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Full Report for 10/07/2008

Did Oasis Rip Off Cliff Richard Song?
Music Radar reports: Oasis have been accused of nicking, borrowing - you know, ripping off - a bit of Sir Cliff Richard's 1976 hit Devil Woman on their new song The Turning.

Noel, Liam Gallagher and company posted the song on their MySpace page last week ahead of Dig Out Your Soul's release today (Oct. 6), and almost immediately, Cliff Richard fans began writing on the singer's website about what they say is an uncanny resemblance.

One user by the name of Rolybunny says, "This is a rip-off. What'll they do next? Remix Mistletoe and Wine?" On the other hand, some Richard fans are elated, viewing the similarities as something of an honor for the aging pop star. Janine Castle, from the International Cliff Richard Movement, says, "I'm astounded Oasis use Cliff as their muse - but delighted. I can hear the similarities. It's about time Cliff's musical genius got some recognition." - Go judge for yourself

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Weezer Set World Records, Yes Records As In More Than One
PR reports: Even before its release, Weezer's "Troublemaker" video is a record breaker: Weezer and friends gathered to play the song together and break Guinness World Records during the shooting of the video. Guinness World Records official, Stuart Claxton, was in attendance to monitor and certify these record attempts during the day long shoot in Los Angeles, where new records were set for Largest Game of Dodgeball, Most People in a Custard Pie Fight, Most People Riding on a Skateboard, Largest Air Guitar Ensemble, and Longest Guitar Hero World Tour Marathon.

The band's Pat Wilson is also shown in the video playing the World's Smallest Drum Kit in a Video...a record the band is petitioning to get in the book as an official record. No word yet at press time. The video's exclusive 24-hour online premiere will be available on Yahoo!Music beginning at 9:00PM PDT Monday, October 6, 2008. - more on this story

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Green Day Enlist Nirvana Producer for New CD?
punknews.org reports: Producer Butch Vig has reportedly signed on to produce the next album from Green Day. Very little is known about the highly anticipated new Green Day album, though the band's label let slip that the record is due in 2009.

Vig, a veteran producer, has worked on notable albums like Nirvana's Nevermind, Jimmy Eat World's Chase This Light and Against Me!'s New Wave as well as frontman Tom Gabel's solo album, Heart Burns.

The news comes via Green Day Authority who produced a clip of Vig's Garbage bandmate discussing the job on Carson Daly.
- more on this story

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Coldplay Taps Jay-Z for New EP
FMQB reports: In a recent radio interview, Coldplay revealed that they would be releasing a new EP before the end of the year, containing leftover songs from the sessions for Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends.

Now the band has announced the tracklisting for the EP, which will be out in multiple formats, as well as a collaboration with Jay-Z.

Coldplay's Chris Martin appeared on Jay-Z's "Beach Chair" (which Kanye West later discussed on his song "Big Brother," after Martin also appeared on Ye's "Homecoming") and the J-Hova returns the favor on a new version of the new single "Lost!" The new mix of "Lost!" is due out "in a few weeks," according to a post from Martin on Coldplay.com. - more on this story

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Van Halen To Wed, Premature Kanye, Coachella Dates, Depeche Mode Still Mute, Weird Al Riffs T.I., Slash Doll, Scars On Broadway Nix Tour and more
antiMusic reports: According to People.com Eddie Van Halen is engaged to his girlfriend/publicist Janie Liszewski. Van Halen, 53, proposed to Liszewski, 38, on Aug. 4 while they were vacationing in Hawaii. The couple plan to wed next June. more.

Kanye West made a surprise appearance at rapper T.I.'s MySpace-sponsored show in Los Angeles on Friday and announced his upcoming Def Jam album, "808s and Heartbreak," will arrive Nov. 25. It had been expected Dec. 16. more

Goldenvoice has confirmed the dates for next year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival--Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19--to be followed a weekend later by Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival, set for Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. The two critically acclaimed events will again take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA.

