New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (June 12, 2018): The Dirty Nil, Avantist, Neck Deep, and more!

Unlike anything else out there, really. Resonant guitars, wobbly vocals, and a soft haze keep these Australian surf/psych rockers true to form in the most pleasantly wavy way imaginable. Sam Carter)”
Album/EP: The Peace and The Panic

Angsty new-wave alternative that also flirts with new millennium emo, the nasally vocals and screamo breakdown will feel just like a familiar teenage tantrum. Reminiscent of the industrial style of mid-2000s dance punk a la early LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture, there’s just so much scrambling movement in this track that you may need a few listens to comprehend it. Melancholy and resentment flow freely in the melodic guitar-fronted track, with just the right amount of angry pounding drums to reach that next level of nostalgia. Easily a ‘rooftop patio in the early evening’ kind of track. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Neck Deep
Song: “Don’t Wait (ft. On the bright side, it flies through the nearly 3 minute runtime faster than its beat! Tied together by a glitzy guitar sample and breathy vocals, the songwriter reaches for the clouds while still feeling loosely grounded. Incessant 808s, chamber strings, and a poetic tapestry of lyrics make Charlie Looker’s release strikingly unique and uniquely striking. It’s the royal ‘they’ mom, you wouldn’t understand. Watch/Listen:  Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Charlie Looker
Song: “Ritual Fire”
Album/EP: Simple Answers

Gothic orchestral pop built around haunting tenor vocals eerily reminiscent of The Cure’s Robert Smith, this is not your typical radio-friendly pop song. Sid Rosco)”
Album/EP: Single

Slick and airy pop from Swedish star producers Dog Collective, “Always On My Mind” is a breezy front-of-mind tune about presence and experience with the sonic expression to match. Artist: The Dirty Nil
Song: “Bathed In Light”
Album/EP: Master Volume

Classic stadium-filling rock dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world, “Bathed In Light” is a raucous stomper from Dundas gear heads The Dirty Nil. Like, yesterday. If you’re not listening to this band, start listening to this band pronto. It wouldn’t even be ironic to say this tune embodies the lovely ‘hang loose’ cliche. Straddling the line between hard rock and punk with a healthy dollop of killer riffs, redlining guitars, and guttural screams, this new tune from upcoming album Master Volume is peak Nil. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Dog Collective
Song: “Always On My Mind (feat. Dark and ominous, “Ritual Fire” belongs in a hidden cave more than the airwaves. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: The Babe Rainbow
Song: “Supermoon”
Album/EP: Double Rainbow

If it were possible for a song to be sephia-toned, The Babe Rainbow’s “Supermoon” would fit that filter to a tee. (Full disclosure: I do occasional work for The Dirty Nil’s label, Dine Alone Records)

Artist: Avantist
Song: “this_could_be_it_”
Album/EP: Terasoma

Frantic, frenetic, blistering post-punk chaos packaged into a ripping avant-garde shakedown, south-side Chicago’s Avantist latest single hardly gives you space to breathe.
(June 12, 2018): The Dirty Nil, Avantist, Neck Deep, and more! New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition!

How does Spotify keep track of all the new musical genres?

“I worry about anything at Spotify that takes in numbers on one end and tries to produce music experiences on the other—I try to make sure that the numbers make sense, and that the musical experience makes sense.”
McDonald’s work helps power the Related Artists tabs on individual artist pages, as well as Daily Mix—and that’s not all. “I do a lot of strange projects on my own, looking for patterns and generating playlists,” he says. “The website Every Noise at Once is the largest manifestation of that.”
Every Noise at Once is a treat for anyone who likes to fall down online rabbit-holes of music: It’s a massive map of (at this moment) 1,742 genres—umbrella genres like pop and country, as well as smaller niches like Thai hip-hop, German metal, and discofox—that McDonald has identified while examining the data that comes across his desk at Spotify. “It was very hard to tell how such a thing was working—you think, ‘Does this song sound .7 happy?’ But I found that if I aggregated those scores over genres, I could make sense of it.”
Wow. Keep reading. “My occupation, strangely, is called ‘data alchemist,’” he says over a cup of coffee before a show in Boston—just over the river from Spotify’s Somerville, Massachusetts, outpost. Today we’re faced by innumerable genres, sub-genres, sub-sub-genres, and sub-sub-sub-genres. Some, like metal, goth, and punk seem eternal. Since the birth of rock’n’roll in the 1950s, music has evolved, separated, stratified, and segmented into so many different streams. New sounds and scenes are emerging all the time with names like “post-teen pop,” “downtempo Swedish endurance,” and “tracestep.” Who comes up with those names? “It was originally a debugging tool,” says McDonald, who started working on Every Noise at Once when he was at the Echonest, a music intelligence company that Spotify acquired in 2014. “We tried to use machine learning to evaluate subjective psychoacoustic attributes of songs—so how danceable, or energetic, or happy, or sad,” he says. And who formalizes these genres within Spotify? Others have the half-life of francium-223. So how does Spotify do it? Take a look at this Spotify blog called “How Spotify Discovers the Genres of Tomorrow.”
Spotify data alchemist Glenn McDonald turns numbers into music experiences. For artists, it’s a useful source for understanding where they fit in the overall music universe, a context that can potentially be a valuable source of inspiration. Ask Glenn McDonald what he does at Spotify, and a wry smile will appear. For music fans, it’s an endlessly fascinating look at how sound and aesthetics flow between regions and eras. But someone has to keep track of all these different types of music because, well, that’s what humans do: we organize things into neat piles and categories.  
How does Spotify keep track of all the new musical genres?

