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!
Rush Plotting 41st Anniversary Tour for 2015:
"We said, 'Let's not talk about anything band-wise for the next year. Let's separate ourselves and come back rejuvenated.' Unfortunately, the other people at that meeting didn't hear what we were talking about, so there are already plans being made for spring of 2015. It's going to be a 41st anniversary tour, or whatever they're going to call it.
We haven't really talked seriously about what we want to do. But I think we're probably going to lean towards making it a real sort of fan event, and really try to put something together that's very pleasing for the fans across the board. That's always been difficult, for us to sort of balance things.
We want to try and play different material this time. I've always wanted to do some rarer Rush material, and this should be a good opportunity to do that. I also think it's going to be a long tour. We just need to stay healthy until then." -Alex Lifeson
SOUNDGARDEN Reportedly Recruits Drummer MATT CHAMBERLAIN For Upcoming Shows:
Chamberlain has contributed his drumming to the tours and albums of include Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel, THE WALLFLOWERS, Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Elton John, Natalie Merchant, John Mayer and Shakira.
Scott Asheton of the Stooges Dies at 64:
"My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.
Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton's have always been and continue to be a second family to me.
My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.
Periphery Reveal Plans For New Album:
“We are going to do this next album ourselves. We have a really specific vision of what we are after, and we think this would be the best approach. I will be working with all of the guys on the pre-pro and instrumental production, Spencer will handle vocal production and Nolly will of course be in charge of engineering and mixing.
We are definitely going to be doing live drums again, we haven’t exactly figured out where just yet, but we might even try to use different drum rooms/studios for different songs for some variety. All in all, it’s an ambitious project and every member has their work cut out for them, but we are all very excited!” -Misha Mansoor
KISS And DEF LEPPARD - North American Tour Dates Announced:
Jun. 23 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
Jun. 25 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jun. 27 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jun. 29 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
Jul. 02 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jul. 03 - Wheatland, CA - Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
Jul. 05 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 06 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jul. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Jul. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jul. 12 - Austin, TX - austin360 Amphitheater
Jul. 13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul. 15 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 18 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
Jul. 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Jul. 20 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Jul. 22 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
Jul. 23 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
Jul. 25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 26 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 01 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Aug. 02 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 03 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 06 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Aug. 08 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug. 09 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug. 10 - Hartford, CT - The Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 15 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theater
Aug. 16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center**
Aug. 20 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena**
Aug. 22 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 23 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 24 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug. 28 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 29 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Aug. 31 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at LiveNation.com.
24 Inventions That Changed Music:
"We've come a long way in capturing and reproducing sound, and in many ways, the journey has been a poetic and literal full circle. From Thomas Edison's first experiments with waveform-engraved cylinders to the rotating dials of our iPods − and every touchstone devoted to preserving composition and performance since and after − we've amassed a timeline of 24 essential breakthroughs (be they physical tools or digital breakthroughs) in recorded-music and playback technology."
Lacuna Coil Release “Die & Rise” Lyric Video:
“Broken Crown Halo“ will be released on April 1st, 2014 via Century Media Records.
St. Patrick's Day is a reminder of the deep musical influence of the Irish:
“Ireland is the most musical country in the world. You can’t walk three blocks anywhere in the country without hearing music. Maybe it’s because sometimes music was the only weapon the Irish people had." -Liam Clancy
36 Crazyfists Winding Down Recording Sessions:
"Recording is going great, kickin my ass a lil too but that was always the plan. Should be done w Voxs in the next two weeks and then we should be able to share some teasers with you. It is exciting to read all of your comments and support, your patience and belief mean a tremendous amount. Hope everyone is having a great week. Love & Respect
The Agonist Show Off Their New Frontwoman On “Disconnect Me” Preview:
BLACK VEIL BRIDES Taps Producer BOB ROCK For Next Album:
"Last day of week 1 of pre production on #BVB4 with the legendary Bob Rock! Only a week in so far and we are already so stoked on the tracks and direction this record is going in! Rock n Roll!"
Future Music festival abandoned after up to six suspected drug deaths:
“The six victims who died were believed to have taken the drug methamphetamine before going to the concert. The drug is known as ‘designer drug’ or synthetic drugs, which is called meth." -Datuk Mohmad Salleh
Cancer Bats Demoing New Material:
"Hammering away at some new demos! #keepitbrutal #empresseffects #heavy #godflesh #shred4pizza #manx #klon #rocktron #cancerbats #cb5"
For The Fallen Dreams Streaming New Tracks “Dream Eater” and "Emerald Blue":
"Heavy Hearts” will be in stores on April 8th, 2014 via Rise Records.
