Random Music News for Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What was wrong with the old screw-tops for toothpaste tubes? I hate this flip up things that seem so popular now. You can never close them properly and you always went up with a bunch of dried goo on your toothbrush or clogging the tube itself? Why, people, why?

  1. Chicago has levied a new tax on streaming music and TV services. Uh-oh.
  2. Are 3D printed guitars the next big thing? (Via Andrew)
  3. A McDonalds employee was fired for putting mixtapes into bags of Happy Meals.
  4. Need to boost your iPhone’s speaker volume? Try this.
  5. This woman used to be David Bowie’s barmaid. Now she’s worth $230 million.
  6. Some GM vehicles now have an air conditioning vent for your smartphone.
  7. Very soon, police in Queensland, Australia, will be able to enter bars and clubs to breathalyze people on the spot.
  8. The music industry in Tanzania is in crisis because no one is buying CDs or DVDs anymore.
  9. Metallica’s James Hetfield went shopping dressed like this. Damn camera phones… (Via Tom)
  10. Yoko Ono is annoyed at some jihadis.
  11. Still with the Beatles, here’s a little-known fact about a sound file found in old Macs.
  12. Gene Simmons is blaming music fans again for the lack of rock stars. (Via Tom)
  13. New Amy Winehouse documentary is getting GREAT reviews.
  14. Jack White and the Dead Weather will be back shortly.
  15. Here’s Hillary Clinton’s Spotify playlist. You don’t seriously think that she put this together herself, do you?
  16. The rapper with the plan for defeating ISIS.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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