CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 26th April

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In today's CMU Daily:
- PC Pro damning of digital space
- The ex will take to the stand: Jacko trial update
- Live Review: The National at the Camden Barfly
- MusicTank get ready to debate creative commons
- Motley Crue add to tour
- Iommi on new album release
- Hot Hot tour dates
- American Head Charge to continue despite guitarist's death
- Shirley doesn't get 'em out
- Foxy Brown on the attack again, allegedly
- The Game et al face lawsuit
- Album Review: Various - Music From The OC Mix 4 OST
- Goffey tells Imbruglia to shut it
- Annie download online
- Frank black duets with Courtney
- SonyBMG announce digital licensing deals with two major publishers
- Real promises a digital music revolution at press event today
- iTunes due to arrive in Oz
- Turin Brakes release dates set
- Single Review: The Coral - In The Morning
- Anti-racism gig looks for volunteers to help
- Doherty to help Moss launch music career
- Mariah on her underwear cupboard

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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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KILL ALL HIPPIES APRIL
London's best rock night, Kill All Hippies, returns to Canvas, Kings Cross this Friday, in association with TuneTribe.com. Live sets this month come from Whitey, The Paddingtons, Moco and Gliss, while Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic, Syrinx and the NME DJs will be on the decks. Kicks off at 8.30pm on Friday 29 Apr and runs until the not-so-early-hours the next day. Tickets are just £3 if you register in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies (£5 on the night). Full press release at:

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PC PRO DAMNING OF DIGITAL SPACE
If PC Pro was a school report, then the digital music industry would be hiding it at the bottom of its school bag, because the computer magazine isn't too complimentary about the UK download sector in its latest issue, out this week. In a review of all things digital music it claims that British music fans are being asked to pay too much for tracks, that music is often poorly encoded and that the limitations on what people can do with the tracks they buy are "strict to the point of draconian"

None of the magazine's criticisms of the download space are all that new - with codec incompatibility and inconsistencies between US and UK pricing the main concern - though it is interesting to see all the various problems and concerns documented in one place. And with that special kind of vitriol computer geeks are great at - at one point they accuse the record labels and download platforms of being "greedy, paranoid and treating customers with contempt".

Summarising his magazine's key findings, PC Pro's Nick Ross told reporters: "What people don't understand is that when they buy an iPod or other digital music player, they're being tied into a system. Many of our readers have already been caught out, buying tracks but being unable to play them on their player". On price point he continues: "A song bought in the USA on iTunes or Napster costs 79 cents but in the UK costs 79 pence - ridiculous when the exchange rate is almost $2 to £1".

Having reviewed all the key download platforms across the world the magazine picks out an American independent and a controversial Russian service as the best of the bunch. On US indie site http://www.audiolunchbox.com Ross says: "Its prices are reasonable, as you can buy in US dollars, there's no restriction on what you can do with the music, and it's high quality encoding too".

The Russian services commended in the magazine is http://www.allofmp3.com, which has been criticised by the major record companies for its questionable royalty arrangements. Ross does admit that "the royalties it pays are miniscule making it little better than illegal file swapping", but adds that it isn't really price point that makes this service stand out. He reckons www.allofmp3.com stands out because it "sells a huge variety of music, in the format and quality of your choice," adding that, "where the illegal Napster pioneered the world of online music delivery, allofmp3.com is pioneering the business model that big business should follow".

On hardware, the magazine picks out the Rio Carbon as its favourite MP3 Player. Ross: "Its miniscule dimensions, svelte looks and sublime ergonomics help it stand out against 22 competitors including the brand new 2nd generation iPod mini and brand new 30GB iPod photo. Although we highly-rate the new iPods, we once again have to warn our readers about buying them. Whether they know it or not, most computer users will have music libraries consisting of WMA files (the default type used by Windows) and these simply won't work with iPods".

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THE EX WILL TAKE TO THE STAND: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Presumably concerned that things have got a bit dull since Janet Arvizo left the witness stand, Jacko judge Rodney Melville yesterday gave the prosecution permission to call Jackson's ex-wife as a witness as they wind up their case against the singer.

