Random music news for Thursday, December 9, 2021

Flying back to Toronto today. Will I get tested for COVID even though I’m double-vaxxed and have a valid PCR test? No one seems to know. All I can do is wait and offer up some music news for December 9, 2021.

  1. Neil Young only records during a full moon. Here’s why.
  2. There’s a new book on the rise of indie music blogging back in the early 00’s.
  3. What does the metaverse mean for music creators? Maybe this.
  4. Queen’s Brian May had a rough time with some heart medication.
  5. Why are so many companies buying up song catalogues? Partly because of low interest rates.
  6. Why do we hate the sound of our own voice when it’s played back to us? Here’s why. (Via Mark)
  7. Here’s a very modern theft involving Daft Punk.
  8. Someone spent US$450,000 on an NFT that makes him Snoop Dogg’s virtual neighbour.
  9. Interesting that America doesn’t pay artists when their music gets played on the radio. (Canada does. In several ways, too.)
  10. November was an unusually slow month when it came to people launching new podcasts.
  11. A song written from a dog’s perspective? Okay…
  12. Robbie Shakespeare, one of the world’s great bass players, has died at age 68.
  13. “I’m not dead yet!”
  14. Ramones grave ducks.
  15. This is good news for metadata and music.

BONUS: How to open a can with a spoon.

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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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