Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ new retrospecitve, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, is out today! Head to here to listen to the entire album on your preferred digital service. Then, be sure your vocal cords are in shape and ready to sing along, because the Gimmes are touring like the real pop stars of yesteryear that they are. Check out an insightful new interview with lead singer Spike Slawson, and this discussion of when they were booed out of a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game at PNC Park. Good times! Check out a review, then get busy practicing, because these tunes won’t sing themselves. Well, actually, they will; our friend Spike is quite talented. It just won’t be as much fun! If you haven’t snagged your copy of Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, do it now!
Teenage Bottlerocket’s brand new album — and their return to FAT — is complete! Stealing the Covers, a unique album of very special cover songs, is coming out this July! Read all about it in this AP interview with singer/guitarist Ray Carlisle, where he discusses moving forward in TBR without his twin brother/drummer Brandon, being a father on the road, and the direction TBR is headed. So, get rad, and be sure to catch Teenage Bottlerocket on tour.
“We sat with this project for a LONG time…like a decade. We thought it’d be rad to cover some smaller bands that never really got the attention they deserved. When it came time to bring the project to life, we had to sift through a ton of songs to finally narrow it down to these. This record represents some of our favorite songs from bands we’ve played with over the years. We’re so stoked it’s finally going to come out, and we’re extra stoked it’s coming out on Fat Wreck Chords. I’m pretty sure we are the first band to do a cover record on FAT. Yep. We First.” — Miguel
There are many things that we appreciate about Canada. Something we stumbled upon recently is that they drink milk out of a bag. Seriously. But there must be something within their pop culture that cultivates true talent, because the list of great artists is vast. (Perhaps, it’s their country’s dedication and financial support of the arts?) For example, Canada has given us Rick Moranis, Carrie Ann Moss, and a Prime Minister who knows what equality looks like plus, the bands! Just on our label alone, we’ve had the privilege of releasing records from Propagandhi, The Flatliners, Chixdiggit!, and The Real McKenzies. Add to that illustrious list, The Dirty Nil, who just received a Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year! Well deserved! Today, you can head over to Noisey and read an extensive feature on the band and listen to the brand new song, ‘’Caroline,’’ from their upcoming release, Minimum R&B. U.S. residents, you can pre-order it from us now! For the rest of the world, you’ll need to go here. The Dirty Nil will be touring Europe with The Menzingers and The Flatliners, so don’t miss them!
Direct Hit’s brand new video is premiering over at Alternative Press! Click here to watch the video for “Snickers or Reese’s (Pick Up the Pieces),” the lead track from their debut album, Domesplitter. Our reissue of this record will officially drop on April 14th; however, you can order it now, or grab one from the band directly at one of their shows with Bowling For Soup. The tour is in full swing now, and you can check out the dates here. Direct Hit front-man Nick Woods explains the song’s origins:
“Snickers or Reese’s (Pick Up the Pieces)” is about someone I used to know who threatened to hurt my wife and me after I cut ties with him for being a bad friend. This was a long time ago, when Direct Hit was still releasing music for free on the internet, and a year or two before Domesplitter came out. I got 30 phone calls in a row from him one afternoon and had to change my phone number, so I wrote this song to get some demons out that night. It’s about how I just wanted him to go away and leave me alone…sort of a manic paranoia. We wanted this video to reflect that.” – Nick
When you attend a Me First and the Gimme Gimmes show, there is one thing we expect from you: to sing along! However, if you’re somehow unfamiliar with the Gimmes’ extensive catalog, the new retrospective, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, is the perfect place to start. Head to Brooklynvegan to listen to the album in its entirety! This mega-hit collection — along with a couple shoulda-been-a-hit rarities — drops this Friday, and you can order it here. Alternatively, pick it up at our European webstore and our Australian webstore. Then, check out their upcoming tour dates, which include an extensive North American run with PEARS and Masked Intruder. Don’t worry Europe; they’ll be headed to your beloved shores again this summer.
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