Random music news for Friday, October 18, 2019

On this day in 1951, The Studio for Electronic Music opened in Cologne, West Germany. It was the first such workshop in the world. On to music news for Friday, October 18, 2019.

  1. Interesting: Julian Casablancas of The Strokes is set to speak on the looming spectre of fascism at McMaster University in Hamilton next week.
  2. This song sampled cannabis plants. Like for the actual music, not sparking up while making the music.
  3. Now the US Army is working with Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy on some alleged exotic UFO material. The plot thickens.
  4. Universal, the biggest of the three major labels, made US$936 million just from streaming just from the last three months.
  5. A doctor doesn’t buy the theory that Eddie Van Halen’s oral cancer was caused by sucking on metal guitar picks.
  6. Would you like to freak people out with some banned or censored album cover artwork? Of course you would!
  7. Hey, would you stage a big concert in Hong Kong right about now? No, I didn’t think so.
  8. A Harry Potter subscription service. Wait–what?
  9. YouTube is now helping artists sell vinyl.
  10. Calm, the app that helps you relax and sleep, now has a head of music.
  11. Some new insights on podcast listening in America. Women are more likely to spend longer with a podcast than men.
  12. Mrs. Doubtfire: The Musical.
  13. Need some water for Halloween? Look at this.
  14. Justin Bieber has been sued for posting a picture of himself on Instagram.

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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