ATN's Music News Of The World -- Oasis

MIDNIGHT AT THE OASISAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Remember how the folks at MTV pulled a "we'll show you" on Oasis by saying they might never show the Liam-less "Unplugged" segment the band recorded in mid-August? Well, just like Liam relented and joined up on the second date of the band's later-aborted U.S. tour, MTV has decided that maybe the Noel-sung special wasn't that bad after all and will be airing the concert on October 16 at 9 P.M. (EST) and repeating at the same time on October 29. In other Oasis news, The Chemical Brothers have been barred from using Noel Gallagher's name or likeness to promote the single, "Setting Sun," which they co-wrote with the Oasis leader, despite the fact that it is undoubtedly his vocals on the track and his name is in the liner notes. The situation came to the attention of the folks at the NME when the Brothers came in for a cover shoot and refused to be photographed with a cardboard mock-up of Gallagher. According to the NME, an Oasis spokesperson said the edict was a result of the magnanimous Noel's desire to give the "Chemical Brothers all the credit because he thinks the record's great and he thinks they're top," and because old Noel was going to be too busy touring the U.S. to promote the record. Well, he wanted to give them the credit anyway. Astute observers might have noted that said cover of the NME came out with a huge cut-out of Gallagher in the hands of one of the brothers, seemingly to their surprise.The situation raises the ugly specter of the "Purple Parallelogram" predicament, and a publicist for the Brothers placed the blame firmly on the Sony Corporation, whom he described as having a problem with "anyone trying to promote a record with Noel Gallagher's name. The ban is so stupid. Everyone knows it's Noel Gallagher on the single, but we can't tell anyone it is. It's really baffling." A representative for the Brother's U.S. label, Caroline, said it's true that they are barred from using Gallagher's image and from promoting his participation in writing, but, oddly, they are free to mention his involvement to anyone who asks. The cover of the single (which was released on October 5 and promptly shot to number 1 on the charts) depicts the Brothers showing off a rare smile and bears the legend, "Just Say Technoel! The Chemical Brother give that Gallagher bloke a good beating." Not a bad idea. In other Chemicals news, the duo are headlining a pair of radio festivals stateside, the KNDD Fest in Seattle on December 7 and the KITS Fest in San Francisco on December 15 alongside such luminaries as Beck, the Butthole Surfers and Garbage. Headlining?Finally, in a bit of sunnier news, when reached in a Camden Bar last Friday, Noel Gallagher responded to an NME reporter's question about the band ever returning to American to tour, with a succint, "No. Fuck 'em."TUPAC ALBUM, FILM DUE SOONAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Adding fuel to the rumors that Tupac Shakur was very busy in the studio in the last few months before his murder (and that he might still walk among us), is news from Death Row that the first posthumous album from the slain rapper will be released early next month. Recorded under the literate gangsta alias Makaveli (which Shakur adopted for much of his recent platinum album, All Eyez on Me), the upcoming album bears the cryptic title, Don Killuminati -- The Seven Day Theory. The first of what will likely be several posthumous releases from Death Row's biggest star, will be preceded by the single "Toss it Up," which also features Aaron Hall, and K-Ci and Jojo of Jodeci. Meanwhile, Tupac's last film, Gridlock, is set for a January release. The film, directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, is a comedy about two addicts who try to get straight.ANOTHER ALBUM FROM GRATEFUL DEAD ARCHIVESTo tell you the truth, we've kinda lost track of how many volumes of Dick's Picks, -- From the Vault and other live Dead albums have now been released. No matter, 'cause another one will be released at month's end. Deadheads will be happy that the latest live Dead album contains not one, not two, but three CDs full of the band they love the best. Dozin' At The Knick was recorded in 1990 at the Knickerboker Arena in Albany, New York. Included on the album are versions of "Playin' In The Band," "Uncle John's Band," "Dupree's Diamond Blues," "Stella Blues" and covers of two Bob Dylan songs, " All Along the Watchtower" and "When I Paint My Masterpiece." Additionally, a two hour concert video, Ticket To New Year's has just been released. The video was culled from the 1987 New Year's show at the Oakland Coliseum and features a guest appearance by the Neville Brothers.NEW LIVE ALBUM DUE IN EARLY '97Live are preparing to release their follow-up to the six-times platinum Throwing Copper in February. The as-yet-untitled album was partially written in Jamaica this past February and recorded at New York's Hit Factory in the spring. It was co-produced by