Random music new for Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Random music new for Tuesday, May 8, 2018
(Via Ed)
If you’re interested in the history behind our CanCon regulations on radio, read this. Lady Antebellum is still trying to sort out their double-anthem fail. Make the dude an offer! Did Syria create the world’s first song? A broadcasting scholarship has been created in the name of the play-by-play person killed in the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. “I’m not black, I’m Kanye.” Interesting. George Harrison’s first electric guitar is going to sell for big dollars. This guy in Japan REALLY wants that old Beatles footage. The myth of the band reunion. Sign it. A folding smartphone could be a reality by next year. Take that, anti-vaxxers. As of today, smallpox has been eradicated from the planet for 38 years. (Via Larry)
There’s a cool new recording studio in the Bahamas. There’s a petition aimed at preventing the CBC from destroying an irreplaceable archive of music. Will Harry and Meghan have a grime ceremony? You read that right. Good points. (Tom again)
Krist Novoselic, the former bass player for Nirvana, is now playing accordion in a stoner rock band. A very rare Beatles album is also for sale. Here’s some interesting analysis of radio listening in the UK. Anyone up for some lewd tweets re: DJ Khaled and Liam Gallagher. (Via Tom)
Warner Music Group sold its Spotify shares and ended up with $400 million. And for music news on May 8, 2018…

Canadian album sales last week vs. They don’t open new facilities like this much anymore. Flaming Lips beer? a year ago: Total albums, -22.3%; physical albums, -21.5%; CDs, -26.1%; digital tracks, -20.4%; vinyl, +60.5%(!!!); streaming, +54.6%. Why not?

New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (May 8, 2018): The Silhouette Era, The Dreggs, Brazilian Girls, and more!

It even makes for the perfect driving song, too! Watch/Listen:  Exceptionally toe-tapping and carefully optimistic, this tune has radio single written all over it. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Brazilian Girls
Song: “Let’s Make Love”
Album/EP: Let’s Make Love

Steady-pace new-wave rock with super danceable pop influences, Brazilian Girls continue to shine in their latest release. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Mipso
Song: “Servant To It”
Album/EP: Edges Run

Heartfelt Americana straight from North Carolina, “Servant To It” is off of Mipso’s fourth studio album. No, that’s not what they’re included in this list. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: LSD
Song: “Genius”
Album/EP: Single

Don’t call it a modern supergroup but don’t ignore the lineup, either: Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo have teamed up for one hell of a pop offering. Melodic and grand almost to the point of operatic proportions, the vaguely orchestral arrangements help add to the ambitious collaboration. The song’s easy-listening feel is heavily carried by singer/fiddler Libby Rodenbough’s crystalline vocals, with plenty of help from some bright harmonies and an easygoing slide guitar. What an effort! And what a lead it is: powerfully peppy with the staying power of a harder-hitting genre, “Waste Me” is a promising start for what’s to come. Maybe it’s the similarities to Vance Joy? Lush harmonies mesh with grounding vocals and a perpetually shifting sonic palette of synths and guitars keep a fresh tune feel even shinier. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Sons of An Illustrious Father
Song: “When Things Fall Apart”
Album/EP: Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla

Yes, actor Ezra Miller is in this group. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: The Dreggs
Song: “Feel Alive”
Album/EP: Seas Embrace

Whimsical and airy indie folk with a mature and full weight about it, this Australian duo nails the warm weather feel in “Feel Alive”. “When Things Fall Apart” is a compelling and haunting song, shifting seamlessly between segments bridged by Lilah Larson’s astoundingly strong vocals. Every beautiful home has cracks in the walls, and this song is the audio representation of that bittersweet discovery. Artist: The Silhouette Era
Song: “Waste Me”
Album/EP: The Silhouette Era

Energetic garage-surf with a melodic guitar determined to wander along its own path, “Waste Me” is the lead track off the San Francisco group’s upcoming self-titled.
New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (May 8, 2018): The Silhouette Era, The Dreggs, Brazilian Girls, and more!

