Well, here we go again. The best record show in all of Canada has announced the date for the Spring Show. Set your calendars and save your money for Sunday, April 6th at The Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue. It’ll go from 11:00am-4:00pm and you’ll want to get there early for the best deals. It costs $5 to get in, but check out the contest I run daily on Twitter – I’m giving a 4-pack of tickets away daily until the show.
The best of Toronto’s vinyl, CD and music memorabilia vendors will be there with music from every genre, and yes that includes rock, soul, metal, jazz, punk, R&B, electronic, new waves, 50s, 60s, and everything in between.
This time, they even have some dealers setting up from the East Coast of Canada. Yes, they’re driving in because the show is that good.
Over 45 tables chock full of albums, spreading the message that vinyl and music is here to stay.
From Consequence of Sound:
A few years back, I was avoiding my family on Christmas by listening to Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible. With all the grace and couth in the world, my cousin slugged me in the arm and asked what I was playing. I told him, and he responded that, because he was unfamiliar with them, it must be “hipster bullshit.” Oh, and “They’re probably not as good as Pennywise,” he added. Since then, most of our interactions have dealt with me trying to quantify and explain what really is or isn’t “hipster bullshit”, with any well-thought arguments about cultural context and artistic merit met with “Whatever, tool-bag.” Next time around, however, I’m just gonna slap the “The Hipster Music Index” right in his Affliction-wearing grill and do a little two-step.
Created by Priceonomics, the “The Hipster Music Index” is a way to confront “humorous generalizations about hipsters” by using “data capabilities to shed light on the hipster condition.” Priceonomics used two primary criteria to discern just what exactly the average hipster listens to: positive Pitchfork album reviews and how much traffic/attention any given artist’s album review is receiving via Facebook. So, just what did they uncover in their pursuit of higher knowledge?
As Priceonomics explains, “For a given Pitchfork Review Score, the trend line uses a linear regression to predict how many Facebook likes you’d expect the album to receive given its critical acclaim. By our criteria, the further below the line a blue dot is, the more hipster the band. (It’s high quality but obscure.) Dots above the line represent more mainstream (not hipster) bands.The model appears adept at separating critically acclaimed but mainstream bands (Arcade Fire, The National, et al) from the critically acclaimed but obscure (Fuck Buttons, Sun Kil Moon, et al).”
Using that methodology, the “researchers” then compiled a list of the 25 most hipster bands. That is, the bands with the most critically acclaimed albums that aren’t widely shared on Facebook:
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It looks like Tool and A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan is gearing up for some life changes he just put his house in the hills above Hollywood on the market. And to no surprise to anyone, it’s as awesome, crazy, strange and beautiful as you would expect. Check out the pictures below, and visit the listing if you’ve got an extra $2.8 million around and feel moving into his place.
Via Death And Taxes
Mick Jagger takes the mic as the Rolling Stones headline a history-making concert at El Mocambo on Mar. 4, 1977.
From The Toronto Star:
One of Toronto’s most hallowed music venues is up for sale — again — and could potentially be redeveloped for residential or retail use.
The Rolling Stones, U2, Elvis Costello, the Ramones and Blondie are among the legendary acts to grace the stage of El Mocambo at 464 Spadina Ave., now listed with a price tag of $3.95 million.
But there’s no guarantee the landmark building, which first opened in the mid-1940s with its illuminated palm-tree sign, will remain a live music hotspot.
“I’d love to keep it as a music venue, but I think there’s other options for it as well,” said real estate agent Neil Warshafsky, a broker with Royal LePage.
That’s a horrifying prospect for music lovers who fondly remember the club’s heyday.
“Thinking of it becoming something else is pretty stomach-churning,” said Yvonne Matsell, who booked acts at the rock club for 11 years.
From Discover Magazine:
The first time you hear Scooby Doo speak, you immediately know something is off. He adds /r/ to the beginnings of most words, and where that doesn’t work he will try to twist whole words into an /r/-sound—like you trying to imitate the sound of an engine turning over. But is there anything wrong with this? That is to say, is there something diagnosable in the way Scooby speaks?
Medical diagnoses can sometimes be blurry—many have hard definitions but others are more general. A “syndrome,” for example, can be the placeholder for a whole suite of symptoms, none of them necessarily understood or required for diagnosis. To properly diagnose Scooby Doo with a speech impediment then, Scooby needs something more readily definable. To find out, I had to ask a speech pathologist a very odd question.
