CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 23rd August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Synthesiser pioneer Moog dies
- More denials from Love and Coogan
- Submissions open for BT digital music awards
- Gig-goer recovering after fall at Stones world tour debut
- Sirius launch Stones channel
- New report reckons P2P will remain popular
- John Lydon compilation planned
- Roots Manuva headlines charity show
- Do Me Bad benefit next month
- Album review: Broken Spindles - Inside/Absent
- Bay City Roller in court today
- Dresden Doll to play three solo shows after tour cancelled
- Tupac statue to be unveiled
- 50 cent sues Philadelphia car dealer
- FCC approve iTunes phone
- Sharon Osbourne slags off Bruce Dickinson
- Hill reunites with Legend
- Magic Numbers instore

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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). Despite all the busy-ness (fourth issue of the main ThreeWeeks paper goes to press today) we're kinda on time with the CMU Daily, which is a miracle. We do, of course, owe about half of you return emails or phone calls - we'll catch up in Sep, honest.

Meanwhile, 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.

Gwyneth Herbert and Band
Underbelly Live
Gwyneth Herbert owns a voice that reminds us that, despite every thing, life is actually a pretty beautiful thing. It is sassy, sad and personal and ranges effortlessly from hushed storytelling to passion licked wails. I last saw Gwyn two years ago with her former partner in crime Will Rutter. What she has gained since then is a confident on-stage presence that makes her a real contender to be the next big revelation in jazz. The covers are nice but more importantly the self-penned songs on display are lyrically honest and melodically delicate. Her supporting band complement her perfectly, allowing her to charm an audience through an hours worth of perfect jazz. This is music to fall in love to. [nc]
Underbelly, 11-13 Aug, 9:30pm (11:30pm), £8.50, fpp102.
tw rating 5/5

Louis de Bernieres
Valvona and Crolla
As Louis de Bernieres sits down with a mandolin, the jokes could be all too easy. But I'll spare you my hilarious puns and simply tell you that this was a show comprising poetry and music, mainly taken from the Renaissance and Medieval periods. He is an experienced musician, and is joined by his two charming assistants, the Antonius Players. The scene is reminiscent of a Jane Austin novel: de Bernieres the benevolent father, inviting us into the drawing room to show off his most accomplished daughters. Though at times his apparently spontaneous comments can feel overly-scripted, he is a welcoming and gracious host, and his love of what he does is apparent in the tales of lovingly rescuing instruments from tiny junk shops. [gs]
Valvona and Crolla, 8 - 12 Aug, times vary, £10.00 (£8.00), fpp 94.
tw rating 4/5

Kim Edgar
The Lot
Kim Edgar's brand of comfortable melancholy absorbs and soothes. This new artist knows her strength lies in her haunting, beautiful voice and she plays the line to full effect., though perhaps a little more variety in style and tempo would have been nice. Her voice draws you in, enticing you to listen. Unfortunately, the lyrics of her own songs are outshone by those of the artists she covers; a performance to make you buy Damien Rice's album rather than hers, then wish it contained her version of 'Cannonball' instead. Whilst simplicity is a quality, she's just playing it all too safe. A talented woman, nonetheless it's time to take some risks. [sg1]
The Lot, 12 and 20 Aug, 7:30pm (9:15pm), £7.00 (£5.00), fpp 95.
tw rating: 4/5

Emiliana Torrini
T on the Fringe
Emiliana Torrini wrote Kylie's song 'Slow', and sung on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, but her own music inhabits a dreamy world far away from movie epics and manufactured pop. With soft and intimate vocals, she sings of endless summers and moonlit nights. She conjures up whimsical lyrics and melodies which float on the air, slowly seeping into your consciousness. These are handcrafted songs with no artificial additives; feelings and ideas in their original, naked state, quite profound in their simplicity. Each song is minimally developed so that every nuance is given meaning. With a light touch of piano or strings, the music meanders toward its natural conclusion; the audience is won over. An utterly beguiling performance. Just lovely. [ljh]
The Liquid Room, 11Aug,
tw rating 5/5.

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SYNTHESISER PIONEER MOOG DIES
Synthesiser pioneer Dr Robert Moog has died at his North Carolina home four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer - he was 71.

