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Data Analyst uses data to prove that Blink 182 is indeed “Punk”

There’s no more surefire way to stir up controversy or heated discussion amongst serious punk fans than making a bold claim around whether or not you believe Blink 182 is or is not “punk”. If you’ve considered yourself a punk fan for more that a couple years it is absolutely guaranteed you’ve had this discussion yourself at least a couple times. Well, we’re here to tell you that the debate is over. That’s right folks, Blink 182 is undisputedly Punk. At least according to data analyst Matt Daniels.

Daniels has just released a new project that explores the definition of punk. Featuring interactive infographics, the project utilizes Spotify & YouTube playlists to crowdsource the genre’s definition. In the report he writes:

“The impetus for the project was to dig into the subjectivity of what makes a genre. Music like Punk, Metal… [h]ave always been difficult to define. Rather than debate definitions, this data gives us a look at “what the people think. I did a huge amount of research to get this data – roughly five million tracks across tens of thousands of playlists via the two most popular music services: YouTube and Spotify.

After Green Day, there’s no other band as pervasive on punk playlists as Blink-182. Of the thousands of playlists that I found titled “punk” on Spotify, Blink-182 is on half of them. More often than not, Blink-182 and “punk” are synonymous.

Here are a few more interesting tidbits from his research:

  • Green Day was on 51% of all “punk” playlists, followed by Blink 182 on 50% of playlists
  • •Many punk subgenres and terms are falling out of use such as, “riot grrrl”, which was only found on two Spotify playlists
  • •Some punk bands have transcended time, with Joy Division still synonymous with the “post-punk” genre (Joy Division was formed in 1976 and “post-punk” was coined in 1977)
  • •No Doubt, once a breakthrough success for “ska-punk”, is barely referenced on punk playlists today

You can check out the whole snazzy report here, which looks to be sponsored by Converse as part of some promotion around their limited-edition Sex Pistols sneaker collaboration that just launched.



Travis Barker says new Blink-182 album, two Transplants EPs coming in 2016

In the comments section of a recent post on his Instagram page, Travis Barker revealed that 2016 will see the release of a new full-length from Blink-182, along with two new Transplants EPs.

No further information is currently available, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on these releases come to light.

Blink’s new record will be their first with new guitarist/vocalist, Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba, who joined the band following their not-so-amicable split with Tom DeLonge. The new EPs will be the first Transplants releases since 2013’s In a Warzone.



Some maniac mashed up Blink 182 with “Hotline Bling”

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if Drake’s “Hotline Bling” was mashed up with Blink 182′s “Adam’s Song”, well here’s your answer. The song takes the beat from the Drake song, and lays it over the baseline and lyrics of Blink. I’ve gotta be honest, I was a little underwhelmed. Seeing as how gifs of the Drake music video have recently flooded the internet, I was hoping that the music video would have done something crazy; like “Drake playing pickup basketball with a coked out Travis Barker” crazy. Still, as it stands, it’s a neat experiment and is worth checking out below.



Rare Blink 182 video surfaces of ’96 Warped Tour

Just imagine, it’s 1996, you’re in Miami in the summer and you’re sweating, and I mean sweating, and the below knee level denim shorts you’re wearing are soaked. You’re at Warped Tour, which at this point hasn’t really hit the peak of it’s being yet, and Bink-182 is playing in the distance. You grab a seat on the lawn, and check out their set between sets from Limp Bizkit and Guttermouth.

This 30-minute video of Blink-182 playing Warped Tour ’96 in Miami, including songs like “Peggy Sue”, “Carousel” and “M&M’s” and more, will bring you back to that moment. Check it out below



Travis Barker says Blink-182 has recorded five new songs with Matt Skiba

In a recent interviewBlink-182 drummer Travis Barker revealed that the band has recorded five songs with Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio, who replaced the band’s original singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge earlier this year. Travis states:

“Matt’s killing it. He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started but I think we’ve got like four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché’ which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”

Blink-182 last self-released an EP entitled Dogs Eating Dogs in December of 2012 after parting ways with Interscope Records. Their last studio album, Neighborhoods, was released in 2011.



