For The Record: Quick News On P. Diddy, Moby, Ryan Adams, Courtney Love, Wilco, Frank Zappa & More

P. Diddy is among the first hip-hop stars lined up to participate in the relaunch of Rap the Vote, the voter registration, education and empowerment initiative that aims to promote political awareness through means such as rallies, concerts, PSAs and personal appearances. Russell Simmons and Def Jam President Kevin Liles have joined forces with Rap the Vote and the NAACP to help get the word out. ... Ryan Adams, Wilco, Emmylou Harris, Luna and the Jayhawks are among the acts lined up for the first Austin City Limits Music Festival, which is scheduled for September 28 and 29 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Other acts scheduled for the fest include Gillian Welch, Nickel Creek, David Garza, G Love & Special Sauce and Eyes Adrift, the new trio of Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, the Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood and Sublime's Bud Gaugh. ...

Moby, Our Lady Peace and DJs Sasha & Digweed are headlining a pre-party for the MTV Video Music Awards on Pier 54 in Manhattan on Tuesday, August 27. Tickets are free (though limited) and can be obtained starting Wednesday (August 21) at Manhattan's two Virgin Megastore locations. ... Musiq and Nappy Roots will appear at MTV2 Nominee Night on Wednesday, August 28, at Jimmy's Uptown in New York. Tickets are being given away through local radio station Power 105. ... The same evening, Dirty Vegas and Slum Village will perform at the World in Times Square as part of MTV's 24 Hours of Music celebration. Tickets are on sale through the venue's box office. ...

A court hearing of lawsuits filed by former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love and Universal Music — the label filed theirs when Love failed to deliver a new album pursuant to her contract, and she sued back to break said contract — was postponed Tuesday until September 3. The two sides are reportedly negotiating a settlement. ...

Phish drummer Jon Fishman and Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde have created their own Frank Zappa mixtape masterpieces to be released as the first in a series of compilations dedicated to the legendary artist's work. The two Zappa Picks anthologies will arrive in stores on October 15, each with liner notes by its respective compiler. ...

Before heading out on the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour, 311 recorded a song called "Express Yourself" with the Black Eyed Peas for the rap group's upcoming album, Elephunk. Papa Roach and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker have also contributed to tracks for the project. ... Grandmaster Flash has developed a mixing board for electronics company Rane that will correct sonic deficiencies in vinyl. Dubbed Empath, the product will be available in September. ... Kevin Cadogan, the guitarist who was ousted from Third Eye Blind in January of 2000, will unveil his new band, Bully, on September 12 at the Roxy in West Hollywood. The group has recorded four songs that are available for download at www.kevincadogan.com. ...

Chicago punk band Mest will headline a two-month club tour with Home Grown, Catch 22 and Madcap beginning September 12. After the tour, Mest are scheduled to record their fourth album, with Goldfinger singer John Feldmann and Miguel (Sublime) producing. ... Guttermouth, Gob, Authority Zero, Nerf Herder and 1208 will team up for 10 weeks on the Punk-O-Rama Tour, which kicks off on September 15 in Santa Cruz, California. The outing winds up November 23 in Atlanta. ... Swami Satchidananda, the guru who opened the original Woodstock festival in 1969, died Monday in Madras, India, according to The New York Times. He was 87. ...

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To celebrate the release of his debut album, The Bathroom Wall, Jimmy Fallon will appear and sign autographs during an in-store at FYE at 1290 Avenue of the Americas in New York City on Tuesday, August 27, starting at 5:00. Two days later, he'll host the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards just a few blocks away at Radio City Music Hall starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. ... Ashanti will help to usher in this year's traditional Turkey Day festivities by riding the M&M float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, according to Def Jam. No word yet if the Murder Inc. princess will also perform at the event, which will be televised from New York. ...

P.O.D. have canceled their October European tour because frontman Sonny Sandoval is suffering from a herniated disc in his neck and back. The condition, caused by years of performing, will eventually require surgery, the band's publicist said, but the band has no plans to drop off Ozzfest. ... Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smits will co-host the 3rd annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live from L.A.'s Kodak Theatre on September 18 starting at 9 p.m. on CBS. ...

Redman, Onyx, Keith Murray, Poverty, Words and Madd Skillz will head out on the 2002 Lyricist Lounge Tour starting September 12 in Orlando, Florida. The itinerary's scheduled dates run through an October 9 stop in Washington, D.C. ... The drummer from Ash, Rick "Rock" McMurray, suffered broken ribs August 16 when the band's bus crashed en route to an Area2 show in Detroit, according to their Web site. No other members of the group were seriously injured, and the band hopes to return to the road soon. ...

Eighties pop-rockin' girl group the Go-Go's have written and recorded "Do It Over," a theme song for a new series called "Do Over." The Paramount-produced television series begins next month on the WB. ... Spiritualized drummer Kevin Bales is currently being treated for leukemia, according to the band's Web site. The English rock band, who have made swirling, dreamy pop their stock and trade, have delayed the recording of their next album, which was originally set to begin in September.