The Offspring and Steel Pulse will headline "Board Aid 5 For LIFEbeat," on March 15 at the Bear Mountain resort in Big Bear Lake, Calif. The day-long snowboarding, music and AIDS-awareness event will also feature reunited ska-legends the Specials and One Hit Wonder ... The 90-minute home video "Eric Clapton 'Live in Hyde Park' " will be released on Feb. 17. The video, which chronicles the guitar giant's free London concert in front of more than 150,000 fans on June 29, 1996, features Clapton performing such hits as "Badge," "Wonderful Tonight," "Layla," "I Shot the Sheriff," "White Room" and "Everyday I Have the Blues" ... More Miles Than Money: Live 1994-1996 (Feb. 24) is the name of an upcoming 11-track chronicle of the work of Austin, Texas, rocker Alejandro Escovedo. The compilation of originals such as "Last To Know," "Slip," "Pissed off 2 A.M." and "She Towers Above" from the former leader of the punk band The Nuns and cowpunk Rank and File also mixes in unique covers of the Rolling Stones' "Sway," a cello vs. guitar take on punk godfathers Iggy & the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and Lou Reed's "Street Hassle" ...
A Georgia high school basketball coach resigned this week after being
handed a 30-day suspension for playing The Fugees' The Score
before a game last week, which violated a school district policy against
playing music with violent or obscene lyrics at school events, according to
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Sometimes to get a mule's
attention, you have to hit him over the head with a two-by-four," said
Superintendent Corky Jones, who ordered the music ban ...
Industrial bangers KMFDM have just released a six-track remix album, MDFMK, that features three remixes of "Megalomaniac," two mixes of the new track "Anarchy" and a "Death Before Taxes Mix" of "Unfit" ... The new Alanis Morissette track "Uninvited" will be featured on the "City of Angels" soundtrack. The soundtrack to the Meg Ryan/Nicolas Cage film will also feature the new Peter Gabriel song "Grieve" and a new track from the Goo Goo Dolls entitled "Who I Am" ... Those who are under the impression that all ska hails from Jamaica, California or the U.K. should check out At Ease, the new album from Kansas City, Mo.'s The Gadjits. The 15-cut collection - - produced by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong for his own Hellcat imprint -- ought to have the Great Plains skankin' in no time ...
Rock and pop memorabilia prices went through the roof Wednesday at a Christie's auction that saw a velvet blouse worn by late blues-rock belter Janis Joplin and one of her trademark boas each selling for $5,000, while a pair of her bellbottoms fetched $10,350. Reuters reports that while nearly a fourth of the lots went unsold, leaving the take some half a million dollars under projections, the following items brought in big bucks: a motorcycle jacket worn by late guitar god Jimi Hendrix ($13,800), lyrics for former Beatle John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" ($28,750), working lyrics for late Doors leader Jim Morrison's poem "The Celebration of the Lizard" ($40,250) and a snooker table owned by the Rolling Stones ($12,075). Surprisingly, a 12-string acoustic guitar owned by reggae legend Bob Marley failed to bring in the estimated $150-200,000 expected ...
The name of the upcoming album from apocalyptic Chicago noise band The Jesus Lizard is Blue (April 21). The album, produced by former Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, features the songs: "I Can Learn," "Horse Doctor Man," "Eucalyptus," "Tale of Two Women," "Cold Water," "Until the Rain," "Post Coital Glow," "Until it Stopped to Die," "Soft Damage," "Happy Snakes," "Needles for Teeth" and "Terremoto" ... Also scheduled for release on April 21 is Connected, the debut album from new hip-hop label 3-2-1 Records. The benefit for anti-gun violence group PAX features hip-hop and dub-inflected tracks from Blackalicious, Channel Live, Refugee Camp member Spida, Badawi, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Dubmarine and a reunion of the legendary Ultramagnetic MC's on the new track "It's All the Way Live" ... -- ATN staff report [Fri., Feb. 6, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]
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 - ATN staff report [Wed., Feb. 4, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]