TODAY'S TOP STORY: Swedish police yesterday seized servers, computers and other equipment used by the big bad Pirate Bay, knocking the always controversial file-sharing platform offline. The takedown directly affected the service's domain, to which redirects, though other domains and proxies customarily used to access the site have also not been... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Noisy NYC new-wavers Ratking aren't only for fans of hip hop, even if in the main that's what the trio - made up of impossibly young MCs Hakeem 'Hak' Lewis and Patrick 'Wiki ' Morales, and almost as young production guy Eric 'Sporting Life' Adiele - are doing. Ratking are also one for the art-and-skate-and-graffiti-and-zine kids still somehow contriving to 'do it themselves' on any... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES The Pirate Bay down after Stockholm server raid
LEGAL Kim Dotcom denies he's a fugitive
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Trends: Rapid evolution in music making tech with MixGenius
SoundCloud raising new investment launches iOS app
ARTIST NEWS Even Morrissey won't shout at the Queen on Christmas Day
RELEASES First artist signed to DJ Shadow's Liquid Amber label, Bleep Bloop releases EP
Bob Dylan releasing an album of covers that aren't covers
ONE LINERS Twin Shadow, Father John Misty, Bangface Weekender and other stories
AND FINALLY... Kanye West raps new album at Seth Rogen in the back of a van
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The Pirate Bay down after Stockholm server raid
Swedish police yesterday seized servers, computers and other equipment used by the big bad Pirate Bay, knocking the always controversial file-sharing platform offline.

The takedown directly affected the service's domain, to which redirects, though other domains and proxies customarily used to access the site have also not been working for much of the last 24 hours.

Over night the service's homepage did reappear at a new domain registered in Costa Rica, though at the time of writing that version of the site isn't actually working - the homepage and community feed appear, but any attempt to access links to content via the site result in an internal server error.

Confirming that police action had targeted The Pirate Bay, the National Coordinator Of IP Crime at Stockholm County Police told Reuters yesterday: "We had a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm because of a copyright infringement, and yes it was Pirate Bay".

Of course, it's not the first time servers used by the Bay have been seized in Sweden resulting in downtime for the file-sharing service, though in the past the site has managed to resurface on different servers and/or domains.

And in recent years current operators of The Pirate Bay have insisted that refinements have made the site and its database more resistant to raids such as that which took place yesterday. It therefore wouldn't be a surprise if the file-sharing site starts working again at some point.

TPB has, of course, been found liable for copyright infringement by encouraging and assisting others to infringe in multiple countries, usually resulting in web-block injunctions being instigated against the service, and in Sweden resulting in the site's three founders being jailed for their involvement in the site.

Commenting on the latest takedown, one of those founders, Peter Sunde, who stepped away from involvement in the piracy operation years ago, has written a blog post saying that he is glad his former website is offline. He adds that he hopes it will now stay that way, saying that over "the past [few] years there was no soul left in TPB. The original team handed it over to, well, less soul-ish people to say the least".

"TPB has become an institution that people just expected to be there", he wrote. "[But with] no one willing to take the technology further. The site was ugly, full of bugs, old code and old design. It never changed except for one thing - the ads. More and more ads were filling the site, and somehow when it felt unimaginable to make these ads more distasteful they somehow ended up even worse".

He concluded: "It feels good that it might have closed down forever, just a real shame the way it [was taken offline]. A planned retirement would have given the community time and a way to kick off something new, something better, something faster, something more reliable and with no chance of corrupting itself. Something that had a soul and could retain it".

Kim Dotcom denies he's a fugitive
More MegaUpload legal shenanigans, and lawyers working for the men who used to run the controversial file-transfer service - shut down by US authorities in early 2012 - have accused the American government of unfairly portraying their clients as "fugitives".

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues are, of course, fighting extradition attempts, the US authorities wanting them to face criminal charges of money laundering and rampant copyright infringement. The long delayed court hearing to consider that extradition application has been kicked back into 2015.

In the meantime, there have been various bits of civil action over former MegaUpload assets frozen at the time the service was raided and shut down. In amongst all that, America's Department Of Justice argued that Dotcom et al shouldn't be allowed to oppose an asset forfeiture request on the basis that they are 'fugitives'.

