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Seeqpod applies for bankruptcy protection
Madonna denies skirting the legal issues
Britney threatened by dad, allegedly
Hendrix home demolished
Become a Pumpkin
In The Pop Courts
Rihanna's lawyer denies non-cooperation claims
In The Pop Hospital
Fatboy leaves rehab
Charts, Stats & Polls
Metallica break O2 attendance record
In The Studio
Gary and Robbie in the studio together
Release News
Wolfmother release free download
Final UGK album out now
Dead Prez release new album
Gigs N Tours News
Holy Fuck announce UK dates
OnesToWatch gigs
Festival News
Hard Rock to call for three days this year
Radiohead on Reading
Talks, Debates N Trade Fairs
Spotify chief added to Great Escape convention line up
Reviews
Album review: Stórsveit Nix Noltes - Royal Family: Divorce (FatCat)
Brands N Stuff
Ladyhawke in CTRL of Topman's music
The Music Business
Death Row to relaunch with Record Store Day EP
Viagogo is official resell site for various festivals
The Media Business
RadioCentre to step up complaints about BBC artist 'endorsement'
4Music doing well it seems
Press Award winners
Radio cuts
Chart Of The Day
MTV2/MySpace chart
And finally...
Vanilla Ice goes down storm at Aussie V Fest

Snow Patrol not boring, not as gay as the Village People

 
WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Canterbury-based Motion Picture Soundtrack create dynamic rock that channels elements of Sigur Rós, Oceansize, Jeff Buckley, and Doves. Crafting their sound over a number of years, they completed their self-released debut album, 'The Shapes We Fear Are Our Own', last year. That release, and the numerous gigs that have surrounded it, have caught the attention of people from across the music world, picking up high praise along the way. We caught up with the band to ask our Same Six Questions.
 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
Initially we were all in other bands. Alastair began playing guitar and writing songs at 16 - heavily influenced by film composers Thomas Newman and Craig Armstrong plus contemporary bands at the time, like U2, The Verve and Jeff Buckley. Graeme, his brother, was the drummer from the very beginning in what could be described as the origins of MPS. Nick (+ Will) joined the band a few years later after several line-up changes and, although Nick came from a metal background, his song-writing style complemented Alastair's extremely well and the two began collaborating and writing together.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
What initially inspired us, and has become the underpinning of our creative focus and drive, is the desire to write and create music that will move people - that is musically big enough to 'move mountains' but that can equally speak with a hushed intimacy. We had an ambition to write our 'third album' first and continue to make big strides musically with following records.

Q3 How do you go about creating a track?
The process we usually go through is for Nick and Alastair to write the 'bones' of the song separately and to them come together and take them apart melodically, structurally etc so that they're in good shape for the rhythm section to put their stamp on it. We each have a very unique part to play in the overall song writing process and everyone's part shapes the song dramatically. The sum is often greater than the parts.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
We're a band that listens to a lot of music and are continually inspired by artists old and new. Our current predominant influences though are Sigur Rós, Arcade Fire, Jeff Buckley, Talk Talk (their later stuff), Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack and film composers Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard and Craig Armstrong.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Our experience of people's reactions in the past suggest our music is a slow-burner, so we'd say to give it a few listens before making a decision. And for it to really make sense - come and see the live show.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Our ambitions for this record and for the future are very high. We truly believe we've made an incredible record and we're all extremely proud of it. Our ambition is for a worldwide release, whether it's on a major label or off our own back and for excellent sales. We've also already started writing material for the second album and it's shaping up to be even better - so we're very excited about the future.

MORE>> www.motionpicturesoundtrack.com and www.myspace.com/mps

 
EXPLODE INTO COLORS
One of the more exciting new bands I've heard in while, Portland's Explode Into Colors, caused a mini stir at this year's SxSW, and justly so. 'Heat' is the personal choice, laden with afro-funk bass, crashing cymbals and the kind of groove and structure favoured by experimental German group Can. For the percussively obsessed, also check out 'Sharpen The Knife', which tracks guttural bass and echoing distortion on the vocals. The more leftfield-looking labels should be all over this.

www.myspace.com/explodeintocolors
   
SENIOR PR ROLE - www.spring-pr.com
This is a dream role in a small and exciting PR agency. We specialise in music, events and youth PR with clients ranging from corporate brands to underground recording artists, festivals and alternative art projects. We're looking for a senior member of staff to work across all areas of the business and as such we can only consider applications from people who have a proven track record in handling brand PR in a multi-agency setting. With an eye for detail and top-notch organisational skills, you'll be enthusiastic about working in a small team environment. You'll have 6 years of music and corporate PR experience, strong client servicing skills, and the highest communication skills. This is a full time role with a competitive salary and is based in our easily accessed central London offices. To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to [email protected]

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PUBLIC RELATIONS CAREER COACHING
Have you been made redundant? Are you entering the PR jobs market? Do you need help getting your CV in tip-top condition? Do you need to brush up on your networking or interviewing skills?

