Friday timesuck: Glorious restored concert footage of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana

Looking to kill some time before the weekend? (Laughing Squid again)

  (Via Laughing Squid)

Fast-forward now to Halloween 1991 for a Nirvana gig at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Start with this fantastic restored video of Led Zeppelin performing in 1973 at Madison Square Garden.
Friday timesuck: Glorious restored concert footage of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana

RIP the compilation CD

Now that the Warped Tour is on its last legs, with its final instalment coming this Summer, one has to wonder about what will happen to the compilation CD that we have been expecting every year since 1996. The history of the compilation CD is a complicated one, much like the changing music industry over the past three decades. Now that the Warped Tour compilation is likely seeing its final instalment hit stores on June 22nd, one has to wonder what the future holds for the “mix CD” known as the compilation album. Other recent compilations such as Fearless Records’ Punk Goes… series have seen some success with their brand of compiling “scene” artists doing creative covers. The compilation CD was a great way to not only save money by not investing fully in a ton of individual albums but also to discover artists that you may not have ever considered checking out otherwise. I was always browsing through the “various artists” section looking for discs featuring collections of alt-rock singles to play during my retro 80s nights at clubs. At this article at Chorus.fm points out, the death of the compilation album is just one of the many ways music has changed in the last 20 years. Keep reading. Back in the 1990s, I was all about compilation CDs. Additional worthy mentions of key punk rock compilations were: Epitaph’s Punk-O-Rama series that lasted from 1994-2005 and Side One Dummy’s long-lasting (1996-2018) Vans Warped Tour Compilation. I’m sure all of us can remember where we were when we either purchased or were given from a friend, one of the annual Warped Tour compilation soundtracks. I betcha I have 400 of these discs. The need for compilation albums–well, at least those outside of special box sets–disappeared. But then along came CD burners, the Internet, file-sharing and iTunes followed by streaming and the billions of playlists which are available with a couple of pokes at your phone. It signified the beginning of the Summer concert season, and another year to look forward to the annual Warped Tour. In the punk rock band scene, there were several key record labels and versions of the compilation disc that forever changed the way we thought about consuming music. Brilliant and cost-effective, they were. They served as instant mixtapes. During the CD “boom” of the 90’s, it seemed like a ton of music buyers were looking for inexpensive ways to find out about new bands, or to sample tracks from their favorite artists’ upcoming album. Other people relied on releases like Big Shiny Tunes, which alleviated the need to buy multiple CDs at $17.99 each–an especially in the later 90s when there seemed to be far too many alt-rock one-hit-wonders. Failing that, I sometimes found compilations of cool indie alt-rock from the UK for those club nights devoted to current music. For example, Fat Wreck Chords was instrumental in getting their Rock Against Bush compilation into multiple big box stores such as Best Buy, Target and the late Tower Records at a very reasonable price to the consumer.
RIP the compilation CD

Get ready to having your streaming service taxed. But this is actually a good thing. Here’s why.

The bad news? The proposal says that Spotify and Netflix and all the rest of them should also be required to fund local/domestic content lest our own companies be completely decimated by foreign interests. Higher prices for us. You know that Netflix and Spotify would just pass on these costs.   Another part of the report urges that we do more to promote Canadian content on the Internet (podcasts, webisodes, music, etc.) more vigorously internationally. Well, maybe from the viewpoint of your wallet. This new money would go to things like the Canadian Music Fund and the Canadian Media Fund. Read the whole report here. Great, right? Canadian broadcast types have been pushing the CRTC on this unlevel playing field, which has resulted in a new Commission report that recommends music and video streaming companies be federally regulated. Domestic broadcasters and other cultural gatekeepers are required by law to invest in the creation and support of Canadian talent. They just siphon away money without putting anything back into Canadian culture. Radio stations, TV networks and so on are obligated to plough a ton of pre-tax dollars into creating new Canadian culture products, ranging from funding indie musicians through programs like FACTOR to various television and movie production funds. Nope. But in this case, you can see why this could be important. Tough to fight that logic, especially since we live right next door to the largest exporter of popular culture in the known universe. When we pay for Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music, Britbox or any other streaming service for audio or video, we pay ZERO tax. Cool, right? They have no such obligations. With contributions from domestic producers in decline because of changing technologies and consumer habits, this would top things up. This gives them an advantage over domestic companies who do have to pay tax. There’s another problem, too. If we don’t do something to protect out own, we risked being swamped by American broadcasting/streaming interests and losing our Canadian identity. Yes, regulators will regulate. But it also means a steady flow of cash out of Canada to foreign entities. The foreign streamers? It’s what they do. We also don’t pay any tax when we buy/rent anything from iTunes. But isn’t it worth the sacrifice?
But this is actually a good thing. Here’s why. Get ready to having your streaming service taxed.

