Bob Dylan is for the first time endorsing a line of harmonicas. Made by Richmond, Va.-based Hohner USA, the harmonicas are called the Bob Dylan Signature Series and feature a machine stamp of Dylan's

Bob Dylan is for the first time endorsing a line of harmonicas. Made by Richmond, Va.-based Hohner USA, the harmonicas are called the Bob Dylan Signature Series and feature a machine stamp of Dylan's signature.

"He had some clear ideas on how he wanted the products to look," said Scott Emmerman, director of marketing and sales for Hohner. "He even designed the logo, which resembles a crown."

Dylan has long used Hohner harmonicas on stage and to record. In addition to the Signature Series, Hohner will make available 25 sets of seven harmonicas and 100 individual harmonicas. Each is hand signed by Dylan and both are set to go on sale in October.

While details of the deal were not disclosed, Emmerman said Dylan would receive a royalty based on the amount of harmonicas sold. He expects to sell about 10,000 units of the Signature Series in the first year.

Last year Hohner put out its first Signature Series harmonica with Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. As for future lines of harmonicas tied to specific musicians, Emmerman said, "We're thinking about Stevie Wonder."


-- Kamau High, N.Y.







Atlantic will roll out the first installment of "OMFGG -- Original Music Features on Gossip Girl" via digital providers on Tuesday (Sept. 2), with a CD to follow on Oct. 28.

Among the artists featured on the soundtrack are the Virgins, the Republic Tigers, Phantom Planet, the Kills, the Ting Tings and Junkie XL, covering Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities in Dust." The album was compiled by noted music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas. Meanwhile, launching this weekend is OMFGG.com, devoted to the music on the show.

Here is the track list for "OMFGG":

"Sour Cherry," the Kills
"Do You Wanna," the Kooks
"Do the Panic," Phantom Planet
"Feeling Better," the Teenagers
"One Week of Danger" (demo), the Virgins
"Got Your Number," Nadia Oh
"Crime Wave," Crystal Castles
"Fight Song," the Republic Tigers
"Cities in Dust," Junkie XL
"We Started Nothing," the Ting Tings
"Breakfast in NYC," Oppenheimer
"Three Wises," the Pierces
"Hard To Live in the City," Albert Hammond Jr.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Quirky Mexican rock act Kinky will release its new album, "Barracuda," Sept. 30 digitally via Kin-Kon/Nettwerk and on CD in February. The set was produced by the band with Money Mark and Chico Sonido. First single "Hasta Quemarnos" premieres Sept. 16 on MySpace Latino.

In October, Kinky will join Calle 13 for a handful of dates on MTV Tr3s' Tr3s Pass tour. A separate North American run will follow early next year in cojunction with the physical release date.

Here is the track list for "Barracuda":

"Hasta Quemarnos"
"Papel Volando"
"Those Girls" featuring Randy Ebright of Molotov
"Avion "
"Diablo Azul"
"Masacre Sonica"
"The Day I Lost The Bests"
"Marcha Atras"
"Tachi-Mari-Pedon-Cocongo"
"Fuego En La Fabrica"
"Anzuelo"
"El Tiempo"
"We Present"
"Tus Huellas, Mis Pasos"


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.