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FRANK BLACK & THE CATHOLICS Black Letter Days and Devil’s Workshop (spinART) The former Pixie floats a pair of new albums, each recorded on just two tracks, as the lovable Luddite likes it.

SLEATER-KINNEY One Beat (Kill Rock Stars) Now that frontgrrrl Corin Tucker is a mom, maybe S-K should be billed as riot wommmen on this sixth LP, featuring “Combat Rock,” an ode to the Clash.

NEKO CASE Blacklisted (Bloodshot) Alt-country It Girl Case takes a break from side project the New Pornographers and covers “Running Out of Fools,” previously interpreted by Elvis Costello.

JOHN OATES Phunk Shui (Beyond) The lesser half of the ’80s duo makes his first solo effort. Hall monitors will utter private oys that Daryl doesn’t cameo.


Everybody’s fave dreadlocked folkie, TRACY CHAPMAN, in San Francisco, working on the follow-up to 2000’s Telling Stories, with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey). The as-yet-untitled disc–Chapman’s sixth–is set for an October release.

Metallic upstarts SALIVA, in Bearsville, N.Y., putting the finishing spit and polish on their second album with producer Bob Marlette (Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson). The CD, Back Into Your System, is due Nov. 12. We’re already salivating like Pavlov’s dogs!

That lil’ gal with the big voice, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, in Los Angeles, recording her new CD with a variety of producers. Look for the disc to debut sometime before Christmas.