CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 18th October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Unreleased Elliott Smith tracks on internet
- NIN announce new drummer
- Fats Domino collects his stuff
- Nonesuch release Katrina benefit album
- Disturbed cancel European tour
- Jimi Hendrix among those added to the UK's Hall Of Fame
- Mogwai finish new album, but say nothing about it
- Carling academy opens with Futureheads
- McFly add dates to 2006 tour
- X Factor live dates announced
- Xfm launch music podcasts
- AIM head to China again
- EMI profits up following major releases
- launch digital store kit for bands
- Apple appoint new boss to iPod division
- Toshiba to launch Oasis phone
- Artic Monkeys: 'We're not pretentious like the 'Shambles'
- Doherty heading stateside to see druggy girlfriend, shocker
- BBC 3 boss rumoured to be departing
- Peel's family plan to keep record collection for the time being
- Neil Young takes over Conan
- Songwriting competition extends deadline
- House Music Awards, tickets on sale
- Manumission Festival will rock, and dance, and who knows what else
- Louis Walsh avoids contact with Ladies
- Paul says Yoko aint so bright



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A collection of previously unreleased Elliott Smith tracks has surfaced on the internet, dubbed 'From A Basement On The Hill II'. The emergence of the songs comes as the second anniversary of the artist's death from apparent suicide approaches. As was widely reported at the time, the 34 year old Smith died from a knife wound to the heart on 21 Oct 2003.

The twenty two song collection purport to be tracks dropped from Smith's final LP, although a great deal of the material is believed to date back as far as the mid nineties. According to a publicist 34 songs were recorded for the singer's last album, but it's thought by some that there were closer to 50, based on the evidence of various interviews and accounts.

Charlie Ramirez, of official Smith site, told MTV, "I think some of them might have been considered for 'Basement', but not necessarily," though she confirmed that two of the tracks are definitely outtakes from the sessions for that album - 'Abused' and 'The Worst Part Is Almost Over', whilst other leaked tracks date from 1996-97 and the recording of 'Either/Or'. 'Abused' is one of three tracks which were allegedly removed from 'From A Basement On The Hill' by his family, reportedly on account of the lyrical content.


Nine Inch Nails have announced the identity of their new drummer, following the news that Jerome Dillon was forced to drop out of their current US tour because of an unspecified heart condition. The drummer had to be hospitalised twice during Sep, forcing the cancellation of gigs in Sacramento, San Diego and Tucson.

Now Australian Alex Carapetis has been named as the latest addition to the NIN line up, and he played his first show with the band on Friday in Chicago, replacing temporary stand in, Josh Freese, who filled in at the Utah and Denver shows earlier in the month. Carapetis has previously played with Nikka Costa, Lenny Kravitz and Delta Goodrem.

Trent Reznor said on the band's official website: "Alex is doing great and fitting in well. Josh Freese helped us out by playing the Salt Lake City and Denver shows as a substitute, while Alex Carapetis took over in Chicago. I can't begin to tell you what a difficult job it is to replace your drummer in this band, and these guys have truly risen to the high-pressure situation that it is."


The legendary Fats Domino, who went missing and was presumed dead by some following the devastation wrought on his home city by Hurricane Katrina, has returned to New Orleans to salvage some of his belongings. The 77 year old was in fact rescued the day the storm hit, but confusion as to his whereabouts in the days following the storm led fans to believe he had not survived the natural disaster. "There was a big 'Rest in Peace' on my balcony on the other house. I'm still here, thank God," said Domino, adding "I sure do appreciate that people think so much about me."

Domino, assisted by son in law Charles Brimmer, managed to reclaim three of his 21 gold records, as well as other mementoes and some jewellery, but some things could not be saved. Two pianos from one of his properties were completely ruined, as was a photograph of the star pictured alongside Elvis Presley.


And talking of Katrina, Nonesuch Records is to release an album of newly recorded songs, featuring New Orleans artists, with the proceeds going to Habitat For Humanity to benefit victims of the hurricane. 'Our New Orleans' will consist of contributions from a genre spanning range of acts such as Dr John, Randy Newman, Buckwheat Zydeco and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Work has begun on the album and it is to be released on 21 Nov. All production costs have been donated by Nonesuch's parent company Warner Music, with other key creatives working on the LP donating their time and services to the project.


Disturbed have had to cancel their European tour after singer David Draiman developed a severe inflammation of his vocal chords and was advised by a throat specialist in London to completely rest his voice. A statement from the band said: "Please note that all cancelled shows will be rescheduled and the new dates will be announced as soon as they're confirmed. Fans are asked to keep hold of their tickets as the dates are likely to be set for next March."

