The guy who promoted the disastrous Fyre Festival wants a shorter sentence, claiming mental illness. And now, music news for September 26, 2018. (Via Tom)
SiriusXM’s purchase of Pandora could really change the balance of power in the streaming world as well as in the world of advertisting. Dre: “No way we’re showing THAT on Apple platforms.”
Have we heard the last of Suge Knight? Numan is devastated. Here’s why. Could’ve been the Foo Fighters, but they were passed over. No need to have done this. Or maybe not. Tim Cook to Dr. Gary Numan’s tour bus was in a fatal accident with an elderly man in Cleveland. Dude. Turns out that George Michael was a really, really unhappy guy. Forty-five years later, we’re actually traveling slower. Can you pick out Liam’s kid? He had a head injury? Rapper Lil Xan ended up in the hospital after eating too many hot Cheetos. And how weird is it that being a Facebook moderator can result in a case of PTSD? And here’s more. Think it’ll attract tourists? This new Netflix series on music industry crimes and misdemeanors looks great. How weird is it being in Beyonce’s orbit? A bunch of big companies (including Google) are working on an anti-piracy database. Spotify has leased an incredible amount of space at the new World Trade Centre in New York. Speaking of airlines, this might take the sting out of flight delays. It’s possible. It’s JUST A BRUNO MARS SONG! Here’s a new British music landmark. This weird. This is a new twist in the Michael Hutchence story. On this day in 1973, Concorde made its first trip across the Atlantic. It looks like we have Maroon 5 for the Super Bowl halftime show.
Random music news for Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Artist: White Lies, “Time To Give”
I love this band out of London and so happy to see new music! outfit
Sounds like: reminders of Massive Attack
Artist: Flow Communication, “Bottoms Up”
Emotional goodness out of Sydney
Sounds like: a bit of Tracy Chapman and more
Link/Listen/Watch: I stumbled across this Chinese rock band recently
Sounds like: a bit of an alt-pop vibe to this
Artist: Ghostland Observatory, “Paradise Lost”
Album: See You Later Simulator
Electronic brilliance out of Austin, Texas
Sounds like: a swirling mist of sound and emotion
Artist: Health, “Mass Grave ft. Soccer Mommy”
Loving the new stuff from this L.A. Sounds like: what we all should be doing
Artist: Single Mothers, “Stoic/Pointless”
Album: Through a Wall
Very real awesomeness out of Toronto
Sounds like: punky, rocky, loud, joy
Artist: Mary See The Future, “You Will Know”
Album: Where’s Emily?
More Music From The Inbox 26 Sept 2018 White Lies, Single Mothers, Mary See The Future and More!
Tomorrow is Too Late Book Cover by Kim Glaholm
Tomorrow is Too Late – Toronto Hardcore Punk in the 1980s is over 300 pages reminiscing about bands with names meant to offend, DIY artwork that shocked as well as informed, and eschewing commercialism while addressing radical issues for the time like gender and animal rights, from people who lived and breathed the punk ideologies. Talk about a must-have! When you think of cities associated with hardcore punk, Toronto probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind. Diehard music historians are more likely to point towards places like hot and bothered California and politically charged Washington, D.C., although a new book from UXB Press hopes to shine some light on how T.O. Toronto may have a literal neo-Nazi running for mayor in 2018, but something tells me the TOHC community would never have taken this sitting down whenever they congregated at regular haunts such as Larry’s Hideaway. before the 6ix had quite the influential scene, however short-lived. Thank goodness for Not Dead Yet, a music festival that keeps this defiantly independent spirit alive and who just happen to be hosting a book launch for Tomorrow is Too Late on October 13th at a venue TBD – Keep your eyes on the book’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for more deets and more vintage photos (the one of the old school mohawk-sporters above is courtesy of Pete Ford). Have a listen to the less-than-a-minute “Second Last” by Micro Edge to hype yourself up for some circle pit action! Not that today’s punks and outsiders aren’t just as pissed towards the government, or how their safe spaces are being gentrified to make way for another condo development. Hard Luck Bar will be the place to be to see Negative Gain, Sudden Impact, Chronic Submission, Creative Zero and the aforementioned Microedge performing for the first time together since 1984! For you sentimental record collectors, a 7″ is also being released featuring songs from five bands from the original TOHC era specifically reuniting for this event. Is their name one word or two? And just to clarify, the 7″ EP will have 11 short and punchy songs that have never been on vinyl before from 10, count ’em 10 TOHC bands. http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/A2-Micro-Edge-Second-Last.mp3
*UPDATE* The book release show in question is now sold out, but don’t ever call the artists playing sell outs.
