CMU Daily - on the inside 15 Jul 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- New York Dolls bassist dies
- Two Culture Clash live
- Bjork's new album includes eclectic collaborations
- Brecon locals kick up at Super Furry Animals gig
- Upshot clear up Earshot confusions
- Ramone family accuse producer of holding recordings hostage
- Campag Velocet launch album at Remix night
- Infadels sign to Wall Of Sound
- Positiva dance track heading for number one
- Country sales boom in the US
- Love back in hospital
- New report reckons file sharing has gone sky high
- Reznor on the new NIN album
- Philips enter digital player market place
- Scissor sisters go into the studio with Kylie
- Feeder to release rarities album
- TOTP to stage live OB
- FCC clampdown may affect classic Brit sitcoms in the US

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NEW YORK DOLLS BASSIST DIES
Arthur 'Killer' Kane, bassist with the legendary New York Dolls, died last night, less than a month after the band's critically acclaimed reunion gig at Morrissey's Meltdown Festival in London.

Kane's spokesman confirmed last night that the musician was admitted to an LA hospital yesterday suffering from suspected pneumonia and later died from advanced leukaemia. His family have already confirmed that there will be a public memorial service for Kane, a committed Mormon, behind the Mormon Temple on the city's Santa Monica Boulevard on Saturday.

Kane's sad death comes just weeks after the bassist reformed with fellow surviving New York Dolls David Johansen and Syl Sylvain after being invited to perform in London by one of the band's biggest fans, Morrissey. After the success of that gig, and a number of support sets at Morrissey's US shows, the band have been booked to play in Japan, at New York's Garage Festival and at the Reading/Leeds Festivals. It is not yet clear if Johansen and Sylvain will now proceed with those shows.

Photographer Bob Gruen, a close friend of the band's, told reporters last night that, because of the recent New York Dolls reunion, Arthur died "with a smile on his face".

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TWO CULTURE CLASH LIVE
That very exciting Two Culture Clash album, which is relased next month, will be previewed at an exciting live sound system at the Hammersmith Palais next week, staged as part of Channel 4's Summer Sessions programme. As with the album itself, the event will bring together the finest UK DJs and Jamaican dancehall artists. On the bill are Patra, Ward 21, General Degree, Big Youth, Roni Size, Jon Carter, Justin Robertson, West London Deep and Howie B. It all takes place on 21 Jul - press info on the event and next month's Two Culture Clash single and album release from Wall of Sound IH.

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BJORK'S NEW ALBUM INCLUDES ECLECTIC COLLABORATIONS
There's an eclectic array of guests set to appear on the new Bjork album -'Medulla' - which will hit stores next month. Among the collaborators on the album are Fantomas / Mr Bungle principal Mike Patton, singer/songwriter Robert Wyatt, classical vocalist Gregory Purnhagen, Inuit throat singer Tagaq, the Icelandic and London Choirs and beat boxers Rahzel, Shlomo and Dokaka.

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BRECON LOCALS KICK UP AT SUPER FURRY ANIMALS GIG
Organisers of the Brecon Jazz Festival are fighting with local residents over the inclusion of a Super Furry Animals gig into the programme. A petition signed by 84 local residents has gone to local entertainment licencing officials. The opposition isn't so much to the addition of SFA to a jazz festival, more to the decision to stage the Super Furry's event in the festival's marquee venue, which is based on a field surrounded by residential housing. Local councillors also claim the festival's organisers added the SFA gig into the mix at the last minute.

Brecon's town mayor Mike Gittins told reporters yesterday: "Watton Field is hallowed turf in the town surrounded by homes inhabited by senior citizens. They, and others in the town, are concerned about the Super Furry Animals' concert. I think people associate rock and roll with sex, drugs and alcohol and they are also concerned that the Super Furry Animals are more of a rock group than a jazz group. The festival has been allowed to use Watton Field on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but it seems the organisers have sprung this extra date on us. If they'd planned it properly and consulted with the relevant agencies, then it probably would have gone through. But the 11th hour planning has caused problems."

But the festival's director, Andy Eagle, denied the Super Furry's gig was chaos in the making: "The Super Furry Animals gig is for young people and I think it's an insult to say that there will be individuals intent on causing chaos at the gig. The people opposed are in the minority and these people should remember that they were young once too. We've had bands and individuals kick off the festival before who've had no jazz links. A few years ago Blues legend Buddy Guy and then Van Morrison appeared and they're both not considered jazz acts. We should be proud the Super Furries are coming, it's a real coup for the town."

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UPSHOT CLEAR UP EARSHOT CONFUSIONS
Music marketing firm Upshot Communications yesterday announced they had reached an agreement with Upfront Promotions regarding their 'Earshot' Service.

