The new Limp Bizkit album, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, is due this coming Tuesday on the Flip/Interscope label and features a funky Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory-esque twist. Purchasers might be lucky enough to find a randomly inserted "golden ticket" and autographed gold CD inside a handful of the first pressing of discs. Some of the prizes to be exchanged for these "golden tickets" include a Paul Reed Smith guitar or lifetime backstage pass. A "lifetime" backstage pass? Oomph - that could get ugly. The band's Anger Management Tour (scheduled to stop at The MARK on November 5) kicks off October 19 with Eminem, Xzibit, DMX, and Papa Roach. ... The third album from Johnny Cash with producer Rick Rubin hits store shelves this Tuesday. Entitled American III: Solitary Man, the American/Columbia Records set promises guest appearances by Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, and Palace Music's Will Oldham. My mind is reeling in anticipation of the material he covers on this one, including U2's "One," Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat," and Oldham's "I See a Darkness." ... Speaking of curious covers, the just-released live solo album from Crash Test Dummy vocalist Brad Roberts features a head-wagging list of songs put under the knife of his amazingly deep baritone bass. Recorded in Toronto in 1999, the V2 Records album - Crash Test Dude - tries these stunners on for size: ZZ Top's "La Grange," Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes," Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart," and Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time." ... Decca Records has just released Riders On the Storm: The Doors Concerto, the new classical-meets-rock project from composer and arranger Jaz Coleman. Fully endorsed by the three surviving members of the band, this nine-track features virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy on all the tracks. ... Fans of Peter Gabriel can look forward to his first new music in quite some time to show up on the upcoming soundtrack to the film Red Planet. The single "The Tower that Ate People" is found alongside music from William Orbit, a new remix by Different Gears of The Police's "When the World Is Running Down (You Can't Go Wrong)," and an original score by Graeme Revell. The Ark 21 Records release is set for October 31.

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Macy Gray on Friday, Papa Roach on Monday, and PJ Harvey on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Foo Fighters tonight and Incubus on Friday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien has the Dandy Warhols on Friday overnight; The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn presents Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler on Wednesday overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Radiohead.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, October 17:

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

Laurie Anderson - Talk Normal (Rhino/Warner archives) two-CD anthology with extensive booklet of photos and track-by-track liner notes

Brand New Heavies - True Funk Classics 1991-2000 (Rhino) featuring a new track, "Finish What You Started"

James Brown - Ballads (Polydor) 18-track collection of rhythm-and-blues, down-on-your-knees showstoppers with many available here on CD for the first time

Charlie's Angels - original motion picture soundtrack (Columbia) featuring the hit single "Independent Woman Part 1" by Destiny's Child

Meg Lee Chin - Junkies & Snakes (Invisible)

Cinerama - This Is Cinerama (Spin Art) compilation of singles and B-sides from The Wedding Present founder David Gedge's new band

The Cult - The Best Of Rare Cult (Beggars Banquet)

Elf Power - Winter Is Coming (Sugar Free)

Everlast - Eat At Whitey's (Tommy Boy) with guests Carlos Santana, Cee-Lo of the Goodie Mob, and N'Dea Davenport

Fatboy Slim - "Sunset (Bird Of Prey)" (Astralwerks) new 12-inch single

Fifteen - Survivor (Sub City) new from Jeff Ott's post-Crimpshrine project, featuring an audio track by 2 Pac's mother, Assata Shakur

Jega - Geometry (Matador) new from the one-man-band who was a former college roommate of Aphex Twin's Richard James and MuZiq's Mike Paradinas

Junction 18 - This Vicious Cycle (Fearless)

Juno Reactor - Shango (Metropolis)

Talib Kwli and Hi-Tek - Reflection Eternal (Rawkus/Black Star) with guests De La Soul, Les Nubians, and Mos Def

Lazy Dog - Lazy Dog (Astralwerks) featuring Ben Watt and Jay Hannan

The Letter E - No. 5ive Long Player (Tiger Style) featuring members of June of 44 and the Blue Man Group

Ludacris - Back For the First Time (Def Jam) with guests UGK and Timbaland

Magnetphone - I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of How Much I Love You (4AD/Beggars Banquet)

Michael McDonald - The Very Best Of (Rhino) 16 tracks selected from his four solo albums and various movie soundtracks

The Mountain Goats - The Coroner's Gambit (Absolutely Kosher) the band's first studio album in three years

Nevermore - Dead Heart In a Deep World (Century Media)

Mark Olson & the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers - My Own Jo Ellen (Hightone/Rhino) new from the Jayhawks founder and his singer/songwriter spouse Victoria Williams

Paris, Texas - Brazilliant! (Polyvinyl) five-song EP

Potshot - 'Til I Die (Asian Man)

Profyle - Nothin' But Drama (Motown) with guests Rasheeda and Joe

Richard Pryor - And It's Deep Too! (Rhino) nine-CD box set covering his entire Warner Bros. Records output from 1968 to 1992

Red Snapper - Our Aim Is To Satisfy Red Snapper (Matador/Warp)

Selby Tigers - Charm City (Hopeless)

Silkk the Shocker - My World, My Way (No Limit/Priority)

Russell Simins - Public Places (Grand Royal) new solo album from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion member

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Bedlam Ballroom (Mammoth) enhanced CD with a bonus animated video, "The Ghost Of Stephen Foster"

Superdrag - In the Valley of Dying Stars (Arena Rock)

various artists - Life On Another Planet (Triple Crown) 16-track collection of tracks by Murphy's Law, Cro-Mags, Skarhead, and Warzone from the archives of the influential Another Planet hardcore label

The Waco Brothers - Electric Waco Chair (Bloodshot) the group's fifth full-length album of back-in-the-saddle country-punk

The Max Weinberg 7 - Max Weinberg 7 (Hip-O) jump blues boogie from the E Street Band drummer and Late Night with Conan O'Brien bandleader

Charlie Wilson - Bridging the Gap (Major Hits) new solo album from the Gap Band founder with guests Snoop Dogg, Case, and Angie Stone

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