Random music news for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Selfie mistakes: don’t be like these folks when it comes to misidentifying people as celebrities. A twenty-four-hour nightclub? Yes. Michael Jackson: The Musical. One in five people who have gone to a UK music festival says they’ve been sexually assaulted or harassed. Panic! Frances Bean Cobain has put her Hollywood Hills home up for sale. That has potential! That’s a good son. Canadian music sales and streaming vs. this time last year: Total albums, -17.7%; CDs, -19.4%; digital albums, -22.6%; physical albums, -14.5%; digital tracks, -21.6%; vinyl, +73,6%(!!!), streaming +53.1% (1.345,150,767 streams, up 0.1% from last week). It’s only June 20, 2018. Will Ferrell is working on a movie about the Eurovision song contest. At the Disco and Satan, together at last. Here’s a great article on self-signaling that helps explain why music fans choose to dress in specific ways. I’m guessing that Tommy Lee and his son didn’t have a very good Father’s Days. Maybe you can blame it on their playlists. Was that Adele shopping at Marks&Spencer? Pearl Jam had to cancel a show in London because Eddie lost his voice. Is your team doing poorly at the World Cup? Jay-Z and Beyonce’s new album is being pirated bigly. Drake just bought his dad a Bentley. Yes, it was. (Via Peter)
Even musicians are getting behind campaigns to ban plastic straws. When Ticketmaster has a no-transfer policy when it comes to concert tickets, there is the potential for things to get weird–like this. The church down the street from me is already advertising August vacation bible school. Oh–and here’s some music news. Yep. Too soon. Remembering the great evening/nighttime shows on FM radio. Too soon, people. One dead, three injured in a hit-and-run at a music festival in The Netherlands.

More Music From The Inbox 20 Jun 2018 Dark Suburb, Peppertones, Secret Broadcast and More!

More Music From The Inbox 20 Jun 2018 Dark Suburb, Peppertones, Secret Broadcast and More!
band makes me very happy
Sounds like:  slow build to joy
Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Dark Suburb, “The Lunatics Question”
Album: The Start Looks Like The End

I’m loving this band out of Ghana
Sounds like:  rock with an African flavour
Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Peppertones, “runaway”
Album: long way

A very interesting band out of South Korea
Sounds like:  alt/indie goodness
Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Secret Broadcast, “Cause and the Cure”  
Album: N/A

Great Toronto band that continues to impress
Sounds like:  Truth! band is making some waves
Sounds like:  noisy fun
Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: IkE GUY, “Cap. Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Silver Twins, “Bruce Lee”
Album: N/A

This L.A. IV”
Album: Exolvo

Loving the flow from this Brazilian indie outfit
Sounds like:  downtempo brilliance
Link/Listen/Watch:

Artist: Ennor, “West Coast”
Album: N/A

This Cornwall U.K.

Car pr0n: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Ferrari LaFerrari

Car pr0n: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Ferrari LaFerrari
The colour is Blu Pozzi, a famous and historic part of the Ferrari pallet. For example, he was one of the 300 people allowed to buy an Enzo when they became available. It’s one of the dumbest names ever for a car, but the Ferrari LaFerrari is undeniably gorgeous. That includes a Ferrari F40 and one of the ultra-rare (there are only 39!) 250 GTOs. And the cost? And it’s happened again. Oh, and when he gets tired of driving Italian, he has a McLaren F1 GTR. Approximately $3 million USD. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has been one of Modena’s best customers for years, so he’s the sort that gets first crack at new models. To his credit, Nick actually drives his cars.   Only 499 were built.

An introduction to the alt-rock scene of…Uzbekistan?