JOHN 5 Says His Next Solo Album Will Be 'Really Intense':
"I'm working on it and just mixing it right now. It is crazy. If people liked my earlier work, you're going to be really excited about it. It's really intense. It's, like, when you listen to it, it's, like, 'What just happened?”, which is one of the songtitles. It's really exciting. I can't wait for people to hear it.
These albums are a lot of fun. I just do 'em for the love of guitar and to inspire a couple of people on the way… I just really enjoy doing that. It's great. It was one of the smartest things I've ever done. Right when I left MANSON, I was, like, 'OK, so I guess I'll finally make my instrumental record.' And it did really well, and I'm on my sixth one. And I don't do them for money or anything — I just do them for the love of the guitar — and I think the audience really can see that. I'll do something like a Chet Atkins song and then some crazy death metal-type song. So it's a very wide range of music; there's no format and there's no rules." -John5
I Am Abomination Eyeing New Album Following Nativ’s Implosion:
Hey guys, Phil here. I apologize for the lack of update, life's been a bit wild. But here goes. We are still in the very early planning stages of a new album. Nick's recording schedule has been pretty wicked but we're making every effort to find a point in our year at which both of our schedules will allow us to write and record. While that happens, Nick will continue to produce some of your favorite bands, and I'm going to take a stab at a solo project. Couldn't possibly express my gratitude I have for all of your patience and support. It seriously blows my mind. Hope you're all doing well. Can't stop won't stop♥
Between The Buried And Me, Strife, Earth Crisis, Etc. ‘Record Store Day’ Releases Coming:
- Between The Buried And Me – “Colors_Live” (2xLP) (solid red vinyl) (limited to 1,400)
- Buried Alive – “Death Of Your Perfect World” (grey putty vinyl) (limited to 900)
- Close Your Eyes – “Prepackaged Hope” (7″ solid red vinyl) (limited to 900)
- Earth Crisis – “Gomorrah’s Season Ends” (solid yellow vinyl) (limited to 900)
- Jungle Rot – “Kill On Command” (solid red vinyl) (limited to 900)
- Strife – “In This Defiance” (900 white vinyl/100 randomly inserted green vinyl)
Circle Of Contempt Streaming New Song “Redefine”:
The track was xixed, mastered and produced by Julian Rodriguez. It is unclear whether this will be featured on a new album from CoC.
Pennywise Map Out Canadian Dates on Spring Tour:
04/23 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
04/24 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
04/25 Petaluma, CA - Phoenix Theatre
04/26 Bend, OR - Midtown
04/27 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
04/29 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
04/30 Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
05/02 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
05/03 Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall Ballroom
05/04 Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub
05/05 Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Events Theatre
08/09-10 Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau (Heavy Montreal)
Music Snobs, Neil Young Has a Product for You:
"Pono Music, Young’s new venture, is the most high-profile effort yet in a wider push toward high-resolution digital audio, which audiophiles say will end the tyranny of the mp3. As of now, there are a number of formats that promise to change our lives by blending the the quality of pre-digital music with the convenience of iTunes. Pono purports to be both iPod and iTunes for this world. With its Kickstarter campaign, the company is peddling a Toblerone-shaped music player that could handle a range of hi-res formats, and an online music store selling them at a significant mark to mp3s."
KILLER BE KILLED Featuring CAVALERA, PUCIATO, SANDERS: First Two Songs Available For Streaming:
The debut self-titled album will be released on May 13th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Avatar Announce "Hail The Apocalypse" Album Set For May:
1. Hail The Apocalypse
2. What I Don't Know
3. Death Of Sound
4. Vultures Fly
5. Bloody Angel
7. Tsar Bomba
8. Puppet Show
9. Get In Line
10. Something In the Way
"This is our best video to date. I play your friendly neighborhood doomsday prophet. You get to follow me facing the unbelievers and their reactions when chaos ensues. Good times all around and we are using some really amazing special effects to blow up the planet. Oh, and it's done like a silent movie." -Johannes Eckerström
"Hail The Apocalypse" will be released on May 13th, 2014 via eOne Entertainment.
Emmure, Upon A Burning Body & Fall City Fall Booked For May Eastern Canadian Tour:
5/20 Montreal, QC – Tulipe
5/21 Quebec City, QC – Dagobert
5/22 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
5/23 St. Catharines, ON – Coco Cabana
5/24 Windsor, ON – Serbian Center
5/25 London, ON – Rum Runners
The Contortionist Enter The Studio For New Album:
“We’re pretty stoked to be in the studio again, especially with Jamie King. Some of my favorite records have come out of this corner of the woods, here in Winston-Salem, NC. We’re also unquestionably psyched about Mike Lessard‘s voice on these new tracks. This record seems to be a good mix of old and new TC, and Mike‘s wide range of animal noises should make this one a real banger.”
Finch To Release New Album This Year: