Random music news for Friday, September 14, 2018

Of course. This is music news for (I think) September 14, 2018. Now Apple has stopped included including 3.5 mm adapter dongle on all new iPhones. This is scary. Here’s a great story on the agony of choosing a name for your band. Here’s more proof. An ancient African musical instrument paired with a smartphone could be used to detect poison. Could anyone find an actor that looks enough like Elton John for the upcoming biopic? Jimmy Buffet weed. That could explain CHR radio ratings. Yes, someone could. Jammcard: The “LinkedIn for Musicians.”
Here’s a perfect example of how a band can make big money from sync licenses. Are you a musician worried about arthritis? That will be $9, please. If so, I have a real estate deal for you. Apple eliminates the headphone jack. Good for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Rachid Taha, the Algerian musician who inspired The Clash (including the writing of “Rock the Casbah”) had died at 59 of a heart attack. See? Boy George to fans of plastic surgery: “Don’t do it.”
Were you a fan of Saturday Night Fever? Read this for a cautionary tale. Why is PornHub becoming a destination for music? Read this. Spotify has lifted its 3,333 song download limit. A German pop star went missing from a cruise shift. Musicians: How much do you trust your accountant? Hurricanes are bad for the concert industry. Given all the controversy about acts playing in Israel, you gotta wonder how things are going to turn out when Eurovision is hosted by Tel Aviv next year. The search has been called off. Ultra-long-haul air travel will do that to you. Users rejoice. Yes. Is the European Union about to kill the Internet as we know it? Death is good for the music business. Back home in North America although it’ll be a few years before my soul catches up with me. No, it wasn’t your imagination: many of the pop songs from the summer of 2018 were quite sad.
Random music news for Friday, September 14, 2018

These are the musical acts with the biggest demand on the secondary ticket market

Damn, but their brand of K-pop is hot in this country. And they’re not shy about sharing data about which acts are generating the most interest and traffic with their shows. Here are the top 10 most in-demand shows in Canada this fall. Elton John
Paul McCartney
Foo Fighters
Bruno Mars
Phil Collins
Fleetwood Mac
Keith Urban

Now let’s break down the demand by city. BTS They’re running 5% higher than Elton John. StubHub is not only a major player on the secondary ticket market, they’re also a data company. Toronto Top Fall Shows                                         

BTS – September 22, 2018 @ FirstOntario Centre
Elton John – September 25, 2018 @ Scotiabank Arena
BTS – September 20, 2018 @ FirstOntario Centre
BTS – September 23, 2018 @ FirstOntario Centre
Elton John – September 26, 2018 @ Scotiabank Arena

Montreal/Quebec City Top Fall Shows                                          

Paul McCartney – September 20, 2018 @ Bell Centre
Elton John – October 4, 2018 @ Bell Centre
Drake with Migos – September 4, 2018 @ Bell Centre
Phil Collins – October 16, 2018 @ Bell Centre
Elton John – September 29, 2018 @ Videotron Centre

Vancouver Top Fall Shows                                     

Foo Fighters – September 8, 2018 @ Rogers Arena
Drake with Migos – November 3, 2018 @ Rogers Arena
Beyoncé & Jay Z – October 2, 2018 @ BC Place Stadium
Drake with Migos – November 4, 2018 @ Rogers Arena
Fleetwood Mac – November 14, 2018 @ Rogers Arena

These are the musical acts with the biggest demand on the secondary ticket market

Tracking the tweets honouring Mac Miller after he ODed

Here’s what he found out. Click on the image to see the whole thing. Cameron Gordon at Completely Ignored analyzed the celebrity tweets that went out after word came that rapper Mac Miller had died.
Tracking the tweets honouring Mac Miller after he ODed

A major Glenn Gould exhibit hits Toronto next week

And there’s now a trailer for the event. The Reality of Music, a new exhibit of the prescience of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, arrives in Toronto on September 20, culminating with a special evening September 25, the day of Gould’s birth. I’m involved with this one (see my write-up here).
A major Glenn Gould exhibit hits Toronto next week

