Billboard Bits: Slash, Glen Phillips, TMBG

News on Slash, Glen Phillips, TMBG

VelvetVelvet Revolver guitarist Slash will make his first foray into video game music on an upcoming EA Sports NASCAR game, due later this year. "There will be theme music," he tells "No words or anything like that, because there is dialogue all the way through. This will be background music for the whole game."

"I've never been a video game guy, but they sent me their last NASCAR game and I had to learn how to use it," he continues. "It's not unlike doing pinball machines, which I did back in the Guns [N' Roses] days. You have different modes you go into, depending on what you do, and the music changes."

As previously reported, Velvet Revolver begins a new round of North American dates Saturday (March 19) in Phoenix.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

GlenFormer Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips will release his third solo album, "Winter Pays for Summer," on March 29 via Lost Highway. The 13-track set features three co-writes with former Semisonic principal Dan Wilson, plus contributions from Ben Folds, Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas, producer Jon Brion and former Jellyfish member Andy Sturmer.

Fans who pre-order the disc on the artist's
official Web site will be entered for a chance to win an autographed guitar. Phillips will be on the road beginning on the day of the new album's release in Madison, Wis. Dates are on tap through May 8 in Seattle.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

GiantsThey Might Be Giants will be the subject of their first anthology on "A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity." Due May 3 via Elektra/Rhino, the package features 29 songs packed onto a single disc, including late '80s/early '90s staples such as "Purple Toupee," "Particle Man," "Birdhouse in Your Soul," "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" and "Ana Ng."

Also rounded up is "Boss of Me," the band's theme song for the Fox comedy "Malcolm in the Middle," plus the track "Dr. Evil" from "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

On the heels of last month's release of the family-oriented CD/DVD "
Here Comes the ABCs," the group is playing a handful of in-store performances this month in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.