CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 16th March

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Accuser completes testimony: Jacko trial update
- Prosecution allege previous Spector gun incidents
- Ian Brown arrested after onstage brawl
- Stereophonics download news
- Single Review: Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life
- Camden go to court for full time orders against flyposterers
- Swedish ISP air data protection concerns after piracy raid
- BPI get court backing to chase file sharers
- Cocteau Twins reunion off
- New Stevie Wonder track gets massive radio play
- Gambaccini quits Jazz FM
- Slipknot man launches label
- Ozzfest US line up announced
- Apple win rights to UK iTunes domain
- Album Review: Various - Danny Howells: Miami
- Basement Jaxx tour
- Madonna to pay tribute to NYC with new track
- Franti back in the studio
- Jacques Your Body gets post-ad re-release
- Tarantino is a Cowell fan
- Born again Korn guitarist has some words for 50 Cent

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KILL ALL HIPPIES RETURNS
After a short break, legendary rock night Kill All Hippies returns in 2005 with a special music alliance with TuneTribe.com, fabulous new artwork and two new rooms!! In 2004 Kill All Hippies introduced some of the bands of 2005: Kasabian, The Duke Spirit, The Others, The Rakes, 80's Matchbox B-line Disaster and Little Barrie, to name a few. Watch out again because this year Kill All Hippies will be the nurturing ground for another clutch of fabulous British talent, destined for great things. This month the live line up includes Planet Of Women, Youth Of Britain, Riff Random and Elviss, with DJ sets from residents Eddy Temple Morris, Jeff Automatic and Syrinx, plus the NME DJs. All take place on Friday March 25th at Canvas, York Way, London, N1; 8.30pm - late; tickets £5 (£3 in advance). Full press release at:

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ACCUSER COMPLETES TESTIMONY: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
More Jacko nonsense for ya. Jackson's accuser Gavin Arvizo was back in the witness stand yesterday facing nice questioning from prosecutor Tom Sneddon and less nice questioning from Jacko's defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau.

The former gave the teenager a chance to explain why he had specifically told a teacher that Jackson had never abused him as rumours started circulating after the screening of that Martin Bashir documentary. Arvizo admitted that he had told his teacher that Jackson had not abused him under questioning by Mesereau on Monday. When asked about that by Sneddon, Arvizo said that other kids at his school had been giving him grief about his friendship with Jackson after he was seen with the singer on the Bashir documentary - leading to a number of fights after certain fellow school students called him 'the kid that Michael Jackson had raped'.

Arvizo: "All the kids were already making fun of me at school and I didn't want anyone to think it had really happened."

With his questions, Mesereau returned to the allegations that Jackson had given him alcohol (he accused Arvizo of stealing the alcoholic drinks off the singer) and to the claims that the Arvizo family were held hostage at the Neverland ranch in the fall out that followed the screening of the Bashir documentary. Mesereau is keen to show that the family had plenty of opportunities to 'escape' from Neverland in the weeks they claim they were forced to stay there, in doing so rubbishing the 'being held hostage' allegations. Arvizo admitted he liked being at Neverland because it was like 'Disneyland', but said that his mother was more concerned at their prolonged stay there.

Measereau ended his questioning by discussing the money that Gavin and his family could make if Jackson was convicted. Needless to say the teenager was keen to distance himself from any potential financial gain.

With the testimonies of Jacko's accuser and the only witness to the actual abuse allegations - his brother Star - now complete, the two sides will now bring on a string of other witnesses, the prosecution trying to show that Jackson has a long history of behaving inappropriately with teenage boys, the defence aiming to show the Arvizo family as a bunch of money grabbing crooks. All good fun. Now bring on those celebrity witnesses.

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PROSECUTION ALLEGE PREVIOUS SPECTOR GUN INCIDENTS
More from the pop courts, and in documents relating to the Phil Spector murder trial released this week prosecutors allege the legendary producer has a history of pointing guns at women, and that he has been involved in other gun-related incidents. As everyone must know, Spector stands accused of shooting dead actress Lana Clarkson at his home back in 2003. Spector maintains Clarkson killed herself.

In the motion filed last month, the prosecution listed nine other occasions when Spector allegedly pointed a gun at someone - among those were women he dated. The prosecution say: "Spector has a long history of gun-related violence, much of it directed against women. It begins in 1972 and continues to the present."

Needless to say, the prosecution are keen to talk the jury through those nine other incidents when the case goes to court in Sep, to back up their claims that Spector was more than capable of aiming a gun at Clarkson (even if he actually pulled the trigger by accident). The judge overseeing the case will decide whether they can do that in May.

