Textbook (pop-punk) stream new album “All Messed Up”

Posted by Textbook on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM (PST)

Chicago pop-punks Textbook have released their fifth full-length release, “All Messed Up” on Dan Vapid’s Torture Chamber Records. The record was produced by Matt Allison (Lawrence Arms, Masked Intruder, The Menzingers) at Atlas studios and features guest vocals by Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) and Dan Vapid (ex-Screeching Weasel, Dan Vapid and The Cheats).

Stream the entire thing below.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad's "People II: The Reckoning" uses the melody and lyrics to the Simon and Garfunkel classic "Mrs. Robinson" for it's last verse.


Music Video: The Geeks (South Korea HC) – “A Light In The Dark”

Posted by bob9746 on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM (PST)

South Korean hardcore band The Geeks have released a music video for their song “A Light In The Dark” off their latest album “Still Not In This Alone.”  Check it out below.

“Still Not In This” was released July 15th on Think Fast! Records.

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Jailhouse Records to release split 12-inch with Blanks 77 and The Parasitix

Posted by jhdave on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM (PST)

Jailhouse Records has just announced that Blanks 77 will be hitting the studio towards the end of this year for a split with fellow NJ street punk band The Parasitix. The split will consist of 4 brand new tracks from each band.

This will be the first recorded output from the Blanks 77 camp in over 10 years, and is the classic 92 lineup of the band.

Jailhouse is hoping for a late spring release.

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Cyber Tracks, the label owned by NOFX‘s guitarist El Hefe and his wife Jennifer Abeyta have announced the first annual all-ages Christmas Party which will involve live performances of bands from their current roster. It’ll take place on December 21st at 7pm PST, at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

So far Ten Foot Pole, Implants, Margate and This Legend, have been confirmed as performing acts and apparently, El Hefe will fill in as DJ in-between sets to spin some of his favorites Christmas songs. Sounds good don’t you think?

Tickets goes on sale tomorrow October 31st through The Roxy Theater website.

Cyber Tracks has so far released albums from Implants, Margate, Counterpunch, This Legend and Warner Drive. Ten Foot Pole should be releasing an album next year.

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Burning Heart Records is back! New releases planned for Bombshell Rocks, etc

Posted by Johnny X on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM (PST)

Four years after its final breath in 2010 Peter Ahlqvist’s genre defining punk-rock and metal/hardcore label Burning Heart Records appears on the scene again. With a new business model, a new artist roster and a new passion on the side of its navigator.

Once a Swedish powerhouse for discovering some of the world’s most talented bands, Burning Heart Records helped give rise to legendary acts like Refused, The Hives, Millencolin, Turbonegro and Nasum throughout the 90’s and early 00’s. Halfway through the last decade the label was hit hard financially as a result of declining album sales and had to shutter its doors.

In 2006 Epitaph Records, majority-owner since 1998, imbibed Burning Heart completely and relocated the label to Amsterdam while Ahlqvist continued work as an A&R from Sweden, signing bands like Parkway Drive, Gallows (for US) or The Ghost Of A Thousand for Epitaph and Burning Heart. After four more years of massive sales decline, the heart stopped beating completely.

Four years later, Ahlqvist has retained full rights to the name and trademark for Burning Heart Records and is proud to announce the resurrection of the label and immediate plans to restore it to its former glory.

“I’ve had some time to think it over,” says Ahlqvist. “Now is really the right time to go for it again. I had a few tough years but now its’ all coming back. Sweden was hit hard early, but it’s all there again, thanks to Spotify.”

Ahlqvist enthuses about his newfound inspiration and vision, which goes far beyond just running a rehashed record label as he explains.

“The new Burning Heart is more than a label, it’s a hybrid company that also provides management for the bands. We’re doing a different financial model with the bands, and joint ventures on the record side. It’s not a record label as it used to be, it’s a brand, and a music company that is starting to climb with new found ambitions on new roads.”

That new perspective came to Ahlqvist after he left Burning Heart in 2009 and started working at Panic & Action Management where he was inspired by a new generation of bands and fans and a new approach to doing business with them both.

Ahlqvist is about to take things to the next level with the renaissance of Burning Heart. Starting with the existing Panic & Action bands, who will be “transferred” to Burning Heart, this new and enhanced incarnation of Sweden’s groundbreaking label is embracing the digital age and ready to evolve within its ever changing landscape.

“I’m Looking forward to getting out there and releasing different kinds of music, be it metal or metalcore or punk rock or whatever, adds Ahlqvist. “Burning Heart had everything from Refused to more standard hardcore, metal oriented to skate-punk to garage or whatever rock. Music that will always be close to me. ”

Burning Heart will start with a well-rounded crew of bands which includes post-hardcore band Adept, who will release a new album in the spring of 2015, punk rockers Bombshell Rocks, who recently reunited with original singer Mårten Cedergran to release a new album Generation Tranquilized in November, anthemic rock band Her Bright Skies, who will release their next album next year, hardcore newcomers Walking With Strangers, who are also gearing up for an album next year and finally the legendary punk band Asta Kask, who originally formed in 1978 and went on to influence bands like Refused, Millencolin, Nasum and The Hives.

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Album Review: 48 Thrills – “That’s How It Go!Oh!Ohs!”

Posted by Carson Winter on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM (PST)

In punk rock, we’re always rooting for the home team. Even if it’s the same warbling vocals and recycled progressions we’ve all heard a thousand times before, if they’re from your hometown, they’re the best band ever. The proof of punk being an inspiring presence is often enough to elevate the mediocre to local legends. So, since I transplanted to the Portland, OR area I have encountered more than my share of local bands, and I’ll always be in their corner because they represent art being vital and self-sustaining, competency be damned. But I recently had a magic moment in my new hometown: that rare and mystical occurrence of wanting to like a band, seeing said band, and loving them. Geography be damned, some bands are meant to transcend. 48 Thrills is one of them.

