CMU Daily - on the inside 16 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Norwegian hacker makes Apple's Airport available to all
- Police close roads into Phish concerts
- Stones drummer recovering from cancer treatment
- More Jacko nonsense
- Grammy bosses sued by rival music awards organiser
- Radio 4 play secret gig
- Northern exposure for Moz
- George Clinton convicted on drugs charges
- Number ones that never were
- Single Review: Aberfeldy - Heliopolis by Night (Rough Trade)
- Jeff Buckley unreleased track online
- Prodigy's Liam disses own song
- The Ravonettes get unreal
- Happy Mondays never say never to reforming
- Single Review: Franz Ferdinand - Michael (Domino)
- Franz Ferdinand go gold
- Jamie Theakston hosts music Hall of Fame
- J-Lo to present MTV video awards
- The Duke Spirit release debut
- Madonna splurges £500 K on vino
- Justin not keen to get 'N sync
- Courtney is so one dimensional


Jon Lech Johansen, the twenty year old computer hacker from Norway who angered the movie industry when he cracked a copy protection system used in DVDs and shared the trick on his web page, has risked the wrath of Apple by finding a way to hack the encryption used on the computer firm's Airport Express system.

Airport Express allows users to wirelessly transfer music held in on a computer to their stereo system. However the service is designed to only work with Apple's music player - providing another incentive to buy music via the computer firm's iTunes service rather than competing download platforms.

Johansen's code cracking key - which he's published on his website - enables people who build their digital music collections via non-Apple platforms and players to still make use of the Airport Express system.

Apple are yet to respond to Johansen's latest hack, though given their outrage at Real Network's plans to enable consumers to convert tracks they buy from any download service into the format required for the iPod, they are likely to be angered. That said, the entire film industry failed in an attempt to sue the hacker for publishing details of how to crack DVD protection technology.


Phish staged their last ever concert in Coventry, Vermont this weekend, and, as predicted, demand to get into the 70,000 capacity events was very high. Coupled with torrential rainfall in the area last week this caused logistical nightmares for event organisers and local police, which lead to thousands of ticket holders being turned away.

With many of the car parks and roads on the site of the mini-festival turned into mud baths by Saturday afternoon, Vermont State Police were forced to close the local Interstate 91 to the ever increasing hoards of traffic to ensure there was no major incident on site. That meant thousands of ticket holders were unable to get to the site.

Adam Lewis, a spokesman for the concert promoter, Great Northeast Productions told reporters: "Because of the heavy rains, parking inside the festival site has basically become impossible, and they're concerned for people's safety". The promoters promised to refund any ticket holders who did not make it to the festival. However many dedicated Phish fans were seen dumping their cars on the freeway and making their way to the gig on foot.

One fan, Erika Sander of Blodgett, Oregon, who had dumped her retned car in order to get on site on foot told reporters: "There is no way I am not going to try to get in".

As previously reported, demand for tickets to the last ever Phish concerts was so high the band decided to broadcast the concert live on XM Satellite Radio and into numerous movie theatres across America.


A spokesman for the Rolling Stones has confirmed that drummer Charlie Watts is being treated for throat cancer. He is near the end of a six week radiotherapy course after being diagnosed with the disease back in Jun.

The band's spokesman told reporters: "Charlie is expecting to make a full recovery and start work with the rest of the band later in the year."


The Sheriff from Santa Barbara's police force has requested that the results of an investigation into allegations made by Michael Jackson that he was manhandled by his officers be made public.

The investigation followed accusations by Jacko that police chiefs locked him in a toilet for 45 minutes, and that they then manhandled him so to cause bruising on his arms. As with everything relating to the current Jackson child abuse allegations, the results of the investigation have remained a secret. However Sheriff Jim Anderson has asked Judge Rodney Melville to release the outcome of that investigation - which presumably means it clears his officers.

Elsewhere in Jacko news, and District Attorney Tom Sneddon is due in court today to defend his decision to undertake surveillance of the office of a private investigator working for Jackson's legal people. Jacko's current lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr maintains that surveillance violated the attorney-client privilege of confidentiality and that any evidence unearthed through that operation should be rejected by the court.

Rumour has it Jackson himself may be in court for those proceedings.


More on the liquidation of the company that runs the Student Broadcast Network - the syndication service that supplied programming and some sponsorship funding for college stations around the UK. The Student Radio Association have alerted their members who subscribed to the service to keep an eye on the post for any correspondence from SBN's administrators, to document any outstanding invoices sent to the SBN company and to list any kit in their studio's that belongs to the defunct operation, and to expect a creditors meeting to take place at some point before the end of the month. Any effected stations are advised to keep an eye on each day.

