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Music Matters: Music Technology (free) Event at the Phoenix in Toronto

Attention all Music Geeks and Tech Freaks! We are excited to announce our next Music Tech MeetUp event, happening at the legendary Phoenix Concert Theatre on November 21, 2018. This time, I’ll be moderating a panel on the role of technology in education and well-being.  The networking and panel discussion will be followed by a [&hellip.. more

How do you pronounce “blink-182?” SPOILER: This is just silly.

James Corden, a Brit, takes issue with the way we in North America pronounce the name “blink-182.” It’s “blink-one-eighty-two,” right? Well… Don’t start this. I admit we are wrong on this. America calls them Blink One eighty two. Which is also wrong. They technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two. Don’t take [&hellip.. more

What trends are going to shape music in 2019? Glad you asked.

Now that American Thanksgiving is almost here, making predictions for 2019 has once become a parlor game for music industry wonks. MIDIA Research, which has a pretty good track record with this kind of thing, has published their annual look ahead. 2018 was another year of change, disruption and transformation across media and technology. Although [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox for November 20, 2018: Rina Mushonga, Badflower, Only Yours, & More!

Artist: Rina Mushonga Song: “Hey Coach” Album: Single London-based Dutch-Zimbabwean indie pop artist Rina Mushonga plans to release her sophomore album in February. The introspective lyrics is about responsibility and ownership. Listen: Artist: Badflower Song: “x ANA x” Album: Single This high-energy song is about Badflower frontman Josh Katz’s struggles with anxiety and panic disorder [.. more

Random music news for Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Now in transit home from Thailand. By the time I get home, I’ll have been traveling for 32 hours. Ouch. At least it gives me some time to deal with music news for November 20, 2018. Weekly music sales and streams stats for Canada vs. this time a year ago:  total albums, -22.6%; digital albums, [&hellip.. more

Rick Rubin post photo of California wildfires hitting Malibu

What makes the California wildfires so deadly is that they’ve created a firestorm that travels along the tops of trees, According to reader Walter (who apparently knows about such things), this creates massively high temperatures. When it hits the wooden roof of a house, it’s instantly ignited. Producer Rick Rubin has a couple of homes [&hellip.. more

Chris Cornell’s son stars in his dad’s new (and last) video

Among the 64 tracks included on the big career-spanning Chris Cornell box set which comes out this Friday is an unreleased song entitled “When Bad Does Good.” Ahead of the release is this music video starring Chris’ son as a Seattle paperboy, a gig his father once had. Watch closely for references to Chris’ life [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Monday, November 19, 2018

Last full day in Thailand. Then it’s a 27-hour ride home including an eight-hour layover in Seoul. I think I’m gonna try me one of those capsule hotels.  Meanwhile, here’s some music news for November 19, 2018. What’s this about the members of Soundgarden continuing without Chris Cornell? That’s what some people are reading into [&hellip.. more

25 years ago today, Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged album was recorded

It was a Thursday when Nirvana finally moved into the newly-opened Sony Music Studios at 460 W. 54th Street to set up for a taping of MTV’s popular Unplugged series. I say “finally” because the negotiations to get Nirvana to agree to appear on the show were fraught with complications. No one in Nirvana was [&hellip.. more

New Tool album almost derailed by the California wildfire disaster

Adam Jones of Tool was watching the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles very closely. When it crept too close to his home in Malibu, he and his family had to bug out. Evacuate. The fire continued to creep towards his neighbourhood. Neil Young lost his place. So did Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. Flea of the [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 22: Alexisonfire

[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] Alexisonfire (pronounced Alexis On Fire) is a five-piece post-hardcore band formed in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 2001. The [&hellip.. more

Can music help you sleep?

Reader Tom, whom we might assume is suffering from insomnia, sends us this link to WebMD about the use of music to help us sleep. “Yes, there is data that suggests that music can help people fall asleep,” says Michael Breus, Ph.D., upwave sleep expert and author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep. But [&hellip.. more

Poll: Who Should Play Toronto’s El Mocambo?

It’s somehow appropriate that on the first snowy night in Toronto this year, the city’s most famous palm tree was restored to all its illuminated neon glory, giving hope to music fans that warmer days are ahead. I am of course referring to El Mocambo, the two-tiered venue that’s been around for 70 years and [&hellip.. more

Guest post: Who will be the Bob Marley of hip-hop?

[Another guest post as I lollygag somewhere in southern Thailand where the music of Bob Marley can be heard more often than you’d think. This one comes from Chris Donaghue. – AC] Hip-hop has never had its Bob Marley. What I mean by that is that there hasn’t been an artist who is so good [&hellip.. more

Guest post: Steps to amazing car audio sound

[Because I’ve been overseas for the last week, I’ve fobbed off some writing to a few guests posters. Here’s one on car audio from Lauren Bricks. – AC] When buying a car, we always hope that it comes with an excellent audio system. However, most people wouldn’t bet on it since car manufacturers these days [&hellip.. more

Chapter 5 of the Brother Rock comic strip

There are too few comic strip artists that deal with music. That’s why this site is happy to promote Brother Rock, a serialized strip written and illustrated by Nashville-based Randy Gibbard. This is chapter 5 Get caught up here.. more

Random music news for Saturday, November 17, 2018

Yesterday was the 80th birthday of the synthesizing of LSD. Insert quip about the drug’s long, strange trip [here]. As for music news on November 17. 2018… This is an interesting theory on why Donald Trump has suddenly decided to give Elvis Presley (d. 1977) the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (BTW, the last Republican president [&hellip.. more

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