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Mikey Erg streaming new single, “Clueless or Cruel?”

Mikey Erg, one of the busiest men in punk rock, is about to release a new album, Waxbuilt Castles on July 26, 2019. To get you excited for the release, he is currently streaming the first single from the album, “Clueless or Cruel?”  This pop-punk gem can be heard below.



Billy Liar (folk punk) releases lyric video for “The Righteous & The Rats”

Scottish folk punk Billy Liar has released a lyric video for his new song “The Righteous & The Rats.”

You can check it out below.

“The Righteous & The Rats” comes from Billy Liar’s upcoming debut album, Some Legacy, which is set to be released on June 21st via Red Scare.



Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano, and Dave Hause to play An Evening of Revival

If you were at all into folk, punk, or Chuck Ragan between 2008-2013, then you probably remember The Revival Tour.  For those of you who don’t remember, it’s when Ragan would take like minded people from the punk and alternative worlds and bring them on the road with just their acoustic guitars and their heart felt lyrics.

While it’s been nearly seven years since the last tour, they have announced a sort of revival of The Revival Tour, in the form of a one night show featuring Ragan along with Dan Andriano, and Dave Hause.  An Evening of Revival is set to take place on July 7th at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA, with proceeds from the event gong to CastHope, a nonprofit organization benefiting the youth of California and Western Nevada through free fly fishing programs.



Joey Cape streaming “The Love Of My Life” off upcoming acoustic album

Lagwagon singer and acoustic extraordinaire Joey Cape is streaming the second song “The Love Of My Life” off of his upcoming acoustic album Let Me Know When You Give Up. The new song has a bit of a country feel to it, and as always Joey’s ability to pen an amazing story to go with the soft sounds of his acoustic guitar. Joey had this to say about the new song: “It’s a simple tune and a vague love song about music and where our relationship began. I spent the first half of my life in Southern California and the last thirty-odd years in Northern Cal. The south is blissful, beautiful, over-populated and lonely. On a hot day it feels like it may catch fire, maybe for its sins.” Well said Joey. 

The new album is due out July 5th through Fat Wreck Chords, you can head on over here to pre-order your copy now.

Check out the new song below.

This is the first new solo music from Joey since his One Week Records release or Stitch Puppy back in 2015.



Craig’s Brother Laments Vocalist’s Daughter on Moving Single “Follow Your Heart-Meilynn’s Song”

Veteran melodic punk rock outfit Craig’s Brother have a special new single out. It’s was written for the daughter of the band’s vocalist, Ted Bond. The video for the effort shows a video call between Ted and daughter Meilynn during which he shows her the track for the first time. It’s genuinely heartwarming stuff and a ripper of a tune to boot. I’d be well chuffed if my Dad could knock out banging melodic punk rock like that!

You can check out “Follow Your Heart-Meilynn’s Song” below. It also features on the band’s recently released EP, The Devil’s in the Details, as well as Indie Vision Music’s Family & Friends Sampler Vol. 1.



S. T. Manville (Blakfish) releases covers album, “Somebody Else’s Songs”

“Somebody Else’s Songs” is the debut release from UK singer/songwriter S. T. Manville. The release is a collection of covers, with the ex-Blakfish man taking on the likes of The Get Up Kids, Green Day, blink-182, Weezer and The Offspring in reworked alternative/folk styles.

The release comes in advance of further, original material from Sam, and is available to stream in all the usual places in full from today.

The background of the release is available as a free ebook from S. T. Manvile’s website here.

Check out “Somebody Else’s Songs” using the player below.



Introducing Everyone Knows: Bluesy Alt-Rock (Sergio of The Early November solo project)

Look, as much as we’d all like to pretend that we subsist on a diet of Crass, recreational drugs and dumpster diving, there comes a time to admit sometimes we want, nay, need something more in our lives. I can’t help you with your questionable life choices or the lack of Vitamins in your diet, but I can point you in the direction of some music that your tinder dates will be able to stomach.

Everyone Knows is the solo project of Sergio Anello, bassist of The Early November. With ‘Tell or Be Told’ he has created a bluesy alt rock album that conjures images of a smoke-filled backroom bar frequented by people who have money, only you’re not sure where their money comes from. And you sure as hell shouldn’t ask.

Songs languorously flow into each other like hungover recollections of the night before and the vocals curl around you like cigarette smoke, seeping into your skin and staying with you all day. This album has all the layered notes of an end of night whiskey. It’s mature, sure. You might even call it smooth. But there’s an understated raw fragility in the lyrics and vocals that creates a slow, building burn that sticks with you.

Check it out here.

