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In today's CMU Daily:
- Tony Wilson dies
- Universal launch extensive DRM-free pilot
- Universal acquire V2
- Lopez wins damages from ex-husband
- Pavarotti in hospital
- Amy's overdose update
- Dylan exhibits his art
- Radiohead art book/classical composition
- Mick Jagger to release best of
- New John and Yoko DVD
- Siouxsie Sioux solo album
- New Scialfa album challenges Springsteen's
- Folk star pens ode to Pete/Babyshambles album news
- Timbaland, JT and Pharrell help Madonna
- +44 cancel European dates
- AT&T apologise over censored Pearl Jam webcast
- The Spitz seek new home
- HMV to acquire original Fopp
- Britney in hit and run
- Ricky Martin wants to be Madonna
- Portishead attacks Ronson

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
So, the Edinburgh Festival, the largest arts festival on the planet, is entering its second week, offering simply the most exciting and diverse range of theatre, film, comedy, musicals, dance, exhibitions, literature, talks and music, music, music. CMU's sister publication, ThreeWeeks, is in and all across Edinburgh right now providing simply the most comprehensive coverage of it all. You can read our music reviews each day here in CMU, plus check out all our coverage online at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk.

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
T On The Fringe
Campbell and Lanegan own the stage tonight, and there is something infinitely beautiful about the contrasts of sounds - soft and coarse, melodic and sorrowful. Separate they stand and separate they remain - there are only a few fleeting glances between them, and it almost feels as though we're caught in the middle of a lovers' tryst. Lanegan's voice is a resonating undertone for Campbell's fleeting harmonies, and they are both surprisingly reserved behind their microphone stands, oozing sexiness through their music - as a duo and alone. The set is stunning - these are songs that speak of the trials and tribulations of heartache, of falling in and out of love - and these two are extremely convincing in their telling. Truly dazzling stuff.
The Liquid Room, 6 Aug, 7:00pm (10:00pm), £15.00, fpp 145.
tw rating 5/5
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Orkestra Del Sol
Great fun does not even begin to describe the show offered by the ten-piece Orkestra Del Sol. The Edinburgh-based brass band play songs from around the world, bringing out tangos, polkas, waltzes and even a calypso from their repertoire. Each musician is hugely talented, not only at playing their instruments, but at playing the characters which make the Orkestra so thrilling to watch. Each band member plays a different persona from across the globe, which they do not stray from for the entire evening. You cannot take your eyes off these characters for a second, for fear of missing another hilarious interaction or quirky gesture. Perfectly situated in the glamorous Spiegeltent, they had me dancing all night. Brilliant, exhausting fun.
The Spiegel Garden, 6, 13, 14 and 21 Aug, times vary, £10.00 (£7.00), fpp 151.
tw rating 5/5
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Schumann & Debussy
Clare Jones
The eerie atmosphere and booming acoustics of St Mark's Church ensured Clare Jones' technically flawless piano skills reverberated around the captivated audience. The combination of an intimate atmosphere and powerful euphony left me with goosebumps and a desire to learn to play the piano too! With warm and enthusiastic narrative, Clare permitted those who were not so classically aware an interesting insight into the background behind the exquisite music. Focusing mainly on German composer Schumann and his influence on other musicians, Clare performed a range of music from romantic adagio to pieces based on fables and folk tales. Anybody with an appreciation of classical music would revel in this show; a stunning combination of beautiful music in the magnificent surroundings.
St Mark's Artspace, 6 - 8 Aug, 5:30pm (6:30pm), £8.00, fpp 154.
tw rating 4/5
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Underbelly Live @ Underbelly - Preston Reed
Underbelly Productions
If you know Preston Reed, you will likely know him as something of a guitar legend. If you don't know him, and have an ear for good music, go see him at the earliest opportunity. He played his guitars as if they were a four piece band, with multiple plectrums, two-hand tapping percussion and concurrent bass and melody playing which was amazing. His compositions were rustic and bluesy, and his hillbilly appearance in line with his rural American roots. He charmed the small audience of both devoted followers and random show-goers in a way that made the gig one of the most intimate and friendly I've been to. Virtuoso musicianship that will stay with you long afterwards.
Underbelly, 7-8 Aug (not 23), 9:00pm (11:00pm), prices vary, fpp 158.
tw rating 4/5
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TONY WILSON DIES
Legendary Manchester club and record label owner, and In The City founder, Tony Wilson died last week after suffering a heart attack. The former Factory Records chief had been battling kidney cancer prior to his death, though Wilson's doctor says that, in the end, that was not the direct cause of his death. Professor Robert Hawkins told reporters: "It's very sad. He died as a result of something unrelated to his cancer. His cancer was responding well to treatment but obviously did contribute to his poor health".

