CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 29th April

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Encompass this weekend
- Remix and Flomotion go live at ICA this Sunday
- It's the vulture aides to blame: Jacko trial update
- Santana sued by former employee over guru-led sacking
- Single Review: Antony And The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
- Amen postpone UK tour
- 1Xtra announce DJ battles
- Wal-Mart add CD burn service to download platform
- The Real Tuesday Weld live soundtrack performance
- Futureheads on new songs
- Lou Reed to release live DVD
- Labour tell creative industry it's all copyright, copyright, copyright
- Five plan channel for the ladies
- Universal report good financials
- Album Review: JDs - The Adventures Of The Purple Funky Monkey
- ePM launch digital music service
- Bush signs new copyright violation penalties into us law
- French courts not impressed with DVD piracy protection software
- Loot launch download platform
- GLC webcast
- Album Review: Tom Mcrae - All Maps Welcome
- Teenage Fanclub single and tour dates
- Carling Academy Newcastle announces first gig
- Foo Fighters college press conference
- Abdul hurt by drug accusations
- Skinner dates Starr's granddaughter
- Stefani's Sting woe
- Usher asked for autograph in toilet

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

ttp://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/carling24

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 deecks. 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:

http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/killallhippies

Advertise your releases and events to CMU Daily's 6500+ readership - classified ad and online press release package just £50 a year. Email sales@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk for details, or check:

http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/info.pdf

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MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY
It's May Day - hurrah! No work on Monday, so no Daily either. See you all on Tuesday morning, in the 'there'll be an email in your inbox' sense of the phrase 'see you'.

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Electric Soul Londinium at The Royal Inn on The Park
The Inn is just off the larger bit of Victoria Park and was a pretty average pub when I lived around the corner, but it has reinvented itself a bit since it started serving Pimms to the trendies, and as a result they are putting on a few events. And this weekend's event should be awesome. The Electric Soul Crew are bringing down their team from Manchester and they have a peach of a line up: Compost records giant Rainer Truby, the Unabombers, Benji B (Gilles Peterson's sidekick) and my old mate Raf Rundell from Accidental Records - he was the Rocketscience Media legend. Showcasing leftfield nu-soul, jazz, funk, disco, boogie and, of course, dope house (and whatever takes their fancy) it should be top, though sadly it only runs till midnight. If you can't get down check Electric Soul Crew's mix album release at the end of May. It's very good.

Sunday 1 May, The Royal Inn on The Park, 111 Lauriston Road London E9, 6pm-Midnight, £10 advance, more at http://www.electriks.co.uk , press info from Pias.

CHRIS' CLUB TIP: Kill All Hippies at Canvas
Three quick things to say about the ever legendary Kill All Hippies. Firstly, the latest edition is tonight and (as that classified ad above so charmingly informs you) you've got Whitey, The Paddingtons, Moco and Gliss doing the live thing, with Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic, Syrinx and the NME DJs on the decks. Secondly, the live sets from Whitey, Moco and Gliss will be recorded on the night and then available for download via the wonderful http://www.tunetribe.com from Sunday evening at 6pm (so if you can't make it in the real world, check it out in the virtual world). Thirdly and finally, there's some exciting news regarding CMU's favourite London rock night - more on that on Tuesday. Hurrah.

Friday 29 Apr, Canvas, York Way, N1, 8.30pm till very late, £5 (£3 if you guest list yourself in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies), press info from Leyline.

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ENCOMPASS THIS WEEKEND
The Encompass music conference will take over the trendy East side of London from tonight with a packed programme of seminars, talks, debates and damn fine music. As previously reported, Encompass aims to bring together everyone working in dance and electronic music, reviewing the state of play in the industry, giving those embarking on their music careers a helping hand, and showcasing some of the best in the business. The full weekend line up is published at the bottom of today's CMU Daily - for details on how to get yourself some last minute tickets check out http://www.encompass-london.com - you can buy weekend tickets, day tickets or just a night pass.

Music wise, CMU will be trying its utmost to check out, among others of course, Jazzanova, Tom Middleton, Touché, 2020Soundsystem, Krafty Kuts, Skool Of Thought, Soul of Man, Slyde, Drumattic Twins, The Breakfastaz, The Ragga Twins, Justin Robertson, Eclectic Method and Vitalic.