That Time When Toronto Was Hardcore
Jack Black is the artist. Not only Tenacious D’s new album, Post-Apocalypto, arrive Friday, but there’s also an animated YouTube series that starts the same day. To prime the pump for this reveal comes this video. I already feel more artistic (Via Tom)
Who knew he could draw so well?
Let’s paint with Tenacious D!
But we still have our fixed costs. Me and Michael discuss why the scandal-ridden company’s doubling-down on claims of innocence amid evidence it’s encouraging scalpers will tear it’s parent company apart. Plus: how to win a Blackberry Key2 Smartphone! Make us feel loved
Reddit It’s beginning of the end of Ticketmaster as we know it (and a lot of people seem to feel fine). http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/S06E04-Ticketmaster.mp3
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Geeks and Beats Podcast, episode 202: Ticketmaster
Explaining Ticketmaster’s controversial TradeDesk tool that’s used by ticket brokers and scalpers
1. In response to the congressmen’s questions, the Star has gathered company records and public comments — along with the investigation’s hidden camera findings — to detail what we know so far. On Monday, Smith, who is Ticketmaster’s president of North American operations, said: “We spend a ton of money and a ton of time doing things like building software that prevents bots from buying tickets … We have gotten pretty effective at blocking people from buying lots of tickets, and we take it seriously.”
In the past, Ticketmaster has said it blocked more than five billion purchase attempts by bots in 2016. In short, Ticketmaster says it is rigorous about limiting box office sales to ensure fans get a fair shot at seeing the sports teams and artists they love. The blow-up over the CBC/Toronto Star story on Ticketmaster’s apparent cozy relationship with ticket brokers and scalpers has spread worldwide. A couple of US senators decided to ask a couple of questions. Additionally, how does the company identify computer programs used to circumvent these purchasing limits? “If we identify breaches of these limits … we reserve the right to cancel any such orders … Use of automated means to purchase tickets is strictly prohibited,” the rules state. Describe the event ticket-purchasing limits that Ticketmaster currently employs for sales on its primary ticket sales platform.
The goal is to broaden users’ musical universe by going into areas that they might otherwise never explore. I just signed into my Spotify account find out that my musical DNA is 25% rock, 25% neo-mellow (I listen to a lot of ambient music while I work), 13% art rock, 13% album rock, 13% permanent wave (er, okay) and 11% Canadian metal. Then you can just figure out your musical DNA based on your Spotify listening habits. Below this handy pie chart is a map of the world, recommending music from a different region. Ancestry has now teamed up with Spotify to use their tech to determine your musical DNA using your real DNA. I’ve never taken a DNA test, so I thought I’d try it. Go here to learn more. Then, you input all that data–whatever ethnicities and regions come back from your test–and Spotify will serve up a playlist that will reflect the music of your ancestors. It’s a good timesuck for the workday. You’ve probably seen the ads for Ancestry, the company that promises to tell you things about yourself using a simple DNA test. You start by getting your AncestryDNA analysis. Okay, so what does that mean? In my case, I was invited to explore the music of Sweden. But what if you don’t want to do the DNA test?
But what does this have to do with music? You might be surprised. Spotify is now in the DNA business, apparently.
Here’s an episode from the Joe Rogan Experience Podcasts featuring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith dishing some dirt on what it’s really like in the business. (Via Walter) Dark Secrets of the Music Industry is a YouTube channel that–well, the title says it all, doesn’t it?
Watch this. Interested in some dark secrets about the music industry?
So how is podcasting doing in Canada? This infographic examines the landscape.
Data was gathered from a sample of 1,534 podcaster listeners who were at least 18 years old. If you find the graphic a bit blurry, go here for a better look. If you want the full study, it’s available here. That’s the conclusion of the Canadian Podcast Listener 2018 report from The Podcast Exchange, Audience Insights and Ulster Media. While there’s chatter of a podcasting bubble in the US, there’s slow and steady in Canada.
