Oasis released their debut single, "Supersonic," 20 years ago this month. A few months later, their first album, Definitely Maybe, came out. The album drew comparisons to the Stone Roses, the La's and, of course, the Beatles. The band spent the rest of the decade feeding and fighting those comparisons — actually, they never fought them.
While Oasis didn't overload on Beatle references until their second or third album, Definitely Maybe has a few — some intentional, some inadvertent — on most of the songs. Whether you consider them homages, references or rip-offs, we've gone through every track on the album and found all the Beatles references. Check them out in the gallery above.
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Is it possible for a band to go from critical darling to punching bag with just one song? Definitely, especially if the song is so popular that the distaste for it grows in direct relation to how ubiquitous it becomes.
We all know the bands that people love to hate, and in all cases, it can be traced to one song. The contempt may have been building awhile, but all it takes is one song that's so popular, it forces that disdain to the surface.
Those tipping point songs are always catchy (which is why they're popular in the first place), but with every play the layers start to peel away, revealing a core that encapsulates everything annoying about a particular band. It's often the sound of a band in a creative vacuum, attempting to mimic a previous success, in turn referencing themselves so much that they become a self-parody. In other cases, it's a distinct shift in style, the result being that the band alienates its core fans and adds fuel to the fire for its detractors.
In the gallery above, we take a closer look at 10 of those songs.
One of the world's oldest songs isn't about love, sex or even power. It's about death.
Dies Irae, the song of death, is a medieval chant that warns of an apocalyptic day of wrath, and has been used as the soundtrack to the end of life for 40 human generations — from the dark ages to Star Wars and The Lion King.
Join CBC Radio 2 host Tom Allen, along with three harps, a bassoon, a tuba, two pianos, lots of percussion and four singing monks, as he winds his way through the labyrinthine halls of the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto to bring us the history of one of the world's oldest songs. Watch below.
Check out the behind the scenes video of the making of Exit Music:
The 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs opened tonight on Hockey Night in Canada with a montage set to Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls." Let us know if this gets you pumped for the playoffs:
Long before the days of carefully targeted marketing campaigns, companies participated in a short-lived trend: recording "industrial musicals" that they would hand out for free at trade shows and other business events.
For the recordings, they created musical characters and story lines around their products, and hired professionals to perform the roles.
One such company was American Standard, who created this gem of an album, "The Bathrooms Are Coming."
According to WFMU, the back jacket described the theme:
The Bathrooms Are Coming premiered a new decade of bathroom fixtures born out of exhaustive human and product research by American-Standard. The story began with the introduction of a mythical Greek goddess Femma, the epitome of all women's attitudes, reflections and desires and the leader of all women's movements. In the play Femma is called upon by other women to start a bathroom revolution - "Join the fight for bathroom safety, Femma ... the fight for beauty and luxury. We need freedom from bathroom oppression. Join the fight for better bathrooms."
So what exactly did this musical sound like? Check out the unforgettable track, "My Bathroom Is A Private Kind of Place."
Wanting to dive into more? You can listen to the full album here.
It's been 20 years since Seattle grunge superstars Soundgarden released their landmark album Superunknown, and they're about to celebrate the big anniversary with a special deluxe reissue.
But in advance, the legendary rockers have released Chris Cornell's 1994 demo of their hit "Black Hole Sun."
Not surprisingly, it's a whole lot rougher than the final cut, but it's interesting to hear the track in its raw form.
Check it out here:
Arkells are streaming the side A and B tracks from Arkells Sing Motown on Soundcloud, in advance of their release on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 19.
Hear their covers of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder and "Get Ready" by the Temptations here:
Local crossing guard Kathleen Byers was asked by Toronto police to stop dancing on the job last December. They said it was a safety hazard and would distract drivers.
Her fans asked the police to let her keep her act, but they said no.
Now, Born Ruffians have thrown her into the spotlight again, letting her show off her moves in their new, classy, VHS-quality video for "Oh Cecilia."
Watch it here:
It's safe to assume that Taylor Swift is someone who gets a whole lot of mail, so much so that she could never reply to it all — let alone accept an invite to a fan's bridal shower.
But that's exactly what Swift did when she received an invitation from a longtime diehard fan named Gena in Ohio.
Without telling the bride, or any of her friends and family, Swift showed up unannounced and carrying a packed basket of gifts — among them cookies and a painting she made — and completely floored the fan.
Pharrell Williams is still coasting on his "Happy" superfame, but now he's released a decidedly different track.
Appearing in the upcoming film the Amazing Spider-Man 2, "Here" is an uplifting ballad, complete with folky guitar, soaring strings and love-heavy lyrics.
A little schmaltzy? Definitely. But it's the perfect sonic background for the closing credits, or for when Spider-Man saves his leading lady from what seemed a sure demise.
For the past two days, stories about AC/DC's potential retirement have been trending online, but now the band is saying they're not true.
