Friday, December 19, 2014

Music Video Round Up For December 19th, 2014

Going through my playlist at the end of a work week is like the toast to the weekend; especially when you have been gone away on vacation for the past week with no contact with the outside world.  YouTube playlists and subscriptions coming out my ears so sometimes it's rather hard to follow each upload unless doing a round up such as this.  I hope this will make the starting of your weekend energetic, whether you are going into work or escaping from it.

Apologies in advance for those who loathe my video articles but there are just too many great clips out there to ignore.  So if you do not have the bandwidth to watch this video, then too bad!  Hahaha just kidding.  We have a long list of artists today to focus on so take your time and click on their links for more information on album releases, singles, social media, and touring!

So for the slower connections just load the article, go for a coffee/glass of water, return, play and enjoy!  This will surely be one of my playlists for the end of the work day and hopefully doesn't keep your eyes glued to the screen for too long.  Cheers!

Steve Aoki - Get Me Outta Here (feat. Flux Pavilion):

"Get Me Outta Here" is taken from Steve Aoki's latest album "Neon Future I", which was released on August 12th, 2014 via Ultra Records.

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Same As It Ever Was:

"When we used to have a problem we used to call the police.  but who we gonna call when the police make a problem?  I really wanted to write something that would touch hearts, make people think and be moved to work for change in our country." -Franti

Skrillex - Dirty Vibe (featuring Diplo, CL, & G-Dragon):

"Dirty Vibe" is taken from Skrillex's latest album "Recess", which was released on March 14th, 2014 via OWSLA/Big Beat Records.

U.D.O. - Decadent:

The song is taken from the new album "Decadent", which will be released on January 23rd (EUR) and February 03rd (US), 2015 via AFM Records.

Sonic Syndicate - Catching Fire:

"Catching Fire" is taken from Sonic Syndicate's latest [self-titled] release "Sonic Syndicate", which was released on July 8th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The Devil Wears Prada - War:

"War" is taken from TDWP's latest release "8:18", which was released on September 11th, 2013 via Roadrunner Records.

Pelican - Deny the Absolute:

"Deny the Absolute" is taken from their latest album "Forever Becoming", which was released on October 15th, 2013 via Southern Lord Records.

Devil You Know - Embracing The Torture (Album Audio + Live Footage):

"Unofficial video containing live footage from the Devil You Know / Lacuna Coil USA tour 2014. 
The track 'Embracing The Torture' is taken from the Devil You Know album 'The Beauty Of Destruction' out now on Nuclear Blast Entertainment."

Darkest Hour - Anti Axis (Play Through):

"Anti Axis" is taken from DH's latest self-titled album "Darkest Hour", which was released on August 5th, 2014 via Sumerian Records.

The Francesco Artusato Project - Divergence (Play Through):

"Divergence" us featured on TFA's latest album "Our Dying Sun", which was released on October 7th, 2014 via Sumerian Records.

Wednesday 13 - Keep Watching the Skies (Lyric Video):

"Keep Watching the Skies" is taken from W13's upcoming album "Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out & Plague", which will be released on January 12th, 2015 via DevCo/Cargo Records.

Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct (Lyric Video):

"The Killer Instinct" is the titled track of the upcoming BSR album "Killer Instinct", which will be released on February 24th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Devin Townsend Project - March Of The Poozers (Lyric Video):

"March Of The Poozers" is taken from DTP's latest album "Z²", which was released on October 27th, 2014 via HevyDevy Records.

God To Gravity - Dying Light (Lyric Video):

"Dying Light" is taken from God To Gravity's debut album "God To Gravity", which will be released on December 16th, 2014.  Physical orders will be released on December 26th, 2014.

Caliban - nebeL (Lyric Video feat. BastiBasti / Callejon):

"nebeL" is taken from the album "Ghost Empire" which was released on February 4th, 2014 via Century Media Records.

