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Full Report for 10/02/2008
Attack! Attack! UK Week: Day 4
antiMusic reports: The British are coming, the British are coming. That is Attack! Attack! UK's new self-titled album is coming out next week. To celebrate the pending release from these buzz worthy Welsh rockers, we asked the band's frontman Neil Starr to pick some of his favorite songs from the album and tell us about them. Here is Neil with today's song:

Lights Out: This was the first track we ever wrote as attack attack. I remember myself and Ryan in my living room with an acoustic guitar and when we played the chords it was instantly like "wow" they sound awesome! the song kinda wrote itself because the chords were so perfect together the melody came straight away. The lyrics were inspired by a friend who had split up from a girl . Lyrically Its about saying stuff you don't really mean during a fight with a loved one and not knowing if you will ever get the chance to take those words back.

Check out tracks from the album, get tour dates, read the members blogs and learn more about the coming attack right - here!

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Phish Announce Reunion Shows
PR reports: The members of Phish will come together on March 6th, 7th and 8th of next year for three shows at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.

The concerts will be the group's first since its August 2004 performance at Newport State Airport in Coventry, Vermont. The band intends to announce additional 2009 tour dates early next year.

Hampton Coliseum is a favorite venue of both the band and its fans. Phish has played a dozen shows there thus far and recorded the GRAMMY�-nominated, six-CD set Hampton Comes Alive at the venue in 1998. - more on this story

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iTunes May Shut Down
antiMusic reports: Fedzilla (fueled into action in part by music business campaign contributions) may claim iTunes as its latest victim if the latest move in the music industry's plot to destroy themselves is a success. NME has the report: Apple could shut down its iTunes music store this week, if a verdict from the US Copyright Royalty Board forces the company to pay higher royalty rates.

A ruling is expected by the board tomorrow (October 2) on an application by the National Music Publishers' Association to raise the royalty fees paid to its members on songs purchased from online music stores including iTunes.

The association wants to increase rates by 66 per cent, from nine cents to 15 cents per track, whereas Apple wants a decrease to 4.8 cents per track, reports CNN. - more on this story

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Britney Sex Tape Denied, Coldplay EP, Bret Michaels Parks Bus After Deadly Crash, More Bad TV Redone, Seal Soul, Free Slayer and more
antiMusic reports: The UK tabloid media strikes again! Surprise, surprise: Britney Spears' management has stated that the rumors of a sex tape starring the singer are untrue. Britney's ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib has claimed to own a saucy video of the star, and has said that he would sell it for the right price. more You would think that the story would end there but there is already a new 'bloid report claiming Britney is trying to buy the sex tape she says doesn't exist. We'd link to that story but why bother?

Coldplay will release what they are calling a digital EP. The effort entitled "Lost" will hit digital media outlets on November 11th. According to Aversion it's really just a extended single for the title track. more

Bret Michaels is temporarily pulling the plug on his upcoming reality show Rock Of Love Bus to reach out to the families of two women killed in a car accident caused by a "Rock" roadie. more

Exactly a year on the heels of his last album, Seal will unveil another new project Nov. 11 via Warner Bros. "Soul," as its name indicates, features the artist covering 11 vintage soul numbers with production from David Foster more

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will not be signing any guitars or pick guards and will be charging a fee for autographs during his appearance at the Chiller Theatre toy, model and film expo on October 25. Grab your wallet and head here for more info.

A brand-new Slayer album is expected in 2009, but some fans won't have to wait that long to get an early listen to some of the new music. Fans who attend any of the upcoming European "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" dates, will receive the new Slayer song via an exclusive download card that will also include special material from the entire tour's line-up - Slayer, Mastodon, Trivium and Amon Amarth. more

Beck has added a second date to his opening stand at the Club Nokia theater in downtown Los Angeles. The second date will take place November 9 the day Before the sold out November 10 show. Tickets are on sale now.

Pain, the Swedish band led by Peter T�gtgren (Hypocrisy) will embark on the European tour in January/February 2009. Support on the trek will come from Brother Firetribe, the Finnish AOR/hard rock band featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. more

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme wants to ship the band out to his desert studio to record album number six. more

Dead Confederate is pleased to announce that they will be playing at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest After Party in Austin, TX. On November 8, right after the festival ends on day 1, head over to Mohawk (912 Red River) to see Dead Confederate play Transmission Entertainment's Official After Party. They will be supporting White Denim Myspace link

Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy will embark on the "Metal In America XXX-Mas" tour later this fall. Support on all dates will come from one hit glamster's Britny Fox. more

We posted the teaser for it yesterday but here is the link to the Music Radar interview with Slash.

