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EMI doing just fine, OK?
In The Pop Courts
Love settles Nirvana publishing lawsuit
Ice-T driving charges dismissed
Pop Politics
Wyclef Jean in hiding after death threats
Charts, Stats & Polls
Jay-Z tops richest rapper poll
Artist Deals
Joker signs Universal Publishing deal
Let's Wrestle sign to Full Time Hobby
In The Studio
U2 working on "club-sounding" album
Kanye recording with Raekwon and Bieber
Release News
Blondie to release new album
Stereolab announce new album
Flying Lotus announces new EP
Gigs & Tours News
Weezer Pinkerton tour possible
MIA announces London show
Chase & Status announce November tour dates
Reviews
Festival review: Big Chill 2010
Brands & Stuff
KitKat and SFG partner on some new fangled digital thing
The Digital Business
Epitonic to relaunch
And finally...
Perry pushes Tyler off stage


 
THURSDAY 19TH AUGUST
GOLD BLOOD
Gold Blood is a collaboration between PhD student Emile Bojesen and keyboard enthusiast Michael Anthony Wright. They both partake in other music projects, so Emile is better known as the former frontman of hardcore band Chariots or for his current noise-rock band The Good Wife, while Michael is already making electronic music under the name Brassica. Coming together as a result of their shared enthusiasm for pop, post-punk, improvisation and rock n roll, their 'Twilight Language' EP is out now on Human Shield Records, and they are set to play at London's Tram & Social on 27 Aug, as well as dates in Manchester and Newcastle. Ahead of their gigs, we spoke to both Emile and Michael to ask the Same Six Questions.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
Emile: I never did. I started yelling into a mic when I was about thirteen and haven't stopped since.

Michael: Aged fourteen, bass guitar. Began with metal bands, then hardcore, then 'arty' hardcore, then art, then now.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Emile: For me? Aesthetico-politically speaking, Jacques Ranciere and Michel Foucault, and in a more personal way, Jacques Derrida and Søren Kierkegaard, as well as the economic crisis (more on this, some day soon), a love of life, and an inability to sit still.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Michael: Hit the record button / play like a child / resist 'paralysis from analysis' / sift and sort / frame / move onto next song.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Emile: The Situationists (despite their junk philosophy), almost everyone from Black Mountain College, a stack of philosophers and writers, singer-performers like Laurie Anderson and Grace Jones, as well as smart bands like Nation Of Ulysses, Orchid, Black Flag and Oxbow.

Michael: Aphex, Hepworth, Bojesen, Renault, Eno, Emin, Ozrics, Bruford, Mum.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Emile: Forget everything else, isn't this how you REALLY feel?

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Emile: For people to get it, in every sense

MORE>> www.myspace.com/goldbloodband
 
ÅRABROT
Noise-rock has become something of a fashionable genre of late. And while there's nothing wrong with the likes of Health and No Age, you never get the feeling that being around them might be a - ahem - health risk. And sometimes you need that extra edge, don't you? Luckily, Norwegians Årabrot are here to deliver it.

 
The trio release their new album, 'Revenge', on 13 Sep via Fysisk Format, just six months after their last acclaimed LP, 'The Brother Seed'. Brimming with the spirit of Melvins, 'Revenge' is thrillingly loud, Vidar Evensen's drums shuddering underneath Stian Skagen's effects noise and Kjetil Nernes' screaming guitar and lung-tearing vocals - literally; the band recently completed a nine date tour, despite Nernes having blown (they don't get specific about the medical details) one of his lungs during the first show. Told you they were a health risk.

www.myspace.com/arabrot


 
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EMI DOING JUST FINE, OK?
The top guard at Electric & Musical Industries would like it to be known that everything is going just swell, like, seriously, it's good times: have an extra orange with your lunch because were celebrating big time. Or something like that.

The still relatively new boss of the EMI Group, Roger Faxon, issued a statement yesterday following the publication of that financial report from Maltby Capital, the equity vehicle through which the superhero-like Terra Firma owns the flagging music major.

As previously reported, that document admitted that Terra Firma is likely to have to pump even more money into EMI in 2011 than it has in 2010 in order to ensure the music company does not breach the covenants of its loan agreement with Citigroup; doing so would allow the big bad Citibank to seize control of the London-based major.

But despite the gloomy nature of that admission, Faxon would like it to be known his company is actually doing quite well. And, actually, day-to-day they are. Earnings before tax were up 14% in the last financial year, with operating cashflow up a massive 55%. If it wasn't for the multi-billion dollar loan with a bank their parent company is currently suing it really would be oranges all round at EMI HQ.