The cancelled gigs include one UK date, 17 Oct at Manchester Academy, and concerts in Berlin, Nuremburg, Munich, Cologne Live, Amsterdam and Hamburg. Draiman, meanwhile, has returned to Los Angeles for further specialist treatment.


Organisers of the UK's music Hall Of Fame have confirmed that The Who, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Joy Division/New Order will all be honoured at this year's induction ceremony next month.

They, along with previously announced inductees Bob Dylan and John Peel, will be added to the Hall Of Fame, which was launched last year of course and already honours The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Queen, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Robbie Williams.

The new additions, picked by a panel of sixty broadcasters, artists, journalists and industry executives, will be formally inducted at a ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace on 16 Nov. The ceremony will be broadcast by Channel 4 and on BBC Radio. Among the artists scheduled to perform at the event are new inductees New Order, and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, who will lead a supergroup style tribute to Hendrix.


According to, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite has posted a message on the band's website which reveals that the group have finished their new album, but I'm damned if I can find it. Anyway, the mysterious post, whilst apparently concerning itself mostly with current events in the US, does in fact conclude with the words "Our album is finished". And here's another quote from that post:

"I see that there has been a riot in Ohio after the black population of Toledo took exception to a 'Police supervised' Neo-Nazi march. I'm actually watching American news and they are talking about the rights of the Nazi's to march and blaming 'gangs' for the violence! Last week a black man was punched repeatedly in the head by the New Orleans Police officers, an act that was caught on camera and shown internationally. People wonder why the world is incredulous at America's righteous crusades in Iraq and beyond. You couldn't make it up."


The new Carling Academy in Newcastle opened on Saturday with performances by three North-East bands, The Futureheads, Field Music and Kubichek. Futureheads guitarist Ross Millard said recently: "This is what Newcastle has been crying out for, for years. It's amazing we've been asked to open the new Academy. It's always fantastic playing to a home crowd, and with Kubichek and Field Music, it's a real North East homecoming."


Did we ever mention how marvellous McFly's Wembley gig was? Ah yes, I think perhaps we did. Well, if you missed out, you're going to have to wait until this time next year when the band will hit the road once again. But the good news is they've just added three more dates - one at Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast - meaning the full tour now looks like this (these are 2006 dates mind).

17 Sep: Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
19 Sep: Birmingham NEC
22 Sep: London Wembley Arena
26 Sep: Cardiff CIA Arena
29 Sep: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
2 Oct: Glasgow SECC
6 Oct: Manchester MEN Arena
10 Oct: Nottingham Arena
13 Oct: Dublin Point
14 Oct: Belfast Odyssey

Talking of McFly related things, McFly's new single 'I Wanna Hold You' is out this week. Hurrah.


Talking of 2006 tours, dates have been announced for the X Factor Live tour, which will see the top eight finalists from the pop reality show go on the road, presumably for one last bit of fame and glory before they disappear to be never heard of ever again. The show apparently includes some special guests and "performances from some of the show's more memorable characters", so there's possibly some freak show style enjoyment to be had here, even if you don't rate the show's winners. Dates as follows:

17 Feb: Newcastle Arena
18 Feb: Glasgow SECC
20 Feb: Aberdeen ECC
22 Feb: Sheffield Arena
23 Feb: Birmingham NEC
24 Feb: Nottingham Arena
25 Feb: Manchester Arena
26 Feb: London Hammersmith Apollo
2 Mar: Bournemouth International Centre
5 Mar: Cardiff International Arena
7 Mar: Brighton Centre


Podcast news anyone? Well, London radio station Xfm has teamed up with Virgin owned record label V2 to launch a series of music based podcasts. Each podcast will feature a different V2 artist talking about and playing their music. It launches this week with Elbow, with Stereophonics and The Rakes due to follow. The station also plans to podcast a session from City Slang signed Nada Surf.

The project is another example of a media company and record labels experimenting with the podcast medium. As I was saying, oh, just yesterday, how music should and can feature in podcasts is as yet unclear, with few of the royalty collection bodies having a formal line on the issue as yet. Projects like this one, and the music based podcasts launched by Motorola this week, involve producers getting clearance from individual record labels and publishers in order to feature music. However, if successful, projects like these should encourage copyright owners to develop a more coherent policy regarding the use of music in podcasts, which will make things easier for everyone working in the emerging medium.

Confirming the new podcasting venture, Xfm's Business Development Director, Graham Hodge, told reporters: "As the UK's number one new music brand, Xfm's first foray into podcasting had to involve music. It is fitting that Elbow, a great British band that Xfm has supported from day one, should take this step with us."


China, as you all surely know, is the important music market of the not so distant future - which is why the CMU team really ought to learn how to slag off Coldplay in Chinese. I wonder if there's some kind of government grant for that?

