Random music news for Monday, September 3, 2018

Labour Day. I plan to do no labour at all today–except maybe a little reporting on the music news for September 3, 2018.

  1. Did Drake sleep with Kim Kardashian? That’s the thread of a weird Twitter theory. (Via Andrew)
  2. What does Elon Musk and Tesla have in common with Spinal Tap? This.
  3. Even though he’s dead, the new AC/DC album will feature guitar parts from Malcolm Young.
  4. Why would anyone labour in radio? Let’s count the reasons.
  5. Here are some interesting stats about things like radio listening and podcasting.
  6. I love this ex-punk rocker who’s running for the US Senate in Texas against Ted Cruz. Here’s one of his songs.
  7. Even though she died without a will, it looks like Aretha Franklin’s estate will go to her four sons.
  8. The Village Voice, New York’s 63-year-old alternative newspaper, is shutting down completely.
  9. Could it be a microwave weapon behind the Cuban sonic attacks? (Via Tom)
  10. If you were ever a fan of the band Streetheart (I’m from Winnipeg, so it was required), this will warm your heart. (Tom again)
  11. A San Jose Sharks defensemen has gone all orchestral. (Still more Tom)
  12. Can you imagine having a lifelong earworm? (And even more Tom)
  13. Even Buckingham Palace played Aretha Franklin on the day of her funeral. (Tom? All this appreciated, but you should go outside and play.)
  14. If you’ve got a kid and really, really want to go to a concert, don’t do this. (Via Moe. Tom took that advice and is now enjoying his Labour Day.)
  15. A German train network had this idea about music, but it’s given up.
  16. So Gwyneth Paltrow is really still Gwyneth Martin? Apparently.
  17. Smash Mouth’s “All-Star” was written about climate change and anti-intellectualism? Again, apparently. (Via Fred)
  18. Looking for a cruise this winter? How about 70,000 Tons of Metal?
  19. Nice of Vladimir Putin to show up to this singer’s funeral.
  20. Abbey Road has undergone an upgrade to be more accessible and user-friendly.

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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