CMU Daily - on the inside 27 Feb 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- 200 punk bands join anti-Bush campaign
- Kinks frontman still suffering
- Darkness go gold in the States
- Single Review: Fragile State - Voices From The Dust Bowl
- 50 Cent on the Grammys snub
- Lou Reed plans meditation album
- Former Steps girl dropped
- Weezer re-release Blue Album
- Nude man sets up new label with Sony
- P2P group propose royalties solution
- D-12 set date for album number two
- Thousands raised in Barfly bids
- Oakenfold to talk on 46664 at WMC
- Album Review: Franz Ferdinand - Eponymous 
- Who plan new album
- Vodafone may attempt Vivendi takeover
- MMF seminars
- Apple face Apple in court
- Jazz fm drop Blackburn in bid to up live output
- American Idol contender dropped after charges
- Warner takeover may be completed today
- Bashir may get million dollar US TV deal
- Outkast Andre's Hendrix film role
- Download Scotland update

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: The Big Chill present the Re-Union Chapel
The Big Chill celebrates its tenth year with a return to The Union Chapel for a bit of a nostalgia fest. The 'back in the day style' is particularly present in the back room - all the artists invited to play have been involved in the 'lie down and be counted movement'. Ambient mechagod Mixmaster Morris teams up with Coldcut's Matt Black (who will be VJing), plus the superb Global Communication duo (aka Jedi Knights - Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard) are on the decks. Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence will also be taking to the stage. LIVE will be Alucidnation, Another Fine Day, and the rising Berliner, Ulrich Schnauss. PV
Sun 29 Feb, The Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1, 4pm-11pm, £12.50, press contact sam@bigchill.net, more at http://www.bigchill.net/

Put your club night up for the tip - vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

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200 PUNK BANDS JOIN ANTI-BUSH CAMPAIGN
Some 200 US punk bands have joined a political campaign which hopes to persuade young American voters to vote against George Bush in the Presidential Election later this year. 

As previously reported, the 'Punk Voter coalition' has been created by NOFX bassist 'Fat Mike' Burkett. He explains that following the 2000 presidential race, in which Bush beat Al Gore because of a 537 majority in Florida, he thought to himself: "I've sold 50,000 records in Florida. If 500 fans had voted it could have been a different election." 

Anti-Bush Burkett, whose band's 2003 album 'The War on Errorism' made a number of lyrical attacks against the US president, hopes that through the coalition likeminded punk bands will be able to persuade their fans to go and vote on election day.

Planned activities include a website containing political commentaries by punk stars, an anti-Bush punk compilation album and the presence of anti-Bush lobbying groups at member bands' gigs.

How successful the coalition will be remains to be seen. Some point out that, despite MTV's high profile Rock The Vote campaign, electoral turn out among the 18-24 age group was down to 29% in 2000. Then again, those campaigns were non-partisan - a campaign more specifically targeting a candidate rather than just promoting 'taking an interest' may prove more effective.

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KINKS FRONTMAN STILL SUFFERING
It seems Kinks frontman Ray Davies was more badly hurt than originally thought when he was shot as he chased a mugger back in January. At the time reports suggested Davies would quickly recover after being shot in the leg, but yesterday his people admitted he had to pull out of a Tibet House charity gig in New York this week on medical grounds.

A spokesman for the singer told reporters: "Ray has been advised by his medical and insurance advisers that he cannot appear at the Tibet House due to the injuries he received in January. These injuries were more serious than originally broadcast in the media and Ray is still undergoing treatment. However, he is hoping to return to the UK soon."

Davies was due to perform alongside David Byrne and a host of other acts at the 14th annual Tibet House benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. It is hoped he will be fit enough for a series of UK gigs planned for April.

