Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Lemonheads Reveal Tour Dates

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The Lemonheads are gearing up for a fall tour.

Evan Dando's rebuilt act will hit the road in November for a 24-date tour in support of its upcoming self-titled effort, set for a Sept. 26 release from Vagrant Records. Dando's backing band for the tour has yet to be revealed, though in the studio for The Lemonheads, he's joined by the All/Descendents rhythm section, bassist Karl Alvarez and drummer Bill Stevenson.

The Lemonheads' tour schedule are:

Nov. 18 ­ Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, Calif.
Nov. 19 ­ Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, Calif.
Nov. 21, 22 ­ Troubadour, Los Angeles
Nov. 24, 25 - The Independent, San Francisco
Nov. 27 ­ Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, Ore.
Nov. 28 - Crocodile Café, Seattle
Nov. 30 - The Big Easy Concert Hall, Boise, Idaho
Dec. 1 ­ The Depot, Salt Lake City
Dec. 2 ­ Bluebird Theatre, Denver
Dec. 4 ­ Sokol Underground, Omaha, Neb.
Dec. 5 ­ The 400 Bar, Minneapolis
Dec. 7, 8 ­ Double Door, Chicago
Dec. 9 ­ Grog Shop, Cleveland
Dec. 10 ­ Magic Stick, Detroit
Dec. 12 ­ Lee's Palace, Toronto
Dec. 13 ­ North Star Bar, Philadelphia
Dec. 14 ­ Black Cat, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 15 ­ Irving Plaza, New York
Dec. 16 ­ Avalon Ballroom, Boston

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Goth Bands - The Nightmare Before Christmas

A slew of dark and spooky, or kinda-dark and cuddly bands will take a shot at reinterpreting songs from Tim Burton's 1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas this year.

With the film re-worked for a December release with full-fledged 3-D effects on for its re-release, the film will strengthen its ties to Hot Topic teenagers with a double soundtrack to see release to coincide with the return of the film to theaters, according to MTV News. One disc will carry Danny Elfman's original tunes from the movie, the other gives the likes of Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy and Fiona Apple covering the original songs.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Devo Guy Returns a Jihad Jerry

A former member of Devo's taken up the name Jihad Jerry to pitch a solo record.

Devo Guy Returns a Jihad JerryGerald V. Casale, former songwriter and keyboard player of new-wave wackos Devo is back in the music business, leading Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers Mine is Not a Holy War. The album's already seen a virtual release by Warner Bros.' e-label, Cordless Records. It'll hit physical stores Sept. 12.

Mine Is Not a Holy War's track listing is:

The Time Is Now
Army Girls Gone Wild
I Been Refused
The Owl
What's In A Name
If The Shoe Fits
All She Wrote
Find Out
He's Always There
I Need A Chick

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Offspring Ready to New Album

The Offspring are ready to start demoing songs for their upcoming album.

Front man Dexter Holland revealed that, after an intense writing process, the punk act's ready to hit the studio to record the demos for the still-untitled follow-up to 2003's Splinter (Columbia). He didn't give a projected completion date for the project.

"I don't want to compare it to one of our other records or anything, but think guitar, lots of guitar, energy, lots of energy, and good songs," Holland wrote. "Simple, right?"

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Kill Hannah Tour dates

Kill Hannah will hit the road to promote its latest album.

The band takes to the road Aug. 31 for a two-legged tour that puts it on the road through Halloween. The Chicago outfit's touring to support this year's Until There's Nothing Left Of Us (Atlantic)

Kill Hannah's tour schedule:

Aug. 31 - New Oasis, Reno, Nev.
Sept. 1 - Last Day Saloon, San Francisco
Sept. 4 - Marquee, Phoenix, Az.
Sept. 5 - Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, N.M.
Sept. 6 - Dos Amigos, Odessa, Texas
Sept. 7 - House of Rock, Corpus Christi, Texas
Sept. 8 - White Rabbit, San Antonio, Texas
Sept. 9 - Ridglea Theater, Forth Worth, Texas
Sept. 10 - Remingtons. Springfield, Mo.
Sept. 11 - MS Nights, Springfield, Mo.
Sept. 12 - Rave, Milwaukee
Sept. 13 - Fine Line, Minneapolis
Sept. 15 - St. Andrew?s Hall, Detroit
Sept. 16 - Chameleon Club, Lancaster, Pa.
Sept. 19 - House of Blues, Cleveland
Sept. 20 - Headliner?s, Toledo, Ohio
Sept. 22 - Ogden Theater, Denver
Sept. 25 - The Boardwalk, Sacramento
Oct. 18 - Tsongas Arena, Lowell, Mass.
Oct. 19, 20 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York
Oct. 21 - Tweeter Center, Camden, N.J.
Oct. 23 - ESL Sports Center, Rochester, N.Y.
Oct. 24 - "Camera" Coliseum, Toronto
Oct. 25 - Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
Oct. 26 - Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines
Oct. 29 - San Jose State Univ., San Jose, Calif.
Oct. 30 - SDSU Open Air Theater, San Diego
Oct. 31 - Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, Calif.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Jerry Lee Lewis unveils new album

His 70th birthday isn't keeping Jerry Lee Lewis from rocking.

