CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 24th October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- OiNK no more
- XL reportedly secure Radiohead album
- The Ruts guitarist dies
- J Church man dies
- Fiddy doesn't approve of Nas album title
- Control up for ten gongs at indie film awards
- Led Zepp package to be released on iTunes
- New Portishead album almost done
- Goldfrapp keyboardist re-scores silent film classic
- And You Will Know Us By the lack of a record deal
- Beyonce concert in Istanbul cancelled
- SWN festival in Cardiff
- Explosions at ATP
- Learn to moonwalk over lunch
- Recall celebrate ten years
- Hot Chip play London
- Asobi Seksu announce tour
- Air guitar rock
- IFPI welcome talks to improve IP rights enforcement
- Is Comcast blocking BitTorrent uploads?
- CD Baby boss rants some more about Snocap
- Channelfly appoint new artist and brand relations boss
- More X-factor nonsense
- Spears friends say don't buy her album

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TOP BIT
Hey, here's an adminy thing I've been meaning to mention for a while, and today seems like as good a time as any. A handful of readers of the CMU Daily have reported problems receiving their daily helping of all things music, and most of those readers have one thing in common - they use Hotmail. We've done a lot of looking into this problem, and it seems that Hotmail's over zealous spam filtering system doesn't like us (we probably slagged them off at some point) and stops the Daily getting through. Some days. Not all days. But sometimes several days in a row. Anyway, there seems to be little we can do at our end to fix this problem (though we will keep trying), so all we can say is get rid of your Hotmail account and the problem will probably be resolved. May we suggest you get yourself a Google Mail account? It's a much superior webmail system you know. And totally CMU Daily compatible. Obviously there is a chance that our Hotmail-using subscribers won't receive this edition of the Daily. But if you ever have a friend saying "you know, I didn't get a CMU Daily today", well that probably means they have Hotmail. Tell them to change. And here ends my adminy thing for the day.

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OINK NO MORE
A joint effort between officials in the UK and Holland, supported by the BPI, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry and those Interpol chaps (the international police authority, not the New York indie rock combo) have closed down a popular BitTorrent tracking service called OiNK, or the Oink Pink Palace if you prefer.

OiNK was an invitation-only file sharing community that had an estimated membership of 180,000, and which directed its members to large numbers of BitTorrent sources of music and other content. Needless to say, the vast majority of those sources were illegal. OiNK was especially well known in file sharing and anti-piracy circles as one of the first places leaked pre-release albums would appear on the net, with the IFPI claiming the site was responsible for leaking 60 major album releases this year alone (in reality OiNK itself didn't leak them, its members did - albums are generally leaked in multiple places at the same time, but OiNK's popularity among file-sharers meant it was the most consistent place for information on pre-release albums leaking online).

Dutch authorities say they seized servers used by the service in Amsterdam last week, though the community continued to run seemingly unaffected by that raid. But yesterday police in Middlesbrough raided the home and work place of the man allegedly behind the operation, and subsequently arrested him. The site went offline soon after, and the oink.cd domain now takes you to a message from the BPI and IFPI.

The IFPI declared the closure of OiNK as "important victory in the industry's bid to tackle copyright theft", with the body's chief John Kennedy telling reporters: "We're very pleased with this development. This was a huge site, a source of many problems. We got the site down, it looks like there are consequences for those involved in it, and I suspect it will give us a lot of information which we would like to further assess."

BPI boss Geoff Taylor added: "The government is now well aware of the scale of damage this theft causes to music - copyright theft starves the creative industries of income, which both threatens future investment in artists and vandalises our culture. That this individual now faces criminal charges will deter some but no doubt others will be looking move into this territory, and the authorities must keep up the pressure to deter the digital freeloaders".

A spokesman for Cleveland Police, who made the arrest, described OiNK as a "lucrative scheme" implying the people behind the service were charging for and profiting from the service - a fact that is being disputed in blog-land where users of the service say that payments were voluntary and went to cover the cost of running the OiNK servers rather than providing profits to any individuals. That said, there is no question that the content the service provided access to was nothing but illegal.

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XL REPORTEDLY SECURE RADIOHEAD ALBUM
Following those reports in Billboard earlier this month that US indie ATO Records had secured the US distribution rights to Radiohead's new album 'In Rainbows', the New York Times has this week reported that Beggars' XL Recordings have secured the non-US rights - though Radiohead have not yet commented on it all.

