Random music news for Thursday, September 6, 2018

Random music news for Thursday, September 6, 2018
Vanilla Ice was onboard. What, exactly, is “unconscious plagiarism?” This. (Via Tom)
A fake promoter who promised the Red Hot Chili Peppers to play a gig is going to jail for two years. Should K-pop bands be exempt from mandatory military service? I just have time to report on some music news for September 6, 2018. A rare neurological condition gave this woman a French accent–but it disappears when she sings. The story of The Orwells, a band who had their sexual abuses reputation catch up with them. Now he’s back to playing double kicks at almost 100%. This. There’s a big debate about that. Slash owes his wife $6 million in a divorce settlement. Got an Amazon Alexa smart speaker? Wait–what? This drummer lost a leg in a bus accident three years ago. A GWAR bar? Demi Lovato is selling the house in which she recently ODed. The next version of Apple Watch could have an “always-on” mode. For example, as it “Alexa, is Metallica on tour?”
Actor Ethan Hawke has founded a new record label with a weirdly cool name. Off to Vancouver today to cover the Skookum Festival. Donald Trump ran for president because he was jealous of Gwen Stefani. (Via Andrew)
Speaking of radio, BBC 3 plans to broadcast 30 minutes of relaxation sounds. Yes–but first, they plan to destroy the old one. It will now answer questions about concerts. Here’s the story of the first time Yoko joined The Beatles in the studio for the first time. Maybe AI can help. Hardcore video gamers will get a kick out of this Van Halen reference. Great story! You know that plane from Dubai that landed at JFK yesterday with all the sick passengers? What’s that? Atomic radio? Having trouble writing a hit?

New Music From The Inbox: Lui Hill, Klaus, Pastel Ghost, and more!

A very interesting and fun listen! Artist: Lui Hill
Song: 5000 Miles
Album: Lui Hill
Sharp beats and heavy synths, this is a rhythmic and catchy force to be reckoned with. Hannah Corinne
Song: Dying Flame
Album: #3
This ambient and simple tune sounds like a pleasant dream. Listen: 

Artist: Klaus
Song: Blue Telephone
Album: Klaus
Klaus is an indie super-group formed of members from Patrick Watson, Karkwa, and Galaxie. Listen: 


Artist: Illuminine ft. Listen:

Artist: People Museum
Song: Bible Belt
Album: I Dreamt You In Technicolour
Atmospheric synth-soaked pop with ethereal vocals and an undercurrent of darkness. Listen:

Artist: Pastel Ghost
Song: Mercury
Album: Cleopatra
With hazy vocals and heavy beats, this is an other-worldly genre defying dance track. Blue Telephone starts as a funky, hazy track but has some unpredictable heavier twists and turns.
New Music From The Inbox: Lui Hill, Klaus, Pastel Ghost, and more!

A good question: Why does music make us feel good?

Keep reading. Music, in this view, was something of a live soundtrack to a multimedia representation. Unfortunately, Descartes never made it past a simple elaboration of musical preliminaries. It could assist in an analogic way with the depiction of the natural sentiments or features of the world captured in the language of its poetry, thereby eliciting a pleasurable response. ‘Just as the painter imitates the features and colours of nature,’ wrote the French author Jean-Baptiste Dubos in 1719, ‘so the musician imitates the tones, accents, sighs, inflections of the voice, and indeed all of those sounds with which nature exudes the sentiments and passions.’ Hearing these representations of the various passions was itself pleasurable. But why? Can a melody provide us with pleasure? But it’s incredibly difficult to discern just how this comes to pass. The idea of music as an imitative or mimetic medium eventually became a major component of 18th-century aesthetics. Perhaps the melody is so familiar that you’ve simply come to identify with it. Is it something about the flow and shape of a tune that encourages you to predict its direction and follow along? Music is one of life’s great pleasures. The story of their attempts and difficulties forms one vital component of Western intellectual history, and its many misdirections are revealing to trace in their own right. This didn’t discourage later thinkers from picking up where he left off. Plato certainly thought so, as do many today. Why does it make us feel good? In early modern Europe, theorists generally adopted a view inspired by Aristotle’s Poetics: they supposed that the tones of a melody could work together with a text in order to imitate the natural world. Or is it that the lyrics of a certain song describe a scene that reminds you of a joyful time? Let’s go to Aeon.co for some speculation. Determining specifically how this worked was, in fact, the elusive goal set out at the opening of René Descartes’s first complete treatise, the Compendium Musicae (written in 1618). He felt that, in order to make the connection to pleasure and passion, he would need a more detailed account of the movements of the soul. For some thinkers, music was naturally disposed to imitate the sounds of the emotions. Critics have proposed variations on all of these ideas as explanatory mechanisms for musical pleasure, though there remains no critical consensus.
A good question: Why does music make us feel good?

