Random Music News for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On this day 95 years ago, a Montreal station that went by the name XWA began broadcasting the first ever regular radio programming in North America and maybe the world.

  1. Killer Mike comes to the rescue of hip hop. (No, hip hop did not destroy religion in America.)
  2. Bands can learn a lot from how Snow Patrol is using Big Data to further their career.
  3. Do you have tinnitus, that horrible non-stop ringing in your ear from too much loud music? A new breakthrough might help.
  4. Star Trek’s George Takei has an interesting take on Taylor Swift’s new video.
  5. Streaming is changing just about everything about the music industry in France.
  6. Green Day is no longer banned from 924 Gilman Street.
  7. A bio pic is finally being made about the Kinks. About time.
  8. Noel Gallagher: “Bono can outdrink Morrissey.” Are you surprised?
  9. Peter Hook played a concert in which he performed every single Joy Division song. That must have lasted a while.
  10. These jokers seem to think they’ve uncovered the secret of writing an Alt-J song. Before you dismiss them, though… (Via Jon)
  11. Pandora has just acquired Next Big Sound. That gives them an analytics company to go up against Spotify and The Echo Nest.
  12. Can’t get your kid to sleep? There’s a new audio app for that.
  13. Buh-bye The Pirate Bay. In Sweden, anyway.
  14. Irish LGBT nightclubs partying to push for gay marriage.
  15. Speaking of matters LGBT, there’s a big YouTube controversy involving Bert and Ernie. See?

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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