Last Thursday we had a discussion about your favorite holiday hits. Today, we're excited to bring you a mixture of your favorites, and some of the staff's picks. I have to say, this is one of the most enjoyable playlists to date. Thanks to everyone who contributed! Throw on your favorite ugly sweater, take a swig of egg nog and check out "An Absolutely Punk Holiday" in both Spotify and Rdio renditions in the replies!
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Head to Complex to watch Charli XCX cover Bleachers' "Rollercoaster," as well as Bleachers' cover of Charli's "Break the Rules." You can watch the video here, and Charli XCX's new album Sucker is out in the U.S on December 16th.
Flashback to 2005: I was that reviled age and waiting in line, clutching tickets for my first My Chemical Romance show (which I had cried and screamed over at my birthday party the week prior). I heard the man in front of me going on about “stupid, little My Chemical Romance fangirls” wearing the band’s T-shirts and “ruining” the show. I looked down at my brand new MCR shirt and hoodie and turned my back, self-consciously zipping up. It was easier than to think, “Is there something wrong with me? Am I stupid? Maybe he’s right. I can’t act like a stupid fangirl.”
The new album entitled Redefine is “a very simple summation of the turn of events we’ve experienced individually and collectively,” Mosely says. “The songs carry some themes of perspective, reflection and looking ahead…the things that everybody goes through in the pivotal ages of life. There’s a track called ‘My Ways’ that expresses the feelings of returning to a familiar place that may not be so familiar anymore, so maybe you’re the one that has to change, or “redefine” your ways. It’s just all about doing what you want to do and on your own terms, or the best terms that you can present for yourself.”
Downwrite will be putting on a holiday show on December 20th at the Metro in Chicago. Matt Pryor, William Beckett, Tim Kasher, Mark Rose, John Walker, and more will be playing. The full line-up and all the information can be found in the replies.
Lots of folks are getting understandably antsy about preorder bundles. I want to apologize for the delay. I know it's a bummer to know that the album is out and you still don't have your copy. We're experiencing more delays at the vinyl manufacturer. They're manufacturing 3 different vinyl products for us, and were already backed up with orders. The first pressing of LP had terrible sound quality issues, so we had to have the record re-cut. This delayed our production even more, but was necessary to the quality of the product.
The Twin CD tin boxes are still in transit from the UK (they were held up for 3 weeks by...
Caitlin Dickson, writing for The Daily Beast, on the state of racist rock on online music services.
With the strict media laws in Germany and other European countries managing to prevent 'white power' bands from success, or at least making it into the mainstream, the SPLC’s report notes that it was America's free speech protections of U.S. that allowed the racist music industry to thrive here in the 90s. In addition to being a once-hugely profitable business, hate music has long served as a highly effective recruiting tool for the movements whose messages it espouses.
Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy is working on a solo album, setting up a new record label, and working on a split with Kevin Devine. Listen to her guest spot on the latest podcast with Damian Abraham for even more.
This Saturday, we have two different bands swinging by to chat with us. First, we'll have the guys from Blessthefall stopping by to chat at 2pm PST/5pm EST. They were just announced as one of the first main stage bands for the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, and they also announced they'll be releasing a new album in 2015. You can check out all Warped Tour dates here. Next, at 6pm PST/9pm EST, we'll have Stick To Your Guns stopping by to chat. Their upcoming record, Disobedient, will be released on 02/10/15 via Sumerian Records.
Light You Up has debuted its video for "It's About Time" from its upcoming debut LP All We've Ever Known. You can view the video in the replies and pre-orders are available on the band's webstore. The band was also announced as part of the Pure Noise Records UK Tour.
Quiet Country Audio is back with a session from San Diego punk rock royalty Weatherbox. Head to the replies to watch them perform "Bring Us The Head of Weatherbox," "Dark All Night," "Mountain" and "Broken Glowsticks."
Brian Southall who some of you may know through Boys Night Out, The Receiving End of Sirens, Isles & Glaciers or his various other projects had a band before all of those ventures. That band is Fordirelifesake and they have reunited to release a new EP called Speak Ill of The Dead which will be released December 16th. You can stream the group's first song in ten years called "I'll Make You A Nomad" in the replies. After you check out the track, be sure to head over to Bandcamp to pre-order the new album.
Pure Noise Records has welcomed Toronto pop-punk act Like Pacific to the family. Their self-titled EP will be released on January 20th. We're streaming the first track, "Suffering," in the replies. You can pre-order the EP physically and digitally. Recommended for fans of The Story So Far, The Wonder Years and Knuckle Puck.
We're excited to announce the launch of Fireworks guitarist Brett Ayala Jones' solo project. He enlisted the help of Teddy Roberts (Fireworks) on drums, Adam Mercer (Fireworks) on organ and friend Sam Harris on upright bass to track a 3-song EP titled Tramp, due out in 2015. Head to the replies to hear "Sweet Tooth."
Red Scare Industries just signed Success and will be releasing a new record from them called Radio Recovery in the Spring. Drakulas has also been added to the roster and features members from Rise Against and the Riverboat Gamblers.
A variety of bands, including Anti-Flag, will be boycotting shows put on by Pittsburgh promoter Brian Drusky after comments made over the weekend. Anti-Flag have posted a statement about their decision.
Through the cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and all those who have suffered at the hands of racism, police brutality and an unjust legal system, there is a loud and important public discourse. Based on recent actions, we feel that Brian Drusky, the owner of the company promoting our show in Pittsburgh, is on the wrong side of that conversation. For this reason we do not feel comfortable playing a show he’s promoting. Confronting bigotry and blind allegiance to power with education is...
Mistreating your fans and abusing whatever power you think you have because people like your band is not "cool". We challenge everyone at our next show to get onstage and take as many selfies as your phone can handle.
If you’re a fan of what we’ve done over the years, I really encourage you – like, as in grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-straight-into-your-eyes kinda thing — to check this stuff out and take it back to your spaces and get the discussion going in your own circles. We live in a misogynistic society. This stuff is pervasive. I guarantee you’re going to encounter it at some point if you haven’t already. Take it from someone who has learned the hard way, for everybody’s sake, you better have some idea how to respond.