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Villager glad not to be a winner
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The ban is broken: Ringo signs some drum sticks

Originating in 2005 as a solo project for frontman Simon Aldred, Cherry Ghost got an early boost in 2007 by becoming one of the few bands to appear on 'Later... With Jools Holland' before they'd actually released anything. Later the same year they released debut album 'Thirst For Romance', picking up an Ivor Novello award for the song 'People Help The People'. Album number two, 'Beneath This Burning Shoreline', was released in July to high acclaim, and the band kick off a month long UK tour tonight at Dingwalls in London. Ahead of the gig, we had a chat with Simon Aldred.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
We have all have served time in various half-baked outfits who are bigger on ambition than actual talent.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
The desire to make something that was more representative of us as musicians than our first album was. To craft something more cohesive and self contained.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Some songs are quite straightforward. I come in with a complete song, we play through it, decide on our parts, then record it together, live. 'Barberini Square' is a good example of that. Most of the new album ended up being quite a bit more complex than that though. We'd build the songs up in rehearsals from ideas I brought in, then I'd go away and finish it off and write lyrics, then we'd spend a week or two working on sounds, recording the parts and finalising the arrangements. Some songs got further reworked in the mixing too. It took a long time.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Everyone's tastes are a bit different but things we agree on are people like Glen Campbell, Cole Porter for the strings, TV On The Radio, and we like The National, particularly for drum patterns. We listen to all sorts, though.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Listen to it on a proper stereo.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
We'd like to do a European tour. And get to America.

MORE>> www.cherryghost.co.uk
Paris Suit Yourself are being hailed as the first rock band to sign to Ninja Tune's hip hop imprint Big Dada, news that will confuse the hell out of you if your first experience of them is their debut single 'Craig Machinsky', which is due for release on 11 Oct. Driven by staccato piano, with accusatory vocals delivered in a heavy French accent, the word that springs to mind is not 'rock'. Actually, if you can form any words other than 'wow' during that first listen, you're not paying proper attention.

A quick search of YouTube throws up enough live videos to show that they are most definitely a rock band, though. But one which absolutely fits in with the ethos, if not the genre, of Big Dada. They have a very clear identity, they sit very much on the other side of the room from their contemporaries, and they have something different to say. Paris Suit Yourself's debut album, 'My Main Shitstain', is scheduled for release early next year, and 'Craig Machinsky' is up on the band's MySpace page now.


So, as you surely already know by now, George Michael was yesterday sentenced to four weeks in the slammer and four more basically on house arrest for driving into a branch of Snappy Snaps in north London while all doped up on cannabis. And he didn't even have any photos to collect.

The custodial sentence was almost inevitable, given the singer's past run-ins with the law for drug and driving related offences. According to the Press Association, Judge John Perkins told Michael: "It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis. That's a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk".

While noting that the singer had checked into rehab shortly after the incident, and observing that "I accept entirely that you have shown remorse, that you are ashamed of it, that you admitted it" he said some jail time was required because of the past offences. Michael was also fined £1250 and banned from driving for five years.

Earlier the singer's lawyer had said his client considered the fact he had potentially endangered other people's lives as "appalling" and that the incident had caused him to turn round his life. The legal man added: "For the first time in many years he has started writing again. His creativity, so long hampered by his drug dependence, is re-emerging".

According to reports, Michael simply sighed on hearing his sentence, while his partner Kenny Goss was slightly more dramatic holding his hands to his face.

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A US court has told tech firm Oracle it can refile its legal claim for $1.9 million against Qtrax, the legit P2P file-sharing network that has never really managed to get off the ground.

Oracle originally sued Qtrax last summer, claiming it was owed licensing fees for software owned by the claimants and used by the file-sharing company. Qtrax failed to respond to the original lawsuit, meaning the court ruled in the claimant's favour by default. But earlier this year Oracle informed the court the matter had been resolved and an out of court settlement was about to be reached. That settlement, though, it seems, never actually came.

Which is why Oracle went back to court this summer again chasing the nearly $2 million it reckons it is owed. Earlier this month a Californian court ruled the tech firm could indeed refile its claim against Qtrax's owners.

