Billboard Bits: Trey Anastasio, John Popper Project, Copyright Bill
Trey Anastasio will DJ on Sirius Satellite Radio for 18 consecutive hours, beginning 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday (Oct. 3).Trey Anastasio will DJ on Sirius Satellite Radio for 18 consecutive hours, beginning 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday (Oct. 3). The session, dubbed "Trey Day, Vol. 2," will also feature acoustic versions of songs from Anastasio's new album, "Bar 17," also due Oct. 3 via his own Rubber Jungle label.
The artist also promises to air never-before-heard early versions of Phish tracks, some of which were recorded in 1985 in his father's living room. He will be joined at times during the segment by his two daughters, Eliza and Isabella.
The first "Trey Day" took place last November in tandem with the release of Anastasio's last album, "Shine." He will begin a North American tour Oct. 7-8 at New York's Webster Hall.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Relix Records will on Oct. 3 release the self-titled debut from the John Popper Project. In addition to the combined talents of its namesake, Blue Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla, Mosiac drummer Marcus Bleecker and groove-maker DJ Logic, producer Craig Street was behind the boards for the 13-track set.
"Musical synergy and growth is always built by learning from collaborative opportunities," says DJ Logic. "Playing with other great musicians only adds to the flavor of what Blues Traveler does."
In other news, Popper and his brother were involved in a head-on auto collision this past weekend, as reported on the Billboard blog Jaded Insider. According to a spokesperson, Popper suffered minor injuries to his face and neck from the vehicle's airbag.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on Wednesday (Sept. 27) pulled his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he didn't see how it could get through Congress.
While Smith claimed to have the votes to win approval of the legislation in the House Judiciary Committee, he said he didn't want to force his colleagues to take a "tough vote" on a bill with little chance for final passage.
The move came as Congress plans to leave Washington this week, giving lawmakers time to hit the campaign trail. While this Congress plans to return for a "lame duck" session after the elections, the controversial bill will have to wait for the next Congress.
Smith's legislation attempted to alter the nation's music licensing regime -- first approved when the player piano was new technology -- in order to make it easier to license music for digital distribution.
-- Hollywood Reporter staff report