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This rapper’s sign language interpreter KILLS it with her mad skillz.

Ever been to a concert with a sign language interpreter helping hearing-impaired people get deeper into the music? They’re especially popular at rap shows where lyrical content is everything. Take the case of a recent show by Twista, a guy who has been tagged as the fastest rapper in the world when he had a [&hellip.. more

Neil Young is still fighting to save high-fidelity music

I’m with Neil Young on this. Since the advent of the MP3, people have quietly accepted (if not fully embraced) music with audio quality that is far, far, inferior to what was enjoyed in the 70s and 80s. Back in the day, people spend huge dollars on stereo gear in an effort to have the [&hellip.. more

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 241: Sugar Sugar

The hit by the manufactured (animated!) band designed to cash-in on this new demographic called the “teenager” just turned 50. We talk to Andy Kim, the singer-songwriter behind the 1969 hit “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies. Yummy goodness. Coming to this week’s live podcast event? You should. Check out the G&B archive here. Subscribe: Android | Email | G.. more

Canadian company to help British indie acts break through in the UK

Remember how Canada’s Sunrise Records bought what was left of the bankrupt HMV chain in the UK? The next stage of that takeover involved giving British indie bands a chance to show off their stuff. Sunrise, headquartered in Ancaster, Ontario, believes it can revitalize all those UK HMV stores by once again making them destinations [&hellip.. more

Apple and Shazam team up for a new music discovery chart

Apple’s purchase of song identification tool Shazam has resulted in a new global chart ranking what people are searching for using the app. The Shazam Discover Top 50 takes a look at “up-and-coming songs from breaking artists” with app query data from eleven countries: Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, [&hellip.. more

Infographic: What car brands are used most in song lyrics?

Cars have always inspired songs. In fact, one of the earliest true rock’n’roll songs was “Rocket 88,” a 1951 song recorded by Jackie Brensten and His Delta Cats (actually Ike Turner–Tina’s ex–and his crew). It sung the praises of an Oldsmobile engine. Since then, there have been songs about various Fords and Chevys (think Mustangs [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, chapter 93: KENmode

[Mike Car has created a catalogue/reference work featuring all kinds of Canadian rock and alternative releases from the past few decades. Check out his 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. – AC] KENmode is comprised of Jesse [&hellip.. more

Ever hear of the BlingDex chart for rap videos?

Much of hip-hop and rap culture isn’t about selling out. It’s about cashing in and making it big. This is why many rap artists love load up their music videos with serious bling, competing to with each other to have the blingy-est clip of all time. This is where the BlingDex chart comes in. The [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

On this day in 1911, a Louvre employee stole the Mona Lisa. They got it back, obviously. On to music news for August 21, 2019. A dog walker chased off some rapists at a Foo Fighters show. A grizzly bear killed a French-Canadian musician who was just out gathering sound. Record mogul Russell Simmons showed [&hellip.. more

We apparently haven’t seen the artwork for Tool’s Fear Inoculum yet.

Ten days from today, Tool’s fifth album, Fear Inoculum, will arrive over 13 years after the last album. When official word started seeping out from the band, we assumed that the record would look like this. But hang on, bubba. Tool has something else in mind. Guitarist Adam Jones says that artwork designer Alex Grey [&hellip.. more

New stats on Canadians and streaming. Where do you fit in?

Nielsen Canada publishes an annual report on the state of music in this country. The final bit of this year’s report (via FYIMusicNews.ca) takes a look at Canadians habits when it comes to streaming. Here are some highlights: Canadians who listen to music spend 33% of their time with streaming. That’s up from 28% last [&hellip.. more

This band has pledged to use old t-shirts to make new merch

What does an artist do with merch left over from a tour? In the case of The 1975, they’re planning to recycle unsold t-shirts. Fans planning to attend dates on the band’s Notes on an Unconditional Form tour will be able to bring their old t-shirts to have them refreshed with new artwork. Meanwhile, new [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox Tuesday Edition! (Aug. 20, 2019): Rarity, The Drew Thomson Foundation, Off With Their Heads, & More!

Artist: RaritySong: “A Numbness”Album: SingleBand location: Hamilton Why I like it: Quick-paced post-hardcore. Listen: Artist: The Drew Thomson FoundationSong: “Barbed Wire”Album: SingleArtist location: Toronto  Why I like it: Catchy and filled with hooks. Listen: Artist: Off With Their HeadsSong: “No Love”Album: Be GoodBand location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Why I like it: Aggressive h.. more

Random music news for August 20, 2019

Why do most people who insist on backing into a parking space at the mall are the worst at backing into parking spaces? Moving on to music news for August 20, 2019… Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this time last year: Total album sales, -25.0%; CD sales, -30.5%; [&hellip.. more

Do you wear headphones at work? This survey explains what people think of you.

Chances are that when you go into work today, you’re going to see a number of people wearing headphones, listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks, or whatever. Studies have proven that this can boost productivity and at-work satisfaction. A survey of 800 people conducted last month discovered the following: 72% of those who work in an [&hellip.. more

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