Stranded In Stereo: Monday Morning Newsletter (04/21/08)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday Morning Newsletter (04/21/08)

A happy Patriot's Day to you as we celebrate with another Monday Morning Newsletter from Mr. Fritz.

Jane's Addiction will be reuniting April 23rd to receive the NME Godlike Genius Award. Strangely that is a real award, previously won by the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Ian Brown [Editor's Note: This award is for the NME Awards' first US edition. Also, the Manics are from Wales and Ian Brown is from Manchester]. This would be the first time the award went to a band not from London. Original bassist Eric Avery announced he will return to the band for the first time since 1991 for the event.

Scars on Broadway is mixing their first release, tentatively scheduling their self-titled debut for July. The band is a collaborative effort between System of a Down's Daron Malakian and John Dolmaya. Malakian released a press
statement saying “It has to be better than Serart, right?”

Eyeball Records signed the Wilkes-Barre based band An Albatross. The group's debut for the Jersey-based label will be available this fall.

Panic At the Disco’s album Pretty. Odd. has performed so poorly that after a month they’re planning their next release. Ryan Ross was quoted as saying “we’re doing to go back to Vegas, hit some titty bars, gamble a little, drink a lot and rethink the whole thing.” Despite that their label, Fueled by Ramen intends to release the next single May 2.

Internationally famous media mogul and evil bastard Clive Davis has announced he is stepping down as from his position as CEO of the Sony Music Group. Davis is not leaving the label, instead taking on a different role as King of all media unseating Howard Stern. Barry Weiss, head of the labels Zomba Label Group, steps into Davis’s old shoes.

RZA of the Wu-tang Clan is off his maintenance medication. A source informs Jose Fritz that RZA’s long-subressed multiple personality has resurfaced and even recorded a record. Bobby Digital is back for the first time in almost a decade. RZA said of Bobby’s work “ODB used to just put the recorder on, get drunk and make noise… You’re in your car or you’re in your crib, and it’s that hour of the day when you smoke weed and shit.” Jose didn’t even make up that part.

Rapper Foxy Brown was released from prison this week. Family and fans greeted her Friday outside Rikers Island where she has been incarcerated for 8 months. She was quoted as saying "I did almost a year in prison, a year in prison, just because my name is Foxy Brown." State Attorney general Spitzer retorted :Actually it was for beating up a manicurist.”

The living children of famed pianist Ray Charles have accused Joe Adams, his longtime manager, of mismanaging his estate. Adams said in a formal statement, "just because he can't see doesn’t mean he didn’t know what was in the contract.”

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