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Breeders Detail ‘Mountain Battles’; Scott Weiland Arrested, Denies Charges

Plus news on Regina Spektor, Bumbershoot, and the CMJ Music Marathon.

Though it appears Kim Deal isn’t keen on a new Pixies LP, fans of her melodious songcraft and cherubic rasp can rest assured; the Breeders’ forthcoming LP, entitled Mountain Battles, will arrive stateside April 8 via 4AD. The record, the follow up to 2002’s Title TK, which frontwoman Kim Dealhas worked on between reunion tours with the Pixies, was predominantlyrecorded with Steve Albini at Chicago’s Electrical Audio studio withlongtime members Mando Lopez (bass), Jose Medeles (drums), and sisterKelley Deal (guitar/vocals).

Discussing the record with VenusZine,Kim Deal said, “the songs are just songs. But for instance, one songKelley and I did live. She played stand-up bass and I played acousticguitar while we sang.” She added: “Steve Albini taped it live likethat. Yet another song has Kelley playing bass and Mando playing rhythmguitar. I’m playing the lead and Kelley and I are singing throughout.One song has Mando playing a lead guitar, which Albini then backwardmasked. One song has three, count ‘em, three basses on it.”

For a taste of “three basses” and more, Chicagoans can head to this holiday benefitto catch Kim and sister Kelley Deal onstage before they head out ontour in support of the record in 2008. And though performances haveyet-to-be detailed, a press release confirms stop at SXSW and Coachellawill be included in the itinerary.

Mountain Battles tracklisting:

1. “Overglazed”
2. “Bang On”
3. “Night of Joy”
4. “We’re Gonna Rise”
5. “German Studies”
6. “Spark”
7. “Istanbul”
8. “Walk It Off”
9. “Regalame Esta Noche”
10. “Here No More”
11. “No Way”
12. “It’s the Love”
13. “Mountain Battles”

Scott Weiland Arrested, Denies Charges

Scott Weiland, former vocalist for alt-rockers Stone Temple Pilots and current frontman of the Velvet Revolver, was arrested Nov. 21 for DUI when he crashed his car on a state highway in California, Billboard.com reports.Weiland, who has been arrested numerous times for drug relatedoffenses, was taken to Van Nuys Jail when an officer noticed “signs ofimpairment.” The rocker refused to submit to a blood or urine test andwas later released on $40,000 bail.

But Weiland’s publicisthas a different story. “Scott was not driving under the influence of adrug, legal or illegal… He voluntarily took a Breathalyzer test whichthe defense believes registers well within the legal limit. He isanxious to get to court … and clear this matter up.” Weiland isscheduled to appear in court Dec. 13.

Regina Spektor Postpones More Shows

Remember that ear infection ailing New York City-based songstress Regina Spektorresulting in her collapse before a Nashville show and subsequently afew canceled gigs? Well, it appears the illness has reared its uglyhead again, forcing Spektor to curb the remaining dates of her tour.

“Unfortunately,according to her doctor, the infection may take many more weeks toclear, and the vertigo episodes will randomly continue to occurthroughout her healing process,” a website post explained. Theremaining shows — Atlanta (12/5), Nashville (12/6), Norfolk (12/8),and Richmond (12/10) — have been postponed and will tentatively unfoldin early 2008, though definitive dates have yet-to-be announced.

Cheap Bumbershoot Passes On Sale Now

In anticipation for the 2008 installment of Bumbershoot,Seattle’s premier music and arts festival, officials are rewardingregistered BumberFans with an exclusive deal: $60 three-day passes tothe event, which this past Labor Day Weekend, drew the likes of the Shins, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wu-Tang Clan, and Panic! At the Disco, among many others.

Ifyou do the math, the exclusive three-day pass available now arrivescheaper than the price of two normal day passes. So how do I become amember of BumberFans and snag my cheap pass, you ask? Well, head overto Bumbershoot.org, register, and then receive your special code to inexpensive rock’n’roll bliss!

CMJ 2008 Dates Unveiled, Concertgoers Still Tired

While scores of fans and industry insiders continue to detox from October’s booze-addled CMJ Music Marathon,officials have something aside from rest and relaxation on their minds:next year’s installment. Yep, that’s right, those steadfast musicminded folks behind the event, which attracts thousands of bands toManhattan for one week of non-stop tunes, have already mapped out the2008 event, slated to once again hit the venues of lower Manhattan andbeyond Oct. 21-25.

Fans can snatch up early bird badges now — at their cheapest price ever! — via the Music Marathon website. Band registration is also underway, with special early bird discounts.

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