Random music news for Monday, October 22, 2018

(Via Andrew)
U2 and MacPhisto, together again. When you have a successful residency happening in Vegas, it stays happening in Vegas. the music industry: a timeline. American labels want to sue Russian-based stream-ripping sites in American courts. Donald Trump vs. Trouble in BABYMETAL. If you have a Mac, this volume control app is amazing. the stage: She fell. Wait: Eric Clapton used voodoo to steal George Harrison’s wife? Yuimetal has left the band. Queen biopic drama: Brian May’s first wife was cut out of Bohemian Rhapsody entirely. A victory for metal: Between the Buried and me has had a newly-discovered species of an ancient marine lifeform named after them. (Via Michael)
This lawsuit Lindsey Buckingham brought against Fleetwood Mac has plenty of dirt. In any shape to look at music news for October 22, 2018? Drumming bees? And Tom Petty has a park named after him in Florida. If you’re a fan of old-school country, you should read this article on Bobbie Gentry. A singing husky? A German left-wing punk band had a gig cancelled when a right-wing protest group showed up. Uh-oh. Paula Abdul vs. And how was our first weekend with legal weed?
Random music news for Monday, October 22, 2018

New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Oct 22, 2018): Ra Ra Riot, Goldblume, Major Lazer, and more!

(Oct 22, 2018): Ra Ra Riot, Goldblume, Major Lazer, and more! New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition!
Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Major Lazer
Song: “Blow that Smoke” (feat. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Goldblume
Song: “We All Know Why and Who”
Album/EP: HUSK

Grungey alt-rock with an edgy bite of darkness and surprisingly fitting falsetto vocals, “We All Know Why and Who” hits fast and cuts deep within its deceptively short runtime. Essentially the sonic equivalent of a Tilt-A-Whirl with all of the exuberance and grandiose performance of a fair without the tackiness or carnies. A piano line that just won’t quit and heavy doses of reverb are especially prevalent. Artist: Ra Ra Riot
Song: “This Time of Year”
Album/EP: Single

Infectiously bouncy indie with a poppy, bubbly synth undercurrent, “This Time of Year” feels like its release comes at entirely the wrong time of year. Watch/Listen:  Bright vocals, airy harmonics, spacious guitars and an irresistibly danceable beat make Ra Ra Riot’s latest single feel like a happy calendar-based accident that in previous months would have contended for song of the summer. How many more pharmacological analogies could you ask for? Audio of the autumn, perhaps? Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Calliope Musicals
Song: “Cosmic Poison Arrow”
Album/EP: Single

A lilting, cavorting, complicated art rock tune endeavouring – and reaching – for the same heights as Arcade Fire, “Cosmic Poison Arrow” is quite the appropriately titled track. Steel drum-esque synths and an undeniably groovy syncopated beat, plus Tove Lo’s smoky lyrics, help drive the listenability of this tune way up. Tove Lo)
Album/EP: Single

I’ll be honest – I have a hard time being critical about pop music. Expansive instrumentals that boast organic layers reminiscent of live performance couple very well with chemical, measured vocals that all coalesce in an addictive package. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Carlie Hanson
Song: “Toxins”
Album/EP: Single

Warbling and woozy, Carlie Hanson’s latest single is an intoxicating and disarming indie pop tune with character to spare. Sensitive pessimism in the lyrics lends itself to the falsetto moments quite well, with guitars firing back in to balance out the driving instrumentals. That being said, “Blow that Smoke” benefits from being especially catchy and polished. It feels like every pop song has a catchy beat, clever hooks, unassuming lyrics, and some interesting world influences to keep it fresh.

This band is selling one million copies of an album in a spray can. Wait–what?

