THURSDAY 18 DECEMBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As the future of The Pirate Bay remains uncertain following the server raid in Sweden that took it offline last week, Torrentfreak has noted that the controversial file-sharing site's Facebook page has now also gone offline. With over 470,000 likes, you might think that the Facebook profile would be useful for The Pirate Bay's operators to communicate with their users while... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Every weekday in the run up to the Christmas break, we'll be revealing another of our ten favourite artists of the year. See the full list of artists announced so far here. Next up is Kate Bush... I think the world will always be waiting for Kate Bush; patiently waiting for her to do something else extraordinary. And it still feels that way today, even when she's already given her all... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS ABBA man joins PRS, Michael Jackson Estate renews with BMI
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LIVE BUSINESS Ticketscript announces new CTO
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Spotify loses ArtistLink merch integration
Bandcamp launches new tools for labels
TuneCore buys location-based content-delivery app
Scott Cohen joins Psonar as Chairman
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MEDIA FlyLo, Jon Hopkins and Kaytranada in line for Radio 1's 2015 Residency
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Arts Council announces Darren Henley as new CEO
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RELEASES Laura Marling trails Short Movie
Serial soundtrack released as final episode of series one goes live
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ONE LINERS Beggars Group, St Vincent, Calvin Harris and an embarrassment of other riches
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AND FINALLY... Slayer's ugly Xmas jumpers are still a thing
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MINISTRY OF SOUND - DIGITAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER (LONDON)
Ministry Of Sound Recordings seek an experienced Digital Campaign Manager. The DCM will be responsible for the planning and execution of the digital marketing strategy for all Ministry Of Sound Recordings artists. MoS Recordings is behind many of the biggest dance hits of the last 20 years. It now has a growing roster of established and developing artists including London Grammar, DJ Fresh, Wretch 32 and Rhodes. While the role will be label-focused, the DCM will feed into all areas of the brand.

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IMAGEM MUSIC - CREATIVE ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Imagem Music UK is seeking a bright, ambitious and organised Creative Assistant to join the A&R/Creative team in our central London office. The Creative Assistant will work closely with the A&R team and the Managing Director on a variety of creative and administrative projects. Our ideal candidate would be a first or second jobber with a passion for pop music and prior experience and/or interest in music publishing, A&R and digital/online communications.

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9PR - ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
9PR are looking for a print and online Account Manager. Our roster includes the following acts and organisations: Public Enemy, Röyksopp, Boys Noize, Grace Jones, Sherwood & Pinch, Underworld, Gary Numan, Dena, Digitalism, The Garden, C Duncan, Shelter Point, DEMS, M+A, Pinkshinyultrablast, !K7, Warp, Def Jam, Trax, PIAS, City Slang, FatCat, Fierce Panda, Astralwerks, Abbey Road Studios, Plisskën festival, Reverence festival, Universal, Island, Sony, Columbia, RCA, Cooking Vinyl, Record Makers.

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ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT FESTIVALS - MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANT (LONDON)
AIF are looking for an enthusiastic and organised Membership Assistant to assist the General Manager with day-to-day organisation and administration. You must be a quick learner with solid administrative skills and will be extremely IT literate, reliable and have great communication skills. Experience of working on events, specifically conferences and workshops would be advantageous.

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IDOL UK - MANAGER (LONDON)
IDOL is a fast-growing independent French company that specialises in digital music distribution and label services, with an ambitious plan to develop internationally. With a strong marketing expertise, digital distribution experience and a technological edge, today we offer a complete range of services, tailored to meet the needs of labels and content distributors.

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SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE, LIVE MUSIC (LONDON)
Handle Recruitment are looking for a Social Media Executive to join this dynamic start-up Live Music Events Company based in London. You will be responsible for overseeing social media channels and producing a comprehensive online strategy for all events as well as building the overall brand and online community.

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LISTEN UP - EVENTS PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
We are hiring an experienced Events Press Officer to join the events team at Listen Up. The candidate will need 3-4 years’ experience running print and online events campaigns and will be working across Listen Up’s extensive festival and events roster.