Metallica performs “When Doves Cry.” Good or bad idea?

Metallica has made it something of a habit to cover a song of a local hero when they play certain cities. Back in 1984 when the song was first released, no self-respecting rock band would have even thought of touching a Prince song. The negative: Maybe they should have rehearsed a little more… The fact that Metallica is willing to do something like this speaks volumes about how biases and silos within music have broken down. When their current tour moved into Minneapolis, they decided on a quick jam on Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”
The positive: The world has evolved.
Metallica performs “When Doves Cry.” Good or bad idea?

It’s official: We now know why Dolores O’Riordan died. It was “drowning due to intoxication.”

For the longest time, there were whispers that this was another fentanyl or other opioid tragedy. The amount of drugs in her bloodstream were found to be at “therapeutic levels.”
We learned that in September 2017, Dolores composed a suicide note while on lorazepam. The drugs are not specified, although she was known have been prescribed lorazepam. The death of Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan on January 15 was a shock. The monitored mini-bar was last accessed at 2:10 am. this wasn’t a suicide) so her death has been ruled a “tragic accident.”

The Cranberries released this statement:

— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) September 6, 2018

Further coverage:
The Telegraph
Irish Sun
The Guardian The next person to see her was a member of housekeeping at 9 that morning. She was declared dead at 9:16 am. That, however, seems not to be the case. A police officer testified: “I saw Mrs O’Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.”
After months of no answers–a toxicology report was promised in April, but nothing materialized–we finally have a cause of death on the day of what would have been her 47th birthday: “drowning due to alcohol intoxication.” The inquest found the following:

She had been drinking heavily. The inquest did find that there was no overdose. She phoned her mother at 3 am. What happened in that London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane? A doctor’s assessment filed December 26 said she was “feeling better.”
There was no evidence of self-harm (i.e. (330 mg per 100 mls; the legal limit is 80 mg)
There were five empty miniature alcohol bottles in her room along with a bottle of Champagne. She’s been taking prescription drugs. The last person to see Dolores alive was room service when an order was delivered around midnight. Her body was found face up in the bathtub of her suite on the morning of Monday, January 15. She had been taking a bath–in a long-sleeved vest and some pyjama bottoms–when she passed out, slipped below the waterline and drowned. What could have killed a seemingly healthy 46-year-old woman–reportedly in very good spirits–who had been looking forward to the next day’s work in the studio with American metal band Bad Wolves? Her blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit.
It’s official: We now know why Dolores O’Riordan died. It was “drowning due to intoxication.”

Metric Know the Art of Doubt

Art of Doubt was recorded at Giant Studio, which guitarist Jimmy Shaw co-owns with Death from Above’s Sebastien Grainger, with production duties handled by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who’s done work for Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and M83. SEPTEMBER 21. Take your NAFTA tariffs and shove ’em Trump! #ARTOFDOUBT pic.twitter.com/1JMnMA2sCr
— M E T R I C (@Metric) September 5, 2018

Having performed in their hometown of T.O. METRIC. Wonder if Metric even know dignity when they see it? If you were fortunate enough to have seen Smashing Pumpkins this summer on the Shiny and Oh So Bright tour – and were at the venue early enough – you were no doubt tantalized by new music from Metric. THE NEW ALBUM. Don’t worry, I am confident we’ll be hearing lots from Art of Doubt in 2019; look out Arkells, you’re not the only Canadian group whose stock is rising. Fan-filmed clips of other new songs “Love You Back”, “Risk” and the title cut pretty much confirm they’re reaching back to the risqué, revivalist post-punk that made us first fall in love with them back on 2003’s Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?. The Emily Haines-led quartet with Toronto roots didn’t even wait until their support act commitments were fulfilled before officially announcing the details for highly-anticipated seventh album Art of Doubt. three times in the same amount of months recently, you’ll excuse Metric if they see a little more of the world while promoting their latest creation the rest of this year. Coming September 21st via Crystal Math and the band’s own Metric Music International label, it features 12 tracks (listed in the short video below), three of which have already been released online: “Dark Saturday“, “Dressed to Suppress“, plus prolonged trip “Now or Never Now“. Have to credit my expat friend Sarah Rix for expertly photoshopping Art of Doubt‘s cover onto “Can I Borrow a Feeling?” singer Kirk Van Houten’s Pictionary easel. And I knew I wasn’t the only one who was reminded of The Simpsons when I saw Metric’s admittedly simplistic album art courtesy of Justin Broadbent (who’s also responsible for the above photo). Pre-orders are ready to be taken at ILoveMetric.com.
Metric Know the Art of Doubt

