CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 30th January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- 22-20s split up
- Grandaddy split up
- Rourke and Marr reunite on stage
- Sly Stone may make rare appearance at Grammys
- Album review: Eliades Ochoa - La Coleccion Cubana
- Doherty in prison
- Dirty Pretty Things sell out pretty quickly
- Editors extend tour, again
- Adams plays benefit concert in Pakistan
- Xfm announce Manchester line up
- Google to launch iTunes rival?
- Bertelsmann owners may be forced to float
- Sanctuary make financial statement
- Irish labels score court win over ISPs in P2P battle
- Nas to get imprint as part of Def Jam deal
- Galaxy to sponsor Hard Dance Awards
- CBB raises nearly half a million for charity
- King abuse case to be reviewed
- Album review: Belle And Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Subshot playlist
- Sigur Ros EPs re-released
- Stipe guests on new Placebo album
- Glasto film release news
- Madonna buys second London home
- Weller refuses to play with Blunt
- Monkeys fail to recognise Bowie
- Gallagher says children are horrid


We've discussed the bad rep of the cover version before. The tendency of the manufactured pop machine to raid the music library of old to give their newly formed teen bands the kind of familiarity needed to appeal to the Asda shopping record buyer means that the humble cover version is generally seen as an easy way out for pop combos not capable of creating their own tunes. But it is unfair to write off all cover versions in this way. When done right, a cover version can give a track a whole new sound, equalling and sometimes surpassing the original. Last year's 'Cosmosonica' album, a collection of great covers compiled by Tom Middleton, surely proved that. But if you wanted further proof, then get yourself a copy of the 'Barefoot' album, which is released by OneTwo Records next month (you can preview some of it at Sam Obernik and Tommy D have set themselves the task of taking tracks better known for shaking the walls of nineties warehouses, and transformed them into a string of seductive jazzy numbers. It's a great concept to start with, and a concept so expertly executed that it never wears thin during this twelve track long player. All are good, several are wonderful, and the Barefoot take on Underworld's 'Born Slippy' is just possibly the best cover version ever made. Having first discovered this project when Barefoot's 'White Lines' appeared on the aforementioned Middleton compilation, as soon as the full album arrived at CMU we just had to talk to the lady behind it.

Check the interview:



Kill All Hippies returns again this Friday, 3 Feb, at the 333 Club in London's Shoreditch, once again presenting a mix of great live bands and great rock DJs. Live music will come from The Kull plus one more guest tbc, while there will be DJ sets from Jeff Automatic and Anthony Vicious (Vicious Pink Goo) downstairs, and Gavin Nugent, Mark Beaumont (NME), Syrinx and Ed Harcourt on the ground floor. All takes place from 9pm to 5am. Tickets, £10, £8 (NUS), or a fiver if you guest list in advance at

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After four years together, 22-20s have split up. Singer Martin Trimble blames their touring schedule for not allowing the band to develop in the way he would have liked.

Writing on the band's MySpace page, Trimble writes: "Listening to Lightnin' Hopkins, Albert King and Buddy Guy made me want to pick up a guitar. What immediately made me fall in love with blues was the rawness, simplicity and the truth of it. I wanted 22-20s to be about taking that essence and using it as fuel to create something both we and other people could relate to. I think initially most bands wear their influences on their sleeve but for a number of reasons we've not been able to go beyond that first stage."

He added: "It was always our desire to start writing and recording a follow-up record as soon as the first studio album was recorded. That didn't happen - we toured for a year and a half. There is a prevailing myth within music that touring is always the hard-working, 'honest' way to connect with people. The reality for us is that I think it is difficult to move away from a certain sound when you are reminded of it every night. Unfortunately we were not surrounded by people who understood that."

And continued: "Honesty is about playing songs you passionately believe in, playing in a band you passionately believe in and I am no longer able to say that about 22-20s. I am no longer comfortable being in a band named after a blues song. Much like the last record it indicates where I was four years ago and what I was listening to. It doesn't accurately reflect what I listen to now and where I want to go. I'm no longer comfortable with people's perception of what we represent. Being in a hard working, British-blues touring band has never been something I've wished to endorse yet that's we what appear to have drifted into. In light of this, a decision has been made to call it a day and to go our separate ways."


And more splits news - it's all a bit depressing for a Monday, isn't it? - especially this bit. According to, Grandaddy have split up, although a final album - 'Just Like The Fambly Cat' - will be released later in the year.

