CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 8th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Dylan track changed the world
- Harvey on the mend
- DJ poll relaunches
- Marley cover man awarded at Jamaica anniversary celebrations
- V Festival to use recognition technology to spot troublemakers
- Club review: electric dreams at the buzzard
- Ibrahim Ferrer dies
- Suge Knight fined not a great deal of money
- Foxy Brown rejects plea deal
- Chart update
- UK iTunes address stays with apple, for now
- Album review: Various Artists - Café Mambo mixed by Pete Gooding
- Cardigans make live appearance
- Cure to release album next year
- Gallagher says no more Babyshambles, thanks


Well, as we might have mentioned once, twice or considerably more times before, UnLimited has decamped en masse to Edinburgh for the duration of Aug to cover the rather wonderful Edinburgh Festival via CMU's sister publication ThreeWeeks. For those that don't know, we recruit and train 75 media students from across the UK, and then arrange for them to see more or less every single show at the festival - that's over 1250. That means that we provide simply the most comprehensive guide to the Edinburgh Festival (no one reviews more than us, period) - and you can check it all out at now and every day this month at The Edinburgh Festival's music programme is getting bigger and finer every year, and we'll be covering some of it for you lucky CMU readers here in the Daily. So here we go, some Edinburgh Festival music reviews plus The Rakes, who play T on the Fringe tonight, answer those same six questions (remember them?).



>>How did you start out making music for a living?
When we signed a record deal - before then it was regular dull old jobs.

>> What inspired your latest album?
A lot of the songs were written with our live shows in mind but then we wanted to turn them into a more listenable, studio type album. Lots of different music has inspired us and other things too, like philosophy or Grolsch.

>>What process do you go through in creating an album?
Write the tune, (through various methods), record a rough track, record drums proper, record bass proper, record the guitar proper, record vocals and have a drink.

>>Which artists influence your work?
Various - erm, in no particular order - a bit of Bowie, Radiohead, Dizzee Rascal, The Strokes, The Others, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Leonard Cohen, Leroy Parks, The Specials.

>>What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Bring some tissues.

>>What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
That it gets in the top 20 and that normal, non-muso types get into it. Bo!

The Rakes play T on the Fringe at the Liquid Rooms tonight at 7pm


EDINBURGH REVIEW: Prodigy at T on the Fringe on 5 Aug
I have waited a long time for the opportunity to experience the Prodigy live and I wasn't disappointed. One of the main things I love about them is their ability to unite everyone from punks to frazzled ravers, in a mass hysteria of dancing. Although their core sound has changed from early techno to the dirtier, rockier, sleazy guitar style found on the most recent album, they are just amazing live. Keith Flint and Maxim Reality have so much stage presence and charisma that when they say jump - everyone jumps. A blistering performance that included an even mix of new tracks, the classic anthems and their most commercially successful hits Breathe and Firestarter. My ears are still ringing. HKS
tw rating: 5/5

EDINBURGH REVIEW: Editors at T On The Fringe on 6 Aug
If you were one of the lucky ones who managed to squeeze into the tightly packed space, then you should be thankful you saw them in such an intimate setting - soon they'll be playing much larger venues for sure. Editors are a rockier version of Franz Ferdinand, who seem to be everyone's band of the moment, but with storming performances of singles 'Bullets' and 'Blood' in between previews of brand new tracks no one can dispute their talent. Their sound is instantly recognisable and with songs this catchy, it's no surprise last night's concert sold out quickly. They're destined for big catch them while you can. SSM
tw rating: 4/5

EDINBURGH REVIEW: Guy Pratt - My Bass and Other Animals
By Pratt's own account, and Paul McCartney agrees, nobody wants to play the bass, and it's certainly not the way to get the chicks - not this chick, anyway. If you like the idea of being invited up to the bass player's room to hear him play you a few riffs and regale you with tales from the tours with Pink Floyd and Madonna then this is the show for you. But that's all you're getting. Pratt is nice enough and presumably if you're interested in 80s music or what kind of catering you get at a German Rock Festival, you'll probably find him funny or entertaining. I choose the words of Peggy Lee RIP - Is that all there is? EM
Smirnoff Underbelly, 4 - 28 Aug (not 15 or 22), 5:50pm (6:45pm), Prices vary, fpp 102
tw rating: 2/5

