There was an assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976. Now there’s a documentary on what happened.

Come October 12, a new series called ReMastered will look at a series of topics over the course of music history, starting with the story of the time Bob Marley was shot in a politically-motivated assassination attempt. (Via Rolling Stone) Netflix has always been documentary-friendly to the music fan. Here’s the trailer.
Now there’s a documentary on what happened. There was an assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976.

AC/DC is now on Australian money

The second is a five dollar piece. Bursting into the Australian live music scene late in 1973 these hard-working musicians certainly took the long way to the top and managed to stay there for decades. The first is the 50-cent coin, of which 30,000 copies will be (thunder)struck. Wanna buy one? Turning the volume up on our numismatic tribute to AC/DC we have inverted the triangular blank and present this intricate design oriented like a guitar pick. The Royal Australian Mint proudly celebrates the 45th anniversary of our greatest rock band AC/DC with this coloured uncirculated coin. While these coins are legal tender, I wouldn’t rush to spend them. In 2018 we mark 45 years since the formation of a young band in suburban Sydney, who via Melbourne would conquer the rock music world. Here’s the statement from the mint:
Unrelenting, frank, and at times irreverent, the electrifying music of Australia’s premier rock band AC/DC turns 45 in 2018.   Go here. The 50-cent coin retails for $15 AUD while the $5 coin sells for $130 AUD. The Royal Australian Mint has just issued a couple of AC/DC coins aimed at collectors. Nickel plated black and featuring the high voltage logos in vibrant colour print, this is a must have piece for fans of the band or collectors alike.
AC/DC is now on Australian money

California signs strong net neutrality rule; government immediately sues

California signs strong net neutrality rule; government immediately sues
When the U.S. This stare-down has been a long time in coming. That includes 75% of Republicans, 89% of Democrats and 86% of independents. “Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all,” Jonathan Spalter, president of USTelecom, told CNN. A University of Maryland study conducted last December, as the FCC took action to stop protecting net neutrality as a commodity or utility and start letting internet service providers take the reins and traffic lights, found that a vast majority of Americans — 83%!– support net neutrality. Late Sunday, Gov. “When the FCC repealed the 2015 Open Internet Order, it said it had no power to regulate broadband internet access providers. Of course, there’s serious pushback from the Trump government, which has been supportive of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and his rollback of net neutrality protections since before the 2016 presidential election. At least one attorney has determined California isn’t breaking any federal laws and is within its right to pass its own regulations and that, in undoing net neutrality, the FCC might have screwed itself over. Jerry Brown signed the country’s toughest law protecting Obama-era net neutrality. On the one hand, most have come forward as being  in support of Obama-era net neutrality regulations, but as goes California and Washington State, so too could other states, creating a patchwork of laws from across the country without any consistency. The law safeguards access to a level playing field for customers while prohibiting providers from offering “fast lanes” for content on select websites. “Any attack on California will surely be welcomed by many on the right, who always find reason to take issue with the liberal state’s militantly progressive stances, whether on clean energy (Governor Brown recently signed a renewable energy bill that is seen as a rebuke of Trump) or immigration (the state maintains a sanctuary law that shields undocumented immigrants),” writes Maya Kosoff for Vanity Fair. and internationally. “The party of states rights, after all, has always drawn the line at positions it opposes.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation praises the law, calling it the nation’s strongest. Federal Communications Commission voted earlier this year to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, California was one of more than 20 states that vowed to take actions to protect those laws. Washington State’s law is less all-encompassing than California’s because it does not address data caps and includes several loopholes that experts say could allow broadband providers to charge fees for unrestricted service, a practice known as throttling. Laws are also harder to reverse than executive orders, ensuring that these important consumer protections cannot be reversed in the future with a flick of a pen,” EFF says. “Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce — the federal government does,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That means the FCC cannot prevent the states from adopting net neutrality protections because the FCC’s repeal order removed its authority to adopt such protections.”
There’s one other thing to consider: California has huge economic power in the U.S. “A free and open internet is a cornerstone of 21st century life: Our democracy, our economy, our health care and public safety systems and day-to-day activities.”
And within minutes of Brown’s pen coming off the page after signing the law, there was a call from the federal Department of Justice. “California’s decision to fight this battle in the legislature also sets it apart from other states that have enshrined limited protections through a governor’s executive order, which can only dictate ISP’s conduct in state contracts. Telecom companies are in a bit of a spot. “This is a historic day for California,” said Democratic Senator Scott Weiner, who wrote the law, after the bill was signed. The old FCC rules, by contrast, allowed the commission to investigate such deals on a case-by-case basis.”
The National Conference of State Legislatures find that there are legislators in 30 states working on more than 72 bills, all centered on protecting net neutrality as established in 2015. Pai chimed in as well, saying California’s law is illegal and “hurts consumers.”
Oddly, it seems Obama-era net neutrality protections are one of the few political issues in the United States with bipartisan support. The state is being sued to prevent the law from taking place. Leaders in six states have signed executive orders establishing criteria for ISPs to abide by in order to do business in their states, The Verge reports. The latest chapter in the United States’ fight over net neutrality is focused on California. California is the second state, following Washington, to take official action, implementing on Sunday a law that “bans broadband providers from exempting their own content from data caps while charging for data used by competitors,” Wired reports. It’s also been in opposition with plenty of the policies put in place by the Trump administration since it began. “That will affect AT&T’s practice of exempting its DirecTV streaming video service from its mobile customers’ data limits but not data used by Dish’s Sling TV service, and other similar arrangements. “An agency that has no power to regulate has no power to preempt the states, according to case law,” said Barbara van Schewick, a Stanford Law School professor.