The structure is very intentionally designed — for the performers it is very confronting and for the audience they hear the music in a different way
Keep reading. This article gives us an idea of what’s happening and how the power of music is stronger than any government. Surrounded by other ‘stans (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan), it’s not exactly on anyone’s tour itinerary. Ilkhom Rock Fest is a rock/theater hybrid show where the bands come up with daring ideas and produce the show themselves, and attendees remain seated throughout the show as if they’re watching a stage performance. You’ve probably never given any thought to Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic in central Asia. The good news is that the country’s second president, a dude named Shavkat Mirziyoyev, things are starting to look up. If you’re an agent, promoter or booker and think you’ve had a rough day try doing your job in Uzbekistan where rock music was unofficially banned by the government, the KGB sits in the front row of your shows and there’s only one venue to play in, of a country of 31 million people. Nikita runs the monthly Ilkhom Rock Fest held at the famous Ilkhom Theater — the first independent theatre in the USSR and the only non-State run alternative music venue in Uzbekistan. With the new guy in charge, rock music is slowly coming out of the shadows in Uzbekistan. This includes for people involved in the arts, who not that long ago found themselves under plenty of repression. This is fascinating. This is the story of Никита Макаренко (Nikita Makarenko), an Ukrainian — Kazakhstani promoter of Ilkhom Rock Fest in Uzbekistan who has built the rock scene while sticking two middle fingers up to the Old Regime as they tried every effort to shut him down. It also has a reputation as a nasty place, with plenty of human rights violations (including forced child labour) to go around and a secret police that was brutal and ruthless. He is a fascinating, sharp-witted and creative marketer. I met Nikita in his hometown of Tashkent before one of his shows and he graciously explained the political situation of Uzbekistan, how sanctions affected music and what sets Uzbek rock apart from the rest of the world.
An introduction to the alt-rock scene of…Uzbekistan?

Watch this elementary school choir cover Iron Maiden

Watch this elementary school choir cover Iron Maiden
I can safely say that my school would have never (and still would not) have a bunch of tweens cover Iron Maiden as part of the curriculum. (Via Tom)

  ‘Tis the season of the year-end school concert. I should also point out that this choir is conducted by the same teacher who had last year’s class perform “Heart of Steel” by Manowar. Eddie would approve.

SEO for musicians: Is there any career impact?

SEO for musicians: Is there any career impact?
Or so we’re told. I feel like I’m missing something here, but my gut says my suspicions are correct. What got me thinking about this is I’m finding there is a growing number of SEO ‘experts’ telling musicians (at all levels) that they NEED to improve their SEO. I could go on about how music impacts people emotionally and SEO has nothing to do with emotional impact, but I’ll leave that for now. Can anyone help Danny? Everything I would need to find out more about the artist. I mean, I know the impact it can have on businesses, web pages, etc. SEO is the bomb. Iweb page searched “Bands that sound like Motley Crue” and got a bunch of webpage that list a bunch of the standard hair metal bands, but again no actual artist webpages. If you spend any time posting content on websites, you’re probably obsessed with search engine optimization, the practices and tricks that will bring your content as close as possible to the top of any web search on Google, Bing and all the rest of them. He has some questions that I just couldn’t answer. It’s hard to find an article about how important SEO is that isn’t written by a tech company that happens to also provide SEO services or other webpage related services. Everything points back to Google. Who uses Google to search for music (outside of Google Play). This sight, for example, constantly nags me about SEO with every post I make–something I appreciate because high search ranking equals more traffic. 1. 3. Finding an unbiased opinion online about SEO has been impossible. For veterans it will help keep them on top and for new artists it will help them get there. So if two artists are trying to push traffic to streaming options, one is pointing to Spotify the other Google Play will Google rank the Google Play artist ahead of the Spotify one? And yes, being a musician is a business and a lot of that business is now done online, but I guess the reason why I’m asking is that whenever I read an article on SEO it just doesn’t resonate with me as something that will help a musician grow an audience. Then this email popped in from Danny Fournier who runs an Edmonton-based music promotion company called Oddball Productions. Here are a couple things I’ve noticed and I’d love to know if I’m not wrong on my assumptions or am I off my rocker thinking this way and need to get back on the SEO bandwagon again. It’s all about doing the right things to ensure search engine optimization with Google. 2. Everything I read says Google pretty much controls your rankings and you have to do all the right things that Google wants you to do to increase your ranking. So that was a long way to get to my actual question:  Why would SEO be important to musicians if search engines aren’t how people search for music? Hi Alan,
Does Search Engine Optimization really have any impact on a musicians career? Now if I just heard about an artist for the first time and searched them, I’ll use Kane Incognito as an example, I search them in Google and stuff related directly to them comes up, including their webpage, facebook, youtube, etc. If I’m into metal and want to find some new metal music, doing a Google search for “Metal Music” gives me a couple Wikipedia links about metal music, some links to metal webpages, but no actual artist web pages.

