ATN's Music News Of The World: Jarmusch Does Young

JARMUSCH'S IMPRESSIONISTIC NEIL YOUNG FILMAddicted To Noise editor Michael Goldberg reports: Director Jim Jarmusch's Neil Young & Crazy Horse documentary, The Year of the Horse, will likely close this year's San Francisco film festival, according to a source close to Jarmusch. Footage for the movie was shot by the director during Young's European and U. S. tours last year, as well as at a pre-tour "secret" gig that took place at the Old Princeton Landing (south of San Francisco) last summer. Additionally, Jarmusch (Dead Man, Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery Train) has drawn on footage of Young and Crazy Horse performing and hanging out from the early '70s.The film is definitely not a standard rock biopic. "I can only say to you it's a film by Jim Jarmusch," said our source. "It includes performance footage, backstage footage, some old footage, interviews.... But it's predominantly a music film. It's a look at Neil Young and Crazy Horse through the eyes of Jim Jarmusch."Young is currently preparing a live album that is expected to be released by mid-summer. The album will be a double CD, but with a way less than double CD price, according to a record company source. It will likely be called The Year of the Horse as well, but it won't be the film's soundtrack. Rather, it is expected that some music from the film will be included, as well as other live performances from the 1996 tours. One or more previously unreleased live recordings from the early '70s may be included on the album too. Young is still working on it. "The live album is taken from those same tours," said our source. "Some of the music from the film is in the album and vice versa, but not all."With the release of the live set this summer, followed by the opening of the film, the release of Young's multi-volume, multi-set anthology albums is now at least a year and a half away. The first volume of the Young anthology won't be released until at least the fall of 1998; it is unlikely that Young will release another studio album before mid-'98 either. Unless Young changes his mind, which has been known to happen.And does Young himself dig Jarmusch's film?"I assume so," said our source with a laugh. "Neil thinks it's pretty interesting. It's not a factual, straight documentary. It's very ... present. It's very much a reminiscence, as well as a triumph of the spirit ... Most of footage and action take place in the present and the film focuses on the rock 'n' roll they're making now."RANCID BEGIN WORK ON NEXT ALBUMAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Rancid, who spent last summer sweating it out on Lollapalooza with their heroes, the Ramones, will likely spend much of this summer in the studio working on the follow-up to 1995's ...and Out Come the Wolves.The group are currently in a Northern California studio working on the new material they've compiled over the past six months and a source at their label, Epitaph, said the new album would most likely surface in early 1998.The band are producing the effort by themselves for now, although Michael Rosen, who engineered their last album, has been mentioned as a possible co-producer. And, as with the last album, which was recorded in studios in New York and Berkeley, California, the Epitaph source expected the band to spend time in a number of different studios before the album is done.If you remember, ...And Out Come the Wolves, became a prophetic title after the fact when the band suddenly found itself at the center of a fierce major-label bidding war, led by the foot soldiers of Madonna's Maverick label, who quite publicly wooed the band.The group recently parted ways with their manager, Jim Guerinot, who's been their advisor since 1995. The Epitaph source described the split as "amicable." Guerinot also manages the Offspring, who you might recall became enmeshed in a nasty battle with Epitaph chief Brett Guerwitz when they tried to jump ship with one album left on their Epitaph contract.The Offspring/Epitaph parting caused some serious animosity between Guerinot and Guerwitz; a source close to Rancid told ATN that the parting of the ways is "better for both parties at this point," adding that the move wasn't a huge surprise to anybody involved. The band have not announced a replacement for Guerinot, who continues to manage the Offspring and run his Time Bomb record label.GARY NUMAN TRIBUTE DUE THIS SUMMERAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: A Gary Numan tribute album entitled Random is now set for a June 24 release. The two-CD collection will contain 26 covers, and is scheduled to be followed at a later date by a single-disc of remixes by a number of underground techno DJ's.The line-up for the covers albums include: St. Etienne ("Stormstrooper in Drag"), Matt Sharp (Weezer) and Damon Albarn (Blur) ("We Have a Technical"), Gravity Kills ("Poetry and Power"), Peck Slip ("I Can't Stop"), An Pierle ("Are 'Friends' Electric?"), EMF ("We Are Glass"), The Magnetic Fields ("I Die: You Die"), Jesus Jones ("We Are So Fragile"), Posh ("She's Got Claws"), Earl Brutus ("M.E."), Underdog ("Films"), The Orb ("Jo the Waiter"), Kenickie ("I'm An Agent"), Jimi Tenor ("Down in the Park"), Moloko ("Are 'Friends' Electric?"), Chris Holmes ("Remember, I was Vapour"), Towering Inferno ("Metal"), Dubstar ("Everyday I Die"), Amanda Ghost ("Absolution"), Deadsy ("Replicas"), Pop Will Eat Itself ("Friends"), Republica (featuring Gary Numan) ("Are 'Friends' Electric?"), Windscale ("War Songs"), Bis ("We Are So Fragile"), Dave