An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Wednesday 23 April 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Paul Weller has ruled himself out of getting involved with future Record Store Days, after copies of his limited edition seven-inch single, 'Brand New Toy', released for the event, wound up on eBay. Of course, this is a fate that befalls many of the records bought on the day (some listed on the auction site before it has even started), and there doesn't seem like there's a great deal anyone can do... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: One of a fresh spring line of do-it-all London artists, Iranian-born Tālā will on 2 Jun make her first significant move via her 'Duchess' EP. Sitting on the right of its eerie title track - the serpentine child of Tālā's East-meets-West sensibility - is the more direct-hitting 'Serbia', which motors fast over blasts of lordly brass, pivoting on the satisfied line "You give me something/ Just what I need"... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Paul Weller rules himself out of future Record Store Days, after limited edition single appears on eBay
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LEGAL Bieber lawyers ask for DUI trial to be pushed back
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DEALS Bellowhead celebrate tenth anniversary with Island signing, new LP
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Believe signs SRD
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL New London record store, Rye Wax, opening soon(ish)
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BRANDS & MERCH Skullcandy announces headphones for women
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Tango launches new news feed with integrated Spotify
Pirate Bay processes ten millionth torrent upload, faces two millionth Google block
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ARTIST NEWS Sick Lorde postpones Australian shows
Vulpeck told to take down silent Spotify album
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: Trash Talk, Blondes, Delphic, Sasha Keable and Avril Lavigne
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Oxegen short on 'suitable acts', won't take place this year
Gigs & Tours Round-Up: The Libertines, Blondie, 1Xtra, Flying Lotus, and Kaiser Chiefs
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AND FINALLY... Barack and Michelle Obama pay tribute to Frankie Knuckles
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Paul Weller rules himself out of future Record Store Days, after limited edition single appears on eBay
Paul Weller has ruled himself out of getting involved with future Record Store Days, after copies of his limited edition seven-inch single, 'Brand New Toy', released for the event, wound up on eBay.

Of course, this is a fate that befalls many of the records bought on the day (some listed on the auction site before it has even started), and there doesn't seem like there's a great deal anyone can do about it. Except to not release anything, which is the route Weller's gone down.

In a message on his website, he wrote: "I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these 'limited editions' by touts. Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again".

He added: "It's such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD. There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I've heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time!"

Of course it's entirely possible that those stores didn't order any copies in, rather than somehow managing to sell them all before anyone got through the door. Still, the eBay thing is one of the problems that faces Record Store Day.

Record Store Day responded with its own statement, saying: "We share Paul Weller's frustration at evidence that 'Brand New Toy' has been offered for sale on eBay, and we are disappointed that despite our best efforts to drive out the touts, once again some people are seeking to exploit the goodwill of artists and labels by selling RSD exclusives at vastly-inflated prices on eBay".

It continued: "At just 500 copies Paul Weller's 'Brand New Toy' was one of the most limited editions available on RSD and so some re-selling was expected. However, thanks to the measures we have taken on re-sales, overall the number of complaints about unauthorised sales this year is well down on previous years, though we continue to monitor eBay on an hour-by-hour basis".

Responding to the suggestion that stores may have been complicit in some records ending up on eBay, the statement added: "We clearly cannot control the activities of members of the public, but the Record Store Day Code Of Conduct makes it clear that any store found to be complicit in unauthorised sales on eBay faces being banned from future events. Record Store Day would not exist without the support and commitment of artists and labels and we take our responsibility to them very seriously".

Ahead of this year's event, Record Store Day's UK coordinator Spencer Hickman addressed (and in some cases agreed with) many of the criticisms levelled at the event in this interview with The Quietus.

Bieber lawyers ask for DUI trial to be pushed back
Justin Bieber's legal reps have asked for more time to prepare the pop tyke's defence to DUI and resisting arrest charges relating to that incident in Florida back in January.

The pop singer's lawyers submitted a motion on Monday asking that their client's trial, currently set to kick off on 5 May in Miami, be pushed back so that the attorneys have more time to prepare. The legal papers noted that the prosecution in the case did not oppose the postponement.

A hearing will consider the motion later today.

