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Friday 29 November 2013

TODAY'S TOP STORY: A detective sergeant is being investigated by the police watchdog, it has been confirmed, after allegations that warnings about former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins were ignored. As previously reported, the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed back in February this year that South Wales Police had put itself forward for investigation over the matter, but could not... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: This monthly exploration into underground dance music sees Yousef and his Circus team welcome two of the best cutting edge women in the genre, Monika Kruse and Nicole Moudaber. A fascinating character in dance music, after studying in London, Moudaber returned to Lebanon, introducing house music to Beirut and growing a successful scene there until gaining the unwanted attention of the... [READ MORE]
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Ever since Nigel Godrich re-ignited (or perhaps fanned the flames of) the Spotify debate a few months ago, everyone has come out and had their say. Dave Stewart is for it, David Byrne is against it, Billy Bragg is for it, Foals' Yannis Philippakis is against it, Liam Gallagher is confused. But Thom Yorke has become the poster boy for the anti-Spotify brigade, joining his Atoms For Peace bandmate Godrich in... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES IPCC investigating whether police failed to act quickly enough over Ian Watkins
LEGAL Cheryl Cole settles with X-Factor USA
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Hesse could soon depart Bertlesmann
LIVE BUSINESS Independent Venue Week to launch next year
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES BT launching new music service with Universal
MEDIA Vaizey says radio stations won't be forced to go digital
ITV commissions live-voted singing show, Rising Star
EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU:DIY coming to the Roundhouse
INDUSTRY PEOPLE Artist and label manager Harry Maloney dies
ARTIST NEWS MTV Brand New tips Elyar Fox, Royal Blood, Banks and Sam Smith
Queen find 'lost' Freddie Mercury tapes
RELEASES Guided By Voices confirm 2014 LP
Throwing Snow's Ross Tones to release EP as Alight
GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival line-up update: Roundhouse Rising, Hideout, We Are FSTVL and more
AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #184: Moby v Thom Yorke
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IPCC investigating whether police failed to act quickly enough over Ian Watkins
A detective sergeant is being investigated by the police watchdog, it has been confirmed, after allegations that warnings about former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins were ignored.

As previously reported, the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed back in February this year that South Wales Police had put itself forward for investigation over the matter, but could not then provide any further details due to the ongoing proceedings against Watkins.

Now a former girlfriend of Watkins has told reporters that she informed police more than once that her ex-partner had confessed to being a paedophile, but that no action was taken until the investigation began into the sexual assaults against very young children to which the musician pleaded guilty earlier this week.

In addition to the information provided to police by Joanne Majic, it is thought South Wales Police received information from four other police forces around the UK after complaints were made about the singer.

Following Watkins' guilty plea earlier this week, which came after a year of the singer insisting he was innocent of the charges against him, the Commissioner For Wales of the IPCC, Tom Davies, re-confirmed that the matter had been referred to him in late January, a month after the singer was arrested.

Davies told reporters this week: "We received a referral from South Wales Police on 25 Jan 2013 relating to Ian Watkins. Following a thorough assessment I have decided that we will carry out an independent investigation. Our investigation will determine whether or not South Wales Police failed to take appropriate and timely action in relation to information they were in receipt of in advance of Mr Watkins subsequent arrest".

The Commissioner added: "The referral from the force was into the alleged inaction of one officer, who is also being investigated in a separate case over similar allegations".

Speaking to the tabloids, Majic said she believes that Watkins may have abused hundreds of young fans over the years, while the former boyfriend of another girl allegedly targeted by the singer when she was fifteen told reporters: "He used his fame to win impressionable girls over and used his glamour to make them do unspeakable things. My girlfriend was about fifteen when he found her on a Lostprophets chat forum and started to seduce her. She told me he enjoyed making her dress like a little girl and enjoyed humiliating her".