PR recruiter Unicorn Jobs is holding a day of PR specific careers coaching on Wednesday 15th April. It will include a morning of workshops on: how to write an effective PR CV, answering job ads and writing covering letters, and networking and interviewing skills. Plus each participant will receive a 45 minute one-to-one session with a PR recruiter to discuss their CV and get personalised career development advice.

Places are £115 per person. To book your place please call 020 3051 1525 or email [email protected]

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INTRODUCING LEYLINE PUBLICITY
Leyline Promotions - better known as one of the capital’s leading independent promoters (The Remix, Kill All Hippies, Insomniacs Ball, Twisted Licks, Breaking Ground) - have created a new publicity department headed up by Nick Bateson and Adrian Leigh. The pair have worked on major campaigns including a-ha, Glade Festival, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Standon Calling Festival and Hervé amongst others.

In addition to their wealth of experience in the live arena, Leyline Publicity now specialise in bespoke PR services including online and offline music and lifestyle press, radio plugging, brand development, digital marketing and blogging. For further information please contact: [email protected] or [email protected] t: 020 7575 3285

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SEEQPOD APPLIES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION
Seeqpod, it seems, is on the verge of collapse, which possibly explains why it began selling off its source code last month, [a] to raise quick funds and [b] to ensure that, should the Seeqpod company disappear, its music search system is still out there on t'internet.

As previously reported, Seeqpod is a special search engine which specifically searches and links to audio files on the internet, meaning a search for any given artist will provide links to their music as stored on servers and websites all over the world. The music is ready to play for free, and can even be played through a little player widget on the Seeqpod website. Much of the music linked to, of course, is unlicensed, which is why Warner started legal proceedings against the people behind the service early last year, and why EMI following suit with their own, erm, suit, earlier this year.

Seeqpod, of course, don't host any of the music files themselves, which means that if anything they are guilty of the slightly more abstract charges of vicarious or contributory infringement - ie they enable others to infringe. The search company argues that their service does not amount to infringement under the US's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, because provisions to protect more mainstream search engines from infringement charges apply to them too.

It's sort of uncharted territory, because the infringement liability of a music-specific search service that links to unlicensed content hasn't been tested in the US courts. There are parallels between the accusations made against Seeqpod in America and those made against search engine Baidu in China and, to a certain extent, against BitTorrent trackers like The Pirate Bay.

It's TechCrunch who have reported that the company behind Seeqpod have applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, despite having raised a reported $7 million in venture capital. It's thought the move may be a sign that the company's legal advisors are increasingly pessimistic about the firm's chances of defending itself against Warner and EMI's litigation, and that the request for Chapter 11 protection is to stop the record companies putting the firm into liquidation by chasing what could be multi-million dollar damages settlements.

Whatever the reasons, as the reports of Chapter 11 protection began to circulate yesterday speculation that Seeqpod will close down sooner rather than later began to spread on the net. What impact that would have on other legally-questionable music services that piggy-back on Seeqpod's search technology - such as the recently reported mixtape.me - I'm not sure, though if Seeqpod successfully persuade others to buy their search system and then host it on other servers, presumably mixtape.me et al could quickly switch to those other providers of the system, at least until they get sued out of business (and if enough people do decide to host Seeqpod spin offs, such litigation could take a very long time).

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MADONNA DENIES SKIRTING THE LEGAL ISSUES
Madonna's publicist Liz Rozenberg has issued a statement denying that the singer is "skirting" legal issues with regard to her proposed adoption of Malawian child Mercy James. As previously reported, critics have claimed that she will receive special treatment at the hands of Malawi's authorities on account of her celebrity status, and circumvent the country's adoption laws. There are a number of reasons why there are legal obstacles, not least the fact that Madonna is now a single parent, but there were legal obstacles over the adoption of her first Malawian child, David Banda, and that didn't stop her.

