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Published on May 13th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, May 13, 2017

I’m out of scotch. This cannot continue. And now, the music news for May 13.

  1. Burlington, Ontario, has a brand new vinyl pressing plant. (Via Michael)
  2. Fyre Festival employees aren’t going to be paid–at least in the short term.
  3. Spotify’s market value is now estimated at $13 billion USD. By comparison, Universal, the biggest record label, is worth $22 billion.
  4. I had no idea that Karen Carpenter was so iconic in the Philippines.
  5. A great look at the box set phenomenon.
  6. Here’s a call for U2 to do more to fight Trump.
  7. This orchestra won an award for playing less Beethoven and more 808 State.
  8. Just when you thought there was nothing more about the Beatles to be discovered comes this.
  9. And speaking of whom, there’s a new documentary on the making of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band coming to PBS June.
  10. A good question: Why does “A Whiter Shade of Pale” endure?
  11. Not actually music related, but the first printed appearance of “fuck” dates back to 1528. Now you know.
  12. The return of eMusic. Can they convince people to start buying songs again?
  13. Cool! A Bob Dylan art forgery mystery!
  14. Just as this new band gains traction, they’re derailed by allegations of sexual assault.
  15. Here’s a festival that specializes in heavy experimental music.



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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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