Month: January 2009 (page 2 of 7)

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The Orb updated for 2009 – Twitter, Facebook, Bebo, Last.fm

You can find The Orb here:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/orbinfo

Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/reverbnation_fb/artist/theorb

Bebo: http://apps.bebo.com/my-band/artist/theorb

Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/music/The+Orb

Website: http://www.theorb.com

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Fran Nevrkla on Copyright Term update January 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues
 

Firstly, I hope that all of you together with your loved ones had a thoroughly enjoyable and restful Christmas and New Year holiday. 

Now that we are all back in the fray, I thought I would drop you a line about one of the key issues currently on our agenda. As you know, our recent and very intensive political lobbying has paid off – thanks to your efforts. The video message(www.ppluk.com/fairplay) to the Prime Minister and the letters to MPs have got through.

Just before Christmas, the Government announced a change of heart on copyright term. In his speech to the Creators’ Conference, Andy Burnham revealed that they have now accepted that the term should be extended in principle, although they still fall short of offering performers parity with other creators. We will continue to talk to them about moving to 95 years.

Our focus is now shifting to Europe where the draft Copyright Term Directive is being debated. There are two crucial votes coming up in the European Parliament in February and March. We have already been talking to many of the MEPs (Members of the European Parliament), urging them to support us. If you would like to help further in the Fair Play for Musicians campaign, then you could write to your MEP, urging him/her to vote for the Copyright Term Directive. The main points to make are below. Just choose two or three to include in your email:

 
  • Performers get a much shorter copyright term than other creators – composers, authors, lyricists, graphic artists and photographers.
  • Performers are as crucial as other creators in making a record.
  • Royalties (eg PPL airplay) from recordings are important (however large or small).
  • There is no effect on consumers (eg iTunes charge the same price for in- and out-of-copyright recordings).
  • When recordings go out of copyright, others profit but the performers get nothing.
  • Support the draft Copyright Term Directive which increases the copyright term for both performers and producers to 95 years from release (the same as the USA and on a par with other creators who get life plus seventy years).

You could also ask them if they will be supporting this Directive. We will put the names of all supportive MEPs on the PPL website. Make sure your MEP is added to the list!

You can find your MEP by looking at the European Parliament website http://www.europarl.org.uk/uk_meps/MembersMain.htm. If you click on your region, you will find a list of half a dozen MEPs, all of whom represent you in Europe, with their email addresses. If you are feeling strong, send an email to each of them, and copy my colleaguedominic.mcgonigal@ppluk.com.

Many thanks again for your support in this. That support is showing results and we are determined that in these final stages we get the copyright term that you deserve.

Watch this space and in the meantime, on behalf of all of us here at PPL, I offer our very best wishes for 2009.

Kind regards

Fran

FRAN NEVRKLA
Chairman & CEO

PPL
1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DE 
+44 (0)20 7534 1000 / F +44 (0)20 7534 1111

WATCH OUR VIDEO MESSAGE TO GORDON BROWN AT www.ppluk.com/fairplay

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ORGAN: THIS WEEK’S ISSUE, WHO GOT REVIEWED

Well we’ve hit the year running, second 2009 issue of ORGAN is up on
line, an issue goes on line every Thursday afternoon over at
www.organart.com

Already a good year for albums…

This week’s album of the week is from Canada’s rather impressive WOMEN
(Jagjaguwar)

We also have reviews of the following albums…

MAEGASHIRA – The Stark Arctic (Spare Change)
DANKO JONES – Never Too Loud (Bad Taste)
JACK SHIRT – Silent Beef (Scratch My Back)
FEN – The Malediction Fields (Code 666)
LOW BUDGET ORCHESTRA – The Second Best (Low Budget Music)
MEN OF UNITUS – Gland Of Hope And Glory (No Lite)
GRAHAM REYNOLDS AND THE GOLDEN ARM TRIO – Cult Of Colour (Shamrock)

Two singles of the week, told you we were off to a good start this
year….
OH, ATOMS – Sugar Mouse (Lucky Motel)
DENNIS HOPPER CHOPPERS – Smart Ones Always Lose (D Wink)

Plus…
THE WOE BETIDES – Play Dead EP (Songs In The Dark)
DEVOTCHKA – How It Ends (Anti)
THE SOCIAL – A Call To Arms EP (Divided London)

