CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 11th October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- AIM consider what action to take against JetGroove
- Beanie jailed over gun possession
- Jacko wants Sneddon off the case
- Jacko threatens to sue Eminem
- Courtney back in court
- Incubus man charged with illegal knife possession
- Babyshambles on anti-racism bill
- Barat on his Doherty frustrations
- Album Review: Efterklang - Tripper
- Anti-P2P Act stalls in senate
- Chart update
- Williams takes swipe at Elton
- EP Review: Gravenhurst - Black Holes In The Sand
- Tommy Lee goes back to school for TV show
- What future for Infinity post-Stern?
- Muse talk up new remix technology
- Goldblade tour
- Look after your ears
- Kerry reckons another woman has stolen Brian

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SAME SIX QUESTIONS: Lee Coomb

How did you start out making music for a living?
I started making tunes as a side thing to my day job. I worked at it for years and eventually started making money out of my records and remixes which enabled me to give up my day job.

What inspired your latest album?
I am always inspired by my old acid house records. That mixed with electro and techno and, because I am a DJ and see a lot of dancefloors around the world, I think I have a good judgement on what people want to dance to in a club.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
Get in the studio and start writing, simple as that. Keep writing until you feel a pattern forming with the music and then select the best tracks. It can take years!

Which artists influence your work?
A lot of those early Chicago house producers. I think they got it right the first time round. That was real music being written back then - only the production techniques were not very good - or should I say the technology wasn't there for them. I'm also influenced by a lot of artists around me now such as Meat Katie, Dylan Rhymes and Elite Force. I think we all have a similar vibe to our music.

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Take the RED pill.

What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I want to push my music further into other genres and spread Lee Coombs around the world as far as I can. Also I want to concentrate on making some really electronic sounding music going back to my electro roots.

Lee Coombs excellent album 'Breakfast Of Champions' is out now on Finger Lickin.

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AIM CONSIDER WHAT ACTION TO TAKE AGAINST JETGROOVE
The Association of Independent Music is considering action against a Russian owned website which claims to have been set up to provide a legal platform where music fans can buy underground dance music as MP3s, but which some are questioning about its own business practices.

The owners of the website, http://www.jetgroove.com, apparently contacted AIM earlier this year with a view to licencing the rights to sell tracks from some of its members' rosters via a new download platform. AIM decided to hold back on making any licencing decision until a promised closed-access beta site was available for testing.

But the closed access beta site never materialised and the company went live last week boasting an impressive collection of dance music for download. But some labels are claiming their music has been made available via the service without their permission, meaning JetGroove are making a profit on tracks without having set up any system for paying the label or artists who made them.

Meanwhile other artists are listed as being part of the platform, but when consumers go through the purchasing process they are informed their music is not available. This is, however, after music fans have been invited to pay a $20 subscription to access the service.

A spokesman for AIM told reporters on Friday: "We are urgently trying to get in touch with JetGroove. They are advertising under false pretences."

Explaining why they have listed tracks that are not, as yet, actually available a spokesman for JetGroove has told affected labels: "The experience of showing your music on our website without distributing is aimed to draw your attention to us, with the further goal to make contacts with you on friendly terms with a perspective of mutually beneficial partnership."

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BEANIE JAILED OVER GUN POSSESSION
Rapper Beanie Sigel (real name Dwight Grant) has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a handgun. He was arrested on gun possession charges back in 2002 after fleeing from police who had stopped his car. During the chase he threw away a loaded gun. Given his previous criminal record it was illegal for Beanie to be in possession of the fire arm, and as such he now faces a year in jail, with a further two years on probation and a $25,000 fine.

That said, the judge was actually quite lenient - he could have ordered a three year jail term. But federal judge R Barclay Surrick accepted that the rapper had made moves to become a "better person". Sigel, admitting that he was in a "reckless, dangerous situation" when caught with the gun back in 2002, gestured to his children, who were present in the court room, and said: "I'm not the guy that people think I am. I want them [his children] to be able to lift their heads up and say, 'That's my dad. That's Dwight Grant. Not Beanie Sigel."

Various friends and colleagues, including Jay Z, also spoke up for Beanie, saying he had a "positive message" and was a good role model. Judge Surrick concluded: "It is clear that the defendant has made a substantial effort to change his life."

This was despite arguments by prosecutor Curtis Douglas who challenged the idea that Beanie was a changed man. Pointing out that in the lyrics on his forthcoming new album Sigel "fantasises about taking vengeance on his enemies by pouring acid on their children and raping their girlfriends", he told the court: "The very idea that this defendant is here as a role model is somewhat repulsive."

How much Sigel is a changed man will be put to the test again in the New Year when the rapper goes back to court to face charges that he shot and seriously wounded a man outside a Philadelphia bar, and additional charges that he punched a man in the face.

