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18 APR 2013

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PLAYLIST: JOSH KUMRA
Singer-songwriter Josh Kumra releases his debut long player 'Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait' next week. Despite that title, Josh's Wretch 32-featuring debut single, 'Don't Go', hit number one back in 2011 and we've been waiting for the album ever since. Though since then he's toured heavily, and spent time crafting songs with artists including Fink, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy and Mr Hudson more>>
 
APPROVED: HOOKWORMS
Leeds-based Swim Deep satirists Hookworms' first LP, 'Pearl Mystic', attracted critics' admiring glances on its noisy release at the start of March. And rightly so, because it's pretty great as first LPs - or in fact any LPs - go. Having shared a non-LP track titled 'The Correspondents' via Sonic Cathedral's 'Psych For Sore Eyes' EP, the band have since done another one, 'Radio Tokyo', to be released as Too Pure's May Singles Club single more>>


TOP STORIES
- Charles Caldas and Everything Everything added to Great Escape convention programme
- Song publishing collecting societies restructure partnership
IN THE POP COURTS
- Will.i.am accused of song theft. Again
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- The Wanted's Nathan Sykes undergoing throat surgery today
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Ivor noms announced
ARTIST DEALS
- His Clancyness signs to Fat Cat
IN THE STUDIO
- New Order to "keep a presence" via new EP series, maybe
- Jessie J back in May
RELEASE NEWS
- XL confirms Jai Paul Bandcamp album unofficial and unapproved
- Christopher Owens gives away Lysandre re-take
- Laurel Halo previews new EP
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Beady Eye to play live and intimately
- R Stevie Moore adds London show
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update: Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen Of The Road, Bangface, Creamfields and more
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- General managers appointed for Virgin EMI
- Ticketmaster UK chief promoted
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Vice thumps down new dance music channel
AND FINALLY...
- Savages join opposition to gig phone filming
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DOMINO - JUNIOR MARKETING MANAGER
Domino is looking for a junior marketing manager to join our existing marketing and project management department. Two years experience working in a music management company or a record label essential. Liaising with the project management team – the ideal candidate will be a meticulous organiser and be well versed in the day to day running of a modern marketing campaign.

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CHARLES CALDAS AND EVERYTHING EVERYTHING ADDES TO GREAT ESCAPE CONVENTION PROGRAMME
With less than a month to go until The Great Escape 2013, how about another round of updates on this year's convention programme which, as always, has been put together by the team at CMU Insights? And what a packed programme it is.

Amongst the latest announcements is the final of four keynote sessions. 'Where We're At' will kick things off on day one, with CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke reviewing the biggest headlines and most enlightening stats of the music business year just gone, before interviewing Charles Caldas, CEO of indie labels digital rights agency Merlin. With his organisation fast approaching its fifth anniversary, Caldas will discuss the state of the indie label sector and the evolution of the digital market from an independent perspective, and reveal key results from a new survey of Merlin members. Then Sony Music's Federico Bolza and MAMA & Company's Rich McGinnis will join the debate, discussing the greatest threats and opportunities facing the music industry in the coming year.

Confirming his involvement, Caldas told CMU: "From day one, independent labels and artists have been at the forefront of digital music: adapting to change, driving innovation and weathering perennial challenges - from both inside and outside the industry. As the digital market continues to evolve, and particularly with the growing adoption of streaming services, I look forward to sharing some of the insights that Merlin has gathered over the past five years with The Great Escape's audience".

'Where We're At' joins the three previously announced TGE keynote sessions for 2013. Arts Council England CEO Alan Davey will launch his organisation's first artist-centric music development fund, while Rough Trade Retail co-Owner Stephen Godfroy will outline his vision for the future of music retail. Chris Cooke will also return to the stage for a second time to explore some of the innovative new deals artists are negotiating with music companies, talking to artist managers Brian Message, Garry Warren and Jamie Osman about their respective partnerships with Kobalt, Cooking Vinyl and BMG Chrysalis.

