12 AUG 2013

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Well, here we are, starting yet another week. But it's a week without a David Bowie exhibition to go to. Not even if you queue outside of the V&A for ages and ages. There is still a chance to see 'David Bowie Is' on the big screen this week though. I'm hoping it'll be like the film 'Russian Ark', except not really, really boring. Also on the big screen this week (assuming you have your own net-connected cinema to display them in) are our latest CMU features, which will include an interview with Julia Holter and a playlist from Ghostpoet. Lovely.
Whilst I won't claim to have liked Rose Elinor Dougall's polka dot gal-gang The Pipettes a great deal, I do really like Dougall's track 'Strange Warnings', which is released as a not-at-all strange warning that Dougall has an LP on its way. That, and a live date at London's Shacklewell Arms on 14 Aug. With creative writing links to Oli Bayston, 'Strange Warnings' deals, Dougall has said, with "the idea of trying to find something to grab when everything feels intangible" more>>

- Pirate Bay celebrates ten years, launches block evading browser
- Alex Kapranos collapses at festival, still performs
- Beady Eye cancel V Festival appearance, as Archer continues to recover from head injury
- Omar Souleyman granted last minute Swedish visa
- MIA cries 'leak'; label sets Matangi release date
- Empty Pools fill LP with details
- Neil Young cancels Euro dates after guitarist breaks arm
- Paloma Faith to re-play Barbican 'big band' date
- Dr Martens to host #STANDFORSOMETHING shows
- Splashh set new live dates
- Peaking Lights man adds DJ dates
- Canadian Music Week announces new programmer
- Matthew Maxey launches Enganche Press
- Katy Perry's lorry hit by drunk driver
- Smiths fans who want a reunion should get a hobby, says Johnny Marr
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A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...

David Bowie V&A exhibit in cinemas. If you didn't manage to get into the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A in London, well stop your crying, because there's still a chance to see it. In a move that sounds a bit odd, and may indeed be, 200 cinemas across the UK will be screening a live video of someone wandering around the exhibition with a camera on Tuesday Evening.

6music Prom. The Proms are still going, and will continue to do so for some time yet. This week, one of the events designed to bring in a different audience takes place, the 6music Prom. Steve Lamacq and Radio 3′s Tom Service have curated a cross-station collaboration, acting as hosts to Laura Marling, Cerys Matthews, The Stranglers and the London Sinfonietta, who'll play works by Varèse, Berio, John Adams and Anna Meredith. Ahead of that, have a read of our interview with Proms Director Roger Wright. You can also watch last week's Urban Prom on the BBC iPlayer now.

Green Man. It's the Green Man festival this weekend, which, as ever, looks like a fun-filled time for all. Headlining this year are Kings Of Convenience, Band Of Horses and Ben Howard, plus you can catch the likes of Swans, Fuck Buttons, Patti Smith, amongst many others.

RBMA Carnival ballot opens. If you fancy breaking off from the rest of the Notting Hill Carnival and attending an exclusive event hosted by the Red Bull Music Academy later this month, then now's the time to do something about it. The ballot for tickets to the RBMA event opens today.

New releases. Amongst this week's new releases are albums from White Lies, Washed Out, Outfit and Creep. Although I think Creep's album might only be available in the US. You should also check out the new EP from The Bug this week, cos it's very good.

Gigs and tours. Hey, so I have a whole host of London-based gigs for you this week. Sorry non-London people. Come visit, it's nice here. Plus, you can see Bat For Lashes, AlunaGeorge, Strangers, Rose Elinor Dougall, Melt Yourself Down, Shonen Knife and Las Kellies. Come on, it'll be fun.

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Music, comedy and even some go-go dancers, because, well, why not, were all on show at a party held on the outskirts of Stockholm this weekend to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Pirate Bay.

And even though those who originally created the file-sharing website are no longer actively involved, either in prison or trying to stay out of prison after being found guilty of contributory copyright infringement in the Swedish criminal courts, the fact that TPB is still operational after a decade, given how many lawsuits it has lost around the world, is quite an achievement. However much the music and movie industries wish the Bay would go the way of Napster, Grokster, Limewire, et al.

Of course the content industries have successfully won web-block injunctions in various territories that force internet service providers to stop their customers from accessing the Bay; but such blocks are relatively easy to circumvent. And to mark its tenth anniversary, The Pirate Bay announced a new bit of software called the Pirate Browser that will help with that circumventing, enabling uses to find the file-sharing service and other similar sites beyond any court-ordered ISP-instigated blocks.

The people behind The Pirate Bay of today said via their blog: "It's a simple one-click browser that circumvents censorship and blockades and makes the site instantly available and accessible".

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Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos collapsed backstage at the Sziget festival in Hungary this weekend, after suffering an allergic reaction. Kapranos was treated for what Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman described during his band's performance at the festival as "a peanut incident".