Depeche Mode has renewed its long-term deal with Mute/EMI and is planning to release its 12th studio album in early spring 2009. more

According to Metal Underground, Scars On Broadway has announced that they will be cancelling all tour dates as well as their appearance on the Jimmy Kemmel show with no plans to reschedule. Apparently, the reason given is that singer/guitarist Daron Malakian doesn't feel that his heart is into touring at the present time. more

The Kills missing tour bus has been found, but details are yet to emerge about what exactly happened. A spokesperson for the band tells NME.COM that the bus was found today (October 6), abandoned in a Los Angeles parking lot. All the band's gear and belongings were still on board. more

Ra, one of the most criminally underrated bands on the scene today, recently self-released their latest album "Black Sun" their own imprint, Sahaja Music Records. And already it's seems they are doing better on their own then their major label could do for them. The lead single, "Broken Hearted Soul" managed to get a double feature on the iTunes rock homepage and downloaded 8,000 singles by album launch. And it's currently #2 Heatseekers National chart which pretty damn impressive for a DIY release. If you're familiar with the band, check them out here

"Weird Al" Yankovic is releasing his parody of a current No. 1 single -- evidently just days after he thought of it. Yankovic's version of "Whatever You Like," a riff on the T.I. track of the same name, will be available for download today on iTunes. Read what Al had to say about the track here

MaFarlane Toys will be releasing a 6-inch Slash action figure based on the character in Guitar Hero II: Legends of Rock. Slash's likeness will be available in February of 2009. more

Hatebreed's entire live 80 minute Detroit concert film (included on the band's just released Live Dominance DVD), is now up as a full movie download on iTunes. The cost to purchase is $9.99. Fans can also rent it for $3.99 Tis here

The day has come! After an abbreviated stay over at Astralwerks, SoCal indie-popsters The Little Ones will finally be releasing their debut album Morning Tide on their new label, Chop Shop. They are currently on tour with The Walkmen. Have a listen and grab tour dates here

Scar Symmetry has announced the addition of singers Roberth Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist to their line-up. The pair replaces departed vocalist Christian Alvestam. more

Pelican was robbed while on tour in Italy this past week. "Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports, wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection, and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever." more

To celebrate the release of "The Chemistry Of Common Life," in stores today, F**ked Up will be playing live for twelve hours straight at a storefront in New York City. - more

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Filter Remixed
PR reports: Filter, will be releasing a remix album featuring brand new takes on various tracks from their latest album Anthems For The Damned.

The Remixes For The Damned album will be released on November 4. The release will be available all over the web, for specific outlets go here for a listing.

Set for a digital-only release, the new album features remakes of select songs on Anthems by Richard Patrick, Mitch Marlow, John Spiker, Clayton W (Revolting Cocks, Ministry), Timmy the Terror Anderson (Ima Robot), Rae DiLeo (Producer, Engineer for Filter), Ben Wise (Producer), Ryan Williams, Carlos Villalobos and John O'Brien. - more on this story

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Miley Still Not Legal
Hecklerspray reports: This week saw Miley Cyrus celebrate her 16th birthday in Disneyland. That is to say, all of Disneyland. Miley Cyrus' parents hired out all of Disneyland for Miley, invited thousands of guests and then lit up the Californian dusk with a firework display of epic proportions.

AP reports: "The theme park was closed for the supersized soiree, which included a four-song performance by the teen queen and a fireworks display above Sleeping Beauty Castle and 16 giant inflatable candles. 'Miley is really hard to surprise,' her father Billy Ray Cyrus said at the event."

Anyway, this is probably all a bit premature, because Miley Cyrus doesn't even turn 16 until November 23. Her actual birthday will be marked with a far more intimate affair - we hear Billy Ray Cyrus plans to send a giant nuclear-powered robot into space to punch the sun out for her or something.
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Rise Against Secret Show
PR reports: MySpace Music announces that one of the most respected names in punk rock Rise Against will be playing a club show at TT The Bears in Boston on October 7 as part of MySpace's Secret Show series.

The Secret Show is a free, exclusive performance for the MySpace community. Rise Against and MySpace are asking fans to donate food which will go The Greater Boston Food Bank for entry into the show. The band has also partnered with Peta2 for the show who will be distributing literature inside the show. This is the first ever Secret Show in which MySpace have partnered with a charity. After talking with the band, the program realized this was the perfect band to do this with and an incredible way to kick off the release of their new album.

For their fifth studio album, "Appeal To Reason," Rise Against teamed up with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendants) and Jason Livermore to record at the Blasting Room in Ft. Collins, CO-- the same production team and studio used for "The Sufferer & the Witness" and "Revolutions Per Minute." First single "Re-Education (Through Labor)" is already a top 5 Modern Rock hit. - Myspace page

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Interpol and Swervedriver Team For Magnetic Morning
PR reports: "I've been trying to write this album for 10 years," reveals Magnetic Morning's Sam Fogarino, of the band's debut LP, A.M., due October 21 (Friend or Faux Records). It was ultimately Fogarino's serendipitous meeting with Adam Franklin of Swervedriver that sealed his fate in this duo.