Also announced today are the highlights of this year's TGE In Conversation programme, a number of more informal sessions involving artists and key industry players. Everything Everything will precede their Dome Show at The Great Escape by discussing their career to date with Xfm's John Kennedy. Elsewhere Sire Records' Seymour Stein, Infectious Music's Korda Marshall, Domino and Weird World's Jack Shanky and Parlophone's Jos Watkin will discuss the art of A&R, and John Robb will lead another lively political debate in Pop Question Time, featuring Billy Bragg, Skint's Damian Harris, The Pirate Party's Loz Kaye and Kerry McCarthy MP.

A day-by-day overview of the TGE convention is now online for those looking to plan their own Great Escapes, plus look out for regular updates on and outlines of other TGE sessions here in the CMU Daily between now and the kick off of things at 10.30am on Thursday 16 May. Meanwhile, delegate passes are selling fast, so if you haven't got yours yet, get it now to avoid disappointment. Passes are available for £175 from the TGE website.

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SONG PUBLISHING COLLECTING SOCIETIES RESTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP
Following weeks of speculation about the future of the relationship between the UK's two music publishing rights collecting societies, PRS and MCPS today announced a restructuring of their partnership.

Copyright owners enjoy various exclusive rights over the works they own, though the two most important are probably the right to make copies of a work and the right to perform those works in public. If anyone else wants to do either of those things, they need the copyright owner's permission.

Music publishers, who own or administrate the copyrights in lyrics and musical score, generally grant that permission - for a fee, obviously - through the collective licensing system, utilising their collecting societies. Traditionally separate societies existed to service those who wanted to make mechanical copies of a song (ie to release recordings of said song, so usually labels) and those who wanted to perform a song in public (either live or by playing a recording). In the UK those societies were MCPS and PRS respectively. This split, which is also found in many other territories, has caused some interesting challenges in the streaming space, where both mechanical copies and performances take place at the same time.

Though in the UK MCPS and PRS - who, after all, have a lot of members in common in terms of rights owners - have had an alliance since 1997, working closely together and offering joint licences in the online domain where both copying and performing take place. That alliance was stepped up in 2009 with the launch of a new brand, PRS For Music, so that to the outside world there was one organisation in the UK representing the copyrights that exist in songs, even though behind the scenes MCPS and PRS remained separate institutions.

Quite how that partnership works has been up for review of late, mainly because of shifts in the way song rights make money, with mechanical rights income hit by the slump in record sales while performing right revenues go up. It means that MCPS's finances have not been looking so healthy, and rumour has it that has caused particular problems regarding pension contributions.

While the specifics of MCPS's financial situation, and any knock-on effects it is having on PRS, are not especially clear, this morning some significant changes in the partnership between the two organisations were announced. Crucially, MCPS will sell its stake in the PRS For Music operating company to PRS, and then, at the same time, engage the services of that company to manage its members mechanical rights, so that MCPS becomes a customer of the PRS business, rather than a co-owner.

Those execs at PRS HQ who focus on mechanical rights already work for PRS For Music, rather than MCPS direct, so the change shouldn't affect them too much, and licensees who rely on combined mechanical/performing rights licences shouldn't notice any differences either, as the PRS For Music company will continue to administrate both elements of song rights.

Confirming the changes, PRS For Music said in a statement that the move had been caused because "MCPS faced significant market pressures as the consumer market moved from CDs and DVDs to downloads and streaming" and that the restructure would "allow the business to operate more efficiently". As part of the agreement between the boards of MCPS and PRS "both societies commit to further reduce costs, enabling more efficient operations".

Commenting for PRS, the society's Chair Guy Fletcher told CMU: "With this deal we will continue to act in the interests of all of our members, ensuring the business manages its costs appropriately and delivers stability of royalty income in an ever changing world".

