CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 28th July

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Jacko hospitalised after trial, lawyer reveals
- Franz drummer to play guitar
- Punk acts back NY club in lease renewal bid
- Rolling Stone editor plans Apprentice show
- US indie chief denies Spitzer will have an effect
- Eminem denies retirement rumours, again
- We Are Scientists UK tour
- Megadeth frontman sues former bassist over ad
- Go Team get fans to name song
- Corgan walks off after fans demand classic hits
- Album review: Bob Mould - Body Of Song
- Warner rebrand catalogue bit
- Siouxsie & The Banshees back catalogue release
- Dandy Warhols play secret gig
- Madonna announces new single
- T-Mobile confirm partnership with Robbie Williams
- Album review: Orange Juice - The Glasgow School
- War Child auction off rare Elton disk
- Mystery Jets free download
- Tunetribe official launches today
- Lucas and Walliams to do Pete and Kate?
- New Hendrix DVD
- Lennon memorabilia sale today
- Elbow's Garvey had cosmetic surgery
- Shears writes McCartney dream song

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JACKO HOSPITALISED AFTER TRIAL, LAWYER REVEALS
Michael Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, has said that the singer was admitted to hospital as soon as he was acquitted of those child abuse allegations last month - which would explain why he hasn't been seen in public since.

Speaking to the BBC World Service, Mesereau said that after the trial Jackson "was dehydrated, he had lost a tremendous amount of weight, he was having trouble keeping food down". That condition had been brought on by the stress of the trial, during which Jacko was "terrified" about what would happen to his children should he be found guilty of any of the charges. Jackson's condition was further hindered by a "recurring back problem". Rumour has it Jacko is now slowly recovering, but is still some way off being anywhere near fully fit and healthy.

Talking about Jacko's future, Mesereau said that the singer wouldn't be making any more out-of-court settlements with anyone else who made allegations against him, because past deals had made him a "perpetual target". Mesereau: "There still is a perception among some people that he doesn't want to go to court and will settle. We will be fighting any of these suits all the way if they happen".

But, as a precaution, Mesereau says he has advised Jacko to not let any families stay at his Neverland ranch - reducing the possibility of people making damaging allegations against him in the future. So tell your kids, the Neverland trip is off.

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FRANZ DRUMMER TO PLAY GUITAR
Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson is ditching the sticks in order to become the band's third guitarist. The guitar is apparently his favourite instrument and he never really wanted to play the drums anyway. A drum technician for the group is taking over from him whilst work on the much anticipated second album takes place. A source said: "There are no hard feelings and the band haven't fallen out.
But Paul's always wanted to be a guitarist and the boys decided they'd give him his chance now. The riffs with three guitars are going to sound amazing."

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PUNK ACTS BACK NY CLUB IN LEASE RENEWAL BID
A bunch of US punk acts, young and old, are throwing their support behind New York's CBGB club, which is in danger of losing the lease on the building it currently occupies. Misfits, Thursday, Against Me, Liars, Dead Boys, Gorilla Biscuits and the Vandals are among the bands due to play benefit gigs at the club in the coming weeks to fund CBGB's legal efforts to fight eviction.

Meanwhile acts such as the Bangles, Elvis Costello and Sting have donated memorabilia for a fundraising auction, and David Byrne and E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt have offered to mediate between CBGB and the building's owner - the Bowery Residents Committee, a not-for-profit organisation that provides services and shelter to homeless and disabled New Yorkers.

CBGB owner Hilly Kristal claims that the BRC have been slowly increasing the rent payments on the venue without proper consultation, and then initiating legal action when those rent increases aren't met. More recently, Kristal says, they called off lease renegotiation talks over allegations the venue was violating fire regulations - something Kristal strongly denies.

It remains to be seen if Kristal's punk-endorsed campaign secures him a new lease. In a bid to win the upper hand, Kristal says that if the BRC come forward with a new lease sooner rather than later he will donate any money raised from the up coming benefit events to their charitable ventures.