Born in New York, Moog created his first electronic instrument, the theremin, when he was just 14. He continued to develop other electronic instruments, coming to public attention in 1968 via Wendy Carlo's album 'Switched-On Back', which featured Moog playing Back compositions on an analogue synthesizer.

After building the MiniMoog, a compact, easy-to-use synthesizer, in 1970, an ever increasing number of artists started to use Moog's instruments in their music, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Even as newer digital technology superseded Moog's creations some artists continued to use his analogue synthesisers, including Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, The Cure, Fatboy Slim and Stereolab.

In 2004 a Moogfest was organised in New York to celebrate Moog's contribution to modern music. The organiser of that event, Charles Carlini, paid tribute to Moog yesterday, saying: "He brought electronic music to the masses and changed the way we hear music."

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MORE DENIALS FROM LOVE AND COOGAN
More on that non-story revolving around the fact that Courtney Love isn't pregnant by comedian and actor Steve Coogan. As previously reported, the News Of The World ran a story which claimed that Love had confirmed that she was pregnant by the actor, a story pretty much immediately contradicted by fellow tabloid The Sun.

Coogan's spokesman dismissed the claim as "nonsense" and Love has now issued a statement also repudiating the story, admitting only that the two are friends: "She confirms that she and Steve are good friends and have met a few times in Los Angeles."

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SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR BT DIGITAL MUSIC AWARDS
The submission process for the BT Digital Music Awards 2005 has begun, which is very exciting for, erm, digital music types I guess. Once again this event will say "well done my son" to artists, labels and download platforms that have been excelling in the realm of digital music. The awards event takes place on 18 Oct at London's Hammersmith Palais. Anyone who thinks they may be eligible and wants to be in with a chance of winning needs to download an application from http://www.dma05.com. Deadline for submissions is 5 Sep.

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GIG-GOER RECOVERING AFTER FALL AT STONES WORLD TOUR DEBUT
Don't be surprised if health and safety officials start putting up notices that say 'climbing on our roof can be dangerous' because it seems such a warning is necessary following an incident at the opening gig of the Rolling Stones' world in Boston.

At that gig an unnamed woman was injured when she fell some 40 feet after somehow managing to climb up into the rafters at the Fenway Park venue. According to witnesses she sat there for three songs, but then couldn't get down. The fire brigade were called but she fell before they reached the venue.

One witness told The Boston Herald: "I don't know how she got up there but I kept yelling for her, 'Go back. Go back'." Another witness added: "She sat for at least three songs, just dangling there. She was hanging onto the rafters, sitting on a beam. She just fell backwards."

After the fall the concert-goer was rushed to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with broken ankles and wrists. Latest reports say she is in a stable condition.

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SIRIUS LAUNCH STONES CHANNEL
Talking of the Stones, US satellite radio network Sirius has launched a station exclusively dedicated to the band, which seems a bit excessive if you ask me, but whatever. The station will run until 29 Sep and will feature Stones favourites plus album tracks, live recordings and other rarities. The Stones-only station is designed to support the release of the band's new album 'A Bigger Band' and the aforementioned world tour. Presumably Sirius hope to sign up a load of Stones fans through the promotion, though whether those customers will stick around after the Stones channel turns off remains to be seen. But what the venture does show is the unique amount of flexibility open to satellite radio broadcasters who have loads of bandwidth to fill and, unlike satellite TV operators, are able to operate limited run themed channels relatively cheaply.

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NEW REPORT RECKONS P2P WILL REMAIN POPULAR
A new report from US based academic research group and consultancy Oxford Analytica predicts that the usage of P2P file sharing networks will increase despite attempts by the music industry to lure people away from the illegal content sources through a carrot and stick approach of suing serial file sharers while proactively supporting legitimate download platforms.

However music industry bosses are unlikely to be swayed by the new report because, while it presents new evidence that overall P2P usage is increasing month on month, the reasons why the company believes that trend will continue are nothing new. The report's authors point to the fact that litigation has its limits, especially when many P2P users sit outside the jurisdiction of friendly Western courts. They also question whether the legitimate download platforms, however compelling, can ever really compete with free music services.

