Random music news for Thursday, October 4, 2018

You might want to read this. They’re still fighting over the estate of James Brown, 12 years after he died. This should be fun: a novel that’s a satire of Silicon Valley. Let’s take a look at one of the class action lawsuits filed against Ticketmaster over allegations they helped scalpers buy and sell tickets. (Via Tom)
The CRTC has blocked a web censorship proposal from some big ISPs. Let’s take a look. Wikileaks was born on this day in 2006. And on the topic censorship is this weird story about Kidz Bop. Microsoft’s new Surface Pro hardware looks pretty good. How can Spotify improve the streaming experience? This BC punk put an American telemarketer fraudster in jail. Another musician is in trouble with an airline. Here are eight ways that Hollywood is changing audio. An explanation can be found here. I guess it all depends. This guy’s job is to archive everything in Prince’s vault. Bad thing? Whatever happened to the cast of the movie School of Rock? Facebook could be hit with a big fine from the EU over its recent data breach. See? There have been some arrests in the Rihanna burglaries. If you’re a drummer, you might find this new device very useful when it comes to improving your playing skills. “Use ‘jazz hands’ instead!” What? He’ll be very, very busy for a very, very long time. The singer of UB40 wants nothing to do with the Brett Kavanaugh controversy. Good. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham was 78. And here are some musicians who are leading the way for AI in music. Are your kids watching a lot of YouTube? The woman who inspired Buddy Holly to write “Peggy Sue” back in 1958 has died. Sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll are no excuses for being a terrible person. Good thing? This university has banned clapping. Here are a couple of suggestions. And now, music news for October 4, 2018.
Random music news for Thursday, October 4, 2018

Is the Ontario government again looking at limited the price of event tickets on the secondary market?

Is the Ontario government again looking at limited the price of event tickets on the secondary market?
No one talks about the shows where secondary sellers take a loss because there’s no demand. So far, so good. But I should say that what the Liberals used to do when they were the government of Ontario was they would bring in pieces of legislation that actually were just all about fluff. Price caps will only make it cheaper for those who can already afford to buy tickets on the secondary market. You heard it here first. The new rules will just push transactions deeper underground where there are ZERO consumer protections. And people remember the gigs were tickets are higher than face value. We all know there will be a Stanley Cup parade here in Toronto next year. But to when? 2. Let’s take a look at transcripts from question period in the Ontario Legislature on Monday. A guarantee issued by a secondary seller or operator of a secondary ticketing platform of a full refund for the ticket purchaser if,
i. Maximum amount
(2) Despite subsection (1), no person shall make a ticket available for sale on the secondary market or facilitate the sale of a ticket on the secondary market for an amount, including any applicable fees or service charges but excluding any applicable taxes, that exceeds the ticket’s face value by more than 50 per cent of the ticket’s face value. Mr Tom Rakocevic (NDP): My question is for the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. But hold on. The best thing to do is follow the pricing on the secondary market right up until the last 24-48 hours before a show. 911? The government hasn’t made it clear. Hon. Who’s going to police the price of concert tickets in Ontario? I don’t like paying $700 to fly to see my folks in Winnipeg, a distance of 1,507 km from my home airport in Toronto. Why was it suddenly the government’s top priority after the election to help Ticketmaster and the scalpers, while hurting music fans and hockey fans? It’s not just simply putting it down on a piece of paper that you’re going to bring in legislation; you actually have to have legislation that’s enforceable. Whenever you have a distortion of market forces, grey and black markets are created. Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program has its advantages. Note: Subsection 2 (2) comes into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. the ticket does not match its description as advertised or as represented to the ticket purchaser. Now that John Tavares is on the Leafs’ roster, we all know—
[Applause.]
Mr Tom Rakocevic (NDP): Thank you. So it this stupid part of the legislation back? I want a limit on the price of a limit of gas, but that’s a commodity regulated by market forces. Mr Tom Rakocevic (NDP): One of the very first things this government did when it assumed office was to block legislation that would have stopped scalpers from selling tickets for more than 50% of the face value. Any other prescribed guarantee or confirmation. Todd Smith (Progressive Conservative): Speaker, I should acknowledge as well that this is the first question from my critic, and I appreciate the question in the Legislature here this morning. The vast secondary market in concert tickets just proves that face values are too low to begin with. 3. I don’t remember the Premier telling anyone before the election that he would do this. The guy down the street with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch? Todd Smith (Progressive Conservative): Thanks very much to the member opposite for the question. I couldn’t be happier that John Tavares is a member of the Buds here in Toronto this year as we commence on our Stanley Cup parade. What we’ve done is we’ve paused the implementation until we can actually bring in legislation that’s going to take these scalpers off the streets, that’s going to take these scalpers off-line. Join the band’s fan club for early access to tickets. Finally, we found something that we can agree on with the NDP, and that is that the Leafs are going to win the Stanley Cup this year. A confirmation from the primary seller that the ticket is valid, provided directly or indirectly through a service that offers to confirm for any person in Ontario, for free or for a single, standard fee, whether or not a ticket that was originally made available for sale by the primary seller is valid. Call the cops? That’s when the vast majority of purchases are made–and it’s a true reflection of what the actual market value of a ticket is. 2017, c. The same supply and demand rules apply to concert tickets. We’re bringing in meaningful legislation for the people of Ontario—
Here again are my arguments against a price cap:
Here are my objections to that:

