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Published on October 17th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Is there something special happening in Canada today? I seem to remember that there’s supposed to be some kind of change to the law. Don’t worry. It’ll come to me. Meanwhile, this is music news for October 17, 2018.

  1. Just in case you need reminding, today is the first anniversary of the death of Gord Downie…
  2. …and Tragically Hip tribute bands will be very busy.
  3. A “gaming-centric” music festival? Interesting.
  4. They’re even going crazy about podcasts in India.
  5. Well, this is a new use for sound waves.
  6. Snapchat has new selfie filters for cats. What’s wrong with us?
  7. Into clubbing? Then you might want to make a pilgrimage here.
  8. Is the auto industry paying attention to radio? And vice-versa? We need to look at this.
  9. Kanye was going to hold a talk on mental health. It’s been cancelled. However…
  10. …he did give the kids in a Uganda orphanage free pairs of Yeezys and a set of Beats headphones.
  11. Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks album is going to be adapted into a movie.
  12. Here’s another music book I think I’ll have to read.
  13. Smartphones will be obsolete within a decade? Really?
  14. Netflix is launching an unscripted music reality show.
  15. Bono and The Edge are auctioning off some guitars next month.
  16. Shouldn’t these high school students be doing homework or something?
  17. Richard Branson is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…
  18. …and he plans to launch a new music festival in the U.S. next year.
  19. Queen’s Brian May has a new book about Apollo 11.
  20. Melania Trump’s people aren’t happy with the new video from T.I.



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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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