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, 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!
Pussy Riot Members Attacked and Whipped by Security Officials in Sochi:
"Under the banner Sochi 2014, to the sound of 'Putin will teach us to love the homeland,' Cossacks attacked Pussy Riot, beat us with whips and sprayed a lot of pepper gas at us." -Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan's Ultimate Mix Tape:
"Toward the end of the summer of '77, NASA launched two spacecraft as part of the Voyager Interstellar Mission. On board each craft was a golden record that included, among other things, the sound of a kiss, a mother's first words to her newborn child, music from all over the world, and greetings in 59 different languages."
ICE-T's BODY COUNT Confirmed For This Year's ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
Jul. 05 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
Jul. 06 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
Jul. 08 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Jul. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jul. 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
Jul. 13 - Denver, CO – [to be announced]
Jul. 15 - Kansas City, KS - Sandstone Amphitheatre
Jul. 16 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 17 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 19 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Jul. 20 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Jul. 23 - Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Jul. 24 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Jul. 26 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Jul. 27 - Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
Jul. 29 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake
Jul. 30 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
Aug. 01 - Scranton, PA - The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Aug. 02 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 03 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 05 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
Aug. 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 09 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 10 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
BODY COUNT will release their new album, "Manslaughter", later in the year via Sumerian Records.
Billy Corgan to Play 8-Hour Ambient Set Inspired by 'Siddhartha' at His Teahouse:
"On 2//28 Billy will be doing a show at @ZuZusTeahouse; start time noon, and due to nature of performance it will last 8-9 hours. Show will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly. Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created; + the first @Hexistential poster, special elixir tea, and event t-shirts too."
John Frusciante Announces 'Enclosure' Album:
“Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years. It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX." -John
Nirvana's 'In Utero' Gets Record Store Day Tribute Album Featuring Jay Reatard, Ceremony, Thursday:
In Utero, in Tribute, in Entirety:
1. Pygmy Lush - "Serve the Servants"
2. Circa Survive - "Scentless Apprentice"
3. These Arms Are Snakes - "Heart-Shaped Box"
4. Thursday - "Rape Me"
5. Jay Reatard - "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle"
6. Young Widows - "Dumb"
7. Mean Jeans - "Very Ape"
8. Thou - "Milk It"
9. Whirr - "Pennyroyal Tea"
10. Daughters - "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter"
11. Ceremony - "Tourette's"
12. Black Math Horseman - "All Apologies"
Dave Grohl, Corey Taylor, Keith Morris, Nick Oliveri join Teenage Time Killer supergroup:
Some of the names that are going to be involved with the project are:
- Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS)
- Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE
- Tommy Victor (PRONG, DANZIG)
- Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA)
- Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA)
- Phil Rind (SACRED REICH)
- Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD)
- Pepper Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY)
- Karl Agell (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY)
- Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (MISFITS)
- Keith Morris (BLACK FLAG, CIRCLE JERKS)
Trent Reznor Says Playing The Grammys Was An “An Utter Waste Of Time”, Finds Demos For “The Fragile” Reissue:
“…It was an utter waste of time. And I’ll speak for a second on this. When this came up as an option, ‘Hey, the Grammys would like you to play’, you know, quite frankly it was flattering.
I’m not a fan of the Grammys, as I’ve vocally expressed in the past, I don’t think I’ve ever sat through an entire broadcast. I know I’ve never attended one.
But the way my head works is, to try to approach it from, ‘Okay, if we did do it, what could be the upside?’ And Josh [Homme, Queens of The Stone Age] and I spent a long time talking about the pros and cons. You know, ‘Do we want to be on a shit show on TV? No, not really.
Do we want to be affiliated with the Grammys? No, not really. Would we like to reach a large audience and actually do something with integrity on our terms? Well, yeah.
Let’s roll the dice and go into it with the best intentions, with a performance we think is worthy and might – you know – stand out from the crowd. Or it might not!’
