CMU Daily - on the inside 26 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Shortlist announce their longlist
- MTV axe Beenie Man from VMA concert after protests
- New download platform for unsigned and independent music
- Single Review: Jojo - Leave (Get Out)
- Artists get passionate
- London festival lineup boosted
- Get into the Secret Garden
- Flint's band added to Creamfields
- Live Review: The Zutons at T On The Fringe at The Edinburgh Festival
- Ian Brown explains the roses tracks
- Nick Cave adds another Scottish date
- Real upbeat after first week of Harmony
- The Hives announce new single
- Robbie vs Oasis: round 2
- Mansun to honour the Cure
- Kings Of Leon shake the heartbreak
- Live Music: Amy Belle at Underbelly at The Edinburgh Festival
- Third london date for Embrace
- The Scream and Spiritualized team up
- Single Review: Fried - Whatever I Choose, I Lose
- Goldie Lookin' Chain sell out
- 100 million Bon Jovi fans can't be wrong
- Shit hits the fan for Dave Matthews Band

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCE THEIR LONGLIST
Well, the first stage of the US's Shortlist Music Prize (altogether now - "it's a bit like an American Mercury Music Prize") was completed yesterday when the award's organisers published their 'longlist - the 73 albums from the last year which the award's panel of musicians and pundits reckon are the best.

Among the typically eclectic list are Loretta Lynn, Dizzee Rascal, Air, PJ Harvey, Ghostface Killah, TV on the Radio, Devendra Banhart, the Killers, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Iron and Wine, the Magnetic Fields, Wilco, The Streets, and Franz Ferdinand.

The 'longlist' will now be reduced to a 'shortlist' of ten albums by the end of Sep, with the overall winner announced at a ceremony at LA's Wiltern Theater on 10 Nov.

The list provided some good news for the British music industry, containing, as it did, no less than 18 British-signed artists. On that fact BPI boss Peter Jamieson said yesterday: "Britain's ability to market its artists abroad relies upon the strength of our domestic market. Despite the damage wrought by piracy and illegal downloading, the UK record industry continues to be the biggest supporter of new UK musical talent." So there you go.

For those of you who like lists, here's those British-signed artists who appear:

Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Witness (Rough Trade & Sanctuary)
David Bowie - Reality (Sony/Columbia)
Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner (Beggars/XL)
Elbow - Cast Of Thousands (V2)
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
Holly Golightly - Truly She Is None Other (Damaged Goods)
Jamie Cullum - Twentysomething (Universal Classics & Jazz)
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore (Hellcat/Epitaph)
Keane - Hopes And Fears (Universal/Island)
Muse - Absolution (Warners/East West)
Oceansize - Efflorese (Beggars Banquet)
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her (Universal/Island)
Simple Kid - 1 (2m)
Snow Patrol - Final Straw (Universal/Polydor)
The Coral - Nightfreak And The Sons Of Becker (Deltasonic & Sony)
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free (679 & Warner)
Travis - 12 Memories (Independiente)
Ty - Upwards (Ninja/Big Dada)

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MTV AXE BEENIE MAN FROM VMA CONCERT AFTER PROTESTS
While organisers of the MOBO Awards resisted pressure from gay rights organisations to boycott certain dancehall artists because of their homophobic lyrics, organisers of this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards have proved more sensitive to protestors' demands. They have pulled one of the genre's most high profile names, Beenie Man, from the line up of a pre-awards concert after Miami based gay rights groups threatened to protest outside the event. Confirming Beenie Man had been pulled from the bill an MTV spokesman simple said: "We don't want anything to overshadow what will be a great weekend of music events for South Floridians".

Despite his recent attempts to quell the increasingly vocal opposition to his music in the gay community through an official statement in which he stressed he does not condone violence against any people, his comments to the Miami Herald following MTV's decision to pull him from their line up are unlikely to placate the groups that oppose him. He said: "I just smile, because I don't know what they're fussing about. I'm not here to cuss people. I make music. But at the same time I just want to teach people - my sons and my daughters - the right way of life".

His manager, Clyde McKenzie, was more diplomatic saying: "If their organisation [MTV] is being pressured they may not want anything to be distracting from their event. But in many instances the lyrics of dancehall artists are metaphorical. [Beenie Man] has made it clear that he doesn't want to incite violence."

