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Published on January 20th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, January 20, 2018

It’s officially been a year of Trump. How are we all feeling? Ponder that as we go through some music news for Saturday, January 20, 2018.

  1. So there’s a new Guns ‘N Roses album in the works? That’s the gossip.
  2. Tom Hardy made a mixtape? Seriously?
  3. This could be VERY helpful: How musicians and other music people can identify influential Spotify playlist makers.
  4. Here’s a solution for earbuds when it’s too damn cold outside: the Bluetooth Beanie.
  5. The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin got together to brew a craft beer. It’s called Ned’s Wonder.
  6. Wait: Why are ads turning up in premium (i.e. paid for) Spotify playlists?
  7. Ahead of their Australian tour, the Foo Fighters are opening a series of pop-up pubs.
  8. How voice and audio have become the new touch.
  9. Diana Ross’ childhood home is up for sale.
  10. Aiitalia Airlines wouldn’t allow a 350-year-old viola in the cabin, so they put it in the old–and crushed it to death.
  11. How 80s hardcore bands took back their scene from white supremacists.
  12. Whatever happened to Naked Jesus, the mysterious hippie dancer?
  13. Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould may have died in 1982, but he’s planning a comeback.
  14. Coldplay’s August 21-22, 2017 concerts at the Rogers Centre in Toronto was the 10th-highest-grossing tour event of the year, grossing $8.7 million by selling 94,857 tickets.
  15. Got a bunch of wired speakers that you want to turn into wireless ones? Look at this.
  16. I’m betting that this Joan Jett documentary will be pretty good.
  17. Siri is getting deeper into podcasts. I’ll have to see if she can bring up Ongoing History episodes.



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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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