ABC television's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will host a special week of brain-tugging with some of music's biggest stars in February. Look for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Nick Carter and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Sisqo, Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, and Gene Simmons of KISS. Simmons might do well under the cerebral spotlight, as he was once a high-school English teacher in New York City. It's also been announced that Simmons will host Court TV's The Secret History of Rock and Roll looking under the carpet and deep in the corners of the unscrupulous types who rule the music business. ...

The new band Unida - featuring singer John Garcia and bassist Scott Reader, both formerly of Kyuss - has signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings label. ...

Mark Kozelek and his band the Red House Painters are finishing up their new album, Old Ramon, for release this spring on the Sub Pop label. Those attending this year's South By Southwest music showcase will get the chance to see the band live - the group's first show in three years. Kozelek has been keeping busy, as his second solo album on the Badman Recordings label, What's Next to the Moon, is due next month. As unusual as it sounds for such a pensive, sensitive songwriter, his love for classic AC/DC showed up with a handful of covers on his last set. The new album's entire 10 tracks are an homage to AC/DC. Did you spot Kozelek as fictional Stillwater bassist Larry Fellows in the recent film Almost Famous? ...

Have you heard the theme song from the new Fox TV comedy Grounded For Life? The artist is none other than the twisted Ween twins, also recently responsible for the theme to Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants. ...

Look for a new video of experimental animation from Incubus to debut on MTV any day now. The clip for the track "Make Yourself" features the work of singer Brandon Boyd and drummer Jose Pasillas, both former art students. ...

It's hard to believe, but certain out-of-print CD soundtracks from the Walt Disney legacy go for amazing money on Ebay. Those who've coughed up a few hundred dollars for the rare sets from Newsies and other films might have to choke back tears of regret, as 12 of Disney's greatest are re-issued in remastered and enhanced packaging this Tuesday at budget prices.

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes new girl group Dream tonight, Jennifer Lopez on Thursday, Snoop Dogg on Friday, and Fuel on Monday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Wyclef Jean on Friday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien has Dan Hicks on Thursday overnight, and Squirrel Nut Zippers on Monday overnight; The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn gets weird with the Pat McGee Band on Monday overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Ricky Martin.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, January 30

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

Frank Black and the Catholics - Dog in the Sand (What Are Records?)

Johnny Bond - Country & Western (Bloodshot/Soundies) the complete Standard Transcription sessions from the mid-1940s - the real deal folks. Classic hillbilly Western music with lots of personality

Brokeback - Morse Code in the Modern Age: Across the Americas (Thrill Jockey) new solo project from Doug McCombs of Tortoise and Eleventh Dream Day with featured guests from Yo La Tengo, Stereolab, Cat Power, and Calexico

Cast Away - original motion picture score (Varese Sarabande) composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri

Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (Rhino) reissue

The Danielson Famile - Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block, Tri Danielson: Alpha, and Tri Danielson: Omega (Secretly Canadian) CD reissues from the band famous for its live performances, in which the group dons nurses uniforms as "visual reminders of the spiritual and emotional healing taking place"

Down to Earth - original motion picture soundtrack (Epic/550)

Dr. Demento - The Best of Dr. Demento (Rhino)

Bill Frisell - Blues Dream (Nonesuch)

Genovese - My America (Universal) new Italian-American rap straight outta the Big Apple

Matthew Good Band - Beautiful Midnight (Atlantic)

Holmes Brothers - Speaking in Tongues (Alligator) produced by Joan Osborne and featuring three Ben Harper covers

Honeydogs - Here's Luck (Palm Pictures) the first 7,000 CDs contain a three-track bonus CD of LA Pop Rock

Hot Water Music - Never Ender (No Idea)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Here Comes the Whistleman (Label M)

Large Professor - "Blaze Rhymez" (Matador) new 12-inch single

Lazy Lester - Blues Stop Knockin' (Antone's) with guest guitarist Jimmie Vaughan

Less than Jake - Greased (No Idea) yes, the band's tribute to the "You're The One That I Want" mega-musical Grease

Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (Epic Legacy) expanded edition featuring a 14-minute live version of the title track

Momus - Folktronic (Le Grand Magistrey)

Mount Florida - Arrived Phoenix (Matador) Glasgow programming duo of Twitch and M. P. Lancaster featuring their own field recordings and dialogue courtesy of Noam Chomsky

The Muffs - Hamburger (Sympathy for the Record Industry) two-LP re-issue in a special gatefold sleeve with three bonus tracks

Jeb Loy Nichols - Just What Time Is It (Rykodisc/Rough Trade)

Psychedelic Furs - Greatest Hits (Columbia Legacy) 17-track collection featuring a live version of "Only You and I"

John Scofield - Works for Me (Verve/Universal) featuring master jazz musicians Kenny Garrett, Billy Higgins, Christian McBride, and Brad Mehldau

Rick Springfield - Alive: The Greatest Hits (Hip-O) recorded this past year on his Karma tour

Valentine - original motion picture soundtrack (Warner Bros.) with music from Rob Zombie, Orgy, Snake River Conspiracy, Linkin Park, Static-X, Filter, and the Deftones

various artists - Blockbuster: A '70s Glam Rock Tribute (Conspiracy Music) with The Donnas, Dramarama, members of Hole, the Go-Go's Karen Valentine, and more

Varukers - How Do You Sleep (Go Kart) U.K. anarchy punk

Vitamin C - More (Elektra) featuring her cover of The Waitresses' classic "I Know What Boys Like"

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