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JACKO WANTS SNEDDON OFF THE CASE
Staying with legal news, and more from the ongoing Michael Jackson child abuse case. According to court documents made public last Thursday, Jacko's legal people are trying to have Santa Barbara County district attorney Tom Sneddon removed from the case on the grounds he has had a vendetta against the singer ever since the untried, unproven 1993 child abuse case.

The papers say Sneddon's handling of the investigation has revealed a conflict of interest that prevents the singer from obtaining a fair trial. They read: "Mr Sneddon did not hide his anger that he was not able to charge Mr Jackson [in 1993]. This failure fuelled Mr Sneddon's zealousness in this matter."

The court is scheduled to discuss the proposals on 14 Oct, though Sneddon's people are expected to ask for more time to respond to the allegations made against him.

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JACKO THREATENS TO SUE EMINEM
Elsewhere in Jacko legal news, and word is the singer is considering suing Eminem over the video for new Slim Shady track 'Just Lose It', which started doing the rounds this weekend. The video features Eminem dressed as Jackson who, among other things, is seen jumping on a bed with young children.

According to the Daily Star sources close to Jacko have said: "The Jackson family feels the video is demeaning and disrespectful. Michael is very displeased and doesn't want it shown," and "The entire video is a send-up of Michael Jackson. Michael is very upset and is going crazy over it. Don't be surprised if he sues over this."

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COURTNEY BACK IN COURT
Jackson legal news is always followed by Courtney legal news, so here goes.
Love was in court last week to set the date for a prelim hearing on a felony assault charge against the singer filed by prosecutors in Jun. A judge will now examine the evidence in the case on 27 Oct to determine if the charges should go forward to trial - Love is accused of attacking another woman with a bottle and metal flashlight back in Apr.

Speaking after her court appearance, Love dwelled on the fact the majority of the other defendants at the court house came from ethnic minority communities. She told reporters: "Did you see the court today? I was the only white girl there. This is so badly bent. We can't find them a fucking job so we create a criminal class. I felt really bad for the people in the room."

Asked about how she was coping with her ongoing and numerous legal battles, Love said she was getting on with her life and preparing to tour with her band The Chelsea: "It's been going really well.

Hopefully we'll be spectacular. My band is really good."

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INCUBUS MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL KNIFE POSSESSION
Talking of pop stars getting in trouble for carrying illegal weapons (which is where this onslaught of legal stories began remember), word is that Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he accidentally left a switchblade knife in his carry-on luggage at New York airport.

Boyd was on his way to a gig in North Carolina when baggage screeners noticed the knife in the singer's luggage. Boyd told reporters: "I totally forgot it was at the bottom of my bag, and when the security person pulled it out, I thought, `Oh, no."

However, he was allowed to continue on to North Carolina, arriving at his gig with just 20 minutes to spare.

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BABYSHAMBLES ON ANTI-RACISM BILL
And talking about rock stars being caught accidentally carrying around illegal knives, back to our good old friend Pete Doherty, though we're pleased to report this isn't legal news.

Doherty and his band Babyshambles will play at a special gig for the Love Music Hate Racism people later this week. The Libertines were forced to pull out of an anti-racism gig earlier this year, of course, because of the ongoing 'Doherty issues' in the band. However, fingers crossed Babyshambles will make it for what should be a storming gig at the Coronet Theatre this Friday - they will be playing alongside The Cooper Temple Clause.

The music based anti-racism group are also staging three other events this week to coincide with the European Social Forum. Also on Friday, there will be a debate around the theme of Rap, Guns, And Racism, followed by a concert featuring Skinnyman and former So Sold Crew singer Asher D, all taking place at Alexandra Palace.

On Saturday Pete Doherty, Billy Bragg, ADF's Pandit G and Martin Smith, author of the book 'John Coltrane: Jazz, Racism and Resistance', will take part in a panel debate discussing the relationship between protest movements, politics, and music at the Point 101 bar at the bottom of Centrepoint.

Then across the road at the Astoria there will be a big benefit bash featuring Billy Bragg, popular French political rockers Karma Sutra, the new band from The Clash's Mick Jones and Gen X's Tony James - Carbon/Silicon, and a showcase of UK hip hop hosted by Skitz and Rodney P.

More info at http://www.lmhr.org.uk

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BARAT ON HIS DOHERTY FRUSTRATIONS
Talking of the Libertines (hey we've got a real flow going today, how will we ever slot in any reviews?), and Carl Barat has said recording the band's second eponymously titled album was "nasty" because of Doherty's drug problems. Talking to Rolling Stone magazine, Barat says: "It was nasty. It was very difficult. We were having security there to keep the drug parties out of the studio. There were too many drugs happening and violent tantrums. I just wish it wasn't like this."

