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EDITORIAL Welcome to TuneAGE!

If you’re wondering why you’re reading this right now, it’s likely because you’re a music fan. If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place! In the debut issue of TuneAGE, we discuss the impact MySpace Music has had on the music industry musicians and fans alike. We also take a trip back in time and chronicle the evolution of music. You thought the iPod always existed? You’re in for a surprise! It turns out Thomas Edison invented more than the lightbulb! Our good friends from Trainlight also took the time to talk to us about their current tour, musical influences and how they got their name.

Looking for some fresh tunes to blast on your stereo? We recommend great new independent bands in “Have you heard?” If you’ve already got a favourite in bands like Paramore, Nickelback or Disturbed, you might be interested in reading “If you like...” Still not convinced you’re in the right place? As a special first edition experiment, we asked music fans what crazy things they would do to see their favourite artists live - read their unusual responses in “What would you do?” So sit back, put on some music to set the mood and prepare for some explosive

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“I’d really like to play the ACC,” said Trainlight drummer David Arkwright, pictured far left above.

From phonographs to MP3 players built into headphones, we take a look into music history.

Rebekah Wilson

Age: 20 Currently: Studying print journalism Favourite bands/artists: Paramore, Johnny Cash, Samantha Ronson, Lady Gaga, The Veronicas, Rihanna, Stevie Nicks, Trainlight, Taylor Swift, Uh Huh Her First concert: George Jones in 1998 Best concert: Paramore @ Warped Tour 2007 Musical aspirations: Drummer-in-training, keyboardist and lyricist Favourite quote: “Be bold, be brave, be free” - Angelina Jolie

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MySpace: A place for bands? by

Rebekah Wilson

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acebook, Faceparty, Bebo, Friendster, Hi5, Livejournal, MyYearbook, Nexopia – the list of once trendy social networking websites goes on but nothing compares to MySpace. MySpace was first launched in early 2003, when social networking began to reach an all-time peak. As with all newborn networking sites, MySpace was not an overnight success, with its first users including only founding members, all staff members of a website called eUniverse. However, by 2006, MySpace was the hottest networking site in the U.S and Canada, and celebrated its 100 millionth account creation in August of the same year. Presently, it still boasts daily account creations in excess of 230, 000. So what is all the hype about? The networking site, which began as simply a great way to meet friends close by and also all across the world,

was now offering something brand new – different than anything in its technological era – a way to network with your favourite bands. Now, not only could you have a custom profile, write personal blogs, and keep in touch with your MySpace music pages allow artists and bands to display long-lost best photos, upload music samples, keep their fans up to date on their tour schedules, and even write personal blogs. friend or nextPlease click on the image for a larger view. door neighbour, but you could said bass guitarist, Jeff. heightened security and also catch up But not all artists privacy settings, networking with your agree with this positive among fans and musicians favourite musical artists sentiment. Josh Doyle, an alike has become limited, with just one click. edgy rock performer based and interrupted by pesky This fresh idea was advertisements. “With the a great opportunity for fans, in Nashville, TN feels that amount of traffic of online but also for artists both new none of the networking sites have got it quite right, band promoting these days, and old. Suddenly having but his loyalties lie with riit [MySpace] is not the best a MySpace Music page was more crucial to career success val Facebook. “Facebook is tool for finding new fans,” than having an official website. the best out there right now says Curt Barlage, by far, there’s not all the frontman for LA indie band Members of the The Pacific. Nova Scotia based pop-rock spam,” he said, “but they With the volume of band, Above All Else, admit need to make it easier to they owe much of their cur- ommunicate with your fans MySpace music accounts, it is also hard for fans to find rent success to their involve- en mass.” Though MySpace interesting music without a ment in the MySpace world. offers a section dedicated specific artist in mind. “You “Having a MySpace music specifically to artist and band sift through thousands of page has helped us reach pages, trying to find artists and bands to find a out to a more worldwide interesting bands is still single decent one. Most of audience than we couldn’t them sound pretty have achieved on our own,” sometimes a struggle. With

