The record label Warner Music has a new website, www.rhino.tv, with free-to-view music videos. It's in Web 2.0, which means that it is slick and high quality and offers an alternative to YouTube. It's also a useful resource for artist information, although the site only features Warner-related acts so far – that's anyone from Neil Young, Madonna, R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Foals (right). Designed for fans, each artist's profile page has a useful biography, and you can also stream the artists' songs and videos for free.
On Foals' page are the videos to their singles "Hummer", "Balloons" and "Mathletics". As each video comes with an embeddable code, fans can post favourite videos on to MySpace pages, blogs and websites. More than 2,000 videos are so far available on the site, and editorial content and footage will be regularly updated and added.
You can browse the site by artist or genre. Features and other editorial content are provided by Thisdayinmusic.com. Worth checking out is the quirky section "On This Day" on the site's home page, which has artist-related and music stories from the same date on previous years and a "random fact" of the day – useful for pub quizzes and Trivial Pursuit. It's the first record-label site of its kind, and it will be interesting to see if other major labels follow Warner's example.
It's just over a fortnight until the new Hot Chip album Made in the Dark is out (4 February) and the electro indie pop quintet are giving away a free download of the title track as an appetiser. It's available now from http://www.emirecords.co.uk/hot-chip/downloads/jan08/. When you download the track you're automatically entered into a competition to win the album and their catchy single "Ready for the Floor", which is out on 28 January. Also available to download for free is the first new song from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' upcoming March album Real Emotional Trash. "Baltimore" is downloadable from www.dominorecordco.com/baltimore and features the new Jicks drummer Janet Weiss (of Quasi and the now defunct Sleater-Kinney). Starting off like a waltz-esque folk rock track, it turns quite jam-like, with a long groovy guitar solo to end the six-and-a-half minutes.
If you have time on your hands and want a lesson on London, the Dublin-based singer and songwriter Chris Singleton wins top prize for ingenuity for his Twisted City Tour. His album Twisted City is available to download free and each song – a stop on the Tube line – is inspired by a London location. A PDF guide to the Twisted City Tour can be printed off, and at each stop you can listen to the relevant track and learn about the area and what inspired the song. Go to http://www.singletonmusic.com/twistedcitytour/.Reuse content