CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 9th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- War Child plan second help project
- Walking In Memphis man survives shooting
- Britney distances herself from photographer shooting
- Christina on Britney: no comeback likely
- Ricky Kaiser Chiefs says "one more album"
- Video-C celebrate five years with site revamp
- TaTu plan comeback
- Oasis dedicated song to Cook
- Prodigy delay singles album release
- JJ72 live dates FCC being own payola investigations
- Canadian judges overrule iPod levy
- QOTSA rearrange gig
- Neil Young confirms new album
- Live Review: From Dusk 'Til Dawn/All Night Long
- Louis Walsh worried about thin Nadine
- Eminem does rude thing at concert

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

As you might remember, CMU is at the Edinburgh Festival at the moment, which is the main reason why today's CMU Daily is so bloody late - sorry. Anyways, last week was the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and because we know there are at least nine jazz fans out there in the CMU readership (and I'm guessing there's a few more hiding) we thought we'd let you know which were the artists our jazz man loved most. All these and stacks more Edinburgh Festival reviews can be found at our sister website - http://www.threeweeks.co.uk

Daniel Karlsson Quintet
Like the Fredrik Nordstrom Quintet, the also-Swedish Karlsson quintet take some getting used to. They surprise and tease listeners to grab their attention and then sharpen their focus. They also experiment to find mood and are always open to new directions. On Tuesday, Nordstrom brought the band
together then shattered illusions of understanding in their last track. Thankfully Karlsson missed that last step and after building the mood rounded it off with an electric rendition of 'Oddjob', where every phrase from every instrument seemed to make startling sense. Karlsson admits he usually comes up with ideas when adjusting his piano seat before performing - he is a master of generating a sense of unpredictability, which makes for a magnetic and tantalizing show. [tb]
Daniel Karlsson Quintet played at The Hub on 3 Aug.

Colin Steele Quintet
Steele plays a gentle form of jazz. His compositions are peaceful and salute old Celtic melodies and he plays his trumpet calmly, allowing the listener to drift off into the music. This was clearly shown when he played the title track from his first album, the soulful ballad 'Journey Home'. It was entrancing, with Steele pointing his trumpet to the ceiling and showering us in a refreshing highland spray of notes. Another pick of the set was the title track of his second album 'Through the Waves'. Steele and his band have defined their style and are starting to develop it further- the music is imbued with imagery and intensity but has a light touch like a soft mountain breeze. [tb]
Colin Steele Quintet played at The Hub on 3 Aug.

Mike Hart International All Stars
There genuinely wasn't a weak link in this outstanding line-up. Tom Finlay played on piano, Hamish McGregor on clarinet and Adam Sorensen on drums. Every member had a chance to show their mettle and every member came up trumps. Hart put together a scintillating evening of entertainment with notable performances from trombonist John Service from Switzerland and young Scottish saxophonist Johnny Boston. But it was Australian Bob Bernard who deserves the lion's share of the compliments. His smooth and rich tone went down like a milkshake in summer. He soloed with the Louis Armstrong composition 'Wild Man blues' and Mike Hart was right when he said the song hadn't been played better since the great Sach played it himself. [tb]
Mike Hart International All Stars played at the Spiegeltent on 4 Aug.

Wallace Roney
Imagine Socrates, Marx and Hume were alive simultaneously and all taught one man philosophy. That's like Wallace Roney's tuition from greats like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. Some education; he now fronts a band of skilled musicians set to take the genre forward. A shining example is DJ Logic on decks who managed to fit her mixing to the jazz. Almost every ebullient member of the young six-piece had heart and when they got going acquired steam train momentum; notables were Eric Allen on drums and Adam Holtzman on keys. And as the train whistled louder and the steam clouds turned to a storm of chaos, Wallace gently kept it cool with his full and commanding tone. [tb]
Wallace Roney played at the The Hub on 28 July

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WAR CHILD PLAN SECOND HELP PROJECT
The War Child people have announced plans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their legendary Help album with a new all-star compilation - 'Help: A Day In The Life'. Radiohead, Gorillaz, Razorlight, The Zutons, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, Hard-Fi, The Coral, Elbow and Maximo Park are among the artists who will appear on the album, which will get a download release via the charity's own digital music platform http://www.warchildmusic.com and then a full CD release a few weeks later.

Commenting on the project, War Child boss Mark Waddington told reporters: "As a music fan, I know what the original Help album meant and as the present CEO of War Child I know what it achieved. That's why we have set ourselves the challenge of remaking history and releasing the fastest album ever - again!"

You'll get yourself press info on the Help project from Emma or Julian at War Child - 020 7916 9276.

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WALKING IN MEMPHIS MAN SURVIVES SHOOTING
Grammy award winning crooner Marc Cohn (you know, the 'Walking In Memphis' bloke) has been shot in the head after an attempted car jacking following a gig in Denver, Colorodo. The good news is that the bullet didn't penetrate his skull, so he escaped pretty much unharmed, an extraordinary stroke of luck that promoted one police spokesman to say: "Frankly, I can't tell you how he survived".

