An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 5 February 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: While Ticketmaster's TicketsNow resale service has often been at the heart of the secondary ticketing debate in the US over the years, in the UK the Live Nation subsidiary's equivalent Get Me In! platform has generally avoided too much bad press, with the 'ticket touting is evil' brigade generally focusing on rivals Viagogo and Seatwave, and sometimes eBay's StubHub business. But the ticketing... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Calgary's Chad VanGaalen has made an animated sci-fi film based in space, following an intergalactic bin man. Once named 'Tarboz', as is the bin man (and, we think, the film's first chapter), the wider project is now titled 'Translated Log Of Inhabitants', and comes with its own comic book, and a score of sorts, which is also Chad's fifth LP, 'Shrink Dust'. One part OST, one part Vangaalen's way of laying a loving... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Ticketmaster's resale chief enters secondary ticketing debate
CMU:DIY to return at Roundhouse Rising, line-up confirmed
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LEGAL Bieber settles with bodyguard who claimed assault
Third Man accused of copyright infringement over 1920s jazz collection
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DEALS Heavenly Recordings signs The Wytches
Indian label Saregama signs distribution deal with Believe
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BMG recruits new legal chief for US business
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES YouTube to step up "fraudulent view" monitoring
Deezer edging closer to US Launch
Valve announces Steam Music
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MEDIA SpinMedia restructures to pay off creditors
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ARTIST NEWS Prince plays surprise London show, plans more
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RELEASES Nas's Illmatic to get re-release, behind-scenes DVD
Esben & The Witch ask fans to finance LP with Steve Albini
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Gigs & Tours line-up: Janelle Monáe, Pharrell Williams and Pulled Apart By Horses
Festival line-up update: Unknown, Love Saves The Day, OFF Festival and more
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AND FINALLY... Flea responds to Super Bowl miming chatter
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CMU INSIGHTS: THE MUSIC RIGHTS SECTOR
This two-hour session provides an overview of the music rights sector in 2014, looking at trends in the digital market, plus the future of physical products, and where sync, public performance and other IP revenues fit in.

For more information and to book click here.
   
SECRETLY LABEL GROUP - JUNIOR RADIO PLUGGER
The Secretly Label Group is looking to hire a Junior Radio Plugger who can learn on the job and fit in well with the small UK team. Ideally the candidate will have a huge passion and knowledge of radio and the music released by the three labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian. Some experience of working with radio is essential.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
[PIAS] COOPERATIVE - UK LABEL MANAGER
[PIAS] Cooperative, a division of the [PIAS] Music Group, is looking for a dynamic and knowledgeable UK label manager. This is an ideal position for someone with experience in label management, marketing, retail, and production. The successful candidate will approach the business with an independent mind, drive and ambition.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
THE JAZZ CAFE - PROMOTER ASSISTANT
MAMA & Company are recruiting for a Promoter Assistant for The Jazz Café London. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of London's premier small music venues, and work closely as part of the booking and marketing team.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
EAST VILLAGE CLUB, LIVERPOOL - VENUE MANAGER
MAMA & Company are recruiting for an experienced Venue Manager for the East Village Arts Club, Liverpool. This is an exciting opportunity to join Liverpool's newest live music, club and arts venue based in the City Centre.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
EAST VILLAGE CLUB, LIVERPOOL - DUTY MANAGER
MAMA & Company are recruiting for an experienced Duty Manager for the East Village Arts Club, Liverpool. This is an exciting opportunity to join Liverpool's newest live music, club and arts venue based in the city centre.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MINISTRY OF SOUND - DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR AND COPYWRITER
Ministry Of Sound are looking for a new Digital Content Editor and Copywriter to launch their brand new website. Ministry Of Sound, established in 1991, has grown from a world famous nightclub in London to become the world's biggest dance brand. With the club, international live events, record label and millions of compilations record sales across the world, Ministry Of Sound truly is the home of dance music.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MUTE - INTERNATIONAL MARKETING & PROMOTIONS MANAGER
Mute are looking for an International Marketing & Promotions Manager to join their West London based team. Candidates for this role should have previous experience building international marketing plans for a wide range of artists using traditional and digital methods.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
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Ticketmaster's resale chief enters secondary ticketing debate
While Ticketmaster's TicketsNow resale service has often been at the heart of the secondary ticketing debate in the US over the years, in the UK the Live Nation subsidiary's equivalent Get Me In! platform has generally avoided too much bad press, with the 'ticket touting is evil' brigade generally focusing on rivals Viagogo and Seatwave, and sometimes eBay's StubHub business.

