For The Record: Quick News On Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Whitney Houston, Interpol, Tenacious D & More

Blink-182 are in San Diego’s Rolling Thunder studios recording the follow-up to 2001′s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket with producer Jerry Finn, whose credits include that album and the eponymous debut by side project Box Car Racer. Slated to drop in August or September, Blink’s fifth album is expected to include the tentatively titled “Down,” “Obvious,” “I Miss You” and “I Should Have Got Caught.” … Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden will sing on “Jaded,” the first single from Mest‘s self-titled LP, due in June. Madden will also appear in the video for the song. A Benjiless Mest will hit the Warped Tour trail this summer. …

Whitney Houston‘s latest stop on the comeback circuit is a guest spot on the season finale of “Boston Public,” in which she attends prom with a student and performs “Try It on My Own” in an effort to allay Aisha’s Whitney-induced stage fright. Prom night is May 12 on Fox. … Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, who had recently been plagued with the flu, suffered a stressed nerve in his arm during a club date in Bologna, Italy, on April 16, forcing the band to cancel the show. After allowing him two days to recuperate, Interpol played the show and continued their tour. … Tenacious D have always been about being bigger and better, so instead of releasing a single DVD like most everyone else, they’re working on a double-DVD extravaganza. The package will include all of their music videos, comedic episodes shot for HBO, a half-hour band rockumentary, behind-the-scenes footage and a 90-minute concert shot in London. The still-untitled set was directed by Liam Lynch and will be released by year’s end. …

Pet Sounds mastermind Brian Wilson will receive an honorary degree at the June commencement ceremony of Boston’s Northeastern University. Despite composing songs like “Be True to Your School” in 1963, the Beach Boys genius never went to college. … He couldn’t hide behind his Internet service provider, and now a man suspected of engaging in illegal file sharing may not be able to hide behind the Constitution, either. The Department of Justice filed a brief on Friday that said the subpoena requested by the Recording Industry Association of America for ISP Verizon Communications to surrender the name of a subscriber allegedly involved in copyright infringement does not violate the constitutional amendment that defines one’s right to privacy. Verizon is contesting the subpoena on grounds that it does. A federal judge will ultimately determine the legality of the court order. …

04.18.03

After performing alongside the Beastie Boys, Blur and others at the Field Day Festival on June 8, the Roots will join the Dave Matthews Band‘s summer tour. ?uestlove and crew will be out with the stadium rockers from July 26 to August 2. …

Vanessa Carlton, Mya, Tweet and Lucy Woodward will perform at the third annual Pantene Pro-Voice competition, a singing contest for girls ages 14-24, in Central Park in New York on August 7.The lucky winner will receive a $5,000 demo-recording deal from Atlantic Records. Vocalists can enter at pro-voice.com. … The third annual BET Awards will be held June 24 in Hollywood’s Kodak Theater and broadcast that day on the cable network at 9 pm. ET/PT. Nominees and performers have yet to be announced. …

The 2003 Vans Warped Tour Compilation, the sixth in a series, is due June 3. Andrew W.K., Less Than Jake, Simple Plan, Taking Back Sunday and the Used are among the artists on the double-disc release. … Whitney Houston will premiere her new video for “Try It on My Own” on ABC on Saturday. The clip will air at 9:26 ET, during a showing of “The Birdcage.” … Darkness-obsessed rockers AFI are releasing a special edition of their major-label debut Sing the Sorrow on April 21 that will include a 60-plus page booklet, a DVD containing the short film “Clandestine” and 5.1 surround sound mixes of album tracks. Always looking for new ways to make its following feel like family, the band has been inviting members of its “Despair Faction” fan club to recent pre-gig sound checks. …

Xzibit is set to host “Rhyme Night,” a new monthly talent show that provides a forum for both signed and unsigned hip-hop acts to display their skills. The show will debut May 28 at 9 p.m. at the Hollywood club Sixteen-Fifty. … Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson is getting environmental — he hosts and narrates a new video to educate elementary school kids about public lands and habitats. Put together by National Geographic and the nonprofit group Just Within Reach, the 20-minute video will be distributed to hundreds of fifth grade classes during the 2003-04 academic year. …

“Karma Police,” “Knives Out,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” and 12 other Radiohead songs are covered by classical pianist Christopher O’Riley on his album True Love Waits, due June 10. The sophisticated pianoman has been obsessed with the English group, scarfing up B-sides and rare live cuts, ever since hearing 1997′s OK Computer.Lee Ving of Fear, Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks and filmmaker Penelope Spheeris will be on hand for a Q&A session following benefit screenings of the first and third installments of Spheeris’ punk documentary series “The Decline of Western Civilization” (the second film focused on the metal scene). The screenings, to take place April 28 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, benefit the Sweet Relief Organization. …

While every other major musical event in China has been canceled since the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome surfaced in late March, Paul Oakenfold will take the stage Friday (April 18) in Shanghai and Saturday in Beijing. … Nü-metal outfit Spineshank have finished mastering their forthcoming third album, Self-Destructive. …

Phil Demmel, late of Robb Flynn‘s pre-Machine Head thrash metal band Vio-Lence, has officially joined Flynn’s current outfit. Demmel replaces guitarist Ahrue Luster, who split from Machine Head following touring commitments supporting the release of their most recent studio album, Supercharger. … Canada’s Barenaked Ladies are working on their sixth album, the follow up to the 2000′s Maroon, in a Southern California studio. The songs expected to appear on the as-yet-untitled LP, which is slated for a late summer release, include the tentatively titled “Testing 123,” “Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!,” and the profanity-laced “Sign Me Up.” …