Random music news for Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Confused by K-pop? (Hint: No. Where’s the next big volcanic eruption? People are concerned. Spotify is getting hell from some women’s groups about backtracking on its “hateful content” policy. Earth is angry. A copy of Prince’s ultra-rare never released Black Album has turned up in Canada. Is there nothing Kanye can’t do? Does Donald Trump know the worlds to “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America?” Maybe not. Facebook is losing teens to these three services. How to speak to our future alien overlords. Start here. Question: What’s there to fight about at an Ed Sheeran gig? Really. Apple’s new web player allows us to stream full songs. Yes. Jack White now has the key to Cincinnati. “Stop it, Dad! What kind of effect will Brexit have on vinyl? No iTunes needed! These headphones could help people with hot flashes. Just ask him.)
Gene Simmons: “I’ll be the first to one to admit I’ve been an arrogant, sexist pig.” But he’s changed. Have the B-52s really been together 40 years? Yeezy is now in the architecture business. Watch this. He’s designing small homes for low-income people. That question will not be answered with this look at music news for June 6, 2018. You’re embarrassing me!” (Not: “Dad” is Mick Jagger.) (Via Tom)
Ed Sheeran, peacemaker.
Random music news for Wednesday, June 6, 2018

More Music From The Inbox 6 Jun 2018 Black Dove, Ekat Bork, Divine Era and More!

More Music From The Inbox 6 Jun 2018 Black Dove, Ekat Bork, Divine Era and More!
Artist: Black Dove, “21”
Album: N/A

This up-and-coming Scottish band is getting a lot of attention
Sounds like:  indie at its best
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Artist: Ekat Bork, “Kontrol”
Album: Kontrol

Out of Switzerland and completely hypnotic
Sounds like:  electro-beauty and madness
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Artist: Divine Era, “Justified Love”
Album: Scripture Codes Summon Suicidal Thoughts

One man wrecking crew out of L.A. Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Old Caltone, “Two Devils”
Album: Final Horror

Some musical exploration from an interesting mind
Sounds like:  an intriguing flow
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Artist: Flasher, “Who’s Got Time”
Album: Constant Image

Great stuff out of Washington D.C. Sounds like:  post-punk joy
Link/Listen/Watch: Sounds like:  Hard core intrigue
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Artist: Lenny Zenith, “Suddenly Someone”  
Album: What If The Sun

NOLA born and out of NYC these days
Sounds like:  Trans-punk glory!

Announcing The Day of 1,000 Musicians

Think of this as a Canadian version of Cesena, Italy’s Rockin’ 1000 that was organized to catch the attention of the Foo Fighters a few years back. If you would like to register as a performer, volunteer or sponsor, visit this site. Admission and participation are free, although donations will be appreciated. Saturday, July 21, has been set as The Day of a 1,000 Musicians. Everyone will run through six songs. You’re probably thinking, “Gee, it’s been a while since I made any sort of music history.” Good news!   Here’s a new opportunity. The goal is to gather 250 vocalists, 250 guitarists, 250 bass players and 250 drummers in one place to create the largest Canadian rock show of all time–well, at least in terms of the number of musicians.
Announcing The Day of 1,000 Musicians

Another look ahead to the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody

