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Much The Same bassist Franky Tsoukalas and guitarist Dan O'Gorman, both primary songwriters in their former band, have started a new punk band with Franky taking the lead vocal role as well. They're called Burn Rebuild and you can stream the band's first demo song, "My Therapy Is Failing" right here.
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It seems that in the wee hours after a recent show in Japan with Lagwagon and Old Man Markley, the NOFX front man and noted S&M aficionado visited a notorious afterhours BDSM club in Osaka. That’s where things took a turn for the worst. Here’s Tsuyoshi Shinjo, spokesman for Sumitomo Hospital where Fat Mike was treated (and where, apparently, patient confidentiality is merely a suggestion):
Mr. Burkett was brought here by ambulance late last night with severe damage to his neck. The wounds were consistent with what we expect in a case of auto-erotic asphyxiation. Mr. Burkett had an inch-wide leather strap around his neck when he was found by ambulance drivers. Very reminiscent of what happened to Mr. Michael Hutchence years ago. I was a very big fan of INXS, so I studied that case very close. Mr. Burkett is thankful to have not met the same fate. He will have some lasting superficial bruising. Most serious injury at this time is that his vocal chords were paralyzed, and may not ever return to normal.
Ever the professional crowd-pleasers, NOFX have vowed to continue their Japanese tour with OMM. Soundcheck to this evening’s show featured the El Hefe crooned “Kill All The White Man,” and an extended accordion jam from Eric Melvin. Click here for crowd-sourced video of that soundcheck.
NOFX’s last release was last September’s “Self Entitled,” released, as always, by Fat Wreck Chords.Add to My Radar
DS Photo Gallery: Death By Stereo, Lagwagon, and Pennywise at The Warfield. San Francisco, CA (3/1/13)
It is typically pretty rare for me to see the same band twice in one week, but such was the case a couple weeks ago when Pennywise paid a visit to the Greater Bay Area of California. The Sacramento show and the San Francisco show not only varied in their lineups, but also in their overall vibes. While the SF show featured what I consider to be more ‘quintessential’ Pennywise raucousness, the Sacramento definitely had a little bit more unbridled energy from the fans.
And of course, what SF show is complete without a little cameo from NOFX’s Fat Mike…errr Fit Mike, who joined the band on stage for a little rendition of “Murder The Government”. Classic.Add to My Radar
Slow news day so here’s a nostalgic look at some great bands in the early 90s and an educational foray for you young whipper snappers. It’s a stream of the entire “Cinema Beer-te” punk video compilation put out on Hopeless Records back when Hopeless was actually a real punk label. It features videos from NOFX, Rancid, Lagwagon, Guttermouth and more.Add to My Radar
Punk Rock Bowling: Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Swingin Utters, Bouncing Souls and a sorta reunited Black Flag
Its time again to start thinking about how you’re going to make it to the annual Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas this year. The festival, held Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27 in downtown Las Vegas, has just announced the first group of bands for this year’s lineup and its a doozy.
The bands announced so far are The Flag (original Black Flag members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson with Stephen Egerton performing the music of Black Flag), Bad Religion, The Damned, DRI, Lagwagon, Subhumans, Swingin’ Utters, The Bouncing Souls and Lower Class Brats with many more bands to be announced in the months to come.
The Golden Nugget is serving as the official hotel. Weekend passes for the festival are $105 and go on sale Tuesday, January 29th at 1 p.m. (PST). More info can be found at punkrockbowling.com and we will of course keep you updated as more news is released.Add to My Radar
Fat Wreck Chords has released a couple of “Best of 2012″ lists from a number of its own artists, including (but not limited to) label owner Fat Mike (also of NOFX), Joey Cape of Lagwagon, Vinnie from Less Than Jake, Intruder Blue (Masked Intruder), Ray and Miguel of Teenage Bottlerocket and Ezra from Morning Glory. The lists encompass mostly music, movies, and TV shows, but also a couple of live shows and other special events.
Check to see which of your favorite albums coincide with your favorite artist’s favorite albums, or discover some new stuff that you’ve never heard before right here.Add to My Radar
Remember yesterday when we brought you news of Pennywise’s upcoming West Coast tour? Turns out there’s more to the story…
Joining Pennywise for their first tour after the triumphant return of Jim Lindberg will be none other than veteran Cali punks Lagwagon. Tickets for what should be an epic run go on sale this Friday (December 28th). Click here to see the full list of PW/Lagwagon dates.Add to My Radar
Interview: Lagwagon, The Flatliners, Dead To Me, and Useless ID discuss Fat compilations; Joey Cape performs “I Must Be Hateful” (acoustic)
Lagwagon, as you may know, are currently in the midst of a full tour of Australia. After last night’s show in Newcastle, it seems things got a little interesting. After getting a poster signed by the members of the band, one fine, upstanding member of the penal colony stole guitarist Chris “Leon” Rest’s Les Paul and made a quick getaway. After ditching the guitar, and his car, in the bushes, the young lad returned to the scene of the crime. I’ll let the band take it from here:
As we alert police and start chasing down street he speeds off only to turn around when police tell him to stop. Low and behold guitar in its giant orange road case are spotted in back of white station wagon. Our guitar player didn’t press charges for some reason (probably cuz he’s a real nice guy), but the police hopefully will get him for a drunk driving… Very thankful to have guitar back as its been with Chris”Leon” Rest for a very long time and one the worst things that can happen on the road ,beside injury, is having your gear stolen. I’m sure this Karma will come back to bite this guy. This tour has been going great and certainly don’t want some fuck tard thief to sour it.
Here’s an update to the story from Leon himself:
I also would like to thank everyone who helped to recover my guitar including my band mates, the police and employees of the Cambridge Hotel.It had been a long crazy night and I guess I was so astonished and grateful that I had recovered the guitar that I had a momentary lapse of reason and decided not to press charges. So thanks again everyone! “Reunited and it feels so good!” Chris Rest
Not many of these “band had its gear stolen” stories end with the good news of the band getting its stuff returned. This one, it seems, had a doubly happy ending.
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Whether you’re a staunchy old school punk or a fresh convert to the scene, chances are you know Lagwagon. In 1992 they were the first band to sign to Fat Wreck Chords and twenty years later I bared witness to the fact that they still kick ass on the Asbury Park stop of their headlining Fat Wreck Tour with Dead To Me, The Flatliners and Useless ID. After the show I had the pleasure of sitting down with the charismatic (if not, inebriated) vocalist Joey Cape who filled me in on a bunch of interesting tidbits including what’s going on with that rumored Bad Astronaut b-sides album, and how things are coming along on that new Lagwagon album. Yes you heard me right; a new Lagwagon album is in the works. Read all about it and more here.Add to My Radar
“Lagwagon killed it on Sunday, here in Montreal. We captured the entire set with 8 cameras for their upcoming DVD.”
Lagwagon released their “I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon” EP in 2008 on Fat Wreck Chords.Add to My Radar
The video is of the band’s popular song, “Weak”, which appeared on their 1995 album, “Hoss”, and is a mash-up of two different performances – one in Montreal at Pouzza Fest, and the other in Belgium at Groezrock.
Check it out here.
Lagwagon’s last release was their 2008 “I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon” EP, released by Fat Wreck Chords.
The band is currently on tour. Click here for tour dates.Add to My Radar