Billboard Bits: Velvet Underground, Sasha & Digweed, Germano

News on Velvet Underground, Sasha & Digweed, Germano

Rhino has set a Jan. 24 release for the DVD debut of the Velvet Underground's "Live MCMXCIII," which chronicled the legendary act's brief 1993 reunion tour. Previously only available on VHS, "Live" was taped June 15-17, 1993, at Paris' Olympia and has here been remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

The 15-song track list features such classic cuts as "Venus in Furs," "Femme Fatale," "Rock'n'Roll," "Sweet Jan," "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Heroin" and "Pale Blue Eyes." "Live" features the final performances of VU guitarist Sterling Morrison with bandmates Lou Reed, John Cale and Maureen Tucker, as he died of cancer in 1995.

In related news, Reed and his band are gearing up for a winter European tour, which will begin with a Feb. 23 performance at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Two warm-up shows are on tap for Feb. 11 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Feb. 13 in New York.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Superstar DJs Sasha and John Digweed's 2002 Delta Heavy tour is the subject of the documentary "Sasha & John Digweed Present Delta Heavy," which will be released Feb. 7 on DVD via System Recordings. The film boasts an hour of performance footage from the artists plus opening DJ Jimmy Van M, as well as interviews and photos.

"The Delta Heavy tour was a landmark moment for electronic music, and it was my ambition to simply shine a light on the creativity that was going on in that period," says DVD producer/director Ben Turner.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Singer/songwriter Lisa Germano has inked a new deal with Young God Records, overseen by Swans mainman Michael Gira. The artist is at work on her debut for the label, but no release date has yet been announced. Germany has previously recorded for Capitol, 4AD and Ineffable Records.

In other signings, Innocence Mission principal Don Peris will release a solo album in the spring via Jemez Mountain, a new instrumental label formed by Badman's Dylan Magierek. Jemez Mountain is also planning a March 15 release for "Desert Ocean," the next album from instrumental guitar act Lanterna.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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