CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 21st April

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Scottish industry conference announces 2005 plans
- Popkomm call for nominations for music technology awards
- Fabric launch favourite labels night
- Album Review: Tosca - J.A.C.
- Limited edition Johnny Cash released
- Apple moving forward on mobile iTunes
- More Bestival line up additions
- Somerset House line up due next week
- Rakes postpone tour
- Alabama 3 tour
- Towers Of London added to download line up
- Dashboard Confessional to work with U2 producer
- Osbourne returns to GAY
- Star Wars tune to get release
- Album Review: Benjamin Diamond - Out Of Myself
- Ulster TV bidding for Wireless group
- Boo Radleys release anthology of tracks
- Chris Martin tries a Romeo
- Gallagher on the tedium of video shoots

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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 check the CMU Press Room - where more media information will appear as it is available:

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PROSECUTION CASE CLOSE TO CONCLUSION: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
The prosecution in the Michael Jackson case have announced that they plan to complete their case against the singer next week, and word is the defence will kick off their bit of the proceedings almost straight away. That more than likely means a string of high profile celebs taking to the witness stand to testify to Jacko's good character and innocent love of children. Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and interviewer Larry King are all likely to appear. TV host Jay Leno will also take to the stand to confirm Jacko's accuser Gavin Arvizo once asked him for money towards his cancer treatment - part of the Jacko defence team's attempts to portray the Arvizos as a family who used Gavin's illness to extort money out of celebrities. Macaulay Culkin, who denies allegations he was ever molested by Jackson while he stayed at Neverland as a teenager, is reportedly reluctant to testify.

Meanwhile, back to the prosecution's case, and yesterday there was more on those allegations that Jackson held the Arvizo family hostage at the Neverland ranch. Brian Barron, a former Neverland security guard testified that for a week in 2003 there was a note on the board of the ranch's guard house that said Gavin Arvizo must not leave the ranch, perhaps suggesting that Jacko's accuser was being forced to stay at Jacko's home. That said, Barron admitted that he did not know if Arvizo's mother was at Neverland at the time, and admitted if Gavin was there alone it would be a sensible precaution to not let him leave the ranch alone.

The case continues of course, and it will be interesting to see what the prosecution have up their sleeves as they complete their case to the court.

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SCOTTISH INDUSTRY CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES 2005 PLANS
Organisers of music industry convention MusicWorks have announced details of their 2005 event, which will see the whole thing move forward to a late summer slot. The Glasgow based conference - billed as the International Cross-Media Music Convention and Live Music Festival - will take place from 31 Aug to 3 Sep, and 500 music industry professionals are expected to attend from more than 16 countries around the world.

The theme this year will be 'New Territories for the Entrepreneur' with sessions looking at the relationship between music and other entertainment sectors, and at the growing music business in new territories like India and China.

Neil Butler of event producers UZ Events told CMU: "We are continually looking to identify future business areas for music. By exploring emerging new musical territories for 2005 and beyond MusicWorks is once again demonstrating its position at the very forefront of the music industry."

As always the MusicWorks event will also host a series of gigs, showcases and club nights around Glasgow, with over 160 artists expected to perform in over 25 venues over four nights.

More information is at http://www.musicworksuk.com

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POPKOMM CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MUSIC TECHNOLOGY AWARDS
Talking of music industry conferences, organisers of the pan-European music business bash Popkomm have opened up the application process for its second Innovations in Music & Entertainment Awards, which will be held in Berlin on 14 Sep at the kick off of the Popkomm 2005 event. These awards aim to recognize both individuals and businesses who use technology in an innovative way to benefit both artists and consumers - last year's winners included Kodime, PlaylouderMSP and Jukecharts. Details of how to enter are at http://www.popkommawards.com - closing date for entries is 12 Jul.

