Random music news for Saturday, July 28, 2018

They have their own Instagram account now. There’s a proposal to excuse certain performers from mandatory military service. It’s Caturday, so I’m required by The Law of the Internet to post this story about the Ed Sheeran’s cats. Annoyed by missing/wrong artwork on Spotify? Craft beer festivals are turning into the indie band’s best friends. Hey, someone has to determine what it says. (Via Tom)
If you’re going to be flying into South Korea via Incheon soon, watch for this music event. This Japanese group makes music with reel-to-reel tape machines. The building didn’t budge. AC/DC has gone postal. How important is the K-pop industry to the South Korean economy? You know how Metallica determines the set list in each city they play? The dude behind the disastrous Fyre Festival is facing up to 75 years in prison. Read this to learn how to make it happen. Listen to the Aztec “death whistle“–if you dare. Are you an artist who wants to release something on vinyl, read this first. On the topic of smart speakers, here’s more on how that new technology is going with radio. Now that Morgan Freeman has had a #MeToo fall from grace, the new voice of the Vancouver transit system will be Seth Rogen. Want a job at a record label? Here’s a handy tool to fix that. Smart. A folding phone? Literally. In fact, it could be as much as 115 years. And now for music news on July 28, 2018…

Here are my weekly music picks for Global News. And I’m not talking about a flip phone, either. The biggest-selling cassette in the UK this year is Golden from Kylie Minogue. On this day in 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building, killing 14 and injuring 26. That’s their instrument. Live Nation has sold more than 70 million concert tickets so far this year. Here’s a neat job: Designing the personality for Google Assistant. The latest country to go after scalpers and bots in a big way is Ireland. By looking at Spotify listening data. Here’s why. For some reason, 2,847 copies have been sold.
Random music news for Saturday, July 28, 2018

Johnny Lydon voices a part in the new Ninja Turtles series. He’ll play a pig.

Johnny Lydon voices a part in the new Ninja Turtles series. He’ll play a pig.
The Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd frontman landed a gig in the new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Lydon is the voice of a villainous pig named Meat Sweats. Props to Johnny Lydon (né Rotten) for trying new things. The announcement was made at Comic-Con in San Diego. Here’s a trailer. I might even watch this. And you gotta love his character.

There’s a petition for a Nirvana reunion with the part of Kurt being played by…WHO?

There’s a petition for a Nirvana reunion with the part of Kurt being played by…WHO?
Before we get all bent out of shape, take a look at the Facebook post, which borders on ridiculous. They’re getting worldwide attention and plenty of traffic to their otherwise obscure Facebook page. Props, though, to the hair salon. That was the whole basis of New Order, who sound nothing like JD. The comments are fun to read, too. A Clash reunion without Joe? Never. Yeah, that’s never gonna happen. Are you kidding? And Nirvana without Kurt? Yet that’s the plan of this Facebook campaign: A Nirvana reunion with the part of Kurt being played by–wait for it–Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. The goal is to get this new version of Nirvana to perform on January 1, 2019, at the Nirvana Hair and Beauty Bar in Manchester, England. Joy Division without Ian Curtis? There are some bands that should never, ever get back together, especially when an essential member is no longer with us.

Smashing Pumpkins and Siamese Dream: It sure doesn’t sound 25 years old

Neither has “Geek U.S.A.”, please don’t get me started on that oversight by Billy. Ms. Three of the last four songs on Siamese Dream are distinctly softer and acoustic, which can come across as a little jarring. “Silverfuck” is one of six Siamese Dream songs that have yet to be performed on the Shiny and Oh So Bright tour. Also swimming in that sea of awesomeness, and more than keeping its head above water was the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream. Shoegazing and specifically My Bloody Valentine had a huge effect on Corgan too; Siamese Dream was to Virgin Records as Loveless was to the bankrupted Creation. There are definitely echoes of the Pumpkins at their dreamiest in Metric’s newest efforts, although the question Corgan may have to deal with from younger fans rediscovering his magnum opus is, “What the hell happened after this?”

