CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 22nd August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Kanye says no to hip hop homophobia
- Love probably not pregnant with Coogan's child
- V ten goes down a storm
- Hawkins says it's not about the cat suits
- Garth Brooks signs exclusivity deal with Wal-Mart
- IFPI raid Polish pirates in search of Depeche Mode leak
- Single review: Mark Owen - Believe In The Boogie
- Playlouder sign deal with SonyBMG
- Music Choice sells stake to private investors
- Ryder tells Church to keep it zipped
- Album review: Yukohiro Fukitomi - Equality
- Gallagher disses Doherty shocker
- Madonna pledges to get back on horse
- Stefani not going to MTV video awards
- Timberlake and Diaz on rocks rumour

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
Well, the CMU team is still at the Edinburgh Festival reviewing the 1500 odds shows that take place up here (so far we've seen 1100 of them, which is pretty good going if you ask me). Being up here makes us extra extra busy - which is our excuse for delivering your Daily at 3.45pm. Sorry.

Anyway, here's some Edinburgh Festival music reviews from the ThreeWeeks team - don't forget you can read more reviews at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk and you can hear our daily festival round up through the wonder of internet radio each day at 7pm at http://www.festivalfm.net. Sorted.

Burns 'n' Blue: The Merry Muses'
Morran, Wetherby, Bruce, Freeman
Only once my ears accustomed to the thick Scottish accents, and a few Gaelic words had been translated, I began to grasp the content of the hauntingly beautiful songs being sung onstage. From then on I was torn between appreciating the music and laughing at loud at their strictly adult content, so I decided to do both. I was not wholly aware of Burns' verse before now, but the songs, written originally for his drinking buddies, were introduced and explained by an informed MC, then played out by four very talented musicians. The music was all that you'd expect from a traditional folk unit, meandering to and fro between up beat thigh slapping numbers and melodic tales of love and lust. A real treat. [jh]
The Spiegel Garden, 8,11,12,13,15 Aug, 9.00pm (10.10pm), £10.00 (£8.00), fpp 90.
tw rating 5/5

Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers
T on the Fringe
When, half way through a gig, the band appear from a break to play a second set, and start that set in the crowd, you know you're watching something remarkable. This gig was. The first set was excellent, mixing Glenn Tilbrook's solo stuff with some Squeeze classics, but the second instalment of all Squeeze songs was so good that it had the power to reverse time. For an hour in the Liquid Rooms it was 1986 all over again. When the hits are played continuously you realise how good Squeeze were, and when they are played like this, with a crowd in the palm of Mr Tilbrook's hands, they sound as fresh as they must have done in the eighties. [rj]
Liquid Rooms, 14 Aug, 7:00pm (10:30pm), £13.00,
tw rating 5/5

The Dirty Rascals
Bums on Seats Productions
This may be one of the smaller Big Bands I've seen, with only twelve pieces, but undoubtedly it was one of the best ones. Made up of students and graduates of Newcastle University, they played a mix of jazz classics by Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington, feel good vocal numbers like 'They can feel it all over', and Latin dance such as 'Caravan' and 'Night in Tunisia'. The music created such a lively and happy atmosphere in the venue that many people got up and danced and each number had a loud and triumphant ending. Improvisation on sax, trumpet, trombone and piano was inspired, brilliant and characterised by a group of musicians clearly out to enjoy themselves. [sk]
C central, 14 - 19 Aug, 9:45pm (10:35pm), £8.50 (£7.50), fpp 94.
tw rating 5/5

The Chalets
T on the Fringe
The Chalets are just one of those bands that would still be hideously cool even if they sounded shit; luckily they sound great and are very very cool. Made up of two sexy, sassy female singers/keyboard/xylophone players, two sexy, cool male bassist/guitarists, and a drummer (he may have been sexy but, I was at the back and couldn't see). The sound they produce is electro, spiky, indie, disco, pop, a sonic clash of dirty guitars, syrupy sweet vocals and melodic zappy keyboards, with a male/female vocal dynamic similar to Frank Black/Kim Deal. Tons of fun to be had by all! With support from The Shrinking Violets, who were also rather good, in a rocky/emo style. [hks]
Cabaret Voltaire, 14 Aug, 7:00pm (10;00pm), £7.50,
tw rating 4/5

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KANYE SAYS NO TO HIP HOP HOMOPHOBIA
Presumably keen to boost album sales by increasing his gay fan base (ah, are we cynical or what?), Kanye West has called for an end to homophobia in the hip hop community. Speaking to MTV, West said that hip hop was always about "speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it'." So that's them told.

