1. Laurie Anderson Sails On

    August 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Laurie Anderson's new album, "Life on a String," due Aug. 21 via Nonesuch, could have been a whale of a project, but it ended up being something else. She originally planned to make an album drawn fr Laurie Anderson's new album, "Life on a String," due Aug. 21…

  2. John's Angry Letter To Paul Up For Auction

    August 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT An expletive-filled, handwritten letter drafted by John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, after the Beatles' 1970 breakup is to be sold at auction. The six-page draft -- expected to fetch An expletive-filled, handwritten letter drafted by John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his…

  3. Hot Product

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Usher, Aaron Carter, the Isley Brothers, and more. A Reminder The 11th-hour termination of an album release can set off all kinds of bells and whistles. But Napster leaks and rumblings about misguided material aside, Usher has bounced back from the "All About U…

  4. Buck Pleads Not Guilty In Air Rage Incident

    July 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck pleaded not guilty today (July 31) to assault and other charges stemming from an alleged air rage incident during a flight to Britain in April. Buck, 44, made a brief appea R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck pleaded not guilty today (July 31) to assault and other charges…

  5. Billboard Bits: Wetlands, Joe Henry, Kid 'N Play

    July 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Wetlands, Joe Henry, Kid 'N Play The Wetlands Preserve, a staple of the New York music club scene for more than a decade, will close its doors for good on Sept. 15. The club blames "gentrification" in its Tribeca neighborhood for spiraling rent costs; the building "…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'Dark Angel,' Joe Jackson, Peter White

    July 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Dark Angel,' Joe Jackson, Peter White Fox's popular TV series "Dark Angel," helmed by director James Cameron ("Titanic," "Terminator"), is said to be planning a soundtrack spinoff featuring music from its first and second seasons. Among…

  7. Hot Product

    July 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from 'N Sync, the 'Violator' compilation, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Joe Strummer, and more. 'Celebrity' Sleuth "The truth is that it can be tiresome to be continually blasted by critics because we don't fit their preconceived notion of…

  8. Folk Artist Mimi Farina Dies

    July 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Mimi Farina, Joan Baez's sister and an accomplished folk singer in her own right and founder of an organization that brought free live music to the sick and imprisoned, has died. She was 56. Mimi Farina, Joan Baez's sister and an accomplished folk singer in her own right and founder…

  9. New Order Dusts Off Live Show

    July 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering Manchester electronic act New Order last night (July 18) played its first live show in more than two-and-a-half-years to 2000 fans at the Liverpool (England) Olympia. The performance, a war Pioneering Manchester electronic act New Order last night (July 18) played its first live…

  10. 'Philip On Film': Glass Continues To Score

    July 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Beginning this summer and continuing well into 2002, Philip Glass' cinematic oeuvre will be celebrated with major premieres, an eight-city fall tour, and a deluxe retrospective boxed set from Nonesuch Since the curtain first rose on the cinematic art form, composers of classical music…

  11. Live Boasts New Attitude On 'V'

    July 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Live's new album "V" (due Sept. 18 via Radioactive/MCA) is the group's most musically aggressive in its 15-year history. While Live's music and lyrics have always had a full-throttled intensity, "V" h The often spiritual, always intelligent music of Live…

  12. Joy Division's 'Soul' Celebrated With Box Set

    July 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The legacy of seminal U.K. post-punk outfit Joy Division will be celebrated with the upcoming four-disc box set "Heartandsoul," due Aug. 7 in the U.S. on Rhino, but out since 1998 in the U.K. The coll The legacy of seminal U.K. post-punk outfit Joy Division will be celebrated with…

  13. Ringo Lines Up All Starr Band Itinerary

    July 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Ringo Starr's 2001 All Starr Band tour will kick off July 26 in Rama, Ontario, and play nearly 30 dates before closing Sept. 2 in San Diego. As previously reported, the seventh edition of Starr's band Ringo Starr's 2001 All Starr Band tour will kick off July 26 in Rama, Ontario…

  14. Iggy Pop Still Packs A Punch

    July 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT With his new disc, "Beat 'Em Up," Iggy Pop says he was looking to create a garage-rock album that was also "kind of a '70s revival, classic rock album." At the same time, Virgin was hungry for an albu It's almost 6 p.m., and Iggy Pop is midway through his…

  15. Drawn From Life

    July 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Over the years, Brian Eno has taken ambience into abstraction on such albums as 1997's The Drop and a more recent series of limited-edition releases drawn from his visual installation projects. Over the years, Brian Eno has taken ambience into abstraction on such albums as 1997's…

  16. Volume 3: Further in Time

    June 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT From the opening cinematic sweep of "North Part 1 & 2" to the dervish of "Colossus," Afro Celt Sound System's third album maps out its terrain where Irish bodhrans and uilleann pipes dance with Af From the opening cinematic sweep of "North Part 1 & 2"…

  17. Phish, Dead Honored With Jammys

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Phish and the Grateful Dead were the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards, held last night (June 28) at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Phish took home two of the most prestigious awards -- stu Phish and the Grateful Dead were the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards,…

  18. MTV Will Play Controversial D12 Video

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT After several days of negotiations with Eminem's Shady Records, MTV has agreed to air the "Purple Pills" video from Eminem's side group D12, but only during overnight hours. The network will begin sho After several days of negotiations with Eminem's Shady Records, MTV…

  19. Better Day

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The song "Live on Love" opens with the sound of Peter Holsapple laughing. The song "Live on Love" opens with the sound of Peter Holsapple laughing. It's an ironic moment, considering that Better Day—the third release by this supremely talented pop-rock sextet…

  20. Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt

    June 23, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt fan. Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt…

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