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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Calls For Metallers

In an effort to reclaim what is rightfully theirs, Home Of Metal reaches out from Birmingham and The Black Country...

Home Of Metal, a project devoted to consolidating Birmingham and The Black Country as the rightful birthplace of Heavy Metal, has teamed up with the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to facilitate an open day where fans of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Godflesh can help by bringing in related memorabilia, photographs and stories to be archived. The resulting collection will be digitised and weblogged for posterity at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Saturday February 7, 11AM to 4PM, Free

Vision Festival Calls For Support

New York City's Arts For Art organisation and Vision Festival calls for support...

Artist run collective Arts For Art, which organises the Vision Festival of avant jazz and new music is calling for support in order to raise the $100,000 it needs to keep operating. Along with the festival (which has been running since 1996, featuring performances from some of the greatest exponents of new music and jazz) Arts For Art is involved with a variety of community based arts projects including RUCMA, Rise Up Creative Music and Arts. RUCMA, a grassroots coalition of musicians, artists and other interested parties attempt to create awareness of New York's need for a new creative music and arts centre to replace diminished public funding for the arts along with the closure of the club Tonic, which was forced to shut in 2007 due to increasing rent prices in the Lower East Side. The remaining donations needed amount to $35,000, for more information email or visit here.

Otolith Group Exhibition

Wire contributor Kodwo Eshun and artist Anjalika Sagar exhibit...

London gallery Gasworks will be presenting an exhibition of work by the London based Otolith Group whose films explore archives, futurity and how the two affect and interact with each other. Entitled A Long Time Between Suns the show is split into two parts, the first installment taking place at Gasworks from February 15 until April 5 and the second during June. London Gasworks 155 Vauxhall Street SE11 5RH Click here for more information.

Last Chance to see MiniFlux: Hayley Newman At Alt. Gallery

Multimedia artist Hayley Newman will be opening her exhibition "Miniflux" at Newcastle Upon Tyne's Alt. Gallery on November 10 at 7pm. The show will contain approximately 1000 miniature reproductions of props used in Fluxus performances, all made from Plasticine and indexed. The exhibition runs until 24 January 2009.

For more info, go to: Alt Gallery Exhibition Page

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.