Random music news for Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why can’t I get grass to grow in that one-square-foot spot on my front lawn? I’ve tried everything, including digging down eight inches and adding new soil. I’ll be thinking about that as you take a look at music news for August 22.

  1. A Phish concert is being threatened by plague-carrying prairie dogs. You read that correctly.
  2. Sorry, but when it comes to music, practice doesn’t always make perfect.
  3. Ozzy was really afraid that he might be paralyzed after he took a bad fall.
  4. Porsche’s all-electric Taycan will come standard with Apple Music baked it the dashboard.
  5. Metallica’s James Hetfield will have some of his car collection displayed as part of a museum exhibit.
  6. Have Slipknot fans figured out the identity of new member Tortilla Man?
  7. The Prodigy is working on their first new music since the death of Keith Flint.
  8. If your ears and head get all sweaty when wearing headphones (I’m looking at you, gamers), there’s a new model from HP that features active and passive cool for your ears and head.
  9. Here’s how Woodstock 50–which should have had everything going for it–turned into a disaster.
  10. Where do teens get their news? Not the radio.
  11. Podcasts should be doing better on smart speakers, but they’re not. Why? Here’s an explanation.
  12. Looking for a good music film? Here are 30 recommendations picked by musicians.
  13. A comedy based on Eurovision, the world’s goofiest international music competition is coming to Netflix. It’s star Demi Lovato and produced by–wait for it–Will Farrell. I for one cannot wait.
  14. Well, this is an interesting lawsuit. YouTube has filed against someone threatening to extort money by threatening users with copyright infringement claims.
  15. There’s a new music-based campaign to stop knife crime in the UK.

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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