When do you stop being interested in new music? Well, it depends.

And researchers have found that users, on average, stopped discovering new music at 27 years and 11 months. For example, in Brazil, music fans will hit their ‘peak’ right when they turn 22. It discussed a British survey that indicated that the peak age for music discovery is 24, But by the age is 30-and-a-half, most people can no longer be bothered and begin to fall back on familiar music, most often the music of their youth. Surprisingly enough, the ages of both musical ‘peaks’ and ‘paralyses’ varied by country. The strange phenomenon is called “musical paralysis”.  They’ll stop discovering music altogether just 2 months after turning 23. Researchers found that music fans will first hit their “musical peak” several years before entering into a “musical paralysis.” During the ‘peak’ age, they’ll listen to ten or more new tracks per week. Last week I had an article on the age at which people lose interest in discovering new music. The research, commissioned by the streaming music service Deezer, surveyed 5,000 adults from the UK, the US, Germany, France, and Brazil. Whoa. Keep reading. Then, they’ll stop discovering new music altogether. When it comes to discovering music, most people eventually hit a point of “musical paralysis.” In fact, researchers have now pinpointed the exact moment when it’s likely to occur. Did you know that you’ll likely stop discovering music right before you turn 28? Digital Music News picks up that thread by looking at the various ages of “peak and paralysis” around the world using information from Deezer, the streaming music service in more countries than any other. Interesting.
Well, it depends. When do you stop being interested in new music?

Yes, the Canadian music industry wants a fee on every smartphone sold in this country

The demand, which now forms part of the platform of demands from the Canadian music industry, is based on a $40 million annual handout. Keep reading. (Via Andrew) (Here’s my backgrounder on the situation.)
Copyright expert Michael Geist has more to say on the subject. The iPod Tax is back, except that the Canadian music industry wants a fee slapped on all smartphones because we all copy our music to them. According to documents released under the Access to Information Act, the collective arrived with a startling demand, asking the federal government to pay $160 million over the next four years to compensate for music copying. While the industry has not provided details on how it arrived at its figure, notes (likely from Graham Flack) reveal the basis of the demand. Last fall, months before the start of the Canadian copyright review, the Canadian Private Copying Collective, the collective that administers the tax on blank CDs that has long advocated for extending the payments to iPods and other electronic devices, met with senior officials at Canadian Heritage including Deputy Minister Graham Flackand Melanie Joly’s chief of staff Leslie Church (over two days the collective also met with politicians such as Dan Ruimy, Peter Van Loan, and Pierre Nantel).
Yes, the Canadian music industry wants a fee on every smartphone sold in this country

Steve Van Zandt and the Disciples of Education: Teaching the kids about music

Steve Van Zandt and the Disciples of Education: Teaching the kids about music
Musicians do all sorts of things to support their causes, whether it’s water crises or human rights or their hometown. From social studies and language arts to geography, media studies, science, general music, and more: TeachRock has engaging and meaningful material for every classroom – that we share with teachers and students at no cost. Our arts integration curriculum uses the lens of music to help children learn all subjects, with innovative lesson plans developed by experienced educators and top experts in the field. We have a limited number of tickets for each show so sign up today! They also receive tickets to the show! Thanks to Connie, from CERN, for sharing this with me! I love that he’s going the extra mile to help out. The curriculum (and the ticket to the show) are free to teachers. All teachers have to do is sign up themselves and a guest for the pre-show workshop and attend. Thank you, teachers, for everything that you do. Education is a critical issue to me and for everyone. THE ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER FOUNDATION IS ON TOUR WITH LITTLE STEVEN AND WE HAVE A FREE TICKET FOR YOU TO COME SEE THE BAND! The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation never charges for our lesson plans, and we won’t be asking for donations. We just want to share our engaging curriculum with you – the educators who will bring it to life. Read more here. He’s on tour with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul and they are doing something very cool! His cause is education and support for teachers. Steve Van Zandt, who we all know from Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band as well as his own band, is no exception. We are on the road sharing our TeachRock curriculum through professional development workshops that will happen at every stop of the 2018–19 tour. We look forward to seeing you soon!

