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In The News: Spoon, Fleetwood Mac, Santigold, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Who, Basia Bulat, Freakwater, Cult And More

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The 10th anniversary of Spoon’s Gimme Fiction will be celebrated December 11, when Merge issues a limited-edition remastered version of the album, plus a second disc of 12 previously unreleased demos from the era and more … Fleetwood Mac has announced the December 4 release of a deluxe version of 1979 album Tusk—complete with unreleased session recordings, singles, demos, remixes and live tracks—from Warner Bros. … 99¢ is the new album from Santigold, due out via Atlantic on January 22 … Ghostly International will issue the new Choir Of Young Believers record, Grasque, on February 19 … On December 4, Bruce Springsteen will release The Ties That Bind: The River Collection via Columbia. The four-CD/three-DVD boxed set contains unreleased material from The River era, including never-before-seen live footage and studio outtakes … The seventh album from Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams, is due out December 4 via Parlophone/Atlantic … The Cave Singers will independently release their fifth studio album, Banshee, on February 19 … Eagle Rock has announced the November 20 release of the Who’s Live In Hyde Park in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary … Good Advice, the new album by Basia Bulat, is due out February 12 via Secret City … On December 4, the Black Crowes will re-release their first four albums—Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion, Amorica and Three Snakes And One Charm—on high-grade 180-gram vinyl on American/UMe … The 10th studio album from the Cult, Hidden City, is set for a February 5 release on Cooking Vinyl … Freakwater has announced the February 5 release of its first new album in 10 years, Scheherazade, via Bloodshot … Also returning after a 10-year hiatus is Dweezil Zappa, who will release an all-new album of original songs, Via Zammata’, via Fantom on November 27 … Back in 2013, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale performed Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels (The Suites) at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This live performance will be released worldwide November 20 via Zappa/UMe … Long Lost Suitcase is the companion album to Tom Jones’ autobiography, Over The Top And Back. The album, due out December 4 via S-Curve, will feature interpretations of songs by the Rolling Stones, the Milk Carton Kids, Willie Nelson and more … Resonance will release One Night In Indy, an exclusive 1959 performance by Wes Montgomery featuring the Eddie Higgins trio, on CD for the first time January 15 … Bette Midler will release an 18-track collection highlighting love songs recorded during her career, A Gift Of Love, on December 4 via Rhino.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Okkervil River, Eleanor Friedberger, School Of Seven Bells, Neil Finn And More

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The 10-year anniversary of Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy will be celebrated on December 4, when Jagjaguwar releases an anniversary edition as a three-LP set combining the original album with Black Sheep Boy Appendix and a previously unreleased covers record, There Swims A SwanEleanor Friedberger, formerly of Fiery Furnaces, has announced the January 22 release of her third solo album, New View, via Frenchkiss. She’ll play a handful of shows around the U.S. next week … SVIIB will be the final studio album from School Of Seven Bells, due to the departure of Claudia Deheza in 2010 and the death of Benjamin Curtis in 2013. It will be available from Vagrant in February 2016 … UMe will issue all 11 albums Roy Orbison recorded with MGM as a boxed set, The MGM Years, on December 4. Also available will be a “lost” album from 1969, One Of The Lonely Ones, containing 12 never-before-heard tracks … On November 30, Carly Simon will release the musical companion to her upcoming memoir, Boys In The Trees, via Rhino. Songs From The Trees (A Musical Memoir Collection) will contain 31 tracks spread across two discs and includes two previously unreleased tracks … A double live album chronicling Neil Finn And Paul Kelly’s 2013 Australian tour, Goin’ Your Way, will be available in the U.S. on December 11 from Omnivore … Light In The Attic has announced the Lee Hazlewood Archival Trilogy, featuring Lee Hazlewood’s three solo records from 1966-1968 for MGM, due out January 22 on LP and CD.

