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EmilySachs
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posted January 01, 2004 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a place for any miscellaneous music items.

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indiedan
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Elliott Smith Case Not Closed

Sad-song troubadour Elliott Smith was thought to have died by his own hand two months ago.


Now, those investigating the presumed suicide of the 34-year-old folk-rocker aren't so sure.


A statement issued this week by the Los Angeles County coroner has clouded the case, saying officials have been unable to determine whether Smith was the one who initiated the two "penetrating stab wounds" in his chest.


Therefore, an official cause of death has not yet been filed.


"Despite a comprehensive and ongoing inquiry into the death by the LAPD (news - web sites) detectives and coroner investigators together with a thorough examination by the coroner's pathologist, the mode of death remains 'undetermined' due to incomplete knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the death," the coroner's office said in a press statement.


The coroner says the wounds could have been inflicted either by Smith or a second party.


The body of the brooding singer-songwriter was discovered October 21 in the kitchen of his Los Angeles apartment.


Given Smith's history of drug and alcohol abuse and depression (he was once dubbed "the unhappiest man in the land" and his most famous song was "Miss Misery"), police initially declared the case a suicide. But toxicology tests showed no drugs in Smith's system and, with the coroner's most recent pronouncement, authorities say they plan to revisit the suicide theory.


The coroner's office will revisit the case should new information surface; until then, the file will remain open.


Smith rose through the indie ranks in the '90s with fragile melodies that stood in stark contract to the grunge, nu-metal and rap dominating radio.


He released his solo debut, Roman Candle, in 1994, and received critical acclaim for 1997's Either/Or.


Smith's music caught the attention of director Gus Van Sant, who included several of the singer's tracks on the Good Will Hunting Soundtrack (1997), the most popular of which, "Miss Misery," earned Smith a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.


His major-label debut, XO, was released the following year on DreamWorks Records.


In August, Smith released the vinyl single "Pretty (Ugly Before)" with the flip side, "A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity to Be Free." It was his first recorded work since the 2000 album, Figure 8.

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Rush guitarist in New Year's Eve fight with deputies

NAPLES, Florida (AP) --The lead guitarist for the rock band Rush skirmished with sheriff's deputies, spat blood on one and was arrested on New Year's Eve after his son refused to leave the stage at a fancy hotel, authorities said.

Deputies said they had to use a stun gun on 50-year-old Alex Zivojinovich -- known on stage as Alex Lifeson -- for what they described as drunken, violent behavior at the Naples Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Zivojinovich was still in Collier County jail early Friday. Also arrested were his son Justin Zivojinovich, 33, and his son's wife, Michelle Zivojinovich, 30.

Justin Zivojinovich said deputies broke his father's nose.

The son said he went on the stage where the house band was performing so he could sing.

"I was singing Happy New Year's, that's all I was doing, singing to the whole crowd. That's all I said, 'Happy New Year,'" Justin Zivojinovich said. "Everyone was enjoying themselves. That's when someone apparently started yelling for one of the security guards. There was no violence on our part."

According to authorities, the scuffle began when Justin Zivojinovich refused to leave the stage.

The guitarist spat blood on a deputy's face and pushed a deputy down a hotel stairwell during the struggle, a police report said.

Justin Zivojinovich disputed that account, saying the deputy tumbled down the stairs as she pushed the guitarist down the stairwell.

Charges against Alex Zivojinovich include aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and disorderly intoxication.

Rush's hits include "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight" and "Spirit of the Radio."

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Arista Records Chief Gets the (Gucci) Boot

Antonio "L.A." Reid (search) learned a lot during his 8-week summer course at Harvard Business School. But that austere organization couldn't make him have hit records. And that's why he got the boot yesterday from his job as head of Arista Records.

True, Reid, who wore gorgeous Brioni suits and shopped at Gucci, struck gold a couple of times in four years. He had a big success with OutKast, and another with Avril Lavigne.