Wilson was a key figure in the rise of the Manchester music scene in the late eighties, of course, bringing the world bands like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, through his unconventional indie label Factory Records. He was also a co-founder of the infamous Hacienda nightclub, as well as working across the music and media industries, most notably co-founding the popular In The City music convention.

Despite his successes in the music industry, he also maintained a career in TV journalism and, for those of us who lived in 'Granada-land' remained the bloke off the local news even as the Factory/Hacienda empire was at its peak. Despite his prolific career, his unconventional approach to business meant he did not profit hugely from his business ventures, meaning he recently had to appeal to friends and colleagues to fund private healthcare treatment for his cancer.

Among those paying tribute to Wilson on Friday was former Happy Mondays manager Phil Saxe, who told the BBC: "He was a visionary in that he helped bands, who otherwise wouldn't have made it, who were a bit out of the ordinary. He helped them realise their dreams and through that probably realised himself to be Mr Manchester. Part of me, part of Manchester, part of modern British music has died tonight".

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UNIVERSAL LAUNCH EXTENSIVE DRM-FREE PILOT
Hey, this is a biggish story for you. The Universal Music Group is to follow rival EMI into the domain of non-DRMed downloads. The largest of the major record companies announced last week that as of 21 Aug it will be selling "thousands" of albums and individual tracks without any digital rights management technology embedded. The non-DRM move is officially a "test" that will run to January, but it is a significant move nonetheless.

The non-DRMed music will be available in the US via Real Networks' Rhapsody, PureTracks, Best Buy and Wal-Mart's download platforms and, once it launches, Amazon's new digital music service. Unlike EMI, who sell their non-DRMed catalogue at a premium price, of course, Universal's DRM-free tracks should retail for the same price as those that are encrypted, though pricing may vary from download platform to download platform.

But the biggest dimension to this story is that Universal does not plan to make its DRM-free catalogue available to Apple's iTunes during the pilot period. EMI, of course, did the opposite, giving the Apple service exclusivity rights to its DRM-free catalogue at launch. According to Billboard, some sources say Universal decided to leave out Apple so they could compare the sales of DRM-free music from other outlets to the sales of DRMed music from iTunes. However, other sources say the move is part of Universal's attempts to reduce Apple's dominance of the digital music market.

They quote one 'source' as saying: "We want to have a robust digital marketplace where there's healthy competition. We don't have that now. Apple has a stranglehold on the whole thing, so much so that all the other online retailers are badly disadvantaged because you can't buy music from their stores and play it on the iPod. We want to open up the market and create a more level playing field. We want to give other retailers a chance to compete".

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UNIVERSAL ACQUIRE V2
Talking of Universal - are they planning on taking over every independent record label in existence? Hot on the tails of the biggest major's acquisition of the Sanctuary Music Group, news this weekend that Universal has now reached an agreement with Morgan Stanley to acquire the V2 Music Group. As previously reported, Morgan Stanley took complete control of the London based independent last year when it bought out Richard Branson's Virgin Group (although Branson himself still has a 5% stake).

