Random music news for Friday, October 26, 2018

Random music news for Friday, October 26, 2018
A good question: Would you pay to see a classic rock hologram in concert? Freddie and the Cats. Some bands are giving away free tickets to gigs in hopes of mobilizing young people to vote. Meanwhile, Apple might be building an AI-powered record label. That will include a dedicated Mannheim Steamroller channel. Bored of the standard Pokemon Go? A Bon Jovi cruise? Yep. Sinead O’Connor, who was once an ordained priest in a breakaway Catholic sect, has converted to Islam. They don’t call Richard Ashcroft “Mad Richard” for nothing. And now, music news for October 26, 2018. Her new name is Shuhada Davitt
This could be one of the most ghoulish examples of music memorabilia anywhere. Spotify has also unveiled a playlist submission feature. Try this. Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols is also a realtor. Need more privacy with Google? It literally means “grief bacon” and describes how you compulsively overeat when you’re feeling angry or sad. Look at this. I hope this doesn’t mean we have to take Bieber back. Starting November 1, SiriusXM will have SEVEN channels devoted to nothing but holiday music. Uh-oh. This can’t be good. Here’s another great German word that has no English equivalent: kummerspeck. Spotify has lost $9 billion in market value over the last three months. This could be the oddest busking band of all time–even for New York City.

Sheepish Guest Post on Nickelback’s The Long Road

The album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and is the band’s third biggest selling album. Literally asking for a friend. Only the tracks that were ‘hits’ and appear on other releases like their greatest hits album can be heard on Spotify. Does anyone know why this is? The album as a whole is not available. The album isn’t on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play or even Deezer. So why isn’t it on available online? Even their first release, Curb, can be found online. The rest of the band’s catalogue is available on all of these services. He has a problem and needs to find the answer.  

Whether you like Nickelback or not, I think we can all agree that The Long Road, one of the band’s most successful selling albums, not being available on Spotify and others online options, while the rest of their catalog is, is kind of weird. [This is from Danny in Edmonton. For a friend. – AC]
The Long Road is the fourth studio album by Nickelback and features some of their biggest hit singles including “Someday”, “Figured You Out” and “Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good”. When you search for the album on Spotify it actually does come up, but when you go to the album itself most of the tracks are not there.
Sheepish Guest Post on Nickelback’s The Long Road

This is fun: a concert rider for Iggy Pop and the Stooges

And believe me, you want to. A lot of riders are as dry as dust, but when it comes to Iggy Pop and The Stooges, things are a little different. Click on the image to see the whole thing. The concert rider is that part of the agreement between the artist and promoter that specifies what must be supplied to the artist before, during, and after a show. Here’s a sample.
This is fun: a concert rider for Iggy Pop and the Stooges

Artists used for “enhanced interrogation” (i.e. torture) sessions include Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and, er, Britney Spears

Artists used for “enhanced interrogation” (i.e. torture) sessions include Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and, er, Britney Spears
A new book called The Penguin Book of Hell has a chapter about the music American interrogators use at detention centres around the planet, including a prison in Mosul, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. While this list has songs has been floating around online for years, the publication of this book once again brings the topic of torture music to the fore. The goal is to drive inmates into talking. Try this playlist to what the book called “Ow That’s What I Call Music.” (Hey, I laughed.)
“Fuck Your God,” – Deicide
“Bodies,” – Drowning Pool
“Dirrty,” – Christina Aguilera
“Somewhat Damaged,” – Nine Inch Nails
“The Beautiful People,” – Marilyn Manson
“ … Baby One More Time,” – Britney Spears
“I Love You Song,” – Barney and Friends
“We Are the Champions,” – Queen
The Meow Mix Theme
Marilyn Manson had this to say:

My new playlist pic.twitter.com/RWNq9qVxPV
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) October 24, 2018

Time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Will this Marilyn Manson item make anyone’s list?

Will this Marilyn Manson item make anyone’s list? Time to start thinking about Christmas gifts.
And yes, it’s what you think it is. God knows this thing makes barely enough money to cover its costs. Just note that due to the hypoallergenic environmentally-friendly paint uses for the artwork that Manson’s face may wear of with repeated use. Oh, and it’s 8 inches tall and 1.5 inches in diameter. Merry Christmas, everyone. I have to leave out certain keywords that will flag this post. The last thing I want is for this site to be blackballed when it comes to AdSense revenue. You can buy yours here for $125 US. I have to be very careful with what I write because Google’s algorithms are always looking for what they consider to be offensive material. Therefore, I will simply post this picture.

Some songs should never, ever be remixed. At least not like this.

Some songs should never, ever be remixed. At least not like this.
(Via Danny)

Compare that to the original version: “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. It’s Friday, so you’re probably looking for something to pass around the workplace to help pass the time before the weekend. And it’ll ruin in the original version of the song forever. This might work, although note that it’s kinda NSFW.

