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  In these days where companies create content with a view to making it 'go viral', it's always nice to see something genuinely capture the hearts and minds of internet users such that hundreds, thousands, even millions of them feel the need to share it.

This week, it was news of Razorlight's return that was getting people (not millions, but certainly thousands) excited in this manner. Well, it wasn't, it was more the press photo that accompanied the news. The fact that Razorlight will return this year with a new album, a headline slot at Guilfest (alongside James Blunt), and an almost entirely new line-up was over shadowed by a strange facial expression and a massive hat.
As far as I can tell, The Quietus takes the prize for putting the picture online first, postulating that the band had morphed into goth legends Fields Of The Nephilim. As the day drew on, it would be suggested that they were trying out for the next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movie, that Cotton Eye Joe's frontman had been added to the line-up, and that Johnny Borrell had suffered a stroke.

The picture was reposted thousands of times on blogs, entertainment websites, and social networks, each time met with hilarity. I struggled all day to get anything done, as I fought the compulsion to go and stare at this amazing image one more time. I even missed a bus because of it.

In the end, Razorlight were forced to issue a statement on the matter. Yes, they told us, a photo of the band had been "leaked online". Apparently I missed the memo where it was announced that "leaked online" had become shorthand for "was sent out to journalists by a PR company". The statement also revealed that "founder members Bjorn Agren (guitar) and Carl Dalemo (bass) agreed on an amicable parting following unproductive early recording sessions for a new album late last year".

Considering the metadata on the picture reveals that it was taken in October last year, that doesn't leave much time for the two new members - Gus Robertson and Freddie Stitz - to have been recruited, which may also account for the awful styling. Though the biggest question of all still remains unanswered - whose idea was the hat?

So, that's the main thing that happened this week. There were a few other minor things, too, which you'll find linked to below and discussed on this week's podcast. Filling what would otherwise be 35 minutes of silence on the latter this week is news and discussion on ACS:Law, The Pirate Bay, Vevo, Edgar Bronfman Jr, U2, Kings Of Leon, Courtney Love and more. As ever (well, as last week), I am joined by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke to make the chat happen.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU


  This week's biggest stories and developments in the mad world of music making...

Wild EMI speculation round-up...

So, who is going to buy EMI?

In the pop courts...
Warner boss fined for insider dealing at Universal parent firm
Legal man Crossley bails on sue-the-fans litigation
Murray still pleading not guilty, trial date set

Legal and illegal music service launch news...
Vevo could launch in UK this spring
Pirate Bay planning new uber-file-sharing service

Risky but interesting new live venture news...
Proud takes over Matter space

This week in unbelievable artist news...
Will.i.am named Intel director of creative innovation
Courtney Love joins Oxford University Conservative Association
US store "protects" shoppers from Elton John
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  The Go! Team
The Go! Team's debut album, 'Thunder, Lightning, Strike', was released in 2004 to widespread acclaim. Recorded by founder Ian Parton in his parents' kitchen, the album was constructed out of myriad samples and trashy live instruments.

It was only when asked to perform at a festival that summer that Parton began to think about playing the songs live. Realising this would be a tough call, he conceived the live band almost as a separate entity to the studio recordings. The most obvious difference between the two sides of the project was the freestyle rapping of Ninja at live performances.
For album number two, 'Proof Of Youth', released in 2007, Parton made more use of the live band and other collaborators, including Chuck D. Two years of touring followed, after which Parton had a bit of a rest before getting to work on his third album, 'Rolling Blackouts', which is released by Memphis Industries on 31 Jan.

Musically very much in-keeping with the distinct Go! Team sound, 'Rolling Blackouts' features yet more exciting collaborations, including Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast, Satomi Matsuzaki from Deerhoof, and French singer-songwriter Soko.

Ahead of the release and UK tour dates, we asked Ian Parton to compile a Powers Of Ten playlist for us.
Click here to listen to Ian's playlist in Spotify, and then read on to find out more about his selections.

01 The Sven Libaek Orchestra - Open Sea Theme
Libaek was an Australian library music composer. No other song has suited scuba diving so perfectly.

02 Daniel Johnston - Some Things Last A Long Time
Deeply sad stripped back song, made sadder when you know Daniel Johnston's story.

03 Little Lisa - Choo Choo Train
An obscure little 60s soul song. I don't know much about Little Lisa but I'm guessing she was a teenager when she sang this.

04 Serge Gainsbourg - Initials BB
I love the kinda espionage feel to this song. Serge is a badass.

05 Solex - Solex All Licketyspit
I love the chorus of this song, right up my street - catchy and strange. We were lucky to have Solex sing on our second album.

06 Boards Of Canada - Roygbiv
One of my all time favourite songs - public information films, vintage wildlife documentaries, schools TV programmes.