Music News and New Music For December 19th, 2014

So of course, when running your own blog it can be tough to keep up with the s**tload of stuff that comes across our ears over a weekend!  Some good, some bad, some not even worth mentioning.  I guess that's how I use AFGM in general.  These articles that I go through everyday from various sites (Blabbermouth, CBC, National Post, AV Club, Google, Wired, Exclaim, Music News, Rolling Stone, etc.) and sort of "filter" some of the nonsense news such as the latest fashion design, who's got beef with who and who ISN'T doing music...still.

These articles brought forth are for a few different reasons:

1. It is relevant music information that pertains to you as a reader, no matter the level of intent or the genre.

2. They are relevant to the music I would be currently listening to or a genre I have put some attention and focus on.

3. I am rather patriotic about my Canadian music, so that always comes as a first for me.  I enjoy music from all parts of the world respectively, but I still have to promote local if I can.  Canadian music rocks!

4. Because it's humorous and we can always use a good laugh.  Rarely will it be at someone's expense...but then again I am just the guy talking about it.  They're the ones causing the comments.

So in closing, I trust you all will not read EVERY single article posted here.  But I hope you find something of use here and keep the conversation going by forwarding it onto someone else.  Click on each article heading for redirection to the full article.  Cheers!

George Harrison, Bee Gees to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards:

"George Harrison, the Bee Gees and Buddy Guy are among a number of artists who will be receiving a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during the festivities surrounding next year's Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy will also honor country duo the Louvin Brothers, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, composer Pierre Boulez and Tejano music accordionist Flaco Jiménez."

Operating Tunes: How Music Helps Surgery:

"The most popular music to listen to while cutting into human flesh, it turns out, is not Erasure, but classical music. And its soothing effects may carry over to the patient—one study found that “relaxing music” was more effective at reducing patients’ pre-operation nervousness than anti-anxiety drugs were."

Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum to Open in New York:

"New York Daily News reports that there are plans to erect two separate institutions celebrating the hip-hop genre, which will reportedly display memorabilia such as turntables and posters and more. According to museum organizer JT Thompson, a former producer of the BET network's Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards, artists contributing to the museum include Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast, Young Jeezy, Common, Eminem, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa."

The Who Add Joan Jett, More Dates to Extensive 2015 Tour:

"Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment." -Daltrey

April 15 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
April 17 - Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
April 19 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 21 - Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
April 23 - Duluth, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
April 27 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
April 29 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 2 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 5 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
May 7 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
May 9 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Arena
May 11 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 13 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
May 15 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
May 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
May 20 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 22 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
May 24 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino - Sun Arena
May 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
May 30 - Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
September 14 - San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
September 16 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
September 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Colosseum at Caesars Palace*
September 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
September 23 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
September 25 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center
September 27 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
September 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 
October 1 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome 
October 3 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place 
October 6 - Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre 
October 8 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre 
October 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
October 13 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
October 15 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
October 17 - Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
October 19 & 21 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre 
October 23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
October 25 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
October 27 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
October 29 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
November 1 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
November 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

* No Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Papa Roach Streaming New Song “Broken As Me”:

Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial:

"Apple faced a challenge in the online music market from Real Networks, which developed RealPlayer, its own digital song manager, plaintiffs claimed. It included software which allowed music purchased there playable on iPods as well as competing devices.

Apple eventually introduced a software update that restricted the iPod to music bought on iTunes. Plaintiffs say that step discouraged iPod owners from buying a competing device when it came time to upgrade.

Apple argued the software update was meant to improve the consumer experience and contained many desirable features, including movies and auto-synchronization."

Best Music Books of 2014:

"What's that old saying? "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture"? As in... there's just no way the written word can be as exciting as experiencing the music itself? 

Maybe so, but still, we all love great stories, and if you're a big music fan, chances are you're probably into reading the story behind the music. Going backstage, as it were."