It seems the incident occurred as Cohn and his tour manager Thomas Dube left a parking garage in their tour van. The attacker was allegedly fleeing police after trying to pay a hotel bill with a stolen credit card. When the attacker confronted Dube and Cohn with the gun, Dube seemingly sped up and swerved to escape, but the man fired a shot into the van's windscreen, which is what seemingly hit Cohn.

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BRITNEY DISTANCES HERSELF FROM PHOTOGRAPHER SHOOTING
Elsewhere in pop shooting news, and a spokesman for Britney Spears says that the popstress knows nothing about the shooting of a photographer outside her Malibu house.

The official comment was in response to reports earlier this week that one of the paparazzi snappers outside Ms Spears house was hit in the thigh with a pellet gun. As far as we can see it was a pretty minor incident, but you know how these paparazzi guys like to hype these things up, hence the subtle implications that perhaps the pellet gun was fired by one of Spears' entourage.

Which is why the Spears PR machine felt the need to tell reporters that "Britney didn't know anything about it. She had nothing to do with it". So that's that sorted.

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CHRISTINA ON BRITNEY: NO COMEBACK LIKELY
Anyway, if Britney was going to fire a pellet gun at anyone surely it would be Christina Aguilera cos the Spears/Aguilera squabble entered a new phase earlier this week when Christina told reporters she doesn't rate Britney's chances of a comeback after she gives birth to her and Kev's first child later this year. Ms Aguilera is reported as saying of her pop rival: "She's let herself go. I can't see a comeback on the cards". Ouch.

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RICKY KAISER CHIEFS SAYS "ONE MORE ALBUM"
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson says that his band are only planning to make one more album, in the world, ever, despite the critical success of this year's release 'Employment'. Wilson says: "We'll definitely make our second and final album. I can't understand why bands sign five album deals, don't they want to do anything else? When we quit, I want to do exercise videos."

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VIDEO-C CELEBRATE FIVE YEARS WITH SITE REVAMP
Digital music video portal Video-C is celebrating its fifth birthday with a website revamp and a special Oasis competition.

On the revamp, Video-C MD Karl Badger told CMU: "This is more than just a make-over. This is a complete site facelift and redesign. Video-C puts the music video at the heart of the buying process, and is an essential part of the marketing campaign for any new release that is looking to make a direct impact in the heart of the digital music community."

As for the Oasis competition, Video-C are giving away a VIP day at the Oasis Noise & Confusion gig which, I believe we previously reported, is due to take place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium gig on 10 Dec. The VIP ticket includes accommodation, freebies and of course premium tickets to the event. To be completely honest with you I'm not sure how this works - but I'm guessing if you click on the Oasis pic at http://www.video-c.co.uk everything will become clear.

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TATU PLAN COMEBACK
Russian pseudo lesbians TaTu are planning a comeback. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is a good thing thank you very much. Anyone who thinks that 'All The Things She Said' isn't a great pop tune needs their head examined. Anyway, the girls are apparently teaming up with such luminaries as Dave Stewart, Richard Carpenter and Sting to assist them in their new bid for chart success. A record company spokesman has said "We're excited about Tatu being back. They've been working on some amazing tracks for the past year and finally feel ready to return to the music scene. They will be as controversial as ever. They're in Russia now and are planning a trip to the US and Europe to promote the album this summer."

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OASIS DEDICATED SONG TO COOK
Oasis dedicated a rendition of 'Rock And Roll Star" to the late Robin Cook when they appeared at the Benicassim Festival in Spain at the weekend. As you'll presumably know, the former Labour cabinet minister died after collapsing whilst out hill walking on Saturday.

Then again Liam was in dedication mood. He also dedicated 'Cigarettes and Alcohol' to "Prisoners, alcoholics and crackheads." Which is nice.

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PRODIGY DELAY SINGLES ALBUM RELEASE
The Prodigy are to delay the release of their singles album. 'Their Law - The Singles' was originally set for a release on 26 Sep but will now be released on 17 Oct, and will be preceded by the release of double A-side 'Out Of Space (Audio Bullys mix)/Voodoo People' on 3 Oct.

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JJ72 LIVE DATES
JJ72 release a new single 'Coming Home' on 29 Aug, and will play a series of live dates in Sep, as follows:

13 Sep: Birmingham Academy 2
14 Sep: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
15 Sep: London Islington Academy
17 Sep: Liverpool Academy
18 Sep: Bristol Fleece & Firkin
20 Sep: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
21 Sep: Sheffield Boardwalk
22 Sep: York Fibbers
23 Sep: Edinburgh Venue

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FCC BEING OWN PAYOLA INVESTIGATIONS
US media regulator the FCC have, as expected, kicked off an investigation into the wonderful world of payola. That investigation has been increasingly anticipated in the last week or so after FCC chief Kevin Martin really bigged up New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer after he forced SonyBMG into admitting and repenting their payola ways. While Spitzer's investigations have focused mainly on the record labels who allegedly bribe radio stations to play their music, the FCC will be targeting the radio bosses who accept them.

