Meet the Remastered Beatles! (But Only on CD); Nirvana Was No Fun, Brandon Flowers Complains


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Headlines: The Beatles are coming, this time in remastered form. The band's original catalogue has been digitally remastered and will go on sale in September in CD format. Still no digital availability, though. Noting that the CD format is so very 1999, Bob Lefsetz offers this take: "What's next, Beatle ringles? Chrome cassettes?" ... Kurt Cobain died 15 years ago today. Killers frontman Brandon Flowers celebrates by dance-rocking on Cobain's grave, saying: "I don't mean it in a bad way but I think Kurt Cobain and grunge took the fun out of rock-and-roll." Thankfully, Flowers notes, Brandon Flowers and the Killers are making rock-and-roll "a lot more playful and brighter." ... Keith Urban's publicist says reports that the country star's tour bus dumped its septic tank on the streets of New York are full of, well -- you know. ... Franz Ferdinand gets sloppy seconds on Britney's big comeback single, "Womanizer." ... Woodstock 2009, in Brooklyn? ... Apple's iTunes isn't the only music store that's raised prices on some of its top-selling tracks. The Amazon.com and Wal-Mart MP3 stores have quietly followed suit. ... Conor Oberst releasing a free documentary about Conor Oberst. ... The Nine Inch Nails iPhone app is about to land. ... Toby Keith versus music scribe Peter Cooper, now on video! ... That Bon Iver guy is going back to his high school to perform with the jazz band. ... Bomb Squad pilot Hank Schocklee reveals that Russell Simmons hated the old Public Enemy records until they started selling. ... Jessica Simpson's boots were made for walkin', all right -- right out the doors of Sony Nashville, which has booted the wannabe country singer from its roster. Simpson still has a pop deal with Sony-owned Epic Records. ... M.I.A. is butting heads with the Sri Lankan government. ... Nas is releasing a joint album with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley (joint meaning together, btw, not the other, more herbal thing). The "Distant Relatives," as they're billing themselves, will headline the Rock the Bells tour, on which they'll be joined by KRS-One, Common, Big Boi, Raekwon, Tabi Bonney, House of Pain (!) and the Roots, among others. ... Sen. Chuck Schumer has proposed a federal scalping law. ... Ne-Yo, Method Man added to cast of George Lucas-helmed Tuskegee Airmen feature, "Red Tails." ... Son Volt has a new label and a new album: Americana idol Jay Farrar's band releases "American Central Dust" in July via Rounder Records. ... Because you're just dying to know, here are three acts Perez Hilton likes for 2009: Little Boots, Julian Perretta and FrankMusik.

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In which Eminem returns and mocks Bret Michaels, Jessica Simpson, Amy Winehouse and John Mayer, among many, many others.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 8, 2009; 7:40 AM ET Morning Mix
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