Random music news for Friday, August 21, 2020

What could this dude possibly want with a three-and-a-half-foot dildo? The mind wanders. But we really need to focus on music news for August 21, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Dumb + dumb + dumb + karma = This.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Travis Barker of blink-182 says that bands who play gigs in the midst of the pandemic are “disrespectful.”
  3. Coronavirus update 3: New York State has banned ticketed music events in bars.
  4. Those Arkells boys are nice. See?
  5. Queen vs. Donald Trump: They’re having issues.
  6. Here’s the latest news on Record Store Day, the first of which happens a week from tomorrow.
  7. The US Post Office to Cher: “Yeah, no thanks.”
  8. I really gotta learn more about the #FreeBritney situation. Maybe start here and here.
  9. Apple is now a US$2 trillion company. But what does that really mean? Let’s examine that.
  10. The upcoming unauthorized David Bowie film called Stardust has found a distributor in the US.
  11. On September 9, The Rolling Stones will open a store on Carnaby Street in London. It’ll sell all kinds of Stones merch including furniture. (Details somewhere in here.)
  12. Put on weight during the pandemic? Try this fitness app with a new music feature.
  13. That sweet thunk your car door makes? Fake, fake, fake.
  14. Remembering White Riot music activism.
  15. What if you’re in a band and you need to change your name? Read this.

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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