Stressed out because it’s only Tuesday? Try this ASMR video from Paramore’s Hayley Williams

Stressed out because it’s only Tuesday? Try this ASMR video from Paramore’s Hayley Williams
More here. In the clip, she whispers and eats potato chips. Yes, this is a commercial, but it’ll also give you an idea of why people swear by these videos. Some people swear by the calming and tingly feeling they get from ASMR videos. Hayley Williams of Paramore has released this video promoting her vegan hair dye, Good Dye Young. And now we have the first music personality related video (I think). These clips–and ASMR stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response”–are all the rage on YouTube.

The world’s most dangerous musical instrument?

My understanding, which could be completely out to lunch, but I seem to recall something about the deaths being later attributed to lead poisoning. It was a “rod of rotating glass bowls” inside a wood cabinet. But then word came that it was killing people. Now that we know better, though, wouldn’t it be great if someone resurrected the thing? ADDENDUM: Elwood dropped me an email with some additional information. From Mental Floss:
Critics said it overstimulated the brain; performers blamed it for dizziness, hallucinations, and palsy. Just saw your article about the glass armonica in the journal. When he returned to America, Franklin tried to come up with an improvement on the concept. The PR was terrible and the glass harmonica fell into disuse.  I first heard about this instrument from the film “Mr. In 1799, doctor Anthony Willich argued that the instrument deserved to be condemned, saying it caused “a great degree of nervous weakness.” In 1808, people attributed the death of armonica virtuoso Marianne Kirchgessner to the instrument’s eerie tones. That’s where the glass armonica came in.  Stars Sir Ian McKellan as Holmes.  With wet fingers and continual contact, allegedly the lead was absorbed into the body over time, causing the madness and death attributed to the instrument. But I can tell you this: (a) it’s a musical instrument; and (b) it killed people.  Each of the bowls in the armonica apparently had a ring of lead on them that is what the person actually playing it would have been in contact with. According to an article in Mental Floss, the glass armonica first appeared in the mid-18th century after Benjamin Franklin heard a British musician play a set of wine glasses that were tuned with water–kind of like this. Holmes”, the story of Sherlock Holmes much later in life trying to solve a case from his past. Some psychiatrists went so far to say it drove listeners to suicide. Ever hear of the “glass armonica?” Me, neither. Musicians–including Mozart–loved it.  Anyway, there is a glass armonica featured as part of the film and this case that has troubled him from the past.
The world’s most dangerous musical instrument?

I like this: New Monowhales video “Let It Go”

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Rum Runners

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Amigo’s Nice to see people putting Polaroid cameras to good use. Toronto’s cute-as-a-button Monowhales have just released a video for the third single on their Control Freak EP. Monowhales will soon embark on a tour with Edmonton’s The Royal Foundry.
I like this: New Monowhales video “Let It Go”

Random music news for Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, October 3, 2018
If you’re interested in the kind of audio systems used at concerts, take a look at what Ed Sheeran is using. Nine ticket resellers have been charged with money laundering in the UK. Axe Deodorant has a record label? You gotta love the song Monty Python’s Eric Idle has chosen for his funeral. And now, music news for October 3, 2018. Yes, but read the fine print first. Vinyl sales are even better than we’ve been told. Good luck with that. (Via Larry) A report says that Brett Kavanaugh instigated a bar fight after a UB40 concert back in 1985. Corey Taylor of Slipknot has something to say about the illusion of freedom in the US. This recent Facebook hack looks worse than we thought. Yes, it’s that old. It looks like Amazon is set to announce a video-on-demand service through its IMDB property. This is interesting. That little story got UB40 trending. Taylor Swift gave an autistic fan a service dog. It was 32 years ago today that the first shovels went into the ground for the construction of what would become The Skydome in Toronto. Try this secret Google game. And the worst job in the world might be as Ye’s “intern.”
One more: He’s trying to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick. Your access to Tinder, Airbnb, Instagram, Spotify and Messenger may be compromised. Which country has the best mobile video experience? Nice. The inventor of the World Wide Web has some ideas about where things should go now. More Kanye news: His new basketball sneakers might be banned by the NBA. Spotify has now been integrated with Google Maps. Bored?

