compliments of your Bigg Boss Dogg. - Watch the trailer

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YES Say No To 40th Anniversary Tour
PR reports: Legendary rock band YES announced today that the group will unfortunately be canceling their 2008 40th Anniversary Tour. The 26-city tour was scheduled to kick off in Quebec next month and run through the summer.

Yes frontman and founding member Jon Anderson was admitted to the hospital last month after suffering a severe asthma attack. He has now been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure and was told by doctors this weekend that he needs to rest and not work for a period of at least six months or suffer further health complications. Upon receiving this news the band has determined that their tour plans need to be put on hold.

Said Jon Anderson, "In the wake of my recent respiratory attack, doctors have advised me to spend the coming months resting and recovering. Unfortunately, this means I won't be able to tour with Yes this summer as originally planned. I'd like everyone know how deeply disappointed I am by this turn of events. I was looking forward to celebrating our music with the amazing family of Yes fans once again; but as we all know, health must come before anything else. Wishing you all the very best..." - more on this story

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Melvins Nude With Boots Tour
PR reports: The Melvins embark on their first tour in support of their upcoming album, "Nude With Boots," on July 16 with a show in the unlikely spot of Santa Barbara (go Santa Barbara!).

More dates to be added soon but here's the first leg.

"Nude With Boots" is set for a July 8 release via Ipecac Recordings.

Jul. 16, 2008 Santa Barbara,CA @ Velvet Jones w/ Big Business
Jul. 17, 2008 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk w/ Big Business
Jul. 18, 2008 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's w/ Big Business
Jul. 19, 2008 Reno, NV @ Club Underground w/ Big Business
- more dates

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Wanna Sing with Aimee Mann?
PR reports: Aimee Mann's fans have been singing along with her songs at shows and at home for years. Now Aimee is now giving these fans, and anyone else, a chance to sing with her live. All they need to do is video tape themselves singing Aimee Mann's new song "Freeway," from her upcoming CD @#%&*! Smilers, and upload it to YouTube.

Aimee Mann and SuperEgo Records will view and pick their favorites. The top winner will have an opportunity to sing live with Aimee at one of her upcoming shows! Ten runners-up will receive an autographed copy of Aimee's new CD, @#%&*! Smilers, and all finalists will be considered for a music category spotlight on YouTube. The contest starts June 4th and submissions must be received by July 7th.

Entrants can get the lyrics, the instrumental version of "Freeway" and contest details are here. Aimee Mann will be touring throughout the summer and fall, along with upcoming television appearances on the Tonight Show and the View.
- dates

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Porcupine Tree Vinyl Lightbulb
Porcupine Tree reports: Tonefloat have just announced the first ever vinyl edition of Porcupine Tree's Lightbulb Sun, limited to 1,000 copies on coloured vinyl but also on regular black vinyl, for release on 8th July.

Unfortunately, through no fault of ToneFloat the strong Euro is currently making their releases increasingly expensive for people buying in other currencies. The PT Store will be stocking the release from early July, and we will do what we can to make the price a little more appealing.

The same applies to the Fear Of A Blank Planet Pinkpop pink vinyl edition, and the No-Man Schoolyard Ghosts vinyl (deluxe and regular), both of which will be in stock shortly at the store." - store b here

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Guitarist Death Ruled Overdose
House of Rock reports: The just released toxicology report conducted by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Fulton County, Georgia has cited the cause of death on April 14th of rising 28 year old blues guitarist Sean Costello as being an accidental drug overdose.

The autopsy, released June 3, attributed Costello's death to a combination of heroin, ephedrine, amphetamine and Librium, a prescribed anti-anxiety medication. The report also cited recent cocaine use. Costello was to have turned 29 years old on April 15, 2008.

The medical examiner who completed the autopsy, Dr. Geoffrey Smith, says that it is impossible to determine exactly which drug or drug interaction caused Costello's death, but it was most likely the result of the combination of the drugs in his system. - more on this story

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Southern Comfort Festival
PR reports: Following thousands in attendance at its kick-off festival in Atlanta featuring Against Me!, Ghostland Observatory and other performers, Southern Comfort has announced more headliners for the upcoming SoCo Music Experience festival tour, offering multiple days of free* live music for people 21 and over. [San Diego isn't free. What do you expect? Nothing is free in California]

The festival tour will hit five more cities this summer, each one featuring 10 bands on two stages. The Madison festival will be headlined by The Roots, while the Saratoga Springs, NY, festival will be headlined by the French DJ duo Justice. Headliners for San Diego and Phoenix/Tempe are still being confirmed.