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In The News: Savages, Johnny Cash, Adele, David Lynch, Beach Boys, Queen, Bonnie Raittt, Panic! At The Disco, Villagers, Chris Knox, Jam And More

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Matador will issue the new Savages album, Adore Life, on January 22 … Two live Johnny Cash albums are available on CD for the first time this winter via Columbia/Legacy. Man In Black: Live In Denmark 1971 will be released December 4 and Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live) is due out February 5 … 25 is the first new music from Adele since her Oscar-winning single “Skyfall,” set for a November 20 release via XL … David Lynch & Marek Zebrowski have announced the November 13 reissue of Polish Night Music on deluxe two-LP via Sacred Bones … On November 20, Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, deluxe edition and digital formats via Eagle Rock. It’s the definitive account of the life, music and career of Frank Sinatra … The 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ 1965 album Beach Boys’ Party! will be celebrated with a remixed, remastered and expanded edition, Beach Boys’ Party! Uncovered And Unplugged, on November 20 from Capitol/UMe … Redwing will release Dig In Deep, Bonnie Raitt’s latest record, on February 26 … “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, the song will be released by Eagle Rock on 12-inch black vinyl on November 27. Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75 will also be released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray … Death Of A Bachelor is the new Panic! At The Disco album, due out from Atlantic on January 15 … Trixie Whitley’s latest release, Porta Bohemica, will be available on February 5 … The soundtrack to JACO, the upcoming film documenting the life of the late Jaco Pastorius, is set for a November 27 release via Legacy … Also on November 27, the new fully authorized Scorpions documentary, Forever And A Day, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms via MVD … Sub Pop has announced the January 22 release of the new Shearwater album, Jet Plane And OxbowVillagers will release a new album, Where Have You Been All My Life?, on January 8 … The Vinyl Collection 79-84 is a boxed set containing Simple Minds’ first seven albums, due out October 30 via UMe … Flying Nun in partnership with Captured Tracks will reissue two of the catalogue’s great releases on November 13: Chris Knox’s Seizure and the Tall Dwarfs’ Weeville … A feature-length documentary about the Jam, About The Young Idea, will be released by Eagle Rock on January 22 … This past July, the “core four” original Grateful Dead members played their final performance together over three nights in Chicago. Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead chronicles those shows, and will be available November 20 in multiple formats via Rhino.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Circus Devils, Bill Hicks, Bloc Party, Besnard Lakes, Cass McCombs And More

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Robert Pollard’s Circus Devils is set to issue new full-length Stomping Grounds on October 23 … Ultimate Bill Hicks is a three-DVD boxed set containing four Bill Hicks performances as well as the documentary of his life, It’s Just A Ride. It will be available on November 9 via PIAS Comedy … On January 29, the new Bloc Party album, Hymns, will be available from Infectious/BMG/Vagrant … After a 10-year hiatus, Dweezil Zappa returns November 27 with the release of Via Zammata’ from Fantom … American/UMe will re-release the first four albums from the Black Crowes (Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion, Amorica and Three Snakes and One Charm) on high-grade 180-gram vinyl on December 4 … Tracy Chapman has announced the November 20 release of her long-awaited Greatest Hits album via Elektra/Rhino … The Peanuts Movie original motion-picture soundtrack, which features classic Vince Guaraldi tracks as well as hits by Meghan Trainor and Flo Rida, will be available from Epic and 20th Century Fox on October 23 … January 22 marks the release of A Coliseum Complex Museum, the new album from the Besnard Lakes, via Jagjaguwar … Domino will issue a new collection of Cass McCombs tracks, A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides And Space Junk, Etc., on December 11 … A career-spanning retrospective from Can’s Irmin Schmidt, Electro Violet, is due out November 20 via Mute/Spoon … Brooke Waggoner’s fifth studio album, Sweven, is set for a January 15 release via Swoon Moon Music … Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981 is a four-disc boxed set of previously unreleased live performances by Weather Report. It will be issued by Legacy on November 20 … Omnivore has announced the November 13 release of Buck ‘Em! Volume 2: The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975). It’s chronicles the work of Buck Owens, containing 50 tracks, including seven previously unreleased recordings … On November 27, a four-disc boxed set spanning Bobby Rush’s 50-year career, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush, will be released by Omnivore … Three films by Robert MuggeBlack Wax (a 1982 portrait of Gil Scott-Heron), Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise and Hawaiian Rainbow/Kumu Hula: Keepers Of A Culture—will be available on DVD and Blu-ray … The Color Of Noise is a new documentary about the life of Tom Hazelmyer (a.k.a the Artist Haze XXL) and his record label, Amphetamine Reptile. It will be out from MVD on November 24 … Alligator will issue A Blues Christmas—featuring tracks by Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop and more—on vinyl November 6 … The life of Genesis’s Steve Hackett is documented in The Man, The Music, which will be available on DVD on October 16 via MVD … The final studio album from Love, Reel To Real (originally released in 1975), has been remastered and expanded by High Moon, with a release date of November 27.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Tortoise, Neil Young, Cage The Elephant, Squeeze, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Megadeth, Ornette Coleman And More

