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Bernie Worrell, the brilliant funk keyboardist who changed the game with his work in Funkadelic-Parliament, passed away at age 72 following a battle with lung cancer, according to his Facebook page.

“At 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love — you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios,” a statement on his Facebook, presumably written by his wife (who had been updating his Facebook during his cancer battle), reads. “Check BernieWorrell.com for further input, anything you want to post. PLEASE do NOT call/text me. Only family etc. right now.”

Worrell’s synthesizer work is prominent on the majority of Parliament’s most popular (and most sampled) songs throughout the 1970s, most notably “Mothership Connection (Star Child)” and “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)” from Mothership Connection (1975) and “Aqua Boogie” from Motor Booty Affair (1978).

When Parliament-Funkadelic took a hiatus from touring in the early 1980s, Worrell was recruited, along with other musicians from differing musical genres such as guitarist Adrian Belew, to perform and record with Talking Heads, a pioneering new wave band. Worrell’s experience and feel for different arrangements enhanced the overall sound of the band. Though he never officially joined Talking Heads, he was a de facto member of the group for most of the ’80s, appearing on one of their studio albums, several solo albums, and multiple tours until they officially disbanded in 1991. Worrell can be seen in the band’s concert film Stop Making Sense. Worrell was invited to perform with Talking Heads at their one-off reunion as part of their 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Worrell is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Between the explosive live performances from artists like Hedley and Fifth Harmony and fans screaming at the top of their lungs for Shawn Mendes, Shawn Hook and Alessia Cara, there were a bunch of hardware handed out at the IHeartRadio Canada Much Music Video Awards on Sunday night. For video footage of the press Q&A, you can check out my Periscopes here.

Here’s a list of who took home the prizes:

Video of the year: Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Best post-production: Majid Jordan – “Every Step Every Way”
Best EDM/dance video: Grandtheft (featuring Lowell) – “Quit This City”
Best director: Drake – “Hotline Bling,” Director X
Best pop video: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
Best rock or alternative video: The Strumbellas – “Spirits”
Best hip hop video: Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Best MuchFact video: Majid Jordan (featuring Drake) – “My Love”
IHeartRadio international Artist of the Year: Nick Jonas
Most buzzworthy Canadian: Drake
Most buzzworthy international artist or group: Fifth Harmony
Best new Candaian artist: Alessia Cara
IHeartRadio international duo or group of the year: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
IHeartRadio Canadian single of the year: The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Fan Fave artist/group: Justin Bieber
Fan fave video: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
Fan fave international aritst or group: Fifth Harmony
Fan fave Vine musician: Rajiv Dhall

New research undertaken by The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organization that represents the interests of the global independent music community, has provided the most accurate picture to date of the global value of the independent music sector.

The new report, entitled WINTEL, was commissioned by WIN to analyse the global economic and cultural impact of the independent music sector. It is authored by Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Research in conjunction with Dr. Chris Bilton from Warwick University’s Centre for Cultural Policy.

The report will be launched at Midem on Friday.

Key findings from the research include the fact that, based on rights ownership, the global market share of independent record labels is 37.6%, representing $5.6 billion in 2015.

Beneath the global figure there is a hugely diverse range of national trends, with independent label market share ranging from just 16% in Finland up to 88% in South Korea.

The report focuses on the criterion of value ‘based on rights ownership’ when analyzing market share. This is an important distinction because, where independent companies use major labels in various territories around the world to distribute their music, the major labels include the value of revenues derived from the distribution of independently owned rights into the label’s assessment of the majors’ own market share.

Most independent labels do not have the international infrastructure needed to compete globally. The WINTEL report establishes that approximately 72% use international distributors and 52% use major labels or major label owned distributors. The claiming of market share by international corporations, which should be attributed to independent right holders, distorts the true picture of market value. WINTEL’s analysis by reference to rights ownership provides a much more accurate overview of the marketplace.

