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By John M. James · September 26th, 2007 · Yeah Yeah Yeah
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Two culture warriors in the fight to keep the music alive are celebrating their own survival in two new CD compilations. Seattle's indie record store haven, Sonic Boom Records is kicking off its 10th anniversary this month with lots of live in-stores, a commemorative T-shirt designed by James McNew of Yo La Tengo and a CD collection of new tunes. The two-disc sets features Built to Spill, Animal Collective, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jeremy Enigk, Spoon, The New Pornographers, Rilo Kiley and more.

Alternative Press has gathered 17 rare tracks selected by the magazine's staff to create Press Play: Volume 1, released this week on Photo Finish Records. Featuring previously unreleased songs by The Used, As Tall As Lions, Gallows and Hit The Lights, the disc has acoustic rarities by Bayside and Envy On The Coast and live tracks from Panic! At The Disco, Cute Is What We Aim For and Head Automatica.

The coffers of VH1's Save the Music Foundation get a fresh donation next week from the piggy bank of Nettwerk Records' For The Kids CD series. For the Kids Three! offers plenty of highlights and oddities worth searching out, an often surreal collection of "kid's music" that won't blow the skullcap off the adult driving the minivan to preschool and toddler gymnastics. Granted, the fear inducing "Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" are lurking within, but hipsters Rogue Wave, Blitzen Trapper, Of Montreal and Mates of State keep it mighty fresh, like Anathallo's manic romp through "If You're Happy and You Know It," The Sippy Cups' slurp through "I'm a Believer" and one that PETA will hate -- The Barenaked Ladies' "The Other Day I Met a Bear." One of the many exclusive tracks is destined for dada art-damage mix-tape heaven, Over the Rhine's plucky "The Poopsmith Song." Two culture warriors in the fight to keep the music alive are celebrating their own survival in two new CD compilations. Seattle's indie record store haven, Sonic Boom Records is kicking off its 10th anniversary this month with lots of live in-stores, a commemorative T-shirt designed by James McNew of Yo La Tengo and a CD collection of new tunes. The two-disc sets features Built to Spill, Animal Collective, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jeremy Enigk, Spoon, The New Pornographers, Rilo Kiley and more. ...

Alternative Press has gathered 17 rare tracks selected by the magazine's staff to create Press Play: Volume 1, released this week on Photo Finish Records. Featuring previously unreleased songs by The Used, As Tall As Lions, Gallows and Hit The Lights, the disc has acoustic rarities by Bayside and Envy On The Coast and live tracks from Panic! At The Disco, Cute Is What We Aim For and Head Automatica. ...

The coffers of VH1's Save the Music Foundation get a fresh donation next week from the piggy bank of Nettwerk Records' For The Kids CD series. For the Kids Three! offers plenty of highlights and oddities worth searching out, an often surreal collection of "kid's music" that won't blow the skullcap off the adult driving the minivan to preschool and toddler gymnastics.

Granted, the fear inducing "Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" are lurking within, but hipsters Rogue Wave, Blitzen Trapper, Of Montreal and Mates of State keep it mighty fresh, like Anathallo's manic romp through "If You're Happy and You Know It," The Sippy Cups' slurp through "I'm a Believer" and one that PETA will hate -- The Barenaked Ladies' "The Other Day I Met a Bear." One of the many exclusive tracks is destined for dada art-damage mix-tape heaven, Over the Rhine's plucky "The Poopsmith Song." Aided by a few serious-minded young voices joining in on the acoustic roundabout of "poop in the potty, poop goes in the potty," the groovy chant busts left and right in witty kiddie-raps that dive home the rules -- "not on your brotha, not on yer sis, not an any family member, you might want to make a list."

Television Alert
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno presents Bright Eyes Wednesday and Tori Amos Monday. The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Ben Harper Monday and John Fogerty Tuesday. Late Night with Conan O'Brien features Bjork Thursday and VHS or Beta Monday. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson boasts the Juliette Lewis on Monday. Jimmy Kimmel Live tells James Blunt he's beautiful on Friday and has Marc Ronson Tuesday. And Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Kanye West.

