8 AUG 2013

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One of the biggest music programmes at the Edinburgh Festival sits within the International Festival, the large-scale programmed event (as opposed to the deliberately unprogrammed Fringe) which sits in the middle of it all. Although predominantly a classical programme, there are quite a few surprises in there too. Ahead of its opening, we asked the team at EIF to compile us a CMU Playlist that introduces the world to this year's festival more>>
Over the course of this year Rainer have pushed two tracks up onto the internet in the form of 'Silence' and 'Swallow'. Now, they are preparing to release their debut single proper, 'Girls', through ASL Records. Out on 9 Sep, it will come out digitally and in the form of 300 seven-inches. Slightly less floaty in sound than those previous two tracks, though still pretty floaty, 'Girls' is held together by Raa's entrancing voice, as she sings the hook, "The girls are going mad" over Casually Here's pop production more>>

- Google streaming service goes live in UK
- Green Day didn't infringe copyright when using artwork without permission, court rules
- Anna Calvi exhales new LP details
- White Denim detail LP, share new track
- Midlake talk Antiphon
- Arcade Fire to score Spike Jonze film
- Nine Inch Nails to play small show at London's Scala
- Death Grips' no-show deliberate, say promoters
- Festival line-up update: iTunes Festival, Iceland Airwaves, Green Man and more
- Live Nation reports good summer
- Universal to represent Ridley Scott publishing rights
- HMV appoints new digital man
- Modular opens new London office, recruits former Warp man
- Ek responds to recent Spotify reports
- Beats Music hires Julie Pilat as curator
- The Cookie Monster rebakes Icona Pop's I Love It
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Essential Music and Marketing is seeking a confident, high calibre individual to lead its digital retail representation. The position will manage partnerships with digital music services (eg iTunes), working closely with label managers and reporting to the Sales Director. This is an ideal position for someone with experience of dealing with key online accounts, looking to forward their career and skills in a dynamic and fast growing music distribution company.

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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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Following its arrival in Australia last month, Google has switched the switch and put its not at all clumsily named streaming music service, Google Play Music All Access, live in nine European markets, including the good old United Kingdom Of Greatness.

Although pretty much from page four (aka 'The Very Basics') of the streaming music text book - with unlimited listening via PC or mobile, plus playlists, recommendations and 'personalised' radio, all for ten pounds a month (albeit with a special £7.99 a month offer if you sign up before 15 Sep) - the Google service is a tiny little bit interesting in that it's closely aligned to the web giant's wider digital content platform, including its download store and digital locker set up.

Though whether that's enough to stand out in the ever crowded streaming music market place remains to be seen - most of its rivals have been forced to offer some sort of freemium option, Spotify style, to facilitate decent sign ups. And Google has never had much success when it comes to music products, aside from the one it bought - that little website called YouTube - aka the biggest streaming music service on the net.

As the service went live in nine new countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain as well as the UK, Google Play Music Product Manager Paul Joyce said: "With today's launch, Google Play moves one step closer to your ultimate digital entertainment destination, where you can find, enjoy and share your favourite apps, games, books, movies, magazines, TV shows and music on your Android phone or tablet". Good times.

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An US appeals court has ruled that Green Day did not infringe the copyright of artist Dereck Seltzer when they used an adapted version of a piece of his art as a backdrop during live shows.

The band used a photograph of a tattered and spray painted poster of Seltzer's 2003 piece 'Scream Icon' as their stage backdrop when performing their song 'East Jesus Nowhere' on their 2009 tour. The poster in the photo had been posted on a wall in LA.

According to Reuters, the court noted that it was a "close and difficult case", but one of the three judges ruling Diarmuid O'Scannlain wrote: "With the spray-painted cross, in the context of a song about the hypocrisy of religion, surrounded by religious iconography, [the] video backdrop using 'Scream Icon' conveys new information, new aesthetics, new insights and understandings that are plainly distinct from those of the original piece".

In addition to this, a testimony from Selzter in which he admitted that the value of his work was not affected by the band's use of it, and the fact that Green Day did not use the image on any commercially available or promotional material also helped. However, the court did overturn an earlier ruling that Seltzer should pay $201,000 in legal fees, on the grounds that the artist had not been "objectively unreasonable" when he decided to sue.

