CMU Daily - on the inside 13 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Diabolical Liberties respond to ongoing flypost case
- Ash pay tribute to fan
- Aguilera sued by photographer
- Natasha Bedingfield to front mini iPod campaign
- See Oasis on the screen
- Poll to find best DJ announced
- Mel B to premiere new material via the web
- New Mars Volta album
- Andre is top of the fops
- Jackson to appear in Will and Grace
- The Strokes: 'Live In London'
- Queens collaborate
- Beatles' grammy for sale
- Lost Vagueness festival planned
- Kill All Hippies joins Cross Central line up
- Moby makes booty call after cocaine binge

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Supersonic Buddha
In the always nice atmosphere of the Vibe on Brick Lane here comes another nu-genre night - Eastern drum'n'space (whatever next?). Up and comer DJ Nerm and his mates Nu-trix, Soldgie and Adhesive-with-Char-soh-bis will be playing Asian left of centre downbeat, some breaks and some of that electro tinged lounge business. There'll be live tabla and dhol percussion, and an electric violin also thrown in (let's hope it ain't that Nigel Kennedy). It's free too, so you can always move on if it gets too hectic......
Sun 15 Aug, Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London, 6pm-11.30pm, info from 020 7426 0491

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DIABOLICAL LIBERTIES RESPOND TO ONGOING FLYPOST CASE
Diabolical Liberties have responded to this week's court proceedings relating to Camden Council's attempts to slam Anti-social Behaviour Orders against four of their staff. As previously reported, very little happened in court on Wednesday except for the magistrate rejecting the marketing firm's claims that Camden had gone about applying for ABSOs in the wrong way and therefore the whole case should be thrown out of court.

Following the court hearing the marketing firm, who are one of the UK's leading companies for planning and coordinating flyposting campaigns, again stressed that they had attempted to persuade Camden to adopt some kind of regulated street poster system like that put forward by a company called City Centre Posters.

In a statement the company told reporters: "Today at Highbury Corner magistrates court a legal process began which will have implications for how London's councils choose, or choose not, to incorporate cultural advertising into modern city living. Diabolical liberties believes there is an urgent need for an open debate about whether the people of Camden want to see street posters remain in the borough, in the form of an authorised scheme. Many other councils and communities around the UK are benefiting from authorised poster schemes. Diabolical liberties asks for Camden to consider the opportunity. Camden council have not yet responded. We would prefer to debate the issue through the correct channels, including the council chamber and local media. However, if Camden council insists we take this debate through the courts, then we are happy to do so."

The company also dispute comments made by Camden Council's Environmental Chief that the borough's cultural scene would be unaffected if all street posters were banned. The company continue: "The environmental chief for Camden was incredibly dismissive of the fact that Camden, as a borough with more live music venues than any other in London, and with a rich musical history, should in fact have a cultural need to include authorised space for street poster advertising. It's ridiculous to think that Camden's live music scene would not suffer badly if this policy of zero tolerance, whilst simultaneously criminalising cultural advertising by using ASBO legislation, continues."

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ASH PAY TRIBUTE TO FAN
Ash have paid tribute Sean Kennedy, the fan who went missing after the band's gig in Australia and whose body was subsequently found in Cockle Bay, Sydney earlier this week.

Ash told reporters: "We are all deeply saddened by the news of Sean Kennedy's death. We would like to pass on our condolences to Sean's family and friends and let them know that they are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time."

Local police have confirmed a post mortem examination will officially determine how Kennedy died although initial inquiries indicate there are no suspicious circumstances.

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AGUILERA SUED BY PHOTOGRAPHER
Christina Aguilera and one of her bodyguards are being sued by a photographer who alleges he was attacked outside a Hollywood nightclub. According to the BBC, David Keeler claims the singer's minder punched and spat at him when he tried to take Aguilera's picture back in 2001.

Keeler claims Aguilera "appeared to be intoxicated and needed assistance walking to the car". He says that when he tried to take a photo Mr Warren told him he "needed to learn respect" and punched him in the mouth, leaving him "dazed, in pain and bloodied". Keeler alleges that Warren was encouraged to "harass, intimidate, assault and batter photographers taking what defendants deemed to be photographs unflattering to defendant Aguilera".

