Random music news for Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A lot, actually. Broadcasters in the UK want the government to create some kind of social media watchdog. Try this. He’d like to sell you some sheets. French schoolchildren (who went back to school yesterday) found that mobile phones were no longer allowed. Some throat candies made with bee spit. Ugh. About that unreleased Red Hot Chili Peppers album from 2003 featuring guitarist John Frusciante… The Berlin show has been rescheduled. After losing his voice midway through a show in Berlin and unable to finish the gig, Bono has seen a doctor who now assures him he’ll be fine for the rest of the tour. Remember Apple’s Ping social music network? The day when the Northern Hemisphere goes from 0 (our summer attitude) to 100 kph (the rest of the year) overnight. What went wrong? Need your vinyl cleaned? Lionel Ritchie has entered the bedroom. You read that right. That’s no way to launch a new record label, is it? You know what Bono needed? It doesn’t get much cleaner than this. Not much to see yet, but…
Why music from the 80s is a whole lot cooler than most people realize. There will be a big update to Windows 10 next month. Enough with the vowel-free band names already! Voice control for radio/infotainment systems in cars: It’s coming very fast. And can a smart speaker replace a kitchen radio? And here comes the music news for September 4, 2018. Maybe you need a little uplifting music to get you through today. Thom York is now on Instagram.
Random music news for Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (Sep 04, 2018): Peter Bibby, Delgres, LADAMA, and more!

Is the song catchy and groovy regardless? Artist: Peter Bibby
Song: “Long Baby”
Album/EP: Grand Champion

Simple and silly rock with a fine fuzzy edge and a perky tempo to match, “Long Baby” is a perfect example of no frills/no worries story-telling songwriting. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: SUM
Song: “It’s Alright to Be Me”
Album/EP: Single

Self-celebratory light funk with a heavy focus on bright instrumentals to pair along with the wholesome lyrics, “It Alright to Be Me” is a smooth tune with a message that matters. Do you know what the lyrics mean? Watch/Listen: 

Artist: LADAMA
Song: “Porro Maracatu”
Album/EP: LADAMA

Pan-American latin alternative driven by infectious percussion, guided by the slightest of acoustic guitar pickings, and fleshed out by uplifting gang vocals (no matter how lost in translation), “Porro Maracatu” is a wonderful reminder of the language of music. Heck yes! Providing few unnecessary sonic distractions to take away from the lyrics, Peter Bibby’s tune invites you to sit down and listen a while – although, with clanging guitars and drums rather than fireplaces and cardigans. Watch/Listen:  Heck no! Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Delgres
Song: “Can’t Let You Go”
Album/EP: Mo Jodi

The guitar tone in “Can’t Let You Go”, paired with the slightly distorted vocals, is an exceptionally sombre and brooding combination that really sets the tone for the soulful blues-rock tune. Delgres’ balanced approach lets the colour of the song really step forward – especially in the aforementioned lyrics. And of course, if it’s got a brass section, I’m a huge sucker for it!
New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (Sep 04, 2018): Peter Bibby, Delgres, LADAMA, and more!

How emo is that song? Let’s ask science

How emo is that song? Let’s ask science
A site called The Pudding sought to answer this question by quantifying certain aspects of the genre. To find out, I used the same approach that identified Radiohead’s saddest track, calculating percent of each song’s words associated with sadnessor fear (my proxy for “emo” lyrics of the 2000s emo-pop era). Keep reading. I wondered: Who has the most emotionally vulnerable lyrics, emo rappers or Dashboard Confessional? But what, exactly, makes emo emo? For example, here’s the chorus of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3.” 33% of the words fall under the sadness/fear list, which is very high on the emo scale. Lil Uzi Vert – XO Tour Llif3
I don’t really care if you cry
On the real, you shoulda never lied
Shoulda saw the way she looked me in my eyes
She said, Baby,I am not afraid to die
Push me to the edge
All my friends are dead
33% emo
4 emo words of 12 total words
Now let’s look at how emo rappers stack up against Dashboard and other 2000s emo bands (as well as some mainstream hip hop, like Lil Pump, and rock, like Radiohead and the Smiths, for good measure). Are there data points we can use to compare one song against another in order to determine relative emo-ness? Emo seems to be making some sort of a comeback, which means more attention for groups like My Chemical Romance and Dashboard Confessional. Has Juice Wrld out-emo’d emo bands?

Spooky: The spirit of Gord Downie spotted at Burning Man? Judge for yourself.

Spooky: The spirit of Gord Downie spotted at Burning Man? Judge for yourself.
Okay, so it’s like seeing a picture of the Virgin Mary burned into a piece of toast. She then posted it to this Facebook fan forum. Still…
(Via Georgia Strait) Paula Kim Derring was out in the Nevada desert at Burning Man this past week when she noticed something odd about a fire. Here’s the deja vu bit. It looked strangely familiar. Photo credit: Paula Kim Derring

Here’s another look. She posted it online where her friend Jill Lutes noticed the same thing. Can you see it? The brains see what it wants to see.

Bono isn’t the only one canceling shows because he lost his voice. It happened to Dave Grohl, too.

