CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 17th March

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Carling announce double 24 hour music fest
- EMI Group recruit former Warner boss as adviser
- Too traumatised to count: Jacko trial update
- Billy Joel checks into rehab
- More T In The Park line up additions
- Live Review: Louie Vega at The Jazz Café
- Mercury Music Prize launch artwork competition
- Tiscali to webcast Mandela fundraiser
- Snow Patrol part company with bassist
- Timberlake sets up label with Warner
- Jarvis on future Pulp potential
- Nelly tour
- Oasis tracklisting revealed
- Mel C up for spice girls musical
- Anthrax added to Download line up
- SnoCap sign up indies
- Apple add extra restrictions to iTunes
- OCS hope to collaborate with Doherty
- Album Review: I Am Kloot - Gods And Monsters
- G4 sued by G4
- Bush appoints hardliner to FCC top job
- Plumps album launch
- Slipknot correction

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CMU PRESS ROOM>>

CARLING LIVE 24
Carling, the beer behind some of Britain's biggest and best live music events, is presenting another 24 hour music marathon. Following the success of 2004's Carling Live 24 event in London, this year Carling will be bringing an all day all night line up of great live music to both London and Manchester, the former on 30th April, the latter on 28th May. 26 bands and 13 venues will take part in the event, with Embrace, The Zutons, Ian Brown, Babyshambles, The Chemical Brothers, Doves and Kaiser Chiefs among the artists on the bill. For full press information and line up listings check the CMU Press Room - where more media information will appear as it is available:

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CARLING ANNOUNCE DOUBLE 24 HOUR MUSIC FEST
As you will see from the CMU Press Room above, Carling Live are once again bringing a 24 hour line up of music to London, and this time round they are doing it in Manchester too (London on 30 Apr, Manchester on 28 May). Carling Live 24 consists of a series of gigs taking place in a 24 hour period in venues across the two cities - leading to the somewhat bizarre but strangely satisfying experience of rocking up to a proper gig at breakfast time. Tickets for this year's events go on sale tomorrow at http://www.carlinglive.com, with Embrace, The Zutons, Ian Brown, Babyshambles, The Chemical Brothers, Doves and Kaiser Chiefs among the artists appearing on the bill. There's full press info and line up listings in the CMU Press Room.

Commenting on his band's involvement in this year's Carling Live 24, Embrace's Danny McNamara told CMU: "We are looking forward to playing the Shepherds Bush Empire again. The gig we did there last year was a real highlight for us because the crowd were absolutely mental. Playing so early will be a nice change for us and will give us plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the bands - hopefully we will be able to stay up for the full 24 hours!"

Dave McCabe of The Zutons added: "We always have a great time playing in London; we are particularly looking forward to this show as the crowd at Carling Academy Brixton are always boss."

Martin Coyle, Head of Sponsorship at Coors Brewers, meanwhile told us: "Carling are thrilled to be bringing Carling Live 24 to London for the second year running, and also expanding to Manchester this year. Our aim is to ensure that music lovers have an unforgettable 24 hours. We look forward to giving over 20 thousand fans the opportunity to see all their favourite bands in one day - enjoying fantastic live music and cold Carling."

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EMI GROUP RECRUIT FORMER WARNER BOSS AS ADVISER
EMI Group have confirmed that former Warner Music boss Roger Ames has been recruited on a consulting basis to act as a senior adviser, although the major record company gave little away as to what his role will be. Their statement said simply: "Former Warner Music Group Chairman and CEO Roger Ames has been appointed as a senior advisor to EMI Music by its chairman and CEO, Alain Levy, and Vice Chairman, David Munns."

Word has it Ames will work with EMI in a worldwide A&R role, however much of the talk following the announcement centred not on what he will do for the label on a day to day basis, but on what his appointment might imply about EMI's mindset regarding merging with Warner Music.

While at Warner, Ames was proactive in his attempts to shape some kind of a merger between the two majors, but those efforts came to a halt when the major's parent company, Time Warner, sold the business to a consortium of private investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jnr. With Bronfman taking the top job at Warner post acquisition, Ames was slowly sidelined out of the company, although he is thought to have parted on good terms with the major's top guard.

While neither EMI nor Warner will officially admit that they are considering approaching the other regarding a merger, rumour has it such a venture has been high up on Bronfman Jnr's priority list ever since he took over and that negotiations may begin between the two companies once Warner has completed its pending share sale. The logic for such a merger is that EMI and Warner are both now dwarfed by their main competitors - Universal and SonyBMG.