CMU spoke to Vitalic about what we could expect from his Encompass set. "It will be a one hour live, dance oriented set, mixing older tracks with new ones and some unreleased tracks only designed for the live. Generally, my live is a bit raw and brutal. On the stage, you'll see just my equipment and myself... no laser light show so far." And what tips will Vitalic be offering to any newcomers at the conference? "Not to use just simple all in one machines. A good way to have a musical personality is not to use the same equipment that everybody has. And also not to systematically follow the advice of other people".

Another Encompass event definitely worth checking out is the Saturday night bit at Herbal where Novamute and Electronation will join forces. From the Novamute label you will get Speedy J, Cristian Vogel and the excellent T Raumschmiere, while Terry Toner and Herr Arter will represent Electronation.

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REMIX AND FLOMOTION GO LIVE AT ICA THIS SUNDAY
Talking of great events taking place this weekend, here's another one. Xfm's Remix and Flomotion shows will be broadcasting live from the ICA this Sunday night, all courtesy of Tunetribe. Eddy TM and Nick Luscombe will be Djing of course, plus there'll be a stack of great acts playing live - Husky Rescue, Break Reform, AmillionSons and Flatpack. All takes place from 7pm till midnight at the ICA - tickets are £10, or £8 for ICA members and students. An obviously, given that it's a live broadcast, you'll be able to hear it all on Xfm (104.9FM in London, Sky Digital, on the web etc etc etc).

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IT'S THE VULTURE AIDES TO BLAME: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Very quick Jacko trial update today. And presumably the singer's lawyers are glad they were unsuccessful in their bid to stop the prosecution from calling Jackson's former-wife, Debbie Rowe, to the witness stand because, rather than being the bitter ex bitching about how she was blackmailed into recording a video message in support of Jacko, she spoke very highly of her former husband, and denied she had been forced to saying nice things about him on tape.

Although she admitted that she lied a bit about Jackson's parenting skills in the tape that was recorded as part of Jacko's attempts to overcome the fallout of the Martin Bashir documentary, she remained positive about the singer, repeating to the court what she had said in that video: "He's generous to a fault, giving and kind. A great father, great with kids... a brilliant businessman."

Rowe blamed much of her ex-husband's woes on his aides who, she claims, are "vultures" concerned mainly with exploiting the star for their own commercial advantage.

Rowe is likely to be one of the last witnesses called by the prosecution - with the defence's case expected to kick off anytime now.

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SANTANA SUED BY FORMER EMPLOYEE OVER GURU-LED SACKING
A former employee of Carlos Santana is suing the guitarist and his wife over on the grounds of unfair dismissal - he claims he was fired for not being "closer to God". Bruce Kuhlman began working for Santana as a personal assistant in 1988, eventually moving up to run the musician's licensing division River Of Colours.

Kuhlman claims that he was sacked at the instigation of Dr Dan, a spiritual guru who is guiding Santana and his wife. He alleges that he was subjected to a "calibration" test by Dr Dan, and that the guru reported that he was "too old to be enlightened" and "that the more enlightened a person was, the closer to God he was and the better employee he was". He also says that Carlos' wife, Deborah Santana, constantly slurred male employees, favouring female employees that had been "calibrated" by Dr Dan. Kuhlman says he was dismissed from his job after missing a meeting with Dr Dan

Kuhlman is suing for $100,000. Santana's lawyers are yet to comment on the legal action.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Antony And The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone (Rough Trade)
While Antony And The Johnsons may sound like they're a shambolic Rancid cover band whose idea of fun is spitting into each other's mouths, this really couldn't be much further from the truth. The lead single from the much-praised second album 'I Am A Bird Now' is a piano ballad warbled by a man whose voice is so brazenly nasal, you begin to wonder if he doesn't actually have a huge nose instead of a mouth. 'Hope There's Someone' sees Antony (for it is he) navigating the vocal boundary between very high, falsetto and really fucking high. Then halfway through, the track turns into something approaching Beethoven's Waldstein sonata with Antony wailing over the top like some Enya-loving banshee. Never less than intriguing, and beautiful too, if you can get your head around that singing voice. WP
Release Date: 16 May
Press Contact: Dog Day Press [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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AMEN POSTPONE UK TOUR
American punk band Amen have been forced to postpone their UK tour, due to begin on 7 May due to the ill heath of one of its members. Vocalist Casey Chaos was rushed to hospital last week for an emergency operation after he suffered from internal bleeding as a result of multiple ruptured hernias. Euuch. Anyway, the band are hoping to reschedule the UK dates later in the summer. Tickets for the cancelled shows will be valid for the new dates.

