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Weezer Set Release Date for New Album; Ladytron Join Nettwerk, New LP Due In May

Plus news on BSS' Jason Collett and the Kooks.

Attention Weezer fans! It appears frontman Rivers Cuomo’s forthcoming collection Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo,due Dec. 18 via Geffen, hasn’t derailed efforts from his, you know,other project for the geeked-out pop-rock foursome have announced theApril 22, 2008 release of their sixth album to date, aptly referred toas Album Six in a band website post.”Weezer fans truly have something to look forward to,” Weezer bassistScott Shriner said in the post. “The entire band has accomplished someof its most challenging goals as a group and as individuals. It’s allcoming together on this album.” [Via Pitchfork]

Ladytron Signs to Nettwerk, New LP Due In May

Liverpool’s electro-pop quartet Ladytron have joined with Nettwerk Music Group to release the band’s fourth full-length album and follow up to 2005’s opus Witching Hour.Currently in Paris recording the yet-to-be titled LP alongside producerVicarious Bliss (Justice, DJ Mehdi, Busy P) of Ed Banger Records,Ladytron hope to release the new set in May 2008.

“Ladytron isone of the coolest, most vital and cutting edge bands around right now.Each of their albums is more seductive than the last, and their liveperformance is electrifying,” Nettwerk co-founder Mark Jowett said in astatement. “As a company, we are having the time of our lives with someamazing, energy-infused artists like Datarock and Felix da Housecat. Itis an honor and a privilege to add Ladytron to that roster.” Ladytron’sDaniel Hunt added: “We came straight from our final shows in theU.S. to the studio in Paris to complete what we have been working onfor the last year or so… the sessions are exciting, and we can’t waitto get the new tracks out there.”

BSS’ Collett Details New Album ‘Here’

Continuing forward as not just a member of the Broken Social Scene crew, but also as a prolific solo act, north-of-the-border rocker Jason Collett has unveiled details for Here’s to Being Here,his fifth solo set slated to arrive Feb. 5 via none other thanArts&Crafts. The new collection, recorded in Toronto with producerHowie Beck, features guests like fellow BSS constituent and Apostle of Hustle principal Andrew Whiteman and Liam O’Neil of the Stills, among others. “This is very much a guitar record…” Collett said in a statement posted to Arts&Craft’s website.”Recording in bigger spaces and live off the floor was the ideal Iwanted to shoot for with this record. Recording this way allowed forspontaneous creations, which led to many wonderful little accidents.”

Tounveil tunes from the forthcoming LP, Collette and his touring bandPaso Mino will open a handful of gigs for Feist, plus head deep intothe homeland. Collette will also perform a string of gigs entitled”Jason Collett’s Basement Revue” at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern, set toshowcase songs both old and new and feature surprise guests.

Here’s to Being Here tracklisting:

1. “Roll on Oblivion”
2. “Sorry Lori”
3. “Out of Time”
4. “Papercut Hearts”
5. “Henry’s Song”
6. “Charlyn, Angel of Kensington”
7. “No Redemption Song”
8. “Through the Night These Days”
9. “Nothing to Lose”
10. “Not Over You”
11. “Somehow”
12. “Waiting for the World”

Jason Collett tour dates:

11/14, Denver, CO (Ogden Theatre) *
11/16, Madison, WI (Orpheum Theatre) *
11/17, Chicago, IL (Riviera Theatre) *
11/18, Columbus, OH (Wexner Center) *
11/20, Louisville, KY (W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre) *
11/24, Halifax, NS (The Music Room)
12/4, Toronto, ON (The Dakota Tavern/Jason Collett’s Basement Revue)
12/11, Toronto, ON (The Dakota Tavern/Jason Collett’s Basement Revue)
12/14, Kingston, ON (The Grad Club)
12/18, Toronto, ON (The Dakota Tavern/Jason Collett’s Basement Revue)

(* w/ Feist)

Kooks Announce North American Outing

On the heels of wrapping efforts on their yet-to-be detailed sophomore set, recorded alongside producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Belle & Sebastian) in Ray Davies’ legendary Konk Studios in London, Brit quartet the Kookswill head stateside for a handful of performances this December. Theseven-date outing, chiefly composed of radio station Christmas events,will hit Seattle, Nashville, Chicago, San Diego, and San Francisco,among others.

The Kooks tour dates:

12/6, Seattle, WA (The End’s Deck The Halls Ball/Everett Events Center)
12/9, Nashville, TN (WRLT Sunday Night Concert Series/Venue TBA)
12/11, Indianapolis, IN (WTTS Rock to Read Xmas/ Vogue)
12/12, Chicago, IL (WXRT VIP Private Show/Venue TBA)
12/14, Boulder, CO (KBCO Holiday Concert Series/ Fox Theater)
12/15, San Diego, CA (KBZT’s Holiday Hootenanny/Venue TBA)
12/16, San Francisco, CA (Alice in Wonderland/Venue TBA)

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