Google Reveals 2014's Most Searched-for Musicians:

1.Iggy Azalea
2.Ariana Grande
3.Taylor Swift
4.Niki Manaj
6.Daft Punk
7.Weird Al
8.Conchita Wurst
9.A Great Big World
10.Katy Perry

Somebody Found the Vinyl Records That Jack White Hid in Reupholstered Furniture:

"Recently Third Man Records has been made aware of the discovery of two different copies found by two separate individuals of the 2nd single by the Upholsterers. This duo, comprising of actual upholsterers Jack White and Brian Muldoon, pressed 100 copies of this single and proceeded to hide them in furniture being reupholstered by Muldoon in 2004, in celebration of his 25th year in the business. In celebration of these discoveries, Third Man would like to share with everyone the cover art for this single, done by noted Detroit artist Gordon Newton."

Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Green Day Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

"The class of 2015 includes Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band."

Babymetal "Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse" Released:

"Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse" will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on January 7th, 2015.

Electric Wizard Announce 'Time to Die' North American Tour:

03/31 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04/01 Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
04/02 New York, NY - Webster Hall
04/03 Boston, MA - Royale
04/04 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre 
04/05 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace 
04/07 Chicago, IL - Metro
04/08 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
04/10 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
04/11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04/13 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04/14 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre 
04/15 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
04/17 San Francisco, CA - Slims
04/18 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
04/19 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy

Iron Maiden Tease Fans About Being In The Studio?:

"British metal icons Iron Maiden recently sent out their annual Christmas card alluding to the fact that they are in the studio saying: 'Eddie’s got a little Christmas gift for everyone who’s been REALLY BAD! Must not be opened until 2015…'"

Scorpions To Release 'Return To Forever' Album In February:

1. Going Out With A Bang
2. We Built This House
3. Rock My Car
4. House Of Cards
5. All For One
6. Rock 'N' Roll Band
7. Catch Your Luck And Play
8. Rollin' Home
9. Hard Rockin' The Place
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
13. The World We Used To Know (bonus deluxe edition)
14. Dancing With The Moonlight (bonus deluxe edition)
15. When The Truth Is A Lie (bonus deluxe edition)
16. Who We Are (bonus deluxe edition)
17. Delirious (bonus iTunes)


* CD standard: 12 songs, 12 page booklet
* Limited edition: 24 page booklet, 4 bonus songs
* LP limited edition: Double LP (12 songs)
* 50th Birthday box: limited collector's edition with ecobook (16 songs) + 2CD
* Audiobook (interviews track by track), t-shirt exclusive, post-card, EP, USB key, pass backstage

10 pieces by living Canadian composers that you will love:

"There's something about listening to music that's written by somebody whom you could theoretically bump into on the street — music that belongs to the same time and place as you do. To wit, check out the gallery above for 10 pieces of music that are periodically vibrant, contemplative, eccentric, fun and beautiful: all of them written by composers who are alive and living in Canada."

Incubus Debut New Song “Trust Fall”, Sign With Island Records:

“We didn’t have any plans to make this record. Just having no horizon to look at was important for us. We needed that. We’re planning on releasing two installments that will total an album, two EPs. We’re hoping to put out the first one in February or March, then the summer.” -Einziger

The Contortionist, Revocation, Fallujah & Toothgrinder Announce North American Tour:

02/07 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
02/08 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
02/10 Nashville, TN – The End
02/11 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
02/13 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
02/14 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
02/15 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
02/17 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
02/18 West Springfield, VA – Empire
02/19 Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music
02/20 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
02/21 Brighton, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/22 Montreal, QC – Le Petit Campus
02/23 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
02/25 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
02/26 Toronto, ON – Tattoo Rock Parlour
02/27 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
02/28 Newport, KY – Thompson House

'School of Rock' Taking Enrollments on Broadway:

"It is a joy for me to return to my Jesus Christ Superstar roots.  When Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was recording Jesus for Tim Rice and me at London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine! School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids." -Lloyd Webber

The first-ever oral history of Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album:

"On the surface, it’s a novelty record ripe for ridicule, for which it’s been on the receiving end plenty over the years. But it also boasts an undeniable pedigree and is full of enough curious and notable moments that it’s impossible to dismiss. After all, Christmas in the Stars marks John Bongiovi’s first professional recording, four years before he became Jon Bon Jovi. Maury Yeston penned many of the original tunes and went on to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway composer. C-3PO sings throughout and George Lucas gave it the thumbs up. And, most unbelievably, "What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Has a Comb)" is a real song."

