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Dan Cribb (AUS) streams pop punk tribute to music of the Simpsons

“Worst Tribute Ever” is a year-long pop punk tribute to The Simpsons from Australian singer-songwriter Dan Cribb.

Cribb has released his third song in his quest to release one each month. He plans to be joined by a special guest vocalist on every song.

Stream the first three tracks below.



Matt Pryor & Dan Andriano announce tour

Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) and Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) are to embark on a length US tour next that stretches from February through to May.

Pryor will be touring in support of the release “Memento Mori”, his fifth solo album, on February 17 via Equal Vision Records and Rory Records. The album is available for pre-order here.

Full list of dates below.



Album Review: Joey Cape – “One Week Record”

One would be hard-pressed to find another singer-songwriter as prolific as Joey Cape. Already under his belt are eight Lagwagon albums, three Bad Astronaut albums, LPs by The Playing Favorites, Scorpios, and Joey Cape’s Bad Loud, not to mention his role in a whole bunch of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes releases, as well as countless seven-inch and compilation appearances.

And here’s another. Joey Cape’s One Week Record, on his own label, One Week Records, kicks off the same way Lagwagon kicked off Hang, with the one-minute acoustic “Burden of Proof” introducing “Reign”. The two albums begin similarly enough that at the conclusion of “Burden” the listener isn’t positive which album he’s listening to until it either takes off at blistering speeds, as with Hang, or, as is the case here, continues as if performed by a guy on a street corner wearing a “Joey Cape is Bullshit” t-shirt with his guitar case opened to invite coins.

The idea of One Week Records is to produce ten songs in seven days, all within the comfort of Cape’s home. The limited schedule is designed to eliminate the temptation to overproduce and let the songs “give an honest representation of the artist’s creativity.” Membership to One Week Records is available, making it feel more like a club than a typical record label. Cape had previously recorded five songs, available as a bonus only to those with membership to the label. He has since expanded his five-song One Weekend Record to a full ten-song album. Because it is his label, his studio, and his house, one can’t help assuming Joey cheated a little and spent more than seven days recording it – evidenced by guest appearances by One Week artists Walt Hamburger, Yotam Ben Horin, Brian Wahlstrom, and Laura Mardone, all of whom have recorded albums with Cape – but when you’re the owner, you can do what you want.

Without liner notes accompanying the digital download it’s difficult to know for sure who is doing what, though sometimes it’s obvious: that’s Laura Mardone’s sweet voice lending some interest to an otherwise boring arrangement of Lagwagon’s post-hiatus favorite “E Dagger.” Brian Wahlstrom, Cape’s Scorpios bandmate and frequent guest keyboardist on punk albums, is heard tinkling the ivories on nearly every track, most prominently in “Laymens Terms”, what with his instrumental introduction and, later in the same track, some pretty nifty harmonies. Too, Joey opts to leave the guitar out entirely during the first minute-plus of “Sick” with only Wahlstrom’s keys accompanying his voice until the downbeat of the first chorus.

We may still call him “Joey”, but Joey Cape is getting old – he just turned 50, for crying out loud! Needless to say, he’s not singing about girls too often these days. Instead, his friends are dying. “Days of New” is a tribute to Bad Astronaut and original Lagwagon drummer Derrick Plourde, and “One Last Song” features a shout out to Cape’s best bud, the late great Tony Sly. Joey clearly misses them both dearly, but, rather than somber funereal ballads, both tunes are upbeat to better convey celebrations of their lives, and their impact on Cape’s own.

No new songs here, this is an album of Cape-fronted band covers: one Bad Astronaut song (opener from Twelve Small Steps, 2006) and another from Joey’s least talked about side project, the Playing Favorites (“Waiting”, from I Remember When I was Pretty, 2007). The remaining eight were all originally Lagwagon songs, including three from Lagwagon’s latest full-length, Hang. “Obsolete Absolute” is a rare example of a fast punk song being longer in duration than its slow acoustic version, and is one of the strongest tracks on each album. Cape softly plucks the strings of his acoustic guitar, outlining the opening chords, providing the impression that the guitar is in the background even as the only sound present, before his voice presents the opening melody. A piano is added halfway through the first verse, and then light gang vocals and vocal harmonies to embellish the chorus. Fan-tastic.

These One Week and One Weekend records are digital releases, though PEARS’ Zach Quinn’s One Week Record was given a limited vinyl pressing through Fat Wreck Chords, so perhaps something similar will happen with Cape’s album.

