Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have just finished recording a new batch of covers at Studio 606 in anticipation of touring Japan this September. The six song EP includes covers of songs by famed Japanese artists such as: “Kekkon Shiyoyo” by Takuryo Yoshida, “Hero” by Kai Band and “Kokoro No Tabi” by Tulip. To find out how Spike tackled the process of recording and learning Japanese, you can read it here! Stay tuned for upcoming tour dates, album title, release date and an MP3 soon.
We’re set to release a killer Strung Out retrospective, celebrating their 20 year career. The album is titled Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out and will be released July 19th on CD, double LP and digital . Fans can expect 23 catalog tracks, culled from each of their 7 albums and 2 EP’s, all fully REMIXED from the original tapes by Ryan Greene. As a special bonus, the band recorded 3 brand new songs exclusively for this release. The packaging boasts a front cover with an original painting by vocalist Jason Cruz, a huge collage with photos of hundreds of fans’ Strung Out tattoos, and more. Read what Jake from Strung Out had to say below:
We are super stoked on how our best of album has turned out! We chose the songs that we thought would best define our sound and it wasn’t easy making the final selection. Ryan Greene did an amazing job on remixing these songs, which has given a new life to them all! We can’t wait for you, the fans, to check them out! The bonus is the 3 brand new, unreleased songs that are included which turned out great as well! If you were to only buy one Strung Out album, this would for sure be it!!
Rise Against, Join the Ranks is out today! This release is only available on vinyl and we’ve pressed it on 70-gram (heavyweight vinyl akin to a 180-gram LP) in a regular sleeve and available everywhere. This three song 7”features songs never before released on a pieces of Rise Against vinyl and you can order it here!
NO USE FOR A NAME are touring Australia & NZ this July/August, bringing their storied reputation of debaucherous awesomeness that spans 9 albums, 5 continents and a lineup more ready to shred punk rock songs than almost any other lineup in the history of not only NUFAN, but dare we say it: the entire history of the galaxy. No, fer real. Check it:
New axe master Chris Rest from Lagwagon and bad-ass drummer Boz Rivera from the Mad Caddies join Tony Sly, who’s pretty much approaching legend status at this point. And as if that still isn’t enough of an upgrade, Tony went whole hog on bassist Matt Riddle and put him into the hospital where he made him die several times, lose 70 pounds, get rid of his ‘diva-like’ gallbladder and ultimately emerge lean, mean and full of that brand new angst that only getting a seven figure hospital bill can provide. In every way, shit’s fucking upside down, backwards, faster, tighter, more technical, thinner, and less drunk, and the end results are the dawn of a new and exciting era from a band of legends, all with fresh perspective and a bunch of new reasons to turn up the flame under the NO USE FOR A NAME kettle.
Check out their current tour dates here!
Tony Sly is heading to Canada on a run with Dave Hause in June. Check out the sweet art work and tour dates below!
05/31/11 Vancouver, BC Canada The Railway Club
06/02/11 Calgary, AB Canada The Distillery
06/03/11 Edmonton, AB Canada New City Legion
06/04/11 Saskatoon, SK Canada Amigo’s
06/05/11 Regina, SK Canada The Exchange
06/06/11 Winnipeg, MB Canada Pyramid Cabaret
Good news! For those of you that weren’t able to get to a record store on April 16th to pick up Rise Against’s Join the Ranks picture disc, you have another opportunity. No, we aren’t now selling the exact same thing on the internet as seems to be the trend with RSD stuff. That picture disc is long gone and was ONLY available at stores. What we’ve got now is a 70-gram 7” (heavyweight vinyl akin to a 180-gram LP) in a regular sleeve and available everywhere, with of course a limited amount on colored vinyl through Fat mailorder (also on 70-gram). Pre-order now! (Also, check out the last Rise Against 7", on sale now!)
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!