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THURSDAY 12 JANUARY 2012
PLAYLIST: TRAILER TRASH TRACYS
Trailer Trash Tracys first materialised in 2009, later signing to Domino Records' sister label Double Six for the release of their debut album, 'Ester'. Forging an elegant line in stylish noir-pop and swoonsome shoegaze, the LP came out last week. TTT play tonight at The Lexington, and they've obligingly put together a playlist featuring selected sounds from the artists they most admire more>>
APPROVED: PHILCO FICTION
Formed in Oslo in 2009, Philco Fiction released mini-album, 'Give Us To The Lions' the following year, but it's on their debut full-length album, 'Take It Personal', released in Norway at the end of last year, where they really flourish. Currently looking for a UK home for the album, the band will be supporting the brilliant Giana Factory in London on 26 Jan, making it a gig not to be missed more>>
TOP STORIES
- Who will join the web block party? Ireland, Spain, USA?
IN THE POP COURTS
- Dutch courts approve Pirate Bay blockade
- Murray lawyers re-present self-administration theory for restitution hearing
IN THE POP HOSPITAL
- Kiedis foot injury postpones Chilis tour
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Festival Awards presented
- Border Breakers gongs dished out
- Choice Music Prize shortlist announcement
IN THE STUDIO
- Katy B working with Guy Chambers
RELEASE NEWS
- Meat Loaf recruits rappers for world-weary new LP
- Madonna announces album title
- Three Trapped Tigers announce remastered EPs bundle
BOOKS NEWS
- Diplo's new book and cruise liner hell
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Graham Coxon announces album, summons local bands as tour support
- Enter Shikari tour
TALKS, DEBATES & CONVENTIONS
- New York Sound City announces initial line up
AND FINALLY...
- Ol' Dirty Bastard's FBI file appears online
- 1D Styles denies naked photo is him
HMV APOLLO BOX OFFICE MANAGER - FULL TIME (EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL)
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EVENTIM, AFFILIATE MANAGER
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We are looking for an Affiliate Manager to join our team in London and run our in-house affiliate programme. You should be capable of establishing and developing strong partnerships within the live entertainment industry and across brands that drive traffic to the websites of Eventim and our partners, help secure presales, deliver promotions and generate ticket sales.

A passion for live entertainment is essential.

To apply please send a cover letter including salary expectations together with your CV to: jobs@eventim.co.uk. Closing date: 13 January 2012

WHO WILL JOIN THE WEB BLOCK PARTY? IRELAND, SPAIN, USA?
The boss of EMI in Ireland has pre-empted expected proposals from the Irish government to help rights owners crack down on piracy, urging the country's politicians to not drag their heals on the new anti-piracy measures, but also airing concerns that the proposed statutory instrument will not deal with the record industry's concerns.

The Irish government has been slow to introduce new laws to help copyright owners crack down on illegal file-sharing, though, as previously reported, the country's largest ISP, Eircom, has been operating a three-strikes system sending warning letters to suspected file-sharers, as the result of an out of court settlement. But with Eircom's rivals unwilling to introduce similar systems voluntarily, record labels have been calling on ministers to introduce some statutory measures for a while now.

As also previously reported, it's thought the proposed statutory instrument will put in place a web-blocking injunctions system, rather than a forced graduated response programme that orders ISPs to warn individuals about their file-sharing ways. A number of countries have prioritised web blocking over three-strikes in their efforts to crack down on illegal file-sharing, with Spain introducing such a system as we speak, and US political types discussing something similar in Congress.

Despite Irish ministers pledging to help content owners, according to the Irish Times, EMI chief Willie Kavanagh has expressed concerns about the measures they are developing, though that's possibly just because they won't share plans with him ahead of any public announcement. Confirming he'd asked government officials to see the proposals but that they had so far not been forthcoming, the EMI boss said he was starting to believe their measures are "unlikely to satisfy the music industry's requirement for injunctive relief". Ministers are yet to respond to Kavanagh's comments, though it is thought they will go public with their anti-piracy plans within the month.

Talking of anti-file-sharing measures in Spain and the US, such things are moving forward in the former, and still causing controversy in the latter. As previously reported, there were concerns a change in government in Spain could delay the so called Sinde Law, a high speed web blocking system, from getting off the ground, but the country's new executive quickly announced that it would fast track the introduction of the new measures, which were approved by Spain's parliament last year. The new injunctions process should be up and running by March.

