So, you’ve heard of Bluegrass, but what’s “Newgrass”? Well, it’s the affectionately coined style of music the kids in OLD MAN MARKLEY have been pioneering since 2007. Made up of nine musicians with punk rock in their hearts and traditional acoustic instruments in their hands, OLD MAN MARKLEY have adeptly bound the two genres, giving way to something fresh and exciting. Old Man Markley are set to release their debut full length on Fat Wreck Chords, titled Guts N’ Teeth , on January 18, 2011. The release will be available on CD, LP and digitally. The band has a big year planned, and kicks things off with a slew of dates opening for NOFX in January. We recently released their debut single For Better For Worse and you can still pick up a copy on vinyl and download the title track.
Take a peek at what Annie, autoharpist & vocalist, had to say about the release:
We stripped our punk rock down to “guts” and our Bluegrass down to “teeth.” Now we’re naked and letting it all hang out with our first full length – Guts N’ Teeth. This album was made with the hopes that it would fall into the right hands – someone that would really appreciate our unique arrangements. We couldn’t believe that the perfectly manicured hands of Fat Mike would catch it! Now it’s your turn. Have a listen and let the banjo steal a little piece of your heart. Pick up a copy at one of our shows… we want to talk with you, dance with you, drink with you! See ya on the road.
Ring in the new year with NOFX at the historic Wiltern Theater on New Year’s Eve! Tickets can be purchased here on Wednesday, November 24th! The evening is going to be a doozy with NOFX headlining, with support from a surprise old school band, Dead To Me and Old Man Markley ! Joe Sib from Complete Control Radio will be the MC of the evening. Don’t delay because tickets are going fast! Tickets are available without service charges at Palladium every Saturday 10am to 2pm. As well as at the Palladium and Wiltern Box Office any night they have a show.
NOFX New Years Heave!
At The Historic Wiltern Theater
Awesome Old School Band (top secret)
Dead to Me
Old Man Markley
“MC for the night Complete Control Radio’s Joe Sib”
Plus silver stuff.
Plus booze, for sale.
Preorders for Harder, Fatter + Louder! have just begun. Get it now!
With most of the NOFX clear Decline LP’s getting damaged and tossed in the trash (cringe), we thought we’d repress it close to 11 years later. It’s not clear, but it is color. You can get it now (while supplies last) along with an awesome new NOFX giant fabric banner.
First up, Smoke or Fire release The Speakeasy, their third full-length, recorded by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios. A member change welcomes Ryan Parrish (Darkest Hour), who lends his talent on drums, while this recording marks the first time Gwomper (AVAIL) was part of the writing process since he took over stewardship of bass duties two years ago. You can hear The Speakeasy in its entirety here. Download the new single “Monsters Among Us” here. The Speakeasy is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally. Click here to read a new review, compliments of Punknews and click here to enter a Smoke or Fire contest hosted by Interpunk!
Screeching Weasel release Television City Dream today and Ben Weasel posted a detailed piece about the reissue, which you can read by visiting his blog here! Curious to hear how this reissue was retooled? Click here to download “Speed of Mutation” and here to enter a contest. Additionally, you can order this release on CD, digitally or on vinyl by clicking here! Don’t delay as we’ve already sold out the first limited edition color, and have a limited amount pressed on a second color, which is going fast. Television City Dream had a full makeover: re-mix, re-mastering, and brand new art. Most intriguing is that there were 5 songs from the TVCD session that were not included with the original release, but they are now back where they belong, re-sequenced into a 20-song opus. Enjoy!
Cobra Skulls will release Bringing the War Home on January 18th. This 5 song EP is the band’s first offering on Fat and boasts cover art by world-renowned artist Martha Rosler. Cobra Skulls are currently on tour with Dead To Me and will join NOFX on their January run. Devin (singer/bassist) drops some heavy shit about the album below. Check it out.
I’m very proud of our new 5-song EP, “Bringing the War Home”. I think the new songs are some of our best yet. They aren’t necessarily an indicator of what our next full-length will sound like as I wrote these songs year ago, but never got the chance to bring them to the band until a couple weeks before we recorded them in August. I think the most notable difference this recording is Luke’s drumming. We love our old drummer Chad who was amazing, but Luke’s got a different style all his own. He’s a ripper and we’re lucky to have him.
The title of the EP comes from an old protest slogan of the Vietnam War era and I think the phrase is just as meaningful today during our ongoing, illegal war in Iraq. It’s an obvious play off of “Bring the Troops Home”, but it has a few more meanings as well as the implication to bring our troops home. To some it may sound offensive, but in the instances of the Vietnam and Iraq wars it implies that if there were no troops there would be no war. It also refers to the fact that the war is taking our tax dollars that we could spend on building and maintaining health care, schools and a crumbling infrastructure. (It seems like barely any people, and few economists point to the fact that we are in an economical crisis mainly because of war spending.) We need to bring our troops and that war money home. “Bringing the War Home” also refers to how we are culturally isolated in the U.S. and increasingly distracted with technological gadgets and we have a war within our borders that we have exported over seas. We don’t witness the misfortunate repercussions of our war except for when our injured troops come home, battered, dismembered and many with PTSD.
I am extremely excited that world-renowned artist, Martha Rosler, allowed us to use her art for the EP. She has been highly influential in the art world for decades and received many awards for her art that has often focused on and been critical of war, media, housing, homelessness, transportation, and the female experience. Rosler’s pieces which we used for the EP are also critical of the way modern Americans go about our consumer-driven, materialistic and pampered lives. We are distracted and desensitized by vapid technological wonders that separate us from nature and each other while great suffering and real horror exist on this planet by which we are all connected. That’s a problem, a conflict and a war that we can’t keep ignoring and the only way we can change it is by first acknowledging it by brining it home where we are forced to deal with it.
Check out the*Cobra Skulls* tour dates here!
Mean Jeans are keeping DIY punk alive!
Read a review of NOFX’s recent show at Irving Plaza in NYC with Direct Hit.
NOFX’s new book is out and they talk about it in this interview.
CJ Ramone is hitting the road in May and June with Broken Gold.
Sundowner has a couple shows this weekend with Ray Rocket from Teenage Bottlerocket!
Mean Jeans Tight New Dimension comes out tomorrow! Check out this review!
Punknews has a review of the NOFX, Direct Hit, Mean Jeans and Bad Cop/Bad Cop show that passed thru LA earlier this week!
Mean Jeans are playing Hori Smoku Summer Boogaloo in Finland!
Review for the Leftöver Crack show in Huntington Beach!