- The folks behind the popular web-based television and movie site Hulu are currently talking with major record labels about hosting music videos. Now the third largest video site, Hulu’s new initiative would put it in direct competition with Google’s YouTube service.
- Hip Hollywood record label Dim Mak is doing its best to utilize every inch of office space. The label’s latest ploy — hosting porn videos. I say kudos to Dim Mak for one of the greatest advertising schemes ever.
- Scott Stapp and the other original members of Creed are officially reuniting. A huge summer/fall tour has been scheduled and the band is set to record a new album in the coming months. If nothing else, Stapp’s ego is always good for some entertainment; it’ll be good to have that around again.
- In similar news, Alice In Chains has finished its first record in 14 years and the first with singer William DuVall. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell summed it up this way:
The most important thing to me was that we position this as a new band moving forward,” he said. “The band is not a heritage act. This band is a new act and we’re going to market it as such. It’s a double-headed monster.
- In festival news, two big lineups recently came in — those of Austin City Limits and Coney Island’s Siren Festival. While much of the ACL lineup looks similar to other festivals this summer, it is a stellar lineup nonetheless. Meanwhile, Siren Fest is off to a great start with their initial lineup featuring staple act Built to Spill, KEXP favorites The Raveonettes and Frightened Rabbit, and up-and-comers Micachu & the Shapes, among others.
- The much-sooner-than-normal, future Wilco record now has a title and tracklist. Wilco (The Album) will be released on Nonesuch June 30 and opens with none other than
Wilco The Song.Here’s the complete tracklist:
01. Wilco The Song
02. Deeper Down
03. One Wing
04. Bull Black Nova
05. You And I
06. You Never Know
07. Country Disappeared
09. I’ll Fight
10. Sunny Feeling