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One Liners: Mark Owen, Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Pixies, more

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2022

Mark Owen


The CEO of the Royal Albert Hall in London, Craig Hassall, has announced that he will step down from the role at the start of the 2023 season in order to take up a new role as head of the Playhouse Square in Ohio.

Luke Armitage has been named Senior Vice President of Universal’s Astralwerks label in the US. “We are incredibly fortunate to be working with the most forward-thinking artists in the industry, and I thank them – and their managers – for their daily trust in me to help them tell their story through their art”, he says. “Astralwerks has been the pioneer for dance and electronic music in the US for the past 30 years, and I’m incredibly thankful … for the opportunity to help write our next chapter by expanding our artists’ presence globally”.

Island Records in the US has promoted Steven Rowen to Head Of International Marketing. “Steven is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced executives in the global marketing field”, says General Manager Mike Alexander.

US song rights collecting society ASCAP has promoted Deepak Mohite to Chief Technology Officer. “Deepak has been responsible for major tech initiatives at ASCAP that have ensured we are the best-in-class music rights management platform for music creators and licensees”, says CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “The innovations he has implemented have helped us build a fast, flexible and efficient technology infrastructure that has streamlined our operations, made us more agile and set us up to continue to innovate for the future”.



Mark Owen has released new solo single ‘Magic’. “I’ve really been trying to capture lots of different energies from all the shows I’ve seen”, he says. “So I’ve made songs that I want to see live. There’s a guitar solo in ‘Magic’ that I’m dying to perform because I want to hear how that guitar solo sounds on stage!” His new album, ‘Land Of Dreams’, is out on 23 Sep.

Danger Mouse and Black Thought have released new collaborative track ‘Strangers’, which also features A$AP Rocky and Run The Jewels. The duo’s album, ‘Cheat Codes’, is out this Friday.

Pixies have released new single ‘Vault Of Heaven’, taken from their new album ‘Doggerel’, which is out on 30 Sep.

Jessie Ware has released the video for new single ‘Free Yourself’.

Poppy Ajudha is back with Jungle produced new single ‘No!’ “In a world where anyone can reach you at any time, and say whatever they want through a computer screen, ‘No!’ is a rebellion against, the criticism and internet trolling, a social commentary on a world of chaotic political narratives, dishonest public figures and the ongoing flow of conflicting public opinions”, she says. Alongside the single, she’s also announced UK shows in November.

Ezra Furman has released new single ‘Poor Girl A Long Way From Heaven’. “Ever since it hit me that I was never going to be loved and accepted on the scale of my pop star heroes, me and my bandmates have started to work on a different vision of pop, one more our own, one that gestures at the stranger truths of the human mind”, she says. “Here we are in thrall to verbally adventurous 90s music like Björk and Beck and the Silver Jews and them kinda non-linear geniuses”.

Mykki Blanco has teamed up with MNEK and Saul Williams for new single ‘Steps’. “I think a song like ‘Steps’ is a testament to what can happen when three very unique artists are given time to create a meditation together – to respond to one another when the moment is right – almost like the lines of a haiku – maybe ‘Steps’ is a prayer unique in its ability to transcend and transform and provide peace without necessarily providing an answer”, says Blanco. New album ‘Stay Close To Music’ is out on 14 Oct.

Lambchop have released new single ‘So There’. The song, says main man Kurt Wagner, “addresses the idea of showing up, being there for your friends and for things that we believe to be right and true. But also wondering if that alone will ever be enough”. New album ‘The Bible’ is out on 30 Sep.



Tom Vek has announced that he will play Lafayette in London on 29 Oct. He has also just released ‘Newer Symbols’, a complete rework of his 2020 album ‘New Symbols’. “Releasing an album at the start of the pandemic meant it didn’t get the outing it should have done, no live shows etc, so I wanted to make the tracks live on, give them all a new life”, he says. Here’s new single ‘Survive New’.

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