New Music From The Inbox: Alice Merton, Saint Sister, Christine and the Queens, and more!

New Music From The Inbox: Alice Merton, Saint Sister, Christine and the Queens, and more!
Artist: Alice Merton
Song: Why So Serious
Album: Mint
No need to be serious while listening to this new fun, anthemic electric guitar laden track from Alice Merton’s debut album Mint, out January 18th! Listen: 


Artist: O Mer
Song: Anthem
This glitchy, grandiose electro music gives me James Blake vibes. Listen: 

Artist: Christine and the Queens
Song: La Marcheuse
Album: Chris
Simple and bold, this song will leave you feeling breathless. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Saint Sister
Song: You Never Call
Album: Shape of Silence
This haunting soundscape is both delicate and anthemic, absolutely beautiful song from this Irish duo’s forthcoming debut album, out October 5! Watch/Listen:

Artist: The Desert
Song: Gone
This haunting track is dark and simplistic with a big impact.

Random music news for Friday, September 28, 2018

But Eddie also told Cooper not to do the film. Here’s an explanation. It’s predicted that streaming will have 20% yearly growth through 2026. If the Foo Fighters can have a pop-up pub, then why can’t this band have a pop-up kebab shop? On the topic of Macca, he has a new picture book called Hey Grandude. It’s a good thing that Apple bought Shazam because the company was losing millions. It’s definitely worth the read because it’s different from most. On that same topic, how, exactly, does Shazam work in the first place? A Taylor Swift-themed instant camera? Are you sure that’s the real person? Speaking of the Foo Fighters, Dave says he’s “rarely sober” before the band hits the stage. Kids have already found ways to hack iOS12’s new screen time feature. Off to Winnipeg to see Paul McCartney tonight. If you’re a musician, you might want to read this article on how to maintain an online persona. Here’s an interesting musician #MeToo case. Bradley Cooper says his inspiration for his character in the remake of A Star is Born was Eddie Vedder. Here’s a great New York Times profile of Joan Jett. Meanwhile, we have this for music news for September 28, 2018. Is it possible that SiriusXM will make a play for Live Nation? Er, are you sure you want to do that, Babs? Yep. And here’s another #MeToo situation that might raise an eyebrow or two. That’s the speculation. I swear that when he does “Hey Jude” live, he casts healing properties over the crowd. It’s that good. You know that celebrity social media account you follow?
Random music news for Friday, September 28, 2018

Ex-blink-182 man Tom DeLonge has a new book based on his UFO research

Ex-blink-182 man Tom DeLonge has a new book based on his UFO research
Here’s video from a Facebook signing. Tom DeLonge is extremely serious about pursuing the truth when it comes to unidentified aerial phenomena and advanced technologies that are being suppressed by governments. The latest round of research appears in the newest volume (the second) of the Sekret Machines series called A Fire Within. (I’ve read everything Tom has issued so far and it’s all fascinating).

Kanye breaks the Internet with this mind-numbing juxtaposition

But to wear a MAGA hat with a Colin Kaepernick sweatshirt? (Via NY Post)

11am meetings, amirite @thefader @kanyewest
— Andy Cohn (@andycohn) September 27, 2018 We all know that Kanye West as a thing for Donald Trump. Not exactly a matching ensemble, innit?
Kanye breaks the Internet with this mind-numbing juxtaposition

