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Rancid records at Skywalker Ranch?

George Lucas’ famed Skywalker ranch is home to many projects in the entertainment world- as LA Times writer Geoff Boucher discovered. However, one of things he did notice (that perhaps wasn’t previously known), is that Skywalker Ranch is also home to a recording studio where bands like The Rolling Stones, Third Eye Blind, and Faith Hill have spent time in … but most recently, it was Epitaph punk rockers Rancid, who according to this report, were there for a recording session.

As we know, Rancid are currently working on their new record with Brett Gurewitz. No word of whether they’re actually recording there or whether its post-album touch ups and/or mixing.

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Toshiba kills HD-DVD

It looks like the battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD is pretty much over. Reports are coming in that Toshiba has announced the discontinuation of its HD-DVD line; this includes the developing, manufacturing, and marketing of HD-DVD players and recorders. The full press release of the announcement can be read here.

We hope you all got Blu-ray players. Otherwise, enjoy the Betamax of this generation.

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Preview upcoming Good Riddance swan song

Fat Wreck has posted the first MP3 sample from the upcoming Good Riddance album, Remain In Memory: The Final Show. The live recording is the final release from the now-defunct Santa Cruz hardcore act, having called it quits after more than a decade together. You can now download the song, “Mother Superior,” (originally from their superb 1995 album For God And Country) right here.

Remain In Memory is set for release March 18th.

Editor’s note: Holy shit, how good does this recording sound? The crowd is amped and Good Riddance sound like the best they’ve ever sounded. It gave me some goose bumps. AMPED! March 18th will be a good day for GR fans.

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Illegal filesharers to get internet axe?

NME is reporting that UK lawmakers are trying to pass new legislation that would enable a new “three strikes” policy to come into play for those who illegally download media from the internet. That would mean those who “strike out,” could effectively ‘be banned’ from internet usage via their ISP.

It’s just a UK-based initiative at the moment, but regardless of geography, it seems like a fruitless ploy in an unwinable war against filesharing. With the ease of internet connectivity these days, and the high number of options of access, denial via one portal surely won’t stop the hordes.

Update: Just as I post this and browse, I see that Wired as some interesting news on some of the latest filesharing sites that have quickly become a haven for free music. They talk about Tagoo … which of course, is based in Russia. Just makes it all the more difficult to track and stop. We also have Waffles, a popular site that has taken over the mantlepiece since the demise of fan favorite, OiNK.

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