May claims that he and Roger Taylor were not against making a “gritty film” and that they are not the kind of people who would ever duck from the truth. He said that Cohen “told untruths about what happened” and that “Sacha became an arse”. As for why Cohen is no longer involved with the film, May said: “we decided he wasn’t right for the role for very good reasons, which will become apparent if you watch what he’s done recently” (May was likely referring to Cohen’s movie The Brothers Grimsby). He’s fabulous – a real actor”. – AC]
If you’re a fan of Queen or Freddie Mercury, you’ll probably want to see the new biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which will be released in theatres on November 2nd and stars Mr. It wouldn’t suspend your disbelief. May went on to say “it’s obvious that it wasn’t going to work, him playing Freddie. In response, Brian May shared a few thoughts of his own on the matter in an interview with Event Magazine (as reported by UK’s Daily Mail in April 2016). During this time, he had introduced director’s David Fincher and Tom Hooper, and screenwriter Peter Morgan, to potentially work on the film but none of these options worked out. While the final version of Bohemian Rhapsody might be a great film, I personally think that Sacha Baron Cohen’s version of the biopic would likely have been much more interesting. The biopic starring Cohen was set to be released in early 2014, however, Cohen quit the film in July 2013 due to creative differences with the surviving members of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor). The film focuses on a period spanning 15 years from the time Queen was formed until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that was always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Robot’s Rami Malek as Mercury. Work on the film began many years ago, with Sacha Baron Cohen originally cast as Mercury and also substantially involved with writing the original script. As described by UK’s Daily Mail, Cohen claimed that the members of Queen had wanted to “sugar-coat the story of Mercury, who died of complications connected with Aids in 1991, and turn the script into the more cuddly tale of a rock band surviving against all odds”. However, Cohen wanted to focus more on the story of Mercury and portray a grittier, more unfiltered version of the band’s story with scenes depicting Freddie Mercury’s wild and debaucherous lifestyle. Anyone else agree? Cohen had worked on the film for 6 years before quitting the project. While on The Howard Stern Show in March of 2016, Cohen suggested that the surviving members of Queen wanted to make a more PG-rated version of the film in which, during the second half of the film, would tell the story of how the band members carried on after Mercury passed away. We’re hoping Ben Whishaw will do it. [There’s plenty of anticipation for Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic, which will hit theatres on November 2. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. For more information on this, take a read of this article at The Daily Mail. For example, Cohen has commented that there are amazing stories about how wild Mercury was, one of which involved “little people walking around parties with plates of cocaine on their heads!”
Listen to the sound clip below from The Howard Stern Show. Here is the official summary of the film from 20th Century Fox:
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. One-time intern Dorothy Lee looks ahead to the film.
Another look ahead to the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody

Another award for Liana Boyd

An illustrious career deserves some illustrious recognition. The first lady we all care about; the first lady of classical guitar, Liona Boyd! Some of these include being conducted by legendary composer John Williams, sleeping in Mick Jagger’s bed and being hired as the performer for Charlton Heston’s wedding. No, not Melania Trump. Liona Boyd is recognized internationally for her unique brand of classical guitar that has cemented her as a legend in the genre. This Saturday, June 9th, Boyd will be receiving the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International guGuitaroncerto Competition in Buffalo. Her influence expands past just the musical world. Such fame has gotten her into some crazy experiences that she recounts on her site. Her world class skill has landed her gigs in front of dozens of world leaders, the president of the United States and the British Royal Family. Not to mention the influence she’s had on other famous artists. Something tells me that this won’t be the last time she’s receiving an award. She’s recorded collabs with he likes of Eric Clapton, Gordon Lightfoot, Yo Yo Ma and Chet Atkins. It’s time to honour the first lady. After the finals of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, this inaugural award will be presented to Liona Boyd. I’m too lazy to even make myself breakfast in the morning. So far, she’s received five honorary doctorates, The Order of Ontario, The Order of Canada, the Diamond Jubilee Medal, five Junos and has won the Guitar Player Magazine best classical guitar player five times. Add to that list multiple gold and platinum albums and now the Lifetime Achievement Award. Since her Carnegie hall debut in 1975, Boyd has ensnared the attention of millions with her classical guitar playing, mixed with folk and world music influences. History tends to repeat itself.
Another award for Liana Boyd

Canadian vinyl manufacturer Viryl continues to advance the art of pressing records

Viryl, a Toronto company, has been working on vinyl manufacturing processes that will speed things up significantly. Now they have something called PhonoHive. Vinyl records have been manufactured in pretty much the same way for decades. Viryl estimates that this distributed manufacturing process can cut costs by as much as 15%. This cuts down on everything from shipping and warehousing to import tariffs and taxes. In fact, a lot of pressing plants in operation still use equipment, techniques and procedures that were designed in the 1950s. And while this tech has served the industry well, there must be a way to improve on things by now, right? If you’re in the business of needing records, you can apply to be part of the beta by emailing phonohive@viryltech.com Labels being by placing orders online (size, quantity, ship date, territory). Those orders are then distributed to a network of pressing plants around the world and are then manufactured locally.
Canadian vinyl manufacturer Viryl continues to advance the art of pressing records

