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The Wu

  • The Wu-Tang Clan announce they’ve cleared the first-ever legal Beatles sample, and then get shot down by, well, everyone, since it turns out the track actually “reinterprets” the sample, which makes this what we call a “cover.” But the song’s still great.

  • Arcade Fire pull a Radiohead, as it were: the band have launched a cryptic website, beonlineb.com, that announces something interesting will happen on October 6th. Hey, that’s tomorrow! Rumors are swirling that it’s a Neon Bible remix album of some sort (“beonlineb” is an anagram of “neon bible”), possibly involving tour mate James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

  • The Sex Pistols may record new material in the wake of their live reunion tour. The band will play seven dates in the UK as well as a special radio show in Los Angeles, and are reissuing “God Save the Queen” on Monday.

  • A federal jury has found a Minnesota woman guilty of copyright infringement for using online music sharing services and fined her $222,000. Wired’s “Threat Level” blog has the list of the 24 tracks that each cost Jammie Thomas over $9,000; it includes Vanessa Williams, Goo Goo Dolls and Richard Marx.
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