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THE ORCHARD - CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER, CATALOGUE (LONDON)
Reporting to the International Client Relations Director, The Orchard has an immediate opening for a Client Relations Manager based out of our European headquarters in London. The position will act as a relationship, content and campaign manager for a selection of core labels across Europe with a particular focus on high volume and deep catalogue clients.

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HOUSE OF 27 - SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
House Of 27 is looking for an experienced Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager to join their team. You will be responsible for the day to day social media activity for artists and music brands; creative content creation, copywriting, influencer outreach, content flow management, community engagement and fan growth. You will be working alongside external partners to amplify artists' social media presence and relevance.

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WFS COMMS - JUNIOR MUSIC PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Worldwide Friendly Society Communications is looking for a junior publicist. Ideally with one or two years experience, you will have delivered complete album campaigns across print and digital music media with attention to detail, determination and panache.

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THE ORCHARD - MARKETING COORDINATOR PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
The Orchard has an opening for a marketing coordinator on a twelve month paid internship basis. This is a pivotal support role for our UK and European retail and interactive marketing teams. The position sits within the marketing department that is comprised of two branches - retail marketing and interactive marketing.

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7DIGITAL - LABEL & PROMOTIONS MANAGER - GERMAN-SPEAKING (LONDON)
7digital is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Label & Promotions Manager to join our team based in East London. The Label & Promotions Manager will be solely responsible for all label relationship and promotions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria as well as our G/S/A websites and apps and all social media. They will work closely with other Label & Promotions Managers as well as internal content teams to ensure content availability and to run promotions.

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Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected
As the future of The Pirate Bay remains uncertain following the server raid in Sweden that took it offline last week, Torrentfreak has noted that the controversial file-sharing site's Facebook page has now also gone offline.

With over 470,000 likes, you might think that the Facebook profile would be useful for The Pirate Bay's operators to communicate with their users while their site is offline. Though the file-sharing set-up hadn't made great use of its page on the social network for some time, it being more of a hub for users to exchange messages, this last week mainly promote alternative torrent services and sites where the TPB's database has been reposted online.

It's not known whether Facebook itself deleted the page, presumably in response to a complaint or legal notice, or whether the people behind the Bay took the page offline.

If the latter, that might be linked to the news that the Swedish authorities are considering criminal prosecutions against those who have been running the site in recent years, that could result in jail sentences similar to those dished out to the service's original three figureheads. Could the Facebook page deletion be Pirate Bay operators trying to cover their tracks? Presumably they'd know that nothing is ever really deleted on Facebook.

As previously reported, one of those operators has told Torrentfreak that the team behind TPB are currently considering their options regarding whether or not to try to get the site back online, though are in the main happy that other file-sharing sites - such as isoHunt - have published copies of the Bay's database of torrent links.

But if The Pirate Bay itself is now offline for good, that would be the end of a significant and lively era in the music and movie industry's long-running battle against online piracy. Though those monitoring torrent activity online reckon that the closure of the Bay has not had a particularly dramatic effect on overall file-sharing levels, with former TPB users finding alternative torrent search engines or those back-up copies of the Bay's data.

ABBA man joins PRS, Michael Jackson Estate renews with BMI
Are collecting societies announcing new signings too now? Well, that's the crazy new world we live in, people. Every songwriter and recording artist in the world should move one collecting society to the left, then we could make this a regular column. Anyway, there were two big announcements in the collecting society membership domain yesterday.

First up, the UK's music publishing collecting organisation PRS For Music announced Björn Ulvaeus was joining the organisation as of 1 Jan 2015, with the society set to administer the ABBA man's song rights worldwide. Says PRS chief Robert Ashcroft: "We are delighted to welcome such an immense talent to the PRS For Music membership. Björn Ulvaeus's catalogue includes some of the greatest songs of all time and we are extremely proud to represent such a remarkable songwriter".

