CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 26th August

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In today's CMU Daily
- Green Day are Kerrang! Best Band On The Planet
- No more tickets for Carling
- Belle And Sebastian wrapping album
- Craig David headlining for peace
- T-mobile confirm first Robbie Williams exclusive
- MTV will take VMAS into overdrive
- Post Office named after Ray Charles
- A-Ha to release new album
- I Am Kloot need new deal
- Hard-Fi announce special gig
- Jack White considers Coke
- NTL Telewest merger delayed
- Galaxy at Creamfields
- Release date set for Soulwax Nite album
- Ladytron announce a few things
- Some Brakes stuff
- Keith Richards says sorry over cock controversy

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HAVE A LOVELY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Well, we're still up here in Scotland covering the final few days of the Edinburgh Festival (check all the reviews at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk). Even though it's not a Bank Holiday weekend here in Scotland, they'll be no Daily on Monday, cos most of you will be off doing musical things (cos there's rather a lot of music events this weekend), so we won't be publishing. So, have a great weekend, and see you Tuesday. Hurrah.

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VIGSY'S CARNIVAL TIP: Notting Hill Carnival 05
I've been doing the Carnival thing for a few years now and, despite some criticism in recent years, as I see it, as long as the sun shines a great time will be had. As you no doubt already know, Carnival's music policy encompasses many genres. From the Caribbean we have the traditional calypso, soca and reggae - and the Steel Bands are amazing. But, of course, the UK has morphed this traditional carnival sound into jungle, ragga, house and broken beat and all of these can be found at the numerous soundsystems dotted around Notting Hill on Carnical day. The soundsystems particularly worth checking out will be CMC/Matrix playing drum and bass, Aba Shanti on a reggae tip, Latin Rave Sound System, RapAttack and FunBunch, plus the ever better Sancho Panza will be in effect, along with the insanely brilliantly named Bass By Any Means Necessary. Oh yeah and the Good Times Sound System will be there. As if you needed telling. It was rammed last year, so don't expect to get within a block of Norman Jay MBE. The food is wicked, if not dearer year on year - curried goat and saltfish with ackee are two of me faves. Followed by a bit of sugar cane! All takes place this Sunday and Monday all round Notting Hill. For a proper guide, Time Out do a good pull out.

Don't forget, there are some wicked after parties and events too. My tip is Electric Souls Notting Hill Carnival Party at the The Metropolitan Pub (60 Great Western Road London W11, Monday 29 Aug, 2pm - 11pm, £5 in advance - must be there b4 6pm), £10 on door). The Unabombers, who were on form with there recent compo, will be there with legend Ashley Beedle. It will be mobbed so turn up early.

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GREEN DAY ARE KERRANG! BEST BAND ON THE PLANET
So, good old Green Day are the Best Band On The Planet, or at least they are according to readers of Kerrang! And who would want to argue with them? Yep, Green Day took the top honour at yesterday's Kerrang! Awards in London, as well as being named Best Live Act. So lucky them.

Elsewhere at the Kerrang! Awards, which were hosted by actress turned rocker Juliette Lewis, Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend took the title of Best British Band while New Jersey's My Chemical Romance picked up Best Album and Best Video for 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge' and 'Helena' respectively. A Classic Songwriter award was presented to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson won an Icon Award, Foo Fighters took Best Single for 'Best Of You', Trivium were named Best International Newcomers and Iron Maiden were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame.

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NO MORE TICKETS FOR CARLING
Organisers of the Carling Reading and Leeds Festivals have said that there are will be no tickets available on the door this weekend, and say people should not travel to either location to try and buy tickets. Which seems pretty clear. But then, you know - there's always one, isn't there?

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN WRAPPING ALBUM
Belle And Sebastian are close to finishing their seventh album, 'The Revenge Of The Goalkeeper', which they have been working on at the Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles. No tracklisting revealed as yet, although why the tracklisting would help when you've got no idea what the songs sound like is beyond me. So just forget I mentioned that.