Debbie Rowe, who was married to Jackson from 1996 to 1999 and who is the mother of two of his children, is expected to say that her relationship with Jacko was essentially a ploy to improve the singer's reputation. She is also likely to say that she was forced to make a video defending Jackson in the fallout that followed that Martin Bashir documentary. She claims she read a scripted defence of Jacko to camera on the back of promises the singer would give her some access to her children. While Rowe is likely to prove a valuable witness for the prosecution, Judge Melville has set limits on what topics she can be questioned on - which is just no fun at all.
Elsewhere in Jacko trial news, and Brian Oxman, a long-serving legal adviser to the Jackson family, has left the singer's defence team. There has been no explanation for his departure so far, although word is he only played a very small role managing the defence for this particular case.

In the court room itself the day's testimony came from another former security guard, Kassim Abdool, who was there to corroborate the earlier testimony given by another security guard, Ralph Chacon. As you'll surely remember, Chacon claimed to the court earlier this month that he once saw Jackson in the shower with the then 13 year old Jordan Chandler, and that he saw Jackson first caressing the boy's hair, then kissing his body, before moving down and kissing the boy's penis. Abdool told the court yesterday that he saw Jackson and Chandler leave a Jacuzzi area and head to the shower that day, shortly before the incident Chacon claims to have witnessed. Abdool said that the pair's swimming trunks had been left behind and that the boy was wearing a bathrobe while Jackson had a towel around his waist. Make of that what you will.

Needless to say, Jacko's defence lawyer Thomas Mesereu set about attacking Abdool's credibility. Like Chacon, Abdool lost an unfair dismissal case against Jackson meaning that - Mesereu claims - he has an axe to grind in giving evidence at this trial. He also pointed out that Abdool had signed a statement in 1994 saying that he had never seen the star behave improperly - a year after the events he described in court yesterday.

The case continues.

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LIVE REVIEW: The National at the Camden Barfly on 19 Apr
A cramped, full to capacity Barfly may not be the most comfortable of settings, but such is the buzz surrounding this band currently that it was only to be expected. On the back of unanimously positive reviews for new album 'Alligator' tickets for this date sold out some weeks ago. The National have been likened to bands like Tindersticks and American Music Club, but whereas these bands' live performances tend to be low key and modest, The National are a ferocious and unruly live band. Matt Berninger in particular is a livewire front man, who effortlessly changes persona depending on the track; the more subdued and subtle tracks found him crooning in a melancholic fashion, but the more up tempo and rockier tracks seemed to transform Berninger into a violent and chaotic beast; his hanging from the roof of the room seemed frankly perilous and potentially dangerous - fortunately he avoided any catastrophe. The band play with such energy and vitality, it's hard to not be impressed. The set comprised mainly of tracks from 'Alligator', which is to be expected - they have a record to plug after all, but some welcome treats from previous album 'Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers' found their way into the set. The band will return to the UK in a month or so after a European tour, and I urge anyone intrigued to attend. The National are one of the discoveries of the year. KW

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MUSICTANK GET READY TO DEBATE CREATIVE COMMONS
Tomorrow night's Music Tank debate is looking like it is going to be a very busy one, such is the interest (and outrage in some parts) to Creative Commons - a new approach to copyright which aint so friendly to those who make their money out of buying and exploiting content (or, at least, that's what most copyright owners would probably argue). Paula Le Dieu, Director of Creative Commons International, will be giving the keynote address, while PPL/VPL boss Fran Nevrkla and Emma Pike of British Music Rights will be giving the copyright owners take on it all.

We'll run through all the issues in our summary of the event on Thursday, but if you want to be there you should book your place now - http://www.musictank.co.uk/ events_creative_commons.htm. The event takes place at the Bertorelli Restaurant & Bar, on Frith Street, London from 6.30pm - tickets are £15 for trade body members, £20 for others.

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MOTLEY CRUE ADD TO TOUR
Motley Crue have added an extra date to their UK tour and will additionally appear at Newcastle Arena on 21 Jun. The band are publicising greatest hits album 'Red White & Crue', which is released on 30 May and single 'If I Die Tomorrow' on 23 May. The tour starts at Glasgow SECC on 11 Jun.

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IOMMI ON NEW ALBUM RELEASE
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is all set to release his third solo album, 'Fused' on 11 Jul. He has collaborated on the album with former Deep Purple vocalist/bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, and all three performers will tour together later in the year to promote the new LP.

