It's contest time! One of the long-term goals of this website is to introduce you, the reader, to new music. We love it when you check out a new band we're posting about, reviewing, or you see a member talking about in the forums. That's one of the main reasons we do what we do. It was behind that motive that this website moved from being a fan site to a full-blown community. Now, the two bands we're running a contest for today (blink-182 and My Chemical Romance) don't really need any introduction. They're two of the biggest bands in our entire little ecosystem. However, they weren't always selling out stadiums. Back in the day ... they were small bands, just begging for fans...
Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 will be at Google answering fan submitted questions on October 5 at 3pm PST, and the event will be streamed live on Youtube. You can submit questions here. Check out a video from Mark in the replies.
Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of LOVE with Tom DeLonge, a film by William Eubank featuring a score by Angels and Airwaves. You can read my thoughts on the film here. I was also able to talk with DeLonge a bit about the upcoming Angels and Airwaves release, LOVE Pt. II, writing for Neighborhoods and our ideas of punk rock as we grow up. You can read that interview here.
Early estimates are that Blink-182's new album, Neighborhoods, will sell between 130-150k in their first week. This will probably put them around #2 on the charts, behind J. Cole. Not too shabby for a band that's been away for 6 years.
Today we have one of my favorite interviews I've had the pleasure of doing on the website. It's with Chris Holmes, the co-producer/engineer of Blink-182's Neighborhoods. The idea was to really look behind the scenes of the recording of the new album and get a different perspective on the process. I think the end result is something very unique and something that all fans of the band will enjoy reading. You can read the full thing here - and feel free to share.
I recently was able to talk with Chris Holmes, one of the main engineers and co-producers behind the newBlink 182 album. While I work on putting the entire interview together (which should be in the next day or two), I thought I would post a little snippet from it to whet the appetite. One of the goals of the interview was to look behind the scenes at how the album itself was recorded. I know a lot of people are interested in the techniques used and what the recording process itself was like for the first new blink songs in years. So check out the little tid-bit below, and I'll be posting the full interview as soon as I can.
Quite a few of your favorite musicians are now dads. A new film, titled "The F-Word," takes a look at what happens when "generations ultimate anti-authoritarians – punk rockers – become society’s ultimate authorities – dads." The film features Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath. You can check out the entire press release in the replies.
I saw Mark Hoppus was talking on Google+ about the new Blink 182 album. That got me thinking it may be fun to have a similar thread here; given the history the band has on this site. So, what are your favorite new songs from Neighborhoods? I've got to say that "After Midnight", "Wishing Well," and "Kaleidoscope" are early favorites. It looks like the general consensus is that it was well worth the wait.
Head here to play a game for a chance to get a free download of the brand new Blink 182 song, "After Midnight". The single was premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show moments ago. Hit the replies to discuss the new track, which can also be streamed here.
Following up yesterday's post, "After Midnight" will be premiering from Blink 182's new album next Tuesday night at 7:30pm on R1. We'll have a post ready on the homepage for everyone to hang out and chat in, just like always.
Update: Mark just tweeted that this is "incorrect," I would bet based on what Chris Holmes tweeted yesterday - he is referencing the order of the songs - but the titles could change as well. The information in the post comes from a document sent by UMGD.
Update #2: Mark has clarified the songs are correct, the sequencing is not. The band is working on sequencing today and that "some song titles will probably change, but those are the songs that will comprise Neighborhoods."
I can say with good authority, this is the current track listing for the new Blink 182 album, Neighborhoods - complete with the deluxe edition bonus tracks. The album hits stores 9/27.
I promised I'd do my best to track down the high-resolution version of the new Blink 182 album cover, and I have added it to our gallery. Next goal is to finalize that track-listing; and, well, hear the damn thing.
Limited Pressing has posted the first of its "LP Interviews" series, where I will be interviewing various Limited Pressing store owners. The first interview is with R.J. Crowder-Schaefer of Mightier Than Sword Records. Aside from the fact that I conducted the interview, you should check it out because R.J. talks about how his business works, his thoughts on preorders and he reveals some info about how he got around to pressing the Blink-182 discography.
Blink 182 played 4 new songs tonight at the kick off of their tour. Here's the set-list below, and some bootleg video of the new tunes can be found here.
1. Feeling This
2. Up All Night
3. The Rock Show
4. What's My Age Again?
6. I Miss You
7. Stay Together For The Kids
11. After Midnight
12. First Date
13. Heart's All Gone
14. Man Overboard
15. Ghost On The Dancefloor
16. All The Small Things
-- Encore --
18. Travis Barker Drum Solo
We've got all kinds of Blink 182 goodness for you today. First off, we're proud to premiere the album cover for the band's new album, Neighborhoods. Check that out here. Second: we're giving away tickets to every single show on the band's upcoming tour, which of course includes My Chemical Romance on most dates. Want to go? All you have to do is leave a comment in the replies with the date you'd like to go to, and gimme a reason to pick you. I know we've got people that have been visiting this website since it was a Blink 182 fan page way back in the day -- so nostalgic reminiscing may sway my picks. Make sure your email address is correct in your profile if you want to win (I...