A who's who of the independent rock scene graces the soundtrack to the independent film "Dean Quixote," due out Nov. 20, appropriately, via indie label spinART. The set includes songs by Beachwood Sparks, Bettie Serveert, and the Minders, as well as Guided By Voices, who perform in the film.
A marathon concert featuring R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and Mana last night (Oct. 22) capped off the Groundwork 2001 concert series in Seattle. Proceeds from the week-long event -- estimated at $1 million by organizers -- will be used by the United States Committee for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to contribute to the global TeleFood fund, which channels money directly to small-scale food-producing projects around the world.
Even though Mariah Carey didn't exactly get glittering reviews for her first foray into acting, she'll trying it again with a guest appearance on the Fox series "Ally McBeal." Carey will play the key figure in a lawsuit involving a matchmaking service. She'll also perform "Lead the Way," a song from the soundtrack to her movie "Glitter," in which she made her acting debut to critical indifference.
For some time now, MTV's daily viewer-programmed show "Total Request Live" (TRL) has been the barometer of who's hot at this very moment. With the holiday season fast approaching, the show has pulled together a collection of 16 of those artists for "MTV TRL Christmas," due Tuesday (Oct. 30) via Lava/Atantic.
A former security chief for James Brown pleaded guilty to forgery, property damage, and stealing $75,000 from the singer. Richmond County (Ga.) Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett sentenced Richard Glenn to 15 years on Friday. Prior convictions make him ineligible for parole.
Merle Haggard has made a lot of albums in his 40-year recording career, but he says of his new collection, "Roots Volume 1," on the eclectic Epitaph Records' Anti- imprint, "This is my favorite album, I think."
Millions of dollars were raised over the weekend for disaster relief from star-studded concerts in New York, Washington, D.C., and Nashville. The Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden -- with performances by Paul McCartney, the Who, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Mellencamp, David Bowie, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bon Jovi, Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, and Janet Jackson -- grossed more than $14 million from ticket sales. All proceeds from that concert, including concessions sales, benefit the Robin Hood Foundation.
Elton John has set Dec. 12 as the date for The Concert - 20 Years of AIDS," an all-star event to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Joining John at the Universal Amphitheatre will be Sting, Bon Jovi, Matchbox Twenty, Alicia Keys, Craig David, LeAnn Rimes, Pete Yorn, and Rufus Wainwright.
The Rev. Howard Finster -- a folk artist who created sermons in paint that were featured on the covers of rock albums and in galleries worldwide -- died yesterday (Oct. 22) of congestive heart failure. He was 84.
Universal Music Group (UMG) last week filed a discretionary appeal seeking to prevent a suit brought by Courtney Love from reaching trial, Billboard Bulletin reports. The petition, which the California Appellate Court can refuse to hear, is in response to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman's ruling to allow 11 of Love's 15 claims -- including a challenge to California's "seven-year statute" -- to be heard at trial.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1984 album "Milk and Honey," the only original Lennon album released after Lennon's death, is set for an expanded reissue tomorrow (Oct. 23) from Capitol Records. The new version has been digitally remastered and includes three bonus tracks, as well as excerpts from Lennon's final interview.