Random music news for Thursday, May 10, 2018

“‘Ode to Joy’: 104-year-old sings cheerily on eve of suicide.”
These baristas were fired after someone complained about the music being played in their coffee shop. My dad doesn’t know who Bono is, nor does he care. Meanwhile, Dave’s mom is the keynote speaker at a music convention. Tay-Tay won’t like that. Dave Grohl almost broke his leg again. Inspiring, disturbing or both? Why is this a big deal? No official English World Cup song this summer? Google Assistant has new powers. And it has a new voice, too–if you want. Here’s what’s happening in music news for May 10, 2018. This makes some of the right noises about overcoming the #MeToo/#TimesUp situation in the US. Tidal has been accused of faking the streaming stats for both Kanye and Beyonce. Take a look at this. Today, we’re still in the second round. That was the end of the NHL season. Fun fact: Michael Avenatti–aka Stormy Daniels’ lawyer–once worked for the Eagles Don Henley in a lawsuit against bandmate Don Felder. Tidal denies any allegations that they misreported streams for music by Kanye and Beyonce. You can’t have a proper dive bar without a proper old-school jukebox. Are you a musician looking for work? Scott Hutchison of the Scottish indie band, Frightened Rabbit, has gone missing. It’s both my dad’s birthday (84) and Bono’s birthday (59). Because it could affect the royalty payouts to other artists. Sharks like jazz, apparently. See? It was on this day in 1970 that Bobby Orr scored THAT goal, the one with him flying through the air. People could soon be parking on Taylor Swift’s street. Spotify is getting into the audiobook business. Yeah, Ed Sheeran is doing okay for a dude under 30. WTF?
Random music news for Thursday, May 10, 2018

Heading to Canadian Music Week? Got an old iPod that you don’t need? Donate it!

Got an old iPod that you don’t need? Heading to Canadian Music Week? Donate it!
Look for the big pink iPod at NWC booth (#311). Music has the power to transport us somewhere else. Canadian Music Week is underway at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, and there’s a spot where your magical, old music rectangles can really make a difference. Let’s be honest, you listen to music on your smartphone now. Your old iPod will be given to a music therapist, who in turn uses it to try and help their clients. Music therapy can be used for a wide range of ailments, but it’s purpose is to utilize music in a way to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical or emotional health. Music is meant to be shared. Check out the following links for more info on Music Heals and to see a great video of music therapy in action. It offers a window of escape for someone who may be suffering in a way that we can only imagine. So, it makes sense that music is used to take a patient’s mind off of their treatment, pain, or environment. That’s where you come in! From cavemen banging on rocks for their friends, to massive music festivals like Woodstock and Coachella. No one has ever grown ill from listening to music. You and your old iPods that is (I know you have at least one hidden away you don’t use).   It’s a drop box for old iPods so it’s kind of like Inception, but with Apple products. Music is a social art, and if we have the chance to share it we should. We’ve all experienced that feeling. It’s a good way to get rid of your old electronics and potentially make a positive difference in someone’s life. Best part is, there are no side effects. All the iPods that are dropped off will be collected by Music Heals, a not-for-profit organization made up of music enthusiasts who are set on raising awareness about the healing power of music. For millennia, humans have created instruments, developed sounds and shared those sounds with people around them.

The world can rest easy: Metallica has finally covered ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”

The world can rest easy: Metallica has finally covered ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”
I should also point out that when they played Norway, the covered Aha’s “Take On Me.” During a gig in Stockholm, the band busted out this. If Trump, Russians, Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels, North Korea, Iran, Brexit and of the other world crises have got you down, take comfort in Metallica’s attempt to bring us all comfort by covering “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.

Here are the winners for the 2018 Canadian Radio Music Awards

Here are the winners for the 2018 Canadian Radio Music Awards
One of the highlights of Canadian Music Week is the Canadian Radio Music Awards. Here are this year’s winners. BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: AC
DVBBS – Not Going Home
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR
Jessie Reyez – Figures
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: DANCE/URBAN/RHYTHMIC
New City – Dirty Secrets
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: ROCK
The Beaches – Money
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: COUNTRY
River Town Saints – Bonfire
FAN’S CHOICE
Alessia Cara
FACTOR BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Caesar
NIELSEN CUTTING EDGE AWARD (Given to the radio station that takes the most chances on new Canadian releases)
Indie 88 – Toronto
NIELSEN TALENT DEVELOPMENT STORY OF THE YEAR
Daniel Caesar Nominees in a variety of categories are voted upon by us radio types across the country and feted at CMW.

