CMU Daily - on the inside 11 Mar 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• 'Accidental suicide' rumoured verdict on Spector investigations,
• Allegations against Bay City Rollers manager dropped,
• Meg's arm not up to drumming,
• Review: Buck 65 - Square One,
• Bjork announces eurotour,
• UK publisher signs deal with Sony,
• Live Review: Lemon Jelly @ Kentish Town Forum,
• T In The Park update, rail company could cause festival havoc,
• Film Review: Cradle 2 The Grave,
• Student media awards time – again!, • One Big No gets bigger,
• Folds OK with Elton comparisons,
• Review: OK Go - OK Go,
• Kazaa to distribute Ice-T fronted show,
• RI:SE may well be dropped during war,
• Fountains Of Wayne return

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ACCIDENTAL SUICIDE' RUMOURED VERDICT ON SPECTOR INVESTIGATIONS
Latest word on the police investigations into the death of Lana Clarkson at Phil Spector's house last month is that it was an "accidental suicide" – whatever that means. LA media are attributed the reports to a "source inside the LA Sheriff's Department". Following the rumours Spector is said to have emailed friends saying: "We hate to use the words, 'I told you so' but I did tell you so—after seven weeks of silence, we can say with certainty, this will speak for itself, and boy does it speak volumes."

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ALLEGATIONS AGAINST BAY CITY ROLLERS MANAGER DROPPED
Elsewhere in the world of rock 'n' roll police investigations, former Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton has had child abuse allegations against him dropped. Paton was taken into police questioning at the same time as Matthew Kelly.

With another high profile child sex arrest leading to nothing, a growing number of MPs are calling for legislation to protect the identity of the accused in cases like this, because just allegations of sex crimes, especially against children, can damage careers.

Paton told reporters: "I was in my house when my lawyer told me the charges have been dropped, because really since all this started I have not been able to go out. Last week I went through to a restaurant in Falkirk where I was meeting my lawyer and my accountant. When I walked in the manager came running up to me and asked me to wait for a few moments. When he came back he asked if I was Tam Paton. I told him I was and he said, We don't want your kind in here. Please leave immediately and remove your vehicle from the car park'."

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MEG'S ARM NOT UP TO DRUMMING
Word is White Stripes drummer Meg White has broken her arm forcing the band to postpone several promotional appearances for new album 'Elephant'. But those in the know assure us that she will be back in full drumming mode in time for their UK tour in April.

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REVIEW: Buck 65 - Square One (Warners/WEA)
Records with no press release are the best. No idea what it will sound like or why it exists. This CD has a scary scribbled picture on the front, of evil people, and then title track 'Square One' starts off with strange bamboo noises and scratching – what to make of it all? Further research reveals that Buck 65 has been an underground hip-hop pioneer for years, and this is his sixth album. Cut into four tracks, for no obvious reason - you could have made it six, or sixteen without us being any the wiser – this covers everything from alt.country to (almost) mainstream hip-hop making it simply un-summable-up in the word-count available here. Think Beck, 3rd Bass and even a bit of Pop Will Eat Itself thrown in there. Not exactly radio-friendly, but you could listen to it all day and keep discovering new things in there. I might just do that. MB
Release date: 24 Feb
Press contact: Warner IH [all]

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BJORK ANNOUNCES EUROTOUR
Bjork has announced a string of live dates for the summer, beginning 30 May, taking in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Paris and Moscow during a 14 date tour of mainland Europe. That will be followed by some US dates, though no word on any UK performances.

Meanwhile Bjork has begun work on her next album – working title ‘The Lake Album’. A sound clip of initial studio work is already available on her website.

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UK PUBLISHER SIGNS DEAL WITH SONY
Telstar's publishing arm Strongsongs has signed a deal with Sony's ATV Music Publishing which will see the major represent its catalogue outside the UK.

