Interesting exercise: Type “Radio is” into a Google search and watch what pops up. Now an iPhone app can spot autism? Why would he do that? Apparently. I’m already looking forward to the one called “Jolene.”
Tetris is coming back as a music-driven VR game. Back to the future: music news for June 8, 2018. Apparently. That is one BIG organ! It can offer some real comfort and joy. Is Spotify thinking of licensing music directly from artists? On this day in 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 was published. A musician and “whale whisperer” is being sued for defrauding people of over $3 million. And is there gender bias on Spotify playlists? Here’s the full story. In 2007, a woman posted a video of her 18-month-old toddler dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The legal battle that resulted is finally coming to an end. See why music is so important to dementia patients? Music and swimming are helping this survivor of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Apparently. Oh. Why did Prince swap his name for an unpronounceable symbol, anyway? Apparently. Ticketfly is finally back online after a cyber attack. More sonic attacks? Stephen Colbert’s diss track against Kellyanne Conway. Wait: David Cassidy was lying about having dementia? Netflix is launching a series with programs base don Dolly Parton songs. Apparently. A Bob Marley biopic? The new Sonos Beam smart speaker hits the Apple HomePod where it hurts. This looks interesting.
Random music news for Friday, June 8, 2018
A Rapper Explains! Gang Culture = Particle Physics?
UK rapper responds to rising gang violence with particle physics rap music video Antimatter! Not the type of story you hear every day! Amidst growing gang violence in his hometown of London, ‘CERN’ rapper, Consensus, has decided to respond with a gang culture/particle physics concept video: Antimatter. Verse 1 compares gang violence conflict to proton – anti-proton annihilation. His idea is that gang culture is more a symptom of socio-economic failings and a lack of education rather than the rap music that often elevates it. This is one of the stranger musical comparisons I’ve run across. Verse 3 breaks sentiments down through general political unrest, activism, and the origins of antimatter from the beginnings of the universe. Antimatter takes a meta look at gang type conflicts and their impact on society, directly making comparisons to particle physics phenomena. Micheal Hoch’s, Origin Project. This one was a bit more surprising. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with and sharing many a CERN-related (our friendly neighbourhood super-collider folks in Switzerland) post on these pages. Consensus’ Antimatter video was intended to raise awareness of where conflicts like the rise of gang violence come from. The track itself comes from a whole album on particle physics produced collaboration with The Large Hadron Collider, CERN and art@CMS. Verse 2 compares police brutality and rising anti-police sentiment to electron-positron annihilation. Since the album was released last year, Consensus has engaged in a multitude of platforms including guest lectures and performance at CERN, Cambridge, Oxford and Central St Martins University, and is currently working with the Ontario Science Centre as Dr. Check out more here. At the same time, it introduces the affected demographics of the culture with new concepts in STEM activities and further education.
This infographic from a company called Burstimo was created by scraping all kinds of Google data as well as info from the IFIP Music Consumer Insight Report. Back in the day, people discovered music through the radio, magazines, video channels and through word of mouth. Click the image to see the whole thing at Hypebot. Things are a little different now.
Where do people discover new music these days? Let’s take a look.
New beer aims to raise money for singer’s Alzheimer’s treatment
John Mann was the face of Spirit of the West, the band behind this iconic Canadian party song. The company is owned by Steve Forsyth, the brother of a Janet Forsyth, who once served as the manager for Spirit of the West. At the moment, Off The Rail is only available in BC. A brewery called Off The Rail has just released a new pilsner called Spirit Lifter that they hope will raise money for John as well as awareness of the issues surrounding the needs of Alzheimer’s patients. John has been suffering from early-only Alzheimer’s for the past few years and requires ongoing treatment.
This 13-year-old KILLS a cover of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher.” Watch.
Watch her cover Alex Van Halen’s insane drum parts for “Hot for Teacher.” Mia Morris is just 13, but damn, she’s good.
Let’s ask science! Why do so many people stop listening to new music after age 30?