In other developments following Watkins' guilty plea on Tuesday, HMV has told NME that it is now removing Lostprophets releases from its shelves. A spokesperson for the retailer said that staff had been told to remove all music by the band, and that their tracks would also be taken off the company's download store. At the time of writing, a profile for the band is still live on but it is not possible to purchase their music.

Elsewhere, H from Steps, real name Ian Watkins, has confirmed he is consulting his lawyers after an American website used his picture alongside a report on the Lostprophets man's crimes. The pop singer had already been subjected to a torrent of abuse on the social networks from confused bystanders, both this week and when his namesake was arrested just under a year ago, but the inclusion of his photo on a story posted by E! Online only furthered the case of mistaken identity.

Although E! corrected its error once aware of it and said it "deeply regrets" the mistake, a spokesman for the former Steps star confirmed he was taking legal advice about the matter.

The rep told reporters: "Ian is deeply upset at being linked by E! Online to these awful allegations. Clearly he has nothing whatsoever to do with this matter and E! Online has confirmed that it used a photograph of Ian 'H' Watkins by mistake. This is an extremely serious and damaging mistake to have made and this matter has been referred to our lawyers".

A spokesman for the US celebrity site said: "E! Online deeply regrets originally publishing an image of Ian 'H' Watkins of the band Steps, rather than Ian Watkins of Lostprophets, and the error was corrected immediately. We are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action. Additionally, E! Online has reached out to Ian 'H' Watkins, via his management, to apologise directly".

The Watkins case may also cause problems for other celebrities, as legal experts warned social networkers against publishing the names of the two women also involved in the sexual abuse crimes committed by the Lostprophets man. Because it was the children of the two women who Watkins abused, the defendants' identities need to stay confidential to protect the victims in the case.

However, the two women's names have been published in the past - initially via online court case schedules - even though media reporting the case this week have been careful not to reveal the other defendants' names. Though not all social networkers were so careful, Peaches Geldof being the most prominent tweeter to reveal the women's identities online.

It's not clear what action, if any, will be taken against Geldof and others who tweeted the names, though if the matter is investigated further it will again test how conventional media law, including libel, privacy and in this case court reporting rules, impacts on social media. Geldof seemingly discovered the names of the defendants on a US website and was not aware on the restrictions in place in the UK preventing disclosure.

Responding to activity online since Watkins' court appearance on Tuesday, the office of the UK Attorney General tweeted yesterday: "We understand that the names of the co-defendants in the Ian Watkins case have been posted online", adding: "Victims of sex offences have lifetime anonymity. Publication of info which could identify them is a criminal offence and a police matter".

Cheryl Cole settles with X-Factor USA
Cheryl Cole has agreed to accept an undisclosed out-of-court settlement with the producer of the US version of 'X-Factor', Blue Orbit. The singer sued for lost earnings earlier this year, having been dropped from the show in 2011.

As previously reported, a judge on the UK edition for three years, Cole moved to the then new 'X-Factor USA' with Simon Cowell to reprise the position there. However, she was kicked off the show after filming one episode (reportedly because it was feared her accent would be too difficult to understand) and her contributions were never aired.

Nonetheless, Cole was paid the $1.8 million fee she had agreed for appearing in the full first series, so she wasn't out of pocket. Except she was, she and her lawyers claimed, because her contract stated that she was also entitled to a further $2 million for the second series whether she appeared in that or not. And she didn't. If you remember, she didn't even appear in the first one.

So, Cole sued for that second series fee and for expenses - a $100,000 wardrobe allowance, $25,000 for her stylist, $15,000 for rent, and a $2,500 living allowance - relating to the brief period she spent working on the show.

Blue Orbit maintained that it owed Cole nothing more, because she hadn't made it to the end of her first series. But yesterday a spokesperson for the one time Girl Aloud told the BBC: "Cheryl's dispute with Blue Orbit has been resolved amicably".

Hesse could soon depart Bertlesmann
According to Billboard, Thomas Hesse, the record industry veteran who is currently President Of Corporate Development & New Businesses for BMG parent company Bertelsmann, is set to exit the German media firm.

