1 JUL 2013

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So Happy Canada Day everybody. Well, mainly to you Canadians out there. And what a lovely weekend we just had, right? Though doesn't the old saying go "sun shine at Glastonbury, rain till Bestival"? So, soak in some cloud this week while reading a brand new Eddy Says column, listening to a playlist from Lescop and checking out our interview with DJ Ben Osborne about the 100th anniversary of electronic music and events he is organising around it.
As welcome as it was to see Nile Rogers at the top of the charts with Daft Punk, there remains more to the disco resurgence than the pure pop of 'Get Lucky', and the mutant, more leftfield strains of what we used to call nu disco are still worth exploring, especially when something as joyous as this comes along. Lace Curtain is a new project from Australians Mikey Young, Dave West and James Vinciguerra. more>>

- UK government to fund IP crime focused police unit
- Litigating former Warner intern also sues New York studio over employment practices
- Nick Oliveri recovering after car crash
- Lopez criticised for playing birthday gig for Turkmenistan president
- Lauryn Hill posts political polemic ahead of tax bill jail sentence
- 2.5 million tune into BBC coverage of The Stones at Glastonbury
- Pixies release track
- Janelle Monáe shares Electric Lady release date, new track
- Franz Ferdinand preview new single
- Quirky new film to trace 'day in the life' of Nick Cave
- Festival line-up update: Reading & Leeds and Summercamp
- AMG confirms all venues complying with Attitude Is Everything charter
- Songza launches premium option
- Westboro baptists hit out at One Direction "perverts"
Warp Records are looking for an experienced royalties accountant who will be responsible for managing all aspects of royalty accounting for the record company. This will include preparation of bi-annual accounting to artists, mechanical royalty accounting, internal reporting and analysis. Candidates will have experience in a similar role.

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The 100 Club and Cornerstone Agency are looking to recruit an experienced candidate to work with The 100 Club's owner, help fill any gaps in the schedule and work to improve the Club's marketing and promotion (including social media) to raise awareness of the Club's activity. This is great role for someone who is well connected in music and has a great relationship with agents, promoters, record labels and managers.

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As the Fulfilment Coordinator, you will manage the ticket fulfilment process for our customers in a timely and accurate manner in order to maintain and grow the company's market leadership aspiration. Additionally, you will work to maintain relationships with fulfilment sub-contractors and any related partners in the UK and Europe.

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Futuresound Events are looking to recruit a concert promoter based in its Leeds City Centre office. The ideal candidate must have a broad knowledge of the music industry, excellent organisational, digital and communication skills are required; combined with a genuine passion for music.

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based in its Leeds City Centre office. The ideal candidate must have a genuine passion for music, excellent organisational, digital and communication skills. This will be a varied role, where you will learn all aspects of promoting and you must be willing to work long hours and unsocial hours. A great opportunity for the right person!

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We are looking for an experienced online/web publicist to join our team and look after all aspects of online music promo. The position offered is full-time and based in Manchester but for the right candidate there could be an option of working in London or remotely. We offer a competitive salary based on experience.

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The studio has excellent security and is situated in a private yard off the street. It is 5 mins walk from Chalk Farm tube and Kentish Town West Overground stations. It is equally close to Camden Lock and Market with its numerous shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and a short journey on bus or tube will take you into the west end quickly.

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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

Global's Real Smooth appeal starts. The first 'case management conference' takes place on Wednesday in Global Radio's appeal against the Competition Commission's ruling regarding its takeover of GMG Radio stations Real and Smooth. In its appeal Global will argue that the Commission did not take reasonable steps to "acquaint itself" with information relevant to the Real Smooth deal, that it lacked evidence in some regions as to how local advertisers made buying decisions, and that it didn't do sufficient research to prove the deal would result in a "substantial" lessening of competition.

British Summer Time. Following Live Nation's departure from Hyde Park, after a tricky year in 2012 with weather and complaints from nearby residents, AEG moves in this weekend to show its rival, it reckons, how it should be done. Starting this Friday, there will be ten straight days of entertainment, with music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week and next. Headliners will be Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, JLS, Elton John, Jake Bugg and Chic feat Nile Rodgers, in that order.

