Random Music News for Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back to work. Back to school. Back to…pumpkin spice lattes? Really, Starbucks? So soon?

And now, some music news.

  1. Bono wants us to stop using the word “migrant“–and I think he has a point. Here’s more from him on the subject.
  2. Yep, it’s Sam Smith doing the next Jame Bond theme.
  3. New choices in streaming services has cut music piracy by 25% in Australia.
  4. Meanwhile, in Japan (where they still buy LOTS of CDs), Google’s going to try streaming.
  5. This facility in South Korea could be the most beautiful lending library of vinyl records ever conceived.
  6. Bronze age music has been resurrected thanks to 3D printing.
  7. Next time you’re in New York, take a picture of this brand new Joey Ramone mural.
  8. Looking to get back into vinyl? Here’s a turntable worth considering.
  9. So why did police search Gene Simmons house? He explains. (Hint: Lock down your WiFi against unauthorized outside use, people.)
  10. Lima, Peru: psych and electronica mecca.
  11. This is an unlikely gig for a punk drummer from DC: a witness to the tragedy in Syria.
  12. Connecting Napalm Death to Margaret Thatcher. Seriously.
  13. Another Ozzy daughter is serious about a career in the music business.
  14. Ben Folds would really like people to give classical music a try.
  15. Abbey Road Studios has approved a multi-million-dollar expansion. Nice to see in an era when big recording studios are closing. (Oh, and the expansion will include a gift shop. Brilliant!)
  16. Trainspotting 2:  It’s coming.

 

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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