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mundane and unoriginal,” CD, seen a show or says MySpace user Shaun, even hung out with also a member of U.K. us for a few minutes punk band 100 Ways after a show,” said Forward. Forth Worth screa Despite these mimo rockers Forever nor drawbacks, virtually Midnight Sun. every artist on the music As MySpace is scene can be found on primarily a social MySpace because of what networking site, ushas become an industry ers can connect with standard. “No band in each other, and share their right mind would music tastes they neglect MySpace. It’s have in common, more important than hav- Easily navigated, the MySpace Music main page displays among other things. ing your own band website,” featured artists and videos in rotation. “I would say about admits Mike Kirsh, bass gui40 percent of my tarist for Toronto band, The Even bands themmusic pages several times friends’ list is bands, Midway State. “[Because of selves use the site as a way daily to track the amount and that’s constantly MySpace], we have fans all to access their favourite of visitors, send add growing,” says five-year over Canada and the U.S. bands, as a tool to find requests to fans, and anMySpace user Dave Mc– New York, L.A, Calgary, new artists to tour with, swer messages whenever Culloch, 21. “If anyone Montreal, Vancouver, and and also to keep in touch possible. “Now I have a looked through my list, North Carolina.” with their fans around MySpace application on they would see I have a These bands and the world. “As a full time my iPhone so I check it wide range of music tastes many more are proof that touring band, you can’t reevery two days or so and – no set categories.” Internet technologies are ally hang out with people keep on top of it that Nina Croft, 20, an avid changing the way people get cause you gotta move way,” says Dante Berardi MySpace user, explains information. In a web-conto another show every Jr of alternative rock band that what attracts her nected world, it is easy to morning. This way we can Goodbye Glory, based in to a band’s page is “that relay information to others keep in touch with every the GTA. they’re not just another around the world with just single friend met on the By being able to band looking for fame one click. road,” said The Vendetta open a personal line of and fortune.” “Viral marketing is band member Carlo via a connection with their To some, MySan exciting thing,” say memMySpace message. audience, bands are pace is a great place to bers of Poptart Monkeys, Additionally, hopeful that this will help find new bands and check an indie rock group from growing technology such them gain long-time fans. up on your old favouPhiladelphia. “It’s an amazas wireless Internet, and “We get to know so much rites. To others, it is just ing technology that wasn’t access to internet from about a person with one another disguised corpoavailable for the Beatles cell phones has allowed click and they get to know rate ploy to advertise and or Aerosmith when they MySpace to be a much so much about us - more market. But to many, it started and it is a huge tool more mobile network. than they ever would if will always be MySpace: for all bands now.” Most bands check their they had just bought a A Place For Friends©.

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Photo by Rebekah Wilson

Here comes the Trainlight Rebekah Wilson

college/university circuit and selling their first album produced itting close to the by Dan Brodbeck stage, I sip on a fourwho has also worked dollar beer. A friendly with The Salads, stranger warns, “It’s The Cranberries and about to get pretty loud Nashville pop artist, in here,” and that’s when Landon Pigg. I see the light. Their mission Trainlight, that for musical domination is. The four-man band began a little over three from Collingwood, years ago, when their Ontario prides itself fans knew them as “A on a soft melodic rock Step Too Far”. Then they sound, similar to that realized that as young of mainstream bands men, and as a collective like Coldplay and U2. group, they needed a They are currently name that suited them playing the Ontario better – something

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a little less juvenile. “We wanted to be taken more seriously,” says lead vocalist and piano master Christian Ferraro. “At the time, we just needed a name so we picked one but it was a bit childish.” And along came Trainlight. “A train is historical of blues music but also the feel of a train, the rhythm. And the light is representative, the guitar over the rhythm,” says Ferraro, 21, as he explains the mystery behind the band’s new

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title. “It’s unassuming,” adds guitarist Kevin O’Halloran. “When people hear the name, they don’t know what we sound like.” And their name is not the only thing that’s unassuming. Before the show when I sat down with the band, I faced four friendly, and very calm guys. They casually joked and made me feel comfortable in their presence, exuding modesty. Extremely kind still when my cell phone rang in the


middle of our interview and they joked it was likely my mom calling – it was. On stage however, their vibe is very intense and they are anything but calm. O’Halloran begins to tap his foot to the beat and is suddenly part of the rhythm as he moves his entire body in time with the song. Drummer David Arkwright digs deep down inside and lets out his inner musician, sending passion into his beats and back-up vocals. Ferraro’s preshow jitters are invisible

as his magic fingers work the keys flawlessly, and passion for his words is shown on his face. Even quiet and shy Pierce Pimiskern reveals his love for music from behind his laid-back appearance. Playing live shows is not uncharted territory however, with recent shows including a Guelph University

like to play the ACC,” admits Arkwright, who also says the success of a show in any venue relies heavily on good sound and acoustics. “We’ve played everything from children’s parties to elderly homes. No, actually we’ve never played either of those,” jokes O’Halloran. “Ultimately,

