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Apple shut Lala.com
Politicians debate the future of the music industry
In The Pop Courts
Stein killer gets life
Appeal court says no to RapidShare copyright filters
In The Pop Hospital
Flaming Lips hospital update
Artist Deals
Thomas Truax joins Pledge
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New Ozzy gets release date
I Am Kloot return
Horse Feathers announce new album
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Rosso shopping Pirate Bay book
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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang tour dates
Jens Lekman announces London show
Festival News
Festival line-up update
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Album review: Pezzner - The Tracks Are Alive (Freerange Records)
The Music Business
UK Music launch skills audit
The Media Business
Kruger Magazine closes
Peel Jr gets 6music show as station sees surge in listeners
Chart Of The Day
Total Rock World Album Chart
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Website apologises to the other one from Girls Aloud


 
TUESDAY 4TH MAY
DOUBLE DAGGER
Forming in 2002, Double Dagger are a post-punk trio from Baltimore, unconventionally composed of only drums, vocals and bass guitar. The band was conceived after vocalist Nolen Strals and bassist Bruce Willen's previous band League Of Death came to an end, with Denny Bowen eventually joining them on drums. DD have toured around the States, playing with the likes of Pere Ubu, Lightning Bolt and Buzzcocks, and have released several EPs and two full length albums. Strals and Willens have also set up their own graphic design team, Post Typography. The band released their latest EP 'Masks' last month and are now set to play a string of London dates, starting with The Lock Tavern on 14 May. Ahead of that gig, the band took some time to tackle our Same Six Questions.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
Nolen and Bruce were in a sloppy metal-ish band together in college. After school they formed Double Dagger with original drummer Brian Dubin. At the time Denny was playing guitar in a band called Yukon. Rumor had it that Denny was also an awesome drummer, so after Brian left the band, Denny took over percussion duties permanently, and our sound and approach really began to develop after that.

Q2 What inspired your latest EP?
Live, we're often very smart-assed and confrontational. That didn't come across as much on the last record, but is more evident in a lot of the lyrics on this record. The title sums up the overarching lyrical inspiration. Everywhere, everyone (yes, including us) is somehow trying to hide or obscure some part of themselves, or deceive others' perception of themselves. Sometimes we put on these masks just to make it through the day. Sometimes we put on these masks to make ourselves seem cooler, or to get along with our partner in bed, or to sell more records, etc. More and more this mask takes the form of a blog where someone tries to sound smarter than they actually are.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Most of our songs develop fairly organically. Typically, Bruce and Denny start improvising some interesting parts that eventually begin to cohere. The band generally plays with these song fragments for a few practices until they form into a song. Sometimes Bruce works on some additional music ideas on his own. As the song starts to come together Nolen begins to figure out the themes and lyrics. The final lyrics are usually the last part to come together.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
We all have some slightly different tastes in music. Nolen listens to more punk and hardcore than the others. Denny is more into hip hop and electronic music, while Bruce may listen to some quieter, folkier stuff and some metal. However, there are definitely areas of overlap. We all listen to some northwest American indie/punk/rock, and of course all of the awesome local bands in the Baltimore music scene are inspiring - Future Islands, Thank You, Dan Deacon, Ecstatic Sunshine, Human Host, Sick Weapons, Dope Body, Ponytail, Zomes, Vows, etc. The artists who don't directly influence our work are usually the ones music critics compare us to, go figure!

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
We recommend earplugs. Also, please don't just stand around looking "cool" at one of our shows. It's more fun for everyone if there's some audience participation. Plus, we take standing still as an invitation to fuck with you more.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest EP, and for the future?
Our ambition is to wear all the EP covers as masks for Halloween. In the future, we hope to add a fifth amp. Oh, and to convince all your readers to bring us Jammie Dodgers when they come see us at our upcoming UK shows.

MORE>> www.posttypography.com/doubledagger/

 
MATTHEW & THE ATLAS
Matthew & The Atlas, led by Matthew Hegarty, are one of those bands I've only just got round to listening to, despite hearing lovely things about them for a while now, and having been ordered by friends to check them out on more than one occasion. They deliver a spine-tingling take on modern folk, with Matthew's vocals coming across grainy and raw, yet tender, drawing similarities to Ray Lamontagne, and helped along by the delicate backing vocals of Lindsay West.

