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Boy George released from prison
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TUESDAY 12TH MAY


PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND
With a line-up that rotates between members of TVOTR, Apollo Heights and The Dap Kings, amongst others, New York's Phenomenal Handclap Band are masters of pulsing percussion and catchy yet credible pop songs. Recalling the funk-influenced joy of Tom Tom Club or even a groovier CSS, they have just released their new single '15 - 20' via Tummy Touch. We spoke to the band's core duo and founder members Daniel Collás (aka The Witch Doctor) and Sean Marquand (aka The Medicine Man) to ask our Same Six Questions.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
We both had backgrounds playing in rock bands, but in more recent years spent more time as part of the underground DJ scene in New York. But spending all that time spinning other people's records eventually got us both wanting to play live again. We started off mostly as music producers but that eventually evolved into The Phenomenal Handclap Band.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
We were listening to a lot of late 70s/early 80s disco tracks that had been co-opted by hip hop DJs like Afrika Bambaata or Kool Herc. Those records often moved away from overproduced studio perfection and instead had an almost accidental brilliance to them. We were also listening to some regional radio hits that had some oddball arrangement choices that we found really inspiring.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Usually we start the writing process separately, and then bring the structure of the song into the studio to develop the arrangements together. After that, we lay down the bed tracks with our drummer (Patrick Wood), guitarist (Luke O'Malley), and bassist (Nick Movshon) to create the foundation of the track. Vocals, overdubs, keyboards, percussion all come next.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Charles Stepney, Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards, Tim Maia, Eddy Grant, Leon Sylvers, Arthur Russell, Norman Whitfield...

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Shhh. We'll talk about it later.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
We hope these songs move people and spark interest in our full length album, which is coming out in June.

MORE>> www.phenomenalhandclapband.com, www.myspace.com/phenomenalhandclap and www.myspace.com/embassyproductions

 
YES GIANTESS
Produced by Ayad of Passion Pit and sharing a label with the synth pop five-piece - the hipper than hop Neon Gold - Yes Giantess somewhat predictably ply a similar sound, though achieving sonic delight with one less member. 'You Were Young' is their calling card, packed with sunny, bubbling synths and earnestly youthful, simple lyrics, particularly the chorus: "you and me girl, it's going on". Catch them at The Great Escape on Saturday or at one of four London dates following.

www.myspace.com/yesgiantess

   
IT'S THE REMIX ALL-NIGHTER THIS FRIDAY!
For those of you planning on being in London on Friday, this is the place to be. The CMU Recommended Remix All-Nighter! Yes, it's back, and in a storming new venue, Matter in The O2 complex. Just look at this line up - live sets from the brilliant Freeland, Shychild and MC Trip, plus DJ sets from Hervé, The Shoes, Rawkus Noise, Joker, King Cannibal, N-Type and, of course, Remixer In Chief Eddy TM. Dance is going to rock like never before. Go to www.leylinepromotions.com for full details and tickets.

Freeland, by the way, have two gigs in the UK this week - the Remix on Friday and The Great Escape on Saturday - details at www.myspace.com/adamfreelandmusic.

 

 


 

 
THE CMU GREAT ESCAPE BIT
It's The Great Escape this week in Brighton, and to celebrate each day we will be chatting to one of the artists playing, plus delving into the Same Six Question archives to find out what some of the other bands playing would say to you if you were hearing their music for the very first time at the convention.


80KIDZ
Tokyo DJs Jun, Ali& and Mayu came together in 2007 mainly to spin other people's records in clubs, but 80kidz really began to turn heads when they started tweaking other people's song, producing remixes for the likes of CSS, Black Kids, The Shoes and autoKratz, and proved themselves once and for all as producers when they released their debut EP, 'Life Begins At Eighty', last summer. They recently released their debut album, 'This Is My Shit', and will be playing on the 100% Genki tour, which will be showcasing the best Japanese music around the UK between 15-22 May, including at The Great Escape (for more info on that, go to www.newmusicfromjapan.com). Their TGE gig is on Friday 15 May. We spoke to Mayu.
 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
When I was in junior high school, I learned how to play Blur's 'Boys & Girls', found I could change it and create new song, and then started making my own music.

