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Full Report for 06/30/2009

Pop Murder Blogger Cleared
BBC reports: A former civil servant who wrote an internet article imagining the kidnap and murder of the pop group Girls Aloud has been cleared of obscenity.

Darryn Walker, 35, from South Tyneside, was charged after his blog appeared on a fantasy pornography site.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday but was cleared when the prosecution offered no evidence. - more on this story

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Metallica Set Live DVD Release Date
Blabbermouth reports: Metallica's July 7, 2009 concert in Nimes, France at Arčnes de Nîmes will be professionally filmed for a forthcoming DVD release. The disc will be made available on October 19 through French music stores and online shops only, as well as via the band's official web site, Metallica.com.

Metallica's French record company and WorMee are giving fans tickets and a chance to participate in the making of the DVD.

Winners will film the show and record a report from there, two minutes of which will appear as an extra in the final release. - more on this story

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Breaking Benjamin Working on New Album
antiMusic reports: Breaking Benjamin announced last week that "We Are Finally In The Studio." The band is working on the follow up to their 2006's hit album Phobia.

Here is what they had to say, "It is with much joy, we announce we are finally in the studio working again with the love guru David Bendeth.

"The first song in the works is called "I Will Not Bow" and it is coming along nicely. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements coming soon!" - Keep track of updates here

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Cruefest Gets Loaded?- Seemless Breakup- Metal Fest Rained Out- Blink Finish New Song- Bon Jovi Stand By Iran- AC/DC Switch Date- Flaming Guests and more
antiMusic reports: Velvet Revolver/Ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan's current project, Duff Mckagan's Loaded, has reportedly been confirmed as one of the second-stage performers at Crue Fest White Trash tour, which stars Motley Crue and features additional support from Godsmack, Theory Of A Deadman, Drowning Pool and Charm City Devils. more

Seemless has called it quits. Formed in 2002, the band featured ex-members of Killswitch Engage and released two albums with Equal Vision Records. The final Seemless show will take place on September 12th at the Lucky Dog in Worcester, MAmore

According to Metalzone.gr, heavy rain has forced the cancelation of the the first "metal" day at this year's edition of the Rockwave festival, which is being held at Terravibe Park, Malakasa, Greece. Among the bands that were scheduled to perform at today's (Monday, June 29) event Were Motley Crue, W.A.S.P., Arch Enemy, Monster Magnet, Voivod, and more

Blink 182 have finished tracking their first new, post-reunion track. According to bassist Mark Hoppus' Twitter: Blink-182 is finishing tracking the song "up all night" next week. Stoked."more

Rotten, which features in its ranks members of Radical Nerve Distortion, Reborn and Hacksaw, have set "Quality Killings" as the title of their debut album, which is scheduled for release later in the year.more

A new version of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" featuring Jon Bon Jovi and exiled Iranian singer Andy Madadian, which is making the rounds as an online video, is meant to send "a musical message of worldwide solidarity" to the Iranian people in the wake of the country's controversial recent election, according to co-producer Don Was.more

AC/DC's date in Tacoma, WA concert at the Tacoma Dome has been moved back one day, from Sunday, August 30 to Monday, August 31st.more

Former Darkest Hour and current God Forbid touring guitarist Kris Norris has issued the following update: "I have officially split with Magna Carta Records for various reasons. I am currently in the process of writing solo CD #2 and am actively seeking recording vocalists (this being one of the reasons for the split)." more

Faith No More bassist Billy Gould has announced that the band has confirmed a live show on November 1st in Buenos Aires, Argentinamore

With that new Flaming Lips album coming up fast, we're starting to get a much clearer picture of what to expect from this double-album monstrosity known as Embryonic. You know, stuff like both MGMT and Karen O will appear on the record.more

Three months after releasing a new album with Blood and Ink Records, The Red Baron is apparently calling it quits. Although an official announcement has yet to be made, the Floridian hardcore band is billing their forthcoming Cornerstone Festival appearances as their "last shows ever."more

Drummer Mike "Ratboy" Novak has parted ways with Every Time I Die as a result of "personal conflicts." Read the statement he sent to Lambgoat

Authentik Artists have released Blacklight Poster Children's new 6 track self titled EP which features members of The Bangkok Five. The infectious dance-pop sounds of Blacklight Poster Children are infiltrating the playlists of fans of The Go Team and Gorillaz everywhere. The duo behind the scenes of BLPC are long-established musicians in the Los Angeles underground music scene and the band recently scored a national campaign featuring their music with Zappos.com. Check em out

On August 11th, 2009, Versailles Records will issue Boston-area rockers' Katet's new studio LP, 'Quantum Journey,' which features Stryper/Boston vocalist Michael Sweet on co-lead vocals on 'Still Forgiven.' In the past, the band has appeared on tributes to Kiss and Guns N' Roses, as well as the forthcoming 'Wicked Garden: A Millennium Tribute to Stone Temple Pilots' this summer.