Ironically, given Spain's last government was partly motivated to push through the Sinde Law because of pressure from US officials who were critical of Spanish court rulings that said existing copyright law was unable to stop file-sharing, American efforts to introduce similar web-blocking measures are still ongoing, and if US law was decided by public opinion online then the previously reported Stop Online Piracy Act would be thrown out of Congress with no further discussion.

With that in mind, American Universal Music exec Jim Urie, who has been particularly vocal over the years about the need for new laws to help content owners crack down on piracy, has called on the music community to lobby Congressmen in support of the proposed web-blocking measures, which he claims have been misrepresented online and in some media coverage.

In an open letter, Urie says: "Legislation is pending in Congress that would address foreign websites engaged in piracy and counterfeiting, but it has been wildly mischaracterised in the media and blogosphere. The hyperbole has caused a lot of people to contact Congress in opposition to bills that have, in reality, been carefully balanced to ensure that we help bring law and order to the internet without jeopardising the communications tool that is vital to all our lives and livelihoods".

He urges music types to counter the opposition by telling their political representatives they support the proposed legislation.

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DUTCH COURTS APPROVE PIRATE BAY BLOCKADE
More web blocking, and Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has successfully appealed a previously reported ruling regards whether or not the country's ISPs can be forced to block access to The Pirate Bay.

As previously reported, while one Dutch court ruled that The Pirate Bay's owners are liable for copyright infringement and that the site should be shut down, when BREIN sought an injunction to force internet service provider Ziggo to stop its customers from accessing the rogue BitTorrent site (because TPB is actually outside the Dutch court's jurisdiction, making the first ruling hard to enforce) another court ruled no such injunction could be issued.

In a hearing last July Dutch judges expressed concern that some people might use The Pirate Bay to access legitimate content (ie that which has been put online via BitTorrent by the content owner) and therefore it would be wrong for an ISP to block access to the site completely (even though that other Dutch court had ordered the site be taken offline altogether).

But on appeal, judges accepted arguments by BREIN that the amount of content legitimately shared via The Pirate Bay is minimal, and that that legitimate content is accessible anyway without The Pirate Bay being operational. As a result both Ziggo and another ISP called XS4ALL, who voluntarily joined the action to support its rival, have ten days to put a block in place.

Of course all web blocks can be circumvented if a user knows what they are doing (there have been many reports online of users successfully getting round BT's block of the Newzbin file-sharing site in the UK), but rights owners would argue the majority of web users will not know how to get round any blockade, or wouldn't be inclined to try, and that such moves are therefore valuable even if they are not 100% effective.

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MURRAY LAWYERS REPRESENT SELF-ADMINISTRATION THEORY FOR RESTITUTION HEARING
Conrad Murray's lawyers are still sticking to their theory that Michael Jackson caused his own death by self-administering the fatal shot of propofol that killed him back in 2009.

As much previously reported, Murray was found guilty last year of causing Jackson's death by providing negligent treatment as the singer's personal doctor, in particular by administering the anaesthetic propofol as a cure for insomnia. Murray's defence claims that Jackson must have self-administered the fatal shot of the drug. Witnesses for the prosecution said that was very unlikely, but anyway, even if the singer had managed to inject the propofol that killed him, Murray would still have been negligent for allowing the drug to be accessible to a patient.

Murray has said he can't afford to rehire his defence team for a planned appeal, but they are still working on the issue of restitution relating to the guilty verdict, ie what Murray should pay Jackson's children for their loss caused by his negligence. The prosecution are pushing for $100 million, based on what the singer would have earned from the 'This Is It' residency he was booked to play when he died. The defence are proposing something much more modest, not least because Murray could never afford to pay $100 million.

Given the guilty verdict, Murray's defence team can't dispute their client's liability for Jackson's death, but they are reportedly hoping that the evidence to support their theory the singer might have personally contributed to his own death might convince the judge to award the late king of pop's family less money. Though given that, at one point during Murray's actual trial, judge Michael Pastor seemed to be actually angered by Murray's suggestion Jackson was to blame for his own demise, I'm not sure it will.

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KIEDIS FOOT INJURY POSTPONES CHILIS TOUR
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' US tour has been postponed due to frontman Anthony Kiedis sustaining "multiple foot injuries".

