The Deaths of 2016, Retold Via Sgt. Pepper Artwork

Pepper Artwork The Deaths of 2016, Retold Via Sgt.
British artist Chris Barker tells the story of the deaths of 2016 with this updated version of the Sgt. Pepper artwork. This has been a horrible year when it comes to losing our heroes. How many faces do you recognize? (Via Brad and Daily Dot)


This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 09 December 2016

Casual Freefall
Abandoned Mansion

Bitter Chills
Why Not Us? Conor Oberst
If Only

Empty Houses
Sleigh Ride

Dr. Feel-Good Songs for Feel-Bad People

Trouble in the Wind
Pumpkin Pie



Goat Girl
Country Sleaze

Made in the UK
We Know Who You Are

Car Seat Headrest
Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

The Tourist Company

Nathan McNevin & The Silence Factory
Flagpolle Sitta

Jack Skuller
Stuck in This Holiday
Sun Studio Sessions

Maria Taylor feat. This week’s selection of hand-picked new tunes involve a cover of a late-90s alt-rock hit, an all-female band that’s the darlings of the UK indie scene and even a Christmas song. All hosting is done by Mediazoic.
This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 09 December 2016

Star Wars + Metal = GALACTIC EMPIRE!

Main Theme
Imperial March
Duel of the Fates
The Force Theme
The Asteroid Field
Battle Of The Heroes
Cantina Band
Ben’s Death: Tie Fighter Attack
Across The Stars
The Forest Battle
The Throne Room: End Title

  It’s due in February. They’ve already raised more than $61,000 from a Kickstarter campaign that will finance their debut album. With interest in Star Wars again on the ascendant, the time could not be better for Galactic Empire, a metal band who–well, take a look. The tracklisting is below.
Star Wars + Metal = GALACTIC EMPIRE!

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 771: 60 Mind-Blowing Facts About Music in 60 Minutes

Most of this material ends up in Ongoing History shows, but there’s plenty of stuff that doesn’t make the cut. As far as anyone can tell, the first deliberate use of an f-bomb on record was a song called “CIA Man” by The Fugs from 1965. In the 1920s, there were experiments with steel tape machines. The dye causes coloured vinyl to degrade quicker—if you play it, of course. But one day he collided with another player, causing Mick to bite off the tip of his tongue. They’re all the same thing. He travels the world looking for people selling collections and stores that are closing. Speaking of eBay, legend has it that some enterprising Radiohead fan scooped out some of Thom Yorke’s toenail clippings which were then also on eBay. Mark is the guy who found his father after he died of a sudden heart attack. Or why. The North has threatened to go to war over this more than one. This includes anyone who hits the open bar and starts busting out some sexy moves—or if the bride dances. It’s high-end, artistic porn, but porn nonetheless. To compensate for the injury, he started stringing his guitar with ultra-light banjo strings, which made it easier to form chords and bend strings. They kept it in and “Creep” ended up becoming Radiohead’s breakthrough hit. Why did they bring this adult into the band? That had a very pronounced effect on the development of what was called grunge. He says he might change his name back when he has kids. Here’s another reason Liam Gallagher doesn’t like his big brother. It’s a group formed by two scientists at the South