CMU Daily - on the inside 25 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Kanye West tops MOBO nominees list
- Iran's first rock release is Queen
- More acts for Irish Picnic
- Single Review: The Pirates Feat Enya, Shola Ama, Naila Boss & Ishani - You Should Really Know
- Reggae In The Park now in the arena
- Reading washout warning!
- REPEAT single release news
- UK gig sector flourishing says new survey from Live Music Forum
- Megadeth to release new album
- Demo city is one
- Roll Deep Crew play Destination Out
- Live Review: Hope Of The States at T On The Fringe at The Edinburgh Festival
- Bowie releases live DVD
- Natural born singers
- Single Review: R Kelly - Happy People
- Elbow start third album
- Snow Patrol worry about dropping trousers
- Live Review: The Charlatans at T On The Fringe at The Edinburgh Festival
- Faithless tour
- New mums need fun says Bjork
- First Lady says no to Diddy pic
- Mobo nominations in full



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A fine year for Kanye West was topped off with a massive seven nominations at the MOBO Awards last night - the awards programme designed to recognise achievement in 'music of black origin'.

West is nominated for best video, best single, best album, best producer, best hip-hop act, and competes with himself for the title of best collaboration receiving, as he does, two nominations in the same category - one for his collaboration with Brandy and another for his release with Twista.

The MOBO nominations list was also good news for Jamelia who took three nominations: best video, best single and UK artist of the year.

Also nominated are Lemar, The Streets, Jamie Cullum, Dizzee Rascal, Gemma Fox, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone.

While the MOBO nominations list is always refreshingly eclectic, the inclusion of Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man in the best reggae single category will anger gay rights campaigners who called for these and other dance hall artists to be deemed ineligible for awards because of the homophonic nature of their lyrics. MOBO organisers can expect much protest from gay rights group OutRage when their awards event takes over London's Royal Albert Hall on 30 Sep.

Full list of MOBO nominations at the bottom of today's Daily.


Queen have become the first rock act to have an album officially released in Iran.

Western music has been strictly censored in the Islamic republic. But, with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's Iranian ancestry, illegal bootlegs of the band's music made Queen one of the most popular bands in the country. Now, following a relaxation in Iranian laws governing culture, Queen's greatest hits has been given an official release.

The album, costing less than one US dollar, comes complete with translated lyrics and an explanation of the 'plot' of each song. The book explains that 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is "about a young man who has accidentally killed someone and sold his soul to the devil. On the night before his execution he calls God in Arabic, 'Bismillah', and so regains his soul from Satan".

Other western artists who have gained official releases in Iran recently include Elton John, Julio Iglesias and The Gypsy Kings.


Detroit Cobras and CMU favourite Mylo have been added to the bill for Ireland's Electric Picnic festival on 4 Sep. The festival takes place at Stradbally Hall in Laois, just 50 minutes from Dublin. Other acts appearing include Super Furry Animals, Groove Armada, Jurassic 5, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Grandmaster Flash. As well as an outdoor stage and two marquees, there will be live football screens and a comedy tent.

Tickets are priced at 59.50 Euro, and there are regular direct coach services between the site to and from Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway, just in case you're interested.


SINGLE REVIEW: The Pirates feat Enya, Shola Ama, Naila Boss & Ishani - You Should Really Know (Relentless)
What is it with 'answer back' songs at the moment - is the battle of the sexes set to be fought through the music charts forever? This is a response to Mario Winans' 'I Don't Wanna Know' which, in case you missed it, was all about a girl cheating on him. As far as I can see there are two formula for success in the 'answer back' genre. a) be funny a la Sporty Thievz 'No Pigeons' (in replay to TLC's No Scrubs) or b) get personal as with Frankee's 'Fuck You Right Back' (assuming you buy that Frankee was the girl being talked about in Eamon's 'Fuck It I Don't Want You Back'). The Pirates' track fails to follow either formula and, despite Shola Ama's amazing vocals, a somewhat uninspiring rap by up and coming MC Naila Boss fails to enthuse. Not convinced it was worth going to all that effort to get the Enya sample cleared!
Release date: 30 Aug
Press contact: Emms Publicity [all]


Due to technical reasons, next month's Reggae In The Park has become Reggae In The Concert Arena. That is to say the one day reggae fest is moving from East London's Victoria Park to the Wembley Arena.

