CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 18th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Royalty bodies start to sign up to pan European initiative
- Yahoo! continue cut price policy with music platform
- Sample the beats with Hip Hop Connection
- Josh Homme recovering from knee surgery
- My Chemical Romance surprise gigs
- Starsailor confirm new album
- Single review: Johnathan Rice - Kiss Me Goodbye
- Kaiser Chief tears ligaments on stage
- Echo, Bunnymen announce world tour
- Ozzfest date cancelled
- Album review: Juliet - Random Order
- New allegations over Rolling Stone's death
- Jacko fined over court no-show
- Former Blue boy upset with his mum

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KILL ALL HIPPIES AUGUST
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 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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By posting a press release in the CMU Press Room - just £50 a week - call 0870 744 2643 or email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk to book your slots for Sep 2005.

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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. 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.

Napoli E Basta!
Libero Music Publishing
"Music, like a torrent you flood my soul, and around me I fly free in space without end." Music from Naples is unashamedly emotional, and as such, needs a passionate performer in order to pull it off. Luckily, Oscar Mancino is just that type. Each song is delivered with emotion and depth, and although I don't understand Italian I can just about get the gist of them. A great performance is also given from the musicians in the Ensemble Recitar Cantando but I was confused about the narration spoken at random moments from backstage, and the slides displayed on screens (the images of Naples, ok, but peacocks?). Fortunately these slightly bizarre elements of the production don't detract from the wonderful music. [el]
C Electric, 7-14 Aug, 9.05pm (10.20pm), prices vary, fpp 107.
tw rating 4/5

Wine, Woman And Song!
LSH Productions
Free wine with live music at lunchtime: surely a cocktail for success? Unfortunately, Leo Heaton's performance lacked the kind of polish and panache that could have made for an excellent musical exploration. She certainly can sing the handpicked jazz and musical tunes well, but lacks an edge that makes the experience frustrating viewing. She appears nervous, remaining stationary throughout the whole hour, and thus fails to provide the stage presence required for a one-woman show. Sloppy piano accompaniment didn't help her either. The free booze is a nice touch and her song selection is genuinely good, but there wasn't enough substance to truly inspire. [nc]
ClubWEST, 14-27 Aug (not 24), 1:15pm (2.05pm), £8.00 (£6.00), fpp 117.
tw rating 2/5

Roxy: Music At The Fringe 2005
Roxy Art House
This wonderful and cultural experience is part of a bigger programme that brings three bands from different sides of the world to the Roxy
Art House each night. The band I went to see, Waa Sylla, turned out to be a tribal African group that take you on a tour to parts of Africa with their uplifting and energetic music, colourful costumes and amazing traditional dance moves - inspiring some audience members to join in. It might take a few minutes to settle in and enjoy the music if you haven't experienced it before, but with a bar and café available in the hall you'll soon find yourself immersed in a fantastic atmosphere, wanting to stay for the other acts. [waj]
Roxy Art House, 5 - 28 Aug, times vary, £8.00 (£6.00), fpp 110.
tw rating 4/5

Hugh Cornwell: 'A Multitude Of Sins' Acoustic Performance Plus
Readings From His Autobiography
From playing to thousands when he fronted The Stranglers to playing to the mere hundred people packing out tonight's venue, legendary musician Hugh Cornwell is no stranger to the stage. But this show is a first for him. He combines reading from his autobiography with acoustic performances from not only The Stranglers records but his own solo music too. His book readings take us on the road with The Stranglers in Sweden through his brush with the law, to his biggest hit to date, while his music provides the soundtrack to those years. Old favourite 'Golden Brown' is left to the end of the show. And what an ending it was. [ssm]
Gilded Balloon, 14 - 19 Aug, 9:15 pm (10:15 pm), £11.00, fpp 102.
tw rating 4/5

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ROYALTY BODIES START TO SIGN UP TO PAN EUROPEAN INITIATIVE
Hurrah, copyright news. It's your favourite kind of news surely? Anyway, moves to create a European wide system for online music rights were furthered yesterday when royalty bodies in Belgium and the Netherlands said they would back the scheme.

The European Union is behind the initiative to simplify the administration of music rights across Europe. They are responding to complaints from the likes of iTunes and Napster who say that the requirement to deal with different copyright bodies and systems in every single European country is hindering the roll out of their download platforms. This, iTunes et al argue, is a problem for everyone because when there are no major legitimate download platforms operating in a territory the use of illegal P2P networks is considerable higher.