U2’s guitar tech offers insight on how the band writes songs

If you’re heading to the Songs of Experience tour sometime over the next 18 months, this may offer some new perspective on the music. Reverb.com sat down with Schoo to pick his brain on how U2 songs come together. Dallas Schoo has been working as U2’s guitar tech for longer than he can remember (more than 30 years!) so he’s been through virtually every stage of the group’s career.
U2’s guitar tech offers insight on how the band writes songs

Time for another musician “rich list.” Who in the UK and Ireland made what?

  The Sunday Times of London likes to snoop around the finances of the rich and famous, turning in a rich list of musicians around this time every year. Here’s who made what in Britain and Ireland over the last 12 months. Paul McCartney ($1.42 billion CAD, up $69 million from last year)
Andrew Lloyd-Webber ($1.26 billion, same as last year)
U2 ($984 million, up $17.2 million)
Elton John ($519 million, up $36 million)
Mick Jagger ($450 million, up $17.2 million)
Keith Richards ($424 million, up $17.2 million)
Olivia and Dhani Harrison (Widow and son of George Harrison) ($398 million, up $34.5 million)
Ringo Starr ($381 million, up $34.5 million)
Michael Flatley (the Riverdance guy) ($349 million, up $3.5 million)
Sting ($329 million, up $8.5 million)

A couple of notes

Yoko Ono, the custodian of John Lennon’s fortune, isn’t included on this list because she lives in the US. And it’s LORD Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Four of the top ten are knights (Macca, Elton John, Mick Jagger and Ringo).
Time for another musician “rich list.” Who in the UK and Ireland made what?

Forget vinyl and cassettes. The new retro hipster format is reel-to-reel

They have four Ballfinger machines, starting at about $15,000 and heading north to $36,000. Read more at Bloomberg. Why? To make high-quality/low noise mixtapes that could run for two solid hours without any human intervention! Cassettes suck!), a German company wants to bring back the romance(?) of high-end two-track reel-to-reel machines. Back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, all the coolest home audio systems had a reel-to-reel tape machine. The company doesn’t sell many–about 200 a year–but at those prices, it makes financial sense. When I was a kid, I wanted this TEAC. (And you can still find them today.)

Now that vinyl has made its resurrection and with hipsters pushing a revival of the cassette (Give it a rest, people! Behold the products of Roland Schneider Precision Engineering of Dusseldorf, Germany. And let’s not forget that many labels offered albums on reel, too. How quaint, right?
Forget vinyl and cassettes. The new retro hipster format is reel-to-reel

This is awkward: Foo Fighters invite a kid onstage to play drums–and then he won’t leave

This is awkward: Foo Fighters invite a kid onstage to play drums–and then he won’t leave
The Foo Fighters are one of those bands that enjoys some solid crowd participation. The dude was awesome. He wouldn’t leave. This new video is also going viral, but for the wrong reasons. On the positive side, the Foos had a great experience with a fan dubbed The KISS Guy. At a show in Nashville, Dave Grohl invited an 8-year-old kid named Little Fonzie (seriously?) to play drums. But these sorts of stage invitations can be hit and miss. Taylor Hawkins must have wondered if he’d just been fired. He launched into a drum solo, which he apparently thought was an audition to join the band. His guitar-playing moment with the Foos went viral. Awkward.

And the winners for the 2018 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards are…

