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Full Report for 05/08/2008
Stories from 5/8/08
Emmanuel Jal Week: Day 5 "Skirt Too Short" and more.
antiMusic reports: This week we have a Day in Rock first as a hip-hop artist gets the spotlight. But Emmanuel Jal is no normal hip-hopper, as you'll soon discover when he tells us the stories behind the songs of his new album "Warchild". Emmanuel uses his music to touch upon on real subjects from his incredible journey in life from being a child soldier in Africa to the recording studio. "Warchild" hits stores next week, but this week will give us a preview of what we can expect from the album. We conclude today with another first. Emmanuel is going to tells us about the rest of the songs on the CD!

[While this album deals with heavy topics, we picked this less serious song to spotlight today.] Skirt too Short: This song was inspired by MySpace. There was a girl who contacted me on MySpace, and she started sending me provocative messages, and asking me to take her out. Practically promising herself to me. I couldn't believe it. How could someone I had never met, be acting this way? I got into a conversation with my cousin Ayak, and Roachie about girls who are seen to be easy, and how they wear skimpy clothes to get attention. Of course I believe this not to be a good way to get attention, so the lyrics speak for themselves. - read the rest of the song stories!

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FBI Probe Scorpions For Child Porn
antiMusic reports: These are strange times we live in. Apparently the FBI has nothing better to do than investigate 32 year-old album covers for child porn claims. Maybe they should be out tracking down real child pornographers?

Blabbermouth has the story: Chelsea Schilling of WorldNetDaily reports that the FBI is now reviewing a Wikipedia photo of a nude adolescent that could violate federal child-pornography laws.

The image in question, titled "Virgin Killer" from RCA's 1976 SCORPIONS rock album, depicts a naked pre-pubescent girl (appearing about 10 years of age) in a provocative pose. Her chest is completely exposed and a small crack is placed over her vagina.

The album's cover was banned in the United States due to its extremely controversial nature and was later replaced with a photo of the band. - more on this story

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Phishy Reunion
AP reports: Though the Jammy Awards were able to bring together the members of Phish for the first time since they broke up four years ago, the reunion may not have been everything Phish-heads had hoped for.

While all members of the beloved jam-band appeared and two of them grooved onstage (Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell) they didn't perform together Wednesday night.

And as they accepted their lifetime achievement award, there was no hint of another reunion, dashing rumbling hopes that Phish might become the latest act to get back together for a blockbuster tour. - more on this story

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New Gay Idol Scandal With Pedo Twist
TMZ reports: A guy who once tried to get onto "American Idol" by comparing himself to Clay Aiken just got nabbed for sending sex laced text messages to a 12-year-old boy and propositioning a ten-year-old while volunteering at a Brooklyn elementary school.

Colin Leahy, who's 23 and auditioned on season three of "AI," was arrested by Brooklyn cops yesterday and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance, the DA tells TMZ.

Leahy never made it to Hollywood, and he had compared himself to Clayken because they had both been camp counselors -- oops. Simon Cowell called his tryout "as bad as it can possibly get." - Well, maybe not quite. view the video

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Open Letter To Metallica
antiMusic reports: You have to imagine that it's fun to be Dave Grohl. He wakes up in the morning and he can flip a coin to decide which music project to work on, or he might even fire up his computer and decide, "today I'm going to write an open letter to Metallica!". That's just what he did. The letter will amuse some fans, anger others and confuse a lot more. We won't read into what he had to say and let you decide the message he was trying to convey with the following:

Dear Metallica, Hey, it's Dave! Remember me? Yeah, I'm the guy that's been listening to your band faithfully since 1983. I bought your first album 'Kill 'Em All' from a mailorder catalogue called Under The Rainbow, I think. Actually I can't remember. It was 1983 for Christsakes! But that album changed my life and I've been listening to your albums ever since (even 'St Anger'!).

I can't wait to hear the new sh*t, and no matter what you guys do I'll always be first one at the shop waiting to hear it. I'm sure you'll come out and blow everybody's f**kin' minds, because you're f**kin' METALLICA!

Good luck. And don't release it until it's kick-ass.

Yours, Dave Grohl.

