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Phil Spector Case Ends in Mistrial; Sex Pistols Slate Private L.A. Gig

Plus news on George Harrison and Apostle of Hustle.

The murder trial of famed “Wall of Sound” music producer Phil Spectorcame to end yesterday when Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidlerdeclared the case a mistrial after the jury reported that it wasdeadlocked 10-2 and unable to reach a final verdict, the Associated Press reports.The mistrial comes after nearly five months of testimony and on the12th day of jury deliberations; a retrial has yet-to-be announced, butprosecutor Steve Cooley said in statement, “We will seek the court’spermission to retry the case and begin immediately to prepare for aretrial.” A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 3.

Spector,charged with second-degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarksonmore than four years ago in his Los Angeles home, exited the court roomyesterday with his wife Rochelle, who, unrelated to the trial’sverdict, is under investigation for possibly making threats to JudgeFidler via a post to a “Team Spector” MySpace page. “I love PhilSpector” and “The Evil Judge should DIE!!!!” read the post, which havesince been deleted yet was signed “xoxo Chelle,” an indication toSpector’s wife. Christopher Plourd, Spector’s attorney, deniedRochelle’s involvement.

Sex Pistols Slate Private L.A. Show

Why stop the 30th anniversary celebration behind the 1977 release of Never Mind the Bollocks with a U.K.-based gig and a little studio time for Guitar Hero?Punk icons the Sex Pistols have the same query, and their answer is –party on! Original Sex Pistols John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten –featured in Spin’s special October issue on 1977– Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock have now announced a privateclub show at Los Angeles Roxy venue — their first club show in theCity of Angels — set to preface the band’s November U.K. reunion gigand hit SoCal fans Oct. 25. In order to get tickets to the show, whichwas made possible by Indie 103.1 FM, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and Helio, tune into Indie 103.1 or check out indie1031.com and await your chance to win tickets.

Martin Scorsese Details George Harrison Documentary

Inan effort to uncover the late rocker’s life, from the barroom’s ofHamburg, to the spiritual escapes of India, to the Hollywood hills,superstar producer Martin Scorsese has unveiled a yet-to-be titled documentary profiling the quiet Beatle George Harrison in a series of unreleased interviews and other materials from an extensive archive, Variety.com reports.With Harrison’s widow Olivia on board, the film, a joint effort betweenScorsese’s Sikelia Prods., Harrison’s Grove Street Prods., and NigelSinclair’s Spitfire Pictures, will offer unprecedented insight to theseminal musician, who died in 2001 after a battle with lung cancer. Inaddition, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as theBeatles’ Apple Records, are expected to join the effort. DavidTedeschi, who edited Scorsese’s Rolling Stones film Shine a Light and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, will also come aboard to work for the film, slated to release theatrically.

“GeorgeHarrison’s music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story thatstill resonates today and I’m looking forward to delving deeper,”Scorsese said. Olivia Harrison added, “It would have given George greatjoy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story.”

Apostle of Hustle Maps Fall Outing

Broken Social Scene constituent and musical hustler of sorts Andrew Whitemanwill take his apostles on the road this fall for a 17-date NorthAmerican outing, set to kick off in Halifax, Nova Scotia Oct. 18. Fromthere, Apostle of Hustle will weave the northern border,dropping into stateside outposts like Minneapolis, in which the Artsand Crafts outfit will team with fellow Canucks Do Make Say Think.Next, following a continual jaunt west, the two outfits will descendthe West Coast from Vancouver, B.C. to Los Angeles, then hit citieslike Tucson and Denver and cap with a gig in Chicago’s Metro venue Nov.10.

Apostle of Hustle tour dates:

10/18, Halifax, NS (The Marquee)
10/19, Saint John, NB (Elwoods)
10/20, Fredericton, NB (The Capital)
10/23, Minneapolis, MN (Varsity Theater) #
10/24, Winnipeg, MB (The Royal Albert) #
10/25, Saskatoon, SK (Amigo’s) #
10/26, Edmonton, AB (Starlight Ballroom) #
10/27, Calgary, AB (MacEwan Ballroom) #
10/29, Vancouver, BC (Commodore Ballroom) #
10/30, Victoria, BC (Sugar) #
10/31, Seattle, WA (Crocodile Cafe) #
11/1, Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge) #
11/2, Eugene, OR (Indigo District) #
11/3, San Francisco, CA (Mezzanine) #
11/4, Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex) #
11/5, San Diego, CA (Casbah) #
11/6, Tucson, AZ (Plush) #
11/7, Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge) #
11/8, Denver, CO (Bluebird Theatre) #
11/9, Omaha, NE (Waiting Room) #
11/10, Chicago, IL (Metro) #

(# w/ Do Make Say Think)

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