The music and broadcast industry gathered in Toronto at CMW for their annual awards on Thursday night. Here’s the complete list of winners. MUSIC DIRECTOR MAJOR
JULIE JAMES, CHFI, TORONTO
MUSIC DIRECTOR SECONDARY
(TIE)
SARAH CHRISTIE, 105.3 VIRGIN, KITCHENER
MARK CAMERON, FM 96, LONDON
MUSIC DIRECTOR SMALL
SCOTT MCGREGOR, 98.1 THE BRIDGE, LETHBRIDGE
ON AIR TALENT MAJOR
GARNER ANDREWS, SONIC 102.9, EDMONTON
ON AIR TALENT SECONDARY
BIGGS & BARR, HTZFM, ST CATHARINES
PROGRAM DIRECTOR MAJOR
CHRISTIAN HALL, X929, CALGARY
PROGRAM DIRECTOR SECONDARY
KAREN STEELE, 105.3 VIRGIN, KITCHENER
PROGRAM DIRECTOR SMALL
JEFF WINSKELL SUN 99.9, KELOWNA
PROMOTION
SECRET BOARDING PASS 102.1 THE EDGE, TORONTO
STATION OF THE YEAR MEDIUM
FM96, LONDON
STATION OF THE YEAR AC
98.1 CHFI, TORONTO
STATION OF THE YEAR CHR
99.9 VIRGIN, TORONTO
STATION OF THE YEAR CLASSIC/GOLD
BOOM 97.3, TORONTO
STATION OF THE YEAR COUNTRY
COUNTRY 105, CALGARY
STATION OF THE YEAR MULTICULTURAL
CHIN, TORONTO
STATION OF THE YEAR NEWS/TALK
680 NEWS, TORONTO
STATION OF THE YEAR ROCK
INDIE 88, TORONTO
STATION OF THE YEAR SMALL
(TIE)
K ROCK 105.7, KINGSTON & COUNTRY 104, WOODSTOCK
BOOKING AGENT
THE FELDMAN AGENCY
MANAGEMENT COMPANY
INVICTUS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
MAJOR FACILITY OVER 8000
THE AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO
MAJOR FACILITY UNDER 8000
THE ROGERS K ROCK CENTRE, KINGSTON
CASINO/SPECIALTY VENUE
GREY EAGLE CASINO, CALGARY
PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE OVER 1500
MASSEY HALL TORONTO
PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE UNDER 1500
THE VOGUE THEATRE VANCOUVER
PROMOTER
LIVE NATION
INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE
SONIC BOOM TORONTO
MAJOR RETAILER
SUNRISE RECORDS
DIGITAL MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE
SPOTIFY
RECORDING STUDIO
THE WAREHOUSE STUDIO VANCOUVER
CANADIAN INDEPENDENT LABEL
DINE ALONE RECORDS
INDEPENT DISTRIBUTOR
eONE DISTRIBUTION
MUSIC PUBLISHER
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING
MUSIC SCHOOLS
FANSHAWE COLLEGE LONDON
MUSIC JOURNALIST
SARAH MURPHY, EXCLAIM
PUBLICIST
DAVE STELLING, WARNER MUSIC
MAJOR LABEL
UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA
One more thing: Régine Chassagne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire were there to receive the 2018 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of the band’s humanitarian efforts.
And the winners for the 2018 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards are…

Random music news for Friday, May 11, 2018

Random music news for Friday, May 11, 2018
Spotify isn’t waiting. Black market views of YouTube? This is really, really horrifying…
…but his lawyer says it’s all a shakedown. Apparently, the floodgates are open for this kind of statistical manipulation. Dude climbs the top of a stage at a music festival. It’s Friday. Chris Brown has been sued over allegations of a horrible sexual assault. Speaking of the royal wedding, these musicians are involved. Back up: here’s some music news for May 11, 2018. It’s Eurovision weekend, the finale of the most bonkers music competition on the planet. Like this. Burglar breaks into Rihanna’s house. Here’s what to watch for. Here’s how and why. Dude touches live wire. Ever wonder how sign language interpreters prepare for festivals? NSync as a campaign song, Doug Ford? Burglar gets arrested. The noise around us is destroying our hearing. Burglar gets tased. They’ve removed a bunch of Brown’s music. Why does so much new music come out on Fridays? I’m in London UK for the next week leading a tour of rock’n’roll landmarks for a group of Flight Centre customers. Dude dies. Maybe. This should be interesting, especially since the royal wedding is next Saturday. Could this new Google strategy double podcast audiences? Here’s the reason. Meanwhile, Detail, Drake’s ex-producer, is also being accused of sexual assault. Really? It looks like Apple is going to unite its streaming service with Apple TV. Is Facebook considering a paid version of what it offers? Here’s what they think. If you’re a fan of Stanley Kubrick like me, you need to read this story about the music in his movies.

In the market for some BDSM headphones for the dungeon? Good news!

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  SSENSE has heard those cries. The company has manufactured a one-size-fits-all BDSM headphone getup. There’s no end to the silly expensive things companies will sell to silly people with too much money. The product in this page is being sold to you exclusively as an art object and is provided as is without any guarantees or warranty. 12″ height x 8″ diameter. Integrated over-the-ear headphones featuring suede-covered cushioned ear pads, detachable post-stud cinch tab, remote, and 1.25 metre cable. Without it, it’s torture, right? Get The Gimp, right? No representations or warranties, either express or implied, of merchantability, fitness for a specific purpose, the products to which the information mentions may be used without infringing the intellectual property rights of others, or of any other nature are made with respect to information or the product to which information mentions.
Good news! In the market for some BDSM headphones for the dungeon?