As previously reported, both EMI and Warner were reported to be courting the band regarding the physical release of 'In Rainbows', even though the new long player has already been sold in digital form via the band's own website via that much reported 'pay what you like' promotion. However some have speculated for a while that the band, sans-recording contract since fulfilling their commitments to EMI's Parlophone with 'Hail To The Thief', would go the indie route with the physical release of their latest work. XL released Thom Yorke's 2006 solo album 'The Eraser', so they were always a favourite to have some involvement in the new Radiohead project.

Elsewhere in Radiohead news, Apple has removed the 'My Iron Lung' EP from its iTunes Music Store after Music Week revealed the four track release was available as a DRM-free bundle, even though the band's representatives said they hadn't reached any agreement with iTunes regarding the digital platform carrying their music. Radiohead's music is not available via iTunes because they only want to sell their music as complete albums, and Apple's conditions currently don't allow artists to opt out of offering customers their music on a track by track basis. The arrival of the 'My Iron Lung' EP as a bundle made some speculate the band had reached a deal with the download platform, but it seems the inclusion of the EP was a somewhat mysterious mistake on Apple's part.

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THE RUTS GUITARIST DIES
Paul Fox, guitarist and later vocalist with the John Peel championed The Ruts, has died after being diagnosed as having inoperable lung cancer earlier this year. He died on Sunday, aged 56.

A benefit gig was held back in May after Fox's illness was revealed, and featured performances from The Damned, Misty In Roots, The UK Subs and Tom Robinson, plus the surviving members of the original The Ruts line up took to the stage with Henry Rollins.

A spokesperson for Fox's family said yesterday: "The night was a fitting tribute to one of our much underrated and unsung guitar heroes. Paul leaves behind his sons, Lawrence and William, and his wife, Sharon. He will be dearly missed".

The reggae influenced punk rock band were perhaps best known for their singles 'Babylon's Burning' and 'In A Rut'. Their rise was halted when original vocalist Malcolm Owen died of a heroin overdose in 1980. They continued as Rut DC with Fox on vocals, but never enjoyed the success of the original line up.

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J CHURCH MAN DIES
Lance Hahn, frontman of San Francisco based punk band J Church, has died after nine days in a coma initially caused by complications from kidney dialysis.

As well as being the creative force behind J Church, Hahn also wrote about the punk genre and ran his own label, Honey Bear Records.

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FIDDY DOESN'T APPROVE OF NAS ALBUM TITLE
50 Cent has called Nas' plan to title his next album 'Nigger' "stupid".

You should note that Nas' plans have changed slightly. Originally his up coming long player was going to be called 'Nigga', whereas now it will be named 'Nigger'. I'm not sure that makes any difference, and either way Fiddy ain't impressed.

He's told reporters: "Nas sucks. It's nonsense, man. That's a stupid name. It doesn't make sense. Why would you title it that? You helped him out because you asked me [about it], and people who are interested in me would like to hear the answer. But other than that, there's nothing interesting in that. It's just for shock value".

So, that's Nas told.

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CONTROL UP FOR TEN GONGS AT INDIE FILM AWARDS
Ian Curtis biopic 'Control' has been nominated in ten categories at this year's British Independent Film Awards, which take place at London's Roundhouse on 28 Nov. The movie about the life of the iconic Joy Division frontman is up for Best Film, while it's other nominations include Best Actor for Sam Riley for his portrayal of Curtis, and Best Director for Anton Corbijn.

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LED ZEPP PACKAGE TO BE RELEASED ON ITUNES
Led Zeppelin will make a complete works digital box set available via iTunes as part of their upcoming much hyped mini-reunion. The 165-track digital extravaganza will be available via iTunes and will feature all thirteen of the band's albums plus new retrospective, 'Mothership'. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have reportedly all been involved in creating the iTunes package. As much previously reported, the band will reform to play a one-off gig at The O2 arena in East London on 26 Nov as part of the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert.

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NEW PORTISHEAD ALBUM ALMOST DONE
Portishead should finish the long awaited follow up to their 1997 debut album later today. I'm saying this based on a posting on the band's website yesterday in which producer type Geoff Barrow wrote: "I think one more day messing about with it and it will be done. Then into the wonderful world of mastering". Barrow also reveals that the band have already started "working on some artwork and getting the live stuff together".