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ROLLING STONE EDITOR PLANS APPRENTICE SHOW
Rumour has it that the publisher and Editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone magazine, Jann Wenner, is in talks with MTV about a new Apprentice style TV show which would see wannabe music journos compete for a full time editor job on the magazine. Obviously, as is the way we've these shows, each week another contender will be ceremoniously fired until only one wannabe is left standing (or, rather, busily fielding phone calls and editing copy).

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US INDIE CHIEF DENIES SPITZER WILL HAVE AN EFFECT
While the American Association of Independent Music welcomed the move by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to force the major labels to admit and dump their payola tactics, suggesting the move would help the indie sector, the head of one American independent has dismissed the anti-payola offensive saying it won't make any difference to smaller labels who struggle to get air time on American radio.

Hitsdailydouble quote Victory Records boss Tony Brummel as saying: "Do you know the difference between a bookie and a stock broker? I don't. The term 'payola' always seemed quite hypocritical to me. In politics, they call it 'lobbying' but you never see anyone getting busted for that. Whatever the end game is here, it will not 'help' any of the independent labels get more records on the airwaves. When programmers decide to programme more independent music, you will see a difference, only then. If Spitzer wanted to make a change, he would 'lobby' the FCC to force the stations to programme at least 20% (this representing roughly what the current, independent label market share is) independent content. Is he going to go after retail co-op next? What about buying onto tours?"

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EMINEM DENIES RETIREMENT RUMOURS, AGAIN
Eminem has again dismissed those rumours he was planning on retiring. He has told MTV: "I'm not retiring... When I say I'm taking a break, I'm taking a break from my music to go in the studio and produce my other artists and put their albums out."

And, he said, 'Encore' is not, repeat not, his last album: "When I know my next move, I'll tell everyone my next move. Not some reporter who writes a story about `This is Eminem's last album.' I never said [Encore] was my last album."

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WE ARE SCIENTISTS UK TOUR
New York band We Are Scientists are to tour the UK, starting in August. The dates are as follows:

17 Aug: Cambridge, Portland Arms - August
18 Aug: London, Metro
19 Aug: Wolverhampton, Little Civic
20 Aug: Stoke, Underground
22 Aug: Manchester, Bierkeller
23 Aug: Birmingham, Custard Factory
24 Aug: Leeds, Warehouse
25 Aug: Nottingham, Stealt
26 Aug: Reading Festival
27 Aug: Leeds Festival
29 Aug: Newcastle Cluney
30 Aug: York, Fibbers
31 Aug: Glasgow, King Tuts
1 Sep: Aberdeen, Kef
2 Sep: Liverpool, Barfly
3 Sep: Bristol, Lousiana
5 Sep: London, Barfly
7 Sep: London, Notting Hill Arts Centre
8 Sep: Peterborough, Met Lounge
9 Sep: Tumbridge Wells, Forum
10 Sep: London Mean Fiddler

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MEGADETH FRONTMAN SUES FORMER BASSIST OVER AD
Following the victory earlier this week of former Doors member John Densmore in a legal action to stop his former bandmates from using the Doors name for their new band, the lead singer of Megadeth has begun similar legal proceedings to stop one of his former bandmates from using their moniker for other projects - albeit, in this case, an advert.

Megadeth frontman David Mustaine claims that there is a contract between him and the band's former bassist David Ellefson which prevents Ellefson from using the group's name "to advertise, market or promote any product or service".

Mustaine says Ellefson broke that contract in a recent advert in Bass Player magazine which featured the bassist promoting guitar equipment. The ad listed the bands Ellefson had worked with, including Megadeth, which, Mustaine argues, amounts to the former bassist using the band's name to promote a product.