This band is selling one million copies of an album in a spray can. Wait–what?
Of course. One of the great albums of the late 90s is Mezzanine from Massive Attack. But that’s boring. Those strands have been stuffed into a spray can containing approximately one million copies of the album. When it was released in 1998, it instantly became a trip-hop classic and is an excellent recording to use when evaluating any kind of audio gear. Normally one would expect an album of this stature to receive some kind of box set treatment for its 20th anniversary. (Note that Massive Attack’s Robert “3D” Del Naja is also a graffiti artist and is one of the people rumoured to be Banksy.)
The process by which this encoding was done is fascinating. Robert Grass of TurboBeads, a company based in Zurich, explains (via FACT)
This digital bitstream of the album (0s and 1s) was first translated to 901’065 DNA sequences (A, C, T and Gs), each 105 characters long”, says Grass. And that’s not all: the strands are mixed with black matt paint, meaning you can create graffiti with the actual album. According to Dr Grass, each can “contains at least 0.1 micrograms of the synthetic DNA, which is equivalent to 1 million copies of the album.”
Right. DNA–deoxyribonucleic acid–is so tough and dense that scientists have been able to extract information from ancient preserved species (Jurassic Park, remember?) Massive Attack has encoded all eleven tracks into approximately 920,000 strands of DNA. Dr.   Massive Attack has chosen to re-release the album in a spray can. “The 901’065 individual sequences were then chemically synthesised resulting in a synthetic DNA sample, which fully represents the digital bitstream of the album.”
Then, in order to “guarantee information stability”, the DNA sequences were encapsulated in “synthetic glass fossils”, which were added directly to the spray can.

A super-oversimplification of music rights ownership and why it matters

A super-oversimplification of music rights ownership and why it matters
“Although they are separate works, a musical composition and a sound recording may be registered together on a single application if ownership of the copyrights in both is exactly the same. In no particular order of importance:
Copyright
Right off the bat, copyright is broken into two categories for music: There are musical compositions — think sheet music or guitar tabs — and then there are sound recordings. Keep reading. The musical composition is typically owned by the person or group who put the melody, harmony, instrumentation and, if applicable, lyrics down on paper or a recording. Copyright Office. Let’s try to take a closer look at the mess, shall we? If you own the composition rights to a song and someone else wants to use it, or re-imagine the song, they might need to contact you in order to get permission to use your work, which sometimes comes with a royalty payment. To register a single claim in both works, give information about the author(s) of both the musical composition and the sound recording,” the office says. We all kind of understand that even streaming pays musicians, albeit just some tiny fraction of a cent. If Elton John writes a song but Neil Young performs it, they could both have copyright ownership of that particular song. The sound recording is the fixed and published work — a completed album, song, theatrical musical, etc. We all know more people are streaming music than purchasing whole albums these days. “Copyright in a sound recording is not the same as, or a substitute for, copyright in the underlying musical composition,” according to the U.S. They still do, but in many cases, determining how much of the song, and which portion (lyrics, melody, copyright, etc), and how much that bit is worth, is a big ol’ ball of mess. Filing a copyright application protects the creator, establishing ownership and providing legal options should someone else try to say they wrote a song you spent five years perfect. Frequent contributor to this site and Geeks&Beats writer Amber Healey gives us this primer on music rights ownership and why so much of the music industry depends on sorting things out. Once upon a time, musicians owned the songs they wrote and/or performed.

Why are people still bothering to steal music? Let’s investigate.

Streaming was supposed to stop all that. The ability to make your own playlists. Steve Jobs offered some respite from the carnage by strong-arming the labels in accepting his terms with the iTunes music store, but the bleeding continued through programs like Kazaa, Limewire, Bearshare, Audio-Galaxy and dozens of others. Music sales dropped from a peak of nearly US$22 billion in 2000 to less than half that 10 years later largely due to piracy. But this miracle of convenience isn’t good enough for some people. Constant recommendations of new material. [This was my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca – AC]
Back in the old days of overpriced CDs and peer-to-peer file-sharing, the record industry was brought to its knees by people stealing music. High-quality audio. And if you’re a paying subscriber, you can listen to all your music offline. Today, the streaming services give users access to a library of 45 million songs and counting. By making virtually every song ever recorded available online for a low monthly fee (or, in the case of Spotify’s freemium tier, nothing at all), the thinking was piracy could be eliminated. All you have to do is keep paying your monthly subscription fee — usually $9.99, the price of a couple of fancy coffees — and you have the whole of human musical history at your fingertips anywhere, anytime. Keep reading. Forbes also has a look at the situation here. No viruses. You’d think that with the ubiquity of streaming services that it would be mission accomplished. Access to billions of playlists. Proper metadata.
Let’s investigate. Why are people still bothering to steal music?

