CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 5th September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Live Nation sack UK MD
- Klaxons win Mercury Music Prize
- New Bohemians' keyboardist shot
- Doherty avoids sentencing again
- Timbaland sued again
- Dylan for Oscars
- Why stars die young
- New Strokes' side-project
-'s heartbreak
- Siouxsie Sioux: up the tower
- Barat wants a bit of Led
- Gonzo celebrate birthday with Barfly tour
- Album Review: Cobblestone Jazz - 23 Seconds
- BMI revenues up
- Universal help bring ringtones to landlines
- Sunday Telegraph editor resigns
- Bon Jovi not dissing as much as reported
- Courtney Love denies diss


We mentioned this just before August, but we're going to be sorting all this in the next few weeks, so one more mention is probably appropriate.

As you know we have a programme called CMU Recommended, where we tip gigs, clubs and industry events that we reckon are gonna be good, mainly here in the Top Bit. We have ongoing partnerships with certain organisations in this regard - Leyline Promotions and MusicTank for example - but are looking to expand this strand, and especially to events taking place outside the M25.

All of which means we are interested in hearing from you if you organise events - regular club nights, mini-festivals or industry related things - and are interested in being considered for inclusion in our 'CMU Recommended' strand.

We just ask that any Recommended event carry a 'CMU' logo on their flyer, and in return we give them lots of promotional and editorial support through our media. If you are interested, email details of your event, including an outline of music policy and creative aims, a mini-history of the operation, and details of where and when it takes place, and we'll pass it to the CMU Recommended team who will be in touch.

If you want to be recommended, just drop an email to There will be a limited number of slots in the Recommended programme, so the sooner you email the better.



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So, this was all a bit sudden. Live Nation UK's Music MD, Stuart Galbraith, was yesterday sacked by the live music conglom for a non-disclosed "breach of contract". According to Music Week, it is thought Live Nation chiefs discovered Galbraith was planning to jump ship to rivals AEG, and was allegedly sounding out Live Nation colleagues to join him there. He was asked to leave the company's London HQ with immediate effect. Live Nation says it has no immediate plans to replace Galbraith, with Live Nation UK President Paul Latham continuing to head up the company's British music operations.

Galbraith originally joined what was then Clear Channel Entertainment to head up their UK promotions. He took on the additional role of Director Of Festivals, playing a key role in the creation of some of Live Nation's key festival brands, including the Download and Wireless festivals. He also headed up production for the London leg of the Live 8 initiative back in 2005. He became MD of the company's UK operations after Clear Channel spun off its live entertainment business to create the separate company, Live Nation. Look at that. If you want an obituary style biog in the CMU Daily, but without going to the effort of dying, you just have to get sensationally sacked. Which is good to know.


Initial favourites Arctic Monkeys and Amy Winehouse, and late running favourite Bat For Lashes, all lost out in the end when London based 'new rave' outfit (do we write that 'nu rave', I can't remember) Klaxons were last night awarded the Mercury Music Prize. They win the £20,000 prize for their debut long player 'Myths Of The Near Future'.

Commenting on the win, Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds told reporters that he felt his band deserved the prize more than rival Winehouse because she made a "retro record and we've made the most forward-thinking record". Which is a bit bitchy. Perhaps he was pissed off that despite them winning Winehouse kind of stole the show at the Mercury Prize event last night (and the front pages of the papers this morning) with an acclaimed performance of her song 'Love Is A Losing Game' from her nominated album 'Back To Black'. There had, of course, been much speculation as to whether Winehouse would perform at, or even attend, the award event given the string of recent gig cancellations following her much publicised run in with a stomach pump.

Commenting on Winehouse's performance, and the overall winners, NME editor bloke and Mercury judge Conor McNicholas told the Beeb: "[Winehouse was] amazing. I've never been to an awards ceremony where somebody has performed and the room has been genuinely silent, proper pin-drop stuff. But we have to take into account an awful lot and at the end of the day the Klaxons was felt to be the right decision. It's an album that could only ever have been made in Britain, could only ever have been made at this moment in time and it's a multi-layered album".

Klaxons' win was good news for the bookies, because a Bat For Lashes win would have been an expensive pay out for them, given she started out as a 10:1 outsider before becoming favourite to win in the final weeks.