It is also important because market share is used by the leading digital music companies such as Apple, Google and Spotify in negotiations with the independent sector and often determines the levels of remuneration paid by these companies to music right holders.

To emphasize this point, the report also makes clear that digital music, and streaming in particular, has created increased opportunities for independent labels and that in virtually every country independent labels have significantly higher market share in streaming than they do in physical formats.

The report also found that averaging 19 years in operation, independent record labels have built sustainable businesses in the digital era. With an average roster of 40 artists each, they provide a crucial platform for artists that do not fit the major label ‘mainstream model’ yet have built broad audiences beyond ‘DIY’ platforms, locally and internationally.

This diversity on both a national and international level is hugely valuable to the cultural life of countries all over the world, giving a platform to artists that otherwise might not have the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Independent labels are the bridge between indigenous cultural content and global markets, while still maintaining the integrity and authenticity of differing traditions.

Alison Wenham, CEO of WIN said, “This is an important report, giving us the first truly global overview of the economic and cultural value of independent music. With a 37.6% market share based on rights ownership, and a contribution of $5.6 billion it is clear that the independent music community is playing an increasingly important part within the global music industry. Quite apart from the significance of the independent sector’s real market share, the vital contribution to the creation of local music in countries around the world assures that the cultural value and contribution of music is in very good hands with the independent sector.”

The full report can be downloaded as a PDF file


Mike King has made more concert posters than any designer in America. This book now in the final 3 weeks of crowfunding contains more than 1000 of them.

If you’re a music fan, chances are you’ve come across Mike King’s concert posters.

Maybe you were getting soaked waiting in line for a show at one the Northwest’s legendary concert venues and you were checking out the posters stapled on a nearby telephone pole, or you needed something to look at while holding your friend’s hair back in a filthy bathroom in a nameless dive, so you fixated on a poster for an upcoming concert. Wherever you were, whether it was La Luna, Satyricon, The Moore Theater, The Showbox, Roseland Theater, Crystal Ballroom, Doug Fir, etc. Mike King’s art was probably there too.

Spanning three decades of music, Maximum Plunder gathers together Mike’s work into a comprehensive retrospective. A five-year project, the book presents nearly 1,100 of his remarkable posters from every period in nearly every musical genre, from country to death metal, jazz to punk. You’ll see striking examples of Mike’s work for both internationally famous bands to barely-known local artists.

  • 280 pages of posters in glorious color and crappy black and white
  • Forward by noted graphic designer, writer, and former Kinko’s employee Sean Tejaratchi
  • Introduction by Mike King using actual words
  • Nine chapters of various lengths and content
  • Extensive, frequently interesting commentary
  • Fully alphabetical Index
  • For those with low expectations, this book contains everything you need to know

Mike is a prolific designer – having produced more than 5000 posters, from the Afghan Whigs to ZZ Top. His works have appeared in books, magazines, museums and galleries across various parts of the globe including: The Experience Music Project (Seattle), The Museum of Design (Atlanta), the Bold Hype Gallery (NYC), Gallery 1988 (L.A.), to name just a few. He has been published in Spin, Juxtapoz, and numerous anthologies of contemporary art and design, and his works are sought by collectors the world over.

A native of suburban Portland, Mike got his start making posters for the punk/noise bands he played in. From those early days of bad xeroxes and trading poster design for admission to shows, Mike now works full-time as a designer and artist in NYC.


The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List has been announced.

Presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, the 40 Long List albums were unveiled earlier today at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon in association with the Yukon Film & Sound Commission and the assistance of Music Yukon.