A good question: Why does music sound better when you’re high?

Recommendations for the best munchies. Things seem to come out of nowhere sometimes; it throws you a bit.”
Among the numerous duets that have made cultural history, the coupling of music and cannabis has earned a particularly notorious reputation. The relationship between music and cannabis begins with understanding how music impacts the brain. You know you’re curious. You journey inside. Keep reading. Associated with genres such as rock, reggae and jazz, cannabis users often say that the plant helps them to get into the music and get more creative — but what exactly does that mean? Newspapers, websites, and TV reports are all over the situation in ways that would have been unthinkable six months ago. With the legalization of cannabis in Canada upon us, it’s an opportunity to ask how many of these anecdotes come down to science. Articles on pairing wine with weed. How to cook with weed. When your mother is a source of information on which strains offer smoothest THC high, you know that something has shifted. Canadians will soon become used to talking about pot the same way we evaluate wines, beers, and spirits.  
  Get used to it because this is the new normal. Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac once said, “If you smoke a strong joint, it’s mildly psychedelic and it just puts you in touch with things. The Great Canadian Social Experiment with Pot™ continues. I’ll be honest: it’s a bit surreal seeing government PSAs talking about responsible cannabis consumption. And we can expect more articles like this one from the CBC: Why does music sound better when you’re high? Even weirder is that my 82-year-old mother seems to be oddly well-versed in what’s legally available.
A good question: Why does music sound better when you’re high?

The Beastie Boys have a 20-foot male member in storage

The Beastie Boys have a 20-foot male member in storage
Someone–and no one will fess up to who it was–came up with the idea of building 20-foot hydraulic penis that could pop up when they launched into “Party.” From the NY Post:
“Seemed funny at the time … [But] you gotta really think before you say or do some dumb s–t,” Horovitz writes of the decision to have the prop created. Being young and stupid (their self-assessment, not my judgement), they decided to commission a special prop for their first tour. Yes… This little story caught my attention. And you’ll end up paying thirty years’ worth of storage locker fees in New Jersey for a 5-foot-by-5-foot dick in a box.”

Read more here. (Meanwhile, let’s see if Google Adsense flags anything this story as “inappropriate content.” That’s why I didn’t put “penis” in the headline. Google is weird about this sort of thing.) Will they be embarrassed for you, and of you? Previews for the upcoming Beastie Boys memoir, Beastie Boys Book (due October 30) have begun, which means Mike D and Ad-Rock are leaking tidbits to gin up interesting. The release of “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” was released as a single from Licensed to Ill, it immediately branded the band as a bunch of goofy frat boys. “Think about the people you care about most.

Applying Abbot and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First” routine to music

Horrible. Therefore, I’d like to thank Tom for forwarding this weekend strip that I’d missed. (Tom is from Winnipeg where the Free Press has an outstanding selection of comic strips.) First, a complaint: Toronto newspapers have the worst selection of comic strips in all of North America. The Star used to carry the brilliant Pearls Before Swine, but dropped it, inexplicably continuing to run Dagwood (whose creator is dead) along with Hi & Lois (ditto). Abysmal.
Applying Abbot and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First” routine to music

Want to learn how to write spooky, disturbing music? Then read this.