Music business consultant Barry Massarsky told Reuters yesterday: "There's no doubt that you will see a reattempt to couple Warner and EMI. They are both facing tremendous competitive pressures from Universal and SonyBMG and they need firepower to collectively compete in the market. Having Roger on board at EMI represents a de facto integration of thinking. He has the benefit of both perspectives."

Which is great news, because we know how much CMU Daily readers love label merger news - it's a particular favourite of one of our sub-editors who gets to proof every story. And there'd be a lot of stories because any merger would be a long drawn out affair given that the two majors would need to win the support of European competition officials for any such merger, and the independent sector will lobby EU officials hard in opposition to any more consolidation in the music sector.

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TOO TRAUMATISED TO COUNT: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
The lead investigator in the Michael Jackson child abuse case was in the witness stand yesterday to tell the court about his experience questioning Jacko's teenage accuser Gavin Arvizo after he first made the abuse allegations against the singer. There is some confusion over how many times Arvizo reckons Jackson 'molested' him - he has described two incidents in detail but says he may have been molested anywhere between five and seven times.

Prosecutor Tom Sneddon asked Sgt. Robel about that inconsistency. As a witness for the prosecution Robel obviously was keen to give a logical explanation for any inconsistencies in the boy's testimony - putting it all down to the trauma of being molested and then having to describe those incidents to other people: "He was fine with talking to us. When I got into the molestation acts, I noticed a change in demeanour. He became very quiet, folded his arms and sank down into his chair. He even became choked up. In the first interview, he described two incidents in detail. He thought that it happened between five and seven times but he could not articulate exactly."

As the prosecution continued their case against Jackson they showed the jury a host of pornographic DVDs, magazines and books seized by police during searches of Neverland - presumably to back up allegations that Jackson showed porn to his teenage guests. Jackson's defence were keen to point out that half the porn on show was published after the alleged abuse took place, though the fact that the existence of porn doesn't prove Jacko showed it to the boys is surely the more relevant point here.

As the case continues, media attention outside the courtroom has centred on claims by a US TV network that they had access to a police tape recording on the conversation investigators had with TV host Jay Leno - who may as yet be called as a witness in the trial. On that tape Leno apparently alleges that Arvizo once telephoned him and that, while he spoke to Gavin, he could hear the boy's mother coaching him on what to say in the background. Assuming that is true and Leno repeats those claims to the court, claims by Jackson's defence that the two Arvizo boys are being coerced by their mother into making allegations will gain more credibility. The Arvizo family deny that Gavin ever spoke to Leno, saying the teenager did once call the TV star, but he got an answer phone and left a message.

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BILLY JOEL CHECKS INTO REHAB
Billy Joel has checked into a rehab centre for alcohol abuse. A spokesman for the singer songwriter told reporters: "Following a recent bout of severe gastro-intestinal distress, Billy Joel has checked himself into an undisclosed rehabilitation facility for treatment of alcohol abuse. Mr Joel has asked that his privacy be respected." Consider it respected.

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MORE T IN THE PARK LINE UP ADDITIONS
Not that you can get a ticket for love nor money, but both Joss Stone and the Kaiser Chiefs have been added to the bill for this year's T in the Park. They join a line up that already includes The Killers, Ian Brown, Kasabian, Prodigy, Audioslave, Embrace, Keane, Razorlight, Biffy Clyro, The Streets, Beautiful South and The Coral. The Scottish music festival takes place from 9-10 July.

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LIVE REVIEW: Louie Vega at the Jazz Café on 10 Mar
The third night, a packed cafe - an extra date due to demand. And after a three tune warm up from singer / songwriter Selonius, Vega and the Elements Of Life Band entered the stage to a considerable fanfare. Vega was in a pin stripe suit wearing a black hat - a kind of De-Vito-cum-Bob Hoskins figure (only much cuter, my girlfriend thought) - he was our conductor for the night and as such spent most of the proceedings with his back to us - working his band in with flailing arms. I don't know quite what he was doing, but he had the crowd hanging on the rhythms. A funky Latin number worked us in, setting the pace for the excellent 'You Can Do It Baby' with Raul Midon - a blind guitar player and vocalist whose skills just got better as the night progressed. In fact Midon started to steal the show as he sang 'A Better Day' and then 'Cerca da Mi', the latter combining vocals in both Spanish and English. However Vega ensured some of the highlights came from within the family by bringing his other half, Anane, on stage. A rather voluptuous Cape Verdean lady, she caused a bit of uproar with her cooing and breathy vocals in 'Jungle Fever', and more so when she sang 'Nos Vida' in her native tongue. While her performance of 'Trunco de Vida' was less good, her radically different take on album track 'Mon Amour' was very fine - while the Gallic charm was dropped the house beats that replaced it worked well. But if you thought the night belonged to Mrs Vega - well - then came the real musical magic -Jocelyn Brown, who belted out the numbers with larger than life vocals, 'Lights Over Egypt' easing us into 'I Feel it' - a classic MAW tune - and then one of my all time favourites, 'Black Gold Of The Sun', performed absolutely brilliantly with a 4hero percussive backdrop to cap it all off. Magic Brown left the stage to rapturous applause leaving Raul to tackle Blaze's vocals on 'Brand New Day' (he did a fine job) before a finale performance of 'Elements Of Life' with Lusito Quintero (aka the Octopus) beating the timbales and other percussion as if there were no tomorrow in a two minute breakdown, next to his uncle on drums. And as if all that wasn't enough, Vega then did a DJ set for a good hour - with housey Latin numbers all the way. A really special night - if they are in town again soon DO NOT MISS OUT. PV

