Below are music-related news bites that aren’t at my Disposable Underground blog. Enjoy!
Record players on a budget—does that catch your interest? John Lonsdale from Rolling Stone has a handy list of turntables that are under $100. That way you’ll have more money for vinyl—sales are up over 100%, Resident Advisor notes.
The “Brexit touring crisis” is an issue I wrote briefly about, and since then a bit of news has come out. Ian Courtney writes at CelebrityAccess that the U.K. announced that artists and their crews will be able to tour in a number of E.U. countries without a visa—short term tours, anyway.
Fake streams and inflated follower numbers are depressingly common for major and even not-so-major artists and others in the music industry. Brian Harrington breaks down the issue of bots and click farms with how many plays and followers an artist is getting for Complex.
Musician interviews are a topic I spend a lot of time watching on YouTube, and a good source is From Hero To Zero, where a wide range of people are covered, from Melissa Etheridge to Exodus and from L7 to Destruction. Above is the host with Max Cavalera of Soulfly, etc.
Rest In Peace
Lee “Scratch” Perry died in Jamaica in August at the age of 85. He was an originator of dub music and a pioneer of reggae. Shanelle Genai has the story at The Root.
Charlie Watts, the drummer of the Rolling Stones, died at the age of 80, BBC reports. He was a member of the band since the early 1960s.
Don Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died at 84 in Nashville. The influential duo had 1950s hits like “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and “Bye Bye Love.” Dave Mistich has the story at NPR.
That’s all for now. Thanks and see you next time!