CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 21st October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Love pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
- Coxon returning to Blur?
- Industry needs cohesive representation
- Evening Standard release second 4Play CD
- Kylie thrilled by quick sell out
- Cowell now favourite to win X Factor
- Xfm Remix Night tonight
- So, which is the best Scottish band?
- Vaughan down and Moyles up in new RAJARS
- Anderson and Butler talk about their new album
- Jarvis to score Potter movie
- Kanye west to launch label with SonyBMG
- Grohl and Novoselic turn out together for Kerry rally
- Waller cancels gig after disappointing ticket sales



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SAME SIX QUESTIONS: Barley Scotch from Hayseed Dixie

How did you start out making music for a living?
Well, I played some songs at a honky tonk up in the hills (of Appalachia) one night and noticed that our audience of about 200 folks was drinking a hell of a lot of beer. So I asked the bar manager after I got done playing, "How much beer did you sell tonight while I was playing and singing." And he didn't want to tell me - so I knew something was stinky as 9-day-old possum porridge. After me and the boys worked him over a little (I think the baseball bat to his nutsack was what finally did the trick), he offered us 30% of his bar sales - actually he told us to just take it all, but we thought 30% was a decent amount of money, and seemed fair to all involved. And I got my bar tab free on top of that. I realized right then and there that music could be fun and profitable.

What inspired your latest album?
The need for new wives. See ... after playing music for a while, everybody in the band noticed that women, for whatever reason, seem to really dig guys who play music. Who knows why? And who cares? They damn sure do. But them kind of women don't usually stay around too long, which suits all of us just fine. With all the good looking ones out there, why try to go the distance with just one? We want to service all of them before it's all over and done with. Plus, we needed an excuse to do another tour and get some more free bar tabs. So, we made the record for both of the right reasons: free beer and free women.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
We start out by getting together a lot of beer and corn liquor. Then we get pretty drunk. Then we start playing songs we think are fun to play when we're drinking - the idea being that if we like playing them drunk, other drunk people ought to like hearing them. Then we roll tape. It's really as simple as that. Afterwards, once it's all recorded, we get drunk with some friends and play it for them. If they like it, we keep it.

What artists influence your work?
You mean other pickers? Well ... we really like AC/DC. And we like the Stanley Brothers and Hank Williams. That's all good drinking music. Hank Williams Jr. ain't exactly his daddy, but he's got some good drinking songs. And those Motorhead fellows are fast becoming a new favourite.

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Start drinking, press play. And stick to straight Bourbons and single malt Scotches. Blends are crap, and might mess up your good life and your experience of our tunes ... I mean, it's hard to really listen if you're throwing up through your nose (blends have that effect on me anyway). Some people have good luck with lagers, but I'm more of a top-fermented ale guy. Lagers harsh my mellow, but your mileage may vary. Having a chick polishing your trailer hitch (or, if you're a chick, having a fellow steam-cleaning your carpet) while you're listening might enhance the overall experience too. It sure works for me!

What are your ambitions for this album, and for the future?
Well, in about 5 minutes I'm going to get up and get another beer. That's about as far into the future as I care about trying to look.

Hayseed Dixie release new single 'Ace of Spades' on 8 Nov on Cooking Vinyl - press info from Cooking Vinyl IH.


Courtney Love has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in relation to that incident back in Mar when she threw her microphone into the audience at an impromptu gig and managed to injure a fan in the process. Gregory Burgett needed hospital treatment after being hit by Love's microphone at New York's Plaid club. Having considered the case, Judge Melissa Jackson granted Love a discharge on the condition she pays Burgett's medical bills, joins yet another drug rehab programme and stays out of trouble.

Love now awaits her next court hearing, this time relating to assault charges in California. She will face them in an LA court on 27 Oct.


Graham Coxon could be back in Blur sooner than you think - though the Daily Mirror is our source on this one, so we could be wrong. The tabloid reckons Coxon had a meeting with the rest of the band last week and a source is quoted as saying: "The meeting went well - probably better than any of them expected. It's very positive for everyone and Graham will still be able to do his solo work as well as working with the band again."

Coxon quit the band back in 2002 of course after a reported bust up with Damon Albarn. Damon later said: "Graham will always be the guitarist in Blur... I'm sure there'll come a time when we'll make music again together", but Coxon responded in an interview by saying: "If that's true then why was I un-invited to the studio when I was in Blur? I'm not particularly interested in progress in that area at the moment."


