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Tuesday 29 Jul 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The City Of London Police's IP Crime unit has announced a new initiative which aims to replace advertising on piracy websites with warning notices telling users that the sites are under investigation for copyright infringement. As previously reported, targeting the revenue streams of copyright infringing online operations has become a key element of the fight against piracy, and a top... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Brooklyn resident Drew Lustman is FaltyDL. Heavily influenced by acid house and breakbeat, his 2011 album 'You Stand Uncertain' is his benchmark work, and while the 2012 release 'Hardcourage' was less good, Lustman is back on form with 'In The Wild'. His second LP for Ninja Tune sees the DL back in the zone melding beats to rhythms. His nod to old school proto-jungle abounds... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES New PIPCU initiative aims to invade the piracy ad spots
CMU goes live at The Roundhouse TONIGHT
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Merlin reduces admin fees for second year running
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LIVE BUSINESS Eventbrite hires former Twitter exec as new VP of Product
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Apple buys "Pandora-for-talk-radio"
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE MPG founder Bob Hine dies
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ARTIST NEWS Unlocking The Truth to star in new documentary
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RELEASES Van Morrison to publish lyrics in new book
Pulled Apart By Horses draw blood
Azealia Banks releases new Broke With Expensive taste track
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Julia Holter to get orchestral at the Barbican
Marmozets and Lonely The Brave to co-headline Big Cheese Tour
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AND FINALLY... Damon Albarn performs for robots
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CMU INSIGHTS: THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN 2014
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Senior Management Assistant required for London based established artist management company. Candidates must have a minimum of three years proven management experience. The role will include providing support to artist managers for global release campaigns, promotion and touring, co-ordinating day-to-day activities for artists including general administrative duties and personal assistant duties.

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SHOGUN AUDIO - LABEL MANAGER
Shogun Audio the diverse forward thinking drum n bass / electronic label is looking for an experienced label manager. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work within our Brighton-based team managing all aspects of our release campaigns and to drive label development.

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BUCKS MUSIC GROUP - LICENSING MANAGER (MATERNITY COVER)
Maternity cover required for leading independent music publisher in W8. Bucks Music Group Limited is an international and independent music publisher, whose core business evolved from a strong 60s and 70s back catalogue of copyrights including classic songs 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', 'Space Oddity' and 'She' as well as much loved TV themes such as 'The Professionals' and 'Black Beauty'.

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ENTS24.COM - MARKETING AND INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS MANAGER (BRISTOL)
With your help, we can ensure that every single entertainment fan, promoter, artist and venue knows why they need Ents24. As well being responsible for growing our online audience, you'll also be developing our partnerships within the live entertainment industry. If you have an in-depth understanding of the industry and a proven track-record of helping companies to grow, we'd love to hear from you.

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[PIAS] UK - PRODCUTION COORDINATOR
[PIAS] UK is seeking a Production Coordinator to join its growing team based in its Bermondsey office. The role includes maintaining and archiving of production assets, co-ordination of production parts, processing of metadata and label copy and managing repertoire release schedules.

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!K7 - LABEL MANAGER
The !K7 Label Group is looking for an experienced Label Manager to join its London team. Founded in Berlin in 1985, !K7 is a multi-faceted music services and label group with offices in London, New York and Berlin, and partners across the globe. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to manage all aspects of our release campaigns and drive label development.

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MACHINE MANAGEMENT - DAY-TO-DAY ARTIST MANAGER
Machine Management is looking for an experienced day-to-day Artist Manager to join the management team. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with minimum 2-3 years' experience to develop in this very busy and internationally focused role. Based in offices in East London, the position will be working primarily with one of the company's biggest talents, is very much a 24/7 role and will involve some travel.

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ESSENTIAL MUSIC & MARKETING - LABEL MANAGER
For ten years, Essential Music & Marketing has been at the forefront of the evolving distributor and label services models for releasing music. We are seeking a highly motivated Label Manager to join our growing team.

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JAZZ CAFE - FOOD & BARS MANAGER
MAMA & Company is seeking a Food & Bars Manager for the Jazz Café in London. The purpose of the role is to all aspects of the bars operation of the building, assist in all aspects of food operation within the kitchen and restaurant.

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MARATHON ARTISTS - COMMUNITY MANAGER
Marathon Artists is seeking a Community Manager to work across all the label's socials and websites. The successful candidate will be able to engage and start conversations with Marathon and our band's communities, and will send weekly reports to the team. The candidate will also need experience setting a social calendar and strategy for the label across all digital platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Google+

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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - GENERAL MANAGER, O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
Academy Music Group is recruiting for a General Manager at London's O2 Academy Islington. Candidates should have at least three years' experience of live and club venue management.

