CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 24th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Iron Maiden / Sharon Osbourne feud unfolds
- Bronfman talks up new digital enabled business model
- Sanctuary continue to suffer as no buyer is found
- Jacko accuser's mother charged with benefit fraud
- Rod Stewart in court over cancelled concert
- Bebe leads Latin Grammy awards list
- Album review: Eliot - the small hours (critical mass)
- Bloc Party single release
- Radio 1 plan Peel day
- Manson goes ahead with Croatia concert
- Leftfield best of album planned
- Radiohead keep studio diary
- Young Knives win road to V
- V 2006 tickets on sale


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). As always, when we're a bit late in getting the Daily out in Aug, this is our standard excuse!

Meanwhile, here's some Edinburgh Festival music reviews from the ThreeWeeks team - don't forget you can read more reviews at and you can hear our daily festival round up through the wonder of internet radio each day at 7pm at Sorted.

Get Stoned... With The 21st Century Stones
Pheonix @ 4 Productions
I've never really seen the necessity of tribute bands. I mean, surely they can never really convey the passion, charisma or sound of the real thing? Maybe I was proved wrong tonight though because this was rip-roaring entertainment! The costumes may be overdone, the mannerisms may be taken up a notch or two, and the amplifiers might not be turned up to 11 - but there was just something about this that made it damn good fun. Maybe it's exaggerated caricatures of Mick Jagger and company, which more or less slip into parody? Perhaps it's the catalogue of shit hot rock 'n' roll they perform? Maybe you should watch it. Then you can let me know why it's so enjoyable, when really it shouldn't be. [ds]
Underbelly, 4 - 28 August (not 22), 11:30pm, prices vary, fpp 149.
tw rating 4/5

The Mark Saul Band
I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive about seeing this. Not knowing anything about the band and slightly scared by the flyer; live Celtic electronic dance music with bagpipes! I needn't have worried; this unique and eclectic mix of electronic drums, guitar, fiddle and the aforementioned bagpipes (a homemade set of electric bagpipes!) was surprisingly good. Infectious and brimming with energy I really enjoyed this unusual fusion of sound. Unfortunately this was their only show at the festival, so if you weren't there then you missed a really different and spirited performance. [hks]
Spiegel Garden, 13 Aug, 18:00pm, fpp n/a.
tw rating 4/5

Bags of Harmony
Vocal Zone
Billed as Scotland's leading quartet of a cappella singers, Vocal Zone has an audience following to be envied by all. Bags of Harmony, their first ever performance at the Fringe, and their only show this Festival, is full of popular songs such as Ain't Misbehavin, When I Fall in Love and Hello My Baby - delivered with lashes of infectious enthusiasm. The audience lapped up every minute, enjoying every note and eager for more. The linking dialogue between songs wasn't great, but it kept the audience smiling, and the quartet were always ready for a cheeky nudge and wink at their own awful jokes. An entertaining hour with an enjoyable repertoire and four women who know how to charm their audience. [rp]
St Andrew's and St George's Church, 13 Aug, 4:30pm (5:30pm), £7.00 (£5.00),
fpp 88.
tw rating 4/5

Fraser Fifield Trio
Acoustic Music Centre
What starts off as sounding like the soundtrack to a mineral water advert slowly blooms into some really beautiful, heartfelt music. Although described as pretty much a hybrid of every musical genre ever conceived, the Fraser Fifield trio are essentially a jazz collective who play folk songs. After a slow start to the show, where they sounded too much as if they are playing to themselves, they decided to let go and let the rhythms flow and then they really got their feet off the ground. It was when they decided to push things forward that you felt as though you could let their shuffling jazz-folk take you down stream. [ds]
Acoustic Music Centre, 13 Aug, 8:30pm, £10.00 (£8.00), fpp 101.
tw rating 3/5


Ah, so this is turning into a feud - that's fun. Following that diss of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson from Mrs Sharon Osbourne yesterday, the Maiden have bit back, kinda.

As previously reported, Sharon lashed out at Dickinson on the Ozzfest website over the weekend, accusing him of "berating Ozzy and belittling the Ozzfest audience" and being "the only person who hasn't had the Ozzfest spirit". This followed a less than perfect finale performance by Iron Maiden at Ozzfest last week, a show which the band are now claiming Osbourne deliberately sabotaged.

In fact Iron Maiden's manager has gone as far as saying Sharon staged a "premeditated and co-ordinated attack" on his band. He told reporters: "We know who authorised the making of the "Ozzy - Ozzy" chant tape the day before and how it was played secretly through the PA at the very beginning and end of our set. We also know who continually turned off the power interrupting our set at crucial moments...the great majority of the Ozzfest crew throughout the tour were terrific and we thank them. Those who participated or stood idly by and watched as this all went down should also be ashamed of themselves and I would certainly hope they never come near a tour with which we are involved."

