Billboard Bits: Nine Days, Oscar Peterson, Pere Ubu

News on Nine Days, Oscar Peterson, Pere Ubu

Nine DaysPop/rock act Nine Days will release its sophomore album, "So Happily Unsatisfied," Sept. 17 via Epic. The album was produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse) and will be led by the single "Good Friend," due to hit U.S. radio outlets in July. Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade guests on the latter track, while the Wallflowers' Rami Jaffee plays organ on "Still Here" and Splender's Waymon Boone co-wrote and sings on "I Feel Fine."

"So Happily Unsatisfied" is the follow-up to 2000's "The Madding Crowd," which featured the single "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." The track hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream and Top 40 Tracks charts and No. 2 on the Adult Top 40 tally. Nine Days' lone upcoming live date comes June 22 at Ben & Jerry's One Heart Festival in Warren, Vt.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Oscar"A Jazz Odyssey," an 18-track overview of pianist Oscar Peterson's career, will be released July 16 via Verve Records as an accompaniment to his autobiography, due to be published a day earlier. The first half of the album concentrates on his piano work as a bandleader on such classic tracks as "My Romance" and "The Honeydripper," while latter material highlights his abilities accompanying the likes of Billie Holiday and Lester Young.

Due July 15 from Continuum Books, "A Jazz Odyssey: The Life of Oscar Peterson" will trace the artist's journey from taking up piano studies at age 6 through a half-century of playing with such greats as Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

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BehemothArt/punk act Pere Ubu has slated a handful September tour dates in support of "St. Arkansas," due out Tuesday (June 18) via spinART. So far, shows have been confirmed in eight cities, including the group's hometown of Cleveland, Toronto, and Atlanta.

Vocalist/bandleader David Thomas has been appearing in a "junk opera" titled "Shockheaded Peter" in London's West End to positive reviews. He'll also curate a stateside version of the Diastodrome festival next February at the UCLA Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. First staged in London in 1998, the upcoming event will present "16 avant-garage heroes, boundary breakers forever outside the world of music-by-numbers," including Pere Ubu, across three days on the UCLA campus.

Here Pere Ubu's confirmed tour dates:

Sept. 18: Conway, Ark. (Staples Auditorium)
Sept. 21: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)
Sept. 22: Toronto (Lee's Palace)
Sept. 23: Cambridge, Mass. (Middle East Underground)
Sept. 24: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
Sept. 26: Carboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Sept. 27: Atlanta (Echo Lounge)
Sept. 28: St. Petersburg, Fla. (State Theater)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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