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Miguel Chen (Teenage Bottlerocket) Announces New Book, “The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever”


Rad news from the Teenage Bottlerocket camp today. The band’s bass player and resident yogi announced details behind his sophomore book. It’s called The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever, and it’s due out this coming September on Wisdom Publications. Here’s the book’s description:

DEATH.

Even the word itself probably makes you a little uncomfortable. Just look at it, sitting there, demanding to be acknowledged. It might even make you a lot uncomfortable.

We spend so much time trying to deny death, going on about our lives as if we and our loved ones are immune to it. Then, one day, its truth becomes undeniable. The Death of You doesn’t flinch in looking into this vital, urgent matter. Join Miguel for a wild ride where we get real about death—and even have a few laughs at its expense.

If you might someday die—or if you know someone who will—this book is for you. If you’re afraid of dying, this book is for you. If you’re excited about the Great Unknown, this book is for you. In plainspoken, kind, and encouraging language, Miguel will show you how to transform your relationship with death—and in doing so, you’ll get to know your life in a whole new way. Today is the perfect day to start. Don’t wait—you’re not gonna live forever.

We’re still big fan’s of Chen’s first book, I Wanna Be Well, and have referred back to it quite often since its release last February via Wisdom Publications. We’re sure this one will be much the same! Pre-order yours at Amazon right here while you’re still alive enough to do so!



Skate Jam 6 Announces Set Times

Nothing goes better with skateboarding than punk music and the fine folks of Reno get the best of both worlds next weekend at the sixth annual Skate Jam! This all day, all ages event (sponsored by Wheel House and Suffix Skateboarding) not only features an awesome skate competition and a fantastic line up of punk bands but there’s also food trucks, open skate ramps and prizes! If you’re in the area, you definitely don’t want to miss this one! Admission is only $15 and tickets can be picked up at Jub Jub’s or over at Recycled Records. Set times and more below!



Fringe Media stream new promo for Dallas punk-u-mentary “Everything is A-OK”

From the guys that brought you Pot Zombies, Fringe Media (Dallas TX) has released a new promo for their Dallas, TX punk documentary, “Everything is A-OK”, covering everything from the 70’s to the early 2000’s. There’s still no word on a release date yet, but for now you can enjoy this little snippet below. Cheers!



The Affect Heuristic and Wolfrik Announce Spring European Tour Dates

Megabus-frequenting technical hardcore act, The Affect Heuristic, and Canadian thrashers Wolfrik have announced a European tour. The two bands will perform 16 shows across a total of six countries in April and May. On the way they’ll be stopping off at Manchester Punk Festival and SBAM in Austria.

You can check out the full list of cities on a larger version of the tour poster below. For now, only some of the specific venues are available at either band’s Facebook page. No doubt these will be updated soon.

The Affect Heuristic’s previous release was the 2018 split with German skate punkers Money Left to Burn titled Vs. Wolfrik’s was the E.P. Skeleton City, which came out the previous year.



Rough Dreams (Emo) Announces New 7″ to Celebrate Knoxville TN’s New, Vinyl-Only DIY Label

Tennessee based emo/indie upstarts Rough Dreams (featuring members of wolves&wolves&wolves&wolves and Bad Idols) have announced the release of their debut 7” EP to help kick off Knoxville’s new, vinyl only DIY label, Coffin Curse Records. The three tracks were partially recorded right there at home in The Marble City by White Chapel’s Zach Householder with the rest being finished up in Saginaw, Michigan with the help of Nick Diener (formerly of The Swellers), who also mixed and mastered the band’s self titled debut album. Keep up with pre-order and release details over at their Bandcamp and Facebook pages!



Pinata Protest to play Beauty Bar (PRB)

Piñata Protest have announced they are returning to Punk Rock Bowling this year to play The Beauty Bar, along with Amigo the Devil, Bridge City Sinners and Louise Distras, all making their PRB debut for an intimate and rowdy folk punk gathering spectators won’t soon forget. Tickets go on sale Feb 23 on the PRB site.