New music from the inbox, 03 October 2018: Army of the Universe, Ezza Rose, Living with Lions and more

New music from the inbox, 03 October 2018: Army of the Universe, Ezza Rose, Living with Lions and more
Sounds like:  Hard and deep

Artist: Ezza Rose, “Circles”
Album: No Means No

This is an unqualified wow from me for this Portland band. Stupid WordPress isn’t working properly, so I’m posting things for him. -AC]
Artist: Army of the Universe, “Resin – 10th Anniversary Remake” 
Album: Resin

Great band, great sound, great remake! [These are Larry’s picks for his regular Wednesday post. Sounds like:  being on a treadmill going nowhere
Link/Listen/Watch: Sounds like:  Images and emotions abound

Artist: Living With Lions, “Tidal Wave”
Album: Island

I’m loving this new stuff from this Vancouver band
Sounds like:  punky, rocky, loud, joy

Artist: ALAE, “All Gived Up”
Album: Henry Street

This New Zealand band is bringing it
Sounds like:  Indie pop with depth

Artist: Brockhampton, “J’Ouvert” 
Album: Iridescence

London is home to this impressive talent
Sounds like:  A distinct view of life. Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Sonny Falls, “Towards No One”
Album: Some Kind of Spectre

Some great music from this Chicago outfit.

So what does the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement mean for Canadian music?

So what does the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement mean for Canadian music?
Nothing to see here. Yes, people will be affected, but it could have been a whole lot worse for Canada. It also makes it more clear what ISP can do when confronted by those situations. There are, however, “legal incentives for Internet Service Providers to cooperate with copyright owners to deter the unauthorized storage and transmission of copyrighted materials, or, in the alternative, to take action to deter the unauthorized storage and transmission of copyrighted materials.”
This has greatly annoyed the RIAA because “the proposal enshrines regulatory twenty-year-old ‘safe harbour’ provisions that do not comport with today’s digital reality,These provisions enrich platforms that abuse outdated liability protections at the expense of American creators and the US music community, which provides real jobs and is one of our nation’s biggest cultural assets.”
The RIAA has never liked the DMCA, so their reaction isn’t surprising. (Well, there is one thing affecting broadcasting. No more American commercials during the game.)
Artists in Canada will be happy that the terms of copyright have been synchronized with the US so that protection extends to a minimum of life plus 70 years instead of the current Canadian term of life plus 50 years. That’s gone. At least for the moment. The good news is that cultural issues were taken off the table–at least as far as Canadians are concerned. There are a couple of changes under the hood, most notably with the auto, dairy, pharmaceutical. Foreign ownership rules for things like media companies, Canadian content rules, and other protectionist measures remain in place. Good. Someone managed to slip in the business about watching US commercials on Canadian feeds of the Super Bowl. and financial service industries, but they’re not terribly impactful. But for Canadians, it provides some much-needed clarity when it comes to what users can and cannot do with posting copyrighted material online. A full breakdown of what the USMCA means can be found here. Stand down. However, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) isn’t very happy because the new agreement extends some protections under the Digital Copyright Millenium Act (DMCA) into Canada and Mexico. Others will be annoyed at this since it means another 20 years before artistic works move into the public domain. Sure, it was a new name–the USMCA (gotta have America first, right?)–but that’s just cosmetic. Bottom line? Internet services will now have some of the same protections from liability for copyright infringement by users. After 13 months of negotiations, we have a replacement for NAFTA–which, if we’re honest, isn’t all that much different from the original agreement.

Next Music from Tokyo: Volume 13 Comes to Canada This Week

You can hear them here. Four-piece otori’s unique sound blends no-wave, hardcore punk, krautrock, and noise. Taiwanese math-rock trio Elephant Gym recently signed with Topshelf Records and their performances here in Canada kick off their first-ever world tour. Here’s what they sound like. With each year since Next Music from Tokyo’s formation, Tanaka has proved again and again that music played with energy and passion can be appreciated by any audience. The second of five featured bands this year, Mass of the Fermenting Drugs (MOTFD), is the first band to make a third appearance. Since 2010, Toronto-based anesthesiologist Steven Tanaka has brought a different group of Japanese bands to Canada annually. This trio plays a ferocious and melancholic post-punk. This is what they sound like. This year, for the first time ever, Next Music from Tokyo features a band from outside Japan. They move effortlessly from smooth and technical to vicious and thunderous. Female math-rockers paranoid void from Osaka is known for impressive live performances. The annual tour introducing Canadians to innovative Japanese indie and underground music scenes returns this week. Elephant Gym has gained a significant following in Japan, making them a fitting choice in this edition’s lineup for NMFT. The band has an optimistic tone with intricate yet clean instrumentation. This is their second appearance at NMFT. Listen to them here. Check out their music here. He travels abroad multiple times a year to scout out the best possible lineup for each edition. Finally, UlulU, a garage rock revival trio has a sound similar to The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. Here is the schedule for Next Music from Tokyo: Volume 13
October 5: Toronto @ Rivoli
October 6: Toronto @ Lee’s Palace
October 7: Montreal @ Le Ministère
October 10: Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
For more information, you can check out the tour’s official website here.
Next Music from Tokyo: Volume 13 Comes to Canada This Week

Should we be worried about Dave Grohl? This reader thinks so.

