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We see you’re on the Internet. That’s great, because Delta made a safety video starring the Internet. Now, there’s a lot of Internet out there, and, as such, you might not be familiar with every character in their film. That’s why they’ve included the list below to help you figure out what’s what.

0:03 Keyboard Cat
0:18 Double Rainbow Guy
0:26 Annoying Orange
0:30 Roomba Cat
0:45 Rahat’s Prank
1:05 Evolution of Dance
1:25 Slow Mo Guy
1:43 Harlem Shake
1:51 Deltalina
1:52 Screaming Goat
2:02 Internet Browser
2:23 Peanut Butter Jelly Time
2:31 Dramatic Chipmunk
2:48 Charlie Bit My Finger
3:23 Clicking Finger
3:51 Overly Attached Girlfriend
4:02 Ice Bucket Challenge
4:09 Dancing Baby
4:15 Hamsters Eating Burritos
4:25 Nyan Cat
4:32 Doge
4:48 Mentos & Coke

File video of David Letterman on WTHR, which was then under the call letters WLWI, giving a weather forecast, how to measure a tree and hosting his show “Clover Power.”

One of the nice guys in music, Bob Merserau is a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1985, he has been covering Canadian music as a regular on national and local broadcasts, including his still-running column on CBC Radio One’s Shift each Wednesday. He has written thousands of reviews for such publications as Coast, the Telegraph-Journal, and The Globe and Mail, and he has authored two books, including The Top 100 Canadian Albums. He’s written a new tome, The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll, an is a great read for any music fan – a lover of Canadian music or not.

Rock and roll was born in the United States during the 1950s. Its popularity rapidly grew, spreading across the Atlantic to England. The Brits transformed rock, bringing it back to the States in a new form with the British Invasion. Since that time, the two countries have dominated headlines and histories, in terms of rock music. What’s often forgotten in these histories is the evolution of Canadian rock and roll during the same period. Over the years, a huge contingent of Canadian artists has made invaluable contributions to rock and roll. The list of innovative Canadian artists is quite impressive: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Paul Anka, Arcade Fire, The Band, Bryan Adams, Rush, Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Tegan and Sara, Feist, Nickelback, and many others, not to mention the all-star producers, such as Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel), Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi), Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), and David Foster (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion). The history of Canadian rock and roll is a lively, entertaining, and largely untold tale. Bob Mersereau presents a streamlined, informative trip through the country’s rich history and depth of talent, from the 1950s to today, covering such topics as: Toronto’s club scene, the folk rock and psychedelic rock of the 1960s, Canadian artists who hit major stardom in the United States, the challenges and reform of the Canadian broadcasting system, the huge hits of the 1970s, Canadian artists’ presence all over the pop charts in the 1990s, and Canada’s indie-rock renaissance of the 2000s.

You can get the book here.

In the clip below, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Chasing Amy, Clerks and Dogma director Kevin Smith gives three pieces of rather awesome advice to Canadian filmmaker and video producer Gavin Michael Booth. Open Culture summed it up in three main points. Their summary lacks the swearing that makes Smith’s talk a must-listen (and see when he does talks in your city.)

1 – “You have to have a reasonable amount of unreasonability.”

2 – “You have to know… what hills you’re willing to die on.”

3 – “You have to learn how to kill your babies.” He means this symbolically. Just letting you know.

Vinyl Tuesday is an initiative set up by Independent retailers to celebrate vinyl releases. Every Tuesday, participating retailers will celebrate by highlighting special-edition, catalog, promotional, and new releases on vinyl. The goal is to maintain and grow physical retail while giving music fans more compelling reasons to support this important part of the music business community.

There will be several types of Vinyl Tuesday releases:

The first type will be catalog releases. These can be special edition releases made especially for Vinyl Tuesday or simply catalog vinyl releases that come out on Tuesday.

The second type will be commercial and promotional vinyl releases that come out on Tuesday.

The third type is the most rare. This is where the artist releases their new album on vinyl (on Tuesday) before the album goes out on CD/digitally to everyone.

The fourth type will be vinyl releases made specifically for the Record Store Day indie retail community.

The fifth type will be albums that have already been released on CD/digitally and are now being released on vinyl.

Border City Media will count all vinyl new releases in their new release reporting meaning the BuzzAngle charts will include 10-days worth of sales the first week. The only exception will be vinyl-only re-releases for Independent retail stores only where the only release date is Tuesday in which case only 3 days of sales will be in the chart. If the vinyl re-release is also sold by other retailers with a Friday release date, then the chart will include 10 days for the Independent retailers.

Nielsen Soundscan will be getting reporting from Independent retail on a Monday-Sunday calendar, so Vinyl Tuesday will be included in the normal course of their chart reporting.

Via A2IM

You’ve got questions and comments about TIDAL, and Jack White has answers… These questions and comments were submitted by members of the Third Man Records Vault as well as fans on Facebook, and are addressed here by Jack White himself.

From Vault Members in Vault Chat: 

Will smaller artists be treated more fairly with TIDAL than, say, Spotify?

Jack: Damn straight. I’m aiming to get unknown artists paid so that they can make more music.

Can you tell us more about TIDAL?

Jack: TIDAL is going to help a lot of artists out. I’m talking about the punk band that has 50k hits on Youtube and doesn’t see a dime.

I think TIDAL is a noble cause, I don’t understand the backlash that it’s getting.

Jack: There’s a lot of misinformation about music in the last decade, people know that it costs a lot of money to make a super hero movie, but they don’t know that it costs millions to make a country album too.

Will the release of TIDAL help TMR grow as a company?

Jack: We want to get the music of TMR from the unknown artists out to as many people as possible.

Thank you for being an advocate for all musicians, not just the ones who have made it.

