One of indie rock's most valuable players, Solid Public Relations, has just released a nifty benefit album packed with clients from its roster. Simply entitled Solid PR Presents: Volume 1, the two-CD set raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the firm is already looking toward a second volume to be released in January. Boasting exclusive tracks from Shortstack, Upsilon Acrux, The Static Age, Thunderball Fist, The Braves, and Ponies in the Surf, the collection also features music from The Unicorns, The Broadway Project, Hella, Man Man, I Am the World Trade Center, Crystal Skulls (featuring members of Pedro the Lion), Jesu (featuring Justin Broadrick of Napalm Death), and more.

· More news has surfaced about Rhino Records' upcoming Ramones box set, due August 16. Alongside 85 tracks on three CDs and a bonus DVD, an enclosed comic book will feature 25 hot graphic artists including Mad magazine's Sergio Aragones, Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffiths, and Love & Rockets co-founder Xamie Hernandez.

· The Flaming Lips have graciously opened up the gates to download the eight-track CD soundtrack to their recently released Fearless Freaks DVD documentary. Fire up ( for free access to the tracks, including color artwork.

· This coming Tuesday the Family Recordings imprint will release a DJ's dream in the second volume of its 12-inch/'80s series, spotlighting a treasure trove of rare extended 12-inch mixes that would be a gold mine in a milk crate if you could ever collect them all in their original vinyl form. The three-CD set features all the club classics of the 1980s, with Pigbag's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," Grace Jones' "Slave to the Rhythm," Malcolm McLaren's "Madame Butterfly," Duran Duran's "The Reflex," New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle," Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls," and 28 more. Other artists dishing out these 12-inch only gems include The Cure, Spandau Ballet, Visage, Soft Cell, ABC, and Siouxsie & the Banshees.

· Speaking of second volumes, later this month Compadre Records is releasing 21 more songs in its Brewed in Texas series. Featuring music to tap a keg by, the CD features new originals, covers, and other liquid favorites from a hard-drinkin' honky-tonk bunch, from Townes Van Zandt, Asleep at the Wheel, and Billy Joe Shaver to Bob Schneider, The Derailers, and the Old 97's. Like any good country-and-western classic, the wit and wisdom of intoxication is alive and well in songs such as "She's Acting Single (I'm Drinking Double)," "Lubricate the Death Machine," "Fermented Evenings," and "I Say When I Drink What I Think When I'm Sober."

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes the Shout Out Louds tonight, Billy Corgan on Thursday, and Papa Roach on Friday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Robert Plant on Thursday and Jermaine Dupri on Monday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien features Rob Zombie on Thursday overnight, The Wallflowers on Friday overnight, Ani DiFranco on Monday overnight, and The Hold Steady on Tuesday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson turns on Fountains of Wayne on Friday overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live offers Kem on Friday overnight, Fall Out Boy on Monday overnight, and Amanda Ghost on Tuesday overnight.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, July 19:

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

Frank Black- Honeycomb (Back Porch) the first solo album from the Pixies' founder since 1996, with guests Steve Cropper, Buddy Miller, and Anton Fig

Defunkt- Defunkt + and Thermonuclear Sweat + (Rykodisc) special reissue of the group's first two albums, expanded with live tracks

Brett Dennen- Brett Dennen (Flagship) recently performing at the Bonnaroo music festival

Dukes of Hazzard- original motion picture soundtrack (Columbia) featuring music from the James Gang, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jessica Simpson's cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking"

Drew Emmitt- Across the Bridge (Compass) second solo album from the Leftover Salmon singer and mandolin player, with guests Jim Lauderdale and Little Feat's Paul Barrere

King Crimson- Starless & Bible Black (Discipline Global) 30th-anniversary reissue

Lab Partners- Wicked Branches (Future Farmer) fourth album of Spaceman 3- and Ride-inspired spacepop from Dayton, Ohio

Mediaeval Baebes- Mirabilis (Nettwerk) featuring the group's take on "Scarbough Fayre"

The Muggs- The Muggs (Times Beach) slamming garage rock featuring The Paybacks' Danny Methric and his wango-tango monster-guitar antics

One of the Loudest Tragedies Ever Heard- Situation Nowhere (Wedgie) buzzing with old-school new-wave energy, this boy-girl-boy-girl debut features the former drummer of Jack Off Jill and a cover of Brian Eno's "Baby's on Fire"

Jizzy Pearl- Vegas Must Die (Shrapnel) new from the former Love/Hate guitarist

Earl Pickens- Country Music Jukebox (Kill Buffalo) a former punk gone pure country, sharpening his skills in the New York City anti-folk scene of the 1990s

Bucky Pizzarelli & Frank Vignola- Moonglow (Hyena)

Iggy Pop- A Million in Prizes: The Iggy Pop Anthology (Virgin) 37 tracks from the Stooges to 2003's Skull Ring album, plus a bonus DVD filmed live in Belgium in 1999

Bobby Purify- Better to Have It (Proper American) backed by session players from the Memphis Horns and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

Royal Hunt- Paper Blood (Magna Carta) eighth album of majestic, blistering prog metal from this Swedish band fronted by Russia-born Andre Anderson

Carly Simon- Moonlight Serenade (Columbia) collection of standards

Summer Lawns- First We Waited ... Then It Started (Stunning Models on Display) featuring a hypnotic cover of Joy Division's "Transmission," this dreamy debut is described as what it might sound like "if Nick Drake sat down for drinks with Yo La Tengo in Low's palatial kitchen at 3 a.m."

Uncle Earl- She Waits for Night (Rounder) debut of this new "old time" string band, featuring originals and traditional songs such as "Booth Shot Lincoln"

Yesterday's Rising- Lightworker (Fearless) debut full-length album, headlining the SmartPunk stage at this summer'

various artists - New Waves: 45 Original 45s from the Post Punk Era (Family) two-CD set chronicling 1978 through 1982 with key selections from The Jam, The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, X Ray Spex, The Undertones, and more

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