Jack White and Foo Fighters Play Surprise Shows

The Holy Shits are Foo Fighters in actuality, pretending to be a bar band playing classic rock songs for the first time ever. Chevy Metal’s tributes are on the harder end of the rock spectrum – think deep ZZ Top and Black Sabbath cuts – FFeaturing Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett’s shredding guitar. In addition to photo opportunities with the “throne” Dave Grohl used when he broke his leg and the stretch luxury vehicle from the FOO’s “White Limo” video (RIP driver Lemmy), there will be musical appearances from Chevy Metal and The Holy Shits. on the 1970 album Live at Leeds. His segment is entitled “Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil“. pic.twitter.com/wOcujDNWL9
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) August 18, 2018

As for Foo Fighters, they’ll be back in California on Sunday, August 26th for what promises to be a super-fun and also free event at Hollywood Palladium promoting the upcoming Cal Jam 18. And Air Canada is having a Surprise Seat Sale, hmmm… The Who? That’s how they billed themselves at least during the encore portion of the 2014 Firefly Festival (where they performed “School’s Out”, “Miss You”, “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” and “Under Pressure”). So…Foo Fighters are essentially playing for free in LA next week, huh? According to Wikipedia it employs around 10,000 people, and by the looks of the short video below from Third Man Records they all turned out to see Jack! Elon Musk has been in the news lately for not the best reasons, but on August 17th he did something pretty cool for workers at the Tesla Factory in Freemont, California by having Jack White put on a free, quittin’ time concert. Thank you @Tesla! No not them, although I wouldn’t be shocked if the crudely-named group were to do a non-crappy take on “Young Man Blues”, made famous by Daltrey, Townshend et al. This had apparently been a thought of the Motor City native for a few years now, turned into reality through a 14-song set before an appreciative crowd that was poignantly kicked off with “The Big Three Killed My Baby”, The White Stripes’ ode to the automotive industry from their 1999 self-titled debut. White isn’t just a “huge fanatic and supporter of everything Tesla has been doing since day one.” He is a devoted disciple of alternating current inventor Nikola Tesla, which anyone who has seen Jim Jarmusch’s 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes would know.
Jack White and Foo Fighters Play Surprise Shows

There is yet another cover of Toto’s “Africa” and it’s…er….

There is yet another cover of Toto’s “Africa” and it’s…er….
Like this guy.”A” for effort, dude. Much of the windfall is due to Weezer’s cover–their biggest hit in years–but Weezer turned the song into a meme with other artists following their lead. Bobby Kimbal and the estate of Jeff Porcaro, the members of Toto who wrote “Africa” back in 1984 are due for a nice royalty cheque next quarter.

The pop star, her vibrator and her orgasm-based song.

The pop star, her vibrator and her orgasm-based song.
She also became fascinated with vibrators. “Before I had any control or understanding of what sexuality even meant, I was hyper-sexualized as a kid.”
As she got older and lived in more sexually permissive cities like New York and Berlin, Von used her music, which she dubs “sex-positive synth pop,” to reclaim her sexuality and express it in ways that couldn’t be objectified. (Sorry.)
This is from Broadly. That must have been an interesting studio session. You can read more of her story here whilst listing to her orgasm-based song. Growing up in a small Pennsylvania town with a conservative family, musician Von would get looks for wearing short shorts and dramatic hairstyles. Wait. “I was like eight years old when that was pinned on me,” she remembers. Come again?

This Detroit Tigers game report is a brilliant tribute to Aretha Franklin

Well done, @DetroitTigersPR. Props to the Detroit Tigers for providing their own salute to Aretha with this report on Friday’s game with Baltimore. (Via Amber)

Tigers game notes today feature Aretha Franklin song titles. When she died Thursday, the whole city was thrown into mourning. pic.twitter.com/xdj0tA0Uzc
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 16, 2018

Here’s a closer look. Even the DL section has been changed to “It Hurts Like Hell”. Although she was born in Memphis, Aretha Franklin’s real hometown was Detroit.
This Detroit Tigers game report is a brilliant tribute to Aretha Franklin

Woman arrested for blasting her neighbours with the same music for 16 YEARS!

