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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

The story of the return of Billy Corgan’s Gish guitar

Rewind to June 1992. The Smashing Pumpkins had recently issued their debut album, Gish, and were on tour in Detroit. Less than five minutes after the gig at Saint Andrew’s Hall wrapped up, someone walked out with one of Billy Corgan’s guitar, a prized Stratocaster that dated to the early 70s. A police report was [&hellip.. more

Do you still buy MP3s? You might want to read this.

My iTunes library is bulging with about 80,000 tracks with some 4,500 of those being purchases from the iTunes Music Store. And even with the rise of streaming, I’m still buying from iTunes. Why? Three reasons: The first is admittedly unusual. My job requires me to acquire music for use in radio programs. The only [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Monday, August 19, 2019

On this date in 1953, the CIA and MI6 overthrew the regime in Iran and installing the West-friendly Shah. That hasn’t worked out so well over the decades, has it? Here’s what we have for music news for August 19. Aretha Franklin died from pancreatic cancer. This has inspired some new research funding. Can we [&hellip.. more

When it comes to concert tickets, have you been “bundled?”

[This was my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca – AC] At some point, we really, really need to admit that album sales charts just don’t matter. No one is buying physical products anymore. Compared to this point last year, CD sales are down by over 30 per cent. Take this past week’s Canadian SoundScan charts, the [&hellip.. more

Wait: MINISTRY is on the new David Hasselhoff album?

David Hasselhoff’s weird music career will continue this fall with the release of an album called Open Your Eyes on September 27. Normally, I wouldn’t bother mentioning something like this, but then I took a look at the tracklisting and the album’s special guests. 01. Open Your Eyes (Snow Patrol cover featuring James Williamson of The [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, chapter 92: Santers

[Mike Carr is determined to create 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] Santers was a [&hellip.. more

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