· The power-pop curators at Not Lame Records have just released a new CD tribute to Teenage Fanclub, the Glasgow, Scotland band that unfortunately felt the legal muscle of Gene Simmons of KISS in the early 1990s, when he sucessfully sued them over their dollar-sign-and-money-bag logo. Packed with 24 contributors feeling the love, highlights include The Shazam's take on "The Concept," Gigolo Aunts' cover of "Alcoholiday," and Superdrag's "Radio." Other artists involved include The Mockers, Captain Soul, Redd Kross, and Bronco Bulldog.
· While they haven't "lost the rock," Joey Cape and Tony Sly (frontmen for Lagwagon and No Use for a Name, respectively) have joined forces to release a new split CD next week, turning off the amps and going acoustic. The Fat Wreck Chords release is simply entitled Acoustic and features each artist going solo, breaking down five tracks from their bands and one new song each.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Lenny Kravitz on Friday, Slipknot on Monday, and 3 Doors Down on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Modest Mouse on Thursday and Alanis Morissette on Monday; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn boasts R.E.M. on Thursday overnight and Ben Kweller on Friday overnight; Last Call with Carson Daly gets red-eyed with Dilated Peoples on Thursday overnight and Apollo Sunshine on Friday overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live features the return of Rick Springfield this evening overnight and Usher on Thursday overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is J-Kwon.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, May 18:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change
Alice Donut - Three Sisters (Howler) all-new CD enhanced with video
Amen - Death Before Musick (EatURmusic/Columbia) debut release on the boutique label owned by Daron Malakian of System of a Down, named "#1 Band in the World" by Metal Hammer magazine
Melissa Auf Der Maur - Auf Der Maur (Capitol) solo debut from the Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist, with guests Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, John Stainer of Helmet, and former bandmates Eric Erlandson and James Iha
Brandtson - Send Us a Signal (Militia Group) fourth album from these sons of Cleveland, Ohio
Burning Image - 1983-1987 (Alternative Tentacles) newest in the label's "Punk Re-Issues of Necessity" series
The Catheters - Howling ... It Grows & Grows (SubPop) raucous squawk from Seattle
Graham Coxon - Happiness in Magazines (Transcopic/Parlophone) import-only new CD from the former Blur guitarist
Goldfrapp - "Strict Machine" (Mute) 12-inch and CD single
Gomez - Split the Difference (Virgin) the band's fourth studio album
Greenhornes/Thee Shams - "Sad Day"/"Under My Thumb" (Norton) split seven-inch single featuring two Cincinnati bands covering early Rolling Stones tracks
Guster - Guster on Ice (Palm/Reprise) live CD and DVD recorded last year, featuring a cover of the Talking Heads' "Nothing (but Flowers)"
Juliana Hatfield - In Exile Deo (Zoe/Rounder)
Hirax - The New Age of Terror (Black Devil/Deep Six) thrash-metal kings available in both CD and LP picture disc
The JW-Jones Band - My Kind of Evil (Northern Blues) produced by Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, this young Canadian boogie-blues combo features a cover of the classic "Blue Monday"
The Judas Cradle - Too Bad They're All Dead (Eulogy) hardcore metal from Mobile, Alabama, formerly known as The Common Man
The Kicks - Hello Hong Kong (TVT) debut album of overdriven power-pop from Little Rock, Arkansas
Lenny Kravitz - Baptism (Virgin) with guests Lionel Richie and Jay-Z
Lanky - Last Chance for a First Impression (Imposter) live EP of solo guitar, featuring a cover of U2's "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"
Jim Lauderdale - Headed for the Hills (Dualtone) created with lyricist Robert Hunter and featuring Gillian Welch, Allison Moorer, and Emmylou Harris
Alvin Lee - In Tennessee (Rainman) recorded last year with Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana of Elvis Presley's backing band
Meat Beat Manifesto - "Echo in Dub Space" (Tino Corp) 12-inch with re-mixes from DJ Wally and Dubloner
Method Man - Tical 0: The Prequel (Def Jam)
Alanis Morissette - So-Called Chaos (Maverick)
Morrissey - You Are the Quarry (Attack/Sanctuary) his first album since 1997, featuring Roger Manning Jr. of Jellyfish on keyboards and guitarist Boz Boorer
Nervous Norvus - Stone Age Woo (Norton) 33 demos and other rare tracks from Jimmy Drake, best known for the hit "Transfusion"
New Found Glory - Catalyst (Drive Thru/Geffen) featuring guest keyboardist James Dewees of Reggie & The Full Effect
The New Year - The End Is Near (Touch & Go) new from Matt and Bubba Kadane of Bedhead
Paco - This Is Where We Live (Unfiltered) new from Andy Chase and Dominique Durand of Ivy
Pan Sonic - Kesto (Blast First) four-CD box set
Raising the Fawn - The North Sea (Sonic Unyon) new from John Crossingham of ThanatoPop
Sleep Station - After the War (Bardic/Eyeball) excellent, ambitious conceptual project written from the perspectives of those who fought in or witnessed World War II
Darden Smith - Circo (Dualtone) featuring songs co-written with Abra Moore and Kim Richey
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free (Vice/Atlantic) with guest Chris Martin of Coldplay
various artists - Dylan Country (Shout Factory!) collection of Bob Dylan covers by Johnny Cash, Glenn Campbell, Nanci Griffith, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, and more
various artists - True Notes: Volume 1 (Okayplayer) debut release from The Roots' new artis-owned label, featuring new tracks from Little Brother, ?uestlove, Dilated Peoples, and more