Woman arrested for blasting her neighbours with the same music for 16 YEARS!
And yes, the dog is long gone, but the music kept playing. The citizens of Štúrovo have tried talking to her. She also claimed that she was the true victim because her neighbours were all crazy (translate that page for enhanced craziness) and should be locked up in prison or sent to a psychiatric institution. Her defense? The same four-minute bit on a loop from around 6 am until about 10 pm. Imagine living on Kossuth Street in the Slovakian town of Štúrovo. Last Monday (August 13) she was arrested and charged with harassment and malicious persecution. The case wound its way to the Slovakian Supreme Court which upheld the lower court ruling. If she’s declared guilty, she faces up to three years in prison. Placido was meant to cover up the dog’s barking. They’ve taken her to court. Nothing has worked. Your neighbour, known only as Eva N., has thing about playing a four-minute aria from Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” sung by Placido Domingo over and over and over again. Placido keeps singing and singing and singing and singing. Neighbours wouldn’t do anything about a barking dog–she claims this resulted in headaches–so she had no choice but to fight back with a sonic attack. kept up with the “La Traviata.” The Slovakian president even visited the area to hear things for himself. They’ve called police. And it’s not just that you can hear the music from inside her home. Every day. Finally, cops moved in. Gawd. moved in back in 1999. Locals thought they had found some peace and quiet when a court ruled in 2015 that Eva N. And the music kept coming and coming and coming. This has been going on for sixteen years. There are loudspeakers on the balcony so you can’t miss it. Here’s a clip of what was heard from what locals have called the “Singing House” since Eva N. The music stopped for about two years, but it 2017, it started up again. had to cut it out. Still, Eva N. ;

Random music news for Monday, August 20, 2018

Random music news for Monday, August 20, 2018
Madonna had a pretty good time at her 60th birthday. Just askin’. The TSA has managed to piss off Miss Diana Ross quite royally. Ever listen to the Beatles channel on satellite radio? Fans at a Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma were injured when a big storm blew in. R Kelly has been accused of trashing two homes he was renting. Moving to music news for Monday, August 20, 2018…

Oops. A restaurant owned by Jimmy Buffet served a protected game fish. (Via Walter)
In case you were wondering how Coldplay’s “Yellow” ended up in Crazy Rich Asians, here’s the story. Er, what year is this? It is just me or is there less paper on your average toilet roll these days? This story takes a look at how it works. Good point: if fewer people are actually making phone calls anymore, why aren’t there more songs about texting? (Via Tom)
Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held in Detroit on August 31…
…and her songs are all over the charts right now.

New Music from the Inbox for August 20, 2018: Night Surf, Ghost X Gardens, Paul Collins, & More!

Artist: Night Surf
Song: “Enemies”
Album: Enemies EP

The title track from their upcoming EP, Night Surf offers a driving, hook-filled approach to pop punk but with a darker twist. Listen:

Artist: Paul Collins
Song: “You Belong To Me”
Album: Single

With a career beginning in the 1970s, first as part of The Nerves, then as a solo act starting in 1979, Paul Collins is gearing up to release a new album late next month. This horn-filled, raucous track is the lead single. It’s a fun song that will have you rocking out. Since their debut EP in 2017, Night Surf has found local support in Brooklyn. Listen: Listen here. This lead single delivers pop harmonies straight from the 1960s with a simple melody, sounding like pure, old fashioned rock and roll. Watch:

Artist: The Devil Makes Three
Song: “Pray For Rain”
Album: Chains Are Broken

With a new album coming out later this week, The Devil Makes Three have gone back to basics by keeping their recording to their power trio plus their touring drummer. Their sound is a unique blend of rock and bluegrass with a punk edge. In addition to a new album, the band is setting out on tour in October. Listen:

Artist: Joyce Manor
Song: “I Think I’m Still In Love with You”
Album: Single

Set to appear on their upcoming album, Joyce Manor’s latest song features thrashing guitar work and swaying rhythms. Listen:

Artist: Courtney Barnett
Song: “Charity”
Album: Single

Recorded in New York during a Spotify Singles Session, this track shows Courtney Barnett’s immense talent. Artist: Ghost X Gardens
Song: “Hittin the Bricks”
Album: Single

NY-based art rocker Ghost X Gardens just released their latest album Heartbreak Hotel Chelsea.
New Music from the Inbox for August 20, 2018: Night Surf, Ghost X Gardens, Paul Collins, & More!

Marilyn Manson collapses onstage after four songs. And yes, there’s video.

Marilyn Manson collapses onstage after four songs. And yes, there’s video.
Just as the show was about to start the band’s tour manager escorted photographers from the pit and explained that Manson was feeling very ill and did not want his picture taken. Zombie has been holding up his end of the bargain, but there have been several shows where Manson has either (a) not been able to perform; or (b) not been able to finish the show. This co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie isn’t going so well. The Houston Press said:
The anti-Christ was in Texas and The Woodland’s crowd clamored for Satan’s little helper as time drew well past the announced set time. Oh, dear.   At a show in Texas, Manson collapsed in the midst of “Sweet Dreams.” The two reasons giving were “food poisoning” and “heat poisoning.”
Manson went onstage unwell. Saturday night was variant (b). Let’s go to the video.