On that collaboration Iommi told CMU: "I definitely knew that for my next album I wasn't going to use a lot special guests again. I wanted to use just one singer, and I also wanted it to be more like a band this time. The idea was to go into the studio with Glenn and Kenny play everything live. It was great. I really enjoyed doing it that way. That was the original way you used to record, and that was the only way I knew how to record for a long time. Only a few years ago did I start recording the other way, by building up and layering tracks. By playing live in the studio, you can hear exactly how the songs are going to sound and whether they work."

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HOT HOT TOUR DATES
Hot Hot Heat are off out on tour this week, in support of the recent release of (rather good) second album 'Elevator', and preceding single release 'Goodnight Goodnight' on 16 May.

The tour dates are:
27 Apr: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
28 Apr: Manchester The Ritz
29 Apr: Sheffield Leadmill
30 Apr: Glasgow Garage
1 May: Leeds Cockpit
2 May: Birmingham Academy
4 May: London Koko
5 May: Brighton Concorde

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AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE TO CONTINUE DESPITE GUITARIST'S DEATH
Members of Minneapolis-based industrial metal collective American Head Charge have vowed to continue, despite the death of their guitarist, Bryan Ottoson, last week. Ottoson was found dead on the band's tour bus last week just before a show in North Charleston - the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed. Writing on their website, the band told their fans yesterday: "The music world has lost a great guitarist and an even greater person with the death of our dear friend Bryan Ottoson. Bryan was a vital member of our group and a key songwriter on 'The Feeding'. It is our intention to honour his memory by re-joining Mudvayne, one of Bryan's favourite bands, on the current tour. Words cannot convey the depth of our sadness, but we want our fans to be able to hear the music Bryan loved so much. He'd be pissed if we didn't continue on."

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SHIRLEY DOESN'T GET 'EM OUT
Garbage singer Shirley Manson got into a spat with American police at a gig last week after she appeared to have flashed her breasts at the audience, lifting her top at the end of a performance of 'Sex Is Not The Enemy.' Security stormed the stage immediately in a selfless attempt to stop the evil corruption of America's youth by the 38 year old vocalist, but it turned out that Manson was in fact wearing a flesh coloured bra.

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FOXY BROWN ON THE ATTACK AGAIN, ALLEGEDLY
And talking of altercations, Foxy Brown has been getting into more of them, this time with Miami Rapper Jacki O, although the reason for the spat seems mysteriously unclear. According to Jacki O, she invited Foxy Brown to the Circle House studios in Miami, but Brown arrived there on Sunday with 'words' for her fellow musician. We don't know what the words were, but they provoked a physical altercation. "This was not the way I wanted it to go down," said Jacki O "I was looking forward to working with her on a song. We are two women in hip-hop and should be able to come to the table together. She forced me to show her who is the madam of Miami."

As previously reported, Foxy Brown has been in court earlier this month defending herself against charges of an allegedly unprovoked attack on two nail salon workers in New York last summer.

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THE GAME ET AL FACE LAWSUIT
Sticking with the theme of rappers and punch-ups, news that 50 Cent's mate The Game is facing assault charges and a $280 million lawsuit after he allegedly attacked a radio presenter in Maryland. The DJ, Kwasi "Zxulu" Jones, says that he was attacked by a The Game's twenty man strong posse after making a casual remark about a the mobile telephone earpiece worn by the rapper's manager, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in Jan, but since then a remix of 50 Cent's 'Hate It Or Love It' has been released on which The Game, real name Jaceyon Taylor, refers to the incident with the words "I'm rap's MVP/Don't make me remind y'all what happened in D.C." and because of that release the lawsuit has named G-Unit, Aftermath Entertainment and Shady Records, claiming that all three were complicit in an act of negligence.