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MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE LAUNCH ARTWORK COMPETITION
The people behind the Nationwide Mercury Music Prize are launching a new competition for art students across the UK. They are inviting art and design students to create a painting or work of art 'inspired by music'. The best forty will be displayed at London's Air Gallery later this year - the overall winner will win five grand plus see their work used as the cover to this year's Mercury Music Prize album when it is released in the Autumn.

Talking about the new competition, Dan Ford from the Mercury Music Prize told CMU: "We're really excited about the Nationwide Mercury Prize championing and recognising the work of art students in this way. The Prize solely exists to promote UK culture, and the strong link between album cover art and music means that this art competition is a natural development for us."

Nationwide's Peter Gandolfi added: "We feel the competition is a great way for Nationwide to support and promote young artists in the UK. This new competition also promotes and links well with our core flagship music sponsorship, the Nationwide Mercury Prize."

In order to make the competition as user friendly as possible a Nationwide Mercury Prize 'Art & Music' website has been developed that enables students to submit their entries online. A web-based art competition makes it possible for students all over the UK to enter, however remote their location.

The next exciting phase of the project will be the launch of a virtual gallery of the shortlisted works. Artscience, the Prize's creative agency, will be designing this online system, which will give the public the chance to view and enjoy the art.

You can get full information on how to enter by clicking on the nice pink button on the Mercury Music Prize website - http://www.nationwidemercurys.com. Press info from Coalition [NP], Pomona [CP,RP] or Red Alert (radio and telly).

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TISCALI TO WEBCAST MANDELA FUNDRAISER
Tiscali will again webcast Nelson Mandela's 46664 concert, the second edition of which is due to take place in Fancourt, George, South Africa on 19 Mar. This time round the benefit concert will be hosted by Will Smith, with Queen, Dave Stewart, Katie Melua, Annie Lennox and India Aria all due to perform. More info at www.tiscali.co.uk/46664

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SNOW PATROL PART COMPANY WITH BASSIST
Snow Patrol have axed bass player Mark McClelland. A statement released by the rest of the band reads thus: "Snow Patrol have parted company with bass player Mark McClelland. Following a life-changing year in 2004, Snow Patrol found themselves under a whole set of new and unexpected pressures. These pressures have unfortunately taken their toll on working relationships within the band, and it was felt that that Snow Patrol could not move forward with Mark as a member. Coming to this decision was the hardest thing the remaining band members have ever faced, it was reached with much regret. The band have not appointed a new member, and are currently in rural Ireland writing the follow up to 'Final Straw'".

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TIMBERLAKE SETS UP LABEL WITH WARNER
Surely everyone in the world now has their own record label? Well, sometimes it seems that way. Justin Timberlake is the latest pop star to set up his own music company - he and his manager Johnny Wright are launching a new imprint with Warner division Atlantic Records. Pop stars tend to launch labels so they can give their mates recording contracts, so perhaps no surprise that, according to Fox News at least, Timberlake's first signing will be one of Justin's childhood friends.

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JARVIS ON FUTURE PULP POTENTIAL
Jarvis Cocker has said Pulp might return once he's got his current solo projects out of the way - though he's not keen to commit to anything really. Cocker, who is currently working on the soundtrack for the next Harry Potter film, told reporters: "We're far too lazy for that kind of dramatic-ness. Pulp, as I'm sure you kind of know, has undergone many periods of hibernation and stuff. I don't know whether we'll do anything again. I've been doing Pulp since I was 15 years old and I'm now a 41-year-old man. Even though we've never released that many records I was always doing it and I just thought, 'I'll try summat else'. I've been writing some songs. When I've got enough ones that I think are fit for human consumption then I'll try and decide what to do with them. The main thing that I've done recently is to write some songs for the Harry Potter film, but that's just a shameless effort to try and ingratiate myself with kids."

