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FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2012
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: BODYMOVE AT EGG
Right, hope you're all refreshed after last weekend's Carnival action (you did all go to Carnival, right?) and ready for another round of partying. Well, that's good to hear, because I have twelve hours of house for you this Saturday at Egg's Bodymove night. Headlining is Jerome Sydenham, who's in high demand, and you always know you're going to get a proper house set from him more>>
TOP STORIES
- Crunch meeting due next week as Europe's investigation into Universal's EMI bid reaches final stage
OBITUARIES
- Chris Lighty 1968 - 2012
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Welsh Music Prize shortlist announced
ARTIST DEALS
- Universal Publishing signs admin deal with Billy Joel
- Placebo confirm licensing deal with Universal
IN THE STUDIO
- King Cannibal becomes House Of Black Lanterns
- Blink 182 recording again
RELEASE NEWS
- One Direction share LP artwork, release date
- Villagers debut new single
- Grass House to release single via new label Dancing Coins
FILMS & SHOWS NEWS
- 50th anniversary Rolling Stones film to get cinema screenings
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Pendulum DJing in London
- Haim to tour
- Sauna Youth to play LP launch party
FESTIVAL NEWS
- "Exhausted" Azealia Banks cancels further festival sets
- Festival line-up additions
BRANDS & STUFF
- Werner Gerzog to direct live Killers webcast for AMEX
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Quest gets post-X management options
- Guy Garvey setting up EP label
AND FINALLY...
- CMU Beef Of The Week #125: Brian May v badger hater David Cameron
DOMINO RECORDS - DIGITAL SALES MANAGER
Domino is seeking a confident high calibre individual to oversee digital sales initiatives for its London office. The position will manage key partnerships with UK and European digital music services (e.g. iTunes, Spotify).

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MANNERS MCDADE - CREATIVE SYNC AND ARTIST MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Manners McDade is a boutique agency specialising in publishing, artist management and promoting music for use in visual media. We are looking for confident individual with a working knowledge of music publishing and/or synchronisation.

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LISTEN UP - PRESS ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP
Listen Up is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic press intern to assist our press department across their print and online campaigns. If you are a budding publicist looking to get your first foot in the door then this could be the opportunity for you.

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TECHNIQUE, MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
A UK based Artist Management company are looking for a full time assistant. Working closely with the Artist Managers, you will support the team by organising diaries, arranging meetings, managing telephone calls, proof reading/testing/checking, arranging couriers, booking transport and accommodation, obtaining supplier quotes, managing databases, ordering equipment, creating download links, updating expense reports, liaising with trade organisations and collection societies and generally helping out.

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CRUNCH MEETING DUE NEXT WEEK AS EUROPE'S INVESTIGATION INTO UNIVERSAL'S EMI BID REACHES FINAL STAGE
Despite various delays, the regulatory investigation in Europe into Universal's bid to buy the EMI record company looks like it's entering its final phase, with Business Week reporting that reps from national competition regulators within the European Union will next week be consulted. If they give the latest proposals the nod, approval subject to concessions could be announced by 19 Sep. The deadline for conclusion is currently 27 Sep.

As previously reported, despite initially saying no concessions should be required to get regulator approval for its ambitious EMI acquisition, Universal bosses subsequently proposed to sell off a significant portion of EMI's European assets in order to get European Commission approval for their deal. Those proposals included offloading EMI units in various European countries, and the Parlophone and Chrysalis labels in the UK.

Though opponents to the deal continued to argue that any divestments to secure deal approval should include the sale of global rights in key catalogues, and it's thought the final proposal to be shared with national authorities next week will include the global sale of the all important Parlophone label (sans The Beatles catalogue, obviously).

Since Universal conceded that some substantial sell-offs would be required to win deal approval in Europe, some have speculated that the enforced offloading of catalogues and European units could result in some substantial losses for the mega-major, ie it would have to sell the divested EMI assets at a price lower than that it is committed to pay current EMI owners Citigroup, pro rata.

But one almost guaranteed bidder for some of those EMI assets, the boss of BMG, Hartwig Masuch, had told the Financial Times that he thinks there will be enough interest in most of the EMI catalogues and units up for sale - and Parlophone especially - that Universal should be able to sell those assets on at the price it has paid for them.

