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NOFX to release “NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories” audiobook

California punk legends NOFX have announced that they will be releasing an audiobook version of their recent biography, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories. The audiobook will see each member read their individual sections and will also feature Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong) and Jello Biafra, who will read the parts of former members.

The audiobook is scheduled for release on August 30th. You can listen to a small clip of Tommy Chong’s excerpt, where he reads ex-guitar player David Casilas’ first hand experiences with the band. Check it out here. Pre-orders are also being taken here.

The band is also getting ready to release First Ditch Effort – their first full-length release in 4 years. It will serve as a follow-up to 2012′s Self Entitled.



Philly’s Posers drop new EP – full stream

The long awaited follow up to the Posers debut EP has finally been released last night. I asked the band for a quote on their thoughts about this latest installment, and they told me they wanted it to speak for itself. On the other hand, here at DS we can’t shut up about it. The record is jarring and intricate. Noisey and clean. Malicious, sometimes primitive, and risky.

Listen to Posers Too in full after the cut.



Box Car Racer to reunite for new album?

In a recent interviewBlink-182 drummer Travis Barker talked about the possibility of reuniting with Angels & Airwaves frontman and former Blink bandmate Tom DeLonge for another Box Car Racer album. He states:

“You know, it’s been mentioned [laughs]. That’d be cool, but it’s hard because the last one caused so many problems with Blink. It was weird because at the time I was listening to Stanford Prison Experiment, Pitchfork, Quicksand, Fugazi, all these bands, and Tom [DeLonge] was like, “What the fuck is Quicksand?” He heard it and fell in love and really dived right into that whole post-hardcore genre.

We started writing and had no idea what it was going to be for. I think we were both under the impression in the beginning that it was going to be a Blink album. Then it was like, no let’s do this cool little side project, but we won’t put an album out. Then the label heard it and wanted to put it out. Then there wasn’t going to be a tour, but they were like ah, you can do this tour. It just spiraled out of control. . . But I don’t know. [Mark's] not in the band, so would it cause a lot of problems? Would it not? I have no idea. It’s something I can’t even wrap my head around just because I’m so proud of this album that we’re currently supporting. But I love Box Car. It was a cool album and cool sound.”

Box Car Racer’s only release, a self-titled album, came out in 2002 before they disbanding a year later.



SKiTTiSH iTZ Stream New Album “BACK TO REALiTY”

Idaho Skate punkers SKiTTiSH iTZ are streaming their new album BACK TO REALiTY. Check it out below.

BACK TO REALiTY is the band’s final album and was released on July 22, 2016 via Hidden Home Records.



Brooklyn Folks Come Out in Force to Say Goodbye to Erik Petersen

The same thing that makes a memorial show for Erik Petersen in Brooklyn more intimate and beautiful than one for someone like David Bowie or Lemmy also makes it far more heartbreaking. Far be it from me to say that all those who went out to dance for the Star Man or have a Jack and Coke for Lemmy were not experiencing a personal tragedy. But most of those people never shared a moment, a conversation, or a drink with their hero.

When it came to Mischief Brew’s poetic front-man, it seemed like every punk who showed up to pay tribute to him on Sunday night had had a more personal encounter with the folk punk icon.

“I absolutely hate the reason we are all here tonight” said Brook Pridemore, the evening’s third performer just before he began his set. Then after he’d broken just about half the strings on his guitar he told a story about a time he had spent at Erik and Denise Petersen’s home in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania when he saw Erik squeeze the poop out of one of the more seasoned of the Petersen’s beloved pugs. He followed that story with a singalong rendition of “Old Tyme Mem’ry.”

Christy Road seemed to be working hard to hold it together during her set at the Erik Petersen tribute show.

Before Pridemore, Early Riser, Cristy Road, and two members of Teenage Halloween had performed short somewhat somber solo acoustic sets. During this time the crowd was rather small and subdued, and when it shouted words at the stage they were encouraging. An audience member called out “But it’s beautiful!” to Road when she pointed out a slight mistake in her rendition of Mischief Brew classic “Every Town Will Celebrate.”

At no point did the show ever feel like anything but a celebration of an inspiring man’s life, but until Pridemore, things felt a bit more like a remembrance. After he flooded the stage with his energy and anger it started to feel like a party. The crowd started forming, the mosh pit opened up, and the evening’s pent-up frustration and rage rose to the surface.