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NELLY TOUR
Nelly has announced details of a UK your, which is just swell. Dates as follows:

14 Jun: Wembley Arena Pavilion, London
17 Jun: Manchester Evening News Arena
18 Jun: Birmingham NIA
19 Jun: Sheffield Arena

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OASIS TRACKLISTING REVEALED
Still not sure why people get excited when bands reveal tracklistings for forthcoming albums - personally I don't find a bunch of song titles that exciting. But anyway, here's the tracklisting for the new Oasis album which, as I think we may have mentioned in a previous correspondence, is out at the end of May:

'Turn Up The Sun'
'Mucky Fingers'
'Lyla'
'Love Like A Bomb'
'The Importance Of Being Idle'
'The Meaning Of Soul'
'Guess God Thinks I'm Abel'
'Part Of The Queue'
'Keep The Dream Alive'
'A Bell Will Ring'
'Let There Be Love'

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MEL C UP FOR SPICE GIRLS MUSICAL
Mel C is maintaining her opposition to a Spice Girls reunion, but has said she might be interested in working on Spice Girls - The Musical: "A musical could work. It would be fantastic. The soundtrack would be great and I'd like to do acting." Great. Mel C is in the news quite a lot at the moment because she is busy promoting her new self-released single, which is out on 4 Apr.

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ANTHRAX ADDED TO DOWNLOAD LINE UP
A very quick Download Festival update for you - Anthrax are the latest addition to the line up - they will appear as part of the Ozzfest strand at the festival on 11 Jun.

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SNOCAP SIGN UP INDIES
SnoCap, the new P2P cataloguing system set up by the creator of the original Napster, Shawn Fanning, has signed up hundreds of independents in the US.

SnoCap has developed a system where by P2P networks can track songs being shared by how they sound. The idea is that music fans who use SnoCap enabled P2P networks will be able to legally share copyrighted music owned by affiliated record labels, but will be charged a small fee to do so. The sharing of non-copyrighted music can continue without charge.

Key independents TVT and Artemis have signed up to the service - as has the Independent Online Distribution Alliance which represents some 500 independent labels in the US. As previously reported, Universal and SonyBMG are already on board and Warner and EMI are expected to follow soon.

However, the real challenge for SnoCap is still to come. All the record companies may sign up, but will the major P2P networks adopt the system which, while legitimising their operation, severely reduces their USP over the legal download platforms like Napster and iTunes? And even if the big P2Ps do sign up (or, in the US at least, Congress forces them to do so via new copyright legislation), will music fans carry on using those restricted services, or will they look for unofficial new P2P systems without SnoCap style limitations instead?

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APPLE ADD EXTRA RESTRICTIONS TO ITUNES
Talking of online music platforms restricting use of their services, Apple is placing further usage restrictions on iTunes with the latest upgrade of its digital music software.

The restrictions have been added to the popular Rendesvous feature which enables iTunes users on the same local area network to share their collections via a special stream, in doing so creating informal music communities. In the past any one iTunes user could have five colleagues accessing their stream at any one time. In the new version that will be limited to five individuals in any one 24 hour period. This new restriction follows an earlier move that reduced the number of times a user can burn an album to CD from ten to seven times.

Each of these new restrictions are in themselves relatively small and therefore quite subtle. However it will mean over time the system become less flexible for the consumer, which is likely to be popular with the content owners, but could be less so with music fans.

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OCS HOPE TO COLLABORATE WITH DOHERTY
Well, we know you all like some Pete Doherty news, though this is music related and has nothing to do with drugs, supermodels or blackmail charges, so you might not be interested.

Mr Doherty might be collaborating with Ocean Colour Scene. OCS, who have a new album out on Monday, hope to work with Doherty after their upcoming 22 date tour. The band's Simon Fowler told CMU: "Despite Pete's very publicised drug addiction he is still one of the most talented artists of our generation and he writes the most amazing poetic songs. We had heard that Pete was a fan of Ocean Colour Scene and at the time both Steve Craddock and I had been to see him and The Libertines perform. I think they were just one of the most talented and gifted bands that Britain has ever produced and it was a great shame that The Libertines split up. Our manager has been speaking to his representatives and so hopefully we will be able to do something together in the Summer."

