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In celebration of 15 years passing since their iconic 18-minute anthem “The Decline” was unleashed upon the masses, California punk veterans NOFX have announced they will be releasing a limited edition 12″ picture disc on December 9th. The A-side will feature the original studio recording of the track, and the B-side will feature a live recording of the song.

If you wanna get your hands on this record, now’s the time do so! Head over here to get your pre-orders in – if you don’t, you’ll probably end up shelling out hundreds of dollars for it on eBay sometime down the road.

Other releases NOFX will be putting out in the coming months include the Backstage Passport soundtrack, which comes out on January 13th, 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords, and a remastered 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of their iconic album Punk in Drublic.

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Live Video: Mad Caddies perform “Monkeys” at KOI Music Festival

Posted by bob9746 on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM (PST)

A really high quality live video of California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies performing their song “Monkeys” has surfaced on the interwebs.  Check it out below.  The song appears on their 1998 album “Duck And Cover”.

The Mad Caddies  latest album Dirty Rice, was released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords.

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NOFX to play South American Lollapalooza

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM (PST)

California punk icons NOFX are on the bill for next year’s edition of South American Lollapalooza, which will take place in March 2015 in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Also playing are Jack White, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Skrillex, Foster the People, Cypress Hill, The Specials and many other artists. The rest of the lineup and more details about next year’s Lollapalooza are available here.

NOFX will release an album of 15 previously-unreleased and/or remixed tracks from NOFX’s 2008 tv series, Backstage Passport, on January 13th, 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords. Next week, the band will release a remastered 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of their iconic album Punk in Drublic.

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ToyGuitar will release a new album early in 2015

Posted by GinaVenz on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM (PST)

San Francisco punks ToyGuitar will be releasing their debut full-length album on January 27th of next year on Fat Wreck Chords.  The album, In This Mess, will feature 12 new tracks, but you can check out their earlier stuff here.

ToyGuitar will also head to Europe supporting their label mates, Swingin’ Utters, and they have plans to tour North America as well.  You can find their European dates below.

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Album Review: Swingin’ Utters – “Fistful of Hollow”

Posted by griffintainment on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM (PST)

Let’s get right to it.

‘Alice’ stumbles in like a madman crawling up your leg with a knife in his teeth, before the squall and feedback, the jungle thump of the drum toms make way and the madman plunges the knife into your abdomen. Announcing that, after their briefest break between record releases, the $wingin’ Utter$ are back and kicking off their new record with one of their heaviest songs in years. Hell of a way to burst through the doors.

‘Fistful of Hollow’ is nothing more than further proof that Darius Koski is one of this, or any other generation’s greatest songwriting penmen. Smooth, easy punk melodies gliding through poetic wordplay delivered by his own laid-back delivery. Title tracks should usually be one of the better songs on an album, but often aren’t. This one is.

‘Tell Them Told You So’ shows us why the Utter$ are one of the genre’s most interesting, exciting and satisfying bands. Constantly striving for new sounds and new fitting the band with new ideas, this track is unlike anything they’ve done before. All the while sounding resolutely like the $wingin’ Utter$ we know and love. A simple guitar riff which leads Johnny Bonnel’s own funky vocal delivery and lyrical wordplay through quasi hip hop verses and indie pop sensibilities in the chorus. My favourite song on the record, incredibly fun.

‘From the Towers to the Tenements’ is full chested straight ahead punk rock greatness. Street level tales of life on the streets with a fistful of key changes and a simple energy that will tap toes. End of story.

‘Napalm South’ see’s the boys in the band in (their alter ego’s) Filthy Thieving Bastards territory. Dance floor punk rock Americana with waltzing bass lines, snare rim clicks and hand claps aplenty.

‘More or Less Moral’. More toe tapping and increases in heart rates as the band rips through the powerful verses to get us to the impossibly catchy chorus and the nautical stomp of the bridge. My only complaint is that it’s over too soon. Light on duration but heavy on the hook.

‘I’m Not Coming Home’ sounds the most like the Utter$ of the past couple albums. Which isn’t a complaint. New ground is fun, but sometimes the greatest comfort is in familiarity. A nice dichotomy to the song’s title then.

