Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 8, 2017

Subjects in today's wrap include Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, underground music scenes, sound design, Bon Jovi, Elvis Costello, Moogfest, William Prince, Alex Lahey, and the Sam's sign.

Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 8, 2017

By Kerry Doole

The abstract staying power of new music

When critics talk about "new music," they are referring to that subset of the art music tradition that is contemporary. We can't call it classical anymore  —  Russell Smith, The Globe and Mail

From bush doof to clown core: your favourite underground music scenes

Readers share the scenes that inspire them  — Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

Spatial Awareness: Inside the world of immersive sound design

The engineering challenge of trying to place an audience in a three-dimensional acoustic space has a long history, and several methods have been used over the years with varying amounts of success — Stephen Bennett, AudioMediaInternational

Neil Young fires at Apple as he introduces new streaming Archives site

Today all music suffers from low-quality audio throughout the distribution chain. It starts with big tech companies like Apple —  Jim Harrington, Bay Area News Group


New Jimi Hendrix album with unreleased songs coming in March

It is far from the first posthumous release from the guitar legend, but recording engineer Eddie Kramer says listening to the old tapes was still an electrifying experience — Mesfin Fekadu, AP

Jazz is a dynamic, universal language, says Norway-based Mozambican saxman Ivan Mazuze

The worldly saxophonist plays Toronto's Small World Music Centre on Saturday  — Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rocker

The leader of roots-rockers Old 97's reflects on industry changes —  Rhett Miller,

Bon Jovi lead Rock Hall fan ballot, Radiohead place 12th

Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, and Judas Priest come next — Stereogum

The musical progress of Jerome Godboo

The hard-working Toronto blues singer and harmonica player discusses his working methods  —

Elvis Costello on movies, music and why you won't ever see him slapping his knee in concert

The singer discusses movies and music and how the two have intersected during his long career —  Glenn Whipp, LA Times

Caroline Polachek pulls out Moogfest 2018 over lineup announcement

“Furious to be (without approval) on an all-female & non-gender-binary announcement list for @Moogfest, Gender is not a genre" — Michelle Kim, Pitchfork

Touring a 'research-and-recon' mission for singer-songwriter William Prince

The Juno-winning songsmith is inspired by the long road treks he has made in recent years — Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal

What influenced Charly Bliss?

The Brooklyn indie pop band tells us about their equal loves of Tokyo Police Club and Josie And The Pussycats —  Cam Lindsay, NOW

After decades in music business, Bill Bentley helps create Smithsonian book on rock

He worked on collection of previously unseen photos of musicians —  Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle


Coffee with...Richmond BC recording artist Melanie Eng

She explains how her lucid dreams helped her write lyrics for her latest electronic pop album —  Alan Campbell, Richmond News

Toronto isn't liking the new Sam the Record Man sign

Discerning critics of neon turntables are saying "FU" to Ryerson University this week over how it handled the restoration of an iconic Toronto sign  —

Breakout Australian artist Alex Lahey prefers to pave her own path in the music biz

Unlike artists peddling the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle of parties and drugs, Lahey is endearingly relatable — Kate Wilson, TheGeorgia Straight

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Fresh Sounds Canada: New Songs from Jayda G, Claudia Bouvette and More

This week's discovery roundup of new Canadian songs also includes Indigenous songwriter Celeigh Cardinal and Quebec acts KROY and Mon Doux Saigneur.

In Fresh Sounds Canada, Billboard Canada puts you on to the must-hear songs of the week by artists on the rise and those about to break. Here's what's out this week.

Jayda G, “If We Only Knew”

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