Courtney Love claims Linda Perry to produce next Green Day record

Courtney Love has reportedly told the BBC that Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes will be producing the next Green Day record. She explained:

Now Courtney has revealed to 6 Music that Perry will produce the new Green Day album, the follow-up to the multi-million selling American Idiot. She said: “This is my best record. Corgan’s on it from the (Smashing) Pumpkins, and Linda Perry – who out of my record got the Green Day record. That’s a scoop – I just gave that away with my big mouth.

Linda Perry, the former singer of 4 Non Blondes and frequent songwriter for pop stars may seem like an unusual choice. Perry had a hit in 1993 with “What’s Up” but went on to greater success as a songwriter for Gwen Stefani, Pink and Christina Aguilera.
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Microsoft launches “Ignition” program for emerging artists

Obscure startup Microsoft has launched a new program for emerging artists dubbed Ignition. According to a Reuters report, the program is “designed to expose new artists and their music to consumers for an entire month by featuring exclusive content through Microsoft’s multiple services — including MSN, Xbox Live and Zune.

Though the latter does not have a major footprint, both MSN and Xbox Live boast millions of subscribers. The company will host online listening parties of the act’s current album on MSN Music and provide a custom Web site dedicated to the band and its activities on the site. And Microsoft is working with the band to produce custom content — such as artist-created playlists and “behind-the-album” commentary featuring track-by-track insights and observations by band members — all available via the Zune service.

Microsoft is also demanding that artists participate directly in the program and provide exclusive conent not available elsewhere, particularly not on MTV. The first artist signed up is Caroline/Warp act Maximo Park, and more younger bands are expected to be showcased over the next while.
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Banner Pilot added to Insubordination Fest

In addition to an already impressively stellar lineup, Minneapolis punk band (and recent Go Kart signee ) Banner Pilot has been added to Insubordination Fest in Baltimore, MD this July. The band will be playing the Saturday, July 7th show.

Other bands participating in the three-day event, spanning July 6th-July 8th, are Ben Weasel, The Mr. T Experience, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Methadones, The Apers, The Copyrights, The Ergs, and many more.
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Bands on TV: Week of 06/04/07

Here are a few shows you may or may not be interested in checking out this week. Be sure to check your local listings for times.

June 4: Bleed the Dream on Steven’s Untitled Rock Show (FUSE)
June 4: Cartel on Band in the Bubble (MTV2)
June 4: Bright Eyes on David Letterman (CBS)
June 4: Silversun Pickups on Carson Daly (NBC ;R)
June 5: Patti Smith on Craig Ferguson (CBS)
June 6: The Higher on the Sauce (FUSE)
June 6: Bright Eyes on Craig Ferguson (CBS)
June 6: Paramore on Steven’s Untitled Rock Show (FUSE)
June 7: Dashboard Confessional on Jay Leno (NBC)
June 8: Say Anything on Carson Daly (NBC)
June 8: Plain White T’s on Jimmy Kimmel (ABC)

Information courtesy of Interbridge and VH1 Rock on TV.
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Tours: Ultimate Power Duo (Europe)

Saskatoon three piece the Ultimate Power Duo are headed to the UK for a tour this July. They’ll be playing with a number of local acts including Slave To The City, the Owlls, the Mispelt, Winners and Farago.

The Ramones inspired, self-described “destruction rock” act released We’re In Control Now in 2006, music from which can be found on their MySpace page. A follow up full length is currently in the works.
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GR2 Top 15 Tracks – June 4, 2007

Here's the top 15 for the last 7 days.  I see the new Bad Religion track that I snuck in last week has received some positive votes.  Their new Album will be out in July. 

  1. Fugazi – Waiting Room
  2. The Mad Caddies – All American Badass
  3. Lagwagon – Leave The Light On
  4. Heckle – So Much The Same
  5. Reverend Horton Heat – Go With Your Friends
  6. No Use for a Name – Feeding the Fire
  7. Dillinger Four – Folk Song
  8. Bad Religion – Heroes & Martyrs
  9. Adolescents – No Way
  10. Decendents – Hope
  11. Youth Brigade – Live Life
  12. X-Ray Spex – I Am A Poseur
  13. Void  – Who Are You
  14. UK Subs – Emotional Blackmail
  15. Towers Of London – Air Guitar – Blood Sweat & Towers



Forty Lashes, the Sixteens, Times Nine

Detroit’s Forty Lashes have posted a new song and video online titled “Combat Carl.” The band is set to hit the road this month a well for a short US east coast tour. You can find all the details via their MySpace page.

San Francisco / Berlin synthpunk band the Sixteens have unveiled a new song via MySpace titled “Chapel of the Chimes.” The song will appear on this summer’s Hex vinyl compilation on Holland’s Enfant Terrible Records. The band recently released their full length Into the Gold-Wave of Future Non-Rip Off via Hungry Eye Records.

Poughkeepsie, New York’s Times Nine have posted two new songs online from their upcoming third EP. You can stream “Kill the Fat Kid” and “F.U.H.C.” via, you guessed it, MySpace.
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