Fat Mike has great news to report from across the pond:
Things I learned going to Ireland: Don’t order Bushmills in Dublin. Don’t order Jameson in Belfast. Don’t drink too much on the ferry, or too little, cuz either way, you will get sick.
Oh, this is the important news: the NOFX record comes out today. What’s more important is that it will be priced under $10 in every store in North America. This is not a sale. This is how much this CD costs, and not only that, but EVERY CD on Fat Wreck Chords will now be under $10 and most will be under $8.
No, we are not crazy. We just think that having a very low CD price is a fair way for scene supporting music fans to support their favorite independent bands and labels. Sound crazy? I think it sounds reasonable. We make less profit, but bands hopefully will sell more CDs to more people, which is why we started doing this in the first place.
Ok, I’m off the ferry now, but still seasick. I think this whole island might be floating.
*NOFX – COASTER – OUT TODAY!
NOFX have your coffee table in mind today with the release of their 12th full length studio record, Coaster. Not only will Coaster protect your favorite end table from that offending gin and juice cocktail, but music is also included! That’s 12 brand new songs to sip that drink to.
And for all you athletic types, the record is also available on a vinyl 12” Frisbee! Who’s up for a game of golf? Frisbee golf that is. Wheeeee!
Stream the entire record on PunkNews.org here.
Download “The Quitter” and “Creeping Out Sara” from Coaster right now.
Watch a live interview and performance by NOFX at MySpace’s Transmission session here.
Make your own “Creeping Out Sara” music video, submit it to NOFX’s contest right here and win a bunch of free NOFX shit.
NOFX are currently finishing up their European tour with The Flatliners & Pour Habit. Make sure to check out their summer Warped Tour dates and Fall tour in Australia and New Zealand with Bad Religion right here.
I Scream Records releases Hoods “Pit Beast” on June 9th in the US!
One of the most brutal and honest West Coast Hardcore bands ever!!
This record is a must for any hard music fan, featuring 11 brutal, heart felt songs. The music is a call to arms for all those who have grown tired watching Hardcore be exploited and bastardized.
Hoods are a Hardcore institution formed by Mike Hood in 1995. Since that day the band has built a legacy that has outlasted the fakes and pretenders who have infiltrated the Hardcore scene.
Hoods have toured North America and Europe many times and can be considered as one of the hardest working bands out there. They’re on tour in the US right now and will invade Europe in May ’09. So look for Hoods at a festival or club near you soon!!
RANCID SIGNALS RAUCOUS RETURN WITH ESSENTIAL NEW ALBUM LET THE DOMINOES FALL (JUNE 2 – HELLCAT/EPITAPH), THEIR FIRST IN SIX YEARS AND MOST TOPICAL TO DATE
GET THE RANCID WIDGET; BE THE FIRST TO HEAR THEIR NEW SINGLE “LAST ONE TO DIE”: http://www.myspace.com/rancid
SUMMER TOUR WITH RISE AGAINST KICKS OFF JUNE 4
Seminal punk band Rancid – Tim Armstrong (guitar/vocals), Lars Frederiksen (guitar/vocals), Matt Freeman (bass/vocals), and Branden Steineckert (drums) – have set June 2nd for the release of Let The Dominoes Fall (Hellcat/Epitaph), their first studio album in six years. The platinum-selling band recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound Studio, with production by Epitaph Records founder/Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Let The Dominoes fall features nineteen new songs, all written by Rancid. Special guest and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T contributes Hammond B3 organ on one track, “Up To No Good.”
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BLACK PRESIDENT SET TO HIT THE ROAD WITH BOUNCING SOULS
DRUMMER DAVE RAUN JOINS BAND AS FULLTIME PLAYER
DEBUT CD OUT NOW ON COBRA MUSIC
“BLACK PRESIDENT is a band founded on the belief that the human race is angry, greedy, simple & ugly. We believe in educating ourselves, treating the world & people around us with the same respect we would take from it. We are not “politically correct”, we’re just not ignorant”. Black President self-titled debut out now on Cobra Music.
After filling in as guest drummer on dates with TSOL Dave Raun will be joining the band full time replacing drummer Roy Mayorga. “Dave is a badass… We stayed at his house when our van broke down in Fresno on the Warped Tour and it just clicked. He came in, killed it on the TSOL tour, and has brought a whole new energy to the band. Roy is an old friend and amazing drummer who will definitely be missed. We wish him all the best and there are no hard feelings. Losing Roy for Dave is a quality problem that we can’t really complain about! We can’t wait to hit the road again in April.” States Christian Martucci
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We are very excited to announce the signing of Skarhead for the release of their long awaited new record “Drugs, Music and Sex”.