 
After support slots with Mumford & Sons at the start of the year, the band have just released their debut EP 'To The North'. Lead track 'I Will Remain' shows off the more upbeat folky side to the band with its hand-claps and banjo, while 'Veins Of Your History' shows a more stripped down, tender side to their music. The band have lots of gigs lined up over the next month, including a performance at The Great Escape, so plenty of opportunities to see them in action.

www.myspace.com/matthewandtheatlas



 
  SYNCH ASSISTANT WANTED - CHRYSALIS MUSIC PUBLISHING
Chrysalis Music Publishing is looking for someone with supreme organisational skills, a strong work ethic and plenty of common sense to support the running of a busy department. Someone who has undertaken work experience or an internship in a music company is preferable but not essential - a love of music and an understanding of synchronisation and music publishing are, however.

Please send a covering letter and CV to gareth.smith@chrysalis.com. Closing date for applications is 7th May.
       
  IMAGEM MUSIC, JUNIOR CREATIVE ASSISTANT
Imagem Music is looking to employ a Junior Creative Assistant. Duties include: Supporting the Creative/A&R team in areas including the maintenance of databases, keeping up to date gig lists of our acts, liaising with managers, labels, promoters & agents and taking responsibility for the smooth running of the department; Liaising with our international offices on creative matters; and some basic office management.

A sound knowledge of social networking is essential therefore a basic knowledge of HTML, FTP and Photoshop would be useful. This is an ideal first job for somebody who has had work or intern experience at a music company. A basic understanding of music publishing would be preferable as would the ability to communicate positively and organize effectively.

Please send a covering letter and CV to careers@imagem-music.com. Closing date for applications is 21st May.
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Our team is comprised of passionate creatives, with unrivalled knowledge and expertise in their particular fields. Be it print press, digital, mobile or marketing consultancy, we are able to offer effective bespoke campaigns to all of our clients. If you are interested in an effective affordable campaign please contact ian.roberts@astarpr.com or ben.allen@astarpr.com or call 020 7836 1122 and quote CMU ad.
       
  INTERESTED IN SELLING YOUR RECORD LABEL?
Music Gain is acquiring record labels and catalogue. If you are thinking of selling, or have a large catalogue you want managed on your behalf, then please contact us. Introduction and spotters fees also paid. Please visit us - www.musicgain.com
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Denise van Outen has baby girl
Lynn Redgrave dies
Erykah Badu announces London show
 
BBC cuts leaker leaves the Corporation
Absolute and Absolut reach settlement
Bauer launch revamped online player
 
Music festival line-up update - 30 Apr 2010
STAR reissue dodgy ticket agent warning
Festival Republic again warn of dodgy ticket sellers
 

MORE EMI NONSENSE
It's The Times that has published the latest handful of revelations regarding efforts by equity firm Terra Firma to stop EMI from defaulting on its loan commitments to Citigroup.

As much previously reported, if EMI fails to meets its loan fee payments the US bank could foreclose, seizing ownership of the music firm from Terra Firma. £120 million in fees is due to be paid at the start of next month, and Terra Firma chief Guy Hands is currently trying to persuade his investors to stump up the cash (and more cash even, to cover next year's loan fees and a gap in the EMI pension fund).

According to The Times, Hands has secured contributions of up to £105 million so far, though that most likely includes the £58 million the Terra Firma directors themselves said they would put into the pot. Nevertheless, while someway off the £360 million that sits at the top of the 'SAVE:EMI' totaliser, that would be nearly enough to stop Citigroup from sending round the bailiffs next month.

But, The Times adds, Hands isn't home and dry yet because he needs to get approval from 150 of the 200 investors with an interest in Terra Firma in order to transfer money from the equity fund into EMI's bank accounts. Which means any investors who would rather write EMI off as a bad debt can not only refuse to contribute to Hands' rescue fund, but can try to stop others from contributing, too. Or at least that's how I understand it.

