Random music news for Friday, February 12, 2021

China says it isn’t building a time machine. Honest. But just in case, let’s get through music news for February 12, 2021, in case the space-time continuum rips.

  1. It just keeps getting worse with Marilyn Manson’s #MeToo problems.
  2. And Bruce Springsteen’s DUI problems have begun. But is this over just one shot of tequila?
  3. Here’s a powerful essay on Canadian musicians trying to survive in the age of COVID.
  4. And what kind of Canadian music industry do we want to rebuild?
  5. Music therapists are trying to help COVID patients who are suffering from extreme loneliness.
  6. You might have heard about the new audio social media app called Clubhouse. Now comes word of something involving Mark Cuban called Fireside.
  7. What’s still in the Tragically Hip vault? Let’s speculate wildly.
  8. This musical instrument was played for the first time in 17,000 years.
  9. *Sigh* Another doom-and-gloom story about radio (in the US, anyway.)
  10. When the border finally opens with the US, be careful what you might have on your laptop or phone.
  11. If you look at traditional album sales this week (i.e. CDs and vinyl only), Metallica has five of the top ten best-selling records.
  12. Spotify has launched a website for songwriters called Noteable.
  13. I wish my high school had a music program like this.
  14. If you’re into podcasts, this new app called Podz may help you sort through them all.
  15. The Canadian broadcasting industry is gearing up for a push to modernize things in Canada. It’s WAY overdue.
  16. If you remember the late, great music mag Trouser Press, you’ll want to listen to this.
  17. There’s another book on Leonard Cohen coming.
  18. Ric Ocasek’s ex-wife had a REALLY rough time after he died.

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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