Rozenberg says: "The adoption process for Mercy began over a year ago when Madonna met her on one of her visits to Malawi. The connection was instant and profound. Madonna's desire to adopt Mercy is totally heartfelt. She is not skirting any legal issues in her application to adopt this child and is looking to provide a loving family environment and the best education and health care possible for a child who has been in an orphanage since her birth".

Madonna, as previously reported, returns to court in Lilongwe on Friday to find out if she has been authorised to take Mercy, aka Chifundo, out of the country.

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BRITNEY THREATENED BY DAD, ALLEGEDLY
There is a whole lot of allegedly, here. Britney Spears has allegedly left a voicemail message for her lawyers which alleges that her father Jamie has threatened to take her children away from her. And a message, apparently from the singer, leaked on to the internet earlier in the week, allegedly is that same message.

The message says this: "Hi, my name's Britney Spears. I called you earlier. I'm calling again because I just wanted to make sure [it is known] that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship that my father has threatened me several times, you know, he'll take my children away. I just want to be guaranteed that everything will be fine with the process of you guys taking care of everything - that things will stay the same as far as my custodial time. That's it, bye".

As previously reported, Spears senior is presently in control of Britney's personal and financial affairs, thanks to the conservatorship mentioned in the above transcript. There has been much talk of late of the pop star's alleged desperation to remove herself from her father's control, and of the claims that Jamie is now exploiting his daughter, forcing her to make her comeback for financial gain when she is not really ready to do it. Reports also suggest, of course, that the singer is almost completely under Jamie's control and has little or no freedom. It's claimed that when her father was away on business recently, she had a temporary relationship with one of her dancers, but it fizzled the minute Jamie returned.

A source told the New York Daily News: "Britney was a bad girl. Literally as soon as her dad left, she started getting cosy with a dancer named Gio. It wasn't serious. They had a few romantic interludes, and she bought him a few things - a pair of shoes and some clothes - even though she's on an allowance. Britney was definitely getting jiggy there for a hot minute, but they've slowed down since Jamie got back in the picture. It's basically over now".

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HENDRIX HOME DEMOLISHED
Jimi Hendrix's Seattle childhood home has been demolished, despite the fact that owner Pete Sikov has been trying to save it for eight years.

The property developer purchased the building in 2001 for $30,000 and moved it to a city-owned site where he and the James Marshall Hendrix Foundation hoped to renovate it as a music centre. When that plan failed, Sikov bought, at a cost of $1.8m, a trailer park close to the cemetery in Renton where Hendrix is buried, and moved the house there.

Despite negotiations with officials in the city, which is thirteen miles south of Seattle, they have finally demanded that the house be torn down. Neil Watts, Renton Director Of Development Services is quoted as saying: "It's an eyesore. We had this fairly ugly structure on a major arterial".

Sikov has said that parts of the house have been saved, including kitchen cabinets, a claw foot bath and the building's back door. "Can you imagine a guitar made out of wood from Jimi's house? Who wouldn't want that?" he added.

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BECOME A PUMPKIN
Everyone thinks the reason Billy Corgan is the only remaining original member of Smashing Pumpkins is that he's some kind of megalomaniac who's completely impossible to work with. Well, here's your chance to find out if that's true: Corgan is holding open auditions to find a replacement for recently-departed drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

For full details, go here. The auditions will be held on 10 Apr in LA.

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RIHANNA'S LAWYER DENIES NON-COOPERATION CLAIMS
It's been weeks since we reported on claims that Rihanna was refusing to cooperate with prosecutors as they build a case against her possibly ex boyfriend Chris Brown, who allegedly beat her up in an LA street and then ran away back in February. Those rumours won't go away, though. This is possibly because it's the one rumour that people can continue to report on after exhausting all the they're together/they're not together/they're married angles.

Not any more, though. Rihanna's lawyer and one of the prosecutors have now come out to refute any claims of non-cooperation. Her lawyer, Donald Etra, said that the claims were "totally incorrect", while Sandi Gibbons of the LA District Attorney's Office confirmed: "We have been in contact with [Rihanna's] attorney and he has always said she is a cooperating victim". We'll find out for sure soon enough though, as Brown is set to be arraigned on 6 Apr.

