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By John M. James · October 24th, 2007 · Yeah Yeah Yeah
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Two corporate brands are looking to snuggle up with taste-making young consumers with new CD EPs. Toyota Motors' Scion line has always been serious about its factory installed sound systems and now their Audio/Visual department has teamed with five hip record labels -- Ninja Tune, Vice, Light In the Attic, Greensleeves and Strictly Rhythm -- for a series of pumping remix discs, letting each label's stable of artists cut loose on another labelmate's work. Highlights include knob twisting from Modeselektor, Max Glazer & Federation of Sound and Holy Ghost. Meanwhile, Urban Outfitters is the only place to find Free Yr Radio, a 14-track CD that raises money for a dozen hip, non-commercial radio stations across the country. Featuring B-sides and rare in-the-studio sessions, participants include Dinosuar Jr., Grizzly Bear, Klaxons. Man Man, Sonic Youth, Rogue Wave and Tapes 'N Tapes. If you can't pop for Rhino Records' $199.98 Joy Division audiophile vinyl box set from their wonderful "Handmade" division, this coming Tuesday brings affordable, expanded CD reissues of the band's debut, Unknown Pleasures, from 1979, and its follow-up, Closer, from 1980. Each features a second disc of rare live material. Also getting new light is the soundtrack to the new Joy Division biopic, Control, featuring selections from Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, the Velvet Underground and a cover of "Shadowplay" by The Killers. One sour note, surely spinning Ian Curtis in his Manchester grave, Rhino.com has announced the release of a ringtone for the signature hit "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Two corporate brands are looking to snuggle up with taste-making young consumers with new CD EPs. Toyota Motors' Scion line has always been serious about its factory installed sound systems and now their Audio/Visual department has teamed with five hip record labels -- Ninja Tune, Vice, Light In the Attic, Greensleeves and Strictly Rhythm -- for a series of pumping remix discs, letting each label's stable of artists cut loose on another labelmate's work. Highlights include knob twisting from Modeselektor, Max Glazer & Federation of Sound and Holy Ghost. Meanwhile, Urban Outfitters is the only place to find Free Yr Radio, a 14-track CD that raises money for a dozen hip, non-commercial radio stations across the country. Featuring B-sides and rare in-the-studio sessions, participants include Dinosuar Jr., Grizzly Bear, Klaxons. Man Man, Sonic Youth, Rogue Wave and Tapes 'N Tapes. ... If you can't pop for Rhino Records' $199.98 Joy Division audiophile vinyl box set from their wonderful "Handmade" division, this coming Tuesday brings affordable, expanded CD reissues of the band's debut, Unknown Pleasures, from 1979, and its follow-up, Closer, from 1980. Each features a second disc of rare live material. Also getting new light is the soundtrack to the new Joy Division biopic, Control, featuring selections from Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, the Velvet Underground and a cover of "Shadowplay" by The Killers.

One sour note, surely spinning Ian Curtis in his Manchester grave, Rhino.com has announced the release of a ringtone for the signature hit "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Television Alert
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts Paolo Nutini Wednesday, Carrie Underwood Monday and The Sex Pistols Tuesday. The Late Show with David Letterman welcomes Faith Hill Thursday, Ron Wood Monday and Slash Tuesday. Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Seether Monday and Dweezil Zappa Tuesday. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson presents Good Charlotte Monday. And The Ellen DeGeneres Show gets chatty with Kid Rock Thursday and the Jonas Brothers Friday.

