CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 7th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Glastonbury wins UK Festival Award
- Marianne Faithfull cancels tour after seizure
- Composers take on telly companies via OFT
- Live Review: The Faint at Mean Fiddler
- Madonna dumps manager over affair concerns
- Napster man talks up new service
- Megaman in court over murder charges
- X Factor finalist looking forward to Woolies profile
- The Subways interview
- Motley Crue will tour after all
- Paris Hilton covers classic tracks
- Is Standard Lite coming?
- Single Review: The Silent League - Breathe
- Big changes at BBC mean job cuts
- Hero2hero starts tonight
- Slint plan more live dates
- Plans for London dance conference
- Jackson hints at Nelly / Ashanti romance
- ROTD award music journalism and PR talent


Currently doing well in the voting stakes: Mylo, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Delays, Max Sedgley and Kasabian - but what is your favourite track? Email your vote and a 50 word description of why it is your favourite to

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SAME SIX QUESTIONS: Kaiser Saucy of the Loose Cannons

How did you start out making music for a living?
Fell from the sky with a bass guitar. Never learned how to play it but I sure loved the way it ker-twanged as we hit the ground.

What inspired your latest album?
17 stories of mounting debt.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
Turmoil. Heartbreak. Insecurity. Coincidence. Retribution. Inspiration. Elation. Ambivalence. Pleasure. Surprise. Litigation.

Which artists influence your work?
Absolutely everyone. Sometimes you can see something from a totally new perspective from the most unlikely of sources. We're always looking for new ways to shake it up - so influences come from the whole spectrum from fallen idols to pop idols to bone idles. And sometimes even Billy Idol.

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
God bless you & all who sail in you.

What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Isn't that seven questions?

The Loose Cannons' single 'Got It All' is out next Monday on Fat Fox Records. If you don't review / play / buy it there is a chance we'll never talk to you ever again. The uninitiated can check out the Loose Cannons at a special Xmas Ball at the 10 Room on Air Street this Friday at 6.30pm - to get on the guest list email


Well no surprises here really - the UK's festival-going public have voted Glastonbury as the Best Major Festival in the first ever Festival Awards, run by our good friends over at

Commenting on Glastonbury's double win - they were also named Most Innovative Festival - organiser Michael Eavis told CMU: "Obviously I am very, very pleased that the public have recognised our work. It is a great accolade. It is thanks to the great team we have working here doing a fantastic job every year. We come up with new ideas for the festival all the time and I'm thrilled to bits the public like that. My ideas come in the middle of the night. I always keep a torch and a notebook by the side of my bed to write them down."

Other winners in the awards - nominations for which were set by 100 music journalists, with some 17,000 music fans then voting on the overall winners - included Creamfields, named Best Dance Festival; Big Chill, named Best Small Festival; Get Loaded In The Park named Best New Festival; and Party In The Park named Best One-Day Festival.

On the music side Muse took Best Live Act for their performances at the Glastonbury and V festivals, Keane were named Best Live Newcomer, Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out' was named Anthem Of The Summer, while a hasty exit from the Reading Festival stage by rapper 50 Cent after a rowdy audience started throwing stuff at him was voted Most Memorable Live Moment.


Marianne Faithfull has been forced to cancel her current European tour, which was due to end in London later this month, because of illness. Faithfull collapsed with a seizure just prior to taking the stage in Milan last Wednesday. Doctors subsequently said chronic exhaustion was making her ill. There were hopes she might be able to continue with the tour after a few days rest, but doctors have now advised she take three months off, meaning all remaining tour dates have been cancelled. Dates will be rescheduled so fans with tickets are advised to hold onto them for the time being. Commenting on the cancellation Faithfull told reporters: "I'm sorry to have let my fans down, but I will be back".


More Office Of Fair Trading news for you (following the story yesterday that the OFT has reported Apple iTunes to the European Commissions over allegations its UK pricing is unfair). This time the complaint has been lodged with the OFT by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters.

They want OFT officials to investigate a practice in the TV industry whereby broadcasters and producers commissioning musicians to write music for their programmes often force composers to sign over the publishing rights to their work to a music publishing house chosen by the TV company. If the musician refuses they risk losing the commission.

With this system on the increase, the British Academy wants the OFT to take action on the basis that the TV companies are participating in anti-competitive practices by making the market place closed to composers who are not willing to assign their rights - creating an environment where composers are left with the choice "sign or don't work".

