Random Music News for August 19, 2014

Eighty years ago today, the first-ever soapbox derby was held in Dayton, Ohio.

  1. Are there apps on your phone that are secretly listening to you?
  2. Elvis and the iPad, together at last.
  3. If you’ve ever broken your iPhone’s screen, you’ll love this.
  4. This is the weirdest music-related eBay listing you’ll see all week.  (Thanks to Rupinder.  I think.)
  5. Road tragedy on the Motley Crue tour leaves one dead.
  6. As of next year, Germany’s Scorpions will have been around for FIFTY years.  They plan to celebrate–as they should.
  7. The Tea Party have reunited and will release an album called The Ocean at the End on September 8.
  8. Happy Mondays’ guitarist saw his child treated for cancer with cannabis. There was some success, too.
  9. Ed Sheeran has tied a record in the UK.
  10. Paul McCartney and Kanye have recorded a song together called “Piss on My Grave.”  Wait–what?
  11. Here’s software that figures out to add music to any video.
  12. Billy Rath, bass player for Johnny Thunders, dies at age 66.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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