Music Biz Headlines, April 12, 2019

The best Record Store Day 2019 events in Toronto

From pop-up record shops to single-store exclusive vinyl, local in-stores to a golden ticket Ministry and Cold Cave concert – here's what you should check out on Saturday, April 13. –Marianna Lozowska, NOW

James Renald, of Montreal duo Sky, remembered for writing lyrical pop hits

He was known to many as the blond singer and songwriter in Montreal pop duo Sky during the late 1990s.  He took his own life last August, but his death was not made public at the time. – David Friend, CP

This isn't your dad's 8-track: vinyl stands the test of time

Edmonton man takes his passion for music and reinvests in the record with a manufacturing plant. Todd McLean's Moonshot Phonographs is now in year two. – Emily Rendell-Watson, CBC News

Hidden for nearly a century, Massey Hall's stained glass windows find new life

Two firms, EGD Glass and Vitreous Glass, are working to restore 93 stained glass windows at Massey Hall. The windows were boarded up decades ago because of traffic noise. The windows date back to the 1890s.  – David Friend, CP

Stars to play Set Yourself On Fire in full at CBC Music Festival 2019

The classic CanRock band plays alongside Alvvays, Rhye, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more at Echo Beach fest in Toronto. NOW

Calgary singer-songwriter puts a new spin on old-time music with Educated Woman

There’s a certain irony to how Amy Nelson discovered old-time banjo music. It may be romantic and quaint to imagine the young Calgary singer-songwriter learning her chops at the knee of an old master in the Appalachians. – Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

Existential questions shape HEALTH’s songs

HEALTH’s sound arguably has more in common with the likes of Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails than it does with anything that fits the conventional definition of metal. – John Lucas, Georgia Straight

Yves Pigeon owns 12,000 records, and he's giving them all away — but one

The 85-year-old opera lover's vast trove of recordings will be sold to raise money for the Ottawa Public Library. –  CBC News 

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Record Store Day: 20 exclusive releases to look out for

Classic vinyl reissues, limited collectors’ editions, and unreleased recordings from Fela Kuti, Prince and David Bowie join rare pressings by the Prodigy and the Notorious BIG this Saturday. – Gregory Robinson, The Guardian

Steely Dan to perform five shows featuring a completely different album each night

Donald Fagen as the sole remaining member of Steely Dan will perform one solo and four Steely Dan albums over five nights in Boston in October. – Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Rap’s rush to ban Kodak Black's music over Lauren London comments proves only men are owed respect

"I’d be lying if I said that Hip-Hop’s haste to take action doesn’t sting. Like, I knew we had a ways to go, but damn. Where was this energy when black feminists and dream hampton were trying to #MuteRKelly?" – Bry'onna Mention, Bust

Deciphering the mystery of Joy Division

The real mystery is how four working-class Northern English boys contrived to turn themselves into a portal for some of the most alien and beautiful information ever to be broadcast through the medium of a rock-and-roll band. – James Parker, The Atlantic

Ed O’Brien eyes September release for debut solo album, plans to tour

Radiohead guitarist offers an update on the long-awaited LP during an appearance on The Pedal Show. – Alex Young, CoS

Burning Man festival backers oppose new federal restrictions

Organizers say the bureau’s proposed changes would add $10 million annually to the costs of the weeklong event that culminates Labor Day weekend with the burning of a towering wooden effigy. – Scott Sonner, AP

Capricorn Studios will re-open in Macon this year

In the 1970s, Capricorn Sound Studios was synonymous with Southern rock. The new complex will be called Mercer Music at Capricorn. – Melissa Ruggieri, AJC

Is Billie Eilish the next Nirvana?

Teen star’s casually morbid music defined Gen Z. Now she has a No. 1 Billboard debut. – Sonia Rao, Washington Post

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace changing hands

With Celine Dion moving away from her Las Vegas residency, the host venue of The Colosseum is reportedly making some major changes. According to Variety, Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will now handle management, and operating duties will be handled by Live Nation.  – Joe Reinartz, Celebrity Access

78-year-old Caribbean trailblazer Calypso Rose on her history-making Coachella gig

Two weeks before her 79th birthday, the trailblazing Calypso Rose will once again make music history. Rose is the oldest artist and the first calypsonian to be booked for a full set at Coachella. – Patricia Meschino, Billboard

Jody Gerson: UMPG 'stands with songwriters' fighting Spotify CRB appeal

The Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, Jody Gerson, has spoken out in support of the songwriting community and its battle to uphold a royalty rate rise from streaming services in the US. – Tim Ingham, MBW

17 indie artists on their oddest odd jobs that pay the bills when music doesn’t

The truth is that most indie artists — from some of the nebulously defined genre’s biggest stars to its buzz-making heat seekers — rely on multiple sources of income outside of their music career to pay the bills and put food on the table. – Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture

Coachella 2019: Preview the buzziest parties and activations

The massive music festival will see on-site safety ambassadors, new sustainability initiatives, and a slew of high-profile parties and brand activations. –  Claire Hoffman, BizBash

Net neutrality bill sails through the House but faces an uncertain political future

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Democrat-backed bill that would restore rules requiring AT&T, Verizon, and other Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally, marking an early step toward reversing one of the most significant deregulatory moves of the Trump era. – Washington Post

 

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