CMU Daily - on the inside 6 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Sony BMG merger a done deal
- Jon Spencer ready to do Damage
- Warner restructure reaches London as top role goes
- Grammys will stay in LA in 2005
- Mylo announces his first UK tour
- The Earlies announce gig
- REM reveal details of new album
- Pink scarpers after Prague bomb blast
- Home coming gig for AC/DC singer
- A Warped DVD
- Letts have a party
- Boys invited to audition for Destiny's Child
- Beta Band cancel Fringe gig
- The Wall goes to Broadway
- Pixies warm up at the Forum
- Blues man Robertson looks to fans for British lyrics
- Mystic Madge opens religious school
- More Soup
- Blue Monday
- Darkness cancel Japanese festival set due to illness



Relaxed "outernational" jams hosted by Honest Jon's, West London's premier jazz record shop. World beats are the name of the game from DJ Harv and mates. Trotting round the globe with Latin American, Cuban and African (North and South) beats, and some tracks from around the Pacific Rim. Dinners are served there too - but it's a very small venue so don't expect to dine in peace - some West London toff is bound to trip into your table!
Fri 6 Aug, Cherry Jam, 7pm - 2am, 58 Porchester Road, London W2, Free before 11pm, then £7, More at

CMU's favourite unsigned band, the fabulous Luxembourg are playing their biggest gig to date tonight headlining at the Garage in Highbury. Support comes from Grand Volume and When Tramps Were Kings. Go and see them, they're great.
Fri 6 Aug, 7.30pm, The Garage, Highbury, £5 (£3 with flyer from

John Kennedy and Lauren Laverne are taking to the decks at the second of Xfm's new monthly indie fest. It's sure to be a blast - see you there.
Fri 6 Aug, 10.30pm - 3am, Carling Academy Islington, £4 b4 11pm, £6 after


Bad news for merger news fans - the Sony BMG merger is done, over, complete. There are now four major record companies in the world, and the second biggest is called Sony Bertelsmann Music Group Music Entertainment, which just rolls of the tongue. The major's two parent companies confirmed the deal had been completed yesterday, meaning that the following labels are now all part of the same company - Arista, Columbia, Epic , Jive, J Records, LaFace, RCA, RLG-Nashville, Sony Music Nashville, Sony Classical, BMG UK, BMG Japan, BMG Ricordi and Sony Music International.

Sony boss Andrew lack will run the new company with a management team made up of both Sony and BMG execs, while the company will be overseen by a board headed up by BMG boss Rolf Schmidt-Holtz.

Announcing the completion of the merger Lack waxed lyrical thus: "Sony BMG Music Entertainment has access to an extraordinary array of creative resources, ranging from a current roster that includes some of the most talented artists in the world today, as well as an archive that encompasses some of the most important and influential recordings ever made. By pooling the resources of two of the most creative companies in the music industry, we are perfectly positioned to help our artists realize their creative goals, while at the same time providing greater value to music consumers around the world. I look forward to working with the entire Sony BMG team as we combine the very best elements of both companies in order to create one of the most creative and dynamic organizations in the history of recorded music and entertainment".

Schmidt-Holtz, for his part, said: "The creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment is a historic opportunity for us to build a new music company that we believe can thrive creatively and financially in a highly challenging worldwide music market. I look forward to working closely with Andy to develop a corporate culture that draws on the best of everything Sony Music and BMG bring to the joint venture. Andy and I are privileged to be working with some of the most successful creative executives and artists in the business".

Deal done, new stationery on order, roster cull and redundancy run still to come.


The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, now snappily renamed the Blues Explosion by the way, return this Autumn with new album 'Damage'. Ahead of the album's release on 27 Sep, is a double A side single 'Burn It Off'/'Fed Up And Low Down' which will hit shops on 13 Sep.

For the new album the Blues Explosion have worked with an impressive if unexpected array of producers and collaborators including DJ Shadow, David Holmes, Dan The Automator Martina Topley Bird, James Chance and Chuck D.

To celebrate all that the Blues Explosion - whose 93 Feet East date next week is already sold out - will return to the UK for a mini-tour in Oct, dates as follows:

4 Oct: Bristol Academy
5 Oct: Glasgow Academy
6 Oct: Manchester Academy
20 Oct: London Shepherd's Bush Empire


The post-Bronfmann-Jnr-takeover restructure of the Warner Music Group hit the UK yesterday with the first job cut at the top level of the major's London office.

Warner division East West confirmed the position of General Manager, currently held by Gareth Currie, was to be cut, and that Currie would leave the company. The decision is part of the post-takeover rejig which will see East West rebranded as Atlantic Records, bringing it in line with the group's US structure.

Currie was the first key appointment made by East West boss Korda Marshall when he took over the running of the Warner division after the major acquired his previous employer, Mushroom Records UK.