To those comments Heddy Pena, executive director of the Miami-based gay-rights group SAVE Dade, told reporters: "We respectfully suggest that he use other metaphors."

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NEW DOWNLOAD PLATFORM FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC
Another new download platform? Yep, but this one is, to be fair, a little bit different. Karmadownload.com is a new London based download service that has, at its heart, the mission of providing a simple secure way for unsigned artists to make their music available for download. Karma will select hundreds of unsigned bands and enable them to sell their music to any budding fan base. But, crucially, should the band get record label interest they are not tied by any tricky contract that will stop them from getting a good record deal.

However Karma is not just an unsigned band website. Yesterday the Association of Independent Music announced they had done a deal with Karma meaning the service will also provide access to legit downloads from 120 UK independent laels, including Ninja Tune, Finger Lickin, Lowlife, Fierce Panda and K7 (in fact, for those that have been following these things for a very long time, Karmadownload will be a little like a cross between Peoplesound and iCrunch).

Karma will also be offering a selection of 'exclusive' downloads. To that end they have formed a partnership with the Barfly and will be providing a ten track compilation of Barfly recordings available to download each month.

Announcing the new platform, Karma's MD Jamie Estrin told CMU: "The vision for this platform is to be more than just a shop. We wanted to present a destination point where music fans can discover and buy into the latest acts within their favourite music scene, from grass roots through to signed acts. We have access to over 3,000 Independent labels and thousands of new artists across the world. In addition, we have already built a catalogue of over 500 quality unsigned artists, which will be constantly expanded and updated."

Confirming AIM's support, Alison Wenham told reporters: "We welcome this new initiative aimed at the independent sector and it's loyal fanbase. With sales of legitimate downloads burgeoning, and the sector leading the field when it comes to awards such as the Mercury Music Prize, it's a great time for Karma to launch their service."

Be Rozzo, MD of Barfly Promotions added: " We are always looking at new ways to expand the Barfly brand and our long term strategy dovetails perfectly with the aims of KarmaDownload. Our partnership with them offers our customers the opportunity to interact further with the many 100‚s of quality unsigned and signed bands playing across our venues"

And finally, Phil Ingles, Label Manager at Fierce Panda Records said: "We are delighted to present our music on KarmaDownload.com. There are many synergies between Fierce Panda and the KarmaDownload.com proposition, as we are both fully committed to presenting and breaking the best new bands from the UK gigging circuit"

You can check out the service at http://www.karmadownload.com. Press info from Jamie Stockwood at Strike3 at jamie@thesundayclub.com

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SINGLE REVIEW: JoJo - Leave (Get Out) (Universal/Mercury)
Coming from her forthcoming self titled debut album, this may well be the first time you've stumbled across JoJo. What to say? Well, her biog says all the usual things: singer, songwriter, next best thing, the new Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Etta James - feeling inspired yet? But listen - 'Leave (Get Out)' is actually rather good; her vocals are amazing, the production is slick and the song, while based on the well trodden topic of breaking up, is pretty good for a debut single, ticks most of the boxes for being a bit, and is hopefully an indication of some good stuff to come. JD
Release date: 30 Aug
Press contact: Mercury IH [all]

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ARTISTS GET PASSIONATE
Here's an interesting one - an album of songs inspired by Mel Gibson's film 'The Passion Of Christ'. Yeah, what's that about? Anyway, it seems lots of artists were inspired by the dramatic retelling of the crucifixion of Christ, so much so there's an albums worth of songs to release. The album will come out on 6 Sep, a week after the movie's DVD release.

Commenting on the album Mel Gibson told reporters: "My kids think these guys [the artists featured] are cool, so they must be. It means a lot to me that this group of artists dug my film and all wanted to contribute a song. The project came about very organically. Some of the artists on the album saw early screenings of the film and offered to create a song because they had been so moved by it.When we got similar reactions from others, we knew we had something special happening."

Sonny Sandoval from POD, one of the bands featured on the album, added: "This is the real deal - brutal, honest, touching. This film made me check my own heart and my own faith. It's not the fairy tale story of Christ we're all used to hearing. So, even before anybody wanted to be involved, in the heat of the controversy, I wanted to give back and contribute to this. The only way for us to truly give back and raise awareness is through our music."

