· More lost footage has just been unveiled from the man in black, Johnny Cash, as his Riding the Rails television special is made available for the first time since its airing in 1974. Subtitled The Great American Train Story, the Rhino Home Video DVD tells the tale of westward expansion and adventure through Cash's song and storytelling and "the lonesome whistle cutting through the night." From boxcar-hobo blues to the "gandydancer" callers who rhythmically united the gangs of workers in step with song, Cash's love for history and our country shine through brightly. Highlights include silent outtakes of abandoned railway stations.
· So, your dad is Peter Gabriel and your sister is singing backup on his new world tour. What's another sibling to do but capture the experience on film as a fly on the wall in 2002? That's what Anna Gabriel has done with Growing Up on Tour: A Family Portrait on the Lakeshore imprint. Utilizing old family super-eight film and a variety of other footage, Gabriel's film is as one would expect: warm, tender, and lovingly funny. Bonus features include the making of the video for "The Barry Williams Show," directed by actor Sean Penn, and Gabriel's solo performance at a fundraiser for the Newport International Film Festival.
· Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders are looking back over their career in a new Greatest Hits DVD package from Rhino Home Video. The package features 21 video clips, and the bonus 45-minute documentary No Turn Left Unstoned is a real gem. Tracking Hynde's journey from Akron, Ohio, to England's exploding new-wave/punk scene as a writer for the New Music Express, to her finally creating a band of her own, the story is told by friends and fans Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Lemmy of Motorhead, Jeff Buckley, Bono of U2, Rat Scabies of The Damned, Nick Lowe, producer Don Letts, and many more. More than just a story of one band, the film tingles with "you were there" anecdotes and surprises.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts Beck tonight; The Late Show with David Letterman serves up Black Eyed Peas on Monday and Ben Lee on Tuesday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Better Than Ezra on Tuesday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson welcomes Brendan Benson this evening overnight, The Futureheads on Thursday overnight, Gavin Rossdale of Bush on Friday overnight, The Sound of Urchin on Monday overnight, and Jaguares on Tuesday overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live sports the return of Huey Lewis on Tuesday overnight; and this weekend Austin City Limits features Steve Winwood.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, June 7:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change
The Atomic Bitchwax- 3(Meteor City) featuring a cover of Deep Purple's "Maybe I'm a Leo"
Frances Black- How High the Moon(Dara/Koch) new from the two-time winner of Best Irish Female Award, featuring a cover of James Taylor's "Another Day"
Black Eyed Peas- Monkey Business(A&M) with guests Justin Timberlake, James Brown, Dick Dale, John Legend, and Jack Johnson
Coldplay- X&Y(Capitol) with guest Mike Skinner of The Streets
Colette- Hypnotized(Om Records) new album of electro-pop originals from the killer vocalist, superstar DJ, and founder of the Super Jane DJ collective
Gomez- Out West (ATO) two-CD set recorded live this past January at the Fillmore in San Francisco, featuring covers of Nick Drake's "Black Eyed Dog" and Tom Waits' "Going Out West"
Goon Moon- I Got a Brand New Egg Layin' Machine(Suicide Squeeze) mini-album featuring guests Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson and Chris Goss of Masters of Reality
Geri Halliwell- Passion (EMI) import-only third album from the former Ginger Spice
Corey Harris- Daily Bread(Rounder) recently featured in Martin Scorsese's PBS series The Blues
Iced Earth- Gettysburg(Steamhammer) two-DVD set featuring a battlefield tour and interview with Jon Schaffer
Kaipa- Mindrevolutions(Inside Out) new Swedish prog celebrating the 30th anniversary of the group's first album
Candye Kane- White Trash Girl (Ruf Records) new originals and cool covers from this blues belter
Kraftwerk- Minimum Maximum(Astralwerks) all-new live two-CD set recorded during last year's tour of Europe
Phil Manzanera- 6PM(Hannibal) all new with guests Chrissie Hynde, David Gilmour, Brian Eno, and Robert Wyatt
Carolyn Mark & Friends- Just Married: An Album of Duets(Mint) my pick of the week is this cozy, sad, and romantic collection of songs featuring a who's-who of Canadian alternative country, with covers of Pee Wee King's "Slow Poke" and Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and the lyrically witty mutation "Rocket Piano Man," twisting the familiar David Bowie melody with "ground control to Elton John / I hope you've got your platforms on ... ."
Dan Melchior- Hello, I'm Dan Melchior(Shake It) solo debut from this Billy Childish and Holly Golightly collaborator, cleverly rambling in his storytelling style on American strip malls, the 1970s, and emotional emptiness
Novillero- Aim Right for the Holes in Their Lives(Mint) excellent nervous pop from Winnipeg, pumped up with trumpet, trombone, and tambourine
Kelly Osbourne- Sleep in the Nothing(Sanctuary) produced and co-written with Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes
Graham Parker- Songs of No Consequence(Bloodshot) highly anticipated new album from one of the greatest living songwriters
John Scofield- That's What I Say(Verve) saluting the music of Ray Charles, with guests Warren Haynes, Dr. John, John Mayer, and Aaron Neville
Secret Machines- "The Road Leads Where It's Led" (Reprise) new CD EP featuring covers of Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks," Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," and the Motown classic "Money (That's What I Want)"
Sloppy Meateaters- Conditioned by the Laugh Track(Orange Peal) chunky riffs from Rome, Georgia
Ringo Starr- Choose Love(Koch) with guests Robert Randolph, Billy Preston, and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde
Thrones- Day Late, Dollar Short(Southern Lord) collection of rarities from Joe Preston, formerly of Earth, Melvins, and The Whip
TSAR- Band-Girls-Money(TVT) terrific over-the-top power pop with glam-punk edges reminiscent of Lords of the New Church, The Modern Lovers, and T.Rex
Turin Brakes- JackInABox(Astralwerks) the group's third full-length album, also available on vinyl and in a special CD/DVD set
Jim White- Jim White Presents: Searching for a Wrong-Eyed Jesus(Luaka Bop/V2) beautiful soundtrack to his spiritual road trip through the American South, with music by Cat Power, Trailer Bride's Melissa Swingle, The Handsome Family, and 16 Horsepower, opened by a spoken-word passage by noir novelist Harry Crews
The White Stripes- Get Behind Me Satan(V2) featuring the single "Blue Orchid"
various artists - Punk Goes '80s (Fearless) featuring Hidden in Plain View's take on A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran" and Halifax's spin on Paula Abdul's "Straight Up"