That time when Weezer was on a Windows installation disc

That time when Weezer was on a Windows installation disc
Some of my early-adopting friends were able to install the program in a quarter of the time thanks to their shiny new CDs. The other video? (Apple people: Pipe down. Deep within the folders was one named “Fun Stuff.” What could that possibly mean? Microsoft knew they’d come up with a quantum leap in personal computing when they put the gold master of Windows 95 to bed. Because Windows 95 was the first version with a start button. I didn’t have a CD-ROM in my computer at the time, so my installation took nearly 3 dozen 1.44 MB floppy discs. The whole blitz reportedly cost $300 million USD. Good trivia, no? A couple of clicks revealed two low-res music videos, including Weezer’s then-new “Buddy Holly” video. “Good Times” from Edie Brickell. Why? (Thanks to Kyle for the reminder of this bit of computer history.)
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When it came time for the official launch, Microsoft pulled out all the stops, licensing “Start Me Up” from the Rollings Stones for a massive advertising campaign. The OS may seem primitive now, but it was a huge improvement to Windows 3.1 and the crappy DOS programs we’d been stuck with.

Here’s the one thing I miss most about CDs

Here’s the one thing I miss most about CDs
The trend would continue throughout the decades, from The Clash’s ‘Train in Vain’, from their 1979 album, London Calling, to Pink Floyd and Slayer using audio reversal or “backmasking” to play secret messages. Here’s a look back on those secret tracks from Udiscovermusic.com
Just as audiences now linger in cinemas waiting for a surprise outtake after the credits roll, in the 90s music fans would let their CDs play to completion, vigilantly scanning for hidden tracks or interludes to reward their patience. A lot of artists jumped on this bandwagon, eventually resulting in this Wikipedia entry on hidden tracks and where to find them. But Emerick had other ideas and he tacked it onto the end of the album after a few seconds of silence. No matter the medium, artists have always found a way to rebel against the confines of commercial music packaging. The first “hidden track” was born. Keep reading. The first time I ran into a hidden track on a CD was with an early edition of Nirvana’s Nevermind. Some bands used hidden tracks to include songs that didn’t quite fit on an album, while others used them to toy with listeners and their labels alike. Regardless of their motivation, here are a few notable examples of hidden tracks that are worth breaking out your Discman for. From then on, I became besotted with the idea of unlisted songs lurking somewhere on a CD. But it was really in the 90s when the trend took off, thanks to the technological loopholes that CDs created. I was in the car and after the last strains of “Something in the Way” faded out, I forgot about the disc in the player. About ten minutes later, I nearly had a heart attack when more music suddenly started blaring. It was “Endless, Nameless,” a hidden freak-out that appeared on certain editions of Nevermind. The trend famously started with The Beatles. A brief acoustic piece by Paul McCartney didn’t fit on Abbey Road and he ordered engineer Geoff Emerick to cut it.

The Ongoing History of New Music encore presentation: Hard Time – Musicians Who Have Gone to Jail

Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria

The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. 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. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
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. The community of musicians is like any other. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:
Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. On this show:
Alien Ant Farm, Smooth Criminal
Sid Vicious, Something Else
Charlatans UK, The Only One I Know
Stone Roses, Love Spreads
Stone Temple Pilots, Big Empty
Coheed and Cambria, Here We Are Juggernaut
As I Lay Dying, The Sound of Truth
Cake, No Phone
Lostprophets, Burn Burn
Eric Wilhite has created this playlist for us. While most people are good, you will have your bad actors:  musicians who murder, rape, rob and commit all sorts of horrible crimes. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. That’s the focus of this week’s show: alt-rockers who have ended up in the slammer doing hard time. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.
The Ongoing History of New Music encore presentation: Hard Time – Musicians Who Have Gone to Jail

I Like This: Roddy Colmer and “Written in Stone”

When Roddy Colmer isn’t working with his band Rebel Emergency, he’s following his solo muse. His latest video is “Written in Stone” from his 2018 album, Afterglow. This was directed by Mark Myers who won an MMVA last year for directing The Arkells “Knocking at the Door” video.
I Like This: Roddy Colmer and “Written in Stone”

