Random Music News for Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Good day, Donald Trump. What sort of weird, incoherent utterances will you present to us today? You’re really starting to frighten me. You’re even frightening the Simpsons. And now, some music news.

  1. Another sign that alt-rock is going to toughen up in the latter half of 2016 (not to mention a resurgence in 90s acts): Green Day will be back with a new single called “Bang Bang” on August 11.
  2. These are the best subreddits for finding recommendations on new music.
  3. Things got ugly in Pittsburgh when a Marilyn Manson/Slipknot show got canceled at the last second.
  4. Fun with statistics: Ranking the most famous bands formed in each year, 1950-2016. For example, if we crunch some numbers, what band formed in, say, 1986, became the most famous band formed that year? (Answer: No Doubt. Really.) (Via Greggory)
  5. Pink vinyl to raise money for cancer research. RHCP, the Black Keys and Anthrax are all involved.
  6. KISS without Simmons and Stanley? Really? That’s what Gene and Paul maintain
  7. Behold a playable Fender guitar made out of cardboard. (Via Tom)
  8. Here’s a list of the top 10 music movies. (Tom again)
  9. Curry is so popular in Japan that there’s a line of CDs featuring music played in Indian restaurants. (Still Tom)
  10. Here are some interesting stats you don’t often hear about podcasts.
  11. Once you’re done with that, try this on radio losing its voice.
  12. A US judge says internet radio is not radio. Oh, really?
  13. Audiobooks: Another form of downloadable audio that’s becoming more and more popular.
  14. Deadmau5 really hates performing his favourite song.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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