The US trade mag reckons that Bertelsmann's supervisory board will today discuss a request by Hesse to be released from his contract. It follows reports earlier this year that the board had indicated it would be unlikely to renew its current agreement with the exec once it expired. The media firm has not commented on any of these reports.

Hesse worked at the original BMG business, and then spent a time in a senior digital role at Sony Music, following the merger of the BMG and Sony record companies. He returned to Bertelsmann at the start of 2012 and, although not specifically in a music post, is believed to have played a key role in supporting the new BMG business, both in its ongoing expansion, and in bringing the music rights company back into the complete ownership of Berteslmann.

Independent Venue Week to launch next year
Independent record shops have Record Store Day, independent record companies have the Independent Label Market, but what about independent venues? Where's their celebration? It's like you don't even care.

Actually, it's alright, because on 28 Jan next year the first Independent Venue Week will take place, where eighteen small venues around the UK will be celebrated by having gigs put on in them. Over six days (because The Bible says there must be a day of rest), there will be day-long shows at the various participating venues, curated by artists, promoters, labels and blogs.

The event's co-founder Sybil Bell told CMU: "The struggle to compete with large, sponsor-backed venues makes it a tough and challenging time for independents. Combine this with bands finding it harder to tour due to limited revenues and rising on-the-road costs and we can all see what a difficult climate [smaller] live venues find themselves in. There's never been a more important time to highlight the importance of these treasured places; getting people excited about discovering new music up close and personal and reigniting fans passion for gig-going".

Exact details of the shows and their curators are still to be announced, but the involved venues will be:

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)
Half Moon Putney (London)
Norwich Arts Centre
The Cluny (Newcastle)
Clwb Ifor Bach (Cardiff)
Sugarmill (Stoke-On-Trent)
Zanzibar (Liverpool)
The Louisiana (Bristol)
Oh Yeah Centre (Belfast)
The Library (Leeds)
The Joiners (Southampton)
Boileroom (Guilford)
The Leadmill (Sheffield)
The Jericho (Oxford)
Tiki Bar (Plymouth)
Soup Kitchen (Manchester)
The Forum (Tunbridge Wells)
Fibbers (York)

BT launching new music service with Universal
BT is having another go at music, launching its own streaming and karaoke service via its BT TV platform, what was previously known at BT Vision.

Seemingly in cahoots with Universal Music, BT's new service will be available for free to its TV customers on the Unlimited package, and for £3 a month to other users of the phone giant's television set up.

BT TV actually already offers some music content, including videos, so it's not entirely clear how this new service will differ, though it seems to be more focused on offering full albums for streaming on-demand, rather than individual videos or tracks.

That said, at launch its catalogue will only include 150 albums, presumably all from Universal, and while the plan is to get that up to 1000 pretty quickly, that's still a fraction of the content offered by online and mobile streaming services like Spotify and Deezer.

More info is expected soon as the new BT music offer goes out of beta.

Vaizey says radio stations won't be forced to go digital
Although the government isn't due to reveal its current thinking of a timetable for making the DAB network, rather than the FM network, the primary home of British radio, the minister responsible for the matter, Ed Vaizey, passed comment on the topic in parliament yesterday.

Responding to Buckinghamshire MP Cheryl Gillan, who expressed concern that a FM-to-DAB switchover was going to be forced on the radio industry, despite opposition from many smaller radio firms, and concerns about the reach of the DAB network, Vaizey said he was aware of the issues and wouldn't be prematurely forcing a digital switchover in radio".

Said Vaizey: "We have never said we will require small stations to go digital, and FM can work in tandem with DAB. Let me make it clear, I am a fan of digital radio and I think digital radio is the future, but my criteria has always been about coverage. I want it to be the same as FM, and we will not be pushed into a switchover date".

