5 AUG 2013

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And so we enter the month of August, which is typically the calm in the music industry storm. You're probably all on holiday, aren't you? Or packing to go on holiday. Or to a festival. Well, no matter, it's all still going on over here. In CMU this week, we'll have some Edinburgh Festival-themed features of a musical persuasion. Yeah, they have music up there, it's not all jugglers and the army, you know.
An item since 2005, Argentinian triad Las Kellies' last LP, 'Kellies', specialised in a shifting mix of vistas, switching its sights from girl-gang rock chanson 'Suffisant', to the riot grrrlish 'Prince In Blue', and a loyal take on post-discoites ESG's no-wave staple 'Erase You'. The present day Las Kellies have ditched a bit of that hyper-eclecticism, achieving a greater evenness more>>

- Karen Elson takes out restraining order against ex-husband Jack White
- Shakira ex lawsuit dismissed
- Elton John leaves hospital post appendix op
- Beady Eye cancel dates as guitarist Archer is injured
- Dave Grohl, Laura Jane Grace guest on new Joan Jett LP
- Frankie Rose details wild new LP
- Society preview new single
- Meat Loaf to play Vegas residency
- Crocodiles commit to Crimes Of Passion shows
- Warner/Chappell announces new partner in Indian market
- Nardene Scott named new editor of RWD
- Stiff Records publishes amazing Johnny Borrell sales press release
- Ke$ha sells penis/teeth jewellery
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Sound Channel is one of the leading companies working in the electronic music industry. We are looking for a bright individual who has a solid grasp of music to work with us across all our projects including Hideout Festival, Unknown, Canal Mills, Wax:On and Metropolis.

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The Secretly Label Group is looking to hire a junior press officer to manage online, print press and general public relations for select artists on the roster of the in-house labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian.

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TeamRock are looking for a Deputy Art Editor for Classic Rock magazine. You will be an experienced commercial designer whose current role will include cover design, page concepts and layout, and ideally some experience of digital publishing. You will excel in making old stuff look really vital and exciting and feel comfortable commissioning and directing photographers, even if you secretly think they are a bunch of prima donnas and perverts.

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London based independent record company seeks Product Manager to join our existing marketing team. Candidates will report to a Head of Marketing and be responsible for the day to day running of artist campaigns. Hard working, enthusiastic and a genuine passion for music a must. Previous experience as a Product Manager at a record label required.

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Liverpool-based digital distributor Ditto Music is seeking an experienced Digital Content/Label Manager to join our team. The role will feature a wide range of duties including digital content delivery, liaising with retailers, customer support for artists and record labels, co-ordinating promotional campaigns with online stores and working alongside our offices in Nashville and Melbourne to provide an award-winning service.

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Liverpool-based digital distribution company Ditto Music is looking for an Online Marketing Specialist with experience in planning, executing and optimising digital marketing campaigns, including paid search, display advertising, blogging, SEO and especially email marketing, to increase brand awareness and drive revenue.

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

Edinburgh Festival. This is the first full week of this year's Edinburgh Festival. Yep, it's still going. Well, as far as I know - I'm not actually there. If you want the full lowdown, you need to head over and talk to our sister magazine ThreeWeeks, which has all the news on everything that's going on up there in the capital of Scotland.

AIM Awards launch. The nominations for this years AIM Independent Music Awards will be announced by Xfm's John Kennedy at the Gibson Guitar Studios in London on Tuesday. So far we already know that Billy Bragg will receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize and Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis will be given the Pioneer Award at next month's ceremony.

Visions Festival. Taking place in three venues around Hackney this Saturday, the Visions Festival features a line-up including !!!, Fucked Up, Jeffrey Lewis, Iceage, Michachu & Tirzah, Paws and Cloud Nothings.

New releases. Among this week's new album releases are Raffertie, Blondes, Moderat, The Polyphonic Spree, Dam Funk and Swim Deep. Plus, if you wanted to get At The Drive-In's 'Relationship Of Command' on vinyl, well now is the time, as it's being re-issued today. For singles and EPs, look no further than Annie, Nothankyou and Tirzah.

Gigs and tours. We're right in the midst of festival season, so the gig listings are somewhat lacking at the moment, but you could go and catch Runrig's 40th anniversary show, or see The Polyphonic Spree at Rough Trade East, NYPC (no longer New Young Pony Club, thank you) at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, or Owen Pallett on any of his UK dates.

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Divorce proceedings between Jack White and Karen Elson took a downward turn last month, after the latter took out a restraining order against the former White Stripes frontman. It's all a long way from the divorce party the couple held together back in 2011.

Elson gained the order on 22 Jul - which bars her ex from "any contact with [his] wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children" - accusing White of harassment. She also separately sought for him to have a custodial psychiatric assessment. White refutes all claims, noting that Elson left their children in his care for ten days after signing the restraining order papers.

