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Regulator may step in over EMI pension fund
HIV scandal singer receives suspended sentence
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool to release album as planned
Pop Politics
Jean responds to presidential rejection in song
Release News
Björk to release Moomin song
Sufjan Stevens announces new album
Modeselektor announce compilation series
Gigs & Tours News
Stereophonics to perform first two albums live
Fran Healy announces debut UK solo shows
Peter Broderick announces new album and UK shows
Talks, Debates & Conventions
BASCA to stage songwriting fest
Brands & Stuff
Weezer album not named after clothing brand
The Music Business
Pledge to launch in Australia
The Digital Business
Google looking for chief for music service
The Media Business
Later reaches 250th show
GMG Radio and Bolton FM to air student shows
And finally...
Iron Maiden: Stop being so polite and make us a sandwich

A very busy weekend in the music world indeed. So much so, we reckon you need til Wednesday to recover. Well, we do anyway. So, we're taking Tuesday off. CMU Daily will be back in your inbox on 1 Sep.
Starting out in Newcastle as a duo with Stephen Ellis and Andrew Hawke, Revere have steadily expanded into an eight-piece band. Touching on a range of musical reference points, the band combine elements of gypsy marches, post-rock, film scores and gospel, and incorporate violin, cello, keys, trumpet and harp into their guitar-led sound. Collaborating with boutique festival Standon Calling, Revere are set to release album, 'Hey! Slim', on 6 Sep. We spoke to Revere's Stephen Ellis to find out more.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I started out wanting to learn the piano and decided that the only piece worth playing was 'Great Balls Of Fire'. I used to sit with the sustain pedal firmly down and slamming the keys as hard as I could. My parents moved the piano into the garage where my 'vamping' would be least heard, and I continued until one of the keys gave out. This inspired me to start taking the insides of the piano out and work out how it all fit together. A few years later I heard Nirvana, along with several million other teenagers, and decided a guitar might work a little better.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Lyrically, I draw from my experiences from the last ten years. I'm not that into writing about love or relationships unless I have something unique to say about it, and I don't want to write about being in a band! I've spent the last eight years working with children with emotional and behavioural disorders which has impacted massively on what I write and the language I use. The songs all seem to be loosely connected around a theme of 'human absence', the aftermath of something, as though the listener has come across a location where an event has happened but no one is there anymore or there's a sense of something lacking. The various artists and photographers we continue to work with over the years are also very inspiring in how we approach this.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Well there's eight people with three main songwriters, so there's not really a standard way of doing it and it can often be a long process, but generally one or a couple of us will present a new idea and will try to encourage people to approach it in a certain way. We'll get it formed into some sort of structure and then decide it's all wrong, exchange some strong words and possibly a few blows, not speak to each other for a few weeks and then come back to it and decide it was fine the first way or start again...

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Musically we're coming from any number of reference points, whether it's film music like Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota, or klezmer/avant garde stuff like John Zorn and Mike Patton, or the layered up post rock of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Ros, mixed with a healthy pop sensibility. I mean, I love the Beach Boys!

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
There's a lot going on so give it a few listens as there's a lot to come out of each song. Also, if you can, come and experience it live first, because music is all about the performance.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
It's our first album, so I'm hoping it lifts us out of the crowd and plants us firmly into people's heads for a while. Our fans have been waiting patiently for it for quite some time so just to get it out to them will be such a good feeling. For the future? Well, I'd really like to write a film score with the band and get cracking on a second album.

MORE>> www.revereonline.co.uk
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Notting Hill Carnival and Sancho Panza after party
What can I say? Carnival, it's just massive. If the weather is bad, Carnival is still good. But if the sun shines, oh boy. Forget any negative press, drop any preconceptions, and just get down there. There truly is something for everyone. The food and drink from the Caribbean is top rate (if a bit overpriced these days), the floats playing soca, pan, calypso and reggae are amazing, and the sound systems are brilliant.

