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The Hockey World Honours Gord Downie

If you saw the Leafs-Red Wings game last night, you’ll know that there was a moment of silence for Gord Downie before the puck dropped. The broadcast also featured Hip songs going into commercial breaks. Then there was this: 50 Mission Cap. pic.twitter.com/fdMDy0ZGyY — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 18, 2017 The soundtrack of car [&hellip.. more

Coverage of Gord Downie’s Death from Around the World

The death of Gord Downie is a massive story in Canada, but it’s also being covered around the planet. For example: The New York Times In the first week of January 2016, the Canadian singer-songwriter Gord Downie paid a visit to the Bathouse, the recording complex that his band, the Tragically Hip, owns in a small [&hellip.. more

Gord Downie Dead at 53

Gord Downie passed away last night after battling brain cancer. STATEMENT October 18, 2017 Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it [&hellip.. more

Geeks and Beats Podcast, Episode 149: Walled Gardeners

Google backed up the truck this week to the G&B studios and unloaded a bunch of new toys for us to play with, including it’s iPhone Killer Pixel 2 and it’s new low-cost VR headset, after our ace producer Vanessa Azzoli reported from the big unveiling. Alan was out grabbing a Timmies and missed the [&hellip.. more

Is This the Solution for Pricing Concert Tickets?

[Earlier this week, I posted an unpopular view on concert tickets. I suggest that they’re priced far too low for the marketplace. This generated a number of emails, including this one from Chris Fievoli. He has a suggestion for settling the pricing of concert tickets once and for all. – AC] With all the recent [&hellip.. more

More Hints That We’re Heading for a Reunion of the Classic Smashing Pumpkins Lineup

[Current intern-in-residence Dorothy Lee has been looking into the prospect of a reunion of the original lineup of the Smashing Pumpkins. – AC] There has been plenty of speculation about a possible reunion with the original members of The Smashing Pumpkins. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, things are, frankly, looking good. Pretty, pretty, pretty [&hellip.. more

It’s Almost Time for the Fall Downtown Toronto Record Show

  One of the best vinyl events of the year happens each fall with the Record Guys’ Downtown Record Show. This year’s event is set for Sunday, November 5 at the Estonian Hall at 958 Broadview in Toronto. Cratediggers will have a chance to root through 100,000 records offered by 50 dealers. There’s also the [&hellip.. more

The Black Friday Edition of Record Store Day is Coming. Here’s What to Expect

The day after American Thanksgiving–otherwise known as Black Friday–is when we’re supposed to descend into an orgy of Christmas shopping. (Come to think of it, when did this become a formalized thing?) The organizers of Record Store Day, not wanting to let an opportunity pass up, partners with labels to create special Black Friday releases [&hellip.. more

New MomenTO Concert Series Acknowledges Toronto’s Music History

MomenTO: Sounds Like Toronto is a series of free concerts that celebrate the influence the city has had on music not just across Ontario and across Canada but around the world. There are six free shows through October and November to help close out the Canada 150 celebrations. Here’s what’s coming up. Additional information can [&hellip.. more

More Music From The Inbox 18 Oct 2017 DJ Spoko, Hater, Heavy Hearts and More!

Artist: DJ Spoko, “Im I Dreaming ft. MK” Album: N/A One of my favourite DJs out of South Africa Sounds like: seeing the world with fresh eyes Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Hater, “Blushing” Album: Red Blinders Awesome Swedish band with a beautiful sound Sounds like:  Dreampop at its best Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Heavy Hearts, “Unravel (Your Love)” Album: [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This was a momentous day for music in 1954. Texas Instruments introduced the first-ever transistor radio: the Regency TR-1. And now, more music news for October 18. Why was Arcade Fire’s “Creature Comfort” censored for Canadian radio? And it’s not for just the usual bad language, either. This is weird. Ed Sheeran fall down go [&hellip.. more

MGMT Returns with a New Song: “Little Dark Age”

MGMT has been mostly AWOL since the release of their 2013 self-titled album and frankly, a lot of us weren’t sure if they were still a thing. But last week’s rumours of new material have turned out to be true. The title track of their 2018 album, Little Dark Age, appeared today in single and [&hellip.. more

Another Great Music Tech Event in the Can – TAVES Edition

Thanks to everyone who came out on the weekend to our twelfth Music Technology event at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show. If you want to see what you missed, you can check out the highlights on Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel. If you missed this event, don’t worry. We run our Music Technology events every 5-6 [&hellip.. more

Explaining the Confusion Surrounding the (Phantom) FM Chip in iPhones

In the aftermath of two horrible hurricanes that knocked out power, Internet and cell service to millions of people, the one communications medium that kept running was old-fashioned radio. Without AM and FM station broadcasting on their emergency power supplies, vast swaths of the population would be have been left in the dark. Literary. Once [&hellip.. more

It’s Not a Tool Album, But Maynard Returns with A Perfect Circle

It’s been more than eleven years since Tool released an album of new material, but we haven’t seen a full A Perfect Circle album since November 2, 2004. That’s 12 years, 11 months and 15 days ago. That hiatus has come to an end. Almost. Yesterday, Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel dropped a new [&hellip.. more

OTT Rock Band Wanted for “Rock-Action” Video Game

This drifted into my LinkedIn account yesterday. Anyone (or anyone you know) interested? WANTED: Bands for Commercial Video Game Opportunity We are searching for a talented rock group to partner with us on an exciting, rhythm-based combat game under the working title: Rock Gods. The ideal bands will understand epic rock in the vein of The [&hellip.. more

Tuesday Timesuck: A Way to Explore Every Genre of Music Ever Created

In the Olden Days, it was easy to place popular music into nice, neat piles: pop, rock, country, R&B, jazz, classical and so on. Now, though, it’s not so simple. Music has fragmented so much–“shattered,” is probably a better description–that there are hundreds and hundreds of distinct genres. While you can probably figure out what [&hellip.. more

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