Have you ever done “The Hokey Pokey?” Then read this.

Composer Al Tabor was also entertaining Canadian troops in wartime London, and in 1942 he wrote a participation dance song called “The Hokey Pokey.” He claims the name came from the London ice cream vendors of his youth, called “Hokey Pokey Men.” The accompanying dance was very similar to Kennedy’s. The song was a regional favorite at dances and resorts for the rest of the 1940s, but that still isn’t the song we know today. You do the Hokey Pokey,
And you turn it all around,
That’s what it’s all about…”
No other song seems to symbolize a good time for people and bring smiles to their faces to quite the same extent as “The Hokey Pokey.” But where did this quirky song come from? Keep going. Doing “The Hokey Pokey” has been a weird dance meme for decades. MEANWHILE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND …
In 1946, totally unaware of the British “Hokey Cokey” and “Hokey Pokey,” two Scranton, Pennsylvania musicians—Robert Degan and Joe Brier—recorded “The Hokey-Pokey Dance” to entertain summer vacationers at Poconos Mountains resorts. From Mental Floss. LONDON ORIGINS
In 1942, Irish songwriter and publisher Jimmy Kennedy, best known for “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic,” created a dance, and an instructional song to go with it, called “The Hokey Cokey.”
Written to entertain Canadian troops stationed in London, the song was similar to the “Hokey Pokey” we all know today. You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in,
And you shake it all about. It’s complicated. The history of the song and the dance wonderfully strange.
Have you ever done “The Hokey Pokey?” Then read this.

When it comes to portable audio, we’ve come a long, long way. See?

When it comes to portable audio, we’ve come a long, long way. See?
Let’s see: We have an LP record changer, a tube amp, a single two-way speaker, a long extension cord and what looks like a garden cart.   This showed up on one of my Facebook feeds. From the looks of the equipment, this portable audio cart dates to sometime in the 1950s.