This required the postponement of two Canadian dates: Tonight (September 4) at Rogers Place in Edmonton and Thursday’s gig at the Saddledome in Calgary. The new dates are October 22 (Edmonton) and October 23 (Calgary). Dave is now on vocal rest and had this to say: “That’s the last time I make out with Bono.” (Bono lost his voice the same night in Berlin forcing U2 to bail on a show after just a few songs.) Dave Grohl didn’t feel right after the Foo Fighters gig at Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday night. The show scheduled for Vancouver on Friday will go ahead. His voice was raw, ragged…and then gone entirely.
It happened to Dave Grohl, too. Bono isn’t the only one canceling shows because he lost his voice.

As if the whole QAnon nonsense wasn’t crazy enough, a musical connection has emerged

As if the whole QAnon nonsense wasn’t crazy enough, a musical connection has emerged
“Q chose this song for a very, very meaningful reason. Because an adherent from Ireland asked Q to suggest a song for his wedding that he might be dedicated to the movement. From there, the post talks about connections to China, Hillary’s emails and more. First, an introduction to QAnon. According to this interpretation of the bread crumbs, the song acts to call out Joe Biden for what he REALLY knows. Under the names The Great Awakening and The Storm, this is where phrases like “deep state” and “paedophile ring” come up. Wikipedia has a good summary of what QAnon followers believe and where all this came from. Normally I stay away from batshit crazy Internet conspiracy theories like QAnon, but now that there’s a weird music connection, I feel like I have to take a look–if only to highlight how bonkers this batshit-ness is. “Pain,” it says, “is coming.”
UPDATE: There’s now another music connection. It might be instructive to watch the play count of this particular video. Born deep within 4chan, this is a complicated conspiracy theory that first appeared in October 2017 put forth by a person known only as Q or “Q Clearance Patriot.” This source–thought to be an American inside the US Government–claims to have access to all sorts of classified information that’s being kept by both the Trump administration and its foes. Why has this obscure alt-rock song from the 90s been adopted by the QAnon community? “Pizzagate“

It goes on, but you get the idea. Pay attention to the first few seconds of the video. Hey, hey, Joe, Joe
Whatcha know, whatcha know? Kim Jong-Un is actually a CIA puppet. Meanwhile, they’re also involved in the above-mentioned child sex trafficking ring. Former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hired MS-13, the notorious El Salvadorean gang, to murder DNC staff member Seth Rich. What is he trying to tell us?”

“When in the action?” What does that mean? Hey, hey, Joe, Joe
Whatcha know, whatcha know? Are people actually buying into this? Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros are planning a coup. Someone following this situation closely pointed out to me that there’s now an odd musical connection involving this 1993 song from a short-lived industrial group called Dink. Some suggest that members of the US military have used the song to get pumped up before going into battle. For some reason, this song has taken off amongst the QAnon faithful. There’s an even deep examination of the song’s relevance. When Q returned with Dink’s “Green Mind,” the community exploded. Go deeper and you’ll run into the following:

The biggest names in Hollywood (including Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg) are involved in an international paedophile ring.

Random music news for Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Here are tips on how to maintain your mental health. It’s coming to London. (BTS and Love Yourself: Answer was #1 with 141,000 copies.)
I guess Jon Rich of the country duo Big & Rich won’t be buying Nike gear anymore. Robbie Williams. Yesterday was Google’s 20th birthday. They’re seeking to dismiss a $60 million supplier lawsuit. What’s a person to do? Are you a struggling musician? So many podcasts, so little time. Worst neighbours in the world: Jimmy Page vs. this time last year: Total albums, -19%; digital albums, -20.7%; digital tracks, -22.5%; physical albums, -17.9%; CDs, -21.9%; vinyl, +40.6%; streams, +51% (1.094 billion streams)
Be careful what you tweet lest you think that Linkin Park is going to name a replacement for Chester Bennington. (Via Tom. ABBA dinner theatre? Were Freddie Mercury still alive, he would have turned 72 today. And on that topic, Alice in Chains’ Rainer Fog debuted at #2 on US SoundScan by selling less than 29,000 units. He’s back.) It was possible to make the Top 10 on the US SoundScan charts this week by selling less than 7,000 physical units. Troubles continue for bankrupt Gibson Guitars. Here’s how much things have changed. The fight continues. “Is my record collection trying to kill me?”
Could this be the future of home entertainment? In India, 17 women were rescued from an “orchestra band” which abused them sexually. The manager of Mastodon is battling pancreatic cancer. And in music news for September 5, 2018…

Canadian music sales and streams vs. It took all of 556 records to make the Top 200. Watch this.

More Music From The Inbox 5 Sept 2018 Interpol, Natalie Evans, Idle and More!

