Billboard Bits: Liz Phair, String Cheese, Wynonna

News on Liz Phair, String Cheese, Wynonna

PhairFans who purchased a copy of Liz Phair's new self-titled Capitol album can download an exclusive EP titled "comeandgetit" from a secure site. The five-track EP is available as a single download from a secure section of Phair's official Web site, which will be unlocked when a purchased copy of "Liz Phair" is inserted into the computer's CD-ROM drive.

The EP comprises five unreleased tracks recorded during the sessions for "Liz Phair" -- "Jeremy Engle," "Bouncer's Conversation," "Fine Again," "Hurricane Cindy" and "Shallow Opportunities" -- but the artist says that the new tracks are much more stripped-down and informal than the polished album.

"I'm really excited about this," she said in a statement. "The songs on the EP have a totally different vibe from the record and show a different side of my song writing which will be familiar to old fans whose support has meant a lot to me over the years and hopefully will draw new fans deeper into my music."

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

SCIDenver-based jam band String Cheese Incident has set a Sept. 23 release date for its latest album, "Untying the Not."
As previously reported, the set was recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito, Calif., with producer Youth (Verve, Crowded House) and engineer Clive Goddard (Marianne Faithfull, Pulp), and will be released on the group's own SCI Fidelity label.

"'Untying the Not' is the biggest musical leap we've ever taken," says bassist Keith Moseley in a statement. "We took some chances and experimented with some ideas we'd never explored before. That's why we decided to work with someone like Youth, who was outside of our normal realm and would push our creativity a bit."

"Untying the Not" is the follow-up to 2001's "Outside Inside," which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 6 on the Top Independent Albums tally. Since then, SCI has released more than 50 live recordings through its "On the Road" CD series, moving more than 80,000 copies, according to SCI Fidelity.

The hard-touring group has a number of dates set for the remainder of the summer, including a four-night stand at San Francisco's Warfield.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

WyCurb Records has moved up the release date of country star Wynonna's newest album, "What the World Needs Now Is Love," one week. It will now be released Aug. 5, due to "popular demand by both fans and radio," according to a statement from the label.

The album's lead single, "What the World Needs," is No. 19 in its eighth week on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and debuted at No. 80 on the Hot 100 last week.
As previously reported, Wynonna is easing into a planned fall tour with a couple of July concert dates.

Produced by the artist and Dann Huff (Faith Hill, Jewel), "What the World Needs Now Is Love" is the follow-up to 2000's "New Day Dawning" (MCA), which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 40 on The Billboard 200.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.