Meanwhile MCPS Chair Peter Cornish added: "Despite collecting royalties of almost £176 million for MCPS in 2012, we have been unable to reduce costs as quickly as we'd like with our current structure. Contracting with PRS will allow us to become more efficient and continue to serve the needs of members".

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WILL.I.AM ACCUSED OF SONG THEFT. AGAIN
Will.i.am is no stranger to accusations of song theft, so it's perhaps of no surprise that almost as soon as his new album '#willpower' began previewing on Vevo yesterday, such claims were being made about his new material.

Producer Quintino (and others) has noted similarities between a small portion of his track with Sandro Silva - 'Epic' - and Will.i.am's 'Bang Bang'. Though most controversy has surrounded the Black Eyed Pea's next single, 'Let's Go', featuring Chris Brown, which appears to lift Arty and Mat Zo's track 'Rebound' pretty much in its entirety.

Following uproar from his fans, Zo said in a since edited Facebook update (captured in full by Dancing Astronaut) that he and Arty had been aware that Will.i.am was interested in their track but had declined to work with him. He added: "Producers often wait their whole career for someone to fuck up and sample their track without asking permission. Arty and I aren't bitter, just surprised".

Though whether or not permission had been asked for subsequently became a contentious matter (perhaps explaining the editing of Zo's Facebook post). Another producer, Laidback Luke, claimed on Twitter that he'd had confirmation that, while the new Will.i.am track did indeed make use of Arty and Zo's original, use of it had been fully cleared beforehand.

But Arty responded by saying that "there is no official licence agreement, signed contract or anything else between me, Mat Zo, [their label] Anjunabeats and [Will.i.am's label] Interscope".

As previously reported, Will.i.am may or may not also be in a legal tussle with Tulisa Contostavlos over her alleged though uncredited contributions to his single with Britney Spears, 'Scream & Shout'.

Investigate the latest accusations of song theft for yourself here:

Arty & Mat Zo - Rebound

Will.i.am - Let's Go

Quintino & Sandro Silva - Epic

Will.i.am - Bang Bang

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THE WANTED'S NATHAN SYKES UNDERGOING THROAT SURGERY TODAY
And so we wish a happy 20th birthday to Nathan Sykes of The Wanted. It's not often we pause to wish many happy returns to a popstar, but on this occasion I reckon it's worth making an exception, given that the Wanted chap's birthday treat is to have an operation on his throat.

According to The Sun, Sykes has been forced to bow out of all Wanted-based activity for the foreseeable future as he requires emergency surgery to correct a haemorrhaging nodule on his vocal cord.

Someone or other told the paper: "After the once-over by the specialist, he was instructed to have almost immediate surgery. Naturally Nathan is really worried as if it doesn't work, his career is over. The rest of the band are not only concerned about him but also about the group. It will be tricky to continue without him as vocals will have to be changed. All their worldwide commitments are having to be put on hold".

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IVOR NOMS ANNOUNCED
Well, if you're the sort of person who likes digesting nominations for prestigious songwriter awards in detail, do we have a treat for you. Yes, the nominations are out for this year's Ivor Novello Awards, which will be presented in London on 16 May. And here they are!

Best Song Musically And Lyrically: Bat For Lashes - Laura (Natasha Khan and Justin Parker), Emeli Sandé - Next To Me (Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé), Jake Bugg - Two Fingers (Iain Archer and Jake Bugg)

Best Contemporary Song: Alt-J - Fitzpleasure (Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton), Plan B - Ill Manors (Pierre Baigorry, David Conen, Benjamin Drew, Vincent Graf-Schlippenbach, Dmitri Shostakovich and Al Shux), The Maccabees - Pelican (Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White)

Most Performed Work: Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight (Claude Kelly, Oliver Murs and Steve Robson), Emeli Sandé - Next To Me (Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé), Coldplay - Paradise (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin and Brian Eno)

Album Award: Alt-J - An Awesome Wave, Ben Howard - Every Kingdom, Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?

