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.
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
Today marks our last release date of the year and face to face have the honors. No more fruitless searching or blowing your paycheck on the super rare originals; the first three face to face albums are finally back in print on vinyl! These reissues include all the important stuff: bonus tracks, remastered sound, and enhanced artwork.
Our favorite highlanders, The Real McKenzies, will be celebrating 2017 with a brand new album—Two Devils Will Talk—out March 3rd, marking their 25th year as a band. There’s a saying in Scotland: “Many a mickle makes a muckle.” This translates to: “Many a small thing makes a big thing.” This is especially true with the unique sound that The Real McKenzies’ have cultivated over the years. Two Devils Will Talk is packed with fourteen rousing songs that incorporate classic punk, hard folk, acoustic and electric instruments, all weaving in the Celtic influence for which the band is known. The result of all these combined elements is one of the strongest albums in the band’s entire career. These vagabonds have already lined up a North American tour with additional European dates to be added soon. Canadians: Stomp Records will be your source of this finely distilled recording on CD & Digital. We’ll be announcing our pre-order shortly, but in the meantime, read what bassist Troy Zak has to say about his clan’s latest offering:
“On the 25th Anniversary of The Real McKenzies, we remain true to our Scottish-Canadian Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll roots. We wrote an album about perseverance, determination, and staying true to our beliefs. The band has never hung up its hat even at the toughest of times and this album shows we are more relevant now than ever before.”
First off, let’s talk first editions. Normally, the first edition, hard cover version of a book is the first thing released. However, NOFX aren’t your normal authors, so they decided to wait and print up the hard cover edition of their New York Times Bestselling book, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, a few months after release. But it’s finally here and makes a great gift! This is the first printing!
Number two, we have a recently unearthed, crazy old NOFX recording to go along with the crazy old stories in the book. It’s a 4-song 7-inch EP that was recorded in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska in 1987! Comprised of songs that were never re-recorded for anything else later, it’s a veritable lost treasure. (Vinyl only, no digital!)
Number three in this Hepatitis Bath Bundle … the Hepatitis Bath Towel! That’s right, a full-size, 58″×28″ beach-style towel, boldly emblazoned with your favorite band’s moniker and the word “hepatitis” nice and big! Perfect for getting weird looks and carving out that spot at the beach to read your new book.
Number FOUR! Another 7-inch record. Many of you already have this one, as it was the secret bonus record in the NOFX First Ditch Effort album bundle that you probably received (a little late… sorry). If you got the yellow or orange/white vinyl with your bundle, then you got a much more limited color pressing. What we have today is the white vinyl (2,589 pressed) and black vinyl versions of Oxy Moronic, number 3 in our OD (Original Demo) Series. The b-side contains the radically different original demo version of “Oxy Moronic.” This record is sold separately and NOT part of the bundle. (No digital either!)
Last and least, number five: Fat Wreck Chords wrapping paper! Clearly you need something cool and inappropriate to wrap all this up in on the 26th, as you’re prepping your late, last minute gift. What better way to do that than FAT wrapping paper?! It’s a large, 24″×37″, folded sheet of wrapping paper adorned with our lovely logo, stacks of records, and some warming holiday cheer. (Note: if you want to guarantee you get the wrapping paper before Xmas, order that separately; the shipping is cheap and we can’t guarantee the book/towel/record bundle will arrive by the 24th, though we will be shipping them out starting December 19th).
Whew! We have plenty of these bundles, so take your time in getting your order straight before placing it!
Direct Hit! is playing a show with Rise Against on Friday in Chicago!
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits just came out. Check out this review on Paste Magazine
Volume up, pedal down. Swingin’ Utters and toyGuitar European tour is happening now! Don’t miss it.
Chicken from Dead To Me was interviewed on Is This Music podcast. Give it a listen!
Break On Through: Four Things That Made The Dirty Nil Juno Award Winners.
The Bombpops have been on an absolute tear since they released their latest effort, Fear of Missing Out. With record release shows in the bag, they are heading out again this May. Scope out their tour dates and then read a brand new interview with the band here!