But the ticketing giant has voluntarily entered the debate as a new All-Party Parliamentary Group, led by MPs Mike Weatherly and Sharon Hodgson, prepares to debate ticketing industry issues in Westminster, with secondary ticketing high up on the agenda, presumably alongside other gripes like ticket commissions in the primary market and outright ticket fraud.

Noting that the new APPG's name - it's a group focused on 'ticket abuse' - possibly implies some preconceived views on the secondary ticketing issue, Ticketmaster International's MD of Resale, Christoph Homann, told CMU: "I welcome any efforts to improve understanding of our fast-changing and technology-driven sector. That is why I have always made clear my enthusiasm to appear before the All-Party Parliamentary Group, so that they can hear both sides of the argument on resale".

He goes on: "Cynics might say that a lot about the group - from its title, to its terms of reference, to the witnesses it is calling - reflects a closed mind as to the reality of fan demand for ticket resale. I don't believe that is the case, and that is why I am pressing hard behind the scenes for the Group to hear our evidence from the coalface. It is extremely important that the Group hears from responsible resale platforms such as ourselves in order to receive a balanced picture of the industry and the issues at stake".

For Ticketmaster, the 'abuse' bit of secondary ticketing isn't the very notion of touting itself, but those touts who employ software to buy up high quantities of tickets to in-demand events from primary platforms in order to sell on at a massive mark-up via the secondary sites (let's ignore the artist and promoters who grab a pile of tickets to their own shows and secretly sell them on the resale sites themselves).

Focusing in on the 'bots' employed by those industrial-scale touts, Homann continued: "Getting tough on bots is one of the real-world measures we have put on the table, even before the APPG commenced. As the market leader and a UK-registered enterprise that has an ongoing investment in technology and people, we have made it clear that we are firmly part of the solution to any perceived issues in the sector. No one - least of all fans and voters - will gain if artificial restrictions on the right to resell tickets are imposed on a public that benefits from a free and dynamic market in ticketing".

Away from the resale debate, as previously reported, Ticketmaster is one of a number of UK firms committed to making add-on commissions clearer at the outset of purchases on its primary ticketing platforms, ticketmaster.co.uk itself and TicketWeb. That move is partly in response to a recent Which? report that criticised ticket commissions, though Ticketmaster's Simon Presswell told Music Week that the changes were already underway on the back of talks with the Advertising Standards Authority that began nearly a year ago.

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CMU:DIY to return at Roundhouse Rising, line-up confirmed
Full details have been announced about the next CMU:DIY event at the Roundhouse in London, a day of insights and conversations aimed at the grass roots music community, offering plenty of tips, advice and information for new artists, songwriters and producers, and anyone moving into artist or label management, or who aspires to work in this here business of music.

Hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, the day will explain how the business side of an artist's career works, and crucially how acts can turn their content, performance and 'fan relationship' into revenue. The second half of the day will look at how new artists connect with music companies, what role the label plays, and how deals are done.

A stack of great artists and industry experts will be on hand to share their advice and experience. DIY acts Gabby Young, Laura Kidd and MJ Hibbett will discuss how to go about building and engaging a fanbase, while Music Glue's Mark Meharry will explain how direct-to-fan platforms can assist in this process.

Offering label insights will be Fred Bolza from Sony Music, Pip Newby from [PIAS] and Jack Pop from Alcopop! Records, while artist manager James Barton will discuss what kind of business partnerships artists need - and how that's changing - while leading music lawyers will reveal how label agreements work from both sides of the deal making.