Find another example of a songwriter providing so many alternate versions to previously recorded songs; not live recordings from acoustic sets, but – between two split albums with Tony Sly, a split album with Jon Snodgrass, six songs between Cape’s first two solo albums, Bridge and Doesn’t Play Well With Others, as well as numerous standalone tracks scattered here and there – actual studio recordings. I can’t think of anyone, at least not in the punk world, the only sect of pop music I feel qualified to discuss. Any punk fan ought to appreciate what Joey Cape has brought to the genre, and most would enjoy this album. Joey Cape’s One Week Record is not as polished as the splits with Tony Sly, nor do I think is it as strong. For a Lagwagon fan, however, it’s a must-have.

4/5 Stars



Dave Hause announces new solo album “Bury Me In Philly,” streams lead single “With You”

Dave Hause has announced he will be releasing his third solo album Bury Me In Philly on February 3rd, 2017 through Rise Records. He has also premiered the lead single “With You,” and announced a European tour in support of the LP.

You can give the new song a listen and find more details on the album and tour below.

Bury Me In Philly will serve as the follow-up to Hause’s 2013 full-length Devour. Head over here to get your pre-orders in for the album.



Kepi Ghoulie and Herve Peawee release two The Clash covers on 7″

Former Groovie Ghoulies frontman Kepi Ghoulie and Herve Peawee have teamed up to bring two great The Clash covers on one 7″.

Kepi takes vocal duties on “Straight To Hell” and Hervé sings “Lover’s Rock”. The 7″ comes with two inserts, including art by Kepi and Stardumb Records’ Stefan Tijs.

The 7″ will be out Dec. 31st, but if you pre-order now you’ll receive an exclusive Kepi postcard set as a bonus! You can pre-order it here.



Matt Pyror (The Get Up Kids) announces 5th solo record “Momento Mori”

Matt Pryor, frontman for The Get Up Kids, has announced details regarding his fifth upcoming solo album. It is titled Momento Mori and it will be released on February 17th, 2017 through Equal Vision Records, with pre-orders happening now.

Pryor also released a brand new single called “A Small Explosion”, which you can listen to below.

Matt Pryor’s latest album Nine Forty Live was released in 2014 through Rory Records (by way of Equal Vision Records).



Joey Cape announces acoustic shows in Spain

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape has announced he will be playing a handful of acoustic shows in Spain early next year. The brief tour will see Cape supported by Dani Llamas.

Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

Joey Cape most recently released an album of acoustic versions of Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut songs through his label One Week Records.



Louise Distras releasing live album

British singer-songwriter Louise Distras will soon be releasing a new live album titled Live in Berlin. The album was recorded at a recent show at Wild At Heart in Berlin, and features tracks from her debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor, as well as some brand new songs.

Head over here to pre-order Live in Berlin. All proceeds from this live album’s sales will be used to fund the making of Distras’ second studio album.



Dan Cribb streams second track from The Simpsons themed EP “Worst Tribute Ever”

Dan Cribb (former The Decline) has released the second in a series of The Simpsons themed covers from forthcoming EP “Worst Tribute Ever”. Joining last month’s “Flaming Moe”, is a pop-punk rendition of Troy McClure classic “Dr Zaius” featuring Grenadiers’s Jesse Coulter.

I’m just going to come out and say it, it’s fucking marvellous. Check out both tracks below.



Chris DeMakes releasing split 7″ with Steve and the Neurotics, proceeds going to charity

Less Than Jake frontman Chris DeMakes and San Antonio’s Steve and the Neurotics will be releasing a split 7″ next January 17th. All proceeds from the split will be donated to the Tidewell Hospice Center of Port Charlotte, Florida, and The Cancer Research Institute of New York.

DeMakes will contribute one song to the 7″, an emotional tribute to his late grandmother, who was cared for by the people at Tidewell Hospice for six months before passing in 2015. Steve’s side will feature two songs he wrote after his own mother’s passing from cancer.

Pre-orders for the split titled We Miss You will be available here starting in mid-December. If you would like to donate to the Tidewell Hospice Center or the Cancer Research Institute right now, you can do so here and here, respectively.

You can listen to Chris DeMakes’ song “I’ll Be Your Eyes” below.



Mikey Erg premieres first ever music video for “Faulty Metaphor”

Mikey Erg of influential pop punk act The Ergs! (not to mention stints of House Boat, For Science, Worriers, The Dopamines, Psyched to Die, The Copyrights, Now People, Dirt Bike Annie, Pale Angels, The Measure[SA], Short Attention, The Slow Death, Star Fucking Hipsters, and Chris Gethard’s house band, The LLC to name a few) has just premiered his first music video ever for a track called “Faulty Metaphor” off his recent solo album Tentative Decisions.

Check it out below.

Tentative Decisions was released on June 24, 2016 through Don Giovanni Records.