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 187: Uber Ex’d


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blink-182’s Travis Barker is now fighting a staph infection

blink-182’s Travis Barker is now fighting a staph infection
He had to endure multiple skin graft operations. Reports say that Travis is now fighting a staph infection. (Via TMZ) High-powered antibiotics are called for. The blood clots are being treated with blood thinners–they have to be monitored as they dissolve so they don’t break and then travel through the bloodstream to the heart, lungs, or brain where they could be fatal– but the infection and cellulitis (a specific infection of the skin and the layers of tissue immediately beneath it) is another matter. Staph infections come in various flavours, ranging from the benign to the sort that causes necrotizing fascitis, the dreaded flesh-eating disease. He was one of only two survivors but received burns over most of his body. If you’ve been following along the health issues of blink-182’s Travis Barker–a couple of shows in the band’s Las Vegas residency had to be canceled because he has blood clots in his arms–things have taken a disturbing turn. You don’t mess with these things. He was admitted to an LA hospital last week, discharged Monday but returned on Tuesday. Remember, too, that Travis’ skin is terribly scarred as the result of the burns he received in that 2008 crash of a private jet.

Random music news for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Random music news for Thursday, June 21, 2018
Next stop? Now that YouTube Music has been launched in about 20 countries (Canada got it this week), expect a big promo/advertising push from Google/YouTube. Robert Plant turned down a role in Game of Thrones. Good. Meanwhile, the daughter of Bono has an acting career that is really taking off. is coming. Ed Sheeran + Lego = This. Pot will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018, one year to the day that Gord Downie died. No one seems to want it. Yes, that’s a story. Lisa Marie Presley says that her $100 million share of Elvis’ estate is gone. Now Trump has pissed off Bruce Springsteen. A new documentary on Johnny Lydon’s Public Image Ltd. Thousands of Foo Fighters fans had a bad night in Manchester when their tickets were rejected. Are you a guitarist that likes talkboxes but hates the gross saliva bit? I’m not the best person with money, but WTF?   Alexa + Marriot Hotels = New kind of concierge. (Via Steve)
Canada, India and other countries are working to make sure they don’t go down the same net neutrality road as the US. Coincidence? (Another one from Steve.)
There is plenty of controversy and conspiracy surrounding the shooting death of XXXTenacion. Ask our Prime Minister. Banking with smart speakers? The Rolling Stones and eel pie. Then maybe ElectroSpit is for you. And now music news for June 21, 2018. You’re not alone. Here are the details about Coachella’s infamous radius clause. We hit the summer solstice at 6:07 am ET this morning. Will YouTube end up owing billions in copyright fees? Here’s a trailer. Which Canadian cities love to read the most? He’s a big Hip fan. Here’s why. Maybe. Let’s take a look. Look at this Top 20 list. Wanna buy Elvis’ old airplane? (More Steve)
Why do musicians so often struggle with mental health? It’s gonna happen. Confused by all the songs vying to be World Cup anthems? Uh-oh. Winter.

New Music from the Inbox: DNCE, Aly & Aj, King Princess, and more!

