Blackalicious' Chief Xcel has been named chairman and CEO of indie hip-hop label Quannum Projects.

Blackalicious' Chief Xcel has been named chairman and CEO of indie hip-hop label Quannum Projects. The artist, whose real name is Xavier Mosley, founded Quannum in 1991 with DJ Shadow, Lateef, Lyrics Born and the Gift of Gab, all of whom will continue to be involved in the label's operation.

In addition, Quannum has shifted its distribution from Caroline to TVT. The first releases as part of the new pact will be Pigeon John's "... And the Summertime Pool Party" on Sept. 12 and Honeycut's "The Day I Turned to Glass" on Sept. 26. Due up later in the fall is the Quannum debut from Tommy Guerrero, a live set from Lyrics Born and an EP from Curumin.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Secretly Canadian has set an Oct. 10 release date for the final studio album from underground rock hero Nikki Sudden, "The Truth Doesn't Matter." The 15-track set was finished just before Sudden embarked on a March North American tour; he died March 26 of unknown causes after a show at New York's Knitting Factory.

The album was recorded in late 2005 in Berlin. Sudden was working simultaneously on his autobiography, "The Last Bandit," a release date for which has not yet been announced.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Veteran guitarist Ron Wood will have his time in the sun thanks to Virgin/EMI's upcoming double-disc retrospective, "Ronnie Wood Anthology: The Essential Crossexion." Due Sept. 26, the set is highlighted by the previously unreleased Rod Stewart collaboration, "You Strum and I Sing."

Disc one sports Wood's solo tracks, ranging from 1974-2002. The second disc spotlights his work with such groups as the Creation, the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces and the Rolling Stones, including the latter's "Everything Is Turning to Gold" and "Black Limousine."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.