Q2 What inspired your latest single/album?
Simple sounds from early electroclash and the indie electro sound of 2008/09.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Jun and Ali& make demos, edit them and then Ali& mixes at the end.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
All music, even TV commercial jingles we've listened to influence us.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
We are sparking heavy distortion and moody beats on the dancefloor, just dance to it!

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single/album, and for the future?
We just want everybody in the world to listen to the 80kidz sound!

80KIDZ AT THE GREAT ESCAPE>> 15 May at Coalition
MORE>> discokidz.blogspot.com and www.myspace.com/80kidz

 

TGE-SSQ: What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
From the SSQ archives, bands playing TGE tell us what they'd say to people hearing their tunes for the very first time.

Woodpigeon: "Please come back" Prince Albert, 16 May

Polly Scattergood: "I would say come in with an open mind. Some of my songs probably need more than one listen to get inside them fully" Hector's House, 15 May.

Post War Years: "Definitely don't judge us on the basis of one song because our music varies in styles and moods more than most bands. This is largely due to having three songwriters. Sometimes we want people to dance and sometimes we want people to contemplate and get soaked up in ambience. Be prepared to do both" Ocean Rooms, 16 May.

School of Seven Bells: "We'd probably just say thanks for taking the time to listen!" Pavilion Theatre, 16 May.


THREEWEEKS BRIGHTON FESTIVAL MUSIC REVIEWS
Don't forget, The Great Escape is one part of the wider Brighton Festival, that is taking place in the seaside city all this month, offering an urivalled programme of theatre, comedy, dance, literature, art and, of course, music. CMU's sister publication ThreeWeeks is reviewing it all once again, with a team of 45 reviewers hitting the streets every day. You can check the ThreeWeeks preview guide to the Brighton Festival here, read our coverage of it here, and check out a selection of our Brighton music reviews here each day in the Daily...

Peanut Albinos, at Upstairs at Three And Ten on 3 May
Looking like they've just stumbled off the back of a Texas-bound pick-up, tequila and banjo in hand, Peanut Albinos have no need to win over their crowd tonight. Delving straight into a Tom Waits-y growl, singer James' raspy vocals sound like they've spent their fair share of nights drowning troubles in whisky. The use of plucky banjo and ominous double bass means that some songs verge on tedious with their lengthy repetition, but ear-piercing crescendo mixed with barely-there whispers go some way to keeping the audience engaged. Compelling for the most part, this band are reminiscent of beat writers, stranded in the Great Depression. If you like your blues coarse and looming, Peanut Albinos are definitely worth a watch. tw rating: 3/5; Reviewer [Hannah Laycock]

Dennis Rollins' Bad Bone & Co at The Parlure Spiegeltent on 4 May
From the start Dennis Rollins makes it clear this is no ordinary jazz show. Even if he is a regular at Ronnie Scott's, his Bad Bone & Co band is a much more adventurous project, mixing funk, hip hop, soul and any other rhythm that comes their way. There is little doubt that Dennis is a remarkable trombonist with impeccable groove who might be best appreciated as part of an ensemble, but his skills as an arranger are less impressive. An unorthodox backing loop and various guitar effects kill any kind of spontaneity he tries to inject to the show, while his rhythm section is far too talented to be obscured by a pre-recorded ambient sound. Not one for the purists. tw rating: 3/5; Reviewer [Cam Chiappe]

Dead Pianists Live at Ralli Hall Community Centre on 3 May
Hearing a recording of a dead musician is one thing, hearing them play their instrument from beyond the grave is quite another. Nevertheless, the macabre element of the late greats' posthumous ivory-tinkling quickly wore off, and evolved into a warm, nostalgic show. Operation of the century-old pianola, with those performances of old 'stored' inside, was a surprisingly good spectator sport; the machine expressively recreated the nuances of both jazz and classical styles, and the performers were happy to welcome the audience onstage for a closer look. However, the show did drag slightly after two plus hours, and the evening as whole was, for me, over-long. Still, this was a testament to the company's passion for their pianola and the history it can recreate, and this peculiar event - part concert, part séance - was a quaint, curious and charming affair. tw rating: 3/5; Reviewer: [Laura Oliver]

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BOY GEORGE RELEASED FROM PRISON
Well, we said yesterday that Boy George could be out of prison this month, and we were right. He was released yesterday. Which, you'll no doubt have noticed, is this month.