5 heavy covers of famous songs that were not originally heavy

Boyfriend is off of Bieber’s 2012 album Believe, and you better believe I crack up every time I hear the lyrics. That’s because the original lends itself well to being covered as a heavier song. For the cover, they opted for a much faster tempo. Cute little synth-pop beats somehow perfectly accent the aggressive screaming and vocals of Slipknot’s masked frontman, Corey Taylor. A flash of brilliance that resulted in one of the most bizarre, but fantastic mashups I’ve ever heard. Four Year Strong got a lot of younger teenagers, including myself, to start listening to heavy music. Sure, they’re both nouns, but other than that they are completely different. Psychosocial Baby – Slipknot + Justin Bieber
Calling this a cover is playing it a little fast and loose with the definition. Since it was recorded with real drums and guitar (that’s right, real instruments in a pop song), it’s easy to replicate for a 5-piece rock band. The original Apologize is by One Republic from the 2006 album Dreaming Out Loud. The synths, poppy kick and clap beat, and the soft piano of One Republic are all replaced by a screaming power of a five-piece rock band when the chorus of the cover kicks in. It’s a way for artists to pay homage to some of their inspirations while still getting a chance to express their own style. It’s more like a stroke of genius. The surfy, reggae rhythm of the original is replaced with a more straightforward rock and roll beat, with heavy snare and open hi-hat. They’re not offensively loud and hardly ever scream, so it’s an easy transition to go from ‘normal’ rock to this kind of music. If there’s one indication that you may not have ‘swag’, it’s probably saying the word ‘swag’ three times in a row. Everyone loves a good cover. While A Day to Remember may have made the song popular to a wider audience, Kelly Clarkson gets the credit for making a killer original. It’s bizarre, it shouldn’t work, but ultimately it does and once you start, you can’t stop listening. Thank god, because the original is painfully slow and drags on and on. This cover is off of their 2007 album, For Those Who Have Heart, and unlike a lot of bands who do a cover, they made a music video for it. Apparently, it’s a heinous crime among fan circles to play any cover of a Bieber song, especially one by a band who has the tenacity to scream! It was released as a cover on pop-punk band Four Year Strong’s 2009 album, Explains It All, which is an album that is exclusively covers of popular songs from the 90’s. But sometimes, things that you wouldn’t think would go together do. Hearing those silly, sappy, dull lyrics like “chilling by the fire while we eat fondue” screamed out over low tuned guitar chugging and thundering drums is a treat. Both versions of this song, apart from the drastic change in genre, are incredibly similar. ISSUES took no time in getting to a cover, as they released theirs in the same year on the Pop Goes Punk Volume 5 album. Here’s a list of 5 heavy covers of famous songs. Every single time. But with each song giving off such different vibes, you’ll have a soundtrack for whichever kind of breakup you may encounter. Apologize – Silverstein
No not the Timbaland version, that heartbreaker. Engage distortion and double kick drum. The song just sounds a lot better upbeat, and when the focus isn’t on making Gwen Stefani stick out, the instrumentation is really catchy. Honestly, the guitar pinches in the cover sound better and make a lot more sense in a punk song than a pop song. But that’s why this cover is so great. Comparing Slipknot and Justin Bieber is like trying to compare a Boeing AH-64 Apache Assault Helicopter to a cantaloupe.  
Boyfriend – ISSUES
This song proves that no matter if you sing, rap or scream lyrics of Justin Bieber songs, they’ll just never sound manly. Unlike the last song, the cover and original are vastly different here. Let’s call it a forced, collaborative cover. A Day to Remember is a rock band from Ocala Florida whose music, especially the older stuff, is a unique blend of metalcore and pop-punk. One Republic is a pop-rock/R&B band and this song is by Silverstein from the 2009 album Pop Goes Punk Volume Two. In this case, the instrumental from Justin Bieber’s 2010 song, Baby and the vocals from Slipknot’s 2008 banger, Psychosocial, meld together in the most harmonious way. Don’t worry, this song only has a few, but it really is a stark contrast from the original.  
Since U Been Gone – A Day to Remember
This cover, is of Kelly Clarkson’s song Since U Been Gone, from the 2004 album Breakaway. Seriously, if you have friends who like Bieber and you want to annoy them, play them this song. The original sounds like a remorseful look back on a relationship, but the cover infuses it with that realistic end-of-relationship feeling of wanting to scream your lungs out. A Day to Remember just had to add some distortion, double kick drum, crunchy bass, a sprinkle of screaming and they were set up to succeed. They are considered one of the classic screamo bands from the early 2000’s. Spiderwebs – Four Year Strong
This is a cover of the 1995 release of “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt (fronted by Gwen Stefani), from the album Tragic Kingdom.
5 heavy covers of famous songs that were not originally heavy

After watching this metal-themed commercial, all I want is a bowl of ramen

Japan is the closest you can get to Mars without leaving the planet. From Revolver:
Nissin Foods, the company behind Top Ramen, Cup Noodles, and other beloved sodium bombs, have unveiled an amazing new ad for their classic Chikin Ramen — and it’s metal as fuck. What’s better than a bowl of ramen noodles? Ramen that’s advertised using the power of METAL! Seriously. The spot finds the brand’s adorable mascot Hiyoko-chan participating in an arcane, ramen-inspired ritual that transforms him into the bird demon Caym. Drawing on the powers of dark magic and boiling water, he creates a new world, not to mention a tasty meal.
After watching this metal-themed commercial, all I want is a bowl of ramen

And now, a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” featuring some very bored Germans from the early 70s

Who? (Blame Tom for the link. Cindy & Bert? Forgive him for he spends too much time online.) And did they change the lyrics to something about a Sherlock Holmes caper?
And now, a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” featuring some very bored Germans from the early 70s

Dr. Dre (the rapper) loses his court case against Dr. Drai (the gynecologist).