Then read this. Want to learn how to write spooky, disturbing music?
Keep reading. just the white keys on the piano—plunk out any two-note combination, and you’ll find they’re all holy ghost-grade harmonies. Back in the Middle Ages, most Western music was written in praise of God—and was therefore supposed to sound pleasant. Played in sequence or together, the notes F and B clash in a way that feels twitchy, unnatural, and foreboding. From Quartz:
Let’s face it. Halloween is coming up, so thoughts turn to playlists of scary, spooky music. A long musical tradition that goes back to singing medieval monks. But what makes a song that way? For composers of the day, that wasn’t a huge constraint. Except one. When it comes to creating a creepy Halloween atmosphere, the modern pop canon doesn’t have much to work with. (If you don’t have a keyboard handy, think of the first two notes of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” or Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”—or American police sirens.)
It’s this interval that folks in the dark ages and the Renaissance called diablous in musica—literally, ”Satan in music.” Modern music theorists know it as the tritone (as well as a diminished fifth, or an augmented fourth), though it’s also called the devil’s interval or the devil’s triad. The sonic dread they pioneered involved two key ingredients that horror movies and metal bands still use today: a forbidden sequence of notes known as “Satan in music,” and a spooky little ditty that Gregorian monks sang about the apocalypse. Fortunately, ye olde Europeans liked their music a lot more chilling than “Thriller.” In fact, during the 18th century, it was composers like Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner who truly cracked the code of creepiness. Take a C major scale—i.e.

Just when you thought that Dave Grohl couldn’t get any nicer or sweeter, this happened.

As Owen and his parents stood side stage, Dave walked over to him and let him touch his guitar. His parents take turns holding him up (he has a hard time standing on his own) just so he can move to the music. You’ll see it at about 3:10 into this video. One thing that makes him extremely happy is music and loves to go to concerts where he can dance. A kid in the audience caught Dave Grohl’s attention. Turns out that young Owen Anderson is blind, autistic, has Crohn’s disease and various developmental difficulties. Paul, Minnesota, something unexpected happened. Watch Dave Grohl Have Sleepy Foo Fighters Fan Come Onstage #FooFighters https://t.co/lkARhvRB26 pic.twitter.com/6ajHXKbhQQ
— Foo Fighters News (@foofightersnews) October 20, 2018

Foo Fighters invite blind fan on stage #FooFighters https://t.co/2LHxYQygQr pic.twitter.com/2tW3hwMoFQ
— Foo Fighters News (@foofightersnews) October 22, 2018 Last Thursday in St. The boy seemed strangely exhausted, so Dave signalled to the crew to bring the boy and his parents to the stage so they could watch from the wings. The Foo Fighters have made a habit of pulling someone in the audience onstage to perform with the band.
Just when you thought that Dave Grohl couldn’t get any nicer or sweeter, this happened.

Weekly survey: What is the WORST (or at least most inappropriate) cover song of all time?

Weekly survey: What is the WORST (or at least most inappropriate) cover song of all time?
Sometimes, though, things should be left well enough alone. Your turn: What’s your pick for the worst (at least most inappropriate) cover version of all time? Here’s my pick. Most people really enjoy hearing an artist interpret another’s material. I know it has over 61 million views, but the very thought of this recording makes my colon spasm.

Remember that on-court fight between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets? The Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis lost his poop during the whole thing.

Remember that on-court fight between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets? The Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis lost his poop during the whole thing.
#NBA pic.twitter.com/ntSAGhlNku
— deх (вall dnт lιe)🎙 (@balldntlie) October 21, 2018

Flea–also a massive Lakers fan–had this to say on Instagram. View this post on Instagram

At the lakers game last night with my dear brother. It was supposed to be LeBron James’ night, his big home debut as a member of the LA Lakers. People operating at a high level in so many dimensions. It Got crazy at the end, but man I get so satisfied, deeply drinking in the depth and beauty of the game. Cerebral, physical, spiritual, emotional, unspoken and telepathic communication. AK (Anthony Kiedis) from Red Hot Chilie Peppers should of gotten kicked out the game for yelling profanities and flipping the bird to Chris Paul and the #Rockets staff. This is unacceptable @Lakers if this was a regular joe/fan he would of got kicked out the building. I truly love basketball with my ❤️❤️❤️ this photo by my brethren @atibaphoto
A post shared by Flea (@flea333) on Oct 21, 2018 at 1:55pm PDT But then there was the big fight…

…during which Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lost his mind, which ended up with him getting kicked out.