As previously reported, George was given a 15 month sentence in January for falsely imprisoning and beating up male escort, Audun Carlsen, who the singer believed had stolen files from his laptop, at his Shoreditch flat in 2007. Although he is being released early, he will have to wear an electronic tagging device and obey a curfew.

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RESIDENTS OF ST LUCIA SUPPORT WINEHOUSE
An official on St Lucia has said that the Caribbean island's residents are feeling supportive of Amy Winehouse despite her damp squib of a comeback gig at the St Lucia Jazz Festival, which ended early, as previously reported, when rain stopped play.

Of course, as also previously reported, some fans claim that it wasn't just the weather that made the concert shambolic; before the downpour, it's said, the singer forgot lyrics, seemed physically unstable, and slumped against sound equipment. It followed reports that suggested that Winehouse had done no rehearsal for the set, because she was allegedly too busy boozing.

Anyway, St Lucia's tourism minister Allan Chastanet has said on behalf of the island's residents that they bear her no ill will over the matter, though I'm not sure if he can genuinely speak for everyone. He told The Sun newspaper: "It's a shame it did not go better but we will bring her back in the future. We fully support her and hope she can get well. We have a lot of admiration for her".

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BROWN DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN RIHANNA PHOTO LEAK
Chris Brown has denied leaking nudie pictures of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna onto the internet. As previously reported, the revealing pictures seemingly of the 'Umbrella' singer naked (her face can't be seen, but everyone seems to think their genuine), appeared online last week. Given the circumstances behind the former power couple of R&B's split, and the fact the pictures seemed like personal shots, gossipers immediately speculated that Brown had posted the images on the net. But a representative for the R&B thug told essence.com: "This is both a false and defamatory statement. Chris has not released or 'leaked' any photos of Rihanna, or anyone else for that matter".

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PRISON RADIO WINS AT THE SONYS
I think it's fair to say that the Sony Awards 2009 belonged to the Prison Radio Association, whose Electric Radio Brixton service won two Gold Awards at the radio industry's big back slapping party last night, and runner up prizes in two other categories. Among the winning features from Electric Radio was an interview with one of the London prison service's more famous inmates of recent times, the perjurous former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken. Sony judges said the service's programmes were "an example of what can be achieved when radio is used for what it does best - an intimate connection to deliver powerful, meaningful content that targets an audience who have a genuine need to be fulfilled".

The other double winner on the night was Chris Evans, who took two Gold Awards for his Radio 2 drive time show. On his show the judges said: "Chris is still setting the pace for others to follow". The BBC's other prominent Chris, Mr Moyles, didn't get to take any gold home, and neither did Radio 1 in general, who might be doing quite well in the ratings at the moment, but don't seem to be impressing their colleagues elsewhere in the industry so much.

The full list of gold winners on the night were as follows:

Music Programme: Words and Music, BBC Radio 3
Specialist Music Programme: David Rodigan, Kiss Network
Music Special Award: Vaughan Williams - Valiant for Truth, BBC Radio 3
Music Programming Award: Classic FM

Breakfast Show Award: 5 Live Breakfast: BBC 5 Live
Entertainment Award: Chris Evans Drivetime, BBC Radio 2

News and Current Affairs: The World Today, BBC World Service News
News Special: The Investigation: Never Too Old To Care, A Stark Production/BBC Scotland
Breaking News: The Rangers Riot, BBC Radio Manchester
Sports: 5 Live Olympic Breakfast, BBC 5 Live