Barat added that the album may never have been finished had it not been for producer Mick Jones. "He's got a lot of love and understands the situation. We couldn't have done it with someone who didn't understand what it was to have a drug problem."

On Doherty's continued drugs issues, Barat continues: "I think I was misled into thinking he was going to make himself better. I wanted to believe it so much." On the future of the band Barat says: "If he doesn't sort himself out, I'm going to have to come up with some sort of B plan. He's got to decide he wants to do it. Even that decision alone - if it's genuine, I'll do anything I can to help him."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Efterklang - Tripper (Leaf)
This brave, cerebral debut from Copenhagen ten-piece Efterklang has as much in common with classical music as it does with electronica - certainly it's an album that could easily be pigeonholed into either genre, and it's as far removed from simple 'pop' as is humanly possible. With an ethereal mood that frequently undertows music from Scandinavia, 'Tripper' combines dreamy elfin vocals and rustic strings/piano with pulses of electronica, resulting in a sound akin to Mum collaborating with Sigur Ros, although sadly not as monumental as that sounds. At times both delicate and bombastic, sinister yet calming, the glacial orchestration and bursts of choral, hymn-like vocals make it inevitable that some tracks will show up sound-tracking anything visual featuring ice or unforgiving weather. Like Bjork's recent 'Medulla', it's an assured avant-garde album which, although too visceral and dynamic to work purely as ambient background music, simply isn't as emotionally resonant or moving as it thinks it is. A challenging listening then; but an occasionally rewarding one. MS
Release date: 25 Oct
Press contact: No. 9

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ANTI-P2P ACT STALLS IN SENATE
America's proposed Induce Act has stalled in Senate. The controversial act aims to make technology firms like Sharman, who make the P2P software Kazaa, liable for the copyright infringement their product enables. It is part of a bid to stop such companies claiming they simply supply a file sharing network, and cannot be held liable for what files consumers then decide to share - a plea used by all the players in the P2P field from the first time Naspter found itself in court.

However, the proposed act is proving problematic because, in its current form, it is very far-reaching and could well implicate companies who make or distribute the players that consumers use to play their illegally acquired music. This could include Apple, Sony, most of the big electronics manufacturers and numerous retailers.

It is the failure for the entertainment and technology sectors to reach a compromise on the exact remit of the Act that has delayed the proposals' progress. Insiders now say those pushing for it - including the Recording Industry Association of America - are likely to drop their campaign for this session of Senate, preferring to try again next year rather than accept a watered down act this year.

That said, if the act does go through in its current state you might end up with a situation where Sony Music is suing Sony Electronics, which would be great, so lets hope it gets through!

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CHART UPDATE
Say what you like about Mr Williams, but he still has what it takes to top the charts, and no one else seemed able to knock Eric Prydz off the top spot. So, Robbie's 'Radio' goes in at the top of this week's singles chart, knocking Mr Prydz into second place. That said, Eric's little dance number still managed to shift more units this week than the other new entries in the top ten - which come from Rachel Stevens (3), Khia (4), Duran Duran (5), Lucie Silvas (7), Angel City (8) and Christina Millian (9).

Lower down the chart, and new entries of interest include Good Charlotte, back with 'Predictable' at 12, Marilyn Manson with his cover of 'Personal Jesus' at 13, Dead 60's with 'Riot Radio' at 30, Bowling For Soup with '1985' at 35, and Jimmy Eat World with 'Pain' at 38.

Albums wise and REM go straight in at number one with 'Around The Sun' and Fatboy Slim scores a new entry at 14 with 'Palookaville. The Super Furries go in at 18 with their hits collection, while Korn are at 22 with theirs.

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WILLIAMS TAKES SWIPE AT ELTON
Talking of Robbie, and Mr Williams has taken a little swipe at Elton John again. While filming a performance of 'Radio' for Jools Holland's TV show, Robbie covered his band's equipment with 'I'm not miming' stickers, making fun of John's accusations that Madonna lip synced during her recent live shows.

The latest swipe follows allegations made by Robbie that Elton John essentially kidnapped him and forced him into a rehabilitation clinic at the height of his alcoholism problems.

