Random Music News for Friday, September 22, 2017

Random Music News for Friday, September 22, 2017
Damn. Bruce Springsteen has released a 1978 live recording to help raise money for hurricane relief. It’s starting to look like there’s a war brewing between Spotify and YouTube for streaming supremacy. Reevaluating Marc Bolan as a fashion icon for the ages. (Via Danny)
Marilyn Manson: “Columbine destroyed my whole career.”
Where do NYC hip hoppers get their bling? This African Grey parrot seems to have fun ordering stuff on an Amazon Alexa. A Marilyn Manson-Justin Bieber collaboration? Google’s Nest has come out with a new video doorbell. Attention GenXers: Does this story of going to a concert ring true to something you experienced? Scientists have figured out how to use sound waves to analyze blood. And there are production issues with the iPhone X that could result in a delay. Here. More reviews of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch:  This could give you pause. This is a pretty polarizing thing. Really? Ponder that as you go through the music news for September 22. Time to start Christmas shopping, I guess. Here’s a perennial favourite: The worst album covers of all time. Suge Knight thinks Tupac is alive. Sounds like a couple of bros I know. Because I’m always interested in music and biology, here’s a Brazilian frog that’s deaf to its own mating calls. This is the strange history of the phrase “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”
Here’s more on the subject of artists playing events for exposure. I forgot to celebrate Earth Wind and Fire Day. How long before the first commercial radio station flips to all-Christmas music? The autumnal equinox.

No net neutrality news from the Pai hole

No net neutrality news from the Pai hole
Got that? By the way, the final tally for all those net neutrality comments? In fact, more than 22 million comments were filed on the changes Pai introduced earlier this year. A group of nine senators argue that Pai should take no further action at this time because… well, the public needs time to read and comment on the public comments submitted about proposed changed to net neutrality. “Although the commission has undertaken an historic proceeding to undo the Open Internet Order, the FCC has failed to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on the tens of thousands of filed complaints that directly shed light on proposed changes to existing net neutrality protections,” according to the letter, which originated from Sen. Anyway, now pro-net neutrality Democrats in the US Senate are asking Pai to sit tight on making any big changes, like implementing those he introduced in April. An astonishing 22,150,396, according to Broadcasting Cable. Whether the commission takes up net neutrality during its scheduled October meeting, or at all before the end of the year, remains to be seen. Since the comment period closed on August 30, Pai’s been mum. The FCC did turn over some 70,000 pages of documents that were requested via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, submitted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition. The vast majority—60% or more—submitted comments in support of the current regulations, many sources report. So. Rallies and protests and action days occurred all summer in support of net neutrality. There you have it. In short, Pai believes the protections put in place by the previous commissioner and a majority Democratic board are a “solution in search of a problem.” He believes regulating internet service as a utility, like electricity or gas, will hamper investment and innovation and discourages new businesses from getting involved. He’s not said a word about net neutrality. To be fair, the FCC also said it was not going to discredit comments filed in support of Pai’s proposed changes. Edward Markey (D-Mass.). There’s some speculation—voiced by Pai but now being echoed by publications including Wired—that a good number of pro-net neutrality comments were filed by fake names. According to The Hill, the organization wanted to review “all complained filed by consumers about violations of the net neutrality rules since they went into effect in 2015.”
The group of nine senators – which includes Chuck Schumer (NY), Ron Wyden (Oregon), Al Franken (Minnesota), Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (California)—says the American people deserve the ability to review the 70,000 pages for themselves and provide additional comment before Pai and the FCC do anything else.   But Pai isn’t giving any indication when he’ll speak. Internet users, advocates and artists alike all have a lot to say about net neutrality. The public comment period on net neutrality might be closed but FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai doesn’t want to talk about it. Artists, including actors and musicians, believe a free and open internet is the best way to encourage and develop new talent and give independent musicians in particular a better chance of reaching new fans. That might not be a bad thing.

