· Eenie Meenie Records has conceived a nifty project with modern artists revisiting children's recordings composed by the enigmatic Dimension 5 in the 1960s. Next month the label will release Dimension Mix, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Cure Autism Now fund. Artists answering the call include Beck, Money Mark, The Eels, Stereolab, DJ Me DJ You, the Danielson Famile, Apples in Stereo, and Fantastic Plastic Machine.
· PBS television is airing a two-part documentary on Bob Dylan in September, directed by Martin Scorsese. Columbia Legacy is releasing the soundtrack to the film, No Direction Home, next month as the seventh installment in the "Dylan bootleg" series.
· With Freddie Mercury's majestic presence sorely missed at the recent Live 8 concerts, a new tribute to Queen is due August 2 from Hollywood Records. Killer Queen's set list is one mentally intriguing possibility after another, with Los Lobos covering "Sleepin' on the Sidewalk," Antigone Rising's femdom take on "Fat Bottomed Girls," Jason Mraz's smooth spin on "Good Old Fashioned Loverboy," and the Flaming Lips working out their own strange arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Other artists include Eleven with Josh Homme, Sum 41, Rooney, Jon Brion, and Joss Stone.
The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Lyle Lovett tonight and Elvis Costello on Thursday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien welcomes Common on Friday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson boasts Kings of Leon on Thursday overnight, Crossfade on Friday overnight, Elkland on Monday overnight, and Matisyahu on Tuesday overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live sits down with Perry Farrell and G. Love this evening overnight; Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Jack Johnson; and look for Henry Rollins to join the table on the Independent Film Channel's Dinner for Five on Friday.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, July 26:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change.
Apsci- Thanks for Asking (Quannum Projects) with guests Pigeon John, Mr. Lif, and Tunde
Babyface- Grown & Sexy (Arista)
Jeff Black- Tin Lily (Dualtone) with guests Will Kimbrough and Sam Bush
Blessing the Hogs- The Twelve Gauge Solution (Goodfellow) with guest vocalist Sean Ingram of Coalesce
Boys Night Out- Trainwreck (Ferret Music) trippy new directions produced by Machine
Chiodos- All's Well That Ends Well (Equal Vision) on tour now with Roses Are Red
The Concretes- Layourbattleaxedown (Astralwerks) stateside collection of B sides and rarities
Alice Cooper- Dirty Diamonds (New West) all new with guest Xzibit on "Stand"
Aram Danesh and the Super Human Crew- The Spo t(Mammoth)
Dope- American Apathy (Artemis) featuring a limited-edition bonus CD
Drawing Restraint- original motion picture soundtrack (Polydor) import-only CD featuring songs by Bjork
Dukes of Hazzard- original television soundtrack (Volcano/Sony Legacy) expanded CD reissue featuring "Good Ol' Boys" by Waylon Jennings
The Early November & I Am the Avalance- split EP (Drive-Thru) featuring live, demo, and acoustic tracks
Danny Federici- Out of a Dream (V2) solo album from one of the founding members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, featuring a jazzy cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You"
Fruit Bats- Spelled in Bones (SubPop)
Goat- All of My Friends (Judgment/Lightyear) with guests Chris Whitley and T-Bone Wolk
Macy Gray- Live in Las Vegas (Nutech Digital) CD and DVD of her performance last year at the House of Blues
James Hardway Collective- Over Easy (Lunatic Works) the ninth album from this hot British DJ/producer, featuring legendary drummer Keith LeBlanc of Tackhead
Bruce Hornsby- Three Nights on the Town (Columbia) DVD featuring a rare solo piano recital at Carnegie Hall
Rick James- Super Freak 1982 (Eagle Vision) DVD filmed in Essen, Germany
King Elementary- Kudzu (Sweet Tea/Terminus) young Jackson, Mississippi, combo
Ani Kyd- Evil Needs Candy Too (Alternative Tentacles)
Love Hall Tryst- Songs of Misfortune (Appleseed) new vocal quartet put together by John Wesley Harding, performing songs inspired by his recent novel Misfortune
Madball- Legacy (Ferret Music) all new from these New York City hardcore kings
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force- Unleash the Fury (Spitfire) all new from the former Alcatrazz and Steeler shredder
Jan Martens Frustration- Jan Martens Frustration (Hidden Agenda) new from former members of The Nymphet Noodlers
Mon Frere- Real Vampires EP (Cake) CD EP from the winner of Paul Allen's Experience Music Project Battle of the Bands
Bob Mould- Body of Song (Yep Roc) new acoustic solo album from the Husker Du founder
Jason Mraz- Mr A-Z (Elektra)
Nations by the River- Holes in the Valley (Astralwerks) featuring Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson
Odiorne- Heavy Wish (File 13) new from Jimy Chambers of Mercury Rev
The Pages- Creatures of Earth (Unsound) CD EP
Brian Setzer & the Nash-Villians- Rockabilly Riot Volume One: A Tribute to Sun Records (Surfdog) newly recorded covers of songs by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and more, with guests The Jourdanaires
Shape: UK- "Back to Basics" (Astralwerks) 12-inch and CD single
This Moment- Finding a Voice in the Dark (Uprising)
Chris Whitley- Soft Dangerous Shores (Messenger)
Denison Witmer- Are You a Dreamer (Militia Group) with guest Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission