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Fri, 06 Mar 2009

New RSS system and Feeds

For a long time we've been running separate instances of Blosxom to handle
our two categories of News, as well as our Reviews and Commentary to do with
books, classical music, pop/dance/etc music, games, and podcasts. Blosxom has
served us very well but always had some problems playing well on a PHP site ...
integration proved difficult.

So now we've installed a Wordpress system which offers quite a few advantages.
First of all, all the categories can be easily browsed within one page plus it's
very easy to add something new or disappear something.

Hopefully, you'll like it! Here is the page ...

The feeds can be subscribed to by mousing over the categories on the right
hand side of the page. The new feeds are as follows:

classical music
news: general
news: music, games

We will keep the present feeds running until perhaps the end of April,
so no great rush, although news items will be posted to the new feeds
from today... March 6 09.

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Techno Weekend (NYC)

Is your idea of heaven a high-tech alt-universe with good D.J.'s and super-cheap beer? If so, head to Eyebeam this weekend, for its Mixer series. The special two-night version will feature artist-designed installations around the theme of utopian villages, like a 21st-century World's Fair pavilion. Music comes courtesy of Tim Sweeney (Friday night) and Juan MacLean (Saturday), and fun comes courtesy of you (and the $2 drinks). Buy your tickets now. (NYTimes)

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Fri, 27 Feb 2009

Pitchfork Festival (Chicago)

The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival will be held in Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 17-Sunday, July
19. This year marks the fourth anniversary of the festival ? and the fifth time Pitchfork has
presented a music festival in Union Park. The three-day event will once again showcase a wide range
of global artists on three stages, with a focus on forward thinking programming at a reasonable
price. Beginning with the music and continuing through all facets of its production, the Pitchfork
Music Festival is dedicated to providing both attendees and musicians an overwhelmingly positive,
comfortable, and fun experience.

In years past the Pitchfork Music Festival has proven to be the best event to see indie stars on the
rise. Over its five-year festival history, Pitchfork has invited artists such as Vampire Weekend,
Band of Horses, the Decemberists, the Hold Steady, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Animal Collective, Andrew
Bird, Girl Talk, the National, Grizzly Bear, Diplo, and Cut Copy to perform at key, ascendant points
in their careers. The festival has also presented a wide range of established and widely loved
artists that appeal to a diverse audience, such as Yoko Ono, Public Enemy, Sonic Youth, De La Soul,
Spoon, Dinosaur Jr., Clipse, Mastodon, Ghostface and Raekwon, Cat Power, Iron & Wine, the Silver
Jews, Jarvis Cocker, Os Mutantes, Klaxons, and Slint.

An independently run, consistently sold-out festival, Pitchfork attracts more than 45,000 fans of
all ages from 45 states and 11 countries. With over 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty
fairs, the Pitchfork Music Festival offers attendees a wide range of activities on top of its
stellar musical program. Additionally, the fest not only supports local businesses and the local
economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.

Pitchfork Media is the premier destination for music criticism, news, features, and audio/video
content. With more than 1.9 million unique readers per month and over 20 million page views,
Pitchfork has earned one of the internet?s most loyal followings and a reputation as the music world?s
primary tastemaker.

Tickets for the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 13. Stay tuned for band
announcements and additional information.
"Even as it has become the country's most significant annual showcase for the rock underground, the
festival has continued to be a celebration of everything that makes the Chicago music scene great? " -
Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times

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Wed, 25 Feb 2009

Billboard Music Photo Contest

Billboard and PDN's Year in Music Moment

Celebrating The Best Music Photography Of 2008



Billboard and Photo District News’ (PDN) Year In Music Moment Contest – the ultimate music photography competition - is the perfect opportunity to show the world the music scene through your eyes!

Photos will be judged by a panel of music and photography industry experts and prizes include: $1000 cash, an iPod touch, a digital camera and more!



Spontaneous Moment: Your best quirky, off-the-cuff shots
Crowd: Music fans in the groove
Breaking A Band: Promotional shots of up-and-coming bands or artists
Live Music: On the stage, in the café, anywhere
Mobile Shots: Fun music photos from your camera phone


Plus …

Fans’ Favorite: The professionals won’t be the only ones making the judgment calls – fans can get in on the action by voting for their favorite shot. The photo with the most votes will win: a digital camera, Billboard and PDN-branded items,
and will be published on and



$1,000 cash, an iPod touch, an advanced point-and-shoot camera, photo to appear in Billboard magazine and on

An advanced point-and-shoot camera and photo to appear in Billboard magazine and on



February 28, 2009

There is no limit - submit as many photos as you’d like and maximize your chance to win!

Single $15 for a single entry or $20 for a series of up to six visually-related images that will be judged as a single entry.