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1XTRA ANNOUNCE DJ BATTLES
1Xtra has announced details of its UKG DJ Battle Royale competition. The contest will see emerging names on the UK Garage/Grime scene battling it out over the airwaves in a series of heats, to be broadcast on the M1X show every Friday night over the month of May. Four DJs will take part in each heat, each providing a ten minute mix to compete for a place in the Grand Final on 30 May. After the M1X show comes off-air, the mixes will go online, listeners will vote for a week, and the winner of each heat will be announced on the following week's M1X show. The programmes will also be simulcast on the '1Xtra Presents' slot on Radio 1

The overall winner will be announced on the M1X show on Friday 3 Jun. Whoever wins the contest will get to host the Xtra Talent slot for a month as well as doing a mix on Richie Vibe Vee's show, and will also receive a pair of Pioneer CDJs plus mixer and case.

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WAL-MART ADD CD BURN SERVICE TO DOWNLOAD PLATFORM
US supermarket giant Wal-Mart has added a new service to its music download platform which will spare their customers from the hassle of, erm, downloading anything.

With the new service Wal-Mart will let customers pick up to 20 tracks from their 500,000 track catalogue and then burn them onto a CD for them. The CD, complete with the customer's chosen title and artwork, is then mailed out to them. An initial three track CD will cost $4.62, with each additional track costing 88 cents, the same price Wal-Mart charge for downloads.

Wal-Mart's download platform hasn't made a big impact, despite their cost cutting approach, but some reckon the new service might make a difference - introducing Wal-Mart's generally IT-phobic customer base to the idea of buying music online, albeit with a mail-order CD in the first instance. WalMart's Kevin Swint told reporters: "The service is readily accessible to customers without a CD burner or who prefer not to download music".

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THE REAL TUESDAY WELD LIVE SOUNDTRACK PERFORMANCE
The Real Tuesday Weld, aka Stephen Coates will perform a live soundtrack to surrealist film 'Dreams That Money Can Buy' at the National Film Theatre this weekend. The 1946 Film, directed by Hans Richter will be screened with the live accompaniment on Saturday at 8.45pm. The Real Tuesday Weld release a new single '[Still] Terminally Ambivalent Over You' in May.

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FUTUREHEADS ON NEW SONGS
The Futureheads have spoken to NME.com about writing their new album. The band are on tour for most of the rest of the year, but guitarist Barry Hyde has revealed that he's written a new song 'Areas' which has already been incorporated into their set, and that they expect to add more songs as they write them. "I've been writing a few songs about crime," he said "What I'm trying to do is write songs about morbid things but make them really joyous on the ear. 'Areas' is about going to places and ending up in the wrong side of town, places that have just let to rot."

The band also say that they are looking forward to Radio 1's Big Weekend because it's in their hometown of Sunderland: "It's great for us, but it's also great for Sunderland. Generally bands completely skip the north east of England so to have something like this in Sunderland is incredible," he declared, "We've got 200 people coming down. People we went to school with, plus the whole family - even grandmothers!"

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LOU REED TO RELEASE LIVE DVD
Lou Reed is to release a DVD of a live performance that took place at last year's Benicassim festival in Valencia. The DVD, to be called 'Spanish Fly: Live In Spain' will be out on 6 Jun and comprises eleven songs which include versions of Velvet Underground classics 'Sweet Jane' and 'Venus In Furs,' as well solo track 'Walk On The Wild Side.'

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LABOUR TELL CREATIVE INDUSTRY IT'S ALL COPYRIGHT, COPYRIGHT, COPYRIGHT
The Labour Party are all set to support the creative industries should they get a third term in government - and we all believe everything the Labour Party said, so that's great. Commitments to the creative sector outlined in the Party's Business Manifesto, published yesterday, include:

- Tougher action to tackle the estimated £4.5 billion a year in intellectual property infringement and theft with new powers (to trading standards officers) to increase fines and recoup losses from copyright pirates and offenders.

