CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 22nd September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Shortlist prize down to final ten
- Standard excited about new music service
- Beastie Boys plan arena dates
- Single Review: Mansun - Slipping Away
- Darkness have something to Bragg about
- Tatu - not lesbians shocker
- Billy Joel honoured on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame
- Thom Yorke protests against 'Star Wars'
- Lemonheads album on the way
- Interpol open gallery
- Pixies reissue on vinyl
- Clinic get the vapours
- New movie deal with the Shady camp
- Fugees reunite for secret gig
- UK radio station take classical musicians into the home
- Bids in for Edinburgh licence
- Album Review: Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man
- Vote For Change finale sells out in 30 mins
- Doherty tours with Green
- MSN launch interesting streaming service
- Stress is making Chris Martin go bald



*** PREVIEW THIS SEASON'S HOTTEST RELEASES THIS THURSDAY Want to hear the tracks we most rate from forthcoming albums this season? CMU has teamed up with to launch the London Music Network with the Evening Standard and BT Rich Media, - a new digital music service showcasing great new music. You can check out how London Music Network works on Fashion Rock, an enhanced CD free with this Thursday's Evening Standard - featuring tracks from Elefant, Freeform Five, Two Culture Clash, Nostalgia 55, Lazyboy, Mylo, Client, The Go! Team, Kasabian and The Killers. More info here


Well, more success for Franz Ferdinand in the US as they join The Streets and Dizzee Rascal in a pretty impressive British showing in the final ten albums up for the Shortlist Music Prize. Stripped back to ten from the long list of 70 albums published last month, an overall winner from the final ten will now be picked on 10 Nov at LA's Wiltern Theater.

Always compared to the UK's Mercury Music Prize (well, by us anyway), the Shortlist Music Prize honours critically acclaimed albums that have not yet been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Nominees are picked by a large panel of performers and practitioners, which this year included Norah Jones, Massive Attack's 3D, Jack Black, Jim Jarmusch, The Cure's Robert Smith, Josh Homme, Perry Farrell and the Black Eyed Peas'

The full list of finalists for the Shortlist Music Prize is:
Air 'Talkie Walkie'
Dizzee Rascal 'Boy in Da Corner'
Franz Ferdinand 'Franz Ferdinand'
Ghostface Killah 'The Pretty Toney Album'
The Killers 'Hot Fuss'
Loretta Lynn 'Van Lear Rose'
Nellie McKay 'Get Away From Me'
The Streets 'A Grand Don't Come for Free'
TV On The Radio 'Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes'
Wilco 'A Ghost Is Born'

Last year's prize was won by Irish singer Damien Rice with his album 'O'


Evening Standard MD Mike Anderson said yesterday the previously reported London Music Network would help his paper build much stronger relationships with the music fans among his readership than the over-used cover mount CD. Speaking at an LMN event at the BT Tower yesterday he said: "On one Sunday in August the newspaper industry released 12 million CDs. I'm not sure that's a good thing. Traditional covermount CDs are delivering less and less for both the music business, and for the newspapers that release them. With the London Music Network we think we have a platform to build lasting relationships with our readers - by letting them preview the music they read about in the paper. The Standard is the last paper Londoners read before they turn on their home computer, and with channels like the London Music Network we can stay with them when they are online."

As previously reported, the LMN has been created by and BT Rich Media - and us here at CMU will be involved in its programming. At the core of the web channel will be the 4Play jukebox through which people can preview music from the albums being reviewed in the Evening Standard and on the LMN website.


The Beastie Boys are to play London and Manchester in Dec. They play Manchester's MEN Arena on 6 Dec and Wembley Arena in London on 7 Dec. Tickets go on sale on Friday, though our good friends at Xfm will be selling tickets from their Xchange (0871 222 1049) from tomorrow. The rap trio's new single 'Triple Trouble' was released last week.


