Random music news for Thursday, October 18, 2018

Random music news for Thursday, October 18, 2018
Now that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have broken up, what’s going to happen to their pet pig, Piggy Smallz? A Spanish drug boss appeared in a music video. It could. Then he hanged himself. Why do people keep defacing this David Bowie statue? Want to sleep in Madonna’s bed? Interesting: One-half of all beginner guitarists in the US and UK are female. Really. Just no. This consulting firm says that there will be 235 million streaming music subscriptions by the end of the year. Read this. Quincy Jones says he was hooked on heroin at age 15. Weed’s been legal in Canada for 24 hours. Snoop Dogg says his experience at rolling joints has made him into a sushi master. No. Can’T even hum in tune? What music genres rule in the car? Are you fascinated by two songs that sound scarily the same? Moby’s new memoir is ready. Is this plagiarism or an unfortunate sonic coincidence? Here’s music news for October 18, 2018. Now you can! Let’s take a look. It’s called Then It Fell Apart. I think we’ll be okay. This new experiment can turn your tone-deafness into actual music. This Spotify ad has been banned because it “causes distress to children.”
Meanwhile, this playlist could save someone’s life. Just like his friend Donald Trump, Kanye is making friends with brutal dictators. Society didn’t collapse.

New Music from the Inbox: Shaed, Dahlia Sleeps, Vöx, and more!

New Music from the Inbox: Shaed, Dahlia Sleeps, Vöx, and more!

Artist: Escort
Song: Slide
This super catchy disco track sounds like dancing in neon lights. Listen:

Artist: Dahlia Sleeps
Song: Settle Down
EP: Love, Lost

Sensitive, bold alt-synth track with heartfelt vocals and good dynamics. Artist: Shaed
Song: Melt
Ep: Melt
Melt is a rhythmic alt-electro track with strikingly powerful vocals and a plot twist ending that will take your breath away with its gorgeous simplicity. Listen: 

Artist: Whistle
Song: Bad Decisions
EP: Quakes
This is a super catchy cinematic pop track with a raw energy and passionate vocal delivery. Listen: This is music that makes your heart ache. Listen:

Artist: Vök
Song: Night and Day
This sparkly 80’s influenced synth pop track is one of those that you just can’t help but move along to.

Watch Courtney Love rip through a version of “Celebrity Skin” backed by a 1,500 person band

Back in July–and I don’t know how I missed this–Courtney love joined the same organization on a cover of “Celebrity Skin,” one of Hole’s biggest hits. Fans of the Foo Fighters will remember The Rockin’ 1000, a massive group of Italian musicians who lured the Foos to the city of Cesena by gathering 1,000 musicians to perform “Learn to Fly.” It worked.   It was good.
Watch Courtney Love rip through a version of “Celebrity Skin” backed by a 1,500 person band

What’s the best music for study and boosting mental productivity? Let’s find out.

What’s the best music for study and boosting mental productivity? Let’s find out.
Keep reading. Sometimes it was the TV, other times my playlist, but it worked well for me. Dan Jacques has an in-depth article that just might help you get higher grades. As we hurtle towards the end of the years, students are faced with end-of-term assignments and exams. Personally, I always like to have background noise while I am working, and it was the same when I studied at university. Something that has always been quite fascinating is the fact that music is a universal language. However, it should also be remembered that it is not a process that will work for everyone. So, what is the best music for studying? What’s the best music to enhance your brainpower? For those that enjoy listening to tunes while they work, there are quite a few benefits to the process. No matter where we are from or what we speak, music is something we can all understand at its core. In this article, we take an in-depth look at the tunes that are best for boosting your productivity, as well as some of our recommended listens. Interestingly, there are some types of music that will work better than others when boosting productivity, and so it might be worth adjusting your playlist accordingly – something that we will explore in more detail later on. Many people use music when they are trying to focus, and similarly, it is often used by students that are looking for a way to study effectively.

