Random music news for Monday, June 18, 2018

Random music news for Monday, June 18, 2018
I swear that a Macca show has healing properties. Just pointing that out. Happy 76th birthday, Paul McCartney! Let’s get an update on the new Tool album, shall we? If you’ve never seen him live, do it. Oprah? Is Trent Reznor in danger of winning an Emmy? Apple? Steve Albini–yes, the guy who recorded In Utero for Nirvana–just won big at the World Series of Poker. Here’s an interesting look at the early years of Metallica. Here’s another story about him. Oprah. This all looks very encouraging. (Via Tom)
Toronto’s PUP is staring their own zine. Another hurdle has been passed for releasing material from Prince’s vast archive. Here’s an interesting idea when it comes to licensing album covers for other things. And now for music news on June 18, 2018…

Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries died January 15. An extinct language has been recovered using old wax cylinder recordings. Could be. Apple. RIP Cramps drummer Nick Knox. So what were Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn all up in each other’s faces over at this bar in London? Maybe. Yeah, it’s happening. Will there be a new AC/DC album with Axl Rose this year? Dee Dee Ramone was an interesting guy. As if Venezuela doesn’t have enough problems; 17 people were killed in a nightclub stampede. We still haven’t heard anything about an official toxicology report, have we? The World Cup is having the same sorts of ticketing issues we see in the concert industry.

New Music from the Inbox for June 18, 2018: Smokescreens, Kat Cunning, The Atomic Bitchwax, & More!

Artist: Smokescreens
Song: “Used to Yesterday”
Album: Single

From their upcoming album of the same name, Smokescreens’ “Used to Yesterday” gives listeners an idea of what to expect from the new album. This song stems from her experience leaving an abusive relationship. Watch: His highly lyrical style is reminiscent of early 2000’s emo. The track is a classic power pop song with a three chord riff. Watch:

Artist: The Atomic Bitchwax
Song: “Hippie Speedball”
Album: Force Field

Taken from their latest album, The Atomic Bitchwax’s “Hippie Speedball” shows their unique style. Their latest single is a sweet yet punchy tune. Listen:

Artist: Alice Glass
Song: “Mine”
Album: Single

Much of Alice Glass’ music comes from a deeply personal place. Listen:

Artist: Kat Cunning
Song: “Make U Say”
Album: Single

A multi-talented individual, Kat Cunning draws inspiration from her study of dance as well as her experience on stage. Watch:

Artist: Eliza & the Delusionals
Song: “Half Empty Girl”
Album: Single

Australian indie band Eliza & the Delusionals has been making waves since their creation in 2015. Watch:

Artist: Anna’s Anchor
Song: “Summer Camp”
Album: Single

Ireland’s Anna’s Anchor is the solo project of Marty Ryan. Her sultry voice has gained her an impressive following. It’s fun and frenetic rock ‘n roll.
New Music from the Inbox for June 18, 2018: Smokescreens, Kat Cunning, The Atomic Bitchwax, & More!

Meanwhile, back in Russia, a bear plays the vuvuzela after World Cup victory

Meanwhile, back in Russia, a bear plays the vuvuzela after World Cup victory
They celebrate things differently in Russia. How else can you explain this video of a bear playing a South African vuvuzela following the win?  When the national team (ranked #104) opened the World Cup with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia (#97), the country kind of melted down.

Today is the 70th anniversary of the introduction 12-inch 33 1/3 LP!

