Let’s paint with Tenacious D!

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!

Geeks and Beats Podcast, episode 202: Ticketmaster

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

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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

Explaining Ticketmaster’s controversial TradeDesk tool that’s used by ticket brokers and scalpers
Ticketmaster’s general terms of use prohibit customers from buying “a number of tickets for an event that exceeds the stated limit for that event.” That limit, posted when tickets go on sale, is typically six or eight seats per buyer. The Star has followed up with this story. Keep reading for the other three questions. Here are the senators’ four questions:

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.

Spotify is now in the DNA business, apparently. But what does this have to do with music? You might be surprised.

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.

Interested in some dark secrets about the music industry? Watch this.

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.

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.

Random music news for Thursday, September 27, 2018

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

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

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.

We’ve reached the point where box sets are being reissued. Gotta mine and re-mine that catalogue, right?

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:
Eagles (1972)
Desperado (1973)
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:
Eagles (1972)
Desperado (1973)
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?

Dave Grohl details his pre-show drinking ritual. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

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.

Random music news for Monday, September 24, 2018

Random music news for Monday, September 24, 2018
Maybe you should be. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have a new commission for some TV music. Has a #MeToo situation hit Panic! But before I boarded my Air Canada Rough (yes, that’s how I spell it) flight–a flight with zero WiFi–I did manage to find some music news for September 24, 2018. Ticketmaster is now facing a class action suit over the whole they-help-scalpers scandal. That’s Ambassador Rihanna now. Mariah Carey’s “comeback” single redefines the concept of a “stiff.” This is bad. Yep. Yet another book on Joy Division? Toto cannot figure out why “Africa” has become such a big thing. Take a look at this. (Via Tom)
How can you not like a politician that drops a Clash reference in a debate? I’m okay with that. There’s a vinyl-only collection of the series’ soundtrack music coming soon. Mumford and Sons would like to talk about depression. If you’re a guitar player, you’ll be interested in this story on pickups. Dog 1, Elton John 0. Wow. Yes, he wants it to die. And speaking of “Africa,” there’s this. Elvis Costello hopes that rock’n’roll is dead. Are you terrified by Amazon’s new microwave? More here. Winging home from Las Vegas today, so an entire day is lost to travel. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God is helping out with hurricane relief in North Carolina. Looking for some insane drum work? at the Disco? Still missing Breaking Bad?

New Music from the Inbox for September 24, 2018: Shiragirl, AVEC, Stonefield, & More!

Listen here. Artist: Shiragirl
Song: “Get Em Hot”
Album: Single

From their newly released EP Brooklyn Goes Hollywood, Shiragirl shows off punk rock with a 80s dance-pop twist. Listen:

Artist: Fade Awaays
Song: “Get Along”
Album: Single

The debut single from Toronto-based garage rock group Fade Awaays, “Get Along” is a live staple for the band. Watch:

Artist: Stonefield
Song: “In The Eve”
Album: Far from Earth

Australian psych band Stonefield just began their North American tour to support the release of their third LP, Far from Earth. They say that the song “is about trying to make the best of a situation and trying to get along with the ones you love in hard times”. Listen: 

Artist: Goodbye Honolulu
Song: “Lorry Can’t Love”
Album: Single

Toronto band Goodbye Honolulu has a 90s slacker vibe mixed with vintage garage rock and modern elements. With her powerful voice she draws inspiration from artists like Bon Iver, John Mayer, and the Lumineers. Their next album will be out in early November. Watch:

Artist: Amyl and the Sniffers
Song: “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled”
Album: Single

From Melbourne, Australia, this grimy pub rock quartet is looking to release their debut album early next year. The official video is a fun punk-meets-80s jazzercise mashup. The quartet of sisters draw inspiration from prog, metal, and psych powerhouses of the 70s to create their own unique sound. Amyl and the Sniffers have an aggressive and gritty punk sound. Watch:

Artist: AVEC
Song: “Under Water”
Album: Single

This Austrian singer-songwriter is gaining popularity online and has played at various festivals across Europe.
New Music from the Inbox for September 24, 2018: Shiragirl, AVEC, Stonefield, & More!

How much longer will airlines provide in-flight music?

Meanwhile, load up your phone with music–just in case. It was a fun gig while it lasted. But then XM Satellite Radio struck a deal to provide music-only programs (i.e. Qantas, for example, took a hard look at their IFEs and found that only 10% of passengers listen to music during a flight. The second involves companies that haven’t upgraded their equipment in years. Every month or two, I’d provide several hours of programming, complete with commentary which would then be loaded into the airline’s infotainment system. Musicians’ organizations in Australia are disappointed, to say the least. You can bet that other airlines will be looking at the situation. That included me. Oh, well. The first has seen more and more sophisticated offerings from airlines like Emirates, Qatar, and Singapore. Not only does this mean less of an opportunity for Aussie musicians to be heard by people from other countries, but Qantas will no longer pay licensing fees. With such low engagement, why bother? no hosts, just straight music flow), so all the hosted shows were canned. Many people who fly airlines without IFEs barely noticed. That’s lost revenue. That’s why Qantas has announced that they’re going to discontinue straight music offerings on their aircraft. Inflight entertainment systems (IFEs to industry geeks) have evolved in three ways. They’re busy listening to music and watching video on their phones or tablets, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed. I used to have a gig supplying music programs to Air Canada. The final evolution has seen IFEs pulled out of aircraft entirely, citing cost and weight issues.
How much longer will airlines provide in-flight music?

Former Misfits Singer Appearance Cancelled After Social Media Review

There’s just a lot of political and personal views on his social media that do not align with the festival.”
Graves was not amused with the whole thing. The festival announced Wednesday the cancellation of the punk singer’s Oct. In an interview from Akron, Ohio, Graves dismissed the criticism of his social media posts as “buzzwords that get people riled up.”
“I don’t need to be on the defence for my social media accounts,” he said. How white people are being discriminated against. Especially when it relates to their social media posts. Oliver cited the singer’s posts on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube that support or share views the festival director referred to as “against immigration, against feminism, against mental health treatments.”
“There was a number of things supporting Infowars, Alex Jones, Breitbart. “We found some posts that were antithetical to the safer spaces policy and our policies for inclusion for the festival,” said Oliver. “We made a decision as a board of nine of us to cancel his performance.”
Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, was less than impressed with what he saw. A performance by former Misfits lead singer Michale Graves has been cancelled by the Up + Downtown Music Festival in Edmonton over views he expressed on social media. It’s not every day a performer gets tossed from the bill at a music festival. Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, said the board was alerted of Graves’ views on social media on Tuesday. 6 show at Temple nightclub. Read the rest on the CBC site.
Former Misfits Singer Appearance Cancelled After Social Media Review