And the "Eh?" award of the week goes to . . . a re-formed Lollapalooza! That's right, kids; break out the Celtic armband tattoos and Badmotorfinger T-shirts, cuz the music festival that defined the early to mid-'90s with bands like Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, the Beastie Boys, and Red Hot Chili Peppers—and gave Time and Newsweek impetus for hard-hitting features about "Gen X," "grunge," and "the new Alternative Nation"—is back after a five-year hiatus. Festival founders Jane's Addiction (who will release Hypersonic, their first studio album in 13 years, this summer) are already confirmed, as are Queens of the Stone Age, Audioslave, Incubus, and Jurassic 5. Their summer competition will include the Sanitarium Tour, featuring former 'poozers Metallica along with Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park; the Vans Warped Tour with Simple Plan, Rancid, and the Used; and, of course, Ozzfest . . . . In case you were worried, kind readers, Courtney Love won't be facing air-rage charges in last week's Virgin Airlines incident. Instead, she was released after almost 11 hours of questioning and went on that night to duet at a theater benefit with Sir Elton John on "Bitch Is Back" before returning to the stage in a Donald Duck costume (we only wish we could make this shit up) and stripping down to her pants as Sin顤 O'Connor, Elvis Costello, and Virgin boss Richard Branson looked on. . . . Gerbils, hop on your hype wheels and ride—the first signing to Jack White's Third Man Records imprint has been announced. It's Whirlwind Heat, whose debut Do Rabbits Wonder? is produced by Jack and due out on Third Man/V2 by early May. A little birdie tells us that if you like Devo, Brainiac, and lots of Moog, you'll dig the Heat. . . . Speaking of Heat, the boys of the Hot Hot variety caught some of their own last Friday night. Following another excellent show with the Walkmen, this time at the VERA Project (you'll recall that when the bill played
Graceland a few weeks ago, we told you all not to miss their Seattle return. Did you listen?), the party adjourned to the Camlin Hotel's lovely Cloud Room, but the good times were unceremoniously cut short when a member of HHH (who shall remain nameless) decided to send an alarm clock sailing out an eighth-floor window to its early death. Building security, inexplicably displeased with the destruction of hotel property, then escorted out all band members and friends not explicitly signed to the room's overnight rental, terminating what was shaping up to be a pretty spaz-tacular night. . . . Either the soundtrack and car-commercial money from "Bohemian Like You" has run out, or the Dandy Warhols just felt like getting back in the saddle—the band will release their follow-up to 2000's Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia this July. Titled Welcome to the Monkey House, the Portland ber-hipsters' fourth full-length is produced by the band's own Courtney Taylor and Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes(!), who also plays some keyboards on the album, though he's not the only guest star; other boldface names include Evan Dando and pop/R&B producer Nile Rogers. . . . Also working together: Iggy Pop and Green Day. Iggy's latest CD is reportedly being both written and produced by Billy Joe and band in Miami, but that's all we know for now. . . . In the best confluence of kool kids we've seen in a while, the U.K. and New York scenes will come together next month when Interpol remixes Ladytron's "Blue Jeans," from the latter's recent release Light & Magic. The track will appear on a remix package also featuring Josh Wink and Slam, while the bands themselves will deign to appear in little ole Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Showbox (Interpol) and Tuesday, March 4 at Chop Suey (Ladytron). . . . E is one busy bee: Not only is his band the Eels releasing Shootenanny!, a follow-up to 2001's sadly underrated Souljacker, on Dreamworks in June, but he's
got his own solo album under the name MC Honky due in March on indie B-Unique . . . . And getting back to Jack White and co. (aren't we always?), the new issue of Chunklet is taking a novel approach to reverse A&R, offering cold hard cash to hundreds of bands if they'll agree to break up. The White Stripes, the Hives, and the Strokes can get up to $10,000 of Chunk money for disbanding, though we all know by now that 10 grand is a mere drop in the honeybucket that "The" mafia is earning these days. . . . Surviving members of the Gits are at work now with local producer Jack Endino to remix the band's two full-length albums made before Mia Zapata's death. Frenching the Bully (1992) and Enter . . . the Conquering Chicken (1994) will be available on S.F.-based indie Broken Rekids this summer. They're also busy wrapping up a Gits film to be previewed at the EMP Friday, March 7. . . . Fans of the almost late, still great Fallout Records should clear their calendars for two nights of free music at Zak's on Thursdays, Feb. 20 and 27. Bands like the Gloryholes, Boss Martians, Popular Shapes, and Make-Out Choir will pay tribute to the Capitol Hill institution with, befittingly, loud rawk and cheap pitchers of Pabst. God bless them.
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