Iron Maiden themselves haven't spoken to reporters about Sharon's remarks, or about Osbourne's alleged attempts to sabotage their Ozzfest set, though they have implied disgust for both in a posting on their website which reads thus: "Maiden are currently returning from America and preparing for UK festivals this weekend and don't wish to waste time giving Sharon Osbourne's statement the dignity of a reply. Considering the disgraceful nature of the events that occurred they feel it's a pretty dismal effort at self justification and they don't think Metal fans are at all gullible and that they will easily see through it. They want no more to do with this sorry incident and are very much looking forward to headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend".


Warner boss Edgar Bronfman Jnr has said the major is establishing a new business model which it is dubbing eLabel which will enable artists, should they choose, to release small clusters of tracks online on a regular basis rather than whole albums in one go. Bronfman reckons that system would work well for some artists because it would reduce the pressure that often surrounds big album releases, while also allowing artists to stay more connected to their fan base on a regular basis.

It isn't that original a concept of course - Ben Folds for one released a series of digital EPs via his website rather than a full album, though for Folds this was in addition to recording a full album, which was later released by SonyBMG. But the indication that Warner may pursue this as a new kind of business model, with some interesting content ownership deals to entice bigger artists to the venture, is quite interesting.

Bronfman brought up the eLabel concept at a conference in Aspen, using it as an example of how a major record company could utilize technology to innovate in its business practices. Bronfman: "We usually associate innovation with technology companies, but they aren't the only ones who must innovate. To survive and prosper, content companies must do so, as well. And even our very concept of copyright must innovate."


The London based Sanctuary music Group issued another performance warning to the investment community yesterday after admitting that key buy-out talks had fallen through.

In a statement to the city Sanctuary warned: "Trading has remained difficult, which, together with the operational constraints placed on the business during this time, seems likely to result in a further deterioration of the results for the full year". On the possibility of a buy out of the company, something which has been on the cards since Jun, Sanctuary bosses added that talks so far were "unlikely to lead to an offer at or near to the current share price."

The announcement sent the company's stock price falling some 40% to its lowest point in more than thirteen years. All of which is a damn shame, cos we still reckon that Sanctuary's business model - trading in most aspects of the wider music business - is still the future of the music industry. Let's hope they recover from these current financial woes soon.


Mrs Janet Arvizo, the mother of Michael Jackson's unsuccessful sex abuse accuser, of course, has been charged with making false social security claims. As you'll all surely remember, allegations that Arvizo drew benefits while living off the rewards of a previous $150,000 lawsuit were raised by Jacko's defence team during the child abuse trails as part of their (presumably successful) bid to show the Arvizo family as being very unreliable witnesses. Based on those allegations LA prosecutors are now taking action against Arvizo - they reckon she collected almost $19,000 fraudulently. Confirming they had made the charges a spokesman for the LA District Attorney told reporters yesterday: "These charges are the result of a very careful investigation of allegations that she basically lied to receive aid. We felt the evidence was sufficient to file these counts".


Rod Stewart has appeared in a Las Vegas court, accused of keeping a fee of more than £1 million for a gig he cancelled back in 2000. The suit has been brought by entertainment company Harrah's, who claim he breached his contract when he called off the shows after he underwent surgery for thyroid cancer.

A lawyer for Harrah's, who own the Rio hotel-casino in Las Vegas where the singer had been due to perform, said: "We don't hold his illness against him. We only wish to hold him to his contract which says if he is ill or incapacitated or can't perform, he will return the money."

Stewart's lawyer Louis Miller says that his client was prepared to play two rescheduled shows for the price of one, adding that he was "willing and able" to perform following surgery: "It took him 10 to 12 months to get his voice back".

It's not the first time Rod Stewart has been through such proceedings over a cancelled gig. In Nov a Los Angeles court ordered him to repay a company in Oklahoma after he pulled out of a 2002 Latin American tour. Stewart is appealing against that decision.


Nominations for this year's Latin Grammy awards are out, and Spanish punk/flamenco singer Bebe is leading the list with five nods, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year amongst them. Other nominees include Marc Anthony, Juanes, Aleks Syntek, Obie Bermudez and JD Natasha who all got three nominations each.

The sixth Latin Grammy ceremony honouring Spanish and Portuguese speaking musicians will be held in Los Angeles on 3 Nov and will present awards in a total of 43 categories. Academy president Gabriel Abaroa said: "This year's nominations are a true reflection of the diversity that currently exists in Latin music - not only across genres but across generations as well."


