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DS Exclusive: Manic Pixi premieres music video, offer free download, for new single “Bad Blood”

We’ve teamed up with Brooklyn pop punk act Manic Pixi and today we’re bringing you an exclusive first look and listen of the band’s new single, “Bad Blood.”

If the song’s title sounds familiar to you, then you’ve probably already figured out that the song is a cover of the Taylor Swift single. Rather than playing a straightforward cover, Manic Pixi infuses heavy riffing with the song’s already upbeat pop hooks.

You can either stream the song or watch the video, which was recorded by Phil Duke and Josh Ridley at Continental Studios, below. You can also get a free download of the single here.

Manic Pixi self-released their second album, Iron Heart, on July 22, 2016.



New Music: Blink-182 – “Wildfire”

blink-182-bored-to-death-videoBlink-182 are streaming another song from the upcoming deluxe edition of their latest album California. This time, it’s “Wildfire” and you can give it a listen below.

The California deluxe edition drops next Friday (May 19th), and you can preorder it here.



Chicago pop punks The Mizzerables stream new release

The Mizzerables have released “No Sleeves” via bandcamp. You can name your own price for the three new tracks and check out the stream below.

I can never get enough Illinois pop punk, especially when it’s free.



Album Review: The Isotopes – ‘1994 World Series Champions’

Ah, baseball. The classic game that brings families together. Is there anything more iconic of America’s more positive aspects? Perhaps The Simpsons, depending on which seasons you’re talking about. Fittingly enough, The Isotopes (who hail from the Great White North, it should be noted) bring these two American pastimes together. Named after Springfield’s minor league team, The Isotopes write sweet and catchy pop punk tunes about one thing, and one thing only: baseball.

Imagine if the first two Riverdales albums had the same glossy production as Masked Intruder, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect from The Isotopes’ latest album, 1994 World Series Champions (for those who are too lazy to look it up: the title is a reference to the fact that there was no World Series in 1994, thus there was no team to win the championship). Only one song on the album passes the two and a half minute mark, with only a third of remaining nine tracks breaking two minutes at all. There are several references to the Sandlot, former major league players, and not wanting the season to end. On the punk end of the spectrum, the album begins with a slight Germs reference (“What We Do Ain’t Secret”) and ends with a Black Flag-like chant, if Black Flag weren’t so rigid (“Sandlot Party”).

Is it gimmicky? Yeah, it most certainly is. But that doesn’t stop it from being any less fun. Pop punk is rarely about reinventing the wheel, and is more about catchy sing-along tunes. The Isotopes know exactly what they’re playing at, and they don’t hide it at all.

4 / 5

RIYL: Riverdales, The Hextalls, Masked Intruder



With Confidence announce Australia tour with WSTR and Seaway

Australian pop-punk band With Confidence have announced a tour across the nation. You can find the tour poster, dates and locations below.

With Confidence will also be bringing international supports WSTR and Seaway along for the tour.



Music Video: See You Smile – “Stay Right Where You Are”

Tokyo, Japan based pop-punk act See You Smile have premiered a music video for a new track titled “Stay Right Where You Are.” You can watch it below.

See You Smile’s last released track was “Gloria,” which you can listen to here. Their new track is being released as their first official single on June 3rd.



The Enthused (Italian Pop Punk) release music video for “Best Times”

Italian pop punk act The Enthused have released a video for their song “Best Times.”

You can check it out below.

“Best Times” comes from the bands’ upcoming album Still Alive, which is set to be released on May 12th via Kids and Kicks Records.



Cayetana stream new album, announce tour dates

Philadelphia indie-punk group Cayetana are streaming their new album New Kind of Normal in its entirety.  The band has also announced some summer tour dates where they will be joining Waxahatchee.

You can listen to the album and check out those tour dates below.

New Kind Of Normal was released on May 5th via Cayetana’s own record label, Plum Records.



One Armed Joey stream new EP “The Best We Know”

San Francisco pop punkers One Armed Joey release their new EP, “The Best We Know” on May 12th, but the 6 song affair is streaming now ahead of the release.

You can have a listen below. The EP is the follow up to 2015’s “White Windowless Vans“.



