· More rock to rumble by is hitting store shelves this Tuesday with the spittin' mad release of WWF: Tough Enough 2 on the Geffen label. Alongside snarlin' smackdowns from Cold, Staind, Cinder, and Limp Bizkit are new re-mixes from the Bloodhound Gang and Rob Zombie, and a special acoustic version of "Control" by Puddle of Mudd.
· Also swinging hard for the lowest common denominator is Buckcherry, announcing that it's covering Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" for a forthcoming NASCAR compilation.
· Thrasher magazine has announced that later this summer it will release an eight-CD box set with Panic Button Records. Entitled Thrasher Presents: Skate Rock, the old-school box will collect all of the publication's influential LP- and cassette-only releases that fueled and documented the origins of punk skateboard culture.
· A new alternative impromptu super-group of sorts is debuting a two-song CD single this Tuesday on the Trifekta Records label. Simply calling themselves Dando Lee Petersson Schwartzman, the quartet is made up of the Lemonheads' Evan Dando, Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee, Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson, and Phantom Planet drummer Jason Schwartzman.
· My CD pick of the week is Paramour, the recently released debut album from the Texas-based Deadman, helmed by Steven Collins, formerly of Dallas' The Plebeians. Opening up like a morning breeze over a border-town villa, the Southwestern melodies run deep, rolling, and lonesome, and simply swept me away in their soft grace. Tenderly sexy, the storytelling lyrics of victims, retribution, angels, and crosses color this mesmerizing Western musical of the mind. Master producer Marc Howard, best known for his stunning production of Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, and Willie Nelson, raises the whole affair, reminiscent of the best haunting pop of U2, Mazzy Star, Roy Orbison, and the Cowboy Junkies.
· Speaking of master producers, T Bone Burnett has joined forces with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen to create a new "music-centric" record label, DMZ Records. The label sounds like serious business with the artist at heart, as an official Board of Advisors includes Elvis Costello, Sam Sheppard, Wim Wenders, Bono, and Tom Waits. The label's first release is due next month, a new studio album from Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, now beloved to a whole new generation because of his "O Death" from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Neil Young on Thursday and the Dave Matthews Band on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Tom Waits this evening and Al Green on Tuesday; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn features Bret Michaels of Poison on Thursday overnight; Last Call with Carson Daly sits down with 311 on Monday overnight and Alien Ant Farm on Tuesday overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Eminem.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, May 14:
... and like the wind, young grasshopper, are subject to change.
Abandon Jalopy - Mercy (Stank Face) new solo project from Blind Melon bassist Brad Smith with guests from Squirrel Nut Zippers
Audio Karate - Space Camp (Kung Fu)
Bright Eyes - There Is No Beginning to the Story (Saddle Creek) four-track EP featuring a live cover of Neil Young's "Out on the Weekend"
Cam'ron - Come Home with Me (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Chinkees - Searching for a Brighter Future (Asian Man) third album from this San Jose, California, ska punk crew
Country Teasers - Science Hat Artistic Cube Moral Nosebleed Empire (In the Red) collection of singles, demos, and outtakes in two formats, 20-track CD or 40-track double-LP gatefold vinyl
The Cranberries - Treasure Box: The Complete Sessions 1991-1999 (Island) all four of the band's Island Records releases with bonus tracks
EE - Tiny Spot (Asian Man) featuring Seam guitarist Soo Yound Park
Alejandro Escovedo - By the Hand of the Father (Texas Music Group) all new with guests Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Ruben Ramos of Los Super Seven, and Rosie Flores
Alejandro Escovedo - Gravity and Thirteen Years (Watermelon) re-mastered re-issues of his 1992 debut and 1993 follow-up, now featuring a bonus disc of rarities
Exit - New Beat (Some Records) recently featured on the American Pie 2 soundtrack
Girls Against Boys - You Can't Fight What You Can't See (Jade Tree) the group's seventh full-length album
The Gloria Record - Start Here (Arena Rock)
Skip Heller - Career Suicide: The Anthology 1994-2001 (Dionysus) with guests Big Sandy, X drummer DJ Bonebreak, The Knack's Doug Fieger, and more
Highway 9 - What in Samhill? (Epic) harmonic roots rock from Asbury Park, New Jersey
Le Tigre - Remixes (Mr. Lady) CD EP with remixes by Reid Speed, Swim with the Dolphins, and DJ Ham & Cheese on Rye
Mayday - Old Blood (Saddle Creek) new from Ted Stevens of Lullaby for the Working Class
Buddy Miles - Blues Berries (Ruf) with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble
Van Morrison - Down the Road (Universal) featuring covers of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind" and Acker Bilk's "Evening Shadows"
Moby - 18 (V2) featuring the single "We Are All Made of Stars"
Sheila Nicholls - Wake (Essex Girl/Hollywood)
Jeb Loy Nichols - Easy Now (Rykodisc) his third solo album
One Line Drawing - Visitor (Jade Tree) new from New End Original's Jonah Matranga
Doug Powell - The Lost Chord (Parasol) new plush layered pop from the former SWAG member
Psychedelic Breakfast - Deuce (Sonance) funky, jam-friendly debut featuring guitarist Tim Palmieri
Scrubs - music from the television series (Hollywood) with music by Cheap Trick, Sebadoh, Moses Leroy, Tricky, and Lazlo Bane
Todd Snider - New Connection (Oh Boy) 13 new songs and a cover of John Prine's "Crooked Piece of Time"
Speedealer - Second Sight (Palm Pictures) super heavy riffage produced by Jason Newsted of Metallica
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - original motion picture soundtrack (A&M) featuring songs by Bryan Adams from the new animated film narrated by Matt Damon
The Toasters - Enemy of the System (Asian Man) new from the American ska kings
various artists - Hang the VJ (Music Video Dist/Burning Heart) 190-minute DVD collection of punk videos from The Hives, The Business, Samiam, Millencolin, and more
Voltaire - Boo Hoo (Projekt) sensitive goth featuring his acoustic version of Tori Amos' "Caught a Lite Sneeze"
Weezer - Maladroit (Geffen) featuring the single "Dope Nose"