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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.



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



Green Day Release Video for “2,000 Light Years Away”

One of pop punk’s most celebrated artists, Green Day, have put out a video for one of their classic tracks. To coincide with the release of Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band, the group have added visuals from their very early days to their 1991 song “2,000 Light Years Away”. It was originally released on the record, Kerplunk of the same year.

Check out the video for “2,000 Light Years Away” below.



Green Day release music video for new song “Back in the USA”

Today marks the release of Green Day‘s new greatest hits album God’s Favorite Band. The career-spanning compilation features a brand new song titled “Back in the USA,” which the band has released a music video for. Check it out below.

God’s Favorite Band is the Green Day’s second greatest hits album, following 2001’s International Superhits. Their latest studio album Revolution Radio was released in 2016.



Green Day announce new Greatest Hits album “God’s Favorite Band”

It’s been 16 years since Green Day released their first Greatest Hits album International Superhits. Six albums (if you count that trilogy they did) later, they feel it’s time to release an updated career-spanning compilation.

Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band is set to release on November 17th. In addition to all the hits, the album will also feature a brand new song titled “Back in the USA” and a re-recording of “Ordinary World” from the band’s latest LP Revolution Radio.

Check out the full tracklist below and get your pre-orders in here.



Green Day release video for “Too Dumb to Die”

Green Day just released a new music video for “Too Dumb to Die”, from their latest album Revolution Radio. Check it out below.

Revolution Radio came out in 2016 through Reprise Records. The band’s currently touring the US in support of the album; tour dates can be found here.



Green Day release music video for “Troubled Times”

Green Day have released a new politically charged music video for “Troubled Times”. The video includes clips from the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia as well as clips of Trump and North Korea. You can check it out below.

“Revolution Radio” was released October 7th, 2016 through Reprise Records. The album sees the band step back from the rock-operas in favor of a more stripped down approach to songwriting and performance.

The band is currently in the middle of a North American tour that will end on September 16th at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.



Billie Joe and Tim Armstrong release song benefiting 924 Gilman

Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong have collaborated to release a song called “If There Was Ever A Time”. You can give the it a listen below.

The track is available physically on a flexi 7″ and digitally. All proceeds from sales will be going to Berkeley’s iconic non-profit, all-ages club 924 Gilman.

“If There Was Ever A Time” will also be appearing in the upcoming documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.



Green Day unleash new video for “Revolution Radio”

Green Day, the venerable pop punk pioneers, have released a killer new video for the title track to their new record Revolution Radio.

The video features footage from the past and present of the band playing at 924 Gilman. Check it out below.

Revolution Radio was released October 7th, 2016 through Reprise Records. The album sees the band step back from the rock-operas in favor of a more stripped down approach to songwriting and performance.

The band is hitting the festival circuit in Europe, and will return home on August 1st for a US tour.



Green Day back in the studio!

Fans of Green Day get pumped because the pop-punk icons are keeping busy. The band recently posted a picture on Instagram of Billie Joe in the studio captioned “recording Greenday”.

No other details at the moment, but we will keep you posted as new information surfaces.

A new recording would come hot off the heels of the 2016 release “Revolution Radio“.



Video: Green Day does “Camptown Races” version of “Good Riddance” with Stephen Colbert

This is kinda fun. Stephen Colbert is apparently a big fan of Green Day and recently had them on The Late Show. While there he asked if they would play his favorite song, “Good Riddance”, but since that would have cost the show money they settled on “Camptown Races” (free because its part of the public domain) set to the “Good Riddance” melody. Stephen and Billie Joe tackle it duet style with help from the band members on the “do-da-day” bits. It’s actually pretty great.

Watch it below.



Spotify releasing Green Day documentary “The Early Years”

Music streaming service Spotify has announced a new documentary chronicling the rise of Green Day. The first episode “Sweet Children” just released, and the three remaining episodes will premiere each Thursday through April 13th. The film features interviews with Fat Mike and Brett Gurewitz, among others.

Check out the first episode below if you’ve got some time to kill.



