CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 25th August

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In today's CMU Daily
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Slash and Duff sue Axl of G'n'R publishing
- EMI in payola talks with Spitzer?
- EMI in takeover talks with Warner?
- Lemar tops MOBO nominations
- CEA hit out at RIAA's anti-CD burning agenda
- Moog memorial takes place
- CD:UK injects some Klass (and Laverne)
- Gallagher, N, says no new material for a while
- Strokes new album release date
- Robbie Williams new album release date
- Babyshambles get their act together, honest
- Editors secret gig
- Kasabian secret gig
- Stern channel to launch next month
- Timberlake settles with British tabloid over affair allegations
- Timberlake to launch clothing line
- Scissor Sister says Sisters bicker shock
- Lydon and Pursey kick off in US embassy

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
Well, the CMU team is still at the Edinburgh Festival (yes, still) reviewing the 1500 odd shows that take place up here. The Festival makes us rather busy and, at times, very tired - hence the fact we forgot to put the Daily on the website yesterday. And the fact this edition of the Daily is out late again. Sorry.

But look at the bright side, you all get some more Edinburgh Festival music reviews from the ThreeWeeks team, which is just swell. And 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.

Richard Thompson
Serious
With a career spanning over 30 years now, Richard Thompson is as compelling and relevant today he as ever has been. However, he does have the rather dubious claim to fame as having released the worst-selling album in the history of Warner Brothers Records, as his solo debut, which seems completely unjust (although it did have the awful title Henry The Human Fly). Tonight he is on great form, captivating the audience with old 'hits' and new tracks from his recent disc Front Parlour Ballads. The songs are in turns dazzling, elegant and striking, aided by his unmistakable guitar work. The restraint of his newer material is well received, and Thompson shows he is in it for the long run after all. [gla]
The Queen's Hall, 17 Aug, 7:30pm, fpp n/a
tw rating 4/5

No Spring Chickens - Island Strands
No Spring Chickens
Scottish talent has a chance to shine in the Fringe's music program and these sisters prove to be another fine example. They take us on a journey using song and poetry around the Islands of Western Scotland and Ireland, stopping off to have a gentle dig at Orcadians in 'Bloody Orkney.' They touch poignantly on the isolated and dwindling island populations, with a song written to celebrate the birth of a baby amongst an aging community facing the threat of extinction. Perhaps a little too idiosyncratic in the main for audience members unfamiliar with the way of life of Highlanders, at points it transcends the simplicity of its own style to comment on hostilities of a wider world, which is tender and sensitive. [jb]
Diverse Attractions, 15-20 Aug, 11:45am (12:45pm), 6.00 (5.00), ffp 108.
tw rating 3/5

Sourmash Blues Band
Middle aged, middle of the road, mirrorball. If you are interested in an evening of soft shoe tapping, smooching and 'serious shade action', then 'Sourmash Blues' could be for you. The ensemble was tight and well rehearsed, playing old favourites to get the audience clapping along, but the solos were uninspired and the female vocalist struggled to rise above the band. This is the kind of blues that it is easy to hold a conversation over without feeling you are missing anything. A night of easy listening classic tracks, good for a bit of a boogie, but disappointing if you were expecting cutting edge sounds.
City Edinburgh, Aug 20, 8:00pm (10:00pm), £8.00 (£6.00), fpp 113.
tw rating 2/5
[hcs]

Barb Jungr - Love Me Tender
Festival Highlights
Why is it that people think it's a tribute to Elvis to dress up in a jump suit and sing, out of tune, songs from the era in which he looked his worst? This is the question Barb Jungr poses her audience when she begins her very own tribute to the musical legend. Her singing really is fantastic as she brings so much depth to each song that you really believe they have a seriously personal meaning to her. Yet it is also in between the songs that she excels, as she brings a great sense of humour to the proceedings. With a stirring array of songs Barb Jungr presents here a hugely enjoyable show and fitting tribute to Elvis. [owp]
Pleasance Dome, 20 - 29 Aug, 5:30pm (6:40pm), prices vary, fpp 88.
tw rating 4/5

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SLASH AND DUFF SUE AXL OF G'N'R PUBLISHING
Velvet Revolver's Slash and Duff McKagan have filed a federal lawsuit against their former Guns n Roses bandmate Axl Rose over allegations he sold the group's copyrighted songs to Sanctuary's publishing division without their consent, and that he has so far kept all the royalties that the deal delivered for himself. Slash and Duff put Roses' decision to cut them out of receiving royalties for songs they helped create down to the Guns n Roses' frontman's "arrogance and ego". The lawsuit concludes: "Rose's actions were malicious, fraudulent and oppressive, and undertaken in conscious disregard of [Slash and Duff's] property rights."

