Update: Just kidding, I mean in August it will be nine. When I first googled the date to double-check it was wrong. Still a great fucking record so I'll leave this thread open to discuss the greatness that is this album. Appreciation thread commence.
Andrew McMahon has been awarded the Stupid Cancer Social Impact Award for his efforts to spread awareness about young adult cancer. He will be receiving this award this weekend at Stupid Cancer's 7th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults in Las Vegas.
“We have a responsibility and a desire to be on tour... a lot. So it's really great to work with forward-thinking people to help make our touring business as sustainable and Eco-conscious as we can.” added Hayley Williams of Paramore.
We had a minor error on our news submission page that was making it look like you had to log-in to submit news -- sorry about that -- all fixed now. So, feel free to send in your news tips (anonymously or not). I know there are still a few things not quite working on the website (and the slowness on posting and editing still seems to creep up every now and again), but we're getting closer.
I had been in a lot of bands before and had always been determined not to have a band name with the word, "THE," in it. For some reason, I now realized that I actually wanted to be a part of that tradition. I guess I figured that it was good enough for the Crickets, the Beach Boys, the Clash, and the Ramones...so it was good enough for us too. I wrote out a list of names that combined these ideas...the Dentures, the Catheters, etc. Most of these names were taken...so I went with the Liverspots. The rest of the dudes joined months later and never got a vote.
I was planning to write something about this entire "who was talking about emo/pop-punk/whatever" debate that sprung up online yesterday (and touched on it via Twitter this morning), but Ben Cosman at The Wire nails the entire point I wanted to make in one paragraph:
A pissing-contest over who's liked emo longer isn't going to do the genre any favors in popularity. But of course an argument about emo descends into "I was talking about this band way before you were". As Cohen and Hyden (and a slew of others on Twitter) pointed out to Heisel, those who've hung around with the genre should be pleased with the progress it has made recently, both in terms of credibility and quality, instead...
In addition to the earlier announcement of Mineral playing Fest 13, the Gainesville-based festival has also announced that Paint It Black, Iron Chic, The Copyrights, Make Do And Mend, The Dopamines and more have been added to the lineup. You can see today's announcement, along with a full list of bands performing, in the replies. Tickets are available now.
Knocked Loose will release their new EP, Pop Culture, on June 3rd -- pre-orders are now up. The band will also heading out on tour with Greyhaven shortly, dates in the replies.
"This record was written with mosh in mind. It's ridiculously heavy, ridiculously angry… ridiculously emotional. And it feels good to release something that I'm one hundred percent satisfied with. Just expect to be kicked in the fucking balls," said Isaac Haile, guitarist for Knocked Loose. Vocalist Bryan Garris adds "It's been a long time coming and I'm extremely excited to show people what we've been working on. I'm very proud of this record and I hope it's the meanest thing in Louisville.”
Swiss artist Zimoun took a bunch of packing peanuts and a bunch of fans and created an installation that looks a lot like a rolling ocean inside a warehouse at la Limonaia di Villa Saroli in Lugano, Switzerland. A video is in the replies if you can't make it to Switzerland to check it out anytime soon. I want to swim in it.
Things are not looking good on the net neutrality front. According to several sources the FCC is set to propose new net neutrality rules "that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes." Or, as Tim Wu in The New Yorker so eloquently put it: "It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity."
Singer/songwriter Lauren Wilhelm, AKA Dazy (The Girl), brings her playful relationship with longtime boyfriend Mayday Parade vocalist Derek Sanders front-and-center in her new video for their duet "I Told You So." The video was shot partially in their home in the couple's hometown Tallahassee, Florida where they originally met in high school.
I saw Bad Suns play their first show in Portland last night and came away extremely impressed (the lead singer hitting the high notes in "Salt" was great). They have an EP out right now and mentioned they just finished recording their full-length for release later this year. Definitely a band to keep an eye on if you, like me, are into bands like The 1975, Walk the Moon, and are trying to wash the latest Neon Trees album out of your mouth.
There was something more than slightly desperate in Gail Shea referring to my recent comments on the annual Canadian seal slaughter as "ignorant", as reported in Canada's National Post. Speaking on behalf of Gail Shea, Sophie Doucet - showing symptoms of the same Shea disorder - stated: "I would urge Mr. Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working men and women in rural communities". I should remind Sophie Doucet that building and maintaining the Concentration Camps of Auschwitz also provided livelihoods, but...
Giacchetto says his greatest deal was the 1994 Sub Pop sale to Warner. "I can now reveal that Universal was the top bidder, $25 million," says Giacchetto, "but it wasn't the right creative fit. Sony Music bid $5 million. David Geffen bid $8 million -- I told him his bid was way too f-ing low - and Microsoft bid a paltry $4 million, frankly insulting. Bill Gates, who at the time considered himself to be 'the future of entertainment,' couldn't have been a more dull character. It definitely would have made Microsoft a bit more hip, which in hindsight might have actually made...
Save Your Generation Records will be releasing a split 7" with songs from Hung Up, The Swellers, Lobby Boxer, and 1876. We are streaming the whole thing today, along with bonus tracks. Hit the replies to check out it out. The pressing is limited to 300 7" red/clear blend vinyl and releases May 20th.
You can stream the first new song from Say Anything's new LP, Hebrews, in the replies (via Billboard). The song is called "Six Six Six," it features Andy Hull, and there's a pretty cool article/interview with Max Bemis at that link. New details about Hebrews, which drops June 10 via Equal Vision (tour dates here), include the tracklisting (in the replies), which has 16 guest vocalists like Tom Delonge, Chris Conley, Keith Buckley and more, and the fact that there are no guitars on the record.
"This has easily been the most gratifying and fun making a record has ever been," Bemis tells Billboard. "The sort of theatrical bent of the music is something that's always been a part of Say...
The Roots' drummer Questlove has posted the first in a weekly series of essays over at Vulture exploring the history and current landscape of hip-hop and what it means for black culture. It's an interesting read and well worth your time.
Mineral has announced seven reunion shows to celebrate their 20th anniversary; these are their first shows in 17 years. Emo mayor Into It. Over It. is opening all dates, and tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, April 25, at 11am. Check the replies.