Bellowhead celebrate tenth anniversary with Island signing, new LP
Trad folk clan Bellowhead have signed to Universal's Island Records, which is one way to celebrate 2014 being their tenth anniversary as a band.

Island will release the eleven-piece's new LP, 'Revival', on 23 Jun as part of its Pink label series, which was mainly active in the 1960s and 1970s, and featured tracks by John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention. In symmetry with that lineage, 'Revival' will feature B-Head's interpretation of Richard & Linda Thompson's 'Bright Lights', which came out as a single on Island in 1974.

The group's Paul Sartin adds: "After a decade together, we're ready for some overnight success. The chance to sign to Island is really exciting and we've worked hard to make our best record yet".

His bandmate, vocalist Joe Boden, adds: "You look at the history of Island, such a cool brand and reputation across folk and then Bob Marley onto U2 and recently the Mumfords, it's perfect for us".

For his part, Island MD Jon Turner says: "Island Records rich history includes the best of British folk music. We're delighted that in 2014, Bellowhead's new record will be adding to that story".

Believe signs SRD
Believe Digital has announced a new deal with Southern Record Distributors. Believe will handle SRD's digital distribution globally across all services, something that will result in SRD's clients being offered an expanded service.

Believe's General Manager Lee Morrison told CMU: "We are extremely pleased a company as well established as SRD have chosen to put their faith in Believe Digital and have partnered with us. Through much negotiation and due diligence, and considering the amount of research they've invested in this decision, we are honoured they've chosen to utilise Believe's extensive network. We are really looking forward to providing them and their labels with the full service and support they need to expand their digital business".

SRD MD Andrew Slocombe added: "Having used a delivery-only service until now with a small digital team, the need to react to the increasing demands of labels and to exploit the additional services and revenue sources available was at the root of the decision to restructure and partner with Believe. The deal is a significant statement of intent for SRD; to not only retain the digital content already in the catalogue but also to compete for new business in that area. We're very excited about the opportunities this presents".

New London record store, Rye Wax, opening soon(ish)
Since it's always a pleasant rarity to hear of a record shop opening, as opposed to closing, hear this and be glad; a new independent retailer named Rye Wax is moving into the basement of the Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe in Peckham, South London, in the spring of 2015.

And that's it, really. For now. You can kill some time until whenever 'spring 2015' is by gazing intently at the Rye Wax FB page, which includes an attractive official logo and alluring hints of "records, books, comics and coffee", via this link. That or follow the shop on Twitter. Or do both!

Skullcandy announces headphones for women
WOMEN! Are you tired of being unable to listen to music on the move? Well, Skullcandy is here to help. The company has designed a new range of headphones specifically for lady ears.

This doesn't just mean Skullcandy's made some pink headphones with floral prints (though it has, if you were wondering). No. It's also made these headphones smaller for ladies' tiny heads, and used SCIENCE to tweak the sound that comes out of them for the fairer sex's delicate eardrums.

Yes, you may have noticed a slight sarcastic tone there, but the company insists that this isn't just another 'Bic For Her'.

Skullcandy's Director of Brand and Sports Marketing, Michelle Whitehead says: "The truth is there are real anatomical, acoustical, and behavioural differences in how male and female consumers experience our product. Our goal was to understand these differences well enough to design products, from the ground up, that would legitimately improve the audio experience for our female consumer. We are extremely proud of what we've accomplished".

So there. You shouldn't mock. One of the designs is black and has metal studs on too, so stop saying it's all just pink with flowers on, would you? Instead, look at this video the company has prepared featuring some women claiming that they've actually heard and enjoyed music before, despite these headphones only just being invented.

The Skullcandy Women's range will be available internationally from 1 Jun. And since I mentioned the Bic For Her range of pens just now, it seems only slightly tenuous to link to this interview Bridget Christie did with our sister title ThreeWeeks about her show 'A Bic For Her' at last year's Edinburgh Festival.

Tango launches new news feed with integrated Spotify
Mobile messaging app Tango has put live a new News Feed function, which counts as music news because of the app maker's previously reported alliance with Spotify. The News Feed element of the mobile networking service has the streaming music set-up integrated.

Says Tango CEO Uri Raz: "With music from Spotify now available in Tango's News Feed, it's a great way to share the moment. For example, if you're having a great day and want everyone to know it, share 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams to your News Feed".