Of the many sound systems on offer, my favourites are probably Abashanti-I, CMC/Matrix, Fun Bunch, Good Times, King Tubby, Rampage and Rapattack, though my overall fave is definitely London's leading underground dance pioneers Sancho Panza, who return to their favourite gig of the year. Now in their seventeenth year, the boys will be showing off with their classic underground tunes old and new on their biggest weapon of two mountains of Funktion One bizness. Expect unexpected top bouncy tunes a la carnival, an array of special guests and lots of smiley people all partying in the middle of the street.

And this crew won't be stopping there when the local council turns off the street party at 9pm. They'll then head to The Regent on Sunday night for a Carnival Top Up after party with special guests Crazy P (2020 Recordings), Matt Brown (Sancho Panza), Jimmy K Tel (Sancho Panza) and Jonathan Moore (Leftside Wobble). Whistles are a must have, it's carnival time!

The Notting Hill Carnival takes place on 29 and 30 Aug all around the Ladbroke Grove area of West London (though Ladbroke Grove tube station is closed, so head to one of the other Notting Hill stations). Details for the Sancho Panza after party are as follows:

Sunday 29 Aug, The Regent, 5 Regent Street. Kensal Rise, NW10 5LG, 7pm - 3am, £8 adv, £10 door, more info from www.sanchopanza.org

PS - To get you in the mood tonight, head up to the Choose Your Own Adventure night at the Question Mark Bar in Stoke Newington, where they'll be playing reggae all night, with a headline DJ set from Trojan Sound System's Daddy Ad.

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The Pensions Regulator has been asked to step in and rule on a disagreement between EMI and the trustees of the music major's pension fund.

As previously reported, there is a hole in that fund of anywhere between £115 million and £271 million, and pressure has been mounting on EMI bosses and the firm's owners Terra Firma to find some cash to plug it. Cash, of course, is not something EMI has in abundance.

The dispute is seemingly over just how much cash EMI should put into its pension fund, presumably with the trustees saying "lots" and EMI/Terra Firma chiefs opting for "less". The Pensions Regulator has the power to rule on the matter if the two sides can't reach an agreement and could decide how much EMI has to pay, though at the first stage it is more likely the regulator will try to play an arbitrator role rather than making a ruling.

According to the BBC, EMI bigwigs have indicated that if the regulator was to be too harsh in any ruling it could send the music firm into insolvency, and the Beeb quote an independent pension consultant called John Ralfe who says that, given EMI's current debt woes, if they were forced to pay a particularly large sum of money into the pension fund it could be "the straw that breaks the camel's back".

But still, given Terra Firma have been so keen to tell us of late just how much support they have from their investors for continuing to bail out EMI, presumably those investors could have a whip round to cover any shortfall.

The EMI pension fund only actually provides for 269 people, having been closed to new joiners in 2005.

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Nadja Benaissa, a member of German pop group No Angels, has been found guilty of grievous bodily harm after admitting to knowingly exposing three sexual partners to HIV, one of whom subsequently contracted the virus. She was given a two year suspended sentence, 300 hours of community service and has been order to attend regular counselling sessions.

As previously reported, Nadja Benaissa was charged with one count of causing grievous bodily harm and two of attempting to cause bodily harm in February this year, after originally being arrested in April last year. She had sex with all the men in question between 2000 and 2004, after being diagnosed with HIV in 1999.

At the start of her trial earlier this month, Benaissa told the court: "I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. The last thing I wanted was for my partner to get infected. [I feared that revealing my diagnosis] would probably have meant the end for No Angels".

She also claimed that doctors had told her that the chances of her passing on the infection were "practically zero".

Judge Dennis Wacker told the court in the city of Darmstadt yesterday that Benaissa had been found guilty of grievous bodily harm because she had acted carelessly, but was given a lenient sentence because she had confessed, shown remorse and "learned to be responsible and deal with her illness".

Benaissa did not speak to reporters upon leaving the court, but her lawyer Oliver Wallasch said outside: "I can't say whether she's going back on stage because I'm not her manager but I'm sure she'll crack open a champagne bottle tonight. We had a very fair and speedy trial. The aim of the defence and my client was to have a verdict which led to probation and this was the result. Today will be a turning point in her life, as she now knows that she will not be imprisoned. Her reaction was emotional because it was the end".