Speaking of follows ups from yesterday. We heard a lot of great feedback about the Greg Camp Singled Out feature. So we just learned you have a chance to see him live as he will be in New York City performing twice at the CMJ Marathon. Before then he'll be on the left coast for a show as well:
10/10/08 - The Uptown Club Oakland, CA
10/22/08 - The Delancy New York, NY - Bar/None CMJ Showcase feat (Oppenheimer, Hotel Lights, Starling Electric, Hot Lava, Shannon McArdle
10/23/08 - The Cutting Room New York, NY

More proof that NBC stands for "Normally Broadcasting Crap" and Hollywood is as creatively bankrupt as the music business : "The Partridge Family" has found a new network home at NBC. The Peacock has picked up a contemporary single-camera take on the classic ABC sitcom to be written by Jeff Rake. more

Sony Corp. has completed its acquisition of Bertelsmann's 50% stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, giving it 100% ownership and making the company a wholly-owned subsidiary. more

Dirty Pretty Things have split up. In an exclusive statement to NME.COM the four piece � Carl Barat, Didz Hammond, Gary Powell and Anthony Rossomando � announced the break-up of the band that formed in 2005 following the split of The Libertines. - more on this story

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Metallica Threepeat
Billboard reports: Despite a 61% drop in sales, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a third week.

The Warner Bros. set moved 132,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it only the second album this year to claim three straight weeks in the penthouse. Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" achieved the same in February.

Nashville rockers Kings Of Leon enjoy their best charting and sales week yet, as "Only by the Night" (RCA) starts at No. 4 with 74,000. A week shy of a year on the chart, Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Top Dog/Atlantic) drops 4-7 with a 5% decline to 60,000 copies. - more on this story

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Artist Plans To Smoke Cobain's Ashes
Music Radar reports: Kurt Cobain's ashes were reportedly stolen, along with a lock of hair, from Courtney Love's bedroom back in June.

Now, an Australian artist called Natascha Stellmach claims to have "acquired" the remains, and plans to smoke them in a joint to "release Cobain into the ether from the media circus."

The infamous pile of ash is currently on display in Gallerie Wagner + Partner in Berlin as part of Stellmach's Set Me Free exhibition. [amazing what they are calling "art" these days.] - more on this story

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Kills Tour Bus Goes Missing
NME reports: The Kills' tour bus and driver have both mysteriously disappeared, midway through the band's current US tour supporting The Raconteurs.

The duo said in a statement that the FBI were currently searching for their driver, who was last seen on September 26 in Los Angeles.

The band have lost their luggage, which was on the bus, as a result of the disappearance.
- more on this story

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Kings of Leon Are Kings of Digital
RCA reports: Kings of Leon's new record, Only By The Night, has debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart, selling 74,353 records.

This marks the highest debut and the largest single sales week for the band in the US. In the UK, Kings of Leon mania has taken on a new dimension with Only By The Night's strong debut at #1 this week selling 220,879. - more on this story

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Priest Feast with Judas Priest, Megadeth and Testament
Adrenaline reports: One of the worlds most popular and influential Heavy Metal bands � Judas Priest are set to rock the UK to it's very core when they bring their 'Priest Feast' tour to play 7 arena dates in February 2009 with support from special guests � Thrash Metal veterans Megadeth and Testament.

Having the opportunity to see 3 such important and influential bands within the world of Metal on the same bill is cause for excitement.

Make sure you don't miss the chance to witness Metal history in the making and ensure you are part of Priest Feast 2009. - dates

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Fan Made Radiohead Video Premier
PR reports: MySpace Music is proud to announce that it will premier Radiohead's new video for the song "Reckoner," the next single from In Rainbows. The animated video was created by Clement Picon of France, who was one of four winners of the In Rainbows Animated Music Video Contest.