The DJ's Lawyer Stephanie Moran said: "As our lawsuit points out, it's based on the fact that a lot of these record labels and rappers pride themselves on careers based on street credibility. Their records sell more when they do something in the public eye that gives street credibility to their image. Clearly, putting lyrics in the song regarding this incident helped sell records. Artists should not be able to profit from alleged incidents where people are physically harmed."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Music From The OC Mix 4 OST (Warner / Hollywood Records)
Regular readers of the Daily will have sussed that we are big fans of the OC - the Sunday afternoon drama on Channnel 4 about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who is adopted by a wealthy family in Orange County, home of California's super rich. The series has already spawned three soundtrack albums and the theme tune has been a hit single for Phantom Planet. Music is an important part of the show, both up and coming and established acts feature on the soundtrack and bands regularly do guest spots on the show. Although it's a mainstream series this soundtrack is fairly leftfield; the best known artist here is Beck who offers new track 'Scarecrow', and the somewhat overexposed Futureheads also feature, but generally it contains less well known acts. Rising stars Rilo Kiley offer recent single 'Portions Of Foxes' and folkie of the moment Sufjan Stevens sings one of his gentle tunes, 'To Be Alone With You'. I have no idea who Flunk are but they have the same kind of dreamy sound as Mazzy Star and their track 'Play' is one of the album's highlights, along with Bell X1's lovely ' Eve, The Apple Of My Eye'. All in all this is an unexpectedly subtle and understated collection. JW
Release date: 25 Apr
Press contact: Pomona [CP, RP] Warner IH [NP, CR, RR, NR]

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GOFFEY TELLS IMBRUGLIA TO SHUT IT
According to the Daily Mirror, Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey heckled Natalie Imbruglia as she performed a 15 minute private set for Virgin Radio last week, shouting to her to "Get off". A source said "Dan could clearly be heard shouting for her to get off throughout. It was rude and unfair."

The Mirror reports that the Imbruglia, who was singing tracks from new album 'Counting Down The Days', was visibly hurt and pointedly turned to Goffey upon finishing the set and said: "It's nice to be supported!"

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ANNIE DOWNLOAD ONLINE
Norwegian electro-pop sensation Annie is making a special remix track available for free by download from her website http://www.anniemusic.co.uk. While she is busy in the US promoting the forthcoming release of her excellent album 'Anniemal' over there, UK fans can download a special remix of album track 'Always Too Late', re-rubbed for the occasion by production team Y£$. The download is online now.

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FRANK BLACK DUETS WITH COURTNEY
Pixie Frank Black has recorded a duet with Courtney Love. The track 'Strange Goodbye' appears on forthcoming solo album 'Honeycomb', due for release on 19 Jul, which he has described as an updated 'Blonde On Blonde'.

Black spoke to MTV.com about the direction of the new work and how it was heavily influenced by Bob Dylan's seminal album: "It just stuck with me, and for years, I always wanted to do my own sort of version, 'Black On Blonde'." The artist has been contemplating the solo album for more than a decade, but he and producer Jon Tiven have only just managed to find time in their schedules to work on the project.

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SONYBMG ANNOUNCE DIGITAL LICENSING DEALS WITH TWO MAJOR PUBLISHERS
SonyBMG have announced agreements with two major music publishing companies which will speed up the process of licensing music for digital music ventures including ring tones, multi-media releases and on demand video streams. The deal will also cover aspects of content included on hybrid CD/DVD DualDisc releases.

The first agreement was reached with Warner/Chappell Music, with a second deal with EMI Music Publishing announced a few hours later. The deals will cover music where SonyBMG own the recording copyright and the partner publishing company control the songwriting royalty. The exact nature of the new agreements is not known, but SonyBMG say they hope the new partnerships will make the licensing of tracks for digital projects more efficient.

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REAL PROMISES A DIGITAL MUSIC REVOLUTION AT PRESS EVENT TODAY
RealNetworks will today make a big digital music announcement with the company's CEO Rob Glaser claiming that "we are changing the rules of the internet again, and digital music will never be the same".

The consensus is that the press event at New York's Radio City Music Hall will announce that Real is launching a rival to the Napster-To-Go service which will means subscriber to Real's Rhapsody music service will be able to listen to tracks from their whole music library on their portable music devices (previously subscribers could listen to all tracks online, but had to pay a per-track fee to download a track to their MP3 player). That said, given Glaser's remarks, some wonder if Real will be announcing another venture too.

Either way, Glaser is sure to be on good form having won his one millionth subscriber recently, and with revenues for the first quarter at a record level. Real bosses will also be pleased that Napster have increased their budgeted revenue expectations twice in recent months. While Napster are in theory competitors of Real, both companies are keen to see subscription model download platforms - as opposed iTunes style pay-per-track services - doing well.

