Dooms Children, The New Project From Wade MacNeil, Have Announced Their Debut Album

You can check out new track ‘Psyche Hospital Blues’ right now.

Wade MacNeil, best known for his work with Alexisonfire and Gallows, has announced the details of the debut album from his new project Dooms Children.

It will be dropping on October 20 via Dine Alone Records.

Sombre, bluesy and filled to the brim with aching emotion, the project shows off a different side to Wade but one that means an awful lot to him.

Let him explain:

“This is the most personal music I have ever released. I tried to be honest (brutally at times) and not hide meaning or intent behind flowery language. It’s a record about my life falling apart and then trying to pick up the pieces. Dooms Children is about falling out of love, about addiction and lying awake at night wondering if you’ve made all the wrong choices.”

The artwork for the record looks like this:

You can check out the patient longing of ‘Psyche Hospital Blues’ right now:

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And ‘Flower Moon’, which sounds like this:

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The Line-Up For 80 Trees, The Combined Event From 2000 Trees & ArcTanGent, Has Been Revealed

Heading to Bristol this weekend? This is who you will be seeing.

Last week, 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent announced the details of 80 Trees, a special weekender to make up for the two festivals not being able to go ahead this year.

Taking place at The Exchange in Bristol and across two stages on July 31 and August 01, the line-up was set to boast bands that would be found at both events coming together for one live music extravaganza. 

Well, that line is here.

Here we go:

Blanket
Calva Louise
Haggard Cat
Mountain Caller
Palm Reader
Panic Shack
Phoxjaw
Pijn
Profiler
Strange Bones
Urne
Lande Hekt
Tom Jenkins
Last Hyena
Lightning Sharks
Jim Lockey
Mother Vulture
Ogives Big Band
Totouchthefaceofgod.
Trap
Voronoi

And there are still three bands till to be announced.

Each day there will be 12 bands playing across the two stages.

So yeah, a lovely time is coming.

Now, this weekend may be already sold out, but due to the success of this first event, two more have been pencilled in for the future as well.

You will also be able to attend the 250-cap event on November 27 and December 31. 

Tickets are available now.

 

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Blondie announce new NFT to celebrate Andy Warhol’s 93rd birthday

Blondie have announced a new NFT collaboration with Hackatao to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Andy Warhol.

The ‘crypto art series’, dubbed ‘Hack The Borders’, will be be released through digital art online auction platform Nifty Gateway next month.

The artwork is based upon Warhol’s first ever digital portrait of Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, shot in 1985.

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The one-of-a-kind artwork, which Blondie have called “a present day manifestation of the punk rock movement,” will land on August 6 via Nifty Gateway, to celebrate what would’ve been Warhol’s 93rd birthday.

See the artwork below:

“I heard of Hackatao early on when the NFT phenomena went mainstream,” Blondie’s Chris Stein said in a statement. “Andy, who embraced modern technology, would certainly have been minting Warhol NFT’s. I am attracted to the lack of gatekeeping that thus far is a significant factor in all this.

Debbie Harry added: “Techno expansion and discovery has always fascinated me as did Andy. I love the idea of honouring his memory on his birthday this year with our collaboration with Hackatao.”

Explaining the idea behind the project, Hackatao said: “We like to think of our art as something timeless and universal, much like Blondie’s music and iconic legacy. Doing a project with Blondie is not just a collaboration with a band, it is a collaboration with the history of music and art.

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“Andy Warhol has similarly been an artistic inspiration to us for his use of colours and trademark way of making art accessible for everyone. For Hack the Borders, we chose to release the project on August 6, which is not only the birthday of Andy, but also of S. of Hackatao. We felt it was a perfect way to pay homage to his genius, and connect us further to the project.”

Other recent NFTs include a special release from Muse‘s Matt Bellamy. who released three new songs as NFTs, with one recorded on one of Jeff Buckley‘s guitars.

