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Full Report for 10/22/2008
The 88 Week: Day 3
antiMusic reports: Critically acclaimed rockers The 88 return to stores this week with their latest effort "Not Only... But Also." To celebrate the release we asked Keith Slettedahl to pick some of his favorite tracks from the album and tell us a little bit about each one. Here is Keith with today's song:

We Felt Alive: The original idea came from a jam session during a rehearsal. It's a good representation of the joy we felt making music together at that time.

The song is about being young and adventurous, and excited about living. It reminds me of being 18 or so, when the world seemed wide open to me and I could do absolutely anything I wanted. And I think we felt that way as a band when this song was written.

Preview songs from the album, learn more about it and the group and more right - here!

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AC/DC Retiring?, GNR Preview, Zeppelin Singer Rumor, Macca's Head Missing, Britney Gets Off, Green Day Update Fans, ZZ Black Keys and more
antiMusic reports: Kerrang! Radio speculates that AC/DC may be retiring: Could next years UK tour be the last we see of AC/DC? There have been all kinds of rumors that their new album Black Ice, - which is out this week, could be their final release and now even frontman Brian johnson has said the tour could be a farewell too - because of their age. They provided no source for the comments. But you can read their AC/DC blog here

The title track from Guns N' Roses' new album, "Chinese Democracy," will be available to download by U.S. radio outlets at 5 a.m. ET tomorrow morning (Oct. 22). more A 55-second audio sample of the song is streaming here

A waxwork version of Sir Paul McCartney's head has been left on a train--and now $4,000 is being offered for its safe return. The owner of the head, Joby Carter, left it on a London-to-Reading train last Thursday (October 16), reports BBC News. more

Good news for California criminals. If you get convicted of a crime you can now claim discrimination! Jurors in the Britney Spears trial remained deadlocked 10-2 on whether she was guilty of driving without a valid California license Tuesday. A mistrial was declared, prosecutors said they wouldn't pursue the matter further more. Hum, what's so hard? A child could figure this case out. She was driving + She didn't have a license = Guilty! Guess they really were a jury of her peers.

Green Day has released another video of the band recording their new album in the studio with producer Butch Vig. The clip shows bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool working on new material. Watch that here

The All-American Rejects have just completed their video for the first single, "Gives You Hell," from their forthcoming album, When The World Come Down. The Marc Webb (AFI, Weezer, My Chemical Romance) directed video was shot in Los Angeles and features an "embarrassing underwear shot" of the band and an "evil Tyson neighbor." Check out the behind-the-scenes of the video here .

Kerrang! Radio keeps the hilarity going with this gem: "Reports that Jack White was being lined up as the new Led Zeppelin frontman have been rubbished today....There were rumors doing the rounds the White Stripes frontman had been approached to tour with Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones." Had we heard this rumors we would have seen them as rubbish on their face. But hey! It's a fun headline. Besides we'd like to see Jack Black front the band.

The Black Keys will head to Los Angeles this weekend for songwriting sessions with ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and producer Rick Rubin, in the hopes of creating material for the latter group's upcoming, Rubin-produced album.more

Cheap Trick have posted a video promo for their forthcoming four-disc (DVD + 3 CD) package, BUDOKAN!: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, that brings the sight and sound together for the first time. The set will arrive in stores November 11th. Watch it here. For those with a vinyl fetish: Separately on October 28th, a new 12-inch vinyl LP of the Live at Budokan original 10-song album will be issued on 180 gram audiophile pressing.

The official video for Eagles of Death Metal's "Wannabe in LA" is live today on the MySpace music homepage. Their PR folks advise us that the video paints a perfect picture of the So Cal-locale, palm trees, sun, fun, and of course buns. Check it out here

Lauren Harris, daughter of Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris, has announced her first Calm Before The Storm headline tour dates. more

Got Tix? Maybe not! Thousands of people have been warned they may not receive concert tickets from a website that has been shut down by the Metropolitan Police. The site - Paperticket.co.uk - sold tickets for gigs ranging from Barry Manilow to the The Killers. more

Mindless Self Indulgence will team up with Bring Me The Horizon, Black Tide and In Case Of Fire to tour the United Kingdom for a tour sponsored by a lame over priced energy drink. Dates are here

Zune continues its focus on discovery of new artists. Music fans can download the "CMJ 2008 Collection" to hear music from this year's bands or the "CMJ Rewind" for a taste of past CMJ artists, as well as subscribe to custom Channels programmed by CMJ and KEXP to get new music automatically pushed to their collection each week. go here

East Coast Punk luminaries The Bouncing Souls will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2009 by releasing a new song on the first of every month for the entire year. - more

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Ozzy Defends Variety Show
BW&BK reports: Ozzy Osbourne's clan will return to TV on Fox this January for what's being billed as a variety series.

