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Middleton’s festive cheer

Former Arab Strap man Malcolm Middleton has a Christmas message for a festive record market set to be dominated by whichever X-factor entrant Simon Cowell deems to have won most text votes.

Killing Joke bassist dies

(Paul Raven R.I.P.)

Killing Joke’s bassist Paul Raven has died unexpectedly while recording in Geneva. The Wolverhampton-born musician apparently passed away after a recording session

Nick Cave back with the Bad Seeds

(14th album set for March 2008 release)

Following a musical departure via his Grinderman project, it’s business as usual for Nick Cave with the announcement of a Bad Seeds album set for UK release on March 3rd on the Anti- label.

Gallows in timely Ruts ‘tribute’

(Ruts bassist Paul Fox dies)

Watford punk revivalists Gallows are to release a single, ‘Staring At The Rude Bois’, an up-dated and strangely-spelled version of The Ruts classic which also features Lethal Bizzle. The seventies punk legends’ single, which was a top 30 hit in 1978, comes with a remix by former PiL bassist Jah Wobble.

Franz Ferdinand – the real story

(new book to include exclusive interviews)

A new book, entitled ‘The A-Z Of Franz Ferdinand’ is set for release on November 19th via Northumbria University Press, just in time for the Xmas market.

is this music? Not on Nov 21st!

Bill Drummond, once of the KLF and equally famously, burner of a million pounds, has launched a scheme seen by many as bizarre as the band’s collabration with TammyWynette. No Music Day is on 21st November and as its name suggests, aims to cancel all musical play, from radio and TV, to jingles, to whistling […]

Correcto: present

Correcto, the band which will probably not want to be known just for having Franz Ferdinand’s Paul Thompson on drums, are set to release their first single, ‘Joni’, on Domino Records on November 5th.

Future (plans) of the Left

Future of the Left, much lauded around itm? Towers, have announced a December tour as well as as a single, following their European tour with Against Me!

Wyatt back onstage

Soft Machine drummer gears up for new solo album?

Prog legend Robert Wyatt has sung onstage for the first time in 25 years, appearing for a version of Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight’ at a gig by The Dylan Howe Quintet in Lincoln.

Minogue not in mood for Mylo

(Scots DJ's Minogue mix appears online)

A new Mylo track, featureing Kylie Minogue, can now be heard online at the Scots DK’s website, Minogue has collaborated with various producers and DJs (including Calvin Harris) but the appearance of the tune ‘In The Mood For Love’ has led to speculation that his track has been rejected, given that the released tracklisting […]