Billboard Bits: Death Cab, 'Friends & Lovers,' Nirvana

News on Death Cab For Cutie, 'Friends & Lovers,' Nirvana

CabDeath Cab For Cutie will offer its final release on longtime indie home Barsuk Records next month, in the form of the seven-track live set "The John Byrd EP." The collection was recorded during the band's 2004 spring tour and will be available beginning March 1 only at select independent retail locations. Fans who order via Barsuk's Web site will receive a limited edition T-shirt.

The EP includes "We Laugh Indoors," "We Looked Like Giants," "405," "Why You'd Want To Live Here," "Lightness," "Photobooth" and "Blacking Out the Friction," the latter of which is appended with a cover of Sebadoh's "Brand New Love," itself previously covered by Superchunk.

Death Cab is in the midst of recording its debut album for Atlantic Records, which is expected by the end of the year or early 2006.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

KingsKings Of Convenience's Erlend Oye, Josh Rouse, Cake, Posies principals Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer and Tarnation's Paula Frazer are among the artists that have contributed to "Friends and Lovers," a tribute to '70s soft rock act Bread. Due April 12 via Badman Recording Co., the set features 14 tracks recorded exclusively for this release.

Oye covers the title cut, which was not among Bread's 10 top-20 hits on the Billboard pop singles chart between 1969-1977. Rouse chimes in with "It Don't Matter to Me," Cake tackles "The Guitar Man" and Frazer offers "Everything I Own." Bread's lone No. 1 hit, "Make It With You," is performed by Oranger.

Other artists featured on "Friends and Lovers" are Call And Response, Dave Derby, Holy Sons, Emily Sparks, the Moore Brothers, former Mojave 3 vocalist Rachel Goswell and Eric Shea & Bart Davenport.

Here is the track list for "Friends and Lovers":

"It Don't Matter to Me," Josh Rouse
"Baby I'm a Want You," Call And Response
"Games of Magic," Jon Auer
"The Guitar Man," Cake
"Friends and Lovers," Erlend Oye
"Everything I Own," Paula Frazer
"Down on My Knees," Ken Stringfellow
"Make It With You," Oranger
"I Use the Soap," Dave Derby
"Last Time," Holy Sons
"Too Much Love," Emily Sparks
"Look at Me," The Moore Brothers
"If," Rachel Goswell
"The Goodbye Girl," Eric Shea & Bart Davenport

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

NirvanaNirvana's “Nevermind” is the latest storied release to get the “Classic Albums” treatment as part of Eagle Rock's ongoing behind-the-scenes DVD series. Due March 22, the project features interviews with surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as producer Butch Vig, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Sub Pop Records principals Jonathan Poneman and Nils Bernstein.

Of particular interest is Vig's sequence, which finds him manipulating master tapes at the mixing console to break down how specific tracks came to fruition. Also included is a live clip of “Polly” and featurettes about Grohl joining the band and the creation of the “Nevermind” album cover, which infamously depicted a nude baby submerged in a swimming pool, with a dollar bill dangled in front of its face.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.