Jeffery Carter Albrecht, the rather talented keyboardist of New Bohemians and Paul Simon fame, has been shot dead. The musician was killed after apparently being mistaken for a burglar as he tried to break down the door to his girlfriend's neighbour's apartment. An investigation into the tragic death of the 34-year-old has been launched, though as yet police have issued no clue as to what or who was to blame.


Pete Doherty managed to avoid jail again yesterday by avoiding his scheduled date with Judge Davinder Lachlar at West London Magistrate's Court by checking himself into rehab yet again. The singer's lawyer claims that the ex-Libertine is "trying his best" to quit drugs, telling The Mirror: "I think he's quite serious. He's asked to go in and he's still there so he's trying". As such, the judge deterred sentencing (again) until 2 Oct, when Pete will possibly find another scheme that can get him off the hook. As previously reported, Lachlar previously postponed sentencing Doherty in relation to a drugs charge from May to give the Babyshambler the chance to demonstrate his commitment to kicking the drugs. Doherty did that by getting arrested again on a drugs charge. Presumably it is hoped the latest voluntary stint in rehab will convince Lachlar to be lenient when he finally gets round to doing the sentencing.

In other Doherty news, the long-awaited Babyshambles comeback single, 'Delivery', is to be given away on 7' vinyl free with the NME in a promotion akin to the successful White Stripes' freebie earlier this year. The band have recorded a special acoustic version of the song for the A-side, while the B-side features a new interview with the band as they talk through the process of making their second album, 'Shotter's Nation'. In addition, the sleeve will be adorned with some of that lovely 'blood artwork' Pete likes so much.

Commenting on the free blood covered single, NME chief Conor McNicholas told reporters: "Yet again NME is leading the music and publishing industries by creating big release events to excite music fans. Following on from the White Stripes 'Rag And Bone' single, this is once more something really special. Pete is very close to our hearts and we're made up to be working with Babyshambles and the guys at Parlophone in releasing this unique track. Another instant collectors' item!"


Another lawsuit for Timbaland over allegations he nicked a song. Following on from the news earlier this week that an Indian company called Saregama India was claiming that the producer nicked a song belonging to them for The Game track 'Put You On The Game', news today of another lawsuit relating to the Timbaland produced 1999 Jay-Z hit 'Big Pimpin'. The owners of an Egyptian song called 'Khosora Khosora' claim it was heavily sampled in the Jay-Z track without permission or payment, and now they are suing for a cut of the profits from the track, which are likely to be rather large given that it was one of the Jay-Z tracks used on Linkin Park's mash up 'Collision Course' EP. We're pretty sure that this lawsuit was issued once before, but failed first time round because one of the copyright owners of 'Khosora Khosora' failed to identify all of his co-owners in his legal papers.


Tinseltown is set to bestow its highest honour - an Oscar - on Bob Dylan, according to rumours. Unfortunately for Bob he won't be receiving the award, as actress Cate Blanchett has been tipped for the accolade after her previously reported interpretation of a younger Bob in soon-to-be-released Dylan film, 'I'm Not There', wowed critics at the film's screening during the Venice Film Festival.

Director Todd Haynes added: "Jude [the name of Blanchett's Dylan character] was always meant to be played by a woman. I felt it was the only way to resurrect the true strangeness of Dylan's physical being in 1966, which I felt had lost its historical shock value over the years. But of course it would take an actor of Cate's supreme intelligence and ability to bring to the role the kind of depth and subtlety she delivers so stunningly on screen".

In related news, it has been announced that schools all over the UK are set to study Bob's lyrics as part of National Poetry Day. The singer, oft referred to, of course, as a something of a poet, will have the lyrics to songs including 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' and 'Three Angel' presented to the kids as part of the poetry fest, something that Poet Laureate Andrew Motion couldn't fail to praise, saying: "Dylan is unique having this extraordinary combination of wonderful melodies with these very interesting words wrapped around them. I think it will be a real help, particularly to those people that find poetry in the classroom difficult or off-putting or irrelevant. I'm not sure how cool Dylan is amongst the people this is aimed at or how much they're listening to him compared to my generation. But, that said, I think it is a wonderful idea".


Proving something we probably would have all guessed anyway, researchers at Liverpool John Moore's University have found that famous musicians are more than twice as likely to die early as someone of similar disposition, but neither famous nor musical.

Taking into account more than 1000 deaths from Europe and North America, the study claims that between two and twenty five years after an individual finds fame/success, they have a terminal risk between two to three times greater than the average Joe.

