Random music news for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Ed Sheeran’s bodyguard sure knows how to use Instagram. But if I had…
Would you pay $200 for a shout out from a social media star? Eminem has a new AR app. Let’s move on to the music news for the day. Morrissey still doesn’t get it. If you ever find yourself at the world’s biggest record show, here are some tips. The #MeToo charges just keep getting worse for R Kelly. TWO restarts for “The Star-Spangled Banner” because of forgotten words? Oops. I did not know this about April 18, 2018. This is why you should listen to Mozart when you take your blood pressure medication. Look, even if I had $10,000 to invest in 1980, I probably wouldn’t have put it into Apple stock. (Via Tom)
Looks like Mariah Carey has some big legal troubles on the horizon. Alexa and other smart speakers are proving to be a boon for the blind. Beyonce’s YouTube livestream of her Coachella performance is now the most-streamed event in history. There will be a docu-series on the subject. Remember the disastrous Fyre Festival from last April? Usher was robbed of $820,000 worth of jewelry. Here’s some outside criticism about the Canadian music industry’s demands for copyright reform. If you’re into vintage synthesizers, you’ll be very pleased to hear about the new Stylophone. With 4/20 coming up on Friday, you might be interested in these pairings of music and pot. And the Coachella stories go on and on and on…
Dude: It was just a lost phone!

More Music From The Inbox 18 Apr 2018 MIEN, ONIPA, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang and More!

More Music From The Inbox 18 Apr 2018 MIEN, ONIPA, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang and More!
Artist: MIEN, “(I’m Tired of) Western Shouting”
Album: MIEN

A truly intriguing band
Sounds like:  dark edged life
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Artist: ONIPA, “I Know”
Album: N/A

London-based with roots in Ghana
Sounds like:  true depth to get you moving
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Artist: Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, “Sabonah”
Album: N/A

Sad to hear about the passing of this Sierra Leone legend
Sounds like:  mesmerizing beats for days
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Artist: Oumou Sangare, “Fadjamou”  
Album: Mogoya

Brilliance out of Mali
Sounds like:  the voice of life
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Artist: Liza Anne, “Small Talks”
Album: Fine But Dying

Great talent out of Nashville
Sounds like:  who hasn’t been there? Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Middle Kids, “On My Knees”
Album: Lost Friends

Another great song from this trio out of Australia
Sounds like:  reacting to this world
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Metallica visits the giant particle accelerator at CERN. Wait–what?

Many, many are. Check out her very cool interview with Lars and Kirk and some of their visit: I think there is something similar in the DNA of creative people that is the same in scientists. Connie Potter from CERN has been sharing musical moments with me for a couple of years (e.g., the physics pavilion at the WOMAD festival). I’ve stopped being surprised at musicians being science geeks.
Wait–what? Metallica visits the giant particle accelerator at CERN.

Because Green Day isn’t enough, Billie Joe Armstrong’s new band The Longshot is releasing music. Listen.

Billie Joe Armstrong has turned into one of the most prolific songwriters of the 21st century. Glad you asked. “I think everyone should spread as many lies about the Longshot as possible.” But if you do a little digging, you’ll find that the group includes Jeff Matika (he tours with Green Day) along with David S. So who’s in the band? Field and Kevin Preston. Billie isn’t saying. So what do they sound like? All we have from the group is The Longshot EP (vinyl only), but a full-length record is on its way…someday. He has just too many songs for Green Day, so he’s created The Longshot as some kind of stress relief valve for his creativity.
Listen. Because Green Day isn’t enough, Billie Joe Armstrong’s new band The Longshot is releasing music.

James Comey is now a member of Wu-Tang Clan. Well, not quite, but…

Well, not quite, but… James Comey is now a member of Wu-Tang Clan.
Not only is James Comey on a tour to promote his book, A Higher Loyalty, he has also apparently joined Wu-Tang Clan. This won’t sit well with President Cheeto. (Via Tom)

Me and my brother @methodmanofficial Workin on getting that album back from the feds… wu Tang forever @comey
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Hip-hop history: Why was there a guy in a wheelchair sitting next to Michael Jackson at the 1990 American Music Awards?

Hip-hop history: Why was there a guy in a wheelchair sitting next to Michael Jackson at the 1990 American Music Awards?
When the cameras panned over to Michael Jackson during the 1990 American Music Awards, there was a guy in a wheelchair sitting next to him. Shane points us to this clip. And why was he there? Who was he?

Is this is what the new Spotify interface will look like?

Is this is what the new Spotify interface will look like?
Could this be what users will see with the free tier? Or maybe that piece of hardware is one in the same. This is what The Verge is speculating. Of more interest, though is a new interface. Spotify has promised some announcements for us next week, including (allegedly) an in-car music controller and a smart speaker.  
 

How would you like to own a piece of a song’s royalties? With VEZT, now you can.

