Random Music News for September 13, 2014

It was on this day in 1956 that IBM introduced the 305 RAMAC, the first computer to use disc storage. It could hold 5MB. (yes, megabytes) of data on FIFTY 24-inch discs. It cost $160,000.

  1. Now they’re calling the new U2 album “spam.” Ouch.
  2. This Foo Fighters tribute band just had the gig of their lives when they got to open for the Foo Fighters.
  3. Britney Spears now has a new line of lingerie. (From Tom.)
  4. Musical fun with elderly people who stumbled upon Grandmaster Flash. (Tom again)
  5. Janelle Monae found out how to get to Sesame Street. (Thanks to Greggory)
  6. But Nicki Minaj has been banned from speaking to kids at her old school.
  7. Roberta Bondar (the astronaut) to Roberta Bondar (the band): “Cut it out.”
  8. The Globe and Mail has a good feature on the CEO of Rdio.
  9. How Lykke Li ended up on the new U2 album.
  10. And speaking of U2, there’s now a big push on the vinyl versions of their back catalogue.
  11. Check out this 40th anniversary video collection from Rush that’s coming November.

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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