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CMU’s One Liners: Tidal countdown, Bloc Party a bassist down, Stewart Lee gets down, and more

By and | Published on Wednesday 25 March 2015


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• If you were wondering what that countdown on the Tidal website is all about, and I’m sure you all were, well, it’s counting down to a big launch bash officially installing Jay-Z as the streaming service’s boss man in New York on 30 Mar. By which point no WiMPs will be allowed in the building.

• Vessel has gone live, offering upfront and brand new video content from various sources – including YouTube stars and some record companies – for a $3 a month subscription. It will be interesting to see if people will pay for short-form video online, and especially content that will quickly become available free elsewhere.

• Edwyn Collins has joined the list of veteran artists who will be in conversation as part of this year’s Liverpool Sound City in May, alongside previously announced conversers Wayne Coyne, Julian Cope, Viv Albertine and the one and only Mark E Smith. More here.

• Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes has ruled himself out of the band’s new album, the one announced by frontman Kele Okereke on Australian radio last week. Moakes also suggested, in an update from the Twitter account of his new band Young Legionnaire, that Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong is also not involved.

• Comedian Stewart Lee has recorded a track for a new tribute album to folk musician Shirley Collins. Being released for Record Store Day, the record also features contributions from Graham Coxon, Angel Olsen, Johnny Flynn and more. But, for now, here’s Lee and Stuart Estell’s version of ‘Polly On The Shore’.

• King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have put out a new track, called ‘God Is In The Rhythm’, from their new album, ‘Quarters!’, which is out in May.

Approved producer Cuushe is back with a new EP called ‘Night Lines’. It’ll be out next week. So, pretty soon. And – look! – here’s a track from it.

• Soko has shared the video for ‘Lovetrap’, that song she did with Ariel Pink. Here it is.

• Singer-songwriter Martha Bean will release her debut album, ‘When Shadows Return To The Sea’, on 6 Apr. From it, this is ‘Don’t Get Lost In The Dark’.

• Tom Vek has created a video using footage from the film ‘Watch The K Foundation Burn A Million Quid’, in which the K Foundation – aka The KLF’s Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty – burn bank notes amounting to the sum of one million pounds in a fire. So, now you know what you’re looking at when you watch it.

• Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer is releasing his second album under the name Damaged Bug on 1 Jun. The Oh Sees also have an album out in May. This is ‘The Mirror’ (by Damaged Bug).

• Oh look, here’s Muse’s new single, ‘Dead Inside’.

• The tedious question of whether or not Death Grips actually split up last year has been answered with the announcement of a US tour. Until they double bluff us all by cancelling it.

• Black Sabbath have announced that they will play their last ever show at Ozzfest Japan on 22 Nov, with an invitation for estranged drummer Bill Ward to join the other three original members apparently still open.

• Zun Zun Egui, who were approved not long ago, have announced that they will tour the United Kingdom in May. Here are the dates.

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