But Ozzy's not a fan of the "V" word. "The word variety sticks in my throat," he tells Spinner. "It's not like we're Sonny and Cher or something."

Details on the show have been tight-lipped, but Kelly Osbourne says that viewers shouldn't expect a lot of big-name guests. "It's not so much a celebrity-based show -- it's more audience participation," she says. - more on this story

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Iranian Metal Band Object To Being Marketed As Terrorist
Metal Underground reports: Iranian metal band Ahoora has posted a message detailing their dealings with someone putting together a Slayer compilation album who has decided on their own accord to portray the band as terrosists. Here is the post from the band:

"Attention please! During the recording days of All in Blood with You we were contacted by a guy from Russian Slayer fan club. He told us that he was going to prepare a tribute album with worldwide participants, celebrating 25 years of slayer. We accepted the offer and recorded Blood Red off the classic Seasons in the Abyss. The track and the signed contract were sent to him. For months we were sending him emails following the project and yet there were no proper responses.

Finally after almost a year we were informed that the album was going to be out early September 2008. We found a promo video about this album in You Tube. The video represents the bands involved in the Cd, Sliding the images while captioning the band names. When it comes to Ahoora, you'll see a picture of four suicide bombers with name Ahoora!!! Yes totally fuc*ing unbelievable! - more on this story

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Hanoi Rocks No More
Metal Underground reports: Hanoi Rocks has posted the following message online: "Hanoi Rocks have decided to break up by the end of the year 2008. Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy feel that they've taken the band as far as it can go and now wish to go their separate ways.

"All commitments until the end of the year, including the UK tour starting in London on Halloween, will naturally be honoured.

"In addition, the band has decided to say farewell to their fans by doing a final tour of Japan in the spring 2009 and immediately thereafter wrapping things up with a few nights at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland where their career originally got started in the 80's. - more on this story

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Zappa Classics Expanded
Billboard reports: The Zappa Family Trust will kick off a comprehensive campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the late Frank Zappa's albums next month.

"Lumpy Money," a three-CD "audio documentary" due out Nov. 25, is the first offering in the series -- and, according to Zappa's widow Gail, the most unique.

"These two records happen to be Frank's masterworks," Zappa tells Billboard.com, "so this is the most ambitious of all the (40th anniversary) projects. The challenge is how to educate the audience to understand what 'Lumpy Gravy' and 'We're Only in It for the Money' are, and what they're part of. - more on this story

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Nada Surf Into A Vinyl Box
Filter reports: For the first time ever, Nada Surf's discography will now be available on vinyl in an exclusive, limited-edition box set.

In addition to all five studio albums on fresh vinyl, the box set contains: full-color 24-page lyric and photo book * a repressing of the first 7" single * rare and out-of-print bonus tracks and b-sides * MP3 downloads of The Proximity Effect, Let Go, The Weight Is a Gift, and Lucky.

1,000 copies of the Vinyl Box Set will be up for grabs starting November 25 on Barsuk. And don't forget to catch the guys on tour this Fall. Dates are - here

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Funeral For A Friend Announce Winter Tour
PR reports: Funeral For A Friend has announced that they will be touring the U.S. this January / February 2009, in support of new album Memory And Humanity, released on 28th October 2008.

Support comes from Victory Records' The Sleeping, with more acts to be announced shortly. Internet pre-sale for the tour begins today, and are on sale to the public from Friday 24th October.

The band are global stars, having toured the world multiple times, and kick off 2009 with a bang by making a make a welcome return to the U.S. this January / February. Full dates are as below:
- more on this story

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Alejandro Escovedo Announces Live EP
PR reports: Alejandro Escovedo will release a live EP LIVE ANIMAL on November 11, 2008, featuring a selection of stellar tracks from his latest release REAL ANIMAL (EMI/Manhattan/Back Porch). A masterful storyteller, Escovedo blends introspective ballads with shattering blasts of punk rock and string quintets. On LIVE ANIMAL, Escovedo breathes life into his autobiographical tales and showcases the raw emotion and compelling power behind his music.