Fogarino planted the seeds of what would become Magnetic Morning songs even before he joined Interpol, but grew frustrated by an inability to find collaborators. "It is hard working with people that have the ability to write their own songs because in the end that is what they want to do," Fogarino says, adding, "I would get started with people and then it would fall apart." Calling the opportunity to work with Franklin, "beyond mind-blowing," Fogarino reveals the band's sound is shaped by the collaborative songwriting process, which sees both members operating in roles different from their previous work. "The songs are a testament to Franklin and Fogarino's willingness to step away from their individual musical calling cards; there's no screeching distortion or three-guitar jams a la Swervedriver, and the music is considerably looser than Interpol's buttoned-up rock," noted Magnet. - more on this story

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Come Together: A Night For John Lennon's Words & Music
Kayos reports: On November 4, 2008, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Come Together: A Night For John Lennon's Words & Music. This 90-minute star-studded 16-track DVD was filmed at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall in 2001 just three weeks after 9/11 in the city Lennon loved so.

The far-ranging and eclectic artistry that makes these songs come alive again proves to be a poignant reminder of what the world lost on December 8, 1980. Dave Matthews ("In My Life")—Stone Temple Pilots ("Revolution")—Cyndi Lauper ("Strawberry Fields Forever")—Alanis Morissette ("Dear Prudence") and Sean Lennon ("Julia")—among many others—were given total artistic license to recreate these songs any way they so felt. The results proved touching, profound and made for a truly magical night that comes across on this very special viewing experience.

Sharing their Lennon remembrances, and sharing their insights into Lennon's perpetual mission to bring about peace in this world are actors James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Bacon and Kevin Spacey ("Mind Games").
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Moby Keeping Busy
antiMusic reports: Seems like just yesterday we told you about Moby and his punk band. Wait it was just yesterday, we'll today Mute sent over this 411 about another project he has on the front burner. When does he find time to sleep?

Here you go: Moby will release "Last Night Remixed" on Mute on November 25, 2008. Enlisted to remix tracks from 'Last Night' - the most dance oriented and electronic Moby album this decade – are the current electronic cream of the crop including Holy Ghost!, Freemasons, Seamus Haji, Spencer & Hill, and Drop The Lime among others.

Remixing has been at the heart of the Moby machine for fifteen years. In 1992 alone, Moby mixed The B52s, The Prodigy, Brian Eno, Jam & Spoon, and Michael Jackson. Since then, Moby's remixed artists including Aerosmith, The Beastie Boys, David Bowie and Metallica. - more on this story

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Priestess Plan New Album And Tour
PR reports: The Montreal foursome Priestess is recording tracks this fall in Los Angeles with producer Dave Schiffman (Anti-Flag, Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down) for the band's follow-up to its acclaimed 2006 debut, Hello Master.

After leaving the studio, Priestess will tour Canada and the Northeastern U.S. this winter, performing new material from the upcoming album set for an early 2009.

"I'm happy to say that it's going extremely well," says the Priestess frontman, Mikey Heppner, who couldn't hide his excitement to finally be back in the studio "Coming from a dude who has only made one record prior to this one I'm still going to say it's the best ---- we've ever done, and we can't wait to put it out!"
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Singled Out: Passenger
PR reports: Welcome to Singled Out where we ask artists to tell us about their latest single. Today Passenger's Mike Rosenberg tells us about the song "Table For One," which comes off their new album "Wicked Man's Rest". Passenger caught our attention because of the unusual subject matter of many of the lyrics. This song has a more straightforward story but none the less an interesting tale behind it. Here is Mike to tell you about it:

I'm going to tell you about our song "table for one", the idea for the song came about on a blustery London night. My song writing partner Andrew and I were in the capital to play a small acoustic show to a polite and listening audience at a place called the globe theatre in Balham. After the show had finished, we found our selves in a typical English pub (well I say typically English, unfortunately most have now turned in to trendy wine bars with uncomfortable seats and soulless decor) so lets call it a traditional English pub, one with deep red upholstery and needless trinkets nailed to the wall, the kind of pub that you have to bend down to get inside because it was built in a time when humans were a foot smaller.

As we sat there slowly drinking our Guiness, we talked about the gig as usual, the things that worked, the things that didn't, the crazy woman in the front row with the Passenger t shirt on that comes to all our gigs. But as the night drew on, we suddenly became aware of the fact that all the remaining customers in the pub (of which there were about seven) were all single, middle aged men , drinking in silence, alone .

This got Andrew and I on to the subject of loneliness and more specifically the type of loneliness that you see in men. Not that women don't get lonely of course but there is a heavy, thudding, staring in to the bottom of they're 7th pint glass type of loneliness that I've seen in men across the country my entire life. - Read the rest of this song story.

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