For The Record: Quick News On Method Man, Boot Camp Clik, John Mayer And Rob Thomas, Rooney & More

Method Man's stripping doc to hit in March, Boot Camp Clik plot their return.

Method Man's documentary "The Strip Game," in which the rapper tracks the lives of five strippers, will hit shelves on March 8. Accompanying Meth on his trek are his pals Redman, Scarface, Ghostface, Blink-182's Travis Barker and Warren G. The DVD will be released through Lions Gate and will include special features, including never-before-seen pole tricks, extended dances and auditions. ... The Boot Camp Clik are stomping back to action this spring with three new albums. Heltah Skeltah's Sean Price will make his solo debut in April with Monkey Barz. Then in May, Black Moon frontman Buckshot and Little Brother DJ/producer 9th Wonder will team for Chemistry. Finally, Smif N Wessun return — with their original name intact — for Reloaded in June. For fans who can't wait until spring, the Clik will showcase their new material on January 28 at New York's Knitting Factory. ...

Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas is slated to release his solo debut, Something to Be, in early May. The album will feature likely first single "Lonely No More" as well as an unnamed track featuring John Mayer on guitar. ... Because donating to charity is always in fashion, the clothing line option-g has created a line called Army With Harmony that will feature T-shirts designed by musicians, with a percentage of the proceeds from their sale going to a charity of the artists' choice. The premiere collection, set to launch in mid-February, will feature shirts with artwork by Ben Lee, Ned Brower from Rooney and Aaron Burtch from Grandaddy. ...

The second U.K. edition of All Tomorrow's Parties 2005 will be curated by actor/musician/director Vincent Gallo. Scheduled for April 22-24 in Camber Sands, the three-day festival will feature the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Prefuse 73, Lydia Lunch, Buck 65 and the reunion of indie rockers from two generations: '70s no-wavers James Chance and the Contortions and '90s orchestral collective Olivia Tremor Control. The first installment of ATP 2005 is set for Feb 25-27 and is being assembled by re-formed rockers Slint; Spoon and Mogwai are among the acts on that bill. ... Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has joined forces with Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment to develop a multimedia franchise in which Starr will star as a superpowered, animated version of himself, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project will initially be launched as a 60- or 90-minute DVD but may branch into a TV show or feature film. ...

R&B songbird Vivian Green is back in the studio. Green is working with a host of producers, including Scott Storch, James Poyser, June Burvine and Che Pop, on her second album, Vivian, the follow-up to her 2002 debut, A Love Story. ... New York electro-clashers Fischerspooner will release their sophomore album, Odyssey, on April 5. Guests on the 11-track record include Linda Perry, Madonna producer Mirwais and late author/activist Susan Sontag. The lead single from the LP will be "Just Let Go." ...

01.24.2005

JoJo has picked "Not That Kinda Girl" to be her next single. She's shooting the video in Los Angeles with Fat Cats at the helm on February 1 and 2, before flying off to Australia the following week to film her movie debut, "Aquamarine." JoJo's slated to shoot Down Under through May. ...

As part of mtvU's "Stand In" series, Nas and his father, jazz musician Olu Dara, surprised students at Morehouse College in Atlanta when they subbed as guest professors for the day for a class on improvisational jazz. The Nas class — in which father and son composed a new piece of music with the students — will air on February 1 at 1 p.m. on mtvU. The segment will also premiere online at www.mtvu.com the same day. ... The newest incarnation of Nine Inch Nails is shaping up to hit the road. On NIN.com, Trent Reznor confirmed that the touring version of Nails has been assembled, featuring A Perfect Circle's Jeordie White on bass, former Icarus Line member Aaron North on guitar, Jerome Dillon on drums and Allessandro Cortini on keyboards. Reznor also said that Nine Inch Nails' new album, With Teeth, will hit stores on May 3. ...

The Strokes have begun work on the follow-up to 2003's Room on Fire. Squirreled away in its Hell's Kitchen recording studio, the New York quintet has recorded five new songs with producer David Kahne (Sugar Ray, Sublime). The band has no release date set, but maintains the record will come out later in 2005. ... West Coast music fans keen on melting in the sun can rejoice. The sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is set for April 30-May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. Confirmed acts so far for the two-day fest include Rilo Kiley, Bloc Party, the Bravery, Fiery Furnaces, French Kicks, British Sea Power, the Futureheads, M83 and Ambulance LTD. More acts are expected to be announced in a few weeks. ...

Will.I.Am will guest star on an upcoming episode of "Joan of Arcadia," in which he'll play a character called, strangely enough, Three Card Monte Guy God. In the episode, airing February 18 at 8 p.m. on CBS, the Black Eyed Peas leader teaches Joan a lesson about keeping her eye on what's important while he tricks her with the cards. ... James Woods, Danny Masterson and "Hustle & Flow" co-star DJ Qualls were among the Sundance Film Festival attendees who showed up to check out Ludacris' set at Harry O's on Main Street in Park City, Utah, Sunday night. ...

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has designed the fifth in his series of custom guitars with manufacturer ESP. The new model, dubbed the "Truckster," is based on the guitar Hetfield used on the St. Anger tour and features "a multi-layered finish strategically sanded through and fully distressed" to match Hetfield's battered battle axe. ... Bob Dylan has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir, "Chronicles, Vol. 1." The tome will go up against biographies of Alexander Hamilton and William Shakespeare for the prize. The awards ceremony will take place on March 18. ...

Ex-Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli will debut his new band, Uptown Lights, at a show in Los Angeles on February 19. The six-piece outfit grew out of sessions Dulli had recently with another of his groups, Gutter Twins, a collaboration with guitarist/singer Mark Lanegan. ... Want to be the new lead singer of INXS? The band is holding open-call auditions starting Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Milestone Club and ending February 25 in Los Angeles at the Whisky. The camera-shy need not apply — this is all being documented for the band's reality show that will air on CBS this summer. ...