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Published on April 20th, 2019 | by Alan Cross


Random music news for Saturday, April 20, 2019

It’s the first legal 4/20 in Canada. Kinda feels different given that every day is 4/20 in this country, doesn’t it? Here’s what’s making music news on April 20, 2019.

  1. On that note, rapper Kodak Black was arrested at the US-Canadian border on pot charges. Oh, and there’s something about a gun.
  2. Here are my weekly music picks for
  3. Both YouTube and Amazon just launched free streaming music services. The streaming space just got more crowded.
  4. A YouTube channel features nothing but AI-generated death metal. It’s science!
  5. Eighty years ago today, Billie Holiday recorded “Strange Fruit,” which has gone down in history as one of the most shocking songs of all time. (Via Christopher)
  6. So much for the New York Yankees using Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” at games. There’s an interesting reason why, too.
  7. Anyone else remember the made-for-TV KISS movie from the 70s? (Via Tom)
  8. Danzig Elvis. As in Danzig recording a covers album of Elvis songs. Seriously. (Tom again)
  9. This is a glimpse of what 5G connectivity could offer in the not-so-distant future.
  10. These female musicians from Afghanistan are determined to take on the very anti-music Taliban.
  11. Glastonbury and dozens of other UK music festivals have banned plastic bottles. Good.
  12. Donald Glover/Childish Gambino now has his own line of Adidas.
  13. This old house was once owned by Jimmy Page and “the wickedest man alive,” Aleister Crawley. Want it?
  14. “Why music and tech can’t be separated.” Discuss.
  15. The mystery of the butt trumpet-playing images in the margins of old medieval manuscripts.
  16. On that note, rapper Kodak Black was arrested at the US-Canadian border on pot charges. Oh, and there’s something about a gun.

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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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