Jeff Rosenstock releases music video for “Blast Damage Days”

Jeff Rosenstock has just released a music video for his new song “Blast Damage Days” off his newly released album “Worry” and you can check it out below.

WORRY was released October 14th through SideOneDummy Records. It  marks Rosenstock’s 3rd solo album, following 2015′s We Cool?.



Greg Graffin streams cover of Norman Blake’s “Lincoln’s Funeral Train”

Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has released a cover of Norman Blake’s song “Lincoln’s Funeral Train.” The track features instrumental work by Social Distortion members  Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, Brent Harding, and David Hidalgo. You can give the song a listen below.

Graffin teased plans to release a solo album in an interview last year. However, he has not specified whether this cover will be appearing on the album. We’ll keep you in the loop.



Album Review: Ray Toro – “Remember the Laughter”

Ray Toro has had many identities over the course of his career: sci-fi punk, technophile, shred-master, and now, father of both a human child as well as an audio one, the soon-to-be-released “Remember the Laughter.” Dubbed by Ray as a concept album about a middle-aged man finding a memory box in the attic of his childhood home, with each song representing a different memory triggered by the items found inside the box, “Remember the Laughter” is also the primary message that he would like to send to his son once he is gone.

As Ray recorded the album pretty much on his own, with some drumming help from former A Static Lullabye and Matt Skiba and the Sekrets drummer, Jarrod Alexander, and engineering guruism from Doug McKean, David C. Hughes and Gene Grimaldi, the level of syncopation may surprise some, but Toro has promised to provide as organic a feel as possible on the road.

Those who have been following Ray’s whereabouts these past few years will recognize “Isn’t That Something,” which Ray wrote to encourage himself to face the next chapter of life sans long-time band, My Chemical Romance, and “Hope For The World,” which Ray posted over the summer, and which interlude, “Eruption,” contains a 911 call and newscast regarding Ferguson. As one moves through the album, perhaps along with the visual provided by Ray’s website here http://www.raytoro.com/#home, a dreamy, slightly melancholy, mood settles over them during “Walking In Circles.”

The listener is then jarred a bit by Ray’s whispered chant to “Wake up!” during “Wedding Day.” “We Save” is sort of a marcher, “Ascent” is an interlude, and Ray’s pretty strumming returns in “The Great Beyond.” For my money, it’s this and “Take the World” which are the standout – super catchy, hella optimistic. “Father’s Day” is another cool little interlude, and “The Lucky Ones” has an awesome vibe. Think daydreaming on the train ride home here – with an amazing little violin vignette right at the end. “Requiem” is a sorrowful toe-tapper with a very appealing tribal chant at the end.

My Chemical Romance fans might resonate with lyrics like these, from “Look At Your Now:” “You stood up for yourself – I can’t count how long. You lived through it all. Look at you now. Look at you now.” The title and final track is preceded by the interlude “Waiting Room,” featuring mobile sounds. Regarding this, Ray has said that he hopes to encourage the listener to hold onto positive memories in the wake of the sorrow of loss.

For those who are unfamiliar with Ray’s singing style, think modern-day Stevie Winwood.

“Remember the Laughter” drops on November 18. Grab a copy here: http://store.raytoro.com/

Get a preview here: https://soundcloud.com/therealraytoro

And ask him some questions here: https://twitter.com/raytoro



Interview: Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance) talks solo career and new album “Remember The Laughter”

All has been quiet on the Ray Toro front since the demise of his long-term band, My Chemical Romance, with the odd exception here and there: The 2013 release of the single “Isn’t That Something?” (track one of the soon-to-be-released “Remember the Laughter,”) 2015’s “For the Lost and the Brave,” written during the Arizona immigration unrest, but released after the suicide of seventeen year old Leelah Alcorn, and left as a stand-alone tribute to her,) 2016’s “Hope for the World” (track thirteen of the new album,) and “Into the Cave We Wander,” a collaboration with former bandmember, Gerard Way, to celebrate the release of Way’s and Jon Rivera’s new comic series, “Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye.”

Since that time, Toro became a parent for the first time, and perfected his first ever almost completely solo project (former My Chem and A Static Lullaby drummer, Jarrod Alexander, provided some drum tracks, while Doug McKean, David C. Hughes and Gene Grimaldi assisted on the engineering side of things.) Ray was kind enough to provide Dying Scene with his first interview as a solo artist since 2015 (and few interviews are more fascinating than the first few days of a new career path and first release – when the artist is super excited and candid, and the information is fresh.)

Check out the interview below. I hope you enjoy reading Ray’s purest of thoughts as much as I enjoyed hearing them.