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Updates on the Death of Chester Bennington

Details continue to trickle in about the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. He was found at his home in LA yesterday, hanging from a door that separated his bedroom from his closet. He’d used a belt. (Note that his friend Chris Cornell hanged himself in the same way but with an exercise band.)  There [&hellip.. more

Music Technology MeetUp – The Business of Podcasting-UPDATED

UPDATE: WIN at Our Next MeetUp! Hey Music Tech Enthusiasts we have a special announcement. RSVP and attend our next MeetUp (July 26) for your chance to win a free, 30 minute consultation on publicity for your company or band from the PR geniuses at rock paper scissors. Valued at $200 a piece, they are happy [&hellip.. more

The Science of Rock Museum Exhibit Debuts at the US Space & Rocket Centre

I couple of years back, I served as the content director of a travelling science music exhibit called The Science of Rock’n’Roll. Maybe you managed to catch it at The Ontario Science Centre in Toronto or stops in Halifax, Detroit, Kansas City and a bunch of other places. The exhibit’s current hope is at the [&hellip.. more

If OJ Had a Playlist…

OJ Simpson has been in jail for nine years, so he’s missed the whole streaming revolution. Now that he’s due to be paroled in October, someone decided to get the Juice started with his first Spotify playlist.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, July 22, 2017

I read this article from the US and a certain smugness came over me. Is that wrong? And now, the music news for July 22. The iPhone 8 will cost how much? Justin Bieber has been banned from China for “bad behavior.” Forget about “fake artists” on Spotify. Did you know you can buy fake [&hellip.. more

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 21 July 2017

It’s been another rough week for music fans when it comes to losing people we admire. Hopefully this list of 11 hand-picked new tunes will offer some kind of distraction. Thanks as always to Mediazoic for the hosting. (Mediazoic is currently working on building a great new tuner with advanced features, coming soon. In the [&hellip.. more

RIP Kenny Shields of Streetheart

If you grew up in Winnipeg in the late 70s and early 80s, Streetheart were one of the city’s local heroes. Given tons of local radio support by CITI-FM, Streetheart sold a substantial number of albums through a career that extended about a decade. They even survived the departure of guitarist Paul Dean and drummer [&hellip.. more

Nine Inch Nails Reveal Unreleased David Bowie Cover

For a long while, Trent Reznor and David Bowie had this mutual admiration thing going on. They recorded together, toured together and hung out together. So it’s no surprise that when Bowie–his idol, his mentor, his friend–died, Trent took it really, really hard. To help process the shock and loss, Trent recorded a song called [&hellip.. more

Studio Owner Offers Free Song Recording. No One Responds. Why?

[Dayne is one of those super-altrustic studio owners. Why won’t anyone take him up on his offer? – AC] To the Other 10% By Dayne P Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who want to help you and who believe in you. There are many trying to take advantage of you [&hellip.. more

Rock Stars Quizzed on Particle Physics

The Paleo Music Festival is on now in Nyon, Switzerland, which is somewhere between Geneva and Switzerland near Leman Lake. The lineup includes everyone from Arcade First and Midnight Oil to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Pixies. Nyon is also a short 25 drive from CERN, the headquarters of the Large Hadron Collider and [&hellip.. more

In Appreciation of the Album

We’re only beginning to understand the implications of Steve Jobs’ demand that iTunes be allowed to sell individual songs instead of bundled albums. The record industry, frightened to death by the spectre of illegal file-sharing, caved. The concept of the album as a unified piece of art with a series of songs meant to be [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Friday, July 21, 2017

Warm? The coldest temperature ever recorded on the planet was on this day in 1983 at Vostok Station in Antarctica when it hit -89.2 C. And now, the music news for July 21. Canadian artists have some fun with Donald Trump. Hey, I laughed. And Randy Newman has written a song about Trump’s tiny manhood. [&hellip.. more

Listening to Long, Long Songs

An email came in the other day: What’s the longest single uninterrupted song ever released on record? I guess it all depends on the delivery system. If we’re talking about vinyl, the artist is limited by the capacity of the side of an LP, which is capped at somewhere around 23 minutes. I remember being [&hellip.. more

A Music Therapy Program has been Established in the Memory of Chris Cornell

A Seattle non-profit called Childhaven will soon be able to deliver the healing power of music to trauma-affected children as a result of a $100,000 contribution from the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. The announcement comes today (July 20), which is Chris’ birthday. From the press release: “The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited [&hellip.. more

Do You “Pre-Save” Upcoming Releases? Should You?

Fans have been pre-ordering new releases since the beginning of the music industry. Once we get wind of an album/box set/whatever that we know what we want, it’s great to be able to place your order early, knowing that when the release date comes around you’ll have the product shipped to you. Very convenient. But [&hellip.. more

Bookies are Already Taking Odds on Kid Rock’s Bid for the US Senate

In another example of how bookies will take a wager on anything, is now offering a series of prop bets called “celebrity Senate specials.” Here’s what they say about both Kid Rock and Caitlyn Jenner’s threats to get into politics. Whether you’re a better person or not, you gotta wonder about what’s happening to [&hellip.. more

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