Faxon told reporters yesterday: "There is a clear opportunity ahead for EMI as a whole to develop a structure and approach that recognises the realities of the music environment, and that truly delivers success for the creative talent that the company is privileged to represent. The operating performance we delivered in the year under review gives us a strong platform, and I'm looking forward to working with our great staff and artists to develop the business further".

Meanwhile the chief of the aforementioned Maltby Capital, Stephen Alexander, said: "This report shows the very real operational progress that EMI has made in the past three years, in the face of the serious challenges faced by the music industry and the wider economy. The year was characterised by creative and commercial achievement in both divisions. EMI [recorded] Music had particular success with the release of the remastered Beatles catalogue, which has sold more than thirteen million albums to date, as well as strong sales from newer artists such as Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum. EMI Music Publishing has again been named publisher of the year in both the US and the UK, and the business is creating valuable new revenue streams on behalf of its unmatched roster of writers".

For legal reasons, we must stress that EMI is not frittering away its profits on free oranges for staff members. The oranges mentioned above were figurative.

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LOVE SETTLES NIRVANA PUBLISHING LAWSUIT
Courtney Love has settled a lawsuit relating to the Kurt Cobain publishing catalogue. The Hole frontwoman was sued in 2008 by management firm London & Co, who said she had failed to pass on earnings they were due from the sale of her late husband's publishing rights, a deal the company said had netted her $20 million.

According to Associated Press, London & Co have informed the LA judge overseeing the case that they have settled, later confirmed by Love's lawyer, though no details of the settlement have been made public.

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ICE-T DRIVING CHARGES DISMISSED
Ice-T had driving charges brought against him in July dropped by a New York court yesterday.

As previously reported, Ice-T was pulled over in New York last month after he was seen driving without a seatbelt. There were reports that police believed him to be driving on a suspended license, that they booked him, and that they temporarily banned him from driving.

Shortly after the incident, Ice-T took to the internet to deny the reports he'd been driving on a suspended license, and to criticise the conduct of the police who pulled him over.

Prosecutors in the case told the court that the rapper's license had never been suspended, and put the whole incident down to a clerical error. As a result, the case was dismissed.

Asked by a reporter outside the court what he planned to do next, Ice-T said: "Oh, I don't know. I think we'll go to Disneyland".

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WYCLEF JEAN IN HIDING AFTER DEATH THREATS
Wyclef Jean has gone into hiding in Haiti after receiving death threats following the announcement of his intent to run in the election for the country's new president. He is currently waiting for electoral officials to confirm his eligibility to stand - an announcement that was due on Tuesday but has now been delayed until tomorrow as a number of candidates apparently remain under review.

In a series of emails to Associated Press, Jean said that he had not obeyed instructions in the threats telling him to leave Haiti, but was nonetheless in a secret location in the country. As for the pending decision on whether he could stand in the election or not, he said that "the laws of the Haitian constitution must be respected" but added that his lawyers were already at the electoral commission's offices waiting to argue his case, if necessary.

As previously reported, Wyclef Jean officially announced his intention to run in the upcoming Haitian presidential election in the country's capital city of Port-au-Prince earlier this month, after weeks of rumours.

After registering to stand as a candidate for the Viv Ansanm party at an electoral office in the city, Jean told cheering supporters: "I would like to tell President Barack Obama that the United States has Obama and Haiti has Wyclef Jean. This is the only president who will dance when Creole hip hop is being played".

If his application is approved, it already looks certain that he will win. However, according to constitutional rules, potential presidential candidates must have lived in Haiti for five consecutive years and never had foreign citizenship. Jean moved to the US as a child, still lives there and holds a US passport. But he says his work as "ambassador-at-large" for the country, a position given to him by outgoing president Rene Preval in 2007 after several years of work supporting the country's youth, exempts him from these requirements.

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JAY-Z TOPS RICHEST RAPPER POLL
Hey, it's time for Forbes' list of the world's richest rappers again. It seems to come around quicker every year, doesn't it? And the shops start putting the decorations up way too early, these days. It really takes the magic out of it.

Anyway, this year Jay-Z has held his position at the top of the list for the second year in a row (and third out of the four years Forbes have published it), having made $63 million in personal income between June 2009 and June 2010. If you're having trouble visualising that amount of money, it's enough to fill a really massive sack. Like a really, really massive one. Not one you could actually carry. It would be massive. It would probably take the entire staff of a sack-making factory about six days to make it. That's how big it would be. Hope that's helped.

