The truth about the legendary alleged Michael Jackson appearance on The Simpsons

The truth about the legendary alleged Michael Jackson appearance on The Simpsons
One night, Groening received a phone call from Jackson saying that he loved Bart and would love to contribute to the show in some way. Show creator Matt Groening has laid it out all again in an interview. Glad we settled that once and for all. But never mind. Arrangements were made and Jackson did come in to voice Leon’s speaking parts. All we have is the name John Jay Smith. But was it MJ? Was that really an uncredited Michael Jackson appearance on The Simpsons back on September 19, 1991? Leon seems to think that he’s actually Michael Jackson. It’s a debate that’s raged for a couple of decades. The story goes like this. To recap. However, due to a variety of legal obligations, Jackson was prohibited from singing on The Simpsons. That means this is someone else singing to Lisa. The answer is both “yes” and “no.”
To be fair, this whole controversy was settled back in 2003 in the commentary on a Simpsons DVD compilation. In an episode called “Stark Raving Dad,” Homer is accidentally sent to a mental institution where his roommate is a large white man named Leon Kompowsky. In this case, the singer is Kipp Lennon, who we also singing other songs through the years, including in the episode “Flamin’ Moe’s.”
Jackson’s name doesn’t appear in the credits, either. And damn, he sure sounds like him. (Via

YouTube is about to stop letting us skip ads

YouTube is about to stop letting us skip ads
Check out this video on the platform’s Creator Insider channel

  The good news has been that we had the option of skipping many of these commercials after watching for a few seconds. YouTube is a remarkable thing, a resource that lets us access billions of videos on cats and a few other things. It costs us nothing, too. Well, not nothing. That, however, is apparently coming to an end. We are required to watch pre-roll ads, so we do pay with our time an attention.

Dead Venues: A series of short films on how bands are losing places to play

Eden Munro and her partner have made a series of short films about the situation in Edmonton. A while back Cameron Gordon’s Completely Ignored featured a post on Toronto music venues that no longer exist. The declining number of places for musicians to perform isn’t confined to Toronto; it’s a problem all across the country. You can see more here.
Dead Venues: A series of short films on how bands are losing places to play

Music therapy is a thing because it works. Here’s how it can help you or a loved one.

Could this be a by-product of religious ritual? No one knows. Keep reading. Music has been with us for thousands of years as a form of entertainment, communication, celebration, and mourning. It is because of this link that music therapy was developed, and it is a great way to learn how to channel your feelings and combat mental illness. Will Tottle, writing for My Audio Sound, has this in-depth look at the field of music therapy. As someone who suffers from crippling anxiety and waves of depression, I have always been interested in trying this form of therapy out. A good thing, too, because music can be used as an effective medicine for a variety of things. For many, music is a lifeline that keeps them tethered to the world, and without it, so many of us would be lost entirely. Whether you like to play the music or listen to it, you might be surprised to discover how beneficial this form of treatment can be, and in this extensive article, we look at the different ways in which music therapy can boost mental health. This is important. For reasons unknown to evolutionary biologists, our brains seem to be hardwired for music. Yet here we are. The style of music that we listen to most and enjoy may change every decade, but that sense of communication and feeling always remains. Music has a way of helping us express emotions that we don’t even understand ourselves, and can put these feelings into meaningful lyrics, or just a tune that resonates with every fibre of our being. Did these parts of our brains evolve as an offshoot of developing language? Were our ancestors inspired by birdsong? If you, or someone close to you, suffer from mental health conditions, you may find that they listen to music quite a lot, or even play it. I hope you find it helpful. There are so many different emotions that music can help us to express, and it is a language that we share universally, as well as one that everyone can understand.
Here’s how it can help you or a loved one. Music therapy is a thing because it works.

Photo Gallery from the Music and the Brain Music Tech Event

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A special thanks to our partners McMaster University’s LiveLAB for helping us put on such a fun and informative event. 

