Hungover Stuntmen… Children of the Modfather

“Brilliant new band” – The Sun
“Watch out for these boys” – Sunday Mirror
“Everybody’s raving about them and quite rightly so…” Claire McDonnell – BBC 6 Music.
“Fantastic” Roger Daltrey
“I saw these guys support The Kooks and The Subways and they were just awesome” Zane Lowe
“I have a feeling that these lads will break out of the north east and make a big impact”.
Andy Taylor (ex Duran Duran)
‘Absolutely Blinding’ Mike Joyce (The Smiths)
‘I think that the Stuntmen are f*cking great!’ Suggs (Madness)

Hungover Stuntmen… Children of the Modfather

Every once in a while a band comes along that catches you unaware and blows your mind…

They’ve worked in the studio with some of the best producers in the industry and played live alongside some of this country’s greatest artists… and they’re still yet to release a record!

Humble and unassuming, Hungover Stuntmen are 4 Geordie lads who, since taking the Newcastle music scene by storm, will head out on a UK tour aiming to conquer its four corners and everything in between.

Armed with their custom Rickenbackers, Telecasters, rock n roll riffs and heavenly harmonies they already have headlined Ibiza Rocks, supported The Kooks, The Futureheads, The Subways, Get Cape. Wear Cape.Fly, Jools Holland and even shared the stage with the Modfather himself – Paul Weller, who was such a fan that he invited them back twice!

Equally as impressive in the studio, they attracted the likes of Mark Wallis (U2, Morrisey and Travis), Steve Cradock (front man of Ocean Colour Scene) for their early demo recordings before securing Andy Taylor (guitarist of Duran Duran) as the final producer for their debut album – ‘Blame the BBC’ released 5th May.

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The People’s Digital Download Platform ‘MBop’ to sell deluxe special edition 25th Anniversary ‘Thriller’ album

Mbop are delighted to announce that the super deluxe 25th Anniversary special edition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is available to buy from their download platform. This special edition features all the original tracks that turned Michael into a global megastar, a fantastic previously unreleased bonus track and remixes from some of today’s biggest international acts including will.i,am, Akon and Kanye West.

For the past 18 months, MBop has been the sleeping giant of the legal download fraternity. With an amassed catalogue of over 1.5 million tracks across all music genres, MBop has sold over 2 million downloads from its ever growing army of users. With virtually no publicity, MBop is fast becoming the savvy downloaders’ online mp3 shop of choice. The Thriller release also marks MBop’s license partnership with Sony BMG with includes a focus on their back catalogue. Sony BMG state;

“Working with MBop Megastore aligns our focus on catalogue artists and brings superstar Sony BMG artists such as Michael Jackson, Elvis and Bob Dylan to the forefront of the digital store”. -Alex Vlassopulos, Digital Business Development.

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Sérkjör í boði fyrir Íslendinga á Amie Street

Nú á mánudaginn hófst sérstök “Íslensk vika” á vefsvæðinu AmieStreet.com, en hún er halding í samstarfi við Iceland Music Export. Góður fjöldi íslenskra tónlistarmanna skráði lög sín til sölu á síðunni í aðdraganda vikunnar og njóta þeir nú góðs af þeirri athygli sem að þeim er beint gegnum fréttabréf hennar, forsíðu og “Plötu dagsins” dálkinn. Má þar nefna sveitir á borð við Bloodgroup, Reykjavík! og Skáta, raftónlistarmanninn \7oi og sjálfan Jóhann G. Jóhannsson – meðal annarra – en þær hafa hlotið fjölda meðmæla og rokið upp í sölu í kjölfar átaksins.

Athygli skal vakin á því að þeir Íslendingar sem hafa hug á að kynna sér síðuna og versla tónlist gegnum hana njóta sérkjara í vikunni, en með því að slá “kynningarkóðann” ICELAND í þartilgert hólf við nýskráningu hljóta þeir inneign á síðunni í formi dollara og meðmæla (https://amiestreet.com/promo/iceland) . Fjöldi vel þekktra hljómsveita og tónlistarmanna bjóða lög og breiðskífur til sölu á síðunni, má þar nefna nýstirnin Vampire Weekend, Teenagers og The National, auk ellismellanna Jefferson Airplane, Burning Spear o.fl., en oft má nálgast tónlist þeirra á afsláttarverði sökum frjálslegrar verðlagningarstefnu síðunnar.

Um Amie Street

Tónveitan Amie Street hefur vakið mikla athygli frá því til hennar var stofnað fyrir um einu og hálfi ári. Hugmyndin að bak síðunni þykir nokkuð sérstök, en sala á tónlist gengur þannig fyrir sig að verðmyndunin ræðst af vinsældunum. Þetta þýðir að öll lög sem sett eru í sölu á síðunni fyrst um sinn ókeypis – og verð hvers lags hækkar eftir því sem oftar er náð í það, en nær hámarki í 0,98$. Einnig mynda notendurnir með sér samfélög þar sem þeir skiptast á skoðunum um tónlist og mæla með því sem þeim hugnast samkvæmt ákveðnu kerfi, en slík meðmæli valda einnig verðhækkun á tónlistinni.

Þetta einstaka kerfi skilar sér þannig í því að notendurnir fá beina hvatningu til að kynna sér nýja tónlist og geta stundað þá iðju með litlum tilkostnaði, en miklum ávinningi fyrir tónlistarfólk á framabraut. Þess má geta að hugmyndin að sölufyrirkomulaginu kviknaði á ölkrá, þar sem háskólanemar sátu og veltu því fyrir sér hvað myndi gera þá reiðubúna að kaupa tónlist gegnum netið. Fyrirtækið hefur fljótt náð mikilli útbreiðslu og þykir hafa breytt hugmyndum iðnaðarins um stafræna dreifingu á efni, en nýverið opnaði útibú Amie Street í Japan.