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New PIPCU initiative aims to invade the piracy ad spots
The City Of London Police's IP Crime unit has announced a new initiative which aims to replace advertising on piracy websites with warning notices telling users that the sites are under investigation for copyright infringement.

As previously reported, targeting the revenue streams of copyright infringing online operations has become a key element of the fight against piracy, and a top priority for the police's IP specialists, or PIPCU.

Because of the way online advertising works banner ads for legit brands often appear on piracy sites without the brand really knowing, because the advertising has been placed by outsourced ad networks. Those ads generate income for the people running piracy platforms, but also give the services a sense of legitimacy in the eyes of many web-users, who can't necessarily tell legit content services from the illegal ones.

PIPCU hopes that if it can replace those big brand ads with stern police notices, users will be encouraged to go looking for their online content elsewhere. Quite how the ad invasion will work technically speaking isn't clear, though PIPCU is working with a company called Project Sunblock on the initiative.

Of course, concerns have been expressed in the past that PIPCU has a mandate to target piracy sites in this way without there necessarily being a court order confirming that a website is indeed infringing copyright.

Though in its announcement about the new ad invasion tactic the police unit stresses that its internal team properly investigates the operations of any piracy sites before acting, and that operators of such platforms are given notice before any action is taken, allowing them to dispute infringement claims, or put their houses in order.

In the vast majority of cases the sites being targeted are clearly prolific infringers, though presumably PIPCU can't afford to accidentally take down a site that is legit, or even where the legalities of the operation are uncertain.

Confirming the new initiative this morning, PIPCU boss Andy Fyfe told CMU: "This new initiative is another step forward for the unit in tackling IP crime and disrupting criminal profits. Copyright infringing websites are making huge sums of money through advert placement, therefore disrupting advertising on these sites is crucial and this is why it is an integral part of Operation Creative".

He went on: "This work also helps us to protect consumers. When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic".

Meanwhile Project Sunblock CEO Duncan Trigg added: "Protecting brands online is at the heart of what we do, so we're delighted to be selected to help the police tackle online piracy and bring about a safer marketplace for advertisers in the UK".

He went on: "Without realising it, advertisers are allowing their brands to be associated with illegal sites, and regrettably, this happens more often than it should. But each time it does, brands are effectively putting money in the back pocket of criminals. As advertisers funnel more money into online spend, initiatives like this are crucial to safeguarding their brands as well as their budget".

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CMU goes live at The Roundhouse TONIGHT
If you're free tonight and looking for some music industry chat, then look no further than CMU's live podcast recording at The Roundhouse.

Dan Le Sac, Sentric Music's Simon Pursehouse and Digital Music Trends host Andrea Leonelli will join CMU Editor Andy Malt to discuss some of the big news stories to come out of the music business in the last month. Plus a couple of funny ones.

Tickets are available from the Roundhouse website now, or there will be a handful on the door this evening. CMU Digest subscribers can get 50% off when they book online.

Merlin reduces admin fees for second year running
Indie label digital rights rep Merlin has announced it is lowering its administration fees on commercial deals by 17% this year, following a 50% reduction last year.

The non-profit organisation will now charge a 2.5% rate, or 3.25% for members not affiliated to local trade bodies. Fees for obtaining settlements and recoveries from infringing services will remain the same.

Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said: "It is very satisfying to be able to announce another reduction in these fees after the 50% reduction we made in 2013, and we trust that this further underlines our commitment to continuing to deliver the maximum possible value to our members via our activities".

Eventbrite hires former Twitter exec as new VP of Product
Ticketing firm Eventbrite has announced Laurent Sellier as its new Vice President Of Product. Sellier has previously worked for Amazon and most recently Twitter.

Says Eventbrite CEO Kevin Hartz: "There are few people in the world that has the depth and breadth of experience we are looking for as we build our discovery product and round out Eventbrite as the global marketplace for live experiences. Laurent's passion for Eventbrite combined with the wealth of experience he brings from Twitter and Amazon in discovery, mobile, social, consumer and marketplace businesses is unmatched, and we are thrilled to have him lead our worldwide product strategy".

Sellier added: "Being at the nexus of technology, mobile and events, Eventbrite has a unique opportunity to connect people around the world to great live experiences. Eventbrite's traction on the organiser side of the business has been extraordinary, and I'm thrilled to be on board to build a robust attendee discovery product, and bring to life the events marketplace that is waiting to happen on Eventbrite".

The company has also recently hired April Chang as VP Of Consumer Engineering and David Good as Director Of Discovery Engineering.

Apple buys "Pandora-for-talk-radio"
It's all about the curation, isn't it? Apple has reportedly made another purchase to ramp up its curated content services, having bought the Beats business earlier this year, in no small part to take control of the curation-heavy Beats streaming music set-up.