Years Spent Cold and Left To Vanish will tour the East Coast together in July. Confirmed dates can be found here

Defeated Sanity have issued a statement about recruiting A.J. Magana of Disgorge for their upcoming album and tour more

Michael Jackson's father Joe Jackson has told reporters that media reports are untrue that his son will be buried at Neverland Ranch.more

Robbers have been tapped as the support act for the Midwest and east coast portion of Brand New's upcoming U.S. tour.more -

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Britney Death Hoax
NME reports: A hacker has disseminated false information using Britney Spears' Twitpic [perfect name] account, reporting that the pop star died.

The message, posted earlier today (June 29) read: "Britney has passed today. It is a sad day for everyone. More news to come."

The message was followed up with another Twitter posting, presumably from Spears' camp, saying, "Britney's Twitter was just hacked. The last message is obviously not true. She is fine and dandy spending a quiet day at home relaxing." - more on this story

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The Oscars Adopt Standards For Best Song Award
MusicRadar reports: There will be no Oscar awarded for Best Song at the 2010 film awards ceremony if none of the tunes are deemed to be good enough.

New rules mean that every song entered must get a minimum score of 8.25 (on a bizarre scale of six to 10) when voted for by Academy music members.

"We're trying to improve the quality," says composer Bruce Broughton, head of the Academy's music branch. He added the move would make entries "as good as possible". [If they can't pick good movies, how are they supposed to judge good music?]
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Gene Simmons Says Adam Lambert Killed His Career With His Sexuality
antiMusic reports: Gene Simmons said in an interview with Inside TV that American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert killed his career by focusing on his sexuality, when the interview accused Simmons of "talking smack" about Lambert.

"I don't think I've been talking smack at all. In fact, if anything, I've been soft-peddling," Simmons told Inside TV. "He's enormously talented, best talent 'American Idol' has had, but I think he killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference. He's done. You're forcing people to deal with issues they may not be interested in. Life is unfair, and the masses don't all live in L.A. They live in Wisconsin and Nebraska, and you're on crack if you think the same rules apply there. My advice is still the same, shut the ---- up, just sing and let people say whatever they want."

Interesting insight into the Los Angeles mindset about the rest of the country Gene, it's a good thing for Elton John, George Michael and Rob Halford that the people that actually live outside of LA don't think that way. Otherwise how did Michael sell almost as many albums to these people as you have (with about 20 less releases) or how did Elton sell 3.7 times as many? Then again, your career advice must be worth something as the little band you discovered that goes by the name of Van Halen has sold three times as many albums as you. (sarcasm off). Lesson here? Who cares is someone is gay or not? If the music is any good, people will buy it. Which explains the stellar sales of your solo album. - Read the full interview

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John Mellencamp Documentary In The Works
PR reports: Kurt Markus, whose still work has put him in the front ranks of contemporary American photographers is about to embark on a film project that will document a journey he'll be taking this summer with John Mellencamp.

Markus' extraordinary vision and focus on the American West has earned him critical accolades over the course of his 35 year long career in photography that has seen his work published in Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, Travel and Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outside, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue and Best Life as well as overseas outlets. He was recipient of Life Magazine's Alfred Eisenstaedt Photography Award for his Rolling Stone "Sports Hall of Fame" shots of triathelete Peter Kotland.

This summer he will accompany Mellencamp with a classic Super 8 camera, capturing him on tour and as he records an album of new songs. Ian Markus, his son, is his assisting cameraman and will film digitally and capture sound. The expectation is that Markus' approach to production will capture the unrefined truth of his experience with Mellencamp over the course of July and August. - more on this story

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Our Lady Peace Return with New Album and Tour
PR reports: Our Lady Peace, the Canadian rock band consisting of Raine Maida, Duncan Coutts, Jeremy Taggart and Steve Mazur will release their 7th studio album on July 21st, 2009.

Burn Burn will be released in the U.S. through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. Burn Burn will be released as a standard 10 track CD as well as a Deluxe two disc CD/DVD fanpack with bonus tracks, music videos and exclusive studio footage.

The band will be playing US shows this summer including July 21st at Irving Plaza in NYC and July 28th at the Troubadour in LA. A full list of dates - are here

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Nebula Hitting The Road
Tee Pee reports: Nebula have announced a full US tour that begins in August. The tour will be in support of their new LP Heavy Psych due out July 7th on Tee Pee Records.

Nebula will be joined by The Entrance Band, who will be fresh off a tour supporting Sonic Youth.

Playing dirty rock and roll and primitive blues, psychedelic iconoclasts Nebula have earned a reputation as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the Los Angeles underground rock scene of the last two decades. - more on this story

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The Apples in stereo Releasing Best of Comp
Tractor Beam reports: The shiny pop centerpiece of the famed Elephant 6 collective, The Apples in stereo was born of Robert Schneider's infatuation with sound and his near pathological compulsion to write the perfect pop song.

Schneider's attempts, and some would argue his successes, in that quest have now been compiled for the 16-track best-of collection #1 Hits Explosion due on Yep Roc September 1st, 2009.

Citing Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys as their root text a decade before it was indie-en vogue, Robert and former and future band members Hilarie Sidney, Jim McIntyre, Chris Parfitt, John Hill, Eric Allen, Chris McDuffie, Bill Doss, John Ferguson, John Dufilho, along with countless friends and cohorts, used their basement-D.I.Y. beginnings as a launching pad into a kaleidoscopic galaxy of sound.
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