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Aimee Mann For the Holidays
PR reports: Aimee Mann announces the return of her annual holiday tour for its' third year and the release of a new edition of her CD One More Drifter in the Snow, which will include a cover of the Joni Mitchell standard "River." The updated edition will be available in stores on November 10th.

Mann's homage to the holiday variety show of yore has consistently played to sold-out crowds on both the East and West Coast, featuring a mixture of music from One More Drifter in the Snow, a host of comedians ranging from Paul F. Thompkins and Fred Armisan and special drop-in guests including Jackson Browne, John C. Reilly, Amos Lee, Chuck Prophet, Rachel Yamagata, Nellie McKay, Josh Ritter, Ben Lee, Ben Gibbard, Morgan Murphy and fellow singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips pitching in as the Grinch along the way. The New York Times describes the holiday pageant as "Delightful…a Santa-stupefying balance of naughty and nice…with the giddy warmth of an eggnog buzz. Hangover included of course."

This year Paul F. Thompkins will return to trade off hosting duties will fellow comedian Patton Oswalt. Also confirmed to play are fellow singer-songwriters Nellie McKay, Grant Lee Phillips and comedienne Morgan Murphy. The tour will kick off on the West Coast in San Diego and head up the coast through Los Angeles, San Francisco, and then on to the East Coast for ten dates with multiple shows in the Boston and NY area. - more on this story

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Paul Simon Live From Philadelphia DVD
Kayos reports: Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the DVD release of arguably America's greatest living songwriter, Paul Simon, Live From Philadelphia on November 25.

Recorded in Philadelphia's longtime cherished landmark venue, The Tower Theater, in 1980, this 11-song, 53-minute set features Simon on vocals and guitar back by a superb back-up band: drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Tony Levin, pianist Richard Tee and guitarist Eric Gale.

The setlist includes both solo material and Simon & Garfunkel classics. Simon was in a transitional phase in 1980, continually searching for just the right sounds. Touring in support of the soundtrack to One-Trick Pony, he was still three years removed from Hearts & Bones and, more importantly, six years removed from Graceland.
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Tommy James & the Shondells Collection Coming
conqueroo reports: If you were a rock 'n' roll fan in the '60s and early '70s, you well remember Tommy James & the Shondells having hit after hit on the charts. 40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006) a two-CD, 48-song set to be to be released on November 25 by the Collectors' Choice Music and Aura labels is a career retrospective of both the band and James' solo career. And, as they say on the campaign commercials, Tommy James has approved this collection, so fans can rest assured there's no "hanky panky" going on.

40 Years contains the A-side of every single James released (with or without the Shondells) on six different labels from 1966 to 2006 (plus an ultra-rare 1962 bonus track) with in-depth liner notes penned by Ed Osborne and Tommy James' biographer, Martin Fitzpatrick, and photos from Tommy's personal archive. As with did the recent Collectors' Choice Jan & Dean Compete Liberty Singles release, 40 Years contains the original single mixes, not the remixed versions heard on previous collections. Fifteen Shondells' tracks and five of Tommy's solo singles are in their original mono mixes, almost all of which are making their CD debut.
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Talking Chinese Democracy Again
PR reports: In a very special episode of "Talking Metal," hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy resume their countdown to one of the world's most anticipated albums, Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy."

Topics include Best Buy, Bumblefoot, Buckethead, Frank Ferrer, Brain, Chris Pitman, and Talking Metal's participation in Fuse's Big Blog Thing.

The podcast can be downloaded at this - location

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Watch Chimaira Record
Adrenaline reports: Chimaira has teamed up with Yahoo! Live to give fans unprecedented access to the band's recording process. Fans can visit Chimaira's official website and if the "Live Cam" button is lit up in red, fans can watch and listen to the band in the studio and even chat with the band members!

Vocalist Mark Hunter commented on the live stream: "We stumbled across the Yahoo! chat thing and realized we could incorporate that with our band. It has audio, video and the ability to chat, which I've never seen another band use in the studio before. We can also do multi-cam. There will be glitches here and there, but that's life and that's the internet."

The band is also pleased to announce the 9th Annual Chimaira Christmas show in Cleveland. The band will be performing at the House of Blues on December 30, and tickets will be $9.99.
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Halloween Desert Wabbit Shows, Gram Rabbit That IS
PR reports: Sexy synth rockers Gram Rabbit will be appearing at hometown venue Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown October 31, and El Diablo in Idyllwild, November 1, part of a Southern California minitour beginning later this month.