More eulogies for the last-ever Vans Warped Tour

More eulogies for the last-ever Vans Warped Tour
From the New York Times: What was it like to be a woman on the Warped Tour? One day, the Sublime singer Bradley Nowell’s Dalmatian urinated on the buns. “It’s next to impossible to describe the importance of Warped Tour in my life.”
A lot of bands, fans and music-industry pros are thinking the same thing this summer. Keep reading. Days before Andy Biersack joined his first Vans Warped Tour as an artist, the singer for the L.A. When the tour sets off from Pomona, Calif., on Thursday for what’s billed as its final full cross-country trek, only six of the 84 bands listed on the lineup posted on the Warped website have women members, or 7 percent, far lower than the 19 percent average on top festivals this year, according to a recent study by the online music magazine Pitchfork. On the first Warped Tour, in 1995, the traveling punk-rock extravaganza was so low-budget that its founder, Kevin Lyman, had to buy supermarket hot dogs to feed the musicians. Keep reading. The summer of 2018 will be the last for the Vans Warped Tour. Biersack fractured several bones and had to spend the rest of his first Warped Tour wrapped in a protective body brace. But its core mission remains essentially the same — raging, screaming, punk and metal bands and bouncier emo and pop-punk groups, from mainstays like All Time Low and Taking Back Sunday to promising younger acts on smaller stages, setting up shop at amphitheaters and in parking lots from San Diego to West Palm Beach, Fla. After 24 years, founder Kevin Lyman has voted to call it a day after a good, long run. Warped Tour, the traveling punk and skate-culture festival, a teenage summertime fixture since 1995, is finally hanging up its Vans sneakers for good. The other roving festivals of the time, from Lollapalooza to Lilith Fair, had an air of sophistication, but Warped was dirty, D.I.Y., and lacking air-conditioning and proper restrooms — and only three of the 21 headlining bands included women. glam-metal band Black Veil Brides got a little overexuberant onstage. He missed the landing. His band was playing a pre-Warped warm-up show in 2011 when, in a fugue state over finally making it on the bill, he stage dived off a piece of rigging. “That was my favorite moment,” recalled Donita Sparks of L7, another top band on the bill that year. Warped has showcased women stars over the years, including No Doubt, Katy Perry, Paramore and the underground bands on the pink-and-black Shiragirl stage, but its gender imbalance has remained striking. But he wouldn’t have missed those dates for anything. This summer’s edition — with Black Veil Brides co-headlining among dozens of acts — will be its last as an annual traveling festival. “When I was a kid, there was no greater dream than to be on the other side of that fence as an artist,” Biersack said. From the Los Angeles Times: What the end of the Warped Tour means. Now that the tour is underway–it started last Thursday–the eulogies for what had become a rite of passage for so many fans and artists continue. The Vans Warped Tour, now in its 24th year, has expanded its catering to include gourmet and vegan options.

If you’re going to a music event, you might want to try one of these devices. Or maybe not.

This is from Noisey:
There really isn’t a “bounce back” after you go crazy on drugs. Repressing emotional damage with 36-hour parties, anxious hugs, and blistering gossip just doesn’t work. Read on. Returning to the life you left behind is impossible. I’ll cut to the chase: It’s a music-activated vibrator. Left with human size case of the sads, you push through each day like a warrior of the mundane, sporadically battling the urge to get high af and have weird experiences. It’s more like a slow crawl over glass shards from the primordial soup of your brain into the high-contrast world outside. Eventually, your internal dialogue with the Devil disappears and so does that victim complex mirage world you’d been living in for the last seven or so years. Okay, then. Gone, too, are the delusions and hours-long panic attacks. Once you’re sober, heaving in the blazing sun of crippling regret, it’s on you to evolve out of knuckle-dragging addiction and become mentally bipedal with the aid of therapies, intentional living, and the realization that life is a magical mystery forever. Suddenly, everything becomes both a trigger and a sign. Since you’re ostracized from the nightlife scene anyway for doing psycho shit you don’t remember while you were fucked up, you opt to spend your time in church basements with other sober people, or alone, sobbing, practicing breathing exercises, eating Twix and watching Sailor Moon. From the sound of an empty Chateau Diana bottle rolling around in the wind to a girl crying behind you on some commuter train, you’re due to receive a backlogged cache of data from the universe.
If you’re going to a music event, you might want to try one of these devices. Or maybe not.