Earshot is one of Upshot's music promotion services - they supply music to a selection of outlets, stores and cafÈs, putting tracks from new artists into the 'earshot' of what they refer to as "22-35 year old lapsed record buyer market".

Confusingly another company called Upfront Promotions recently launched a similar service under the same name. Having been made aware of Upshot's existing service using the Earshot name, Upfront have agreed to rebrand - Upshot will continue to operate their Earshot service as before.

Upshot's Tom Roberts told CMU: "We have been running our Earshot service for over 18 months, and have run successful campaigns for the likes of Zero 7, The Fabric Label, Helicopter Girl, I Am Kloot, Jet and DJ Andy Smith amongst others. Confusion arose when Upfront Promotions launched a service using the same name. But we've rectified that problem now - Upfront will be using a different name - but we want to make sure product managers at labels are up to speed on everything. Meanwhile, Upshot wishes Upfront Promotions all the best with their own service in the future".

If you're still confused you can call Tom on 020 7923 5560 or check http://www.earshotmusic.net.

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RAMONE FAMILY ACCUSE PRODUCER OF HOLDING RECORDINGS HOSTAGE
Joey Ramone's family are in dispute with New York based producer Daniel Rey over session recordings the former Ramones frontman recorded before his death in 2001. The Ramone family claim Rey is holding the recordings hostage, and that he should return the tapes to the family for safe keeping. However Rey argues that he is happy to return to tapes providing the family agree to release the tracks as a collection of demos. Rey not only produced the tracks on the tapes, but also played most of the instruments. He told reporters this week: "It has nothing to do with money. I'm just concerned with protecting Joey's musical legacy. These should be released as an album of demos. This is stuff that me and Joey did together."

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SONY CONNECT LAUNCH VIDEO SERVICE IN US
Sony Connect announced a number of additions to its US service yesterday. Most prominent are Sony's plans to make music videos available to download. It seems the video download platform may well be a forerunner for an eventual extension of the Sony Connect service into film and TV downloads - an area where Sony would have considerable advantage over its main competitors given the movie and television assets with the group.

There was no word on whether the video download service would be added to Sony Connect's European platforms. Sony have adopted a subtle marketing approach to their European service since its launch last week - though a high profile partnership with McDonalds is expected to launch next month. Asked by UK industry magazine Music Week as to whether the US announcement would affect the company's European service a spokesman said: "Anything that we intend to launch in Europe and the UK remains confidential, strategic and completely under wraps."

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CAMPAG VELOCET LAUNCH ALBUM AT REMIX NIGHT
CMU favourites of many moons ago, Campag Velocet, return with a fabulous new album called 'Harsh Sharks', which will be released on their own label on Monday (more info at http://www.harshsharks.com). To celebrate the band will be playing at Xfm's Remix Night at Cargo tonight. It all kicks off at 8pm - DJ sets come from Tim from the Utah Saints and those other CMU favourites the Loose Cannons (album is out this week - please, for the love of God, give this record maximum coverage / play). More info at http://www.xfm.co.uk/theremix

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INFADELS SIGN TO WALL OF SOUND
Talking of Xfm's Remix Night, the band who played there last month - the excellent The Infadels - have been snapped up by Wall of Sound. The London based techno-funk-disco-punksters signed to the label shortly after winning two awards at least week's Diesel U Music Awards (one for 'Best Electronic Act' and one for 'Best Live Act').

Commenting on their awards and record deal the band's frontman, Bnann, told CMU: "We are really honoured to be given two awards by people who recognise and support underground talent such as Diesel. We're really chuffed to be signing with a wicked label such as Wall of Sound - the amount of excitement and belief they've put into us has been amazing."

WoS boss Mark Jones, meanwhile, told us: "The Infadels are without doubt one of the most exciting, energetic live bands I have seen for a long time. Harness that with their own electronic tinged classic song writing ability and you have something very special... Watch your back Rock music...or better still go have a bath and buy yourself a synthesizer!"

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POSITIVA DANCE TRACK HEADING FOR NUMBER ONE
After topping the charts with Room 5's 'Make Luv' last year, EMI's dance label Postiva are likely to get another number one record this week in the form of Shapeshifter's 'Lola's Theme', which is outselling both Morrissey's 'First Of The Gang To Die' and Rachel Stevens' 'Some Girls'. Shapeshifter - aka Simon Marlin and Max Reich - put out a handful of promo copies of 'Lola's Theme' last year and the buzz has grown through the club scene pretty much organically, which is how it should be, so hurrah for Lola's Theme.

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COUNTRY SALES BOOM IN THE US
A string of new country artists are helping boost the country sector in the US. Sales of albums by Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Josh Gracin, Julie Roberts, Dierks Bentley and Josh Turner, all of whom have albums in this week's Billboard album chart, have helped fuel a 11.2% sales increase in the sector, giving a real boost to both major and independent country labels.

