· On a mini-tour of a dozen dates across North America and the crowning glory of the Coachella Festival in May, the newly re-formed Pixies are pushing west with a technical vengeance, offering a new anthology DVD this Tuesday and a series of "instant gratification" live CDs sold after every night's show. From 4AD Records, the self-titled DVD collects eight music videos and rare concert footage (in 5.1-channel audio) from 1988 at London's Town & Country Club. Most exciting is the inclusion of the documentary film Gouge, with guest commentary from Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Alex James and Graham Coxon of Blur, PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Bono, Fran Healy of Travis, Tim Wheeler of Ash, and Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy). All 13 of the band's current "warm up" dates are part of the new DiscLive experience, in which each night's show is piped directly into a rolling CD-manufacturing plant outside the club, and 15 minutes after the show is over, 1,000 CDs of that night's performance are sold, first come, first served. Any remaining unsold copies will wind up on DiscLive's Web site, and surely later for big bucks on eBay. Each double-CD in the series, simply entitled Pixies Live, can also be pre-ordered through the site, or purchased at the venue and shipped home.

· Jimmie's Chicken Shack releases its fifth album next week, bearing the Koch imprint and the title Re.Present. Hanging out at the shack was productive for a handful of interesting new friends, as founding member Jimi Haha co-wrote much of this new album with pals John Wozniak of Marcy Playground, Art Alexakis of Everclear, and Mark Tremonti from Creed. Only one co-author became part of his song's recording, with Aaron Lewis of Staind and his guest duet with Haha on "Fallin' Out."

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes The Polyphonic Spree tonight, and Lionel Richie on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Lou Reed tonight, Janet Jackson on Thursday, Courtney Love on Friday, Diane Krall on Monday, and Mary-Chapin Carpenter on Tuesday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Van Hunt on Thursday overnight, and Cee-Lo on Monday overnight; and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn gets Caucasian with The Sleepy Jackson on Monday overnight, and Liz Phair on Tuesday overnight.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, April 27:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change

Acid Mothers Temple - Mantra of Love (Alien 8) two extended pieces from this Japanese psychedelic collective, with special gatefold packaging

Atom Bomb Pocket Knife - Lack & Pattern (File 13)

Atomic Rooster - Atomic Rooster and Death Walks Behind You (Sanctuary) CD re-issues from 1970 and 1971, now expanded with bonus tracks and BBC sessions

The Avengers - The American in Me (DBK Works) essential San Francisco punk from the late 1970s in a collection of live tracks and early versions stripped of Steve Jones' eventual re-mixing

Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys - Rockin' Big Sandy (Hightone/Rhino) anthology of re-mastered tracks and the X-rated version of "Back Door Man"

Black Sabbath - Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (Rhino) eight-CD box set with bonus DVD

Brightblack - Ala.cali.tucky (Galaxia)

Camper Van Beethoven - Camper Van Beethoven, Telephone Free Landslide Victory, II & III, and Camper Vantiquities (Spin Art) expanded re-issues of these timeless gems, with bonus demos and mixes

The Caribbean - William of Orange (Hometapes)

Chumbawamba - Un (Mutt) the band's 13th full-length record, featuring the song "On eBay" that deals with the looting of Baghdad museums

D-12 - D12 World (Shady/Interscope) with production by Kayne West, Dr. Dre, and Eminem, the CD packs a bonus DVD and is also available on vinyl

The Drapes - Swollen (Orange Records) from Chicago

Agnetha Fältskog - My Colouring Book (Metronome) import-only new solo collection of covers from the former ABBA vocalist

Steve Forbert - Just Like There's Nothing to It (Koch)

Fragile State - Voices from the Dust Bowl (Bar De Lune) down-tempo jazz meets deep soul

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand (Domino/Epic) special domestic vinyl release of this critic's smash from Glasgow, Scotland

Jerry Gaskill - Come Somewhere (Inside Out) new from the Kings X drummer

Gold Cash Gold - Paradise Pawned Vol. 1 (Times Beach)

Goodie Mob - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Koch)

Guitar Shorty - Watch Your Back (Alligator)

Havenots - Bad Pennies (Powerless Pop) domestic release from the duo hailed as "the English Whiskeytown," featuring different artwork than the British release

Holland - I Steal & Do Drugs (Teenbeat) combination CD and DVD EP

Jolie Holland - Escondida (Anti/Epitaph) debut studio release

Hound Dog Taylor - Release the Hound! (Alligator)

Penelope Houston - The Pale Green Girl (DBK Works) the first new music in five years from The Avengers' fiery vocalist, with material co-written with Chuck Prophet, a John Cale cover, and 10 new originals with collaborator Pat Johnson

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Naked (Victor) new album, available now only as a Japanese import

Diana Krall - The Girl in the Other Room (Verve) featuring six new songs co-written with her husband, Elvis Costello

L.A. Guns - Rips the Covers Off (Shrapnel) all-covers collection featuring their take on Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" and Iggy Pop's "Search & Destroy"

The Matches - E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals (Epitaph)

Nekromantix - Dead Girls Don't Cry (Hellcat/Epitaph)

Sam Phillips - A Boot & A Shoe (Nonesuch) collection of new "torch songs"

The Race - Rose (Flameshovel) EP

Radiohead - Com Lag (EMI) 10-track collection of demos featuring an acoustic take on "Gagging Order" and CD-ROM video of "2+2=5" filmed live at the Belfort Festival

Ratatat - Ratatat (XL/Beggars Banquet) featuring Ben Kweller and Dashboard Confessional collaborator Mike Stroud, and on tour next month with Clinic

T. Raumschmiere - "A Million Brothers" (Mute) new single

The Roots - "Don't Say Nuthin'" (Geffen) new 12-inch single

Skalpel - Skalpel (Ninja Tune) using jazz samples from the duo's homeland of Poland

Sluts of Trust - We Are the Sluts of Trust (Chemikal Underground)

Patti Smith - Trampin' (Columbia) all-new CD, also available on vinyl LP

Sounds Like Violence - The Pistol (Deep Elm) six-track EP of Swedish hardcore, claiming influence from the Afghan Whigs and the Posies

Al Stewart - The Year of the Cat and Time Passages (Rhino) expanded CD re-issues

Strategy - Drumsolo's Delight (Kranky) new from Portland, Oregon's resident master laptop DJ Paul Dickow

Tiger Army - III: Ghost Tigers Rise (Hellcat)

various artists - Spin the Bottle (Koch) all-new KISS tribute album with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Page Hamilton of Helmet, Tommy Shaw of Styx, and Lemmy Kilmeister of Motorhead

various artists - The Emo Diaries Chapter Ten: The Hope I Hide Inside (Deep Elm) 12-track global collection featuring Sounds Like Violence, The Holiday Plan, A Month of Somedays, and more

Wertico - StereoNucleosis (A440) new from the drummer who for the past 20 years has gigged with Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell, and Ken Nordine

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