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Today’s Music News: Kurt Cobain’s childhood home on the market for $400,000

Kurt Cobain‘s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington is on the market for $400,000. According to the real estate agency handling the sale, the home still bears marks from Cobain’s childhood—literally, in the sense of drawings he made on the wall and a hole he punched with his fist as a teenager. (Reuters)

The most famous acetate ever cut at Sun Studios is back in Memphis: Jack White, he’s revealed, was the “undisclosed buyer” who paid $300,000 for the first recording ever made by Elvis Presley. White plans to reissue the singleon vinyl for Record Store Day on April 18; the music has previously been available as part of Presley historical compilations. (Rolling Stone)

The Replacements will reissue all seven of their studio albums, and one EP, in a new box set. The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990 is set for release on April 14. (Local Current)

Zane Lowe, who in 13 years at BBC1 has become one of the world’s most influential DJs, aired his final show on Thursday as he prepared to leave the BBC to take an unspecified role at Apple. His last song: “A Song for the Dead” by Queens of the Stone Age. (Pitchfork)

Hall & Oates have sued a Brooklyn granola company over a “Haulin’ Oates” line of product. Part of the reason is that they already have their own “Haulin’ Oats” line with a different cereal company. (Billboard)

Should bands be paid to play SXSW showcases sponsored by major corporations? McDonald’s thinks not necessarily, according to Ex Cops. The band say they were asked to play a McDonald’s-sponsored showcase with the disclaimer that there was no budget to pay artists on the bill—though they were told they would get free food. A McDonald’s spokesperson dismissed questions about the offer with the hashtag #slownewsday. (New York Times)

Florence + the Machine have a new album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, coming out on June 2. At a Wednesday night show in London, Florence Welch previewed three previously-unheard songs from the album. (Billboard)

In the latest testimony from the “Blurred Lines” trial, Pharrell said that when he was writing the Robin Thicke hit, he was less influenced by Marvin Gaye than by his then-ongoing work with Miley Cyrus and Earl Sweatshirt. (Billboard) Does this mean Miley and Earl get to sue now?

Earlier this week in Ireland, Ryan Adams and his tourmate Natalie Prass covered Patrick Swayze‘s “She’s Like the Wind.” (Pitchfork)

“I Really Like You” is the first single from a new Carly Rae Jepsen album that includes contributions from indie stalwarts Tegan and Sara as well as Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend. (Stereogum)

What does Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man think about the group’s forthcoming edition-of-one album? Let’s just say it’s unprintable…but he may not have been entirely aware of how the 88-year distribution ban will work. RZA is now tweeting at Method Man to clear things up. (Rolling Stone)

Never mind Rod Stewart and his wayward soccer ballsAntemasque, a band featuring former members of the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, subjected New Zealand concertgoers to a rain of debris including a rolling equipment locker, a microphone (checked by its own cord from flying into the crowd), and a kettle of boiling water. (NME)