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DARKNESS GO GOLD IN THE STATES
The Darkness continue to gain ground the States with the news that debut album 'Permission To Land' has now gone gold, selling in excess of 500,000 copies. The band's single 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' was one of the most popular 'add tracks' in US radio last week and is currently the number two most downloaded track on legit download services like Napster and iTunes. With most of the dates on their forthcoming US tour now sold out, the band will be hoping they can maintain the momentum to start competing with the likes of Coldplay, who have now sold 3 million albums in the US.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fragile State - Voices from the Dust Bowl (Bar De Lune)
Fragile State are Zero 7 tour keyboardist Neil Cowley and Blues-and-Soul-journo-come-DJ Ben Mynott. Here they return with a follow up to 2002's excellent 'The Facts And The Dreams' - and its a journey into blues and jazz and electronic downtempo. While VFTDB doesn't open up as hotly as I would have hoped (the first two tracks are, frankly, a bit dull), the duo soon find life - there's 'Cleo' with its folky aspect, '600 Bliss' with Fragile State's familiar bluesy freestyle feel, 'Paper Smile' and its chilled out lushness and 'Train Time' - a grower with a cyberwaltz take on things. But the highlight is definitely 'Overcurrent' - a relaxed breakbeat with deep keys and breathy chants - this is Jazzy loungecore deluxe. Although less good than their debut - this is a well crafted enterprise - and the remixes that will hopefully come from it could go very far. PV
Release date: 1 Mar
Press contact: Trailer Media 

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50 CENT ON THE GRAMMYS SNUB
50 Cent has commented for the first time on his poor representation at the Grammys. Despite a year dominating retail charts, radio play and other music awards events, the Grammys people didn't have much time for 50 Cent at all - it was only when the rapper followed Evanescence on stage as they collected their Best Newcomer award that Fiddy got any attention. 

50 Cent said in an interview this week: "I feel like I got jerked at the Grammys because I'm aggressive. I don't understand how (Evanescence) get best new artist. I will never go back to the Grammy Awards ever in my career." 

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LOU REED PLANS MEDITATION ALBUM
Lou Reed - who has a new live album out on 22 Mar - has said that for his next project he plans to release an album of meditation music.

Reed: "I'm going to put together a CD of some meditation music I made. Good for doing the various chi's to and/or meditation. These things reflect our interests and we hope those of you with similar tastes might enjoy these creations."

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FORMER STEPS GIRL DROPPED
A day after being named Best Pop Act at the Welsh Music Awards, former Steps member Lisa Scott-Lee has been dropped by Mercury Records because of disappointing record sales. The singer now hopes to release a new album - which includes a dance track penned by Kylie - via an independent.

Scott-Lee told the Sun: "There are times in life when you have to move on, I have got some great new tracks and it's probably best all round if I find a new home for my music. I am getting married in August and will probably bring my album out around the same time."

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WEEZER RE-RELEASE BLUE ALBUM
Weezer plan to celebrate ten years in existence by re-releasing their eponymous debut album - what is commonly referred to by fans as 'The Blue Album'. The original line up of tracks will be accompanied by a stack of rarities. No word on whether Danger Mouse plans to remix it with Jay Z's raps to create the 'Darker Blue Album'. 

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NUDE MAN SETS UP NEW LABEL WITH SONY
Saul Galpern, the man behind Suede's original label - Nude Records - has launched a new venture called Altered States. Like Nude the new label is a joint venture with Sony - the plan being that the label will feed artists into Sony's bigger divisions. Launch artists are expected to the signed in the next few weeks. The company also plans to have a management operation which will manage, among others, former Suede frontman Brett Anderson.

Galparn told Music Week: "We are not planning to sign loads of acts. We want to do it like we did with Nude - keep it as a quality brand. But we will have a broader scope this time. We were a bit 'indie' before and I don't think you have to be like that anymore. I think the market has changed." 

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P2P GROUP PROPOSE ROYALTIES SOLUTION
The San Francisco pro-file sharing group - the Electronic Frontier Foundation - this week launched a white paper which proposes how Kazaa-esque P2P networks could exist without damaging the rights of artists and copyright owners. 

The group proposes a "voluntary collective licensing" system whereby P2P networks or ISPs who allow P2P sharing would charge a set subscription to the music fans who share copyright content via their infrastructure. That money would then be handed to a new not-for-profit copyright organisation who would distribute monies to record labels, publishers and artists according to the relative popularity of their tracks on the networks.

Announcing the proposal EFF senior intellectual property attorney Fred von Lohmann said: "Voluntary collective licensing aligns the interests of the music industry with music fans. The more people share music, the more artists and copyright holders should receive compensation for their creations." 

However the proposals have had a lukewarm reception, not so much because of the proposal itself, but more because many feel it is unrealistic to think the record labels will endorse the concept.

Jarad Carleton, an IT industry analyst with Californian company Frost & Sullivan told reporters: "If the EFF thinks that a voluntary system at this point will satisfy the RIAA and record labels it represents, then they have their heads buried in the sand. The RIAA has proven that their current plan of attack is working. Record label revenues are up. P2P users are afraid of breaking the law. Labels now have their eyes on what at the moment appears to be the bigger and more profitable target - selling songs for around a buck a piece."