Perhaps we should speak to government quango UK Trade And Investment, who are again supporting an initiative being staged by the Association Of Independent Music giving indie music firms the chance to investigate the potential the Chinese music market offers. The AIM For China 'trade mission' will go to Shanghai and Beijing from 25 Oct to 3 Nov, and will give participants the chance to learn about and present to the Chinese industry, and to network with key execs over there.

The 2005 mission follows on from a similar venture last year, and the opening of an office facility in Beijing to act as a single contact point for UK-based independent music companies.

Commenting on the mission, AIM boss Alison Wenham told CMU: "With the UK music office facility now fully operational in China, we are receiving many enquiries from UK companies keen to raise their profile in China. There are still considerable market barriers to overcome, but we are confident that, over time, effort will be rewarded by a growing business partnership with the Chinese Music Industry. Our latest mission to China builds on this work to date, and will support companies ready and willing to do business the Chinese way."


City news anyone? Well, EMI was able to deliver some good news finance wise yesterday with a trading update on the first half of its current fiscal year, which ended on 30 Sep. Major releases from the likes of Coldplay, Gorillaz, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney helped the major achieve a 4.5% increase in music sales, while the group's publishing business enjoyed a rise of 5.5%. Altogether EMI anticipates a 9% rise in profits, which will help the group improve its market share.

Despite the upturn, opinions were mixed in the always-hard-to-please UK investment community. For some the increases were lower than expected given that the period included the release of those major albums, delays on which had been blamed for past disappointments in EMI's performance. But others pointed out that EMI's profits rise came as the industry as a whole saw a slight decline, and in that context the major's performance should be measured more on its increase in market share than on the profits rise itself. The optimists also pointed out those flagship albums should continue to sell well in the run up to Christmas and, coupled with a new Robbie Williams album this month, the second half of the current financial year should also prove to be a good one from EMI.

For investors looking to the long term, of course, the major's digital future is, of course, key. In its update the major label reported that "digital revenues in both divisions continue to enjoy very strong growth year-on-year", though specifics were not provided. They may appear in the more detailed financial update promised next month.


The people behind band registry who, as previously reported, recently acquired The Band Register, has announced it will launch a new digital store facility that will offer any of its 2 million registered bands the opportunity to sell digital music directly to their fans.

Unlike the other digital music platforms tuned into the independent and unsigned space,'s service is essentially a kit for bands to manage their own download sales - the band sets how many tracks are available, what formats are offered, what DRM is included and what price is charged.'s platform then does the billing.

Announcing the new service, co-founder Paul Berrow told CMU: "The artist controls the process from beginning to end. They fix the price, format and DRM capability and we enact all the commercial activities for the download, card processing and SMS. Crucially there are no onerous long-term commitments and we operate a transparent accounting policy with our members throughout the relationship. The service stands on its own merits".


And talking of all things digital, Apple have announced that Jon Rubinstein, the Senior Vice President in charge of the company's all important iPod division, is retiring. He will be replaced by Tony Fadell, a former Philips Electronics executive who has been with Apple since 2001.

Confirming the new appointment Apple boss Steve Jobs told reporters: "I've worked with Jon for over 15 years, and we're going to miss him. Tony has been doing a superb job running a large part of the iPod engineering team, and we're expecting a very smooth transition".


Toshiba will launch a new mobile later this month that comes ready loaded with a stack of Oasis goodies, including exclusive live tracks and the video for forthcoming single 'Let There Be Love'. The phone will be available on Vodaphone later this month and Toshiba will be hoping the music partnership will help them grab some competitive advantage over Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola et al in the 3G phone space, though who it is who chooses a new phone (and possibly network) because it comes with a few music tracks on it I don't know.


So, there we were, all set for to run a whole edition of the CMU Daily without any Pete Doherty news, then the Artic Monkeys start (slightly) dissing Babyshambles and, damn, Doherty's back in. Sorry. But blame the Monkeys.

The band have spoken to music website Gigwise about the comparisons that have been made between them and the Libertines and Babyshambles. Frontman Alex Turner told the website: "Yes, it's kinda strange, but you gotta keep on with what you're doing, I mean if there's someone we're being compared to, there's worse we can be compared to. I find the Libertines and Babyshambles, a bit pretentious; it's a bit dreamy really."

Guitarist James Cook added: "They want to write poetry with clever hidden meanings, we prefer lyrics that are easier to get."


Well, now that the Artic Monkeys have brought up Babyshambles, I suppose we might as well throw this in. Pete Doherty is reportedly off to the States later this week to visit Kate Moss, who is still locked up in rehab after committing that heinous crime - having your drug habit revealed by the tabloids. Apparently Pete wants to rescue his relationship with the troubled model.