But what we weren’t expecting was that level of insult [laughter]. In fact we walked off stage and I thought, ‘Hey, that actually went pretty well’, and I look at my collaborator Rob Sheridan, who I run into, and he’s like, ‘Oh my god man, you won’t believe what they just did’, and… ‘What?’ ‘They cut this thing off in the middle and put a Delta commercial on’. ‘What?’ We had no idea.
You know, and it was just… I can look now and say I should have expected something like that, you know? But, more than anything it was just insulting. I invite my friend Lindsey Buckingham to come up on stage and it’s just ‘You know what, you’ve invited me into this place, f**k you. F**k you guys’, you know?
So, lesson learned. And the other thing is if we hadn’t have done it, I’d be thinking, ‘Well, what would have happened it we would have done it?’ You know.
So I don’t regret that we did it, but would I ever – in any situation – ever consider possibly patronising that event in any form? Absolutely not.” -Reznor
DAGOBA - 'Yes We Die' Video:
"For this album, I composed the songs in short time… in about 10 days. A song a day.
I was out from a very obscure and sad time of my life, and I wanted to end this… kinda depressurize composing new stuff. For the first time in our career, we decided not to change a single note from the songs I wrote. I guess the record couldn't be more sincere.
Each record is a new adventure. And, of course, we want to improve ourselves each time. We give our best from gig to gig, record to record, and I hope our next album we'll be better again." -Shawter Oymyakon
Gallows In The Studio:
"Gallows tracks sounding huge, tracking mostly live in Room 1 this time around. Rough and ready."
WALLS OF JERICHO: Lyric Video For 'Relentless' Demo:
The track will be featured on WoJ's upcoming full length album. No other information has been given yet.
Volumes Guitarist Speaks On His & Periphery’s Involvement With New Animals As Leaders Album:
“GO CHECK OUT AND BUY Animals As Leaders NEW RECORD AS SOON AS IT DROPS!! I am extremely proud to say I co-wrote 3 of the new songs on “The Joy of Motion” and it’s some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever heard them do… GET READY!!
Definitely shout out to Misha Mansoor (Periphery) who co-wrote most of the record and did an AMAZING job, & Adam Nolly Getgood (Periphery) who produced & mixed the record and got a disgustingly amazing mix.
I also look forward to hearing all the programming Navene-k did!! I am honored to have worked on this album alongside such amazingly talented people. What an experience!" -Diego
CROSSFAITH - 'The Evolution' Video:
Killswitch Engage & Battlecross Announce Spring Dates With Trivium, Into Another, and more:
03/29 Las Vegas, NV – Extreme Thing Festival
05/01 Huntington, NY – The Paramount (feat. Into Another, Battlecross, My Ticket Home)
05/02 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live (‘Lunatic Luau‘)
05/03 Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway (‘Carolina Rebellion‘)
05/04 Reading, PA – Reverb (feat. Into Another, Battlecross, My Ticket Home)
05/15 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live (feat. Trivium, Battlecross, Nothing More)
05/16 Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium (‘Rock On The Range‘)
05/17 London, ON – London Music Hall (feat. Trivium & Battlecross)
05/18 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom (feat. Battlecross & Nothing More)
05/20 Birmingham, AL – Iron City (feat. Battlecross & Nothing More)
05/22 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall (feat. Trivium, Battlecross & Nothing More)
05/23 Pryor, OK – Catch The Fever Festival Grounds (‘Rocklahoma‘)
05/24 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center (‘River City Rockfest‘)
05/27 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (feat. Battlecross & Nothing More)
05/28 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater (feat. Battlecross & Nothing More)
05/30 Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Ampitheater (‘Rockfest‘)
FILTER - 'Surprise' Video Premiere:
"To me, the song 'Surprise' is, like, a no-brainer. It should be a nice, successful song for us. I don't mean to get cocky, but it really is one of those songs that we wrote that, you feel like you were just watching it happen, even though you were writing the lyrics and stuff and you were playing the guitar. It's just one of those songs that just kind of…. It just kind of wrote itself." -Patrick
HELLYEAH Parts Ways With Guitarist, Bassist; Announces 'Blood For Blood' Album Details:
"It's so easy for people to assume or makeup reasons for things.