Demo of the week is from
AWESOME WELLS
Plus LITHURGY and SUNDAY SCHOOL

And all the other bits of downloads and news and bits and oh go have a
look… www.organart.com

DAILY NEWS PAGES are rolling as always… TO ARMS ETC, GOODBYE TO THE
ASTORIA, THE BRUTE CHORUS, THE BOXER REBELLION, ZERO CIPER…SOULFLY….
all your news and such should go to organzine @ aol.com

And yes, talk to us about COMPETITIONS, REVIEWS, GIGS, INTERVIEWS, AD
SPACE or anything else that’s on you mind, up to you how you make use of
ORGAN and what we do, we’re not going to chase you…

Your on this list because you’ve contact us, you sent e.mails to us, you
might have even sent in review material and we figure you want to know
what we’re covering – you should have us bookmarked and drop in once a
day of course, but hey… Anyway if you don’t want to be on this mailing
list and you’re not interested in what we’re doing then just ask nicely
and we’ll remove you…

ORGAN
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LONDON
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UK

ORGAN MAGAZINE >>> ORGAN TV >>> ORGAN RADIO >>>> ORGANGRINDER >>> ORG RECORDS

RESONANCE 104.4fm

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Latest releases from Black Seeds Records

BSR 013 LAUTSTURMER –  “Audio Plague Outbreak Alert” 7″ EP (Ltd 308)
Swedish brutal hardcore crust! 5 track debut EP recorded April 2008 – RAW, BRUTAL meets early Swedish raw-punk style! These lads were playing with Kurbits IR, Article Nine, Slemäters, Final Holocaust and another infamous d-beat crust/metal bands!! And its limited 308 copies!! (150 on black, 59 on red/marron and 99 on red wax)
(Also available on tape in distro section)
www.myspace.com/lautstrmerBSR 014 FLYBLOWN/WARVICTIMS – split CD

England’s FLYBLOWN play harsh & brutal crust noise with grunted vocals and downtuned guitar.  They  influenced by bands such as Disclose, Dismachine, Totalitar and Framtid. The band has cut a space for itself on the underground punk scene as a band with political intent and an extreme musical style. This is their last track ever!!
WARVICTIMS play raging D-beat  raw punk in the Scandinavian tradition, including a cover of DISCHANGE’s classic “After War Scars”.

This split consist 10 track from WARVICTIMS and 5 track from FLYBLOWN.
(12″ vinyl version available only at the distro)

http://www.myspace.com/warvictims
http://www.myspace.com/flyblown 

BETON/CAD –  split LP (Co-release with other 12 D.I.Y label)
Both bands comes from Slovakia. BETON with six furious tracks of heavy brutal D-beat with pissed off vocals. Short simple cold, dark dead lyrics. Nothing new just D-beat rawpunk that you can’t get enough off! CAD already have several releases out and have played together for many years by now. 11 furious tracks of grind/crust/rawpunk. Great cover art. No translation for the lyrics. You can find BETON’s lyrics translated on their myspace. This is released by 13 labels and limited to 500 copies.
(CD version available at the distro)
http://www.myspace.com/betoncrust
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=353702114

 

Still available/in stock:

BSR 011 WARVICTIMS – “Lognen Om Fredsavtalet” CD
D-beat crust out of Sweden. Brand new track with 8 page booklet. One of most active bands with new release every season. Silver stamp logo.
http://www.myspace.com/warvictims BSR 012 ETACARINAE – “In These Dark Times” CD
Spanish cosmic apocalyptic crust. 10 new track plus bonus track from split with ASEDIO and “Faith in Chaos” EP. Included infamous track “Misery” from Bastard. 20 page special booklet that you can’t get from download!! 
http://www.myspace.com/etacarinaehc 

PROJECT HOPLESS “Välkommen till vår sopfyllda fabrik” CD
 (Co-release with Wasted Sound and Shaman Records)

An A//E political hardcore raw punk from Malmo Sweden. With touch of fast Swedish HC tradition and d-beat, here in the digital format and 12 page booklet. Comes with 2 an extra bonus tracks which are not available on vinyl version.

http://www.myspace.com/projecthopeless

 

BSR 006 DISTRUST “World OF Tommorow” CD

DISTRUST are Singaporean crusties was formed in 1999 with greatly influenced by Discharge, Doom, ENT and UK crust punk band and Swedish HC as well. This CD contains 17 tracks full of d-beat/crust. Comes with 8 pages booklet, glossy cover and silver stamp logo.  http://www.myspace.com/distrustpunk