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One-time Mercury nominee Anna Calvi will, on 7 Oct, release a new LP to follow her 2011 debut 'Anna Calvi'. Taking the title 'One Breath', it signifies, says Calvi, "the moment before you've got to open yourself up, and how terrifying that is".

She adds: "It's scary and it's thrilling. It's also full of hope, because whatever has to happen hasn't happened yet".

Calvi will air 'One Breath' live on the day following its release, this at London's Islington Assembly Hall. In the meantime, find its tracklisting below and a rather grand trailer for it here.

Piece By Piece
Sing To Me
One Breath
Love Of My Life
Carry Me Over
Bleed Into Me

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Psych types White Denim have released a primer to their new LP, the Jeff Tweedy-assisted 'Corsicana Lemonade', pending its release on 28 Oct.

Hear that primer, a track titled 'Pretty Green', and after that watch a 'making of' trailer for 'Corsicana Lemonade'.

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Midlake have elaborated on plans to release a new LP titled 'Antiphon', this in the wake of one-time singer Tim Smith's exit late last year.

Written in 'six harmonious months' by the band's new incarnation, it is, says now-singer/guitarist Eric Pulido: "The most honest representation of the band as a whole, as opposed to one person's vision that we were trying to facilitate".

He adds: "We wanted to embrace the psychedelia, style and nuance you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences present now. The result was less folk and more rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky's the limit".

That it is, Eric... that it is. Download the 'Antiphon' title track via the Midlake site, and/or play it now via SoundCloud.

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Arcade Fire provide the score to new Spike Jonze film 'Her', which is out this year and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson.

Somehow they've found time to do this while working on their new album, which is due out on 28 Oct and might be called 'Reflektor'.

Here's the trailer

Jonze previously worked with the band when he directed their short film 'Scenes From The Suburbs' in 2011.

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Oh look, Nine Inch Nails have only gone and committed to a tiny (tiny!) 'intimate' show at London's Scala on 20 Aug. Well, I guess there aren't so many of them to fit on stage these days.

Sarcasm aside, this is quite an occasion, and one fans can only be a part of by first signing up to buy tickets (on sale at 5pm on 9 Aug) via the NIN site.

As you may know, NIN have a new LP titled 'Hesitation Marks' to release on 2 Sep, the lead track off which, 'Come Back Haunted', is here represented by its David Lynch-directed video.

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In inexplicable Death Grips news, it seems Beyonce's new BFFs never meant to appear 'in the flesh' at the several live dates they cancelled last week.

Apparently the idea with the gigs - as with the show at Chicago's Bottom Lounge that did go ahead (sans the band), and which saw angry fans trash the band's drum kit on realising DG weren't going to play - was always to have an empty stage, a looped broadcast of Death Grips tracks, and a backdrop of an apparent suicide note written by a fan.

Talking to DNA Info, Bottom Lounge Marketing Director Erin O'Neal said that "the stage set up and the Death Grips album being played 'was the show'", revealing the drumkit that was, by all appearances, taken apart by fans, was in fact a children's learning set.

She added: "It appears to us that despite having a signed contract, they never intended on performing last night and instead wanted to leave a room of disappointed fans".

Similarly, a promoter of another cancelled show at the Royal in Boston told Vanyaland it had been planned that "fans of the band would be treated to a giant suicide note displayed on stage, a single drum set up, and one of the band's handlers backstage pressing play on pre-recorded music".

So that's quite provocative, isn't it? Or annoying, at least.

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Firstly and FAO anyone wanting to know, V Festival MDs have stated via NME that they're still expecting to see a Beady Eye set played at each of V's twin 17-18 Aug weekenders, this in spite of the band's guitarist Gem Archer recently sustaining a 'severe head trauma'.

In today's festival line-up updates at large, there are new additions to this year's iTunes festival to gaze at, plus ultra-thrilling 'I'm so glad to be playing/getting paid' missives via two of today's main adds, namely Avicii and Tinie Tempah.