The Ongoing History of New Music Encore Presentation: The History of Indie Rock, Part 1

The Ongoing History of New Music Encore Presentation: The History of Indie Rock, Part 1
The next four Ongoing History shows are going to riff on this topic, specifically the contributions the people behind this part of the industry have made the growth and evolution of our music. 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. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. “Every musical trend starts with the indies,” he said, “because they’re in the street, not up in the towers.” This, in a nutshell, is the history and role of independent record labels and indie artists. Some time ago, I sat in on a talk by producer Steve Lillywhite who went off on a jag about the importance of the independent music scene. 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. There’s also this new thing called “Sounds Good” that doesn’t rely on just Spotify. For this episode, we’ll rely on the following to tell the story:
The Killers, “Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll”
Velvet Underground, “I’m Waiting for the Man”
Bob Marley, “Jamming”
The Police, “Next to You”
Jonathan Richman, “Roadrunner”
Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop”
Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer”
Sex Pistols, “Anarchy in the UK”
The Damned, “New Rose”
Stiff Little Fingers, “Alternative Ulster”
Eric Wilhite created this Spotify playlist for us. 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.  
Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Spotify has officially dropped its “hate content and conduct” policy

Spotify has officially dropped its “hate content and conduct” policy
We created concern that an allegation might affect artists’ chances of landing on a Spotify playlist and negatively impact their future. Wanna know how much of an effect Spotify’s “hate content and conduct” policy has had on traffic? Across all genres, our role is not to regulate artists. The first was related to promotional decisions in the rare cases of the most extreme artist controversies. Our playlist editors are deeply rooted in their respective cultures, and their decisions focus on what music will positively resonate with their listeners. Zero. But in terms of controversy, the effect has been massive. We’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech. Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Some artists even worried that mistakes made in their youth would be used against them. The second part of our policy addressed hate content. We believe Spotify has an opportunity to help push the broader music community forward through conversation, collaboration and action. It’s important to note that our policy had two parts. Spotify recently shared a new policy around hate content and conduct. As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard. So massive that a Spotify has already canceled the policy. Guys like R Kelly, XXXTentacion, and Chris Brown–all with felony convictions or charges–were declared off-limits from playlists but NOT from the platform itself. More at Variety. And while we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines. While Spotify was praised in some quarters, there was plenty of criticism, including from Troy Carter, its global head of creative services. We aim to connect artists and fans – and Spotify playlists are a big part of how we do that. That can vary greatly from culture to culture, and playlist to playlist. We don’t aim to play judge and jury. If you wanted to hear something from any of those performers, all you had to do was enter their name into the search field. To recap: Spotify decided to exert its editorial policy by removing artists with, er, dodgy legal issues from their promoted playlists. That’s not what Spotify is about. As some have pointed out, this language was vague and left too many elements open to interpretation. We will continue to seek ways to impact the greater good and further the industry we all care so much about. Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct. Today (Friday, June 1), Spotify blew out the policy. We’re committed to working across the artist and advocacy communities to help achieve that.

Tierra Whack – Waze lyrics

[Verse]
I was lost ’til I found my way
Eh, you can never say I love too many times a day (times a day)
I ain’t have no GPS (one, two, three, four say i-it once more)
When I was sick ain’t nobody go to CVS (step, two, three, four say it really once more)
They just wanna see me stressed
They don’t wanna see me blessed
They cannot take away what I worked for
I know that I am worth mo-o-o-ore

Tierra Whack – Hungry Hippo lyrics

[Chorus]
He likes my diamonds and my pearl
I said, thank you I designed it
Not your average girl

[Verse]
He needed swag and I provide it (‘vide it)
Open up and bite it, bite it
Open up and bite it, bite it (bite it)
Open up and bite it, bite it (bite it)
Shut up boy bite it (bite it)
He don’t know better, yeah
Heard he got that cheddar, yeah
Now that boy with me
He gon’ spend it better, yeah
Put him on that [???]
Gucci on his wallet
Red coat [???] on me
They think that I’m his stylist
Bite it (bite it)

[Chorus]
He likes my diamonds and my pearl
I said, thank you I designed it
Not your average girl

Tierra Whack – Pet Cemetery lyrics

They took my dog away
They treat him like a stray
I talk to God today

All dogs go to heaven (all dogs go to heaven)
Heaven (Heaven)
I miss my dog (Heaven)
I kissed my dog (Heaven)
I miss my dog (Heaven)
I kissed my dog (Heaven all dogs go to Heaven)