DS Interview: Jenna Enemy of The Von Tramps discusses DIY, must-do vacation tips for San Diego, and The Beach Boys on cocaine

The Von Tramps are a rising punk & ska-core act from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Front woman Jenna Enemy took some to answer a few questions while the band gets ready to make a sensible escape from Minnesota in January. Check out the interview below for hot tips on what to do when touring the west coast, the band’s next release, and life with DIY!



Tour News: The Zeta (Hardcore) May Have to Cancel Remaining Tour Dates Due to Visa Issues

Two years ago, Venezuelan hardcore act, The Zeta filed with US Customs as touring musicians so that they could legally work in the US. Once approved, the boys started touring the United States extensively and literally haven’t stopped since. After being here for a year or so, they made the decision to become permanent residents and began the arduous process of applying for a resident petition. After months and months of back and forth emails and calls in an attempt to prove their legitimacy, providing evidence of their illustrious fifteen year career in a five hundred page deposition that had to be translated word for word from their native language into English, all members were approved with the exception of guitarist and founding member Dani. With there being no evidence found on his record that would negate his petition, the US Government’s only reasoning for unilaterally denying his application (after formally recognizing the band’s international acclaim and legitimacy) was that they didn’t see why Dani was an integral piece of the band. They literally told him that they didn’t see why, as a founding member of a band who is almost sixteen years old, his role as a guitar player was vital to the band’s continued success. Now, he has only a few days to appeal the decision or leave the country.

I first heard Dani’s unfortunate situation a few days ago story from a friend who had played a few shows with them a couple years ago. They asked if I could help in any way, telling me “We played with The Zeta over three years ago in Miami, Florida. We didn’t know much about them besides that they were from Venezuela. Before the show, they made us and all of the other bands playing that night, ceviche. Who does that? Then they absolutely blew our minds with their performance.  I say ‘performance’ because it’s not your typical show. Literally, the best I’ve seen in my four years of touring and Dani was a huge part of it. On top of that, he’s a genuine guy who cares about the well being of others. During their sets, he stops in between songs to make sure everyone has had enough water that day to stay hydrated and that they’ve had enough fruits and vegetables to keep healthy. He also talks a lot about ideas of sustainability and working together to benefit one’s own self. A lot of people ask ‘How are you’ but Dani actually cares.

Since I too, was unfamiliar with the South Americans, I decided to do some digging before agreeing to do a write up. Before I could even get full two days into my research, I started receiving multiple unsolicited emails, comments and DMs from other concerned fans that wanted to speak up on behalf of Dani and the band, pleading for any help I could give. One of the first DMs I received was from a local photographer here in Denver  “The Zeta has made a huge impact on the Colorado music scene and there would be a void left on the calendar if they couldn’t play here anymore because Dani had to leave.” Shortly after that, I got an email that read “I first saw The Zeta at a show in Austin and have been a fan ever since. The music is perfectly aggressive and has a unique sound, in part due the ethereal playing style of Dani.“. Then on a Facebook thread regarding the topic, a commenter replied “If you’ve ever gotten to see them, you’d know that what they have is pure magic. It’s nothing that’s ever been done before—truly special. It would be a shame to lose a narrative like theirs (if Dani had to leave).

It was then that I realized, that all of these fans that have been to shows and know these guys on a personal level, recognize something that the US Government doesn’t see from their sheltered, safe little bubble. The Zeta is a one of a kind talent whose sound is defined by Dani’s passionate guitar playing and the years of tireless work he put into creating it as a founding member. There’s nothing you can quantify or isolate as a specific reason why he’s a necessity to the band. He IS the band. His DNA is woven into the fabric of The Zeta and the two are inseparable. What defines you as a person? Show me. On paper. It’s not easy, is it? The fact that this rabid fan base would be robbed of a chance to see this talented group of musicians because of something as stupid and insignificant as red tape would be untenable and unfair to both the band as well as those fans. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t ever want a government deciding who is and isn’t a vital part of a band I enjoy. It’s overreach at it’s finest. Do what you can, people.



Brakrock Ecofest (Belgium) Announce New Headliners and More for this Summer

Belgium’s environmentally-conscious punk rock extravaganza, Brakrock Ecofest, has just announced two new headliners for its summer 2019 edition. Joining the bill will be Masked Intruder who will have just released their latest full-length album III, and all-round legends of the scene Pulley. Also included in the line up is Catalan skate punk unit Blowfuse.

