The Vernal Equinox hasn”t set upon us it isn”t yet time for the “Fall Back” time change and one day removed from the summer wrap, it”s on to the previews. Summer album season has passed and the songs that drove albums up the charts are gone. Radio listening will decline and for some reason or another consumerism will rise. Stockings will be stuffed with the finest of care in hopes that your (and my) favorite Christian rock crossover band will soon be there. But sadly, I already have Human Clay (two copies) and My Own Prison (One U.S. copy, one Japanese import, with the bonus track “Jesus loves the Christian Rock”) so what do I have to look forward to in the forthcoming months?

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A host of CDs galore, of course. What you won”t find in the Fall Preview is a listing for Nirvana”s box set, because Courtney Love, ex-wife of frontman Kurt Cobain, is refusing to let the box set be released on account of Geffen”s (now Interscope”s) unfair artist treatment. She claims to be the new “president of Geffen” because she holds the key to the Nirvana Box Set.

Thankfully, we won”t have a new Weezer album in the fall as the band is (hopefully) going to work on some tracks to suitably follow up Pinkerton (being that their “Green Album” most certainly did not). We won”t have a new Janet album, as All For You has been on the shelves for less than six months, but we will be hearing from another member of the prestigiously notorious Jacko clan.

It may not all be good, as certainly most of it will be bad but there is a host of new music on tap for the fall season here”s a sampling.

Ben Folds Rockin” the Suburbs Tentatively called “Ben Folds Fired” or “Thriller” at press time seven months ago showing the lead singer is less than smarting over the Five”s breakup last year. Folds plays most of the instruments on the album and has been appearing live with a backup band and Ben tickling the ivories. Weird Al directed the video for the title track, a single which changes gears notoriously and sounds like it could be some of Folds” best material, rivaling “Underground” from the Five”s self-titled debut.

They Might Be Giants Mink Car The Giants re-team with the same production crew that engineered their 1990 album Flood, which is generally considered to be their finest work, the Giants will be on tour this fall and will make a pit stop in Ann Arbor along the way.

Macy Gray The ID The scratchy-voiced English diva returns. I wouldn”t be expecting too much out of this one though folks. I think the nicotine is gonna start getting to her vocal chords sooner than later.

Live V Live”s latest album entwines the Indian influences that Live has embraced so strongly with the same style guitar-rock, all capped off with a series of electronic warbles thrown in for good measure. The first single “Simple Creed” features trip-hopster Tricky taking the mic. It”s not a good thing.

Tenacious D Tenacious D JB and KG from the HBO mini-cuts a few years ago have finally finished their long awaited album. Originally titled Grammy Time, the D”s blend of wangling acoustic guitars and dick/fart jokes make for more than a fair share of laughs. Jack Black has put his film career on pause to give his fans the D. The first single off the album “F*ck Her Gently” hasn”t yet made a mark on radio, but the witty ditty will probably do some damage at some point.

Michael Jackson Invincible Scheduled delayed scheduled delayed. It looks like Jackson”s record will drop at the end of October and industry insiders have said he”s invented a whole new genre of music in the brief clips they”ve been treated too. Whether or not inventing a whole new genre of music is good or bad is yet to see.

Incubus With no official title at press time, it is known that Incubus, creators of the mega-hit “Drive,” are wrapping up work on the follow-up to their immensely successful Make Yourself which spawned hit after hit on the Modern Rock charts. You heard it here first, Incubus next album will have a “Drive” rip-off song, just like Bush remade “Glycerine” on all of their subsequent albums.

Creed Weather Slated currently for sometime in November, just in time to appear neatly packaged under the Christmas tree and tentatively titled Weather, Creed”s next album is expected to be more of the same: Fence-sitting Christian rock from a band that God only knows why they ever got popular. Weather will probably be a flop and just sell three or four million copies as opposed to the nine that Human Clay shipped. Terrible.

