CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 19th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Americans dominate at MTV Europe Music Awards
- Band Aid set to be biggest download to date
- Last Peel show aired tonight
- Beatles tributes to be washed away at Abbey Road Studios
- Eminem to play on the Thames tonight
- Album Review: Ame - Ame
- Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster tour
- The Others tour
- Two Lone Swordsmen play first London gig
- Chemical Bros tour
- Hives tour
- Check the beats
- Metal showcase
- Britney and Kevin plan fashion line
- Album Review: The Spill Canvas - Sunsets And Car Crashes
- Former Viacom boss joins Sirius
- Infinity cut commercial ties to independent promoters
- POD on the new album
- Great British TV launch postponed
- Ja Rule's manager arrested as Murder Inc investigations continue
- Norwegian rap group continue anti-Bush campaign
- Madonna committed to Kabbalah
- Robbie scared with Bush in charge


Yep, it is that time of year when everyone starts running mindless polls on what were the best things about 2004. We love mindless polls, so wouldn't want to be left out. So - what was your favourite track of 2004? Email us the name of your favourite track with a 50 word explanation to - we'll publish people's nominations throughout December, with an overall top ten announced on Christmas Eve. Fun, fun.

This month's London Music Network Playback Party celebrates the launch of LMN's latest album of the month - Elefant's 'Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid'. Elefant will be playing live, plus support and DJs, oh yes, and a free bottle of Becks for everyone. All takes place on 25 November at the Marquee on Leicester Square - and you CMU readers are all invited. To get on the guest list email

Not only will you find the latest CMU Digest online, but the CMU Tracklisting returns from its longer-than-expected break (!) later on today rounding up everything that has been played on alternative radio in the last seven days. Download your copy from



VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Chew The Fat! at The End
One of my fave venues and a very good club night - yep, Fat! has relocated from Brixton's Bug bar to The End, allowing me to mention both in one foul swoop (and meaning the Fat boys get to play with The End's fantastic sound system). As always Fat! Records head honcho Paul Arnold will be hitting it hard, plus this time round CMU fave Rennie Pilgrem will be dashing down some beats and ting while Soul of Man and Skool Of Thought get in on the action shoring up the breaks main room. In the back we have those other CMU faves, the Catskills records crew, with Pepe Deluxe, Bushy , Black Grass and Infinite Potential doing a 'live' set. Gonna be good.

Friday 19 Nov, Chew the Fat! at The End, 18 West Central Street, WC1A 7JJ, 10pm-5am, £10, £6 (NUS), more at, press info from

Think your club is good enough to take the tip?? Then email all the info to with the date of your club event in the header.


It may have been the MTV Europe Music Awards, but once again America dominated with Britney Spears, Usher and OutKast taking key gongs at the annual pan-European awards event, this year staged in Rome.

OutKast were the biggest winners, taking three awards for Best Group, Best Video and Best Song (for 'Hey Ya!'). Usher took Best Male and Best Album for 'Confessions' while Britney was named Best Female.

Other Americans among the winners list included the Black Eyed Peas (Best Pop Act), Maroon 5 (Best New Act), Linkin Park (Best Rock Band) and D12 (Best Hip Hop). The latter was actually quite a surprise, with Eminem telling the ceremony: "D12 finally won an award, thank you very much."
In fact the only Europeans to win one of the main awards on the night were Britain's Muse who took the gong for Best Alternative Act.


The company managing the Band Aid 20 website reckon the charity track will be the biggest download ever, and I think they might be right. 7 Digital Media's Ben Drury told CMU: "Band Aid 20 is set to be the best-selling download ever. After just a few hours we have already seen thousands of downloads of the track. Most people are downloading both the new version and the original 1984 recording for £1.99. With the track being available for download we're able to raise thousands of pounds for the children of Africa even before a single CD is sold. Twenty years ago this was not possible and it was weeks before funds started rolling in. But with new technology we are able to take a track that was recorded on Sunday and have it available for download today".

