Random music news for Friday, October 12, 2018

Israel has fined a woman in New Zealand $18,000 over a Lorde concert boycott. The peace was brokered by…The Iron Sheik? The feud between Limp Bizkit and Insane Clown Posses is over. It has a new arrangement with Genius to add lyrics. The wife of Korn singer Jonathan Davis died of a cocktail of drugs. (Larry again)
Here’s a look back at the last 20 years of recording technology. Amy Winehouse: The touring hologram has arrived. The first book in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series was published on this day in 1979. And for music news on October 12, 2018…

What is America’s new Music Modernization Act all about? It’s a new way of licensing music in the US which is supposed to (among other things) raise the royalty rates artists are paid. This blockchain company wants to start an “indestructible Pirate Bay.” This won’t be good for copyright holders. Before he died, Leonard Cohen wrote a poem called “Kanye West is Not Picasso.” (Via Larry)
U2 is going to record this year’s final show on the Experience + Innocence Tour November 13 in Berlin. The guy who scammed everyone with the disastrous Fyre Festival has been sentenced to six years in jail. Read more here. David Bowie was once considered for a role in Lord of the Rings. Roger Waters is no longer popular with a chunk of Brazilian voters. A guy has been convicted of stealing government funds. Are you a user of Apple Music? Here’s a reason to make sure the music at the gym is turned up very loud. A judge sentenced him to play piano for three years. Meanwhile, this guy is being investigated for selling the same concert tickets 149 times. Wu-Tang Clan: The TV series.
Random music news for Friday, October 12, 2018

What makes Twenty One Pilots special? Their ability to tell stories like no one else. Here’s what I mean.

Their ability to tell stories like no one else. What makes Twenty One Pilots special? Here’s what I mean.
This video (via Walter) explains the intricate detail found in the group’s music, lyrics and artwork. If you’re a member of the Skeleton Clique, Twenty One Pilots’ most hardcore fans, you’ll know that there’s more to the band than just songs that you can sing along to. It runs about 10 minutes, but after you watch it, you’ll never think of the band the same way again.

Only in Donald Trump’s America would Kanye West be invited into the Oval Office to offer advice

Not only that, but when reporters were allowed into the Oval Office, Kanye went on a ten-minute rant. And along the way, Kayne told Trump that his MAGA hat “made him feel like Superman.”
Why would Trump do something like this? Let me make this clear… THIS SHIT AINT COOL!!! pic.twitter.com/y30F1bU9aj
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) October 11, 2018 Simple. You ass kissing and boot licking on a whole new level &I refuse to associate myself with something so vile,weak,& inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good of ALL OUR PEOPLE!!!! Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world,if to do so he must lose his soul. Don’t follow this puppet. For the publicity and the distraction from real issues. Fox has stopped carrying his rallies live, so he has to do something to attract attention. THIS IS A MOVE YE MADE FOR YE!!! And he dropped the F-bomb. #USorELSE✊🏽
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Diddy, TI and others have already called him out. All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits. At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you… now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you. Yesterday (October 10), Kanye accepted an invitation to lunch where he and the Trumpster talked about things like prison reform and urban revitalization. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor.  

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Now I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye’& his antics… Partially due to the lessons learned from the outcome of other similar situations dealing wit my brother Wayne (which I admittedly mishandled a bit in hindsight) But now this shit is next level,futuristic Sambo,Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit Ye!!!! We just saw Mr.West’s Soul on auction. Hey I’m feet from Kanye in a DC Apple Store apparently. Now I recall you asking me to come with you to have this meeting and I declined (naturally)… but bro… if ain’time I would’ve been in there wit you and you behaved that spinelessly in my presence,I feel that I’d be compelled to slap de’Fuq outta you bro For the People!!! I’m a true believer in “It ain’t what you do,it’s how you do it.” And this shit is regurgitating🤮! To all the people who follow Ye musically,socially, or even personally….who are confused, heartbroken, infuriated…. Meanwhile, I can’t imagine that this relationship is going to help with Kanye’s cred. pic.twitter.com/hTZ9eAB7mB
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) October 11, 2018

He just asked to give a “keynote” on top a table. And Kanye didn’t stop at a White House visit. Trump still hasn’t filled over 200 important government positions but he’ll make time to take advice from Kanye–during a historically bad hurricane in Florida, to boot. 🖕🏽Trump & His Lil Cookie Boy. This is my stop,I’m officially DONE!!!! He later showed up at a DC Apple store, climbed up on a table and gave a keynote speech of some sort. He’s doing it. THIS IS A PLAY TO PUT HIM IN A POSITION HE’D LIKE TO SEE HIMSELF IN…WE ARE NOT ON HIS MIND AS HE MAKES THESE COMMENTS AND DECISIONS. From what I can gather… This is the most repulsive,disgraceful, Embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen. Kanye West and Donald Trump are bros.
Only in Donald Trump’s America would Kanye West be invited into the Oval Office to offer advice

