Random music news for Friday, July 20, 2018

Random music news for Friday, July 20, 2018
As for music news on July 20, 2018…

After 42 years, Seymour Stein (head of Sire Records and the guy who signed the Ramones, Talking Heads, Madonna and many more) is stepping away from Warner Music. This latest music-related Internet meme is just plain stupid. Another plea for proper metadata with streaming files. Friday timesuck: A history of some legendary recording studios. Services like Netflix are exploding. Interesting: Predicting the end of the digital age. Into smart speakers? And are these the reasons you treat yourself? Have you ever been harassed through Spotify? Today is the 50th anniversary of the start of the first-ever Special Olympics. Only Ozzy would try to keep cool during a heat wave by doing this. And now Walmart is getting into the video streaming game with a service called Vudu. And now, for fans of SCOTUS, here’s a song about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Via Andrew)
If you’re headed to Burning Man this year, you’ll be asked to poop in a bag. R&B yoga? Read this. Why not? Peter Gabriel is the latest musician to invest in a blockchain startup. Putin must be pissed. It’s possible–but you can’t block people. According to this report, the revolution is expanding. It was held in Mexico City. Here’s how TV is changing with technology: 10% of the global audience uses an OTT service at least once a month. Love stories of old synthesizers? Speaking of Spotify, how does one get a song on one of the service’s 4500 in-house playlists? Go ahead and clear your cache. Do you go to concert music events a treat? Pussy Riot has won another case with a European human rights court. Then read this. For the first time ever, revenue from streaming has overtaken revenue from CD sales in Germany. Bowie fans will be pleased with this new box set that coming. And dangerous. Given that Germany was one of the few countries where the CD was still doing well, this is a big deal. This is a minor (yet necessary) improvement to your Spotify experience. This could come in handy: Free online resources for creating an album cover.

Shots from Toronto’s Armored Saint/Act of Defiance show

Let’s start with Armored Saint. Thanks to Live Nation for letting him in. In an effort to grace these pages with more pictures, Andrei Chlytchkov is being dispatched to shows with his camera. John Bush

Gonzo Sandoval

Joey Vera

Now onto Act of Defiance His latest assignment was the Armored Saint/Act of Defiance gig at The Mod Club in Toronto on July 17.
Shots from Toronto’s Armored Saint/Act of Defiance show

What will be the music jobs of the future?

Hypebot published this list of ten music jobs of the future. More can be found here. Any other future jobs you can think of? Time to start sharpening up the resume. Personal Documentarian
Prosperity Psychologist
Royalties Miner
Bilingual Vocal Coach
Hologram Developer
Voice Activation Expert
Metadata Repairman
Playlist Scientist
Social Media Amplifier
Crossover Ambassador

The descriptions of the above still-to-be-invented gigs can be found here.
What will be the music jobs of the future?

So how much are Toronto concert tickets selling on the secondary market?

So how much are Toronto concert tickets selling on the secondary market?
The goal for anyone shopping for tickets this way is to time the market. Or you test your nerve and wait until the last second to drop the hammer.   You can buy now, pay more and secure your ticket. Cameron Gordon at Completely Ignored has created this graphic showing the current prices (as of July 20, 2018) of tickets for shows at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto between now and December. The bottom line, though, is that this is naked capitalism on display. A lot of people really hate the idea of tickets being sold on the secondary market. Click on the image to see the whole thing. If someone wishes to sell a ticket to a hot show, market forces will take over and ultimately settle at their true value.

The Trump baby blimp showed up at a Pearl Jam show this week

After being flown above London during Donald Trump’s visit last week, you might well ask what’s become of the baby blimp. #CongressMakeAChoiceTrumpOrYourCountry 📷Karrie Keyes
A post shared by Jill Vedder (@j__vedder) on Jul 17, 2018 at 7:09am PDT

During the O2 gig itself, Eddie had this to say. Well, it went to a Pearl Jam show this week. The band is back in London for their last show and they have a visitor #trumpbaby if you are attending the show from the US .. Yesterday’s meeting was terrifying .. Thanks to Tom for the link. Eddie’s wife, Jill, posted this. to say the least…. please remember to #VOTE2018 & #CallYourRepresentatives … this ballon is hysterical but what is happening to our democracy is NOT funny in the slightest.
The Trump baby blimp showed up at a Pearl Jam show this week

How much did the artists at Woodstock get paid? This much.

How much did the artists at Woodstock get paid? This much.
Here’s a list of what the artists were paid for showing up at the first Woodstock event in 1969. Forty-nine years ago, box office grosses for concerts and festivals were nowhere near what they are today, even at Woodstock. (Via Vintage Everyday)

Just to put things into perspective, the $18K Hendrix received is equal to $125,000 USD today.

Crazy Friday timesuck: Can you figure out this fiendish puzzle using YouTube videos?

If you can, run to the nearest cybersecurity office and apply for a job. If you’re looking to kill some time, beware of this new online puzzle called Encrypted, one of the coolest online mysteries since the strange Cicada 3301 project. Can you get through all eleven levels of this game? Read more at TubeFilter.
Crazy Friday timesuck: Can you figure out this fiendish puzzle using YouTube videos?