DS Exlcusive: Phil Marcade (The Senders) on The Ramones, Nancy Spungen and the cast of characters on “Punk Avenue”

 

If we were running down a list of the most famous, and infamous, figures from the epicenter of the fledgling punk rock scene in New York City’s Lower East Side in the mid-1970’s, we’d have to scroll pretty deep into the annals to find the name Phillipe Marcade. Marcade fronted the high-energy blues punk band The Senders that were staples at such legendary venues as CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City for the bulk of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and yet neither the man nor the band really got the credit that they deserved outside a twelve-block radius.

Yet Marcade was every bit as entrenched in the 1970s Lower East Side as any of the Ramones or Debbie Harry or Johnny Thunders or Legs McNeil or any of the others whose names come more easily to mind. In fact, to hear one-and-only McNeil tell it in the Foreward to Marcade’s brand-new book, Punk Avenue: Inside The New York City Underground 1972 – 1982, Marcade, “while not a household name, was friends with everyone at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, and a bona fide member, in good-standing of the New York Punk Rock Scene.”

We caught up with Marcade over the phone from his home in Italy to discuss Punk Avenue and the early NYC punk scene in more detail. Still the purveyor of a heavy Parisian accent, Marcade is equal parts humble and engaging. That he ended up with this particular story to tell is the result of a series of profoundly fascinating circumstances. A native of France, Marcade took a trip to Amsterdam as a teenager that led to a chance encounter with a American traveler named Bruce, which, in turn, eventually resulted in Marcade spending several decades in the Lower East Side, but not before stopovers in Boston, a longer stay in Amsterdam, a hog farm in New Mexico, and…his eighteenth birthday “party” in a Federal Penitentiary in Florence, Arizona. It seems that even in the 1970s, the feds frowned on shipping large quantities of straight hash across state lines…

Marcade might have ended up in the gritty, tough-as-nails Lower East Side in the early 1970s by happy accident, and yet that’s not an entirely bad way to describe the foundation of the scene itself. Given the transient, underground nature of the close-knit, artistic community that found itself magnetically pulled to that neighborhood at that time, it’s not a stretch to say that punk music as we came to know and love it would not — could not — have started anywhere else and come out the same. The thing about living and thriving in the geographical center of a once-in-a-generation social and cultural and artistic movement is that you don’t realize you’re there until you’re gone and the moment has passed. That’s especially true when you’re viewing said geographic center from the wide eyes of an outsider. “I thought it was so magical and exciting,” says Marcade, quickly adding on that he “thought that was probably because I was new in New York, and to everybody else I thought it had always been like that. Only years later did I realize that no, that was a true revolution going on at the time!

While perhaps unaware of the importance of the movement that he was a direct witness to at the time, Marcade did, at least, recognize sheer talent when he saw it. “I think that the first very important band of the movement, without being in the movement really, was Dr. Feelgood in England. They really changed things around.” Once the music moved toward this side of the pond, the cream quickly rose to the top. Says Marcade: “The Ramones and the Heartbreakers and The Cramps were just amazing groups. I’m so glad I got to see them.” And see them, he did. Especially The Ramones, whom he estimates he saw roughly “a hundred times.” When asked of his insider’s perspective on whether or not Ramones were, indeed, worthy of what’s become iconic, almost mythological status, Marcade answers an emphatic yes. “They were just amazing! They were so good. I never went to a Ramones show and left thinking “eh, that wasn’t that great.” They never ceased to amaze me!”

On the other hand, perhaps not as worthy of her iconic, mythologized status was Nancy Spungen. Marcade knew knew Spungen prior to, and in fact had a hand in encouraging, her fateful 1976 move to London. “I always thought Nancy was kind of a sad soul, a lonely girl,” says Marcade with a hint of sadness present in his voice for the first time in our conversation. “Everybody was so fucking mean to her,” a fact that led to her leaving her heroin-addicted cat (“Oh, that fucking cat!”) with Marcade and heading to London, where she’d eventually, infamously, cross stars with the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious. “I think a lot of people misjudged her because of the way she carried herself, and because of the whole heroin thing. But knowing her before, she was a sweet girl. She was as much a victim as Sid. She was not that “evil woman” that turned poor Sid Vicious on to drugs… I don’t subscribe to that theory!”