According to the rumours, which originated Monday night with an anonymous letter to an Australian radio station, one of the band members was too ill to perform or even record, so the band was set to retire.
But according to frontman Brian Johnson, while guitarist Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to a serious illness, the rest of the group is heading to Vancouver in May to record a new album.
"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," Johnson told The Telegraph. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."
The band also confirmed on Facebook that Young was the sick member.
"After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health," the band wrote. "Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."
"I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future," Johnson told The Telegraph. "I'm not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."
Johnson also confirmed that a 40th anniversary tour is still a possibility.
"That would be a wonderful way to say bye-bye," he said. "We would love to do it. But it's all up in the air at the moment. AC/DC is such a tight family. We've stuck to our guns through the '80s and '90s when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."
Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world.
REAR VIEW MIRROR:
Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, Os Mutantes and “Ando Meio Desligado”
Listen to Rich Terfry tell you about the most influential rock band to ever come out of Brazil!
Kurt Cobain once made a public plea for them to reunite for a tour. Beckrecorded a tribute to them. David Byrne has been a champion of the band and reissued their music on his label. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea declared himself a fan and even the Bee Gees covered their songs. Who are they? Os Mutantes - the most influential rock band to ever come out of Brazil.
But they infused the psychedelic rock they loved with the native sounds of Brazil. Bossa nova, tropicalia and samba.
Though the band was very popular in Brazil, they were plagued with bad luck. Many of their early albums were shelved due to interpersonal and business problems. An album that was recorded in 1973 only saw the light of day in 1992. Another that was recorded in 1970 wasn’t released until 2000. After one of the band’s founding members was institutionalized and later fell into a coma after jumping out of a window, the band broke up in 1978.
But when most of their material was finally released in the 90s, their popularity soared and they found fans in high places. There was so much demand for the band to come back, they reformed in 2006 and have been touring ever since. They now enjoy greater success than they’ve ever had. Founding memberSergio Dias has vowed to keep the band going and to - quote - “never let the giant sleep again”.
From Brazil, one of the most influential bands of all-time, this is Os Mutantes with “Ando Meio Desligado” on Rear View Mirror.
Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:
Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'
JUNK IN THE TRUNK:
Argument with a toddler:
Dad pranks his kids and wins big:
RICH'S PICK: "A Wednesday Car" by Johnny Cash:
MARK'S PICK: Tom Waits "Lonely"
Listen to all of Grant Lawrence's Searchlight standout artists so far.
This week, we officially announced the top 10 finalists in all 24 regions across Canada for the 2014 edition of Searchlight: the hunt for Canada's best new artist. This voting period will last one week and next Tuesday we announce the national finalists from each region!
During the initial entry phase and early voting of Searchlight, I chose dozens of early standouts, including Crissi Cochrane, the Almighty Rhombus and Dennis Ellsworth, the Magician, the Dead South, Scary Bear Soundtrack, Red Arms and Northern Haze. I'm happy to see all of those artists in the regional finals.
This week, I've picked 10 great artists who made the finals, and 10 great artists who, for whatever reason, didn't. There are some great songs and stories within our gallery above from both sides.
Almost 4,500 artists from across the country entered an original song in Searchlight 2014, and now we're down to about 230 artists. You can vote for up to three artists a day in each region, which we hope will encourage you to discover someone new.
The winning artist will receive $20,000 in new music equipment, a recording session here at CBC, plenty of airplay and a coveted slot at the CBC Music Festival in Vancouver.
And just to prove this isn't a here today/gone tomorrow contest, one year later, our 2013 winner, Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, have just entered their 13th straight week on CBC Radio 2's Top 20.
Click through the gallery above to discover 20 highlight entrants into Searchlight 2014, with an exciting and talented range of artists from across the country!
Briefly, my criteria for my choices include:
• Great songs, first and foremost.
• A good story.
• A clear, crisp artist photo is a big bonus.
• A concise bio is also a big bonus.
I tend to avoid any songs that say "rough demo" or "not for airplay." Put your best song forward and make sure it's ready to go!
Listen to hosts Grant Lawrence, Talia Schlanger and Lana Gay discuss the Searchlight standouts today on CBC Radio 3!
Who are your early faves? Whom do you like? Let me know in the comments section below or tweet @cbcradio3 with #Searchlight.
Vote for your favourite artist today! Voting in this round ends Sunday!
Working in an office streaming new music all day is probably one of the better gigs one could ever have. But what if you want to enjoy some music on the go? You can't take those streams with you unless you have one hell of a data plan on your phone. Who can help you solve this #FirstWorldProblem? Twitter.
Check out eight Twitter accounts in the gallery above that are worth following to get your free music fix.
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The Montreal Canadiens' 2014 Stanley Cup run kicks off Wednesday night with Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Montreal has a legendary music scene, with tons of iconic artists. We took their lead and came up with some playoff anthems for the Habs.