The Drake vs. Ed Sheeran Streaming Battle: Advantage Sheeran

  (For some reason, his most popular spot on the planet is Mexico City where he has 850,000 monthly listeners. This is the anatomy of a modern hit song. So how much has Ed made? That’s a lot, but given where music distribution is headed, it’s we’re going to hear of these records being broken over and over again. Ed is the most-streamed artist in the entire world on Spotify with 40 million listens every month. Go figure.) But he’s still the second-most streamed artist of all time. Add in the 10 million copies he’s sold of his Divide album and the revenue from all his YouTube streams and you can see that the boy is doing well.  Music Business Worldwide did some calculations. The numbers we have to deal with are much, much bigger. The Chainsmokers “Closer,” another billion-plus streamer, is in third spot. His 10 billion plays are second to Drake. There’s a back-and-forth battle between Drake and Ed Sheeran when it comes to streaming supremacy on Spotify. Pay attention because this is how we measure success in the music industry now. Until recently, Drake’s “One Dance” was certified as the most-streamed with 1.317 billion listens. Based on the average payout of $0.005 per streamed, his stuff has generated more than $50 million for him, his publishers and his record label. Now, though, Ginger Ed’s “Shape of You” has pulled ahead, racking up 1.318 billion. However, “Despacito” is still in the lead for overall streams (Spotify plus everything else including YouTube) with 5.41 billion.
Ed Sheeran Streaming Battle: Advantage Sheeran The Drake vs.

What’s the Difference Between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X? Which Should You Buy?

What’s the Difference Between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X? Which Should You Buy?
My poor iPhone 6S is struggling. And iPhone 8 will serve me just fine. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now on sale (and there are important differences between them), but you will have to wait longer for the iPhone X which is by far the most interesting of Apple AAPL -1.69%’s new iPhones. There are some great Android phone out there, too!) I can’t justify spending a couple of mortgage payments on an iPhone X. Or will it? The battery is so tired that it can drop from 100% down to 65% during a 45-minute walk with the dog. But with what? It’s scratched, scuffed and generally looking pretty rough. After two years of everyday use, it’s time to replace it. But the iPhone X is also over 40% more expensive than the iPhone 8, so is it worth the substantial extra outlay? That I’ll go with an iPhone is a given since I’m sucked too deep into the Apple ecosystem to even contemplate a change (Dammit! Fortunately, Forbes has done head-to-head comparison of the 8 and the X over the displays, speed, size, feel and other features. Crap! Let’s break it down…
Continue reading.

About That Ultrasonic Weapon That’s Been Targeting Canadian and American Diplomats in Cuba…

About That Ultrasonic Weapon That’s Been Targeting Canadian and American Diplomats in Cuba…
Take a look at this product. Reader Nicholas would like to advance the story with these observations. Interesting, no? It is a commercial product available to consumers on Amazon for under $300. If you believe her, she’s been the subject of this type of harassment for years, suffered countless damages, lost her apartment among other things, and at the very minimum made people aware that “closed to the public” law hearings are taking place in our courts. Yesterday, these pages had a story about some strange ultrasonic attacks on Canadian and American diplomats in Cuba that have resulted in everything from hearing and memory loss to brain damage. The above isn’t some military grade weapon that needs to be powered by a car battery. I’m sure you know more about military and commercial ultrasonic weapons than I, but the phenomenon of electronic harassment is an interesting one. Read more at Wikipedia. The idea that someone could be targeted by an ultrasonic weapon, microwave auditory technology, or other forms of microwave technology isn’t something new, infact I believe it’s been happening for years. One such case of someone who believes she has been the target of this type of harassment in Toronto (by the police of all people) is Valerie Guillaume.

Listen to Wu-Tang Clan Dis Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli

Listen to Wu-Tang Clan Dis Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli
 He’s now under investigation for fraud charges related to a hedge fund. When Wu-Tang Clan put their one-copy-only album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, up for auction, they had no say over who the buyer was. The guys in Wu-Tang have something to say about all this–in song, of course. They were shocked and annoyed that the CD went to Martin Shkreli, the pharma exec who had made international headlines for all the wrong reasons linked to raising the price of an AIDS drug by 5,000%. Highest bidder wins, right?

The New Pennywise the Clown Musical Meme Will Give You Nightmares

Check out what’s making the rounds today on Twitter. Follow @Pennywise_Dance for more. Well… #ITMovie pic.twitter.com/eq1oofJuq4
— Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 14, 2017

Well… #ITMovie pic.twitter.com/eq1oofJuq4
— Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 14, 2017

Happy! Leave it to the Internet to find new ways to make Pennywise–the clown from It–even more scary. #ITMovie pic.twitter.com/8inH70AIcP
— Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 21, 2017
The New Pennywise the Clown Musical Meme Will Give You Nightmares

