Random music news for Monday, June 4, 2018

Random music news for Monday, June 4, 2018
A fan collapsed and died at a Ghost show in Milwaukee, causing the whole thing to be cancelled. Scalpers are getting killed. Luke’s Hollywood place is for sale for nearly $13 million US. Are small music festivals bad for fans? It’s even expanded into Canada. Once given up for dead, Live 365 is back. The composer of Star Trek music is working on something to celebrate the 60th anniversary of NASA. Johnny Marr on the possibilities of a Smiths reunion and what Morrissey is doing now. Fear of musicals. A lot of people do. This Syrian refugee taught himself to play the violin with the Internet. Then this happened. About testing for drugs at British music festivals… She landed at John Lennon Airport. Mick Jagger is taking his one-year-old son on tour. Tom Jones–yes, the big-voiced Welsh singer–has a secret son who is homeless in New Jersey. Gawd. It was on this day in 1989 that things all went very, very wrong for the protestors in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Sales for Mariah Carey’s Las Vegas residency are dismal. Do you hear electronic beats in nature? Yoko Ono has gone back to Liverpool. As for music news on June 4, 2018…

Because it’s Monday, you probably need Walter the Singing Bulldog…
…and then there’s this fourth grader’s rendition of “Imagine” that has also gone viral. Roger Daltrey thinks rock achieved perfection in 1971. Dr. No comment from Homer Simpson. Maybe. Listen here. More emojis?

New Music from the Inbox for June 4, 2018: Orchards, Summerteeth, Creature Canyon, & More!

New Music from the Inbox for June 4, 2018: Orchards, Summerteeth, Creature Canyon, & More!
Listen:

Artist: TSHEGUE
Song: “Muanapoto”
Album: Single

This Paris-based French-Congolese band has already gathered a pretty big following. This single draws inspiration from classic pop and folk-rock. Watch:

Artist: Creature Canyon
Song: “Hot Streak”
Album: Single

A collaboration between three southern California natives, Creature Canyon blends indie rock riffs with a blues-based sound. This song, and the accompanying music video is filled with summer vibes. Listen:

Artist: The Voms
Song: “Left Right”
Album: Single

A mix of noise-pop, experimental punk, and alt rock, The Voms have a pretty unique sound. Watch:

Artist: Summerteeth
Song: “Stay Warm”
Album: Single

Planning to release their sophomore EP later this month, Toronto band Summerteeth has found a new sense of optimism. This single, taken from their upcoming album, creates a fun, party vibe full of sunshine, perfect for the summertime. Watch:

Artist: Tony Molina
Song: “Nothing I Can Say”
Album: Single

Tony Molina’s music is always full of rich lyricism along with interesting music. This song is fairly simple, but totally groovy. Artist: Orchards
Song: “Double Vision”
Album: Single

Brighton-based alt-pop quartet Orchards are set to release their new EP this week. This song is upbeat and catchy. Watch:

  Their music blends traditional French-Congolese drumming with garage and punk sounds and topped off with singer Faty Sy Savenet’s rhymes.

Because it’s Monday, you might want to spend some time in one of the quietest rooms in the world

Because it’s Monday, you might want to spend some time in one of the quietest rooms in the world
They’re called anechoic chambers, rooms so quiet that you can hear the blood rushing through your veins. Steve Orfield has a lab in Minneapolis that was once declared by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the quietest place on earth. They’re also great for conducting all kinds of sound and audio experiments.

The complete story of how we came to have loud, fuzzy, distorted guitars

The complete story of how we came to have loud, fuzzy, distorted guitars
It fired up fine, but there was something wrong with the circuitry or perhaps the speaker cone. But it did sound kinda cool. In 1951, Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm were heading up to Sun Studios in Memphis to do some recording when their amplifier fell off the roof of their station wagon. Winding wires around magnets turned into pickups, which then sent pure, clear tones to an amplifier. And there were also some happy accidents. [This was my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca – AC]
When Les Paul and Leo Fender introduced their electric guitars in the early 1950s, they were looking for a way to compete with louder instruments like horns, drums, and even the piano. Others weren’t so sure this was the best use of electricity. They retrieved it from the side of the road and hoped it still worked when they reached the studio. Bluesmen like Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters also experimented with getting fatter sounds off their guitars through the 1950s. Junior Barnard, a Western-swing player, tried to dirty up his guitar sound as early as 1945 by messing with his pickups and amplifiers in ways that surely voided any warranty. In 1954, this was considered the ideal sound for the electric guitar: a louder version of a steel-stringed acoustic. No longer did it deliver a pure sound from the guitar. Keep reading.