Of course that statement doesn't really reveal anything new about government thinking, given that, unlike with TV, it's never been the plan to switch off the analogue radio networks as soon as key stations have made the shift to digital (indeed there are proposals to make more of the FM network available to community stations and such like after switchover).

Though some smaller radio groups are still against the analogue-to-digital switch, arguing that once the BBC and big commercial stations become DAB only, FM will become an after-thought, putting those stations forced to stay on the analogue network (for budgetary or licensing reasons, or because DAB doesn't reach their area) at a disadvantage.

Which means that Vaizey's announcements on 16 Dec should still be interesting to read, despite yesterday's remarks.


ITV commissions live-voted singing show, Rising Star
ITV has acquired an 'X-Factor'-style rival in 'Rising Star', a cut-throat singing franchise that's been a massive hit in its native Israel.

The series' interactive premise, devised by Israeli media firm Keshet International - which will co-produce the UK version - is that viewers can cast their votes in real-time via a special app integrated into the show. Auditions are termed "screen tests" and, if contestants win 70% approval from those watching - and from four judges, who only have a minority vote - they'll move on to the next round.

In short, it's going to be horrific.

Playing devil's advocate, ITV's Entertainment & Comedy Director Elaine Bedell says: "It's rare that you find a genuinely innovative new entertainment format - but Keshet have come up with one and I'm very pleased that it will now be on ITV. The bold real-time voting element means that viewers' votes control every twist and turn of the live programme - and that makes for an incredibly dramatic, emotional and exciting show".

CMU:DIY coming to the Roundhouse
The team from CMU Insights have announced more details about two upcoming CMU:DIY events, educational sessions aimed at the grass roots music community, both being staged at the Roundhouse in Camden.

The first session takes place on 7 Dec, and concludes the latest instalment of the Roundhouse's 30/30 programme, which has seen fifteen artists working on recordings in the London venue's in-house studio throughout November.

Hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, the CMU:DIY Artist Toolkit Day will provide insights on how new artists can build and engage a fanbase, including the importance of gigging, social media and direct-to-fan channels, before considering when and how grass roots talent should connect with the wider music business, including managers, labels, bookers and the media.

Amongst the industry experts on hand to offer insights will be AMP Publicity's Louise Minter, Absolute Marketing's Adam Cardew, Believe Digital's Hannah Donovan, AR Management's Anna Russell, Holy Roar's Alex Fitzpatrick and Will Cook from The 405. Artists interested in attending the event can find out more info and enrol here.

There will then be another CMU:DIY session during the just announced Roundhouse Rising festival next February. That full day event will include interviews, panels and insight sessions about getting started in the music business, including how to make money from music, building and analysing audience, setting up a music company and where labels fit in. More info here.

Artist and label manager Harry Maloney dies
British music industry veteran and former BPI Council member Harry Maloney has died after a long battle with cancer.

Maloney worked in both artist and label management through his long career. Starting out in artist management in the early 1970s, he worked with the likes of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Uriah Heep and Eddie & The Hot Rods. He moved into the label side of things by joining BMG in 1993, and later became Chairman of music distributor the Apex Music Group.

His involvement with record label trade body the BPI began in 2004 when he worked for the organisation as Independent Members Manager, putting in place many of the initiatives that specifically service the association's indie label members. And although he stepped down from his staff role at the BPI two years later, he subsequently joined the trade body's Council after setting his own indie record company.

Paying tribute to Maloney yesterday, BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth told Music Week: "Harry will be greatly missed by his many friends at BPI and the wider music community. Generous in spirit and always happy to oblige, Harry was a real music fan, loved by all and known for his sunny outlook that always lifted everyone around him".

Maloney retired from the BPI Council earlier this year, and was presented with a commemorative disk at his retirement party in honour of his work for the record industry.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Circus at Egg London
This monthly exploration into underground dance music sees Yousef and his Circus team welcome two of the best cutting edge women in the genre, Monika Kruse and Nicole Moudaber.

