CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 9th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Festival awards nominations announced
- Kylie added to Smash Hits bill
- Sanctuary to release Morrissey special edition
- Jacko judge schedules pre-trial nonsense
- U2 album leaks online
- New Carey due on radio next month
- Eminem on fatherhood
- Radio 4 cancel gigs
- Mark B dates and download
- Almond has made "remarkable recovery"
- Gray creates soundtrack for new brit flick
- Former New Model Army drummer dies
- Rob Da Bank to fill in on Peel slot
- Extra Yeah Yeah Yeahs date
- Mercury Rev live dates
- Grade stresses Beeb's online public service commitment
- Zero 7 remix competition
- MTV follow Lisa Scott Lee
- More Elton fun

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SAME SIX QUESTIONS: Marko from Husky Rescue

How did you start out making music for a living?
I started to play cello when I was three. During the teenage years I found natural to be involved in music all of the time. I played in pop bands and collected analogue synths and started to create soundscapes and sound designs. And a few years ago I founded my own independent studio.

What inspired your latest album?
'Country Falls' is my first official own album. It is a melting pot of different sources. Since the winter about 2.5 years ago when I started the production, I've been trying to tell small musical cinematic stories. The most intense inspiration comes definitely from the other art forms outside of music. And for example a good space can trigger a soundtrack-y kind of thinking. I usually do not listen any kind of music when I try to get new (musical) ideas. I love all kind of contrasts. Travel from the countryside to the urban world.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
My way of working is rather slow. I collaborate with many musicians and record a lot of material and end up using only a small amount of those recordings when I organize those bits & pieces. I keep my instincts open for the ideas all the time but I will always trust and keep the first impression in my mind as clear as possible.

Which artists influence your work?
The warmness of Emmilou Harris. The odd classical sound of Arvo Pärt. The groove of Tony Joe White. Super naive stories and a sense of humor of Erlend Loe. The drawings of Yoshitomo Nara. Just to name a few.

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Come inside from the rainy walk. Make fire to the fireplace and light a few candles. Push play and I hope that 'Country Falls' would be the right soundtrack for the moment.

What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I hope people like it that much that it gives me continuous possibility to make records. I would like to spend more time producing music. I hope that Husky Rescue live gathers a good fan base and we can play good gigs.

Husky Rescue's album 'Country Falls' is out now on Catskills. You can download a free MP3 and preview the album on 4Play via the London Music Network website (http://www.bigtime.tv/lmn). Press info from Catskills in house.

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FESTIVAL AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
VirtualFestivals.com yesterday announced the nominations for the first ever UK Festival Awards. Selected by a panel of 100 journalists and photographers who covered the festivals this year, festival-goers will now be invited to vote in each category in order to find the overall winner. Nominations are as follows:

Best Major Festival: Download, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Manchester Move, Reading & Leeds, T in the Park, V Festival

Best Dance Festival: Big Chill, Creamfields, Escape in the Park, Glade, Global Gathering, Homelands, Lovebox

Best Small Festival: Ashton Court, Beautiful Days, Bestival, Big Chill, Glade, Guilfest, Summer Sundae

Best New Festival: Bestival, Get Loaded in the Park, Glade, Masterpeace, Secret Garden, TDK Cross Central, Tin Pan Alley

Best One Day Festival: Creamfields, Get Loaded in the Park, Homelands, Jazz Cafe Picnic in the Park, Lost Vagueness, Lovebox, Party in the Park

Best Theme Festival: Bloodstock, Bulldog Bash, Cambridge Folk Festival, Download, Fleadh, Womad, Wakestock

Best Facilities & Organisation: Glastonbury, Guilfest, Homelands, Manchester Move, Reading & Leeds, T in the Park, V Festival

Best Live Act: Basement Jaxx, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, Muse, The Pixies, The Zutons, The Darkness

Most Innovative Festival: All Tomorrow's Parties, Beautiful Days, Big Chill, Download, Glastonbury, TDK Cross Central, V Festival

