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Remembering Andy Griffith Composer Earle Hagen: July 9, 1919 - May 27, 2008

05.28.2008

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Earle H. Hagen, the composer behind the themes for The Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, and The Mod Squad passed away at his Rancho Mirage, California home on Monday at the age of 88. Hagen wrote original music for over 3,000 TV episodes and TV movies, but is perhaps best known as the whistler behind the Andy Griffith theme song.
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Paul McCartney Earns Yale Degree

05.27.2008

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Billboard.com reports that former Beatle Paul McCartney was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale on Monday. "Here, there, and everywhere," said Yale University President Richard Levin at the New Haven, Connecticut ceremony, "you have pushed the boundaries of the familiar to create new classics. We admire your musical genius and your generous support of worthy causes." A band played "Hey Jude" when 65-year-old McCartney got up to accept his award. Yale also awarded honorary degrees to former U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills, astronomer Martin Rees, architect Cesar Pelli, poet John Lawrence Ashbery, and others. For more, click here.
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New Weezer Music Video Parodies YouTube Sensations

05.27.2008

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Check out Weezer's new video for "Pork and Beans," off their forthcoming June 3 release The Red Album. The video's only been on YouTube for four days and has already racked up more than three million views!
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Be Your Own Pet's Banned Songs to See Light of Day in U.S.

05.23.2008

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The sophomore album of Nashville rock band Be Your Own Pet was censored before its U.S. release this past March, with three songs getting the axe after Universal Records deemed them too violent (the songs remained on the international version). Now, XL Recordings—the band's international label—has announced that the excluded tracks are being repacked as a mini EP. On June 24, "Becky," "Black Hole," and "Blow Yr Mind' will be released in stores under the name Get Damaged, a play on the title of Be Your Own Pet's LP, Get Awkward.
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Matt Sorum Slams Scott Weiland, Cuts Axl Rose Some Slack

05.23.2008

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In a new report from Artisan News Service, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum airs out his feelings about Scott Weiland’s recent departure from the band. Weiland fronted Velvet Revolver for five years, but called it quits with the band on April 1 and is back at the helm of his former band Stone Temple Pilots.
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Lit Drummer Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

05.22.2008

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Allen Shellenberger, 38-year-old drummer for Lit—which produced pop-punk hits "My Own Worst Enemy" and "Miserable"—has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, according to a press release. In response Lit have scrapped their upcoming dates with KISS and are rallying around their longtime bandmate. "Allen's young and healthy and, if anyone has a chance to beat this, it's him," said Lit guitarist Jeremy Popoff. "As sad and scared as we all are, we're standing by him and staying positive. We're going to fight this together." Shellenberger is being treated with radiation and chemotherapy at Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute in Los Angeles, California. His diagnosis—a malignant glioma—is ironically the exact same diagnosis Senator Ted Kennedy has just received.
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Zeppelin Rumor Mill Update: 4 Shows in Toronto?

05.21.2008

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The Led Zeppelin rumor mill is up and running again. This time, Canada's Much Music is reporting that Zeppelin will play four shows at Toronto's Skydome this August. Citing a "reliable source," the Canadian music channel reports that an official announcement may come soon, and that the shows may be the band's only North American dates, temporarily dashing hopes for a full-scale American tour.
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Courtney Love Sounds Off on Rumors about New Album, Linda Perry

05.21.2008

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Courtney Love has taken to her MySpace blog to contend with rumors that she’s scrapping her new solo album, Nobody’s Daughter, which she’s worked on for almost three years with the help of 4 Non Blondes singer-turned-producer Linda Perry. “No ‘scrapping’ is going on,” Love writes, “simply a few retakes?especially since all those recordings were leaked to the Net … Don’t assume you know any songs on this album. Some may sound somewhat familiar or even have the same titles and arrangements … A few are just precious diamonds I wouldn’t touch, but there’s tons of new ones which you have not a clue about.”
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers Are "Disbanded"

05.20.2008

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With the Red Hot Chili Peppers officially "disbanded" for a year, Anthony Kiedis has taken on a new role as festival curator for Pittsburgh's New American Music Festival August 8 - 9. Besides spilling his guts about the upcoming festival Kiedis revealed the status of his superstar band, telling rollingstone.com, "We're disbanded for the moment ... Cooler heads prevailed and the discussion at the end of our last tour was, 'Let's not do anything Red Hot Chili Peppers-related for a minimum of one year, and just live and breathe and eat and learn new things.' I was about to have a brand new son. Flea is very inspired to re-up his musical direction and ability and skill and he wants to learn new stuff. John [Frusciante] has been firing away on his own, making different solo projects. And Chad [Smith] joined a jazz band and went to Japan.
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R.I.P. Mike Battle, Inventor of Echoplex and Tubeplex Tape Echo Machines

05.20.2008

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Gibson has learned of the passing of the amazing Mike Battle, otherwise known as Sir Echo, inventor of the Echoplex and Tubeplex tape echo machines that revolutionized music in the 1960s. For a great interview with Mike, click here.
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