Honouring the ‘Legacy’ of Gord Downie

And now, a group of Canadian artists have joined our collective reconciliation journey with a concert to promote awareness, education and thoughtful action. “With this event, we have also made a five-year commitment to raise funds for the Downie-Wenjack Fund and to create a Legacy Space at the PAC dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and our journey of reconciliation,” she continued. Look for one near you and feel free to email any you find or add it in the comments – maybe we’ll write a comprehensive list, from coast to coast and on both sides of the Great Lakes. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is hosting an event called “Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie” on October 17, featuring a handful of artists including Bruce McCulloch, Tom Wilson, Danny Michel, Trent Severn, Matthew Barber, Damnhait Doyle and others. The next day, October 18, the same performers will appear in St. Catharines and Burlington will go directly to the Downie-Wenjack Fund for the designation of Legacy spaces in both art centres. Hard to believe, but we’re quickly approaching one year since we lost Gord Downie. “The spaces are meant to be safe and welcoming places where conversations about the past, present and future are facilitated and encouraged. The shows were curated by Kevin Fox, who started work on the performances nearly a year ago. They also serve as symbols and reminders for employees, clients, students and guests of the important work each of us needs to do if the promises of this country are to be fulfilled.”
Doubtless there will be other celebrations, tributes, concerts, gatherings, memorials and commemorations across Canada in October. Tickets for the Burlington performance are $54 for members and $59 for the general public. Tickets for the event at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre are $25 for students, $39 for members and $49 for the general public. “He asked all Canadians to join the call to actions. Funds from the performances in St. A number of tribute events marking the occasion are starting to pop up, most of which have an affiliation with or will benefit the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, supporting education on residential schools and reconciliation efforts. “The Niagara region (and all of Canada, really) love Gord Downie and we took special interest in how he decided to spend his final weeks, months and years bringing much attention to the incredible challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Annie Wilson, the centre’s programming director. Catharines at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. “With the passing of Gord Downie on the 17th of October 2017, Canadians lost one of our most beloved music icons. Gord spent his final days shining light on the reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples,” the show’s announcement says.
Honouring the ‘Legacy’ of Gord Downie

Live music is “more stimulating than sex”–according to a live music company

Live music is “more stimulating than sex”–according to a live music company
Live music events were also rated 27% higher than streaming music and 31% higher than video games.  
  Called the Power of Live study, a company called Culture Co-op talked to 22,500 people around the world between the ages of 13 and 65. Of that number, 71% said that live music experiences were the “moments that give me the most life.”
And here’s the kicker: “Respondents reported that they were 10% more likely to value live music over sex.” The study does not tell us how that particular question was phrased, so feel free to insert a little skepticism. The science is in, I guess. Live Nation, the largest promoter of musical events in the world, commissioned a study into the stimulating effects of live music. And surprise! Concerts and festivals were rated 26% higher than seeing a sporting event live. 78% say that on an emotional scale of 1-10, live music is a solid 8. The findings suggest that people are more into live music than sex. Do with it what you will. Again, you can find the full study here. A few other stats:

Two-thirds of people 18-34 have attended at least one live music event over the last year. Not to denigrate live music, but gee, do you think they would have released this info had it not be a Live Nation-sponsored study?

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 828: USS, In Their Own Words Part 1

Yes, of course–but not like this. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Has their story been told before? 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. Maybe you scour things like their official bios, their Wikipedia pages, the entries on, and maybe read through as many interviews and articles as you can. But if there are just two people, then it’s a little easier. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. But what if there was a way to get more? 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. Touring schedules, recording commitments, and the whole matter of life gets in the way. Here is USS in their own words, part 1
Songs on this episode:
USS, Medicine
USS, Yo Hello Hooray (Everyday)
Thred, Ties of Affinity
Quixonic, Funkflash
Dred Bass, Bittersweet Symphony
Team of Captains, Om Sweet Om
USS, Hollow Point Sniper Hyperbole
USS, Laces Out
Eric Wilhite has put together this playlist for us. All that is fine. If you’re a fan of a particular artist, you want to know everything you can about them. 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. With a bit of wrangling, I managed to get Ash and Jay from USS together in the same studio at the same time. That’s all great in theory, but it’s awfully difficult to get everyone in one place at one time. Hopefully, you get the unvarnished truth told from the heart by the people who are actually making the music. When it comes to telling the story of an artist, it is always best if you get the artist to tell you as much of it as they can themselves.
The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 828: USS, In Their Own Words Part 1

