Former Led Zeppelin leaders
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will release their
second collaborative album on April 21. The album, Walking Into
Clarksdale, was recorded and mixed by the idiosyncratic Steve
Albini, who "recorded" Nirvana's In Utero and Bush's Razorblade Suitcase (Albini always insists on the credit "recorded by," insisting that he is documenting, not producing) and produced by Plant and Page. The album of all new material co-written by Page and Plant follows the pair's million-selling 1994 No Quarter. The duo will play some warm-up dates in Europe in the spring, to be followed by a summer tour in the U.S. ...
"MMMbop"ers Hanson have just wrapped the video shoot for the song
"Weird," which was directed by Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting,"
"Drugstore Cowboy"). The fourth single from the teenybopper's debut,
Middle of Nowhere, has just been released to radio. Hanson are
nominated for three Grammy awards and will be performing at the ceremony
next week ... Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson will make his
talk-show-guest debut on Thursday when he sits down on the "Late Show with
David Letterman." Manson, who will be promoting his recently released
autobiography, "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell," will have to share the
couch with fellow guest and ex-presidential candidate and former Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole. "Manson is coming on to talk about his book, but
there could be something brewing. You never know what's going to happen,"
said Sheila Rogers, music segment producer for the show. Manson previously
appeared on the panel of the "Politically Incorrect" program ... U2
are in the process of launching their own dance label imprint, tentatively
titled Kitchen Records, named after The Kitchen, a Dublin nightclub run by
the Irish supergroup. No acts have been named to the label's roster yet ...
The controversial film "Kurt and Courtney," by British filmmaker Nick
Broomfield, will get its first big-screen showing during a three-week run
at San Francisco's Roxie Cinema beginning Feb. 27. The biopic of the late
Kurt Cobain and his life with wife Courtney Love of
Hole, which was pulled from the recent Sundance film festival after
Love's lawyers reportedly expressed their objection to some of the content
and to the unlicensed Hole and Nirvana music in the film,
nonetheless received a midnight screening at the rival Slamdunk festival
... England's New Musical Express reports that electro-pop
pioneers New Order will reform this July for a one-off performance
at Britain's Phoenix Festival. The group, which hasn't played together
since 1993's Reading Festival in England, has split into two factions, with
singer Bernard Sumner working with ex-Smiths guitarist
Johnny Marr in Electronic and bassist Peter Hook
working with his new band, Monaco ... -- ATN staff report
[Wed., Feb. 18, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]
Van Halen will release their latest album, Van Halen III, which features the debut of the band's third lead singer, former Extreme crooner Gary Cherone, on March 17. The 12-track album opens with the instrumental "Neworld," and features the tracks "Without You," "Dirty Water Dog," "Fire in the Hole," "Ballot of the Bullet" and "How Many Say I," which features guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen in a duet with Cherone ...
Richmond, Va., pop band the Seymores will release Treat Her Like A Show Cat -- produced by neighbor and friend David Lowery of Cracker -- on May 5 ... DJ Josh Wink's next single, "Simple Man," will feature vocals from Herschel Gaer, lead singer/bassist for the Interpreters. The single will also feature remixes by Boom Boom Satellites of Japan, Gonstermacher and Optical (engineer for Grooverider) ... Bluesy rockers Darlahood are hard at work on their second full-length, major-label album in Woodstock, N.Y. The album, due in the late summer, may contain an unlikely collaboration with former Zapp leader Roger Troutman. Apparently, Darlahood leader Luke Janklow mentioned to the president of Reprise Records, Howie Klein, that he was a fan of Troutman's, describing an influential early '80s show by Troutman in explicit detail, and Klein promptly got the "More Bounce to the Ounce" singer hooked up with Janklow to work on some songs together ...
Power-popper Tommy Keene gets some help on his upcoming, fifth full-length solo album, Isolation Party (Feb. 24). Among those stopping by to lend a hand are Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy singing backup on a pair of tracks and bandmate Jay Bennett, who plays bass, organ and guitar on most of the album, as well as former Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela, who sings backup on a number of songs ... Electronic noise guru Sonic Boom recently unleashed a three-track, hour-long concept album by his E.A.R. (Experimental Audio Research) project. Millennium Music features the sound collages "Delysid," "Digitana" and "The Enigma Coda," which, according to the label copy, when listened to sequentially "reflect time from pre-history and the dinosaur age through to modern digital communication and 20th century travel." The droning ambient pieces, which use samples and emulations of dinosaurs, computers, cars and insects, are augmented by a fourth, unreleased bonus track ("Delysid Alt Mix") on the 80-minute-long double-LP version ...
Producer/songwriter Van Dyke Parks has just released his first live album, Moonlighting. The 13-track collection, recorded live at the legendary L.A. folk venue the Ash Grove last September, features versions of "Wings of a Dove" and "Sail Away," off Parks' 1994 collaboration with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, as well as the calypso-flavored "F.D.R. in Trinidad" and a cover of the "Delta Queen Waltz" ... Phoenix's Trunk Federation will release their second album of dark pop, The Curse of Miss Kitty, in late March ... Also out around the same time is the first full-length release from swing/jump band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who were featured in the film "Swingers" ...
Old 97's bassist Murry Hammond said that songs slated to land on the band's next album include "Jagged," "Let The Idiot Speak" and "Indefinitely," which lead singer Rhett Miller said was penned at the Oakland International Airport ... -- ATN staff report [Tues., Feb. 17, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]