August has been redeemed this week by more noteworthy releases than you can shake a stick at! Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) gives us his first new material in 4 years as Iron & Wine with “Beast Epic”, the debut album “Invitation” from supergroup Filthy Friends (Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), plus friends), Bay Area garage/psych rockers Thee Oh Sees (now just Oh Sees)give us maybe their 16th? Album with “Orc” and finally Australian rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard drop their 3rd album of 2017 (goal is a total of 5!) with “Sketches of Brunswick East”.
Notable and esteemed rockers Queens of the Stone Age unleash their 7th album with “Villains”, Philly rock traditionalists The War on Drugs drop album number 4 “A Deeper Understanding”, Long Island band Brand New who have evolved from punk/emo to more indie rock release their long-awaited 5th album “Science Fiction”, underrated EMA gives us her 3rd proper album which is a commentary on the current social plight in the Midwest “Exile in the Outer Ring”,
Something new for just about anyone who enjoys music this week.
This week has an overflowing handful of interesting new releases including the debut solo album from Amber Coffman (formerly of Dirty Projectors but when you break-up with your boyfriend and he’s the leader of the band a solo career suddenly seems like a really good idea) “City of No Reply”, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys is releasing his second? solo album “Waiting on a Song”, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is releasing his first solo album in quite some time “Is This The Life We Really Want?”, Alt-J are dropping “RELAXER” and on the harder side Mutoid Man featuring Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) and Ben Koller (Converge) share their second album “War Moans” and Philly-rockers Elder give us their 5th album “Reflections of a Floating World”
Chris Cornell’s toxicology report showed multiple prescription drugs in his system, including 4 Ativan, Narcan (from EMTs), Butalbital and Pseudoephedrine (decongestant). Clearly he wasn’t in his right mind and it resulted in a catastrophic impact.
For you Tool fans (or the curious) here’s a link to the show I was aa a couple weeks ago in Virginia. If you’re not familiar with them, go right to 1:38:36 and watch their final song. Another good part to check out is the 18:00 mark with “Schism”.
R.I.P. Prince – truly one of the most original, talented and influential musicians during our lifetime. 2016 is turning into a crushingly hard year for the music world. Below are a couple of links that show just a glimpse of the talent Prince so easily harnessed throughout his career.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y – Prince decides to take over this all-star performance tribute of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” for George Harrison at about the 3:30 mark of this video and proceeds to solo all the way through until the song ends – and he ends it with a flourish by tossing his guitar straight up in the air (which mysteriously never comes back down…)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NN3gsSf-Ys – Prince’s legendary Super Bowl halftime performance. A little bit of rain was never going to bring him down…
You have probably heard about entrepreneurs, students and start-up businesses receiving grants from the government or some other institution. But did you know that the government is now giving out money to help promote the work of independent artists? In the United Kingdom, more than twelve songwriters and music labels have been given £200,000 by the British government to fund the promotion of their work in other countries.
About two years ago, a department of the British government called the UK Trade and Investment created a music export scheme worth £2.5 million. Their purpose was to help independent music companies and artists within the United Kingdom help make a name for themselves in other countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. There were a total of thirteen music companies chosen for this funding, including the management company responsible for “Catfish and the Bottlemen.” Other songwriters who have received grants include Georgie Dennis, Christopher Wortley, and Greig Watts. Out of all the past recipients who have received grant money, they have 10 international music awards and 13 record deals all together as a result of this funding.
Critics speculate the real reason behind this funding program for new artists. Some believe it is because the United States has taken the lead as the entertainment capital of the world and the United Kingdom wants to compete by bringing more of their artists into the music scene. However, the minister of UK Trade and Investment says the United Kingdom had £17 billion in exports from the creative sector during 2013. This Music Export Growth Scheme not only helps aspiring British musical talent make a name for themselves, but it also boosts the number of sales for music in the United Kingdom as well. In turn, this creates more jobs and boosts the British economy in the long run.
In the 21st century, there aren’t too many musical artists making names for themselves in various countries throughout the world. It seems that the only artists you hear about these days come from the United States. However, this might not be a good thing for countries in the rest of the world that have an economy worse than the U.S. Perhaps the United Kingdom has the right idea by investing money into their creative sector. After all, consumers love to spend money on creative products like music and movies. It is a billion pound industry that is continuing to grow every day. If other countries would invest in their own creative industries then perhaps their economies countries would invest in their own creative industries then perhaps their economies would grow too.
