CMU Daily - on the inside 19 Aug 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• US blackout costs industry
• Ian Brown to remix GusGus
• New Travis single
• Thrills rerelease debut single and tour
• Review: Anjali - 7X8 (Wiiija)
• Napster in court
• BBC scheduling backfires
• Maxim on Mariah
• Aretha Franklin collabs
• Edmonds slams Cox
• Stones music online
• Review: Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth (Def Jux)
• Pop Idol ate my hamster
• New Buck 65 album and dates
• Next Blacktronica


US live music industry trade magazine Pollstar has predicted that gig cancellations due to the power-cut in North East America last week will cost the industry millions.

Gary Bongiovanni of Pollstar said: "If you think of the size of the markets affected... it's huge. And it's not just those cities, but bands in those cities who were not able to go to the next city for a show, even when the power was back on. Even with rescheduled dates, you are looking at millions in losses and significant out-of-pocket expenses ... probably the biggest since September 11."


Ian Brown is set to remix the new single from the Icelandic electronica act Gus Gus - the third single to be taken from their ‘Attention’ album: ‘Desire’ is due 29 Sep on Darren Emerson's Underwater Records.

Brown isn’t well known for his remixing skills, he only has one other remix on his CV so far: a mix of the Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Let Robeson Sing’ on last year’s remixed ‘Forever Delayed’ LP.


Travis’s new single ‘Re-offender’ – the first since 2001’s 'The Invisible Band' - is the first to be taken from their forthcoming album '12 Memories' (due 29 Sep).

The single will be available as a two-part CD series and 7" vinyl. CD1 of the series will feature 'Re-Offender' and B-sides, 'Definition of Wrong' and 'Enemy', while CD2 will include the title track as well as B-sides 'The Sea' and 'Don't Be Shy'. 'Definition of Wrong' will also be the B-side of the 7".


Originally available as a limited edition EP, The Thrills’ ‘Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far)’ is set for re-release 25 Aug.

The single will be available on CD, 7" and DVD (ft ‘Blue September’, ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘Just Travelling Through’ and ‘Don’t Play It Cool’, plus on-the-road footage).

As well as supporting the Stones at their Astoria 'club' gig 27 Aug, the band have added a number of larger venues to their tour. The dates are:

6 Oct: Leeds University
8 Oct: Manchester Academy 1
11-12 Oct: Shepherds Bush Empire
19 Oct: Birmingham Academy
21 Oct: UEA, Norwich


REVIEW: Anjali - 7X8 (Wiiija)
If you've recently be driven to throw your radio out of the window in despair at the so-called music played, fear not, salvation is at hand. This is as fresh as its fantastic. With its sitars and Minnie Mouse vocals, it sounds like it should be on the soundtrack of a particularly groovy 60's soundtrack. Anjali comes from an Indian background so the Eastern flavour is fully authentic. It'll make you smile, it'll make you want to dance, hell it might even make you chortle out loud. I could be wrong but I believe Anjali was also a member of Keanu Reeves obsessives, the Voodoo Queens. JW
Release date: 4 Aug
Press contact: Beggars IH [all]


Universal Music, EMI and a consortium of publishers have filed an opposition to Bertlesmann’s attempts to have their lawsuit against BMG’s support of Napster thrown out of court. The rival majors claim that by offering Napster financial support in its dieing days BMG allowed further piracy to take place – and that they are liable for that copyright violation. But BMG claim their financial support of Napster was a loan – given in order to help Napster become a legit operation. They say that because it wasn’t a true investment they aren’t liable and the lawsuit should be thrown out.

Universal for one aren’t impressed: “As set forth in the opposition, Bertelsmann's motion is not supported by the facts or the law. Neither is Bertelsmann's contention that it was simply a passive investor in Napster whose decision-making was motivated by a 'Good Samaritan' desire to benefit the record industry as a whole. Both today and when it entered into its "strategic partnership" with Napster, Bertelsmann's public claim that it wanted to "legalize" Napster is irrelevant. Bertelsmann made and supported the decision to continue the infringing activity of Napster and its users for its own financial gain and without obtaining, or even seeking, the consent of UMG or other copyright owners. UMG looks forward to a trial on the merits of its claims.”

Maybe Bertelsmann should file to have the complaint about their complaint to have it thrown out of court, thrown out of court.


The scores are ITV: 1 BBC: 0, after twice as many people watched Pop Idol than watched Fame Academy on Saturday night.

ITV bosses, who were angered by the BBC’s move to pit Fame Academy against Pop Idol in the Saturday night slot (they had assumed the Academy would have a Friday slot again), will be claiming victory after the weekend's ratings showed that 7.4m watched their show, and only 4.8m tuned in to Fame Academy.


