CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 16th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- U2 receive Portugal's highest honour
- The game disses Fiddy, again
- Skinner apologies to Whiley through the wonder of rap
- Soulwax tour
- Scissor sisters play secret gig
- Beta Band greatest hits album
- BBC drops Doherty footage shocker
- Lushlife mashes beach boys and kanye west
- Edwyn Collins home
- RIAA Chief talks up copy-protected CD technology
- Keane and Numbers added war child list
- Evans rebooked for Brits
- Emap announce first Magic celeb
- Virgin radio launch new digital station for those cool kids
- Lennon musical not much cop, apparently
- Usher says he's going to take a backseat
- Ozzy to retire from Ozzfest
- Sharon's in it for the money

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KILL ALL HIPPIES JULY
Another night of lowdown filth, fabulous fury and pure dirty, goodtime music takes place this Saturday at the Scala, London. Those who enjoyed White Rose Movement's DJ set in the Fun House a couple of months back can now seen them play live - because they'll be on stage alongside The Grates.

All the regulars will be on the decks - Eddy TM, DJ Syrinx and Jeff Automatic - alongside special guests the Backstage Sluts. Then there's Jagz Kooner and Richard Clouston in the Fun House, this month with special guest Richard Fearless. And on top of that Double Dragon Records are hosting the foyer bar, with DJ sets from Charlotte Hatherley (Ash), Nigel Coxon and Mark Beaumont (NME), and Alex D and Gavin Nugent.

All takes place 20 Aug at the Scala from 8.30pm to 4am, all in association with TuneTribe.com. Tickets are £8 on the night, or just £5 if you guest list yourself in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies. Full press release at: http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/killallhippies

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

As you all surely know, the CMU team are currently at the Edinburgh Festival at the moment publishing ThreeWeeks, the main reviews newspaper up here. That's why your CMU Daily sometimes comes out a little later than normal, a bit like today! Just so you're in the loop, here's the latest music reviews from the CMU/ThreeWeeks team - a joyfully eclectic selection.

And if you want to know more, why not tune in to the ThreeWeeks radio show on Festival FM tonight and every night at 7pm (87.7FM in Edinburgh, or online at www.festivalfm.net)? Though we say so ourselves, it's rather good. Anyway, here's the reviews, there's even more at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk.

The Rosinators
Stoneyport Agency
This London based band play country & western with bluegrass and
gospel. They are all very accomplished players and their three part
vocal harmonies are absolutely sublime. But even in their frantic
fiddle duets, their songs lack character and depth, and the way every
song is introduced with a smile and a joke reinforces this feeling,
these songs are more mimicked than spirited. This is not music to sit
down and appreciate, this is music to raise hell to, but then again,
The Rosinators are far too polished for that type of thing. I don't
know what watered down moonshine they drink down south, but their idea
of 'evil gospel blues' and mine are radically different. [am]
Acoustic Music Centre, 11 - 17 Aug, 10:30pm (12:00am), £10:00 (£8:00), fpp 110
tw rating 2/5

Allan Taylor
A well travelled guitarist showcases his captivating folk music the
way it originated: through storytelling. His rough, deep vocals roll
around the room telling tales of cowboys, lovers, transvestites and
Vietnam veterans. Beautifully thick polyphonic finger picking fills
the spacious, candlelit room, only being outdone by the singing and
cheers from his fans - only half of which are friends. His use of this
time-honoured approach to documenting life experiences is romantic and
genuine, and his often comical stories tug on heartstrings in the
audience. Admittedly folk music isn't for those seeking a night of
rocking out or sing-alongs, but if you like a quiet drink with
alluring monologue and great musical ability, Allan is charming. [aw]
Allan Taylor, Acoustic Music Centre, 12 Aug, 8:30pm (10:00pm), £10.00
(£8.00), fpp 114. tw rating 4/5

Dougie McLean In Concert
Dunkeld Records
A magnificent evening, this is one of those rare opportunities when
you are able to capture a true musician live. Even if you hadn't heard
too much of him before the show, anyone in the room could fully
appreciate his music, as he remains one of Scotland's finest
musicians. Dougie Maclean has been playing the Edinburgh festival for
nearly as long as I've been alive, which is a rather long time, so
it's no surprise fans have travelled from all over to catch these 2
rare performances at the Queens Hall.
I left having a new appreciation for music, a magical evening had by all. [ssm]
The Queens Hall, 12 - 13 Aug, 7:30pm (9:30pm), £14.00 (£12.00), fpp 94
tw rating 4/5

