Category: Sound/Vision

Rock Media: Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Just Above Midtown.

Mercury Music-Prize-nominated Sweet Billy Pilgrim have revealed the video for their brand new single Just Above Midtown. Filmed in Vienna, London and the Home Counties, the video gives us a wistful and affecting behind-the-scenes insight into the world of the band, cut with live footage from their sold-out London show earlier this month. Just Above Midtown is a mammoth dose of electronic pop. Bursting with funky slap bass lines, arpeggiated synths and a chorus worthy of eating up the airwaves, this is Sweet Billy Pilgrim delivering their music to the masses. It is also one of the highlights of...

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Rock Media: Vangoffey. Race Of Life.

Danny Goffey in Race Of Life. The first taste of solo album promises good things, as a guide it is a wonderful mix of Yello and Squeeze. Danny Goffey, founding member of the great British rock band Supergrass, returns with a new track ‘Race Of Life’ under the name…. vangoffey. Recorded in Somerset, ‘Race Of Life’ is a quintessentially British song written about Goffey’s pre-birth memories! Goffey, who wrote and sang on may of Supergrass’s hit songs, recaptures their early spirit with this charming song co-produced with Simon Byrt and Steve Mackey. Since Supergrass split, Goffey enjoyed spells playing...

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Rock Media: Mary Lambert. She Keeps Me Warm.

Mary Lambert. You might not know her name yet, but you have certainly heard her voice. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis introduced her to the world when they chose her original track She Keeps Me Warm to feature on marriage equality anthem Same Love. The song was a global success and nominated for a GRAMMY, as well as winning an MTV Award. 25.3 million people worldwide saw Lambert make history by performing the hit on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis and Madonna, while Queen Latifah married 33 couples. This July Lambert will release the full version of She Keeps...

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Rock Media: A Riot Of Our Own. Film by Tali Clarke.

A teaser for new documentary film A Riot Of Our Own – a documentary film by Tali Clarke profiling the iconic 12 Bar in London’s Soho and it’s closure. It was never going to end quietly, was it? The 12 Bar in Soho has been shut down for redevelopment work in the area. Documenting the last days of this iconic music venue in the heart of London, armed with one small camera and some makeshift lighting, Tali set out to capture a final glimpse of the community and the spirit that is being challenged by the removal of its...

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Rock Media: Esme Patterson. Woman To Woman

Following the critical acclaim received by Denver singer songwriter EsméPatterson on the release of her recent album Woman To Woman and exhilarating live shows (both on her own and with Frank Turner), she will release new single Tumbleweed on 25th May 2015 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Woman to Woman is a concept album which saw Esmé tackle the perceptions of famous women in classic songs and gave them a voice to respond. Dolly Parton’s Jolene, The Beach Boys’ Caroline, No, The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and more were included, in what is a beautifully constructed, thought provoking album. With plays...

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Rock Media: Arkells. Systematic.

The chart topping Canadian 5-piece Arkells are headed to the UK as they announce an extensive UK/European tour and an exclusive orchestral arrangement for track Systematic. ”Living in an old industrial city [Ontario] in the midst of transition is both revealing and inspiring; like our neighbours, we build on the past and strive for something more.” with the release of their 3rd album High Noon coming out August last year, Arkells are ready to hit the UK as they build on their previous successes and look to pursue the future. With that spirit in mind Arkells add ”What keeps...

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Rock Media: Pop Noir. Don’t Fool Yourself.

Here is a great LA-based duo who have just made a “fun” video for their new single, Don’t Fool Yourself to be released April 28th on Fantastic Heat Records. In the past, they’ve been featured on Clash Magazine UK, BBC Radio 6, Artrocker, OC Weekly, mtvU‘s Freshmen of the Week. The track itself is heavily influenced by that 80’s Manchester sound and the duo wear some snappy retro clothes to go with it too. Pop Noir is a Los Angeles-based indie dancerock duo formed by British-born twin brothers Joe and Luke McGarry in 2004, while they were 16-year-old students...

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Rock Media: Mishka Shubaly. Cowards Path.

