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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 793: The Tool Odyssey

 As of this weekend–September 23, 2017–it’s been more than 11 years and five months since Tool released their last album, 10,000 Days. It came out in the spring of 2006. Let’s put that into perspective. The last time Tool gave us a record of new material, the introduction of the iPhone was still more than [&hellip.. more

Here’s Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury at Live Aid, 1985

Rami Malek, our guy from Mr Robot, won the role of Freddie Mercury in the now-in-production biopic, had to recreate Queen’s legendary Live Aid performance. Here’s Rami as Freddie… …and here’s the original performance. Thoughts? The film opens December 25, .. more

Why Are So Many Artists Giving Co-Writing Credits to Others?

We’re running out of melodies. After almost seventy years of modern rock and popular music, it’s become insanely hard to come up with a song that doesn’t sound like something that’s already been released. Most of these sonic similarities are unintentional while others–let’s call them homages–are grateful shout-outs to those who have come before. In [&helli.. more

There’s a New South Park Video Game. Kanye West is Portrayed as a Gay Fish

The guys behind South Park have never been shy about saying what they think. Back in 2009, Kanye West was referred to as a gay fish (remember the episode “Fishsticks?”). He then returned four years later in which he referred to himself as “a recovering gay fish.” Now Kanye–or rather, South Park’s idea of him–has [&hellip.. more

Bringing Downie’s “Secret Path” to Richmond Hill

“The Secret Path,” an album by Gord Downie and accompanying illustrated book by Jeff Lemire, remains a powerful look at the life and heartbreaking death of Chanie Wenjack. A year later, photographer Joel Clements is bringing together Mike Downie, Pearl Wenjack and Strictly Hip singer Jeremy Hoyle for a night of art and music to [&hellip.. more

Pseudonyms of Musicians and Their Origins

[Another assignment from the current intern-in-resident, Dorothy Lee. What are the stories behind some rock’n’roll stage names?- AC] 1. Black Francis, Pixies Born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. I In 1987, when the Pixies released the mini-album ‘Come on Pilgrim’, Charles took his father’s advice and adopted the stage name ‘Black Francis’ which comes from [.. more

7 Important Tips on How to Choose a Recording Studio

[Reader Darren Perkins, who runs Redrum Music Studio, has a few tips for musicians looking to move out of their bedroom and into a proper recording studio. – AC] After doing several gigs singing your own songs, this might be the time for you to have your songs recorded. It will be best for you [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, September 23, 2017

According to this guy, the world is supposed to end today. Damn Nibiru. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any music news for September 23. Barely a dozen people lined up in advance to get an iPhone 8 at London’s flagship Apple store. Here’s another way streaming is shaping the music industry: Million-sellers club has [&hellip.. more

The New Pennywise the Clown Musical Meme Will Give You Nightmares

Leave it to the Internet to find new ways to make Pennywise–the clown from It–even more scary. Check out what’s making the rounds today on Twitter. Follow @Pennywise_Dance for more. Well… #ITMovie — Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 14, 2017 Well… #ITMovie — Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) Sep.. more

Listen to Wu-Tang Clan Dis Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli

When Wu-Tang Clan put their one-copy-only album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, up for auction, they had no say over who the buyer was. Highest bidder wins, right? They were shocked and annoyed that the CD went to Martin Shkreli, the pharma exec who had made international headlines for all the wrong reasons linked to [&hellip.. more

The Drake vs. Ed Sheeran Streaming Battle: Advantage Sheeran

This is the anatomy of a modern hit song. Pay attention because this is how we measure success in the music industry now. The numbers we have to deal with are much, much bigger. There’s a back-and-forth battle between Drake and Ed Sheeran when it comes to streaming supremacy on Spotify. Until recently, Drake’s “One [&hellip.. more

No net neutrality news from the Pai hole

The public comment period on net neutrality might be closed but FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai doesn’t want to talk about it. Internet users, advocates and artists alike all have a lot to say about net neutrality. In fact, more than 22 million comments were filed on the changes Pai introduced earlier this year. In short, [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Friday, September 22, 2017

The autumnal equinox. Time to start Christmas shopping, I guess. How long before the first commercial radio station flips to all-Christmas music? Ponder that as you go through the music news for September 22. More reviews of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch:  This could give you pause. And there are production issues with the [&hellip.. more

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