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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool have announced that they will keep to the planned release schedule for their debut album, 'The Golden Year', following the suicide of frontman Charles Haddon last week.

As previously reported, Haddon committed suicide at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium last Friday. He was 22.

A statement issued yesterday read: "Despite the tragic loss of lead singer Charles Haddon last week, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool confirm that their debut album 'The Golden Year' will still be released worldwide on 3 Oct 2010. After speaking with the late Charles Haddon's family, remaining band members Joe Hutchinson and Caan Capan have decided to proceed with the original schedule for the release of the record as they had planned prior to Haddon's death. In further accordance with Charles and the band's wishes, the album will be followed by the single 'The Key' on 10 Oct".

It added: "Joe and Caan would like to thank everyone for their incredible support and best wishes during this extremely difficult time and ask that their privacy now be respected whilst they take some time away".

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Wyclef Jean has responded to the decision not to allow him to stand as a candidate in the Haitian presidential election in song, after it was announced that he would not be able to appeal the decision to block him from taking part in the election.

As previously reported, Jean's plans to stand needed court approval because the former Fugee does not pass requirements in the country's constitution regarding presidential candidates, mainly regarding citizenship and being resident in Haiti for five years before running.

According to the BBC, the lyrics of the song, performed in Creole, the official language of Haiti, include the line: "It's not Wyclef that you have expelled, it is the youth you have denied".

He also seems to claim that outgoing president Rene Preval personally blocked Jean's application to stand in the election, saying: "I know all the cards are in your hands. I voted for you to be president in 2006, why today did you reject my candidacy?"

You can download the song, 'Prizon Pou KEPA' (Prison for the Electoral Council), here: wyclefjean.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/wyclef-jean-prizon-pou-k-e-p-a.mp3

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Björk will release a single, 'The Comet Song', the theme tune to the upcoming movie 'Moomins And The Comet Chase', on 6 Sep. All proceeds from the single will be donated to UNICEF to support flood relief work in Pakistan.

The video for the song can be viewed at www.bjork.com/bjork_moomins.html

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It's all go with Sufjan Stevens at the moment. Less than a week after the surprise release of new EP 'All Delighted People', he's now announced that he'll release a new album, entitled 'The Age Of Adz', via Asthmatic Kitty on 12 Oct (with the vinyl version following on 9 Nov).

The album's title apparently refers to the apocalyptic art of Royal Robertson, a black, Louisiana-based sign-maker (and self-proclaimed prophet) with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, who died in 1997. A selection of Robertson's work will make up the album's artwork.

These are the names of the songs on the album:

Futile Devices
Too Much
Age Of Adz
I Walked
Now That I'm Older
Get Real Get Right
Bad Communication
All For Myself
I Want To Be Well
Impossible Soul

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German techno duo Modeselektor have announced a new compilation series, which they are cunningly calling 'Modeselektion', pulling together exclusive tracks from a range of electronic artists. 'Modeselektion Vol 1' will be released by Monkeytown on 5 Nov.

Speaking about the album, the duo said in unison: "In no way was it supposed to be yet another various artists type compilation. That's why we insisted completely on exclusive and unreleased tracks from all parties included. There's equal representation between young artists and old farts. It's a CD filled with little jewels, call it an über-social time capsule".

I wish you could have heard them deliver this statement, they harmonised so beautifully as they did it. Anyway, they continued: "We are proud to have done it. To combine tracks with artists from the most diverse musical camps and thus realize the idea of Monkeytown: making a platform where creative people (sometimes chimps) come together without having to end up in some genre-bin. Of course during the compilation of the CD we managed to get another 1000 ideas but, as we all know, there are only about 75 minutes worth of time. So 'Modeselektion' was destined to be a series and that's why it starts with 'Vol 1'... to be continued".

Modeselektor will also be playing three UK live dates in London, Bristol and Manchester in September, October and November.

