J Church post new track, details on “The Horror Of Life”

No Idea has posted the tracklisting and artwork for the upcoming J Church record, The Horror Of Life. This will be the band’s follow up full-length to 2004’s Society Is A Carnivorous Flower. The record will be released March 13th on No Idea Records.

To hear the first track off the record, “Vampire Girl Prefers Me Alive,” click here.

Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22105. Continue reading J Church post new track, details on “The Horror Of Life”

Ozzfest to be free this summer

The organizers behind the 2007 edition of Ozzfest have announced that this summer’s tour will be free. The long-running tour will be selling no tickets and instead is planning to enlist sponsors to fund the tour.

The news is even more surprising as the event is the top-grossing festival tour of all time, and second only to the Warped Tour for longevity. Sharon Osbourne explained:

We’re reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs. As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about.

The plan is for interested showgoers to visit to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22102. Continue reading Ozzfest to be free this summer

Steve Jobs comes out against copy-protection

In a surprising open letter today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs posted a detailed essay explaining why Apple sells copy-protected music and more importantly, the benefits of removing the digital locks from purchased music. The revelation is particularly surprising since Apple’s iTunes store currently dominates the digital download market and sells more than a billion DRM-protected songs a year.

Jobs explains that the only reason for DRM is to appease the big four music companies and Apple would embrace a DRM-free future “in a heartbeat.” Apple even urges European countries to pressure the “two and a half” major labels headquartered in Europe (Universal/Vivendi, EMI and half of Sony BMG) to license their music to Apple and others without the digital locks that all major label’s seem to require.

While many have publically questioned the value proposition of restricted music, no company as high profile as Apple have ever made statements like this against DRM.

You can check out the article here.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22101. Continue reading Steve Jobs comes out against copy-protection

Citizen Fish post new song

Another new track from their upcoming Leftover Crack/Citizen Fish split has surfaced online. The disc is titled Deadline and Citizen Fish recorded 5 original songs along with their cover of LoC’s “Clear Channel Fuck Off” and Choking Victim’s “Money”.

Leftover Crack contributed 6 new songs and 2 covers, one being a Subhumans song and the other being a CItizen Fish song. Special guests on the record include Jello Biafra and M.D.C.’s Dave Dictor.

You can check out the song here: “Meltdown.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22100. Continue reading Citizen Fish post new song

Tours: Chin Up Chin Up

Chicago’s Chin Up Chin Up have announced a tour with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin set to kick off this month. The band is touring in support of their new album, This Harness Can’t Ride Anything.

The band just wrapped up work on the video for the title track from the album with Eric David Johnson (who directed M Ward’s “Chinese Translation” video), with help from the animation team at Hooliganship.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22099. Continue reading Tours: Chin Up Chin Up

Tours: This is Hell

This Is Hell have announced more dates in the coming months. The band recently promised a new 2007 full length. This past weekend, the band wrapped up work on eleven demos, the finished versions of which will make up most of the followup to the band’s last full-length, Sundowning, which was released just over seven months ago. That album also recently garnered a spot on our year-end list. Sundowning‘s followup is promised to be properly recorded “some time after the summer,” which it seems may already cancel out the band’s 2007 release promise.

If the album’s release is indeed squeezed into the 2007 calendar year however, this would mean the band will have released new, individual material four years straight: 2004’s self-titled demo (self-released), 2005’s self-titled EP (State of Mind), and last year’s aforementioned Sundowning (Trustkill). A split with Cancer Bats is also in the works for this year.

Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22098. Continue reading Tours: This is Hell

Stream Fall Out Boy’s “Infinity on High”

Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy has launched a full album stream of their highly anticipated follow up to 2005’s breakthrough, From Under The Cork Tree.

The successful band has been the subject of high profile remixes, leaks, controversial statements and famous guest stars in the weeks leading up to the release. They also have way more friends than you do (unless you’re Tila Tequila).

You can check out the album via Friends or Enemies.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22034. Continue reading Stream Fall Out Boy’s “Infinity on High”

New Music Roundup: Death is not Glamorous, I Sleepwalker, The Flesh

Oslo’s Death Is Not Glamorous have posted some music from a long delayed split with Sweden’s Another Year. The bands each contribute two tracks, and the full split will not be made available in the next few weeks. The split is the band’s first release since 2006’s Undercurrents and you can check out the song on their myspace page.

Harvest Earth Records act I Sleepwalker have been tapped to provide support for Victory’s Beneath The Sky on their upcoming tour. The band has three songs available online and you can check them out here.

The Flesh have announced their upcoming album, Firetower will be released May 1st on Gern Blandsten. The band has posted the first track from that album, “Cradle Brothel Bible” and you can check that out on their myspace page.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22033. Continue reading New Music Roundup: Death is not Glamorous, I Sleepwalker, The Flesh

Morello describe Rage reunion as “knockout blow” to Bush, open to further shows

Rage Against The Machine Tom Morello recently discussed the highly publicized reunion from Rage Against The Machine with MTV. The band played the main stage at the first Coachella in 1999 and will perform this year alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Björk, Interpol, the Decemberists, Sonic Youth and many more.

First, Morello explained why Coachella and why now?

Is it coincidence that in the seven years that Rage Against the Machine has been away that the country has slid into right-wing purgatory? I think not, It occurred to all of us that the times were right to see if we can knock the Bush administration out in one fell swoop, and we hope to do that job well. This administration has done enough damage that it may take generations to undo. This is an administration that believes it’s beyond the laws of the land, which is fine for emperors, but not so great for presidents. One thing this president isn’t above is the laws of physics, and there is no action without reaction.

Besides that, Tom did not rule out the possibility of future performances the band. Considering the wild effect festivals have had on everyone from 108 to Lifetime to the Pixies, one can only speculate.

Morello cofounded the band with former Inside Out vocalist Zach de la Rocha. They split up in 2000 and their final release was the posthumous live recording, Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22032. Continue reading Morello describe Rage reunion as “knockout blow” to Bush, open to further shows

Red Scare signs Cobra Skulls

Red Scare Records have announced the newest member of their roster, Reno, Nevada’s Cobra Skulls. The label’s CEO, Mr. Tobias Jeg, describes the band as:

Cobra Skulls are three young punks that sound like Subhumans meets Against Me! meets TSOL…with a dash of rockabilly vocals.

You can check out some music at the band’s MySpace page.
Source: http://www.punknews.org/article/22031. Continue reading Red Scare signs Cobra Skulls