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Published on October 2nd, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, October 2, 2014

When I woke up this morning, I had no idea where I was. Home? LA? Turns out it was London. Flying home today–but then it’s off to Winnipeg tomorrow.

  1. How today’s pop (cf. Tove Lo et al) was influenced by grunge.
  2. Playing tree rings on a record player. (Greggory)
  3. Please stop talking about a Led Zeppelin reunion. Robert Plant won’t do it and neither will Jimmy Page.
  4. This doesn’t sound like Tom Morello at all.  He’s at war with a Seatle bar.
  5. Music videos are going to get parental advisory ratings in the UK like with movies. This might be the best thing to happen to videos since MTV. If you want kids to watch anything, put a rating on it.
  6. Paperless tickets for concerts? Meh. Here’s a group fighting against that trend.
  7. There’s a hot rumour that YouTube and the Google Play music service are getting overhauls.
  8. How music and art figure into the current Hong Kong democracy protests.
  9. Now that Spotify is available in Canada, what are its prospects in the marketplace?
  10. What would have a collaboration between Kurt Cobain and Coolio sounded like? Coolios is haunted by the idea.
  11. There is no need for anyone to cover this song, ever.
  12. And get this: today, it’s officially legal for anyone in the UK to rip the CDs they bought to MP3s. Yes, it was illegal before today.
  13. Stream the new Weezer album before it’s out here.
  14. And you can stream the new Johnny Marr album here.
  15. The worldwide headphone market is worth HOW MUCH?

 

 




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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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