· The vaults of Motown Records have been opened up for a select group of modern-day DJs and producers, and the fruits of these new interpretations are released this week. Simply entitled Motown Remixed, the 15-track CD is a master list of classic singles and a who's who of mixology. Highlights include DJ Green Lantern's take on Rick James' "Mary Jane," Mocean Worker's spin of Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate," and Hank Shocklee of Public Enemy's new alias as Futureshock Entertainment tackling The Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes." Ten of the CD's tracks are being released on extended 12-inch vinyl mega-singles, and also due Tuesday is a Motown Unmixed companion CD, featuring all the classic tracks in their original state.

· This coming Tuesday Bjork and the One Little Indian label are releasing a charity album to support UNICEF. Consisting of 20 versions of the song "Army of Me," the tracks were culled from more than 600 entries from all over the world, prompted by her Web site.

· Eight new spring/summer titles are starting to creep out in Continuum Books' "Thirty-Three and a Third" pocket-sized series. Just released is a 150-page thesis on Jeff Buckley's Grace album by Princeton University English professor Daphne Brooks. Other titles will soon focus on The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, the Ramones' debut LP, Led Zeppelin's cryptically untitled fourth album, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, and Elvis Costello's Armed Forces. If the 2003 smash film School of Rock gave you rock-star-parent dreams, next week a real-life rock school earnestly does it all for the kids. The upcoming film Rock School chronicles the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Philadelphia, with students performing hits alongside rock royalty such as Ann Wilson of Heart, Marky Ramone, Billy Idol, and Alice Cooper. The Calvin Records soundtrack release also features the kids themselves covering Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," The Doors' "L.A. Woman," and The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me."

Television Alert:

The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Ryan Adams this evening; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Nikka Costa on Thursday and Antigone Rising on Friday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts the Alkaline Trio this evening overnight and Good Charlotte on Monday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson features Robert Cray this evening overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live presents Goldie Lookin' Chai this evening overnight and Nelly on Friday overnight; Austin City Limits features John Fogerty this weekend.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, May 31:

... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change


Erol Alkan- A Bugged Out Mix(Resist/Studio)

Audio Bullys- "Shot You Down" (Astralwerks) new 12-inch vinyl single sampling Nancy Sinatra's vocals from her hit "Bang Bang (You Shot Me Down)"

Better Than Ezra- Before the Robots(Artemis)

Layzie Bone- It's Not a Game(X-Ray/Cleopatra) with guests Snoop Dogg, Twista, and Dogzilla

Bottom Line- Eloquence(Suburban Home) young Cincinnati quartet that played the Vans Warped Tour before graduating high school

DJ Sneak- House of Om(Om Records) debut of this new label mix CD series

Esmerine- Aurora(Madrona) new from Bruce Cawdron and Beckie Foon from Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The Fall- Khmer Rouge: New York-London(United States of Distribution) two-CD re-issue

Fishbone- Live in Amsterdam (High Times) featuring a bonus DVD

Guru- Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures(7 Grand) new cinematic swells from the Gangstarr MC, with guests Talib Kweli, Doo Wop, and Jeaguar Wright

Gwar- Live From Mt. Fuji(DRT)

Hot Karl- The Great Escape(Headless Heroes) with guests MC Serch, Ali Abnormal, and Maktub's Reggie Watts

The Hurt Process- A Heartbeat Behind(Victory)

Kottonmouth Kings- Kottonmouth Kings(Suburban Noize) featuring guests Cypress Hill

Levellers- Truth & Lies(Eagle Rock)

Life of Agony- Broken Valley(Epic)

Loquat- It's Yours to Keep(Jackpine Social Club) trip-hop electronica voted the Best Pop Group by the San Francisco Weekly in 2003

Magenta Lane- Constant Lover(Paper Bag) six-song debut CD EP from this Toronto female trio

Maximo Park- A Certain Trigger(Warp)

Oasis- Don't Believe the Truth (Epic) also available in the DualDisc format

Palaxy Track- Twelve Rooms(Peek-a-Boo) featuring a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy," and vintage instruments such as mellotron and pump organ

Sean Price- Monkey Barz(Duck Down) a.k.a. Ruck of Heltah Skeltah

Puddle of Mudd- Striking That Familiar Chord(Eagle Rock) live DVD with a bonus acoustic set

Sherwood- Sing, But Keep Going(SideCho) featured on last year's Vans Warped Tour

Smog- A River Ain't Too Much to Love(Drag City) performing at in-store appearances at Amoeba Records in California and Waterloo Records in Austin

The Robot Ate Me- Carousel Waltz(5 Rue Christine) DIY bedroom recordings from Ryland Bouchard

The Specials- Stereo-Typical: A's, B's, & Rarities (EMI) import-only collection

The Stranglers- Live 1978 in San Francisco(Music Video Distributors) DVD

Earl Thomas- Intersection(Memphis International) excellent blues and soul vibes from this stylistic singer, featuring his take on the T.Rex hit "Bang a Gong" and the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar"

Satoshi Tomiie- E.S.: Electronic Soul(Saw Recordings)

Ume- Urgent Sea(Pretty Activity) debut from this Texas trio

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