EDINBURGH REVIEW: Flamenco Con Fusion - Ricardo Garcia y la Familia Flamenca
Mesmerising flamenco that transports you to the heart of Spain. The spirit and dedication of the four performers, each with a unique talent, shine as a collective throughout. The captivating flamenco dancer, Ray Bowlay, provides a sensual opening, with engaging silhouettes, introducing the beauty of flamenco. Ricardo Garcia enchants the audience with his intricate skill on guitar, evoking many different emotions. The melange of traditional flamenco music and dance is intersected with refreshing urban moves from the promising dancer, Nico Major. The intimate venue was ideal, as it brings the audience and the performers together as one, which is an altogether rare and special experience. This harmonious fusion of the guitar and the dancers is a fringe treasure. JTB
C, 3 - 29 Aug (not 16), 7:15pm (8:15pm), £9.50 (£8.50/£6.50), fpp 69
tw rating: 4/5


Uncut magazine have surveyed celeb types on the 'music, film, TV and books that have changed the world', which is rather eclectic of them. No one seems to have voted for the Bible or the Koran, both of which surely have really changed the world, but then, of course, the Beatles are bigger than Jesus, and so are Elvis and Dylan apparently.

Anyway, Bob Dylan's track 'Like A Rolling Stone' came out top, beating Elvis' 'Heartbreak Hotel' plus films 'A Clockwork Orange' and 'The Godfather' and TV show 'The Prisoner' to top the survey. Commenting on the winning song, Patti Smith, one of those surveyed by Uncut, said: "It got me through adolescence."

Music and movies dominated much of the top ten, which possibly says more about those surveyed than anything else, That top ten looks a little like this.

1. Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
2. Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
3. The Beatles - She Loves You
4. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. The Godfather and The Godfather II
7. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
8. Taxi Driver
9. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
10. The Prisoner

Commenting on the survey, Uncut editor Allan Jones told reporters: "This list has been a massive undertaking and considering which films have had a greater cultural impact than Bowie, for example, has fuelled many discussions. What we have been left with is Dylan as the most seminal artistic statement of the last five decades - but I'm sure others will disagree."


Former East 17 boy Brian Harvey has been explaining how it was that he ended up getting run over by his own car. Now recovering at home, Harvey told GMTV: "I had just been stuffing my face with a load of jacket potatoes and I felt sick, so I opened my car door to be sick. Instead of putting my foot on the brake, I put it on the accelerator and it flew back. I must have hit four or five parked cars." So that's that completely cleared up then.

The good news is that Harvey says doctors have told him he should make a full recovery, which is good news given his description of the injuries he suffered after the bizarre incident: "My stomach was pushed into my lungs, which collapsed, and I was told the heel of one of my feet was found up round the back of my head." He still has someway to go in his recovery, but he told the TV station that he hopes to be walking again by Christmas.

The singer again denied those allegations that the accident was some kind of suicide attempt. While admitting he has tried to commit suicide on two occasions, he pointed out: "If you were going to commit suicide you wouldn't do it like this," he said. Which is probably a fair point.


God the years spin round quickly don't you think? I say this because DJ Mag are about to kick off their latest Top 100 DJs poll, and it doesn't seem three and half seconds since the last one. The latest poll will officially begin at a party at AKA on 18 Aug, when Giles Smith (secretsundaze), Paul Woolford (Basics/Space Ibiza) and Tim Sheridan (Nastydirtysexmusic) will be on the decks. Dance music fans all over the world will then be invited to vote for their favourite DJs, with 100,000 people expected to vote this time.

Commenting on the survey, DJ Mag editor Lesley Wright: "Everyone who loves dance music can get involved. This is the public's chance to vote for those DJs who have rocked their world over the past 12 months. The Top 100 DJs is the clubbers' choice."