Vinyl Library opens. A vinyl lending library, called The Vinyl Library, opens in London today. The not-for-profit venture will lend out records for a monthly membership fee - or offer free access to those who donate records themselves.

50 Cent on QVC. Yes, the rap man will be appearing on the shopping channel next Sunday, 7 Jul, to flog his headphone range STREET by 50. So that'll be fun. And you can pick up Fiddy's brand of over-priced headphones for the special QVC prize of £149.95 too. We're told Fiddy's bit on the network will air at midnight, 3pm and 10pm, and online at

Pete Tong launches new Ibiza club night. Pete Tong will launch a new clubnight, called Le Grand Bazaar, at Ushuaïa in Ibiza on 5 Jul, with it running weekly until 30 Aug, DJs currently lined up to play are Hot Natured, Fatboy Slim and Carl Cox. Damien Hirst is also on hand to create artwork for the night.

New releases. There are some new albums out this week, such as those by Editors, A Grave With No Name, Congo Natty, Waxahatchee and Deap Vally.

Gigs and tours. There are a few one-off shows in London this week. We're most looking forward to Japanese pop trio Perfume's first trip to the UK. Also in town this week are Beck, Odd Future, Anti-Flag and Scritti Politti. Spreading out further with touring activity are Susan Boyle, Smashing Pumpkins, Boysetsfire, Pissed Jeans and Sic Alps.

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The UK's Intellectual Property Office announced on Friday that it will provide £2.5 million to the City Of London Police to fund a specific policing unit focused on intellectual property crime, including online piracy.

The City's police force already leads on fraud investigations, and has collaborated with the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry in the campaign to persuade credit card companies and other online payment processors to not accept monies for websites involved in providing access to pirated goods. Last month the police force also started contacting the operators of UK-based piracy sites threatening criminal action.

Announcing the new IP crime unit, which is expected to be up and running by September, IP Minister James Younger told CMU: "Intellectual property crime has long been a problem in the world of physical goods, but with the growing use of the internet, online intellectual property crime is now an increasing threat to our creative industries. These industries are worth more than £36 billion a year and employ more than 1.5 million people".

He added: "Government and our law enforcement agencies must do all they can to protect our creative industries and the integrity of consumer goods. By working with the City Of London Police, who have recognised expertise in tackling economic crime, we are showing how committed this government is to supporting business and delivering economic growth".

The boss of the City Of London police force, Adrian Leppard, added: "Intellectual property crime is costing the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds each year, with organised crime gangs causing significant damage to industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content in an increasingly competitive climate. The establishment of a new online intellectual property crime unit is evidence of the government and City of London Police's commitment to confront this threat".

He continued: "Together we are creating an operationally independent police unit that will co-ordinate the national and international response from law enforcement and public and private sector partners so we can effectively target those who continue to illegally profiteer on the back of others endeavours. In doing so, we will also be safeguarding jobs and protecting people's personal and computer safety by ensuring they are not exposed to counterfeit goods and unauthorised copyrighted content".

Unsurprisingly, the IPO's investment was welcomed by the IFPI, which will hope that the new unit will mean the work the City police force is already doing with the record industry on piracy issues can be stepped up.

The trade body's chief Frances Moore told CMU: "I'm delighted the UK government has decided to create and fund this new unit dedicated to tackling intellectual property crime. Creative industries such as music are a vital part of our economy, providing jobs and investment. Copyright is the engine that makes these industries tick and that is what makes the work of this new intellectual property crime unit so valuable and important".

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The former Warner Music intern who is suing the major for the six months he worked there unpaid, last week also launched litigation against a New York studio complex, claiming it also breached state laws on the minimum wage.

As previously reported, Justin Henry launched a class action last month against the Atlantic US division of Warner, claiming that its policy of utilising unpaid interns breached New York state employment laws. The claimant is seeking payment for the time he spent working for the major between October 2007 and May 2008.

Henry joined the Chung King Studios the following October, initially in an unpaid internship role, and then from January 2009 to August 2010 working night shifts on a flat rate of $200 a week. In his lawsuit, Henry claims that he and others worked "in various positions related to the maintenance and operations of the music studio", working twelve hour overnight shifts four nights a week for the $200 payment.