The tracklisting on the album runs as follows

Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me - I See Love
Scott Stapp - Relearn Love
P.O.D. - Truly Amazing
Brad Paisley and Sara Evans - New Again
Big Dismal - Rainy Day
Lauryn Hill - The Passion
Kirk Franklin (Featuring Yolanda Adams) - How Many Lashes
MxPx (Featuring Mark Hoppus) - The Empire
Charlotte Church - Finding My Own Way
BeBe Winans and Angie Stone - Miracle of Love
Dan Lavery - To Give Love
Big Dismal - Reason I Live

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LONDON FESTIVAL LINEUP BOOSTED
British Sea Power are the latest addition to this weekend's TDK Cross Central festival. If you haven't managed to cadge tickets for Reading, then you might wanna try out the Cross Central festival cos it's got an impressive line up - BSP join Chicks On Speed, South, The Kills, Dogs Die In Hot Cars and (hurrah!) the Loose Cannons, while Richard X, Erol Alkan and Depeche Mode's Andy Fletcher DJ on the 28 Aug. More at http://www.crosscentral.co.uk

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GET INTO THE SECRET GARDEN
Talking of great events this weekend, we hear there's still a few tickets available the Secret Garden this weekend. As we said, this is a great little festival featuring more CMU favourites than you would care to mention - but I'll mention them anyway - The Beat, The Egg (they're back, hurrah!), The Loose Cannons (again, double hurrah!), Dawn Penn, Baby Head, Carina Round, Cantaloop, Smerin's Anti-Social Club, Crazy Penis, Eddy Temple-Morris, Neon Heights, Fraggle DJ's, The Trojan All-Stars, IDC, and Go Home Productions. Full details at http://www.thesecretgarden2004.co.uk, tickets from http:// www.seetickets.com, press info from Leyline.

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FLINT'S BAND ADDED TO CREAMFIELDS
Staying with this weekend's festivals, and news from Creamfields that, following Goldfrapp's decision to pull out, the Cream team have managed to secure Keith Flints new band Clever Brains Fryin. Also added to the bill are the Cuban Brothers, Galaxy FM's Paul Kershaw and Cream favourites Riley & Durrant and Damian Lazaras. So get up to Liverpool this weekend or, if that's not viable, check out MTV Dance's coverage on 12 Sep at 9pm.

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LIVE REVIEW: The Zutons at T on the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival on 24 Aug
Tonight we have first hand confirmation that Wave Two of the Merseybeat revival is well under way. The Liquid Room is alive with anticipation for possibly the best band to come out of Liverpool since The La's. The Zutons mix up an unlikely eclectic hybrid of Frank Zappa, Madness and the Cramps with psychedelic consequences. Collectively, their stage presence puts many ten-a-penny cardboard brit-popper acts to shame as they serve up a set with passionate yet playful urgency, seen in tracks such as 'Zuton Fever' and 'Dirty Dancehall' With an innovative style similar to Zappa's trademark borrowing of jazz sensibilities, the Zutons offer a favourable non-formulaic alternative to the mainstream. Destined to bum rush the big leagues. DK

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IAN BROWN EXPLAINS THE ROSES TRACKS
Ian Brown has spoken about his decision to include Stone Roses classics in his solo live dates. He told NME: "The reason I did it was because kids were coming up to me pissed off that John Squire was out playing them on his tour and they were saying 'He's butchering them'. So I thought, 'He's not doing it for the people, he's just doing it for himself'. I did it for the people. I thought it'd be a buzz for them. Out of respect I've never played the Roses tunes, out of respect to John, Mani and Reni. I've wanted to do my music, standing on my own two feet. I've deliberately not done any Roses tunes. I feel like I've established myself as a music maker in my own right. If he (Squire) hadn't played those tunes I don't know if I would've done. He's got no respect because we had to beg (Squire) to play 'Fools Gold'. I think we only ever played it about three times. So I thought, in that case, I'll bring it back for the people."

Up coming Ian Brown dates include:

14-15 Oct: Glasgow Academy
18-19 Oct: Manchester Apollo
21-22 Oct: London Brixton Academy

Elsewhere in Ian Brown news, 'Harry Potter' director Alfonso Cuaron is to direct one of his videos. Brown, of course, made a cameo in the most recent Harry Potter film 'The Prisoner of Azkaban', and is friends with Cuaron via his Mexican wife.