If there was one thing that Brook Pridemore had no problem doing it was showing emotion on stage.

Then Out of System Transfer took the stage, and while the Brooklynites definitely represented the more folk side of folk punk — which toward the latter part of their run Mischief Brew expressly shied away from — the people in attendance didn’t slam dance any more subtly for it. The trombone-toting four-piece played a few covers, and their lead singer waxed poetic about his and Petersen’s shared affinity for obscure folk tunes in a set that included tracks like “The Preacher and the Slave” by Joe Hill, “Pancho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt, and “Mary Ellen Carter” by Stan Rogers, a track Mischief Brew had released as a single. They also hit Mischief Brew’s “Lowly Carpenter” along with some Out of System Transfer originals.

By the time the folk punk collective Comrades took the stage the venue seemed so packed it was about to burst, and it wouldn’t have mattered whether it was the loud, angsty, and abrasive sounds of Comrades or another solo acoustic act getting on stage; the audience was ready to lose their minds. The melee ensued the moment Comrades struck their first note and the pushing and shoving didn’t end until after their last. Though Comrades didn’t play any Mischief Brew covers, their track “Give Me Coffee or Give Me Meth” is a clear homage to Mischief Brew’s “Gimme Coffee Or Death.”

It was during their set that the show really started to feel like the sort of shindig that Mischief Brew would have headlined. It felt as though at any second Erik might just come through the door from the merch booth or back from the bar after a glass of whisky.

But in the absence of ghosts, Israeli composer and musician Yula Beeri was no consolation prize. Her three-piece band was one of the most exciting and musically proficient acts of the evening; Yula spent most of their set on a stool and still managed to keep the crowd in a frenzy. She also split part of the set with World Inferno/Friendship Society frontman Jack Terricloth. They did two tracks together, one with Yula’s full band and the other a haunting rendition of “Friend to the Friendless.”

Jack Terricloth’s appearance really put the cap on a night that was already as beautiful as it could have been.

“It is one of life’s absurd jokes that I am playing a memorial for Mr. Petersen, rather than Mr. Petersen playing a memorial for me,” said Terricloth. “Comedy is part of the grieving process, take it from me,” he added before raising a toast to the fallen.

After the official performances wrapped up, Out of System Transfer led a rousing singalong of Mischief Brew songs — among others, “Roll Me Through the Gates of Hell” and “Thanks, Bastards” — before the stage was opened up to anyone who wished to jump up and sing a song in tribute to Erik Petersen.

Out of System Transfer leading rousing renditions of some of Mischief Brew’s biggest hits along with the crowd.

While fans of Petersen’s took their turn on the mic and the crowd sang along, the real sadness of the event started to take hold of many in attendance. Terricloth stood stoic in the back of the venue surveying the thinning group, while others sat down on the concrete floor.

As people stumbled over lyrics and pulled out cell phones for quick refreshers on tunes, we all realized that this was it. Denise Petersen watched the clumsy, loving efforts to keep things going for one more song. “It’s a beautiful shit-show,” she said, “like my life.”



Hunter Burgan teases future AFI shows

AFI bassist Hunter Burgan recently posted a picture on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, saying that he can’t wait to play shows again. These posts indicate that AFI may no longer be on hiatus, and could have a tour or some shows in the works.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on AFI’s future come to light. Almost a year has passed since AFI went on hiatus. Since then, the band has been showing signs of activity under the AFI name taking place this year, including working on new music for the follow-up to 2013′s Burials.



Pour Habit to play “Suiticide” in its entirety

California punks Pour Habit have announced they will be playing their debut album Suiticide in its entirety on Friday, August 19th at Dipiazzas in Long Beach, CA. Eken Is Dead, Lowbrow, and Gone To Ground will also be playing the show. More info is available here.

Pour Habit last released Got Your Back in 2011 through Fat Wreck Chords. They supposedly began recording a new album titled Fuck It in 2013, but nothing has come of that.



Punk Rock Holiday 1.6: Five Festival Must-dos

With the festival opening party being just under a week away and thoughts straying to Punk Rock Holidays of the past, we thought it would be cool to give those attending for the first time some must-dos during their stay in the picturesque town of Tolmin. You can take a look at our recommendations below.