There is a psychological reason for a guitar on the International Space Station

There is a psychological reason for a guitar on the International Space Station
Two words: mental health. Keep reading. Hadfield clarified that NASA put the guitar on ISS in summer 2001 because it was good for mental health. Every extra gram means more fuel. So why would NASA expend precious propellent on making sure astronauts had an acoustic guitar up there? But the Larrivée guitar wasn’t there for publicity; it was part of a NASA psychology program. Besides being the first Canadian to walk in space, Commander Chris Hadfield was known for his musical stylings onboard the International Space Station. (non-flammable etc)” they asked. While the physical stresses of life in space are well-documented, in 2001, NASA was becoming increasingly concerned with the psychological stresses that come with space travel, especially now that astronauts were spending longer amounts of time in orbit. When his 2013 rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was captured from the ISS, it garnered millions of views, giving the famed Larrivée P-01 parlor guitar the best advertisement in the solar system. Boosting materiel into orbit is expensive, so nothing makes it onto a rocket that shouldn’t be there. “Did you bring your own guitar to ISS or did they gave you a special one? On Sunday, Hadfield responded to Twitter user Eren Uzun’s question about the now-famous guitar and what possibly made the instrument ISS-friendly.

Were you one of the 26,151,608 people pwned by the Ticketfly hack? If so, you’ll get this message.

This has also buggered up live music events at a number of venues. The site was down for a couple of days as it right to regain control although things are now slowly coming back online. If you ever did business with Ticketfly–and there exactly 26,151,608 people who have–you might have already received a message like the one Steve did. It’s been a bad few days for Ticketfly which experienced a nasty data breach which basically resulted in the company’s entire customer database being seized by a hacker.
Were you one of the 26,151,608 people pwned by the Ticketfly hack? If so, you’ll get this message.

A city councillor is pissed over an open mic night for a very silly reason

A city councillor is pissed over an open mic night for a very silly reason
(Via Tom) Apparently, because this event isn’t “positive”–whatever that means. Every once in a while, a bunch of musicians in Richmond Hill, Ontario, get together for an open mic jam. This is not a joke.”
The CBC provided this copy of the voicemail. So what’s the big deal about calling something after Ward 5? Read the full story at the CBC. She insists that the jam change their name because only she can use the term “Ward 5.”
Steffi Goodfield and Matt Bergman, the organizers of the Ward 5 Jam, received a voicemail form Cilevitz that said “If Matt Bergman and you in any way name your event — which does not have my sponsorship or my authority — as the Ward 5 Jam … I will take legal action against both of you. This is not sitting well with Karen Cilevitz, the Ward 5 councilor. Because they’re in the town’s Ward 5 (as in the political division), they call their event the Ward 5 Jam.

This Toronto rapper is NBA-bound. Meet CHOSENB01.