As previously reported, this event includes numerous fine acts from the reggae world including Marcia Griffiths, Sizzla, Freddie McGregor, Barrington Levy, Vybes Kartel, Gregory Isaacs and The Mighty Diamonds, with many more acts still to be confirmed.

More at - press info from Noble PR.


Get your wellies out. Reading Festival organisers are warning festival goers to prepare for a washout this weekend. They say "ten times" as much rain has already fallen on site than this time last year meaning many of the car parks at the site are currently under water - and more rain is expected. To that end they are encouraging as many people as possible to come to the festival by coach or train (which isn't as easy as it sounds given Network Rail's tendency to stick engineering work on the Reading line just in time for the Reading Festival!). Plenty of warm and waterproof clothing is also recommended.

A spokesperson told reporters: "So far this month we have had 10 times as much rain as this time last year and it looks like more is coming. It is essential festival goers bring sufficient changes of clothes, wet weather gear and camping gear to stay dry. In addition please, please, please use the trains and National Express. Much of the car parking is forming part of the River Thames at the moment and we may have to use some edge of town park and ride schemes."


The R*E*P*E*A*T fanzine and record label are launching two vinyl singles. The first is a split single featuring indie popsters Chris T-T and Cosy Cosy and will launch at a party at the Portland Arms in Cambridge on 25 Sep. The second will surface on 16 Oct and is a split single featuring hard-core rockers Volunteers and Impact.


A new survey conducted by the British government's Live Music Forum shows the UK's live circuit is alive and kicking. The survey, conducted by MORI, revealed that 4500 grass roots gigs take place in England and Wales every day. That means 1.7 million gigs take place each year in pubs, restaurants and clubs - ie that figure does not include gigs that take place in dedicated concert venues.

Commenting on the findings Culture Minister Richard Caborn told reporters: "From the Beatles to Blur, we have a live music heritage to be proud of. This survey shows that heritage is alive and well with a flourishing music scene."

Feargal Sharkey, who heads up the Live Music Forum, said the survey was the first part of his group's work to enhance the live sector in the UK: "I want to see more live music in this country. With a major overhaul of licensing laws just around the corner, we have the best opportunity in a generation to achieve this."

There was a mixed message in the report as to what effect those new licensing rules will have on the number of grass root gigs. At the moment pubs, clubs and restaurants can stage small gigs without a performing licence. New legislation will stop that, a move which led many to fear the UK's vibrant grass roots gig circuit would dwindle. However the survey shows that, while 11% of grass root venues surveyed said new legislation may cause them to reduce the number of gigs they stage, 7% said that once they had applied for whatever licence was necessary they anticipated staging more gigs.

However there was a clear majority - 75% - who felt that they had not been informed properly about the implications of new licensing laws.


Veteran rockers Megadeth release their first new album in three years 'The System has Failed' on 13 Sep. Original Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland plays guitar throughout the album, which was produced by the band's songwriter Dave Mustaine and Jeff Balding.

Mustaine told reporters: "I think that it has come full circle back to the aggressive, political cynical lyrics and aggressive guitar riffing that I am famous or infamous for. I feel something very similar to when I first started out when I hear this new record it's exciting for me and I can't wait for the public to be able to have this record in their hands."

Mustaine has also remixed, re-mastered and restored 8 back-catalogue albums which will be re-released with bonus, and unreleased tracks. Megadeth plan to tour the UK in early 2005.

Full track listing of the new album is:

1. Blackmail The Universe
2. Die Dead Enough
3. Kick The Chair
4. The Scorpion
5. Tears In A Vial
6. I know Jack
7. Back In The Day
8. Something I`m Not
9. Truth Be Told
10. Of Mice And Men
11. Shadow Of Deth
12. My Kingdom Come


New bands champion Demo City celebrate their first birthday on 7 Sep with a special night at Cargo and a series of showcases featuring bands who have been championed by the service in the last year.

To take part in a Demo City night bands simply need to bring their demos along between 6pm and 7pm. There then follows a live demo review session with a special panel of pundits which have, in past months, included the likes of Phil Catchpole (Chrysalis Music Publishing, A & R), Nigel Harding (Head Of Music At XFM) and Steve Zapp, (International Talent Booking).


