CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 4th February

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Doherty arrested
- Libertines may return this summer (minus Doherty of course)
- Jacko gives TV interview ahead of trial
- Spector landed with civil suit over murder charge
- French teacher fined for file sharing
- Bowie not to tour in 2005
- Album Review: Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman
- Global and local stars support MTV Asia Aid
- Franz Ferdinand man calls for more government support for music
- Grohl on his 2005 plans
- Album Review: Locus Of Control - To A Bloody War Or A Sickly
- Napster officially announce portable service
- Sony sets launch for PlayStation Portable launch in US
- MP3.com founder to launch new download platform
- GLC plan video download
- Bargrooves gets galaxy show
- 50 cent latest act to guest in Simpsons
- Ellison says 'no more pop for me'
- Cowell rants off screen too

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Split vs Transmat @ Turnmills
Turnmills (as I may have said before) is a decent venue, and tonight Detroit steps in. "The innovator" - the legendary Derrick May, will be backed up with that other stalwart: Robert Hood (check his recent awesome 'Wire To Wire' album on Peacefrog) and Andy Weatherall (Sabres Of Paradise) will be jacking it out, as will James Ruskin, Paul Mac and hosts Ben Sims and the Finkmeister. Should be good and rocks till 7 - retro meets future. Motor City style.

Saturday 5 Feb, Turnmills, 63B Clerkenwell Road, London. EC1M 5NP, 10pm - 7am. £15 advance, more info at http://www.splitmusic.net, press info from jonas@electronicpm.co.uk

MARC'S CLUB TIP: Love Your Enemies
I don't do this much, but this one has got us excited over on this side of the CMU music table. A new night - the list of bands on the flyer kinda says it all: Adam Ant, Always, Associates, Auteurs, Beach Boys, Carpenters, Chic, Denim, Dexys, Divine Comedy, Duran, Human League, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Pulp, Roxy Music, St Etienne, Spandau, Style Council, Supremes, Would-Be-Goods. See you there.
Sunday 6 Feb, The Pleasure Unit, 259 Bethnal Green Road (Bethnal Green Tube), 7pm-12pm, admission: free, all denominations welcome.

Think your club is good enough to take the tip?? Then email
vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk with the date of your club event in the header.

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DOHERTY ARRESTED
Well, CMU no longer needs to be the defender of Doherty, because the Babyshambles man has re-engaged the services of a legal professional having been charged with robbery and blackmail following that previously reported incident at an Islington hotel on Wednesday night. Doherty's lawyer last night told reporters: "[Pete] has been charged with two offences, one of blackmail, and one of robbery. They will be appearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court tomorrow morning [ie today] and they've been remanded in custody by police."

The specifics of the incident on Wednesday night aren't clear, though police were called to the hotel following reports a man had been assaulted. As we reported yesterday, that man is rumoured to be documentary maker Max Carlish, who filmed Doherty last summer. It was pictures of Doherty's drug taking from Carlish's film that appeared in the Sunday Mirror last weekend. We'll see if today's court hearing provides any more details on what exactly happened in that hotel earlier this week.

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LIBERTINES MAY RETURN THIS SUMMER (MINUS DOHERTY OF COURSE)
Talking of Doherty, it seems that we shouldn't be talking about his former band the Libertines in the past tense anymore. Despite a consensus before Christmas that Carl Barat et al were calling it a day - a consensus reached because of comments to that effect by Barat - it now seems that the Libertines may well continue without Doherty. US trade mag Billboard reports that the rest of the band are currently "taking time away from the band for a few months" with plans to reconvene for the summer festival circuit where they "hope to play new material intended for a new album, due out in late 2005 or early 2006 via Rough Trade".

The paper has spoken to drummer Gary Powell who said: "There is plenty of stuff happening - it's just the matter of formatting it into how we want it to be portrayed. And is the idiom of performance going to be the same as it was before? There is so much to figure out. Just go out and do it, that's kind of been our motto: have instruments, will play. But now that we have time to attempt to be a little bit professional, we're going to try and do it. I think we've reached that kind of status quo of professionalism."

On the continued tabloid coverage of Doherty's antics Powell said: "We kind of ignore what's going on. At the end of it, it's really just Pete's problem and not really ours."

As for Pete returning to the Libertines, he continued: "I really haven't thought about it, to be honest. We've done two summers of tours without [Doherty]. And, I might add, the performances were kind of OK. But it's still [up to] Pete as well, and that's where that 'but' kind of fits in for me."

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JACKO GIVES TV INTERVIEW AHEAD OF TRIAL
Back to the pop courts, and Michael Jackson has given a TV interview to the Fox News Channel in which he claims many of the news reports about him are "fiction".
As you'd expect, Jacko blamed much of his current woes on the tendency of the media and society at large to target celebrities: "The bigger the star, the bigger the target. But the truth always prevails, I believe in that."