In its final revelation, The Times says that although the £120 million doesn't need to actually be paid to Citigroup until next month, Hands must be able to show he is able to pay by the end of next week, giving him less than a fortnight to get everything in place. Which is presumably why, over the last few months, there have been differing reports as to whether Terra Firma's deadline was May or June.

Those Terra Firma investors tempted to try to scupper Hands' rescue mission may well be suspicious of the business plan, prepared by EMI Exec Chairman Charles Allen and approved by Hands, which details how management plan to turn around the flagging music major. There is some optimism in that plan, but some Terra Firma backers might think they've seen it all before.

According to The Daily Mail, who say they have seen Terra Firma documents from 2007, before buying the music conglom the equity types predicted they could push EMI's annual earnings up to £452 million a year by 2009, and its market value to £9 billion by 2012. Last year, EMI had £298 million earnings, and is currently thought to be worth £4 billion. Of course, those original estimates come from before the credit crunch, though even if there had been a better economic climate since they bought the music firm, Terra Firma's management did seemingly somewhat overestimate their ability to transform the EMI business. But I think we all knew that from day one really, didn't we?

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APPLE SHUT LALA.COM
Apple has announced they will shut down Lala.com, the streaming music whatnot they bought late last year, on 31 May. That news led to heightened speculation Apple would soon launch their own streaming music service via the iTunes platform, or through a widget to the iPhone, utilising Lala.com technology, though insiders say that that's not true.

There has been much speculation as to why Apple snapped up Lala.com, a complicated digital music start up that had dabbled with various business models in its short lifespan. Some reckoned Apple were interested in Lala's technology or content partnerships more than its actual platform and user-based. Others said they bought Lala.com simply to stop a rival like Microsoft or Google from snapping them up.

Or, a real conspiracy theorist might suggest, the purchase was simply designed to piss off their one time friendly and increasingly hostile competitor Google, whose 'preview tracks within the search engine' service in the US was part powered by Lala.com. Presumably Google OneBox will now rely on MySpace for all its streaming previews.

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POLITICIANS DEBATE THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
As previously reported, politicians from all three of the main political parties went head-to-head on Friday in a live debate on BBC 6music to discuss the future of the music industry. The Conservative's former Shadow Culture Media & Sport Secretary John Whittingdale, Labour's Minister Of State For Culture & Tourism Margaret Hodge and the Liberal Democrats' Culture, Media & Sport spokesman Don Foster appeared on the panel with UK Music head Feargal Sharkey.

Sharkey kick started proceedings by reiterating some key points from UK Music's recently launched 'Liberating Music' report, which calls on the government to provide backing to those working in music in order to make the UK industry the biggest in the world. He said: "What for me is in rude health is the quality and the creativity of the artists.It's something this county is famous for and we're probably better than anyone else. The UK is the second largest source of repertoire. We think the government has a role to play in making sure that every young artist, musician, entrepreneur is getting every bit of support and every bit of encouragement".

Margaret Hodge quickly countered that the Labour government had been doing just that for years, with over £300 million invested in music education, though Lib Dem Don Foster said that he didn't feel enough was being done in schools, saying that "[music is] hampered by the overloaded national curriculum and I would like to free up the national curriculum so there is more opportunity for creativity".

Hodge was then set on from all sides, with all three of the other panellists saying that live music had been harmed by Labour's 2003 Licensing Act, which they all claimed had made it too expensive for small venues to stage live music.

Sharkey explained: "The real starting ground for our start up bands is in small venues and sadly the licensing legislation has hampered it and in small venues we've seen less live music and that has to be changed. It's true that live music has been doing well but all that growth has been at the top end - festivals and big gigs. What we need is those little rooms in the backs of pubs, clubs and hotels where people like myself stood up for the first time at the age of seventeen thinking 'I've got an idea for a tune'. Those venues are under threat. The British Beer & Pub Association tell me we're losing 50 pubs like that a week".

It's worth noting, that the Liberal Democrats are the only one of the three main parties to address this in their manifesto, laying out exactly how they would change licensing laws, removing the need to apply for a license for venues with less than 200 capacity. Labour vaguely mention a review of the current rules in theirs, while the Conservative manifesto makes no reference to music licensing laws at all.