The CMU:DIY event takes place 23 Feb at the Roundhouse as part of the Roundhouse Rising festival, and a £8 ticket gets you into all the CMU sessions and a whole lot more.
Click here for info and ticket links.

And click here for full information about this year's Roundhouse Rising festival, which also includes an Artist Development Masterclass Day from Generator and loads of great music, including Ninja Tune's electronic-funk-hip-hop duo Letherette; one half of Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Mariam The Believer; electronic producer Tim Exile; the marvellous DEMS; and East London producer Midnight Davis.

Commenting on this year's full Roundhouse Rising programme, the festival's producer Oli Kluczewski told CMU: "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, experience the building and discover something new, take part and be inspired. 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".

Bieber settles with bodyguard who claimed assault
Justin Bieber's legal team, who are presumably now considering a flotation on the New York Stock Exchange, so fruitful is their principle source of new business at the moment, have one less case to handle.

As previously reported, a year ago a former bodyguard of the pop star sued, claiming that the singer had assaulted him during an altercation in October 2012, and that - having been subsequently dismissed by Bieber's people - he was now owed a substantial sum of unpaid wages.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Moshe Benabou's lawsuit alleged: "The tirade was apparently triggered by what Justin Bieber perceived as an attempt by Moshe Benabou to keep one member of Mr Bieber's entourage physically away from Justin Bieber. As part of this tirade, Justin Bieber repeatedly punched Moshe Benabou in the chest and upper body area. Mr Benabou did not retaliate or attempt to protect himself out of his concerns for Justin Bieber's physical wellbeing".

Legal papers said that Bieber sacked Benabou immediately after the altercation. The dispute was due to come to court later this month, but last week both parties filed for the complaint to be dismissed, with Bieber's legal rep telling reporters that "the matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties".

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Third Man accused of copyright infringement over 1920s jazz collection
Jack White's Third Man Records has been accused of copyright infringement over its involvement in a box set release that featured a massive 800 recordings tracking the history of a Wisconsin jazz label called Paramount Records, which was hugely prolific during its two decades in business, before shutting down in 1935, a victim of The Great Depression.

Third Man and its partners in the Paramount box set, Revenant Records, reckon that the recordings featured in last year's release are public domain, but an organisation called The George H Buck Jr Jazz Foundation begs to differ, claiming it owns the copyright in the tracks. Buck, who died last year, acquired the Paramount catalogue in 1970.

A spokesman for the Foundation, jazz musician Lars Edegran, told Offbeat magazine: "Third Man/Revenant Records claim that Paramount recordings are in the public domain. [But we] purchased the Paramount catalogue from John Steiner of Chicago in 1970 ... Paramount recordings have been issued under licence agreements for a very long time".

But speaking for Revenant Records, its co-founder, Dean Blackwood, says the Foundation has refused to provide evidence that the recordings are still subject to copyright restrictions, and that other labels have released tracks from the catalogue without the Foundation's involvement in the past, albeit not so prolifically as with last year's box set.

Says Blackwood: "We informed the Foundation that we would gladly come to an agreement with them if they could prove ownership. To date, they haven't produced anything that proves ownership. And although there is a more than 50 year history of labels large and small reissuing this material without their involvement, we remain open to discussions with them if they can prove ownership of the recordings".

Heavenly Recordings signs The Wytches
Doomy Brighton rock lot The Wytches have died and gone to Heavenly Recordings, which in reality means they're still alive, and have signed to the label to release their new single 'Gravedweller'.

Available on pay-nothing cassette to the first 50 fans into each of the fourteen shows on the band's forthcoming UK tour, the one starting on 12 Feb at Northhampton's Labour Club, the single release will also carry the tracks 'Carnival Law', 'Wide At Midnight', and 'Where Do They Go'.

So if you want it, go to any of those shows, or download it now, at no cost and at this link.