Pole. The location of the event was a real place named F-ing, Austria. And finally, a fact about the Offspring. South Korea regularly annoys North Korea by blasting K-pop songs over the DMZ at extremely loud volumes. And he needs to have his pants or ankles around his ankles because he has this phobia about the house catching fire and needing to escape the flames. Nice try, but the theory doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. “I worked for the recycling and composting program, picking up posts, cans and yard waste. They had titles like Over 40 and Tail End. In fact, he was the captain of the squad at his school. A performance of the song began at a church in Germany in 2001 and if it is played per his instructions, it will run for 639 years, finally wrapping up in 2640. And he directed small-time porn films back in 70s in the years after he left Roxy Music. Makes you wonder what might have happened to Mick, the Stones and rock’n’roll in general if he had just kept his head up, doesn’t it? No. Before Jack White broke out as a member of the White Stripes, he was an apprentice upholsterer in Detroit named Jack Gillis. “If you want to have music on cassette, then buy the pre-recorded cassette!” This did not go down well with consumers or with a lot of bands. At last count, he has a warehouse containing more than 6 million records. And just so nothing will get lost, here’s everything you need to know. Before the band took off, Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer earned his money as a garbage man for the city of Tacoma, Washington. The biggest distributor of music in Indonesia is KFC. As far as anyone can tell, only two of those records have ever been found. Their names are Tom Kenny and Jilly Talley. Some of the money she made went into buying an early incarnation of Hole their first van. This meant there was only one way to turn down the default volume of a phonograph or gramophone:  a fabric ball called a “sock” which you had to jam into the acoustic horn of the machine. Melba toast—that dried up stuff that you eat when you’re on a diet—was named after an Australian opera singer named Dame Nellie Melba back in 1887. In military parlance, a “megadeath” is equal to one million deaths caused by a nuclear explosion
The Smiths almost reunited in 2008 when Morrissey and Johnny Marr met for a pint in a pub. From that point on, his once-posh accent became slight more “street,” influencing not only the way he talked but how he sang. Several albums featuring music just for cats were released in 2016. Ringo’s copy had serial number 0000001. No one’s bothered to censor it because you can’t make what he’s singing, anyway. He thought he’d killed the song for good, but everyone else realized that this infusion of anger was exactly what the song needed. Meanwhile in Chechnya, authorities have vowed to crack down on what they called “inappropriate drunken dancing” at weddings. It was smelly, but he really liked the gig because of the satisfaction he got from finished a hard day’s work.”
Rob Zombie’s parents were carnival folk. And to make it even easier, he began tuning is guitar lower, which loosened up the strings even more. They left that afternoon promising to talk about it more—but they never did. This accident led to the development of the fuzz pedal. 92X/Calgary
Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver (Coming soon!)
Live 105/Halifax