07 Best Coast - When I'm With You
Achingly simple and achingly dreamy - a band who keep the California myth alive.

08 Mantronix - Hardcore Hip Hop
The drums on this song are seriously amazing - that clap machine is super tough.

09 Broadcast - Black Cat
Ouija boards, Italian library music and eyeliner.

10 David Axelrod - The Mental Traveller
If you've never seen a photo of David Axelrod, he looks like the magician David Copperfield, but he sure made epic music...
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  Artists, tracks, videos, tour dates, release updates and other online nonsense to check out this weekend...

This week's CMU Approved...
Cocknbullkid - Hold On To Your Misery
Alex Winston
Paul Frick feat Emika - I Mean (Dollkraut's Band Reinterpretation)
Thomas Truax - The Monthly Journal

This week's Same Six Questions interviews...
Jim Perkins
The Death Set

Some other cool stuff...
Beyonce collaborates with Diplo, Switch and Sleigh Bells
Multi-media exhibition to celebrate Ministry's twentieth
Frankie & The Heartstrings tour dates
The Agitator tour dates
Vanilla Ice remembers Loch Ness monster attack
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  #50: Glee v Rock
This week, 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy came out fighting in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which he was asked about comments made about the show by Kings Of Leon and Slash.

Earlier this month, Slash told Entertainment Weekly: "Glee is worse than 'Grease' and 'Grease' is bad enough. I look at 'Grease' now and think, 'Between 'High School Musical' and 'Glee', 'Grease' was a work of art'".
'Grease' is a work of art, of course, but I can see his point. Murphy can't though. He is unwilling to accept that some people might think that musical films and TV shows set in American high schools are a bit shit, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they're uneducated and quite stupid".

Oof! Succinctly taken down there. Okay, he focused on his own personal and possibly groundless opinions of Slash, rather than addressing the guitarist's claims against the artistic credibility of his show, but, hey, at least he did it in a more measured and calm manner than Axl Rose did on 'Get In The Ring'.

With the former Guns N Roses guitarist defeated, Murphy moved on to Kings Of Leon. Last year, in an interview with the NME, bassist Nathan Followill revealed that they'd turned down the opportunity to have their music used in 'Glee' - despite the fact that "apparently everybody loves it" - saying: "We could have sold out so much more. We turn stuff down constantly".

A reasonable thing to say, you might think. After all many artists like to keep a tight control over how and when their music is used. Not so, apparently. Kings Of Leon, in their heartless attempt to stop their music from becoming even more overly dispersed than it already is, are apparently stopping The Kids from learning to play musical instruments and sing.

Or, as Murphy put it: "Fuck you, Kings Of Leon. They're self-centred assholes and they missed the big picture. They missed that a seven year old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings Of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It's like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of 'Glee' all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music".

First off, aren't all the characters in 'Glee' in their late teens and played by people in their late 20s? That's not exactly close in age to seven year olds. And second, I thought 'Glee' was a cynical attempt to sell cover versions of songs to teenagers. Clearly that part of it was a front.

With this quote in hand, The Hollywood Reporter rushed straight round to KOL frontman Caleb Followill's house with a dictaphone and played him the evidence. He was shocked.

"This whole 'Glee' thing is a shock to us", he said. "It's gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn't even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were [bored of] promoting [it]. This was never meant as a slap in the face to 'Glee' or to music education or to fans of the show. We're not sure where the anger is coming from".

And that could so easily have been the end of it. But someone always has to mouth off on Twitter, don't they? In this case it was the band's drummer Nathan Followill, who wrote on Wednesday: "Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating seven year olds how to say 'fuck'".

Murphy got straight on the phone to Perez Hilton to denounce what he saw as a gay slur, saying: "That's a homophobe badly in need of some education. I'm all for manicures, don't wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don't. It's telling that Nathan can reduce a group of people to a mean-spirited cliché, in a time where young gay men are killing themselves all over the country because of hatred like this".

Oof again! But, Murphy did hold out an olive branch, adding: "That said, I would love to sit down with Nathan or any member of Kings [Of] Leon, and tell them how on 'Glee' we actually love their music, and support their artistry... but cannot condone or even laugh at their clear disdain of gay people".

Of course, you could read Followill's comments differently, and think that he was accusing Murphy of being like a whiney woman. Though if you do, bang goes the drummer's new job presenting football coverage on the all new Sky Sports. Except he says it was neither, and later deleted the offending tweet, saying: "I'm sorry for anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic. I'm so not that kind of person. I really do apologise".

Yeah, he presumably meant the other form of prejudice where you might accuse a man of needing a bra; he was saying Ryan Murphy is obese. I've seen photos of him, he's actually pretty skinny. Oh my God, Nathan Followill hates fat people and promotes anorexia! Someone prepare a statement, quick!
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