Former Scud Mountain Boys leader
Pernice will make his first foray back into music since the break-up
the Massachusetts slow-core country band with Overcome by
on May 19. The 12-track album, credited to the Pernice Brothers,
a mix of the same spare acoustic folk and fragile vocals perfected by
Scuds, complimented by a lush, Pet Sounds-like sheen of
The Sarah McLachlan song "I Will Remember You," from the
to "The Brothers McMullen," will be featured in an upcoming series of
commercials for the National Safe Kids Campaign, a non-profit
aimed at curbing accidental childhood injury and death ... One-hit
wonder Vanilla Ice has returned from exile for a series of live
dates in February and March. The dates, which will bring the "Ice Ice
Iceman through Kansas, Canada, Florida and beyond, are mostly in clubs
600-plus capacity ... A compilation of rare tracks by techno act
Photek (a.k.a. Rupert Parks), entitled Form and
Function, is tentatively scheduled for a June 2 release. The album
compilation of six singles released by Parks on his out-of-print Photek
label, along with remixes of all six tracks and two new songs. Among the
remixers handling the tracks are Peshay on "Rings Around Saturn,"
Digital on "The Lightning," J Majik on "U.F.O.," Doc
Scott on "Water Margin" and Grooverider on "Resolution" ...
The name of Bristol, England, trip-hop originators Massive Attack's
upcoming third album is Mezzanine (May 12). The album features
vocals of former Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser on
first single, "Teardrop," as well as the songs "Angel," "Risingson,"
"Inertia Creeps," "Exchange," "Man Next Door" and "Group 4"... Less than
six months after releasing his full-length album Lunatic Harness,
restless studio-technoist µ-Ziq (a.k.a. Mike
will release an eight-track EP entitled Brace Yourself (April
Composed of tracks voted on by fans at the artist's website, the release
will feature the songs "Kubba," "Vaken Bolt," "Loser's March," "Summer
Living 2," "Abmoit" and two versions of "Brace Yourself"...
Legendary Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson is at work on a
album, Imagination, set for release in the spring. Among the
that might appear on the effort are "Happy Days Are Here Again,"
"Sunshine," "Where Has Love Been" and "Lay Down Burden"... Former
Colour singer Corey Glover has signed with Babyface's
Face Records and is at work on his solo debut. The still-untitled album,
described as a continuation of the hard-rock sound pioneered by Living
Colour in the late '80s, is not yet scheduled for release ...
Hip-O records plans to release Living The Dream -- A Tribute To Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. on March 24. Tracks include R&B queen
Franklin belting out "Amazing Grace," soul star Mary J. Blige
contributing "Keep Your Head," new soul sensation Erykah Badu singing
"Drama" and basketball star/rapper Shaquille O'Neal on "It Was All A
Dream." The album will be interspersed with portions of Dr. King's "I
A Dream" speech with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Martin
Luther King Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. in Atlanta ...
Mega-rap star Coolio will act alongside Wil Wheaton of "Star
The Next Generation" in an independent film titled "Midnight Mass."
will play the role of a Jamaican ganglord named Blue Lou ... -- ATN
staff report [Mon., Feb. 16, 1998, 9 a.m.
Among the never-before-heard songs on the
collaboration between British folkie Billy Bragg and Wilco
on unreleased material
from American folk legend Woody Guthrie are "My Flying Saucer"
and "Hoodoo Voodoo."
Wilco and Bragg have recorded music to lyrics left behind by Guthrie,
who died from Huntington's
Disease in 1967. The album is due out in June ... The handwritten lyrics
to Elton John's
Princess Diana tribute, "Candle in the Wind '97," the best-selling
single of all time, were sold for
$442,500 at an auction on Wednesday. Reuters reports that the
lyrics, originally written in
tribute to the late screen star Marilyn Monroe and revised by John's
songwriting partner Bernie Taupin
to commemorate Diana after her 1997 car-crash death, were purchased by
the Lund Foundation, an
organization that supports education and youth programs ....
Rhino Records will release a three-CD set of intergalactic music under
the New Visions banner
on April 21. Volume one is Celestial Voyagers, featuring 16
tracks from artists such as
Brian Eno and Mike Oldfield ("Tubular Bells"); volume two
Rhythms, with tracks from the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh
Ali Khan with
Michael Brook and former Grateful Dead percussionist
Mickey Hart; and
The New Acoustics, with contributions from Ottmar Liebert
and Bela Fleck
P-Funk-style funk band Weapon of Choice will release a
"best of" collection,
Nutmeg Fantasy, on March 30. The 10-track album will feature the
tracks "Nutty Nutmeg
Phantasy," "Just Cuz She Was Nice" and "Leprechauns and Silly Things,"
as well as the previously
unreleased tracks "P-Kin At the Apex" and "Whoopin' " ....
Ray Davies is overseeing the release of 15 Kinks
studio-albums on Velvel Records,
beginning with 1971's Muswell Hillbillies and ending with 1983's
Come Dancing With The Kinks. Velvel will release two Kinks
albums every two months, said label
president Bob Frank, starting with Muswell Hillbillies and
in Showbiz on May 19 and continuing in chronological order. Each
will include bonus tracks, unreleased band photos and expanded liner
notes by Kinks expert Peter Dogget. Frank said future releases from the
Kinks may include live
material and a box set in 1999. "Davies is, as we
speak, in Spain specifically working on the first releases," Frank said
... -- ATN staff report
[Sat., Feb. 14, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]