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. Think about the video for the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight”.” You know the two people who fly to the moon in the video? He’s a Brazilian tycoon who is on a mission to collect a copy of every single record ever made. The money from all the Beatles hits helped fund research that allowed the company to invent the CT scanner, which was released to the public in 1972. Those who acted fast could get a bonus with their record: two grams of Don’s cremated remains. Some doesn’t fit with any show topic. Brian Eno, the famous producer and creator of ambient music, is very upfront about the fact that he ha a very large collection of porn. He was allegedly a member of the Illuminati and has simply ascended to the level of a “higher master”—whatever that is. In 1981, the UK music industry launched a campaign called “Home Taping is Killing Music.” They complained that people who recorded vinyl onto cassette tapes were destroying the music industry—even if they were doing just for their own use. The rest of the performance was cancelled, the opera house evacuated and counterterrorism and hazmat units were called. No wonder these mechanisms were operated inside safety enclosures. Her places of employment included Nude Nude Nude Century Lounge by LAX, a spot called Jumbo’s another called Seventh Veil. He left that life when a riot broke out at one stop and all the tents were set on fire. There are people who believe that they’ve solved the mystery of the murder of child beauty queen Jon-Benet Ramsey. We all remember the well-respected film critic, Robert Ebert. It’s such big business that they’ve hired U2 producer Steve Lillywhite to expand the project. Paul McCartney drops the f-bomb in “Hey Jude.” You can hear it if you try at about two minutes and fifty-three seconds into the song just after the phrase “Remember to let her under your skin.”
We might never have heard “Creep” had it not be for a guy named Grady Martin. Somehow I find that hard to believe. “Vinyl” is short for “polyvinyl chloride,” plastic substances developed in the 1920s when scientists were looking for a new material from which to make sewer pipes. And he also served as an art director for a couple of porn magazines. In the fall of 2016, the band offered pre-orders of their new album, Volume 9. It is said that Mike Ness of Social Distortion can perform a certain act upon himself. These machines contained large spools of tape that ran at five feet per second. On the same sort of subject, Lemmy of Motorhead is not dead, either. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. We owe a lot of today’s alt-rock to a piece of sheet metal. It sold on eBay for $41. On his last day at work at a Birmingham factory, a 17-year-old Tony Iommi had the tips of his middle and ring fingers on his right hands by a slice of sheet metal. But “phonograph” and “gramophone” were once brand names that eventually turned into regular nouns, like “kleenex” or “aspirin.”
The original phonographs and gramophones were 100% acoustic devices, appearing before anyone figured out how to make electric amplifiers. A man in Ukraine wanted to win an iPhone 7 so badly that he changed his name to iPhone 7. Because he was the only one old enough to buy beer for rehearsals, of course. This is the origin of the phrase “stick a sock in it. And Reznor also suspected of making a sex snuff film. When they were growing up, Noel would move furniture around the house to make Liam believe that ghosts exist. On that same topic, there was 2008 event called the “Festival of the F Bands.” It featured performances by Holy F and F-ed Up from Canada and F-Buttons, who are from Scotland. When police looked at the footage, it appeared to show a man being thrown from a building. They recorded a couple of songs together, including a track called “Your Furniture Was Always Dead…I Was Just Afraid to Tell You.” One hundred of these records were randomly placed in furniture they were refurbishing. Other stuff is outside the general mandate of the program while there are plenty of scraps that can’t quite come together to make up a full program. What do you call that plastic thing that you stick into the big hole of a 7-inch single to make it fit on the spindle of a record player? In 2016, there was a museum exhibit that featured nothing but artwork displaying worship—yes, worship—of Kanye West. All those albums were issued with serial numbers. Was this terrorism? Kid Rock was once subpoenaed to produce a glass sex toy in a sexual harassment lawsuit involving an employee of the Insane Clown Posse organization. But hang on: there’s also the Wu Tang Clan’s one-copy-only of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin which was sold for $5 million to Martin Shkreli, that pharmaceutical guy that everyone hates. His thinking was that the phone cost $850 and the name change cost $2. We now call it a “45 adapter.” But back when 45s were introduced, it was called a “spider.”
The price of collectable vinyl has shot up over the last few years. Just before Halloween of 2016, a member of the audience dumped a suspicious-looking powder on the orchestra pit of New York’s Metropolitan Opera during the second intermission. He says the only thing that saved him was the munchies he got from smoking pot. Back before he became an actor, Ryan Gosling was offered a spot in the Backstreet Boys. He mutters under his breath and starts again. Books, press releases, bios, CDs, vinyl, newspaper clipping, magazines–debris resulting from all the researching and writing I do on a daily basis. You’ve probably heard this before, but in the years before she became a rock star, Courtney Love supported herself for a while by working as a stripper. When they got together in the 80s, the group was made up of three high school buddies and the school janitor. When Moby made music business history by aggressively licensing his music for everything from TV commercials to movie soundtracks, he took a lot of flack for being a sellout. Speaking of collectable vinyl, vinyl that is black will wear less than coloured vinyl. They provide the voices for SpongeBob and Karen Plankton. You might remember Mark Everett, the guy behind the band Eels which had some big alt-rock hits in the 90s. They have a problem with that. When he was in high school, Mick Jagger was quite a basketball player. My home office is a mess. And some believe that Kurt Cobain is still alive. They turned it over to the FBI who launched an investigation. 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. The opening of Green Day’s “Good Riddance” (Time of Your Life)” is a mistake. There’s also something in the story about candles, but again, we won’t go there. They’re called “Nanocyborg Uberholocaust.”