Random music news for Friday, September 7, 2018

Random music news for Friday, September 7, 2018
  NBC weatherman Al Roker is heading to Broadways. (Via Tom)
Learn from Doja Cat: the Internet is forever. It’s happening, apparently. Watch this space for more. India. Get ready for the iPhone XS next week. And Ed Sheeran’s European tour made some BIG dollars. How is streaming changing music? Beats headphones are now the official headphone of the NBA. It’s the music he wrote for the Suspiria soundtrack. Now imagine Johnny Depp playing Shane. And the Creative Director for the PornHub Awards is…Kanye West? And one more: Fans of Ed Sheeran’s songwriting should probably read this. The next big market for hip-hop? That means players can’t be spotted wearing any other brand. Let us count the ways. Meanwhile, here’s some music news for Friday, September 7, 2018. Imagine this: a love story movie based on the Pogues Shane McGowan. New solo work is coming from Thom Yorke. Woke up in Vancouver today ready to cover the Skookum Festival. Yep. Again. Elton John’s farewell tour is very, very hot on the secondary ticket market.

Next up on the resurrection/recycling list: Britpop!

Backstage at the Cool Britannia festival earlier this month, David Heartfield and Jack Gray are explaining why the moment is right for a 90s revival. It takes anywhere from a dozen to twenty years for nostalgia to kick in for a previous era of music. And lest we forget, Britpop was a revival of its own, a return to the British rock of the late 60s and early 70s. As we speak, Space are on stage. In other words, we’re due. So what’s next? They have visibly been on an intriguing journey since the mainstream spotlight left them – they now have a keyboard player in a Crass T-shirt and a bass player who looks like he is moonlighting from a death metal act called something like Mildewed Crucifix – but the audience are lapping up their 90s hits: Avenging Angels, Female of the Species, Neighbourhood. 1995-2000: Retro-80s with the biggest emphasis on 1978-1984. A revival once removed? Keep reading. There’s a dance tent with PAs from Rozalla, Urban Cookie Collective and Alison Limerick, among others, but the main stage skews distinctly towards Britpop: Ocean Colour Scene, Cast, Dodgy, Toploader, the Lightning Seeds and something called Britpop Classical, an alt-rock equivalent of those tours where an orchestra belts out old dance hits to an audience of ageing ravers, complete with Phil Daniels reprising his monologue from Blur’s Parklife. For example:

1958-61: A fondness for traditional jazz in some quarters. 1971-74: The return of the 50s. But they would say that, wouldn’t they? They are the promoter and the booking agent of Cool Britannia, a two-day event in the grounds of Knebworth House that offers nostalgic punters a cornucopia of musical delights from 20 years ago. Think American Graffiti, Happy Days, Sha Na Na, Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock.”
1985-89: The rise of classic rock featuring rejuvenated careers of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd and so many others. Heartfield’s and Gray’s argument about a 90s revival is, in fact, a convincing one. A return to Britpop, apparently. 2017-present: A renewed interest in the grunge-like guitar rock of the 90s. This is from The Guardian. This makes sense, given that Britpop took root in late ’91, early ’92. So is this a revival of a revival?
Next up on the resurrection/recycling list: Britpop!

MIXMSTR, The first ever DJ culture mobile game. Wait. What’s that?

When it this the market (for free!) early next year, MIXMSTR will “combine rhythm action gameplay with strategic music selection as you take your DJ career from gigs at the smallest clubs to headlining huge festivals.”
Oh. MXMSTR might be your thing, especially if you’re into DJ culture, turntablism, EDM and hip-hop. Fortunately, there’s a teaser video. So how will it work? Looking for a new sort of timesuck? Watch this space for more. Okay, that doesn’t tell us much. Right.
MIXMSTR, The first ever DJ culture mobile game. What’s that? Wait.

