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Daily Roundup – Friday 16th January 2009

By on Friday, 16th January 2009 at 8:51 pm

We’ve had quite a busy week here at TGTF, lining up some great things we’ll be covering later this year. In the mean time whilst I’ve been all busy and stuff, it seems it’s all been kicking off in the music industry.

Boxer Rebellion (side)First up, The Boxer Rebellion (one of those band names you know, but can’t pop your finger on any of their tunes, and pictured top) have suprisingly had their second album spring high up the iTunes chart, catching everyone by suprise it seems. Having been signed by Alan McGee who released their first album, they were dropped leaving them to self-release their second album, Union, which is currently riding at number 6 on the iTunes chart (but has been as high as #4) and doing rather well, thank-you-very-much. Think hazy rock that needs to be played in a smoky dingy backstreet pub. Part The Music, part Editors, part early Verve, expect darkness and hairy men. If that’s cool with you, check out the first single, Evacuate, which is available from iTunes free at the moment as their “Single of the Week”.

You’ve probably all been reading about the claim made today by the “industry big boys” about how “95% of all music downloaded is not paid for”. However, I found an interesting quote from Steve Purdham, the CEO of free music service We7, commenting that “It would be more scary if current revenue forecasts showed that the 5% paid for was the real size of the market – what the 95% shows is the absolute phenomenal demand for music delivered via the digital ‘interweb'”. Nice way of looking at it, and good to see some industry bods actually accepting this fact.

Finally, I’ve had one tune in my head recently – Passion Pit‘s Sleepyhead (below). Wait until about 1:20 when it really kicks in – it’s amazing. Almost reminds me of a coat zipper flying up and down, but that’s just my slightly crazy little mind.


Photos of Boxer Rebellion are from Tessa Angus


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