Frontman Jason Lytle said: "It was inevitable. There's a path that we're on...we rode it out for as long as we could. On one hand our stubbornness has paid off, but on the other hand refusing to buy into the way things are traditionally supposed to be done has made things worse for us. The realistic part is it hasn't proved to be a huge money-making venture for a lot of guys in the band. We've been doing this for a long time and you have to ask yourself 'Why am I beating myself up like this?'...week after week, month after month, year after year."

He continued by describing how the band had made the decision to split: "We structured a little meeting to make it real. We got together one day in a place downtown where we wouldn't be bothered and had it out not knowing if it was gonna end. There was a lot of frustration in varying degrees, and a lot of it was built up from lack of communication. We had the opportunity to get it out into the open and come to terms with the fact that we gave it a pretty good go. We had witnessed the best it could be."

And concluded: "It's awkward right now...but it was far from throwing blows. It was kind of sad, because we knew it would be the last time we would hang out in that situation, so we dragged it out as long as we could!"


Ah well, a bit of nice news now. As expected, the lovely Andy Rourke and the lovely Johnny Marr were reunited on stage for the first time in almost twenty years on Saturday night at that there Manchester Vs Cancer gig. Marr played Smiths classic 'There Is A Light' with is own band, The Healers, before inviting Rourke onstage for a rendition of 'How Soon Is Now', saying "I first played with this guy at school in 1978 and we last played together in 1987. We've done some good things and some not so good things, but it's been too long really and now is as good a time as ever."

The benefit gig also featured performances from Badly Drawn Boy, Stephen Fretwell, Elbow, Doves, Nine Black Alps, and New Order, whose entire set consisted of Joy Division songs. The event culminated in a grand finale where nearly all the musicians got back on stage for a rendition of The Happy Monday's 'Wrote For Luck' led by Shaun Ryder.

As previously reported, the concert was organised by Andy Rourke to raise funds for local cancer unit Christie's, after hearing that his manager's sister was affected by the illness.


More reunions news now. Well, possible reunions news. Rumour has it that Sly Stone will make a rare performance as part of the all-star tribute to Sly & The Family Stone that will take place at next month's Grammy Awards. Organisers of the awards announced on Friday that Grammy nominees Maroon 5, John Legend and of The Black Eyed Peas will join Joe Perry, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler to take part in a musical tribute to the legendary funk band at the LA ceremony on 8 Feb.

The Washington Post followed that announcement with a report that friends and associates of the man himself were saying talks were under way to stage a Family Stone reunion as the finale to that tribute segment. It would be Sly Stone's first live performance since 1987, and his first major public appearance since his induction into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame back in 1993. A spokesman for the awards could not confirm or deny those rumours but told the Post that "we do believe that he is attending the Grammy Awards".

Sony label Epic plan to release a Sly tribute album, which was originally available via Starbucks' music programme last year, on the eve of the Awards.


ALBUM REVIEW: Eliades Ochoa - La Coleccion Cubana (Nascente)
Which, as I am sure you know, means 'the Cuban collection', a somewhat duh-inviting title as Ochoa, being Cuban, would have trouble making anything else. More correctly, this is 'the post-Buena Vista Social Club collection'. Which is less snappy, I suppose. Signing to Virgin Records in Spain after That Film, Ochoa released three albums in mainland Europe that were only available in Britain as imports. This, then, is the compensation: a compilation featuring the cream of those albums. And what cream! It should be noted I am a bit of a sucker for melancholy, for those dark, brooding moods, those old haggard men singing with bitterness about a life that was never all it promised to be. I don't understand a word of what Ochoa's saying, of course. But the universal language of bitterness communicates loud and clear. And recovering as I currently am from Brokeback Mountain and its unshakeable message that the world is just a cruel place and God wants us to be miserable, as we cannot have the one we love, and, in any case, we're all going to die soon, I need this. Cuban music is frequently perceived to be what the media often tells us it is - all salsa, dancy, sunny, life-affirming, rum-drinking, Latin-quarter vacuity. This album explores the musical richness that the stereotype denies. 'Siboney' has a hint of Enrico Morricone, but in a good, haunting desert-wind kind of way. Ochoa's acoustic guitar gently weeps on 'Que Murmuren'. Ochoa creates musical landscapes and worlds using acoustic guitars, bum notes, and infinite sadness. When you know that life sucks you need this kind of respite. Or, to quote the man himself, this kind of 'Sublime Ilusion'. SIA
Release date: 30 Jan
Press contact: Trailer Media [all]


Presumably you all know this already, it being a story that broke on Friday morning, but as we've been documenting everything in the tragic sitcom that is the life of Pete Doherty so far, I don't see any reason to change that now. So here we go.

