Black Emperor on Monday night, and while the group was not in attendance, they issued a statement about the win this morning criticizing the nature of music award shows. The band won for Allelujah! Dont! Bend! Ascend!, their fourth album, which came out after an almost decade-long hiatus; many thought the band had broken up. The band, which started in 1994 and has had a sprawling, often changing line-up, is known for its intense and artful instrumental music and impressive live shows. It has long been critically adored and has found a devoted cult following. They toured from 1998 until 2002, but then went on hiatus for their nine members to focus on other projects. The reunited in 2010 to tour and released the award-winning album in 2012. The group is also known for eschewing interviews and rarely taking part in most music-industry rituals. The band is known to be politically aware (the back cover of Yanqui U.X.O., their third album, showed links between depicting the relationship between major labels and the military industrial complex). The Polaris prize is an annual awards show whose mission it is to find the best Canadian album, regardless of genre or sales.
Three attempts have been made in recent weeks to find buried Nazi treasure in the Bavarian town of Mittenwald, close to the Austrian border. Even though the holes in the ground have since been filled, the traces left by drills and blue markings are still visible below a thin layer of autumn leaves. Authorities granted permission for the undertaking in “a bid for clarity,” and before too long, the story was making headlines in local papers. “The Hunt for Nazi Gold,” the Garmisch-Partenkirchner Tagblatt called it. Residents’ reactions range from annoyed to amused. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says one. “I can’t wait to see what they find down there,” says another. Behind it all is 51-year-old Leon Giesen, a Dutch filmmaker and musician with a tantalizing theory. He is convinced that Nazi treasure is languishing below Mittenwald’s roads — gold or diamonds, at the very least. The whole idea of Nazi gold has long held a grip on the public imagination, and as a former Nazi stronghold, Bavaria provides fertile soil for many an aspiring Indiana Jones. In 1944, with the Allies and the Soviet Army threatening to advance, it was here that Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany, planned to build an Alpine Fortress — a national redoubt where Nazi Germany would fight from until the end. And that’s not all. In April 1945, the Wehrmacht armed forces and officials of the Reichsbank approved a plan to store at least part of the reserves of the German Reichsbank at Einsiedl, a small town on the southwest shore of Lake Walchen. Much of these assets were handed over to the Allies, but around 100 gold bars, sacks of dollars and Swiss francs and possibly even more hoards went missing. ‘Like a Treasure Map’ Even though Giesen’s theory is an outlandish one by any standards, it has generated reams of publicity in his native Netherlands.
Twitter said to hire ex-Topspin exec to head music effort
Twitter said to hire ex-Topspin exec to head music effort Marketing exec Bob Moczydlowsky has been hired to lead expansion of the microblogging service’s nascent music platform, according to AllThingsD. Follow @stevenmusil Twitter has reportedly hired a new head of music, filling a key position at the microblogging service that has been vacant for the past month. Bob Moczydlowsky, former senior vice president of product and marketing at Topspin Media, has been hired as Twitter’s new music partnerships leader, a position vacated a month ago by Tatiana Simonian, according to AllThingsD . Moczydlowsky, who is expected to join Twitter in the coming weeks, will be tasked with attracting music industry partners and artists to the company’s nascent music platform, according to the report. Moczydlowsky has not yet updated his LinkedIn or Twitter profiles, but he responded to congratulatory tweets about the new position with messages of thanks. CNET has contacted Twitter for comment and will update this report when we learn more. Related stories Emmys tune up 17,000 tweets per minute The hire comes amid an aggressive Twitter campaign to strengthen its ties to the entertainment industry. In April, the company confirmed it had acquired music discovery service We Are Hunted and then promptly launched its much-rumored #Music app , which lets people find new music by seeing both what their friends and artists they enjoy are listening to. This summer, Twitter started letting TV advertisers target ads to its users , and last month it acquired Trendrr , a social media analytics company that focuses on television and serves big brands like ABC, MTV, Telemundo, and Univision. Topics: