According to a statement front man David Coverdale posted on the band’s Web site February 19, Whitesnake will return to the studio to record a new album. And what will it sound like? “Soulful, bluesy, melodic power rock with a couple of underwear-moistening tear-jerkers thrown in for good measure.”
Sam Beam was recently in town recording the yet-untitled sixth Iron & Wine album at Engine Studios, for a label to be announced. The nuthatch nesting in Beam’s beard did not know whether the album would contain any underwear-moistening tear-jerkers.
OK Go front man Damian Kulash, now living in Los Angeles, penned an infuriated op-ed piece for the February 19 New York Times on EMI’s policy of not allowing blogs or Web sites to embed its music videos. Kulash, whose band broke out largely on the strength of its homemade video for “Here It Goes Again,” believes EMI is “cutting off its nose to spite its face.” Kulash painstakingly explains for the fogies how a video goes “viral” and notes that since EMI disabled embedding, “views of our treadmill video dropped 90 percent, from about 10,000 per day to just over 1,000.” The band made about $27 from the royalties YouTube has to pay but by Kulash’s accounting could’ve made some $5,400. The two vids they’ve posted in the past three months are nearing a million views, and the next one—for “This Too Shall Pass,” and sponsored by State Farm—will be embeddable. Look for it March 1 at okgo.net.
Little Pink House of Representatives: Indiana native and Farm Aid organizer John Mellencamp may or may not harbor political ambitions, but more than 5,000 fans have joined the Facebook group “Draft Mellencamp for Senate” to encourage the Coug to run for the seat being vacated by Evan Bayh. Next: Chip Z’Nuff for alderman!
In a recent interview with Zack Rosen for the Web site The New Gay, Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt advised aspiring songwriters: “Don’t come out . . . I think it’s clear from the careers of gay performers that the way to be successful is to come out later, not beforehand.” Latham Zearfoss, promoter for popular local queer club night Chances, responds that if Merritt had ever attended a Chances party “he’d be covering Shakira and eating ass in public by now, not spouting nonsense.” The next Chances is March 15 at Subterranean.
Kinsella Watch: Midwestern emo forebears Cap’n Jazz sold out both of their comeback shows, July 17 and 18 at Bottom Lounge, within a day of their announcement. The band is sketching out a ten-date U.S. tour (three west coast, the rest midwest/east coast) and is fielding offers for European festivals.
Zola Jesus‘s in-store two weeks ago at Permanent Records was packed like Nureyev’s tights. ZJ is the solo act of art goth Nika Roza Danilova, and was in town supporting Fucked Up at the Empty Bottle. If she comes back soon, you might want to make sure and catch her—manager and former Touch and Go employee Taylor Brode says Danilova is bailing on Madison once she finishes college in August and relocating to LA. Zola Jesus’s Stridulum EP is out March 9 on Sacred Bones.
Two Hyde Park institutions, record store Dr. Wax and beloved hip-hop deejay JP Chill, are saying farewell with a concert at 7 PM on Sunday, Febuary 28, at IIT’s McCormick Auditorium. The epic bill includes Innosphere, All Natural, Rita J, and others; tickets are $15 via afinalgoodbye.eventbrite.com. Chill retired in December after 23 years on WHPK. Dr. Wax’s Hyde Park store, the last standing location in a local chain that had four stores at its peak, closed this month after 22 years; owner Sam Greenberg blames downloading and the economy.
Chicago locals Kid Sister and Wilco both performed at events related to the Vancouver Winter Olympics last week. Despite a 101-degree fever Kid Sis went hard at a private Monster Energy party in Whistler on February 17: “The show went really well, but instead of a cocktail onstage, I was sipping some piping hot Celestial Seasonings tea—the kind with the teddy bears on the front—out of a mug.”