the band and Jay Healy, who produced the demos that originally helped get them signed to Radioactive Records back in 1991. According to a source, the band will mount a club tour around the time of the records' release, jet off to Europe for spring dates and then return to the U. S. for a large-scale summer tour. The band is currently in New York putting the finishing touches on the mixes.TIBET FREEDOM CONCERT FILM DUE IN '97The full-length documentary film on the Tibetan Freedom Concert is nearly complete. New York-based director Sara Pirozek has completed a rough cut. While some of the bands still need to sign off on the performance footage, it is expected that everyone who performed at the two-day concert last June will make an appearance in the film. Although this isn't finalized, performance footage of the Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Rage Against The Machine, Beck, Cibo Matto, Pavement and the Smashing Pumpkins will likely be included. There will be plenty of behind-the-scenes footage including interviews with Krist Novoselic, Perry Farrell and the renowned Tibetan activist and scholar, Professor Bob Thurman (perhaps better known as Uma's dad). The plan is to enter the film in various film festivals including the highly regarded Sundance event, with a summer '97 release.ANI DIFRANCO & UTAH PHILLIPS MAKE MOODY MUSIC TOGETHEROne of the oddest collaborations of the year finds Ani DiFranco and folk singer/storyteller Utah Phillips collaboration on a brand new album, The Past Didn't Go Anywhere, which will be released on DiFranco's Righteous Babe label on Oct. 15. The album is a distinctly '90s collaboration. To create it, DiFranco sifted through 20 years of recordings of Phillips telling stories, and, using digital sampling, messed with them, creating what she calls "Post-Industrial Campfire Stories." These treated vocals were them set to music tracks created by DiFranco. The music that DiFranco has created specifically for this album is more experimental that what has, to date, appeared on her remarkable solo albums. DiFranco's intention was to create an audio soundscape that would compliment the humor, wisdom and Americana of 61-year-old Utah Phillips. Combining the human of performers with latest recording studio manipulation techniques, DiFranco and Phillips have come up with a striking work that underlines the old truism about learning from the past, although in this case, it appears that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Very cool.SIR MIX TOO MUCH?Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: We've heard of doing a little something special for your fans, but Seattle bootie rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot just upped the ante with his latest rump-shaking single, "Jump On It." Ever since the single came out in July, radio stations across the country have been whipping up their own private remixes, inserting their city's name into the "What's up _______, What's up?" shout-out portion of the song. How do I know? Well, I just drove across the country and heard a Missouri mix that went something like, "What's up St. Louis?, what's up St. Louis, jump on it, jump on it, jump on it." Mix, never one to miss a publicity boat, quickly scurried into his Seattle studio and whipped off personalized versions of the song for fifteen cities, including Providence, RI, Oxnard, CA, Kalamazoo, MI, and, yes, Cour D-Alene, Idaho, incorporating landmarks, sports teams, area codes and, not surprisingly, nods to the, um, "local talent." This, in addition to the more than two dozen nods to cities like Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City and, of course, Seattle in the song. And don't forget tips to such world-renowned rap-cities as Tacoma and Cincinnati. Word is Mix is busy working on at least fifteen more personalized mixes. I'm just waiting for the "What's up Baghdad, what's up?" Saddam mix.OFF-THE-(ATN) WIRE: The name of ex-Stone Roses John Squire's new band is the Seahorses. Squire and his new partners, Chris Helme on vocals and Stuart Fletcher on bass (they are still looking for a drummer) are headed into the studio in November to record their debut, with their sights set on a fall 1997 release...Jonathan Demme (he directed the acclaimed Talking Heads film, Stop Making Sense, as well as The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia) will direct a concert film of cult artist Robyn Hitchcock performing in New York next month. The film will be out in '97, along with a soundtrack album. In addition to performing a mix of older material and songs from his latest album, Moss Elixir, Hitchcock plans to debut a bunch of new songs...It's final. David Lee Roth is, truly, history where Van Halen is concerned. The group expects to ink a deal for ex-Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone to take the position formerly held by Roth and Sammy Hagar. The group has already been working with Cherone, but a contact has not yet been signed...

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