A fascinating character in dance music, after studying in London, Moudaber returned to Lebanon, introducing house music to Beirut and growing a successful scene there until gaining the unwanted attention of the government. Moving back to London, she has since grown in stature, thanks in part to early support from Carl Cox, and has run her own successful nights in the capital and well as label MOOD Records, and releasing her own music. Tonight she'll be hitting the crowd with some drum-driven techno that's sure to be epic.

House DJ Kruse, meanwhile, started out running illegal parties in Munich before going on to more legit nights, touring the world and, like Moudaber, performing with Carl Cox at Space in Ibiza. She also runs her own label, Terminal M, which recently celebrated its 100th release.

As ever, Circus founder Yousef will also appear in tonight's bill, playing out the best in underground house, building a hypnotic set to round things off.

Across five rooms there will be even more great music to choose from. Should be a cracking one at Egg!

Friday 29 Nov, Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX, 10pm-8am, £10-£22, more info here.
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MTV Brand New tips Elyar Fox, Royal Blood, Banks and Sam Smith
MTV has made known its Brand New shortlist, whereby it tips ten artists it thinks will be 'big' in the next year, in this case 2014.

In addition to already quite big names like Bieber-alike Elyar Fox, boyband The Vamps, Brighton two-piece Royal Blood, R&B lady Banks and Sam Smith, aka the voice of Disclosure's hit 'Latch', the list also features "cynical globophobic" (and Virgin signee) Ella Eyre, Bristol's blonde answer to Jake Bugg George Ezra, 'the English The Weeknd' Joel Compass, London singer-songwriter Kwabs, and lone unsigned artist Marie Naffah.

So, there they all are, the final ten. Fans-of-tipping-acts can back their fave via a vote that'll go live on 16 Dec via The overall winner, who'll join Tom Odell, Haim, Lady Gaga, Tinie Tempah and last year's defining Brand New artist Ebony Day on the list of most hotly-tipped-by-MTV new acts from recent years, will be revealed in early February.

Here's MTV's UK & Ireland Head Of Talent And Music, Paul Hourican, with the standard spiel: "We're absolutely thrilled to be once again embarking on our MTV Brand New campaign and couldn't be more excited to introduce this outstanding group of new talent to the MTV audience. 2014 promises to be yet another stellar year for UK music and MTV UK".


Queen find 'lost' Freddie Mercury tapes
Brian May says Queen might release some old, pieced-together Freddie Mercury recordings he discovered recently, perhaps enough to make an LP a la 1995's 'Made In Heaven', which was made after Mercury's death and incorporated vocals he'd laid to tape in his last days.

Referring to finding those previously reported 'lost' duets between Mercury and Michael Jackson, which he's seemingly still working on finishing, May told Mojo: "There's more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive. We've found some Freddie vocals, some demos. If we find an analogue 24-track of Freddie singing something that never got finished, the first thing we do is transfer it into the digital domain".

He continued: "We make the copy at the highest resolution you can. Then we start weaving our tapestry... I'm a little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few tracks".

And: "So at the moment we're working on spinning some new music around those, which is what we did for the 'Made In Heaven' album, which was possibly the best Queen album we ever made".

Guided By Voices confirm 2014 LP
Rock-solid indie-ites Guided By Voices have given fans a window into what, when it's released 17 Feb, will officially be their new LP, 'Motivational Jumpsuit'.

The pretty speedy sequel to their last LP 'English Little League', which came out this summer, its short and direct lead single 'Littlest League Possible' is, says GVB chief Robert Pollard, his way of saying he doesn't care about trying to match what other bands are doing.

It's as he informs Rolling Stone: "No competition, no pressure, no rules. The way I do things now is an absolute blast. I think one earns it when entering one's golden years. It also means that you don't necessarily have to act your age".

See what he means by listening here.


Throwing Snow's Ross Tones to release EP as Alight
Ross Tones, aka Throwing Snow, will release an EP as his new alias Alight, later this year via Local Action.