Best Original Film Score: Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli), Dr Seuss' The Lorax (John Powell), Ill Manors (Benjamin Drew and Al Shux)

Best Television Soundtrack: Painted Life (John Harle), The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (John Lunn),
Upstairs Downstairs Series 2 (Carl Davis)

Awards will also be presented on the day for international and outstanding achievements, plus there is the Classical Music Award and the Inspiration Award.

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HIS CLANCYNESS SIGNS TO FAT CAT
CMU Approved Canadian alt-pop artiste His Clancyness, real name Jonathan Clancy, has signed to Brighton label Fat Cat, who'll assist in the 20 May release of his new six-track 'Charade' EP. Oh, and his new LP, 'Vicious', which isn't quite finished, but will be by autumn.

Give Kurt Vile-like 'Charade' track 'Machines' a spin now

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NEW ORDER TO "KEEP A PRESENCE" VIA NEW EP SERIES, MAYBE
New Order may release a set of EPs, they say, to "keep a presence" while they're off playing live shows. They may (that's 'may', this isn't definite yet) afterwards compile said EPs into an LP, and release that, which is a nice idea.

This is what Bernard Sumner has said to Billboard: "I think New Order had been guilty of going away a lot and we disappear from the face of the Earth then come back a few years later with an album. I don't think we want to do that this time... What we want to do is keep a presence and just go away for a bit".

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JESSIE J BACK IN MAY
Apparently "hyped" after her 2012 track 'Domino' was revealed as the most-played pop hit of last year, chart diva Jessie J is going to "kick off" promotions for her new single/LP/whatever in May. Yay.

The revelation came, in typical J style, via Twitter, when she typed: "Next month (May) my campaign kicks off!! I can't wait!! New music!! I'm b b b b back!! #Heartbeats".

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XL CONFIRMS JAI PAUL BANDCAMP ALBUM UNOFFICIAL AND UNAPPROVED
XL Recordings has confirmed that the batch of Jai Paul songs that surfaced online this weekend arrived there unofficially, with neither the label nor the artist involved in the upload.

And while online leaks of unreleased material are nothing new these days, this one did have two interesting elements. First, the songs were unfinished recordings of old songs by Paul, and not related to his upcoming debut album. And second, the leak occurred not on YouTube or the file-sharing networks, but on Bandcamp, with the leaker profiting from the unofficial track distribution.

In a statement published by Pitchfork, XL said yesterday: "As widely reported, on Sunday 14 Apr, music by XL Recordings artist Jai Paul was illegally made available via a fake Bandcamp account. This music was not uploaded by Jai and it's not his debut album - it is a collection of various unfinished recordings from Jai's past. Neither XL or Jai will take any money from the sale of this music. We have been working with Bandcamp and PayPal to resolve this situation and they have told us all purchases will be refunded within the next seven days".

It now remains to be seen if any action is taken against whoever it was who started selling these tracks. As previously reported, although Paul issued a statement distancing himself from the leak on Monday, there was some speculation that the whole thing was an elaborate publicity stunt for the upcoming album release.

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CHRISTOPHER OWENS GIVES AWAY LYSANDRE RE-TAKE
If you like ex-Girls man Christopher Owens' pretty-yet-middling solo LP 'Lysandre', you'll love the all-new, all-acoustic version of it that Owens is giving away via www.christopherowensonline.com. At least, Chris wills that you will.

Start the 'Lysandre' acoustic ball rolling with a play of the title track, which is kind of similar to its electric original, only sans flute.

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LAUREL HALO PREVIEWS NEW EP
So, all of Earth is still raving on about Hyperdub-signed bass artiste Laurel Halo, who's staying prolific via the release of a new EP titled 'Behind The Green Door'.

Fronted by the first of its four tracks, 'Throw', the set shall be released on 20 May.