I've no idea what that really tells us, but stat-wise this study provides a whole host of pub quiz worthy facts, including that around 100 significant musicians died between 1996 and 2005, with drugs and alcohol predictably involved in around a quarter of the incidents. The average age of the young rocker death, meanwhile, was 35, something that may surprise those that believe in the 'club 27' myth, which includes a string of superstars who have tragically passed away at 27, including Ian Curtis, Jeff Morrison, Janis Joplin and Richey Manic (though he is, in theory, still 'missing', of course).

Following the study, a John Moore spokesperson called on the industry to do more to help rock stars live healthy lives, which is nice of him.


The creative flame in Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond Jnr is clearly burning strongly at the moment after he announced via his Myspace blog that he was set to go into the studio at the end of October to record the follow-up to his well received debut solo release, 'Yours To Keep'. Hammond Jnr promised to update fans on the making of it through a series of video posts, but first thanked fans at length for their support, saying: "I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone who came out to see one of our shows. Without the fans none of our 128 shows would have been possible".

The promise of a second record from the guitarist, though good news, no doubt means that the wait for the new Strokes' album is likely to be extended till its completion.


Black Eyed Peas' eccentric frontman Will.I.Am has revealed details of his new solo album, claiming that it's all about an ex girlfriend from about four years ago - an original subject matter if there ever was one. However, it's certainly not an album about being chucked, but one about, erm, chucking, with the star claiming: "It broke my heart that I had broken her heart...I was young and I did destructive things". And how does Casanova think she'll cope when she finds out that the album is about her? "She'll deal with it", quipped the singer.


Punk legend Siouxsie Sioux is set to play a gig at the Eiffel Tower for Coke Music, something that will presumably lead to some accusing her of 'selling out', though if you're going to sell out, doing it in order to play the famous Paris landmark seems as good a reason as any to me. The Siouxsie Sioux date is one of a number of unusual location gigs being staged by Coke in a programme called 'The Coke Music Discovery Sessions'. The Magic Numbers are pencilled in to play Frikirkjan Church is Reykjavik as part of the event.

Support acts at this event will be picked from Coke's unsigned music programme, details of which can be found at Bands will be picked by a range of judges, including our good friend Eddy Temple Morris, so we know there should be some gooduns picked.

Commenting on the whole project, Siouxsie Sioux told reporters: "Supporting unsigned talent and playing such an iconic location as the Eiffel Tower instantly appealed to me. I've always had a personal interest in helping great new music get heard, and this gig provides the perfect opportunity to do just that".


Carl Barat has been waxing lyrical to about his excitement at the prospect of the previously reported much rumoured Led Zeppelin reunion - the one that has still not been officially announced. Barat said: "I'm terrifically excited. I'm going to have to go and learn all their songs now. Actually, to tell you the truth, I'm not that bothered at all but I like a one-off and I imagine I'll do my best to blag a ticket. They're one of those bands that I intend to listen to but I haven't really yet".


Zane Lowe's Gonzo show that loops round 47 times daily on MTV2 is celebrating its fifth birthday, which is something to celebrate, it being a show that has championed loads of CMU favourites over the years. With that in mind, MTV, Topman and Barfly are staging the following Gonzo party gig type things, featuring the following line ups...
12 Oct: Birmingham - Funeral For A Friend, The Dykeenies, Operator Please.
13 Oct: Cardiff - The Rumblestrips, Blood Red Shoes, Operator Please.
14 Oct: London - Bloc Party, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Operator Please.
19 Oct: Liverpool - The Cribs, Lightspeed Champion, Operator Please.
20 Oct: York - Jack Penate, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Operator Please.
21 Oct: Glasgow - We Are Scientists, Foals, Operator Please.

Tickets go on sale on 14 Sep.


ALBUM REVIEW: Cobblestone Jazz - 23 Seconds (!K7)
Electro-tech backdrops with a jazz influence - not ambient but not truly dancefloor - the trio of Cobblestoners return with their second album, and they do not disappoint. The swirling intro of 'Waiting Room' pulls us in, and gets us ready for an eclectic mix of tracks, with 'Hired Touch' and 'Lime In Da Coconut' following, the former more edgy and 'floor orientated, the latter fairly abstract with lots of little bleeps. 'Slap The Back' is more akin to the music of Moodymann, with its funky flavours, and it works well, while 'PBD' has an early Luke Slater feel to it, with its intricate montages. The title track clicks along tidily with trademark wibbles and bleeps, while 'Change Your Apesuit' and 'Saturday Night', the weaker tracks here, are a little menacing, but only average. 'Peace Offering' is high quality jazz tech and while the vocodered bits are a little unnecessary it is still the highlight on this disc. CD2 showcases a live session from Madrid from May, and has two extra tracks - 'Dump Truck' and 'India In Me'. All in all, Messrs Dhula, Jonson and Tate have produced a little gem of an excursion into leftfield dance. PV
Release date: 24 Sep
Press contact: Tailored Communications [all]


