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Someone has turned Kraftwerk into a sitcom

What could be funny about a Teutonic electronic act that specialized in deliberating de-humanizing music through synthesizers and robots? Nothing, really–but that’s the point. Dangerous Minds (via Tom) point us to what a Kraftwerk sitcom might look like.. Let`s see

Let’s get caught up on the Massey Hall revitalization

A grand concert venue and a huge piece of Toronto history, Massey Hall is celebrating it’s 124th anniversary this year. Since it’s inception on June 14, 1894, it has hosted some of the world’s greatest performers like Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and a legendary jazz concert featuring the likes of Charlie Parker, Bud [&hellip.. Let`s see

This dude hates playing with humans, so he built a teddy bear band

Jay “J-Bot” Vance prefers robots to humans. Rather than go through the hassle of forming a band, he just built one. His choice of band members is…interesting. Then again, Vance points out “There’s egos. There’s emotions. Some people might be on drugs,” Vance told VICE News. “I have no problem with drugs, but some people, you [&hellip.. Let`s see

So long and thanks for all the punk: The final Vans Warped Tour

In 476 C.E., the last of the Roman emperors, Romulus, was overthrown by the Germanic barbarian Odoacer, putting an end to the 1000 year rule of the Roman Empire. In 1521, the last Aztec emperor, Cuauhtemoc, surrenders to Hernan Cortes and the final city of the Aztec empire came into control of the Spanish. All [&hellip.. Let`s see

U2’s The Joshua Tree gets written up by the Library of Congress

Every year, the Library of Congress designates a number of recordings as having important historical significance. In 2013, The Joshua Tree from U2 was recognized that way. Here’s the official write-up. (Via Michael) Across four studio albums, beginning with their 1980 debut, “Boy,” the Irish rock band U2 created a signature sound and built an [&hellip.. Let`s see

And the finalists for the 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize are…

Every year for the past 14 years, SOCAN, Canada’s performing rights organization, holds a songwriting contest. Women dominate the finalists’ list. First, the English list. Dreams Tonite” – written by Alec O’Hanley, Molly Rankin; performed byAlvvays; published by Rough Trade Publishing Canada. “Money” – written by Leandra Earl, Eliza Enman-McDaniel, Jordan Mi.. Let`s see

A reader asks: “What’s the deal with radio edits?

This popped into my inbox from John: Hi Alan, A musical question came to my head recently and you might be the one to answer it. What’s the deal with radio edited versions of songs? I can remember as a child listening to the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack which featured the single “On Our Own” by [&hellip.. Let`s see

Random music news for Friday, May 25, 2018

On a day just like this long, long ago–1977, to be exact–Star Wars opened in theatres. Now let’s move to music news for May 25, 2018. This American smuggled rock music out of the USSR. Usually, it was the other way around. Then there’s this podcast of the underground rock scene in the Soviet Union. [&hellip.. Let`s see

Are you a budding Canadian musician or songwriter? Then consider this free webinar that will help you get paid

Virtually every territory on Earth has one or Let`s see performing rights organization. They are entrusted with collecting royalties from public performances of music and then distributing that money to musicians and composers. Canada’s PRO is SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada. They make sure their members are paid every time [&hellip.. Let`s see

OK Go has a new online resource to teach students math and science

OK Go’s videos are brilliantly complex, requiring untold hours of planning and calculating. They’re now putting that knowledge to work with a new online portal called OK Go Sandbox, which is turning out to be a fantastic teaching aid. If you’re a teacher, you need to investigate what they offer. Hell, everyone should spend some [&hellip.. Let`s see

Science says if you work in radio, you may be a psychopath

There’s something about the radio business that attracts people that just aren’t quite right. Over my time in the industry, I’ve encountered and had to work with/for some pretty strange people, some that were beyond your garden variety weird. A few were downright scary–certainly sociopathic if not entirely psychopathic. (Of course, I’m completely normal.) Science [&he.. Let`s see


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