The ninth edition of Dick's Picks Grateful Dead bootlegs has just been
released. The official three-CD bootleg is of a Sept. 16, 1990 show at New York's
Madison Square Garden, recorded just two months after the drug-overdose death of
keyboardist Brent Mydland... Sub Pop Records has forged a distribution alliance
with the newly-revived Sire Records, which is once again in the hands of its original
founder, Seymour Stein. The first two releases under the new deal will be albums by
Sebadoh and a reunited Sunny Day Real Estate... Civil rights activist
Jesse Jackson launched a campaign against racism and sexism in the music industry this
week by purchasing stock in five of the six major record companies through his
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. The coalition bought stock in Polygram, Time Warner,
Seagram, Sony and EMI just weeks after Jackson met with Polygram bosses to discuss a
racist remark made by a recently-demoted senior Polygram official...
Luscious Jackson are the latest act to be confirmed as playing the Dec. 16 Lilith
Fair Holiday Concert, scheduled for the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The all-female New York funkateers will join fellow Lilith rookie Missy Elliot
and veterans Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls and Sheryl
Crow on the festival's main stage... A recently-released compilation of Celtic music,
Celtic Moods, features tracks from The Waterboys and Ashley
MacIsaac, as well as a 1986 collaboration between U2's The Edge
and Irish crooner Sinead O'Connor entitled "Heroine" from the soundtrack to the
Chicago's Skin Graft "Now Wave" record label has just released Camp Skin Graft,
a 76-minute compilation of U.S. and Japanese noise bands featuring tracks from U.S.
Maple, The Flying Luttenbachers, Melt-Banana, The Denison
Kimball Trio, Mount Shasta and Zeni Geva... The soundtrack to
director Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting features six new songs from glum
popster Elliot Smith (Heatmiser), as well as tracks from Luscious
Jackson, the Dandy Warhols and a score by ex-Oingo Boingo
leader Danny Elfman...
The resurrection of Star Wars continues unabated with the release of two singles
from Star Wars "bands," Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes' "Cantina
Band" and "Cantina Band No. 2" and the Max Rebo Band's "Jedi Rocks"...
Sometime Tom Waits, B-52's and Cobra Verde side-guy
Ralph Carney has just released his first solo album, Ralph Sounds on
Birdman Records. The 19-track compilation of skronky horn and guitar instrumentals,
home-recorded freak-outs and discombobulated Dixieland jazz features such onomatopoetic
titles as "Lotsaflutes," "March of the Puppets," "Loon" and "Peru Boo"...
Berlin-based electronic sound engineers Oval, whose claim to fame is the creation
of music through the artful destruction of CDs by scratching, painting and otherwise
altering their surfaces, will release their latest creation, DOK on Jan. 20 on
Chicago's Thrill Jockey label... Also from Thrill Jockey, fellow electronic experimenters
Tortoise will release their third album of original material, tnt on March
10 as will Trans Am...
Blur's Damon Albarn told England's New Musical
Express that the band will stop touring for the "foreseeable future," following their
December U.K. tour...
Finally, The Rolling Stones have announced the addition of two New York
shows to their massive world tour in support of Bridges To Babylon. The shows,
scheduled for January 14 and 16 of next year at Madison Square Garden, were originally
scheduled for mid-December, but were pushed back due to the pending birth of Mick
Jagger and wife Jerry Hall's fourth child. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 24.
(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman, Staff Writer Chris Nelson and Randy Reiss
compiled this report.)
[Sat., Nov. 22, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]