We have a growing age gap in rock. Can anything be done about it?

at the Disco’s Brendon Urie: 31
Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto: 46

Crunching the numbers, the average age is just slightly under 39. For the most part, they are much older than the target fanbase and that age gap is setting up some interesting dynamics within the music business. And in the buildup to the show, Pitchfork reviews editor Jeremy D. This article at Medium.com takes a look at the problem and why you should care. As was quickly established in his mentions, Larson wasn’t basing his observation on actual math but, rather, a feeling about the age of these vocalists. It’s important that you keep reading. This creates a certain level of relatability and communion. Larson noticed something interesting about the Best Rock nominees: They’re all old dudes. Nowadays, if you’re coming of age, your rock stars are older guys. This is not the case with today’s rock stars. In the past, a front man was a voice of a generation — or at the very least, somebody from your generation. Still, Larson’s comment got me thinking about our relationship to the people singing rock songs. A few weeks ago, the annual MTV Video Music Awards took place, honoring what’s best or most popular or whatever in music videos. This is not a “YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN” rant. If you look at the world of pop and hip-hop, the majority of performers are close to the same age as the fans. For the record, here are their ages:

Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump: 34
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl: 49
Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds: 31
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: died last year at the age of 41
Panic! And just as rock music’s cultural importance has shifted radically over the last couple decades, so too do we no longer look at vocalists the same way we did in previous generations.
Can anything be done about it? We have a growing age gap in rock.

The Ongoing History of New Music episode 825: A history of alt psych-rock

Mescaline (which comes from the peyote plant) and psilocybin (which you get from certain mushrooms) were very popular just before they were made illegal. 13th Floor Elevators, You’re Gonna Miss Me
Pink Floyd, Interstellar Overdrive
Velvet Underground, Black Angel’s Death Song
Beatles, Tomorrow Never Knows
The Soft Boys, Give It to the Soft Boys
Teardrop Explodes, Sleeping Gas
Echo and the Bunnymen, Bring on the Dancing Horses
Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dear Prudence
Spacemen 3, Revolution
Bangles, Hero Takes a Fall
My Bloody Valentine, Soon
The Verve, Slide Away
Tame Impala, Elephant
Eric Wilhite has this playlist for us. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. From 1943 on, medical professionals tried to figure out what it could be used for–if anything. That’s why we’re going to look at a quick history of psych in the world of alternative music. Then the CIA got involved, thinking that LSD could be used for things like enhanced interrogation techniques, chemical warfare and mind control. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. (Look up MK-ULTRA if you want to go down that rabbit hole.)
Because LSD and related chemicals resulted in people entertain an altered state of perception, some started using it recreationally. It was even marketed commercially for a while under the brand name Delysid. The word first came into use in 1956 when a psychiatrist named Humphrey Osmond was studying a new class of pharmaceuticals that seemed to have some kind of potential when it came to treating certain mental disorders. The word–which means “soul-revealing” in Greek–soon became an adjective for anything that might expand the mind. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. A chemical known as lysergic acid diethylamide–LSD for short–had been extracted by from a fungus called ergot by Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman. But by this time, psychedelic chemicals had reached deep into music, resulting in what was promoted as mind-expanding sounds. Psychedelic music became a thing in the 1960s. “Psychedelic” is one of the most misunderstood and misused words in the English language. Here’s the kind of stuff you’ll hear on this show:
Kula Shaker, Tattva,
Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit. Osmond was part of this research when he began to use the word “psychedelic” to describe the drugs’ effects. That sound, feel, vibe, and attitude continues even today. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. Artists discovered its properties and started taking acid trips, looking for inspiration and new creative roads.
The Ongoing History of New Music episode 825: A history of alt psych-rock

More health trouble for Travis Barker. blink-182 cancels upcoming tour

blink-182 cancels upcoming tour More health trouble for Travis Barker.
Doctors initially diagnosed that he was past the worst of it, but there’s been some kind of relapse. pic.twitter.com/fZHqC7THLk
— blink-182 (@blink182) September 6, 2018

Here’s hoping that the additional rest is just what Travis needs. In addition to a car crash that wiped out his expensive Mercedes G-wagon (no one was hurt, thankfully), he’s been dealing with blood clots and tissue infections in his arms. This hasn’t been a good couple of months for Travis Barker of blink-182.