Meanwhile, the one thing that's been bothering me about this whole case is this: what does US R&B star Soulja Boy make of it all? Well good news people. He's told Entertainment Weekly exactly what he thinks: "[Chris] needs to be focused on fixing himself right now and fixing the relationship. I don't know what went wrong or what happened exactly, but I couldn't be more shocked. Both of them are my friends, and I wish both of them the best of luck. They were really good together, and it is sad that it happened. It came out of nowhere. I would have never seen that coming. It is not like him at all. Not his nature".

Mr Boy, who has toured with both Rihanna and Brown, also cautioned us, the general public, from forming an opinion about what happened after that pre-Grammy party before Brown has been properly judged for his alleged crimes. Though by that he seems to mean judged by God, and I don't think the prosecution have scheduled that in yet, so I'm not sure when we are allowed to form an opinion. Anyway, he concluded: "Only God can judge. None of us know exactly what went down that weekend. Only they know the whole truth, and it will be up to them to decide if they can get straight with it and whether they will want to continue as a couple. I can just be there if either of them need me".

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FATBOY LEAVES REHAB
Fatboy Slim is out of rehab, apparently. And according to WENN he looked the "picture of health" on Monday as he left the Bournemouth clinic where he has spent the last month in a bid to kick his drink problem. As previously reported, Cook's rehab efforts took longer than expected, forcing him to cancel his set at this week's Snowbombing festival in Austria.

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METALLICA BREAK O2 ATTENDANCE RECORD
Metallica broke the record for the most number of fans squeezed into the O2 Dome last week when they played to 19,017 fans at the venue on 28 Mar. The previous record was a pitiful 18,000 set by, er, Metallica last September. Michael Jackson was set to smash this new record with his O2 residency shows, until producers were told they'd have to clear some space at the front for the family of the elephant that's set to guest in the show. Each Jacko show will now play to 14 fans.

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GARY AND ROBBIE IN THE STUDIO TOGETHER
Okay, that's only a slightly misleading headline. Really, only very slightly. Gary Barlow is currently recording in the same building as Robbie Williams.

Robbie has been working on his new album with Trevor Horn at the producer's Sarm West studios, where Gary has just set up shop too. Horn told the BBC: "They're all in the building. Gary is in one of the rooms and Robbie's there, so they bump into each other and they get on brilliantly well".

Which is lovely. The Take That camp, by the way, have played down rumours that Robbie will join the group on their next tour later this year. Tab reports suggested some kind of announcement about a full Take That reunion were upcoming, but the group themselves have denied there are currently any plans for Williams to rejoin them later this year, even though they're not against the idea in theory.

Jason Orange quite wisely added that, while Robbie may have been talking about a reunion of late, that journalists should remember his former band-mate is prone to saying such things on a whim. He said this week: "Robbie will tell you himself, he's quite changeable, so he will say on his website or some video that he wants to get back with the band and then he'll say in the next moment: 'Maybe I'll do my own thing'".

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WOLFMOTHER RELEASE FREE DOWNLOAD
Wolfmother have released a new song entitled 'Back Round' as a free download via their official website. It's the first release from the band with their new line-up, following the August 08 departure of band members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett. The track is expected to feature on the Aussie band's new album, but it's not known as yet when that LP is to be released.

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FINAL UGK ALBUM OUT NOW
The last ever album from hip hop duo UGK was released this week. As previously reported, the band's Pimp C, aka Chad Butler, was found dead at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood in December 2007, having accidentally overdosed on medication.

'UGK For Life' features guest appearances from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Akon and Ron Isley, and the tracklisting is as follows:

Intro
Still On The Grind featuring Raheem DeVaughn
Everybody Wanna Ball
Feelin' You
The Pimp & The Bun featuring Ron Isley
She Luv It
7th Street Interlude
Swishas & Erb featuring Sleepy Brown
Purse Come First featuring Big Gipp
Harry A**hole featuring Lil Boosie & Webbie
Used To Be featuring E-40, B Legit, 8 Ball & MJG
Steal Your Mind featuring Too $hort & Snoop Dogg
Texas Ave. Interlude
Hard As Hell featuring Akon
Da Game Been Good To Me
Outro

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DEAD PREZ RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Hip hop duo Dead Prez are to release the third instalment of their independent album series 'Turn Off The Radio'.

'Pulse Of The People', produced by DJ Green Lantern and set for release in June, via his Invasion Music Group and Dead Prez's label Boss Up Inc, will feature appearances from Chuck D and surviving UGK member Bun B.