Best Live Newcomer: Dogs Die in Hot Cars, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Kasabian, Keane, Razorlight, Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band, The Killers

Best Live Moment Of The Summer: Paul McCartney singing Beatles classics at Glastonbury, Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters losing his kilt at T in the Park, 50 Cent being bottled off-stage at Reading, GLC and Super Furry Animals collaborating on-stage at Leeds, The Who triumphantly 'reclaiming' the Isle of Wight, The Happy Mondays re-uniting gloriously for Get Loaded in the Park, Slayer and Slipknot drummers filling Metallica's stool at Download

Anthem Of The Summer: Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out, GLC - Guns Don't Kill People, Razorlight - Golden Touch, Snow Patrol - Run, The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now, The Killers - Mr. Brightside, The Streets - Dry Your Eyes

Commenting on Glastonbury's four nominations, the festival's Event Manager Dick Vernon told reporters yesterday: "These awards sound a great way to get feedback from the people that matter - live outdoor ticket buying music fans. It's a bit of fun certainly, but who does not welcome recognition - and for those that win prizes, it is a wonderful acknowledgement of all the hard work that is put in by so many people make a festival successful."

Voting begins next Monday, 15 Nov, more info at http://www.virtualfestivals.com, press info from press@virtualfestivals.com or call Chris McCormick on 020 8605 2691.

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KYLIE ADDED TO SMASH HITS BILL
Talking of awards, and Kylie has been added to the bill of the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, which returns, after an absence last year, at the Wembley Arena on 21 Nov. Kylie joins a line up that already features Brian McFadden, Rachel Stevens, McFly, Blue, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Girls Aloud, Natasha Bedingfield, The 411 and Daniel Bedingfield. Wonderful. Vernon Kay and June Sarpong will host. Less wonderful. Tickets for the awards event are already on sale, press info from Fifth Element on 020 7372 2128 or email chris@fifthelement.biz.

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SANCTUARY TO RELEASE MORRISSEY SPECIAL EDITION
A special edition version of Morrissey's 'You Are The Quarry' album is set for release on 22 Nov. As well as the original 12-track album there will be a second CD filled with b-sides plus the video from 'Irish Blood, English Heart' and live footage, taken from the planned 'Who Put The M In Manchester' DVD. The special edition will be released on Sanctuary on 22 Nov, just ahead of Moz's UK/Ireland tour, dates for which are as follows:

13 Dec: Glasgow SECC
14 Dec: Birmingham Indoor Arena
17 Dec: Brighton Centre
18 Dec: Earl's Court Arena
20 Dec: Dublin, The Point

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JACKO JUDGE SCHEDULES PRE-TRIAL NONSENSE
The judge overseeing the ongoing child abuse allegations against Michael Jackson has set the date for various pre-trial hearings which all need to take place before the trial starts proper on 31 Jan. Finding time to hear all of the various outstanding technicalities that have been raised on both sides of this legal dispute (and quite a few have already been through court), Judge Rodney Melville stressed that he had no intention of letting any technicality delay further the full proper trial during which Jacko himself will take to the witness stand to face the child abuse charges.

Among the technicalities currently being discussed is a new debate over the prosecution's seizing of evidence. Jacko's legal people have previously claimed that evidence seized from Neverland, and from a private investigator working for Jacko's then legal team, were acquired by investigators without the right permits, and therefore that evidence should not be presented in court. A similar line of argument is now being used against files seized from the home of Jacko's personal assistant Evelyn Tavasci back in Sep. Jackson's attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr contends attorney-client privilege was violated when the files were taken because police seized items related to the pop star's legal representation - including folders clearly labelled "Mesereau".

Based on those files the prosecution claim there is evidence the defence team have been organising protests in support of Jacko outside courthouses where aspects of the singer's case are being heard. It was also on the basis of those files that those allegations that Marlon Brando's son Miko had been innocently involved in an alleged attempt by Jacko's team to extort one of the witnesses in this case.

