Random music news for Monday, October 8, 2018

What’s that all about? The Brooklyn home we see in Saturday Night Fever is up for sale. Here’s how. Yes, he’s still dead, but this was a hologram. Speaking of new books, Tina Turner’s new memoir is getting great views. Roy Orbison played a concert in LA. There is, however, music news for October 8, 2018. You may have read about something called the Music Modernization Act that just passed in the US. Green Day makes a bunch of money every September without even trying. It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, which should explain to non-Canadian readers why (a) posts are later than usual this morning; and (b) why there’s fewer of thing. Here’s why. Brad Paisley and his wife are opening a free grocery store in Nashville for people who have fallen on hard times. R Kelly’s wife is now talking about years of abuse. Kanye says he’s off his meds and off social media. Ozzy Osbourne has been hospitalized with an infection. We are not going see the last of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” for a long time. Here’s a review of the gig. Charles Aznavour, the French version of Frank Sinatra, was given a send-off with a stylish funeral. SNL’s Pete Davidson would like Kanye to reconsider those meds. This. Tired of being bombarded with messages from video screens? I’ve ordered this new book: Never a Dull Moment: 1971-The Year That Rock Exploded. Wow. British musicians are asking a do-over with Brexit. These sunglasses block them all out. Her husband gave her a kidney? You know it’ll be entertaining. (Via Andrew)
Time for some political analysis from Noel Gallagher.
Random music news for Monday, October 8, 2018

Weird musical instrument alert: the carnyx

Weird musical instrument alert: the carnyx
In 2013 these disparate groups, working on anything from 40,0000-year-old flutes made from vulture wing bones to Roman lyres, were united in the European Music Archeology Project (EMAP) an EU-backed £3.5 million programme of research, releases, concerts and a touring exhibition. In the garden adjoining his home and workshop, silversmith John Creed is blowing heartily into his replica of the Iron Age Loughnashade horn, an s-shaped tapered bronze tube capped with a decorative disk. Creed’s work on the carnyx was one of the first of a number of projects recreating ancient instruments to better understand oral cultures in which sound would have had as much, if not more, significance than the visual. I’d never heard of the carnyx until Christopher pointed to this article at The Quietus. The fearsome prototype, a 1.6-metre-tall pipe topped with a stylised bronze boar’s head complete with jagged mane and a red tongue wagging menacingly in its jaw, lurks in Creed’s office, peering out from above a grandfather clock. It’s Creed’s third ancient horn since he was recruited by archaeologist Fraser Hunter in the early 90s to work on a reconstruction of a 2000-year-old zoomorphic instrument known as the carnyx. The Sunday lunchtime peace and quiet of the Glasgow commuter town of Lenzie is shattered by loud, metallic parps, birds scattering from mossy roofs. In this strange time of Brexit and rising nationalism and insularity, these ancients instruments have a very modern message. Dr Rupert Till of Huddersfield University, producer of EMAP recordings including an album of carnyx music called Dragon Voices, explains that the organisation’s driving philosophy is to prove that “there were huge commonalities between cultures. It shows how European we are”. Keep reading.

Rush continues their 40th anniversary reissues with Hemispheres

Rush is methodically going through every album in their catalogue, releasing them in special expanded 40th-anniversary editions. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
LP 1 – SIDE B

Circumstances
The Trees
La Villa Strangiato

LP 2 – SIDE C
Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*
Xanadu*

LP 2 – SIDE D

The Trees*
Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*
Closer To The Heart*
La Villa Strangiato*

LP 3 – SIDE E

In The Mood*
Drum Solo*
Something For Nothing*

LP 3 – SIDE F
Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

2CD DELUXE EDITION / DELUXE DIGITAL EDITION
DISC 1
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
Circumstances
The Trees
La Villa Strangiato

DISC 2
Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*
Xanadu*
The Trees*
Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*
Closer To The Heart*
La Villa Strangiato*
In The Mood*
Drum Solo*
Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