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LIVE REVIEW: Lemon Jelly @ Kentish Town Forum on 6 Mar
Sneakily Lemon Jelly have crept up upon us to become one of XL Recordings main success stories of late - allowing for a whole weekend of gigs at the Forum and fans craving to re-mortgage their house just to get some rare Jelly artwork. And the great thing is it’s all been achieved by simply applying a bit of effort. There is the lush artwork and, here at the gig, cute balloons and badges, as well as assorted visuals and lights – yep, the music is just part of the Lemon Jelly package. Rampaging through their eclectic fun mix of Avalanches-sytle-breakbeat-techno-folk, the two actual members that make up Lemon Jelly remain hidden, silhouetted in the array of lights fleeing from a one instrument and platform to another in an attempt to keep up with themselves. With talent and vision these two mystery men have created something that goes beyond the average band, and certainly makes for a more than average night out. DH

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T IN THE PARK UPDATE
More festival line up news – 'credible' girl band Sugababes have been added to the T in the Park line up – they will perform on Sunday 13 Jul alongside confirmed headliners Coldplay and the Charlatans. Also confirmed for T in the Park are REM, Supergrass, The Music, The Datsuns, Polyphonic Spree, John Squire, Dave Clarke, H Foundation, The Coral, Underworld, The Streets and Lemon Jelly.

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RAIL COMPANY COULD CAUSE FESTIVAL HAVOC
Talking of festivals – Network Rail (the replacement for Railtrack) are considering choosing the August Bank Holiday weekend to close the track between London Paddington and, yep, you guessed it, Reading – probably one of the busiest bits of rail track during the August Bank Holiday thanks to the Reading Festival.

Offering a bit of common sense PC Bob Maulini of British Transport Police said the works could pose serious safety concerns. "August Bank Holiday is traditionally the busiest day of the year for us. If the line is closed it could cause some serious crowd control problems. I don't mean in terms of people's behaviour but just the sheer numbers - they are normally queuing round to Caversham Road and this will make things worse."

John Howarth, head of transport at Reading Borough Council, has told reporters he is already in discussion with the rail operator. "The Bank Holiday weekend closure is not our preferred option and I have already made this point to senior managers at board level at the rail company concerned."

Reading Festival producers Mean Fiddler have said they will advise festival-goers on travel arrangements as soon as Network Rail make a firm decision. MD Melvin Benn told reporters: "The Mean Fiddler, Thames Valley Police and Reading Borough Council will be making representations to Network Rail later this week. If the worse comes to the worse there is an excellent alternative train service from Waterloo to Reading."

Network Rail's predecessor Railtrack have a long history of putting major rail works on the London Edinburgh line on the same weekend – the incredibly busy climax of the Edinburgh Festival!

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FILM REVIEW: Cradle 2 The Grave (Warner Bros)
Rapper DMX once again proved his acting skills to any remaining doubters at last night’s press screening of 'Cradle 2 the Grave'. The Warner Bros Pictures film, in which DMX stars alongside martial artist Jet Li (with whom he also appeared in 2000's 'Romeo Must Die'), is a superbly made action flick in which the rapper plays a big time thief out to rescue his feisty 8-year-old daughter and recover some valuable stones. The movie features some terrifically violent set-pieces and pretty much every cliche an action film could ever need: a love interest, a sentimental sub-plot, the characters' ultimate redemption, big guns, bigger tanks and, of course, loads of fancy Asian kicking. However, it also features a scene that showcases the best use of a midget in celluloid history, and for that alone should win plaudits galore. DMX is clearly suited to the role of anti-hero, what with his bulging muscles and unshakeably charismatic persona. His next film, 'Never Die Alone', is scheduled for release this year. The next Wesley Snipes? CMU certainly thinks so. 'Cradle 2 the Grave' opens nationally on 28 Mar. Press info from Warner Bros press office. DR

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STUDENT MEDIA AWARDS TIME – AGAIN!
It's that time of year again. The Guardian have launched their Student Media Awards calling for student journalists everywhere to submit their work for consideration. The sales pitch: "If you've spent time and effort at university getting experience in student media, and want the opportunity to build a future in the industry, the Guardian Student Media Awards could be the answer. Our awards are a well-established entry point into the media and are renowned for launching highly successful careers. As well as choosing individual category winners, the judging panel will also select an overall winner who in their opinion displays outstanding talent and promise. The overall winner will undertake an extended six-week work placement at the Guardian and Guardian Unlimited." More info, including details of each category, at www.mediaguardian.co.uk/studentmediaawards

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ONE BIG NO GETS BIGGER
More additions to the One Big No anti-war gig this weekend (which, by the way, is the previously reported protest gig being organised by Emily Eavis). Fran Healy, Garbage, Beth Orton will join confirmed artists Paul Weller, Faithless, Ian McCulloch and Evan Dando making for one hell of a line up. Comedian Mark Thomas will also appear.

