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NEWS DIGEST - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

Replicas Gary Numan, New Wave's king of synth, will perform the whole of his classic breakthrough album Replicas (plus B-sides) on a 15 date UK tour throughout March 2008. Signed to Beggars Banquet in 1979, Numan - then operating under the ensemble title Tubeway Army - was responsible for writing all of the record's 16 tracks.

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He'll play:

Bristol Academy (Feb 29)
Sheffield Corporation (March 1)
Glasgow ABC (2)
Belfast Spring & Airbrake (3)
Dublin Tripod (4)
Nottingham Rock City (5)
Newcastle Academy (7)
Manchester Academy (8)
Norwich UEA (9)
Wolverhampton Wulfren Hall (10)
Cambridge The Junction (11)
Brighton The Dome (12)
Oxford Academy (13)
Southampton University (14)
London indig02 (25)

- EMI and Natwest have struck a new deal which will offer chip and PIN holders the opportunity to personalise their cards with album artwork. Lily Allen, Athlete and Supergrass are all allowing their sleeve designs to adorn the cards of Adapt account holders (11-18 year olds, charge of £5). MOJO have come up with the top five EMI acts we’d like to see grace our own, utterly useless, pieces of plastic:

1. Van Der Graaf Generator
2. Groundhog
3. Kraftwerk
4. Iron Maiden
5. Talk Talk

- Rufus Wainwright is set to cement his title as the world's number one Judy Garland fan as he gears up to release a double-whammy of tribute extravagance on CD and DVD. The Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall disc will document the singer's June 14, 2006 show at the infamous New York venue, while the Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy! Live at the London Palladium DVD will present the man on screen in all his feathery pomp. The CD will be in the shops before Christmas, with the DVD to follow in the new year.

- Frank Callari, the co-founder of Lost Highway Records, has died. He was 55. Callari started the label in 2001 with Universal's Luke Lewis, eventually going on to sign some of Americana's leading lights - Ryan Adams, Junior Brown and Lucinda Williams all ended up under Callari's wing. A funeral with take place in Nashville tomorrow.

- Krautrock comes to London. Neu!'s Michael Rother and Dieter Mobius of Cluster will perform together at the Audioscope festival in Oxford next month (November 10). The gig follows the recent reunion of supergroup Harmonia, the mid-seventies project involving Rother, Mobius and other Cluster member Hans-Joachim Roedelius. For more on Harmonia's comeback pick-up the new issue of MOJO - on sale tomorrow! (November 1)

- Coldplay have said that work on their fourth album is coming to a close. A new post on the band's official site reads: "It feels like a dense record. There are so many melodies and colors packed into a relatively short space (42 minutes). As you'd expect with [producer] Brian Eno, there's experimentation and exploration. But the music still has integrity. It's real and honest. There's no posturing or bombast." The as yet untitled LP, will be released next year.

Posted by Ross_Bennett at 03:41PM | Categories: News