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Mars Volta, Rapture Sign With Strummer

Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings, the Universal-distributed label run by former Capitol president Gary Gersh that was first announced last year. Strummer's first release, due June 24, is th

Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings, the Universal-distributed label run by former Capitol president Gary Gersh that was first announced last year. Strummer's first release, due June 24, is the debut effort from the Mars Volta, "De-Loused in the Comatorium." The label has also signed New York act the Rapture, which will release a set in the fall, produced by the DFA (Primal Scream, Radio 4).

Strummer is being 100% funded by Universal Records and is based in Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a source. The label is in the process of appointing a staff.

In making the deal for Strummer, the source says, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Doug Morris and Universal Records president Monte Lipman also agreed to "give some funding" to GSL Records, the independent label run by Mars Volta member Omar Rodriguez. Universal-distributed GSL has released albums by the Locust, Le Shok, and !!!.

In related news, the Mars Volta has lined up a handful of summer tour dates in the U.S. and U.K. The band had canceled several shows in the wake of the May 25 death of keyboardist Jeremy Michael Ward. Dates begin July 1 in Los Angeles and run through July 13 at Dublin's Witnness Festival.