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Jeff BuckleyWeekend Report: Eminem action, Buckley remembered
Friday, November 16, 2007
Even though he's been gone a decade, the legacy of Jeff Buckley not only endures, but thrives with each additional year that passes. Fellow artists who are fans of his work descend on Chicago all weekend for the Jeff Buckley Tribute Festival (also celebrating ten years), taking place Friday and Saturday at the intimate Uncommon Ground (his frequent area stomping grounds) then moving to the neighboring Metro on Sunday (the venue for his Live In Chicago DVD). The line-up includes Dorothy Scott, Alpha Rev, Ryan Groff, Anna D'Aloisio, Spencer Michaud, Catherine Harrison and April Smith with additional information at www.uncommonground.com/buckley.htm.

Those unable to attend the emotional event can turn to the recent CD retrospective So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley (Columbia). Besides pulling heavily from the groundbreaking Grace album (known for its resplendent cover of Leonard Cohen's Eminem"Hallelujah"), the collection is loaded with live and rare cuts. Previously unreleased crests include a concert version of the title cut, plus a live take on The Smiths' "I Know It's Over," making this an important library addition.

This weekend's DVD pick switches genres entirely to address the hip-hop infused rap attack of Eminem, who just dropped Live In New York City (Eagle Vision) on Tuesday. The concert was filmed on his most recent tour through Madison Square Garden, featuring multi-level staging, gargantuan production and several guest appearances (including his cronies D12, Obie Trice and Stat Quo). The one time protege of Dr. Dre shows just how far he's come over the past decade, turning in one hit after the next, including "Like Toy Soldiers," "My Name Is" "Stan," "The Way I Am" and "Just Loose It."
David BowieCrime pays with Bowie, Gram Parsons' online exclusive
Thursday, November 15, 2007
A previously unseen 1976 mugshot of David Bowie taken by the Rochester, NY Police Department on March 21st, 1976 after the Thin White Duke's bust for possession of pot is currently being sold on ebay and at last look the high bid is currently up to a staggering $1,175. According to the website The Smoking Gun, "Bowie, 29 at the time, was nabbed along with Iggy Pop and two other codefendants at a Rochester hotel following a Saturday concert. Bowie was held in the Monroe County jail for a few hours before being released. The Rochester Police Department mug shot was taken three days after Bowie's arrest, when the performer appeared at City Court for arraignment." The David Bowie fansite, bowiewonderworld.com, states that the photograph was rescued from the rubbish during an estate sale of a retired Rochester police officer. The ebay auction (link to: ebay.com/David-Bowie-Mugshot-Original-Authentic-Picture ends November 18th. Turns out the real crime here, however, wasn't that Bowie was a pothead, but rather that anyone could look this damn good for a mugshot.
(Submitted by Tony Bonyata)

Gram Gram ParsonsParsons may be from the old school era, but his camp is taking advantage of today's latest technologies to make previously unreleased material available. Since November 6, fans have been flocking to www.amoeba.com to grab Gram Parsons Archives, Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers Live At The Avalon Ballroom 1969. The 27-track download is filled with never before heard rarities that were often the subject of rumor, but were finally found in Grateful Dead's expansive vault.

Atlantic Records alternative rockers Skillet may have just come off the first half of the Breaking Benjamin/Three Days Grace/Seether triple team, but its sales momentum isn't slowing down. The group's 2006 CD Comatose recently reached the quarter million sales mark, prompting a deluxe edition re-release packed with bonus content on December 26. On top of the original album (including the rock hits "Whispers In the Dark" and "The Older I Get"),Skillet expect the bonus track "Live Free," plus several acoustic versions of key concert cuts. A DVD includes three music videos and a behind the scenes documentary straight from the studio.

Louisville indie rockers Cabin is currently on the road with Washington D.C.'s Exit Clov, winding around America through the end of November. Cabin's currently supporting the EP I Was Here (Machine), including the lead single of the same name that was #7 Most Added at CMJ and a Top 200 chart dweller for seven weeks. Outside of airplay, Sufjan Stevens is a longtime supporter, including his MySpace musing as "a band you need to check out."
Mike DoughtyDoughty's new disc, "YouTube for human rights"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
One time Soul Coughing singer Mike Doughty just announced the release of his next solo CD Golden Delicious, slated to drop February 19 on ATO Records. The project teams the singer/songwriter with producer Dan Wilson (also of Semisonic fame), mixer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) and main mastering man Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Green Day). The disc is scheduled to lead with a track called "Fort Hood," named after the American army base with the highest death rate in the current Iraq war thus far.

