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Brian Wilson to Issue New Album on Capitol

05.19.2008

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Brilliant pop composer Brian Wilson announced today that he's returning to Capitol Records/EMI, the longtime record label of his former group the Beach Boys. His new album, That Lucky Old Sun , is due out September 2. A theme album that takes inspiration from Wilson's beachy California upbringing,That Lucky Old Sun is "[comprised of a] series of narratives with the sun, voiced by Wilson, as the narrator of a series of snapshots of life in Southern California," reports the Los Angeles Times. Wilson himself describes the album as an "interwoven series of 'rounds' with interspersed spoken word."
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Kid Rock, Peter Wolf, Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock the Garden in NYC!

05.16.2008

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Kid Rock and his Rock 'N' Roll Revival Tour, which includes special guests Peter Wolf, Reverend Run, and legendary Souther rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, headed into Yankee territory last night as the roving rock and roll spectacle took over New York City's Madison Square Garden. Hard to believe, but it was Skynyrd's first time ever playing the Garden in their nearly 40-year career, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers didn't disappoint, playing an 80-minute set layered with many of their greatest hits, including "Sweet Home Alabama," "That Smell," "Simple Man," and their epic final song "Freebird." Singer Johnny Van Zandt even dueted via video with his deceased brother Ronnie on the encore song "Travelin' Man."
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Crazy Cool Art Project: Extending Album Cover Art

05.16.2008

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Each week British humor website B3ta issues an image challenge, asking visitors to manipulate photos to fit a specified theme, like "If Band Names Were Taken Literally" or "Album Covers Gone Wrong." We just discovered a really great one (the challenge is from awhile ago, but hey it's news to us!)—"Extending Album Art"—wherein "artists" of varying talent have stretched the boundaries of famous albums covers to hilarious and sometimes creepy results. Check it out here!
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Michael Stipe Can't Listen to Nirvana Since Kurt Died

05.16.2008

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In the May/June issue of Death + Taxes magazine, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe was questioned about his influence on and relationship with Kurt Cobain. Stipe says,"In the '80s I went through every kind of awful—I don’t want to sound hyperbolic or self-pitying—but it was awful. And I went through it alone. But it was when we didn’t have the focus or the spotlight of the media. All people paid attention to was what was going on on-stage.
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Pearl Jam at Work on Material for New Album

05.16.2008

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Billboard reports that during a conference call regarding Pearl Jam's headlining spot at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festiva on June 14, founding member Mike McCready revealed that the band is at work on new material with producer Brendan O'Brien. "We've had one session of writing and it has yielded about five ideas so far," McCready said. "Some of it's kind of poppy and some of it's a little hard. We want it to grow up a little bit. We have to revisit it a few times."
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Foo Fighters Tour Rider Leaked!

05.15.2008

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A recent copy of the Foo Fighters' tour rider has been leaked, punknews.org reports. Posted in full on thesmokinggun.org, the rider lays out some hilarious specifications, i.e. "Please try to make [the soup] a vegetarian selection. Meaty soup make roadies fart." Click here to view all nine pages of the Foo Fighters' rider!
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Death Cab for Cutie Album Eyes No. 1 Spot

05.15.2008

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Death Cab for Cutie are forecasted to take the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their sophomore album Narrow Stairs. In its first day of release (Tuesday, May 13), the album sold 54,000 copies, while Jason Mraz’s album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things moved 21,000 copies in its first day. Billboard reports that Death Cab will likely sell 135,000 – 145,000 copies of Narrow Stairs this week, plenty enough for them to secure No. 1 placement. Death Cab for Cutie’s last album, 2005’s Plans—their first major label release—won a Grammy, was certified platinum, and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard 200.
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Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz to Marry Ashlee Simpson This Weekend?

05.14.2008

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Us Weekly is reporting that Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz will marry singer Ashlee Simpson this Saturday. The couple confirmed their engagement five weeks ago and are also rumored to be expecting their first child. When asked for confirmation of the weekend nuptials, Simpson's rep told the magazine, "This is a private matter. There is nothing to confirm."
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Ozzfest Returns with One-Day "Stadium Spectacular"

05.14.2008

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It was announced yesterday that Ozzy Osbourne's namesake festival has been pared down to a one-day "stadium spectacular" this year, and will be held at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, Texas on August 9. Put on by AEG Live and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, this year's Ozzfest will be headlined by Ozzy himself, Metallica, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Hellyeah, and more. There will also be an all-star tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the Pantera guitarist who was slain on-stage in 2004.
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix Recording Album He May Never Release

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05.13.2008

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According to Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, actor Joaquin Phoenix has been in the studio with him and Charlatans manager Alan McGee working on tracks that Burgess calls "brilliant" but that he doubts will ever be released to the public. The actor's perfectionism may cripple the album's future release, Burgess reports. Burgess told Billboard that Phoenix was inspired to write songs after learning to play guitar for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, of which he was the star. "Once [Joaquin] learned guitar, he found that he had quite a lot of demons inside himself that he wanted to expel through music," Burgess says. "All the tracks that me and Alan worked with him on were brilliant, but I think he just keeps scrapping everything or redoing everything. I'm sad to say that I think it's one of those records that may never come out, to be honest with you. It's an ongoing thing. I'm trying to get Alan to force him to put it out at the moment, but I don't know whether it will [get released]."
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