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RIP Alan Myers (longtime Devo drummer)

Sad news tonight. Word has circulated from the Devo camp that Alan Myers has passed away.

Myers was the band’s third drummer, serving as ‘human metronome’ from 1976 to roughly 1985. He first appears on the band’s legendary debut album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, and remained with the band through their first half-dozen albums, leaving shortly after the 1984 release of Shout.

Myers unfortunately succumbed after a bout with brain cancer. He was 58 years old.

We leave you with the classic Devo cover of the Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. To quite current Devo drummer Josh Freese, “Goodspeed Human Metronome!”



Lostprophets frontman trial to start in November

Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins will stand trial for the charges of child sex offense from earlier this year.

According to the BBC, Watkins and two female who were also charged,  appeared before the Cardiff Crown Court today and the trial is set to begin on November 25th.

We’ll keep you in the loop as more information unfolds.



All Eyes West post Converse RubberTracks session, tour dates

Chicago punk act All Eyes West have posted a recent session the band did with Converse RubberTracks, as well as a quick stint of tour dates over the course of the next week.

You can hear the session over at Punknews, and see the dates here.

All Eyes West released their self-titled debut full-length last summer, via Jump Start Records.



Carnage Records signs The Argument

Carnage Records has just announced their latest signing, French punk act The Argument. No other news or release has been announced. You can check out the a statement by the label here (if you can read French.)

The Argument last released “Nothing Fades” last month.



Handguns to support Senses Fail’s upcoming UK tour

Pennsylvania pop-punkers Handguns have been announced as the supporting acts for Senses Fail‘s headlining tour of the U.K.

You can check out the tour dates and locations here.

Senses Fail released Renacer on March 26 via Staple Records. Handguns last released “Angst” on September 25th via Pure Noise Records.



The Maine finish mixing and mastering LP4

The Maine have announced that they have finished mixing and mastering their upcoming, as-of-now untitled fourth album. Here’s the message from the band:

“Album #4 is finished, mixed/mastered and ready for your ears! More info coming soon.”

The Maine released their third album, Pioneer, in 2011 on Warner Bros Records. No word yet on who will release the new album, although that information might be a part of the ‘info’ that the band says is coming soon.



RetiredArtists promises to write songs to make your band awesome

RetiredArtists is a new startup that aims to write music for those who can’t do so themselves. According to their website, they are made up of former members of Victory Records and Bridge 9 Records bands, and are willing to write songs in whatever style you tell them, send them to you for you to learn, and never tell anyone. They’ll even come out and play the tracks for you in the studio.

Click here to read more about this groundbreaking service.



Blast From The Past Video: Black Flag Live in England “My War” Tour (1984, with Henry Rollins)

In light of all the Black Flag reunion news happening lately, this little blast from the past seemed appropriate.  It’s a video of an entire Black Flag set in England from the band’s 1984 “My War” tour featuring Henry Rollins as the band’s singer.

Enjoy!



Topshelf Records plan Valentine’s Day 4-way split

Topshelf Records have announced a 4-way split which will be released at 4 p.m. on February 14th. The split will feature Modern Baseball, Old Gray, the Hundred Acre Woods, and Julia Brown. You can currently order the split on the label’s bandcamp page here.



Erik Griffin premieres artwork for “Technical Foul: Volume 1”

SideOneDummy‘s first comedian, Erik Griffin, has premiered the artwork for his recorded debut “Technical Foul: Volume 1.” Check it out here.

Erik is currently hosting a Pledge Music Campaign which hosts several pre-order options. Check that out here.



Paper + Plastick launch free digital subscription service

Paper + Plastick have started a FREE digital subscription service. Check out the official statement from the label:

This is a free digital download subscription! You just add it to your cart and check out, and every week we send you one free song, or album, or EP, or whatever! You just get the link sent directly to your email inbox.

We’ll start sending out free downloads early next week, and it’ll be every Monday or Tuesday that you guys get these free downloads! Woooooooo freeeeeeeee stufffffffffff. Get yours here



Watch: DIY documentary about Gray Matter (1980s DC post-hardcore)

Stumbled upon a pretty interesting video today that I thought I’d share with the masses.

Proving that not all young people’s musical tastes trend toward vapid pop nonsense, it seems a high school kid put together a pretty cool documentary about 1980s DC post-hardcore band Gray Matter. For the uninitiated, Gray Matter put out two full-lengths (Food For Thought and Thog) and a few more EPs on Ian Mackaye’s Dischord Records before disbanding in 1993. Click here to check out the documentary; it’s definitely worth a look, especially for the live performance stuff.

There are rumors of a reunion/30th anniversary gig in Washington DC later this year, but we’ll keep you posted.



The Wonder Years announce new material – ” Manton St 7″ “

Modern pop punk heroes The Wonder Years have just announced details on their upcoming release “Manton St.” The 7″ will consist of all four bonus tracks from the Hopeless Records release of the Upsides Deluxe CD, and will be pressed on vinyl across two colors Brick Red (3,000) and Blue (500).

This could potentially be the only pressing for this album.

The band’s most recent studio album, “Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing,” came out in June 2011 on Hopeless Records.



The Reverend Horton Heat announce 2012/2013 US tour dates

Victory Records‘ most recent signing, psychobilly act The Reverend Horton Heart will be embarking on an extensive tour of North America, which starts in a few days and carries on into the early months of 2013.

You can check out a full list of dates and locations they’ll be playing here.

The band’s last release was 2009′s Laughin’ & Cryin’ with The Reverend Horton Heat, released on Yep Roc Records.



Movie Trailer – Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements

Enjoy documentaries about long-disbanded but immeasurably influential bands? Then be sure to catch Gorman Bechard’s “Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements.” The film will chronicle the band’s rise, while attempting to capture the unpredictable energy that defined the band’s live shows. Check out the trailer and synopsis here.