To be the biggest download ever it will have to beat U2's Vertigo, which has been downloaded more than 20,000 times - a feat Drury expects will occur before Christmas. As previously reported, you can buy the digital track from various download platforms, or direct from

Elsewhere in Band Aid news, the video of the new version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas' was screened on TV for the first time just before 6pm yesterday, introduced by Madonna. In, what might be considered a slight moment of overkill, the video simultaneously premiered on BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Sky One. In her introduction Madonna's told viewers: "Twenty years ago, I performed at Live Aid and the world watched. You saw me and my generation demanding a change. Once again, here we are 20 years later. More people die of hunger in Africa than war and Aids put together. In a world of plenty, it is hard to imagine that most African children will go to bed tonight hungry. Bob Geldof and his friends are here to remind you that we can never forget. Not ever. Feed the world. I am honoured to introduce Band Aid 20."

The single is released a week on Monday and remains favourite to be Christmas number one, though bookies have shortened the odds a little having heard the new version of the track (it being a bit rubbish and all that - but the original is on the b-side don't forget!). But in this day and age it's not the single sales that really count is it? You make the real money on the ring tone - and the 'Do They Know It's Christmas' ringtone, in aid of the Band Aid Trust, will be available any day now. Hurrah.


The final programme John Peel recorded for the BBC World Service before he died last month will be aired tonight at 10.30pm. Needless to say it is pretty eclectic musically, with music from Sweden, Germany, America, and new Liverpool band Ella Guru. Well worth tuning in for (especially as the Jonathan Ross show has been kicked out of the BBC 1 schedules by Children In Need).


Tributes to the Beatles written by fans on the walls outside the Abbey Road Studios in London will only be on show for one week following an agreement between the owners of the studios and the local council.

Ever since John Lennon's death in 1980 the Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles recorded the vast majority of their music, have become something of a shrine, with a tradition of fans leaving graffiti tributes on the white washed walls outside the studios. But the tradition has become increasingly unpopular with local residents, so much so the local council has said it will re-white wash the walls on a weekly basis to keep the amount of graffiti on show at any one time to the absolute minimum. Previously the studio's owners would re-white wash the walls every couple of months.

The studios' MD, David Holly, confirming he had reached a deal with the local council regarding the graffiti, told reporters this week: "We have no objections to people writing on the wall. We rather like it. Some of our neighbours are not quite so keen. People can still leave their messages - it just does not stay up quite so long."

Local councillor Judith Harner is not so keen on the graffiti and is fully backing the move to keep it to the minimum. She told reporters: "One person's so-called tradition is somebody else's eyesore. Would you do that to the Vatican? People leave their names and 'we love John, Paul, George and Ringo' all over the Abbey Road signpost and it frequently gets stolen."


In addition to that secret venue gig tomorrow night (the venue is announced today on Kiss FM - it may well have already been announced by the time you read this - Popbitch reckoned the venue was the Islington Academy), Eminem will put on a short show tonight on the Thames. He is recording two tracks for Top of the Pops on HMS Belfast tonight at around about 6pm.


ALBUM REVIEW: Ame - Ame (Sonar Kollectiv)
The Jazzanova boys at SK have rounded up another winner by signing Berlin duo Beyer and Wiedemann, aka Ame (French for soul, don't you know). This is a great debut album - working that jazzanova nu-jazz electronic vibe with considerable aplomb. From the funky beats of 'Sun Sugar' to the jazzanova styled 'Tonite', the pair do well. And while the moody dub of 'Ojomo' is a little weak in its dub references, and 'Sarai' is a little over retro for my liking, things get very much up to speed with 'Hydrolic Dog' while 'Shiro' is close to being my favourite track of the year. An excellent album and a pair to keep an eye on. PV
Release date: 8 Nov
Press contact: Rocketscience [all]


Loads of gig listings to get through, first up the Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster announce their last gigs of 2004:

18 Dec: Stoke Underground
19 Dec: Brighton, Concorde


Next up, The Others have announced a series of gigs for December, as follows:

10 Dec: Glastonbury Assembly Rooms
11 Dec: Stoke Underground
12 Dec: Stockton Georgian Theatre
13 Dec: Wrexham Central Station
14 Dec: Preston The Mill
15 Dec: Northampton Soundhaus
16 Dec: London Scala