It's not the first time Axl Rose has come to blows with his former band mates about the royalties relating to the bands songs and recordings, though there was a temporary truce last year when all the former bandmates united to criticise Mercury for releasing a greatest hits album without consulting the band old and new on what tracks should appear in what order. So perhaps Mercury could do something similar to help Axl, Slash, Duff et al find something they can agree on.

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EMI IN PAYOLA TALKS WITH SPITZER?
According to the HitsDailyDouble website in the US, EMI chiefs are locked in secret meetings with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (well, more likely his people) regarding his ongoing investigations into payola in the US music industry. That probably means EMI's US division Capitol is likely to make a statement on any payola type tactics its promotional staff or agencies have employed, and might involve agreeing to pay some kind of fine or other, although all of that is currently idle speculation.

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EMI IN TAKEOVER TALKS WITH WARNER?
Talking of secret meetings involving EMI execs, HitsDailyDouble also reckon that the London based major is in talks with Warner Music investor Thomas H Lee Partners about some kind of takeover. Of course rumours of a EMI / Warner merger circulate more or less every week, but HDD reckon these talks might be serious and that it is takeover plans that is helping boost the Warner stock price. Then again, other rumours say Warner bosses Edgar Bronfman Jnr and Lyor Cohen will be briefing against any takeovers because they don't reckon they'll be a personal role for them at any merged EMI Warners - so it remains to be seen if anything will come of the latest talks or, for that matter, if there are really any talks to come of anything. If that makes sense. Which it possibly doesn't.

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LEMAR TOPS MOBO NOMINATIONS
Lovely Mr Lemar has topped the nominations list for this year's MOBO Awards - he is up for five awards, including Best R&B Act, Best Album, Best Single, Best Video and UK Act Of The Year. Other multiple nominees include John Legend who is up for three awards, and Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg who are each nominated in two categories.

MOBO organisers also confirmed the launch of a new category - Best African Act, which will be voted for by the African music community. Nominees for the new award include Youssou N'Dour, who recently performed at Live 8 and the Womad Festival, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The MOBOs take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on 22 Sep.

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CEA HIT OUT AT RIAA'S ANTI-CD BURNING AGENDA
America's Consumer Electronics Association is again hitting out against the Recording Industry Association Of America, this time following that previously reported speech made by RIAA chief Mitch Bainwol in which he said his association saw the casual ripping and burning of CDs by consumers as a serious piracy threat that needs to be addressed.

CEA president Gary Shapiro this week criticised Bainwol for focusing on CD burning as a target for the industry association's anti-piracy team. He told reporters: "There they go again. The recent news that the recording industry now considers casual, non-commercial CD burning as a threat to be stopped comes as no surprise. We are concerned that the record industry is targeting consumer place shifting and CD burning, even as they admit that it is legal conduct. The fact is, making a backup or mix CD for personal use is not copyright infringement, and Americans who enjoy personal CD burning are not lawbreakers."

Of course the RIAA will say they do not object to consumers making back up copies of albums for themselves, but that they do object to people making CD copies for their friends. The RIAA are keen to develop the use of anti-piracy technology which controls how many times you can rip tracks off a CD. However the CEA is likely to object to that technology too, arguing that it limits a consumer's legitimate use of the albums they have bought.

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MOOG MEMORIAL TAKES PLACE
Musicians and fans have attended a memorial service for synthesiser pioneer Dr Robert Moog, who, as previously reported, died on Sunday from brain cancer. The service took place at the Orange Peel rock club in Asheville, North Carolina.

Among those paying tribute were film composer Wendy Carlos who worked with Moog on 'A Clockwork Orange', who said "He was a scientist who spoke music. I was a musician who spoke science." Former Yes man Rick Wakeman made his tribute to Moog prior to the service, saying he "changed the face of popular music". Wakeman told BBC news "If he had been British he would have been knighted for sure and been Sir Bob. He was a genius and a gentleman. A rare combination. I, and keyboard players past, present and future, owe a debt of gratitude to this great man. He will live for ever in what he gave to music. We always had such great fun whenever we met up. I shall miss him immensely. His loss is immeasurable, but his memory and legacy eternal."