- Better access to evidence for victims of fraud and theft - so that enforcement agencies collaborate with the creators and owners of intellectual property to crack down on piracy and illegal copying.

- Reform the Patent Office to create a stronger focus on protecting British business dealing with IP and in bringing new ideas to market, including creative industry placements for Patent Office officials.

- Extend digital skills by ensuring that by the end of 2006 all schools can offer every pupil access to computers at home.

- Work with the Live Music Forum (chaired by Feargal Sharkey) to encourage live music performances, and with the music industry in the Music Business Forum to help the British music industry maintain its competitiveness in global markets.

Announcing those pledges, Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt said: "The creative industries make a huge contribution to our economy, as well as to our social and cultural life. They produce a higher proportion of our total wealth - 8% of GDP - than anywhere else in the world. The £11.4 billion they contribute to our balance of trade is well ahead of the construction industry, insurance and pensions, and twice that of the pharmaceutical sector. That is why we need to modernise our copyright and intellectual property regimes, so that in a digital age, creators, entrepreneurs and creative industries can invest in ideas and talent knowing that they will get a proper reward for their investment."

Speaking for the music business, EMI boss Eric Nicoli welcomed much of what the Labour Party is pledging, especially the commitments to tightening up copyright and IP law. He told reporters: "Our creative economy is hugely important to Britain - worth almost £11.5 billion to our balance of trade. With the publication of its Business Manifesto, Labour has demonstrated that it has a serious policy agenda for the United Kingdom's creative industries. Labour has committed itself to a stronger intellectual property regime and is taking positive steps to ensure that the UK remains a great place for creative and innovative businesses to operate".

Impressive reading of course, but if only they'd put in a line about providing government support to independent media companies providing free online information resources to the music business the election would be in the bag.

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FIVE PLAN CHANNEL FOR THE LADIES
Channel Five is planning on launching a digital TV channel for women, because there's just nothing on TV at the moment for women. The channel is reportedly part of the network's multi-channel ambitions, and would essentially take on Flextech's female-focused LivingTV. Word is the channel for girls idea is currently getting more support in Five than an earlier plan to launch a kids channel around the network's Milkshake strand, though a spokesman for Five stresses that a number of options are still being considered.

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UNIVERSAL REPORT GOOD FINANCIALS
The Universal Music Group has reported encouraging financials for the first quarter. The major record company's global revenues were 1.038 billion euros ($1.338 billion), representing a 14% jump on the comparable 2004 period. That growth came despite a continued perception of there being a downward trend in the music sector. Certainly Universal seem to have increased their market share, thanks to strong releases from the likes of 50 Cent, Jack Johnson, 3 Doors Down, Mariah Carey and The Game.

The group also benefited from a marked increase in income from the digital music space. Download sales now account for 4% of the group's revenues, and the major has a 25% share of the digital music market place. Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman of Universal's parent company Vivendi, told investors he saw the digital domain as an ongoing area of growth for the major, with digital sales likely to account for 20% of total revenues in a few years time.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the financial successes, Levy also reportedly reaffirmed his commitment to keep the Universal Music Group within his company. Vivendi had to sell of its other Universal entertainment businesses, of course, in a bid to recover from its acute financial hardships a few years back.

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ALBUM REVIEW: JDS - The Adventures Of The Purple Funky Monkey (TCR)
JDS's recent releases have had the cream of electro-world chomping at the bit for a while now - The Chemical Bros., Fatboy Slim, Krafty Kuts, Meat Katie and Laurent Garnier, to literally name but a few, so it comes as no surprise to see a full album emerge from the skilled UK duo, also known as Darren Peace and Julian Napolitano. Thursday Club Recordings, the shrewd label from breaks star Rennie Pilgrem, plays host, and further proves its prowess as a bona fide underground hit-making machine. 'The Adventures Of The Purple Funky Monkey' is JDS purely doing what they do best; producing an LP of intense, hyper singles aimed directly at the dance floor, save the two or three more down tempo tracks. This makes for a quite a heavy album that's really intended for the real breaks fanatics and personally I found it all a little much. That's not to say that there aren't some real corkers on it; the title track is a relentless Liam Howlett electro-stormer, and one of the best breaks/house crossover track you'll hear. 'This Is Kalifonia' is an old skool hip-hop inspired, summery, instrumental funker, and 'Blackout' proves why it's The Chems' favourite, as it can only be described as Josh Wink on acid. Beware. OG
Release date: May 2005
Press contact: TCR IH [all]

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EPM LAUNCH DIGITAL MUSIC SERVICE
Music promotions company ePM has launched a new division called ePM online designed to help artists and labels in the dance and electronica genres to make the most out of the digital music domain. ePM online is basically a digital distribution company, helping participating artists to get their music stocked by the likes of iTunes, Sony Connect, Napster, DJ Download and a host of other download platforms.