SINGLE REVIEW: Mansun - Slipping Away (EMI/Parlophone)
This release is probably going to confuse anyone who thought Mansun were no more. The band no longer exist but the record company have decided to release the fourth album they were working on at the time of their split - 'Kleptomania' - and this single is the first taste of it. The Chester four piece had at least one great album ('Attack of the Gray Lantern') and one flawed masterpiece ('Six') and they were one of the more enigmatic and endearingly kooky bands of the last decade. 'Slipping Away' has familiar Mansun trademarks, Paul Drapers' mannered vocals, seductive freewheeling guitar, and an epic wide-screen feel. B-side 'Getting Your Way' is less recognisable as Mansun. It has more aggressive, rhythmic guitar sound and an almost cyber goth vibe. It's good to hear them again. JW
Release date: 20 Sep
Press contact: EMI IH [CP, CR, RR, NP, NR] Infected [RP]


The Darkness are to feature on an edition of Melvyn Bragg's venerable arts programme The South Bank Show in November. The show filmed the band while they promoted their debut album 'Permission To Land' and includes exclusive behind-the-scenes film of the band at the Ivor Novello Awards, at home in Lowestoft and backstage footage as they try to break America. The show, produced and directed by Susan Shaw, is due to air on Sunday, 21 Nov.

The Darkness' Winternational arena tour of the UK begins at Nottingham Arena on 24 Nov and concludes with three nights at Wembley Arena from 10-12 Dec.


Tatu have surprised no one by confirming they aren't lesbians, telling reporters they plan to make this clear when they re-launch their act. According to The Sun, Lena Katina and Julia Volkova, who topped the charts for four weeks in Feb 2003 with 'All The Things She Said' may even change the name of their band - though, as previously reported, that has more to do with the fact their former manager, Ivan Shapovalov, owns that name and has said they aren't allowed to use it anymore now that they have dispensed with his services.

An insider told the paper: "The truth is the girls were never lesbians in the first place. They feel like they were exploited. They were only aged 14 and 15 when they started singing in concert halls and doing sexy routines. They still want to be controversial and shocking. They want to look and act hotter than ever before - but not as lesbians. Julia and Lena are getting rid of their skimpy school uniforms in favour of a sassier, sexier look."

Apparently Tatu are working with esteemed producer Trevor Horn, who plans to showcase their comeback at a Prince's Trust concert in November.


Billy Joel has been awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The singer was honoured with a plaque inscribed with his name in front of the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard - the theatre where 'Movin' Out', the Tony Award-winning musical based on Joel's songs, is being performed. Commenting on his star, Joel told reporters said: "I had not considered this when I wrote 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood'. It looks like I'm always going to be here."

Joel said he was inspired to make music after seeing The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and formed his first band at 14. He went on to sell more than 100 million records around the world, winning six Grammy awards and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.


And just when the DVD had been released too - spoil sport. No, Thom Yorke is urging Radiohead fans to join him in a protest against that other Star Wars, George Bush' s defence programme that has appeared back on the agenda in recent months, even though it always seem an unfeasible proposition when first proposed back in the Reagan era.

In a posting on the band's message board, Yorke told fans about the protest taking place at Fylingdales base on Saturday (25 Sep) at which he is a guest speaker. He wrote: "I hope you all are well. It's Saturday. I need to go to bed. I'm planning a trip to Fylingdales; anybody want to come? It's a nice place. They have big domes and stuff. It's up north and I'm down south. Bring a sandwich. I think they are planning world domination there or something. It's the 25th. That's also a Saturday. What should I say. I don't want to be rude. But they are about to announce Star Wars."

Other speakers at the protest include 'Almost Famous' star Kate Hudson. For more information on the anti-Star Wars campaign go to


Hurrah, Evan Dando has confirmed that the Lemonheads are writing another album. Dando has been providing vocals for seminal band D.K.T/MC5's recent tour but has decided to leave to concentrate on new material for the Lemonheads.

Writing on he wrote: "I want to tell you all what a great time I had singing with D.K.T/MC5. After doing 42 shows I decided to leave the tour. I need to finish writing the next Lemonheads record. The MC5 tour inspired me greatly and I'm now ready to get back to working on my own music. I would like to thank Wayne Kramer, Michael Davis and Dennis Thompson for giving me this remarkable opportunity."

The album will be the group's first since 1996's 'Car, Button, Cloth'.


