Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Vanessa Carlton, Don Caballero

News on Pearl Jam, Vanessa Carlton, Don Caballero

The first taste of music from the new Pearl Jam album, the single "World Wide Suicide," was digitally delivered by J Records this morning (Feb. 24) to U.S. rock radio outlets in the form of a 15-second chorus snippet. The full track, which resembles the groove-driven 1998 single "Do the Evolution," isn't due to impact stations for another two weeks.

At deadline, no other details have been confirmed about the as-yet-untitled album, which will be Pearl Jam's studio debut for J. It's the follow-up to 2002's Epic swan song "Riot Act," which has sold 497,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Before the band gets busy with promotion and touring, guitarist Mike McCready will stage a March 18 benefit for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation at Seattle's Showbox. McCready will play with his UFO tribute band, Flight To Mars, on a bill that also features the Supersuckers and Lee Rude and the Trainwrecks.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Vanessa Carlton is in the midst of mastering her new album. Due sometime this year, the as-yet-untitled set was produced by Linda Perry, Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins and a number of "departure producers," according to a spokesperson. Some tracks that Carlton co-wrote with Perry will be appearing on the album as well.

The artist worked with both Jenkins (whom she is dating) and Perry on her 2004 A&M album, "Harmonium," which peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 179,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Carlton is in the midst of a tour of Australia and New Zealand with Stevie Nicks, which runs through March 7 in Christchurch.

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.

As tipped here in December, veteran instrumental rock act Don Caballero will release its Relapse Records debut, "World Class Listening Problem," on May 16. The 10-track set includes such songs as "Railroad Cancellation," "Theme From Bricktop Clowns," "Sure We Had Knives Around," "Savage Composition" and "I'm Goofballs for Bozzo Jazz."

Don Caballero has not released a new studio album since 2000's "American Don," its last for longtime label Touch & Go and the final material that featured guitarist Ian Williams, who now plays in Battles. The new album features Che in tandem with guitarist Gene Doyle and Creta Bourzia guitarist Jeff Ellsworth and bassist Jason Jouver.

Don Caballero is planning to tour this spring but dates have yet to be announced.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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