Today is the 70th anniversary of the introduction 12-inch 33 1/3 LP!
Another issue was the Second World War. Meanwhile, scientists were looking for a new material for sewer pipes. And then there was the issue of capacity. Yes, that sentence is a segue into what happened next. Because these collections of records reminded people of photo albums, they quickly became known as “record albums.”
Here’s one from my collection. Longer pieces, like symphonies and operas, had to be spread out over multiple records. [This was my Sunday column for GlobalNews.ca – AC]
For the first 50-odd years of the recorded music industry, the standard format was the 10-inch 78 RPM single. 
Audio quality wasn’t great, either. It served us well, despite all its shortcomings. Keep reading. Because they were made of a shellac bound together with cotton fibres and limestone dust, they could be as fragile as fine china. When the Japanese invaded, the world supply of lac bug goo was severely impacted. For a time in the early 1940s, the only way one could buy a new record was to trade in an old one so it could be melted down and recycled. The major source of shellac was the jungles of the Malay Peninsula, the habitat of the female lac bug. Shellac came from the secretions of this insect that were scraped off trees and then refined into the raw material used for things like records. All recordings were in mono, quickly became rather scratchy, and wore out after about 125 plays. These were sold in packages with individual records stored in sleeves that were bound together like pages in a book. You were lucky to get four minutes of music per side. There were a few attempts to improve upon the 78, but those were derailed by the Great Depression, during which record sales dropped by a staggering 95 percent over just two years.

Liam Gallagher covered some rare Oasis songs. This fan was so happy he got naked.

There was a third Oasis song in the set with “Whatever.”
Emotions ran high–so high, in fact, that this guy felt the need to strip naked in celebration. Question: How much do you have to drink before (a) this seems like a good idea: and (b) you’d be willing to hold this guy up above the crowd? First, he performed a couple of rare Oasis songs: “Listen Up” (a neglected B-side) as well as “Bring It On Down,” which neither brother has pulled out in concert since 2006. And yes, the whole video is there if you must see it.)
  A Liam Gallagher gig in Dublin on Friday night got spiced up in two ways. (Via Reddit.
Liam Gallagher covered some rare Oasis songs. This fan was so happy he got naked.

Perfect for a Monday: More drunken heavy metal banjo

Perfect for a Monday: More drunken heavy metal banjo
Stephen Ray Lester–the self-described “dirty hillbilly”–knows his way around a banjo. Here’s his latest heavy metal masterpiece.

Massey Hall forever: the bat signal for music preservationists

Massey Hall forever: the bat signal for music preservationists
To learn how to contribute, check out this link. I can eat ice cream for breakfast whenever I want. On the same day ‘Massey Hall Day’ was announced, the Massey Hall Forever fundraising campaign began. April 21st in National Tea Day, July 17th is World Emoji Day and the first Saturday in February is Ice Cream for Breakfast. Think of all the famous butts that have parked themselves down there for a show. To take a look at what you can get, click here! Sad to see Massey Hall close? Seems fitting for a building that has given so much to Toronto.2 A lot of people may already be familiar with the upcoming renovations of Massey Hall, but in case you aren’t, here’s a little overview. It’s going to be closing down for about two years to give the place some major upgrades, including expanding the hall with two brand new venues! So are we. Such was the case last Thursday when Toronto Mayor John Tory announced that the 14th of June is now Massey Hall Day! Like the bat signal for music preservationists, the fundraising event sends out a beckoning call to all music preservationists to contribute to keep this piece of history in tip-top shape. Starting at noon today, you have the chance to buy one of the venue’s legendary seats! Two years is a long time, but you have the chance to bring a piece of this historical building home with you. If you’re interested in the renos, you can read more about it here. There’s an ever-growing culture of celebrating the uninspiring and the inane. I’m an adult. Nothing outlines this growth more than ridiculous non-official holidays that rejoice and revere the most mundane of things. So, it’s nice to see an unofficial holiday pop up that we actually care about.

Eddie Vedder tells the story of his most famous stage dive–and one that almost killed him.

(Thanks to Moe for the link.) His most famous dive came at the Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands in 1992. Here’s how he remembers it. He’d climb scaffolding and speaker stacks and often throw himself to the mercy of the crowd. Back in the early days of Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder was fearless–foolishly so, in fact.
Eddie Vedder tells the story of his most famous stage dive–and one that almost killed him.

Foo Fighters annointed as Gods of Rock with a perfectly timed sign from the heavens. (This could NOT have been planned better!)