 

BSR 007 SKULLCRUSHER “Darkness Falls” CD

SKULLCRUSHER was formed in early 1999 as well. Hail from Malaysia. In early days they were played covered from Discard, Bastard, Anti-Cimex, Masskontroll and of coz’ Discharge. When they hiatus for a few years the music change little bit. With the new guitarist the band still played like they used to play, bit Amebix influence in it make this recording variety of tune. 14 tracks full of heavy and brutal d-beat. Big layout poster size, glossy cover and silver stamp logo.http://www.myspace.com/skullcrusher

BSR 008 NUCLEAR DEATH TERROR – s/t CASSETTE

NDT hail from K-Town, d-beat crustcore of Doom with some metallic elements in an amazing combination. Downtuned, aggressive and violent, the rhythm section is full of energy and moves fast while the vocals are deep low howls with some slow apoclayptric crust intros. Brilliant!! Glossy cover and silver stamp logo.http://www.myspace.com/nucleardeathterror

 

BSR 009 DISCOVER “Stench Of Death” CD

DISCOVER hail from Sweden. This is split release with Black Konflick Rec.8 new tracks plus 6 cover song from Shitlickers, Doom, BOD, Discard and mighty Disclose!! they put all influence and put into the package raw punk arise!! Make sure play it loud!! Glossy cover plus silver stamp logo. http://www.myspace.com/discoverdbeat BSR 010 WARVICTIMS – Until Man Exist No More” CASSETTE

D-beat destruction from Sweden. Tape version with 3 extra track taken from their D-Beat Destruction EP.
One of most active band with new releases every season.16 track in total. Glossy sleeve and silver stamp logo as usual. 
http://www.myspace.com/warvictims

 

Other label:

NEVER BUILT RUINS CD (Bulit to love 10″ + demo)

Germany-Switzerland d-beat driven punk engine. Complete track from 10″ and demo collections.

http://www.myspace.com/neverbuiltruins

 

Get in touch!!

 

cheers!

-jery

www.myspace.com/blackseedsrecords
www.blackseedsrecords.blogspot.com

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Colin Preece writes on a warning to Cannabis users in Birmingham

“As a supporter of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, I feel that we should warn the many thousands of cannabis users in Birmingham and the UK that our Government has defied its own efforts and will be raising cannabis from Class C to Class B next week.

The Government-appointed committee, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has for the third time stated that in their expert opinion cannabis should not be put into class B of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

However, Gordon Brown, who has mistakenly referred to some of the stronger versions of cannabis as “lethal” , Jacqui Smith et al, have decided to ignore that advice and go with the scare-mongers in order to try to win more votes.

The recent downfall in the number of cannabis users that followed downgrading to class C, has also been ignored. Maybe the Government want to see an increase.

The real effect of this will be an increase in maximum sentence for possession to 5 years in prison – the maximum sentence for cultivation, production or supply will remain at 14 years.

In other words, the only difference will be to cannabis users – whether they say it is medicinal or recreational or religious: and we are talking about users who have done no harm or posed no threat to anyone. Obviously people who harm others are punishable under other laws.

And of course the police who originally wanted downgrading to enable them to focus more on class A and B drugs, will now find themselves once again arresting cannabis users. Once again the courts will be filled up with people charged for possession instead of being given warnings or cautions. Once again our young people will be given criminal records for nothing more than possession of a plant product – and those that risk growing cannabis for their own medical benefit will be threatened by prison.

And the increased cost on top of the billions of pounds sent annually policing cannabis, will be born by the taxpayer – yes readers, your tax bill is about to go up so we can arrest more victimless cannabis users.

As a taxpayer I object most strongly to this: as a voter I object most strongly to our Government ignoring the advice of a committee we have paid for.

I hope that this will encourage readers to write to our MP’s as well as this letter page, and get this decision reversed before disaster strikes on top of disaster”

Sadly not only do governments past and present fail to tell the truth about cannabis they also fail to tell the truth about hemp….

HEMP4SHED sustainable human environmental development…

I believe the world needs to utilize as much land as possible for the cultivation of biomass, for food, fiber and fuel. Humanity needs to be working in cooperation globally, under the supervision of the United Nations, in order to cultivate biomass as a resource for sustainable human and environmental development. President Elect Obama has been speaking about the need to cultivate biomass in his drive to lower the USA’s carbon footprint, we in the UK need to be doing the same.