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FABRIC LAUNCH FAVOURITE LABELS NIGHT
Fabric tomorrow night launch a new night called Fabric Loves Labels which will see three different labels each host a room showcasing some of the bestest artists on their respective rosters. The first night is looking particularly fine with three of CMU's favourite record labels involved. Room one will be hosted by Supercharged, which means Krafty Kuts, The Freestylers and The Breakfastaz, among others, all taking to the decks. Room two is TCR with label boss Rennie Pilgrem supported by Koma & Bones, JDS, Blim and Chris Carter. And room three is being taken over by Manchester's finest, Grand Central, with Mark Rae, Pete Simpson, the Jon Kennedy Sound System and Boca 45 all doing their stuff. All takes place tomorrow night, 22 Apr, from 9.30pm to 5am at Fabric. More info at http://www.fabriclondon.com, press info from Fabric IH.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tosca - J.A.C. (!K7)
The haunting chime of a Tibetan bowl opens J.A.C. with that eerie mystique so characteristic of Tosca. A simple trip-hop beat and bass line take the opening track through an intriguing series of samples from a Singapore radio show, including the introductions to first a Mandarin and then a French poem—without the poems themselves—followed by a self-reflexive exposition of the track itself: ‘Rondo Acapricio’. In ‘Heidi Bruehl’, smooth brushes on snare and tambourine carry along the exquisite French voice of Samia Farah, while angelic backing vocals and subtle jazz guitar dance in the background. ‘Superrob’ ups the tempo with a mellow house tune that gives us the electronic quirks of reverbed wah guitar and jews-harp. Tracks 4 and 6 nod to the bluegrass tradition with melancholy recurring lyrics like ‘spit-shined apocalypse’ soulfully droned by Seattle’s Chris Eckman in 'John Lee Huber’, and desolate guitar wails in ‘The Big Sleep’. ‘Damentag’ plays around on a 70s disco motif, that builds into a nice, innocent funky house sound, while ‘Naschkatze' offers a simple, tripped-out, joint-passer. Once again, it is guitar that lends ‘Zuri’ its beauty, complemented by sweet ethereal vocals and minor piano scales, together forming some sublime upbeat house. The whole album is very thoughtfully composed, with an immaculate sensibility for any sound pleasing to the ear.
Release date: 6 Jun
Press Contact: The Outpost [CP, RP, NP] !K7 IH [CR, NR, RR]

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LIMITED EDITION JOHNNY CASH RELEASED
Seven Johnny Cash albums, originally released on Memphis label Sun Records, are to be packaged together in a limited edition box set on Varese Sarabande's Varese Vintage label, to be distributed through Universal. The collection will be called ‘The Original Sun Albums - The Complete Collection’ and the albums to be included are ‘Johnny Cash With His Red Hot and Blue Guitar’ (1957), ‘Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous’ (1958), ‘Greatest!’ (1959), ‘Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams ...and Other Favorite Tunes’ (1960), ‘Now Here's Johnny Cash’ (1961), ‘All Aboard the Blue Train With Johnny Cash’ (1962), and ‘The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash’ (1964). Each disc will retain its original artwork and will feature six bonus tracks. The set will be limited to a run of only 2500 copies.

And elsewhere in Johnny Cash news, the star’s biopic ‘Walk The Line’ is expected to get a US release at the end of this year. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash. The couple's son, John Carter Cash, will also appear in the film.

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APPLE MOVING FORWARD ON MOBILE ITUNES
More rumours about Apple's plans to extend iTunes into the mobile phone space have surfaced on ThinkSecret, the website that has caused the IT giant some concern over recent months because of the accuracy of their Apple gossip. They report that iTunes Mobile 1.0 is expected to be launched in June, and that initially consumers will be able to transfer MP3s from their computers onto their mobiles, but that the initial release will not enable music fans to download tracks over their mobile network.

Apple is working with Motorola to develop iTunes compatible mobile phones, although there have been reports that the release schedule for those handsets has been delayed, even though a prototype was demonstrated at a mobile industry conference earlier this year. Some reckon that Motorola is finding problems in persuading mobile networks to take the iTunes phone because the telephone companies are planning on launching their own mobile download platforms which will compete with Apple. However Motorola are downplaying those rumours saying a launch is still likely in the next few months.

