Saturday, February 10, 2007

You, You Tube and the music: Seth Lakeman

To celebrate Seth Lakeman's victory at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards, some Seth from the YouTube:

The White Hare, live on Sharon Osbourne's ITV show. A working definition of pearls before swine.
Live at Bunkfest
Lady of The Sea, live on GMTV
Lady of The Sea, less unexpectedly live on Channel 4's Transmission
Take No Rogues, live at the 2006 Cambridge Fok Festival
A smidgen of an Exeter HMV performance - from a videophone, which makes everything look like it's beaming live from Beirut

Nice MySpace you've got here: The Berg Sans Nipple

Introducing a new, occasional feature (i.e we'll do it once and forget about it) exploring a semi-random MySpace band page)

The Band: The Berg Sans Nipple


Downloadable tunes? Nope

They say: Tropical / Melodramatic Popular Song / Roots Music

They sound like: Music to skip to in space elevators

They look like: Mathematicians going on A Place In The Sun

How many friends? 2138, including Ghostface Killah, Grizzly Bear and Maggie Horn

Have they reskinned? Nope, it's the standard MySpace skin

Do they blog? A little, but it's mostly of the buy/try sort

Best comment: so i randomly heard your record when it was randomly put on at the record store, and i wasn't even listening to it. i had headphones on. the music got softer, and i noticed the keyboards. i took off my headphones and couldn't stop listening. i listened to two songs and said, "i think i'm gonna buy this!" so i did. and so far, it's my cd of the year. everyone i've introduced to your music has liked it a lot. cheers!

Do we learn anything? "Once rumored to have been Siamese twins separated at birth (according to them, their relationship is really much closer to that of Ghost Dog and the ice cream vendor), the reality is only more mundane at first glance."

Do you really want to add The Berg Sans Nipple as a friend? If you like computery tunes, yes

Please say it'll be a one-way trip

The thought of McFly being blasted into space is one to cheer the sould on a cold winter's morning, although the apparent plans to bring them back as well takes the edge off slightly.

They're supposedly going to do something linked to Richard Branson's supposed holiday-in=space company.

Even if the technology exists, and Branson's underwriters let him go ahead, this won't be until 2009 at the earliest, so it's quite a leap of faith to assume that McFly will still be a going concern by then. It's always dodgy planning to put musicians on spaceflights too far ahead of time - NASA had a terrible time explaining to Eddie Fisher why he lost his seat on the manned trips to the moon - but even if Branson was blasting idiots off into space tomorrow, would the very rich really want to be entertained by a band aimed at nine year-old girls?

Still, at least in space, nobody can hear you scream "they're a bit like a poor man's Busted, aren't they?"

More quality journalism from The Sun

The front of this morning's Sun online screeches out a warning:

iPods could land you in court

MUSIC fans may face a FINE if they're caught crossing the road while listening to their iPods

Surely, you wonder, the paper isn't trying to pass off a four day-old news story about a plan in New York to outlaw any sort of audio distraction while crossing the road as a new story about the UK, are they?

That's exactly what Ian Hepburn - "crime writer" - is trying to do:
iPOD fans face being hauled into court and FINED if they are caught crossing the road while listening to their favourite tracks.

Britain could be set to follow New York, where safety-conscious senator Carl Kruger is tabling a bill to outlaw so-called “distracted walking”.

Hepburn doesn't bother to point out the law targets bluetooth headsets, other mp3 players, Walkmans and crossing the road singing "la la la" with your hands over your ears. But far more interesting anyway, of course, is his real discovery that "Britain could be set" to follow New York.

(Not, of course, that New York has actually done anything yet.)

So, what has Kruger discovered? Oddly, nothing at all - he talks to ROSPA, who don't ask for fines but just suggest you turn your players down while crossing the road. And Labour MP Stephen Pound is given a chance to comment, but far from suggesting that the government is poised to follow the lead of New York, he makes it clear its not likely to happen:
“British people can walk, talk and look at the same time.”

(Actually, Stephen, it's more the walking, looking and listening that's at issue here.)

So, there's no indication of anyone even thinking of suggesting we consider introducing such a ban in the UK. Admittedly, Kruger isn't lying - Britain could be set to follow New York's lead, in exactly the same way that Mariah Carey could try to study law at Harvard, or I could try and declare myself King of Bavaria.

Stop searching for the African Soul Rebels

You'll find them - "them" in this case being Femi Kuti, Akli D and Ba Cissoko - on tour at the following places:

Feb 14 - Leicester - De Montfort Hall
15 - London - Barbican Centre
16 - Liverpool - Philharmonic Hall
18 - Edinburgh - Usher Hall
19 - Manchester - Bridgewater Hall
20 - Gateshead - The Sage
21 - Northampton - Royal & Derngate
22 - Warwick - Arts Centre
23 - Poole - The Lighthouse
24 - Basingstoke - The Anvil
26 - Brighton - Dome
27 - Bristol - Colston Hall

Akli D and Ba Cissoko's sets from Liverpool will turn up later on the Andy Kershaw programme, which - in a spot of Peelesque downgrading - shifts from its usual Sunday night slot to a new home of 11.15 on Monday evenings on BBC Radio 3. We presume that it does a lot of its business on listen again, and so the actual TX doesn't matter much, but it's still a shame to see one of the most consistently interesting programmes on British radio shoved back another hour into the dark.

Friday, February 09, 2007

EMI shrinks a little

The merger of the Virgin and Capitol imprints at EMI has already yielded cost savings: eleven promotional staff and the entire Capitol sales team have been canned.

When management is this poor, all it takes is for Robbie Williams to release a duff album, and all of a sudden families are an income down.

