Random music news for Monday, December 24, 2018

This is probably the day of the year when productivity falls to the lowest of the year. Who’s gonna want to work when Christmas Eve is a Monday? Then again, retail, essential services and media types are as busy (or busier) than ever. Whatever your situation, here’s music news for December 24, 2018.

  1. Let’s see if you agree with this list of the 10 most annoying Christmas songs of all time.
  2. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is selling this place in New Zealand. Damn, it’s gorgeous.
  3. See if you agree with this statement: “Why mainstream rock sucked in 2018.”
  4. A member of punk-pop Four Year Strong is now running a Christmas tree farm.
  5. Fans of Silverchair’s Daniel Johns will want to take a look at this new biography.
  6. This reggae music cruise starring Damian Marley sold out one year before its sailing date. 
  7. A fun study: Which brand of smart speaker is the smartest?
  8. A scary story: Your smart speaker may want to kill you.
  9. Check out this recording studio designed by Lenny Kravitz.
  10. Our astronaut Governor-General is also quite the singer. (Via Christopher)
  11. Apple has some serious patent problems in Germany.
  12. Need a hip Christmas playlist? Try this.
  13. Here are some Christmas songs from the 1950s that seem to have disappeared.
  14. Had enough Trans-Siberian Orchestra yet>
  15. Robins–as in the bird–are having a problem with their singing and wind turbines.

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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