CMU Daily - on the inside 29 Jun 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- DMX could face seven years for airport incident
- Oasis are going back to the drawing board
- Muse cancel gig after sad Glasto death
- US TV network give away downloads on chart show
- US Senate hope to crack down on downloading
- Album Review: Wagon Christ - Sorry I Make You Lush
- More harassment allegations against Billboard
- Music Zone plan more expansion
- Pet Shop Boys launch new project at free show
- Release date set for album from IDJ's jailbird rapper
- Mobile music services go live
- Bowie cancels two more European dates
- Live sector concerned by new work permit fees
- Marvin Gaye tops New Nation best album poll
- Live Review: Radio 4 at 93 Feet East
- Jane's Addiction form new band - without Farrell
- Pinnacle boss stands down
- Elvis stuff galore as 50th anniversary approaches
- US indie director hits out at White Stripes
- Mylo single release date


The events at New York's Kennedy Airport that led to the arrest of rapper DMX last week are sounding more and more bizarre. Latest reports allege DMX crashed his sport-utility vehicle, which was equipped with lights and sirens, through a parking lot gate at New York's Kennedy Airport after telling the attendant to let him leave because he was a government agent. He then allegedly ordered a driver in an adjacent parking lot to get out of his vehicle. When the man refused DMX said he was an FBI agent, grabbed the driver's seat belt buckle and tried to pull him from the vehicle.

DMX and a friend were arrested shortly afterwards on charges of harassment and impersonating a federal agent. In addition rocks of crack cocaine were found in the rapper's vehicle which might explain his behaviour, and will certainly add to the seriousness of the charges.

The two men were released over the weekend on $15,000 bail. They are due back in court on 23 Jul, and could face up to seven years in jail if they are found guilty of all charges.

Meantime it might come as no surprise that DMX's scheduled gig due to take place in Glasgow tonight has been postponed. Promoters hope to reschedule the gig for August and are encouraging fans to hold on to their tickets (although refunds are available). Of course depending on how that court case goes we might be talking about August 2011.


Following their lukewarm Glasto set this weekend, Noel Gallagher has told the BBC that Oasis are going back to the drawing board with their follow up to 'Heathen Chemistry', explaining that the "time has passed" for many of the songs the band have been working on so far this year.

Noel: "We've got to decide what kind of record we're going to do now, because the record that we tried to make with Death In Vegas, that kind of didn't happen and the moment has passed for that batch of songs. So it's back to the drawing board really. Hopefully, it will be out by the end of the year but I wouldn't have thought so."

The Oasis boys performed two new tracks during their Glasto set - 'A Bell Will Ring' and 'The Meaning Of Soul'. Those, plus the track 'Stop The Clocks' which they have performed live on previous occasions, are all expected to appear on the next studio album.


Many thoughts this morning with Muse following the news that the father of drummer Dominic Howard died on site at Glastonbury shortly after the band's storming set there.

In a statement a spokesman for the band said yesterday: "It is with great sadness that we must announce that Mr Bill Howard, father of Muse drummer Dominic, died earlier today (Mon 28 Jun) at the Glastonbury Festival, a short time after the band's headlining set. Mr Howard collapsed on site at 1.15am and died shortly after. Avon and Somerset Police are not treating the death as suspicious. In this dreadfully difficult time, we request that the privacy of Dom's family and friends is respected. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy extends to Dominic and the Howard family."

Needless to say this Wednesday's Muse show in Bergamo, Italy has been cancelled. No word yet on whether the news will effect Muse's other up coming festival appearances, which include Roskilde, Oxegen and T in the Park.


US music channel Fuse has launched a new daily chart show which will offer viewers the chance to download the tracks they see for free as part of an initiative to promote legal downloading among the youth market.

The new 'Daily Download' show counts down America's most downloaded tracks from legitimate download platforms. While certain songs are playing a password is featured on screen. Viewers who log onto the channel's website while the track is playing can use the password to download a free copy of the track.