Confirming the deal to acquire the indie, Universal Music International boss Lucian Grainge said on Friday: "V2 is recognized as a pioneer in independent music with a diverse artist roster that spans many musical genres. By applying our expertise in artist development and in the digital space, we'll be able to maximize and enhance the opportunities for its artists even further".

It is unclear whether Universal's acquisition of V2, which has the likes of Stereophonics, Paul Weller, and Elbow on its roster, will require any regulator approval. It is also currently unclear what impact the takeover will have on the independent, or its Co-Operative Music division, which works in collaboration with other smaller indies like Bella Union, City Slang and Wichita Recordings.

The US division of V2 is not part of the Universal deal. As also previously reported, it was previously sold to Sheridan Square and subsequently all but ceased trading.

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LOPEZ WINS DAMAGES FROM EX-HUSBAND
Jennifer Lopez last week won £267, 257 in that previously reported legal case against her first husband, Ojani Noa, who was planning to publish a book detailing their time together.

Reports suggested that Noa's tell all book would have included allegations that Lopez had several affairs during their marriage, including one with her current husband Marc Anthony. But Lopez's legal people were quick to move to stop the book from being published, arguing Noa was in breach of a previous agreement between the couple that stipulated that he would not be able to publicly disparage the singer.

The dispute was forced into arbitration earlier this year, and the judge arbitrating last week agreed that Noa was, indeed, in breach of a previous agreement, and as a result ordered a permanent injunction on any book being published (a temporary injunction had previously been issued, if I remember rightly) as well as awarding Lopez damages in respect of Noa's breach.

A further hearing is now schedule for 5 Sep, though I'm not really sure what for. Perhaps I should find out.

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PAVAROTTI IN HOSPITAL
Opera singer Pavarotti was admitted into hospital last week with a fever and was "under observation" by doctors over the weekend, although reports this morning say his wife has announced he is now "doing better". The 71 year old tenor entered the hospital in his hometown of Modena late on Wednesday (8 Aug), but is now expected to "be released within the next few days". At the time of his admittance, the 'Nessun Dorma' singer had been holidaying in his villa in Pesaro, just off the Adriatic coast and some 120 miles away from Modena

This hospital visit marks the latest in a string of health issues for the star, of course, he having had neck surgery to repair two vertebrae in March 2005, surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2006, and suffered a bout of laryngitis in the same year that forced him to cancel an appearance at a Three Tenors' concert in Mexico. But, contrary to some reports last year that suggested that he would be retiring from performing following his operation for cancer, his wife, Nicoletta Mantovani, said last month that Pavarotti would continue singing and was planning on releasing of a classical record of religious songs soon.

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AMY'S OVERDOSE UPDATE
So, as you probably saw, it was confirmed on Friday that when Amy Winehouse went into hospital suffering from "exhaustion" last week, she was actually admitted to have her stomach pumped after a drugs overdose. The singer spoke to the News Of The World about the incident over the weekend, vowing to never let it happen again, though characteristically resisting calls for her to go into rehab in a bid to overcome her tendency for excess. She told the tabloid: "I never want to feel that way again. It was just crazy - one of the most terrifying moments of my life. I've scared myself this time. I was all over the place. I know things have got to change. I have to sort myself out". Winehouse's admission into hospital forced the cancellation of more live appearances, though she is vowing to be back on form ready for next weekend's V Festival. She told the NOTW: "I'm fine. I'll be back at work on Monday".

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DYLAN EXHIBITS HIS ART
An exhibition of Bob Dylan's artwork is to open at an East German museum later this year. The singer has granted permission for a show at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz following interest from the gallery's art director, Ingrid Moessinger, in 'The Drawn Blank Series', a collection of more than 200 Dylan drawings and sketches from between 1989 and 1992.

Commenting on the exhibition plans, Dylan said: "I was fascinated to learn of Ingrid's interest in my work, and it gave me the impetus to realise the vision I had for these drawings many years ago. If not for this interest, I don't know if I even would have revisited them".