Meanwhile Stateside, the Michael Jackson estate has renewed its alliance with BMI, which will continue to rep the late king of pop's songs catalogue for public performance licensing. Says BMI chief Mike O'Neill: "We are pleased to announce our continued representation of Michael's extraordinary and vast catalogue. Since 1976, we've had the privilege of licensing his works and we're honoured to continue this relationship with his estate".

Ticketscript announces new CTO
Self-service ticketing system provider Ticketscript has appointed a new CTO in the form of André Buren, who will take over from the company's co-founder Ruben Van Den Heuvel, who is shifting over to the job of Head Of Product Innovation.

Buren, previously CTO for Dutch leisure website Vakantieveilingen.nl, will oversee the international expansion of and further innovation at Ticketscript, heading up a team of over forty people around the world.

Confirming the hire, Tickescript CEO Frans Jonker said: "André holds the ideal combination of innovation, management and technology skills needed for this important position. With Andre's depth of knowledge within IT and its various complexities, I am confident that Andre will help drive Ticketscript to the next level".

Spotify loses ArtistLink merch integration
Spotify has announced that artists are no longer able to list their merch on the streaming service through Topspin's ArtistLink. BandPage is now the only service through which merch sell-through can be done within the Spotify ecosystem.

The move isn't entirely surprising. Spotify first announced the ability to list items for sale on the streaming platform's artist pages using ArtistLink last year. But shortly afterwards, rival streaming firm Beats Music bought Topspin and then sold off pretty much every element of the direct-to-fan business except ArtistLink.

Then, of course, Apple bought Beats Music. And in August, Spotify partnered with BandPage, expanding the options for artists wanting to sell products via the streaming service.

Although the BandPage deal possibly suggested that Spotify was preparing to bail on the ArtistLink system now it was owned by a rival, the streaming firm said yesterday that it was ArtistLink which decided to sever ties, possibly because it's now being developed as an entirely Beats (and/or iTunes) integrated service.

Spotify said: "This means that, as of today, any merchandise which was being distributed to Spotify artist pages via ArtistLink will no longer be displayed to users and artists will not be able to use ArtistLink to add new merchandise to Spotify. So if you had previously used ArtistLink to send merch to Spotify this will no longer work".

Users of ArtistLink are, as you might expect, being encouraged to switch to BandPage.

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Bandcamp launches new tools for labels
Bandcamp has launched its previously reported new label-focussed tools, with the likes of Sub Pop, Ninja Tune, Fat Wreck Chords, Relapse, Innovative Leisure and RVNG already on board.

Many labels already use Bandcamp, of course, though these new tools aim to streamline things for record companies that choose to do so, and make it all a whole lot easier to manage.

Amongst other things, it provides improved accounting and allows artists who have previously self-released through Bandcamp to include their label-released tracks on their own profile, but all plugged into to their label's store. Oh and there are stats. Because everyone loves stats.

"Bandcamp for labels is a goddamn dream come true! We can now seamlessly and uber-efficiently manage our entire roster of 80+ bands from one dashboard, plus analyse an unprecedented level of statistics, bulk upload releases, you name it. Truly an essential tool for the music industry in the 21st century", says Relapse Records' Bob Lugowe. And I believe him.

This'll all cost you $20 a month for up to fifteen artists, or $50 a month if you have more. All the info is here.

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TuneCore buys location-based content-delivery app
Digital distributor TuneCore has acquired a start-up called DropKloud with plans to add that company's location-based app product into its portfolio of artist services.

DropKloud lets artists provide fans with exclusive content, accessed via a mobile app, at specific locations, which might sound a bit gimmicky, but could be used to deliver gig-specific content, for example. The founders of the company, James DeNino and Kedar Frederic, will join TuneCore and head up an "innovation lab" for the firm, tasked with developing other app-type technologies that can give the indie distributor an edge over its competitors.

Confirming that he and his company were now joining TuneCore, Frederic told reporters: "Our mission of providing independent artists with innovative services that don't exist today is completely in-line with the TuneCore philosophy".

