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Mick Harvey Leaves The Bad Seeds

Founding member of the Bad Seeds departs...

Citing "a variety of personal and professional reasons", Harvey, who was a founding member of the Bad Seeds has decided to part company with the group and Nick Cave, a longtime musical collaborator. The two met in Melbourne, Australia whilst attending school, later forming seminal punk outfit the Birthday Party before founding the Bad Seeds in 1983, and have performed together ever since.
Harvey recently finished an Australian tour with the Bad Seeds, ultimately performing at All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Mt Buller on January 10. Though leaving the group, Harvey goes on to say he "shall continue working on the Bad Seeds back catalogue re-issues project over the coming year and look forward to the new opportunities I shall be able to accommodate as a result of my changed circumstances.

Tony Allen Hits Cargo

The afro-beat superstar plays London...

Kicking off Cargo's 2009 Broad Casting series in which they bring together artist-led collaborative projects, the already busy afro-beat superstar drummer Tony Allen will be pairing up with The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a group made up of 8 horn players and a drummer, all eight of the brass men being sons of Sun Ra Akestra trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran. London Cargo 29 January, 7PM, £9 Advance, 83 Rivington Street,

The Sound Of The Altermodern

Mixmaster Morris and Soweto Kinch will be participating in Tate's Britain's forthcoming triennial...

As part of the fourth Tate Triennial of contemporary art, Mixmaster Morris is set to produce a 'mixtape' download which will apparently combine "artists and genres from around the world in a chilled-out, electro mash-up." and will be available for the duration of the show. Alongside the exhibition, there's a variety of different sonorous events planned including The Remix, a free, late night performance by electronica collective CDR, film screening and half price exhibition admission. Click here for more information. Relaunch

Award winning online music boutique relaunches

The award winning online store is relaunching today at with a stronger focus on editorial, an additional catalogue of physical products, a new personal music player and a brand new look and design for 2009.

Launched in January 2004 by Warp, Bleep has always had a close association with the Warpmart website that sold vinyl, CDs and DVD formats as well as merchandise and books. The re-launch of the site essentially merges Bleep and Warpmart together. This means as well as digital downloads from the likes of Beggars, Domino, !K7, Planet Mu and Stones Throw, Bleep will now be retailing Warp vinyl, CDs, T-shirts, magazines, event tickets, merchandise, DVDs and books all in the same place.

David S. Ware seeks kidney donor

A kidney donor is urgently sought as David S. Ware's health deteriorises

An urgent notice on David S. Ware's health has been circulated through the music world by his manager Steven Joerg. The tenor saxophonist needs to find a kidney donor.

David S. Ware was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1999 and has survived on regular dialysis since then. While difficult, he has been able to travel and perform his music undiminished since then. But after nine years this treatment is no longer working, and a kidney transplant is the only viable option for his survival.

Although a number of friends and family members have offered to give him one of their kidneys, they have all been disqualified due to health reasons or not having David's blood type, O.

Some basic requirements for viable donors are that they must be under 60 years of age, do not have diabetes or high blood pressure, are in general good health, and have blood type O (either O+ or O- is fine).

Willing and able potential donors should please get in touch with us as soon as possible:

Steven Joerg / David S. Ware management
telephone: 718 854 2387

Prepare for Pictopia!: 3rd Pictoplasma Conference & Animation Festival

Berlin-based animation and character art festival announces lineup of speakers and a call for submissions...

The Berlin-based animation and contemporary character art festival returns for a third year, announcing a symposium lineup and an open call for submissions to take part in its animation festival along with a chance to win a residency. The festival conference will take place from March 19 - 21, 2009, with a variety of surrounding exhibitions and events. Click here for more information.

Inauguration Ball With John Sinclair

The White Panther hosts an evening for American expats and all...

White Panther party co-founder and former MC5 manager John Sinclair will be hosting an Inauguration ball as part of a two day residency at Café Oto, Dalston, North London. He'll be reading his poems along with some celebratory jazz from Elliot Levin, Tony Bianco, Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, Dylan Harding amongst others. Dalston North London, Café Oto 18-22 Ashwin Street, 8PM, £8 (Doors only)

Send + Receive: Call For Submissions

An annual radio art festival calls for work...

A call for work by Canadian radio art festival which aims to showcase current and emerging art including live performance, radio & web-based projects, sound poetry, installations, film and video screenings. Along with exhibitions, the festival will feature workshops and panel discussions. The deadline is February 15, 2009, click here for more details.

55th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Call For Entries

The 55th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival has announced a call for entries...

The 55th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival has announced a call for entries to participate in its forthcoming 30 April - 5 May 2009 series of screenings. The call is open specifically for music videos with unusual visual conceptions and stories, experimenting with all kinds of visual techniques – no matter what kind of musical genre" (the works should have been produced after January 1, 2008). The deadline for submissions is 2 March 2009. Click here for more information.

C’est com…com…compliqué: Faust Returns

Elusive Krautrock outfit returns with a new studio album...

Hamburg-based Krautrock outfit Faust has returned from a creative kosmische aether, bringing with them a new studio album C’est com…com…compliqué due out April 13 on the Bureau B label. According to group member Jean-Hervé Peron's website, the album was recorded in Hamburg during 2006 by producer Tobias Levin, and joining original members Peron and Werner “Zappi” Diermaier was Amaury Cambuzat of French post-rock group Ulan Bator (who first toured with Faust in 1996 as Collectif Metz/Faust, a project which also produced an eponymous album). Click here for more information.