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Full Report for 06/25/2009

Marilyn Manson Wants Credit For Murders
Rock Radio reports: Marilyn Manson says that if he's going to blamed when kids go wild in school shooting sprees, he'd like to see some reward for it.

The shock-rocker has been discussing the aftermath of events in May when 15-year-old Justin Doucet of Louisiana, USA, ordered a teacher to say "Hail Marilyn Manson" at gunpoint, and began shooting when she refused. He missed, but went to a toilet where he shot himself in the head, finally dying some days later.

Now Manson, real name Brian Warner, tells Spin Magazine: "On the new record I say, 'F*ck the TV and the radio - I'm gonna take credit for the death toll'. It's all I get blamed for. So if I'm going to get blamed for it, I want credit for it.
- more on this story

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Perez Hilton Sues For Black Eyed Peas Assault- Cheese Sells- Evanescence Idol Band Change Name- Jimmy Departs Interscope World- Velvet Loaded Cherry Tour and more
antiMusic reports: Perez Hilton has sued Black Eyed Peas road manager Polo Molina for battery and infliction of "emotional distress" over an alleged incident at Sunday's MuchMusic Video Awards that left Hilton roughed up and whining in a leave Britney alone fashion more

In related news: Jonas Brothers score their second No. 1 album in less than a year as "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with 247,000. The brother trio's last studio effort, "A Little Bit Longer," bulldozed its way to a No. 1 debut last August, when it started with 525,000 at the height of Jonas Mania.more

The ex-members of Evanescence, including band co-founder Ben Moody, recently announced the formation of a new band, The Fallen, with ex-American Idol contestant Carly Smithson. However, the band's name has changed to We Are The Fallen, thanks to a cease-and-desist letter from a Philadelphia band already called The Fallen. more on this and a preview of the new Alice in Chains.

Who didn't see this one coming? Jimmy Eat World has updated their label information on their myspace page as "unsigned", signaling the end of their tenure with Interscope Records.more. [which wasn't nearly as successful as their track record with DreamWorks before it got swallowed up by Interscope. Shows what a difference a label and their approach to promotion can make.]

The Flamenco Rock n Roll Kings Gypsy Pistoleros are signing to Lime Records. Full mixing of the album will be completed in the next few weeks.
Worldwide release on Lime Records is set for October.

Grind Minded has parted ways with bass player Gea Mulder & guitarist Mathijs Odding due to "musical differences" A new guitarist will be announced later this week. The band is currently seeking a new bassplayer. more

Prior to the band's last show on October 10th in Houston, Texas, Die Young (TX) will embark on a South/Central America tour, and a final European tour.more

A man who drove a vehicle during an Ohio highway gun battle that killed a member of the rapper T.I.'s entourage has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Forty-one-year-old Padron Thomas told a judge he's a "knucklehead" and wishes he could take back what he did. more

Vader will embark on the 38-date "Decibel Presents: Nuclear Blast's Monsters Of Death Tour" through North America beginning November 4 in Baltimore, Maryland.more

Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan's current project, Duff Mckagan's Loaded, will support Black Stone Cherry on their upcoming U.K./Ireland tour. more

Paul McCartney is set to play a benefit concert this summer in an effort to save a historic park in Atlanta. The former Beatle is scheduled to perform on August 15 at Piedmont Park on behalf of the Piedmont Conservancy, which cares for the park. more

A pair of handwritten lyric notebooks by late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, dating from the late 1970s, was among an array of 300 musical items that went under the hammer at a Christie's pop memorabilia auction on June 22 in New York. Scott's handwritten lyric notebooks went for $35,000. According to Reuters, Kurt Cobain's Sears bass guitar sold for $43,750, while a classic black leather motorcycle jacket signed by members of Nirvana and Soundgarden fetched $12,500, more than half again its high pre-sale estimate. more

F**k The Facts have announced a handful of tour dates for July in support of their latest full-length Disgorge Mexico. more

Steven Page has lined up a couple of co-writers for his first solo album since leaving the Barenaked Ladies, but says most of the disc will be penned by him.more

Aeternam has joined the Metal Blade Records roster. Their first studio release, Disciples of the Unseen, was produced by mastermind JeF Fortin (Neuraxis, The Last Felony). more

Sunn O))) has lined up another round of summer tour dates, this time on the West Coast. Dates will also feature The Accused.dates

Street Sweeper Social Club, the new band unifying Tom Morello & Boots Riley (The Coup), scanned over 14,000 copies of their debut self-titled album this week, landing at #37 on Billboard's Top 200.