Speech: Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, BBC 5 Live
Drama: Mr Larkin's Awkward Day, BBC Radio 4
Comedy: Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, Komedia/Smooth/BBC Radio 4
Feature: Between The Ears - Staring At The Wall, BBC Radio 3
Interview: Feargal Keane interviews Lana Vandenberghe, BBC Radio 4
Live Event Coverage: Absolute Coldplay, Absolute Radio

Internet Programme: The Budgerigar and the Prisoner, CliftonDiocese.com
Multiplatform Radio: Wimbledon, BBC 5 Live

Listener Participation: Electric Radio Brixton Daily Show, Prison Radio Association
Community: A Sound Fix (Spots), Prison Radio Association/Electric Radio Brixton
Themed Programming: Family Life, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Promo: Kiss The Planet - What Will You Do?, Kiss Network
Competition: Facebuck, Galaxy Network
Station Imaging: 1Xtra

Music Radio Personality of the Year: Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2
Music Broadcaster of the Year: Mark Radcliffe, Smooth Operations/BBC Radio 2

News Journalist of the Year: Gavin Lee, BBC News
Speech Radio Personality of the Year: Vanessa Feltz, BBC London 94.9
Speech Broadcaster of the Year: Nick Ferrari, LBC 97.3

Station of the Year (Under 300,000 listeners): Beacon Radio (Shropshire)
Station of the Year (300,000: one million): BBC Hereford and Worcester
Station of the Year (One million plus): Kerrang 105.2
Digital Station of the Year: Fun Kids
UK Station of the Year: BBC Radio 3

Special Award: Paul Brown
Local and Regional Lifetime Achievement Award: Colin Slater
Gold Award: Neil Fox

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MICHAEL JACKSON IS SUED SHOCKER
Where there's a Jacko there's a lawsuit. A US promoter is trying to block Michael Jackson's much hyped O2 residency, arguing it conflicts with an existing contract entered into by the singer's management that commits Michael to perform with his brothers and Janet Jackson at an "all the Jacksons together" reunion show scheduled for July 2010. The one-off event would be webcast globally.

New Jersey-based AllGood Entertainment Inc say their agreement prevents Jackson from doing any other live shows before the reunion, so to enhance the value of his involvement in their production presumably (or perhaps because of fears the faltering Jacko will turn out to be shit when he takes to the stage, hindering ticket sales for their planned show). AllGood's Managing Partner Patrick Allocco says his company issued a cease and desist on Jackson when word of his plans for the O2 residency came to light, but that Jackson's people have refused to negotiate. He added: "As of right now we've gotten zero cooperation from anyone, [Jacko manager] Frank DeLeo refuses to honour our agreement and that's why we're filing a lawsuit by week's end".

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LATEST LIL WAYNE TRIAL WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
A US judge in Arizona has ruled that journalists will be allowed into an upcoming Lil Wayne court hearing, but TV cameras will not, because he doesn't want the hip hopper's trial to descend into a "media circus". The court case in question relates to drug charges the rapper faces in the state, relating to a search of his tour bus back in January 2008. It's a different trial to that considered 2007 drugs and weapon charges that kicked off in New York last month. I do hope you're keeping up with all this.

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MORRISSEY CANCELS ALBERT HALL GIG
Morrissey was forced to cancel his show set to take place at the Royal Albert Hall last night after being taken unwell and advised not to perform. A statement was released saying: "Event organisers would like to apologise to his fans for the disappointment but he is unable to perform and on doctor's orders has been told to rest".

Promoters have advised disappointed fans to keep hold of their tickets, but have not as yet announced a replacement date.

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FARRELL HOSPITALISED AFTER JANE'S ADDICTION GIG
Jane's Addiction man Perry Farrell had to be taken to hospital following a gig in Atlanta on Sunday, after he tore a calf muscle during a performance at the Lakewood Amphitheatre. He stayed on to complete the set after sustaining the injury, but was examined at the Atlanta Medical Centre once the concert was over, and was there advised by doctors to stay off his leg for several days. He's a bit rock and roll, though, and word was he was still planning to perform at the band's date in Austin last night. Perhaps he was planning to do it sitting down.

