Random Music News for August 29, 2014

It’s Labour Day weekend?  Seriously?  Where’s the summer go? (Oh, and Michael Jackson would have been 56 today.)

  1. ZZ Top has cancelled the rest of their current tour because bass player Dusty Hill had a fall and injured his hip. At age 65, that’s a serious issue.
  2. Bruce Springsteen wants to write a children’s book.
  3. Woman falls under a bus at Burning Man and dies.
  4. The late Chrissy Amphlett of The Divinyls is getting a lane named after her in Melbourne.
  5. Abbey Road Studios has signed a deal to manufacturer vintage-style recording gear.
  6. Does your band use Twitter? New analytics are now available to you.
  7. Google Glass now features Pandora in addition to musiXmatch and YouTube. Meanwhile, T-Mobile now offers Songza, Rdio and Grooveshark for free with their plans’ Music Freedom” program. Expect to see more of this kind of bundling as we move forward.
  8. If you’re in a band, you’ll inevitably need a manager.  Here’s everything you need to know about managers.
  9. Vinyl manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand.
  10. Last week was the worst week ever for album sales in the US.  Well, in the last 23 years, anyway. (Read more on the carnage here.)
  11. Another “THE AIRLINE LOST MY GUITAR!” horror story. Fortunately, this one has a happy ending.
  12. Attention new Canadian artists:  Slaight Music launches part four of its “It’s Your Shot!” There’s $50K at stake.
  13. This USB-charging picnic cooler raised $11 million on Kickstarter.  Wait–what?
  14. Ever try This is My Jam? It’s kinda cool. Here’s their story.


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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