"Don't ASSUME anything!
"The reasons for this parting of ways was for the better good. When you hear the new record, you'll understand."
"Blood For Blood" track listing:
1. Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)
2. Demons In The Dirt
3. Soul Killer
5. Cross To Bier (Cradle Of Bones)
9. Say When
10. Black December
TesseracT Release "Of Matter" Studio Sessions:
TesseracT's "Of Matter" was taken live at Sphere Studios.
EMMURE To Release 'Eternal Enemies' In April:
1. Bring A Gun To School
3. N.I.A. (News In Arizona)
4. The Hang Up
5. A Gift A Curse
7. Like Lamotta
8. Free Publicity
9. Most Hated
10. Grave Markings
11. Hitomi's Shinobi
12. Rat King
13. Girls Don't Like Boys, Girls Like 40s And Blunts
14. New Age Rambler
15. We Were Just Kids
"Eternal Enemies" will be out on April 15th, 2014 via Victory Records.
Chiodos Announce Tour With Emarosa, Our Last Night, and more:
2/27 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
2/28 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
3/01 Quebec City, QC – Chez Dagobert
3/02 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
3/03 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
3/10 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
3/12 Mission, TX – Las Palmas Race Park (‘Never Say Never Music Fest‘)
3/13 Austin, TX – Hangar Lounge
3/14 Grand Prairie, TX – Quick Trip Park (‘South By So What?!‘)
3/16 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
3/17 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Ticket purchase includes copy of “Devil“:
4/01 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
4/02 Lansing, MI – The Loft
4/03 Flint, MI – Flint Local 432
4/04 Indianapolis, IN – The Irving Theater
4/05 La Crosse, WI – The Warehouse
4/06 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
With Emarosa, Our Last Night, ’68:
4/15 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
4/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
4/17 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
4/18 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
4/19 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
4/21 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
4/22 Richmond, VA – The National
4/23 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
4/24 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven
4/25 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
4/26 Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park (‘Welcome To Rockville‘)
4/27 Vero Beach, FL – Polish American Club
4/29 Houston, TX – The Studio @ Warehouse Live
4/30 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
5/01 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
5/02 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
5/03 San Diego, CA – Soma
5/04 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
5/05 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
With Emarosa, Our Last Night, ’68 and Hands Like Houses:
5/07 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
5/08 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
5/09 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
5/10 Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
5/11 Seattle, WA – Al Corazon
5/13 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
5/14 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
5/16 Burnsville, MN – The Garage
5/17 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
5/18 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
5/20 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall – Indoor Stage
5/21 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
LACUNA COIL - New Song 'Die & Rise':
1. Nothing Stands In Our Way
3. Hostage To The Light
5. Die & Rise
6. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)
9. I Burn In You
10. In The End I Feel Alive
11. One Cold Day
"Broken Crown Halo" will be released in North America on April 1st, 2014 via Century Media Records.
The Kindred Preview New Album “Life In Lucidity”:
“Life In Lucidity” will be released on February 25th, 2014 via Sumerian Records.
MOTÖRHEAD's First-Ever Cruise 'MotörBoat' To Sail This Fall:
Animals As Leaders Debut New Song “Tooth And Claw”:
“The Joy Of Motion“ will be released on March 25th, 2014 via Sumerian Records.
Avenged Sevenfold & HELLYEAH Spring North American Tour Announced:
04/12 Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
04/13 Prince George, BC – CN Centre
04/16 Moose Jaw, SK – Mosaic Place
04/17 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
04/19 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
04/21 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
04/23 Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center
04/25 Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
04/26 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
04/28 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome
04/30 Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
05/02 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
05/03 Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
05/06 Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
05/08 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
05/10 Bangor, ME – Rise Above Fest
05/12 Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
05/13 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
05/15 Syracuse, NY – Oncenter Complex
05/17 Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Speaks Of “As The Palaces Burn” Documentary At Premiere:
A screening of the film will take place on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at The Opera House courtesy of Inertia Entertainment. More information can be found here.