Confirming he was "very interested" in acquiring some of EMI's recording catalogues (despite the current incarnation of BMG being primarily in the business of music publishing rather than recording rights), Masuch said he had already entered into non-exclusive negotiations with Universal, and that his company's owners - German media giant Bertelsmann and equity group KKR - were "very supportive" of plans to buy a bit of EMI.

He added that if BMG was to acquire a sizable share of the offloaded EMI units, giving it an interest in sound recordings more on par with its publishing business, it would in essence create a fourth major music company, allaying - perhaps - those concerns that the demise of EMI has created a music rights industry dominated by just three major players (ie Universal, Sony and Warner - the former two of which, of course, were in part elevated to their current uber-size by each acquiring half of the original BMG major music company).

If Universal does get approval for its EMI deal in Europe, all eyes will then fall onto America's Federal Trade Commission, which is considering the proposals in the States, where there has been considerable political interest in the big music deal. Traditionally you'd expect the US competition regulators to be less severe than their European counterparts, though no one seems certain which way this one will go. No formal concessions have been proposed in America yet, though opponents to the deal have called for divestment proposals Stateside to match those in Europe.

Though some are still lobbying the FTC to block the deal outright. That includes the American Antitrust Institute, that raised concerns about the EMI acquisition just this week. Noting that a combined Universal/EMI would have had 51 of the titles in the Billboard Top 100 for 2011, the AAI said in a letter this week: "We urge the Federal Trade Commission to enjoin [prohibit] the transaction and preserve EMI as a fourth major music label in the already concentrated recorded music industry".

As the AAI mainly exists to campaign for more aggressive anti-trust regulation, its opposition to the Universal/EMI deal isn't surprising, of course. Nevertheless, Universal spokesman Peter Lofrumento issued a statement refuting the Institute's claims, telling reporters: "Our acquisition of EMI will create even more opportunities for new and established artists, expand the marketplace with more music and support new digital services. We are working closely with the Federal Trade Commission and remain confident of regulatory approval".

Elsewhere in Universal news, the major reported earnings of 88 million euros for the most recent quarter from revenues of 961 million euros. Revenues were down on the same quarter in 2011, but profits were up.

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CHRIS LIGHTY 1968 - 2012
The US hip hop industry, and the wider music business, was in shock yesterday following the untimely death of Chris Lighty, one of the American industry's most savvy urban music entrepreneurs, and most recently COO of talent management powerhouse Primary Violator. Some US media reports have suggested that Lighty committed suicide.

Lighty was born in New York, and first made connections in the city's emerging hip hop scene by helping out the likes of DJ Red Alert and KRS-One, at one time simply carrying records for the former. Once established in the scene, Lighty became manager for several prominent rap groups of the mid-80s, including Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.

His talents were spotted by early hip hop moguls Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen, who recruited him to work for their Rush Management business in 1989. He brought the acts he already represented to the company, while also subsequently working with Public Enemy, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane and Eric B & Rakim, among many others. During this time he also occasionally rapped himself.

He founded his company Violator while still working for Rush, and when the latter closed in the mid-1990s several of its clients moved over to Lighty's agency, which had become the primary project for both him and business partner Mona Scott-Young.

Violator grew into one of US hip hop's most important management firms, with spin-off divisions focusing on brand partnerships, digital projects and record releases. Missy Elliott, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J and, perhaps most notably, 50 Cent joined the roster of acts Violator represented. Meanwhile, through various major label alliances, Lighty also personally held executive roles at the likes of Jive, Def Jam and Loud Records.

Last September, Lighty announced a major new alliance with another big US talent management company, Primary Wave, a deal which created Primary Violator. Light was appointed COO of the new venture, working alongside Primary Wave execs Larry Mestel and Michael 'Blue' Williams. Light said at the time: "I am excited to launch Primary Violator with two of the most talented and respected executives in the industry. The music business is all about innovation and this strategic partnership will create a more diversified company, which will bring forth a wealth of opportunities for our clients".

After Lighty's death was confirmed yesterday, Mestel said in a statement: "We are extremely shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Chris was a friend, business partner and most of all, an icon, role model and true legend of the music and entertainment industry. He will be missed by many, and we send love and support to his family".