Just as needless to say, Spector's lawyers are dissing the new allegations: "Number one, he didn't do this in the past, and number two, he did not kill this lady".

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IAN BROWN ARRESTED AFTER ONSTAGE BRAWL
More pop stars in trouble with the law (or not, as the case may be). Ian Brown has been arrested in San Francisco after an on-stage bust up with a member of his audience. According to the NME the incident occurred during a gig at the city's Great American Music Hall. One fan told the paper that Brown had been complaining about the sound quality at the venue, and after three songs got so upset that he stopped a song.

Then: "This guy in a white top jumps onto the stage from the crowd, rugby tackles Ian Brown to the floor. Everything stops and the band members run to the aid of their leader". The specifics of the brawl that followed are unclear, though the band left the stage for a good fifteen minutes before returning to complete their set, with only a couple more sound problems.

Brown was arrested and taken in for questioning shortly after the gig, though a spokesman has told NME no charges have been brought against him. More if and when we get it.

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STEREOPHONICS DOWNLOAD NEWS
Time now for some Stereophonics download news. First, Kelly Jones et al are releasing a never-before-available version of one of their earliest tracks, 'Looks Like Chaplin', via charity download site War Child. Good for them. More at http://www.warchildmusic.com .

Next up, we hear that V2 are somehow making the band's new album 'Language. Sex. Violence' available via Kazaa on a legit 99-cents-per-track basis. Not sure how it works but Kazaa have long wanted record labels to work with them to get legit download sales up and running via their network, so it will be interesting to see how V2's dabbling in that area works out.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life (Saddle Creek)
The new Bob Dylan this, anti-Bush that. What more do you need to know about Conor Oberst and co? It's no secret that Oberst is the 25 year old who has achieved more than most musicians many years his senior. And needless to say, another genius offering here. 'First Day...' is a relaxing, sombre piece that again reminds us all why we think this guy's a genius. Perfectly accentuated with his lyrical wit and acoustic guitar is the voice of a man whom speaks to many a college kid with more relevance than anyone else today. YN
Release date: 21 Mar
Press contact: Hermana [all]

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CAMDEN GO TO COURT FOR FULL TIME ORDERS AGAINST FLYPOSTERERS
Camden Council were back in court yesterday in their bid to have permanent Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued against four employees of ambient marketing firm Diabolical Liberties for their involvement in the sinister-evil-and-occasionally-life-threatening pursuit of flyposting.

As previously reported at length, Camden Council began its new campaign against the use of flyposting, especially in the music sector, last year by threatening to issue ASBOs against any marketing executive who sanction a flyposting campaign. An ASBO essentially acts as a 'final warning' - once issued if those execs are found to be involved in a flyposting campaign in the Camden area they face immediate fines and a possible prison sentence.

Most of the record labels, gig promoters and media companies whose employees were targeted by an ASBO quickly committed to stop using flyposting as part of their marketing mix. However Diabolical Liberties, the London based ambient marketing firm who have coordinated flyposting activity for many music companies over the years, let the matter go to court arguing flyposting did not constitute 'anti-social behaviour' in the eyes of the law.

Last year the courts initially sided with the council and issue a temporary Order forbidding four of Diabolical Liberties' employees from being involved in anyway in flyposting in Camden. Those four employees were back in court yesterday where the Council were aiming to have those Orders made permanent.

As it happened three of the four Orders were dropped because of changing circumstances since the last court case. Two of the employees, James Heighway and Dominic Murphy, had left Diabolical Liberties to set up their own agency, while a third, Anna McAree, was now working in a purely administrative role, so the courts agreed ASBOs were no longer required against them.

Which means all eyes are now on Diabolical Liberties MD Tim Horrox who, presumably keen to clear the way for his company to continue coordinating flyposting activity in North London, continues to allege that that the council is misusing anti-social behaviour laws in the flyposting debate. Highbury Corner Magistrates Court will again consider that argument today.

Outside the court Heighway and Murphy took the opportunity to blatantly plug their new business. "This episode has put us both under considerable strain and stress and we are glad to put it behind us and move on to future challenges. Both of us resigned from Diabolical Liberties early last year and have since set up Brotherhood Media Ltd, an independent media agency offering creative alternatives to flyposting. In its first four months Brotherhood Media Ltd worked with many major and independent record labels delivering effective campaigns both in London and across the country." So now you know.

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SWEDISH ISP AIR DATA PROTECTION CONCERNS AFTER PIRACY RAID
Despite a compromise being reached between the music industry and internet service providers in the Netherlands, elsewhere in Europe relations between the two remain tense. In Sweden authorities have raided the servers of Bahnhof, the country's oldest and largest ISP, as part of a campaign by Swedish anti-piracy organisation Antipiratbyran.