My dog had a name
Keepin’ his name alive
If I had to leave, hell on earth (all dogs go to heaven)

My dog had a name (I’m gon’ say his name)
Keepin’ his name alive (I’m the one to blame)
If I had to leave (he would do the same)
Hell on earth (walk through the flames)

Heaven (Heaven)
Heaven (Heaven)
(Cats meows)

Tierra Whack – Fuck Off lyrics

[Chorus]
Well, honey, I’ve been so sick so sad
Whenever I’m happy it makes you mad
I hope your ass breaks out in a rash
You remind me of my deadbeat dad
Fuck off
Go away
Eh
Fuck off
Yeah, yeah

[Chorus]
Well, honey, I’ve been so sick so sad
Whenever I’m happy it makes you mad
I hope your ass breaks out in a rash
You remind me of my deadbeat dad

[Verse]
You broke, you ain’t no good for me at all
I wrote this because I feel ten feet tall
I know you don’t ever wanna see me ball
I score in the court baby I won’t [star?]
Baby, I’m gonna be alright
No way you ain’t even my type
Olay did me dirty I ain’t need no wipes
No way tell the truth won’t believe no lies
But [once?] I was blind ain’t seen no signs
Ok, baby, I’m gonna

Ghost – Pro Memoria lyrics

[Chorus: Cardinal Copia]
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die

[Solo: Nameless Ghoul (Fire & Aether)]

[Chorus: Cardinal Copia]
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die

[orchestration by: Davide Rossi of Goldfrapp] [Verse 1: Cardinal Copia]
Lucifer, whispering
Silently into your mind
Who walks behind
Who walks behind
Standing tall, invincible
But do not forget your knives
To save your lives
To save your lives

[Chorus: Cardinal Copia]
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die

[Verse 2: Cardinal Copia]
Don’t you vomit savage slurs
Spewed up wickedly
To hide from me
To hide from me
Navigate all alone
On this tempestuous sea
To ride with me
To ride with me

[Chorus: Cardinal Copia]
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die
Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die

[Solo: Nameless Ghoul (Fire & Aether)]

[Verse 3: Cardinal Copia]
Lucifer, whispering
Silently into your mind
Who walks behind
Who walks behind
Had you had the chance today
You would’ve sold out too
Ain’t that right
Sweet Saint Peter?

Owl City – Always lyrics

[Verse 1]
When the road is long
And your strength is gone
Remember I am just a prayer away
When the way is hard
And you are faint of heart
Remember I am just a prayer away

[Pre-Chorus]
Hold fast, I’ll guide you through the night
And fear not for I am by your side

[Chorus]
Listen through the rain
And you can hear the angels say
Help is on the way
The moment you begin to pray
When the thunders roar
You don’t need to be afraid
I’ll lead you through the storm
So please remember when I say
I’m with you always

[Verse 2]
When you are worn out
And you are let down
Remember I am just a prayer away
When every door is locked
And you feel so lost
Remember I am just a prayer away

[Pre-Chorus]
Hold fast, I’ll guide you through the night
And fear not for I am by your side

[Chorus]
Listen through the rain
And you can hear the angels say
Help is on the way
The moment you begin to pray
When the thunders roar
You don’t need to be afraid
I’ll lead you through the storm
So please remember when I say
I’m with you always

[Bridge]
Come and walk with me, yeah
Come and talk with me, yeah
Soar on eagles’ wings
Run and I’ll be there

[Chorus]
Listen through the rain
And you can hear the angels say
Help is on the way
The moment you begin to pray
When the thunders roar
You don’t need to be afraid
I’ll lead you through the storm
So please remember when I say
I’m with you always
I’m with you always

Owl City – Cinematic lyrics

[Chorus]
With all your heart and soul
Dream big, and you can feel the magic
Let the camera roll
Woah, your charm is automatic
Make your cameo
Be yourself, and don’t be so dramatic
Go and steal the show
Woah, cause life is cinematic

[Bridge]
Get a top hat and a rabbit
With the crowd and make your magic

Turn the lights down low
(and your dreams will come true)
(May the force be with you)
Knock ‘em dead

Go and steal the show
Woah, cause life is cinematic

[Outro]
(Go play)
‘Cause your life is a movie
(Go play)
Follow your dreams, cause your life is a movie
(Go play)
Go get ‘em and give it your all
Follow your dreams, cause life is cinematic [Chorus]
With all your heart and soul
Dream big and you can feel the magic
Let the camera roll
Woah, your charm is automatic
Make your cameo
Be yourself
And don’t be so dramatic
Go and steal the show
Woah, ’cause life is cinematic
Go and steal the show
Woah, ’cause life is Cinematic

