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LOLLA '97 LINE-UP FINALIZEDAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: The line-up for this year's Lollapalooza has finally been announced, and as reported earlier in ATN, it will include sets from Tricky, Tool, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Korn and The Prodigy.Joining them on the Main Stage are Devo, Julian and Damian Marley & the Uprising Band and Orbital. The first leg of the Second Stage (June 18-July 16) will feature sets from the Eels, Summercamp, scatological rapper Dr. Octagon, singer/songwriter Jeremy Toback, country revivalists Old 97's and Inch.The second leg of the Second Stage (July 17-August 18) will feature popsters Failure, Atari Teenage Riot, rappers the Lost Boyz, the Pugs, Skeleton Key and Molly Maguire/Orbit.CHAOTICA FESTIVAL CANCELEDAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: The touring electronica festival, Chaotica, which was tentatively scheduled to feature the Chemical Brothers, the Orb, Orbital, Meat Beat Manifesto the Prodigy and several other of the movement's top stars, has been shelved for the time being according to the producer of the event, Gerry Gerrard.The festival, which Gerrard had hoped to grow to a dozen dates based on the successful one-off event held last summer in the San Bernadino National Forest (which featured the Orb, the Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Meat Beat Manifesto) was dealt a serious blow when it was announced yesterday (March 28) that both the Prodigy and Orbital would be appearing on the Main Stage of the Lollapalooza tour.Since the festival was scheduled to hit a few of the same markets as the current Chemical Brothers/The Orb tour, organizers decided to mothball the event for now and concentrate on a few select summer dates, possibly in New York and Miami.Gerard told ATN part of the problem was that the Prodigy "just wouldn't commit to doing the tour, and without them we needed to find another viable headliner, which we couldn't do."Gerrard mentioned several possible replacements organizers discussed, including the Underworld and Leftfield, both of which, however, are too busy recording their upcoming albums to join up on a tour. "We need to seriously re-think the event," Gerrard said, "hitting the same markets (as the Chemicals tour) is not a problem, but we felt we needed four headlining bands, not three."JOHN SINCLAIR & WAYNE KRAMER ALBUM COLLABORATIONAddicted To Noise staff writer Chris Nelson reports: John Sinclair, one time manager and political guru for legendary proto-punks the MC5, has teamed up with the Five's former guitarist Wayne Kramer to release an album of spoken word readings. Full Circle (Alive Records) marks the first time the two Detroit natives have worked together since the MC5's heyday in the late 1960s. The album features Sinclair reading poetry, stories, and adapted interviews while backed by his band the Blues Scholars, including Kramer."We talked about this for quite some time," Sinclair tells ATN. "It was just totally a ball. It was big fun. The sessions were just so smooth and happy, and full of smiles. It was just people getting together who hadn't been together in a long time." The sessions also included Sinclair's longtime friend and collaborator Charles Moore on trumpet. Students of the MC5 will recognize Moore from his role on the song "Skunk (Sonically Speaking)" on the band's High Time album.During the late '60s, Sinclair ran the Detroit Artists Workshop and founded the radical White Panther Party. He penned the insurgent liner notes for the band's groundbreaking Kick Out The Jams album, and managed the group until he was imprisoned for marijuana possession in 1969. After his release, Sinclair resumed writing and eventually moved to New Orleans, where he formed the Blues Scholars with rotating cast of musicians three years ago. Full Circle marks the group's fourth release. Sinclair still writes both poetry and music criticism, while keeping the Five's torch burning through his Alive Records series of live MC5 recordings.Many of the readings on Full Circle find their inspiration from musical works that Sinclair has played and studied over the years. "Ain't Nobody's Business" takes its title from the Bessie Smith blues classic; "I Talk To The Spirits" is based on a Rahsaan Roland Kirk" song and features words by Alice Coltrane. "The Screamers" is Sinclair composition dating from 1965 that chronicles the writer's youth as an R&B record hound.On the improvisational "Monk In Orbit," Sinclair recounts an anecdote about jazz great Thelonius Monk and beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who died earlier this month. "It's gonna be a different world without him in it," says Sinclair. "It's like when Charlie Parker died--there's never been another Charlie Parker. There'll never be another Allen Ginsberg."ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BETH ORTON'S [IT]TRAILER PARKAddicted To Noise staff writer Chris Nelson reports: From the black and white photo of Beth Orton on the back of her debut album Trailer Park (Dedicated), one might hardly expect her to be an angel of electronica: She sits in front of sun- filled window, two day tank top hanging low, while playing an acoustic guitar.Yet electronica is the music with which the 27- year-old Briton has so far been associated. It's Orton's voice, for example, that you hear rising above the digital flow on the Chemical Brothers' "Alive:Alone" from Exit.Planet.Dust.With Trailer Park (April 29), Orton sets out to alter that impression more than replace it. The album still occasionally pairs her otherworldly pipes with dance heavy beats, but it juxtaposes that winning combination with Orton's own acoustic guitar and often lovelorn lyrics. Witness the album's first single, "She Cries Your Name." That song counters a mere touch of space agency keyboard with Orton's earth bound guitar, and stretches out with the addition of sinewy strings. What puts the number over the top, however, are Orton's two aces in the hole: Will Blanchard's limber, live drums, and sly upright bass work courtesy of Ali Friend.Friend, who helped write most of Trailer Park, has worked with Orton before. She lent vocals to the first singles by Red Snapper, his acoustic hip hop outfit. Orton has also shared the studio with electronic beat man William Orbit, as well as working with Primal Scream. And when Lemonheads kingpin Evan Dando happened upon her set in a UK pub, he snatched her up for his opening act.With Trailer Park, Beth Orton has created a crafty Sunday morning disc. Her plaintive rendition of Ronnie Spector's "I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine" provides ideal accompaniment for a melancholy morning after. Meanwhile, the extended intros to "Galaxy Of Emptiness" and "Touch Me With Your Love" jibe just fine with coffee and the Times. Then before it's all over, "She Cries Your Name," and the staccato jump chorus to "Live As You Dream" will get you up and on your way.Off-The-(ATN)-Wire: A source at Oasis' U.S. label, Epic, confirmed that the Gallagher Brothers will be joining the PopMart extravaganza for a show at Oakland Coliseum stadium in California on June 18... Alanis Morissette, Blur and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been added to the Tibet Freedom Concert line-up; the concert takes place on June 7 and & in New York...The Cure's latest CD, a five-track live EP called Five Live, will be available in a limited quantity of 5,000 on their web site (www.the-cure.com/)...Lost Blues and Other Songs isn't so much a greatest hits collection as a primer on the remarkably prolific life and times of Mr. Will Oldham, variously known as Palace, Palace Brothers, Palace Music and Palace Songs. But now Oldham is slamming the door shut on the whole Palace universe. The enigmatic singer will next be heard from under his given name with a new single on Drag City in a few months... "Music News of The World" appears every day in the on-line rock & roll magazine, Addicted To Noise, which can be found on the Internet at: http://www.addict.com/ Copyright 1997 Addicted To Noise. All rights reserved.