Weezer’s new song is an ode to Uber drivers

Weezer continues their prodigious output of new material with a new song entitled “Cant’ Knock the Hustle” which is a nod to Uber drivers. And where is this from? And yes, that’s Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy in the video. It looks like it’s the first single for the upcoming The Black Album.
Weezer’s new song is an ode to Uber drivers

This dude broke the world record for the highest note sung by a dude

To be specific, he raged an E in the 8th octave–and that’s without testicles being squeezed. During a game show called Happy Camp, he sang the highest note ever recorded by a guy. Have a listen–but you might want to get the dog out of the room first. Mean China’s Wang Xiaolong. (Via Daily Mail)
This dude broke the world record for the highest note sung by a dude

Damn kids. Watch these college students react to pop-punk bands from the 2000s

Damn kids. Watch these college students react to pop-punk bands from the 2000s
thought they’d test out some tunes from the 00’s on today’s college kids–specifically material from pop-punk/emo bands. The Fine Bros. (Via AltPress)

  Each generation believes that their music is the best ever made, so it’s fun (and instructive) to watch a group of music fans react to the music of another time. WARNING: If this was your music growing up, be prepared to feel a little old.

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 830: 9 great alt-rock cover songs

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 830: 9 great alt-rock cover songs
And what’s the backstory for each of them? By the time you’ve got the sound down, you’ve learned a whole lot of other things, leading to your improvement as a musician. And consider this: the best compositions not only sound great when played by a full band but also sound fantastic by one person around a campfire. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. Now let’s look at things from another direction. This program assembles nine cover songs. Sometimes the cover might even be better than the original–or, at the very least, reveals the song to be something more in the hands of someone else. What makes them (and the original) so great? Finally, there’s the fan aspect. Then you get deeper, leading to an appreciation of how everything fits together, the artistic decisions made by the songwriter, what kind of musical skill is required, the sort of production that was employed and so on. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. People love to hear familiar songs done in different ways by different artists. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria

The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. Let’s find out. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. There’s something fun and satisfying about learning to play one of your favourite songs for yourself: learning the lyrics, figuring out the chords, and deconstructing all the constituent parts. If a song can be interpreted multiple times by many different people coming at it from different genres and it still sounds good, then you’re dealing with a truly great song. Bad Wolves, Zomine (Cranberries cover)
Eddie Vedder, Hard Sun (Indio)
Marilyn Manson, Tainted Love (Soft Cell, Gloria Jones)
Gary Jules, Mad World (Tears for Fears)
Flaming Lips and Stardeath & White Dwarves, Borderline (Madonna)
Cake, I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Weezer, Africa (Toto)
White Stripes, Jolene (Dolly Parton)
Johnny Cash, Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
Eric Wilhite has created this playlist for us.

Poll: Who Is the Greatest Frontperson in ROCK, ever?

Poll: Who Is the Greatest Frontperson in ROCK, ever?
I look forward to compiling your entries, not to mention finding out about the latest Nigerian letter scams. Thank you all in advance! That question is WHO IS THE GREATEST FRONTPERSON IN ROCK, EVER? As for voting, feel free to comment on this article, tweet @alancross or myself @ROCKthusiast, and spam his Facebook page (please don’t actually spam Alan’s FB). I’ll cut right to the chase – I want to ask one simple question to the musically-educated readers of this site, as well as esteemed listeners of Alan’s (102.1 the Edge or Q107 Toronto, no bias here). They could be living or dead, male or female; the only real criteria I’m imposing is that it be for a rock band. I would also love to hear anyone’s thoughts via old-fashioned email at rockthusiast@gmail.com. I don’t even want to give suggestions so as to influence any results.

Are we heading for an Internet shutdown over the next 48 hours? Maybe. Seriously.

ICANN says, that concerns are overblown. We make get a chance to experience a pre-1992 world over the next 48 hours as some technical changes are made the routing of data. By rolling the KSK, ICANN implies that a new cryptographic public and private key pair will be generated and the private key will be distributed to internet service providers, enterprise network administrators, and Domain Name System (DNS) resolver operators. Fossbytes says this could mess with Internet service all over the planet.   To put it more plainly, ICANN is updating its address book. However, this impact can be avoided by enabling the appropriate system security extensions.”
Due to the ongoing maintenance work, some internet users could face issues in accessing web pages or making transactions over the next 48 hours. Ever wonder what a global Internet outage might feel like? More specifically, ICANN is working on something redundantly called the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK for short). This report says that things will progress with no problems. […]
In an official statement, Communications Regulatory Authority said: “To further clarify, some internet users might be affected if their network operators or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have not prepared for this change. If you do experience Internet problems, try jiggling the handle before you freak out. According to Fossbytes, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization that coordinates maintenance of several databases related to namespaces and numerical spaces of the Internet, is in the midst of an update that may affect the global Domain Name System (DNS).
Are we heading for an Internet shutdown over the next 48 hours? Maybe. Seriously.