*Previously unreleased ‘HEMISPHERES’ – 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS: TRACK LISTINGS
SUPER DELUXE EDITION
CD – DISC 1
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
Circumstances
The Trees
La Villa Strangiato

CD – DISC 2
Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*
Xanadu*
The Trees*
Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*
Closer To The Heart*
La Villa Strangiato*
In The Mood*
Drum Solo*
Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

BLU-RAY AUDIO – DISC 3
96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Mix
96kHz 24-bit Original Stereo Analog 2015 Remaster

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres*
Circumstances*
The Trees*
La Villa Strangiato*

Bonus Promo Videos
48kHz 24-bit Stereo Only

Circumstances (1978 Promo Video)*
The Trees (1978 Promo Video)*
La Villa Strangiato (1978 Promo Video)*
La Villa Strangiato (Live at Pinkpop Festival: June 4, 1979)*

3-LP VINYL
LP 1 – SIDE A
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
1. There will be four versions of the reissue: the (1) Super Deluxe Edition, (2) two-CD Deluxe Edition, (3) three-LP Deluxe Edition, and (4) Deluxe Digital Edition. Next up is Hemispheres, originally released in 1978. Here’s what fans can expect.
Rush continues their 40th anniversary reissues with Hemispheres

Next up after Canadian Thanksgiving? Cassette Store Day

One of their marquee releases from 2018, The Sciences by doom metal power trio Sleep is being released on cassette, along with The White Stripes’ first three albums again. With all due respect, The Sciences is the type of listening that is best experienced on a hi-fi turntable when you have time to really get into the music – maybe even in a bean bag chair – and probably on October 17th or after up here in Canada. Yeah, Alan Cross doesn’t care much for tapes either. They were actually done by Canadian company Duplication.ca, so I can’t hate on the medium too much; for patriotic reasons, of course. The White Stripes’ cassettes were available last year in limited quantities but apparently sold out quickly. While I’d be all for a Mixtape Appreciation Day (How ’bout it, Checkiday.com?), cassettes just don’t have the same level of awareness, romanticism or revivalist attributes as records. Or so I’m told at least. Like it or lump it, audio’s arguably weakest-quality format has its own “day” in the same vein as vinyl. Might as well also celebrate the 8-track and LaserDisc while we’re at it…
This hasn’t stopped otherwise reputable labels such as Third Man Records from jumping on the proverbial bandwagon. So go ahead, break out your boomboxes and have lead pencils at the ready for those tapes you get on October 13th that are sure to unravel in short order. [I have this assignment to Gilles LeBlanc because you know how I feel about cassettes, right? – AC]
Did you all know that Cassette Store Day is on October 13th, 2018?
Next up after Canadian Thanksgiving? Cassette Store Day

For most artists, playing private and corporate gigs are no longer taboo

For most artists, playing private and corporate gigs are no longer taboo
Why? [This was my weekend column for GlobalNews.ca. VERY well. “I have a client. “We want to throw a party for the employees and our biggest clients. His price points for a performer are $250,000, $750,000 and a million-plus. Traditional tours are fine, but the best gigs are private and corporate engagements. – AC]
The woman was an event planner on a very chi-chi Caribbean island, a place where the ultra-rich go to play. And almost everyone is available for the right price. Gimme some options that I can take back to the boss.”
Then there was the guy who wanted a big pop star to perform at his daughter’s bat mitzvah. With music sales cratering, performers can no longer depend on big royalty cheques arriving in the mail every six months or so. From the Middle East. Keep reading. Plus costs and a per diem, of course. “Maybe you can help me,” she said. We’ve got about a million-and-a-half bucks to spend on musical talent. Because (a) they’re done on the down-low and fairly hassle-free, and (b) they pay well. He was in the million-plus bracket.)
I also had a conversation with someone from a big software company. He was willing to drop a million on her daughter’s favourite singer — and he did. He wants to celebrate his 50th birthday with a private concert aboard this yacht. Today, the big money is found playing live. Just don’t say Elton John because we asked and he’s already booked.” (I think the client ended up with an acoustic Lenny Kravitz performance. Very wealthy. Can you suggest any names that might be available?