Random music news for Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Organizations like FACTOR help so many musicians in Canada. What can we learn from this data? Try these. And in music news…

Canadian music sales and streams vs. Is it October 23, 2018, already? Looking for a new set of headphones? Read this first. What’s next beyond the Kiki Challenge? Smart speakers are really driving music consumption these days. Here are some interesting predictions for the history of music and technology. Looking for a new vehicle and want all the proper infotainment gadgets? This. The Mooch’s interpretive dance about his time in the White House. See? Read this and you’ll understand why so many American musicians are jealous. Let’s analyze the pop music hits of the third quarter of 2018. Time to start thinking about when to switch to snow tires, I guess. This will be interesting. this time last week: Total albums, -21%; digital albums, -19.7%; physical albums, -21.8%; CDs, -25.4%; vinyl albums, +29.1%; streaming, +48.8% (1.479 billion streams last week). That’s it. Studying ice shelves by listening to their sounds. Need some tips on cooking with music? And this upcoming Beastie Boys book looks great. The Beastie Boys have a giant penis that’s been in storage for 30 years. This radio station is headquartered in…a hair salon? A mansion once owned by Kimye has been sold at a big loss. Roy Orbison hologram technology makes it possible. I want to be inconvenienced this way! Take a look at these recommendations. And in case you’re wondering about cassettes, 6,300 have been sold all across Canada all year. You read that right. Want to deliver the eulogy at your own funeral? Now that we know that Rihanna and Pink spurned playing at the Super Bowl over the Colin Kaepernick controversy, there are calls for Maroon 5 to pull out. Even classical musicians are supported in cool ways in this country. Ozzy’s staph infection: It could have been much uglier.
Random music news for Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New Music from the Inbox for October 23, 2018: Fitzsimon & Brogan, Venice May, Wank, & More!

Artist: Fitzsimon & Brogan
Song: “Girl In a Gilded Cage”
Album: Single

London’s Fitzsimon & Brogan recently released a new album, Big Blue World. Listen:

Artist: Suicide Generation
Song: “Rotten Mind”
Album: Single

UK punks Suicide Generation are getting ready to release their sophomore album. Listen:

Artist: Venice May
Song: “Hiding Place”
Album: Illusion is Inevitable

This Paris-based post-rock/alt-rock band plays doom-infused music with vocals that are both angelic and menacing. Listen: Their sound blends heavy blues rock with prog, psychedelia, and classical elements. Watch:

Artist: Wank
Song: “Shut You Down”
Album: Single

Orange County pop-punk vets Wank recently recorded a new album to be released sometime soon. Listen here. The lead single from their latest full-length really demonstrates their unique sound. Here is the first single. Since her success on the CTV show “The Launch”, Poesy debuted at #1 on iTunes earlier this year. The whole new album was recorded in three days on vintage analogue gear. Watch:

Artist: The Riven
Song: “Fortune Teller”
Album: Single

Sweden’s The Riven travelled to Madrid this year to record their upcoming album. Their pure pop sound has landed them fans across Europe. Artist: Poesy
Song: “Strange Little Girl”
Album: Single

A very personal and introspective song, Poesy’s latest single shows off the Toronto-based singer-songwriters powerful vocals and lyricism.
New Music from the Inbox for October 23, 2018: Fitzsimon & Brogan, Venice May, Wank, & More!

New documentary on the first metal band from Afghanistan

With executive producer Bill Gould (yes, the bass player of Faith No More), the film looks at the band could be born in just a hostile place. The Taliban. Yet amongst all that strife, metal music can be heard. Rockabul is a new documentary about the rise and fall of an Afghan metal band called District Unknown, the first indigenous metal band (as far as we know, anyway) to ever come out of Afghanistan. Read more at Metal Underground. The never-ending American war. Suicide bombings. Tribal battles. The heroin trade. Afghanistan is a difficult place.
New documentary on the first metal band from Afghanistan