The New York Daily News has reported that Lighty died from a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound, possibly following an argument with his ex-wife. Various media have noted that recent remarks by the executive on Twitter were philosophical and downhearted, while the Daily News reckons the Violator chief was facing problems over unpaid taxes. Though there has, as yet, been no formal announcement regarding the circumstances around Lighty's death.

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WELSH MUSIC PRIZE SHORLIST ANNOUNCED
The shortlist was announced for the second ever Welsh Music Prize this week, which will be presented on 18 Oct. This year a gig will be staged at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff the day before featuring as many of the shortlisted acts as possible.

And here is the shortlist selected by a panel of journalists, DJs and music industry bods...

Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe In Hope
Cate Le Bon - CYRK
Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog - Draw Dros Y Mynydd
Exit_International - Black Junk
Future Of The Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
Huw M - Gathering Dusk
Islet - Illuminated People
Jodie Marie - Mountain Echo
Kids In Glass Houses - In Gold Blood
Kutosis - Fanatical Love
Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
Truckers Of Husk - Accelerated Learning

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UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING SIGNS ADMIN DEAL WITH BILLY JOEL
Universal Music Publishing has announced a new global publishing alliance with Billy Joel via its Rondor Music division, with the major administering all of Joel's songs on a worldwide basis.

Universal Music Publishing top man Zach Horowitz told CMU: "We couldn't be more thrilled that Billy Joel has chosen to bring his songs to Rondor and UMPG. There are few songwriters in the history of music that have created a catalogue of such hits, depth and quality. With Rondor's distinctive focus and care, and UMPG's global scale, administrative infrastructure and network of worldwide sync specialists, we are uniquely positioned to maximise the extraordinary opportunities that exist for Billy's music".

Joel himself, meanwhile, said: "Publishing is a cornerstone of the music business, one of the reasons songs live and thrive around the world years after they've been written or recorded. Rondor and Universal Music Publishing Group understand the complexities of music publishing in general and the nuances of my catalogue in particular. The successful ongoing administration of my songs is in good hands under the stewardship of Rondor and UMPG".

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PLACEBO CONFIRM LICENSING DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL
Placebo have announced a new licensing deal with Universal Music, via the mega-major's German business for some reason. Placebo self-released their last album after completing their original record deal with EMI, working with independents Vagrant and [PIAS] on distribution. The new partnership with Universal will also see the major represent the band's entire "physical back catalogue". The first new release under the new alliance will be an EP later this year, followed by a new longer player in 2013.

Confirming the deal, Tom Bohne, Senior Vice President of Universal Music Germany, told CMU: "We're thrilled that Brian, Stefan and Steve have chosen to sign with Universal Music Germany for a worldwide deal and we look forward to engaging with their loyal fan base as well as reaching new audiences through the release of their next album and special editions of their back catalogue. We firmly believe that Placebo will continue creating music that pushes the limits artistically and commercially and are happy they entrust us with their art".

Alex Weston from the band's management Riverman added: "Placebo's last album campaign, which we were happy with, had us, as management and label, juggling various licensing deals with independents all over the world. Whilst it allowed us enormous freedom and control and resulted in a continued level of success which we are incredibly proud of, the work load was astronomical and actually made us appreciate what a major label can bring to the party. We were very fortunate to have a lot of interest from some great labels and it was a complex negotiation getting to this point".

He added: "We've been incredibly impressed with the Universal teams we've so far met in London, France and various key territories, and we're delighted to be doing a deal through our German friends who we've known for many years and who have shown enormous enthusiasm for Placebo. Through them, we know the band will get the attention, commitment and worldwide reach we require for the next phase in Placebo's career".

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KING CANNIBAL BECOMES HOUSE OF BLACK LANTERNS
Dylan Richards, who has previously released music under the names of King Cannibal and Zilla for labels including Ninja Tune and Warp, has announced a new project, House Of Black Lanterns.

The new venture sees Richards move further away from the drum n bass and dubstep realms he's previously inhabited, though he very much retains the distinct dark and foreboding atmosphere which all of his productions are swathed in. The new project will also have a visual element to it.

Says Richards: "House Of Black Lanterns is firstly about suspense, space and depth. More restrained than anything I have worked on before, the threat of violence is buried in deep texture rather than worn of my sleeve. Space is important to this project, both in terms of the space within these productions and the creative space. House Of Black Lanterns will be an evolving experiment bringing in shifting contributors. I'm excited to share the birth of this project, as it has been my primary focus for the last year and is my sole priority".