This, Henry claims, breached both minimum wage and overtime rules in New York state law. This claim is also a class action, meaning that if he was successful, others who worked on the same terms could also claim back pay.

Henry isn't the only person suing New York-based media and entertainment companies about unpaid internships or casual work that breaches minimum wage rules, with a flurry of lawsuits having been recently filed, it seems. Neither Warner nor Chung King Studios have as yet commented on the action. If any of these cases are successful, it could cause some urgent rethinking of intern and causal labour policies at US entertainment firms.

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One time Queens Of The Stone Age bassist and current Mondo Generator frontman Nick Oliveri is recovering after being involved in a car accident early last week.

We know this because last Thursday his bandmates posted photos of his rather busted up car onto their Facebook page. The photos were accompanied by the message: "We're sending many many well-wishes and hang-in-theres to Nick!"

They added: "He was involved in an auto accident late Monday night. He was shaken up, and you can probably see why if you look at the car, but it's nothing he won't recover from. Get well soon brother!"

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Jennifer Lopez has been criticised for playing at a lavish concert this weekend hosted by the China National Petroleum Corporation at a resort on the shores of the Caspian Sea, which doubled up as a celebration of the 56th birthday of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Turkmenistan is considering by many to be one of the world's most repressive countries, with human rights campaigners accusing the Berdimuhamedow regime of harassing and jailing political opponents, and heavily censoring the internet. Yet, according to reports, Lopez sang 'Happy Birthday' to the country's controversial leader.

A spokesman for The Human Rights Foundation said that the singer's appearance at the concert conflicted with her support for human rights projects elsewhere. The Foundation's Thor Halvorssen told reporters: "Lopez obviously has the right to earn a living performing for the dictator of her choice and his circle of cronies. But her actions utterly destroy the carefully-crafted message she has cultivated with her prior involvement with Amnesty International's programmes in Mexico aimed at curbing violence against women".

However, a spokesmen for the songstress, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, insisted that the show was not directly organised by the Berdimuhamedow government, and was a corporate rather than political event. He added that the proposal that Lopez sing 'Happy Birthday' to the Turkmenistan President was made late in the day by the China National Petroleum Corporation, and that the singer agreed to comply on the spur of the moment.

Said the rep: "Jennifer Lopez and several other artists were invited and performed at a private corporate event for the China National Petroleum Corporation that was presented to their local executives in Turkmenistan. This was not a government-sponsored event or political in nature. The event was vetted by her representatives. Had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended".

He added: "The China National Petroleum Corporation made a last minute birthday greeting request prior to Jennifer taking the stage. This was not stipulated in her contract but she graciously obliged the China National Petroleum Corporation request".

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As she began a three month jail term relating to unpaid taxes, Lauryn Hill this weekend posted a lengthy open letter to Tumblr considering the notion of 'reverse racism', and the impact centuries of discriminatory government, colonialism and slavery has had on the modern world. The polemic then comes round to Hill's own current conflict with the establishment (aka the US Internal Revenue Service), though the specific allegations she is making against her prosecutors and the court that jailed her aren't entirely clear.

But Hill writes: "I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term 'make the IRS whole'... make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities. The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?! Who has made recompense for stealing, imposing, lying, murdering, criminalising the traumatised, taking them against their wills, destroying their homes, dividing their communities, 'trying' to steal their destinies, their time, stagnating their development, I could go on and on".

"Has America, or any of the nations of the world guilty of these atrocities, ever made black people or Africa whole, or do they continue to sit on them, control them, manipulate them, cage them, rob them, brutalise them, subject them to rules that don't apply to all? Use language, veiled coercion, and psychological torment like invisible fences to keep them locked into a pattern of limitation and therefore control by others. You have to remain focused to cease from rage".

"The prosecutor, who was a woman, made a statement during sentencing about me not doing any charity work for a number of years during my 'exile'. A) Charity work is not a requirement, but something done because someone wants to. I was clearly doing charitable works way before other people were even thinking about it. And B) Even the judge had to comment that she, meaning I, was both having and raising children during this period. As if that was not challenging enough to do. She sounded like the echo of the grotesque slave master, who expected women to give birth while in the field, scoop the baby up, and then continue to work. Disgusting".

Read the full letter here.

