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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 02:22

Seattle, Washington's Sonic Boom Records is kicking off its 10th anniversary this month with lots of live in-stores, a commemorative T-shirt designed by James McNew of Yo La Tengo, and a CD collection of new tunes. Customers have the best chance of scoring one of the two-disc sets, featuring Built to Spill, Animal Collective, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jeremy Enigk, Spoon, The New Pornographers, Rilo Kiley, and more.

Alternative Press has gathered 17 rare tracks selected by the magazine's staff to create Press Play: Volume 1, released this week on Photo Finish Records. Featuring previously unreleased songs by The Used, As Tall as Lions, Gallows, and Hit the Lights, the disc has acoustic rarities by Bayside and Envy on the Coast, and live tracks from Panic! at the Disco, Cute Is What We Aim for, and Head Automatica.

For the Kids The coffers of VH1's Save the Music Foundation get a fresh donation next week from the piggy bank of Nettwerk Records' For The Kids CD series. For the Kids Three offers plenty of highlights and oddities worth searching out. Granted, the fear-inducing "Wheels on the Bus Go Round & Round" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" are lurking within, but hipsters Rogue Wave, Blitzen Trapper, Of Montreal, and Mates of State keep it mighty fresh, like Anathallo's manic romp through "If You're Happy & You Know It," The Sippy Cups' slurp through "I'm a Believer," and the Barenaked Ladies' "The Other Day I Met a Bear." One of the many exclusive tracks is Over the Rhine's plucky "The Poopsmith Song." Aided by a few serious-minded young voices joining in on the acoustic roundabout of "poop in the potty, poop goes in the potty," the groovy chant busts left and right in witty kiddie-raps.


Television Alert:


The Tonight Show with Jay Leno presents Bright Eyes tonight and Tori Amos on Monday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Ben Harper on Monday and John Fogerty on Tuesday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien features Bjork on Thursday and VHS or Beta on Monday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson boasts the dynamite Miss Licks herself, Juliette Lewis on Monday overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live features James Blunt on Friday and Marc Ronson on Tuesday overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Kanye West.


New Releases Coming Tuesday, October 2:


Apollo Heights - White Music for Black People (Manimal Vinyl) with guests Mos Def, Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie, and TV on the Radio's David Sitek

David Byrne - Live from Austin, Texas (New West) CD or DVD of his Austin City Limits performance from 2001, backed by the tango ensemble Tosca, and covering Talking Heads favorites "And She Was," Life During Wartime," and "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)"

Care Bears on Fire - I Stole Your Animal (Daisy Explosion) punchy pop-punk from this trio of seventh-graders, rocking out the pre-teen angst of "Met You on MySpace" and "Five-Minute Boyfriend"

The Cult - Born Into This (New Wilderness/Roadrunner) majestic return with a new drummer and bassist, also available in a "savage edition" featuring a sticker and five bonus tracks

Will Dailey - Back Flipping Forward (CBS Records) performing the single "Rise" on CSI: NY on October 17

Dan in Real Life - original motion picture soundtrack (Capitol) featuring new music by Sondre Lerche

Dashboard Confessional - The Shade of Poison Trees (Vagrant) acoustic project recorded in 10 days

Depeche Mode - Ultra (Rhino) expanded CD/DVD reissue, featuring a bonus live performance

Depeche Mode - Exciter (Rhino) expanded CD/DVD reissue, featuring a cover of The Stooges' "Dirt"

Dragons of Zynth - Coronation Thieves (Gigantic Music) produced with TV on the Radio's David Andrew Sitek

Bob Dylan - Dylan (Columbia) three-CD set also available in a deluxe edition with bonus postcards

Fire Engines - Hungry Beat (Acute)

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein - Gorgeous Frankenstein (Evilive) solo debut from the Misfits guitarist, produced by Glenn Danzig

Merle Haggard - The Bluegrass Sessions (McCoury Music) featuring a duet with Alison Krauss on his classic "Mama's Hungry Eyes," an acoustic reworking of his own "Big City," and a cover of the Delmore Brothers hit "Blues Stay Away from Me"

PJ Harvey - White Chalk (Island) piano-based new album with guest Jim White of The Dirty Three

Mick Jagger - The Very Best of Mick Jagger (Rhino) featuring his 1978 hit duet with Peter Tosh, soundtrack selections from 1970's Performance and 2004's Alfie, and rare Rick Rubin demos; a deluxe edition boasts a bonus DVD with a recent interview, video clips, and television performances

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)

Stacey Kent - Breakfast on the Morning Tram (Blue Note) featuring a shimmering cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" and two selections by Serge Gainsbourg

Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction (Arista) featuring 23 female guests, from Sarah McLachlan and KT Tunstall to Gladys Knight and Angelique Kidjo

Eliza Lynn - The Weary Wake Up ( a DIY gem from this powerful, soulful singer/songwriter reminiscent of a bluesy, softly sassy Americana Rachel Sweet

The Pipettes - We Are the Pipettes (Interscope) domestic issue with bonus tracks

Toni Price - Talk Memphis (Antone's) roadhouse BBQ boogie from this queen of the country blues, featuring smoking covers of Isaac Hayes' "Leftover Love" and the Jesse Winchester title track

Prong - Power of the Damager (13th Planet/Megaforce) with new bassist Monte Pittman

Chuck Prophet - Soap & Water (Yep Roc) highlighted by a duet with his wife, Stephanie Finch, on "Small Town Girl"

Racoon - Another Day (An Other Label Records)

Ramones - It's Alive 1974-1996 (Rhino) two-DVD set

Siouxsie Sioux - Mantaray (Decca) solo debut from the Banshees vocalist

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Magic (Columbia)

T. Rex - Live 1977 + In Conversation (Edsel) import-only two-CD set of interviews, acoustic radio appearances, and live selections from the band's final tour

Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez - Live from the Ruhr Triennale (Train Wreck) featuring guests Buddy Miller and Bill Frisell, and covers of songs by Merle Haggard, Chuck Berry, and Johnny Cash

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