This text admittedly borrows from a five-star review I gave the deluxe edition of Siamese Dream for Consequence of Sound in 2011. It’s been too often lumped in with grunge, but some of the things Corgan did sonically on guitar in the Siamese Dream era had direct links to the ’70s stadium rock and ’80s hair metal that grunge was apparently hired to kill off. It isn’t all about the decibel levels. No, not 12 Inches of Snow, although I DID know someone in university who claimed to have shared a jail cell with reggae rapper Darrin Kenneth O’Brien. Not as jarring as “Silverfuck” though, a nearly nine-minute, slovenly jam that is best experienced live, ideally when they toured as Lollapalooza’s headliner in 1994. Emily Haines and the rest of her band will open for the Pumpkins in Montreal, Toronto and London (Ontario) in a couple of weeks, followed by Calgary and Edmonton in September. Q101 in the Pumpkins’ hometown of Chicago, for example, switched to all alternative, all the time in 1992. “Cherub Rock”, “Today”, “Disarm”, and “Rocket” were four singles seemingly tailor-made to feed the emerging modern rock radio format. You know, the so-called original Smashing Pumpkins lineup reunion announced in an awkward video by the now-grownup girls on the album cover? The ultimate “rawk” masterpiece, if you will. Some have argued that’s when he lost his rock god powers, almost Samson-like, when he shaved it off for good in 1995 to coincide with the release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Despite all the infighting that was going on (including a messy breakup between guitarist James Iha and bassist D’arcy Wretzky), mounting drug concerns regarding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan bordering on suicidal depression, this is about as good as alternative rock got in its early ’90s heyday. Plus, the hair metal influence is fitting, considering this was at a time when Corgan still had chestnutty-coloured locks. Besides two of the most anticipated follow-ups ever (In Utero by Nirvana and Pearl Jam’s Vs.), 1993 also saw the landmark debut by Radiohead, Pablo Honey, even though they’ve pretty much disowned it in the years since. Come for the geetars, you can almost imagine him saying, but stay to hear the gently subdued strings on “Luna” at the very end. On a side, just-as-celebratory note, how freaking good are the new Metric songs “Dark Saturday” and “Dressed to Suppress“? It’s easy to forget how 1993 was perhaps the most significant year for releases of an “alternative” nature. I’m usually not one for sentimentality, but July 27th marks the Big 2-5 of an album I’m going to go out on a limb and call my favourite of all-time. A good two-thirds of Siamese Dream‘s 13 tracks that I continually wore out prior to going digital are a prolonged excuse for Corgan to experiment with new ways of reinventing the power chord. You can still taste the bitter, spiteful venom spewing from his Nosferatu fangs that spoke directly to the disenfranchised youth of Generation X. Together with producer Butch Vig – who knew a thing or two about making monster hits – Corgan arguably crafted the perfect record for its time.
Smashing Pumpkins and Siamese Dream: It sure doesn’t sound 25 years old

Listen to the song of the Sun (yes, that big bright thing in the sky)

These sounds give solar scientists a better idea of what’s happening inside our star. Stanford Experimental Physics Lab took data from the European Space Agency and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory and converted it into sound. (Via CNET) Sort of. And it’s not just for art’s sake. What we end up hearing are sonic representations of things like solar flares, solar wind and all the bubbling that goes on inside the Sun. The Sun sings?
Listen to the song of the Sun (yes, that big bright thing in the sky)

Watch these senior citizens get exposed to Korn for the first time

I’d love to cast them in a video like this. My parents–solidly in the senior citizen bracket–still have no idea what I do for a living let along have any appreciation for the kind of music I deal with on a daily basis.
Watch these senior citizens get exposed to Korn for the first time

Stephen Colbert helped this metal band buy a new van

The group in question is FLAW out of Louisville, Kentucky. Cobert: “FLAW is a real band that had a real GoFundMe page that was really asking for $15,000 for a new tour van. They were asking for $15,000.  
 
  And I invited all the members of the band…to come to New York and check out their new wheels.”

And there’s more: Colbert appeared in FLAW’s new video, “Conquer the Climb,” in which the new van features rather prominently. Another mention was made of FLAW’s efforts in May when their campaign sat at $14,003. Their goal was to gather enough money so they could play at a venue called Spicoli’s in Waterloo, Iowa, a distance of about 550 miles. They were only a few thousand dollars short, and after that shout-out from me, you the Late Show community stepped up… and agreed that you don’t care if Flaw needs a van…So I just FLAW a band. If you’re a regular watcher of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you might remember a bit back in March when he joked about Donald Trump’s plan to crowdsource a border wall, comparing that to a metal band’s attempt to get a new van.
Stephen Colbert helped this metal band buy a new van

Like cats? The Tragically Hip’s “Poets” house is up for sale

The good news is that it’s been completely renovated
The 7-bedroom home (now divided into a 4+1/3-bedroom duplex) is now up for sale for $689,000. If you’re a fan of the Tragically Hip, you’ll be familiar with the feline aspects of the “Poets” video. A Globe and Mail profile published in 2001 described the odors a combination of “cat urine, Pine-Sol cleanser and Swish 80” (a smell-killing cleanser). Well, yeah. The building holds the Guinness World Record for the keeping the most cats certified in 1994 when animal lovers/animal welfare godsendsJack and Donna Wright live there. Read more at the Ottawa Citizen. The video was shot in a real home at 94 Elm Street in Kingston. Neat–but would that have been kinda smelly? They had a local reputation of never, ever turning away an animal. The cats–there were 689 of them at one time–came with the house.
The Tragically Hip’s “Poets” house is up for sale Like cats?

Who Killed Jack White in the Corporation Video?

Nice to Luv You, baby! Kandle also just happens to be the daughter of Neil Osborne, from West Coast rock icons 54-40. I highly ROCKmend “Demon” from her 2014 album In Flames. If you’ve ever listened to the mostly instrumental “Corporation” off of Jack White’s 2018 album Boarding House Reach and thought to yourself how it would make a great soundtrack for a murder mystery, you’re in luck. Jack’s taken the really cool groove in it that Alan Cross liked so much when he interviewed White back in March and stretches it out over top of a crime drama that finds him dead by a forensic-type detective in a remote castle and…well there’s just too much that goes on to summarize, best that you watch the video for yourselves:

Not to give away anything in the mini-movie (although I’m not sure that I even can, as I have a LOT of questions even after multiple viewings), but the blonde assassin character is played by Canadian Kandle Osborne. She’s a talented musician in her own right with a very ‘noir” style who I’d be very excited to see Jack work with like how he’s helped other artists from The Black Belles to Margo Price.
Who Killed Jack White in the Corporation Video?