That’s How it Go!Oh!Ohs! is their debut record, and on it they thrash and shout and harmonize through ten tracks of the kind of pop punk that make dusk-lit skate parks a place for growth and catharsis. Packed with addictive melodies, both instrumental and vocal, 48 Thrills provides the glue for their words to stick, and the energy to make it stay. The sheer intensity on display reminded me of Against Me!’s Fat Wreck days, where the band further proved that aggression needn’t be mistaken for passion and vice versa. There’s a similar feeling at work on That’s How It Go!Oh!Ohs!, where full throated melodies become gravel inflected calls of perseverance amidst slice of life imagery. The energy here is reckless and excitable, but its not enraged. Its fucked up, neurotic, but ultimately stoked to be alive.

“California Sun is Such A Drain” opens the album appropriately with a howl of “So this means hello.” The verse builds upon itself instrumentally, opening with sparse drumming and strummed chords, culminating in the bass mirroring the vocal line as gang vocals shout “It’s so hard but that’s life.” From there it kicks into high-gear with breakneck drums and whoas backed by the distorted grind of trebly guitars. 48 Thrills show a knack for pretty dynamic songwriting, never submitting completely to the pop punk mouse-trap of monotonous two minute buzzsaw drones. Here, everything sounds alive and huge.

The most immediate and magnetic element behind That’s How It Go!Oh!Ohs! is the underlying vibe of relentless positivity. The cohesion comes early with second track “Look What You Started,” and the song-stopping lyric: “I hope you feel safe every day for the rest of your life.” It distills everything about progressive politics, why-we-fight polemics, and counter-culture activism and puts it into a single very human wish. As someone who frequently fights with punk rock’s sometimes misguided, but mostly just tedious politicizing, hearing the goal so plainly stated effectively cuts away the bullshit and puts it back into an empathetic realm.

The album closes with the five and a half minute “It Feels Like I’m Not Trying,” a song that sustains every second of its epic-for-punk runtime with its colossal hook. Here, the length feels like a warm goodbye, and its catchy refrain makes it all the more communal– its the type of tune to be shouted with best friends in the midst of the hottest pit on the coldest night.

I’ll always remember the night I saw 48 Thrills live. I remember the electric energy that filled the room– the muscular strums and the full-throated howls that transformed chords and melody into tangible magic. Punk rock is dangerous by nature; it snarls and hisses and fights to be uncaged, but it also relies on art to express that cause. Here, 48 Thrills have taken this individualistic genre and used it to craft something personal and hopeful. Punk will always be dangerous as long as its in the hands of individuals, but sometimes we need to be reminded that its not all studs and lip rings. There’s joy and creativity at the heart of the music, and more so the joy of creativity. That’s How It Go!Oh!Ohs! is ten tracks that combust with energy and life by people with hearts that beat hard and often. If that’s not punk, I don’t know what is.

 5/5
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Lagwagon payed tribute to the late Tony Sly by playing “One More Song,” which you may know as one of the more emotional songs on their new album Hang, at the record’s release party in San Fransisco earlier this week.

Footage of the performance has made its way online, and you can check it out below.

Hang was released this past Tuesday, October 28th through Fat Wreck Chords. We recently spoke with frontman Joey Cape about a myriad of things including the album, Mr. Sly, and becoming a bitter old man.

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Denver rockers Sleeping Weather are streaming a new song titled “I’ll Find A Way,” which will be appearing on their upcoming split with Pennsylvania’s Placeholder. Head over here to give it a listen.

The split is set to be released sometime later this year through Escapist Records. Sleeping Weather’s latest album I Was Just on My Way Out was released back in April through Suburban Home Records.

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Downtown Struts premiere new song “Bipolar”

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM (PST)

Chicago’s Downtown Struts are streaming a new track titled “Bipolar,” which will be appearing on their upcoming EP Hope You’re Dope. You can give the track a listen below.

Hope You’re Dope is set to be released on November 18th through Pirates Press Records. The band last released a 7-inch titled Victory back in 2013.

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Singer/songwriter Nate Allen, who we spoke to on the very first episode of the Dying Scene Podcast, has a new project! It’s called Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots and they’re currently raising money to release a new full-length album titled Take Out The Trash.

To get you all stoked for the record, we’re exclusively streaming a new track titled “We Don’t Even Know,” which you can check out below. If you like what you hear, be sure to contribute to the band’s Kickstarter for the album – they’ve got some cool rewards for donors.

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The Vandals recently recorded a goofy new song titled “It’s Got To Be Ska” for a mockumentary on Reggie Watts that aired on IFC last week. Hea over here to give it a listen, and download the track for free by clicking here.

I’m gonna take a wild guess and say this song isn’t going to be appearing on the new Vandals album that has been in the works for a while now, but I could be wrong! Either way, their last album was 2004′s Hollywood Potato Chip.

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Free Download: Pissing Contest (hardcore-punk) – “Golden Rule”

Posted by Say10 on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM (PST)

No bullshit punk/hardcore band, Pissing Contest have released heir debut 13-song full length album, “Golden Rule” on Say-10 Records.

The incredibly heavy record was produced and engineered by lead singer / guitarist, Mat Dilliner, and mixed mastered by Juno nominated producer, Jon Drew (Fucked Up,Career Suicide, Alexisonfire, Dee Dee Ramone). You can stream all 13 turbulent new outbursts below and download it for free on bandcamp.

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