The popular American electronic musical instrument manufacturer, Moog Music, is discontinuing any further production on the Minimoog Voyager. This synthesizer was previously released in 2002 and was meant to be an enhancement to their original Minimoog synthesizer. In a recent announcement, Moog Music stated they will manufacture about 600 more units of the Minimoog Voyager before it officially comes to an end. To the layman person, this news probably won’t matter too much because most people don’t create their own music. They just listen to music and enjoy the tunes created by their favorite artists. However, their favorite artists are the ones who are using this kind of equipment. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, for example, has a close connection with the Minimoog Voyager synthesizer. Now that it is being discontinued he will have to either keep using the older one that he still has or eventually find a newer one. This could affect the way he produces his own music, which then could translate into a tune that his fans might not like as much as his previous tunes.
Reznor’s very first synthesizer was the Moog Prodigy. During one of his earlier Nine Inch Nails performances, he got to meet the inventor of the Moog synthesizer Bob Moog. Reznor cites that meeting as the greatest day of his life. On a more recent note, the performer “Haxan Cloak” even used a Minimoog Voyager along with Moog’s newest analog synthesizer to make his latest score. As you can see, there are musicians from a variety of generations that used Moog synthesizers and will likely be affected by the recent discontinuation of the Minimoog Voyager.
Bob Moog is known as the American pioneer of synthesizers and electronic music. He was very well educated in the field of electrical engineering. He had received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Queens College, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University. His innovative electronic style design has been used in many synthesizers over the years, including the Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, the Minimoog Model D, Little Phatty, Moog Minitaur, the Moogerfooger effects pedals and Sub 37.
In 1970, Moog was given the Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime contributions and achievement within the music industry. Even after his death in 2005, Moog Music continues to be a pioneering company for manufacturing synthesizers used by artists all around the world.
YouTube Red is the latest service offered by YouTube which allows users to have an ad-free experience watching videos on the website. All they have to do is pay $9.99 per month and then their account will upgrade to YouTube Red. But getting rid of advertisements is only one thing that the service does. It also lets subscribers save their favorite videos onto their computer, so they can view them while they are offline. If you save and download these videos to your mobile phone then you can even play the videos in your phone’s background. This is the basically YouTube’s attempt to compete with other streaming services, like Apple Music and Spotify.
Right now, most YouTube users are probably not going to want to pay money to view videos that are already free. After all, there are currently a number of free ways you can block ads and save videos. If you use Google Chrome then you can download an Ad Block plugin for the browser that automatically blocks advertisements everywhere, including video advertisements on YouTube. As for saving videos, you can search for websites on Google that let you save YouTube videos simply by entering the URL of the YouTube page. The only way this service would benefit you is if you don’t currently use Google Chrome or you don’t like Google Chrome. You may also hate having to search for websites to save YouTube videos. It may be more convenient to just use any browser you want to get free ads and then save videos right on the YouTube video page you are on. Basically, convenience is the keyword here.
There is also another surprise coming to YouTube Red subscribers. Starting next year, subscribers will get additional features to their service that won’t be available to free users. YouTube plans to host a series of original content that only subscribers will have access to. For example, a popular YouTube gamer by the name of PewDiePie will be featuring a new show exclusively for YouTube Red subscribers. For those who are still unsure, Google is offering a free 30-day trial to test out the service. If you decide that you like the content that is provided then you can continue on after 30 days at just $9.99 per month. But if you don’t like the service then you can cancel at any time. This is probably the best option to take because you never know if you’ll like the original content or not.
The Kremlin recently created a propaganda video that shows airstrikes being conducted in Syria.
Apparently, they used a song produced by The Crystal Method called “High Roller” in the video’s soundtrack. The only thing is The Crystal Method claims they never gave Kremlin the permission to use their song in the soundtrack of the propaganda video, which was a video produced by the state broadcaster known as VGTRK.