The music industry needs a cohesive body to represent its collective interests. That was the conclusion of Doug D'Arcy of Songlines who delivered the key note address at Music Tank's Think Tank event in London last night. Posed with the question "should the music industry grow up", D'Arcy asked: "what and where is the music industry? We can estimate that some 150,000 are employed in the music business in the UK, but it seems to me there is no cohesive industry at all".

"The music world is structured around its functions," he continued, "the labels, the promoters, the managers, the artists. Each function has a representative body, but all too often functions become factions, and that means there is no body representing the wider music world's interests in a holistic way - to government, to other industries, and most importantly to the public at large." D'Arcy felt that a good starting point would be for a industry wide report to be produced on an annual basis that could summarise what, where and who is the British music industry, and what needs to be done to tackle the issues of the day.

Robin Osterley, as chairman of the National Music Council, said that both his organisation and the Music Business Forum provided the seeds of such an industry wide body, but added: "recent successful collaborations between different parts of the industry were generally concerned with non-contentious issues. The current debate on extending copyright is an interesting one, because it is an issue where there are different opinions across the business. A long standing fear at the NMC has been that if you have a cross-industry group that tackles tricky issues the organisation is in danger of imploding. However, I reckon that the Music Business Forum in particular is making some progress in this area."

John Glover of the Music Managers Forum disagreed however. Having recently resigned from the MBF, he reckons: "you will never have a successful organisation that involves all groups in the music space. The fact is the creatives [artists, management, songwriters] and the copyright owners [labels, publishers] can never be represented by the same body because their interests are so often in conflict. That doesn't mean the two sides shouldn't meet to discuss issues - but it is madness to think one body could represent both sides."

However, the overall mood of the event suggested there was a desire for an effective industry-wide body. Whatever the internal disagreements within the music space, without some cohesion everyone loses out. For example, many felt it was the lack of any holistic group representing the music industry which allowed Apple to become so dominant in the digital music space that they can dictate what price artists and labels can expect from download sales.

More info on MusicTank at


The Evening Standard today release another 4Play CD in association with our good friends at and the London Music Network. As previously reported, the 4Play CD reinvents the cover mount. Ten exciting new artists are featured on the main CD, plus if a reader puts the disk into their computer they can access another two tracks from each artist via LMN's 4Play jukebox - they can listen to each track four times and if they like it buy the album via The aim is simple - to transform a popular promotional tool in the newspaper industry into an innovative media platform that genuinely promotes new music. Nice.

The new CD has been compiled and mixed by Pete Tong. Called Essenchill Ibiza it features all sorts of CMU favourites including Ulrich Schnauss, Way Out West, Mylo, Felix Da Housecat, DJ Hell and Diefenbach. You can get a free copy by buying the Evening Standard today.


Kylie Minogue has said she is thrilled that her up coming concert dates sold out so quickly - so much so that an extra five dates have been added to her tour. Speaking to Johnny Vaughan on Capital FM, Kylie said: "I'm thrilled. I guess you always hope it's going to go well, but I didn't expect it".

That said, there could now be a mass of ticket returns now that Ms Minogue has denied rumours Jason Donovan would be joining her on the ztour - surely the reason everyone bought tickets in the first place was for a rare live performance of 'Especially For You'. Ah well, perhaps she could get Angry Anderson to support.

By the way, extra CMU credits to anyone who said, on reading the Kylie story in yesterday's Daily, "what do you mean British artist Kylie Minogue?".


X Factor viewers will presumably understand better than us here at CMU the news that Steve Brookstein. has had his odds for winning the show cut from 7:1 to 11:2 after a rush of bets on the singer. Rowetta Satchell is still favourite to win the show though, with odds of 3:1, with Tabby in second place on 4:1 and G4 in third place with 9:2. Having been second favourite just yesterday, now Simon Cowell is bookies favourite to be the winning manager on the show. Super.


Simple as this - Headland, DJ Touche, Rob Hextatic, and Eddy TM, all tonight at Cargo from 8pm. Go.


Well, there seems to have been a "burgeoning Scottish music scene" ever since we started publishing CMU back in 1998 - but anyone in said "burgeoning scene" will tell you no such things exists. That said, with Franz Ferdinand taking America by storm and all the cool Londoners going mad for Mylo, it seems a good time for The List, Edinburgh and Glasgow's main listings mag, to compiles its '50 Best Scottish Bands of all Time'.

To coincide with the top 50 the magazine and Orange are inviting punters to vote for their favourites via SMS. All you need to do is text the word VOTE and the name of their favourite Scottish band to 81800 - each vote will cost 10p.