Commenting on the action, Academy chairman David Ferguson told CMU: "Royalties are a vital part of media composers' earnings, in many cases 60 or 70 per cent of their total income. If they are forced to give away a large percentage of this, simply for the privilege of working, it can have a devastating effect on their livelihood. A great many of our members are extremely angry at what they see as bullying and an abuse of power by certain broadcasters and production companies. I for one have suffered the midnight phone call from a rabid lawyer telling me that if I didn't assign my publishing I'd 'never work in this industry again'. We have a duty to fight as hard as we can on behalf of our members to put an end to this unnecessary and underhand practice."

A similar campaign is being launched by the Swedish composers' association SKAP against broadcasters there. The two representative bodies hope organisations representing composers all over Europe will follow suit.

Press info on the campaign is available from Alice Lemon at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters on 020 7636 2929, or email


LIVE REVIEW: The Faint at Mean Fiddler on 30 Nov
The sound of The Faint is very in hock to 80's electronica so tonight I was expecting to see lots of New Romantic stylee eyeliner, dyed hair, and some flouncing around possibly in chiffon and most probably lots of pouting. But not a bit of it, the band look like archetypal scruffy New York punks. Perhaps realising they're lacking in the glamour stakes The Faint use a highly impressive slide show to accompany their performance. Logically enough they begin with 'Birth' and the track is complimented by slides of a foetus and some entrancing animation. Current album 'Wet From Birth' is the band's fourth and although their music has new wave roots it has become progressively darker and more electronic. Highlights include the Depeche Mode-esque beeps and squeals of 'How Could I Forget' and the thumping electro riffs of the glitter stomping 'Erection'. They also throw in a cover of the Talking Heads classic 'Psycho Killer', not an easy choice to pull off, but they manage it with aplomb. Although disappointingly they don't play current single, the jaunty string-laden 'Southern Belles In London Sing'. The audience is a mixed bunch; hipsters mingle with androgynous youths and a trio of ZZ Top look-alikes. It's been a while since I've been to a gig where the audience dance so enthusiastically. With their punk origins and dancey electro Omaha's The Faint could fit in quite comfortably with NY funk-punkers. Certainly both on record or live they're a band well worth checking out. JW


Madonna parted company with her manager of thirteen years, Caresse Henry, because her personal life contravened her new found Kabbalah beliefs - or at least that is what the gossipers are now saying. Word is Madonna discovered Henry, who has also converted to the Kabbalah faith, was having an affair with her personal bouncer - a contravention of the religion's rules of monogamy and faithfulness.

Apparently Caresse had a serious partner back in America and bouncer Ricky Dallanegra was then living with his girlfriend in London when their affair began. Following the discovery about the affair Madonna and Caresse decided they could no longer work together. Caresse and Dallanegra have subsequently left their respective partners to be together.

The Sun reports a source as saying: "Madonna and Guy are deeply committed to their Kabbalah faith which preaches monogamy and faithfulness. When she found out her manager was having an affair with her own bodyguard she was devastated."


The man who created the original Napster, Shawn Fanning, has been speaking about his new venture Snocap, an attempt to build a legitimate P2P model which gives consumers the facilities of a Kazaa style file sharing network, but which pays content owners a royalty.

Fanning reckons the key problem with the legal download platforms like iTunes and the new Napster is that, despite their large catalogues of tracks, they do not offer anywhere near the same amount and range of content that the illegal download platforms do. "There's nothing out there offering a content experience with the breadth and content on peer-to-peer thus far. It is clear something is missing."

Fanning's new system identifies every track on a P2P network by "acoustic fingerprinting", so oblivious of where a track comes from or how it is encoded in theory the database can identify a track's name and the content owner. That content owner, providing they are registered with Snocap, can then control what users sharing those files can do with them ñ i.e. whether they can listen to them for free, if so how many times and on what devices.

If it works Fanning could have created that holy grail of the download sector - a legal P2P network that carries large amounts of copyrighted material. However, while the Universal Music Group has already announced it will register its music with Snocap, and new P2P network Mashboxxxx says it plans to use the service, some question if it will be truly successful.