The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

Art Bergmann — The Apostate
Justin Bieber — Purpose
Black Mountain — IV
Jean-Michel Blais — II
Basia Bulat — Good Advice
Daniel Caesar — Pilgrim’s Paradise
Tanika Charles — Soul Run
City and Colour — If I Should Go Before You
Coeur de pirate — Roses
Dead Obies — Gesamtkunstwerk
Destroyer — Poison Season
Dilly Dally — Sore
Drake — VIEWS
Essaie pas — Demain est une autre nuit
Fred Fortin — Ultramarr
FOXTROTT — A Taller Us
Grimes — Art Angels
Half Moon Run — Sun Leads Me On
Veda Hille — Love Waves
Jazz Cartier — Hotel Paranoia
Carly Rae Jepsen — E•MO•TION
Junior Boys — Big Black Coat
Kaytranada — 99.90%
Jessy Lanza — Oh No
Majid Jordan — Majid Jordan
Michelle McAdorey — Into Her Future
Nap Eyes — Thought Rock Fish Scale
Safia Nolin — Limoilou
Operators — Blue Wave
Peaches — Rub
PUP — The Dream Is Over
Daniel Romano — Mosey
Andy Shauf — The Party
The Strumbellas — HOPE
Suuns — Hold/Still
U.S. Girls — Half Free
Un Blonde — Good Will Come To You
The Weeknd — Beauty Behind the Madness
White Lung — Paradise
Donovan Woods — Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled

In total 183 titles made the first ballots of the 192 member jury.

This year’s Long List features 19 returning and 21 new nominees. With their newest nominations Basia Bulat (2008, 2010, 2014, 2016) and Drake (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) now join The New Pornographers, Joel Plaskett and Patrick Watson as the only acts who’ve ever been Polaris nominated on four separate occasions. This is the third time Black Mountain, Coeur de pirate, Destroyer, Junior Boys, Daniel Romano and The Weeknd have had Polaris nominated albums.

The Whitehorse reveal event was hosted by CBC Calgary’s Katherine Duncan and featured the Honourable Stacey Hassard (Yukon Economic Development Minister), Teslin, Yukon performing artist Melaina Sheldon and Polaris jurors Ben Rayner (Toronto Star) and Sandra Sperounes (Postmedia’s Edmonton Journal) as presenters. Additionally, surprise guest Jean-Michel Blais was on hand to perform music from his 2016 Long-Listed album II.

CBC Radio 2 will feature a special hour-long broadcast celebrating the Polaris Music Prize Long List on Drive with Peter Morey at 6 p.m. (6:30 p.m. NT) today. Local CBC Radio 2 frequencies can be found at cbc.ca/frequency or the broadcast can be streamed online at cbcmusic.ca.

The eligibility period for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people are selected from the larger jury pool to serve on the Grand Jury and they will convene the night of the Polaris Gala to select the 2016 Polaris Music Prize winner. The Polaris Music Prize will award $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

The 10 album Short List will be announced on July 14 at The Carlu in Toronto. The Polaris Gala will be held on September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto and will be streamed live by CBC Music and AUX TV.

This is part 63 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.

Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month and thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time or the one that’s made them the most money in sales, or the most clicked-on review, but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.

Max Volume, Kozz Radio
David Bowie, Hunky Dory
I think a well balanced album has different textures. The Beatles achieved that on the “White Album.” Steve Miller, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and many others always present an album with light and shade. Acoustic and Rock, with a touch of Blues. Nirvana could blow the roof off with “Breed”, then bring everyone close for a campfire song like “Polly.” All right, my answer? David Bowie’s “Hunky Dory.” This record has everything I love about music, and attached to it are some great teenage memories. even though I didn’t buy it new (it had been out for years) it was the record that changed my life.

Matthew Guerrieri, writer and freelance critic for the Boston Globe, author of The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination, and intermittent blogger
Glenn Gould, Bach: The Goldberg Variations
In which old music became my gateway drug to musical modernisms of all kinds. Any time I hear something sharp, clear, and confrontational—serialism, minimalism, hard bop, punk rock—I can trace my love of it back to late nights with Gould, listening to him distill the weighty Bach tradition into a bracingly stiff, cool drink. His later, 1981 recording of the same piece, more ruminative, more pensive, ranks high in my favorites, too, but that first recording, the way it snaps the world into bright focus, is a perennial tonic: precision as rebellion.

