April 2004

Big Fuzz: Exercising The Demons

With Deep Banana Blackout on hiatus, guitarist/songwriter Fuzz has remained busy as usual by writing new songs and touring with his own band.

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Los Lobos Lines Up Thirty Date 30th Anniversary Tour

Los Lobos have lined up a thirty-date tour in honor of their thirtieth anniversary.

The veteran Los Angeles troupe first came together thirty years ago when acquaintances and multi-instrumentalists David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez and Conrad Lozano gave up their respective high school bands and first started playing together. “We’ll be everywhere,” Perez says. “We did our annual thing last fall at the Fillmore [in San Francisco], and people brought presents, so I think it’s gonna feel like that all year long. It’s going to feel like an extended birthday party.”

The birthday isn’t the only reason for touring (and celebration). Lobos will also be plugging their new record, The Ride, a record unlike any other the group has recorded over the past three decades. Lobos called in favors from friends old and new for the record and got guests including Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Caf

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Sonic Youth – New Album And First DVD Release

Sonic Youth will release its first DVD in June. Corporate Ghost will feature 23 music videos from its decade-plus tenure on Geffen Records, plus hours of bonus material, commentary and interviews. The set will arrive June 8, the same day as the band’s new studio album, Sonic Nurse.

In addition, the band is prepping an expanded edition of its 1990 album Goo for release in the fall. The set will be bolstered with an eight-track demo session as well.

Sonic Youth will make its second appearance on the Lollapalooza tour this summer, alongside such acts as Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Modest Mouse and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Source Billboard.com.

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Mistrial In Beanie Sigel Murder Case

After five long days of deliberations, a jury of seven women and five men just couldn’t call it, leaving the judge in Beanie Sigel’s murder case with no option but to declare a mistrial.

“He walked in innocent and he walked out an innocent man,” said Defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr outside of the courthouse on Tuesday evening. Perri believes his case was won because of the overall “quality” of the witnesses and discrepancies in their testimonies. The victim, Terrance Speller, originally told investigators he couldn’t identify the gunman but later fingered Sigel and argued he and another witness lied because they “feared for themselves and their families.”

Prosecutors have declared they will retry the case with the same jury if possible.

Meanwhile, Sigel remains free on $150,000 bail but is facing a sentencing in July on federal gun charges. Sigel can face between three and eleven years in prison on these charges, for which he entered a guilty plea agreement two weeks ago.

Source SOHH.com.

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RIAA Sues 477 More For File Sharing

The recording industry sued 477 more computer users Wednesday, including dozens of college students at schools in 11 states, accusing them of illegally sharing music across the Internet.

The Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the largest labels, praised efforts by colleges and universities to use technology and school policies to crack down on music piracy on their own computer networks. But it said the most egregious offenders on campus deserved to be sued.

Campus officials at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania warned students months ago about requests from the recording industry to crack down on copyright infringement on its computer networks.

It threatened to unplug the Internet connection for each student identified by the recording industry as illegally sharing music, until the student removed all software used to distribute songs online.

“Not everyone agrees that downloading and file-sharing is copyright infringement,” wrote the school’s technology director, Connie L. Beckman. “While this may be debatable, Mansfield University is required to comply with the law.”

The latest filings brings the number of lawsuits filed by the recording industry to 2,454 since last summer. None of the cases has yet gone to trial, and 437 people so far have agreed to pay financial penalties of about $3,000 as settlements.

The trade group said the newest lawsuits targeted students at Mansfield; Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; Emory University in Atlanta; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University of Spokane, Washington; Michigan State University; Princeton University in New Jersey; Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, Connecticut; Texas A&M University; Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut; Trinity University of San Antonio; the University of Kansas; University of Minnesota and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Source CNN.com.

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Ben Folds, Guster, Rufus Wainwright To Tour As Triple Header

Guster is going on tour this summer with Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright, as a triple-headliner. Each band will play an hour a night and the order of the bands will change every show, though the line-ups will be announced ahead of time.

