Random music news for Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Justin Bieber is the first artist to have four songs cross the one billion streams mark on Spotify. She toured a townhouse worth $30 million. Distract yourself with some music news for October 10, 2018. I’m saving this. It’s a face massager. Here are some interesting life hacks that music fans might find useful. Have we taken this a little too far? Lady Gaga seems to be doing well. this time last year: Total album sales, -20.2%; digital albums, -19.7%; physical albums, -20.6%; digital tracks, -22.8%; vinyl, +31.8%; streams, +49.4% (1.433 billion streams in Canada last week). Donald Trump called Kanye West “smart.”
Update on Ozzy’s infection, hospitalization, and surgery: it involves his hand and started with a couple of hangnails. If you’re a user of Google’s social network, Google Plus, look out. I saw a spa offering a pumpkin spice massage. Meanwhile, Google has a ton of new hardware coming: phones, tablets, smart speakers, and headphones. Read this. You’re not alone. Alt-J has commissioned a new sound system for their live gigs that’s “totally immersive.” After a data breach, the network is being shut down. The US Justice Department is going after emo rap because it says the genre glorifies opioid abuse. Back in 1965, BBC talent spotters called David Bowie “dull.” (To be fair, he was kinda boring back then.)
Did you spot the pop star cameos? Kanye is going to make another trip to the White House to see Donald Trump. No, this new Madonna product isn’t a sex toy. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. Is your Amazon Echo/Google Home smart speaker talking to you unprompted? Why do dead rock stars get more popular as time goes by?

More Music From The Inbox 10 Oct 2018 Slow Readers Club, Talking Violet, Echo November and More!

Artist: Slow Readers Club, “Supernatural”  
Album: Observe

Great acoustic release from a favourite band out of the UK
Sounds like:  funky feelings
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Artist: Talking Violet, “Sparjammer 67”
Album: Round Dreams

Loving the dream sounds from this Windsor, Ontario band
Sounds like:  psychedelic swirls
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Artist: Echo November, “Thrown To The Sea”
Album: N/A

Intrigue from this UK band
Sounds like:  noisy and danceable
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Artist: Phildel, “The Deep”
Album: N/A

UK artist with her first release in 5 years
Sounds like:  looking deeper
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Artist: Timber, “Sunstroke”  
Album: The Family

Beautiful sounds out of Birmingham, Alabama
Sounds like:  a dizzying feeling
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Artist: Maggie Pope, “Rare & Wild”
Album: N/A

Honest sounds and vibes out of Philadelphia
Sounds like:  looking at life and really seeing it
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More Music From The Inbox 10 Oct 2018 Slow Readers Club, Talking Violet, Echo November and More!

There’s a proposal to tax your bandwidth if you go above 15 GB a month

There’s a proposal to tax your bandwidth if you go above 15 GB a month
They want a levy that would be distributed to copyright holders.”
In their brief, they say that 15GB allows “ample room for email, commerce and downloading.” Everything above that would be subject to a levy.  
 
  I mean ALL data including the bandwidth used by your TV, your cable box, and your streaming subscriptions. Video in data-hungry 4K is becoming more common. The Screen Composers Guild of Canada spoke to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and proposed a new levy. They want all data consumption above 15GB (that’s 1-5 gigabytes) to be taxed. Maybe you’re on a monthly plan that offers 100GB, 250GB or more. And I’m not just talking about your phone. What did your last video game download weigh? How much data do you consume every month? Well, prepare yourself. The group says that music composers aren’t being fairly compensated because streaming and downloading has eroded the consumption of regular broadcasting. Maybe around 50GB. Digital Music News goes deeper into the situation. Could it be that the SCGC is demanding more money because they’ve failed to adapt to the times? And we need it, what with binge-watching shows on Netflix and other sources. You probably don’t even think about it, right? And let’s not even talk about downloading and playing online games. YouTube is singled out, along with Amazon and Netflix. Royalties from the large streaming services, like Amazon and Netflix, are 50 to 95% lower when compared to those from terrestrial broadcasters. This levy would help with the shortfall. With regard to YouTube, which is owned by the advertising company Alphabet-Google, minuscule revenue distribution is being reported by our members. How much data does your music streaming service eat up each month?

