Blink-182’a Travis Barker involved in a bad accident with a school bus

TMZ reports that he was making a left turn on a residential street when the bus crashed into his Mercedes G-wagon SUV. There were no kids in the bus, but there were passengers in Travis’ car, including his 14-year-old son, Landon. The collision was enough to have the Mercedes’ airbags deployed. Then again, wouldn’t you be? As if Travis Barker hasn’t had enough trouble lately, he was involved in a bad accident with a school bus in Calabasas, California, yesterday (July 13). The good news is that there were no serious injuries, but Travis was reported to be walking around looking rather dazed.
Blink-182’a Travis Barker involved in a bad accident with a school bus

Random music news for Saturday, July 14, 2018

This new discovery could really boost battery life across all kinds of devices. On this day in 1976, capital punishment was abolished in Canada. Drake’s Scorpion album keeps breaking records. Boy, if these walls could talk. There’s a new John Lennon commemorative stamp. Blame Mick Jagger.  
  YouTube thinks it has another solution against plagiarism on the platform. It looks like he sustained some brain damage. When actor Ben Stiller was in high school, he had a band who made a record. Sony really wants to keep details of the Dr. Maybe. Jack White’s baseball bat has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Details here. Are you the kind of person who likes to fall asleep to music? July 14, 2018, will be remembered for this sort of music news. That album is being reissued. Is Live Nation in play? Still hurting over England’s loss to Croatia in the World Cup? Luke controversies and investigations secret. Then this special pillow is for you. Speaking of which, YouTube is really sorry for going down in the middle of that game. Are you doing The Shiggy yet? Indie band Glass Animals have had to postpone a tour because their drummer was hurt in a bad cycling accident. Here are my weekly music picks for If you’re flying into Incheon in South Korea anytime soon, prepare for a lot of K-pop.
Random music news for Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sometimes, just sometimes, Ticketmaster is kind

It was a great day. Two nights before the Candlebox reunion/anniversary show I’d alright bought tickets for a month prior. Nothing doing. I sat on the sidelines, hoping something would change. I’ll resell it! The moral of this story? Thousands of people across the GTA wanted to go to this show, Radiohead’s first trip back to Toronto in almost a decade! On the very same night. That, maybe, the Scotiabank Arena (what?!) would change its mind and allow tickets to be sold. Within a few hours of emailing Ticketmaster, explaining that I couldn’t make the show and I hated the thought of the seat going empty, I received a perfectly pleasant email saying my purchase had been refunded. I lucked out. I emailed Ticketmaster, knowing full well that the company has a policy of not allowing sales on tickets for certain shows, or with certain artists. Ok, no problem – I’ll just transfer my ticket! No problem! Easter Sunday. Except… yeah, this was one of the shows where you couldn’t just resell it via Ticketmaster. Or transfer it to someone else. The first time I saw them was at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1998. I got a ticket during the initial sale a few months back. For the past two years, at least, my byline has been associated with cynicism and skepticism when it comes to ticket sellers. Why wouldn’t I want to see them again in my favourite city? Like hundreds of others (thousands?), I anxiously tried to get tickets for the Radiohead show in Toronto next week. This is my exact luck. Just reach out, explain the situation, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. No muss, no fuss. It’s a policy that’s been shrugged off as no big deal – an elected official I used to cover on the regular in Virginia had rallied against just such a policy because he was stuck with tickets to some schmaltzy band and I laughed at him. Finally, a week out from the show, I gave in. (Profanity)
For weeks, I waited. And then… Pearl Jam announced a special fan club night at the Seattle Mariners game. Or sell it through Ticketmaster’s resale site, Today, I share with you a positive story about (dare it be said?!): Ticketmaster. Or the show would appear on the resale site. It was glorious. If you can’t resell your ticket, purchased through Ticketmaster, don’t despair. He introduced legislation to prohibit Ticketmaster from forbidding selling tickets on certain shows in certain venues and such legislation was deemed ridiculous here.
Sometimes, just sometimes, Ticketmaster is kind

What songs would Gen Z Americans put into a time capsule for future generations?

A company called Verve Search survey a thousand Americans on the kinds of songs they would like to see placed in a time capsule to preserve it for future generations. It’s always been that way. Here’s what Gen Z believes the future needs to remember:

This is America – Childish Gambino (41.03%)
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran (34.62%)
Despacito – Luis Fonsi (29.49%)
Happy – Pharrell (23.08%)
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift (19.23%)
Hello – Adele (19.23%)
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (16.67%)
Hotline Bling – Drake (14.10%)
Chandelier – Sia (12.82%)
Bad and Boujee – Migos (11.54%)
Formation – Beyonce (11.54%)
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars (10.26%)
Body like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (10.26%)
Sorry – Justin Bieber (7.69%)
Love me Like you do – Ellie Goulding (7.69%)
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (6.41%)
Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (6.41%)
Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd (5.13%)

Now let’s compare and contrast with this list based on the choices of all survey respondents, regardless of age. Each generation believes that its music is the best music ever bad. Happy – Pharrell (33.67%)
Hello – Adele (32.87%)
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars (26.79%)
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran (24.50%)
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift (24.00%)
Despacito – Luis Fonsi (17.43)
This is America – Childish Gambino (17.03)
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (14.34%)
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (13.65%)
Sorry – Justin Bieber (10.16%)
Formation – Beyonce (8.96%)
Chandelier – Sia (8.57%)
Body like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (8.47%)
Love me Like you do – Ellie Goulding (8.17%)
Hotline Bling – Drake (6.08%
Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (4.58%)
Bad and Boujee – Migos 4.48%
Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd 2.49%

Discuss This proves it again.
What songs would Gen Z Americans put into a time capsule for future generations?