Melville did question the relevance of the evidence in those files to the actual case - asking prosecutors: "Aren't you only entitled to seize evidence relating to crimes?" A decision is still to be made on whether to allow those files to be shown in court during the actual hearing next year.

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U2 ALBUM LEAKS ONLINE
Another day, another album leaked online. Despite their best attempts to keep it under lock and key (well, apart from that day they lost a copy during a photo shoot), U2's new album 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' is reportedly circulating online two weeks ahead of retail release.

It is unclear if the band or their label will now change their schedule in order to combat the illegal distribution of the album - although when there were fears earlier this year that the lost CD of the album would end up online, Bono told reporters: "If it is on the Internet this week, we will release it immediately as a legal download on iTunes, and get hard copies into the shops by the end of the month. It would be a real pity. It would screw up years of work and months of planning, not to mention fucking up our holidays. But once it's out, it's out."

A number of key album releases this year, including Eminem's new album 'Encore', have had their release dates brought forward. The official reason for moving release dates in this way is often that it is an attempt to combat illegal distribution of the album online. That said, some insiders reckon bringing forward release dates at the last minute, usually to a midweek release date, is more of a publicity stunt that a genuine attempt to combat internet piracy.

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NEW CAREY DUE ON RADIO NEXT MONTH
Don't get too excited now, but the first new material from Mariah Carey in two years will be released to radio in the US next month. The new song is called 'Say Something' and features Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams. It comes from the singer's as-yet-untitled tenth studio album, which has been produced by Jermaine Dupri and Kanye West, and is due out next Mar.

Commenting on the new material, a spokesman for Island Def Jam told the New York Post: "Mariah is getting ready to shoot the video for 'Say Something'. It is an amazing album that crosses all boundaries of R&B, hip-hop and pop."

Mariah herself told MTV last month, "The record is cool. I'm happy with it. We got ballads, we got up-tempos, we got a lot of things."

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EMINEM ON FATHERHOOD
Eminem has been talking to reporters about being dad to daughter Hailie - his fatherly duties having increased since he won full custody of her following his divorce from troubled ex-wife Kim. He told reporters: "In school, when they have plays and field trips, I don't miss them. Even if I've got to deal with craziness. Last year I went and read to the class. Two books. It was reading month or something."

Elsewhere in Slim Shady news, and word is the rapper is likely to piss off Michael Jackson with his plans for the MTV Europe Music Awards next week. Apparently Mathers plans to recreate the video for chart topping new single 'Just Lose It' for his performance at the awards event - including the Jacko spoof that has annoyed Michael so much. Whether the recreation of the 'Just Lose It' vid will include running round the streets of Rome naked remains to be seen.

And finally from the Mathers desk, and a spokesman for the Royal Parks in London has denied reports that Eminem is to play a Hyde Park gig next summer. A spokesman for the Royal Parks people told NME: "The Royal Parks has learnt a number of websites are selling tickets for an Eminem concert in Hyde Park next summer. The Royal Parks would like to confirm that we have not at any time been approached regarding this supposed concert, and therefore there is no Eminem concert scheduled for Hyde Park next year".

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RADIO 4 CANCEL GIGS
Talking of gigs that aren't happening, Radio 4 have had to cancel their up coming French and UK tour dates after doctors told bassist / singer Anthony Roman he shouldn't travel because of a continuing medical problem.

A statement issued on behalf of the band yesterday said: "It was a tough last week for Radio 4. The President was re-elected and Radio 4 has been forced to cancel their of tour France and the UK this month. During the band's US tour with The Libertines, Bassist/Singer Anthony Roman, became inflicted with a physical ailment. Since returning from the tour, a battery of hospital-administered tests have so far proven inconclusive. Anthony has been directed by his Doctor not to travel until further notice. The band is terribly upset they will not be able to take part in the Les Inrocktibles-sponsored tour of France or do their UK tour with New York friends The French Kicks supporting".

