Your Year in Music in Uber. Wait–What?
After signing in, I was taken to this start screen. My video looked like this. The company is offering to turn all your 2017 trips in a music video. It turns out that I used UberX the most in 2017, travelling 65 km mostly at night during Ramadan (I was in Singapore in September, although I used Uber in three other cities). Because most of my Uber trips were taken in the Asia-Pacific region, that became the theme of my video. That’s where you’ll find this screen. Use Uber? Start by going here.
Okay, I’m all for lighting up the house for the Christmas season, but geez… Nothing says “Christmas” like a dubstep version of the “Imperial March” from Star Wars, does it?
Imagine If This Guy Was Your Neighbour and You Had to Endure this Sound and Light Display Over Christmas
Unusual Christmas Music, Take 2: The Bordellos
Here’s another song that will never be heard on one of those radio stations that flips to an all-Christmas format after Halloween. From a collection called Unknown Presents, these are the Bordellos and “Window Shopping at the Apple Boutique.”
Unknown Presents by The Bordellos
There’s more great music like this From Small Bear Records at these links. Enter Snowman
Nevermind the Baubles
Smells Like Christmas Spirit
Looking to binge on some music documentaries over the holidays? Then try PlexAmp! The rest of Rolling Stone magazine has been sold. Insane Clown Posse has lost a legal round with the FBI in the bureau’s designation of ICP fans as gang members. Just warning you. This indie guitarist is paying off his house with streaming revenues. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” But you already guessed that, right? Here’s what’s making music news on December 21. A judge has tossed a Michael Jackson child molestation suit. Astrologists say this could be the worst day of the year. I had no idea that Nazi symbols were an issue at concerts in Vancouver. Are you nostalgic for WinAmp? About 8% of American say they want a drone for Christmas. Here’s an interesting look at the top TV shows of 2017 as well as the continuing rise of Netflix. The most-streamed Christmas song of 2017? And Nelly is now being sued over rape allegations. Tom DeLonge is feeling pretty good about the Pentagon’s release of formerly classified UFO material. A new offline mode has come to Shazam. Google’s Pixel phones already do this, but now that Shazam has been bought by Apple, iPhones won’t be far behind. Here’s a list to follow. Following groping allegations, Gene Simmons has been disinvited by the Friars Club. Here are some tips on how to write a proper bio for your band. Remember when no one in China paid for music? Chrome will start blocking ads on February 15. Tencent has convinced 120 million Chinese to pay for music now.
Random Music News for Thursday, December 21, 2017
According to One UK Bookie, The Oasis Reunion is On! Maybe. Definitely.
Paddypower, one of the country’s big bookmakers has been cheered enough by some Liam Gallagher tweets to start taking bets on an Oasis reunion. They also a few other related wagers–“Oasis Reunion Specials,” they call them. God bless the British, a people willing to lay a quid or two of just about any wager. They’ve just slashed the odds of an Oasis tour in 2018 from 100-1 to 8-1. 6/4 Liam to tweet that Oasis will never get back together in 2018
8/1 Oasis to announce a 2018 tour
10/1 Oasis to announce an album for 2018
12/1 Oasis to announce a 2019 tour
16/1 Oasis to play Knebworth in 2018
Ginger Ed Sheeran agrees to eat a gingerbread version of himself for a TV spot in celebration of being the most-streamed artist of 2017.
Watch Ed Sheeran Eat Himself
You’re Not Imagining Things: Your Old iPhone Has Gotten Slower–And Apple is Behind It
Lithium ion batteries get tired after a while and don’t hold their charges as long. Apple has admitted to deliberately slowing down older iPhones. This is when I knew something was wrong,” wrote TeckFire. Apple says it does slow down older models but only as a way of protecting battery performance. We’re not doing this as a way to encourage people to upgrade.”
