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Illegal Downloading – In a battle that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere truly worthwhile, Radiohead, Keane and Blur have come out in strong support of the ‘three strikes’ rule against illegal downloading in the UK. The rule will see users bandwidth sanctioned after three warnings if they continue to download music illegally. A message on the Feature Artists Coalition website said, “Our meeting voted overwhelmingly to support a three-strike sanction on those who persistently download illegal files, sanctions to consist of a warning letter, a stronger warning letter and a final sanction of the restriction of the infringer’s bandwidth to a level which would render file-sharing of media files impractical while leaving basic email and web access functional.” It still seems like there could be a lot of loopholes here, e.g. moving onto a new internet provider, obviously not wanting to pay for something that you cannot use, downloading at free internet spots, the fact that this is coming from three bands who aren’t as affected by illegal downloading as other musicians etc. More as it unfolds, I guess. [NME]

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Kamaal The Abstract

– The cover art and tracklist have finally been revealed for Q-Tip’s unreleased album, ‘Kamaal The Abstract’. The album was initially set to be released in 2002 but was shelved because his record label decided it was not commercial enough to market. ‘Kamaal’ is set to drop on September 15 via Battery Records.

– Radiohead could be releasing an EP on Monday. Stereogum reports that there are a few hints that a new EP ‘Wall of Ice’ could be set to be released next week. Thom Yorke recently mentioned in an interview that he was over making albums and wallofice.com automatically redirects to Radiohead’s official merchandise page.

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Rashied Ali

 – Rashied Ali, the free-jazz drummer who was renowned for working closely with John Coltrane has died of a heart attack, the NY Times reports. Ali, who was 76, worked with Coltrane and Elvin Jones on the album ‘Meditations’ before recording the great ‘Interstellar Space’ in 1967. Later in life, Ali formed the Rashied Ali Quartet. Sound of the City’s Rob Harvilla has pointed us in the direction of a great clip of Ali that can be found here.

– Simon Cowell, the ‘love to hate him’ judge of American Idol has signed up for three more seasons. Last week, Paul Abdul said she would not be returning to Idol which has created somewhat of a shitstorm around who exactly might be replacing her (please not Victoria Beckham). The news also comes after it was announced that host Ryan Seacrest has signed a three-year deal for $45 million.

– A new Radiohead song, ‘These Are My Twisted Words’ has leaked. It’s been a pretty great week for Radiohead, who also released a new song ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’ and managed to drive bloggers insane with a few comments that they probably weren’t going to make another album. You can here the new song at Rolling Stone.

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Radiohead

So, Radiohead may have another plan to revamp this music industry. Following on from their “it’s up to you” business model that had everyone talking, Thom Yorke has hinted to The Believer magazine that the group have some big ideas in mind.

The group released the digital download, Harry Patch (In Memory Of) last week and Thom Yorke mentioned that the band could possibly move in the direction of simply releasing singles and EP’s.

“None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off. I mean, it’s just become a real drag. It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we’ve all said that we can’t possibly dive into that again. It’ll kill us … Jonny [Greenwood] and I have talked about sitting down and writing songs for orchestra and orchestrating it fully and just doing it like that and then doing a live take of it and that’s it — finished. We’ve always wanted to do it, but we’ve never done it because, I think the reason is, we’re always taking songs that haven’t been written for that, and then trying to adapt them. That’s one possible EP because, with things like that, you think do you want to do a whole record like that? Or do you just want to get stuck into it for a bit and see how it feels?”

The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones has also brought this up. He wonders what would happen if artists released EP’s every few months instead of an album every few years.

It’s a viable option and one that could work on many levels. For one, it would help artists stay consistently relevant by releasing new material more constantly. The model could also borrow something from the current state of hip-hop which sees artists promote themselves by releasing mixtapes which creates hype and helps fill the interim between albums.

The model could also be a good thing for consumers since no one seems to have figured out a solution to combat illegal downloading. EP’s, which will be cheaper to retail, will be more marketable to consumers and especially to the ones on the internet. And as Frere-Jones says, “there’s also nothing about this model that would prevent anyone from releasing a full-length album should it be necessary.”

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The Sun Came Out

If you were lucky enough to nab tickets to the 7 Worlds Collide sold out shows then you’ll definitely be looking forward to this. The super-group formed by Neil Finn, have announced they will release a double album, ‘The Sun Came Out’ in August. The musicians on the album include Johnny Marr, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway, KT Tunstall, Wilco and much more.

Songs off the album include, ‘The Tie That Binds’, ‘Too Blue’ and ‘You Never Know’. The album was recorded in New Zealand over Christmas and took three weeks to record. Proceeds from the album will go to Oxfam.

To hear some of the new tracks from the album, view the press release and see videos, head to the 7 Worlds Collide MySpace page.

The tracklisting for the album can be found at Rolling Stone.

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