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Opinion seems divided about the BBC's most extensive coverage of the Glastonbury Festival ever. Some have raved about the unprecedented access living-room festival-goers enjoyed this year, while others (led, of course, by the various newspapers who need little excuse to dis the Beeb) have moaned about the choice of acts screened on the main channels, the amount of between-set chatter from irritating BBC presenters, or just the way the festival dominated the schedules over the weekend.

Nevertheless, 2.5 million people tuned in to watch the hour of the Rolling Stones' generally acclaimed headline set that the broadcaster had permission to air, according to the only slightly made-up overnight TV ratings. Which, while - as the Daily Mail was very keen to point out - was slightly less than the audience that tuned into the repeat of 'Die Hard' on BBC1, is still a very impressive figure indeed for this kind of programme, especially considering the other Glasto options viewers had at the same time via other BBC channels and platforms.

1.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the Arctic Monkey's headline set on Friday evening, while the live streams the BBC was offering from the uber-fest attracted a million unique visitors on Friday and Saturday alone. That's an 87% increase on the figures enjoyed by Glasto streams in 2011; possibly a result of the increased amount of content available via that route this time, or the growth in ownership of net-connected devices in the last two years, or last year's Olympics educating more viewers how to access programmes in that way.

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Cool Britons London Grammar have signed a deal with the UK-side of Warner's publishing arm Warner/Chappell. The publishing deal with the Big Life-managed trio presumably includes the song rights in the two tracks already put out by the group, both released by their own label Metal & Dust Recordings.

Confirming the deal, Warner/Chappell MD Richard Manners says: "We haven't fallen so deeply in love with a band for a long time and we are so thrilled to be working with them and with Big Life".

This is the group's most recent single 'Wasting My Young Years' - which, if you didn't catch it at Glastonbury, you'll have a chance to hear live at Longitude, Kendal Calling, Secret Garden Party and/or Camp Bestival, or alternatively, at one/all of the eleven live dates the band are headlining in October.

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Pixies have parcelled what's their first new single in nine years, following the rather recent announcement that bassist Kim Deal was leaving the band. 'Bagboy', as it's titled, is available free via an online giveaway or to stream on YouTube. Apparently a Pixies PR has said it's a one-off thing, aka isn't a sign that a new Pixies LP is in the pipes. Wah.

Swooping in with the 'Bagboy' facts, it's Black Francis: "The music for the song has been around for a few years. There are some demos I made with Joey and David a few years ago in Los Angeles, related to a film idea that still has yet to see the light of day, although work on the music continued. So a lot of the musical idea had been kicking around for a while. It's pretty simple, kind of a blues-based, two-note kind of thing, really".

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Janelle Monáe has given her new LP, 'The Electric Lady', a release date, and it is this: 9 Sep. Here's an Instagram vid to that effect.

The LP's tracklisting, which is still a secret, will feature Prince, Miguel and, as per its lead single 'QUEEN', Erykah Badu.

As we await that, this is a solo Monáe on new track 'Dance Apocalyptic', as began streaming last Friday.

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Archdukes-of-rock Franz Ferdinand have decided on a single to release first off their detailed-back-in-May new 'disc' 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'.

A collaboration with half of Hot Chip (aka Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor) it carries the LP-derived title 'Right Action', and will be available on 19 Aug, twinned with a trio of B-sides including a live version of the main track, plus further 'Right Thoughts' songs 'Love Illumination' and 'Stand On The Horizon'.

And here 'it' ('Right Action') is.

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Nick Cave stars in a new quasi-fictional film tracing a day - his 20,000th - in the life of, well, Nick Cave. A montage of abstract, unrehearsed scenes (Nick Cave eating, Nick Cave in therapy, Nick Cave driving in a car with Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue) are narrated by, well, Nick Cave, in filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's '20,000 Days On Earth', which was filmed as Cave And The Bad Seeds' recorded and promoted their most recent album 'Push The Sky Away'.

Says Nick Cave: "They filmed everything. They had a camera set up in my office when I'm just writing the first lines of things, picking out the first melodies on the piano. That's kind of why I let this go in the first place because you just don't have cameras on bands doing the actual thing. In the past, I've let cameras into the studio, but we've basically already finished the record. So you get shots of people sitting around in the control booth, listening to music".

