Random Music News for Friday, October 16, 2015

ALCS starts tonight. Which reminds me: what was music like the last time the Blue Jays played Kansas City in the playoffs? Now, the music news…

  1. Joni Mitchell is said to be “making progress” in her health battle.
  2. Is a Radiohead album coming sooner rather than later?
  3. And could there be a Husker Du reunion sometime soon?
  4. The FBI had files on KISS? Yep.
  5. Australia wants Morrissey to butt out of the country’s feral cat issue.
  6. Minecraft for music? Maybe
  7. Deezer continues to lose money but people keep investing in it.
  8. The Steven Tyler-Donald Trump thing over “Dream On” isn’t going away anytime soon.
  9. This is a good reminder of how the Go Go’s (yes, them) began as a punk band.
  10. Scientific American finally takes on the science involved with the artwork of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album.
  11. If you’re a musician (or just deeply concerned about music in this country), examine this poll taken of the political parties by Canadian music publishers.
  12. Someone else asks the question: “If streaming is still growing in popularity, where’s all the money going?”
  13. A nine year-old has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for a song about her bunny.]
  14. Another TV series has gone into production. It’s about the last days of Michael Jackson.
  15. And ANOTHER hip hop series is going into production. This one stars Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover.
  16. Billboard has a new “digital power players” list.
  17. Of people who are looking at new cars, 75% of those surveyed say that getting a connected car is very important to them.
  18. If you go to a music event in Amsterdam, you will be allowed to carry five pills.
  19. This church in Oakland sings so loud that they’ve been threatened with a $500 a day fine.

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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