Trent Reznor goes old-school for tickets to upcoming NIN tour. Nice try, but… (Oh, and a new EP is coming)

Lining up at the box office and paying for hard tickets! It’s just a matter of minutes before some of these tickets show up on StubHub and through other brokers. Hey, it’s good publicity. Fans will most likely be able to buy ticket the normal way after this initial rush. Trent comes off as a man of the people, a dude that’s at least trying to do something for the fans. Meanwhile, a new NIN EP, the third in the triptych that began with Not the Actual Events just before Christmas 2016 and continuing with last year’s ADD VIOLENCE, will be called Bad Witch. God Break Down the Door
5. Note that this is only a pre-sale and a policy that doesn’t necessarily apply to all the tickets in the house. Wait! Scheming: “Maybe my buddy X has tickets. That’s how they got around things back in the day. I quote Trent:
The promise of a world made better by computers and online connectivity has failed us in many, many ways, particularly when it comes to ticketing. Shit Mirror
2. Let’s check StubHub.”
Buying concert tickets is undoubtedly one of the most frustrating retail experiences known to capitalism. I’m [insert name of artist here]’s biggest fan! Going back to the Olden Days is a nice idea, but the old problems remain. And yes, I’m going to bitch about it. How is this fair to people who can’t take time off work/school/parenting/life? Play the Goddamned Part
4. Tickets will be sold from 10 am to 3 pm. And hey, it just might work. Track listing:
1. How do you enforce the line policy? Do they expect people to show up leisurely and orderly at 8 am on the appointed day? We don’t know how many tickets will be available in this manner. I’m Not From This World
6. Everything about the process sucks and everyone loses except the reseller. 3. That means each ticket is of equal value. Resignation: “Fine. 5. We’re hoping many of you will be happy with the results, while some may do what they always do and bitch about it. Ahead of Ourselves
3. Bit just a little. No online sales, no phone sales
First come, first served. What about people who live a long distance from the venue? Probably not a lot. Anger: “GODDAM [Insert one of the following here: Ticketmaster/bots/scalpers}! Limit of four tickets per person. 1. If not, it was a good try, right? Panic: “What am I gonna do? I knew a guy who paid homeless people to stand in line as long as it took. I know someone at [insert name record label/radio station/promoter/venue here]. A place like Red Rocks isn’t exactly a neighbourhood venue for anyone. Go here to get started.) The process is broken–everyone in the industry knows that–but finding a solution seems impossible. When tickets to a hot show get snapped up and fans are left in the cold, people go through five distinct emotional stages. (Having intensely studied the situation over the last two years, I’ve written plenty on the subject. It’s set to be released June 22. Over and Out
 
 
 
 
 
  If I ask nicely, I know they can get me in! 4. No lining up for 8 am on the day tickets go on sale. I’ll bet that these pre-sale tickets are general admission. Now I will explain why this might not be a total fiasco after all. I GOTTA see this show! We’ve decided to try something different that will also likely suck, but in a different way. Shock “How is it possible that all the tickets sold out so quickly?”
2. And there’s nothing illegal about that. Whenever the subject comes up, someone inevitably bleats “We should go back to the old way! They bought the maximum number of tickets each, gave ’em to the scalper who immediately hacked up the price by 300%. That’s it. That’s what REAL fans would do, which means that only REAL fans would get tickets!”
While there are many flaws in this argument (I outline them below), Trent Reznor is going to give it the old college try for the upcoming Cold Black and Infinite tour with openers the Jesus and Mary Chain. Only physical box offices at the venues will sell tickets. Rules for the first leg of the tour–a road trip mostly through midsize theatres–are simple. How do you keep scalpers from paying people to line up for them?
Trent Reznor goes old-school for tickets to upcoming NIN tour. Nice try, but… (Oh, and a new EP is coming)