Or if you're having a miserable day share 'Exit Music' by Radiohead. Because you know that'll piss of Thom Yorke, which will surely cheer you up a little bit.

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Pirate Bay processes ten millionth torrent upload, faces two millionth Google block
The always contentious Pirate Bay hit a new milestone on Monday when, according to Torrentfreak, it processed its ten millionth torrent upload. The shared file linked to a pirated copy of a video from the 'Intimate Lesbians' series, in case you wondered.

The landmark moment caused a little stress behind the scenes as a bit of code needed to be reworked to accommodate the extra digit, but that was quickly achieved and so the file-sharing set-up can march onwards, after over a decade of circumventing lawsuits, shutdown requests and web-blocks.

Talking of which, the Bay's own landmark moment follows another stat of note from last weekend when Google removed the two millionth Pirate Bay link from its search engine at the request of rights owners whose content is being made available without licence via the file-sharing platform.

Google reckons that the two million takedown requests (which were submitted via 93,070 takedown notices) relating to content accessed via a piratebay.se URL (still the main TPB domain, despite various stints using other web addresses) accounts for 1-5% of the Pirate Bay links indexed by the mega-search engine.

Of course, as previously reported, the music and movie industries would like Google to just block any URL that begins with a Pirate Bay top level domain, rather than having to identify every single bit of content by its unique locator.

The web giant, however, has refused to adhere to that request, arguing it would be too wide-ranging a blockade, though some in the content industries hope that web-block type injunctions - usually targeted at internet service providers - might be extended to force search engines to act in this way.

  Approved: Tālā
One of a fresh spring line of do-it-all London artists, Iranian-born Tālā will on 2 Jun make her first significant move via her 'Duchess' EP.

Sitting on the right of its eerie title track - the serpentine child of Tālā's East-meets-West sensibility - is the more direct-hitting 'Serbia', which motors fast over blasts of lordly brass, pivoting on the satisfied line "You give me something/ Just what I need".

Hear both tracks side by side:

The Duchess - Serbia
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Sick Lorde postpones Australian shows
Poor sweet Lorde has called in sick (on doctors' advice, I should add) to a forthcoming tour of Australia, which was supposed to start tomorrow in Melbourne, postponing all eight dates till she reaches "full gollum girl fitness" once again.

Tweeting the bad news yesterday, the New Zealand-based singer, real name Ella Yelich O'Connor, said she'd been advised by her parents and team to take a break, and to deal with a "nasty chest infection" and "general ill health".

An additional note from Frontier Touring quotes O'Connor as saying: "It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to focus on getting better in order to perform at my best. We'll be with you as soon as we can, Aussies".

And "soon", she speculates via Twitter, might be as soon as November, though that's still TBC. Aaaanyway, ill health or not, Lorde will still be releasing 'Tennis Court' as her latest 'Pure Heroine' single on 12 May. Let's re-live the track, shall we?

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Vulpeck told to take down silent Spotify album
Vulfpeck have been "RESPECTFULLY" asked to remove one of their albums from Spotify, the band revealed yesterday. Specifically the one called 'Sleepify', which, you may remember, features ten tracks of nothing but silence.

As previously reported, the band released the silent album last month, encouraging fans to play it on repeat as they slept. This, they reckoned, would generate $4 in royalties per fan, per night. If enough fans did it, they'd be able to fund a tour, and book venues based on where the album had been most played.

Spotify took it all in good humour at the time, joking that the company preferred the band's earlier albums, and that this one seemed a bit "derivative of John Cage's work".

But now it seems the fun is over - possibly because the campaign is going better than anyone expected. Yesterday the band posted a message on their Facebook page, saying: "Feeling #hurt. Spotify has RESPECTFULLY asked us to remove 'Sleepify'. Please listen to our OPEN LETTER OFFICIAL STATEMENT".

And where can you listen to the official statement? On Spotify, of course. The band has released a new three track EP, called 'Official Statement'. On the first track, frontman Jack Stratton explains: "[The email] was three paragraphs, and the gist of it was that while they enjoyed 'Sleepify' and thought it was funny and clever, it violated their terms of content. They are asking me to take down 'Sleepify' from their service, and I'm scared and I'm a little bit chilly. I'm hurt. I'm confused. I don't know who to talk to, so I'm talking to you. And I know they have a legal team and everything, but I have Spotify, and they don't".

