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In today's CMU Daily:
- Ex girlfriend's evidence to be used in Spector trial
- Snoop Dogg avoids prison
- Warrants out for DMX
- Apple Corps settle with EMI over Beatles royalties row
- US files WTO copyright complaints against China
- Island Def Jam to revive Mercury US
- Live Nation signs Hollywood Palladium deal
- Jacksons judge in new reality show
- Album review: Various - Inside The Mind Of Nitin Sawhney
- Noel Gallagher says solo release likely
- Van Zant thinks E Street album will happen soon
- Chemical Brothers album news
- Klaxons don't like glowsticks
- Jamie T tour
- Happy Mondays add dates to tour
- More additions to Download
- More additions to Summer Sundae
- More additions to Rock Ness
- Soweto Kinch at Cargo tonight
- Album review: Mudd - Claremont 56
- Office star to guest on 6Music
- Kele makes more enemies
- Lily not happy in US
- Robbie cross with Arctic Monkeys

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INDIESTORE OF THE DAY: DOCTOR FONDA

You know how we are prone to give an extra listen to bands who hark from Greenwich / Lewisham cos that's where we live (hey, admit it, you all do it - at least we admit it)? Well the good news for those bands outside the SE post code is that sometimes, just sometimes, team CMU go travelling, and when we do, our geographical musical bias moves with us which is why today I'm tipping a band who hark from Hastings, that being where I was yesterday. Doctor Fonda are possibly a bit louder than you might be expecting given their home town, though I imagine Hastings was pretty loud the day of the battle. Anyway, these four are making what you might call alternative rock - though it's not just noise, there's plenty of impressive guitar playing to back up their rock attitude. There are plenty of tracks to preview and/or buy here at their Indiestore. They've just been signed up to US A&R firm Big Noise Now - I've no idea what that means, but they seem to hope it means big times beckon. Whether it will be BNN who deliver the big break I don't know, but with a growing repertoire of songs this good, they can't be unsigned for too long. Go see them now before the big times come.

http://www.indiestore.com/doctorfonda

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EX GIRLFRIEND'S EVIDENCE TO BE USED IN SPECTOR TRIAL
An ex-girlfriend of Phil Spector, who claims that the music producer threatened her with a gun on two separate occasions, will be allowed to give evidence at his upcoming murder trial. Devra Robitaille, a former Warner Bros Records employee, claims that he pointed a loaded gun at her head over twenty years ago.

Prosecutors claim that the testimony will show that Spector has a history of violent behavior against women. The producer's lawyers had argued that the evidence was too old to be relevant to the case and maintained that it would simply delay the trial. LA Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler admits that he could be descending "a dangerous and slippery slope" in legal terms by allowing their evidence, but felt that the testimonies of Robitaille and several other women might have some relevance in finding a motive for the alleged murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The judge did, however, deny the admission of the evidence of a retired New York police officer who claimed that he once heard Spector drunkenly declare that "all women deserve a bullet in the head".

On the decision to allow Robitaille to testify, defence lawyer Roger Rosen told reporters: "I was very disappointed with the court's ruling. This kind of evidence is very salacious and seductive and gets the jury thinking about things other than the evidence".

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SNOOP DOGG AVOIDS PRISON
Snoop Dogg has avoided going to prison by pleading no contest to gun and drugs charges when he appeared in court in California yesterday. The rapper, aka Calvin Broadus was, as previously reported, set to face charges relating to one of his last year's many run-ins with the authorities, his arrest at Burbank's Bob Hope airport in October for being found in possession of both drugs and guns. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling sentenced Broadus to five years probation and 800 hours of community service, and also ruled that the hip-hopper must not include any gang members in his entourage in the future.

Snoop Dogg's lawyer Donald Etra said his client was grateful to have got off lightly, telling reporters: "He recognises the severity of this. He recognises he got a great a deal and he fully intends to make sure nothing prohibits him from keeping his part of the bargain."

Prosecutor Sandi Gibbons said: "We feel this is an equitable arrangement. Five years' probation is a very long period for these types of crimes, and the fact that he knows he will go to state prison - no ifs, ands or buts - if he violates probation is very important."

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WARRANTS OUT FOR DMX
Talking of hip-hop stars who are constantly in trouble, warrants have been issued for the arrest of DMX, aka Earl Simmons, who has failed to turn up for a number of court appearances relating to previously reported traffic offences. Simmons was due in court in White Plains, New York on Tuesday but did not appear, apparently because he missed a flight. The presiding judge gave him until 2pm the following day to show up, but he didn't. He also missed a court date in Yonkers. According to reports, DMX's lawyer Murray Richman has no idea where his client is.