Random Music News for Saturday, September 23, 2017

Random Music News for Saturday, September 23, 2017
Wow. I’m worried my neighbour will get one of these new 3,000-watt self-powered speakers. You’re welcome. Here’s another way streaming is shaping the music industry: Million-sellers club has been updated to include streaming. According to this guy, the world is supposed to end today. So is Frank Zappa. Yeah, no one understands Morris dancing. After this hurricane season and the role traditional radio has played in keeping people informed, I’m right with him. The newest must-have accessible? Here are 25 great music documentaries worth sourcing out. This dog barks like a chicken. Are you a woman looking for a female mentor in the music industry? Phone searches could be the new normal. This Florida senator is demanding that mobile phone carriers activate the FM chip in cell phones. You should be, too. The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks is being reissued AGAIN, this time for its 40th anniversary. Even Mennonites make fun of Nickelback. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any music news for September 23. Barely a dozen people lined up in advance to get an iPhone 8 at London’s flagship Apple store. Irish rap is on the rise. Going to the US? A sanitizer for your mobile phone. Damn Nibiru. Take a look at this. It’s the end of an era. (Via Larry)
The final print edition of The Village Voice is out. And the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack got a 40th-anniversary treatment. Looking for a Netflix-and-chill weekend? (Via Larry) Michael Jackson is going to be extra-huge this Halloween. This guy will start his 75th consecutive year in the radio business today. ABBA and Dio are going on tours as holograms.

7 Important Tips on How to Choose a Recording Studio

7 Important Tips on How to Choose a Recording Studio
Read customer reviews and testimonials to learn how they deal with their clients and the quality of their recordings.  

Find out where it is located.  

Discover sound quality. You will need excellent microphones for the task. You can go further by asking them for a sample of a recording of a song similar to yours so that you will know how it will sound. It will be best for you to do this in a recording studio where you will have the equipment and support to do it.  

Check the Price

One important thing to consider is the price.  First, consider the space itself. You can find lots of information on the internet.  

Determine if the studio is a good fit for you. For this, you need to find a recording studio that meets your needs and gives you inspiration. Of course, your band goes with you. You might not be able to provide all so make sure that the recording studio has them. You are not going to travel alone.   Will they be comfortable enough as they play their instruments?  Do you feel relaxed while inside the studio? It’s important to remember that price is not a real determinant of quality. – AC]
After doing several gigs singing your own songs, this might be the time for you to have your songs recorded. These are important things to consider when searching for a recording studio. Are there restaurants, hotels, and entertainment places nearby? Since you are just starting your singing career, choosing a music studio that is far from where you are can affect your budget and time. Find time to talk to this person to determine if you agree on some ideas regarding your music. You might need several types of microphones for recording those playing drums. Bear in mind that your choice of a recording studio can make or unmake your singing career. You might find one that is just a few minutes’ drive away. There are lots of recording studios that do excellent work without asking for too much. Are there monitors for you to check how you are singing?  

Do some research

 It will not hurt you to know more about the music studios where you are considering to record your song. While you might not be able to access some because of price and location, you will be able to find one that suits your budget and produces the best recordings. The success of your songs will greatly depend on how the recording was done and how they sound when played. Is it spacious enough to accommodate your group? Here are the 7 important tips on how to choose the best music studio for recording your songs. You would never want your song to sound painful to the ears, with the instruments sounding like a tin can. If you have listened to recordings from various studios, you will find out that there some differences in sound quality. You should be listening to pleasant music. You can listen to their recordings or watch music videos that they have produced to find one that you think will be good for you. This will not be good for you because you need to feel good about the place in order to successfully give a great performance.  

Check if the studio has complete equipment. If you do not have a studio engineer yet, you will have to work with the one employed by the studio. Some people feel that they are constrained within a facility. By following these tips, you can put your singing career on the right track. Remember you will need all the band members during the recording. The band members might need to arrange their instruments to produce the right sound for your song. [Reader Darren Perkins, who runs Redrum Music Studio, has a few tips for musicians looking to move out of their bedroom and into a proper recording studio. Before scouting for a recording studio in a place that will require you to spend for airfare, focus on your vicinity first. You might find the recording studio that meets all your needs but if you cannot afford it, you will need to find another. Does it have isolation rooms? No matter how well you sing if the equipment is not good or is lacking, you cannot have a great output.  

Discover if you feel good while inside.

