Random music news for Saturday, October 6, 2018

Busking can be complicated. What was it with Michael Jackson and English soccer? Steve Van Zandt is not a fan of streaming. It’s actually a tricky question. Maybe not. Tidal has launched an app for Samsung TVs. He’s already planning his return to the band. So did Andrew WK. Vinyl and cocktails? The music industry has agreed on the first updated manufacturing standards for 7-inch, 12-inch and LP records since 1978. And now, music news for October 6, 2018. We’re doing ours today so we get a jump on the leftovers. Sheepdogs drummer Sam Corbett is undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. How do birds learn how to sing? Here’s what I mean. Here’s the announcement. In the era of streaming, does the fourth quarter really matter anymore? This white guy spent £75,000 on plastic surgery so he could look like is K-pop boy band idol. Is it Sunday or Monday? The lead singer of The Sadies was escaped serious injury by a falling light during a gig. The US Federal Trade Commission is going to look into how Ticketmaster works. Stormy Daniels had some rock star sex in some interesting places. This one is…interesting.
Want to vote on the nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only person who kept his party calendar from 1982. Soon. Yes, please! Those limited edition AC/DC coins from the Royal Australian Mint sold out in one day. Here are my weekly music picks for Global News. When do you have your Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s why. China: “Don’t look at us!”
Looking for a new stereo? Moby is selling 200 drum machines with all the money going to charity.
Random music news for Saturday, October 6, 2018

New graphic: Who has played Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern over the last quarter century?

New graphic: Who has played Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern over the last quarter century?
Cameron Gordon at Completely Ignored looked at the acts who have played the ‘Shoe over the last 25 years. Click on the graphic to see the whole thing. The bar on Toronto’s Queen Street West has been hosting live music events in the same spot for about 70s, so there must be something to this “legend” thing. They don’t call it the “legendary Horseshoe Tavern” for nothing.

Residential school survivors heed Downie’s call to ‘Do Something’

Residential school survivors heed Downie’s call to ‘Do Something’
“When I was growing up, I didn’t know about residential schools,” she said. The focal point of the evening will be reflection on Chanie Wenjack’s story, followed by a discussion of residential schools by those who survived them or whose lives were otherwise touched by them. On Oct. The evening will include a smudge and healing songs performed by indigenous performers, followed by Hoyle singing “The Stranger,” a song from The Secret Path, before the movie begins. Catharines, all raising funds for the Downie Wenjack Fund. From the last Tragically Hip show in Kingston, he made it clear: If he were to have a legacy, Gord wanted it to be efforts toward reconciliation with First Nation peoples, acknowledging the awful things done to them in the name of the government and trying desperately to make things better. It’s also way for the Bawaajigewin Circle to raise money to become a registered charitable status, which would allow this kind-hearted and loving organization to do even more work toward reconciliation and for the benefit of their community. For Hoyle, performing in a least his second “Secret Path” event, it’s a way to carry forward Gord’s call to “do something.”
“One small way I can ‘do something’ is to help spread the message with the music,” he said. “The songs and story of Secret Path is as powerful as ever. It was a terrible choice to have to make. He called on Canada, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in particular, to “do something” to try and atone for past sins. Among the speakers will be Dr. Shirley Williams and Bernard Nelson, community elders and residential school survivors, and Mary George, president of the Bawaajigewin community and a second-generation residential school survivor. At the beginning of the evening, tobacco and tissues will be handed out to participants, which will be collected later and burned in a symbolic offering, a way of returning the sadness and pain to the creator, said Mary Watson, the event’s organizer. Turns out, the anniversary of Wenjack’s death is right around the same time, believed to be October 23, 1966. Guests will be welcomed by a slideshow, featuring photos and clips from Joel Clements’ movie, “The Weight of Your Heart,” taken during his trip to Kenora two years ago as part of the Walk for Wenjack with the Courage for Gord group. After a brief intermission, there will be a discussion panel led by community elders to discuss residential schools, their impact on communities and how families have tried to heal from those scars. 21, the Bawwaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle is hosting a night of conversation, contemplation and commemoration in honour of Downie, featuring a viewing of The Secret Path, a performance by Jeremy Hoyle of Buffalo’s Strictly Hip, and a panel of elders discussing residential schools and their long-lasting impact on the First Nations community. More information on the Secret Path event in Oshawa is available here and tickets can be purchased here; anyone interested in making a donation to the Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle can do so here. Nothing is more powerful than the truth.”
This event is one of many scheduled around the anniversary of Gord Downie’s death, in addition to two performances, one each in Burlington and St. For some families, the fear of residential schools was on par with the fear of leaving the reserve. In one of his last few public appearances, Gord Downie issued a call to the nation: “Do Something.”
The last piece of work released by Gord Downie before his death was the heartbreaking Secret Path, laying bare for all to see the horrific cost of residential schools. The event will take place at the Regent Theatre on King Street in Oshawa starting at 6 p.m. Moving away meant a loss of community, a separation from family and joining a world and a culture that could be openly hostile. The event will benefit the Gord Downie & Channie Wenjack Fund, of course, and has the support of the organization. Despite existing for more than 100 years, residential schools weren’t always openly discussed among indigenous families, Watson said. It wasn’t just children forcefully taken from their families, it was children never seeing their parents again because those schools killed them. “We never discussed them.” When the subject came up later, it was a very guarded discussion.