How about a brass band version of “Killing in the Name?”

(Via Laughing Squid)

  This cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” was rearranged for brass band by–wait for it–Brass Against the Machine. Done. Vocals are by Sophia Urista, who you might remember from the 11th season of The Voice.
How about a brass band version of “Killing in the Name?”

This is what it takes to put Metallica on the road. Watch this four-part series of how their stage show works.

Here’s a look at what it takes to keep them on the road in 2018. As one of the biggest bands in the world, Metallica is able to spend gobs of money on each and every tour.
Watch this four-part series of how their stage show works. This is what it takes to put Metallica on the road.

One of the biggest retailers of CD in Indonesia is…KFC?

He’s a great guy, friendly, fun, and always ready with a story. KFC is eight out of 10 people’s favourite fried chicken. And it really took off. This just shows you how different the music business can be around the world. KFC is a destination restaurant here. This was a ridiculous concept, but when you live in Indonesia you get the sense of the ridiculous here. They do a whole load of different things, but it is still KFC; it still has Colonel Sanders. These days, he calls Jakarta his home where he oversees one of the stranger music enterprises. Steve has lived in various places around the planet. Music Ally spoke to him to find out more about this unique story of chicken and music. About eight years ago, my boss’s brother [Fabian Gelael] was running the company and he decided to start bundling CDs with chicken. Beef is not really part of their tradition, so chicken rules. Indonesia is a 90% Muslim country, so there is no pork. They know chicken like the French know foie gras. The family of my boss [Ricardo Gelael, director of PT Fast Food Indonesia] owns all the franchises of KFC in Indonesia. Musically.com takes a look at the situation. etc. Since 2016, renowned British record producer Steve Lillywhite has been running Jagonya Music & Sport, a company that places music in Indonesia’s Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. Because of the music connection, it has this slight feel of music, cool and chicken. Keep reading. And they have tweaked certain things to go with Indonesian culture: they serve it with rice, they serve a spicy one, as well as the original. I run into producer Steve Lillywhite at least once a year at various music conferences around the world. We have a maximum of 10 or 11 CDs at any one point to choose from. How did KFC end up selling CDs? etc., he has lots of stories. He helps KFC sell CDs. KFC Indonesia sells around 600,000 CDs a month, making it a huge player in the Indonesia music industry. People have said to me, ‘Like Starbucks?’ And I have said, ‘No it is not like Starbuck’s because the point-of-sale person takes your order and says, “Would you like a CD with that?” So it is actually suggested selling. And as a guy who has worked on albums by U2, Simple Minds, Psychedelic Furs, Chris Cornell, The Smiths, Killers, The Pogues, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews, etc. And Indonesia’s KFC locations sell a lot of CDs: up to 600,000 a month. A lot of the stores have stages for music and a lot of them have kids’ playgrounds.
One of the biggest retailers of CD in Indonesia is…KFC?

Is another music industry #MeToo situation upon us? Some cautious advice.

Some cautious advice. Is another music industry #MeToo situation upon us?
As we’ve seen over the last couple of years, accusations like this can destroy a person, even in the absence of solid proof and legally-acceptable evidence. At the moment, all we have is a series of anonymous Twitter posts with no proof to back up the allegations and a summary on a sub-reddit. Caution is the word. Some allegations were enough to sink Hedley earlier this year. Let’s see how this unfolds before any judgment is passed. It’s a disturbing story, too. Reporting on a situation like this is very difficult. The charges are serious–felonious, in fact. If you’re online today looking for music news, chances are you might run across a story concerning Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. This has already become a news story. It’s bound to spread at the speed of light. At the same time, if a crime was committed, justice needs to be served.