Jack White changes “Icky Thump” to “Icky Trump” for NYC performance

Jack White can probably consider himself disinvited from any White House visit for the foreseeable future after turning the White Stripes song “Icky Thump” into “Icky Trump” during his performance New York’s Governor’s Ball over the weekend.
Jack White changes “Icky Thump” to “Icky Trump” for NYC performance

Here’s what science says happens to our brains when we listen to music

There are regions in the auditory cortex, according to one MIT lab, that show intense activation when listening to music and have little to no activation when you hear, say, a phone ring or someone else’s voice. Your favorite neuroscientist Shannon Odell joined up with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart to explore exactly what music does to your brain. Our brains are built to listen to music. Keep reading. Thi sis from Inverse. And when we listen, some interesting things happen. Music has been a big part of our species’ development since, well, forever. There are certain parts of the brain that react specifically to music, not just sounds in general. Although there doesn’t seem to be an evolutionary reason for us to have music, it seems as if our brains are wired for it anyway. This past April, the American Museum of Natural History put on a special show in tandem with its “Our Senses” exhibit, which included Mickey’s trippy music, a whole lotta lasers, and a unique instrument called “The Beam.” Shannon hung out in the museum’s planetarium with Mickey and discussed her findings. Here are the highlights.
Here’s what science says happens to our brains when we listen to music

What was the loudest rock band ever? And how loud was that? This infographic explains everything.

 
 
  That, however, doesn’t stop bands from trying to claim the top spot. That’s almost equivalent to standing 25 metres away from a jet fighter at full takeoff thrust. The Guinness Book of World Records used to investigate claims of the loudest rock band ever, but because of the potential for hearing damage, they aren’t doing that anymore. The human body can only take so much. It would make for a better show. But how loud is loud? Click on the image to get started. More on loud bands here. Volume is fine, but there are limits. I remember being made physically ill by sound pressure levels at an Anvil concert. The further you drag the slider down, the louder things get. And the Foo Fighters might think of turning things down just a little. A site called Get Licensed created this interactive website the compares the volume of rock bands to other loud things. I got too close to Dinosaur Jr once and paid for it for days. The highest volume claim I could find belongs to Sleazy Joe, a Swedish rock band, that was measured at 143.2 dB in 2008. Every music fans inevitably ends up at a gig that is just too loud.
And how loud was that? This infographic explains everything. What was the loudest rock band ever?

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 185: The Matrix Revisitedloaded

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Kickstart your career with the RBC Emerging Musician Program

Kickstart your career with the RBC Emerging Musician Program
If you’re having trouble finding that creative spark to sit down and record, perhaps $20000 is incentive enough to put together a submission. On top of that, every winner gets the chance to learn from industry professionals as part of the mentorship program. Or maybe your band just has a banging track lying around that you don’t know what to do with. Best of all, every winner will be performing live in Toronto at the RBC Emerging Musician Showcase in Toronto later this year. Time to attach the jumper cables your career! All you have to do is submit a fully original video or audio recording of yours or your band’s song. Fear not, for these problems all have one very enticing solution: the 2018 RBC Emerging Musician Program! Are you a musician in need of an influx of cash? The best part is entering is so easy. In case you hadn’t noticed, that’s a lot of things. It definitely worked for me. But it’s not just 1st place that gets the glory! From now until July 15th, you can sign up here to submit an original song for a chance to win some crazy good prizes. If you’re serious about being a musician, this is the time to hike up those performing pants for your submission. Then you wait and hope for the good news. Do you need money for new instruments and hardware that will take your sound to the next level? The grand prize winner will receive $20,000 in cash, introductions to music industry executives and established artists, recording time in a private studio, album cover art design, an invitation to the 2018 Canada’s Walk of Fame Gala and the opportunity to perform at Canada’s Walk of Fame event. Second place will receive $6000 and three other winners will be rewarded $4000 dollars each. Launched by Canada’s Walk of Fame, this is a great opportunity for budding musicians to inject their career with some pizzaz.

