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Lou Reed's "Set The Twilight Reeling" CompletedAddicted To Noise editor Michael Goldberg reports: Lou Reed has finished mastering his next album, Set the Twilight Reeling. The album, two and a half years in the making and set for a spring release, was recorded at Reed's home studio, The Roof. Reed said that from inside the state-of-the-art digital studio, there is a great view of New York. "High above the city," he laughed. "We were looking out all the time. It was particularly amazing when it was storming out." Reed plays all the guitars on the album, and delivers some of the most incredible guitar work of his entire career. Reed said that the entire album was cut live in the studio, including his vocals. One source who has head it describes the album as "killer rock 'n' roll...some will say it's the best record Lou's ever made." "I just wanted to make a rock 'n' roll record," Reed said, then added, deadpan, "that is what I do, after all." ATN heard a couple of tracks: "Hooky Wooky," is an absolutely stunning up-tempo rocker based on a mutated Chuck Berry rhythm. "Finish Line" finds the author of such classic songs as "Sweet Jane" and "Heroin," delivering a distinctly Lou Reed lyric over a hypnotic drone. Other songs on the album: "Egg Cream" (a version of which is in the film Blue In The Face), "Riptide," "New York City Man," "The Adventurer" and "Sex With Your Parents." Asked about that last one, Reed said, "It's about the Republican right wing. It's about trying to think of something as disgusting as Rush Limbaugh and Robert Dole, and the most disgusting thing you can think about on par with that is sex with your parents." Counting Crows Countdown Surprise, surprise, Counting Crows finally played an announced gig, after all those warm-up dates which found them billed as Matt Loves Blossom, The Lead Singer is A Leo, et al. The Crows performed many of the fourteen new songs they've written for their follow-up to their hit album, August And Everything After. Leader Adam Duritz and the guys were adamant that they didn't want the show reviewed. This Living Hand, a band Adam Duritz saw last spring in New Orleans and took a shine to, was the opener. After previewing the new songs, the Counting Crows head for the studio to begin recording. They finally settled on Gil Norton as their producer. Norton is best known for his work with the Pixies, Echo and The Bunnymen, Belly, and Catherine Wheel. But what really clinched it for the Crows was the record he just recorded with the San Francisco-based Meices. For those curious, a songs expected to show up on the Crows album include: "Children In Bloom," "Goodnight Elizabeth," "Margery Dreams Of Horses," "Daylight Fading," and "Suffocate."Sonic Youth California Adventure Whenever Sonic Youth play Los Angeles it's an event--and their shows in L.A. in early November were no exception, with SY playing both the Palladium and the Wiltern Theatre. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, and their daughter Coco had an intimate little brunch with filmmaker Tamara Davis and Steve Malkmus of Pavement avec fille at Cha Cha Cha, Silverlake's hot Mexican restaurant. We'd tell you what they ate but we promised we'd preserve some mystery. Afterwards Gordon went record shopping while Moore met up with Eric Erlandson from Hole, and they went over to the Beastie Boys studio to hear rough mixes of a track that Moore and Erlandson did with B-Boy Mike D. When they played the Palladium, Gordon brought over some clothes from her store, X-Girl, as presents for good friends and openers, Bikini Kill and the Amps (Kim Deal's band) since it was Bikini Kill's last night on the tour. (Mike Watt played the next night.) Liz Phair came to Saturday's show, and Gordon didn't give her any free clothes--but she looked stunning nonetheless. Also in attendance Sofia Coppola and her boyfriend, Spike Jonze, as well as Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. He and Thurston were deep in conversation over Sonic Youth's upcoming appearance on the show, which won't air until May. Groening also approached Pearl Jam to appear, but Eddie Vedder declined the honor. As he explained to Kim Gordon, when he visited backstage at Sonic Youth's San Diego show, he feels that he's "becoming too much of a cartoon already."Cat Fight: Chrissie Hynde Hits Carly Simon At Joni Mitchell Show Midway