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Published on October 18th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This was a momentous day for music in 1954. Texas Instruments introduced the first-ever transistor radio: the Regency TR-1. And now, more music news for October 18.

  1. Why was Arcade Fire’s “Creature Comfort” censored for Canadian radio? And it’s not for just the usual bad language, either. This is weird.
  2. Ed Sheeran fall down go boom.
  3. There was a private family service for Tom Petty on Monday.
  4. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there is more pressure to call out csexual predators in the music industry.
  5. And now for much lighter reading: Liam Gallagher is interviewed here about his new album, forgetting the words to songs and Noel’s upcoming record.
  6. Cool: Qantas has named one of their Dreamliners after a song by Australian band Icehouse.
  7. This app may make searching for podcasts easier and more efficient.
  8. There’s a movement to have funk music banned in Brazil. Seriously.
  9. This company started up with four people in August. This week, Facebook bought it for about $100 million. Not a bad payday for nine weeks’ work.
  10. First we heard that A Perfect Circle is working on their first album in 14 years. Now comes word that the Butthole Surfers are making their first album in 17 years.
  11. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson was the subject of a webchat. Here’s what happened.
  12. A new documentary entitled Beside Bowie look at guitarist Mick Ronson’s role in Bowie’s career.
  13. Want to learn the guitar but think it’s too hard and too time-consuming? Try this.
  14. Into electronic music? Are you aware of the pioneering work of Delia Derbyshire? No? Then fix that here.
  15. Even though we seem teetered on the brink of WW III, all some people want to know is the truth behind Taylor Swift’s missing scarf.
  16. Into hip-hop? Then you’ve GOT to get this anthology box set.
  17. The Warped Tour will return to Toronto in 2018.

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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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