Foo Fighters annointed as Gods of Rock with a perfectly timed sign from the heavens. (This could NOT have been planned better!)
Canon EOS 6D, f=180mm, ISO 4000, Bl. Then, from above…

Perfect timing, right? 10, t=1,6sec; mit Bildbearbeitung etwas aufgehellt. Kurz nach dem Foto im letzten Tweet gelang mir um 23:11 Uhr MESZ dieser Schnappschuss: #Mond #Venus #Feuerkugel. Here’s shot taken from a different part of the continent by an astrophotographer. And then just has he got right to the end, he paused. The green meteor fell at 9:09 pm local time and was seen across much of Europe. pic.twitter.com/16RGhWZk6s
— Uwe Reichert (@UReichert) June 16, 2018 The Foo Fighters were tearing through yet another furious gig in at the Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands when it came time for Taylor Hawkins’ drum solo in “Monkey Wrench. Here’s another look.

Weekly survey: What do I do with a guy who’s never been to Canada?

Weekly survey: What do I do with a guy who’s never been to Canada?
He’s only been to Western Europe once and never to North America. He has ZERO experience with Canada, a country that barely registers in his part of the world. In fact, he honestly believes that Rick Astley is one of the great artists of our time. Where in Toronto/Southern Ontario do I take him? Where do I take him to eat? Now the question: What do I do with the guy? (He’s an Ismaili Muslim, so he has to go to the Aga Khan Museum, which is a given.)
The biggest problem? He’s currently visiting family in Atlanta but I’ve guilted him into coming up to Toronto for the weekend. He’s not much of a music fan. What do I show him? (I am NOT kidding about that.) This means we must leave music out of the equation. But as for everything else, I’m open to suggestions. He’ll be here for two days. After more than 15 years of visiting my friend Shehzad in Singapore, he’s FINALLY coming this way.

