ATN's Music News Of The World: Robyn Hitchcock
DIRECTOR DEMME NOW SET TO WORK WITH ROBYN HITCHCOCKIt's now official. Jonathan Demme will direct a concert film of cult artist Robyn Hitchcock performing in New York next month. Demme, you might recall, directed the acclaimed Talking Heads film, Stop Making Sense, as well as The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. We understand that Demme has been a Hitchcock fan for years. 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. And he just may be joined by some cool guests, whose names we can't reveal quite yet. "This will hurl this cult artist into a different realm," said a source who works with Hitchcock. "A whole new audience will discover Robin through Demme's film. It's a wonderful thing." Hitchcock begins a North American tour later this month. At the moment, the first date is in Montreal on Oct. 24, but we understand that it could start sooner than that.BUSH ALBUM NOW HAS A NAMEThe much anticipated second album from Bush will be titled Razorblade Suitcase, and released on November 19. The album, produced by hardcore Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey), is said to sound nothing like the group's debut, Sixteen Stone, which has sold nearly five million copies in the U. S. The first single, titled "Swallowed," will reach the airwaves in mid-October. Other song titles: "Greedy Fly," "Synapse," "Communicator," "Bone Driven," "A Tendency To Start Fires," "Still Missing," and "Distant Voices." All of the songs were written by singer/rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale. Bush will tour Australia in late October, but won't reach the U. S. until next year.TOOL READY TO HIT THE ROADTools new (third) album, Aenima has, finally, been. The long-awaited album (it's been three and a half years since Undertow) features a hologram on it's cover of many moving eyeballs, and a "Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics" sticker that we're happy to see. It means that Tool are up to their old tricks. Can you imagine a Tool album that wouldn't warrant one of those lame stickers? But anyway, the 70 minute long album, co-produced by Dave Bottrill (he's worked with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson) and Tool, includes such songs as "Hooker With a Penis," "Die Eier Von Satan," "Third Eye," "Useful Idiot" and "Stinkfest." It's already a big favorite around the ATN office. We especially love the insect sound that goes on and on and on at the end of the album, and which, thanks to a really superb field recording, will actually make you think there is a bug buzzing around your room. Scary. The album features new bassist Justin Chancellor, who replaced Paul D'Amour (who left last year). Tool's previous album, Undertow, sold over a million copies. Tool is planning a fall tour; they should hit the road later this month. By the way, the CD booklet includes a number of strange holograms. One features a naked man from the year who seems to be having oral sex with himself, while the four band members look on.FUGEE GUESTS ON UPCOMING CD FROM CYPRESS HILL'S DJ MUGGSAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: What's the only sure bet in rap these days? Why, having one of the Fugees play on your record is about as close as it gets. Just ask Nas, who had Lauryn Hill on his hit single "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)." Not to be outdone, Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs has hunkered down in a midtown Manhattan studio to work on a track with the Fugees' Wyclef for his (Muggs that is) upcoming solo debut, Soul Assassins. Other guests on the album, which is due in early '97, include KRS-1, MC Eiht, Mobb Deep, Call O' Da Wild and Cypress Hill.THE STONE TEMPLE PILOTS TOURPlans for a six-week tour by the Stone Temple Pilots have been announced. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on November 4 at the Universal Amphitheatre. Also confirmed are shows on Nov. 7 at the Arizona Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Nov. 8 at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Nov. 9 at the San Jose Arena in San Jose , Nov. 11 at the Key Arena in Seattle and Nov. 16 at the Starplex Amphitheatre in Dallas. The group expects the tour to take them to 30 U. S. cities including Pittsburgh, Houston, Miami, New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. The group's third album, Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Show, was released earlier this year. They were expected to play dates with Kiss, but singer Scott Weiland's drug problems forced them to cancel the Kiss dates and put all touring plans on hold. Weiland has been in rehab; he has completed the program. "I feel like a young kid," Weiland said during a Westwood One interview announcing the tour. "I'm really excited. We did what we had to do and things are coming around. We have a great opportunity. I'm just really grateful to go out and play with these guys. I really missed being around them and playing with them."JOEY RAMONE TO PLAY NAVAJO RESERVATIONJoey Ramone will perform at the Hodiits's A Festival (Noise Fest) on October 19. Ramone will front a new band, The Resistance. He's also expected to guest on a song or two with the punk-ska band the Independents, who are also performing along with the Navajo rockers Blackfire. The concert will begin at 2 P. M. and take place at the Grey Hills High School Auditorium, which is located on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, Arizona. The Hodiits' A Fest is, according to organizers, "for unity in a drug and alcohol free environment." Tickets are just $10 in advance and can be obtained from KTNN radio. Call 520-871-2582 for info.L7 FIND NEW BASSIST; EX-BASSIST FINCH FORMS NEW BANDL7 have settled on a new bass player. Gail Greenwood, who was previously in Belly. She replaces former L7 bassist Jennifer Finch, who left the group earlier this year. The next L7 album, which doesn't have a title yet, is nearly completed; it's unlikely that Greenwood will play on it. However, a source close to the band says that if more recording is done, "Gail will certainly be involved." The album is tentatively set for a January '97 release. If you are able to find the limited edition, not for sale Trademark of Quality: 1996 Reprise Sampler with the pigs heading into the dark ominous factory (slaughterhouse?) on the cover that was passed out during CMJ, you'll find a taste of the next L7 album, a song called "Bitter Wine." Meanwhile, Finch has a new band, Lyme, and will release a single on Frank Kozik's Man's Ruin label later this year.PUMPKINS SETTLE ON NAME FOR NEW SINGLES BOX SETA five-CD box set with the A-sides and B-sides from all of the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness singles, as well as previously unreleased material will be called The Aeroplane Flies High. The set, to be released in November, will contain 33 songs, and a 36 page booklet with photos not previously released and liner notes written by the Pumpkins themselves. The five CDs will come packaged in a retro 45-rpm carrying case. Perhaps the most interesting material in the set are five cover versions: The Cars "You're All I've Got Tonight," Missing Persons' "Destination Unknown," Blondie's "Dreaming," The Cure's "A Night Like This" and Alice Cooper's "Clones (We're All)." Some of the B-sides included: "Said Sadly," "Ugly," "The Boy," "Set The Ray To Jerry," "God," "Tribute To Johnny," "Marquis In Spades," and the title track.OFF-THE-(ATN) WIRE: Neil Young has assembled another potent line-up for this year's Bridge School benefit concert. The star attraction, so to speak, is Pearl Jam. In addition to Young himself, who always performs, the other artists that will play acoustic sets are Patti Smith, David Bowie, the Cowboy Junkies and the brilliant young folk-slacker, Hayden. This year's Bridge benefit is set to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, on Oct. 19 and 20. The concert benefits the Bridge School, which was started by Young's wife Peggy to help developmentally disabled children...George Michael will tape an MTV Unplugged performance on Oct. 11 in London at a location not typically used for live music that holds just 400 people. The pop star is expected to perform songs from his entire solo career. The show is expected to be broadcast in November "around Thanksgiving" according to our source.