King Cannibal will remain a going concern as a live act - his next show a performance with the Kronos Quartet at the Sacrum Profanum festival in Poland next month - though Richards says he has no further plans to record under that name. But then, when you've submitted one of the best tracks to Björk's massive 'Biophilia' remix project, you might as well stop there, eh?

The debut House Of Black Lanterns album is planned for release early next year via Jon Convex's Convex Industries record company, while Richards has also launched his own label, Shock & Desire, for other unreleased material. A single through that label is expected later this year.

You can hear a whole load of House Of Black Lanterns material, plus that aforementioned Björk rework in this mix, which Richards has put together for The Quietus. You can also download it to keep forever and ever right here.

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BLINK 182 RECORDING AGAIN
Mark Hoppus has been recording for a new Blink 182 project. Updating fans via his Google+ profile (I know, seriously), the Blink bassist wrote this week "it begins...", enclosing a screen-print of an untitled audio file in studio software Logic.

When questioned as to what exactly had begun, Hoppus added: "Sorry, not trying to be mysterious. Yes, this is me opening a new file for a Blink 182 song. I had three ideas today, all very different. I wish I knew how to operate Logic better. These guitar tracks sound like Frankenstein's monster singing dubstep".

So there you have it, Blink 182 are releasing a Halloween-themed dubstep LP, you heard it here first.

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ONE DIRECTION SHARE LP ARTWORK, RELEASE DATE
Having yesterday enticed fans with just the title of their new LP, 'Take Me Home', One Direction have shared several extra details relating to it. And oh my gosh, are they essential.

The 1D quintet presented said essential details via a very well-rehearsed yet casual video message, confirming that the new record will be available to pre-order from 3 Sep "at midnight". The actual release date, if you'd rather know that, is 12 Nov.

They also tweeted this photo of the 'Take Me Home' cover art. If ever an image of five teenage boys doing things near a phone box spoke a thousand words, it's this one. I could look at it for hours.

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VILLAGERS DEBUT NEW SINGLE
The once-Mercury nominated Villagers, aka Conor O'Brien, has unveiled a new single entitled 'The Waves'. Marking his first studio output beyond debut LP 'Becoming A Jackal', it's set for physical release on 22 Oct. That, or buy it on iTunes now.

Here he is talking about what inspired him to write it: "I was looking up at the sky on a particularly clear night and it struck me that I had never written a song about those little moments when you feel a fundamental and awesome sense of wonder and a simultaneously humbling recognition of absolute insignificance".

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GRASS HOUSE TO RELEASE SINGLE VIA NEW LABEL DANCING COINS
Americana-favoured dark-rock quartet Grass House will christen new London independent Dancing Coins with their new single, 'The Boredom Rose'.

The track, as features backing vocals by Cold Specks' Al Spx, will be the label's inaugural release on 10 Sep. Listen to it now, if you like.

A live performance by the band will form the centrepiece of a dual-purpose single and label launch party on 11 Sep at London's Madame Jojo's. The CMU approved Colours are also playing, while Weird Dreams, Still Corners and Sylver Tongue will just DJ a while.

Event details here.

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50TH ANNIVERSARY ROLLING STONES FILM TO GET CINEMA SCREENINGS
With that 50th anniversary now upon us (actually, I think technically it passed last month), a film documenting The Rolling Stones' five decade career is set for release across selected cinemas in October.

Titled 'Crossfire Hurricane', it features thus far unseen archival footage and new commentary by the band, inviting - or so says its press spiel - "a remarkable new perspective on the Stones' unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60s to rock royalty".

The film's director Brett Morgen says: "This is not an academic history lesson. 'Crossfire Hurricane' allows the viewer to experience the Stones' journey from a unique vantage point. It's an aural and visual rollercoaster ride".

'Crossfire Hurricane' will also be screened, rock n roll rollercoaster clichés and all, on BBC Two later this year, and will be available on DVD in November.

Meanwhile, speculation is rife that four 50th anniversary concerts will also take place this autumn, with some saying Richard Branson will use the flagship shows to launch a new live music enterprise. As previously reported, all four current members of the Stones were recently working together in a Parisian studio, possibly created bonus material content for an upcoming compilation.