They claim the company's servers hosted thousands of pirated movies, music files and software and that they had resisted requests to work with the content owners to tackle the problem. The Motion Picture Association Of America, who are becoming increasingly proactive in the battle against online piracy, described Bahnhof as a "haven for high-level internet piracy for years" and welcomed the raid.

Bahnhof, however, have rejected many of the allegations against them. While there are reports that they have suspended two of their own staff over allegations they were using the company's server to host pirated material, the ISP, like others in the sector, stress that they cannot be held liable for any copyright violation undertaken by their customers. As for working with the entertainment industry to identify key violators, the company, again like other ISPs, stress data protection concerns when accused of not cooperating with the content owners.

In that regard they have told reporters data involving as many as 20,000 users has been seized in the latest raid on their servers - the first such raid to come with no prior warning - and that that may well be a violation of the country's strict data protection laws. Latest reports suggest the Swedish Data Inspection Board is now set to investigate those allegations.

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BPI GET COURT BACKING TO CHASE FILE SHARERS
Talking of which, our very own BPI have used the courts to force six ISPs to hand over the names and addresses of 31 more alleged file-swappers. On winning the court's backing in tracing those pesky file-sharing kids, the BPI's Geoff Taylor told reporters that judges had dealt "a blow for illegal uploaders who believe that the law simply does not apply to them".

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COCTEAU TWINS REUNION OFF
Damn. The Cocteau Twins reunion planned for this year's Coachella Festival in California is off. The festival's organisers told reporters yesterday: "It is with regret that Cocteau Twins announce they will not be performing at the Coachella Valley Music Festival on April 30 as had been planned. Due to personal reasons, member Elizabeth Fraser has decided that she is unable to participate in the reunion, and apologies for any inconvenience that this has caused."

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NEW STEVIE WONDER TRACK GETS MASSIVE RADIO PLAY
The first single from Stevie Wonder's new album, 'A Time To Love', due out via one or another of Universal's imprints in May, is causing quite a spin in the US. The track, called 'So What The Fuss', has received so much play since being serviced to radio that it has gone in at 14 on America's R&R/Mediabase AC Radio Chart - the highest new entry position ever. The track in question is a bit of an all star affair featuring Prince on guitar and En Vogue on backing vocals.

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GAMBACCINI QUITS JAZZ FM
Paul Gambaccini is quitting London's Jazz FM following the station's decision to go the Smoooooooooth FM route. Gambaccini had presented the station's weekly jazz chart show for two years. The station is also losing its lunchtime show host, Nicky Horne, who is jumping over to Capital Gold.

Jazz FM bosses paid tribute to both departing DJs, adding that they had a number of high profile new appointments in the pipeline as they go through the station's revamp.

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SLIPKNOT MAN LAUNCHES LABEL
Slipknot drummer M Shawn Crahan - known to Slipknot heads as Clown or #6 - has launched his own label under the Sanctuary umbrella - Big Orange Clown Records. According to Billboard his first signing is Gizmachi - a metal quintet from upstate New York.

Commenting on his A&R ambitions for the label, Crahan told Billboard: "I'm always looking for that song - whether it's classical, country, rap, hip-hop, hardcore, metal, whatever - I'm looking for people who dig into their souls and they mean it. If they do, I'm going to be involved, because they might write that song that will for one minute make the world take a second to think about it and maybe bring on change."

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OZZFEST US LINE UP ANNOUNCED
Now that we've strayed into the world of rock, the line up for the 2005 US Ozzfest tour is out - and we're talking Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Black Label Society, Rob Zombie, As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, The Haunted, In Flames, Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bury Your Dead, Soilwork, Trivium, It Dies Today and A Dozen Furies, among others. More at http://ozzfest.com.

As previously reported, the UK edition of Ozzfest will appear as part of this year's Download festival at Donington.

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APPLE WIN RIGHTS TO UK ITUNES DOMAIN
Apple Computers has won the right to the itunes.co.uk domain in the British courts. The UK domain for its digital music brand was owned by former teenage dot-com millionaire and CyberBritain CEO Benjamin Cohen. Web users who typed in the URL were taken to Cohen's QuickQuid website with music offers always near the top of the page.

