Foxy Shazam: “Yes Yes Yes!”

Recent Ferret signing, Cincinnatti, OH’s Foxy Shazam have posted the first song from their upcoming New Weathermen/Ferret debut. The record is titled Introducing Foxy Shazam and is due out January 22, 2008. The band is described as producing “keyboard propelled songs that layer spastic hardcore noise atop fractured Classic Soul inspired pop.

You can check out “Yes Yes Yes!” on their myspace page.
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NOFX posts tracklisting for “They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live”

NOFX NOFX has announced the track listing for their upcoming live record, They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live. The second live record, which is a followup to 1995’s I Hear They Suck Live will hit the streets November 20, 2007 on CD/2XLP.

The album is culled from three nights of talking mixed with the occasional song at Slim’s in San Francisco and will not include any material from Suck Live but will include new versions of old songs and rare tracks. They released Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing in 2006.

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Ian MacKaye is alive and well

Ian MacKaye, the man behind Fugazi, Minor Threat, Dischord and countless other projects is alive and well. Many of you wrote in with both the rumour and the denial of said rumour and rest assured that Ian is doing just fine.

For those of you unaware of the rumour, a myspace bulletin and eventual Wikipedia entry started the internet hoax that Mr.MacKaye had been killed in a hit-and-run accident. The people behind the hoax were thorough, including a real hospital (Baltimore’s St. Agnes Hospital) and have repeatedly changed the Wikipedia entry as well. The entry in the internet encyclopedia has been locked to prevent further misinformation.

According to Ian himself:

I am happy to report that I am not dead.

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Indie labels call for investigation of Universal Music

Independent music labels in the United Kingdom have called for the Universal Music Group to be investigated for anti-competitive acts in their domination of the music industry. Currently, 55% of artists topping the charts in the UK are signed to the label or one of its many subsidiaries.

The action was precipitated by the label’s acquisition of the UK arm of V2 Records, giving it control of artists like Bloc Party, The Black Lips and the catalogues of bands like At the Drive-In, Blood Brothers, Gang of Four and others. The label was purchased from Richard Branson for £7 million.

The instigators of the suit, The Association of Independent Music, has members of Ninja Tune Records, Beggars Group, Cooking Vinyl, Cherry Red and others on the board and is a non-profit representing independent labels in the UK.
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Morrissey set to record

As soon as his current tour wraps up, Morrissey will begin work on his next album. The influential singer and lyricist spoke to BBC news about the plans, saying:

The plan is to make a new album after this tour. It’s absolutely written and completely ready.

You are bound to pick up influences whose lyrics are famed for incorporating social and political commentary. But when you create and write it’s very important to be yourself and that’s what I’ve always tried to do. I’m outside the mainstream, and the mainstream never let me in.

Morrissey is currently a free agent, having completed his deal with Sanctuary records will the releases of Ringleader of the Tormentors and You Are The Quarry. Maybe he’ll end up on DecayDance.
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