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JORDAN AND PETER ANDRE SPLIT
Former pop star Katie Price (aka Jordan) and glamour model Peter Andre have announced that they are to end their marriage after three and a half years. You might scoff, but to be fair, it was difficult to see where their relationship could go after they failed to crack America in the latest series of their ITV2 reality TV show.

The split comes just hours after pictures of Price and a man who wasn't Andre at a nightclub in Bristol appeared in the press. A statement from the couple's management company said: "[They] have both requested that the media respect their families' privacy at this difficult time".

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ASHANTI TO BE DROPPED
Irv Gotti, boss at The Inc Records (formerly Murder Inc), has said that he plans to drop Ashanti, who has become one of the labels biggest names since signing to them in 2002, because she and the mogul have grown apart.

Gotti told MTV: "Our relationship has run its course. We're in two totally different places. We don't really speak or talk and it's sad, but in another way it's like it's all good. She needs some guidance, but she's not thinking that and honestly, I'm going to drop her".

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SAME DIFFERENCE THINK THEY'RE GOOD
Same Difference have become the latest 'X Factor' finalists to be dropped by Simon Cowell, following Leon Jackson who had his contract terminated in March.

The brother/sister pop duo signed to Cowell's SyCo label in 2008 after finishing third in the fourth series of 'X Factor', but were dropped last week due to poor sales of their album, 'Pop', and the single released from it, 'We R One'. They say Cowell was wrong to drop them, even though they're really embarrassingly bad and no one bought their terrible records. Well, they only said the first bit, I added the rest myself. They actually think they're songs are quite good. They are wrong.

Speaking to The News, the brother half Sean Smith said: "We still think there were four or five more great songs on the album that could have been singles and helped to sell a lot more copies of the album, but that's the music industry".

Meanwhile his sister Sarah said: "It's not a bad thing actually. Now we can take our album to Asia or Australia where pop music is particularly thriving. We can do what we want because our management doesn't have to run everything past SyCo".

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A HAWK AND A HACKSAW TOUR DATES
Balkan folk duo A Hawk And A Hacksaw will be in the UK for a whole load of live shows this summer to promote their new album, 'Délivrance', which is due for release via The Leaf Label on 18 May.

Tour dates:

16 Jun: Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
17 Jun: Bristol, Fiddlers Club
18 Jun: London, Cecil Sharp House
19 Jun: Gateshead, Baltic
20 Jun: Stirling, Tolbooth
21 Jun: Glasgow, The Arches
22 Jun: Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
23 Jun: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
24 Jun: Oxford, Holywell Music Room
25 Jun: Norwich, Arts Centre
10 Jul: Lounge On The Farm
11 Jul: Reading, South Street Arts Centre
12 Jul: Cardiff, The Gate

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INSOMNIACS BALL RETURNS
The lovely Insomniacs Ball will return, on 5 Jun, at a brand new venue, Corsica Studios in London. I think the line up speaks for itself. Look, here it is speaking. Everything Everything and Hook And The Twin playing live, plus DJ sets from Late Of The Pier, Cocknbullkid, Ezra Bang and Dirty Bingo. Plus there's a special live guest tba. More at www.myspace.com/insomniacsball.

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FESTIVAL LINE UP UPDATE

GREAT ESCAPE, various venues, Brighton, 14 - 16 May: Peter, Bjorn and John are among the final acts announced for this week's Great Escape, along with Maps, Dead Kids, Plugs and Man Like Me. www.escapegreat.com

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, 10 - 12 Jul: The Maccabees and Mumford Sons have both been confirmed to play the King Tut's Wah Wah Tent at this year's Scottish fest, with Camera Obscura added to the Futures Stage. Funk D'Void, Joris Voorn and Ben Sims have all been added to the Slam Tent line up, joining Jeff Mills and The Streets. www.tinthepark.com

THE WICKERMAN FESTIVAL, East Kirkcarswell Farm, Scotland, 24 - 25 Jul: Casiokids, Burn The Negative and It's A Buffalo have all been announced to play this year's Wickerman Festival, joining headliners The Human League, The Zutons and Idlewild. www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

