· Three Led Zeppelin DVDs are due in mid-November on the European Warner Brothers imprint. Often bootlegged in their audio-only form, the discs promise some of the most exciting of the band's 1970s tours with Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Live at Earls Court, and Live At Knebworth.
All these are well-timed, as the rumor mill talks of a reunion in 2003 with John Paul Jones.
· More artists have jumped on board the upcoming all-star Ramones tribute album, now titled We're a Happy Family on the DV8/Columbia label. These latest temptations include Pete Yorn's take on "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and The Pretenders' stab at "Something to Believe in," alongside Tom Waits, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rob Zombie, Garbage, Green Day, KISS, Metallica, and Rancid. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder checks with Zeke on two tracks - "I Believe in Miracles" and a hidden bonus cover of "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)" - found in the first pressing. Proceeds will benefit charities connected to the passing of Dee Dee and Joey Ramone.
· Fans of The Alarm should find their way into record stores this Tuesday, as the 21st Century Records label is re-issuing three of the group's classic albums from the 1980s this Tuesday - The Alarm, Declaration, and Strength - each with seven to 17 bonus tracks.
· It's a family affair these days as a handful of upcoming releases feature sons, daughters, and parents on superstars' new discs. Beck's newest, Sea Change, promises a guest appearance by his father David Campbell; the Greg Brown tribute, Going Driftless, features a cover by his daughters Pieta, Zoe, and Constance; and the John Lee Hooker tribute, Clarksdale to Heaven, features a track from his daughter Zakiya.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Monica on Thursday, Tweet on Friday, Bush on Monday, and Box Car Racer on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Nelly tonight and Marianne Faithfull on Monday; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn serves up Guided by Voices this evening overnight, Caitlin Cary on Thursday overnight, and Trey Anastasio on Tuesday overnight; Late Night with Conan O'Brien features Belle & Sebastian on Friday overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Ja Rule.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, Septmeber 3:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change
The Belles - Omerta (Lakeshore) Lawrence, Kansas, duo with guests The Get Up Kids
Berlin - Voyeur (iMUSIC/Artist Direct) all new from Terri Nunn and company
Blind Boys of Alabama - Higher Ground (Real World) with guest Ben Harper
C.O.C.O. - The C.O.C.O. Sound (K Records) rump-shakin' drum-and-bass combo from Chris Sutton of Dub Narcotic System
Common Rider - This Is Unity Music (Hopeless) featuring Operation Ivy's Jesse Michaels and Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman
George Duke - Face the Music (BPM) new on his own personal label
Joni Eareckson Tada & Charles Billingsley - What's It All About (Navarre) children's songs by the quadriplegic artist and disabled-persons advocate
Future Sound of London - Underground (Run/Lakeshore) two-CD set
Scott Henderson - Well to the Bone (Blues Bureau) progressive blues from the Tribal Tech member
Glenn Hughes - Different Stages (Steamhammer/SPV) two-CD best-of collection from the Deep Purple vocalist
Idaho - We Were Young & Needed the Money (Idaho Music/Retrophonic) collection of slo-core rarities and outtakes
Irving - Good Morning Beautiful (Eenie Meenie) featuring five songwriters and vocalists, this new CD is a favorite of KROQ's Rodney Bingenhimer and KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic
Junkyard Willie - Prank Call Tapes (Old Chicken) wet-your-pants funny incoming phone harassment as heard on Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony's radio programs
Little Wings - Light Green Leaves (K Records) all new with the CD, LP, and cassette formats all featuring the same songs but with different takes
Living Colour - Vivid (Epic Legacy) re-mastered re-issue featuring five bonus tracks
Motorhead - 25 & Alive (Steamhammer/SPV) DVD or VHS filmed for the group's 25th anniversary, live from the Brixton Academy
Bif Naked - Purge (Her Royal Majesty)
New Bomb Turks - The Day Before the Night Before the Earth Stood Still (Gearhead)
Nightmares on Wax - Mind Elevation (Warp) also available in a limited two-LP set
No. 2 - What Does Good Luck Bring? (Music We Trust) new from Neil Gust, formerly of Heatmiser
Ozric Tentacles - Live at the Pongmasters Ball (Snapper) recorded live on the final night of the band's 2002 U.K. tour
Jimmy Page - No Introduction Necessary (Purple Pyramid) rare and early recordings from the Led Zeppelin guitarist, featuring special box packaging and poster
The Residents - Demons Dance Alone (East Side Digital) all new and surprisingly accessible, with a light and airy touch
Sing-Sing - The Joy of Sing-Sing (Manifesto) debut album featuring Lush guitarist Emma Anderson and singer Lisa O'Neill
The Superbees - High Volume (Acetate) high-energy proto-punk debut that tips its hat to The Stooges and The Sonics
Tangerine Dream - Inferno (TDI) new album featuring female vocalists and choral arrangements
Tarwater - Dwellers on the Threshold (Mute/Kitty-Yo) the group's fourth album
Today Is the Day - Sadness Will Prevail (Relapse) two-CD set
The Derek Trucks Band - Joyful Noise (Columbia) with guest vocalists Ruben Blades, Solomon Burke, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Tsunami Bomb - The Ultimate Escape (Kung Fu) from lovely Petaluma, California
UFO - Sharks (Shrapnel) all new from the original members
various artists - Welcome to the Machine: The Electronic Tribute to Pink Floyd (Vitamin) two-CD set with cover contributions from Bug Funny Foundation, Cracker G, Echocell, and more
various artists - Old to the New: A Steely & Clevie Tribute to the Joe Gibbs Classics (VP) compilation of late 1970s and early 1980s reggae with Michael Rose, Barrington Levy, JC Lodge, and more
various artists - Shipwreck Day (Knw-Yr-Own) 21-track CD released in conjunction with last month's What the Heck Festival with The Microphones, Little Wings, Dennis Driscoll, D+, and more