Pseudonyms of Musicians and Their Origins

Pseudonyms of Musicians and Their Origins
In 1963, James formed his first band, the Iguanas, in Michigan in which he sang and played drums. 7) Pat Smear, Nirvana, The Germs
Born Georg Albert Ruthenberg. The couple formed their own band and considered the band names “Bazooka”, “Soda Powder” and “The Peppermints” because Meg loved peppermints, before deciding on “The White Stripes” due to their last name. Apparently, Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones saw John’s teeth and exclaimed “You’re rotten, you are!”. What are the stories behind some rock’n’roll stage names?- AC]
1. 10) Rob Zombie
Born Robert Bartleh Cummings. The group later shortened their name to the Stooges and James changed his stage name to Iggy Pop. Black Francis, Pixies
Born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. I
In 1987, when the Pixies released the mini-album ‘Come on Pilgrim’, Charles took his father’s advice and adopted the stage name ‘Black Francis’ which comes from a joke his father had once made about how he was saving that name in case he had another son. Georg was given the name Pat Smear by his friend Paul Beahm (who renamed himself Darby Crash). John went by the name “Woody” for a few years, influenced by American folk-singer Woody Guthrie, before changing his name to Joe Strummer in 1975. 2a) Bono, U2
Born Paul David Hewson. 8) Joe Strummer, The Clash
Born John Graham Mellor. In 2008, Johnny Rotten spent a reported cost of US $22,000 to fix his teeth. The nickname was originally inspired by the sharp features of his face, but also by his sharp mind and the way he always observed things from the edge. He and his then-girlfriend, Sean Yseult, formed the band White Zombie, which is named after the 1932 horror film of the same name, which was also the inspiration behind Rob’s stage name. He was nicknamed “Bono Vox” by his friend Gavin Friday, which is an alteration of Bonavox, a Latin phrase which translates to “good voice”. His stage name is inspired partially by Elvis Presley and his father’s stage name Day Costello. His middle name and nickname “Moby” were given to him by his parents because ‘Moby Dick’ author Herman Melville is Richard’s great-great-great-grand uncle. After the Pixies broke up in 1993, Charles worked on a solo career under the name Frank Black (inverting his old persona “Black Francis”). This inspired Iggy to push the boundaries of stage performance, and at a Detroit concert, Iggy was the first performer to do a stage-dive. Early in U2’s career, David was re-baptized by Bono (then Bono Vox) as The Edge. At 21, he married Meg White and as a demonstration of his belief in equality took his wife’s last name. He had discovered an interest in rock music and guitar, and the name “Strummer” apparently referred to his role as rhythm guitarist although he was also the lead singer of ‘The 101ers’ at the time. 2b) The Edge, U2
Born David Howell Evans. Alluding to the Iguanas, James later changed his name to Iggy Stooge and formed the Psychedelic Stooges. The Sex Pistols formed in 1975 and John was renamed Johnny Rotten because his poor oral hygiene led to his teeth turning green. 5) Iggy Pop
Born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. 9) Jack White
Born John Anthony Gillis. [Another assignment from the current intern-in-resident, Dorothy Lee. 4) Moby
Born Richard Melville Hall.  Iggy Pop’s stage persona was inspired by The Doors’ 1967 concert at the University of Michigan where Iggy was fascinated with Jim Morrison’s extreme behaviour while performing on stage. 6) Johnny Rotten, Sex Pistols
Born John Joseph Lydon. Smear and Crash formed the band Sophistifuck and the Revlon Spam Queens, which they later renamed The Germs. 3) Elvis Costello
Born Declan Patrick MacManus
He’s the son of British bandleader Ross MacManus. Rob went by the name Rob Straker before changing his name to Rob Zombie.

Are We Closer to a Reunion of the Classic Smashing Pumpkins Lineup? It Really Looks Like It

  On the list of most-wanted reunions, getting the original Smashing Pumpkins back together has to rank in the Top 10. […]
There’s certainly gears that turn and things get waved around, but until it’s inked, I’m in the dark as much as anybody. Again from Rolling Stone:
I talk to D’arcy all the time,” he said. Now. Certainly, the organizers of Coachella must be talking about it. It doesn’t seem to have the same resonant energy for me. Here’s what he told Rolling Stone:
My interest in working on just the name Smashing Pumpkins is not as interesting to me without original people involved. Fences have long been mended with Iha and Billy has been in constant contact with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Whoa. The only missing piece is bass player D’Arcy Wretzky. I like to think that if I do any work in the future it would be with them, if possible. I’m listening. “I’m really happy to have her back in my life. Read the entire Rolling Stone interview here. Billy Corgan is currently stumping about, promoting his new solo album using his full name, William Patrick Corgan–a record that features guitar contributions from James Iha on a couple of songs. Let’s make this happen.
It Really Looks Like It Are We Closer to a Reunion of the Classic Smashing Pumpkins Lineup?

