Quasi Album Wrapped

Mekons recording, kids rock 'n' roll book, Pennywise "F**k Authority"

The upcoming Quasi album, Sword of God will be released in August on Touch and Go. The album was recorded in Portland at The Fluke Room and the Devil's Workshop. ... The Mekons have been recording their next album in Chicago, and plan to wrap the album up in September with an anticipated Spring 2000 release, also on Touch and Go. ... "Shake, Rattle & Roll" (Houghton Mifflin Company) is a beautiful rock 'n' roll picture book for kids. It features paintings by Laura Levine of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Wanda Jackson, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and others who birthed the music. Rolling Stone Press editor Holly George-Warren provides short, clear bios to go with the images. Levine's paintings are being exhibited this month at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. ... The upcoming Pennywise album is titled Land of the Free? and will be released by Epitaph on June 19. The album includes such songs as ""F**k Auhority," "The World," "Enemy" "My God," "Set Me Free," "Twist of Fate" and "Whose Side Are You On?" The "politically charged" album (as Epitaph puts it) was produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, L7). Commenting on "F**k Authority," singer Jim Lindberg says, "This is our agenda set to a 4/4 beat. If your local police force is racist and corrupt and doesn't respect your rights as a free citizen, does this authority deserve your respect?" [Wednesday, May 2, 2001]

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