“The Hockey Song” by Stompin’ Tom Connors to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame tomorrow

In a special ceremony on Saturday (October 27), Stompin’ Tom’s “The Hockey Song” will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Tom Connors Jr. Since its release in 1973, it’s become an anthem for hockey fans in the smallest rinks to the biggest NHL arenas. That night, the Winnipeg Jets will play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Scotiabank Arena. will receive a gift on behalf of his late father before country singer Tim Hicks plays the song live for the crowd.
“The Hockey Song” by Stompin’ Tom Connors to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame tomorrow

Listen to Chris Cornell’s cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” (It’s FINALLY getting a proper release)

Listen to Chris Cornell’s cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” (It’s FINALLY getting a proper release)
Come November 16, a sprawling box set simply called Chris Cornell will be released, featuring 64 songs from all across Chris’ career. The man could wail with the greats but he also had the ability to project tenderness and restraint. It’s been floating around online ever since but has never had an official release until now. Chris Cornell had one of the greatest voices of his generation. One of the best examples is a recording he made of the Prince/Sinead O’Connor classic, “Nothing Compares 2 U” at the SiriusXM studios in 2015. “Nothing” will appear as part of that.

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 832: Groups that changed frontpersons and survived

If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. 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. When everything goes pear-shaped, you have two choices. Or someone might just die on you. 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. And it’s not just sound and talent. The same kind of thing can happen with a band, too. Give up and call it a day. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. With a sports team, there are enough players out there that you can find a replacement. Building and maintaining a band is a lot like building and maintain a sports team. Songs on this show:
Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart
New Order, Blue Monday
Faith No More, We Care a Lot
Faith No More, Epic
Alice in Chains, Them Bones
Alice in Chains, Check My Brain
Rage Against the Machine, People of the Sun
Audioslave, Cochise (live)
Stone Temple Pilots, Vasoline
Stone Temple Pilots, Meadow
Eric Wilhite has provided this playlist. Sometimes, but not always. Your star quarterback goes down. Sometimes when a star departs–especially a lead singer and frontperson–that can create a fatal vacancy that can never be filled, so the band breaks up. 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. The person you thought was healthy and strong turns out to have a bum knee that’s getting worse and worse. You struggle and wheel-and-deal and trade and sometimes steal to put together just the right lineup. A trade, some cash, a draft pick, a free agent, and you’re back in business. Or maybe someone on the team steps up and unexpectedly fills that void with talent and leadership. It’s chemistry, leadership, ambition, stamina–all those intangible things that go into making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. That guy on the second line has tons of talent but he’s a cancer in the dressing room. The perils are the same, too. Or you rebuild.
The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 832: Groups that changed frontpersons and survived

Random music news for Saturday, October 27, 2018

Random music news for Saturday, October 27, 2018
Trent Reznor explains why he left Apple Music. (Via Tom)
Watchify: a third-party Spotify app for Apple Watch. Fake news! Iman, David Bowie’s widow, says she will never remarry. These are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca. Just $40,000 US. And now, some music news for October 27, 2018. “Thank you, Mr Kibblewhite.”
All artists hate streaming, right? Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson: NOT a fan of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Actress Tilda Swinton (who once met one of my bull terriers) has directed her dogs in this music video. Sure you would. Well, no. Rob Halford is fine. One more great German word we need to have in English: verschlimmbessern. A copy of Prince’s ultra-rare “black” album has turned up for sale. Would you like to buy Ed Sheeran’s pants? Relax, Judas Priest fans. See? Noel Gallagher has written a book! Facebook is working on a standalone karaoke app for teens to take on TikTok. Is Japan finally going to get with the plan when it comes to streaming? If you must play the “who will be nominated for a Grammy game,” start here. That’s when you make something worse by trying to improve it.

This could be the best road rage song since the Offspring’s “Bad Habit”

This could be the best road rage song since the Offspring’s “Bad Habit”
Which is the one you’ll find here. The debut single is a road rage anthem entitled “Another One” that comes in two flavours: censored and uncensored. Meet The Frst, a group founded by itinerant singer-songwriter Mikei Gray of Nashville.

The greatest frontman of all time? This poll says it’s Freddie Mercury.

More than 100 names were submitted to the poll (found on Canadian radio personality Alan Cross’ website, AJournalOfMusicalThings.com), although some were automatically disqualified — from joke entries such as David St. Among the legitimate qualifiers, Mercury definitely rocked the vote, garnering a cool 26 percent of the more than 650 entries. Hubbins of Spinal Tap to solo artists who don’t actually front a band, such as Ed Sheeran. Why all the love for someone who hasn’t been with us for more than a quarter century, and who last graced the stage with Queen in 1986? His tally was well over three times higher than second-place finisher Gord Downie. The result comes just in times for the premiere of the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which opens Friday. This story appears in the Toronto Star. They are the greatest rock bands in the world. We all have our favourites. They preen, they croon, they strut. But can we agree there can be only one greatest frontperson of all time? Frequent contributor Gilles LeBlanc took a poll on the greatest frontman of all time. Keep reading. According to a recent Canadian poll asking fans to name their choice for the greatest frontperson ever — living or dead, male or female — Queen’s Freddie Mercury is the undisputed winner.
The greatest frontman of all time? This poll says it’s Freddie Mercury.

Want: A new Beatles pinball machine

Want: A new Beatles pinball machine
The downside? The machine made its debut at Pinball Expo 2018 in Chicago. People who have compared this machine to other classic machines of the past suggest that we’re looking at a list price of at least $7,000 USD. More at Hypebot.   The price–at least for the Diamond version. I’d be all over this thing: four flippers, a spinning disc in the playfield with a magnet to make things interesting, eleven drop targets, a full-color LCD screen, classic bell sounds and more

The game will come in Gold, Platinum, and Diamond editions with a total production run of 1964 (geddit?) units. If you’ve always harbored a dream of having your own pinball machine in your man cave, start saving your money for this new Beatles-branded unit from Stern, one of the great pinball machine makers.