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Ten years ago today, George Carlin died

Along with Richard Pryor, George Carlin was one of the greatest comic geniuses of all time. He died ten years ago today as the result of a dodgy heart. If you’ve ever seen his HBO specials, you’ll know that he rarely misspoke and almost never said “uh” or “er” in his delivery. Everything was meticulously [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Friday, June 22, 2018

Thirty-two years ago today, Diego Maradona scored his famous Hand of God goal at the 1986 World Cup. Moving to music news for June 22, 2018… So what sorts of plans does Facebook have for music? Let’s take a look. Canada isn’t the only country that argues about how much domestic music is played on [&hellip.. more

I Like This: Brutus Begins

People send me material to evaluate all the time. Every once in a while, something stands above the crowd. Check out this songs and video from Hamilton’s Brutus Begins. Tons of potential here.. more

From the world of architecture, here’s a building inspired by an iPod

Dubai has some of the wildest architecture anywhere in the world. That now includes a building called The Pad. Designed by a Hong Kong-based firm, The Pad, which leans at a 6.5 degree angle through 26 floors containing 256 apartments, was inspired by–wait for it–an iPod. You’ll see it immediately. It’s supposed to remind us [&hellip.. more

Tracking Lollapalooza bands over the years

Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has showcased a huge variety of artists, both in the festival’s incarnation as a touring event and as a static show in places like Chicago, South America and Europe. Cameron Gordon at Completely Ignored offers this analysis. Click on the image to see the whole thing.. more

New Music from the Inbox: DNCE, Aly & Aj, King Princess, and more!

Artist: Freya Ridings Song: Ultraviolet The otherworldly vocals in this cinematic pop track will give you chills. Freya say that Ultraviolet is “about parts of ourselves we believe we have to hide – like a diary written in secret ink. When those secrets are not only seen, but also loved by someone who sees the [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, June 21, 2018

We hit the summer solstice at 6:07 am ET this morning. Next stop? Winter. And now music news for June 21, 2018. Pot will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018, one year to the day that Gord Downie died. Coincidence? Ask our Prime Minister. He’s a big Hip fan. Confused by all the [&hellip.. more

blink-182’s Travis Barker is now fighting a staph infection

If you’ve been following along the health issues of blink-182’s Travis Barker–a couple of shows in the band’s Las Vegas residency had to be canceled because he has blood clots in his arms–things have taken a disturbing turn. Reports say that Travis is now fighting a staph infection. He was admitted to an LA hospital [&hellip.. more

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 187: Uber Ex’d

Why the first images of “Earthrise” were deliberately grainy, Bill McClintock’s latest mashup sees George Michael take on Slayer, and Uber suspends self driving car tests in Toronto A heads-up: Next week’s show is all about weed. We’ll have a reporter from Vice talking about the impending legalization in Canada. Listen here. http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbe.. more

SEO for musicians: Is there any career impact?

SEO is the bomb. Or so we’re told. If you spend any time posting content on websites, you’re probably obsessed with search engine optimization, the practices and tricks that will bring your content as close as possible to the top of any web search on Google, Bing and all the rest of them. This sight, [&hellip.. more

Watch this elementary school choir cover Iron Maiden

‘Tis the season of the year-end school concert. I can safely say that my school would have never (and still would not) have a bunch of tweens cover Iron Maiden as part of the curriculum. Eddie would approve. I should also point out that this choir is conducted by the same teacher who had last [&hellip.. more

An introduction to the alt-rock scene of…Uzbekistan?

You’ve probably never given any thought to Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic in central Asia. Surrounded by other ‘stans (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan), it’s not exactly on anyone’s tour itinerary. It also has a reputation as a nasty place, with plenty of human rights violations (including forced child labour) to go around and [&hellip.. more

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