Ellefson was left out of Megadeth when the band reformed in 2004, two years after formally splitting in 2002. It was during that time Mustaine, who founded the band 22 years ago after being fired from Metallica, claims the deal with Ellefson regarding future use of the Megadeth name was agreed. Mustaine's legal action seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

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GO TEAM GET FANS TO NAME SONG
The Go! Team have asked their Australian fans to help them to name a new song that they are currently playing during their live sets. At a recent gig in Sydney, singer Ninja said: "This song is as yet untitled we need your help naming it - and I think we should choose a name from Australia, because you've been so supportive of us!" The fans are to leave their suggestions for naming the track on the band's official website message board. The lyrics include the words: "We are The Go! Team/ Go! Team Go/ I think you're ready for more/ Are you ready for more?/ When you're ready for more shout 'Yeah!'" So my suggestions would be 'We Are The Go! Team', 'Are You Ready For More?' or possibly 'We Are Great'.

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CORGAN WALKS OFF AFTER FANS DEMAND CLASSIC HITS
Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan reportedly stormed offstage during a gig in Melbourne on Tuesday night after fans started to call out for songs by his former band.

Despite recently saying he was interested in reforming the Smashing Pumpkins, Corgan acted negatively when fans at Melbourne's Palais Theatre started to shout for him to play Pumpkins classics. According to Australian music website Undercover, Corgan responded to those requests by angrily asking "Can I live my life for today?", telling one fan that if he didn't like his new music he should "ask for his money back".

Fans tried again towards the end of Corgan's set to persuade the singer to perform some Pumpkins tracks. Corgan responded by saying "Fuck this", put his microphone down and walked off stage.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bob Mould - Body Of Song (Cooking Vinyl)
Having pioneered post-hardcore song writing with Husker Du, evolved into respectably grown-up pop-rock with Sugar and ventured into anthemic electro on his last two (poorly received) albums, what do we honestly expect from Bob Mould's new solo offering? Body Of Song is a mixed bag, covering all the stylistic bases of Mould's career and fluctuating wildly in quality. Disco beats and synthesised vocals have a certain glam-rock appeal, for example, on 'I Am Vision, I Am Sound' but come across like a Eurovision entry on '(Shine Your) Light Love Hope', doing nothing to cement his reputation as a Great American Songwriter. Much of Mould's appeal lies in his expressive vocals and direct, vivid lyricism, as demonstrated by 'Paralyzed', a radio friendly stomper with more passion than Dave Grohl could ever hope to muster. But the dated production, with almost omnipresent vocal twiddling, takes the edge off much of the record. It speaks volumes that the album's best tune, 'Days Of Rain', is a stripped-back brooder that would sit quite comfortably on Husker Du's 'Zen Arcade'. 'Body Of Song' is by no means an embarrassment but for a man of such pedigree too many tracks fall by the wayside. Even legends have to rediscover themselves occasionally. NB
Release Date: 25 Jul
Press contact: Cooking Vinyl IH [all]

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WARNER REBRAND CATALOGUE BIT
The always-quite-dull sounding Warner Strategic Marketing division of Warner Music is rebranding as Rhino Entertainment. WSM was created in 2001 to administer the major's back catalogue and compilation releases, including those releases issued under the Rhino label. However President Scott Pascucci says that he's bored of the corporate sounding name and wants to use the imprint's name instead.

Pascucci: "Inside and outside the music industry, people know what Rhino is. It's a strong brand, but it's more than that - it's a community of professionals whose passion for great music, artist worship, and pop culture borders on zealotry. Rhino has a personality that the moniker WSM just can't convey."

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SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES BACK CATALOGUE RELEASE
The entire back catalogue of work by Siouxsie And The Banshees is to be reissued over the next year following digital re-mastering. The first album set for release is 'The Scream' on 3 Oct, and will feature a few rarities, including material from two 1978 Peel sessions, alongside the original tracklisting.

