Wheat Makes Major-Label Jump

Boston-based rock outfit Wheat will release its Aware/Columbia debut, "Per Second, Per Second, Per Second ... Every Second" on Nov. 4. The set was produced by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips)

Boston-based rock outfit Wheat will release its Aware/Columbia debut, "Per Second, Per Second, Per Second ... Every Second" on Nov. 4. The set was produced by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips), who was behind the boards for Wheat's acclaimed 1999 Sugar Free album "Hope & Adams."

First single "Some Days" will be shipped to U.S. radio outlets early next month for airplay consideration. The cut will also appear on the compilation CD "On Air," to be distributed at the upcoming CMJ Music Marathon in New York.

The 12-track "Per Second" kicks off with "I Met a Girl," the lead track of this year's "Too Much Time" EP. A newly recorded version of the "Hope & Adams" cut "Don't I Hold You" is included as a bonus track on the new set.

Wheat will serve as the opening act for Liz Phair's November North American tour, which kicks off Nov. 1 in San Diego. As previously reported, the group has donated the track "Long Shadow USA -- Wheat vs. Tim Rutili" to "The Amos House Collection, Vol. III," due in December from Wishing Tree Records.

Here are Wheat/Liz Phair's tour dates:

Nov. 1: San Diego (4th & B)
Nov. 2: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
Nov. 3: Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto Theatre)
Nov. 5: Kansas City, Mo. (Beaumont Club)
Nov. 6: Memphis (New Daisy)
Nov. 7: Louisville, Ky. (Headliners)
Nov. 9: Atlanta (Roxy Theatre)
Nov. 10: Cincinnati (Bogarts)
Nov. 11: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
Nov. 13: Montreal (Cafe Campus)
Nov. 15: Toronto (Guvernment)
Nov. 17: Urbana, Ill. (Foellinger Auditorium)
Nov. 18: Milwaukee (Rave)
Nov. 20: Denver (Ogden Theatre)
Nov. 21: Albuquerque, N.M. (Sunshine Theater)