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Music, Pop Culture and Technology from radio legend Alan Cross and TV's biggest geek Michael Hainsworth

Geeks and Beats Alan Cross and Michael Hainsworth

    • Music Commentary

Music, Pop Culture and Technology from radio legend Alan Cross and TV's biggest geek Michael Hainsworth

    Take 2-Coronapocalypse AI: The Panic Index

    Take 2-Coronapocalypse AI: The Panic Index

    (Fixes missing audio) What Pornhub analytics tells us about how we’re “working from home.” The Coronavirus Panic Index claims its A.I. saw this coming by analyzing the emotion of our social media posts. Cognovi Labs CEO Dr. Beni Gradwohl introduces us to his machine. Plus: Half-Life is back and only in VR. Guess who’s super excited about that.

    Hallelujah, we have music to help cope through COVID-19

    by Shane Alexander

    We’re stuck in a very scary time in the world. Many have been laid off. Many are scared for their lives. We’re all locked up in our homes, or apartments, not knowing what tomorrow’ill bring. So how do we find comfort amid the tension and spine-chilling uncertainty? Music ‘cause music has always brought us together.

    Music is always with us. It’s there for the good times – Weddings, parties, in the car, karaoke-ing whilst beating traffic. But it seems we really get comfort through music during the toughest days, when there’s very little to turn to. This is when music radiates its truest colours. It’s there to remind us that this too shall pass.

    We’re stuck in a very scary time in the world. Many have been laid off. Many are scared for their lives. We’re all locked up in our homes not knowing what tomorrow will bring. So how do we find comfort amid the tension and spine-chilling uncertainty?

    Music. ‘Cause music has always brought us together.

    Self-isolating from COVID-19 doesn’t mean the music can’t go on – that’s what balconies are for

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    Ayer la música volvió a llenar las calles vacías de Barcelona con un himno que nos pide vivir a todos en paz. Con @alexlebrontorrent al saxo 🎷 Yesterday music refilled the empty streets of Barcelona with a hymn that ask for peace all over the world. "Imagine all the people living life in peace" #yomequedoencasa

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    Just last week Barcelona-based pianist Alberto Gestoso brought joy to his neighbourhood performing John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from his balcony. Those living nearby walked out onto their balconies to cheer him on. Saxophone player, Alex Lebron Torrent, even joined in.

    “So much has happened in 2 weeks in the name of darkness and after this we will wake up in another world,” Torrent captions a video of their performance. “But in all of this madness…me and @albertogestoso came together sharing our passion with first our neighbors, because music has the power to heal.”

    “It’s nice to see people in the peak who are coming together as one,” writes one moved viewer. “This thing is here to try and destroy us. Let’s not destroy ourselves because of it.”

    We’ve also heard the music played in Siena.


    • 32 min
    My Corona

    My Corona

    Legendary Tragically Hip manager Jake Gold tells us why COVID-19 will make SARS look like the sniffles for the music industry. And actual doctors are recommending we switch from shaking hands to the “Live Long and Prosper” sign.

    Remember when you had concert tickets for shows in March and early April and were so stoked to go and hang out with your friends? Yeah… the world had other ideas.

    Over the past seven days, hundreds of shows around the world have been canceled or postponed due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak. Love it or hate it, it’s a step toward trying to help slow the spread of the disease and to protect not only concert goers, but everyone around them, plus the musicians, venue workers, techs, ticket takers, bartenders, merch vendors, you name it, all the contributing acts that support the concert world.

    Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam postpones spring tour

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    As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses. It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better. So we are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives. Unfortunately, communing in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and the tour we’ve been busy planning for months is now in jeopardy… We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority. So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements… This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date. We’ve worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level. Add to that we also have a unique group of passionate fans who travel far and wide. We’ve always been humbled by this and respect their energies and devotion. However in this case, travel is something to avoid. It certainly hasn’t helped that there’s been no clear messages from our government regarding people’s safety and our ability to go to work. Having no examples of our national health department’s ability to get ahead of this, we have no reason to believe that it will be under control in the coming weeks ahead. Again, here in Seattle what we are witnessing we would not wish for anyone. What we do wish for the rest of the country is that they can avoid the harsh negative effects of this and retain their sense of community and take care of one another. Just as we look forward to our next concerts and the ability to gather together and play loud songs as energized as ever. We are so sorry… And deeply upset.. If anyone out there feels the same based on this news, we share that emotion with you. – Ed & Pearl Jam

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    • 37 min
    The Future of Music Has Arrived: MIDI 2.0

    The Future of Music Has Arrived: MIDI 2.0

    The man behind MIDI 2.0, Mike Kent, drops by Studio 3B to talk about why an update to a 37 year old technology is going to revolutionize the way music is produced, and how it’s so powerful, we have no idea what we’ve unleashed once artificial intelligence gets a hold of it. Plus: Alan was right about Star Trek: Picard and Michael was wrong about Avenue 5.

