Random Music News for Friday, May 6, 2016

After the gravesite portion of a funeral Wednesday, I turned on my iPhone to see that someone near the cemetery had a wifi connection named “Frankenstein.” It provided a welcome laugh. And now, the music news.

  1. Rolling Stones to Donald Trump: “STOP USING OUR MUSIC!” Don’t think The Donald will listen, though.
  2. The guy who claims to have invented Bitcoin used David Bowie’s PR firm for his big coming out. (Via Andrew)
  3. In case you missed Carpool Karaoke with Gwen Stefani, here it is.
  4. Midnight Oil plans to tour next year.
  5. Drake will host SNL next weekend…
  6. …and tracks from Views streamed more than 250 million times on Apple Music in the last week.
  7. Screw Google Glass. Look at what these Sony contact lenses can do.
  8. I could use an iPhone battery case that’s this thin.
  9. Speaking of Apple, here are some guesses about what the new Apple Music might look like.
  10. Alan McGee, the drug lovin’ founder of Creation Records (Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis) is getting the biopic treatment.
  11. Toronto’s best new record shops.
  12. The compact disc: Still not dead yet.
  13. Blink-182 vs. Tom DeLonge: The fighting continues.
  14. The “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial, set to start May 10, has been delayed. Is a settlement in the offing?
  15. Weird Prince tribute: Butcher creates purple sausages in his honour. (NB: Prince was vegan)
  16. Unsubstantiated gossip from Europe: Axl Rose won’t be paid a cent for the AC/DC tour until it’s finished. That’s how worried they are about him going all diva on them.
  17. A Russian orchestra gave the middle finger to ISIS by performing at Palmyra in Syria.

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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