West admitted he once held anti-gay views himself after school friends accused him of being a 'mama's boy'. He explains: "What happened was, it made me kind of homophobic, because I would go back and question myself." But everything changes when the rapper discovered on of his cousins was gay: "It was a turning point when I was like, 'Yo, this is my cousin. I love him and I've been discriminating against gays'."

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LOVE PROBABLY NOT PREGNANT WITH COOGAN'S CHILD
Well, following those reports in the Sun last week that Courtney Love and Steve Coogan were seen having a fling recently, yesterday's News Of The World reported that the Hole singer is now pregnant with the Alan Partridge actor's baby. The paper quote the singer as saying: "Yes, I am pregnant with Steve's baby, but I'd rather not talk about our relationship," an honorable commitment to silence slightly spoiled by the immediate adjunct that, "When I was with Steve, I did things that I shouldn't have done. I passed the line of what even I think is normal". Coogan's spokeswoman has dismissed the story, however, telling the BBC news website "it's nonsense" and refusing to comment further, accept to add that the actor is "astonished" by the claim.

Meanwhile a judge has ordered Ms Love into a month long drug rehab programme (yes, another one) after the singer was accused of violating the no-drugs rule set by the probation she is currently serving for those three different drugs and assault charges. Judge Rand Rubin ordered the new rehab stint after Love was rushed to hospital on 20 Jul to be treated for an overdose. Once the one month rehab programme is over Love will need to report back to Rubin, who is threatening to force the singer to attend a long-term live-in rehab programme or even worse to assign her to a stint behind bars. Whether the judge will follow through with those threats remains to be seen.

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V TEN GOES DOWN A STORM
So, it was the tenth V Festival this weekend, and 130,000 music fans filled the event's two sites in Staffordshire and Essex to see some eighty acts perform, including Franz Ferdinand, The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5 and Joss Stone. For those that track these things there were 62 arrests at the Staffordshire site and 12 at the Essex event which suggests those Midlanders are much naughtier than the Essex kids (or, I suppose, that Staffordshire police are more diligent, which is very possible). From what we hear Mr Tony Christie went down a storm, as did Oasis and Franz Ferdinand. But we're sure everyone else was great too.

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CHART UPDATE
McFly knocked James Blunt off the top of the singles chart - hurrah (he's still number one in the album chart though).

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HAWKINS SAYS IT'S NOT ABOUT THE CAT SUITS
Justin Hawkins has had a go at those critics who claim The Darkness are only successful because of their crazy outfits and glam rock style, calling them "fucking shortsighted" and pointing out that you can't see the cat suits when you listen to the music on CD and on the radio.

Hawkins also said that the release of the band's second album will be something for non-fans and fans alike to look forward to, especially if you're a couple on the verge of a break up: "I was talking to someone the other day and they liked the band because their ex-husband didn't. We became a tool in the breakdown of their relationship. They used us as a barometer. But the criticism the husband had about us was, 'well it's showmanship, isn't it?' What you get on the record isn't showmanship. It is musicianship and songwriting."

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GARTH BROOKS SIGNS EXCLUSIVITY DEAL WITH WAL-MART
In something of a landmark recording deal, Garth Brooks has gone into business with US retail giant Wal-Mart, meaning that the supermarket will be the only place people can buy the country star's music. Because Brooks ended his licensing agreement with Capitol Nashville back in Jun, the new relationship will cover all of his back catalogue too.

Brooks essentially retired from public performing in 2000 to dedicate more time to fatherhood, but still released an album in 2001, and has said he will return to music once his daughter turns 18, which means there may well be much still to come from the country singer.

