Rhino Records' Handmade imprint has announced that on September 25 it will start distributing the first in a series of CDs of rare and previously unreleased music from The Doors. The recordings will mark the debut of the Bright Midnight label, owned and operated by the surviving members of the band.
More than 30 hours of music are expected to be unearthed by this new Web-only label venture, with some of the first releases including a two-CD live concert from Detroit and a four-hour radio special from 1980. ... More genre-bending hijinks are in store with next month's release of Take A Bite Out of Rhyme, a various-artist cover compilation subtitled A Rock Tribute To Rap. The Republic/Universal release features just what it says, with tracks like Run-DMC's "It's Tricky" getting waxed by the Bloodhound Gang, Eric B & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend" rocked strong by the Fun Lovin' Criminals, Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Posse on Broadway" whacked by the Insane Clown Posse, and Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" receiving the bum rush by Staind. The CD's booklet promises an introductory essay on the blended history of rock/rap culture by Public Enemy's Chuck D. ... Joan Osborne has just launched her own woman issues oriented Web magazine ? HEROINE ? to coincide with her new Righteous Love album ? released this week on Interscope Records. The Web magazine is described as a site of inspiration for women of substance ? artists, explorers, rock stars, rebels, and saints. Dial up (http://www.heroinemagazine.com) to see the debut issue with features on Susan Sarandon, the Indigo Girls, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and more. ... A new solo album from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is set for October release on the Divine label. The star-studded set features guests Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Peter Steele of Type O Negative, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Henry Rollins, and Iommi's old mate Ozzy Osbourne.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes The Coors tonight and Carlos Santana on Thursday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Supergrass on Thursday and Bjork on Friday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien perks up Friday's overnight with Fastball; and The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn gets weird with The Presidents on Thursday overnight.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, September 19:
and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change... .
Natacha Atlas - Dance Remixes (Beggars Banquet) with production duties by Talvin Singh, Transglobal Underground, and more
George Benson - Anthology (Rhino) two-CD collection spanning work from all the labels he recorded for from 1964 to 1998
Bjork - Selma Songs (Elektra) EP of tracks from the forthcoming big-screen musical Dancer In the Dark, featuring a duet with Radiohead's Thom Yorke on "I've Seen It All"
Blue Meanies - The Post Wave (MCA)
Buttercup - Terminal E (Spirit of Orr) alternative country with a heavy nod to Badfinger and the Raspberries
Cam'ron - Sports, Drugs & Entertainment (Epic) guests include Ol' Dirty Bastard, Destiny's Child, Noreaga, and more
Capone & Noreaga - The Reunion (Tommy Boy) with guests Mobb Deep and Foxy Brown
John Coltrane - Ole Coltrane and Coltrane Plays the Blues (Rhino) two deluxe-edition re-issues with bonus tracks and expanded liner notes
Don Covay & Friends - Adlib (Cannonball) the classic old-school singer-songwriter's new album features guests Wilson Pickett, Huey Lewis, Paul Rodgers, Paul Shaffer, and more
Fastball - The Harsh Light of Day (Hollywood) fantastic three-piece power-pop with guests Billy Preston and Brian Setzer
Fuel - Something Like Human (Epic)
The Go-Betweens - The Friends Of Rachel Worth (Jetset) with guests Sleater-Kinney and Pavement's Stephan Malkmus
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain (Mute) debut from former Orbital and Tricky vocalist Alison Goldfrapp, featuring members of Portishead
Ruben Gonzalez - Chanchullo (Nonesuch) new from the Buena Vista Social Club members
Guided By Voices - Suitcase: Failed Experiments and Trashed Aircraft (Recordhead/Fading Captain) four-CD box set of rarities
Damien Jurado - Ghost of David (SubPop)
Little Feat - Hotcakes & Outtakes (Rhino) four-CD set covering 82 tracks and 30 years with the band
Madonna - Music (Maverick) with contributors William Orbit and Talvin Singh
Mike "Sport" Murphy - Magic Beans (Kill Rock Stars)
Willie Nelson - Milk Cow Blues (Island) Blues collection with guests Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, B.B. King, Dr. John, Keb Mo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and more
Nigo of Major Force West - Ape Sounds (Mo Wax/Beggars Banquet) with guests Ben Lee, Money Mark, The Scratch Perverts, and more
Octant - Car Alarms and Crickets (Up Records)
Pele - The Nudes (Polyvinyl)
Poe - Haunted (Atlantic) following up to 1995's terrific Hello album
Quintron - The Unmasked Organ Light-Year of Infinity Man (Bulb)
Barbara Streisand - Timeless: Live In Concert (Columbia) two-CD set with guests Barry Gibb, Bryan Adams, and Celine Dion, with a "virtual duet" with the late Frank Sinatra on "I've Got a Crush On You"
Thrones - "Sperm Whale" (Kill Rock Stars) 12-inch and CD single
Jason Trachtenburg - Revolutions Per Minute (Orange) big buzz on this performance-art-oriented singer-songwriter whose stage shows incorporate "found" slide-show presentations and his eight-year old daughter on drums
Simon Fisher Turner - Travelcard (Sulfer/Beggars Banquet) new from the former founding member of The The
various artists - TV Land Crimestoppers: TV's Greatest P.I. Themes and TV's Greatest Cop Themes (Rhino) these 2 separate CD's will have you "up against the wall, punk!" with the Baretta theme, Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn," Lalo Shifrin's Mannix theme, and more
various artists - Xen Ninja Cuts (Ninja Tune) three-CD or four-LP box set with tracks from The Herbaliser, Happy Campers, Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Vadim, Funki Porcini, and more