CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 17th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Notorious BIG family sue for $2 million over bungled trial
- Eminem and Green Day cancel live dates because of illness
- Eminem / Carey feud in the making
- Ryan Adams cancels tour too
- Epic to release new old Apple
- EP review: Jim Noir - A Quiet Man
- Keavy on shortlist for Xfm breakfast
- Madonna falls off horse
- Album review: Various Artists - Layered Sounds 2
- New Hanson LP, hurray
- Diddy drops the P
- Sigur Ros download only release
- Timberlake working on new album
- Posh prefers huswifery to singing



In this issue: TRIVIUM "We want to be the biggest band in the world". Also featuring Transplants, Alkaline Trio, Chimaira, Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die. Plus as well as the usual Music With Attitude CD! featuring tracks from this month's issue, we also have an EXCLUSIVE download offer - 15 exclusive tracks (some rare and unreleased) from the Roadrunner vaults for you to download completely FREE. Visit Available just £3.40 from WH Smith, HMV, Virgin, Tesco and all good newsagents.



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 and Queens Of Noize. 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 Tickets are £8 on the night, or just £5 if you guest list yourself in advance at Full press release at:

By posting a press release in the CMU Press Room - just £50 a week - call 0870 744 2643 or email to book your slots for Sep 2005.



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. 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 Though we say so ourselves, it's rather good. Anyway, here's the reviews, there's even more at



>>How did you start out making music for a living?
Playing bass, guitar and keyboards in Beck's band in 1994

>>What inspired your latest album?
Good time rock and roll sing-a-long party times.

>>What process do you go through in creating an album?
Scatter and repair.

>>Which artists influence your work?

>>What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Do you like it?

>>What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Middle ground... Make a living but don't hire security for my home.

Presidents of the USA play T on the Fringe at the Liquid Rooms tonight at 7pm


An Evening With John Wright
Stoneyport Agency
From the opening harmony to the final fling, Wright is faultless. He meanders pleasantly in between tunes, but once the first chord kicks in, there's not an inch of slack. Though the twee lyrics in a couple of the songs bring to mind all the reasons you never listen to Radio 2, his voice never fails to captivate, exploding hoarsely on carefully selected syllables, and lulling gently as if lifted from a lullaby. Something great moves through the man (one hesitates to call it soul at a folk night), but his amiability is his strongest suit. And I actually overheard an octogenarian nigh on whoop, "I can die happy". Gentle, but gorgeous. [tt]
Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, 10 Aug, 8.30pm (10.00pm), £10.00 (£8.00), fpp 96
tw rating: 4/5

Ken Ramage Dixie 6
Orkney Jazz at the Guilford
A younger band would have taken a while to warm up. A younger band would have strove to impress the audience. But then again, a younger band couldn't even dream of being so damn cool. Ken Ramage, sounding remarkably like Sean Connery, leads his band through a toe-tapping booty-shaking trad jazz romp, conjuring up sunny days by the Bayou. The band clearly love every second of their performance, cheering each other on and exchanging banter with the undecided potential audience lurking in the doorway. This is the perfect drinking music, and is conveniently sponsored by the Orkney Brewery meaning that great beers, including Innis & Gunn Blonde, so sorely lacking from this year's Spiegeltent, are available. [am]
Guildford Arms, 7-11 Aug Extra shows added: 14-16 Aug, 9:00pm (12:00pm), Free, fpp 104
tw rating: 4/5


The family of the Notorious BIG are asking the city of LA for over $2 million in compensation to cover the costs they claim they incurred when the city's police force bungled their civil lawsuit into the late rapper's death.

As previously reported, the family launched civil proceedings against the LAPD after they closed their investigation into the killing of the Notorious BIG, real name Christopher Wallace, without conclusion. The Wallace family claimed that the police authority deliberately sabotaged the investigation to protect certain former officers who were connected to the rapper's killing.

When the civil case reached court the trial quickly collapsed after the police force admitted they had several files of evidence that radically altered the Wallaces' case which they had so far not made available to the family. When the police made that admission to the court US District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper called a mistrial and ordered the city to pay "fees and costs incurred as a result of defendants' misconduct".

The family this week filed their request for those fees and costs, and their lawyer confirmed they were asking for $1.6 million in lawyers fees and around $500,000 to cover travel and other expenses. Speaking for the city Assistant City Attorney Don Vincent said he had not yet seen the motion, but told reporters that he thought $2.1 million seemed excessive, adding: "They have to really justify it well. I don't know what their logic is or anything."

The Wallace family are expected to launch a new civil lawsuit using the new evidence in the near future.


Two high profile tours have been on hold this week because of the illness of their stars. Green Day missed two US dates because one band member was ill. Rumour has it the ill one was frontman Billie Joe Armstrong who had been told by doctors to rest his voice. On confirming the two cancellations, a statement from the show's promoters said the performance was "regretfully" postponed due to "illness of a band member."