The company's Oliver Way told CMU: "With the expanding possibilities of downloadable music we felt it was time for electronic based labels to be represented within this new area of the music industry". With fifty labels already on board, Oliver will be bigging up the new service when he takes part in the discussion panel 'Digital Music: Retail and Distribution' at Encompass this weekend (Saturday at 3pm). More info on ePM Online at http://www.epm-musiconline.com

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BUSH SIGNS NEW COPYRIGHT VIOLATION PENALTIES INTO US LAW
President Bush has signed and therefore formally approved that previously reported US bill that will impose considerable penalties on anyone found illegally distributing content online prior to its official release.

The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act includes a number of measures to extend the criminal law covering copyright infringement, most for the benefit of the movie industry. However the new laws have also been welcomed by the music business because they should help the Recording Industry Association of America in their fight against illegal file sharing and downloading - a fight which, despite initial successes, has been hindered somewhat more recently by a reluctance in the courts to interpret existing copyright law as the record labels' lawyers would wish. The fact that anyone who illegally shares music online prior to its official release could face both fines and jail time should provide the kind of tougher deterrent the record industry has been looking for. It remains to be seen how the law works in practice, and whether similar measures are adopted elsewhere around the world.

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FRENCH COURTS NOT IMPRESSED WITH DVD PIRACY PROTECTION SOFTWARE
So one up for the copyright enforcers in the states, but one down (?) in France. The Court Of Appeals in Paris has ordered that the DVD release of Mulholland Drive must be removed from the shops forthwith because the copy-protection software on it violates consumer's privacy rights. That decision follows legal action launched by a French guy who said it was his right to make a VHS copy of a DVD he had bought providing said copy was for private use. The aforementioned copy-protection software prevented him from doing this.

The court's decision could have interesting ramifications for both the film and music industries in France. One consumer rights expert there reckons the ruling means 80% of DVD releases in the country are now equipped with illegal mechanisms, and there is a very strong argument that some of that dodgy PC-killing piracy proof software used on many CD releases these days is illegal for the same reasons. It will be interesting to see how far the ruling extends, and whether it will affect other European territories.

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LOOT LAUNCH DOWNLOAD PLATFORM
Another day, another download platform. London classified newspaper Loot is launching its own download platform offering tracks from the bargain rate of 29 pence. Powered by London based download company Wippit, the new service hopes to benefit from the 635,662 unique users the Loot classifieds website enjoys every month. Whether they'll be a section selling second hand MP3s were not sure.

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GLC WEBCAST
Goldie Lookin Chain are to play an exclusive fan club only show on Monday in Bristol, and it's completely sold out. You can, however, view the whole gig for free via the internet and they'll be doing all the old favourites plus road testing some new material. Check http://www.livegigsonline.com/viewproductphpproduct61/

