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RIP Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s Funky Drummer

Even if you’ve never heard the name Clyde Stubblefield, you’ve heard his work–or at least about 20 seconds’ worth of it. On November 20, 1969. James Brown assembled his supernaturally tight band at King Studios in Cincinnati, to record “Funky Drummer,” a track eventually divided into part 1 for the A-side and part 2 for [&hellip.. more

Looking to Get Your Song into a Movie or TV? Beware of This.

Artists know that licensing their material for use in a movie or a TV show can be an important source or revenue. Unfortunately, some musicians are learning that some producers are turning song placement into a pay-for-play deal. Mercenary act or just business? Read more here.. more

More Support for the Genre/Sound/Scene Known as “No Pop”

No Pop is an appellation that originated about a year ago with The Lonely Vagabond, a frequent correspondent of this site. Since then, others have adopted the name to describe…well, that’s a bit complex. Fortunately, we have this article from CultureAddict that can help sort things out. At the start of 2016, we introduced you [&hellip.. more

Will Artificial Intelligence Be Good or Bad for Music?

Can machines make music? Most definitely. But can they make music with soul and emotion? Scientists really want to make that happy–not to make musicians unnecessary and redundant, but to push the boundaries and capabilities of machine learning. A science experiment, in other words. But there are other uses for AI in the music industry [&hellip.. more

Introducing JAAK and MΞTA : A “Blockchain pilot for the Media & Entertainment Industry”

Today (Saturday, Feb. 18) at the European Ethereum Development Conference (EDCON) in Paris, Vaughn McKenzie and his partners Freddie Tibbles and Viktor Tron, introduced JAAK, a London-based technology company that has worked with the UK’s performing rights organizations and Viacom to develop a blockchain aimed at the media and entertainment industry. JAAK’s platform, MΞTA, is [&hellip.. more

Something Seems to be Very, Very Wrong with Australians’ Use of Music

It’s a lovely day here in Albany, Western Australia, as I tap this out overlooking the Southern Ocean. It’s a crisp 22 degrees, there’s not a cloud in the sky and I think I just saw a dolphin do something…dolphin-y about 100 metres out. Yet I cannot overcome a feeling of trepidation about the people [&hellip.. more

How Did Early 2000s Emo Become Such a Joke

There was a time a little more than ten years ago that it seemed every new alt-rock band was into some form of emo. I, for one, hated all of it for ruining the legacy of some of the original bands of the genre, especially those from DC. Thanks to overwroughtness of bands like Dashboard [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Still in Western Australia, drinking a local whiskey called Limeburners. Dangerous. And now, some music news… Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has died at 56 as the result of complications of MS. Coldplay’s Chris Martin came to the rescue of a charity event. What a nice boy. Pop stars are continuing to bet big [&hellip.. more

Dr. Luke’s Not Coming Across As A Great Guy Right Now

This ugly, nasty, bitter lawsuit between Kesha and Dr. Luke might have hit rock bottom. Considering he’s filed a lawsuit against her mother, that’s really saying something. The latest development involves some emails in which Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, provides some less than flattering and supportive instructions to Kesha through her manager, Monica [&hellip.. more

This McDonald’s Burger Comes with a Side of a 60-Piece Orchestra. No, Really.

In its continuing effort to keep its menu fresh, McDonald’s in The Netherlands is testing out a new burger they call The Maestro. I have no idea what’s on it, but that doesn’t matter. This story is about what happens when you order one. Adweek reports: Upon ordering, unsuspecting customers were suddenly bombarded by the [&hellip.. more

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 17 February 2017

This week’s playlist comes to you from Albany, Western Australia, one of the most remote places on the planet. I don’t think I can get further away from the Home Office without being in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to Mediazoic for keeping those home fires burning. ARTIST SONG ALBUM 1 Strand of [&hellip.. more

Midnight Oil Reforms Just in Time for the Age of Trump

All of Australia is talking about the return of Midnight Oil. Yes, there have been at least two reunions since their 2002 breakup (2005 and 2009), but this one is different. The difference is Donald Trump. Here’s how it was covered by an Australian site: This morning, iconic Australian outfit Midnight Oil announced their return [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Friday, February 17, 2017

Today we stood at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Only the Arctic Ocean to go. And now, the music news. If you like ambient music, pause for a second to think of the death of Basil Kirchin. Boy George recounted some memories about going to prison. The Grammy people have apologized [&hellip.. more

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Now Certified 33X Platinum

When Thriller appeared in stores on November 30, 1982, no one doubted that Michael Jackson had another hit record. But no one ever imagined that it would become the biggest-selling album ever. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the organization that keeps track of how many albums are sold in the US, something [&hellip.. more

I Like This: The Ted Evans Band

Remember the scene in Back to the Future where Marty gets up to play at with the band at the school dance? Toronto’s The Ted Evans Band takes stretches that concept across an entire EP but peppers the songs with modern references. You’ll see what I mean with this track.. more

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