The full tracklisting for that release is as follows:

Disc One:
Pure
Jigsaw Feeling
Overground
Carcass
Helter Skelter
Mirage
Metal Postcard
Nicotine Stain
Suburban Relapse
Switch

Disc Two:
Make Up To Break Up (Riverside Session)
Love In A Void (Peel Session)
Mirage (Peel Session)
Metal Postcard (Peel Session)
Suburban Relapse (Peel Session)
Hong Kong Garden (Peel Session)
Overground (Peel Session)
Carcass (Peel Session)
Helter Skelter (Peel Session)
Metal Postcard (Pathway Session)
Suburban Relapse (Pathway Session)
Staircase (Mystery) (Pathway Session)
Mirage (Pathway Session)
Nicotine Stain (Pathway Session)
Hong Kong Garden (7" Single Version)
Staircase (Mystery) (7" Single Version)

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DANDY WARHOLS PLAY SECRET GIG
Except that it is perhaps not so secret now. Anyway, hurray. The Dandy Warhols are apparently set to celebrate the release of new single 'Smoke It' with a 'secret gig', to take place at Cargo on 30 Aug. The band release their next album 'Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars' on 12 Sep. I'm looking forward to that and no mistake. But not the secret gig, because I'm not in London at the time. And of course, I don't know about it, anyway, because it's a secret.

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MADONNA ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE
Madonna has announced that 'Hung Up' will be the first track to be released from her upcoming 'Confessions On A Dancefloor' album, which is expected to be released this autumn. The song was apparently produced by Stuart Price aka Jacques Lu Cont (and other things), who's also mixing the rest of the album with the singer, having been musical director on Madonna's 2004 Re-Invention Tour.

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T-MOBILE CONFIRM PARTNERSHIP WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Phone company T-Mobile have announced a new partnership with Robbie Williams which will see the mobile firm offer its subscribers with a range of Robbie related content, including ringtones, full track downloads, live streaming and ticket giveaways. As part of the partnership T-Mobile will also launch a special phone with Sony Ericsson which will come with Robbie tracks and content preloaded.

The relationship, which will launch with a pan-European TV advertising campaign, is expected to last at least 18 months. The company's marketing boss Ulli Gritzuhn told reporters: "We look forward to having Robbie be an ambassador for the T-Mobile brand and the opportunity for delivering more ways for our customers to enjoy mobile music with one of their favorite artists".

The partnership is part of T-Mobile's increasingly proactive music marketing programme, they, like all of the major mobile networks, keen to grab a significant share of the mobile music market they hope is about to explode. In the US, T Mobile has sponsored tours by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Orange Juice - The Glasgow School (Domino)
Until recently music from the 80's was regarded as something of a tasteless joke. But not before time there seems to have been a critical reassessment. Bands like Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party have admitted their debt to post-punk and Simon Reynolds recently published book 'Rip It Up And Start Again' is a whole treatise on why the years 1978-1984 were a golden age for music. The book's title is taken from Orange Juice's biggest hit. However that song and the band's other major label hits are absent from this compilation which concentrates on the band's recordings for the tiny but influential Postcard Records. The Glasgow based label was one of the first of the modern indies and was one of several to force the London based majors to look outside the capital for new talent. Although inspired by the DIY ethics (and low production values) of punk, Orange Juice were very different sound wise being inspired by the unlikely combination of Velvet Underground and Chic and the jangly pop of The Byrds. The band also lacked the aggression of punk even though in their own way they were subversive. Edwyn Collins and bandmates' preference for floppy fringes and a deliberately fey appearance did not endear them to the local punks. Their fun sounding music was also at odds with the dark spiky music of the men with raincoats; Joy Division, Gang of Four, Joseph K, et al. This is maybe why today OJ aren't as well regarded as the aforementioned bands, although they certainly should be. Their shambolic lo-fi version of Motown is immensely charming. They were one of the first indie bands to blend dance influences with rock and this is especially evident on the funky 'Blue Boy' and the drum machine backed 'Poor Old Soul'. Lyrically Collins predated the wit and sexual confusion of Morrissey. 'Simply Thrilled Honey', for example, details the male protagonist fending off the advances of a lustful female. It is this last song which is the album's highlight, it has a more polished production than the other songs and it's a gorgeous, sweetly melodic concoction. It also hints at the more mainstream pop direction Orange Juice were to make to gain chart success. JW
Release date: 25 Jul
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Cool Badge [CR, RR, NR]

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WAR CHILD AUCTION OFF RARE ELTON DISK
War Child are auctioning off a rare commemorative disk that was given to music promotion company Coalition for their work on the 33 million-selling 1997 version of Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind' (the 'Diana's Dead' version). Although the auction is being done via eBay, you can access it at War Child's own music website, http://www.warchildmusic.com. Obviously all the money raised will go towards War Child's work helping children affected by conflict all over the world.