You’ll be stunned at how many songs are added to streaming music services every day. I was.

According to, a thousand songs are uploaded to Spotify, Apple, Google Music, Napster, Dezzer, and the other streamers every hour. That’s another matter–and it’s why we’ll still need record labels for the foreseeable future. In other words, the signal-to-noise ratio is getting worse by the second. And that number is increasing every single day. That’s 24,000 songs every day and 1 million tracks every six weeks. The good news is that you can find just about any song you could want on the streaming music services. More at Music Business Worldwide. About half of the daily upload consists of brand new songs. You gotta wonder how many of these tracks will be heard even once. Watch this video of a presentation featuring Bill Patrizio of Napster. Extrapolating further, we’re talking about almost 9 million added to the streamers’ catalogues every year. (By the way, there’s a site called Forgotify which will play you a stream of songs that haven’t ever been heard on Spotify.)
Yes, it’s possible to post your music to a worldwide audience for next to nothing. Cutting through the clutter? Not everyone can be Chance the Rapper. They specialize in relationships that get music into the hands and ears of the right people so they have a better chance of being heard. The rest are older tracks that have been digitized and tagged. The bad news is that there are at least 35 million songs available.
You’ll be stunned at how many songs are added to streaming music services every day. I was.

Another AMAZING drum cover: This 8-year-old girl plays Led Zeppelin like a boss

If John Bonham were still with us, he’d be most impressed by Yoyoka Soma, an 8-year-old girl from Japan who can do this with “Good Times, Bad Times” from Led Zeppelin. (Via Vsem)

『Hit Like A Girl Contest 2018』Good Times Bad Times – LED ZEPPELIN / Cover by Yoyoka , 8 year old drummer from よよか on Vimeo.
Another AMAZING drum cover: This 8-year-old girl plays Led Zeppelin like a boss

This band’s singer was convicted of trying to have his wife killed. Now he’s back with the group. The strange history of As I Lay Dying

This band’s singer was convicted of trying to have his wife killed. Now he’s back with the group. The strange history of As I Lay Dying
Stay tuned for more, I guess. How does the band recover from all this controversy and pain? The couple had been having child custody issues allegedly caused by Lambesis’ years of steroid abuse. A reformed and sorrowful Lambesis was released on probation in December 2016 and after a period of uncertainty, the 2013 lineup of As I Lay Dying began working on new music. What about all the backlash from music fans and the media? A short history of San Diego’s As I Lay Dying goes like this:

Band forms in 2000 and releases six albums over twelve years. Band reforms. All we have is this Facebook statement. While he was on ice, As I Lay Dying changed their name to Wovenwar with a new singer. Upon his conviction, the band breaks up. Singer is released from jail. Back up. Frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested on May 7, 2013, after he tried to hire an undercover cop to kill his wife. His initial plea of “not guilty” was later changed to “guilty.” He was sent to jail facing up to six years in custody. Hold on. On June 8, 2018, the group released a band new song called “My Own Grave.”

This is obviously a tricky situation. Let’s fill in some blanks. Singer then tries to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

Random music news for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

This, apparently, is news. What? John Travolta went for pizza at the same place we see in Saturday Night Live. Haim fired their agent after they found out he got them a fraction of what a male artist got for playing the same festival. Wow. Frampton Comes Alive, KISS Alive, Running on Empty, etc, etc.). Inside Ed Sheeran’s proposed private chapel. How well do you know your record producers? Bono’s daughter didn’t like this sleeping fan at dad’s show. Wait: A Black Sabbath reunion? You can see through walls with radio? Take this quiz. Taylor Swift fired one of her dancers over some sexist memes. Moby is selling his entire record collection for charity. Yeah, that ain’t happening…
Live albums used to be a really, really big deal (cf. Hoping for a new System of a Down album? It’s costing Slash a lot of money to get divorced. Metallica is going to be honoured in Sweden with something called The Polar Prize. Let’s take a look. What are the most popular music services based on search analytics? Podcasting revenue in the US is at $314 million and growing. Who knew that Guns ‘N Roses Duff McKagan was into model trains? Here’s another leak about what the next iPhone might look like. But the future of the live album doesn’t look great. Today’s music news–June 13, 2018–remains tariff-free and welcomes all readers. This will keep you busy at work today: 35 of the most offensive band names ever.
Random music news for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

More Music From The Inbox 13 Jun 2018 The Charlatans, USS, Interpol and More!