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APPLE CORPS SETTLE WITH EMI OVER BEATLES ROYALTIES ROW
Apple Corps has settled its legal dispute with EMI which saw Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison claiming that the record company owed them £30m in missing royalties from album sales. There's no indication as to how much cash the settlement involved, however, an EMI spokeswoman telling reporters: "I can confirm that we have reached a mutually acceptable settlement and that we are not going to say anything more than that".

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US FILES WTO COPYRIGHT COMPLAINTS AGAINST CHINA
The United States this week filed two complaints with the World Trade Organisation against China with regard to their copyright policy in relation to the work of American artists. China is of course one of the world's biggest sources of illegally pirated goods, which include designer clothes and medications as well as music. Accusing China of breaking its 2001 WTO entry agreement, US trade representative Susan Schwab said that piracy levels in china "remain unacceptably high", and adds that "excessively high legal thresholds for launching criminal prosecutions offer a safe harbour for pirates and counterfeiters".

The action may lead to a formal case being brought if an agreement cannot be reached within a two month period. The likelihood of reaching such an agreement seems slim, however, given that the move has provoked an angry response from China, with the Chinese commerce ministry expressing "strong dissatisfaction" at the US action.

Ministry spokesman Wang Xinpei said: "the Chinese government has always been firm in protecting intellectual property rights and attained significant achievements in this respect," adding that he felt that the complaints were likely to "seriously undermine" economic and trade relations between the US and China. Intellectual property office commissioner Tian Lipu added: "The US has ignored the Chinese government's immense efforts and great achievements in strengthening intellectual property rights protection and tightening enforcement."

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ISLAND DEF JAM TO REVIVE MERCURY US
Island Def Jam are to revive their Mercury imprint in the US. Over the years home to the likes of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Rush and Rod Stewart, since 1999 the imprint has only operated as a fully functioning label in the UK, its name and logo only used in the states for back catalogue, re-issues and as Mercury Nashville for country releases. Sony Music A&R man David Massey, who has overseen hits from the likes of Shakira, Oasis and Franz Ferdinand, is to head up the revived US division. Based in New York, he will assume his post on 16 Apr, and report to IDJ chairman L.A. Reid, and Steve Bartels, COO of IDJ and president of Island Records.

Massey, most recently executive VP of A&R for Sony Music Label Group US, says: "I see Mercury as a label that reflects the kind of artist I've been associated with in the past. It's a very exciting challenge to rebuild a label that from a global perspective has quite a brand." IDJ chairman Reid adds: "The track record of trust and inspiration he has won from the artists he's worked with over the years makes him the perfect choice to pilot Mercury through its latest incarnation."

How prolific the label will be remains to be seen, but Massey has indicated that the plan is to rebuild the imprint slowly. There's also no indication as yet as to whether any artists currently with Island or Def Jam will be transferred to the Mercury label, as the only acts confirmed for the imprint's roster are George Simon Stanford, a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia and Dussy, a singer initially signed to Universal Music International.

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LIVE NATION SIGNS HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM DEAL
Live Nation has signed a long term lease to manage, operate and have exclusive booking rights to LA's 4,000 capacity Hollywood Palladium. The Beverley Hills based live events company already owns or operates a number of venues in Southern California, including the 1,000 capacity House Of Blues in LA, the 16,300 capacity Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine and the 65,000 capacity Hyundai Pavilion in San Bernardino. Live Nation also hold exclusive booking agreements with other Californian venues, including the Honda Center in Orange County and the Long Beach Arena.

The Hollywood Palladium, which opened back in 1940 with a Frank Sinatra concert, will undergo a complete overhaul before reopening in the autumn of 2008. Renovations will include upgrades to the stage infrastructure and work on the venue's exterior, plus the building of additional backstage facilities. Live Nation's CEO of North American Music Bruce Eskowitz says: "We're working hard to make sure that a lot of the things that made it the Palladium are maintained. The building is in great shape. ... We think this is a great addition to Los Angeles and Hollywood, and we can't wait to begin construction."

Eskowitz adds that the new agreement is all part of his company's strategy to accommodate acts at any level. "Basically, wherever an artist is in their career, we'd like to have a venue in the major markets that can accommodate the right play for them," he says "We've been working on this for some time."