New Releases Coming Tuesday
30 Days of Nights ­ original motion picture soundtrack (Ipecac) featuring a "killer" score by Brian Reitzell, formerly banging the drums in Redd Kross and Air; Carrie Akre ­ Last the Evening (Loveless) new from the Hammerbox and Goodness vocalist, could this be the soundtrack to a new barrage of ED commercials?; Nicole Atkins and the Sea ­ Neptune City (Columbia) finding an audience through her exposure in a recent American Express commercial and much critical gushing; Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold (Warner Bros); Backstreet Boys ­ Unbreakable (Jive) all new,and back for more punishment; after hearing the single, "Inconsolable," I think they're taunting me with how difficult it really is to snap a CD in half; Ian Ball ­ Who Goes There (Dispensary Records) solo album from Gomez vocalist and songwriter, on his new artist-owned label; The Beatles ­ Help (Apple Corps/EMI) updated two-DVD reissue of the 1965 film housed in a 60-page book; Jeff Austin Black ­ Human (Rainman) recently heard on an episode of CSI: Miami; Blues Traveler ­ Cover Yourself (C3 Records) new twists on fan-chosen songs from their own catalog, with guest G. Love on "Just For Me"; Boboflex ­ Tales From a Dirt Town (TVT) high-octane metallic crunch from the mountains of West Virginia; Buck 65 ­ Situation (Strange Famous Records) showcased on Sage Francis' own boutique label, this is the sixth release from the Nova Scotian Hip Hop thinker, creating a concept album based on events that took place in 1957; Greyson Capps ­ Songbones (Hyena) limited release of these somber sessions from 2002; The Color Fred ­ Bend To Break (Equal Vision) new from Taking Back Sunday guitarist Fred Mascherino; Ray Davies ­ Working Man's Café (V2) import-only new album from The Kinks' co-founder; The Eagles ­ Long Road Out of Eden (Eagles Recordings) saying a lot about the company they keep, this long, dusty return of the "American Beatles" (cough, cough) is only available in the rat mazes of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club; Einsturzende Neubauten - Alles Wider Offen (Potomak/Ryko) the title translates to "all open again"; Enter Shikari ­ Take To the Skies (Ambush Reality/Tiny Evil) stateside issue of this Kerrang! Magazine favorite; Hanger 18 ­ Sweep the Leg (Definitive Jux) crazy delicious "floetry" from an unlikely button-down trio; Levon Helm ­ Dirt Farmer (Vanguard) in his first solo work in over 20 years, The Band's drummer is joined by Buddy and Julie Miller; Richard Lloyd ­ The Radiant Monkey (Parasol) new from the Television guitarist, featuring cover art by famed Punk cartoonist John Holstrom; Luna Halo ­ Luna Halo (American) featuring their King of Queens television show theme, "Kings & Queens"; Oasis ­ Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Black Dog Films) DVD release of this 1995 tour documentary, featuring audio commentary and fan-generated footage; OTEP - The Ascension (Koch) touring soon with Hellyeah and Bloodsimple; Chase Pagan ­ Oh, Musica! (Militia Group) featuring guests Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction and Manny Carrero of Saves the Day; Puscifer ­ V is for Vagina (Puscifer Entertainment) featuring the single "Queen Bee" and song titles "Indigo Children" and "Rev 22:20," Maynard James Keenan's new project outside of Tool promises a classic R&B excursion with "secret" guests DEVO, Milla Jovovich, Jonny Polonsky and Lisa Germano; Queen - Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid (Hollywood/Eagle Vision) available as a two-CD set or split into two DVDs, these live concerts from 1981 and 1985 show the band in their finest glory; Saves the Day ­ Under the Boards (Vagrant) CD and DVD; Sightings ­ Through the Panama (Load/Ecstatic Peace) produced by Andrew WK; Britney Spears ­ Blackout (Jive) trying to beat the downloaders with this pushed-up release, I can only think of its value in relation to McLuhan's "the medium is the message"; Subtle ­ Yell & Ice (Lex Records) remix collection of songs from their For Hero: For Fool album, featuring members of Wolf Parade, Why? and TV on the Radio; Taking Back Sunday ­ Notes From the Past (Victory) retrospective collection featuring two B-sides; Ana Ternheim - Ana Ternheim (Decca) six-song CD EP from the stunning Swedish singer/songwriter, slipping in a seductive cover of David Bowie's "China Girl"; Thursday ­ Kill the House Lights (Victory) DVD filmed this past December; The Wonder Years ­ Get Stoked On It! (No Sleep Records) from Philadelphia; Various Artists ­ Yo! Indie Rock Raps (Immortal) young rockers show off their guilty pleasures in this covers compilation, highlighted by My American Heart showing their "California Love" for Tupac, The Maine pitching white-boy whoo in their coo through Akon's "I Want To Love You," and the Hot Rod Circuit sippin' on Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice."

 
 
 
 

 

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