Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: Uploud.com, Deerhoof and Vote For Change/Realguide.com.
TURN IT UP: While the digital-download marketplace is getting crowded with big-name stores from Apple to Sony Connect to Wal-Mart to Coca-Cola, things are also moving in niche markets. The recently launched Paris-based Uploud.com concentrates entirely on electronic music and has deals in place with scores of independent labels, including a handful of exclusive partnerships.
The store offers music MP4-AAC files, similar to the files in Apple's iTunes Music Store. But unlike Apple's digital rights management (DRM)-encoded offerings, Uploud's tracks can be burned onto CDs without limitations. Prices range from 1.60 euros ($1.98) per track to 4.5 euros ($5.58) for 12-inch EP releases to 12.5 euros ($15.49) for full albums.
Uploud.com features exclusive music from indie electronic labels Betino's, Kif Music, Melodie en Sous Sol, Parisonic Records, Qalomota and Straight Up. Other labels whose releases are offered on the site include 20:20 Vision Records, New Hope Records, Soundlab Entertainment, Q-Tape, Black Vinyl, Bulldozer, Nascent, Teknology, Physical Music and Captivating Records.
HOOFIN' IT: Acclaimed indie-rock act Deerhoof, set to open for Wilco on an upcoming U.S. tour, has compiled a live MP3 album from various shows reaching back to 2002. In a fan-friendly move, the band is making the record available for free download.
Dubbed "Bibidi Babidi Boo," the set can be downloaded from Deerhoof's official Web site. It features such cuts as "Panda Panda Panda" (recorded at WFMU New York in April 2003), "Desaparecere" (from a BBC Peel Session in London in April 2004), "Queen Orca Wicca Wind" (recorded in January at the Elbo Room in San Francisco) and "Rainbow Silhouette Of The Milky Rain" (recorded at XFM London in March).
The band will also soon make the album available with downloadable cover art via krs5rc.com, a free record label started by the respective staffs of indie labels Kill Rock Stars and 5 Rue Christine.
VFC ON REAL TV: The Oct. 11 finale of the all-star democratic-supporting Vote For Change tour was broadcast live over the Internet by RealNetworks on the streaming media company's Realguide.com site. The exclusive Webcast featured performances by the likes of R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty and more.
While at deadline there was no plan to archive the VFC show, Realguide does feature downloadable performances from past Webcasts, including material by Tears For Fears, the Libertines, Jadakiss, Alanis Morissette, Maroon5 and Three Days Grace.