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International goes national 

Sony taps into Atlanta acts the Selmanaires, Anna Kramer

The Selmanaires may not have a new record out, but the group has a national distributor. Or at least its label does.

International Hits signed a deal with Sony-backed Red Distribution. Shannon Mulvaney, who co-owns the imprint with Andrew Quinn (who also leads the Roy Owens Jr.), says the deal encompasses its entire back catalog, as well as forthcoming albums by the Selmanaires, Anna Kramer and newly signed space-jazz troupe Noot D'Noot.

"It's a race to the finish line to see who finishes their new record first," Mulvaney says. Noot D'Noot is rerecording several tracks from its Goofer Dust Mixtape '06 as well as new material. Anna Kramer will soon enter the studio with Southern Culture on the Skids guitarist Rick Miller. And Selmanaires will start sessions for their album next month at local studio Living Room.

"Stuff will be out in the fall," Mulvaney says. "We just don't know what's going to be first yet. But hopefully all three will be out then."

In related news, Mulvaney reports that his cancer is currently in remission after months of chemotherapy treatments. "It's cancer, so you never know," he says. But, he adds, "That old cliché holds true: I feel great."

CORRECTION: In my May 24 column I wrote about Opera, the Midtown superclub formerly known as Eleven50, and its Saturday Night Standard party. Contrary to what I wrote, Bill Kaelin is not the event's promoter. Kaelin inaugurated the Saturday Night Standard when he worked at Eleven50 several years ago; he's now a co-owner at Bazzaar. Obviously, it doesn't make sense for him to help the competition. "I wish Opera all the luck in the world," he says. "But I've got Bazzaar, and I've got to worry about getting people here."

COMING SOON: Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Productions pushed back her debut EP, Metropolis, Suite I of IV: The Chase, from June 1 to sometime in August. "It really needed to be promoted a bit more before we put it out," she wrote on her MySpace blog. ... Last month, Bradford Cox told online music site that Deerhunter's next album will be called Microcastle. No word on a release date. While you wait, pick up the Believer magazine's annual music issue. It includes a compilation featuring Deerhunter and Athens fave Of Montreal. ... Soul sisters Slick & Rose plan to drop a new album, Ambitious Intellectuals, sometime this year. ... Drive-By Truckers will back soul legend Bettye LaVette on The Scene of the Crime. It drops Sept. 25 on Anti- Records. ... After sitting on the shelf at Virgin/EMI, Young Capone and Johnta Austin have rejoined Jermaine Dupri at So So Def/Def Jam.

END OF THE ROAD? On June 2, CJ's Landing closed, but its owners left the possibility of reopening it elsewhere. In recent months they purchased the Star Bar and Tin Roof Cantina. However, according to CJ's Landing website, "Neither of these bars are, nor do we want them to be, a substitute for CJ's." Blaming CJ's demise on "deep pocketed developers" in Buckhead, the owners promise to find a new home. "We believe our loyal patrons and friends have put us in a position to reopen CJ's in another location without the constant threat of impending doom hanging over our heads." Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, local rock band Dust Rabbit has definitely called it quits. "After 16 months of tunes, goons, shows, showhorses, sheetrocking, oscillating fans, bitter beer face, penny counting and hearty laughter, Dust Rabbit has hung it up," writes the band on its website. You can say goodbye to Dust Rabbit during a Wednesday, June 20, finale at – coincidentally – Star Bar.

CD RELEASES: Pop-folk artist Crystal McGrath celebrates I Thursday, June 14, at Andrews Upstairs. ... Acoustic singer Juliana Finch rereleases How to Take the Fall Friday, June 15, at Red Light Café. The Prodigals and Jarrett Stieber open.

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