The Babyshambles frontman was remanded into custody when he appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday to plead guilty to possessing heroin. He'll stay locked up until he appears in court on 8 Feb for proper sentencing. Judge Stephen Dawson refused a bail application and said: "I'm sorry if my order will affect your fans and people who go to your concerts".

Friday's court appearance related to Doherty's two (that's right, two) arrests on Thursday. When stopped and searched on the second occasion, the police found a wrap of white powder in the pocket of his jeans which Doherty claimed was there when he had been arrested earlier in the day and held at Bethnal Green police station, saying: "It was in my pocket from earlier, I didn't even know it was there". He added: "Please, officers, don't do this. I've got a gig tonight, cut me a break."

Friends of the singer think there's some kind of conspiracy going on, and that police are out to make an example of him. A notable supporter is Jeannie Rau, who runs the Doherty website, and who says: "No doubt he has been a victim. They obviously let him go and followed him and rearrested him." His lawyer, Sean Curran, does not subscribe to that viewpoint, but points out: "He is going to get stopped every time a police officer looks at him because of his notoriety."

Doherty is now, of course, facing the threat of prison time over the six charges of possession of class A drugs, although Curran hopes that the court will consider rehabilitation instead. Because that worked so well last time.


Doherty's prison time hasn't helped his band's UK tour, of course, with half the dates having been put on hold due to his court dates and arrests. Of course, Libertines fans could make do with a gig from the new band from Doherty's former bandmate Carl Barat - or they could if there were any tickets left. Barat's Dirty Pretty Things tour sold out on Wednesday within half an hour of tickets going on sale. So much so the band have moved location (well, slightly) for their Glasgow show to accommodate more fans - they were due to play at the ABC2 on 5 Mar but have moved the gig to the larger capacity ABC.


Talking of extending gigs and things, Editors have added an extra date to their summer tour dates, and will now play a third gig at Brixton Academy this summer. The band previously announced shows at the venue for 30 and 31 May, and will now also play on 1 Jun. The London residency will follow dates in Glasgow on 28 May and Manchester on 29 May.


Bryan Adams was in Pakistan this weekend to perform at a charity gig in aid of the groups supporting those affected by last year's earthquake in the country.

He's the first Western pop star to perform in the country for some time, but he told a press conference on his arrival to the city of Karachi that he felt suitably safe performing in a region that has suffered from so much sectarian violence in recent years.

Adams: "I feel OK here and my perception of Pakistan is much like a lot of other places. I've been out for the last 20 years and I think people are people and I don't have a different perception of Pakistan".

On taking part in the charity event, he continued: "First of all it's exciting because, as far as I know, we are the first Western artists to come and play a big concert here. The perception around the world right now of Pakistan obviously is a country in need of help and as a Canadian I am very happy and very proud to be part of this evening performance. We are going to raise a lot of money to hopefully help rebuild some schools in the area that has been devastated."

The Canadian ambassador to Pakistan passed on his thanks to Adams for taking part in the fundraiser, saying: "We are proud of Bryan Adams not only for being a great singer but also for his humanitarian efforts to support humanity".


Xfm will continue its growth around the UK when it starts to broadcast on 97.7FM in Manchester on 15 Mar. The station confirmed the line up for its daytime schedule this morning. Comedian Paul Tonkinson will host breakfast on the new station, while Sony Award winning presenter Adam Cole will present mornings, current Xfm London presenter Gareth Brooks will present afternoons, former Rock FM DJ Mark Kaye will present drive time, while Inspiral Carpets legend Clint Boon and former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam will present evenings. Tony Wilson, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey and the aforementioned Andy Rourke are all due to get weekend shows.

Confirming the line up, Xfm Network MD Nick Davidson told CMU: "I couldn't be more excited about the line-up! Sometimes I can't work out whether I'm putting together a radio station or forming Manchester's best ever band. This city has been crying out for a station like Xfm, which was born out of music from the Madchester era. It's a momentous occasion for a city like ours, which has been starved of a radio station with a passion for credible indie-rock music. Xfm playlisted bands such as Kaiser Chiefs, Richard Ashcroft, The Ordinary Boys and Arctic Monkeys dominate the charts these days proving there's a real thirst for our kind of music out there. Now at long last the good people of Manchester will be able to tune into a station that reflects that music taste 24 hours a day".