This Toronto rapper is NBA-bound. Meet CHOSENB01.
Nowhere is that more evident than in Toronto where the countries only NBA franchise the Raptors have a rapper on their payroll (Drake) who is listed as the team’s official global ambassador. Many music agents and basketball coaches are often looking for the same qualities in young athletes and performers. Not only does Kabongo have the skills and potential to someday play in the NBA but he is also as equally as skilled on the microphone and has potential to make a full-time career as a recording artist. Listen to more ChosenB01 on SoundCloud. Kabongo recently played in the Bio Steel All-Canadian game in Toronto which airs nationally on TSN and features the premier high-school basketball players in the country. Kabongo said, “In five years from now I see myself playing at the highest level (NBA) and I want to make music while I do that.” He added, “I see (NBA) guys like Damian Lillard doing that as well as guys from the past like Shaq and Kobe (Bryant) and I feel its possible to make a career out of both.”
While speaking with Kabongo you get the sense that the young man from the Pape and Danforth area of Toronto is wise beyond his years and that is reflected in his music. He said, “A lot of this mixtape is just me in that space trying to be uplifting for myself and staying motivated and hungry.”
Due to NCAA rules and regulations, college basketball players are not allowed to make money in any way while they are under scholarship and so Kabongo is not allowed to sell his music on iTunes or any streaming sites. Meanwhile, he is also preparing to suit up this fall for Virginia Tech University on a full basketball scholarship at one of the top programs in the United States. There has of course been the inevitable trickle-down effect from that relationship between Drake and the Toronto Raptors which has become apparent through 18-year-old Toronto native Jonathan Kabongo. Kabongo started recording songs in between his time on the court at the age of 16 and it was not long after that he suffered a back injury that left him out of action for almost a year. There are often parallels between music and sports. However, Kabongo isn’t interested in being put into one box or the other and seems focused on pursuing both of his passions to the fullest. He is also the youngest child in a family that has achieved plenty of success of their own. Since the inception of hip-hop it has become intertwined into the fabric of basketball and the two are now synonymous with each other. Jonathan Kabongo has that “it” quality on the basketball court and in the recording booth. There is a DJ in the building playing the latest hip-hop hits during every NBA game while every televised or online highlight you see is layered with the latest beats and lyrics from the who’s who of hip-hop. His older brother Emmanuel is an accomplished actor who has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including a role in the current Netflix series “21 Thunder.” His older sister Vanessa also had a scholarship to play basketball at Delaware University and has suited up for Canada while his other brother Myck was a star at the University of Texas and now plays professionally in Europe. Most of the players will be suiting up for some of the biggest universities across the U.S next season with their games being featured on ESPN and CBS on a weekly basis. Kabongo is set to release his latest mixtape on June 11 under the name Chosen B01. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for himself while his basketball career was on hold he decided to put his time and energy into his other passion: music. They are all looking for somebody with that “it” quality. For now, he is simply releasing his music for free via his Soundcloud and YouTube pages. (Text by Chris McKee)

Weekly survey: We need a playlist to get people to vote in Thursday’s Ontario election

Weekly survey: We need a playlist to get people to vote in Thursday’s Ontario election
If there’s one thing elections this century have taught us is that every vote does count. For example, we could go with Arkells’ “People’s Champ”…

…or we might go with something classic…

…or maybe something with a real call to action. I’m worried about the Ontario election. The goal is to get people excited about voting. This, of, course, is bad. This week’s survey seeks to find songs that will motivate the electorate to go to the polls on Thursday. The situation clearly calls for a playlist. Thoughts? The overall attitude seems to be that Ontarians are faced with three bad votes, something that could push voter turnout to a historic low. Forget about equal time and being non-partisan.

So what did Apple announced at WWDC 2018? Well…

So what did Apple announced at WWDC 2018? Well…
So what can we expect? This will be good for me because I occasionally forget to launch my workout app when I get started. When it arrives fully-baked this fall, it will come with something called “dark mode.” From the press release:
Dark Mode
macOS Mojave users can switch to Dark Mode to transform their desktop to a darkened colour scheme, putting the focus on user content while controls recede into the background. “Yoga” and “Hiking” will be added to the fitness choices. Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) opened in San Jose today, which Apple uses as a platform to announce plans for the future. Siri Update
In my experience, Google Assistant is better and more accurate than Siri. An API is available so developers can implement Dark Mode in their apps. And there’s a new walkie-talkie feature that will let approved people drop a voice message onto your watch. Better resolution plus Dolby ATMOS–but not until the fall. WatchOS5
More fitness features, including auto-workout detect.   iOS12
Both iPhones and iPads will have an OS update with the new digital health dashboard–something designed to break our cell phone addictions, at least a little bit–getting top billing. More iOS12 features here. Users can toggle between a light and dark desktop, and built-in Mac apps like Mail, Messages, Maps, Calendar and Photos all include Dark Mode designs. Users will be able to set limits on how much they use their devices. macOS Mojave also features a new Dynamic Desktop that automatically changes the desktop picture to match the time of day. Great for listening while running! Improved desktop and Finder, Group FaceTime (up to 32 simultaneous users), high levels of security and an all-new Mac App Store. The bad news? The best thing for me? No more faking out the device by adding podcasts to playlists so they’ll play. Access to podcasts on your Apple Watch. We’ll be able to set Do Not Disturb for when we go to bed, too. Apple TV 4K
They call it tvOS12. What else? Ain’t technology great? MacOS Mojave
This is…10.14? If you think that iPhones are lacking in the emoji department, more are coming, including something called Memoj which, among other things, will allow you to make Apple’s Aminoji’s stick their tongues out. I have an original Watch. This update won’t work with it. Older iPhones will speed up, too. There’s a new shortcut app that might work for you, though.