EMI to fund anti-RIAA defense case

A further setback for the music industry's plans to sue everyone: it's just got a lot more expensive. A court has directed Capitol Records to pick up a portion of the costs Debbie Foster incurred proving their attempts to sue her for "illegal" file-sharing. It's the first time the RIAA has been forced to pay costs when one of their shaky cases has been pulled down; the precedent of both the defeat and the costs award might make them think again.

But then again, the RIAA have never done the sensible thing, have they?

Can someone spare Heather Mills a tanner?

Heather Mills insisted just before Christmas that if she was a gold digger, she'd have lots of money. And besides, she had lots of money of her own.

We didn't quite understand the logic. But if she thinks the fact she's not rich proves, in some way, that she's not after Paul's money, she's copper-bottoming the proof: the Evening Standard reckons that Mills has driven herself into debt with the divorce battle.

Or rather, that Mills believes McCartney has deliberately drawn-out the legal battle in order to wear down Heather's resources so that she'll have to accept a lower settlement as she won't be able to afford to carry on fighting. Although the Standard then says that because Paul has drawn out the legal battle, it means Heather is needing to seek more money because she needs to pay more legal bills.

The sense it's all being made up hangs over it all.

Noel on a roll

You know, a while back, Noel Gallagher's tiresome attempts to sound controversial were so dull, like a local radio DJ trying to spark some debate amongst a late-night phone-in audience, we used to find our attention drifted so much we found ourselves imagining what naughty lemurs might get up to, instead of paying full heed to what he had to say. Luckily, we think we've beaten that tendency.

Just in time, as Noel has something to say:

Speaking about bands who focus on political issues rather than playing their back catalogues, Gallagher singled about U2's focus on charities.

He said: "Play 'One', shut the fuck up about Africa."

Gallagher also hit out against Radiohead. He said: "Thom Yorke sat a piano singing, 'This is fucked up' for half-an-hour. We all know that Mr Yorke.

"Who wants to sing the news? No matter how much you sit there twiddling, going, 'We're all doomed,' at the end of the day people will always want to hear you play 'Creep'. Get over it."

Yes... much more interesting and worthwile to sing a song about how much you like doing cocaine, Noel, you're quite... lemurs... sorry... yes, Noel... and Bono. Yes... singling out his... um...

The national Breed

More years ago than I suspect either of us would care to remember, Simon Breed came into the Trading Places cafe in Liverpool to announce he was heading off to London to seek his fortune. Trading Places isn't there any more, swept away as an early casualty of the city council's policy of encouraging the cultural life of the city by making it unsustainable to run a small arts-centred business anywhere near the heart of the place.

Simon Breed is, however, still going (although we have heard speculation that property developers are interested in hollowing out the back of his head to put in an All Bar One) and just about to head off out on tour:

10 February The Stage Door, Waterloo, London
16 The Spitz, London
1 March The Enterprise, London
5 The Bleeding Hearts Club, Prince Albert, Brighton
12 The Social, London
24 The Windmill, London

You might notice a rather Londonesque bias in that tour, but there's a limit to what you can do with an Oyster card. (We're guessing the Brighton date is going to use the old Preston Park dodge.)

Touts, touts, keep 'em out

The dull splosh of a policy initiative from Tessa Jowell's Department For Culture, Media and Sport is always a delight. Now, they're all worried about ticket touts, and have come up with a policy which seems to be, erm, something must be done:

Ms Jowell said: "We want to address the problems faced by fans - paying through the nose for a ticket with a poor view or handing over cash for a ticket that never existed.

"Progress has been made but we're going to continue to work with the industry to cut off the commercial opportunities for ticket touts and stamp out unfair practices.

"But it would be unfair if consumers were unable to sell their own tickets, for whatever reason, and get their money back - we don't want to criminalise genuine fans."

Well, at least she's proposing a system with more flexibility in it than this year's Glastonbury system. We're a little lost as to what "unfair practices" she's talking about though.

Naturally, this doesn't go far enough for the concert promoters, who won't be happy unless they get to see people thrown into prisons:
But the Concert Promoters' Association called for members to pressure the DCMS for new laws banning ticket resale.

A spokesman said: "We welcome the secretary of state's clear statement that the government are against anyone re-selling a ticket for commercial gain.

"But we are frustrated that they have still not acted to give us the necessary tools to self-police our touts."

It's not clear exactly what "tools" they want - we suspect a lot of them might be similar to the sorts of things usually only sold for extreme bondage fun - and the worry has to be that someone in government will think "of course, providing legal support for a trade association to act like a private police force might be dubious at best and dangerous in the extreme, but it would be cheap..."

The trouble is, Jowells hasn't yet offered an explanation as to why concert tickets should be different from anything else with a finite supply. If its wrong to buy a ticket for the Diana No Seatbelt Driving gig with the intention of selling it on, then why is it acceptable to buy, say, a newly released Nintendo Wii or limited edition Dyson and sell that on upon eBay?

Of course, the response might be that this is different, because it's art and it's scandalous to restrict someone's access to the arts simply to make yourself richer. But then does the DCMS intend to criminalise people who buy paintings as investments and seal them away in bank vaults while their value increases? Or is there a subtle difference I'm missing?

We'd rather the DCMS looked at the shady practice of "booking fees" (or "turn out your other pocket"). Perhaps the public should be given the tools to self-police our scandalously over-charging booking agencies.

Napster announces upturn from "complete basket case" to "basket case"

The increasingly bemusing Napster has posted what it seems to think is good news: Napster has managed to only lose about ten million dollars in the last quarter.

At this rate, they might be within striking distance of seeing the corner they need to turn sometime around the Christmas after next.

Napster are currently claiming a subscriber base of 566,000. We've done the maths, and that means each subscriber equals a loss of USD16.78. Napster would be financially better off if they selected half a million people at random and sent them two free albums on CD.

There's an even more astonishing figure:

Excluding a nonrecurring benefit from prepaid download cards that expired without being redeemed, revenue for the latest quarter was $26 million, the company said.