Random music news for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Was there a George Michael love child? This is the weirdest smartphone accessory I’ve seen. And here is music news for October 8, 2018. GM has been tracking the radio listening habits of 90,000 drivers. Here’s why. Then again, the Sox threw the series. Facebook is finally showing off its smart device hardware. Donald Trump says he likes Taylor Swift “25% less”…
…but her taking sides saw a bump in voter registrations. He should be okay, though. Is Alexa dangerous? Liam? It’s a good idea, really. This might be the best-looking LA party house I’ve ever seen. Fortnite has made $300,000,000 just off iOS play alone. On this day in 1919, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago White Sox in the World Series. Elephants like piano music. Here’s more on Twickets, the ethical ticket reseller. “None of my friends listen to AM/FM radio.” True or false? Quincy Jones is having more second thoughts about calling the Beatles bad musicians. Five of seven ultra-rare guitars stolen from 54-40 have been found. An extremely rare piece of Pink Floyd vinyl has just sold for $14,000 USD. What the hell’s wrong with you? In her new memoir, Tina Turner credits David Bowie with saving her career. Ozzy had surgery for an infection. Could these smart glasses eventually make it into the concert world? What do you think of this? Ford wants your smartphone to drive your new car. This woman says so.
Random music news for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Music from the Inbox for October 9, 2018: Holy Ghost!, The Score, Darkwing, & More!

New Music from the Inbox for October 9, 2018: Holy Ghost!, The Score, Darkwing, & More!
This song, and the others in their new collection pays homage to disco’s origins. Listen:

Artist: Big Bliss
Song: “Duplicate”
Album: Single

Post-punk trio Big Bliss have a new album due out later this month. Song: “Anxious”
Album: Anxious

NYC-based duo Holy Ghost! Watch: Artist: Holy Ghost! are getting ready to release a new four-song album later this month. Listen:

Artist: The Score
Song: “Stronger”
Album: Single

In the midst of a tour, LA band The Score just released a music video for their new anthem. It’s a quick-paced and energetic song. Watch:

Artist: Darkwing
Song: “Necropants”
Album: Single

Brooklyn rockers Darkwing are currently gearing up to release a new EP later this month. Watch:

Artist: Rozzi
Song: “Joshua Tree”
Album: Single

Rozzi’s latest single is a deeply personal song, written a week after a breakup. Right after the release, the band is going on tour to support it. Their music oscillates between utter apathy and extreme paranoia. Listen:

Artist: Sylar
Song: “Open Wounds”
Album: Seasons

From their newly released album, New York band Syler just released this music video for their song “Open Wounds”. The accompanying video reflects the personal and intimate tone. They hope to reignite the rap/rock genre.

Spotify turns 10. Not everyone is wishing the company a happy birthday.

