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13Jan, 2017
CJ RAMONE – American Beauty – out March 17th

American Beauty is CJ Ramone’s third solo album and was recorded with the stellar backing band of Steve Soto (Adolescents), Dan Root (Adolescents), and Pete Sosa (Street Dogs). Out March 17th, the 12-song effort crackles with the spirit of ’76 and a sound and style true to the Ramones. CJ and his band have been on the road a lot since we released his last album, Last Chance to Dance, in 2014. Playing shows with the new generation of bands hasn’t been lost on CJ. He lent backing vocals to a track on the last Night Birds album, and now, on his own record, gets contributions from Big Eyes frontwoman Kate Eldridge and the horn section of Mariachi El Bronx! We’ll be premiering a brand new song shortly, so stay tuned! And now, a word from the man himself, CJ Ramone:

American Beauty is the record I’ve been working towards since I started putting out records as CJ Ramone. My songwriting has definitely grown up some, but the raw energy is still there. Steve Soto, Dan Root, and Pete Sosa helped me drive every track home in a way that only veterans of the business can do, with engineer/co-producer Paul Miner throwing gas on the fire every step of the way. I don’t think I could have made this record any better. 2017 is set to be my busiest year yet, starting with a coast to coast US/Canada tour, followed up by an extended trip to Europe this summer. Fall and Winter we’ll be spending in South America and we are working on a trip to Japan and, fingers crossed, Australia. It’s going to be a good year. Hope to see y’all on the big road.

10Jan, 2017
New Western Addiction Song!

The first assault from the new Western Addiction album, Tremulous, has arrived! Head over to Decibel right now to listen to “Masscult, Vulgarians and Entitlement.”

07Jan, 2017
The Bombpops – Digital Pre-order up now!

As we mentioned, we’re releasing The Bombpops debut full-length, Fear of Missing Out, on February 10th! You can pre-order the album right now on Bandcamp and iTunes, and in doing so, you’ll get to download the first single—"CA In July"—immediately. Pretty snazzy. Once you have the lyrics memorized, be sure to catch them live next month at one of their record release shows, including dates with Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Get Dead, and The Bouncing Souls! All of the dates and info can be found here! Check back soon for the vinyl pre-order.

04Jan, 2017
Direct Hit Tour Starts Today!

Let’s kick off 2017 with some good news. Direct Hit joins Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish on their Winter 2017 North American tour, starting today! They’ll support the duo for the first leg of the tour (January 4th through 26th). Check out the dates here. If you need a refresher, listen to Direct Hit’s latest effort and FAT debut, Wasted Mind, in its entirety over at Youtube, Bandcamp or Spotify.

23Dec, 2016
Wrapping Up 2016

Here’s the thing: we’d like to claim we’re eager to shove 2016 in the rearview mirror, but that would be an untruth. 2017, politically, seems chilling, if not downright menacing, under the incoming U.S. administration. Every day when a new cabinet position is filled, our hearts sink a little lower. One thing we can promise is that we will not be complacent. Complacency has no business in punk rock, or music in general. Hence, 2017: we will greet you fiercely and look to bring positive change in any way we can. Thanks to all who’ve purchased one of our Not My President t-shirts. We will be donating funds to various organizations who’ll be in real need of financial assistance, and we will keep you apprised along the way. We want to give a big thanks to all who’ve supported us and our bands in 2016; we couldn’t do any of this without you. Finally, our office is closed for 2016, so any orders placed won’t ship until the new year. We’ll be back in 2017 with a full year of great new records! Before we go, the FAT staff put together a list of their top five albums of 2016 (not including FAT artists) which resonated with us in some way or another. Check them out below, and have a great holiday. – Love, FAT.

Fat Mike:
The Interrupters – Say It Out Loud
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
The Beatles – Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Blink 182 – California

Zach Quinn – One Week Record
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
The Interrupters – Say It Out loud
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
Nerf Herder – Rockingham

The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

Chad: 5 Compelling Rock & Metal albums from 2016:
Witchcraft – Nucleus
Khemmis – Hunted
Gygax – Critical Hits
Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
Weezer – White Album
Deap Vally – Femejism
Mitski – Puberty 2

Pat: 5 non-Punk Albums I listened to in 2016:
John K. Sampson – Winter Wheat
Regina Spektor- Remember Us To Life
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
David Bowie – Blackstar

Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Blink 182 – California
The Bouncing Souls – Simplicity
Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana?
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Suuns – Hold/Still
Tancred – Out of the Garden
Slingshot Dakota – Break
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Super Unison – Auto

Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Brutal Youth – Sanguine
The Falcon – Gather Up The Chaps
Public Animal – Palace Arms
Medication – Warm Places

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