· Speaking of strange, beautiful noise, one of the most ambitious projects in memory is due next week, with Petra Haden's Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out on Bar None Records. The former That Dog vocalist tackles the entire Who album a capella, hitting not only the words, but all the guitar parts and drum rolls.
· Filter magazine and Urban Outfitters have created a new benefit CD raising funds for UNICEF's Asian-tsunami-relief fund. Available exclusively at the lifestyle retailer at the end of this month, the 26-track, two-CD set is packed with rarities, live tracks, and mixes. Some of the artists involved include Franz Ferdinand, Wilco, Interpol, French Kicks, Eisley, Futureheads, Clinic, and My Morning Jacket.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Sum 41 tonight, Dave Matthews on Thursday, and Joss Stone on Friday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Tori Amos on Thursday and Kings of Leon on Tuesday; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson boasts Interpol this evening overnight, Sum 41 on Thursday overnight, Madeleine Peyroux on Friday overnight, and Ani DiFranco on Monday overnight; and Austin City Limits features Joss Stone this weekend.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, February 22:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change
Tori Amos - The Beekeeper (Epic) perfectly timed with the simultaneous release of her intimate new book, Piece by Piece, co-written with Ann Powers on the Broadway Books imprint
Tara Angell - Come Down (Rykodisc) produced by Joseph Arthur
Armor for Sleep - What to Do When You're Dead (Equal Vision) featuring a cool mini-booklet with tips for the deceased on "light and how it affects you" and "communicating in the afterlife"
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands/Nino Rojo (Young God) two-on-one reissue of these recent albums in a double-LP format
Blackfield - Blackfield (Koch) new collaboration of Israeli star Aviv and Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson
The Bone Brothers - The Bone Brothers (Koch Urban) trio of Layzie, Bizzy, and Krazyie Bone
Ian Brown - Soloraized (Koch) rolling in deep, groovy loops blending lounge beats, Mariachi horns, and space-age sounds that recall Billy Thorpe, this fourth solo album by the Stone Roses founder features the track "Keep What Ya Got," co-written with Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Chatham County Line - Route 23 (Yep Roc) winner of last year's Rockygrass "Best New Bluegrass Band," produced by Chris Stamey of the dB's
Clem Snide - End of Love (SpinArt) featuring the I Love Lucy tale of "Made for TV Movie"
Ravi Coltrane - In Flux (Savoy) label debut for this tenor saxophonist and his ensemble quartet
Crooked Fingers - Dignity & Shame (Merge) with guest vocalists Sarah Shannon and Lara Meyerrattken
Cy Curnin - Mayfly (Rainman) solo debut from the Fixx frontman
The Damage Manual - Limited Edition (Underground Inc) new from Chris Connelly of Ministry and Martin Atkins of Pigface
Alana Davis - Surrender Dorothy (Tigress/Telarc)
Dead Meadow - Feathers (Matador)
Dumbwaiters - Musick (Fiani) fuzzy, slow-motion pop to grind by
John Ellis - One Foot in the Swamp (Hyena) new solo album from the saxophonist of the Charlie Hunter Trio, with guests John Scofield and Jason Marsalis
Laurent Garnier - The Cloud Making Machine (Mute) adventurous electronic soundscapes from the techno artist, chilled way down into the subconscious
Goldfish Memory - original motion picture soundtrack (Tommy Boy) featuring Damien Rice's and Lisa Hannigan's covers of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobin, the bossa nova legend who penned "Girl from Ipanema"
Adam Green - Gemstones (Rough Trade) third solo album from the Moldy Peaches founder
Heartless Bastards - Stairs & Elevators (Fat Possum) debut from this Cincinnati trio
(hed) p.e. - Only in America (Koch)
Hidden in Plain View - Life in Dreaming (Drive-Thru)
Glenn Hughes - Soul Mover (Sanctuary) new solo album from the Deep Purple and Black Sabbath vocalist, with guests Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ian Hunter - Strings Attached (Sanctuary) two-CD and DVD from the Mott the Hoople helmsman
Ida - Heart Like a River (Polyvinyl) long-awaited return of the group's lullaby melodies and fragile sleep
Iron & Wine - Woman King (SubPop) six-song CD EP
Kings of Leon - A-Ha Shake Heartbreak (Hand Me Down/RCA) domestic release of this sophomore album
Kino - Picture (Inside Out) featuring Chris Maitland of Porcupine Tree and Pete Trewavas of Marillion
Ben Lee - Awake Is the New Sleep (New West) with guests Jason Schwartzman and Jason Faulkner
The Libertines - "What Became of the Likely Lads" (Rough Trade) seven-track CD EP
Chuck Loeb - When I'm with You (Shanachie) with guest Will Lee
The Loved Ones - The Loved Ones (Jade Tree) CD EP
Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Edition (Epic Legacy) 10th anniversary two-CD and bonus-DVD reissue of this UK smash and last sessions with mysteriously lost guitarist Richey Edwards
Roger Miret & The Disasters - 1984 (Hellcat) throw your pint in the air, like you just don't care, with this street anthem punk in the vein of Blitz and Sham 69
Mogwai - Government Commissions (Matador) eight years of BBC radio sessions
MU - Out of Breach (Manchester's Revenge) Sheffield electronica featuring the single "Paris Hilton"
Om - Variations on a Theme (Holy Mountain) new from Chris Hakius and Al Cisneros of Sleep
Phantom Limbs - Random Hymns (Gold Standard Labs) CD EP
Redbird - Redbird (Signature Sounds) beautiful collaboration of songwriters Peter Mulvey, Jeffery Foucault, and Kris Delmhorst, featuring originals and covers of Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" and Tom Waits' "Hold On"
Neal Schon - i on U (Favored Nations) new instrumentals from the Journey guitarist
Klaus Schulze - X and Le Moulin de Daudet (Inside Out) CD reissues
Screeching Weasel - Boogadaboogadaboogada (Asian Man) remastered CD reissue of this punk classic from 1988, featuring new liner notes and rare photos
Scritti Politti - Early (Rough Trade) retrospective covering 1978 to 1980
Strange - Things in the Night (Pigeon English) nightmarish, gothic brooding rage from Raleigh, North Carolina
Subtitle - "Young & Dangerous Heart" (Gold Standard Labs) new 12-inch from the Los Angeles MC
Thievery Corporation - The Cosmic Game (Eighteen Street Lounge) with guests Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and David Byrne of the Talking Heads
Unrest - Imperial F.F.R.R. Deluxe Edition (Teenbeat) reissue from 1992, expanded with nine bonus tracks
Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections (Epic) new solo album hosting a student video competition
M. Ward - Transistor Radio (Merge) featuring guests including the Decemberists, Giant Sand, and My Morning Jacket, and a cover of the Beach Boys' "You Still Believe in Me"
Watchers - Dunes Phase (Gern Blandsten) excellent new CD EP of high-energy cubic art rock reminiscent of Radio 4 and early XTC and Talking Heads
William Elliott Whitmore - Ashes to Dust (Southern) second album from this rootsy, back-porch pickin', storytelling singer-songwriter and his barbed-wire growl
Chely Wright - The Metropolitan Hotel (Dualtone) featuring the patriotic hit "The Bumper of My SUV"