Mariah Carey has vented her spleen to Maxim magazine about her much reported ‘relationship’ with Eminem, which, she claims, never got very far…

Carey says: "Did I have a sexual relationship with him? No, I didn't. I knew him, I hung out with him a few times, but nothing sexual occurred. I'd admit it if it did, but it didn't. And that's why I was so upset about the whole thing, because I was like, `Look, if I had an intimate relationship with the person, that would be one thing, but...' Maybe he thought because nothing happened he'd look bad or something."

"I know I have this image that's sexy. But I'm basically like Mary Poppins. That's my nickname! I'm prudish. It's like playing dress up. When you go through difficult stuff as a kid sometimes your childhood stays with you. I've hung onto that. There was a period when I was in a relationship that was confining, where I had to wear turtlenecks and long pants and that wasn't me. I broke out of that - around the same time of the ‘Honey’ video, where I jump out of the water like a secret agent - everybody was shocked. But that was the real me coming out."

The Mariah Carey interview will appear in next month’s issue of Maxim.


Aretha Franklin has hooked up with both Mary J Blige and Burt Bacharach to record tracks for her new album, ‘So Damn Happy’ due this autumn.

The first single to be taken from the album will be The Only Thing Missin'. Franklin will be showcasing tracks from the album during her US tour, beginning in New York on 22 Aug.


Noel Edmonds has criticised Sara Cox in an interview with the Radio Times, calling her "coarse and unpleasant".

Edmonds, who hosted the breakfast show back in the hay day of Radio 1 in the late seventies/early eighties, said: "She talks about 'shagging', A word I wouldn't dream of using in public. She's coarse and unpleasant - very 'yesterday'. I do the school run and we joke my kids can listen to Radio 1 until she says something crude. Usually I haven't got into fourth gear before that happens."

Edmonds, is currently hosting the Drivetime show on Radio 2 while Johnnie Walker is receives treatment for colon cancer.


The Rolling Stones are making music from their 40-year career available online through the RealNetworks Rhapsody service and retailer, Best Buy, for two weeks. Thereafter the Stones' music on the EMI/Virgin labels will be offered through EMI's digital distribution services.

Due to the band's complicated recording history earlier material will only be available only for streaming - not for download – while tracks from 1971 onwards will be available for download and burning on to CD.


REVIEW: Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth (Def Jux)
Yeah I shake it to Nelly and it’s all great that Puffy’s got his own line of cars with his signature on. Wicked. But the hiphop that gets you excited is shit like this – the voice of a man who should be sectioned to beats that sound like a musical jigsaw of soundtrack, rock, breaks, jazz and cosmic technology. Aesop Rock atmises the indie hiphop scene: Music that hasn’t been made before. And won’t be made again. This is Rock’s fourth album, and it’s a dense lyrical journey and prophetic beat-shaped escapade into world affairs and what the underdog thinks. This is one of those future funk avant-hiphop masterpieces that belongs in the ears of head nodders as well as philosophers, prophets and poets. JG
Release date: 22 Sep
Press Contact: Darling Dept [ALL]


Everyone seems to be taking a swipe at Pop Idol for making them look stupid, or violent or shit at singing, and now another contestant, who was rejected, says producers tried to make her and her sister look like "boozed-up teenage tearaways".

Nathalie Mogg and her sister Anne-Marie were seen drinking Cointreau before their audition, from which both had to be removed - Neil Fox removed Nathalie via a shoulder lift when she wouldn't stop singing, and her sister by a bouncer.

Nathalie said: "As a singer you are supposed to gargle with port before a performance to open the vocal chords. We didn't have any port so we took a bottle of Cointreau. We gargled and swallowed it a couple of times, but that was it."


The new Buck 65 (Rich Terfry) album 'Talkin' Honky Blues', is due on 8 Sep.

The future hiphop loner said: “Much of what went into the album was inspired by the city of Paris… Inspiration came from a collection of Anais Nin short stories called 'Under A Glass Bell', some Charles Bukowski, some Tom Waits, a little bit of King Tubby, and some Faust…”

The 12" only single release 'Wicked & Weird' will be out on 6 Oct. Upcoming tour dates:

19 Aug: Birmingham Bar Academy
20 Aug: Brighton Freebutt
22 Aug: Reading Festival
23 Aug: Leeds Festival
5 Sep: London ICA, DJ set provides the live score to David Lynch's 'Eraserhead'


Charlie Dark’s next Blacktronica at the ICA is on 20 Aug, and will feature the usual suspects: Charlie, Acyde and Nature Boy, as well as special guests Dego (4Hero) and a live showcase from South London songstress and Spacek collaborator, Mpho Skeef.

Charlie’s night has become synonymous with the future of Black music, as he says: “there’s more to Black music than garage, hiphop and R&B”, giving forward thinking producers and DJs a forum to showcase a world of future Black music.

Press Contact: Watchmen Agency

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