A big problem will be convincing the major P2P networks, like Kazaa and Morpheus, to adopt Snocap - and then to persuade the members of those networks to use the legitimate service rather than finding alternative uncontrolled P2P networks.

Some insiders also say a potential problem will be that, if both the major networks like Kazaa and the major record labels adopt Snocap, then the latter will be admitting that the former has a legitimate use. A key part in the P2P companies' defence against the record labels' accusations that Kazaa et al exist exclusively to aid copyright infringement is that their networks have legitimate uses too - the record labels currently dispute that but, if they sign up to Snocap, would be suggesting otherwise.


For those of you tracking these things, So Solid Crew member Megaman has been to court to face those murder charges. As previously reported, Megaman, real name Dwayne Vincent, is accused of being involved in the fatal shooting of one Colin Scarlett on 6 Nov. Vincent was in court on Friday to here the charges (well, he was there via video link from Belmarsh Prison) - he will return to court for the next stage of the case on 19 Jan.


X Factor finalist Steve Brookstein has said his dream is to walk into Woolworths and see his album on their shelves - which might just come true if he wins the TV competition this weekend (though it might be a short lived dream if Michelle's post-Pop Idol career is anything to go by!).

Brookstein: "I want to walk into Woolworths and see loads of copies of my album in the No.1 slot."

On his chances on the final this weekend he continued: "Never appearing in the bottom two does make me feel more confident, but at the same time I know how quickly it could all change."

And on the upcoming X Factor tour he said: "I'm used to singing in working men's clubs in front of 200 people - singing in front of 15,000 at Wembley will be amazing."


For those of you who witnessed/heard about The Subways' performance at this year's In The City may be interested to know the band (not to be confused with the Sunday Best band Subway btw) are now signed to Warner and working on a debut album. We know this via our friends at - you can watch their video interview with the band at Bands_and_Artists/S/Subways


Well, there was that announcement that we didn't report that the Motley Crue were reforming to tour. Then there was that retraction of that announcement that we did report on. Now another report that said reunion tour is, in fact, going ahead - so, should we report on it? Oh, what the hell.

According to the BBC Motley Crue announced at a press conference yesterday that, after five years apart, they will reunite in the New Year for a tour that will visit more than 60 cities across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. The UK dates will take place in Jun in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London, where the support act will be Killing Joke.

Confirming the tour singer Vince Neil told reporters: "We're just ready to go out and rock. We're still Motley. We still rock".

Mags Revell of Metropolis Music Group, who has put the tour together, added: "I honestly did not know until now whether Motley Crue would respond to our efforts... this is the band that we all never thought we'd have the chance to see live again and I strongly admire them for responding to their fans. It is the realisation of a dream for so many people for whom Motley Crue represents what rock music is all about."


Paris Hilton, who is in the process of going for a pop career, has reportedly recorded cover versions of Bowie's track 'Fame' and Blondie's 1979 number one 'Heart Of Glass'. She has told MTV: "They're really hot tracks". Her debut album and single are expected early next year - oh joy.


Everyone (well, mainly the Media Guardian) is speculating that the Evening Standard is about to launch a slimmed down free lunch time edition, modeled on the Metro but taking some content from the main Standard paper and, possibly, sister title the Daily Mail in order to increase its reach for advertisers. Speculation is growing after the paper called a meeting for its key advertisers. Word is opinion is mixed both within and outside the Standard as to whether the plan will succeed in securing Associated Newspaper's hold on the London print media market (they currently publish both Metro and the Standard, but face possible new competition from Richard Desmond), or whether the launch of another free paper will hit the sales of their newsstand papers.


SINGLE REVIEW: The Silent League - Breathe (Something In Construction)
Time to hastily re-write my Singles Of The Year list then: this debut UK release from Brooklyn residents The Silent League (essentially Mercury Rev keyboardist Justin Rosso and a host of hired hands) is fantastic. It's got that whole Granddaddy/Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev vibe about it, only infinitely more subtle, tender and beautiful. There's a very strong Brian Wilson influence too; in fact, with its wisps of psychedelia married to lushly orchestrated mellowness, it all also suggests the '70s, particularly Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon'. (And that's before we get into the lyrics - the chorus of "just breathe, breathe in the air" making the connection even more explicit). This'd normally be the kind of thing I'd only fleetingly fancy for about two seconds, rather than falling hopelessly in love with it after about three listens. I'm still not sure whether it's incredibly sad or joyously uplifting; either way, it's a perfect and soothing riposte to these cold dark nights. Ideal for listening to whilst holed up under the duvet, as you try to hide from the human race until the Spring. MS
Release date: 6 Dec
Press contact: Wild [all]


