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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 813: The 90s, Part 3: Grunge

Up until the 1990s, the second of the rock universe known as “alternative” was all over the place. There wasn’t anything anyone could call a defining sound. If it was left of centre, weird to mainstream music fans and ignored by the media, then it qualified as “alternative.” If you remember the late 80s–the decade [&hellip.. more

Join me for a rock’n’roll tour of London UK this spring!

A rock’n’roll tour of London! Who’s with me? It’s the perfect thing for anyone who wants to combine a love of music with travel. Together with Flight Centre and 102.1 the Edge, I’m going to a lead a small group of rock fans on an eight-day tour of important musical landmarks across London this May [&hellip.. more

Would you pay $150,000 to see the Foo Fighters?

Dave Grohl, The Nicest Man in Rock™, is a big supporter of the Children’s Hospital in Oakland. As part of a fundraiser called Notes & Words, Dave is going to perform a special acoustic set at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on May 12. Dave is all for raising money for a children’s hospital that [&hellip.. more

Tool producer Sylvia Massey records a snare drum in a nuclear cooling tower

Sylvia Massey, one of the few high-profile female record producers (you can thank her for the work she did on Tool’s Undertow), is a lovely person. I spent some time in a studio one night talking about production techniques and philosophies. As a producer, engineer and mixer, she’s always looking for ways to create new [&hellip.. more

The true story of the most famous drum fill in music

If there’s one air drumming moment that’s been shared by more people than this one, I can’t think of it. Wait. Let’s concentrate on just that first bit. For thirty minutes. What we hear is a gated reverb on Phil’s drums. Phil’s fill (sorry) has gone down in history as one of the most influential [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Friday, February 23, 2018

I’m going to miss the Winter Olympics when they’re over. I have a feeling, though, that I’ll be watching a lot of curling for the rest of the winter. Here’s your music news for February 23, 2018. This French guy has been ordered to pay €83 million over his piracy site. Billy Corgan says “this is [&hellip.. more

Kendrick Lamar and that poor, poor Lamborghini

In case you haven’t seen Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the Brits Wednesday, take a look at this. He started his performance on a big glass box that contained at Lamborghini. As he continued going through “New Freezer,” his collaborator, Rich the Kid, appeared in the box and–well, you’ll see. As a car guy, this really [&hellip.. more

Beatles parody band The Rutles reunite for a tour!

Before there was Spinal Tap, there was The Rutles, the Monty Python-inspired Beatles-esque joke band. Well, they’re back. Original members Neil Innes (you remember him as Ron Nasty) and John Halsey (Barrington Womble) have convinced “Rutling” Ken Thornton, Phil Jackson and Jay Goodrich to band together for a tour o the UK in May. Sadly, Python man [&hellip.. more

Bad Wolves pay homage to Dolores O’Riordan with their new “Zombie” video

The day Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in her London hotel room, she was supposed to go into the studio with a metal band called Bad Wolves. They had contacted her about appearing on and/or advising them on their cover of “Zombie.” The Bad Wolves’ version of “Zombie” had been completed back in [&hellip.. more

Getting a billion views on YouTube ain’t what it used to be

Not that long ago, a million dollars would have set you up for life. Now to be considered “wealthy,” you need at least ten times that much. Even then, you’ll be at the bottom end of the one-percenter bracket. Chalk it up to inflation/ Same thing with YouTube views. In the early days of online [&hellip.. more

Apple CEO is worried about “draining the humanity out of music”

One of the reasons vinyl continues to do well is because it provides us with physical content with the vessel that actually holds the music. Streaming is awesomely convenient, but it often reduces music something that goes in one ear and out the other. It’s provided with no context, no explanation. And because streaming is [&hellip.. more

New Music From The Inbox: Tom Misch, Jeremy Dutcher, Sudan Archives, and more!

Artist: Tom Misch feat. Loyle Carner Song: Water Baby Let your troubles wash away with this smooth and refreshing mix of jazz, pop, rap and r&b. Watch/Listen: Artist: Jeremy Dutcher Song: Mehnicut Album:Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonaw  This song is beautiful mix of classical and contemporary that showcases Jeremy Dutcher’s training as an operatic tenor as well as his [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Thursday, February 22, 2018

If Dolly the Cloned Sheep were still alive, she’d be 21 today. In music news for February 22, 2018… The Arkells tweeted once about the Olympics. Now they’re on their way to Seoul to help Team Canada. When a member of a K-Pop band committed suicide, the group continued to tour with an empty mic [&hellip.. more

Here are your winners from the 2018 Brit Awards

The Brit Awards, the UK’s equivalent of the Junos and the Grammys, were handed out in London Wednesday night. Here’s who won what. British male: Stormzy British female: Dua Lipa British group: Gorillaz Breakthrough artist: Dua Lipa (That’s two!) Global Success award: Ed Sheeran British single: Rag’n’Bone Man, “Human: British album: Stormzy, Gang Signs & [&hellip.. more

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