So what are readers of the alt.music.pearl-jam newsgroup spending
their time on now that they can buy Yield rather than downloading it
from the Net? Die-hard Pearl Jam fans claim there's a "Yield" sign covertly worked into every photo on the album, and they're now trading hints on where to find the alleged hidden triangles. Take a close look yourself ...
New-wave rockabilly revivalists the Stray Cats are reuniting for a Carl
Perkins tribute concert to be held at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on
Feb. 19. Proceeds from the sold-out show will benefit the Carl Perkins
Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Jackson, Tenn. ... Look for
former Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin to join folk veteran
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Tom Russell and Chris Smither
for the "Monsters of Folk" tour beginning in April ... Next week, K Records will release the full-length debut by Vancouver, B.C.'s deceptively quiet pop trio, Gaze, featuring Softies drummer Rose Melberg. The 14-song Mitsumeru was produced by K honcho Calvin Johnson ... Hot tape on the advance-cassette deck: the self-titled debut album from Boston's The Amazing Royal Crowns (Velvel). Due out April 7, this collection sports some of the most delectable double-shot rockabilly since Reverend Horton Heat first reared his head at the turn of the decade ...
Radiohead are returning to the U.S. in late March/early April for a tour that will find them paired-up for dates with space rockers Spiritualized and, later, Icelandic rocker Bjork. Also, Radiohead are compiling footage for a possible fall BBC special based on video shot on their most recent U.K. and U.S. tour dates. The footage includes previously unavailable live and backstage material ... In addition to working on new material for a group album and singer Lauryn Hill's solo debut, conscious rappers Fugees will make an appearance on the "Elmopalooza" special of "Sesame Street." The group shot a video for the new song "Happy To Be Me" with fuzzy co-stars Big Bird and Snuffleupagus for the special, which will air Feb. 20 on ABC ...
Recording for Jonathan Richman's follow-up to Surrender to
Jonathan! (1996) has been put off until the summer, with an eye toward a
fall release on Neil Young's Vapor Records label. Richman is slated to finish
filming a speaking role in the upcoming movie "Something About Mary"
-- for which he also recorded several songs -- this week ... The guests
just kept on coming at a recent Los Angeles show by the Indigo
Girls. The Georgia duo were joined onstage not only by Matthew
Sweet, but Ani DiFranco and Jackson Browne as well ... Onyx plan to slam their latest album, Shut 'Em Down, into
stores on April 17, dropping in on the disc will be members of Wu-Tang
Clan, Lost Boyz and DMX ... -- ATN staff report [Thurs., Feb. 5, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]
In January, Liz Phair returned to the studio with Brad Wood,
producer and drummer for her classic 1993 debut, Exile in Guyville,
as well as the follow-up, 1994's Whip-smart. Phair's third
full-length album, whitechocolatespaceegg, is now slated for a June
release and is likely to include tracks recorded in the sessions with
Wood, as well as those produced by Phair herself and cuts she worked on
with former R.E.M. producer Scott Litt ... Fresh from their live
appearance on Pearl Jam's "Monkeywrench Radio" program, Seattle
punks Zeke will hit the streets with their new album, Kicked In
the Teeth (Epitaph), in April ... Cat Power mastermind Chan
Marshall (responsible for the awesome "Nude As the News," which appeared on Cat Power's 1996 album, What Would the Community Think?) has finished recording the next CP album in Australia, with
Dirty Three's Mick Turner and Jim White stepping in to
lend a hand. Look for a September release on Matador ...
Former Ramones leader Joey Ramone, who was hospitalized several weeks ago in serious condition, has been released from a New York hospital and is recuperating at his home ...
Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan is working on his third solo album for the Sub Pop label. The still-untitled album, the follow-up to his haunting 1994 CD, Whiskey of the Holy Ghost, is tentatively scheduled for an August release ... MTV: 120 Minutes Live, a 14-track compilation of live performances from the video channel's Sunday night new-music program, "120 Minutes," has just been released. Among the previously unreleased performances are songs by Brit-rockers Oasis and Radiohead, Perry Farrell's Porno for Pyros, folk-rock artist Victoria Williams with former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed, rocker PJ Harvey, Lemonheads singer Evan Dando and Icelandic songstress Bjork ... Rapper Ice-T is currently recording his seventh album, The Seventh Deadly Sin, with an eye toward an August release. T, who just last Friday joined Kool Keith onstage at Keith's San Francisco show with Common and the X-ecutioners, is in negotiations to release Keith's next solo album on his Coroner Records imprint ...
The soundtrack to the British comedy "Shooting Fish" features new and previously released tracks from Space, Symposium, the Bluetones, Dubstar, the Divine Comedy, the Wannadies, the Supernaturals and R&B pop-singer Dionne Warwick doing "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" The soundtrack will be released on April 7 ... In March, Delinquent Records will release The Pink and the Black, a two-CD collection of goth and glam bands. The Black disc features gothically influenced tracks from Sunshine Blind, the New Creatures and Attrition, while the Pink disc corrals glam favorites such as singer Dee Snider's SMF, Pretty Boy Floyd and The Zeros ...
Basketball star/rapper Shaquille O'Neal has signed a marketing and distribution deal with A&M Records for his TWIsM label. The first release from the deal will be O'Neal's fourth rap album, and a late '98 release is expected from MC Peter Gunz, currently on the charts with "Deja Vu," his collaboration with Lord Tariq ... The first rock act signed to rapper/producer Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy label, Fuzzbubble, will make their live debut this weekend at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom as part of celebrations for the NBA All-Star Game. The group will be joined onstage by Combs' rap alter-ego, Puff Daddy, The Lox and Lil' Kim ... ATN staff report [Wed., Feb. 4, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]