Random Music News for July 14, 2014

Up until this day in 1969, you could get US bills in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000. Is there still a $1,000 Canadian bill?

  1. Radiohead says they’ll finally start work on an album in September.
  2. It’s now Dr. Bryan Ferry.
  3. A good story from Spin on the world of underground rap.
  4. Metal group featuring a bunch of 14 year-olds just got a deal with Sony for $1.7 million.
  5. A witty review of Morrissey’s new album.
  6. The hacker-encrypted cassette mixtape.  The guy was trying to prove a point.
  7. The widow of Lou Reed got trapped in a hyperbaric chamber.  It was all a bit embarrassing.
  8. Here’s more on the upcoming HBO series based on the recording of the new Foo Fighters album.
  9. Neil Young’s Pono music player project just keeps on going.
  10. British band Superfood had to stop a gig in London because the roof fell in.
  11. Google leads to legal downloads faster than it leads to illegal ones.
  12. German authorities have found the largest underground pressing plant of CDs, DVDs and vinyl in all of Europe.
  13. Rap Genius is now about way more than just interpreting rap lyrics.  This is actually pretty useful and cool.
  14. Going back to rap, the genre is really hot in Viet Nam right now.
  15. NBC is planning a musical version of Peter Pan.  Starring as Captain Hook, Christopher Walken.  Wait–what?
  16. Comparing music streaming services (including Songza!)

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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