Stranded In Stereo: Monday Morning Newsletter (10/13/08)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Morning Newsletter (10/13/08)

Politics continue to figure prominently on the music stage. Art Alexakis of Everclear has been performing the song “Jesus Was A Democrat” at recent shows. The song is now available as a free download at the band’s site.

After a whole three weeks of not offending musicians, another band is complaining about John McCain's use of their music. This time, it's the Foo Fighters. The rockers sent out a missive telling the GOP presidential candidate to stop using the song "My Hero." Dave Grohl was quoted as saying "To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song."

The Supersuckers are scheduled to play a 20th anniversary show on November 29th. Members
of Pearl Jam, Green River and Mudhoney, will join the Supersuckers at the Showbox Theater in Seattle. To mark the occasion Supersuckers are also releasing a new album, titled Get It Together.

Under the name, Hot Little Pony, emo pioneers Far have lined up two LA shows and a handful of UK shows. to boot. Today the highly influential rock group released a video contest and a steamy new single that covers mid-90s R&B sensation, Ginuwine.

Lil' Kim is being been again. Brookland Media, a label that claims the Rapper did not fulfill their recording contract. The suit is asking for $2.5 million, owing to the labels previous expenditure of over 100,000 dollars the uncompleted project. Jose says any label that spends money on an imaginary album deserves to lose money.

At the Detroit Red Wings game, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott committed the highest faux pas in hockey. At the end of a performance at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Elliot marched across the stage holding the Stanley Cup aloft, then deposited it on it’s pedestal upside down. The Motor City recoiled in horror.

Alton Ellis died this week at the age of 70. The reggae legend has been iconic for generations of rocksteady fans for his classic material in the 1960s and 1970s. his first band The Flames had several hits in the 1950s, but in recent years a revival of the genre in Europe has had him performing again. His kids Noel and Christopher Ellis continue to make their own way as much less iconic reggae singers.

Readers in the UK may have seen Meat Loaf at the Q Awards last week wobbly and staggering around the podium. Jose assumed he was drunk. The Loaf spent 3 days in the hospital for "testing and evaluation" for an undisclosed ailment. He went directly to the ER after experiencing vertigo at the Q Awards. More information as the story unfolds. You rocked in Fight Club dude.

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