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The AJoMT Xmas Gift Guide 2016 (Updated Often)

Looking for some cool music-related gift items this year? The entire staff of AJoMT is combing the Internet for the best/weirdest stuff we can find. Check back often for updates. A Pogues Scented Candle This candle was inspired by the classic Pogues track, “Fairytale of New York.” This begs the question. What does it smell [&hellip.. more

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This is My New Favourite Music Website: The Weirdest Band in the World”

Andy and Jake, a couple of guys with the appreciation for the strange and absurd, maintain a site called Weirdest Band in the World. They’re fascinated with artists who are determined to be unique, whether they become successful or not. And rather than make fun of these musicians, WBitW treats them with respect and awe. [&hellip.. more

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Great 10-Minute Doc on the Future of Radio

Terrestrial radio will be with us for a long while yet but there are undeniable challenges ahead. This ten minute doc featuring BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox, BBC Radio Stoke’s Pete Morgan and Radio Futurologist James Cridland, a great listen.. more

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Music Found a Home on Instagram in 2016

With MySpace a thing of the past, newer and longer-lasting social media platforms have been trying to become the go-to place for musicians to interact with their fans. Facebook’s solution didn’t work too well. Neither did Twitter’s. How many musicians even use Snapchat? Instagram, however, found the sweet spot. Fast Company highlights some of the [&hellip.. more

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Google Play’s Top Streamed Song by Twenty One Pilots

Google Play recently released their December 2016 newsletter featuring the “Best of 2016” global lists, showcasing the top music, movies, TV shows, games, books, and apps. This includes the top five songs streamed this year: Twenty One Pilots — “Stressed Out” Justin Bieber — “Sorry” Drake ft. WizKid & Kyla — “One Dance” The Chainsmokers [&hellip.. more

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New Music From The Inbox: Saxsyndrum, Gutxi Bibang, A Valley Son, Shiny Wet Machine, The Velveteins

By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger) Artist: Saxsyndrum “Up To You” Album/EP: Single Known as electro-jazz deconstructionists, Montreal-based trio Saxsyndrum, has returned with a brand new track titled, “Up To You.” The song sees the band continuing their shift into pop territory while perfectly straddling the line between live-electronics and their experimental roots. Plus, who doesn’t.. more

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Random Music News for Monday, December 5, 2016

I had a fun Friday night: three hours in emergency on a Dilaudid drip because of a kidney stone attack. After having some stones removed from my right kidney over the summer, my left is now after me. Worst. Pain. EVER. Now that I’m done whining, here’s music news. Thirty-plus dead, more missing after rave [&hellip.. more

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Radio, Music and Technology: It’s Been a Long Strange Trip

Last month, much to my shock and surprise, the calendar told me that I’d been in the radio industry for 35 years. The anniversary gave me pause for reflection. I started looking back on the stations where I worked, the places I’ve lived, the people I’ve met and how the industry has changed during those decades. [&hellip.. more

Old Drummers are Like Old Athletes: Sometimes the Body Just Gives Out

Playing drums in a rock band is a tremendously physical thing. And just like playing sports, it takes its toll on the body. The Globe and Mail takes a look at why some drummers are forced into retirement. At the Metallica show this week at the small-venue Opera House in Toronto, the singer-guitarist James Hetfield [&hellip.. more

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A Year Ago This Weekend, Scott Weiland Was Found Dead on His Tour Bus

The last twelve months have been horrible when it comes to losing musicians. The streak that has included everyone from Bowie to Prince to Keith Emerson to Glen Frey to Lemmy really began on December 3, 2015, when we heard of the death of Scott Weiland. A month later, police released details on his death. [&hellip.. more

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Five-Year-Old Does Killer Imitation of Bette Midler. Thoughts?

I’ll give him this: Alfie Shields of Stockport, England–and yes, he’s just 5–does a killer impression Bette Midler as Winifred in the movie Hocus Pocus. The original video (posted by his father) has been viewed 2.7 million times and garnered more than 16,000 comments. Even Bette herself thinks he’s brilliant. Thoughts? Cool? Creepy? Weird? A star [&hellip.. more

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Porn for Radio? Yep. Welcome to fluffertraX.

Let me clarify that: it’s porn music–as in soundtracks from porn films. Called fluffertraX (that’s the preferred spelling), this commercial-free Austin, Texas-based Internet radio station features “the very best” music from adult films.  That may be a bit of an oxymoron. “Best” and “porn music” don’t really go together. Besides, who noti.. more

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The US Senate is Now Going After Ticket-Buying Bots

As part of a wave of populist fervour racing around the planet, the US Senate is now suddenly concerned about ticket-buying bots snapping up thousands of concert tickets before us poor meatbags get a chance to click “enter.” From Billboard: Senators passed legislation by voice vote Wednesday that would make using the software an “unfair and [&hellip.. more


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