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Beck (pictured) releases ‘Tropicalia‘ as a single on December 7 on Geffen. Taken from his ‘Mutations‘ album, the CD single version is backed by two previously unreleased songs, ‘Black Balloon‘ and a cover of US ’60s rockers MOBY GRAPE‘s ‘Halo Of Gold‘. EDDIE IZZARD signs copies of his new book ‘DRESS TO KILL‘ at London Oxford Street Virgin Megastore on Thursday, November 19 between 6 and 8 pm. Eddie‘s album ‘Dress To Kill‘ was released on Monday. The book is a series of rambling monologues to former NME writer David Quantik and is published by Virgin books. CORNERSHOP finally release remixes of ‘Candyman‘ from their ‘When I Was Born For The 7th Time‘ album on December 7. Available on 12-inch through Wiiija, the track has been reworked by New York’s Rob Swift, London’s Schizoid Man and the Vienna-based Uptight. DAVID HOLMES has written the score to a new ELMORE LEONARD-based movie Out Of Sight, which stars George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Holmes contributes nine new instrumental tracks to the soundtrack, which is released on November 23 through MCA. PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED release a 64-track box set in mid-late January, courtesy of Virgin Records. Called ‘Plastic Box‘, the release charts the group’s history and features previously unreleased tracks from Radio 1 sessions, PIL‘s track from the movie Point Break and a 32-page booklet. PETE WYLIE AND THE MIGHTY WAH! return with a new limited-edition EP on Columbia, ‘Heart As Big As Liverpool‘, on November 23. An LP, ‘Songs Of Strength & Heartbreak‘ will be released next year. GUANA BATZ release an EP of John Peel Sessions on Vinyl Japan and play a KLUB FOOT (seminal ’80s post-BATCAVE goth/rockabilly club) reunion with RESTLESS, FRENZY, LONG TALL TEXANS, DEMENTED ARE GO and MC SMEG (ex of KING KURT). The gig is at London WC2 LA2 on December 6. Much-lauded American imports – and recent NME On Section stars – CREEPER LAGOON play their first UK dates: Oxford Point (November 21), London Highbury Upstairs At The Garage (24) and London Camden Falcon (25) German post-rock pioneers TO ROCOCO ROT team up with shadowy sound manipulator D to release a mini-LP of collaborations, ‘TRRD‘, on Soul Static Sound. It’s out now. A ‘proper’ Rot LP follows next year on City Slang. TINY TOO, SEAFOOD and BILLY MAHONIE‘s ‘Fierce Panda In A Big Vanda‘ joint tour continues at Reading Alleycat (19), Oxford Point (20), Bedford Esquires (21), Bath Moles (26), Bristol Louisiana (27), Chelmsford Y Club (28) and London Holborn LSE (December 3). Cult Canadian soundmongers GODSPEED! YOU BLACK EMPEROR are on tour. The only date confirmed so far is London Highbury Garage on November 23. Brighton’s own emo-punk Jesus Lizard, DIVERS, play some dates in support of single ‘Little Less Nothing’. This week they appear at Birmingham Foundry (November 18), Manchester Night & Day (19), Glasgow Strawberry Fields (22), Edinburgh Attic (23), Darlington Firkin (24), and Derby Victoria Inn (25) JOHN PEEL‘s Radio 1 sessions are to transfer to the stage in the New Year. Starting in January, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall – which hosted last summer’s Meltdown Festival, curated by Peel – will stage a monthly series of gigs by the three best bands featured on the previous month’s Peel Sessions. Swamp-dwellers GILDED LIL are back on tour at Ashton Under Lyne Witchwood Tavern (November 18), Cambridge Portland Arms (19), Brighton Prince Albert (20) and Croydon Clock Tower (21). Country rockers GRAND DRIVE have a new single ‘Wrong Notes’ out now on Loose Sounds. Their tour hits the following locales this week: Glasgow G2 (November 21), York Fibbers (22), Sheffield University (23), and Manchester Roadhouse (25). ASTRONAUT play a one-off live gig at London Camden WKD Cafi on November 19. Skewed indie-rock fellas HOFMAN release their fine ‘Reach Around Hofman EP‘ (Vibrations From The Edge Of Sanity). It’s out now. You can book gigs to most gigs via the NME Ticketline on 0870 121 0125. Check out our gig guide.

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