-She wants to be your iPod queen: Liz Phair (left) has launched a series of weekly podcasts at her website. ”I’m all about podcasting,” the currently touring rocker tells Billboard.com. “I’m totally fixated on it. It’s what I’m into. We usually do a couple of live songs and then there are interviews. We’re going to do it every Friday.”
-Have some Stones with your scones: On Nov. 22, the Rolling Stones are releasing Rarities 1971-2003 at Starbucks stores. (That’s ”rarities,” not ”previously unreleased tracks.” It’s an assortment of hard-to-find live tracks and B-sides.) You can also buy the CD at record stores; having been boycotted by traditional music retailers two years ago when they released a DVD exclusively at Best Buy, the Stones are not going the exclusivity route again. Right now, the Stones need all the record-sales help they can get; after six weeks in stores, new studio set A Bigger Bang has sold just 295,000 copies.
-Meet Rick Recht, the ”Jewish Dave Matthews.” That’s what some fans call him, according to the Associated Press, though to my ears, he sounds more like the Jewish Michael W. Smith. It’s clear that he’s modeling his music, and perhaps his career, on that of Christian ”worship” rockers, with the twist that his inspirational hand-clappers mix English lyrics with Hebrew liturgical passages. You can hear samples of his songs at his website; my favorite is his kids’ album, Free to Be the Jew in Me.
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