All proceeds from the two-CD set fund Casting For Recovery, a non-profit support and educational program, in memory of the label founder's mother. Artists lending a hand to the effort include The Watson Twins, Josie Cotton, Tanya Donelly, Kristin Hersh, Britta Phillips, Lori McKenna, Julie Peel and Cindy Wheeler of the Caulfield Sisters. ... Prices are crashing fast on eBay for a bevy of long out-of-print import vinyl from the early 1970s, as the UK's Cherry Red Records has debuted a new, satisfying reissue CD imprint, Esoteric Recordings. Prog Rock, Kraut Rock and psychedelic British Folk fans alike can get gooey together with bonus-peppered CDs from Paladin, Rare Bird, Arena, Big Sleep, Jonesy and Gong's Daevid Allen. ... The most intriguing band name and album title I've heard in a while? Keep an eye peeled for next week's release of Danza II: The Electric Boogaloo, from Tennessee's Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza on Blackmarket Activities/Metal Blade Records...
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno slips on the Plain White T's Wednesday, Vanesa Carlton Thursday, Alicia Keys Friday and PJ Harvey Monday. Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts the Klaxons Thursday and Ghostland Observatory Tuesday. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson welcomes Modest Mouse Wednesday, Tori Amos Thursday and They Might Be Giants on Friday. Jimmy Kimmel Live plugs into Datarock Wednesday, Jose Gonzalez Thursday and Q-Tip on Friday. The Henry Rollins Show on IFC features Chris Cornell this Friday. And Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Foo Fighters.
New Releases Coming Tuesday
Camp Burlesque original motion picture soundtrack (Bird Song) imagined and written by Tony Marsico while touring with Matthew Sweet, this coy, lush love letter to the lost world of burlesque features The Martini Kings, The Del Rays, The Velvet Crush and my favorite, Big Sandy's whoo-pitching "46 24 46," a beach campfire delight for his ukulele bustin' brick-house gal, reminiscent of those hokey songs from Elvis Presley flicks; Chuck Dukowski Sextet Reverse the Polarity (Nice and Friendly) new from the Wurn and Black Flag bassist; Gov't Mule Mighty High (ATO) taking a new look at tracks from last year's High and Mighty album, with guest "Toots" Hibbert and a cover of Deep Purple's "I'm a Ram"; The Izzys - The Violent Bear It Away (Fat Man) terrific young New York City quartet that mixes an old-timey vibe -- covering the traditional "Real Cocaine Blues" -- with gnarled electric lead guitars and hedonistic Party Rock boogie; Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light (Tiny Evil); Moros Eros Jealous Me Was Killed By Curiosity (Victory); Pylon Gyrate Plus (DFA) long-awaited CD reissue of this Athens, Ga., gem from 1980, featuring bonus tracks and liner notes by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Fred Schneider of The B-52's; R.E.M. R.E.M. Live (Warner Bros) the band's first ever live album on CD and DVD, filmed in Dublin two years ago; Dave Seaman Therapy Sessions 4 (Moist Music) two-CD set putting the DJ's touch on tracks by UNKLE, 16 Bit Lolitas, Superlounge and King Roc; Soulsavers It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land (Columbia) domestic release of this UK hit, with guests Mark Lanegan and Bonnie "Prince" Billy and covers of Neil Young's "Through My Sails" and the Rolling Stones' killer "No Expectations"; Southeast Engine A Wheel Within a Wheel (Misra) there must be something special in the middle-Ohio water table that fed Robert Pollard in Dayton, with young middle school teacher Adam Remnant from Athens following in his footsteps with an indie stunner that's joyous, pained, buoyant, spiritual and kitchen-window pensive; Angie Stone The Art of Love & War (Stax) with guest Chyno on the duet, "Half a Chance"; Thrice The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II - Fire & Water (Vagrant); Underworld Oblivion with Bells (Side One) also available with a bonus DVD; Umphrey's McGee Live At The Murat (Sci Fidelity) their first official live album, with two CDs recorded this past April in Indianapolis; Dan Wilson Free Life (American) solo album from the Semisonic frontman with guests Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Eric Fawcett of N.E.R.D., Gary Louris and Sheryl Crow; Neil Young Chrome Dreams II (Reprise) all new, with three lost songs from sessions aborted in 1977, with reports promising a bonus CD tempting fans with a taste from his extensive, long-awaited Archives box set; Various Artists The Cake Sale (Yep Roc) created by Bell X1's Brian Crosby, this benefit album supports Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign, with contributions from Gemma Hayes, Nick Seymour of Crowded House, Nina Persson of The Cardigans and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol.