CMU Weekly Editor's Letter

CMU Weekly – Friday 5 Aug 2011

By | Published on Friday 5 August 2011

Andy Malt

It’s that time again. It’s time for my annual ‘Argh! It’s the Edinburgh Festival!’ editorial. Because it is. It is the Edinburgh Festival. It is the Edinburgh Festival right now. In Edinburgh. It all officially started today, which means for the next three (and a bit) weeks, the biggest cultural festival in the world will be up and very much running.

Why should this make any difference to you? Well, it doesn’t have to if you don’t want it to, but it means a great deal to CMU’s parent company UnLimited Media. Because CMU isn’t the only brilliant publication it churns out. No, it also publishes ThreeWeeks, which it the biggest reviewer up there at the Edinburgh Festival. By the end of August, the team up there will have seen and reviewed well over 1750 shows.

As well as this, the team will publish four print newspapers – the first of which you can read here – plus 21 daily reviews sheets, 25 email bulletins, and 15 podcasts. It’s quite an operation and, as you might expect, turns small company into a reasonably large one for a few weeks. You can follow all the action at

CMU’s Chris Cooke is Co-Editor of ThreeWeeks, which means my part of the company also shrinks slightly. It also means that we aren’t putting out our normal CMU podcasts for the next few weeks – getting Chris to stop and talk for one minute during August is difficult enough, so discussing the week’s music news for 30 or 40 minutes is highly unlikely.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have audio for you. We do.

I’d like to draw your attention to Mixcloud’s Celebration Of Curation. If you’re not familiar with the site, it’s a fully licensed online radio service, where the content is uploaded by users. The annual Celebration Of Curation pulls together musical and spoken word content from some of its more high profile users, which this year includes Mary Anne Hobbs, The Guardian, Channel 4, Xfm,, Beatport, Domino Records, and, er, me.

Yes indeed, I have put together a mix featuring fifteen of my favourite tracks and artists that have appeared in the CMU Approved column in the CMU Daily so far this year. This includes artists such as Three Trapped Tigers, Bastille, The Agitator, Bleeding Heart Narrative, Team Me, LA2019, and more. I use the term ‘mix’ quite loosely, but I’m very pleased with the music I managed to get in. Listen to it all here.

And check out the full range of content on offer in the Celebration Of Curation here. New additions will continue to be added until next Friday.

Finally, if you happen to be at Field Day or The Apple Cart festivals in London this weekend and you see my face, why not come and say hello to it. Or me as a whole. Tell you what, just start talking and we’ll see how it goes.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU

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