Rare Blink-182 set from Warped Tour 1996 emerges

Well this one’s a throwback. Some new footage has just emerged, from the bowels of who-knows-where, showing Blink-182 preforming at Warped Tour, 1996. The trio deliver a set that includes the likes of “M&M’s”, “Peggy Sue”, and “Carousel”. Probably the most interesting thing about the video is just how bare bones the stage arena is, with a blank stage and a relatively tame, medium-sized audience. As a child of the late 90’s, I can barely remember a time before Blink-182 changed the face of pop-punk, so this is definitely a surreal watch. Check it out below.



Music Video: New Found Glory – “Ready and Willing II”

Pop-punk legends New Found Glory have premiered a music video for their song “Ready and Willing II”, which is a new version of “Ready and Willing”, and it features Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus, Yellowcard‘s Ryan Key, Dashboard Confessional‘s Chris Carrabba and many others. You can watch the video below.

“Ready and Willing II” is taken from Resurrection: Ascension, which was released yesterday on Hopeless Records and is a reissue of New Found Glory’s latest album Resurrection, released over exactly a year ago. The band announced last April that they were in the studio working on new material.



Blink-182 (with Matt Skiba) to begin recording new music next month

Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus has apparently confirmed that Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio is an official member of the band, replacing their original guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge, who left the band last January. There does not seem to be much more information right now, but according to Hoppus, the new lineup will be entering the studio next month recording new material.

Blink-182 last self-released an EP entitled Dogs Eating Dogs in December of 2012 after parting ways with Interscope Records. Their last studio album, Neighborhoods, was released in 2011.



Mark Hoppus: Blink-182 are going through “a friendly divorce” with Tom DeLonge

So it appears that the inevitable welcome or unwelcome (depending on your perspective) news is finally upon us: Tom DeLonge is gone from the Blink-182 camp, and isn’t exactly on his way back.

In a recent interview with the Das Process podcast, Blink bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus confirmed that the remaining two-thirds of the band were going through a “friendly divorce with (their) former guitarist.” Hoppus added: “hopefully things clear up and it doesn’t get all manager-y and lawyer-y and all that and we can move forward.” You can check out the rest of the interview here.

It would appear that this would pave the way for DeLonge’s recent replacement, Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba (pictured above with Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker) to take a more official role in what would, in many ways, become a sort of supergroup. Stay tuned.



Matt Skiba says he hopes to become permanent member of Blink-182

In a recent interview, Matt Skiba talked about the possibility of becoming a permanent member of Blink-182, stating that he thinks recording a new album with the band would “seal the deal.” Here’s an excerpt from the interview with Alternative Nation:

When I spoke to Travis last month, he described the process as very positive and even considered writing an album with this new lineup. What are your thoughts on that idea?

I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed. I’m pleasantly surprised to see Travis mention it to you guys. It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about fifteen years and we’ve become good friends. Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.

As of now, do you view yourself as a permanent member of the band?

I think it’s too soon to know. I’m about to go on an Alkaline Trio tour for a couple months. There’s some time and some things that those guys need to figure out before we can start saying I’m a permanent member. But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal. But, we shall see, only time can tell.

In case you’re wondering why Matt Skiba is involved in Blink-182, it’s because the band parted ways with longtime guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge on not-so-amicable terms earlier this year. Those out of the loop can find more info on the situation here, here, and here.



Tom DeLonge streams solo album with possible Blink-182 demos

Tom DeLonge is streaming his solo album To the Stars, which is expected to contain demos from his former band Blink-182, “along with a few extra tracks.” You can stream the album below.

To the Stars was released today, and you can order a copy of the album here.



Blink-182 discuss possible album, tour with A Day to Remember

Blink-182 are supposedly talking about a new album in the works as well as a tour with A Day to Remember. Travis Barker recently sat down with Billboard Magazine for an interview where he said, “There are talks of all sorts of things,” and “There’s talk of maybe recording an album, there are talks of doing a tour with A Day To Remember, so we’ll see what happens.” A Day to Remember just opened up for Blink-182’s very first show with Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) and the very first Blink show since Tom Delonge’s “departure.” You can read some more of the interview with Travis Barker below.



Watch Matt Skiba’s first show with Blink-182

Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba made his debut as the new guitarist/vocalist of Blink-182 last night with an intimate show at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA. If you weren’t able to make it out, you’re in luck because it’s 2015 and everyone films everything with their smartphones, and this show was no exception.