So how was Thursday’s Foo Fighters show in Toronto? Here’s a review (with pictures)

In between more expletives anyone could ever keep track of, he kept his vow of giving us a rock and roll show we won’t soon forget, and like Doug Ford reverting back to Ontario’s 1998 sex ed curriculum, that’s exactly what we got. Photo credit: Scott Herkes

The only hashtag that was trending in Toronto more than variations of “Foo Fighters” was #PartyLikeIts1998, in response to the Premier’s archaic pledge come true. [Correspondent Gilles LeBlanc was dispatched to the Rogers Centre in Toronto to see if the Foo Fighters were any good. Actually, it’s kind of easy to take shots at them as a band trying to hang on when their time as rock titans may, in fact, be up. – AC]

It’s really, really tough to be critical of the Foo Fighters. Photo credit: Ryan Mueller

Doesn’t look like we’ll have to bug Grohl about if the FOO will be back again. Photo credit: Ryan Mueller

When he wasn’t swearing at the top of his lungs and/or screaming himself hoarse, Grohl made generous use of that prolonged catwalk, forcing the band to extend songs more than double their normal length so he can interact with the crowd. Under those circumstances, having the roof closed just made sense. Photo credit: Ryan Mueller

And since they’ve been back on the road, rarely does a night go by where they perform more than four cuts to entice fans to give it anything but a cursory listen. Or sell as much merch. I am not sure if you noticed, but I believe Taylor Hawkins had a Gord Downie headshot on the front of his drumset. Oh, and most of these photos are from Ryan Mueller. Here’s his report. Don’t forget The Beaches, the all-girl Toronto quartet who DID NOT appear out of place on the big stage. Photo credit: Ryan Mueller

Latest album Concrete and Gold, for all its guest appearances and Billboard Number Ones, isn’t the step forward Grohl’s genre of choice arguably needs. They completely skipped over 2014’s Sonic Highways, an insignificant fact that got lost in the frivolity of what had to have been the longest-ever two-hour-and-45-minute concert where only 18 originals were played. It was of course known as the SkyDome back when the FOOst incarnation of Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana project visited our market 23 years ago. MORE: A visit to the Foo Fighters pop-up store. Nice job, dude!. Dave Grohl’s magnetic personality obviously has a lot to do with this, but he is smart enough to know giving everyone involved their chance to shine keeps the FOO in people’s thoughts. Photo credit: Ryan Mueller

If you’re going to go out though (not that I honestly believe their demise is imminent), it might as well be with a tour of the biggest venues they can possibly book, including Toronto’s cavernous Rogers Centre. I mean I greedily want another helping of Them Crooked Vultures and have always been curious over the prospect of him going solo, but it’ll definitely be fun to see how Foo Fighters could top this.
— Brad (@veclempt) July 11, 2018

Just when someone such as myself is thinking of writing them off, Grohl breaks out that dumb toothy grim of his and proceeds to rock our collective socks off for close to three straight hours. I don’t aspire to become the Daniel Dale of music fact checking, but I have to call out Grohl on his falsehood of promising songs from every Foo Fighters record. Yeah, it was pretty much a carbon copy of the of the sets they’ve been doing since this North American leg began, but the way he was sweating barely two songs in, Dave earned all 50,000+ attendees’ undying respect, not to mention his cut of the brisk T-shirt sales. The FOOs have been playing stadium-sized shows in the UK at least for a decade, but Grohl and primary partner in crime Taylor Hawkins – in his Rush tank top and just give’er attitude – both have this innate, aw shucks way of making paying customers feel it’s a memorable new experience they’re all sharing together. Photo credit: Ryan Mueller

A NOTE ABOUT THE ROOF: Why was the roof of the Rogers Centre closed on such a beautiful night? Photo credit: Ryan Mueller

So gracious and accommodating he is. No KISS-type fireworks; the only pyrotechnics on display were auditory in nature. Appropriately, The Colour and the Shape’s “Everlong” finally closed out the night, which I know was released the year before, don’t @ me. That love extended to openers The Struts, who Grohl personally seems to be being grooming as the next incarnation of Queen like some rock-sustaining puppetmaster (and not just because Luke Spiller duetted on “Under Pressure” with Taylor Hawkins during the cheesy jukebox portion of the evening). Edmonton Calgary and Vancouver, hope you’re ready! Cornballiness abounded in the form of classic rock trappings like dry ice and laser projections, which is saying something for a band that has its own branded cornhole set. Check out this video shot by Mark Benincasa. My guess is that it was a security matter. Hawkins seamlessly transitioning from a killer drum solo into singing Concrete and Gold track “Sunday Rain” in the same breath was %#@$ing impressive. For all the flak Nickelback takes for not deviating from the template they set with “How You Remind Me”, the infinitely more beloved Fighters of Foo don’t break much new ground from their previous eight recorded efforts. Which let’s not kid anyone, was freaking huuuge. [Question: Is that a headshot of Gord Downie on Taylor’s bass drum?]

