Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 22, 2022
Avant-garde saxophonist Colin Stetson (pictured) scores a horror film, Side Door is taking acts to SXSW, and the passing of Duane Lavold is noted. Also in the headlines are Dear Rouge, Winterfolk, Sony Music Publishing, Sara Bernstein, Will Butler, Isaac Wood, Lavender Country, Coachella, Judy Tint, David Crosby, Record Store Day, Jason Isbell, and Tears For Fears.
By Kerry Doole
Alt-rock raconteur Duane Lavold rattled MTV censors who banned his salacious “Hey Mister” music video from the airwaves, but those closest to the musician say he was a gentle giant who aspired to greater heights than the controversy he drew in the post-Napster era. He died in Dec., after suffering a cardiac arrest during a trip to Greece. – David Friend, CP
Founder/musician Brian Gladstone offered a three-day lineup on 20th anniversary of popular music festival in Toronto. – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star.
On Our Radar: Dear Rouge's "Small Talk" will resonate with those who are happiest with being home alone
Time can sometimes be a funny thing, mostly for the way that it constantly changes one’s outlook on the world. Dive into Dear Rouge’s new and brilliantly mixed-tape-worthy “Small Talk” and you’ll have to think about whether you’ve enjoyed the past 24 months. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight
The Record Nook sign and artefacts from Bob Marley's time in Toronto are all on display at the Rhythms And Resistance exhibit. – Nick LaChance, NOW
Sony Music Publishing (SMP) has hired Walter Jones as Executive Vice President, Head of A&R. In his new role, Jones will oversee Sony Music Publishing’s US A&R efforts, and work closely with the firm’s Stateside creative team to support both emerging and established songwriters. Jones was most recently Co-Head of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group. – MBW
Imagine’s Sara Bernstein wants to pioneer the ‘musical documentary’ – and make a lot of money doing it
“Everyone keeps implying that this doc bubble is going to burst… but I’m excited about where the documentary form is headed,” co-president of Imagine Docs says. – Brian Welk, The Wrap
Recording artists are angry at Spotify because, in music streaming, there isn’t enough money to go around. – Will Butler, The Atlantic
Lead vocalist, lyricist and guitarist Wood stepped aside for mental health reasons in late January, amicably departing—and heralding a new era for—the UK buzz band.– Scott Russell, Paste
It’s been a long time coming. Then again, nothing in Patrick Haggerty’s history-making music career has come fast or easy. As the 78-year-old artist and activist tells it, having an actual career in music seemed doomed from the second the country singer and his band Lavender Country released what’s now considered the first gay-themed country album in 1973. – Michael Rietmulder, Seattle Times