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The Verve are rolling out the red carpet for their heralded return next week in bonus-packed limited editions of their new album, Forth. A CD/DVD set is available at retail housed in a casebound, book-style package, featuring the 20 minute documentary “Space and Time” and five songs from their performance this past May at Coachella. Mega-fans still gobbling up the various exclusive B-sides on the first single, “Love Is Noise,” can order the deluxe box set from the Verve’s official online store, boasting an audiophile two-LP vinyl set with two songs that don’t show up on the CD, the bonus DVD, instant free downloads and special book of memorabilia…. In cooperation with all past and present membership, the entity known as Hawkwind has announced that the band has struck a deal with the UK’s Cherry Red imprint to archive and reissue the band’s entire catalog. A new sub-label, Atomhenge Records, will debut in November with a pair of three-CD anthologies, followed by individual album reissues. The project looks to be in great hands, based on the loving reissues recently dealt by another arm of Cherry Red, the ever-fitting Esoteric Recordings. No longer so easily stumbled upon in the LP bins of lusty, musty used record stores, the mind expansion team at Esoteric is pledged to keep the trip alive with rare gems hunted down and reissued to a forgotten world. From Man’s mighty, live Maximum Darkness from 1975 to a trio of albums by Dutch prog rock giants Supersister (a John Peel favorite, signed to his own Dandelion Records and recently featured in the Joy Division bio-pic Control), the label’s reissue campaign continues to offer up tasty, eclectic lost documents of a different time. Other recent reissues include vocalist Claire Hammill’s ambient albums Voices and Love In the Afternoon from the 1980s and the jazzy, folky, funky London horn collective Satisfaction and their self-titled debut from 1971, ready to score a vintage indie street soul thriller or toss flowers in the park…

Television Alert: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” welcomes Juliana Hatfield on Monday and BB King on Tuesday; “The Late Show with David Letterman” hosts Solange on Monday and Little Anthony and the Imperials on Tuesday; “Larry King Live” loosens his suspenders with Sheryl Crow this evening, and Tavis Smiley sits down with LL Cool J tonight and Dave Matthews on Thursday.

New Releases Coming Aug. 26

The American Dollar A Memory Stream (Yesh Music) cinematic instrumental trio

Backyard Tire Fire The Places We’ve Lived (Hyena) witty and mellow return of this Bloomington, Ind. trio

Emily Bezar Exchange (DemiVox)fifth solo album from the Potato Eaters vocalist, floating and soaringin the green forest realm of Kate Bush and Tori Amos

Bigelf Cheat the Gallows (Custard) majestic madness at the alter of the vintage prog and Heavy Metal Magazine fantasy, these Beatlesque dark-power poppers shine in the electrifying, spot-on “Money, It’s Pure Evil”

Jonatha Brooke The Works: Words By Woody Guthrie and Music By Jonatha Brooke (BadDog Records) invited into the Guthrie Archives to put new music topreviously lyrics, with guests Keb’ Mo’, Glen Phillips and Derek Trucks

Eva Cassidy Somewhere (BlixStreet) collection of songs recorded from 1987 to 1996, highlighted bycovers of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and Willie Nelson’s “BlueEyes Crying In the Rain”

Cordero De Donde Eres (Bloodshot)all-Spanish album from the Rock*A*Teens’ Chris Verene and his wife, AniCordero, turning in the air like a lost David Lynch spaghetti Westernat dusk

Datarock — “Computer Camp Love” (digital-only release) five-song EP with remixes by DEVO

Delta Spirit Ode To Sunshine (Rounder)hot off touring with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Cold War Kids, thisfresh, infectious debut of rainy-day ditties and suburban blues recallsthe Violent Femmes, the Waterboys and the Kinks

Devil’s Slingshot Clinophobia (Mascot/Megaforce) new supergroup from Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan and Virgil Donati

The Gabe Dixon Band The Gabe Dixon Band (Fantasy) gorgeously composed originals from the classical pianist hand picked by Paul McCartney for his Driving Rain album, in duet with Mindy Smith on the pensive “Further the Sky”

The Game LAX (Geffen) possible swan song, with producers Scott Storch and Dr. Dre

Electric Touch Electric Touch (JusticeRecords) debut from this Austin quartet that spins Beatles melodies,Alice Cooper glam and British pop crackle into a captivating experience

The Fant’mas/Melvins Big Band Live From London 2006 (Ipecac) concert DVD featuring an adio commentary track by label co owner Greg Werckman and actor Danny DeVito

Heavy Heavy Low Low Turtle Nipple and the Toxic Shock (New Weatherman/ Ferret Music) featuring a cover of Black Flag’s “Wasted”

Hindu Love Gods Hindu Love Gods (RhinoEncore) reissue from 1990, featuring Peter Buck, Mike Mills and BillBerry of REM backing Warren Zevon through 10 cover selections fromPrince’s “Raspberry Beret” and Woody Guthrie’s “Vigilante man” toRobert Johnson’s “Walking Blues” and “Traveling Riverside Blues”

BB King One Kind Favor (Geffen)reaching back to the classic sound of the 1950s with a combo featuringdrummer Jim Keltner, acoustic stand up bassist Nathan East and pianistDr. John, a who’s-who of blues legends are covered, including Big BillBroonzy, Lemon Jefferson, John Willie “Shifty” Henry and Lee VidaWalker

Solange Knowles SoL-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams (Geffen) Beyonc’’s sister, with producers Pharrell Williams, Cee-Lo and Mark Ronson

Little Feat Join the Band (429 Records) with guests Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson

Maiysha This Much Is True (Eusonia)Brooklyn soul with a trip-hop edge, featuring a wild reinterpretationof Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” as a coy, roadhouse blues come hither

Midnight Juggernauts — “Into the Galaxy” (Isomorph Records) from Australia,this electronic trio gets a helping hand from remix agents Architecturein Helsinki, Yuksek & Brodinski, Chateau Marmont and GrandmasterFlash on this CD EP

Mondo Primo 2FN Hot (Doghouse) with enclosed 3-D glasses to enjoy the special packaging

Mot’rhead Mot’rizer (Steamhammer) all new, recorded in Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios with Cameron Webb

The Pineapple Thief Tightly Unwound (KScope Records) Radiohead-friendly ballads and funeral pyres by the alter ego of Bruce Soord, formerly of Vulgar Unicorn

Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard Farscape (Synthetic Symphony/SPV) all new two-CD collaboration between the Tangerine Dream co-founder and the Dead Can Dance vocalist

Slipknot All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner) featuring the single “Psychosocial”

Matthew Sweet Sunshine Lies (Shout!Factory) reuniting with Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles, Ric Menck andRichard Lloyd for his 10 th studio album, this trippy, power pop nuggetis also available in a two-LP vinyl edition with four bonus songs

Toadies No Deliverance (Kirtland) first new album in seven years

Tuck & Patti I Remember You (T&P Records) collection of standards, including “In a Sentimental Mood” and “It Might As Well Be Spring”

Tussle Cream Cuts (SmalltownSupersound) cubic, broken-tumbling rhythms and down-the-rabbit-holeelectronic knob-twisting for warm robots, with guest Alexis Taylor ofHop Chip on “Titan”

Uriah Heep Wake the Sleeper (Universal) all-new from the British rock legends with new drummer Russell Gilbrook

The Veronicas Hook Me Up (Sire)domestic CD release of this hit from Australian twin sisters Lisa andJessica Origliasso, on tour this month with the Jonas Brothers

Woodhands Heart Attack (Paper Bag) electro-pop duo with a sexy, sweaty, nightmarish tweaker’s grind

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