After 24, it’s all downhill. By age 30, it’s often just easier to default to the favourite music of your youth. Family. Tastes eventually “mature” until we reach our early 30s. (Via Silence Alert)
‘Course, none of these applies to you, right? The same songs over and over again work just fine for them. Deezer commissioned a survey of 1,000 people in the UK about their music preferences. We also have lots of time and energy to devote to sourcing out music–especially new music–that touches us. People report difficulties keeping up with what’s new and cool. Music in our teen years is dominated by current music, the stuff that’s new and cool. Instead, nostalgia takes over and the music of our youth becomes dominant. They discovered that the peak age for music discovery is 24. Mortgages. Need more? That means 53% just can’t be arsed anymore. Songs from your teens will be popular again among people of your same age a decade later. All of us go through a coming-of-age period when it comes to music, beginning roughly when we enter grade 9 and continuing through until our early 20s. But by the time our mid-20s approach, life starts to get in the way. 25% reported being open to new music
19% complain that there’s too much music out there and they’re overwhelmed by the choice
16% say having a job is getting in the way
11% say they’re too busy with children and family
About half the people (47%) said they wished they had more time to devote to music. The amount of time and energy left over to devote to music begins to diminish. About 64% said that they listened to five new artists every month. Right? Deezer, the France-based streaming service, is also interested because this sort of thing directly affects their business. Science is most interested in this behaviour. 60% say that they’re in a rut musically. Jobs. This is based on the metric of listening to 10 or more new tracks a week. Another survey of music preferences using data from Spotify offered up these facts. By 33, a sizeable number of people had stopped listening to new music entirely. As we figure out who we are as people, we use music to understand ourselves and then to project that identity to the world.
The Ongoing History of New Music Encore Presentation: The History of Indie Rock, Part 2
It’s up to indie musicians, indie labels and the people who believe in them to propel our music forward. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:
102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
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. Part two of the series will deal with what happened in the indie alt-rock world in the late 70s and early 80s. 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. For all of you asking for me to talk about hardcore, there’s plenty here for you. Songs featured on this week’s show:
Theadora Kelly Project, “Indie Hipster Kid”
Joy Division, “Digital”
M|A|R|R|S, “Pump Up the Volume”
My Bloody Valentine, “Soon”
Primal Scream, “Velocity Girl”
The Smiths, “This Charming Man” (NY Vocal)
Black Flag, “Wasted”
Bad Religion, “Bad Religion”
Dead Kennedys, “California Uber Alles”
Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist for the show. This is the way it’s always been since the beginning of rock. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. All change, all evolution, all revolution in music comes from the street. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. “The History of Indie Rock” is a four-part Ongoing History series that seeks to give credit where credit is due and to help explain how our music got to where it is today. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday.
I Like This: FIDLAR and their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar”
They’ve just released this version of “Have a Cigar,” Pink Floyd’s swipe at the music industry from 1975’s Wish You Were Here. Yep. FIDLAR is one of my favourite new bands of the last couple of years. And is that Dr Dre on the track?
Bryan Adams, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Arkells, Burton Cummings, Sam Roberts and more than 40 others eventually put pen to flag. The organizers of the Big Music Fest in Kitchener, Mark and Miriam Higgins, had an idea. They got a Canadian flag and musicians sign it for…something. The result is a one-of-a-kind collector’s item that will be auctioned away on eBay starting June 20. Here’s the full list of autographs:
The Tragically Hip
Attack in Black
5 Star Trailer Park
Blue Rodeo — Jim Cuddy
The Parlor Mob
Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles
Sam Roberts Band
Burton Cummings and Band
Metric — Joules Scott-Key
Three Days Grace
Big Sugar — Mr. Chill
Carly Rae Jepsen
Our Lady Peace
Theory of a Deadman
The New Cities
Down with Webster
I Mother Earth
The Parlor Mob
Chantal Kreviazuk Whatever money is raised will be presented to Sunnybrook Hospital in memory of Gord Downie on July 3–specifically The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
Big Music Fest is auctioning off this Canadian flag featuring 45 autographs in memory of Gord Downie
Random music news for Saturday, June 9, 2018
Here’s pictorial proof. Supermanager Scooter Braun delivered this fascinating keynote at the MIDEM music conference. Why do record collectors collect records? Let’s explore that. The next iPhone is going to be bigger–and expensive. If you’re driving, don’t play the bongo drums, okay? Musicians still believe these four myths about the music industry. On this day in 1973, Secretariat, the greatest horse ever, won the Triple Crown. It’s worth reading. There was a Facebook bug that may have exposed some of your private messages. This could have implications far beyond that. RIP Deicide’s Ralph Santolla. A band called Velociraptor has put out a song called “Bono and the Edge.” (VIa Larry)
Whoa. Dre faces a $100 million lawsuit over Beats headphones. YouTube has been found liable of copyright infringement by an Austrian court. Bagpiper arrested. What will make up the next generations of classic hits for radio? Here’s a look at embarrassing dad dancing by rock stars. And for all those people who bought the $17,000 version of Apple Watch when it first came out, congratulations. A lost John Coltrane album has been found? Kinda fun: Some weird facts about ABBA. This could be the world’s smallest nightclub. Dr. You might want to read this. Let’s explore that, too. It will be obsolete with the next update. This home formerly owned by Madonna just sold for $35 million USD. Justice! Somewhere, Bob Larson is smiling. Wow. Yes, concerts and festivals were very intense in the 1990s. Moving on to music news for June 9, 2018…
Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
I Like This: Poptone–A side project of a side project that Goths should love
Their entire raison d’etre is to perform mostly Tones on Tail material as well as songs from the Bauhaus and Love and Rockets catalogue. Then Peter Murphy bailed and Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Hoskins formed Tones on Tail on their way to creating Love and Rockets. Poptone is on tour this summer and reports say their live show is terrific. Now we have Poptone, which features Ash and Hoskins and Hoskins’ daughter, Diva Dompé on bass. First, there was Bauhaus. As you listen to their cover of Tones On Tails’ “Go,” read more about the band here.
