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Movie Trailer – Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements

Enjoy documentaries about long-disbanded but immeasurably influential bands? Then be sure to catch Gorman Bechard’s “Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements.” The film will chronicle the band’s rise, while attempting to capture the unpredictable energy that defined the band’s live shows. Check out the trailer and synopsis here.



Album Review: Propagandhi – “Failed States”

Propagandhi’s newest offering “Failed States” picks up in nearly the same place they left off with 2009’s “Supporting Caste”, but with a more measured and mature take on their thrashpunkmetal sound. I’m not sure “mature” has ever before been used to describe the band or their music, but this reviewer is at a loss for a better adjective, so it will have to do.

The Winnipeg quartet opens the records with a six-minute long opus entitled “Note to Self”, setting the tone for the rest of the album by introducing each of the major themes that appear in later tracks. Normally, a six-minute long song would have me hitting the skip button after about three minutes, but “Note” avoids the repetition and easy answers that would befall a lesser band.

The musicianship on “Failed States” is what one has come to expect from the most technically skilled players in the genre. Drummer Jord Samolesky puts on a clinic for anyone who pretends to be a punk drummer. Only Brooks Wackerman is close to being this fast, this clean, and this tasteful. Guitarists Chris Hannah and David Guillas have shown another million would-be punk/metal guitarists that they should either practice eight hours a day or just hang it up. Arpeggio sweeps flow to seamless palm muting and back to open chord leads. Listen in particular to the solo on “Cognitive Suicide”. It’s short, but holy jebus. This is why I’m not in a technical band. Prop already does it better than I ever could.

The track “Things I Like” brings back a sound not heard from the band since “Less Talk, More Rock”. This is a standout to me, as it reminds me of the Propagandhi that grabbed my ears in 1994. I would love an entire EP of songs that sound like this, but I’ll undoubtedly have to be satisfied with this one track. They’ve long since left the house and moved on to greater things, but I’m glad they paid even this short visit to the old homestead.

In all honesty, Propagandhi could have released a huge pile of shit, and their fans still would have eaten every bite. It is a testament to their musical integrity that they didn’t just crap out another record because it was time to pay the mortgage.  It’s been three years since “Supporting Caste”, but they used that time to craft a record that is easily among their best to date.

If you have been on the fence about Propagandhi in the past, you would do well to pick this one up. They’ve toned down most of the manic thrash that characterized “Potemkin” and “Caste” and have put out a masterfully balanced record well worth adding to the collection. Don’t let the usual fawning fanbois and reviewers keep your contrarian ass from a truly excellent release.

Five Stars. Seriously. The only record (so far) I’ve given five stars to, and it earns all of them.



TNSrecords to release punk/ska compilation “Vol. 3: These Troublesome Thinkers”

Our friends at TNSrecords have put together a punk/ ska compilation featuring 42 tracks from an array of different punk, ska, and hardcore artists. “Vol. 3: These Troublesome Thinkers” is available for pre-order here.



Pentimento discuss details regarding their new album

Buffalo punk act Pentimento sat down to discuss their new album, which will be released via Panic records. You can watch the interview here.

The band put out a split in March with Young English.

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The Copyrights and The Visitors stream new songs from upcoming “Larry Livermore” comp

The Copyrights and The Visitors are streaming new songs “Prove Me Wrong” and “San Andreas” respectively right here.  Both songs will appear on the upcoming “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” comp due out May 29th on Adeline Records.

The album, curated by the legendary Lookout! Records founder, will feature unreleased tracks from a bevvy of great pop-punk acts. Check out the tracklist and teaser here.



Free Music: Download 18-song Lazy Bear Records comp

UK-based Lazy Bear Records has determined that December 1st will heretofore be known as “Lazy Bear Day.” In honor of the event, they’ve got an eighteen-song compilation of UK pop-punk bands available for free download on their facebook page.

The comp features bands like Above The Underground, Kids Can’t Fly, and Next Stop Atlanta. Click here to get your own copy.

If you’d rather get it from Spotify, bandcamp or iTunes, click here for details on how to do so.



Pukklepop officially cancelled; death toll up to 5

Belgium’s Pukkelpop festival has been officially cancelled after yesterday’s tragic stage collapse resulted in at least five deaths and seventy-five injuries. Event organizers made the decision to cancel the rest of the festival out of respect to the families of the victims. Here’s their official statement:

Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims.

Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.

What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by all the spontaneous support the festival goers and the organisation have received.

We call on all Pukkelpoppers to return home calmly. Extra buses and trains have been organised to bring everybody home.

Undoubtedly many of you have many practical questions. That is why we ask you to direct them to info@pukkelpop.be.

We ask everyone to understand that this decision was extremely difficult to make.

Chicago indie rock band Smith Westerns had just taken the stage at the time of the collapse, and escaped unharmed. Some video has emerged online capturing just a snapshot of the chaos of the situation. You can watch it by clicking here and scrolling toward the bottom.