Someone has written an entire album about Elon Musk.

Someone has written an entire album about Elon Musk.
Larry Lootsteen takes a look at something that might cheer Elon up. He’s had a rough couple of months, what with that errant tweet and all. [Poor Elon. It notes how he’s disrupted the fossil fuel industry with Tesla’s electric cars, solar roofs, and batteries. It asks whether Elon himself could be disrupted for disrupting such industries, with the recurring sonic motif of a Tesla door closing and a creepy robot saying “Elon?”
It looks at how the human race could be disrupted by an extinction event, as has happened to many other species in Earth’s history, hence the mission to Mars. It illustrates how he’s disrupted the space industry with SpaceX’s cheaper, reusable rockets. It touches upon how he disrupted the financial industry with what became PayPal. It disrupts sounds from SpaceX to make them into musical effects. It disrupts a Wikimedia Commons image of Elon to turn it into a wavetable synthesizer patch that plays the last note on the entire album. It disrupts Elon’s voice to make him talk in tune and in time along with the singing robots that appear throughout the album. So maybe it isn’t so surprising for a band to consider him a good subject for an album. Er, okay. – AC]
As humans go, Elon Musk can be impressive, elusive, confusing and inspirational. Enter musician Mat Ward. It warns how artificial superintelligence is on the cusp of disrupting the entire human race, hence his projects to try to fight it, Neuralink and OpenAI. The patch is included in the deluxe version of the album. I used AI tools to mix the album, which produced better results than my own mixing. While I was making the album, albums were released that were generated entirely by AI. It disrupted my outlook while I made it, as I went from being totally depressed about the future to thinking that this is actually an incredible time to be alive. While the whole album can be found here, let’s start with a single song. It’s living proof that musicians may be about to be disrupted by artificial intelligence. It posits that the mission to Mars could disrupt the entire human race by getting us to think beyond our divisions here on Earth. I quote:
The album is called Disrupted for many reasons: 

It charts the life story of probably the greatest disruptor of our times, Elon Musk.

I had a chance to talk to guitarist Tom Morello about solo work, Rage, Prophets, and more

I had a chance to talk to guitarist Tom Morello about solo work, Rage, Prophets, and more
Tom Morello’s new album, The Atlas Underground, is out next Friday (October 12), which is why he blew through Toronto on a fast promo tour. I had a chance to speak with him before an event at Harbourfront Centre.