Dre to make an appointment for a pap smear. Drai (an actual doctor) writes books with titles like 20 Things You May Not Know About a Vagina. Dre in 2015 against a gynecologist has been settled after a trademark court ruled in favour of the gyno. Burch, a practicing Pennsylvania gynecologist, women’s health media personality and author, trademarked his name “Doctor Drai OBGYN and Media Personality.” Dr. Hmm. Draion M. Dre objected, saying that such a similar sounding name would “cause confusion” amongst consumers. Whatever. Case dismissed
(Via Metro.co.uk) A court case initiated by Dr. Dr. Drai for a pair of headphones while other women call up Dr. Then again, that test might uncover a condition that is chronic. To be clear, Dr. That things anyone wants is hitting up Dr. So easy to mix up, right? Dre releases albums with titles like The Chronic while Dr. I know.
Drai (the gynecologist). Dre (the rapper) loses his court case against Dr. Dr.

A Pearl Jam museum exhibit is in the works

And the gift shop exit was expensive. And Pearl Jam is all in. I visited the Floyd exhibit at the V&A Museum in London last fall. Ahead of a series of Seattle concerts called The Home Shows this summer, the Museum of Pop Culture will open its doors to a Pearl Jam Exhibit called “Home & Away.”
Beginning August 11, the museum will display gear and other ephemera from Pearl Jam’s warehouse. Both David Bowie and Pink Floyd have proven that if you still all your old gear, costumes, and props into a museum, people will flock to it. This exhibition will give an intimate first-hand look at PEARL JAM’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future. And because they exit through the gift shop, they also buy a ton of stuff. This has other bands thinking about raiding their warehouses and striking similar deals with museums. I think I spent close to £200. It was THAT popular. Learn more here. From their beginnings as one of the originators of the ‘Seattle Sound’ and the grunge phenomenon, to their sustained global impact as one of the most popular and respected bands in the world, Pearl Jam’s story is still unfolding as they continue to sell out shows worldwide and use their stage to further social and political consciousness. Pearl Jam says this on their website:
This extensive exhibition will feature personal instruments, equipment, stage props, original typewritten lyrics and notebooks, original poster and album art, set lists, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from Ten. The museum has this to say. It was so popular that even in the very last week of a multi-month run, I had to buy admission tickets weeks in advance.
A Pearl Jam museum exhibit is in the works

Random music news for Wednesday, May 9, 2019

Random music news for Wednesday, May 9, 2019
doesn’t? Makes me think of this old King Crimson song. Yes, it’s time to start talking about the iPhone XI. It looks like Instagram is ready to add music to posts. A Lifetime movie on R Kelly? Yep. This is disturbing. Grimes is dating Elon Musk? Elephant talk. And Spotify is dating Tesla? In a band: Here are some important social media tips. How far have we come? Why are major labels unloading their Spotify stock? Phil Collins’ new roadtrip is called the “Not Dead Yet” tour. Some want it banned? This guy was writing about the rise of streaming music services six years ago. Bob Marley’s granddaughter plans to sue California police after she was accused of an Airbnb robbery. And in other music news for May 9, 2018…

Millennials are stressed out by…voicemail? Let’s look. Do they know something Wall St. The First Annual Toronto Vinyl Summit is TONIGHT! The future of DJing is…streaming? How and why a rapper was sent to jail based on his lyrics. You’re coming, right? Seriously. Then here’s a book you need to read. Puffy’s TV and media company just laid off one-third of its staff. Science says creative people are more 90% more prone to schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. AIR Studios, one of George Martin’s facilities, is up for sale again. Are you a fan of Jeff Buckley?