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PENDULUM DJING IN LONDON
Despite leaving a Pendulum-shaped void in the drum n bass scene when they confirmed an indefinite hiatus as a performing and recording outfit in June, Pendulum do still exist, but in the more modest form of a DJ duo who occasionally take to the decks for the time being.

And one such occurrence is taking place at London's Koko on 8 Sep, as promoter The Playground presents a night also featuring Hadouken, +Zedd, and Bassnectar's live British debut.

Details here.

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HAIM TO TOUR
CMU approved sister-sister-sister trio Haim, who - quite weirdly, considering they're not at all gentlemanly - have been out touring across Mumford & Sons's 'Gentleman Of The Road' run, will soon be plying their solo alt-pop stylings to gig ticket buyers across Great Britain.

The band apparently also have a new single out 'later this year', which will represent the first fruits of their signing to Polydor in June.

Anyway, the dates:

10 Nov: Leeds, Constellations Festival
11 Nov: Glasgow, Stereo
13 Nov: Manchester, Deaf Institute
14 Nov: London, KCLSU
16 Nov: Nottingham, Bodega
17 Nov: Bristol, The Cooler
18 Nov: Brighton, Audio

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SAUNA YOUTH TO PLAY LP LAUNCH PARTY
Art-appreciative psych types Sauna Youth are to pre-empt the 3 Sep release of their new LP, 'Dreamlands', by staging an official (and free) launch party in its name.

In addition to live music by the band and lo-fi luminaries Cold Pumas, the evening will also feature DJ sets and exhibitions by various London artists. It's all happening at the Protein Gallery on 1 Sep, until which you can pass the time by streaming 'Dreamlands' via this Bandcamp player.

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"EXHAUSTED" AZEALIA BANKS CANCELS FURTHER FESTIVAL SETS
Having cancelled multiple festival appearances back in April, Azealia Banks - who's so far earned a pretty erratic reputation as far as keeping promises is concerned - has at the last minute also withdrawn from two further festivals, citing "exhaustion".

The rapper has opted out of Ireland's Electric Picnic, having already withdrawn from Ibiza Rocks earlier this week. Though to her credit, she did perform at the latter's sister event, Mallorca Rocks, on Tuesday.

Organisers of this year's The Cure-headlined Electric Picnic, which takes place this weekend in County Laois, have issued this statement confirming Banks as a no-show: "Following on from reports earlier announcing that Azealia Banks cancelled her performance at Ibiza Rocks, we can confirm she also has pulled out of Electric Picnic 2012 due to exhaustion. We wish her a speedy recovery!"

Ah that's a nice get well soon message, isn't it? Maybe it'll remind Banks that she's meant to be off work sick at the moment. Because with all the champagne, wine and other "strong drinks" she's been imbibing on her all-expenses-paid Spanish minibreak, she seems to have forgotten.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP ADDITIONS

GATHERING, various venues, Cowley Road, Oxford, 20 Oct: Liars, Foxes, Clock Opera, Karima Francis, Lucy Rose, Fossil Collective, Swiss Lips, Wall, PAWS, Splashh, Binary, Bruno Charles, Cut Ribbons, Dan Croll, George Ezra, Idea, Indiana, Luke Sital Singh, Ottillia, The Other Tribe, The Staves, YRRS, BBATBC, Black Hats, Fine Union, Adam Stearns & The Glass Animals, King Of Cats, Pixel Fix, Poledo, Wild Swim. gatheringfestival.tumblr.com

LOOPALLU, Ullapool Ross & Cromarty, Scotland, 21-22 Sep: Scouting For Girls, Kassidy, Rachel Sermanni, The Staves, Public Service Broadcasting, Anderson McGinty Webster Ward & Fisher, Miniature Dinosaurs, Brown Bear & The Bandits, The Naked Strangers. www.loopallu.co.uk

1234 FESTIVAL, Shoreditch Park, London, 1 Sep: Gigwise will host a stage featuring The Dissidents, LoveBirds, Official Burnt Toast, The Pukes, Joseph Coward Cripis, Blast, Virginia Wing, The Phantoms, Charles Howl, Zulu, Lets Wrestle, Minny Pops, Arrows Of Love. www.the1234shoreditch.com

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WERNER HERZOG TO DIRECT LIVE KILLERS WEBCAST FOR AMEX
The same scheme responsible for one-off collaborations between Jack White and Gary Oldman, Duran Duran and David Lynch, and Hamish Hamilton and Usher, American Express's Unstaged series, has now persuaded German film auteur Werner Herzog to direct a concert webcast featuring The Killers. And potentially a surprise animal.

