Nick Cave's 'Gladiator 2' Screenplay revelation!
7th May 09
Sensational news of a once-proposed Nick Cave sequel to Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning Gladiator
surfaced, after reports that a PDF of Cave's Screenplay for 'Gladiator 2' had been leaked on the internet.
Bloggers have gone into frenzy after the works - which have apparently been rejected by film producers, even though
Cave was asked by both Scott and Gladiator
star Russell Crowe to write the sequel - were unearthed.
Naturally, the Bad Seeds man's solution to the seemingly impossible task of resurrecting Crowe's character Maximus, who
was infamously slayed in the film's last fight at the Coliseum in Rome, reached almost unimaginable lengths of creativity.
Reports claim that Nick Cave's Maximus, after medalling with Roman gods in heaven, would have been reincarnated and made to live forever.
After defending early Christians, the warrior would have gone on to fight WW2 and eventually end up running the Pentagon.
Although film studios have rejected the notion due to it being too far-fetched, Crowe has not hesitated to praise Cave's
talent for writing, describing him as "... an excellent writer, man."
Ridley Scott predicted that Nick "... enjoyed doing it".
Fair Play For Creators
26th Mar 09
Jay Jay Pistolet and Cock n Bull Kid back PRS campaign
Miloco clients and London folk favourites Jay Jay Pistolet and Cock N Bull Kid have pledged their backing to the burgeoning Fair Play For Creators
campaign; the PRS creation which is setting out to fight against Google's minimal royalty payments to musicians.
The Campaign was sparked into life after Google removed music content from (Google-owned) Youtube.com, as a consequence of
not wanting to pay-out to creators of music which significantly contributes to the company's giant £3 billion annual profits.
The campaign has been gathering pace of late with other PRS members such as Gang Of Four, Abba, Pete Waterman and Guy Chambers
joining in to voice their views against the vast profits Google are making through artists' work. Andy Gill from Gang Of Four has stated on the
Fair Play for Creators website
"Google and YouTube pretend they are providing a public service, they are not, they are huge money making machines who make incredible fortunes for their owners at the expense of
songwriters who get paid no royalty.
"The vast majority of PRS For Music members earn less than a few thousand pounds a year. It is a totally unfair situation."
Miloco client Anita Blay aka. Cock N Bull Kid has too spoken out on the website saying, "It seems massively unfair that musicians and music fans in the uk should be penalised because a giant corporation
like Google do not want to negotiate fairly.. it infact reads as a sharp and shrewd bullying tactic"
Jay Jay Pistolet perfectly summarised the views of most musicians affected by such inequalities: "It's a common misconception that songwriters are all multi-millionaires.
There's a surprisingly few amount of avenues for songwriters to get paid. I just want to get paid for my music."
You can find out more on the Fair Play For Creators
campaign at www.fairplayforcreators.com
, and sign up to pledge your support
to this timely and much-needed cause.
Jarvis on Tour!
8th Mar 09
Jarvis Cocker has announced a short UK tour to coincide with the release of his second
solo album, the follow-up to his 2006 Miloco-made debut Jarvis
. The Pulp maestro
will play an un-missable quartet of gigs in June, which will follow the release of Further Complications
You can catch Jarvis at any one of the following:
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (June 10)
Glasgow ABC (12)
Brighton Dome (16)
London Troxy (17)
A regular visitor to Miloco's Pool and Engine Room, (where Jarvis
was mixed in 2006),
Jarvis Cocker last visited Miloco in November 2008. His second solo album Further Complications
is due for a Spring release on Rough Trade.
My Bloody Valentine set for 'radical changes'
18th Apr 09
Kevin Shields has new plans for his reformed band
My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields have spoken of plans for a new-look band later in the year. Currently on tour in the US,
Kevin outlined some 'radical changes' to take place once their American jaunt comes to an end.
Whilst speaking to the Dallas Observer, he said, "After the end of August, we'll have a radical change... Line-up, we might expand a bit.
In that respect, we'll add another member to the group, just to do more stuff. And sound-wise, absolutely. It'll be taking
a different approach."
The band reformed in 2007 after over fifteen years in recording exile since 1991's classic album Loveless
. The follow up to
that album has reportedly been in the works since 1993, and has recently had Interface engineers Finn Eiles and Ben Thackeray
working on it.
Shields also touched on the band's new folk-blues influences heard on the new material.. "That style of songwriting, where you have
the verses and then the instrumental breaks. I suppose, if I were to say there's any kind of music in the world that feels really natural
to me, it's that kind. Not just folk-blues, but folk music in general."
It was also revealed this month that My Bloody Valentine were to curate this year's ATP: Nightmare Before Christmas festival, which takes
place at Butlins in Minehead on December 4-6, and will feature fellow Miloco clients The Horrors.
Charlotte Hatherley to tour with Bat For Lashes
19th Mar 09
The ex-Ash guitarist to hit the road with Natasha Khan
She may have her own solo album currently in the works, but Charlotte Hatherley has announced she will be joining Bat For Lash's band
in 2009, in what promises to be a great combo. A Bat For Lashes world tour and festival appearances have been cited as opportunities to catch the pair
Charlotte wrote on her own website, www.charlottehatherley.com
: "I have been moonlighting with the delectable Natasha Khan of
Bat For Lashes...
"I will be touring with Bat For Lashes until September, starting in the UK [in] April... gig of note, April 17 and 19 at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire... spreading like a happy disease through
Europe and USA and hitting the festivals in the summer.
"I'm happy as Larry because the music is so ace and I not only get to play heavily chorused guitar a la The Cure, but get to play throbbingly fuzzed-up bass, keyboards and twinkly bells.
Charlotte was tracking her latest forthcoming album, Cinnabar City
, in Miloco's Pool studio in October 2008 with Luke Smith. The first single 'White' should be released in the summer.
The album follows-up her solo debut The Deep Blue
, released in 2007, and mixed by Ben Hillier in The Engine Room and Toyshop.
Coldplay joined by BRITs stars at post-awards War Child gig
19th Feb 09
It was a mixed day for Coldplay on Wednesday. The global-trotting megastars unfortunately left Earls Court after the BRIT Awards
with no new additions to their mantlepiece, after having been nominated for four awards by the Academy. They did however take centre
stage up the road at the newly renamed O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, for the star-studded War Child benefit concert alongside The Killers,
U2 and Take That.
The show kicked off well after 11pm with a short set from The Killers, whose Brandon Flowers had moments before joined the Pet Shop Boys
in their closing performance at the Earls Court ceremony. Then came Coldplay, who blasted out an 11-song set of tracks from all four of
their studio albums, finishing with versions of Take That's 'Back For Good' with Gary Barlow, and then The Killers' 'All These Things That
I've Done', joined by Brandon Flowers and Bono.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin wasn't reluctant to show his dissapointment at an unfruitful day of award-collecting either. Before
starting up 'Back For Good', he declared...
"I think everyone agrees that the band to see at the moment is Take That. We've just got back from Japan, lost all the BRITs, it's been a
shit day frankly, but it's going to get better, please welcome Mr Gary Barlow!"
The band were nominated for four awards: British Live act, won by Iron Maiden; British Group, won by Elbow; British single, won by
Girls Aloud; and Mastercard British Album, scooped up by star-of-the-night Duffy.
Coldplay recorded overdubs on their globally-succesful album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
, at Miloco's Yard and Musikbox
studio in 2008.