What’s so special about the price of a concert ticket? But if you dig into Part II: Ticket Sales and Software, we have this:
Ticket Sales
Ticket sale on secondary market above face value
2 (1) Every person who makes a ticket available for sale on the secondary market or who facilitates the sale of a ticket on the secondary market for a total amount, including any applicable fees or service charges but excluding any applicable taxes, that exceeds the ticket’s face value shall provide one of the following guarantees or confirmations to the ticket purchaser. And they certainly didn’t create a new department to look after this situation. 1. This first came to light, actually, when the unfortunate diagnosis of Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip occurred, and the government made some changes to the Ticket Speculation Act during that summer. When it comes to hot shows, there are always going to be more bums than seats. But—there is a but—after reading ongoing investigative reports that have shocked sports and music fans, not only in Canada but in the United States as well, it’s clear that most hockey fans in my riding won’t be able to afford Maple Leafs tickets. There are plenty of ways to outfox scalpers and resellers. It’s not clear. I couldn’t be happier. So it’s a deferral, eh? I can tell you that what was happening previously with the Liberal government on the ticket sale issue wasn’t actually helping those who wanted to attend sporting events and concerts and other big events that were happening. Ted Arnott): Supplementary? Credit card front-of-the-line access. One of the things that the new Ford Conservative government did was delay the previous Liberal government’s plans to impose a 50% cap on the face value when it came to event tickets (concerts, sports, theatre, etc.) on the secondary market. 33, Sched. Hon. the ticket does not grant the ticket purchaser admission to the event for which it was issued, unless this failure is due to an action taken by the primary seller or venue after the ticket is sold,
iii. I can tell you that our government is committed to working with the Ministry of the Attorney General, our Attorney General here in Ontario, and making sure that we bring in some legislation that has some teeth so we can keep ticket prices low for those who want to attend these events. This is because of unethical ticket scalping practices that have been not only tolerated but enabled by Ticketmaster. Other aspects of the Ticket Sales Act, 2017, S.O. Meanwhile, I regularly get price alerts about fares to Singapore, a frequent destination for me that’s 15,003 km away, that run less than $600, taxes in. the event that the ticket provides admission to is cancelled before the ticket can be used,
ii. Price caps do nothing to help with the issue of inventory. They made you feel like the government was actually doing something when clearly the legislation didn’t do anything to attack the problem at hand, and that was ensuring that ticket prices remained affordable for the average person across the province. the ticket is counterfeit, or
iv. What’s this? What is the minister doing about these unethical and unfair sales practices? The Speaker (Hon. What’s the complaint mechanism? 3 went into effect as promised.

Introducing HAMMERHEDD: How can kids so young rock so hard?

Introducing HAMMERHEDD: How can kids so young rock so hard?
How long before you think before they’re signed? Read more at Metal Injection (via Danny). Behold HAMMERHEDD, a trio of brothers from Kansas City that rocks extremely hard in a Metallica/Megadeth/Gojira sort of way.