There is a town in north Ontario… Mishka Shubaly was born there in the year Vla- dimir Nabokov and Elvis Presley died. He was a bright kid, if a little soft. When he was eight, he moved with his family to Los Alamos, New Mexico where his rocket scientist father had landed a job working on Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Ini- tiative. When Shubaly was 13, his family moved again, to New Hampshire. There, he excelled at both academics and fighting, landing High Honors while only one further dust-up away from expulsion. Mishka Shubaly – I Can’t Remember When...

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Rock Media: Fossa. Five Days.

Beautifully hypnotic and intelligent music, mixing Sondre Lerche, Steve Reich and Grizzly Bear to great effect. Fossa (noun): an anatomical pit or depression – such as the temporal fossa of the skull, or the fossa ovalis of the heart. A definition embodied by the band themselves who viscerally shape their music around matters of the heart and mind. Fossa’s debut EP Sea Of Skies sees its official release as Louis, Tom, Will and Joseph take their career forth in response to organic early intrigue from major tastemakers. Sea Of Skies synthesises classic song structures and melodies with a bold...

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Rock Media: Callaghan. Best Year.

After an impressive four years of success in the States, British born singer songwriter Callaghan finally makes her UK debut in February 2015, with Best Year, the exuberant first single from her upcoming album A History Of Now. ‘It’s about me taking a leap of faith,’ says Callaghan. ‘Tearing up the rule book and moving a thousand miles from home. Everyone at some point in their life makes a momentous decision and ventures into the unknown, getting on that plane to Atlanta was mine.’ Written about Callaghan’s arrival in the US, ‘Best Year’ is brimming with optimism, perfectly capturing...

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Rock Media: Joey Fourr. My Dolphins

London odd-pop trio JOEY FOURR have shared the moonwalking, bin-diving, pop tart squeezing video for new single, ‘My Dolphins’. The track is taken from their debut album, TO THE FLOORR set to be released through MÏLK Records (Shopping, Skinny Girl Diet, Woolf) on 1st April. The video was directed by Joey, Jack and Moema of the band, and produced by Chloe Thorne. The delicious american food snack appears to be a recurring motif running throughout the artwork for JOEY FOURR’s debut album and makes an appearance in the video, yet the reason behind its inclusion is still a mystery....

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Rock Media: God Damn. When The Wind Blows

Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton band God Damn (Thom Edward on guitar/vocals & Ash Weaver on drums) have spent the last three years nailing audiences to the walls with their sonic blasts of glorious noise. 2015 will see the much anticipated released of their debut full-length album Vultures, expected May 11th on One Little Indian Records. Before that, however, the band are pleased to announce the release of a new single ‘When The Wind Blows’, released digitally this coming March 9th. Filmed on Go Pros in their practice space, the video for When The...

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Rock Media: Beth Jeans Houghton AKA Du Blonde.

“This is a new sound, a new project. Du Blonde is a new incarnation and one step closer to assuming my ultimate form. Having freed myself from the rusty and bloody shackles of Beth Jeans Houghton – both musically and spiritually – I felt it only right to step forth under a new name and let the rituals commence.” Beth Jeans Houghton aka DU BLONDE Beth Jeans Houghton will release a brand new album this spring on Mute under the name DU BLONDE. The new moniker is a fresh start for Beth whose forthcoming album is a big change...

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Rock Media: Motorama.

Wonderfully dark and totally engaging Motorama have been a fantastic secret that has gradually been unwrapped from the furthest northern hemisphere (Finland and Sweden where they have been getting a dedicated following) to here in London. Hailing from the port city of Rostov-On-Don, Southern Russia, the band were producing a Manchester-inspired, Nordic-cool sound, icy and hypnotic. Icy but not frozen, hypnotic but wide awake. Praised by critics and audience alike, establishing themselves in many territories as something of a musical sensation, Motorama toured: continental Europe many times over, the vast and foreboding Slavic lands, Peru and Mexico, delivering each...

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Rock Media: Waterboys. November Tale.

The Waterboys evoke the spirit of their first few albums with this great song November Tale. It comes from the new album Modern Blues which was recorded in Nashville USA. Scott entered the studio intent on harnessing the rolling, spontaneous energy that fueled some of The Waterboys’ greatest albums. “I set out to make a record with an ensemble playing live, to get that performance spirit. It’s how I recorded Fisherman’s Blues.” To that end, he corralled old hands and new friends. Ralph Salmins, a mainstay on drums for the past four years, appears alongside Scott and talismanic Waterboy...

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Rock Media: Bob Dylan. Stay With Me.

Hear Stay With Me from Bob Dylan’s new album Shadows In The Night, available February 3rd. Featuring ten tracks, the Jack Frost-produced Shadows In The Night is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012’s worldwide hit Tempest. Upon announcement of the album’s forthcoming release, Bob Dylan commented, “It was a real privilege to make this album. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That’s the key...

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Rock Media: Liu Bei. Fields ft. Rachel Goswell (Slowdive)

Following the success of their debut single Infatuation, London based Liu Bei announce the Goodness EP, out Feb 2nd 2015 via the newly founded Museumgoer Records. The EP follows a productive 2014 that saw the band release their first single via Transgressive imprint paradYse to universal critical acclaim, as well as opening for Dry the River on their autumn UK tour. In 2015 Liu Bei will once again be gracing the stage with a string of live dates kicking off in Oxford on 3rd February 2015 (see tour details below). 1- Goodness 2 – Fields feat. Rachel Goswell (Slowdive)...

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Rock Media: Allison Moorer. Like It Used To Be.

The Academy and Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Allison Moorer is set to release her Proper Records debut, Down To Believing, on March 16. Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, guitarist Kenny Greenberg, the album was recorded over two years in Nashville while Moorer commuted back and forth from her home in New York City. Her eighth studio recording since her 1998 debut Alabama Song, Down To Believing is her most personal collection of songs to date; one in which Rolling Stone has already called “brilliant and extraordinarily candid.” The 13-song set is in many ways a sequel to Moorer...

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Rock Media: Katzenjammer. Lady Grey.

“We have our own world in Katzenjammer. We never follow the rules, we’ve always done what we feel like and gone with our hearts”. Norwegian band Katzenjammer gear up to release Lady Grey, the first single from the new Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey) produced album Rockland. The inspiration behind the song is a personal story as explained by former nurse and band member Marianne Sveen, “Lady Grey is a song about my first patient with Alzheimer’s. She was something of a riddle to me, and was so affected by her condition, that her ability to communicate...

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Rock Media: Centrefolds. 15 Minutes Of Fame.

It is with heavy, albeit full, hearts that Bath-based four-piece CENTREFOLDS reveal the video for new single ‘15 Minutes of Fame’. The video is dedicated to the late Alex McClean – bass guitarist and founding member of Centrefolds – who lost his battle with cancer last week. FROM CENTREFOLDS: “In November, Alex McClean – bassist and part of the Centrefolds family for 6 years – sadly lost his battle with cancer. Alex suffered a brain tumour in 2010 which he valiantly fought off and was able to return to playing – most notably for Centrefolds’ epic Glastonbury appearance in...

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Rock Media: Bear’s Den. Above The Clouds Of Pompeii.

Bear’s Den announce Above The Clouds Of Pompeii four and a half minutes of spellbinding storytelling and gorgeously hypnotic acoustics the video was released just ahead of Islands, the band’s astonishing debut album. Watch the beautiful and moving one-shot video for Above The Clouds of Pompeii Front man Andrew Davie says of the track “Above the Clouds of Pompeii is a song we started playing in the back of a VW camper on our first ever tour and we’ve played it live at every show we’ve played since.” Bear’s Den are Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes and Kevin Jones. They...

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Rock Media: Nick Mulvey & Johnny Flynn. Home.

The new single wraps up an incredible year for Nick which started with him long listed on BBC’s Sound Poll for the year and more recently saw his debut album ‘First Mind’ (from which ‘I Don’t Want To Go Home’ is taken) nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The b-side is a cover of Drake’s ‘Just Hold On We’re Coming Home’ which was recorded in the Radio 1 Live Lounge earlier this year Nick Mulvey concludes a fantastic breakthrough 2014 with the release of a new single, I Don’t Want To Go Home, taken from his critically acclaimed top...