Uh-huh. “We’re just prolonging the life of older devices by making them less power-hungry. There was nothing wrong with my phone. Apple’s response? Like they didn’t take into account the possible side effects of slowing down older phones… That played a big part in my decision to by an X. Eventually, I just gave up on the 6S and splashed out for an X. “I used my brother’s iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine? Technology website Geekbench then analysed several iPhones running different versions of the iOS operating system and found some of them did indeed appear to have been deliberately slowed down. Can’t do much about that, right? Now we know the truth. This had become a problem with my 6S; I was getting many six hours from a 100% charge-up. From the BBC:
The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on Reddit, suggesting their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but had suddenly sped up again after the battery had been replaced. I attributed that just to an aging device with an older processor that wasn’t able to keep up with newer versions of iOS. One of the reasons I spent a stupid amount of money on an iPhone X (and believe me, I still feel shame) was because my trusty 6S was getting slower and slower.
The song has earned more than $60 million since it came out in 1994. Too warm for snow? According to a study by The Economist, the answer is “yes.”
Weather conditions–and especially the Christmas season–have an impact on how we stream music. (via Music 3.0) Some highlights:
The extra hour of afternoon darkness we get after the switch from Daylight Saving Time increases our average listening by 1.5%. Then we come to the issue of Christmas. If you live in a particularly religious area, the amount of streamed Christmas music is higher than non-religious areas (Again, duh.)
Access to holiday songs jumps by 25% in Sweden, 17% in the UK, 14% in Germany and 12% in the US. (The Economist didn’t supply statistics for Canada.) To put this another way, one in every six songs streamed in Sweden is a holiday song. In Brazil, it’s one in every 150. Spotify says that that top 13 Christmas songs have been streamed 1 billion times, with the most popular being Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” with 210m listens. If the average outdoor temperature drops 10 C, there’s a 0.1% increase in streaming. Do your levels of music consumption change with the seasons? Christmas streaming starts in early November and peaks in December (Duh.)
If it snows around Christmas, streaming goes up by 3%. If it snows, streaming time goes up by 2%. Christmas rain increases listening by 0.5%.
Fun with Music Analytics: Christmas Has an Effect on How You Stream Music
so I’ll be featuring cooking experimentations, brews and concoctions on my new YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUVYPLmTFzb-WAcAEaqS2TA ) keep an eye out this week for the first episode of Witchin’ in the Kitchen with Franks N Beans 😋
A post shared by Frances Bean (@spacewitchin_in_thekitchen) on Dec 20, 2017 at 12:01pm PST As I write this Thursday morning, Cooking with Franks ‘n Beans (geddit?) she’s got 50,000. And within 24 hours of her first post, she had 40,000 followers. On Monday (December 18), she announced that she was starting an Instagram account devoted to cooking tips. Please keep your input, feedback & recipe reviews coming my way and I will try to keep up a steady flow of content. THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE AND GOOD VIBES INETWEB! Poached Egg with Mustard Hollandaise & Pork Chashu. Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt and Courtney, seems to have found a niche in the celebrity end of Instagram. Insta stories aren’t really doing it for me to be honest. Fan art credit @breannamichelle_93 🖖🙌❤️😋🌽
A post shared by Frances Bean (@spacewitchin_in_thekitchen) on Dec 19, 2017 at 11:58pm PST
Here’s a sample of what you can find. I wanted to explore this recipe before I posted about the process. YOU GUYS ARE WARMING MY INNARDS!
Kurt Cobain’s Daughter is Now a Celebrity Instagrammer of…Food.
More data can be found here. Inconceivable, right? A world where no one cares about the Beatles? And people aren’t interested in anything Beatles-related on YouTube, either. Search traffic for the Beatles is down 70% since 2004. Digital Music News has sorted through some Google and YouTube data and found that interest in all things Beatles seems to be on a slow, inexorable downward slope. Maybe not.
Google Data Says the Beatles are Slowly Fading Away
Because nothing captures the holiday season like a dreampop version of Wham’s “Last Christmas.” God bless Toronto’s The Nursery for this.
