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Music Tech Meetup: Record Store Day Event April 19th

My next Music Tech Event will be held at the iconic Toronto Reference Library on Thursday April 19. I hope you’ll join me and other Music Technology enthusiasts and experts. This time, I’ll be hosting a group of speakers at the Toronto Reference Library, a couple of days before Record Store Day. The theme? “How [&hellip.. more

The new Decemberists album features a semi-secret anti-Trump message

The Decemberists released their eighth album, I’ll Be Your Girl, on Friday. The digital version and the CD are pretty much normal, but it’s a different story with the vinyl edition. The area on an LP between the grooves and the label is called “dead wax” or “run out grooves.” There’s a long, long history [&hellip.. more

Burlington Sound Of Music Festival

[A report from Elisa FG. on the annual Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, Ontario, which just seems to be getting bigger every year. -AC] It’s about that time of year again and you can smell it in the air. Festival season is right around the corner, and if you listen closely, you can already [&hellip.. more

Is this the greatest guitar solo of all time? Discuss this Prince performance.

This past week was the 14th anniversary of Prince’s appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when he peeled off an amazing guitar solo during a tribute to George Harrison. Prince joined Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty onstage for a rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” About three-and-a-half [&hellip.. more

Toronto Downtown Record Show

[Elisa F G looks at the upcoming spring edition of the Downtown Record Show in Toronto. I’d be there, but I’ll be on assignment at the Junos next weekend. – AC] They’re baaaaaaaaaack. And no, I’m not talking about the boogie men living inside Carol Anne’s television set. I’m talking about your most favourite boogie [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day. You know what to do. Now, music news from around the world for March 17, 2018. Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, here are the songs you’re most likely to hear at some point today. Hey, there’s data to back it up! Here are my weekly music picks for Global News. Neil Young [&hellip.. more

Trent Reznor finally announces the final third of the triptych of NIN EPs

Two days before Christmas 2016, Trent Reznor dropped a surprise Nine Inch Nails EP on fans called Not the Actual Events. Promoted as the first of a three-part series that were somehow all connected, fans got a second EP entitled Add Violence last July. Symmetry demanded that part three be released sometime around this past [&hellip.. more

How is voice activation affecting the music industry? Glad you asked.

The hottest new consumer electronics gadget is the smart speaker, a device that is activated by voice commands. Google Home/Mini, speakers powered by Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomePod plus upcoming units from Samsung and Facebook are having an impact on how people listen to music. TheMusicNetwork.com goes deeper into what all these could mean for the [&hellip.. more

Does #MeToo mean the end of the rock’n’roll groupie?

For as long as I can remember and for decades before that, a certain type of woman (and a few men) has fought to get backstage at rock shows. The word “groupie”–or at least the modern concept–goes back to 1942 when Mary McCarthy described this kind of celebrity-chasing in her novel The Company She Keeps . Another story has Rolling [&hellip.. more

Check out this interactive “map of the music universe”

Music Zoom, a creation of a German company called Audials, uses artificial intelligence to link/map more than 300,000 artists, one million songs and 1,000 genres. Using scans of the playlists of more than 50,000 radio stations, its algorithms bring new music discovery to new levels. Just pick a genre and get started. You’ll be guided [&hellip.. more

Does the dying album mean more one-hit-wonders?

We’re seeing the slow death of the album as people show a preference for streaming individual songs. This could harken a return to the way the music industry was pre-c.1965 where singles ruled over albums. But what will this mean for the industry as a whole? If the industry (and music fans) move towards concentrating [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Friday, March 16, 2018

Mississippi finally ratified the 13th Amendment, which deals with the abolishment of slavery. It was March 16, 1995. Wow. And in music news for March 16, 2018… Spotify will go public on April 3. Its current valuation is $20 billion USD–but we’ll see, won’t we? Maybe the protest song isn’t dead. There’s been a lot of [&hellip.. more

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