Tour Schedule:

June 19th…. Dayton OH…. Fraze Pavilion
June 20th …. Detroit MI…. Freedom Hill Amphitheater
June 22nd…. Columbus OH…. PromoWest Pavilion
June 23rd …. St Louis MO…. Fox Theater
June 26th…. Indianapolis IN…. White River State Park Amph.
June 27th…. Cleveland OH…. Scene Pavilion
June 29th…. Vienna VA…. Wolf Trap Filene Center
June 30th…. Baltimore MD…. Pier 6 Concert Pavilion
July 3rd…. Rochester NY…. High Falls
July 5th…. Sayreville NJ…. Starland Ballroom
July 7th…. Philadelphia PA… Penn’s Landing
July 8th…. Boston MA…. Fleet Boston Pavilion
July 10th…. Wallingford CT…. Oakdale Theater
July 11th…. Boston MA…. Fleet Boston Pavilion
July 13th…. New York NY…. SummerStage (Central Park)
July 14th…. New York NY…. SummerStage (Central Park)
July 15th…. Pittsburgh PA…. Chevrolet Amphitheater

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311 Joins Up With Roots and MMW For Summer Tour

311 will take to the road next month on a U.S. tour slated to run through the beginning of August. Along on nearly all dates will be the Roots, with Medeski, Martin & Wood on board for about half of the trek. The tour kicks off June 18 in Santa Barbara, Calif., the sole show that will feature the Ataris as the opening act.

Dates are confirmed through an Aug. 1 show in Tampa, Fla., although the band’s official Web site reports that the tour will wrap Aug. 5 at an as yet unconfirmed location. The site also lists pre-sale opportunities for members of the band’s “The Hive” fan club and public on-sale dates.

The itinerary also includes a July 2 stop at the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood will also appear on that day of the July 2-4 event; others slated to perform over the weekend are String Cheese Incident, Galactic, Los Lobos, Maroon5 and John Mayer.

Here are 311’s tour dates:

June 18: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl; w/the Ataris)
June 20: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
June 22: Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Arena; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
June 23: Las Vegas (Orleans Casino; w/the Roots)
June 25: West Valley City, Utah (USANA Amphitheatre; w/the Roots)
June 26: Morrison, Col. (Red Rocks Amphitheatre; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
June 28: Sioux City, Iowa (Tyson Events Center; w/the Roots)
June 30: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion; w/the Roots)
July 1: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 2: Detroit Lakes, Minn. (Soo Pass Ranch; 10,000 Lakes Festival)
July 3: Milwaukee, Wis. (Summerfest; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 6: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 7: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 9: Philadelphia (Penn’s Landing; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 12: Pittsburgh (Chevrolet Amphitheatre; w/the Roots)
July 13: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheater; w/Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 15: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 16: Omaha, Neb. (Memorial Park;)
July 17: Indianapolis, Ind. (White River Park; w/the Roots)
July 19: Cleveland, Ohio (Tower City Amphitheatre; w/the Roots)
July 20: Wallingford, Conn. (Oakdale Theatre; w/the Roots)
July 21: Gilford, N.H. (Meadowbrook Farm Musical Arts Center; w/the Roots)
July 23: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 24: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 25: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach; w/the Roots and Medeski, Martin & Wood)
July 27: Charlotte, N.C. (Paladium@Carowinds; w/the Roots)
July 29: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre; w/the Roots)
July 30: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion; w/the Roots)
July 31: Atlanta (HiFi Buys Amphitheatre; w/the Roots)
Aug. 1: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay Amphitheatre; w/the Roots)

Source billboard.com.

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Tom Waits Working On New Studio Set

Tom Waits is working on a new studio album, “Real Gone,” expected to be released in the fall via Epitaph’s Anti label. The iconic singer/songwriter has been recording material described as primal rhythmic blues, written with his wife and frequent collaborator Kathleen Brennan, in an old school house in Mississippi.

“Feelin’ good about it all,” Waits says. “Songs about politics, rats, war, hangings, dancing, automobiles, pirates, farms, the carnival and sinning. Mama, liquor, trains and death. In other words, the same ‘ol dirty business!”

To realize the new recordings, Waits has tapped the talents of Larry Taylor (guitar, bass), Marc Ribot (guitar), Primus alums Les Claypool (bass) and Brian “Brain” Mantia (drums) and Shotgun Messiah’s Harry Cody (guitar, banjo). Also contributing percussion and turntable work is Waits’ son, Casey, who last appeared on the artist’s 2002 Anti album, “Blood Money.”

Waits’ recording relationship with former Canned Heat bassist Taylor dates back to his famed 1980 Asylum album “Heartattack and Vine.” Ribot first collaborated with Waits on 1985’s “Raindogs” (Island). Waits and Brennan are co-producing the album, which is being engineered by Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams).

Source billboard.com.

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