March 2018

Garbage Releases their 20th Anniversary Edition of Version 2.0

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Garbage Photo Credit Joseph Cultice

Garbage announced the release of the 20th-anniversary edition of their legendary second album Version 2.0. Due for release on Stunvolume/PIAS on June 22, the package will feature the whole original album, as well as 10 B-sides from the era. Pre-order the digital album HERE and visit Garbage.com for updates on standard and deluxe Vinyl formats. The typically visceral "Lick The Pavement" is the first offering from the reissue and is out today. Listen to the song HERE.

"Version 2:0 is, in my opinion, the quintessential garbage record,” shared Garbage singer Shirley Manson. “We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love it still".

CAP Official

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Cap has set the bar high for his 2018 with the release of his single “Official” and listeners should consider it a harbinger of Cap’s upcoming fifth solo album Scorpio. He’s appeared on the Bones Thugs and Harmony tour album, numerous music videos in heavy MTV rotation, produced his own albums as well as others from independent artists of various stripes, and has positioned himself to experience considerable success in the business side of music affairs as well. He’s accumulated plenty of life experience to fuel his musical art thanks to a brief sojourn serving his country overseas, but his burning love for music abided despite any path he took and it’s apparent hearing this and other songs that he’s found his path at last. “Official” and similar work from his recent history promises he’s only getting better with each new recording.

And the Winner is….Juno Awards 2018

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The JUNO Awards has evolved from an industry awards event to a weeklong festival that travels city to city across the country. It encompasses both public-facing fan events and industry/networking opportunities featuring a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent. The JUNO Week events include JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare, JUNO Cup, and more! The JUNO Awards were created to celebrate and promote Canadian music and artists.The Juno Awards of 2018 were presented in Vancouver, British Columbia during the weekend of 24–25 March 2018. The primary telecast ceremonies were held at Rogers Arena. The following are the nominees and winners of the Junos 2018.

Juno Fan Choice Award
Alessia Cara
Arkells
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
Shawn Hook
Winner: Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Theory
Walk Off the Earth

Single of the Year
Alessia Cara, "How Far I'll Go"
Arcade Fire, "Everything Now"
Arkells, "Knocking at the Door"
The Weeknd, "I Feel it Coming"
Winner: Shawn Mendes, "There's Nothing Holdin' me Back"

International Album of the Year
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Winner: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Post Malone, Stoney
Taylor Swift, Reputation

Flash Lightnin’ Release HOMAGEOUT on Pheromone Records

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Always bound by friendship, Darren Glover and Darcy Yates of Flash Lightnin' resolutely refused to officially call it quits when Glover returned to Victoria in 2015, while Yates toured the world as a session player with the Bahamas. While only gathering on occasion for special and memorable shows such as their 10th anniversary in Toronto in 2016, it was finally time to acknowledge the inevitable, but not without a final, incredibly powerful recorded statement.

They are excited to announce that their upcoming EP Homage is set for release on April 6 via Pheromone Recordings. Along with the announcement they have given fans a taste of the EP today with their version of Jeff Beck's interpretation of The Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things."

In the fall of 2015, Glover and Yates gathered with powerhouse drummer Blake Manning at Toronto's Revolution Recording with Ian Blurton at the controls.

Four stone classic rock 'n' roll songs were covered:
Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac's "Green Manalishi"
Mountain's "Never In My Life"
Jeff Beck's interpretation of The Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things"
Cream's "Swlabr"

Simply put the combination of Flash Lightnin', Ian Blurton and Revolution's cavernous Neve room delivered the goods and in spectacular fashion.

How Does Music Influence Gameplay?

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When it comes to video games in their various forms, we often discuss how they look in terms of the graphics and animations; or we talk about the gameplay. One thing that often gets overlooked is the music that is contained within the game, and just how important it is in helping to create an enjoyable and immersive gaming experience. So just how does music influence gameplay and how important is it for players?

The first thing to consider is the game itself and its setting. It’s hugely important for the player to be immersed completely in the game, and music helps to do this by creating the atmosphere. Taking a first-person shooter game as an example, there’s no way a player would feel in the slightest involved; if the background music was the type you would find in a Super Mario game.

What is also key is that the music reflects the shift in the gameplay too. If you’re playing a game which is going from scene to scene, with different settings and emotions, the music has to go with it in order to keep the player immersed. Otherwise, if it’s the same sound playing repeatedly, punters will quickly lose interest and are likely to stop playing or not enjoy the gameplay as much.