According to Re/Code, The latest purchase is an app called Swell, dubbed by some as "Pandora-for-talk-radio". The Swell iOS app taps into podcasts and other spoken word downloads on the net, providing users with a stream of speech content that in theory suits their interests.

Having raised $7.2 million to date, Swell had a loyal following, though it seems unlikely the firm's relatively modest user base is of interest to Apple. Rather it will likely incorporate Swell's functionality into its own platform, presumably replacing the not especially well received Apple podcast app.

In related news, Apple's big Beats deal has just got the green lights from competition regulators in Europe who said the acquisition didn't raise any concerns.

MPG founder Bob Hine dies
Music Producers Guild founder Bob Hine has died, the trade body announced yesterday. He had been receiving treatment for cancer.

Co-founder Robin Millar said in a statement; "I am very sad to hear the news that the inimitable, unstoppable and unforgettable force of nature that was Bob is no longer with us. His absolute passion for standards and quality in the music he loved drove his mission to make record production into a recognised and definable profession".

He continued: "Without Bob's tireless persuasion and energy there would be no Music Producers Guild. There would be no studio producer courses at universities. There would be no standards in recording quality, mixing quality, mastering quality, music carrier quality. He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years. A charming, funny, witty, persuasive man with no ego and the only person I actually enjoyed being bullied by! Fondly remembered and sadly missed".

Hine's funeral is due to take place next week, on 5 Aug.

  Approved: FaltyDL
Brooklyn resident Drew Lustman is FaltyDL. Heavily influenced by acid house and breakbeat, his 2011 album 'You Stand Uncertain' is his benchmark work, and while the 2012 release 'Hardcourage' was less good, Lustman is back on form with 'In The Wild'.

His second LP for Ninja Tune sees the DL back in the zone melding beats to rhythms. His nod to old school proto-jungle abounds, and his encapsulation of this particular genre is sublime.

He covers many styles, as per usual, and gets almost classical at times with the majesty of 'Antilles Part Two', and the ethereal 'Grief', and 'Dos Gardenias' shows yet another string to his bow.

A diverse, interesting and thought-provoking album. And a very welcome return from this New Yorker. But let's let the music do the talking with this jazz-infused quality number.
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Unlocking The Truth to star in new documentary
New kids on the tender-aged metal block Unlocking The Truth have added a new film, tracing their rapid rise to fame, to their empire.

Its production co, SeeThink, will build on its previously-shot short doc charting UTT's early (as in, slightly earlier than the present) days, this time collaborating with Black Label Media to "go further into the band's story" in the TBA new feature, following the trio on a trip to LA to sign a record deal with Sony Music's Cherry Party.

Black Label partner Molly Smith says of the untitled short film that inspired the new, longer movie: "The eighth graders are honest and sincere and represent individuality and incredible talent for their age. The piece spoke to us, as it has a great message about being yourself and following your dreams, regardless of the hurdles one must overcome".

The movie's director Luke Meyer adds: "These three boys are coming of age at the exact moment their band is being introduced to the entire world. This film is a picture of that unique moment".

Van Morrison to publish lyrics in new book
The first ever collection of lyrics by Mr Van 'the man' Morrison is hitting book shops later this year. Or rather it's doing so in various forms, at various oft-high prices. More on that in a bit.

Titled 'Lit Up Inside', it's edited by Van M, and will compile selected lines and rhymes from one third(ish) of his songs from his 50 years in showbiz. Ian Rankin is writing a foreword as I type this now.

As well as the standard hardback print (£14.99), the book comes in a limited edition (£150), which is signed, bound in a cloth-covered clipcase, and wrapped in brown paper.

Oh, and there's a signed deluxe package (£500), which comes pinned with a print of a page of hand-written lyrics, and is bound in calfskin, and has a ribbon marker and lots of other fancy shit with an apparent value of £500. I guess baby cows are expensive to flay.

Whichever version fans prefer to spend their cash on, all three are released on 2 Oct.

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Pulled Apart By Horses draw blood
Pulled Apart By Horses will release their third album, an album that is called 'Blood', on 1 Sep. It'll be released by Sony/RED.

To celebrate/promote this fact, the band have released a new video, which they created to illustrate one of the album's songs, 'Lizard Baby'. I'm not sure if it's a song about a baby lizard, or if it's missing a comma and should be the exclamation, "Lizard, baby!" Like if you wanted your significant other to either look at or avoid a lizard. Maybe watching the video will explain, though if it's the latter then people should just use proper grammar in the first place.

Here's the video, let's see what the answer is.

Well, I'm still none the wiser, but Tom Hudson does sing "attention" quite a lot in the chorus, so I think it must be the dropped comma. Take note, bands. This is just another embarrassing titling error, like Monster Magnet's 'Monolithic Baby'. Still, it was quite a colourful video, wasn't it?

