Random Music News for Thursday, June 23, 2016

A bad earthquake struck Vancouver Island 70 years ago today. They’re still waiting for their Big One. And now in music news…

  1. Long before two-piece bands were the rage, Canada’s Inbreds were pioneering the idea. They’re reuniting and reissuing material on vinyl.
  2. Here are 13 reasons why bands reunite. (Via Tom)
  3. Interesting stat: Only one song in UK radio’s Top 20 was released in 2016. What does that say about the music we’ve seen so far this year?
  4. HBO has cancelled Vinyl after just one season. Shit. I liked the show.
  5. Study: Listening to Mozart reduces blood pressure. Listening to ABBA doesn’t.
  6. The owner of the Pulse nightclub speaks out.
  7. After collapsing on stage in Edmonton last week, Meat Loaf has announced he has a new album coming up with songs by Jim Steinman. I hope he’s feeling better.
  8. Want to buy a lock of David Bowie’s famous hair? A bit is going up for auction.
  9. Over 150 artists and music industry types have sent an open letter to the US Congress demanding action on gun violence.
  10. And now YouTube has fired back at all those artists who have come out against them.
  11. Interesting: “How a Strip Club DJ’s Death Marked the End of an Era in Atlanta Hip-Hop.”
  12. Even more interesting: the co-founder of The Pirate Bay is suing major labels because he says they ruined his good name.
  13. And Drake has been sued because it’s alleged that one of his people broke someone’s jaw.
  14. More death: a famous Pakistani singer was shot and killed in Karachi.
  15. JJ Abrams is working on a TV series about Michael Jackson.
  16. Fascinating: When AOL wrote a guide to The Internet.

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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