Courtney Love launches a new clothing line

Courtney Love launches a new clothing line
The last time I spoke to Courtney Love, she told me that she was over music and more interested in the world of fashion. #MIDNIGHTSTUDIOS
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MIDNIGHT STUDIOS for COURTNEY LOVE. AVAILABLE AT @HYPEFEST OCTOBER 6-7. This weekend, a new line of Courtney clothing called Dirty Blonde will be launched at a sale in Brooklyn. PHOTOGRAPHED IN COURTNEY’S LOS ANGELES ESTATE FEATURING HER PERSONAL WARDROBE. Here are some samples. You can also read more here. #MIDNIGHTSTUDIOS
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MIDNIGHT STUDIOS for COURTNEY LOVE. PHOTOGRAPHED IN COURTNEY’S LOS ANGELES ESTATE FEATURING HER PERSONAL WARDROBE. AVAILABLE AT @HYPEFEST OCTOBER 6-7.

Watch this deer play famous Phil Collins’ drum fill from “In the Air Tonight”

If need more, here’s the gorilla version. (Via AV News)
  Even wildlife can’t resist recreating it. Although it’s not hard to play, that drum fill in Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” remains one of the most famous breaks in all of music.
Watch this deer play famous Phil Collins’ drum fill from “In the Air Tonight”

Watch these two young sisters shred through a version of SLAYER’s “Raining Blood”

Just when you think that we’re raising a generation of kids who aren’t interested in playing guitar comes Audrey and Kate, two young sisters living in Japan who can shred with the best of them.   If this doesn’t bring a smile to your face, nothing will. The kid playing bass just kills me. Read all about them here.
Watch these two young sisters shred through a version of SLAYER’s “Raining Blood”

Is Tupac alive and well and living in Malaysia? That’s the new rumour.

That’s the new rumour. Is Tupac alive and well and living in Malaysia?
Then again, she is a member of the Illuminati.  

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I did this for y’all. Despite all evidence that Tupac Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, rumours that he’s actually still alive won’t go away. 💯 watch my story
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So Beyonce is in on this, too? Knight, the son of former Death Row Records CEO, Suge Knight, the man who was with Tupac in the BMW sedan when he was shot.  

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He never left us. They’ll be after me soon smh.  

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They following me man! The younger knight claims that he’s found Tupac in Malaysia. It looks like someone is on to Knight Jr. A post shared by Suge J Knight (@sugejknight) on Oct 2, 2018 at 9:08pm PDT

Read more here. The latest piece to this conspiracy comes from Suge J. For y’all tho 💯
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Uh-oh.

Here’s an update on the emergence of something called HD Vinyl

Here’s an update on the emergence of something called HD Vinyl
Plus an HD Vinyl stamper (the piece of metal used to press a record) lasts up to 10,000 copies. Current stampers wear out after about 1,000. better sound–up to 30% better, in fact) along with more music per side of a record. Old-school vinyl can hold about 22 minutes per side; the new HD vinyl records–which, by the way, don’t require any new equipment–can store about 30 minutes. So when will this new tech hit stores? Their technology and patents use a laser to cut the grooves on a master, which is far more accurate than the old pressing method. When it looked like vinyl was dying out at the end of the 20th century, no one thought that these standards would ever have to be updated again. This is important because GZ has the means to retrofit older plants with the new technology. A company called HD Vinyl has the edge when it comes to determining the next generation of records. microgroove records–since 1948. Viryl, a Toronto-based pressing plant, is on also on board. They apparently have a deal with Jack White’s Third Man Records to manufacture HD Vinyl-type product. HD Vinyl has announced a series of partnerships with pressing plants around the world, including a company called GZ Media in the Czech Republic. Read more here. When a CD or vinyl record is manufactured anywhere in the world, it has to conform to certain international standards so a disc or record made in, say, South Africa can be played on equipment made by anyone, anywhere. The first HD Vinyl pressings could be available as early as the first half of 2019. Another benefit is that the new technique is much more environmentally friendly by eliminating a series of steps that creates all manner of waste. Vinyl has been with us in its current form–i.e. But now that the vinyl resurrection is in its second decade, it’s time to reopen the situation. The last time there was an update to the medium’s technical standards was 1978. Can’t wait. The result, they say, is more accurate storage of music within the grooves (i.e.