According to the Nashville City Paper, Elson's order states that White has a violent temper and has been sending her harassing text messages and emails "in an inappropriate and aggressive manner" in which he is "pressuring her about the settlement terms for divorce". She now "fears for her and the children's safety as a result of this harassment", says the order.

There are several other examples of White's alleged unacceptable behaviour listed in the document. These include claims that he contacted the children's school, asking for them to be taken out of a class which also included the child of another musician who he claimed had "ripped off" his music, and berated Elson for attending the wedding of another musician for the same reason. It is also alleged that White has made derogatory comments about Elson to their business manager.

"This pattern of [the] husband's bullying [his] wife into submission was a contributing factor in the demise of their marriage", states the restraining document. Elson's lawyer Rose Palermo filed the still pending request for White to be taken into custody for a psychiatric assessment two days after securing the order.

Last week, White filed a counter claim against both the restraining order and psychiatric assessment request, according to Rolling Stone. It's in those papers that he states that the couple's children came to stay with him for ten days from the day after Elson signed her statement in the restraining order claim, and that the request for a psychiatric evaluation was submitted to the Davidson County Circuit Court the day after this visit began.

The response states: "One who was truly fearful of another would not leave their children alone with that person for ten days. The truth of the matter is that Ms Elson is not fearful for herself or the parties' minor children".

White's statement also notes an email in which Elson apparently praised White as "an amazing father" in May and claims that last month she told a mutual friend that she is still "completely in love" with her ex-husband.

Further, White states that the request for a psychiatric evaluation is "inflammatory ... disingenuous, fraudulent and retaliatory and simply designed to malign him in the public record or to gain an upper hand in this litigation".

Previously the pair had been amicably co-parenting their two children. However, according to Rolling Stone, the catalyst for the current dispute relates to a falling out after Elson took the children abroad for ten days longer than White had given written consent for. A hearing relating to this is scheduled for 29 Aug.

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A lawsuit being pursed against Shakira by her ex-boyfriend and former business partner has been dismissed by a judge in California.

As previously reported, Antonio De La Rua, who split with Shakira after a decade together in 2010, sued last November, claiming that he was due a share of the revenues stemming from the singer's $300 million deal with Live Nation, an arrangement he claimed he helped secure.

His lawsuit also alleged that when the couple first split they agreed he would continue to be involved in Shakira's professional affairs, and receive a cut of her company's profits, but that he was subsequently pushed out of the business.

The singer filed her own legal papers calling for the lawsuit to be dismissed in April, meanwhile via separate legal action in Switzerland De La Rua unsuccessfully tried to get access to one of her bank accounts, claiming it contained monies from their past business dealings together.

The American lawsuit was dismissed last week after the singer's lawyers successfully argued that any dispute between the ex couple should be heard by the courts in Shakira's native Colombia, or in the Bahamas, were she currently lives.

Welcoming the ruling, Shakira said in a statement: "I am very grateful that the courts are not allowing these groundless lawsuits to proceed. I have moved on in my life and could not be happier now. I hope this harassment will now come to an end".

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Elton John is convalescing post an operation to relieve him of an inflamed appendix. John, who was unable to play several live dates in July, not least a headline billing at AEG's Barclaycard British Summer Time, is said to be recovering at his home in Nice, France, having had the op at Monoco's Princess Grace Hospital last Thursday.

Writing via his official site, he said: "I would like to thank the literally thousands of people who have sent me get well cards and messages over the past two weeks. Your well wishes have touched me deeply and will play a big part in my recovery. I cannot wait to see you all and thank you in person when I resume my concert schedule later this year. In the meantime, please know that I consider myself a very blessed man to have such caring and considerate fans".

John is still set to be back on stage in early September, when he will play live at a special event celebrating the new BRITs Icon Award, he being its first ever recipient, and all.

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Roving Oasis spin-off Beady Eye have axed shows in Belgium and Japan, whilst guitarist Gem Archer is treated for an unnamed injury.

The band, who were meant to play Belgian fest Lokerse today, and at Tokyo's Summer Sonic on 10 Aug, now... well, won't.

Breaking the news, BE HQ states: "Due to guitarist Gem Archer's injury, the band regret to inform fans that they will be cancelling their upcoming shows in Belgium and Japan until further notice. They are very sorry for any disappointment this will cause but as Gem is an integral part of the band there is no way that they can play without him".

In Beady Eye-adjacent news, Liam Gallagher is still implicated in claims that he fathered a lovechild with US celebrity writer Liza Ghorbani earlier this year. It was alleged last week that Gallagher had saught a confidentiality agreement from Ghorbani, even as his marriage to one-time All Saint Nicole Appleton is said to be faltering.

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Joan Jett is in readiness to release her first 'new' new LP in seven years. Marking Jett's fourteenth collaboration with backing band The Blackhearts, the highly autobiographical 'Unvarnished' features Dave Grohl and Against Me! singer/guitarist Laura Jane Grace. Its lead single, 'Any Weather', is released this week.