Big changes planned at the BBC under new Director General Mark Thompson - and word is those changes mean big job cuts (about half of the BBC's 'support staff' are expected to go) and the relocation of children's programmes, sport and Radio 5Live to Manchester. According to the Guardian the changes will save some £320 million and could lead up to 6000 job cuts. Having revealed his plans to senior managers last night, Thompson is expected to reveal more specific information (and to wax lyrical about the exciting future of the BBC in the digital age) to the wider BBC workforce later today.


Dazed & Confused and O2 are staging three nights in aid of the Nordoff Robbins trust at the Shepherds Bush Empire kicking off tonight. Tickets from £10 to £25 are available from 020 8968 050. The line-ups kinda talk for themselves:

Tuesday 7 Dec: Roy Ayers, Estelle, TY, DJ Cash Money

Wednesday 8 Dec: Ronnie Wood, Charlatans, Babyshambles, The Magic Numbers, DJ The Bees

Thursday 9 Dec: Damon Dash presents NORE with Big Daddy Kane


Having confirmed they will reform for the UK edition of All Tomorrow's Parties next year, and that they will throw in a London gig at the Kentish Town Forum on 1 Mar too, indie rock icons Slint have also confirmed four US dates in March - hitting San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago twice. More American and European dates are expected. Back together for the first time in ten years, there is no word on whether the tour may lead to any new recorded material from the band.


Word is that there are plans afoot to launch a London Music Conference akin to Miami's Winter Music Conference, New York's Billboard Dance Summit and Barcelona's Sonar Festival. All we know so far is that it is likely to take place over the May Day weekend at the Old Truman Brewery. More when we get it.


Leaving the really important stuff to last - Samuel L Jackson has added fuel to rumours Nelly and Ashanti are dating after he told reporters the rapper regularly visited her on the set of her new movie. While Ashanti denies there is any romance between her and the rapper, one source has told reporters: "Nelly would bring her organic vegetarian meals all the time because she didn't like the commissary food." Jackson confirmed those rumours, at least, by saying "Let's just say I ate more craft service because Nelly wasn't bringing food to me every day."


One for all you media types out there. Record Of The Day have surveyed their subscribers regarding the best in music journalism and music PR in order to compile the very first 'Notes Of Distinction' awards. And well done to all of the following:

Best record reviewer:
Winner: Dan Cairns, The Times
Runner-Up: Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Best live reviewer:
Winner: John Aizlewood, Evening Standard
Runner-Up: David Sinclair, The Times

Best showbiz column:
Winner: Star Hot
Runner-Up: News Of The World

Best Showbiz journalist:
Winner: Joe Mott, Daily Star
Runner-Up: Sean Hamilton, The Sun

Best music magazine:
Winner: Word
Runner-Up: Observer Music Monthly

Best music coverage in non-music media:
Winner: Time Out
Runner-Up: Teletext

Best music coverage in a newspaper:
Winner: Observer Music Monthly
Runner-Up: The Guardian

Best editor (music related):
Winner: Mark Ellen, Word
Runner-Up: Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Observer Music Monthly

Best grassroots (fanzine, magazine or website):
Winner: Popjustice
Runner-Up: Drowned In Sound

Best artist/music feature writer:
Winner: Stevie Chick, Kerrang! / TheTimes / Loose Lips Sink Ships
Runner-Up: Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Best business/new media feature writer
Winner: Paul Sexton, Billboard, FT, The Times and more

Best in-house press person:
Winner: Sundraj Sreenivasan, Polydor
Runner-Up: Andy Prevezer, Warner Bros

Best independent press person:
Winner: Bernard Doherty, LD Publicity
Runner-Up: Nienke Klop, All Press

Best in-house press department:
Winner: Polydor
Runner-Up: EMI

Best independent press company:
Winner: Richard Wootton Publicity
Runner-Up: LD Publicity

Best press campaign:
Winner: Goldie Lookin Chain
Runner-Up: Amanda Freeman at Sainted for Embrace

Voter comments are included in this week's edition of Record Of The Day - press info from

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