Let's just not even question what sort of poor company sells gift cards that expire, and look at that figure.

USD26million without the giftcards added in.

With the expired cards not counted, the revenue was USD28.4m.

Which tells us a couple of things - first, Napster is such an unattractive propostion to people, enough people can't even be arsed to use it when someone else is paying for them to add two and a half million dollars to the company's bottom line. If we assume the cards averaged (an unlikely overgenerous) fifty bucks, that's 48,000 people who wouldn't, couldn't or didn't use Napster.

Napster's current opening offer to lure new users is one - yes, one - free mp3.

And if you exclude expired gift cards from the revenue figure, the rise in revenues is just under 6.4 per cent, rather than the 21 per cent headline figure. And - since there is little expense in a card passing its sell-by date - the actual loss figure would be nearer twelve million.

You don't have to be Peter Jones to see a company losing the equivalent of nearly fifty million dollars a year three years into its operation isn't actually a business.

Lily on the wagon

Apparently, Lily Allen's is thinking of quitting drinking:

“I managed to get into a fight with the band JET. I have no recollection of the whole event... precisely why I shouldn’t drink!

Well, yes. If we'd beaten Jet around the head, we'd want to remember every single detail to cheer ourselves up in the year to come.

Donny Tourette: Doherty re-imagined by the Jim Henson workshop

We'll say this for Donny Tourette - he's either got a very thick skin, or a very thick something. Even he, by now, must have realised that even Jack Woolley can spot he's a bit of a laughing stock rather than a threat to the system, man.

But he keeps trying. Ooh, now he's threatening to tup a Princess:

“I’m mad for her [Beatrice, Andrew Windsor's daughter]. She’s definitely hot. She sort of reminds me of Peaches.”

“All I’d need is two minutes to turn on the Tourette charm and she’d be mine.

“I went to Mahiki this week because I heard Prince Harry was there. I thought he could put a good word in for me.

“It’s not just Beatrice’s looks I’m attracted to — she’s fifth in line for the throne. I could handle that.”

Bless him. He's like Benny From Crossroads with a guitar, isn't he?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Spice Girl reunion story spotted

Like the first cuckoo, it's a sign of spring being just around the corner when one of the tabs runs a Spice Girls reunion story.

Don't believe it until you hear Mel C announcing it.

Who owns Paula Abdul's life?

The increasingly murky life of Paula Abdul would make a great reality TV show, were it not for the latest battle being over, erm, her reality TV show. >Abdul is being taken to court by a production company which claims it invented Hey Paula, and then got cut out when Abdul took her show to Bravo.

Abdul's response? "I own my own life."

Didn't look like that when she was on Fox the other week.

Economist on Jobs: Self-serving, but right

The Economist has published its response to Steve Job's call for an end to DRM. They're convinced:

Having seen which way the wind is blowing, Mr Jobs now wants to be seen not as DRM’s defender, but as a consumer champion who helped in its downfall. Wouldn’t it lead to a surge in piracy? No, because most music is still sold unprotected on CDs, people wishing to steal music already can do so. Indeed, scrapping DRM would probably increase online-music sales by reducing confusion and incompatibility. With the leading online store, Apple would benefit most. Mr Jobs’s argument, in short, is transparently self-serving. It also happens to be right.

Of course, it won't be as simple convincing the labels.

Indeed, Warners have already sniffed and turned their back. Breaking into the company's announcement of disappointing results, Edgar Bronfman insisted on business as usual:
"We advocate the continued use of DRM," Bronfman said, adding that music deserves the same anti-piracy protections as software, TV broadcasts, video games and other forms of intellectual property.

"We will not abandon DRM nor services that are successfully implementing DRM for both content and consumers," he said.

But Edgar, as you well know, TV broadcasts don't have DRM on them - at least, not analogue and much digital terrestrial are broadcast in the clear. And yet ITV isn't going bust, is it? Likewise, many other forms of intellectual property are DRM free - books, newspapers, posters - even CDs and cassingles.
"The issue is obscured by asserting the DRM and interoperability is the same thing," Bronfman said. "They are not. To suggest that they cannot coexist is simply incorrect."

To an extent, you're right, Bronfman - asserting DRM and interoperability "is the same thing" is wrong, because, erm, they're not. And, of course you're right, DRM and interoperability can coexist - they do right now.

For example, an iTunes music store track has DRM; an eMusic track is interoperable.

But, assuming you're not a big fat liar, Edgar, you must be totally ignorant if you believe that it's possible for an individual file to both contain DRM and be interoperable. Because, to guarantee the file can be played on any equipment, its DRM would have to be opensource. And if it was open to all, it wouldn't be any good as DRM, would it?

Who, where, when. The why and how is up to you.

The Who are playing some enormous gigs this summer:

22 May Birmingham National Indoor Arena
23 Sheffield Arena
25 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
26 Hull City AFC
01 June Swansea City AFC
23 Cheshire Knowsley Hall
24 Glastonbury Festival
26 London Wembley Arena

The one in Knowsley Hall sounds like a lovely day out, doesn't it?

What will you do when 10,000 Morrisseys come marching over the hill?

So, this is the future, then: Morrissey fans getting together to propel Life Is A Pigsty into the charts.

Why, though? Why?

Yes, chart rules make it possible. But does that make it desirable?

Surely the danger is that - rather than entering the top five and showing how large Mozzer's fan base is - it limps into the lower reaches of the top forty? It could end up looking like that Frasier Crane demonstration where the depth of affection was undeniable and obvious as its lack of breadth.

A similar project, It Should Have Been Number One, at least has a clearer mission. It's setting out to be like a musical Sam Beckett, seeking to put right what once went wrong, giving songs which never got to the top first time round a second chance. You don't need Hologram Al, though, to see the problems here.