Cohen claimed that he had registered the domain prior to Apple registering any trademark for the iTunes name. He also alleged that the computer giant had been guilty of bullying tactics in their bid to gain control of the web address. However the courts sided with Apple and ordered Cohen to hand over the domain. The internet entrepreneur is expected to appeal the decision.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Danny Howells - Miami (Global Underground)
The arrival of a new Global Underground compo is a pretty significant event in any dance music fan's calendar - but for every anal, trainspotting prog-fan it's a bona fide wet dream. Yes, as was the 'hot-topic' of geek forums the world over for the last six months, the twenty-seventh instalment in the uber-successful series sees Brit jock Danny Howells accept the revered GU Challenge, with his mix based on a recent set at the Space club in sunny Miami. To save time I'll forgo the obligatory history lesson/profile on Howells, bar to say that today he is one of the world's busiest and most in-demand DJ's, having properly shed that hampering 'warm-up DJ' tag that was stuck on him in his early career. Here we hear what Howells gets paid (a lot) for - warm, succulent house music, seasoned with breaks in a sun-drenched sauce. Neither of the two discs that come with this album can really be called the warm-up or the more subtle, as both are pretty rocking - at a push disc one could perhaps be considered the more summery, housey performance, contrasting with disc two's slightly more vigorous, warped electronic beats. Curiously, the beat-matching is pretty off throughout both; leading me to believe this was actually recorded live unlike every other GU comp, save their first timeless release featuring the late, great Tony DeVit. Nevertheless, what counts is that the actual 'mixing style' of tracks and their programming is still first-rate and the warm flowing currents of music are only slightly polluted by the clashing beats of the mixes. Although I expected so much more from our Danny, this release is still worthy of the success I'm positive it will enjoy - even if it'll only be due to the label's vast international fan club. OG
Release date: 11 Apr
Press contact: Get Involved [all]

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BASEMENT JAXX TOUR
Basement Jaxx have announced a UK tour and some festival type dates for Jun and Aug. Dates as follows:

17 Jun: Glasgow Academy
18 Jun: Manchester Apollo
19 Jun: Leeds University
21 Jun: Portsmouth Guildhall
22 Jun: Birmingham Academy
25 Jun: London Hyde Park Wireless Festival
20 Aug: Dublin Marley Park
26 Aug: Cornwall Eden Project
27 Aug: Liverpool Creamfields UK
28 Aug: Edinburgh Corn Exchange

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MADONNA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO NYC WITH NEW TRACK
Madonna will pay tribute to New York on her next album with a song called 'I Love New York' (which is exactly what the very tasteful snow globe one of the CMU team brought back from his recent trip to NYC says - except the 'love' bit is actually a heart - perhaps Warner could pay us to use it for the cover). As yet there is no release date for the follow up to the last Madonna album - 2003's 'American Life'.

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FRANTI BACK IN THE STUDIO
Politically inspired musician, poet and activist (and CMU hero) Michael Franti is heading to Jamaica to work on his new album, which he hopes to release later this year. The album has been heavily influenced by recent trips to Iraq, Palestine and Israel, so we can expect a typically politically charged offering. More on the album when we get it.

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JACQUES YOUR BODY GETS POST-AD RE-RELEASE
That very very fine 1997 Les Rythmes Digitales' track 'Jacques Your Body' which the uninitiated may know better as "the song from that transformer car robot ad", is getting a re-release thanks to the ad's popularity. Although originally released by Wall Of Sound, the re-release will come out via Ministry imprint Data.

On the re-release, and the ad that has secured the track new popularity, Wall Of Sound boss Mark Jones told CMU: "It's really a seminal Wall Of Sound release that has never dated. When the storyboard for the C4 advert came through we immediately knew it would work but, like everyone who has seen it, we were blown away when we saw the finished thing. Wall Of Sound have been involved in a lot of very successful synchronizations over the years but I have to say I think it's the most perfect music and ad synergy we've ever worked on. Musically it shows once again just how far ahead of the game young Mr Stuart Price really is."
Press info from Darling.

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TARANTINO IS A COWELL FAN
Gossip time, and Quentin Tarantino has told reporters he's a huge Simon Cowell fan and that he never misses an episode of American Idol: "He's why I watch 'American Idol'. I like the singers, but I watch it to hear him. He's a good critic, he's not rude, he's honest. I watch it with a bunch of black girls and they're like, 'Simon's always right' and 'there's Simon keepin' it real'".

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BORN AGAIN KORN GUITARIST HAS SOME WORDS FOR 50 CENT
Korn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who quit the rock band after discovering God, has said that he wants to 'save' 50 Cent. No really. Apparently the rocker has written a track which he describes as a "personal letter to 50 from God". He plans to show the lyrics to Fiddy himself. If the rapper is "willing to talk" Welch won't release it. "But if the reaction is not positive" Yahoo Music quote Welch as saying, "I'm going to share it with the world". Can't wait.

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