News on Usher, LCD Soundsystem, Sonic Youth

UsherAs tipped here last week, Usher will unveil the 20-minute short film "Caught Up" during Fox's "New Year's Eve: Live From Times Square With Ryan Seacrest," a 90-minute special which airs Dec. 31. The movie will include Usher's songs "Seduction," "Caught Up," "Red Light" and "Take Your Hand," all of which appear on the expanded edition of his Jive/Zomba album, "Confessions."

The special will also feature performances by Hoobastank and Evanescence. Seacrest will host the show live from the future home of New York's Hard Rock Cafe, which will relocate in late 2005 from its 57th Street location to the Times Square/Broadway site of the former Paramount Theater.


-- Carla Hay, N.Y.







JamesLCD Soundsystem will unveil its self-titled debut album Feb. 15 via group mastermind James Murphy's DFA label. The set will be released by Capitol in the United States and DFA/EMI in Europe as part of a recently inked licensing deal. Following the album, LCD Soundsystem will be signed directly to EMI for the world.

The double-disc set features nine new songs on one CD, including the infectious single "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House." The second disc rounds up prior vinyl singles such as "Give It Up," "Yeah" and "Losing My Edge."

DFA recently released a triple-disc compilation featuring such acts as the Rapture, Black Dice, Liquid Liquid and the Juan Maclean.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







SonicSonic Youth will head to Japan for a five-date swing in March, beginning March 16-17 in Tokyo. Tickets go on sale Dec. 25. The group is also working on a host of projects for hopeful 2005 release, including a double-disc reissue of its 1990 major label debut for DGC, "Goo," loaded with previously unreleased tracks.

Additional releases on tap include an expanded edition of the group's 1982 self-titled EP, the next installment in its experimental releases for its SYR label and the first DVD appearance of the 1992 film "1991: The Year Punk Broke," which chronicles Sonic Youth's 1991 European tour with Nirvana.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.