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Online Video Series on Vinyl Comes to VOD Today (April 18)

Vinyl Revolution is an online video series that explores the resurrection of vinyl in both the music industry and in the minds of fans. The first episode, Vinyl Revolution: Toronto will be available as of today (April 18) as the word gets ready for Record Store Day. This first episode will look at the vinyl [&hellip.. more

BABYMETAL Has Plans for a, Er, Unique Music Festival This Summer

First, let us review. This is BABYMETAL. Don’t laugh. They are nothing short of a global phenomenon and have toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns ‘N Roses and Metallica. Now they’re ready to take things to the next level by staging their own festival. However, you just can’t show up to the night [&hellip.. more

Seymour Stein, Record Man, on 50 Years in the Business

“Go over there,” Seymour Stein pointed, “Good kung pao chicken. Good kung pao.” We were standing on some side street in Beijing outside a boutique hotel the name of which I can’t remember. I needed to eat. Badly. “Ask for the kung pao. You won’t be sorry.” Seymour–the founder of Sire Records—and I had just [&hellip.. more

Sylvan Esso Takes a Shot at Radio Programmers

Getting a song on the radio is still the best way to reach a mass audience in the most cost-effective away. But as any artist will tell you, getting on the radio is hard by design. If you want your song played in between the best the world has to offer, it had better be [&hellip.. more

Canadian Music Week: Tuesday’s Suggestions and Curiosities

Here we go: Canadian Music Week is here! The expansive festival will be taking over Toronto’s clubs and venues for the next several days 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 the schedule, [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time for Canadian Music Week. No sleep ’til Sunday. And now, the music news for April 18. The music sales numbers for the week are out. Total album sales are down about 12% from this point last year while digital albums are 22% weaker and vinyl sales have ticked up 5% (that should get tweaked [&hellip.. more

12 People Hurt in Acid Attack on British Club

What’s wrong with people, fer crissakes? At least 12 people suffered burns when some berk sprayed acid inside a British nightclub. Hundreds of people were evacuated from Mangle E8 on Sidworth Street in Hackey in East London. Cops think that the man threw acid at two other dudes when two groups inside the club got into [&hellip.. more

Listen to a Preview U2’s New Version of “Red Hill Mining Town”

“Red Hill Mining Town,” the song that leads off side two of the vinyl version of The Joshua Tree, came together after the brutal National Union of Mineworkers coal strike in 1984. Bono, who had just met Bob Dylan and was studying his folk traditions, thought he’d give voice to the miners with this new [&hellip.. more

Canadian Festival Celebrating Women In Metal Returns for Second Year

What do you imagine when you think of a heavy metal band? Black t-shirts, big guitars, and screaming dudes? As often as those stereotypes may be true, there are plenty of metal bands that are anything but. And for the second year in a row, a British Columbian festival celebrating the women in metal wants [&hellip.. more

Lorde Gets a Big Feature in the New York Times Magazine

Lorde was this weekend’s cover story in the New York Times Magazine. She’s just twenty years old and there are big, big expectations for her second album. No pressure, right? And I had no idea she had synesthesia. Turns out that was a big factor in writing songs for this record, Lorde, the New Zealand-born [&hellip.. more

New Music From The Inbox (April 17, 2017): Moddi, Skye Steele, Bass Lions & more!

By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger) Artist: Moddi Song: “Army Dreamers” Album/EP: Single Norwegian artist Moddi (real name Pål Moddi Knutsen) has just released a chilling re-imagination of Kate Bush’s 1980 track “Army Dreamers” that sees him inching ever closer to becoming the protest poet of the next generation. Thematically, the song is immediately at home among [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Monday, April 17, 2017

Yes, it’s Monday, but can you imagine how Sean Spicer feels when the alarm clock goes off? And now, the music news for April 17. Radiohead didn’t have a good time at Coachella. They blamed aliens. The White House is holding a Beyonce-free Easter egg roll. How’s this for a group vacation: Springsteen, the Obamas, [&hellip.. more

A Led Zeppelin Bootleg Mystery. Can Anyone Help?

Here’s another assignment, dear reader. It comes from Dave who sent me this email. Hi Alan, I was wondering if you might be able to supply me with some information. Specifically, about a very curious bootleg I came across this weekend. At my local used record store, I found a Led Zeppelin live in Europe [&hellip.. more

Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” – The Saddest Music Video Ever Made

If you take a tour of the Johnny Cash museum in Nashville, you will eventually run across a case displaying the chair seen in the “Hurt” video, Johnny’s gut-wrenching cover of the Nine Inch Nails songs. Often called the saddest music video ever made, The Independent tells the story about how it was made. Ask [&hellip.. more

Where Does Your Musical Taste Come From?

Is musical taste nature or nurture? For me, it’s gotta be nature because my parents have terrible taste in music. I mean, truly awful. Mom’s favourite song of all time is “It’s a Small World.” Yes, the Disney tune that will now be in your head for the rest of the day. But then you probably [&hellip.. more

Is Kellyanne Conway Really Iron Maiden’s Eddie?

I can’t confirm this, but that’s what the Internet is saying. Take a look at the comparison pictures of Kellyanne Conway and Eddie. No comment from Iron Maiden so far. Is someone covering up this conspiracy? (Via Tom)  .. more

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