Are you a millennial? Take this survey about building a radio station just for you.

Are you a millennial? Take this survey about building a radio station just for you.
First, a little Radio 101. Here is part one of the survey. That’s what this group of Humber College studios wants to find out. And how would that radio station communicate with its listeners? Need some Led Zeppelin? Why wait for your favourite song on the radio when you can download it or stream it immediately? Traditionally, this has made things nice and orderly for listeners. Appealing to all radio listeners is fraught with all sorts of difficulties. So here’s the question: What kind of radio format would appeal to, attract and retain millennial and Gen Z listeners? Online? On-air? Flip on the classic rock station. There will be some very heavy hitters in that room, so here’s a chance to get some important new data in front of them. Wanna dance? (Need proof? For decades, radio stations have sought to build ratings by trying to corner specific corners of the listening audience. By placing so much power in the hands of the individual, millennials and the Gen-Zers who are following them, have slowly drifted away from traditional radio. They’ve created a survey directed at people under the age of 35 in hopes of (a) learning about millennial music and radio habits; and (b) how those habits could be satisfied with a new type of radio station. The survey closes Sunday, October 7 at 11:59 pm EDT. If something isn’t done to lasso these huge demographic cohorts, terrestrial radio companies will be in big, big trouble. Tricky, given that millennials and Gen-Zers like a lot of different music and aren’t married to just one particular genre. Maybe the CHR station has what you need at that moment. The results will be presented to a room full of broadcast executives at the Ontario Association of Broadcasters on November 8. The more data we can gather, the more accurate this presentation can be. Once you finish, you can decide whether or not to go on to part two. If you’re in the mood for Foo Fighters, chances are you’ll tune in a station that promotes itself as being alternative or modern rock. Through social media? Is there such a format as “millennial radio?” If so, what kind of music mix would it play? How often? Since the beginning of the 21st century, everyone can be their own music director. Instead, it’s best to specialize in a certain type of music, attitude, and presentation and chase the segment of the audience that shows a preference for this kind of radio entertainment. I hope you can help. A combination of all of the above? This approach worked for decades. Chances are you’ll find music from all genres and all eras.)
What kind of hosts/DJs would these stations employ? But then came the Internet. To do that, they self-siloed themselves into what is called formats: classic rock, country, top 40 (known as CHR or “contemporary hit radio”), hip-hop, and so on. And if there’s someone else you know that would be interested (and they’re under 35), feel free to send them the link. What would they talk about? Grab any milliennial’s phone and go through their music.  

Random music news for Friday, October 5, 2018

Random music news for Friday, October 5, 2018
Radiohead almost wrote the soundtrack for Fight Club? A bungalow once owned by John Lennon is for sale. Looking forward to buying an 8K TV? Apparently. After you see the initial price, maybe not…
Johnny Lydon doesn’t think much of Green Day’s punk credentials. No. Sammy Hagar has a nice place up for sale. Quite a bit, actually. And now W Hotels is launching its own record label. It’s not, but the Internet loves the idea. Theresa May really shouldn’t dance in public. Billy Corgan is a father to a new daughter: Philomena Clementine. Is Sony thinking about launching a rival to Spotify? Lady Gaga has been getting great reviews for her role in the remake of A Star is Born. (Via Tom)
What will 5G mean for radio? Adele is making £23,000 a day even though she’s not touring or doing much of anything. And in music news for October 5, 2018…

Kanye West’s father beat cancer. An Oasis reunion in 2019? This trespasser looks just like Eminem. How will she stack up to other pop stars who made movies? Kanye celebrated by eating some bugs. Mass panic: A real problem at music festivals. The Brett Kavanaugh/UB40 thing just won’t go away. Tina Turner: the musical. And her fans are doing whatever they can to make sure A Star is Born is a hit this weekend. Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space on this day in 1984. Suge Knight of Death Row Records just got 28 years in jail for manslaughter. Speaking of this whole circus, it has mixed politics and music in a very weird way. Maybe.

