News on Kid Rock, Moby, American Music Club

KidKid Rock is mixing his next Lava/Atlantic studio album, due this fall. The first single from the as-yet-untitled set will go to U.S. radio outlets in early September, to be followed by a world tour. Rock is producing the album, which is the follow-up to 2001's "Cocky." That set is No. 66 in its 87th week on The Billboard 200 and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 4 million copies.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Phair"Love of Strings," Moby's remix of his track "Signs of Love," is available for paid download exclusively from Apple's iTunes Music Store, beginning today (July 29). The cut represents the first track from an independent label available in the Music Store, which is now also offering Moby's past two V2 albums, "Play" and "18" for download.

As previously reported, Moby is gearing up for the Oct. 7 release of a "Moby DVD Plus '18' B-Sides," which will chronicle his 16-month tour in support of "18." Beyond an audio disc of B-sides, the release is jam-packed with extra material, including a 70-minute continuous mix made up of remixes from "18," some "profoundly stupid comedy bits" and a bonus audio section with unreleased songs, demos and outtakes.

Moby is winding down a run of European festival dates and will play Friday and Saturday (Aug. 1-2) at the U.K.'s Knebworth Park.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







EitzelThe Mark Eitzel-led rock act American Music Club is at work on its first new album since 1994's "San Francisco" (Reprise) in its San Francisco homebase. The set is tentatively titled "You Better Watch What You Say" and is due next spring on an as-yet-unnamed label. "It's very inspiring to be working with these great musicians once again," Eitzel said in a statement.

As previously reported, Eitzel is also working on a project with former Wilco principal Jay Bennett in Chicago. "Most of it is done," Eitzel told Billboard.com last month. "It's just a matter of recording three more new songs and finishing it up. They're all brand new songs."

The artist's latest solo album, "The Ugly American," was released last week by Thirsty Ear and features newly recorded renditions of American Music Club songs and cuts from his solo albums.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.