New Music Video Features a Stabbing of Someone Who Looks a Lot Like Harvey Weinstein

New Music Video Features a Stabbing of Someone Who Looks a Lot Like Harvey Weinstein
  TENlo‘s new music video “Kill All the Things” features Dustin Diamond (our old pal Screech!) playing someone who looks very much like Harvey Weinstein. Apparently, the video was shot back in the summer but the Weinstein bit was edited in recently because…well, you know.

Remember When Radio Had Its Own Net Neutrality Issues

Remember When Radio Had Its Own Net Neutrality Issues
In 1927, the American Newspaper Publishers Association declared that “fortunately, direct advertising by radio is well-nigh an impossibility.”
As stations proliferated, they overlapped each other’s bandwidths and made a mess of the airwaves, leading the federal government to step in with regulation. Industry representatives and public officials, including Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, argued that radio was a poor medium for commercial ads. Robert W. While America fights over net neutrality, it’s a good time to note that radio when through the same sort of battles nearly a hundred years ago. While there are those who still lament the imposition of radio broadcasting regulations, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who thinks it’s a good idea to go back to the way things were. Daily.Jstor.org takes a look at the early days of radio. But because radio frequencies are finite in number and therefore extremely valuable, governments worldwide stepped into create some kind of order. Even those stations run by for-profit entities didn’t try to generate revenue themselves. In other words, it was a lot like the Internet today. They typically functioned as public relations arms for private companies like newspapers, department stores, or power companies. The plan the FRC came up with in late 1928 gave it the power to allocate the hours stations could use a particular AM radio band, and how powerful their signals could be, based on its determination of their value. Congress established the Federal Radio Commission in 1927, and it rapidly set to work, meeting with executives and engineers from startup radio networks NBC and CBS in unpublicized sessions. McChesney writes that hundreds of nonprofit broadcasters sprouted up in the first half of the decade, most of them affiliated with colleges or universities. Keep reading. In the 1910s and 1920s, broadcasting was the Wild West, frequency spectra fill with enthusiasts and cranks, pioneers and trolls, dreamers and abusers. In the 1920s, radio was a bit like the early internet of the 1990s: quirky, obsession-driven, and noncommercial.

Vinyl Fans: Watch the First-Ever Ted Talk on Crate-Digging

If you’ve ever been to a record store, a record show or some place where old LPs are to be found, you’ll be interested in this Ted Talk on the joys of crate-digging.
Vinyl Fans: Watch the First-Ever Ted Talk on Crate-Digging

The ABBA-Nazi Connection–And It’s Weirder Than You Can Imagine

Once born, the kids were given to families of solid, elite SS/Aryan credentials to raise as their own. She would not meet him in person until the late 70s.)
Things, of course, turned out well for Anni-Frid. Yet if you dig into the personal history of one of its members, you’ll discover something sinister, one of the many evil tentacles of the Third Reich. A lot. And before you jump to conclusions, although involved, ABBA is totally blameless. The Lebebsborn program moved east into Poland where up to 200,000 babies were kidnapped. Even though she was given her mother’s maiden name, she was branded as a Tyskerbarnas, or German child. In 1972, she joined ABBA and the rest is history. When the program began, Himmler was big on having member of the SS and the military have children with any Aryan women, both within wedlock and without. Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, was positive that too many German women of solid breeding stock were having abortions. Raised by her grandmother after her month died of kidney failure at age 21, she threw herself into music and by the late 60s was winning national talent competitions. In the whole of pop history, has there been a band more wholesome than ABBA? Read more about the entire Lebensborn program here. It’s unknown how many Lebensborn children there were, but their story underscores just how far the Nazis were willing to go to establish their Hundred-Year Reich. She was born in Norway in 1945 after her mother met a Nazi sergeant, a member of theWehrmacht named Joseph Hasse. Unable to stand their lot in Norway, Anni-Frid, her mother and her grandmother moved to Sweden. As German casualties mounted during WW II, Himmler ordered his officers to marry and have kids. For the glory of the Fatherland, you know? World War I was brutal on the German population. After the war, this made her and her mother social outcasts. Women in occupied countries were also highly encouraged to mate with Nazi officers and German soldiers. (Haase had been sent back to Germany. So many men were killed that the country’s birthrate fell a staggering 43% between 1920 and 1932. This brings us to Anni-Frid Lyngstad, the future member of ABBA. He came up with the idea of having those women carry their unwanted children to term, giving birth in any one of the dozens of secret government clinics, furnished with the possessions stolen from the homes if displaced Jews. This effort to create a new generation of racially pure children for the Reich involved everything from stealing children to the establishing of secret birthing facilities. Those who passed the racial purity test were placed in approved homes. With population-boosting immigration out of the question, Hitler and his racial purity-obsessed cronies came up with a policy called Lebensborn, a program that encouraged women possessing Aryan ideals to breed. Those who did not were sent or orphanages. Or executed.
The ABBA-Nazi Connection–And It’s Weirder Than You Can Imagine

