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10 Songs to Jumpstart Your Week (curated by DS editor Bizarro Dustin)

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately?  We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands.  This week’s playlist is brought to you by on-again/off-again Dying Scene reviewer Bizarro Dustin.

Discover some great new tunes, revisit some old favorites, and sing along with all of the anthems for the broken and defeated that make up Dustin’s personal picks below.



A Better Hand (pop-punk) release acoustic video for “A Better Hand”

Minneapolis, MN based pop-punks A Better Hand have released a video for an acoustic rendition of recent single “So Long Goodbye”. The track is taken from the band’s EP “The Longest Drive“, which came out March of last year.

You can watch the video below



The Copyrights announce UK shows

Illinois pop-punks The Copyrights have announced they will be playing some shows in the United Kingdom this April. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s one near you.

The band’s latest album Report came out in 2014 through Red Scare Industries.



Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop) is in the hospital and could use our help!

Well this is a bummer or rather sizable proportions.

The lovely and talented Stacey Dee, better known as one of the guitar-wielding co-frontwomen in Bad Cop/Bad Cop was just about to head out on the road for her first slew of solo acoustic dates alongside Off With Their Heads and One Week Records recording artist Seth Anderson for a jaunt that kicks off tomorrow (January 12th) in Asbury Park. If you follow Dee on social media, you’ll know that she’s been under the weather lately but had pledged to plow through in typical bad ass fashion and hit the road anyway. Unfortunately, according to a post from OWTH’s Ryan Young, Dee was suffering from an abscess of some sort that turned into sepsis and she’s now stuck in a hospital bed. Needless to say, she won’t be on the tour, and as such she’ll be without a source of income for the foreseeable future.

Being the awesome dude that is, Ryan has put all of Stacey’s tour shirts up on his Anxious and Angry webstore and is giving all the money to Dee as a way to help out. Head here to pick one – or all three – up (they’re pretty awesome!), and head here to see where you can show some love to OWTH and Seth Anderson on the road!



Alkaline Trio announce limited-edition “Past Live” release

Make a little extra space in your coffins, Alkaline Trio fans; there’s a pretty awesome limited edition release coming your way!

If you rewind the tape to 2014, you may recall, the Trio performed a series of shows in select cities around the country in which they took over a location and ran through their eight studio albums over the course of four separate nights. It was a pretty cool concept, especially since they played the albums in a different order depending on the city, so each show had its own unique qualities.

As it turns out, the band teamed up Audiotree during their four nights at the Metro in Chicago and captured the occasion in audio and video formats. At long last, those recordings are now going to be commercially available for the first time — BUT you’ve got to act quickly!

The collection consists of just about 100 songs spread across four nights and is known, rather obviously, as Past Live, and it exists in a variety of options. You’ll not only have the option to purchase the eight studio albums individually on vinyl format, but they’re available as a vinyl box set as well. Also available are a set of four Blu-Rays, exclusive printed posters and tote bags and T-shirts and more. The vinyl box bundle options are ONLY available — we repeat, THE VINYL BOX BUNDLE OPTIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE in a limited run pre-order that extends until February 9th. That gives you four weeks to scrape your pennies together, kids. Get your grubby paws on all available options right here!



Harker release music video for “Plague Your Heart”

Brighton punks Harker have released a music video for their song “Plague Your Heart,” which comes from the bands’ upcoming album No Discordance, which is set to be released on February 9th via Disconnect Disconnect Records.  You can check it out below.



No Affiliation Records signs two more bands, Latte+ and Sun-0-Bathers

The fine folks over at No Affiliation Records have announced that they have signed two more bands to their ever increasing roster. 

First is Italian pop-punk band Latte+, who have been going strong for over 20 years.  The label will be handling the bands’ upcoming release, though whether that will be an EP or LP hasn’t been announced yet.  You can check out “I Don’t Want to Be With You Tonight” from the bands’ last release below to give you an idea of what to expect from these Ramones influenced punks.

Second is Sun-0-Bathers from The Netherlands, which features Morning Wood Records owner Jouke Rispens on drums.  No Affiliation will be handling the bands’ upcoming deput EP in the states, while Morning Wood takes care of it on the other side of the Atlantic.  We”ll be sure to keep you updated as more info on that release, and all future releases from No Affiliation, comes to light.



QWAM streaming new song “Doggie Door” off upcoming EP “Feed Me”

Brooklyn based dance punks QWAM, are streaming the song “Doggie Door” off their upcoming EP “Feed Me”.

You can check out the song below.

The new album will be released January 19th, with a record release show scheduled for January 24th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.



We Were Sharks release new video for new track “Ashley”

Ottawa pop-punks We Were Sharks have released a video for new song, “Ashley”, which clocks in at just 82 seconds. The track’s taken from their upcoming album “Lost Touch”.

“Lost Touch” is out February 23th through Victory Records. You can watch the video below.



DS Exclusive: Future Idiots (Pop Punk) Debut Cover of Nickleback’s “Hero” to Celebrate 15 Year Anniversary of “Spider-Man”

If your spider senses are tingling, it’s probably because fun loving Swedish pop punk quartet Future Idiots have released an fantastic cover of Nickleback’s “Hero” which was the theme song for the 2002 movie Spider-Man.   When we asked guitarist, Marius Paxcow about the single, he told us “There’s no better way to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the first (and best) Spider Man movie than by doing a Pop Punk cover a Nickelback song.” We’re a little more partial to the real first Spider-Man movie, Viva Spider-Man ourselves but we’ll let you slide since you were brave enough to cover a Nickleback song in this day and age. The track also features fellow countryman Simon Gustafsson of Moment 22 fame and is leaps and bounds better than the original because…of course it is. Check it out below, true believers! Excelsior!



