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Published on September 6th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, September 6, 2018

Off to Vancouver today to cover the Skookum Festival. I just have time to report on some music news for September 6, 2018.

  1. Donald Trump ran for president because he was jealous of Gwen Stefani. Wait–what?
  2. You know that plane from Dubai that landed at JFK yesterday with all the sick passengers? Vanilla Ice was onboard.
  3. The next version of Apple Watch could have an “always-on” mode.
  4. Got an Amazon Alexa smart speaker? It will now answer questions about concerts. For example, as it “Alexa, is Metallica on tour?”
  5. Actor Ethan Hawke has founded a new record label with a weirdly cool name.
  6. Atomic radio? What’s that? This. (Via Andrew)
  7. Speaking of radio, BBC 3 plans to broadcast 30 minutes of relaxation sounds.
  8. A GWAR bar? Yes–but first, they plan to destroy the old one.
  9. Here’s the story of the first time Yoko joined The Beatles in the studio for the first time.
  10. Demi Lovato is selling the house in which she recently ODed.
  11. Hardcore video gamers will get a kick out of this Van Halen reference. (Via Tom)
  12. A fake promoter who promised the Red Hot Chili Peppers to play a gig is going to jail for two years.
  13. Having trouble writing a hit? Maybe AI can help.
  14. This drummer lost a leg in a bus accident three years ago. Now he’s back to playing double kicks at almost 100%. Great story!
  15. The story of The Orwells, a band who had their sexual abuses reputation catch up with them.
  16. A rare neurological condition gave this woman a French accent–but it disappears when she sings.
  17. What, exactly, is “unconscious plagiarism?” This.
  18. Should K-pop bands be exempt from mandatory military service? There’s a big debate about that.
  19. Slash owes his wife $6 million in a divorce settlement.



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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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