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Published on July 5th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, July 5, 2018

I got my first back-to-school school supplies email yesterday. Too soon, people. Too soon. And now, music news for July 5, 2018.

  1. This Tragically Hip cannabis event sounds like it was a great time. (I was invited, but the timing just wasn’t right for me. Dammit.)
  2. Half of American adults believe that their smart speakers are recording their conversations to collect data for targeted advertising.
  3. Who’s still got a fetish for VHS tapes? Really?
  4. Still with old formats, did you know that the Voyager spacecraft were equipped with 8-tracks?
  5. Tina Turner’s son has committed suicide.
  6. We need to do this for famous Canadian musicians. Hey, they do it in places like London, Liverpool, and Manchester.
  7. The Sony Walkman just had a birthday.
  8. A good question: What, exactly, is “stereo?” The answer is more complicated that you might think.
  9. Psy says he almost didn’t upload “Gangnam Style” to YouTube.  (Via Tom)
  10. The day Michael Jackson went grocery shopping. Alone. (Tom again)
  11. Real news about fake Bruce Springsteen. (More from Tom)
  12. Into vinyl? Here’s how to make your records sound better.
  13. This is a good idea: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a new exhibit that highlights the common history between rock and pinball. Cool!
  14. Gene Simmons isn’t happy about streaming payouts.
  15. The newest, hottest thing for record collectors? Crate digging for disco.
  16. Why do band t-shirts cost so much? Here’s an explanation.
  17. This new Apple store in Macau looks pretty sweet.
  18. Just in case you need even more about Drake and his Scorpion album, here’s an analysis by an astrologer and an entomologist.
  19. The Warped Tour will come to an end after this summer. But Vans, the shoes, will still be with us.
  20. I had no idea Kate Bush did this.

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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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