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John Lydon’s lawyer calls on court to block the use of long forgotten “nuclear button” in Sex Pistols dispute

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By | Published on Wednesday 28 July 2021

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John Lydon’s legal rep yesterday told the High Court in London that the Sex Pistols have always worked on the assumption that licensing deals will only be done with unanimous approval of the band’s members, and therefore an old band agreement that says only majority approval is required should be set aside.

Mark Cunningham presented his closing arguments at the end of a lively court dispute between Lydon and his former bandmates Paul Cook and Steve Jones. They want to license the band’s music to a new TV programme called ‘Pistol’ based on Jones’s memoir ‘Lonely Boy: Tales Of A Sex Pistol’, but Lydon is currently seeking to veto the deal.

Cook and Jones argue that – while they have never previously enforced the old band agreement that denies Lydon a veto providing the rest of the band agree on a deal – that doesn’t mean they ever accepted that that contract was no longer in force. They just didn’t want the hassle of a major falling out with Lydon by forcing a deal through based on that old agreement. Until now.

According to Law360, Cunningham said in his closing arguments that, while every band member had indeed signed that agreement, it was long forgotten about, and band members instead operated according to a unanimous-consent-only model.

Cook and Jones should not now be allowed to employ the forgotten “nuclear button”, the lawyer stated. “The catastrophic deployment of the [agreement] with the aim of achieving the licensing of ‘Pistol’ goes against the grain of what has been achieved” in the past, he added, noting that, since the agreement was signed, “every licence [has been] granted by unanimous approval”.

Needless to say, legal reps for Cook and Jones counter that an agreement is an agreement, even if it is rarely relied upon. “The [agreement] permits decisions regarding licensing requests to be made on a majority-rules basis”, they noted in a closing submission to the court.

“The [agreement] requires that the parties must exercise their rights of approval under any pre-existing agreements with third parties consistently with the provisions and intent of the agreement … and the [agreement] obliges the parties to provide all such consents and execute all such documents as may be necessary to give effect to a majority decision”.

We now await the court’s decision with some interest. Though, presumably, not quite as much interest as the producers of ‘Pistol’, whose show will probably be a bit rubbish without any Sex Pistols music.



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European Commission ramps up pressure on EU states to implement the copyright directive

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By | Published on Wednesday 28 July 2021

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Hey Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia! What’s taking you so long in implementing the damn European Copyright Directive? Catch up slackers of Europe!

Not my words, but the words of the European Commission. Well, technically my words. But the Commission’s sentiment. It has written to all those countries asking them for an update on the implementation of the 2019 copyright directive which – of course – includes the reform to the copyright safe harbour that the music industry lobbied so hard to secure.

With EU directives, each member state is meant to amend their national laws to bring them in line with changes in European law. The deadline for doing that with the copyright directive was 7 Jun. But there have been some delays in many countries. What with some of those copyright reforms being rather complicated and somewhat controversial. And the small matter of a slightly distracting global pandemic. And, of course, all round laziness in the law-making chambers of Europe.

“The Commission has requested Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia to communicate information about how the rules included in the Directive On Copyright In The Digital Single Market are being enacted into their national law”, the EC stated earlier this week.

“As the member states above have not communicated national transposition measures or have done it only partially, the Commission decided today to open infringement procedures by sending letters of formal notice”, it went on, adding that the reforms in the copyright directive “modernise EU copyright rules” and “enable consumers and creators to make the most of the digital world”.

“They reinforce the position of creative industries”, it added, and also “allow for more digital uses in core areas of society. It then concluded: “These member states now have two months to respond to the letters and take the necessary measures. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may decide to issue reasoned opinions”.

Blimey, not reasoned opinions! Anyway, governments and parliaments of Europe, hurry up and implement the copyright directive, will you? We’d do it here in the UK too if we could, but, you know, Brexit, we hate Brussels, fuck the foreigners, you all smell, we don’t care if our copyright regime is flawed, at least it’s British!



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