Deftones and Rise Against announce U.S. tour with Thrice, Three Trapped Tigers and Frank Iero and the Patience

Deftones and Rise Against have announced a co-headlining tour with Thrice, which will take place in June and July of this year, and will also be supported by Three Trapped Tigers and Frank Iero and the Patience. The dates and locations are below.

The tour comes in support of Deftones’ latest album Gore, which was released last April. Rise Against’s recent studio album, The Black Market, was released in 2014, while Thrice last released To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere this past May.



Green Day release lyric video for “Troubled Times”

Green Day have released a lyric video for “Troubled Times”. The track is from the band’s last LP “Revolution Radio”, which came out back in October on Reprise.

You can watch the video below.



Album Review: Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’

Get your pitchforks ready and hold on to your butts; Green Day, the least-punk punk band, are back with a new album.

Revolution Radio, the band’s twelfth studio album, is an album that is, whether intentionally or not, all about scaling back. This means that the excessive theatricality of 21st Century Breakdown and the overly eager ambition of ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre! have been toned down into manageable pieces. Hell, the band even scaled back their lineup, with fourth member Jason White returning to touring member status. On paper (or on your screen, I guess), Revolution Radio sounds like the back-to-basics album that Green Day fans have been waiting for, which is a good thing, right? Unfortunately, the answer is a great, resounding “eh.”

For what it’s worth, Green Day does an admirable job for the most part, it just doesn’t all stick. The second half is chock-full of power pop jams (“Bouncing Off the Walls” and “Youngblood” are fun and stupid- just what you want from a Californian band, and “Still Breathing” is the best mid-2000’s pop punk ballad that Good Charlotte wish they had written), but the album also contains the mostly forgettable “Trouble Times” and the snoozer “Outlaws”. Much like the trilogy, this album is consistent in its inconsistency, but at a third of the total runtime, this one is much easier to digest.

Revolution Radio is bookended (and dog-eared mid-way through) by tracks that tackle growing old and not really knowing how to rage against time, making it a much more prevalent theme than the supposed inspiration of the album. In the process of dealing with his age, Armstrong drops lines like “I put the “riot” in Patriot” and “I shop online so that I can vote at the speed of light,” haphazardly crossing the line between stupid and clever to the point where you’re not really sure which side of the line is which. It’s a little more clear in the grand finale, as it were, when he delivers his classic apathy: “Oh I want to start a revolution. I want to hear it on my radio. I’ll put it off another day.”

The real lyrical disappointment here is the album’s title track- a song allegedly inspired by Armstrong joining a Black Lives Matters protest in NYC, though you wouldn’t know it by listening to the lyrics. It’s wonderful to see mainstream artists use their celebrity platform to inform their audiences, but rather than use any sort of reference or incident to BLM, “Revolution Radio” becomes more or less an Anti-Flag song- a call to arms with lots of slogans but very little else. On the other hand, the follow up track, “Say Goodbye,” makes direct references to Flint, MI (“teach our children well, from the bottom of the well”) and Ferguson, MO (“The city of damage control, this is how we… roll”), and is everything that the title track should be. On a similarly dark note, lead single “Bang Bang” is a satirical look at how American media turns mass shooters into celebrities from the point of view of someone who wants to participate in murder for their 15 minutes. It’s fucked up- but it’s also one of Armstrong’s best song topics in years (and a bit reminiscent of The Offspring’s “Hammerhead”).

Revolution Radio might not be the album to relaunch the band back into American Idiot-levels of success like it has been promoted as, but there’s nothing particularly offensive either and it’s still worth a listen or two for the morbidly curious. In short, Green Day made a Green Day record.

3.5 / 5 Stars

RIYL: The Who, Elvis Costello, The Offspring

P.S. The album also ends with a song titled “Ordinary World,” which you might recognize as the title of the movie that stars Billie Joe Armstrong as an aging punk rocker who never made it big. It’s a short, acoustic ditty and adds nothing to the record. It feels like it was tacked on at the end with no real purpose other than to promote the movie, much like how this final paragraph was tacked on to the end of this review with no real purpose other than to say “hey, this song exists.”