Launching the new format, Fuse President Marc Juris told reporters: "It's a great way to reinforce the notion of legal downloading, that there are places online that embrace this technology and recognize that all the right people need to get paid for their work. This gives our audience a reason to interact with a legal download site, and it gives them the opportunity to buy other stuff while they're there."

The show has been created in association with Blue Mountain and who will ensure artists and songwriters continue to receive the going rate royalty payments for the tracks given away by the show.

How viewers respond to the free downloads will, in itself, provide another system for rating the popularity of different tracks. Juris continues: "It's a real-time read on what's hot, and the best judge of that is the audience. It's not based on an archaic system. It's fresh, it's new, and it's very driven by the people and the internet."


If Fuse's new download show is the carrot, here's the stick.

Two bills passed through the US Senate on Friday in a bid to combat internet piracy. The first goes by the snappy name of the Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act and aims to give the Justice Department the right to bring civil, as well as criminal, actions against copyright infringers. The second aims to stiffen fines and jail time for anyone found guilty of distributing movies, music or other copyrighted material prior to its release, and which would also make it a federal crime to use a camcorder in a movie theater.

But according to the Wall Street Journal both of those bills seem tame compared to one being developed by Senator Orrin Hatch which aims to make it possible for copyright owners to sue any company that "intentionally induces" copyright violations. That basically means any company that makes technology which, it could be argued, has a primary use that amounts to copyright violation (P2P software, CD burners, MP3 players - hell, any computer). Presumably the technology giants will lobby that one out of play, but if it got through it would be interesting to see Sony Music sue Sony Electronics for manufacturing the kit with which the kids can pirate their own music.


ALBUM REVIEW: Wagon Christ - Sorry I Make You Lush (Ninja Tune)
It's been nearly a decade since I first heard Luke Vibert's 'Throbbing Pouch' EP on cult imprint Rising High. Then there was his very fine 'London Bass' release under the Plug moniker. And now a new ten tracker from which we can assume he has gone a little trippy dippy as years have gone by. But in a good way. Taking us slowly in with sunkissed bleeps and mellow breaks with 'Saddic Gladdic' and the downbeat cut of 'I'm Singing', there's a number of different sounds in what follows: the Orbital-esque 'Sci-Fi Staircase', the heavy acid of 'KwikWideTrax', a rather broody 'UBFormby' (which comes complete with church organ sounds) and the much more pacy (and, I can't help thinking, little too madcap) title track. It all makes for a very well constructed diverse selection of leftfield electronica. Give it a few listens - it's a long way from the mainstream, but with a bit of patience I think you'll really appreciate it. PV
Release date: 28 Jun
Press contact: Ninja IH


More trouble over at US trade mag Billboard following the decision of recently ousted Editor-in-chief Keith Girard and Legal Editor Samantha Chang to sue the magazine's publisher on sexual harassment and unprofessional editorial interference charges.

Now another women in the magazine's editorial department has filed a formal internal harassment complaint and has hired an attorney. While it is not clear if she will take the matter to court the grapevine suggest several other employees might now come forward and claim the magazine suffers from a culture that tolerates, or may be even condones, harassment.

Speaking to US publishing magazine Folio, Deborah Patton of Billboard publisher VNU said she was unwaware of the third employee's complaints, and on the Girard / Chang allegations said: "After a careful review, we believe that the claims have no legal or factual merit and therefore we intend to defend the lawsuit vigorously. The world will know our response."


Music retailer Music Zone say they are planning to open five new stores in North England, bringing the relatively new music chain up to 58 stores, with plans to increase that to 70 by the end of 2005, and ambitions to have passed 100 stores by late 2006.

Denying the retail sector is suffering as downloading starts to take off, Music Zone's founder Russ Grainger told Music Week: "I do sometimes feel like I've got my finger in the dyke with all this press about downloads. But it is not affecting the High Street in the slightest. It is an irrelevance. And even if people do download tracks, I think they will still be tempted by the physical product because it offers the pleasurable experience of browsing in a shop and everyone likes doing that."


