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Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 226: Algorithmic Anarchy

When X + Y = Conspiracy.  This week’s latest misogynist trolling campaign targeted a 29 year-old female computer scientist and the algorithms embedded in popular social media channels allowed it to happen. And you gotta read the associated article at GeeksAndBeats.com. http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/S06E31-Algorithmic-Anarchy.mp3 Su.. more

Here’s the schedule for my Spring 2019 speaking tour. Wanna come?

Salon: n. a meeting of intellectuals or other eminent people at the invitation of a celebrity or socialite. Side Door Access is a Halifax-based company that sets up small intimate shows in private spaces–homes, stores, restaurants, small venues, wherever–for artists who want to perform in front of audiences in a very intimate sort of way. [&hellip.. more

Black Keys Ready to Rock, Soar Like Eagles on New Song

Taylor Swift isn’t the only Nashville musician with a big announcement. The Black Keys, however, didn’t have the forethought to get their fans to watch a live stream of a painted butterfly mural literally drying as Tay Tay did. After five years apart pursuing other projects, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were determined to get [&hellip.. more

Black Metal Barbie? Yes, please.

Since Mattel’s Barbie Doll first appeared 60 years ago, she’s gone through all sorts of incarnations, makeovers, career choices, and lifestyle changes. I’m going to bet, though, creator Ruth Handler never ever envisioned Black Metal Barbie. If there’s ever any kind of lawsuit, these folks can just revert to their alternate name, Daughters of Northern [&hellip.. more

Are we prepared for artificial intelligence’s role in music?

Each week brings more stories about how artificial intelligence is making its way into music. It’s to the point where some programs can not only compose credible material but can also improvise in a non-robotic way. This is equal parts cool, scary, and confusing and I discussed with Jeff McArthur on Global News Radio AM [&hellip.. more

New Music From The Inbox: Valley, Banners, Parcels, and more!

Artist: Valley Song: A Phone Call In Amsterdam Album: Maybe Valley have a truly unique, instant classic sort of sound that is the perfect mix between modern and nostalgia. A Phone Call In Amsterdam is a magical track that sits somewhere between longing and joy, striking some special and indescribable spot that makes you want [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sixty years ago today, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened for business. Moving on to music news for April 25, 2019… Bereft over the Toronto Maple Leafs’ loss to Boston? Fans are blaming Justin Bieber. Some numbers from Record Store Day are in. The event drove sales of 827,000 new albums, 72% of which were sold [&hellip.. more

Look who’s back! Sum 41!

Three years after Sum 41’s comeback album, 13 Voices, the band is back with a new record entitled Order in Decline which will be available on July 19. As Sum records go–and this will be number seven–this might be the heaviest and most aggressive thing they’ve done. Here’s the first single. Here’s the full tracklisting. [&hellip.. more

Hollerado, Hawksley Workman to headline Sound of Music Festival

Just in: Hollerado will be one of this year’s headliners at the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington. The band is wrapping up and calling it a career with a pair of sold-out shows at the Danforth in December, but they promised a handful of gigs between now and then. Headlining the weekend-long Sound of [&hellip.. more

Vote now for CMW’s Independent Music Awards

We’re just weeks away from Canadian Music Week and, with that, the 19th Annual Independent Music Awards. Who will win? That’s up to you! Voting is now open for the nominees in 14 categories: ALBUM OF THE YEAR  Aaron Pritchett – Out On The Town – Big Star Recordings Alexandra Stréliski – INSCAPE – Secret City Records [&hellip.. more

Ottawa commuters will soon be able to ride Gord Downie to work

The tributes for late Tragically Hip man Gord Downie keep coming, sometimes from unusual directions. Take the case of OC Transpo, Ottawa’s public transit system. As it works on implementing the new O-Train Conferdation light rail system, OC Transpo conducted a “Name the Trains” contest to give things the human touch. People 16 and under [&hellip.. more

Meanwhile back in Japan, this apple monster mascot plays metal drums

Mascots–yuru-chara–are a big thing in Japan, so big that Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver also has a big thing about them. This apple monster mascot known as Nyango Star (it’s actually a hybrid between an apple and a cat created with the spirit of a dead cat took over an apple) occasionally shows up to [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, chapter 65: Sloan

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC] Sloan is a Toronto-based rock/power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Throughout their over twenty-five-year career, Sloan [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Wednesday, April 24, 2019

It was on this day in 1996 that Scott Weiland was fired from Stone Temple Pilots–for the first time. Elsewhere in the world of music news for April 24, 2019… Sounds like security guards at Coachella had it pretty rough. Britney Spears fans protested in California demanding that she be released from a mental health [&hellip.. more

There’s a new study on how music gives us chills (and which songs will do it)

We’ve all experienced moments when a piece of music sends a shiver through our bodies. Scientists call this “emotion arousal” and is experienced by almost everyone. A new piece of research called “The Rewarding Aspects of Music Listening Are Related to Degree of Emotional Arousal” at plos.org reads like this: The intensity of pleasure experienced [&hellip.. more

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