According to Torrentfreak, US Attorney Dana Boente recently stated regarding the MegaUpload defendants: "Bram van der Kolk, Finn Batato, Julius Bencko, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Sven Echternach are deliberately avoiding prosecution by declining to enter the United States where the criminal case is pending".

Basically she's saying, they're all fugitives, so fuck them. But not so, say lawyers working for Team Mega. The defendants didn't flee America to avoid arrest and prosecution, rather they are complying with the extradition procedures in the countries where they were residing at the time of the MegaUpload shutdown.

Say the attorneys: "These claimants never fled the United States to evade prosecution. To the contrary, they remain precisely where they have long been residing and carrying out the very business enterprise that the government characterises as criminal - in New Zealand".

They go on: "Nor have these claimants altered their plans so as to avoid return to the United States. To the contrary, they are simply maintaining the pre-indictment status quo and following the rule of law by invoking their rights under the laws and procedures of their home countries, where they had long-planned to remain".

Dotcom, for his part, says: "I have never been a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. I have never visited the United States".

It remains to be seen what status the federal court in Virginia decides to apply to Dotcom et al. The decision will definitely impact on other elements of his ongoing and famously costly legal wranglings.

Trends: Rapid evolution in music making tech with MixGenius
The latest CMU Digest Report comes out later this week for subscribers to our premium service. It includes reports on the digital debates that took place at the M For Montreal conference in Canada last month, snippets of which will appear in the CMU Daily this week. Today CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke chats to Justin Evans, co-founder of MixGenius.

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Most debate on the digital music revolution centres on consumer-facing platforms - download stores, streaming services and direct-to-fan channels - which make it simpler for fans to access music, and much easier for artists to get their tracks out into the wider world (even if the challenge of then finding an audience remains).

But digital developments are also revolutionising the music making process, and are making it easier for artists to create recorded content as well as distribute it. Evans's company MixGenius, and its first product Landr, are doing just that, helping artists with the all important mastering process.

"MixGenius is about ten years of research from Queen Mary University in London using machine learning and big data for doing sound engineering tasks", Evans says. "There's a big body of intellectual property there that we moved with an incubator to Montreal to develop into cool products, and Landr is the first. It's an online mastering studio that benchmarks extremely well with professional mastering studios at a fraction of the cost; so we make it accessible for people to get really professional sound at a very low cost".

Explaining how that first product works, Evans goes on: "You take your stereo output from your recording, and drag and drop it onto our website, which uploads it to our cloud server. Our server then analyses it, understands what the appropriate mastering is for the track, and applies a bunch of processors. Which processors depends on the frequency of the music, and some genre and style elements. The system automatically does what a human mastering engineer would do".

The aim is to enable artists - DIY artists especially - to apply the kind of mastering to their tracks that would previously come with a not insignificant price tag attached.

"Right now, for most people, who just want to do MP3 output, it's free", Evans adds. "Part of the reason for that is it's machine leaning, the system is learning from all the content being uploaded. We've processed half a million tracks in five months, and are starting to get enough data to really make the system awesome. You can then pay a subscription - nine to nineteen bucks - for uncompressed files".

Although clearly most liberating for unsigned artists, Evans says: "One of the most exciting things for me was when Bob Weir from Grateful Dead and his TRI Studios found us, and loved us, and they are now using LANDR to prepare tracks for streaming services. And we have other established artists using the service too. Though for me, as a musician too, I'm also excited about all the kids out there making new music - kids in Brazil making crazy EDM from a genre I've never heard of - and using Landr to make their tracks better".

Although MixGenius's first product is winning fans amongst established artists and producers, Evans admits that there was some suspicion about and resistance to the product when he first started talking about it at industry events. "It's always a scary thing when a technology starts doing something only human beings have done before. One of our own staff members admitted to me recently that he was super sceptical about Landr when he first heard about it, but then he tried it, realised how awesome it was, and that it actually makes his life a lot easier".

Evans also reckons that, as with the digital distribution domain, recent and future advances in music making technologies are significant. "I think that we are just starting to see the tip of the iceberg", he says. "And giving more people the capacity of creativity is a great thing. Particularly inspiring are projects like those being pursued by Pauline Oliveros's Deep Listening Institute, making musical tools for people with disabilities. But even wider than that, anything that unlocks more people's musicality is a great thing".