Those thoughts were backed up by Adam Eisgrau, executive director of another group representing P2P networks - P2P United - who told reporters: "These kinds of proposals have been strenuously objected to by Big Music because under any kind of reasoned analysis of what kind of value they bring to a new artist's world, they're likely to make less money than they're making now."

The RIAA are yet to respond to the EFF's proposals.

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D-12 SET DATE FOR ALBUM NUMBER TWO
D-12 will release the follow up to 2001's 'Devils Night' in the US on 27 Apr - a UK release is likely to be near that date too. The new album has be produced by Eminem, fellow D-12 member Mr Porter, Dr Dre, Trackboyz and Kanye West.

Commenting on the album the group's Kuniva told reporters: "With 'Devil's Night', we were happy for the opportunity to be in the studio and finally making an album so we took that opportunity to have fun with it. On D12 World, there's more of a balance, you'll still find lighthearted material but we touch on serious subjects as well."

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THOUSANDS RAISED IN BARFLY BIDS
Thousands of pounds have been raised for Shelter and War Child through the auctioning off of tickets for those Back To The Bar charity gigs. A handful of tickets for each gig were held back from the mobile phone text competition and put onto eBay. As previously reported, tickets for The Cure sold for just under a grand. Since then David Gray tickets have gone for £750, The Darkness tickets for £1221 and a pair of Pet Shop Boys tickets went for £2200! The Back To The Bar gigs kick off in Barfly venues around the UK on Monday.

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OAKENFOLD TO TALK ON 46664 AT WMC
Paul Oakenfold will be giving media interviews at the Miami Music Conference next week about the '46664' concert which took place in South Africa last year. A recording of the gig is released on DVD on 12 Apr and Oakenfold - who performed at the benefit alongside Shifty Shellshock and TC - will be doing his best to promote it.

As previously reported, the '46664' concert was organised to raise funds the Nelson Mandela Foundation to raise awareness of and help overcome the growing AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Oakenfold interviews can be arranged via Warners press office.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand - Epomymous (Domino)
This band will change your life say NME, while the Guardian reckon Franz Ferdinand (who met at art school) were the spearhead of a new art-rock movement which, they predicted, would be as big as Britpop. Here at CMU we've been raving about art-rock generally and Franz Ferdinand in particular since September last year. It seems that the UK finally has what it has been lacking for some time, our very own answer to the Strokes; a band who are critically applauded by the alternative press whilst also able to gate-crash the top ten, as well as being snappy dressers with great hair cuts. Not that the Glasgow- based, quarter German band sound like the Strokes: They have found inspiration from the 1980's, which although allegedly the decade that taste forgot, was an incredibly fertile time for guitar bands such as Gang of Four who it seems are increasingly becoming a name to drop and XTC who are influencing bands across the pond such as Stellastarr* and Fiery Furnaces. Franz Ferdinand with their taut, wiry guitar sounds and inventive rhythms simply make exciting music. The unusual structures and tempo changes, for example on 'Take Me Out' are very striking. The lyrics too are ear catching. On 'Matinee' Alex Kapronos croons in Scott Walker stylee, "So I'm on the BBC telling Terry Wogan how I made it, why I made it is unclear now'. I'd say its pretty clear why Franz Ferdinand made it, they have the whole package, but it's the catchy tunes that got them into the charts. "Super fantastiche". JW
Release date: 9 Feb
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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WHO PLAN NEW ALBUM
According to Rolling Stone magazine Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are working on a new Who album. Following the news that two new tracks will appear on a forthcoming Who greatest hits, word is Townsend has now put down the backing tracks to five new songs and now plans to work with Daltrey on vocals. 

Eddie Vedder - a friend of Townsend - told the magazine that he heard a couple of rough demos and: "They were transcendent. It was just a live take and a practice session of a song Pete wrote, and one that Roger wrote. It was two-tenths of a great record."

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VODAFONE MAY ATTEMPT VIVENDI TAKEOVER
Rumour has it Vodafone may attempt an aggressive takeover of Universal Music's parent company Vivendi if the conglom doesn't give up its stake in French mobile network SFR. Vivendi own 56% of the mobile network, but minority stakeholder Vodafone wants to force them out. The new threat came from Vodafone boss Arun Sarin during that 3GSM World Congress mobile phone conference in Cannes. Given Vivendi's recent turbulent financial history such an aggressive takeover attempt could be very problematic for the French firm.