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GOLDFRAPP KEYBOARDIST RE-SCORES SILENT FILM CLASSIC
Talking of Portishead, their guitarist Adrian Utley will be joining Goldfrapp keyboardist Will Gregory and the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform a new score to classic silent film 'He Who Gets Slapped' in London and Bristol later this year. The new score has been written by Gregory who says the 1924 film, the first made by MGM and starring Lon Chaney as a clown who gets slapped 200 times a day, is an "overlooked masterpiece". The performance of the score will take place alongside the film at Bristol's Colston Hall on 1 Dec and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 3 Dec.

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AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE LACK OF A RECORD DEAL
Those And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead blokes have announced that they have parted company with their record label, Universal's Interscope. No reason has been given for the split, nor has there been any word on whether the band are actively seeking a new deal. The band do say, however, that they plan to go back into the studio in February to start work on their next album.

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BEYONCE CONCERT IN ISTANBUL CANCELLED
A concert in Istanbul due to be headlined by Beyonce has been cancelled after organisers, the Fenerbahce football club, decided it would be inappropriate to stage the event so soon after the deaths of 12 soldiers who were killed in a Kurdish rebel attack in Southeastern Turkey on Sunday, where conflict between certain Kurdish groups and the Turkish government is on the rise.

A spokesman for the football club told reporters that the Beyonce concert, staged as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations, would now not go ahead, saying: "Following recent unsettling events in Turkey, Fenerbahce Sports Club has cancelled its centenary celebratory event which was planned as a stadium concert to be performed by the worldwide star Beyonce in Istanbul on Wednesday. The Club expresses its condolences to the country. We also express our gratitude to Beyonce Knowles for her understanding that we are left with no alternative but to reschedule the concert to a more appropriate time".

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SWN FESTIVAL IN CARDIFF
So the festival season isn't quite over after all, as Cardiff presents the late-in-the-year SWN Festival, set to take place at venues around the city between the 9 and 11 Nov. Curated by that Huw Stephens chap, among the acts playing at various points over the weekend are the excellent bluesy rockers The Duke Spirit, the critical lauded Beirut, revered DJ David Holmes and remix master Andy Votel. Though perhaps most exciting is the Domino Records gig which will take place at the city's Barfly on the Friday night and which features Sons And Daughters, Eugene McGuiness and Correcto - all definitely worth a punt.

Full line up at http://www.swnfest.com

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EXPLOSIONS AT ATP
Exciting news everybody, no really. Texas post-rockers Explosions In The Sky have been announced as the curators for next year's ATP Weekend Two, which will take place from 16-18 May at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead. Their line-up so far is slightly predictable but good nonetheless - Dinosaur Jr, delicate instrumentalists Adem and Iron And Wine, and Canadian indie band de rigeur Broken Social Scene.

If that doesn't tickle your fancy, then perhaps try the other ATP event taking place next May, which is titled Pitchfork vs ATP, takes place at the Camber Sands holiday park, and sees both ATP's promoters and the popular US music website pick the bands. The ATP folk have already picked cult indie types Sebadoh and Ween, while Pitchfork mix it up with the recently returned Les Savy Fav and Hot Chip.

Don't forget the next ATP is the Nightmare Before Christmas event at Butlins Minehead from 7-9 Dec and curated by Portishead, who keep seeming to pop up in today's Daily.

More on all that stuff at http://www.atpfestival.com

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LEARN TO MOONWALK OVER LUNCH
We get PRed no end of brand sponsored initiatives here at CMU, but this is one of my favourites. Mini are staging a series of events at lunchtime, in various locations in London, offering you the kind of essential life advice that our schooling system never taught you - like how to talk yourself into a will or pass a lie detector test.

I'm mentioning this today because their next such training event will tell you all how to moonwalk. The lesson is being led by Jeffrey Daniel, he of Shalamar and a well renowned dancer and choreographer. Daniel is often cited as the first person to ever moonwalk on TV - during a Shalamar performance on Top Of The Pops - and he will be teaching us mortals how to do the move made famous by Michael Jackson (of course) on Friday, 26 Oct, at The Old Truman Brewery in East London (Hanbury Road entrance) from midday till two. Admission is free, as is lunch.