 



New solo album coming soon from Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife/I Am The Avalanche)

Vinnie Caruana, front man for The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche, has a new solo album coming out this year. Vinnie told The Wasting Time Podcast this week that the new material will sound like nothing like anything he has released before. Vinnie’s last album ‘Survivor’s Guilt’ was released in 2016 via Equal Vision Records. Caruana also confirmed in the interview that he will be announcing a UK tour for later this year.



New Music: Joey Cape streams “I Know How To Run” from upcoming solo album, “Let Me Know When You Give Up”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard new music from the one-and-only Joey Cape; three-and-a-half years worth of minutes, to be more precise. But don’t worry boys and girls…the wait is almost over!

Today, The Bullshit One announced plans for a brand new full-length album. It’s called Let Me Know When You Give Up, and it’s due out on July 5th via his longtime label home, Fat Wreck Chords. Pre-orders are available already by clicking here.

To get you ready for what’s to come, you can check out the lead single, “I Know How To Run,” below.

Depending on how you keep score, Joey Cape’s last album was either his 2016 One Week Records release of reworked Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut songs or, more probably, his 2015 Fat Wreck Chords full-length, Stitch Puppy.



Divided Heaven announce new EP, stream new song

Los Angeles based folk-punks Divided Heaven have announced they will be releasing their new EP, Cold War Hangover, on May 17th via Paper + Plastick Records.  The new EP will feature new songs and acoustic/reworked songs from the band’s recent full-length, Cold War, released by Wiretap Records and Paper + Plastick Records in 2018.

To give you an idea of what to expect, you can listen to “The Daughters & The Sons” off the new EP below.



Jesse LeBourdais(folk-punk) streaming new song “See You In The Storm”

Vancouver folk-punker Jesse LeBourdais is streaming the first song “See You In The Storm” off of his upcoming three song EP. The new EP is being released today (May 7th), so scoot on over to Jesse LeBourdais’ Bandcamp page now to get your copy.

You can check out the first song off the upcoming EP below.

This is the first new music from the West Coast folk punk act since 2017’s Grief Intensity Friendship. If you’re a fan of The Menzingers or The Penske File you will enjoy Jesse LeBourdais as well. 



Tour: Kevin Seconds and Sammy Kay announce east coast dates

Photo by Alan Snodgrass

It’s been a hot minute since the great Kevin Seconds has been out on the east coast, but that’s going to change in July! For what’s been dubbed the “I’ve Come For Avail” tour, Seconds is heading to Virginia to kick off a small run of dates with New Jersey’s Sammy Kay. The tour runs July 15th to the 21st with a day off in Richmond on the 20th so that the duo can hit up one of the long-awaited Avail reunion shows in RVA.

Head below to check out the dates!



Stream Cokie the Clown’s (Fat Mike of NOFX) “You’re Welcome”

Cokie the Clown’s  “solo” album, You’re Welcome, has just been released on Fat Wreck Chords. For those who don’t know, Cokie is the alter-ego of Fat Mike from NOFX.

You can check out a stream of all ten songs below. Warning: There’s no skate punk on this release and it’s rather depressing… but it’s interesting as hell if you’ve at all followed the antics of the famous frontman over the last couple decades.



Album Review: Cokie The Clown – “You’re Welcome”

I made a mistake.

It was school vacation week in my neck of the woods recently, and as such, I had the privilege of spending a lot of really awesome time with my eleven-year-old. I also knew I had a review of the upcoming Cokie The Clown album coming down the ‘pike, and assumed – rightfully – that listening to the album with my kid in the car or in the house with me would be a terrible idea, so I decided to take a solo trip to the grocery store one evening and to give You’re Welcome a preliminary listen in the process. As it turns out, there might be worse places than a grocery store amidst the suburban sprawl of the greater Boston area to fire up an album like You’re Welcome for the first time…but there aren’t many.

While Fat Mike hasn’t been shy about wearing his heart on his sleeve for the duration of his three-plus-decade career, You’re Welcome finds that concept amplified: his heart is not merely on his sleeve, but ripped out of his chest and torn to shreds on the floor for all of us to see. You’re Welcome kicks off with “Bathtub,” which finds our protagonist Cokie accompanied by only whatever substances are coursing through his clown veins as he tells the story of waking up in the middle of the night to find his significant other facedown in a bathtub after an overdose, and the resulting uncertainty and dread that came along with wondering if she’d taken her final breaths. Buckle up, my friends, because the ride only gets bumpier from there.

