Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Designer Duds at the MTV Awards, Rap Reunion, Record Skeds and More

Who’s Wearing What at the MTV Video Awards:
Actress Faune Chambers wore Sue Wong while walking the red carpet with Farnsworth Bentley at the MTV Video Music Awards. She chose the “Barbet” pleated slip dress in coral.

Mandy Moore chose a beautiful coral Calvin Klein dress for the MTV Vid awards. More MTV attendees:

Alicia Keys wore a Dolce & Gabbana gown, in silk and lace in-set.

Hilary Duff wore sexy strappy ankle wrap Gucci sandals with her Helmut Lang shorts

Ashlee Simpson wore an unusual dress with a pouff at the hem, by Jennifer Nicholson.

Beyonce kept her loyalty to her mom-manager Tina, by wearing her design of a low-cut gold damask silk jacket and matching hot pants.

Carmen Elektra wore a Loris Azzaro white halter dress.

Dior-loving Gwen Steffani wore a Louis Vuitton scarlett colored fitted skirt.

Haylie Duff went more casual than her sis and wore Paper Denim & Cloth jeans and a olive green top by Allure.

Ashanti wore a black and ivory print dress from Redworks by Christine.

Christina Aguilera chose a flirty 20s-inspired beaded mini with a criss crossed back, designed by Roberto Cavalli.

Mrs. Marc Anthony (you might remember her as Jennifer Lopez or J-Lo) wore a truly frightening frock by Stella McCartney (the luckiest designer in the history of all designers) she topped it off with a very pimp-style chapeau.

Scary Lil' Kim (who has been refreshed within an inch of her life recently) was wearing a garish dress by Carlos Miele.

Omarion was wearing a denim jacket by G-Star.

Rap Reunion:
Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Warren G reunited with their new album 213: The Hard Way. The collaboration, garnered the group the No. 4 album in the country, charting Top 10 in 70 of the Top 100 markets. The West Coast made THE HARD WAY No.1 on Southern California's charts. The album has also achieved No.1 status for Rap Album, as well as becoming the No.1 Independent Album in the country. <>The album's lead single "Groupie Luv" is a playful funk-drenched anthem introducing listeners to 213’s player side. The DJ Pooh produced song is a radio-friendly record with an undeniable hook. <>

With life long friends, unparalleled talent and an 18-track album full of stellar songs, 213 proves that THE HARD WAY has been well worth the wait. "Nate brought the gangster melodies to the game," Warren G says. "Snoop brought the smooth gangster style to the game. We've had an incredible impact. Now its time for us to reinvent West Coast hip-hop." Stand-out tracks on the album include "Another Summer" produced by Kanye West; "So Fly" a revamped version of R&B singer Monica's hit "So Gone"; and "Joysticc", a head-nodding track inviting female fans to an one-night affair. "It ain't really talked about as a big record coming out this year and ain't nobody really expecting it, but it's a great record with a lot of good songs on it," says Snoop Dogg. THE HARD WAY is one of the many upcoming releases from TVT Records.

Rebuilding the World Trade Center: Within days of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the questions began: What should be built on the site of Ground Zero? And who should build it? In "Sacred Ground," airing Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE-with exclusive access to architect Daniel Libeskind-tells the inside story of the first stormy year in the rebuilding effort on the site of the World Trade Center.

Beach Boy Book: Publication Date: October 15, 2004 The Definitive Treatment of the Beach Boys

“It’s great to see the details of the best years of our career collected with such love in one place.” — Brian Wilson

San Francisco, CA—Brian Wilson is currently on the road on his Smile tour. A new recording of lost classics and a new Wilson solo album have hit stores. It's the 40th anniversary of the Beach Boys' first No. 1 hit ("I Get Around"). And Good Vibrations, a musical featuring more than 30 Beach Boys songs, opens on Broadway in January. So what better time can there be to read about the best years of America's greatest pop group?

The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio is a meticulous study of the Beach Boys’ musical career from 1961 to 1976, as well as a stunning collection of previously unpublished photographs and original studio logs from classic recording sessions. Also covered are over 1,000 concert appearances around the world—including long-lost press reviews—and every Beach Boys television appearance.

Featuring rare archival interviews with the band members and their close associates, the book’s easy-to-browse, day-by-day format tracks every move in the legendary group’s career, detailing for the first time its entire concert and broadcast history, recording sessions, and all records released in the U.S. and U.K. Author Keith Badman leaves no stone unturned in this authoritative guide, which includes a song-by-song recording index, a Smile recording index, a session-musician log, a TV index, and much more. The book also examines the life of Brian Wilson—one of the most gifted songwriters, producers, and arrangers in popular music—and provides a datelist of his recent solo concerts.