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ITUNES DUE TO ARRIVE IN OZ
Talking of important announcements in the digital music world, good news for all our, erm, Australian readers. Word is iTunes is due to launch there any day now. While Apple remain tight lipped on their plans some artists have let it slip that their music will be available via the service very soon - most recently one Russell Crowe, who told an Aussie radio show that some of his songs will be available via iTunes imminently. Insiders say tracks on iTunes Australia will retail for AU$1.80, which translates to US$1.41, quite a bit more than the 99 cents a track the American iTunes charges. But, nevertheless, the Australian industry should welcome the arrival of the Apple download platform - a recent report suggested that the digital music sector needs a real kick start with home grown download platforms failing to excite Aussie music fans, mainly because of their limited music libraries.

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TURIN BRAKES RELEASE DATES SET
Well, we have to say the new Turin Brakes album caused much excitement when it arrived here at CMU - the sleeve it arrived in lives up to the album title of 'JackInABox' with the CD flying out of the case as you open it. As for the music, well, alas we can't comment, because the CD comes with some of that very clever DRM technology that protects EMI's copyright by stopping anyone from actually listening to the music. But we are still looking forward to the first single release, 'Fishing For A Dream', which has been confirmed as having a 16 May release date. B-sides on that release will include two new songs recorded during the sessions for the new album, plus a live recording of their cover version of AC/DC's 'What's Next To The Moon'. Lovely. The album, clever DRM and all, is out on 30 May, with a mini-tour to follow:

9 Jun: Birmingham Academy
10 Jun: Glasgow Barrowlands
12 Jun: Manchester Ritz
13 Jun: London Shepherds Bush Empire

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Coral - In the Morning (Deltasonic)
Every now and again, a riff comes along that's so naggingly catchy you fear it'll follow you to your grave, like a criminal record or a bad tattoo. Say hello to the new Coral single. In fact, don't, because if you show any signs of interest, it'll invite itself into your head, and start sleeping on your sofa and stealing your marmite. There's some great dreamlike lyrical snippets buried amid the jangly scouse-pop ("an alley cat chewing on dead meat", "tea and a toast to yesterday's capers") but the song doesn't ever seem to go anywhere - except back to that arpeggiated keyboard riff. Unforgettable then, in a way that can only be described as slightly malevolent. WP
Release Date: 9 May
Press Contact: SonyBMG IH [all]

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ANTI-RACISM GIG LOOKS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP
More on that Love Music Hate Racism gig which will take place in Trafalgar Square this Sunday (1 May), four days before the rather nasty BNP battle it out in 100 odd constituencies in the general election. As previously reported, Babyshambles, Estelle, MC Lady Sovereign and Terri Walker are among the artists who will play at the anti-racism gig, united under the banner of "don't vote BNP". Organisers of the event have told us that they are looking for volunteers who are willing to help out - stewarding on the day, handing out leaflets and selling badges and t-shirts. Anyone interested in helping should go to a special meeting at ULU on Malet Street tomorrow night (27 Apr) at 7.30pm. More details at http://www.lmhr.org.uk

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DOHERTY TO HELP MOSS LAUNCH MUSIC CAREER
Talking of Babyshambles, which we were briefly, Pete Doherty is apparently helping girlfriend Kate Moss to launch her music career by teaching her to play guitar and inviting her to sing on his new band's debut album. A 'source' has told reporters: "He's started teaching her guitar and she's got the hang of a few chords. He's written a song for her to sing. He loves her so much that he's even hoping to get the song on the band's next album." Lovely. When she'll learn about not showing up for gigs, or about ruining other people's gigs by refusing to get off stage and setting off fire extinguishers, remains to be seen.

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MARIAH ON HER UNDERWEAR CUPBOARD
Mariah Carey has revealed she has a wardrobe just for her underwear. According to IOL.com, Carey has told reporters: "It [the underwear wardrobe] is right off my bathroom so rather than going down to my main closet soaking wet, all dripping and nude, I decided to make a nice lingerie closet. That way I can jump out of my tub, run naked into the next room and put on a nice little number. I like lingerie that's lacy and normally white. But then I also love dressing up in pink lingerie - and black is hot too. I have everything laid out in colours so I can pick them out quickly." So now you know.

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