Joe Strummer "The Future Is Unwritten" soundtrack

Details have surfaced regarding the soundtrack to The Future is Unwritten, the new documentary about the late, great Joe Strummer. According to Billboard, the packed soundtrack features a previously unreleased live version of the Clash‘s “I’m So Bored With the U.S.A.” alongside tracks from Elvis Presley, the MC5, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Nina Simone.

“The Future Is Unwritten,” which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was assembled using a combination of old interviews collected from journalists as well as tapes of Strummer’s BBC radio show. It features testimonials from members of the Clash as well Bono, Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Courtney Love, Flea and John Cusack among many others.

The film was produced by documentary filmmaker Julien Temple, who was responsible for the definitive Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and the Fury as well as the infamous mockumentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. Though Strummer tragically passed away in 2002, Temple had already shot many hours of footage to be used in the film.

Among songs from the 101’ers and Mescaleros the soundtrack includes the song “(In The) Pouring Rain” credited to Clash II. This was one of the unreleased songs played on tour during the band’s Cut The Crap era. It is notable that the band is credited as “Clash II” and not simply “The Clash.” While fans often deride the post-Combat Rock period and official band histories tend to ignore it, this may be the first time the Clash II moniker has been used on a non-bootleg recording.

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Teen takes on the recording industry, alledges collusion, extortion

According to an Associated Press report, a 16-year-old boy being sued by five record companies accused the recording industry on Tuesday of violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats.

Robert Santangelo, who was 11 when the alleged piracy occurred, denied ever sharing music and said it’s impossible to prove that he did. Before suing Robert, the industry sued his mother and when she refused to settle, dropped the suit and charged both him and his 15 year old sister.

Santangelo also claims that the record companies, which have filed more than 18,000 piracy lawsuits in federal courts, “have engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the courts of the United States.” The suit also alleges that the companies, “ostensibly competitors in the recording industry, are a cartel acting collusively in violation of the antitrust laws and public policy” by bringing the piracy cases jointly and using the same agency “to make extortionate threats … to force defendants to pay.”
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The Ducky Boys (1995-2007)

The Ducky Boys have called it a day. Frontman Mark Lind made the announcement saying:

Some people probably don’t get it since the Ducky Boys have always sort of been “my band” (not to take anything away from Jay but he and I have discussed this and he knows what I mean when I say that). Basically I’ve been in a band for 12 years and there are a lot of associations that go with it. Regular practice nights, managing schedules of a variety of people, taking into account their personal lives, the repetition of the cycle – release record, play shows, possible tours etc etc etc. At this juncture I just don’t want to be “in a band”. I want to take time to myself and only worry about myself.

My decision has nothing to do with the people involved and it isn’t anything personal against them. It just has to do with people in general. I want to circle the wagons and keep a tight leash on who has a hand in my life and, as part of it, my music…. because that’s all I really have. I’m a person that has chosen not to have a family – I barely even speak to my parents – but having a band is like having a series of significant others and I just need to be single for a while.

Last year the band released The War Back Home and Lind released the solo album Death or Jail.
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Love Equals Death robbed

Love Equals Death Love Equals Death have announced that they were recently robbed in Sacramento. The band detailed the incident in their blog:

We were in Sacramento and we went to Walmart for 30 minutes to buy a clip light for the merch area so people could see the T-shirts. While we were in the store, some asshole came up to our locked van, popped the lock with a tool, unlocked the van, and it seems like two of them quickly grabbed the G.P.S. that Chon got for Christmas and we had been using to find venues on this tour, two Ipods (mine and Tonio’s), Tonio’s backpack, Chon’s laptop, and my new laptop. That’s it…

The band will head into the studio next month to record three tracks for a split with Death By Stereo.
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Tours: Ryan’s Hope (midwest U.S.)

Punknews Records hooligans Ryan’s Hope have embarked on a brief tour of the midwest, which includes two dates with Fat Wreck Chords heartthrobs the Loved Ones. Additionally, the band will be playing a benefit on February 10 to help out fellow heartland brethren Much the Same after a recent van accident.

Ryan’s Hope continue to support last year’s PNR debut, Apocalypse in Increments. Stay tuned, as we’ll be posting a contest for some of the tour dates shortly.
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Pig Destroyer begin recording

Pig Destroyer have entered the studio to begin work on their next full length. The album, in what is almost certainly not a Venture Bros. reference, has been titled Phantom Limb.

The album will feature fourteen new songs including “Cemetery Road”, “Rotten Yellow”, “Jupiter’s Eye” “Heathen Temple” and “The Machete Twins.”