Out Of The Blue
Twelve sharp suited boys take the stage, and my god can they sing.
Both the enthusiastic performance, and their wide ranging choice of
songs (it goes from Blur, to McFly, to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and
even a snippet of 'Oliver!') display a great passion for music. It's
clear that these guys are just having an excellent time. The addition
to some songs of extra funky dance routines make for a very enjoyable
show visually as well - look out for 'Dreaming of You' by the Coral -
just brilliant. If you're unsure of what to expect from an acappella
band, you can trust these guys to provide a great show and their
voices deserve
an audience. [el]
C, 3 - 20 Aug (not 14), 3.35pm (4.25pm), £8.50 (£6.50), fpp 108. tw rating 4/5

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U2 RECEIVE PORTUGAL'S HIGHEST HONOUR
U2 have received Portugal's highest honour, the Order of Liberty, for their humanitarian work. As previously reported, the award was made at a special ceremony held ahead of the band's Sunday night concert in Lisbon.

Presenting the award, Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio told the band: "Over the last 25 years you have shown that it is possible to combine the pleasure of artistic creation with civic and humanitarian intervention to help build a better world."

Speaking for the band, frontman Bono said: "It is, of course, for the four of us a great, great honour". He continued by using the event to encourage the people of Portugal to help the needy in Africa. Telling his audience that it was unacceptable for children to go hungry and for 3,000 a day to die from malaria, he said: "If we really believed that an African life was equal to a European life we would not stand by with watering cans while an entire continent was bursting into flames".

U2 are the first non-Portuguese music group to receive the Order Of Liberty accolade.

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THE GAME DISSES FIDDY, AGAIN
The Game has been dissing former band mate 50 Cent again - only this time he took time to diss the other members of G-Unit too.

Speaking to Allhiphop.com The Game said: "I think 50 thought he should've been my mentor. As I see it, you've got Dr. Dre on this level, 50 Cent on [a slightly lower] level, Eminem on [a slightly lower level], and then Lloyd Banks and Stat Quo and Young Buck down there. He wanted to keep me down here with them. But I'm definitely a superstar. None of those guys in G-Unit can lyrically fuck with me."

He continued: "I think G-Unit, by this time next year... 50 may still be lingering around. But there will be no Young Buck, no Lloyd Banks, and no Yayo". So that's them told.

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SKINNER APOLOGIES TO WHILEY THROUGH THE WONDER OF RAP
Mike Skinner has written a new song to the back track of Bloc Party's 'Banquet' in which he apologised for stealing Jo Whiley's microphone. Bizarre I know, but true.

According to NME the rap runs thus: "I did something bad but always vowed to my soul / That if my next record increased the amount of albums I sold / enough for Mike not to end up back out on the dole / I promised I'd promptly send you back what I stole. I don't feel good about it and I don't want to repeat it / But the mic went pride of place on 'A Grand Don't Come For Free'."

Wonderful. The track is apparently doing the rounds online. Skinner, meanwhile, is busy working on a third Streets album due for release late this year or early next.

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SOULWAX TOUR
I can't remember if we've plugged the upcoming Soulwax tour, and if we haven't please accept my apologies for overlooking something quite so important. Either way, here's the latest tour dates at the Radio Soulwax tour, which will include the band performing 'nite versions' of their tracks, support from top band Vitalic and the Dewaele brothers taking to the decks as 2Many DJs. Hurrah. Dates as follows.

9 Sep: Fabric, London
28 Sep: The Academy, Bristol
29 Sep: Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
30 Sep: The Custard Factory
1 Oct: Chibuku at the Barfly
2 Oct: The Great Hall, Cardiff
3 Oct: Stealth and Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
5 Oct: The Old Firestation, Bournemouth
6 Oct: Event 2, Brighton
7 Oct: Warwick University, Coventry
8 Oct: Sankeys Soap, Manchester
11 Oct: The Waterfront, Norwich
12 Oct: Newcastle Uni Union
13 Oct: City, Edinburgh
14 Oct: Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow
15 Oct: Shine, Belfast
16 Oct: The Leadmill, Sheffield

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SCISSOR SISTERS PLAY SECRET GIG
Scissor Sisters have played a secret gig for two hundred specially invited guests and fans. The concert took place at the Bush Hall in London, and the band performed favourites from their debut album as well as brand new songs such as 'Can't Decide', 'Hybrid', 'Everybody Wants', 'Other Side', 'Cher Baby' and 'Paul McCartney'. It was Ana Matronic's birthday and she was presented with a cake, which is nice. Proceeds from the gig were donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation and Strummerville.