But what does Evans think about those who argue that, with more music available than ever before - partly due to digital distribution, and increasingly due to new music making tools - that means there is just more mediocre music to trawl through to find the good stuff.

"I don't agree with that. My life is filled with great music. If there's more music out there, you can listen to more, and you'll like more. Yes, there's a lot of content to navigate, to find what you like, but there are more channels to access tracks through too. Try each channel, and find the ones that work for you".

Whether good or bad, music technology of all kinds continues to morph and progress at an unprecedented rate. "Whereas new technologies, disruptive technologies, would come along once a decade in the past, it feels like thinks move on every few months today", Evans says.

But the technology makers have a duty to help the music community, and the world at large, keep on top of these developments, Evans says. "I think it's our responsibility as technologists to make the tools accessible, simple to use and easy for everyone. Nothing disruptive is meaningful if only technologists can understand it. And I think there is both an ethical and commercial imperative here. More than anything as a product designer, you want to make something that works, because if it works, and if it works for lots of people, the longer it will last".


SoundCloud raising new investment
SoundCloud is busy raising new investment, according to the Wall Street Journal, to help fund the evolution of the digital firm's business model.

As previously reported, SoundCloud - whose model to date has been to charge content owners for streaming services - is developing an ad platform, which will enable both it and content creators to monetise the audio it streams. A subscription service is also in the pipeline.

The new products are partly designed to please its own investors, but also the record labels, who like SoundCloud as a promotional platform, but have become frustrated over the years that there is no way to monetise tracks on the firm's site.

Warner Music announced last month that it had signed up to SoundCloud's new ad and subscription outlets, though rumour has it that negotiations with Sony Music and Universal Music remain slow going.

Though SoundCloud reckons that - because of its existing large user base - it can start to roll out its new ad and subscription services with only a selection of content partners on board, whereas someone wanting to launch a straight Spotify competitor would struggle with out the two big music majors providing their catalogues.

But the new $150 million in financing reportedly being sought could possibly help sweeten deals to get Universal and Sony - and others - on board. Or to get a subscription service off the ground that might require advances to be paid.

The Journal reckons that the new round of fund-raising could result in SoundCloud being valued at $1.2 billion. Which is impressive, though some analysts reckoned that SoundCloud's already high valuation made rumoured plans by early investors to sell the company to a major player - such as Twitter - all the more tricky to achieve.

-------------------------------------------------- launches iOS app
Having raised $2 million in funding earlier this year, free-to-use music discovery and playlisting service has launched an iOS app.

As previously reported, provides music recommendations and allows users to create playlists with music sourced from multiple platforms. The user hits play on a playlist, and it serves up all the tracks from the best sources available. The desktop version, launched a year ago, features integration with YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, Rhapsody, XBox Music and Beats Music.

At launch, the iOS app only sources music from YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify - and for the latter the user must also have a premium account with the streaming service, due to restrictions that exist on mobile usage of the Spotify system.

Says co-founder Shehzad Daredia: "Although has unified the experience of music streaming through its web platform, users today can now create their own universal playlists straight from their iOS device, and search for awesome playlists curated for by major artists like Tiesto, Lil Wayne, Keith Urban, Depeche Mode, and more".

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  CMU Artists Of The Year 2014: Ratking
Noisy NYC new-wavers Ratking aren't only for fans of hip hop, even if in the main that's what the trio - made up of impossibly young MCs Hakeem 'Hak' Lewis and Patrick 'Wiki ' Morales, and almost as young production guy Eric 'Sporting Life' Adiele - are doing.

Ratking are also one for the art-and-skate-and-graffiti-and-zine kids still somehow contriving to 'do it themselves' on any "roof, stoop or fire escape" in an increasingly sanitised New York (or any other city, any other place). And for fans of hardcore and punk bands (like oftimes Ratking show openers Show Me The Body, for one). And, thanks to Ratking tracks like 'Snow Beach', which closes off into a toasty improv sax solo, they are for jazz (and Nas) heads too.

Oh, and also for fans of pallid singing/snarling Brit King Krule, who spins a faded verse on Ratking's 'So Sick Stories', and, on the other side of the 'British urban' coin, those who follow grime and might've caught Ratking's gap-toothy middle child Wiki's loose-tongued turn (up) on the 'US remix' of Skepta and co's 'That's Not Me'.

