Billboard Bits: Sebadoh, Jason Isbell, Avril Lavigne
Sebadoh's 1989 debut, "The Freed Man," will appear on CD for the first time in a new edition due July 10 via Domino. The album has been expanded into a 52-track extravaganza, including scores of previSebadoh's 1989 debut, "The Freed Man," will appear on CD for the first time in a new edition due July 10 via Domino. The album has been expanded into a 52-track extravaganza, including scores of previously unreleased songs. Highlights from "The Freed Man" were previously featured on the compilation "The Freed Weed" but the full album has only been available on cassette and LP until now.
Sebadoh regrouped earlier this year for its first tour since 1999 with original members Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein and Eric Gaffney. Barlow will spend the summer on the road with Dinosaur Jr., whose new album, "Beyond," arrives May 1 via Fat Possum.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Former Drive By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell will release his solo debut, "Sirens of the Ditch," July 10 via New West. The 11-track set features guest turns by DBT principals Patterson Hood, Shonna Tucker and Brad Morgan, plus Hood's father David and Spooner Oldham.
"Sirens of the Ditch" was tracked at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Muscle Shoals session musicians will join Isbell on the road this summer, beginning July 9 in a city to be announced. Beforehand, the artist will play warm-up shows June 20 in Little Rock, Ark., June 21 in Memphis and June 22 in Chicago.
Here is the track list for "Sirens of the Ditch":
"Brand New Kind of Actress"
"Down in a Hole"
"Hurricanes and Hand Grenades"
"In a Razor Town"
"The Devil Is My Running Mate"
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Avril Lavigne is jumping into the virtual world via a deal with Stardoll, an avatar-based Web community for teen and tween girls. Under a deal between Stockholm-based Stardoll and Nettwerk Management, Lavigne's management, the singer will become the first music act to have an official artist page on the site www.stardoll.com/avrillavigne.
The page will feature a playlist of four streaming songs and a music video from her newest album "The Best Damn Thing," an up-to-date concert tour schedule, promotional photos and a digital storefront where the community can purchase albums and other merchandise.
Stardoll specializes in creating celebrity avatars and personalized Avatars called "MeDolls." Users can purchase virtual fashions to dress their "MeDolls." As part of the initiative, virtual Avril merchandise will be available through the site including posters, hoodies, T-shirts, pins, tank tops, caps and bags.
-- Brian Garrity, N.Y.