Responding to the allegations, a spokesperson for Aguilera told reporters: "Christina has no reason to believe that such an incident did occur, nor did she witness such an incident."

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NATASHA BEDINGFIELD TO FRONT MINI I POD CAMPAIGN
Natasha Bedingfield has been chosen to promote the mini iPod in the UK. According to the Sun, the singer has signed a six-figure deal to front a major Christmas campaign to promote the stylish music player.

Natasha will be plastered across billboards in the UK later this year and she will also appear in TV adverts.

A source told the paper: "Apple looked for ages for someone to be the new ambassador for the mini iPod. It's mainly aimed at young girls so Natasha is perfect. The campaign will also raise her pop profile. Apple are hoping she will help the mini iPod become the best-selling gift this Christmas."

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SEE OASIS ON THE SCREEN
Oasis are giving their fans a chance to see a preview of their forthcoming DVD in clubs across the country. The DVD celebrates the ten-year anniversary of 'Definitely Maybe'. The exclusive screenings will also include competitions for promo items, a DVD player and signed artwork.

The screenings are as follows:

3 Sep, 6.30pm: Glasgow King Tuts
3 Sep, 9pm: Exeter Timepiece
3 Sep, 8pm: Birmingham Bar Academy
4 Sep, 12 noon: Manchester Roadhouse
6 Sep, 9pm: Sheffield Leadmill

Oasis are currently in the studio working on their new album.

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POLL TO FIND BEST DJ ANNOUNCED
DJ magazine have announced the launch of their annual poll to find the world's best DJ. The new issue of the magazine invites votes from clubbers all over the world. A free launch party, Top 100 DJ's 2004, will be held at AKA, Central London on Thursday 19 Aug. It's free before 10pm, £5 after.

The line-up is as follows:

Mylo - 8-9pm
Paulette - 9-10pm
Kenny Hawkes - 10-11pm
Rennie Pilgrem - 11-12.15am
Hybrid - 12.15-1.30am
Andy C - 1.30-3am

You can vote for your favourite DJ at: http://www.djmag.com

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MEL B TO PREMIERE NEW MATERIAL VIA THE WEB
Ex-Scary Spice Mel B is to release new songs on the internet. According to the Mirror an insider said: "She's written a lot of new material with friends in her kitchen. She's determined that people hear the new stuff; because she has no record deal, using the internet may be her best bet." Mel has been living in New York with daughter Phoenix Chi while appearing in Broadway show 'Rent'. The informant said: "Mel's enjoying acting on Broadway but her first love is her music. She's frustrated that she's been written off and a Spice Girls reunion hasn't got off the ground." The new material is described as low-key funk songs.

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NEW MARS VOLTA ALBUM
Afro haired prog-rockers The Mars Volta are poised to return with a new record. The band, formed by ex-members of At The Drive In, are set to follow up their 'Deloused In The Comatorium' album with 'Frances The Mute'. The album, which is expected to hit record shop shelves before the end of the year, will feature the line-up of founders Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Jon Theodore (drums), Ikey Owens (keyboards), Juan Alderete (bass) and Marcell Rodriguez-Lopez (percussion). Album art work is again in the hands of UK surrealist Storm Thorgerson.

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ANDRE IS TOP OF THE FOPS
No, not Peter. Outkast frontman Andre has been voted the best dressed man in the world by US version of Esquire. Esquire's fashion director Nick Sullivan told the BBC: "He's a complete individual. But that's really the point." Examples of the rapper's unique style include a lime green jacket at the 2004 Grammy Awards and red fur at a VH1 ceremony last year. The magazine also included Afghani president Hamid Karzai and Prince Felipe of Spain in their list of the best dressers.

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JACKSON TO APPEAR IN WILL AND GRACE
Janet Jackson is to make a cameo appearance in top rated comedy 'Will and Grace'. The singer has already recorded her guest appearance, in which she plays herself, overseeing auditions to find new dancers. Jack (Sean Hayes) is one of the auditionees. "I thought he studied dance. I really did," Jackson told 'Access Hollywood'. "There's a little bit of a routine and they go on to do their thing from there. It's so funny. I have to catch myself because I'm cracking up in rehearsals. It's just funny to watch them. It's hilarious."