Over the course of the next half-hour or so, Cokie takes the listener on a ride that is at  times painfully honest, uncomfortably raw, disturbingly complicated, and is undoubtedly going to piss a lot of people off. There are songs like “Fair Leather Friends” and “Fuck You All” that take thinly-veiled shots at people in Mike’s — er, Cokie’s — personal life that he feels have cheated him, screwed him, abandoned him and otherwise taken advantage of him. “Pre-Arrainged Marriage” theoretically tackles the subject of love, but through the prism of his two previous high-profile failed marriages. Listeners who read the NOFX autobiography The Hepatitis Bathtub several years back might recognize the story that “Swing And A Miss” graphically details, involving the failed and successful suicide attempts of a previous roommate and the fallout that ensued. “Punk Rock Saved My Life” and “That Time I Killed My Mom” shed a little more light on the relationship – or, ultimately the lack thereof – with his parents that was documented on past NOFX tracks like “My Orphan Year” and “Happy Father’s Day.” There’s “The Queen Is Dead,” a heart-breaking ode to a deceased longtime friend that comes across as one of the most tender, genuine moments that Fat Mike has committed to tape. While the bulk of the subject matter is painful, it is oddly enough the themes of narcissism and unresolved anger and self-martyrdom that rear their heads in tracks like “Pre-Arrainged Marriage”and “Negative Reel” and to a lesser extent “Down With The Ship” that I found more cringe-worthy and uncomfortable than the themes of suicide and parenticide and overdosing and bondage that were more prevalent.

Sonically, You’re Welcome plays more like a sad carnival soundtrack than a traditional “punk rock” album. If you give it a listen looking forward to it being composed of two-and-a-half minute anthemic skate punk songs, A) you’ll be wildly disappointed and more importantly B) you should have known better. There’s no standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-repeat in the bunch, meaning You’re Welcome isn’t an uptempo, sing-along style album the way that the Home Street Home musical and soundtrack that Fat Mike and friends put together a few years ago was in spite of its own disturbing imagery. While the musicianship and production are stellar (containing contributions from Travis Barker and Dizzy Reed and production from the mighty Danny Lohner), the majority of the instrumentation is largely present as a means of providing a loosely-built latticework. Fat Mike’s Cokie the Clown “character” — and I’ll save the remainder of my armchair psychoanalysis for another place and time — is by all means the star of the show, and if that means that sometimes songs are going to meander and switch tones and seem a bit unfocused and chaotic and largely just be narratives rather than traditional “songs,” that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

I’m still struggling with what I ultimately think of You’re Welcome in anything resembling a larger sense, which I understand is not maybe the ideal thing to say in a review of an album. I really like the bulk of it, though I have a hard time listening to it for long stretches. While I have long-since tired of the veneration of the degenerate GG Allin or Darby Crash or Sid Vicious types as the bellwether of what it means to be “Punk,” I applaud the choice to pull in some stylistically and artistically different directions and to tackle uncomfortable, challenging topics by way of performance art. From that perspective, You’re Welcome is a resounding success. It’s not an album you’re going to keep on repeat (well…if it is, you may want to have the assistance of a professional therapist or twelve at the ready). It’s not going to launch a series of copycat albums that turn into their own genre. It will probably leave you deeply disturbed on your trip to the grocery store, as you balance images of a nineteen-year-old Fat Mike showing his recently-deceased friend’s parents the exact spot they cut his lifeless body down and a grown-up Fat Mike covering his soon-to-be-departed mother’s face with a pillow as you try to weigh your bagel flavor options. And that’s exactly the point.



Video Premiere: Geoff Palmer releases new music video, “Giving In”

Geoff Palmer, of New Hampshire’s The Connection/The Guts glory, has a solo album dropping June 7th on Stardumb Records (EU) and Rum Bar Records (US) titled Pulling out all the Stops. The album is available for pre-order on CD and streaming with bonus tracks (via Rum Bar) here, and on red or black vinyl and 7″ here in the US (via The Machine Shop) and here for Europe.

“There’s nothing left to do. I’m giving up and giving into you.” is the chorus which breaks through the catchy harmonic cadence in this newest single, “Giving In” off the upcoming record. We’re streaming the music video below which has an interesting nostalgic quality of a lazy Saturday morning watching the spinning grooves of a record and the needle, or the dog. “You are 1989 and I am East of Berlin… I’m giving up my walls for something new.”

Geoff Palmer and his associated acts have several times been featured by Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen/Sirius FM Underground Garage) for having the “coolest song in the world”. He has also recorded with The Queers under the name Geoff Useless on their Everything’s O.K. and Punk Rock Confidential albums. His music goes well with Alkaline Trio, The Hard-Ons and The Queers. Stream the video for “Giving In” below.