Interpol have announced details of their London gallery which will celebrate "the vision of the band and band's close associates", whatever that means.

'The Interpol Space London' opens on Friday (24 Sep) and will feature art prints, limited edition posters, individual band member playlists, and ten band commissioned short films, with both the interior and exterior of the gallery "completely inspired by Interpol".

Exclusive merchandise such as the band's new album 'Antics' released as a numbered five 7' box set will be available at the event, which opens for a private viewing on 23 Sept. The London event is held at The Ragged School, 47 Union Street, SE1. It is open to the public on September 24 to 27 with free entry. The opening hours are 1 - 8pm Friday through to Monday.

Corresponding galleries will also be taking place in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin over the coming months. The new album 'Antics' is released on 27 Sep.


The Pixies have announced they will reissue their first three albums on heavyweight vinyl. 1987's 'Come On Pilgrim', 1988's 'Surfer Rosa' and 1989's 'Doolittle' will all be re-released on 180-gram vinyl after years of being out of production. All the albums will come backed with the original artwork, with the exception of 'Doolittle' which will feature an insert containing the lyrics. The band who recently reformed for a very successful tour released a brand new song, 'Bam Thwok', on iTunes earlier in the year.


Clinic have been announced as the headliner of the Vapour Festival of Independent Music at the newly renovated Hackney Empire on Saturday 9 Oct.

Other artists on the bill include:
- Jamie Lidell, who recently performed with the London Sinfonietta, and will perform a full live show with visual collaborator Pablo Fiasco.
- Cologne's To Rococo Rot who released the 'Hotel Morgen' album earlier this year.
- Mice Parade make the journey from Stateside for a special one-off appearance in support of their 'Obrigado Saudade' album.
- Warp Records' newest signing, Brooklyn's Home Video, play live, completing their 'Citizen' EP tour.
Visuals are provided by the Flat-E collective and DJ's come from the Warp and EYOE stables, including a late night set from Leila.


Ah, that's what my life is lacking, a 50 Cent film. Well, never fear, because Viacom's Paramount Pictures and inked a deal with Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine and Eminem manager Paul Rosenberg which will see the creation of three new movies around the Slim Shady camp - presumably hoping to equal the $120 million success of 8 Mile. The first project will be 'Locked and Loaded', a film starring 50 Cent and based loosely around his life. The film should be released in late 2005 or early 2006.


Following those 'Fugees to reform' rumours, we now hear that The Fugees did indeed reunite to play a secret show organised by comedian Dave Chappelle last weekend in New York. It was the first time the trio of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras had appeared together for more than eight years.

The gig took place in the middle of the Brooklyn neighbourhood Fort Greene and was billed as 'Dave Chappelle's Block Party'. Originally, Hill was the only group member confirmed to appear on a bill that also included Kanye West, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Dead Prez and Jill Scott. Then preceding Hill's performance Chapelle said: "We were going to have Lauryn Hill perform tonight but Columbia [Records] wouldn't clear her songs. So she came up with a better idea. Ladies and gentleman...the Fugees!"

The trio played a number of their own hits including 'Ready or Not' and their cover of Roberta Flack's 'Killing Me Softly' as well as a selection from Hill's debut album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'. Speaking last week, Wyclef had hinted at a reconciliation when he told the website that the trio had patched up their differences and were looking forward to collaborating again. He said: "We're all definitely talking. The energy is definitely good energy. I spoke to Lauryn. I spoke to Pras. And [it's] just real good energy, good vibes."

The concert was free to ticket holders who had registered in advance on the Web. Those contacted were then met at a secret spot in Chinatown, where they were bussed to the event. The event was filmed by director Michel Gondry for planned release as a future documentary and DVD.


Radio 3 is launching a new programme to make the classical genre more accessible which will see leading musicians performing in people's homes.

With the new 'Musicians on Call' service listeners can request a free one hour performance by two local classical musicians. The programme is specifically aimed at people who are unable to attend concerts. 1,500 musicians from 30 orchestras are taking part in the scheme, including members of the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

A spokesman for 'Musicians On Call' explained: "It has never been done on this scale before, so we do not know whether to expect a deluge of requests or a trickle. All requests will be considered, and they are ready to respond to as many as possible. They might be sent to a town hall or the house of someone unable to leave their home, for example".