Jack: Glad you dig it. Unknown musicians don’t have a voice being heard, i want those artists to make a living at being artists so more great music can happen.

I really struggled to tell a large difference in “high definition” audio with the PONO player. IsTIDAL that much better?

Jack: Depends on what you’re listening too. Ear buds and computer speakers are only good for ham radio as far as I can hear! Haha! Remember there was a culture of hi fidelity stereo audiophiles that got tossed aside because of computers being the new stereo. There was a lot of beauty in that, just like watching a nicely streamed hd movie on a wide screen television with surround sound is gonna be the next plate?

What are some of your favorite artists on TIDAL that we can check out?

Jack: I want to get all of tmr’s music on TIDAL, so those songwriters and musicians can get their songs to a bigger audience (remember most of those artists don’t get radio airplay) and I want them to get paid royalties for their songs too so they can live.

 I trust that you wouldn’t get involved in a simple grab for money like other people are accusing y’all of… I just wish it was something I could afford. With the vault membership, there’s not much left over for other “non-essentials…”

Jack: Well I used to buy three records a month at 18 bucks a piece when I was a teenager bussing tables. I also went to the movies three times a month. What did that cost? Same as today with inflation? hmmm…

How big of game changer do you think TIDAL will be?

Jack: It’s about educating everyone. It could make a difference just like tmr has made in the vinyl world in that last 6 years. It starts with people who think music is sacred and beautiful.

I think TIDAL is great for the fact that it will get more money to artists. After reading how little Pharrell from Pandora streaming off of one of “Happy.” Really made me realize how little musicians just starting out must be making, when Pharrell only made $2700 off of something like 43 million plays

Jack: Yep, whoever started the model of making a website that gets paid by big advertisers (Youtube) and does not pay that money to the artists GENERATING the interest. Makes no sense to an artist trying to survive.
I totally understand wanting to help out smaller artists. My musicians buddies are all struggling.

Jack: But also bigger artists, medium artists, whatever, if PSY gets viewed 2 billion times and makes a couple grand, where did all his money go?
It’s also very important to buy real records from artists you love when they are on tour. That buys gas in our tanks when we were struggling.

Jack, I truly believe TIDAL will change music in 21st century… for the sake of music Jack, did all the artists from TIDAL get along?

Jack: Yes we did. We spent all last night talking and discussing ways to make it very cool. Here’s the shocker: musicians want you to hear their music in the best ways possible. We mix on very nice speakers and systems only to have 90% of it be heard on tiny components that cut out half the information

Any largely unknown artists we should be looking for on TIDAL?

Jack: I hope tons. I want tons of obscure albums that haven’t been digitized to be on there too. Loretta Lynn recorded something like 90 albums! How many can you acquire or stream digitally? 4? 6? Where are the other 80+?

Which is why I find it interesting that you listen to your music playback in your car when you’re working on records, or so I read.

Jack: Digital in the car, Vinyl in the bedroom, baby

Does TIDAL have any plans for supporting independent artists? I hear that services like Youtube will soon be wiping away independent artists vids etc. or they will be charging them to host their content… something to that effect anyway…

Jack: Lots of ideas, but you KNOW I’m all for independent artists getting heard.

TIDAL is a bit elitist to be talking about the little guy in the music industry no?

Jack: What is elitist about it? Who’s speaking for the little guy?

Jack, it’s because everyone has gotten used to free and cheap
Jack: Should movies be free too? How about food?

From Fans on Facebook:

With the amount we pay for the Vault, TIDAL should be free, not just discounted

Jack: Third Man does not own or make decisions for tidal, this deal is incredibly cool and took us a long time to work on the logistics of. third man is artist owned, and tidal is artist owned. it wasn’t something we had to do at all, but we wanted the vault members to all know they come first and they have a portal to this artist run streaming service through us now.

What a joke. I refuse to support The vault and TIDAL. if you claim music is so special and sacred then why charge a premium for people to enjoy it?

Jack: How much did you pay for that last movie you saw at the theater? And how much did that movie cost to make? Don’t devalue musicians man, support them. Making records is expensive, believe us, I don’t see people saying we should go to the movies for free, or Netflix should be free. that state of music is in flux, be on the side of supporting creativity, not taking from it. this gives you that chance.

I can purchase a new record every month with that $20.

Jack: Please do! When I was a teenager I would go to the record store twice a month and buy 4 records each trip, anywhere from between 12 and 18 bucks a piece! and guess what? i still do! and with tidal, for 9.99 you have every record they can possibly get there hands on to stream. In the car, in the gym. Places you can’t play vinyl right? Think about it: how much did you spend on movies this year?

Sorry Jack, but I have 0 interest in making JayZ more money, and I don’t understand how Jack could be involved in this awful business model. Totally screws the fans, I thought he was a bit above that. How much money does he need?

Jack: A streaming service owned by artists is the first step, it’s not about the rich getting richer. it takes artists that can get peoples attention to be able to make a scenario possible for those artists that don’t have a voice to get in a position where they aren’t struggling, and believe me third man records is full of artists the mainstream’s never heard of and have no voice or power in the system. have you heard of Rachelle Garnier? what about the Smoke Fairies? Drakar Sauna? Pujol? The Gories? Those are just some of the up and coming artists on third man that try to make a living in music. And if you stream their songs… they get paid for it. And they get to LIVE and not take second jobs….and make MORE music! I support keeping musicians you love in business. We want a full third man roster page on tidal that you can stream hundreds of records on, and each time that artist gets something. that’s a beautiful thing.

And also… do we tell Steven Spielberg we don’t need to pay him anymore to watch his movies? He’s made enough off of us right? He should show his new films for free right? haha