Dead Prez's stic.man told AllHipHop.com: "Pulse Of The People is presented in a format that reps the streets and what's happening in the hearts and minds of the people that don't get represented in the mainstream".

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HOLY FUCK ANNOUNCE UK DATES
Holy Fuck, who are set to release their third album later this year, have announced that they will be returning to the UK for some live dates in May.

Tour dates:

8 Oxford, Academy
9 Canterbury, Farmhouse
10 Manchester, Academy 3
11 Glasgow, Oran Mor
12 Birmingham, Academy 2
13 Liverpool, Academy 2
14 London, Scala
15 Great Escape Festival
17 All Tomorrow's Parties

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ONESTOWATCH GIGS
The Levi's OnesToWatch people have announced details of their next set of gigs which, like last month, will take place at The Barfly in Camden, The Macbeth in Shoreditch, and The Fly in central London. And look, here are those details.

16 Apr: The Barfly, Camden - Dananananakroyd, Haunts, Turbowolf, Skill Wizard DJ's and Louder Than Fuck DJ's.

23 Apr: The Macbeth, Shoreditch - Heartbreak, Me My Head, The Binary Kids, Totally Enormous and Extinct Dinosaurs DJ set

30 Apr: The Fly, Soho - Flashguns, Animal Kingdom, Friends Vs Records DJ's and some special guests.

More here: eu.levi.com/en_GB/lotw/index.html

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HARD ROCK TO CALL FOR THREE DAYS THIS YEAR
Hard Rock Calling will be a three-day event this year, kicking off on Friday 26 Jun with a day of K music starting off with the Kooks and rapping up with the Killers. If they get me Kiss, the KLF and, erm, K-Fed, I'll be there.

Confirming the extra day, John Probyn of Hard Rock Calling promoters Live Nation told CMU: "Going to three days was a big step for us and Hard Rock, and then the Killers came along and in my book, that's a no brainer. We are committed to bringing great music to the heart of London every summer and with such an amazing line up this year, there is something for everyone".

No offence to John, but I'm going to kick the next person to say "no brainer". Neil Young headlines Hard Rock Saturday, by the way, with Bruce Spingsteen topping the bill on the Sunday. More line up info at www.hardrockcalling.co.uk.

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RADIOHEAD ON READING
The festival, not the pastime. Yes, Radiohead have been confirmed as headliners for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, and they have "spoken exclusively to NME.COM" about it, using words and everything. It's very exciting.

Bass man Colin Greenwood says: "I was asking Jonny [Greenwood] about the last time we played Reading [in 1994] and neither of us can remember it, other than Thom [Yorke] singing [Tim Buckley song] 'Song To The Siren' at the start. We didn't it enjoy it, as Ed [O'Brien, guitarist] has just said to me, but that was as much to do with us. We hadn't played such a big stage and before and it was daunting, it's probably why we haven't been back in a while".

A bit more optimistic about this year's Reading set, he continued: "I think it's the chance for people to see our show in the UK and in the dark. That's the coolest thing".

Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys are the other Reading/Leeds headliners this year, while Kaiser Chiefs, The Prodigy, Maximo Park, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ian Brown and Deftones have also been confirmed to play the August Bank Holiday festival.

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SPOTIFY CHIEF ADDED TO GREAT ESCAPE CONVENTION LINE UP
More industry names have been added to the line up for this year's Great Escape convention, which is looking really rather good this year.

Spotify chief Daniel Ek is going to be there. He'll be interviewed by Rolling Stone journalist Steve Knopper, and will then take part in a Music Ally panel event alongside Patrick Walker of Google/YouTube and Eric Garland, the boss of digital media measurement firm BigChampagne.

Eric will then also take part in a session with the PRS's Will Page. Which presumably means Patrick of Google and Will of PRS For Music will be in the same hotel at the same time. Don't tell anyone, but we're going to try and engineer a fist fight. Put an end of this YouTube/PRS fallout once and for all.

Another Music Ally event at the convention will put the 'music industry in the dock', which is possibly an opportunity for Scott Cohen of The Orchard, Tom Frederikse of lawyers Clintons, Denzyl Feigelson from Artists Without A Label, and Fred Bolza of PRS to have a serious debate about the changing nature of the music business and the new framework that is developing around the internet through which artists can realise their creative ambitions. Or to bitch about how useless major record companies are, one or the other. Or possibly both.