Dark Horse Brewing of Marshall, Michigan, was all ready to get a big endorsement from Nickelback, who were prepared to sing the praises of their beer and feature it in a video. Have you ever had a health issue that involved getting a CT scan? The bass player on that song is Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers
What’s the difference between a “phonograph,” a “gramophone,” a “record player” and a “turntable?” Nothing. And no, the rumours about David Bowie’s daughter spreading her father’s ashes at Burning Man earlier this year were not true. The muck-raking band known as Negativland lost a member named Don Joyce to cancer in July 2015. On a related note, it is said that Trent Renzor once had a very large collection of dildos. Kenny is actually singing something very, very foul. After six months, someone realized that this was raw footage from a music video shot for the Nine Inch Nails song, “Down in It.”
What is the longest piece of music ever written?  
sfdd It was just some guy from Texas spreading the ashes of a loved one. Megadeath is actually a unit of measurement as well as the name of a metal band. Makes you wonder where we’d be without that hunk of sheet metal, no? It was created or her by a chef (who was also a fan) when she was feeling poorly and needed something for her delicate stomach. If the tape broke while in motion, it could slice through just about anything like razor blade. It sold at auction in 2016 for $910,000 US. But before he became famous, he was hired to write a screenplay for the Sex Pistols entitled Who Killed Bambi? He was an American physicist who came up with what is known as the “many worlds theory” in 1957. This is the basis of a million science fiction stories. That was Noodles. By the way, the song is about the time Billie Joe’s girlfriend broke up with him and moved to Ecuador. Then we can get to work on the extended dance remix. This contributed to the overall deep, sludgy sound of Black Sabbath. Bllie Joe Armstrong tries to pick through the opening and makes a mistake. They say that she’s alive and actually grew up to become—wait for it—Katy Perry. Then thank the Beatles. Later, he worked as a production assistant on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. I have no idea who bought them. Axl Rose of Guns’N Roses was so hard up for cash that he volunteered for a medical experiment where he was paid to smoke cigarettes for $8 an hour. The 550 KFC stores across the country sell more than 500,000 CDs a month. I don’t know why. Marilyn Manson will only have sex with the lights off. In 1989, a farmer found a large balloon tied to a portable video camera. Everyone uses the f-word in lyrics these days, but who was the first? Before that, his only other screenwriting job had been to write a softcore porn film called Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. And remember the song “Bust a Move” from Young MC? They claim that he’s living and working in Peru under the name Ramiro Saavedra. And no matter how many records you have, you will never, ever have more than Zero Freitas. He liked that sound so much that he formed a company that designed a device that could distort a guitar on command. It would have been tremendous exposure for the brand, but the brewery said “Thanks, but no thanks” because the employees hated the band so much. A former friend, indie film director Paul Yates, offered up a jar of air purportedly containing Moby’s soul. Not only was EMI a record label, the parent company was also an industrial research company. Bow Wow Wow released a song called “C30, C60, C90 Go” on cassette and left the B-side blank with instructions to tape whatever you wanted there. The most expensive record, er, on record, is Ringo Starr’s personal copy of the Beatles’ white album. This is known as “Everett’s Theorem” and postulates the existence of different universes based on everything that can possibly happen. He worked with a guy named Brian Muldoon and the two of them formed a band. The engineer behind the project, Godfrey Hounsfield, went on to win the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1979
As far as anyone knows, there is only one domestic recording artist in the history of Antarctica. He was working for country star Marty Robbins one day in 1961 when something went wrong with the pre-amp for his guitar amplifier which made everything go all fuzzy. It’s “As Slow As Possible” by the avant-garde performer, John Cage. Spreading of radioactive dust? His father was Hugh Everett III. It would be a shame for all that fascinating trivia to be thrown away, so I’m going to perform my annual Wikileaks-like data dump with sixty (almost) random facts distributed through the sixty minutes of the program. An anthrax attack? You know the part in the South Park theme song? If the music industry only knew what was coming twenty years later…
Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon once developed a serious case of anorexia. Let’s not go there. Because the mistake seemed to work so well with the rest of the song, they left it in. When Radiohead was recording the song “Creep,” Jonny Greenwood tried to sabotage it by loudly scraping his guitar strings before the band went into the chorus. He kept that up for years.
The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 771: 60 Mind-Blowing Facts About Music in 60 Minutes