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Hard-to-fault CMU favourite Frankie Rose, who's now signed to Fat Possum, has said she'll release her new LP, 'Herein Wild', via the label on 7 Oct.

Wild out to the sight of its tracklisting, and the sound of its topmost single, 'Sorrow', now:

You For Me
Into Blue
The Depths
Cliffs As High
Minor Times
Question Reason
Street Of Dreams

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Once-shadowy approvees Society, who the world now knows to be the work of London singer-songwriter James Girdler, have disclosed a follow-on to first single 'All That We've Become'. Like the latter, it looks to be a standalone track for now, and is out via Angular on 9 Sep.

Girdler introduces it thus: "This project has been a total labour of love for almost two years now. After countless nights making drones with amazing bits of old gear we're very excited to be letting this project step out of the shadows".

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So, Meat Loaf has revealed he'll head to Vegas in September, having agreed to take an eighteen night 'RockTellz & Cocktails' residency at Sin City's Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Mr Loaf says: "I'm thrilled and honoured to headline the first series of 'RockTellz & Cocktails' in Las Vegas. I'm excited to offer my fans such a personal experience, one that lets them share in the crazy journey I have been on".

I guess we weren't meant to take the idea of Meat's final live shows (aka the 'Last Bat' dates he played back in April) literally, then.

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Cold-blooded rock lot Crocodiles have confirmed a continental hop, this off the back of new LP 'Crimes Of Passion'. Kicking off with five British shows, the tour starts post the 'Crimes' buy-date (19 Aug), and carries on like so:

24 Aug: Glasgow, Broadcast
25 Aug: Edinburgh, Sneaky Petes
27 Aug: Leeds, Brudnell Social Club
28 Aug: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
2 Sep: Brighton, Sticky Mike's

Stamp on (or alternatively, watch) a clip to go with listed 'Crimes' song 'Cockroach' via Rolling Stone.

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Warner Music's publishing wing Warner/Chappell has struck up an alliance with the music company of the Times Of India Group, which will see Times Music represent the mini-major's songs catalogue in India.

Confirming the partnership, Warner/Chappell chief Cameron Strang told reporters: "India has a vibrant and exciting music market that is well positioned to develop and flourish in the coming years. This deal further strengthens our global footprint and ensures we have a partner who will help us to deliver dynamic and comprehensive services. We look forward to working with Times Music to create and drive new opportunities in India that will amplify the success of our extraordinary writers and musicians".

Meanwhile Mandar Thakur, COO of Times Music, added: "We are thrilled to be working with Cameron, the Warner/Chappell team and their exciting and important compositions. Our company is constantly evolving to ensure it is at the forefront of the changing music industry and the wider IP Management business. This partnership will be a further boost to music publishing following a recent update to the Copyright Act, and we have exciting plans to ensure that Warner/Chappell's legendary catalogue reaches its full potential in India".

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RWD has announced that Nardene Scott is replacing Danny Walker as editor of the magazine. Scott joined the title an intern in 2010, working as Editorial Assistant, Staff Writer and Deputy Editor in that time.

Scott told CMU: "I'm really looking forward to taking over as Editor of RWD. This is a title I've been reading since my teenage years and I'm excited to make my mark on the UK's leading youth lifestyle title. I've been mentored by Danny over the last three years so I'm confident I'll be able to continue the high standards that RWD is known for, while making my own contribution and ensuring that RWD remains in tune with youth culture".

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the magazine said of Walker's departure: "After nine years, Danny leaves us to pursue other interests. An integral member of the team for close to a decade, we wish Dan the very best in all future endeavours".

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It was widely reported last week that former Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell's debut solo album, 'Borrell 1', had achieved sales of just 594 during its first week of release. The record is the first release on Stiff Records since 2007, so not perhaps the mighty return either was hoping for. Still, the label isn't feeling down about it.

In a masterful example of putting a bright spin on things, Stiff issued a press release on the matter on Friday. In it, a spokesperson for the label said: "First week sales of 594 makes 'Borrell 1' the 15,678th best selling album of the year to date. So far we've achieved 0.00015% sales of Adele's '21' - and 0.03% sales of this week's number one album from Jahmene Douglas - so we feel like it's all to play for as we move into the all-important week two. We might even break the top 100".

Sadly, Borrell failed to break the top 100 on Sunday. But this statement did convince us to listen to the album on Spotify. It's not awful. And maybe that review will help him up the charts this week.

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Popstar and romancer-of-ghosts Ke$ha has 'created' a range of accessories in collaboration with accessory-creating pro Charles Albert. Split into six themed mini-lines, it features bracelets, pendants and - as a kind of phallic parallel to Grimes' feminist jewellery - penis-shaped earrings. Oh, and rings cast from real live Ke$ha fans' teeth, and yes, I mean the same teeth that were reaped by the 'Supernatural' hitmaker last year.

Find photos of a Ke$ha 'sporting' her creations via

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