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Indian label Saregama signs distribution deal with Believe
Believe Digital has announced a new deal with Saregama, which will see it provide digital distribution services for the Indian music and video company's record labels worldwide.

Originally launched in 1901, Saregama was at one time owned by EMI, but was taken over by RPG Group in 1985, with EMI selling its remaining 8% stake in 2005. The company owns around 70% of all film music ever recorded in India, as well as other recordings across a wide range of genres.

Announcing the deal, the company's Head Of Music, Adarsh Gupta, told CMU: "This deal marks a new generation of focus towards the Indian diasphora globally [ie Indian communities worldwide] for Saregama. We are extremely happy to be collaborating with Believe Digital who are among the best in this business. We have very ambitious plans along with Believe to take the Indian music experience for our consumers to a unprecedented new level, through a whole array of initiatives".

Believe Digital's Head of Sales for Asia, Sylvain Delange, added: "The deal is a major step forward for Indian content as Believe and Saregama are determined to improve and enrich user experience for all Indian music lovers around the globe on each of their favourite platforms. We are very happy to initiate this partnership with such a legendary music label and we strongly believe this collaboration will significantly impact the way the world listens to Indian music in the future".

Under the new partnership, Saregama will appoint a UK specialist to work with Believe Digital to increase digital revenues from the label's music outside of India.

BMG recruits new legal chief for US business
BMG has appointed former Warner man Mark Robinson to the role of SVP and General Counsel for its US business. In his new job he'll oversee all the legal whatnots (and some business affairs fun times) that occur within BMG Chrysalis US.

Confirming his new role, Robinson told CMU: "BMG embodies a rare blend of entrepreneurial spirit and independent label sensibility along with a well-respected, dynamic and experienced team. For me, that's the ideal combination and I am thrilled be a part of the company".

He'll report into BMG US's President Of Creative And Marketing Laurent Hubert, who added: "Mark has a wealth of experience, strong relationships and a deep understanding of the complexities in the music business. I look forward to working with him in successfully navigating the challenges we face in our industry".

YouTube to step up "fraudulent view" monitoring
YouTube is stepping up its efforts to crackdown on "fraudulent views", where companies use sneaky methods to make it look like their videos on the platform are way more popular than they really are. So, be warned sneaky YouTube stat manipulators. What am I talking about, no such devious people would ever subscribe to the CMU Daily. We wouldn't let them. Bad people.

Confirming all this yesterday, YouTube's Philipp Pfeiffenberger wrote in a blog post: "YouTube isn't just a place for videos, it's a place for meaningful human interaction. Whether it's views, likes, or comments, these interactions both represent and inform how creators connect with their audience. That's why we take the accuracy of these interactions very seriously. When some bad actors try to game the system by artificially inflating view counts, they're not just misleading fans about the popularity of a video, they're undermining one of YouTube's most important and unique qualities"

He went on: "As part of our long-standing effort to keep YouTube authentic and full of meaningful interactions, we've begun periodically auditing the views a video has received. While in the past we would scan views for spam immediately after they occurred, starting today we will periodically validate the video's view count, removing fraudulent views as new evidence comes to light. We don't expect this approach to affect more than a minuscule fraction of videos on YouTube, but we believe it's crucial to improving the accuracy of view counts and maintaining the trust of our fans and creators".

Presumably the sneaky YouTube stat fixers have all taken note. I mean, over 15 billion people have read Pfeiffenberger's blog post already. Hey, hang on, that can't be right. Sneaky Pfeiffenberger.

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Deezer edging closer to US Launch
Deezer has finally decided to turn up to the US streaming music party, though it's still not clear at what point this year it will arrive. However, the company has now hired former CEO of SpinMedia Tyler Goldman to oversee an office in San Francisco as it edges closer to its Stateside launch, according to French newspaper Les Echos.

