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Published on May 2nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It was six years ago today that the US finally got Osama bin Laden. It’s also now been exactly eleven years since we got a Tool album. And now, the music news for May 2.

  1. Record and movie mogul David Geffen just sold his Malibu home for $85 million.
  2. Here’s a fun podcast on how car manufacturers tune exhaust sounds.
  3. Still with podcasts, the ideal length seems to be 22 minutes.
  4. Let’s ask the question again: Why don’t more smartphones use their FM chip? I’ve yet to hear a compelling argument against it.
  5. Weekly Canadian album sales: Album sales are down 14% from this time last year. Breaking that down, CDs are down 7% and digital albums are 23% lower. I’m surprised by vinyl sales, which, despite Record Store Day, are 11% behind where they were a year ago. Audio streams? Up 94%.
  6. Sad news: “Accordion heartthrob“–and trust me, you’ll never see those two words together again–Dick Contino has died.
  7. More fun fake news: Canadian government plans old age support for aging prog rockers.
  8. Want to know how to make scary music for films? Take a look at this.
  9. And now in American politics, a singing cowboy is a big hope for the Democrats.
  10. Why we need to start listening to insects.
  11. Remember that cutting-off-the-ear scene in Reservoir Dogs? Improvised.
  12. Here’s a cheeky Spotify playlist themed around Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.
  13. Is Ottawa’s Zaphod Beeblebrox about to close? Maybe.
  14. Billy Corgan seems to have purchased another pro wrestling league.



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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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