It all takes place on Saturday at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Tickets (£20 and £30) can be bought from 0870 771 2000 – profits go to CND.

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FOLDS OK WITH ELTON COMPARISONS
Ben Folds has told Aussie website Undercover that he is now comfortable with his work being compared to that of Elton John. "Unfortunately if you play piano the first thing you have to get past is being called Junior Elton John," he told the website. "I really dodged that for a long time like anyone would. People would say 'so, Elton John tell me about that' and I'd be like 'fuck off, talk to me about Elvis Costello or somebody else'. As I've gotten older I don't care anymore. If they want to call me Junior Elton John then my career is doing fine now. I don't have to worry about it".

In fact Folds has become good friends with Elton. "He's been so great. He has really helped me out a lot in the last couple of years. Having him as a friend, I am not concerned about the comparison anymore because I'm grown up and he's great".

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REVIEW: OK Go - OK Go (EMI/Capitol)
I can't recall a band sounding as Weezer-esque as OK Go since that band Snug. But those brilliant home-counties teens’ effervescent, yet wistful, punky pop somehow failed to set the charts alight in the late 90s, so how these guys will fair remains to be seen. OK Go’s eponymous debut fizzes with crunching, grunge-lite guitar riffs, grinning moogs, stomping we-will-rock-you glam drumming and melt-in-your-mouth Beach Boys harmonies. There are other reference points too. Whilst not overtly early ‘80s, OK Go have clearly been borrowing CDs from the new wave section of their local library (‘Don’t Ask Me’ starts off exactly like vintage Adam Ant). A couple of tracks also have a vague whiff of Eels about them. Despite opener (and imminent indie hit single) ‘Get Over It’ exhorting you to do exactly that in its chorus, the discovery of more musically tender and lyrically spiky moments later on suggests that OK Go are also bitter and hopelessly lovelorn romantics, just like the rest of us. A promising debut. MS
Release date: 24 Mar
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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KAZAA TO DISTRIBUTE ICE-T FRONTED SHOW
Word is the music industry's latest download enemy Kazaa will distribute a new hip hop TV show featuring Ice-T. The weekly hip-hop culture magazine programme - 'One Nation' – is produced by Pseudo.com. Viewers will be encouraged to pass the downloaded show onto friends directly – reducing the number of people downloading it direct from the site and thus reducing the strain on the site's bandwidth. This venture is slightly more commercial than those run by most illegal download sites – the show includes ads which are embedded in such a way that viewers can’t edit them out when forwarding the show to friends. Whether Ice T's label BMG approve of the link up with website they are currently suing we're not sure.

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RI:SE MAY WELL BE DROPPED DURING WAR
Well, rumours that Channel 4 are hoping to quietly shunt RI:SE out of the schedules with war coverage may just be true. The channel is stepping up its news operations, with a lunchtime Channel 4 News bulletin planned. Now staff at the news service have been told that if (when?) war begins they will also broadcast a breakfast time bulletin from 7am – 8.15am – making RI:SE a 45 minute show – probably a Mel & Sue vehicle. If that happens expect RI:SE to become the Mel & Sue Show and the much hyped under performing breakfast magazine to just disappear.

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FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE RETURN
Fountains Of Wayne (remember them?) have signed a new deal with EMI's US based imprint S-Curve Records – they will release their third album through the label in June. Fountains of Wayne have been labeless since they parted company with Warners label Atlantic a few years back.

The band will be hoping to get a profile boost through their involvement with a new VH1 animated show 'Hey Joel' which will premiere in the US later this year. The group have penned the show's theme tune plus two other songs for the show – and their animated forms even appear.

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