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CMU Planner – 23 Sep 2013

By | Published on Monday 23 September 2013

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A change is as good as a rest, they say. And we never ever rest here at CMU, so a change will have to do. By which I mean, change is coming. This time next week, the all new CMU Daily will be winging its way through the pipes of the internet. The core of what we do will stay the same, but the aim is to increase the quality and ease of navigation of our content. All of which, we hope you agree, is a good thing.

The CMU Planner and Digest features will also be taking a short break, ready for a relaunch in a slightly different format later in the year. So look out for that.

But now, here are some news stories, events, new releases and gigs that you should be looking out for this week…

Polaris winner announced. The winner of Canada’s version of the Mercury Prize will be announced today. In line for the honour are Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Zaki Ibrahim, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse and Young Galaxy.

Reeperbahn Festival. Taking over Hamburg’s Reeperbahn district from Wednesday to Saturday this week is the Reeperbahn Festival. We previewed a few artists we reckon you should be checking out if you’re going (and even if you’re not) in a playlist last week. Also not to be missed will be Dave Stewart’s keynote speech, about which he said: “I’m gonna talk about the elephant in the room. Everyone talks about music from a music business perspective, I’m going to talk about a new world order from the artist’s perspective and how that will change the business and who works in it”.

Music 4.5 – Smart Radio: Are we moving towards the death of music radio? On Tuesday, Music 4.5’s latest event will ask if streaming services spell the end for music radio as we know it. There will be a number of presentations and two panel debates, involving figures on both sides of the fence, including BBC Radio 2 and 6music’s Head Of Music Jeff Smith and Deezer CEO Mark Foster.

MusicTank funding report launched. MusicTank will publish its latest industry report, called ‘Easy Money? The definitive UK guide to funding music projects’, this Thursday. The report was first unveiled via an interview with its author, Remi Harris, as The Great Escape back in May. The report will look at the various funding options available to artists and musical entrepreneurs, including grants, crowdfunding, loans, investment and sponsorship.

New releases. It’s another busy week for your ears and wallets, with new albums from Drake, Kings Of Leon, Chvrches, Sting, Cher, Machinedrum, The Internet, Roy Harper, Mazzy Star and Jesu. There’s also the new re-issue of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’, a Metallica live album, and a vinyl compilation of music from Studio Ghibli films, which is my pick of the week. Also there is a new EP from US Girls, a single from Mew in (free) app form, and a short film from Madonna being issued via BitTorrent.

Gigs and tours. Live music, eh? Well, if you want some of that you can get it this week from Paramore, Cloud Control, Julio Bashmore, Deptford Goth, Psychic Ills, Johnny Borrell, Peaking Lights and the returning Ja Ja Ja showcase night.