Jarman also told his audience that they might not get to see Franz Ferdinand play, as Kapranos was "on his death bed". Indeed, a festival spokesperson said that Kapranos had been unconscious for at least an hour. However, he recovered in time to play the band's set on schedule. What a pro.


Beady Eye have announced that they have cancelled their planned performance at this year's V Festival, as guitarist Gem Archer continues to recover from a head injury sustained earlier this month.

As previously reported, the band cancelled two festival dates in mainland Europe following Archer's accident, which was described as "severe head trauma".

In a statement, the band said: "Beady Eye regret to announce that they are cancelling their performance at V Festival and their remaining scheduled shows and promotional commitments in August due to guitarist Gem Archer suffering severe head trauma after an accident on 1 Aug. The band apologise to fans but under the circumstances feel they can not perform without Gem and want to focus on supporting him throughout his recovery".

They also said that Archer had been released from hospital on Thursday evening and was now recuperating at home.

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Syrian musician Omar Souleyman was able to play the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg last week, after being granted a Swedish visa at the last minute.

As previously reported, Souleyman was initially denied a visa on the grounds that he might try to seek permanent residence in the country, causing him to cancel an appearance at Stockholm's Music & Arts Festival. Commenting on this, Souleyman said: "I am a musician who travels all over the world and to all western countries to sing for people and to make them dance. I have never ever had any wish or intention to remain in any country that has issued me a visa that enables me to perform for people there".

His management and Way Out West's organisers kept up pressure on the Swedish authorities to reverse the decision, and were eventually successful.

Speaking to The Guardian, Souleyman's manager Mina Tosti said: "We apply for visas all the time and always have all the documents we need. This time, the application process was very difficult - the staff were very sceptical - and we were concerned from the outset. No other country has ever dealt with the situation like this. It was not promising. I felt incredibly angry. This was a complete miscalculation. It's very clear that this artist is someone that tours all the time and all over the world and he has absolutely no wish to defect to Sweden on this very short trip for a festival".

Way Out West festival promoter Niklas Herrström, added: "I was extremely surprised. The official reason for him not being granted a visa was that his risk of staying in Sweden was too big, but we gave them the facts: he has his family living in Syria [and] his tickets back and forth [to the festival]. It's embarrassing that Sweden was the first country ever not to grant him a visa".

Souleyman will be performing in the US later this month.

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Last week, MIA threatened to do a Death Grips/Wiley-style DIY-leak of her new LP 'Matangi', having apparently 'had it' with the time it's taking for her label, Interscope, to approve and release it. The singer said back in January that she was having a "last stab" at getting the disc right (in Interscope's eyes), label reps having barred her first draft on the basis that it was "too positive".

Tweeting last week, MIA asked who, if anyone "would stop 'Matangi' from coming out?", adding: "If Interscope takes longer I can always leak this next week and make a new one by the time they are ready".

By chance, Interscope set an official 'Matangi' release date of 4 Nov that same day. Strange, that. This is the CMU approved 'Bring The Noize'.


Post-rock quartet Empty Pools have named what's to be their first LP, 'Saturn Reruns' (released 4 Nov), at the same time sharing a track from it titled 'Exploded View'.

Whilst the band prepare to play the first in a series of Eleanor Friedberger-headlined live dates at Manchester's Night And Day on 29 Aug, please don't hesitate to take in 'Exploded View' and a 'Saturn Reruns' tracklisting:

Vanderbilt Cup
Safety School
Holding Pattern
Small Talk
Slack Tide
Exploded View
Medium Wave

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Frank Sampedro, guitarist in Neil Young's band Crazy Horse, has broken his hand, meaning Young and Crazy Horse won't play any of the British/European live dates they'd planned to play this month, the last of which was a show at London's O2 Arena on 19 Aug. Sampedro, a source told Rolling Stone last Thursday, only has a "mild fracture", and is anticipated to be fit again by the time the band's North American tour starts in late August.

Sampedro said back in April that there was a chance the August outing could be Young and co's last, adding (with remarkable prescience, it has to be said) at the time: "Our shows are physical. It takes a lot of energy to play that much. It just seems at some point something is going to break".

It's unclear whether the band will set replacement dates for the cancelled appearances, but they have said sorry for cancelling them, so that's a start.


Paloma Faith will on 24 Oct stage a reprisal of a collaborative show she did with the 42-man Guy Barker Orchestra in 2010. A la that performance, Faith et al will appear at the Barbican in London, playing strings-and-wind-and-brass-based takes on her past singles and LPs, not least last year's 'Fall To Grace', plus new arrangements of classic jazz ballads.

Says she: "I'm so excited to be performing with Guy again and looking forward to putting a new spin on the songs with the new orchestral arrangements".

Tickets are available via this link, and a diary-style clip of Paloma and the GBO's 2010 liaison is available... well, here.


Boot-maker Dr Martens is to stamp its brand all over a string of so-called #STANDFORSOMETHING music shows taking place over the coming months.

Buckinghamshire band Young Guns are the only act confirmed so far, and will play at Bristol's Louisiana on 12 Oct. Those playing the tour's other dates, which range from 28 Sep and 23 Nov, are still TBC.

For more info and tickets go to


Splashh are to bring their new LP, 'Comfort', to the fans later this year, when they'll play a pool of live dates starting 3 Oct at Spanky Van Dyke's in Nottingham.

Whilst 'Comfort' isn't out til 2 Sep, via Luv Luv Luv, the band are giving away a separate, non-LP-featuring track titled 'Something's Here', which really is just showing off isn't it? Hear and take it here, after which are the listed dates:

3 Oct: Nottingham, Spanky Van Dyke's
4 Oct: Liverpool, EVAC
5 Oct: Manchester, Deaf Institute
7 Oct: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
8 Oct: Glasgow, Art School
9 Oct: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
10 Oct: Newcastle, Cluny
11 Oct: Sheffield, Leadmill
14 Oct: Birmingham, Temple
15 Oct: Cambridge, Portland Arms
16 Oct: Brighton, Green Door Store
17 Oct: London, The Garage


One half of alt-pop marrieds Peaking Lights, Aaron Coyes, has announced several DJ-style PAs he'll make as Peaking Lights Sound System, this whilst his wife Indra stays in Wisconsin to take care of the pair's children.

I'll leave it to him to explain: "So, as for the latest tour I'm rollin solo, cruisin out as the Peaking Lights Sound System bringing a bag of tricks, I guess we just found a fancy way to say DJ. Getting really excited for this! I'll be jamming a lot of our influences and groovy tunes for you, a lot of freaked out tunes. I'm not sure what to expect out there but I'll be most likely spinning something akin to this Beats in Space session I did recently - pretty dancey, pretty groovy that kind of vibe".

He adds: "Looking forward to getting back to the UK and Europe, it's short this time but Peaking Lights has had to go on tour hiatus for a while after the birth of our second son Marlon Sky Dunis Coyes".

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Music industry conference and showcase festival Canadian Music Week has announced the appointment of John Kastner as its new Festival Programmer.

A musician himself, Kastner has fronted bands including Asexuals, Doughboys and All Systems Go!, and continues to play live as well as writing music for film and television. He joins CMW after seven years as Programming Specialist at another Toronto-based showcase festival, NXNE.

CMW President Neill Dixon told CMU: "We are thrilled to have John Kastner join our team. His fresh outlook, enthusiasm, and energy is infectious and an opportune ignition to take our festival to the next level".

Kastner added: "I'm excited to be joining the CMW team, and eager to make my contribution to the already internationally lauded music conference and festival".

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Former press officer at In House Press Matthew Maxey has announced the launch of his own company, Enganche Press. Based in Manchester, the company offers online press and radio plugging services, with a roster at launch including Frankie Rose, PINS, Magic Arm and Pure Bathing Culture.

Maxey told CMU: "I'm really excited to have launched Enganche and to finally be able to put into practice ideas that I've had for a long time. Having a compact, lithe roster of artists for online PR means I'm now able to respond much better to their needs and we're already reaping the benefits together".

He added: "Some, like PINS and Kiran Leonard, I've worked with since day one, and it's also great to be able to continue my association with such fine and respected labels as Bella Union, Fat Possum, Memphis Industries. There's also new blood like Gambles and Jr Sea who have just come under the Enganche wingspan and for whom I have high hopes".

Explaining the name of his new company, he said: "The word 'Enganche' is a South American football term for a playmaker. They're there to create opportunities for others and I suppose that's what PR type persons are there to do for their artists. It probably got stuck in my head after reading The Blizzard or listening to Guardian Football Weekly".

More information on the company here.

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Katy Perry didn't have the best weekend. Her new single, 'Roar', leaked, ahead of its official premiere today. Then the singer's golden lorry, which, as previously reported, has been slowly informing America of the title of her new album and its release date, was hit by a drunk driver on Friday.

According to TMZ, no one was in the truck at the time, which was parked in a Walmart carpark in Pennsylvania, though there was some damage to the promotional vehicle. The drunk driver initially fled the scene, but returned shortly afterwards to face the consequences.

It's not clear if the lorry is now out of action. And if it is, there's no word on how US citizens will now find out when Perry's new album is out.


The Smiths are never going to get back together, and anyone who wants them too really should focus their energies on something more productive. Not my words, the words of Johnny Marr, ladies and gentlemen.

Speaking to The Japan Times, Marr said: "If people get genuinely upset and frustrated that four men that last played together 25 years ago are doing other things, then those people need to go and find a hobby. They really do. If the band only split up two years ago it might be a different matter, but 25 years? Come on. It's a long time. If you like The Smiths, the records, photographs and memories are all plenty to be getting along with".

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