News on David Bowie and Moby joining the Tibet House Lineup, new Red House Painters album, death of James Carr, and Kristin Hersh/Rosenbergs at Washington, D.C. music summit..
David Bowie and Moby have joined the lineup for the 2001 Tibet House Benefit, set for Feb. 26 at New York's Carnegie Hall. As previously reported, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Emmylou Harris, composer Phillip Glass, vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, jazz poet Dana Bryant, Tibetan flautist Nawang Khechog, and the Gomang Tibetan Monks will also perform.
The 11th annual benefit will celebrate the Tibetan New Year and inaugurate the Year of the Iron Snake. Recent Tibet House concerts have included performances by R.E.M., Patti Smith, Phish's Trey Anastasio, Ashley MacIsaac, David Byrne, and Angelique Kidjo.
California-based rock act Red House Painters will finally release its long-festering album "Old Ramon" on April 17 via Sub Pop. The set was initially planned for a 1998 release on the Island imprint Supreme Records, but sat unissued until the Mark Kozelek-led band bought back the album last year. In support of "Old Ramon," RHP will play its first show since 1997 at Sub Pop's showcase during the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, in March.
In the meantime, Kozelek has completed a second solo effort, "What's Next To The Moon," due for a Feb. 13 release on Badman Recording Company. The album sports 10 AC/DC covers, including the title track. Last year, the artist released the album "Rock'N'Roll Singer," which featured an additional three AC/DC covers. Kozelek was also seen as the fictional band Stillwater's bass player Larry Fellows in Cameron Crowe's recent film "Almost Famous."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Soul singer James Carr died of cancer Sunday in a Memphis nursing home at the age of 58, Billboard Bulletin reports. In the late '60s, Carr recorded such Southern soul classics as "The Dark End Of The Street" (memorably covered by both Aretha Franklin and Gram Parsons), "Pouring Water On A Drowning Man" (essayed by Elvis Costello), and "You've Got My Mind Messed Up" for Goldwax Records in Memphis. Sidetracked by severe emotional problems for years, Carr cut comeback albums for regional labels in the early '90s.
-- Chris Morris, L.A.
Former Throwing Muses principal Kristin Hersh and the Rosenbergs will both perform tonight (Jan. 10) at the Future Of Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. To be held in historic Gaston Hall on the campus of Georgetown University, the two-day event will attempt to address critical issues in the world of music technology. Second night performers include New York independent rock act Ida and Danielle Howle.
Among those participating on panels are policymakers, lawyers, industry executives, and artists, including Public Enemy's Chuck D, Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers, Momus, and Hersh.