This is a Catholic Priest. He Shreds a Guitar Like the Devil.

He Shreds a Guitar Like the Devil. This is a Catholic Priest.
Say hello to Father Kenneth Petrie, a priest in the Catholic Church and the lead guitarist of Mr. Spankey and the Hipthrusters. We’ve come a long way since the Inquisition, haven’t we? Seriously.

The World’s Smallest Mobile Phone is a Genuine Choking Hazard

The World’s Smallest Mobile Phone is a Genuine Choking Hazard
It’s about the size of your thumb. Most people believe we’ve hit the sweet spot(s) with the current crop of phones and phablets. Take a closer look how it all works. Oh, and it only works on 2G networks. Once cell phones began to take off, there was a race to make them smaller and more powerful. Once upon a time, cell phones were massive beasts with weight measured in pounds. The people behind the Zanco tiny tL beg to differ.

New Music from the Inbox: Nerhys’ Top 10 for 2017!

Watch:

Artist: nêhiyawak
Song: “Starlight”
Album: EP

Why I Chose It: The blend of traditional First Nations music with contemporary rock gives this band a totally unique sound. Listen here. Watch:

Artist: Ra Ra Ruby
Song: “I Need A Woman”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: The song features energetic lyrics and a driving bass line. Listen:

Artist: Upsahl
Song: “Can You Hear Me Now”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: It’s a fun song with an incredibly catchy tune. Listen:

Artist: Rebecca Lappa
Song: “Till the King Comes Home”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: Powerful female vocals soaring over rock instrumentals gives emphasis to the dark themes. Watch:

Artist: Sløtface
Song: “Pitted”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: High-energy indie rock that makes use of a horn section. Listen:
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Artist: The Nursery
Song: “Everybody’s Famous”
Album: Life After Wartime

Why I Chose It: Both the song and the video are upbeat and fun. Listen:

Artist: Skye Wallace
Song: “Scarlet Fever”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: This young musician is a classically trained singer with east coast roots whose love of punk shows through her style. Watch:

Artist: MY
Song: “Hate On Myself”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: The dark, introspective lyrics and theme juxtaposes with the pop-punk sound that makes this song an earworm. Artist: Deva Mahal
Song: “Snakes”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: Deva Mahal’s soulful voice and the message that she delivers creates a powerful song. Artist: Adwaith
Song: “Femme”
Album: Single

Why I Chose It: The Welsh all-female trio tackle themes of sexism and feminism while sounding like they came right out of Cherry Red Records in the 80s.
New Music from the Inbox: Nerhys’ Top 10 for 2017!