There are no shortage of memorable characters and stories and moments peppered throughout Punk Avenue. Truth be told, the four-page glossary of supporting characters is almost overwhelming (and would probably better serve the reader if it appeared as a reference index to refer back to). That Marcade can recall such a large volume of names and faces and coincidences is no small feat in and of itself. “It’s funny,” says Marcade, “because I seem to have a very, very good visual memory, and when I think back to an anecdote like that, I can really remember it well.” As the project neared completion, he fact-checked and cross-referenced some of the stories and their corresponding dates with some of his surviving companions, though most stories required only little tweaks.

Yet the real noteworthy feat is not simply remembering stories, but weaving them together in a way that is fun and funny and sad and personal and gripping, whether you’re a fan of early the early NYC punk scene or not. Marcade not only does exactly that in expert fashion with Punk Avenue, but he does it in a language that’s not his first. It is perhaps that wide-eyed outsider’s perspective that keeps everything fresh and exciting and new and real to the reader, especially when the stories involve such Herculean figures. Aside, maybe, from Please Kill Me, it’s hands-down the best read about the Who, What, When, Where, Why and, especially, the How of the origins of the punk rock scene as we know it. Punk Avenue is out now, and you can pick it up at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Target but hopefully at an independent bookseller near you!

Head below to read the text of our full half-hour conversation with Marcade. Aside from what’s touched on above, we cover a lot of ground, including the changes (read as: gentrification) in the Lower East Side in the forty years since the dawn of punk civilization, which bands from the scene got unfortunately overlooked, and which more recent bands have carried the torch most surprisingly. The results may surprise you!



Noise Brigade stream new album “This is Fine”

Portland pop-punks Noise Brigade are streaming their new album This is Fine in its entirety. You can check out the record and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

The album was released today through Manic Kat Records, and follows 2016’s From the Mountains to the Sea. Visit the label’s webstore to grab a copy.



Video Premiere: Casual Friday (pop-punk) – “Weekend Forever”

Dying Scene is proud to bring you the exclusive premiere of Corona, California-based pop-punk band Casual Friday‘s new music video, “Weekend Forever.”

You can view the video below.

The music video is a tribute to Thrasher Magazine’s “King of the Road” video series and the song is off of an upcoming LP to be released this year. Fans of The Ataris and Alkaline Trio will eat this song up.

Casual Friday was just announced to play The Fest in Gainesville.



Blink 182 & Linkin Park announce co-headline dates, then….go on a date?

Blinkin Park (Blink 182 + Linkin Park…wtf?) have announced a couple of co-headlining dates with some special guests. Tickets go on sale May 12th, you can get them here.

July 28th: Flushing, NY @ Citi Field
with: WU TANG CLAN and Machine Gun Kelly

July 30: Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park
with: Machine Gun Kelly

Also, the two bands went on a date…? You can check that out here. Good luck, kids.



The 101’s (pop punk) announce release date for new album “Counterbalance”

Dutch pop-punkers The 101’s have announced that their new album Counterbalance will be released on June 10th. Recorded at Panda Studios with Sam Pura (The Story So Far, Basement, State Champs) this album is the follow-up to 2014’s For The Years, and based on the two singles we’ve heard so far it should definitely be one to watch out for.

Check out the lyric video for “Pieces” below. If you live in the Netherlands, the information for the release show is below as well.



Ann Beretta release first new recordings in 14 years

Legendary Richmond, VA punks Ann Beretta are streaming their upcoming 7″ single. The single includes one brand new song, “Kill the Lights,” and a new recording of “Forever Family.”

Even better, they have two new albums lined up – this summer should see the release of an album of new recordings of old songs, and early next year we can expect a brand new album.

The new single and both albums are being released by Say-10 Records.

You can stream the new songs at Brooklyn Vegan and pre-order the shiny new record here.

I haven’t been this excited for a new Ann Beretta release since I pored over the Lookout! Records mail order catalog when I was supposed to be making pizzas for minimum wage.