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Full Report for 10/23/2008
The 88 Week: Day 4
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:

Go Go Go: Another one that happened while working on a different song. I think that comes from the relaxation between recording takes, where there's no pressure to get anything "right" and we can just let loose. It seemed like a good live song, so we stuck with the "Go Go Go" gang-vocal thing.

My favorite part is the breakdown middle section, obviously influenced by The Who. Everyone plays great on this one, and the lyrics flew out faster than I could write them down.

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

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AC/DC CD Selling Like Crazy
Hits Daily Double reports: According to reports from industry tipsheet Hits, AC/DC's "Black Ice" is projected to sell over 800,000 units in its first week, making it Sony Music's biggest album debut in 2 years.

It is already out-pacing sales of the Eagles last album, which was also Wal-Mart exclusive in the US.

With the album also currently selling at record pace all over the world, it is almost guaranteed to debut at #1 in Canada, Germany (where sales could reach 250,000), UK (with projected sales of 120-140,000), France, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Portugal. - Hits Daily Double

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Guns N' Roses Officially Announce Chinese Democracy, Full Single Streaming Online
antiMusic reports: The sky has fallen! Chicken Little has finally spoken and the word is Chinese Democracy will finally arrive this year. Below is the official announcement from the GNR camp.

But first we told you yesterday about the release of the first single and Guns N' Roses posted that new single, "Chinese Democracy," to their imeem profile today. Wanna Listen?

Best Buy and Geffen Records announced that one of the most highly anticipated albums of all time, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, will be available beginning Nov. 23 at Best Buy and BestBuy.com on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads. The title track, the first single from the album, was released to radio today, October 22. Chinese Democracy is the first album of new material from one of rock's most influential bands since the 1991 simultaneous releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.

"The release of Chinese Democracy marks a historic moment in rock n' roll," said co-managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould. "We're launching with a monumental campaign developed by Gary Arnold and the Best Buy team that matches the groundbreaking sound of the album itself. Guns N' Roses fans have every reason to celebrate, for this is only the beginning."
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Korn Temple Pilot
BW&BK reports: Stone Temple Pilots resumed their reunion last night (October 22) in Hidalgo, Texas, and ending on October 31 in Pelham, Alabama, but it was without their drummer Eric Kretz.

Ray Luzier (Korn/David Lee Roth/Army of Anyone) will be filling in. The band has issued the following update:

"Due to the unfortunate passing of his father, drummer Eric Kretz will be taking a brief leave of absence from the Stone Temple Pilots tour dates this week in Texas and at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans. Drummer Ray Luzier will be filling in for Eric and will be performing with the band at these shows." - more on this story

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Jane's Addition Reunion?, Chesney Tops Chart, Sillier Name Than Beyonce?, Girls Aloud Porn Murder Blogger Goes To Court, Rumor Slashed and more
antiMusic reports: The original lineup of Jane's Addiction is expected to make a rare, reunited appearance tonight in Los Angeles. Blabbermouth reports that the band will play as part of an event hosted by singer Perry Farrell's friend, artist Shepard Fairey. more

Kenny Chesney scored his fifth No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday, but with one of his worst opening tallies in years. "Lucky Old Sun," Chesney's 11th studio album, sold 176,000 copies during the week ended October 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. more

Just like the "Seinfeld" episode where George wanted everyone to call him "T-Bone," Beyonce Knowles would like to be known by a bold new name. The R&B singer has christened herself "Sasha Fierce" for her new double album, "I Am ... Sasha Fierce," due in U.S. stores on November 18 more. Tell her about shrinkage!

A civil servant from South Tyneside has appeared in court over a blog which detailed the kidnap, torture and murder of the pop group Girls Aloud. Darryn Walker, 35, of Mowbray Road, South Shields, is accused of writing and posting the "Girls (Scream) Aloud" story on a fantasy pornography site. more

There is a rumor going around that Slash is going to Israel to perform in a concert in honor of the Peres Center for Peace's 10th anniversary on October 27th. Slash says that is not true; he is definitely not going. more

Neil Diamond will be the honoree at the music industry's annual MusiCares fundraiser, which will take place in Los Angeles on February 6 more

Former KISS and current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick has been back in the studio working on his next solo CD, tentatively titled "BK3". more

Weird Al Yankovic has weighed on his first experiment to make available a new song digitally while the song it parodies was still hot on the charts. "Whatever You Like," a takeoff on T.I.'s hit of the same name, sold 21,000 digital downloads in its first week as an iTunes exclusive. So what did Al have to say? Find out here

The final episode of Ragged Road, which documents the journey of five individuals, picked to travel the country in pursuit of music industry fame and fortune, has been posted online and features pop punk boyband Good Charlotte. Check it out here

Ad-supported music streaming service Imeem has announced that it is cutting 25% of staffers (20 positions) across its entire organization. The company said that given the current economic climate, cutting costs was necessary in order to secure its future business. more

The release date for "Traced in Air," the new album from reunited progressive metallers Cynic originally slated for late-October, had to be pushed back to November 17th (November 25th in the US), for manufacturing reasons.more

Lil' Wayne becomes father to Dwayne Carter III according to NME. Wayne's son was reportedly born to an unidentified woman at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday. more

Ticketmaster will cut approximately 300 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan announced in August. Those cuts account for about 5% of the ticket company's global workforce, according to a Ticketmaster spokesperson. - more on this story

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Rock Band 2 Giving Away 20 Song
Music Radar reports: The good folks behind Rock Band 2 are feeling generous these days, and to prove it they're offering 20 songs gamers can download for free starting 4 November.

