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Music Biz Headlines, June 12, 2019

Martin Scorsese's new Dylan rock doc (pictured) is reviewed, Tin Machine explored, and controversy over a UMG archives fire. Also in the headlines are NXNE, Gordon Lightfoot, John Doe, video games, Courtney Love, Lil Nas X, music catalogues, and Radiohead.

Music Biz Headlines, June 12, 2019

By FYI Staff

The third resurrection of David Bowie: Building Tin Machine

When David Bowie found himself in a creative funk in the wake of the disappointing album Never Let Me Down, he built himself a machine. The Tin Machine. – Barry Walsh, PleaseKillMe


He the North: FxckMr makes his Toronto debut at NXNE

The young Inuk rapper hasn’t played a huge number of gigs, but he’s still put in enough time onstage to know when he’s killin’ it. – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Review: American Football brought a lot of feelings to the first weekend of NXNE 2019

Plus: more early NXNE reviews of Haviah Mighty, Dizzy and others. – Staff, NOW

International

The day the music burned

The 2008 blaze was in a sound-recordings library, the repository of some of the most historically significant material owned by UMG, the world’s largest record company. n historical terms, the dimension of the catastrophe is staggering. – Jody Rosen, NY Times

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Universal Music disputes severity of 2008 fire cited in New York Times article

In response to a New York Times article recounting a 2008 fire described as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business” in which thousands of Universal Music Group master recordings were destroyed, the company has issued a statement disputing the characterization of the damage it caused to the company’s archives. – Jem Aswad, Variety

Gordon Lightfoot is still following that carefree highway

He scored timeless hits, befriended Bob Dylan and made the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. But even at 80, the veteran troubadour can’t bear the thought of slowing down. – David Browne, Rolling Stone

What happened when LA punk splintered apart? John Doe and friends tell tales in ‘More Fun in the New World’

The X stalwart curates a trip through the legacy of the scene in his new book. –  Daily News

Review: ‘Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese’

Martin Scorsese has turned Bob Dylan's legendary floating carnival of a 1975 rock 'n' roll tour into the rock doc that never was: a time capsule that keeps on giving, even if at times it's too much of a good (indulgent) thing. –  Owen Glieberman, Variety

E3 2019: Is the video game industry ready for pop-culture saturation?

In the days leading up to the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which has now opened at the Los Angeles Convention Center, a key theme for the video game industry has emerged: accessibility. – Todd Martens, LA Times

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20 Questions for Courtney Love, The Queen of Grunge

Somehow, in 2019, Courtney Love is a practicing Buddhist who, in her spare time, reads Susan Sontag and watches Netflix while being Rolfed with her girlfriends. And yet, sanity has done nothing to diminish her spark.  – Interview

A short history of country music’s multicultural mishmash

Or everything that came before Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus walked down that “Old Town Road.” It is conceivable that a deeper union of country and hip-hop may come in the wake of the smash track. – David Hajdu, The Nation

Selling a legacy: Considerations for buying, selling and administering music catalogues

Sales are currently one of the hottest topics in the music business as larger companies rapidly buy the catalogues of smaller companies, and songwriters and heirs sell their rights for large amounts of upfront cash. These days, everyone wants to know, “What multiple did you get?” – Erin Jacobsen, Synchtank

Going live with Pollstar

A look at Pollstar's LIVE75 Chart—now in its third month of publication—suggests a considerable divide between the streaming world and the live world. Hip-hop as a genre is known for its stream-heavy success, and yet the only hip-hop act to make the Top 20 was Post Malone at No. 7 – Hits Daily Double

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Radiohead to release stolen music for climate campaigners

Radiohead says a trove of unreleased music has been stolen for ransom — but instead of paying up, the band will release it in aid of environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion. Jonny Greenwood tweeted that about 18 hours of material from around the time of Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer was stolen from Thom Yorke’s minidisc archive last week. – AP

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Rock

Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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