Confirming his involvement, Paul Tonkinson added: "Xfm is hitting Manchester and I can't wait. I am made up to be bringing this radio station to one of the best cities in the world and am honoured to be hosting the breakfast show. To play decent music and chat nonsense for cash is something I am very much looking forward to."

As previously reported, GCap have been busy expanding the reach of Xfm over the last few months, rebranding Scottish youth station Beat 106 and turning digital radio channels used by GWR's The Storm over to Xfm's London output. The company won the new Manchester licence last summer before all that expansion began.


Following Google's announcement at the Consumer Electronic Show earlier this month that they plan to launch a video download service, speculation is now rife that the search engine company is planning an iTunes competitor.

US financial website quote analysts as saying: "We believe that Google is in the midst of creating its own iTunes competitor, which we've dubbed 'Google Tunes'. We think this is a logical step, now that the nascent Google Video product has been introduced."

Another analyst, Robert Peck, told reporters: "We would expect Google to rollout a Beta service within 3 to 6 months. We note that Google has not confirmed our expectations, and that our thinking is based on Mosaic theory. However, we do think this fits with Google's recent moves and its ultimate goal of organising the world's information."


Talking of speculation in the financial press, the FT has said that the family who own German media giant Bertelsmann may be forced to launch a share sale. From what we can make out, this has been initiated by the Belgian holding company Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, who own a 25% stake in the conglom, which counts among its assets one half of SonyBMG. GBL reportedly want to list their stake in Bertelsmann on one or another stock exchange, basically floating the company. That means that the Mohn family, who have held the majority stake in Bertelsmann for as long as anyone can remember (since the 19th century) will have to buy out GBL or agree to the flotation. The FT reckons buying out GBL would cost in the region of $6.1 billion, which is quite a lot. Whether they can or will do that remains to be seen.


More city type stuff, and the Sanctuary Music Group has issued its preliminary financial results for the financial year that ended last September. The report mainly clarifies previous statements from the music company regarding its ongoing and much reported financial struggles. Perhaps most important is the news that the group is "close to implementing a significant equity fund raising through Evolution Securities Limited who have agreed to become broker to the company and who have received indications of support for an equity fundraising of £110m from institutional investors". Sanctuary bosses hope that investment, coupled with recent agreements with its bank, will give them the grounding to rebuild the company.

Introducing the financial report, Sanctuary Exec Chairman Andy Taylor told reporters: "The past 12 months have been the most difficult and challenging period that Sanctuary has ever had. As a result, we have had to make some fundamental changes and difficult decisions, but it was essential to make them and we have acted quickly to do so. Despite the awful year that we have had, we are looking to the future with confidence. In doing so, it is worth remembering that we have built Sanctuary's business up over a 30 year period and I am confident that we have a business, presence and support throughout the music industry that will help us to emerge successfully from this restructuring. Sanctuary's underlying business model is a good one and the Board is confident that the business can now be returned to financial health."


Following the BPI's court successes last week in the ongoing P2P litigation battle, the Irish music industry as had its own court win. As previously reported, in order to pursue legal action against individual downloaders record companies must first force internet service providers to reveal the identities of the people they suspect of downloading (tracking P2P usage will only reveal the 'IP address' of file sharers) - doing so generally requires court action. In a bid to identify 49 file sharers the Irish Recorded Music Association had taken three ISPs to court - Eircom, BT Ireland and Irish Broadband. Ireland's High Court ruled last week that the internet companies must, indeed, identify the alleged file sharers, allowing the trade body to now begin legal action against those named individuals.


Nas' first album under his previously reported new recording contract with Def Jam will come via his own imprint, to be called Jones Experience.

The rapper will then look to sign other artists to the imprint, mainly but not exclusively from the hip hop world. Commenting on the venture, he told Billboard that the Jones Experience will concentrate "first and foremost on hip-hop," but he added he is "open to other genres".

The imprint was reportedly an integral part of Nas' new relationship with the Universal owned label. As previously reported, Nas' relationship with Def Jam follows his public making up with former rival Jay-Z, now boss of Island Def Jam, of course. Both Nas and Jay's people are making much of the two rappers' joint business venture, with the former saying: "This is so much bigger than me and Jay-Z. We're both excited by what this could potentially mean for hip-hop as a whole."