The below is a link to my myspace blog which goes into far more detail on the issues of how humanity can work toward global peace and human harmony with nature. I do hope you take the time to look at the link and forward it to all your contacts listeners readers and or viewers.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=98840874

yours faithfully
colin preece
4 rodborough road
sheldon
birmingham
b26 2qb

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THE ARCADIAN KICKS (Birmingham) “The Arcadian Kicks are one group whose star is most certainly on the ascension…..

“Love the idea it’s what all young bands should do to get profile”…….. Alan McGee 

BRITAIN’S BEST 4 NEW BANDS – ALL PLAYING EACH OTHER’S CLUB NIGHTS THROUGHOUT 2009 
www.myspace.com/syndicateclubnight


First night: 6th Feb 2009
Featuring: 
The Arcadian Kicks & The Chairmen playing live

with extra support from Tantrums and Jessie Rose

plus Jon Brookes (from The Charlatans) dj set.
Place: The Sound Bar, Corporation Street, Birmingham,

open at 8pm.
Cost: £3 on the door.
Syndicate Solutions are proud to announce a new concept in club nights….The first batch of gigs will involve 4 amazing bands from Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Leicester – each of them getting a chance to play at each other’s club night – three “home” and three “away” gigs for each band creating a fantastic opportunity for new music lovers across England to check out the next big thing. There will be drinks promotions and guest djs too so look out in these cities for the next Syndicate Club Night.

Bands who have confirmed to be involved in the Syndicate Club Nights are The Arcadian Kicks (Birmingham), The Grants (London), The Chairmen (Leicester), Bells For Rene (Liverpool). The dates are listed in the events section with more to follow over the next few days. 

THE ARCADIAN KICKS (Birmingham) “The Arcadian Kicks are one group whose star is most certainly on the ascension, and their hybrid of indie rock and a smattering of funk and soul…………Finishing with a funked up swagger.” – FUSED MAGAZINE 

THE GRANTS (London) “I got it wrong. Hands up. I will admit it. I have been saying the Grants are the best unsigned band in the United Kingdom. No. They are the best unsigned band in the world.” – ALAN MCGEE – THE GUARDIAN 

BELLS FOR RENÉ (Liverpool) “This band are defiantly showing promise and having energy and reaction similar to bands such as The Arctic Monkeys and Operator Please, I can see them pasted all over next years sell-out festivals.” – HALTSMAL MUSIC MAGAZINE 

THE CHAIRMEN (Leicester) “It was once again the combination of the quality of their material with their electric live performance that saw them standout as one of the most exciting bands of the event. Expertly written and arranged their tracks are packed full of ideas and sparkle with wit and energy.” – SURFACE UNSIGNED FESTIVAL (2008 WINNERS) 

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REMEMBER KEEP CHECKING THE MYSPACE/FACEBOOK PAGES FOR ALL THE UPDATES AND GIG DATES – THEY WILL ALL BE UP OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

www.myspace.com/syndicateclubnight

website www.surfaceunsigned.co.uk

email info@surfaceunsigned.co.uk

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Review of forthcoming NIGHTINGALES album

(Skug magazine by Heinrich Deisl)):

The Nightingales, follow-up project of Birminghams first legendary punkband the Prefects around Robert Lloyd, that supported acts like Nico or Bo Diddley, are back with a nonchalant noisy album. While we’re in history: Lloyd, in his various incarnations, has been a regular guest at John Peels, only outplayed by the Fall. Lloyd, Alan apperley, Daren Garrett and young Matt Wood drone themselves through 12 rocknumbers, containing Avantgarde, Punk and borrowings to große kosmische musik – (annotation: i like that one) there are two guest appearances by Faust bass player Andreas Schmid (he he) – held together by Lloyds grumbly(?) singing, that sometimes sounds like Iggy Pop. Rock&Roll and Surf also consistently look around the corner: not for nothing the ‘gales dedicate “insult to injury” to Bo Diddley and Link Wray. This record scores with bulkiness, lots of bittersweet (there’s no way to translate Hinterfotzigkeiten… backc..tness? something like sneakyness) and pop-down to earth melancholy. A tour is coming up in spring 2009. Don’t miss it.

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