Musicians On Call is part of Radio 3's Listen Up! season which will stage more than 500 orchestral concerts and events across the UK


Everyone wants to get on the air in Edinburgh. Up to a dozen bids are expected to be made for the new Edinburgh radio licence by the time the deadline passes tomorrow. All the usual suspects bar the Capital Group are bidding - GWR, EMAP, Virgin Radio, Guardian Media Group, Scottish Radio Holdings. Perhaps more interesting are a consortium being led by Who Wants to be a Millionaire? programme-maker Celador - though EMAP's bid is a joint effort with a local consortium called Castle FM which could also be of interest. More when we get it.


ALBUM REVIEW: Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
Costello's critical stock seemed to take a dive last year after 'North' was met with scorn by certain critics. It's important to remember that this album coincided with his marriage to jazz chanteuse and pin-up-for-the-middle-aged-broadsheet-reader Diana Krall, whose records don't attract much critical approval. Costello is renowned for his bitter and acerbic song writing; by his own admission, he can only write about 'guilt and revenge', so maybe the content and settled down Costello had lost his edge? Maybe he was no longer the songwriter he once was. Or maybe not. Costello has spent an entire career confounding expectations and following idiosyncratic musical paths. And his changes in direction have led to a return to the country territory he trod during his 'Almost Blue' years. Costello has surrounded himself with numerous collaborators who are legends in this genre; the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and T Bone Burnett all lend their talents to this record. Harris and Williams' vocal harmonies complement Costello's world-weary and fragile voice, adding real emotional intensity to Costello's songs of heartache and loss on the likes of 'Heart Shaped Bruise' and 'There's A Story In Your Voice'. After three decades, this is what Costello specialises in, and it never feels like he's going through the motions or repeating himself. He remains one of this country's most insightful and observant lyricists, composing songs of great detail and substance. It's hard to say where 'The Delivery Man' stands in a greater context. Costello's back catalogue is extensive, and his most acclaimed work is far behind him now. Still, this was an enjoyable album, and whilst I'm reluctant to use such phrases as 'return to form', I can say with confidence that fans needn't be concerned about Costello; he hasn't lost his talents, even if he has settled down into domestic bliss. KW
Release date: 20 September
Press contact: APB [RP] Mercury IH [CP, CR, RR, NP, NR]


Well, let's hope they're as quick to actually vote for change when election day comes. All 20,000 tickets for the finale of the Vote For Change tour in the US, which will take place in the MCI Center in Washington DC on 11 Oct, were snapped up in just 30 minutes. The finale show features 13 of the 23 artists taking part in the 'we hate Bush' tour, including Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Fogarty, John Mellencamp, Jurassic 5, Keb' Mo', Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam and REM.


Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles are to play some dates with American singer songwriter Adam Green. The former Mouldy Peaches member Green releases a new album 'Gemstones' in January.

Dates as follows:
2 Oct: Edinburgh Venue
3 Oct: Glasgow Garage
4 Oct: Stoke The Underground
5 Oct: Shrewsbury Music Hall
9 Oct: London Venue TBC (Adam Green headline)


MSN in the US are launching an interesting service where they take different radio station's playlists and stream the tracks on them via their MSN Music Service - the underlying message being "like the music they play, hate the banter and ads, then listen here!". They even list each playlist by the station name it comes from. As far as we can see the stations themselves aren't involved - but MSN is encouraging them to become partners on the service rather than trying to sue them. Could be interesting.


Chris Martin is apparently claiming the stress of recording the band's new album is making him go bald.

According to Femalefirst the Coldplay frontman is so worried about producing another hit record that he can see his hair visibly receding. He said: "We're under an immense amount of pressure in the studio. We're working all the time because it's so important. We can't fuck it up. I'm the last person to ask about our new record because of the perspective I have. But we're one receded inch of hair from finishing."

Chris believes he will know when the album - the follow-up to the award winning A Rush of Blood to the Head - is ready, because he will have lost another inch of hair. He said: "When my hair's gone back another inch I know we'll have finished the album."

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