On the subject of illegal downloading, Hodge said that the government had been working with the music industry on ways to curb it, through the Digital Economy Act, as well as helping to find new business models. She said: "[The internet is] an opportunity as well as a threat.The opportunity is that many, many more people can listen to music. The threat is that creators may not get money for the music they have created".

She continued: "We've worked with the industry to find new business models so they can make their money in different ways, whether it's through live gigs bringing in advertising or many of the other experiments that are taking place at the moment. The other thing we've done is that we have, for the first time, introduced ways of how we are going to get tough with people who persistently download illegally".

Both Whittingdale and Foster criticised the DEA as being "flawed" (despite the Tories helping it become law), Foster telling Hodge: "Some of it was rushed right at the end in terms of web blocking and I think we need to look at it again".

The discussion also turned to ticket touting when one industry contributor, Festival Republic's Melvin Benn, proposed that a price cap be placed on all tickets sold on the secondary market (or at least those sold through channels where monitoring prices is possible).

No firm answer was given by any member of the panel, though Foster said that there was a "legitimate need for a secondary market" for people who bought tickets to shows but were then genuinely unable to attend, while Whittingdale said that he didn't think it was an issue that the government to intervene in, adding: "We've got to look at the number of tickets that any one individual is able to buy".

You can listen to the full debate via the BBC iPlayer or by downloading the BBC 6music News podacst at www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/6musicnews/

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STEIN KILLER GETS LIFE
Natavia Lowery, the women found guilty of murdering one time Ramones manager Linda Stein, has been handed a minimum of 32 years in jail.

As previously reported, Lowery was working for Stein, and it's thought she bludgeoned her boss to death after being confronted about stolen money. The PA initially claimed to have witnessed a mysterious man kill Stein, but later confessed to the murder on tape. Though she subsequently withdrew that confession, and in court yesterday continued to proclaim her innocence.

When Stein's family criticised Lowery for not expressing regret for her crime, she said she had nothing to apologise for and that "my innocence will continuously remain". In a brief statement delivered prior to her sentencing Lowery pledged to appeal. However, the judge hearing the case said he was confident the guilty verdict against Lowery was sound, describing the defendant as "almost inhuman".

After some prominent projects in the music business, most notably as manager of The Ramones, Stein later built a second career as an estate agent to the stars.

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APPEAL COURT SAYS NO TO RAPIDSHARE COPYRIGHT FILTERS
So, this is interesting. An appeal court in Germany has overturned a previous ruling which said that file-transfer platform RapidShare could be held liable for copyright infringement if it didn't introduce filters that tracked content being shared and then block infringing content. The appeal court said no such liabilities should apply, even if RapidShare did unknowingly provide the tools for the distribution of unlicensed content, and even if it did not introduced planned filters.

In fact, according to blog NewTeeVee, the appeal court went one step further and said that such filters would go against 'fair use' provisions in German copyright law which allow people to make personal private copies of content they have bought and to share that content with a limited number of personal acquaintances (fair uses that don't exist under UK law). By blocking anything it reckoned might be infringing copyright, RapidShare would be stopping its users from employing their fair use rights.

German collecting society GEMA which led the legal proceedings against RapidShare has not responded. The file-transfer service is also being sued in the US.

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FLAMING LIPS HOSPITAL UPDATE
The Flaming Lips have cancelled more US dates following the hospitalisation of band member Steven Drozd last week.

There's still no word on what Drozd is actually being treated for, but he took to Twitter on Friday to say: "Thank you, everyone, for your concern. I had to do this and I'm getting it together".

Meanwhile, the band have only said that "he will be just fine as soon as he gets some rest".

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THOMAS TRUAX JOINS PLEDGE
CMU favourite Thomas Truax has become the latest artist to join fan-funding site Pledge Music to help raise cash to fund the launch of his previously reported new album, 'Sonic Dreamer', which is due for release on 7 Jun.

