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Published on August 5th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Monday, August 5, 2019

This is one of the few days of the year that Canadians get a stat while America doesn’t. Feels good, right? Here’s music news for August 5, 2019.

  1. A journalist has blamed the mass shooting in Dayton on the music of a band called The Acacia Strain.
  2. Maynard James Keenan appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast to talk about what took Tool so damn long to release an album.
  3. Remember the Marilyn Manson/Hole tour of 1999? It was a disaster.
  4. D.A. Pennebaker. the documentarian who worked on concert films with everyone from John Lennon to David Bowie to Depeche Mode has died at the age of 94.
  5. What is FLAC? A better sounding digital music format that blows away MP3st. Read about it here.
  6. Liam Gallagher believes in aliens–or something like them.
  7. Chris Martin’s little sister has jumped into the entertainment biz.
  8. An amicus brief signed by 123 artists has been filed in the Led Zeppelin/Spirit plagiarism case. Maybe this will help end this nonsense.
  9. Yoshiki from X Japan donated US$94,000 to the victims of the Kyoto Animation Studio fire, which was another case of mass murder.
  10. Travis Barker of blink-182 has a problem with Graham Sierota of Echosmith communicating with his daughter. And here’s Sierota’s defense.
  11. Noel Gallagher finally unloaded his North London mansion.
  12. Aretha Franklin’s family is selling this Michigan house.
  13. And there’s more celebrity real estate porn here.
  14. One of the first things A$AP Rocky did when he was released from a Swedish jail was to attend one of Kanye West’s Sunday Services.
  15. Meanwhile, no bail for R Kelly.
  16. There’s a new book coming on the late Malcolm Young of AC/DC. Read an excerpt here.
  17. Cats on synthesizers in space. Click here.



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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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