Galaxy Radio has been announced as the official radio partner of the Hard Dance Awards which, as previously reported, take place at The Fridge in London on 11 Feb. The Chrysalis owned dance station will broadcast coverage of the awards, including guest mixes from its two hosts, Anne Savage and Ed Real. As far as we know, you can still vote in the awards at


Phone voting on the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother raised over £480,000 for charity, which is great news for Endemol and their mobile phone partners, because for every penny raised for charity by voting fees, two pennies go to the show's producers and the phone companies. Wonderful.

As you all surely know, non-celeb Chantelle was the overall winner of the popularity contest - earning her £25,000 in prize money and no doubt an awful lot more in media, modelling and, probably, music contracts.

Michael Barrymore was the winning real celeb, coming in second place over all, kicking off speculation of a return to our screens for the troubled comedian-come-TV-presenter. The house's music names, GLC's Maggot, Ordinary Boys' Sam Preston and former Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns came third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Talking of Pete Burns, with Dead Or Alive's big hit 'You Spin Me Around' re-released today, word has it that the bitchy CBB housemate may be going back into the studio to collaborate with his friend, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears. Burns' manager has reportedly told the press: "Jake and him get on really well. I'm sure the song will be very interesting."


Jonathan King is apparently to have his conviction for child sex offences reviewed. King, who has always insisted that he is innocent, was let out of prison last March after serving half of a seven year sentence for sexually abusing five boys during the 1980s. King says in a statement that he was in New York in 1985 when one of the alleged incidents took place and the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the government body set up to investigate miscarriages of justice, has agreed to review the case in the light of new evidence supplied by the pop mogul's lawyers.

In a statement released via his solicitors, King states: "Since being released, I have been able, with great difficulty, to assemble evidence which proves I was in New York on the very day I was supposedly indecently assaulting a youth in my house in London. The jury did not hear this critical evidence."


ALBUM REVIEW: Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit (Rough Trade)
For their seventh album, Belle and Sebastian, the most unlikely band to ever win a Brit Award, follow the success of the Trevor Horn produced 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress' with their most diverse record to date. However, who'd ever suspect that these precious Scots would have a love of Sly and the Family Stone and T-Rex, as shown on 'Song For Sunshine' and 'The Blues Are Still Blue'? The band have always had a sense of the 1970s about their sound, though more rooted in the folk scene than soul or glam rock, yet this succeeds as no doubt fans would expect, and these two tracks, which can be seen as homages to the aforementioned bands are amongst the strongest tracks on offer. But picking individual tracks is a thankless task, as 'The Life Pursuit' is a unanimously excellent album, barely slipping from the high standards set from the opener 'Act Of The Apostle'. The song writing is inspired by the usual subjects; one critic summarised it as being about 'girls on buses'. Stuart Murdoch has a sly sense of humour, a stunning turn of phrase, and a great sense of storytelling. The lead-off single 'Funny Little Frog', released last week, gave the band their highest charting single to date, and immediately stands out. The urgency of 'Another Sunny Day', the tale of jealousy that is 'Dress Up In You' and the Teenage Fanclub meets Motown 'To Be Myself Completely' are all worthy of mention as well. Few albums will meet the benchmark that Belle and Sebastian have set for 2006 - highly recommended! KW
Release date: 6 Feb
Press contact: Rough Trade IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo Plugging [CR, RR, NP]


This just in... the Arctic Monkeys are number one in the album charts. No really, the Arctic Monkeys. Number one. Unbelievable.

Yep, as expected, Arctic Monkeys have broken UK chart records, with their album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' becoming the fastest-selling debut album in chart history. By the time the chart was counted on Sunday over 360,000 copies of the album had been sold, considerably more than the number of albums sold in the first week by previous record holders Hear'Say.

A spokesman for HMV told reporters: "In terms of sheer impact... we haven't seen anything quite like this since The Beatles. In the space of just a few weeks the Arctic Monkeys have gone from being relative newcomers to becoming a household name."

Previous record holders Hear'Say had, of course, received weeks of prime time TV exposure via Popstars before their debut album release. Arctic Monkeys, however, built their fanbase in a more organic way without major media support - initially making many of their tracks available for free via the internet. That said, once interest began to grow via the net, subsequent national media coverage of the phenomenon helped to further expand the band's profile and fanbase. Whether that model can now be used by other unsigned bands, or record labels (large or small), looking to side step traditional routes to a fanbase, remains to be seen.

