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Good Riddance announce new album and release new song ‘Don’t Have Time’

It’s been four years since Good Riddance gave the world a studio album. With that in mind, their fans will be delighted to know that they have just announced that they will release a new album, Thoughts and Prayers, on July 19th via Fat Wreck Chords. Yesterday, they also released the song ‘Don’t Have Time’ from the record.

Pre-orders can for the new album can be made here and the new song can be streamed below.



Slam Dunk 2019 Reveals Clash-Proof Stages

In a first for the UK punk / emo / metalcore all-dayer, Slam Dunk 2019 has announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

This means fans of the heavier end of the spectrum will be able to catch Atreyu, Glassjaw, Silverstein, Gallows, The Bronx and Cancer Bats, amongst others, without fear of missing out.  Similarly, fans of the more emo and indie spirited acts can see the likes of The Menzingers, Touche Amore, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Seaway, Trophy Eyes and more without needing to choose between stages.

The one day event, with dates in the North and South of England, is rounded out with Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic stage (NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Millencolin, Lag Wagon and more), Monster Energy stage (All Time Low, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Boston Manor and more) along with 3 other stages showcasing up and coming and and acoustic artists.



Review: CJ Ramone – “The Holy Spell…”

I’m going to start off by saying CJ Ramone’s The Holy Spell… (Fat Wreck Chords) is not a bad album. In fact, The Holy Spell… is a collection of really good songs – songs that would make an excellent batch of 7”s or a few EPs, as opposed to a full album. It’s an album that I don’t mind having on my iPod – when it is on random – but don’t particularly desire to listen to in one go beyond the times I did to write this review. So what’s my point? I am very conflicted about this as a singular piece of music, even though I quite like the individual parts when taken one to two songs at a time.

The thing is, for an album to really work, the songs have to have some variations in melody, harmony, speed, and song style. This one does not. Every song sounds pretty much the same, and as I was listening to it, I found myself becoming more of a passive listener than an active one, checking to see if I was back to the beginning of the album again, as opposed to hearing a new song that appears later on in it. Again, none of the songs are bad. They just don’t particularly stand out from one another in any appreciable way, with the two exceptions, “One High One Low” and “Rock On”.

“One High One Low”, the opening song, is pretty driving – especially for CJ Ramone – and sets up an album with a lot of promise. The last song, “Rock On” slows things down for a bit and is actually a welcome change of pace when listening to The Holy Spell… straight through. I also really like “Postcard from Heaven” which I think would have been an amazing single on its own and is the best song on the album, hands down.

Part of what makes the album blend together, though, is CJ’s voice. I feel like most people like it or don’t, and I do like it just fine, but he tends to sing every song in the same way – never venturing out of his niche or comfort zone and expanding his vocal capabilities to show us something different. This just contributes to the sameness and familiarity of the songs, probably more than the tempo and music, even.  I also really crave more backing vocals and harmonies – some of the songs are all but screaming for them, and sound sparse as a result.

I realize this is a somewhat strange review, but as I said, I am conflicted about this album. I wish it was released in pieces, like I said earlier, perhaps as EPs or singles – all of which would get higher marks because they would be short bursts of music and not an album that seems to go on a bit too long, especially for the lack of diversity in the sound and style of the songs.

2.5/5 stars



NOFX stream demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin”

NOFX are streaming a newly released demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin,” which comes from the Punk In Drublic Europe festival exclusive Fat Music Music For Wrecked People: Punk In Drublic 2019 compilation.

You can give the song a listen below.

NOFX last released Ribbed – Live in a Dive in 2018 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Their last studio output was First Ditch Effort in 2016.



CJ Ramone streaming new album “The Holy Spell…”

New York punk CJ Ramone is streaming his new masterpiece The Holy Spell… The new album was released May 10th through Fat Wreck Chords and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I suggest you scoot on over to your favorite streaming site and start jamming this gem into your ear holes. I was particularly smitten with the track “Rock On” and the “Postcard From Heaven”.

Head on down below to check out the new album.

CJ Ramone’s last release was Christmas Lullaby, which was released back in December of last year. 