Music has been made more disposable than ever, turning it into the aural equivalent of grey goo. All of the above is worth discussing. Hypebot: Spotify Turns 10: Is It Friend Or Foe? Fans don’t have any financial stake in music anymore. I also found myself sampling far, far more music than I had before because the financial risk had been eliminated. Payolas has been replaced with playlist-ola. When you bought an album, there was pressure to play it over and over again until you figured out what was happening. In the old days, I would have invested in the album, listened to it once and then put it on a shelf, never to be seen again. All this was a science fiction concept not that long ago. Like a lot of music hoarders, I didn’t want to “rent” music, I wanted to own it either as a physical copy (a CD, vinyl, digital file) and not have to worry about my whole music collection disappearing the moment I stopped paying my monthly subscription. It can be just disorganized noise. (For example, the number of songs with long, interesting intros has shrunk.)
A stream doesn’t provide any context to the music. Otherwise, there was a sense that you wasted your money. Now it’s a part of everyday life. The Guardian: Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? Individual songs rule while coherent collections of songs in a carefully organized running order are passé. We are never, ever going back to an era when physical formats ruled. Artists are desperately looking for new revenue streams to replace what they’re losing from the sales of CDs. Newsweek: Ten Years of Spotify
Statista has a couple of charts that illustrate Spotify’s growth and the importance of streaming. Like many old-school music fans, I was a slow convert to streaming. If I didn’t like what I heard, I just wouldn’t listen again. And now that streaming makes up 75% of record label revenues, the idea is too big to fail. Read the following two articles and get back to me with any opinions, would you? But there are also downsides to streaming. Speaking of playlists, they’re destroying the concept of the album. (See the link to The Guardian below.)
Composers are now writing to combat our ever-shrinking attention spans. But then I realized that streaming gave me access to tens of millions of songs anytime anywhere at a fraction of the expense of purchasing it outright.
Not everyone is wishing the company a happy birthday. Spotify turns 10.

There’s a hooray-for-weed-legalization concert Thursday featuring members of The Tragically Hip

There’s a hooray-for-weed-legalization concert Thursday featuring members of The Tragically Hip
Choir! Choir! If you’re in the neighbourhood of Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on Thursday (October 11), the ensemble-singing group Choir! Another couple of weeks and cannabis will be legal in Canada. #upinthesquare
Oct. (Ticker symbol: HIP.V)
Tuesday October 9th:
12pm – High Noon Yoga
2pm – Into the Weeds Podcast
Indie Band Showcase:
7pm – Matt Weidinger
8pm – Taylor Knox Music
9pm – Samantha Martin Music & Delta Sugar
Wednesday October 10th:
12pm – High Noon Yoga
2pm – Into the Weeds Podcast
7pm – Breakdance Battle
Thursday October 11th:
12pm – High Noon Yoga
2pm – Into the Weeds Podcast
6pm – Meghan Patrick
8pm – Rise Up: CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR with special guests
To make this all a little more interesting, Johnny Fay and Rob Baker will be joining the group. 9-11
Yonge & Dundas Square
More details👇👇https://t.co/YfTQQUs9mi pic.twitter.com/9Pcs2MWRFS
— Up Cannabis (@Updotca) October 4, 2018 Expect the celebrations to ramp up. They’re the “special guests.”

Meet Up! will perform as part of a three-day celebration staged by Up Cannabis, the company in which the Tragically Hip have a financial interest.

Will Ferrell decided that Coldplay needed more cowbell. So he provided it.

When it came time for “Vida La Vida,” Will Ferrell appeared onstage to add more cowbell. Over the weekend, Chris Martin of Coldplay performed at a charity event at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles during which he not only went through acoustic versions of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” (accompanied by Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer of the Chili Peppers, Brad Paisley, Duff McKagan of GNR, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready–see below for the video) but also some Coldplay material. He shows up at around 2:15 into this video.
So he provided it. Will Ferrell decided that Coldplay needed more cowbell.

Raconteurs to Tell More Stories in 2019

Oh, and a 7″ record featuring two brand new Raconteurs songs we don’t even know the names of yet. Yes, the garage-y power pop foursome have apparently been recording in between their members’ busy schedules “that will ultimately result in a new Raconteurs album in 2019!!” according to a TMR post. From left to right in the top featured image, The Raconteurs are comprised of “Little” Jack Lawrence (Dallas Green’s current bassist in City and Colour), Patrick Keeler (who has been drumming for The Afghan Whigs since 2014), , singer-songwriter Brendan Benson and Jack White, owner and proprietor of Third Man Records. Third Man Records announced their 38th Vault Package – the last from them this year – a reissue of The Raconteurs’ second album Consolers of the Lonely in commemoration of its 10-year anniversary. If you want to get in on the excitement, you had better sign up to ThirdManRecords.com/TheVault before midnight Central Time on October 31st. That’s all we’re being told until Vault subscribers start receiving shipments towards the end of November. Besides it being repressed on two copper foil LPs, other goodies included will be an embroidered patch of a stylized “R” as well as a sticker set in brushed silver.
Raconteurs to Tell More Stories in 2019