Moog unveils its first polyphonic synth in more than 35 years

But if you’re into keyboard gear, you’re going to want to take a close look at this thing. WARNING: Mimes ahead. The first 90 seconds of this video are extremely weird but stick with it.   It’s been a long time since Moog brought out an old-school polyphonic synth like this–more than 35 years, in fact.
Moog unveils its first polyphonic synth in more than 35 years

Amazingly, people are still stealing music. Then again, maybe this isn’t so amazing.

Search engines that turn up files for the taking account for another 17% of theft. A new global music consumption by the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (the IFPI) says that 38% of online music consumers still insist on stealing music. On another, though, it didn’t. That turns out to be the primary reason people go through the hassle of stealing. Don’t steal music. More at Rolling Stone. Where’s the illegal music coming from? Some 32% of people in the survey get their illegal music this way. After all, the free tier of Spotify gives you access to about 45 million songs at zero charge. It’s wrong and artists are making a pittance already. Streaming is just too convenient, too high-quality, too risk-free, too…free not to be your first choice. But then again, the free tier doesn’t allow you to store music on your device for offline listening. You’d think that with the growing ubiquity of music streaming services (especially Spotify) that piracy would be on a big decline. (China and India were also surveyed, but those stats were not included in the global numbers.)
All this adds up to a barrier–or a weak justification–for some people. On one hand, this stat surprised. Another 23% use cyberlockers or P2P sites. You still have to pay for data, of course. Yes, you have to listen to a few ads, but so what? Stream-ripping, the process of finding the songs you want on YouTube or wherever and then use software to capture the audio as an MP3. You then have the music file to do what you wish with it. And some of the people in this survey (it included adults 18-64 in 18 countries, including places like Brazil) don’t have access to credit cards, which makes it impossible for them to sign up to a premium streaming service.
Amazingly, people are still stealing music. Then again, maybe this isn’t so amazing.

Now that (Canadian) Thanksgiving is over, we can look ahead to Record Store Day’s Black Friday offerings

Black Friday, that day right after American Thanksgiving, has become the official start of the Christmas shopping season.  
  The organizers of Record Store Day have once again put together a list of special Black Friday releases which will hit participating indie record stores on November 23. Here are some highlights of what sort of vinyl will be available:

A Perfect Circle, “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” 7-inch
The B52’s, Cosmic Thing LP
Babymetal, “Distortion” 12-inch
The Breeders, Safari EP
Collective Soul, Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid LP
Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good” 7-inch (posthumous release)
Guns N’ Roses, “Shadow of Your Love” 7-inch
Rage Against the Machine, Live & Rare LP
Talking Heads, Remain in Light LP
U2, “Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me” 12-inch

The full list can be found here.
Now that (Canadian) Thanksgiving is over, we can look ahead to Record Store Day’s Black Friday offerings

2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Revealed

2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Revealed
The Cure are gearing up for the 40th anniversary of their debut album, John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness was No. Kraftwerk and LL Cool J are both up for their fifth swing of the bat, while Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine’s band names were put forward last year only to lose out to a decidedly classic rock group that included Bon Jovi, Yes and Dire Straits. Do you hear that, Zack de la Rocha? What’s fascinating to me is how so many R’n’R HoF contenders continue to be incredibly active; they’ve been around for at least 25 years as per the only real criteria for consideration. Among the hopefuls are six first-timers (Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren, although the former Mrs. Fan voting is officially open for the 15 eligibles acts above, and runs until 11:59 PM ET on December 9th, 2018. We need your incendiary concoction of metal and funk rap with RATM now more than ever! The induction ceremony will return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 29th, 2019. Regardless of what country you live in, how old you are or whatever your political allegiance may be, I think we’ve all become aware how important voting is, so make your voice heard…even if it’s for something as trivial as a music industry institution. Radiohead currently doesn’t have any tour dates booked, which may bode well for them unlike how they just happened to be in South America as the most recent proceedings unfolded. Isn’t that where the real fun is? Now where was I? 5 on Billboard 200 with heaps of critical acclaim, and the MC50 tour celebrated the live recording of Kick Out the Jams on Devil’s Night and Halloween back in 1968 Detroit. Lindsey Buckingham is already in there with Fleetwood Mac). The Top 5 as chosen by those who register at RockHall.com/FanVote will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees, with one ballot being allowed per day. Let the debating begin as to who belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019, and which artists have been snubbed.