Random music news for Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Random music news for Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Interesting trivia: You could have made the Top 200 Soundscan chart in the US last week by selling just 649 CDs. Are audio dramas the next step? Meanwhile, have you noticed how Spotify changed its volume control to reflect Pride Month? Bomba music is helping people cope. Don’t do this. Was there a second gunman? I guess we can assume that Donald Trump won’t be buying the new NIN album, then. And now, music news for June 5, 2018. #MeToo insurance is being offered to Australian musicians. It’s very, very possible. Here’s more proof that streaming sites like Spotify are killing the album. Another casualty of the streaming age: The death of the “intro track.”
Want to take proper photos of your band? This baby’s first word was “Alexa.”
It’s still miserable in Puerto Rico. Maybe. Here are three reasons why new music is released on Friday. Gibson Guitars has been thrown a $135 million lifeline. Here’s a chance to win some cash. We have books. These new archives from Neil Young are pretty cool. It was 50 years ago today that RFK was shot in the Ambassador Hotel in LA. And on the topic of Prince, there’s a festival! Don’t do this. Don’t want to get sued by Prince’s estate? We have audiobooks. Is it time we retired the term “world music?”
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New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (June 5, 2018): The War and Treaty, Moonbeau, My Pleasure, and more!

(June 5, 2018): The War and Treaty, Moonbeau, My Pleasure, and more! New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition!
Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Impey
Song: “The Alchemist”
Album/EP: The Deluge

A dark and moody instrumental from UK producer Impey, B-side “The Alchemist” offers up a sparsely populated landscape that dips into surrealism. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: My Pleasure
Song: “Thank You for Alphabetising My Spice Rack”
Album/EP: Mostly Happy

Yes, it’s silly. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Moonbeau
Song: “Like The Night”
Album/EP: Single

Hooky and varied electro pop, Moonbeau’s debut single squeezes every last possible sound out of a well-explored MIDI synth. And it’s fun as hell. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Arthur Buck
Song: “American Century”
Album/EP: Arthur Buck

Eclectic and a bit esoteric, “American Century” is an interesting spin from the minds of Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur, of R.E.M. Artist: The War and Treaty
Song: “Healing Tide”
Album/EP: Healing Tide

Bombastic soul with a driving beat and heart to spare, “Healing Tide” is the debut single from Michigan duo The War and Treaty. How couldn’t it be, with an opening effort as infectious as this? Search for familiarity where you can, but don’t be afraid to be taken in by this quirky track! Featuring impish instrumentals careening around a surprisingly catchy hook in spite of itself, this single is an interesting evolution of both artists’ material. Yes, it’s short. Noire isn’t quite the term for it, but a mild darkness does settle comfortably over this one. Yes, it’s so lo-fi the over-processed may very well blow out tinny speakers. Endearingly warm and unapologetically romantic, there’s a strong communal spirit that especially comes through in the backing vocals. Chock full of old school organ and soaring vocals, this toe-tapper harkens back to Motown heyday in an authentically glorious way. “How Does It Feel?” just touches that sweet spot. Woozy and weary without feeling overbearingly worn-down, there’s almost a future-jazz element at play in this tune. But don’t overlook the clever writing in this single off My Pleasure’s second studio album – slyly incorporating turmeric and saffron rhymes, switching between measured and hectic at the drop of a hat, studying concepts of self-control and manipulative actions… Basically, there’s a lot to unpack in this 96 second track. Watch/Listen: 

  Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Samm Henshaw
Song: “How Does It Feel?”
Album/EP: Single

Soulful R&B with the magic touch of a sizzling producer, this low-key banger with a meaningful message well deserves to be an early summer ear worm. “Like The Night” is bright and optimistic, much like the group’s future. and Fistful of Mercy fame.

What are the hottest Canadian shows on the secondary market? Let’s take a look.