But he couldn't sell new albums by Dido, Aretha Franklin or Pink. His one Babyface album was a bust. Santana was a disappointment under his regime. Whitney Houston cost upward of $20 million and it was all lost, like confetti in the wind.

Of course, Reid came into Arista under the worst circumstances, succeeding Clive Davis after 25 glorious years. The press was mean to him — myself included — but he played into it.

Reid was chosen for the job by Strauss Zelnick, who stuck by him but eventually got fired along with Michael Dornemann for being dumb enough to toy around with Davis. And we all know what happened next. Davis came back, started J Records, and has had hit after hit.

The rumor now is that Reid will wind up at the new Warner Records or at Universal Music Group. But the rumors are rampant now in the business, since major layoffs of executives are imminent, thanks to the mergers. At risk are Elektra's Sylvia Rhone, Atlantic's Val Azzoli and Craig Kallman and Warner's Roger Ames.

Over at Universal, the big question is what will happen to Lyor Cohen. Will he stay, or move to Warner? And will Universal pay out $50 million to TVT Records to resolve the judgment against them caused by Cohen? I'm told they will.

Is this mess in the record industry all because of downloading? In a word: No. It's about radio being run by a monopoly, and A&R guys and gals who refuse to sign new talent with lasting futures. It's about rap and hip-hop junk, and sampling replacing actual composition. Ironically, Reid's greatest contribution to music — OutKast — is a keeper, an act with a career. But it was his reliance on the little stuff — Blu Cantrell, etc — that brought him down. And it will likely do the same to many of his colleagues.

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indiedan
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A guitarist with rising British rockers Hope of the States has been found hanged at an English recording studio.

Police said James Lawrence, 26, was discovered by bandmates hanging from roof timbers at the Real World Studios near Bath, western England, early Thursday. The studio complex in the western English countryside is owned by Peter Gabriel, former singer with Genesis.

Wiltshire police said his body had been discovered by other members of the group.

"In spite of attempts by ambulance staff Mr. Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor," said the police, They added they were not treating his death as suspicious.

The six-piece band, from the southern English town of Chichester, were at Real World recording their debut album, due for release in the spring after months spent recording in Russia and then Ireland.

The group had a top 40 hit in Britain with "Enemies/Friends" and recently signed to Sony imprint Seeker after what was described by the NME.com Web site as an "an intense bidding war."

The band, led by singer Sam Herlihy, had recently performed on BBC's "Top of the Pops" and were due to play at the NME awards at the London Astoria next month.

The state-of-the-art Real World studios are a firm favorite with many in the industry and have been used by everyone from Kylie Minogue to the Stereophonics.

They are set in idyllic surroundings with panoramic views and water features.

A studio spokesman said Lawrence's family were too upset and shocked to comment but a statement from the studio and record company was expected later Thursday.

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Report: Illegal Music Downloading Climbs
(AP) - The number of people downloading music illegally surged a month after recording companies began suing hundreds of music fans, a marketing research firm said Thursday. The number of U.S. households downloading music from peer-to-peer networks rose 6 percent in October and 7 percent in November after a six-month decline, according to a study of computer use in 10,000 U.S. households conducted by The NPD Group.

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A Story To Make Every Violinist Wince You would think that, the more valuable your musical instrument, the tighter you would make your death grip on its case whenever you had occasion to transport the thing. But even great musicians can be distracted, and this week, world-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer, preoccupied with a colleague's cancellation of an upcoming tour, stood up and walked off a train in Baltimore, leaving behind his nearly 300-year-old Guarneri del Gesu, valued at $3 million. The violin was recovered in Washington by Amtrak officials, and transported north to Baltimore in time for Kremer's next performance.

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posted January 30, 2004 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$3 million dollar violin? I think that's worth more than the entire Baltimore Symphony.

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For $3 million that thing ought to be able to play itself.

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1979: Sid Vicious dies

Twenty five years ago today, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose aged 21.

