It's a cover-ful world this month! This Tuesday brings the long awaited Bruce Springsteen tribute album from the SubPop label. But the 13-track set doesn't pull from SubPop's stable of post-grunge elite, instead collecting an interesting mix of rock, folk, and alternative-country giants taking their spins on selections from Springsteen's Nebraska album. Back in 1982, when it was originally released, Nebraska stunned fans with its rare demo quality of sparse acoustic and electric material recorded at home with simple four-track technology. With this new tribute, entitled Badlands, artists like Chrissie Hynde, Hank Williams III, Johnny Cash, Damien Jurado, Los Lobos, Son Volt, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, Ben Harper, Aimee Mann and husband Michael Penn, and Raul Malo of The Mavericks salute this highly influential favorite. A portion of the proceeds from Badlands will benefit the Nobel Prize-winning Doctors Without Frontiers medical-relief organization. ... More "let me take a stab at that one" madness of the electronic sort bleeps and blips its way this next week in Carrot Top Records' tribute to the Human League. Entitled Reproductions, this one chirps props to these droll early 1980s' British new-wavers with cover contributions from Momus, Stephin Merritt, Future Bible Heroes, Ladytron, and The 6ths with guest Lloyd Cole. ... The death of Snot's James Lynn Strait prompted friends to pay tribute to his life with Strait Up on the Immortal/Virgin imprint this Tuesday. Some of those involved include members of Korn, Soulfly, System of a Down, Sugar Ray, Slipknot, Sevendust, and Coal Chamber. ...For further studies in the cover kingdom, I recommend searching out the unbelievable take on AC/DC's classic "Hells Bells" found on the new Dandy Warhols import-only CD single of "Bohemian Like You."

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Dwight Yoakam on Friday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Moby on Monday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien gets hip with the Squirrel Nut Zippers on Friday overnight; Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher gets inside the mind of David Crosby on Friday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn will see if the Dandy Warhols can keep their clothes on while they perform on Friday overnight; and Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Paul Simon.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, November 7:

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

The Aquabats - Myths, Legends, & Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (Fearless) collection of B sides, demos, and rarities

Beastie Boys - DVD Anthology (Grand Royal/Capitol) 18-video collection

Blink-182 - Live: The Mark, Tom, & Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) (MCA) live album with the new song "Man Overboard"

Blondie - Is the Name of the Game (Pilot) import-only two-CD live album recorded just prior to the release of Parallel Lines in 1978

Bounce - original motion picture soundtrack (Arista) with new music from Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer

Cher - Not Commercial ( Direct) new CD sold only over the Internet featuring her cover of U2's "With or Without You" and an ode to Kurt Cobain

Coldplay - Parachutes (Nettwerk) big buzz on this smart British pop quartet recommended for fans of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and Travis

Dakota Suite - Signal Hill (Badman) featuring Richard Formby of Sonic Boom and Spacemen 3

Dion - King of the New York Streets (Right Stuff) three-CD set chronicling his 43 years as a major presence as a singer-songwriter, featuring his covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and Bruce Springsteen's "Book of Dreams"

Dr. Walker - Escape from Cologne (Tone Casualties) two-CD collection of the best of the underground German scene with Air Liquide, Cozmoplis, Peta, and L.U.K.L.

Fatboy Slim - Halfway between the Gutter and the Stars (Astralwerks) with guests Macy Gray and Bootsy Collins

Sue Foley - Back to the Blues (Antone's) collection of previously unreleased material from her Austin, Texas, years in the early 1990s

Genesis - Genesis Archive Volume Two: 1976 - 1982 (Atlantic) three-CD set featuring 16 rare studio and 13 live tracks

Hit & Run - original motion picture soundtrack (Redline) new extreme-surf film features music from Pennywise, Supersuckers, Rocket From the Crypt, Face To Face, and more

R. Kelly - (Jive) two-CD set King Crimson - Heavy ConstruKction (Discipline) three-CD live set from their recent European tour with special CD-ROM footage

Los Lobos - Mas y Mas (Rhino) four-CD box set featuring such rarities as their take on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows"

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

Yngwie Malmsteen - War to End All Wars (Spitfire) all-new fret-board frenzy

Mary Beth Mariarz - Two Satellites (Musaic Records) best known for her music featured on Dawson's Creek

Mark Mulcahy - I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again (Mezzotint) new EP from the former lead singer of the Miracle Legion, featuring a cover of Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding"

Pharcyde - Plain Rap (Edel/Delicious Vinyl)

Rugrats in Paris - original motion picture soundtrack (Maverick) with music from Sinead O'Connor, the Baha Men, Geri Haliwell, No Authority, and T-Boz of TLC

The Samples - Landing on the Sidewalk (Apache) all-new studio album

The Samples - Sparta (Apache) collection of acoustic studio and live rarities

The Scoldees - My Pathetic Life (Spinning Plates)

Spice Girls - Forever (Virgin)

The Stingrays - Don't Fear the Reverb (Slimstyle) teen surf-guitar sensation recently touring with the Beach Boys

Subzone - Paranoid Landscape (Badman) electronic space rock produced by Chrome's Helios Creed

David Sylvain - Everything & Nothing (Virgin) two-CD rarities and anthology collection from the Japan founder

The Grinch - original television soundtrack volume 3 (Interscope) featuring Barenaked Ladies, Smash Mouth, Ben Folds, The eels, and the title theme by Jim Carrey and Busta Rhymes

Tribal Tech - Rocket Science (Tone Center) their ninth album of jazz-fusion and sonic explorations

Trinity Hi-Fi - Fuego (Wax Trax/TVT) new jazzy electronica pop from the vibrant Bristol UK scene Tyrese - 2000 Watts (RCA)

The V-Roys - Are You Through Yet? (E Squared) 17-track collection of live material, featuring a cover of Neil Young's "Motion Pictures," Paul Westerberg's "IOU," and The La's "There She Goes"

various artists - Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection (Rhino) five-CD set

various artists - Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy) five-CD box set in conjunction with the Ken Burns documentary coming soon to PBS

various artists - MTV's Return of the Rock: Volume Two (Roadrunner) featuring rare live tracks from Limp Bizkit and Marilyn Manson and a special acoustic version of the Deftones' "Change (In the House of Flies)"

various artists - Nuggets from Nuggets (Rhino) 20-track collection from the golden era of psychedelica with tracks from The Music Machine, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The Seeds, The Leaves, and more

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