Random Music News for Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bono thinks that music has become “very girly.”
A Trump campaign worker now has a #MeToo issue with a singer. I’m serious. Please? It’s there some kind of law surrounding this sort of thing? But that means only 7,400 WERE SOLD ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY OVER THE COURSE OF AN ENTIRE YEAR. It’s December 28, fer crissakes. There is no “cassette renaissance!”
Has there been a major data breach at Spotify? And the Crystal Castles #MeToo allegations just keep expanding. Compare that with 10,847,100 CDs and 786,600 LPs. Here are the biggest sellers of 2017. The New York Times looks back at the rockers who died in 2017. Canadian music sales vs. Are you into coloured vinyl? Don’t do this to your dog. this time last year: Total albums, -17%; digital albums, -22.7%; physical albums, -13.4%; CDs, -15.3%; vinyl +23.2%; streaming, +71.6%
Cassettes? Up 5.7%. Here’s a good roundup of media predictions for 2018. Slash just bought himself a nice new place. STOP WITH THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC!
Random Music News for Thursday, December 28, 2017

What’s the Future of Streaming? Let’s Go Back to the Beta vs. VHS Battle.

There’s no question that streaming will continue to be A Thing in 2018. The question is, how much will streaming decimate physical sales over the next 12 months? And you do remember VCRs, don’t you? (I’m looking at you, rock fans.)
There are other questions, too. Forbes tries to prognosticate a little by looking back on the Beta vs. In 1975, Sony introduced Betamax, a revolutionary concept into the home entertainment market. Simply put, the days of content creators being able to control the consumption of their products are over. The product was so revolutionary that many stalwarts in the entertainment industry, including Universal Studios, sought to have its use declared an illegal act under a copyright law in 1979. Betamax — and subsequently, VHS, DVD and DVR — were part of a sea change in the consumption of television away from a broadcaster-dictated schedule to a consumer-friendly “on demand” approach that let viewers dictate when and where broadcasts could be viewed. How will Spotify continue despite hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars a year? Which service will dominate? And will fans beyond those of R&B, hip-hop and pop finally start streaming in meaningful numbers? There are important lessons that can be learned from history, and those content creators and distributors who are willing to listen may be able to save themselves untold billions in losses from nano-piracy (i.e., using live-streaming apps to pirate). Keep reading. Is there something we can learn from the days of the VCR that will help us predict the future of streaming? Rubio posited three reasons why Betamax failed and VHS flourished: 1) VHS was developed with a consumer-centered design, 2) widespread, simple licensing of the technology allowed it to quickly gain market share globally and 3) Sony failed to focus on its core technology. What about radio? Where do smart speakers fit into the equation? Will Apple start phasing out the iTunes Music Store? VHS battle. Fast-forward (excuse the pun) to 2018, as the entertainment industry now faces another pivotal turning point: the proliferation of live-streaming technology. In 1984, the Supreme Court ruled that “time shifting” of viewing content in a private setting is “fair use” and not copyright infringement. Betamax was the first consumer-friendly, simple and affordable technology that allowed consumers to record video broadcasts for viewing at a later time. In an interesting perspective, Hacking HR founder Enrique Rubio wrote in 2016 about why Betamax, which was first to the market, was ultimately eclipsed in popularity and rendered irrelevant buy JVC’s VHS technology.
VHS Battle. Let’s Go Back to the Beta vs. What’s the Future of Streaming?

In the Era of Streaming, What’s the Point of Loading Up the Fourth Quarter with New Releases?