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Scott Cohen joins Psonar as Chairman
Psonar, the UK-based pay-as-you-go streaming music company that first emerged in 2011, has announced the appointment of artist manager and The Orchard co-founder Scott Cohen as non-executive Chairman. The digital firm will presumably be hoping that Cohen's knowledge of and contacts in the wider music industry, including the artist, label and digital communities, will help it roll out its alternative approach to music streaming.

Confirming Cohen was joining his board, Psonar co-founder and CEO Martin Rigby told reporters: "We are delighted and excited to have Scott Cohen join the Psonar board as non-executive chairman. It is a strong endorsement of the Psonar pay-as-you-go music streaming model by a successful music industry entrepreneur. Scott brings great insight and knowledge of the music industry, especially in the development of digital music service and expansion into international markets".

For his part, Cohen added: "Music consumption is changing radically Streaming is fast becoming the dominant consumption model and many, less affluent, music fans can't afford subscription priced at £9.99 or $9.99 per month. The alternative is either suffering the intrusive experience of ads or accessing pirated content".

He went on: "Psonar Pay As You Go music is a compelling alternative for younger music consumers in particular, and well-suited for developing countries where the PAYG model can provide affordable access to streaming music for millions of mobile users. I'm enthusiastic about Psonar's potential to expand access to streaming music massively to the benefit of consumers, artists and other rights holders alike".

CMU spoke a bit more to Martin Rigby about the service and where he sees it sitting within the streaming eco-system last year. Read all about that here.

FlyLo, Jon Hopkins and Kaytranada in line for Radio 1's 2015 Residency
BBC Radio 1's Residency - the station's way of giving interesting players in dance music a late-night 'in' to its programming - will next year consist of b2b slots by the likes of Kaytranada and Flying Lotus, George Fitzgerald and Jon Hopkins, and Heidi & Solomun.

The first show, featuring mixes by existing R1 resident Skream and rising house DJ Hannah Wants, will air at midnight on 8 Jan, with latter shows going live weekly from then on.

Now it's time for some talking, first from Canadian XL-signing Kaytranada, who says: "During my high school days, I used to listen to my favourite DJs mixes on BBC and now, here I am. Damn. I'm going to play the best music for y'all".

A similarly pleased Flying Lotus, meanwhile, says: "I still can't believe this is about to happen. It'll be a pleasure to invade the UK airwaves for the months ahead".

Radio 1's Head Of Programmes Rhys Hughes tops that all off by saying: "In 2014 Radio 1's Resident DJs brought our audience an incredibly diverse mix of music from the dance music world. To continue in this vein for 2015 we've enlisted a who's who of the most exciting DJ and production talent in the world. It is a stellar, global line-up that demonstrates the breadth of dance music across Radio 1".

Arts Council announces Darren Henley as new CEO
Arts Council England has announced that Classic FM MD Darren Henley will take over as its new CEO. He will replace Alan Davey at a date still to be agreed.

Says Henley: "Alan Davey leaves quite a legacy. He made sure that the Arts Council enabled great work to happen. I want to build on that by working with our National Chair and the Chairs of our Area Councils to champion the importance of art and culture in so many aspects of our lives - personal, social and economic. Of course we must be responsive and adapt to the world around us, but the foundation stone is laid in terms of the Arts Council's ten year strategy".

One of the things launched under Davey's tenure, of course, was the Momentum Music Fund, which for the first time made Arts Council money directly available to contemporary musicians outside jazz, classical and folk. Earlier this month it was announced that the scheme would run for a further year beyond its two year pilot period.

  CMU Artists Of The Year: Kate Bush
Every weekday in the run up to the Christmas break, we'll be revealing another of our ten favourite artists of the year. See the full list of artists announced so far here. Next up is Kate Bush...

I think the world will always be waiting for Kate Bush; patiently waiting for her to do something else extraordinary. And it still feels that way today, even when she's already given her all this year, playing night after night after night (over 22 nights) of 'Before The Dawn', her first live show since the only other live show of her now 56 years, 1979's nationwide 'Tour Of Life'.

Bush is the kind of artist one doesn't mind waiting for: endlessly strange and exhilarating in what she creates, the old-soul daughter of a Bexleyheath doctor who wrote 'The Man With The Child In His Eyes' when she was thirteen, and has since made some of the most astonishing music, pop and distinctly not pop, of our time. Strike that, of all time.