The allegations of the Michael Jackson imposter just won’t go away

The allegations of the Michael Jackson imposter just won’t go away
Is this MJ? Extremely difficult, said Rob Maher, an audio forensics specialist at Montana State University in Bozeman. In the quest for answers, legal experts have turned to a fascinating field of science: audio forensics. A class-action lawsuit alleges that three songs from Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, Michael — “Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up” — were not voiced by the artist himself. If you’re a Michael Jackson fan, you may be aware of the long-running controversy over some posthumously-released songs that were allegedly sung by an imposter. From its start, the case has been a thriller. Sony Music denies that this class action lawsuit filed by an MJ fan has any merit. This is from Inside Science. So if no one is talking, can anything be done? He’s not talking, nor is anyone associated with the three recordings in question:v“Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up.”
Take a listen. For the past four years, an aural whodunit has been unfolding in Los Angeles. “You can repeat the test in different labs and generally come up with exactly the same conclusion — that type of evidence is what we really wish we had in audio forensics.”
Keep reading.   Let’s ask science! The analysis can be difficult to produce, and the methods can sometimes be subjective, in contrast to something like a DNA analysis, which is reproducible, said Maher. We even have a suspect: a one-time Jackson collaborator named Jason Malachi. Other people beg to differ. But just how difficult is it to parse a pop song? If found to be true, several of the album’s producers could be charged with fraud and forced to pay the King of Pop’s fans.

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 826: Real stories behind famous songs

If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. It was different in the old days. 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. A continuous stream of music tells us nothing about the artist or the song. 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. That meant you were more likely to stick with an album and get deeper into the artist and the songs. You may actually be shocked by the truth about tracks you’ve been digging all your life. This isn’t anything you’re gonna get from a stream. 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. But there is a downside. If you bought an album, that was an investment, dammit. Trust me.
Songs included on this show:
The Clash, White Riot
Boomtown Rats, I Don’t Like Mondays
U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday
REM, What’s the Frequency Kenneth
Pearl Jam, Jeremy
Nirvana, Polly
Tragically Hip, Wheat Kings
Filter, Hey Man, Nice Shot
Sublime, April 29, 1992 (Miami)
Eric Wilhite has this handy playlist for us. You want more than the notes that make up a song. It’s just music, standing alone with nothing to anchor it. Context means so much to the enjoyment of music, which is probably why you’re interested in shows/podcasts like The Ongoing History of New Music. All the songs are based on fact, on history, and on actual events. But some songs are very, very deep, actually forming some part of a historical record. Streaming is a very cool way to access tens of millions of songs with just a few pokes on your phone. The idea of being able to listen to virtually any song from any era of human history with such ease (and cheapness!) that it’s something akin to magic. They tell the stories of real people, real events and the things that came after. It doesn’t have to be anything more than that. And yeah, sometimes a song is just a song; you know it’s got a good beat, you can dance to it and maybe sing along. Otherwise, you had this nagging feeling you had wasted your money. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. You paid money for the thing which created a fiscal bond–a fiduciary relationship–between you and the artist. That’s where we’re going with this episode. Streaming doesn’t provide any context to what we’re hearing.
The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 826: Real stories behind famous songs

Music Tech Meetup partners with ELEVATE – Canada’s Tech Week

A Journal of Musical Things and The Music Tech MeetUp are going to be partners at ELEVATE- Canada’s Tech Week– Sept 21-27 2018 in Toronto. Hey everyone we have some exciting news!  Just enter ‘ELEVATELOVESMUSICTECH’ for an additional 20% off passes. Join us September 21-27, 2018 in Toronto to be a part of a diverse and inclusive community at the forefront of innovation.”
Previous speakers include Wyclef Jean, Al Gore and Eric Schmidt. What is ELEVATE? The folks at ELEVATE have been kind enough to provide us with a discount code for all our readers/members. An essential destination for global professionals, tech leaders, investors, and creatives, the event features inspiring keynotes, topical content streams, experiential programming, and epic socials. Hope to see you there!  Let’s get it straight from the horse’s mouth:
“Elevate is a city-wide tech and innovation festival centered in North America’s fastest growing tech ecosystem.
Music Tech Meetup partners with ELEVATE – Canada’s Tech Week