In its fourth year, past acts at the SoCo Music Experience have included Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Spank Rock, The Roots, Architecture in
Helsinki, GIRL TALK, Sick Puppies, Cypress Hill, Z-Trip, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rose Hill Drive, Galactic, Delta Spirit, among others. Each of this year's SoCo Music Experience festival dates will showcase 10 national performing acts and local favorites on two stages, transforming an outdoor venue into a festival setting with food, beverage, poster and t-shirt vendors, the local record shop, games of cornhole, photobooths and the SoCo & Lime Dome, among other areas. Festival goers just need to present proper ID showing they are 21 years or older to get in.
- more on this story

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Feral Children Offer Free EP
PR reports: Feral Children's debut full-length is still five weeks away from seeing the light of day but the Seattleites are chomping at the bit to give a glimpse into their dark, frenetic indie rock.

They will offer a free digital four-track EP, beginning today via Sarathan Records: The eponymous, abbreviated collection contains the songs - "Spy/Glass House," "Jaundice Giraffe," "Saint" and "Zyghost" - culled from the band's forthcoming album, Second to the Last Frontier, produced by Arcade Fire and Animal Collective audio wizard Scott Colburn, due July 8 on Sarathan.

Revered throughout the Pacific Northwest for their wild and sometimes reckless live shows, which typically end with something broken and someone bloodied, Feral Children is an appropriate name for this group of backwoods musicians who relocated to Seattle from the small Washington town of Maple Valley. It's this caustically wild performance that earned them an invite to perform at the Capitol Hill Block Party, July 26 in Seattle, joining Vampire Weekend, Darker My Love and Les Savy Fav. Prior to that, the fivesome will perform at the Noise for the Needy Benefit alongside Matt and Kim and YACHT at Seattle's Neumos on June 14.
- Grab the EP here

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36 Crazyfists Find Biggest Success Post Roadrunner
antiMusic reports: This story just goes to show you that a ferret is far mightier than a roadrunner. Especially a roadrunner that hangs at the mall: 36 Crazyfists have cracked the Billboard charts for the first time in their careers with the powerful new album, The Tide and Its Takers. The band's first offering on Ferret Music debuted at #155 on the Top 200, as well as #4 Heat Seekers, #23 Hard Rock, and #11 Indie Albums. The Tide and Its Takers marks the highest first-week sales EVER for the band.

The Tide and Its Takers also charted in Canada and the UK. The album came in at #66 on Canada's Alternative Albums chart. The Tide and Its Takers landed at #83 on the UK's National album chart, as well as #2 (second only to Linkin Park) on the Rock Chart and #6 on the Indie Albums chart.

36 Crazyfists will be making their first appearance on a major US festival tour when they play this summer's inaugural MAYHEM Festival. The festival features Slipknot, Disturbed, and Dragonforce headlining, with 36 Crazyfists landing a spot on the Hot Topic Stage. The tour kicks off on July 9th in Seattle, WA. - more on this story

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Supergrass Is Back! We Didn't Know They Left
PR reports: Supergrass is back. A fantastic new album entitled Diamond Hoo Ha, a brand new home on Astralwerks, and a sixth studio album showcasing the youthful energy and witty musical stylings of these Britpop pioneers.

After a dozen years, Supergrass (Gaz Coombes-Vocals & Guitar, Mick Quinn-Bass & Vocals, Danny Goffey-Drums & Vocals, Rob Coombes-Keyboard) have rolled back home, and rolled back the years, while marching firmly into the future. "We wanted a record where you got all of Supergrass," says frontman Gaz. "The joy, the intensity, the darkness, the melodies. All of those have always been important to us and still are." Hence Diamond Hoo Ha (release date: June 10th, 2008); an energetic album bristling with hooks to hang your coat off and melodies to lose your shoes to.

Recorded at Hansa Studios in Berlin and produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave, PiL, Gang Of Four), Diamond Hoo Ha is the band at their exuberant best. What other British band is still able, with seemingly effortless ease to conjure up songs and videos that crackle with breezy enthusiasm, humor and inventiveness? - more on this story

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Puddle Of Mudd Big at Proms
PR reports: As Puddle Of Mudd gear up for a summer trek through the U.S. their new single "We Don't Have To Look Back Now" is making a splash at rock radio as well as at proms and graduations across the country!

Debuting in the Top 40 of the Modern Rock chart at # 38, "We Don't Have To Look Back Now" is the perfect summer rock ballad and is sure to follow in the footsteps of their last two singles "Famous" and "Psycho," both of which were # 1 rock radio tracks. The video for "We Don't Have To Look Back Now" will make its debut on Yahoo June 6th

After selling out tour dates throughout the U.S. all spring the band is gearing up for a national headlining tour this summer. Kicking off July 5th Biloxi, MS the tour will feature Saving Abel and Rev Theory as support acts. - more on this story

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