Random Music News for September 12, 2014

Happy birthday, Neil Peart! Everyone should listen to “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” today.

  1. If you use Uber in Toronto, note that your driver might be Deadmau5 in his new McLaren 650S.
  2. It looks like Bob Marley will have a Top 10 album in the US next week. Wait–what?
  3. Ex-Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky is looking for Billy Corgan.
  4. Damian Abraham of Fucked Up is going to moderate a Toronto mayoral debate.
  5. Throb, the ex-guitarist for Primal Scream, has died age 49.
  6. Mick Jagger has a new pig named after him. It has “tactile lips.”
  7. The Iggy Azalea sex step. Allegedly.
  8. Here’s an amazing stat: 85% of American Gen Yers own a smartphone.
  9. Coldplay played a private show for Target employees in Minneapolis. I’m betting that cost somewhere north of $1.5 million.
  10. The pitfalls of having a novelty hit. Carl Douglas probably wishes he could have “Kung Fu Fighting” back.

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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