Finally from the latest list of convention additions, UK Music chief Feargal Sharkey and some bloke called Pierre Lalonde will be discussing how recession impacts on creativity - presumably assessing the truth in the commonly held notion that recession normally results in exciting times in terms of musical creativity.

The Great Escape, as you all surely know by now, takes place in Brighton from 14-16 May, and you'll find more info and can buy your tix at www.escapegreat.com.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Storsveit Nix Noltes - Royal Family: Divorce (FatCat).
FatCat Records really spoil us, don't they? Storsveit Nix Noltes are an Icelandic collective including members of the wonderful Mum and associated acts who perform Bulgarian and other sorts of Balkan folk music. However, this folk music is skewed through a prism of twee post-rock, avant-noise with the native guitar/brass/violin interplay of the Eastern European jazz-folk variety. I'm sure there are countless influences I should be pointing out to you at the moment, but even with so many reference points, without an MA in Musicology, or being a senior staff writer at Wire, I'd struggle to tell you who they are. Nevertheless, I will try to explain - to some extent - what to expect. The music surges with an unpredictable gait that I would associate with Balkan folk music; it is dense, dark and celebratory. From elaborate and winding passages to brass and guitar transcendental peaks. This is nicely complemented when mixed with the more modern influences. 'Paudusko' seems to phrase Sonic Youth's 'Death Valley 69' ending like the Manson victim howl bit. 'Winding Horo' has a bit that is like Sabbath plus disjointed space rock. These add to the charm of the album. However, what I recommend for fans of FatCat releases, folkies and Mùm, is to avoid any deep analysis and just listen to this album. It really is a great, if slightly baffling, diversion and is a test of the most ardent fan's listening through its extreme density and complex character. Yet, character is an apt word, for this recording is infected with a personality and kind of intangible element that I like but can't fully explain. I am confused, but very happy about hearing 'Royal Family: Divorce'. PG
Release Date: 13 Apr
Press Contact: FatCat IH [all]

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LADYHAWKE IN CTRL OF TOPMAN'S MUSIC
It's the first of April people. We've not written any tedious April Fool type fake stories, and we've tried to ensure our news-gathering team haven't picked up anyone else's and then reported on them as fact. Though if they failed, then, erm, ha, April Fool!

Anyway, it being the first of the month means that a new person is now in control of that previously reported Topman music platform, and this month it's gonna be Ladyhawke. She'll be uploading her favourite tracks and will be posting music and other cultural tips to the Topman CTRL MySpace, which you will find at www.myspace.com/topmanctrl.

She's also created a Topman CTRL showcase night which will take place at Manchester's Deaf Institute on 30 Apr and will feature Marina And The Diamonds, Dan Black and Fan Death.

We actually already knew that Ladyhawke would be curating Topman CTRL this month, so not everything in this story is actually new news. This is new news though. Lightspeed Champion will be in CTRL of the Topman music programme in May.

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DEATH ROW TO RELAUNCH WITH RECORD STORE DAY EP
According to reports, E1 Entertainment, the new name for US independent Koch Records, will relaunch legendary hip hop label Death Row Records on 18 Apr. E1, it seems, is working with Canadian company WIDEawake Entertainment Group who acquired the rights to Death Row's catalogue back in January.

As much previously reported, the seminal hip hop label, home to the early works of Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac, among others, finally collapsed once and for all when co-founder Suge Knight was declared bankrupt in 2006. It was initially bought, through the bankruptcy courts, by a consortium called Global Music Group. But late last year it became clear they couldn't actually raise the money to pay the price they had bid - some of their investors seemingly got cold feet - so the label went back on the block. It was through that sale that WIDEawake got ownership.

I'm not sure when E1/Koch got involved - they themselves were rumoured to be bidding for the label before it was sold to Global - but various hip hop sites report that E1 will distribute a series of re-releases of the Death Row catalogue throughout the year, kicking off with a three-track EP of previously unreleased tracks on the previously reported Record Store Day, which is 18 Apr.

There are reports that there are thousands of unreleased tracks in the Death Row vaults which may now be released, assuming WIDEawake and E1 can prove they have the rights to release them, or can negotiate terms with the artists involved (or their mum, in the case of all the Tupac gems that might be in there). As previously reported, Knight's administration was so shambolic its thought the actual ownership of large parts of the catalogue WIDEawake acquired is probably up for debate.

