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CMU’s One Liners: Sony/ATV, Son Lux, Slim Twig and more

By and | Published on Thursday 23 October 2014

Slim Twig

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Sony’s music publishing house Sony/ATV has promoted one Rich Christina to the position of SVP, Head Of East Coast A&R. Christina will be based at the company’s New York office, reporting to Sony/ATV’s American co-president Danny Strick. Meanwhile, Christina’s team has itself a new Director Of A&R in the form of Clip Massey, who joins Sony/ATV from Universal Music Publishing.

• Alternative pop artiste Son Lux, real name Ryan Lott, has signed to Glassnote Records, so there. His first release via the new deal will be his original score to James McAvoy’s new film ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’, on 4 Nov. From that, this is the Faux Fix-featuring ‘No Fate Awaits Me’.

• In a blast from the Approved past, Canadian pop auteur Slim Twig (pictured), aka Max Turnbull, has signed to DFA Records to give his 2012 LP, the startling ‘A Hound At The Hem’, an official release on 1 Dec. Prime your mind for that by watching the vid for one of its songs, ‘All This Wanting’, NOW.

• This year’s UK Music Video Awards in London on 10 Nov will be preceded by the first ever MusicVidFest conference, with Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn confirmed as the event’s keynote speaker. Get all the God damn info at

• The first wave of artists and conference events at next year’s SXSW (the music bit) – taking place in Austin, Texas, between 17 and 22 Mar – have been named. Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Bishop Nehru and Ibeyi are all playing; and topics of conversation at the convention will include ‘Ladies First: How To Be A Woman in Rap Journalism, ‘That Sync-ing Feeling!’ and ‘Getting Royalties From Streaming Music Services’. Details via

• Indie-pop-inclining five-piece Dutch Uncles will, on 23 Feb 2015, release their new LP. It’s titled ‘O Shudder’, an overarching banner for its contents, which are, says lead singer Duncan Wallis, a series of meditations on “pregnancy, terrorism, school discos, divorce, health scares, sexual dysfunction and job-seeking”. I dread to imagine. Here’s cringe-y lead single ‘In N Out’.

Approved whispy-voiced folk singer Jessica Pratt has detailed her latest LP, ‘On Your Own Love Again’, which will be released via Drag City on 27 Jan 2015. It’s been in the making for several years now, so in place of an up-to-date track, here she is singing an early take of ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (which is in fact on the forthcoming long player) back in 2011.

• ‘Big in France’ Franco-Finnish pairing The Dø will release their latest LP ‘Shake Shook Shaken’ over in ol Britain on 26 Jan 2015. Inspired by ‘sisu’, the Finnish word for ‘resilience and bravery’, the album is, says vocalist Olivia Merilahti based on the idea of “finding oneself in chaos and knowing how to live with it”. Dip into that notion via featured track ‘Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy’ (so essentially an average weekend, then), here.

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