Random music news for Friday, October 15, 2021

Yikes. This is the stuff of my nightmares. As for music news on October 15, 2021…

  1. About two-thirds of US music fans support vaccines and mask mandates for concerts.
  2. Speaking of which: Concert attendance in the time of COVID.
  3. Spotify and other streamers have just proposed “the lowest royalty rates in history” for songwriters.
  4. Meanwhile, it’s now legal to buy shares in a hit song in the US.
  5. This is cool: Songs that helped war vets get through the tough times. (Via Matt)
  6. This pitch to Steve Jobs went very wrong.
  7. And this review of the new Coldplay album, Music of the Spheres, is pretty brutal.
  8. There is something very strange happening in the custody battle between Josh Homme and Brody Dalle.
  9. Read this and you won’t think of Aerosmith’s “Walk the Way” in the same way again.
  10. The story behind the dirtiest clean-sounding AM radio pop song of the 1970s.
  11. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has married for the fifth time.
  12. Canada’s wireless costs still suck when compared to the rest of the world.
  13. Social media is like alcohol. Discuss.
  14. Dolby ATMOS is coming to live music. This I gotta hear.

BONUS: Twist your melon with this optical illusion. (Via Larry)

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

One thought on “Random music news for Friday, October 15, 2021

  • October 15, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Wearing a mask to a concert is a problem for me in a couple ways.

    1. I seem to have some kind of claustrophobic reaction that triggers either a panic attack where I feel like I can’t breathe and/or heat stroke event where I get sick and have to leave the inside of the venue and go get water and air to cool down. On the latter, the PNW in the States is fantastically civilized unlike California where I grew up. Bars are required to serve food if there is going to be alcohol served and concert venues must have water stations all throughout the venue (usually those big Gatorade things you see on television shows about American football). This greatly reduces a lot of the drunken madness and a lot of the heat stroke issues I used to see at shows when I was younger.

    But, in regards to myself, I can only last so long with the mask before I start feeling bad. I had great seats for several shows this summer but I didn’t get to sit in because of the opressive heat. I couldn’t enjoy the shows at all. Luckily, one was a band I’d seen and the other I was okay with just hearing it. Mostly. It doesn’t make the situation any better though. Tickets aren’t cheap and these both involved travel and overnight travel for two nights.

    As for 2., it’s bad enough when you’ve lost the connection with your community (even if they don’t know it) when there were no concerts but the masks…well they just take that away *during*;the show completely. It’s not like you are looking eyes with people and sharing a moment. We aren’t on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and our eyes are just eyes. These people that are supposed to be my people are strangers in masks. we aren’t singing along together. The band’s aren’t talking to us. They are playing their set and getting out. My small sampli so far is next to no audience participation with the masks. 2/8 shows had audience participation and that was, I’m assuming because the audience largely ignored the mask ban and it wasn’t enforced. All the strictly enforced venues, no audience participation save for the minor hand waving.

    I would….rather, and I think this is truth , wait for the masks to go away then to endure this concert experience that doesn’t give me anything close to what I need from a concert to justify going.

    Having said that, I still have plenty of shows although there is a long dry spell from a short spike in November and one in December until March.

    How are things in Canada? I saw Alan mention a club/venue closing in the last month or so which appalls me. I don’t know about other states but I think Portland and most of the larger cities in Washington State (Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia) made it without anyone shutting down. Whether they continue to survive is another matter entirely.


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