And your winners of the 2018 SOCAN Awards are…

And your winners of the 2018 SOCAN Awards are…
Nyan King Music
“Fake Love”
Performed by Drake
Aubrey Drake Graham
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney
Brittany Hazzard (ASCAP)
Anderson Hernandez (ASCAP)
Leon Huff (BMI)
Gene McFadden (BMI)
John Whitehead (BMI)
Sandra Gale (ASCAP)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd. Trevor Allan
Jody Colero / Einstein Bros Publishing
Peter Coulman (posthumous)
Ian LeFeuvre
Thomas Thorney
Breakthrough Publishing Inc. McLachlan played a moving, solo-piano rendition of “Angel,” while Cummings, who was introduced by renowned producer Daniel Lanois, delivered an inspired two-song performance for a thrilling close to the show. Canada
“Congratulations”
Performed by Post Malone
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney
Louis Bell (ASCAP)
Quavious Marshall (ASCAP)
Austin Post (BMI)
Carl Rosen (BMI)
Leland Wayne (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd. Though unable to attend, the sensational Alessia Cara earned the International Achievement Award, a Dance Music Award and International Song Award for “Stay,” her hit with Zedd. “God, Your Mama, and Me”
Performed by Florida Georgia Line featuring Backstreet Boys
Gordie Sampson / Dash8 Music
Joshua Kear (ASCAP)
Hillary Lindsey (ASCAP)
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc. Jeremy Taggart /
I’m in Zihuatanejo Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
“Clumsy”
“Superman’s Dead”
Performed by Our Lady Peace
Raine Maida / Under The Zenith Music Inc. SOCAN Awards for most performed songs, including broadcast and streaming, were presented to Shawn Hook, who won a Pop Music Award for “Reminding Me” (featuring Vanessa Hudgens), and Virginia to Vegas, who won for both “Lights Out” and “Selfish.” The Glorious Sons accepted a Rock Music Award for the hit “Kill the Lights,” while Travis Wood and Gavin Slate were on hand to accept a Country Music Award for “Chills,” performed by the James Barker Band. Greg Fisher and Derek Treffry earned both the Domestic Non-Fiction TV Music Award and the International TV Series Music Award for their work on Border security: Canada’s Front Line. Heartland
Keith Power
Rescued Horse Season One Inc. “I Be, U Be”
Performed by High Valley
Brad Rempel / Spruce Road Publishing
Jenson Vaughan
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Ultra International Music Publishing Canada
LICENSED TO PLAY AWARD The City of Hamilton
BREAKOUT AWARD
Daniel Caesar
HAGOOD HARDY AWARD
Christine Jensen
JAN V. Fast-rising singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar was presented with the SOCAN Breakout Award, and also earned an R&B Music Award for “Get You.” Jazz composer Christine Jensen won the Hagood Hardy Award, Jocelyn Morlock earned the Jan V. Also receiving SOCAN Achievement Awards were global pop phenomenon Shawn Mendes, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar co-writer Frank Dukes, both of whom earned SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Awards. Here’s the full press release:
The songwriters, composers and music publishers who create and promote some of the most successful songs in the world gathered in Toronto tonight with industry representatives from throughout Canada’s music ecosystem for the 29th annual SOCAN Awards. INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARD
“Stay”
Performed by Zedd & Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
Sarah Aarons (APRA)
Anders Froen (TONO)
Jonnali Parmenius (STIM)
Linus Wiklund (STIM)
Anton Zaslavski (ASCAP)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS
“Somewhere Out There,” “Innocent”
Performed by Our Lady Peace Raine Maida / Under The Zenith Music Inc. MATEJCEK NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD Jocelyn Morlock SCREEN COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Keith Power
FOLK / ROOTS MUSIC AWARD
Rose Cousins
DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – FICTION
Saving Hope
Gary Koftinoff
eOne Television International Ltd. DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – NON-FICTION
Border Security: Canada’s Front Line
Greg Fisher
Derek Treffry
eOne TV Unscripted BC Inc.  
2018 SOCAN Awards – Toronto – Winners List
INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alessia Cara
NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Our Lady Peace
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Burton Cummings
GLOBAL INSPIRATION AWARD
Sarah McLachlan
SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR
Shawn Mendes
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
peermusic Canada
POP MUSIC AWARDS
“Mercy”
Performed by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes / Mendes Music
John Geiger (BMI)
Ilsey Juber (BMI)
Daniel Parker (BMI)
Universal Music Publishing Canada
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
Performed by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes / Mendes Music
Geoff Warburton
John Geiger (BMI)
Scott Friedman (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Universal Music Publishing Canada
“Slow Hands”
Performed by Niall Horan
Tobias Jesso Jr. Nyan King Music R&B MUSIC AWARDS
“Figures”
Performed by Jessie Reyez
Jessie Reyez
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc. Universal Music Publishing Canada
DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – ANIMATED
The Adventures of Napkin Man! ole
ACHIEVEMENTS IN MADE-FOR-TV FILM MUSIC
The Truth is in the Stars
Michael Vuscan
Not with his Wife
Michael Nielson
ROP Musique
MRD – Music Revenue Data
INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC AWARDS
Storks
Jeff Danna
Mychael Danna
Universal Music Publishing Canada
The Good Dinosaur
Jeff Danna
Mychael Danna
Walt Disney Music of Canada Ltd. Julian Bunetta (BMI)
John Ryan (BMI)
Ruth Cunningham (IMRO)
Niall Horan (PRS)
Alexander Izquierdo (ASCAP)
Universal Music Publishing Canada
“Reminding Me”
Performed by Shawn Hook
ft. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, and The City of Hamilton took home the Licensed To Play Award for the municipality’s unwavering commitment to fair music licensing. Sportsnet Central Stephan Moccio / Sing Little Penguin Murray Fleming Rogers Sportsnet Inc. Canada
