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For the Psychocandy 33 ⅓ book, Trevor Dann, a broadcaster and writer, was newly minted as a program producer for the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test and told 33 ⅓’s author Paula Mejia about his experience booking acts for the show, and what happened when he booked the Mary Chain and they thrashed through one of their noisiest cuts, “In a Hole.” Here’s what he had to say.

“I thought my job as the producer was to try and make it a bit more modern. The previous producer had a rule that you couldn’t on Whistle Test if you hadn’t made an album. And of course, punk music wasn’t really about making an album. And The Jesus and Mary Chain were at a point where nobody, no more than a hundred or so people had heard them play. And they were capable of being the latest horror story in the tabloid press. So it just seemed to me, ‘Well, we should have them on!’ Not because we’re saying they’re good, or no good. But we’re a music program and people would think, at the very least, it would be interesting to see what they’re like.”

“So that’s what we did. By the time we booked them, we did know what they sounded like and we did think, ‘Hmm, this isn’t mainstream, isn’t it?’ The rest is history.”



It’s been 12 years since Canadian music icon Gordon Lightfoot has delivered a new song to fans but this November 18 the song “Plans Of My Own” will be released to all DSPs and streaming services. The song, recorded in 2001 showcases Lightfoot on his signature 12 string guitar and singing at his best.

The release of this new song is in conjunction with the start of Lightfoot’s upcoming Ontario tour dates including his annual multi-date stand at Toronto’s Massey Hall (November 23 – 26).

In addition to the release of “Plans Of My Own,” Warner Music Canada will also re-release the 1976 Gordon Lightfoot classic album Summertime Dream on 180-gram vinyl for Black Friday (November 25). Summertime Dream has been expanded to include the track “Betty Called Me In” that was left off the original pressing of the album. The song eventually found its way on to the 1999 Greatest Hits collection “Songbook.”

Gordon Lightfoot – 2016 Ontario Fall Tour Dates
November 16 / Chatham, ON / Capitol Theatre
November 17 / Kitchener, ON / Center In The Square
November 18 / Belleville, ON / Empire Theatre
November 19 / Ottawa, ON / National Arts Center
November 23, 24, 25, 26 / Toronto, ON / Massey Hall

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ newly announced North American tour will kick off at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY on May 26, 2017. The 19-date tour will make its way across the continent and will conclude June 29 at Los Angeles’ historic Greek Theatre. Canadian tour dates include Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

The band were last in North America in 2014 with critical response being best described as ‘blown away en masse.

September saw the release of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ 16th studio album ‘Skeleton Tree’ and the companion film ‘One More Time With Feeling’ directed by Andrew Dominik. The theatrical success of the film was such that a second run is now confirmed in Canada in select Canadian cities incuding Montreal and Toronto (and in the US nationwide) starting December 1 (Tickets available for purchase at www.nickcave.com). ‘Skeleton Tree’ topped the chart across the globe and achieved the bands highest chart position to date. Songs from the album will be brought to life for live audiences alongside other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classics and deep cuts.

The touring line up is as follows:

Nick Cave
Warren Ellis
Martyn Casey
Thomas Wydler
Jim Sclavunos
Conway Savage
George Vjestica
Larry Mullins

Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, October 28, 2016. More info on all tour dates can be found here.


Friday, May 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Monday, May 29 – Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
Wednesday, May 31 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
Thursday, June 1 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
Saturday, June 3 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
Monday, June 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Wednesday, June 7 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Thursday, June 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall
Saturday, June 10 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
Tuesday, June 13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Wednesday, June 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Friday, June 16 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Sunday, June 18 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
Monday, June 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall
Wednesday, June 21 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Thursday, June 22 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Saturday, June 24 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
Monday, June 26 – San Diego, CA – Civic Theatre
Thursday, June 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 are:

Bad Brains
Chaka Khan
Depeche Mode
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band
Jane’s Addiction
Janet Jackson
Joan Baez
Joe Tex
Pearl Jam
The Cars
The Zombies
Tupac Shakur

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.

Nominees are on the ballot for the first time include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, and Tupac Shakur. Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur became eligible for nomination this year.

Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 18 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2016, fans can visit rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2017 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 inductees will be announced in December 2016. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Inductions, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April 2017. HBO will also once again broadcast the ceremony in 2017. Venue and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later date.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.

Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, has announced that it has permanently opened for public tours, following unanimous approval by the Chanhassen City Council on October 24.

Tickets are now on sale for tour dates through December 2016, with tours starting up again this Friday, October 28. Tour dates for 2017 are expected to go on sale by mid November 2016.

Paisley Park is Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.

Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings and motorcycles.

One of the most misunderstood artists, ever, the great Yoko Ono curated a recent exhibit at the Reykjavik Art Museum called “Yoko Ono: One More Story…,” which features work that spans her long and storied career. One of the pieces on display by the artist Ragnar Kjartansson brought to life a classic “The Simpsons” joke about Yoko Ono. In the 1993 episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” a character based on Ono orders a “single plum, floating in perfume, served in a mans hat” at Moe’s Tavern. Kjartansson’s work in the exhibit is literally just that. Below, you can find photos from the exhibit, as well as a clip from “The Simpsons” episode to remember.

Photos by Vigfus Birgisson and Petur Thomsen


Between January and July 2016, TrackMaven tracked 17.5 million social media posts from 17,737 brands worldwide across various industries to determine when was the best time and day to post.

Social posts at the close of a work day (in Eastern Time) at the tail of the week performed the best on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, according to the data. Pinterest took this trend a bit further with posts tending to get the best traction on Fridays at 1am. Meanwhile, LinkedIn posts, which largely cater to the business crowd, had the advantage when made midweek at 9am.

The study also zeroed in on particular industries. Retail brands had success when posting at 11am on Friday on Twitter, and at 1am on Monday on Facebook. Meanwhile, for consumer goods marketers, posting at 11am on Wednesday on Twitter and at 11am Sunday on Facebook was optimal.


This year, eMarketer estimates, more than 52 million people in the US will use Twitter on a monthly basis, and just shy of half will use the service on both PCs and mobile devices. Mobile-only Twitter use is becoming more common in the US as desktop- based usage shrinks, and will account for a majority of US users in 2018 for the first time.

Currently, just 19.5% of internet users and 16.1% of the population of the US uses Twitter, compared with 51.5% of the population using Facebook. On a worldwide basis, Twitter penetration is even lower: Only 3.9% of people around the world use Twitter this year, and by 2020 the figure is only expected to rise to 4.8%.