More info at


Two Lone Swordsmen play their first ever London live show this weekend at Fabric. We're talking full five piece band with Andy Weatherhall on vocals. They appear on a extensive bill which also features Mike Shannon, Portable, Craig Richards, Miss Kitten and Afuken - press info from Dog Day Press (


Looking further ahead, The Chemical Brothers have announced a UK tour to promote new album 'Push The Buttons', which is due on 24 Jan. Dates as follows:

11 Mar: Manchester Apollo
12 Mar: Glasgow Academy
15 Mar: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
18 & 19 Mar: Brixton Academy


And looking even further ahead, The Hives have announced dates for next Apr, as follows:

16 Apr: Brighton Dome
20 Apr: Carling Apollo Hammersmith
23 Apr: Cambridge Corn Exchange
25 Apr: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
26 Apr: Norwich UEA


While you've got your diaries out, give this the once over. Next week London's The Place is hosting four interesting nights under the banner of 'Dance:Beats', all about presenting some of the most innovative talents in the wider dance industry. Line ups as follows:

23 Nov: Double A Side
Carmen Vilches' unique modern take on Flamenco meets The Dance Movement, directed by Jeanette Brooks inspired by live poetry

24 Nov: Live Beats
Musicians plus DJs Bizznizz (of DMC turntable champions The En4cers) and Sparkii (Courtney Pine collaborator and original member of legendary UK Hip Hop outfit London Posse) perform alongside five improvised solos.

26 Nov: Dance:Beats Singles
Solos and duets from dance mavericks Robert Hylton, Anita Letang, Saju Hari, Maria Ghoumrassi and a piece presented by 2004 Place Prize winner Rafael Bonachela.

27 Nov: Dance:Beats Compilation
Respected hip hop dance crews Boy Blue, Zoo Nation and all girl collective Twitch take the stage for a breakdancing extravaganza following their acclaimed performances at Breakin Convention.

More info from - press info from


Finally for the gigs bit, Clickmusic and the Rin Down Crew have confirmed a night of metal at the Islington Academy on 17 Dec featuring The Inbreds, PDHM and 209. The whole thing will be followed up by an aftershow party at Camden's SinCity. DJs at both events will include Abi (209), Tony (PDHM), Absolute Maz ( and The Inbreds.

More info at - press info from


Before you start planning your new wardrobe for 2005 it might be worth noting that Britney Spears and new husband Kevin Federline are planning a new line of his 'n' hers clothing, which will surely
feature very high on all of your fashion wish lists. A source told reporters: "They are really hot on this, especially Kevin. He thinks he has great style".


ALBUM REVIEW: The Spill Canvas - Sunsets and Car Crashes (Mighty Atom)
Get all the most heart-felt bits of any emo act you choose, have them sing songs by Jeff Buckley and give them My Chemical Romance as a backing band. Don't forget to make sure there's a few acoustic bits and lots of lovely syncopated rhythms and layered vocal harmonies too. Then you're kind of there - The Spill Canvas, I guess it's the emo hardcore equivalent of Lemon Jelly. The project of 19 year old American Nick Thomas,the angst and soul on 'Sunsets And Car Crashes' is simply vivid - in part due to the acoustic nature of the production not to mention the down-to-earth and matter-of-fact approach to matters of the heart. It's rare that you get to hear music of this kind stripped to it's bare essentials - guitar and voice. It is also rare because it works so well. JG
Release date: 22 Nov
Press contact: Hero PR [all]


US satellite radio group Sirius continued their steady growth yesterday by announcing that former Viacom boss Mel Karmazin had been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Current CEO Joseph P Clayton will stay on as Chairman. Confirming his appointment Karmazin told reporters: "This is a perfect opportunity for me because I want to lead a growth company that can reshape the landscape of the radio business. I am confident that Sirius will become a market leader in short order".

Sirius has become increasingly competitive in the American radio sector in recent months, most prominently through signing up Eminem and Howard Stern. The latter was in Manhattan this week bigging up his Sirius show even though it doesn't officially begin until Jan 2006 (that said, some reckon the start date may as yet come forward). He marched through the streets surrounded by strippers and fans telling everyone who would listen that they should get a Sirius satellite radio receiver, which will go down very well with the non-satellite radio stations who continue to syndicate his Infinity radio show.


