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Full Report for 09/30/2008
Attack! Attack! UK Week: Day 2
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:

Too Bad Son: Will had written the bulk of this song and recorded it roughly on his PC and sent it to me as an MP3, I remember burning it on to disc and playing it over and over in my car when drove somewhere , it went days without any inspiration but then suddenly one day whilst driving something happened and the melody just appeared in my head. Scared about forgetting it I pulled over straight away and started filming myself on my phone sing the melody, I am not sure where that video is now but it would be YouTube gold if someone finds it haha .

The end of the song kinda just happened whilst in practice, we were just rehearsing the parts Will had written and when it got to the end of the breakdown I just played the notes out of instinct, the words and melody just came out of my mouth (close our eyes.....don't be frightened...) at that point too and we were all like "that's really catchy" , they were the first words that I sang to that melody and they just stuck, Lionel Ritchie refers to that happening as "Gods words" apparently, its funny how sometimes that stuff happens!

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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Plant Sinks Zeppelin Tour Hopes
antiMusic reports: So much for unnamed sources, on Monday we heard from Robert Plant himself about where he stands on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour; it's not going to happen.

The latest rumor was sparked from a UK press report that said Robert Plant agreed to a reunion tour after rumors circulated that that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham were planning to tour with another singer out in front of the group.

"It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward," Robert Plant said. "I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects." - more on this story

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Travis Barker Out Of The Hospital
antiMusic reports: So much for his friend's prediction that Travis Barker would be released from the hospital in two weeks. Over the weekend Jermaine Dupri said that he expected Barker to be out of the hospital in two weeks, but Barker was actually released on Monday.

Billboard reported on Monday that "Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been released from an Augusta, Ga., hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash more than a week ago."

This follows DJ AM's release from the hospital late last week. Both were being treated for burns suffered during a plane crash two weeks ago. Billboard has more on this story - here

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Britney Sex Tape?
antiMusic reports: We must warn you once again to take the following with a ton of salt because it originates from a UK tabloid, which do not have a very good track record of credibility (what? 10-15% maybe?) but alas it's another BS story we can have some fun with, so we ran with it.

Jam! reports: Britney spears' paparazzo ex Adnan Ghalib is [REPORTEDLY] attempting to cash in on his relationship with the singer by selling off a sex tape allegedly featuring the star.

The British snapper dated Spears on and off for several months during the last year, and claims to be in possession of raunchy video footage in which she wears nothing more than a pink wig. The two-hour long tape was allegedly recorded while the couple was on vacation in Mexico. - more on this story

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Oasis American Tour Plans Include Ryan Adams
PR reports: Oasis announce today the American leg of their Dig Out Your Soul world tour. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals will be Special Guests on all dates.

The tour, the band's first US tour in 3 years, kicks off on December 3 in Oakland, CA and includes the band's triumphant return to NYC's Madison Sq. Garden on December 17th.

This US tour follows Oasis' biggest ever UK arena tour which sold over 180,000 tickets within an hour of going on sale. - more on this story

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McCartney Planning Dance Album
antiMusic reports: As if Chris Cornell's sellout wasn't enough, an even bigger music icon is planning to make dance pop music: Paul McCartney. Perhaps his ex-wife's appearance on Dancing with the Tards inspired him?

BBC News reports: Sir Paul McCartney is to release an album of electronic music under his pseudonym The Fireman.

Electric Arguments, the third the former Beatle has made with producer Youth, is due out in November and contains a mixture of musical styles. Each song was written by Sir Paul and recorded in the space of one day. [that's last sentence sound tell you enough about dance music]
- more on this story

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Lars Defends Sound of New Metallica CD While Mixer Disowns It
antiMusic reports: We told you last week about a bit of a controversy surrounding the audio quality of the new Metallica CD, "Death Magnetic" and how some fans have started a protest petition against the "maxed out" and "distorted" mix. Now the man who gave us the "pots and pans" drum sound on the band's last album has spoken out in defending the CD mix of the album.

"Listen, there's nothing up with the audio quality," Ulrich said in an interview. "It's 2008, and that's how we make records. (Producer) Rick Rubin's whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I've heard that there are a few people complaining. But I've been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds f**kin' smokin'." Fans that disagree with this assessment have suspect some smokin' had been going on in the recording studio and it has nothing to do with the sound.

