Random music news for Wednesday, October 24, 2018

More praise for Greta Van Fleet. Interesting metaphor: Is Facebook the classic rock of social media? This whole story of abuse allegations involving 11-year-old Canadian rapper Lil Tay is very, very weird. Spotify is testing a new “what’s new” section for new releases. Canadian baseball fans will remember this day in 1992 when the Blue Jays became the first non-American team to win the World Series. Then again, things are much different today than they were in 1964. The problem? This should be interesting. The Beyonce/Jay Z tour grossed $250 million. Nicki Minaj. Cardi B and Rich the Kid performed at duelling bar mitzvah parties. Will women be the saviours of rock’n’roll? Tracy Chapman vs. A noisy gum wrapper. Apple is going to take on Netflix with the launch of a global TV subscription service. Jack White’s Third Man Records is now in the old-school photography business. The foldable phone could almost be here. Is everyone in music recording an ASMR video now? A new study says that Instagram is now more important to teens than Snapchat. The Beastie Boys have their own SONOS speaker. It’s starting to look like it. Drake beat a Beatles record. And in music news for October 24, 2018…

A fight broke out at a classical music concert.
Random music news for Wednesday, October 24, 2018

More Music From The Inbox 24 Oct 2018 Editors, The Zephyr Bones, Apartamentos Acapulco and More!

Sounds like:  Hard core life
Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Editors, “Cold”  
Album: Violence

Certainly one of my all time favourite UK bands
Sounds like:  somewhere we’ve all been
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Artist: The Zephyr Bones, “Black Lips”
Album: Secret Place

Looking forward to new stuff from this Chilean/Spanish foursome
Sounds like:  old, new sounds
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Artist: Apartamentos Acapulco, “28 Dias”
Album: Los Cuatro Esquinas

Andalusia in southern Spain is home to this talented band
Sounds like:  lost in the ether
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Artist: Disco Las Palmeras!, “Bestia”
Album: Calida

I love the sound of this Spanish band
Sounds like:  that feeling you know too well
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Artist: Taco Mouth, “You Say”  
Album: A Deafening Silence

Look for the new song “Fighting For Today” out in another week from this Nashville band
Sounds like:  punkalicious
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Artist: Noble Bodies, “Take Me Down”
Album: N/A

Out of Utah with a Neon Tree’s alum.
More Music From The Inbox 24 Oct 2018 Editors, The Zephyr Bones, Apartamentos Acapulco and More!

Meet the survivor behind #HatsforHope

Meet the survivor behind #HatsforHope
“I’m not masking it, it makes me feel good when I joke around. An optometrist noticed an inflamed optic nerve in her left eye. “They’re thinking of who they’re making these hats for, someone who’s had a brain tumour. “I have always admired their courage in dealing with adversity, and Melissa’s story resonated deeply with me.”
More than a year after working with Nichols on her book, his young grandson, Skyler, was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour at just 10 months old. “If they don’t think it’s funny, I laugh even harder,” she giggled. “She shared drafts of the book with me and I was hooked.”
He found Nichols’ story “unique and compelling,” and later felt “honoured” to write the forward. She’s also become a public speaker who uses humour to help her through the dark times. “Two important women in my life had struggled with challenges: My mother was quadriplegic from a car accident and my sister has right-side paralysis and brain damage from a severe brain aneurysm,” he said. Canada is believed to have the highest incidents of brain tumours in the world. “This is my energy boost. Thankfully, Skyler is doing wonderfully today, but seeing him and other children going through treatment at Sick Kids Hospital has stayed with him. She was invited to be photographed for a book of affirming photos and to provide a “life message” to other people going through a rough time. Over the past few years, Nichols has gone on quite the journey: In addition to her tumour treatment, she’s met and befriended Simon Kendall of Doug and the Slugs, who not only wrote the forward of her book but dedicated a song to her at a show in Edmonton – she and her mom took a flight out from Toronto to be there for the show — and she’s collected more than 1,300 hundred hats that were distributed to other brain tumour fighters and survivors. After that, Nichols has led the effort independently, collecting hats from people who make them and provide them to her, which will later be distributed to people going through brain tumour treatment. Melissa Nichols, creator of #HatsforHope, was having a really great life until, one day, she wasn’t. From that experience, she decided to take the journal she kept through her recovery, as she regained her strength and the ability to do things most people take for granted, like walking, using utensils and putting on her makeup. After an emergency surgery, she was told she had a brain tumor. Four days after completing radiation treatment, a friend of a friend provided her with a hat, a kind gesture that has grown to become the #HatsforHope initiative. That was followed by full head and spine radiation. People say ‘it’s just one hat, I wish I could’ve done more,’ but I’m astonished.”
Since the hats are all handmade, some by people who are using the hats to cope with their own afflictions or heartache, each hat is that much more special. A year later, she was shocked again to learn a piece of that non-cancerous tumour had broken off and traveled down her spine, something that’s only happened seven times in the whole world, Nichols says. “It’s soul-filling for me,” she said. That journal turned into her book, “Day by Day,” chronicling her struggles with cognition and recovering from the treatment for her hemanioblastoma. In 2016, she started #HatsforHope in conjunction with the Patient and Family Advisory Committee at Princess Margaret Hospital, collecting more than 200 hats in the first year. That led to radiation treatment for her tailbone. “Hearing from people who were making the hats, how it helped them cope, how it made them feel, either as a survivor or making the hats, it’s wonderful.”
By the way, more than 600 hats were collected for distribution this year. The positive energy in each hat makes them very special – almost magical,” she said. She was an active, happy single young woman, enjoying life on the Danforth, when, at the age of 28, she started suffering chronic tailbone pain. That’s what drives me to do this. “Last year I handed out the hats and this year there were a lot of people who shared how much that hat meant to them,” Nichols said. Nichols is excited to work with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for this year’s #HatsforHope effort, asking people to post selfies wearing their favourite hats and using the hashtag to drive awareness for brain tumours. “Melissa originally asked permission to quote lyrics from the song ‘Day by Day’ in her upcoming book of the same title. Keep your eyes on your social media feeds today! “If you stay silent about it, you suffer more,” she added. I laugh at my own jokes.”
And if people don’t laugh with her? Nine months, and nearly a dozen confused doctors, later, her vision got blurry. “If I don’t make jokes, I feel very depressed and down,” she says. I was curious about her story and we went from an email conversation to speaking on the phone,” Kendall said. Her friend Simon will be participating this year as well, wearing one of the grey #HatsforHope tuques provided by the Brain Tumour Federation while Doug and the Slugs prepare for their 40th anniversary festivities. “We are extremely lucky that a doctor in Spain recognized Skyler’s symptoms immediately – without swift intervention, we might have lost him.”
Nichols is grateful to Kendall and the team at the Brain Tumour Foundation for their interest, support and involvement.

