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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 801: 60 Band Name Origins in 60 Minutes

As someone who churns out tens of thousands of words every week–emails, blog posts, business documents, tweets, radio scripts–I’ve developed a fascination with words. And, for whatever reason, there seems to be a special place in my brain for names, especially the origins of names. If you’re into the study of word origins, you’re into [&hellip.. more

New Genre Alert: New Retro Wave. Gawd, the Over-Produced Music of the 80s is Back.

In the endless parade of “everything old is new again” sounds, there’s an emerging genre that resurrections the production sounds and styles of the 80s. Although we’ve seen similar genres pop up–synthwave, retrowave, etc.–adherents call this flavour New Wave Retro. If you’re of a certain age, the sound of these new bands will evoke memories [&hellip.. more

Interested in Early Canadian Rock History? Take a Look at this New Book

There’s a serious rush to document Canadian music history–and about time, too. After years of ignoring our musical past, new books are appearing every year. One of the latest is As the Years Go By: Conversations with Canada’s Folk, Pop and Rock Pioneers by a couple of freelancers from London, Ontario. Mark Kearney and Randy Ray, [&hellip.. more

Our Lady Peace and Matt Good Heading Out on a War Child Benefit Tour

Not long ago, Our Lady Peace completed a Canadian roadtrip with I Mother Earth. Now OLP is teaming up with Matt Good to co-headline a Canadian tour in support of the War Child charity. One dollar from each ticket will be donated to the organization which works with kids in war-torn regions of the world. Over [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, November 18, 2017

On this day in 1963, the first push-button telephone went into service. And in music news for November 18… The Tragically Hip was officially appointed to the Order of Canada yesterday. (Gord received his pin back in the summer.) Here’s a quick history of Black Friday (infographic). Another smart speaker is on the market, this [&hellip.. more

Green Day is Back with a New Political Statement

Green Day’s new greatest hits album, God’s Favourite Band, is out today and includes a new track called “Back in the USA.” The video is inspired by an underrated 1988 sci-fi film starring Rowdy Roddy Piper (yes, the wrestler) called They Live. Let’s compare and contrast. And now the new Green Day.. more

Charlie Rose Interviews Live Nation’s Michael Rapino

Few people realize that a couple of Canadians control the global touring industry. Between Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino (he’s from Thunder Bay) and Arthur Fogel, head of global touring at Live Nation (he’s from Hamilton), hosers are pretty much in charge. Charlie Rose recently sat down with Michael Rapino.. more

Attention Billy Talent Fans: The Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show is Coming

Billy Talent has always been a big champion of raising money for the MS Society of Canada because drummer Aaron Solowoniuk has been living with the disease for years. Their fundraiser, F.U.MS., has been behind everything from concerts to golf tournaments to axe-throwing competitions(!!!) to raise money and awareness for young people affected by multiple sclerosis. The Officially [&hellip.. more

It’s Come to This: Touring Conference Features Panel on Gun Violence

The Bataclan. Las Vegas. The Pulse Nightclub. Manchester. Gun violence (and the occasional bomb) is now a fact of life in the concert industry. At least people are talking about the situation and what to do about it. The Bilboard Touring Conference included a panel on what musicians, promoters and fans need to know. Everytown for [&hellip.. more

A Metal-Only Streaming Service

If you dig into the listener data collected by sites like Spotify, you’ll find that the genre with the most loyal fans is metal. Fans of metal listen to little else than there chosen genre. This gave someone an idea: What about a streaming service that only featured metal? Behold Gimme Radio, a “radio service and [&hellip.. more

A Bunch of Musicians Just Sent a Musical Message to Our Future Alien Overlords

Sitting just 12.4 light-years away is an Earthlike planet with the fancy name GJ273b which orbits a star officially called, yes, GJ 273 (otherwise known as Loyton’s Star), an otherwise non-descript red dwarf. As its name implies, it’s one of two confirmed planets flitting about GJ 273 and is classified as a “Super Earth,” meaning it’s somewhat [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Friday, November 17, 2017

There’s a bougainvillea that my wife has in a pot in the backyard and it’s STILL alive. That’s one tough tropical plant. And now, the music news for November 17. I did a presentation on Toronto music history earlier this week at the Great Hall. Here’s a review of the evening from Spill Magazine. Streaming [&hellip.. more

How are Teenagers Consuming Media? Let Us Count The Way

Music Ally is an industry newsletter (subscription) from the UK that offers insight into many different aspects of marketing and promotion. This week’s edition offers some interesting stats on teenagers, specifically their media consumption habits. Here are some highlights from a study of UK teens: Number of people between 11-15 that own a smartphone: 71%. [&hellip.. more

How to Scam Spotify with a Play Bot

People have been trying to game the system in the music business since the business began. In the days of physical product, there were all kinds of shenanigans use to fake inflated sales of albums and singles. There are bots that will deliver fake YouTube views, Facebook friends and likes and Twitter followers. The latest [&hellip.. more

One More Time for the Warped Tour and It’s Over

The Warped Tour has to be the longest-running summer music caravan festival in the history of the galaxy. Kevin Lyman got it things rolling in 1995 and has been at the helm ever since. In those 23 years, the punk and alt communities have been exposed to thousands of bands while the performers themselves got [&hellip.. more

The Countries with the Worst Internet Service on Earth

We expect the Internet to be available to us everywhere because we’re always online. According to a brand new Statscan Survey, over 98% of Canadians use the Internet daily, mostly through smartphones (76% of us have them), laptops (71%) or tablets (54%). And we expect our Internet access to be lightning fast. Do you freak out [&hellip.. more


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