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Published on August 20th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, August 20, 2015

I have a new word that you need to incorporate into your vocabulary: kummerspeck. It’s German and refers to the weight you gain when you overeat for emotional reasons. It translates as–and I’m not making this up–“grief bacon.” Learn more wonderful non-English words here. WARNING: This list may turn you into a pochemuchka that may earn you a reputation as a backpfeifengesicht.

And now, the music news.

  1. Why musicians and music videos may be among the first casualties as a result of the upcoming rule changes for Canadian cable TV channels.
  2. Another plea for the music industry to get its data analytics shit together.
  3. Disturbed is back. Here’s a review of their new album. (Via Blind Gordie)
  4. Vancouver’s D.O.A. isn’t, um, dead after all. Joe Shithead and crew is back with a new album called Hard Rain Falling.
  5. How Beats 1’s DJs are “reinventing radio.”
  6. So Bono and Borat go into a bar…and they meet up with Noel Gallagher. I know it sounds like the set-up to a joke, but it’s not. (Via Larry)
  7. Motorhead is set to be honoured by the City of Los Angeles. Wait–what?
  8. This Jimmy Buffet gig was a shit show. An actual shit show.
  9. Could we see Dave Grohl directing…TV commercials?
  10. Jamiroquai and the stalker.
  11. Want to talk or sing like Stephen Hawking?
  12. There’s a probably at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in LA. Male visitor keep humping the Nicki Minaj wax figure. (Via Tom)
  13. How Tinder is killing the club scene. Talk about an unintended consequence of technology…
  14. Death Cab for Cutie’s Facebook page was hacked–with some interesting consequences. This could be considered…educational. I guess.
  15. Interesting: The Modern Sky Festival based out of China, will stage an event at Central Park in NYC on October 4. The bill includee Ariel Pink, Black Lips and–ahem–Gang of Four.



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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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