Naked Raygun, Seaweed, Methadones, Gaslight Anthem, The Draft, D4 at Fest 6

It’s that time again, that time when all the bands you like convene in Gainesville to befoul the town with three solid days of punk and hardcore. Of course, I refer to the sixth annual The Fest which till take place from October 26th through the 28th.

The organizers have again put together a big lineup including scene veterans Naked Raygun, Small Brown Bike and Seaweed as well as a ton of other bands including The Draft, Gaslight Anthem, Off With Their Heads, Falcon, Lawrence Arms, Fake Problems, J Church and many more. Dillinger Four will even be dropping by for their annual performance. They might even have copies of their next album with them, but probably not.

You can get all the details here.

We should add that we are the “official webzine of The Fest.”
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F*cked Up: “Year of the Pig”

A stream of Fucked Up‘s “Year of the Pig,” the 18-minute title track and Side A to the band’s new 12″ of the same name, has been posted by the folks at Pitchfork Media.

You can check out the entire song here.

The record is the second of 60 the band is planning on recording based on the Chinese zodiac. Last year’s was the Year of the Dog 12-inch.

Year of the Pig is due out tomorrow via the Brooklyn-based What’s Your Rupture? label. It’s the first release since the band’s “debut” full-length, Hidden World, was released on Jade Tree last year.

We also posted an interview with the band earlier this month.
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Gerard Way to publish “The Umbrella Academy” in September

My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has announced the release date for the first issue of his comic book series, The Umbrella Academy. First promised in July of 2006, the series will be published by maverick publisher Dark Horse, home of Hellboy and Conan which became films, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Terminator and Star Wars which took the opposite route.

Gerard described the storyline to MTV:

A closet space alien has adopted seven extraordinary children to save the world. He never tells [them] from what. He’s a really bad father, and he dies of a heart attack, and they are all kind of stuck to figure out the rest.”

The biggest idea with the comic for me was, number one, writing a comic, I’ve been wanting to write one. It’s fun. I think I can say something I can’t necessarily say with my music. But also, I wanted to get people into comic shops, people who normally wouldn’t [go], because I love the medium.

Way is no fly-by-night comic book geek either, mentioning an obscure Watchmen reference that appeared on the band’s major label debut, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.

He also addressed fan speculation about the band’s follow up to The Black Parade:

We’re not working on a record, We’re touring and getting some distance from writing music. We’ll finish out touring, take a break and then come back and write. It will be quite awhile before there’s another My Chemical Romance album.

Comic news sites Newsarama and Comic Book Resources each spoke with the frontman on the project. The CBR feature displays numerous pages of art from the first issue.
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Sinking Ships detail ‘Ten’ EP

Details on Sinking Ships‘ forthcoming 7″ EP, Ten, have been unveiled via their label’s distribution website.

The band told that they will actually self-release another 7″ later this year, splitting the material from a recent recording session. Both Ten and the other, as-yet-untitled EP will contain a cover apiece. It’s presumed that Ten‘s is of Seaweed’s “Losing Skin,” from that band’s 1993 Sub Pop full-length, Four. Interestingly however, Sinking Ships will not appear on Engineer Records’ forthcoming Seaweed tribute compilation.

Ten is due out Aug. 7 via Revelation, following up 2006’s Disconnecting.

They’ll find themselves in Europe with Ruiner this coming autumn on tour supporting the releases.
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The 25 Most Influential Punk Bands wth Crimpshine, AFI, Ramones, Social Distortion

A writer at Shoutmouth has put together a list of the 25 Most Influential Punk Bands, and included both video and music streams along with an explanation for their placement on the list.

You won’t see many recent acts, but some definite classics like the Ramones make the list as do some less obvious, but well-justified inclusions like Crimpshine and AFI. Chances are you won’t be an expert on every band on the list, and as lists of things go, this one is better than most.

You can check it out here.
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Propagandhi’s Chris Hannah places second in Worst Canadian poll

Propagandhi frontman Chris Hannah has come in second on the online poll to determine the “Worst Canadian” run by The Beaver, the Canadian History Society‘s magazine. The winner (loser?) was charismatic and controversial Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In total the poll had over almost 15,000 votes cast. The magazine commented on the outcome:

When we asked our readers to weigh in with their choice for the Worst Canadian in history, we didn’t expect Trudeau to top the list. But top it he did, beating out an obscure punk rocker by a couple hundred votes — a result that perhaps speaks as much about the perils of online polling as it does about the love-hate relationship Canadians have had with this paradoxical prime minister, who could wear a flower in his lapel while giving critics the finger.