(Go play)

[Verse 2]
Plot twist, it’s a trilogy
Cause your life is a thriller
We’re dying to see
Your debut is a sold out show, yeah
It’s an epic adventure
And you play the hero

And right out at the opening scenes
The whole crowd’s on the edge of their seats
Your worse critics are sitting up front
And they’re giving you two thumbs way, way up
You’ll be in a league of your own
You’ll be stealing their hearts taking Oscars home

[Pre-Chorus]
So go get ’em and give it some passion
Quiet on the set
Lights, camera, action! [Intro]
(Go play)

[Verse 1]
Your life is a matinee
In a galaxy far, far away
And your debut is a sold out show, yeah
It’s a blockbuster movie and you play the lead role

And right out at the opening scenes
The whole crowd’s on the edge of their seats
Your worse critics are sitting up front
And they’re giving you two thumbs way, way up
You’ll be in a league of your own
You’ll be stealing their hearts taking Oscars home

[Pre-Chorus]
So go get ’em and give it some passion
Quiet on the set
Lights, camera, action!

Owl City – Firebird lyrics

[Verse 1]
We used to talk all night and not say a word
When I would hop into your red Firebird
And, man alive, we would drive just to drive around town
‘Cause in your car we understood and figured out
That everything changes
Everything changes

[Chorus]
Tell me why I look back and I wanna cry
Sometimes I feel like we grew up too fast
You and I had the time of our younger lives
Sometimes I sigh and think about the past
But it’s alright, cause everything changes

[Verse 2]
A basement full of boys building homemade bombs
AJ cut his finger and said “go get your mom”
I saw it all through the windshield of my white truck, Troy
Lotsa ups, lotsa downs, lots of growing up
‘Cause everything changes
Everything changes

[Chorus]
Tell me why I look back and I wanna cry
Sometimes I feel like we grew up too fast
You and I had the time of our younger lives
Sometimes I sigh and think about the past
But it’s alright, cause everything changes

[Bridge]
Hey Billy, remember when
It was just us (it was just us)
Pretending we were Nash and Coral
On the school bus
I wouldn’t change a thing, ‘cause everything changes
(Changes) x3

[Pre-Chorus]
Life is different now and that’s okay with me
I moved away and you started a family
But deep inside you and I are still the same kids
‘Cause you’re my brother and that won’t ever change
Even though everything changes

[Chorus]
Tell me why I look back and I wanna cry
Sometimes I feel like we grew up too fast
You and I had the time of our younger lives
Sometimes I sigh and think about the past
But it’s alright, yeah it’s alright

There’s a new guest room in my parents’ home
The carpet got replaced a couple years ago
Because it isn’t my bedroom anymore
There’s new photographs on the freezer door
But it’s alright, ‘cause everything changes
(Everything changes)

[Outro]
We should talk all night and not say a word
(‘Cause everything changes)
Let me hop into your red Firebird again

Owl City – House Wren lyrics

[Verse 1]
I’m a house wren hunting for a house
I haven’t found one, I’m on the lookout
For a home to call my own
A private residence

[Verse 2]
Through the grapevine I heard an empty gourd
Is hangin up somewhere on some old lady’s porch
I’ll pack my bags and off I’ll go
To my new humble abode

[Chorus]
I’m gonna sing at the top of my lungs
‘Cause it’s a beautiful day
I’m gonna spread my wings
‘Cause as far as I know
I am halfway home

[Verse 3]
I’m a house wren who needs a summer home
A country farm house or a quiet bungalow
Not too big, and not too small
First-rate real estate

[Verse 4]
I got my eyes peeled for a window box
An old tin can, a boot or a flower pot
I’ll pack my bags and off I’ll go
To my new humble abode

[Chorus]
I’m gonna sing at the top of my lungs
‘Cause it’s a beautiful day
I’m gonna spread my wings
‘Cause as far as I know
I am half way home

[Verse 5]
I’m a house wren still hunting for a house
But I got a song and a lot to sing about
I’ll pack my bags and off I’ll go (off I’ll go)
Because you know

[Chorus]
I’m gonna sing at the top of my lungs
‘Cause it’s a beautiful day
I’m gonna spread my wings
I’m on top of the world
And it’s a beautiful thing

I’m gonna sing at the top of my lungs
‘Cause it’s a beautiful day
I’m gonna spread my wings
‘Cause as far as I know
I am half way home
I am half way home