Random music news for Saturday, September 15, 2018

Random music news for Saturday, September 15, 2018
Compared to real estate prices in Toronto and Vancouver, $2.65 million for Taylor Swift’s place in Beverly Hills seems like a bargain. (And, frankly, so would my wife.)
According to people around her, the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan was “on a roll” in the days before her death. And some more after that. LIve Nation has this new report about live music that’s worth reading. Okay, here’s a bit more. Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun has sued Lady Gaga’s former manager Troy Carter for $10 million. This DJ has launched a petition to legalize gay sex in Singapore. Interesting stats, really. Gotta take the dogs for detailing today. How about Hamilton, Ontario, Supercrawl? Willie Nelson is having some Twitter issues. We almost found out. The new iPhones are going to be a lot more expensive around the world than in the US. I’d be all over this kind of noise-management technology. Looking for something to do this weekend? Madonna still really doesn’t like David Letterman. Let someone else struggle with 25 kg bull terriers who don’t like having their nails clipped. What did I miss? And finally, Mat Osman from Suede recounts the best-ever reason for being late for school. What’s it like to be the guitar player for Paul McCartney? And now some music news for Saturday, September 15, 2018. Ex-blink-182 guitarist Mark DeLonge has some news about this UFO research. Apple’s HomePod speaker just learned a few new tricks. This sounds interesting: A psychological exploration of Liam and Noel Gallagher. This is a mid-year report on the state of the music streaming industry. What would have a Kanye West-produced Paul McCartney album sounded like? People remain obsessed about the schism between Journey and Steve Perry. And here are all the changes made to Apple Music. It looks awesome. I feel like a really should have heard about punk rocker Johnny Strike. Here’s all you really need to know about the new iPhones and Apple Watch.

How you can use AI to create a personalized soundtrack of your life

How you can use AI to create a personalized soundtrack of your life
Introducing AVIA, an AI took that learned music composition y reading more than 30,000 of the greatest pieces of music in history. Artificial Intelligence is already a big deal and music–and it’s getting bigger. It can now create original live soundtracks based on your mood and your personality.   I’m not just talking about the machine learning that goes with algorithms for services like Spotify but for AI-generated music.

New Smashing Pumpkins Album Sprouting in Fall

New Smashing Pumpkins Album Sprouting in Fall
Past. Rick Rubin acted as producer, but don’t tell Mr. For all other bundle options, visit SmashingPumpkins.com. Billy Corgan seems to be living his best vampire life with this mouthful of a title, the first release featuring original members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin since the Machina double-shot of 2000 prior to them breaking up for the first time. Or punch it into their phones as a reminder that’s when they’ll be able to stream all eight tracks from Billy’s own Martha’s Music label (under an exclusive license to Napalm Records). The just-completed tour of the (sorta) same name was praised by fans and music critics alike for its depth and breadth of the Pumpkins’ 30-year catalogue. No Future. As a special way to bridge the digital and physical mediums, the Pumpkins have teamed with Spotify to offer eager harvesters an extremely limited, clear vinyl version of the new album I may just get on myself! It also apparently sold 300,000 tickets over 40+ dates, which included a visually memorable stop at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. Earlier single “Solara” and newest cut “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” proves they’re not done planting awesomeness and soaring to even greater angelic heights just yet. After spending the summer of 2018 reaffirming their legacy as one of alternative rock’s most influential bands, The Smashing Pumpkins have announced new album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. Pumpkinheads will want to circle November 16th on their calendars. 1 / LP: No. No Sun.. Corgan this is a career resurrection à la Johnny Cash.

Wheelchair-bound SLAYER fan joins a moshpit, has “best time ever”

Wheelchair-bound SLAYER fan joins a moshpit, has “best time ever”
I feel everyone should experience it at least once, so I took her in her wheelchair and asked a couple of big guys to help me keep her safe and off we went. Disabled? She had never in all her years been into a mosh pit. Rock on, sister. She had the best time of her life. Not this woman. From the video’s descrition:
I took my mother-in-law to the Slayer farewell tour as she is an old metal head.

There’s a new album from Chris Cornell on the way. It’s a big box set, too.

