June 3rd, 2007

It’s Sunday June 3rd, 2007. So last week when I predicted that Trio story? The truth is I’m not clairvoyant. We already had the article written. As a matter of fact, just like some newspapers have pre-written obituaries for famous people, we here at the Org have pre-written major label signing articles. We hope never to have to use the “Crass signs to Jive” article, but if they ever do…

The people must have something good to read on a Sunday

The Alkaline Trio topped the news heap this week as the popular band finally announced that they’ve found a home at major label Epic Records. Looking into the band’s future we previewed a new track from the upcoming Warped compilation and reminiscing the past we had details on their Goddamnit reissue. Fat Mike of NOFX spoke about the future of Punk Voter , and while they made a big impact in the punk scene the organization looks like it’ll be scaling down. An incident that we can only call a “snacksident” saw Set Your Goals arrested in Georgia. We had photos from Good Riddance‘s final show and word that a book of Fugazi photos is planned for September. White Stripes guitar hero Jack White tore a strip off of a Chicago DJ for playing the band’s new record before it’s release/

Bad Brains keep talking their new record releasing a slew of details and future plans. a 7″ from Big Rig, which featured Jesse Michaels from Operation Ivy and Common Rider , will see a reissue on 1-2-3-4 Go!. Post Blink-182 act Angels & Airwaves spoke about their next album as well. This week saw a video for “Underclass Hero” by pop punks Sum 41. Jim Lindberg from Pennywise spoke about his role as punk rock dad. Social music site Last.fm was purchased for $280 million. Finally we saw a news organization call out their peers for drumming up a whole moral panic over those pesky emo kids, who while often ridiculous and funny looking, probably aren’t gong to destroy society.

This week we brought you the exclusive debut of Sundowner‘s video for “This War is Noise”. Our Editors’ Picks for last week’s holiday Monday featured Battles and Italy’s Stolen Bikes Ride Faster. We streamed new music this week from the Eyeball act Signal To Noise and a full album stream from The Measure [SA]. Jesse sat down with Seth Hubbard of Polyvinyl Records to chat about the indie label and their current challenges (interview).

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Man In Gray set to release debut full length

Man In GrayNew York City’s Man In Gray is set to release their debut full length on June 19th via Serious Business Records. The 11 track full length, titled I Can’t Sleep Unless I Hear You Breathing, was recorded at Serious Business Productions in Bushwick, Brooklyn throughout 2006 with producer Travis Harrison (a member of the Unsacred Hearts, with whom Man In Gray shared a split 7-inch a few years ago).

you can download the track “Stranded” and check out “Sleeping” via MySpace.
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Aerodrone signs to Cordless Recordings

Eugene Oregon based dance-punk / new wave duo Aerodrone has signed with Warner Music Group affiliated Cordless Recordings. The band, which consists of Gary Zon (of Metropolis Records’ Dismantled) and Kevin Patrick, are set to record new material this month for digital release by the label later in the year.

Cordless Recordings is notably the first exclusively digital label run by one of the majors. It was founded by Elektra and Nonesuch founder Jac Holzman in 2005. Furthermore unlike most major-backed deals Cordless acts retain ownership of their masters and copyrights.
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Tours: The Stolen Minks cross Canada this summer

Halifax based “garage grrrls” the Stolen Minks are headed out on tour this summer. The band has plans to cross Canada starting in mid July and wrapping up by the end of August. A routing has been announced so far, with specific venues still being confirmed.

To support the tour the band’s label New Romance for Kids are revisiting the band’s first CD EP and pressing it on 7″ vinyl for the firs ttime. The record features songs like “Boys on the Floor” and “Minks Riot” along with covers of Link Wray and Roger Miller. It should be out by mid July.

The band is supporting their 2006 New Romance For Kids release Family Boycott.
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Tours: The Rentals

So on top of the aforementioned new EP the recently reunited Rentals have booked themselves a lengthy summer tour. Matt Sharp and company will support The Last Little Life with with a trek that kicks off in Portland in August and crisscrosses the US to arrive in California by mid September. Providing support will be Goldenboy and Copeland.

The Last Little Life EP hits stores on August 14, 2007.
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The Code playing a show this summer

Pittsburgh’s The Code may have broken up last summer but that won’t stop them from playing a show this summer. The band will reconvene on July 2nd of this year at Belvedere’s in Pittsburgh for a reunion. The band’s playing again “for the fun of it” so it sounds like this is a one-off gig rather than any formal return to action. There will be more details up on pittpunk.com as the show draws closer.
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Tours: Intro5pect (Europe)

Forest Lake, CA based A-F Records act Intro5pect are planning a European tour for July and early August. The band has announced a few dates so far, including a performance at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool on August 11. The band’s booking agent in Europe, Hidden Talent Booking, is looking for any promoters who can help with set up shows in mainland Europe. If you think you can help, shoot them an email a MySpace smoke signal.

Intro5pect also has plans to collaborate with members of Leftover Crack for a CD release on Blacknoise Recordings. The record will include the final version of the previously previewed “The War at Home” and other new material.
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Minotaur Explode, SuperSmashers, The Mad Conductor (ex-No Cash)

The UK’s Minotaur Explode, which features former members of HighRise and ex-Secondsmile singer Olly Goodland, have finished recording at the Outhouse Studio in Reading. A new song from the band is available via their MySpace page and will appear on an upcoming self-titled EP due this summer.

Minneapolis ska-punk band the SuperSmashers recently released a new full length Someday and are touring to support it. You can check their MySpace page to preview some of the new songs.

Pennsylvania’s Mad Conductor, featuring Chris of defunct crack rock steady act No Cash, has announced a tour of hte UK and US. You can find the dates along with their new single “Venom” on their MySpace page. The song appears on their upcoming CD Renegade Space Rock, due on June 26.
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Sixer to tour this fall?

Richmond, Virginia’s Sixer may be returning to action after a long period of dormancy. The band is interested in setting up a small tour in September and is reaching out to fans (via MySpace of course) to gauge interested towns to visit on their trek. The band’s looking for any help they can get, whether it’s the number of a good club, an invite to a house party or even what songs people are interested in hearing.

Sixer has also discussed hitting the studio and re-recording their unreleased 2004 demo Asleep at the Wheel with some new tracks. Nothing final has been announced yet. Sixer last released Beautiful Trash in 2002 via BYO.
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