Talking about the video, Hudson said: "The glaringly colourful video for 'Lizard Baby' is a visual juxtaposition of us playing, as we love to do, with some weird and wonderful ideas we came up with when collaborating with director Stephen Agnew".

And seeing as the band love to play so much, they've arranged it so that they can do some playing in August. They're going to fund this by making people pay to come and watch. It's a very clever idea, and I hope it catches on.

Here are the dates when you can become involved with this 'playing in front of people' project:

18 Aug: Coventry, Kasbah
19 Aug: Nottingham, Bodega
20 Aug: Liverpool, East Village Arts Club

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Azealia Banks releases new Broke With Expensive taste track
At long, long, long, long, long last, it looks like Azealia 'free at last' Banks' long, long, long, long-awaited (then less awaited, then barely awaited) first LP, 'Broke With Expensive Taste', is nearing pay dirt. Yeah, that's right, it's being released on... erm, well there isn't an official release date assigned to it yet.

And yet! There is a new single titled 'Heavy Metal And Reflective', AND a real live trailer for 'Broke...', all of which means this LP is still a thing, a real, tangible thing and not a figment of Azealia Banks' imagination. The album, so we are told, is being self-released by Banks, Universal having let her take it with her (or thrown it out of the door after her, possibly) when her deal was terminated.

Anyway, this is 'Heavy Metal And Reflective', which is actually not bad (in fact, it's really great), and this is the 'Broke' trailer.

Julia Holter to get orchestral at the Barbican
Avant-garde pop lady Mlle Julia Holter is popping over to the Barbican in London for a special orchestral show featuring Berlin ensemble s t a r g a z e, who play in the style of this.

Appearing on 29 Nov, Holter and the band will play chamber arrangements of tracks from the three LPs she has released to date: 'Tragedy', 'Ekstasis' and last year's resplendently weird 'Loud City Song'.

Bathe in the glow of Jules' cover of Dionne Warwick's 'Don't Make Me Over', which is released as a single this week, here, and maybe get Barbican tickets afterwards via this link.

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Marmozets and Lonely The Brave to co-headline Big Cheese Tour
Punk/metal/rock magazine Big Cheese is laying on a totally grate (soz) triad of bands on its 2014 UK tour so... deal with it.

Co-headlining the dates, which range from 1-16 Oct, are Cambridge-based Lonely The Brave and angular Yorks band Marmozets, with grunge pushers Allusondrugs supporting on all shows.

Lonely The Brave's Mo claims to be "absolutely stoked to be on this tour with a band that we've been fans of for ages. Can't wait to share a stage with them every night".

Marmozets add their piece, saying: "After Warped Tour in the US we're unbelievably excited to be back touring in the UK with the excellent Lonely The Brave and our friends Allusondrugs. They're both great bands and this is not a tour you want to miss! It's gonna be loud, heavy and chaotic. Can't wait for everyone to hear the tracks from the new album. See you there!"

And this closing note from Allusondrugs: "We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this tour. We love Big Cheese Magazine, the line-up is amazing and it's going to be a pleasure to play alongside our friends Marmozets and Lonely The Brave".

Details and tickets are here, and here are the listings:

1 Oct: Manchester, Deaf Institute
2 Oct: Glasgow, King Tuts
3 Oct: Liverpool, Academy 2
4 Oct: Cardiff, Cf10
6 Oct: Brighton, Komedia
8 Oct: Tunbridge Wells Forum
9 Oct: Southampton, Talking Heads
10 Oct: London, Scala
11 Oct: Nottingham, Rock City Basement
13 Oct: Sheffield Corporation
14 Oct: Newcastle, Academy 2
15 Oct: Birmingham, Academy 3
16 Oct: Norwich Open

Damon Albarn performs for robots
Damon Albarn played to an audience of 50 at Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo last week. Sadly, he couldn't pull in quite enough humans, so the numbers were made up by a couple of androids.

OK, yes, I think having robots there was intentional, not a ticketing issue. It seemingly had something to do with Albarn's solo album, 'Everyday Robots'. Watching along with their human counterparts were the life-like Otonaroid and "more abstract" Telenoid.

And before you're all like, "Hey, those seats could have been filled by proper humans", just remember that sort of talk is what will kickstart the inevitable robot uprising. Also, they seemed to enjoy it. Otonaroid, at least, apparently danced and hummed along, which is probably more than could be said for some of the humans.

Speaking to The Creators Project, Albarn said: "It was interesting performing alongside the androids. While they definitely look artificial up close, when seen at a distance they look like normal people. They're fake, but they're also real. I mean, they're definitely there. But, I don't think the fact that robots are completely alien will ever change. So in that sense technology is perhaps a bit melancholic".

See photos from the performance here.

 
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