Meanwhile, rumour has it SBN's administrators many have found some external parties interested in buying some of the group's assets, or may be to even take over the syndication service as it currently stands. More on those rumours when we get them.


The organiser of the American Music Awards is claiming that Grammy bosses blacklist performers who perform on their awards show. AMA boss Dick Clark claims Michael Jackson had to pull out of his event so he could remain on the Grammys bill. According to, Clark is now suing the Grammy organisers for $10 million on the grounds to restrict artists in this way is an unfair business practice.

Clark's lawsuit states: "This blacklist policy is an illegal restraint of trade and an unfair business practice. It is unfair to the artists who seek to perform for the viewing public. It is unfair to the music fans who want to see their favourite musical artists perform."

Clark added: "I've known Michael Jackson since he was a kid. To have another party interfere in that relationship makes me very, very angry. The Grammys have caused me a lot of pain and a lot of stress."


New York's most artful punk funksters Radio 4 have announced London shows at Trash tonight (Monday 16 Aug) and Islington Academy on Tuesday 17 Aug (support on the latter date has been confirmed as The Infadels and Prosaics). The band are also playing a secret gig (well, not that secret) at Death Disco (at London's Notting Hill Arts Centre) on Wednesday 18 Aug.

Radio 4 have also been selected by The Libertines to accompany them on their US tour, which runs from 28 Sep to 23 Oct.


Morrissey has added three more shows on his short UK tour of the North. The king of miserablism will follow the Reading And Leeds Festivals with gigs in Newcastle, Liverpool and Preston as well as the four dates already announced.

The tour now calls at:

2 Sep: Paisley Town Hall
3 Sep: Perth City Hall
4 Sep: Blackpool Empress Ballroom
6 Sep: Bridlington Spa
7 Sep: Newcastle City Hall
9 Sep: Liverpool Royal Court
10 Sep: Preston Guildhall


George Clinton, former member of Parliament and Funkadelic, has been sentenced to community service for those previously reported drug offences.

According to the BBC, the 63-year-old funk legend pleaded no contest to two drug paraphernalia charges and was given 200 hours community service. Clinton was arrested in December last year, where police say he volunteered that he had a bag of crack cocaine and a glass pipe.

He will also have to pay $372 in court costs and be on probation for two years. Clinton's lawyer, Matt Willard said that the musician was hoping to teach music education as part of the 200 hours, saying "He's a big supporter of the arts."


'Angels' by Robbie Williams has been voted the best number one that never was in a poll for music channel VH1. The ballad only got to number four in December 1997 - a period when the Teletubbies were at number one. Other songs which voters thought should have topped the chart (but which didn't) included 'Vienna' by Ultravox, Oasis with 'Wonderwall', Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and 'Ray of Light' by Madonna. VH1 viewers and visitors to The Sun's website cast nearly 30,000 votes.


SINGLE REVIEW: Aberfeldy - Heliopolis by Night (Rough Trade)
This is the second single from oddball folkies Aberfeldy's upcoming album 'Young Forever' out later this month. The unlikely story behind the song's lyrics is that of an alien abduction, the name Heliopolis itself is that of an ancient city (it actually means 'Sun city'). The Scottish band have an idiosyncratic, organic sound so their gentle, mellow music is ideal for lazy summer days dreaming by the water side. JW
Release date: 16 Aug
Press contact: Rough Trade IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]


A never before heard track by Jeff Buckley will be available online prior to the release of a new box set. 'Grace: Legacy Edition', a new version of Buckley's classic 1994 album will be released on 23 Aug. As well as the original, remastered by George Marino, there is a bonus disc of rarities plus a DVD of videos and documentary footage.

The first unheard song, 'Forget Her', has been made available via new download site Ten pence from every song sold via the site goes directly to Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign.


The Prodigy's Liam Howlett has dismissed one of his singles as "a fucking load of shit". 'Baby's Got A Temper' was released in 2002, while Howlett worked on the new Prodigy LP, and although it charted at Number Five in the UK, is not included on their new album.

Howlett has told NME: "It was a fucking load of shit. I didn't think it was shit at the time and I wanted to put something out to show people we were still around. I pulled on Keith (Flint) too much on that. Keith's lyrics are very introverted and that's not we're about. The Prodigy are about fist-in-the-air shit, real simple. But it was important because it showed me exactly where I shouldn't go."

New album 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned', is released on 23 Aug. The album features collaborations with Liam and Noel Gallagher, who appear on 'Shootdown', actress Juliette Lewis, who provides vocals on 'Hotride', Kool Keith, Princess Superstar, and Twista.


The Ravonettes have started recording the follow up to 'Chain Gang of Love' and have come up with 20 songs so far. Writing on their website the band's singer, Sune Rose Wagner, says that recording is going well, and that the new record may feature some guest musicians.