Random music news for Saturday, October 13, 2018

He’s currently making $USD 99,000 a day. Here’s what was said. Dammit. The live music industry in the UK is in real trouble. Ed Sheeran is the world’s richest solo artist. Ratings for last weekend’s American Music Awards hit an all-time low. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca
I like this idea: Today is “National Album Day” in the UK. There was a big podcasting conference in Toronto this past week. NextRadio was SUCH a good idea. Why did it fail? Fiddy has a new TV deal with the Starz network. The recent Facebook hack affected 30 million users. He’s had enough attention this week, so we’ll leave him out of music news for October 13, 2018. How radio has jumped into the podcast world. Has Kanye done anything crazy yet today? If you’re an audiophile, you may have to really consider subscribing to Tidal. Is Dolly Parton really this nice? Lindsey Buckingham is suing Fleetwood Mac. Here’s me on Global News AM 640 talking about the Amy Winehouse hologram. Ozzy has cancelled the rest of his tour because he’s suffering from “multiple infections.”
Why doesn’t country radio give female singers their due? Here’s the story of how the Beatles’ logo was created. Steinway pianos are delivered to some of the strangest places? Here’s why.
Random music news for Saturday, October 13, 2018

Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams film comes out next month. Here’s a trailer.

It traces the rise of the band from their very first rehearsals in the late 90s–and from the time Chris Martin was still wearing braces. Here’s a quick trailer. If you have an Amazon Prime Video subscription, Coldplay would appreciate it if you gave a look at their new documentary, A Head Full of Dreams, when it debuts November 16.
Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams film comes out next month. Here’s a trailer.

What’s the difference between ticket brokers, ticket resellers, and scalpers?

What’s the difference between ticket brokers, ticket resellers, and scalpers?
Like those traders, ticket brokers hope to buy something for a low price, sit on it and then flip it for considerably more than they paid for it. Every purchase of a ticket (or more often a lot of tickets) is a risk they take hoping that they can sell them for a profit. brokers sell stocks and bonds whose prices fluctuate based on the performance of the company and their perception in the market, brokers buy tickets whose prices tend to rise with increased demand and limited supply. What’s the difference between a ticket broker, a ticket reseller, and a scalper? What image pops into your mind? As for brokers and resellers, Music Think Tank takes over from here, starting with a description of a “ticket broker.”
When you’re trying to understand what a ticket broker is, It might be easiest to think of the term “broker” on its own first. In my world, a “scalper” is (a) the guy on the street outside a venue yelling “Who’s buying? Keep reading.   And like those suit-wearing squabblers shouting until closing bell, they’re relying on their own wits and intuition to try and predict what the market is going to do. Who’s selling?” and (b) the sort of amateur reseller who tries to make a buck by offering tickets for sale on Kijiji or Craigslist at inflated prices. With the recent disastrous PR blow-up involving Ticketmaster and their apparently over-cozy relationship with ticket resellers, there’s been an even brighter spotlight on the secondary concert ticket market. Let’s start with the last one. This has led to a need to clarify the nomenclature involved.  The main difference is that while Wall St. If you’re picturing a Wall Street type hoping to come up big on some penny stocks, you’re on the right track.

Leonard Cohen’s anti-Kanye diss poem goes viral

Leonard Cohen’s anti-Kanye diss poem goes viral
Back in 2015, about a year before he died, Cohen wrote a poem entitled “Kanye West is Not Picasso.” It now appears in The Flame, which collects some of Cohen’s last works. What made Leonard Cohen write a poem on Kanye West? pic.twitter.com/IT56h9az7N
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) October 12, 2018

[Cohen drops mic and dies.]
Hallelujah, Lenny. The poem was written three years before Kayne’s weird visit to the Oval Office this past week, but its appearance now makes it a diss from beyond the grave. Read more here. Leonard Cohen apparently disagreed. If you follow the crazy that is Kanye West, you’ll remember numerous times that he’s compared himself to Picasso, the great Spanish painter.

WIN a Limited Edition White Vinyl Dine Alone sampler album with Auchentoshan Whisky

WIN a Limited Edition White Vinyl Dine Alone sampler album with Auchentoshan Whisky
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City and Colour – Thirst
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Tokyo Police Club – Boots of Danger (Wait Up)
Dave Catching – Bought and Sold
Julie & The Wrong Guys – Broken Pieces / Barley Cold
Yukon Blonde – Crazy
Side B
Bros – Tell Me
Jimmy Eat World – Sure And Certain
Vanessa Carlton – Willows
The Dandy Warhols – Styggo
Wintersleep – Amerika
The Sadies – It’s Easy (Like Walking)
So if you like Dine Alone artists like I do, enter today for your chance to win. The winners will be announced on twitter on November 7. Contest Terms and Conditions
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