A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (8/10/14)

Hey, dudes! We’re back after a brief hiatus, traveling the world, partying hard and working our day jobs. But enough about us, let’s make fun of some news stories.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about. 

1. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones got some help from Jimmy Kimmel this week.

2. New Found Glory are streaming a new single off of their upcoming album Resurrection due out later this year. Let’s just hope it’s nothing like that Radiosurgery disaster. Oh and they have a video for that song out too.

3. The Misfits are embarking on a horror punk world tour. Aren’t they exhausted? They’re, like a hundred years old, man. Rest those old man bones.

4. Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky) streamed a cover song off of an upcoming split EP.

5. Anti-Flag have a fresh new song out. Anarchy! Smash the system! Buy bondage pants with your lunch money!

6. Here’s a video of The Offspring, Pennywise and Bad Religion live at the Stone Pony in New Jersey. Typical Jersey. They still think it’s 1995.

7. The Mad Caddies are still a thing and they added more dates to their North American tour.

8. The Hookline Riot have launched a new shirt to raise funds for the Tony Sly Music Foundation for Kids. Good for you, Hookline Riot!

9. Super cool singer-sonwriter, Jenn Fiorentino, has an acoustic cover of The Flatliners’ “Monumental.”

10. There’s a weird new “punk rock super group” called Dead Men Walking. It’s got people from The Damned, Stray Cats, The Alarm, The Living End, Guns ‘N’ Roses and Fred Armisen from SNL.  That’s so weird, right? It’s weird.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

The Ray Gradys – If You’re Buying, I’m Drinking

Former Morning Glory drummer Early Gates’ punk band The Ray Gradys digitally released their new EP If You’re Buying, I’m Drinking.

Jobseekers – Jobseekers

If you like your punk rock fast and loud, you’re gonna love our exclusive stream for the day. The Dublin punks in Jobseekers are getting ready to release their new self-titled EP on July 28th through Jobsworth Records.

Union 13 – “First Day of Promise”

Los Angeles hardcore punk veterans Union 13 just put out their first release in a decade – an EP appropriately titled Ten Years Of Silence – through Hella Mad Records.

The 4130s – One For The Road

UK punk act The 4130s just released their new full-length album One For The Road through 13 Stitches Records.

The Hip Priests – Black Denim Blitz

English punk rockers The Hip Priests are gearing up to release their new album Black Denim Blitz on August 11th through Self Destructo Records.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Big Eyes/Post Teens – Split

“The sides aren’t equal though. Big Eyes’ half is probably the stronger– dominating with its 60’s pop sounding fuzz-punk. There’s an undertone of youth here. It sounds like music you could hear playing on a beach filled with kids that party a lot harder than you ever thought was possible. The catchy refrain of ‘It’s Not Fair’ (‘It’s not fair, it’s not fair, it’s not fair.’) is like a twee tantrum set to the Ramones’ buzzsaw attack.”

Dikembe – Mediumship

“They flex their less noisy muscles and do throw little temper tantrums here and there on the album which ideally could have worked if done much, much more. But still, you can’t shake the feeling of wasted potential. Is it a bad record? No way. Is it good? Well, yeah but not all that impressive, given the high standard Dikembe’s usually associated with. It does feel free-flowing in its passion and raw emotion a lot but still, you need to come better strategically and stir the pot a bit. In other words, don’t go back to the drawing board — just go back to the basics of Broad Shoulder and Chicago Bowls.”

PEARS – Go To Prison

“PEARS’ melodic sensibility isn’t the only thing that sets them apart from many other modern hardcore punk bands, though. They actually know how to play their instruments, and they play them very well – all of the instrumental work on Go To Prison is on point. The extremely high production value on the record also leads me to believe the band knows an engineer who actually knows what he’s doing. It’s easily one of the most well-produced debut albums I’ve ever heard.”

Anti-Flag – A Document of Dissent: 1993 – 2013

“However, as impressive as the tracklist is, A Document of Dissent doesn’t really offer much incentive for longtime fans to pick it up. Most greatest hits packages include one or two brand new songs, or at the very least new recordings of old songs, but none of that makes it on here. Sure, it’s said that every track has been given a remastering courtesy of Mass Giorgini, but by the time you make it to the tracks pulled from The Terror State (roughly a third of the way into the album) there really isn’t much of a sonic difference.”

Andrew Cream/Don Blake – Split

“If this split release was a first date it would be an enjoyable and memorable one. Andrew Cream takes care of your softer side, wining and dining you with his signature take on acoustic punk, leading you to ponder where the relationship is actually going. While Don Blake will tease and flirt with you before running off leaving you with nothing left than an irresistible urge to chase after them for more of the same. Both would definitely get a second date and should have full albums out later on in the year.”

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