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Artists and Bands

Sweet Suzi Quatro

In the “blast from the past department”, it appears that former glam queen Suzi Quatro and the kings of “Ballroom Blitz” the Sweet are recording together according to Undercover. Paul Jones from the original Manfred Mann will be involved as well. Hmmm, could be something interesting or something sad. It’s so hard to tell sometimes. I suppose that’s what makes it so fun!
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Rock and Roll Reads

50 “Greatest” CDs of 2004 according to Blender Magazine

Here we go! Despite the fact that 2004 is not yet over, Blender magazine has released their 50 Greatest Cds of 2004. I’m confused, Ashlee Simpson and Sonic Youth on the same list? Interesting picks I guess…The link only lists songs 25-50. You have to pick up a copy of Blender if you want to find out the rest but I will post them as soon as I find them.
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Wanna Be a Rock Star?

Opportunity for Teen Girl Rock Band

I recieved this via e-mail and am posting it on the off chance that a “teen girl rock band” is actually reading The Rock and Roll Report!

Caroline Sinclair Casting is seeking an all-girl band in the pop, rock or punk genre – all ethnicities, age 13 to 17 – for a Coca Cola commercial. Must be an existing band, not an individual who sings or plays an instrument. The spot involves following the girls in their own environment with their band mates – rehearsing, shopping for gig outfits, playing a show, etc. Shoot date is week of December 13, 2004 in Los Angeles.

Interested bands should send a VHS tape or DVD of the entire band to the following address, arriving no later than end of business day, Monday, December 6, 2004. Please call or email to confirm that you are sending tapes/DVDs. (Sorry, tapes/DVDs cannot be returned.)

Caroline Sinclair Casting
c/o The Zipper Theater
336 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
212-279-1002
carocast@juno.com

Alternate contact:

Mi Ling Tsui
212-989-1527; 917-859-0765
mltsui@nyc.rr.com

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Rock History

Find a Grave

I know what you are thinking. “Where the hell is Brian Jones buried?” Well if you really want to know check out Find a Grave. It’s kind of like a Yellow Pages for dead people. Creepy.
Oh by the way, Brian Jones is buried at Priory Road Cemetary, Prestbury, Gloucestershire plot V11393. Have a great weekend everbody!
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Odds & Sods

Heavy Metal: The Army’s Latest Weapon

I’ve written about things like this but check out the story Heavy Metal is American Army’s Latest Weapon Against Iraqi Insurgents over at Blabbermouth.

“It’s not the music so much as the sound,” said Ben Abel, spokesman for the Army’s psychological operations command at Fort Bragg, N.C. “It’s like throwing a smoke bomb. The aim is to disorient and confuse the enemy to gain a tactical advantage.”

I say play Celine Dion instead. Nah, that would go against the Geneva Convention.

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Rock and Roll Reads

Lost in The Grooves

If you are looking for a great rock and roll read then check out the amazing Lost In The Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed from Scram Magazine. Not only is the book great but they have a brand spanking new website called, ironically enough Lost in the Grooves that is essential viewing for those of us who are fans of the quirky, the distinctive, the demented. Eclectic takes on a whole new meaning with this bunch. Check it out for a hell of a lot of fun.

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Artists and Bands

Now this Rock and Roll! Daydream Nation

Daydream_nation Last month I wrote about the great Cleveland-based label Elephant Stone Records and one of the bands that I mentioned was on their roster was Daydream Nation. Well I have been listening to their latest CD Bella Vendetta incessantly over the last few days and I really like it. With comparisons to everyone from prime time Oasis and Soundtrack of our Lives to Swervedriver and the Jesus and Mary Chain, this is the best Britpop ever to emerge out of …..Canada. Check out Neon and A Passing Moment from Bella Vendetta and once you’ve experienced those download some of the other great tunes off of their debut album on their Sounds page. Great swirling, thick guitars. Gotta love it.
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Rock and Roll Reads

Cool Site Alert! Spectropop

Dedicated to the “legendary pop music of the pre-Woodstock ‘60s, Spectropop has been around since 1997 and is quite the resource if you are enthusiastic for the music of the Brill Building, West Coast surf and harmony, European and soft-pop girl groups and other related topics. The site is completely jam-packed with info that will make any fan of say The Cowsills excited. Not only does it contain reams of reference material but it also maintains a radio show and Yahoo group so if this kind of stuff turns your crank take a look. Very cool.
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Rock and Roll Reads

Which 500?

We all now know that Rolling Stone has released their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time but how does that compare with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and their 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll? I wish I had the time to collate these two lists to see which ones appear on both lists and which ones don’t but I don’t so consider this your weekend homework assignment. Report back to me on Monday with your in depth analysis and philosophical musings on what you found and what you didn’t. Class dismissed!

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Odds & Sods

It’s that time once again!

Well with December approaching we all know what time it is; yes it’s the time where every pundit, hack and critic put out their annual “Best of, Worst of 2004” lists and once again I’ll provide the coverage! Like last year I’ll try to link to as many of these as possible with a heavy emphasis on the more obscure rock and roll lists so if you have a favourite webzine, blog, magazine, e-list or radio show that publishes one of these suckers by all means let me know and I’ll share it with the world. A public service brought to you by The Rock and Roll Report and the letter “R.”
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