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CRAIG DAVID HEADLINING FOR PEACE
Craig David is to be the headline act at a 'concert for peace' to be held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh following the bomb attacks that took place there last month, killing 64, 11 Brits amongst them. David was invited to perform at the gig, which otherwise has a more local line up, by President Hosni Mubarak. The singer said "It's an incredible honour to be performing at this concert. The show has an unbelievable global significance. It's not so much about who's performing, but rather about a wide mix of cultures joining together and proving that solidarity and peace is the way to combat the evil intentions of terrorism."

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T-MOBILE CONFIRM FIRST ROBBIE WILLIAMS EXCLUSIVE
T-Mobile have announced more details of its exclusive pan-European partnership with Robbie Williams. The mobile network will soon be offering exclusive pre-release ringtones and ringbacks of a track called 'Tripping' which appears on Robbie's new album 'Intensive Care', due out in Oct. German T-Mobile customers will also be able to exclusively download the full song to their mobile, and to access new video content.

The 'Tripping' promotion is likely to be the first of many as part of the mobile company's 18 month relationship with Robbie Williams and his record label EMI, and is also likely to launch a template to be used for other artist exclusives. T-Mobile has reportedly also entered relationships with John Legend and Shakira which will result in similar promotions. All very exciting, though whether anyone will switch phone networks just to access these exclusives is another matter entirely.

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MTV WILL TAKE VMAS INTO OVERDRIVE
Do you see what we did with the headline there? Anyway, MTV are planning on further promoting their broadband web offer, MTV Overdrive, via this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards in Miami. While the MTV channel will screen the main show, Overdrive will be providing back stage coverage including interviews with artists nominated or performing, as well as themed sections such as the 'Bling Report' showcasing the jewellery being worn by celebrities in the audience.

MTV promise that the Overdrive coverage of the awards will be fully interactive, with a function called My VMA which will allow users to programme what order they view the content on offer. On the broadband service, MTV boss Van Toffler told reporters: "My VMAs will be a true hybrid viewer experience where the audience can either lean back and watch the show as it unfolds or lean forward and create their own unique version of the show on demand".

MTV will be hoping to use the VMAs to win a new audience for its online service, as well as using the venture to pilot ways in which the network's web activity can complement rather than compete with its TV output.

Of course it remains to be seen how much periphery content there is to broadcast from the VMAs, given that some of the fringe events have been cancelled after the US's National Weather Service posted a hurricane warning for Miami. But organisers say that, for the time being, plans for the main awards event on Sunday are unchanged.

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POST OFFICE NAMED AFTER RAY CHARLES
A post office close to the LA studio where Ray Charles recorded the bulk of his music has been named after him. Family, friends and postal workers came together for a dedication ceremony after which the late musician's longtime manager Joe Adams produced a letter from Bill Cosby to President Bill Clinton, and asked that it be the first item to be sent following the ceremony

Rev. Robert Robinson said "Now we have something we can always see with his name on it and the world can share. We miss him so much. So we appreciate every little piece that people do to keep his memory there."

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A-HA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Somebody pinch me. Am I dreaming? No? Hurrah. A-ha have announced that they will release a new album, 'Analogues', on 7 Nov, preceded by a single release, 'Celice', on 4 Oct. It's the first release from the band in four years. And it gets better, yes. Because they're to tour the UK, too, starting at Brum NEC on 3 Dec.

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I AM KLOOT NEED NEW DEAL
I Am Kloot have broken with Echo Records, after it transpired that the label could not sustain financial backing for the Manchester band (apparently). The group are now looking for a new deal.

They have also announced a few gigs:
27 Oct: Glasgow, The Arches
28 Oct: Manchester, Academy
29 Oct: London, Astoria

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HARD-FI ANNOUNCE SPECIAL GIG
Hard-Fi have announced that they will perform a special gig at this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival. They will perform at the outdoor Number 10 stage at Hazelwood Crescent on Bank Holiday Monday, appearing alongside Mark Ronson, The Clash DJ, Don Letts, DJ Wrongtom, Plan B and Border Crossing. The new Hard-Fi single, 'Living For The Weekend' is out on 19 Sep.