@lynnsaxberg I read your article in the Citizen. Remember that cops were out in full force all over downtown Toronto regarding an “unspecified threat” on Thursday. It’ll be interesting to see if future Rogers Centre headliners Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran will be able to attract as many Torontonians to the ’Dome. Neither did Grohl’s 12 year-old daughter Violet for that matter, singing backup on “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” and “Dirty Water” in a Pride-friendly sweater top.
Here’s a review (with pictures) So how was Thursday’s Foo Fighters show in Toronto?

Sunday is the perfect time to enjoy this operatic performance by Walter the French bulldog

Sunday is the perfect time to enjoy this operatic performance by Walter the French bulldog
Walter likes to sing in a particular hallway. His full name is Walter Geoffrey. Must be the national reverb. He’s a French bulldog with an oddly musical yelp, something that has been remixed into a variety of forms such as this.

Need a greeting card for something? Try these 45 RPM cards from Hallmark

I have no confidence that my taste will fit the occasion, which is why when I do have to buy a card, I clog up the aisle at my local Shopper’s Drug Mart. A new deal with Warner Music Group has expanded their Vinyl Record Cards selection to include artists like The Cars and Tina Turner to go along with previously-issued cards from INXS. However, I think I can get behind these offerings from card giant Hallmark. Like most guys, I dread the idea of picking out a greeting card. Aretha Franklin, and Bruno Mars.   And yes, these are full-sized 7-inch singles.
Try these 45 RPM cards from Hallmark Need a greeting card for something?

An interesting new turntable design that includes a mobile phone app

Put on an album, place the tonearm in the desired groove and let ‘er spin. Things are a little different with the Zephyr Apollo, a turntable with a touchscreen, a mobile phone app, and the ability to be programmed to play a “playlist” of songs without physical human intervention. Want to skip a song? More at The Vinyl Factory. While it’s still in its Kickstarter phase, there is this demonstration video. As does how you play records. Turntables–machines that play flat rotating discs with a stylus attached to a tonearm–have been with us since about 1900. While there have been many improvements over the last century, the underlying technology–the mechanics of the thing–remain the same. Get up and move the tonearm to the desired track.
An interesting new turntable design that includes a mobile phone app

Pearl Jam offers tribute to Gord Downie

Notice the t-shirt he chose to wear during the band’s July 10 gig in  Barcelona, Spain. Take a look at Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament. Nice one, Jeff. Jeff Ament wore the best tshirt ever.
— Sammy Kohn (@sammykohn) July 12, 2018 (Via Exclaim!)

Last night Pearl Jam played in Spain.
Pearl Jam offers tribute to Gord Downie

With apologies to The Eagles, this is the most clever movie review you’ll read this month

With apologies to The Eagles, this is the most clever movie review you’ll read this month
(Thanks to Christopher for the link.)
In a dark movie theatre, AC in my hair
And the smell of Malteasers rising up through the air
After six car commercials, I saw the logo appear
“Sony Pictures Animation” it said
I felt a quivering fear
They made The Emoji Movie! But “Chance of Meatballs” as well
And so I’m thinking to myself
This could be heaven or this could be hell
Then I heard Adam Sandler
Do Lugosi I’d say
Others’ voices in the cast piped up
I thought I heard them say …
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania
Where they take a trip
On a giant ship
This is the third part of the Hotel Transylvania
And I think it’s cursed
’Cause they’re getting worse
The villain’s name is Van Helsing
He’s got it in for poor Drac
He’s got some pretty, pretty evil plans
And a crew of skipjack
But the monsters are ignorant
Of his cartoonish plot
Some gags I remember
But most I forgot
So I yelled at the writers:
“You ripped off Looney Tunes! I haven’t seen humour this old
Since Saturday morning cartoons”
And still that Gomez and Samburg are playing along
I don’t mind their live-action stuff
But this just feels wrong
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania
With a cameo
From Mel Brooks you know
But even his wit can’t save Hotel Transylvania
From its Tinder jokes
For the older folks
Monster/human loving
Oldies on the soundtrack
But I say: “The ’90s called your movie up
They want The Macarena back”
Back when Hotel 2 came out
The critics gathered for the feast
We stabbed it with our cruelest barbs
But we just can’t kill this beast
Last thing I remember
The climax hit the screen
But it was just a hash of Tomb Raider stunts
That I had already seen
“Relax,” said the director
“It’s your kids I’m working for
The only thing they’ll love more than this
Is Hotel Transylvania 4!” He chose to frame it in the style of the Eagles’ “Hotel California.” Sing along in your head as you read this. Chris Knight reviews movies for the Postmedia network of newspapers, including the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. He was called upon to give his thoughts about the new installment in the Hotel Transylvania series. Nice work, dude.