As previously reported, back in 2011 Deezer announced ambitious plans to launch in more countries than actually exist in the world. However, it decided to stay out of the US and Japan at the time on the grounds that combined they "only represent 25% of global music consumption". The company also complained of "oversaturation" in the US streaming market, though CEO Axel Dauchez now seems confident that the whole thing is actually open enough for someone to come in and clean up.

Speaking to Billboard, he joked that the company was looking to launch in the US some time "between Q1 and Q4" this year, adding: "The [US] market is still virgin. Nothing has really been done. The only ones who have really cracked the music subscription business is Sirius. Mass penetration is very low compared to all the money that has been invested, so the game is very open in the US".

As for how Deezer could distinguish itself from the competition, Dauchez echoed comments made by WME's Marc Geiger in his MIDEM keynote that subscription prices could be higher. But for now, he said, the cost of entry for consumers actually needed to be much lower.

He explained: "No question $10/10 euros is a good price in regards to value for money. It could even be higher, in fact. Of course it has to be adapted to the cost of living in different countries. However, we drastically need to break the only 10 euros subscription model. Now is not the time for raising [the price]. There will be some up-sale in the future regarding quality, but at the moment I'm interested in creating different ways of raising the entry levels [by lowering the cost]. Maybe by [having] 1 euro, 5 euros, 10 euros [subscription price points]. Not only having a 10 euros subscription. The initial step is too big".

As well as possibly offering a wider variety of subscription tiers, it's also possible that Deezer will launch in the US via a partnership of some sort. Dauchez said that the company is in "discussion with many players", one of which is known to be Samsung, the streaming service having held talks with the South Korean tech firm at CES in Las Vegas last month.

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Valve announces Steam Music
Videogame firm Valve has announced that it is adding a new music offering to its Steam digital distribution platform. Currently in beta, Steam Music will allow users to listen to their music collections as they play games through a dedicated player within the software.

Announcing the new offering, the company said: "With this beta, we're getting started with what we believe to be the most fundamental set of features to offer a great music listening experience within Steam".

Steam Music currently seems to have limited functionality, pretty much operating as a player for locally stored tracks on users' hard drives. However, beta testers are already calling for integration with streaming services and there may be functionality in the future that could require licences from labels and publishers.

Whatever happens, as the platform currently boasts over 75 million active users (ten million joining since last October), it's probably one to watch.

SpinMedia restructures to pay off creditors
Music and entertainment blogging firm SpinMedia has been sold to a new company called SpinMedia Group, as part of a process known in US law as an "assignment for the benefit of creditors". Essentially, the company has put itself into something like liquidation and a number of its previous investors have clubbed together to buy it back. The purpose of this is to raise funds - in this case $10 million - to pay off existing creditors.

CEO Dale Strang told Re/code that M/C Partners, Focus Ventures and Anthem Venture Partners, which were all investors in the previous company, are still on board, and another venture capital firm, TDF Ventures, had also joined. However, Redpoint Ventures, which invested $15 million in the company last year, has decided to cut its losses and get out.

Exactly what this means for SpinMedia long term isn't clear. Strange said that the company has "learned quite a bit over the past few months", but added that there weren't currently any plans to make significant cuts to the approximately 170 strong workforce.

That said, one of the company's blogs, video site Videogum (a sister site to music blog Stereogum) was not transferred to the new company, and now its future is uncertain.

Senior Editor Kelly Conaboy announced on the site earlier this week that he will be leaving his role on Friday, adding: "As for what will happen after Friday, I don't know, and I don't care. [Founder] Scott Lapatine is assessing options for keeping Videogum online in some form. We'll see. But for now, all we can do is try to keep our chins up, be grateful for the many, many blogging years we've been given here, and enjoy our last week together".

As previously reported, originally known as Buzzmedia, the company rebranded as SpinMedia in March last year after purchasing iconic American music magazine SPIN in July 2012 (and promptly shutting down its print operation). In April 2013, the company also bought another American music mag, R&B and hip hop title Vibe, which does continue to operate a bi-monthly print edition.