The rock legend will release Last Man Standing Sept. 26 from Shangri-La Entertainment/Artist First Records. The 21-track affair, which was originally titled Redemption, features contributions by a sea of high-profile rockers, from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen and B.B. King covering an installment of classic rock'n'roll tunes.
Last Man Standing's track listing is:

Rock and Roll (featuring Jimmy Page)
Before The Night Is Over (featuring B.B. King)
Pink Cadillac (featuring Bruce Springsteen)
Evening Gown (featuring Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood)
You Don't Have To Go (featuring Neil Young)
Twilight (featuring Robbie Robertson)
Travelin' Band (featuring John Fogerty) That Kind of Fool (featuring Keith Richards)
Sweet Little Sixteen (featuring Ringo Starr)
What's Made Milwaukee Famous (featuring Rod Stewart)
Old Glory (featuring Toby Keith)
Trouble In Mind (featuring Eric Clapton)
Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age (featuring George Jones)
A Couple More Years (featuring Willie Nelson)
Hadacohl Boogie (featuring Buddy Guy)
That?s What Makes The Irish Heart Beat (featuring Don Henley)
The Pilgrim: Chapter 33 (featuring Kris Kristofferson)
Honky Tonk Woman (featuring Kid Rock)
I Saw Her Standing There (featuring Little Richard)
Just-a-Bummin' Around (featuring Merle Haggard)
Lost Highway (featuring Delaney Bramlett)

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

"Love" singer/guitarist Arthur Lee dies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arthur Lee, the eccentric singer/guitarist with influential 1960s rock band Love, has died in a Memphis hospital after a battle with leukemia, his manager said on Friday. He was 61.

"His death comes as a shock to me because Arthur had the uncanny ability to bounce back from everything, and leukemia was no exception," Mark Linn said in an email to Reuters. "He was confident that he would be back on stage by the fall."

Lee died on Thursday at about 5 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) at Methodist University Hospital with his wife Diane at his side, Linn added.

Lee, a Memphis native who referred to himself as "the first so-called black hippie," formed Love in Los Angeles in 1965, emerging from the same scene as groups like the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Doors and the Mamas and Papas.

The first multiracial rock band of the psychedelic era, Love recorded three groundbreaking albums fusing traditional folk rock and blues with symphonic suites and early punk.

Bands as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Siouxsie and the Banshees cited Love as an influence.

The band's self-titled debut yielded the hit single "My Little Red Book," written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach. The 1967 follow-up, "Da Capo," was one of the first rock albums to feature a song, "Revelation," that took up an entire side.

A third release, 1968's "Forever Changes," which boasted adventurous horn and string arrangements, is considered Love's bold response to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's" album. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at No. 40 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

But Love, which rarely left Los Angeles, lost momentum as Lee hired new musicians and pursued a solo career. Various reunions amounted to little, and Lee's eccentricities landed him in a California prison for six years during the 1990s for firing a pistol into the air.

After his release in late 2001, Lee assembled a new version of Love and toured Europe and North America, often playing "Forever Changes" in its entirety.

Lee was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia this year. In May, facing certain death after three rounds of chemotherapy failed, he became the first adult in Tennessee to undergo a bone marrow transplant using stem cells from an umbilical cord, according to The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. Doctors said the procedure lifted his chances of survival only moderately, the newspaper said.

Several benefit concerts were held in Britain and the United States to help Lee with his medical bills. Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant headlined a benefit in New York in June.


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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Happy Mondays New Album

Happy Mondays
Britain's band Happy Mondays have wrapped up their first album in nearly 15 years.

The Madchester outfit has wrapped up the successor to 1992's Yes, Please (Elektra records), according to BBC Radio 6. The still untitled album was produced by Sonny Levine and Howie B. It may be some time before the Britpop veterans return to the stores, however: The Happy Mondays are still unsigned.

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Alice Cooper Plans Christian Center

Alice Cooper

So much for Alice Cooper Goes to Hell: The shock rocker's working to open a Christian-themed recreation center.

Cooper announced plans to begin rounding up funds for his religious-based youth center, so-imaginatively dubbed "The Rock," to open in his hometown of Phoenix. The center, which will cost $3 million to build, will let troubled kids learn from the mistakes of right-wing rockers like Cooper and Ted Nugent.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Oasis greatest-hits collection

Oasis has picked the songs to appear on its upcoming greatest-hits collection.

The act's Stop the Clocks, an 18-track double disc set, is billed as its best songs as chosen by its members, and follows up last year's Don't Believe the Truth (Epic). No official release date has been pinned down for the set.

Stop the Clocks' track listing is:

Some Might Say
Don't Look Back In Anger
D'You Know What I Mean?
All Around The World
Go Let It Out
The Hindu Times
The Importance Of Being Idle
Half The World Away
Champagne Supernova
Rock 'n' Roll Star
Boy With The Blues
Stop The Clocks