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BETA BAND GREATEST HITS ALBUM
The Beta Band are set to release a greatest hits album featuring material from the whole of their eight year career. The group split in Dec last year, saying "Sadly, eight years of hard work and critical acclaim but little return in terms of commercial success inevitably takes its toll and a group decision was made to finally lay the band to rest."

The hits album will be called 'Music: The Best Of The Beta Band' and features tracks from a show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire as well as songs from the band's album releases.

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BBC DROPS DOHERTY FOOTAGE SHOCKER
Actually it's not that much of a shocker, but tradition is tradition. The BBC have dropped some footage of Pete Doherty slashing himself with a broken bottle from a BBC 3 documentary, because of fears that impressionable folks might be encouraged to copy him. Counseling charity The Samaritans say that "broadcast portrayals of self-harm can cause imitative behaviour". They added "Teenagers can be influenced by programmes which feature celebrities or people they can relate to. Young people who are going through a difficult time could see the footage and perceive self-harm as an appropriate way to cope with problems."

The documentary, which followed the Babyshamble for three months, is still being edited but is due to air on 28 Aug, and the BBC say it will now not include the self-harming scene. A spokesman said: "We won't be showing the moment where Pete cuts himself. The programme is still being edited and the BBC has decided not to show that part."

And elsewhere in Doherty shocker news, the singer was apparently subjected to a full body strip search in Norway at the weekend, after being held at Gardermoen Airport, if reports in The Sun are to be believed. One of their 'sources', who just so happened to be in Gardermoen, said: "Pete was given a thorough search by officers. He looked fairly wide-eyed by the time they had finished. He got the full rubber glove treatment. They made sure there was absolutely no trace of drugs before they let him go."

Not sure I wanted to know that. But thanks, worthy Sun.

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LUSHLIFE MASHES BEACH BOYS AND KANYE WEST
Stateside producer extraordinaire (apparently) Lushlife has mashed together The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' with acapellas and instrumentals from Kanye West's 'The West Collage Dropout' and forthcoming album 'Late Registration' to create, of course, 'West Sounds'.

You can download the mix for nowt at http://www.kanyewestsounds.com/

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EDWYN COLLINS HOME
Edwyn Collins has been allowed to return home, after spending six months in hospital, following those previously reported brain haemorrhages, subsequent surgery, and the MRSA bug. A message from Collins on his website, logged by his wife Grace Maxwell, said he was feeling fine and has "many new goals to achieve." He went on: "I was out for the count the first weeks, but thank you for all the support."

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RIAA CHIEF TALKS UP COPY-PROTECTED CD TECHNOLOGY
Recording Industry Association Of America boss Mitch Bainwol has been speaking up the use of that rather irritating copy-protected CD technology at the NARM music convention in the US this week. Such technology, he argued, would overcome a number of problems the music industry faces, in particular the authorized distribution of home-burned CDs.

While people downloading music from illegitimate sources is a big problem for the music business, Bainwol warned that music fans making duplicates of CDs and passing them on to their friends is, in fact, an even bigger problem. While an estimated 16% of the music distributed last year came from illegal online music sources, 29% was CDR copies of albums made for friends.

Bainwol encouraged record labels to continued to invest in technology which limits the number of times a music fan can make a copy of a CD (the idea being a couple of copies for personal use is acceptable, but anything more than that is not). This recommendation comes despite criticism of copy-protection technology by some consumer rights bodies who argue that music buyers should be able to make extra copies of albums they buy for personal use as and when they wish. Those groups also point out that some protected CDs will not play in all CD players which, they argue, is another infringement of consumer rights.

