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The concept of the album is falling from favour. What’s next?

For more than 50 years, the entire recorded music industry has been based on selling us albums. Although Columbia introduced the long-playing 33 1/3 album in 1948, it really didn’t take off until about 1965 when rock artists began to exploit the format. The industry began to move from pushing 7-inch singles to higher-margin 12-inch [&hellip.. more

RIP, Black Godfather

Andre Williams passed away on March 17th, 2019 at the age of 82. The Detroit native by way of Alabama started recording R&B songs in his teens with family-run label Fortune Records, and released his last album I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City in 2016. Despite co-writing the hit “Shake a Tail Feather” and [&hellip.. more

Queen’s Brian May has released another space video

Queen guitarist Brian May–that’s Dr. May, by the way; he has a PhD in astrophysics–has been involved in a number of space exploration programs, including the New Horizons probe which is now far beyond Pluto. He is part of the team’s stereo image experts. Back in January, New Horizons made a flyby of a strange [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox Tuesday Edition! (Mar. 19, 2019): Black Label Society, Rain Over St. Ambrose, Mammoth Penguins, & More!

Artist: Black Label SocietySong: “Spoke In The Wheel”Album: SingleBand location: Los Angeles, California Why I like it: Stripped down and full of emotion. Watch: Artist: Rain Over St. AmbroseSong: “Dedication”Album: SingleBand location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Why I like it: Upbeat with relaxed vocals. Watch: Artist: Mammoth PenguinsSong: “Closure”Album: SingleBand location: Cambridge, E.. more

Random music news for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last full day of winter. Last full day of winter. Last full day of winter. Last full day of winter. Music news for March 19, 2019. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. a year ago: Total albums, -18.3%; digital albums, -19.3%; physical albums, -17.3%; CDs, -20.8%; digital tracks, -30.1%; vinyl LPs, 8.6%; on-demand [&hellip.. more

42 music groups sign on to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct

With #MeToo concerns on everyone’s mind, the Canadian music industry is taking steps to root out harassment, bullying and violence in an effort to create safe workplaces. In the days leading up to the Juno Awards in London, 42 members of a coalition of groups from within the Canadian music industry formally signed the code. [&hellip.. more

Weekly survey: What’s the best guitar riff of all time?

The guitar riff is the foundation of so much of the rock canon. It’s that catchy repeating hook, often played down low on the guitar, that draws you into the song and then forms the basis (most of the time) for the rest of the song. Technically, a riff is known as an ostinato, a [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Monday, March 18, 2019

And how are we after St. Patrick’s Day? I wonder what absenteeism is like today. Ponder that as we go through music news for March 18, 2019. Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael, was said have made a suicide attempt. She says “What are you talking about?” The Beastie Boys are going on tour again. Sort [&hellip.. more

RIP pioneering surf guitarist Dick Dale

Before there were guitar heroes like Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, a Boston ukulele player transplanted to California emerged with a sound that ended up influencing generations of guitar players. Dick Dale, an actual surfer, was the inventor of surf rock, the twangy electric guitar style that found its way into everyone from punk bands [&hellip.. more

Early registration for Indie Week ends April 9

The big day might not come until November, the deadline for early Indie Week registration is April 9 – just a few weeks away. It’s one of Canada’s biggest events in indie music with acts from around the world coming in for five jam-packed days and nights of workshops, performances and meeting other like-minded artists. [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, chapter 54: Buck 65

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC] Richard Terfry (born March 4, 1972), better known by his stage name Buck 65, is an alternative [&hellip.. more

Want better-tasting cheese? Play it hip-hop.

As something of a cheese snob–I love a good Comte with a glass of port after a nice meal–I’m always looking for interesting cheese to try beyond your average cheddar. Word out of Switzerland–a country that knows cheese–is that researchers have determined that cheese likes music as it ages, hip-hop in particular. Why the boffins [&hellip.. more

Motley Crue + Madonna = This

With the release of The Dirt on Netflix, Motley Crue has released some new music, including this cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.” Please enjoy.. more

The Pixies are going to try to break into the world of podcasting

Being in a band is a time consuming thing, so it’s not surprising that there’s a dearth of them producing podcasts on a regular basis. Come to think of it, I can’t think of a single one off the top of my head. I’m sure some exist, but none have really broken through. The Pixies [&hellip.. more

Could this be the world’s longest song recording? It lasts for 999,999 hours.

Pi Day (March 14 or 3/14) was Thursday, but the excitement(?) from the event continues. First Google released their calculation of pi to 31.4 trillion digits. Now comes this song from Canton Becker of Santa Fe, New Mexico, entitled “Shepard’s Pi.” He writes: “I composed a one-million-hour-long ambient space music song using one billion digits [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Saturday, March 16, 2019

Another four days until spring. Another four days until spring. Another four days until spring. Meanwhile, here’s music news for March 16, 2019. Ozzy’s not dead yet. In fact, he’s feeling much, much better after another health scare. Louis Vuitton has pulled its Michael Jackson-inspired clothing. Meanwhile, some Michael Jackson fans are planning to sue [&hellip.. more

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