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Zachary Gontard (Dear Landlord) charged with third-degree murder

Zachary Gontard, singer of Dear Landlord, has been charged with third-degree murder for selling the heroin that killed 23 year-old Andrew Logan Jennings. Investigators linked the two through Reddit comments on Jennings’ cell phone. Another man, Pierre Cooley, has also been charged in the murder. The autopsy revealed the victim passed from a combination of heroin and fetanyl and was found in his St. Louis apartment.

Gontard’s bail is set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for September 11.

For more information, click here.

Shallow Cuts (members of Dear Landlord, Dan Padilla & Madison Bloodbath) stream new song “89 Suzuki”

Shallow Cuts (featuring members of Dear Landlord, Dan Padilla, and Madison Bloodbath) are streaming a new song titled “89 Suzuki.”  You can give the track a listen below.

The band’s upcoming album Storm Watch is set to be released on September 23rd through No Idea Records.

Members of Off With Their Heads and Dear Landlord riding bikes to raise money for suicide awareness

Ryan Young of Off With Their Heads and Brad Lokkesmoe of Dear Landlord are setting out on a bicycle ride from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Denver, Colorado and raising money for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. Check out Ryan’s video below, and go here to donate to the campaign.

Dear Landlord offer free download of ‘demo’ for new song “Hey Caroline”

Midwest punk band Dear Landlord have just released a new “demo” for their song “Hey Caroline”.

The track was recorded “awhile back” in bassist Adam Fletcher’s basement. There aren’t many details other than that surrounding the demo release, but perhaps a new album or EP is in the works??

You can check out “Hey Caroline” and download it for free below.

Album Review: Various Artists – “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore”

Here’s a quick punk rock history refresher: In 1988, Lookout Records released a massive, double LP (and double CD) compilation known as “The Thing That Ate Floyd”. Consisting of thirty-six tracks by just as many artists, the compilation was a snapshot of the Gilman scene at the time. Some of the bigger names attached to the project included Operation Ivy, No Use for a Name, Isocracy (featuring founding Green Day drummer, John Kiffmeyer), Crimpshrine, The Mr. T Experience, Neurosis, and The Lookouts (featuring current Green Day drummer, Tré Cool). It was kind of a big deal.

Flash-forward to the present: Lookout Records is no more, having officially closed in January 2012, but Lookout-founder Larry Livermore still knows that punk rock has a thing or two to offer. Teaming up with Billie Joe Armstrong’s Adeline Records, Livermore has put together a new compilation featuring modern bands from all around North America. Entitled “The Thing That Are Larry Livermore” as a reference to the 80’s compilation, each band included was handpicked by Livermore himself and each song contributed to the compilation is a brand new track.

From pop punk heavyweights such as Dear Landlord, The Copyrights, and Mixtapes to lesser known acts like Weekend Dads, City Mouse, and Be My Doppelganger, “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” contains sixteen acts from the modern punk, pop punk, and indie circles. Livermore has stated that the way that he chose the acts for this project was based on the same criteria that he used when deciding what bands to sign to Lookout Records, implying that “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” is essentially what the label’s roster would look like today (he has more or less confirmed this in a recent interview).

Dear Landlord kicks things off with “Walking Distance” picking up right where they left off from last year’s split with the Dopamines, “Portrait Parle”. Similarly, the Mixtapes song, “Right Where to Find Me” reflects the sound that the band has developed as a four piece, and simultaneously acts as a teaser for their upcoming full length. Lipstick Homicide’s “We’ll Be OK” is a fast pop punk tune that recalls equal parts Green Day and the Unlovables, and The Dopamines’ “Business Papers” sounds like it could have been lifted right from the previously mentioned “Portrait Parle” split.

Pop punk super-group House Boat makes an allusion to Lookout alumni the Queers in the  title to “Love Song for the Reclusive” while offering more of the same 90 seconds of self loathing pop punk that everyone has come to love from them. While he’s only in a million bands these days, House Boat’s track is the only place to catch Mikey Erg on this entire comp, so savor it while you can! Meanwhile, Vacation’s “No Mercy” is a vicious tune complete with snarled vocals and a buzzing, lo-fi garage quality to it.

DC punk act, The Max Levine Ensemble, who was infamously insulted on the radio show of the equally infamous Ben Weasel (whose own bands, Screeching Weasel and the Riverdales, were signed to Lookout at one point), continue their trend of poking fun at Weasel with their song title “Anthem for a New Morning After” and the lyrical subject of finding that “right person” for the night has a biting sarcasm to it that it can’t be helped but be wondered if the song is a mockery of Weasel’s style.

The inclusion of Emily’s Army might have seemed like an act of nepotism at first, considering the relationship between Livermore and Emily’s Army drummer Joey Armstrong’s dad (and Adeline Records owner), Billie Joe Armstrong, but rest assured that it was not. “Good Looks” might be the best song by the young band to date, earning its place on the album by combining a catchy melody with lyricism that any young teen living in the Alternative America can relate to. And while Emily’s Army has captured the melodic sounds of the early Lookout era, Weekend Dads bring back the snotty Gilman attitude in the 85 second “Forget It” and City Mouse’s “One Good Night” recalls the rough rock and roll sounds of The Runaways.