A trailer for the film isn't yet available, but we know more about it because of this Guardian piece on the project by Alexis Petridis. Plus you can watch the video for Cave And The Seeds' single circa-2008 'Dig, Lazarus, Dig!', which was also directed by Forsyth and Pollard.

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The Reading & Leeds HQ has reacted at the speed of light to news that Brand New have cancelled a planned Euro trip (and hence their sets at the festivals) citing "personal issues". R/L-HQ has replaced the band with several new artists: Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Crowns, Bag Raiders DJs and EarlWolf - that's OFWGTKA's Tyler, The Creator and, provided he's shaken off the pneumonia, Earl Sweatshirt.

Info on all that, and acquisitive changes at Liverpool's Martha Wainwright, Ghostpoet and Mount Kimbie-featuring Summercamp, are as listed:

SUMMERCAMP, Camp & Furnace, Liverpool, 24-25 Aug: The Joy Formidable, Dutch Uncles, Poltergeist.

READING & LEEDS FESTIVALS, Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading/Bramham Park, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: EarlWolf, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Crowns, Bag Raiders. /

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The Academy Music Group last week confirmed that eight of its venues have now achieved silver status with the Attitude Is Everything scheme to make live music venues and events accessible to deaf and disabled gig-goers; the remaining six have bronze plus status.

Reconfirming his company's commitment to the scheme, AMG's COO Graham Walters told CMU: "Ticket sales for disabled patrons to our venues have increased significantly over the last two years. By working with Attitude Is Everything, we have created a realistic action plan to work through each stage of their Charter. A number of our venues were built in the early 1900s, thus we identify solutions for the best practical options that are achievable with each General Manager, taking on board feedback and training from Suzanne Bull and her team at Attitude Is Everything".

Bull herself added: "Working in partnership has been the key to the success of this project and I'm proud of the way in which AMG has embraced our Charter Of Best Practice, as well as the professional expertise from our team and the personal feedback from our mystery shoppers. I'm particularly delighted because I used the Brixton Academy in South London as my 'pilot' venue when I was developing our Disability Equality Training sessions, which are bespoke to the music industry, and when Attitude Is Everything first began".

As previously reported, while some players in the live music industry have made considerable progress in recent years in making their events accessible to all, most frequently by collaborating with Attitude Is Everything, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign last week published a report saying that more needs to be done across the board, focusing on several specific areas where improvements could still be made.

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American streaming service Songza is adding a premium pay-to-use option into the mix, though its CEO insists the move is due to user-demand rather than the need to generate an alternative revenue stream.

Currently only available in the US and Canada, Songza mainly competes in the crowded streaming music market with its discovery and recommendation credentials, claiming to have fifty leading music experts putting together the playlists users can access. The service is currently ad-funded, but with the new Club Songza option users will be able to lose the ads and gain more track-skips by paying 99 cents a week.

Confirming that some Songza users had already been invited to upgrade to the new service, CEO Elisa Roman told TechCrunch: "We'll be sending out more invites, and over the next few days we will have sent it out to everyone. The primary reason [for the new service] is user request".

Roman also confirmed to TechCrunch that global expansion was planned for the service, though crowded marketplaces like the UK are not high on the agenda.

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One Direction are a bunch of 'perverts', apparently. This according to the ever-nutty Westboro Baptist Church, which has announced it will picket the boyband's 19 Jul concert in Kansas City. Well, if it distracts them from picketing funerals, I guess that's a good thing.

You might think that this is as a result of God complaining to the Westboro mob that that new 1D single clearly isn't the 'Best Song Ever' (I mean, it's clearly nowhere near as good as 'He Who Would Valiant Be), but no, it's all that on-stage ass-grabbing that has angered the 'God Hates Fags' comedy Christians.

In a critique I hope to see on the group's next tour poster, a spokesman for the 'church' told reporters that One Direction are "a perfect representation of this filthy world and the sin-chasing, fag-enabling, God-hating, Christ-rejecting UK. These freaks and their fans think it's funny for these five perverts to grab each other's asses on stage. They glamorise sin and make a mock of God's standards".

God was unavailable for comment. I think he's busy prepping for series three of 'X-Factor USA'.

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