ALBUM REVIEW: Eliot - The Small Hours (Critical Mass)
Eliot is writer and producer Jim Eliot, a man with a creditable remix, soundtrack and collaborative CV, who has, for his first album, worked with a number of guest vocalists...."the voices of Eliot".
It's all sumptuously played and produced (with some beautiful strings) but inevitably a somewhat patchy affair, with an at times confusing array of styles on offer. Opener 'Blue River' is a gorgeous slice of morose down-tempo, with a fragile vocal performance (from Rupert Campbell) that recalls Maximilian Hecker, a softer Morten Harket and even has a touch of Chris Martin about it. From then on we get two tracks of inoffensive 90s trip hop (think any act with a female vocalist and a beats man or two - Baby Fox, Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Love Babies). As the picture is starting to emerge, 'Front Room' spoils things by being nothing more than a mundane slab of indie mediocrity.
Thankfully only one other track (the pedestrian David Gray lite of 'Love Song') is unsuccessful, whilst elsewhere there are tracks featuring Goldfrapp style ethereal warbling, Dido-esque pleasantries or Zero 7/Bent chilledness. A frustratingly mixed bag, but at times pleasantly diverting listening. MS
Release date: 19 Sep
Press Contact: in house: Critical Mass IH


Bloc Party have revealed that their next single release will be 'Two More Years' on 3 Oct. The track will be the first new material to be released since the band's Mercury nominated debut 'Silent Alarm' which was released earlier in the year. As previously reported, the group will also release 'Silent Alarm Remixed' on 29 Aug.


Radio 1 have confirmed they will hold a special day of programming in memory of the late great John Peel on 13 Oct, a year on from his untimely death. The BBC station hope to encourage gig venues around the country to stage special gigs under the banner 'Peel Day'.

Radio 1 boss Andy Parfitt confirmed his station's plans for Peel Day, telling reporters: "Peel Day is about celebrating John's legacy and his unrivalled passion for music. It'll be a day of gigs taking place up and down the country, something we feel will be a fitting tribute to John."

Lending her support to the venture Peel's widow added: "John would have been honoured and fairly amazed that the anniversary is being marked in such a way. He would appreciate that in years to come Peel Day will give new bands across the country the chance to be heard."


Marilyn Manson went ahead with a gig in Pula, Croatia, on Monday night, despite very vocal protests from the local catholic community. Local priests had informed the mayor that "Manson fans turn the site of his concerts into Sodom and Gomorrah", and police were out in force in the town on Monday just incase an outbreak of Satanism occurred.

Manson refused to bow to the pressure to forgo the gig and told the local paper: "For me it is normal that as an artist I provoke people. If they think that an artist can destroy their faith, then their faith is rather fragile. I don't claim that what I do is suitable for everybody" he went on "I am very disappointed with policies and religions who manipulate people."

One lone voice of reason, local priest Anton Bobas said Manson's performance was "unlikely to turn young people into Satanists."


A Leftfield best of, entitled 'A Final Hit' is set to be released on 3 Oct, marking the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album 'Leftism'. The album features tracks from rare 12" releases as well as other key hits. There will also be a limited edition version with a bonus DVD. Neil Barnes of Leftfield says: "I had never sat down and listened to the music that spanned our career in this way before. The essence of Leftfield was to simply make exciting music, push back some boundaries, and to take creative steps forward. We had some great fun on the way. Final Hit tells our story."

And the tracklisting for that album is as follows:
Release The Pressure
Song Of Life
Storm 3000
Open Up
Phat Planet
Afrika Shox
Not Forgotten
A Final Hit
Shallow Grave
More Than I Know

Press info from Darling Department.


Radiohead are keeping a studio diary, which is good news for Radiohead fans, because they can monitor how the new album is going by reading the bands thoughts on how things are going and see photos from their sessions. Guitarist Ed Chamberlain has announced that two songs, apparently entitled 'Mornin' m' Lud' and 'Pigsee', are in the works at the moment, and Thom Yorke has posted some vague ramblings, too. It's on the official website in the Dead Air Space section.


The Young Knives have won Channel 4's Road To V competition, and as such opened the Channel 4 stages at the Chelmsford and Stafford V festivals over the weekend. The competition saw C4 and Virgin Mobile sifting through over a thousand unsigned entrants, narrowing it down to six, with only the one, of course, getting to perform at V alongside Doves, Kaiser Chiefs, The Bravery, The Magic Numbers et al. The band signed an album deal with independent label Transgressive, and are currently recording a single, 'The Decision', which is expected to see a release in Nov, with a debut album to follow in 2006.


As has become a theme with festivals these days, the V Festival have already put tickets on sale for their 2006 event, just days after this year's festival. A limited number of weekend tickets for next year's event are being sold at 2005 prices until 5 Sep while stocks last.

Presumably this particular CMU Daily subscriber will be rushing to get tickets - he wrote to us on Monday: "Can I just point out that V in Chelmsford was actually rubbish. The most poorly organised event I have ever attended and I object to having my drinking water confiscated because Volvic (one of the main sponsors) want you to get it from them on site".

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