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Random music news for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

I saw some romaine lettuce on sale at my grocery store. so it must be safe. right? So can we stop pretending that it’s okay to male a caesar salad with kale? And now, music news for December 19, 2018.

  1. The Vans Warped Tour: not dead yet!
  2. What’s it like to be Madonna’s and P-Diddy’s party planner? This.
  3. Mariah Carey’s 24-year-old “All I Want for Christmas is You” is now the highest-charting Christmas single in 60 years. (Next stop: The Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song.”)
  4. Apple is now in the elevator music business.
  5. What is it with the Brits and The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside?” This song just won’t quit!
  6. Thom Yorke has made the shortlist for the Oscars’ Best Original Song. We’ll find out if he made the cut when the nominations are announced next month.
  7. Study: Want to be more productive at work? Listen to classic rock.
  8. Speaking of which, here’s an interesting take on older rock by a Millennial. It’s a good read.
  9. There’s more financial trouble ahead for Gibson Guitars.
  10. Just in case you want to spend/are spending Christmas in Los Angeles, you’ll need this song by Vulfpeck. (Via Christopher)
  11. Note to rappers: Don’t curse in public in Georgia or you could get fined just like T.I.
  12. Looking for a name for your metal band? Try this list of reasons for admission to a lunatic asylum back in the 1800s. (Via Tom)
  13. Another retail casualty: HMV closes up shop in Hong Kong.
  14. A noise-cancelling doghouse? Yep.
  15. A former member of The Runaways was a winner on Jeopardy this week.
  16. American broadcasting is weird. They’ll show all manner of violence on prime-time television, but if an accidental f-bomb gets dropped, people melt down in outrage. See?
  17. An AI bot-written Christmas movie? Someone tried.
  18. If you love going to raves, you’ll want to take a look at this new global rave map.
  19. Collect vinyl? Take some tips from this guy. He knows a thing or two.
  20. The rich are not like you and I. See?

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One thought on “Random music news for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

  • For #16, in 1972, George Carlin first uttered his now infamous “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television”.
    People filed complaints, it went to the FCC, and eventually the SCOTUS.
    Carlin won the case, based on SCOTUS basically saying it was free speech.
    As Carlin himself said on a later record, “But hey, reverend, there are two knobs on the radio! One of them turns the radio OFF, and the other one CHANGES THE STATION! Imagine that, reverend, you can actually change the station! It’s called freedom of choice, and it’s one of the principles this country was founded upon. Look it up in the library, reverend, if you have any of them left when you’ve finished burning all the books.”


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