Back at the memorial, son Matt Moog said: "In the final weeks of his life, he was bedridden. He often was brought to tears as he envisioned himself dancing with his wife, Ileana." He continued "To those of you who are wearing ties, I think my dad would appreciate it if you took them off."

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CD:UK INJECTS SOME KLASS (AND LAVERNE)
CD:UK is getting ready for a bit of a revamp, cos let's face it, ITV's flagship pop show has been looking pretty tired for quite a while now. The new show will be built around a new presenting team including former Hearsay girl Myleene Klass, Trouble TV presenter Johny P and the ever lovely Lauren Laverne.

Confirming her involvement in the revamped show, Klass told reporters: "I have always been a huge fan of CD:UK. This is my ideal job and I can't wait to get started."

Laverne, meanwhile, said: "I'm over the moon to be working on the most exciting music show on TV. The world is awash with incredible bands and musicians at the moment and I can't wait to get stuck in."

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GALLAGHER, N, SAYS NO NEW MATERIAL FOR A WHILE
Noel Gallagher has told NME that Oasis aren't planning to release any new material until at least 2007 - and it may be as late as 2010 (is it ever going to be 2010? That sounds like a year from a sci-fi movie) before a new album is released.

He said: "We're touring till next March, and I'd have thought by February we'll be sick of the sight of each other. We'll probably have the rest of that year out, and Liam will write 500 songs, Gem (Archer) and Andy (Bell) will write a few and I'll go back to the ones I haven't finished off.

He continued: "We never make plans. We haven't got a record deal now anyway. We're out of a deal, which is a great position to be in. So we're gonna have to find a new record deal that suits us, that's where we're at, and then...we don't like to rush things. 'Be Here Now' was rushed, 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' was rushed, and it's kind of like, 'If it takes five years for the album to come out, I'm not arsed.' As long as it comes out, it'll be alright. 'Definitely Maybe' took fucking five years to make. And in that five years I wrote the first two albums, so you've got to figure that out for yourself."

He also denied the rumour that a greatest hits is scheduled for a release: "This is from the horse's mouth - we will only do a best of when we split up. The only thing we've got that might be in the pipeline next year will be another B-sides album, all the B-sides from 'Standing...' to this lot. I never understood the Manics and Blur putting out Best Ofs - I mean, what the fuck's all that about? It's kind of saying that whatever you're gonna do from there on is not gonna be your best. We'll put out a best of when we stop. No best of or singles album until it's done and dusted."

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STROKES NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE
The Strokes' new album 'Juicebox' has been scheduled for a UK release on 23 Jan. Band manager, Ryan Gentles, recently told VH1 that the production is "drastically different" but still "sounds like The Strokes".

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE
Yet more of that exciting album release date news. Robbie Williams' new long player 'Intensive Care' is set for a release on 24 Oct, preceded by a single release,' Tripping', on October 3. The album's launch will be celebrated by a gig at the Berlin Velodrom on 9 Oct.

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BABYSHAMBLES GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER, HONEST
Babyshambles have promised they will stop failing to turn up to gigs, and say work on that much awaited album will be over soon. We will, naturally, believe this when we see it.

According to Xfm, Guitarist Patrick Walden said: "We met up, we said some things and we're all moving in the right direction again. From now on we're not going to say we'll play unless it's definite, definite, definite. The only reason we won't be there is if we're struck down by lightning, because there's only so far you can take flakiness. It's OK if it's the Rhythm Factory on a Tuesday night, but with big gigs it's not fair. I understand why people always ask us if we're really going to turn up, especially after the last few weeks. But anyone who knows Pete knows he's very much into his fans, he loves his fans and is very close to them."

In reference to the album, he continued: "I think we'll finish it in the next few weeks unless - and I don't think this will happen - it's not as good as it could be. We don't want it to come out until it's the best it can be. People have been waiting for this record and I know they won't wait forever, but another month to get it 100% right is worth it. It's a real chance and if we get it right it will affect a lot of people."

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EDITORS SECRET GIG
Editors are playing a secret gig on Friday night though, as is always the ways with these things, I'm not quite sure how it constitutes secret given that everyone is reporting on it. But actually it's not the secretness of this gig that is exciting, more its freeness. So whether not-quite-secret gigs or free gigs are your thing, get down to London's Truman Brewery Complex on Brick Lane tomorrow night at 7pm - it should be good.

