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Geeks and Beats Podcast, Episode–Hey, Wait a Minute! Where’s the Show?

Don’t panic. Everyone at sister site Geeks&Beats is just on a Christmas break. Besides, I’ve been in Vietnam for the past couple of weeks and to say that Internet access has been sketchy would be doing a disservice to the word “sketchy.” We’re using this hiatus to make some plans for 2018. First, we’re now [&hellip.. more

Newsflash: “Jingle Bells” is a RACIST Song

Hold on. How could “Jingle Bells,” the most innocuous of all Christmas songs, be in any way racist? Let’s start by looking at the lyrics from the tune written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on [&hellip.. more

Why is this Rapper Dissing WestJet?

There’s gotta be some backstory to this. Lil Pump, a Florida-based rapper, disses of WestJet–WestJet!–in his song, “Gucci Gang,” which was a #2 song on the US hip-hop charts and hit #3 in Canada. Here’s the portion of the lyrics in question. And beware, people, we’re deep into NSFW territory here. Bought some red bottoms, [&hellip.. more

7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 7

Last week we dealt with questions about the various musical “stuff” you love, whether band, voice, lyric or item. This week I’m going in a different direction. Each day I’ll share an important musical moment from my life. Moments that changed things in some way for me. I hope this will inspire you to share [&hellip.. more

Thom Yorke: I’m A Very Rude Person

Thom Yorke kicked off a short solo tour in Los Angeles this week. It looks to be an interesting show. I mean, who doesn’t want to hear a song called “I’m A Very Rude Person”? Thom Yorke launched the first date of a brief solo tour this month at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on Tuesday [&hellip.. more

Rivoli To Host Photo Exhibit

This looks to be an interesting photo exhibit being hosted by the Rivoli and called In View. In View is a photo exhibition which reviews that past year in music by pulling together the work of nineteen of Toronto’s finest photographers including: Vanessa Heins, Dustin Rabin, Jess Baumaung, Kate Killet and Louis Mora. In View [&hellip.. more

This Is Cool: A Message From Earth

We’ve heard a lot about that golden record aboard Voyager as its journey to the stars continues, at least for now. Having your own copy and different ways to experience it have come in the last year. A new celebration of this ongoing journey comes in the form of A Message From Earth: In celebration [&hellip.. more

52 Albums That Changed My Life, Chapter 51: Bowie’s Outside

The problem about writing about anything David Bowie, especially now, is that a lot of really good writers have tackled writing about David Bowie. Writers who are, in all fairness, better than I am. But what I can say about Bowie is that from an entire personal standpoint, Bowie taught me to look at what [&hellip.. more

Christmas Music: Not for Everyone

Okay, these are American and British statistics, but they must be at least partly extrapolatable into Canada. According to a survey of 2,000 people this fall, 17% of American and 25% of British shoppers “actively dislike” Christmas music. The question is, why? Possible explanations include: Christmas Creep, the exhortation for shopping (along with decorations and [&hellip.. more

Bono’s Son, Eli Hewson, Has His Own Band. Watch.

Like father like son? Eli Hewson, son of Bono, is in a Dublin-based band called Inhaler who list their influences as Joy Division (one of dad’s favourites) and the Stone Roses. Learn more about them here. They’ve been gigging around. 24 crazy hours in 36 crazy seconds. #SupposedToBeAtSchool pic.twitter.com/TCQgmsIG8J — Inhaler (@InhalerDublin) December 15, .. more

7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 6

Last week we dealt with questions about the various musical “stuff” you love, whether band, voice, lyric or item. This week I’m going in a different direction. Each day I’ll share an important musical moment from my life. Moments that changed things in some way for me. I hope this will inspire you to share [&hellip.. more

More On Metadata

Last week we heard about a new collaboration between Bell, Re:Sound and Music Canada to improve the quality of the data across Bell’s media platforms, specifically in radio. As you can imagine, gathering data from hundreds of stations across all sorts of markets can be daunting. The music industry has been struggling for over a [&hellip.. more

Speech Recognition Being Used To Analyze Apollo Tapes

Speech recognition has come a long way in recent years. Look at Suri, Alexa and the brilliantly named Google Assistant! I never expected to hear that this technology would be used to analyze the conversations recorded from an old space flight. There was a lot more said during the Apollo 11 missions besides “the Eagle [&hellip.. more

The Cure’s 40th Anniversary Show Sounds Epic

For some reason hearing that The Cure is 40 caught me off guard. I should have known that and it shouldn’t have surprised me but it did. To celebrate, they are throwing a one-night-only party of epic proportions. The Cure will only be playing one European show in 2018, but the British mainstays plan on [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, December 16, 2017

If this is your birthday, you have the distinction of having the worst birth date on the calendar. Here’s why. And now, the music news for December 16. A good read: Rewiring our entire relationship to music. U2’s Songs of Experience sold about 180,000 copies in its first week in the US. That’s the biggest [&hellip.. more

The Most Listened-To Audiobooks of 2017 Are…

I am an audiobook fanatic. Along with listening to a regular series of podcasts and playlists, I spend a lot of commuting and dog-walking time listening to audiobooks, mostly from Audible.com, averaging about two books a month. The company has just released its list of the audiobooks that saw the most engagement in 2017. Most [&hellip.. more

7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 5

Last week we dealt with questions about the various musical “stuff” you love, whether band, voice, lyric or item. This week I’m going in a different direction. Each day I’ll share an important musical moment from my life. Moments that changed things in some way for me. I hope this will inspire you to share [&hellip.. more

Check Out The Latest From Jack White

One thing that Jack White never is, is boring. His latest is a jumble that shouldn’t work but really does. Check it out for yourself! And share your thoughts in the comments.. more


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