Dennis Rodman crashed a Pearl Jam gig and confused the audience with politics

Dennis Rodman crashed a Pearl Jam gig and confused the audience with politics
This was a bit weird given that Rodman is a Trump fan, but then again, he did play for the Bulls for a while. Dennis Rodman dropped into a Pearl Jam show at Wrigley Field on Saturday night and insisted on talking politics to the crowd. Naturally, there’s video. (Via Fox News) Onstage, Rodman held forth on North Korea, saying he believed Pearl Jam fans were the only ones who could understand his politics.

This could be the first Aretha Franklin tribute song

(Via FYIMusicNews.ca) Take a listen to his thank you. Gramatik has been a big Franklin fan for years, sampling her work dozens of times. Aretha Franklin passed away just last Thursday, but over the weekend DJ Gramatik posted what might be the first tribute song to the Queen of Soul.
This could be the first Aretha Franklin tribute song

Is the music industry doing enough to address its mental illness crisis? (SPOILER: No.)

Is the music industry doing enough to address its mental illness crisis? (SPOILER: No.)
I really mean that. Very little, actually. The fact of the matter – if you have a heart, that is – is that people are dying. (The roll call continues here.)
What’s being done within the industry to help people at risk? the music business – you’ll have to forgive me for assuming that many people, including those we all deal with on a regular professional basis, need a degree of poking and prodding on the subject in the headline above. Keep reading. In music, mental health – and indeed the issues and ailments surrounding it – is fashionable. It is a hot topic. It’s important. A buzz phrase. That’s right. People will continue to die if we do not deal with this sooner. I just can’t fucking do it, despite trying.)
So when it comes to a vehicle that was largely born out of selling a particular image of the perfection of human creativity – ie. However, I recognise that we live in a country, indeed a world, that finds it perfectly acceptable to walk past the homeless, impoverished and (more often than not) the mentally ill in the streets whilst they are actively asking for their help, ignore them, and somehow still sleep at night. Music Business Worldwide has this column on the subject. The suicides and needless deaths keep coming. (Honestly, if you are one of those people, good for you. And more of them, more frequently than ever before. Just last week, Huntress lead singer Jill Janus took her own life after battling with mental illness, adding her name to a list that includes Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Scott Hutchison, Avicii, Kurt Cobain, Michael Hutchence, Ian Curtis, Elliott Smith, Butch Trucks, Brad Delp, Keith Emerson, Mark Linkhaus, Ronnie Montrose–do I have to go on? There’s no real need, from where I am sitting right now, to ‘sell’ the importance of addressing the ever-presence of mental illnesses and lacklustre well-being in our music industry. I am calling it a mental health crisis, because that’s what it fucking is.

How did Aretha Franklin tributes travel on Twitter? Let’s take a look.

(Click on the graphic to see the whole thing.) Here’s what he found. Cameron Gordon at Completely Ignored took a look at the number of celebrity tweets that went out after the death of Aretha Franklin.
How did Aretha Franklin tributes travel on Twitter? Let’s take a look.

Spotify to artist: “Please get your metadata sh*t together”

Spotify to artist: “Please get your metadata sh*t together”
This is important information for everyone. Because the thing about metadata is this: It’s as fundamental to digital music—whether you’re making it, marketing it, or simply enjoying it—as flour is in your bread. My music computer is strewn with Sony releases all from “Unknown Album.”
All right, so what? In keeping with our metaphor, you might say that metadata is the gluten holding together that delicious, doughy loaf of ciabatta (apologies to readers on the keto diet). For the uninitiated, metadata is literally “data about other data”; it gives structure and context to a given set of bits and bytes. Making sure you’re digitally credited for the music you make is key to your income—and your success. For now we are focused mainly on publishing metadata, or the data that refers to who wrote what and in what proportion. Those decisions are ultimately yours to make. Metadata is the information embedded in a digital file that tells you something about the song, everything from the artist and title to the composer, the record label, the year of release–there are a whole host of fields that should be filled in. Why should a label, an artist, anyone, care if metadata is complete?   This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice. Keep reading. If any of this information is missing or incorrect, it can have an adverse effect on how its creators are compensated. So much of what I get today–INCLUDING FROM THE MAJOR LABELS!–is incomplete. For example, most of the stuff that’s digitally delivered from Sony never has the album title metadata included. Most likely both. Ever download a song only to find that the album art is missing or that it gets filed on your device under “Unknown Album?” If so, you’ve experience incomplete metadata. If the word “metadata” doesn’t jolt you awake with visions of great wealth, then either you are not employed in the digital-music business or you are a perfectly normal, well-adjusted person. Music metadata, more specifically, is the collection of information that pertains to a song file, such as Artist Name, Producer, Writer, Song Title, Release Date, Genre or Track Duration, to name a few. Let’s let Spotify explain. We’re just here to help.