Billboard Bits: New Order, Opry/CMT, Dismemberment Plan
News on New Order, Opry/CMT, Dismemberment PlanRevered U.K. electronic act New Order will give fans of preview of its forthcoming Reprise album, "Get Ready," Aug. 20 on streaming audio site Spinner.com. The site will allow fans to stream the album in its entirety from Aug. 20-Aug. 27, but the tracks will not be available for download. "Get Ready" will be released internationally Aug. 27 and on Oct. 16 in North America.
In addition, fans will have the opportunity to remix the group's new single, "Crystal," at Sonic Foundry's Acidplanet.com. The best remixes will be posted on New Order's official Web site.
Having recently completed the second-leg of Moby's Area: One Festival, New Order will begin a European trek in mid-October and is expected to tour North America in early 2002.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.
Vince Gill will host the inaugural one-hour episode of the new television series "Grand Ole Opry Live." Due to air Saturday (Aug. 18) at 8 p.m. ET on the Country Music Television (CMT) cable network, the live broadcast will also feature Opry members Loretta Lynn, Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Steve Wariner, as well as special guest Sonya Isaacs. Future episodes will be hosted by a rotating cast of Opry members, depending upon who is appearing on the show's stage in Nashville that week.
All this week, CMT is airing a "Salute to the Opry" at 8 p.m. each night leading up to the premiere of "Grand Ole Opry Live." Each episode of the series (which will be rerun back-to-back on Saturday beginning at noon ET) will focus on a particular aspect of the long-running live show. The first episode, hosted by Paisley, featured artists such as Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Trick Pony, and Faith Hill discussing their debut performances on the Opry stage.
Tonight's Wariner-hosted episode will profile the show's original home, Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. The other episodes are a show on Opry inductions hosted by Gill; a women of the Opry segment hosted by Loretta Lynn's twin daughters, Peggy and Patsy; and a tribute to Bill Monroe and bluegrass with Alison Krauss & Union Station, Nickel Creek, Ricky Scaggs, and Marty Stuart.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Celebrated indie rock act the Dismemberment Plan will on Oct. 23 release its fourth Desoto album, "Change." The 11-track set was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in the group's Washington, D.C., hometown with producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), who also produced the Plan's 1998 album "Emergency & I."
The new album demonstrates an often stunning musical evolution from past efforts, blending complex, funky rhythms with psychedelic soundscapes and the bizarre melodies of frontman Travis Morrison. Highlights include the Kool & the Gang-meets-Fugazi "Superpowers," the major-key groove workouts "Face of the Earth" and opener "Sentimental Man," and "The Other Side," which puts a live band charge into the blinding-speed ambient techno of artists such as Aphex Twin.
The group will play sporadic U.S. dates in September before kicking off a 19-date European tour Oct. 22 in London. Meanwhile, fans can visit the Plan's official Web site to download individual backing tracks from three songs and create their own remixes.
"The point of this experiment is to try out some new ideas and have some fun," Morrison writes on the site. "And if you're the Neptunes and you're reading this and you want to take a crack at it between Jay Z and 'N Sync projects, well, knock yourself out! And, uh, ya wanna produce our next record too?"
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.