The Pet Shop Boys will debut their latest project - a soundtrack to the 1925 film Battleship Potemkin - at a free show in Trafalgar Square on 12 Sep.

Confirming the open air premiere of the new mainly instrumental project, Neil Tennant told reporters: "It's wonderful to be given the opportunity to write a complete soundtrack to this classic film and then to perform it as a free concert in the heart of London".

The show will be produced by the nearby Institute Of Contemporary Arts. Their director, Philip Dodd, reckons Trafalgar Square - with its long history as the focus for political dissent in the UK - is an excellent location for this reworking of a film about a mutiny: "I'm deeply grateful to the Pet Shop Boys and all the events collaborators for their immediate recognition that Trafalgar Square is the place for re-imagining the past in terms of the needs of the present."


Universal division Island Def Jam will release the new album by imprisoned rapper Jamal 'Shyne' Barrow in the US on 10 Aug - it will feature the Kanye West produced single 'More Or Less'.
The album is the first to be released under IDJ's $7 million deal with the rapper and uses material recorded prior to Shyne's imprisonment relating to a 1999 club shooting involving then collaborator Sean 'P Diddy' Combs.

The new contract, negotiated behind bars by IDJ's Kevin Liles, sees Shyne shun Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment outfit who released his debut album back in 2000. Despite a past friendship, Shyne has since dismissed P Diddy as a snitch, blaming him for his current situation.

Shyne isn't due for parole until 2009 - whether there is more material in the can for other releases in the mean time remains to be seen.


With the 3G networks slowly taking shape the mobile music sector looks likely to be gaining momentum in the next few months.

Orange used this weekend's Glastonbury Festival to pilot a new service which allows music fans to download a track to their phone, mix it and then use it as a ringtone. The Fireplayer service comes via the mobile network's Orangeworld service.

The pilot precedes the launch of Orange's mobile download platform which kicks off on Thursday. The network have an albeit small library of tracks from Warner and V2 which will be available to download, in full, for £1.50 a shot as of 1 Jul. Unlike O2's current music download service (but like the one O2 will launch later this summer) the downloaded tracks will be held on the actual phone rather than a plug in MP3 player.

Meanwhile T Mobile are this week launching their mobile download service. They have more tracks available and more labels on board (Universal, Sony and Warner - with EMI and some indies in the pipeline) but are initially flogging 90 second 'preview mixes' of new tracks (also for £1.50 a shot) with a full track service planned for later in the year. Likewise the T Mo service stores the tracks (or clips) on the actual phone.


David Bowie has had to cancel two more dates on his European tour after suffering a sharp pain in his shoulder caused by a trapped nerve.

As previously reported, the shoulder pain first caused problems last Wednesday when Bowie had to cut short a concert in Prague when the pain became unbearable. At the time it was hoped the medical problem would be short lived and would not effect future dates, with Bowie's publicist telling reporters: "It's nothing more serious than a pinched nerve in his shoulder."

The singer went ahead with his set of the Hurricane Festival in the German town of Shceesel on Friday night, but was later taken to hospital when the pain worsened. He was kept in overnight and was forced to cancel a scheduled appearance at Southside Festival in Southern Germany this weekend.

Yesterday Bowie's people confirmed they were also postponing tonight's gig in Vienna and tomorrow's date in Salzburg. But the Bowie team seem optimistic that after a few days rest the singer's 62 date European and US tour can continue as planned.


Some concerns in the live sector this week after the government confirmed it will increase the cost of work permit applications by 60%. While the actual sums of money aren't huge, some reckon they will be big enough to hit hard less established acts from outside the EC who want to perform, record or rehearse in the UK.

