Random music news for Monday, January 18, 2021

Attention, Batman fans. You could have purchased Batman #1 if you had this much money. You probably don’t, so let’s just concentrate on music news for January 18, 2021.(Former) indie darling Ariel Pink says he’s been left destitute after being dropped by his label for participating in the January 6 pro-Trump rally. He went on Fox to complain about being cancelled.

  1. Dr. Dre has been released from the hospital after his brain aneurysm.
  2. Jon Schaffer, guitarist with Iced Earth, has been arrested for his role in the January 6th riots at the US Capitol. He faces six charges. (Via Tom)
  3. Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Bruce Springsteen and the Foo Fighters will also perform. And the team has unveiled its official playlist.
  4. A story behind the song: How Fatboy Slim made “The Rockafeller Skank.” (Via Peter)
  5. If your band can’t gig, make bagels!
  6. Congrats to Vancouver’s Neptoon Records on surviving 40 years in business. (Via Cindi)
  7. Yoko has reached a settlement with John Lennon’s former assistant.
  8. Spotify’s “Car Thing” hardware might be closer to reality.
  9. And here’s another way of looking at what Spotify actually does.
  10. One more: Wall Street isn’t sure about Spotify’s push into podcasting.
  11. If you’re a Peleton user, you can now make your own custom workout routines.
  12. If you’re into the history of grunge, you should look at this story on Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone.
  13. It sounds like Marianne Faithfull had a helluva time battling COVID.
  14. Want a virtual VIP tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland? That’ll be US$100, please.
  15. Serj Takien of System of a Down has a new documentary coming in a couple of months. Here’s a teaser.
  16. Car choirs!
  17. Male? Then you might not want to listen to this song. Yes, it’s NSFW.
  18. This is an interesting analogy: Fox News is having a classic rock problem.
  19. If you use WhatsApp, you’ll find this battle interesting.
  20. Bow Wow: You dummy.

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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