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Published on August 17th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, August 17, 2018

Not that I’m counting, but there are only two more weekends left before Labour Day.  Distract yourself from that fact with music news for August 17, 2018.

  1. Another tragic suicide: Jill Janus of the band Huntress.
  2. This tiny Toronto record shop has been using Instagram to boost business–and with great success.
  3. Interpol is a great example of what’s old is new again when it comes to music.
  4. Having a rough day? Why not call the Hall and Oates hotline? (Via Amber)
  5. Rod Stewart is downsizing at his mansion. He had a lot of furniture to sell, too.
  6. Toronto’s Silver Dollar has been demolished. But that’s only temporary. See?
  7. Jacob Hoggard, frontman for Hedley, has had his sex offence case put over to September.
  8. Here’s a look ahead to what Sonos is working on for the future.
  9. Was the last great rock’n’roll superstar band,…Korn? Maybe. (Via Paul)
  10. This New York townhouse linked to John and Yoko just sold.
  11. This rapper’s one-year-old-son wears a Rolex worth $34,000.
  12. This is a weird artist autograph scheme.
  13. Phil Collins is open to a Genesis reunion. He can’t play drums because of health issues, but his son can.
  14. I never noticed this before: Spinal Tap is given a rating of 8/11 on IMDB. (Via Tom)
  15. Spotify has created a new program to mentor women engineers and producers.
  16. Meanwhile, here’s the kind of thing going on in Spotify’s executive suite.
  17. Rumours of an Apple car won’t go away.
  18. Amazon still leads in the smart speaker market, but Google is catching up. Here are the latest stats.
  19. You know what’s confusing smart speakers? Regional accents.
  20. Using singing to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s. (Via Tom)
  21. Beetlejuice: The Musical. A cast is coming together.



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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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