The band's percussionist PJ O'Connor told CMU: "We look forward to returning to Europe when and only when Roman is medically cleared to continue. Nobody is more disappointed about cancelling our commitments than Anthony, but touring is not an option as his condition has not improved. Our concern right now is for his well being. We'll see you in 2005".

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MARK B DATES AND DOWNLOAD
Mark B has confirmed two dates for later this month - The Cockpit in Leeds on 11 Nov, and Beatdown @ Event 2 in Brighton on 18 Nov. Meanwhile, you can check the video to Mark B's recent single 'Move...Now' at the following URLs:

http://www.7digital.com/downloads/markb/move_now_high.asx [ broadband]
http://www.7digital.com/downloads/markb/move_now_lo.asx [dial up modem ]

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ALMOND HAS MADE "REMARKABLE RECOVERY"
Latest word on Marc Almond is that he has made a "remarkable" recovery, and has now moved to a private hospital to recuperate after quickly recovering from the surgery necessary after that motorcycle accident last month.

A statement on Almond's website reports: "His progress can only be described as remarkable, he attributes a lot of this to the thousands of messages of love and support he has received from fans, friends, the general public the world over as well as many other recording artists. Although he has some way to go to full recovery he is looking forward to getting back to work when he can. We never imagined that after only three weeks we'd be sitting in a room drinking tea and laughing and joking with him just like before (you'll be pleased to hear his sense of humour hasn't suffered one bit)."

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GRAY CREATES SOUNDTRACK FOR NEW BRIT FLICK
The latest project from David Gray is the soundtrack to a new British movie called 'A Way Of Life', which has been seen at the recent Toronto and San Sebastian International Film Festivals, and which will open in the UK on Friday. Gray got involved in the project at the request of the film's director Amma Asante. Apparently she listened constantly to Gray's 'White Ladder' album while she was making the movie, and claims Gray's music helped her overcome writers block. So much so, that when she finished her script she wrote to Gray to ask him if he would be interested in writing the music for her film - and he agreed!

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FORMER NEW MODEL ARMY DRUMMER DIES
The one time drummer with alternative rockers New Model Army, Robert Heaton, died last week, seemingly after an undiagnosed battle with pancreatic cancer. He had previously fought cancer in the late eighties when a brain tumour forced him to drop out of the band. Although the band's drummer, Heaton wrote several of New Model Army's best known songs, including 'Here Comes the War'.

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ROB DA BANK TO FILL IN ON PEEL SLOT
Mr Sunday Best Rob Da Bank will fill in on the old John Peel slot on Radio 1 for the foreseeable future. While Peels' show was taken over by Steve Lamacq and Mary Anne Hobbs immediately after the legendary broadcaster's sudden death, Bank starting filling in on the late night slot last week, using play-lists already planned by Peel. Latest word from Radio 1 is that Bank will fill in until at least the end of the year while a replacement show is developed.

Rob has been presenting shows on Radio 1 for nearly two years - focused primarily on his own early weekend show The Blue Room. Paying tribute to Peel, Bank told reporters: "Without him I certainly wouldn't be on the radio and quite probably wouldn't possess my rabid taste for eclectic music".

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EXTRA YEAH YEAH YEAHS DATE
Having sold out their Brixton Academy date next month, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have added an extra London date, they will now play at the Kentish Town Forum the following night too - 16 Nov - supported by the Blood Brothers.

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MERCURY REV LIVE DATES
With new album 'The Secret Migration' scheduled for release on 24 Jan, CMU favourites Mercury Rev have announced two live dates for next Spring:

12 Mar: Carling Hammersmith Apollo
13 Mar: Southampton Guildhall

Meanwhile you can download a new Mercury Rev single - 'Secret for a Song' - at http://www.7digital.com/downloads/mercury/

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GRADE STRESSES BEEB'S ONLINE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMITMENT
Speaking at a CBI conference on Monday, BBC Chairman Michael Grade has confirmed the Corporation has rethought its online strategy following the Graf Report earlier this year - the report criticised the Beeb for competing in commercial domains online. The BBC closed down five of its sites almost immediately after the report was issued - including their What's On listings site, Fantasy Football, gaming and surfing portals and the Pure Soap site.

