25 JUL 2013

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Grumbling Fur, aka Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, release their second album, 'Glynnaestra', through Thrill Jockey this week. A layered, experimental record held within pop boundaries it's a compelling listen. To mark the album release, we asked Grumbling Fur to put together a playlist for us. They were adamant that their list must feature seventeen tracks, rather than the usual ten. Like, really adamant. And so it does more>>
Having so enthralled us with 'Black Prince Fury', her debut EP for Moshi Moshi last year, we welcome the news of a follow-up from Anna Meredith excitedly. Entitled 'Jet Black Raider', it will once again feature four tracks and, if 'Orlok' is anything to go by, will again be packed with intense, genre-slapping electronic wonderment. Meredith will, as previously noted, perform live at Tipsy Bar in Dalton on 19 Aug more>>

- Indie record stores see 44% growth in album sales
- Pussy Riot member loses parole ruling appeal
- Cumbrian festival considers legal action after Wiley cuts short set
- Gaga tops young rich list in Forbes
- Gaga 'teases' ARTPOP track, Applause
- Childish Gambino gives away new track
- Four Tet announces new album
- Ghostpoet adds October shows
- MS MR set seven new dates
- Superfood plot Supertour
- Festival line-up update: Reading & Leeds, The Warehouse Project, Bestival and more
- Live Nation to overhaul menus at US amphitheatre venues
- EMI and Virgin Classics to be absorbed into Warner labels
- Dailymotion to screen Kendal Calling sets
- Björk's David Attenborough TV show to air this weekend
- Sufjan Stevens discusses typography of Savages album artwork
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It can still be a tricky business running an independent record store, especially outside of a major metropolis, but here's some good news from the indie sector: collectively the UK's independent record shops saw album sales grow 44% year-on-year in the first half of 2013, despite British album sales overall slipping 1.5%.

We know this because of stats from the Entertainment Retailer's Association, based on Official Chart Company data.

Two phenomena in particular helped cause this trend, the continued success of Record Store Day in April, and the ongoing vinyl revival which - although often exaggerated in the mainstream press - is helping some in the independent entertainment retail sector, the indies usually dedicating more space to the classic album format.

ERA notes that while indie stores account for 3.2% of the albums market overall, they account for more than 50% of vinyl sales. And about one in seven of all albums sold in indie shops are sold on vinyl (compared to one in 250 elsewhere).

Presumably the collapse of HMV in January also helped, partly because it resulted in nearly 100 of the chain's stores closing, and partly because, for a few weeks at least, it sparked a new interest in high street music shopping.

It's possible too that the closing of the VAT loophole that enabled Channel Islands-based mail-order operations to sell CDs at 20% less than high street sellers has helped, though Amazon generally continues to undercut everyone else even without that advantage.

Commenting on these stats, ERA Chairman Paul Quirk told CMU: "These first-half sales figures reveal a stunning result for indie record shops. Although the odds are stacked against them, indies have fought back".

He continued: "With Record Store Day they have created the first major new UK sales promotion for music in 20 years and as consumers re-waken to the joys of analogue, they have driven the growth of vinyl sales. Although only a tiny part of the music market overall, indie stores are driving some of the most exciting new initiatives in music, as well as continuing to support and help break new talent".

For fans of lists, here is a list of the twenty best selling albums via indie record stores so far this year. It's interesting to compare where each record is in indie store sales, compared to where it would be in an overall chart of sales so far this year (the number in brackets after each title). And it's also interesting that all but six of these albums are indie label releases.

1. David Bowie - The Next Day (15)
2. Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (218)
3. Stereophonics - Graffiti On The Train (21)
4. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (5)
5. Courteeners - Anna (160)
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (108)
7. Atoms For Peace - Amok (158)
8. Queens Of The Stone Age - Like Clockwork (71)
9. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart (123)
10. National - Trouble Will Find Me (143)
11. Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events (2)
12. Savages - Silence Yourself (478)
13. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City (91)
14. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (513)
15. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts (226)
16. Palma Violets - 180 (228)
17. Mumford & Sons - Babel (13)
18. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg (8)
19. Texas - The Conversation (128)
20. British Sea Power - Machineries Of Joy (43)

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Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has failed to have a decision made by a parole board in May overturned, meaning she will remain in jail for performing that protest song in a Moscow cathedral last year.

As previously reported, Alyokhina was one of two Pussy Riot members controversially jailed last summer for the political protest. The two members of the punk group were found guilty of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred', despite condemnation of the prosecution by artists and politicians around the world.