Skarhead was founded in 1995 by Lord Ezec and released the EP “Drugs, Money, Sex” that same year.
In 1999 their follow up album, “Kings At Crime” took the worldwide hardcore scene by storm and instantaneously became one of the all time classic hardcore records.
Today 10 years after the release of “Kings At Crime” Lord Ezec is back as frontman of the worlds most infamous hardcore bands.
“Drugs, Music and Sex” is recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Sick Of It All, Madball, Agnostic Front) and produced by Lord Ezec. The album features guest appearances by some of hardcore’s greatest such as Freddy Cricien, CIV, Jorge Rosado, Jamey Jasta, Armand & Craig from Sick Of It All, Vinnie Stigma and more.
The album is currently being mixed and set for release late Summer 2009. Continue reading Skarhead and I Scream Records ink worldwide deal
Shirts for a Cure Announces Set Times For SXSW Free Show With The Bouncing Souls and Dillinger Four
Shirts for a Cure presents a FREE SXSW showcase on Friday, March 20th at Red 7. Doors open at high noon.
The A.K.A.’s 12:30 – 1:00
Ruiner 1:20 – 1:50
Darkest Hour 2:20 – 3:05
Dillinger Four 3:25 – 4:25
The Bouncing Souls 4:45 – 6:00
First come, first served – get here early for guaranteed admittance
Hoods sign worldwide deal with I Scream Records
I Scream Records is very proud to welcome Hoods to the family.
Hoods founded in Sacramento, CA, in 1995 by Mike Hoods have grown into a Hardcore institution. Their music is a call to arms for all of those who have grown tired watching Hardcore be exploited and bastardized. Mike Hood has used his years of experience to craft one of the most brutal and honest West Coast Hardcore bands ever.
Hoods have released several albums on a number of independents and now the long-awaited new album “Pit Beast” is set for release in May 2009.
“14 years and we’re still here. Still playing Hardcore, still having fun and bringing the mosh. I had no idea when I started Hoods if we would even last a year. With so many ups and many more downs we definitely made our mark. Not only for West Coast Hardcore but all over the world. I live, eat and breathe this music”. Mike Hood
Laurens says: “We are excited to join forces with Hoods in the year I Scream Records is celebrating its 15th anniversary. They’re one of the hardest working bands out there and a great addition to our roster”
Hoods are on tour in North America in April 2009 and will invade Europe in May 2009. Make sure to check ’em out at a venue near you.
In case anyone is still alive, next month will be the 10 year anniversary of upstarter.com … that’s a long freakin’ time to be runnin’ a long con on the music industry. They send me stuff and I spew out some bogus opinion about it. Hell’s Yes! I rule! … Never the less, next month I will be re-issuing ancient reviews from 1999. I suspect that it’ll be a pandemonium like Y2K all over again. Hooray!
The Shirts for a Cure Project is proud to announce this year’s SXSW day party will feature The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, Darkest Hour, The A.K.A.’s and Ruiner. This will be the ONLY 2009 SXSW appearance by The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four and Darkest Hours. This FREE event will be held at Red 7 (611 East 7th Street) on Friday March 20th, doors open at noon sharp. Donations will be collected at the door and are strong encouraged.
There will be limited space at this event, so please arrive early to be assured entry.
Take a moment to peek at this year’s poster: www.syrentha.org/sxswposter2009.htm
Back in Studio for Fourth Album
Open for Michael Franti & Spearhead
Selected to Join Flogging Molly’s Green 17 Tour
“The Aggrolites are one of the most unique bands out there today. In an era where way too many groups sound the same, it’s nice to have a group that is like a breath of fresh air. Their tunes can turn any bad day into a good one and their lyrics will have you singing along in no time.” – Quinnipiac Chronicle (Oct. 2008)
The Aggrolites have returned to the studio to craft their fourth full-length album and follow-up to the acclaimed Reggae Hit L.A. (Hellcat Records). Recording at Kingsize Soundlabs in Los Angeles, and scheduled for release in May 2009, the new album is guaranteed to deliver even more of their signature hard-hitting, soul-infused reggae.
The Aggrolites join socially conscious roots rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead at the new Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on January 31. Poet, musician and composer, Franti blends hip-hop, funk and reggae together with his outspoken political and progressive lyrics, and has gone on to become a worldwide million-selling artist and a leader in the peace and social justice movement. This show is part of Michael Franti & Spearhead’s 2009 Hey World Tour in support of All Rebel Rockers (Anti- Records), their first Top 40 album. This is the debut pairing of these two truly progressive bands with equally diverse and devoted fan bases. www.spearheadvibrations.com
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