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JACK WHITE CONSIDERS COKE
Reports suggest that Jack White is in talks with fizzy pop colossus Coca Cola to write a new song celebrating the soft drink. The company are apparently trying to recreate the success of 'I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke' back in 1971. It seems an unlikely partnership, given The White Stripes' past refusals to get involved with big business - the band turned down a Gap ad back in 2001.

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NTL TELEWEST MERGER DELAYED
Media news for you now, and according to Reuters the much anticipated merger (well, I've been much anticipating it) between NTL and Telewest has been delayed because of quibbles over price. The news service quote city sources "close to the matter" as saying an Autumn announcement of the merger, which had been expected, is now unlikely. That news has begun speculation over whether the delay in merger will alter Telewest's plans to sell its content division Flextech - which most of the main media players are said to be interested in acquiring. It may well be the level of interest in Flextech which is making Telewest reassess its overall value, and therefore quibble of the financial details of the merger plans. Though that's just us guessing.

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GALAXY AT CREAMFIELDS
Talking of media news, the Galaxy network of stations (they're in Manchester, Birmingham, Yorkshire and the North East, in case you wondered) is broadcasting live from the wonderful Creamfields this weekend. They will have their own OB stage which will feature appearances from Galaxy's own Hed Kandi, bargrooves, Andi Durrant, Paul Kershaw and The Slammin Boys plus guests Paul Van Dyk, David Guetta, Timo Maas, Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero and Deep Dish. Most of those sets will get on air, as will main stage performances from Basement Jaxx, Faithless and Audio Bullys. All kicks off Saturday at 4pm. If you're not in one of the aforementioned Galaxy regions I guess you could try it on cable, satellite or online at http://www.galaxyfm.co.uk.

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RELEASE DATE SET FOR SOULWAX NITE ALBUM
We have mentioned that Soulwax are releasing a reworked version of their album 'Any Minute Now, yes? That it is called 'Nite Versions' and is going to be fab, yes? Ah well, either way a release date has now been set as 26 Sep and you really should get yourself a copy. Tracklisting as follows:

Teachers
Miserable Girl
E Talking
Accidents And Compliments
Compute
Slowdance
I Love Techno
Krack
NY Lipps
Another Excuse

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LADYTRON ANNOUNCE A FEW THINGS
Ladytron are to release their new album 'Witching Hour' on 3 Oct, preceded by a single release 'Destroy Everything You Touch' on 19 Sep. The band have also announced a series of live appearances:

26 Aug: Reading Festival
27 Aug: Leeds Festival
30 Aug: Edinburgh Princes St Gardens
5 Oct: Cambridge Anglia University
10 Oct: Birmingham Academy
11 Oct: Oxford Zodiac
14 Oct: Aberdeen The Tunnel
16 Oct: Manchester Roadhouse
17 Oct: Sheffield The Plug
18 Oct: Liverpool Academy
19 Oct: Leeds The Cockpit
20 Oct: Glasgow University
21 Oct: London Koko

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SOME BRAKES STUFF
Brakes are to release a new single 'Ring A Ding Ding' on 17 Oct, and will make a series of live appearances around that date, as follows:

14 Oct: Leeds Cockpit
15 Oct: Glasgow King Tuts
16 Oct: Manchester Night & Day
18 Oct: London Borderline
19 Oct: Liverpool Barfly
20 Oct: Cardiff Barfly
21 Oct: London Queens of Noize @ Barfly
22 Oct: London Rough Trade instore, 2pm
23 Oct: Oxford Zodiac
24 Oct: Birmingham Barfly

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KEITH RICHARDS SAYS SORRY OVER COCK CONTROVERSY
Keith Richards has apparently apologised to Mick Jagger after the two men fell out when Richards was quoted as saying his fellow Rolling Stone had a teeny penis: "His cock's on the end of his nose. And a very small one at that. Big balls. Small cock."

A spokesman for Richards said: "He has apologised to Mick because he was trying to be complimentary and ended up appearing offensive. But that's the end of the matter. He did say that Mick had big balls as in he admired him because he was gutsy and courageous. How would he know anything about the size of his willy?"

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