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NICK CAVE ADDS ANOTHER SCOTTISH DATE
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have added a further Scottish date to their forthcoming UK tour after tickets for their gig in Glasgow gig sold out. Tickets for the first of two dates at London's Brixton Academy have also sold out. The updated tour schedule is now as follows:

5 Nov: Glasgow Academy
6 Nov: Glasgow Academy SOLD OUT
7 Nov: Wolves Civic
8 Nov: Manchester Apollo
10 Nov: London Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
11Nov: London Brixton Academy

The band are preparing to release their new two album set - 'Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus' on 20 Sep, the band's thirteenth studio album, and there first without guitarist Blixa Bargeld.

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REAL UPBEAT AFTER FIRST WEEK OF HARMONY
Despite the continued legal threat from Apple, Real Networks seemed pleased yesterday by the launch of their new RealPlayer 10.5 with Harmony Technology, which was released in the US last week. The Harmony Technology means that tracks bought from Real's Rhapsody Internet Jukebox can be played on over 100 MP3 players, including the iPod. That means that the Real service can now supply tracks in the iPod's AAC format, something until now only available via iTunes - which is why Apple are so unhappy.

Combined with a 49-cents-per-track promotion, Real yesterday said they had sold over a million songs through the revamped Rhapsody service during its first week in. In addition the company reported that they had signed deals with the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Minnesota which will make their service available to the 80,000 students who study at the two colleges.

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THE HIVES ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE
The new Hives single is to be 'Two Timing Touch And Broken Bones' and will be released on 11 Oct. The Swedish sensations also tour the UK in Sep, calling at:

20 Sep: Southampton Guildhall
21 Sep: Bristol Carling Academy
22 Sep: Nottingham Rock City
23 Sep: Birmingham Carling Academy
24 Sep: Manchester Carling Apollo
25 Sep: Sheffield Octagon
26 Sep: Glasgow Carling Academy
29 Sep: London Carling Brixton Academy

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ROBBIE VS OASIS: ROUND 2
It looks as if the long-running feud between Robbie Williams and the Gallagher brothers is set to kick off again following comments made by the Mr Williams in his new autobiography.

Williams got matey with the Gallaghers after he left Take That in the mid-90's, ending up on stage with the band at Glastonbury. But Williams fell out with the brothers big time. In a new biography, 'Feel', which is published on 1 Sep and written by Chris Heath, Robbie gives the inside story: "I went from (being) Noel's mate to him keeping his distance and me being mates with Liam. Liam and I just used to do shitloads of charlie and sing 'Sgt Pepper' to each other. But Liam was really paranoid about everything. It's dreadfully sad for him."

As you'll recall, Liam then began slagging off Robbie in press interviews, to which Williams responded by publicly challenging Gallagher to fight him for £100,000 for charity. Noel subsequently famously referred to Robbie as that "fat dancer from Take That".

But Williams had the last laugh when he played three sell-out dates at Knebworth last summer, one up from Oasis two night gigs there in 1996.

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MANSON TO HONOUR THE CURE
Marilyn Manson is to host a live tribute to The Cure to be filmed at London's Old Billingsgate Market on 17 Sep. The show - MTV Icon - is designed to honour a band or recording artists for their significant contribution to music, music video and pop culture. It will feature performances and testimonials from artists and celebrities who have been influenced by The Cure. The event will be screened on MTV in October.

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KINGS OF LEON SHAKE THE HEARTBREAK
Kings Of Leon have announced details of their upcoming new album 'A-Ha Shake Heartbreak' (out 1 Nov) and the first single release, 'The Bucket' (out 25 Oct).

Talking about the making of the album, drummer Nathan Followill told Rolling Stone: "We played so many shows and saw so much stuff, that when we got time off, it was just pouring out. On the last record there were no expectations, because we had no fans and we had never made music before. On this one we knew what we wanted, and we were very comfortable and confident. There are definitely songs on there that you hear and think, 'That's the Kings of Leon'. And then there are songs that take three or four listens to realize that it's us."