As much previously reported, Qtrax promised to fix the music industry's woes by setting up a legit file-sharing service. It got off to a false start, though, when it announced licensing deals with all four majors at a Midem press conference in 2008, only to have to admit said deals weren't signed. It did, however, subsequently launch a licensed digital music service, but a DRM heavy one that was widely panned by critics.

Despite never gaining any real traction in the digital music market, Qtrax does still operate and only this month announced plans to step up its marketing activity.

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American sort of rock supergroup A Perfect Circle are back. Sort of.

Actually, three-fifths of the band are not returning, but founders Billy Howerdel and chief Tool man Maynard James Keenan are still in charge. Instead of being joined by Jeordie White, Paz Lenchantin and Troy Van Leeuwen this time, making up the numbers will be former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, prolific session drummer Josh Freese and Ashes Divide's Matt McJunkins on bass.

All five are currently putting the finishing touches to their as yet untitled new album, the band's first since 2004's 'eMOTIVe'. A US tour is also planned.

Confirming the new line up, a statement from the band noted: "Jeordie, Paz and Troy all have awesome stuff going on that they couldn't step away from. But all is well with them".

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The Dead Weather have announced that their latest single 'Blue Blood Blues' will be available as a 'triple decker record', which is a new format designed by the band's Jack White with the United Record Pressing Nashville company, who, it seems, like doing freaky things with vinyl. Basically the TDR is a 12" record with a 7" record in the middle if that makes sense. If not, watch the video here where Jack himself explains.


Only 300 copies of the special format will be made available, on Friday, 100 reserved for a Nashville record shop, the rest available via selected indie stores and by mail-order. Everyone else will have to make do with the normal seven-inch release, which is out today. Or maybe one of the tricolour releases, which I think is a normal seven-inch but with the vinyl bearing three different colours.

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Johnny Foreigner, you remember then right? Well, they've just signed to a new label - Alcopop - and announced the release of a new EP.

Says the band on their blog: "We're really proud to say, our next couple of records will be released with Alcopop. It's pretty rare to get a label that's genuinely excited by the increased need for creative and fun ways to sell records, and we're flattered that the one that has the bands we like also likes us".

The EP will be called 'There When You Need It', will contain six tracks, and is due out on 11 Nov.

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Miami-based stoner metal types Torche have announced a UK tour to promote their new album 'Songs For Singles', which is out in shops and the like on 4 Oct. The band will hit these shores in November.

22 Nov: London, The Garage
23 Nov: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
24 Nov: Glasgow, Stereo
25 Nov: Birmingham, Hare And Hounds

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After a hectic festival season (or so says this here press release) 80s inspired synthy kids O.Children will take to the road later this month for some gigs like. Expect some 80s inspired synthy delights, kids.

24 Sep: Norwich Arts Centre
24 Sep: Sheffield, The Harley
27 Sep: Nottingham, Bodega
28 Sep: Bristol, Cooler
30 Sep: Bath, Moles
1 Oct: Birmingham, The Flapper
2 Oct: Leeds, A Nation Of Shopkeepers
6 Oct: London, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room
10 Oct: Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
11 Oct: Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
12 Oct: Newcastle, Other Rooms
13 Oct: Manchester, Ruby Lounge (In The City)
21 Oct: Reading, Play
22 Oct: Cardiff, SWN Festival

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Canadian Blast, the live music showcase bit of the Canadian Independent Music Association, is staging a number of showcase events around Europe over the next couple of months, including one at the CMU supported Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg next week, more on which in next week's Daily. But in the meantime, the two UK dates are as follows:

21 Sep: Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast - The Wilderness Of Manitoba, The Mountains And The Trees
11 Oct: London, The Hoxton Underbelly - Brasstronaut

More at www.canadianblast.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Vaselines - Sex With An X (Sub Pop)
Formed in 1987 but rather swiftly disbanding again in 1989 after just one album release (well, before it, actually), Scottish twee-garage types The Vaselines are probably more known as 'that band Kurt Cobain worshipped', and Nirvana consequently covered. Cobain once claimed that Frances and Eugene were his "most favourite songwriters in the world", an adulation well-deserved; the frank, oftentimes delicious and hilariously filthy lyricism is rife throughout 'Sex With An Ex', just as it was through 'Dum Dum', an album more than two decades its senior.