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JACKSONS JUDGE IN NEW REALITY SHOW
Jermaine and LaToya Jackson are to appear as judges on a new TV talent show designed to find a new 'musical family'. According to Variety, CBS is teaming up with the pair to make the programme, 'Pop Dynasty', but no clear format for the show has been set. The pair are no strangers to reality TV. Jermaine was runner-up on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, of course, whilst sister LaToya took part in a US programme Armed And Famous, which, slightly worryingly, saw the celebs training to become reserve police officers. Yikes.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Inside the Mind of Nitin Sawhney (District 6)
Nitin Sawhney has created some good albums over the years, and here sums up some influences with 14 cuts for the first compilation offering on this new imprint. He begins with a touch of r&b in 'Brown Sugar' by D'Angelo, moving on to Fink's slightly kooky 'Biscuits' and Massive Attack's classic 'Teardrop'. The remix of Nusrat Khan's 'Mustt Mustt' is, sadly, a bit average but things improve with Air's 'Run' which sums up the Gallic duo's quirkiness, and the London Philharmonic's take on 'Psycho' which draws you in over the course of its two minutes, and proves to be quite refreshing. Then Nitin who plays Spanish guitar avidly, chooses Ojos de Brujos cut 'Memorias' and Paco de Lucia's more pungent 'Almoraima Perdias' with its guitar slap percussion and flamenco handclaps. The latin track is truncated somewhat rudely after 2 minutes, but segues into the entirety of the magical 4hero remix of Nuyorican Soul's 'Black Gold of the Sun' (which is also one of my personal favourites of recent years...). The compilation finishes with Bob Dylan's 1962 politco-folk track 'Blowin' in the Wind', making this an interesting saunter into diverse genres, and not overly navel gazing, so definitely worth a check. PV
Release date: 24 Apr
Press contact: Mambo PR [all]

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NOEL GALLAGHER SAYS SOLO RELEASE LIKELY
Noel Gallagher says that he's going to release a solo album. Eventually. In an interview with NME, the Oasis star is quoted as saying: "I've actually got a backlog of songs that are slowly building up. The thing about a solo record is the time to do one is between Oasis world tours because you'd have a good couple of years. But it takes me so long to write the songs that eventually I run out of time, but I've got a backlog now of about four or five songs which are probably too far in the past as far as the band in concerned, but which could work on my record... it's coming."

On a new Oasis album, he added: "The next one in theory is already fucking written. I've got eight songs that I'm pretty happy with. I think Liam's got one or two that he thinks are brilliant. We're waiting for Gem and Andy. It's just a case of sitting down and saying, 'When do we want to do this?'"

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VAN ZANT THINKS E STREET ALBUM WILL HAPPEN SOON
Steven Van Zandt says that he thinks Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band might be ready to work on a new album. The last release involving both the singer and the band was 2001's 'Live In New York City' LP, but now the E Street guitarist says he thinks a new album is going to happen soon.

He told Spinner: "We gotta make a record, which could happen soon. I don't have any reason to say this other than my own instinct but I just get a vibe it's going to be sooner than later. [Springsteen] literally could call me today, we could have a new album out and be on the road within three months."

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CHEMICAL BROTHERS ALBUM NEWS
The previously reported new Chemical Brothers album 'We Are The Night' is out on 11 June, and it's been confirmed that Klaxons, Midlake and Willy Mason are amongst the guests appearing on it.

Here's the tracklisting:

No Path To Follow
We Are The Night
All Rights Reversed feat. Klaxons
Saturate
Do It Again feat. Ali Love
Das Spiegel
The Salmon Dance feat. Fatlip
Burst Generator
A Modern Midnight Conversation
Battle Scars feat. Willy Mason
Harpoons
The Pills Won't Help You Now feat. Midlake

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KLAXONS DON'T LIKE GLOWSTICKS
Talking of Klaxons, as we were, they've been vocal in their opposition to Glowsticks in an interview with the Popworld Pulp magazine. The band's Jamie Reynolds is quoted as saying: "There's a general lack of glowsticks [in Europe]. It's nice to prove it's possible to have excitement without them. We're considering trying to find someone with an injury. If anyone's been injured by a glowstick they can get in contact with us and help our cause to get them banned from our gigs."

On a marginally more serious note, Reynolds says he's fed up of being asked about the 'new rave' genre his band has supposedly spearheaded. "We kept getting asked to explain it," he says, "and it's like, 'Look, the whole idea of new rave was to take the piss out of the media by making them talk about something that didn't exist, just for our own amusement.' And they'd say, 'I appreciate that, but can you tell me more about new rave?'"

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JAMIE T TOUR
Jamie T has announced a new series of tour dates, as follows:

15 Apr: Dublin The Village
16 Apr: Belfast Mandela Hall
21 Apr: Southampton Guildhall
22 Apr: Norwich UEA
24 Apr: Liverpool Carling Academy
25 Apr: London Forum
27 Apr: Glasgow ABC
28 Apr: Sheffield Octagon
29 Apr: Manchester Ritz
1 May: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
2 May: Bristol Academy
3 May: London Shepherds Bush Empire

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HAPPY MONDAYS ADD DATES TO TOUR
Happy Mondays have added two dates to their upcoming UK tour, one in Bristol and one in Nottingham. The amended list is as follows:

20 Apr: Bristol Academy 2
21 Apr: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
22 May: Inverness Ironworks
23 May: Aberdeen Music Hall
25 May: Sheffield Leadmill
26 May: Middlesbrough Town Hall
27 May: Hull University
29 May: Cambridge Junction
30 May: Northampton Roadmender
31 May: Preston 53 Degrees
1 Jun: Dudley JB's
8 Jul: Manchester Ritz

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MORE ADDITIONS TO DOWNLOAD
The latest additions to this year's Download Festival have been announced, and amongst the bands joining headliners MCR, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden are Blood Simple, I Was A Cub Scout and Turisas.