There are various packages on offer for investors, but I'm currently weighing up whether or not I can afford to go for a donation that will get me a miniature version of one of Truax's self-invented instruments. Other items on offer include CDs, t-shirts, sketches, a self-portrait, personalised recordings and the chance to have Truax perform in your living room.

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thomastruax

In other Pledge news, the company's founder, Benji Rogers will be appearing on the panel for CMU's City Showcase workshop at the Apple Store on Regent Street in London this Thursday. Entitled 'Famous For Fifteen Megabytes', it will give new artists the chance to hear from and question five leading digital music experts on which digital tools are worth your time, and which can really help an artist launch and manage their own successful music careers. More info on that at www.cityshowcase.co.uk/event/famous-for-fifteen-megabytes

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NEW OZZY GETS RELEASE DATE
Ozzy Osbourne has announced that his tenth solo album, 'Scream', will be released via Sony/Columbia on 14 Jun. As previously reported, the album's title was chosen by fans after they objected to Ozzy's original choice, 'Soul Sucka'.

Here's the all-important tracklist:

Let It Die
Let Me Hear You Scream
Soul Sucker
Life Won't Wait
Diggin Me Down
Crucify
Fearless
Time
I Want It More
Latimer's Mercy
I Love You All

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I AM KLOOT RETURN
I Am Kloot will be back with their fifth album, 'Sky At Night' on 5 Jul through EMI. The follow-up to 2007's 'I Am Kloot Play Moolah Rouge', the new album was produced by Elbow's Guy Garvey and Craig Potter. Garvey also produced the band's debut album, 'Natural History'.

You can download a track from the album, 'Lately', for free from www.iamkloot.com/lately

Here's the tracklist:

Northern Skies
To The Brink
Fingerprints
Lately
I Still Do
The Moon Is A Blind Eye
Proof
It's Just The Night
Radiation
Same Shoes

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HORSE FEATHERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Horse Feathers will release new album 'Thistled Spring', the follow-up to 2008's brilliant 'House With No Name', on 14 Jun via Kill Rock Stars.

With former members Peter and Heather Broderick currently playing with Efterklang, the band now features an all new line-up behind frontman and songwriter Justin Ringle. Expanding to a four-piece, Nathan Crockett handles violin, Catherine Odell is on cello and finally Sam Cooper can be found playing a variety of instruments. You can catch them playing live in the UK at this year's End Of The Road festival.

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ROSSO SHOPPING PIRATE BAY BOOK
One time Grokster boss Wayne Rosso is apparently shopping a book all about his brief dalliance with The Pirate Bay to various publishers.

As you may remember, when Swedish tech firm GGF announced it was planning to buy the Bay and turn it into a legitimate concern, they hired Rosso, who had invested a lot of time back in the day into trying to launch a licensed P2P network. He gave a few interviews about the grand plans of GGF and its boss Hans Pandaya, but then quickly bailed on the venture, declaring it doomed.

GGF subsequently failed to raise the money to buy the Bay, and saw its own finances come under intense scrutiny as a result of their attempt to buy one of the web's most notorious piracy enablers. Although Pandaya occasionally says he still plans to by the file-sharing search service, it seems increasingly likely no deal will ever happen and, even if it did, no one is entirely sure how GGF would persuade content owners to sign up and users to stay put once inevitable licensing restrictions kicked in.

It's not clear how much Rosso learned about GGF or The Pirate Bay in his few weeks working with Pandaya, but it seems he reckons there is a good enough story to tell.

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BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY & THE CAIRO GANG TOUR DATES
Having released their first album together (or at least under this name), 'The Wonder Show Of The World', Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang will be stomping around the UK later this year for some gigs.

Tour dates:

27 Jul: Belfast, Empire
2 Aug: Coventry, St John's Church
3 Aug: Manchester, Manchester Cathedral
4 Aug: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

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JENS LEKMAN ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW
Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has announced a one-off show at London's Union Chapel on 3 Aug.

Lekman's last album, 'Night Falls Over Kortedala', was released in 2007, though most recently he's collaborated with Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn on a cover of Lee Hazlewood's 'Come On Home To Me' for her new solo album, 'Love And Its Opposite'. He's also apparently been working on new songs of his own, some of which you may hear at the Union Chapel show.

