Billboard Bits: Daft Punk, Ant Acid, Homestar Runner

News on Daft Punk, Ant Acid, Homestar Runner

DaftVirgin will on Dec. 2 release a DVD of the animated film "Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem," which was scored by Parisian electronic duo Daft Punk. Each "movement" of the film, overseen by Japanese animation legend Leiji Matsumoto, is accompanied by a track from the duo's 2001 Virgin album, "Discovery," completing the story begun by the videos of singles "One More Time," "Aerodynamic," "Digital Love," and "Harder Better Faster Stronger."

The status of Daft Punk's next studio album is unknown, but Virgin will release an as-yet-unconfirmed slate of the group's club remixes for the first time early next year.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JoshIpecac Recordings co-owner Greg Werckman has created a new label, Ant Acid. The imprint will work with artists who have their own label "or a side project that needs distribution," according to a statement. Ant Acid's first co-release will be with Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme's Rekord Rekords for "Peace, Love, Death Metal," the debut from the Eagles Of Death Metal, due Feb. 14.

As previously reported, Homme plays drums in the group, which is fronted by Jesse "The Devil" Hughes. The Eagles Of Death Metal will tour North America with Placebo beginning Nov. 20 in Vancouver.

Ant Acid is also planning to issue a previously unreleased Screaming Trees album sometime next year. "Think of Ant Acid as an orphanage for wayward musicians, if you will," the statement says. "It will be a partnership with some great artists."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

HomeInternet hero Homestar Runner and his pals are making the jump to CD. Creators Mike and Matt Chapman recently spent time mixing more than 20 songs created for, plus new material, at Atlanta's Ruby Red Productions for a forthcoming CD.

The Atlanta-based pair recorded the songs at home, where they create the cartoon shorts and other content for the Flash-animated Web site. The self-released disc will be available through the site beginning next week. Clips of several songs are available for streaming on the homepage.

Stemming from a self-published children's book, the site is fueled by absurdist situational humor relating to Homestar and such characters as Strong Bad, Marzipan, the Cheat and the Coach, who dresses like Public Enemy's Flavor Flav and has an overpowering Wisconsin accent. Word-of-mouth has made the site a cult favorite, drawing more than 200,000 hits each day.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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