Unusual Christmas Song, Take 3: The Nursery Goes Dreampop with Wham Cover
About 10,000 people turned out to sing a Christmas song in Japan. Take a look at these. A museum dedicated to funk has opened in Ohio. In #MeToo news, Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles is under investigation for sex crimes. Robert Plant’s Aston Martin DB5 is up for sale. (Via Rob)
Pitchfork has this list of the biggest musical trends of 2017. The days are now getting longer! If you’re at a Foo Fighters show and Dave asks you to sing, you sing. As you ponder that, here’s the music news for December 22. An over-zealous breakdown of the Christmas lights Bob Dylan puts up outside his home in Malibu. Interested? The UK now considers Internet access “a legal right,” just like water and electricity. According to one report, Apple is going to merge OS and iOS as soon as next year. This dude stole over 50 mobile phones at a concert using a women’s swimsuit. Looking for songs that will count down to midnight New Year’s Eve? Summer is now on the way. Try these. Tired of the usual Christmas songs? Good news! (Via Tom)
Well, it’s better than being sent to a gulag…
The 50 best rock star insults. (Via Tom)
The story behind “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney.
Random Music News for Friday, December 22, 2017
Here’s Why Everyone is Recording a Christmas Song These Days
Certain radio stations began flipping to a 24/7 all-Christmas format as early as the end of September usually with tremendous ratings success. Streaming. The result is that there’s been a swing away from the classics and a rise in listening to songs from the 1980s forward. Back when I was in high school and university, I earned record-buying money by working in a grocery store. Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” And so on, all on a constant loop FOR SIX GODDAM WEEKS! But things began to change in the 1980s. This graph from Statista shows how the eras of Christmas music have shifted to more recent decades. Starting a few years back, people began creating holiday playlists, leading to a whole new level of music consumption. “Feliz Navidad” from Jose Felciano. I still remember the running order. Why? Have a new hit holiday song (Marian Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”) and millions of dollars would pour in every year for decades. And we played the shit out of them. Back then, those were the only Christmas songs that ever got played because compared to today, there just weren’t that many Christmas songs. That created a constant demand for new holiday-related material. “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives. Three reasons. By the dawn of the 21st century, we were drowning in them. This year, 13 songs have accounted for more than one billion streams with Mariah Carey’s song being streamed more than 210 million times. We made due with at best a couple dozen. From about mid-November on, the manager stuck an 8-track in the store PA and subjected employees to the same 12 classic Christmas songs over and over and OVER again. Each year brought an exponential increase in new Christmas recordings. Artists woke up to the fact that Christmas songs could be huge moneymakers year after year. Dean Martin doing “White Christmas.” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee.
When This Bird Gets Stressed, It Sings an iPhone Ringtone
When he gets upset, he sings the Apple iPhone ringtone. (Via Daily Mail) This is Lucky. This must get confusing.
How to Tell If Apple Is Slowing Down Your iPhone
To learn more about that, go here. Others point out that this increases user frustration to the point where they upgrade to a new phone. To check your battery’s health, try an app like Battery Life or Battery HD+ to see where your phone stands. So how can you tell if Apple is slowing your phone? Although the charge indicator reads 100%, it may only have 50% of the juice you’d expect. Apple has been deliberately slowing down older iPhones! Got to Settings>General>About, you’ll find what version you’re running. –After about a thousand charges, lithium-ion batteries get tired and don’t hold a charge properly. They say that this is for our own good, pointing out that slower running phones will allow older batteries to last longer. You’re welcome. –The throttling was introduced with iOS 11.2 for the iPhone 7. BGR has these tips:
–Do you have an iPhone 6, 6S, SE or 7? If your phone is older than that, you have other issues. Remember, it’s probably cheaper to have your battery replaced than to buy a new phone. The slowness issue can be solved by changing the battery, but Apple wasn’t exactly forthcoming with that fix. Conspiracy! –Check benchmarks. Those are the ones being throttled.