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More Music from the Inbox: 29 November 2012

November 29th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

While most of the big mainstream Q4 releases are in the stores and online, it's important that we don't overlook some of the lesser-known records out there.After all, humans don't live by Green Day alone, right?  

reports on the latest crop of songs to make it through our double filtering process.

Artist: FIDLAR, “Cheap Beer”

Album: Self-Titled 

This is straight up thrashed out LA skate punk. I’m talking that sick, sore back-of-the-throat feeling slamming up against barebones turn-on-your-amp-and-go guitar riffs.

Sounds like: A fuckin' party!


Rock’s Most Important…Mime?

November 29th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

I received this email from Michael H, who correctly points out that rock has at least one highly influential mime.

Yes, I said "mime," part of a the community of silent motherf**kers.

Sorry.  Back to the email.  I'll just quote Michael.

A recent CD I have been listening to is Fad Gadget by  , a 2CDs/2DVDs + has good one hour documentary.

In the booklet there is a quote by Mark Almond of Soft Cell:  "Frank brought all he had learnt from the legendary into the classes (Leeds Poly) and I was eager to learn from him. We had a spirit of Genet, were energized by Punk and thrilled by the new electronic music that was beginning to emerge".

I was surprised by the name Lindsay Kemp who I had seen in the Toronto production of Flowers in the late 1970s and in the Ken Russel's film Savage Messiah (1972). I also remember it being said that he influenced David Bowie.

An Online U2 Community Celebrates 20 Years

November 29th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when music fans and artists existed in a world without the Internet.  No email, no forums, no websites, no downloads.  Communication between the band and the fans (and fans and other fans) was done exclusively through the mail.

Things began to change in the very late 80s and began to accelerate in the early 90s before exploding mid-decade.  Now we can't imagine living without the Internet and high-speed wireless connections.

But let's go back to a couple of decades.   has this feature on U2 Wire, an online community that dates back to 1992.

Twenty years ago R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People, Madonna's Erotica and the Manic Street Preachers' Generation Terrorists had all just been released; Sinead O'Connor was controversially tearing up photos of the pope on live television; and U2 were creating rock history in the U.S. with the outdoor leg of the Zoo TV tour.

At the same time the Trabbies were lighting up stages across North America, a University of Washington student by the name of Rob Bakie was talking to some computer science students about starting an online newsgroup for U2.

Fragilest. Single. Ever.

November 29th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Old-time 78 RPM records were delicate things.  If you weren’t careful, they would shatter like china. Even then you were

Everything is Connected: 29 November 2012

November 29th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

[Once again Brent Chittenden follows his nose in all directions at once. -AC]

Welcome to Everything is Connected, where you fall down a wormhole and end up in the Alpha Quadrant of useless musical knowledge.

Iggy Pop is one of my favourite performers of all time. A few years ago, I caught his show at Yonge and Dundas Square and clocking in at over 60 years of age, Iggy kicked the ass of every show I saw that year.

But did you know that there is a line of connection to another character that can kick ass, Conan the Barbarian?

You see, Iggy Pop is also occasionally an actor. He has appeared in such films as The Crow: City of Angels, Coffee and Cigarettes, er, Snow Day as well as the character of Yelgrun in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine called “The Magnificent Ferengi”.

Opinion Piece: As Radio Dies

November 29th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

This is from . 

We can see it coming can't we? How many of you listen to the radio these days? Do you? At home? Not likely so much anyLet`s see. If you are like me, you only hear any radio in the car. And even that is becoming less frequent.

If you go to car shows or pay any attention to information coming out in articles or on the news, you'll realize the audio systems in new cars are no longer radio-centric. 'Infotainment' consoles are the way of the future with internet connected cars. You'll be able to stream music or connect your phone or iPod or whatever device.

As radio dies, what does that mean for the artists?

A Quick History of MIDI and How It Changed Music

November 29th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

From DJ MIdi Controllers. Click the image for Let`s see. stands for "Musical Instrument Digital Interface," the first widely available commercial standard language that allowed electronic instruments to talk to each other.  

Up until it came along, synthesizers had to be played individually.  The best any player could do is play one synth with one hand and one with the other.  The idea of chaining them together in some meaningful ways was science fiction.

MIDI changed all that.  And in the 30 years since, music has never been the same.  The BBC reports:

The development opened up a "whole new era of music processing", as Dave Smith puts it.

"What MIDI did is it allowed the first home studios to be born," he says.

"The computers were fast enough to be able to sequence notes, control the number of keyboards and drum machines at the same time… it kind of opened up a whole new industry."

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