So, which did you see? Pulp or Prince? Everyone seems to have been at either Hop Farm or Hyde Park to see one or the other this weekend. Except me, as this year I decided to boycott festivals that feature headliners whose names begin with the letter ‘P’, as well as events whose locations begin with the letter ‘H’. As you can see, it would therefore have been completely impossible for me to go to either. I hope you enjoyed whichever you saw, though the fact that you have no problem with the letters ‘P’ or ‘H’ is ethically dubious. Glad I’m able to take the moral high ground and not feel foolish for missing them. That would have been terrible. Anyway, here’s some stuff that’s happening this week that should be fine for you to get involved with.
01: BPI AGM and ACM. The BPI will hold its Annual General Meeting this Wednesday at the May Fair Hotel, where members will get together and, amongst other things, elect new representatives of the independent and major industry sectors to its council. The AGM takes place as part of the BPI’s Annual Conference for Members, which will feature a keynote address from Omnifone Executive Chairman Rob Lewis on ‘music in the cloud’, followed by a panel discussion of digital services and their practical uses.
02: Mary Anne Hobbs and Mix Master Mike join Xfm. This Saturday’s going to be a good day for radio. Not only will Mary Anne Hobbs make her triumphant return to Xfm, but her three hour show will be preceded by Xfm newbie Mix Master Mike with an hour-long mix. This isn’t even a one-off, that’s the station’s new Saturday night line-up. And to get you in the mood for this, Mary Anne has put together a Powers Of Ten playlist for us, which you’ll be able to listen to on Friday afternoon.
03: Noel Gallagher press conference. Noel Gallagher will officially announce the release of his debut solo album at a press conference on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Liam Gallagher claimed his brother and former bandmate had stolen a load of Oasis songs for his album. Noel denied this, saying in February that he wasn’t even working on any solo material, while adding: “It’ll be out when it’s finished I guess. Well, I’ve not even started it, so I don’t know”. A month later You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi let slip that Noel was recording next door to them in an LA studio.
04: New releases. Out there trying new things, Soulwax release their ‘Radio Soulwax’ app today, and later this week Imogen Heap will premiere the first ever 3D song, which is part of her two year project to write songs for her next album in new and innovative ways. Radiohead also release the first in a series of twelve-inches featuring remixes of tracks from ‘The King Of Limbs’, and there are albums by Memory Tapes, Com Truise and Peter Murphy that you should check. Oh, and don’t forget new singles from Strangers, Paul Thomas Saunders, Letters, and Cornelia.
05: Gigs. Weezer will play London’s Brixton Academy this Wednesday. Whatever you think of their more recent albums, they are still an outstanding live band, so if you’ve ever loved anything they’ve done, you’d be wise to get yourself along. The marvellous Austra will also be in London and Brighton, while Bright Eyes will be in Birmingham, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tennis will both be in London (though separately), and SCUM will be all over the place.
Now you know what’s happening this week, why not find out what happened last week by listening to the latest edition of the CMU podcast? There’s discussion of such important music industry topics as Specific Media’s mistaken belief that ‘The Social Network’ was a documentary, the ‘hat-trick’ system for combating online piracy, and how long Beyonce takes in the loo. Listen here: www.thecmuwebsite.com/podcast
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