Random music news for Thursday, June 14, 2018
Who cares about new music? The guy who staged the bogus and disastrous Fyre Festival has been arrested on even more charges. BitTorrent has been sold to a big cryptocurrency dude. Think about that as we review the music news for June 14, 2018. It’ll close soon when the city’s new airport opens. Let’s take a look. This article ranks every infotainment system out there. (Via Tom) Another look at the most valuable vinyl records on earth. It was not a good year for Bonnaroo for a number of reasons. And the biggest artist on YouTube in 2018 is…who? Want to write your own Predator soundtrack? Try this. What’s wrong with this picture? You gotta love these smalltown music festivals like ForgeFest in Tillsonburg. The World Cup starts today in Russia. Those were interesting days. It might end up becoming a nightclub. Think that all of today’s pop songs sound the same? Are streaming services the new A&R? Buying a new car? Here’s proof that you aren’t wrong. Leaked nude pictures of Justin Bieber has increased streaming of his songs by 600% in Australia. This band is doing something about all the plastic in the world’s oceans. California’s biggest independent record store is now selling weed. Robbie Williams is accused of “selling his soul” to a dictator to get the opening ceremonies gig. Maybe. His enemies are Canada, France, Germany, and Japan. Let’s delve into that question. Donald Trump’s friends are Russia, China, and North Korea. Thanks to Robin for bringing this story about Toronto’s RPM club to my attention. So what does the AT&T/Time-Warner merger mean for music? Let’s contemplate the impact of Apple’s AirPods for a second. The good news? I’ve flown through Berlin’s Tegel Airport and it’s awful.
LUC is a collaboration between two songwriters/producers who’s names might not be familiar, but with over 90 million streams from projects with other big name artists and thousands of film, TV & album placements between them, you definitely know their work. Watch/Listen:
This song has a sensitive, luminous beauty that is easy to get lost in. Together Kari Kimmel and Joe Corcoran have created a gritty track with an irresistible pop sensibility that is bound to have people knowing their names very soon. An absolutely delightful summer track! Listen:
Cinematic strings over trip-hop beats make for a huge, interesting new sound from this self produced up-and-coming New Zealand artist. Watch/Listen:
Song: On and On
Bright indie-rock with warm vocals and guitar parts that are complex and interesting without losing their accessibility. It is the second of ten tracks that were recorded in a week long trip to a cottage near London, the rest of which will be released one per month this year. Listen:
Artist: Ciaran Lavery
Album: Sweet Decay
Stirring folk-rock with beautifully heartbreaking lyrics and striking, smoky vocals.
New Music from the Inbox: Luc, Manatree, Kin, and more!
Mating Slayer with Wham certainly ticks that box. The best mashups feature the weirdest juxtapositions. (Via Tom)
A mashup of Slayer and Wham shouldn’t work–but it does.
With that kind of clout, it’s important that artists, managers, and labels keep track of what’s happening with their music and videos. YouTube is still the biggest source of music anywhere in the online world. You can read more about what’s going on at Hypebot. There have been incremental improvements to the service over the last couple of years. Now song data can be filtered for 44 different countries, including Canada. YouTube obliges by publishing its own regional charts, something that they started doing in 2015.
YouTube has updated its music charts in 44 countries, including Canada
91% of Canadians listen to music. Radio is alive and well. 70% of satellite radio listeners listen in the car. The findings are most interesting. 70% stream radio at home, 40% in the car, 27% at work, 11% on public transit, 10% in the gym. Interested in how Canadians consume music? Makes you wonder about that remaining 9%, doesn’t it? Only 39% of average music listeners use smartphones and 16% use tablets. Most teens and Millennials use more than two streaming services, but mostly the free tiers (only 34% pay for a stream subscription).
97% of Canadian teens listen to music
96% of Canadian Millennials listen to music
When it comes to listening to music on a daily basis, 98% of teens and 96% of Millennials stream playlists. True, some may have hearing disabilities, but what about the rest? The most popular device for teen listening to music is the smartphone (68%) followed by tablets (28%). Nielsen Canada’s fifth annual Canada Music 360 Report is out with data collected from about 13,000 people across the country. Their favourites are the one that they themselves created followed by recommended music on algorithmically-generated lists.
Nielsen Canada’s 360 Music Report: How do we listen to music in this country?
Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s a punk band called Dad Brains
Here are the lyrics to their song, “Baby Jail”:
I’m so hungover but didn’t have a drink and I feel so tired that I can’t even think. From the Dept. Baby Jail. I think I need a break. They’re actually kinda fun. I’m so confused and feel stuck inside, I need to get outside…. comes Dad Brains, a group from Oxnard, California that makes dad-themed punk rock. And despite the punny name, these guys aren’t just some aging rockers (average age is beyond 40) trying to recapture some past youthful glory. Baby….jail is this the drunk tank? Go..I’m finally outside to breathe the fresh air but then I get a text and read it with a stare
The baby’s kinda fussy can you come back in, I need to take a shower, I feel like I’m in baby jail. of Dammit-Why-Didn’t-I-Think-Of-That? Baby….jail.