The set will be screened live from New York's Paradise Theatre on 18 Sep (via this YouTube link), which is also the day The Killers release their new LP 'Battle Born' in the US. We'll have it a day earlier, of course.

Rolling Stone quotes the band's bassist, Mark Stoermer, as speculating thus: "He [Herzog] has ideas for someone crowd surfing with a camera on. [And] he's gonna put cameras on Ronnie while he's playing drums".

He adds: "I think there's gonna be an animal involved. [But] I'm sure it will all be done the right way".

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QUEST GET POST-X MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
According to Music Week, the rapidly expanding Quest Management, run by Scott Rodger, manager for Arcade Fire and Paul McCartney, has reached an agreement with the producers of 'X-Factor' giving it first option to take on the management of any acts which make it through to the final stage of the ITV talent contest. Previously the post-X management duties fell to Modest Management.

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GUY GARVEY SETTING UP EP LABEL
Elbow's Guy Garvey has set himself up as an ambassador for the Extended Play sound recording format, and why not - I mean more bands are releasing EPs now than ever before, and if you are going to be ambassador of anything, you might as well pick something already doing well.

Though Garvey is interested in bands treating their EPs as a proper piece of work, and then releasing them on good old vinyl, and he's collaborating with Fiction Records boss Jim Chancellor to set up a little label to help artists do just that.

Or at least that's what he's told Radio 4. He said this week: "We don't want disposable songs [on our EPs] - we want a 20 minute record", adding: "Young bands that are perhaps self-financing and have to make money through touring can release three EPs rather than one album. That's three times as much excuse to tour, so it's working commercially".

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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #125: BRIAN MAY V BADGER HATER DAVID CAMERON
Brian May has called on the government to cancel a planned badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Or rather, he has called on people (specifically Daily Mail readers, but whatever) to call on the government to stop it. Because, says May, "David Cameron leads a new generation of Tories hell-bent on bringing back bloodsports ... There is nobody in our government who represents the interests of wild animals". And one rockstar alone isn't going to be able to change their mind.

In an opinion piece for the Mail, May said: "In probably less than a month's time, Cameron's government plans to start killing thousands of badgers, a protected species, in 'pilot' culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The lucky ones will die quickly. Others, targeted by high-powered rifles on night shoots, will be maimed or wounded to crawl away to a slow, painful death".

He continued: "Badgers matter. They are a key species, an intrinsic element in our delicate ecosystem. Their removal would have as yet poorly understood consequences for other species such as hares, foxes and hedgehogs ... They are also highly intelligent, sentient creatures. So why the cull? It is being pursued on the pretext of 'doing something' about the problem of bovine TB. Yet that 'something' is immoral, demonstrably unjustifiable by science, and will ultimately cost the farmer, and you - the taxpayer - a fortune".

Brian knows his audience, clearly. Animal cruelty might not interest Daily Mail readers, but the possibility of their hard earned taxes going astray will.

The National Farmers Union - an organisation which May says in his article "admits killing badgers on this scale will not solve the problem" - has objected to May's comments. Ian Johnson, spokesman for the NFU in the South West told This Is Cornwall: "This is not political - this is an animal welfare issue and he should not be politicising the problem. Brian May is a well-intentioned, very rich misguided person. If he wants to get involved in animal welfare he should be getting involved with the scourge of TB that affects not just cattle but other species too. His comments do nothing to help a rational debate about the problem ... He's obviously a very intelligent man so I can't understand why he's involving himself with issues he does not understand".

According to Farmers Weekly, the Badgers Trust has been granted the right to appeal against the culls at a hearing next month, which will delay the culls at least until later this year.

Badgers Trust spokeman Jack Reedy said: "The court will look at the evidence and the judge will decide whether to uphold the decision to cull badgers or not. We will abide by whatever they say, but consider the terms [of the decision] if we need to".

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