Look for the upcoming Fatboy Slim album, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, to include the track - and first single - "Sunset (Bird of Prey)," which is built upon a vocal sample of the Doors' Jim Morrison reading some of his poetry.
The album will also feature guest vocal contributions from Macy Gray on two tracks, and is due in early November. ... Bill Laswell's Axiom label issues its latest engaging cross-cultural release this Tuesday - Tabla Beat Science's Tala Matrix. The album features master musician Zakir Hussain on the tabla - a principal drum of North Indian music, played in a paired set with fingers and wrists of both hands - and Asian underground "electro-tablatronics" pioneer Talvin Singh. ... Rickie Lee Jones is back in the spotlight with this Tuesday's Artemis Records release of It's Like This, a new album of uniquely selected cover material like Steely Dan's "Show Biz Kids," the Beatles' "For Now One," Traffic's "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys," Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man," and the Gershwin classic "Someone to Watch Over Me." Adding to the intrigue is that the set is chock full of guests Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, Taj Mahal, and more. ... Tuesday also brings the original Hollywood Records motion picture soundtrack of Duets, set at an Omaha, Nebraska, $5,000 karaoke grand championship. The film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, who handles her own vocal duties on Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" and in a duet with Babyface on the Rolling Stones' "Just My Imagination (Running Away From Me)." Huey Lewis is also featured in the film, singing "Lonely Teardrops" and in a duet with Paltrow of the Smokey Robinson classic, "Cruisin'." ... Fire up your DVD players for a new experience to Smell the Glove in none-more-black. This week the MGM film group is releasing a special enhanced re-release of the 1984 mock "rockumentary" This Is Spinal Tap with a bonus hour of footage, four music videos, the film's original theatrical trailer, and running audio commentary from the in-character cast - which is different than the previously available Criterion Collection commentary. Where's publicist Bobbi Flekman when you need her?
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts Joan Osborne on Thursday, Savage Garden on Friday, and Al Green on Monday; and The Late Show with David Letterman welcomes Ben Harper tonight, Spinal Tap on Thursday, Sting on Monday and Emmylou Harris on Tuesday.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, September 12:
and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change ... .
16 Horsepower - Secret South (Razor & Tie)
95 South - Tightwork 3000 (RCA)
B-Legit - Hempin Ain't Easy (Koch/In the Paint) with guests Snoop Dogg, E-40, Mack-10, and Kurrupt
Barenaked Ladies - Maroon (Reprise) featuring the single "Pinch Me"
Beastie Boys - Sounds of Science (Grand Royal/Capitol) vinyl and DVD release
Boyz II Men - Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya (Universal)
Burning Hearts - Escape (Victory) features a cover of the Adolescents' "No Way"
Andrew Dice Clay - Face Down, Ass Up (SFO/Right Stuff) new from the shockingly profane comedian - brown-paper-wrapped for your protection
Cold - 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage (Flip/Geffen)
the Coors - In Blue (Lava/Atlantic)
Electronic - Twisted Tenderness (Koch) domestic issue of the latest from The Smiths' Johnny Marr and New Order's Bernard Sumner
Forrest Fang - Gongland (Projekt) Indonesian gamelan mixed with minimalist electronica
Fine China - When the World Sings (Tooth and Nail)
The Gun & Doll Show - New Blood (Fortune Records) live CD from the humorous act voted "Best Pop Band" in 1999's San Francisco Weekly's reader poll
Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl (Nonesuch)
Harvey Danger - King James Version (London/Sire) with guests Grant Lee Buffalo and The Posies' Ken Stringfellow
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - box set (Experience Hendrix/MCA) four CDs or eight LPs on 180-gram audiophile vinyl
The Hives - Veni, Vidi, Vicious (Epitaph) Swedish punk rock on tour in the States this fall
Kacey Jones - Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead (Irritating Gentile Optimist) featuring a duet with Delbert McClinton on "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly"
Kilowatthours - Strain of Positive Thinking (Temporary Residence)
Lady D - Naked Kaleidoscope (Strictly Hype) the first in the label's series of Afterhours chill-down mix CDs
LL Cool J - The Greatest of All Time (Def Jam) all new with guests Redman, Method Man, Xzibit, and Snoop Dogg
Marvelous 3 - ReadySexGo (Elektra) with guests Yogi of Buckcherry and Jeremy Popov of Lit
Monroe Mustang - De Avonden (Jagjaguwar)
The Mr. T Experience - The Miracle Of Shame (Lookout) five-track EP
Joan Osborne - Righteous Love (Interscope)
Doro Pesch - Calling The Wild (Koch) return of the metal pin-up and former Warlock lead singer, with a guest duet with Lemmy of Motorhead, and a cover of Billy Idol's "White Wedding"
The Presidents - Freaked Out and Small (Music Blitz) formerly known as the Presidents of the United States - with guests Sir Mix-a-Lot and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan
Screeching Weasel - Teen Punks In Heat (Panic Button)
Shutdown - Few and Far Between (Victory)
Supershine - Supershine (Metal Blade) new from King's X founder Doug Pinnick
Sally Taylor - Apt. #65 (Blue Elbow) daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, with guest saxophonist Maceo Parker
Tom Tom Club - The Good, The Bad, and the Funky (Palm Pictures) all new featuring a cover of Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby"
The Twilight Singers - Twilight as Played By the Twilight Singers (Columbia) Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli's side project from 1997 through 2000 with Harold "Happy" Chichester of Howlin' Maggie and Shawn Smith of Pigeonhead
Underworld - Everything, Everything (V2) live album
Union 13 - Youth Betrayal and the Awakening (Epitaph) Latino punk rock
Unto Ashes - Moon Oppose Moon (Projekt)
various artists - Little Guitars: A Tribute To Van Halen (Shrapnel) extremely tasty shred-fest with contributions by Dweezil Zappa, Yngwie Malmsteen, Blues Saraceno, George Lynch, Tony Levin, Jake E. Lee, and more various artists - Blue Haze: the Songs of Jimi Hendrix (Ruf Records) with Michelle Shocked, Vernon Reid, Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, and more various artists - Farm Aid: Volume One (Redline/Red Ink) 15th anniversary two-CD collection featuring Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band, Los Lobos, Susan Tedeschi, and a duet between Beck and Willie Nelson various artists - Sing A Song For You: A Tribute To Tim Buckley (Manifesto) two-CD set with cover contributions by Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance, Mojave 3, Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins, and more
Voodoo Glow Skulls - Symbolic (Epitaph) with guests Guttermouth and the Reverend Horton Heat
Steve Walsh - Glossolalia (Magna Carta) new solo album from the Kansas guitarist