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Full Report for 06/11/2008

Sister Hazel Week: Day 3 "Champagne High"
antiMusic reports: Sister Hazel will be releasing, "Before The Amplifiers, Live Acoustic," a new live acoustic album next week. The CD features the band's hits, fan favorites, and live concert staples. To celebrate the release we asked frontman Ken Block to tell us about his five favorite tracks from the CD. Here is Ken with today's song:

"Champagne High": I wrote this song about going the wedding of my ex-girlfriend and also about inviting exes to my own wedding.

It's a weird thing to do either way, but they were interesting opportunities for a lot of "what if" thinking

Learn more about the new CD, preview some tracks and grab tour dates - here

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Metallica Now Magnetica?
antiMusic reports: Before the people that lack a sarcasm sensor starting taking that headline serious and believe that Metallica really changed their name to Magnetica , they didn't. But they may have posted the artwork to their forthcoming album online and that gave us the whole Magnetica idea.

Blabbermouth speculates that this just might be the artwork to their new album "Silence The Critics, Even The Ones That Praise Us" (not really the title), which is expected to street in September.

The mysterious artwork features two back to back magnets shooting out the M in Metallica's logo. It was posted on the Metallica website under the headline "???". Our guess is that it was sent in by a fan and they liked it enough to post it, but it could be the artwork (if they have $50 budget for such things). - Check it out here

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Nine Inch Nails TV Show Planned
Blabbermouth reports: Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor is working on a cable TV series based on his 2007 concept album, "Year Zero", according to a lengthy profile of Reznor in the Sunday edition of the New York Times.

The article does not go into much detail about the project, except to say that Reznor is working on it with producer Lawrence Bender, who is Quentin Tarantino's partner

The rest of the Times interview, which took place at Reznor's home "on the outskirts of Beverly Hills," touches on his abandonment of the major label system, his recent online album releases, and his own struggle to reinvent himself in the age of music downloading. - more on this story

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Coolio Busted in the Gansta Paradise
TMZ reports: Maybe those braids really are pulled too tight: Coolio was just collared in Hollywood for driving on a suspended license. Not gangsta, no paradise!

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the rapper (real name: Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. -- yes, we're serious) was pulled over in a 1996 Hummer for a minor traffic violation.

That's when the po-po discovered that there was a warrant for Coolio's suspended license. They took him into custody, and his bail has been set at $10,000. - more on this story

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Guns N' Celeb Rehab
Blabbermouth reports: Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale's ex-wife Tawny Kitaen are among the celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at a center in the Los Angeles area on the second season of the hit reality series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew". The series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is slated to premiere October 2008 on VH1.

Similar to the first cycle, the second season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" will follow Jeff Conaway as he checks back into rehab after a series of back surgeries, setbacks and subsequent reliance on pain medications.

Joining him in rehab are Sean Stewart ("Sons of Hollywood"), Amber Smith (model/actress), Rodney King, Nikki McKibbon ("American Idol"), Adler and Kitaen. Gary Busey, who is 13 years sober from his cocaine addiction, will also be joining the cast to take the journey with the others and to share his experiences on the recovery process. - more on this story

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More Music Biz Stupidity, Diddy Smash Up, Streaming Priest, Willie, Wynton, and Jay, BRMC Lose Member, As I Lay Dying Pull Out, Guys Has Lots of Buddies and more
antiMusic reports: We return with a quicker version of quicks. Quicker since they in the past featured a lot of links to songs and videos. No more, you see the asshats at ASCAP have a new business plan that includes trying to extort money from websites for including music LINKS provided by the record companies. They seem to think that a song or video playing on another site is a performance on our site. Pretty silly (actually retarded) and they are basically SCREWING their own artists with this stupidity because they are cheating these artists out of a valuable FREE promotional tool. We'll have more on this silly battle later but for other website publishers, they will be probably be coming after you soon with this stupidity! We did inform most of the labels we work with about this but NONE of them have come back to us with a clarification. So maybe they don't want our coverage either? We can oblige. Artist that don't want their promotional legs cut out from underneath them by a supposed "artist rights" organization, should sign with these guys instead of asshats. That wasn't quick, was it? Oh well, now let's get on with today's quicks:

A guy got passed-out wasted and plowed into a fleet of super-pricey whips in NYC the other night -- too bad for him, that $400,000 Maybach he hit belonged to Diddy. Diddy reportedly wasn't there, he was too busy standing next to some rapper's car. more

MTV.com's The Leak is currently streaming Judas Priest's upcoming concept album, Nostradamus. Go here

