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Random music news for Friday, December 15, 2023

Apparently, the average attention span is down to 47 seconds. Can you stay with me long enough to get through all of today’s music news for December 15, 2023?

  1. The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan left behind US$12,000 for his post-funeral piss-up.
  2. This is a version of “Fairy Tale of New York” I’d never heard before. (Via Rick J)
  3. I hope Patti Smith is okay. She was hospitalized with a “sudden illness” on an Italian tour. (She’s out of the hospital now.)
  4. Universal Music Group, the biggest of all the major labels, is now worth US$50 billion.
  5. “Looks Like a Neo-Nazi Metal Band Inspired Kanye West’s New Album Art.” Wait–what?
  6. And Kanye may have pissed off The Backstreet Boys with his new album.
  7. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson sang at a cocktail party. Again, what?
  8. Interested in REALLY expensive synthesizers? Check these out.
  9. Tay-Tay, the comic book. When will it all end?
  10. These forgotten bands were rather surprised when they went viral on TikTok. (There’s a Mother Mother mention here, but they’re hardly forgotten. Still, they were surprised.)
  11. This was the year Twitter died. Discuss.
  12. Is the 5-disc CD changer ready for a comeback? Yahama seems to think so.
  13. Some Ramones stuff is going up for auction for a good cause.
  14. Well, at least this American national nightmare is over.
  15. You are not paranoid. Your mobile phone may be listening to you.

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BONUS: That’s a good neighbour right there I’ll tell you what.

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “Random music news for Friday, December 15, 2023

  • Oh man… I will buy that CD player.

    There’s been a missing mid-range for years where players are either $99 s**t or audiophile crap starting at $1000.

    I’ve been using a Playstation 2 since my PS3 died. Later Playstations don’t support CD audio.

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  • Oops, they have the CD-S303 single-disc player too, $500-550 CAD. That’s probably good enough for me. Did not spot that one when trying to find a replacement player a few years ago.

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