• Uncannily timed with the recent death of Johnny Ramone, two new documentary films are telling
the story of the three-chord foursome from Forest Hills, Queens, with one film recently debuting in New York and the other arriving on DVD next week.

• The place to be this coming Tuesday morning is lined up at the door of your favorite record
store, as the Epic Legacy imprint is releasing an expanded re-issue of The Clash's double
album masterpiece, London Calling, from 1979.

The word “mature” isn’t something one should expect to associate with the local band Human Aftertaste. This spook-show industrial-tinged rock band prides itself on being outrageous, proudly claiming to have been banned from clubs and glad to warn you that a performance will likely include being sprayed with substances pleasant and not-so-pleasant.

• The first fruit from the collaboration of Nancy Sinatra and Morrissey hits store shelves next week,
with the Morrissey-penned "Let Me Kiss You" CD single on Attack/Sanctuary Records. A full-
length album, To Nancy, with Love, is due at the end of this month and features a star-studded guest list, with Bono and the Edge from U2, Elvis Costello, Jon Spencer, Pete Yorn, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, and Dennis Diken of the Smithereens.

• A founding father of the roots-punk alternative-country scene with Jason & The Scorchers,
Jason Ringenberg takes up a political picket in his new solo album, Empire Builders, due this
coming Tuesday on the Yep Roc imprint.

Most performers would kill for one of Kris Kristofferson's careers. But he has three of them: as a great country songwriter, a musical performer of no small repute, and a successful actor. This man has been in a musical group with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings, and as an actor has worked with Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, Sam Peckinpah, and Tim Burton.

• Two new CD projects are raising funds to promote peace. Last week a re-make of the 1960s
hit "Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes was released as a single,
featuring an all-star line-up of Faith Evans, Missy Elliott, Jamie Foxx, Jaheim, and Nate Dogg.

One thing that's certain about RIBCO is that metal doesn't play there. Well, that sentence is about to become obsolete, as the resurrection of the "Homegrown" local-music showcase at RIBCO features a new edge.

The event's goal is to give an opportunity to bands that normally wouldn't be able to play the RIBCO stage.

Like a refreshing summer rain in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia, a new tribute CD to a national legacy has swept me deep in piney-woods bliss. From the electrifying intonation of Elvis Presley's voice and Johnny Cash's bass profundo, to the taste of butter, salt, and pepper over yellow corn grits, some things just blast straight down one's chain of American DNA, regardless of where you call home.

Superjoint Ritual could just be the strangest metal band in the world. For one thing, it's the now-full-time project of Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo, the "chosen one" of what seemed like a dozen side projects he participated in over the past few years.

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