Random Music New for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anyone remember how Harold Camping said the world was supposed to end on this date in 2011? Where is he now? Oh, right. He died in 2013.

  1. You know how your teenager ignores you? Here’s why.
  2. Is this how we should think about selling mobile streaming audio?
  3. Here’s MixRadio, another streaming music service. I ran into them here in Singapore.
  4. Uber is getting into the music festival business–sort of. (But not in Canada. Drat.)
  5. Ever wonder how Eddie Van Halen hacks his guitars? Watch.
  6. Sam Smith has had surgery on his vocal cords in Boston.
  7. Interesting: an audio system for convertibles that automatically adjusts for when the roof is up and for when it’s down.
  8. So Spotify wants to become much, much more than a streaming music service. This will no doubt piss off YouTube. A little bit, anyway.
  9. And Snapchat wants to get into music videos, too?
  10. When a My Little Pony birthday cake wish goes terribly, terribly wrong.
  11. What would you call a band featuring Marilyn Manson, Billy Corgan, Flava Flav and Jenna Jameson? What would THAT have sounded like? Too bad we’ll never know. (Via Tom)
  12. And now Justin Timberlake–like Jay Z and Neil Young–wants people to listen to higher-quality audio. (Via Bobby)
  13. American Idol may be done, but next comes Simon Cowill’s TV DJ talent show.
  14. Howcum Russia will be among the first to get Apple’s new streaming music service?
  15. The 33 year-old son of Tubular Bells creator Mike Oldfield died suddenly after collapsing at work.

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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