Billboard Bits: Method Man, Joe Lally, Dr. Dog

News on Method Man, Joe Lally, Dr. Dog

Rapper Method Man's new album, "4:21 ... The Day After," has been bumped from its planned release this month to Aug. 29. First single "Say" featuring Lauryn Hill is languishing at No. 70 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in its sixth week on the tally. The album is rounded out by guest turns from Fat Joe and Styles P as well as production from Wu-Tang Clan colleague RZA, Scott Storch and Dr. Dre.

Before the album drops, Method Man will join his Wu-Tang Clan mates for a host of late summer dates, beginning Aug. 5-6 at California's Rock the Bells festival.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Fugazi bassist Joe Lally is planning an October release for his Dischord solo debut, "There to Here." The set features contributions from his Fugazi colleagues Guy Picciotto and Ian MacKaye, the latter of whom assisted with recording at the Dischord House in Washington, D.C.

Lally has also collaborated with Fugazi roadie-cum-percussionist Jerry Busher, the Evens' Amy Farina and former Hot Snakes member Jason Kourkounis. In related news, the Evens have begun work on a new album tentatively due in the fall. According to Dischord's
Web site, the project will be entirely self-recorded.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Rock outfit Dr. Dog has penciled in a Feb. 13, 2007, release date for its fourth album for Park the Van Records. The as-yet-untitled set will be preceded Sept. 12 by the EP "Takers and Leavers," which will include album tracks "Ain't It Strange" and "Goner."

The EP's release coincides with a short run of tour dates with indie rock buzz band Cold War Kids, kicking off Sept. 7 in San Diego. Afterward, Dr. Dog will support the Raconteurs for two weeks' worth of shows, running through Sept. 30 in Montreal.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.