Peter Gabriel continues his quest to end injustice by officially launching The Hub (www.witness.org/hub), which he calls a "YouTube for human rights." According to singer turned activist in an open letter to fans: "Capturing evidence of abuse has never been easier, but finding platforms with the online tools you need to create context for the footage to inspire involvement and activism is an ongoing challenge for all of us who wantPeter Gabriel to create a better world. All of this changes today... It's the first online global platform that offers you the tools you need to use media for advocacy- enabling you and millions of others worldwide to use camcorders, cell phones and cameras to upload, share, and discuss your human rights-related footage, as well as organize campaigns to create change."

"Gypsy-swamp-rock-carny-soul" amalgamation Man Man just signed with Anti, also the home to other iconoclasts like Nick Cave, Neko Case and Tom Waits. The Philadelphia-based quintet has been highly buzzed about on tour, opening for the likes of The Arcade Fire, Cat Power and Modest Mouse, though extensive time in the studio is currently in its cards. The band is putting the finishing touches on a label debut, slated for spring 2008 release.
Duran DuranStreet Date: Greatest Goo, Duran redone
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
To die-hard defenders, it could be considered a brilliant attempt to reclaim relevance, though skeptics could see it as a pathetic attempt to revive a floundering career. No matter what side of the fence one falls one, Duran Duran has indeed played an unpredictable card by hiring red hot producer Timabland, who's beat oriented knob twirling recently helped Justin Timberlake single-handedly bring sexy back. As a result on the ensuring Red Carpet Massacre (Epic), expect less synths and more urban grooves, complete with a rap cameo or two. But before old school purists freak out over that latter edition, don't forget it's popped up before in Duran Duran's hit or miss pedigree (like 1995's uncharacteristic cover of Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines").

The Goo Goo Dolls aren't pulling many surprises out of the hat on its long overdue Greatest Hits Volume One: The Singles (Warner Brothers), though the trio did make one glaring mistake. Rather than putting the original recording of its breakthrough track "Name" on the collection, it featuresGoo Goo Dolls a slightly less impassioned new rendering, stripped of its original acoustic/alt-rock rawness. Thankfully, all the band's other familiar favorites are presented in true form, including "Iris," "Slide," "Black Balloon," "Here Is Gone," "Stay With You" and this summer's smash "Before It's Too Late."

Another key retrospective today is Led Zeppelin's Mothership (Atlantic), though it's much more a case of cashing in on the reunion craze than filling a void in the marketplace. After all, the band's already released more retrospectives, box sets and live CDs than the entire studio outpouring, so this is just the latest two disc distillation of its groundbreaking career. However silly the rehashing may seem, at least the limited edition deluxe package has a bit more merit thanks to a DVD of live performances.
My Bloody
ValentineMy Bloody Valentine's back, More woes for Winehouse
Monday, November 12, 2007
According to front man Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine is back for the first time since 1995. The band is currently revisiting abandoned sessions from the mid-late 1990s and will also package that project with a few brand new cuts (plus other goodies to be unveiled in the coming months). Though the group's been out of the limelight as of late, Shields stayed somewhat active with Primal Scream after the initial break-up, and most recently, contributions to the "Lost In Translation" soundtrack in 2003.

Between concert cancellations and rehab rumors, Amy Winehouse is getting pretty tight with the tabloids this year, adding yet another credit to that resume thanks to a recent home raid. Though police aren't charging the singer with anything, her husband Blake Fielder-Civil was arrested under the context of allegedly trying to sway witnesses in his future trial (for assaulting a bartender). Amy Winehouse"It has nothing to do with drugs," a spokesman for the singer recently reiterated to E! Online. "Amy is fine. She has not been charged or arrested." The comment stems from a previous slap on the wrist for pot possession, which the couple is attempting to appeal.

Prince is also scoring a slew of negative attention following his smackdown on fans who run tribute websites for the eccentric entertainer. Not only is The Purple One not feeling flattered, but he's threatening legal action against anyone using his images, songs or other copyrighted materials without his permission (and of course, proper compensation- like he really needs more dough). Yet Prince's camp is trying to put a less offensive spin on the tacky ordeal releasing the following statement through current concert promoter AEG: "The action taken earlier this week was not to shut down fan sites, or control comment in any way. The issue was simply to do with in regards to copyright and trademark of images and only images and no lawsuits have been filed."

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