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tom McRae - All Maps Welcome (Sony BMG)
Tom McRae arrived on the music scene back in 2000, when his debut self-titled album scored a Mercury nomination and extensive critical praise. Yet despite this, he never quite made the crossover into the mainstream. His second album, 'Just Like Blood' spawned two top thirty singles and received similar adulation. It's quite easy to explain why he remains a peripheral figure. There's nothing wrong his with song writing; he's an incredibly articulate and gifted writer. There isn't a mass audience for his brutally honest and corrosive prose, set to bleak and minimal backgrounds. Perhaps as a shot at commercial success, or possibly as a logical extension of his career path, McRae lightens the mood a little on this release. The lyrics may remain as angry and cathartic as ever, but the production on this record seems more open and expansive; the rough edges that defined his earlier work have been smoothed, and McRae sounds the better for it. His vocals have always been frail and imperfect, yet this suits the more radiant and melodic sounds on the record. The likes of 'Packing For The Crash' and 'The Girl Who Falls Downstairs' positively glow once they burst into life, even if the subject matter is at odds with this. By his own admission, McRae wanted to write love songs that were personal to him, and he's more than accomplished at doing so. The second half of the album somewhat retreats into the familiar territory of his first two records; more low key and modest sounding, but the album never really feels disjointed. McRae shouldn't feel anxious about aiming for the mainstream; there's nothing wrong with this at all, as long as it doesn't detract from what made him such a feted artist in the first place. McRae has delivered a more than satisfying record; whether it will enlarge his fan base and appeal, I cannot say, but existing fans will surely be pleased. McRae may never reach the audience the likes of Damian Rice can, but anyone with fully functioning senses can tell the difference. KW
Release date: 2 May
Press contact: Sony BMG IH [all]

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TEENAGE FANCLUB SINGLE AND TOUR DATES
CMU favourites Teenage Fanclub release their new single 'Fallen Leaves' on 30 May, and have also announced a full UK tour as follows:

6 May: Belfast University
7 May: Dublin The Village
9 May: Leeds Cockpit
10 May: Stoke Sugarmill
11 May: Bristol Academy
13 May: Southampton University
14 May: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
16 May: Brighton Concorde
17 May: Oxford Zodiac
18 May: Cambridge Junction
19 May: Norwich Waterfront
21 May: Sheffield Leadmill
22 May: Birmingham Academy 2
23 May: Liverpool Academy 2
25 May: Newcastle University
26 May: Glasgow Academy
27 May: Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
28 May: Perth City Hall
29 May: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
31 May: Manchester Academy 2
1 Jun: London Astoria

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CARLING ACADEMY NEWCASTLE ANNOUNCES FIRST GIG
Athlete have been announced as the first band to play at the new Carling Academy Newcastle. As previously reported, Academy Music Group announced their successful acquisition of the Gala Bingo Hall in Newcastle and plans to complete a £4,000,000 refurbishment programme, earlier this week.

Tickets are already on sale for the gig, which will take place on 27 Oct.

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FOO FIGHTERS COLLEGE PRESS CONFERENCE
The Foo Fighters return next month with new single 'The Best Of You' out on 30 May and new double album 'In Your Honour' out on 13 Jun. Dave Grohl will be in town to promote the releases, and SonyBMG are organising a special Foo Fighters playback event and Dave Grohl Q&A press conference especially for college press people. The event will take place at a secret (OK, as yet unconfirmed) location somewhere in London. College press or radio types interested in attending should contact Jim Fletcher at SonyBMG.

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ABDUL HURT BY DRUG ACCUSATIONS
Paula Abdul has been accused of being a druggie - but only by people posting to the American Idol message boards. She said: "I started to read the show's message boards and saw one of them had to do with me seeming weird. One said I was on drugs. It was so hideous and mean." Abdul has been the subject of much speculation about behind the scenes activity, following those previously reported allegations that she had become sexually involved more than one Idol contestant.

The singer has also spoken publicly about the crippling pain that ruined her pop career and turned her into a hobbling recluse, saying "Drugs? I'm not on anything now and people accuse me of being on drugs. If only people knew what I've gone through with pain and pills'

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SKINNER DATES STARR'S GRANDDAUGHTER
According to The Sun. Mike Skinner is dating Ringo Starr's teenage granddaughter Tatia Starkey, who is a member of British erotic dancing troupe the Narni Shakers.

A 'friend' told the tabloid: "He's been boasting about how filthy she is. It's safe to say it's a pretty physical relationship. They've met up for a few dates and they are having a lot of phone text. He won't say if there is a long-term future. But the pair of them are smitten at the moment."

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STEFANI'S STING WOE
Gwen Stefani says that she was disappointed by a meeting with her idol Sting, back when she was a "fat and puberty-stricken" teenager.

She said: "My dad was like: 'Ask him for his autograph,' so I did, and Sting was really mean. But I loved him. When I met Sting years later, I told him that story, and he was like: 'Oh man, I was such a dick back then.' But he's such a great guy."

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USHER ASKED FOR AUTOGRAPH IN TOILET
According to contacmusic.com, Usher has discovered that even the smallest room is not safe from autograph hunters, and revealed his shock at being asked for his signature whilst in the process of relieving himself.