If you missed this event, don’t worry! Thanks to everyone who came out to our 15th Music Tech Event. It was a truly fascinating session—especially the demo (check out the photo gallery and you’ll get what I mean)! Music Tech MeetUp Round 15





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Random music news for Monday, August 27, 2018

It’s for sale. Or maybe you’d rather spend your money on a rare Apple I computer. How about Keith Richards’ 1972 Ferrari Dino? Mike Shinoda explains how he’s dealt with the death of Chester Bennington. Has Nicki Minaj lost it? Donald Trump and Kayne West: The lovefest continues. Have your bingo cards ready. The porn industry wants the US to take a look at copyright laws because it’s running into the same problems as the music industry. However your weekend went, it wasn’t this noisy. The first Beatles biography came out 50 years ago this month. Prince’s family has sued the doctor who prescribed him pain medication. Don Jr? You just knew that PETA was going to say something about Aretha Franklin’s fur coats. What kind of week is Donald Trump in for? Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dicky Betts has suffered a minor stroke. If the iHeart MMVAs mean anything to you, here’s who won what. Too much information, courtesy Ed Sheeran. Or maybe you’d prefer this Austin Mini that was used to promote the Beatles “Penny Lane” film. You might want to start here. Roger Stone? It was written with the band while they were still together. Who’s next to go down? In front of 15 witnesses, too. Jared? Meanwhile, in Australia, an actor is accused of killing a rapper with a Samari sword. Looking for a car? And now, music news for August 27, 2018. Not enough information about fast radio bursts. Confused by K-pop?
Random music news for Monday, August 27, 2018

New Music from the Inbox for August 27, 2018: Ellevator, SWMRS, Long Range Hustle, & More!

New Music from the Inbox for August 27, 2018: Ellevator, SWMRS, Long Range Hustle, & More!
The Toronto band is currently on tour. The whole album itself examines the failure of capitalism from a human perspective. Listen:

Artist: Major Love
Song: “Toughen Up”
Album: Single

Currently on tour, Major Love just released their self-titled debut album. Watch:

Artist: Long Range Hustle
Song: “Morning Clover”
Album: Single

The latest track from Long Range Hustle is the first single from their upcoming album set for release next year. This song is about the duality of the world and anxiety for the future. Listen:

Artist: Jet Black
Song: “All Is Wrong”
Album: L’Ère du Vide

From their latest album, Jet Black’s “All Is Wrong” looks at the desire to escape from a world stuck in a downward spiral. Listen:

Artist: Moonbeau
Song: “Like the Night”
Album: Moonbeau

This synth-pop band from Cincinnati blends 80s new wave with modern, danceable beats. The music video for this song was filmed in Toronto and Kingston. Watch: Watch:

Artist: SWMRS
Song: “Berkeley’s On Fire”
Album: Single

Oakland punk quartet SWMRS combines the sounds of various historical punk bands to create a sound of their own. Artist: Ellevator
Song: “New Survival”
Album: Ellevator EP 

From their self-titled EP, Ellevator explores the duality of the self in this track and the accompanying video. This track comes from their upcoming debut. The band is getting ready to head out on tour in October.

With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, here’s a nod to the late-night/early morning tweets by Donald Trump

It does feel that the walls are closing in, doesn’t it? The events of the last couple of weeks are getting to Donald Trump. Jared? Don Jr? No wonder Donald is up late, tweeting in the middle of the night. His former campaign chairman, his former lawyer-fixer, his buddy at the National Enquirer, and the Trump’s organization’s accountant (a guy who also worked as Trump’s personal accountant) have either been convicted of crimes, pled guilty to crimes, or been promised immunity by prosecutors. Who’s next? Roger Stone?
With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, here’s a nod to the late-night/early morning tweets by Donald Trump