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KASABIAN SECRET GIG
Talking of not really secret at all gigs, Kasabian have confirmed they will play one tonight. Actually this one is a bit of a secret, because the live set will take place at a secret venue at tea time tonight and in order to find out where you have to text the word 'KASABIAN' to 07960 433441 and then you'll be told where it's gonna take place, though I'm told it's a T Mobile promotion that is only open to T Mobile customers, so probably not worth the effort if you're on another network. The secret gig will precede the band's Astoria gig tonight.

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STERN CHANNEL TO LAUNCH NEXT MONTH
Howard Stern was busy plugging his new satellite radio project on his analogue radio show this morning, which is sure to have pissed on the owners of Infinity Radio, who make and syndicate his show. As previously reported Stern is quitting the analogue station at the end of the year to go and set up two 'Stern channels' on the Sirius satellite radio network. He hopes that the less regulated satellite radio sector will enable him to do the kind of radio enjoys. He's been plugging Sirius on his Infinity show, despite the fact the two companies are rivals. Yesterday he announced that the first Stern channel will launch on Sirius next month, even though he himself won't be able to appear on it until his current deal with Infinity expires at the end of the year (you can't help thinking Stern mentions Sirius quite so much on his radio show because what he really wants is to be fired so he can switch over to the satellite station quicker).

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TIMBERLAKE SETTLES WITH BRITISH TABLOID OVER AFFAIR ALLEGATIONS
Justin Timberlake has accepted libel damages over a story published in News Of The World last year that alleged he was having an affair behind girlfriend Cameron Diaz's back. That story was published in Jul 2004 and claimed the chart topping pop star was in a sexual relationship with model Lucy Clarkson at the same time as dating Diaz. However Timberlake's lawyer Simon Smith told London's High Court this week that Clarkson, the source of the story, had now admitted she had lied.

Smith said that the "model and aspiring actress" had made up her story "despite it being public knowledge that the claimant was involved in a long-term relationship with Ms Diaz at the relevant time". He continued: "The newspaper now accepts that all the allegations complained of are entirely untrue and without any substance".

Speaking for Clarkson, solicitor David Griffiths said the model apologised for the "distress and embarrassment she has caused the claimant and Ms Diaz" and added: "She accepts that the story, which she sold to the newspaper, was an entire fabrication on her part and that she had not had an affair or fling with the claimant".

Clarkson will pay Timberlake damages similar to the size of the fee she received off the tabloid. The singer says he will donate those damages, and the settlement payment he receives from the newspaper, to charity.

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TIMBERLAKE TO LAUNCH CLOTHING LINE
Talking of Mr Timberlake, which you were, the pop-star-turned-actor is planning on launching his own clothing label. He will be working with best friend Trace Ayala on the fashion line, which will go by the name William Rast for dull reasons that Justin will now explain: "We just kind of picked the two people who are most influential in our lives, and that's our grandfathers. William is my grandfather's first name and Rast is Trace's grandfather's last name." The clothes will be initially sold in Bloomingdales in New York.

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SCISSOR SISTER SAYS SISTERS BICKER SHOCK
Scissor Sisters bassist Del Marquis has told Orange World that his band don't get on all the time. Crazy, huh? "There's diva behaviour in this band. When your life is so streamlined and all encompassing, this band, it becomes your life," he said "at a certain point you end up bickering about the most idiotic things including what you are wearing. You just put each other in check once in a while."

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LYDON AND PURSEY KICK OFF IN US EMBASSY
John Lydon and former Sham 69 member Jimmy Pursey allegedly had a bit of a spat when they ran into each other at the US Embassy in London recently. The two have an uneasy rivalry that dates back to the seventies, and their respective bands' heydays. According to Gigwise, Pursey claims he attempted to be civil but was rebuffed, apparently saying "I knew there'd be trouble when he swaggered in so I said 'Let's put this rubbish behind us' and offered my hand. Next thing I knew he'd thrown his coffee over me."

Lydon apparently offered up a typically scathing and denial: "All the usual low-rent and lies...What do you expect from a low-rent fake mockney two-bob runt?"

'Fake Mockney'? Isn't that what you might call a tautology?

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