The Beatles Get Remastered, Repackaged and Rock Banded; Courtney Love Says Something Incomprehensible; Three Six Mafia Goes Cookin'
Headlines: Things never seem to slow down in the land of the Beatles and that's especially the case lately. The band's catalogue is being remastered, with all of the albums set to be re-released on Sept. 9, each one complete with a mini-documentary about the record. There's even a deluxe CD holder that will be available for you to neatly organize your discs. Then there's The Beatles: Rock Band video game, which honestly looks kind of frightening. And Paul McCartney was on "Letterman" last night and took to the rooftop of the Ed Sullivan Theatre to perform "Get Back" and "Sing the Changes," from his Fireman album. Sir Paul will make it to our area on Aug. 1 for a show at FedEx Field.
So the dude who pleaded guilty to leaking Guns 'N Roses "Chinese Democracy" was sentenced to two months of home confinement. Seems like they should have maybe sentenced him to two months of "get out of the basement and off the damn Internet," but hey, I'm no judge. His computers will also be subject to government scrutiny. OK, then. Whitney Houston made an appearance at the world premiere listening party for her upcoming album, "I Look to You." Clive Davis hosted the London gala while stressing the album was still unfinished. Houston was "healthy-looking." The album features a duet with Akon and an Arthur Russell cover. No, wait, a Leon Russell cover. Yep, that makes much more sense. In other, "Is that kinda crazy chick still making new music?" news, Courtney Love wants to release her "upcoming" album under the Hole moniker, but her former bandmates -- particularly guitarist Eric Erlandson -- aren't so keen on the idea. There may or may not be a contract stating that Love cannot use the Hole name anymore. Courtney was upset with the pushback and did what any celeb does when presented with a situation like this -- complained on Twitter. "Buying me some Fish Fingers in 1989 is not really a concept I can relate to after stealing from me and participating in stealing from my kid," she said. It's hard to argue with that logic.
Not to be outdone by Julian Casablancas, Alec Ounsworth of former band of the half-minute Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is ready to go solo. He recruited a star lineup of New Orleans musicians to back him and got Anti -- home of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Booker T, Bob Mould, Neko Case etc. -- to release the album. So we'll see. CYHSY was perhaps the most perfect example of blogs hyping a band to the moon before they were ready for prime time, resulting in people almost immediately turning on the band because when they went to see them in concert they didn't meet unrealistic expectations. Apparently the new Pearl Jam song, or at least a snippet of it, debuted during some exhibition baseball game the other night. I was at the Abe Vigoda show, myself. If you're into track listings, September's "Backspacer" now has an official one. "The End" sounds like a really original title. Ice Cube's journey from gangsta rap original to TBS sitcom star is complete. "Are We There Yet?" is now a TV show. But Cube won't star; he'll only make sporadic appearances. DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three Six Mafia will be the stars of their culinary show, the geniusly titled "Cookin' Ain't Easy." Get your Tivo's ready.
Video of the Day, I: Foreign Born - "Winter Games"
Ready for another indie buzz band? Too bad! L.A.'s Foreign Born don't care if you're not ready and have the quasi-breakdancing video to prove it.
Video of the Day, II: Michael Jackson 1984 Pepsi ad
The video of Jackson's hair catching on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial finally surfaces. Give him credit -- there were flames flying from his skull and he was still ready to dance and move some cans of cola.
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