Nielsen Business Media
770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

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The Fabulous Stains tonight (NYC)

Punks, and Those Who Love Them

"I don't see how anyone could fail to be seduced by Laura
Dern, Diane Lane and members of the Clash in 'Ladies and
Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains,'" A.O. Scott writes of the
1981 film directed by the music-biz maven Lou Adler. Rarely
screened, this punk feminist cult favorite is playing
tonight only as part of the Film Comment Selects series at
Lincoln Center; stick around for the post-punk DJ'd
after-party. Meanwhile, across town, for the last night of
its Documentary Fortnight series, MoMA premieres  "Brooklyn
DIY,"  about the cultural renaissance of Williamsburg; the
director, Marcin Ramocki, will introduce it. Go spot
someone you know.

(NY Times)

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Fri, 20 Feb 2009

Kimya Dawson show (London)

Kimya Dawson is returning to London...

Kimya Dawson has announced a new London show in May 2009.

Returning to the beautiful Union Chapel, the ex-Moldy Peach who recently shot to mainstream fame
with the bestselling Grammy-winning soundtrack for indie comedy Juno will be playing together with
Angelo Spencer and the fantastic Karl Blau.

The show is an all ages affair but much more grown up than her last London show where she played
material from her Children's album. Kimya warns that she will probably swear like a sailor. Expect
plenty of anti-folk.
Tickets for the show are priced at £12 and are available via TicketWeb as of 9AM tomorrow (Friday
20th February)

So that's: 


18th Union Chapel, London (08444 771 000 / [])

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Miss Kitten and The Hacker Release

Some nine years since Miss Kittin (Caroline Hervé) & The Hacker (Michel Amato) exploded into the globe’s consciousness with their groundbreaking debut ‘1st Album’ we now finally see the pair re-united for their second album, simply titled ‘Two’. Individually, as writers, artists, DJs and producers they are a force to be reckoned with. Together again as a duo, they are unrivalled. 'Two' is released 20 April on Miss Kittin's Nobody's Bizzness.

Of course neither has been quiet in the intervening years. Both headline globe-trotting DJs in their own right their own solo albums (Kittin’s ‘I Com’ 2004 and ‘Batbox’ 2008 and The Hacker’s ‘Rêves Mécaniques’ 2004 and ‘X’ 2008) and numerous mix CDs (‘Radio Caroline’, ‘Bugged Out!’ and ‘A.N.D N.O.W‘) have kept them individually in the spotlight but it's been far too long since the release of their era-defining classic ‘1st Album’…but wait no more, dear music lover, for they are back with a bang. And you'd better believe, it's a big, cosmic ‘bang’. Between ‘revisited’ and new tunes (‘Belgium’, ‘PPPO’ or the superb cover of Elvis Presley's ‘Suspicious Minds’), Miss Kittin & The Hacker leave behind electroclash contrariness and unmask a perfectly accessible, more elegant, more mature and more distinct - yet, still pop - side.

Miss Kittin & The Hacker have not only forged a new path on this impressive collection of new material, but also, by transforming and remodelling their many musical influences, they have fashioned a club-based European cyber-pop of their very own. Sparkling like a prized jewel amidst the deluge of drugged-up minimal techno and neo-rave kids electro, the album features a wonderful, stellar sprinkling of metallic soul, glamorous space disco, glossy vocal nuances, crystalline beats and swirling melodies. The music possesses a sexy androgyny, glistening and pulsating. And as for the songs? Sometimes narrative, sometimes confessional, direct and alternatively clouded in mystery. On the opening ‘The Womb’ we find a gently lapping, intergalactic introduction that succumbs to a tumultuous thumping early Madchester style robo-rhythm with Miss Kittin intoning ‘Evolution’ in her best Shaun Ryder. An opening blast-off. ‘1000 Dreams’ begins life in the land of Space's ‘Magic Fly’ and ascends into a lovely warm euro-tinged track with a nod to Propaganda and classic 80s synth pop. A beautiful melody line from The Hacker sends the track into the stratosphere. This is also the second commercially available single release from the album. ‘PPPO’. Or, if you prefer: People, Pleasure, Objects, Power is what Nitzer Ebb might have sounded like if they were sexier. This is electronic music at it's best, bursting with energy, hooks, dynamism and power. Watch out for this track on a pre-release to the clubs as the first single complete with Function's (Sandwell District) remix, before the album release. ‘Party in my Head’ is classic Moroder meets disco era Blondie - on Saturn. A dance track, which conjures up visions of dry ice, ultra-violet lighting and spinning mirror ball reflections and set to be a future single later this year. ‘Indulgence’ is a full-on electro-rock ‘n' roll EBM dance-floor work out which will sound extremely dangerous gushing forth from a huge speaker stack in a club whilst ‘Emotional Interlude’ provides an image of Düsseldorf lingering in the foreground with a Miami (or perhaps Detroit) skyline at the back as Kittin intones a sinuous mantra over The Hacker's growling bass drones. Gorgeous. On ‘Suspicious Minds’ we find that the spirit of the King lives on in this sweetest cover version and the first Kittin & Hacker vocal duet. Had he been around, the King would have gotten on down to this - in his white suit of course. ‘Electronic City’ is original metal beat minimalism (Conny Plank / John Foxx style) which then dissolves into the purist of neon melodies. A wonderful and extremely moving track, contrasting (and then fusing) starkness and warmth. ‘Inutile Éternité’ or Futile Eternity sees the BBC Radiophonic Workshop guided by The Hacker who has kidnapped Kittin and teleported her to Spirea X. Ultra-Nu Beat for the 21st Century. ‘Ray Ban’ is potentially the perfect TV ad soundtrack for your favourite after-hours shades and eye-wear brand. ‘Is it grey? Or blue?’ What is reality? Sometimes, it's not so easy to tell when one steps out of the club and finally ‘1000 Dreams (Reprise)’ is a luscious electronic lullaby for the end to a perfect evening bringing the album to a soothing and gentle close. Miss Kittin and The Hacker hit the road in 2009 and will be appearing live across Europe from April onwards, hitting the USA in September and then onto Asia and Australia. Miss Kittin & The Hacker play live at Pressure @ The Arches, Glasgow on Friday 1st May and Matter, London on Saturday 2nd May and the Tivoli, Dublin on Sunday 3rd May. Their full European tour schedule is here:

