Billboard Bits: Twilight Singers, Baby Bash, Kill Rock Stars
The Twilight Singers' new EP, "A Stitch in Time," will feature guest turns from Mark Lanegan on covers of Massive Attack's "Live With Me" and Fat Freddy's Drop's "Flashback."The Twilight Singers' new EP, "A Stitch in Time," will feature guest turns from Mark Lanegan on covers of Massive Attack's "Live With Me" and Fat Freddy's Drop's "Flashback." Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur sings on "Sublime," which he co-wrote with Twilight Singers leader Greg Dulli, while former Afghan Whig Rick McCollum co-wrote "They Ride."
"A Stitch in Time" is due Oct. 10 exclusively via Apple's iTunes Music Store. As previously reported, Lanegan will join the Twilight Singers for their fall tour, which begins Oct. 24 in San Francisco.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Previously signed to Universal, Houston rapper/songwriter Baby Bash has inked a new recording deal with Arista. Baby Bash's latest Universal disc, 2005's "Super Saucy," has sold 204,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper, whose songwriting credits include labelmate Paula DeAnda's "Walk Away" and Frankie J's "Obsession," was a member of the mid-'90s rap groups Potna Deuce and Latino Velvet.
-- Clover Hope, N.Y.
Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon is leaving the label for an A&R role at Warner Music Group imprint Nonesuch Records, a spokesperson for Kill Rock Stars confirms. The indie label will be moving its headquarters from Olympia, Wash.-to New York, where Nonesuch is based. The day-to-day functions of Kill Rock Stars will be handed over to Moon's wife, Portia Sabin.
It is unknown as of yet what will be happening to Kill Rock Stars' artist roster, but a label spokesperson says the indie has planned to scale back for a while now. Six staffers will be let go as part of the transition, which is due to be completed sometime after the Oct. 31-Nov. 4 CMJ music conference. In addition to Sabin, Kill Rock Stars GM Maggie Vail, mailorder head Tobi Vail and accountant Nard Mullan will stay on with the label, says a spokesperson.
Moon formed Kill Rock Stars in 2001, and the label soon became associated with the riot grrl punk movement, thanks to early releases from Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. The label was the longtime home for the now broken-up Sleater-Kinney, and released two albums from singer/songwriter Elliott Smith. In recent years, Kill Rock Stars has seen two of its biggest acts leave for other labels, with Sleater-Kinney going to Sub Pop to record its final album, "The Woods," and the Decemberists recently jumping to Capitol.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.