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Rock Media: Steelism. Marfa Lights.

New to Nashville’s music scene are two extraordinary young musicians—one American, one Englishman—at the helm of instrumental band Steelism. Jeremy Fetzer on guitar and Spencer Cullum on pedal steel are joined by a team of the finest young musicians in Nashville. Following in the traditions of instrumental artists such as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Ennio Morricone and Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Steelism let their instruments do the talking, creating intoxicating melodies and hooks that are thoroughly modern, with a nod to their instrumentalist forebears. Signed in the US by Alabama based Single Lock Records founded by...

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Rock Media: José González . Every Age.

José González has announced details of European and US tour dates for early 2015. He will tour Europe throughout February and March calling at London (Scala), Coventry (Warwick Arts Centre) and Manchester (Academy 2) in the UK. Support at the UK shows will come from Ólöf Arnalds. Tickets are on sale now from here. Full listings for all upcoming tour dates below. Watch the spectacular video for José González’ new single Every Age. Watch the Gallatic Journey with interactive 360 camera angles but use Google Chrome follow the link. http://www.eyesinspace.com Released on 30th Nov 2014 via Peacefrog Records, Every...

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Rock Media: The Black Feathers. Strangers We Meet.

Beautifully crafted songs with sumptuous harmonies. A sound fashioned in Nashville but actually from Gloucestershire..you won’t quite believe it – Rockshot. Americana Folk duo The Black Feathers are excited to announce that their video Strangers We Meet is now available to watch online. This follows the release of their critical-ly acclaimed debut EP of the same name in February 2014, which gained plays on BBC Radio 2 and saw them appear in The Telegraph’s 51 Best Folk Albums of 2014 list, as well as feature in Sunday Times Culture. The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes...

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Rock Media: Ted Zed. I’m Gold. Exclusive.

Following on from the success of his last single BELIEVE, which achieved momentous support from BBC Radio 1 (Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens) BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq and Nemone) as well as XFM; the 21yr old electronic wizard, Ted Zed, is back with his brand new opus I’M GOLD, due for release on Jan 5th 2015, through BMG. Rockshot in conjunction with Vevo have the exclusive launch of Ted’s latest. The powerful lead-single I’M GOLD accentuates Ted’s distinct love of distorted guitars, trance-synths, beats, bleeps and layered harmonies. Ted explains: “It’s about feeling separated from the outside world and...

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Rock Media: Laura Doggett. Moonshine.

Laura Doggett has today announced details of a very special and intimate London show for the New Year. Laura will be performing at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe on Monday 19th January 2015. This unique show, in one of London’s most stunning venues, will be performed by candlelight to create a truly intimate experience for the audience. Laura was handpicked by the Globe’s musical director Bill Barclay, and her performance is set to be an incredibly exceptional and unmissable event. Tickets on sale from here: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/concerts-by-candlelight/laura-doggett. Laura is on a firm yet fiery ascent with the forthcoming release...

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Rock Media: Abbey Road Rare Out-takes Auction.

Rare outtakes and the final cover shot for The Beatles Abbey Road album will be auctioned at Bloomsbury Auctions’ Photographs & Photobooks sale on Friday 21st November. The set of six photographs commissioned from Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan (1938-2006) as possible designs for the album’s front cover – together with the Abbey Road street sign used on the back cover – is of legendary rarity on the art market. This is believed to be the first time that a complete suite of the signed and numbered photographs has ever been offered at public auction. The collection will be on...

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Rock Media: The Anchoress. One For Sorrow.

Every so often we come across an artist with a style that just oozes appeal. This is a super-duper video and her sound is tickety-boo. Mansun singer songwriter Paul Draper is producing the new sound. Catherine Anne Davies aka The Anchoress says: “The video is is feminist manifesto of sorts. It’s made up of vintage footage that I compiled from the Prelinger archive of instructional films from the 1950s on marriage, human reproduction, and domesticity… The finished video is a Homeland-inspired collaboration with the amazing guys at Beatcast. It sees my original film collage projected onto a series of...