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MORE BESTIVAL LINE UP ADDITIONS
Bestival just got better with more additions to the line up. Super Furry Animals will headline on Sunday night, plus Fabio & Grooverider, The Go! Team and Howard Marks are also now on the bill. Oh yes, and there'll be a big fancy dress competition on Saturday night. All takes place from 9-11 Sep - more at http://www.bestival.net

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SOMERSET HOUSE LINE UP DUE NEXT WEEK
Now we've carelessly strayed into live music news, news that those ever-popular Somerset House gigs in London will return for the fifth year from 5-13 Jul at, erm, Somerset House. The line up is still under wraps, though we've heard some rumours and it's looking good again. Full details of who will play will be announced next Tuesday when tickets will go on sale at 11am. Apparently if you register at http://www.somerset-house.org.uk/summer you'll be the first to hear who is playing. Press info from Darling.

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RAKES POSTPONE TOUR
The Rakes have had to postpone their current tour, due to unforeseen circumstances. A spokesman said "It is with great regret and disappointment that The Rakes announce the cancellation of these dates. The band sincerely apologise for any disappointment caused by this unexpected turn of events."

The tour is rescheduled for May and June. Original tickets will be valid for the new dates, as follows:

26 May: Preston 53 Degrees
28 May: Hull The Welly Club
31 May: Liverpool Barfly
1 Jun: Stratford Cox's Yard
5 Jun: Sheffield The Room (Fez Club)
6 Jun: Southampton Joiners
8 Jun: Shrewsbury Buttermakers Cellars
9 Jun: Oxford Zodiac

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ALABAMA 3 TOUR
And more tour news. Country and western techno outlaw band Alabama 3 have announced a whole lot of tour dates, as follows:

20 May: Newcastle, Northumbria University
21 May: Glasgow Academy
22 May: Sheffield Leadmill
23 May: Cambridge Junction
24 May: Birmingham Academy
25 May: Norwich Waterfront
26 May: Cardiff, Coal Exchange
27 May: Liverpool Academy
28 May: Oxford, Zodiac
29 May: London, Shepherds Bush Empire
31 May: Brighton, Concorde
1 Jun: Southampton, The Brook
2 Jun: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
3 Jun: Manchester, Academy
4 Jun: Bristol, Academy
5 Jun: Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham

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TOWERS OF LONDON ADDED TO DOWNLOAD LINE UP
Towers Of London are to play at this year’s Download Festival, they being the latest in a series of recent additions to the festival’s Napster Stage line up that already includes The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and Napalm Death. The acts join a previously announced line up that will see artists such as Garbage, Megadeth, Velvet Revolver, Feeder, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Billy Idol appear at the event which takes place on June 10-12 at Donington Park. And as we mentioned a couple of days ago, Towers of London are also on that NME New Music Tour taking place throughout May.

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DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL TO WORK WITH U2 PRODUCER
Dashboard Confessional have announced they are to head into the studio with producer Daniel Lanois, who has previously worked with Bob Dylan and U2, to begin work on a follow up album to 2003s ‘A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar’. Exactly when the actual heading into the studio bit will happen is still unclear.

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OSBOURNE RETURNS TO GAY
Kelly Osbourne is to return to G A Y to perform her new single, ‘One Word’ on 7 May. She appeared at the nightclub three years ago and previewed her cover of ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ accompanied by three drag queens. Her new album, with its previously reported new dance direction, is out on 23 May.

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STAR WARS TUNE TO GET RELEASE
The Star Wars theme tune is to be releases as a single on 23 May following the release of the film, ‘Star Wars: Episode III Revenge Of The Sith’, on 19 May. The track was, of course, composed and conducted by John Williams and played by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Benjamin Diamond - Out Of Myself (!K7)
Remember the guy who voiced the legendary lyrics "It feels like the music sounds better with you"? How could you not, Stardust's 1998 hit enjoyed massive crossover success and earned it a place in the top 10 biggest selling dance records ever. Still no? Well, in reality few recognise Benjamin Diamond's smooth continental tones, even though it was those qualities that really brought the French Touch to the wider market (see Motorbass, Daft Punk, Air). But although Diamond remains a virtual unknown outside of dance music, 'Out Of Myself' might just prove to be the LP to change all that. If you were expecting a predictable, French-filtered, electro-house odyssey (ala Daft Punk et al), you'd be very wrong - Diamond's second artist album reveals his passion for traditional artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks and Paul Weller, as well as the more electronic acts like New Order and Prince. To write this review without saying this sounds like Air is nigh on impossible (yes fine, I'm lazy!), because on the whole, the style does share similarities with the distinctive duo, plus it's not really an insult is it? Upbeat rocky tracks, laced with that silky French panache, sit alongside some very warm houseier numbers, thickened with dense acoustic strumming and uplifting, full harmonies. 'I Wish' for example, is pure bliss – with its unforgettable, Grand National-esque elevating chorus, it begs playing time and again. Overall, the production is gleaming and the composition excellent, and this fine album will no doubt find its fans. OG
Release date: 23 May
Press Contact: The Outpost [CP, RP, NP] !K7 IH [CR, NR, RR]