The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences yesterday confirmed that the Grammys would be held in Los Angeles for the second year running next Feb. The 47th edition of the flagship awards event will take place at LA's Staples Center on 13 Feb.

Announcing the decision to stay in LA, and not alternate back to New York, Grammy chief Neil Portnow told reporters that he was looking forward to working with city officials to pull off "one of the most electrifying, exciting events in live television."

Getting the Grammys is good for LA because aside from the main awards event, it means the city gets to host a whole programme of related events include performances, exhibits, workshops and educational programmes.

Nominations for this year's Grammys will be announced on 8 Dec.


Newly appointed CMU favourite Mylo (that Kim Karnes sampling track is genius) will follow up his shows at Glastonbury, T In The Park and Homelands with his first UK tour, dates as follows:

9 Sep: London - Barfly
12 Sep: Isle of Wight - Bestival
16 Sep: Bristol - Loisianna
17 Sep: Birmingham - Forme
18 Sep: Nottingham - Stealth
21 Sep: Leeds - HiFi Club
23 Sep: Dundee - The Westport Bar
24 Sep: Edinburgh - The Venue
26 Sep: Glasgow - KingTuts
27 Sep: Aberdeen - Lemon Tree
30 Sep: Oxford - Zodiac
1 Oct: Manchester - Tribal Gathering
2 Oct: Liverpool - Stanley Theatre
8 Oct: Brighton - Boutique
9 Oct: Cardiff Club I F bach

Mylo's first full single 'Drop The Pressure' is released on 18 Oct and is backed by mixes from Felix Da Housecat and Erol Alkan. The single is taken from the album 'Destroy Rock & Roll' which won Mylo rave reviews across the board from Q to Jockey Slut, oh, and around the CMU office too.


Hotly tipped half English/half American band the Earlies are to headline the first ever BMI/Club Fandango night at The Borderline, London on Thursday 19 Aug. Support comes from the Flotation Toy Warning and Amusement Parks On Fire.


REM's new album, titled 'Around The Sun', is set for release on 4 Oct. This will be preceded by the single 'Leaving New York' on 27 Sep.

As previously reported, the band have said that this, their 13th album, is significantly influenced by world events. One of the songs on the album is 'Final Straw', the anti-war song previously released online around about the time of the Iraq attack. Bassist Mike Mills said: "We wanted to say something immediately about our displeasure with the invasion of Iraq".


Pink made a quick exit from Prague this week after a bomb exploded outside a venue only a few hours before she was due to perform there. The singer quickly left the city after the concert at the Royal Casino on Sunday. According to Associated Press the singer had planned to spend a few days relaxing in the Czech Republic's beautiful capital but changed her mind after the bomb blast.

Eighteen bystanders were injured in the explosion and two are still in hospital. The bomb is thought to have been targeted at the owner of the casino Assaf Abuthul. The bomb went off under an armoured white Jeep Cherokee which was close to the hotel where Pink was staying.


The original lead singer of Australian rock gods AC/DC returns to Wales for the first time in 30 years to play at an AC/DC convention in Wrexham this weekend.

Dave Evans, originally from Carmarthen, was among the founder members of the Aussie band back in 1973 with brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. But he left a year later after disagreements within the band and the late Bon Scott took his place. Evans will perform songs that he originally sang with AC/DC plus a couple of his own compositions.

Dave emigrated to Oz with his family at the age of five, but still feels an affinity with Wales. Thousands of fans of the legendary band are expected to attend the three day festival. Ten tribute bands including Welsh band Seedy/DC will also perform.


Warp records are to release a best of DVD 'Warp Vision (The Videos 1989-2004)' on 24 Sep - hurrah! The package includes 32 videos such as Aphex Twin's groundbreaking 'Come To Daddy' and 'Windowlicker' promos (the former recently screened as part of Channel 4's banned videos programme). It will also feature a special 55-minute bonus video re-mix.


Legendary musician, producer and film maker Don Letts is celebrating the release of his new compilation on Heavenly records - 'Dread Meets B-Boys Downtown (The Hip Hop sound of New York '81-'82) - with a free party at the The Social, Little Portland Street, W1 on 10 August. We're promised a special DJ shakedown featuring Letts and infamous DJ Greg Wilson.

Don's album, released on 23 Aug - which will include the premiere of the Clash's 'Outside Broadcast' - will be something of an encyclopaedia of punk, funk and electro boogie with tracks by Kraftwerk, Fab Five Freddy, The Fearless Four, Grandmaster Flash and the Incredible Bongo Band.

Wilson who was the first DJ to do NYC style turntable sets at Manchester's Hacienda in the 80s, has come out of retirement especially for the event. The fun starts at 7.30pm and what's more it's free.