Both Alyokhina and her fellow Pussy Riot jailee Nadezhda Tolokonnikova applied for parole earlier this year, but both were turned down. Alyokhina appealed the parole board's decision, but - according to Reuters - her appeal has now been knocked back.

As previously reported, lawyers for Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova still hope to appeal the conviction itself to the Russian Supreme Court.

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Oh Wiley, Wiley, Wiley. Organisers of the Cockermouth-based CockRock Festival have said they are taking legal advice after the rapper stormed off stage after just fifteen minutes at the Cumbrian rock fest last weekend. He was contracted to play for 45 minutes.

To be fair, Wiley departed the CockRock stage after being booed by his audience, some of whom also threw beer cans on stage. To be unfair, that was very possibly because the rapper apparently preceded his set by tweeting "just the name [of this event] makes me not wanna go. My agent knows that there are cool places to play and other places are just not worth the hassle. Do not throw piss at me cos I will throw it back LOL".

After his cut-short performance, Wiley seemingly returned to Twitter to reassure his fans he'd been paid in full for his show, noting "I just earnt £1000 a min. I'm gonna piss this 15k up the wall. Faced up to a few Pagans and got paid. I hate my agent".

Asked about the walk off, the festival's organiser Marie Whitehead has told reporters: "We are dealing with 250 contracts for the event, so I'm not sure what the position is but we will be getting legal advice on what happened. It is very disappointing, as it would appear he did not fulfil his contract and was supposed to play for 45 minutes".

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Lady Gaga may have been forced to cancel her touring activities earlier this year due to a wonky hip, but don't worry, she was still the biggest earning celebrity under 30 in the last twelve months.

And by quite a long way. Ha, take that Bieber. Look at you, struggling there on the meagre $58 million you earned this year. Perhaps you should learn to use the toilet, then your career might properly take off.

Anyway, Forbes has published its latest list of people who appear in the middle of the Venn diagram of being celebrated, youthful and very, very wealthy. The popstars dominate, as do the ladies. Gaga tops the poll, Justin Bieber comes in second, and a certain Calvin Harris does his rich bit for us Brits. Well done him.

Anyway, here's the top ten with estimated last year earnings in brackets. The dollar-to-pound conversions come courtesy of the BBC, so if you find any errors, write a Daily Mail opinion piece about it.

Lady Gaga - $80 million (£52 million)
Justin Bieber - $58m (£38m)
Taylor Swift - $55m (£36m)
Calvin Harris - $46m (£30m)
Rihanna - $43m (£28m)
Katy Perry - $39m (£25m)
Jennifer Lawrence $26m (£17m)
Adele - $25m (£16m)
Kristen Stewart - $22m (£14m)
Taylor Lautner - $22m (£14m)

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More Gaga, and the Lady may or may not be releasing her lead 'ARTPOP' single, a track potentially titled 'Applause', in 25 days time.

At least, that's what was intimated yesterday when an image - featuring what may well be sleeve art, headed 'Applause' and with the caption '26 days' - appeared on Gaga's social media-type site Little Monsters. It's traceable back to the singer's make-up artist Tara Savelo, aka the lady in the pic, which basically makes it official. That's what I'm saying, anyway.

And indeed, lending credibility to it all, Gaga herself said she was "ready" to release a single just earlier this week, writing via the same site: "As they pry the single from my bleeding fingers, it's a scary thing to revisit those things underneath, the pain in your past. But all I found was raw passion. Thought I was destroyed inside. I'm just ready to fight. Start the music".

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His part in TV serial 'Community' having taken a back seat to his rap career, actor/MC Donald Glover - aka Childish Gambino - has shared a new track titled 'Centipede', which might herald his first LP since 2012's 'Camp Fire'.

Since he's giving the new track away free, and all, I guess we may as well all take advantage of that now via this CG SoundCloud stream.

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Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, has announced that he will release his new album, 'Beautiful Rewind', at some point in the near future. "Soon" is as much as his website tells us. The record is the follow-up to 2010's excellent 'There Is Love In You'.

Announcing the album on Twitter, Hebden said: "The album is all done and just getting some copies made and then will get it into the shops for you. LP, CD and internet versions. Deluxe SendSpace edition with art print and unique numbered download code. No pre order, no YouTube trailers, no iTunes stream, no Spotify, no Amazon deal, no charts, no bit coin deal, no last minute Rick Rubin. I've got distribution sorted in North America now... going to be easy to get there at decent price".