  Approved: Chad VanGaalen
Calgary's Chad VanGaalen has made an animated sci-fi film based in space, following an intergalactic bin man. Once named 'Tarboz', as is the bin man (and, we think, the film's first chapter), the wider project is now titled 'Translated Log Of Inhabitants', and comes with its own comic book, and a score of sorts, which is also Chad's fifth LP, 'Shrink Dust'.

One part OST, one part Vangaalen's way of laying a loving wreath at the altar of the wide Americana plains, it's apparently a kind of alien-themes-meet-steel-guitars-type record, and will land via Sup Pop on 28 Apr, either in its everyday shape or in a limited 'Loser Edition'. Which comes as a coloured twelve-inch, for no-hopers with good taste in vinyl.

Get spooky with CVG now as he slings his keening ghost-tones over 'Shrink Dust' single most high, 'Where Are You?'.
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Prince plays surprise London show, plans more
That Prince is a funny little fella, isn't he? We knew that he was planning to hold a press conference in Lianne La Havas's living room last night to announce his upcoming tour with new band 3rdeyegirl. However, everyone involved did a very good job of keeping it secret that the tour would start immediately after that press conference.

Sipping a cup of tea in the company of La Havas, her housemates and three journalists, Prince said that he and the band had been playing together "for a year, and it's perfect", and then performed two tracks from their debut album, 'PLECTUMELECTRUM' acoustically.

But the tour, that was the thing he was supposed to be talking about. And on that topic he announced that he and the group would be playing a series of "guerrilla gigs" (ah, remember when they were a thing?) throughout February, saying: "We'll work our way up, if people like us, to bigger venues".

Starting that process, Prince and the band quickly departed Lianne La Havas's living room and headed straight for the Electric Ballroom in Camden, where they played the first show of the tour, announced as an "open press soundcheck" in a tweet by the musician's manager. Fans who made the speculative trip to the venue were treated to an hour of songs from 'PLECTUMELECTRUM', plus a cover of Wild Cherry's 'Play That Funky Music' and Prince's own 'I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man', from 'Sign O The Times'.

Prince closed the show by saying that he and the band would "be back tomorrow, earlier and funkier". A subsequently released countdown timer confirms that they'll perform at the Electric Ballroom again at 7pm.

Watch a clip of the group performing new song 'I Like It There' last night, from whence the countdown timer is linked, here.

Nas's Illmatic to get re-release, behind-scenes DVD
On 14 Apr, Sony Legacy is to release a special re-pressing of rap star Nas's celebrated first LP 'Illmatic', in this, the year of its 20th anniversary.

'Illmatic XX' will carry, as always with this kind of thing, the original tracklisting, and an extra disc of remixes, a live freestyle dating back to a 1993 radio appearance, and the unreleased till now 'I'm A Villain'. Rap Genius has a b-side 'Stink Mix' of 'It Ain't Hard To Tell', which appears on the special release, in preview at this link.

A feature-length film titled 'Time Is Illmatic', looking into the conditions in which the original album was made, and linking it to its jazz heritage via Nas's father Olu Dara, will also be released as a DVD later in the year.

Says Nas: "With 'Illmatic', I didn't think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I'm a man from that past and I'm supremely grateful. There's a Nigerian proverb 'What is past is prologue'. I'm here today because of 'Illmatic'".

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Esben & The Witch ask fans to finance LP with Steve Albini
Having broken things off with one-time label Matador (amicably, though), Brighton trio Esben & The Witch are now looking to start making an LP to follow 'Wash The Sins Not Only The Face', which came out at the start of 2013.

What's more, the band are looking to do it - collaborate, that is - with producer Steve Albini at his Chicago studio, launching a PledgeMusic drive earlier this week to make that trip happen, and to found a label all of their own.

They write: "With Steve's help, we will capture the live essence of the music we have written, push ourselves as far as possible and make the music as powerful as it can be. The songs are written and ready, the recording dates booked in, and we are asking for your help to support this adventure".

