PETA2 recruits Rise Against, Thursday, Silverstein for anti-KFC video

PETA2 has recruited a number of bands for a new campaign targeting notorious fast food establishment KFC. The organization tapped Rise Against, Thursday, Silverstein, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, The Sleeping, Story of the Year and Hawthorne Heights for the new PSA and notes:

Chickens raised and killed for KFC endure the worst abuses imaginable—their bones are often broken, their throats are slit while they’re still conscious, and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks. Workers at a KFC “Supplier of the Year” were documented punching live birds, spitting tobacco into their eyes, and spray-painting their faces

Though both are vegans, Tim and Joe from Rise Against note that the campaign is not asking people to stop eating meat, but primarily aiming to draw attention to animal welfare issues.

Please note that the video contains disturbing images.
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Ringers – “Detention Halls”

RingersRingers are from Boston. Ringers mix together sounds from the East Bay, the northern Midwest and your record collection. Ringers sound so familiar but at the same time a bit refreshing. Ringers are letting us stream their new album Detention Halls for your pleasure. Ringers want you to listen.

Their album came out recently via 1-2-3-4 Go! and is the first since they settled on an exclusive distribution deal with No Idea. You can hear it at the Ringers band profile.

We’ve been having a lot of streams here lately, check out our Music Page for over 1000 songs.
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My American Heart: “Boys! Grab Your Guns”

My American Heart Today, we’ve got a brand new song from My American Heart. The band is gearing up for the release of their second album. The record is titled Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather and is due out June 26, 2007. It is the follow-up to The Meaning in Makeup which was released in 2005.

You can check out “Boys! Grab Your Guns” on their Profile.
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Rolling Stone and Sum 41 exchange barbs

Rolling Stone magazine and Canadian pop-punk outfit Sum 41 have exchanged some public barbs on their respective blogs. First, the magazine had this to say:

The snot-nosed punks of Sum 41 aren’t the first Canadian artists to pick a fight with the president — that honor belongs to Neil Young. But we’re pretty sure they’re the first to threaten the Commander In Chief’s life on a single. […] When MTV asked Whibley to explain the lyrics, he waxed poetic, saying that they’re just a “metaphor for how Bush is so ineffectual and incompetent as a president.”

Here’s the thing, Whibley: When you critique the President, call him “gay,” call for an exorcism, and then discuss his death, you aren’t constructing a metaphor. You’re using a different literary device: Rhetoric to incite violence. Punks pushing the envelope aren’t new (the Sex Pistols got in trouble for calling the British crown a “fascist regime”), but backing off your lyrics is weak. You’re supposed to be punk, so act like it.

What does this anti-Bush rant, metaphorical or otherwise, mean for Sum 41? We talked to a spokesperson for the house minority leader yesterday, who called the song “inflammatory and assinine” — perhaps best review Sum 41’s ever gotten.

To which Mr.Whibley responded:

Well, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you but it is a fucking metaphor. […] I don’t want to kill the president! i believe in peace and non-violence and I would never encourage the killing of a president or anyone for that matter. I’m not anti-American in any way. I love America but the choices and decisions the president makes affect the whole world, not just america. But no matter how bad of the choices are I will never want to kill the president. [It’s his] right to make those choices. but it’s also my right to criticize those choices

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