Vocalist JR Hayes commented on the recording:

We’re recording to 2-inch analog tape, which is really exciting. The drums sound huge, and the guitar tones are really nasty and aggressive. Brian’s been on top of his game all year, busting out easily the fastest blast beats I’ve ever seen him play. As usual, Scott’s written a whole arsenal of scalding riffs, but I feel like he really outdid himself with the arrangements on this record. The songs feel great and we’ve been having a load of fun playing them for the last five months. It’s the 14 most deranged metal songs we could make up, so get ready to sink your f*cking teeth in.

The band’s previous album, Terrifyer, was ranked among the best albums of 2004 by
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Ruiner and 1917 Records part ways

Ruiner is reporting that they are now free agents after separating from their now former label, 1917 Records.

The label released the compact disc version of the band’s 2005 EP, What Could Possibly Go Right…, and also planned on releasing the band’s first full-length, No Apologies. However, “personal reasons” were cited in response to a “mutual and amicable agreement to part ways.”

The band is now searching for a label to release the album, which is being mastered this week.

They’ll also traverse the U.S. east coast for several dates in March with Sinking Ships.
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William Tell, De Capulet, others on DJ Rossstar this week

This week, DJ Rossstar will be playing host a number of guests. William Tell and Seven Falls will be interviewed tonight. Tomorrow’s program will feature De Capulet and The Trademark .

The show runs from 7-8pm PST on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The stream will be available from here and questions and comments for the band can be sent via this link.
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Epitaph Tour 2007

The Epitaph Tour 2007 Kicks off in a couple of days and features Escape the Fate, The Higher and I Am Ghost.  You can check out free downloadable mp3s from each band via Purevolume.


Here are the tour dates: 

02.02.07 Pamona, CA Glass House  
02.03.07 San Diego, CA Soma  
02.04.07 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse  
02.06.07 Dallas, TX The Door  
02.07.07 Austin, TX Emos  
02.08.07 Houston, TX Warehouse Live  
02.10.07 Orlando, FL The Social  
02.11.07 Tampa, FL Orpheum Theatre  
02.12.07 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits  
02.13.07 Atlanta, GA Masquerade  
02.14.07 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle  
02.16.07 Charlotte, NC Casbah  
02.17.07 Towson, MD The Recher Theatre  
02.18.07 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar  
02.19.07 So. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock East  
02.20.07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom  
02.22.07 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre  
02.23.07 Providence, RI The Living Room  
02.27.07 Buffalo, NY The Icon  
02.28.07 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's Theatre  
03.01.07 Cleveland Hts., OH Grog Shop  
03.02.07 Detroit, MI Shelter  
03.03.07 Chicago, IL Metro  
03.03.07 Boise, ID The Venue  
03.05.07 Minneapolis, MN The Loft @ The Barfly  
03.07.07 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck  
03.08.07 Denver, CO Marquis Theater  
03.09.07 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater  
03.12.07 Seattle, WA El Corazon  
03.13.07 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater  
03.16.07 San Francisco, CA Slim's  
03.17.07 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater


Be My Doppelganger, Widow Jenkins, Let’s Try Leaving

Be My Doppelganger have posted two of the three songs from their upcoming Convertible Girls 7inch. The record is due out in april on Bitchin’ Riffage Records. You can check out the music on their myspace page.

Indiana’s The Widow Jenkins have posted a new demo. The band features former members of Brazil and Underminded and you can check out “Sincerity and the Damned” on their myspace page.

Let’s Try Leaving have posted two songs from their new EP, The Warmest Winter. The band describes their sound as “honest Midwestern punk rock” and you can check out the songs on their myspace page.
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The Police reunite for Grammy awards

Just a few weeks after rumours began to spread, confirmation has come in that the Police will reunite this year for the Grammys in an event that will mark their 30th Anniversary.

This would be the first Police tour since the band broke up in Melbourne, Australia in 1984. The band consists of pop-sensation Sting on bass and vocals, Andy Summers on guitar and Stewart Copeland on drums. They last performed together in celebration of their 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The trio, who won five Grammys in their 1980s prime, join a live performance line-up that already includes Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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Tours: Bloody Hollies

The Bloody Hollies are headed out on tour in February and March in support of their new Alive Records full length Who To Trust, Who To Kill, Who To Love. The trek includes a show with labelmates Radio Moscow and a stop at SXSW in Austin.

The new record follows up the band’s 2005 full length If Footmen Tire You. That album was nominated for Rock Album Of The Year at the San Diego Music Awards.
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