And Canada is getting more Elton John dates. I know that to be true because I Binged it. DJ equipment stolen. Classical Joy Division? Earlier this year, I participated in Cosmo Music Fest. And it still works! This album began as scientific research but ended up as something much more. More streaming options for Canadians: Amazon Music Unlimited has arrived in Canada. Into UK grime? Remember the Cameron Crowe movie Almost Famous? I’d never heard of this line of drums before. Try this. Google says that today is the anniversary of its founding in 1998. Here’s the tracklisting for the 50th-anniversary edition of The Beatles white album. Then read this. Okay…
Childish Gambino has canceled his US tour because of a foot injury. Well, here’s how that could all play out. It’s now law. Interesting how they retroactively made that declaration. It’s being turned into a musical. DJ equipment recovered. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but it is a good waste of 40 minutes. The American music industry has been watching the progress of the Music Modernization Act. Let’s take a look. Were they just ahead of their time? Want better sound from your Bluetooth speakers? Is technology helping or hurting DJs? Here is an interview I did whilst there: Part 1 and Part 2. So what? Did Rihanna just get burglarized? And now some music news for September 27, 2018. It’s…bizarre. And just for fun, here’s a transcript of yesterday’s Trump press conference. Apple now owns Shazam. An original Apple 1 computer sold for $375,000 USD. Another music industry #MeToo issue: BØRNS has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Random music news for Thursday, September 27, 2018
Russian-Canadian member of Pussy Riot discharged from hospital after suspected poisoning
As German doctors said at the press-conference on 18th of September, Peter would be dead if his partner Nika Nikulshina was not around at the day of poisoning to call an ambulance. Peter Verzilov, the Russian-Canadian member of Pussy Riot who suddenly and mysteriously fell very ill after leaving a Russian courtroom. Why? Was that you?”
Fortunately, his father was able to evacuate him to a hospital in Berlin where he underwent treatment. What happened? Here’s a statement from the band:
Peter Verzilov believes that Russian siloviky are in charge of his poisoning. Verzilov has now been discharged and is somewhere in Berlin under the protection of German police. Because Peter’s family and friends believe that they were being followed by Russian syloviky–members of various Russian law enforcement agencies. German doctors say that they have not seen anything like Peter’s case before. Peter’s lawyers filed a legal paper to the Investigative Committee of Russia asking to investigate an attempt of Peter’s murder. We demand the Russian officials to start investigating this case and open a criminal case to find out what happened to Peter. He lost his sight, his ability to speak and control of his limbs. An agent he was poisoned with is almost impossible to identify, and it gives such a long-lasting effects on Peter’s physical and mental health as none of the existing poisons. He believes he was poisoned by Russian agents in retaliation for being a pain in the ass for Vladimir Putin over things like human rights abuses. Again we ask, “Vlad?
Here’s an analysis of the future of the CD
But the CD market, despite its declines, is still four times larger than vinyl in the U.S. That number, compared to the first six months of 2017, translates to a 46.9 percent drop on a unit basis and a 41.5 percent drop on a dollar basis, from 35 million units and $420 million. music industry is performing created quite a stir when it counted sales of compact discs in the first half of 2018 at 18.6 million, worth $245.9 million. Meanwhile, download albums are counted at 28.6 million, down from 36.3 million, a slightly larger 21.4 percent drop than the CD, with track sales down even further, according to Nielsen Music. CD sales are down over 20% from this time year. If you follow the business side of music, this is fascinating stuff. Yes, it looks like a death spiral, but at some point, CDs will find a sales equilibrium. Keep reading. There are too many billions of discs and players out there. The key word missing from the first sentence of this story, though, is shipments. A look at actual sales from Nielsen Music tells a different story. Nielsen’s mid-year numbers show that for the week ending June 29, 2018, CD sales totaled 34.8 million, or nearly twice as many as what the RIAA says. The RIAA counts shipments, not sales — and that’s where the observation that the CD is declining faster than downloads falls short of being entirely accurate. While its days as the dominant music format are numbered (if not already over), the compact disc won’t go away entirely. Further, that number is down 19.7 percent year over year — not the 47.4 percent in shipments, as tracked by the RIAA — as sales in the previous year’s six month period totaled 43.4 million. Some publications, including Rolling Stone and a story in Billboard, noted that the CD decline was much larger than the decline in digital download albums, which, according to the RIAA, dropped 26.4 percent both on a unit basis (35.8 million last year to 26.3 million this year) and dollar amount ($360.4 million last year to $265.2 million this year). It’s clear the CD is definitely on its way to being a niche business like vinyl, which was tracked at 8.1 million units by the RIAA. Instead, it will become a niche format in a world dominated by streaming–just like vinyl. at this point. The mid-year installment of the RIAA’s outlook on how the U.S. Billboard has this analysis.