Hlekkir:

www.amiestreet.com

www.imx.is

Nánari upplýsingar um Íslenska daga á Amie Street veitir Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir framkvæmdastjóri IMX í síma 8244371 eða anna@icelandmusic.is

Icelandic bands at Norwegian music conference

Three Icelandic bands will play at the By:Larm music conference between 21st–23rd February – flugelhorns included.

By:Larm, Scandinavia’s largest music conference, moves from one Norwegian city to another, and this year will take place in Oslo. Consisting of a festival and conference, By:Larm offers lectures, seminars, debates and a plethora of artists on the verge of success either at home or internationally.

The confirmed Icelandic bands are:

Benni Hemm Hemm

This indie pop band, fronted by Benedikt H. Hermannsson, began with a limited release of Hermannsson’s solo “SummerPlate EP”, in 2003. Expanding into a full band (including trumpet, bass, and flugelhorn) Benni Hemm Hemm then issued a self-titled full-length debut on Iceland’s Smakokurnar Records, in September 2005. In November 2006 the group released its second album, ‘Kajak’, a highly acclaimed record that was recorded in just a few days at Sigur Ros’s studio.

Bloodgroup

Formed in 2006 by Halez, Lilja, Raggi and Janus during some boring winter days on the east coast of Iceland, Bloodgroup play catchy electronic dance pop. After raising attention in Iceland and outside, the group finished their first album “Sticky Situation”, which has garnered glowing reviews in Iceland by several critics. After the release of the album (November, 2007), Bloodgroup have been busy playing in Iceland and other countries, promoting the album with a vivid and colourful live show.

FM Belfast

FM Belfast formed in late 2005 as a duo. The band was a studio project for some time until the 2006 Iceland Airwaves festival, when the band expanded into a full on live act. The members now vary from 3 to 8 depending on who can make it. A song and video by Kasper Bjørke featuring FM Belfast was recently released, also the band is now working on a release on the Brooklyn based label Thugfucker recordings.

See the Iceland Music Export website for more information on upcoming Icelandic music events.

IMX celebrates one year anniversary with Midem debut

Iceland Music ExportIceland Music Export (IMX) is hosting its first stand at the annual music event Midem on the one year anniversary of the organisation’s launch.

Reykjavik (eNewsWire) 28 January 2008 –Iceland Music Export (IMX), a new government initiative to promote Icelandic music abroad, is hosting its very first stand at the Midem music event in France between 27th and 30th January.

Over 10,000 music and technology professionals from over 90 countries have been arriving in Cannes for the world-famous annual Midem global music market.

In collaboration with the Trade Council of Iceland, IMX’s stand (R34.13) has been redesigned to celebrate the organisation’s first anniversary. Over 30 participants are registered, and the Icelandic Minister of Culture will host a reception there today, Monday 28th January, at 5pm, which will include a performance by Icelandic rock & roll maverick Mugison.

Icelandic companies attending Midem this year include Sena, 12 Tónar, Smekkleysa, Zonet, Dimma, KGEM, D3 and Blánótt, Mugiboogie and Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir.

Meetings with IMX representatives can be booked by emailing Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir on: anna@icelandmusic.is

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GOOD NEWS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

The changes to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course funding early in the year by the government caused confusion for many students about the cost of ESOL courses.

The cut in funding meant that for many people the vital courses would longer be paid for by the Government, and instead the cost would shift to the individual or the individual’s employers.

Free tuition is still available to priority groups – primarily people who are unemployed or receiving income based benefits – for whom access to ESOL provision is important both for community cohesion and integration and economic purposes.

Asylum seekers who have not received a decision on their application after six months and those who are unable to leave the country for reasons beyond their control are also eligible for free tuition.

Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) has been allocated an additional £50,000 to help those students who do not fit into the new criteria for free tuition but are still unable to afford the fee.

The Learner Support Fund is for ESOL learners who are not on benefits but might have a low income and can’t afford the fee. It can only be used to cover the cost of tuition (not materials and admin fee) and is factored in at the point of enrolment.

Donald Lush, Director of Student Support at WAES hopes that the Learner Support Fund will help those get onto a course they might otherwise have not been able to.

The Future of Music tested in Iceland

An international conference on the future of music and the latest developments in digital marketing will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland on 17th October 2007.

Reykjavik (eNewsPR) 24 September 2007 – Icelandic Music Export, in collaboration with Nordic eMarketing and the Trade Council of Iceland, are to hold a conference on new marketing initiatives and the future of music on the Internet entitled ‘Who is in Control?’.

With the advent of the Internet and 3G technology, the music industry is increasingly facing major challenges in trying to find ways to adapt and survive in the new world of music.

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WESTMINSTER REACHES OUT WITH £100K TO OVER 50’S

Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES), in partnership with Age Concern Westminster and Open Age, are spearheading a £100,000 project backed by the City of Westminster to deliver a range of activities and classes to engage the over 50’s in Westminster.

Reaching U offers a range of activities and classes to help the over 50’s maintain active lifestyles and encourage participation.

Taster sessions held in Pimlico and Maida Vale have already proved successful with a many people participating in the varied range of courses including Art, Line Dancing, Tai Chi and digital photography.

Westminster Adult Education Services’ coordinator for the project, Lauretta Von Paulson said that Reaching U was a great project to be involved in.

“We are very pleased to be involved with the Reaching U project because it gives us the opportunity to reach learners who might not otherwise get involved,” Lauretta said. “Our goal is to increase participation within the community, particularly from the over 50’s, by offering fun and informative classes in venues where people feel relaxed and comfortable.”