Random music news for Friday, April 9, 2021

If you’re a cyclist, you might find this cool. Next up: music news for April 9, 2021.

  1. By the way, if you read anything about AI song written in the style of Kurt Cobain (like here, here, here, and a million other sources from around the world), this is from the Lost Tapes of the 27 Club project I was involved in last month. Nice to see it catching on!
  2. Question: Should alternative rock again? Answer: YES, PLEASE!
  3. Here comes another US$1 billion to buy up music publishing catalogues.
  4. It’s probably time to go back and listen to Laurie Anderson’s Big Science album. Here’s why.
  5. Remember the #MeToo legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke? It’s still going on.
  6. Prince once demanded $10,000 worth of flowers on his concert rider. Is anyone surprised?
  7. Into TikTok? The platform has announced some new “immersive music creative effects.”
  8. Lil Nas X has a new online video game called Twerk Hero. No, really.
  9. Amazon Music has a new thing called Car Mode for easier use while driving.
  10. Twenty One Pilots’ sixth album, Scaled and Icy, will be out May 21.
  11. This music video might be making kids vape.
  12. New Zealand radio culture is toxic? Kiwis? Really?
  13. Has radio lost the battle for the ear? Discuss.
  14. The Prime Minister of Jamaica isn’t a fan of…Jamaican music. Of course, some Jamaican musicians have something to say about that.
  15. This looks good: A book about the Toronto metal scene of the 1980s.
  16. Would you like some Juno stamps? Go here.

BONUS: A proper use for cassettes these days. (Via Carl)

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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