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There was something lovingly earnest about '70s music.
Even at its most acerbic and angry, the outrage and futile helplessness was bolstered by a sense of hope. There's a clarity to the politics (reflecting the culture of criticism that was motivating so much art at the time), as well as a desire to escape the turmoil, be it through a good, funky "freak out" or an invitation to "get it on."
Perhaps that's why this is a decade overflowing with feel-good jams and lyrics that could often double as motivational posters, metaphor-heavy life lessons, cryptic, cautionary tales and must-have moments of tough love. We've got smooth soul classics, uplifting disco gems, lovelorn ballads, AM gold and classic rock carefully curated into a 25-song playlist of '70s tracks that made us better people.
Click through the gallery above to rediscover some old favourites or get to know some new-to-you hits and instantly become a brighter, bolder you.
If you want to keep the music going throughout the gallery, press play on the YouTube playlist below.
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In March 2014, Montreal band Groenland celebrated the first anniversary of their debut album's release with a memorable concert in front of a sold-out home town crowd. For the occasion, Groenland invited New Brunswick’s Lisa LeBlanc to accompany the band on a couple of songs. CBC Music was also on hand to record the concert as well as an exclusive video of a brand new song.
Groenland brought their orchestral indie pop to one of Montreal’s most interesting venues, the historical Corona Theatre (now known as the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre). As the musicians were preparing, sound engineers and lighting technicians were fine-tuning every aspect of this event while the CBC Music video team captured the vibe and the special moments.
Check out this exclusive CBC Music video of “Don’t Fix Me Yet,” Groenland’s brand new song performed here with LeBlanc, who brings her trademark folk-trash banjo energy to the mix.
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It's been an amazing year for Groenland, lead by Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque. Since the release of their debut, The Chase, they have been performing all over Canada, Europe and also at a pre-Grammy showcase in Los Angeles. They also gave unforgettable performances at the Osheaga festival and at M for Montreal.
Their music has been featured on television shows, including the season premiere of The Good Wife, as well as in a British Airways ad. And on top of that, they were on the list of CBC Radio 3’s 10 key artists of 2013.
You can hear the full Groenland concert at Concerts on Demand, where you'll get a front row seat to the sold out show, hear that brand new song and as a bonus treat, a fantastic cover of James Blake's "Retrograde."
He aimed to raise $800,000 in 35 days, but Neil Young reached that goal in less than 10 hours.
Now Young's Kickstarter campaign, which was raising money for his high-quality audio Pono music player, has come to an end having raised more than seven times as much as that initial target.
In fact, topping out at $6,225,354, the campaign is the third most lucrative in Kickstarter history, thanks in large part to the limited edition, pre-loaded Pono players that were signed by some of music's hugest stars, from Arcade Fire to Pearl Jam, and offered as incentives for donations of a certain level.
Young also offered dinner and VIP listening parties.
"It's been pretty predictable, because I'm a musician and I know how musicians feel about sound," he told Rolling Stone of the response he has received to the Pono.
For more about the campaign see CBC Music's earlier coverage.
Read Young's thank you from the Kickstarter website below:
Pono means righteous. It is a Hawaiian word, the one, the pureness. On behalf of Pono, we thank you for helping us give music a voice. You have helped to set the stage for a revolution in music listening. Finally, quality enters the listening space so that we can all hear and feel what the artists created, the way they heard and felt it.
This is done when the artist makes the best available, wanting to share it with you. It happens when the artist lets you hear and feel more than what is on your CD or MP3 of any song. CDs and MP3s are derived from the original masters, and now, with the PonoPlayer, you can finally feel the master in all its glory, in its native resolution, CD quality or higher, the way the artist made it, exactly. That’s the beauty of Pono.
It’s been a long time coming. It was not easy getting this far, but you made it happen by supporting Pono’s vision for better listening. We have been working with the labels, with the artists and producers, and we will continue to do that. We go to the source to find the best and bring it to you. Pono wants to preserve the history of music, in all of its beauty and expression, for all time. Forever.
There is a way to do this right, and we are going to do it. We will be sharing how we will do this with you over the next few months, while we build your first ever PonoPlayers. We are going to do some revolutionary things. We will make music available in a way that has never been done, a way that allows for constantly attaining the best listening experience.
Thank you to the artists, the recording companies, big and small, and most of all, thanks to you music lovers for making this happen with your amazing support.
Thanks for listening,
To celebrate the band's 10-year anniversary, Abbotsford's You Say Party are releasing a four-song EP of older unreleased tracks. We've got the album streaming here until April 22.
"Ten years ago, You Say Party! We Say Die! played our very first show in a small church basement in Abbotsford, with friends Fun 100, the Hand, and the All Purpose Voltage Heroes," they said via press release. "It marked the beginning of something we never would have imagined would go so far, and we're so happy to be still playing music together a decade later."
The band is currently in the studio working on new material, with a release date yet to be announced.