Pearl Jam lists beneficiaries of Home Shows

More importantly, it paid off for the handful of organizations that stand to benefit from the nearly $11 million raised between the two Home Shows in Seattle and the Away Shows in Boston, Chicago and Montana. An additional $600,000 will be set aside for two efforts to find safe permanent housing for young people facing homelessness, including a $500,000 investment in All Home King County’s efforts to ensure every young person has a home within the next two years. Returning to their roots really paid off for Pearl Jam. “The Home Shows initiative is about bringing the issue of homelessness closer to all of us — increasing our understanding of a complex issue, our empathy for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and our resolve for working together.”
Pearl Jam teamed up with more than 170 organizations in Seattle alone, including corporate sponsors, nonprofit organizations, restaurants and small businesses across the city. A total of $100,000 will be dedicated in support of A Way Home Washington’s Anchor Communities, a pilot program aimed at fighting homelessness in Pierce, Spokane, Yakima and Walla Wall counties by 2022. “Tens of thousands of you have taken action by signing up for the Home Shows mailing list, watching our stories of our neighbors with lived experience with homelessness, volunteering, getting registered to vote and voting.”
A 19-member advisory committee consisting of service providers, issue experts and funders have come together to help Pearl Jam determine the best recipients for the funds raised. “This has been an incredible effort to unite our community, both to move people out of homelessness and into stable housing, and to address the root causes of homelessness.”
A full list of the beneficiaries and the Home Shows’ efforts to end homelessness in Seattle can be found here. “The Home Shows initiative is a testament to the rapid mobilization of our community in bringing in many partners to the table to charge homelessness in our community,” said Tony Mestres, president of the Seattle Foundation. All Home King County and Building Changes, two Seattle organizations, are teaming up to launch The Diversion Project, training more than 300 service providers across Seattle and King County, Washington, to help people get into programs to avoid becoming homeless in the first place. Some $750,000 in additional Home Show funding will be used for the flexible fund. Diversion housing costs $1,200 per household, compared to emergency or transitional housing costs up to $30,000 per household. The bulk of the remaining $7.8 million raised will be divided among 100 organization. The Diversion Project is training some 300 service providers, in addition to a $250,000 flexible fund to help people who need immediate support. “From the start, we hoped businesses, foundations and individuals would see themselves in this work,” said Pearl Jam guitarist, a lifelong Seattle resident.   “Even more important is seeing our community and fans rally around this effort,” the band said in a statement.
Pearl Jam lists beneficiaries of Home Shows

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 10: The Birthday Massacre

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Mike In 2002, they changed the name to The Birthday Massacre after one of their earlier songs to avoid confusion with another group. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, too. The current lineup consists of Chibi (vocals), Falcore (guitars), Owen (synthesizers), Nate Manor (bass) and Rhim (drums). Find out more about Gandharvas and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. – AC]
The Birthday Massacre (abbreviated TBM) is a gothic dark wave band formed in 1999 in London, Ontario, and is currently based in Toronto. Get your copy here. When the band formed in 1999, they were known as Imagica. This is the latest excerpt from his book. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands.
Rock My World Canada, Chapter 10: The Birthday Massacre

Decoding the messages and characters on new Twenty One Pilots album: There’s a lot to unpack here

The Skeleton Clique–the name of the hardcore followers of Twenty One Pilots–loves the band’s habit of embedding cryptic messages and stories in their albums and lyrics. However, the album isn’t as straightforward as this. With the appearance of their fifth record, Trench, on Friday, they’ve found a lot to decode. Strewn throughout the album are clues for those who care to dedicate far too much time to picking everything apart. From Billboard. The narrative has unraveled somewhat; it’s more like a series of fables explaining what life is like inside the band’s alternate universe. So after already deconstructing “Jumpsuit,” “Nico and The Niners” and “Levitate,” let’s jump into Trench. The latest era of Twenty One Pilots started with a trilogy of videos letting us into their interior world, laying out what it’s like to live in the minds of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. Keep reading. With the arrival of their fifth album Trench, much of their fervent fan base — aka, the Skelton Clique —  expected the story to continue unfolding with the introduction of more characters and events.
Decoding the messages and characters on new Twenty One Pilots album: There’s a lot to unpack here

The Nirvana reunion: It happened. And here’s what it looked and sounded like.

Deer Tick’s John McCauley handled vocals on “Serve the Servants”, “Scentless Apprentice” and “In Bloom”, while Joan Jett growled through “Breed”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “All Apologies”, the latter of which saw Brody Dalle on bass as Novoselic switched to accordion. Last night, it happened. I know what I’m thankful for besides my mom’s homemade stuffing! #Nirvana #FooFighters #amazing #bestoftheday #follow #follow4follow #followme #igers #instacool #instadaily #instafollow #instago #instagood #instalike #like #like4like #look #photooftheday #picoftheday #style #swag #tweegram #webstagram
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Nirvana! [Gilles LeBlanc has been following the story of the Nirvana reunion for the last week or so. It was a jam-packed Saturday indeed featuring performances from imports Black Mountain and METZ, Garbage celebrating 20 Years Paranoid, and quite possibly the last ever time Post Pop Depression will be done live by Iggy Pop with Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders on drums. Here’s his report. Foo Fighters’ headlining set saw them play songs in reverse chronological order, starting with “Run” from latest album Concrete and Gold and moving backwards all the way until “This Is a Call”, the first major single the band released in 1995. For the encore, yes the rumours you had been hearing came true and then some. -AC]
While Canadians were sleeping off their first of probably multiple Thanksgiving weekend dinners, Foo Fighters hosted the second incarnation of CalJam in Glen Helen Regional Park. Serve the Servants