And that's one of the many things that's so good about the band; that, aside from the intrinsically New York-ian tone to their work, they're so free and able and, vitally, excited to cite a million styles, to bend genres and break credos to fit what they have to say. The group lay that out from the off on their XL Recordings-released first LP 'So It Goes' with intro track '*', which hinges on a recorded comment from (apparently) friend-to-Ratking Raymond Mitchell.

And he says: "The average rapper right now, it's a whole different generation, you really can't compare no more. If your life experience is different, that's gonna come out different-ly. Your average 25, 24, 23 year old rapper, totally different from Biggie and Pac, you can't compare the two. So you ain't got no point of reference, really. So it goes..."

And so, in one swoop, you know that 'So It Goes' - itself a Kurt Vonnegut phrase about facing the inevitable - is not going to be a typical rap record, nor will it dog the traits, beats and/or lyrical flow of the hip hop greats. In its most basic and direct terms it's a postcard of today's contemporary New York, where Ratking base themselves and where Wiki and Hak went to school together, and still to this day hop turnstiles on the subway, get high sometimes, live their lives and then scribble and chip them into their songs.

'Puerto Rican Judo' is a light-footed love hymn dedicated to and featuring Wavy Spice aka Wiki's girlfriend Princesss Nokia. 'Eat' matter-of-factly traces a now-sorted addiction to Oxycontin, whilst 'Canal' is a straight up alarm call, prodding complainers with "Think the city has let up? / Better check up / Kids that is fed up / Instead of bitching and moaning, they get buck and get up". Then there's anti-'stop and search' paean 'Remove Ya', which starts off with audio from a real police frisk, (Kid: "What am I getting arrested for?" Cop: "For bein a fuckin mutt!"), and ends, with poignancy, in a verse by an unidentified woman who asks of the NYPD: "Who are you serving? Who do you protect? I know it ain't us, no".

So that's how 'So It Goes' goes. Like Ratking themselves it's grey and bleak in its concrete realism, but also jarringly abstract (note 'Protein') and often goofy, a high-rise vision of a part-real, part-fictionalised, "half noise, half hip hop" metropolis by a wise-past-their-years team of creatives. It's certainly a liminal type of record, setting Ratking on the crest of bigger things, and maybe, while they've certainly been one of our favourites, this year hasn't quite been theirs to claim per se. Maybe next year will be. It isn't like they're going anywhere.

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Even Morrissey won't shout at the Queen on Christmas Day
Morrissey is known for his distaste for the royal family. However, he's turned down the opportunity to deliver Channel 4's alternative Christmas speech because he thinks that shouting at an old lady (even the Queen) wouldn't really in the spirit of the day.

In a statement published via, he says: "My view that the monarchy should be quietly dismantled for the good of England is reasonably well-known, but I don't think Christmas Day is quite the time to be trading slaps. The Queen should be allowed the impassioned trance of her annual address to the British people, if only to once again prove that, in her frozen posture, she has nothing to offer and nothing to say, and she has no place in modern Britain except as a figure of repression; no independent thought required".

He continues: "The Queen very well might be the most powerful woman in England, but she lacks the power to make herself loved, and the phony inflation of her family attacks all rational intellect. All over the world highly civilized peoples exist without the automatic condescension of a 'royal' family. England can do the same, and will find more respect for doing so".

I think that basically was an alternative Christmas speech, so maybe just read it out loud to your family on Christmas Day while they're all trying to listen to the Queen.

First artist signed to DJ Shadow's Liquid Amber label, Bleep Bloop releases EP
Back in August, DJ Shadow launched his own record label, Liquid Amber. Out this week is the first release on that label by an artist other than Shadow himself, hip hop producer Bleep Bloop with an EP titled '10 Watt Lazers'.

Speaking to CMU, DJ Shadow explained his motivation for setting up the label: "I founded the label to offer exposure to emerging artists that I admire. In the process of building DJ sets, and searching for music to play on the net, I stumble across incredible music on a regular basis. It's nice to be able to extend a hand and forge relationships on that basis, as I did with Bleep Bloop".

"It was serendipitous", he said of his first meeting with Bleep Bloop, real name Aaron Triggs. "I played one of his songs, came off stage, and there he was, saying 'Hey, you just played my music!'"

