Random news for Thursday, July 8, 2021

If you’re still being very careful about wearing a mask, here’s one that takes things to a whole new level.

  1. Wait: Stream-ripping can be legal? That’s what a judge in France says.
  2. Here’s a music trivia game for people into real estate: Can you match the musician to the mansion?
  3. A really cool thing for children is happening at Abbey Road Studios. (Via Sean)
  4. If you’re into the Velvet Underground, there’s a new book on Nico.
  5. Chris Brown continues to be a real piece of work. His dog, too.
  6. And the Dr. Luke saga just keeps going.
  7. Toronto’s new flagship Apple store is taking shape. Wow.
  8. This organization believes that certain type of audio/video guitar needs to be more woke.
  9. Vinyl is so popular that demand is squeezing out small labels.
  10. There was a snag in the production of the Sex Pistols TV series. A moshpit scene resulted in a COVID outbreak.
  11. Sonic Youth running gear? Yep.
  12. Wait: REM’s Michael Stipe was once struck by lightning?
  13. The most-downloaded app in the world in June? TikTok.
  14. People keep breaking into Rihanna’s house.
  15. One of the most famous smashed guitars is now a museum piece. Remember it?
  16. Here’s how one Calgary venue is dealing with COVID protocols during the Calgary Stampede. (Via Sean)

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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