The contest was put together by aniBoom (aniboom.com), the premiere virtual animation studio, TBD Records and the band. The winners were selected by the members of Radiohead themselves and the band has decided that Picon's video for "Reckoner" will serve as the official video for the song. MySpace Music will premier the additional three winners in the coming weeks.

"The aniBoom video competition, totally blown me away it has," said Thom Yorke, lead vocalist of Radiohead. "We are proud that In Rainbows songs were the source of inspiration for so many amazing creations." - more on this story

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Dandy Warhols Announce New Project With Their Friends
PR reports: The Odditorium, the Dandy Warhols' famed studio in their hometown of Portland, OR, is more than simply one band's space. It's also home to their friends, the touring and local bands looking for a place to play, to record. The band has always striven to build and promote a community for musicians, and in 2007, they took a very purposeful step in making this a definitive part of their ethos. The Dandys began inviting other bands to participate in a collective project, the artists coming in on their own time to record new ideas over tracks others had already laid down, together creating what becomes a nearly living musical entity.

Called Breathe Easy, the project calls on the talents of artists like the Raveonettes, the Black Angels, J Mascis, Saul Williams, Spoon's Britt Daniel, Midnight Movies, and of course the Dandy Warhols, to bring their separate musical perceptions and abilities to finished product. Genre becomes loosely articulated; what unites the pieces is the emotion, the spontaneity that comes from collaboration and inspiration. It's music that conveys both the individual contribution and the integrity of the whole.

Beginning October 21, 2008, the first of 12 tracks will be sold digitally at specified Breathe Easy sites and embedded stores, and 100% of profits will go to the Three Rivers Land Conservancy. - Check out the trailer

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New Maroon 5/Icarus Line Super Group Debut New Song
PR reports: Historics are ready to reveal the swirling and dreamlike "Taverns," the first single and music video off their forthcoming debut album. The hypnotic track stems from the combined forces of three veteran musicians and their diverse backgrounds: Don Devore (Ink & Dagger; Icarus Line), Mickey Madden (Maroon 5), and Josh Grubb (VietNam).

The song is a warm and bittersweet trip laced with Grubb's narcotic, eastern-tinged guitar licks. Madden's steady bass lines provide a subtle yet cathartic anchor, often maintaining the heart of the song while the other instruments erupt into moments of chaos. Devore speak-sings melancholy lyrics such as "breath that smoke, lose your hope" in a beautifully weathered voice � one that sounds like it belongs to a man who has seen and done it all.

The video, directed by Brendon Devore, features multiple planes of footage draped on top of one another, mirroring the production of the song and it's layered sonic tapestry. Golden hues outline the band members, giving them a spectral quality while cityscapes float across the screen. Adding to the surreal atmosphere is ominous interspered footage of a bat flying in slow motion as well as the spooky shots of an owl that bookend the video.

Keep a lookout for Historics' full-length album in early 2009, with special guests including Kool Keith and other surprises. For now check out the video
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Death Cab for Reissue
NME reports: Death Cab For Cutie have announced that they will reissue their 1998 debut album 'Something About Airplanes' this autumn.

The limited-edition deluxe reissue is due out in the US via Barsuk Records on November 25 and will mark the 10th anniversary of its original release.

It will include a bonus disc featuring a recording of the band's first-ever Seattle show in February of 1998, as well as redesigned artwork and new linter notes written by Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson. - That's NOT all folks

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Singled Out: Plushgun
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out where we ask artists to give us the inside story about their latest single. Today's edition comes from electrorockers Plushgun. The band's mainman Dan Ingala tells us about the song "Just Impolite," a tune with a theme that just everyone can relation to. Here is Dan with the story:

The song is simple: boy meets girl, girl breaks up with boy, back together again, boy breaks up with girl, back together again, end and repeat. Now mix that up with post-graduatorial angst, deciding against law school, and still interning for the occasional free lunch while living in a closet, and you get "Just Impolite."

At the time the song was written, Plushgun did not exist. I was haphazardly attempting to compose for indie flicks, interning at a recording studio, and (when motivated enough) temping for rent. Confused 23 year old post-grads excel at data entry. The only stable part of my life was the predictable fluctuation of my love life, and essentially its breakdown is what caused "Just Impolite." I was confused, as is the song. Happy sounding music with rather defeatist lyrical embellishment serendipitously led to a song that was much deeper than its poppy melody.

- Read the rest of this song story

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