What are the hottest Canadian shows on the secondary market? Let’s take a look.
Judging what people are asking for/paying for certain shows on their platform, we can gauge various levels of demand. A while back, I had StubHub’s American list. Toronto Top Summer Acts                                     

Ed Sheeran
Foo Fighters
Eagles
Radiohead
Harry Styles

Montreal Top Summer Acts                                    

U2
Radiohead
Shania Twain
Sam Smith
Paul Simon

Vancouver Top Summer Acts                                            

Harry Styles
David Byrne
Jack White
Tom Jones
Erasure

Canadian Festivals

Quebec City Summer Festival
Ever After Music Festival
Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
Shambhala Music Festival
Boots and Hearts Music Festival Summer 2018 Top Selling Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for 2018 Canadian dates from May 21 to September 3, 2018

Ed Sheeran (Second year a row that Ed is the top seller in the country.)
Foo Fighters (First time they’ve made the list since 2015.)
Radiohead (First time they’ve made this list.)
Eagles
Harry Styles
Drake  
U2
Taylor Swift
Shania Twain
Sam Smith

Now let’s break it down by city. StubHub is the biggest player on the secondary concert ticket market. Now we can look at the Candian market.

New Internet meme says the #1 on your 14th birthday “defines your life.”

There was silence on the other end of the phone and then she said “That’s exactly what happened. Fine. You were in a cast for a month!”
Urp. So it’s with damaged scepticism that I introduce this new Internet meme involving not astrological charts but musical ones. Billboard Hot 100 (US)
Official Singles Chart Top 50 (UK)
UPDATE: Andy posits that this would be more “accurate” if we instead looked at the song that was #1 on the day we were conceived. Oh, dear. You fell off the coffee table when you were about a year-and-and-half and broke your left wrist. I’m not sure what that means, so I assume it means you can parse that song for anything that you find meaningful. The official British singles chart? Just enter a date and go. This new myth (blame Twitter) says that whatever song was #1 on your 14th birthday “defines your entire life.”  Right. Any of the charts that may have come and gone? I once had an astrologer do a chart for me and although I don’t believe in this sort of thing (SCIENCE, people!) she was freakishly accurate in a couple of ways. “You had a fall when you were about 18 months old,” she said, “and you broke an arm or wrist.” Nonsense, I thought. Billboard’s Hot 100? I called my mom. But what chart? If you’re interested in following up, here are two places to find that #1 song for your birthday. He looked up what might have happened that night in 1972 for him and came up with this.
New Internet meme says the #1 on your 14th birthday “defines your life.”

Where will music streaming go beyond the phone?

Where will music streaming go beyond the phone?
For instance, in its SEC filing and investor presentations, Spotify has cited that there are 1.2 billion payment-enabled smartphone users globally. Keep reading. In comparison, the Swedish company currently has around 160 million monthly active users, 60% of whom listen regularly on their mobile devices, and is reportedly opening new offices in emerging music and smartphone markets like Vietnam and Thailand — suggesting a significant growth opportunity both for itself and for its competitors. But when it comes to the next wave of music consumption, believe it or not, cutting-edge technologists are already thinking beyond the phone. The future of voice and “screenless” music consumption arguably defies a lot of what we think we know about where this crazy industry is going. Then follow up with this article. My own newsletter, Water & Music, takes a wide-angle view on the future of music and tech, and is also the best way to keep up with the articles I publish. You can read Amber’s take on the topic here, and I highly recommend subscribing to her newsletter Deep Cuts for insights and tools related to music marketing & strategy. Now smart speakers–the hottest consumer tech device since the smartphone–are becoming increasingly important to the streaming world. On one hand, it’s nothing new that paid streaming subscriptions are ushering in an era of newfound growth for recorded music. NOTE: This post is adapted from a newsletter takeover I did with Amber Horsburgh (former SVP of Strategy at Downtown Records) about the impact of smart speakers and voice interfaces on the music business. What’s next? First, we streamed music to our desktops, then our phones. Many of the world’s leading music services are citing the rise of smartphone adoption and unlimited data plans — particularly in Asian and African markets, but also continually in Europe and the Americas — as key driving forces behind streaming’s sustained global expansion in the future. This is from Medium.com.