Random music news for Monday, September 23, 2019

First day of fall. While I love autumn, I’m trying not to think of what’s coming next unless I absolutely have to. That’s why I’m offering the distraction of music news for September 23, 2019.

  1. People seem to have high hopes for Liam Gallagher’s new album.
  2. Meanwhile, Harry Styles gave Liam £3,000 worth of fish. As one does.
  3. Then again, chef Jamie Oliver had to move because Liam kept dropping around drunkenly asking for bacon sandwiches.
  4. Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, has announced that he’s retiring at the age of 89.
  5. In the early days of the electric bass guitar in the 1950s, there was no guarantee everyone was going to agree that it should have just four strings. Why not six like a regular guitar?
  6. On a similar subject, do you find yourself in need of a travel guitar? Then read this.
  7. Samsung’s folding phone is getting closer to these parts.
  8. Will Rob Zombie remake The Sound of Music? Ridiculous. Or is it?
  9. I can see why Australia’s The Veronicas are upset with Qantas. THIS was a security threat?
  10. Both Tool and Taylor Swift proved that certain music fans will still buy CDs. This requires a rethink for the labels on the future of CDs.
  11. The Storm Area 51 event was canceled because (a) no one showed up and (b) there were cattle on the road.
  12. The Clash is suing over a Clash tennis racket.
  13. Interesting: The Brits are going to remove the distinctions between male and female in their award categories.
  14. YouTube music has responded to Spotify with something called its “Discover Mix.”
  15. Using rap lyrics as evidence in trials: This is controversial to say the least.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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