· Taking Pearl Jam's idea and turning up the speed, The Who has announced that it will soon be issuing a series of CDs that documents each concert from the band's 2002 North American tour. Each two-CD set will bear the Encore series brand and is being made available by Eel Pie Records and TheMusic.
com. What's so amazing is that the site promises that each concert CD will ship a mere three weeks after the show. From the stage, to the soundboard, and on to you. Amazing. Who knows? What seems to be an astonishing marriage of the artist and blistering technology today will perhaps become a natural part of going to a concert. Buy the T-shirt and the belt buckle, and pop for the pre-paid mailer to receive the concert's CD within the next few weeks. Not only are the speed and sophistication of this endeavor commendable, but all sales proceeds will benefit various youth-oriented charities.
· Also due in mid-September from label/Web-site partnership is a special audiophile LP re-issue of Led Zeppelin's 1976 double album The Song Remains The Same. This pricey labor of love is a true heavyweight at 200 grams of virgin vinyl in each disc, 20 more than the standard 180-gram audiophile presentation. See, none more black!
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Aimee Mann tonight, Dixie Chicks on Thursday, Eve on Monday, and Robert Plant on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts the Doves Thursday night; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn features a rare appearance by Midnight Oil this evening overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Ryan Adams.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, September 10:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change
Barry Adamson - The King Of Nothing Hill (Mute) new instrumental CD from the former member of Magazine and Nick Cave's Bad Seeds
Authority Zero - A Passage in Time (Lava)
Broken Spindles - Broken Spindles (Tiger Style) new solo CD from Joel Petersen of The Faint
Peter Case - Beeline (Vanguard)
John Coltrane - Legacy (Impulse) four-CD set of key selections from his Prestige, Riverside, Blue Note, Columbia, and Atlantic record labels
Dead to Fall - Everything I Touch Falls to Pieces (Victory) blistering Chicago hardcore
Ani DiFranco - So Much Shouting, So Much Laughing (Righteous Babe) two-CD live set
John Doe - Dim Stars, Bright Sky (iMUSIC/Artist Direct) terrific all-new solo acoustic album from the X founder and modern day actor/singer/songwriter, featuring guests Aimee Mann, Jakob Dylan, Jane Wiedlin, and Juliana Hatfield
Dropkick Murphys - Live on St. Patrick's Day from Boston (Hellcat/Epitaph)
Faultline - Your Love Means Everything (Elektra) with guests Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., and Chris Martin of Coldplay
Tre Hardson - Liberation (iMUSIC/Artist Direct) new solo album from the Pharcyde founder with guests N'Dea Davenport of Brand New Heavies
Anne Henton - Black Notebook (Spill Records) layered, pensive, and softly playful new studio album from this Boston singer/songwriter
Les Sans Culottes - Faux Realism (Aeronaut) sexy New York City trio channeling 1960s French "ye-ye" pop with a name that translates to "those without underpants"
Loyo & Bushwacka - Night Works (XL/Beggars Banquet) new tech/house featuring the single "Love Story"
Magellan - Hundred Year Flood (Magna Carta) with guests Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull and Tony Levin of King Crimson
Manu Dibango - Electric Africa (Fuel 2000) rare avant-funk sessions from 1984 that brought together the African superstar with Bernie Worrell of Parliament, Bill Laswell, and Herbie Hancock
The Mercury Program - A Data Learn the Language (Tiger Style)
Moe - Warts & All Volume 2 (Red Ink) three-CD set
Jane Monheit - In the Sun (Warlock) new from the jazz vocalist with players Ron Carter and Kenny Washington
John Parish - How Animals Move (Thrill Jockey) new solo album from the PJ Harvey producer and collaborator, with guest Howe Gelb of Giant Sand
The Pattern - Real Feelness (Lookout) the band's debut full-length album after various EPs and singles
Sahara Hotnights - Jennie Bomb (Jetset) full-throttle punk-rock kittens from Sweden with devastating good looks and punk hooks
Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Best of (Geffen) two-CD set
Matt Skiba & Kevin Seconds - split CD (Asian Man) five new solo tracks each from the Alkaline Trio and 7 Seconds frontmen
Speech - Spiritual People (iMUSIC/Artist Direct) new solo album from the Arrested Development founder, recorded at his home studio with vintage equipment
Stick Men with Rayguns - Some People Deserve to Suffer (Emperor Jones)
Trans Am - Extremixxx (Thrill Jockey) re-mixes by Dan the Automator and more
Tracy Ullman - Takes on the Hits (Varese Sarabande) the host of the Oxygen network's Visible Panty Lines offers this 18-track collection of her top-10 U.K. hits from the 1980s and fascinating cover selections of 1960's girl-pop
various artists - Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown (Red House) with contributions by Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, Iris Dement, and more
various artists - O Sister 2 (Rounder) a second volume of best of women's bluegrass with Hazel Dickens, Allison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and more
Peter Wolf - Sleepless (Artemis) all new from the J. Geils front man, with guests Mick Jagger and Keith Richards