Meanwhile the report says attempts to use technology to combat file sharing has been unsuccessful: "The central theoretical problem that must be cracked is to figure out a way to place a copy limitation on the act of sale of a copyrighted product. Several technical solutions have been proposed, but they are vulnerable to being disabled by a hacker or other skilled software uses." Both these points are true, but neither are news to the music industry.

The report doesn't touch on one new factor that might help reduce the amount of P2P usage. Some industry insiders have pointed out that growing consumer resentment to so called 'spyware' and 'adware' might help combat P2P usage because there is a consensus is that using P2P software makes your computer much more susceptible to spyware intrusions. This, coupled with the fact legitimate download platforms are more convenient, might just help the music industry turn the tide when it comes to P2P.

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JOHN LYDON COMPILATION PLANNED
A compilation spanning the career of John Lydon is to be released on 3 Oct. The collection, entitled 'The Best Of British 1 £ Notes', features tracks from his time with the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited, his work with Leftfield and tracks released as a solo artist. The album, as these 'hits LPs' always do these days, features a brand new track - 'The Rabbit Song'. It'll also be released as a double CD with extra tracks and remixes. The tracklisting is as follows:

Anarchy In The UK
Public Image
This Is Not A Love Song
Open Up
Rise
Don't Ask Me
Seattle
Holidays In The Sun
Death Disco
Flowers Of Romance
Warrior
Disappointed
Sun
Bad Life
Home
The Body
Cruel
God Save The Queen
The Rabbit Song

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ROOTS MANUVA HEADLINES CHARITY SHOW
Roots Manuva will headline a special fundraising event next month for fellow musician Limmie Snell, aka MC Scruffy D, who recently had a near fatal accident. A stack of musicians, rappers, singers, DJs and visual artists will perform at the show to help raise funds to support Limmie while he recovers. The fundraiser will take place at the Brixton Jamm on 7 Sep and feature performances from Jesse, Francesca Ray, The Amazing Assaf and Roots Manuva plus there will be an open mic session and second room entertainment from IQ Productions. Kicks off at 8pm, tickets are £12 in advance, £15 on the door.

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DO ME BAD BENEFIT NEXT MONTH
Talking of fundraiser gigs, we mentioned on Friday that Do Me Bad Things and Tokyo Dragons will be playing at the Spitz in aid of Fare Share and the Disasters Emergency Committee Niger Crisis Appeal. That was indeed true, though it is possible we implied the gig was due to take place last night when, in fact, it will take place on 22 Sep. In our defence it was our source that got the date wrong, not us. But thanks to our subscribers at the Spitz for putting us right.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Broken Spindles - Inside/Absent (Saddle Creek)
Broken Spindles is the side project of Joel Peterson, the bassist with electro rockers The Faint (also on the same ultra hip Saddle Creek label). This is Peterson's third solo outing. He wrote most of the album on his laptop while touring the US with the Faint and his other band Beep Beep, and clearly it has quite a personal/autobiographical feel. Essentially this is lo-fi, minimalist electro. The album sleeve which shows a 3D version of the featureless human symbol which appears on toilet doors, also echoes this mininimalism. The piano plays a major part on the album especially the opening instrumental track 'Inward' and on 'This Is Not An Intro', which also features distant, breathy vocals. The overall mood on songs like 'Burn My Body' is definitely bleak and mournful. "My blood's not cold, I'm wasting away" sings Peterson on 'Birthday' as he tinkles the ivories in a ghostly fashion. 'Painted Boy Face' opens the sound out considerably with some great and unusual percussive and grinding noises. 'The Distant Is Nearsighted' by contrast is quite funky, like Salt 'n' Peppa getting jiggy with The Faint. The sparseness of many of the tracks is a difficult trick to pull but Peterson has managed to do that and sound interesting and original. Aficionados of The Faint are sure to be intrigued but also fans of bands like Nine Inch Nails might well find this appealing. JW
Release date: 22 Aug
Press contact: Saddle Creek IH [all]

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BAY CITY ROLLER IN COURT TODAY
Former Bay City Roller Les McKeown will appear at Harlow Magistrates Court today, over charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine. As previously reported, McKeown was arrested back in Jun in Dalston in East London, as part of a major drugs operation.

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DRESDEN DOLL TO PLAY THREE SOLO SHOWS AFTER TOUR CANCELLED
Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls has announced that while her band have had to cancel a string of European festival dates, she plans to go ahead with three Scottish shows next week on her ownsome.

