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THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION release a new single on March 8. 'Talk About The Blues' is available on CD and limited edition 7-inch orange vinyl and includes remixes by Dan The Automator and David Holmes. The video features movie stars playing the JSBE: Winona Ryder plays Jon Spencer and Giovani Ribisi (who appears in the forthcoming 'Mod Squad' movie) is Juddah Bauer.

FUGAZI release a feature-length documentary on April 12 through Dischord. Film-maker Jem Cohen, who has worked with Elliott Smith and REM, has spent ten years filming the Washington DC band. The film features concert and behind-the-scenes footage and will be shown in London Hoxton Square Lux Cinema on March 5 & 6. For tickets, call 0171 684 0201.

BUSTA RHYMES appears in court next week (February 22) charged with unlawfully possessing a loaded gun. The rapper, real name Trevor Smith, was stopped in his car by police on December 27 last year for a traffic offence. Officers found a loaded .45 calibre pistol in his vehicle. If convicted of the charge Busta, who has no previous criminal record, faces a maximum of seven years in jail.

COLDCUT play a live set at London Piccadilly's Tower Records shop tomorrow February 12. The band play at 6pm and are promoting the release of their new album, 'Let Us Replay', released last week on Ninja Tunes.

IGGY POP teams up with a jazz trio on his new album, due for release in the summer on Virgin. He has been recording songs with producer Don Was at Moby's New York rehearsal studio and has recorded the jazz standard 'Willow Weep For Me'. Songs slated for the album also feature 'Nazi Girlfriend', 'No Shit', 'Ms Argentina' and 'Rock Star Grave'.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' James Iha has been working with Whiskeytown on the follow-up to their 1997 debut album 'Stranger's Almanac'. The Pumpkins guitarist has helped out with pre-production and arrangements on six songs on the album whose working title is 'Go Bye Bye Music'. It is due for a late summer release.

STEELY DAN are to release their first studio album in 19 years this summer, according to reports in the US. The band, who were sampled by Super Furry Animals for their track 'The Man Don't Give A Fuck', last released a studio album, 'Gaucho', in 1980.

TEN BENSON, GILDED LIL and MARINE RESEARCH are among the independent delights on offer at Sheffield's POP A GO GO FESTIVAL. It's at the Boardwalk on February 20, it runs from 12pm to 12am, and features ten bands for a tenner, plus DJs, record'n'fanzine stalls, refreshments and all the indie kudos you can carry. Tickets are from Sheffield's Forever Changes Records on 0114 267 9787.

Some of DOT ALLISON's dates have changed. She now plays Manchester Hop & Grape (March 1) and London W1 Improv Theatre (2).

THE CREATURES, featuring Siouxsie Sioux and Budge, ex of Siouxsie And The Banshees, whose 'Anima Animus' is released on Monday, kick off their tour next week at Dublin Mean Fiddler (February 16) Belfast Empire (17) Glasgow The Arches (18) Manchester University (30) Leeds Cockpit (21) Cambridge Junction (22) Birmingham Irish Centre (24) Salisbury Arts Centre (26) London Shepherds Bush Empire (27)

HELEN LOVE play a rescheduled date at London's Garage on Saturday (February 13).

Scottish independendents Creeping Bent records release a compilation LP of rarities and unreleased gems on Monday. 'Bentism' features FUTURE PILOT AKA, VIC GODARD, JOCK SCOTT and APPENDIX OUT, as well as Bent house bands THE LEOPARDS, NECTARINE NO 9 and THE SECRET GOLDFISH.

ONE LADY OWNER release a follow-up single to their 'Wheelkings 1973' debut. 'I Do Need You' (Creation) is out Monday.

Weird-fi beatsman YOSSARIAN releases his debut LP 'Elegant Time' (Satellite) on Monday.

Young Scots hopes KHAYA (think ARAB STRAP, but with a girl) play Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (February 11) Edinburgh Cas Rock (12) Brighton Community Centre (14) London Islington Red Eye (16) Edinburgh Potterrow (23)

Analogue extremists PAN SONIC release a new LP, 'A' on Mute on February 22. They play with Japanese noise-bringer MASONNA at London Highbury Garage on Valentine's Day.

MORCHEEBA release a box set of their two albums 'Who Can You Trust' and 'Big Calm' on March 15, a limited edition of 5000. They have also recorded a cover of Tommy James' 1969 hit 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' for the forthcoming movie 'A Walk On The Moon'.

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