News on Kraftwerk, Sergio Mendes, Ray LaMontagne

Kraftwerk's recent run of live shows will he chronicled on the DVD "Minimum-Maximum," which shares its name with a double-disc live album released earlier this year via Astralwerks. Due Dec. 6, the DVD replicates that project's set list and tacks on a live performance of "Aero Dynamik" at the 2003 MTV European Music Awards in Edinburgh.

On the same day, Astralwerks will unveil the "Notebook" boxed set in the shape of a laptop computer. It will house both the "Minimum-Maximum" CD and DVD as well an 88-page hardback book with rare photos and artwork.

Upon its release in June, "Minimum-Maximum" debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Legendary Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes gets a lift from contemporary artists on his new album, "Timeless." Due Feb. 14 as a partnership between Concord and Starbucks Hear Music, the set was produced by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, who also guests as a performer with the Peas.

Although the full track list is still coming together, "Timeless" is tipped to feature contributions from Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, John Legend and Jill Scott.

Mendes, now 64, rose to prominence in the mid 1960s with Brazilian-themed covers of the Burt Bacharach-penned "The Look of Love" and the Beatles' "Fool on the Hill, both of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard pop singles chart.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







With his next studio album not due until next year, Ray LaMontagne will tide fans over with a live EP and short run of tour dates. Due Dec. 6 via RCA, "Live From Bonnaroo 2005" features six tracks recorded at this summer's incarnation of the Tennessee festival, including "Burn", "Trouble" and the previously unreleased "Empty."

The artist will hit the road beginning Nov. 30 in Portsmouth, N.H., with support from Brandi Carlile. As previously reported, LaMontagne will also appear at Warren Haynes' 17th annual Xmas Jam, to be held Dec. 17 in Asheville, N.C.

Here are Lamontagne tour dates:

Nov. 30: Portsmouth, N.H. (Music Hall)
Dec. 1: Montreal, Quebec (Outremont Theater)
Dec. 2-3: Boston (Berklee College of Music)
Dec. 5: New York (Town Hall)
Dec. 7: Chicago (Park West)
Dec. 8: Minneapolis (Pantages Theater)
Dec. 10: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
Dec. 12: Keene, N.H. (Colonial Theater)
Dec. 17: Asheville, N.C. (Asheville Civic Center)


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.

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