Album opener 'Ruined' starts off curiously with a distorted, child-like rhyme, before blasting off suddenly into a fast, monotonic riff that is so quintessentially The Vaselines it practically kicks you square in the jaw. They may be older, but that juvenile aloofness hasn't faded - they still sound as cynical and blunt as they did twenty years ago when they were teenage Jesus superstars. "What do you know, you weren't there, it wasn't all Duran Duran, you want the truth, well this is it: I hate the 80s because the 80s were shit", they proclaim. A rather apt message for today's young hipster massive, perhaps?

'Sex With An X', is, without using too many adjectives, boisterous, loud, melodious in the simplest but most effective ways, and a refreshing turn to form from a band that shouldn't have faded away in the first place. More, please. TW

Physical release: 13 Sep
Press contact: La Digit

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So, a bit of major revamp at the US version of Warner Brothers Records following the news Tom Whalley, Chairman and CEO of the Warner Music division since 2001, is leaving.

Yesterday the major announced the new executive line up, which will see current Chief Creative Officer Rob Cavallo become Chairman; current Exec VP of WB and head of Warner's Independent Label Group Todd Moscowitz take on the role of CEO; and Livia Tortella, currently GM at Warner's Atlantic Records US division, become COO of Warner Bros. Whalley's COO, Diarmuid Quinn, is also departing the major.

The changes were confirmed by Warner Music's Vice-Chair Lyor Cohen, who said these words: "The new Warner Bros executive team represents the ideal combination of skills to operate a successful music company in today's radically evolving industry environment. With Rob's creative brilliance, Todd's proven ability to develop and execute new business models and revenue streams and Livia's established track record of building lasting artist careers, we have in place a group of executives who are uniquely positioned to continue to strengthen the reputation of Warner Bros as an artist-friendly haven with a visionary approach to discovering and nurturing new talent".

Paying tribute to the Whalley man, he continued: "Tom Whalley is one of this industry's most accomplished executives and his contributions to WMG are enormous, having restored Warner Bros to its leadership position. Just consider his near-decade of creative and operational success at Warner Bros, including ranking as one of the country's top three labels every year since 2003 and as the country's top label in two of the last five years. Tom embodies a rare combination of great creative instincts with a deep understanding of the music business, and we are privileged to have had him lead Warner Bros".

Whalley himself said: "I leave here extremely proud of what we've accomplished. I don't know a more talented group of professionals than the Warner Bros team. After working with them for almost a decade, I'm awed by what they've done and by the roster we've built together. I'll miss them and our amazing artists, and wish them all the best. I'd like to thank both [Warner top man] Edgar [Bronfman Jr] and Lyor for their leadership and their acceptance of my decision. I also want to thank all of the men and women whom I've had the great privilege to work with at Warner Bros through the years".

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Universal's London-based Polydor division has appointed Joe Munns as MD. The appointment will see Munns move back to Polydor after two years as GM of sister label Mercury Records. Prior to that he had spent six years working with Polydor, including helping revive the Fiction label brand as a new Polydor imprint.

He will report to Polydor's President Ferdy Unger-Hamilton who said yesterday: "I'm delighted that Joe is returning to Polydor. He is one of the most brilliant and charismatic executives of his generation. There is no-one better in the industry to meet the challenge of managing such a successful label as Polydor".

Munns himself added: "I am incredibly proud and excited to be given the opportunity to work with Ferdy, Neil and the amazing team of people at Polydor, along with what is a brilliant roster of artists. I also want to say a big thank you to Jason and the team at Mercury for the great time I have had there".

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Twitter is in the process of launching a new look to its website, altering the experience for those who access the micro-blogging service via a web browser rather than a third-party app like Tweetdeck.