The 2018 world champion air guitarist is a woman from Japan

The 2018 world champion air guitarist is a woman from Japan
Rachel Sinclair                  ”Agnes Young”            USA
12. Lyrae (Lily) Freriechs         ”Lily Rocknroll”            AUS At the end of it all, the winner was Nanami Naguara of Japan. Fifteen finalists unpacked their imaginary instruments and did their impress the judges and the crowd with their, uh, fakeness. Dana Schiemann      ”Dana-Saurus Rex”        CAN               [34,2]
4. Patrick Culek                     ”Ehrwolf”                     GER
11. She was presented with a real guitar. Jason Farnan             ”Lt Facemelter”            USA                [32,6]
7. @airguitarworldchampionships @nanaminagura @helsinginsanomat #makeairnotwar #airguitarworldchampionships #airguitar #oulu #visitoulu
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Here are the final standings. 1. Daniel Oldemeier             ”Moredrive”                 GER
15. Andrew Finn                 ”Flyin Finn”                USA                [33,7]
5. Brittany Diaz                     ”Georgia Lunch”          USA
13. Toshio Kado                      ”Shariten Kd”               JPN
13. #Repost @leinoan ・・・ Seven Seas aka Nanami Nagura from Japan is the new Air Guitar World Champion! Sven Smith                 ”Sven Spandex”           UK                  [33,4]
7. Alex Roberts              ”Jinja Assassin”           AUS                [32,6]
9. You know it’s approaching Labour Day when air guitarists from all over the world assemble in Oulu, Finland, for the world championships. Nanami  Nagura           ”Seven Seas”               JPN               [35,8]
2. Vincent Roussel                  ”Lord Scrat”                 FRA
10. Her act–she performed dressed as a cleaning lady under the name Seven Seas–was enough to take the 23rd annual prize. Matt Burns                    ”The Airistotle”          USA                [35,1]
3. Kate Rose                   “KitKat”                       USA                [33,4]

Is this a drum solo or a psychotic break?

Is this a drum solo or a psychotic break?
(Via Danny) Can you figure it out? I love me a good drum solo, but I’m not entirely what’s going on here.

Mike Shinoda and Sum 41 paid tribute to Chester Bennington and…wow. Chills.

Chills. Mike Shinoda and Sum 41 paid tribute to Chester Bennington and…wow.
Later in the set, Mike was joined by Sum 41 for this performance of Linkin Park’s “Faint.” At this past weekend’s Reading Festival, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda paid tribute to Chester Bennington with help from Sum 41. Here’s part one.

A William Shatner Christmas album? Looks like it.

A William Shatner Christmas album? Looks like it.
I was replaced by an empty chair and could only watch from the audience. Henry Rollins
2. Well, there hasn’t been a Christmas album yet. I couldn’t take it. Dani Bender O Come, O Come Emmanuel Feat. 😳😱😉
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 26, 2018

And if that’s not strange enough, look at the guest appearances in this tracklisting. Elliot Easton
7. Iggy Pop? We still keep in touch, too. Rick Wakeman
8. During rehearsals for the first show, Bill gamely went through the song but couldn’t get the rhythm right. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Feat. “Well, if you’re doing a Canadian tour in November, there’s really only one choice,” I said. Run Rudolph Run Feat. Judy Collins
13. “It’s gotta be ‘The Hockey Song’ by Stompin’ Tom.” He agreed to give it a shot. 1. Silent Night Feat. Back in 2011, I was won a gig to be William Shatner’s on-stage straight man in a production called How Time Flies. Plenty of non-Christians do that. You can pre-order my Christmas Album It’s also available on vinyl! Still, it was a fantastic experience. But what song? This is a bit odd given (a) Bill’s vocal style; and (b) he’s Jewish. One for You, One for Me
10. Twas the Night Before Christmas Feat. Silver Bells Feat. Billy Gibbons
11. Joe Louis Walker
4. Henry Rollins? But then again, he’s big on the holidays–there’s always a massive family gathering–so why not celebrate the season? After about sixty seconds of this, it dawned on me: I was trying to teach William Shatner how to sing. I learned more about performance and presentation from Shatner in those few weeks than I had in the previous five years. He wanted to close each show on this tour with a song. The show tour ran for six shows across the country before Shat took it to Broadway and an extended North American tour. What could possibly be left to do? Jingle Bells Feat. “No, no, no, Bill. The Shat has a plenty of records to his name and occasionally stages gigs where he performs live. Winter Wonderland Feat. And so comes this tease of a William Shatner Christmas album. But back to the tour. Feliz Navidad Feat. He was quick to criticize (ALWAYS respectfully and constructively) and just as quick to praise. As everyone knows, Bill likes to, uh, sing. Iggy Pop
12. Brad Paisley
3. Like this.” And I proceeded to teach him what he needed to do. In fact, his performances have gone down in pop culture history as being among the most…interesting. Ian Anderson
9. Little Drummer Boy Feat. White Christmas Feat. Todd Rundgren & Artimus Pyle
5. Mel Collins
6. Blue Christmas Feat.