Because of the media ban restricting any participants in the Jacko court case from speaking about the allegations, the singer does not go into many specifics in the interview. He does, however, hit out at Eminem for his recent Jacko spoofing video - Jackson says: "I've been an artist most of my life and I've never attacked a fellow artist. Great artists don't have to do that."

The interview, with Fox presenter Geraldo Rivera, will air this Saturday.

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SPECTOR LANDED WITH CIVIL SUIT OVER MURDER CHARGE
Staying in the legal domain, and Phil Spector is facing a civil action relating to the ongoing criminal investigation into the death of actress Lana Clarkson at his home back in Feb 2003. As the murder case against Spector continues, the actress' mother Donna Clarkson has launched a civil suit seeking unspecified damages.

The civil suit claims not only that Spector murdered Clarkson, but that he "grabbed, hit, fought with and restrained" her before shooting her. In a statement Donna Clarkson's lawyers told reporters: "The Clarkson family had hoped that there would be some resolution with regard to the criminal proceedings before moving forward with the civil action. However, Ms Clarkson and her family understand that the fair administration of justice takes time and in light of the numerous changes Mr Spector has made in his legal defence team over the last two years, Ms Clarkson was forced to file the action before [the statute of limitations expired on] 3 Feb 2005."

Spector, of course, proclaims his innocence in the Clarkson murder case. His lawyer, Bruce Cutler, responded to the civil suit by saying: "Phil did not cause the death of this woman, he's not criminally responsible and he's not civilly responsible either. But I'm not surprised they filed a suit for money, that seems to be de rigueur nowadays."

A trial date is expected to be set for Spector later this month. Civil proceedings are unlikely to go to court before the criminal case.

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FRENCH TEACHER FINED FOR FILE SHARING
From music stars in court to music fans in court. A schoolteacher in France has been fined 10,200 euros (that's just over £7000) for illegally swapping hundreds of albums online. The money will be paid to the companies who own the copyright on the 600 odd albums the teacher shared online. In a fun bit of sentencing, the teacher will also have to take out newspaper ads publicising the verdict and his punishment.

Although a nice high profile win for the French music industry who are keen to main momentum in their legal campaign against illegal downloading, the copyright owners pursuing the case against the teacher were pushing for a fine twice as high, and given that the possible penalty for copyright theft is a 300,000 euro fine and three years in jail you could argue the accused got off lightly.

The latest court case also comes as 70 high profile musicians, academics and politicians in France sign a petition calling for an end to the legal assault against individuals who share music online. The petition, whose supporters include Amelie composer Yann Tiersen, singer and political activist Manu Chao and campaigning politician Noel Mamere, says: "Like at least eight million other French people, we have also downloaded music online and are thus part of a growing number of 'criminals'. We ask that these absurd lawsuits stop".

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BOWIE NOT TO TOUR IN 2005
Enough of the legal nonsense. David Bowie has denied rumours that he will be performing at a number of European festivals this summer. Bowie hasn't performed live since he had to cut short his A Reality World Tour last Jun after undergoing emergency heart surgery for an acutely blocked artery. Rumours were circulating that he would return to stage this summer, but a statement on his official website reads: "There are currently no David Bowie live dates planned for 2005, but obviously you'll be the first to know if this situation changes".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman (Rough Trade)
Emiliana Torrini has a striking voice, it's clear as a bell and just lovely. She's half Icelandic/half Italian so her accented vocals will inevitably be compared to that other Icelandic warbler Bjork. She's no mean song writer either, having won a Ivor Novello award for co-writing 'Slow' for Kylie Minogue. On her debut album 'Love In The Time Of Science' she worked with Tears For Fears' Roland Orzabal. But despite these leanings towards commercial pop she's never broken through even with her gorgeous radio hit 'Unemployed In Summertime'. With 'Fisherman's Woman' Torrini strips everything down to basics; this is an organic, pastoral album, with simple tunes and gentle, unsophisticated instrumentation. Unadorned with distractions her voice's beauty is laid bare and the reflective lyrics have a chance to make an impression. "I never married, never had those kids. I loved too many, now heaven's closed it's gates," she sings ruefully on 'Sunny Road'. Stand out tracks include the dreamy 'Honeymoon Child' and the magical 'Heartstopper'. The latter has particularly vivid lyrics including the lines, "Messy love affairsÖ I drink too much, smoke too much, coffees coming out of my ears, lost my keysÖ my life's a mess." Like Bjork, Torrini is a kooky song writer and like her has a unique voice and character. She may be unlikely to score a number one hit as Kylie did with 'Slow' but some of us think this record is a whole lot more interesting. JW
Release date: 31 Jan
Press contact: Wild [CR, CP] Rough Trade IH [RR, NR] Anglo [RR, NR]

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GLOBAL AND LOCAL STARS SUPPORT MTV ASIA AID
Both global and Asian popstars took part in a major fundraising concert organised by MTV last night to raise money for the ongoing post-tsunami relief effort. Linkin Park, Ronan Keating and Alicia Keys were among the Western artists who joined Thailand's Tata Young, Taiwan's Jay Chou and India's Asha Bhosle, among other Asian music stars, for the fundraiser, held in Bangkok in place of MTV's annual Asian music awards.

