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In today's CMU Daily:
- Elton on Live 8: "a charisma free anti-climax"
- Pete Doherty at police station shocker
- Rolling Stones sell songs via download
- Tunetribe confirm Xfm sponsorship
- Kaiser Chiefs favourites for Mercury Prize
- Roadrunner birthday album nearing completion
- Album review: Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself
- Gay For Johnny Depp tour with Million Dead
- Edinburgh Festival music seasons get underway tonight
- Pacha magazine September online
- Goldie Lookin Chain in knickers with zombies
- Longthorne's condition improving
- Jurors think Jackson is guilty
- Album review: Espers - Espers
- Ms dynamite talks about new album
- Nine Inch Nails fight the touts
- Where next in Spitzer's payola investigations
- Kasabian may be face of Prada, apparently
- Tommy Lee says he was faithful to Pammy
- Liam compares self to Elvis, God, etc

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ELTON ON LIVE 8: "A CHARISMA FREE ANTI-CLIMAX"
Elton John has been at it again, this time dissing Live 8. In an interview with the Telegraph he has said Geldof's G8 protest-fest was "an anti-climax" - adding that while he was pleased to take part he felt the whole show lacked musical highlights.

Elton: "I was very pleased to be a part of it, but I didn't think it was anywhere near as good as the first one. How could it be? The thought behind it was fantastic but Hyde Park is a charisma-free zone. There was no sense of occasion and from a musical point, I didn't think there were too many highlights."

John also commented on that duet with Pete Doherty. As previously reported, the former Libertine's Live 8 performance has been generally panned, with some of those nasty media types (not us, we might add) suggesting the singer was high on drugs as he tried to add his vocals to 'Children Of The Revolution'. John tells the Telegraph that Doherty had been perfect in rehearsals, but says that on the night Doherty suffered from nerves. Describing Doherty as "a mess", he added: "I don't think the people around him set a good example, which is a shame."

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PETE DOHERTY AT POLICE STATION SHOCKER
And talking of the baby shamble, Pete Doherty has been questioned by police over that previously reported alleged assault in a London pub last week. He arrived by appointment at the police station in north London on Wednesday, and has been bailed until next month, apparently.

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ROLLING STONES SELL SONGS VIA DOWNLOAD
The Rolling Stones are to put three songs from that new album on sale via download, three weeks before the new long player, entitled 'A Bigger Bang', is released. The songs are 'Rough Justice', 'Streets Of Love' and 'Back Of My Hand'. The tracks will be sold by all major download platforms. As previously reported the album is the Stones first studio album since 1997 and is described as "an ambitious collection of hard-hitting, high-powered rock and blues songs".

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TUNETRIBE CONFIRM XFM SPONSORSHIP
TuneTribe have formally announced their sponsorship of some of the new music strands on London alternative music station Xfm, which they previously alluded to when they officially launched their download platform last week.

TuneTribe - you know, the independent download platform co-founded by Groove Armada's Tom Findlay - will sponsor both Xfm's unsigned strand and, and this is the really exciting bit, Eddy TM's simply wonderful Remix Show (OK, we're biased on that one, though independent research has shown that The Remix is simply wonderful).

Both sides reckon the partnership is a match made in sponsorship heaven (ah, imagine that, sponsorship heaven, an eternity surrounded by logos and false intentions, hang on, isn't that hell?). Both Xfm and TuneTribe, of course, are committed to championing new talent, and the sponsorship deal cleverly partners the download platform with those Xfm shows that do that best.

The partnership will be great exposure for the new music download service, with the two radio shows reaching an audience of 111,000 and 34,000 respectively on XFM, London's biggest indie-based radio station. Sorted.

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KAISER CHIEFS FAVOURITES FOR MERCURY PRIZE
Well, the Kaiser Chiefs have confirmed their position as favourites to win the Mercury Prize, as William Hill have cut the odds on the band winning the award from 4/1 to 9/4. A spokesman for the bookmakers said "Punters are piling in on the Kaiser Chiefs to win this year's award and these type of punts are often telling when it comes to the announcement. But my money is still on Anthony & The Johnsons - a 10/1 outsider."

Now, we love Kaiser Chiefs. We think they're great. But we don't think they should get the Mercury Prize because we think there are better written and more innovative albums on the list (MIA and The Go! Team in particular). And it should come as no surprise to any of you by now that we here at CMU lobbying hard for Coldplay. Ahem.

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ROADRUNNER BIRTHDAY ALBUM NEARING COMPLETION
More on that previously reported project designed to celebrate the exciting and slightly scary 25th anniversary of rock label Roadrunner. A whole stack of Roadrunner artists have recorded bits for 'Roadrunner United - The All Star Sessions', and the album is now in the final stages of production with a provisional release date of 11 Oct.

