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CMU’s One Liners: Unilever hires Big Sync Music, Beck working on new album, Mogwai 20th anniversary shows, and more that would just make this headline too long if I were to include them (it is possible that this headline is now too long anyway)

By and | Published on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Kylie Minogue

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Unilever has made Big Sync Music its sole music supplier for all of its brands worldwide. So, if you hear music on adverts for Marmite, Persil, Pot Noodle, Lynx, or any of the many other brands Unilever owns, remember that it was Big Sync Music that got it there. Or don’t, I don’t care.

• Pixie Geldof has “finally” signed a recording and publishing contract with Stranger Records. I bet you thought it would never happen. But now it has. The deal was sealed in the traditional manner – an Instagram post.

• Deftones are writing songs for their next album, with studio time booked for next month. Guitarist Steph Carpenter told “We’re not all the way ready now, but we’ve still got time and we’re working on it”.

• Beck is currently working on a new album which will be out before the summer. Or so claims the biog posted on the Øya Festival website, which says: “He is currently working on a new album which will be out before the summer”.

• Stornoway’s next album will be called ‘Bonxie’ and will be out on 13 Apr. “The great skua (stercorarius skua) is a large seabird, it is sometimes known by the name bonxie”, they say. So now you know.

• Girlpool, yeah? They’ve announced a new single. A double A-side, no less. One of the songs is called ‘Chinatown’, and has a video here. The other one is called ‘Cut Your Bangs’ and has no video, but don’t let that put you off. It’ll be out on 23 Mar via Wichita. Gigs are happening next month in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

• Now everybody – I mean, every single body – even my mate Jerome – already knew that Belle & Sebastian and The Flaming Lips were headlining the all-new-look Liverpool Sound City this May, but now we know The Vaccines, Roni Size Reprazent, The Thurston Moore Band, Gaz Coombes, Fucked Up and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are also amongst the hundreds of bands due to play. More at

• Kylie Minogue has been announced as one of the headliners of this year’s British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park. She’ll perform on 21 Jun, as will obligatory festival bookings Grace Jones and Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers.

• Mogwai have been knocking about the place for 20 years now, and to celebrate this fact have announced four shows in London and Glasgow this June. They’ll play Barrowlands in Glasgow on 20-21 Jun and The Roundhouse in London on 24-25 Jun.

• Already heading up the previously reported ‘Hello Terry Riley’ show at The Barbican in April, James Holden will follow that up with a UK tour, details of which I’m willing to bet you will find here.

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