The Ongoing History of New Music encore presentation: 10 things about Muse

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. No one knew who they were or cared that a giant European rock band was in their midst. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. 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. “This must be kinda relaxing not having to worry about being mobbed in public,” I said to Matt Bellamy. I remember sitting with the band in full view in a sushi restaurant in downtown Toronto, something that really freaked them out. This program digs into ten things about the band of which you may not have been aware. Even as they were playing arenas and stadiums in the UK, Europe and Asia, they were still playing clubs when they came to this side of the world. This clearly was something they weren’t used to. And now they’re huge here, too. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Here’s a tracklisting from the program, all by Muse, of course.  “No,” he replied. North America was kinda late to Muse. Knights of Cydonia
Time Is Running Out
Do We Need This
Madness
Starlight
Uprising
Panic Station
Supermassive Black Hole
Neutron Star Collision
Here’s the playlist from Eric Wilhite if you want to listen along. He picked at his dragon roll in a desultory way. “This just reminds us that we have to try harder.”
So they did. 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 encore presentation: 10 things about Muse

This is how Radiohead remembered drum tech Scott Johnson in Toronto Thursday night

This is how Radiohead remembered drum tech Scott Johnson in Toronto Thursday night
There has been no legal resolution. Radiohead’s return to Toronto under these circumstances was bound to be highly emotional. Before the show, drummer Phil Selway had this to say. Like this. That’s when the scaffolding above a temporary structure at Downsview Park fell out of the sky, crushing and killing 33-year-old drum tech Scott Johnson. One comment from me: SHUT UP YOU IDIOTS IN THE AUDIENCE! How did it play out? More at the CBC. Radiohead played the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto Thursday night (July 19), their first visit to the city since the horrible stage collapse accident in June 2012.  An inquest is planned, but not yet scheduled. There were investigations, charges, trials, mistrials and ultimately stayed charges because of a technicality with Ontario’s court system.

Random music news for Saturday, July 21, 2018

Random music news for Saturday, July 21, 2018
Why the world doesn’t care about your music–yet. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/19/jay-z-philadelphia-mayor-jim-kenney-made-in-america-festivalthe major of Philadelphia. Ted Nugent: hypocrite. A good point: Why did North American music festivals nearly go extinct during the 70s and 80s yet thrived in Europe? PROOF that these celebrities are part of the Illuminati! You’re not alone. And now for music news on July 21, 2018…

Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca. Not everyone is enjoying Paul Simon’s final tour. Take a look. Having trouble with your smart speaker understanding you? Possibly. Here are some pictures from that era. An interesting look at Internet radio. (Whoa. Hot? If you were around in the 70s, you’ll remember how big KISS was. You can really take some great pictures with an iPhone. There’s a new music business mentoring program for women. A Toronto dude has sued Facebook for $500,000 for “anxiety” over the Cambridge Analytica leaks. Jay-Z vs. See? (Via Tom)
Four men have been indicted in the murder of rapper XXXTentacion. Got an accent? Taylor Swift (among others) has signed on for a movie version of the musical Cats. Is Instagram littered with bots? This is not how you pack some earbuds for shipping, Amazon. Nashville has become a real destination for scoring movies and TV shows. Labels are throwing money around to sign the next rap god. The lowest temperature ever recorded on the planet was on this day at Vostok Station, Antarctica, where it reached -89.2 C. This DJ app can upload your mixes directly to SoundCloud. I need to go outside and play more often.)
Adrian Cronauer, the radio guy portrayed by Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam, has died at age 79. One of Muse’s road crew has launched a charity to support the next generation of roadies.

What devices are being replaced by smart speakers?

What devices are being replaced by smart speakers?
The smart speaker is the fast-growing consumer electronic device since the introduction of the smartphone.   While it’s still early days, we’re starting to see these things replace other devices in people’s lives. Statista takes a look.

Chris Cornell to get a statue in Seattle next month

  Instead, he will be remembered with the dedication of a statue in Seattle. August 29 would have been Chris Cornell’s 54th birthday. It will live in Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, a pretty cool structure designed by Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry. Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle – our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start. Vicky had this to say:
Even though Chris’ music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle’s unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband. Commissioned by his wife, Vicky, sculptor Nick Marras is working on a life-sized bronze statue featuring Chris in “an iconic pose” complete with Chris’ trademark boots and dog tag. The statue will be displayed at one of the entrances, a spot where it can’t be missed.
Chris Cornell to get a statue in Seattle next month

Chester Bennington’s bandmates pay tribute on the first anniversary of his death

Chester Bennington’s bandmates pay tribute on the first anniversary of his death
Love, M, J, D, R, B #MakeChesterProud #320ChangesDirection In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK Chester.LinkinPark.com _ 📷: @KaiMarksPhoto
A post shared by LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) on Jul 20, 2018 at 12:02am PDT Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world. To our brother Chester, It has been a year since your passing—a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition.  And yet it sill feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light.  Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts—our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.  We miss you more than words can express. The surviving members of Linkin Park–Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, and Mike Shinoda–posted this on the first anniversary of Chester Bennington’s death.