Random music news for Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, November 7, 2018
(Wouldn’t a medical playlist creator be a cool gig?)
Muse has some VR fun planned for their upcoming Simulation Theory tour. Has the EP killed the LP? Some artists from the 90s want to be on streaming services, but they have an interesting problem. In case you missed the report yesterday, rapper Mac Miller’s death can be attributed in part to fentanyl. The International Space Station has gone 8K. Maybe. He wants to play drums for AC/DC. the BC casino, part 2. Following up on yesterday story: Oh, Diddy…
Study: iPhone users are happier and wealthier than Android owners. Drake vs. If you’re hoping to get into the voiceover game, take a lesson from this guy. (Via Walter)
An Aretha Franklin concert film will finally be released. Hello, Rogers Place in Edmonton: It’s 2018! Here come the rare Prince music videos. She kept it hidden for 46 years, but now that’s she’s dead, she doesn’t have a say anymore. Yes, the iPod changed everything when it came to digital music, but before that was the failed Rio PMP300. Fast forward to November 8, 2018, and here’s what we have for music news. The final band on Dave Grohl’s bucket list? Bono is concerned that the world has turned away from the fight against AIDS. What was a Michael Jackson impersonator doing at jury selection for the trial of drug lord El Chapo? Really? On this day in 1994, WXYC, a student radio station at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, became the first station to broadcast on the Internet. Maybe. Should doctors prescribe playlists and mixtapes for specific ailments? The father of the Internet is really concerned about privacy issues and has decided to do something about it. If you’re a guitarist, you should really watch this. This is good: The five stages of a rock reunion.

More Music From The Inbox 7 Nov 2018 Carnival Youth, The New Tarot, Post Death Soundtrack and More!

Sounds like:  a taste of the Arkells

Artist: The New Tarot, “The Skinny”  
Album: Book of Promises

Absolutely awesome debut for this NYC band! Sounds like:  Dark-edged swirl

Artist: Post Death Soundtrack, “Chosen Sons”
Album: N/A

Some awesome darkness out of Vancouver
Sounds like:  something wicked this way comes

Artist: Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society, “The Ghosts of Electricity”
Album: Wow and Flutter

Intrigue out of NYC and Wales
Sounds like:  everywhere, all around

Artist: Overhung, “King of Dreams”  
Album: N/A

Rocking the world from Mumbai, India
Sounds like:  wearing the crown

Artist: Roeds, “All U ft, Gustaf Norens”
Album: N/A

An interesting collaboration in soundscapes
Sounds like:  aiming for joy
Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Carnival Youth, “Love Is The Answer”
Album: N/A

Not often I get to write about bands from Latvia but here we are!
More Music From The Inbox 7 Nov 2018 Carnival Youth, The New Tarot, Post Death Soundtrack and More!

Can you mash up SLAYER and Benny Hill? Yes. Yes, you can.

Yes. Can you mash up SLAYER and Benny Hill? Yes, you can.
The Internet is a source of amazing things that we just shouldn’t bother to question. (Via Tom) Let’s enjoy this mashup of SLAYER and Benny Hill’s theme music because–well, why not?

