R 'N' R 3-Dot: 'Lesbian Favorites' Compiled On CD

Following in the footsteps of last winter's gay-themed 8-CD Free To Be dance music series of releases on the Right Stuff label, Rhino Records will release Women Like Us: Lesbian Favorites (Oct. 28). The 18-track compilation, described as "a collection of songs embraced by the lesbian community, regardless of the artist's personal sexual orientation," contains songs from k.d. lang ("Just Keep Moving"), Jill Sobule ("I Kissed A Girl"), Ani DiFranco ("In Or Out"), Janis Ian ("Ride Me Like a Wave"), Taylor Dayne ("I'll Be Your Shelter"), Phranc ("Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter"), comedian Sandra Bernhard ("50 Ways to Leave Your Lover") and several others. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a public policy group fighting for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men and people with HIV/AIDS...

The members of Grand Royal band Cibo Matto could serve as a model of efficiency to their slacker Beastie Boys bosses. Not content to rest on the laurels of their excellent 1996 debut, Viva La Woman and the recently-released EP, Super Relax -- with four celebrity remixes of the song "Sugar Water" and a pair of new songs and covers of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Aguas De Marco" and the Rolling Stones' "Sing This All Together" -- the Japanese pop-electronic band is about to enter the studio to record their follow-up, as well as a wide variety of duets and soundtrack efforts. Matto member Miho Hatori can be heard singing backup on a track from producer-turned-recording artist Mitchell Froom's upcoming solo album. Froom, who produced Viva, as well as albums by Los Lobos, Elvis Costello and his paramour, Suzanne Vega, composed, arranged and plays on the tracks, which feature her vocals as well as some from Hatori, Sheryl Crow, Mark Eitzel and Soul Coughing's M. Doughty...

Former Band guitarist/vocalist Robbie Robertson is nearing completion of his still-untitled fourth solo album, which, like his previous album, 1994's Music for the Native Americans, will feature Robertson collaborating with a number of Native American musicians. Portions of the album were produced by Howie B (U2, Bjork). Robertson, in turn, appears on B's upcoming solo album, Turn The Dark Off, on which he sings on "Take Your Brother By the Hand," a song he co-wrote with B. Robertson's album, targeted for a November release, is also slated to feature contributions from Native American poet/singer John Trudell, Floyd Westerman, Rita Coolidge, Sadie Buck and the Six Nation Singers and AIM (American Indian Movement) leader and political prisoner Leonard Peltier, who contributes a spoken word piece...

Don't forget to tune in to ABC's airing of Politically Incorrect at 12 A.M. on Aug. 13 as shock rocker Marilyn Manson goes head to head with always-irritating Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson. The show, which focuses on a usually light-hearted round-table-like discussion concerning hot political topics, will also include special guests Lakita Garth and G. Gordon Liddy. This is sure to be one for the video collection...

Finally, responding to recent volcano eruptions on the island of Montserrat in the Eastern Caribbean that have killed several and left scores homeless, a number of rock stars who vacation and/or own homes on the island are pitching in to help. A Sept. 15 benefit concert in London is slated to feature Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Sting and former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler, according to a Reuters report. The performers will all donate their services for the show, which is being organized by Beatles producer George Martin, who has a luxury home and recording studio on the island. The show will take place at London's Royal Albert Hall and end with an all-star jam.

QUOTE (UNQUOTE): "I just got a copy of it (Strontium 90, the pre-Police quartet) the other day. It was much different than I remembered. I was surprised by how hot, eager session players we were. That was also before we adopted the Police regime of virtuosity. The Strontium music was more technically extravagant, with more guitar flourishes and weird accents. Like a punk mahavishnu." -- Andy Summer, former Police guitarist .

(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman and Staff Writer Chris Nelson compiled this report.)