This musical interlude might make your commute better. Or maybe not.

This musical interlude might make your commute better. Or maybe not.
Then again, it’s better than a squeegee kid or someone waving a Tim Horton’s cup at me. (Via Danny) I think. I’m not sure how I’d react to this sort of thing at a red light.

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 15: Art Bergman

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 15: Art Bergman
This is the latest excerpt from his book. He garnered a Juno Award nomination for Most Promising Male Vocalist in 1989 and James O’Mara and Kate Ryan were nominated for Best Music Video for Bergman’s “Our Little Secret.”

 

Find out more about this artist and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. His released his debut solo album, the John Cale-produced Crawl with Me, that year. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, too. [Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. Get your copy here. – AC]
Arthur Frank “Art” Bergman (born February 8, 1953, in Vancouver BC) is a rock singer-songwriter who was one of the key figures in Canadian punk rock in the late 1970s. In the 80s, Bergman played with Vancouver independent bands Los Popularos and Poisoned before the latter signed to Duke Street Records in 1988.

Why some rock stars can’t seem to control their spending

Keep reading. Depp bought 14 houses worth $75 million, while environment-lover DiCaprio went for a $150,000 pet octopus. The Hollywood Reporter looks at why. For some, making more money means being able to buy more stuff.   (Losing bidder DiCaprio, meanwhile, contacted the commercial paleontologist and ordered up another skull.) Since then, Cage, who reportedly blew through $150 million, and Johnny Depp, who apparently mislaid $650 million, have become bywords for financial ruin. “This runaway spending is more common than anyone realizes. The same year that Nicolas Cage outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a $276,000 tyrannosaur skull, he also bought three homes, nine Rolls-Royces and 47 pieces of art. Big celebrities, including music stars who find themselves swimming in money, can be especially prone to dropping plenty of dosh on things they really don’t need. It happens just as frequently as drugs and alcohol; in L.A., it happens all the time,” says Mari Murao, a Beverly Hills- and Topanga-based shrink who treats stars for bad buying habits that often “arise from childhoods where they haven’t been supported with healthy coping skills.” Overspending is “motivated by wanting love and attention.”
Recently, a patient — a working actress since her teenage years — told Murao that “it’s a known fact that people in this industry usually stay the emotional age they were when they became famous.” The cure can be part of the problem, adds Murao: “When someone makes it, they get a good financial manager to handle everything,” which can be infantilizing. Instead of prudently putting cash aside for that rainy day, they go on a neverending spending spree.
Why some rock stars can’t seem to control their spending

“Ethical music streaming service” dies after just two months

Back in the summer, we heard about Humbolt, an indie-friendly music streaming service that promised to be “ethical” in its business practices. Shop local. It was a good try, but the whole thing has collapsed. Back to the drawing board. They called it “the ultimate ‘record of the month’ club’ but for everything.” Payouts to artists and labels were designed to be much better on a percentage basis than the mainstream streaming services. Listen Global.”
For $2.99 a month, users (including Canadians) were able to subscribe to the output of certain indie labels (about twenty had signed up) and dozens of independent artists. Their website read “Support small business on Humbolt. We cannot operate in the US because of it. That being said, also not having Merlin, Secretly Distribution, Beggars or Redeye Worldwide on board has proven difficult as well. We, unfortunately, took advice from an ‘industry insider’ that proved to be a fatal error with regards to our finances. As you know the US is the biggest indie market in music streaming consumption. In an email to subscribers, Humbolt says:
We’re beginning the process of dissolution. Subscribers also had the chance to win gifts.
“Ethical music streaming service” dies after just two months

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 205:

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 205:
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Tool inches toward releasing a new new album (and can we guess at a possible firm release date?)