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VIAGOGO IS OFFICIAL RESELL SITE FOR VARIOUS FESTIVALS
Secondary ticketing website Viagogo has been confirmed as the official resale site for tickets to the Latitude, Reading, Leeds and Isle Of Wight festivals. Basically the promoters of those events have said that, if punters have to resell their tickets - either because they genuinely can't go any more, or because they fancy making a healthy profit - then they'd prefer they did it via Viagogo. And if festival fans must buy their tickets on the secondary market, again, do it via Viagogo.

That, the promoters say, is because they are confident that Viagogo have systems in place to ensure that dodgy touts with no actual access to tickets don't rip customers off. I don't know if Viagogo also pay the festivals some kind of fee in return for the official status, or whether its part of some deal regarding the sale of premium ticket packages to the festivals. Probably one or the other.

But IOW Festival promoter John Giddings has said this: "With the recent media speculation over untrustworthy ticket touts we wanted to make sure that festival-goers could purchase tickets from a reliable source. The Isle of Wight Festival has signed Viagogo as they are undoubtedly the market leader in their area. They provide unparalleled expertise in secondary ticketing and we have absolute confidence that they will offer the best possible service to our customers".

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RADIOCENTRE TO STEP UP COMPLAINTS ABOUT BBC ARTIST 'ENDORSEMENT'
UK commercial radio body RadioCentre has said it will be in touch with the BBC Trust to express its concerns about Radio 1, and other BBC media, seeming to endorse music tours and releases, by including its logo on marketing literature, or just throwing over excessive amounts of airtime to a specific artist.

The move follows a ruling by the BBC's snappily titled Executive Fair Trading Committee Complaints Panel which agreed that Radio 1 was wrong to allow its logo to appear on publicity for Coldplay's Viva La Vida tour last year because, without any strapline explaining its involvement with the band's live activity, it implied endorsement.

The Panel has proposed a revision of Radio 1's guidelines regarding the use of its logo by its media partners, but the RadioCentre says this is not enough. They told reporters yesterday they would be taking the matter up with the Beeb's main regulator, the BBC Trust, and also throwing in their concerns about the amount of airtime the Corporation gave to his Lordship Bono in the run up to the release of his band's recent long player.

RadioCentre's Andrew Harrison told reporters: "We are delighted that the BBC fair trading committee has upheld our complaint about the use of the Radio 1 logo to endorse Coldplay. However, the proposed action - to revise guidelines - amounts to a token slap on the wrist. We will be appealing to the BBC Trust for much tougher changes to editorial and fair trading practice. The continued excessive and exclusive promotion of leading artists (like the recent U2/BBC events) using license payers' money overwhelms the commercial sector's ability to compete on a level playing field".

Responding to the BBC panel's ruling on its involvement with Coldplay, Radio 1 said in a statement: "The panel has made it clear that this was not a deliberate attempt to imply endorsement and that the appropriate processes were followed. This is a technical issue over how the Radio 1 logo is used and ensuring that context and information is given around it. We take note of the findings for the future".

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4MUSIC DOING WELL IT SEEMS
4music, the music telly channel owned by Channel 4 and Bauer Media, properly launched last summer in place of The Hits, has already captured 20% of all UK music telly viewing among 16-34 year olds, or so they said yesterday. They also claim that viewing figures show 4music is the 25th most watched channel in the UK, and the 12th most watched in Freeview households.

Commenting on channel's achievements and ambitions, Channel 4 music man Neil McCallum told reporters this week: "Our stated aim internally is that we want to be in the Top 10 digital channels. When we think about competition, it's nothing to do with MTV2 or MTV Base or Amp, Flaunt or other music channels. We're talking about ITV2, BBC 3, Sky One, Living and Dave".

Commenting on how 4music compared to MTV's flagship channel MTV One, McCallum added: "Our channel is very much about music: it's 90% music skewed, compared to MTV One which is less than 5%".

The lack of music on MTV One has been a criticism thrown at the iconic music telly network for a while now, of course. Presumably responding to that criticism, MTV have just announced that its overnight and breakfast slot - so 3am to 9am - will return to the back to back music video format of old, with tunes mixed in with interviews, music news and live performances.

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PRESS AWARD WINNERS
It was the British Press Awards last night, and look, here is a list of the winners.