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The Catastrophist is the first new Tortoise album since 2009, due out from Thrill Jockey on January 22. The band will tour North America and Europe early next year in support … Neil Young has announced the November 13 release of Bluenote Café, his latest Performance Series release from the Neil Young Archives, via Reprise … RCA will issue the new Cage The Elephant album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, on December 18 … The 14th studio album from Squeeze (and first in 17th years), Cradle To The Grave, is set for a November 13 release on Virgin … The 40th anniversary of Jethro Tull’s Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll: Too Young To Die! will be honored with an expanded two-CD/two-DVD set containing unreleased music and footage on November 27 via Chrysalis … Angels & Ghosts, the new album from Dave Gahan & Soulsavers, is due out from Columbia on October 23 … A Sunny Day In Glasgow will release a double EP, Planning Weed Like It’s Acid/Life Is Loss, on November 13 via Mis Ojos Discos … UMe/Tradecraft/T-Boy Records have announced the January 22 release of Megadeth’s fifteenth studio album, Dystopia … On November 20, a four-disc collection of 100 rare Frank Sinatra tracks, Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air (1935-1955) will be available from Legacy … The soundtrack to Roger Waters The Wall, the acclaimed feature film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans, will be released by Columbia/Legacy on November 20 … Celebrate Ornette is a deluxe, limited-edition boxed set paying tribute to Ornette Coleman, due out from Sound X on January 29 … Moonsocket’s first album in 18 years, Eurydice, is set for a November 6 release via Noyes … The Jayhawk’s Gary Louris and the Old Ceremony’s Django Haskins have teamed up to form Au Pair. Its debut album, One-Armed Candy Bear, will be released by Sham/Thirty Tigers on November 13 … The 20th anniversary of Goo Goo DollsA Boy Named Goo will be celebrated November 27 with special vinyl, CD and digital releases featuring previously unreleased live tracks … Nonesuch will issue the complete soundtrack recording of Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog film on October 23 … On December 4, Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s will release The Bridge On The Boxcar—A Decade )f Margot Rarities: 2004-2014, a five-LP boxed set of unreleased tracks, via Joyful Noise … Pantera’s legacy will be commemorated on a studio boxed set, The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000, due out from Rhino on December 11 … Rhino’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration of Rush will continue on October 23, with the vinyl reissues of Presto and Roll The Bones. Counterparts and Test for Echo will follow on November 6 … Two Red Red Meat classics, Jimmywine Majestic and Red Red Meat, will be reissued by Jealous Butcher on November 6.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Bob Dylan, Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, Arcade Fire, Kurt Cobain, Velvet Underground, Tindersticks And More

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The latest installment of Columbia/Legacy’s Bob Dylan Bootleg Series will be released November 6. The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is a deluxe six-CD anthology containing previously unreleased studio recordings from the Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde sessions … Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 is the deluxe 20th anniversary boxed set edition of the Flaming Lips’ 1995 album, due out from Warner Bros. on November 27 … They Might Be Giants has announced the November 27 release of its second album of 2015, Why?, via Idlewild … Following the September 23 release of Arcade Fire’s feature film The Reflektor Tapes, the band will issue a deluxe edition of Reflektor on September 25 … The 25th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album, Peoples’ Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm, will be celebrated with the November 13 release of a remastered anniversary edition via Legacy … On November 13, Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats from UMe. The soundtrack album, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, will also be available the same day … Polydor/UMe will issue The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes on November 20. The four-CD boxed set contains material recorded during the Velvet Underground’s 1969 residency at the Matrix … Jenny Lewis will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, with a deluxe limited-edition vinyl reissue, as well as a tour with the Watson Twins and special guest M. Ward … Alone In The Universe is the first album of all new ELO music in more than a decade, due out from Columbia on November 13 … November 27 marks the release of Deerhoof’s live album, Fever 121614, via Polyvinyl … The latest Tindersticks record, The Waiting Room, is due out from City Slang on January 22 … Merge will reissue the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs on vinyl on November 6 … Verve will issue A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters on November 6 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s magnum opus, complete with alternate versions and previously unreleased recordings … SUNN O))) has announced the December 4 release of Kannon via Southern Lord … One Way Street is a vinyl boxed set containing Mark Lanegan’s first five solo albums, due out from Sub Pop on November 20 … That same day, Look Around, a two-LP, career-spanning anthology by Beat Happening, will be available from Domino … Ghostly International has announced the February 19 release of Grasque, the new album from Choir Of Young Believers.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Beatles, Edith Piaf, Ride, Frank Sinatra, Six Organs Of Admittance And More

