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Cheap Trick: “Regulate Temporary Stages!”

October 5th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

This past summer saw a spike in concert tragedies, each one involving the collapse of a stage during heavy weather resulting in death and/or injury.

The first of the big collapses was at the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 17.  No one was killed although a number of people were hurt.  Cheap Trick, who was just about to go onstage when the scaffolding came down, dodged a 50-ton bullet.

Later, the Flaming Lips saw their gear destroyed when a stage in Tulsa came down.  People died at the Indiana State Fair and the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium.

Hysterical people have claimed that these disasters are the direct result of global warming.  Nonsense. They happened because the claimed tolerances of the stages weren't enough in the face of typical summer weather went wrong.

Another Missed Story: Canada Signs ACTA

October 5th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies


The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea signed the on Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy.

The European Union, Mexico and Switzerland—the only other governments participating in the accord’s creation—did not sign the deal at a ceremony in Japan but "confirmed their continuing strong support for and preparations to ," the parties said in a joint statement.

Why should you care?  Because this deal--a signed agreement rather than debated law--forces signatory countries to bend to US will when it comes to copyright law.  Examples:

Weekly Music Sales Report – 05 October 2011

October 5th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Those big fourth quarter releases are starting to have an effect.  Sales in Canada are up 10% over last week and 10% over last year.  This moves the needle a little bit on the year-to-date numbers:  2011 is now 1% better than 2010.

Yet with all the change--six debuts in the top ten--Adele's 21--stays at #1.  That's 20 (non-consecutive) weeks in the top spot.  And sales were up 8% (to 22,500 copies) over last week.  It's been a long time since we've seen an album with this kind of legs.

MySpace: “I’m Not Dead Yet. I’m Feeling Better.”

October 4th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

From Billboard:

MySpace may have lost the social-networking battle to Facebook a long time ago, but it hasn't given up the fight when it comes to music. , is betting that MySpace can become a dominant music player once again when it formally relaunches in early 2012.

LMFAO at Halftime

October 4th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

While rumours swirl that Madonna will play the halftime show at the Super Bowl, LMAFAO has already made it to

The Gulf Between Online Listening and Rock Radio

October 4th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

From the AV Club:

Like many of you (I’m guessing, since you’re here), I spend a significant portion of my waking hours online. I spend so much time on the Internet that I sometimes mistake the virtual world for the world-world. Looking through the lens of social media and frequently visited websites and blogs, it’s easy to get a distorted view of pop culture.

If I never left my house (or looked away from my computer screen), I would believe that is the nation’s most popular TV show, the most successful movie, and whatever Pitchfork and Stereogum are covering this week the biggest band.

More Music from the Inbox

October 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

And how was your Monday?  A little rough?  Yeah, me, too.  The dog tracked mud all over the carpets just after my wife finished shampooing in them.  This was someone my fault.

Let's try and put that all behind us with a few new tunes, shall we?

The Wife Says: Another Rock Royalty Marriage?

October 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

So Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed tie the knot after twenty-two years. Whatever happened to the Rule about if he hasn’t proposed in eighteen months or seven years (which is eighteen months in dog years) you ditch him? Patience pays off for the Playmate.

Rock marriages are a strange thing. Some seem to work. Sting and Trudy with their eco causes and vineyards and tantric sex. Jon Bon Jovi and Dorthea come to mind.

I was crushed when Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen split. They looked so much alike it would have been like Narcissus making love to his own reflection, the perfect rock star fantasy.

Jukebox Songs That Need to be Banned

October 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

A billion years ago, I used to work in an ice cream parlour/pinball arcade/pool hall.  In the back near the tables was crappy Wurlitzer jukebox stocked with a variety of 45s.  Every time I went to work, this same guy would come in, rent a table for an hour and plug the damn thing full of quarters.  He'd listen to just one song over and over and over:  "Burnin' Love" by Elvis Presley.

I wasn't the only one sick of that song.  The next time the serviceman came in, the owner ordered him to pull "Burnin' Love" out of the machine.  The next time Snooker Dude came in, he discovered that Elvis had indeed left the building.  He'd been banned.

lists songs that have been banned from ten local bars from the joints' jukeboxes.  

The Only Reason I’m Here Is Because I Had Just Enough Postage

October 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

"Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward." - Danish philospher Søren Kierkegaard 

So much on life hinges on the little things.  This is a story of one of those little things.

At exactly twelve noon EDT, twenty-five years ago today--October 3, 1986--I presented myself to Diane, the receptionist at CFNY-FM at 83 Kennedy Road South in Brampton.  "I'm the new guy," I said.  

Radio being what it is, I thought I'd be there for three, four years, tops.  Instead, I lasted four months short of a quarter century. 

In the process, I've enjoyed a happy and fulfilling life, marriage and career. And to think that none of it would have happened had it not been for a staggering set of strange circumstances that all occurred over a period of twelve hours.

Naming Your Band

October 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

[Note:  This originally appeared as my .  It serves as an introduction into History Television's What's in a Name? episode that talks about band names.--AC]

One of the most hideous tasks of being in a band is coming up with a name.  Consider: 

Good Commentary on the New Proposed Canadian Copyright Bill

October 2nd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

[It's called Bill C-11. This is why we all need to pay attention.  Read what Michael Geist wrote in the Toronto Star. - AC]

Last week, the government tabled Bill C-11, the latest attempt to reform Canadian copyright law. The bill mirrors its previous copyright bill and is expected to sail through the House of Commons with committee hearings that will pick up where they left off in March.

The Wife Says: Fall Rocks

October 2nd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

[Another missive from my wife.  She's got a lot to say.  Thanks for helping out. -AC]

Fall.  Not the calendar season. Apple picking. Apple cheeks. Cords and plaid and Hunter boots.

But Fall as in falling-temperatures, light levels, moods all plummet. Vitamin D supplements in overdrive.

Grey skies presage grey moods. Introspected introverts thrive. The music echoes. Rock is good for Fall. What is depression except anger turned inwards asks the self-taught expert? (One semester of Psych. Fifteen years of Oprah.)

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