You can watch a couple videos and check out the setlist from the band’s first performance with Skiba below.

In case you’re wondering why Matt Skiba is playing guitar and singing for Blink-182, it’s because the band recently parted ways with Tom DeLonge, who will soon be releasing a solo album titled To The Stars. Those out of the loop can find more info here, here, and here.



Travis Barker says Tom’s replacement Matt Skiba is “actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools”

In a recent interview with Alternative Nation, Travis barker commented on Tom DeLonge’s departure from Blink 182 and his replacement, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio.

As far as I’m concerned, no bad blood from me. I wish him the best in everything he does. I think the right thing for him to do would just man up and quit the band instead of telling people he didn’t quit and just be real with the fans… I think for Tom, he doesn’t like punk music and it was a phase for him…

Regarding Skiba:

We are two weeks in to practice and he’s killing it. There’s harmonies that have never been sung. He’s actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools.

For more information on the Blink 182 drama leading up to this point, you can check out our other articles following the subject here: Tom quits,  claims he didn’t quit, Mark and Travis confirm that he did quit, Tom releases a statement.



Interview: Tom DeLonge on Area 51, having his phone tapped and so much more X-Filesy weirdness

Photo by Albert Sanchez

Okay, so we all know Tom DeLonge has been labelled a bit of an odd duck over the last handful of years (decades?). To say that the now-former Blink-182 co-frontman (and present Angels & Airwaves frontman) has become a bit of a “UFO nut” is akin to saying former bandmate Travis Barker is a bit of a tattoo guy. You’ll recall that DeLonge penned a “children’s book” entitled “The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve” a couple years ago. He launched the Strange Times website a couple years prior, serving as a home to “very latest in reported UFO activity and conspiracy-theory related events.”

Just prior to his recent highly publicized departure/non-departure/okay-it-really-was-maybe-a-departure from Blink-182, DeLonge sat down with Paper Magazine for a lengthy interview that goes pretty far down the tin-foil-hat rabbit hole. A couple highlights:
…You have to understand, I’ve been involved in this for a long time. I have sources from the government. I’ve had my phone tapped. I’ve done a lot of weird stuff in this industry — people wouldn’t believe me if I told them. But this is what happens when you start getting on an email chains with hundreds of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and different universities around the country, and you start outing seniors scientists from Lockheed Martin talking about the reality of this stuff, guys that hold 30 patents, guys that work underground out in the Nevada test sites in Area 51…

On having his phone tapped:
Yeah, yeah I did. For quite some time. Years ago, there was somebody who was gathering 150 hours of top secret testimony specifically for Congressional hearings on government projects and the US secret space program. People from NASA, Rome, the Vatican, you name it, they’re all on there.

On whether his safety was in jeopardy:
They (the government) do weird stuff. At the time I didn’t know it, but the person I was dealing with was being awoken in the middle of the night with clicking and buzzing noises and falling on the ground vomiting, every morning at 4 a.m. I know now that those are artifacts from mind-control experiments, where the same technology that we use to find oil underground, we can zap somebody at the same frequency that the brain operates on, and it can cause some really horrific things to happen.

On spaceships:
One time I remember bringing up a very specific craft that I believe we’re building, in secret, to emulate the phenomenon that our government has been observing for decades. … I went through the whole thing, and this engineer looks at me, this guy is 70 years old, and he goes, “You better be real fucking careful about what you’re talking about.” And I go, “Okay, so I’m close.” And he goes, “I’m not fucking kidding with you. You better be really fucking careful.” And he calls me up the next day and he goes, “I’ve had calls about you. If someone comes and asks you to get in their car, don’t fucking get in the car.”

It’s a fairly compelling, or at least entertaining, read; you can scroll through the whole thing here. Seems there are a few schools of thought here. First, Tom’s completely lost his mind and is too far gone to come back to real life. Second, Tom’s imbibed in his fair share of pharmaceutical-grade hallucinogenics over the years…and is too far gone to come back to real life. Third, though, is that Tom’s right. What if it’s that? What if Tom’s right? We’re all pretty quick to dismiss the supernatural rantings of a madman…but what if the madman is on to something totally next-level? What do you think…column A, column B or column C? Something else entirely?