Random music news for Saturday, September 28, 2018

As if your Facebook friends weren’t annoying enough, they’ll be able to insert songs into your newsfeed starting next week. Wait: It’s stressful to work in the live music industry? San Francisco to Metallica: “TURN DOWN THE GODDAMN VOLUME!” (Via Tom)
Ace Frehley to KISS: “Can I please be in on the farewell tour?”
More #MeToo: Sigur Rós drummer Orri Páll Dýrason has been accused of sexual assault
This company wants to make more concerts accessible for the deaf. Augmented reality Michael Buble. DJ Khaled picked up some nice real estate in Miami. Here’s what that means. Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane has died at 76. Are you a working musician? The music news for September 29, 2018, comes directly from my old bedroom at my parents’ house. More here. Here are my weekly music picks for See? We could be getting material from Leonard Cohen for a while yet. Then you might want to look at these Spotify educational sessions. Really?
Random music news for Saturday, September 28, 2018

The “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial is back from the dead

The “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial is back from the dead
Just so we’re clear on what’s being debated here, this is Spirit’s “Taurus.” The issue is the guitar arpeggio, with the allegation that Page copped that for the arpeggio in “Stairway to Heaven.”

All the guitar players I’ve talked to say this is nonsense since an arpeggio is a standard sort of guitar figure that goes back centuries. Read more about what’s going on the case at The Wrap. On Friday (September 28), the 9th circuit court of appeals has this to say: “The panel vacated in part the district court’s judgment after a jury trial in favor of the defendants and remanded for a new trial in a copyright infringement suit alleging that Led Zeppelin copied ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from the song ‘Taurus,’ written by Spirit band member Randy Wolfe.”
The court documents go on to rebuke the judge in the original trial (example: “[J]ury instructions were erroneous and prejudicial.”) and call for the matter to be raised again.   A couple of years ago, a California judge threw out a claim that Led Zeppelin (specifically Jimmy Page) plagiarized a song called “Taurus” from one-time tourmates Spirit to write “Stairway to Heaven” and make hundreds of millions of dollars. The lawyers for the estate of Randy California, the age name of the late leader of Spirit (real name: Randy Wolfe), were pretty much laughed out of court on their first attempt at seeking damages. What a circus. They vowed to appeal–and they did. Here we go again.

Idiot fan rushes Maroon 5 onstage in Toronto. Naturally, there’s video

Naturally, there’s video Idiot fan rushes Maroon 5 onstage in Toronto.
Stage invasions are not supposed to happen. Let’s go to the video. The woman was arrested, charged with mischief, and released without bail. Toronto is in the news again, this time for a woman who rushed singer Adam Levine in the middle of a Maroon 5 gig at the Scotiabank Arena. Just ask Noel Gallagher who was tackled by some fan soon after the start of a show in Toronto in 2008. More at TMZ, if you must.

Are you looking for a career in music? Start with this book.

Are you looking for a career in music? Start with this book.
The new edition provides advice on building a proactive team around you: the right manager, the proper agent, the correct music publisher, and record label. He’s just released the second edition of his book, A Career in Music: the other 12 step program. And what are the various revenue streams available to composers and performers? As I said in for the first edition, if you’re hoping to make a career out of music, this book could be the difference between getting it right and flaming out. Get the paperback here (great for reading in the van) or the Kindle edition. Bob D’Eith has been involved in many different areas of the Canadian music industry.  

Want to buy some of Dave Grohl’s gear and help some kids at the same time? Here’s how.

Want to buy some of Dave Grohl’s gear and help some kids at the same time? Here’s how.
Dave says: “When I take my kids to their music lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out. The money will go towards a very cool music education initiative. I’m inspired by watching that process. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always trying to find a way to improve what you’ve learned.”
Bidding starts October 9. Even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out. It’s not something that you ever truly master. Now some of the gear we see in the video is being sold off. Go here to learn more. Earlier this year, Dave Grohl released a 23-minute solo performance called “Play.” As a reminder, here’s the video. Equipment has been donated by DW Drums, Fender, Gibson Gretsch, Ludwig, Made By Maple, and Zildjian and all are signed by Dave.