First, there's something noble about the way, say, Vienna never made it to number one - arguably, it's done more to keep the song fresh in the popular memory than if it had got to the very top. The last thing its record needs is a patronising hands-up.

Second, they're starting with Roll With It. Which, surely, is the walking definition of a single that shouldn't have been number one. Unlike Ultravox, who lost out to a song that was tapping a different market, Oasis knowingly and willingly entered into a chart battle with Blur, and were beaten by the better single. Now, much as we'd love to see someone set up a campaign to try and give Brighton and Hove Albion the victory they could have had in the 1983 FA Cup Final, I can accept they were lost and that's why the records say that. Trying to give them a victory on the basis of a show of hands a decade or more later doesn't really count, does it?

Unhappiness in 'slavery?

It could be all over for Audioslave, as Tom Morello tells US radio the band is up in the air:

Morello said that Cornell did not want to tour in support of Audioslave's third studio album, 'Revelations', which came out last Fall. He gave no indication of whether the band would record or tour again.

Morello is busy pouring his energy into Nightwatchman, his poorly-named latest project.

All rock, all the time... except when it's talk

The long clamour for a radio station which mixes speech programming with classic rock is over - at least in Manchester. What do mean, what clamour? Did you miss the march through London, with people chanting "What do we want? Queen's greatest hits and interviews with senior local National Health Managers When do we want it? Well, the speech elements ideally at breakfast and drive time, the music at other points in the schedule, although admittedly that raises questions about the weekend...oh, hang on... you mean Now, don't you?"

Ofcom have awarded Rock Talk the final Manchester FM franchise.

Guardian Media Group's John Myers is quite excited:

The GMG Radio chief executive, John Myers, said Rock Talk would be "another nail in the coffin for the BBC."

Another nail in the coffin for the BBC? Erm... the BBC's stranglehold on UK radio is quite firm, and is hardly likely to be broken by a local network in a northern city mixing travel news and Led Zep (Tailbacks on the M62 and Smoke On The Water).
"At last Ofcom has decided to award something totally different," Mr Myers added.

"The bid led on the whole GMG ethos of offering something different. It is an opportunity to do speech at peak time with classic rock around it. It is a totally new format for Britain.

"We will be targeting BBC Radio Manchester. I think one of the reasons Ofcom awarded us the licence is that we have the facilities in the north-west to make it work."

Actually, old music and some speech features was pretty much the norm on most Gold format stations when the frequencies split back in the 1980s, until the Radio Authority started to loosen formats faster than Chris Moyles loosens his belt at an All You Can Eat Buffet. But we wish them luck, and hope this will be the start of a slew of unusual mix-and-match formats. We can't wait for the dance music/business news network.

Remember... it's not for you: That SXSW list

This is usually the longest post of each year - the official list of SXSW acts. It's long, and may be of less than zero interest to some of you - in which case, click here and leap across the entire list.

