Sounds Eclectic Public-radio tastemaker KCRW from Santa Monica, California, is back with its sixth collection of live performances from its studios.

The Verve - Forth The Verve is rolling out the red carpet for its return next week in bonus-packed limited editions of the new album Forth. A CD/DVD set is available at retail, housed in a bound-book-style package and featuring the 20-minute documentary Space & Time and five songs from the band's performance this past May at Coachella. Fans still gobbling up the various exclusive B sides on the first single, "Love Is Noise," can order the deluxe box set from The Verve's official online store, boasting an audiophile two-LP vinyl set with two songs that don't show up on the CD, the bonus DVD, free downloads, and a special book of memorabilia.

Om Dust off that old turntable and coax it back to life with a yearlong feeding courtesy of Sub Pop Records, reviving its legendary Sub Pop Singles Club this week. Out of commission since its original operation from 1988 to 1993 and its run from 1998 through 2002, the return celebrates the label's 20th anniversary. Offering a one-year subscription of 12 seven-inch singles delivered to your doorstep each month, the series kicks off with Om, with The Notwist, Blues Control, Black Lips, Black Mountain, Unnatural Helpers, and Tyvek warming up. Each pressing will be limited to 1,500 copies, each with a special coupon code for free downloads of the song's MP3.

 

Rmxxology This coming Tuesday, one of dance/hip-hop's most recognizable imprints gets squished through a modern-day Play-Doh Pumper Number Nine with thick, slick, funky results. Back in the day, spotting the tasty Delicious Vinyl logo in a DJ's crate of 12-inch singles was a sign of good things to come, with a stable of artists that ranged from Masta Ace and Born Jamericans to Fatlip and Def Jef. Still kickin' up dust since 1987, the label has concocted a 15-track remix/tribute CD, RMXXOLOGY, after Peaches let the owners know she'd like to take a swipe at Tone Loc's infectious hit "Wild Thing." Highlights include Hot Chip's new imagination of The Pharcyde's "Passin' Me by" and Pink Enemy working the groove of The Brand New Heavies' "Never Stop." A RMXXOLOGY Volume 2 is in the works with influences revealed by Spank Rock, Bass Over Babylon, and DJ Medhi, as well as a worldwide tour.

The Dave Stewart Songbook, Volume I The covers caravan comes to town next week, as a bumper crop of new spins on old classics comes to record-store shelves. Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart is back with a 30-piece orchestra on Surfdog Records' The Dave Stewart Songbook, Vol. 1. Also available in a two-LP edition, the two-CD collection features new interpretations of his own "Would I Lie to You," "Sweet Dreams," and "Here Comes the Rain Again," rubbing up against an odd mix of Bon Jovi's "Midnight in Chelsea," Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More," and No Doubt's "Underneath It All." Other artists getting his lush touch include Bob Geldof, Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Ferry, and Celine Dion.

Buddy Guy - Skin Deep Special guests abound on two new CDs and a seven-inch single from a blues legend, a former pop superstar, and a one-hit Scottish songwriter. On tour now with George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Buddy Guy has just released Skin Deep on the Silvertone Records imprint. Featuring songs "Smell the Funk" and "Lyin' Like a Dog," the Chicago blues powerhouse is joined by Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Robert Randolph.

Samantha Crain - The Confiscation Right up there with such perfect-moment masterpieces as Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes, Mazzy Star's She Hangs Brightly, Suzanne Vega's self-tiled album from 1985, and Milla Jovovich's critically underrated The Divine Comedy from 1994, this coming Tuesday's first glimpse at a 21-year-old Choctaw native is as powerful, immediate, and gripping as it comes. With a voice like Billie Holiday's trippin' kid sister raised on T.Rex demos and Radiohead ballads, Samantha Crain's The Confiscation: A Musical Novella is a stunning introduction to a refreshing, metaphysical artist that demands attention. There must be something special about the mothering Oklahoma creek water that produces so many amazing singers/songwriters, from Woody Guthrie to the Flaming Lips. Tastefully packaged in a cardboard Digipak that mimics an old family photo album, the five-song EP is on the hip, old-timey Ramseur Records imprint - the perfect home for her national debut, also releasing the long awaited Second Gleam from the Avett Brothers next week.

 

Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten The Future Is Unwritten , last year's beautiful love letter to the life and passion of Joe Strummer, has just been released on DVD, packed with bonus material not seen in the original film. Even if you don't subscribe to the motto that The Clash was "the only band that ever mattered," I can't see how any beating heart couldn't tear up at director Julien Temple's salute to the purity and soul of a man who, despite his fame, walked with the common bloke in humble soles shared by Woody Guthrie and Bob Marley.

Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Chronicle Books has just issued three fantastic new rock-and-roll books, aimed at teen and pre-teen girls who wanna rock, inspired graphic artists, and anyone who's bowed down at the sexy "graphic-ication" of rock-and-roll poster girls. Featuring a foreword by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and contributions by Beth Ditto of Gossip, Hilken Mancini of Fuzzy, and Sarah Dougher of the SG's, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls is an amazing companion to the not-for-profit Portland, Oregon, "summer camp" that began in 2001. Playfully illustrated and smartly empowering, the nearly 200 pages can take a young girl from rock dreams to putting out a CD and going on tour, holding hands through picking an instrument, writing your first song, forming a band, and booking an all-ages show.

Back from the Dead: A Punk Elvis Tribute Sporting their best quivering-lip sneer and alter egos as Elvis of Nazareth, Elvis '56, and "Has-Been" Elvis, members of the Bad Samaritans, NOFX, Ill Repute, and Stalag 13 have formed G.G. Elvis & the TCP Band. Next week Mental Records releases the fruit of their labors in Back from the Dead: A Punk Elvis Tribute, marrying the soul of the King and the punk-rock roar of G.G. Allin in a baker's dozen Elvis covers, from "In the Ghetto" to "Burning Love" to "Suspicious Minds."

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