Billboard Bits: Tegan & Sara, Golden Smog, Robbie Basho

News on Tegan & Sara, Golden Smog, Robbie Basho

As previously tipped here, Tegan & Sara have wrapped work on their first DVD, "It's Not Fun. Don't Do It!," due Aug. 8 via Vapor/Sanctuary. The footage is drawn from a performance at Toronto's Phoenix on the heels of the Canadian siblings' last set, 2004's "So Jealous."

The DVD also spotlights the making of the album, a documentary of the tour shot by the pair and videos for "Walking With a Ghost," "Speak Slow," "I Hear Noises," "Living Room," and "Monday, Monday, Monday".

Tegan & Sara are currently writing new material and are eyeing a 2007 release for their next album.

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.

In celebration of the July 18 release of its new Lost Highway album, "
Another Fine Day," rock supergroup Golden Smog will take the stage for a July 23 show at First Avenue in Minneapolis and a July 26 engagement at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.

And while "Another Fine Day" features contributions from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Soul Asylum's Dan Murphy, Big Star's Jody Stephens and the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, Marc Perlman and Kraig Johnson, Tweedy's spokesperson says he will not be playing at either show. It's unclear at deadline which other artists will be on hand.

The band had been virtually dormant since wrapping a tour behind 1998's "Weird Tales," but last year, Louris, Perlman, Murphy and Johnson played a handful of Golden Smog dates sans Tweedy. A Lost Highway spokesperson says more shows are possible in the fall, although nothing is yet confirmed.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

"Venus in Cancer," a 1969 album from influential guitarist Robbie Basho, will be reissued Aug. 15 via Tompkins Square. Out of print for decades, the six-song album is augmented with new liner notes from Basho's one-time labelmates Max Ochs and Will Ackerman plus the Who's Pete Townshend.

Basho, who died in 1986 at the age of 46, rose to prominence in tandem with John Fahey and Leo Kottke in the late 1960s while purveying a style of solo guitar that came to be known as American primitivism. Tompkins Square recently issued the first Basho live recording on its compilation "Imaginational Anthem Vol. 2."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.