There’s a new album from Chris Cornell on the way. It’s a big box set, too.
Our Times In The Universe – Chris Cornell
3.15. There’s also an unreleased song entitled “When Bad Does Good” (in bold below). Hunted Down (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.02. Can’t Change Me – Chris Cornell
2.04. Burden In My Hand (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
2.01. Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) (MAAC) – Chris Cornell, MAAC
1.13. Wild World (live at Pantages Theater) [Yusuf / Cat Stevens with Chris Cornell] –
4.13. Nothing Compares 2 U (live at Sirius XM) – Chris Cornell
4.09. And we apparently will. Show Me How To Live – Audioslave, Chris Cornell
4.06. Jesus Christ Pose (live in Oakland) [Soundgarden] – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
4.05. Now that Chris Cornell has been gone for about 18 months (and with Christmas coming up–mercinary, I know, but such is the music business), we should be seeing something from him soon. Jimi Hendrix has been the king of posthumous material, although the word on Prince is that he had so much stuff in his vault that it’s literally possible to have a new Prince album every year for the next century. Thank You (live in Sweden) – Chris Cornell Billie Jean – Chris Cornell
2.11. Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog) – Chris Cornell, Temple of the Dog
1.09. Rusty Cage – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.11. Storm (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
3.12. Like a Stone (Audioslave) – Chris Cornell, Audioslave
2.05. Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave) – Chris Cornell, Audioslave
2.07. Note all the guest appearances, too. Redemption Song (live at the Beacon Theater) with Toni Cornell – Chris Cornell
4.15. Cochise (Audioslave) – Chris Cornell, Audioslave
2.06. The Keeper – Chris Cornell,
3.07. Imagine (live acoustic) – Chris Cornell
3.05. Part of Me (Steve Aoki remix) – Chris Cornell
2.14. 1.01. A Day In The Life – Chris Cornell
4.14. Lies (Gabin with Chris Cornell & Ace) –
3.10. Whole Lotta Love (Chris Cornell) – Chris Cornell
3.03. The sprawling box set will feature solo material as well as songs from Chris’ days with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. Kingdom of Come (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.03. Stargazer (live at the Paramount) – Chris Cornell, Temple of the Dog
4.12. Seasons – Chris Cornell
1.12. Sonic (live at the Paramount) [Soundgarden] – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
4.02. Outshined (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.10. Nothing to say (live in Seattle) [Soundgarden] – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
4.04. Hands All Over (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.07. Sunshower – Chris Cornell
2.02. Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart – Chris Cornell
3.13. Promise (Chris Cornell featuring Slash) – Chris Cornell
3.02. Reach Down (live at the Paramount) – Chris Cornell, Temple of the Dog
4.11. Spoonman (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.15. Wide Awake (live in Sweden) – Chris Cornell
4.07. One (live at the Beacon Theater) – Chris Cornell
4.10. Scream – Chris Cornell
2.13. According to Alternative Nation, a record entitled Chris Cornell is set for release on November 18. The Promise – Chris Cornell
3.18. Misery Chain (with Joy Williams) – Chris Cornell
3.11. All Night Thing (live in Sweden) – Chris Cornell
4.08. Mind riot (sound at the Paramount) [Soundgarden] – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
4.03. All your lies (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.05. When Bad Goes Good – Chris Cornell
4.01. Flower (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.04. Call Me A Dog (live acoustic) – Chris Cornell
3.04. Say Hello 2 Heaven – Chris Cornell
1.08. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.14. Shape of Things to Come (Audioslave) – Chris Cornell, Audioslave
2.09. The original source of this is a bit dodgy (it’s a translation from an unnamed foreign leak, which explains the errors), but it’s certainly worth a look. Sweet Euphoria – Chris Cornell
2.03. Loud love (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.06. Revelations (Audioslave) – Chris Cornell, Audioslave
2.08. You Know My Name – Chris Cornell
2.10. When an artist passes, a hunt ensues for any unreleased material they may have left behind. Been Away Too Long (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
3.08. Dusty (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
1.16. Stay With Me Baby – Chris Cornell
3.17. Live to Rise (Soundgarden) – Chris Cornell, Soundgarden
3.09. Long Gone (rock version) – Chris Cornell
2.12. ‘Til The Sun Comes Back Around – Chris Cornell
3.16. I Am The Highway (live acoustic) – Chris Cornell
3.06. I’ve divided it into what I assume are the four discs in the set. Ave Maria (with Eleven) – Chris Cornell
3.01. Only These Words – Chris Cornell