An official statement confirms that the 49 year old needs time to recuperate from recent surgery "to removed a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon", though it doesn't specify what caused the injuries in the first place.

Kiedis is expected to be performance-ready by late March, when the first of the revised dates is scheduled to take place.

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FESTIVAL AWARDS PRESENTED
Ladies and gentlemen, mesdames et monsieurs, meine Damen und Herren, take your seats for the European Festival Awards. Actually, don't, they've already happened, in the Netherlands last night at this year's Eurosonic festival and convention. But look, that doesn't stop you enjoying the list of winners, based on over 350,000 votes for 200 festivals from over 32 countries. Woo!

Best Major European Festival: Sziget Festival (Hungary)
Best Medium-Sized European Festival: Off Festival (Poland)
Best Small European Festival: Haldern Pop (Germany)
Best New European Festival: Extrema Outdoor (Belgium)
Best Indoor Festival: I Love Techno (Belgium)
Best European Festival Line-Up: Rock Werchter (Belgium)
YOUROPE Green N Clean Festival Of The Year: Melt! (Germany)
Artist's Favourite European Festival: Southside / Hurricane (Germany)

Best Newcomer: James Blake
Best Headliner: Coldplay
Festival Anthem Of The Year: Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Promoter Of The Year: FKP Scorpio (Germany)
YOUROPE Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Eavis, Glastonbury

And now a quote from Festival Awards chief James Drury: "The further growth of the European Festival Awards and another record-breaking event highlights just how important festivals are to people across the continent. It's testament to the hard work and passion of everyone involved with festivals that they continue to be so popular. With Glastonbury being the inspiration for so many festivals, I was especially delighted to welcome Michael Eavis to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been seminal in the success of the festival scene around the world".

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BORDER BREAKERS GONGS DISHED OUT
Talking of European-themed music awards presented at Eurosonic, the European Border Breakers Awards have also been dished out. These go to new or emerging European artists or groups who have had success in reaching audiences outside their own country with their first internationally-released album. We knew which artists would be getting a Border Breaker prize already, though the public could also vote for their overall winner, and the Public Choice Award went to Belgian act Selah Sue.

As a reminder, here's the full list of Border Breakers winners this year:

Elektro Guzzi (Austria)
Selah Sue (Belgium)
Agnes Obel (Denmark)
Ben l'Oncle Soul (France)
Boy (Germany)
James Vincent McMorrow (Ireland)
Afrojack (Netherlands)
Alexandra Stan (Romania)
Swedish House Mafia (Sweden)
Anna Calvi (UK)

Anna Calvi said to CMU of her win: "I am really honoured to have won this award. My father is Italian, my mother grew up in Switzerland. I don't just feel English, I feel very European and it's been really important for me that the record has done well in Europe as a whole".

And for you Irish readers out there, we even got a quote from your border breaking man James Vincent McMorrow who performed two songs at the Border Breakers Awards event: "This is fantastic. I was here at Eurosonic last year and it was here where it all began. From then on it led to incredible things and this award means a lot to me".

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CHOICE MUSIC PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT
Talking of Irish music, the shortlist is out for the Meteor Choice Music Prize, which is Ireland's Mercury-style album of the year shindig. Eleven Irish media and music types put together the shortlist, an overall winner from which will be selected on 8 Mar. Here are the contenders this year:

And So I Watch You From Afar - Gangs (Richter Collective)
Bell X1 - Bloodless Coup (Belly Up Records)
Cashier No 9 - To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union)
Lisa Hannigan - Passenger (Hoop Records)
The Japanese Popstars - Controlling Your Allegiance (EMI)
Jape - Ocean Of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands - Golden Syrup (Osaka Records)
Pugwash - The Olympus Sounds (EMI/1969 Records)
Tieranniesaur - Tieranniesaur (Popical Island)
We Cut Corners - Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards (Delphi)

Commenting on the shortlist, Meadhbh Quinn of the award's mobile firm sponsor Meteor told CMU: "Today's shortlist is representative of the vast wealth of musical talent we have in Ireland today. Meteor has a longstanding association with music, it resonates with our customers and we are passionate about supporting and celebrating Irish musical talent within the country. Our work with the Choice Music Prize gives us the opportunity to share the best of Irish music with Meteor customers".