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

THE BIG CHILL, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, 5-8 Aug: Peter Hook and Howard Marks' semi-spoken word show has been confirmed for this summer's Big Chill fest. www.bigchill.net

HEVY FESTIVAL, Lympne Wildlife Park, Kent, 6-8 Aug: Comeback Kid, The King Blues, Hexes and Turbowolf have all been announced to play at Hevy Festival this summer, along with Dananananaykroyd, Pulled Apart By Horses, Madina Lake, TRC and Twin Atlantic. www.festival.hevy.co.uk

HIGH VOLTAGE, Victoria Park, London, 24-25 Jul: Saxon, Cathedral and HammerFall have all been confirmed for this year's new rock fest High Voltage, joining the previously announced ZZ Top, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Joe Bonamassa. www.highvoltagefestival.com

JERSEY LIVE, Royal Jersey Showgrounds, Jersey, Channel Islands, 4-5 Sep: Kate Nash has been confirmed to play at this year's Jersey Live Festival, joining the previously announced Paul Weller, Chase & Status, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Darwin Deez, We Have Band and Peggy Sue. www.jerseylive.org.uk

THE WICKERMAN FESTIVAL, Dundrennan, South West Scotland, 23-24 Jul: Emmet Scanlan & What The Good Thought, and Rachel Sermanni have been announced as headline acts for the Acoustic Village at this summer's Wickerman Festival. www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

WIRELESS, Hyde Park, London, 2-3 Jul: Magnetic Man, Sub Focus, Hurts and New Young Pony Club head up the latest additions to this year's Wireless line-up. Other acts added to the bill include Jamie Lidell, Darwin Deez, Beatbullyz, The Hundred In The Hands and Alan Pownall. www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pezzner - The Tracks Are Alive (Freerange Records)
Seattle's Dave Pezzner has composed music for TV, advertising and games for over fifteen years, only turning his hand to house recently. 'The Tracks Are Alive', released by Jimpster's London-based imprint Freerange, is his debut LP in the genre.

He launches straight in with opener 'Three Out of Five', a bouncing house track which toughens slightly as it progresses and sets the tone nicely for what follows. Tracks like 'Chiuso Per Feri' toughen up his sound further, with a breakdown on that track which is totally off the pedal, while 'Balbao Park' goes a bit more mainstream. The highlight, however, is 'Dewolfe', which is just top quality house with a pinch of soul and funk and some well worked synths.

It is not all so good; the techy title track ensures you know that this isn't pop, but at the same time could do with being a little more accessible. 'Blacklist', too, is overly hard, and 'Almost Here' opens with tribal textures, but to its detriment overdoses on the sampling. The LP is rounded off by the standard chill out cut, in this case 'Last Call', which is nice but not particularly exciting.

It may wander off in a few places, but this is still a pretty good outing; and Pezzner's work in the sound industry definitely shows as the music on offer is all extremely refined and precise. PV

Physical release: 14 Jun
Press contact: Freerange IH [all]

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UK MUSIC LAUNCH SKILLS AUDIT
UK Music have launched a skills audit to, erm, well, audit skills. Well, to audit the lack of skills actually. The cross-sector trade body wants to know where the skills-gaps are in the ever-changing music industry, partly to inform music business education providers as to what they should be teaching to give their students a competitive advantage, and partly to aid efforts to persuade government to fund training and apprenticeship schemes in the music space. UK Music will work with Creative & Cultural Skills on the audit.

UK Music man Feargal Sharkey said this stuff: "Improving access to skills and training was one of the key recommendations made by UK Music in [the recently published report] 'Liberating Creativity'. For the long-term development of our commercial sector, it is crucial that existing companies, and particularly micro-businesses, can survive and compete in an ever-evolving digital marketplace. Meanwhile, it is equally vital that those young people who aspire to work in our industry are diverse, highly-skilled and have under their belts a wide range of practical experience".