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Héloïse Degrugillier with Newport Baroque

Music for Recorder & Basso Continuo

About the Concerts
Héloïse Degrugillier joins Audrey and Paul Cienniwa, basso continuo, in concert. Come hear
18th–century music in 18th–century surroundings: Newport’s 1750 Redwood Library or Medford’s 1739
Royall House.

About Héloïse Degrugillier
Héloïse Degrugillier has worked extensively as both a recorder performer and teacher throughout
Europe and the United States. She performs regularly with leading period ensembles, including the
Boston Early Music Festival Opera, Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Dunya ensemble.
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About Newport Baroque
Under the direction of Paul Cienniwa, Newport Baroque presents professional concerts of music of the
17th- and 18th-centuries on period instruments. Since 2005, the orchestra has partnered with higher
education, including programming with Providence College, Tufts University, the Yale Association of
Rhode Island and the Music Library Association.
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Saturday, March 14 at 3pm
Redwood Library 
50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI
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Sunday, March 22 at 3pm
The Royall House
15 George Street
Medford, MA

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009

Sasquatch fest: reunited Janes, Yeah Yeah, Yeahs etc

The reunited original lineup of Jane's Addiction will play its first major show at the eighth Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 23-25 at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash.

As previously reported, the group has played a handful of small L.A. club shows in the past few months, including last night (Feb. 16) at the Echoplex, and is planning to tour this spring with Nine Inch Nails, who are also confirmed for Sasquatch.

Kings Of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, the Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Girl Talk, Doves, Grizzly Bear, M. Ward, Sun Kil Moon, M83 and Of Montreal round out the Sasquatch lineup.

Among the comedians set to appear are Zach Galifiankas, Demetri Martin, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, God's Pottery and People's Republic of Komedy.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 28. For more information, visit (Billboard)

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Wed, 11 Feb 2009

DJ Hell release

'When Hell launched his International Deejay Gigolos Empire in 1996, his rebellious creative streak
gave the label a punk DIY aesthetic. An open-ended techno imprint with a natural pop sensibility,
Gigolo immediately stood out and attracted like-minded artists such as Fischerspooner, Vitalic, Miss
Kittin & the Hacker, Tiga, even the Pet Shop Boys, Jeff Mills and Dopplereffekt. Today, Gigolo in
Berlin is to Hell what the Factory in New York was to Warhol. Like Warhol, Hell is the man with the
vision, whose enthusiasm and inspiration to this

Teufelswerk – the German for “Devil’s Work” – is Hell’s masterpiece. Across 16 exquisite tracks
divided into two themes, “Night” and “Day”, Hell weaves an intoxicating spell. Celestial vocals
cascade around an acoustic guitar figure as a motorik rhythm propels it ever skywards, sharing
space, spiritually at least, with Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and Can. Teufelswerk is a lush, narcotic
odyssey, the album sounds unlike anything he’s produced in the past. “The album is very personal,”
he says. “All my knowledge is there…I don’t think I can make a better record.”