Anyway, back to the chart. Last week we said the world would be in a good place if the Arctic Monkeys, Hard-Fi and Editors filled the top three of the LP chart. Well, in the end, it runs like this - Arctic Monkeys at 1, Richard Ashcroft at 2, Hard-Fi at 3, Editors at 4. But an Ashcroft new entry in there, that's cool by us. And hey, Daniel O'Donnell went straight in at five with 'From Daniel With Love', which just caps things off perfectly.

Other new entries in the albums chart this week run thus: Kooks' 'Inside In/Inside Out' at 9, Johnny Mathis best of at 18, A-Ha with 'Analogue' at 24, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's eponymous debut at 26, and Fall Out Boy with 'From Under The Cork Tree' at 30. Oh yes, and Preston's hard labour in the world of reality TV has finally paid off - Ordinary Boys reenter the album chart with 'Brassbound' at 22.

Singles wise, Arctic Monkeys slip down to 2, swapping places with the Notorious BIG, which is probably just as well - there is such a thing as being too successful.

Other singles new entries run thus: A-Ha with 'Analogue (All I Want)' at 10, Pharrell Williams with 'Angel' at 15, Young Jeezy Ft Akon with 'Soul Survivor' at 16, Starsailor with 'This Time' at 24, Protocol with 'Where's The Pleasure' at 27, LMC ft Rachel Mcfarlane with 'You Get What You Give' at 30, Fall Out Boy with 'Sugar We're Goin Down' at 37 and Ferry Corsten with 'Fire' at 40. Wonderful.


1. [1] Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down (Domino)
2. [2] Editors - Munich (SonyBMG/Kitchenware)
3. [NE] Goldfrapp - Ride a White Horse (EMI/Mute)
4. [16] Maximo Park - I Want You to Stay (Warp)
5. [22] Fall Out Boy - Sugar We're Going Down (Universal/Mercury)
6. [29] Kubb - Grow (Universal/Mercury)
7. [3] The Kooks - You Don't Love Me (EMI/Virgin)
8. [8] Richard Ashcroft - Break the Night With Colour (EMI/Parlophone)
9. [26] The Magic Numbers - I See You, You See Me (EMI/Heavenly)
10. [NE] Belle & Sebastian - Funny Little Frog (Rough Trade)
11. [20] Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On (EMI)
12. [NE] Saucy Monky - I Touch Myself (Measured Records)
13. [10] Hard-Fi - Hard-Fi (Warner/Necessary)
14. [NE] El Presidente - Turn This Thing Around (SonyBMG)
15. [NE] The Crimea - Lottery Winners On Acid (Warner)
16. [11] Coldplay - Talk (EMI)
17. [19] The Go! Team - Ladyflash (Memphis Industries)
18. [17] The Strokes - Juicebox (Rough Trade)
19. [NE] Starsailor - This Time (EMI)
20. [NE] Test Icicles - What's Your Damage (Domino)
21. [NE] Dilated Peoples - Back Again (EMI/Parlophone)
22. [4] Madonna - Hung Up (Warner/Maverick)
23. [NE] Tinnka - Best of Me
24. [14] Mystery Jets - The Boy Who Ran Away (679)
25. [NE] Moby - Slipping Away (EMI/Mute)
26. [NE] Living Things - Bom Bom Bom (SonyBMG)
27. [RE] Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Is This Love (Wichita)
28. [NE] Bon Jovi - Welcome to Wherever You Are (Universal/Mercury)
29. [RE] Sigur Ros - Hippipolla (EMI)
30. [NE] Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend (Universal/Geffen)


The videos being played on the SUBtv network in union bars all over the country this week. Adds marked with a **.

50 Cent - Hustler Ambition (Universal/Interscope)
Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down (Domino)
Beck - Hell Yes (Universal/Geffen)
Belle & Sebastian - Funny Little Frog (Rough Trade)
Beyonce - Check It On (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Chris Brown - Run It (SonyBMG)
Hard Fi - Cash Machine (Warner/Necessary)
Hi Tack - Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U) (Gusto)
**Maximo Park - I Want You To Stay (Warp)
The Go! Team - Ladyflash (Memphis Industries)