He continued: "The skills audit is a first step to achieving this goal. To take a snapshot of where the industry is in 2010, and where we need to go in the next decade. I know the members of UK Music are fully behind this, and I urge all those from freelancers to CEOs to take ten minutes to complete this survey".

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KRUGER MAGAZINE CLOSES
The publishers of independent music magazine Kruger have announced they are calling it a day. In a posting on their website they wrote last week: "We'd like to really apologise for being so quiet recently and generally pretty tough to get hold of. Things have been difficult at Kruger for some time, and we've struggled to work out ways to keep making the magazine, hoping that things would work out okay. Sadly, things haven't worked out okay, and it's with heavy hearts that we tell you that Kruger Magazine is dead, and will no longer be produced".

They continued: "Our business model has become completely untenable, and the financial strain, without any sign of any long- or short-term improvement, means that we are unable to continue bearing the burden. It's been six and a half years since we first launched the magazine, and in that time it's changed beyond recognition into one of the best written, most beautifully designed and lovingly crafted magazines in the UK, and that's all down to the people who have helped us by giving up their time and lending their talent as much as they could along the way".

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PEEL JR GETS 6MUSIC SHOW AS STATION SEES SURGE IN LISTENERS
Tom Ravenscroft, the son, of course, of John Peel, has been given a show on BBC 6music, replacing Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson in the station's Friday night slot.

Ravenscroft has been championing new music for several years, presenting on the ill-fated Channel 4 Radio before hosting a number of popular podcasts. He was last heard on 6music when he stood in for Tom Robinson in July.

6music editor Paul Rodgers told reporters: "Tom is much sought after and we are thrilled that he thinks that 6music is the best way for him to reach his audience".

Meanwhile, the BBC revealed on Friday that 6music has seen a 50% rise in online listeners in the last year, rising from 88,897 in March 2009 to 133,653 in March 2010, the biggest percentage growth for any of the broadcaster's stations, boosted by the campaign to save the station from being axed. The Asian Network, which also faces closure, saw a 33% rise in online listeners in the same period, going from 31,494 to 41,978.

In total, 6music was estimated to have just under 700,000 weekly listeners at the end of last year. Meanwhile, the Asian Network saw its listeners fall by 20% to around 375,000 in 2009, though it seems both stations may now be on the rise again.

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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. Slash - Slash (Roadrunner)
2. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune (Sony)
3. Muse - The Resistance (Warner Bros)
4. Coheed & Cambria - The Year Of The Black Rainbow (Warner/Roadrunner)
5. Jeff Beck Emotion & Commiotion (Warner/Atco)*
6. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
7. Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Sony/Columbia)
8. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (Sony)
9. Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Sony)
10. Airbourne - No Guts, No Glory (Warner/Roadrunner)*
11. Guns N Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
12. Free/Bad Company - Best Of (Warner/Rhino)
13. Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Warner/Atlantic)
14. Kiss - Sonic Boom (Warner/Roadrunner)
15. Journey - Greatest Hits (Sony)
16. Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of (Warner Bros)
17. Billy Talent - Billy Talent III (Warner/Atlantic)
18. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures (Sony)*
19. Pearl Jam - Backspacer (Universal)
20. Shinedown - The Sound Of Madness (Warner/Atlantic)

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WEBSITE APOLOGISES TO THE OTHER ONE FROM GIRLS ALOUD
MSN Music, a section of Microsoft's UK web portal, has been forced to issue an apology after it received complaints for referring to Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle as "the other one" when listing the group's line-up. Some even went so far as to suggest that it was intentional discrimination on the grounds that she is the only member from Northern Ireland.

The controversy arose from an article on good pop songs that never made it to number one, in which a picture of Girls Aloud was captioned: "Despite being Britain's best-loved girl band, Cheryl, Nicola, Sarah, Kimberley and the other one have cruelly been denied their fair share of number one singles".

A spokesperson for MSN said: "The article is independent editorial, which is intended to be a light-hearted, retrospective take on songs that duly deserved the number one spot but lost out. MSN Music is a huge fan of Girls Aloud and their music, and the omission of Nadine Coyle's name was not meant to cause any offence. We are sorry for any distress this may have caused".

Coyle and the other ones have not made any comment.

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