BEN AND JERRY'S SUNDAE ON THE COMMON, Clapham Common, 25 - 26 Jul: I Am Kloot, Marina And The Diamonds and Tommy Reilly are amongst the first names to make up the Summer Sundae bill. Camera Obsura, Red Light Company and The Answering Machine have also been confirmed with headliners to be announced in the coming weeks. www.summersundae.com

KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Estate, Cumbria, 31 Jul - 2 Aug: Ash are the final headliners to be confirmed for this year's Kendal Calling. Idlewild, Goldie Lokkin' Chain and Frank Turner have all been confirmed to play, along with Red Light Company, Twisted Wheel, Nine Black Alps and Middleman. www.kendalcalling.com

THE BIG REUNION, Butlins, Skegness, 20-22 Nov, 27-29 Nov, 4-6 Dec: The Wombats announced as headliners for this year's event, which will take place over three weekends this winter. Also on the bill are The Holloways, Utah Saints, Trip, Eddy Temple-Morris, Mary Ann Hobbs, Judge Jules with stages curated by Godskitchen, Cream Classics, Hed Kandi and the Xfm Remix. www.thebigreunion.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lindstrom And Prins Thomas - II (Eskimo Records)
I'm told this Norwegian leftfield folky electronica duo are heavily influenced by 80s disco, but if they are, I'm not hearing it. Perhaps their previous outing, which I've not heard, was more in that vein. This is more like Zero 7, Fragile State or perhaps Mudd. And one glance at the cover art will tell you that you're about to be taken somewhere psychedelic. From the opening chords of 'Cisco' these guys get truly recumbent with slow synths and samples - it's akin to The Orb but without the need to rock the crowd. 'For Ett..'., meanwhile, is slightly reminiscent of Air, while 'Rett Pa' moves slowly into a spacey place, while 'Rothaus' takes a step towards acid rock. The final two minutes of 'Gudene Vet And Snutt' is the album's high point, as the duo point towards techno aspirations, despite this being one of the more guitar-y of the album's tracks. It peaked my interest but it was all over too soon - this is more the vibe I'd hoped for from these guys and I would have liked to have heard more. 'II' is a hugely navel gazing album and, although it has its moments, is a bit bland for my tastes. That said, it's a good chill out studio jam and it's clear that Lindstrom and Prins Thomas have put some time and thought into making it, placing it happily a few light years away from any manufactured pop music. PV
Release Date: 18 May
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GOVERNMENT FUNDED MUSIC FACILITY OPENS IN LIVERPOOL
Cross-industry trade body UK Music yesterday announced the launch of the first of ten new government-funded music rehearsal spaces, this one if good old Liverpool.

UK Music man Feargal Sharkey and Culture Secretary Andy Burnham opened the new facility, at the Knotty Ash Youth & Community Centre, the former having coordinated the project to offer well equipped music facilities for young people around the UK, the latter having provided a bulk of the funding through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Music Industries Association, the trade body for the musical instrument industry, have also supported the venture by subsidising the equipment provided in the facility.

Commenting on the venture, Sharkey told CMU, in his best scouse accent: "The rehearsal room scheme is a wonderfully simple idea, like: first find a suitable location, like; kit it out with musical equipment, yeah, right mate; and then encourage young people in the surrounding area to get stuck in, like. The benefits stack up socially like, and economically right, and culturally, like. And hopefully some of those young scallies will pick up valuable skills and go on to work in one of our smashin creative industries". I'm not sure my efforts to make Feargal sound a bit Liverpudlian there worked. Andy CMU thought it was more Brummie. Perhaps I should have put in a few 'calm down, calm downs' or a reference to 'Accrington Stanley'; but that might have been offensive to my Liverpudlian brethren, and would have only made sense to anyone over thirty.