Aw, no Rick Rubin? Oh well, at least it has a tracklist. Look:

Parallel Jalebi
Our Navigation
Ba Teaches Yoga
Kool FM
Ever Never
Your Body Feels

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Ghostpoet has confirmed new October live listings following the springtime release of his new LP, 'Some Say I So I Say Light'.

Now take in the individual dates, and a Roska mix of Ghostpoet's past single 'Cold Win':

16 Oct: Manchester, Academy 3
18 Oct: Nottingham, Bodega
19 Oct: Dublin, Button Factory
20 Oct: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
21 Oct: Birmingham, Glee
22 Oct: Glasgow, CCA
23 Oct: Newcastle, Warehouse 34
24 Oct: London, Hackney Empire

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Alt-pop pairing MS MR have assigned themselves a seven-date trek starting later this year. The band released their new (and first) LP, 'Secondhand Rapture', back in May, and will likely be seen and heard playing it, and their new single 'Think Of You', as listed:

5 Nov: London, Shepherds Bush Empire
16 Nov: Hove, Old Market
17 Nov: Bristol, Trinity
18 Nov: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
20 Nov: Glasgow, Oran Mor
24 Nov: Manchester, Academy 2
25 Nov: Oxford, Academy
26 Nov: Norwich, Waterfront

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New band Superfood, the goji berries of Birmingham's 'indie' pack, have made a list of live dates they'll be skipping class to play in September and October.

"We're skiving off and going on tour", say the B-Ham quartet, all at the same time, "spicing up our lives in a huge way come September, hope you can join us".

Sure thing. But first, it's time for show info and Superfood's DIY intro 'Superfood':

7 Sep: Hull, Freedom Festival
10 Sep: Bristol, Louisiana
11 Sep: Nottingham, Bodega
12 Sep: Oxford, Bullingdon
13 Sep: Southampton, Joiners
14 Sep: Portsmouth, Southsea Festival
17 Sep: St Albans, The Horn
18 Sep: Sheffield, The Harley
19 Sep: Newcastle, Think Tank
20 Sep: Liverpool, Korova
21 Sep: Leicester, Cookie Jar
24 Sep: Guildford, Boileroom
25 Sep: London, The Old Blue Last
26 Sep: Manchester, Deaf Institute
27 Sep: Brighton, Green Door Store
1 Oct: Cambridge, Portland Arms
2 Oct: Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
3 Oct: Birmingham, The Rainbow
4 Oct: Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
5 Oct: Belfast, Voodoo
6 Oct: Dublin, Academy 2

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As Michael Eavis cranks the Glasto 2014 gossip machine into motion via hints that David Bowie might headline next year's fest - "David's done it a couple of times before but I'm sure he could come back again", as he phrases it - let's steady our nerves with a few new certainties at Reading and Leeds, shall we?

With weekend passes at Reading no longer available (Sunday day tickets still are, mind), the festival and its Leeds-based parallel have added identical acts (Mausi, Lonely The Brave, Jaws etc) to their BBC Introducing roster, whilst Leeds fattens its Dance To The Radio-hosted stage listings via new adds Black Moth, The Crookes, Dutch Uncles, Hookworms and Menace Beach.

In Hungary at Sziget, Azealia Banks has cancelled her main stage appearance "due to [the] unforeseen physical pressure of her tour", leaving a space Sziget HQ has instead filled with French rhythmic band Les Tambours Du Bronx.

And that's it I think. Oh, bar the actual FLUUs that today include new names at Bestival and its familial kid sister Camp Bestival, and a tiny, tiny extract of the massive cast-list matching this year's Warehouse Project, less a 'traditional' festival than a fifteen week series of live/DJ nights featuring Chic and Nile Rodgers, Phoenix, Hot Chip, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Disclosure, The Chemical Brothers.

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 5-8 Sep: John Newman, Simian Mobile Disco, Pretty Lights, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Dub Pistols, Ella Eyre, Skinny Lister, Mixhell, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Kate Boy, Dream Koala, Polio, Zhala, Story Books, Will Joseph Cook, Bestival's All Gone Pete Tong, Daniel Avery, Mark Jones, Mumdance, Lovesick, Comfyporn DJs, Dan Hayes, Propaganda DjJs, Across The Tracks.

BOARDMASTERS, Watergate Bat, Newquay, 7-11 Aug: Sweet Baboo, Saint Raymond, Isaiah Dreads, White Bicycles, Ben Jordan, Joss White, Rich Stephenson, Stevie Ray, Franklin.

CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 1-4 Aug: Max Romeo.

GATHERING, various venues, Oxford, 19 Oct: Local Natives, London Grammar, Drenge, Mt Wolf, Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs, Chloe Howl, Waxahatchee, Temples, Troumaca, Wolf Alice, Chasing Grace, Cheatahs, Dancing Years, Fyfe, Jay Brown, JJ Rosa, Port Isla, Pyyramids, Ryan Keen, Sweet William, To Kill A King, Candy Says, Kimberly Anne, Ruen Brothers.

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: Black Moth, The Crookes, Dutch Uncles, Hookworms, Menace Beach, Childhood, Bipolar Sunshine, The Wytches, Stay Positive, Parachute Youth, Benin City, Battle Lines, Amber, As Elephants Are, Big Wave, Casablanca, Catfish & The Bottlemen, City Of Lights, Crusade, Denai Moore, Glass Caves, The Grand, I Divide, Jaws, Joel Baker, King No-One, Lonely The Brave, Man Can't Fly, Mausi, Modo Stare, Peasants King, Prides, Saint Raymond, Ruen Brothers, Slaves, Sundara Karma, Theory 59, Thumpers, To Be Frank, Tripwires, We Are Knuckle Dragger, We Are Fiction, Witch Hunt, Zaheer.

READING FESTIVAL Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Leeds, 23-25 Aug: Childhood, Bipolar Sunshine, The Wytches, Stay Positive, Parachute Youth, Benin City, Battle Lines, Amber, As Elephants Are, Big Wave, Casablanca, Catfish & The Bottlemen, City Of Lights, Crusade, Denai Moore, Glass Caves, The Grand, I Divide, Jaws, Joel Baker, King No-One, Lonely The Brave, Man Can't Fly, Mausi, Modo Stare, Peasants King, Prides, Saint Raymond, Ruen Brothers, Slaves, Sundara Karma, Theory 59, Thumpers, To Be Frank, Tripwires, We Are Knuckle Dragger, We Are Fiction, Witch Hunt, Zaheer.

SZIGET, Danube, Budapest, 7-12 Aug: Les Tambours du Bronx.

THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, 26 Sep - 1 Jan 2014: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Phoenix, Lee Scratch Perry, Hot Chip, The Chemical Brothers (DJ set), Azari & III, Disclosure, Axwell, Armand Van Helden, Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Flying Lotus, Armin Van Buuren, Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles, Moderat, Rudimental, David Rodigan, Jazzy Jeff, Steve Angello, Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Heidi, Eats Everything, The Knife, Julio Bashmore, Laurent Garnier, 2manydjs, Four Tet, Major Lazer, Chromeo, Annie Mac, Bipolar Sunshine, Nero, Sven Vath, Solomun.

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Live Nation yesterday announced plans to overhaul the food offerings in its 38 US-based amphitheatre venues, promising to start serving more locally produced produce, meat products that are certified under Humane Society-recognised animal welfare programmes, and vegetarian options, which have seemingly been somewhat lacking in the past.

Confirming the food-based initiative, Live Nation boss man Michael Rapino donned his finest chef's hat and told CMU: "I know in my own home it's important for my family to buy locally grown produce, to know where our meat comes from, and to have a variety of vegetarian options whenever possible".

He continued: "We know from working so closely with the artist community and from the fans that come to our events, that it's important to many of them as well. So we felt as a company that we should be able to deliver the same quality food to our millions of fans, and we will continue to look for ways in which we can improve the concert experience for the people that come to our amphitheatres every summer".

It's often forgotten that the live music sector is as much in the food and drink business as it is the entertainment game, with Live Nation reckoning it will sell over 800,000 meals this summer at its US amphitheatres alone.

The Humane Society welcomed the move, saying of the initiative: "Live Nation is putting its money where its mouth is. Countless people are looking for more responsibly-produced meat and incorporating more vegetarian foods into their diets, and it's both an ethical and savvy business move for Live Nation to go in that direction".

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The UK-based classical labels of what was EMI are to be merged into Warner Music's classical units.

EMI and Virgin Classics were acquired by Warner when it bought the Parlophone Label Group, the European EMI assets Universal was forced to sell by regulators when it took over the wider EMI record company last year.

In an announcement posted to the EMI Classics Twitter account (and spotted by BBC Music Magazine), Warner has announced that EMI Classics artists, including trumpeter Alison Balsom, conductor Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, will be absorbed by Warner Classics.