Talking of Cargo, infamous grime / garage / esky (call it what ever you like) collective Roll Deep Crew will set the mics alight at Ross Allen's Destination Out at Cargo in London on Saturday 11 Sep. MCs on the night include Wiley, Target, Danny Weed, Riko plus special guests. Warning - making for a very bass heavy night.


LIVE REVIEW: Hope of the States at T on the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival on 23 Aug
Hope of the States seem assured to be next in line for the mantle of "god-like geniuses" - a slogan unfairly bounced around newcomer bands all too often, as rock success becomes intertwined with the results for the 'wackiest wardrobe' awards. Tonight though, 'The HOTS' do showcase flair and fine innovation in demonstrating more guitar noodling than Jonny Greenwood could shake a stick at while echoing a similar political sentiment (although an entirely different sound) to a 'Holy Bible' era Manics. But for now at least, I'd be more inclined to agree with the guy at the back who claims "yeez are better than Jet" over the girl down the front who insists "yer better than the Pixies" - steady on there. DK


David Bowie releases a live DVD of his Reality world tour on 19 Oct. It was filmed when Bowie performed two nights at Dublin's Point Depot last November. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound by Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti, the DVD will run to a massive 140 minutes and includes a 10-page booklet with photographs from the concert.

Tracks to appear include: 'Rebel Rebel', 'New Killer Star', 'Reality', 'Fame', 'Cactus', 'Sister Midnight', 'Afraid', 'All The Young Dudes', 'Be My Wife', 'The Loneliest Guy', 'The Man Who Sold The World', 'Fantastic Voygage', 'Hallo Spaceboy', 'Sundy', 'Under Pressure', 'Life On Mars?', 'Battle For Britain (The Letter)', 'Heroes', 'Ashes To Ashes', 'The Motel', 'Loving The Alien', 'Never Get Old', 'Changes', 'I'm Afraid Of Americans', 'Bring Me The Disco King', 'Slip Away', 'Heathen (The Rays)', 'Five Years', 'Hang Onto Yourself' and 'Ziggy Stardust'.


'Natural Born Killers' actress Juliette Lewis has been pursuing her other career as a rock chick. Lewis played with her band Juliette And The Licks at the opening of the new Hard Rock Cafe inside Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Fellow actress Jada Pinkett Smith also performed with her band Wicked Wisdom. Lewis' debut album is due out in the US in Sep.

As previously reported Lewis is one of the collaborators on the new (looking likely to be chart topping) album from the Prodigy. She recorded three songs with Liam Howlett for 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' - she appears on 'Twista,' 'Hot Ride' and the very fine 'Spitfire'.


SINGLE REVIEW: R Kelly - Happy People (BMG/Jive)
Even if you ignore the ongoing under-age sex allegations, there is so much to say about the multi-platinum singing, songwriting, producing and all round hit making machine that is R Kelly. And you certainly can't knock him for output. 'Happy People' is taken from R Kelly's new double album - yes, he's found time to put down a whole double album in the time since the release of 2003's unit-shifting 'Chocolate Factory'. But as a wise man once said - sometimes quality is more important than quantity. 'Happy People' is a 70s inspired track about "people having fun" - and while it does succeed to an extent in getting a groove going while it's in the stereo, there is little to take away - not a song to stick in the memory. Will that stop the machine from having hits? Probably not, the sex scandals certainly didn't. JD
Release date: 25 Oct
Press contat: BMG IH [all]


Elbow singer Guy Garvey has been talking about his band's next album.
Speaking to Radio 1 he explained that, despite a frenetic summer playing at almost all of the European Festivals, Elbow have managed to find time to record some new material: "We've been writing and recording in Salford in Manchester and that's been great, we've got a lovely studio and the third record's coming along really well. If you're writing and it's good everything else is fine, you can cope with anything. I'm really loving what we're doing."


Having also completed a manic summer of festival dates, Snow Patrol are heading off on a tour of America. The Mercury Music Prize nominated band are also appearing on America's best known talk show, but singer Gary Lightbody admitted to Radio 1 he was worried about the upcoming TV spot:
Lightbody: "We start in New York on the David Letterman show, which obviously we've never done before and it's one of those landmark things. I'm nervous my trousers will fall down or I accidentally might be sick live on air, just all the crazy things that may go wrong and generally do when Snow Patrol are in town."