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drummer Nick Jago has split with the band for a second time, just prior to the launch of a European tour. However, core members Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes insist Jago is not "fired." more

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marasalis are confirmed to perform on The Tonight Show July 10th

As I Lay Dying have issued the following update: "Due to an unforeseen family emergency we regret to inform you that we have no choice but to cancel our performance this Friday June 13th at Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, KY. more

Guitar legend Buddy Guy has Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks in his corner on "Skin Deep," his next Silvertone/Zomba album. more

Download Festival organizers have issued the following update: "Join us for our world-record attempt for the 'most people made up as KISS' — taking place at Download on Friday, where KISS will rock the Festival! Only you can help make it happen... We hope to be able to set a record for over 400 faces painted within three hours. more

Happy 98th Birthday, Howlin' Wolf. Gison tells you how this musical pioneer took the Blues from the Delta to the World. check it out here

Irmin Schmidt, founder member of the legendary German avant-garde rock group Can, and breakbeat pioneer, producer and Professor Of Popular Music, Kumo (aka Jono Podmore) release "Axolotl Eyes" July 22, 2008.

HARD Summer Festival is nearing and the already impressive line-up is growing. LA Riots, DJ Momjeans (Danny Masterson) and Squeak E. Clean (NASA) have been added to the bill featuring N*E*R*D, MSTRKRFT, Spank Rock, Kid Sister and other favorites from the hip-hop and electro worlds. The second event, from the folks who brought you HARD NYE with Justice and Peaches, will take place under the summer night sky Saturday, July 19 at the Shrine Expo Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The remaking of EMI continued today (June 10) with the announcement that Lee Trink will step down as Capitol Music Group president at the end of June. - more on this story

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Coldplay Tour Delay
PR reports: Coldplay will launch their "Viva La Vida" North American tour a little later than expected with two sold-out shows at The Forum in Los Angeles on July 14th and 15th. Fans snapped up an impressive 30,000 tickets in under 45 minutes time for the Los Angeles dates this past Saturday. Tickets for the tour are scheduled to go on sale this weekend in San Jose, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto and Boston. The complete tour itinerary is listed below with additional on sale dates to be announced.

The first few dates of the North American tour have been rescheduled due to production delays. "We're very sorry, but we promise you a show worthy of your patience and understanding when we start in mid-July," said Coldplay. Tickets already purchased for these shows will be honored on the new dates. - more on this story

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Best Fake Bands
antiMusic reports: Gibson latest "list" installment features their favorite "fake" bands. Strangely, Diddy's "bands" didn't make the list. Here are a couple of the entries: The Monkees – The original fake band, the Monkees were the brainchild of rock impresario Don Kirshner. We all know and love their songs … and for very good reason.

The band employed top tier writers including Neil Diamond and a team of Brill Building all-stars. When the band decided they wanted to play their own instruments it was the beginning of the end, although the album Head is an undisputed psychsploitation classic. Steven Stills was even in the running to become one of the original Monkees. He was turned away because producers felt his receding hairline didn't bode well for a future made-for-TV teen idol.

Spinal Tap – Set your amp all the way to 11! Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and a literal army of drummers and keyboardists (some of whom have even been known to spontaneously combust mid-set!) are the high watermark of faux-bands. Tap had roots all the way back to the skiffle scene of late '50s Britain and dabbled in flower power before settling into heavy metal. - grab all the fake fun here

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Wishbone Ash Announce AshFest
PR reports: Wishbone Ash, the ground-breaking British band that pioneered the melodic twin-lead guitar style which influenced the likes of Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden, presents an opportunity for fans to enjoy four days of sun and fun with them at AshFest Florida 2008.

Join Andy Powell, Bob Skeat, Muddy Manninen and Joe Crabtree from Sept. 4 through 7 at the Sandpiper Club Med in St. Lucie, Florida. Relax at this all-inclusive resort and enjoy two private concerts with your favorite band. Organized by OceanConcerts, this very special AshFest is a unique way to bring together Wishbone Ash and their fans in a soothing atmosphere.

"AshFest provides a great opportunity for music fans to hang out with the band and meet like-minded music lovers," says guitarist/singer Andy Powell. "We held similar events on exotic cruises in previous years and they were a huge success. This year we decided to move to dry land and chose Club Med for its glamorous location, all inclusive hospitality and huge array of activities. We want families to be able to get the best of both both worlds - vacation and concert - to provide the experience of a lifetime." - more on this story

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104,000 People Journey To Wal*Mart For Music
ABC reports: Journey's new three disc CD/DVD package Revelation has sold more than 104,000 copies in its debut week according to Wal-Mart Stores, marking the band's biggest first week's sales since 1996's Trial By Fire. Released June 3, Revelation is being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in North America, Walmart.com and Samsclub.com, and Journey's official website, Journeymusic.com. Revelation's first week's sales marks a 1400% increase over the band's 2005's first week's sales of Generations.