The thoughts of the staff at Dying Scene go out to all of those who’ve been impacted. Sad times.



Interview: DYS talk touring, reforming and more

Hot off the heels of a live album release, DYS have been out on the road tearing it up, but after their recent show at Sound and Fury Fest they sat down for an extensive interview, which you can read here.

The band discusses never touring out to California, what the band’s reformation has been like thus far and much more making this interview a must-read.

“More Than Fashion: Live From The Gallery East Reunion” was released earlier this week week via Bridge Nine Records.



Video: City and Colour interview, perform track “Silver and Gold”

Dallas Green of City and Colour recently stopped by Hollywood’s Guitar Center for an interview with Nic Harcourt and to perform the track “Silver and Gold.” You can check out the whole podcast here.

City and Colour released “Little Hell” last month on Vagrant Records.

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Album Review: State Of Mine – “Accelerate!”

Belgium may not be in the best situation these days with an unstable government and tension between the North and South but one aspect of the country never changes: the quality of its punk rock. As I have said many times before, it seems that new Belgian bands continue to pop up every few months. State of Mine is a prime example, as they continue to evolve in their sound, even as a young band. Like the majority of Belgian bands, they have that raw sound, snotty vocals, and humour in their songs. They are also comprised of members who are entrenched in the scene, so they know precisely what buttons to push.

“Accelerate” is the band’s latest effort and is a completely DIY-recorded album, a fact that the band does want to be made known. The last we heard from these guys was in the form of a split CD with The Octopussy’s (also from Belgium). You can expect the same formula from the band’s sound this time ’round, although Jo puts more emphasis on his snotty vocals with this new set of songs. His message touches more on everyday issues while continuing to hold on to the sense of humour from their earlier work. And vocally, he also reminds me of Mark from Guttermouth in terms of delivery and effort. In other words, there is no hiding what the central message is in each song.

The songs on “Accelerate!” are all in the range of two minutes or less, which brings out sort of party punk, “go go go” feeling: A.D.D. people take notice. One of State of Mine’s most captivating qualities is the bass lines, which are all heard very well throughout the album. Unfortunately this is an aspect lacking in most releases these days. Adriaan (who doubles as the band’s drummer and the album’s producer) did a good job getting the bass out of the cellar so to speak. And the maestro in this case, Jero, shreds on bass (ala AWS) in songs like “Eye Candy”, “Mc Know It All”, “666 Club SOJO”, just to name a few.

If you enjoy skate punk similar to the 90’s Swedish scene or bands like Turn It Red, and Belvedere, then there’s no way that you shouldn’t buy this album. And by checking these guys, out you will learn more about the glorious Belgian music scene, which is like a party 24/7. There are no losers with this deal.



Video: Earn It Yourself “Spring (Into Action)” tour

This is a promo video shot at the first show of Earn It Yourself’s “Spring (Into Action)” Tour. It explains the reason for the tour, how you can be involved, and more.

Check it out right here.



Random Cover Song Thursday: Bowling For Soup cover A Flock Of Seagulls’ “I Ran”

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge. Today we have Bowling For Soup taking on the 80’s classic, “I Ran” by A Flock Of Seagulls.

Check out the cover and compare it to the original here. What the Bowling For Soup version lacks in bad music videos and 80’s hairstyles, it compensates with catchy guitar licks and enthusiasm! The Bowling For Soup version can be found on their 2002 album “Drunk Enough To Dance,” while the A Flock of Seagulls original can be found on their 1982 self-titled album.



Free Live Album: Off With Their Heads – “Jump Start Records Live: Volume 4”

Jump Start Records have posted a live set from Minneapolis punks Off With Their Heads as a free download. The set is a part of Jump Start Records’ ongoing live series.

You can grab the tracks here.

Off With Their Heads released their latest album “In Desolation” last year on Epitaph Records.



Drive A detail upcoming album “The World In Shambles,” post music video for “Revolt!”

LA punk outfit Drive A have given their fans a taste of what will be hitting the digital shelves on April 5th. The band have posted up the album artwork and tracklisting for “The World In Shambles,” a digital-only release that will be available through iTunes and Amazon. You can find the tracklisting here.

In addition to giving out some new details regarding the album, the band has posted the official music video for “Revolt!,” a track from their last album, “The Marked Man” EP.  You can check out the video here.

“The Marked Man” EP was released in January.



List of confirmed bands for Bonnaroo Festival posted

For the past 10 years, the Bonnaroo Festival has played hosted to hundreds of quality musicians from a diverse pool of genres. To try and classify it as ‘this’ type or ‘that’ type of musical festival was flawed, because there’s literally something for everyone.

The initial list of confirmed 2011 Bonnaroo musicians has been released, and another batch is set to be confirmed in the coming weeks. 2011 Bonnaroo will take place June 9 – 12 in Manchester, Tennesse; for more information on everything pertaining to the annual music/art festival, head to their official website. For the list of confirmed bands, click here.