The aim seems to be to encourage people to spend more time on the Twitter site itself, presumably in a bid to boost the social networking site's prospects of covering its costs in the future through advertising revenue. One key change is that photos and videos linked to via tweets and hosted on standard content sharing sites like YouTube or Flickr can appear within the Twitter interface, so that users clicking on such links stay within the Tweet platform rather than immediately being sent elsewhere.

Chief Twit Evan Williams told the BBC: "You can now take a simple short tweet and get more context and information in less time. We liked the old Twitter but we thought we could make it better. There was a lot buried underneath Twitter and now we are bringing all of that to the surface".

Officially launched in San Francisco yesterday, the new look interface will be rolled out to all Twitter users over the next two weeks. You know, I read somewhere that to get the full Twitter experience these days you pretty much have to be following twitter.com/cmu.

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According to Billboard, Google is planning a combined a la carte download store and subscription-based digital locker service as part of the much mooted new Google Music platform. There has been much speculation as to what exactly a gTunes service might offer - ie downloading, streaming or storage? Billboard says it has spoken to label insiders who are familiar with the licensing talks between the majors and the web giant.

According to those sources, Google would charge about $25 a year for punters to upload their digital music collections to their servers, meaning users could play their music from any net-connected device. A conventional iTunes style download store would sit alongside that service, allowing users to add tracks to their locker without leaving the Google platform.

The download store would also offer one-time-only full-track previews of songs, rather than the 30 second clips iTunes offer. That might suggest some sort of social networking/recommendation functionality is also being planned. The big weakness of Apple's new Ping social network recommendation thing (one of many weaknesses, according to some) is that if you are recommended a song by a friend you can't actually preview it in full within the iTunes player.

A music service based primarily around a digital locker system would make sense for Google, as a user-friendly 'cloud-based' storage facility plays to their strengths. And while the concept of digital lockers has been around for well over ten years, and the idea of music-focused lockers isn't new either, Google could be the right company to take such a service into the mainstream providing they can sort out licensing issues and make the service workable on most devices. Whether that would or could include iPhones remains to be seen.

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A US-based website that aims to make new recordings of classical music that is out of copyright available for free, for personal or even commercial use, has raised $68,359 to fund new content.

The not-for-profit Musopen website, originally set up in 2005, hires orchestras to record new versions of classical scores. Although basically a charitable organisation, fundraising to date has been ad hoc, but recently founder Aaron Dunn used a creative fund-raising service called Kickstarter in a bid to raise $11,000 to fund the recording of the Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky symphonies. The deadline for that fundraising has now passed, with over $68,000 being pledged, an awful lot more than what Dunn was seeking.

He and his funders now have to decide what to do with the extra cash. He told Ars Technica this week the big decision is whether to hire a lesser known and therefore cheaper orchestra (probably from Eastern Europe) or whether to go all out and use the services of a celebrity orchestra like the London Philharmonic. Either, though, would be a step up from past Musopen projects, which have used perfectly capable but less impressive sounding outfits like Davis High School Symphony Orchestra and Oldham Music Centre Youth Wind Band.

Some in the classical music sector have been nervous about Dunn's grand plan though, and some professional orchestras may as yet be unsure about whether to take Musopen's money. Those who are nervous worry, of course, that if Musopen makes fine recordings of the classical greats available for free, even to TV companies and film studios, the cash-strapped professional orchestras of the world will lose valuable revenue streams - CD sales and licensing deals. Though Dunn says that he hopes services like Musopen will, in fact, expand public interest in the classical genre, ultimately bringing more money into the industry.

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The current boss of BBC One, Jay Hunt, has a new job, or will have as of 2011. She is leaving the Beeb to become Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4.

That the fourth channel was head hunting Hunt has been rumoured for weeks. The state-owned commercial broadcaster is busy refreshing its top guard following the appointment of a new Chairman late last year and a new CEO at the start this one. With the commercial TV sector ever more competitive and with 'Big Brother', C4's biggest earner, now no more, it's felt the whole of Channel 4's output is in need of a rethink, and Hunt is now set to lead that rethinking.