The Home Office introduced an admin fee for work permit applications - which all none EC-based performers must secure before working in the UK - back in 2003. The fee was originally set at £95 but has now been increased to £153 because, the government claims, the original sum did not cover their costs.
While the £58 increase won't affect major artists touring in the UK, some in the live industry argue it will have a big impact on less established names.

Steve Richard of T&S Immigration - who specialise in arranging work permits for non-EC performers - told Music Week: "For DJs coming over just to play one show for £500 or for new bands being brought over to play a showcase, £153 can be a hefty sum and contribute to escalating costs. I worry that some acts will stay away."

Although John Giddings of UK based Solo Promotions reckons artists will still come to the UK despite the price increase, he agrees it's not fair on less established artists: "It is another example of the Government trying to squeeze more money out of the music business wherever it can. I don't think it will actually stop anyone coming over here because bands have to tour the UK - it's the prime taste-making market. But, while people like Britney Spears won't notice the difference, smaller bands will be hit."


Music survey of the day comes from New Nation, Britain's best-selling African-Caribbean newspaper, who have surveyed 100 artists, DJs, journalists and music industry types - especially from the black and urban music sectors - as to the best album of all time.

Marvin Gaye's classic 'What's Going On' tops the survey - while Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley all score three albums a piece in the final chart. Miles Davis' 1949 album 'Birth of Cool' is the oldest picked out in the survey, Beres Hammond 2001 album 'Music Is Life' is the newest.

Lauryn Hill gets a position in the top ten making her the highest rating women in the survey. The highest rated UK album is Soul II Soul's 'Club Classics Vol 1' at 22.

Commenting on his survey New Nation's Entertainment Editor Justin Onyeka told CMU: "The final list is fascinating not only because of the quality of the albums from different genres but also the fact that it also features an incredible amount of positive and inspiring music. We're sure the list will spark many heated debates. That's inevitable when youþre dealing with such a personal and passionate thing as music."


LIVE REVIEW: Radio 4 at 93 Feet East on 22 Jun
Cynics suspicious of the new punk funk phenomena suspend your disbelief, not only are there actually quite a few of these bands, they're also pretty damn good. Following hot on the heels of the success of the Rapture, are Bloc Party, !!! and now Radio 4. It's interesting to compare the performance of Radio 4 to !!! who played this same venue only a few weeks ago. Enjoyable though the !!! gig was, for my money Radio 4 put on a better performance. Their set is better paced and they get a corresponding better reaction from the crowd. Like those other punk funkers mentioned, Radio 4 sound like they spent their formative years listening to punk and new wave blasting out of their brothers' bedrooms while simultaneously hearing house and dance music grooving out from their sisters' stereos. I can hear the funkier elements of the punk scene such as the Clash, Talking Heads and the B52's in their music and indeed the band are named after a PIL song. In particular their rhythms remind me a lot of post punk (funk) band Pigbag, but I fail to see an off repeated comparison to Interpol. They are certainly a lot more fun live than the dour Joy Divison copyists. The insistent dub influenced bass, lively percussion including the all important cow bell and retro keyboards create infectious rhythms. Tracks from their album 'Gotham' and new single 'Party Crasher' engage the feet and particularly incendiary is set closer 'Dance To The Underground'. I'm more convinced than ever than punk funk will be my soundtrack for the summer and quite possibly the entire year. JW


When Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro said that the band were too "volatile a combination" to carry on working together, presumably he meant Perry Farrell was too volatile a combination to carry on working with. Or at least that must be the case if rumours are true that, following the announcement Jane's Addiction were splitting last week, all of the band but Farrell have formed a new band with a new singer - musical actor Steve Isaacs.

However Isaacs is adamant he is not just replacing Farrell as the lead singer of the Addiction. Writing on his weblog he says: "Even writing that [that he is replacing Farrell] like it were possible is crazy to me. Dave, Stephen, and Chris and I are just taking some time to do what is the most fun thing in the world to do - make music and write songs."