Featured tracks include: "Always A Friend" - a song Escovedo has performed with Bruce Springsteen, "Sister Lost Soul" -- recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, "People (We're Only Gonna Live So Long)" - a song he performed live at the Democratic National Convention, "Chelsea Hotel '78" - about his time living at the famed rock hotel alongside Sid & Nancy and "Real As An Animal" - an homage to Iggy Pop. All tracks on LIVE ANIMAL were recorded live in New York City at the Sirius Satellite Radio studios. - more on this story

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Foo Fighters Plan DVD
punknews.org reports: Foo Fighters may be taking a break, but they still have some new releases planned. On November 18, 2008, the band will be releasing Live at Wembley Stadium, which unsurprisingly, will contain a live performance recorded at England's famed Wembley Stadium.

The disc is due out on DVD and Blu-Ray and runs through 18 songs recorded over two nights in London.

Along with the band's official quartet, guest musicians include former Foo's guitarist (and former Germs guitarist) Pat Smear, as well as members of the Wallflowers and others. - more on this story

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DVD Documentary Examines Lennon and McCartney Partnership
MVD reports: MVD has announced a Nov 25th release for Composing the Beatles Songbook: Lennon and McCartney 1966 / 1970. The DVD is an independent documentary film that reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers during this hugely creative period.

From the first bars of Eleanor Rigby to the closing Abbey Road song-cycle, this film shows how they barely put a step wrong in making the most joyous music the world had ever witnessed. Drawing on rare footage, classic performances and penetrating revelations from friends of the pair, Beatles academics and musicologists, we here discover the true story of how those classic songs were written. - more on this story

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Metal Church Tour Shut Down Due To Injury
Metal Underground reports: PR announcement: We have to inform you that Metal Church cannot do the planned tour with Overkill in spring 2009.

Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitars) was suffering with his back problems for a long time. After several treatments this summer all looked good so far, but last weekend it got so bad again that his doctor warned him about doing a bigger tour before the problem is solved.

We are very sorry, but better to cancel the tour now, before we are deep in pre-sales and we have to cancel then. We all are very sorry about this, but the health of Kurdt is too important than taking the risk! - more on this story

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Lindsey Buckingham Interview Preview Pt 2
antiMusic reports: When you manage to snag an interview with an artist who's most popular album has sold as many copies as The Beatles biggest selling album in the U.S., and overall has sold more albums than such icons as Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Prince, Queen and even Eminem and Britney Spears, you can't just run the interview. It calls for something special. So this week we are forgoing Singled Out! so we can preview Morley's interview with Lindsey Buckingham. Lindsey has released a wealth of music over the years as both a solo artist and as one of key songwriters and voices of Fleetwood Mac. He just released his latest effort, Gift of Screws, and Morley managed to get him on the phone to discuss the effort as well as other interesting topics. So each day this week we will be teasing you with one question and answer from the interview before we post the full thing on Friday! Today Morley asks Lindsey about the difference between recording on his own and in a band situation.

antiMusic: Do you feel it's just generally easier to get your musical ideas across with you executing all positions?)

Lindsey: Ah, I don't know if it's easier or not, but you know, it's two different things. When you work with Fleetwood Mac say, obviously you've got to go in with something that's a little more fleshed out as a song because you have to present something tangible. I think the actual process of making a song from start to finish is probably a little more like movie-making when you're talking about working with a band because it's way more verbalized. It's certainly more political, the choices you make, you talk about them. It's obviously a synthesis of everyone's sensibilities.

When I work alone, I mean, that's a whole other way of working. It tends to be at times. It may not have been on Say You Will because all of that material pretty much had been completed. But on most of the solo work, you could make the analogy that it's more like painting because I don't think you necessarily have to have the song in as completed a form. And normally when I'm working on solo stuff, I leave the songs in a less fleshed out form purposely. Obviously that wouldn't work if you were trying to sit down with four or five other people and say, what are we playing? And I'd say: well I don't know.

It's more like a painter who may have a sort of intention or sort of a clue about what he wants to do but he's not that worried about where he ends up. And you start slopping the paint on the canvas and it eventually will become something. And the writing and the actual recording of the song almost become one thing. So I guess that's how I look at the solo work or why I tend to do a lot of things myself, because it becomes part and parcel with the writing.

If you still haven't picked up Gift of Screws and need further convincing, would a 5 Star review sway you? While we wait for the next installment in the interview you can check out what Kevin Wierzbicki had to say about the album - right here!

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