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If Kurt Cobain Were Still Alive, He’d Have Turned 50 Today

Had he not departed this plane in April 1994, Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 years old today. He might have looked like this. Frances Bean posted this on Instagram. February 20th 2017. Happy Birthday. A post shared by Frances Bean Cobain (@space_witch666) on Feb 20, 2017 at 12:01am PST Finally, we have this tribute [&hellip.. more

Bono at the Munich Security Conference on How Development Fights Extremism

World leaders dropped into Germany for the Munich Security Conference to discuss issues of defense and national security. Bono managed to wrangle a speaking invitation where he talk about how development–specifically in education and medicine–can go a long, long way in reducing levels of extremism. More at Rolling Stone.. more

Random Music News for Monday, February 20, 2017

Are you enjoying a statutory holiday today? Nice little February break, innit? Holiday or no, there’s still music news to report. I’m still in Western Australia for a few more days. The papers are full of this story about a mass overdose at a music festival. Biggest album in the US this week? The Fifty [&hellip.. more

RIP Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s Funky Drummer

Even if you’ve never heard the name Clyde Stubblefield, you’ve heard his work–or at least about 20 seconds’ worth of it. On November 20, 1969. James Brown assembled his supernaturally tight band at King Studios in Cincinnati, to record “Funky Drummer,” a track eventually divided into part 1 for the A-side and part 2 for [&hellip.. more

Looking to Get Your Song into a Movie or TV? Beware of This.

Artists know that licensing their material for use in a movie or a TV show can be an important source or revenue. Unfortunately, some musicians are learning that some producers are turning song placement into a pay-for-play deal. Mercenary act or just business? Read more here.. more

More Support for the Genre/Sound/Scene Known as “No Pop”

No Pop is an appellation that originated about a year ago with The Lonely Vagabond, a frequent correspondent of this site. Since then, others have adopted the name to describe…well, that’s a bit complex. Fortunately, we have this article from CultureAddict that can help sort things out. At the start of 2016, we introduced you [&hellip.. more

Will Artificial Intelligence Be Good or Bad for Music?

Can machines make music? Most definitely. But can they make music with soul and emotion? Scientists really want to make that happy–not to make musicians unnecessary and redundant, but to push the boundaries and capabilities of machine learning. A science experiment, in other words. But there are other uses for AI in the music industry [&hellip.. more

Something Seems to be Very, Very Wrong with Australians’ Use of Music

It’s a lovely day here in Albany, Western Australia, as I tap this out overlooking the Southern Ocean. It’s a crisp 22 degrees, there’s not a cloud in the sky and I think I just saw a dolphin do something…dolphin-y about 100 metres out. Yet I cannot overcome a feeling of trepidation about the people [&hellip.. more

How Did Early 2000s Emo Become Such a Joke

There was a time a little more than ten years ago that it seemed every new alt-rock band was into some form of emo. I, for one, hated all of it for ruining the legacy of some of the original bands of the genre, especially those from DC. Thanks to overwroughtness of bands like Dashboard [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Still in Western Australia, drinking a local whiskey called Limeburners. Dangerous. And now, some music news… Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has died at 56 as the result of complications of MS. Coldplay’s Chris Martin came to the rescue of a charity event. What a nice boy. Pop stars are continuing to bet big [&hellip.. more

Dr. Luke’s Not Coming Across As A Great Guy Right Now

This ugly, nasty, bitter lawsuit between Kesha and Dr. Luke might have hit rock bottom. Considering he’s filed a lawsuit against her mother, that’s really saying something. The latest development involves some emails in which Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, provides some less than flattering and supportive instructions to Kesha through her manager, Monica [&hellip.. more


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