US royalty collecting bods BMI have posted revenues of over $839 million for its financial year up to the end of June, of which $732 million will be distributed to the songwriters, composers and publishers the body represents, an 8% increase on the previous year's distributions.

This is what BMI top bloke Del Bryant says: "The dynamic growth and continued popularity of the BMI catalogue have made these outstanding financial results possible at a time of unprecedented change in the media and entertainment business. Our success is a reflection of developing win-win business solutions for both our affiliated songwriters and our customers, enabling us to respond to significant changes in our business environment that are part of the continued transition from the analogue world to the digital".


This is interesting. The Universal Music Group has announced a new JV with a company called Home Phone Tunes which will see the release of a thing called the 'Ringboxx', which will bring the wacky world of mobile ringtones to landline phones - ie you'll be able to make your home phone play a Christina Aguilera track whenever it rings too. Wonderful. Rio Caraeff of Universal's new media eLabs division says this: "The Ringboxx is a natural and innovative way to provide entertainment and personalization for today's modern home".


Sunday Telegraph editor Patience Wheatcroft has resigned, reportedly because of "strategic differences" between her and the Telegraph Media Group's management with regards the paper's much reported recent foray into the world wide web. Deputy Editor Ian MacGregor will take over the Sunday title, while Will Lewis, Daily Telegraph editor, will become editor-in-chief for both titles.


Time to clarify what Jon Bon Jovi said regarding Robbie Williams and Oasis now. We reported in the Daily here yesterday how the Bon Jovi star had dissed Robbie and the Gallaghers, claiming they "couldn't fill a bar", a seemingly dumb claim given that Robbie and Oasis are behind some of the biggest ever concerts in UK music history. But it seems that that quote, reported in lots of places, was taken a bit out of context. It came from a Glamour magazine interview, which we don't read (sorry, our news gathering operation does have its limits) but fortunately one of our readers - Shari Black Velvet - has access to the original interview, which went like this...

CB [interviewer]: Which British rock bands are you into?
JBJ: Coldplay are the real deal I reckon...
CB: Pete Doherty?
JBJ: We are not familiar with anything other than Pete's antics and the fact that he is always in trouble - I've never heard a single one of his songs.
CB: Yeees - neither has anyone else. Is Robbie Williams a star in America?
JBJ: That guy? He couldn't fill a bar. He couldn't even sell 500 tickets...
CB: And what about Oasis?
JBJ: They couldn't fill a bar either - and they're full of themselves.

It was also reported that Jon Bon Jovi had had a go at David Beckham, but that bit of the interview read like this:

CW: You own a football team don't you? Do you think David Beckham is going to be an asset to LA Galaxy?
JBJ: I don't know - is he past his prime? The fact is that soccer in America doesn't mean anything to anyone, and it's losing so much money. You can see what's happening a mile away - they're setting David Beckham up with all these movie stars like Tom Cruise and his wife's going to be on TV now, so they're priming the pump. But they have tried to make the sport cool before, and it didn't work.

So, consider that clarified. Though it has to be said, while Robbie and Oasis are certainly no where near as big in the US as here, Oasis did very recently stage a rather successful US tour which visited venues rather bigger than a bar, albeit mainly on the East and West coasts. So I think we still OK to take issue with some of what he said. Especially the bit bigging up Coldplay. Ha, what does he know?


Talking of clarifications, Courtney Love has denied 'dissing' Amy Winehouse, as was widely reported last week. Sources supposedly supplying quotes from the Love camp claimed that Love had said that Winehouse had "taken more drugs than anyone in the music industry", a comment that Love has since moved to deny.

In an interview with the NME, Love protested her innocence, saying: "I said no such thing. I care deeply about her talent, I love this record tonnes, but I wouldn't comment even if I did have any knowledge. She hasn't hurt anyone I care for and she hasn't hurt me. My deepest apologies to anyone who believes this nonsense, that I would judge or finger-point unless I felt that [many] people's lives were on the line".

So, take note everyone.

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