There'll be more info on the survey in the next issue of DJ Mag and, presumably, online at


Neville Garrick, the man behind many of Bob Marley's album covers, was this weekend given an Award Of Excellence by Jamaica's government as part of the country's celebrations of the anniversary of their independence. Garrick is a Kingston native but studied design at the University Of California. He served as Marley's art director from 1976 to 1981. Accepting his award, Garrick said: "I want to say thanks to brother Bob, it was great working with you. If people would live by your words, Jamaica would be a better place".

Other music names who received awards at the anniversary celebrations include legendary producing team Sly and Robbie, Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin, concert pianist Orret Rhoden and the roots-reggae group.


Super hi-tech and only slightly sinister technology will be in place at the V Festival later this month in a bid to stop any trouble makers making, erm, trouble. Festival promoters have said police on site will be using facial recognition equipment to spot and weed out troublemakers among the festival crowds. It is part of an effort to ensure that everything at the two site event, which will play host to some 130,000 people, runs extra smoothly.

At the Staffordshire site that will include the use of an intelligence database linked to CCTV cameras to scan the site and return facial matches of known troublemakers. Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector Jon Drake told reporters: "This year's Staffordshire V Festival will be the biggest yet, with over 70,000 people set to attend. The safety of V Festival fans is of utmost importance to us. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated. A small minority of offenders will not be allowed to spoil the weekend for the tens of thousands of law-abiding music fans."

So good news for all you law-abiding readers out there. Anyone?


CLUB REVIEW: Electric Dreams at The Buzzard
My last visit to Electric Dreams was when it was held at the swish environs of the Soho Lounge (formerly Gossips) in a West End back street but it's now re-located to what until recently was the Purple Turtle. The club celebrating 80's synth pop and new wave is now more conveniently held on a Friday rather than a Monday. Its new location in a busy part of Camden also means it picks up more passing trade and although some of the punters enjoying the electro are suitably glammed up or attired as black clad Goths, others in the small venue are not especially fans of the genre. The music played by Stix, the Baron and Valeriun is dominated by three synth giants; the Human League, Depeche Mode and Gary Numan, although the tracks selected aren't necessarily the obvious ones, so alongside Numan's 'Cars' we also get the more obscure 'Empire State Human' from the League. Other unlikely blasts from the pasts include nihilistic gloom merchants Killing Joke with 'Eighties' (the guitar riff from which has been identified as the inspiration for Nirvana's 'Come As You Are') and Siouxsie and the Banshees' 'Kiss Them For Me'. But contemporary artists are also on the playlist including the Bravery's 'Honest Mistake' ( which sits very nicely with New Order's 'Blue Monday') and The Faint's 'Symptom Finger'. Plus there were several artists new to me such as And One and novel tracks such as Tycho Brahe's mix 'Tainted Love Meets The Doctor'. Electric Dreams provides a superb night out; the playlist is both inspired and fabulous and the club has a friendly, laid-back vibe. Highly recommended. JW
Electric Dreams - One Friday per month at The Buzzard, 61-65 Crowndale Road, Camden
Next night on 26 Aug


Veteran Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer has died at the age of 78 after being admitted to a hospital in Havana on Wednesday with gastroenteritis. He had recently completed a month long tour of Europe. Manager Daniel Florestan said: "He was taken to hospital when he got back and his condition worsened. He died of multiple organ failure." His widow, Cariad Diaz said "He was a very worthy person, to be admired, not only as a musician but also as a father and a husband. He completed his European tour with great bravery. We are deeply affected by his death."

Ferrer was a master of the son and bolero styles, and achieved late stardom with the release of 1997 record 'Buena Vista Social Club' and the 1999 Wim Wenders film of the same name. Fellow Buena Vista members, pianist Ruben Gonzalez and guitarist Compay Segundo died back in 2003.


Marion "Suge" Knight has been fined £389 after pleading no contest to making an illegal U-turn and driving without insurance. An allegation of marijuana possession was dismissed after prosecutors found there was insufficient evidence to support it. As we presumably previously reported, the rap mogul was found to be violating parole at the time of his arrest in February, and jailed for more than a week.


