Politics returns to music news again this week. Lame Duck George Bush Jr. has pardoned the former Fugees producer John Forte. If you recall, Forte was busted back in 2000 for trying to smuggle $1.4 million in liquid cocaine through Newark Airport. Forte will be released on December 22nd. Strangely it was Senator Orrin Hatch that lobbied for his release. Jose is speechless.
In Fort Lupton, Colorado residents have been sentenced to listen to Barry Manilow. Those guilty of violating a local noise ordinance can be required to sit in a room and listen to music from the likes of Manilow, or even Barney the Dinosaur. Municipal Judge Paul Sacco instituted the plan as a substitute for ineffective fines.
Action Man Records has closed up shop. Bummer. A moment of silence please. Owner Rhydian Thomas made a final comment on the labels blog.http://acheaproom.wordpress.com/
In a stunning act of arrogance, Guns n’ Roses are threatening Dr Pepper with legal action. Dr Pepper promised every person in America a free can of soda if Guns n' Roses released Chinese Democracy in 2008. Dr. Pepper followed through, posting a coupon for a free 20 oz bottle at its Website. GNR describes this plan as “…an unmitigated disaster which defrauded consumers.” Did Axel expect them to go out to Fed Ex?
Gwen Stefani and the rest of No Doubt are back in the studio. The band is working on their first album in seven years, and has promised to tour in support of the release in 2009. Jose says ska is dead.
Prom-Art, the Canadian government funded program to assist indie artists touring abroad has been slashed. The Canadian Conservative party as a piece in their campaign decided to end all art funding. Prime minister Stephen Harper claimed that the fund fails to promote Canada, specifically citing the “offensive” band Holy Fuck. I think we all know that conservatives do not rock.
The Portland duo Nice Nice is due to release their debut record on Warp Records next month. You may recall the band signed in 2006, spending the last three years waiting for Guns N’ Roses to vacate the Palms studios.
The Black Dahlia Murder have parted ways with guitarist John Kempainen. Their official statement on the matter reads in part: “John K. has abruptly left the fold and refuses to accompany us on the tour. We are left with no choice but to carry on with the dates as a four piece. Please come out and show some Black Dahlia love in our hour of need."
In lieu of another bland studio album, Weezer recently recorded six Christmas carols that will be downloadable for the iPhone game "Tap Tap Revenge," including "Oh Holy Night." Rivers Cuomo calls them “the classics." Jose prefers to call a turd by its proper name.