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For the first time ever, the Beatles’ top hits and videos will be available together as deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray packages. 1+ will feature restored clips for each song from the 27-track 1, as well as a second disc of 23 alternate and rarely seen videos, and is due out from Apple Corps Ltd/UMG on November 6 … The 100th birthday of Edith Piaf will be celebrated on November 27 by Parlophone with the release of a 20-disc deluxe collection, Integrale 2015 Limited Edition Box Set, which will feature more than 350 tracks remastered in high definition … Love Saves The Day, the new album from G. Love And Special Sauce, is set for an October 30 release via PledgeMusic … Warpaint’s jennylee has announced the December 11 release of her debut solo album, right on!, on Rough Trade … On October 30, Universal Music will celebrate Eels with Eels: The Complete Dreamworks Albums, an eight-disc vinyl boxed set containing the band’s first five studio albums … Eagle Rock will issue Slowhand At 70: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, featuring Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday concert this year, in multiple formats on November 13 … Ride will celebrate the 25th birthday of debut album Nowhere on November 6. Nowhere25 will feature the expanded original LP as well as a live performance from 1991 … Three albums by Alison MoyetHometime, Voice and The Turn—will receive deluxe edition reissues by Cooking Vinyl on October 2, and will all feature previously unreleased material … Wallflower, the latest Diana Krall record, will be available as an expanded deluxe edition on September 25 on Verve … The centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra will continue November 20 with the vinyl reissue of three 1965 albums—Sinatra ’65, September Of My Years, and Sinatra: A Man and His Music—via FSE/UMe … Jade Tree will reissue the Promise Ring’s Nothing Feels Good on vinyl and cassette on October 30 … November 13 marks the release of the debut album by the Wainwright Sisters, Songs In The Dark, via PIAS … Six Organs Of Admittance will release Hexadic II on November 20 via Drag City … Three new Kelley Stolz albums will be issued this fall, the first being the 4 Cuts EP and The Scuzzy Inputs Of Willie Weird LP on October 30 via Stroll On. They will be followed by the November 6 release of In Triangle Time via Castle Face … No Means Of Escape, a combination of a live set (Live At Metropolis) and documentary (Made In Scotland) on Nazareth, will be available from Eagle Rock on October 16 … TimeChange will issue a newly remastered edition of You And Your Sister, Vulgar Boatmen’s debut album, on November 14 … On October 23, the new Harry Connick, Jr. album, That Would Be Me, will be available from Columbia.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Okkervil River, Built To Spill, Decemberists, Who, Frank Zappa And More

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The 10th anniversary of Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy will be commemorated with the December 4 reissue of the album as a three-LP set combined with its counterpart, Black Sheep Boy Appendix, as well as a new LP of covers, There Swims aASwan, via Jagjaguwar. The band will also perform the album in its entirety on tour … Up Records has announced the October 30 vinyl reissue of Built To Spill’s 1994 album There’s Nothing Wrong With LoveThe Decemberists will release a five-song EP, Florasongs, a collection of b-sides from What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, on October 9 via Capitol … On October 30, The Who Hits 50! celebrations will continue with the release of The Track Records Singles 1967-1973. It’s the third volume of a four-part series of classic singles by the Who … The new album from White Fang, Chunks, is due out from Burger on October 30 … Light In The Attic and Third Man will present This Record Belongs To ___, a children’s compilation album, full-color storybook and portable turntable, on November 6. The record features tracks by the likes of Shel Silverstein, Carole King, Harry Nilsson, Woody Guthrie and more … Frank Zappa’s Roxy: The Movie, a never-before-released concert film from 1973, will be available October 30 from Eagle Rock … November 13 marks the release of the first solo album by Wreckless Eric in a decade, amERICa, via Fire. He’ll tour the U.S. and Europe this fall in support … The 50th anniversary of the formation of the Monkees will be celebrated next year when Rhino releases the band’s television series on Blu-ray for the first time ever, along with the film HEAD and extras including never-before seen outtakes … Concord will reissue The Definitive Vince Guaraldi as a deluxe vinyl boxed set on October 30. The four-LP edition showcases Vince Guaraldi’s career with 31 tracks recorded between 1955 and 1966 along with rare photos … Peter Case’s first new album in five years, HWY 62, will be out via Omnivore on October 30.