Cool Sound App for Mac

Compatible – All features are fully supported on macOS 10.11 – 10.13.x, including macOS High Sierra.
Each EQ can be 10 or 31 bands. EQ – Use a system-wide EQ or set a different EQ on each app.
Cool Sound App for Mac
Full Hotkey Control – Set up hotkeys to control volume, mute and EQ for the foreground app. There is even a hotkey to mute all background apps.
Control the audio of each of your apps independently with per-app volume, EQ, and audio routing. Sound Control is a unique application that adds advanced audio controls to your Mac.
Audio Routing * – Reroute app audio to any audio output device.
Send iTunes to an external USB device while the rest of your apps use your MacBook’s internal speakers.
Static Z Software thinks so, too.  Here is what they say:
Sound Control by Static Z Software Shouldn’t you be able to adjust the volume level for each of your apps? Have you ever been surfing the net listening to music when you unknowingly click a link to an auto-start video only to have your eardrums shattered by the blaring video? But last week I came across Sound Control by Static Z Software. Besides, only a handful actually work. There have been several half-assed attempts at making plugins/extensions, but very few for Safari. Not only does it control the volume of your browser, it also lets you manage all your other applications in one convenient place. Of course you have!
Touch Bar Support – New in Sound Control 2.2 is the option to use the Touch Bar on your MacBook Pro to control app volume.
Volume – Add keyboard volume controls, to DisplayPort monitors, HDMI TV & Receivers, and other devices missing them.
Per-App Volume Controls – Control the volume of your apps independently.
So check them out if you are interested in having more control over the audio on your Mac. We are working on a solution. Sound Control does not currently support the internal speakers of the 2018 MacBook Pro’s or 2017 iMac Pro. USB and bluetooth devices are supported.
*Audio Routing not yet supported on macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

Weird record alert: “Make Trump Shit” by Anal Trump. You read that correctly.

Weird record alert: “Make Trump Shit” by Anal Trump. You read that correctly.
US dollars, no less. As our neighbours to the south try to sort out what happened in the midterm elections comes news of a new release by Anal Trump, a metal band featuring Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation and Rob Crow of Pinback. Outside of the name of the band, there are a couple of things that make this record stand out. (B) They want to drive people to Super PAC called So It Has Come to This, which is designed to “support causes that make Trump shit.”
(C) A version of the song will be available as a limited-edition one-inch record–yes, ONE inch in diameter–that sells for $10,000. Yes, TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. Fill yer boots, I say. Then again, it does come with a special turntable on which to play it. (A) It’s called “Make Trump Shit. More coverage at Metal Sucks.

Random music news for Thursday, November 8, 2018

Members of Elastica and Lush have formed a new band called Piroshka. This looks interesting: a TV series set in a techno club in Berlin. If the CD is in a death spiral, then why can’t CD manufacturers keep up with demand? Here’s an interesting post on cycles in music. The business of background music is apparently booming! As for music news for November 8, 2018…

Madonna’s daughter seems to be dressing like mom. Quite a lot, actually. China has banned 6,000 karaoke songs. Sinead O’Connor says that now she’s converted from Catholicism to Islam, she “doesn’t want to be around disgusting white people.”
Musicians vs. What does music have to do with the future of transportation? It was on this day in 1972 that a new thing called “HBO” started broadcasting. Kid strangles mom. The portable music player: How long does it have? Well, yes and no. Donald Trump: A comprehensive history. The newest kids to embrace punk are Latino teenagers in Los Angeles. Nostalgic for British indie music of the 90s? Is that really Rami Malek singing in Bohemian Rhapsody? Tells cops “I should have won a Grammy for that fake 911 call.” A Grammy?
Random music news for Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gift idea: Slightly wrong metal t-shirts

Oh, sure you could be normal and wear a regulation Marilyn Manson or Korn t-shirt like all the other kids. Or you might go for one of these. The shirts are from a company called Slightly Wrong who will also sell you something like this. Other shirts in the collection include Lamp Bizkits, Slapknot, and Guns and Roses (points if you know why that last one is wrong.)
  Note that the shirt on the left reads “Marilyn Hanson: I am the god of funk.” The Korn/Corn shirt speaks for itself.
Gift idea: Slightly wrong metal t-shirts

New Music from the Inbox: Young Fathers, Rivah, Humans, and more!


