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Eddie Vedder’s Into the Wild and Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood Scores Disqualified from Oscar Consideration

Ellen Mallernee
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01.22.2008

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In the flurry of Oscar nominations announced this morning, there were two missing names of particular note: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. Vedder, whose original score for the film Into the Wild has garnered him a heap of praise, had been considered a shoe-in for an Oscar nod, especially following his Golden Globe win for Best Original Song this month. But the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deemed the soundtrack ineligible for consideration due to “predominant use of songs.” The Pearl Jam frontman still has the Grammys to look forward too, though. His Into the Wild song “Guaranteed” has been nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media.
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2008 Coachella Line-up Announced!

Ellen Mallernee
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01.22.2008

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced its full 2008 line-up at a press conference late yesterday in Mexico City. Held under a historically blazing sun in the California desert, the three-day festival will stretch from April 25 – 27. Roger Waters, Jack Johnson, and Portishead are set to headline. Tickets go on sale this Friday. For the full line-up, click here.
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Scott Weiland Speaks About Stone Temple Pilots Reunion, Misses Velvet Revolver Gig

Ellen Mallernee
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01.22.2008

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Stone Temple Pilots are prepping for a reunion, according to the band’s lead singer Scott Weiland, who announced his plans on-stage during a recent solo performance in Florida. This isn’t the first fans have heard from Weiland about a possible reunion. In 2007, his comments in a Washington Post story hinted that he wasn’t done with Stone Temple Pilots, and this month he confirmed to the Miami Herald that there would be a reunion in the coming months. Interestingly, Weiland was absent from his show with current band Velvet Revolver, scheduled for the Sundance Film Festival this past Sunday. Instead, the band enlisted vocal help from the audience. It’s been speculated that Weiland missed his flight to Park City, Utah.
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Paul McCartney Plans Photo Exhibition of Linda McCartney’s Work

Ellen Mallernee
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01.21.2008

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An upcoming photography exhibit featuring the work of the late Linda McCartney was announced last week. Paul McCartney, his photographer daughter Mary, and curator James Hyman went through thousands of Linda’s photos—many of them family snapshots, landscapes, and celebrity portraits. Also in the mix, of course, are photos of the Beatles. “Hyman, my daughter Mary, and I have worked on it for three years,” Paul McCartney told the Guardian Unlimited. “The result is a sensitive selection of works that really demonstrates Linda’s prodigious output. The photographs not only illustrate her incredible talent as an artist, but as someone who was very much connected to the culture of the times, and wasn’t afraid to challenge herself, or her subject.” The exhibit will open at the James Hyman Gallery in London sometime between April and June. It will be the first major exhibit of Linda McCartney’s work.
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Foo Fighters Embark on Tour, Plan to Proceed with Grammy Gig

Ellen Mallernee
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01.21.2008

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Following the September release of the Foo Fighters’ critically lauded sixth album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, the band embarked on an exhaustive stadium tour last week that will take them through the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and England. Against Me! and Jimmy Eat World have joined the Foos for the first leg of the tour, and Serj Tankian and Hi-Fi Hand Grenades will take over as tour mates for later shows. “We played together [with the Foo Fighters] at a radio festival in the fall,” Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel told Rolling Stone of the pairing. “My bandmates were hanging out in the Foos’ dressing room saying, ‘Come on, take us on tour!’ We didn’t think it would actually happen, but here we are!”
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Billie Joe Armstrong’s Side Band Pinhead Gunpowder to Perform Two Shows

Ellen Mallernee
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01.21.2008

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Green Day announced today on their website that they’ll loan out frontman Billie Joe Armstrong for several gigs with his longstanding side band, Pinhead Gunpowder, for two shows in California next month. Pinhead Gunpowder will perform at Chain Reaction in Anaheim on February 3 and at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on February 4. The band was formed in ’91, and its members have rehearsed and performed on and off ever since, maintaining outside projects while releasing three full-length albums, the most recent one being 2003’s Compulsive Disclosure.
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Rancid Begin Work on First Album in Five Years

Russell Hall
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01.17.2008

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Following a lengthy hiatus, California-based punk band Rancid have entered the studio to begin work on the band’s first album since 2003’s Indestructible. Slated for release later this year, the as-yet-untitled album is being produced by the group’s long-time friend Brett Gurewitz. During their five-year downtime, the members of Rancid have hardly been idle. Guitarist Lars Frederiksen recorded his second solo CD, Viking, in 2004, and the following year singer Tim Armstrong’s side-band, the Transplants, released a disc titled Haunted Cities. Additionally, 2007 saw the release of an Armstrong solo disc (A Poet’s Life), while bassist Matt Freeman split his time between work with the Transplants and touring as a guest player with Social Distortion. In a prepared press release, representations of Rancid promised the new CD will feature “all the hard knocks and big wins of lives lived prodigiously.” —Russell Hall
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Widespread Panic Join Efforts to Help Rebuild New Orleans

Russell Hall
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01.17.2008

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Veteran jam rockers Widespread Panic have joined the efforts to rebuild New Orleans in the long-standing wake of Hurricane Katrina. Under the auspices of the Make It Right Foundation’s “The Pink Project,” the Athens, Georgia-based band is sponsoring the construction of a house in the Lower 9th Ward. The Make It Right Foundation’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of a safe and healthy neighborhood in the 9th Ward area, with an initial goal of building 150 homes. Other sponsors include The Home Depot, Getty Images, and Neighbor Works America. On January 10, Widespread Panic began offering an advance download of a new track titled “Walk on the Flood”—accessible at LiveWidespreadPanic.com—in exchange for a $10 donation to the Make It Right organization. The song will also appear on the band’s new studio album, Free Somehow, which is slated for release on February 12. For more information, click here. —Russell Hall
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The Dead Boys Come to Life on DVD of 1986 Reunion Show

Russell Hall
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01.17.2008

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Late ’70s punk band the Dead Boys are being resurrected, at least on DVD. MVD Entertainment is making available a 1986 reunion show—staged on Halloween night at the Ritz in Manhattan—that features original group members Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Jeff Magnum, Johnny Blitz, and Jimmy Zero ripping into a host of Dead Boys classics plus a tear-the-roof-off cover of the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy.” A favorite band of the late Joey Ramone (who appears on the DVD introducing the reunion event), the Dead Boys were hailed by Trouser Press as a group that “earned their lasting international reputation by out-punking everyone else on [New York’s] Bowery circuit,” and by “uncovering new levels of violence, nihilism, masochism, and vulgarity.” Bonus material on the DVD includes a vintage interview with Bators—who, sadly, died in 1990 of injuries sustained when he was hit by a taxicab in Paris. —Russell Hall
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Video of the Day: Johnny Rotten on Judge Judy

Ellen Mallernee
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01.15.2008

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In November of 1997, an episode of Judge Judy aired on national television, wherein Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) goes head to head in small claims court with a former drummer. After touring briefly with Lydon to promote Psycho's Path, Robert Williams took Lydon to court with charges of criminal battery and claimed damages of $5,000 in lost wages. What did the cantakerous Judge Judy Sheindlin ultimately rule? See for yourself. And be sure to check out the man clad it black, just to Lydon's right. That's Gibson correspondent Jerry McCulley!
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