More Music From The Inbox 5 Sept 2018 Interpol, Natalie Evans, Idle and More!
Sounds like:  beautiful noise
Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Inspired & the Sleep, “Right Place, Right Time”
Album: N/A

Meaning and feeling out of San Diego
Sounds like:  letting go
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Artist: Midori Takada & Lafawndah, “Le Renard Bleu”  
Album: N/A

An intriguing pairing and the first music from Takada in 20 years
Sounds like:  the blue fox crosses cultures and transcends
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Artist: Darren Jessee, “Anything You Need”
Album: The Jane, Room 217

This ex-Ben Folds Five alum has a special sound
Sounds like:  Honesty
Link/Listen/Watch: is home to these lovelies! Artist: Interpol, “It Probably Matters”  
Album: Marauder

Long favourite band out of NYC
Sounds like:  it really does matter
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Artist: Natalie Evans, “Empty Rooms & Aeroplanes”
Album: Empty Rooms & Aeroplanes

A unique voice out of London
Sounds like:  living in a different time
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Artist: Idles, “Great”
Album: Joy As An Act of Resistance

Bristol in the U.K.

Looking for a truly weird alt-rock performance? Check out Arvo Pärt.

The song is called “Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks…” and was entered in Eurovision. Jüri, my new Estonian friend, is intent on schooling me on the music of his homeland. Take that, Tommy Lee. Weirdly, though, it didn’t make the cut (they finished third). WTF, right? The song is about a friend named Korsakov who went to neighbouring Latvia to buy booze after the government raised taxes on alcohol. Once things get rolling, keep an eye out for the two drummers at the back. As a gentle(!!!) introduction, he sent me a link to a performance by Arvo Pärt from 2014 in which he and his band provided the live soundtrack to a fashion show.
Check out Arvo Pärt. Looking for a truly weird alt-rock performance?

If you’re a fan of Queen, here are three things you need to see

If you’re a fan of Queen, here are three things you need to see
2. The Ohio State Marching Band’s Queen tribute
Marching bands are an American thing that most of the world tends to ignore. Queen continues to live on even though Freddie has been dead for decades. And given that today would have been Freddie Mercury’s 72nd birthday, it’s kind of appropriate we acknowledge that somehow. 1. This week, lyrics of “Bohemian Rhapsody” showed up. Here are three examples of Queen’s enduring popularity. Sure, there have been the versions of the band with different singers, but the real legacy is with the classic lineup from the 70s and 80s. British Airways and Heathrow baggage handlers ‘escape from reality’ in celebration of Freddie’s birthday.#freddieforaday #ffad #freddiemercury #queen @MercuryMOTG @The_MPT pic.twitter.com/xXZKE5u0O5
— Queen (@QueenWillRock) September 5, 2018 But this salute by Ohio State this past weekend earned praise from guitarist Brian May. Queen in lights
If you’ve ever been down Carnaby Street in London, you’ll have seen the display of lights over the street. This is so cute it makes my womb hurt–and I’m a dude. 3. The John Lewis “Bohemian Rhapsody” commercial
John Lewis, the British retailer, has a reputation for creating TV commercials that tug at heartstrings by careful use of music. (Via The Londonist)

BONUS: Heathrow baggage handlers
Workers at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 came up with this dance routine to celebrate what would have been Freddie’s 72nd birthday.

This is the most annoying song you’ll hear all month. Think before you click.

And there’s more. It’s now a dance meme that threatens to usurp the Kiki Challenge. God save the kingdom. 🦈@Schofe @hollywills pic.twitter.com/n4XMIA9rj6
— This Morning (@thismorning) September 4, 2018

More horrors at Metro.co.uk. And, as you’ll see, we all may soon need saving. Weirdly, the song apparently dates back to the early 1900s. Note that the song has already entered the Top 40 in the UK. The first known video appeared in the 90s. If you’re a parent, it’s possible that you’ve already been exposed to the horrors of “Baby Shark Dance,” so you’re excused from listening again. We’ve got this #BabyShark dance down!
This is the most annoying song you’ll hear all month. Think before you click.

Idiot puts an iPhone X in a blender and tries to drink the juice

Idiot puts an iPhone X in a blender and tries to drink the juice
The number of toxic chemicals released would make anyone really, really sick. YouTuber TechRax must not have got the memo because when he blended his iPhone X, he tried to drink the juice. Anyone remembers the “Will It Blend?” videos knows you’re not supposed to breath the dust, let alone drink it. 

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 199: Live from Fan Expo 2018

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Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 199: Live from Fan Expo 2018

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 1: 54-40’s Selection EP

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 1: 54-40’s Selection EP
Get your copy here. The band takes their name from the slogan “Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!”, coined to express the unsuccessful expansionist agenda of James K. – AC]
54•40 is an alternative rock group from Tsawwassen, British Columbia. [Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history. The group formed in 1981 as a trio consisting of Brad Merritt (bass), Ian Franey (drums), and Neil Osborne (vocals/guitar). Find out more about 54 40 and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. They made their recording debut that same year, with four tracks on the independent compilation LP Things Are Still Coming Ashore, which also featured music by Vancouver bands Animal Slaves and Junco Run. The following year, the band issued the EP Selection. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. Polk’s presidency, intent upon controlling a contested U.S.-Canada border area in the Oregon boundary dispute. Starting today, he’s going to provide excerpts from his book. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, too.