Boston comedian releases compilation to raise money for local animal shelter

If you live in the Boston area, chances are you’ve heard the saga of Mr. Spaghetti, the (fictional) dog owned by a (fictional) punk fan who loves to troll Facebook and insists that Anti-Flag is from Boston.  Even if you aren’t from the area, you may have heard this story, which made national headlines when local punk and hardcore fans flooded the Boston transportation authority’s website to induce them to name their new police dog Mr. Spaghetti.

You can’t make this stuff up, but now something good is coming out of this, besides the inside joke in the punk rock community and lots of confusion from normal people.  Dicky Stock, a local comedian and the creator/instigator of all of the shenanigans, decided to use the story to raise some funds for real, non-fictional animals in need.  Stock released a compilation called Friends of Spaghetti Vol. 1, which you can listen to below.  You can also buy it here for $6, and all proceeds will be donated to the Pembroke Animal Shelter.

The comp features tracks from Boston bands like Stray BulletsRebuilder, and Dead Trains.



Nothington announce end to hiatus

San Francisco punk band Nothington appear to be ready for a comeback soon. The band announced via Facebook that their hiatus is “nearly over,” posting the following statement:

“Hello world. Our hiatus is nearly over. We will be announcing some things very soon. Thanks for supporting our band all these years, we will be seeing you in the not so distant future. Cheers!”

There’s no word yet on what exactly that means, but it’s at least some promising news! We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.

Nothington’s last album Borrowed Time was released in 2011 via Red Scare Industries. They apparently have a new album recorded, and were expecting to release it a full year ago, but didn’t. Still, there’s no word on what the band’s impending announcement could be. Stay tuned.



Trophy Lungs (Boston) announce European tour with You Nervous? (Belgium)

Boston punk rockers Trophy Lungs have announced a two week European tour with Belgian skatepunkers You Nervous?.

The full list of dates can be viewed on the tour poster below.



Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room announces US tour

Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room has announced a string of US tour dates scheduled for this October. Check out the dates and locations below.

Better known for his work with Alkaline Trio, Dan’s side project’s last release was the 2015 full-length Party Adjacent.



Mischief Brew releases official statement regarding the passing of singer Erik Petersen

Philadelphia folk-punk band Mischief Brew has confirmed and released an official statement on facebook regarding the tragic loss of their frontman Erik Petersen. What exactly happened is remaining a private matter between close friends and family but the facebook post did state that the band’s upcoming European tour has, not surprisingly, been cancelled and that Erik’s label, Fistolo Records, will carry on. Read the entire statement below.

I never got to meet Erik in person but we communicated quite a number of times over the years via email. As a huge fan of his music I was always struck by how incredibly humble and kind spirited a person he was and I remember how proud I was that he was willing to contribute an unreleased Mischief Brew track to the first comp I ever put out. For some reason I never expect somebody so talented to be so kind and gracious but he was exactly that. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say he and his music will be sorely missed.

Mischief Brew last released a compilation album Bacchanal ‘n’ Philadelphia in January through Square of Opposition Records. Their latest studio album was This Is Not For Children, which came out in June of 2015 via Alternative Tentacles.



Mischief Brew’s Erik Petersen passes away

Punknews is reporting that Erik Petersen, the frontman and founder of Philadelphia folk-punk band Mischief Brew, has passed away. The band has not released a statement regarding Petersen’s passing, but we will let you know if and when they do.

Mischief Brew was getting ready to embark on a European tour later this month, but it’s safe to assume it has been cancelled.

It goes without saying that our hearts go out to Mischief Brew. We will be keeping Erik’s friends and family in our thoughts.

Update: On July 12th, the Upper Darby Police Department’s official Twitter page reported that Petersen was missing and “may be having some emotional issues.”



New Music Video: The Barren Marys (punk rock) Share Trump-themed “Uncle Fester”

Jersey’s own The Barren Marys have kicked off this summer with a series of music videos that are more memorable than ever. Here at DS, we bring to you their latest installment, “Uncle Fester.” It features Mr. Trump himself, singing along to the band’s track as wild news topics flutter underneath. The Barren Marys released their self-titled record last year.

Check out the video for “Uncle Fester” under the cut.