Third Side Music
ROCK MUSIC AWARDS
“Knocking At The Door”
Performed by Arkells
Michael DeAngelis / Oh C’Mon
Max Kerman / Pick and Roll Music
Tim Oxford / Tim Oxford Publishing
Nick Dika / Friends With Salad Publishing
peermusic Canada Inc. INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES MUSIC AWARDS
Border Security: Canada’s Front Line
Greg Fisher
Derek Treffry
eOne TV Unscripted BC Inc. Gia Koka
Alex Van Den Hoef
Chris Van Den Hoef
Natalia Koronowska (BUMA)
Yael Nahar (BUMA)
Reservoir
“Stay”
Performed by Zedd & Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
Sarah Aarons (APRA)
Anders Froen (TONO)
Jonnali Parmenius (STIM)
Linus Wiklund (STIM)
Anton Zaslavski (ASCAP)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
“Chills”
Performed by James Barker Band
James Barker
Gavin Slate
Travis Wood
Donovan Woods/ Meant Well Inc. MacGyver
Keith Power
ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM MUSIC
Storks
Jeff Danna
Mychael Danna
Universal Music Publishing Canada
The Space Between Us
Andrew Lockington
Universal Music Publishing Canada
VIRAL SONG AWARD “Some Way”
Performed by Nav featuring The Weeknd
Navraj “Nav” Goraya
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. This year, the iconic Burton Cummings and the legendary Sarah McLachlan were each honoured, Cummings with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award, for more than 50 years of songwriting success and excellence, and McLachlan with the SOCAN Global Inspiration Award for her unparalleled accomplishments as a singer-songwriter, philanthropist, and advocate for women. Nyan King Music
“I Feel It Coming”
Performed by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
Martin “Doc” McKinney
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
Thomas Bangalter (BMI)
Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem Christo (BMI) Eric Chedeville (SACEM)
Ed Because (SACEM)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd. Canada
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc. “Get You”
Performed by Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
Daniel Caesar
Wesley Allen
Matthew Burnett
Ian Culley
Jordan Evans
Chester Hansen
Alexander Sowinski
Mattew Tavares
Leland Whitty
Karly Loaiza (ASCAP) /
Kali Uchis LLC (ASCAP)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. The SOCAN Awards featured many other memorable performances, from host Brett Kissel, Dear Rouge, Rose Cousins (who won the Folk/Roots Music Award), The Launch winner Logan Staats, Toronto rapper Sean Leon and the SOCAN orchestra led by screen composer, Steph Copeland. Vanessa Hudgens
Shawn Hook
Jonas Jeberg (PRS)
Ethan Thompson (BMI)
Round Hill
“Havana”
Performed by Camila Cabello
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney
Kaan Gunesberk
Louis Bell (ASCAP)
Camila Cabello (BMI)
Brittany Hazzard (ASCAP)
Brian Lee (BMI)
Alexandra Tamposi (BMI)
Jeffery Williams (BMI)
Pharrell Williams (GMR)
Andrew Wotman (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd. Arnold Lanni / Lanni Tunes
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
“O Siem”
Performed by Susan Aglukark
Susan Aglukark /
Aglukark Entertainment Inc. SOCAN, Canada’s performing rights organziation, held its 29th annual awards event Monday night (June 18) in Toronto. Chad Irschick
“She Ain’t Pretty”
Performed by Northern Pikes
Merl Bryck
Bryan Potvin
Don Schmid
John Semko
“I Cry”
Performed by Bass is Base
Chin Injeti / Chins Chunes Music
Prozac Publishing
EMI April Music Canada
“Funkmobile”
Performed by Bass is Base
Chin Injeti / Chins Chunes Music
Roger Mooking
Ivana Santilli / Summ Songz
Prozac Publishing
EMI April Music Canada
peermusic Canada
“My Heart Has a History”
“I Do”
“Take It From Me”
Performed by Paul Brandt
PAUL BRANDT/ Pollywog Music The purpose is to honour and celebrate the country’s best songwriters and composers. RAP MUSIC AWARDS
“Unforgettable”
Performed by French Montana featuring Swae Lee
Jaegen
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese
Martin “Doc” McKinney
Rainer Blanchaer
Khalif Brown (BMI)
Jeremy Felton (ASCAP)
Karim Kharbouch (ASCAP)
McCulloch Sutphin (BMI)
Christopher Washington (BMI)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. “Kill the Lights”
Performed by Glorious Sons
Brett Emmons
Jay Emmons
Chris Huot
Chris Koster
Adam Paquette
Jason Murray
Black Box Songs
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc. The gala ceremony honoured Canada’s music creators and publishers across an array of genres, including Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock, Film & Television, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical and more. Many of SOCAN’s #ComposersWhoScore won for their film and television projects, including the brothers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, who won both an International Film Music Award and an Achievement in Feature Film Music Award for their work on the animated movie Storks. Duncan Coutts /
Two Months In The Hole Inc. Rockers Our Lady Peace were on hand to receive the National Achievement Award, as were Screen Composer of the Year Keith Power, and Neville Quinlan and Cheryl Link of peermusic Canada, the Publisher of the Year. ole
Chirp
James Chapple
Graeme Cornies
John Denottbeck
Robert Johnston
David Kelly
Brian Pickett
Earl Torno
Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc. Canada
“Selfish”
Performed by Virginia to Vegas
Jamie Appleby
Derik Baker
Alyssa Reid
Nathan Ferraro / Blue Dream Songs
Michael Wise
Heart and Art Music
Hyvecity Music Publishing
Third Side Music
Wax On Wax Off
“Lights Out”
Performed by Virginia to Vegas
Jamie Appleby
Derik Baker
Alyssa Reid
Dave Thomson
Michael Wise
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Third Side Music
Wax On Wax Off
“Say You Won’t Let Go”
Performed by James Arthur
Neil Ormandy James Arthur (PRS)
Steven Miller (BMI)
Ultra International Music Publishing Canada
DANCE MUSIC AWARDS
“Not Going Home”
Performed by DVBBS & CMC$ ft. Honourees included Burton Cummings, Our Lady Peace, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Daniel Caesar, and Frank Dukes.