The album, the group's third, is chalked up to come out in the autumn. The things on offer in return for pledges include personalised merch and rarities, the chance to book the band for a private show, EATW bassist Rachel's guitar, and a new, unreleased EP titled 'And New Life Blossoms From The Ruins', signed by the band, and featuring sleeve art by the band's Rachel Davies.

Details and pledge links here.

Gigs & Tours line-up: Janelle Monáe, Pharrell Williams and Pulled Apart By Horses
R&B's reigning alien queen Janelle Monáe, still celebrating her 2013 LP 'The Electric Lady', has this week set an English trek in early May. It's fairly mini, featuring only three shows at Manchester's Academy 1 (7 May), the Birmingham Institute (8 May), and London's Brixton Academy (9 May). Tickets will be available Friday at the earliest.

Oh, and another thing. The Pharrell Williams show is rolling into town thanks to MasterCard's band of one-off Priceless Gigs. Joining Kylie and Laura Mvula on this year's BRITs-preceding Priceless listings, Skateboard P will play his 'Happy Hits' at an 'intimate' spot in London, whose date and location will come to light as soon or as non-soon as MasterCard wish it. Tickets to see Pharrell et al are free to winners of this competition.

And now. "The horses have bolted the stable", announced hardy alt-rock colts Pulled Apart By Horses on Monday, talking about an 'album warm-up tour' starting on 24 Apr at the Tunnels in Aberdeen. The band say of the forthcoming road trip, which comprises 19 shows in all, and stops last at Cardiff's The Globe on 15 May: "After spending most of 2013 writing the new album, we are now so close to finishing it that we can't wait a moment longer to get sweaty with you guys. So we're excited to announce an intimate little UK warm-up tour. Think of it as some much needed exercise".

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Festival line-up update: Unknown, Love Saves The Day, OFF Festival and more
Floating island party Unknown has taken on lots of great and good artists as part its first line-up proclamation. Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Jungle and Lapalux will all live-score goings-on at the Croatian twilight rave, with Simian Mobile Disco, Seth Troxler, Erol Alkan and John Talabot also on board to DJ.

And Bristol sit-in Love Saves The Day, which is in fact a two-day affair as of 2014, has laid out its listings, too, naming SBTRKT, Annie Mac, Hercules & Love Affair, Jamie XX and Clean Bandit on a bill that will span 24-25 May.

Stay fixed to this list to find which festivals, besides the above, have made updates to their line-ups...

LOVE SAVES THE DAY, Castle Park, Bristol, 24-25 May: SBTRKT, Hercules & Love Affair, Annie Mac, Jamie XX, Clean Bandit, Eats Everything, Nina Kraviz, Andy Butler, Apex, Black Butter, Bodhi, Christophe & Lukas, Craig Richards, Crazy P Sound System, Cyril Hahn, Dan Wild, DJ Q, Eton Messy, Feel the Real, Felix Dickinson, Foundations, Futureboogie, Gotsome, Hackman, Horse Meat Disco, Joe90 & Dave Harvey, Just Jack, Kidnap Kid, Kove, Maribou State b2b Pedestrian, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Moko, Origins, PBR Streetgang, People Like Us, Piff, Shambarbers, Shapes, Snakehips, Solomon Grey, Subb-an, The Dance Off, Todd Terje, Tom Rio, Waifs and Strays, 4ours, A Sagittariun, A.Quake, Aba Shanti-I, Breakage, Congo Natty with Nanci + Phoebe, Crack, Digital Soundboy, Dirty Talk, Dismantle, Dubkasm, Durkle Disco, Dutty Girl, Falling Up, Felis, Fire Man Sam, Francis Inferno Orchestra b2b Fantastic Man, Gentleman's Dub Club, Greg Wilson, The Heatwave, Idle Hands, Jakwob, Javeon McCarthy, John Talabot, Jus Now, Laid Blak, Livity Sound, Ms Dynamite, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine, Pardon My French, Quantic, Sam Binga ft. Redders, Sherwood and Pinch, Shy FX, Sip The Juice, Soul Train, Special Request, Stylo G, Teachings in Dub, Tessela, The Blast, Trap. lovesavestheday.org

