Random music news for Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sting and Shaggy are now cartoons. Bummer story for the weekend, innit? He’s marrying a woman who’s 23. (Via Larry)
The unveiling of the Chris Cornell statue in Seattle has been pushed back. Did you know that Alexa smart speakers have a “smart mode?” When it’s engaged, it won’t answer certain questions. Just sayin‘. The Church of Satan would like to be very clear on where things stand with Marilyn Manson. Handy: How to calculate a tour budget for your band. Not that Ice Cube needs another job, but…
The lineup of entertainers for Aretha Franklin’s funeral is growing. Yes, that Elton John biopic is coming, but…
Fascinating stat: 98% of Chinese Internet users (and there are now more than 800 million of them) are mobile. Meanwhile, in music news for August 25, 2018…

Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca. Just in case you missed the story about an online radio station just for cats, here it is. A fan of The Handmaid’s Tale? Wait: ALL alcohol is bad for you? (Tom again)
K-pop: the movie. If you’re a Springsteen fan, you’ll want to read this. Justin Bieber has apparently bought a $5 million mansion in Cambridge, Ontario. Bar fight! Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine is 63. Meanwhile, back in Japan, Vtubers (virtual YouTube presenters) are becoming more popular. Here’s a story on the music used in the series. Here’s a good idea of why the old-school idea of an “album chart” is a problem. (Via Tom)
I’ll read this: a new biography of Faith No More. It has is own horseracing track.
Random music news for Saturday, August 25, 2018

Michael Jackson’s long-lost right-hand glove is going up for auction.

Michael Jackson’s long-lost right-hand glove is going up for auction.
One of Michael Jackson’s well-known performance quirks was the glittery glove he wore on his right hand. It was stuck into storage lockers in Paris and then LA years ago and pretty much forgotten. And now, it’s going up for auction, the first time the general public will have a shot at it. First, there was more than one pair of gloves. Second, Jackson like to alternate, wearing a glove on whatever hand suited him that day. Starting price? What happened to the righty? Then, in 2003, the contest of the LA locker was sold for nonpayment of rent. This is different from the LEFT-hand glove he wore during his performance of “Billie Jean” on the Motown 25th TV special. The glove was sold again to a private collector in 2010. Remember? What we’re really interested in here is the right-hand glove from the “Billie Jean”/Motown performance. Just $15,000 USD. Details here. Jeezus, wouldn’t that have made a great episode of Storage Wars?

What’s the story alleging an impostor sang Michael Jackson’s parts on a 2010 album?

What’s the story alleging an impostor sang Michael Jackson’s parts on a 2010 album?
Back in 2014, Vera Serova, a huge Michael Jackson fan, brought a class action lawsuit against Sony Music, the Jackson, estate and a dude named Eddie Cascio, who worked with MJ before he died. Given that Sony and the Jackson estate have a ten-album/seven-year deal to release Michael Jackson albums–a deal that could be worth a quarter of a billion dollars–anything that calls the authenticity of these recordings into question is a bad thing. It’s been a while since we’ve had a major conspiracy set in the music industry, but there is one that has been smouldering for a couple of years. Serova contends that Cascio–with the knowledge of MJ’s family and the record label–created some fake Michael Jackson songs which were then passed off as the real thing on the 2010 album, Michael. Friday (August 24), Sony denied that they had said any such thing at all. The case continued. That was Tuesday (August 21). This week reports emerged that Sony had admitted in court that it was not, in fact, Jackson singing on those songs and that an impersonator was responsible. The suit alleges that the voice heard on three songs, “Breaking News,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Monster” (which featured 50 Cent), were actually sung by a Michael Jackson impersonator.   Sony fired back with a countersuit, but a judge threw it out. More background at Variety.

Is rock becoming the new jazz? Stay with me on this…

They’ll soon be into some form of jazz like their parents and their parents’ parents. Eventually, the kids will tire of it and they’ll grow into good music. Jazz never went away, but it was reduced to a niche within the wider realm of popular music. For the next fifty years, rock was the music that drove the culture.   The first half of the 20th century was driven by jazz. A new sound: rock’n’roll. “It’s crap! “A fad!” everyone cried. Walter forwards us this video on the subject. But then in the middle 1950s, a threat. Will rock end up like jazz? It’s just a matter of time. But while everyone was rocking through the 90s, a new sound started taking hold among young people: hip-hop. This was the dominant music of the era and thus was the genre that more than any other pushed culture forward. You’ll see.”
But then came Elvis, the Beatles, Dylan and the 70s. Today, hip-hop is the dominant musical form.
Stay with me on this… Is rock becoming the new jazz?