Speaking this week, Grade said: "We are publishing new, much more tightly drawn objectives. They focus on how bbc.co.uk can be made more distinctive, and deliver more public value, in this developing and growing market. We've reviewed our portfolio of websites and closed down some sites because they would not meet our new test of public value. There are further closures and spending reallocations within online to come as we specify what we won't do, as well as what we will."

Which websites are now likely to go following that review remains to be seen - though any axes are expected to fall before Christmas.

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ZERO 7 REMIX COMPETITION
An online competition where music fans get to remix a track - now there's an original idea (on a complete aside, if you want to subscribe to the Remix Update, the free e-newsletter produced by CMU to accompany Eddy TM's Xfm radio show The Remix, just send an email to remix.subscribe@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk).

Anyway, Zero 7 are giving budding remixers the chance to remix their track 'Warm Sound' from the band's double gold album 'When It Falls'. You can download the vocal at http://www.zero7.co.uk and then remix away. The remix that most excites Zero 7 themselves will then get a limited edition 12" release by Atlantic Records.

If you're looking for inspiration, perhaps seeing the band live will help, upcoming live dates as follows:

14 Nov: Bristol Colston Hall
15 Nov: Exeter Great Hall
16 Nov: Reading Hexagon
18 Nov: Leeds University
19 Nov: Manchester Apollo
20 Nov: Glasgow Academy
22 Nov: Cambridge Corn Exchange
23 Nov: Wolverhampton Civic
24 Nov: Brighton Centre

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MTV FOLLOW LISA SCOTT LEE
Word is that MTV plan to follow former Steps star Lisa Scott-Lee and her family in their latest pop reality show. Lisa's husband, Johnny Shentall, short lived star of Hear'say, as well as her brother Andy, who appeared in the second series of Pop Idol, and his girlfriend, Liberty X's Michelle Heaton, are all expected to appear. An insider told reporters: "It will be a classic, compelling show in the Osbournes/Newlyweds mould, as these stars and their loved ones expose real emotions and relationships. There will be laughter. There will be highs and lows."

Pop reality shows are likely to be available in abundance in the next year. MTV already have another show in development following Busted on tour, while word has it Madonna and Guy Ritchie are taking part in a warts-and-all fly on the wall show.

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MORE ELTON FUN
So, was the PR brief "say as many controversial-yet-harmless things as possible", or is Elton John just turning into a very grumpy old man? Either way, Elton caused more trouble when interviewed by Chris Moyles on the Radio 1 breakfast show yesterday. Having told Chris: "I haven't been to the BBC for so long I almost went to the other building - but I saw Tony Blackburn on a walking stick and I thought 'No, it's the wrong fucking place'"; he then asked his host whether it was OK to say "wank", "tits", "bugger" and "bollocks" on live radio. Moyles responded: "You're listening to my last show on Radio 1".

The interview followed an albeit calm rant over Pop Idol et al in The Mirror this weekend. In that interview Elton 'said he thought Pop Idol and X Factor had had their day, adding: "I feel really sorry for Michelle McManus. I think they picked her because of her size and because she's so different. She's obviously a very sweet girl and my heart goes out to her. They don't prepare them for when it all starts to go wrong. They don't care. She's a good enough singer, but come on, she's not a pop star. Her situation is cruel and I feel sorry for her. She'll be ringing me up next." He went on to observe that "the last Pop Idol featured a really mediocre bunch of people", and he should know, given that he guested on one edition of the show.

Meanwhile, and back in full rant mode, Elton is rumoured to have said of Cherie Blair's adviser Carole Caplin "she's a mindless fucking turd".

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