Meanwhile the Virgin Classics roster, including mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and the conductor Emmanuelle Haïm, will form the basis of a revived Erato label, utilising the brand of the French label originally launched in the 1950s and acquired by Warner in 1992.

The Twitter message notes: "This move marks the next exciting chapter and new momentum for these renowned artists and legendary catalogues within Warner Music Group, where there is - and will continue to be - a deep focus on classical repertoire".

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Occasionally controversial video website Dailymotion is to screen several sets from this year's Kendal Calling festival, it has been announced. Viewers will be able to live stream performances from Scrufizzer, Tea Street Band, Dutch Uncles, The Twang, Beans On Toast, Ash, Drenge and Primal Scream. There will also be footage of Basement Jaxx following their headline performance.

The performances are being screened as part of Virtual Festivals' partnership with Dailymotion. MD of Virtual Festivals' parent company Silver Bullet Digital Steve Wild told CMU: "The aim of Virtual Festivals is to bring the festival experience to as many people as possible and Dailymotion is a great means of achieving this, either through its own website or embeds on social and other media. We are highly confident that partnerships like this will increase the sponsorship opportunities available to festivals like Kendal Calling, helping them to grow even bigger and more compelling".

Head Of International Content at Dailymotion Marc Eychenne added: "2013 is the Summer Of Festivals on Dailymotion - building on the 50 million hours of live music we have already streamed - and Kendal Calling is one of the leading events we are showing. Music fans around the world can watch great music from a fantastic event live on Dailymotion or embed our player onto their own social media pages to share with friends".

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Björk's documentary with David Attenborough - examining the relationship between music and the natural world - will air this weekend.

Entitled 'When Björk Met Attenborough', the show will be screened on Channel 4 this Saturday at 7pm as part of the broadcaster's Mad4Music season.

As previously reported, the show was announced last year, originally titled 'The Nature Of Music', and will use Björk's 'Biophilia' album, on which Attenborough also appeared, as its centrepoint.

Watch a trailer here

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Everyone loves Savages, but Sufjan Stevens has raised an important and unsettling problem with the artwork for their debut album 'Silence Yourself'. I'm not sure it's quite a Beef Of The Week, but from a design perspective he has a point.

Stevens writes: "The very cool Savages has allowed a very uncool typographical blunder on its LP cover: Helvetica Narrow (weight loss is the worst thing that can happen to an iconic font, aka iOS 6). Also can we talk about the weird italics (unnecessary affectation, and very un-British), cramped leading (totally unforgivable) and unnecessary line break? Who the Fraggle designed this?"

Of course, you might not think this is so important. You might even say Sufjan's being a bit picky. In which case, you'll no doubt be extatic to hear that four hours later he returned with a lengthy overview of other aspects of the album's artwork. This time brandishing a handy diagram, he looked over the 'manifesto' published upon the cover.

"One more thing about this album", he began. "The awkward blatancy of an ALL CAPS manifesto (with line breaks) on the cover is, on one hand, a bold move (typographically), and, on the other hand, an indication of restraint and self-possession (compared to the explicit cover design of most punk/rock albums; compared to the explicit cover design of my albums, always screaming for attention). Case in point: the inherent democracy of ONE CASE (every letter equally measured) forgoes the political hierarchy of upper/lower class. Am I reading too much into this? The band has somehow achieved mystery and modesty in brash exclamations about 'silence' rendered via typographical faux pas (all caps=yelling)".

He continued: "Context is everything: punk sermons situated beside a muted black and white photo (evoking the band in stillness, slightly pissed off) provoke visual tension and/or situational irony, a reflection of the band's sound and style (silence vs. noise). Restrained Aggression. Aggressive Restraint. Clean lines, crisp utility, minimalism, functionality. These are also the qualities of a good font, Helvetica being the supreme deity, and Futura Medium a minor prophet. (Times New Roman may as well be the air we breathe.) I recall in writing workshops the constant admonishment to allow your prose to disappear, so that the narrative became an "illiterate experience," transcending the text itself, magnifying in ether (the magnitude of all things communicated by nothingness, ie silence)".

Don't worry, he's almost done, He concluded: "To accomplish this on the page (or in a song, or on an album cover) is one thing; to live it is nothing less than enlightenment. Thank you, Savages, for the urgent all caps homily (to "recompose" ourselves in silence). I will never forgive your awkward italics, but I will forever sing your anthems to my children's children".

All's well that ends well, eh?

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