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This news has me giddy. Giddy as a little girl!

Is there a new Springsteen album coming in October?

After releasing a double live album and DVD last year, it appears that Bruce Springsteen is readying a brand new studio album for this fall.

According to some report from the most authoritative of sources Sony Music Austria is promoting an October 14, 2002 date for the new release, Springsteen’s first studio album since his solo acoustic-driven “The Ghost of Tom Joad” in 1995.

No title or catalog number has been announced. Erin Smyth, manager of national media relations at Sony Music Canada, said she had no information regarding the release.

Springsteen reunited with the E Street Band for a European and North American tour in 1999 and 2000 as a “rededication” to the group and possible future recordings.

Previously we reported that Springsteen was recording at Atlanta’s Southern Tracks Studios with horrible producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Train) at the controls. Various members of the E Street Band have also attended the sessions, which took place in late January.

Although no tracklisting has been mentioned, Springsteen has performed and/or released five new tracks between albums. They include “American Skin (41 Shots)”, “Another Thin Line”, “Land Of Hopes And Dreams”, “Code Of Silence”, and “My City of Ruins”, the latter of which appeared last fall on the “America: A Tribute To Heroes” benefit album.

In other news, Springsteen has contributed a version of “Give My Love To Rose” to “Kindred Spirits: A Tribute To The Songs Of Johnny Cash”. The album, set for release May 28, also features Sheryl Crow, Little Richard, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam.

Meanwhile, it appears that Springsteen is returning to the silver screen. Variety reports that the singer will have a “small role” as a “radio DJ” opposite Julia Stiles (“Save The Last Dance”, “10 Things I Hate About You”). Filming of the untitled romantic drama is set to begin this summer in New Jersey. Springsteen previously made a cameo appearance as himself in “High Fidelity”.

Finally, “Drive All Night”, a rock opera based around Springsteen’s songs, is set for its world premiere in New York in March.

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Can’t wait to read this!

NO APOLOGIES

Riverhead, a division of Penguin Putnam, is buying the rights to publish the notebooks of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain for close to $4 million. The diaries contain black-and-white drawings as well as lyrics and lists of musicians who influenced him over the years.

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This was the guy who was arrested for drug possession last year. I wonder if these comments came during a moment of clarity?

IS HE A TOUGH CRITIC, OR JUST PROMOTING HIS SHOW

“The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin is blasting the media for going easy on President Bush during the war in Afghanistan. In an interview with the New Yorker, Sorkin says the entire country, including his own network, is “pretending” that Bush is competent and brave when the reality is far different.

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What was he thinking?

Kurt Cobain’s notebooks will be published in November. They should provide an insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating icons ever.

And hopefully, we’ll hear those un-released Nirvana songs by then as well!

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Today’s New Releases

Big day for DVD’s! Big day indeed! I may have to go back to work if this many great discs come out every week!

Here are your new DVD and video releases for Tuesday, February 26th, 2002.

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (VHS & DVD)- This Kevin Smith disc would be worth picking up even if it didn’t offer any extras, but luckily you won’t have to wait like with the DOGMA Special Edition for goodies like director & cast commentary, 100+ minutes of deleted scenes, an alternate ending, gag reel, trailers, TV spots, and more. Plus, if you are a fan of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Mallrats, then this is a must have!

THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW: THE ENTIRE FIRST SEASON (DVD)- Hummina, hummina, hummina! MAn, is I, be, umm, excited regarding this one! Finally, Larry comes home! Can you guess what I will be watching all day?!??!

TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (DVD)- The release of the TWIN PEAKS prequel movie features the new documentary REFLECTIONS ON THE PHENOMENOM OF TWIN PEAKS, featuring new on-camera interviews with the cast and crew.

