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The Billboard Hot 100 Chart Was Born on This Day in 1958

When it comes to following and documenting the success of singles, the 800-pound gorilla in the music industry is the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While Billboard had been publishing various sorts of charts since before WWI, it wasn’t until August 4, 1958, that they formalized the Hot 100, a chart that endures today. Point of [&hellip.. more


The Weirdness of Rupan Bal

A few days ago, I posted a video that combined this video with Radiohead’s “The National Anthem.” Here’s the full Rupan Bal clip made more insane by restoring the original soundtrack. Note that this goddam thing has more than 17 million views. Could someone please fill in some details about the source of these videos? [&hellip.. more

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Watch the Documentary CFNY-FM: Not Your Average Radio Clone

There aren’t a lot of radio stations that have inspired the same sort of devotion that we’ve seen with CFNY-FM (now The Edge) in Toronto. Karim Mosna, a 21 year old “self-professed radio junkie” interviewed me, David Marsden and a whack of other people from the The Spirit of Radio era at CFNY FM. It’s [&hellip.. more

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Summer Reading: Music-Based Comics and Books

Looking for some summer reading to carry you through the rest of the month? Brent points us toward Humble Music Books which offers interesting bundles of comics and books geared to music freaks. “The Tori Amos book is good,” he reports, “and Hip Hop Family Tree is fun but for you Alan, Phonogram is the [&hellip.. more

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Two Dead in Shootings at OVO Festival After Party

A man and a woman were fatally shot at Muzik, the nightclub on the ground of Exhibition Place in Toronto, following some kind of altercation at the OVO Festival after party. The festival–Drake’s annual homecoming show across Lake Shore Boulevard at Exhibition Place–was long over when the bullets started flying around 3:30am. In addition to [&hellip.. more

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A Bunch of Unreleased Nirvana Songs Have Suddenly Appeared

We’ve been told time and time again that the vaults are empty and that the the last great Nirvana song will forever be “You Know You’re Right.” Well, maybe that’s not right. For no reason anyone can tell, fourteen previously unreleased Nirvana songs have appeared online. None have the polish of finished studio recordings–they’re pretty [&hellip.. more


A New Photo Gallery of Record Stores

Even if I don’t end up buying anything, I love ducking into an unfamiliar record store because I just want to see what it looks, feels and even smells like. There’s now a new online photo gallery of record stores around the planet–and there’s a chance for all of us to contribute. Vinyl Stores is a [&hellip.. more

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