Weed becomes legal in Canada on October 17. Here’s a song about that.

For the group we’re raisin? BTW, October 17 is also the first anniversary of his death. We got concerns that need
Clarification
The Big mac, Brownie mix, Visine
Shortage across the nation! A coincidence?)

Here are the lyrics in case you want to sing along:
 We breathe it in
We breathe it out
Quiet night
It’s what we’re all about
Sit by the fire, As we’re getting higher
Munching on our brownies
Making jokes and passing tokes
Listen’n to Gord Downy
We’ll be smoke’n it
So take another hit
Made it through somehow
They can’t arrest us now
We’ll be smoke’n it
And NO ONE GIVES S#$%! Andrew Ahlsten has written a song about this unusual event. Or you’re not getting any – Oh! (Note the shout-out to Gord Downie in the lyrics. Is this world ready? I got a girl
Ya know she’s my world
Says she’s not a light weight, But she is…
I got a guy
Ya know he gets me so high
Pass me the 4:20…. Coming, not with guns, but definitely blazing! Come October 17, Canada will become the second national after Paraguay to make weed legal. Made it through somehow
They can’t arrest us now!
Weed becomes legal in Canada on October 17. Here’s a song about that.

This guy has a California mansion to sell so he got some rappers to make a promo video

He has a listing for a 14,000 mansion in Newport Beach, California, worth $45 million. Considering the commission Atkins stands to make on the sale, spending $50K on the video is a rounding error. They’re back in a promo video commissioned by real estate developer Craig Atkins. If you’re into hip-hop, you probably know Swag District, the rap group that had a hit with “Teach Me How to Dougie” back in 2010. Will this help Atkins find a buyer? (Via NY Post) We’ll see.
This guy has a California mansion to sell so he got some rappers to make a promo video

What does the Canadian music industry think of the new trade deal with the US and Mexico?

What does the Canadian music industry think of the new trade deal with the US and Mexico?
Existing government measures, which are protected by the cultural exemption, support and strengthen the Canadian independent music industry and allows the industry to continue to succeed both at home and on the global stage.   Generally, they’re okay with it. Eric Baptiste, the SEC of SOCAN had this to say: “Today is a great day for Canadian creators, SOCAN would like to thank the Canadian government for its efforts to defend the interests of the Canadian cultural sector and to provide greater protection for our creators.”
The Canadian Independent Industry Association is also pleased: “Canada was able to maintain its cultural sovereignty through the continuation of our Cultural Exemption, which is essential for the future of the sector in the digital age. The clause about extending copyright from death plus 50 years (the old Canadian standard) to death by 75 years (the US terms) is sitting very well. It will, among other things, allow Canada to maintain music support mechanisms such as Canadian Content regulations and the Canada Music Fund, without challenges from our trading partners.”
CIMA president Stuart Johnson writes: “We are thankful that the Canadian government values the professional and diverse cultural content produced in our country. Extending copyright protections will only serve to enhance the value of our sector and will rightfully protect the music of our talented artists, songwriters and composers.”
The Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Association, which represents about 6,000 publishers and self-published songwriters says “On behalf of CMRRA’s rightsholders, I [CMRRA president Caroline Rioux] fervently congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and Minister Navdeep Bains on this most welcomed and long-awaited decision.”
In other words, everything is okay. As you were.

The Nirvana reunion is on. Yes. Nirvana. Reunion.

The Nirvana reunion is on. Nirvana. Yes. Reunion.
Dave Grohl had been hinting about a reunion thing for the last while with him on drums and Krist Novoselic on bass for a gig at the upcoming Cal Jam 2018. Here’s your answer. …anyone got @joanjett‘s number ??https://t.co/CD3sbZ8R2M#caljam18 pic.twitter.com/AEZUI74l7K
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) October 4, 2018

Thoughts? Okay, so it won’t be a complete reunion because Kurt remains stubbornly unavailable, but 66.67% of the rest of the band is involved. …anyone got @joanjett‘s number ??https://t.co/CD3sbZ8R2M#caljam18 pic.twitter.com/AEZUI74l7K
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) October 4, 2018

But who would sub in for Kurt on guitar and vocals?