Random music for Saturday, January 2, 2021

In case you missed it, Dawn Wells–Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island–died this week at the age of 82. COVID. On that cheery note, here’s music news for January 2, 2020.

  1. Eight things we learned through audio research in 2020. Yes, we learned something about podcasting and smart speakers.
  2. Musicians will still need to work remotely in 2021. These tools will help. (Via Walter)
  3. RIP UK/American rapper MF Doom.
  4. KISS had to tone things down for their NYE gig in Dubai: censored lyrics and no blood for Gene.
  5. What were these dummies at Mar-a-Largo thinking?
  6. Both Apple and TikTok have removed the Vybe Together secret party app. Too much breaking of COVID protocols.
  7. There’s a concern in Jamaica that the country’s biggest stars are abandoning reggae.
  8. Flea sold his big compound in Malibu for US$20 million.
  9. Alto Reed, Bob Seger’s longtime sax player, died this week at age 72. Cancer. Those are his licks in “Turn the Page.”
  10. Peleton is starting to release its own exclusive music. First up: three Elvis remixes.
  11. A Led Zeppelin song performed by a cover band dressed up like Transformers? Yep.
  12. And here come the holograms.
  13. Here is some advice on how to make money from music in 2021.
  14. Speaking of which, anyone else notice the re-recording of The Hip’s “Ahead by a Century” in that Scotiabank commercial?
  15. The Guardian has this is of artists to watch in 2021.
  16. And the headliner for Lollapalooza 2021 is…Journey?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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