· In conjunction with the newly expanded Apocalypse Now and its additional 53 minutes of footage, the Nonesuch label has just re-issued the film's soundtrack featuring two new tracks.
· Grab your day planner and start dreaming, as the UK music festival known as All Tomorrow's Parties is headed to the American campus of UCLA on October 19. The three-day fest looks like a contender to take the alternative-culture tribal torch up a few pegs, as audio experimenters Sonic Youth are curators of the event. The band's reputation has certainly opened up all the right doors: The lineup already includes performances by Stereolab, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Stephen Malkmus of Pavement, The Melvins, Neil Michael Hagerty of Royal Trux, 1970s punk pioneers Television, Smog, and jazz great Cecil Taylor. Incorporated throughout the weekend will be film presentations and spoken-word artists such as Lydia Lunch and John Sinclair.
· The Suicide Machines have announced that the band's next album, entitled Steal This Record, will see daylight next month and will feature a cover of R.E.M.'s "It's the End Of the World As We Know It."
· Fans of the Super Furry Animals have a bounty of cool stuff to look forward to in the special DVD version of the band's new Rings around the World album. Released last week in the UK on the same day as the standard version of the new Epic Records CD, the DVD features individual short films by various independent filmmakers to accompany each track, as well as an extra six new songs and films from the Welsh critical favorites.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Lone Star on Monday and Depeche Mode on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Iggy Pop on Thursday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien has musical guests Tantric on Friday overnight and Kim Wilson on Tuesday overnight; and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn features The Lucky Boys on Friday overnight and Tricky on Tuesday overnight. Also look for the return of HBO's Reverb on Wednesday nights starting August 8. The all-new season features Guided By Voices, Oasis, the Black Crowes, Creeper Lagoon, and Coldplay.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, August 7:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change
Alfie - If You Happy With You Need Do Nothing (XL/Beggars Banquet) delightfully sunny British smart pop in the vein of the Beta Band and country meadow XTC
Babyface - Love Songs (Epic Legacy)
Better Than Ezra - Closer (Beyond) featuring DJ Swamp and Toddy
Ron Block - Faraway Land (Rounder) debut solo release from the guitarist of Alison Krauss & Union Station
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - original motion picture soundtrack (Decca) featuring two songs by British singing sensation Russell Watson
Casual - He Think He Raw (Hieroglyphics Imperium) new solo CD from the Hieroglyphics crew member last seen on Everlast's Whitey Ford Sings the Blues album
Colourbox - The Best of Colourbox (4AD/Beggars Banquet) long-awaited anthology from this seminal UK art/club favorite from the early 1980s
Darkest Hour - So Sedate, So Secure (Victory) from Washington, D.C.
Detroit Grand Pu Bahs - Funk All Y'all (Jive Electro) Dr. Toefinger's latest featuring the underground smash single "Sandwiches"
DJ Krush - Zen (Red Ink) featuring guests Black Thought from the Roots, Zap Mama, N'Dea Davenport, and Company Flow
DJ Red Alert - Presents Beats, Rhymes & Battles Vol. 1 (Loud)
Goldfrapp - "Utopia" (Mute) new single featuring remixes from Calexico and Sunroof
Hey Mercedes - Every Night Fire Works (Vagrant) formed from the ashes of Braid
John Hiatt - Anthology (Hip-O) two-CD collection covering his entire career with hits, original versions of his songs other artists made famous, and other rarities
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks - Alive & Lickin' (Surfdog) new songs and classics
Integrity - In Contrast of Tomorrow (Victory) 30-track rarities collection featuring its long out-of-print EP
Jaya the Cat - Basement Style (Gold Circle) three-piece hardcore ska from Boston
Joy Division - Heart & Soul (Rhino) 81-track, four-CD box set featuring BBC sessions and other rarities previously available only as an import
Jucifer - The Lambs EP (Velocette Records) seven new tracks on CD or limited-edition 10-inch vinyl of blisteringly heavy rawk from the dangerous duo of Amber Valentine and Ed Livengood
Killarmy - Fear Love & War (Priority) new from the Wu Clan member
Greg Koch - The Grip (Favored Nations) aggressive guitar meltdown on this new addition to Steve Vai's boutique label
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - A New Star Is Born (LaFace/Arista)
Tony MacAlpine - Chromaticity (Shrapnel) new rock fusion with drummer Steve Smith of Journey and Barry Sparks of the Michael Schenker Group
MJG - Lay It Down, Lay It Down (Jcor)
Mystre - Mysterium (Highborn) continuous trance mix CD
Neurosis - A Sun that Never Sets (Relapse)
Osmosis Jones - original motion picture soundtrack (Atlantic) with music from R. Kelly, Uncle Kracker, De La Soul, and Kid Rock
Randy - The Human Atom Bombs (Epitaph) from Sweden
Simon & Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning 3 a.m., Sounds of Silence, Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme, Bookends, and Bridge over Troubled Water (Columbia Legacy) expanded and re-mastered re-issues
Peter Tosh - Live & Dangerous: Boston 1976 (Columbia Legacy) full-length concert CD
Überzone - Faith in the Future (Astralwerks) debut from American breaks producer Q with guests Paige Hamilton of Helmet, Beenie Man, and Afrika Bambaataa
Usher - All About U (LaFace/Arista)
The Yayhoos - Fear Not the Obvious (Bloodshot) featuring former Georgia Satellites vocalist Dan Baird