The singer said: "I'm in a stall and this guy is on the telephone and I can hear his conversation. He's talking to his sister saying, 'He's in the stall right next to me... I can't right now. You know what, I'll call you back. Don't worry about it, I got it.' And then a few seconds later, a little piece of paper slides under. He says, 'Yo, man, let me get your autograph, man!'"

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FULL ENCOMPASS LONDON RUNNING ORDER

FRIDAY 29 APR

The Music
7pm: Sonar Kollektiv at Cargo: Micatone live, Benny Sings live, Jazzanova and Warm Residents
8pm: Raum at 93 Feet East: Dub Taylor live, Dub Kult, Sweet and Candy
8pm: Lex at Spitz: Prince Po live, Buddy Peace, Kid Acne, Tom Brown
8pm: Pioneer at Vibe Bar: Tom Middleton/Buddy Peace
9pm: Metalheadz at Herbal: Goldie, Loxy, Klute, Total Science, MC Moose
9pm: Nasha at Herbal: Ges-e, Osmani Soundz, Aktarv8r, Badmarsh, Equal - I

SATURDAY 30 APR

The Music
12pm: totallyradio.com Presents "Brighton Independents" at Vibe Bar: Hardkandy live, Jonny Reggae, Train live, Stromba
2.45pm: Southern Fried at Vibe Bar at Caged Baby live, Touché and more
5.30 pm: Kitty Yo at 93 Feet East at Richard Davis live, Maximilian Hecker live, The Tape live
7pm: Different at Cargo: Vitalic live, Hacker live, Agoria, Hacker DJ (FR)
8pm: 2020 Vision at 93 Feet East: 2020Soundsystem Live (Silver City, Dubble D, Ralph Lawson), The Electric Press live, Boogie Corporation live, Ralph Lawson, Tristan Da Cunha, Andy Whittaker
8pm: Samurai FM at Vibe Bar: Raconteur live, Sonic 360, Maxxrelax
9pm: Novamute at Herbal: Speedy J, Cristian Vogel, T.Raumschmiere
9pm: Electronation at Herbal: Nobody Beats the Drum live, Terry Toner, Herr Arter

The Workshop/The Brick House
12.30pm: Daniel Miller (Mute) Q and A Session
1 pm: 'The Future of Radio' hosted by Matt Fernand/Radio One.
2 pm: 'The Death of Dance Music and The Press' hosted by Jonas Stone/EPM.
3 pm: 'Digital Music: Retail and Distribution' hosted by Ben Osborne/BT Rich Media
4 pm: 'Sponsorship, PR and Youth Marketing' hosted by Ryan Horn/Balance Marketing.
5 pm: 'Visuals in Music: Possibilities and Limitations' hosted by Dave Eserin/DJ

Cybersonica/Sonic Art/The Z Room
2pm: Workshop: I Am The Mighty Jungulator
3pm: Screening: Cinefeel
4pm: Workshop: DJ Tendraw & The Gypsies Dog
5pm: Screening: Cybersonica shorts
6pm: Screening: BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Umami/Digital Technology/The Red Room
12pm: SESSION: n0media [webjam international visual showcase]
2pm: SESSION: D-Fuse [emerging technology demonstration]
3pm: PANEL: D-Fuse, Citizen Smith (Addictive TV), Christian Kleine (Ableton), Ochre (Toytronic), Raj Pannu (UMAMi), DigitalSoul
4pm: SESSION: Christian Kleine (Ableton Demonstration)
5pm: SESSION: Addictive TV (DVD Showcase)
6pm: SESSION: Ochre (Showcase set)
7pm: SESSION: Matt B (Guidelines)
8pm: DigitalSoul SoundSystem (UMAMi)
9pm: Christian Kleine (Morr Music)
10pm: Paddy Freeform (Universal Vibes)
11pm: Raj Pannu (UMAMi)
12am: Suade (Adapted Vinyl)