Most of the acts (available to anybody who owns Rock Band 2 on XBox 360, PlayStation 3 or Wii) are fairly unknown - The Cab, Tickle Me Pink, Dealership - while some are downright "never heard of them."

But there is one group, Thenewno2, that people might know a thing or two about - because it's led by Dhani Harrison, whose likeness and singing style bears an uncanny and almost eerie resemblance to that of his late father, ex-Beatle George Harrison. - more on this story

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J Mascis, Black Angels, Dandy Warhols Release Single
PR reports: The first song from the Dandy Warhols' Breathe Easy project has been released and is available for download on the Breathe Easy MySpace site.

Called simply "J Mascis, Black Angels, Dandy Warhols," the track, described by Dandys' frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor as a "prog-rock school fight song," is a dark, driving piece, anchored by Dandys' drummer Brent DeBoer and the tom-heavy beat, and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, who forgoes his usual guitar for a high-fretted bass.

Vocals -- provided by Zia McCabe, Brent, and Brian Coates -- though sparse, are powerful and effective. The single syllables, the distant shouts, become part of the swirling landscape. Indeed, the music conveys both the individual contribution of the players and the integrity of the whole piece, a 5-minute long depiction of grunge-fueled psychedelia. - more on this story

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Morrissey To Refute Crap With Autobiography
NME reports: Morrissey has revealed that he is set to write his autobiography. The former Smiths singer told Janice Long on BBC Radio 2 that the book would span his career in the music industry, although he did not reveal how far through writing it he was or when he hoped to release it.

"So much crap is written about me, it's hard to live with sometimes," he said. "It all gets burned down in history and becomes a part of your legacy."

Morrissey went on to claim that his forthcoming new album, 'Year Of Refusal', was his best album yet. - more on this story

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Jennings Nabbed After Police Chase
TMZ reports: R&B bigshot Lyfe Jennings just got nabbed by Georgia police for allegedly shooting off a gun, taking cops on a chase in a Corvette, and refusing to take a DUI test.

Smyrna, Ga. police tell us they were responding to a gunshots fired call when they spotted Jennings' Vette hightailing it away from the scene. A chase ensued and Jennings eventually crashed.

He was charged with felony weapon possession by a convicted felon. and he faces charges of attempting to elude, as well as discharging a firearm near a public highway and refusing to take the sobriety test. - more on this story

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Who's Gonna Save Gnarls Barkley?
PR reports: On November 11th, Gnarls Barkley will release an EP celebrating "Who's Gonna Save My Soul," the most potent, haunting song from their acclaimed album The Odd Couple.

The release includes four different versions of "Who's Gonna Save My Soul": the original demo recording, the album version, an instrumental version, and the stripped-down live version from the band's MTV 52 Bands appearance. The EP also features the new song "Mystery Man" and a live version of "Neighbors" recorded at the famous 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA.

On Friday, October 24, the official "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" website will appear at [URL not provided, who wants to guess?]. On November 11, the release date, the site will vanish.
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The All-American Rejects Hitting the Road
PR reports: The All-American Rejects set out on tour this fall in support of their eagerly awaited new album When The World Comes Down out December 16th.

The headline tour will play at The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza on November 18th and at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on November 23rd.

Tickets go on for both shows sale this Saturday. Tickets for The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza are on sale at 10am. Tickets for The Stone Pony are on sale at 12pm. - more on this story

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Shooter Jennings Revives CD Project With His Late Father Waylon
AP reports: Back when Shooter Jennings set out to make an album with his dad, country music star Waylon Jennings, he was 16 years old and a big fan of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.

The result was a collection of songs with psychedelic guitar parts and odd vocal effects that never saw the light of day.

Jennings set the project aside and forged ahead with his own career. Now, almost seven years after his father's death, he's retooled the recordings and released them on a new CD, "Waylon Forever," billed as the late country star's final recordings. - more on this story

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Lindsey Buckingham Interview Preview Pt 3
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 about his distinct sound and Lindsey explains how he interacts as a songwriter with Stevie Nicks:

antiMusic: Your guitar sound is very distinctive and you use a lot of subtle coloring, How did you get the tone you did on material like "Rhiannon"?

Lindsey: On "Rhiannon"…well I think that was Les Paul of all things, as I recall, that's a long time ago. If I were to guess, I would say it was heavily compressed. That was Keith Olsen that was engineering that. I think it is a combination of that and what I would guess is a kind of scooping out of certain frequencies that were usually identified with a Les Paul, you know some of the mids, the ugly mids, the 1 k kind of area in there, I'm guess. And then of course, you've got to look at the part itself, you know, because whatever you play it on, or however someone records it you have to look at what is being recorded as having a lot to do with what it sounds like.

And you know that was a case where Stevie had this little two finger thing she'd done on the piano. This is one of the odd things about how Stevie and I can interface; she can come up with really real basic things, which are inherently full of substance but are not necessarily articulated. I think the way she wrote that was on the piano and she was just with two fingers going dee dee dee diee, dee dee dee you know. And so to take it from that to something where you're applying an eighth note thumb pattern, you know, like a first and third interval up and down the neck, from her great idea. It as just the application of that idea into my style and I think that has a lot to do with it too.

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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