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How Your Musical Preferences Affect Your Driving Behaviour

If you’re reading this while driving, stop. You’re an idiot. But if you can proceed safely, please do. All of us listen to music in the car. Chances are that if you don’t have a driving playlist, you at least have your favourite driving songs, those tunes that make the left foot a little heavier [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy 27th birthday, Hubble Space Telescope! And now, the music news for April 24 So did you go shopping on Record Store Day? The founders look ahead to the event’s 11th year. Crazy music industry fact: For the first time in 33 years, there is not a single woman in the Top 10 of US [&hellip.. more

Anyone Notice What Was Etched on the Smiths’ Record Store Day Release?

Thanks to Peter for pointing out this tweet from Consequence of Sound which shows the etching on the dead wax run-out area on the Smiths’ Record Store Day release. “Trump Will Kill America” is etched on The Smiths’ #RecordStoreDay vinyl release: — Consequence of Sound (@coslive) April 23, .. more

Working Through the Tragedy of Dementia with Music

The last couple of years of by grandfather’s 102-year life were wracked by the torment of dementia. He did have one comfort, though: the music he heard on his bedside radio. His experience has me fascinated by how music can help when nothing else will. Christopher forwarded this article from The Ottawa Citizen. Twenty people [&hellip.. more

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 785: Rock’n’Roll Rehab

When you’re a rock star, you exist in a bubble where everyone is afraid to tell you “no” regardless of how crazy things might get. But then again after a while, “crazy” seems “normal.” Perspective is lost. And when the pressures of fame get to a person, they may turn to unhealthy ways of dealing [&hellip.. more

What is “Music Windowing?” And What Should You Care? Here’s Why.

Want access to all music as soon as it comes out? Get ready to pay up. A new licensing agreement between Spotify and an organization that presents some 20,000 indie labels contains an new provision called “windowing,” something the movie industry has been using for years. When a film is released, it stays in theatres [&hellip.. more

Canadian Music Week: Sunday’s Suggestions and Curiosities

That’s all she wrote: Canadian Music Week has reached its end! The expansive festival was all over Toronto’s clubs and venues all week long and there was plenty to see, so hopefully you got to get out there and explore. But even though it’s pretty much over, there are still a couple items remaining on the [&hellip.. more

Is This the Smallest Playable Record in the World?

Records–as in recorded discs–have come in a variety of sizes over the last century. Today’s vinyl comes in 7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch diameters, but in the past, records have been sold in sizes as small as five inches and as big as 16 and 20 inches. Which brings me to this record. It’s just 3.5 [&hellip.. more

Canadian Music Week: Saturday’s Suggestions and Curiosities

This is it: Canadian Music Week is winding down! The expansive festival can be found all over Toronto’s clubs and venues for the remainder of the weekend and there’s plenty to see, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore. But if you don’t have the time or cash to hit up everything on [&hellip.. more

Earbuds? Or Bone Conduction Headband? Why Not Both?

There are three types of headphones: over-ear, in-ear and bone conduction, which bypasses the ear canal entirely. Up until now, we’ve had to pick a method for delivering music into our brains. Now, though, a new model of headphones offers a choice between in-ear and bone conduction. Meet the Conduit Sports method. More at New [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy 10th birthday, Record Store Day! Now go out and shop. And here’s some music news to discuss while you’re hanging out with like-minded nerds. Vinyl is sexy because “you can’t undress an MP3.” Were you looking for that EP of new Prince material that was supposed to come out yesterday? Yeah, about that… Still, it [&hellip.. more

Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent to DJ at Brewers Plate 2017

The tenth annual rock and roll themed Brewers Plate (#RockThePlate) features a Canadian rocker as the celebrity guest DJ. Billy Talent’s Ian D’Sa will trade in his guitar for a sound mixer to join an amazing roster of Ontario brewers and locally renowned restaurants and Chefs as they create the ultimate rock and roll pairing [&hellip.. more

New Playoff Song for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Please forgive the citizens of Toronto for losing their collective poop over the Leafs, but you really can’t blame the city. It’s been fifty years since the team won the Stanley Cup. It’s the Leafs’ 100th anniversary. And this team is at least a year ahead in its rebuilding campaign. They’ve got the Capitals kinda [&hellip.. more

Canadian Music Week: Friday’s Suggestions and Curiosities

Here we go: Canadian Music Week is well underway! The expansive festival can be found all over Toronto’s clubs and venues for the remainder of the week and there’s plenty to see, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore. But if you don’t have the time or cash to hit up everything on [&hellip.. more

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 21 April 2017

Not only is my head swimming from all the music that’s come in from the usual sources over the last seven days, but there’s also the matter of (a) Canadian Music Week; and (b) Record Store Day. Here’s what I came up with for recommendations this week. Thanks to Mediazoic for the hosting. ARTIST SONG [&hellip.. more

Top Gear: How the BBC Helped Careers of Iconic Musicians

Before streaming, social media, and the internet, many music fans learned about new artists and up-and-comers — as many of our readers remember — from visiting the record store and listening to the radio. Let’s speak specifically to radio right now. In the UK, the BBC had a tight hold on the radio industry. The [&hellip.. more

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