Slayer released that the actual cause of death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman was alcohol related cirrhosis, not the spider bite many thought was the case. In a statement via Facebook, the band said, "While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record."
File Under: Holy Shit. In what could have been one of the greatest supergroups and spin-off groups in history, it has been reveled that Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis almost formed a band together in 1969. The idea occurred when Hendrix, Davis and his drummer were going to record an album together with producer Alan Douglas and sent a telegram to Macca. However, thanks to Beatlemania, McCartney could not accept the invitation. The telegram is currently on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague.
Death Grips have confirmed they are working on a new album.
Sugar Man has now found his college degree. Rodriguez has received an honorary degree from Detroit based university, Wayne State University.
New Order will release a charity live album from their performance at Bestival last year. All proceeds from the sales will go to Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
Art Brut have released a clever iPhone and iPad app to go along with their new "Best Of" compilation, Top of the Pops. In a press statement the band said, "Old hippies and idiots who only collect vinyl often complain that album artwork has suffered in recent times due to it not being as readily available on huge 12 inch pieces of cardboard. Art Brut disagree, we have embraced the future, 12 inch pieces of cardboard are for squares. Our App - or super futurisitc album artwork if you will - contains previews of the songs from Top of the Pops and includes the exclusive comics that were produced for each of the album's tracks. Unlike a big piece of cardboard you can carry this around in your pocket. Well... in your phone or iPod in your pocket. And On your iPad, which won't fit in your pocket."