‘Spanish’. ‘Spanish’ is definitely newer territory. Incredibly catchy, like the rest of the album, with a moaning guitar and lyrical playfulness. It’s a cool song that’s both perfect for the album while managing to stand out. It even devolves, strangely, wonderfully, into stringed accompaniment on the outro.

‘Tibetan Book of the Damned’ is a gritty view of the apocalypse set against the country grind of musical cross reference these guys are just so damned good at. Again, it’s over much too soon.

But not as soon as ‘Agonist.’ The just over one minute wonder of a song which sports arguably the catchiest chorus on the record. This one will ignite the pits and at $wingin’ shows for years to come.

‘We Are Your Garbage’ is some of that homespun Californian self deprecation these boys are so fond of highlighting on every record. You won’t find a more humble group of guys than the guys in $wingin’ Utter$, but on songs like ‘We Are Your Garbage’ and ‘Poorly Formed’ from their last record, they take it a step further. Of course, all of it with a tongue in cheek sensibility. I hope.

‘Tonight’s Moons’ and ‘No Talking’ are Ramones-y rippers that wouldn’t sound out of place on ‘Juvenile Product of the Working Class.’

While ‘Unaffected’ is a pretty punk poem and a song I actually found quite moving, both lyrically and musically.

Finally, ‘End of the Weak’ (not a typo), is a song that is the musical equivalent of laying on a grassy knoll and watching the clouds drift by overhead. A song of quiet contemplation and restrained resolution with (I believe) banjo, xylophone, violin and a bass guitar which manages at times to sound like jug, as your guides. A beautiful song. It would be hard to imagine a more perfect ending to this record.

Fistful of Hollow (out on Fat Wreck Chords) sees the $wingin’ Utter$ dancing on the sharpest edge of a creative peak that has produced three records in just over three years. As a collaborative effort, this is one of the band’s most involved recordings, with Darius, Johnny, bassist Miles Peck and guitarist Jack Dalrymple all contributing to what is, in my opinion, one of the band’s best record’s thus far. All killer, no filler (right Sum-41?)

I’m jumping the gun about six weeks here, but screw it: Fistful of Hollow is the best record of 2014.





Fat Mike makes up with Australian fan

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:30 AM (PST)

By now, you’ve heard of the incident between Fat Mike of NOFX and a fan in Australia. Well, it looks like the two have made up beyond Twitter; the fan was invited backstage and given the chance to kick Fat Mike in the shin. Check out the video below.

It looks like both sides are getting the closure they need.

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San Francisco hardcore punk act Western Addiction are streaming a brand new song titled “I’m Not The Man That I Thought I’d Be” and you can check it out right here.

The tune was released on a limited edition 10-inch put out for this year’s Fest and its a little different for the band; a rock-ish duet with female metal vocalist Dara from Serpent Crown.  Kinda cool.

Western Addiction is working on new material and planning for a full-length release next year on Fat Wreck Chords.  They last released a 7-inch in November, 2013 called “Pines”.

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Well its officially official!  Good Riddance has actually begun recording their first new album in 9 years.  Like all their past releases it will be coming out on Fat Wreck Chords who just posted the following announcement:

“November 6, 2014 – For the first time in nine years… Good Riddance has entered the studio! These Santa Cruz, California punk rock/hardcore heroes have once again teamed up with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Descendents, The Blasting Room)—the production team for over half of Good Riddance’s illustrious catalog — to record their first album of new material since reuniting in 2012. The past two years have been spent on the live circuit, proving to the fans and to themselves that they are still a musical force to be reckoned with, a group whose catalog of great songs is undeniable. With the fans’ seal of approval and a well of creativity brimming over, the eighth Good Riddance album that once seemed impossible became a creative necessity for a band that has never rested on its laurels and never coasted on its past success. When they found themselves mentally and creatively exhausted in 2007, they opted to call it a day instead of giving the fans anything less than 100% in their writing and performing. Re-energized by a five-year hiatus and two years of carefully but steadily ramping up activity, Russ Rankin, Luke Pabich, Chuck Platt and Sean Sellers—the “classic” Good Riddance lineup—prepared themselves for today, the first day at Motor Studios in San Francisco, to record a grip of new songs that all of us cannot fucking wait to hear.”