Confirming the cancellation of those festival dates, which includes the upcoming Reading and Leeds festivals, Palmer writes on her website: "We've never cancelled a single show, and now three days before the flight we're pulling out of an entire tour. Brian doesn't want to go, is going through his own thing, and I am very supportive of him ... while also going through my own understandable frustration about it. I know, deep down, that we've made the right decision and that things could be no other way, but then I find myself plagued with haunting visions of a girl from Finland showing up at a Festival that she's spent a years allowance on a ticket, defied her parents orders and driven 23 hours with her best friend who is dying of leukemia only to arrive there and find, a la the Wally World scene in 'Vacation', a tattered sign scotch-taped to a chainlink fence, blowing in the wind: "Sorry, Dresdin Dolls show is Cancell". She the bursts into tears and forthwith curses my name every night before she goes to bed until she dies. fine fine. Maybe it won't be that bad."

Despite the cancellations Palmer will play three dates on her own - Moshulu in Aberdeen (23 Aug), the Exchange in Edinburgh (24 Aug) and ABC in Glasgow (25 Aug).

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TUPAC STATUE TO BE UNVEILED
A seven foot bronze statue of the late Tupac Shakur is to be unveiled next month at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center For The Arts in Georgia. The event will mark the nine year anniversary of the rapper's death, and will feature a speech from the star's mother about her murdered son.

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50 CENT SUES PHILADELPHIA CAR DEALER
50 Cent is to sue a car dealership in Philadelphia for $1m, after the company used his likeness and name without his permission. The lawsuit says that Gary Barbera Enterprises ran adverts, promoting the Dodge Magnum line, in the city which included an image of Fiddy, and the words "Just like 50 says!"

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FCC APPROVE ITUNES PHONE
I wasn't actually aware the US Federal Communications Commission had to give its approval to Motorola's planned iTunes-enabled phone, but apparently they did, and more importantly they have done. If that makes sense. All of which means speculation has risen again that Motorola are about the launch the iTunes mobile, though why when speculation rose last time no one said "but it hasn't been approved by the FCC yet" I'm not sure.

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SHARON OSBOURNE SLAGS OFF BRUCE DICKINSON
Sharon Osbourne has had a go at Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson via the official Ozzfest website. She claims Dickinson has been dissing her husband throughout their stint on the touring festival. Sharon writes: "From day one, Bruce Dickinson started berating Ozzy and belittling the Ozzfest audience. Out of 200-plus bands over the last 10 years, he has been the only person who hasn't had the Ozzfest spirit. He thought he was at a battle of the bands, always making other comments about other artists."

She continued: "[Iron Maiden bassist] Steve Harris personally came to Ozzy in San Bernardino and apologized for Bruce's behavior this summer, stating that he and the rest of the band were 'embarrassed' by their own singer."

The attack follows an Iron Maiden performance on the 21 Aug which was beset by a number of problems, technical and otherwise. The band have not responded to Sharon's statements but did send an apology out to fans regarding their Sunday performance via their official website: "It was obvious to all there that we had a 'series of unfortunate events' throughout. These made it difficult for us to keep our momentum but your incredible support certainly helped us get through it."

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HILL REUNITES WITH LEGEND
Lauryn Hill is to reunite with John Legend on some duets which will feature on their respective solo albums. Their first collaboration, that helped launch Legend's career, was on 'Everything Is Everything' from Hill's 1998 solo album 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill'. The Daily Star reports that the pair began working together again after Legend featured in a Gap ad alongside Joss Stone. One of the tabloid's sources said "Lauryn got in touch with John and congratulated him on his Gap advert with Joss Stone. They chatted for a bit then she presented the idea of them working together again - which he jumped at. Lauryn and John have done a song for her next album and will do one for his follow-up to 'Get Lifted'. Neither track is finished yet. They only got down to business last week."

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MAGIC NUMBERS INSTORE
Now, I realize that not everyone is in Edinburgh just now, but we are, so here's an Edinburgh story. The lovely and entirely normally sized Magic Numbers will be playing an instore at the Edinburgh Rose Street branch of Fopp tomorrow (24 Aug) at a half past one. So don't go saying we didn't tell you. Press info from Press Counsel.

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