Stemchain: A global remix initiative

Stemchain: A global remix initiative
You start with a phrase, whisper into the ear of the person next to you, and as it gets passed down the line of people the phrase gets twisted and changed? It’s almost a completely different song from the original. It bypasses mainstream media to remain as an independent project and source of inspiration for aspiring musicians. Music is nothing if not diverse. If you have musician friends let them know about this! A Mexico City producer named Borchi was the winner on this leg of the trip, with his remix titled, “LVUBTR”. Remember that old game telephone? The first stop on the Stemchain global initiative was Mexico. The original song is called “Love You Better” and is written and performed by Daniel Pak. Those remixes are then entered into a pool for that country, and the winning submission receives exclusive distribution rights to the song. We all know that Toronto is ripe with musical talent, just take Spadina station buskers for an example. The end goal is to discover hidden gems; wells of untapped talent in the music scene that just need an outlet to showcase their skills. But that’s the whole point. The project is made for musicians alone. They could be the next big thing. Each musician who downloads the stems has full creative control over their version of the song. Stemchain is a music sharing initiative and talent discovery contest, which gives amateur musicians in a given country, access to music stems that they can remix and revamp to their personal tastes. The winning song will be turned into stems and used in the next country where the competition takes place. So, the beauty of Stemchain being a global initiative is that we expose ourselves to genres that we may not usually come into contact with. Well, Stemchain, the newest project from 8Stem founder Bruce Pavitt, uses a similar concept, but it’s all about song. The project is now on it’s Canadian leg of the journey, and 12 stems from Borchi’s “LVUBTR” are the pieces that musicians will have to work with. Each pack of stems is available on the Stemchain site for three dollars. The original by Daniel Pak is a straight up reggae song, but Borchi’s remix ­was influenced by Rasterinha, a style of Brazilian electronic music.

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 821: The history of nerd rock

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 821: The history of nerd rock
Fonzie was always calling Richie and Potsy nerds for being uncool dorks. A single-minded expert in a particular technical field. 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. Shows like The Big Bang Theory and Silicon Valley are big hits. A foolish of contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious. nerd: (nərd) n. The geeks have truly inherited the earth. By the end of the 70s, and coinciding with the rise of the culture around the personal computer, consumer technology, Star Wars and other sci-fi pursuits, the use of the word became even more widespread. Here, then is a short history of what we unreservedly, unashamedly and unironically called Nerd Rock. The, er, nerds at Google have a thing called The Ngram Viewer, which scans the texts of books going back to 1500–virtually the dawn of the printing press. 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. According to these nerds, “nerd” shows up for the first time in a book called A True Discourse of the Assualt Committed Upon the Most Noble Prince, Prince William of Orange, County of Nassau, Marquesse de a Lever & C by John Jarequi Spaniarde [sic] with the True Copies of the Writings, Examinations, and Letters for Sundry Offenders in that Vile and Diuelifh [sic] Attempt. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. 2. This brings me to music. Song heard on this show:
Weezer, Pork and Beans
Leslie Fish, Banned from Argo
Devo, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Talking Heads, Life During Wartime
Thomas Dolby, She Blinded Me with Science
Pixies, Monkey Gone to Heaven
They Might Be Giants, Particle Man
Barenaked Ladies, If I Had $1,000,000
Nerf Herder, Van Halen
alt-J, 3WW
Here’s Eric Wilhite’s handy playlist. informal. Props, then, to Henry Winkler. And as you might guess, it falls squarely in the world of alt-rock. It lingered in the slang world for the rest of the 50s and into the 60s before it really took off in 1974 with the debut of the TV series, Happy Days. To him, a nerd was some kind of creature found in a zoo. I can’t tell what “nerd” refers to in that book because it’s written in Old Spanish and I couldn’t be bothered to find a translation. Then, the following year, Newsweek reported that nerd was being used in Detroit to describe an awkward sort of fellow who just wasn’t very cool. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Example: a computer nerd. This is an old word, too. 1. Remember the Revenge of the Nerds movies from the 80s? 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. I do know that the word fell into disuse after about 1725, returning to the popular lexicon thanks to Dr. Nerdishness is now so widespread that nerds even have their own genre of music,. We now celebrate nerddom. Seuss in 1950. People asipire to be nerds like Bill Gates, Elon Mish and Mark Zuckerberg. Today in our technological society, being called a nerd is a compliment.

Search for British missing Scottish indie musician ends in the worst way possible

Search for British missing Scottish indie musician ends in the worst way possible
When his family reported him missing on Wednesday, they were concerned about Scott’s state of mind. Read more here. Before Scott Hutchison of the Glasgow band Frightened Rabbit went missing earlier this week, he tweeted “I’m away now, thanks.” Then he disappeared.   He’d suffered from depression and although he’d been working through it–and helping others afflicted with the same issues–he was having a bad time. Eerily, Scott wrote a song in 2008 entitled “Floating in the Forth.”

The name of the band came from the nickname Scott’s mother gave to him as a child. He walked out of a hotel at 1 am Wednesday night/Thursday morning and vanished. Thursday night, his body was found in the Forth River.