Unfortunately, Brakrock has had to announce recently that California speed merchants Pour Habit will no longer be performing due to the band parting ways.

The festival has yet more bands to reveal and this will be happening on May 1st.

You can find out everything you need to know about the 2019 edition of Brakrock Ecofest at the official website where there are also the beginnings of day splits.



Introducing Knoxville Based Pop/Emo Quartet Rough Dreams

Rough Dreams was formed in the summer of 2018 by guitarist/vocalist Jake Jones and longtime friend and drummer Paul Lowe. The band was originally started simply as a means to play music back home in Tennessee while not touring with their other bands. Eventually, the boys added childhood friend Ty Carrington on bass and fellow Knoxvilleian (that can’t be right…) Chris Suggs on second guitar. The band’s sound has been described as a throwback vintage sound, reminiscent of late 90’s/early aughts emo/pop punk. With enough songs to record a demo, Rough Dreams enlisted Nick Diener (formerly of The Swellers), Zach Householder (of Whitechapel), and local engineer Miah from the Soundlair to help track the band’s debut album which was jsut rtelased last week. Now’s the part where we tell you to go listen to it! Soooooo, go do it below! NOOOOW!



DS Staff Picks: Dropkickeith’s favorites of 2018

Hello! I’m pretty new to DS and a little hard pressed to accurately express how excited I am to be part of this team and community. I fell in love with punk rock and have wanted to shout it from the top of a mountain but I did not have a mountain, and now thanks to this website I have an awesome mountain top community that shares that love. That being said, the reason I fell in love with punk is that there is a distinct streak of chaos that permeates the genre. There is a sense of limitless exploration and through that exploration there is a chance to stumble across something unique. Therein lies the beauty, the sense that something amazing can happen just from mixing the ingredients in a slightly different way. So here are my favorites from 2018, Check them out below.



See the top albums of the year from some Fat Wreck Chords bands

Some members of various Fat Wreck Chords bands recently sat down with Brooklyn Vegan to talk about their favorite albums of the year.  Check out the lists from members of Good Riddance, Western Addiction, Night Birds, Direct Hit, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes here.



Showoff singer starts ‘Punk Rock Bowling Meet Up’

Chris Messer, singer of Chicago pop punk Showoff has started a ‘meet up’ for people that love bowling and punk rock music. If you think this might be of interest to you and live in the Milwaukee area, check out the link to sign up here.

Originally produced by John Feldmann in 1999, Showoff have had several great releases over the years. Their album Midwest Side Story released on Messer’s own Dodgeball Records  in 2017 was overlooked and underrated. 

 



Brakrock Ecofest Announces New Bands Performing at its 2019 Edition

Europe’s environmentally-conscious punk rock festival, Brakrock Ecofest, has added a load of new names to its lineup for the 2019 edition.

Joining the likes of Propagandhi, The Dopamines, and PEARS will be legendary Californian mainstays, Descendents, Gainesville’s finest, Less Than Jake, and it will also be the return of much-loved speed merchants, Cigar.

Also performing will be The Bennies, , Toy Dolls, Pour Habit, Much The Same, Hit The Switch, Straightline, and For I Am. More names are expected to be announced early next year.

Brakrock Ecofest takes place in the town of Duffel, Belgium, over the weekend of August 2nd, 2019. All the information you need about the event can be found here.

 



Fair Do’s (Melodic Hardcore, UK) Announce 2019 Tour of Japan

Manchester-based genre straddlers Fair Do’s have just announced that they will tour Japan in the new year. The metal-edged skate punk onslaught will head east between the 9th and 14th of January, hitting up a total of six shows.

Arranging the entire fiasco is the always hardworking RNR Tours.

The frankly stunning tour poster artwork has been inspired by the quartet’s recently released debut full-length, Leopards, and was designed by Holly Dixon of Cat’s Cradle Tattoo Studio. I have on good authority that the beast depicted is known as a “Gundampard”.

You can check out all the dates below.