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MYSTERY JETS FREE DOWNLOAD
You, yes you, can download 'Pioneers' for free from the Mystery Jets website at the moment. Go to http://www.mysteryjets.com/ and there on the top page you'll see a link to it. Their new single 'You Can't Fool Me Dennis' is released soon.

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TUNETRIBE OFFICIAL LAUNCHES TODAY
Independent download site TuneTribe officially launches at a party in London later today. As previously reported, TuneTribe was founded by Groove Armada's Tom Findlay and internet entrepreneur John Strickland and aims to provide a download service that is particularly friendly to independent artists and labels, and music fans who desire good independent music (though they will be selling music from some of the majors too). Their site soft launched back in Apr, with former Jockey Slut editor Rob Wood in charge of the editorial side of things, however the site will kick off proper today. You can check it out at http://www.tunetribe.com, press info from Get Involved.

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LUCAS AND WALLIAMS TO DO PETE AND KATE?
Comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams of 'Little Britain' fame think that Pete Doherty and Kate Moss would make great subjects for an ongoing sketch in the style of their previous 'Rock Profiles' programme, in which they parodied such artists as Eminem, Halliwell, U2 and Gary Barlow. According to The Star, Walliams said: "I Think I'd be him [Doherty] and Matt would be Kate Moss because they're very similar actually, and have similar dress sizes." Lucas added: "Yeah, it'd be amazing, as I'm famously svelte."

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NEW HENDRIX DVD
A new DVD of Jimi Hendrix's 1969 performance at Woodstock is to be released and will include previously unseen versions of 'Spanish Castle Magic', 'Foxy Lady' and 'Hey Joe'. An extra DVD will feature a documentary and footage of the star at his Woodstock press conference. It's due for a release in Sep.

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LENNON MEMORABILIA SALE TODAY
That previously reported auction of John Lennon memorabilia to be held at the London Hippdrome goes ahead today. Items worth up to an estimated £1.1million are up for sale, and they include the tunic that inspired the 'Sgt Pepper's' album cover, expected to sell for around £30k and a handwritten manuscript of All You Need Is Love, which is expected to fetch £500k. There's also a pair of distinctive Lennon specs, an Ivor Novello Award and other-Beatle related items, such as George Harrisons 12 string guitar and a Rupert Bear book that once belonged to Paul McCartney. The auction will also see a Sex Pistols drum kit and a rare left-handed Jimi Hendrix guitar up for sale.

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ELBOW'S GARVEY HAD COSMETIC SURGERY
Elbow's Guy Garvey has admitted to Radio 1 that he once had cosmetic surgery to correct his huge flapping ears. "Put it this way - I was a big eared kid, they were like taxi doors," he said "I used to get a lot of trouble because of them and my sister Sam had put me down for, well, cosmetic surgery, I suppose - to have my ears pinned back."

He went on: "I thought 'This will be the end to all my woes, I'll be a hit with the chicks, and really popular', but within an hour of being back at school with my new head they were singing 'Holding Back The (Y)ears' at me. I realised that being persecuted is a state of mind."

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SHEARS WRITES MCCARTNEY DREAM SONG
Scissor Sister Jake Shears has apparently written a song about Paul McCartney after having a dream about the former Beatle. One of those crazy 'sources' told The Star that Jake had awoken from his sleep and immediately wrote down his Macca based dream, and said: "Jake had a strong feeling about it and Paul inspired a great track. He was so excited to meet Paul at Live 8 that he told him to listen out for a tune."

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