Billboard Bits: Backstreet Boys, Kinks, Album Leaf
News on Backstreet Boys, Kinks, Album LeafHowie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys spent some time yesterday (Sept. 9) with patients at Boston's Children's Hospital to help raise awareness of the disease lupus. Dorough joined patients and doctors to promote a newly formed alliance that will make it easier for patients to participate in medical research. The singer founded the Dorough Lupus Foundation after his sister, Caroline, died from the disease.
The foundation has teamed up with Veritas Medicine, an online resource providing information on clinical trials and treatment for lupus and more than 50 other diseases. The singer signed autographs and talked to patients, some of whom were overwhelmed with emotion. "It just brings a good feeling to my heart to come back out here and visit these sometimes-sick patients and bring a little happiness to their lives," he said.
Lupus is a disease that causes the immune system to attack the body's own tissue. It mostly affects women between the ages of 15 and 44.
The Kinks are the latest classic rock outfit to be feted with a tribute album. Due Nov. 6, "Give the People What We Want - Songs of the Kinks Performed by..." (Burn Burn Burn/Right Now/Sub Pop) features a diverse set of artists covering largely 1960s and '70s-era material. Exceptions to that are the Briefs' take on "Come Dancing" from 1983's "State of Confusion" and Mark Lanegan's version of 2001 Ray Davies track "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'bout That Girl" from the "Rushmore" soundtrack.
Drawing comparisons between the working class roots of the Kinks' and the Pacific Northwest, the collection is wholly comprised of artists from the area. Most notable are the Young Fresh Fellows ("Gotta Get the First Plane Home"), Mudhoney ("Who Will Be the Next In Line"), the Minus 5 ("Wicked Annabella"), the Fastbacks ("Waterloo Sunset"), and Posies guitarist/vocalist Jon Auer ("Fancy").
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Sigur Ros has tapped one-man ambient/electronic act the Album Leaf (aka Tristeza's Jimmy LaValle) to open its upcoming North American tour. LaValle is touring behind his second full-length album under the Album Leaf moniker, "One Day I'll Be On Time," released in May by New York indie label Tiger Style. The 13-date tour begins Sept. 18 in Detroit and runs through Oct. 6 in Los Angeles.
The Album Leaf will then return the road in North America late November or early December. LaValle has also completed work on a series of collaborations with Bright Eyes, her space holiday, Paul Jenkins (Black Heart Processional), and Karla Schickele (Ida) that will be released early next year as 7-inch singles by Better Looking Records.
Also on tap is an album of remixes from Tristeza's 2000 album "Dream Signals In Full Circles," featuring new renditions by Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins, Windy & Carl, Maru Mari, and others. The set is due this winter on Tiger Style.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
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