Aa (Brooklyn NY)
AA Sound System (Edmonton AB)
A Band of Bees (Ventnor UK)
Aberdeen City (Boston MA)
The A-Bones (Brooklyn NY)
About (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
A Cursive Memory (Los Angeles CA)
Peter Adams And The Nocturnal Collective (Cincinnati OH)
Pierre Aderne (Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL)
Aesop Rock (Brooklyn NY)
A Fine Frenzy (Los Angeles CA)
After Forever (Reuver THE NETHERLANDS)
Afterhours (Milano ITALY)
Against Me! (Gainesville FL)
Airbourne (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Air Traffic (Bournemouth UK)
Akimbo (Seattle WA)
Tetuzi Akiyama (Tokyo JAPAN)
Alabama Thunderpussy (Richmond VA)
Alamo Race Track (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
The Alarm Clocks (Cleveland OH)
Allison (Mexico D.F. MEXICO)
All the Saints (Atlanta GA)
All Time Low (Baltimore MD)
ALOKE (New York NY)
Alternative Champs (Charlotte NC)
AM (New Orleans LA)
Amber Pacific (Seattle WA)
Scott Amendola (Berkeley CA)
American Flamewhip (Winnipeg MB)
American Princes (Little Rock AR)
Amp Fiddler (Detroit MI)
Amplified Heat (Houston TX)
AM Syndicate (Austin TX)
An Albatross (Philladelphia PA)
ANAVAN (Los Angeles CA)
Keren Ann (Paris FRANCE)
Annuals (Raleigh NC)
A Northern Chorus (Hamilton ON)
Antibalas (Brooklyn NY)
The Apes (Washington DC)
Apollo Sunshine (Boston MA)
Apostle of Hustle (Toronto ON)
The Apples in Stereo (Denver CO)
Aqualung (South London UK)
Aqueduct (Seattle WA)
Arbouretum (Baltimore MD)
Iain Archer (Bangor UK)
Architecture in Helsinki (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Ark (Malmo SWEDEN)
Armor For Sleep (Newark NJ)
Army of Me (Washington DC)
Che Arthur (Austin TX)
Asobi Seksu (Brooklyn NY)
Astronautalis (Jacksonville FL)
At All Cost (Austin TX)
Nicole Atkins & the Sea (Neptune NJ)
A-Trak (Montreal QC)
Attack Formation (Austin TX)
Attractive and Popular (Hot Springs National Park AR)
Audrye Sessions (Livermore CA)
Au Revoir Simone (Brooklyn NY)
Austin TV (Mexico City MEXICO)
The Automatic (Cardiff UK)
Automusik (Austin TX)
The Waiting Hurt (Barstow CA)
Awesome Cool Dudes (Austin TX)
The Awkward Stage (Vancouver BC)
Kevin Ayers (London UK)
Back Door Slam (Isle of Man UK)
Badly Drawn Boy (Manchester UK)
The Bad Rackets (Austin TX)
Bad Wizard (Brooklyn NY)
Balkan Beat Box (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Band of Heathens (Austin TX)
Bang Gang (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Jill Barber (Halifax NS)
Barbez (Brooklyn NY)
Shane Bartell (Austin TX)
Bassnectar (San Francisco CA)
Ceci Bastida (Los Angeles CA)
Bat For Lashes (Brighton UK)
Battle (London UK)
Bayside (Long Island NY)
Beach House (Baltimore MD)
Beangrowers (St Julians MALTA)
The Beasts Of Bourbon (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Beat the Devil (Brooklyn NY)
Howie Beck (Toronto ON)
Bedroom Walls (Highland Park CA)
Kim Beggs (Whitehorse NWT)
Beirut (Albuquerque NM)
Marit Bergman (Stockholm SWEDEN)
The Berg Sans Nipple (Paris FRANCE)
Bermuda Triangle (Oslo NORWAY)
The Besnard Lakes (Montreal QC)
Best Fwends (Ft Worth TX)
Jello Biafra (San Francisco CA)
Bible of the Devil (Chicago IL)
Big Balls (Austin TX)
Bigbang (Oslo NORWAY)
Big Business (Los Angeles CA)
Big City (Psycho Les, Al Tariq & Problemz) (Queens NY)
The Big Sleep (Brooklyn NY)
Carly Binding (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Bionic (Montreal QC)
Scott H. Biram (Austin TX)
Andrew Bird (Chicago IL)
The Bird and the Bee (Los Angeles CA)
Bird featuring Mark Burgess of the Chameleons (Hamburg GERMANY)
Martina Topley Bird (London UK)
Birdmonster (San Franciscio CA)
Birds of Avalon (Austin TX)
Birthday Suits (minneapolis MN)
Bisc1 (Queens NY)
Bishop Allen (Brooklyn NY)
BJC (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Irina Bjorklund & Peter Fox (Helsinki FINLAND)
The Black (Austin TX)
The Black Angels (Austin TX)
Black Fiction (San Francisco CA)
Blackhearted Force (Minneapolis MN)
Black Helicopter (Boston MA)
The Black Hollies (Jersey City NJ)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Toronto ON)
Black Joe Lewis (Austin TX)
Black Lips (Atlanta GA)
Blacklist (New York NY)
Blackmarket (Lake Havasu AZ)
Black Moth Super Rainbow (Pittsburgh PA)
Black Rose Band (New Orleans LA)
Black Tie Revue (Pittsburgh PA)
The Blakes (Seattle WA)
Bavu Blakes (Garland TX)
Blanche (Detroit MI)
Sarah Blasko (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Bleubird (Ft Lauderdale FL)
Blindspott (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Bloc Party (London UK)
Blonde Redhead (New York NY)
The Blood Arm (Los Angeles CA)
BlöödHag (Seattle WA)
Blues Control (Ridgewood NY)
The Blue Van (Copenhagen DENMARK)
BOAT (Seattle WA)
Harlan T Bobo (Memphis TN)
The Boggs (Brooklyn NY)
Bonde do Role (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Bone Box (Manchester UK)
Ray Bonneville (Montreal QC)
Bon Savants (Boston MA)
Boom Bip (Los Angeles CA)
Bosque Brown (Ft Worth TX)
Boston Chinks (Memphis TN)
Bowling For Soup (Denton TX)
Robert Bradley (Detroit MI)
Mark Bragg Band (St John's NF)
Doyle Bramhall (Dallas TX)
Brand New Sin (Syracuse NY)
Brave Radar (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
The Bravery (New York NY)
The Breakup Society (Phoenix AZ)
Jake Brennan (Boston MA)
The Briefs (Seattle WA)
Brighton, MA (Chicago IL)
Broadfield Marchers (Louisville KY)
Luke Brodie (Mexico City MEXICO)
Stephen Brodsky's Octave Museum (Boston MA)
Broken Teeth (Austin TX)
The Broken West (Los Angeles CA)
Tom Brosseau (Los Angeles CA)
Brother Ali (Minneapolis MN)
Brother Reade (Los Angeles CA)
Brothers And Sisters (Austin TX)
Marc Broussard (Carencro LA)
Findlay Brown (London UK)
Pieta Brown (Iowa City IA)
Ane Brun (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Brute Force & Daughter of Force (New York NY)
Jim Bryson (Ottawa ON)
Bubonic Plague (Los Angeles CA)
Buck 65 (Mt. Uniacke NS)
Buffalo Killers (Cincinnati OH)
Buffalo Tom (Boston MA)
Vashti Bunyan (Edinburgh UK)
The Burden Brothers (Dallas TX)
Burning Star Core (Columbus OH)
Burrito Deluxe (Nashville TN)
Busdriver (Los Angeles CA)
Johnny Bush (San Antonio TX)
Busty Duck (Brussels BELGIUM)
Nick Butcher (Chicago IL)
Buttercup (San Antonio TX)
Tracy Byrd (Nashville TN)
George Byrne? (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Cache Cache (Baltimore MD)
Cadence Weapon (Edmonton AB)
Cage (Brooklyn NY)
Calla (Brooklyn NY)
Callisto (Turku FINLAND)
Call Me Lightning (Milwaukee NY)
Call Me Poupee (Montreal QC)
Canseco (Tijuana MEXICO)
The Cape May (Calgary AB)
The Capitol Years (Philadelphia PA)
Carbonas (Atlanta GA)
The Caribbean (Washington DC)
Brandi Carlile (Seattle WA)
Reeve Carney & The Revolving Band (Los Angeles CA)
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Galaxy and Kiss snuggle up

The Chrysalis-owned Galaxy radio network and EMAP's Kiss are to work together in a bid to take on the might of the BBC.

Yes, that's what they say, anyway.

We know that some Galaxies used to be Kiss anyway before EMAP threw a brand-hissy, but let's let that one lie, shall we?