Clarke ("Cars") and Sukia ("Me! I Disconnect From You").The remixes, so far, include Robert Armani ("Metal"), Dave Clarke ("Cars"), Greenhaus ("I Die, You Die"), DJ Hell ("Dans Le Parc"), Peter Lazonby ("The Iceman Comes") and Steve Stoll ("Remember, I Was Vapour").EVERCLEAR LEADER SAYS: "ROCK 'N' ROLL IS DEAD AGAIN"Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: "Rock 'n' roll is dead again," said Art Alexakis during a recent interview with ATN, mocking the frequently professed death of everything guitar, bass and drums. "I think it's funny how it keeps dying and coming back. I remember them saying the same thing when disco came, just before punk rock. I remember in the mid-'80s it happened again and then in the early '90s before Nirvana hit. They said it in the 60's when the folk explosion happened."As far as Alexakis is concerned, the powers-that-be can have their techno and dance beats, because "there will always be a market for rock, even if it's not the hippest thing and it doesn't make the covers of all the big magazines."And, not that you'll hear it on the band's work-in-progress new album, Pure White Evil (September), which they are currently recording, but Alexakis admits a love for technologically-based music. "I love the Dust Brothers and the Chemical Brothers, and I think that some of the bands are doing really amazing things, but we're a rock band, that's what we do."In keeping with his humanist rock 'n' roll ethic, Alexakis is currently on a solo acoustic tour that has taken him even further away from the imminent electronic maelstrom. "I just wanted to break down the songs to their basics and see what people think," said Alexakis about the 13-date mini-tour that began March 14 at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas. "I'm playing old songs, new songs, cover songs, whatever I feel like and whatever people want to hear. I don't think anyone leaves disappointed."Alexakis said he's just doing the tour to have a good time and get back to his roots, when he used to make a living as a traveling troubadour. "I'm going back to what I know. I mean, I wish I'd had time to do this sooner," he said, about eschewing the rare down-time his two partners in Everclear are enjoying after their whirlwind year-and-a-half of touring and promoting their breakthrough, Sparkle and Fade.Alexakis also said that when Everclear do hit the road the next time around, in addition to extra guitarist Steven Birch (Sprinkler), the band will try to change things up by not playing the big "sheds" [the big outdoor amphitheaters] they graduated to near the end of their last tour. "We're gonna play much smaller places the next time," said Alexakis. "I hate the sheds. They sound shitty, you're so far from the audience, there's no place for the kids to dance, they're just shitty. We could make more money doing that, but I don't give a fuck. We'll just play more shows at smaller clubs."As for the upcoming Everclear album, Alexakis said a few songs might have string arrangements, one might have horns and one will definitely have some keyboards from Rami Jaffee of the Wallflowers. "Rami came in to play on one song, then he heard another one we were working on the day before and he ended up playing on that one. We probably won't even use the keyboard parts on the one he was brought in to play on because I just didn't think it was right for that song, but the one he ended up playing on could be the big hit."We asked Alexakis if he'd be stepping behind the board any time soon to produce, a role he took on in working with the band Frogpond on their 1996 album Count to Ten. "I'm about to produce a young California band called Eleventeen," he said. "They're some teenage kids from the Valley who were fans and got signed to RCA by a friend of mine and they just wanted to break out of the punk rock thing a bit and I'm excited to work with them on that."And Alexakis told us that he's still moonlighting as an A&R man for Capitol Records. Any bands he has his eye on? "I can't tell you that because I don't want to tip the other scouts off," said Alexakis. "I want them first."SATAN REJECTS MORRISSEY'S SOULAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Everyone's favorite mope, Morrissey, will release his seventh solo album, Malajusted in August.The 11-track album, produced by Steve Lillywhite (Phish, U2, Rolling Stones), who has worked with the former Smiths singer on three of his solo albums, features songs co-written by Morrissey and his long-standing band. Most co-written with guitarists Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer, but one ("Wide to Receive") is a collaboration with drummer Spencer James Cobrin.The album, which was just completed, was recorded at Hooks End Studio outside of London during January and part of February of this year and is described by a source as being much more eclectic than some of the singer's recent albums."The title track is very noisy and feedback drenched," said the source, adding, "it will really surprise people. And the first single, 'Alma Matters,' is just a classic Morrissey pop song."Other tracks: "Ambitious Outsiders," "Trouble Loves Me," "Papa Jack" (described as a bombastic, glammy nod to the Live At Leeds era Who), "Ammunition," "Wide to Receive," "Roy's Keen," "He Cried," "Sorrow Will Come in the End" and "Satan Rejected My Soul."Other good news for diehards is that, for the first time in five years, Morrissey will tour the U. S. to support the record."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/

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