Random Music News for Saturday, August 8, 2015

There’s a restaurant here in Oakville called August 8. I wonder if they’re busier than usual today?

Now, about that music news…

  1. The Flight of the Conchords are back on TV! Band meeting!
  2. NASA let One Direction in to shoot a video.
  3. There’s a new bio-pic deal in Hollywood for projects on Led Zeppelin, Coldplay and more. And did I mention the Steve Jobs opera?
  4. I had no idea Tiger Beat magazine still existed. But it’s getting a refresh.
  5. New Jersey governor and GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie has made a jazz album. No, really.
  6. Why Drake’s ghostwriting accusations matter more than you might think.
  7. There’s a jungle radio station in London? Yep.
  8. Stompin’ Tom now has his own commemorative pond in PEI.
  9. Want to buy Neil Young’s home in Hawaii? It’s for sale. (Via Michael)
  10. Bite-TV, the once music-focused cable channel where I used to host ExploreMusic-TV, is shutting down August 24. With the new pick’n’pay options coming to Canadian cable subscribers in the spring, this won’t be the last channel to pull the plug.
  11. This dad should have read the fine print before he got a One Direction tattoo. (Tom)
  12. This illustrates the breakup of the Beatles rather well, I think. (More Tom)

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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