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 11: Arkells

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 11: Arkells
– AC]
Arkells are an alternative rock band originally from Hamilton, Ontario. [Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. In late 2008, Arkells toured Canada as opening act for Matt Mays & El Torpedo. Arkells were featured on Aux-TV’s Alt Session where they performed their full EP. Later that year they performed during the halftime show at the Vanier Cup in their hometown. Find out more about Gandharvas and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. In early 2009, they toured with Waking Eyes across Canada. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. The band has won multiple Juno Awards including one for their High Noon album in 2015. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, too. Get your copy here. This is the latest excerpt from his book. They have released five albums, two EPs and a number of singles that have charted in Canada. The band is named after the street on which they lived and would practice their music.

What a good boy: Jack White sings “Happy Birthday” to his mom onstage in Poland

What a good boy: Jack White sings “Happy Birthday” to his mom onstage in Poland
(Via Consequence of Sound)  

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The crowd sang Sto lat (Polish birthday song) to Jack’s mom for her 88th birthday tonight in Warsaw, Poland. There’s no video of the event because of Jack’s no phone policy at his gigs. #jackwhite #warsaw #torwar 10.09.18
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If you want to know what they were singing, take a look at this. But there is this official photograph. During a show in Warsaw, Poland, Jack White brought his mom, Teresa Gillis onstage and had the crowd serenade her with “Sto lat,” the Polish equivalent of “Happy Birthday.” Mama Gillis is 88.

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 204: Vinyl


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Random music news for Thursday, October 11, 2018

Random music news for Thursday, October 11, 2018
Maybe. Will Soundgarden continue without Chris Cornell? This blockchain company wants to start a “decentralized indestructible version of Pirate Bay.” Copyright holders should be concerned. We swear that this Madonna-branded device is NOT a sex toy. Charming. Bono thinks it might. Ahead of their lunch at the White House, Donald Trump called Kanye West “smart.”
This British radio station has the smallest audience of any station in the UK–and maybe the world. “Can Jesus save virtual reality?” Wait–what? Lady Gaga is doing well. Is your Amazon Echo/Google Home smart speaker getting mouthy? She just toured a $30 million townhouse that’s for sale. My neighbour has started to go crazy with Halloween. There are skeletons hanging from all the trees. Well, these music collaborations were unexpected. Nickelback plays along with Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets.”
Jacob Hoggard of Hedley has had his sexual assault case pushed back again. And now, music news for October 11, 2018. Electronic pioneer Giorgio Moroder is going on tour for the first time–at age 78. Will music save the EU? Apple is ready to launch season two of Carpool Karaoke.

Thursday timesuck: MusicMap, “The Genealogy and History of Popular Music Genres from Origin till Present (1870-2016)

Thursday timesuck: MusicMap, “The Genealogy and History of Popular Music Genres from Origin till Present (1870-2016)
Hunter points us to MusicMap, a visual exploration of almost all the music you’ll ever need. Click on the image to get started. Here’s another rat hole website that will suck up a lot of your time–but in a good way. You may be here for a while.

This song talks about Donald Trump’s “scary time for young men.” Discuss.

This song talks about Donald Trump’s “scary time for young men.” Discuss.
So it’s a scary time for young men, eh, Donald? (VIa Daily News) Her song, “It’s a Scary Time for Men” is rocketing through the Internet right now. Lynzy Lab Stewart, who is based in Texas, would beg to differ.