#nirvana @Nirvana @foofighters pic.twitter.com/dMUBV2grSz
— Lance Bangs (@lancebangs) October 7, 2018

In Bloom:


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Nirvana surprise! Dave Grohl and Pat Smear reunited with Krist Novoselic again for a six-pack of Nirvana classics. 😎 #Nirvana #FooFighters #glenhelenamphitheater #amazing #bestoftheday #colorful #follow #follow4follow #followme #igers #instacool #instadaily #instafollow #instago #instagood #instalike #like #like4like #look #photooftheday #picoftheday #style #swag #tweegram #webstagram
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Smells Like Teen Spirit:

All Apologies:
And here’s what it looked and sounded like. The Nirvana reunion: It happened.

ICP’s Shaggy 2 Dope tried to dropkick Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst onstage


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Some dickbag( aka Shaggy 2 dope )tried drop kicking Fred off the stage. Naturally, there’s video. Limp Bizkit was onstage at the Rock Allegiance Festival in Camden, New Jersey, last night (October 6) when ICP’s Shaggy 2 Dope ran onstage and attempted to floor Fred Durst with a dropkick. 🤨 #limpbizkit #faith #rockallegiance #livemusic #musicfestival #crazy
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Here’s the reverse angle shot. For reasons that aren’t important to anyone, there’s been a feud between Limp Bizkit and Insane Clown Posse going back years (something about a backstage snub at Woodstock 99 and you’re-invited-you’re-disinvited issue with one of the Family Values tours) and no one seems to want to let it go.
ICP’s Shaggy 2 Dope tried to dropkick Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst onstage

Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl Box Sets to be Released in November

Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl Box Sets to be Released in November
This November, for the first time, Kate Bush plans to release remastered versions of her studio album catalogue on vinyl and CD. Many of the albums have been unavailable on vinyl for years and the ten studio albums are spread over three vinyl boxes. In four separate boxes, the vinyl albums include all of Bush’s studio work. The CDs will be in two separate boxes. Additionally, Bush’s live album Before The Dawnis included in the second CD box in its original mastered form. This definitive remastering program also includes the release of a variety of rarities and cover versions on vinyl and CD for the first time. The fourth vinyl box contains rarities previously unavailable on vinyl, including an entire disc of cover songs.  
Kate Bush – Remastered in Vinyl
Album Listing
Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl 1 (4 LP $99.98)

The Kick Inside
Never For Ever
The Dreaming

Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl 2 (3 LP $74.98)

Hounds Of Love
The Sensual World
The Red Shoes

Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl 3 (6 LP $149.98)

Director’s Cut
50 Words For Snow

Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl 4 (4 LP $99.98)

12″ Mixes
The Other Side 1
The Other Side 2
In Others’ Words

Here’s the track listing for the fourth vinyl box and the final four CDs of the second CD box:
Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl 4
12″ Mixes

“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”
“The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)”
“Cloudbusting (The Orgonon Mix)”
“Hounds Of Love (Alternative Mix)”
“Experiment IV (Extended Mix)”

The Other Side 1

“Walk Straight Down The Middle”
“You Want Alchemy”
“Be Kind To My Mistakes”
“Under The Ivy”
“Experiment IV”
“Ne T’Enfuis Pas”
“Un Baiser D’Enfant”
“Burning Bridge”
“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 Remix”

The Other Side 2

“Home For Christmas”
“One Last Look Around The House Before We Go”
“I’m Still Waiting”
“Warm And Soothing”
“Show A Little Devotion”
“Passing Through Air”
“Ran Tan Waltz”
“December Will Be Magic Again”
“Wuthering Heights (Remix / New Vocal from ‘The Whole Story’)”

In Others’ Words

“Rocket Man”
“Sexual Healing”
“Mná na hÉireann”
“My Lagan Love”
“The Man I Love”
“Brazil (Sam Lowry’s First Dream)”
“The Handsome Cabin Boy”
“Lord Of The Reedy River”
“Candle In The Wind”

  The first two vinyl boxes, along with the first CD box, will be released on November 16, and vinyl boxes three and four, plus CD box two are scheduled for November 30.