Here's the tracklist for the album:

Siriusmo - Das Geheimnis
SBTRKT - The Unspoken
Feadz - The Assistant Manager
Tadd Mulinix & Daniel Meteo - The Good Star
Robag Wruhme - Bierholer
2562 - The Wind Up
eLan - Pussy Posse
Cosmin TRG - Space Station Love Affair
Shed - With Bag And Baggage
Apparat - King Of Clubs
Marcel Dettmann - Lyrate
Ikonika & Optimum - Hum
Modeselektor - VW Jetta
Ramadanman - Pitter
Digital Mystikz-Mala - Explorer
Bok Bok - Say Stupid Things
Housemeister - Kristall
Cylob - Pepper Spray (Capsicum Edit)

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Stereophonics will perform their first two albums, 'Word Gets Around' and 'Performance And Cocktails', live in full, as well as b-sides from the album's singles, over two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 17 and 18 Oct.

The shows will coincide with deluxe re-issues of both albums.

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Travis frontman Fran Healy will perform his first UK shows as a solo artist next month, it has been announced. The shows will precede the release of Healy's debut solo album, 'Wreckorder', on 4 Oct.

Speaking about his decision to go it alone, Healy said: "If you're the singer in a band, people always ask: 'Are you gonna go solo?' My answer was always: 'Why would I do that? I'm in the best band in the world'. But last year, out of the blue, I suddenly thought, okay, it's time. My biggest concern was that it would sound too much like Travis. What would be the point in going solo only to make a record that sounded like Travis. I'm relieved it doesn't".

Tour dates:

15 Sep: Glasgow, Oran Mor
16 Sep: London, Bush Hall

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Efterklang violin player, former member of Horse Feathers, and all round amazing solo artist Peter Broderick has announced that he will release his latest solo album, 'How They Are', on 6 Sep via Bella Union. And if you've never seen Broderick play live, that is something you need to correct very soon.

Luckily, he has some live dates coming up:

16 Oct : London, St Giles In The Field
18 Oct: Brighton, St Mary's Church
19 Oct: Manchester, Academy
22 Oct: Bristol, Cube
23 Oct: Reading, South Street Arts Centre
24 Oct: Supersonic Festival

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The British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers and Authors will host a conference for songwriters in London in October, which will see music business types and award winning songwriters like Iain Archer, Rob Davies and Sacha Skabek sharing their knowledge with fellow songwriting types.

BASCA's Lucy Weston told Music Week: "We hope this event will encourage up-and-coming songwriters to develop their skills and pursue their passion for music and add to the UK's illustrious history of making amazing music".

Called Songsfest, the event will take place from 25-27 Oct at The Brickhouse on Brick Lane, with tickets costing a tenner.

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Yesterday we reported on an interview with Weezer guitarist Brian Bell, in which he said the band had named their new album 'Hurley' after clothing brand Hurley International, because the company had funded some of the recording of the album. Then, he said, they put a picture of 'Lost' character Hurley Reyes on the cover to be post-modern. But it seems he was mistaken and that was all a load of rubbish.

Writing on the band's website, Bell said: "Just wanted to clear something up. Recently I did an interview in Denver where I was asked why we called the album 'Hurley'. I mistakenly said that Hurley funded the album. I later found out that it wasn't true at all. Weezer paid for every penny of this recording. The reason the record is called 'Hurley' is because Hurley ([actor] Jorge Garcia) is on the cover. We thought about leaving the record untitled for the fourth time, but that causes a lot of problems and he knew people would end up calling the record 'Hurley' anyway. We got no money for calling the record 'Hurley'".

So, that's definitely all cleared up then. Although, Bell also said in the interview that the band had appeared in an advertising campaign for the clothing brand. Maybe that didn't happen either. Or maybe it did and the band were careful not to spend any money they got from that on the album.

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Fan funding website PledgeMusic will launch in Australia on 8 Sep, at the same time founder Benji Rogers speaks at Brisbane music convention BIGSOUND.

Mark Muggeridge of Aussie-based music consultancy Evil Genius Media has been hired to work with artists down under who opt to raise investment via the Pledge platform, and to help them "understand how to get the most from their PledgeMusic campaigns".