57 artists from 45 former or current Roadrunner bands have collaborated on 19 tracks. The project was led by Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Robert Flynn (Machine Head) and Matthew Heafy (Trivium) and features all of the following: Michael Åkerfeldt, Justin Hagberg, Daryl Palumbo, Rob Barrett, Matthew K. Heafy, Nadja Peulen, Matt Baumbach, Andols Herrick, Dave Pybus, Corey Beaulieu, Tom Holkenborg, Josh Rand, Glen Benton, Steve Holt, Jim Root, Keith Caputo, Mark Hunter, Souren "Mike" Sarkisyan, Max Cavalera, Howard Jones, Josh Silver, Dino Cazares, Joey Jordison, Acey Slade, Dave Chavarri, Johnny Kelly, Mike Smith, Tyler Connolly, King Diamond, Peter Steele, Mike D'Antonio, Andreas Kisser, Corey Taylor, Steve DiGiorgio, Andy LaRocque, Kyle Thomas, Matt DeVries, Jesse David Leach, Jeff Waters, Marcelo Dias, Cristian Machado, Jordan Whelan, Dez Fafara, Logan Mader, Christian Olde Wolbers, Dani Filth, Sean Malone, Tim Williams, Robert Flynn, Roy Mayorga, Rhys Fulber, Dave McClain, Michale Graves, James Murphy, Paul Gray and Tommy Niemeyer - phew that's a long list.

And that little line up means the following bands are all represented in some way: 3 Inches Of Blood, Keith Caputo, Theory Of A Deadman, 36 Crazyfists, Killswitch Engage, Thorn, Annihilator, King Diamond, Trivium, Brujeria, Life Of Agony, Type O Negative, Carnivore, Machine Head, Vision Of Disorder, Chimaira, Malevolent Creation, Coal Chamber, Mercyful Fate, Cradle Of Filth, Misfits, Cynic, Murderdolls, Deicide, Nailbomb, DevilDriver, Obituary, Disincarnate, Opeth, Exhorder, Sadus, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Floodgate, Slipknot, Front Line Assembly, Soulfly, Glassjaw, Spineshank, Gruntruck, Still Remains, Ill Nino, Stone Sour, Junkie XL and Suffocation - so very loud then.

For more information contact those lovely Roadrunner PR types.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself (Megaphonic Records)
It happens rarely but every now and then a totally unique talent pops up who defies comparison to everyone else. Imogen Heap is a maverick, a female artist with the originality of Patrick Wolf, or Stephen 'Babybird' Jones. She has the quirkiness and imagination of Bjork and Emiliana Torrini without sounding like either of these. For a start she wrote, recorded and produced the album herself, and even re-mortgaged her flat so she could release it on her own record label, which is very impressive. This is her second solo album and she is also one half of Frou-Frou (best known for their inclusion on the soundtrack of the movie 'Garden State'). 'Speak For Yourself' was recorded in Imogen's home studio in south London, where electronics and traditional instruments were mixed with multi-layered vocal effects. 'Hide and Seek' became an unexpected hit on iTunes after it was played at the emotional finale of the OC The track has subsequently been released as a single although it's very far from being a typical single. It has an avant-garde sound reminiscent of Laurie Anderson's 'Superman', consisting of Heap's voice fed through a vocoder, and it makes for very simple but haunting listening. The rest of the album is not quite so leftfield although there are plenty of unusual bleeps, beats and loops to make for intriguing tracks. The most poppy track on the album and obvious single contender is 'Goodnight and Go'. The dynamic 'Daylight Robbery' builds up a huge wall of sound, while 'The Moment I Said It' is a big epic number, with hints of Kate Bush. Another stand out is the soulful, wistful 'Just For Now'. This is fresh and innovative music and if Imogen continues to get air time on Radio 1, she should end up with a heap of success. JW
Release date: 25 Jul
Press contact: Strike 3 [all]

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GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP TOUR WITH MILLION DEAD
New York nutters Gay For Johnny Depp are to tour the UK next month alongside Million Dead, to promote their new mini-album, the attractively titled 'Sodom & Gomorrah (Blood The Natural Lubricant)', which is released on 19 Sep.

Here are those dates. For more info on the band see http://www.gayforjohnnydepp.com

14 Sep: Exeter Cavern
15 Sep: Oxford Zodiac
16 Sep: Bristol Louisiana
17 Sep: York Fibbers
18 Sep: Glasgow Barfly
19 Sep: Manchester Roadhouse
20 Sep: Birmingham Bar Academy
22 Sep: London Underworld
23 Sep: Southampton Joiners

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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MUSIC SEASONS GET UNDERWAY TONIGHT
Now, if you're wondering why your lovely wholesome CMU Daily sometimes comes out slightly later than normal in August, then wonder no more. We here at UnLimited also publish and produce ThreeWeeks, which only provides the most damn comprehensive coverage of the Edinburgh Festival, which means we are rather busy reviewing 1400 odd shows during August.