New Releases Coming Tuesday
Apollo Heights ­ White Music for Black People (Manimal Vinyl) with guests Mos Def, Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie and TV On the Radio's David Sitek; David Byrne ­ Live From Austin, TX (New West) CD or DVD of his Austin City Limits performance from 2001, backed by the tango ensemble Tosca and covering Talking Heads favorites "And She Was," Life During Wartime" and "This Must Be the Place (Naíve Melody)"; Care Bears On Fire - I Stole Your Animal (Daisy Explosion) punchy Pop Punk from this amazing trio of seventh-graders, rocking out the pre-teen angst of "Met You on My Space" and "Five-Minute Boyfriend"; Will Dailey ­ Back Flipping Forward (CBS Records) performing the single, "Rise," on CSI: NY on Oct. 17; Dan In Real Life ­ original motion picture soundtrack (Capitol) featuring new music by Sondre Lerche; Dashboard Confessional ­ The Shade of Poison Trees (Vagrant) acoustic project recorded in 10 days; Depeche Mode ­ Ultra and Exciter (Rhino) expanded CD/DVD reissues; Bob Dylan ­ DYLAN (Columbia) three-CD set also available in a deluxe edition with bonus postcards; Fire Engines - Hungry Beat (Acute); Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein ­ Gorgeous Frankenstein (Evilive) solo debut from the Misfits guitarist, produced by Glenn Danzig; Merle Haggard ­ The Bluegrass Sessions (McCoury Music) featuring a duet with Alison Krauss on his classic "Mama's Hungry Eyes," an acoustic reworking of his own "Big City" and a cover of the Delmore Brothers' hit "Blues Stay Away From Me"; PJ Harvey ­ White Chalk (Island) piano-based new album with guest Jim White of The Dirty Three; Mick Jagger ­ The Very Best of Mick Jagger (Rhino) featuring his 1978 hit duet with Peter Tosh, covering The Temptations' "(You Got To Walk And) Don't Look Back," soundtrack selections from 1970's Performance and 2004's Alfie and rare Rick Rubin demos; a deluxe edition boasts a bonus DVD of recent interviews, video clips and television performances; Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ­ 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone); Stacey Kent - Breakfast On the Morning Tram (Blue Note) featuring a shimmering cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" and two selections by Serge Gainsbourg; Annie Lennox ­ Songs of Mass Destruction (Arista) featuring 23 female guests from Sarah McLachlan and KT Tunstall to Gladys Knight and Angelique Kidjo; The Pipettes ­ We Are the Pipettes (Interscope) domestic issue with bonus tracks; Toni Price ­ Talk Memphis (Antone's) roadhouse BBQ boogie from this queen of the Country Blues, featuring smoking covers of Isaac Hayes' "Leftover Love" and the Jesse Winchester title track; Prong ­ Power of the Damager (13th Planet/Megaforce) on tour next month, let us all bow down to these pummeling riffs of pure testosterone with new bassist Monte Pittman; Chuck Prophet ­ Soap and Water (Yep Roc) my pick of the week is this funky cruiser that feels like a favorite fall coat, highlighted by a duet with his wife, Stephanie Finch, on "Small Town Girl," a 25-member Christian children's choir and the dark electronic perk of "Doubter Out of Jesus (All Over You)"; Racoon ­ Another Day (An Other Label Records) backed by the Dutch government's Rock & Pop Institute, this rousing Pop quartet is seeking world domination; Ramones ­ It's Alive 1974-1996 (Rhino) two-DVD labor of love, globetrotting from their home turf of CBGB's and Max's Kansas City to Germany, Finland, Argentina, Italy and Spain, peppered with lost television performances from the UK's Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test; Siouxsie ­ Mantaray (Decca) solo debut from the Banshees' vocalist; Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ­ Magic (Columbia); Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez ­ Live From The Ruhr Triennale (Train Wreck) recorded in Germany in 2005, this four-star mellow hoedown, dripping in beautiful mandolin and steel guitars, features guests Buddy Miller and festival curator Bill Frisell, and covers of songs by Merle Haggard, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash, plus Taylor's own Troggs smash "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning."

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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