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ALBUM REVIEW: I Am Kloot - Gods and Monsters (Echo)
Bands from Manchester have to contend with the weight of history; for this is the city that has provided us with some of the finest, and most innovative guitar bands this country has known over the last two decades. However not all bands can reach these glorious heights; currently perhaps only Elbow and Doves could justifiably sit alongside their more prestigious predecessors. There will always remain a second tier of bands who'll never quite sit comfortably, and I Am Kloot are one of these. Emerging at the turn of the decade as part of the 'new acoustic' movement, alongside the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, 'Gods and Monsters' is the band's third album, and doesn't suggest a great deal of musical progress has been made in the last five years or so. It doesn't seem much of a surprise to hear that Johnny Bramwell, the vocalist/songwriter, once busked the Manchester streets. His vocals are rough and gritty, and he's a very observational lyricist, if a little clumsy at times. Surveying life around him, but with the all too frequent cliché, Bramwell reinforces the stereotype of Mancunian songwriters - often depressing, but with a slight touch of wit. It wouldn't matter so much that his song writing skills aren't quite there if the band's sound was something different. However it isn't really; it's too conventional and traditional, with barely a break from the gentle acoustic guitar which dominates the album. That said, there are occasions where Bramwell manages to write some effective and pleasant songs. The likes of 'The Stars Look Familiar' and 'Stray' are strong and stand out - it's a shame Bramwell can't consistently write songs of this quality. 'Gods and Monsters' feels slightly underwhelming as a whole. There are traces of ability there, but you never feel confident that I Am Kloot are a band on the verge of great things. On the strength of this album, they're likely to remain a band outside the mainstream, for it's difficult to envisage this album finding an audience outside the band's existing fanbase. It's not a bad album at all, just nothing too exciting or new, which is a shame really. KW
Release date: 4 Apr
Press contact: Ian Cheek [CP, RP] Echo IH [NP, CR, RR, NR]

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G4 SUED BY G4
X Factor winners G4 are being sued by a heavy metal band who say they have stolen their name. Rockers Geard4 say that their fan-base call them G4, and that the mock-opera foursome are ruining their reputation.

The band's lead singer, Glen Abel, told reporters: "The other G4 think we are just a small band and they can walk all over us, but they can't. We will fight this to the end. We have been made a complete laughing stock. Our tough image has been destroyed and is beginning to affect our music. G4 is part of our product name and is used on our website, merchandise, promotion and correspondence. We just want them to accept that we have the name first. They should stop using it."

It's not the first time runners up in a reality pop show have found another band disputing their choice of name - perhaps Louis Walsh could rebrand his operatic boys G4X. Adding an X to their name gave a real boost to the careers of Popstars runners up Liberty - or was that the leather clad video? I can't remember.

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BUSH APPOINTS HARDLINER TO FCC TOP JOB
As if the FCC wasn't hard line enough in its policing of the American airwaves, President Bush has appointed a conservative Republican, Kevin Martin, to the top job at the media regulator following the departure of former boss Michael Powell. Conservative Christian groups in America have welcomed the appointment, which says it all.

The consensus is that media rules will become even stricter in the US, which means more big names will jump over to satellite delivered pay-per-view stations (TV and radio) which are governed by much slacker regulations. Which, some reckon, will in turn increase pressure on Congress to extend FCC rules to those pay-per-view stations (something that until recently most in the American media said would never happen).

Which will mean more controversial figures will probably jump to unregulated webcasting stations on the net. Which will mean the conservatives will try to extend regulations to the internet. Which means ... oh, I don't know, surely the big media moguls, who have generally accepted tighter FCC rulings so far, will have to snap eventually - Bush's tax breaks can't be that good.

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PLUMPS ALBUM LAUNCH
CMU favourites Plump DJs will release their next storming album at Rouge on Charing Cross Road on 14 May. The Plumps, Drumattic Twins and Stereo 8 will all DJ. Press info from Finger Lickin.

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SLIPKNOT CORRECTION
Someone said to me the other day, completely straight faced, "because I know accuracy is important at CMU". Not sure which CMU they were thinking of (perhaps accuracy is important at Carnegie Mellon University) - obviously they weren't around during the 'Angus Young Is Dead' debacle. Anyway, while we may not be 100% accurate all the time, we do love a bit of pedantry, so thanks to the reader who pointed out that Shawn Crahan is not, as we reported in yesterday's Daily, Slipknot's drummer. He's their 'percussionist'. Consider that inaccuracy corrected.

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