Galaxy and Kiss already share a dance music Top 40 chart, the Fresh40, on Sundays. We do wonder, though, if one side is a little keener on the link-up than the other:

The Chrysalis Radio group head of programming, Pete Simmons, told MediaGuardian: "We are talking at management and programme director level, both commercially and in terms of programme content.

"We won't be sharing a breakfast show Monday to Friday, but there are other ways we can complete with the BBC.

"The figures for Kiss and Galaxy are great at the moment. People talk about kids not listening to radio anymore and it's just not true."

An Emap spokeswoman said the new radio projects were still at the discussion stage.

Now, if that's not one side booking the church and flicking through wedding invitation designs while the other is still wondering if he's going to return her calls, we don't know what is.

Chiefs at home

Tomorrow night, the latter-day Fagin's gang that is the Kaiser Chiefs are playing Doncaster, live, for the benefit of Radio One listeners. In order to be at their best for this occasion, they're doing a somewhat hastily-arranged warm-up at Leeds Poly tonight. (Oh, alright, Metropolitan University.) You have to buy a ticket in advance, whereupon a wristband will be slapped on you to ensure you don't get lost. Or tout the tickets, or something.

Monkeys shop themselves

When he bumped into a fan while out shopping in Sheffield, Arctic Monkey Alex Turner whipped out his laptop and played a forthcoming b-side. We hope it was a fan, anyway.

Whoever he was, Ian Theasby was impressed:

Ian Theasby told NME.COM the track "could be one one of the most classic B-sides for the greatest hits in 10 years time".

As good as one of the better tracks on a contractual-fulfilment album, eh? Can't wait.

Jones raises half a cheer for EMI

The eggs-in-one-basket for EMI that is the Norah Jones album has done well, but possibly not well enough. Never Too Late did debut at number one on the Billboard album charts, but sales were a surprisingly thin half a million.

Further down the list, the US outing of Alright Still managed to limp in at number twenty, with just 34,000 copies sold - not a bad start for most British acts, but since Lily Allen is supposed to have MySpace-enabled superpowers, probably a bit disappointing for all concerned.

Moss bans Doherty

We're not entirely sure he'd have been going anyway - although his enthusiastic embrace of The Madonna Lifestyle doesn't make it impossible - but, alledgedly Kate Moss has told Pete Doherty he's not allowed to go to the Brits.

Apparently she's "jealous" of his "friendship" with "Lily Allen".

Oh, if only there was some sort of unnamed source to explain to us what's going on.

Hang about - there is:

And things came to a head when Kate discovered a gift Lily had given him among Pete's stuff. Our source tells us: "Kate went ballistic and kept shouting about why he had kept the thing from Lily after all these months.

"Pete insisted that she was being paranoid, they were just mates.

"But Kate was having none of it and said that there was no way that Pete was going to the Brits if Lily was going - especially as she wasn't going herself.

"Pete was gutted as he was looking forward to it."

Of course, the real problem is that the Brits are taking place on Valentine's Night. It does raise the question of what bunch of dipping dots arranges the work's night out on February 14th. Especially when you're live on TV, to a nation of living rooms deserted by young people out eating spaghetti in a bid to get off with each other.

Jamelia: ...or maybe an astronaut or an engine driver

Fancy that - having failed to sell many records, Jamelia has decided it's time for a career change:

“I’d love to do acting but I’m not sure if I’d like to play the part of a singer."

Probably wise - don't want to stretch yourself too far on your first outing, eh?

3AM slips deeper online

The horse-frightening Daily Mirror website redesign this morning (and who knew that the terrible Times Online wouldn't be the worst national newspaper web relaunch this week?) must send something of a shudder through the four remaining shoulders of the 3AM Girls - they've slipped from having a direct link just under the masthead to being two-clicks from the front page. And the "showbiz extra" which used to sit beneath their page has now risen to push them below the fold.

We're sure this has been explained positively to them, though, in the same way old people in hospital are told they're being moved closer to the door for the view.

Jacko calls in career support

We're starting to think that Michael Jackson has already remade his career, and rather than returning to music, his new job is popping up talking to rich people all over the place.

He's now allowed himself to be spotted taking lunch with Simon Fuller, setting a tongue-clack that Fuller is going to bring Jackson back to the top.

After all, if Fuller could make a success out of such difficult cases as Victoria Beckham solo, the movie from Justin To Kelly, S Club 8 meets Kids From Fame series I Dream, and the 21st Century Girls, how could he fail with a one-man circus widely perceived to have got up to funny business with young kids, whose creative peak was getting on for three decades ago?

Unless Fuller has connections to Ripleys Believe It Or Not.

But "lesbian" isn't a bad word, Britney

Upset and alarms ringing over claims made by Omar Iceman Sharif in the current issue of Touch, where the friend of Federline mutters how he bets that Britney Spears is, you know, like, gay:

He went on to claim he and Kevin watched as Britney and her female pals romped together at their Malibu home.

Omar claimed: “They were friends of hers who she would invite to her house and they would drink and party.

“They had their hands all over each other.”

Actually, that's not really lesbianism, is it? That's just touching. Doubtless Iceman and Kevin would sometimes party, drink and - yes - even touch each other.

As if aware that Sharif sounds less like an eyewitness than someone talking about something he once imagined while knocking out a single shandy, Touch drags up an unnamed "insider":
The magazine, released in the US yesterday, also quoted “insiders” who told how Britney would often disappear with girls during her two-year marriage to Kevin, which ended in November.

One told In Touch: “Sometimes it was three girls, and sometimes there were more like six.

“I heard about her being with girls at least 20 times while they were married.”

Didn't we also hear about Federline being with girls at least 20 times while they were married, too?

The curiosity is that at least twenty occasions with as many as six girls - that's a bare minimum of 120 women, and yet none of them have popped up selling "I done it with Miss Britney" stories. Curious, huh?
Gina Orr, spokesman for Britney’s record label Jive, last night denied the star had ever indulged in lesbian romps.