Arkwright. “We make a point, on MySpace, to find people who listen to similar bands as we do, like Coldplay or U2, and those fans are mostly from Brazil and Europe.” Brimming with talent, these small-town rockers are destined for success and say their dream is to work with bands like Toronto’s

football game, a spot at Yorkfest with a crowd in excess of 4000, and in their hometown of Collingwood when they opened up for Canadian Idol second-runner up, Drew Wright. “I’d really

we’d like to make a comfortable living doing what we do – touring, writing, making CDs,” says Ferraro. “And having fans in countries we’ve never even been to,” adds

Midway State (whose lead singer, Nathan, is Ferraro’s brother), and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. To see when Trainlight is performing near you click here. Photo by Rebekah Wilson

Photo by Rebekah Wilson Above left: Lead singer and keyboardist, Christian Ferraro. Above right: Vocals and guitarist, Kevin O’Halloran

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Photo by Rebekah Wilson

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Above right: Guitarist Pierce Pimiskern. Above left: Vocals and drummer, David Arkwright. Below: Trainlight performing live at Georgian College’s “The Last Class”

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a musical evolution Rebekah Wilson

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usic began as a way to bring communities together - a common passion to be shared within families, tribes, and small villages. It was only a matter of time before the desire to share music between nations arose. Much like books, paintings and photographs, music can help define a culture and its people. However, because melodies could not be heard by way of ink and quill or carved into rock, it became the mission of musicians to create a way in which music could travel. It was in 1877 that Thomas Edison amazed the world with his first recording of human sound. His invention, a foil phonograph, was able to record and play back human voices though many of these first recordings have

new craze. In 1931, the Empire State Building was the first known establishment to play music inside its elevators and lobbies. Department stores began selling record players at an astounding rate, and the invention also important to create of car stereos appeared more compact versions in 1956. However, car so that the music could be easily transported and stereos were as mobile as the music industry therefore shared with had become thus far, different parts of the with record players and world. phonographs much too It wasn’t until much later, in 1925, that manual large to transport with ease. The invention of forms of recording the cassette tape and turned electric. With 8-track technology in the this new invention, it ‘60s was revolutionary was faster and easier to because it was now produce and reproduce possible to carry music music onto electrically with you wherever you recorded discs, which went. would eventually be As digital technology known as records. continued to boom, it Popular music was less than 20 years company RCA took later when the first this opportunity to sell reproduced vinyl records 5-inch compact discs were invented, though to radio stations and people around the world they were considered extremely expensive soon caught on to the since been lost. Over years to come, it was almost a competition as to who could create the next big milestone in voice and music recording, as several men reinvented and improved the phonograph. It was

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during their first few years in circulation. CD sales quickly began to surpass vinyl record sales, and the music industry was at an all-time high. Due to a boom in profit in 1994, six dominant record companies further established themselves. These included Philips, Sony, Time Warner, and Thorn-EMI, now known as Capitol and Virgin Recordings. However, it was the creation of DVD players and digital TV recording equipment such as TiVo that inspired the invention of even more simple digital media – the MP3. Now there was no need for bulky Walk-mans or easily scratched and otherwise damaged compact discs. Consumers could easily purchase digital formats of music that were transferred from computer hard drives and onto tiny memory


chips that played back the recordings with the press of a button. It was at the climax of this technology era that Apple cashed in, creating the iPod in 2001. The iPod became a thundering trend as apple released smaller and more advanced versions of their original product. Technology

broadband episodes of television shows and also view photo slideshows. Realizing the potential success for profit, Apple also created a media player program called iTunes where Mac users could store their music and videos, and legally purchase their media online. As recent as last year,

also soon allowed iPod owners to play videos, download and watch

independent companies have begun creating even more innovative and convenient technologies.

Photos by Rebekah Wilson

Skullcandy, an international producer of headphones and mp3 accessories, created The Double Agent in 2007. The product, available in several different colours for today’s stylish listeners, combines the mp3 player and headphones into a completely wireless package. A similar product, the MFM pro, is also a Skullcandy success and a favourite product of extreme

athletes including pro snowboarder Mark Frank Montoya. Owners of the product simply insert a small memory card full of music into a designated slot on the earpiece. As a generation with progressive ideas and plenty of modern technology at our fingertips, it is only a matter of time before we find even simpler ways to enjoy our music.