Anyway, more of that in Monday's Daily, though I mention it now because the two main music strands of the Edinburgh Festival kick off tonight. The previously reported T on the Fringe kicks off with The Prodigy at the city's Corn Exchange, while over the Swamp Live Music Bar at Backpackers on Queensferry the more alternative Tigerfest kicks off with Macrocosmica, Toro and G-Plan. It should be a good night to launch a storming month long season of gigs, which will include the likes of James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton, My Latest Novel, Tramp Attack and those and Japanese free-jazz 'intuitionalists' Fukyo Chiin. More info over there at http://www.tigerfest.baby-tiger.net/ or get the PR lowdown from nicola.meighan@gmail.com

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PACHA MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ONLINE
The penultimate issue of Pacha Ibiza magazine is now online. As previously reported, this year all editions of the Ibiza lifestyle title can be downloaded of the web for those of us at a considerable distance from the old White Isle.

The new edition includes the full story of Pacha New York's opening in the Autumn, catching up with the club's owners and their new franchise partner - Erick Morillo. Plus there's features on David Coulthard, Sven Vath & Richie Hawtin, Art in Ibiza, Regeneration of San Antonio and Rob da Bank.

You can check it all at http://www.pacha.com/pachamagazine.html

Should you be over in Ibiza, however, do make sure you pick up a copy of the full printed edition, because you'll find an excellent free CD from Defected Records just inside.

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GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN IN KNICKERS WITH ZOMBIES
Well, that's a crazy headline, but hardly surprising, seeing as GLC are involved. The video for Goldie Lookin Chain's new single 'Your Missus Is A Nutter' will feature the boys fighting zombies and wearing pants on their heads.

Chainer 2 Hats told NME: "The video's got a bit of a space theme. Basically the world has evolved so far in the future that cigarettes and tobacco have run out so cannabis has evolved into global consciousness. There's a 'Weird Science' element to it. I'd never worn a bra on my head until that day so that was a bit unusual. I'd worn one on my chest but not on my head. It's quite liberating."

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LONGTHORNE'S CONDITION IMPROVING
Singer Joe Longthorne's condition is improving after he became seriously ill after that bone marrow transplant. As previously reported, the 'Search For A Star' winner has battled cancer for the last sixteen years and last week it emerged that Longthorne was seriously ill, having developed pneumonia after his transplant in June. The singer's tour manager Zeb White said on his official website that his condition has "improved slightly" in the last few days, and added "The good news is Joe is continuing to produce more healthy white blood cells each day and his blood count is rising as a result. Hopefully soon it should reach a level when blood transfusions are no longer necessary. Joe has overcome another hurdle on his long road to recovery and we hope it's not too long before the pneumonia shows signs of improving."

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JURORS THINK JACKSON IS GUILTY
Two of the jurors who acquitted Michael Jackson of child molestation charges are writing books about their role in the Jackson trial, and will say that they think the star was in fact guilty, which doesn't make a mockery of the entire legal system in the slightest. Eleanor Cook is writing 'Guilty As Sin, Free As A Bird', whilst fellow juror Ray Hultman is writing 'The Deliberator', with former Jackson family friend Stacy Brown, co-author of 'The Man Behind The Mask'. Both books will point to Jackson's guilt. A film about the Jury's experiences is also thought to be in the works.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Espers - Espers (Wichita)
Over the last few years, a new wave of folk artists have attracted the attention of the music press. Such has been the momentum of this avalanche that even the unshakable indie publications (the NME for one) have given extensive space to them, showing there's a wider audience out there, than just the chin-stroking luddites who like their music pure and untainted. The genre has been re-energised, drawing inspiration from the halcyon days of the 1960s, but also modern rock, giving the genre a contemporary feel to it. So hot on the heels of the likes of Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsome, come Espers, a sextet, who describe themselves more as a 'collective' than a band. Indeed, the band's biography suggests a bohemian and nonconformist past, reviving the idyllic existence of their ancestors, no doubt. Their acid-tinged folk-rock sound draws on not only the traditional acoustic troubadours, but also the more avant-garde artists, like Acid Mothers Temple, with a hint of free-form experimentation added for good measure. At the heart of the album are the wonderful harmonies, displayed by Greg Weeks and Meg Baird. With wonderfully complementary voices, they seduce the listener, gently cooing, whilst a concoction of organic sounds play in the background; strings, flutes, dulcimers, and harps all combine to create a very dreamy sound. The likes of 'Flowery Noontide', with it's wind chimes and woodwind core have a hypnotic effect - I daresay if you were willing to partake in certain substances, this would be your ideal soundtrack. The opening half of this album tends to follow the traditional folk route, allowing the experimental nature of the band to be unleashed towards the album's conclusion. 'Byss and Abyss' starts customarily, but transforms into a manic electronics-driven din, allowing the band to explore strange new territories. Espers eponymous record is amongst the best I've heard this year. It has a trippy, but unrestrained feel to it. It's a record that refuses to be restrained; it has no limits or boundaries, and it's forever floating in space. Expect to hear more of this band. KW
Release date: 8 Aug
Press contact: Hermana PR [CP, RP, NP] Wichita IH [CR, NR, NR]