You'll find more info on the whole Mini lunch break programme of events at http://www.theotherlunchbreak.co.uk - press info on the moonwalk class from gary.berman@momentumww.com.

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RECALL CELEBRATE TEN YEARS
One for all you New Yorkers out there in CMU land. Recall Records is celebrating its tenth birthday with a party at NYC's Blender Theater on 5 Nov with a great night headlined by long term CMU favourites Grand National - Recall released their previously reported second album 'A Drink And A Quick Decision', which is out now by the way ladies and gentlemen. The party will also feature performances from Thomas Dybdahl and Fires Of Rome. For more info contact the Recall types.

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HOT CHIP PLAY LONDON
Hot Chip have confirmed a headline appearance at London's Electric Ballroom on 22 Nov. Tickets are on sale now at £15. Don't say we didn't say.

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ASOBI SEKSU ANNOUNCE TOUR
Despite having been hailed as one of the saviours of the short-lived shoe-gaze revival (it has finished, right?), Asobi Seksu's record company must be a bit gutted that they haven't exactly stormed the charts quite yet. They've built up quite a dedicated following though, which should only be cemented by their forthcoming tour. Catch them at the venues below:

24 Oct: London Luminaire
25 Oct: Sheffield The Plug (Club NME)
26 Oct: Brighton Pressure Point
27 Oct: Southampton Unit 22 (Club Night)
28 Oct: Manchester Night & Day
30 Oct: Glasgow King Tuts
31 Oct: Liverpool Korova (Club Evol)
1 Nov: Nottingham The Social Radar Night
2 Nov: Luton Live Room (Club NME)
3 Nov: Stoke Underground (Club NME)
5 Nov: Oxford Jericho Tavern
6 Nov: Cardiff Barfly
7 Nov: Leicester Firebug
22 Nov: London Legion (Sonic Cathedral)
23 Nov: Birmingham Barfly
25 Nov: Dublin CrawDaddy
26 Nov: Belfast The Speakeasy
28 Nov: Leeds The Cockpit
29 Nov: Cambridge Portland Arms
30 Nov: London Camden Koko (Club NME)

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AIR GUITAR ROCK
Air guitar championships are quite common these days, but I think this is the first time we've reported on an air guitar band. Put together by reigning UK air guitar champion Gabi Mazeu, the band is called the Air O'Smiths, and they will, erm, play at this month's Guilty Pleasures night in London next Saturday, 27 Oct. Thankfully, Mazeu has extended his musical horizons behind the (air) guitar, including a drummer, pianist and bassist in the line-up. All of the air variety, of course

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IFPI WELCOME TALKS TO IMPROVE IP RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT
The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has welcomed an announcement by that EU Trade Commissioner called Peter Mandelson that the EU, US, Japan and Switzerland have begun negotiations that they hope will result in the strengthening of the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

The trade body says that it hopes the talks will result in better international cooperation in the fight against copyright infringement, pointing out that a lack of such cooperation often aids the content pirates who illegally sell and distribute music, both online and through the pirated CD market.

The trade body said in a statement yesterday: "Piracy today is a truly global phenomenon that crosses all international borders. Yet enforcement has long been the weak link in the fight against both physical and internet piracy. It is particularly important, therefore, that the new negotiations are aimed at enhancing international cooperation to tackle this illegal activity, including commitments to undertake joint enforcement actions. Rightholders are committed to working with the EU and its trading partners on the details of this agreement, to improve the legal framework and ensure that industry and enforcement authorities have the most up-to-date tools fight piracy. The recording industry also calls on other countries, which share this high level of commitment to strengthen the enforcement on intellectual property rights, to join these negotiations".

The trade body's Executive VP Frances Moore added: "The recording industry commends Commissioner Mandelson for this new initiative which will send a strong message that intellectual property is one of Europe's most valuable assets. We are looking to the EU and its partners to make the fight against internet piracy a top priority".