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BEADY EYE TO PLAY LIVE AND INTIMATELY
Liam Gallagher is casting his Beady Eye over Manchester, London and Glasgow in June, by which I mean the band, Beady Eye, are playing a trio of shows in those cities at that time. They're billed as 'intimate' shows, by the way, and fall as listed:

19 Jun: Manchester, Ritz
20 Jun: London, Camden Centre
22 Jun: Glasgow, ABC

They'll do so in aid of new LP 'BE', which is released on 10 Jun.

Talking of 'BE', who wants to watch the vid for its lead single 'Flick Of The Finger'? Okay, if you say so.

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R STEVIE MOORE ADDS LONDON SHOW
CMU Approved psych gent R Stevie Moore really, really wants you all to go to London's Cargo on 2 May, when he'll be playing his 'country and western pop art' to passers-by/fans who've obtained tickets via this link.

And if you don't believe that, watch him saying things to that effect via The Quietus.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE: MUMFORD & SONS' GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD, BANGFACE, CREAMFIELDS AND MORE
Salutations, FLUU fans. Taking first place in today's pre-additions intro is Mumford & Sons' London-based Gentlemen Of The Road variant, The Summer Stampede. Other than its ragged-trousered hosts, guests trampling all over Queen Liz's nice, clean Olympic Park will include Vampire Weekend, Haim and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

M&S' Ben Lovett sings the Stampede's praises via NME: "We wanted to do something special, more than just another arena date. There were no arguments among us when it came to throwing the line-up together - all the acts are ones we feel really strongly about and always have on in the dressing room and so it was a no-brainer. It's going to be a wild night".

Yeah... wild, man. And now, since we're all going wild as it is, please read on for details of other wild festival nights to be had at attractively-titled Newquay rave-up BangFace, Spain's Depeche Mode, KOL and Green Day-headlined Bilbao BBK, pastoral dance-do Creamfields, started-in-a-back-garden DIY-athon LeeFest, and Poland's My Bloody Valentine, Deerhunter and Godspeed You! Black Emperor-starring OFF Festival, as has named The Smashing Pumpkins amidst its latest patch of artist add-ons.

BANGFACE WEEKENDER, Trevelgue Holiday Park, Newquay, 13-15 Sep: Squarepusher. www.bangface.com

BILBAO BBK, Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain, 11-13 Jul: Vampire Weekend, White Denim, Jamie N Commons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. www.bilbaobbklive.com

BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE, Myrtle Park, Bingley, 30 Aug - 1 Sep: The Fratellis, Lucy Spraggan, Charlie Brown, The Lake Poets, The Temperance Movement, Lovable Rogues. www.bingleymusiclive.com

CREAMFIELDS, Daresbury, Cheshire, 23-25 Aug: Duke Dumont, Mark Knight, Chris Lake, Michael Woods, T Williams, Doorly, Stefano Norferini, Just Blaze, Danny Howard, Claptone, Albin Myers, DJ Fusion, DJ Punish, P Money, Scrufizzer, Linguistics, SP:MC, Sgt Pokes, Stamina MC, Paul Bleasdale, Anthony Probyn, Alan Hartley, Jemmy. www.creamfields.com

FAT OUT TIL YOU PASS OUT ALL-DAYER, Kraak Gallery, Manchester, 26 May: Uneven Eleven, Arabrot, The Death Of Her Money, Dead Sea Apes, Astma. www.facebook.com/events/300089616791564

GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD - THE SUMMER STAMPEDE, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 6 Jul: Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Haim, Bear's Den. www.mumfordandsons.com/news/queen-elizabeth-olympic-park-saturday-6th-july

