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Thursday News Threads

    Ryan Adams, characteristically resistant to capital letters, has announced on his blog three things he’s cutting back: (1) smoking; (2) blogging; and (3) making music. In a long testimonial, he explains his decisions and discusses some of the recent difficulties he’s faced. On a more positive note, he describes himself as happy “forRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

Ron Asheton, the guitarist for the Stooges, has passed away unexpectedly, from what appear to be natural causes. He was 60. Asheton’s raw, driving sound helped to define the protopunk band, and the bold precedent he set helped to spawn -- in the words of Pitchfork’s Stuart Berman -- “every guitar-based subgenre you’ll find inRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

Per the New York Daily News, the economy’s “so-o-o bad” that Governor Paterson is proposing an “iPod tax” (among 87 other new taxes and fees), which would charge New York residents for the sale of downloaded music and other “digitally delivered” entertainment. Which leads to the question: What’s Guv Gregoire thinking? She has referred toRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

Having already captured the hearts (and credit cards) of iPod customers everywhere, Damon Albarn of the Gorillaz is joining back up with Alex James, Dave Rowntree, and Graham Coxon for a real live Blur reunion to take place at London’s Hyde Park on July 3, 2009. For those of us partial to the self-described “A-Team”Read more...

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A legend passed away December 2. Read KEXP’s tribute to Ms. Odetta Holmes, who for decades shined not only as a singer, songwriter, and actress, but also as a powerful human-rights activist. The Muslims -- now The Soft Pack -- have changed their name. They explain their reasoning through the following, somewhat cryptic commentary: “WorkingRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

Protect Ya Neck -- and benefit from excellent arch support. RZA, GZA, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, et al. have paired with Fila to produce Wu-Tang-emblazed Weathertech boots just in time for 2008′s dismal holiday buying season. It’s not the first pair out for purchase; 2007 marked the limited edition C.R.E.A.M. shoe, which sounds far grosserRead more...

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The Twentieth Annual Rock & Roll Charity Auction, sponsored by Rock For Kids, will take place December 5 at Chicago’s Park West. A non-profit aimed at assisting underserved children and teens, Rock For Kids has raised over $3 million in its two decades of auctioning, and the children of Chicago have benefited with increased musicRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

LA musician Jason Shapiro (of, among other things, Celebrity Skin) has gotten his lawyer on and sued a band he “absolutely love[s]“: The Hives. He says they stole the guitar riff for “Tick Tick Boom” (off this year’s Get Smart soundtrack) from Shaprio’s 1997 Why You? Jason’s hired Joe the Musicologist to help him litigate,Read more...

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Thursday News Threads

Okay, so when I say “slotMusic,” do you hear “Blue-Ray” or “HD-DVD”? Universal, Warner, EMI and Sony BMG have joined SanDisk to create a new music media format, slotMusic. Emerging from the land of electronics in the form of tiny disks, slotMusic cards have one gigabyte of capacity (enough for songs, liner notes, album art,Read more...

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Thursday News Threads

Nobama!? Last week, CBS insisted that No Age guitarist Randy Randall remove the Obama t-shirt he was wearing before he stepped onstage for the final taping of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. A CBS rep cited a federal statute -- the Equal Time Rule -- as the reason; the rule is designed toRead more...

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