Oh, and there will be a vinyl set, too, featuring all the studio albums. Gotta keep appealing to that base, right? Everything comes out November 2. “One of These Nights” (Single Edit)
6. “Funky New Year”
10. First came the greatest hits album, a repackaging of an act’s best-known songs. Then we have the reissue, new versions of old albums that have either been (a) remastered; or (b) expanded to include more material (outtakes, b-sides, etc.) from the era in which the album was released. “Lyin’ Eyes” (Single Edit)
7. They need to be able to resell the same music over and over again. “Outlaw Man” (Single Version)
4. Live albums often served the same sort of purples, That idea was followed by the box set, which is an expanded riff on the greatest hits concept. “Best of My Love” (Single Version)
5. “Please Come Home for Christmas”
9. Not only will it feature every studio album on CD/DVD/Blu-ray, but it will now come with a singles and B-sides disc, a DVD of the Hell Freezes Over tour from 1994, and the 2005 Farewell Tour on Blu-ray. Here’s the full tracklisting via Noise11.com:
Legacy CD/DVD/Blu-ray set:
On the Border (1974)
One of These Nights (1975)
Hotel California (1976)
The Long Run (1979)
Eagles Live (1980)
Hell Freezes Over (1994)
Millennium Concert (2000)
Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
Single and B-Sides (2018)
1. The next stage in this evolution is the expanded reissue of the box set featuring live tracks. “Take It to the Limit” (Single Edit)
8. This year, The Eagles have Legacy, a redux of their box set. “Take It Easy” (Single Version)
2. “Get You in the Mood” (Non-LP B Side)
3. “Hole in the World”
DVD: Hell Freezes Over (1994)
Blu-ray: Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne (2005)
Legacy LP set:
On the Border (1974)
One of These Nights (1975)
Hotel California (1976)
The Long Run (1979)
Eagles Live – Double LP (1980)
Hell Freezes Over – Double LP (1994)
Millennium Concert – Double LP (2000)
Long Road Out of Eden – Double LP (2007)
Single and B-Sides (2018)
Record labels are always looking to maximize the assets in their catalogues.
We’ve reached the point where box sets are being reissued. Gotta mine and re-mine that catalogue, right?
When it comes time to perform, you need something to get your head into the game. [He then admitted encouraging the rest of the band to drink with him.]
I feel guilty because I’m the only one who’s been doing the shots of the Jag, so I start feeding shots of Jag to the rest of the band, who are all drinking white wine and champagne and whatever
So I’m pounding them with Jag but I have to take them with them, so now I’m five or six shots in. This is how I’ve spent every night of the last year and a half. Or out of it. When you’re on tour, you live in a bubble. I’ll just quote from the interview (Via Music-News.com)
An hour before the gig, I have a Coors Light. Now there’s a bunch of people around, so I’m throwing shots at everybody and I’m taking shots with everyone in the room. The time spent on stage is separated by long periods of boredom. Dave Grohl detailed his pre-show drinking ritual to a radio station in Los Angeles. Now it’s about maybe 20 minutes before going on. And it’s like, ‘It’s time to walk to the stage’, so I crack another beer just to have a cold one as I walk up and I pick up the bottle and drink the last inch of the Jag! Then they sort of clear the room and we get 15 minutes to ourselves. The next Coors Light is down, I got a cold one. Do not try this at home. Please. About 50 minutes before the gig, I hit my first Jag [Jagermeister], finish the Coors Light, get another Coors Light going. I’ve had three or four shots of Jager and three Coors Lights. This is bad!
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Dave Grohl details his pre-show drinking ritual.