San Francisco Weekly is premiering a brand new Swingin’ Utters song: Stuck in a Circle. Culled from their new album Poorly Formed, out February 19th, the song is a perfectly formed exercise in dynamic songwriting, melding serene verses with gritty choruses and catchy melodies. This Darius Koski penned and sung tune is the flipside of the Swingin’ Utters’ coin, the perfect complement to Johnny Bonnel and Jack Dalrymple’s The Librarians Are Hiding Something. View their upcoming tour dates below and stay tuned for the album pre-order sometime next week!
02/16/13 Santa Cruz, CA at Catalyst RECORD RELEASE!
02/23/13 Sacramento, CA at Blue Lamp
02/24/13 San Francisco, CA at Slim’s
02/27/13 Eugene, OR at John Henry’s
02/28/13 Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre
03/02/13 Seattle , WA at The Highline
03/03/13 Vancouver, BC Canada at Rickshaw Theatre
03/05/13 Edmonton, AB Canada at The Pawn Shop
03/06/13 Calgary, AB Canada at Dickens Pub
03/08/13 Boise , ID at The Venue
03/09/13 Salt Lake City, UT at Burt’s Tiki Lounge
03/10/13 Denver, CO at Marquis Theatre
03/13/13 Scottsdale, AZ at Pub Rock
03/15/13 San Diego, CA at The Casbah
We’re thrilled to announce that on March 5th we’ll release Old Man Markley’s sophomore album, Down Side Up! These hard working critters really do live on the road. With their extensive touring over the past few years, they’ve shared the stage with the likes of NOFX, Against Me!, Social Distortion and more. But that isn’t even the most interesting part about these folks. Old Man Markley love to play live, anywhere, anytime and the proof is in the pudding. Check out this list: Stagecoach, Fun Fun Fun, Hootenanny, and our favorite: Capay Tomato Fest! Anyway, we love that because we enjoy a band that excels at doing what bands should: touring and making music. Fun! No primadonnas here. Have you seen their traveling tour bus? Crampy. But that shows you their love—basically they have zero privacy 360 days out of the year. What that delivers is a cohesive, foot tapping, stomping, 13 song album titled Down Side Up, produced by Fat Mike and singer, Johnny Carey. Read what Katie Weed had to say below.
The songs on “Down Side Up” are the result of a wonderful confluence of things: of touring for years and waking up together in cities across the world, of discovering new worlds while still missing home, of stories that we’ve wanted to tell for ages, of melodies that permeated our minds and then soundchecks, and of songs that took shape and life truly as a collaboration between band members. Fat Mike and Johnny worked closely with the band to produce what we think is the best album we’ve ever been a part of. And it happened to be recorded in the same room where we used to burn stove-top popcorn and drink beer and dream about how amazing it would be if we could turn this passion into a life, or even career.We lived, breathed, ate, and slept these songs. Several members literally lived in the studio that we built. Recording in our own studio provided almost unbridled freedom: unlimited opportunity to tweak the songs, and the luxury of being able to take creative risks. Harmonies conceived and recorded at 3 AM or solos re-recorded during lunch became the norm, and allowed us myriad options and creative control. Where else but in the OMM home studio could we lay down a ripping distorted autoharp track and then pop outside to the backyard to record the crickets of Van Nuys? We’re excited to get back on the road and play all these new songs. We’ve got our banjo and washboard in hand, ready to FUCKING ROCK!
So the new NOFX 7” comes out today. All we have to say is that if you haven’t watched the new NOFX video featuring the title track, “Xmas Has Been X’ed”, you can make it your New Year’s Revolution to do so, because it is hilarious. And all you doubters out there, have a little faith for once, no one’s lying when they say the bus scene was NOT planned! Only NOFX can experience this kind of kismet. Anyway, we’re pretty stoked to release this double A-side 7” featuring the brand new track “New Year’s Revolution” and the re-recorded rarity “Wore Out the Soles of My Party Boots”, all of course with the whip-smart sense of humor NOFX are renowned for. This 7”, also with double front cover artwork, is limited to a total pressing of 5,000, including all three color variations. That’s right, we saved the New Year’s Revolution color for the new year! Get it now, one per person! Oh, and see how thrilled Fatty is about the 7” below:
I was really excited about this 7" about two weeks ago when I first got my copy. Now I’m kinda over it. Fat Mike
NOFX tour dates!
Double Trouble! Release day for two stellar bands. Oh, no big deal, just Snuff and Less Than Jake! These two powerhouses can boast longevity in an age when most bands can’t last one tour cycle. After a long hiatus, one of the UK’s most notable punk exports, Snuff deliver a brand new full length titled 5-4-3-2-1…Perhaps? Listen to a full album stream and read a brand new review which describes this release as hitting an enormous “Career Reset” button. Get stoked because there are whispers of tour dates coming down the pike.
As the currently reigning champs of the ska-punk genre, Less Than Jake have assembled their two super-limited tour EP’s, added two previously unreleased bonus tracks, and re-sequenced everything into one cohesive record, Greetings & Salutations! Listen to the album here and read a review. Then start planning your trip to Austin, Texas, because they’ve just been tagged to headline our SXSW showcase on March 15th! Details coming soon.
Quintessential California punk band NOFX celebrate their monumental 30th anniversary this year by announcing the release of a limited edition LP box set on February 19, 2013. The box contains all 12 studio albums, from 1988’s Liberal Animation through 2012’s Self Entitled, plus the epic EP The Decline, which we think qualifies as an album anyway, and for the first time ever, the entire 7-inch of the Month Club series from 2005-2006 on a double LP. In addition, all box sets include a life-size version of NOFX’s infamous stage banner, and the first 250 copies we have for sale are signed by the band! So what are you waiting for? We’ve only got 1,000 copies and they’re all on colored vinyl (blue is exclusive to the Fat webstore) . Once they’re gone, you’ll have to troll around on ebay and that is fundamentally no fun. Pre-order now!. Even Fat Mike thinks it’s neat:
“I was so proud of this Box Set that I brought one home and put it on the mantle above my fireplace. It broke the mantle and melted. Now I need a new one. Mantle that is. The Box Set is fine!”
Hope your livers are well rested for Punk Rock Bowling! Read interviews with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Lagwagon, both playing this weekend along with Strung Out, Swingin’ Utters, The Lawrence Arms and Pour Habit. Beat you on the lanes!
Check out a new interview with Joe from Rise Against here!
Listen to an interview with Blue from Masked Intruder on BBC Radio 1 with Mike Davies.
Massive Flatliners tour kicks off next week. View the dates here!
Dillinger Fourth of July is 3 days this year! Head over here to order your passes. Banner Pilot and The Flatliners are also performing.
Check out Night Birds play a few songs on The Chris Gethard Show.
Fat Mike likes food, Fat Mike thinks food tastes good!
Morning Glory’s 7" dropped this week, here’s a review so you know what you’re missing out on.
New Less Than Jake tour dates added.