Green Day's cancellations, however, are pretty insignificant next to the news that Eminem is canceling his upcoming 12 date European tour to recover from "exhaustion". The European leg of Eminem's latest Anger Management Tour was due to kick off in Hamburg on 1 Sep, but in a statement this week a spokesman for the rapper's label, Interscope, told reporters the tour was on hold because: "Eminem is currently being treated for exhaustion, complicated by other medical issues".

Promoters are now reportedly considering the viability of going ahead with the tour with just co-headliner 50 Cent topping the bill.


Perhaps Eminem's illness has been brought about by all the bad feeling between him and Mariah Carey. According to the New York Post, Carey and Eminem used to be friends, but that friendship has turned sour, particularly since Mr Shady started playing a voicemail message which the rapper implies was left on his machine by Ms Carey back in 2001 during his new Anger Management show. Apparently Carey is threatening to sue for defamation if that bit of the show isn't dropped.

A friend of Carey told the Post: "She is considering suing him for defamation. They did hang out, but it was Eminem who followed her around. He became obsessed with her, showing up everywhere... She thought he was a friend. She thought hanging out with him was fun, but then he wanted to take it further, and she said no. She never slept with him and he felt rejected and scorned and got very angry."

Asked about Carey/Shady relationships, Mariah's manager Benny Medina also took the opportunity to have an Eminem diss, telling reporters: "While we appreciate Eminem as an artist, lately his work has seemed tasteless and unnecessarily mean-spirited. The public seems to agree-just look at his declining record and concert ticket sales".

So presumably the anti-Carey rap will be forthcoming, just once Marshall's feeling better.


Back to tours news, cancelled, and Ryan Adams And The Cardinals have pulled out of a North American tour in support of current album 'Cold Roses', also because of illness.

A statement on the band's official website said "The band got a bad bug on the way back from Japan that just kept wearing us down. Really sorry about having to cancel the gigs, especially since I never had to cancel anything. But my voice was fried and the band was toast. And I never fully recovered from my inner ear infection. Was trying to avoid cancelling any more shows."

The statement continued: "We're still finding our sea legs out there on the road, but what with [the] band being together only a year and having that many songs, no 2 shows are ever the same. Some are better than others, but that's the price you gotta pay for mixing it up. After making three records this year, we just left the studio in LA recording songs for the upcoming Cameron Crowe movie. What started as being 1, ended up being 18. only one or so will be used, but this is your heads up that there might be another Cardinals record in your near future.This has been a fantastic and terrible year for us, and we'd hope that the fans can focus on the positive, leave the negative behind. And trust me, all of us would rather be playing."

The band's latest studio album, originally announced to be called 'Jacksonville', is now to be released on 26 Sep entitled 'September'.


A reworked version of Fiona Apple's album 'Extraordinary Machine' has been slated for an Oct release by Sony division Epic, despite rumours the major didn't think the album was commercial enough to release. Tracks from the album surfaced online last year amid rumours the long player was not going to be released. Word has it the response to those leaked tracks was so positive it convinced Epic to give an albeit slightly reworked version of the whole album a proper release. See, unofficial online releases have their uses.


EP REVIEW: Jim Noir - A Quiet Man (My Dad Recordings)
I have previously been charmed by Jim Noir's two other EPs 'Eanie Meanie' and 'My Patch' and this is just as good. The 22-year old Mancunian wrote, played all the instruments and produced the record. The title track is a lovely, dreamy number with Beach Boy style harmonies. The Thrills and the Magic Numbers have had considerable success with a similar West Coast sound and it would be nice if Noir could repeat that. 'A Quiet Man' has been getting some exposure in the evening on Xfm and should be getting more daytime play. The EP is backed with three other strong tracks which revel in Noir's oddball approach, 'Me You I'm Your', the bright and breezy 'Turbulent Weather', and the child-like delight of 'Climb A Tree'. JW
Release date: 15 Aug
Press contact: My Dad Recordings [all]


According to the Media Guardian, Xfm morning presenter Shaun Keavy is on the shortlist to take over the station's breakfast show when Christian O'Connell jumps ship to Virgin later this year. So much so Xfm bosses are resisting the logic of giving the Northwest born DJ a primetime show on their new Manchester service ensuring he would be available for the top slot should they offer it him.

Other names the station has reportedly considered include Chris Evans, Dom Joly and former Xfm presenter / current Soccer AM host Tim Lovejoy. However, the former of them has signed up to Radio 2, the latter to Virgin Radio, and Joly would probably be a bit rubbish. All of which means Keavy is now reportedly Xfm programming boss Andy Ashton's favourite to succeed O'Connell.

However, neither the station nor Keavy would comment on those reports. A spokesman for Xfm said: "Hosting the Xfm breakfast show is one of the most sought-after jobs in radio right now and as such we are talking to a number of different people. However we would never discuss names until a decision has been reached and contracts have been signed."

Keaveny's agent, Nicole Constantinou, added: "Shaun hasn't been offered the gig, but he's definitely in the loop for it. He's a strong contender. But Christian's are not the easiest shoes to step in to."


