Archive for January, 2009

Kelly Clarkson breaks Britney’s record on Billboard Hot 100

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Kelly Clarkson made history with this week’s Billboard Hot 100 when her single “My Life Would Suck Without You” surpassed Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” for the largest leap to No. 1 in the chart’s 50-year history. Jumping from the No. 97 spot, this is the second time Kelly has set the record for largest jump to No. 1, previously doing so in October 2002 with “A Moment Like This” at No. 52.

“My Life Would Suck Without You” sold more than 280,000 digital downloads in its first week of availability and is also doing well at radio, jumping 58-38 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and 27-18 on the Mainstream Top 40 list.

Read the full article by Silvio Pietroluongo here.

Colin Munroe and Wale rehearse “Will I Stay”

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


Here’s a chance to check out the multi-talented Colin Munroe and the omni-cool Wale in a unique form, at rehearsal!


New Ten Second Epic album OUT NOW!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The day is finally here, and TSE’s new album “Hometown” is now in stores and on iTunes! To help motivate music lovers everywhere to pick up a copy of their new CD and spread the good news to friends, the band is running a contest to get onto their “Myspace Top Friends.”

Also, basic details for a CD release show have been announced: Feb. 22 at the Starlite Room in Edmonton.

Countdown: 0 days!

Ten Second Epic: full album stream

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Tomorrow is the last day you can head over to Ten Second Epic’s Myspace page to stream their entire new album “Hometown” fo’ FREE before it is released on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Also, try to catch one of the final 2 shows on their tour with Theory of a Deadman: Calgary tonight, Vancouver on Tuesday.

Colin Munroe: Why the Unsung Hero Sings

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

“Alternatives : Colin Munroe: Why the Unsung Hero Sings”

Great interview with rising musical star Colin Munroe. In it, he shares his views on how the digital revolution has changed people’s musical tastes, what it’s like being a producer, and discusses his upcoming full-length and tour. He even hints at a possible collaboration with Kanye in the future.

Read the full interview here:

Also, check out’s home page, where he’s featured alongside Katt Williams, Weezy, and Jay-Z.

The future of music? - NAMM updates

Monday, January 19th, 2009

After spending a few days in Anaheim, CA at the NAMM Show, a more-than-100-year-old tradition, I got to see what some consider to be the future of music: new designs for guitars, drums, and pianos; new lines of DJ and mixing equipment; updated editing software. For updates and info on these items, check out However, there’s plenty that will most likely go under the radar this year:

1) Electric bagpipes with a direct out and on-board EQ

2) The Kazoo - not only available in many varieties, but free lessons were also being given

3) A guitar that tunes itself… I didn’t see this demonstration but heard stories of it. It stores the settings for multiple tunings and changes based on user-selection and a simple strum.

4) The Trouble With Boys ( Picture AC/DC at age 12. Most notably, their guitarist shreds something fierce, rivaling many guitarists of any age.

5) The Chapman Stick ( It’s been around since the 70’s, but it still is pretty sweet.

6) 60-year-olds mixing teen screamo bands… For some reason, I think both parties have different aural visions.

7) JamVOX ( Put simply, it is Guitar Hero on CRACK.

8 ) Scratch-and-Sniff CDs & DVDs: Aside from disc replication and duplication as well as album artwork design and package printing, there is a company marketing 50 scents of scratch-and-sniff discs. MP3 who?

This barely scratches the surface of what was at NAMM, but I wanted to give coverage to some of the things that will most likely lose out to news of celebrity sightings, signings, and performances, or pictures of interestingly-designed guitars and some shiny instruments.

The Midway State gets GOLD

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

The Midway State’s track “Never Again” went GOLD today!

In addition, their “Change for You” EP (released only through iTunes Canada, $2.49) was featured at the top of both the Rock and Pop pages in the iTunes Store.

Track listing:
1. Change for You (Radio Edit)
2. Never Again (Live at Greenhouse Studios)
3. Never Again (Remix)
4. Raining Here (Album B-Side)
5. Met a Man On Top of the HIll
6. Never Again (Video - Live in Studio)
7. Change for You (Video)

Click here for a direct link to the EP in the iTunes Store.

Ten Second Epic tour & remixes

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Ten Second Epic celebrated Monday in a big way, kicking off their 2-week tour with a show at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. As if that wasn’t enough to cure your case of the Mondays, they also posted the 2 remixes from “The Virtual EP” on their myspace for a limited time.

Read the full post here.

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Georgian College Barrie, Ontario
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Capitol Centre North Bay, Ontario
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Le Nationale Montreal, Quebec
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Kool Haus Toronto, Ontario
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Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Odeon Events Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Conexus Arts Centre Regina, Saskatchewan
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Flames Central (SOLD OUT) Calgary, Alberta
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Edmonton Events Center Edmonton, Alberta
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Flames Central Calgary, Alberta
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Centre For the Performing Arts Vancouver, British Columbia

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Colin Munroe & Paper Route Recordz mixtape

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Released a few months back on Diplo’s label Mad Decent, the “Fear and Loathing in Hunts Vegas” mixtape from Paper Route Recordz recently received a 7.8 from Pitchfork on Jan. 7th. On that mixtape is none other than “The Unsung Hero” Colin Munroe, who joined Wale on Big P.O.P.E’s “Don’t Go,” remixed by Diplo himself.

Check out the Pitchfork review here.

Download the track here.

If you like what you hear, check out the rest of PRR’s “Fear and Loathing in Hunts Vegas” at