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MS DYNAMITE TALKS ABOUT NEW ALBUM
Ms Dynamite has spoken to NME about her new album. As readers no doubt know, the urban star has been away for three years or so, but has been busy in the meantime, giving birth to her son and setting up a record label with her brother. The new long player is called 'Judgement Day', with the track of the same name expected to be the first single release.

On the track, she said: "The song is about taking responsibility for myself and for my actions. I feel like as human beings we're really lazy and we can be very selfish, like 'Fuck it, i'll just do what I want' and not even bother to deal with the consequences. And I'm totally guilty of that myself but I just feel like I've come to a point where I see things differently."

She went on: "I guess being a mum has given me some kind of perspective, I feel more able to see the stuff that's important. I'm much more aware of the things I do, how they affect other people. But the song is as much to myself as it is to society."

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NINE INCH NAILS FIGHT THE TOUTS
Promoters of the upcoming Nine Inch Nails US tour are putting in place a number of measures to stop ticket touts (what some strange people, mainly American, call 'scalpers') from bulk buying tickets and then selling them on to fans at a high mark up. In particular, promoters plan to extend the existing practice of offering tickets to fan club members ahead of public sale, giving signed up fans access to the best seats in the house, some of which will be auctioned off in aid of charity.

Commenting on those plans, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor told reporters: "We've put extra effort into developing this program as an effective way to ensure that Nine Inch Nails fans get into the show with the best possible tickets. The only complaints will be from scalpers and those who want to put our true fans at a disadvantage."

Through the charity auction Reznor hopes that some of the money normally siphoned off by touts on the sale of priority tickets will go to a good cause - ie the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organisation that administers post-conviction DNA tests in order to ensure that innocent individuals aren't sent to prison. Reznor continues: "We know we cannot stop all ticket reselling but if we can redirect some of that unauthorized margin to a good cause like the Innocence Project, it makes me feel like we have done something worthwhile".

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WHERE NEXT IN SPITZER'S PAYOLA INVESTIGATIONS
Speculation continues in the US this week as to what will happen next in Eliot Spitzer's investigation into payola activities in the American music radio sector, following that admission by SonyBMG that they did, in fact, use inappropriate promotional techniques to ensure their artists got air time on certain US radio stations.

Of particular speculation is which of the other major labels will follow SonyBMG's lead and make similar admissions - and should they do so, how much they'll have to pay in fines to satisfy the New York Attorney General that they have fully repented for their payola tactics. The consensus seems to be that all the major labels used the same promotional tactics, so it is unlikely any of the majors will be able to avoid making some kind of admission of guilt. The other option is to fight Spitzer in court, which, most think, would be too expensive and risky for any of the major record companies to contemplate.

Meanwhile gossip also on which execs within SonyBMG, and any other labels who admit using payola to get air play, will have to take the fall once admissions have been made and fines paid. And also on if and when US media regulator the FCC will start to tackle the major radio conglomerates for their role in the whole payola thing, and if so, whether FCC boss Jonathan Adelstein will be brave enough to take on the massive Clear Channel and their Texas based Republican supporting owners, the Mays family. Only time will tell.

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KASABIAN MAY BE FACE OF PRADA, APPARENTLY
Prada have apparently head hunted indie kids Kasabian to be the new face of their product. Evidently the label are going for something of a more disheveled style in coming seasons. A 'friend' told The Sun: "There has been a lot of talk about an advertising deal with Prada, but the lads are considering their next move before committing to anything. They do hang out with a lot of models and people from the fashion world - which is where the idea must have come from."

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TOMMY LEE SAYS HE WAS FAITHFUL TO PAMMY
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee says he was faithful to former wife Pamela Anderson during their rather stormy marriage, but admits to being continuously tempted. The veteran rocker has confessed to watching steamy action between groupies, however, because that's not actually infidelity. He says: "There's too much temptation. You have to be so in love to stay monogamous. I wasn't unfaithful to Pamela, but everybody has a line, and mine was 'watching is ok'."

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LIAM COMPARES SELF TO ELVIS, GOD, ETC
Liam Gallagher has opened his mouth and said something extraordinarily conceited. Which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as it has happened many times before. Gallagher told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. "There's Elvis and me. I couldn't say which of the two is best".

Of course he could have been joking. But when it comes to Oasis, I've got a saying: 'Never give a Gallagher the benefit of the doubt.' And I'm sticking to that, thanks.

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