The second weekend of next year's All Tomorrow's Parties will be curated half by the festival's organizers and half by ticket buyers.

The second weekend of next year's All Tomorrow's Parties will be curated half by the festival's organizers and half by ticket buyers. To be held May 18-20 at the Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, England, ATP vs. the Fans has already locked down Built To Spill, Sparklehorse, Death Vessel, the Notwist, Do Make Say Think, Akron Family and Echo and the Bunnymen.

At time of ticket purchase, fans will be given a URL to vote for their top 10 picks for prospective performers. As the list is developed, organizers will tally fans' picks and begin querying the top-requested artists. Stipulations include the size of the venue (6000 capacity), limited expenses and the disability to "raise the dead." Voting begins Nov. 24. More details can be found on the All Tomorrow's Parties Web site.

As previously reported, Nick Cave, Low, Magnolia Electric Company, Grinderman, David Pajo, the Drones, Faun Fables, Brokeback and Tara Jane O'Neill will play the event's first weekend on April 27-29, curated by the Dirty Three.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Vintage Christmas specials starring Rod Stewart and the Kinks will be seen for the first time in the United States thanks to VH1 Classic. "The Rod Stewart Christmas Concert," which was taped on Christmas Eve 1976 in London for the BBC series "The Old Grey Whistle Test," will air Dec. 21. It features such favorites as "Maggie May," "Tonight's t he Night," "This Old Heart of Mine" and "I Don't Want To Talk About It."

The Kinks' "Christmas Concert" will debut Dec. 7. It was taped on Christmas Eve 1977 at London's Rainbow Theater and includes such tracks as "Sleepwalker," "Lola," "Sunny Afternoon," "Celluloid Heroes" and "Waterloo Sunset."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Reunited hardcore act Lifetime will release its first album in a decade on Feb. 26 via Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz's DecayDance label and Fueled by Ramen. The 11-track set was produced by longtime collaborator Steve Evetts and will be supported by a full tour.

Lifetime formed in 1990; its 1995 Jade Tree album "Hello Bastards" and the 1997 swan song, "Jersey's Best Dancers" stoked Lifetime's reputation as one of the more influential hardcore bands of the era. The group broke up in 1997 but reformed for live shows in 2005.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.