Radiohead singer Thom Yorke spent two days (July 28-29) in a San Francisco, Calif. studio with DJ Shadow recording a track for an upcoming album from Mo'Wax Records honcho James Lavelle's project, U.N.K.L.E. The track, entitled "A Rabbit In Your Headlights," features lyrics and vocals from Yorke and music from Shadow, and was overseen by Lavelle, who hopes to release the album this fall. According to Radiohead's label, Capitol Records, the collaboration was loosely-organized, with the pair going into the studio and improvising. The album is also slated to feature collaborations with the Dust Brothers, The Verve's Richard Ashcroft, The Automator (Dr. Octagon) and Money Mark (Beastie Boys)...
Sub Pop's Pigeonhed, which features vocalist Shawn Smith
(Brad, Satchel) and Steve Fisk, (Pell Mell, Halo
Benders), will release an album-length remix project on Oct. 7. The
duo, who just recently released a CD single with four remixes of the song "It's Like the Man Said," from their album The Full Sentence, delve further into the refashioning of their soul junk funk with reworkings of eight songs from Sentence. Among the remixers on board for the album are Ultra Living (Cure, Boo Radleys), Dave Ruffy (Chemical Brothers), Bristol, England's Technical Itch, Substate, bio.pod, DJ Nasir and Red Snapper...
Pennsylvanian rockers Live hosted a pair of special guests at the
opening of their summer tour in Hershey, Pa. last weekend. Chris Rosas
and his son Shane were flown to the show by lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, after Kowalczyk received an emotional letter from Rosas last month. In that letter, Rosas explained that his wife was killed in 1995's Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal Building and that he and his family were huge fans of Live. Rosas wrote that his wife was listening to Throwing Copper as she drove to work the morning of the bombing. "I was overcome with emotion when I read the letter," Kowalczyk explained in the band's on-line diary (located at www.edko.org). "I talked to them for a long time," Kowalczyk wrote. "They told me about their special lady and how much she liked the song 'Lightning Crashes.' The song was also played at her funeral. I think that Chris and Shane are coming to our show in Dallas and I am looking forward to seeing them again. I have a great job."...
Madonna and director Quentin Tarantino expect to duet all the way to the bank. The duo announced Thursday that Tarantino has formed a new record label, A Band Apart Records, whose releases will be marketed and distributed by Madonna's red hot Maverick Records, according to Reuters. First up is the soundtrack to Tarantino's forthcoming Jackie Brown. Soundtracks to previous Tarantino films (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) were big sellers. "The potential is truly extraordinary," said Madonna in a statement released to the press by the William Morris Agency...
The End of Everything by Voodoo Child, a side project from
techno-turned-metal-head Moby, has just been released in the U.S.
for the first time. The eight-track album, previously released in the
UK, is described as "elegant, breath-taking keyboard soundscapes and
gentle rhythms, performed on simple electronic instruments." In other
words, the exact opposite of Moby's ill-fated rock turn on last year's
Animal Rights album. The U.S. release contains one song not
included on the UK version, the 18-minute "Reject," and an alternate mix
of "Dog Heaven." The other songs on the album are: "Patient Love,"
"Great Lake," "Gentle Love," "Honest Love," "Slow Motion Suicide" and
Changes are coming at the music division of PolyGram NV, where Mercury Records president Danny Goldberg (who was chairman of Warner Bros. Records until being let go in 1995, and before that managed Nirvana, Sonic Youth and others) is expected to be promoted to a role that will find him overseeing several of PolyGram's labels, including Motown, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Since Goldberg (no relation to ATN Editor-in-Chief Michael Goldberg) arrived at Mercury nearly two years ago the label has scored big time with Hanson, whose debut has sold over three million copies...
QUOTE (UNQUOTE): "Virtuosos -- always -- they suck. How many
13-year-old kids are they gonna find for us? They're just so heinous. And
anyone with vintage shit [i.e., music equipment] sucks. Rock 'n' roll has
always been a guy who just doesn't want to work, and is not really great,
and should not be awarded some sort of McCarthy Foundation grant. You
know, wants to get laid a lot. And stands up and sort of howls." -- Matthew Johnson, owner of Fat Possum Records.
(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman, Staff Writer Chris Nelson and New Jersey Correspondent Jon Vena compiled this report.)