LIVE REVIEW:The Charlatans at T on the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival on 23 Aug
There comes a time when one realises that the gift of youth has gone forever, and indeed may have been absent for quite some time. During their encore, The Charlatans played 'The Only One I Know' (natch), which prompted me to look up when it came out. October 1990, you know. 1990?! Fox sake. There are those who accept this fate with good grace. Then there are those who rail impotently against it, for instance, the assortment of aging neds and bammers whose scuffling and general arsery left a sour taste after an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable night's jangly guitar nonsense. On the music front, there was a fine mix of the old and the new, with stand out tracks including 'Loving You is Easy' from the last album and 'Can't Even Be Bothered' from the second and . . . oo a bunch of others. Good gig, just never mind the buzzed cocks. BB


Faithless are taking their Weapons of 'Mass Destruction' for a tour in December. The shows are at:
9 Dec: Nottingham Arena
10 Dec: Manchester Carling Apollo
13 Dec: Brighton Centre
14 Dec: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
17-18 Dec: London Carling Academy Brixton
'I Want More', the band's second single from their album 'No Roots' is out this week.


Bjork has been talking about how important it is for new mothers to spend time away from their babies. She told the Neon magazine: "When I had my daughter, everything in my head said: 'This is the most important thing in the universe now'. But after six months or a year, you have to be able to leave your child alone. We party moms can have fun." And Bjork says she tells her fellow clubbers: "Hey folks, I have a baby sitter and two more hours, let's go and have a couple more tequila slammers! We mums want to dance."


It seems US First Lady Laura Bush is with the average Ibiza clubber when it comes to P Diddy. Rumour has it Bush refused to have her photo taken with P Diddy at the opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, which they were both due to attend this week. Rumour has it that when Diddy's people heard Bush was going to refuse any photo opportunities the hip hop mogul suddenly found somewhere else to be during the opening!


Best R&B: Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Brandy, Lemar, Usher

Best Hip Hop: G-Unit, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Outkast, Twista

Best Video: Jamelia - See It In A Boy's Eyes, Jay-Z - 99 Problems, Kanye West - All Falls Down, Kelis - Milkshake, Ludacris - Stand Up, Usher - Yeah

Best Jazz Act: Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, Denys Baptiste

Best Reggae Single: Sean Paul - Like Glue, Vybz Kartel - Picture This, Elephant Man - Jook Gal, Toots & The May Tells - True Love

Best Producer: Kanye West, R Kelly, Timbaland, The Neptunes, Wiley

Best World Music Act: Angelique Kidjo, Bebel Gilberto, Cesaria Evora, Youssou N'Dour, Daara J
Best Collaboration: 2Play feat. Raghav & Jucxi - So Confused, Brandy & Kanye West - Talk About Our Love, Marques Houston & Joe Budden - Clubbin', Twista & Kanye West - Slow Jamz, Usher & Ludacris - Yeah

Best Single: Jamelia - Thank You, Kanye West - All Falls Down, Mario Winans - I Don't Wanna Know, Outkast - Hey Ya!, Usher - Burn

Best Album: Alicia Keys - The Diary Of Alicia Keys, Jay-Z - Black Album, Joss Stone - Soul Sessions, Kanye West - College Dropout, Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Usher - Confessions (Arista/BMG)

Best UK Radio DJ: Ace & Invisible (Radio 1Xtra), Gilles Peterson (Radio One), Jigs (Choice FM), Semtex (Radio 1Xtra), Shortee Blitz & Big Ted (Kiss 100) , Spoony (Radio One) , Steve Sutherland Galaxy , Tim Westwood (Radio One), Trevor Nelson (Radio One) , Zane Lowe (Radio One)

Best UK Club DJ: Manny Norte, Matt White, Panjabi Hit Squad, Shortee Blitz, Steve Sutherland, Westwood Rampage

UK Act Of The Year: Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, Jamelia, Lemar, Joss Stone, The Streets

Best UK Newcomer: Estelle, Gemma Fox, Shystie, Taz, Wiley

Best Ringtone: Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love, Eamon - F**k You, Mario Winans - I Don't Wanna Know, Outkast - Hey Ya!, Usher - Yeah

Gospel Act: Fred Hammond, Michelle Williams, Siani, Raymond & Co

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