Coming in behind Jay-Z was Sean 'The Diddy Daddy' Combs, with a pitiful $30 million. More interestingly, though, 50 Cent is way down at number fourteen. Having topped the poll in 2008 with annual earnings of $150 million, this year he ties with Eminem, both having pulled in just $8 million each.

In 2008, $100 million of Fiddy's earnings came from the sale of his drinks company Glaceau, though Forbes notes that poor sales of his 'Before I Self Destruct' album also account in part for his slip this year. But it adds that his "burgeoning acting career and upcoming tour should push Fifty back toward the top of this list in 2011".

As for Eminem, whose latest album has sold very well, Forbes points to his lack of business interests, something most others in the list have, for his low placing, saying: "Compared to his peers, he doesn't really do much outside of music".

The full top ten looks like this:

1. Jay-Z ($63 million)
2. Diddy ($30 million)
3. Akon ($21 million)
4. Lil Wayne ($20 million)
5. Dr Dre ($17 million)
6. Ludacris ($16 million)
7. Snoop Dogg ($15 million)
8. Timbaland ($14 million)
9. Pharrell Williams ($13 million)
10. Kanye West ($12 million)

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JOKER SIGNS UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING DEAL
Bristol dubstep producer Joker has signed a deal with Universal Music Publishing, his manager Charles Holgate (aka MC Nomad) announced on Tuesday night. Holgate posted a picture of a post-signing meal with the Universal team to Twitter, before Joker revealed that they'd all got very drunk and introduced the publishers to "a place called the black hole". I'm not sure if that affects the deal.

Along with the rapidly growing success of the likes of Magnetic Man, this deal would seem to put a definitive stamp of dubstep having now gone mainstream. Therefore, this would seem like a good time for us all to listen to Drowned In Sound's Dubstep Chronology mixtape: drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4140731-25-tracks--a-dubstep-chronology-mixtape

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LET'S WRESTLE SIGN TO FULL TIME HOBBY
Pop-punk sillyists Let's Wrestle have announced that they have signed a new deal with Full Time Hobby.

The label will re-issue the band's debut album, 'In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's', on 2 Nov, complete with an extra disc, featuring tracks from their super rare early releases. The LP was released in the UK by Stolen Recordings last year and in the US by Merge in March.

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U2 WORKING ON "CLUB-SOUNDING" ALBUM
Bono has told Rolling Stone that U2 are working on a "club-sounding" album, which I can only assume means that he's systematically beating the other members of the band with a large lump of wood as they record it.

Speaking of injuries, the singer also told the magazine about his recent back trouble, which required emergency surgery and forced the band to cancel a string of live dates, including their Glastonbury headline slot. He said: "There are a lot bigger problems out there than the ones I was facing ... But I came out of it perfect. And I feel incredibly grateful".

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KANYE RECORDING WITH RAEKWON AND BIEBER
Kanye West is recording a track with Raekwon and Justin Bieber. This story sounds so made up even I want to mock me for running it. But anyway, it all started, as all things do, with Twitter.

It was like this:

@justinbieber I'm honored that you like my music Justin Bieber!!! You gotta hear the album. Maybe we can do something together. Me, You and Raekwon
@kanyewest me, u, and the chef 2gether on a song = EPIC. haha. might sound crazy 2 u but even having this convo is living the dream. Thanks

"Where was Raekwon in all of this?" you ask. Well, we can't be sure. But he was neither on Twitter nipping this whole thing in the bud, or getting in his car and travelling over to Kanye's house to pull him away from his computer. In fact, it appears he approves of Kanye's idea.

In an interview with XXL magazine on Tuesday, the Wu-Clan man said: "It's definitely gonna happen. When you got these kinda talents merging together to do something exciting, I think it's something that's gonna make the fans check it out. I'm big fans of both of these guys. I think, at the end of the day, shorty [he means Bieber] is a sensation. And [for him] to acknowledge me it makes me feel good that the young generation is checkin me out like that. And at the same time it gives me a position to play a big brother in the game. He wants my assistance or whatever he can get it. I respect him, I like his style".

He continued: "Yeezy [that's Kanye, keep up] called me and we gonna make it pop. At the end of the day we're all doing our thing in the game and for them to even just have a conversation and just put my name in it it feels good. It feels good to respect what I do and I respect what they do. And we gonna make a hit. Justin got his own fan base and me and Yeezy got our own fan base and we gonna make it happen. We gonna make a good record".

