From Bono to emo: Music-industry buzz
· Uno, dos, tres, catorce! Will Bono soon be counting up exponential piles of cash to the tune of, among other songs, ”Smells Like Teen Spirit”? Alas, nada. Though rumors were swirling that Elevation Partners, the private California-based equity company in which the U2 frontman holds a post, was a frontrunner in the race for 25 percent of Courtney Love’s stake in the highly lucrative Nirvana catalog, the prize ultimately went to a less boldfaced name. Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Publishing, a former COO/general manager at Virgin Records, won the coveted quarter-share, and will subsequently get a cut every time a song by Kurt and Co. plays anywhere, anytime in the public domain; he’ll also get a say in whether songs from the heretofore zealously guarded catalog get used for commercial enterprises. (”Come as You Are” for Match.com, anyone?)
· Emo, the devotional linchpin of the MySpace generation, is finally getting its own feature-length tribute. On June 6, filmmakers Michelle Caputo and Shannon Hartman will be releasing the DVD Bastards of Young (a reference to the Replacements anthem of the same name), featuring concert footage and interviews with scene kings like Thursday, Fall Out Boy, Matchbox Romance, and Taking Back Sunday. We’ve actually begged our way into a preview copy (jealous much?), but in the meantime you can watch the trailer here.
· Speaking of the Replacements, those Bastards of Old will be releasing yet another comp, Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best Of in mid-June, and original members Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars have gotten together to record two new songs for it, ”Message to the Boy” and ”Pools & Dive.” But Westerberg recently warned fans not to get their hopes up for any larger reunion; none of the other guys are too hot to get back on the road.
· Online odds and ends: See what the Flaming Lips are up to (kooky as ever, we assure you) with their latest video, for ”Yeah Yeah Yeah Song.” Or watch Tupac’s latest (how death becomes him) — ”When Ure Hero Falls” is the first single from The Rose, Vol. 2 — Music Inspired by Tupac’s Poetry. Also online at filmrot.com: a peek at the appropriately funerary stills from newly minted auteur Marilyn Manson’s upcoming film Phantasmagoria, based on the stories of Alice in Wonderland scribe Lewis Carroll.
· And lastly, if you can’t make Madonna’s one-off appearance at this May’s Coachella festival, get thee to confessionstour.com or pollstar.com, both of which have posted her just-announced upcoming national tour dates. Apparently, Her Madgesty still has it (and by ”it,” we don’t just mean an inordinate number of leotards-as-daywear).