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New Ben Lee Album ‘Ripens’ In September

Australian rock artist Ben Lee has set a Sept. 4 release date for his sixth album, “Ripe,” which will be issued by New West.

The John Alagia-produced set includes collaborations with Mandy Moore (“Birds and Bees”), Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden, members of Rooney, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.

In addition, Lee will be the subject of a career-spanning documentary due to hit the film festival circuit in 2008. The as-yet-untitled film is directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson and includes interviews with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Liz Phair and Mike Watt, as well as film personalities such as Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Michelle Williams.

The only live performance on Lee’s schedule for now is a June 15 acoustic concert in Sydney in conjunction with a speech by the Dalai Lama.

Here is the track list for “Ripe”:

“Love Me Like the World Is Ending”
“American Television”
“Birds and Bees”
“Is This How Love’s Supposed To Feel?”
“What Would Jay-Z Do?”
“Sex Without Love”
“So Hungry”
“Just Say Yes”
(via billboard online)