In the interest of balance, here's a video of Justin Bieber getting hit in the face: youtu.be/0e50vqY7Szo

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BLONDIE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Blondie will release their first album since 2003 in the near future. Entitled 'Panic Of Girls', it will hit Australia to coincide with the band's tour dates in the country in November and December, while the rest of the world should get their hands on it in early 2011. Although this does all depend on the band sorting out label and distribution deals.

The band's Clem Burke told Billboard that the album was recorded in Woodstock, explaining: "We were living in the country out there, kind of the antithesis of the urbanite kind of atmosphere that exists around Blondie. We tried to make the recording process as organic as possible and tried to stay away from programming as much as we could, because [2003's 'The Curse of Blondie'] had a lot of programming on it. So in the spirit of Woodstock, we kept going in the studio and playing".

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STEREOLAB ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Although currently on hiatus, Stereolab have announced a release date for their previously reported new album 'Not Music', which is made up of tracks recorded during the same sessions as their last album, 'Chemical Chords', released in 2008.

'Not Music' will be released via Drag City and Stereolab's own Duophonic imprint on 16 Nov, and will also feature an Atlas Sound remix of a previously released track, 'Neon Beanbag'.

Here's the tracklist:

Everybody's Weird Except Me
Supha Jaianto
So Is Cardboard Clouds
Equivalences
Lelekato Sugar
Silver Sands
Two Finger Symphony
Delugeoisie
Laserblast
Sun Demon
Aelita
Pop Molecules (Molecular Pop 2)
Neon Beanbag (Atlas Sound Mix)

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FLYING LOTUS ANNOUNCES NEW EP
Hot on the heals of his 'Cosmogramma' album, Flying Lotus has announced a new EP, entitled 'Patter + Grid World'.

It's released on 20 Sep through Warp and has a tracklist much like this one:

Clay
Kill Your Co-Workers
PieFace
Time Vampires
Jurassic Notion/M Theory
Camera Day
Physics For Everyone!

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WEEZER PINKERTON TOUR POSSIBLE
To coincide with the upcoming re-issue of their 'Pinkerton' album, Weezer may head out on tour to play it in its entirety, the band's Brian Bell has said. This is good news, because 1) 'Pinkerton' is a brilliant album 2) Weezer are a brilliant live band 3) their new songs are a bit rubbish.

Bell told Rock Sound: "We have a reissue of 'Pinkerton' coming out with new packaging and, I'm praying, a 'Pinkerton' tour, where we'll play all the songs off 'Pinkerton'".

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MIA ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW
MIA will play a one-off show at the Brixton Academy in London on 10 Nov, giving fans who weren't party to her Big Chill stage invasion the chance to hear songs from her new album, '/\/\/\Y/\' played live.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

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CHASE & STATUS ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
Chase & Status are going on tour in November. You may already have guessed this from that headline up there, but it never hurts to confirm things, does it? No, it doesn't.

Tour dates:

11 Nov: Cardiff, University Great Hall
12 Nov: Newcastle, Academy
13 Nov: Liverpool, Academy
14 Nov: Preston, 53 Degrees
16 Nov: Cambridge, The Junction
17 Nov: Birmingham, Institute
18 Nov: Leicester, Academy
19 Nov: Portsmouth, Pyramid Centre
20 Nov: Edinburgh, Picturehouse

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Big Chill 2010
This was my first time at the Big Chill fest, and I'd only heard great things about it - amazing setting, cool music, and a nice atmosphere - so I went with high expectations. Arriving late on Thursday evening we were greeted by a massive queue to get into the festival car park, which was frustrating to say the least after a three hour drive to get there. Once we'd got in and set up our tents though excitement kicked in and I was more than happy to see that it was a relatively tiny festival, with our tents being pitched pretty much right next to the arena - Yay!

Waking up on the Friday, the weather wasn't what I'd hoped it was going to be, but the scenery more than made up for it - we were literally surrounded by big green hills. The first band I got to see were actually my favourite of the whole weekend. Despite stupidly missing the beginning of the set, I arrived to see the majority of Mike Patton's Mondo Cane And The Heritage Orchestra. After seeing Faith No More at Download 2009, I was already aware of Patton's greatness, but this put him in a whole new light for me - which I guess is part of said greatness; that he can touch on such a range of genres and still be magic.

Later that evening it was time to watch main stage headliners Massive Attack. Not really knowing what to expect and not having the greatest knowledge of the band's catalogue, I was totally blown away by their performance. I was completely captured by their set which was filled with classics like 'Teardrops', 'Inertia Creeps' and 'Unfinished Sympathy' and a spectacular light show.