I'm not sure what accent Andy Burnham used, but he probably spoke through some sort of hi-tech NASA-made accent manipulation device, which he'd no doubt expensed within current parliamentary expense rules. Anyway, he said: "The rehearsal spaces at Knotty Ash are a fantastic new resource, providing a great leisure facility for young people and the chance to get experience in a whole range of areas that might lead to a career in the creative industries. This is just the beginning. Spaces owned by local authorities around the country are being transformed with Government money, and member companies of the Music Industries Association have been very generous in providing cut price instruments. We are focusing our efforts on areas of deprivation - both urban and rural - where there may be few other facilities for young people. These fully-equipped spaces will make a big difference for young people who are looking for somewhere to practise, spend time and find an outlet for their creative skills".

Similar facilities are planned for Bristol, Hastings, Manchester, Norfolk, Nottingham, St Austell and Washington later this year.

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PPL REVENUES UP UP UP
Recording royalty collecting peeps PPL have published their financial results for 2008 and they're up people, yes up. Good news hey. Just as well really, though, I suppose, given that record labels are increasingly reliant on royalty revenues like those collected by PPL now that only seventeen people buy CDs.

PPL royalty income, collected from radio stations and anyone else who plays recorded music in public (all you CMU readers who play recorded music in your office, you've got a PPL licence, right?) was up 11% year on year to £127.6 million, that's 54% up on four years ago.

Royalties from international use of PPL registered recordings were up even more significantly, 69% on 2007 to £15.4million, showing the increasing importance of worldwide royalties to UK record companies, and demonstrating PPL's efforts to put in place the structure and partnerships to ensure those royalties can and are collected.

Commenting on the figures, PPL chief Fran Nevrkla: "I am delighted that in 2008 we have been able to deliver yet another set of excellent results in spite of a rather difficult business. We shall continue making every effort to ensure that the rights which the record companies and performers have kindly vested in us are licensed and monetised at the highest appropriate and commercially acceptable levels".

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PUBLISHING FIRMS SIGN UP TO LYRIC T-SHIRTS
OK songwriters, a tip. When writing the thought provoking and possibly mind-altering lyrics to your next killer tune, don't forget to make sure they'll look nice on a t-shirt, because that's where you'll probably see the biggest financial return on your creative investment.

Music publishing firms EMI, Warner/Chappell and Chrysalis have all entered into partnerships with Webwear who are launching a range of "lyric inspired clothing", ie t-shirts and polo-shirts with some of our favourite lyrics printed on them. They're also planning a range of lyrical hoodies, which will be perfect - from EMI's catalogue for example, perhaps the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' hoodie, "Mama, just killed a man", or the 'Irresponsible Hate Anthem' hoodie, "Hey victim, should I black your eyes again?"

Confirming he had deals with the three pubberys for his new song-words clothing line, Webwear MD Terry Grossman told CMU: "This partnership is an inspirational new venture, combining fashion and music to bring to the high street a range of t-shirts and casual clothing inspired by some of the world's greatest lyrics. At a time when fashion retailers are feeling the pinch and the economic climate is unsteady, Webwear have the courage and the confidence to launch an exciting new project which we are positive will reap fantastic results for each of the high street stores involved".

Interestingly the press release for this notes that EMI Music Publishing own the 'James Bond Theme'. Yeah, look forward to seeing the lyrics from that on a t-shirt.

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CULTURE SELECT COMMITTEE TO REPORT BACK ON LICENSING RULES
Parliament's Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee will report on its investigation into the impact of the 2003 Licensing Act tomorrow, and key players in the live sector hope it will recommend a number of changes to the licensing systems introduced by the act which some say have hindered the grass roots live music scene by making it harder, or at least more bureaucratic, for smaller and occasional music venues to stage gigs.

The chair of the Committee, Tory MP John Whittingdale, is reportedly remaining tight lipped on what will be in his report, though insiders say those who gave evidence to the investigation from the music business are hopeful there will be some positive stuff in there.

The report is also expected to comment on the controversial Form 696, the Met Police's form used in live music licensing applications in the capital which has been much criticised, partly because it asks for full contact information of all participants, and partly because it asks for detailed genre information which it's assumed police use to make prejudicial judgements about the ethnic make up of a potential audience, and the potential for that audience to kick off.

