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Billboard Bits: Weezer, Rock The Vote, Jawbreaker
News on Weezer, Rock The Vote, JawbreakerThe release of an expanded edition of Weezer's 1994 self-titled Geffen debut and a comprehensive DVD has been pushed to next year, according to the band's official Web site. The items were tentatively expected during the holiday season but were pushed back "due to overall schedule planning at the record label," the site says.
The DVD, "Video Capture Device," will run "well over three hours, even after several bits and pieces came out in the final legal wash." As for the new edition of "Weezer," it will be a two-disc set loaded with "extra songs both well-loved-yet-somewhat-obscure, as well as downright previously unheard stuff."
Weezer is also working in earnest on its next studio album, which will be produced by Rick Rubin.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
N*E*R*D*, Clipse and Spymob will perform at an Oct. 30 Rock the Vote benefit concert in New Orleans. The show will be held at the Morris F.X. Jeff Auditorium in the city's Louis Armstrong Park, with all proceeds to benefit the non-profit organization.
"Their music and influence will help inspire young voters to become a part of the political process and realize that their vote does make a difference," Rock the Vote executive director Jehmu Greene says.
The concert is being held in conjunction with the Media Experience, an Oct. 26-Nov. 1 convergence festival celebrating the best of film, music, advertising and video games.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
A long-in-the-works reissue of late underground rock act Jawbreaker's "Dear You" will arrive in February on drummer Adam Pfahler's Blackball imprint. As previously reported, Pfahler spent five years wrangling with Geffen and its parent, Universal Music Group, to re-release the album, which has long been out of print.
The new edition of "Dear You," originally released in 1995, will include four additional tracks (the Psychedelic Furs cover "Into You Like a Train," "Sister," "Friendly Fire" and "Boxcar"), plus the previously unreleased "Shirt," which was recently mixed by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). The video for album track "Fireman" and a 24-page booklet round out the package.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.