ATN's Music News of the World: Tom Waits and Primus Do Kerouac

Tom Waits & Primus Do KerouacAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: If you don't get your Jack Kerouac fill with the all-star (Morphine, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, John Cale) Rykodisc tribute, Kicks Joy Darkness (April 8), then you might want to eventually check out a Geffen Records Kerouac project -- due later this year -- that will include rare, previously unheard recordings of Kerouac reading his own work, plus one special contemporary collaboration.That track, "On the Road," features the odd pairing of junkyard dog Tom Waits with the boys in Primus, and was recorded when the quartet convened at Prairie Sun studios in Northern California earlier this year. The still-untitled Geffen project, which might also contain a version of Kerouac singing "On the Road," is slated for a late fall/early '98 release and, like the Rykodisc album, counts Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo as Associate Producer.The Waits/Primus take of "On the Road," is comprised of original music written and sung by Waits with backing from Primus. A source at Geffen told ATN that the notoriously reclusive Waits was corralled into the project by Ranaldo, who cornered the grizzled growler at last summer's Tibetan Freedom Concert (Waits was hangin' out backstage), where he invited him to contribute an original track to the then-germinating project.And if you're wondering what the Waits/Primus connection is, Waits first collaborated with the Bay Area trio by lending his voice to the "Tommy the Cat" character on their 1991 major-label debut, Sailing the Seas of Cheese. Primus then returned the favor the next year by appearing on Waits' ultra-noisy Bone Machine album. The Waits/Primus collaboration is the only new track on the album, which features Kerouac reading his poems into a tape recorder with the sounds of a jazz band grooving in the background.SATISFYING YOUR GREEN DAY JONESAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: While everyone's waiting for Green Day to record and release their new album, astute observers of all thing Billie Joe might have noticed that the singer's on-and-off side-project, Pinhead Gunpowder, have released their third album, Goodbye Ellston, on Berkeley's Lookout Records.The album, which came out last month, features thirteen songs performed by the band -- Green Day's Armstrong on guitar and vocals, Bill Schneider (Uranium 9 Volt) on bass, Aaron Elliot (Crimpshrine) on drums and Jason White (Chinohorde) on guitar--who over the course of their five-year existence have avoided interviews and played less than a dozen live shows.Barring the odd Phil Ochs cover ("Song of My Returning") -- their last album had a cover of Diana Ross' "Mahogany" -- the songs on Goodbye, with most lyrics by Elliot and a slightly sloppier, harder sound than Green Day, should satisfy your pop/punk jones until Billie Joe and the boys re-enter the studio to record the follow-up to 1995's multi-platinum Insomniac.The GD trio are currently finishing up pre-production on their next album and are slated to enter an L.A. studio with frequent collaborator Rob Cavallo producing. A source at GD's label, Reprise, told ATN that the boys have been very busy writing songs, over 35 of them, and while not all the tunes are expected to get onto the untitled album, this outing will be considerably longer than the average GD record, perhaps twice as long if it comes in at the expected 70-plus minutes.The band have booked a month in the studio, which should be ample time, "since they usually work really fast," according to our source. They hope to have a single out by Labor Day and the full album out at the end of September or in early October.In the meantime, as previously reported in ATN, Green Day are scheduled to play the Mt. Fuji Fest (July 26 & 27) alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jamiroquai, Weezer and Beck. That show will more than likely be prefaced by some sporadic Bay Area warm-up gigs and some pre-festival Tokyo gigs. There are currently no plans for a summer Green Day tour.DEBUT DUE FROM EX-NIRVANA BASSIST'S SWEET 75Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: After three years of virtual silence on the musical front (barring some infrequent live shows and appearances on behalf of the anti-censorship group JAMPAC), the world will finally hear from former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic again this August.The self-titled debut from Novoselic's band, Sweet 75, will arrive in late summer with a wide variety of sounds that will surprise anyone expecting more grunge-redux from the politically-active Novoselic and his compadres, Venezuelan-born singer/bass player Yva Las Vegas and former Ministry member Bill Rieflin on drums.The album was produced by Paul Fox and Ed Thacker (10,000 Maniacs) and features a guest spot from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck on mandolin on one of the tracks. Also featured is Herb Alpert (remember Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass?) playing trumpet on a loungy Spanish number called "La Vida."Like his former band mate Dave Grohl, who switched from drums to lead guitar, Novoselic is hanging up his former instrument and switching to guitar, in this case a 12-string guitar for a sound that's been described by many as harder than Grohl's Foo Fighters. Other songs slated to appear on the debut are "Fetch," "Dogs," "Oral Health," "Lay Me Down," "Bite My Hand," "Ode to Doll-lee" and "A Job."Sweet 75 is currently on the road finishing some support dates for their pals in Sky Cries Mary (Novoselic plays acoustic bass on the song "Gliding" on the band's new album).NIN & MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO REMIXES DUEAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Trent Reznor has tapped a who's-who of techno artists to remix "The Perfect Drug." The track, from the Reznor-produced soundtrack to David Lynch's Lost Highway movie, will get a new face from The Orb, Space Time Continuum, Plug (aka Wagonchrist aka Luke Vibert, an artist Reznor has been pursuing for his Nothing record label), Aphrodite and Meat Beat Manifesto. No release date for the remixes has been set yet.Speaking of Meat Beat, they too have asked some friends to remix one of their songs, in this case it's the old 1990 chestnut "Radio Babylon." Beat leader Jack Dangers has asked Plug to give the song a gloss, as well as the track "Asbestos Lead Asbestos," for a new EP called Original Fire, that will come out on Nothing in May. The EP will also contain a new remix of another Meat Beat classic, "Helkter Skelter," plus a new track called "It's the Music," previously available only in the UK. A source close to the band told ATN that The Orb have also laid their hands on "Radio Babylon," but that the track was so long it may not fit onto the EP.X MEMBERS & RANCID BASSIST PUNK OUTAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Auntie Christ, the punk collective headed by ex-X singer Exene Cervenkova (vocals/guitar) along with ex-X drummer D.J. Bonebrake and Rancid bassist Matt Freeman, have finished recording their debut for Lookout Records.The album, entitled Life Could Be a Dream (May 27) is a 10-track affair written entirely by Exene (except one song co-written with Bonebrake) and produced by Sally Browder (Rocket From the Crypt, Humpers). A source at Lookout said the band hope to tour this summer and, at the very least, will play some California dates around the time of the album's release. "They were expecting to have to find a replacement for Matt (Freeman), but Rancid are out of the studio on April 6 and they probably won't go back in until July, and Matt is really into playing with these guys. He really wants to do some shows with them."Knowing how far-flung Cervenkova's tastes and commitments are, ATN wondered whether this group was just her latest distraction. "This is Exene's main project right now, besides her store (You've Got Bad Taste) and the kid," said our source.The Life Could Be a Dream track listing: "Bad Trip," "I Don't," "Not You," "Tell Me," "A Rat in the Tunnel Of Love," "Look Out Below," "The Virus," "Nothing Generation," "Future is a War" and "With a Bullet."The album comes in at a frighteningly lean 24 minutes, but our friends at Lookout promise it'll mysteriously feel twice that long."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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