The work was originally published in a book, intuitively named 'Drawn Blank', back in 1994, but now the whole show will be open for public viewings.

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RADIOHEAD ART BOOK/CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
Not to be outdone by Dylan's arty moves in East Germany, Radiohead are set to have their artwork published in a new book, entitled 'Dead Children Playing'. The book will mainly feature the work of Stanley Donwood - who has been responsible for many Radiohead covers including 'Kid A' and 'OK Computer' - though there'll also be some stuff from Dr Tchock, the anonymous artist that is generally assumed to actually be Thom Yorke. Out in October in hard back the book is expected to include all of Radiohead's cover art from 1995 onwards, which should pacify all the die-hard fans until the arrival of the band's new album, expected later this year.

In other Radiohead news, guitarist Johnny Greewood is set to perform his debut classical composition for The Wordless Music Series in New York next January. The series follows the notion that wordless music can be as inspiring, and sometimes more so, than any lyrical witticisms, and is bringing together a selection of musicians, including post-rockers Do Make Say Think and ethereal instrumental band Mum.

Greenwood's piece - titled 'Popcorn Superhet Receiver For String Orchestra' - was commissioned by the BBC in 2005 following that announcement that he would become their 'Composer-in-Residence'. That honour has basically meant that Greenwood has had unlimited access to every musical BBC resource, including their concert orchestra, to write and conduct a single piece of music.

Further details on the performance can be found at http://www.wordlessmusic.org.

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MICK JAGGER TO RELEASE BEST OF
Perhaps jealous of all the attention Keith's been getting recently with that announcement of his autobiography, Mick Jagger is set to remind the world that he's still around too with the release of a new compilation, 'The Very Best Of Mick Jagger'.

Collecting the best bits from his four solo records and various other releases, it is set to be released on 1 Oct through Warner's Rhino division and features his most memorable hits including, erm, 'Joy', a duet with Lenny Kravitz featuring Bono, 'Old Habits Die Young', from the soundtrack to that terrible remake of 'Alfie', and the unforgettable David Bowie duet of 'Dancing In The Street'- will we ever forget the all in one jump-suit he sported in the video?

Speaking of the release, Mick commented: "For me, it's a great thing to listen to since all the songs speak to a certain time and make things come alive for me."

For those that care about these kind of things, the tracklisting for the hits release is as follows:

God Gave Me Everything
Put Me In The Trash
Just Another Night
Don't Tear Me Up
Charmed Life*
Sweet Thing
Old Habits Die Hard
Dancing In The Street
Too Many Cooks*
Memo From Turner
Lucky In Love
Let's Work
Joy
Don't Call Me Up
Checkin' Up On My Baby*
(You Gotta Walk And) Don't Look Back
Evening Gown

*marks tracks that are previously unreleased - woo!

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NEW JOHN AND YOKO DVD
Previously unreleased footage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's seven-day 'bed in' protest in 1969 is set to be made available on a new DVD from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 'Give Peace A Song' is out of 27 Aug and features a celebrity-packed recording of their peace anthem, 'Give Peace A Chance', recorded in suite 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, where they spent the entirety of their 'demonstration'. In addition to this, further new material will be on the disc including new interviews with Yoko, many of the people there on the day and 35 minutes of TV interviews and press conferences.

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SIOUXSIE SIOUX SOLO ALBUM
More on Siouxsie Sioux's debut solo album now. It will be called 'Mantaray', and will be released in the UK on 10 Sep through W14 in. The long player will be preceded by the single, 'Into A Swan, which is out on 27 Aug. The full track listing for the album is as follows...

Into a Swan
About to Happen
Here Comes That Day
Loveless05 If It Doesn't Kill You
One Mile Below
Drone Zone
Sea of Tranquility
They Follow You
Heaven and Alchemy

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NEW SCIALFA ALBUM CHALLENGES SPRINGSTEEN'S
Hinting at the possibility of some friendly husband-wife rivalry, Bruce Springsteen's spouse and E-Street Band member Patti Scialfa is set to release her third solo record right before the new long-player from 'the Boss' himself.