ALSO OUT TODAY,

SOUL SURVIVORS (VHSr & DVD)
BONES (VHSr & DVD)
DRAWING FLIES (VHS & DVD)
PENDULUM (VHSr & DVD)
CINDERELLA II: DREAMS COME TRUE (VHS & DVD)
SESSION 9 (VHS & DVD)
A GLIMPSE OF HELL (VHSr & DVD)
2000 YEAR OLD MAN (DVD)
VA SAVOIR (VHS & DVD)
HAIKU TUNNEL (VHS & DVD)
SHERLOCK HOUND – CASE FILE 1 (DVD)
SOULTAKER: THE MONSTER WITHIN (DVD)
CHEAP TRICK: MUSIC FOR HANGOVERS (VHS & DVD)
SPACE 1999, Set 5 & 6 (DVD)

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This has me bummed out, man!

FUTURAMA Future Uncertain

The creators behind FOX’s FUTURAMA have reportedly been let go from their jobs, and its unknown if there will be any future episodes ordered beyond those already in the can.

There are, however, over 20 episodes of the show which have yet to be aired, so the Matt Groening series will likely be around for at least one more season.

I say, “Do a backflip!”

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This one is for Dave

QUANTUM LEAP Stars Reunite on ENTERPRISE

SCI FI WIRE reports Dean Stockwell will guest star as a Tandaran colonel who encounters Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) and Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) on an April episode of UPN’s ENTERPRISE.

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From the “I Care” department

A Former SEINFELD Star Launches Decent Sitcom

Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays an L.A. club singer in the “real-time” NBC dramedy WATCHING ELLIE, premiering this evening at 8:30 pm Eastern.

Steve Carell (The Daily Show) and Peter Stormare (Fargo) also star.

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And from the “Who Cares” department

SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS Premiere Thursday

A fourth season of SURVIVOR premieres on CBS this Thursday night at 8 pm Eastern.

This time around, the 16 castaways on the remote island will be given no food or fire at all to aid them in their attempts to win $1 million.

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Today’s New Releases

As I sit here writing this the car commercial that features the Led Leppelin song “Rock And Roll” is on and I am wondering if any of today’s new music releases feature any songs that will last 20 years from now.

Probably not.

Oh, now a commercial for the new Survivor series is on. I won’t tell you what that has me contemplating.

So as I digress, here are the new CD releases for Tuesday, February 26th, 2002

LISA LOEB Cake and Pie (A&M)- Lisa Loeb, who I call Loeby, is back with another poppy, fun CD that features guitar work from her boyfriend Dweezil Zappa.

ALANIS MORISSETE under rug swept (Maverick)- After hearing this CD for the first time a friend asked me how it was. I responded, “She’s mad again.” Yup, she’s mad again, and singing about men she broke up with. A better CD than “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” but it loses something with each repeated listen. But she’s mad again!!! Oh, and look, Alanis is being interviewed on TV right now! Wow, she loks great! I hope she writes a song about me someday!

KYLIE MINOGUE Fever (Capitol)- Out in Canada since last year this CD finally gets released in America. Kylie has gotten off of the Loco- Motion train and is now on the disco express. Sadly, you, and I, won’t be able to get some of these songs out of your head.

ALSO OUT TODAY…PHANTOM PLANET The Guest (Epic), AUDIO LEARNING CENTER Friendships Often Fade Away (Vagrant), NEIL FINN: 7 World Collide (Nettwerk) Plus… 1208, AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, ANYONE, PATTI AUSTIN, BABY S, BLACK 47, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CLUB 8, COARSE OF NATURE, CRANES, THE CZARS, THE DELPHINES, BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES, INJECTED, MONTELL JORDAN, TONIO K., RAMSEY LEWIS & NANCY WILSON, ERIC LICHTER, MIKE PHILLIPS, REV. HORTON HEAT, SHARISSA, RICKY SKAGGS & FRIENDS, TOMASZ, SWITCHED, VIOLET INDIANA, X-ECUTIONERS, and the soundtracks to ROSWELL and MOULIN ROUGE (Vol. 2).