through Joni Mitchell's hour and a half set at New York's Fez on Nov. 7 (Mitchell's birthday) a well lubricated Chrissie Hynde roared her approval--gushing very audibly "I love you, I love you." The enthused head Pretender continued to express herself in a noisy way by occasionally bellowing, hooting and clapping her hands from her center rear booth. Carly Simon, glaring at the rather tipsy Hynde, finally got fed up and suggested that Hynde sit down, and if you'll excuse the expression, "shut up." That's all it took. According to eye witnesses, Hynde leaped up, grabbed Simon around the neck, and shoved her to the ground, where she began to pummel her--not once but twice. Mitchell, ever the ice princess, never missed a beat. She continued to regale the crowd with three songs from "Hejira," some vintage material, as well as three new, untitled songs that she's working on. When ATN contacted Warner Bros. Records, the label that Hynde records for, a publicist did confirm that something had happened at the show, but tried to pass it off as an affectionate gesture on Hynde's part toward Simon. "Yeah, she grabbed her around the neck but she was just hugging her." Sure.Albums Of The WeekFor Squirrels' "Example" Addicted To Noise editor Michael Goldberg writes: R.E.M. redux? The Four Squirrels Example could be the third R.E.M. album, mostly due to singer John Francis Vigliatura lV's Michael Stipe-like lead vocals, and an approach to song arrangement that brings to mind that Athens quartet. Check out "Under Smithville," which kicks off with a vaguely "Losing My Religion" intro. Still, what's so bad about another great "R.E.M." album? And, actually, I'm probably overstating the similarities. This is a really solid alternative rock album: good songs, good performances and a spunky feel that has won me over. "The Immortal Dog and Pony Show" is the kind of intense, moody number that digs in under your skin and doesn't let go. And when they slam into the chorus-"Gone, you're gone, you're gone, you're gone"--that infinite sadness that comes with heartbreak will wash over you. This is an album of many small gems. At a time when all the big guns--Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, even the Beatles--have new albums out, it's nice to come across a new band that delivers.The Rentals' "Return of The Rentals" Addicted To Noise editor Michael Goldberg writes: Any band in 1995 that makes use of three Moog synthesizer players, is a band to check out. (Well, maybe not.) But in the case of The Rentals, you should do more than just check them out. You've probably already heard "Friends Of P." If you can't stand that song, it's unlikely that the rest of this album will sway you. Those of us diggin' the synth groove and the Tom Tom Club vibe, will trip on Return of The Rentals. There's some Weezer here (natch, since Weezer members figure in the line-up), plus some Devo. Yeah it's '70s retro in a way, but it's also '50s futurist. This would be a really fun summer record, only summer's over. So maybe this is a cool, fun fall record. "My Summer Girl" is sweet and dreamy. "These Days," set to a mechanical rhythm, with synths squiggling away, is about being bummed. Some of it will cheer you up, some of it will bring you down. One thing for sure, this sounds like almost nothing currently in vogue. And for that alone, hail hail The Rentals.Off-The-(ATN) Wire: When Smashing Pumpkins, flying high with their latest album entering the charts at #1, appeared on Saturday Night Live in November, Bill Corgan's old friend Courtney Love showed up to hang and see the new Billy, who has shaved off his hair...Aerosmith played an unannounced club date at the Middle East in Cambridge billed as Rayco and the Seatcovers (from the stage, though, they announced themselves as the G-spots) and performed Led Zep's "The Immigrant Song"....Sad to report that Beat Farmers' leader Country Dick Montana fell dead of a heart attack while on stage at a club in Whistler, British Columbia on Nov. 8th...Julian Lennon plans to open a restaurant in S.F. called The Revolution... The Grateful Dead are going on-line, with Phil Lesh set to answer questions, although no date has yet been announced."Music News of The World" appears every day in the online rock & roll magazine, Addicted To Noise, which can be found on the Internet at: http://www.addict.com/ATN/

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