Random music news for Friday, April 6, 2018

Random music news for Friday, April 6, 2018
Thanks to crossing to the dateline, April 6, 2018, will be about 36 hours long. What do smart speakers mean for the music industry? Here’s the latest iOS app for DJs. Here’s a promising possibly treatment for people who have lost their hearing. Lovely. Being a roadie for Queen was apparently pretty cool. Good. He’s using it to be grumpy, of course. You can. Because everyone loves videos of singing dogs, here’s another one. Guitarist Mark Knopfler won’t be there when Dire Straits gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. The infamous Chelsea Hotel will soon be selling off interesting souvenirs relating to its famous former musician/artist guests. YouTube has increased security at their HQ in San Francisco following the shooting this week. Would you like to bid on Frank Sinatra’s old Vicodin bottle? This male voice choir has been ordered to admit women. Too much loud music? Morrissey has a new blog. Today is the long trip home from Asia. This band is giving the authorities in Turkey fits. This is insane. The gender pay gap in the UK music industry is unbelievable. It’s called Soda. Now here’s some music news. “Despacito” is now up to five billion views on YouTube. Let’s make some predictions. Live Nation’s gender pay gap is terrible, too. Bob Dylan did something pretty progressive when honouring LGTBTQ couples. Oh, lord, Lorde, this wasn’t very smart.

Has rock benefited from the rise of streaming? (Spoiler: No.)

(Spoiler: No.) Has rock benefited from the rise of streaming?
Streaming services are changing how we listen to music, but they’re also changing what we listen to. Radio, video channels, music mags, record stores–all the old cultural gatekeepers have been disintermediated. Streaming is changing everything about the way music is distributed and consumed. The Chicago Tribune takes a deeper look. At this point, the big genre winners are hip-hop, Latin pop and metal. Rock, country and pop. The success of streaming has upended lots of conventional wisdom in the music industry: the need for physical product, the dominance of superstars, the boundaries between genres, between old and new music. Streaming services are the dominant way for fans to consume music, and industry leader Spotify began trading on the New York Stock Exchange, with an initial valuation of nearly $30 billion. So left to their own devices, what will the music fans of the world choose to listen to? Keep reading. The losers? Thanks to streaming, sad rap is king, ’80s-style “Stranger Things” playlists are everywhere and Ed Sheeran is the biggest pop star in the world and not just a friend of Taylor Swift who seems like a nice guy. I find this new psychology of music fans fascinating because streaming shows what happens when everyone has complete autonomy to choose from a near-infinite amount of music.

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 818: The 90s, Part 8: The CanRock Revolution

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 818: The 90s, Part 8: The CanRock Revolution
What’s the market of Japanese music outside of Japan? And every year, the export numbers grow bigger and bigger thanks to stars like Drake, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire and a long list of artists that came before. This is chapter 8 of our look at that decade: The CanRock revolution. Canadians have a voracious appetite for Canadian music and the country tends to be very proud (even boastful–how un-Canadian!) of its homegrown talent. But it wasn’t always this way. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. And maybe most important of all, Canada has a super-strong domestic market. And unlike, Japan, Germany, and France, most of our domestic industry isn’t isolated and protected by language. One just needs remember the national outpouring of affection for the Tragically Hip in the summer of 2016. 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
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. Songs heard on this show:
Tragically Hip, Courage
54-40, Baby Ran
The Pursuit of Happiness, I’m an Adult Now (Original Version)
Spirit of the West, Home for a West
I Mother Earth, Not Quite Sonic
Our Lady Peace, Superman’s Dead
Tea Party, Temptation
Age of Electric, Remote Control
Here’s the accompanying playlist from Eric Wilhite. There was a time when “Canadian music” was a synonym for “substandard” and “not very good.” Canadians went out of their way to avoid Canadian music–unless, of course, it had received a stamp of approval from music fans in the United States, the only form of validation that mattered. And the roots of our much of our current musical nationalism can be traced back to the alt-rock 90s. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,

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. Then there’s the matter of population. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Compare that to the 66 million in both the UK and France and the 83 million souls in Germany. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do Canada also exports far more music to the rest of the world than any reasonable index could indicate. I mean, the whole world consumes English-language music. Canada is the sixth-largest music market in the world. Not bad, consider that we’re living right next door to the biggest exporter of popular culture in the known universe. Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Rush and dozens and dozens of others. Or Germany music outside of Germany? Fortunately, that attitude is pretty much extinct now. Only the US, Japan, the UK, Germany and France are bigger. Of those six nations, Canada, with its 36 million people, is the smallest.