More pop court news now, and rapper foxy Brown has rejected a plea deal keeping her out of jail over that attacking-salon-workers incident; instead she's trying to get the charges against her dropped to disorderly conduct. The plea deal would have seen Ms Brown, real name Inga Marchand, performing ten days community service, but if she is convicted of the more serious charge, she could face a year in prison. Her lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, explained that his client did not wish to have any misdemeanours on her record, saying "Disorderly conduct is a different ball of wax. That's a violation and she would not have a record."

As previously reported, Brown is accused of attacking two nail salon workers, Myoung Yi and Sun Ji Song, leaving the latter with bruising and swelling to the face, over a dispute about a payment for a manicure she said she never received. The rapper claims that the pair were trying to take advantage of her celebrity status to extract money from her.


Jamie Boy Blunt is still number one on both charts. What's that about?


A British internet entrepreneur has suffered a legal setback in his battle to win back the domain. As previously reported, Benjamin Cohen registered the domain in 2000 before Apple launched their download platform of the same name, but once iTunes launched in the UK the computer giant complained to the organisation which coordinates British web addresses, accusing Cohen of 'cyber-squatting'. That organisation, Nominet, sided with Apple and awarded them the URL in Mar this year.

Cohen asked for a judicial review of that decision, arguing Nominet were unfairly siding with big business. However his application for that review was turned down by the British High Court last week, mainly on the grounds Cohen hadn't exhausted Nominet's own complaints service before turning to the courts.

Commenting on the decision Edward Phillips, speaking for Nominet, told reporters: "I am pleased that the judge has rejected Mr Cohen's case at the first possible opportunity, which leaves no doubt that it was without merit. We will now be looking at recovering our costs of defending this unnecessary action."

However Cohen's company CyberBritain vowed to fight on, telling reporters: "CyberBritain is considering its options together with its legal team. It is currently reviewing the decision and is strongly considering making an application for an oral hearing. We refute Nominet's allegation that it was an unnecessary action and hope that in the case of an oral hearing being pursued, the inherent unfairness of Nominet's dispute resolution service becomes apparent."


ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Café Mambo mixed by Pete Gooding. (Defected)
It's not unknown for a compo to claim that it will take you on a spiritual musical journey; and on this occasion, I have to say, Pete Gooding almost achieves this aim, but it's in a rather convoluted way. The first disc features contributions from Lonnie Liston Smith and Leonard Morgan as well as the shit-hot 4hero remix of 'Smiles' by Plant Life. Other highlights include 'Souk Rok' by Kid Stone, a remix of 'Sandcastles' by Sydenham and Ferrer. On Disc 2, bleeps abound in Zero Room's 'Float Plane' and we get some Latin vibes from 'Viaje Feliz'. Czech's 'Flute' mushrooms into an epic, but I found that the last cut by Myerz is simply annoying. This is a collection more cerebral than many of its counterparts, but it's only just a tad better than passable. PV
Release date: 1 Aug
Press contact: Phuture Trax


The Cardigans played at a secret Polydor Records showcase on Thursday at the Hammersmith Riverside, marking their first live UK appearance since 2003. They played new single 'I Need Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer,' which is released on 3 Oct. They were joined at the gig by Stephen Fretwell, Ms Dynamite and Kaiser Chiefs, which sounds like a rather good night.


Robert Smith says the band are planning a new album which will be released in Apr next year. Whilst at the Benicassim Festival he said: "We're recording October, November and December and the new album will be released on my birthday [21st Apr]." Smith also says he's hoping to work with previous Cure producer Steve Severin later this year.


Liam Gallagher has said that Babyshambles will not be asked to play support for Oasis again. As previously reported, frontman Pete Doherty failed to show for a recent support slot in Southampton, and The Zutons appeared in their place. Oasis then cancelled other Babyshambles support slot bookings on their UK tour.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Gallagher said: "That's where the relationship ended. What we're not going to do is give him a second chance. It's not a question of professionalism. It's much more simple than that. This is the greatest group in the world and what we're not going to do is let anyone, Pete Doherty, Liam Gallagher or Elvis, f**k it all up."

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