Journalist Of The Year: Gillian Tett, Financial Times
Young Journalist Of The Year: Tom Harper, The Mail On Sunday
International Journalist Of The Year: Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand, Iran
Digital Journalist Of The Year: Dave Hill, The Guardian

Feature Writer Of The Year: Philip Jacobson, Freelance
Interviewer Of The Year: Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian
Showbiz Reporter Of The Year: James Desborough, News Of The World
Business And Finance Journalist Of The Year: Stephen Foley, The Independent
Political Journalist Of The Year: Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
Foreign Reporter Of The Year: Dan Mcdougall, Freelance
Reporter Of The Year: Christopher Leake, Mail On Sunday
Critic Of The Year: Philip French, The Observer
Sports Journalist Of The Year: Matthew Syed, The Times
Columnist Of The Year: Charlie Brooker, The Guardian
Specialist Journalist Of The Year: Stephen Wright, Daily Mail

Photographer Of The Year: Stefan Rousseau, PA Photos
Sports Photographer Of The Year: Dickie Pelham, The Sun
Cartoonist Of The Year: Matt Pritchett, Daily Telegraph

Newspaper Of The Year: The Times
Supplement Of The Year: You Magazine, The Mail On Sunday
Website Of The Year: The Guardian

Scoop Of The Year: "Ross & Brand", Miles Goslett, The Mail On Sunday
Campaign Of The Year: Winner: "Family Courts", Camilla Cavendish, The Times
The Cudlipp Award: Race War, Stephen Wright/Richard Pendlebury, Daily Mail

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RADIO CUTS
Radio giant Global Radio will restructure its 160-strong commercial team - so sales people mainly - and the revamp will result in about fifteen job losses. Affected staff were apparently told of the plans last week. The restructure follows a three month review by the company's Group Commercial Director Mike Gordon.

Elsewhere in radio redundancy news, six regional managerial posts are to be axed at Tindle Radio, the sister company of the Tindle local newspaper company, which owns 12 stations in the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland. According to Radio Today, there will be two new senior positions to take over the responsibility of the six cut roles, and the people in those cut roles have been invited to apply for the new jobs.

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MTV2/MYSPACE CHART
It's the MTV2/MySpace chart, based on votes by MTV2 viewers on MySpace. The top ten this week is as follows...

1. [NE] Go Audio - Drive To The City
2. [NE] Elliot Minor - Discover
3. [1] Fightstar - Mercury Summer
4. [3] Twisted Wheel - We Are Us
5. [NE] Doves - Kingdom of Rust
6. [7] You Me At Six - Save It For The Bedroom
7. [10] Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls
8. [NE] Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This
9. [7] Oasis - Falling Down
10. [NE] Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

Meanwhile, added to the list for viewer voting this week are...

Gallows - Vulture (Act II)
Hollywood Undead - Undead
Jack Penate - Tonights Today
Madina Lake - Never Take Us Alive
The Maccabees - Love You Better

More at www.myspace.com/mtvtwo

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VANILLA ICE GOES DOWN STORM AT AUSSIE V FEST
Vanilla Ice reportedly got the crowd in a frenzy when he played at the Australian version of the V Festival in Sydney last weekend. Ice has had a bit of a profile boost in Australia of late, not because of his previously reported one off US co-headline show with MC Hammer, but because he has been taking part in a Virgin Mobile marketing initiative which basically sees the one-time chart topping rapper apologise for inflicting 'Ice Ice Baby' on us back in the day. Though the V crowd in Sydney seemed more than happy for him to inflict his hits on them in a three track set last weekend. One newspaper there reported that Ice was "a surprise favourite" and he got "mobbed" by fans. It's amazing what a bit of self-deprecation can do to your career. See Vanilla Ice being self-deprecating on the Virgin Mobile site here...

www.rightmusicwrongs.com.au

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SNOW PATROL NOT BORING, NOT AS GAY AS THE VILLAGE PEOPLE
Gary Lightbody has hit back at claims by Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire that Snow Patrol are "the most boring band in Britain".

Lightbody told The Daily Record: "To be the most hated, you have to be the most loved, too. Nicky Wire has earned the right to say whatever he wants, he's a rock God, so more power to him. [But] we only seem dull on the surface. Jonny fights fires. Tom toils shirt lesson construction sites, Paul is in the Navy Reserve. Nathan is a volunteer policeman and I explore my Cherokee ancestry. We're like the Village People, only slightly less gay. So insult us all you want. Nothing will offend me. It's all been said. And you can't give us more than two middle fingers. ... In our heads, the music we make is vital and passionate".

In summary, Snow Patrol are dull on the surface, slightly gay, and only passionate in their own heads. Not my words, the words of Gary Lightbody.

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