The EU is encouraging the royalty bodies in each territory to treat online music rights as being something quite different to physical CD music rights, and therefore to sign up to this pan-European online music rights system. Dutch music copyright agency BUMA and their Belgian equivalent SABAM essentially did that yesterday when they announced they would no longer enforce the so called "economic residency" clause in online music licenses (which limits the use of licensing music to the territory in which it is licensed).

The EU hopes other royalty bodies will follow BUMA and SABAMs lead, with ambitions to have pan-European consensus by Oct. If any royalty organisations don't sign up to the EU's plans officials say they will try to force them to do so through the European courts on anti-competition grounds. Which should be fun.

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YAHOO CONTINUE CUT PRICE POLICY WITH MUSIC PLATFORM
Yahoo is to stick with its low pricing policy as it officially launches its Music UnLimited download service. The web company caught the headlines earlier this year when they launched the beta version of their digital music subscription platform offering music fans access to their extensive music catalogue for just $6.99 a month, $5 a month if you sign up for a year, somewhat below the subscription fees charged by rivals Napster and Real.

According to Reuters, those price points will remain a key part of Yahoo's music proposition when it officially launches later this month, with price likely to be a key part of the company's music marketing campaign, which is likely to kick off around the MTV Music Video Awards. The tagline reportedly being used is "Over A Million Songs - 5 Bucks A Month - This Is Huge".

Yahoo's rivals will be watching the cut-price strategy carefully. The consensus is that the web company must be making a loss on subscriptions in order to offer so much music at that price, and therefore is presumably looking to advertising revenues for the bulk of its income and profit. If that business model works it may well make things difficult for those competitors who rely on subscription fees for a bulk of their income who will be desperate to avoid getting into a price war with Yahoo. Both Napster and Real are likely to push themselves as being the service for real music fans, positioning Yahoo's service as something for casual music consumers. Whether they are successful in doing that remains to be seen.

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SAMPLE THE BEATS WITH HIP HOP CONNECTION
The latest edition of CMU's very favourite hip hop mag Hip Hop Connection celebrates the release of the new Mitchell Brothers album (out on Monday, hurrah) with a CD dedicated to the band's label which is, of course, Mike Skinner's The Beats label.

That CD has been compiled and mixed by Skinner and includes spotlights from the Mitchell Brothers' album, highlights from The Streets, and music from other signings to the label, including Professor Green, Roll Deep and Kano.

Both Skinner and the Mitchell Brothers, meanwhile, are interviewed inside the magazine. Asked about the Brothers, Skinner told the magazine: "The Mitchell Brothers are just two layabouts we found on the street, and, um, they're gonna be out of a deal in eight months."

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JOSH HOMME RECOVERING FROM KNEE SURGERY
Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age has undergone surgery on his knee. The operation became necessary after the singer tore his meniscus whilst on stage in Australia in Jul. Quite what a meniscus is, I'm not sure. I always thought it was the 'skin' you get on top of a blob of liquid. I imagine it's something to do with cartilage. Euugh. Anyway, Homme says the injury will not stop him from appearing on stage for the band's upcoming UK gigs at Brixton Academy on 22 Aug and Koko in Camden on 23 Aug.

A spokesperson for the band told NME: "The tour will continue because of the band's refusal to separate themselves from their Mistress of London. Queens Of The Stone Age are doing this tour for the fans of the UK that have already endured five cancellations."

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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE SURPRISE GIGS
My Chemical Romance will next week play some surprise shows for their fans, though presumably they won't be a complete surprise, given they were press released this week. Tickets for the gigs, due to take place at the Camden Underworld next Tuesday and Wednesday, went on sale yesterday at the venue, though you can only buy one at a time, which is a great idea, I think everyone should be forced to go on their own, and shouldn't be allowed to talk to anyone while they're there. Anyway, the gigs precede the release of new single 'The Ghost Of You' which is out on 29th Aug. Press info from press@gilotti.net

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STARSAILOR CONFIRM NEW ALBUM
Starsailor singer James Walsh has confirmed details of the band's new album to NME.com. The long player is to be called 'On The Outside' and is set for release on 17 Oct. The first single from the album, 'In The Crossfire', will be released on 3 Oct. Which is good news. Well, it is if you like Starsailor.