She said in a terse statement: “It’s not true.”

There's some suggestion that this has all been cooked up to help Federline win custody of the children. But at times like this, you really need some cool-headed analysis. So, let's turn to Victoria Newton, shall we?
I knew the singer was up for a snog with a woman when she kissed MADONNA live on stage at the 2003 MTV awards. But these latest claims are quite shocking.

Shocking? Lesbianism and bisexuality shocks you, Victoria? Where did you go to school - 1845?

Still, well done you for spotting that Britney didn't mind kissing women by reading the subtle sign of her kissing a woman on television. Nothing gets past you, does it?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mooney caught in V2 lock-up

The collapse of V2 has hit The Mooney Suzuki especially hard - their album, Have Mercy, has been locked inside the record label's vaults:

[Sammy] James still remains confident Have Mercy will be released. "The world is going to hear the record in one way or another," he said. Although currently in talks with numerous labels about distribution deals, James has already conducted a little circulation of his own by adding Have Mercy tracks to the band's MySpace page. And confesses he may go all the way, "I could put the whole album up online...what are they going to do, sue me?"

The record industry suing an artist in the interests of an artist. You can picture it, can't you?


According to something we heard Danny Baker saying the other day, Reckless Records in Soho has closed down. The second hand micro-chain apparently closed down last Wednesday, somewhat unexpectedly. No word yet on what will happen to the stock in the stores.

Fopp buys upwards

Fopp Records has more-than-trebled its size overnight, by buying up the best of the Music Zone stores.

Music Zone went into receivership in January, just twelve months after buying up 41 MVC stores. They'd been in receivership since December 2005, in turn just four months after Woolworths had offloaded the chain. The inability of so many management teams to turn a profit from the locations doesn't seem to have phased Fopp.

There had been 35 Fopp stores; now, there are to be 102. For a while, at least.

Garcia's wife sues to free recordings

Deborah Koons Garcia, widow of Jerry Garcia, is suing the company which administers his estate. Koons Garcia claims the company - of which she is a member - is frustrating attempts to release unheard Garcia material, and should have packed its affairs up at the end of 2005 anyway.

Other beneficiaries of the estate, including Jerry's daughter Keelin Noel Garcia, have their own legal battle already running with Deborah. Keelin claims Koon Garcia's handle on financial affairs has been "shoddy".

A judge will affect to care as soon as April 13th.

Jazzobit: Frankie Laine

The family of Frankie Laine have announced his death.

Laine was born Paolo LoVecchio in 1913, to a father who would sometimes cut Al Capone's hair. Growing up in Chicago, Paolo sang for church and school choirs, but first made headway as a performer at Chicago's notorious Merry Garden venue. Laine hadn't been supposed to be singing - his role at the venue had been as a dance instructor, but he'd been tempted on stage during a break. Laine didn't realise at first how popular he was:

"Soon I found myself on the main bandstand before this enormous crowd. I was really nervous but I started singing 'Beside an Open Fireplace,' a popular song of the day. It was a sentimental tune and the lyrics choked me up. When I got done, the tears were streaming down my cheeks and the ballroom became quiet. I was very nearsighted and couldn't see the audience. I thought that the people didn't like me."

It turned out, though, the audience had fallen silent because they'd been transfixed by Laine's music. The management signed him up, and before long he'd been sent to Baltimore to host a Merry Garden dance marathon on tour.

In 1937, Laine heard that Perry Como had been planning to quit The Ted Weems Orchestra. Hoping to take Como's role in the band, Laine sounded Perry out, only to discover that Como had changed his mind. However, Como made an offer:
Como apologized and said, "Would you like to go to Cleveland? I can make a call and maybe get you a job."

So it was that Frankie - still trading as Frank LoVecchio - found himself in Ohio, filling a role with the Freddy Carlone band that Como had held a year before.

However, two weeks into his new job, Carlone sacked everyone due to poor ticket sales. Broke and stuck in Cleveland, Laine managed to get another gig, singing at The Ace of Clubs. That lasted a week before the place was razed to the ground.

You'd start to think you were jinxed, wouldn't you?

A few sightly longer lasting singing jobs came and went, and by wartime, Frankie was working at Parker Appliance. It might not have been music, but Laine remembered it as having a major plus:
"The first week, I made 150 bucks, so I said, 'The hell with singing.'"

By 1943, though, he was keen to pick up his musical career, and got transferred to a Parker factory in California. It wasn't a successful move, and Laine saw his life bottoming out living on a diet of four chocolate bars a day while sleeping in Central Park.

A move back to Los Angeles started to bring some breaks - a friendship with Carl Fischer turned into a songwriting and musical partnership which would last until 1954; Hoagy Carmichael heard him singing at a nightclub which led to a deal with Mercury Records.

That's My Desire was to become his signature song at the time - recorded in his first session for Mercury, it went on to make it to number four in the pop charts, even although the song's writer supposedly didn't even recognise his work in Laine's version.

A string of hits followed, including Two Loves Have I, but it was when Mitch Miller came to Mercury as A&R man and spotted that Laine's voice could make him attractive to a wider market that Laine moved into the mainstream. Miller had himself made some pretty shameless singalong pop albums, and the pairing of Laine's gravitas with Miller's finger on the public gspot was a formidable proposition.

Miller jumped ship to Columbia in 1950; Laine remained at Mercury just long enough to see out his contract before moving with his mentor. The addition of Columbia's marketing muscle to the pairing of Miller and Laine made for a pop team unsurpassed until Parker, Presley and RCA came together, and produced an astonishing number of records (39) achieving enormous sales. Amongst these was The Kid's Last Fight, a track which would make a deep, lasting impression on a young John Peel:
That [record] can still stand up in any company. Which is more than The Kid could do, of course.