The founder and exec chairman of distribution firm Pinnacle, Steve Mason, has said he will leave the company on 1 Jul, handing over the reigns to his business partner Sean Sullivan. Mason will stay on in a non-exec role and will continue to sit on the BPI Council.

Announcing his departure Mason said: "The group is in its strongest position ever and in the hands of a first class management team who have helped build the group and who I know will continue to drive the business to new heights".

Sullivan responded: "Steve has built a hugely successful company over the last 30 years for which he deserves full credit and we will all miss his day-to-day role here enormously."


HMV will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the day Elvis recorded the single 'That's All Right' by making a limited edition (5000 copies only) 10" vinyl version of the track available in its stores and via its website next Monday. Despite being a legendary recording that some see as the starting point of rock 'n' roll, 'That's All Right' has never actually been released as a single in the UK before.

Announcing the promotion HMV's Steve Gallant told CMU: "Given the enduring appeal of Elvis - and the significance of his first recording - we're sure there is going to be enormous demand for this special edition. Our advice, therefore, is to get to the stores early - because once we've sold out, this item will be deleted and there'll be no other way of getting it. From HMV's perspective, this release is also very much part of our heritage. As the country's oldest music retailer - HMV opened for business in 1921 - we're the only one to have sold every Elvis record as they were released in the UK. We should also add that when Elvis's records were first released in the UK - in 1956 - they originally appeared on the HMV label."

If you're really keen HMV plan to give away five copies of the Elvis release to the 'best dressed' Elvis look-alikes who come into their Oxford Street store next Monday. Press info on both the release and that competition from Coalition.

Elsewhere in Elvis news, BMG are releasing that famous 'Elvis: 68 Comeback Special' on special edition DVD next Monday. There is a press screening at Soho's Curzon Cinema on Thursday, followed by a bit of a party and a screening of the Euro 2004 semi final. More info on that from Noble PR.


A US indie director has been hit with a cease-and-desist order by the White Stripes in a bid to stop him screening his behind the scenes movie that follows the band during four shows in New York in early 2002.

Director George Roca says he had the full co-operation of the White Stripes when he filmed his documentary, and that there were no contractual restrictions when he first discussed the project with Jack White. But midway through production he was handed a contract by the band's management which he signed without checking in a bid to ensure filming could continue. He has since found out he signed away his rights to the film - and therefore technically cannot screen the documentary at forthcoming film festivals, as planned, without the band's management's permission. Not only that but, after initial positive feedback to early edits of the film from the band, Roca claims the band's management have become unhelpful while some of his ideas have been stolen for White Stripes' videos.

While accepting he is legally in the wrong Roca - who says he has sunk $50,000 and 2 years into his film - argues he has been badly treated by the White Stripes' management. He told reporters: "I was 22 years old [when we first discussed making the movie], straight out of film school and pretty naive. I was a huge fan and didn't anticipate that anything like this could happen. I feel so betrayed by this band and so screwed over. They turned famous and just forgot about us. It's remarkable that they have no sympathy for our situation whatsoever."

After Roca screened the film in Seattle without the White Stripes' permission, the band issued the following statement: "It [the film] was not as good as we hoped - the sound was poor, the editing didn't feel right. For many reasons, we said no. ... The quality of it was poor and the timing was wrong (we have another DVD of live concert footage shot at two shows in Blackpool, England, that's going to be released at the end of the year). But despite being told no, George Roca decided to take it upon himself to simply release it to festivals with no approval or permission from the White Stripes ... not in keeping with the contract that he signed."

Whether Roca will now ignore the legal threats being made by the band and go ahead with planned screenings in LA, London, Athens and Oulu remains to be seen.


New appointed CMU favourite Mylo will release his new single 'Valley Of The Dolls' on 16 Aug, backed with new track 'Continental Love'. The first single release from the very fine 'Destroy Rock n Roll' album you should definitely seek it out. Press info from Darling Dept.

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