Talking of Infinity Radio, the Viacom radio division has said it has stopped its station managers from "doing business" with independent radio promoters. Their announcement follows similar moves made by rival groups Clear Channel and Cox Radio, and is an attempt to demonstrate once and for all that they don't accept money from record labels to play music on their stations.

Payola, while certainly not as widespread as in the past, is of concern again because New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is investigating whether record labels use independent promotion companies, who buy data off radio stations, as a way of buying airtime for their music on the sly.

The move does not stop radio stations dealing with independent promoters (ie being plugged music by them), but, in theory at least, stops any payment channels between promoters and stations which could be used to conceal payola.


In their latest newsletter to fans POD have updated fans on their developments on a new album. They write: "the new songs are coming out very, very heavy. We're in a place where we can hear from Jah and bring honour to the almighty". Somewhat ambiguously the band also add "something extraordinary is happening with POD right now", but they don't elaborate on what that might be.


The launch of that previously reported new digital station The Great British Television Channel (which hopes to bring viewers some good old fashioned light entertainment) has been pushed back. Original plans had been to launch on Christmas Eve, but the launch will now take place on 29 Jan with a two hour special starring Jethro and Brian Conley. Joy.


Ja Rule's manager Ron 'Gutta' Robinson was arrested yesterday as investigations continue into the finances of the record label formerly known as Murder Inc, to which Ja Rule is signed.

Robinson stands accused of money laundering. Officials reckon he conspired with other unidentified suspects to launder more than $1 million between 1997 and 2002. The charges also claim the music manager "knew and believed that some of the laundered funds were the proceeds of ... a controlled substance".

That refers to ongoing suspicions that Murder Inc was financed, initially at least, by drug money, in particular from renowned crack dealer Kenneth 'Supreme' McGriff. While McGriff and the label's founder, Irv Gotti, consistently deny the rumours, investigations continue and last week the label's bookkeeper was indicted, also on money laundering charges.

Speaking for Robinson, defence lawyer Stacey Richman said her client did not wish to comment on his arrest except to say he will contest the charges.


Norwegian hip hop group Gatas Parlament are busy moving the hosting of their controversial website which appeared to advocate the assassination of George Bush after US officials persuaded police in Oslo to close it down. The site, which the band maintain is a satirical assault on the Bush presidency, and not an actual call for violent action against him, was off line for a while. Gatas Parlament hope to keep it live by hosting it outside Norway, though they are finding other ISPs are now wary of hosting their site.

In a statement on their home page the band write: "Two weeks has passed since Norwegian police closed our site on orders from the US Embassy in Norway without them telling us anything or even notifying us. It's our opinion that they have no right to close our site down, and that whether or not the page is up has no influence on George W Bushs actual safety. We have decided to go on with our campaign and has moved it out of Norway. We encourage people to make copies of our site, granted that you don't alter our content. Stay tuned. "

All things being equal, you can check the site at


Talking of the Bush boy, Madonna reckons that the Prez would be a better leader if he read Kabbalah. She told reporters: "To get George Bush to study Kabbalah. Yes. It would be amazing".

Madonna made the comments while defending her commitment to the mystical offshoot of Judaism. While she admitted some celebs were adopting the faith because it was fashionable, she said that for her it was not a fad. Speaking to CNN she said: "I wouldn't say studying Kabbalah for eight years goes under the category or falls under the category of being a fad or a trend. Now there might be people who are interested in it because they think it's trendy, but I can assure you that studying Kabbalah is actually a very challenging thing to do. It requires a lot of work, a lot of reading, a lot of time, a lot of commitment and a lot of discipline".


One last bit of George Bush related news, and our quote of the week. According to the Evening Standard, Robbie Williams, when asked about the re-election of the American president, said: "I'm scared for the world. This guy is obviously an idiot. He can't speak. I'd do a better job than him - and I'm not very bright, I'm not".

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