Industry insiders are particularly pleased that the sector's growth is being fuelled by new talent rather than established names and back catalogue, recognising that the success of newer artists gives the sector more long term security.

Luke Lewis of Universal Music Group Nashville told the BBC this week: "The really good news is that new artists are contributing in a big way. The pick-up in sales is not attributable to a couple of big superstars. The sales are spread out among a lot of different artists".

The success of some new country artists has taken many in the sector by surprise. Gretchen Wilson's debut album 'Here For The Party' has sold almost two million copies in eight weeks. John Grady, president of Wilson's label Sony Music Nashville, admitted this week: "That was a big surprise, and it represents a couple of million units that nobody thought was going to be there".

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LOVE BACK IN HOSPITAL
More Courtney Love news, oh joy. Love's lawyer last night said his client has been admitted to a private hospital after being discharged from the Bellevue Hospital Centre in New York on Tuesday - she was originally admitted there last Friday with a gynaecological condition, just as a judge in LA was putting out a warrant for her arrest for failing to show up to a schedule court hearing regarding assault charges.

Some reckon that the hospital may be some kind of mental institution, mainly because in the same statement Love's lawyer said a legal guardian had been appointed for the singer. He wouldn't say who, or embellish on what exactly that means, though our man who knows these things says 'legal guardian' in this context means "a person who has the legal responsibility for providing the care and management of a person who is incapable, either due to age or to some other physical, mental or emotional impairment, of administering his or her own affairs". So now you know.

Meanwhile, Love is now facing civil as well as criminal legal problems. She is being sued by her former lawyers Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

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NEW REPORT RECKONS FILE SHARING HAS GONE SKY HIGH
A US techie firm reckons that people are downloading twice as many music, games and films than they did a year ago. The study by CacheLogic, who make systems for ISPs to manage P2P traffic, reckon some 3 billion songs and 5 million movies are swapped around the world each day. That, the company argue, is costing ISPs $10 million a day in bandwidth maintenance - meaning internet companies who turned a blind eye to file sharing because it encouraged people to buy broadband may want to put limitations on it very soon.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, who used to love stories of how bad P2P file sharing was, were keen to stress their research showed music downloading was down following the legal action taken by the RIAA, IFPI and other music industry bodies around the world. To be fair to them, it is in CacheLogic's interest to show P2P file sharing is up given that they make software that manages it!

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REZNOR ON THE NEW NIN ALBUM
Following the news yesterday that Foo Fighter Dave Grohl was drumming on new Nine Inch Nails recordings, the band's Trent Reznor has been talking about the new album on his website. On Grohl's involvement he writes: "Working with him has been one of the most inspiring and exciting experiences I've had in the studio. The tracks he's played on have come alive in a 'better-than-I'd-even-hoped-for" type way." Admitting that he will handle much of the rest of the instruments and production on the album himself, he continues: "Why, do you ask? Well, I feel very inspired right now and I want this record to be what's in my head, for better or worse."

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PHILIPS ENTER DIGITAL PLAYER MARKET PLACE
The digital music place has become even more competitive today with the launch of another new MP3 player - this time from Philips. Their 'Micro Jukebox hdd070' weighs 95g, has a 2BG hard drive, and can play both MP3 and Windows Media Audio files. That last point may prove important because it will give consumers more flexibility as to where they buy their digital music, unlike Sony's digital walkman and to a certain extent Apple's iPod, which are very skewed in favour of their own download platforms.

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SCISSOR SISTERS GO INTO THE STUDIO WITH KYLIE
Word is Scissor Sisters have gone into the studio with Kylie Minogue. According to Radio 1 the band and the singer have a 'mutual appreciation society' and that they plan to work on a few ideas together - though there are no plans for possible releases yet.

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FEEDER TO RELEASE RARITIES ALBUM
Feeder are planning on releasing a 36 song compilation called 'Picture Of Perfect Youth' which will feature 36 b-sides and rarities. The album will be sold via their website - http://www.feederweb.com.

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TOTP TO STAGE LIVE OB
Top of the Pops are hoping to boost their flagging ratings by staging a live outside broadcast - the show's first OB in its 40 year history. The special show will be broadcast from the Baltic Quay in Gateshead on 30 Jul. Tim Kash and Fearne Cotton will present, though we're promised some good music to compensate.

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FCC CLAMPDOWN MAY AFFECT CLASSIC BRIT SITCOMS IN THE US
As the US media regulator, the FCC, continue their crack down on anything vaguely raunchy on American TV or radio word has it that British sitcom 'Are You Being Served' may be taken off the air. The Christian Science Monitor quotes a manager of a PBS station in San Diego who says that British comedies that "thrive on double entendre" cause worries about whether a station is "on thin ice" while the FCC is trying to clamp down on indecency. As the Daily Mail is prone to say - "it's political correctness gone mad".

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