The show will be a special Halloween event - and Gram Rabbit, with their haunting, dark onstage theatrics and visuals, are a perfect fit for the occasion. Gram Rabbit is currently promoting their latest EP, Rare Bits, a collection of rare, unreleased material, including some long time concert favorites and experimental tracks that demonstrate the band's unmistakable inventiveness and versatility.

From Joshua Tree, CA, Gram Rabbit serves up a singular synthesis of electro-pop, hard rock and theatre with a playful, sexy edge. Their inimitable artistry has won over crowds at London's Wireless Festival, Coachella, and most recently, their high-profile comeback gig at LA's Sunset Junction.
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Spend This Christmas with Martha's Trouble
PR reports: Based on the success of their past holiday EP, "Christmas Lights," Rob and Jen Slocumb, the husband-and-wife team who perform as Martha's Trouble, are set to release a holiday album on November 11th on Aisling Records.

"The album was recorded long distance with players contributing parts from a number of different locations," says Rob. "We recorded our portion in Auburn, Alabama, some was completed in Asheville, North Carolina, and still other parts were recorded in Houston, Texas. We sent the files back and forth via email." The album was co-produced by Rob and new band member Jacob Blount, who recently joined the group as a guitarist.

The disc will be available online, at shows, and at brick-and-mortar locations such as Barnes & Noble and Borders. Entitled "This Christmas," the album boasts six covers of holiday favorites and two originals. - more on this story

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Dead By Wednesday Hit The Road
PR reports: Dead By Wednesday, will be hitting the road in support of their new album entitled The Killing Project (Eclipse Records), the band's first studio album of all-new material since their critically-acclaimed debut Democracy Is Dead released in 2006 (Stillborn Records). Menace II Sobriety will be supporting DEAD BY WEDNESDAY.

11/06 - Chicago, IL @ Rebel Radio
11/07 - Troy, OH @ The Brewery
11/08 - Medford, MI @ The Bullfrog
11/09 - Chicago, IL @ Redline Tap (Heartland Cafe)

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Iceberg Slim's Reflections Coming To CD
PR reports: Uproar Entertainment is pleased to release on CD the Spoken Word album, "Reflections" by Iceberg Slim.

Produced in 1976 by David Drozen, "Reflections" is the poignant and memorable recording of many of Iceberg Slim's true life experiences. These stories are not easily forgotten and leave their incredible mark on the listener.

Iceberg Slim started to pimp at age 18 in the brutal Chicago underworld, soon becoming rich and successful in the trade. In his writings, he traced the motive behind and tradition of black pimping to the days when American slaves noticed their white owners' physical attraction to and exploitation of black women.
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Municipal Waste More Dates
PR reports: Municipal Waste have added a number of dates to their short October/November U.S. run.

In addition to the big dates with labelmates Order Of Ennead and fellow Virginians, Lamb Of God, the masters of the Inebriator are looking to bang some heads at these shows:

30 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
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King Clarentz Soph
PR reports: Day of the Supermodel is King Clarentz's second commercial album release and his first release for Super Sweet Records. Whether he's performing as a one-man band or fronting a combo, King wins the crowd over every time with his unique punk twist on Delta blues and garage rock.

These 13 tracks, laid down with drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks of the Skeletons in late 2007, are truly true-to-live, and full of the King's unique reflections on topics such as hurricane parties, sex, death, and, of course, Republicans.

"Pea Vine Whistle" and "Empire State" showcase his ability to make even the most traditional songs his own. And "Martha Stewart" and "New GOP" take it even further with modern, witty, yet timeless lyrics. The CD's comic-book-style packaging, designed by renowned visionary San Francisco artist Aaron Farmer, (SF Weekly and Bill Graham Presents/Fillmore Auditorium), illustrates the unique vision behind the words to "Supermodel," which was inspired by one of the King's many trips to 29 Palms, California. A PDF of the comic-booklet is available with full-album downloads on iTunes. - more on this story

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. AC/DC - Black Ice
If you didn't like AC/DC before, you won't like Black Ice. If you don't own, at the very least, Back in Black and AC/DC Live, buy those first. But for longtime fans jonesing for some new tunes, this record really hits the spot. 4.5 Stars out of 5. (4.5 stars) - Read the full AC/DC - Black Ice review

.... MorleyView: Lindsey Buckingham<
We've been teasing you all week but the day has finally arrived where you can read Morley's full interview with music legend Lindsey Buckingham! It's a great one that you don't want to miss, so enough of this intro. Time to read! - Read the full Lindsey Buckingham MorleyView

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