The full track listing for 'A-Ha Shake Heartbreak' is:

'Slow Nights, So Long'
'King Of The Rodeo'
'Taper Jean Girl'
'Pistol Of Fire'
'Milk'
'Bucket'
'Soft'
'Razz'
'Day Old Blues'
'4 Kicks'
'Velvet Snow'
'Re-memo'

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LIVE MUSIC: Amy Belle at Underbelly Productions at the Edinburgh Festival
I desperately wanted to like this one. With the looks of a Corrs' member and a fantastic voice to boot, Amy Belle was already halfway there. But with female singer/songwriters being the new black of the music industry, an aspiring star has to bring something pretty damn special to the table in order to get our attention. Unfortunately, she wasn't quite the anti-Dido I was hoping for. Delivering a mix of mellow tracks and up-beat numbers with a hint of country in a fervent and heartfelt performance, there is no doubt that this girl has talent... it's just that it is nothing we haven't already heard before. Ultimately, a pleasant yet slightly disappointing experience. MH

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THIRD LONDON DATE FOR EMBRACE
Embrace have added a third London date to their forthcoming UK tour. As well as playing Shepherds Bush Empire on 3 Sep and Hammersmith Palais on 22 Nov, they are playing another show at the Palais on 23 Nov. Tickets are on sale now

Updated tour dates as follows:

3 Sep: London Shepherds Bush Empire
29 Sep: Newcastle University
30 Sep: Glasgow Barrowlands
1 Oct: Manchester Carling Academy
3 Oct: Nottingham Rock City
4 Oct: Sheffield University Foundry
5 Oct: Bristol Carling Academy
7 Oct: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
22/23 Nov: London Hammersmith Palais

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THE SCREAM AND SPIRITUALIZED TEAM UP
Primal Scream and Spiritualized are joining forces for a late night London show. The gig takes place at Brixton Academy on Saturday 16 Oct, and runs until 2am.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fried - Whatever I Choose, I Lose (London)
Ahh, the sound of a laid-back, hammock swinging tune, perfect for those summer nights (not that there are many of them at the moment). Sound familiar? Well, 'Whatever I Choose, I Lose' doesn't break any new ground - it's one of those bass-heavy tracks that comes equipped with a little slide guitar on the side. So familiar I can't help thinking it wouldn't look so much out of place on a KFC ad. But truth be told, Fried deserves much more than that. However familiar, this is real soul and the singing is pristine clean, (and not 'clean' as in R'n'B polished clean either), so well worth getting familiar with. YN
Release date: 23 Aug
Press contact: London IH

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GOLDIE LOOKIN' CHAIN SELL OUT
Everyone's favourite Newport rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain have added an extra London date to their forthcoming UK tour. Updated dates for their 'An Ounce Don't Come For Free' tour are as follows:

2 Oct: Cardiff University
3 Oct: Reading University
4 Oct: Oxford Brookes University
6 Oct: Norwich Waterfront
7 Oct: Newcastle University
8 Oct: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
9 Oct: Glasgow Garage
11 Oct: Nottingham Rock City
12 Oct: Liverpool Academy
13 Oct: Bangor University
15 Oct: Manchester MDH
16 Oct: Leeds Metropolitan University
17 Oct: Birmingham Academy
19 Oct: Bristol Academy
20 Oct: Exeter Lemon Grove
21 Oct: Portsmouth Pyramids
22/23 Oct: London Astoria

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100 MILLION BON JOVI FANS CAN'T BE WRONG
Bon Jovi are to release a five-disc box set of rare and unreleased material entitled '100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong'. Out in Nov, it will feature three CDs of previously unreleased material, one of previously released rare tracks and a DVD of unseen film and video footage. Tracks will include 'Real Life' from the 1999 'EDTV' soundtrack, 'Good Guys Don't Always Wear White' from the 1994 'The Cowboy Way' soundtrack, the B-side 'Temptation' and a demo of 1994 hit 'Always'.

Guitarist Richie Sambora told Billboard: "It will be the rarities that no one has ever heard before. Mostly, songs that we've forgotten we've written that we really liked and didn't belong on a particular album because it didn't go with the rest of the other songs on that record."

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SHIT HITS THE FAN FOR DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
Here's a fun one. The driver of The Dave Matthews Band tour bus has been accused of dumping 800lb (360 kg) of human waste onto a crowded boat. According to the BBC, more than 100 people were drenched in sewage when the driver of the bus emptied the septic tank through a grate in a bridge and into the Chicago river below on 8 Aug. The band and one of its drivers are being sued by the state of Illinois for $70,000 (£39,000) for allegedly violating water pollution and public nuisance legislation.

A spokesperson for The Dave Matthews Band said: "Our driver has stated that he was not involved in this incident." (The band) "will continue to be co-operative in this investigation". All of the people on the tour boat were refunded for the trip and none were seriously injured.

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