You’re invited to the Toronto Tech Summer Social KickOff June 19

You’re invited to the Toronto Tech Summer Social KickOff June 19
  Derek was an executive and venture capitalist who was instrumental in creating a strong tech sector. The Toronto Tech Summer Social KickOff will feature all kinds of tech companies, investors, and tech ecosystem supporters. If you’re into the tech community, there’s a major networking-and-music event coming up on Tuesday, June 19 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Tickets: www.universe.com
More at the official Facebook page. Doors: 7 pm
Music: 8 pm featuring Unlock the Grid (Vena Solutions) Wellington U (Intelex), and BucketList (ensemble of tech sector leaders). All money raised will go towards the Derek Smyth Memorial Fund.

Random music news for Thursday, June 7, 2018

Have a pair of Apple AirPods? Spotify sent the FCC some paperwork that seems to indicate that it’s working on some kind of hardware. Speaking of legal action, this dance artist is annoyed that his ex-management company is redirecting his old domain to a porn site. Free underwear for all! Dave Grohl says that Nirvana was “like a loud, distorted version of Monty Python.” Maybe, except for the way it ended. A new report says that streaming revenues will completely dominant by 2022. Facebook has a new feature that goes right after Musical.ly that includes lip syncing. The house Jagged Little Pill helped build is up for sale. last year at this time: Total albums, -18.9%; digital albums, -23.1%; CDs, -20.8%; physical albums, -16.1%; vinyl, +68.9%(!!!); streaming, +54%. A smart speaker? Speaking of Spotify, what went wrong with their “hateful content” policy? And radio revenues will also continue to rise. Now. What are they talking about? Looks cool. Blues star Billie Holiday is going to get the biopic treatment from Lee Daniels. As with Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, we have no idea who might be suffering terribly. The goal of this New Zealand radio station is to put listeners to sleep. Are these the most iconic guitars of all time? Here’s a cool new feature that we’ll soon be able to use. And there’s more. Canadian music sales vs. It needs fixing. (Via Tom)
A good and necessary Pride Month conversation: The problems of homophobia in the music industry. Music continues to have an enormous mental health problem. Bonarroo will stink a lot less this year for a very good reason. Sonos has a new all-in-one smart speaker called Sonos Beam. Some pretty cool recordings were made there. The BBC is closing their storied Maida Vale location. As for music news on June 7, 2018. Green Day’s documentary of East Bay punk is now available for sale. Let’s call this the “Eye of the Tiger” lawsuit. Opera and classical music companies are being targeted by thieves in the UK. Apparently, animals are having conversations all around us. The death of Kate Spade is really bothering me.
Random music news for Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Music From The Inbox: Ben Howard, Mallrat, Julianna Daugherty, and more!

New Music From The Inbox: Ben Howard, Mallrat, Julianna Daugherty, and more!
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Artist: Mallrat Song: Groceries Album: In The Sky
This new track from 19 year old one-to-watch from Brisbane is blissfully sun soaked, with conversational yet catchy vocal melodies that make listening feel like a chill time with a close friend. Listen: 

Artist: Polo et Pan
Song: Arc En Ciel
Bright electo pop to warm your soul with a delightfully interesting chord progression and melody that flits from major to minor. Listen: Artist: Ben Howard
Song: Nica Libres At Dusk
Album: Noonday Dream
This new track from Ben Howard is captivating in it’s gentle grandeur, a dynamic and blissful experience of a song. Listen:
https://m.soundcloud.com/western_vinyl/juliana-daugherty-light

Artist: Blanco White
Song: Nocturne
A dark and ethereal folk-rock song that glows with emotion. Listen: 

Artist: Julianna Daugherty
Song: Light
Album: Light Out
This piano driven track is striking in it’s simplicity, with otherworldly vocals that will give you chills.

“Why modern music is so awful.”

“Why modern music is so awful.”
If it hasn’t happened already, at some point in your life you will wonder what happened to music. It’s the cycle of life. What’s wrong with kids these days.”
Totally natural. But hang on. (Thanks to Jeff for the link.) And this video explains why. It’s been this way for centuries. Maybe today’s music is shit. Every generation has a biological right to believe that the music of its youth is the greatest music of all time. “Why is today’s music so bad? Every generation hates the music of the generation that comes after them.