P.S. Are you finished recording the drums yet? - are you amused, angered or confused? post your comments

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Vaselines Reunite
Reuters reports: Scottish indie rock act the Vaselines, whose music was covered in the 1990s by Nirvana, has reunited for two upcoming festival performances.

Vaselines members Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee reportedly will appear at Scotland's Tigerfest on May 16, as well as Sub Pop Records' 20th anniversary festival in July. The band is lining up additional concert dates, sources say.

The Vaselines' appearance at Sub Pop's anniversary party, to be held July 12-13 at Seattle's Marymoor Park, will be the band's first concert in America. - more on this story

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My Chemical Romance Kill The Black Parade
punknews.org reports: My Chemical Romance have set a release date and other details for their long-promised new live CD+DVD set. The record is titled The Black Parade is Dead [Live] and is due out June 24, 2008.

Along with the normal release, the band is planning an extra-fancy version in a pinewood coffin which will include death certificates for each member, hand painted "Day of the Dead" masks and three downloadable live tracks.

The CD and DVD feature concert highlights from the huge Palacio de los Deportes sports arena in Mexico City on October 7th, 2007 and the intimate Maxwell's club in Hoboken, NJ, on October 24th, 2007.
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Rocklahoma Expanded
BW&BK reports: Rocklahoma 2008 will now be taking place July 9th - 13th in Pryor, Oklahoma. Organizers check in with the following update:

Catch the Fever Music Festivals announced that due to the overwhelming response from members of the rock community and their fan, a fifth day has been added to Rocklahoma.

Details of Wednesdays' events will be announced in the upcoming days. Over 100 bands will be performing on three giant stages over the five days. - more on this story

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Six Feet Under Working On New CD
Lambgoat reports: Six Feet Under is currently in the studio recording a new album for Metal Blade Records. Tracking is once again taking place in Tampa, FL at Morrisound Studios with engineer Chris Carroll.

The group comments: "It's great to be back in the studio and we feel really psyched to lay these new songs down.

"They are some of the best stuff we have come up with and can't wait for all of our fans to hear the new stuff." - more metal news

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Maiden Make Billboard History
BW&BK reports: Billboard magazine, the hugely influential New York based weekly "bible" of the international music industry, is set to feature Iron Maiden in a special supplement contained in its May 17th (street date May 10th) issue in recognition of the band's continued and increasing North American and global success.

Running 40 pages or more, Billboard magazine will give an overview of Maiden's current Somewhere Back In Time World Tour, the band and the key people around them, and their illustrious history as one of the world's premier live bands.

Issued the same week as their Best Of album, Somewhere Back in Time (which is out in Canada on May 13th), the magazine will also pay Maiden the unique honour of having the front cover Billboard logo in Maiden font style, marking the first time in the magazine's history that it will not have the copyrighted Billboard logo on the cover. - more on this story

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My Morning Jacket US Tour
PR reports: My Morning Jacket are gearing up to take their spectacle of a live show cross country. Almost all dates will be "An Evening with My Morning Jacket," as the band will generously perform epic, extended sets.

The past several My Morning Jacket albums have each reflected the passion that the band shares for music of all categories while continuing to nurture their signature aesthetic. Stylistically, Evil Urges is the album that My Morning Jacket has been making for almost ten years.

My Morning Jacket is also thrilled to become a part of the Saturday Night Live Legacy! The band will play on the show for the very first time this weekend. Tune in on May 10th at 11:30pm EST for a frenetic and mesmerizing historic performance! - more on this story

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Heart Flooding Stores With CDs
PR reports: The next two months will have a whole lot of Heart with three releases of classic and recent music coinciding with the group's three-month, 40-plus date nationwide summer tour.

On May 13, Epic/Legacy will release a Heart twofer set that combines their landmark, multimillion selling albums Little Queen (1977) and Dog & Butterfly (1979) into one eco-friendly package as part of the debut of the X2 series. The X2 set boasts five bonus tracks, including a live recording of Heart performing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven."

Epic/Legacy will also release a Heart title as part of its Playlist series that gathers 14 of the group's best songs all re-mastered and mp3 ready into an also eco-friendly digi-pak set that includes computer accessible pdf files containing liner notes essays, discographical information, photography, bonus features, and more. - more on this story

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