For no reason whatsoever, here’s a portrait of Dave Grohl created with 725 Rubik’s cubes
✌ Music by @lakeyinspired : https://m.soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired
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Dave Grohl ~ 725 Rubik’s cubes. This meant that he had to rotate each cube into some very specific patterns. More info coming soon! This dude from Australia created this portrait of Dave Grohl using 725 Rubik’s cubes. (Via the NME)
Back with the legend himself! You know that you’ve reached a certain lofty level of stardom when people feel the need to create art based on your image. I’m currently working on my @patreon page…so that I can finally dedicate more time to these creations! 🎵 🎤 🎸 🥁 Dave Grohl ~ 725 Rubik’s cubes. Mine is definitely “Rope”! 🥁🎵🎤🎸 Whats one of your favourite FF songs? 🤘
A post shared by Giovanni Contardi (@jvenb) on Jun 3, 2018 at 1:18pm PDT Seeing the Foo Fighters concert a few months ago here in Melbourne has been one of the most inspiring moments, and I was lucky enough to share the experience with @lisleroy. Everyone needs a hobby, I guess.
What’s Mom’s review? Given her parentage, Frances Bean Cobain should certainly have her share of musical DNA. I wonder what Dad would say? Now, though, she’s offered up this original. She’s been dancing around the idea of getting into music for a couple of years now but has yet to really jump into things full time. Please bequest my last request for duty calls me and she says come hither
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Frances Bean Cobain offers up a new original song
I love it most games will be right in the middle of the workday here in the eastern time zone. Not exactly a barnburner match, right? The World Cup starts in Russia today with what could be the worst opening game ever: host Russia (ranked #104 in the world and are only there because Russia is the host country) vs. But anything can happen. And then there’s the matter of World Cup music. Germany, probably. This rejected submission by Colourbox for the 1986 tournament in Mexico (which was the last time Canada qualified; we score nil goals.)
And I can’t finish this post without a nod to New Order’s official song for the 1990 English squad. Saudi Arabia (#97). This AI program ran through the tournament 100,000 times and came up with its prediction. My favourite? Meh. But what’s better? Still, the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world and gives the whole planet to slack off at work for the next month. Billboard has sorted through the best World Cup songs since 1962 and has come up with this verdict. Here’s this year’s track. Here’s their #1 pick: Shakira’s “Waka Waka” from 2010. Who will win?
Let’s take a look. What are the best World Cup songs ever?
…Partner, the band from Atlantic Canada. “Healers” – written by Benjamin McCarthy, Iskwé, Ryan Somerville; performed by Iskwé. “Cotton Candy” – written by Jessie Reyez; performed by Jessie Reyez; published by BMG Rights Management Canada. The duo of Josée Caron and Lucy Niles grabbed the top spot in the competition, winning $10,000 for their troubles. Pierre; performed by Casper Skulls. “Chills” – written by James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods; performed by James Barker Band; published by Warner Chappell Music Canada, Ole Media Management LP II. “Main Girl” – written by Charlotte Cardin; performed by Charlotte Cardin; published by Red Brick c/o Corico Arts. “Lingua Franca” – written by Neil Bednis, Christopher Laurignano, Fraser McClean, Melanie St. “Walkaway” – written by Jasmyn Burke, Morgan Waters; performed by Weaves. “Magic”– written by Eoin Killeen, Timothy Law, Patrisha Sanna Campbell; performed by Birthday Boy and Trish. “Money” – written by Leandra Earl, Eliza Enman-McDaniel, Jordan Miller, Kylie Miller, Garrett Lee; performed by The Beaches; published by Done with Dolls Inc., Besme, administered by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. The other nine nominees in the English category were:
“Dreams Tonite” – written by Alec O’Hanley, Molly Rankin; performed by Alvvays; published by Rough Trade Publishing Canada.
And the winner of the 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize is…
Random music news for Friday, June 15, 2018
Really. RIP DJ Fontana, Elvis’ drummer. Is high-end audio on its way to becoming a lifestyle product? Because all need a travel ukulele, I present this to you. Massey Hall is about to close for some serious renovations. About that street in Detroit that was supposed to be named after Michael Jackson…
Amazon is going to stream the replay of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony to 34 countries and in eight languages July 1. Starting Monday, anyone can buy a seat from Massey Hall as renovations continue. Worldwide productivity has already dropped to near zero as a result of the World Cup. Better than throwing them out, right? Let’s discuss that. Want to make an offer? Peach-scented vinyl? Yep. People keep buying tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Pipers, thinking that they’re off to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’ll be worth it. Yet there’s still music news for June 15, 2018. That’s the story. PJ Harvey is selling her Hollywood condo. He’s dead at 87. What are the chances of podcasts every truly going mainstream? Has the Beyonce-Jay-Z tour been reduced to giving away tickets for free?