By Luke Smith

Daily Music Editor

The Vernal Equinox hasn”t set upon us it isn”t yet time for the “Fall Back” time change and one day removed from the summer wrap, it”s on to the previews. Summer album season has passed and the songs that drove albums up the charts are gone. Radio listening will decline and for some reason or another consumerism will rise. Stockings will be stuffed with the finest of care in hopes that your (and my) favorite Christian rock crossover band will soon be there. But sadly, I already have Human Clay (two copies) and My Own Prison (One U.S. copy, one Japanese import, with the bonus track “Jesus loves the Christian Rock”) so what do I have to look forward to in the forthcoming months?

A host of CDs galore, of course. What you won”t find in the Fall Preview is a listing for Nirvana”s box set, because Courtney Love, ex-wife of frontman Kurt Cobain, is refusing to let the box set be released on account of Geffen”s (now Interscope”s) unfair artist treatment. She claims to be the new “president of Geffen” because she holds the key to the Nirvana Box Set.

Thankfully, we won”t have a new Weezer album in the fall as the band is (hopefully) going to work on some tracks to suitably follow up Pinkerton (being that their “Green Album” most certainly did not). We won”t have a new Janet album, as All For You has been on the shelves for less than six months, but we will be hearing from another member of the prestigiously notorious Jacko clan.

It may not all be good, as certainly most of it will be bad but there is a host of new music on tap for the fall season here”s a sampling.

Ben Folds Rockin” the Suburbs Tentatively called “Ben Folds Fired” or “Thriller” at press time seven months ago showing the lead singer is less than smarting over the Five”s breakup last year. Folds plays most of the instruments on the album and has been appearing live with a backup band and Ben tickling the ivories. Weird Al directed the video for the title track, a single which changes gears notoriously and sounds like it could be some of Folds” best material, rivaling “Underground” from the Five”s self-titled debut.

They Might Be Giants Mink Car The Giants re-team with the same production crew that engineered their 1990 album Flood, which is generally considered to be their finest work, the Giants will be on tour this fall and will make a pit stop in Ann Arbor along the way.

Macy Gray The ID The scratchy-voiced English diva returns. I wouldn”t be expecting too much out of this one though folks. I think the nicotine is gonna start getting to her vocal chords sooner than later.

Live V Live”s latest album entwines the Indian influences that Live has embraced so strongly with the same style guitar-rock, all capped off with a series of electronic warbles thrown in for good measure. The first single “Simple Creed” features trip-hopster Tricky taking the mic. It”s not a good thing.

Tenacious D Tenacious D JB and KG from the HBO mini-cuts a few years ago have finally finished their long awaited album. Originally titled Grammy Time, the D”s blend of wangling acoustic guitars and dick/fart jokes make for more than a fair share of laughs. Jack Black has put his film career on pause to give his fans the D. The first single off the album “F*ck Her Gently” hasn”t yet made a mark on radio, but the witty ditty will probably do some damage at some point.

Michael Jackson Invincible Scheduled delayed scheduled delayed. It looks like Jackson”s record will drop at the end of October and industry insiders have said he”s invented a whole new genre of music in the brief clips they”ve been treated too. Whether or not inventing a whole new genre of music is good or bad is yet to see.

Incubus With no official title at press time, it is known that Incubus, creators of the mega-hit “Drive,” are wrapping up work on the follow-up to their immensely successful Make Yourself which spawned hit after hit on the Modern Rock charts. You heard it here first, Incubus next album will have a “Drive” rip-off song, just like Bush remade “Glycerine” on all of their subsequent albums.

Creed Weather Slated currently for sometime in November, just in time to appear neatly packaged under the Christmas tree and tentatively titled Weather, Creed”s next album is expected to be more of the same: Fence-sitting Christian rock from a band that God only knows why they ever got popular. Weather will probably be a flop and just sell three or four million copies as opposed to the nine that Human Clay shipped. Terrible.

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