Artist: Humans
Song: Going Late
Album: Going Late
Going Late is dynamic electro-pop. The rhythm gives it a feeling of perpetual motion, and I’m obsessed with the use of vocals as both a hip hop rhythmic tool and in uplifting choir melodies. Listen: Artist: Young Fathers
Song: Border Girls
This song is dynamic, empowering, and unexpected. Listen: 

Artist: IV League
Song: Lose Me
Big drums and expressive vocals make this alt-rock track boldly sensitive. Listen:

Artist: New Rose
Song: Poison Tree
Album: Crying Eyes
This psychedelic country/rock song is just so pleasant. Listen: 

Artist: Rivah
Song: Flood
Brisbane solo artist Rivah holds nothing back on this bold pop track about feeling alone and “remembering that you are loved and that you have to let love in.” It has the perfect builds and drops, the catchy chorus; everything about this song is huge. The pedal steel, the simple repetitive guitar riff, the relaxed vocals. It is mellow and simple, yet bubbles with undeniable energy. This is a song you can drift away into.
New Music from the Inbox: Young Fathers, Rivah, Humans, and more!

U2’s current stage set-up with the LED wall is technologically stunning

(Thanks to Michael for the link.) Fans who have seen U2 on the xPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour have already witnessed the band’s PRG PURE10 LED Wall, the most sophisticated video screen apparatus ever taken out on the road. H
Here’s an interview with Frederic Opsomer, the CEO of PRG Projects, the company that built the wall. U2’s video crew chief, Stuart Heaney helps explains how U2 has been into these sorts of big-money video techniques for more than a quarter-century.
U2’s current stage set-up with the LED wall is technologically stunning

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 19: July Talk

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 19: July Talk
The band consists of singers Peter Drelmanis and Leah Fay, guitarist Ian Docherty, bassist John Warburton, and drummer Danny Miles. This is the latest excerpt from his book. July Talk released its self-titled debut album with Sleepless Records on October 16, 2012, with Universal Music Canada releasing an expanded version the following September 9 which went gold within 18 months. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, too. The band also received a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year in 2015. – AC]
July Talk is an alternative rock band formed in 2012 in Toronto. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. Their second album, Touch, was released on September 9, 2016.   [Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Get your copy here. 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.

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 207: Travel guide 2018

Make us feel loved

Reddit The World’s Most Popular Podcast™ has the gadget guide for anyone looking to make their escape this holiday season. If you’d like to support the show (please?) go here. And a quick getaway to somewhere warm doesn’t mean you have to give your tech the cold shoulder. Here’s the Ultimate Geek Guide to Travel Tech 2018: Nintendo Switch The most sought-after video game console of 2018 is clearly the Nintendo…
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Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 207: Travel guide 2018

Music Canada Supports Music Education with New Program

This program aims to provide equitable access to quality music education by increasing musical instrument inventory in publicly funded Ontario schools, increasing public engagement to support music education, and connecting students’ learning experience to many aspects of Canada’s dynamic music industry. To qualify for the program, applicants must:
●  Be part of the English or French public or Catholic school systems in Ontario
●  Currently employ a music teacher
●  Have a demonstrated need for instrument repair
●  Have the school Principal’s approval to submit an application
Additionally, The Three R’s Music Program holds community instrument drives to collect gently-used instruments from Ontario communities. The portal allows schools to identify what type of refurbished instruments their music program needs most and enter up to 20 interments for repair. The program portal provides schools a one-stop location to facilitate requests and applications. Requests through the portal may be submitted until November 18, 2018. That’s why I love this new program from Music Canada. The inaugural drive in Lindsay was a success and the program is now accepting donations in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas. As someone who spent a lot of time in the band room in high school and then went on to study music in university, I am a huge supporter of any program that aims to improve music education. Schools are also able to enter in the information of a local repair shop so that repairs can be done in their community. Publicly funded schools in Ontario are able to submit expressions of interest in The Three Rs Music Program for instrument repair grants of up to $2500 as well as requests for refurbished instruments. Something to keep in mind if you have a band instrument sitting at home, collecting dust, and want to support a great cause. Music Canada’s new national affiliated non-profit, Music Canada Cares has a new program called The Three Rs Music Program.
Music Canada Supports Music Education with New Program