A US school is now using a lullaby to teach what to do with shooting shootings
There’s no other way to describe how this story from the BBC made me feel. Despair. In Massachusetts, a class of five-year-olds are learning this rhyme – set to the lullaby “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” – so they know what to do during a school shooting. […]
The rhyme, which is written in brightly coloured pen and illustrated with cartoons, reads in full:
“Lockdown, lockdown, Lock the door
“Shut the lights off, Say no more
“Go behind the desk and hide
“Wait until it’s safe inside
“Lockdown, lockdown it’s all done
“Now it’s time to have some fun!”
Here’s who will be honoured at the 2018 SOCAN Awards June 18
the company that collects royalties and distributes them to artists) has its annual awards ceremony coming up in Toronto on June 18.
Our Lady Peace – The Toronto-based rock band best known for their unique sound on albums like 1997’s Clumsy receive the SOCAN National Achievement Award in recognition of their massive career contributions to alternative rock music and songwriting in Canada. SOCAN, Canada’s performing rights organization (i.e. Daniel Caesar – SOCAN Breakout Artist Award winner Daniel Caesar has made waves in Canada and beyond, including two mentions in Barack Obama’s favourite songs of 2017, for his Grammy-nominated, JUNO Award-winning debut album, Freudian. (Fun fact: I’m going to deliver the intro speech for Our Lady Peace.)
From the press release. It’s also the best-looking music trophy in the known galaxy. Frank Dukes – SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. This year’s trophy will be tuned to the notes of Burton Cummings’ “Stand Tall.” Cool! Everyone will receive a physical award called The SOCAN, the only music trophy in the world that’s also an actual musical instrument. These songwriters are going to be honoured that night. Sarah McLachlan – In the fight for female artists to gain recognition as box office contenders, few artists have fought harder than Sarah McLachlan. Burton Cummings – A founding member of legendary Canadian rock band The Guess Who, whose songwriting credits include “Stand Tall,” “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “Break It To Them Gently,” and so many others, Burton Cummings will be honoured with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the music industry’s greatest accolades. The internationally acclaimed producer’s work has been heard on countless songs with some of the world’s biggest rap and pop talents, including Drake’s “Fake Love,” Post Malone’s “Congratulations,” Camila Cabello’s global sensation “Havana,” and hits by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and many others. She receives SOCAN’s Global Inspiration Award in recognition of her many contributions to the music industry, profound impact on music education for Canadian youth through the non-profit Sarah McLachlan School of Music, and significant acclaim as a songwriter.
Here’s how you can enter. Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament is holding a basketball trick shot competition.
Jeff Ament has been a big basketball guy all his life. From the website:
We know that not everyone has access to a hoop and ball, so be creative. All you have to do is share a video on Twitter or Instagram of your best basketball trick shot. And you don’t even have to own a basketball. Jeff’s new album, Heaven/Hell is out and to help plug that, he’s going to give away a customized basketball signed by him as well as some other merch. You can use a ping pong ball and a solo cup, a piece of paper and a trash can…the sky’s the limit. Outside of Pearl Jam, it’s his major obsession. You have until June 25 at 11:59 pm ET to get it done. Tag it #AmentTrickShot.
Kinda cool, kinda gross: A real time MRI view of a beatboxer’s lips, tongue, and throat
This MRI shows what’s happening inside the head of a guy named Gaucho who is very, very good at what he does. Read more about what’s happening here at The Laughing Squid. create beats with their mouth–can make some fascinating sounds. People who can beatbox–i.e.