Keith Badman, the author of three books about the Beatles and a regular contributor to Record Collector and Mojo magazines, lives in London, England.

Backbeat Books publishes books for people who are passionate about music, whether as performers or avid fans. Based in San Francisco, Backbeat Books is an imprint of CMP Information.

The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio
By Keith Badman
Price: $29.95
Format: Trade Paper, 400 pp, 120 photos
ISBN: 0-87930-818-4
Publication date: October 15, 2004

Sea Stones: David Yuman is introducing a new South Seas Pearl Collection, available at Neiman Marcus.

Katy Rose performing Live:

Tuesday Afternoon
Live on The Fuse
exclusive interview
4 p.m. EST

Wednesday Morning
WB11 Morning News
- 9 a.m. EST

LIVE Performance
Wednesday Evening
Webster Hall Live for The Chicks with Attitude Tour playing with Liz Phair, Charlotte Martin and The Cardigans

Thursday Morning
ESPN's Cold Pizza
7 a.m.- 9 a.m. EST
Live Performance

AXIS OF JUSTICE: CONCERT SERIES VOLUME LIVE ALBUM AND DVD HITS STORES ON ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 2ND Serj Tankian of System of a Down and Tom Morello of Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine have announced their plans to release Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume I on Election Day, November 2, 2004. The concert which was recorded at the Avalon in Los Angeles was one in a series of benefits for Axis of Justice, the non-profit organization founded by Tom and Serj in an effort to unite concerned musicians, fans of music and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. This very unique night of music featured performances and surprises by a number of special guests, including Flea, Maynard James Keenan and Pete Yorn (see full tracklisting). The album includes one donated track from Chris Cornell and Maynard James Keenan of their cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding", which was recorded at last year's Lollapalooza. Other highlights include an all-star jam of "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2 and "Alice in My Fantasies" by Funkadelic.

CD Track Listing (not in sequence):

1) Intro to the event by comedian Ahmed Ahmed

2) "Speak On It": Knowledge and Serj Tankian: Spoken Word/Piano about


Armenian Genocide

3) "Until The End": The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)

4) "Union Song": The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)

5) "I Feel Good Again" by Junior Kimbrough: Pete Yorn with his band

6) Serj Tankian: Piano Improvisation

7) "Charades" (vocals with piano): Serj Tankian

8) Flea(bass)/Brad Wilk(drums)/Serj Tankian(piano): Free Jam

9) "Chimes of Freedom" by Bob Dylan: Tom Morello (guitar and vocals),


Tankian (Piano and vocals), Pete Yorn (guitar and vocals), Flea


Brad Wilk (drums)

10) "Alice In My Fantasies" by Funkadelic: Flea (Bass), Brad Wilk


Tom (guitar), Pete Yorn (guitar), Serj (vocals)

11) "What's Golden": Jurassic 5

12) "Freedom": Jurassic 5

13) "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2: Flea (bass), Brad Wilk

(drums), Tom (Acoustic guitar), Pete Yorn (guitar and vocals), Tim


(electric guitar),Serj (vocals), Maynard James Keenan (vocals), Johnny

Polonsky (keyboards)

14) "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding" by Nick

Lowe: Chris Cornell,Maynard James Keenan

For more information on Axis of Justice please log on to www.axisofjustice.org .

Check Out Record Release Sked:

September 7, 2004

The Smithereens Anthology: From Jersey It Came! (2-CD set) -

Various Christmas With the Rat Pack

Patti LaBelle Anthology (2-CD set)

Al Green The Immortal Soul of Al Green (4-CD box set)

September 21, 2004

Dean Martin Christmas with Dino

Walt "Baby" Love Walt Baby Love Christmas

Various Ultimate Soul Christmas (2-CD set)

Kajagoogoo White Feathers

September 28, 2004

Bobby Darin The Legendary Bobby Darin

The Rat Pack Boys' Night Out (EPK available)

Ultra Lounge Ultimate Christmas Cocktails (3-CD set)

October 5, 2004

The Beach Boys Christmas With the Beach Boys

Various Christmas Classics

October 12, 2004

Various Shimmy Down the Chimney - A Country Christmas

November 2, 2004

Duran Duran Singles Box, Volume 2 (1986-1995) - (boxed set of
14 CD singles in individual cardboard sleeves with replicated original singleartwork)

November 16, 2004

Joe Cocker The Best of Joe Cocker: Live (DVD)

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock
(limited CD/DVD deluxe edition) - (interviews & EPK available)