Lame Shot release “Home Alone” music video

French pop-punks Lame Shot have released a music video for their new song “Home Alone”, featuring scenes from the classic Christmas film of the same name. Check it out below.

The track is taken from their upcoming album, set to release in April. The band last released Nice Try in 2012. I recommend visiting their Bandcamp and giving that a listen.



QWAM stream new track “Dirty Feet”, anounce EP “Feed Me” release date and show

Brooklyn based dance-punk act, QWAM are now streaming their new track “Dirty Feet” off of their new EP Feed Me. The track is “a song about finding yourself and holding on to who you are in a sea of faces.” 

The EP will make it’s way to the public on January 19, with a release show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on the 24th to celebrate.

Check out the track below.



Cooper (Dutch pop punk) premiere video from upcoming EP

Dutch pop punk stalwarts Cooper are releasing a new EP on February 14th on Kicking Records, and they’ve premiered a video off the upcoming eight-track EP.

“1st EP” was mixed by Bill Stevenson of Descendents and, you guessed it, the band’s first EP (though they have 6 LPs behind them). Check out the video for “Back on Track” below. You can also pre-order the EP from Kicking Records.



The Scutches perform “Worth Enough” live from The Rock Room

“Worth Enough”, recorded as part of The Scutches‘ performance at The Rock Room, is streaming now. “One True Crutch” and “Don’t Go” from the same session are also still up.

You can watch the live performance below.



Album Review: Green Day “Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band”

I never much got into Frenzal Rhomb, so last year when Fat Wreck Chords released a Frenzal Rhomb “best of” album, I gladly picked it up. I’ve come to embrace “best of” albums, retrospectives, and anthologies. I always like the Frenzal Rhomb songs I heard on Fat compilations, etc., but for some reason that never translated into album purchases. Suckers like me who still pay for music can’t own every album by every band. So rather than go broke buying Frenzal Rhomb’s entire back catalog, or kill myself researching which of their albums is The Absolute Best One To Own, now I’ve got thirty-three of their self-professed best songs covering twenty years, and a pretty good idea of what The Rhomb is all about.

Green Day is different. Green Day is a household name. Like most punk fans my age, Green Day was the first punk band I ever listened to, this before I’d even heard the term “punk” referring to a musical genre. I haven’t considered Green Day one of my top five favorite bands since middle school, but I still own everything they’ve put out. Now they’ve put out a greatest hits album with twenty-one songs I already own, and one brand new song. Why buy it? Because I’ve been buying Green Day albums for twenty-three years. Habits die hard.

Songs missing from Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band include “J.A.R.”, “Geek Stink Breath”, “Walking Contradiction”, “Nice Guys Finish Last”, “Redundant”, “Waiting”, and “Macy’s Day Parade” – all of which were considered “Superhits” back in 2001 – as well as “Maria”, “Let Yourself Go”, “X-Kid”, and “Revolution Radio”, among others that were released as singles but not popular enough to make the cut. Green Day has had a lot of hits.

As noted, this is Green Day’s second greatest hits album, the first being the unfortunately titled International Superhits!. Billie Joe, Mike, and Tre have been fortunate to have the mainstream success few punk bands have had. They can get away with calling their “best of” album International Superhits! and Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band. Other bands with far fewer mainstream hits, if any, resort to naming their “best of” albums something like All The Best Songs, The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us), or Greatest Hit…And More.

Still, regardless of the album title, there isn’t a whole lot of variety as to how these things are organized. On both of theirs, Green Day has organized the track listings chronologically, a practice also followed by Screeching Weasel, Anti-Flag, The Who, and The Clash, to name a few. Part of me doesn’t like this as it is unimaginative and a copout – I would love to hear “Longview” mixed between “Oh Love” and “Bang Bang” – but it does give the listener an accurate overview of a band’s progression throughout its career.

The other common practice is throwing a previously unreleased song onto a greatest hits album to give the super fan who already owns everything a reason to buy it. This isn’t universally followed – Frenzal Rhomb, for instance – but more often than not some sort of rarity gets thrown on; heck, even The Beatles had an unreleased song on volumes 1 and 2 of their anthology, and John Lennon had been dead for fifteen years. These new songs are typically put either at the beginning or the very end of the album, although Strung Out took the high road and mixed in their three new songs throughout Top Contenders.

Green Day added “Back in the USA”, a brand new original song with an unoriginal title. The song is solid, upbeat, political, and is indicative of what Green Day’s purist fans want to hear: something resembling a punk song. But wait…there is also a new version of “Ordinary World”, one of Green Day’s all-time most boring songs, made slightly more interesting here with Miranda Lambert’s harmonies on top of Billie Joe’s voice; one listen to this and you’ll wonder if Green Day has gone country.

What I don’t understand is this: why not be comprehensive? Why not release something like Singles Vol. 1 and include every minor internet-only and TV soundtrack single, and then five years from now release Singles Vol. 2? I mean, “J.A.R.” is a great song.

But then, who are these albums for, anyway? Not for the super fan, clearly. No, greatest hits albums are for the casual fan, or even the new fan, like how I’ve just gotten to know Frenzal Rhomb through a retrospective. God’s Favorite Band is for the fifteen-year-old making minimum wage at McDonald’s who just heard “Still Breathing” on the radio and wonders what else the band has done since a decade before she was born.

One new song and one alternate version out of twenty-two tracks – I have mixed feelings about this as well. I won’t argue with those who call it a cheap gimmick. On the other hand, I love new music and will accept new music any way I can get it. If you’re a sucker like me who still pays money for music, is “Back in the USA” enough to blow twelve bucks on? Looks like it. I bought it, after all.

3.5/5 Stars