More Music From The Inbox 9 May 2018 Vowws, Prep, Jesse & the Dandelions and More!

with a real edge
Sounds like:  how we deal

Artist: Prep, “Cold Fire”
Album: Cold Fire

This collection of talent is making waves
Sounds like:  peppy, poppy, fun

Artist: Jesse & the Dandelions, “Not Getting Your Way”
Album: Give Up The Gold

I’m really digging the sound of this Edmonton talent
Sounds like:  alt-pop goodness

Artist: Bongeziwe Mabandla, “Bawo Wam ft. Artist: Vowws, “Structure of Love”
Album: Under The World

Out of L.A. Spoek Mathambo”  
Album: Mangaliso

Great stuff out of Johannesburg
Sounds like:  beauty in the swirl

Artist: Yoke Lore, “Fake You”
Album: Absolutes

This former Walk The Moon alum is finding his own sound
Sounds like:  bringing who you truly are forward

Artist: Mansa Obi, “Sin City ‘99”
Album: Mansa

New Orleans is home to this intriguing artist
Sounds like:  electro-pop beats
More Music From The Inbox 9 May 2018 Vowws, Prep, Jesse & the Dandelions and More!

Ticketmaster is testing facial recognition technology for concerts

Ticketmaster is testing facial recognition technology for concerts
Blink Identity claims to able to identify people “in half a second” when walking past its gear. There’s no word on if the technology works as advertised or whether Ticketmaster will deploy it. But what’s the step beyond that? And wouldn’t this mean that all concert venues would be under constant surveillance? But they are looking at it. How comfortable would you be with either prospect? And no, you don’t have to look straight at the camera. With all the developments in AI, machine learning and camera tech, it may soon be possible to just walk into a show without showing anything other than your face. How the company will figure out what you look like in the first place is still a bit sketchy. With all the technology available, there has to be an easier way than waiting for a person at the door to scan the barcode on your ticket. You just walk on by. If you’ve ever used the RFID bands some festivals deploy, you’ll know how much better they are than physical tickets. And while we’re at it, why do we need physical tickets anymore? Will Ticketmaster (and its parent Live Nation) require that you enter your visage in a database of faces? According to Ticketmaster and a company called Blink Identity, it might be facial recognition. (Via The Verge) When you get to a concert or festival, the last thing you want to do is stand in line waiting to get in.

With Mother’s Day coming, here are five songs about flowers

Here are 5 songs that relate to flowers to get your green thumb itching. 3.  
  Take a look at a picture of a blue orchid and you’ll see the similarities to this song. Instead, I imagine a terrifying nightmare in which Tiny Tim is tip-toeing towards me, ukulele in hand, in a vast field of roses that I can’t escape. Orchids typically only bloom for 2 to 3 months which is a pretty short time, as is this song. In all honesty, this song really, really creeps me out. It’s another high impact, fast paced song from the former rock and roll duo. Sometimes Benadryl just isn’t enough. 2. But in both cases, it’s more than enough time to enjoy it. 4. The soft acoustic guitar, soothing vocals, and the steady kick drum make this a great foot tapping song. Perfect for that first day when you can comfortably wear shorts and a t-shirt outside again. It’s definitely a unique song, but I’d rather jump in a pool or rose thorns than being forced to listen to this. They grow better when surrounded by other buttercups, just like musicians improve when in the presence of other musicians. And with music festivals comes attendees with flowers in their hair, so the title couldn’t be more fitting to usher in the new season. I think it’s better utilized as a soundtrack for a horror film than any sort of song attempting to honour the subtle grace of roses. It’s bright, vibrant and in your face. Frontman Ray Davies sums up the experience some of us have to go through when he sings, ‘I got hay fever blocking up my brain. Like soul musicians, buttercups grow as opportunistic organizers. This year, April showers were replaced with April hailstorms, but nevertheless, I’m expecting there to be May flowers and all the glorious allergies they bring with them. I forget about all of that when I hear this particular version of the song performed by Tiny Tim, released in 1968. The sight of buttercups growing in fields is one of the happy signals that spring has sprung and put on this catchy tune will make it even better. 5. I appreciate a pretty flower as much as the next person, but what I appreciate more is someone like The Kinks coming along and debunking the magical time of year that is Spring. Blue Orchid – The White Stripes
A White Stripes classic from the 2005 album, Get Behind Me Satan, the title of “Blue Orchid” alone is a stand out against the title of the album. Flowers In Your Hair – The Lumineers
Off of their 2012 self-titled album, The Lumineers, regardless of your musical preferences, are easy to listen to and easy to enjoy. Hay fever, feel the sinus pain. Spring for some of us means endless waves of snot, nasal cavities drier than a week-old scone and eyeballs that burn like the devil himself was inside of them. And all the pills and the powders are in vain.’ It’s true. Tip-Toe Through the Tulips – Tiny Tim
Roses: beautiful, vibrant, a sign that the warm weather is here, and a token of love. Hay Fever – The Kinks
 Released in 1978 on the album Misfits, The Kinks realized that for some people, Spring isn’t a dreamscape of warm weather and pretty flowers. Seems like a very fitting tune for one of your first hikes after the snow has melted. And we all know that with warm weather comes music festivals. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
 A member of royalty when it comes to feel-good songs from the 1960’s, this song was released in 1968 by the R&B/Soul group The Foundations.
With Mother’s Day coming, here are five songs about flowers

