6 things we've learned about music this week
1st May 2009 | 13:35
Eavis, MIA, home boozing and more
Kings Of Leon may have dominated these pages for the last week, but not everything revolves around the Followill boys.
Here are five 'other' things we've learned about music this week...
1. 'Home boozing is killing music'
Forget home taping, it's the belt-tightening public – no longer able to afford splashing the cash in pubs every night – who are opting to drink at home, that are music's latest arch enemy. The amount of royalties collected from pubs and clubs in the UK by the PRS has dropped 2% to £39.7 million. It marks the sector's first ever decline. (Via: The Guardian)
2. Michael Eavis, MIA among most influential people on earth
The 2009 Time 100 list has landed. This year, the magazine's influential selections include Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis and British-born singer/songwriter/produer/fashion designer MIA. Elsewhere on the list, Rick Astley pays tribute to moot, the man behind 4chan.org and, more importantly, the Rickrolling phenomenon. (Via: NME)
3. Skunk Anansie return proper
Skin-fronted rockers Skunk Anansie are recording new material for a Best Of album and tour. The news follows two low-key, undercover shows (under the pseudonym S.C.A.M. – a combination of the band-members' first-name initials) early last month. You can sign-up for tour news here. (Via: Planet Sound)
Next page: simply Wilco, Snow Patrol contradictions
4. Wilco like to keep things simple
Wilco's Feist-featuring eighth studio album is called Wilco (The Album). Even better, and as previously mentioned, the LP includes a track called Wilco (The Song). Wilco (The T-Shirt) will be available soon… (Via: Rolling Stone)
5. Snow Patrol, as a band, are definitely NOT united over music pirating
Despite drummer Jonny Quinn's 'three strikes and your out' suggestion for illegal downloaders 'like they do in France,' frontman Gary Lightbody thinks, well… the complete opposite: "I'm not anti-filesharing at all," he told The Big Issue Scotland. "This is the modern way. This is what we've brought on ourselves and you have to live in the society you created. Music is available to everyone if they know how to get and I say, 'Fucking go for it'."