Still buzzing from that moment, Triggs, told us: "Having DJ Shadow release this EP is pretty much the biggest confidence boost in my music career that I have ever gotten".

The three track EP is out now digitally, with a limited edition seven-inch release available to pre-order through Bandcamp, where you can also stream it in full.


Bob Dylan releasing an album of covers that aren't covers
Bob Dylan is going to release an album of songs previously recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Don't call them covers though, they're not covers.

Explains Dylan: "I don't see myself as covering these songs in any way. They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day".

You might call that an arrogant view, but I think Bob really believes that he's found new depth to these songs. He added that it had been "a real privilege" to make the album, saying: "I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a five-piece band. That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded".

So you can kind of see what he means when he calls them "uncovers". It does still seem a bit arrogant though. But it's alright, here's Sony/Columbia boss Rob Stringer to dial things back a bit: "Bob has managed to find a way to infuse these songs with new life and contemporary relevance. It is a brilliant record and we are extremely excited to be presenting it to the world". Oh, bloody hell Rob!

Well, the album's called 'Shadows In The Night', and it'll be out on 2 Feb. Here's the tracklist:

I'm A Fool To Want You
The Night We Called It A Day
Stay With Me
Autumn Leaves
Why Try to Change Me Now
Some Enchanted Evening
Full Moon And Empty Arms
Where Are You?
What'll I Do
That Lucky Old Sun

Twin Shadow, Father John Misty, Bangface Weekender and other stories

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Having quite recently signed a new record deal with Warner Bros, Twin Shadow has now announced that he will release his first album for the label (and third in total), called 'Eclipse', on 16 Mar. One of the songs on that album is called 'Turn Me Up'. That song has a video. Wanna see that video? Sure you do.

• Tobias Jesso Jr, a man who has achieved CMU approved status, has announced that he will release his debut album on 16 Mar next year. It's called 'Goon'. And I know we already posted this, but here is a track from it called 'Hollywood'.

• Metal fellas Torche have brought forth their first new music since 2012 in the form of 'Minions', a track taken from their new album 'Restarter'. The album is out on 23 Feb. There will be a UK tour in May. The track is available to hear right now, here.

• Father John Misty, aka ex-Fleet Fox Josh Tillman, has uploaded the video for 'Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)' from his forthcoming new album, 'I Love You. Honeybear'. The album is due out through Bella Union in February, the very same month he'll be in the UK for an almost-sold-out tour (I mean the tour is currently almost sold out, it will probably just be sold out come February). Grab the last remaining tickets in Manchester and Leeds after viewing the video here.

• Arrested Development will be over in the UK for a tour in February next year. The hip hop outfit off of the 90s, rather than the TV show off of the telly. Yes, they're still going. No, you're right, they did split up once, but they've been back together since 2001, so you have no excuse for thinking they were over. Anyway, tickets.

• Belle & Sebastian will be touring the UK in May. I've never much liked Belle & Sebastian, to be honest, but the Dum Dum Girls are the support act, and I like them, so there really is something for everyone. Dates here.

• The Bangface Weekender is set to return for its 100th edition on 20-22 Mar next year. It's hard to believe it's been going for 100 years now, isn't it? But it has. The first edition in 1916 was headlined by music hall star Ernie Mayne. TRUE STORY. I'm sure you'll find all the info about it on the Bangface website.

Kanye West raps new album at Seth Rogen in the back of a van
It's hard to tell if Kanye West has any sense of humour at all (calling his daughter North West would suggest not). So it was probably quite traumatic for Seth Rogen when the rapper cornered him shortly after his parody of West's 'Bound 2' video appeared online and bundled him into the back of a van*.

It was alright though, West just wanted to play Rogen his new album for some reason. And play it he did, but there was a problem, Kanye hadn't yet recorded any vocals. That was alright too though, because Kanye West is the very rapper who has appeared on all of Kanye West's albums to date, and will appear on this one too.

Rogen explains to Rolling Stone: "There's no lyrics, only beats. So he raps the whole album, and after each song, he stops it, like, 'So what do you think?' We were in the van for two hours!"

*Rolling Stone says it was a limousine, but Rogen specifically uses the word van, and it's funnier if we say it was a van. I'm thinking a rusty 1989 Ford Transit.

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