The title track on the four-song 'Iridis', according to FACT's Tom Lea, who owns Local Action, is a live adaptation of 'Too Polite' a "brittle jungle single" dating back to 2011.

The full four tracks will be available as a whole on 16 Dec, but for now you can play the EP's title number on SoundCloud.

Festival line-up update: Roundhouse Rising, Hideout, We Are FSTVL and more
Roundhouse Rising - the London Roundhouse's annual four-day programme of music, masterclasses, workshops and creative projects tailored to 11-25 year olds - has announced its line-up of artists. Mariam The Believer, Letherette, Dems and the CMU approved Shopping are amongst those playing live, whilst on the educational side of things, after a day of artist development masterclasses hosted by Generator, CMU:DIY will present a series of interviews, panel debates and insight sessions on getting started in the music biz.

Oli Kluczewski, Roundhouse Rising's Festival Producer, delivers these words: "Rising Festival 2014 is our biggest and boldest to date, showcasing even more fantastic new music than ever. We really want people to come to the festival and experience the building and discover something new, take part and be inspired".

He adds: "In addition to the all the great music, the programme features loads of practical advice sessions for emerging artists and young people looking to get ahead in the creative industries. The Roundhouse aims to make Rising an essential event on the festival calendar for anyone looking to break into the music business".

With that said, stay tuned for updates to the line-up at Bloodstock, plus momentous first announcements c/o big-deal Croatian dance fest Hideout and Essex EDM weekender We Are FSTVL:

BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire, 7-10 Aug 2013: Lacuna Coil, Carcass, Primordial.

HIDEOUT, Zerce Beach, Pag, Coratia, 30 Jun - 3 Jul 2014: Disclosure, Rudimental, Loco Dice, Solomun, Sasha, Ame, Andy C, Apollonia, Bicep, Bondax, BrEaCh, Cassy, Davide Squillace, Dusky, George Fitzgerald, Guti, Heidi, Jackmaster, John Talabot, Joy Orbison, MK, Redlight, Scuba, Skream, Tale Of Us, tINI, Wilkinson, Artwork,Ben Pearce, Boddika, B Traits, Camo & Krooked, Daniel Avery, David Rodigan, DJ EZ, Ejeca, Fred V & Grafix, Friction, Gerd Janson, Gorgon City, Huxley, Hype, Justin Martin, Laura Jones, Mano le Tough, Oneman, Ryan Elliot, Shy FX, Subb-an, Ten Walls, Waze & Odyssey, FunkinEven, Kowton, Last Magpie, Matt Long, Mike Jones, North Base, PBR Streetgang, People Get Real, Ralph Lawson, Route94, Simon Baker, The Sonic Emporium, Tom Grainger, Trevino, Waifs And Strays.

ROUNDHOUSE RISING, Roundhouse, London, 21-23 Feb 2014: Kirk Spencer, Letherette, Mariam The Believer, Tim Exile, Dems, Midnight Davis, Blessa, Fe, Prides, Shopping, Honningbarna, Fear of Men, Gaps, Wildebeats, and The Brother Moves On, Little Simz, Fatu, Joel Baker, Cynikal, Ruby Goe, DJ Edott, Santino, Ophelia, Rayon Nelson, Whitney Williams, Juliyaa, Amarni Keller, Vanessa Gimenez, Jide Kuti, Saachi Sen, Fran Lobo, Laekyn, The Energy, Urban Development Vocal Collective, Shift-Static, Phoenix Martins, Midnight Davis, DJ Fauxlo, Cynikal, Tawaiah, Cudroid, Primitive Parts, Moon Gangs, Skinny Girl Diet, Sexbeat DJs, Roundhouse Choir, Hella Better Dancer, Kaitlyn Haggis, Jessica Carmody, All Too Animal, Henry Webb J.

