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I guess it's one thing to have your music dissected and sampled by other artists on their records, but sampling yourself? That's just what the members of the collective formerly known as Camper Van Beethoven have done. In the ten years since the band broke up, the digital revolution has opened up a whole new way for founders David Lowery, Jonathan Segel and Victor Krummenacher to sit down this past December and take the concept of an "odd & rare" collection of tracks into something truly special. Instead of lining up a grab bag of live recordings, demos, and radio broadcasts and let 'em rip -- the boys huddled down in the new technologies, sampling bits and pieces of these, matching pitch and tempo, layering studio recordings over live ones, and creating new songs in the process. The result is found in the just released Camper Van Beethoven Is Dead, Long Live Camper Van Beethoven set on Pitch-A-Tent Records, and highly recommended. ... News of the recording sessions of the upcoming new Norman Cook / Fatboy Slim album are sneaking out. The word is that Parliament / Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins has added live bass to three tracks, as well as Macy Gray contributing vocals to one track. ... As a member of the Grateful Dead family, Vassar Clements performed fiddle on Wake of the Flood, From the Mars Hotel, and Old & In the Way. Now with the Harris Brothers from North Carolina and mandolin master Butch Baldassari, Clements has just released Dead Grass, a collection of 11 Grateful Dead classics in full Bluegrass boogie abandon. Look for it on the Cedar Glen Music Group label. ... What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander -- The Offspring has decided that turnabout is fair play and are now selling "bootleg" Napster logo merchandise on their band's Web site. It's like Negativeland once said -- copyright infringement is your best entertainment value...


New Releases Coming Tuesday, June 13:

and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change...

Analog Brothers -- Pimp To Eat (Nu Gruv Alliance) new supergroup featuring Ice-T, Kool Keith and Black Silver. Anastacia -- Not That Kind (Epic). Basement Jaxx -- "Bingo Bango" (Astralwerks) double 12" vinyl only with Latin mixes by David Morales. Bon Jovi -- Crush (Island / Def Jam). Eric Clapton and B.B. King -- Riding with the King (Reprise) together for the first time since 1967 at New York City's Cafe Au Go Go, this all new recording features songs by John Hiatt, Johnny Mercer, Big Bill Broonzy, Charlie Sexton and more. Control Freq -- Freq Show (Warner Bros) features Dennis White, formerly of Inner City and Charm Farm. Cooley High -- original motion picture soundtrack (Motown) re-issued on CD for the first time. Holger Czukay -- La Luna (Tone Casualties) new solo album from the Can founder. Duran Duran -- Pop Trash (Hollywood) now a trio of Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo. The J.B.'s -- Pass the Peas: The Best Of (Polydor) fantastic collection of tracks by James Brown's back-up band from the 1970s. Jesse Johnson -- Ultimate Collection (Hip-O) anthology from the former Time guitarist. Christine Lavin -- The Bellevue Years (Philo) collecting early EP tracks and live tracks from the 1980s. Logan's Sanctuary -- imaginary motion picture soundtrack (Emperor Norton) featuring Roger Manning of Jellyfish and Brian Reitzell of Redd Kross. Mahogany -- original motion picture soundtrack (Motown) re-issued on CD for the first time. Lyle Mays -- Solo Improvisations for Expanded Piano (Warner Bros). Me, Myself & Irene -- original motion picture soundtrack (Elektra) the new Farrelly Brothers movie features new music from Foo Fighters, Offspring, Better Than Ezra and Hootie & the Blowfish. Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Conducted by Michael Kamen -- S & M (Elektra) DVD release of this unique concert from last year featuring state-of-the-art AC3 5.1 technology. Mighty Mighty Bosstones -- Pay Attention (Island / Big Rig) limited edition double colored vinyl LP version in a gatefold sleeve featuring 4 bonus tracks. Modest Mouse -- The Moon & Antarctica (Epic). Neve -- Neve (Portrait / Columbia) new boy band "hot" off their Jolly Rancher Rocks tour. NOFX Pump Up the Valium (Epitaph). Sinead O'Connor -- Faith and Courage (Atlantic) her first full length release in 6 years with guests Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Adrian Sherwood, Brian Eno, Skip McDonald and Wyclef Jean. P.J. Olsson -- Words For Living (C2 / Columbia) featuring the single "Visine" recorded by John King of the Dust Brothers. Duane Peters & The Hunns -- Unite (Disaster) new project from the former US. Bombs front man with members of The Pushers and The Humpers. Pills -- Musicoldia (TVT). Shaft Returns -- original motion picture soundtrack (LaFace / Arista). Sixteen Deluxe -- Spirits Take Me Make Me Never Forsake Me (Sugar Fix). Stuck Mojo -- Declaration of a Headhunter (Century Media). Three 6 Mafia -- When the Smoke Clears (Loud) with guests Project Pat, UGK and Insane Clown Posse. Uncle Kracker -- Double Wide (Atlantic) the turntable spinner behind Kid Rock recorded in the back of the bus during last year's tour. Various artists -- MTV's Return of the Rock (Roadrunner) with new music from Kid Rock, Korn and Static-X. The Von Zippers -- Blitzhacker (Estrus). Chuck Wagon & The Wheels -- Off the Top Rope (Lyric Street) champions of the new "Country & Wrestling" genre.

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