Random Music News for Friday, August 28, 2015

The last weekend of August? Seriously? Good think that Labour Day is as late as the calendar allows this year. And now, some music news…

  1. Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament is a nice guy. He’s helping to build skate parks for kids in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
  2. Want to buy Pink Floyd’s old wayward floating inflatable pig? It’s for sale.
  3. And so is one of ABBA’s most famous pianos.
  4. MTV is shuttering Iggy. What? You never heard of it? Seems that no one did.
  5. XFM in London, England–the station that once had hosts like Ricky Gervais and Bob Geldof as well as an ownership stake by Robert Smith of the Cure–will apparently soon be no more. It will close on September 11 to re-emerge as Capital Rocks a week later.
  6. Joking with Yoko Ono. I think it’s joking.
  7. An English musician killed himself after his mistress threatened to tell his wife.
  8. This is why I don’t go to festivals in England.
  9. The iPhone 6S will have 4K video. Remember when they said those kinds of resolutions would never make it to consumer products?
  10. Courtney Love has finally settled a defamation suit with a designer. Again.
  11. The Drake parking space.
  12. Does anyone care about the MTV Music Video Awards like they used to?
  13. You can now design your own cover for Morrissey’s upcoming novel.
  14. This indie radio station is fighting the good fight.
  15. Keith Richards says he still sleeps with his guitar.
  16. Which musician owns the most Burger Kings?
  17. For fans of a capella only.
  18. Here’s good news if you like to add music to your Vines.

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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