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Charges Against Dylan in France Dropped
17April

Charges Against Dylan in France Dropped

This one will probably see us out for the Easter long weekend - we're back on Tuesday but have a good break if you're getting one!  Spin reports: "Don't think twice, Bob, it's all right. That's what French authorities have determined in a case under the country's strict anti-hate speech laws. Prosecutors dropped their charges against Bob Dylan, a court official said Tuesday (April 15), according to The Wall Street Journal."

Mellencamp Tells Republican Governor:
17April

Mellencamp Tells Republican Governor: "Stop Using My Music"

"You don't have to agree with his politics to like his music" says Scott Walker

Billboard reports: "Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail. Politicians for years have been using rock songs at campaign events, and Mellencamp has found himself crossways with Walker and other candidates before. Two years ago, Mellencamp chided Walker, who effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers in Wisconsin, for playing his song "Small Town" at campaign rallies."

Neil Young PonoMusic Player Project Raises Over $6M
16April

Neil Young PonoMusic Player Project Raises Over $6M

pre-sales primarily to dogs who'll be able to hear the difference

Rolling Stone reports: "The Kickstarter campaign to fund Neil Young's PonoMusic player reached its goal of $800,000 less than 10 hours after it went live. Now, the campaign has ended after earning nearly eight times that figure. It is officially the third highest-funded campaign in Kickstarter history."

Lydia Loveless Covers Kesha Track for Record Store Day
15April

Lydia Loveless Covers Kesha Track for Record Store Day

TwangNation reports: "Record Store Day is not only an opportunity to inject much needed revenue ( and love) to yu local mom-and-pop vinyl dealers, it also a opportunity to artists to get in touch with their funky side and cut loose.  This year’s event has Columbus, OH pop-twang chanteuse Lyda Loveless will release a non-album cut “Mile High.” The B side a cover of Kesha’s dance-hall ballad “Blind,” Loveless smartly strips out the Autotune and cheesy beats and turns up the rock and soul to ring out the blood and tears of a song."

Jeff Tweedy Makes Appearance on
14April

Jeff Tweedy Makes Appearance on "Parks and Recreation"

Pitchfork reports: "Wilco's Jeff Tweedy continues to make the rounds on the comedy television circuit, following up his recent folk-singing therapy session on "Portlandia" as a guest on last night's episode of "Parks and Recreation". As previously reported, Tweedy played Scott Tanner, the former lead singer of an act called Land Ho! "that was very popular in Indiana a while back," said Michael Schur, the show's executive producer."

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