We call that the “Trudeau salute” by the way.

Hannah waged a campaign to top the list, and to his credit he did manage to beat out numerous other politicians, businessmen, a pair of notorious sexual predators and child murderers, and Celine Dion. You can see the top ten here.

The Winnipeg based Propagandhi most recently released Potemkin City Limits in 2005.
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Alkaline Trio debuts new track, on video

Since it feels like forever since we got a new song from Alkaline Trio, the band debuted a new song apparently titled “In Vain” at the Warped Tour and our lost love, Scott Heisel, snapped a video of the performance.

The band signed to Epic following the shutdown of their prior home, V2 Music. Though it’s been two years since their last studio release, Crimson, the band has since released released their second rarities and B-sides compilation, Remains, as well as unveiling plans to reissue their fan-favorite album, Goddamnit,.

Their Epic debut is expected soon.

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Tom Snyder (1936-2007)

American television and radio personality Tom Snyder has passed away at 71. Tom died Sunday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia, said his longtime producer and friend Mike Horowicz.

Though he is more recently known as the host of The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, Snyder actually became well-known while hosting The Tomorow Show which featured early conversations with some of punk and new wave’s most striking figures. His classic interviews included everyone from John Lennon, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Joan Jett, Paul Weller, Johnny Rotten, The Clash, The Plasmatics, PIL to Kiss and Charles Manson.

Some of those interviews eventually surfaced on a DVD titled The Tomorrow Show – Punk & New Wave released last year. offers our deepest condolences to Tom’s friends, family and fans.
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Rage Against the Machine, Iggy/Stooges, Muse, the Shins, Battles to play Vegoose

Rage Against The Machine The Las Vegas, NV music festival Vegoose has announced their lineup for this year’s two-day installment. Rage Against the Machine will play the fest with another of their reunion performances, a headlining status they’ll share with electronica/house act Daft Punk.

Also featured on the diverse bill will be Iggy Pop and his Stooges performing their 1970 classic, Fun House, in its entirety, which the festival claims will be a first for the band as far as playing in the U.S. is concerned.

Other big names include Muse, the Shins, Cypress Hill, Queens of the Stone Age, Public Enemy, and Ghostface Killah & The Rhythm Roots Allstars. Also appearing are Michael Franti & Spearhead, Umphrey’s McGee, Thievery Corporation, STS9, Blonde Redhead, Gogol Bordello, U.N.K.L.E., Ghostland Observatory, Pharoah Monch, Battles, and more to be announced.

The event will take place Oct. 27 and 28 at Sam Boyd Stadium and Star Nursery Field.
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Victory signs Secret Lives of the Freemasons

Victory has signed Secret Lives of the Freemasons.

The band became free agents earlier this year when they parted ways with their label, Eyeball imprint Astro Magnetics.

No information on a new release is currently available other than its title, Weekend Warriors, but some demos are streaming on the band’s MySpace page.

When released, Weekend Warriors will follow up 2005’s This Was Built to Make You Dance.
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Soldiers (This Is Hell) join Trustkill Records

Long Island’s Soldiers have signed to Trustkill. The band was formed in 2006 by This Is Hell bandmates Rick Jimenez and Dan Bourke. They made their recorded debut with an EP released on Five Point Records last year

The band will be releasing their full length debut this fall. The record is titled End Of Days and is due out October 02, 2007. In a few days, they will be hitting the road with Dead Hearts.

You can check out some music on their myspace page.
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The Forms announce self-titled album

The Forms have announced that their long-awaited sophomore full-length will be self-titled and released on October 23 via their own label, Threespheres.

The Forms follows up the band’s critically acclaimed 2003 debut, Icarus, which received an 8.7/10 from this site and an 8.5 from indie tastemakers Pitchfork Media.

The album is described by their press release as “30 minutes of driving, ethereal yet angular uniqueness that evokes the classic Dischord roster of Shudder to Think and Fugazi, set in a more accessible pop context.”
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