New Veil of Maya?:


In Flames, All That Remains & Wovenwar North American Tour:

02/20 Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
02/21 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
02/22 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
02/23 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
02/25 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
02/27 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
02/28 Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
03/01 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03/03 Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theatre
03/04 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
03/05 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
03/06 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03/07 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
03/09 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
03/10 Kelowna, BC – Level Nightclub
03/12 Edmonton, AB – Encore
03/13 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
03/14 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre
03/15 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
03/16 Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
03/18 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

Forget Vinyl: You Can DJ Like a Pro With This New Mac App:

"Assuming your libraries are in order, the app’s interface and automated features make blending those millions of songs into a seamless jam session super simple. The app opens up to a pair of onscreen turntables which you can drag and drop songs to play on. It then uses beat and key matching to keep the flow of each song continuing as it shifts from one tune to the next; you can also have the app auto suggest songs if you’re not sure what should come next."

THE RESISTANCE Featuring THE HAUNTED, Ex-IN FLAMES Members: 'Torture Tactics' Mini-Album Due In February:

1. For War *
2. Dead *
3. Cowards *
4. Deception *
5. The Burning *
6. Dying Words *
7. Slugger
8. Expand To Expire
9. Face To Face
10. I Bend You Break

* Brand new songs

"30 minutes of a good old slap in the face. It jumps at you with its pure aggression, speedy and heavy guitars, the obvious heavy distortion and the extreme beats. Topped with the distinctive angry growling vocals of Marco Aro [also of THE HAUNTED] — who is literally screaming his lungs out — the brand new six songs are a boisterous statement." -The Resistance

Enter Shikari, Stray From The Path, Marmozets, Hundredth, Etc. Tour:

With Hundredth:
03/23 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
03/24 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
03/26 Orlando, FL – The Social
03/27 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
03/28 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
03/30 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/31 Greensboro, NC – CDEC

With A Lot Like Birds:
04/01 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
04/03 New York, NY – Gramercy
04/04 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
04/06 Boston, MA – Paradise
04/07 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
04/08 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
04/09 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
04/10 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
04/11 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
04/12 Lawrence, KS – Granada
04/14 Denver, CO – Marquis
04/16 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre
04/17 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
04/18 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/21 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
04/23 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
04/24 San Diego, CA – Soma
04/25 Mesa, AZ – Nile Basement
04/26 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (no Stray From The Path)
04/28 San Antonio, TX – Korova (no Stray From The Path)


"It's very groove heavy with huge melodies and epic hooks.  The listener can nod their heads and really lock in.  This has been a long growing process.  Everything fell into place. Nothing was forced.  I hope people get addicted to the album. I want them to crave it. They can be a part of this with us forever." -Glass


* Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD)
* Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)
* Neil Fallon (CLUTCH)
* Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS)
* Lee Ving (FEAR)
* Tommy Victor (PRONG)
* Aaron Beam (RED FANG)
* Greg Anderson (SUNN O)))), GOATSNAKE)
* Tairrie B. Murphy (MY RUIN)
* Mick Murphy (MY RUIN)
* Clifford Dinsmore (BL'AST!)
* Pat Hoed (BRUJERIA)
* Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (MISFITS)
* Keith Morris (BLACK FLAG)
* Phil Rind (SACRED REICH)

Crazy Town Streaming New Single “Megatron”:

“The Brimstone Sluggers” will be released in spring of 2015.