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THE STROKES: 'LIVE IN LONDON'
More on that Strokes live album - 'Live In London'. The record, which was recorded at last December's Alexandra Palace show, will be released at mid-price on 11 Oct. It will feature 12 songs, including a cover of The Clash's 'Clampdown' (a recorded version of which will be on the b-side of next single 'The End Has No End' out on 20 Sep). The band are currently working on their third studio album with their regular producer Gordon Raphael - it should be ready for release by the middle of next year.

Elsewhere in Strokes news, drummer Fab Moretti has been on crutches after "routine surgery for a knee injury", but the band say the problem is "nothing serious" and won't affect their appearance at the V Festival on 21 and 22 Aug.

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QUEENS COLLABORATE
News in about the next Queens of the Stone Age album. The new long player will feature collaborations with frontman Josh Homme's girlfriend - the Distillers' Brody Dalle, Garbage's Shirley Manson, and, as previously reported, ZZ Tops' Billy F Gibbons.

Commenting on her role on the album, Manson told reporters: "Brody and I sang backing vocals on a QOTSA track a few weeks back and it was so much fun. That girl has a crazy voice. She can really sing and what's even cooler about her is that she has NO fucking IDEA just how good she is. That's what I love about our girl Brody. She's a glorious, no nonsense, fucked-up mess. As for the new Queens Of The Stone Age record? It's great. Really great. You'll love it."

Homme has said the album will be a return to the band's roots following the departure of Nick Oliveri on bass, and longtime collaborator Mark Lanegan, who is releasing his own solo album.

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BEATLES' GRAMMY FOR SALE
Two Grammy Award trophies won by the Beatles and Paul McCartney are to be auctioned in California. According to the BBC, the Beatles picked up the award for 'A Hard Day's Night', while Paul's was for the Wings' track 'Band on the Run'. The Beatles' award is estimated to fetch up to $60,000 (£32,760), and Paul's about half that sum. They form part of a memorabilia sale taking place in Monterey on Saturday. A pair of sunglasses worn by John Lennon will also go under the hammer, let's hope they don't get broken.

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LOST VAGUENESS FESTIVAL PLANNED
After the Glade bit of the Glastonbury Festival got its own event, now here comes the Lost Vagueness festival. What is probably the most unusual and one of the most popular parts of the Glastonbury Festival will hold its own event in Lewes, East Sussex on 4-5 Sept promising a ballroom and casino complete with outlandish entertainers. More when we get it.

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KILL ALL HIPPIES JOINS CROSS CENTRAL LINE UP
Monthly free London rock night Kill All Hippies have announced they will be hosting a special bank holiday weekend edition as part of the TDK Cross Central festival, which takes place at the Key in Kings Cross. It is going to be a great line up with Primal Scream bassist Mani Djing head to head with KAH man Jagz Kooner, Dominique Keegan and DJ Wool from New York's based The Glass, Dave Ashby and James McKool from The Ludes, Ben Perrier and Ben Thomas from Winnebago Deal and Kill All Hippies regulars Jeff Automatic and Syrinx. All that plus there will be a playback of the new Libertines album, which is released a few days later. Not only a great line up in itself, but the Kill All Hippies bit is just one part of a very packed weekend of great DJs and live acts - full details at http://www.tdkcrosscentral.co.uk

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MOBY MAKES BOOTY CALL AFTER COCAINE BINGE
Fun, fun. Moby has claimed he recently took cocaine for the first time in his life and then, afterwards, made love all night to an ex-girlfriend. The dance star told an audience at a storytelling event at New York's China Club that his night of debauchery began during a visit to a gentleman's club in Times Square about six months ago. According to the New York Daily News, he said a lapdancer offered to dance for him, but he gave her $400 (about £220) just to talk.

Moby said: "She gave me a bag of cocaine. I'm 38, but I'd never done coke before. I didn't know you were supposed to share". The stripper became very aggressive when Moby told her he had snorted all her cocaine and he tried to calm her down by buying a $400 bottle of Champagne. He messed up his Versace suit during a trip to the toilet and then went home. Unable to sleep he called an ex-girlfriend who he claims offered to come over. Moby added, "We made love all night". So now you know.

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