Yes–and they’re very good. Watch and learn as they perform “Heroes” by David Bowie earlier this year in New York. More at Laughing Squid. An orchestra of ukuleles?
Sunday listen: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain takes on David Bowie
Payout? David Crosby is mad about the money he’s making from streaming. And yes, those payouts can be pitifully small–extra small if you’re under the impression that streaming should pay as much as record sales. Literally pennies. Crosby is conflating streams with sales. Peter Frampton is upset, too. is heard by the same number of people as in the example above) EXCEPT that we’re dealing with a million individual listens instead of a million group listens. Apples and oranges. A million streams is NOTHING. Streaming is essentially ultra-individual radio and not the same as selling records, CDs and digital downloads. Now let’s switch to streaming. How much money goes to the artist is determined by the terms of their deals, not at the discretion of Spotify or whoever. They get the cheques from the streamers and then distribute fees to the artists. A song gets streamed a million times (i.e. Let’s look at it this way for the benefit of Mr. Got a problem with those Spotify cheques? Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, and all the rest of them pay out what’s demanded by the labels. Crosby. Talk to your label A song gets played ten times on the radio in ten different cities across the continent. The labels, then, act as middlemen, proprietors of a big, black box where the money gets dumped on the way from the streaming companies to the artists. In other words, ten plays of the song reaches a million listeners. Neither is 55 million streams. Pennies. The results are nice cheques from SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and other performing rights organizations. And if Crosby and Frampton have issues with the royalty rates being paid for streaming, they need to take it up with their record labels. A million listens, in other words. Let’s say that with each play, the song is exposed to 100,000. But over weeks and months, those pennies add up, especially if you have several songs that make it on the radio. A few bucks, which, in many territories can HIGHER than radio airplay while delivering the same number of ears. The payout for this? Once again, streams are not the same as sales and will never will be. *Sigh* Neither one of them gets it.
Here’s why. One more time: You cannot equate money made from STREAMS with money that came from SALES.
Music from Tool’s recording sessions caught on video?
One day. As of now, it’s been 12 years, 3 months, 6 days and counting…
(Via AlternativeNation.net) Great. Second, Tool has a thing about April Fool’s Day. Adam Jones, Tool’s guitarist, was working in the studio with his guitar tech, Tom. Most (but not all) new music is released on Fridays. The clips–apparently Adam didn’t know the camera was rolling–may give us an idea of some of the sounds we may hear when Tool finally releases their new album. So when will this mythical album finally be available? A new record is coming. Right. Maynard tweeted a response to this question: “April 1st.”
Hah. First of all, April 1, 2019, is a Monday.
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— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 2, 2018
Now here are the tweets from this weekend, which calls for a family reunion. Had the best family holiday ever cmon Noel Sara Anais Donovan sonny you know you want to get involved as you we’re LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 4, 2018
La Firma LG x pic.twitter.com/DFZwMdG1Pf
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 2, 2018 For the second time in less than a month, he’s tweeted out an olive branch to his brother apparently hoping to reconnect. Liam Gallagher continues to be anxious to reconcile with Noel. Here’s that earlier tweet.
What’s going on? Liam Gallagher tweets another conciliatory message to Noel.