KB's presence in recent times, before 'Before The Dawn' I mean, has been limited strictly to her rearranged 'greatest hits' LP of sorts 'Director's Cut', 2011's foggy, fantastical '50 Words For Snow' (great for disquieting the relatives over Christmas dinner), and the odd rare interview in the midst of it all where she talked very nicely, barely saying anything.

Then in 2012, everyone went wild imagining she might appear at the Olympics Opening Ceremony (as if) to sing to an extended remix of 'Running Up That Hill', her adversarial old adage. She didn't. Then, in spring 2013, she received her MBE. Then nothing, white-out.

So, 2014 was (and still is, just) the year Kate Bush came back, came out from a quiet life in that house that's sliding off a cliff, and 'came home' to the loudly sold out clamour of London's Hammersmith Apollo, still the Odeon last time she deigned to step out on stage. In a cosmic sort of way the Apollo was like a portal linking the 'Tour Of Life' (which ended there) and 'Before The Dawn', one of the only constants of both shows and of both eras. Aside from Kate herself, that is, and the miniature world of it's own that circles her.

Because 'Before The Dawn' featured not one single song from the book of 'Tour Of Life', and Kate's wide-eyed slip-of-a-girl beginnings, instead chasing 'the big hits' from side one of 1985's meaty, teeth-baring 'Hounds Of Love' with an unabridged performance of that same LP's latter side 'The Ninth Wave', a 30 minute saga-at-sea that follows a lone woman floating on the waves "at the mercy of [her] imagination".

Apparently (because like most, I wasn't rich or quick enough to buy tickets for any of the shows) the 'bringing to life' of 'The Ninth Wave' was a thing of beauty, involving billowing drop-cloths (the waves) and stormy rhythms, a giant whalebone frame, hordes of 'fish people', and a score of spotlight moments from Kate and her son - the show's other anchor - Bertie, who it seems were both in fine voice.

Then there was a real, live interval, after which came a re-enactment of 'A Sky Of Honey', a disc off 2005's 'Aerial', in which, fittingly, Kate took a short flight on a woman-sized pair of crow's wings. Then 'Among Angels', then 'Cloudbusting', then bed.

None of this was ever meant to gratify the neck-craning 'treat-seekers' who might've hoped she'd bend and sway her way into a chiffony 'Wow' or 'Kite' or... OK, 'Wuthering Heights' reverie, for old times' sake. It sounds like it was just Kate Bush, with nothing to prove, moving on a mother's instinct to sing the songs she loves the most to the fans' whose love it always seems like she really appreciates.

"I was really delighted that the shows were received so positively and so warmly but the really unexpected part of it all was the audiences. Audiences that you could only ever dream of", wrote Bush in a polite 'thank you' note of the kind you don't see very often anymore.

"One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience. They took my breath away. Every single night they were so behind us. You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage. I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love. It was like this at every single show".

And with that, the wait began again.
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Laura Marling trails Short Movie
Critics' darling Laura Marling has shorn all her hair off in time to confirm details of her fifth LP, which is entitled 'Short Movie', and will be released on 23 Mar. It's co-produced by Marling, Dan Cox and Matt Ingham, the last of whom plays drums in Marling's touring band.

Of the climate in which 'Short Movie' was written, Marling says: "I realised that I hadn't been in a place for longer than two or three weeks since I was sixteen. I thought, 'I wonder what will happen if I try and root myself somewhere [and] look back over the past eight years'".

Listen to the record's title song, which is set to a nice little animated clip, here, and look down a bit for the tracklisting in full.

Warrior
False Hope
I Feel Your Love
Walk Alone
Strange
Don't Let Me Bring You Down
Easy
Gurdjieffs's Daughter
Divine
How Can I
Howl
Short Movie
Worship Me

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Serial soundtrack released as final episode of series one goes live
Despite claims made by everyone else in the CMU office, the podcast known as 'Serial' is a thing that has been incredibly popular since it launched in October. I mean, you can't move for it on Twitter when a new episode comes out. How the hell have my colleagues not heard about it? It makes me worry about what else they're missing, to be honest.