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Rock Media: Roxanne de Bastion. Seeing You.

Rozanne de Bastion’s spellbinding voice has hints of Judy Collins and Sandy Denny wrapped in a modern singer songwriter form. Seeing You was recorded in London and produced by Ben Walker (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee). The EP contains 4 new tracks of cutting and clever lyrics, delivered with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley said to be “one of the most perfect voices [he’s] ever heard”. Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and...

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Rock Media: Tarakany! God And Police.

Here is the new video and single for God And Police from Moscow punk pioneers Tarakany! The song  comes from their album Maximum Happy and features Chris No. 2 from Anti-Flag.  God And Police speaks up against church and state, the two stereotypical pillars of Russian culture, and jabs at the pro-Putin regime and its supporters. Take a good look, this really shows that punk & rock are alive and kicking in Russia. The song embodies not only the satirical style of Tarakany!, but carries the message of anti-oppression which Anti-Flag has been spreading for years. That being said,...

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Rock Media: Joel Gion. Yes

Joel Gion the tapper of rhythms for Brian Jonestown Massacre has made his first solo album and this great song, Yes. Its a brilliant merge of percussion and psychedelics resulting in a pretty trippy video. While Gion’s depiction as the side-burned, hep-talking, sunglass-wearing star of the 2004 rockumentary “Dig!” casts a long shadow, the ten tracks of “Apple Bonkers” shows a different side of the jester of psych-rock’s highest court. Over 10 tracks we find Joel at his most creative and captain of his own ship. As might be expected, there are plenty of classic 1960s sounds, but the...

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Rock Media: Nick Cave. Give Us A Kiss.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release two previously unavailable tracks: Give Us A Kiss and Jubilee Street (live from The Sydney Opera House). The songs from the award-winning feature 20,000 Days On Earth will be available digitally from 4th September with a limited edition vinyl 10” to be released on November 10th. The film’s directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard spoke of the impact the band and their music has had on them and their debut feature 20,000 Day On Earth since shooting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds live at Sydney Opera house on their 2013 Push...

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Rock Media: BARBARISMS. Backwards Falconer.

Referring to its visual effect BARBARISMS joke, “We thought this video should put us in the most negative light possible”. This attitude reflects the bands willingness to wear the masks they mock, to lean in and out of postures with lyrics that voice a devastating innocence. Such flourishes are full of misdirection and invite misinterpretation, like a tour guide who delights in getting lost. BARBARISMS bite with sharp teeth into the slacker-brilliance of acts like The Clean, and Pavement. Having cut his teeth on American culture and recklessly digested life in Paris and Stockholm, songwriter Nicholas Faraone has inherited...

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Rock Media: The Mercy Alliance. Washington.

The Mercy Alliance is a Washington DC based band led by songwriter Joe Rathbone specializing in emotive, melodic indie rock with an aggressive rhythm section featuring long-time DC drummer David Lopez, who’s lyrical playing provides a great foil for Rathbone’s raw baritone and gritty guitar playing. The band draws on influences ranging from the upbeat roots rock of Wilco and Alejandro Escovedo to a beautiful “down” in the vein of Joe Henry and early Neil Young. There are musical nods to The Replacements, John Lennon, Joe Jackson and David Gilmour mixed up in a very inventive stew of sound.The...

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Rock Media: Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary.

Apple Corps Ltd, White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles’ career — the touring years. The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will serve as executive...

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Rock Media: Dylan. Ironworks.

Halcyon Gallery is to present a major exhibition of new works by artist and musician Bob Dylan, which will open at Halcyon Gallery this November. Building on the success of his first museum exhibition in Chemnitz, Germany in 2007 and several subsequent exhibitions, Mood Swings will show iron works by Bob Dylan for the first time, alongside original paintings and signed limited editions, all of which will be for sale. Seven iron gates welded out of vintage iron and other metal parts created by Dylan in his studio will be featured in the exhibition and will be displayed publicly...

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