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!