And now, a radio station for dogs

And now, a radio station for dogs
In the interests of equal time, there’s also a radio station for dogs. Last week, a story about radio made the rounds about a radio station for cats.

Weekly survey: What is your song of the summer of 2018?

Weekly survey: What is your song of the summer of 2018?
Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
God’s Plan – Drake
Nice For What – Drake
Te Boté – Remix – Nio Garcia (feat. Cardi B) – Maroon 5
Taste (feat. Demi Lovato)
Taste – Tyga (feat. What’s yours? Time to gather some thoughts and memories about the music we’ve heard. I hate to mention it, but Labour Day is this weekend. Cardi B)
I Like It – Cardi B (feat. What song will you forever associate something you’ve done/seen/experienced this year? Is this a metric we can go by? Offset) – Tyga
No Brainer – DJ Khaled
Eastside (with Halsey & Khalid) – benny blanco
Lucid Dreams – Juice WRLD
I Like It – Cardi B
breathin’ – Ariana Grande

Not a lot of rock here, is there? This week’s question is extremely simple: What is your song of the summer of 2018? Summer–at least when it comes to those glorious weeks of time off–is coming to an end. Bad Bunny, J Balvin)
Lucid Dreams – Juice WRLD
SAD! This is Spotify’s global chart:

In My Feelings – Drake
Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) – 6ix9ine
Girls Like You (feat. Obviously, there cannot be any incorrect answers, although I’m sure there will be plenty of interesting contributions. Casper Magico, Darrell, Ozuna, Bad Bunny and Nicky Jam)
Jackie Chan – Tiësto, Dzeko (feat. Spotify, which is all about collecting listener data, offers up their Songs of the Summers charts featuring tracks that have been streamed more than any others. Post Malone, Preme)
Back To You – Selena Gomez
no tears left to cry – Ariana Grande
Don’t Matter To Me – Drake (with Michael Jackson)
Rise – Jonas Blue
Nonstop – Drake

If we break it down to just Canada, we’re left with this:

In My Feelings – Drake
Sick Mode – Travis Scott
Better Now – Post Malone
One Kiss – Calvin Harris (with Dua Lipa)
Solo – Clean Bandit (feat.  

Random music news for Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Random music news for Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Where will things go from here? Listen to some yoga music before bed. Let’s talk a little bit more about the radio industry and its relationship to smart speakers and podcasting. this time last year: Total albums, -18.8%; digital albums, -20.7%; physical albums, -17.6%; CDs, -21.6%; vinyl, +43.2%; streaming, +51.4% (1.109 billion streams last week). Interesting: Email could be more useful for your band’s interaction with fans than social channels. Sales of digital albums are really tanking. You’re not alone. Wow. It looks like this year was the year of a podcast boom. Here are 16 podcasts that should help. If you’re a hardcore Tragically Hip fan, you might enjoy this podcast that’s going through all the band’s releases. Still using Snapchat? This is important. Happy 32nd birthday to Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. Why is someone trying to burn down this small-town Manitoba radio station? Why not? Stevie Wonder played this tribute to John McCain. Is it possible that Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga are collaborating on something? Metallica watches? Frustrated by not being able to find the perfect headphones for yourself? A record amount of illegal drugs were seized at the Leeds Festival this year. I love how these music festivals are combining tunes with science. A long-lost Noel Gallagher solo album has turned up. Here is the top 10 playlist of late Senator John McCain. In other music news for August 28, 2018…

Canadian music sales and streaming numbers vs. Worried about having a heart attack? Let the bidding begin! Speaking of music entrepreneurship, Taylor Swift is about to be a free agent. Hoping to be a music industry entrepreneur? You might find this new music feature interesting.