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UPFRONT ACQUIRE TRINITY STREET E-COMMERCE ASSETS
Music partnerships firm Upfront Media have bought up the assets of Trinity Street, the music-focused e-commerce company that collapsed earlier this year after his financial backers pulled their support.

Upfront, currently best known for producing high-profile covermount CD promotions such as the Mail On Sunday's release of new Prince and McFly albums, will acquire Trinity Street's e-commerce and fulfilment units, providing online merchandise sales and delivery services to music and entertainment clients under the new Upfront Direct banner. They won't, however, resume Trinity Streets artist-to-consumer ticket sales service, with Upfront arguing such a service was never popular with tour promoters, who prefer to handle such things themselves.

The deal sees the former Trinity Street operation return to its original owner, Simon Stanford, who operated his music marketing firm under the Trinity Street name in the late nineties, and helped to co-found the e-commerce division that became Trinity Street Direct. He stepped back from the online business in 2001 to concentrate on building the Upfront agency.

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's this week's Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock last weekend - www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
2. AC/DC - Black Ice (Sony/Columbia)
3. Mastodon - Crack The Skye (Warner Bros)
4. Pearl Jam - Ten (Sony Music)
5. Metallica - Death Magnetic (Universal/Mercury)
6. Papa Roach - Metamorphisis (Universal/Interscope)
7. Lamb Of God - Wrath (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream (Sony/Columbia)
9. Kid Rock - Rock N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
10. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
11. Theory Of A Deadman - Scars & Souvenirs (Warner/Roadrunner)
12. Shinedown - The Sound Of Madness (Warner/Atlantic)
13. Static-X - Cult Of Static (Warner Bros)
14. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
15. Rise Against - Appeal To Reason (Universal/Geffen)
16. Led Zeppelin - Mother Ship (Warner/Atlantic)*
17. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
18. Disturbed - Indestructible (Warner/Reprise)
19. Queensryche - American Soldier (Warner/Rhino)
20. Blue October - Approaching Normal (Universal/Island)

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JOE JONAS GETS BACK AT LOVER VIA SONG
Jonas Brother Joe has written a bitter song about his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, because she wrote about their break up in a song too. Well, they are teenagers.

According to the gossip, Jonas broke up with Swift via a 25 second phone call, and she referenced the pain of being dumped in her track 'Forever And Always'. Jonas appears to have responded in kind, though no names are named, the lyrics reading: "Caught in a nightmare/Can't wake up/That's why my ex is still my ex/I never trust a word she says/I'm running all the background checks/And she's freaking out".

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LIVERPOOL RINGERS TO RECREATE IMAGINE
Bellringers in Liverpool will this week recreate John Lennon's 'Imagine' via the wonder of church bells, which sounds quite tricky, and I say that as a former bellringer. The ringers at the city's Anglican cathedral will ring the song, if that's the right expression, on Saturday. Of course some might wonder if a song which includes the line "Imagine there's no Heaven" should be championed by a church, though a spokesman for the cathedral told reporters: "Allowing 'Imagine' to be pealed on our bells does not mean we agree with the song lyric. We recognise its power to make us think. As a cathedral we do not shrink from debate. We recognise the existence of other world views". Yoko Ono apparently told the BBC that she thought the planned 'Imagine' ring was so beautiful, it made me choke up".

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DEATH CAB ON THEIR NON-SNAPPY NAME
Death Cab For Cutie have been talking to CNN about how they came up with their band's name, and revealed that they often joke about changing it.

The name, taken from a song by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band performed in the 1967 Beatles' film 'Magical Mystery Tour', was apparently chosen by founder Ben Gibbard. The group's Chris Walla explained: "Ben was in a Magical Mystery Tour all-the-time kind of phase. He made a grand proclamation from the couch at one point that if he ever had another band, he was going to call it Death Cab For Cutie".

Bassist Nick Harmer added: "Knowing what we know now, Ben has said that he would have loved to have shortened it somehow to a snappier name". How about Death? That's a good name for a band. Well, it's better than Cutie.

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