MAIN SQUARE FESTIVAL, Citadel Of Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France, 3-6 Jul: Woodkid, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jack Johnson, Foals, The John Butler Trio, Yodelice, Arsenal, Detroit, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, London Grammar, Girls in Hawaii, James Arthur. www.mainsquarefestival.fr

OFF FESTIVAL, Dolina Trzech Stawow, Katowice, Poland, 1-3 Aug: Neutral Milk Hotel, Fuck Buttons, Perfume Genius, Glenn Branca, Holden, Oranssi Pazuzu. off-festival.pl

OUT WEST FESTIVAL, secret location, Wiltshire, 18-19 Jul: King Porter Stomp, plus The John E Vistic Experience, Howlin Lord, Graveyard Johnnys, Ned The Kids Dylan. www.outwestfestival.co.uk

SONUS, Zrce Beach, Pag Island, Croatia, 18-22 Aug: Chris Liebing, Dixon, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano, Marco Carola, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Adam Port, Alexandra, Apollonia, Bella Sarris, Binh, Bunte Bummler live, Cormac, Dan Andrei, David Mayer, David Nicolas & Sebastian Werle, Djebali, Dorian Paic, Ernesto Ferreyra, Evan Baggs, Henrik Schwarz live, Ian F, Jacob Husley, JSR AKA Janina, Joseph Capriati, Karotte, Leon, Marcel Dettmann, Margaret Dygas, Markantonio, Meat, Mirko Loko, Monika Kruse, Nastia, Pan-Pot, Peter Pixzel, Praslesh, Rare Movement, Reas, Robert Dietz, Shaun Reeves, Sonja Moonear, Steffen Deux, tINI, Tobi Neumann, Valentino Kanzyani, Yaya, Zip. sonus-festival.com

SUNDOWN, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 29-31 Aug: Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Chase & Status, Clean Bandit, John Newman, Zane Lowe. www.sundownfestival.co.uk

UNKNOWN, Amarin, Rovinj, Istria, Croatia, 8-12 Sep: Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Jungle, Mount Kimbie, Seth Troxler, TEED (DJ Set), Simian Mobile Disco, Erol Alkan, George Fitzgerald, Jackmaster, John Talabot, Joy Orbison, Forest Swords, Ame, Bicep, Daniel Avery, Dixon, DJ Harvey, Dusky, Gerd Janson, Horse Meat Disco, Kim Ann Foxman, Mano le Tough, Michael Mayer, Optimo, Rub N Tug, Ryan ElliotTale Of Us, The 2 Bears, Waze & Odyssey, Auntie Flo, Bad Passion, Capacabana, Cutloose DJs , Eskimo Twins, Force of Nature, Gatto Fritto, Geddes, Genius Of Time, Harri & Domenic, Hunee, Jennifer Cardini, Last Waltz, Lord Of The Isles, Mike Jones, Mister Saturday Night, Paramida, People Get Real, Red Axes, Scott Fraser, Simon Baker, The Sonic Emporium, Tim Fairplay, Tom Grainger, Henrik Schwarz, James Holden, Kink, Lapalux, Ten Walls. www.unknowncroatia.com

Flea responds to Super Bowl miming chatter
Red Hot Chilli Peppers man Flea has responded to online bantering about his and bandmate Josh Klinghoffer's guitars being very obviously unplugged during their bit of the Super Bowl halftime show this weekend just gone, where they played alongside that Bruno Mars dude.

And no Axl Rose, he didn't have a microchip in his ass picking up his bass notes. They were miming the music bit to a recording made earlier in the day, because, even though RHCP never mime ever, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where live geetars were a no, no.

Writes Flea: "When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song 'Give It Away' at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the TV viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period".

Flea and Klinghoffer left their guitars unplugged because they'd rather the world know they weren't playing live, than pretending that they were. So, there you go. Consider the matter closed.

 
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