Random Music News for July 18, 2014

If you live in Toronto (or plan on going to Toronto) don’t even THINK of taking the car anywhere.  This will be the worst congestion weekend EVER.

  1. It looks like Weird Al could have the number one album in America this week.
  2. Remember Evanescence? They might have new music soon. Or it may be just from singer Amy Lee.
  3. If you’re into motorcycles, check out this new Bluetooth headset for your helmet.
  4. Macleans has this great article on Canadian summer music festivals and how important they are to the economy.
  5. According to FYIMusicNews.ca:  “Canada’s Independent Digital Licensing Agency (IDLA) is touting an easy-to-use mobile device app that makes it easy for consumers to download 16 and 24 bit FLAC, ALAC and 396k MP3 audio files. True North, Linus Ent. and Royalty Records are the first round of users.”  Cool!
  6. What the hell is that bird in the back yard chirping about?  Now you can find out with this handy birdsong decoder.
  7. Scott Weiland is STILL talking about the whole Velvet Revolver mess.
  8. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is going to release a solo album.  Meanwhile, there’s no truth to the rumour that Meg White is working on a record.
  9. So this teen metal band that just signed a multi-million dollar major label record deal also has a book deal.  No one’s jealous.  Really.
  10. An Australian music festival unveils “world class composting toilets” which can treat 920,000 of “grey water” on site.
  11. A crowd-funded sequel to Breaking Bad starring…Slash?

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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