Random music news for Tuesday, June 19, 2019

Are these the 50 most iconic music videos of all time? Rapper XXXTenacion was shot dead in Miami yesterday. An interesting thought: teaching music history backwards. Don’t snort. Here’s what I mean. That’s an excellent number in this day and age. Cool, no? Ringtones: Still not dead. And then there was this shooting at a New Jersey arts festival that left one dead and 22 injured. Bruce Springsteen: Who will win this one? If there’s one cool non-football thing about the World Cup, it’s our quadriennial instruction in vexillology. That helped the total number of album sales in the Top 200 over 1 million for the first time in months. She recorded over 150 albums. London Transport is selling this tube map guitar. Apple’s HomePod smart speakers are now available in Canada. Looks like an armed robbery at this point. Gentrification vs. Back to music news for June 19, 2018. On the other hand, the industry needs to do a better job of making sure radio remains front-and-centre in the car. Another festival death. An ex-member of 3 Doors Down has been arrested on drugs and weapons charges. France’s most beloved accordionist, Yvette Horner, has died at the age of 95. Brazil says that Mick Jagger is a jinx and wants him to stay away from their World Cup games. Have you heard the story of the desperate girlfriend who secretly sabotaged her boyfriend’s music career? Dave Matthews sold 284,770 physical copies of his new album, Come Tomorrow, last week in America. When Grandpa died, he left behind this amazing collection of 80,000 records. See? Just in case you need another reminder, radio is still doing just fine. This guy doesn’t just want to bring back the harpsichord, he wants to make it mainstream. How many has this been so far this year?
Random music news for Tuesday, June 19, 2019

New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (June 19, 2018): Low Cut Connie, BC Unidos, Young The Giant, and more!

Watch/Listen: 

Artist: BC Unidos
Song: “Take It Easy (ft. U.S. Girls and Ledinsky and a wonderful orchestral touch are what really elevate this laid-back tune. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Lola Kirke
Song: “Supposed To”
Album/EP: Heart Head West

Gospel meets country meets rock in a tune you’d expect to hear in a hoedown just as likely as a dance hall, “Supposed To” also has that touch of just enough rebellion to make it appealing. Artist: Low Cut Connie
Song: “Hey! Clocking in at just about two and a half minutes (be sure to give the video intro a chance) the song sprints by much quicker than you’d think – but just long enough to leave that bug in your ear. A subtly doo-woppy effort from Grammy-winning producer team BC Unidos, the featured vocals by U.S. Little Child”
Album/EP: Dirty Pictures (Part 2)