Snow Patrol, Belle & Sebastian and ballboy should win of course, but let's not forget Big Country, The Proclaimers and Runrig. Oh yeah, and what about Deacon Blue? Fergus sings the blues you know.

The List's '50 Best Scottish Bands of all Time' is featured in their latest edition - out today.

Press info from


Me thinks Kelvin McKenzie's unofficial radio ratings will be treated with considerable respect round Leicester Square this morning. McKenzie's 'clever watch-type device that monitors what your listening' survey reckoned that Johnny Vaughan had added 91,000 listeners to the Capital Radio breakfast show since he took over in Apr, putting him 148,000 ahead of arch rival Jono Coleman over on Heart 106.2. But RAJAR's 'they write down what they listen to in a book' official survey (out today) reckons Vaughan has, in fact, shed some 322,000 listeners since taking over breakfast - which isn't good.

RAJAR reckon the fastest growing breakfast show in London is on Radio 1. Since Chris Moyles replaced the abysmal Sara Cox on breakfast he has added a million listeners to the show nationally, and 33% more listeners in London. Radio 1 now has a RAJAR of 895,000 listeners in London, meaning he is getting closer to Vaughan's 1.047 million.

The only good news for Capital is that Heart, Virgin Radio, LBC and Kiss have also all lost listeners from their breakfast shows in recent months. So much so Capital boss David Mansfield didn't seem to depressed by his flagship station's latest RAJAR figures: "As anticipated some listeners have tried other stations at breakfast. However, the station as a whole has seen growth across the rest of the day. Johnny Vaughan is proving to be a significant radio talent and we confidently predict he will win new listeners and build audiences over the next two years".

Of course, when it comes to the nation's favourite breakfast show you still can't touch Mr Wogan. While listening figures for Radio 2 breakfast show may have been down slightly this last quarter, but it is still heard by a massive 7.64 million listeners.


Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler who, as previously reported, have been working together on a new project, have told the NME that their new band will be called The Tears, a reference to a Philip Larkin poem, 'Femmes Damnees', which ends "The only sound heard is the sound of tears".

Commenting on their latest collaboration after nearly a decade of not speaking, Brett told NME: "It seemed like the time was right. I didn't finish with Suede in order to give Bernard a call. It had to happen naturally, the band had to come to its natural termination. I felt that I'd written my best songs with Bernard."

Bernard added: "There's only one purpose of doing (the new album), and that's to make a great record. There's no social ambitions, we don't go bowling together!"

You can read the full interview at


Following the news last week that Franz Ferdinand are to contribute a song and possibly make an appearance in the next Harry Potter film, it was confirmed yesterday that Jarvis Cocker has been commissioned to write the movie's soundtrack. New director Mike Newell apparently wanted a less traditional composer for the fourth Potter movie - the previous films having been scored by prolific American composer John Williams. Word is Newell asked the film's young cast for recommendations, and Jarvis' name was high up the list.


According to the New York Post, the unstoppable Kanye West has formed a joint-venture record label with Sony BMG called Getting Out Our Dreams (or GOOD for short). The label has been in development for three months and its first release will be the West produced debut album from singer/ songwriter John Legend. Commenting on the Kanye West joint venture, SonyBMG boss Don Ienner told the Post: "We don't make many of these deals, because, honestly, they don't usually work. But this is one deal we would have said yes to at any point".

Elsewhere, insiders say to expect an announcement soon confirming that Jay-Z is to be appointed as the new President of Universal's Def Jam Records. The appointment will be part of Universal's complete takeover of Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella label. Jay-Z's business partner Damon Dash is expected to launch a new venture outside the Universal fold.


Say what you like about George Bush, and we do quite a lot round here, but he does bring together - mainly because of their mutual loathing for the president, but it's a special gift all the same. Anyway, Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were making their first public appearance together in years at a pro-John Kerry rally in Vegas this week. Although the two have remained good friends, they have tended to maintain separate public lives since the end of Nirvana. Novoselic's publicist confirmed to reporters that this week's rally was the first event to warrant a "pre-announced joint-appearance". So now you know.


All good things must come to an end. And most bad things finish too.
Anyway, Pop Idol finalist Rik Waller has cancelled the last three dates in his UK tour after a Torquay theatre only sold two tickets for his gig there. Wendy Bennet of Torquay's Princess Theatre told the

Sun: "We were aware Rik wasn't our fastest seller but it was his decision to pull this event", while a source said: "Sales were patchy for lots of the dates but Torquay was the worst. Rik has also axed the last two dates in Felixstowe and Birmingham."

No jokes about Waller surely being able to fill a theatre single handedly round here, oh no.

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