The specifics of the Wal-Mart deal are not known, but the exclusivity component of the partnership between the retail giant and the singer will be the cause of some concern in the music retail sector. The high street stores have long discouraged exclusivity deals on even specific releases, let alone an entire artist's catalogue. Record shops owners, from the independents through to the big chains, will all be concerned if too many other artists choose to go this route, especially if the deals they strike are with non-music firms like Starbucks or Wal-Mart. Quite how they will combat the trend remains to be seen.

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IFPI RAID POLISH PIRATES IN SEARCH OF DEPECHE MODE LEAK
Piracy news anyone? Yes? Super. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has staged an anti-piracy raid on an outfit in Poland after a search to discover how a pirated version of a new Depeche Mode single made it on to the internet.

The global trade body worked with Polish industry group ZPAV to find the source of the online leak of the video to the upcoming Depeche Mode track 'Precious'. Reports suggest anti-piracy officials were able to stop the unofficial access to the new video, as well as seizing a number of pirated CDs and servers during the raid.

The IFPI is keen to increase the number of coordinated attacks on music piracy, involving both global and local industry and copyright enforcement agencies each time, and this latest raid is a good example of that. Commenting on the Polish raid, IFPI anti-piracy chief Jeremy Banks told reporters: "Pre-releases can be illegally posted, downloaded and distributed worldwide within hours. So it is crucial for the recording industry's cycle of reinvestment to prevent initial sales being lost to internet piracy."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Mark Owen - Believe In The Boogie (Sedna Records)
"From the Albert Hall to the uni ball, how the mighty fall..." Doesn't it just break your heart into a million teeny pieces? Although it certainly makes mine ache with a weird yet somehow wonderful ironic sadness, this song is far from a plea for pity. And no, it's not a cheesy disco number either - don't be fooled by the title. As Mr Owen recently informed me, this one's actually all about karma. A definite highlight from Mark's third solo album ('How The Mighty Fall'), Believe In The Boogie is honest and uplifting. The single showcases Owen's vocals at their strongest, with a package that really suits his unmistakable voice. This quirky piece of pop has a luminous energy that's bound to have you bouncing along. Bright and summery, it's so catchy that after just one listen you'll be irritating everyone around you with your own descending cries of "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!" Despite its presence on the European soundtrack for hit movie Mr& Mr Smith, 'Believe In The Boogie' didn't make the German Top 40 when released in June, which is undoubtedly a travesty of sorts. Seeing as previous single 'Makin' Out' only made the UK Top 30, and 'How The Mighty Fall' was nowhere insight of the UK Top 40 it's unlikely to be a massive chart topper, but damn, it deserves to be. MY
Release date: 22 Aug
Press contact: Sedna IH [all]

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PLAYLOUDER SIGN DEAL WITH SONYBMG
Attempts by UK based Playlouder to become the first big legit P2P network were helped on Friday when SonyBMG confirmed they had signed up to the venture.

As we've probably reported before, Playlouder have built a legit P2P model that they hope will allow music fans to share tracks in pretty much the same way as they currently do on illegal networks like Kazaa. The difference is that Playlouder will charge a monthly subscription fee that will then be distributed to the record labels whose music is being shared, meaning the whole thing will be legal. The service is bundled in with Playlouder's own broadband ISP offer, meaning that although their £26 a month subscription fee seems quite steep, music fans will get their whole internet service with it.

The challenge for Playlouder, of course, has always been to win the support of the record labels, because the whole model only works if subscribers are able to share pretty much all the music they might wish to, oblivious of who owns it. That's why the SonyBMG deal is so important. Firstly it means PlayLouder subscribers will be able to share music from the major's vast artist roster when the P2P service launches next month. Secondly, it might be enough to persuade the other majors that they should be signed up too - certainly that's what Playlouder bosses will be hoping.