He goes on to say that he is uncertain how the company will respond to the 'Official Statement' EP (it hasn't made any public statement as yet), and that in light of that uncertainty he would like to take a moment to think about it. Cue track two: 31 seconds of silence. Track three is a short instrumental, so at least there's some actual music on this release.

'Sleepify' is still listed on the band's Spotify profile, though the songs are no longer playable. Which I guess doesn't make a whole lot of difference to the listener.

Release Round-Up: Trash Talk, Blondes, Delphic, Sasha Keable and Avril Lavigne
Yo. Sacramento thrashers Trash Talk, the one and only hardcore signing to Odd Future Records, have announced an LP titled 'No Peace'. Out in the UK on 26 May, it calls in the collaborative kindnesses if King Krule and MC Wiki of NYC rap trio Ratking, both of those on a bonus track titled 'Stackin Skins', plus production from Alchemist. Swallow first single 'Cloudkicker' and a trailer for the LP via the appropriate links.

In very recent times, alt-dance stylists Blondes, aka Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, shock-released a new EP. 'Rewire' features Simian Mobile Disco, Claro Intelecto, Huerco S and Function's remixes of 'Swisher' and 'Wire', both tracks off the pair's LP of 2013 (which is still available to stream online, by the way), also titled 'Swisher'. Hear Huerco S's 'Wire' mix here.

Take your synthpop in pale shades of acid trance, with a Balearic trim? If so, you'll like Delphic's new mixtape 'Get Familiar', a seven track taster of the kind of thing they've been doing since the release circa 2013 of their last LP, 'Collections'.

According to James Cook, 'Familiar' mirrors that of the old mill in Ancoats in which it was made. Cook says: "I think the scale of these buildings, high ceilings and reverberant hallways have added to our mood while making the mixtape, not to mention the fact that Manchester's climate will always create a drowning melancholy we probably wouldn't find if we were based in LA or indeed Atlanta, where we recorded the last album".

Shake hands with (and download) it all now via SoundCloud.

Approved BFF-of-Disclosure Sasha Keable has dealt a new single by the name 'Living Without You'. Bearing a slight (make that not so slight) similarity to, oh, one of Dev Hynes' creations (which apparently it isn't), it's the first preview of Keable's new EP, 'Lemon Grass And Lime Leaves'. Sasha will back that via a show at Birthdays in London on 26 May, pre-sale tickets to which are available here.

And this is what 'Living Without You' is like.

And finally, make way for Avril Lavigne and the super-cute new 'visual' for her Chad Kroeger co-written single 'Hello Kitty', which she sings in Japanese (a bit). Hear and see Avril singing the track in Japanese (unless you're in Japan, where the video is apparently blocked, to avoid rioting in the streets), which is pretty much as you'd imagine, immediately and sans delay.

Oxegen short on 'suitable acts', won't take place this year
Irish festival Oxegen will not take place this year, its organiser MCD have confirmed, citing a "lack of suitable headline acts" combined with an increasing financial strain on the event.

Following its first edition in 2004, Oxegen customarily ran in July at the Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare, bar in 2012 when it took a Glasto-style hiatus. Last year's festival, which was downsized to two days in August, was headlined by David Guetta and Calvin Harris, and featured mainly dance and pop-type acts. This came in marked contrast to past bills, which gave more space to guitar bands.

Giving notice of the situation on the Oxegen site, MCD writes: "It is with regret that that we announce that Oxegen will not take place this year due to lack of suitable headline acts which combined with the financial demands by local agencies make it no longer viable to stage the festival in its current form".

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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: The Libertines, Blondie, 1Xtra, Flying Lotus, and Kaiser Chiefs
I hope you're sitting down, because I've got some big news. The Libertines are getting back together! Again! Possibly! The band cryptically (super cryptically) posted a picture of a map of Hyde Park to Facebook at the weekend. Then, when pushed for information about the potential reunion, Carl Barat told Gigslutz to "keep the 5th of July free".