    • 40 min
    History of Headphones

    History of Headphones

    Your AirPods are thanks to grunge musicians of the 1990s. Your dad’s headphones came from the U.S. Navy. And Grampa? The invention of the telephone. Headphone wizard and CEO of Audeze Doctor C. joins us to look back at the history of cans. Plus: how to direct a live music video.

    • 31 min
    Any Night of the Week

    Any Night of the Week

    Music fans in Toronto can easily club and hall hop on any given night and see a lineup of incredible homegrown and internationally known bands, from tiny rooms to a major arena.  That wasn’t the case even 50 years ago, when “rock bands (were) playing in tiny coffeehouses in Yorkville,” says Jonny Dovercourt, author of the new book “Any Night of the Week,” on the evolving music scene in Toronto from the 1950s through the early 2000s. 

    “I’ve been immersed in the local Toronto music scene since I was a tenn in the early ‘90s, as a musician, writer and show organizer. I grew up here and was always more drawn to music if it was made locally,” he says. “That sense of a personal connection plus the feeling of rooting for hometown heroes was always attractive to me. And because local bands always seemed like the underdog compared to out-of-towners, I felt like I could actually make a difference by participating in the local music community.” 

    Dovercourt started writing for the student newspaper at the University of Toronto and then for Eye Weekly before co-founding the Wavelength collective in 2000, which was purpose-built for highlighting the local music world in Toronto though both a weekly concert series and a monthly publication. 

    The book, coming out in March, was inspired in no small part by other recent contributions to the Canadian music bookshelf, including Liz Worth’s “Treat Me Like Dirt” and Nick Smash’s “Alone and Gone,” along with Denise Benson’s nightlife roundup and histories of the ‘60s in Yorkville from Nicholas Jennings and Stuart Henderson. 

    “What I wanted to do with my book was to ‘connect the dots’ and combine all these sources with my own first-hand experiences and memories from the ‘90s to assemble a comprehensible (if not comprehensive) narrative of underground music in Toronto,” he explains. 

    Compared with today, there were fewer music venues in the GTA (which, of course, wasn’t called that) in the 1950s and 1960s, but there were clusters of venues in neighborhoods like Yorkville Village and along Yonge Street in Toronto. In Jennings’ book, he estimates there were “40 venues booking live music in about six square blocks, at the height of Yorkville circa ‘66/ ‘67. Toronto was primed for this explosion, having a big population of Baby Boomer youth who were looking for excitement and countercultural experiences, and in Yorkville you had one of the first European-style bohemian cafe hangout zones in the city, which attracted beatniks and then hippies,” Dovercourt says. “But the music industry was still nascent and didn’t have the power to make stars out of homegrown talent yet, and domestic radio wouldn’t support Canadian music — at least not until it made it big elsewhere first, which necessitated the CanCon regulations coming out in ‘71.” 

    That mindset, in some cases, remains true today, Dovercourt says. “Torontonians and Canadian musicians still have to work extra hard to get taken seriously, and in some occasions still have to get approval internationally before getting heralded at home.” 

    Another aspect of Canadian music that helped nurture the Toronto music world but needed some extra time to really thrive: The city’s multicultural inhabitants. 

    In the 1980s, recognition of the Caribbean population and their culture started to take off, leading to an increase appreciation for reggae becoming more popular across the city. “Venues like the BamBoo on Queen West and community radio stations like CKLN 88.1 FM (both of which started out in 1983) [began] to support more diverse genres of music” as the decade went on, Dovercourt says. “Canada’s first hip-hop radio show was on CKLN — Ron Nelson’s Fantastic Voyage — and the Caribbean cultural influence has also been significantly strong on homegrown hip-hop ar

    • 27 min
    The B Material

    The B Material

    What do Mark Hamill, Wutang Clan, James Spader, Pearl Jam, Pokemon Go, Spotify, Augmented Reality, Samsung, and a vinyl pressing plant fire all have in common? This episode.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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World's most popular podcast?

Not by a longshot. Never even heard of this show before. How can they claim to be the world's most popular? They're not even on any of the top lists.

Jimmy Kalaitzis ,

Great show! Musical clips FAR TOO LONG

I love the show. Alan and Michael have AMAZING chemistry.
I wish they did the show more then once a week.
My only critique is the music clips Micheal plays are way too long! Sometimes I forget I’m listening to a podcast I get so lost in the song.
Also the sound effects are a little dated and cheesy, it’s a crutch many radio people have.

I still think the show is tremendous!

High output 101 ,

Great show

Very entertaining

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