Scialfa releases 'Play Is As It Lays' on 4 Sep and she told Billboard last week that releasing it right before her husband's new record is "challenging", explaining: "When we came off 'The Seeger Sessions,' I had already started this record and had three or four things cut. I was dying to get back to work and I stared working and (Springsteen) started working ... and then we knew we were coming close together and he wanted me to be able to put mine out before his. When I was younger I would probably have wanted more room to myself, but at this point it doesn't matter".

The album is Scialfa's first solo release since 2004's '23rd Street Lullaby' and features a number of her fellow E-Streeters, including Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell, Jordan, Willie Weeks and Clifford Carter. And although she says she will tour the record at some point, this won't be until after the imminent Springsteen tour which could be, she suggests, some way into the New Year.

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FOLK STAR PENS ODE TO PETE/BABYSHAMBLES ALBUM NEWS
Folk legend Linda Thompson has penned a song for Pete Doherty called, simply, 'Babyshambles'. She claims that she wrote the song because she finds the shambolic former Libertine "quite touching". Thompson is set to include the ode on the Japanese version of her forthcoming long-player, 'Versatile Heart', and seems almost besotted with the rag-tag indie star, claiming: "He's very talented. I think that talent is quickly being dissipated. It's not going to be there much longer, probably. But you never know. He did enough good stuff with The Libertines to give him a stab at being remembered".

Thompson continues: "He's very beautiful. He's a real quintessential rock 'n' roll tragedy case. I feel for him. Everyone keeps saying Kate Moss should get rid of him. I think he should get rid of her".

Doherty is, of course, single now, so the odds against Pete 'n' Linda being indie's new darlings might not be as far fetched as they first seem. Elsewhere in Doherty news, it has been announced that the new Babyshambles album will be called 'Shotter's Nation' and will be released on 1 Oct, preceded by a single, expected to be called 'Delivery'.

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TIMBALAND, JT AND PHARRELL HELP MADONNA
Timbaland has been chattering about working with Madonna. He told reporters recently: "We just did Madonna's record. Me and Justin [Timberlake] did the records for the album. She's great... she's got her hot album. Her album is up there with Justin's album". Timbaland also confimed that Pharrell Williams had been involved in one new track on Madge's new album, a track which Timbaland says is a "hot one". Which is nice.

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+44 CANCEL EUROPEAN DATES
+44 have cancelled all their European dates, including their appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. The band, which features ex-Blink 182 members Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of course, announced their decision last week, explaining their wish to finish the follow-up release to last year's debut album, 'When Your Heart Stops Beating', before completing any live dates. As yet there has been no report on who will fill their Carling weekend festival slot.

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AT&T APOLOGISE OVER CENSORED PEARL JAM WEBCAST
Pearl Jam fans and freedom of speech protestors hit out at AT&T last week amid allegations that the phone firm had edited out anti-George Bush remarks from a webcast of the band's set at the other weekend's Lollapalooza festival.

According to Billboard, while performing their track 'Daughter', Pearl Jam segued into a portion of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall', during which frontman Eddie Vedder sang the adapted lines "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home". These extra lyrics, however, were missing from the AT&T webcast.

Responding to criticism regarding the editing out of the anti-Bush remarks, AT&T claimed the lyric removal was "a mistake by a webcast vendor" that was "contrary to our policy". And to be fair, a subsequent Vedder rant against BP Amoco and a sequence where the frontman brought on a disabled Iraq War veteran and called for US troops to leave the Middle East were both left in.

The phone firm told reporters: "We have policies in place with respect to editing excessive profanity, but AT&T does not censor performances. We very much regret that this happened in the first place". They added that they were now "working with the band to post the song in its entirety".

Writing on their website, Pearl Jam have said: "In the future, we will work even harder to ensure that our live broadcasts or webcasts are free from arbitrary edits".