This compilation will show you exactly how much popular music has changed over the last 80 years

This compilation will show you exactly how much popular music has changed over the last 80 years
And now, the UK version. Video editor Sutherland (Via Laughing Squid) created this compilation of the most popular songs–i.e. How much it has changed isn’t always apparent until you go back and listen to songs through the decades. #1 chart hits–in the US from 1940 to 2017. Popular music is always changing, evolving, and being reshaped by the state of society.

Do you exercise to music? Then read this.

Bigliassi and his colleagues found that the presence of music was associated with greater excitement during exercise along with an increase in thoughts that were unrelated to the task. I can’t hear anything above my heart pounding in my ears. During some of these sets, the participants listened to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Better keep reading. From Psypost.org
In the study of 19 healthy adults, participants laid down in an MRI scanner and exercised using a hand strengthener grip ring. In order to stave off the heart disease in my family’s genes, I’ve been visiting a personal trainer three times a week for the last year years. “What we have identified in this study was that the left inferior frontal gyrus activates (see the Figure below) when individuals exercise in the presence of music. There’s been a breakthrough, thanks to experiments using fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy), EEG (electroencephalography), and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging). According to new research from Brunel University London, music can give your time spent exercising a big boost. This psychophysical response is triggered by an attentional mechanism that will ultimately result in a more efficacious control of the musculature,” Bigliassi told PsyPost. It works, but why? They also observed changes in a particular region of the brain. Why is this news?”
True, but scientists still don’t know why music is good for concentration, reducing fatigue, and increasing endurance. Each training session begins with the same question from my trainer: “What kind of music do you want?” My answer is always the same: “Doesn’t matter. This region of the brain appears to be a hub of sensory integration, processing information from external and internal sources (e.g., music and limb discomfort, respectively).”
Oh. Let’s just get this over with.”
This is apparently a mistake. The participants executed 30 exercise sets, which each lasted for 10 minutes. “Music is a very powerful auditory stimulus and can be used to assuage negative bodily sensations that usually arise during exercise-related situations. You’re probably already going “Duh. We’ve known this for a hundred years or more. I see. Knowing what will happen to my genetically pitiful bod if I stop going, I do my best to never, ever miss a session.
Do you exercise to music? Then read this.

Listen to Bruce Dickinson’s 1981 demo tape for Iron Maiden

While singing for another group called Samson, he became a Maiden fan from afar. (He wasn’t missed, apparently.)
The modern Maiden era begins with singer Paul Di’Anno. By the time Di’Anno was fired, the rest of Maiden knew of Bruce and asked him to submit an audition tape. This is who we hear on the first two studio albums, but by 1981, his alcohol and drug intake made him unreliable. More at Metal Injection. All Iron Maiden fans know that Bruce Dickinson wasn’t the band’s first vocalist. The group began with a dude named Paul Day out front, who lasted for a short period in 1975-76. He was shown the door. This is when we finally get to Bruce Dickinson. He was replaced by Dennis Wilcock, who eventually got fed up with everyone else in the group and bolted in 1978. He won the job, of course, but its instructive to hear the tape that sealed the deal.
Listen to Bruce Dickinson’s 1981 demo tape for Iron Maiden