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IS COMCAST BLOCKING BITTORRENT UPLOADS?
The Associated Press has reported that Comcast, the US's second biggest internet service provider, has introduced methods to stop users from uploading via BitTorrent services, BitTorrent services invariably offering high quality pirated content of course. That said, Comcast have denied they are doing any such thing, but tech types at the AP say they have discovered a system on the Comcast network which ends any BitTorrent connection as soon as a user tries to upload. BitTorrent downloads are reportedly unaffected. Of course record labels have for sometime said that internet service providers should take more responsibility for stopping the illegal distribution of their content, but ISPs have resisted taking on such a role, normally citing privacy rules for not tracking what their customers do via their internet connections.

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CD BABY BOSS RANTS SOME MORE ABOUT SNOCAP
The founder of CD Baby has been writing some more about his company's short lived alliance with Snocap. As previously reported, for a while artists with CD Baby accounts could offer their music via the Snocap MyStore system through their CD Baby interface - the Snocap MyStore system being the official way you can sell music via MySpace. But the CD Baby/Snocap alliance ended somewhat acrimoniously earlier this month, just prior to the news Snocap was laying off 60% of their staff. CD Baby founder Derek Sivers has written a bit more about the partnership on his blog, saying: "Unfortunately, everything went about as wrong as could be. For the last eight months, the CD Baby office has felt like a Snocap office. All we were doing, all day long, was dealing with Snocap issues". He added that not only was the alliance very time intensive, but it only made the company £1080 over eight months, compared with $110,000 in sales via the cdbaby.com download platform in just the last three weeks.

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CHANNELFLY APPOINT NEW ARTIST AND BRAND RELATIONS BOSS
Channelfly Group have announced that Jason Bick has been promoted to the role of Director Of Artist And Brand Relations. The company told reporters: "As we continue to structure the business and drive the Group forwards our relationships with artists and brands will be fundamental in our success. Jason has clearly illustrated his ability to bring artists to The Fly and to support initiatives such as Levi's Ones To Watch activity. Jason has been with Channelfly/MAMA for 7 years and contributed significantly to the business development and expansion of the company. This new role will focus on securing events, activity and partnerships with artists that will deliver further Group growth and assist the integration of our services across the many business platforms that we now operate".

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MORE X-FACTOR NONSENSE
Yeah, like the headline says, more X-Factor nonsense, and Kimberly Southwick, the contestant voted off the TV talent show over the weekend, has said that she thinks Sharon Osbourne, her mentor on the programme, feels "betrayed" after two of her artists polled the lowest number of votes in the weekly viewer vote.

As previously reported, Osbourne walked off the show on Saturday when asked which of her two artists she thought should be kicked out of the competition (the judges each have to pick one of the lowest voted acts for eviction), and it isn't entirely clear if she plans to come back next weekend (well, officially it's not). Osbourne apparently claims that Southwick was at a disadvantage because a change in the show's airtime meant her performance was aired before the show's scheduled start time, or something like that.

Southwick has told website Digital Spy: "At the minute [Sharon's] just really upset, and she just feels really betrayed by the whole thing. She feels like she's not getting a fair cut in the deal with all her acts. She was angry that I went on first... but she was also angry that, after the show had been advertised to go out at 5.45, it actually went out at 5.30. A lot of people missed my performance because of that".

Elsewhere, Chris Moyles has denied tabloid reports that he has offered to take over Sharon's place in the X-Factor judging panel if she really has quit the show. Though mainly on the grounds that he believes Osbourne's walk off was a PR stunt and there is no way she has really quit (a viewpoint which almost definitely correct). Moyles told The Sun: "The show's turning into a pantomime. Sharon walking out on Saturday night was just a PR stunt. I wouldn't even do it for the money she's on, but she'll be back - she has a contract".

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SPEARS FRIENDS SAY DON'T BUY HER ALBUM
A group of Britney Spears' 'friends' have told reporters fans shouldn't by the popstress' new album 'Blackout' on the basis they shouldn't support her record label who, they say, are profiting from Spears' celebrity but doing nothing to help her overcome her recent loopiness. Or something like that.

An 'associate' told E! Entertainment: "They [SonyBMG's Jive] can see she's in pain, and they don't care. We've all hung out with Britney a lot. We've seen her at her best and at her worst. And we aren't doing this to be mean. We're doing this out of concern, for herself and for her boys. They need a mother figure and right now, they don't have that".

The group of friends have even set up a MySpace page for their campaign under the banner 'Save the popstar save the world'.

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