"We are thrilled with the early success of Journey's 'Revelation' music project, and clearly our customer is excited about it too," said Jeff Maas, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Entertainment, Wal-Mart U.S. "We believe that if we continue to find innovative products, priced to showcase the value, our customers will show their excitement by purchasing the product. Journey has been great to work with and clearly this reflects a win for them and for our customer."

The first disc consists of 11 new songs, the second is filled with 11 re-recorded classics, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music on Revelation was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with Journey on their Platinum-certified Trial By Fire album).
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Sigur Ros Time Warp Pisses Off Fans
antiMusic reports: What happens when tickets sellout before the time they were officially supposed to be put on sale? Idolator gets to the bottom of it: Ah, summertime in New York City—a time for trips to the beach, frying eggs on pavement, and special-event shows that everyone can complain about on blogs. Today's example of the latter features Icelandic massage musicians Sigur Ros and the Museum of Modern Art, who are coming together for a show (with free booze!) a week from tonight. Tickets were originally $18, but they sold out within minutes of being put on sale this morning—and now they're being offered for $250 a pop.

While no one has yet come up with a ticket plea as creative as that dude who was willing to trade expensive Champagne for an Arcade Fire ticket last year, that's made up for by the fury and bile emanating from Brooklyn Vegan's commenters who got locked out of the show and who were either utterly offended by the fact that BV put up a reminder post about the onsale this morning or utterly baffled by the MoMA site's information design and loose concept of time.

The tickets were supposed to go onsale at noon, but they apparently went up about five minutes earlier; the show is actually part of the exhibition "Take Your Time," so perhaps MoMA's Web site was given an off-kilter internal clock as part of the artist's overall statement. Some people were getting "sold out" messages before the show's official on-sale time, a bit of Internet sleight-of-hand that resulted in one commenter quipping, "i ordered 25 tickets, you can email me about them at [email protected]" - more on this story

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Alexisonfire's Dallas Green Releasing Acoustic Previews of City And Colour CD
PR reports: City And Colour (Dallas Green of Alexisonfire) will release two exclusive acoustic sessions this month featuring songs from Green's sophomore release and Vagrant debut, Bring Me Your Love (2/12/08).

"MySpace Transmissions" invited City and Colour into their studios earlier this year to record a solo acoustic set and exclusive interview. The performance will begin streaming worldwide on MYSPACE.COM/TRANSMISSIONS, today, June 10 and the audio portion will be sold exclusively through Amazon mp3 in the US and in the rest of the world through mymerchtable.com.

Beginning June 24 (June 17 in Canada) a special "iTunes Session" acoustic performance will be available on iTunes worldwide. The session features six tracks that Green recorded in Canada in April 2008. - more on this story

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The Veronicas In Wireless Stores
PR reports: As part of their tour with Natasha Bedingfield and Kate Voegele, The Veronicas are doing in-store signings and performances at Verizon Wireless stores across the country.

Lisa and Jess are eager to meet their fans, so check the schedule below to see if they will be in your city and be sure to go say hello.

Their electro-beat driven album, Hook Me Up, is now available on iTunes in the US

Monday, June 16
3:30-4:30 PM
Verizon Wireless
2220 W Oregon Ave.
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Joshua Radin and Vanessa Carlton Tour
PR reports: Joshua Radin will return to the road this summer starting July 15, for a six-week headlining tour, with Vanessa Carlton as support, to preview new material from his anticipated forthcoming sophomore release on Columbia Records.

Radin's debut, "We Were Here," which came out in 2006 received a four-star review from Rolling Stone, who hailed the album as "understated, poignant and refreshingly frank." [don't hold that against him]

In February, Radin released an iTunes-only digital EP "Unclear Sky", which included a duet with songstress, Ingrid Michaelson as well as debuted in the top 10 at iTunes. - dates

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Guy That Sang for AC/DC for about Five Minutes Releasing New Album
Old School Metal reports: Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans will release his new album 'Judgement Day' in July. The album fills a 5-year gap since the release of 'Sinner' in 2003.

Evans recorded 'Judgement Day' in Brisbane with producer Mark Tinson. It will feature 10 tracks, including a cover of 'House of the Rising Sun'.

The first single will be 'We Don't Dance To Your Song'. A live video will be made for the single. Evans will release 'Judgement Day' on July 14 through MGM. - more on this story

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