Ted Cruz was in KISS? No, but…

Ted Cruz was in KISS? No, but…
Remember when Donald Trump insinuated that Ted Kruz’s father was somehow implicated in the assassination of JFK? (Via The Hill) But such is American politics. That and the fact that he sucked at drums and as a person, too.#BetoForTexas #BetoForSenate @BetoORourke pic.twitter.com/LfN8dwSfeU
— Matt Johnson (@HotPockets4All) October 8, 2018

Not really, of course. Now comes a slightly less plausible conspiracy theory that says Teddy was the drummer in KISS but was kicked out for not wearing makeup. Rock historians site Ted Cruz’s decision to go without makeup as the primary reason he was kicked out of KISS.

Has the EP mortally wounded the album? Maybe.

Maybe. Has the EP mortally wounded the album?
Artists are now releasing new music like social media posts on sites like SoundCloud. If it seems like more acts are releasing EPs over the last few years, it’s not your imagination. Instead, they’ll throw out a random single that may or may not be tied to any forthcoming album. Keep reading. The music industry has basically become its own form of social media, as fans have come to expect rapid fire releases from their favorite artists, and it’s changing the way we experience musical media. “Luminous moose” aside, he’s not alone. Hypebot looks at the rise of the EP and the decline of the LP. Beck just did it a few years back with the tandem of “Dreams” and “Wow,” well before he included them on his eventual album Colours. Thanks to digital streaming, YouTube, Record Store Day, and any other distribution platform out there not named MTV, more than ever, music comes at us fast, furious, and in bite-sized pieces. Artists don’t take time off between albums anymore. The new economy of the music industry makes releasing an EP a smarter financial move.

Chris Cornell’s statue has been unveiled in Seattle

Chris Cornell’s statue has been unveiled in Seattle
It finally made its official debut this weekend. Today we remember the legendary Chris Cornell in Seattle with the unveiling of a statue in his honor ❤️ “And if we’re good we’ll lay to rest anywhere we want to go.” pic.twitter.com/10ecsYrDM9
— Gibson (@gibsonguitar) October 8, 2018

Here’s the official ceremony. If you find yourself in Seattle, wander by the city’s Museum of Pop Culture and say hello to the life-sized statue of Chris Cornell.

How much money does Green Day make when September finally ends?

How much money does Green Day make when September finally ends?
If you assume that the song is viewed 50,000 a day for the other 11 months of year, that means approximately another $49,500 for a total of $59,200 annually. YouTube pays an average of $0.003 (that’s three one-thousandths of a cent) per stream. Doing the math reveals that Green Day earned $303.94 USD on September 1, $311.01 on September 30, and $321,17 on October 1. (Via The NME) If we assume that over 31 days (September 1-October 1), Green Day earns an average of $312 a day (an average of the three above figures), the total YouTube haul from “Wake Me When September Ends” is about $9,700 USD. Then on October 1, the number was 107,058. “Wake Me When September Ends” has become one of the most enduring–and profitable–songs from Green Day’s American Idiot album. For example, “September” was streamed 101,313 on September 1, 2018. That’s just for one month. The song has become something of a meme for bad things that happen in September, so streams and sales see a season uptick every year. According to a new report from YouTube, monthly streams jump from 50,000 a month to more than double that for September, peaking on or about October 1. On September 30, it was viewed 103,669 times. Nice, but how does that translate into cash? Not a bad return for one song that just sits there on YouTube.