Random Music News for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Still in my parents’ basement outside of Winnipeg. It’s cold, obviously.

  1. Audio-Technica joins the push for High-Res Audio with a new set of earbuds. I approve.
  2. Amanda Palmer explains why art is also a business.
  3. According to Spotify, the most-streamed Christmas song of all time is Michael Buble’s version of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” Dig for more facts like that here.
  4. For the religious, here’s an infographic showing the relationship between religion and music.
  5. A Snapchat record label? For what? Songs that disappear after 60 seconds?
  6. A BBC Radio 1 DJ has been jailed for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys.
  7. Apple has shut down their Russian online store because of the rouble’s collapse.
  8. How “Dad Rock” became a thing in 2014.
  9. The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia once wrote a love letter to a Vogue cover girl. It’s now up for auction. (Via Tom)
  10. Don’t give up on radio yet. There’s a lot in the industry yet.
  11. A cool survey of guitars and guitarists through the decades.
  12. Read what Mother Jones magazine means by “the downsizing of Daniel Lanois.”

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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