First, Avicii: "I'm feeling super excited to be playing the iTunes Festival - really looking forward to being back in London after the great show at the Electric Daisy Carnival a couple of weeks ago".

And now a slightly less excited (but still excited) Tinie: "I'm excited to be back at the iTunes Festival with a whole bunch of new music. It's going to be crazy!"

Crazy. Speaking of, an insanely large plane-load of artists has landed atop the Iceland Airwaves bill, which, when skim-read, lists Jon Hopkins, Mac DeMarco, Mykki Blanco, Savages, Villagers and Sean Nicholas Savages as several of the names aligning with Airwaves A-listers like Kraftwerk, Björk, Yo La Tengo and Gold Panda.

With that, it's over to details of the final changes made to Green Man, new features of this year's Festival No 6, and a last-minute flurry of FLUU-like activity at Belfast's Tennent's Vital:

GREEN MAN, Glanusk Park, Powys, Wales, 15-18 Aug: Portico Quartet, Nathan Fake, Mt Wolf, Ewan Pearson, We Are Animal, G R E A T W A V E S, Gentlemen, Heavenly Jukebox, DJ Fitz.

FESTIVAL NO 6, various venues, Portmeirion, Wales, 13-15 Sep: Steve Reich, Joe Duddell & The No 6 Ensemble, Cathal Smith, Dutch Uncles, Daughter, Martina Topley-Bird, Jon McClure, Son Of Dave, Ramy Essam, Oquadro, Vida Seca, Dhazda D, Vivek Rajagopalan, Kiran Nepali, Alesh, Vida Seca.

ICELAND AIRWAVES, various venues, Reykjavik, Iceland, 30 Oct - 3 Nov: Sóley, Savages, Jon Hopkins, John Grant, Mykki Blanco, Mac DeMarco, Lay Low, Villagers, PAPA, Empress Of, Lescop, Agent Fresco, Young Fathers, For A Minor Reflection, Slow Magic, Kimono, We Are Wolves, Ghostigital, Dikta, San Fermin, Berndsen, Baby In Vain, Sean Nicholas Savage, Cousins, Úlfur Úlfur, Aaron And The Sea, Biggi Hilmars, Kithkin, Eldar, Epic Rain, The Balconies, Futuregrapher, Nordic Affect, Ylja, Wistaria, Tonik, Sindri Eldon And The Ways, Good Moon Deer, Rökkurró, Kött Grá Pjé, Jóhann Kristinsson, Kajak, Sometime, Saktmóðigur, Hudson Wayne, Boogie Trouble, Tanya & Marlon, M-Band, Original Melody, Nolem.

ITUNES FESTIVAL, Roundhouse, London, 1-30 Sep: Avicii, Tinie Tempah, Bastille, The Lumineers, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Jimmy Eat World, Janelle Monáe, Lawson, Palma Violets, The Family Rain, Little Green Cars, Poliça, Drenge, Valerie June, Fenech-Soler, Phox, The 1975.

TENNENT'S VITAL, Boucher Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 14-16 Aug: The Undertones, Naughty Boy, The Minutes.

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Live Nation is heading towards a "record summer", or so says the firm's boss man Michael Rapino, during a investors call in which he revealed that revenues at the live music promoter, venue owner and ticketing giant were up 8.3% year on year to $1.7 billion in the quarter to the end of June, with net income of $59 million above analyst expectations.

Added Rapino, according to the Wall Street Journal, "we saw continued strong consumer demand for the live business over the past quarter, and further accelerated our top line growth by continuing to build share in our concerts and ticketing businesses". Storming.

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Universal Music Publishing has gone and done a deal with the company of film director Ridley Scott, Scott Free London, via which the music major will represent the film man's music publishing rights, mainly works stemming from his firm's movie and TV projects. Universal will also advise on composers for future Scott Free ventures, and on other music-related matters.

Says Scott Free London's Head Of Business And Commercial Affairs Carlo Dusi: "This new partnership enables us to access the invaluable know-how and expertise of Universal Music Publishing's film and television music team. The company's roster and catalogue is second to none and we are eager to explore the world of opportunities that this relationship opens up for us".