New Music from the Inbox: DNCE, Aly & Aj, King Princess, and more!
Upper West Side is a stand out with it’s chill vibes, dreamy melodies, fuzzy guitar and striking, intimate vocals. Listen: Listen:

Artist: King Princess
Song: Upper West Side
King Princess lives up to the hype from the likes of Harry Styles, the XX, and Charlie XCX, with her enchanting, powerfully vulnerable indie pop debut ep. Freya say that Ultraviolet is “about parts of ourselves we believe we have to hide – like a diary written in secret ink. Listen: 

Artist: Noah Kahan
Song: Come Down
This new one from Noah Kahan is instantly loveable with tasty guitar rhythms, captivating vocals, and lyrics that feel both accessible and honest. Artist: Freya Ridings
Song: Ultraviolet
The otherworldly vocals in this cinematic pop track will give you chills. When those secrets are not only seen, but also loved by someone who sees the light and darkness in you, it’s the most profound and beautiful thing,” and this vulnerability shines through the huge, stunning landscape she has built. Listen:

Artist: DNCE
Song: TV in the Morning

This Joe Jonas fronted pop quartet are back with a chill, irresistibly groovy new song that shows how they have matured since their 4x platinum breakout hit Cake by the Ocean. Listen:

Artist: Aly & Aj
Song: Good Love
EP: Ten Years
After a ten year hiatus Aly & Aj are back with a towering, anthemic pop ballad full of 80’s synths, dreamy vocals, and undeniably feel good vibes.

A big cheque was just presented to the children of Dolores O’Riordan by a metal band

The above video has been viewed more than 125 million times. Bad Wolves were terribly shaken but decided to press ahead with releasing their version of “Zombie” anyway. The song ended up being a huge hit, going platinum in Canada and gold in both the US and Australia. The band said that any money raised from their version of “Zombie” would be donated to Dolores’ children. But there was a caveat. We still don’t know what killed Dolores–any toxicology reports haven’t been released to the public–but rumours still swirl about Fentanyl. This week Bad Wolves kept their promise, presenting a cheque for $250,000 to Dolores’ family onstage during a gig at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. If you remember the story of the death of the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, you’ll know that she died in a London hotel room hours before she was supposed to join an American metal band called Bad Wolves in the studio to advise on their recording of “Zombie.” She never made it, of course.   She was found unresponsive in her room by cleaning staff.
A big cheque was just presented to the children of Dolores O’Riordan by a metal band

Tracking Lollapalooza bands over the years

Tracking Lollapalooza bands over the years
Cameron Gordon at Completely Ignored offers this analysis. Click on the image to see the whole thing. Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has showcased a huge variety of artists, both in the festival’s incarnation as a touring event and as a static show in places like Chicago, South America and Europe.

From the world of architecture, here’s a building inspired by an iPod

From the world of architecture, here’s a building inspired by an iPod
That now includes a building called The Pad. Lightning or the old 30-pin? Dubai has some of the wildest architecture anywhere in the world. Designed by a Hong Kong-based firm, The Pad, which leans at a 6.5 degree angle through 26 floors containing 256 apartments, was inspired by–wait for it–an iPod. Read more at it at New Atlas. It’s supposed to remind us of an iPad leaning back in its charging dock. You’ll see it immediately. I wonder what kind of connecting pin it uses?

When you’re tired of this record, you can break it up and make a cup of coffee

Now we have an album made from coffee. A company called Peter’s Cold Brew has a new triple-strength coffee–nicknamed “Liquid Cocaine” by some–that it’s promoting with a 12-inch record made from ground-up beans. Experiments didn’t work that well so they just smoke the result. Described as being “blacker than black,” the record features for extreme metal tracks with titles like “Swiped Right for Dad” and “Ballad for a Dying Unicorn.”
Once you’re tired of the record, you can break it up and make a nice cup of coffee. The band Slightly Stoopid tried to make an album out of hash resin. Most records are made out of polyvinyl chloride, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only substance which can be pressed/ molded/cut into a form that will store audio. We could also talk about albums made out of wood or ice. Seriously. Or you can have a loved one’s cremated ashes pressed into a record.
When you’re tired of this record, you can break it up and make a cup of coffee

I Like This: Brutus Begins

I Like This: Brutus Begins
Check out this songs and video from Hamilton’s Brutus Begins. Every once in a while, something stands above the crowd. People send me material to evaluate all the time. Tons of potential here.