In the Era of Streaming, What’s the Point of Loading Up the Fourth Quarter with New Releases?
Schedule your album for release in the first week of January when no one else has anything new.  
  The biggest records are often held back until at least September so they can peak just as holiday shopping does. Q3 (July-Sept):
A weird in-between quarter. “For the first time, this year, we are actually dissuading our labels from releasing albums in the December time period,” said Vinnie Freda, the Warner Music Group’s chief data officer. Think of Jay-Z’s “Kingdom Come,” which sold 680,000 copies during Black Friday week in 2006 and showed up beneath plenty of Christmas trees that year. At least that was the way it used to be when the metric for success was sales. Just to get a jump on everyone else, you know? The recording industry’s fiscal year, which runs concurrently with the calendar year, used to look like this:
Q1 (Jan-Mar)
As the slowest quarter of the year, it was something of a dumping ground. With streaming, we know exactly what songs people are listening to and how often. 28. Q3 is the third most-important period of the year. Record Store Day, which is held on the third Saturday of April, has made it more interesting, too. Want a cheap #1 debut? But Q1 isn’t always neglected. But with the exception of a few traditional pop-star releases, including Taylor Swift and Sam Smith this year and Adele in 2015, shopping-season superstar albums have become noticeably more absent. “As you look at where consumption is going, it certainly will become less and less reliant on that big, fourth-quarter tent pole.”
Times, they are a-changin’. Otherwise, the recording industry worked to squeeze the last bit of sales out of the previous year’s releases. It’s like people stopped listening to music.”
These are boom times for holiday music, with overall streams increasing to nearly 2.4 billion in the fourth quarter last year from almost 1.3 billion in the same period in 2015, according to Nielsen Music. Most of the big releases are out for summer and there are tentative moves towards setting up fall releases. Q4 (Oct-Dec):
The big one, the make-or-break quarter for labels as people shop for Christmas. Sure, a lot of records might be sold in the fourth quarter, but how many were just filed away, never to be heard again? They’re listening to Christmas music. What do you think the Grammys are for? Streaming numbers have eclipsed sales reports when it comes to meaningful measurements of success. As the weather in the Northern Hemisphere gets warmer, so does the heat around anticipated releases, making this the second-most important quarter of the year. But in today’s world of Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music, music fans are paying less attention to those kinds of late-in-the-year releases. Big acts prepping summer tours sometimes scheduled major releases for late February or early March. “It’s like the world stopped between Dec. Today, it’s all about consumption. It wasn’t so long ago that a blockbuster fourth-quarter album by a music superstar could rescue a record company from financial ruin, or at least a slow sales year. Those days are gone. And as Steve Knopper points out in the New York Times, people aren’t streaming the big new Q4 releases that are so carefully being marketed and hyped. Q2 (Apr-Jun):
The big ramp-up to summer. 7 and Dec. “The business is shifting,” said Steve Berman, vice chairman of the Interscope/Geffen/A&M label. Keep reading. Many in the record business are encouraging the biggest stars to put out albums in other months like January, after people receive iTunes gift cards and streaming subscriptions for Christmas presents, and September, when students get ready to go back to school. They’re too busy streaming Christmas music.

Into Collecting Vinyl? Have You Looked Closely at What’s Etched on Your Records?

Collectors will often look at matrix numbers as proof of a record’s provenance. For example, some of his mastered records included the message “A Porky Prime Cut.” Other times he’d be something of a smartass, scratching in a response to a lyric on the album he particularly liked. But the dead wax area isn’t always, well, dead. That area is known as “dead wax,” the place where the physics of the tonearm tracking doesn’t work well and is used instead as a place where the stylus can safely run until you lift it away from the record. These messages can be mysterious, funny or completely non-sensical. Others–Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, the Clash, Dead Kennedys, Nirvana–followed his lead. With Elvis Costello’s 1978 album, This Year’s Model, he inscribed a telephone number that he hoped would encourage people to call for prizes. There’s a special neglected part of every vinyl record you own: that space between where the grooves end and where the centre label begins. Now, vinyl etchings are one of the fun surprises anyone might find on any new purchases. Read more about vinyl etchings at The Vinyl Factory. But who started this? But by the 1960s, new etchings were appearing, thanks largely to George “Porky” Peckman, a mastering engineer who took it upon himself to etch…something into those run-off grooves just for a laugh. They’ve once again become popular during the vinyl resurrection, with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem being particularly attentive to this sort of activity. Some records contain semi-secret messages etched in that smooth section of vinyl. Vinyl etchings go back more than a hundred years to the first 10-inch 78 RPM records when engineers at the pressing plant would inscribe a matrix number (basically the catalogue number of the release) into the run-out grooves to help keep track of things when it comes to press runs and editions.
Have You Looked Closely at What’s Etched on Your Records? Into Collecting Vinyl?