Now, that might mean that Carl and the boys are going to pop around to that particular Gigslutz reporter's house at some point on that particular Saturday for a sleepover, or something. But it's probably worth mentioning that the 5 Jul line-up for the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park hasn't yet been announced.

Further evidence, if you need it, comes from an interview with Pete Doherty in Israeli newspaper Ynet, ahead of a solo show in Tel Aviv next week. Doherty told the paper that he had agreed to play a The Libertines reunion show in Hyde Park in July because he's in debt and needs the money, thanks in part to the recent emergence of a third child he has to pay child support to.

If that doesn't float your reunion boat, how about a one-off Blondie show? Yeah, I know they haven't technically split since their reunion in 1997, but your nit-picking is really forcing this whole thing to drag on, so be quiet. Why spoil an otherwise seamless segue? Honestly, you people.

Anyway, now that I've been forced to start another paragraph, thus making this thing even longer, I can tell you that Blondie will be playing a one-off show at Sheffield's Academy venue on 29 Jun. I know, it does seem like a slightly odd booking, but what are you going to do? They're also playing at Glastonbury.

In other Blondie news, because this round-up really isn't long enough already, the band will be releasing a special new collection of old and new songs to mark their 40th anniversary. Titled 'Blondie 4(0) Ever', the release will include a greatest hits collection, plus a whole new album called 'Ghosts Of Download'. That's out on 12 May.

If a road trip to Sheffield to see Blondie didn't excite you, how about we all head up to Glasgow for BBC Radio 1Xtra Live In Glasgow instead? It's a live event being put on by BBC 1Xtra. In Glasgow. As well as 1Xtra's own MistaJam, Charlie Sloth, DJ Target, DJ Semtex and CJ Beatz, artists including DJ Fresh, Duke Dumont and Breach will be appearing on the bill.

Says DJ Fresh: "I can't wait to perform at 1Xtra Live In Glasgow where I'll be road testing our new DJ show for the first time ever!"

The event will take place at 17 May at the Riverside Museum as a precursor to Radio 1's previously reported Big Weekend festival the following weekend. Oh, and you know I said we should all go up there? Well, it's probably worth mentioning that 70% of the tickets will be held for Glasgow residents, with another 25% made available to the rest of Scotland and 5% left over for everywhere else in the UK. You'll be able to try to get a pair of the free tickets for the 1Xtra show on 26 Apr from 7.30pm at bbc.co.uk/1xtra.

While we're planning trips together, I'd quite like you to join me in Bristol to see Flying Lotus. Could you lend me the money for the ticket though? This is all getting a bit expensive. He'll be playing at Colston Hall in the city on 6 Jun. Support will come from Thundercat and Flying Lotus' rapper alter ego Captain Murphy. Tickets and further details on that are available here.

Finally, it's the news you've all be waiting for. The Kaiser Chiefs' inexplicable return to fame will see them play a couple of arena dates. Next February, as well. So they're confident it'll last. Let's hope Ricky Wilson gets another go at judging on 'The Voice', hey.

Saying some words, Wilson said: "The last few months have been great, we're enjoying playing the new album and getting our songs ready for our festival slots and then to top it off - we get to start next year at the O2!"

Bassist Simon Rix added: "It's a great time for the Leeds music scene, there's a lot going on right now. We're so happy to be able to play the new Arena again, nothing can match the support we get from the Yorkshire crowds".

Now, all that remains is for me to bring all this information together and fill in the gaps. The band will be playing the O2 Arena in London on 13 Feb, and then the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 15 Feb. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am.

And that, at last, is all I have to say on this matter.

Barack and Michelle Obama pay tribute to Frankie Knuckles
US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were amongst the people to pay tribute to DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles at a memorial service last week. Knuckles died from complications relating to diabetes earlier this month, aged 59.

Although not there in person, the Obamas sent a letter, a photograph of which was posted to Facebook by DJ David Morales. In it, they said: "Frankie's work helped [to] open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trail blazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dancefloors across the globe".

A former Chicago resident, Obama helped to rename a street in the city Frankie Knuckles Way while Illinois State Senator in 2004. The street marks the former site of the Warehouse nightclub, where Knuckles is credited with developing what would become house music.

 
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