I’m all for concert tickets being sold on the secondary market, but this…
To think that other Torontonians are trying to make some money from an event like this is, well, sickening. I know there are a lot of people who want to be part of this gathering of neighbours and strangers. As you might guess, demand for the $50 1,500 available tickets was insane and the gig sold out immediately. What’s sickening, though, is that tickets started showing up on the secondary market in seconds–at highly inflated prices, of course. The real problem likes with private citizens selling tickets on Craigslist or Kijiji, two sites that don’t have this sort of policy in place. If you can help yourself, don’t buy their tickets. However, there is something creepy, crass, and completely wrong about profiteering from a benefit show designed to help the families of people died, those who were horribly injured, and the many who’ve had their lives forever altered. Like I’ve said before, I’d like to see controls on the price of a litre of gas–something far more essential than a concert ticket–but that’s never going to happen, is it? Sites that were told of the situation immediately pulled them. On Saturday (August 11), they’re going to play the TOronto TOgether show at the Danforth Music Hall to raise money for the victims of the Danforth Avenue mass shooting a few weeks ago. The money has been collected and will go to the right people. Don’t let them make money off Toronto’s grief. But the idea of people making a quick buck this nothing short of disgusting and evil. To be fair, most of them are automated, so there’s no way to them to automatically flag the tickets as being ineligible for sale. The best thing we can do is make sure they’re stuck with these tickets. If this were an ordinary gig, I wouldn’t be writing this. Normally, I’m all for capitalism when it comes to concert tickets. Billy Talent, City and Colour, PUP and a few more unannounced artists are doing a great and selfless thing. And if you see people scalping tickets outside the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday, make sure you let ’em know that they suck. Those seeking to profit from this combination of Good Samaritanism, community spirit, and tragedy are scumbag profiteerists, or, to put it another way, capitalists of the worst
Most secondary sellers have a policy against reselling tickets to charity events, so when the CBC informed them of the presence of TOronto TOgether tickets on their sites, they were taken down. There’s nothing special about a concert ticket–something that is bought with disposable income–that requires market-distorting price controls. Totally understandable. If demand is high for a hot show, why shouldn’t prices float in the marketplace until they reach their true value?
It just bought Music Choice. Is this a look at the iPhone 9? However, I can’t leave you without some music news for August 6, 2018. Maybe. This former 3 Doors Down guitarist faces more jail time. This new biography of Jimmy Page sounds like it’s going to be full of dirt. Sort of. Two more stream-ripping sites have been sued by record labels. The Mars rover, Curiosity, is no longer singing “Happy Birthday” to itself. Interesting how Prince’s name has been scrubbed from everything at Paisley Park. I’m supposed to be on vacation this week, so apologies if there are fewer posts than usual. Into podcasting? Here’s why. Back to normal a week from today. Drugs. Lance Bass now owns the Brady Bunch house. Maybe. Could this be the next frontier? Almost a year after the worst mass shooting in the US at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, police have closed the investigation without finding a motive. She’s called in someone to help find out. Is the (in)famous Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard facing the wrecking ball? Could Courtney Love’s godfather be Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead? Now Styx has been drawn into the Donald Trump/Russia probe. Canada’s Stingray music service keeps growing by acquisition. (Via Tom)
If epileptic children listen to Mozart, could that prevent seizures? Still looking for a summer vacation idea? How about K-pop lessons in Korea?
Random music news for Monday, August 6, 2018
Photos by Brandon T. Junkin and Jaimie Milburn
A music writing colleague of mine estimated that between The National at Fort York, Migos mumbling their way through the Veld festival and all the Caribana festivities going on, some 180,000 were attending various concerts in Toronto on August 4th. Pretty evident from the videos (um yes I’m posting another one) that I’m FULLY LOSING IT with excitement, and I can’t thank @bryanadams enough ✨⭐️💫
A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Aug 4, 2018 at 11:15pm PDT
HONESTLY IT WAS JUST SO MUCH FUN 💥🌸🌷🌲☀️⭐️✨🥂🎤🎼🎸🎆🎁🎉🎀💗🇨🇦 @bryanadams is so 🆒
A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Aug 4, 2018 at 11:20pm PDT
A memorable music experience for those lucky enough to be there. Like her or lump her, that’s exactly what the Reputation stadium tour is. Ryan can’t come to the phone right now however, as he’s apparently recording new material. Having gone to some awfully loud shows together over the years (including the FOOs less than a month ago), he told me his “ears did hurt more from little girls than the volume of the music”, and that it was also a “lots of women using men’s rooms kinda night”. While we all contemplate what would be the ultimate mind-blowing collaboration, please enjoy some more live photos from August 4th at Toronto’s Rogers Centre courtesy of Jaimie Milburn and Michael LeBlanc. So no matter how many bells and whistles are in those trucks to assault the senses, Bryan Adams coming out to randomly duet on his “Summer of ’69” is what everyone will remember. Despite Swift’s increased pop tart-iness, when it all comes down to it she does know the song is still the thing. I didn’t even know Bryan was gonna be in town until last night and I asked him completely last minute if he wanted to come sing!! It apparently needs upwards of 50 semi-trailers to haul around her stage, video screens and giant cobras, the latter props I’m sure freaked out more than a few of Swifty’s ophidiophobic young fans. My brother Mike was brave enough to take our sister and her two daughters to the second of Swift’s 2-night mini-residency at Rogers Centre. Taylor Swift knows how to stand out in a crowded environment, that’s for darn sure. When your name is Taylor Swift, you don’t just roll into somewhere like Toronto without making it a production. No matter how creepily awkward him twiddling fingers with someone nearly half his age is. Now the onus is on Swift to do something with RYAN Adams, who of course covered her 1989 in its entirety. It’s all in good, over-the-top fun though.