A bit of old-school shuffle rock with a touch of the new millennium (is that a whoop I hear?), this slow-burn sizzler is the kind tune you’d use to close out a night at the dives. Girls, Ledinsky)”
Album/EP: Otro Mundo Es Posible

The strings, oh, the strings! Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Johnny Mafia
Song: “Big Brawl”
Album/EP: Princes de l’Amour

Fuzzed and frenzied modern punk with just a twinge of a pop inclination, “Big Brawl” is an exhilarating and exhaustive riot from start to finish. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Wax Mannequin
Song: “Someone Fixed The Game”
Album/EP: Have A New Name

What seems like a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek self-effacing monologue actually hides much deeper meaning in the leading track from Wax Mannequin’s newest album. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Young The Giant
Song: “Simplify”
Album/EP: Single

Bright radio-ready alt rock with an especially meaty guitar tone, “Simplify” is the latest offering from mega-hit maker Young The Giant. That hook will get stuck in your head and the voices will get the hair on your neck tingling, but those instrumentals are really something else. “Someone Fixed The Game” actually has a bit of a universal edge, which when coupled with an incredible dichotomy of gravelly/flowery vocals and some clever songwriting, makes for a solid lead-off indeed. Lofty, sunny, and driving through and through, “Simplify” is a simple listen that beckons the listener to just take it all in. Watch/Listen:  The stumbling drums and overexposed vocals especially add to the ambiance. Kirke’s delicate vocals also add an element of breathiness – but truth to be told, I’d fully expect a live rendition of this song to have a bit more bite.
New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (June 19, 2018): Low Cut Connie, BC Unidos, Young The Giant, and more!

Canada’s first indie label was founded 100 years ago

Canada’s first indie label was founded 100 years ago
Fascinating stuff. This excellent article appears at FYIMusicNews.ca
A number of Canadian indie label milestones were acknowledged during the 4th annual CIMA Celebration and Awards Gala last Monday evening including the 25th anniversary of Sonic Unyon, the 15th for Open Road Recordings and the 10th for MDM Recordings. Thomas Alva Edison, scion of a Canadian family, had his “Phonograph,” a machine initially with a tin-foil cylinder with two diaphragm-and-stylus units, one for recording and the other for playback. Keep reading. Alexander Graham Bell, known primarily for his work with the telephone, his cousin Chichester Bell, a chemical engineer, and English scientist and instrument maker Charles Sumner Tainter, developed a wax cylinder player with a floating sapphire-point stylus instead of a rigid needle, called the “Graphophone.” Emile Berliner had his “Gramophone,” which utilized zinc discs instead of wax-covered cylinders. the turntable). in 1870. I had no idea. Here’s additional information. Herbert was the son of Emile Berliner, who was born in Hanover, Germany and emigrated to the U.S. He was a born inventor who eventually became interested in audio technology as it related to the telephone and sound recording, the latter becoming a crowded field in the late 19th century. It would eventually be bought up and folded into MCA Records Canada in 1970. Also acknowledged was the Compo Company, which was founded in Montréal a century ago, in 1918, by Herbert Samuel Berliner. The Berliner Gramophone Company would subsequently market the first commercial flat disc recordings. The company also revolutionized the recording industry by introducing an electroplating process by which their wax-coated zinc discs could be mass-produced using a “stamper” which, when pressed into a ball of vulcanite (hard rubber), could produce final recordings in large numbers. MCA is now Universal Music Canada. The first Canadian indie label seems to have been The Compo Company, founded in Montreal in 1918 by Herbert Samuel Berliner, the son of Emile Berliner, the inventor of the gramophone (i.e. In the beginning, all record labels were indie, but once the recording industry became more established, bigger companies started buying up the smaller ones.

A fantastic breakdown of the complex harmonics in the Eagles’ “Hotel California”

A fantastic breakdown of the complex harmonics in the Eagles’ “Hotel California”
This breakdown of the Eagles’ “Hotel California” has given me a new appreciation for the complexity of the song. I will forever be impressed by people who have a command of music theory.  
  Outstanding.Laughing Squid)

Like that? Then watch this.