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THE SPITZ SEEK NEW HOME
Owners of popular London venue The Spitz have issued a plea for potential new hosts as time runs out in their previously reported battle to fight eviction from their current home in East London's Spitalfields. The venue's management revealed earlier this year that their landlords had told them they would not be renewing their lease on their current premises. Said management now seem resigned to the fact they will have to leave their Spitalfields home, and are now looking for similar premises nearby that could continue The Spitz name.

The venue's Director Of Programming Rupert Orton told Music Week: "We've had somewhere in the region of 10,200 people sign the Save The Spitz petition which, for a 250-capacity venue, has been staggering. It's a welcome shot in the arm for all the Spitz staff. We've spoken to a number of organisations about moving the Spitz to another building, but nothing has happened yet. The name will live on in the meantime, as we will be promoting one-off shows at various venues under the Spitz banner until a permanent building can be found".

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HMV TO ACQUIRE ORIGINAL FOPP
HMV has reportedly acquired the original Fopp store in Glasgow, as well as other stores in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and Covent Garden in London.

As previously reported, HMV announced recently that it would acquire the Fopp brand from the administrators handling the former independent music chain's much reported liquidation, and that it would take on six of the former chain's stores which would operate as Fopp shops.

Music Week has reported on which stores HMV planned to acquire, confirming the original Fopp store in Glasgow was among them. HMV reportedly hopes to have those six shops reopened by the end of the month, in doing so reemploying 70 of the defunct chain's 700 employees.

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BRITNEY IN HIT AND RUN
More Britney nonsense from last week's tabloids. Ms Spears seemingly committed a hit and run crime in California last week after she failed to stop after driving her car into a parked vehicle. The troubled former pop princess drove into the other vehicle as she attempted to drive away from those nasty paparazzi types. But, the owner of the damaged car says, Spears failed to stop to check the damage she had done, and has subsequently failed to contact him. Car owner Kim Robard-Rifkin told reporters: "It was simply like my car didn't matter to her, my inconvenience didn't matter to her. [Given all the photographers that were there], what kind of person wouldn't realise that this would be on TV and she had to be responsible and contact me?" This kind of person, obviously. To be fair, once she'd left the scene of the bump, I'm not sure how Britney was meant to track down the owner of the bumped car. I'm guessing Spears doesn't have a photographic memory for car registration plates.

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RICKY MARTIN WANTS TO BE MADONNA
Two years ago having your own child was all the rage in celebrity land, but since Angelina Jolie and Madonna's adoption of foreign children it seems that a home-grown child, so to speak, just isn't enough anymore.

Aping the actions of the two aforementioned ladies, the new celebrity accessory has reached the Ricky Martin camp, who have announced that the 'Livin' La Vida Loca' singer wants to build a family of kids, with "one from each continent", if possible.

"It's something we want to begin to create this year, a family of many colours", said the Latino star last Wednesday, continuing: "I want to do it right. I don't want any problems or misunderstanding...Some think as celebrities we can manipulate the system to have a quicker adoption".

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PORTISHEAD ATTACKS RONSON
In another case of MySpace hate mail (is the art of actual communication dead?) Portishead's Geoff Barrow has launched a stinging attack on the work of producer Mark Ronson, whose recent covers album featuring Lily Allen, Radiohead and Amy Winehouse has been a huge success.

Barrow writes "first off Mark fukin (sic) Ronson. I think it takes amazing talent to turn decent songs into shit funky supermarket muzak", which we're taking to mean he doesn't approve.

Barrow continued, explaining his problem with Ronson in greater detail: "I also heard he's remixing Dylan...some music industry tit thinks it needs remixing. You would think he would have the respect to say no to the job, obviously not. What's the bets on Bob Marley and Nirvana next!!"

Portishead's new album is currently in production, with the band, as previously reported, set to curate this year's All Tomorrow's Parties' Nightmare Before Christmas in December.

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