Tonight, I will be seeing Thrice on their farewell tour stop in Austin. This week I've written up a look back on a band that has challenged me over the years to open up to new sounds and structures of what a band can become. You can read my column here. It may not have been Thrice, but what band have you had a hard time with following through their career, but end up coming around to as the months and years have gone by? As you've opened up to that band, what other bands and genres have they opened you up to as well?
Hopeless Records and Sub City are excited to announce the vinyl re-issue of Thrice's The Illusion Of Safety. Originally released in 2002, this past February marked the records 10 year anniversary of its release. Fans will be able to choose between a standard and deluxe one time re-pressing. The limited quantity deluxe pressing allows fans to choose between 3 colors; coke bottle clear, white or translucent red and will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl. This deluxe version will also include a download card of the album. The first 500 sold will contain inserts signed by the band. A standard version will also be available in stores and online on June 19th. A portion of the proceeds...
Riley (Thrice) and Ian from Kowloon Walled City have a (mostly) baseball-related podcast that they've been doing for a couple of months. This week the guest was Jason Black of Hot Water Music, they chatted a bit about their reunion, their new record Exister, and his Braves fandom. Check it out here.
Thrice's farewell spring tour dates have been announced. Pre-sale begins tomorrow Thursday, February 23rd at 12pm local time. The band will be recording live audio at select stops along to the tour for a proposed live album slated for release in late 2012. Supporting Thrice on all dates will be Animals As Leaders with more information including the announcement of additional support bands and details of commemorative merchandise available at the shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
Thrice will release the At: Guitar Center 7-inch on Vagrant Records January 31, 2012. The 7-inch consists of twointimate acoustic tracks recorded during the bandís taping of the At: Guitar Center podcast series hosted by Nic Harcourt. The release marks the first time that Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, has worked with a label to release music recorded within the walls of one of their stores. In addition to the pre-order, the 7-inch will be available for purchase at guitarcenter.com on January 31st.
This week's Five and Alive is quite special. 2011 has been a great year for music, and has really reminded me why I fell in love with music and live and breathe through my headphones. Unfortunately, I lost three great bands this year: RX Bandits, Thursday and Thrice. Those bands are greatly part of my musical roots. Head here to see what I learned about music over the last decade of having them be a part of my life.
I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank Thrice and Thursday for everything they've done for the music scene, our website, and my personal musical journey. Both bands have played a large role in shaping what this website is today, and their music catalogs will remain staples and blueprints for the next generation. Thank you.