The members of Tuatara--Peter Buck (R.E.M.),
Skerik (Critters Buggin'), Justin Harwood (Luna)
and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees)--are so excited
about their debut album, Breaking the Ethers and
recently-completed "Magnificent Seven" tour, which also
featured sets from the Minus Five and Mark Eitzel,
that they are hoping to record a second Tuatara album
later this year. The members have also discussed the
possibility of an other Magnificent Seven tour next summer...
Following in the footsteps of the platinum Romeo
and Juliet soundtrack and its sequel,
Hollywood Records is planning an August
release for the soundtrack sequelto the
Mira Sorvino/Lisa Kudrow movie Romy
and Michele's High School Reunion. Entitled
More Romy and Michele's High School Reunion,
and featuring songs "included in and associated
with" the movie, the soundtrack is scheduled to
contain songs by Wang Chung("Everybody
Have Fun Tonight"), No Doubt ("Just a Girl"),
La Bouche ("Be My Lover"), N' Trance
("Staying Alive"), Village People ("Y.M.C.A."),
Thomas Dolby ("She Blinded Me
Robert Palmer ("Addicted to Love"),
Devo ("Whip It"), Cyndi Lauper
("Time After Time"), The Pretenders ("Don't Get
Me Wrong"), Bananarama ("Cool Summer"),
Howard Jones ("No One Is To Blame"), and
Robert Palmer ("Bad Case of Lovin' You")...
Eyeball-wearing oddballs The Residents will
release a 36-track, 2-CD "greatest hits" compilation
on Sept. 9 called The Residents: Our Tired,
Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses. Celebrating 25 years
of avant garde music, film and interactive experiences,
the collection will include rarities, remixes, rare
singles and what the band calls "concentrated" versions
of their songs spanning the years 1972-96...
Chicago hip-hop hippie Mike Kandel, alias Tranquility
Bass, will release a new single, the trippy "We All Want
To Be Free," on June 17, with remixes by Ultramarine,
Tom Chasteen as well as two homegrown self-remixes...
Cabaret punk divaNina
Hagen will give a rare
performance at San Francisco's Minna Street Gallery
on Friday (June 20) at a benefit for the Shri Babji Charitable
and Research Hospital, a health-care facility that
serves the impoverished people of the Kumaon region
at the foothills of the Himalayas. Hagen will sing
a few songs and auction some collages she's created
for the event. DJ Reza will spin tunes following
the performance and auction...
The members of U2 will commandeer the
studios of Los Angeles' KROQ radio on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.
More than 100 stations throughout the United States will
carry the broadcast, during which the band will
take calls from listeners and play their favorite tunes.
A spokesperson for Island Records would not reveal
whether the Dublin DJs will be spinning
wax from their private collections or will
simply raid the KROQ library.
(ATN senior writers Gil Kaufman and Chris Nelson contributed
to this report.)