Some fans claim that the Guitar Hero versions of the songs have a superior and less distorted sound than the CD version. Blabbermouth has a story where Ted Jensen, the engineer who mastered the album at Sterling Sound in New York addressed fan complaints that the CD is too loud and the audio is pushed to distortion levels, "The mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived at my place. Suffice to say I would never be pushed to overdrive things as far as they are here. Believe me, I'm not proud to be associated with this one, and we can only hope that some good will come from this in some form of backlash against volume above all else." - Blabbermouth story

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Springsteen Halftime, Inmate McCready, Vai to Help Lit Drummer, Dr Muse, Nick Cave Pens Novel, Bach Country, Means To An End and more
antiMusic reports: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at the 2009 Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., the NFL and NBC announced Sunday night more

Country singer Mindy McCready will surrender to Tennessee authorities on Tuesday to begin serving a 60-day jail sentence for violating probation on a previous drug-related charge, her lawyer said. more

Muse have been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Plymouth. The band, who hail from Teignmouth, returned to Devon to collect their awards in person last week (September 25). more

English band Coldplay and Welsh soul singer Duffy lead the MTV Europe Music Awards nominations on Monday with three apiece, followed by Britney Spears who was shortlisted in the best album and best act categories. more

Nearly 20 years since his debut novel, Nick Cave will put pen to paper for a second work of fiction, "The Death of Bunny Munro." Canongate has acquired world rights for the book, due in September 2009. The book traces the fortunes of one man and his son on a road trip around the south coast of England following the suicide of his wife. more

Steve Vai is offering a one-hour private guitar lesson for auction on eBay to benefit Allen Shellenberger, the drummer for rock band Lit. more

Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach has posted a blog, detailing his victory on CMT's Gone Country 2. First we heard of it too. Read Bach's words here.

Kaiser Chiefs have announced a UK arena tour for next year. The band, who release third album 'Off With Their Heads' on October 20, will play across Britain in February and March 2009. more

Rise Against recently released the video for "Re-Education Through Labor", the first single from their upcoming release "Appeal To Reason". They also recently released a "making of" video for the video. You can check out both on their Myspace page

Former Jawbreaker and J Church drummer Adam Pfahler has resurfaced with another new project, this one is San Francisco-based three piece, A Black Light. more

Psyopus has disclosed the recent addition of vocalist Brian Woodruff. Yes, this is the second time they've announced a new singer this year. more

Tombs is in search of a new drummer (ASRA drummer Andrew Hernandez has been filling in as of late). The band comments: "We're looking for someone who is reliable, isn't addicted to drugs or alcohol"... Ok, that eliminates 90% of the potential candidates but if you passed the test so far, see what else you need for the gig here

Canadian rock/hardcore band Means has announced their break-up. Here's a statement from the band: "On October 26th we will be packing into the van one last time for a cross-Canada headlining tour. These will be our final shows together, and Means will be disbanding after a final performance scheduled for November 29th in Regina, SK." more

Dillinger Escape Plan: "Ben Weinman has been holed up like a mad scientist blasting out the furious Dillinger Escape Plan insanity that will eventually find it's way onto our next release. When Ben says that the stuff he's been writing has actually been giving HIM a headache, you know it's gonna be pretty intense." more

Gemini Five have issued the following update: "Lead guitarist Dee Dee [Dany Douglas] has very rapidly decided to leave the band due to ilness and private/personal reasons. His decision is understandable and accepted by the other bandmembers." Ah but they have already found their new man, read more - here

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Letters To Cleo Reunite
PR reports: Letters To Cleo will reunite in November to perform four shows in three cities, their first performances since they disbanded in 2000.

The group behind hits including "Awake" and "Here & Now" will play November 8 at The Roxy in Los Angeles, then December 8 and 9 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston (where the band formed two decades ago).

A New York date in December will be added soon. Original band members Kay Hanley (vocals), Greg McKenna and Michael Eisenstein (guitarists), and Stacy Jones (drums) will be joined for the reunion by bassist Joe Klompus (who plays in Hanley's solo band and has accompanied Tracy Bonham and Nina Gordon), replacing original bassist Scott Riebling. - more on this story

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Katy Perry Lesbian Doll Coming
EMI reports: After spending spring and summer re-writing the record books month after month with the seven-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "I Kissed A Girl," the follow-up single "Hot N Cold," now bulleted at No. 13 nationally, and the RIAA gold-certified album ONE OF THE BOYS, Capitol Records pop/rock phenom Katy Perry takes one more dive into pop culture iconography with a doll created in her likeness.

