Collect Records have severed ties with Martin Shkreli.
Today, Collect Records ó with the support and encouragement of all of our artists ó have agreed to fully sever our relationship with Martin Shkreli, effective immediately.
When I decided to get into business with Martin, we took him on as a patron. He was completely silent and allowed us to do business as we pleased. His only ask was that we sign bands that we believed could make great art given the right environment and not to focus on a profit, no matter how dire the bottom line.
Never in a million years did any of us expect to wake up to the news of the scandal that he is now involved in. It blindsided and upset us on every...
A judge has ruled that the companies collecting royalties on the song "Happy Birthday" do not hold a valid copyright.
In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, the judge ruled that Warner/Chappell never had the right to charge for the use of the "Happy Birthday To You" song. Warner had been enforcing a copyright since 1988, when it bought Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which claimed the original disputed copyright.
Alexisonfire have posted a clarification of what "back" means.
It was an unforgettable summer. All of us are extremely grateful to have such loyal and dedicated fans who were willing to stick with us. That being said, we feel the need to clarify something. 'Alexisonfire is officially back' may well be true, but it seems some may be reading more into this than they should. The truth is, nothing has really changed. We all have our own careers and families which require our attention and as far as Alexisonfire is concerned, there are no immediate plans.
What 'Alexisonfire is back' does mean is that the 5 of us are back in each otherís lives and are as good friends now as weíve ever...
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend Riot Fest and Exposition in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While the weekend turned out to be a muddy affair, it was still a tremendous experience and one that I will remember fondly for a very long time. I saw some really fantastic performance including those by Andrew WK, Thrice, and Weezer. Hit the replies to read about the exhausting and exciting weekend I had.
CHVRCHES have unveiled a new fanclub on their website, at which fans can sign up for contest involving meet and greets, and will eventually evolve into a forum of some kind. You can join by going here.
The forums will offer a new way for fans to communicate with us, and with each other, as well as giving you information on exclusive #FANCLVB pre-sales, meet and greets, listening sessions and anything else we can think of.
My head is still spinning, and though I want to believe that there is some reason that he would do this that is some remotely positive way, the only thing I can see is that it is totally and completely heartbreaking.
I canít see my future at all in the label. I have to see what the bands want first, and see if there is any meaning or any mission following all of this. More than anything, I want the bands to see that I hold art as the guiding force in my life. Ultimately I see this going in the same way it always does, where all the artists get blamed for everything and capitalism is never held...
Matt Thiessen of Relient K announced yesterday, September 20th, at the Uprise Festival in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, that they will be releasing a new album. He said the desired release would be in November 2015, but more realistically, the following spring. He noted that it will have about 17-18 songs on it.
We recently interviewed Atlas Genius about their new album, Inanimate Objects. Check it out here.
Sonically, I feel like we really stepped it up with the sound of this album. I wanted it to sound bigger, but without it sounding Top 40 big. Thereís a certain glossy sheen you hear quite often on all the pop stuff, which is impressive but can get a little saccharine sweet. You feel like youíre going to get diabetes when you listen to it. We wanted to get a bigger sound on this album without it turning into a pop album.
Art and music are about creative expression. However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it. This is not what our band is about. There are many individuals more eloquent than us who have recently had a lot to say about the topic of the name and our appropriation of the name Viet Cong. For more insights into the arguments we encourage you to read some of these. We are a band who want to make music and play our music for our fans. We are not here to cause pain or remind people of atrocities of the past.
The truth is, weíve been planning to change the band name for the next record for months; it has not been an...
Before Banquets call it quits, they're releasing one last album, Spit at the Sun, on October 9th via Black Numbers. We're premiering a new song from the effort titled "Lucky Lighter" in the replies. As you'll hear, the New Jersey group have pushed their melodic punk sound to explore emo and post-rock influences. Clearly, they're looking to go out with a bang.
Head to the replies to watch Fable Cry's new music video for "You Ain't My Baby No More," which was shot in a single take. Inspired by classic songs of heartache, the track sounds kind of like The Vandals covering Foxy Shazam at the circus. It appears on the "theatrical scamp rock" group's new album, We'll Show You Where the Monsters Are, which is out now.
Absolute100 band Girlpool recently visited the UK to bring us their harmonic goodness so last Tuesday, I caught them at the Scala in London. Check out some of my favourites and you can also see the full albumAbsolutePunk Flickr.
I donít want to speak for Brand New here, an almost universally loved band among a certain age of punk fans, but itís probably safe to say capitalist drug speculators werenít their intended target demo when they were writing The Devil and God are Raging Inside of Me. Elsewhere he shared a photo of himself in possession of what he says is Kurt Cobainís credit card, because when youíre a millionaire music fan what else are you going to waste your stupid money on besides the literal emblem of dead celebrityís credit rating?
There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows. We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience ... throughout 28 years ... but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring. Thank you for so many absolutely incredible times. The pleasure and privilege is mine ...