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Norah Jones sells over 1 million CDs in first week!
http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/18/norahjones.sales.ap/index.html

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PITTSBURGH - The Steel City apparently rocks.

Pittsburgh tops the list of Esquire's "Cities That Rock" in its April issue. The list excludes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Austin, Texas, which are widely cited for their music scenes.

"The overarching idea about this is we didn't want to pick the same old cities," said Chris Berend, associate editor of Esquire. "The idea was that there were other cities that represent the majority of America that really might be the next spring of something."

The magazine polled more than six dozen music writers, acquaintances and friends to compile the list. A little sympathy for the Steel City didn't hurt.

"I think there's this affection for Pittsburgh that people kind of want to feel. I feel like it's an underdog," Berend said.

The last big band to come out of Pittsburgh arguably was Rusted Root, whose single "Send Me on My Way" enjoyed heavy air play in 1995.

Other cities making the list were Denver; Minneapolis; Raleigh, N.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; Fresno, Calif.; New Orleans; Phoenix; and San Francisco.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammy-winning pop singer Whitney Houston has entered a drug rehabilitation facility, her publicist said.

Houston "thanks everyone for their support and prayers," publicist Nancy Seltzer said in a statement Monday. She declined to offer any further details.

Houston, 40, admitted in a December 2002 television that she had abused drugs in the past, but told interviewer Diane Sawyer on ABC's "Primetime" that she had gotten beyond that time through prayer.

Houston's husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, was sentenced to 60 days in jail in late February for violating probation. One of the violations included a December misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly striking Houston, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut inside her lip.

In January 2000, Houston left behind a bag at Keahole Kona International Airport in Hawaii that allegedly held less than half an ounce of marijuana and three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes.

In 2001, a petty misdemeanor drug charge relating to the incident was dismissed against Houston after a drug counselor filed an assessment with prosecutors stating that Houston did not require treatment for substance abuse.

Brown and Houston have been married since 1992 and have a 10-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

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J.J. Jackson, remembered as one of the first faces of MTV, died Wednesday night in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack, according to friends and former business associates. He was 62.

Jackson helped define the term "VJ" as one of the first on-air personalities on MTV when the channel launched in 1981. During his five-year tenure with the network, Jackson interviewed some of the top names of the day and was part of some key music milestones. Jackson covered the 1985 Live Aid benefit concert in London and helped to "unmask" Kiss during a 1982 interview. He also hosted the debut episode of MTV's long-running "120 Minutes" in 1986, and brought music titans like Robert Plant and Pete Townshend to the then-fledgling channel.

MTV released a statement Thursday evening (March 18), mourning the loss of one of its beloved alumni and reflecting on his immense contribution to the station.

"J.J. Jackson's deep passion for music, his ease and good humor on air, and his welcoming style really set the tone for the early days of MTV. He was a big part of the channel's success and we are sure he is in the music section of heaven, with lots of his friends and heroes. We are fortunate to have had him as a part of the MTV family. He will be greatly missed."

Besides his endeavors in television, Jackson also logged a thick résumé in radio. Prior to his MTV days, Jackson was a rock-radio staple, first at WBCN-FM in Boston, and later at a few stations in Los Angeles. After his VJ days, Jackson returned to radio in the Los Angeles area.

On Thursday (March 18), Paul Goldstein, program director of L.A.'s KTWV-FM, said "J.J.'s tenure with the station ended just six months ago. He was a wonderful man and will be very missed."

More information concerning J.J. Jackson will be available in the coming hours.

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Wal-Mart Launches Online Music Store
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Tuesday officially launched its online music store with an expanded roster of artists, and kept the price at the same 88 cents per song that it offered during a three-month test. The store, which sells digital downloads for 11 percent less than major competitors, expanded its catalog of artists by 50 percent, including exclusive songs from Jessica Simpson, 3 Doors Down, Shania Twain and others, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer said.

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