Bringing the Walk for Wenjack to Toronto

Bringing the Walk for Wenjack to Toronto
Tickets for the event are $30, proceeds from which will go to the Downie-Wenjack Fund. There will be plenty of raffle items as well, including a gorgeous new hat from Karyn Ruiz of Lilliput Hats, the woman who made all of Gord Downie’s hats during the final Tragically Hip tour. The normal weekly vendors at the Evergreen Artisan Market will be joined by Indigenous artists and crafters, selling their handmade goods. 21, Ferreira and friends, including representatives of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, will be bringing the spirit of that walk to Toronto. There will also be screenings of “The Weight of Your Heart,” a film made by photographer Joel Clements during the first Walk for Wenjack in November 2016, in addition to a brand new concert film called “Finding the Secret Path” from Mike Downie, who is scheduled to attend the event and introduce the film. A full list of Secret Path Week events is posted here. 12 at 9 p.m.; it will air again on CBC and CBC.ca on October 14.)
In addition to Mike Downie, Ferreira said there will be other speakers on hand to talk about the Secret Path, the Downie-Wenjack Fund and efforts toward reconciliation. Many schools across Canada are starting to incorporate The Secret Path into their curriculum as a way of teaching children about residential schools and what reconciliation means as well as shining a light on a part of Canadian history that has stayed in the shadows for generations. Bringing the walk to Toronto is meant to make the experience more inclusive than hosting it solely in Kenora, Ferreira said. More information on the event is available here. In addition to sharing Chanie’s story, the walks are part of a bigger vision for Ferreira. Eventually, when the combined lengths of these walks is calculated, they will cover the more than 640 kilometers Chanie would’ve needed to walk from the residential school to his family’s home. This hat is the one that meant the most to her, Ferreira said, inspired by Chanie and the Secret Path and featuring a print of Jeff Lemire’s painting released after Downie’s death last October. Shortly after Gord Downie released The Secret Path in 2016, Rob Ferreira and a group of friends decided to retrace the final steps of Chanie Wenjack. “This is the last of the Secret Path trilogy,” Ferreira said. But this event will be more than just a pleasant stroll. When Chanie left the school in October 1966, at the age of 12, he didn’t know how far away he was from his parents. “It combines concert footage from Roy Thomson Hall with animation from the movie with behind the scenes footage.”
(If by chance you can’t make it to the event on the 21st, you can also watch ‘Finding the Secret Path’ on CBC this Friday, Oct. It also incorporates pieces of a jean jacket, matches, feathers, a bone pipe and porcupine guard hairs. Bear Standing Tall will also offer an opening prayer and smudge in addition to traditional drumming. “How do we accumulate enough steps to get Chanie home,” he said. Ideally, he envisions a time when schools and students will host their own “Walk for Wenjack” type events, with children leading the way. Confirmed to attend so far are Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, on whose ancestral land the event takes place; Bear Standing Tall (Jason Carter) of the Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, and Sarah Midanik, CEO of the Downie-Wenjack Fund. until noon. They called it the Walk for Wenjack. Jeremy Hoyle, lead singer of Buffalo’s Strictly Hip, will be on hand, performing “The Stranger” from “The Secret Path,” before heading out to Oshawa for the Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Center Circle’s fundraiser, another event as part of Secret Path Week. As The Secret Path says, he left the school by himself, wearing just a jean jacket, and was able to walk about 60 kilometers before he died. On Oct. They flew out to Kenora, Ontario, and over the course of a weekend, met with Wenjack’s family, visited the residential school Chanie attended and walked along the railroad tracks he followed in the hopes of getting home. A trail will be marked within the Don Valley path system and the walk itself is expected to take about two and a half hours, from 9:30 a.m. “Secret Path Week Presents: Walk for Wenjack” will take place at Evergreen Brick Works on Bayview Avenue and will feature an Indigenous artisan market, speakers, performances and a walk in Chanie’s memory.

Here’s another take on heavy metal using trombones

So let’s call this a new take on heavy metal. Brooklyn’s Brass Against shows how it’s done. Pantera is heavy, right? And trombones are made of metal, correct? (Via Revolver and Tom)
Here’s another take on heavy metal using trombones