Unreleased Cuts Bolster 'Gimme Skelter'

Weezer, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the artists that will contribute previously unreleased material to "Gimme Skelter," a compilation album due in September from

Weezer, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the artists that will contribute previously unreleased material to "Gimme Skelter," a compilation album due in September from Buddyhead Records. Wryly described by Buddyhead co-founder Travis Keller as "a benefit compilation -- benefiting the state of music," the project will be distributed through Nettwerk in North America and Parlophone in Europe.

"With the exception of the Weezer rarity, it's all new stuff," adds Keller, who calls the Rivers Cuomo-fronted band's inclusion, "a B-side recorded around the time of [the 1996 album] 'Pinkerton' that's never been put out." Iggy Pop will provide a spoken word introduction, while Sonic Youth will contribute a yet-to-be-named track.

Keller confirms Mudhoney has offered up the tune "Hard on for War," which he describes as "a rather topical number." Elsewhere, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs donate "Shot Down," while Cave In provides "Harmless, Armless" and Rocket From The Crypt-offshoot band Beehive and the Barracudas lend "Up in Flames." Buddyhead's own the Icarus Line, which features Keller's business partner Aaron North on guitar, will lend the track "Losing Touch With My Mind."

"What's also cool about the project is that each band will be given their own page in the CD booklet to contribute whatever artwork they want," says Keller. The compilation will also include the participation of acts like Le Tigre, Burning Brides, Dead Meadow, Radio Vago, Nardwuar, Your Enemies Friends, and Pleasure Forever.

Keller expects to have a complete tracklisting nailed down in two weeks. "We're not done putting it together," he says. "There are a few other bands we've approached, and we're waiting to hear if they'll be allowed to contribute."