Perry collaborated with fashion designer Jason Wu in the creation of the 12 inch-tall doll, which will be sold worldwide in a limited edition retailing for $49.99 from Integrity Toys, where Wu also serves as creative director for Integrity's high-end fashion doll lines. - more on this story

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Aiden Announce U.S. Tour
PR reports: Aiden have announced they will be touring the U.S. this November in support of current album Conviction. Support comes from what Victory Records tries to pass off as "girl punk" (a.k.a. pop with distorted guitars) band Civet and God Or Julie.

Singer Will Francis will also be releasing the debut album Hate Culture from his side project William Control on 28th October, 2008.

Aiden is currently in the UK for the start of their European tour, culminating in a short tour of the UK for William Control. - more on this story

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Vh1 Goes NWA
PR reports: The Year was 1988, the album was "Straight Outta Compton," the group was NWA and the outcome was history making. VH1's Emmy Award-winning franchise takes a look back at the album and the group that changed the face of hip hop 20 years after its release in the new VH1 Rock Doc, NWA: The World's Most Dangerous Group." The doc will premiere on VH1, Friday, October 3 at 11pm.

When NWA released their "Straight Outta Compton" album in late 1988 it changed the face of hip hop forever by ushering in a new genre of music called "gangsta rap." Television and radio were afraid to touch it because the lyrics were so perverse and forbidden, the politicians were quick to attack and condemn it and the FBI wanted it banned – it made history even before it became a multi-platinum selling album. - more on this story

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Mellencamp Tributes Paul Newman
PR reports: John Mellencamp's musical heroes notwithstanding, no one had a bigger impact on him than the late Paul Newman. "In 1967, me and four other guys went to see 'Cool Hand Luke' every night for seven nights straight," recalled Mellencamp, who was a high school sophomore when he and his pals "stumbled on" Newman's classic prison drama film at Seymour's Vondee Theater. "It was winter and we wanted to get out of the house on a Monday night—and we came back Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We saved up our lunch money so we could go and by the end of the week we could recite every line!"

This, of course, was at a time of historic musical creativity. "There was so much great music to be discovered," Mellencamp continued. "Remember, there was Dylan, the Stones, the importance of James Brown. But for some reason on that week Paul Newman made the biggest influence on me, probably bigger than Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and James Brown--just by the nature of that character he played." - more on this story

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Video
Kayos reports: Eagle Vision will release Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama: The Rockpalast Collection on DVD October 28. The complete 14-song concert from June 23, 1996 features the band in top form led by Johnny Van Zant at Rockpalast's Loreley Festival, one of Europe's premiere events.

As a very special bonus, three songs from 1974 featuring original Skynyrd singer/songwriter/guitarist, the late Ronnie Van Zant, as well as Bob Burns on drums, from The Hamburg Musikhalle in Germany are included ("Working For MCA," "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama.") The 1996 concert and the three bonus songs from 1974 have never before been released on DVD. - more on this story

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Minus The Bear EP and Tour
PR reports: Minus The Bear is excited to announce the release of ACOUSTICS, an exclusive seven track EP available this fall.

The self-released EP via Tigre Blanco Records will be available in two formats and feature newly recorded acoustic versions of fan favorites from the Seattle quintet's prolific career and one new track entitled "Guns & Ammo."

Beginning October 7th, ACOUSTICS will be sold digitally via online outlets such as iTunes, Amazon and Emusic. Physical copies of the EP will be sold exclusively on the bands headlining tour beginning in Spokane, WA on October 8th. - more on this story

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Eulogies VinylDisc and Tour Dates
PR reports: Eulogies is playing a few select shows in support of their new EP, Tempted To Do Nothing, available digitally on October 7th followed by a VinylDisc release.

The VinylDisc combines CD and vinyl capabilities on one disc - one side plays like a CD and the flipside contains vinyl grooves that with the aid of an adapter, makes it playable on any record player. - more on this story

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