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 793: The Tool Odyssey

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 793: The Tool Odyssey
And this is my favourite:  2006 was the year NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft towards Pluto. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Welcome to The Tool Odyssey. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. What’s the holdup? 92X/Calgary
Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
NEW! The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
The Drive/Kingston
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
98.1 The Bridge/Lethbridge – Saturday night at 6, Sunday morning at 10am
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. Bob Barker was still hosting The Price is Right. Here’s the question: why? Hence, no playlist this week. Where’s the new music? The last time Tool gave us a record of new material, the introduction of the iPhone was still more than a year away. Tool has gone out on tour multiple times in the interim, just to remain acquainted with their fans. In other words, you can travel out of the solar system in less time than it takes Tool to make an album. Those are three big questions that we’re going to try to answer. This 11 1/2 year gap isn’t the longest interval between albums who has never broken up, but it’s loooooooong. Let’s put that into perspective.  As of this weekend–September 23, 2017–it’s been more than 11 years and five months since Tool released their last album, 10,000 Days. The Pot
Prison Sex
Forty-Six & Two
A Perfect Circle, Judith
Stinkfist (Salival version)
Normally, plalistist Eric Wilhite would provide a Spotify playlist featuring this week’s songs, but Tool doesn’t believe in streaming. It has since flown past Pluto and is now well into the Kuiper Belt. It came out in the spring of 2006. But every tour only serves to underscore that Tool hasn’t come up with anything fresh since 2006.

Cand cainii de paza dorm – Killa Fonic versuri

(cand cainii de paza dorm) Versuri Killa Fonic – Cand cainii de paza dorm
Lamă Crimă, fără nicio crimă,
Contemplăm și halim rapu’ ca pă o virgină,
F*te-m-aș în ea de stradă, ca frateleNord, mamă,
F*te-m-aș în ea de stradă!
M-am vindecat de aproape tot ce înseamnă ego și orgoliu,
Afară am lupi flămânzi și io stau singur în fotoliu,
BESTIA dezlănțuie și vezi și scoru’
Toată Banda reunită să-ți poarte doliu…
Cand cainii de paza dorm,
Toată Banda în casă, ci*ară,
Noi dăm târcoale și plecam cu tot,
Toată Banda în casă, ci*ară! Câteva cămăși întunecate, nu-s Diicot,
Nu-mi dau indicații îmi zic că albumu’ e mișto,
Târfo, n-ai idee cum rămân tânăr și guapo,
Am atâtea grame pe o t*rfă, ssssssnf, Pablo. Un golan bătrân îmi spune să nu mă consum bro,
Scoate Lamă Fină, scoate lama și pune-i-o,
Ei văd doar felia, știi tu, o cio*ră vede un tort,
Mut, mutăm kile fă fă fără niciun efort. Câteodată mai mult scriu decât să vorbesc,
Check me out, dacă vrei să vezi cum sunt invers,
Ta na na na na, dușmanu’ meu e pervers,
Fie vorba-ntre noi, cred că-i chiar polițex. Aka Seek Familia, asociat, clică, firmă, avocați,
Conectați, nu doar cu frați, când scuipam s’tem subtitrați,
Și ca s-o zic pe toată, cateodată ăa urc în Lincoln. ….încă o gură de sirop,
Ce am făcut în trecut, noaptea cănd mă culc, se-ntoarce,
Nu simt nicio vină vină, vino vino incoace,
Tot ce-a rămas din mine viu e doar dorul,
Crede-mă că nu mai simt nici aerul nici solul. Versuri Killa Fonic
Video dorm Că tot strada m-a-nvățat să fiu campion,
Plus că semăn cu tata, și cred c-am să mă răzbun,
Plus c-am mâncat pâine cu apă și zahăr, mai de mult,
Fotbal fără ghete, de scandaluri nici nu-ți mai spun,
E greu să măsori bagabonțeala-ntr-adevăr…
Mangleala vine de la suflet, fără efort,
Pune câte capcane vrei, că eu tot mă strecor,
Asta fac de mic, plus că m-afirm și apoi le iau tottt. Eu nu vreau să fac bani d-ăia numa’ pă stres,
Când făceam bani, tăiam, din viața mea prea des,
Le-am f*tut potaia, la mulți proști și le-am zis,
Când m-or strig “Tataia”, mă voi lăsa și eu prins…
Mmmm, salivează câinii și în somn,
Strada m-a-nvățat să fiu și bagabont și domn,
Dacă-mi faci 16, stai chill că nu te torn,
La gardă, da’ tot îți pun dinții pe beton. M-am reapucat de bamba, m-am lăsat iar de carton,
Mint, aseară am luat pastile cu același sirop,
Încerc să mi-o ard bio da’ mi-o ard ca un idiot,
O fac bine, fac Blaga da’ nu-s happy bro. Toată banda-n casă, ci*ară,
F*te-ne-am în ea de stradă,
Nu i-am pupat în p*lă p-ăștia mari, nici când eram puști,
Acum mă pupă-n p*lă adulți ce nu scriu “nu știi”, ci “nu ști”.