Says C4 CEO David Abraham: "We have to convince advertisers, completely refresh our schedules, it's a big task for a big figure. We are in no ordinary editorial situation. With her extra years at the top of television, Jay Hunt will make a difference".

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The government instigated Consumer Expert Group has published a report on previously reported plans to push forward with the move from FM to DAB digital radio, and is critical of various elements of those plans, and of Digital Radio UK, the body that has been charged with the task of turning British radio listeners digital.

As previously reported, the broadcasting section of the Digital Economy Act stuck with the target date of 2015 for turning us all into digital radio listeners, and for the phasing out of FM as the primary network for British radio to begin. The BBC and the bigger commercial radio companies support that target date, and have been lobbying for government initiatives to speed up the move to digital, but some smaller radio firms argue that the 2015 target is totally unrealistic, and ignores consumer resistance so far to digital audio broadcasting.

The CEG report shared some of those concerns. It pointed out that bodies like Digital Radio UK have a habit of bundling all digital radio listening figures into their stats - so listening through digital TV or the internet as well as via DAB - in order to make it sound like digital audio broadcasting has been more successful than it really has. As a significant portion of radio listening takes place on the move, and in particular in the car, the uptake of DAB needs to be distinguished from radio listening via TV sets and PCs, as it is the only really portable digital radio option (until net-connected dashboards take off that is).

The report also said that government targets should ensure that only 30% of listeners are still using analogue and car radios have come with DAB as standard for at least two years before any downgrading of the FM network (the government's plans currently say 50% of listeners). It also proposes a basic 'cost benefit analysis' be done on the value of DAB, and that any work to speed up the uptake of the digital radio system should focus on the superior DAB+ technology.

The government's culture man Ed Vaizey welcomed the report, though mainly with some "it's important this is driven by the listeners" waffle rather than addressing the specific concerns raised. Meanwhile the owner of one of the UK's smaller radio firms, UKRD's William Rogers, a well known opponent of the 2015 deadline, welcomed the report.

He told Radio Today: "Item after item in this report highlights the mess we've been going on about for years and it represents a great opportunity for the government to take a fresh look at this and start to bring some sanity and common sense to the DAB debate".

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Conor O'Brien of Mercury-nominated band Villagers has told The Sun he's glad his band didn't win the big music prize for their debut album, 'Becoming A Jackal'.

He told the tab: "The nomination was a boost and did its job. To be honest I was glad [we didn't win]. I was relieved. It's not the kind of music I want to be totally hyped up. Up til now it's been a gradual rise, which has been great".

Asked by the paper what he did after the Mercury awards show last week, O'Brien added: "I don't really remember much. I went to the xx party but I didn't speak to them. We then tried to get into another party but we got lost. I eventually ended up in bed with my sound engineer and my guitarist. All three of us together".

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A spokesman for the 'Eastenders' production team has denied rumours that 50 Cent is set to make a cameo appearance in the soap.

Rumours Fiddy was to have a guest spot in the show followed reports he was a big fan of the London-based TV drama after being introduced to it by footballer Rio Ferdinand. Apparently he's a particular fan of Barbara Windsor's character Peggy Mitchell, which may or not lead to a maudlin new rap called 'Life Without Peg' following her departure from the show last week.

Responding to rumours they'd been in touch with the rap man regarding a guest spot, a spokesman for the soap's producers told reporters: "We're flattered he's a fan, but there have been no talks about him appearing in the show".

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Ringo Starr may no longer be signing crap for fans, but he is offering one lucky person a pair of signed drumsticks, so that's something.

As previously reported, back in 2008 the former Beatle took to the internet with a video message telling people to stop sending him things to sign. He would no longer be signing tat, he warned, so don't send any in, peace and love, peace and love. He later explained that he'd introduced the autograph ban because of the high number of people sending him things to sign so they could sell them on eBay.

But he is now offering some signed merchandise for the fan who sends in the best photo taken on the most recent tour by Ringo's All Starr Band. But if you do send in a photo for consideration, be warned. "Whatever you send you don't get back, just remember that, OK?" Ringo cautions, adding: "I mean that with peace and love". Of course he does.

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