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DurstThe upcoming Limp Bizkit album could be receiving yet another facelift, according to a post from frontman Fred Durst on the group's official Web site. Durst indicates that the group may scrap some or all of the 19 songs originally intended for the set, in favor of brand new tracks written with new guitarist Mike Smith.

"We will still have it ready to release before the [Summer Sanitarium] tour with Metallica," Durst said. "The 19 songs we wrote without Mike are still amazing and sitting on the shelf waiting on me to do whatever the hell I want to do with them."

Last month, Limp Bizkit was thought to be in the final stages of work on the album, which has been given myriad release dates and titles. But Durst then announced that the group had recorded further material with rappers Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg, and publicly wrestled with which cut should be released as the first radio single. The Summer Sanitarium tour, which also features Linkin Park, kicks off July 4 in Detroit.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

3EBModern rock act Third Eye Blind will portray veteran U.K. rock act the Kinks on an upcoming episode of the NBC series "American Dreams." With 3EB frontman Stephan Jenkins playing the role of Kinks leader Ray Davies, the nostalgic series' May 4 episode will feature the band covering the "All Day and All of the Night," a No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit for the Kinks in 1965.

Third Eye Blind will release its next album, "Out of the Vein," May 13 via Elektra. The set is the follow-up to 1999's "Blue," which debuted at No. 40 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.25 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Current single "Blinded (When I See You)" is No. 40 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

As previously reported, the group is in the midst of an eBay-sponsored U.S. tour that tomorrow (April 18) visits Charlotte, N.C.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

XTCXTC's Andy Partridge and avant garde singer/songwriter Peter Blegvad are shooting for a June release of "Orpheus, the Lowdown." The project is more than 13 years in the making due to long gaps where either collaborator was busy with other professional and/or personal commitments. It is described on Partridge's
Web site as "a collection of vocal, words, sound and music pictures, a bit part play for the fable minded, a film for your mind's eye."

Blegvad is completing the artwork for "Orpheus," which will be released via Partridge's own Ape label, and will be available through his site. Ape is also planning to release new recordings by the Milk & Honey Band, founded a decade ago by Levitation keyboardist/guitarist Robert White.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.