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Published on March 13th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, March 13, 2017

Still woozy after the clock switch? Me, too. But I did manage to sort out some music news…

  1. Depeche Mode vs. the alt-right. Boy, Dave Gahan is pissed.
  2. Ed Sheeran’s Divide (÷) has the biggest debut of any album on the US charts this year.
  3. Here’s a great interview with former U2 manager, Paul McGuinness. He has a lot to say about things like YouTube and streaming.
  4. Johnny Lydon has some interesting thoughts about Donald Trump.
  5. Beloved west end Toronto music club Hugh’s Room will reopen April 19.
  6. An Italian band called Soviet Soviet was denied entry into the US, jailed and then deported. It’s a weird story. (Via Brad)
  7. So much for Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles playing Desert Trip 2. They have their own thing called “Classic East” and “Classic West.” Look who else is playing.
  8. Trump supporters are apparently annoyed because they think “Resistance Radio” from the Amazon TV series Man in the High Castle is real. (Via Larry)
  9. Speaking of which, SXSW is on now and the anti-Trump sentiment is on display.
  10. And sadly, Terrance Malik’s movie set at SXSW apparently isn’t very good.
  11. Bieber vs. Aussie fan. Adele comes out in support.
  12. Are you a podcaster? Take a look at these figures.
  13. And speaking of figures, take a look at how Spotify has grown.
  14. A great story about remastering the Beatles’ only live album.
  15. Despite what Apple says, the headphone jack on phones looks like it’s here to stay.
  16. Sorry, HAL. We seemed to have misunderstood your insanity in 2001: A Space Odyssey.



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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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