OK, one for all our 'hot' male readers in New York. Anyone? Well, Destiny's Child are looking for 25 "hot male dancers" to take on tour and appear in videos and on TV. The girls are holding auditions to find said dancers in New York ,Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston starting on 8 Aug. Award winning choreographer Frank Gatson Jr will conduct the auditions but Destiny's Child will also be in attendance at the New York auditions. The trio are scouting for an international variety of dancers to help promote their new album. Gatson says: "God has given them the gift to dance and given me the gift to see their ability to dance. Dancers have a destiny too. If they are really talented, we will find them."


Following the news that the Beta Band will split up, the band have cancelled their performance at the Edinburgh Festival - they were due to play on 24 Aug as part of T on the Fringe. Refunds will be available from point of purchase.


Another day, another classic back catalogue is turned into a musical. Yep, Pink Floyd's seminal album The Wall is coming to Broadway. A film company and former Sony Music boss Thomas Mottle have bought the rights to develop the musical from Roger Waters, who co-founded Pink Floyd and who retained the rights to the Wall after his acrimonious split from the rest of the band back in the 80s. Waters will write and compose orchestral arrangements for the show.

Confirming his involvement in the project, Waters spoke to reporters about how the stage show will differ from the 1982 semi-animated film version of the album, which starred Bob Geldof as the pop star who descends into madness. Waters: "Now I can write in some laughs, notable by their absence in the movie


Pixies are to warm up for their forthcoming V festival appearance with an intimate gig at London's Forum on Friday 20 August. Tickets will be priced at £25 and went on sale this morning.


An American blues singer-songwriter is asking his fans in Britain to send in some lyrics for him to use on his forthcoming UK tour.

Sherman Robertson says he wants to perform some distinctly British blues songs when he plays in the UK later this month - and is inviting fans to submit proposed lyrics via his website. Topics he reckons could be covered include the British weather, London underground, speed cameras and the failings of the England football team.

Robertson told reporters: "I'm looking for lyrics which deal with these issues but with a particularly British twist", adding that he is also keen "to remind us that sometimes a tragic subject matter - even a British one - can contain humour".

Submissions - which need to be in iambic pentameter - should be made via the artist's website at Sherman will pick his favourites and then work with his band to put them to existing music. The people who write the winning lyrics will get free tickets to their nearest show.


Madonna is to set up a £12 million Kabbalah primary school in New York - part of the singer's continuing commitment to the mystical Jewish religion.

According to The Sun the school has been signed and paid for and will open it's doors to the first class in December. But there are strict entry requirements for the school, parents must be Kabbalists and face a rigorous interview while the children will have to pass tough academic tests. Parents will also have to fork out around $2,000 for a term at the school.


Larger than life Texan's Bowling For Soup return on 13 Sep with a brand new album entitled 'A Hangover You Don't Deserve' to be followed by the single '1985' on 27 Sep which is accompanied by a video in which the band parody George Michael, Robert Palmer, Run DMC and Motley Crue.
The new album will be promoted with a UK tour, dates as follows:

27 Sep: Norwich - UEA
28 Sep: Southampton - Guildhall
29 Sep: Bristol - Carling Academy
30 Sep: Liverpool - Academy University
1 Oct: Birmingham - Carling Academy
2 Oct: Manchester - Academy
3 Oct: Newcastle - University
4 Oct: Glasgow - Carling Academy
5 Oct: Leeds - Metropolitan University
6 Oct: Nottingham - Rock City
7 Oct: Cambridge - Corn Exchange
9 Oct: London - Astoria


Prior to their full UK tour in 2005, the Blue boys have announced a one-off August Bank Holiday Monday special show at Cardiff International Arena. Tickets go on sale today, so quick quick quick, get to a phone


The Darkness have had to pull out of their set at Japan's Summer Sonic festival because Justin has gone down with a suspected case of gatroenteritis.

According to the NME, Hawkins was suffering from an upset tummy which doctors later diagnosed as "diarrhoea associated with abdominal pain and discomfort", thought to have been a bout of gastroenteritis.

In a statement the band said: "The Darkness have been forced to pull out of the Summersonic Festival in Japan this coming weekend due to illness. Justin Hawkins has been diagnosed with a bout of gastroenteritis and it has been recommended by his consultant to take at least one week to rest and recuperate before recommencing his busy work schedule".

The band hope to back up and running to continue their European tour next week, which includes, of course, sets at the Reading and Leeds festivals.

Elsewhere in Darkness news, and more bad luck for Justin. According to the Sun the singer found his £60,000 car on bricks earlier this week - someone having run off with the wheels. Hawkins told the paper: "I can't help feeling they've gone to fuel someone's crack addiction. I'm really gutted. I feel like weeping. They are worth a lot of money. I'm willing to offer a very generous reward for any information. Otherwise I won't be able to do my shopping".

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