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KEANE AND NUMBERS ADDED WAR CHILD LIST
Keane and The Magic Numbers have been added to the line-up of artists who are to contribute tracks to the War Child charity album. Keane are to do a cover of classic Elton John track 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', and the band's Tim Rice-Oxley said: "Every childhood should be a time for optimism and innocence. In many places it is instead a time of violent chaos, deprivation and fear. Warchild is doing everything it can to change that, and we are proud to give them our sincere support."

Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers said "We are very excited to contribute a new song, Tonight to the album to support this extremely worthwhile cause" They join artists such as Radiohead, Hard-Fi, Gorillaz, Razorlight, The Coral, and Elbow in contributing tracks to the album, which is entitled 'Help: A Day In The Life'. It's due to be available for download on 9 Sep, with proceeds, obviously going to help children living in war zones.

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EVANS REBOOKED FOR BRITS
The Sun reports that Chris Evans will once again host the Brit Awards next year, following the acclaim his presenting stint at the 2005 bash received. One of those sources tells the tabloid: "It is highly unusual for a host to be signed up six months before the show but everyone felt Chris did a great job."

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EMAP ANNOUNCE FIRST MAGIC CELEB
EMAP have announced the first of the top top celebs they've snapped up for the weekend revamp on their Magic London franchise which will see the less talk, more music station introduce, erm, more talk and less music. Mr Eamonn Holmes will join the station to host the Sunday 4-7pm slot from thirteen weeks from 18 Sep. Which is just fantastic news.

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VIRGIN RADIO LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL STATION FOR THOSE COOL KIDS
Talking of radio, Virgin Radio are launching a new online/digital station pitched at a younger audience providing more guitar-based rock and cutting edge pop. Mmmm, sounds a little bit like Xfm territory if you ask me, which might be why they're calling it Virgin Radio X-treme.

That said, Virgin Radio boss Paul Jackson was keen to stress how his new digital station would differ from its competitors (namely Xfm and Kerrang), telling reporters: "Virgin Radio Xtreme will be the most contemporary station around. It is not about broad appeal, we're going to get in there and be niche. You won't hear all the classic tracks you hear on Xfm and Kerrang!".

The show will be completely pre-recorded, though live news bulletins are expected to be added in the New Year.

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LENNON MUSICAL NOT MUCH COP, APPARENTLY
A musical about John Lennon has been savaged by New York critics after its first night at the city's Broadhurst Theatre. The musical features nine actors of both gender, who all portray Lennon at different times in his life. It also received poor reviews at its debut in San Francisco. Well, it was a bad idea to begin with, really, wasn't it?

Anyway, Ben Brantley of the New York Times accused the production of portraying Lennon as a cuddly character and ignored the darker side of the late Beatle, saying "Little that follows goes beyond such fortune-cookie wisdom."

Even more bitingly, The New York Daily News said: "The image is so goofy that someone arriving late might imagine he had stumbled into (Monty Python's) Spamalot next door. Should you plop down 100 dollars for a theatre ticket or just stay home and listen to your old records? In the case of 'Lennon', the answer is easy: Light one up and put on the stereo."

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USHER SAYS HE'S GOING TO TAKE A BACKSEAT
Usher has apparently said that he wants to be a record executive when he grows up, and take a backseat in the music industry. The 26 year old R&B star is said to have told a Warner Music exec that he is considering a move to New York, and "wants to really concentrate on playing a more executive role and not just be an artist," or at least that's what the New York Post reckons.

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OZZY TO RETIRE FROM OZZFEST
Ozzy Ozbourne is to retire from performing at his annual Ozzfest festival US tour because of a problem with his throat, and intends to perform at just a few shows per year, as of next year. A statement from his publicist said: "After 10 years, the Ozzfest's name and reputation have been established. It's time for me to move on and do other things. Ozzfest will carry on in 2006, however Ozzy will limit his performances to only a few, select cities."

According to reports, Ozzy was forced to end a performance in Washington State recently after his voice began to fail.

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SHARON'S IN IT FOR THE MONEY
Talking of Osbournes, Sharon says the only reason she's going back on the X Factor when the new show starts is for all the lovely money. As anyone who watched it would know, Sharon had lots of rows with fellow judges during the last series. According to the Sun, Mrs Osbourne said: "The main reason for coming back was the money! I was really surprised I got asked back. After the row at the final, I went in my dressing room and Ozzy called and said 'you fucked it, you're unemployed now.'" X factor starts on Saturday 20 Aug on ITV1 at 6.50pm, X fans.

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