Billboard Bits: DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes

News on DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes

DJ Shadow's next as-yet-untitled studio album will be released this summer via Universal. Shadow's last major-label release, 2002's "The Private Press," was issued via MCA, which has since been absorbed into the Universal Music Group. That set has sold 160,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

As previously reported, Shadow's new album leans in more of a straight-ahead hip-hop direction than prior efforts and will feature guest appearances by rappers Keak Da Sneak, Turf Talk, Q-Tip and David Banner.

Shadow will return to live duty at May 25 benefit at Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre, alongside Cut Chemist, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, MC Supernatural, the Beat Junkies, Madlib, Money Mark and MF Doom.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Rhino has set a July 11 release date for reissues of the first five Jesus & Mary Chain studio albums, which have been out-of-print on CD in the United States for years. The Dual Disc packages feature a remastered version of the album on the audio side, while the DVD side boasts a high-resolution audio mix and three music videos from the era.

JAMC's acclaimed 1985 debut, "Psychocandy," features videos for "Just Like Honey," "Never Understand" and "You Trip Me Up," while its 1987 successor, "Darklands," includes clips for the title cut, "Happy When It Rains" and "April Skies." The videos for 1989's "Automatic" are "Blues From a Gun," "Her Way of Praying" and "Head On," while 1992's "Honey's Dead" rounds up clips for "Almost Gold," "Far Gone and Out" and "Reverence."

The group's last Warner Bros. release, "Stoned and Dethroned," is augmented with videos for "Sometimes Always," "Come On" and "Snakedriver." JAMC disbanded following the 1998 Sub Pop release "Munki."

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.

Minneapolis buzz band Tapes 'N Tapes has signed with XL Recordings, which will release its debut album, "The Loon," on July 25, according to a label spokesperson. The group has been selling the album on its own since last fall and has become a favorite of indie-centric music blogs ever since. The Coalition of Independent Music Stores began racking the album at retail last month.

Accurately described as the illegitimate red-headed stepchild of the Pixies' Frank Black and former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, Tapes 'N Tapes will kick off its first U.K. tour May 18 in London. An extensive summer North American tour is also in the works.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.