How would you like to own a piece of a song’s royalties? With VEZT, now you can.
VEZT is rather clever. I am SO in. Marc Geiger, Head of Music, William Morris/Endeavor Agency; Co-Founder, Lollapalooza
Tom DeSavia, Former SVP ASCAP, SONGS Music Publishing
Goodwin Gaw, Chairman of Gaw Capital Partners
Jim Guerinot, Manager, The Offspring; Owner, Rebel Waltz, Inc. Impressive. Polo Molina, Manager, Wil.I.Am, Fergie Of Black Eyed Peas
Steven Nerayoff, Co-Founder Of Ethereum, Lisk, & tZERO
Jon Pleeter, Head Of Music: ICM Partners
Jeff Pulver, Co-Founder of Vonage
Jonathan Teo, Co-founder, Binary Capital
Peter Paterno, Attorney for Dr. In other words, if one of your favourite singers/bands offers up a new track, you can actually purchase a piece of it that comes with any royalties the song may earn. (Listen to our Geeks&Beats interview with Steve here.)
The company just released this new video explaining how it works. Dre, Metallica

VETZ is currently talking to a number of artists, labels, and publishers and expects to make some announcement very soon. You’ll be paid case pro-rated to the percentage of the song you own. VEZT just announced more names to its advisory board.   Co-founded by Steve Stewart, the former manager of Stone Temple Pilots, VEZT is an intellectual property rights marketplace that lets music fans buy rights in their favorite songs. I can’t wait to try this thing. This is why so many people are looking for new ways to monetize music and to create new revenue streams. Making music is expensive, especially in the post-CD era.

Geeks and Beats Podcasts, Episode 179: Cabbage Rolls and Coffee

Forgot. And radio wackjob Art Bell is dead. (Apologies for the late post this week. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | RSS
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The horrors of childhood music lessons (specifically Alan’s accordion hell). The truth is Michael forgot to produce the podcast. How Ian Temple of New York-based SoundFly wants to be the mentor for those who survived them. Huey Lewis hangs up his microphone because of rare hearing disease. Or is he?
Geeks and Beats Podcasts, Episode 179: Cabbage Rolls and Coffee

Random music news for Thursday, April 19, 2018

Random music news for Thursday, April 19, 2018
This appeals to the audio geek in me: Rock tracks that can really test your music system. What did they do wrong? In case you haven’t done the math in a while, the combined age of the members of the Rolling Stones is now 294. Take a look at this issue. That’s faster than Spotify. A Seattle community radio station got a $10 million donation from a single donor. Record Store Day Story #: Toronto’s Discovery Records is going to close after 36 years. Ticket scalping and touting continue to be a big problem in the UK. If you can’t sing, try whistling. Tax evasion. You might find it easier to carry a tune that way. If you’re in Toronto, I’m holding another one of my Music Tech meetups TONIGHT at the Toronto Reference Library. I laughed: According to a UN report published this morning, Syria is now “just weeks away from a Bono charity single”, and opposing sides must “act with immediacy to prevent further unimaginable suffering”. Details here. I need some of these for The Wife. Why didn’t these streaming music services become as big as Spotify? Analysts think that Apple Music will grow at an annual rate of 40%. Prince’s memoir is finally going to be published later this year. Sloan: How they’re still together after 27 years. There’s more drama about what will become of the fortune of George Michael. Drake’s ex-manager is in prison for eight months. And now in music news for April 19, 2018…

Wait: You mean the Facebook data leak is even BIGGER than we’ve been told so far? Remember how Apple bought the magazine subscription service Texture? These earbuds are designed to stop people from snoring. No, that wasn’t a typo. The CBC archives have been mined for a pretty cool collection of blues. (Source)
We’ll find out today (Thursday, April 19) if Minneapolis prosecutors will pursue charges in Prince’s death. Record Store Day Story #1: Canadian musicians talk about their most treasured vinyl. There’s free food and drink, but we need you to RSVP so we know how to cater the thing. It looks like that Apple is planning to launch a subscription news service. Looks like it.

New Music From The Inbox: Middle Kids, Jac, Delgres, and More!

When we stop focus on ‘winning’ and can submit to something bigger, or to each other, we are better people,” and this hope can be felt in the track. Watch/Listen:

Artist: JAC
Song: 3-6-5

This electro pop is has a heartfelt joy that is impossible not to love. Accompanied at first only by acoustic guitar, she effortlessly flits between notes and shows off her soaring range in a delicate, chill inducing chorus, before growing into a towering, cathartic ending. Titled Mr President, it is unsurprising that the song expresses the “exasperation that comes from the refusal of the powers-that-be to listen to its people – a tale of struggle and hope.” Even though the lyrics are in spanish you don’t have to understand them to feel that frustration in the music. Middle Kids say it is “about rejecting the value system of the individual as the prime unit of society. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Hatchie
Song: Sugar & Spice
Album: Sugar & Spice
This indie-pop is magical with shimmering guitars, dreamy vocals, and upbeat drums. Artist: Middle Kids
Song: On My Knees
Album: Lost Friends
This is a vibrant, anthemic indie rock song with a triumphant chorus that just makes you feel good. Listen: It’s catchy and has an element of movement and glitchiness that makes a truly sweet sonic treat that I can’t get enough of. It’s also about how suffering and disappointment can help change our perspective in a healthy way. Listen:

Artist: Delgres
Song: Mr President

This Guadaloupe based trio’s latest track is a dark, blues-y rock song with gritty guitar, striking melodies, and most interestingly, a sousaphone filling the bass lines and giving them its unique brassy touch. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Rachel Caddy
Song: Reach For You

The simplicity of this song truly lets Rachel Caddy’s heavenly voice shine.
New Music From The Inbox: Middle Kids, Jac, Delgres, and More!

Behold the world’s first bionic/cybernetic drummer

Do NOT get into a paradiddle battle with this guy. In fact, it made him faster. Lose. You. Will. (Via Danny) Even though this dude lost his arm in an accident with an electrical transformer, but that didn’t slow down his ambitions as a drummer.
Behold the world’s first bionic/cybernetic drummer