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Music News: MTV shares unseen Replacements interview from 1989

Jessica Hopper of MTV News interviewed Replacements biographer Bob Mehr about his new book Trouble Boys. Along with the interview, MTV published previously unseen footage of Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson being interviewed by Kurt Loder in 1989. Among the topics: music videos, Slim Dunlap, and Prince. (Loder: “Have you been tempted to move to California, or are you happy right where you are?” Westerberg: “No and no.”)

N.W.A. won’t reunite for Rock Hall

N.W.A. will not be performing at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Ice Cube tells the New York Times. “I guess we really didn’t feel like we were supported enough to do the best show we could put on,” said the rapper. “We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen.”

Iggy Pop puts a bird on it

Iggy Pop has a cockatoo named Biggy Pop — and the bird is now on Instagram. In videos posted to the account, Pop sings to Biggy and generally shares quality time. (Pitchfork)

A busy day for Chance

Chance the Rapper — just announced as part of this year’s Rock the Garden lineup — has been busy. He redesigned the logo of his hometown team the Chicago White Sox for a series of baseball caps, and released an action-packed new video for his Saba collaboration “Angels.” (Pitchfork)

Ritual de lo Habitual turns 25

Actually, Ritual de lo Habitual will turn 26 this August — but Jane’s Addiction is belatedly celebrating the album’s silver anniversary with a short July tour leading up to their July 30 appearance at Lollapalooza. (Rolling Stone)

David Lynch tribute to be released on disc

The Music of David Lynch will be a double-disc release chronicling a fundraising tribute concert that took place last year. The album, out April 15, will include performances by Karen OWayne CoyneDuran DuranLykke LiSky Ferreria, longtime Lynch composer Angelo Badalamenti, and — of course — Twin Peaks. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering two music notables

Drummer Dennis Davis, a longtime member of David Bowie’s band, has died of cancer. Bowie called Davis, who played on all three of the “Berlin trilogy” albums, “a powerfully emotive drummer.” (Rolling Stone)

Attorney Seymour Lazar has died of natural causes at age 88. In the 1960s, Lazar was a flamboyant lawyer who represented — among others — Miles DavisJohnny Rivers, and Cannonball Adderley. After his celebrity-lawyer years, he went into corporate law — resulting, later, in his conviction on charges of participating in money laundering and mail fraud, sentenced to probation and over $62 million in fines and forfeitures. (Billboard)

Adele biopic rumors are false

Actress Rebel Wilson says that rumors she was to play Adele in a biopic are “completely made up.” That will be good news to Adele, who commented on the rumors at a recent concert and didn’t sound too happy about the idea. (Billboard)

Tegan and Sara drop new tune, try new ‘dos

Tegan and Sara have premiered “Boyfriend,” a poignant and poppy new single from their forthcoming album Love You to Death. They also participated in a Funny or Die video that imagines new hairstyle options for the identical twins.