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Geeks and Beats Podcast, Episode 176: Technology Scares Us

The Amazon Echo cackling maniacally in the corner of your kitchen isn’t the only technology that scares the geeks on this episode. Alan introduces Michael to a site that can mimic your voice with just a minute’s worth of your actual dulcet tones. Altered Carbon may be hundreds of years away, but one company now [&hellip.. more

Music Tech Meetup: Record Store Day Event April 19th

My next Music Tech Event will be held at the iconic Toronto Reference Library on Thursday April 19. I hope you’ll join me and other Music Technology enthusiasts and experts. This time, I’ll be hosting a group of speakers at the Toronto Reference Library, a couple of days before Record Store Day. The theme? “How [&hellip.. more

Burnaby, BC, might soon have a Shithead for mayor

Joey “Shithead” Keithley, the head of DOA, Canada’s greatest punk band, has a head for politics. He’s tried to get elected several times in the past at the provincial level but those campaigns never worked out. Now he’s trying his hand at civic office. He announced this week that he’ll be running for mayor of [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox: Morgxn, Kate Nash, Jean-Michel Blais, and more!

Artist: Morgxn Song: Translucent Album: Vital Morgxn is one of my favourite up and coming artists. With enchanting melodies, strong bass lines, powerful vocals, and authentic lyrics, his ambitious brand of alt-pop never disappoints and Translucent is no exception. Watch/Listen: Artist: Kate Nash Song: Life In Pink Album: Yesterday Was Forever Life in Pink is [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, March 22, 2018

Captain Kirk turns 87 today. Happy birthday, William Shatner. One online meme says that since Donald Trump loves appointing TV people to government positions, it’s just a matter of time before The Shat becomes head of the 7th Fleet. And in music news for March 22, 2018… You’d think that with the rise of streaming [&hellip.. more

So how do we feel about blink-182 accepting a Las Vegas residency?

When we hear about artists taking up a residency at a casino in Las Vegas, we think about JLo, Mariah Caryey, Elton John, Celine Dion and Britney Spears. But blink-182? Click on the image below to see the announcement video. Rock bands in Vegas isn’t new, of course. Groups like Motley Crue and The Who [&hellip.. more

A good environmental question: Is streaming greener than vinyl?

One the beneficial things about our move from paper to electronic documents/newspapers/magazines is that we don’t need as many dead trees as we used to. But what about music? Is streaming a greener way to get music than vinyl (or CDs, for that matter)? This is from a site called The Ecologist. Sales of new [&hellip.. more

This 11-year-old may be the best music critic on the Internet

Rurairi isn’t quite up there with Lester Bangs yet, but his “react” music critic videos are sweeping the Internet. His 37,000 YouTube channel subscribers think he’s adorable–as do performers like Lil Yatchy. Here’s an example of Rurairi’s work, which focuses on the world of hip-hop. Here’s his look at post-punk kings Gang of Four. The kid’s [&.. more

Boarding House Reach: Jack White’s mad scientist experiment

[A review of Jack’s new album by Gilles LeBlanc. Come back this week for my Q&A with Jack hisself. – AC] Jack White must see himself sometimes as the last of a dying breed. The final shovel of dirt has yet to be patted down on rock’s grave, but even the staunchest apologist would probably [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Into Aries today. It’s also Twitter’s 12th birthday. As for music news on March 21, 2018… It’s now SIR Ringo Starr, thank you. Rumour: U2 is planning to use augmented reality for their upcoming Songs of Experience tour. (Via Michael) Here’s more on the potential future of the state of rock music. Let’s listen to [&hellip.. more

The world’s first blockchain smart speaker? What the hell is that?

Of the many new pieces of tech introduced at SXSW this year was Volareo, the “world’s first blockchain music speaker.” What the hell does that mean? Volareo is the product of a Dutch company. Like other smart speakers, it plays music from Spotify and other music accounts. But it also seeks to create a meaningful relationship [&hellip.. more

Weird music video: A symphony of turntables

What if a bunch of DJs got together to form a symphony orchestra-like outfit? That’s exactly what happened with The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra. Thirty DJs assembled for Japan’s LP Record Day to create and perform a piece just for turntables. Digital Trends reports: The consortium of record manipulators scratched, spliced, and remixed violinist Nathan Milstein [&hellip.. more

Time to ask the question: What’s wrong with rock?

Rock isn’t dead, but it certainly ain’t what it used to be–at least when it comes to being a driver of cultural. In case you haven’t noticed (or are in firm denial), that crown now belongs to hip-hop. While all the various metrics and statistics still say that Canada is a rock nation, it won’t [&hellip.. more

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