The Dodos have announced the dates of an extensive tour of North American this autumn.more -

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AC/DC Make Forbes List
Blabbermouth reports: AC/DC made Forbes magazine's list of Top-Earning Musicians list of the year, with Madonna, [Sealion] Dion and Beyonce taking the top three spots.

Says Forbes: "The Aussie rock band fronted* by aging schoolboy Angus Young tied for No. 5 on this year's list of top earners thanks to their seemingly relentless popularity. [*when did Angus take over for Brian?]

"Their fall 2008 effort, 'Black Ice', was the band's first album in eight years. Sales of 'Ice' combined with international catalog sales made AC/DC the No. 1 catalog artist of 2008. As well, their domestic tour grossed $38 million in 2008." - See the top 10 list

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Fear Factory Address Tour Cancelation
antiMusic reports: The new incarnation of Fear Factory, that includes Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell and Byron Stroud, issued a statement about their cancelled tour which they state was because they want to work on new music. That claim contradicts speculation that is because of a legal dispute with past members of the group (Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers] over the use of the Fear Factory name.

Here is the statement they issued: On behalf of Fear Factory, [we are] writing to each and every one of you to relay important information regarding the Fear Factory concerts between June 21 through August 15. We regretfully are informing you that we are postponing these dates in Europe to schedule for later dates.

These particular dates are being postponed in order that we, as Fear Factory, may finalize the writing and recording of our new music. We are aware that this album will be a very important recording for each of us in Fear Factory. That this album has to be sonically incredible for each and every one of you who are sincerely interested in listening to this latest creation. - more on this story

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Happy Mondays and the Psychedelic Furs Team Up For Tour
exclaim.ca reports: One-time Factory Records miscreants Happy Mondays are joining reformed '80s greats the Psychedelic Furs for a joint road trip across North America.

As far as any new records go, the Mondays were supposedly following up on 2007's "comeback album," Uncle Dysfunktional and, as previously reported, were to release it early this year. However, as of yet, there is still no sign of any new full-length from Shaun Ryder and his recovering gang of drug fiends.

For the Furs, lead singer Richard Butler previously hinted at a new album from the band "in the not so distant future," according to Wikipedia, but again, so far nothing.
- more including dates

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The Seeds' Sky Sunlight Saxon In The Hospital In Critical Condition
conqueroo reports: Early Monday, June 22, 2009, Sky Sunlight Saxon of garage rock legends the Seeds was hospitalized in South Austin, Texas due to an undiagnosed condition.

He remains in critical condition in the ICU at this date in St. David's South Austin Hospital. Doctors suspect an infection of the internal organs; further tests are pending upon stabilization. Temporary dialysis of the kidneys will begin in the next few days.

Sky Sunlight Saxon fell ill last Thursday in his new home of Austin. Despite feeling under the weather, on Saturday he performed a short set of Seeds classics at the local legendary nightclub Antone's.
- more on this story

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Shadows Fall Plan Retribution This Fall
Adrenaline reports: Shadows Fall are proud to announce Retribution as the title of their fifth full-length album, which is set for a September 15 street date.

The album, a follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed Threads of Life, will be released on the band's own label, Everblack Industries, which was created in conjunction with Warner Music Group's ILG, Ferret Music, and ChannelZERO Entertainment.

Singer Brian Fair commented on the band's venture: "We learned everything from the ground up. We've gone through the independent metal world to the major label world, and have come to realize that, given the way things are now, it's all about the band re-taking control of everything: music, business, ownership, publishing. Everything." - more on this story

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Jim James from My Morning Jacket to Release EP of George Harrison Covers
Girlie reports: A few days after George Harrison passed away in 2001, Yim Yames (Jim James from My Morning Jacket) was moved to record this six-song EP of Harrison covers, paying tribute to a man that he never met, but with whom he felt a special connection. The tracks have a serene quality that mourn the loss of a legendary spirit while celebrating his enduring influence. [Since their publicist didn't bother to include in the body of the press release, The EP is being released on August 4th]

On the EP, Yames performs beautiful renditions of four cuts from Harrison's classic album All Things Pass as well as two of the Beatles tunes that he penned. These six tracks have a raw, minimalist feel featuring little more than Yames's vocals and acoustic guitar. With all the space, the room in which the tracks were recorded truly serves as another instrument in the mix, creating an ethereal aura for a backdrop.