MTV offered the show to other broadcasters at no cost in a bid to increase the audience for the show, and the funds it could raise for the relief effort.

Another key aim of the show was to demonstrate that South East Asia is still a safe place to travel to. Ronan Keating filmed a segment from the Thai island of Puket which was, of course, one of the places badly hit by the tsunami on 26 Dec. In that report he told viewers: "The spirit in the people I've met today is fantastic. Their optimism is incredible. Come and see for yourselves."

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FRANZ FERDINAND MAN CALLS FOR MORE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR MUSIC
Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos has called on the government to offer more support to budding musicians. Speaking as part of the Edinburgh Lectures programme, he said: "For any cultural output to thrive there needs to be some kind of state input to that as well. There are elements of our musical output which require sustenance because they aren't self-sufficient. But so-called commercial music would benefit from investment as well."

However, while he urged politicians to give more support to music, he warned against musicians becoming too closely linked to members of the political community: "I think the role of musicians is to question politicians rather than to go to bed with them".

Kapranos was speaking as part of the University of Edinburgh's prestigious lecture series at a discussion on Scotland's role in making 21st Century music. On other topics he said that musicians should listen to as wide a range of music as possible and ignore the stereotypes that are associated with different artists: "Because I listen to Nirvana and Korn I am a troubled individual, I'm riddled with angst because I listen to Chopin and Debussy, I listen to Kylie Minogue and Scissor Sisters because I'm upbeat and I like to party, I listen to Wagner because I like the smell of napalm in the morning."

On experiencing different kinds of music, Kapranos said more should be done regarding the general "hostility" towards classical music, adding: "There is very little done to break that hostility other than [UK classical radio station] Classic FM."

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GROHL ON HIS 2005 PLANS
Dave Grohl is the king of side projects - and this year he will continue in that vein. Not only will the Foo Fighters release a double album (which, according to the NME, will be split into 'rock' and 'acoustic' halves), but he will also appear as drummer on new releases from Garbage and Nine Inch Nails.

Talking about the new Foo Fighters material, Grohl told NME: "It is gonna be a double album, but it's not just a bunch of songs. But it isn't a concept record either. All I can say is it's gonna blow people away. And it's really far beyond anything I'd ever expected the band to do. I'm really looking forward to it. We've kinda finished recording the rock part of the album, and we're gonna get in on the acoustic stuff pretty soon. It's amazing."

On the Garbage guest appearance he continued: "I play on a Garbage track called 'Bad Boyfriend'. Butch Vig called me and said 'Come in and play on it', and you know, if there's anyone in the world I owe a favour to it's that dude, so I figured I'd go in and do it, and it was a lot of fun."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Locus Of Control - To A Bloody War Or A Sickly Season (AlphaEngineering Records)
Ooh, here's something a bit interesting. In the generic aftermath of the post-hardcore-emo-screamo-whatever-scene that exploded around the Prophets/Funeral, few people gave the scene anything new - we just kept getting ever refined and more restricted idiosyncratic clonism. It may not sound like aliens communicating or look like a brand new colour, but TABWOASS stands aside from a lot of the other heavy rock at the mo; it's got guitars that remind you of the new wave of US heavy metal (Mastadon, Killswitch) and even vocals that wouldn't sound out of place there - but the Welsh four-piece have a musical and stylistic edge that offers a bit more melody, a bit of variety, and a move forward for British rock. With some great support slots under their belt and a surprisingly good response to their debut single from radio, TV and punters alike, they look set to slow-burn like all the best bands do. JG
Release date: 1 Feb
Press contact: Hero [all]

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NAPSTER OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE PORTABLE SERVICE
Napster yesterday "changed the music industry forever" - their words of course. The bold claim was made for their new portable subscription service. As previously reported, this uses Microsoft's Janus portable DRM software, and allows Napster subscribers to transfer any tracks from the download platform's considerable catalogue to their portable (Microsoft compatible) MP3 player and to listen to them on that player at anytime providing their subscription stays live.

The DRM technology will stop the tracks from playing on the MP3 player should a user's subscription lapse. This basically overcomes the major problem with the subscription model opted by Napster and Real - previously a subscription gave you unlimited access to music online, but users had to pay per track if they wanted to download songs to a portable player.