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KATY B WORKING WITH GUY CHAMBERS
Katy B has enlisted the help of Guy Chambers to write new material, according to Contact Music. The songwriter and producer is, of course, best known for his work with Robbie Williams but has also worked with such luminaries as Kylie Minogue, Katie Melua, and The Wanted.

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MEAT LOAF RECRUITS RAPPERS FOR WORLD-WEARY NEW LP
Lil Jon and Public Enemy's Chuck D will feature as guest rappers on Meat Loaf's new album 'Hell In A Handbasket', Meat has confirmed.

Speaking in praise of Chuck D's contribution to the record, a cover of Tom Cochrane's 'Mad Mad World', the rocker says: "Chuck D is the rapper's rapper. He is the original, and every rapper that has come after him wants to be like him. For us to have him on this record is a major coup and I am so impressed with what he wrote!"

And as self-explanatory as his motivation for making the album may seem, Meat is nonetheless keen to explain it. "'Hell In A Handbasket' is the most personal record I've ever made", he says. "It's about how I feel the world's gone to hell in a handbasket. It's really the first record that I've ever put out about how I feel about life and how I feel about what's going on at the moment".

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MADONNA ANNOUNCES ALBUM TITLE
Madonna's new album will be called 'MDNA'. So now you know. She announced the title while filming an interview for Graham Norton's BBC One show.

As previously reported, the album will be Madonna's first under her new deal with Universal/Interscope and will be released in March.

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THREE TRAPPED TIGERS ANNOUNCE REMASTERED EPS BUNDLE
One of CMU's 2011 Artists Of The Year, thanks to their very fine debut album, Three Trapped Tigers have announced that they will release a new compilation of their first three EPs in March. Entitled 'Numbers: 1-13', all songs, originally released between 2008 and 2010, have been remastered.

The record is available for pre-order via the band's label Blood & Biscuits now: bloodandbiscuits.bigcartel.com/product/three-trapped-tigers-numbers-1-13-cd

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DIPLO'S NEW BOOK AND CRUISE LINER HELL
Evidently not content with his various roles as Major Lazer producer, Mad Decent chief and Blackberry ambassador, Diplo now has his own book in development.

It's entitled '128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo's Visual Guide To Music, Culture, And Everything In Between' (so a sort of 'world according to Diplo', then), and will comprise a collage of photographs, playlists and commentary arranged into chapters according to country. Featuring a foreword by fashion designer Alexander Wang, the book will be available via Universe Publishing in April.

Elsewhere in stuff involving Diplo, a party cruise liner bearing the dancehall DJ ran aground last week after striking some sand dunes. The likes of Skrillex, Tommy Lee and Korn (yes, really) were also aboard the 'Holy Ship', which was stranded for a day in Grand Bahama having run into (and damaged) a good-sized slab of underwater reef.

Mixmag reports that some of the boat's 2500 revellers were heard screaming "We're all going to die!", though that may have actually been caused by Skrillex starting up his afternoon set in the tikki lounge. No passengers were harmed, though the same can't necessarily be said for the rare corals and the livelihoods of local fishermen.

Here's a very conscientious video of the incident: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZQKpFHbZ04

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GRAHAM COXON ANNOUNCES ALBUM, SUMMONS LOCAL BANDS AS TOUR SUPPORT
Graham Coxon is all set to release a new album, and he really doesn't care who knows it.

Having worked with producer Ben Hillier (Elbow, Doves, Blur's 'Think Tank') on his eighth studio long player, which is due out via EMI/Parlophone on 2 Apr, Coxon defines the LP as: "Improvisations, experiments in beats, rhythms. A chance to uninhibitedly make some sort of perversely sad, danceable and funny and despondent songs".

He has also put out a call for local bands in possession of "punk rock spirit" to compete to provide regional support on his forthcoming tour, inviting aspiring acts to submit their videos to toursupport.grahamcoxon.co.uk. Fans are then asked to nominate their favourites, from which Graham will choose an opening act for each venue.

Speaking about the venture, which is held in partnership with NME, he says: "We'll just see what we find, I'm quite interested in having a variety of different types of music really. It doesn't have to be guitar-y drums punk-y stuff, it doesn't have to be in any way sounding like up-to-the-minute, all the rage. I'm quite open minded".

