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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 790: The Tribes of Alt-Rock

One of the most useful things about music is that it can be used to tell the world who you are. We’ve all done it, too. We’ve used music as a symbol of our individuality and belief in personal freedom. It proclaims our identity to the world. Once you start, you inevitably find that there [&hellip.. more

Win a Fluance RT81 High Fidelity Turntable at my Next MusicTech Event

I hope you’ll join me and other Music Technology enthusiasts and experts at our next MusicTech event on May 30, at the beautiful Shopify offices in downtown Toronto (80 Spadina Avenue, #400). I’ll be giving a talk titled “How to Get Your Song on the Radio,” and will also have a draw for a Fluance [&hellip.. more

RIP Greg Allman, Co-Founder of The Allman Brothers

Gregg Allman, who co-founded one of the great southern rock bands of all time and one of the elder statesmen of the blues, has died at the age 69. This death, while sad, was not unexpected. Gregg had been in poor health for some time. He was a hard drinker and used plenty of heroin [&hellip.. more

Chris Cornell Laid to Rest in Los Angeles

Say hello 2 heaven. Chris Cornell’s funeral was held today (May 26) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Judging by the people in attendance, Chris touched a lot of people. Attendees including Brad Pitt, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Dave Grohl and Taylor [&hellip.. more

Fourth Annual Drone (Music) Day Is Today!

Any kind of sound can be music to somebody, and the holiday celebrating the experimental music made of drones and tones is back for another year. Launched in 2014, Drone Day is all about spreading the inclusivity and cooperation of drone music. It’s a genre that requires no musical knowledge whatsoever to participate – pitching [&hellip.. more

Are We at the End of Music Revivals?

Keep something long enough and it’ll inevitably come back into style. That applies to music, too. Nostalgia for the music of specific decades follows a rough cycle. If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the 50s rock’n’roll revival of the early 70s, a time of American Graffiti, Grease, Happy Days, Sha Na Na and [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, May 27, 2017

I’m spending part of the weekend listening to the new reissue of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album. Damn, it’s good. (Speaking of which, here’s a cool story about the album cover.) And now, the music news for May 27. The Manchester bomber apparently used his student loan to build his bomb. What’s wrong with people, [&hellip.. more

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 26 May 2017

Given that hundreds of new tunes are pitched every month, it’s tough to narrow things down to just these eleven. I hope you’ll find something to enjoy here. Thanks to Mediazoic for the hosting. ARTIST SONG ALBUM 1 Muse Dig Down Single 2 Grizzly Bear Mourning Sound Painted Ruins 3 Fleet Foxes Fool’s Errand Crack-up [&hellip.. more

Five Chris Cornell Albums Re-enter US Album Charts

As usual, death turns out to be good for business. There was the understandable explosion in interest in Chris Cornell’s music following his death last Thursday. We still don’t have the full chart results–the sales week runs Friday to Thursday midnight–but early indications are that plenty of people bought Chris Cornell-related albums.  In the US, [&hellip.. more

Are Your CDs Rotting? You Might Want to Check on Them.

I’m finishing up a major home office move that included transferring close to 10,000 CDs from upstairs to their new storage spot in the basement. Even though I’ve always taken very good care of my collection (cool, dark place, never jamming them together too tight, etc.), I noticed that some of them don’t seem to be [&hellip.. more

Booking Talent for Concerts and Festivals: It’s a Tough, Tough Gig

I spent some difficult years of years dealing with an annual nightmare of booking bands for Edgefest and the CASBY Awards. It’s not as simple as calling up a bunch of acts and asking them to appear at a specific time in a specific place during a time when everyone is on tour. Creating a [&hellip.. more

So Which Streaming Services Rule Today?

There are plenty of choices when it comes to signing up for a streaming music service. Music Industry Blog shows where the horserace is today. I had no idea that Amazon Prime Music was so popular. Read the entire The State of Streaming Report here. &nbsp.. more

See If You Can Make It Big In This Choose Your Own NXNE Adventure Game

Have you ever dreamed of being a rock star? Plenty of real-life stars will be descending on Toronto for NXNE in less than a month, but local artists Amy Tschupruk and Alex Clarke have taken the dreaming into their own hands. They created a NXNE-themed choose-your-own-adventure game, where it’s up to you to take your [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Friday, May 26, 2017

The Wife has me scheduled to do all kinds of flower planting this weekend. Lovely. And now, the music news for May 26. The 50th-anniversary edition of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album is out today. You should buy it. Radio people are getting really, really tired of uninformed writing about the medium by tech writers. [&hellip.. more

Chris Cornell and the Early Years of Soundgarden

In the week since Chris Cornell died, there’s been a definite uptick when it comes to interest in Soundgarden. Billboard has this article on the early days of the band. Evan Schiller didn’t know Chris Cornell very well — when it came down to it, few people really did — but the drummer for the [&hellip.. more

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