Announcing his own payola investigations, FCC man Martin told reporters: "While payola may not be a widespread practice in the broadcasting industry, to the extent it is going on, it must stop. I have directed the Enforcement Bureau to review the settlement agreement reached by Sony BMG and the New York attorney General and investigate any incidents in which the agreement discloses evidence of payola rule violations." So that's you dodgy American radio types told.

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CANADIAN JUDGES OVERRULE IPOD LEVY
The Supreme Court Of Canada has refused to hear further arguments calling for additional copyright levies to be added to the sale of digital music players. That campaign has been led by the Canadian Private Copying Collective who want the kind of royalty levies charged on the sale of blank tapes and CDRs extended to MP3 players.

As previously discussed at length here in the CMU Daily, that tape/CDR levy, which operates in a number of countries, assumes that people use their tapes or CDRs to make additional copies of music they already own. The argument flows that content owners should get an additional royalty for that copy, therefore a levy is charged on the tape/CDR which is passed on to the royalty bodies. A similar system had been adopted in Canada for the sale of MP3 players, and the CPCC wanted that system formalized and extended by the Supreme Court.

But judges not only disagreed with the CPCC, they ordered an end of the existing levy systems, telling royalty bodies to refund any levies taken so far to customers via the relevant MP3 player manufacturers.

Needless to say, those manufacturers welcomed that ruling. A spokesman for Apple Canada said they would be looking to get back any levies charged on iPod sales so far, and would return that money to their Canadian customers as soon as possible. A spokesman told reporters: "Apple is pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada let stand a lower court ruling that blank media levies on iPods are invalid, and will shortly announce a claims process so consumers can request a refund for the levies they paid."

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QOTSA REARRANGE GIG
Queens Of The Stone Age have rearranged that gig that got postponed in the wake of the London bombings. The show at KOKO which was originally scheduled for 7 Jul, of course, will now take place on 23 Aug. Those who purchased tickets for the earlier gig and kept hold of their tickets will be contacted.

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NEIL YOUNG CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM
Neil Young has confirmed the details of a new album, entitled 'Prairie Wind', which is due to be released on 26 Sep. The album was recorded in Nashville and California and features guest vocals from Emmylou Harris.

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LIVE REVIEW: From Dusk 'Til Dawn/All Night Long - The End Boat Party on 6 Aug
At last, tonight I can finally pretend (in public) to be the cosmopolitan, jet-setting music schmoozer that I've always known I am. For on this balmy summer evening I'm casting off on a very special dance music odyssey - aboard the majestic Silver Sturgeon, I'll be casually cruising down the Thames to the sounds of DJ double act, Layo and Bushwacka! sipping a Martini as the sun sets, before whisking off to The End to revel on All Night Long, until the wee hours - literally, partying From Dusk 'Til Dawn. You just can't ask for anything more. The hedonistic twelve-hour party began a little later than promised; however, as soon as the engines started and the pier gradually receded, the atmosphere seemed to instantly spark into life. Layo warmed up perfectly, and encouraged the budding vibes with a fused medley of hip-hop, breaks and classics - an ideal backdrop as everyone wandered about the boat taking in the picturesque London by water and loosening up for the long night ahead. As the sun dimmed and the Thames Barrier drifted by, the dance floor at the bow (check the lingo!) was filled with bodies, whipped up by the tough grooves of Bushwacka; the party was in full swing. The turntables, inventively placed in front of a huge window, gave a remarkable widescreen background to the action, and reminded us just how special this all was. And there on the dance floor everyone remained; hands in air, cheering on the duos distinctive and inspired 'party-house' style, until the unavoidable time came when the pier reappeared and the party came to an unwelcome end...well, until we all got to The End that is. OG

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LOUIS WALSH WORRIED ABOUT THIN NADINE
Louis is worried about Girl Aloud Nadine Coyle's skinny figure. According to Heat Magazine, Walsh said: "I have spoken to her about her weight once or twice. All the girls are small but she is the thinnest, so she is the one to worry about the most. There is no doubt her legs are tiny. Nadine has spoken to me about her weight but she tells me that's just the way she is. She's really happy with the way she looks right now and doesn't see a problem. But she is thin and she is very careful with what she eats. Of course I worry about her and I have spoken to her as I thought she looked very skinny, but she says she's fine. In pictures, she looks much smaller than she used to but isn't that the way girls want to look now. Her legs are particularly thin, but, to be honest, she doesn't really see what all the fuss is about."

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EMINEM DOES RUDE THING AT CONCERT
Euugh. Eminem has apparently dropped his trousers and farted into a microphone during a concert at Madison Square Gardens. The gig was the latest stop on his Anger Management tour, which reaches the UK on 9 Sep with a date at Milton Keynes. He plays a series of dates in UK, before wrapping things up with that previously reported Irish date at Slane Castle on 17 Sep.

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