Anyway, the 'This American Life' spin-off (you'll be telling me you haven't heard of 'This American Life' next) has been so popular that the composer of its original score, Mark Henry Phillips, is releasing it as an album by popular demand. Hear that, colleagues? BY POPULAR FUCKING DEMAND!

Phillips apparently had so many requests to release the score that he began putting tracks up on SoundCloud, but now he's realised he could actually be making some money from it, so he's making it available on iTunes.

Speaking about how he approached scoring a podcast, he explains: "When we were first discussing working together, I told them I wanted to approach it more like a film than a podcast. Often that means having simpler music that creeps in and doesn't really announce itself to the listener. There's an adage that the best score is one that doesn't get noticed at all and I really aimed for that".

The tight turnaround on the weekly podcast episodes also mean a tight turnaround on the music. Phillips says: "Sometimes I only had 20 minutes to get a piece sounding good. But in a way it was liberating. You can't really get caught up in the small stuff like how the bass sounds. I was forced to focus on the bigger picture: how can the music help the story?"

The final episode of the first series of 'Serial' is also out today. Will we find out if Adnan killed Stephanie? Wait, maybe it's already out now. I don't have time to listen right now, so don't you say a bloody word if you have listened to it already.

Here, instead, why don't you listen to these selections of Mark Henry Phillips' music for the show.

Beggars Group, St Vincent, Calvin Harris and an embarrassment of other riches
Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Current Matador PR man Stuart Davie will, at the end of the year, leave his post to take an internal Beggars Group promotion to the newly-created role of E-commerce Manager.

• An increasingly shirtless Calvin Harris has taken his top off again in order to model a ladder, and some clothes, as the new 'face' of Emporio Armani's SS15 campaign.

• Man band Future Islands have this week released the Jay Buim-directed 'Road Dawgs', a seven minute film following them over the year. Look at it here.

• Next-wave rapper Tink has released the video for her track 'Around The Clock', the beat to which is by Timbaland. "Raw and simple", says Tink of the clip's general vibe. And here it is.

One of CMU's Artists Of The Year, the great and holy St Vincent, has a new video on show for 'Birth In Reverse' a high spike of her spiny latest LP 'Strange Mercy'. And like most things she does, it is amazing. Watch it here.

• Psych-rock band Pond have revealed the official video for their new single 'Sitting On A Crane', which will appear on their new LP 'Man It Feels Like Space Again' when that's released on 26 Jan. The track itself is available for free via the Pond website, and this is the video.

Approved production corps Future Brown have, in collaboration with director Rory Mulhere, abstracted the sounds of their Maluca-featuring track 'Vernaculo' into this video, which is, apparently, "an observation of the senseless world of beauty advertising, positing Future Brown as a universal foundation for all". Beats me.

• Lo, MC Wiley's three nationwide 'Snakes & Ladders' shows, which were meant to take place this week but got cancelled erm... this week, have been moved to new dates in January. The first is at the London Scala on 27 Jan, with shows thereafter billed in Birmingham (30 Jan) and Manchester (31 Jan).

• The Who have postponed their final two shows of the year - one of which was meant to go ahead last night at London's O2 Arena - and the next tonight, as Roger Daltrey has been advised by doctors to save his voice. The band will try again at The O2 on 22 and 23 Mar.

Slayer's ugly Xmas jumpers are still a thing
As is now an age-old Christmas tradition of, oh, three entire years, Slayer have made available their highly unattractive 'pentagram and skills' Xmassy(ish) sweater, online.

It costs $89.99 (that 99 cents really is rich), and comes in sizes small to XXXL, so you can get one for all the family! Buy some for any (largish) children you know, just for laughs. Or you could wrap a cold little kitten in one. Or you could get six and throw them all straight in the bin because they are so horrific to look at. Or you could not buy any in the first place because they are 90 dollars each.

Any or all of the above options will do. Happy Christmas!

 
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