Boy Kill Boy - Back Again (Universal/Island)
Broken Social Scene - Ibi Dreams Of Pavement (City Slang)
El Presidente - Turn This Things Around (One Records)
**Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Going Down (Universal/Mercury)
Infadels - Can't Get Enough (Wall Of Sound)
Martin Solveig - Jealousy (Defected)
Mew - Why Are You Looking Grave (SonyBMG/Epic)
Nickelback - Far Away (Roadrunner)
Public Enemy - Bring That Beat Back (Slamjamz)
**Regina Spektor - Us (Transgressive)
The Kooks - You Don't Love Me (EMI/Virgin)
The Upper Room - All Over This Town (SonyBMG)
Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly (SonyBMG)
Will Young - All Time Love (SonyBMG)
**Ying Yang Twins Ft. Pitbull - Shake (TVT)


Two limited edition Sigur Ros EPs have been re-released. 'Svefn-g-englar' and 'Ny Batteri' were first released six years ago, so if you failed to get your mits on them first time around, here's your second chance. They are available now on CD format only. Elsewhere in Sigur Ros news, the band are playing three UK dates in the spring, Manchester Apollo on 27 Mar, and London's Hammersmith Apollo on 28 and 29 Mar.


The headline says it all, really. Michael Stipe has apparently guested on the new Placebo album, which is out in the Spring. The REM frontman appears on a track called 'Broken Promise' on the long player, 'Meds', which is released on 13 Mar, preceded by the first single from the album, 'Because I Want You', on 6 Mar.


Julien Temple's long anticipated film about Glastonbury is expected to be released in the Spring. As you'll probably recall, filming for the feature took place at the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 events, and to this the director has added vintage footage from every year of the festival. Temple spent three years searching for the various snippets of film, which range from amateur videos to outtakes from Nicolas Roeg's film about Glastonbury in 1971.

The film has been screened at the Sundance festival and next month will play at the Berlin Film Festival before opening in cinemas on 14 Apr. Incidentally, the Coachella Festival movie is currently being shown in selected US. Well, it's related.


According to The Sun, Madonna has bought a second home in London to accommodate her staff. The singer has spent £900,000 on the property, which is adjacent to the mews home she already owns.

An unnamed neighbour revealed: "She loves her home in London but has always wanted more space. Properties here often aren't as big as the enormous places you can get in Los Angeles. She had been after the mews house next door for a couple of years. She asked the banking consultant neighbour who owned it if he was prepared to sell and eventually he agreed. Madonna likes the added security she will have owning the house next door. She has had big security problems in the past. She plans to move in more of her staff next door now and she said she could do with the extra office space."


According to The Mirror, Paul Weller has angrily refused to perform a duet with James Blunt at the upcoming Brit Awards, reportedly saying "I'd rather eat my own shit than duet with James Blunt," which doesn't seem very nice.

Oh, sorry, I forgot, it's open season on James Blunt; we're all allowed to wish he was dead because he's done terrible, inhuman things to deserve it, writing a couple of whiny songs, for example. Here's a thought: if he genuinely objects so much to his fellow nominee, perhaps Weller should be boycotting the awards ceremony that have given James 'Satan' Blunt five whole nominations, instead of turning up to receive his Outstanding Contribution To Music award.

Well, I hope this story is rubbish, not because I think there's anything wrong with not wanting to duet with the country's current favourite yearn-popper, but because there's no excuse for rudeness.


Well, it was probably dark. The Sun reports that when Arctic Monkeys appeared at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, they failed to recognise high profile gig-goer David Bowie and asked him to leave his seat. According to the tabloid, the band had brought their family across for the gig and reserved seats for them at the front of the venue. Bowie apparently sat on one of those reserved seats, and the band, not realising who he was, asked him to move on.

Monkey bassist Andy Nicholson apparently said: "David came up afterwards and said he really enjoyed it. So that's nice," whilst a 'source' added: "The lads were really embarrassed. They didn't think anyone would turn up to see them in New York, never mind a legend like David Bowie. David had heard all the hype and wanted to see them for himself."


Noel Gallagher has been bitching again, according to The Sun, this time about poor defenceless kids. The Oasis man, who has a five year old daughter by the way, said of children: "They are idiots are they not? They're fucking idiots...they're small, noisy, smelly, small, devil brats! They take too much time and they cry all the time." Well, no, actually, they're all not idiots. Perhaps it's just Gallagher's offspring?

Anyway, continuing in his usual charming manner, Noel apparently said: "Many people become so boring when they get kids, they seem to want to take over the house you live in. You have to be quiet when the babies are asleep... fuck that! It's my house and I am the boss in my house."

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