WE ARE FSTVL, Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Essex, 24-25 May 2014: Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, The Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82, Maribou State, Chuckie, Eddie Halliwell, Cazzette, Luciano, Kryder, MK, Amine Edge & Dance, Beckwith, Detroit Swindle, Kevin Saunderson, Lee Foss, Ninetoes, Route94, Shadow Child, Jamie Jones, Cassy, Deetron, Infinity Ink, Richy Ahmed, Robert James, Waff, Russ Yallop, Kenny Dope, Huxley, Sam Divine, Copyright, GotSome, Sonny Fodera, Franky Rizardo, High Contrast, Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, Fred V & Grafix, Danny Byrd, Spy, Metrik, Nu:Tone, Logistics, Etherwood, Solomun, Doorly, Duke Dumont, Friend Within, Riva Starr, Tiga, Tom Starr, Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, Ilario Alicante, Julien Bracht, Andrea Oliva, CircoLoco, Apollonia, Black Coffee, Clive Henry, Davide Squillace, Kerri Chandler, Matthias Tanzman, Tania Vulcano, Timo Maas, Luciano, Carl Craig, Guillaume & The Couto Dumonts, Mirko Loko, Cesar Marveille, Gianni Callpari, Nina Kraviz, DJ Koze, Levon Vincent, Jus Ed, The Organ Grinder, Marino Canal, Javi Bora, Johnny Bloomfield, Ram, Andy C, Loadstar, Calyx & Teebee, Delta Heavy, DC Breaks, Hamilton, Mind Vortex, Frankee b2b Chords.

CMU Beef Of The Week #184: Moby v Thom Yorke
Ever since Nigel Godrich re-ignited (or perhaps fanned the flames of) the Spotify debate a few months ago, everyone has come out and had their say. Dave Stewart is for it, David Byrne is against it, Billy Bragg is for it, Foals' Yannis Philippakis is against it, Liam Gallagher is confused.

But Thom Yorke has become the poster boy for the anti-Spotify brigade, joining his Atoms For Peace bandmate Godrich in denouncing it as a service that does more harm than good for new artists. And in that role as Chief Spotify Disser, Yorke came in for some fire from the latest musician to come out as pro-Spotify this week, Moby.

Moby is giving his latest album, 'Innocents', away for free as a BitTorrent bundle, as well as selling it on traditional formats. That's arguably a move that continues a trend started by Radiohead in 2007 when they handed out their 'In Rainbows' album on a pay-what-you-want basis. But if you think that means Moby and Yorke are going to see eye-to-eye on digital music... well, let's just say you weren't reading the last paragraph properly.

Asked if he thought Spotify was a sustainable business model for artists by Mashable, Moby said:
"Artists who are adaptable are doing fine. A musician who makes records, tours, DJs, remixes, does music for video games and films is doing fine. If you can learn how to adapt [you're fine]. It's really weird and unhealthy when people talk about restricting progress to accommodate the inability of people to adapt. Every industry has been impacted by [changes in technology] in both negative and positive ways, but I feel like to complain is pointless".

He continued: "I love Thom Yorke, but when I heard him complaining about Spotify, I'm like, 'You're just like an old guy yelling at fast trains'. I love anything that enables people to have more music in their lives".

Yorke responded to this on Twitter, saying: "I am a 45 year old Luddite and proud of it... yawn". He later linked to a Spin article, which referenced a Baffler piece on the original Luddite movement, picking out the quote: "But they weren't anti-machine - they were against low-paying bosses, against being put out of a job in the name of efficiency".

Moby, ruining the premise of this column, just wants everyone to get along. He took to Twitter to reiterate his point, saying: "To be clear, I love Thom Yorke and David Byrne - [they're] creative geniuses. I just don't see the point in fighting a future that's already here".

Retweeting Yorke's original tweet, he added: "There's no feud between Thom Yorke and I, at least not on my side. How could I feud with a genius who's made some of my favourite records?"

Then Yorke responded: "Likewise, ain't no feud on my side either. Except maybe about fast trains! These peeps have nothing else to write about?!"

Yeeeeeeeeah! Oh... wait a second. Damn you, Yorke!

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