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MUSIC CHOICE SELLS STAKE TO PRIVATE INVESTORS
City news, which is always fun on a Monday. Part of Music Choice Europe, the company who offer a number of genre themed audio channels via cable and satellite TV, has been sold to a small group of investors for a reported £2.7 million (GBP). It is unclear how much of the group those investors have bought, or whose stake in the company has been sold, although UK newspaper the Independent reports that BSkyB, Time Warner and Sony all reportedly maintain their respective 36%, 16% and 8% stakes in the business.

Either way, the £2.7 million price tag is disappointing for a company that was valued at £200 million during the peak of dot-com. Insiders say the investment community remains to be convinced that one of the network's key advertising models - selling visual ads that appear on screen when people tune in to Music Choice's audio streams - is viable in the long term.

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RYDER TELLS CHURCH TO KEEP IT ZIPPED
Shaun Ryder has apparently urged Charlotte Church to stop talking about her private life to the media, because she'll regret having done it as she gets older. Ryder recently expressed his sympathy for troubled young celebrities, and also spoke out about Church, calling her immature: "Charlotte Church might be a mature singer but she isn't a mature person. She's a child. When she gets to about 28 she will be absolutely embarrassed at what she's doing now and how she's talking about boyfriends and stuff. It's humiliating."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Yukohiro Fukitomi - Equality (Pantone)
Everything bodes well about this album; Pantone are a label to watch at the moment and Fukitomi is a prodigious talent who first emerged in the late eighties at the inception of Japan's dance scene and has produced three solo albums. It's quality all the way through, but there are some obvious highlights; the great title track which has Rich Medina doing some spoken word styled over a jazzy backdrop, Victor Davies crooning on 'All over the World', 'Road to Nowhere', which has that co-op vibe with its obtuse string patterns, and 'Continous Function' in a similar vein. Very highly recommended. PV
Release date: 28 Aug
Press contact: Mukatsuku PR [all]

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GALLAGHER DISSES DOHERTY SHOCKER
Liam Gallagher has been rude about Pete Doherty again, this time during his band's headline slot at the V festival at the weekend when he compared the Babyshamble to a huge inflatable penis. Which is nice. During the course of the gig, Liam changed the lyrics of 'Bring It On Down' to "But you don't care ...because you're smoking crack." He then spotted the aforementioned blow-up penis in the crowd, and said: "It's good to see Pete Doherty turned up - one big cock."

As previously reported, Liam has been a bit outspoken about the shambles baby for some time, although there seemed to be something of a lull in proceedings when Gallagher changed his tune a bit and called him a 'British hero' a wee while ago. Of course, Doherty not turning up for that Southampton support slot brought any ceasefire to an end.

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MADONNA PLEDGES TO GET BACK ON HORSE
Madonna says she's planning to get right back in the saddle as soon as she's able, according to the Sun, following that fall that left her with several broken bones. The singer said she was "grateful and overwhelmed by everyone's good wishes", and continued: "As soon as doctors give me the okay, I expect to be right back on a horse and riding again."

Madonna's spokeswoman Barbara Charone, meanwhile, says that the accident won't delay the release of the star's new album. She told the BBC: "Her LP is finished and is on course to come out in November with a single prior."

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STEFANI NOT GOING TO MTV VIDEO AWARDS
Gwen Stefani has refused to attend the MTV Video Music Awards, after they were unable to give her a slot at the event to perform. Stefani is said to be "deeply offended" and will stay away, despite the fact that she is nominated for several awards. The New York Daily News reports that an MTV insider said: "We love Gwen and we hope she will be able to join us, as we know her fans would love to see her on this big night - especially since she's heavily nominated."

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TIMBERLAKE AND DIAZ ON ROCKS RUMOUR
Do you all really care? Really? You do? Okay then. Justin Timberlake and fiancée Cameron Diaz (allegedly) had a very public row in the Spider Club in Los Angeles recently, fuelling rumours that their relationship is in trouble. Onlookers claim that the pair rowed when Timberlake began flirting with a curvy blonde; the ensuing argument was apparently so nasty, according to In Touch magazine, that Diaz ended up in tears and "Cameron and Justin ended up leaving in separate cars."

Representatives for the couple have, of course, denied that there are any problems with their relationship. Yawn.

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