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Published on December 7th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Today is the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbour, the worst attack on US soil until 9/11. Now, the music news.

  1. Gord Downie received a special honour at The Assembly of First Nations gathering in Gatineau, Quebec, for his Secret Path project.
  2. The Grammys are still a couple of months away and they already suck more than ever. How can anyone in good conscience call Beyonce rock?
  3. When astronaut Buzz Aldrin was airlifted from Antarctica because of health problems, he ended up being treated by a Dr. David Bowie.
  4. How to write a hit Grammy-nominated album for Beyonce: Do it naked.
  5. Are iPhones exploding in China?
  6. This music festival will be entirely fan-curated for 2017.
  7. Suge Knight has had his murder trial delayed.
  8. Looking for a half-dozen cool Canadian Christmas albums? Start here. (Via Jay)
  9. Here’s a game people are playing in China these days: secret live broadcasting.
  10. Tracing things back to the Big Bang of Nickelback Hate.
  11. Apple Music says that it now has more than 20 million subscribers. They’re still behind Spotify–it has 40 million-ish and should hit 50 million by February–but it does show that more people are adopting streaming.
  12. Never, EVER throw anything at Garbage’s Shirley Manson during a gig. She will find you. Watch.
  13. Fun: the history of New York City nightlife told through flyers and posters.
  14. Here’s a spirited discussion around the question “Is radio dead?”
  15. And I was on CTV last night talking about the Grammy nominations.



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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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