The event, as previously reported, takes place from 8 - 10 Jun at Donnington Park, more info from here: http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

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MORE ADDITIONS TO SUMMER SUNDAE
Every time I have to write an item on the Summer Sundae festival, I get visions of banana splits and ice-cream concoctions involving fruit and wafers and raspberry syrup. And I want to eat them. Which is not terribly helpful when you consider that I don't eat dairy.

On to the actual news, however, which is that more names have been confirmed for the weekender, and they include The Hold Steady and Micah P. Hinson. They join previously confirmed acts such as The Magic Numbers, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Rumble Strips and The Divine Comedy.

All that takes place at De Montford Hall & Gardens in Leicester from 10 - 12 Aug. More info from http://www.summersundae.com.

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MORE ADDITIONS TO ROCK NESS
Kelis and Mark Ronson are the latest acts to be added to the Rock Ness line-up. They join the likes of The Chemical Brothers, The Bees, Groove Armada and Daft Punk on the bill for the event which takes place from 9 - 10 Jun near Loch Ness, surprisingly enough. See here: http://www.rockness.co.uk.

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SOWETO KINCH AT CARGO TONIGHT
All this gig and festival news, eh? Most of which isn't for ages. So how about something for tonight? Yes, tonight. Soweto has been making waves in the British jazz scene for a quite a bit now - you'll remember that in 2003 he picked up a Mobo for best British jazz act. He'll be previewing material from the second part of his award winning album 'A Life In The Day of B19', which is set for release later this year. As the headline suggests, it all takes place at Cargo, doors 7.30pm. More info at http://www.cargo-london.com.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mudd - Claremont 56 (Rong)
Mudd is a moniker for Paul Murphy - an understated talent, in my opinion, who now presents us a slice of downtempo chillout. Starting with the lush laid back intro of 'C40' he picks things up with the sunkissed effects of 'Mount Pleasant Lane', before getting a bit nervy with the slow BPM's of 'Crayfish and Deer' with its menacing synth overlay. 'SpielPlatz' is a bit more dancefloor, and '54B' has a disco tinge to it with violin from Ewa Norman. 'Damn Flu' is overly mechanoid, but is saved by some lush vocals from Rachel Thomas. The LP ends smoothly with the slow 'Summer in the Woods' combining a little sax outro with a Caribbean tinge. This is a well crafted album, much more intricate than just coffee table chillout, and definitely worth some of your serious listening. PV
Release date: 16 Apr
Press contact: EPM

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OFFICE STAR TO GUEST ON 6MUSIC
Office star Martin Freeman is set to guest in the drivetime slot on 6Music for three days next week whilst Danny Baker is on holiday, hosting alongside DJ Justin Spear. Freeman says: "I'll just be playing records, hoping to be interrupted by Justin or the listeners, or my own mind space".

He previously presented a six part show on Radio 2, 'The Great Unknown', and was praised for his "gentle, engaging and quietly enthusiastic chat" (I think that was a Guardian critic who said that).

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KELE MAKES MORE ENEMIES
That Kele Okereke out of Bloc Party has been speaking out about another music type, this time one Pete Doherty. Sometimes I think he should be a bit more careful about what he's saying, but I also usually agree with him, which is a bit of a dilemma.

Anyway, asked artists needed to suffer in order to create, Okereke responded: "That is something that has been misunderstood in recent times, and has led to really cliched behaviour. Someone like Pete Doherty - his drug-taking and refusal to adhere to a traditional lifestyle - makes people thing that his art is somehow more relevant because he's a fuck-up. It's easier to be a misfit or a dropout than it is to be a genius and actually create something."

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LILY NOT HAPPY IN US
According to The Mirror Lily Allen's apparently having such a hard time on promotional duties in the US that her boyfriend Seb Chew has had to fly out to New York to see her. Chew is quoted as saying: "I'm really worried about Lily. I'm flying out to New York and I can't wait to be with her. She's homesick and finding it difficult being away from the people she loves".

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ROBBIE CROSS WITH ARCTIC MONKEYS
The Sun says that Robbie Williams is cross with Arctic Monkey Alex Turner because of his recent comment about Mark Ronson's previously reported Smiths cover. Turner is quoted as saying: "Let me tell you what I can't stand — that R&B cover version of Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before".

Ronson's less bothered, however. He apparently says: "Robbie offered to smack them up for me, but I was like 'I don't need to start a northern war'. Rich, young rock stars still need something to get angry about."

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