We know all this because Doherty's uncle, Phil Mitchels, told the Sun that Pete told him: "I can't wait to see Kate. I have told her as soon as the tour has finished I will be there". Uncle Phil continued: "Pete told me that they are still very much an item and in love. He is just sex, drugs and rock n' roll. That's why Kate likes him."


BBC 3 boss Stuart Murphy is rumoured to be about to step down from the digital channel, which he helped to create. Yesterday it seemed likely he was about to take a senior role at independent production company RDF, who make Wifeswap, but then the Guardian reported that he was also in talks with at least one other indie, so who knows where he'll end up.

As for the BBC 3 top job, the Guardian reports that various people at the BBC's commercial partner in the UKTV enterprise, Flextech, are being considered, including UKTV Gold controller, John Keeling, UKTV Gold/UKTV Drama Editor Red Johnson, and FTN/Living Director Richard Woolfe. With that in mind, perhaps they could just get rid of BBC 3 and bring back UK Play - now there was a good channel.


John Peel's widow has said that her family plans to keep the late great DJ's record collection, despite rumours it might be donated to the British Library. Shelia Ravenscroft has told the BBC World Service that to give up Peel's record collection - which includes 26,000 vinyl LPs, 40,000 singles and 40,000 CDs - would be just too difficult to do at this time. She said: "At the moment, I've no intention of doing anything with his records. The records here are John and I can't imagine how we all would feel if, for whatever reason, they were suddenly removed from us. It would be just awful. I've got to be realistic and I know that there will be some period when we've got to say 'come on, be sensible', because there's no way we can play them all or appreciate them all. But it won't be happening yet." And fair enough too.


Neil Young is to take over US chat show 'Late Night With Conan O'Brian' for four days. Young, who released latest album 'Prairie Wind' earlier this month, will speak and perform on the show from 1-4 Nov, recording the show in New York immediately after playing the Bridge School Benefit concerts in California with Crosby, Stills and Nash.


The deadline for the previously reported International Songwriting Competition has been extended to 31 Oct. As you might recall, this is the competition for songwriting talent all over the world in which the top prize is $10,000 cash and $20,000 in merchandise and services. The panel of judges features many senior artists and label types, so just the industry recognition of being a finalist is worth it. More info at


Tickets have gone on sale for this year's House Music Awards which, as previously reported, take place on 17 Nov at the Hammersmith Palais.

On the bill this year are BodyRockers (Live), Barbara Tucker (Live), Gadjo (PA), Shapeshifters (DJ set), Groove Armada (DJ set), David Guetta, Martin Solveig, and Joey Negro. Presenters will include Erick Morillo, Norman Jay, The Cuban Brothers, Annie Mac and Arthur Baker.

Tickets are £22 each and are available via If you haven't voted yet you can do so at Press info on the awards is from Get Involved.


Now which fool was it that said the new Ibiza festival being developed by the Manumission guys would be built primarily around their Ibiza Rocks programme? Oh, that might have been me. Well, our friends over at Mixmag tell us that Andy Manumission has said that while the festival he plans to stage on the island next June won't be exclusively dance focused, it won't ignore the dance genres either. He told Mixmag: "Any Ibiza festival must represent the best of contemporary dance but it will not be a specifically dance festival. Its remit will be wider than that". So that's that cleared up.


Louis Walsh ran away from X-Factor finalists Addictiv Ladies after he ensured their elimination from the TV talent show on Saturday night. Walsh, who was clearly trying to piss off Simon Cowell by getting rid of the marginally talented girl group over less talented joker Chico Slimani, is said to have pulled smug faces at his rival judge.

The girls lead singer Fleur said: "We could see Louis going 'ha ha!' to Simon behind the camera, so we weren't surprised. We went straight up to him backstage and told him he knew he was wrong to put us out and he only did it to get back at Simon. He was scared of us. He knew what we were saying was right and he just walked. One day we'll be a British Destiny's Child and Louis will regret the moment he kicked us off the show."

Or, he might not.


Paul McCartney has quite justifiably had a dig at Yoko Ono following her comments at last week's Q Awards. Ono ridiculed McCartney when she revealed that John Lennon used to wonder why people covered Paul's songs more often than they covered his, and that she'd told him: 'You're a good songwriter. It's not June with spoon you write. You're a good singer, and most musicians are probably a little bit nervous about covering your songs."

McCartney has responded: "I don't take any notice of her. She's John's wife so I have to respect her for that, but I don't think she's the brightest of buttons. She's said some particularly daft things in her time. Her life is dedicated to putting me down but I attempt very strongly not to put her down".

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