Tool inches toward releasing a new new album (and can we guess at a possible firm release date?)
this just sounds too obvious now doesn’t it? Meanwhile, reader Jason has come up with a possible release date. Thoughts on this theory? Ten thousand days from that date would be July 23, 2019–if you count the end day. Ten thousand days from that day will be the release of the new album! Moving ahead 10,000 days would take us to May 8, 2019. Give me cred…. Opiate was released 27 years ago (from 2019) so I am figuring that if we figure out the exact day the release was for Opiate. Which every way you want to measure things, we’re dealing with either a Tuesday or a Wednesday, which is somewhat problematic since albums tend to be released on Fridays. Tool announced some European dates for mid-2019, a move that might give fans hope that they’ll have some new music to share by then. In February, Maynard said that words and melodies for the new songs “are 100% done.” That was nine months ago, so you’d hope some progress has been made since then. If you’re counting, it’s 12 years, five months and 22 days since the release of 10,000 Days. Ten thousand days equals 27 years and 155 days. Still, this is Tool and we know how contrary they like to be. The very first Tool release was the indie EP 72826, which was issued on December 21, 1991. Let’s not forget that Maynard did promise new music in 2019 earlier this year. If not, then the magic date is July 24. The good news is that progress on the record has been made. Opiate, the band’s first EP on Zoo, appeared on March 10, 1992. 😄 your welcome! Let’s do the math.

Random music news for Thursday, October 25, 2018

Random music news for Thursday, October 25, 2018
There’s a new movie on John and Yoko in the works. Maybe. No, me neither. Are cover songs back in a big way? This is my new favourite German word: backpfeifengesicht. If you won the Mega Millions jackpot, you’d be as rich as Jay Z. Want to be a writer in Canada? Is there life for Rush beyond Neil Peart? Well, this is kinda sweet. Is music journalism dead? Kurt and Courtney’s daughter Frances Bean has sold her Hollywood bungalow. It means “punchable face.” and now for music news for October 25, 2018. If you’re in Ontario and you run across a random trailer full of band equipment, it might be stolen. This festival has been allowed to go ahead–as long as there’s no swearing. Remember the indie rock scene of 2008? Want to be Madonna’s private chef? Canadian rapper Jon James McMurray is dead after a plane stunt went very wrong. Or is it healthier than ever? Wanna buy some of Sonic Youth’s old gear? You can now search YouTube using emojis. Here’s what critics are saying about the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. We’re still feeling its effects. The gig pays almost $200K. “The rappers of LinkedIn.”
If you want to reduce the risk of depression TURN IT DOWN. How U2’s technology is making concerts better. Does the new Queen movie show the real Freddie Mercury? Go here. Be prepared to be poor. No. Anyone miss the era of the CD-R? The Apollo moon landings + Benny Hill-style filming + techno = this. Maybe.

Just in time for Halloween, here’s the SLASHSTREET BOYS

And in case you missed last year’s masterpiece…

(Via Danny) The SLASHSTREET BOYS–yes, they’re a parody group based on you-know-who–are back with another song for Halloween.
Just in time for Halloween, here’s the SLASHSTREET BOYS

New Music from the Inbox: Oh Pep!, Kandle, Mike Edel, and more!

Watch/listen: Watch/listen:

Artist: Kandle
Song: Nobody Wants You Now
Album: Holy Smoke
Cinematic and blues-y pop with gritty, expressive vocals. Hannah Corinne
Song: Fright
Album: #3
Listen to this if you want to hear a delicate, pure dream in song form. Watch/listen:

Artist: WhenYoung
Song: Heaven On Earth
EP: Given Up
Just some simple indie-rock with catchy melodies to get those good vibes going. Listen: 

Artist: Illuminine ft. Artist: Oh Pep! Minimalist instrumentation make the simple rolling drums in the ending feel so huge that when it hits I just want to scream and dance along. Watch/listen:

Artist: Mike Edel
Song: 31
Album:

Anthemic indie pop about never getting old! Song: Hurt Nobody
Album: I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You
This song captures something so magical and so special.
New Music from the Inbox: Oh Pep!, Kandle, Mike Edel, and more!

Chapter 4 of the Brother Rock comic strip

There are too few comic strip artists that deal with music. Get caught up here. This is chapter 3. That’s why this site is happy to promote Brother Rock, a serialized strip written and illustrated by Nashville-based Randy Gibbard.
Chapter 4 of the Brother Rock comic strip

Fascinating: “How Lorde’s ‘Royals’ changed pop”

(Via Fred) If you love deep dives into what makes certain songs hits, you’ll love this deconstruction of “Royals” by Lorde. It’s worth watching all the way through.
Fascinating: “How Lorde’s ‘Royals’ changed pop”