#HatsforHope: Raise awareness for brain tumours with a tuque and a smile

#HatsforHope: Raise awareness for brain tumours with a tuque and a smile
Do you have a favourite tuque? Keep it handy on Oct. On October 24, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada wants to shine a light on brain tumours of all kinds. They’ve dreamed up a simple but fun way to raise awareness: Put on your favourite hat or tuque and take a selfie. It comes one week after another momentous day: the anniversary of Gord Downie’s death, arguably one of the most visible brain cancer patients in the country. So do your part: next Wednesday, grab a hat, grab your phone, take a selfie and use the #HatsforHope hashtag. It’s the first #HatsforHope campaign with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, but it’s part of an longer effort to bring awareness to brain tumours, both malignant and benign. The hats should have meaning to the wearer, whether silly, funny, simple or extravagant. That’s all it takes. Stats also suggest there are two-thirds as many non-cancerous tumours than those that are positive for cancer, but people diagnosed with non-malignant tumours often feel alone, even though they can be “just as devastating.”
October, traditionally, is nonstop pink in honour of breast cancer awareness month. data, and according to international research, Canada has a higher incident of brain tumours than the U.S. Of those, eight will have cancer,” says Amy Mathias, an online community engagement associate with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. This will be Canada’s first Brain Cancer Awareness day. “I personally know five,” Mathias says. Up until a few years ago, however, Ontario reported zero non-malignant brain tumours. The #HatsforHope campaign grows out of her idea and with her blessing, Mathias says. “We estimate 27 Canadians a day hear they’ve got a brain tumour. Oct. If you’ve got a story behind your hat, tell it. We certainly don’t want people putting ice on their heads in October,” Mathias says. As far as publicity stunts to raise awareness go, it’s a warmer, kinder and gentler event than others in the past, and that’s by design: “People are still talking about the ice bucket challenge. But the real number might be worse: Those statistics are extrapolated from U.S. Some of the hats that will be used in the campaign have been made and donated by a woman named Melissa, who has been making and giving knitted tuques to brain tumour survivors for years. 24 and prepare to smile. Use #HatsforHope on your preferred social media platforms. This year, make sure the pink ribbon is on a tuque. 20-27 is the 12th annual brain tumour awareness week. Canada is in the process of setting up a brain tumour registry to get better information, she said.

A Gord Downie shrine appeared in Kingston last night

Sheryl and her husband were in Market Square in Kingston, Ontario, last night on the first anniversary of the death of Gord Downie. They found this.
A Gord Downie shrine appeared in Kingston last night

There’s even MORE trouble for Ticketmaster and their alleged cozy relationship with ticket resellers, brokers, and scalpers. Now band managers want answers.

Are the acts getting a piece of this resale action? This ain’t over by a long shot. Back in September, a joint CBC/Toronto Star investigation broke the story of TradeDesk, an arm of Ticketmaster that facilitates the selling of tickets on the secondary market. They feel deceived and ripped off by a company they had entrusted with making sure tickets got into the hands of real fans. It’s worth reading the entire story here. Nope, hence the angry and WTF-ness. The leaked email chain began with a note from Mark Knopfler’s manager, Paul Crockford, who copied a bunch of other managers and agents involved with acts ranging from Drake to Depeche Mode to Bruno Mars. Here’s my take on the situation on Global News AM 640. 19. “The impression given, from your side was that [Ticketmaster] do not support or engage with industrial sellers,” he wrote in the message sent Sept. The issue has become a PR nightmare for Ticketmaster and has resulted in some class action lawsuits and some awkward questions from government agencies. “Was this all just bollocks for public consumption when in fact you are taking a hypocritical and unprincipled stance and actually assisting scalpers?”
Smith tries to explain Ticketmaster’s side of the story in a series of responses, but other managers of the thread wouldn’t have any of this. More bad PR for Ticketmaster over how the company deals with bulk sales of tickets to resellers, brokers, and scalpers. I quote from the CBC story. Ticketmaster has responded a couple of times (here and here) but the whole thing just keeps getting worse. The latest is a new CBC/Star report based leaked emails sent by managers of acts like Radiohead, the Pixies, Mumford & Sons, and Mark Knopfler sent to Ticketmaster, basically asking the company “WTF?”
The emails, send to Ticketmaster president Jared Smith, show that these managers are pissed at the revelations that TM is recruiting and using scalpers to boost profits from the resale of huge volumes of concert tickets.
There’s even MORE trouble for Ticketmaster and their alleged cozy relationship with ticket resellers, brokers, and scalpers. Now band managers want answers.

Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera Is Coming to Toronto

A team of exceptional design professionals, soloists, chorus singers, and an orchestra will give Roger Waters’ The Wall a new dimension at Toronto’s Sony Centre for Performing Arts. Tickets start at $50. With an incredibly successful world premiere in Montreal including with sold out shows and close to 29,000 spectators: a record for Opéra de Montréal. This November, Toronto opera and rock fans alike can enjoy Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera. You can buy tickets starting tomorrow here. The US premiere at the Cincinnati Opera this past July was the most successful in the company’s 98 year history. A psychological drama inspired by the life of Roger Waters, The Wall represents the difficulties faced by an entire generation confronted with destruction of its dreams and the world. As a timeless work, an operatic adaptation seemed an ideal approach for the thematic material. Shown through the feelings of insanity and insulation of the main character Pink, he also realizes that he consented to the events that shaped him as a person. Based on the lyrics and music of Roger Waters’ The Wall, this operatic version was composed by Julien Bilodeau with the concept and stage direction by Dominic Champagne. The show runs November 13-14, 16-17, and 23.
Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera Is Coming to Toronto