LEEFEST, Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham, Surrey, 12-14 Jul: Noisettes, Clean Bandit, Friends, Lulu James, Stealing Sheep, To Kill A King, Story Books, Wall, Thumpers, Concrete Knives, Keston Cobblers Club, Hackney Colliery Band, The Ramona Flowers Crushed Beaks, Eliza and The Bear, Misty Miller, By The Rivers, Troumaca, Throwing Up, Professor Penguin, Abi Wade, The Title Sequence, All We Are, Salt Ashes, Hella Better Dancer, Lazytalk, Bordeauxxx, Charles Anonymous, Patch and The Giant, Hello Mexico, Cable Street Collective, Lucy Caitt, Abigail Hubbard, Phillious Williams, Jarbird, Tall Tales, Lola. leefest.org.uk

OFF FESTIVAL, Katowice, Poland, 2-4 Aug: The Smashing Pumpkins, Austra, Japandroids, Woods, Molesta Ewenement, Mikal Cronin, Brutal Truth, Nite Jewel & Peanut Butter Wolf, Fatima Al Qadiri, Drekoty, Magnificent Muttley, Nathalie And The Loners, Rebeka. off-festival.pl

TOWERSEY FESTIVAL, various venues, Towersey, Oxfordshire, 22-26 Aug: The Blockheads, Nidi d'Arac, VAM, Banquet Of Boxes. www.towerseyfestival.com

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GENERAL MANAGERS APPOINTED FOR VIRGIN EMI
Universal Music has announced the appointment of General Managers for its new Virgin and EMI labels, Tom March and Clive Cawley respectively.

As previously reported, Virgin EMI is a new division of Universal UK, combining what was Mercury UK with the Virgin Records business the mega-major acquired from EMI last year. The new unit, being led by Ted Cockle, will have two teams, the Virgin team being led by March and the EMI team by Cawley. The former previously worked with Cockle when he was Co-President of another Universal division, Island Records, while the latter was previously MD of Mercury Records.

Confirming the recruitment of March into the Virgin EMI division, Cockle told CMU: "I first met Tom when he was doing PR and even back then his creativity stood out a mile. He has turned into one of the most consistently inventive marketers in the business, who is never more comfortable than when he is working closely with artists, and there was no question I wanted him on the team at Virgin EMI".

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TICKETMASTER UK CHIEF PROMOTED
Ticketmaster yesterday announced it had promoted Chris Edmonds, its UK MD, to a new globally focused role called EVP of International Strategic Partnerships. Though he will continue to have a strategic influence over the Live Nation-owned ticketing firm's British operations as Chairman of Ticketmaster UK.

Confirming the appointment, Mark Yovich, President of Ticketmaster International, told CMU: "As we continue to expand our international business operations, Edmonds's extensive knowledge and understanding of the ticketing and live event industries will be an invaluable addition to our International Executive team".

While Edmonds added: "This is a time of great transformation and opportunity within the international ticketing industry, and I am looking forward to working with the international executive team to help to shape Ticketmaster's future business strategy".

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VICE THUMPS DOWN NEW DANCE MUSIC CHANNEL
Vice has launched a new electronic music channel, in partnership with Recreation Worldwide, called Thump. Focused on documenting "every aspect of the global dance music movement", the set up is similar to Vice's Intel partnership The Creators Project, and its more general music channel Noisey (not to mention its tech and mixed martial arts offerings).

The blurb for the new site explains: "Through original videos from the most electrifying events around the globe, to weekly music video premieres, mixes from the most forward-thinking DJs, and an engaging slate of editorial and blog features, Thump offers a unique portal into the culture of electronic music".

You can see the site here and watch a trailer for the project here.

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SAVAGES JOIN OPPOSITION TO GIG PHONE FILMING
London band Savages have joined Yeah Yeah Yeahs in requesting that fans don't use their mobile phones to film their gigs.

As previously reported, Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted up a sign at New York venue Webster Hall earlier this month requesting that audience members "put that shit away".

Displaying a similar, though more polite, sign at their performance at Neumos in Seattle, Savages wrote: "Our goal is to discover better ways of living and experiencing music. We believe that the use of phones to film and take pictures during a gig prevents all of us from totally immersing ourselves. Let's make this evening special. Silence your phones".

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