On Saturday, the first band I stumbled across were Husky Rescue. A band I'd heard of but had no idea what they sounded like, and I was pleasantly surprised, if not completely overwhelmed, by them. Next up I headed over to the main stage to catch the amazing Patrick Wolf. I'd actually forgotten he was playing so was a bit overexcited that I caught his performance.

Wearing a black and white jumpsuit, Patrick's performance was typically full of energy and really showed off just how talented he is, although I definitely think he deserved a larger crowd.

Later that evening were headliners Roots Manuva and MIA. For me, Roots Manuva was fun but more of a warm up for what was coming next; I've been a fan of MIA from the start although not a huge fan of her most recent work. However, I completely loved her performance and was reminded why I liked her so much. Unfortunately, her set got cut short after she invited a 'few' people up to dance on stage which in no time at all turned into a full on stage invasion of about 200 people, but for it's entertainment value I really didn't mind. Ending the night in one of the dance tents, my fellow festivalers and I danced solidly for about three hours to Mr Scruff's DJ set, proving that it wasn't just his tea that was good.

On the final day, I was faced with the decision of going to see Natty or Morcheeba. Choosing Natty, I'm sure I made the right decision. Playing a mainly chilled out set with a few upbeat tracks here and there, Natty put across his message of the importance of music.

Later that afternoon I caught Villagers' set on the Clash stage. Having missed them earlier in the year I couldn't wait to see them live. It was a perfect chilled out set for a Sunday afternoon, which was suitably followed by Fionn Regan and Newton Faulkner and rounded off with Bonobo.

Despite the atmosphere being a little more on the rowdy side than I had anticipated, the festival as a whole was a lot of fun - an amazing line-up, cool little touches like the cinema tent and outside DJ area, it ranged from chilled out to one big party. GS

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KITKAT AND SFG PARTNER ON SOME NEW FANGLED DIGITAL THING
KitKat have teamed up with Scouting For Girls for a new digital marketing initiative using a thing called 'augmented reality' which enables biscuit eaters to experience some sort of 3D SFG musical experience by holding their chocolate up to a web cam. I've no idea what the really means, and the video I've been sent that is meant to "reveal all" means nothing to me, but then again I'm very tired. Have a look yourself:

youtu.be/9ieqVunZg1w

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EPITONIC TO RELAUNCH
Music discovery site Epitonic.com is to relaunch, it has been announced.

Set up in 1999, the site worked with record labels to provide free MP3 downloads. All tracks were hand selected by the site's team of writers, attaching the music to impassioned editorial content and also making available in streaming form.

Although that all sounds pretty standard now, it certainly wasn't at the time. This and the fact that Epitonic was brilliant helped to make it highly successful. But as traffic grew, the site hit hard times, and was bought by Palm Pictures before falling quiet in 2004.

Now co-founder Justin Sinkovich has announced that he and his original team have re-acquired the rights to the site and plan to relaunch it later this year.

Sinkovich said in a statement: "I never really thought I would be proudly announcing that I will be relaunching Epitonic alongside many of my partners and friends from the original site. I was elated - and honestly a little shocked - to reacquire the rights to Epitonic, and it has been amazing to reconnect and reformulate a launch plan. Everyone I've talked to in the music and online communities has been incredibly supportive and excited to see Epitonic come back to life".

But before they can do that, they need some cash, which you can give to them here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1096570561/epitoniccom-relaunch-by-the-original-founders

Or for more info, check out www.epitonic.com

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PERRY PUSHES TYLER OFF STAGE
Steven Tyler is starting to make a habit of falling off stage. Almost a year ago to the day (give or take a couple of weeks), the singer had to be airlifted to hospital after slipping off the edge just three songs into a set at a motorbike rally at the Buffalo Chip Campground in South Dakota. At the time the band were playing 'Love In An Elevator', though reports that Tyler was singing the "Living it up while I'm going down" line were never confirmed.

The following months were tense, as there was some debate as to whether or not Tyler was still a member of the band (a band meeting where they all had their lawyers present sorted that out), but now they're back performing together again. Just last Thursday they were playing in Toronto, when Tyler became acquainted with ground six feet below the stage again. However, on this occasion, it seems he was pushed.

TMZ has published footage of guitarist Joe Perry bumping Tyler off the stage with his hip as the singer leant over towards the audience. It does seem to have been an accident, as Perry then dropped his guitar and helped security guards lift the singer back up to the stage. Or maybe that's what he wanted everyone to think. Hmmmmm.

Afterwards, Tyler said, optimistically: "That won't be happening again".

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