Random music news for Friday, October 19, 2018

Random music news for Friday, October 19, 2018
There’s a new breakthrough that might help. Why are Bono and so many other people contributing to a compilation dedicated to a dead cat? Still confused about K-pop? You know, if we do this right, we can become a world leader in so many ways. She’ll get $507,000 US per gig. Still no societal collapse in Canada following the legalization of weed. This isn’t good. Fingers crossed. Why not? (Via Tom)
A classically-trained hip-hop duo? “Despacito” keeps setting marks for the Guinness Book of World Records. Are you losing your hearing? Here’s another lament for the decline of album artwork and liner notes. Are you a Spotify subscriber and use the mobile app? Meanwhile, here’s music news for Friday, October 19, 2018. There’s been a lineup change in The Lumineers. Britney Spears has signed up for a new series of shows in Las Vegas. Canada thanks you, Stephen Colbert. Word is Rihanna turned down a chance to perform at the Super Bowl to be in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Take a look at this. Apple has another hardware event scheduled for October 30. You’ll soon notice some changes. (Via Danny) More proof that you can find inspiration for art just about anywhere. There seems to be a dramatic slowdown in the spread of Internet service.

Another look at how technological development has changed the music industry

Consequently, the music industry has experienced a profound effect from technological development resulting in the rapid growth of the industry. The electronic era saw the development of a large scale music industry, with the capacity for massive music recording and playback capabilities. The new technology though initially vigorously opposed, inevitably took over as it presented further significant advantages. The sound is the central element of music; so the development of academic courses has seen a more detailed understanding of sound properties. The impacts brought about by this technology wasn’t limited to music production. Music studios adopted digital media for music production. Better and more advanced sound engineering tools make sure the music production and playback quality always improve. We can study music technology in two broad classifications which are the digital and analogue technologies. Integration of professional sound analysis into music production process increased the professional level in the music industry. In the 90s, digital music largely replaced the analogue music systems with the development of the MP3 technology. This new technology ensured digital music became less bulky and fit into pockets. And the fact that most of the accounting is done automatically by a computer helps ensure that the distribution of the funds is done fairly. The dawn of the electronic era ushered in a new era of rapid innovations across several industries. Advancements in the audio engineering technology made the music digitization process smoother. Moreover, it took a short duration for these advancements in music technology to revolutionize the music industry worldwide. This innovation prompted a new phase of music recording. Overall, even though the music industry initially dreaded the digital revolution, it adapted and changed. Artists bring in new styles and skills that prompt, professional music specialists innovate new ways of capturing and replying to the new music. The information helps us have better control of the entire process that flows into the ways the music gets consumed. Despite presenting both positive and negative aspects, these developments have generally led to significant advances in the industry. Through the digitalization of the music industry, we can even track how many times a single track gets played. Technological development, generally, is the change in the way of doing things, from a simple manner to a more sophisticated way, using more developed tools to achieve greater results. Music recording studios began using electronic instruments from like the amp technology that significantly improved the quality of music production. Computers offer more accuracy in capturing numerous details of music production information. We can now manipulate these elements for better music quality. The analogue era rapidly faded away as the digital age flourished quickly with blooming promises. Music CDs and computer music mixing programs resulted in the smaller numbers of LP records and tapes being sold as they swept across the industry. The music industry experiences these changes as the other sectors of the economy. Software development introduced electronic music programs into the studios. [A guest post by Lucas Cappel – AC]
The music industry has experienced profound effects from technological development resulting in the rapid growth of the industry. Several experts put their skills and knowledge into developing better audio systems for quality music delivery. Conclusion
Technological developments always promise better ways of doing things regarding both techniques and skills. The most popular of these services currently include:

iTunes Radio
Milk Music

The MP3 technology enabled music to become digital and mobile. Several minds keep impacting the music industry with innovations increasing the value of the entire industry. Furthermore, we have to analyze all the technologies used to make and listen to music. Even though there are certain standing questions regarding the digital, the music industry is friendlier for the consumers and the artists than it was before. These advances are experiences in both music production (making digital music) and the ways the music gets listened to across the world These advancements in music technology took a short duration to revolutionize the entire industry. The Future of Music Technology
The future of music technology looks promising as technology keeps advancing. This change usually cuts across all aspects of society both positive and negative implications. Portable music player became smaller as a result and rendered more music tracks than before. And an argument can be made that these changes were beneficial. As a result, digital music was born and quickly took root in the late 90s. Music Production Technologies
The digital era marks an essential milestone in the development of the music industry. We should also look at the effects of the profound technological advancements that shaped the entire society like the internet. Technological Developments in the History of Music Production
To understand the magnitude of the impact of technological developments, we need to look at the history of music production. These services often allow artists to sell music more directly, bringing more of the revenue to the creators.
Another look at how technological development has changed the music industry

If you’re a Canadian musician who tours in the US, you might want to back off on the pro-pot stance for now

