[image-1]>>>How does INXS make a new record without a singer? Re-record classic songs with an all-star lineup of vocalists. Original Sin drops on January 11 and features a pop-friendly, low-credibiliy roster including Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Pat Monahan of Train, and Ben Harper. Michael Hutchence (left) should be spinning in his grave, but he might not be able to move much depending on where the other end of the belt is attached and how much slack there is.
[image-2]>>>Last week, Beastie Boys let us know that while Hot Sauce Committee part 1 is still delayed indefinitely from a September 2009 release due to MCA/Adam Yauch's battle with cancer, they were determined to release Hot Sauce Committee part 2 on time next Spring. The latest album update reminds us these are still the NYC goofballs that gave us silly videos like "Fight For Your Right" and "No Sleep Til Brooklyn." MCA (right) says:
"Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1. So we've come full circle."
Pitchfork reports that Pt. 2 will only be missing one song from the Pt. 1 tracklist ("Bundt Cake), and collaborations with Nas and Sanitgold survived the transition.
>>>For several years before a bare-bones 2005 reissue, the Nine Inch Nails debut Pretty Hate Machine was unavailable. On November 22, a remastered version personally overseen by Trent Reznor will hit stores. Reznor promises "a greatly improved sonic experience."
>>>Social Distortion pushed back the release of Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes to January 18. Mainman Mike Ness also revealed this is the first Social D album he's produced himself. The first single hits iTunes on November 9, and the band plays Jannus Live three days later.
>>>The Cult will release more music in 'capsule' form next month. Capsule 2: New Blood Deep Cuts becomes available on November 16. The set will include two new songs, some live cuts, and a video tour of their rehearsal space.
>>>I remember watching Rotten TV and being impressed that Johnny Rotten held enough contempt for the sentimentality of rock history to blow up Sid Vicious' suicide note among a pile of other Sex Pistols memorabilia. Age must have softened him, because Mr. Rotten's Scrapbook includes important pictures from his career, handwritten commentary by Rotten, and a limited print run all for about $550.
>>>Owners of The Chelsea Hotel in New York City - the place where Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious killed Nancy Spungen - will put their building on sale. Between the Chelsea and the name rights to CBGB becoming available again, someone could create their very own punk rock museum.
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