“If a person walked into my office talking like Scooby there’s no question I would diagnose him with a speech sound disorder,” says Dr. Steven Long, associate professor in Marquette University’s Speech Pathology and Audiology department.
“I would refer to [Scooby’s disorder] as a phonological as opposed to a phonetic disorder in that he shows a pattern of substituting and adding sounds in his speech rather than just distorting sounds.”
So in terms of a diagnosis, Scooby doesn’t distort words, he adds onto them. “Uh oh” becomes “ruh roh” and “apple” becomes “rapple.” The technical term for this, Dr. Long told me, is rhotacization. In linguistics and speech pathology, rhotacization means changing some consonant like /d/ or /l/ to an /r/. Though Scooby definitely adds an /r/ to words that don’t begin with consonants, this complete rhotacization still basically describes his speech.
Apparently some runners, and none that I know, there’s a tradition of running and drinking beer. It doesn’t just make running a little bit more woozy, but it might be effective way to replace lost nutrients. Linda Poon of NPR explains:
They’re full of carbs, sodium and all sorts of nutrients to keep our bodies hydrated and energized during and after exercise. And beer may be able to do that, too — if formulated the right way, says Ben Desbrow, a sports nutritionist at Griffith University in Australia.
Beer itself contains a small amount of carbohydrates and electrolytes, he says. It’s not enough to do your body any good after exercise, but researchers like Desbrow have been experimenting with ways to reformulate beer so it’ll have the properties of a sports drink without the dehydrating effects of alcohol.
By lowering the level of alcohol by volume to 2.3 percent and adding salt, they found that the manipulated beer actually hydrated their sample of athletes better than traditional ale.
From Vanity Fair:
Looking back at your music now, do you feel that the way you conceive a piece has changed with the industry?
Oh, I think music has changed dramatically, how it’s disseminated, how people consume it, I mean it really is, um—it’s shit, I think. I wish I could be more optimistic but people don’t really buy records, they don’t really like songs particularly anymore. I’ve stuck to my guns over the years, I think out of necessity. I don’t know what else to do. So I still believe in the song, and I still believe in the album, and I still believe in the kind of quality, beautiful recording. I don’t believe in antics, in kind of, you know, scandal ruling the roost. I also believe [that] as you get older, you get better. In the United States, it’s just hard to do that as much. I don’t know, I do very well in Europe, but I do well in the U.S. too. It’s hard to come to terms with sometimes, when you, I guess, watch television or what people hit on YouTube. But then again, whatever, when has the world ever been easy for artists?
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Hot off the release of his second-highest charting album ever, Beck has announced a small slate of North America live dates for the coming months.
The singer-songwriter’s first show, April 9 in Santa Barbara, Calif. will act as a warm-up to his previously announced appearance at Coachella in Indio a couple days later. He’s also playing dates in Arizona, Texas, Ohio and Canada, among other locales. On July 1 Beck plays Summerstage in New York City.
Pre-sale begins on Wednesday and will entail using a password – MORNING (not case sensitive).
Each pre-sale starts at 10am local time.
4/9 – Santa Barbara, Calif. (Arlington Theatre)
4/23 – Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto Theater)
4/24 – El Paso, Texas (Abraham Chavez Theatre)
6/19 – Cleveland (State Theatre)
6/20 – Columbus (Ohio, LC Pavilion)
6/24 – North Adams, Mass. (Mass MOCA)
6/25 – Montreal (Pace des Arts)
6/27 – Toronto (Sony Centre)
6/28 – Detroit (Fox Theatre)
7/1 New York (Summerstage)
Weekend passes are already onsale, but they won’t last long!
From My Northwest:
It’s tough enough making a go of it as a musician in Seattle, but the city of Seattle is taking new steps to at least make it easier to get to their gear in and out of their gigs with the launch of a new musicians priority parking program.
Five popular venues around the city are taking part in the pilot program. The city is modifying nearby load and unload zones with branded signs reading ‘Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading’.
“What we were hearing was it was challenging for musicians to get their instruments loaded from the curb and into the venue. Often times they would have to park a couple of blocks away and cart their gear down,” says Dawn Schellenberg with the Seattle Department of Transportation.
“Seattle’s music scene is a critical part of our city’s cultural draw and the quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We want to better serve local music venues’ needs and the musicians that play there.”
“It’s not like we have a badge that says that someone is a musician. Our hope is that people will just realize they are in front of a music venue and that there are musicians that are coming to use it and they will allow them the space to unload.”
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