Taylor Swift Sings “Summer of ’69” with Bryan Adams
Song: “Mirror Kisser”
Philadelphia musician Kississippi recently announced a UK tour and released this single to celebrate. Watch:
Artist: Minority 905
Song: “Dangerous Ambitions”
Known for their discography medleys, Canadian pop-punk band Minority 905 plans to release an album later this month. Listen:
Artist: Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease
Song: “Polaroids on the Floor”
From their new album due out next month, Joey Sweeney and The Neon Grease’s latest single is a fun indie pop track. The lead single, “Good Luck Unto Ya” features plenty of horns and a guitar solo. Listen:
Artist: The Rad Trads
Song: “Good Luck Unto Ya”
NYC-based band The Rad Trads are getting ready to release a new album next month. Their name comes from the Green Day song “Minority” and founding member John Aquino’s hometown area code. Listen: She recently released her debut album. Half of the album sales for their upcoming album will go towards Rock To The Future, a non-profit providing music education for Philadelphia’s under-served youth. This track gives a taste of the eccentric punk fused with a nihilistic atmosphere that is featured on the album. While still aggressively punk, the subject matter is a complete 180 from his last release. Artist: Rotten Mind
Song: “Trouble Child”
The latest single from Rotten Mind “Trouble Child” is from their upcoming third album. Watch:
Artist: Ron Gallo
Song: “It’s All Gonna Be Ok”
The first single from his sophomore album, Ron Gallo shares a fun and energetic garage punk track.
New Music from the Inbox for August 6, 2018: Rotten Mind, Kississippi, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, & More!
Both men were found around 3 am Friday at the Wacken Open Air Festival, the biggest all-metal festival in the world. Panic ensued and the police were notified. Some 75,000 people were at the sold-out event to see everyone from Danzig and Judas Priest to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, er, Witch Taint. There’s no word on how they made it to the festival or if they actually got inside the gates. The men were well, but a little “disoriented and dazed.” However, they were a little reticent to return to the nursing home because they seemed to be enjoying themselves. If this story hasn’t been optioned for a movie yet, it’s just a matter of time. Sometime Thursday night (August 2), the night staff at a German nursing home in Dithmarschen noticed that two men were missing. (Via Deutsche Welle)
A police escort needed to be arranged to get them back to their rooms. The story ends well.
Two seniors escape from retirement home so they can go to the Wacken metal festival
Into tribute bands? Here are some of the strangest ones in the world.
Ontario’s Practically Hip has provided a more-than-serviceable presentation of The Tragically Hip since 1997. – AC]
Normally, the goal of the tribute band is to provide audiences with a reasonable facsimile of the real thing when the original isn’t available. the Peter Gabriel era — with absolute precision. [This was my weekly column for Global News. The whole purpose of the Beatlemania and Rain productions were to re-imagine The Beatles as if they had continued to play live after 1966. Take, for example, Over the Garden Wall, which strives to reproduce early-’70s Genesis— a.k.a. The array of tribute acts is nothing short of a staggering, panoply of music with something for everyone. Some of them are so good that it’s hard to tell them from the real thing, which is exactly what audiences want. But then there are the acts that want to add a twist to their tributes. Morrissey doppelgängers (both in tribute acts The Smythsand the all-Spanish Mexrrissey), ABBA clones (including the seriously great-named Björn Again), Daft Punk doubles, (EDM tributes are very big right now; witness Livemau5 and Calvin Harrison), a Japanese Radiohead (On a Saturday) — the list goes on. Keep reading. And let’s not even start with Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson imitators.