Random Music News for June 6, 2014

I couldn’t remember if my mom’s birthday was yesterday or today.  I gambled on yesterday and won.  Whew.

  1. Here’s a music festival that will feature nothing but 18 hours of polka music.
  2. This Toronto kid got a record deal partly because people heard in his six-second Vine uploads.
  3. This violin-playing YouTube star explains how the Internet can shape the music industry.
  4. The Vevo music video service is still looking for someone to buy them.
  5. Some John Lennon manuscripts were just auctioned off for $3 million.
  6. The Beastie Boys win a $1.7 million judgement in their suit against Monster Energy Drink.
  7. And still with the Legal Dept, one of the dancing hamsters in that Kia commercial (no, I don’t know which one) has been arrested on insurance fraud charges.
  8. Austin, Texas, thinks it might be a good idea to erect a statue of Glen Danzig riding a dragon. No, really.
  9. The Boomtown Rats reunion is helping Bob Geldof deal with the grief over his daughter, Peaches.
  10. Spiders actually pluck their webs like guitar strings to learn what sorts of things have become caught in it.
  11. And the controversy continues over about whom Alanis Morissette wrote “You Oughta Know.”

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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