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Published on March 11th, 2017 | by Alan Cross


Random Music News for Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring forward, etc. Why is daylight saving time still a thing? Why do we bother when science says it’s a waste of time? (No pun intended.) And now, the music news.

  1. HMV continues to slash prices on its way to extinction. Everything is now up to 60% off. Movies can be had for less than five bucks. Expect a bunch of stores to be shuttered by month’s end, a full month ahead of schedule.
  2. Two unreleased Bowie albums are coming for Record Store Day.
  3. Could there be a world without wifi? Maybe–if telcos keep offering unlimited data. (Not in Canada, of course. We’re still paying a LOT for capped packages.)
  4. Here’s what U2 has planned for Record Store Day. (Via Larry)
  5. Some AirBnB renters turned a one-bedroom apartment into a nightclub, complete with a DJ and bouncers.
  6. What’s this about a Tool tour? Is this connected to a new album? Or are they just looking to get out for a while? In any event, it’s been 10 years, 10 months and 10 days since 10,000 Days.
  7. Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons is really struggling with arthritis.
  8. Classic rock’s “10 biggest douchebags.”
  9. A new play in Halifax is based on Rosalie Trombley, the legendary Canadian radio music director in Windsor/Detroit.
  10. Interesting: Adele’s 21 is now a bigger seller in the UK than Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
  11. Also interesting: Big brands seem to have pulled away from SXSW this year.
  12. So why is Montreal’s Stingray Digital betting so hard against streaming music? Here’s why.
  13. A Jay Z/Beyonce-themed bar? Yep.
  14. Japanese researchers have come up with an AI that knows how to make people cry.
  15. Like Jamaican reggae? Then you’ll want to know about this.
  16. There’s been a fascinating discovery of music from the 16th century.
  17. Hot and cold water make different sounds.

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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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