The Devil Wears Prada, Born of Osiris, The Word Alive, and Secrets Announce North American Tour:

Mar. 15 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
Mar. 17 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Mar. 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Murray Theater
Mar. 20 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Mar. 21 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 22 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Mar. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Live
Mar. 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Nile Theater
Mar. 27 - Dallas, TX - The Door
Mar. 28 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
Mar. 29 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Mar. 31 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
Apr. 01 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live
Apr. 03 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Apr. 04 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Apr. 06 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Apr. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Apr. 08 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 09 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Apr. 10 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 11 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
Apr. 13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Apr. 14 - Rochester, NY - Anthology
Apr. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
Apr. 16 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues

Crossfaith Sign With Razor & Tie:

“We are thrilled to announce that we’re signed with Razor & Tie. We think they are the most exciting and challenging label in the western music industry nowadays. The fact that we’re going to work with this label partner allows us to showcase our infinite creativity to the music scene. Plus, we’re playing at the Van’s Warped Tour all next summer, which is insanely great news for us and our fans! We’re simply ready for “our” future!”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Random Music Quotes: Stanley

"When I saw 'Phantom Of The Opera' in London in 1988, I watched it and I went, 'I can do that.' And I had no background in that. Ten years later I got a call at CAA, my talent agents, and they said, 'How do you feel about trying to do a musical?' And I said, 'Well, what is it?' And they said, 'Phantom Of The Opera'. You'd have to go do a full-on audition in New York.' And I said, 'I'm in.' So I went to New York, got the role and they flew me up to Toronto, where the show had run for ten years, and I took over, doing eight shows a week there. 

(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

And I suddenly realized that, in many ways, the phantom was me. It was a story of a scarred, deformed musician who hid behind a mask. Wow! I didn't even see that. And was looking for love and couldn't give it back, even though he wanted it. So it was a turning point for me. It was eye opening, and it also, perhaps, coincided with a change in my life — ending a marriage that really, perhaps, was never meant to be, but I got a wonderful son out of it." -Stanley

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Amazing Things Scientists Discovered This Year About People Who Listen to Music

So for the most part the general public know that music has some medicinal benefits both physically and mentally to your well being.  It can provide focus, clarity, memory, cognitive functions, and more!  That's why I have always been an avid promoter of music in all forms.  It can bring all sort of emotions to your body depending on what song comes through your headphones/speakers.

So while going through my daily feeds, I saw an article from discussing the top 12 discoveries that science has made regarding music and humans.  While I am not here to copy and paste a well constructed article, I wanted to highlight the findings they made.  If you click on the full article HERE, you will see a breakdown of each point; diving into specifics of each discovery.  Try and see how many you already knew about.  You just might surprise yourself!

1. Learning an instrument at a young age can provide improved executive function.

2. Rhythmic ability has been linked to language learning.

3. Music training can help close the achievement gap.

4. It can combat ADHD.

5. It can provide benefits to long-term memory.

6. It can actually cure tinnitus.

7. Listening to music about alcohol makes people more likely to drink.

8. Science discovered why talented musicians are so damn sexy.

9. Music can enhance running performance.

10. Sound quality has a huge impact on musical enjoyment.

11. Some people cannot enjoy music.

12. Musical ability is directly linked to the sensitivity of your inner ear.

"And these findings could not have come at a more perfect moment in time: School systems continue to slash arts and music budgets around the country and the war over how much we pay for music is fundamentally a question of how much we value music. In this crucial year, scientists delivered infallible reminders of what any music lover already knew: Music is more than just entertainment."

AFGM's Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

So I have seen quite the amount of "top lists" rolling out as 2014 comes to a close.  I'm sure that if you are like me an follow a fair amount of music websites, you will see a stunning collections of "Best albums/artists/songs/videos of 2014" as well as most anticipated releases for 2015.  While that's all fine and dandy, I think everyone (including AFGM) has a different POV when regarding their "favourites".