If you’re a Canadian musician who tours in the US, you might want to back off on the pro-pot stance for now
If you’re put into a position where you lie and you’re caught, that could mean a lifetime band from travelling to the US. Meanwhile, if you do make it across the border, this handy chart will help you connect with the locals. The whole situation is silly, of course. While pot is fine in nearly two dozen states, the US federal government still considers marijuana to be a category one drug on par with heroin, coke and meth. For example, even though you might want to travel from, say, British Columbia into Washington, a state where weed use is okay. (Remember that a border agent can order you to open your phone or computer to check for subversive/illegal content; refused and you’re banned.)
The last thing any Canadian musician wants is to be denied the ability to make a living in American dollars. This attitude includes how things are controlled at the border. But that’s what happens when a progressive country like Canada has laws that run counter to what’s happening in ‘Merica. Regardless of the fact you’re travelling between two jurisdictions where weed is legal, the border dude/dudette can still ask if you’ve ever used pot. Canadian musicians who tour in America are being advised to avoid being publicly pro-pot: public statements in the media, endorsements of cannabis products, even posting social media pictures with a big blunt should be avoided. Even though weed is now officially legal in Canada, the US continues to take a dim view on marijuana use, especially at the border. It’ll be interesting to see exactly how hardass US border agents get when it comes to asking about weed use, especially when it comes to entertainers. More on this situation at Forbes. Between you and legal Pacific Northwest bud is that person at the border, who operates under federal rules.

And now, some good news about Ticketmaster. No, seriously.

A promoter in Australia is investigating the case of a music festival where 149 people were denied entry because they had fake tickets. But when the company does something good, it’s only fair that we pay attention to that, too. Ticketmaster has bought a company called Upgraded which touts blockchain technology. This is a real problem. That means no more running off copies of paper tickets with barcodes or QR-codes and selling the copies as the real thing. No one is able to duplicate a ticket in this form without immediately being flagged. Some dude had just resold the same ticket 149 times and when these people had their paper scanned at the entrance, they were told that their tickets were invalid. By uploading a selfie to a database, your face becomes your ticket. Ticketmaster is also working with a facial recognition company named Blink Identity that could see the elimination of tickets altogether one day. Ticketmaster has been in the news a lot this year, mostly for the wrong reasons. It “converts traditional ticket sales into secure interactive digital assets protected by blockchain, providing event creators with more control and visibility over ticket distribution, and protecting fans against fraudulent tickets.”
Translation: Concert tickets are converted into a digital form that is completely trackable. This is a bit complicated but stay with me. (Let’s leave the privacy issues involved with this scheme alone for the time being.)
More at TheMusic.com.au
And now, some good news about Ticketmaster. No, seriously.

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 831: It’s a family affair

In addition to the six members of The Jackson 5, we also have Janet, LaToya and Rebbie with the whole enterprise being run by father Joe Jackson (another abusive disaster, by the way). And, of course, we have to talk about The Jackson 5: Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermain, and Marlon. When the group bolted from Motown, Jermaine was replaced by Marlon. 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. Devo, Girl U Want
Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane
The Cribs, We Share the Same Skies
INXS, Need You Tonight
Greta Van Fleet, Highway Tune
Kings of Leone, Sex on Fire
Echosmith, Cool Kids
Kongos, Come with Me Now
The Shaggs, My Pal Foot Foot
Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist for the program. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Murray Willson, father of Brian, Dennis, and Carl, was their manager. Baby brother Andy was also part of that universe for a while. Let’s take a look. All this got me thinking. 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. Songs heard on this show:
Nickelback, Where? The Bee Gees had the three Gibb brothers. Sometimes, that togetherness grows into a business. This was a 60s pop group from Rhode Island who had a series of hits. So that’s a musical unit involving ten family members. If all this sounds vaguely familiar, that entire real-life arrangement was the inspiration for The Partridge Family. What are the biggest and most numerous family affairs that genre has ever seen? The original Beach Boys included Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson along with their cousin, Mike Love. They were joined by their mother Barbara and, for a while, by Bob’s twin brother, Richard. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. Are there equivalents in the world of alt-rock? Six siblings: Bob, Bill, Barry, John, Paul and Susan, ranging in age from 8 to 18. 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. Music is one of those things that can bring families together. (He was terrible–a disaster, in fact–but at least they were all together, right?)
Then we have The Cowsills.
The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 831: It’s a family affair

Friday timesuck: How music tastes evolved

Friday timesuck: How music tastes evolved
(Via JacobsMedia)

  If you’re looking to kill some time before the weekend starts, you might want to have a look at this visual examination of how music tastes have evolved over the last 60-something years. The Pudding, which digs into all sorts of data analysis involving top five singles on the Billboard charts “so we can stop arguing about when music was still good.”
I will not be held accountable for how much time you may lose when you click the image below.