Social media app Vertigo allows you to give yourself a soundtrack with song stories

Social media app Vertigo allows you to give yourself a soundtrack with song stories
Artists don’t really see much compensation when their song is a 6-second backing track to someone doing a bottle flip. Let’s say an influencer has a following of fifty thousand people who regularly watch their videos. It’s a two-sided platform, where both the user and the artist are rewarded for their interaction. I’ve always thought that everyday life would be more exciting with a soundtrack. By connecting a premium streaming service to your Vertigo account, like Apple Music or Spotify Premium, you can stream individual songs, share live music with others or listen in real time to what other users are streaming. But with Vertigo, every time a song is played, the artist is credited. The beauty of this is the visual story isn’t static. Users can take videos or photos while listening to a particular song, and that content will be added to the song’s visual story. It changes over time because the most liked content related to that song becomes the featured content in the visual story. This is fine for people who make a living in the visual medium. People listen to different songs, at different times, for different reasons. Vine was a prime example of this as it sparked a lot of successful YouTube careers such as the *shudders* Paul brothers. Song Stories takes the social level of Vertigo to the next level. A breath of new life into how we share and engage with our music. Song Stories will allow us to see the kind of content that people associate with a certain song at a certain time. Morning coffee accompanied by soothing indie rock, working out to heavy metal, and whenever we say goodbye to our pets, mournful ballads a la Adele would resonate through the air. The visual story will be an amalgamation of content provided by users that was captured while streaming that song. It’s a re-imagining of Snapchat style apps meant for music, that allows the user to mix their video and photographs with music to create a more engaging style of streaming service. Each time a follower watches the influencer’s Song Story for a particular song, it counts as one stream for the artist. People who follow the app can then see and like those visual stories, with the most liked content making it to the trending page. But it’s not just the social side of this app that is innovative. They reflect the waning attention span of the general public, who want to get in, get a short burst of entertainment, then get out. It really is like adding a soundtrack to your life and sharing it with others. Recently, we’ve seen a lot more people be able to make livings off of social media, so if a social media influencer becomes involved in this app, the potential financial benefits for the artist is huge. So, not only is it a great way to add a soundtrack to your life and create a new kind of social interaction based off proven models, but it also has the potential to give greater rewards to artists for their work. But with such short videos and a focus on the visuals, the audio is an afterthought. Social media posts are generally short. That’s fifty thousand streams for a single song! We’re not there yet, but social music app Vertigo is moving in the right direction with their new feature, Song Stories. Vertigo is a streaming site, focusing on social interaction between it’s users. This is huge when we look at a traditional broadcast method like radio, where a single song may reach fifty thousand people, but the artist is only being paid for that one play. This is because Vertigo is connected to the premium music streaming app of your choice. So, every time a visual story is played, the song for that story is streamed from a premium app like Spotify, and it counts as a stream for the artist.