Rogers told CMU: "Whilst in Australia recently I was so impressed with how artists down under are taking their music carriers into their own hands and at how forward thinking the music business there seems to be. We really feel that PledgeMusic can be a great option for both signed and unsigned acts in Australia and are ready to lend our support wherever we can".

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According to the All Things Digital website, Google is busy trying to find someone to run its new much talked about in development digital music service.

There has been speculation that Google will enter the digital music market for years now, but for the last few months it's seemed more and more likely that something is actually in development. As previously reported, the web giant recently hired the services of legal lady Elizabeth Moody, who has lots of experience in negotiating licensing deals for digital music flim flams.

All Things Digital cite various sources who say Google have been sounding out various digital media executives in the US about them heading up a gTunes type service, but are yet to actually offer anyone the job. One hopes they don't go the MySpace route and launch a really shit service before bringing in a chief.

It is still unclear whether Google are going for an iTunes style download service, a Spotify like streaming platform, or a 'store your MP3s with us' digital locker type whatnot. Or maybe some sort of hybrid of all three.

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'Later... With Jools Holland' is set to reach it's 250th show when it returns for it 37th series on 14 Sep. It will be preceded by a special compilation show entitled '249 Not Out - Later... With Jools's Golden Moments', on 11 Sep, which will feature some of the show's best moments as selected by artists and fans.

His mind slightly addled from being on the same show for so long, Jools Holland told CMU: "I am tremendously honoured and proud that we can celebrate our show being on air for 250 years! It is my hope that we can continue to serve the public with the same wonderful mixture of artists - young, old, legends and newies, all serving the one great master that is music - for the next 250 years!"

Executive producer Mark Cooper added: "We're hugely excited about the new series, the brilliant artists coming up and the 250th milestone we're passing along the way. What with soundchecks, camera rehearsals, etc, we've probably already spent over a year of our lives in the 'Later' studio - what a great way to live! So many brilliant artists have come through the programme - some have become huge stars since first appearing on the show, some have passed, most are thriving and that's what we're trying to do!"

A spin-off from The Late Show, 'Later' began broadcasting in October 1992 and was devised by Holland and Cooper, with director Janet Fraser-Crook, who also still works on the show.

The new series will continue to follow the show's more recent format, with a live show broadcast on Tuesdays at 10pm and the extended programme on Fridays on BBC Two at 11.45pm.

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The results of a student programme run by the North West division of GMG Radio will air on a community station based in the area, Bolton FM.

Twelve students selected from 200 applications took part in GMG's Futures Factory programme, working with employees from GMG's Smooth, Real and Rock Radio franchises. Those participants will now record a series of "as-live" two hour radio shows which will air on Bolton FM each evening at 6pm from 6 Sep.

GMG Radio's Scott Myers told Radio Today: "This is a really exciting opportunity for students to showcase what they have learnt on a genuine FM radio station. Bolton FM has been kind enough to give us an almost a blank canvas and I'm sure the future presenters, producers and journalists will deliver. Futures Factory is about finding new talent and giving them an opportunity to shine - I think we've achieved that and these guys have an exciting future ahead".

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Okay, I'm not certain they've been asked, but Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says that the band wouldn't play Glastonbury even if they were.

Speaking to The Sun, Dickinson said: "Glastonbury is a bit too cream cakes and afternoon tea for us. It's all yurts and people being far too polite".

He added that, as well as politeness, the band dislike being pampered: "I loathe all the celebrity crap - all the minders, the backstage glamour and the glitzy bollocks. We hate it all. We are all about the music. If we could beam ourselves back home after a show, we'd go back [and] to the shops as if nothing had happened. The rest is just fluff. It's nice but it's bollocks in the grand scheme of things".

Asked what the band do have backstage, Dickinson replied: "We got rid of most of our rider. We just have three loaves of white bread, some butter, a tin of tuna fish and some beers. People come backstage looking for the spread and we say: 'Go make yourself a sandwich'".

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