Singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock gets an assist from R.E.M./Minus 5 principals Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin on his new album, "Ole! Tarantula."

Singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock gets an assist from R.E.M./Minus 5 principals Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin on his new album, "Ole! Tarantula." Due Oct. 3 via Yep Roc, the 10-track set was recorded during two sessions in Seattle and also features guest turns by Hitchcock's former Soft Boys mates Morris Windsor and Kimberley Rew.

Additional contributions come from Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan and Seattle musicians Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger) and Chris Ballew (Presidents Of The United States Of America). After two one-off dates next month in Italy, Hitchcock will begin two weeks worth of shows in Australia and Japan with an Oct. 7-8 stand in Tokyo.

Here is the track list for "Ole! Tarantula":

"Adventure Rocket Ship"
"Underground Sun"
"Museum of Sex"
"Belltown Ramble"
"Olé! Tarantula"
"(A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs"
"Red Locust Frenzy"
"'Cause It's Love (Saint Parallelogram)"
"The Authority Box"
"N.Y. Doll"


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Veteran country artist John Anderson signed to Raybaw Records, an imprint of Warner Bros. Nashville. His first album for the label, "Easy Money," will be released Nov. 7. As Billboard first reported in May, the CD was produced by Big & Rich's John Rich and financed by Rich and Anderson.

Rich also co-wrote the first single, "If Her Lovin' Don't Kill Me," with Tim Womack and Vicky McGehee, which goes for airplay Aug. 14. Rich is also a partner in Raybaw.

Anderson has recorded for Warner Bros., MCA, BNA, Mercury, Epic and Audium Records during a career that dates back to 1977. He has notched 20 top 10 singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, including five No. 1s.


-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville







Indie rock buzz band Tapes 'N Tapes will begin a fresh round of U.S. touring Oct. 19 in Columbia, Mo. The trek will come on the heels of a late August/early September U.K. run that includes appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. The group's debut album, "The Loon," was initially self-released but was reissued Tuesday by XL Recordings.

Here are Tapes 'N Tapes' tour dates:

Oct. 19: Columbia, Mo. (Mojo's)
Oct. 21: Louisville (Phoenix Hill Tavern)
Oct. 22: Birmingham, Ala. (Bottletree)
Oct. 24: Tallahassee, Fla. (Club Downunder)
Oct. 25: Gainesville, Fla. (Common Grounds)
Oct. 26: Orlando, Fla. (the Social)
Oct. 27: St. Augustine, Fla. (Cafe 11)
Oct. 28: Athens, Ga. (Tasty World)
Oct. 29: Atlanta (the Loft)
Oct. 30: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Local 506)
Oct. 31: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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