Walsh said "With this album there's elements of the first two albums. We've been trying to make sure the music's unrestrained, but it was important to get the lyrics right on this one too.I was getting there on the second album ('Silence Is Easy'). I wanted to make sure all the songs had cohesion and that the album had something to say as well as being great for people to listen to."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Johnathan Rice - Kiss Me Goodbye (One Little Indian)
What an odd world we live in; James Blunt is apparently in permanent residence at the top of the charts, meanwhile talented singer songwriter Johnathan Rice hasn't quite had the runaway success that some have predicted. Rice is a world away from the likes of Blunt or Daniel Powter but more in the tradition of Jeff Buckley or Ryan Adams. He has the melancholy of the former and the earthiness of the latter and it's an appealing combination. The second single to be taken from the young Scottish American's rather good album 'Trouble Is Real', it's one of the long player's rockier tracks . His lovely voice is as sweet as honey and as potent as Jack Daniels. JW
Release date: 15 Aug
Press contact: One Little Indian IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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KAISER CHIEF TEARS LIGAMENTS ON STAGE
More news now involving singers injuring themselves on stage. Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson tore some ankle ligaments as the band performed at the Parades de Coura Festival in Portugal on Tuesday. It's all that leaping around he does, you know. He'll apparently be sporting crutches for his appearance at the V festival this weekend. A spokesperson for the band NME: "Ricky Wilson has torn his ankle ligaments jumping off a stage at Parades De Coura Festival, Portugal. It's a repeat of the injury Ricky suffered in March this year on the band's US dates around South by South West. All shows planned for this weekend, Lowlands, Pukkelpop and V Festival will go ahead, but Ricky will be less mobile than usual and won't be climbing any lighting rigs. Any rumours of cancellations are not true - Kaiser Chiefs will perform as planned across this weekend."

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ECHO, BUNNYMEN ANNOUNCE WORLD TOUR
Echo & The Bunnymen have announced details of a world tour, beginning and ending in the UK. The tour will follow the release of forthcoming album 'Siberia' which is due out on 5 Sep.

On that new album, Ian McCulloch said "The band we've got around us now are the closest to the old Bunnymen we've ever had. Not that we've intentionally set out to capture the past in any way. I think I'd been trying to get away from the approach of 'Heaven Up Here' or 'Porcupine' where a lot of the songs were based on a single note, or a pulse even But with this album I thought, let's just slide in there and see what happens. It was Will [Sergeant - guitarist], really, who reminded me that we used to do things more instinctively. We've tried to be a little less structured in the songwriting, but not forgetting the importance of a good song. We've got the balance here, I think."

Those tour dates are as follows:
22 Oct: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
23 Oct: Glasgow Barrowlands
24 Oct: Sheffield Leadmill
26 Oct: Norwich UEA
27 Oct: Manchester Academy
28 Oct: Leeds Blank Canvas
30 Oct: Birmingham Academy
31 Oct: Portsmouth Pyramids
1 Nov: London Shepherds Bush Empire
3 Nov: Koln Prime Club
4 Nov: Hamburg Grunspan
6 Nov: Berlin Columbia Club
7 Nov: Copenhagen Vega Jnr
8 Nov: Amsterdam Paradiso
10 Nov: Antwerp Hof Der Lo
18 Nov: Washington DC Black Cat
19 Nov: Boston Axis
20 Nov: New York Irving Plaza
22 Nov: Philadelphia Theater Of The Living Arts
23 Nov: Toronto The Carlu
25 Nov: Chicago Metro Smart Bar
26 Nov: Minneapolis Fine Line Music Café
28 Nov: Denver Gothic Theatre
30 Nov: Boise The Big Easy
1 Dec: Portland Wonder Ballroom
2 Dec: Vancouver Richard's on Richard
3 Dec: Seattle Showbox
5 Dec: San Francisco The Filmore
6 Dec: Los Angeles House Of Blues
7 Dec: Anaheim House Of Blues
9 Dec: San Diego House Of Blues
16: Liverpool Academy

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OZZFEST DATE CANCELLED
Following the news that Ozzy Osbourne is going to cut the number of Ozzfest shows he takes part in next year because of medical warnings over his voice, promoters of the touring festival have announced they are canceling what would have been the finale performance for 2005 for the same reasons.

The date at Floatrite Park date in Wisconsin was originally due to take place on 7 Aug, but was moved when doctors said that Ozzy shouldn't perform on consecutive days for health reasons. The plan was to make the date the final once of the year on 10 Sep, but not enough of the original line up could make the new date to make it viable. A spokesman for Ozzfest told reporters: "[Organisers] felt it was best to cancel the show instead of mounting anything less than a spectacular event, as fans have come to expect from the festival over the course of 10 years".