So that being said, I feel equally inclined to share what I will be looking forward to hearing in the new year.  Some of these will likely not be on the top lists of major sites such as iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Rolling Stone, etc.  Some of these I have been eagerly waiting like the metal fanboy I am, while others are going to be staples in morning commutes and/or long distance travelling.  Here are the top albums AFGM will be on the lookout for:

2Cellos - Celloverse
(Due out on January 27th, 2015)

"A visually dynamic act, 2CELLOS will create a music video for every song on the album. The deluxe edition of Celloverse features seven of their most popular videos including two live performances from sold out arena shows in their native Croatia.

2CELLOS playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. They have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out." -2Cellos

10 Years - From Birth To Burial
(Due out in spring, 2015)

"This time around, it felt like we were an unsigned artist again and we were able to do whatever the hell we wanted to do.  Complete freedom, complete control — there's not a track on this record that we're not just super-proud of. It was such a pleasant experience this time, we really had fun." -Lewis Cosby

36 Crazyfists - Time & Trauma
(Due out on February 17th, 2015)

"Hi friends! Time and Trauma is available to pre-order today!

The album is unleashing February 16th and February 17th in the US.

Pre-order bundles can be found here:" -36CF

All That Remains - The Order of Things
(Due out on February 24th, 2015)

"Personally, I think we have a lot of songs that are better. We've got 12 songs and there’s probably four or five that are beginning-to-end singing. There's some screaming worked into two or three." -Labonte

Cancer Bats - Searching For Zero
(Due out on March 10th, 2015)

"What Is Up World! Welcome to the new Mutha Fuckin Cancer Bats Site! We are way too excited to get this shit going and start playing OUR NEW RECORD for everyone!

For those of you who didn’t know, the reason we’ve been gone for so long was to craft our 5th full length! We worked our asses off making a serious banger that we could all party the fuck out of! We even went down to Venice Beach to record with Ross Robinson so it would sound extra dope…..which it does! If you don’t know him, google Ross cus his CV will blow your mind (as it did ours.) He also has a great dog named Carl." -Cancer Bats

Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night
(Due out on February 3rd, 2015)

“It was a real privilege to make this album. I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded. I don't see myself as covering these songs in any way. They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.” -Dylan

Danko Jones - Fire Music
(Due out on February 10th, 2015)

"We’re extremely excited to announce the release of our new album “Fire Music” out February 6-11th 2015. Equally excited to be able to share a track, “Gonna Be A Fight Tonight”, from the album with you this early. Below is a teaser clip with footage from the 2014 Motörhead Motörboat cruise, our show at Gröna Lund in Stockholm in May this year and the recording of the new album. Enjoy!"

Periphery - Juggernaut (Alpha)
(Due out on January 27th, 2015)

"'Juggernaut' is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience.

Because 'Juggernaut' is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we've divided the story and music in two, in the form of two separate albums." -Matt Halpern

AFGM: Periphery - Juggernaut

Periphery - Juggernaut (Omega)
(Due out on January 27th, 2015)

"'Juggernaut: Alpha', the first part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while part two/album two, 'Juggernaut: Omega', focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character's complex journey.

Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively, allowing the listener to recognize and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas." -Halpern

Stone Sour - Meanwhile in Burbank
(Due out in early 2015)

"We've been talking about [recording a collection of covers] forever. I mean, this is something that we've been talking about since the first album came out, with STONE SOUR. We've always wanted to do this. Even as people have come, people have gone, this is still something we've always come back to, and we just never had the opportunity to do it. And we just kind of said, 'Well, screw it.'

Roy's been slowly but surely kind of building his house studio. So we just started doing it like that — fucking low dough, and it sounds killer. There's no fucking pressure. You're just having fun. You're going back to these songs that you just love to listen to, not only just sing. And that's why it's called 'Meanwhile In Burbank', because, without giving too much away, that's where Roy lives — he lives in the Valley — so that's why we call it that. Because it's, like, that's what we're doing right now." -Taylor


Is there anything you are looking forward to hearing in 2015?