I had to dive in deeper to see the interview for myself. What I watched was …well… really disappointing. I get it. If it was you, you’d likely be fired. I opened up my email and found an article in Alan’s Cross’ Newsletter that left me feeling sick to my stomach. This prompted Mike Schwartz, a Foos fan and musical wellness authority, to write this in response. My professional opinion is that Dave is dealing with a lot of pain. It’s been my mission for nearly four years to educate, inspire and help other artists achieve a level of personal and professional development they thought only existed in a magical place like Narnia. As a CHEK Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Nutrition Coach and Certified Personal Trainer, my role as the Trusted Authority of Musician Wellness means I work very hard to clean up the stigma of what it actually looks like to be a successful artist in this industry. Foo Fighter’s insight on how to succeed in the music industry. The music business is a strange environment. It was based on this interview. I thought something sounded fishy when a friend of mine posted on Facebook his disappointment about the Foos having to reschedule their show back home in Calgary last month because Dave was on vocal rest…hmm… makes sense now. However, Dave Grohl, one of my now former heroes and someone who I would consider a role model for young, developing artists has gone and thrown a grenade in the wardrobe. If you haven’t seen the video yet, the three minutes will blow you away. Keep reading. Last week we were graced with Mr. I read the transcript last week and I couldn’t believe it. But for Dave Grohl, it’s just part of the gig. On a recent radio interview for 95.5 KLOS Dave gave us the dirt on his pre-show ritual with the Foos, but if you’re paying attention and reading between the lines, what we really got was a cry for help. Ironically enough, I was speaking on the topic of Mental Health and Wellness in the Music Industry at the Folk Music Ontario Conferences in Mississauga, Ontario. I’m an artist myself: professionally touring, writing and recording as a drummer for the past decade, so I’m cut from the same cloth. Last week this site featured a post on Dave Grohl’s pre-show ritual drinking habits.
This reader thinks so. Should we be worried about Dave Grohl?

Numismatists can’t figure out why the Cook Islands are doing this with AC/DC

Er, okay. For reasons no one really understands, the Cook Island (find them northeast of New Zealand) has decided to issue a 10-dollar AC/DC coin based on the band’s 2008’s Black Ice album.   Coin collectors (known as numismatists) will be most interested in this issue since only 999 coins will be minted. Compare that to the 30,000 5 cent coins and 10,000 5 dollar coins that Australia has planned. This is hardly AC/DC’s best work, but fine. Further to yesterday’s news about The Royal Australian Mint releasing a couple of commemorative AC/DC coins comes word that the Cook Islands area also getting into this game.
Numismatists can’t figure out why the Cook Islands are doing this with AC/DC

Real estate pr0n: Take a look at construction of Drake’s new house in Toronto

Construction on Aubrey’s new pile on The Bridal Path in Toronto is underway, Take a look. So when he wants to build a new house HE BUILDS A NEW HOUSE. Forbes estimates that Drake made nearly US$50 million in the first half of 2018 and continues to be the world’s most-streamed musician.
Real estate pr0n: Take a look at construction of Drake’s new house in Toronto

Let’s call Arkells’ new toll-free number: 1 (800) 426 8856

Let’s call Arkells’ new toll-free number: 1 (800) 426 8856
— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) October 2, 2018

We feel your struggle. “I put my faith in only things that I can see,
And trust my eyes aren’t playing tricks on me. The band’s new single, “American Screams,” which is a critical look at what’s happening in the US right now. ⚡️AMERICAN SCREAMS⚡️
— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) October 1, 2018

Go on. Give ’em a call. He wouldn’t say what was coming up other than “it will be cool.”
This week a billboard appeared at 374 Smith Street in Buffalo. Now the Buffalo location makes sense, right? The second verse is for despair we all felt after the Vegas shooting outside the Mandalay. When I spoke to Arkells’ singer Max Kerman backstage at the Skookum Music Festival in Vancouver last month, he was very excited about what the band had planned for the release of their new album, Rally Cry, which is due October 19. Down in the desert, outside the Mandalay,
Hoping and praying didn’t change a thing.”
— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) October 1, 2018

What will you get if you call 1 (800) 426 8856?