Bracket (Pop Punk, CA) Stream Single “Arting Starvist” From Forthcoming Album, “Too Old to Die Young”

Ahead of their latest album’s release date, California pop punkers Bracket are allowing fans to steam their newest single. “Arting Starvist” is taken from Too Old to Die Young, which is scheduled for release on Fat Wreck Chords on May 31. You can check it out below.

“Arting Starvist” is the second single from the latest effort from the veteran quartet. It follows “Canned in the Food Drive”, which came out earlier this year.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival announces Canadian dates

The first Canadian dates for Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival have been announced – Saturday, July 6 in Edmonton, AB and Saturday, July 13 in Vancouver, BC. The craft beer and music festival features NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, The Real Mackenzies, Chixdiggit!, and The Last Gang – plus a variety of other bands, depending on the city.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th. Get more info and snag your passes on the festival’s official website.



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.



Download “Fat Music For Wrecked People: Spring 2019” for free…

The legendary Fat Wreck Chords have released the latest in their long line of samplers, with the option to download it for free.

A selection of Fat Wreck bands appear on the 23 track compilation, which you can get now from Bandcamp. Have a listen below.



Direct Hit!’s Drummer and Bassist Quit The Band

Wisconsin-based punk act Direct Hit! are having a bit of a shakeup, as their bassist and drummer have apparently parted ways with the band. The remaining members aren’t letting it slow them down though.

They issued the following statement via Facebook:

“NOTICE: DANNY AND STEVE QUIT DIRECT HIT A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. THE TWO OF US LEFT ARE CANCELLING 0 SHOWS AND LEANING ON OUR MUSICALLY-INCLINED BUDDIES TO FILL IN WHILE WE FIGURE OUT A NEW PERMANENT LINEUP. SEE YOU ALL IN CHICAGO WITH THE SMOKING POPES ON MAY 11. WEAR YOUR CLOWN SUIT.”

Sounds like they’re going to be just fine.

Direct Hit! released Crown of Nothing last year on Fat Wreck Chords.



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.



Bad Cop/Bad Cop Release 7″ of First Three Songs

California’s Bad Cop/Bad Cop have released an exclusive 7″ featuring the first three songs the band ever recorded –  “Sweet Brown Water”, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, and “A Little Wild.” The energetic songs show how much potential the band had from the first time they walked into a recording studio – and are high-quality, as opposed to many unearthed releases from bands.  The three songs are bursts of pure punk rock and the perfect way to tide yourself over with new-to-us Bad Cop/Bad Cop music until their next album is eventually released.

The 7″ comes out on April 26th, and the songs are also available on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, Deezer, and Tidal.



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.



Avail Announce More “Over The James” Anniversary Shows

If you’re like me, you’ve been hopeful that the Avail reunion shows were going to make their way outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, and today we can finally say that those wishes have come true!

The monumentally-influential Richmond, Virginia band are taking the show on the road for a long-weekend of Over The James 21st anniversary shows in the northeast: September 6th at Union Transfer in Philly, September 7th at the Warsaw in Brooklyn, and September 8th at Royale in Boston. Support on all dates comes from Angel Du$t. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (4/20) at 4pm Eastern, and at least 200 tickets will be available for walk-up purchase at the Union Transfer, Gramercy Theater and Sinclair Box Offices respectively. All of the gigs will feature the original OTJ-era lineup of Tim Barry, Joe Banks, Beau Beau, Gwomper, and Erik Larson. Pack those sleeping bags and we’ll see ya in line!

Over The James was initially released on April 7, 1998, on Lookout Records, and was later released by Jade Tree a couple years later. Avail’s final release was their 2002 Fat Wreck Chords full-length Front Porch Stories.



Clowns (Punk, Australia) Stream Latest Album “Nature/Nurture”

Aussie thrashers Clowns have just released their fourth studio album to date. Nature/Nurture is being handled by domestic label Damaged in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the almighty Fat Wreck Chords in the rest of the world.

You can check out Nature/Nurture here and as well you might since it’s clearly going to be a contender for album of the year.

The previous collection of tunes released by Clowns was the 2017 full-length, Lucid Again.