Hell, with his old friend Peter Kruder produced the "Day" half assisted by noted
multi-instrumentalists Christian Prommer and Roberto Di Gioia. This is Hell's enchanting
interpretation of kosmische musik. “The Angst & The Angst Pt. 2” joins tracks “Germania”, “Hell’s
Kitchen” and “I Prefer Women to Men Anyway” to unravel with sinuous grace, culminating in a cosmic
reading of Hawkwind’s “Silver Machine”.

The “Night” album is raw mix of Chicago and Detroit influences combined with Hell’s swashbuckling
approach to electronics, this portion is for the dance floor. Ten-minute jams such as “Wonderland”
and “Electronic Germany” zoom and thrust with menacing intent. Hell hooked up once more with hip-hop
superstar P. Diddy for freestyle jack-track and future single, “The DJ”. The most pleasant,
eyebrow-raising moment here is the collaboration with Bryan Ferry, “U Can Dance”. This serpentine
disco burner, a smouldering highlight of Teufelswerk, finally unites two of modern pop’s suavest

For his new single release Hell invited Henrik Schwarz to bring a touch of the night to “The Angst
Pt. 1and Pt. 2.” As a stand-alone piece of music it’s as solid as the dance floors it will be played
on, but immediately hints at the wealth of ideas that exist on this forthcoming album.

“I have done kosmische musik in a new way,” he says. “This is where I come from, I grew up with the
early German electronic pioneers of music, and this is why I went in this direction. Often it is
called German electronic avant-garde, or psychedelic music. I went back to the ’70s and tried to do
it in my own way.”

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Sun, 08 Feb 2009

Whitney Houston?

Fans of WH are in a sweat about rumours that she will perform shortly at a Grammies party and that an album is in the can and to be released in March. We hope so.

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Fri, 06 Feb 2009

Games Dev Con (Brighton)

'Dear Games Developer,

Video games are evolving. The way video games are developed is evolving.To reflect this the Develop
Conference 2009 is pleased to announce a brand new addition to this year’s event:

evolve will focus on how to develop games for new platforms including mobile, iPhone and XBLA, new
technologies and new markets like social and casual gaming. It will help game developers tackle the
issues arising from emerging platforms and digital marketplaces, connected gaming, user-generated
content and cross-over between games and Internet services.

evolve takes place on Tuesday 14 July and consists of three dedicated tracks - Coding & Production,
Art & Design and Business. On top of that there will be a new evolve track added to the Develop
Conference on 15-16 July which will sit alongside the existing tracks - Coding, Production, Game
Design, Art & Animation, Business and Audio tracks. 

So make sure you stay ahead of the game this year - come to Develop in Brighton and evolve!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ali Wynn
Develop Conference Director

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Thu, 05 Feb 2009

Jackson Analogue free Download

'Hello Everyone.

Lots of lovely new material coming very soon! For now we thought 
we would give you a blast from the past FOR FREE!

Just click the link below..


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Wed, 04 Feb 2009

Springsteen vid

Working On A Dream ...

ITN - Bruce Springsteen: exclusive 'Working On A Dream' session on MUZU

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Tue, 03 Feb 2009

A Vinyl Tale

Or what happened to EMI's plant when the hedge fund people came.

UK sales of seven inch singles increased from 180,000 in 2001 to more than a million in 2007, as young people discovered the format for the first time. Dance music DJs still use records to mix, and the notion of collecting vinyl is catching on again among older people, as new artists bring out limited editions with original artwork.

Sales of albums on vinyl are still declining, although the rate of decline has slowed in recent years. It is now thought that the format may benefit from the demise of the CD. "For a long time we've said the physical representation of music will more likely be vinyl than CD," says Wadhwa. "Digital music and CDs have the same sound. Analog sound is warmer, it offers a different way of listening to music."

He accepts that digital downloads will remain the most popular way of buying music, but argues that it is a throwaway format. "When I put a record on it becomes a talking point, people gather around the record player, they pass the sleeve around. If you put an iPod on it becomes background music."

Vinyl will remain a niche product, he says, but one made viable by the internet. "Before there might have been 500 people in the UK who would have bought a particular record on vinyl, now we can reach 200,000 people globally."

Wadhwa, who trained as a barrister, came across the EMI press when looking at an old Art Deco building. "Chugging away in a small part of it was a vinyl plant," he says. Despite having no experience of the music industry, he and former Olympic sailor Tim Robinson bought it. The plant now puts out 2m-3m records a year for independent labels, as well as the big four who use it as a mark of quality.

"EMI from 1905 to 1970 spent millions of pounds perfecting the machinery that made their records," says Wadhwa. "The machinery was absolutely unique." As such, the Vinyl Factory has had to develop a method to hand-make replacement parts for the machines.

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