While Simon Mortimer of Universal Music Publishing added: "We are really excited and honoured to have entered into this partnership with Ridley Scott and Scott Free London. This is also great news for our songwriters and artists as we will be working closely with them on music strategy and production across all projects".

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HMV has brought in a new man to head up its soon to be relaunched digital offering. His job will be to recreate some of the flagging retailer's past online triumphs, though with the quirky aside of trying to make them not shit.

Indeed, presumably HMV's new owners Hilco really need the entertainment retail firm to finally crack it with online this time - despite facing tough competition across the business models, from Amazon, Apple and Spotify et al - to assure the company's long-term success, as the high street continues to struggle.

James Coughlan is the former digital music man at Vodafone, who has also consulted for Samsung, Channel 4 and Universal. He will oversee the relaunch of HMV's e-commerce operations this Autumn, and will likely lead a UK launch of The Vault, the streaming service already operated by the also Hilco-owned HMV Canada.

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Australian independent label Modular Recordings is opening a new London office, which will be headed up by Adam Brooks, who previously worked for Warp Records. Brooks will oversee the label's UK and European operations from the new base.

Brooks told CMU: "I'm thrilled to be joining Modular at such an exciting time. Following the recent global successes of Tame Impala and the label's inaugural FOR festival in Croatia, I look forward to further cementing the label's status across Europe as a home for outstanding and diverse artists and events".

Meanwhile Modular founder Stephen Pavlovic added: "We're proud to welcome Adam Brooks to the Modular family. His work at Warp speaks for itself and we are excited to have him bring his knowledge and experience to the current Tame Impala release 'Lonerism', and forthcoming releases from Pond, Cut Copy and others".

He continued: "We now have a very solid foundation from which to grow Modular's UK and European presence, develop closer working relationships with our domestic partners, and bring future successes to the label and its artists".

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Spotify boss Daniel Ek has been chatting to the Wall Street Journal about his firm's recently published financials for 2012, which showed growing revenues but further losses.

Noting that his business is still in its first cycle of growth, he tells the business paper: "I think a lot of people just look at the financials and say: 'Oh wow, losses, that's really, really bad'. That's not at all how we see it, we see that we've actually now proved our business model. The difference between what we pay out in royalties and what we actually take in in revenue is increasing, which is positive".

Ek also speaks about the other big story that has surrounded his company in recent weeks, the fallout that followed Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke's public bashing of his business (and the streaming business in general, though the focus was very much on Ek's firm).

Saying he isn't surprised that some in the artist community have reacted they way they have, he ponders: "All they see is millions of streams, and they see, you know, not millions of dollars in the end, but thousands of dollars, and they think that a million streams is comparable to a million downloads, which it obviously isn't".

Elsewhere in Spotify news, the streaming firm has announced a partnership with Vodafone, which will see the mobile provider's 4G customers in the UK given bundled access to Spotify Premium with their phone contracts. Though if said customers think music's a big pile of shit, or are a member of Radiohead, they can get Sky Sports Mobile TV instead.

On the Vodafone tie-up, Spotify's Global Head of Telecom and ISP Partnerships Michael Abbattista said in a statement: "Spotify partnering with companies like Vodafone increases revenue streams to the music industry, and so provides benefits for fans and artists alike".

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Beats Music, the streaming service formerly known as Daisy, has appointed Julie Pilat, former Alternative Brand Manager at Clear Channel, as it's Head Of Curation And Artist Development.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Pilat said of the role: "To change the path for the future of music is the opportunity of a lifetime ... I couldn't say no ... I know there will be a lot of geeking out over music. It's about an art for connecting and giving [the users] what they want ... Curation will find that community with a true passion for music. That's what's going to set us apart".

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This isn't really news, but then again, neither (in the grand scheme of international events) was Katy Perry's too-tight-for-kids'-TV dress, and we reported on that.

Yeah that's right, I'm talking 'Sesame Street', and the 'news' that the Cookie Monster has released a take on Icona Pop's car-crash mega-smash 'I Love It'. Rather him than Robin Thicke, I say.

Anyway, with that minimal intro it's straight to Cookie's lampoon, a hymn to discipline titled 'Me Want It (But Me Wait)' that'll air as part of the show's 44th season (!!!) later this year.

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