Billboard Bits: Ziggy Marley, McCarren Park Pool, Peter Gammons

News on Ziggy Marley, McCarren Park Pool, Peter Gammons

Target will be the exclusive U.S. retailer for Ziggy Marley's second solo album, "Love Is My Religion," due July 4 via Tuff Gong Worldwide. The deal marks Marley's first independent release without employing the traditional larger label infrastructure, as well as Target's first one-to-one agreement with an artist.

"This is the best time, in terms of owning your own masters," Marley recently told about his free-agent status. "This was a dream of my father [the late Bob Marley]. I'm actually fulfilling what he wanted. Right now, I feel like I'm doing for him what he wanted to do. After 'Uprising,' his last album for Island Records, he was going to do his own thing."

-- Jill Menze, N.Y.

Some of the most popular bands in indie rock will perform this summer at the newly revitalized McCarren Park Pool in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y. The space opened in 1936 with a pool large enough for 6,000 swimmers but has been closed since 1984; last summer, promoter Ron Delsner Presents announced plans to eventually stage concerts at the venue.

The series will begin July 29 with Bloc Party and Secret Machines, followed the next day by a free performance from Of Montreal. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth will team up for an Aug. 11-12 stand, while Deerhoof will perform free on Aug. 13. The lineup is rounded out by Iron & Wine (Aug. 17) and an Aug. 24 triple bill with Neko Case, Joanna Newsom and Martha Wainwright.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Baseball scribe Peter Gammons will release his first album, "Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old," July 4 via Rounder Records. In addition to a host of originals, the set finds Gammon singing and playing guitar on covers of Warren Zevon's "Model Citizen" and the Clash's "Death or Glory."

Gammons is joined on the project by George Thorogood and such Boston music scene notables as Juliana Hatfield and former Letters To Cleo vocalist Kay Hanley, as well as Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and major-leaguers like Bronson Arroyo, Trot Nixon, Tim Wakefield and Jonathan Papelbon.

Proceeds from the album will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later, which raises funds for disadvantaged youngsters.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.