Billboard Bits: Rusty Anderson, GBV, Bowie, GLAAD
News on Rusty Anderson, GBV, Bowie, GLAADPaul McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson's solo debut, "Undressing Underwater," will be released Dec. 17 via Anderson's official Web site and online retailer CDBaby.com.
As previously reported, McCartney makes a guest appearance on the track "Hurt Myself." Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland appears on "Catbox Beach."
"My house is filled with billions of cassettes, little scraps of paper and journals. Somehow these bits bonded together and became the CD," Anderson says of the new album. "Most of the recordings were done in between touring with Paul. In fact, the 'Hurt Myself' session was booked in lightning speed, because after Paul said he wanted to record something, I realized we only had three days in L.A. before flying to Mexico City to play shows."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard is offering for sale via the band's official Web site an album of solo demos for GBV's most recent Matador album, "Earthquake Glue." "Edison's Demos" isn't affiliated with a label and is only available as a vinyl LP in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.
Pollard plays all instruments and handles all the vocals on the 15-track set, made up of embryonic versions of 12 songs that would end up on "Earthquake Glue" as well as a vocals-only mix of "She Goes Off at Night," a homemade click track mix of "The Main Street Wizards" and a tune called "Blasted But It's Easy," which would become the B-side "Broken Brothers."
"Earthquake Glue" debuted in September at No. 8 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
David Bowie has postponed two additional shows on his North American leg A Reality tour due to complications with the flu. The rocker has now backed out of shows scheduled for tomorrow (Dec. 9) in Boston and Wednesday in Philadelphia. On Friday, he announced the postponement of the planned Dec. 6 tour opener in Atlantic City, N.J., and a Dec. 7 show outside Washington, D.C.
Fans are advised to retain their tickets, as the shows will be rescheduled. The trek is expected to get underway Friday in Toronto.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Rufus Wainwright and Junior Senior are among the acts nominated for outstanding music artist for the 15th Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards. Meshell Ndegeocello, Peaches and Bitch & Animal round out the category.
The GLAAD Media Awards honor fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in film, television, journalism, theater and music. Trophies will be handed out in separate ceremonies in Los Angeles (March 27), New York (April 12) and San Francisco (June 5).
For more information, visit the GLAAD Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.