—Emily Costantino

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Colbert Update: The First Week

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Stephen Colbert noted this was his first Friday show ever after being previously tied to a four-shows-a-week schedule. “Now I have to look for a T.G.I. Thursday’s,” he complained. As expected, he’s loosened up considerably from those first few nights. He raked Hillary Clinton’s candidacy into the dustbin, possibly for good, when he went on about her handlers trying to remake her into someone who cares for the common people. Amy Schumer, Hollywood’s current “it” girl/loose cannon, accomplished the same goal without half-trying when she arrived looking like a real person instead of an over-coiffed, ultra-styled Hollywood mannequin. “Look at that ass,” she said. “That’s a bad ass.” Horror author Stephen King was a delight, vowing to keep writing until he dies, “or maybe after.” The first week’s most intriguing musical moment was its last. Colbert was determined to whistle the bit from “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” with Troubled Waters, a “Paul Simon tribute band” staffed by old geezers. “Paul Simon’s a jerk,” muttered Colbert, who found that whistling when you’re nervous is very difficult. Fortunately, they gave him a second chorus, and he did much better.

—Jud Cost

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Stephen Colbert Gets His Feet Wet

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The successor to David Letterman’s recently vacated throne as emperor of late-night TV opened for business on Tuesday with the arrival of Stephen Colbert as the new guy in the saddle on CBS’s Tonight Show. Not to say Colbert automatically inherits Letterman’s ratings matched against NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel; he’ll have to earn that. And, wacky as he can be (usually a good thing in a TV host), Colbert did not complete the oddball trifecta by introducing himself as “Jimmy” Colbert, although the thought may have flickered across his fertile mind.

I’d already heard plenty about Colbert from MAGNET editor Eric T. Miller, an uber fan for as long as I can recall, and after just two shows it’s easy to see the reason for all the hoo-hah. Colbert seems to be something like Letterman with a Boy Scout utility knife. He’s more mobile than the revered Hoosier, opening his debut with forehead-scraping leg kicks worthy of a Radio City Rockette. Colbert even showed a decent voice when he took a solo chorus on the show’s closing number, Sly Stone’s “Everyday People.”

It’s comforting to learn that Colbert is every bit as polically liberal a master of ceremonies as Letterman was. The new boy certainly made his second guest, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, squirm enough that Bush flubbed a few lines when he was asked right off the bat, “Why do you want to be president of the United States?” To no one’s surprise, Colbert informed Bush that he had “zero percent chance” of getting his vote in 2016. Colbert also dredged up a recent quote from Bush’s mother that “two Bush presidents were enough.” The audience loudly hooted its agreement. The Colbert vs. Donald Trump heavyweight collision in the near future ought to be a humdinger.

The debut’s headliner, George Clooney, on board even though he had no project to pitch, seemed right at home even when Colbert admitted he’d never met Clooney before, instead of pretending otherwise as most hosts would have done. Colbert even presented Clooney with a belated wedding gift, a paper weight with “I don’t know you” inscribed on the top, then described Clooney as his wife’s “arm candy,” a notion that drew a chuckle from Clooney.

The second night of Colbert’s regime featured Scarlett Johansson, now married and living in Paris. A segment with the actress lying alongside Colbert on a blanket titled something like “Deep Questions With Big Stars” didn’t really pan out. Better was the second guest Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, who volunteered that Mars would one day be colonized once an atmosphere similar to Earth’s has been created.

Summing up the Letterman aftermath, I will miss his band leader, Paul Schaeffer, a man of impeccable musical taste, more than anyone from Letterman’s former cast. But Colbert’s new band, led by Jon Batiste, seems competent enough to help bridge the gap. Final verdict: Stephen Colbert seems perfectly able to carry on in the grand tradition of Letterman with more than enough interesting character fiords all his own to forge a unique individual late night style.

—Jud Cost

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