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Alanis Morissette’s New Flavors

Aidin Vaziri
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12.19.2007

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Alanis Morissette has recruited former Frou Frou programmer Guy Sigsworth to produce her forthcoming album, Flavors of Entanglement, due next spring. According to Billboard, Sigsworth will help the Canadian singer-songwriter match everything from “organic instruments to hip-hop beats.” Morissette told the magazine the album deals with personal and political upheaval and includes new tracks such as “Not As We” and “Moratorium.” Sigsworth has previously worked with Madonna, Björk, and Seal. In the meantime, Alanis will appear in the science fiction movie, Radio Free Albemuth, and hit the road starting in January with Matchbox Twenty. ?Aidin Vaziri
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Magnetic Fields, Mountain Goats, Blitzen Trapper Among Headliners for Noise Pop 2008

Aidin Vaziri
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12.19.2007

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Noise Pop, the annual San Francisco indie-rock festival that helped make household names out of Modest Mouse, the White Stripes, and Death Cab for Cutie, has announced the initial round of headliners for next year’s event, to be held February 26 through March 2 in various nightclubs. The Magnetic Fields, the Mountain Goats, Cursive, Fleet Foxes, Fu Manchu, Tilly & the Wall, Blitzen Trapper, Kelly Stoltz, Capgun Coup, and Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan’s Gutter Twins are the first ones confirmed, with more names to be added to the lineup in the weeks leading up to the festival. “One of the most rewarding things about the festival is watching the bands grow,” says Kevin Arnold, who started the whole thing in 1993 with just five bands. Badges are on sale now. Visit http://www.noisepop.com/2008/ for more info. ?Aidin Vaziri
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U.K. Festival Promoters Jump The Pond to Vineland

12.17.2007

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An ice storm is currently pummeling the Midwest United States and Christmas preparations are still being made, but already the schedule for summer 2008 is brimming with music festivals, with still more squeezing their way into the game. The latest to emerge is Vineland, scheduled for August 8-10 in Vineland, New Jersey. While many new, large-scale festivals have unsuccessfully tried to gain a solid footing in the U.S. market—Virgin Fest in Baltimore or the recent Echo Fest in Atlanta are prime examples, as it’s unclear whether either will return—industry insiders are giving Vineland a much more serious examination given its promoters: C3 Presents and Festival Republic.
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Photo of the Day: Johnny Shameless & His Minions

12.17.2007

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Johnny Shameless & His Minions are a four-piece death punk band from Singapore who've played together since 1976. This is Johnny, and this photo is delightful.
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Gibson Scoops Hot Water Music Reunion Plans

12.17.2007

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Not all music fans took notice when Gainesville, Florida, punk act Hot Water Music announced they were breaking up in 2006, but the ones who did took the news hard. Well, those fans can now take solace. Next month, Hot Water Music will be playing three reunion shows in Orlando, Chicago, and Sayreville, New Jersey—and the band couldn’t be more excited. “At least for me, it's been a while since I've played anything this aggressive,” explained bassist Jason Black. “It's also a ton of fun to go back and listen to records and fix all of my garbage-ass bass parts from when I was but a wee lad.”
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Keith Richards’ Christmas Classic Re-Released as iTunes Download

12.14.2007

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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ 1978 version of Chuck Berry’s rollicking holiday staple “Run Run Rudolph” has been reissued as a digital download only available on iTunes, a week before Richards’ 64th birthday. The song has been newly paired with Richards’ 2003 cover of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop” as a “two-for-one” release.
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Cocaine Killed Dubrow

12.14.2007

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The Clark County, Nevada, coroner’s office has ruled that Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow died of an accidental cocaine overdose. The 52-year-old Dubrow was found dead in his Las Vegas residence on November 25, with no apparent signs of foul play. Results of the coroner’s toxicology report were made public almost immediately.
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Panic! At the Disco’s Sophomore Effort Due in March

12.14.2007

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Panic! At the Disco, the upstart, Las Vegas-based indie band whose 2005 debut album not only became a muscular success, but went on to eclipse many a music industry veteran by winning Video of the Year honors at the 2006 MTV awards, is putting the final touches on their Rob Mathes-produced follow-up album, now due for release in March. Guitarist/lyricist Ryan Ross, who’s previously expressed discomfort with the digital studio polish of Panic!’s debut, told Billboard magazine that the new album will have a more organic sound, one that’s a deliberate departure from the “emo” tag that’s dogged them since their breakthrough.
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Video of the Day: Daft Punk "Robot Rock"

Ellen Mallernee
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12.13.2007

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Check out this gem from Daft Punk duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. The song, "Robot Rock," is off the band's 2005 album Human After All and features a sweet double neck SG.
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Finger-Pickin’ Delta Blues Legend “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks, Dead at 67

12.13.2007

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Jerry Ricks, a Philly-born guitar player best known for his expert finger-picking and unique style of country blues, died this past Monday in a clinic in Croatia, according to a report from the Associated Press and the Croatian Music Union. Ricks, 67, and his wife Nancy moved to the Balkan nation earlier this year. He suffered a stroke in mid-August and had been hospitalized in Rijeka ever since.
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