The Napster To Go service will give subscribers access to 1.3 million tracks to play on the move for £14.95 a month - and will launch across its existing operations in the UK, US and Canada subscribers will need a compatible MP3 player to use the service - there are currently five on the market, with another 18 due to be launched in the next few months (none of them an iPod of course!).

Announcing the new service Napster boss Chris Gorog told reporters: "Napster To Go will change the music industry forever. Our dream has been to offer music fans the key to the world's online music library for a low monthly cost, and by extending online access to those on the move we have put in place the final piece of the jigsaw in delivering the most innovative, versatile and best value music service on the planet."

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SONY SETS LAUNCH FOR PLAYSTATION PORTABLE LAUNCH IN US
More from the download domain. Sony has set an official date for the release of the PlayStation Portable in the US - the portable gaming devices that have been huge in Japan. As previously reported, the next generation of PSPs will be able to play MP3s, which means they basically become a one stop portable media player. While the rival portable games consoles will be the first to be hit by the launch of a portable PlayStation in the US and Europe, it will be interesting to see what effect it has on the digital music space.

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MP3.COM FOUNDER TO LAUNCH NEW DOWNLOAD PLATFORM
Michael Robertson, the man who founded one of the original download platforms, MP3.com, has announced that he plans to re-enter the now crowded digital music marketplace with a new service providing music in simple MP3 format - ie not encoded with any DRM like tracks sold by most rival download services.

Robertson told reporters this week: "When I started MP3.com, the term 'MP3' was an obscure acronym recognizable only by geeks. Today, certain market forces are trying to drive consumers away from MP3 towards proprietary systems, which lock out some consumers and force everyone to buy a particular company's player or software program. I wanted consumers to have more options, so I felt compelled to re-enter the music space to bring the limelight back to MP3."

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GLC PLAN VIDEO DOWNLOAD
More download news - and those technical innovators, the Goldie Lookin Chain, will be releasing a full concert video as a download later this month. The video will be of the hip hop combo's "legendary" Newport Christmas 2004 homecoming concert and will feature highlights of the concert, behind the scenes footage, outtakes and band interviews. GLC fans will be able to download the video from http://www.youknowsit.co.uk from 14 Feb (it's the perfect Valentines gift of course) for a five (or you can play by text message in which case it costs £6).

Tracks from the concert will also be available on the same day from all good download platforms (and some of the bad ones too).

Press info on the video download from Nienke Klop - nienke.klop@all-press.co.uk

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BARGROOVES GET GALAXY SHOW
The team behind the bargrooves records and club nights will get a regular radio show on Chrysalis' Galaxy station. The new show, to be called, erm, bargrooves, will air from 4-6am on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 26 Feb. DJs involved in bargrooves, which has released 13 albums of deep, jazzy, funky house via label Seamless Recordings, include creator Ben Sowton, Jockey Slut's Rob Wood, Ministry of Sound's Jeremy B, Lazydog/Underdog's Jay Hannan, Soul Avengerz, and Chris Coco.

Commenting on the new show, Chrysalis Radio Group Head of Programming, Pete Simmons, told reporters: "bargrooves is a globally recognised index of cool and we're delighted to be hosting their new show exclusively on Galaxy".

bargrooves founder Ben Sowton added: "We are over the moon to be working with Galaxy Radio. They are a truly pioneering brand, and we're proud to be adding to the depth of quality specialist programming that they offer."

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50 CENT LATEST ACT TO GUEST IN SIMPSONS
50 Cent is the latest music star to appear on The Simpsons. He will appear in an episode called Pranksta Rap. According to MTV the episode will see Bart sneak out of the house to go to a Fiddy concert, before faking his own kidnapping to avoid being grounded. The show will air in the US on 13 Feb, will no doubt appear on Sky later this year, and will air on Channel four in about 2032.

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ELLISON SAYS 'NO MORE POP FOR ME'
Now brace yourself for some bad news. Jennifer Ellison has told reporters her pop career is over. The former Brookside actress says she wants to concentrate on her acting career - "I gave it a good go because I've always wanted to be a singer. When I got into pop I found it wasn't so much about the singing as about how cool you were. How can you expect to be given a fair chance when no one will give your record airplay". Life is very very hard.

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COWELL RANTS OFF SCREEN TOO
Proving his TV persona is no act, the New York Post reports on a source who overheard Simon Cowell talking to the producer of American Idol on his mobile. He ranted that there was "very little talent" among the hopefuls who had so far auditioned for the fourth outing of the reality show. The source told the Post: "He said the only standout was the country and western singer from Missouri and said the rest were just a bunch of untalented `Usher wannabes'." Cowell apparently also said that the only one of the show's previous winners with any talent was Kelly Clarkson.

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