The new album will be the first since 2006′s “My Republic” and we’ll keep you posted as things progress.

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NOFX and Rancid to release remastered 20th anniversary LPs

Posted by kimofhearts on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM (PST)

Epitaph Records is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the above two albums in a pretty big way! Deluxe anniversary editions of NOFX‘s ”Punk in Drublic” and Rancid‘s “Lets Go” are set to be released on November 24th.  Check below to give both albums a listen.

As you’ve probably heard, Rancid released their latest album Honor Is All We Know on October 27th via Hellcat Records. Recently Fat Wreck Chords announced the upcoming NOFX release of 15 previously-unreleased and/or remixed tracks from their TV series Backstage Passport on January 13th.

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Anti-Flag announce “The Terror State” 10th anniversary shows

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM (PST)

In addition to touring the US with Pennywise and A Wilhelm Scream this coming January, Anti-Flag will be playing a few shows in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their 4th full-length album The Terror State. Here’s what the band had to say:

“Mission Accomplished? For the political and corporate elite who benefit from endless was, maybe. But with another round of bombing in Iraq in 2014 it’s hard not to experience a troubled feeling of déjà vu to the days leading up to the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. The songs of The Terror State were written in the midst of the anti-war movement of that era and continue to remind us that, whether it is Bush or Obama, U.S. wars of aggression and imperialism result in the loss of innocent life and catastrophe at home and abroad. It is clear that the fight to end wars for corporate and political gain is not over. The handful of shows around our Pennywise dates will serve as a creative outlet to direct that frustration and anger and will be a collective celebration of those unwilling to relent to the criminal and morally bankrupt corporate and political elite of our time.”

Check out the currently announced dates and locations below, and stay tuned for more to come. In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, they’ll be playing The Terror State in its entirety.

Anti-Flag last released a career-spanning compilation titled A Document of Dissent on July 22nd through Fat Wreck Chords. They started recording a new full-length album last month.

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You ever have one of those days where you feel like if one more person fucks with you you’d just knock them the hell out?  Well apparently Fat Mike had one of them yesterday in Sydney, Australia.  The NOFX singer had been complaining of horrible neck pain during the show and when an unwitting fan snuck on stage to give him a mid song hug Mike just went ballistic.  An elbow to the face took the fan down and Mike followed that up with a swift kick to the face.  It seriously goes down like a sequence from an action movie and you can watch a video of it right here.

The fan turned out to not be seriously injured (physically or pridefully) and he appears to have forgiven Mike after a public apology from the singer on Twitter.

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Animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong has reworked a number of classic Nintendo games to include punk rockers as characters and address social issues. Some of the highlights include “Super Mikey Erg!” (The ErgsStar Fucking HipstersWorriers) and “Fat Mike’s Golf” (NOFXMe First and the Gimme Gimmes).

Check out the full list of games included in this project below, head over here to play them on the project’s website.

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Amnesia Rockfest announces 2015 dates

Posted by vivalalexy on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM (PST)

Canada’s Amnesia Rockfest has announced the dates for its 2015 festival. It will take place from June 18 to 21 in Montebello, QC and the first batch of pre-sale tickets will go on sale this Friday 11/7 at 12pm EST. Founded in 2005 by 17 year old Alex Martel, Rockfest will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The first bands announced for the 2015 lineup are Gainesville ska-punk staples Less Than Jake and Swedish hardcore veterans Raised First. We will keep you posted as more artists are revealed.

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Live Video: Mad Caddies – “Down & Out”

Posted by JerryLowLife on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM (PST)

California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies have released a live video for the song “Down And Out” as performed at this years Pouzza Fest.

Check it out below.

The track appears on the band’s latest album Dirty Rice, released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords. They have since released a 7-inch single for their song “Brand New Scar”.

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Gainesville ska-punk staples Less Than Jake have announced they will be spending the first two months of 2015 touring the US with Reel Big Fish and Authority Zero. Check out the dates and locations below.

Less Than Jake released their latest album See The Light in November of 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords. After wrapping things up on this tour, they will immediately head overseas to tour Europe with Yellowcard.

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