Corporate synergy news anyone? Moves within the Sony group to foster greater synergy between its various divisions in a bid to gain a new hold on the digital music sector seem to be really having an impact. Following the launch of a Walkman phone earlier this month (bringing together the group's music player and mobile functions), now both SonyBMG and Sony Ericcson are working together on a promotion.

The two Sony businesses are working with Orange on a promotion involving SonyBMG artist Jamiroquai. The promotion will be based specifically around the purchase of the Sony Ericsson K600i 3G handheld phone, and will give Orange customers with that handset access to exclusive Jamiroquai audio and video downloads, all delivered over Orange's 3G-based network.

Similar promotions involving Sony's mobile and electronics companies, its download platform Connect and record label SonyBMG are expected in the near future as the group tries to better compete with Apple in the digital music space.


It's not funny. Madonna has fallen off a horse, cracked three ribs, and broken her hand and her collarbone after a riding accident on her country estate at Ashbourne. The singer, who had been celebrating her birthday with her family when the incident occurred, was discharged from hospital after treatment for her injuries. As previously reported, Madonna recently told American Vogue how much she loves the country life and enjoys hunting, fishing and looking after her chickens.


ALBUM REVIEW: Various artists - Layered Sounds 2 (Bedrock)
This double LP, the second of the Layered Sounds series, once more showcases the diverse abilities of John Digweed's influential Bedrock brand, and like its predecessor, takes the form of a down-tempo and melodious first disc, with a tougher, proggy second. Angelic opening track 'I'll Kill You Softly' by Terry Grant & Jennifer Horne makes for an emotive intro into Layer 1 and is undoubtedly the best track in the LP. Beguiling and melancholic, Horne's enduring vocals seamlessly blend into the futuristic sonics of 'The March' by Voyager & Kris Avedon - a subtle instrumental which epitomises the soundscape quality of the mix. Over its eleven tracks, L1 further envelops you with waves of ambient synths, lilting lyrics and voices and deep beats, and guarantees an exceptional mix album in its own right. Layer 2 however, fails to equal its counterpart. Even with a smattering of my personal favourites (primarily Fretwell's outstanding mix of 'Forge') this mix fails to achieve anything of significance, which is unexpected for an ordinarily so distinctive label. Nevertheless, overlooking the imperfections, with plenty of quality tracks and such an inspired and intelligent first disc, 'Layer Sounds 2' is still a choice collection of electronic music. OG
Release date: 5 Aug
Press contact: Phuturetrax [all]


A new Hanson album, 'The Best Of Hanson Live & Electric', is to be released on 10 Oct. The long player features performances of the band's biggest hits (and that's not just 'Mmm Bop', honest), which were recorded at a gig in Melbourne last Jun. A limited edition CD/DVD will also see a release, and will feature new live footage, music videos and a never released before track, 'Being Me'. The band are poised to begin writing and recording a new studio album, expected to be released in spring of 2006.

The tracklisting for 'The Best Of Hanson Live & Electric' is as follows:

Every Word I Say
Where's The Love
Look At You
Strong Enough To Break
I Will Come To You
Hand In Hand
In A Little While
Penny & Me
This Time Around
Rock n Roll Razorblade


Sean 'P Diddy puff daddy doop doddy duddy' Coombs is changing his name again, but only slightly. The hip-hopper, who has most recently gone by the name of P Diddy, has decided to drop the P and be known simply as Diddy.

Diddy told the New York Post: "I needed to simplify things. Nobody knew what to call me. I'd notice that people were uncomfortable when I'd meet them for the first time, and then they'd ask me what they should call me. I even started to get confused myself-and when I'd called someone on the telephone it took me a long time to explain who I was. Too long."

He continued: "I went to a concert in Madison Square Garden last year and the crowd started to chant my name. Let's just say the name P. Diddy didn't quite flow. I realised immediately I had a problem."


Sigur Ros have released 'Glósóli', a track from their new album 'Takk...', as a download-only single, available in MP3 format from their new website The album is released on 12 Sep.


The oddly successful Justin Timberlake is expected to start recording a new album very soon, having written about fifteen or twenty new tracks with close friend Matt Morris. Morris told MTV that the songs subject matter is so personal that discussing them "should be reserved for close friends and therapists." Which begs the question, is this album going to be an extremely limited release?


According to The Sun, Victoria Beckham has given an interview to Spanish magazine Chic in which she claims to prefer being a housewife to being a singer, saying "All I want to do now is stay in the shadows and look after my children. I've no plans to make music. I loved my time with the Spice Girls. But that's the past." She went on: "David is one of the most handsome, elegant and desired men on this planet. I am proud of being his wife. I'd do anything to make David happy."

She also spoke about how she now enjoys life in Spain: "It's great here - the climate, the people, the restaurants. Things happen more slowly here. At first I had problems adapting to the pace of Spanish life. But now I'm grateful for it. I find it lovely. I can't think of anything I don't like about Spain."

Is it a cheap shot to say that I'm sure there are lots of people out there who would support Victoria in her decision to make the most of motherhood and stay out of the limelight? Probably. But what the hell.

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