News on Gravity Kills, Clem Snide, Takashi Asahina

Pete TownshendDigital rock purveyors Gravity Kills have set a March 19 release date for its third studio album, "Superstarved." As previously reported, the set is the band's label debut for Sanctuary after two studio sets and a remix album for TVT. "Superstarved" was produced by Martin Atkins (Pigface, Ministry) and recorded at his Chicago studio.

Vocalist guitarist Jeff Scheel has described "Superstarved" as "more riff-oriented" and "grindier." The St. Louis-based trio has also integrated loops and samples with the "live" drumming of guest musician Brad Booker. North American tour dates in support of the album are in the works but have not yet been solidified.

"Superstarved" is the follow-up to 1998's "Perversion," which debuted at No. 107 on The Billboard 200. The band is perhaps best known for its 1996 modern rock hit, "Guilty."


-- John D. Luerssen, N.Y.







Pete TownshendNew York-based trio Clem Snide will release a new EP, "I Believe Your Lies," March 5 via spinART. The six-track set follows the group's acclaimed 2001 album "The Ghost of Fashion," which featured "Moment in the Sun," later chosen as the theme song to the second season of the hit NBC series "Ed."

Along with the album version and the radio edit of "Moment in the Sun," the EP will feature the new songs "Now the Moment's Gone," "Do You Love Me?," "I Believe Your Lies," and "Your Favorite Music (the Master Key mix)."

Having just wrapped a slate of U.S. dates supporting Ben Folds, Clem Snide is set to appear Friday (Jan. 4) on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." For more info on the band, visit clemsnide.com.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







Takashi Asahina, the musical director of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and until recently the world's oldest active conductor, died Saturday, the philharmonic said. He was 93. He was hospitalized for fatigue on Oct. 25 -- the day after his last performance, a grueling program that included Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 -- and died Saturday of natural causes, said an Osaka Philharmonic spokesperson.

Asahina was known for his interpretations of Beethoven, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky, and had collaborated with some of the world's leading musicians, including classical guitarist Andres Segovia and violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Asahina received Japan's Order of Culture in 1994, becoming the second classical musician to be given the prestigious government award.

He died in a hospital bed in the western Japanese city of Kobe shortly after his orchestra finished a performance of its trademark piece, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with a replacement conductor at the helm, the spokesperson said. The Osaka Philharmonic is organizing a memorial concert. Family and friends will hold a private funeral. Asahina is survived by a wife and two sons.

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