How to listen to loudspeakers

Brier explained how a classical organ concerto contains ten full octaves of sound that are exponentially related and how I should be aware of these intervals while listening to recordings. Because I can!” Brier believed his talent and intelligence placed him above the law. So did I. Source material comes from heavyweight vinyl, CDs, and high-resolution audio files. Blasphemy. How can you judge gear designed to deliver this kind of listening experience? Bach.   On top of all that, he had taught himself to play every instrument in the classical orchestra and memorized the complete keyboard works of J.S. We’ve slipped away from that over the last couple of decades, but there are signs that people of all ages are again becoming hip to the joys of high fidelity music. But what does it sound like? If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the era when you and all your friends spent significant fractions of your disposable income on audio gear. During the comparison, he explained counterpoint, then played one E. One should one listen for? You really need to keep going. His favorite thing was to drive his 1958 MGA (powered by a Chevy mouse motor) to places like Boston or Philadelphia; where he would break into churches and play Bach fugues on real pipe organs. He played acoustic bass in a jazz band and tuned pianos for a living. I helped him build drag-race cars and nitro-burning motorbikes. Maybe you’re rediscovering this kind of audio. It was an endless pursuit of audio perfection. The beauty of my first critical listening day was how my older friend guided my attention by explaining the meanings of words like timbre, frequency, octave, and harmonics. I’m talking about listening to music through proper amps and finely-crafted speakers. Every time they arrested him he protested, “I have a right to play this organ! The goal was to have a stereo system that was louder, more clear, and more accurate than the next guy. MP3s and Beats headphones? Start with this article from Audiostream.com
I have been listening critically to audio systems, especially to amps driving loudspeakers, since the late 1960s; since my friend Bill Brier forced me to compare a tubed Dynaco Stereo 70 amplifier to a solid-state Dynaco Stereo 120. We played saxophone jazz, piano concertos, and Bach organ music through Brier’s Dynaco A50 loudspeakers… and listened for, what Brier called, “A proper ten octaves.”
I was 17, Brier was five years older. Power Biggs recording after another – with rapid-fire pontificating and gesturing towards the vibrating air between the large Dynacos.
How to listen to loudspeakers

One of the most important mimes in the world has died. Stay with me on this.

One of the most important mimes in the world has died. Stay with me on this.
Mime memes are as old as miming itself. The dancers in this video are from Kemp’s company. In the 1970s, he was called to mentor a teenaged Kate Bush. But there’s one mime to whom we rock fans owe a debt of gratitude: Lindsay Kemp. Who? When David Bowie was searching for his voice during his failed folksinger phase in the 1960s, Bowie fell under Kemp’s spell. This weekend, though, Kemp passed away in Italy at the age of 80. Bowie wasn’t Kemp’s only high-profile student. Bowie became Kemp’s student in 1966 who proceeded to teach him the art of moving onstage, the basics of choreography, and how to attract and hold and audience’s attention. Later, Kemp help Bowie created the production for his groundbreaking Ziggy Stardust tour of 1972-73. I’m with Shakes the Clown on this. I hate mimes. The choreography for videos like “Wuthering Heights?” Pure Kemp. Kemp stayed active well into his senior years.

The Geeks&Beats Facebook Live podcast broadcast is tonight at 7 pm ET

The Geeks&Beats Facebook Live podcast broadcast is tonight at 7 pm ET
  It would break Michael’s heart if no one cared. Please watch. “We’ll do something relaxed on my back deck. So when Michael suggested we do a Facebook Live version of the podcast this summer, I was skeptical. “It won’t be anything complicated,” he assured me. None. “If you promise to take care of all the technical nonsense [which he does, anyway] I’ll go along with it.”
I should have known better. When it comes to gadgetry, Michael has no restraint. What started as a two-iPhone shoot has turned into a full-on production: three dedicated cameras (including a steadycam), a full video switcher, a lighting rig, opening and closing credits, interstitial video breaks, special guests (Ed the Sock,  Brittlestar, celebrity chef Mike Beninger, who is in chart of catering and craft services), a video director, a floor director, a producer, sponsors (Shure mics is one), wardrobe requirements, multiple audio and video monitors–it’s nuts. Again, this is for a FACEBOOK event. Jeezus. Go here. It’s an audio-only thing, although we have experimented with things like Google Hangouts–which, by the way, were disastrous failures. All we’ll need a is a couple of iPhones.”
“Fine,” I said. We even had a four-hour technical rehearsal on Friday night. Along with the two extremely rare bottles of alcohol I’m bringing (for my own use, by the way), I will display some treasured music memorabilia. Normally Michael Hainsworth and I get together online Sunday nights to record the weekly Geeks&Beats podcast.

Free concert at Young and Dundas featuring THRUST aka @THRUSTMUZIK

Let’s Go 📡#tdotfest #conference #panel #liveshow #toronto #thesix #thrust #media #news #wholeteamready #fitness #motivational
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Multi Platinum Recording Artist @thrustpics to debut his new single on the #tdotfest stage Sunday Sept 2 @ydsquare you’re not going to want to miss this! Gonna debut my first solo single! Friend of AJMT and Hip-Hop pioneer THRUST will be playing a free concert for TDotFest2018 on September 2nd! #sashastoltzpublicity #packthesquare #musicnationfoundation
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Free concert at Young and Dundas featuring THRUST aka @THRUSTMUZIK