In the controversial video, it shows combat and battles taking place in Jobar, which is a suburb in the Syrian capital of Damascus. High Roller is a song from 1997, so anyone familiar with the song will easily recognize it in the video. The Crystal Method said Kremlin’s use of the video was completely unauthorized and that they feel terrible about all the war and bloodshed taking place in Syria right now. To those who watch the video, it might make the viewers think that The Crystal Method is endorsing the video because their music is in there. However, it seems as if they want to make it clear to people that they don’t endorse the video or the wars going on in Syria. That is why they are upset that their song is used in the video because it goes against their political beliefs. Like many Americans and Europeans alike, they believe the wars going on in Syria are awful. The images of families’ homes being destroyed is not something anyone wants their music playing through in the background. So it is understandable how The Crystal Method is feeling about this unauthorized use of their music.
The Crystal Method is a band formed in 1993 that features two band members; Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan. They specialize in playing the keyboard and electronic type music. The duo has already been in numerous films, TV shows, advertisements and video games. The single “High Roller” comes from their best selling album entitled “Vegas.” The two band members used to live in Las Vegas, so you will find many of their songs related to this theme. As for the Kremlin, this name doesn’t refer to a band. Kremlin is a Russian military regiment and associated with the Russian Federal Protective Service. As you probably know, Russia is involved in the battles against ISIS in Syria. So it is not surprising that they are releasing video footage about those attacks. It is also not surprising that they would take a song produced by a foreign band and put it in their video without the band’s permission.
Hey Noisy Planet! As promised here is our quintessential David Bowie top ten list. We have scoured in music mayhem all morning–while mourning the demise of Bowie. How do pay tribute to such an icon? His name alone invokes a sense of mystery, awe and admiration. But alas, let’s get loud and noisy and make this Pop King proud!
1. “Space Oddity” (1969)
Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the song follows the unfortunate fate of Major Tom, an astronaut lost and drifting in space. Bowie’s breakout track became a hit in 1969, the year of the first Moon landing. It’s compelling and heartbreaking, putting a horrifying Ray Bradbury story line to a haunting melody.
2. “The Man Who Sold The World” (1970)
While younger fans may know the song thanks to Kurt Cobain’s haunting cover on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged special, Bowie’s rendition was equally memorable, full of beautiful heartache, longing, and regret.
3. “Life on Mars?” (1971)
This song highlights Bowie’s multi-faceted talent, as he sings over a simple piano tune before the track builds with the help of a soaring string section. The song helped redefine rock in the 1970s and put Bowie firmly on the path to super-stardom.
4. “Changes” (1971)
Bowie was already famous in the U.K., but it wasn’t until “Changes” that he made an appearance on the U.S. charts in April 1972. He would eventually earn 25 entries on Billboard, including two No. 1 hits, “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.”
5. “Ziggy Stardust” (1972)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is a complex and perfectly executed concept album that not only introduced one of Bowie’s best and most indelible characters, Ziggy Stardust, but also brought songs like “Suffragette City” and “Rock and Roll Suicide” to the world.
6. “The Jean Genie” (1973)
After a worldwide tour as Ziggy Stardust, Bowie was re-born asAladdin Sane with “The Jean Genie” (originally released in 1972) as the lead single, introducing fans to the Iggy Pop-inspired character. The song has gone on to be one of Bowie’s most beloved hits.
7. “Fame” (1975)
Bowie was never beholden to one genre or style of music, instead easily slipping through electronic, pop, and rock before eventually landing on “plastic soul” with his 1975 album, Young Americans. As with the other styles, Bowie made it his own mixing funk and American soul music with a Brit pop aesthetic. The song “Fame” was co-written with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon, who knew something about fame.
8. “Heroes” (1977)
Bowie reportedly wrote this song after seeing a couple rendezvousing under the Berlin Wall and imagining their story. In the hands of Bowie and producer Brian Eno, the song is an impassioned plea, resulting in an aching and human love story.
9. “Modern Love” (1983)
Co-produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers and featuring Stevie Ray Vaughn on guitar, “Modern Love” off of 1983’s Let’s Dance showed Bowie once again changing with the times, a move–and a song—that subsequently introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.
10. “The Next Day” (2013)
By 2013, it was widely assumed that Bowie was retired from the music industry. Always one to defy expectations, he surprised fans by releasing his 24th studio album, The Next Day, on his 66th birthday. It revealed that Bowie was as creative and contemplative as ever, and the album became his first number one in the U.K. in 20 years.