Organisers hope to satisfy Ozzy fans in the city by including a show there on the upcoming Ozzy / Black Sabbath US tour.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Juliet - Random Order (EMI/Virgin)
There's been some great, slightly off-kilter pop music this year - from Erasure's lush 'Nightbird', through the sassy pop of Jem and the maverick wizardry of David Wrench - and this punchy debut album from 25 year old Juliet Richardson is no exception. In the absence of Kylie's twee kitsch and Madonna's usual bandwagoneering comes an album that oozes confidence, energy and star appeal yet occasionally sparkles with deceptive beauty too. Produced by Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont/The Thin White Duke) it might surprise those of you expecting the album to be wholly in the same vein as his brilliant, unashamedly 80s mixes for the likes of Gwen Stefani, The Killers and Fischerspooner. Although there are concessions to 80s pop and a healthy does of synthesizers in the proceedings, the sound has a harder edge and is less era-specific, instead nuancing dancefloor beats that have seen the likes of Pete Tong hammer standout track 'Avalon' (seven minutes of utterly hypnotic sexually charged pop genius). Opening track 'AU' is an aggressive, fiery statement of intent, like an army of Gwen-bots kicking Pink's face in, and things don't really let up from then on. 'Ride The Pain' is all 90s stadium techno, as if The Chemical Brothers were lurking in the background, whilst 'Puppet' even sounds heavy despite the presence of a harpsichord. 'New Shoes' plays the ethnic card, with its Middle Eastern shimmer juxtaposed with a kick-ass Bogle beat, but manages to work thanks mainly to a typically impassioned Juliet vocal, at times sensual and fragile, at others full of "fuck you" punk attitude. By the time the acid-pop of 'Would You Mind' kicks in, ten tracks in, hands are still well and truly in the air. The likes of Ms Stefani ought to be both jealous and very worried - there's a new female pop star to idolise, y'all. MS
Release date: August 1st
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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NEW ALLEGATIONS OVER ROLLING STONE'S DEATH
Interesting this one. A former employee of Brian Jones has claimed the late Rolling Stones guitarist was murdered. Jones drowned in his swimming pool in Jul 1969 - at the time the courts ruled it was a case of accidental death. However, according to Aussie website Undercover the unnamed former employee says Jones was held underwater by another man who worked on the guitarist's farm.

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JACKO FINED OVER COURT NO-SHOW
Michael Jackson has been fined ten grand (in dollars) for failing to send a legal representative to a court hearing last month. As previously reported, Judge Eldon Fallon of the New Orleans court was might unimpressed when no one from the Jackson camp showed up to the court hearing relating to new sex abuse allegations made against the singer by one William A Pigg who met Jacko way back in 1984. Jackson's legal people say they failed to show up for the court hearing because the summons got lost among all the paper being processed by lawyers during Jackson's other child abuse trial.

Jackson's attorney, Charles F. Gay Jr, pointed out the summons was issued on 13 Jun, the day the jury reached their verdict in the other trial. Gay: "I would like to point out that Jun 13 was probably the most anxious day of Michael Jackson's life. That was the day the jury reached their verdict. The order of Jun 13 did not get in the proper people's hands because of the chaos in Michael Jackson's life".

But Fallon wasn't impressed by that excuse - telling Gay: "It strains my understanding of the facts that Mr. Jackson did not know of this matter". With that in mind he issued the $10,000 fine.

A new court hearing date will now be set. Insiders say Jackson's legal people don't think Pigg has a very good case. Although the law allows people who claim post-traumatic stress made them forget incidents to pursue legal cases related to the incidents years after the event, such cases must be instigated within a year of a claimant's memory being restored. Jacko's legal people claim to have evidence that proves Pigg spoke about the incident to his wife at some point in the 1990s.

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FORMER BLUE BOY UPSET WITH HIS MUM
Former Blue boy Duncan James is a bit annoyed with his mum for selling band memorabilia on eBay, according to the Mirror. The tabloid reports that Fiona Inglis has sold off seventy plus items - including Blue tour passes, and a framed photo of Duncan. She's also auctioned off signed copies of the book she wrote about raising her famous son. That must be a thrilling read.

Anyway, a spokesman for James told the Mirror: "Duncan was aware his mother was selling her book on eBay as it's not available in the shops anymore. But he was not aware she was selling other items and he has asked her to stop immediately."

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