Wagner: "We're in beautiful NYC recording vocals for the album. The songs are really coming together now and we're very thrilled. We're also contemplating some great guest performances so stay tuned for could turn out to be unreal!!! We're recording at Joe Blaney's studio in Greenwich Village and it sounds wonderful".


The Happy Mondays have suggested that reforming for more shows in the future isn't out of the question. The band are due to play a one-off performance at the new Get Loaded In The Park festival on Clapham Common on 22 Aug, but may now consider other gigs.

Frontman Shaun Ryder has told the NME: "In terms of the Happy Mondays we're doing that gig at Get Loaded In The Park. There is no tour planned as such but if a gig comes along and its in the middle of the Pyrennes mountains or something then we might do it". Bez added: "The biggest lesson I've learnt in my whole life is never say never".

Ryder has been working on the production of Bez's first solo single and album:"I've produced his album and his single which is being released in Australia and Japan before it comes out over here," he said.


SINGLE REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand - Michael (Domino)
This is the fourth single to be taken from Franz's eponymous debut long player, a clear contender for album of the year. The band originally started off their career wanting to make records for girls to dance to and this song has had them dancing down at the indie disco for some time now. In common with the rest of the tracks on their album it has a cracking tune. Various pop critics and even Cat Deeley on CD;UK seem to think the lyrics are aiming for 'John I'm Only Dancing' type sexual ambiguity, but when questioned about this the band have been noticeably vague. Whatever it's intentions it's a great song and bound to be another big hit for the band. JW
Release date: 16 Aug
Press contact: Anglo [CR, RR, NR]


Talking of the Ferdinand - the irresistible rise of the Scots rockers continues with the news that the band's eponymous debut album has gone Gold in the US. The album has sold more than 500,000 copies after 20 weeks on release.

This is a particularly notable achievement at present as UK acts struggle to get into the American charts. Their album peaked at No. 32 last month and is currently the only album by a British act in the Top 50.


Jamie Theakston is to host a new Channel 4 show which will decide the top stars in 50 years of music.

According to The Sun, the Hall Of Fame will be on Saturday nights for six weeks, each week focusing on a different decade with viewers voting on the top act. It will feature interviews with top rock stars .The show comes from Endemol, the makers of Big Brother. A Channel 4 insider said: "Jamie was the perfect choice as host because he's young and trendy." Yeah right, very young and very trendy.


Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Duff, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon, and Will Smith are to present the 2004 MTVVideo Music Awards.

Among the performers at the awards on 29 Aug will be Nelly who will perform with Christina Aguilera on the track 'Tilt Ya Head Back', a song from 'Sweat' - one of the two albums Nelly will release simultaneously in Sep.

Alicia Keys will also be performing - she will sing her song 'If I Ain't Got You' which is nominated for three awards - Best Female Video, Best R&B Video and Best Art Direction in a Video.


The Duke Spirit will release their debut full-length album 'Cuts Across The Land' on Loog Records on 11 Oct. The album will be preceded by the release of its title track as a single on 27 Sep, a headline show at London's ICA on Thursday 2 Sep, and a full UK headline tour later that month. More when we get it.


Madonna has helped out her father by giving him £500,000 to save his wine business.

According to the Sun, Madge gave her dad the dough to prevent the Ciccone Vineyard from closing down following a special request from hubby Guy Ritchie. Director Ritchie is apparently partial to a drop of Tony Ciccone's 2002 Docetto and Pinot Noir wine and asked his wife to help out.

The huge vineyard in Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan, has experienced dips in sales of its's wine recently. A friend told the newspaper: "When she learned the company wasn't doing well she decided to step into the fray. But Tony is a proud man and didn't want to accept her charity, so he made her a major shareholder in the vineyard."


Justin Timberlake has apparently decided not to make a new album with his former band 'N Sync. As previously reported, last month Timberlake joined former band mates JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone to sing the American national anthem at a charity event in Miami. After that it was thought that a reunion was in the pipeline. But, rumour has it, to the consternation of his bandmates, Timberlake has decided to start work on a new solo album instead.

A source has told People magazine: "...and then [Justin] drops the bomb on them. He said he's not in the mood and doesn't think it will work. They [the rest of the band] aren't really talking to [Justin]. They haven't taken it well".


Amid court appearance and various personal problems, Courtney Love has found time to make herself into a cartoon.

Love has collaborated with a manga magazine company to create a character called Princess Ai which is loosely based on the singer herself.

Her character's first appearance is in a graphic novel entitled 'Princess Ai: Destitution' - the first of three that Love has written with famed manga illustrator Ai Yazawa. Word is it's proved a massive success in Japan, becoming the biggest selling manga comic in the country.

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