In coronation year, Laine's I Believe went to the top of the UK singles charts, and stayed. And stayed, and stayed. Despite the best (or rather, worst) efforts of Bryan Adams and Wet Wet Wet, his run of eighteen weeks at number one remains unchallenged.

He flirted with other genres, releasing jazz, gospel, rock and folk albums. Frankie also tried his hand at acting, but while British audiences took to his work, it never found enough favour at home to allow him to give up the day job, and his connections to the movie and TV world were better served by his themes for Rawhide and Blazing Saddles and his regular Oscars mid-show numbers.

Frankie Laine also played his part in the civil rights movement, in a highly visible way. When the Nat King Cole show was in danger of going down due to the difficulty of attracting a sponsor for black-fronted entertainment, Laine made a point of guesting on the show, even waiving his usual fee. (The gesture, though, didn't entirely work - Cole left the show after a year, as sponsorship still proved elusive.)

Meanwhile, his music career developed along unconventional lines - an unhappy period at Capitol and a renaissance with ABC (yielding the hit Lord You Gave Me A Mountain amongst others) was followed by a move to Amos. This was a strategic decision, as Laine believed the smaller company would give him more room to experiment. It did, but it was also a bad commercial decision - Amos didn't have the cash to get behind his quirky, rock tinged albums, and the records flopped.

Laine moved to establish his own label, Score, which is still a going concern - albeit one most concerned with releasing Laine's back catalogue. His last record was a 9/11 benefit, Taps/My Buddy.

His career saw him much garlanded - he was even officially declared a "national treasure" by the US congress. Laine's first marriage, to Nan Grey, lasted from 1950 until her death in 1993; he's survived by his second wife, Marcia Ann Kline.

Frankie Laine died at the age of 93 on February 6th, 2007, from cardiovascular disease.

Womad add names

The line-up for this year's Womad is starting to take shape - Candi Staton is on board, alongside Toots and The Maytals, Sheila Chandra and Baaba Maal. And all these:

Baaba Maal ( Senegal )
Balkan Beat Box ( Israel / United States )
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba ( Mali )
Ben Taylor ( United States )
Bill Cobham ( United States )
Candi Staton ( United States )
Cesaria Evora ( Cape Verde )
CJ Chenier ( United States )
Daara J ( Senegal )
DJ Shantel ( Germany )
El Tanbura ( Egypt )
Imagined Village ( United Kingdom )
Kronos Quartet ( United States )
Kung Nei & Ouch Savy ( Cambodia )
Lila Downs ( Mexico )
Mariza ( Portugal / Mozambique )
Marzoug ( Algeria )
Sam Tshabalala ( South Africa )
Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga ( Kenya / Congo Dem. Rep. )
Serta-Gesar Troupe ( Tibet )
Sheila Chandra ( United Kingdom )
Steel Pulse ( United Kingdom )
The Dhol Foundation ( United Kingdom )
Toots and the Maytals ( Jamaica )
Toumast ( Niger Republic )
Warsaw Village Band ( Poland )

If you live near the new Womad home of Charlton Park, you can get a cheapie ticket for just fifty quid; usual price is £120, so that's quite a good deal/

Conor in Europe

Lovely-eyed beauty Conor Oberst is coming to Europe, for a few Bright Eyes dates:

22nd March Oslo Compolite
24th Stockholm Debaser
26th Berlin Columbia Club
27th Cologne Gloria
30th Paris Cafe de la Danse
31st Amsterdam Melkweg

Aah... Conor... in the Rhineland... Following Conor up the Koln Dom's narrow, spiral staircase was tantalising... just in front of my eyes, his perfect little arse, pumping up and down, up and down, as his breath came in short little bursts. "Nearly there... nearly there... nearly there" he kept muttering to himself, gently under his breath, for all the world like he was attempting to hold off the moment of ejaculation...

Glitter cut - but not by much

Gary Glitter's hopes that his child molestation sentence would be ended as part of the Vietnamese Tet festival amnesty have ended in disappointment.

He is going to get a reduction in his sentence - but only by three months. He'll still be in prison until August 2008 under the redefined sentence.

Bad news for Lily Allen

Allen had been hoping to flee to America in a bid to avoid Amy Winehouse's overpowering shadow.

Bad news, Keith Allen's daughter: While you're slogging it round on an MTV package tour, fighting for column inches, Winehouse is already soaking up fawning press coverage by the acre. The :Washington Post is in thrall to the myth of the tortured artist:

To witness Winehouse is to wonder why art and self-destruction so often dance together. Insiders wonder if she'll keep it together long enough to fulfill her glittery promise -- or at least the promise that music marketers hold out.

Of course, rather than suggesting that Winehouse take care of herself, the Post just suggests we pull up a chair.

[Thanks to Jim McCabe for the link]

Ozzy goes free

Bloody hell, Sharon must be winning a fortune on that Gala Bingo website. This year's Ozzfest is going to be free, with all costs being met by tour sponsors.

It's quite a gesture, although we can't help wondering if the motivation is in part allowing Sharon to exercise more control over the lower orders. After all, when people are buying tickets with the hope of seeing, say, Iron Maiden, it's hard for Sharon to throw Iron Maiden off the tour if they fall out, and so she's reduced to humiliating herself with a childish stunt or two. After all, nobody wants to have to refund tickets, do they? But if the cost of the tickets has been picked up by Nike or Snickers or whoever... well, that shifts the balance of power.

And, in passing, Kelly Osbourne appears to have been the victim of a Freudian slip during the business news on the World Service this morning - ending a report on Windows Vista complaints, the anchor asked if "geek" was now an acceptable term. "Kelly Osbourne likes geeks..." volunteered the business reporter:

"Kelly Osbourne? Who's that?"
"Ozzy Osbourne's son..."