Okay, so maybe that headline is a little severe, but there’s no doubt that sales of CDs are cratering. Since Tesla began manufacturing cars without CD players, other companies like Ford and Toyota have recently followed. “It’s a streaming world and a vinyl world with a quickly diminishing CD,” says Daniel Glass, president of Glassnote Records, indie-label home of Mumford & Sons and Phoenix. “After 30 years of CDs, a lot of people are moving on from that format,” says Waterloo owner John Kunz. How did it come to this? 2, 1987-1996, exclusively on vinyl, with no CD option, unlike 2014’s Vol. If you visited Austin’s Waterloo Records recently, you might have noticed a construction project that was unthinkable not so long ago: The 36-year-old Austin music staple was replacing 24 feet of CD racks with space for more vinyl. “Whether they’re going back to vinyl, or streaming, people are selling off those CDs.”
As streaming gives the music industry its biggest profits in a decade, the CD business continues to plunge. The only good news comes from the world of vinyl, where year-to-date sales in Canada are ahead by a staggering 70% in 2018. Downloads – once seen as the CD’s replacement – have plummeted 58 percent since peaking in 2012, their profits now even smaller than physical sales. CD sales have fallen 80 percent in the past decade, from roughly 450 million to 89 million. 1. Rolling Stone has this article on how this all came to be. Artists have taken note; Bruce Springsteen released his latest box set, The Album Collection Vol. In a word, streaming. Keep reading. The number of digital downloads, both tracks and albums, is faring even worse.
The death of CD and download ownership
This video shows a potential music festival porta-potty nightmare
Anyone know where this happened? Porta-potties are gross things at the best of times but never more so at music festivals. And it’s it weird that hurricane force winds came up on such a sunny day? This video of flying porta-potties would be a worst case scenario at any evening. (Via Laughing Squid).
More at Space.com. Get on it, will you? Another is this sound. According to new data collected by NASA, fast-moving charged particles are trapped in magnetic areas around the planet known as the Van Allen radiation belts that extend up to about 6,000 kilometres above the surface. The space nerd in me loves stories like this. This action produces fluctuations in the belts called “chorus waves” as electrons are shot through our atmosphere. Someone needs to sample this for something. Basically, these belts operate as a shield against harmful rays and particles from reaching us. One of the byproducts is the Northern (and Southern) Lights.
Listen. Apparently, our planet likes to whistle.
Here is the Long List for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize
This list will be subject to another round of voting, which will whittle things down to the Short List on July 17. The winner will receive $50,000 cash while the nine runners-up will get $3,000 each. As a member of the wider jury for the Polaris Music Prize (there are over 200 of us), I long ago lost count of how many albums were put forward for consideration. a l l i e – Nightshade
Alvvays – Antisocialites
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Bahamas – Earthtones
The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers
Bernice – Puff LP: In the air without a shape
Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
Bonjay – Lush Life
Booji Boys – Weekend Rocker
Philippe Brach – Le silence des troupeaux
Cadence Weapon – Cadence Weapon
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Jennifer Castle – Angels of Death
Clairmont The Second – Lil Mont from The Ave
Gord Downie – Introduce Yerself
Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Faith Healer – Try 😉
FRIGS – Basic Behaviour
Zaki Ibrahim – The Secret Life of Planets
Iskwé – The Fight Within
Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song
Lydia Képinski – Premier Juin
Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Pierre Lapointe – La science du coeur
Melissa Laveaux – Radyo Siwèl
Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
Terra Lightfoot – New Mistakes
Loud – Une année record
Milk & Bone – Deception Bay
Partner – In Search Of Lost Time
Propagandhi – Victory Lap
Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra – Part-Time Woman
Sloan – 12
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage
U.S. Which of the following will make it? It was over 200 for sure and the vast majority of them were very, very good. Damn, our people make good music. There is some extremely interesting stuff here. And note the absence of Broken Social Scene, Preoccupations (one of my Long List votes), Whitehorse and The Weeknd. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
The Weather Station – The Weather Station
Weaves – Wide Open
Charlotte Day Wilson – Stone Woman
Donovan Woods – Both Ways
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – Dirt
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more listening to do. None of those albums matter anymore, save for the 40 that made the Long List after a round of voting. The final step is to declare a winner at the Gala September 17 in Toronto.