Random Music News for Friday, December 9, 2016

Random Music News for Friday, December 9, 2016
The third-most popular dog name in Britain is “Bono.” (Still more Larry.)
Apparently, Donald Trump’s people are finding it difficult to book musical talent for his inauguration. Maybe Kellyanne Conway knows something about who will perform. The music industry says that’s not enough. (Larry again)
Discuss this: Songs you are really, really, really sick of. He’s 73. And now, the music news…

If you’re interested in a different aspect of British music, here’s a documentary that might be worth watching. Just sayin’. Mick Jagger just became a father for the eighth time. YouTube paid the music industry $1 billion USD this year. (Via Larry)
Check out the artwork for the 2016 album from Skinny Girl Diet called Heavy Flow. Sister’s birthday. Remind me to call her.

Friday Timesuck: K-Mart’s In-Store Music Collection

Greggory points to a part of the Internet Archive where someone has uploaded audio from dozens of cassette tapes (and a few reel-to-reels) that were sent to K-Mart outlets for in-store play. They contain music, announcements and other bits of retail ephemera. Clicking below will bring up the chain’s 1974 Christmas tape. Click on the reel to hear more. Attention K-Mart shoppers, indeed. If you look around, you can find just about anything online.
Friday Timesuck: K-Mart’s In-Store Music Collection

The Pack A.D. Share a New Christmas Song

Share a New Christmas Song The Pack A.D.
Maya and Becky from Vancouver’s The Pack A.D. Here’s to a solid 2017. had an eventful year starting with the January release of their sixth album, Positive Thinking. To close out 2016, they’ve issued this new seasonal gem that’s delivered with the same glorious noise as everything else they do.

Goddammit, 2016! RIP Greg Lake of ELP

  You suck. Palmer released this statement this morning:
It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow band-mate, Greg Lake. Greg Lake, the vocalist for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has passed away after a long bout of cancer. Having lost Keith this year as well, has made this particularly hard for all of us. ELP arrived less than two years later, heralded by this prog classic. The only guy left is drummer Carl Palmer. And Lake’s Christmas song remains one of my all-time favourites. Goddamit, 2016. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures At An Exhibition, “death is life.” His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him. Carl Palmer
December 8, 2016
Before ELP, Lake was in the original lineup of King Crimson, one of the great early prog bands. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together. This from their 1969 debut and features Lake on vocals. Greg’s soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson. It was earlier this year (March 11) that his bandmate, keyboardist Keith Emerson, took his own life.
Goddammit, 2016! RIP Greg Lake of ELP

Pakistani Rock Star Killed in Plane Crash

He also became known as a preacher with popular podcasts and radio broadcasts. They emerged in the early 80s and were fronted by Junaid Jamshed who help the band incorporate Western rock–Van Halen, Deep Purple, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd–into traditional Pakistani sounds. This, for all intents and purposes, was the beginning of rock in Pakistan. In 2004, he turned his back on his rock’n’roll roots, embracing Islam while also becoming a serial entrepreneur, establishing and nurture ventures as wide-ranging as travel agencies and butcher shops. Anyone who’s familiar with the music scene in Pakistan will know the name Vital Signs, one of the country’s best-known rock bands.  
  Jamshed died with 47 other people on Wednesday (December 7) when a Pakistani International Airlines flight went down 70 km north of Islamabad. Concurrently with the group’s lifespan (Vital Signs lasted until 1998 and reunited in 2002 and 2013), Jamshed became a huge solo star. Doing this sort of thing in ultra-conservative Pakistan was risky, yet they managed to both survive and thrive.
Pakistani Rock Star Killed in Plane Crash

Pre-Holiday Timesuck: The Create an Album Game

Pre-Holiday Timesuck: The Create an Album Game
Our album cover looks like this. If you’re in a band and you’re looking for a name, follow these instructions. To help you pass the time until you can book off and check out, try this game with everyone at work. That works. We’re all just putting in time before the holidays start. My band is Tiny URL and our album is She May be Ignorant. Damn. Let’s be honest. Thanks to Greggory for the tip.

Random Music News for Thursday, December 8, 2016

John Lennon day. There are growing concerns that Live Nation is buying up too many events and festivals. It’s been thirty-six years. An interesting reaction to Madonna’s twerking. These are the most relaxing ambient sounds online. What are the prospects for survival of record stores in 2017? Need to relax? Did you like the unusual music selections in Westworld? Even after the inquest. And now, in music news…

Patti Smith will stand in for Bob Dylan at the Nobel Prize ceremony. It’s been also a year since the band Viola Blue and their manager were killed in a car accident. Let’s take a look. Now you can stream it. Here are the top ten most-viewed YouTube videos in Canada for 2016. questions still linger.
Random Music News for Thursday, December 8, 2016