Mean Jeans pull off an impeccable Elvis Costello-meets-Ramones feeling on “Bad Dream” while Be My Doppelganger’s “Disappointers” takes its cues from the Dear Landlord school of thought. The Hextalls are still singing about their parents (specifically dads) while dropping F-bombs left and right on “My Dad and Me”, and “Mr. Monday” has Night Birds channeling the Adolescents so perfectly that it might as well have been an unreleased track from the classic hardcore band’s eponymous debut. The final two tracks, “Prove Me Wrong” by The Copyrights and “San Andreas” by the Visitors, are both fitting as closing tracks and mark a great way to end this compilation. “Prove Me Wrong” supplies the exciting half of the conclusion; building up to a finale of gang vocals shouting several choruses at once, and “San Andreas” provides the cool off for the listener with its laid-back catchiness.

In a couple of ways, “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” is a spiritual successor to “The Thing That Ate Floyd”. The name is an obvious nod to the 80’s compilation, and the artwork was also done by the same man, Pat Hynes (he also did the artwork for Dookie). However the biggest similarity may be that this new release acts as a documentation of the modern day punk rock scene just as the Floyd release documented the 80’s Gilman scene. The scope of where the bands come from is much larger this time around, which might account for the smaller number of groups involved, but having a smaller roster isn’t necessarily a bad thing; as the saying goes: “quality over quantity.” By halving the number of bands involved helps to cut down on the less serious tracks that were found on Floyd and emphasize the excellence of the featured bands.

In conclusion, the only thing that can really be said is that The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore is an excellent compilation. Fans of the bands involved will already know what to expect, but anyone who has been looking for their fix of pop punk and indie ever since Lookout Records closed down, look no further than The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore. You won’t be let down.


Full album stream: “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” Adeline Records compilation

Adeline Records released “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” compilation today, and if your ears need some convincing before you head out and buy it, you can stream the whole thing right here.

Featuring The Dopamines, Dear Landlord, Emily’s Army and more, the 16 tracks of this compilation wereselected by Lookout Records founder Larry Livermore, and are the bands we can believe Lookout would sign were the label still in operation today.  Check out the track list and a teaser video here.

Dear Landlord announce summer North American tour

Midwest punk band Dear Landlord are getting ready for a summer on the road. The guys will kick off their tour late June in Maryland, and continue on around the US and even hitting up Vancouver.

Head here for a complete list of tour dates and locations.

Free Song Download: Dear Landlord – “Walking Distance” off upcoming comp “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore”

Dear Landlord are offering a free download of their new song called “Walking Distance.”

You can grab it here.

The song 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.

Dear Landlord and Mixtapes stream new songs from upcoming “Larry Livermore” comp

Dear Landlord and Mixtapes are streaming new songs “Walking Distance” and “Right Where To Find Me” 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.

Adeline Records detail “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” comp

Adeline Records has finally revealed the full tracklist, cover art, and release date, AND teaser for the long awaited “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” comp. The album, curated by the legendary Lookout! Records founder, will feature current pop-punk favorites like Dear Landlord, the Mixtapes, the Dopamines, and Adeline’s own Emily’s Army. Check out the tracklist and teaser here.

Expect to see the record on shelves on May 29th.

Dear Landlord record new song for “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore” compilation

For those of you fiending for new Dear Landlord music, you’ll be happy to know that the Minnesota punk act have recently recorded a new song for a compilation that former Lookout Records owner, Larry Livermore, is putting together titled “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore.” The band recorded with Matt Allison and Justin Yates at
Atlas Studios in Chicago.

No official release date for the comp but looks like we can expect to see it in “early 2012.”

In other Dear Landlord news the band will be closing out 2011 with a string of shows, playing with Banner Pilot, The Slow Death, The Dopamines, and Direct Hit.  Check out the details here.

Full Album Stream: The Dopamines / Dear Landlord split

Ohio’s The Dopamines and Minnesota’s Dear Landlord have recently released a split on Paper + Plastick Records.  It contains two new songs from each band and you can stream the whole thing right here.

Apparently there was some mis-labeling with the release so Paper+Plastick is selling it at cost in their webstore.

Tour: The Slow Death to hit the road with The Soviettes, Dear Landlord

Kick-ass Minnesota band The Slow Death are finally gearing up to hit the road for over a month, in which time they’ll cover most of the United States.

The tour begins in Minneapolis on August 4th and covers all but the corners of the country before coming to rest in Lawrence, Kansas, on September 9th. They’ll be joined at various points along the way by the likes of Dear Landlord, The Dopamines, and fellow Minnesota punks The Soviettes. Click here for the full run-down.

The Slow Death are still rumored to be working on a full-length to be released this fall.

Video: Dear Landlord- “High Fives” (live)

The good people over at Raw Cut Media have posted an awesome video of Dear Landlord performing the song “High Fives.” The video was shot at the band’s recent stop at Pouzza Fest in Montreal, Canada. You can check out the video here.

“High Fives” can be found on Dear Landlord’s 2009 album, “Dream Homes.” Dear Landlord is currently working on a split with The Dopamines, which is due out on Paper + Plastick.

Watch Dear Landlord’s entire set from last year’s The Fest

The rad dudes at National Underground have posted a full set of Dear Landlord‘s performance at last year’s Fest. If you don’t already think that Dear Landlord are a sweet band, the you should at least take a gander at these videos for the comedic value as the band took the stage in full, Juggalo costumes. Also, the sound and video quality are awesome. You can check out the videos here.

Dear Landlord is gearing up to release a split with The Dopamines on Paper + Plastick.