Michael Bourne, WBGO FM
The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out
I was crazy about opera first, and then Broadway musicals. I overheard two guys in my early 60’s high school chem class always talking about jazz. I finally asked them what record I should get, I wanted to hear this music. One of them said Time Out, I didn’t know it¹s one of the most iconic albums of jazz. Bought it at an A&P grocery store. First track, Blue Rondo a la Turk, is one of Brubeck¹s greatest hits. Third track, Take Five, is one of the greatest hits of jazz. But it was the track in between, Strange Meadowlark, that enraptured me. Brubeck’s piano prelude sounded beautiful as Ravel, and then the alto sax of Paul Desmond swooped in like a beautiful bird whirling into the sky. I played that track again and again, and the very next day I bought another album of the Brubeck Quartet, and then Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, The Modern Jazz Quartet, I became obsessed with jazz. I subscribed immediately to DownBeat magazine and by 1969 I was writing for DownBeat (still am.) While getting a PhD in Theatre from Indiana University, I was asked to fill in for the afternoon jazz jock on WFIU, an otherwise classical station. Four weeks became now 44 years as a jazz jock, the last 30+ years for WBGO, broadcasting from Newark around the world on wbgo.org. I even became friends with Dave Brubeck and his musical sons. I’m now creating a show of The Brubeck Songbook with singer Hilary Kole and the Brubeck Brothers Band. We’ll premiere the show at NJPAC in Newark this fall.

Matthew Meadow, Editor In Chief, Your EDM
Chase & Status, No More Idols
If the question was “what is the best album of all time,” my answer would be different. But my favorite is… Chase & Status’s sophomore album No More Idols is the one I keep coming back to time and time again. I never get tired of it. It was the first of its kind to really blend dubstep, drum & bass, and hip hop vocalists in such a seamless fashion and it has completely withstood the test of time. Many of the artists on the 2011 album have gone on to have more promising careers – like Tinie Tempah and Dizzie Rascal – others have had their careers cut short (CeeLo Green). However, within those 15 tracks, the rise and fall of tempo and rhythm, the album is complete and without any noticeable wants. Heavy hitters like “Fool Yourself” are perfect as a climax to a show, engaging listeners in intense fervor and energy on the dancefloor. Others like “Time” are callbacks to Chase & Status’s worth as real musicians, and their success with their live show around the same era. I often judge an album by how many of its tracks I routinely skip. I don’t skip any on No More Idols. I routinely listen to it all the way through because I don’t believe there’s any other way to listen to it.

Shane Button, Moose FM
Good Charlotte, The Young and The Hopeless; Green Day, American Idiot
For me, music can grab my attention in 1 of 2 ways; a lyrical connection or a musical connection. I have 2 albums that I would say are at the top of my favourites list, and 1 comes from each category. From the “lyrical” side of things, comes “The Young and the Hopeless” by Good Charlotte.The first time I discovered Good Charlotte was in grade 10. The song “The Anthem” came on MuchMusic and I was instantly hooked by the pop-punk feel. As I looked into the corresponding album, I found it spoke to me in a lyrical sense. As a kid in high school, I wasn’t in the “popular” crowd and Good Charlotte’s lyrics generally struck a cord with me or reminded me of somebody close to me. It became the first album/CD I purchased on my own and led me into their entire discography. Fast forward a few years and Green Day released American Idiot. As a musician myself I can appreciate a song/album based solely on the musical make up, whether the lyrics are sound or cheesy. I was hanging out in our school music room over lunch when a friend mentioned how great the album American Idiot was, so I checked it out. While the lyrics didn’t strike me as heavily and closely as Good Charlotte’s did, the music, talent and intricacy of their compositions caught my attention; specifically in their 2 separate 9 minute songs and how the different sections flow effortlessly into one another. I could listen to each of these albums on repeat for hours…if other people wouldn’t have a problem with that.

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