Sounds like:  intrigue all around
Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: The Charlatans, “Standing Alone”
Album: Totally Eclipsing

If you don’t know this UK wonder, where have you been hiding? Sounds like:  the beginning of the story

Artist: Becoming Bristol, “Sort Myself Out”  
Album: N/A

Love the sound from this Seattle band
Sounds like:  taking a hard look inside

Artist: YesDragon, “Treats”
Album: 9 Horses

Great Scottish band catching my ear today
Sounds like:  bizarre grunge meets hip hop that works

Artist: Flux Velociraptor, “Bono and the Edge”
Album: Velociraptor Attractor

Another Scottish delight! Sounds like:  comfort food

Artist: USS, “Medicine”
Album: N/A

A perpetual favourite you all know and love
Sounds like:  new and unique

Artist: Interpol, “The Rover”
Album: Marauder

I’ve been following this NYC band for years.  They never disappoint.
More Music From The Inbox 13 Jun 2018 The Charlatans, USS, Interpol and More!

Want to learn how to read music? Start here.

Click on the following link to visit the original guide on how to read piano keys and notes from Also, it’s well-written and contains a lot of illustrations. G-line indicates G4 on the piano keyboard
The cornerstone-lines in the bass clef: F-line. When it comes to learning piano, people usually will find that reading sheet music is boring, laborious, and perhaps, a nightmare! F-line indicates F3 on the piano keyboard

The complete diagram of musical notes and their corresponding piano keys

The last words
In the original guide, Neil Nguyen includes the right-brained and the left-brained approach to read mmusicalnotes and their corresponding keys, which make it’s easier for you to learn the basic music theory. Guest blogger Neil Nguyen from brings us a visual, clear, and very simple instruction on how to read music notes and their corresponding keys on a piano. First, we must know 7 musical notes and their corresponding letters
7 Musical Notes and Their Corresponding Letters








Second, we learn the names of the musical notes and their positions in the treble clef and the bass clef
Musical Notes on The Treble Clef

Musical notes on The Bass Clef

Third, we match the musical notes on the music sheet with their corresponding piano keys
Connection Between Musical Notes and Piano Keys

The cornerstone-lines in the treble clef: G-line.
Want to learn how to read music? Start here.

How can blockchain help music, musicians and media? Watch this.

Watch this. How can blockchain help music, musicians and media?
If you’re confused by the whole notion of how blockchain can be of use to the music and musicians, you’re not alone. This presentation by Benji Rogers of dotBlockchainMusic at the TNW Conference helps explain things.

Maynard James Keenan confirms that a new Tool album is coming next year. And he said it in public. Sort of.

A new Tool album in 2019? But I’ll believe it when I hear it, though. That’s what Maynard James Keenan said upon accepting this icon award at the Metal Hammer event on June 11. Then again, it didn’t mention Tool. All he said was “You’re going to see some new music next year.”

And he said it in public. Sort of. Maynard James Keenan confirms that a new Tool album is coming next year.

From the Dept. of Weird Rockstar Hobbies: Collecting military vehicles and other strange pastimes.

Brian May of Queen turned his interest in astronomy into a Ph.D. Neil Young likes model trains. Gary Numan is a certified stunt pilot. David Lovering of The Pixies has become very good at magic. The Offspring’s Dexter Holland collects airplanes. From there, things can get…expensive. Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones collects stamps. He even has a MiG fighter. in astrophysics. Same thing as Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. Iggy Pop and others paint. Everyone needs a hobby, something to divert the mind from the pressures of day-to-day living. Even rockstars need hobbies. Nick Mason of Pink Floyd has an insanely large collection of cars, some of which he races. Roger Daltrey of The Who loves fishing for trout. Same thing with Rod Stewart. Same thing with Guy Berryman of Coldplay and Brian Johnson of AC/DC. Before he died, Lemmy of Motorhead spent a lot of time collecting authentic Nazi memorabilia. The Deal sisters in The Breeders like to knit. Jack White is into taxidermy.   Grandmaster Flash collects coffee mugs. But Stephen Morris of Joy Division/New Order is a different cat altogether. Bob Dylan is into sculpture. He collects military vehicles. Damon Albarn really likes ping pong.
From the Dept. of Weird Rockstar Hobbies: Collecting military vehicles and other strange pastimes.

Kurt Cobain exhibit destroyed by a massive fire

Kurt Cobain exhibit destroyed by a massive fire
The roof soon collapsed. By 10:00, flames were shooting up to 20 feet in the air. Photo by Eric Timmons

  Some new artwork was installed just last year to commemorate what would have been Kurt’s 50th birthday. The museum was part of the 96-year-old Aberdeen Armory Building. There was a huge fire at the Aberdeen Museum of History in Aberdeen, Washington, this past weekend. Smoke and water damage is extensive. Fans came from all over the world to see the Nirvana exhibit. Among the irreplaceable things lost was an exhibit dedicated to Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. The three-alarm fire began around 9 am on Saturday, June 9. Aberdeen, of course, is the hometown of both Kurt and the band.