Tour dates:

13 Apr: Oxford, Academy,
15 Apr: Gateshead, Sage
16 Apr: Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
19 Apr: Manchester, Sound Control
20 Apr: Sheffield, Leadmill
21 Apr: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
23 Apr: Brighton, Concorde
24 Apr: Cambridge, Junction
25 Apr: London, The Forum
27 Apr: Gloucester, Guildhall
28 Apr: Bristol, Trinity
29 Apr: Exeter, Phoenix
30 Apr: Falmouth, Princess Pavilions

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ENTER SHIKARI TOUR
Frenetic alt-metal crew Enter Shikari have shared a set of tour dates to match their new album, 'A Flash Flood Of Colour', which is out on 16 Jan via Ambush Reality Records.

Spokesman Rou Reynolds says this of his band's honourable intentions with their latest release: "We want to make people feel unified, empowered and positive, acting as a balance to all the negativity around us. It's time for us to stand up. It's time for us to shout loud. Because the clock is ticking for every one of us..."

Well in that case, you'd better have a look at these tour dates, and be quick about it:

16 Jan: London, Borderline
17 Jan: Kingston, Hippodrome
18 Jan: Leeds, Cockpit
17 Mar: Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
18 Mar: Hull, University
19 Mar: Manchester, Apollo
20 Mar: Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
22 Mar: Plymouth, Pavilions
23 Mar: London, Hammersmith Apollo

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NEW YORK SOUND CITY ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINE UP
Organisers of New York Sound City, the spin-off event from the annual Liverpool Sound City festival and convention, have announced details about some of the conference type things that will be occurring at their inaugural event.

Set to appear at the convention are a trio of indie label founders from both sides of the Atlantic, Wall Of Sound's Mark Jones, Ultra Records' Patrick Moxey and Gee Street's Jon Baker, plus Michael Cohen from New York booking agency AM Only. Panels will cover the access v ownership debate, New York hip hop, and relations between the UK and US music industries.

New York's Hudson Hotel will host the convention on 12 Mar, with gigs set to take place at Webster Hall. CMU approved act Outfit are among the new bands to play, while - as previously reported - Scouse old timers The La's will also sing some songs.

More here: www.newyorksoundcity.com

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OL' DIRTY BASTARD'S FBI FILE APPEARS ONLINE
Late Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard's FBI file has been placed online after it was obtained by blogger Rich Jones under a freedom of information request.

Amongst the nuggets of information in the 93 page file, it is revealed that the FBI began monitoring The Wu-Tang Clan's activities in 1999, believing that its members were "heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, carjacking and other types of violent crime". It adds that "once individuals have proved themselves as good and loyal members" of the group, they would be "offered record contracts to record rap type music".

As for ODB, who died of a drugs overdose in 2004, the report details the rappers numerous arrests and criminal convictions dating as far back as 1987, from the "unlawful wearing of a body vest" to attempted murder.

See the full report here: gun.io/blog/i-got-ol-dirty-bastards-fbi-file/

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1D STYLES DENIES NAKED PHOTO IS HIM
A rep for One Direction has reportedly denied that a photo doing the rounds on the internet showing a mop topped guy with his pants pulled down is the 'X-Factor' group's Harry Styles. The photo is one of those shots taken on a phone pointed at a mirror, meaning the reflection of the flash conveniently obscures the protagonist's face, though whoever first posted the shot on the net - via Twitter I think - claimed it was the boy band star.

Fans online, possibly with too much times on their hands, have since undertaken forensic investigations to convince themselves the cock shot is genuine: it's his hair, he's wearing the silver dog tag chain thing he wore on 'X-Factor', the bathroom where the picture is taken looks like the one in the house where 'X' contestants stay, boxer short shots clearly show the pop teen is well endowed, that Styles liked to get naked was a running gag on the talent show etc etc etc. There was also a rumour that One Direction's management tried to have the tweet that originally linked to the photo taken down, which, if true, might suggest it's the real deal.

You're not interested in seeing the photo at the centre of the debate of course, so there's no need to check this blog here. And you've not got time to examine the "proof" it's the real deal, though fans on a gay chat room called FM Forums seem to have gone to the most lengths to convince you it is, here.

But take note, Styles insists that the half-naked guy in the photo is some other mop-topped dude who likes exposing his genitals for the camera - and to be fair, if the internet has taught us anything, it's that lots of mop-topped dudes who like exposing their genitals for the camera exist.

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