From his warm, multi-layered vocals on opening track "Long Long Long" to his near-whisper at the end of album closer "All Things Must Pass," Yames sings in a fittingly intimate manner. In the album's liner notes, he refers to Harrison as "a prime example of the healing power of music." These words apply just as much to this EP. As the final chords on Tribute To ring out, one can't help but feel a deep, satisfying sense of catharsis. - more on this story

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Dickheads In A Van On Tour
Earache reports: The UK's foremost hardcore bruisers, Your Demise have lived through some truly intense road encounters. These encounters have toughened up the members of the young St. Albans band and have given their modern brand of hardcore an extra edge that's allowed them to rise to prominence in the UK. No encounter, however, has toughened them up as much as the events surrounding the band's 24 hour stay in a Belgian solitary confinement cell. YOUR DEMISE guitarist, Stuart Paice explains the circumstances regarding that fateful event:

"Where do I start haha! 7 ' Dickheads' in a van on tour in Europe! Thats a good start. Looking back i think that tour was destined for it to happen,.We were out of control. At the peak of our destruction you could say, we were setting fireworks off out the van on the motorway, and as they ran out we made a stop to a shop in France somewhere. We purchased 3 really ---- BB guns that would not even go through the air let alone flesh, about 1000 firecrackers and loads of ammo. Finally we began our journey toward Germany.

Midway through the journey, the firecrackers were being set off in the van and everyone was shooting Oz (guitarist, Daniel Osbourne, who was driving, i might add). The next thing we know is that a Belgian Police car is telling us to pull over. The full extent of the event hit us when at that point when we got out the van. There was 4 police cars, 2 meat wagons full of feds, 2 police Helicopters. We all just looked at each other and that was it. They lead us to the police station, for which they closed the motorway off for us to pass through. We got to the police station, they searched us and locked us up. 24 hours in solitary confinement later, we are set free ha ha. We then thought it was all over, but a year later we each get a court summons saying we had to attend a hearing. We were being charged with 3 counts of Threatening Behavior, the transportation of Illegal Firearms and something else. So we get a Brit ish speaking Belgian Lawyer, costing us 5 grand, we go to court, and get acquitted on all charges. Big waste of time. Looking back that is MENTAL!" - more on this story

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Hank Williams Jr. Duets With Jimmy Fallon
Webster and Assoc reports: Hank Williams Jr. fan and late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon welcomed "Bocephus" Hank Williams Jr. on his show last Tuesday night to debut his new album 127 Rose Avenue.

Williams scheduled performance of his new smash single, "Red White & Pink Slip Blues" wowed the television audience and country music fans everywhere.

Still, it wasn't until Hank performed, at Fallon's request, his favorite song, "Family Tradition" that America learned of Jimmy Fallon's talent as a country music singer. Williams invited a surprised Fallon to join him on stage and Jimmy Fallon's secret dream of a Hank & Jimmy country duet was finally realized!
- Check out this new "Family Tradition" here

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Singled Out: Merykid
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Nick Mery the mastermind behind Merykid tells us about "Bad Things" from his brand new album "The Boy and the Bird," which hits stores next week. We now turn it over to Nick for the story:

One day I was perusing through eBay for some unique instruments, and I stumbled upon this really old Casiotone synthesizer. I did some research, placed a bid on it, and over the next few days actually became quite invested in the idea of owning this thing, due to its staggering rarity.

Well, as most people have experienced, I was outbid by about sixty cents in the last two minutes. Defeatedly, I told myself it wasn't meant to be.

A few weeks later, I was rummaging through one of San Antonio's used instrument shops, when lo and behold, I found the exact same keyboard, for the exact same price, sitting on a pile in the back. Whether it was the same machine, or I had stumbled into some strange twilight zone-esque vortex, I bought the Casiotone, and wrote "Bad Things" that same day.

When recording it, I had only envisioned the song being an introduction to the rest of the album, no longer than a minute. However, once Jaime (the producer on my new album) had created the drum sequencing, I knew it needed to be pushed a little bit farther, resulting in one of my favorite songs on the album!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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