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CMU’s One Liners: Rita Ora heading to the Oscars, Calvin Harris extends Vegas residency, former RHCP guitarist goes acid house, and more perplexing stories from the world of music

By | Published on Thursday 29 January 2015

Rita Ora

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• There was a time when Sony/ATV’s Senior Vice President A&R Europe Johnny Tennander wasn’t also Deputy Managing Director of the company’s Scandinavian division. But those days are gone. Long gone. Because now he is.

• Universal’s Spinefarm label has announced two new worldwide signings. They are punk mainstays Anti-Flag, who will release their first album for the label in May, and Australian hard rock crew Airbourne, who won’t.

• If you were worried you might not get the chance to see Calvin Harris DJ in a painfully clinical nightclub in Las Vegas, don’t. He’s just extended his residencies at Hakkasan Group’s Hakkasan Nightclub, Wet Republic at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace. “Sleeves”, commented Harris.

• OOFJ, who are CMU approved I’ll have you know, have released a new track. A single, if you will. ‘I Forgive You’, it’s called, and it’s taken from their second album, which is out, oh, soonish.

• Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is releasing an acid house album under the name Trickfinger. It’s out in April. Here’s a track. It’s dull as shit.

• I’m getting a bit bored of the dripfeed of tracks from the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ soundtrack, but the latest is from Sia, so I should probably flag it up for you.

• Drenge, eh? Drenge. Dreeeeeeeeeeeeenge. Those guys can do what they want. And frequently do. Look, they’ve written a song about it. Is it taken from a new album? You bet your sweet bottom it is. That album’s called ‘Undertow’ and is out on 6 Apr.

• Shlohmo, eh? Shlomo. Shlooooooooomooooooooooo. That guy can also do what he wants, if doing what he wants is releasing a new album the same day as Drenge. Which apparently he is. The album’s called ‘Dark Red’, and here’s a new track called ‘Buried’.

• Do you like Calexico? I used to quite like Calexico. Maybe we’ll all like the new Calexico album then. ‘Edge Of The Sun’ is out on 13 Apr via City Slang. There will also be a tour, starting at the Shempire on 28 Apr. Now, a song!

• Marina And The Diamonds – that’s just one person, remember, don’t let her confuse you – has released a track called ‘I’m A Ruin’. Am I going to link to it on YouTube? Yes.

• It is so almost time for a new Lapalux album. I suggest he releases one on 6 Apr. He could called it ‘Lustmore’. It would also be a smart move to get Szjerdene to guest on a track, which would probably be best titled ‘Closure’. And, hey, guess what? I just made all those things come true (it was definitely me).

• Canadian punk types Metz are preparing to literally double the number of albums in their catalogue by releasing a second album, ‘II’, this spring. They’ll also play a show at the 100 Club in London on 3 Mar. Here’s some sort of video.

• L7 have announced that they are reforming to play festival dates this summer, fourteen years since their last performance. Money is also being collected via Kickstarter for a documentary on the band.

• That Rita Ora has announced that she will be performing at the Oscars next month. Get her.

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