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MMF SEMINARS
The Music Managers Forum is holding two seminars on 'Negotiation Skills, Mediation & Intellectual Property' next week. Taking place on Monday and Tuesday at 6.30pm the two seminars will involve different panels, but will discuss similar topics, including:

- Ownership & Control of Intellectual Property Rights
- Who earns and for how long?
- Copyright, Neighbouring Rights, Moral Rights, Trading Names & Trade Marks
- Negotiating agreements with record companies, publishers etc.
- The Four Phases of Negotiation
- Mediation: examining the process, benefits and realities of resolving disputes without litigation

The seminars take place at the MCPS/PRS Alliance offices in London. Booking info at http://www.mmf-training.com 

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APPLE FACE APPLE IN COURT
With all the coverage of Eminem suing Apple over the use of 'Lose Yourself' in one of their iPod ads last year, it was easy to miss the start this of the court case in which the Beatles are suing the IT firm. As previously reported Apple Corps, who owns the Beatles catalogue, claim that Apple Mac have broken a 1991 agreement when the former allowed the latter to use the Apple name on the condition they stayed out of the music space. Apple argue that agreement allows them to trade in the 'transmission of data' which, they claim, is all iTunes is. 

The case opened in the London courts this week and will no doubt rumble on for some time. Apple, meanwhile, are still pushing for the case to be fought in the Californian courts.

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JAZZ FM DROP BLACKBURN IN BID TO UP LIVE OUTPUT
Jazz FM have confirmed they are dropping Tony Blackburn from their late night schedules. Blackburn presents a pre-recorded show for the London station, but that is to be replaced by a live show hosted by former Radio 1 night shift worker Clive Warren. The decision is part of the station's ambition to increase live output. Blackburn will continue to host his weekend show which airs on Jazz FM and its sister stations around the UK.

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AMERICAN IDOL CONTENDER DROPPED AFTER CHARGES
Donnie Williams - the American Idol finalist arrested for suspected drink driving earlier this week, has been disqualified from the show. A spokesman for Fox TV, who air the programme, told the New York Daily Post: "While understanding that Donnie has not been convicted of a crime, the producers and network feel that the nature of the charges against him warrant his disqualification."

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WARNER TAKEOVER MAY BE COMPLETED TODAY
More from the Warners camp. The delayed completion of Edgar Bronfmann Jnr's take over of the Warner Music Group is expected today. The final sign off ends three months of paperwork and means the inevitable changes that follow any takeover will now begin.

In the US those changes are likely to include consolidation of some of the major's labels. Rumours suggest that the Group may merge its operations into two mega-divisions, one based on the West Coast and one of the East Coast. What impact that will have on rosters and smaller imprints remains to be seen.

There's also much speculation, of course, as to the future of current boss Roger Ames. Following the appointment of former Island Def Jam boss Lyor Cohen to a new North America coordinating role it is not yet clear where Ames will fit in to the new company. Some reckon he will head up European operations, other suggest his resignation will be forthcoming someday soon.

How soon Bronfmann will start making announcements about his team's plans is also not clear. Some reckon most plans will be kept under wraps until an internal group-wide conference due to take place in Miami at the end of March.

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BASHIR MAY GET MILLION DOLLAR US TV DEAL
Adding insult to injury, we're guessing Michael Jackson won't be too happy to hear that, following the hype surrounding the Living With Michael TV show, ITV journalist Martin Bashir is reportedly in line for a $1 million deal with ABC News in the States, perhaps as a replacement for Barbara Walters.

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OUTKAST ANDRE'S HENDRIX FILM ROLE
According to Xfm, OutKast's Andre 3000 is in talks with movie bosses to play Jimi Hendrix in a new film about the legendary guitarist's life. If true, Andre will have a busy film schedule - he is due to star in Elmore Leonard's new movie 'Be Cool', the sequel to 'Get Shorty', and in a musical film version of the hip hop duo's most recent album 'Speakerboxxx'.

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DOWNLOAD SCOTLAND UPDATE
Well we said the other day no word on the line up for the Scottish bit of the Download Festival. Well, here's the word. All the bands on the Donington bill, with the exception of The Hives, will be playing Glasgow Green on 2 and 3 Jun - and that includes Metallica, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Korn, Machine Head, Iggy & The Stooges and The Distillers. 

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