Random music news for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Elton John is selling his late mother’s house. Well, this seems a little backward. There’s already dissension. The UK singles chart is going to look a little different now that it includes YouTube data. More research on how music lessons will help your kid later in life. Adele has begun work on new music. The Kinks say they’re getting back together, but I’ll believe that when I see it. Bryan Adams would like to set the record straight about his relationship with Princess Diana. “Head First” took up to 90 minutes to download through one of those old dial-up modems. And the most-Shazamed artist of 2018 so far is…really? This keyboard will cure your hashtag habit. Kenya’s rapping priest has been suspended by the Catholic Church. On this day in 1994, Aerosmith became the first major rock band to offer a song for free download. (And then there’s this about her old friends’ judgment on her singing.)
Cher: The musical? Want to buy it? Here’s the list. The Grammys have expanded the number of nominees in major categories from five to eight. Things are rough in Rio de Janeiro’s clubland. Apparently. No Glastonbury this year, of course (it’s one of those “fallow years”) but Madonna is set to headline in 2019. It’s SIR Barry Gibb now, thank you. Here’s important advice on how to create the perfect one-sheet for your band. Wow. English fans have been warned not to sing anti-Brexit songs during England’s World Cup game with Belgium. Instagram is now worth how much? This is also interesting: Only one of Spotify’s top 5 artists of 2018 is American. A generation of music fans is stressed over student loans.

More Music From The Inbox 27 Jun 2018 Apollo Junction, Folly & The Hunter, Alligator and More!

More Music From The Inbox 27 Jun 2018 Apollo Junction, Folly & The Hunter, Alligator and More!
Artist: Apollo Junction, “Begin”
Album: N/A

My favourite band out of Yorkshire is back, bringing it
Sounds like:  that excitement that comes from starting something new
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Artist: Folly & the Hunter, “Remain”
Album: N/A

Looking forward to this Montreal band’s new album later this year
Sounds like:  standing firm and tall
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Artist: Alligator, “Trickle Down”  
Album: N/A

This Glasgow band is making waves
Sounds like:  Brilliant dreams
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Artist: Swaying Wires, “I Think of Demons”  
Album: I Left a House Burning

Another great track from this Finnish band
Sounds like:  Don’t we all, really? Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Goodfight, “All of My Life”
Album: Ghoster

Brooklyn based and bringing the joy (photo via Calvin Davis)
Sounds like:  there’s just something intriguing in there
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Artist: Bend Sinister, “Luck Will Set You Free”
Album: Foolish Games

Joyous sounds from this Vancouver band
Sounds like:  a swirling mix of sounds and happiness
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Daft Punk + Tron + Star Trek = This

(Thanks to Steve for the link.)

Star Trek: Legacy from Patrick Collins on Vimeo. Someone recut scenes from Star Trek: The Motion Picture” into a 22-minute piece using Daft Punk’s soundtrack for Tron: Legacy.” The mating works very well.  
Daft Punk + Tron + Star Trek = This

What are the most popular World Cup anthems of all time?

What are the most popular World Cup anthems of all time?
Please include attribution to sbo.net/world-cup/ with this graphic. With every World Cup comes anthems from countries around the world. This infographic from SBO.net takes a look at anthems through the years and which ones have been the most popular. If you’re a sports fan, this past couple of weeks have been a lot of fun. Global productivity has collapsed–except in the United States where they don’t seem to care that soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Get up, turn on the TV and enjoy World Cup soccer all day long.

Another weird twist to the Trump-Russia saga. And it’s a musical one.

Gee, what do you think he’s trying to tell us? For more on what’s going on here, head to Vox. Trump, at the time, owned Miss Universe. Does the name Emin Agalarov ring a bell? That meeting was arranged by a publicist name Rob Goldstone, a guy with longstanding ties to the Trump organization. He was encouraged to set things up by one of his client, a singer-songwriter named Emin Agalarov, the son of a wealthy father who made a ton of cash in real estate. You remember the one: Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with Kremlin operative Natalia Veselnitskaya and four other people. He was also the guy who dealt with Trump when Moscow was the site of the Miss Universe pageant. If you’re following the whole Trump-Russia thing, things just got a little stranger thanks to a music video. Emin has just released a new music video. He was involved in arranging that meeting at Trump Tower to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Another weird twist to the Trump-Russia saga. And it’s a musical one.