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ULSTER TV BIDDING FOR WIRELESS GROUP
It seems everyone is busy taking over radio stations at the moment, though I can confirm rumours that CMU was about to acquire EMAP's radio division are not true. Rumours that Ulster TV is considering buying the Wireless Group were, however, correct. The TV company has confirmed they are in "preliminary talks" with the owners of the Wireless Group, who own the national TalkSport station and 16 local stations.

In a statement to the city UTV said: "The directors confirm that the company has entered into exploratory discussions with Wireless Group plc in relation to a possible offer, but discussions are at a preliminary stage, and may or may not lead to an offer being made".

Should they proceed, UTV bosses will be competing with Wireless Group boss Kelvin MacKenzie who is hoping to stage a management buyout at the company.

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BOO RADLEYS RELEASE ANTHOLOGY OF TRACKS
The Boo Radleys, who released a lot more records than you probably realize, will release an anthology of their work in Jul. Called 'Find The Way Out' it will feature a load of album tracks, singles, rarities and previously unreleased stuff, covering their time with Creation Records, plus some pre-Creation releases for Rough Trade and Action. According to the NME the tracklisting will run thus:

CD1: Walking 5th Carnival, Catweazle, Hip Clown Rag, Kaleidoscope, The Finest Kiss, Everybird, Lazy Day, Spaniard, Does This Hurt, Sunfly II: Walking With The Kings, Buffalo Bill, Lazarus (12" version), Let Me Be Your Faith, Thinking Of Ways, Best Lose The Fear, I Hang Suspended, I've Lost The Reason, Wish I Was Skinny, Cracked Lips/Homesick, Barney (...And Me)

CD2: Wake Up Boo: Music For Astronauts, Blues For George Michael, Find The Answer Within, Joel, It's Lulu, Reaching Out From Here, From The Bench At Belvidere, Nearly Almost There, What's In The Box? (See Watcha Got), Four Saints, New Brighton Promenade, C'mon Kids, Ride The Tiger, Vote You, Free Huey, Kingsize, Comb Your Hair, Tomorrow, Put Your Arms Around Me And Tell Me Everything's Gonna Be OK, Blueroom In Archway

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CHRIS MARTIN TRIES A ROMEO
Chris Martin apparently risked possible injury at a gig recently whilst making grand gestures of affection towards Noel Gallagher. Spotting Gallagher on the balcony at the Round Chapel in Hackney, where Coldplay were playing a secret show, Martin climbed up and gave the Oasis star a great big hug. He was briefly stranded fifteen feet away from the rest of the band, but then stood on the edge of the balcony and jumped down. He didn’t damage himself, which is a good thing really, as that would have made him look a bit of a twit. If climbing up balconies to give girly hugs to Mancunian popstars didn’t make him look a bit of a twit already.

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GALLAGHER ON THE TEDIUM OF VIDEO SHOOTS
And talking of Mr Gallagher, he's been telling NME about his hatred of video shoots, and of the one demand he has of any video producer.

Gallagher: "I fucking loathe videos. This is not the reason why I started a band, to stand on a video stage all day and mime a song 500 times, knowing that when you get to the end of the 499th, you're thinking, 'I don't even fucking like this song anymore, it's stupid.' But it's a necessary evil for me."

As for his one demand of any video producer: "There's only ever been one criterion, and that's to make us look ten years younger. You get that right and I'm fine."

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