We wish the band that brought us Get Here and Stay would heed their own words, but alas, after seven long and fruitful years, 764-HERO

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764-HERO bid adieu; plus news on Beck, Bowie, and more.

We wish the band that brought us Get Here and Stay would heed their own words, but alas, after seven long and fruitful years, 764-HERO are ending their illustrious run in the car-pool lane. The band will play their farewell show at Bumbershoot Friday, Aug. 30 at the Sky Church. But they're not done making music; super-Hero John Atkins, for one, is already at work on a new side project with ex-Murder City Devil Spencer Moody, which they're calling—har!--the John and Spencer Booze Explosion. The Phil Ek-produced JaSB debut is due out in November on Tiger Style and will feature Friends of the Booze Dann Gallucci (ex-MCD, current Modest Mouseketeer) and Joe Plummer (Black Heart Procession) on a variety of kooky covers. In addition, Atkins and Plummer have already produced a couple tracks for the follow-up to the excellent Girls, in their incarnation as the Magic Magicians. Look for our exit interview with John in next week's our-cup-overfloweth Bumbershoot issue. . . . Now we bring you this special white-belt edition of Days, featuring DOON all-stars the Strokes and the White Stripes: The two most media-spooged bands in indie America played their two long-anticipated sold-out N.Y.C. shows this weekend, as Jack White joined the Strokes onstage for a finale of the collector's-edition track "New York City Cops" and the recently injured Julian Casablancas projected rock-star insouciance and an outsized sense of entitlement as best as he could from a stool. Casablancas better heal quickly if he wants to hold it up to geriatric jumpin'-jack-flasher Mick Jagger; the band will be backing the Stones on their 40 Licks tour for two dates, in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, man-about- Detroit (and Hollywood, if you recall) Jack is set to appear on the upcoming "disco/trash/metal" single "Danger High

Voltage" from his hometown buddies Electric Six (a.k.a. the artists formerly known as the Wildbunch). White provides backup vocals for the track, which became an underground hipster hit last year and is now set for wide release on XL Recordings this October. . . . Speaking of May-December musical romances, maybe you've already caught Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson teaming up for—what else?—a Gap ad, a cover of Hank Williams' "Move It on Over." Other spots in that same batch include Arrested Development's Baba Oje covering John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom," actress Taryn Manning (Britney's knocked-up best friend in Crossroads) doing the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There," plus spots we don't know much about yet from Marianne Faithfull and R&B princess Tweet. . . . Those still missing Jeff Buckley five years after his 1997 death have something to look forward to —tiny indie label Evolver Entertainment is gearing up to release Buckley's earliest recordings, Songs to No One: 1991-1992, on Oct. 15. The then-24-year-old collaborated with former Captain Beefheart member Gary Lucas on the 11 tracks, though Lucas says he has over eight hours of recorded material in total, and he hopes that Jeff's notoriously protective mother, Mary Guibert, will eventually allow further releases. . . . A little birdie (thanks Cece!) just tipped us to Your Love Means Everything from spacey soundscape artist Faultline. His critically acclaimed 1999 release, Closer, Colder, obviously pricked up some famous little ears, since the follow-up (due on Elektra Sept. 10) features vocals from Michael Stipe, the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and ex-Verve member Nick McCabe. It's sort of like U.N.K.L.E.'s classic 1998 one-off Psyence Fiction, only less hip-hoppy

and more spare. . . . Speaking of the Lips, they are indeed to serve as Beck's backing band for the tour to support his upcoming Sea Change. According to the Beckster, "We re-created the albums perfectly for years, so I'm not really interested in doing that. Some of the songs are due for reinventing, and the Flaming Lips will probably bring ideas to it. We'll do whatever works." The tour begins in October and wraps up in early December. . . . After tearing it up at Chop Suey's Saturday night David Bowie dance party (in honor of the Thin White Duke's Gorge appearance), we were thrilled to find out on Monday that Mr. Stardust is actually in talks to bring a musical to Broadway. It would be based around his songs, ࠬa Mama Mia! (ABBA) and Tommy (duh, the Who). However, the rumors that Irish author Roddy Doyle (The Commitments) is working on a musical based on the songs of U2, are, in fact, just that. A spokesperson for the band recently squelched the talk with a definitive "That is not true at all." If Bowie—who acted on the stage in the '60s and has made all kinds of guest appearances in TV and film—goes ahead with it, he will be joining an illustrious list of current Broadway actor-musicians that includes the recently discussed Sebastian Bach (Jekyll & Hyde and, tentatively, Jesus Christ Superstar) and 'N Sync butterball Joey Fatone (currently co-starring in Rent). . . . U.K. bands just can't get a vehicular break in America. Following last week's Oasis taxi crash in Indiana, Area: Two act Ash were involved in a smashup while on their way to last weekend's Gorge Amphitheatre show. When a tire on the road was sucked into their tour van's engine, the band was, according to bassist Mark Hamilton, not left in such good shape—drummer Rick McMurray suffered broken ribs, guitarist Charlotte

Hatherly is damaged but "not as bad as we thought," and Hamilton himself has a "double whipper." Basically, he says, "we've been through a nightmare." They, along with the not-injured-just-absent John Digweed and the Avalanches, didn't make it to the show, Area: Two's final tour stop. . . . In other bummer news involving a van, Dave Williams, the 30-year-old singer of Drowning Pools, was found dead in his bunk on an Ozzfest tour stop in Virginia; the autopsy so far has proved nonconclusive. No rest for the wicked, however—Tommy Lee has already stepped in to fill the slot left vacant by the band. And the show goes on. . . .

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