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EP REVIEW: Gravenhurst - Black Holes In The Sand (Warp)
Some interesting things have been coming out of Warp of late. For years a label slavishly devoted to all things techno, it has surprised recently by unleashing the punk-funk (or is it disco-rock?) of !!!, the Radiohead-plus-synths sedated pop of recent Brooklyn signings Home Video (like New Order on ketamine, and brilliant) and, most potent of all, Gravenhurst, whose 'Flashlight Seasons' is one of the albums of the year. (Time to get your lists sorted - it's that time already.). Like its companion album, this gripping six song EP is full of under-stated folky acoustic (murder) balladry, but mysteriously coated with a sprinkling of sinister magic. Guitars are delicately plucked and fragile vocals whispered, whilst in the background the occasional shard of electronics punctuates the eeriness with some real icy menace. Nick Talbot's almost fey vocals invite comparison to Torquil Campbell from Canadian twee-poppers Stars, but Gravenhurst's music is far darker and, dare I say it, scarier - you can imagine an obsessive Talbot darting through a forest on a foggy night, with violent retribution on his mind. Like Belle And Sebastian caught in a James Herbert novel. MS
Release date: 1 Nov
Press contact: Warp IH [all]

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TOMMY LEE GOES BACK TO SCHOOL FOR TV SHOW
This could make for good TV - Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is going back to school. He is taking classes in chemistry, literature and the history of rock music at the University of Nebraska as part of a new reality series being filmed by US TV network NBC. No word on whether the show will get a UK airing, or whether Lee passed his courses.

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WHAT FUTURE FOR INFINITY POST-STERN?
Much talk about the future of Viacom's already struggling radio division Infinity following the news last week that Howard Stern will leave the network next year to go and work on the less regulated satellite radio network Sirius. Insiders say that losing Stern could cost Infinity $50 million a year in cash flow - leading to speculation that Viacom may get out of the radio business after Stern's departure, or alternatively might look to stay with Stern by acquiring a significant stake in Sirius.

Meanwhile, some of the radio stations which syndicate Stern's radio show off Infinity are said to be less than happy that Howard has spent significant chunks of recent shows talking up satellite radio network Sirius. One radio network - Entercom - won't even let rival media pay to advertise on their stations, so they are not going to be too pleased that Stern is giving Sirius lots of free promotion on his radio show.

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MUSE TALK UP NEW REMIX TECHNOLOGY
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has given his support for a new technology which, its makers claim, could help reinvigorate the declining singles market.

The technology, called U-myx, enables music fans to put a CD single into their PC and access a track's constituent parts. Within the software they can then mix their own version of the track, which they can output as an MP3. The technology was included on the recent Atlantic single release of Muse's 'Butterflies and Hurricanes'. Bellamy told CMU: "U-myx is great because it gives people the chance to hear all the individual sounds that musicians create in the studio, and how the parts work together to create a finished song."

U-myx is now offering its technology to other record labels at £6000 (GBP) per release. Adding the software to a CD single release does not affect chart eligibility and its makers reckon it will make the single package much more attractive for consumers.

U-myz chairman Jeremy Marsh exlains, "It's not an exaggeration to say that U-myx could save the single format from extinction. It's a unique and upgradeable technology which will excite music buyers and give the record industry a fantastic added value mechanic at a very affordable price."

The man behind to new technology, Olly Barnes, adds: "The U-myx file format is extremely hard to pirate and by using extra instrument tracks that are laid down as part of the recording process but usually thrown away we are able to give fans something truly unique and a chance for them to get closer to and interact with the music they love. U-myx also gives record companies an affordable format option that strengthens fan loyalty and stimulates sales."

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GOLDBLADE TOUR
Goldblade have announced a series of dates kicking off later this month to coincide with the 15 Nov release of new single 'Psycho'. Dates as follows:

22 Oct: Yeovil Flicks
23 Oct: Bradford Rios
28 Oct: Galway Roisin Dubh Fre
29 Oct: Cork/Ireland... Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, Cork
30 Oct: Dublin/Ireland Voodoo Lounge with Stricnien
31 Oct: Belfast Front Page
19 Nov: Amsterdam Paradiso
20 Nov: Birmingham Royal George benefit
27 Nov: Manchester, Satan's Hollow,
10 Dec: London The Garage with The Business
11 Dec: Birmingham with The Undertones
17 Dec: Liverpool The Masque

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LOOK AFTER YOUR EARS
We care about our readers here at CMU, so if you regularly DJ or perform in very loud clubs / venues, then we recommend you read http://dancemusic.about.com/od/djgear/a/DJHearingPSA.htm - go on, protect your hearing, it won't be very rock and roll when you can't listen to any music in a few years time.

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KERRY RECKONS ANOTHER WOMAN HAS STOLEN BRIAN
We've been avoiding most of the McFadden split up stories so far, but time for a quick one from yesterday's People. The tabloid claimed that Kerry McFadden is blaming the break up of her marriage on a mystery woman who has been having an affair with hubby Brian. A friend of Kerry's told the paper: "Kerry is seething. She thinks another woman prized him away from her. If she ever finds out who she is then the fur will fly. Kerry thinks this other woman made a play for Brian. It's the only explanation she can come up with for the way he suddenly dumped her."

But Max Clifford, the couple's PR, insisted yesterday: "This is absolutely not the case. There's no one else involved".

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