Left: Skullcandy Lowriders. Above: A satisfied customer.

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Have you heard...

Photos courtesy of MySpace Music

Socratic - New Jersey, U.S.

Reno - Toronto, Canada

Latefallen - Toronto, Canada

The New Cities - Montreal, CA

NUDE - Hollywood, U.S.

Bang! Bang! - Chicago, U.S.

If you like... Disturbed, you might also like:

McFly, you

might also like:

Paramore, you

Nickelback, you

Junius

Last Letter Read

OUT of SIGHT

Goodbye Glory

The Pacific

Scarlet Grey

The Midway State

Burn Halo

The Vendetta Forever Midnight Sun 100 Ways Forward The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Atreyu

Above All Else Poptart Monkeys Pretty In Stereo Uh Huh Her Tegan and Sara

might also like:

The Fray Muse Annasay Axiz

might also like:

Rise Against Showdown The Trust Project Underwhelmed

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Sam Roberts, you might also like:

Shawn Hlookoff Josh Doyle Meiko Shaun Hague Black Mystic The Timeless


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here is something unique about live concerts – something you can’t experience listening to your iPod, or even blasting tunes on your home stereo system. Maybe you get to meet people who share your music tastes. Maybe they’ll play your favourite

songs so loud that your ears are plugged for a week. Maybe you love to crowd surf and get out all your frustrations in a moshpit. Maybe you get a chance to meet your favourite musician(s). No matter what the life changing experience, people have been known to do some pretty outlandish things to see these live performances.

What would you do? Amanda Dodge - York University Student

Favourite band: The 69 Eyes Have you ever seen them live?: Five times in five cities, three countries, and two continents What’s the craziest thing you’d do to see them live?: would do? follow them on a whole tour. I did a few shows in a row, but I could do more. Have done? go all the way to Helsinki, Finland to see them play in their home town. Greatest live show you’ve been to?: The 69 Eyes in New York City (hated the city, but it was an amazing show) or Apocalyptica at the Phoenix in Toronto.

Holly Harrison - Fleming U Student Favourite band: Led Zeppelin Have you ever seen them live?: No...I am twenty and live in canada What’s the craziest thing you’d do to see them live?: Maybe stay up until the insane time that the tickets went on sale or fly to a country they were playing. This would only be in the event that I actually had tickets. Greatest live show you’ve been to?: I saw Three Days Grace in a bush - that was pretty cool.

Marcelle Jacques - Algoma U Favourite band: Hilary Duff Have you ever seen them live?: In September 2007 What’s the craziest thing you’d do to see them live?: I bought 300$ American dollar tickets that included a vip pass and so I got to meet her backstage and get a hug and autograph and all that. Greatest live show you’ve been to?: Hilary Duff

Anonymous Favourite band: Tragically Hip Have you ever seen them live?: No What’s the craziest thing you’d do to see them live?: Not the Hip, but I busted out of jail once to see Pink Floyd. It was great, and definitely worth it.

Stefanie - Northern ON Favourite band: Sublime Have you ever seen them live?: No What’s the craziest thing you’d do to see them live?: Take my clothes off in front of thousands Greatest live show you’ve been to?: The Kinison

Crystal Clarke - Brampton, ON Favourite band: USS Have you ever seen them live?: Yes What’s the craziest thing you’d do to see them live?: I would sing their songs solo in the streets if I had to Greatest live show you’ve been to?: Edgefest 2008

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Photo by Rebekah Wilson

Hayley Williams at Warped Tour 2007

watch for: Paramore Pint-sized lead vocalist, Hayley Williams, has created worldwide buzz for her Franklin, Tennesee band, Paramore. The band released their first album “All We Know is Falling” in 2005. The 2007 release of Riot! has boosted the teens to celebrity status, with perfect head-banging melodies, and contemplative lyrics. After spending the summer touring with soft-rockers, Jack’s Mannequin on the Final Riot tour, their much anticipated DVD including live shows, behind the scenes footage and bonus tracks is quickly selling out months before its early 2009 release. Early November also marked the release of the Twilight soundtrack, including Paramore tracks “Decode” and “I Caught Myself.” Photo courtesy of MySpace - Photoshop work by Rebekah Wilson

In the next issue of TuneAGE... * DJ Culture - bringing the 80s back? * Hot shows to warm up your winter * Making music videos * Who IS Samantha Ronson? * and much, much, more!

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