Despite the unconventional shifting that he does between the worlds of molecular biology and punk rock, Aukerman says he’s never suffered "any kind of fallout." Fellow scientists, he says, "are very interested in someone who’s not just stuck at the lab bench all day and who can actually go out and do something completely different, something wacky and bizarre." Likewise, for peers in punk rock, "even if they don't really understand what I do necessarily, it's so different to them that it becomes more of a facet that can be fascinating," he says. Even Aukerman’s parents have come around to...
Ten bands will take part in a new feature at Riot Fest called "10 Years. 10 Essential Albums." The Offspring will play all of Smash in Chicago; Weezer will tackle the entire Blue Album in Chicago and Denver; Descendents will perform Milo Goes To College in Chicago and The Get Up Kids will do Something To Write Home About in Chicago. Those are just a few of the full-album performances, so head to the replies to see the full slate and buy tickets here.
Communities Digital News conducted a great interview with Bill Stevenson. He mentions that the Descendents are working on a new album and that it's a priority for the band in the next few months. There's currently no plans for any new ALL recordings though.
We started on it. We’re not really far into it, but we’re making it a priority to kind of focus on it in the coming months.
Hit the replies to see the first wave of the lineup for The Fest 13, which features Descendents, Lifetime, Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The Menzingers, Chuck Ragan, Banner Pilot, the Hotelier, Into It. Over It., a We Are The Union reunion and a lot a lot a lot more! Pre-Fest is Oct. 29 - 30 in Ybor City and Fest is Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 in Gainesville. Tickets will go on sale on April 20 - check ticket info here - and hotels will go on sale on the same day.
The AV Club has posted an extensive article titled "A Beginner's Guide to the Bouncy Buzz of Pop Punk," which can be read here. "Essential Listening" includes Green Day's Kerplunk, The Ergs' DorkRockCorkRod and, of course, Descendents' Milo Goes To College. What are some of your essentials, though?
We sought out a small, local coffee roaster in Fort Collins, sampled coffees from around the world, then roasted, cupped, and re-roasted until we felt it epitomized what we have been singing about for all of these years. Ultra dark, robust, and of course, eccentric. Sourced from a family farm, Finca Candelaria, located in the Candelaria region of Guatemala made famous in 1974 for its expansive underground cave system that spans over 80km. As far as the coffee goes, the high altitude and rich volcanic soil create the environment to grow very dense coffee beans- meaning that they are chocked full of complex flavors but...
Two years ago, Devo had to cancel their headlining performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest due to injury and only weeks before the festival. It was announced that Descendents would be reuniting for the first time in about a decade to fill the spot, and as someone who was there, it was a blast. Our friends at Light and Noise TV were there to capture the whole thing, including the encore where Rise Against's Tim Mcllrath joined the band for "Bikeage." In case you haven't been able to see one of the one-offs, head to the replies to watch the full set. The seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest happens next weekend, and tickets are still available here.
Either/Or Records has released a compilation tribute to the Descendents featuring We Are the Union, Crucial Dudes, Nightmares for a Week, The Tired and True and more. Stream and download Either/Or Sucks: A Tribute To Descendents for free here.
This might not normally be categorized as news, but I couldn't legitimize not posting something this awesome. If you head here you can buy a full-on Christmas sweatshirt from the Descendents, featuring Milo and coffee mugs and all.
Paper + Plastick has launched a new comic series called "Perfect Teeth." It follows the career of a vampire band and how the music industry tries to keep pace by signing other monster bands. Members of Less Than Jake and the Descendents teamed up to record a song as the vampire band, which goes by the name Perfect Teeth, and the song will be released later this month. You can download the introductory Perfect Teeth #0 for free here or buy a limited, physical edition for $3 here.
MxPx have posted their cover of the Descendents’ “Suburban Home” from their new record, On The Cover II, on myspace. As a compliment we've posted two more exclusive promo photos of the band impersonating the Descendents (here) and The Go-Gos (here). Check back next Monday - as MxPx posts a new cover song, we'll post new impersonation pictures.