SUNDAY 1 MAY

The Music
12pm: Trojan Soundsystem at Café 1001: General Slater and Brother Culture
2pm: Aphletik at Café 1001
2pm: Juju Jazz, Psychedelic Breaks, Gris Gris Swamp Rock, Voodoo Soul, and Freakbeat 45s with Crash & Burn
2pm: Supercharged, Fingerlickin', Passenger and TCR at 93 Feet East: Krafty Kuts, Skool Of Thought, Splitloop live, Sneaky, Soul of Man, Slyde, Leah Modelizer, Drumattic Twins, Blim, Chris Carter & JHz present Roxiller, Aquasky, The Breakfastaz live, The Autobotz live, Backdraft live hosted by The Ragga Twins.
6pm: Diesel U Music at Cargo: The Infadels live, Crazy Girl live, Quo live, John Kennedy, Justin Robertson
6pm: Horseglue Records: Selfish Cunt, Noblesse Oblige, Beastellabeast, DJ Ethan Reid
7pm: Electrix at Spitz: Billy Nasty, Silicone Scally, Sons of Slough live, Orson
9pm: Grace at Herbal: Grooverider, DJ Fresh, XO, MC Verse.

The Workshop/The Brick House
Access To Music presents 'Understanding The Music Industry'
1pm: Being an Artist - Agents, Managers, Promoters
2.30pm: DIY approaches to Records and Publishing
4pm: Making money from music
5.30pm: Demo Jury

Cybersonica/Sonic Art/The Z Room
2pm: Workshop: I Am The Mighty Jungulator
3pm: Screening: Cinefeel
4pm: Workshop: DJ Tendraw & The Gypsies Dog
5pm: Screening: Cybersonica shorts
6pm: Screening: BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Umami/Digital Technology/The Red Room
12pm: Session: ARiADA
2pm: Session: Suade
3pm: Session: The influence of digitech on music production
4pm: Session: Suade

ENCOMPASS AFFILIATED FRINGE EVENTS

Friday 29 Apr: Carl Cox and Friends at Heaven, Villiers St, Charing Cross.
Valentino Kanzyani. 50% off first 500 ProPass holders before midnight. This event will be packed, get their very early!

Saturday 30 Apr: Homegrown Scratch Competition at 1001 Brick Lane, London E1
Free.

Saturday 30 Apr: Druzzis Warehouse party, Curtain Road.
Jarvis Cocker, Spektrum, Campag Velocet, Idjut Boys, Chris Duckenfield and more.
£8 to ProPass holders

Saturday 30 Apr: Fabric, Charterhouse St
Luciano live, Craig Richards, Clone Records, Alden Tyrell and more.
£8 to ProPass holders - 250 before 1am

Saturday 30 Apr: Matsuri VS 218 at 1001 Brick Lane, London E1. 2pm-2am.
LIVE:Nocturnals, Motel 168, J.T.S, Carbon Imprints, DJs: Pablo, Ray Wildlife, Gary Burns, Hi Fi Gypsies, YAOCHO, Tomoki Tamura, Takaya, Furan a.k.a. Uchukankaku, IT'S. Free

Saturday 30 Apr: Warm/Sonar Kollektiv at Medicine, Great Eastern St.
Jazzanova, Dimlite (Sonar Kollektiv), Sean Brosnan, Ali Tilett, Rob Summerhayes, Ad Air. £4 to Encompass ticket holders

Saturday 30 Apr: Alt*CTRL at The Telegraph, Brixon Hill. 10pm - 5am
Bolz Bolz live, Si Begg live, Shelley Parker, Volum and more

Sunday 1 May: UMAMI at The Rhythm Factory, Commerical St, E1. 8.30pm - 5am
DJ Food, Eclectic Method, Talvin Singh, Christian Kleine, Raj Pannu, Ben Long, Preamptive, Suade, Ochre, Maxx Relax,DigitalSoul soundsystem.

Sunday 1 May: minimal london at 1002 Brick Lane, London E1. 12pm - 12am
minimal techno.house.electro: Alex Stephen, Ben, Chris Box, Doudou Malicious, Ed Davenport, Italoboyz, Jug, Katzo, Lo_train, Margaret Dygas, Mark Henning, Milo ,Shelley Parker, Shuttle, Slauka,, Tim Squie, Zero-One

Sunday 1 May: kai-zen at 1001 Brick Lane, London E1. 12pm - 12am.
The Bays Soundsystem dj's (featuring Palmskin Productions, Jimpster & Andy Gangadeen) and many more.

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