Random music news for Saturday, August 3, 2019

On this day in 1977, the Tandy Corporation (parent of Radio Shack–remember them?) released the TRS-80, one of the first mass-produced personal computers. On to music news for August 3, 2019.

  1. Even though Woodstock 50 has been canceled, a lot of performers are gonna make a ton of cash for not playing.
  2. The 30 dumbest album titles of all time. Yes, Limp Bizkit and blink-182 are here.
  3. Bruce Springsteen’s son is now a New Jersey firefighter.
  4. Notice all the cover songs in movie trailers lately? There’s a reason for that.
  5. And ever notice that the same songs are being heard in certain types of restaurants.
  6. What’s left in the world of streaming? Quite a bit, actually.
  7. Now Samsung is getting rid of the headphone jack, too.
  8. Why did Gibson destroy hundreds of brand-new guitars?
  9. The 1976 David Bowie movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth, is being turned into a TV series.
  10. Gutsy move, Rammstein.
  11. Here’s the full story about how Lil Nas X created “Old Town Road” by spending $30 on a sample.
  12. What should Lil Nas X do after “Old Town Road?” A lot of people have opinions.
  13. What a great name for a plumbing company!
  14. The return of the stereo receiver? Maybe.
  15. Not music related but illuminating: How the Internet has changed language, grammar, and spelling.
  16. Wanna know what helped take down Puerto Rico’s governor? Music.

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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