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New Releases This Week: 15 November 2011

November 15th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

With about six weeks to go until Christmas and ten days before Black Friday in the US, almost all the important albums for Q4 are in the stores.  Almost.  The final push comes next Tuesday.  

Here's what's new in stores today.

Eyewitness to History: The 1981 Teenage Head Ontario Place Riot

November 15th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

[Thanks to Mike for sending this to me! - AC]

It was the summer of 1981. NOW magazine became Toronto's 'other' voice, and a concert at Ontario Place became Toronto's Rock n' Roll statement to the world. It really started early in the day, three boys and a girl, sitting in the Downsview Dells Park up near the Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue intersection.

For all intensive purposes my name is 'Jupiter', and the others, well, lets call them John Doe, Harry Doe and Sue Doe. You have to understand, we're talking about the incitation of a full scale riot, nothing less. A Rock n' Roll riot. One that made front page news in over ninety North American newspapers.

More Music from the Inbox

November 15th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

One of my favourite lyrics comes from "The Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide" by the Kings:

Nothin' matters but the weekend/From a Tuesday point of view

Seriously.  How could anyone disagree with that?

With that in mind, let's try to forget that it's still three days from Friday night with a few new tunes from Evans Blue, 20 Amp Soundchild, The Foreign Films, Total Slacker and Midnight Conspiracy, all filtered through by correspondent r.  

A Great Question: What Makes Music Boring?

November 15th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

For most people "boring music" is hard to define.  It's like defining porn:  you can't describe it but you know it when you see (hear) it.

earlier today and after skimming it, I went back and read it again, thinking about that central question:  what makes music boring?

Any attempt to answer that will be necessarily loaded with subjectivity.  We are, after all, being asked to pass judgement on an artistic creation.

The First Picture Disc

November 15th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

These days when we open up a CD, we expect to see some kind of design covering the entire top of the disc.

If you have a special type of CD burner or ink-jet printer, you can print your own designs.  But back in the days of vinyl, we had to pay extra for what was known as a “picture disc”—a 12" LP that had a picture delicately spray-painted over the grooves in the vinyl.

iTunes Music Match Arrives

November 14th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Earlier today, Apple flipped the switch on iTunes Match, their version of a music streaming service.  By scanning and matching

What Bands Should Reunite?

November 14th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

I received an email from Greggory the other night with to a story opining on what bands should consider reuniting in light of whatever Black Sabbath and Van Halen are planning to do.  

Looking at the list, I kept thinking "There's gotta be a better wishlist than this."

M for Montreal 2011 Preview, Part 1

November 14th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

One of my favourite music festivals of the year is the compact event each November.  Out of all the showcase-style events, it's one of the best organized and consistently features some of the most interesting new bands I see all year, many of whom end up being discussed as possible Polaris Music Prize contenders.

This year's festival runs from this Wednesday through Saturday in downtown Montreal.  Here are some of the bands I'm looking forward to seeing:

Courtney Love Goes Topless During Brazilian Gig

November 14th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Before you , ask yourself, "Do I really, really need to see this?"

And if that wasn't enough for her Brazilian fans, Courtney stomped off the stage when someone in the crowd held up a picture of Kurt.  I quote:

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