MTV declares “New Wave” as best punk album of the year

While the very involvement of MTV is unlikely to convince people of the validity of the statement, the popular network has named Against Me!‘s polarizing major label debut, New Wave, the best punk album of the year.

The article is the latest from frequent provocateur James Montgomery who this week demonstrates he has some carrots to go with his sticks.

He notes:

See, Against Me! have some of the dumbest “fans” out there — the kind of crusty, DIY gutter punx who hold nothing to be more verboten than the concept of “selling out,” which is something they’ve pretty much accused AM! of doing for almost a decade now. [As] the band leapt from indie to indie and tinkered with its sound, the catcalls only got louder, until — in late 2005, when AM! signed with Sire Records — they became a full-blown wail, one that manifested itself in blatantly stupid and juvenile acts like hate-filled message board screeds and vandalism.

It’s a blazing 33-odd minutes packed full of protest songs about music videos and file-sharing (“Up the Cuts,”) and protest songs about the ineffectiveness of protest songs (“White People for Peace”); open-hearted duets with slightly embarrassing titles (the truly excellent “Borne On the FM Waves of the Heart,” featuring Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara); and roiling numbers in which Gabel declares his desire to have been born a woman named Laura (“The Ocean”). It’s bold and ballsy and really excellent, and for a punk record, it’s surprisingly free of the genre’s less-than-desirable aspects — the exclusion, the pissy attitude, the inherent sexism — so, if that’s selling out, well, then I’m buying.

The record has received considerable acclaim from critics overall.
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Friday, August 3, 2007

We’ve got a lot of big names on board today, and I have to shower soon anyway so let’s get right into it:

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ETQW Public Beta 2 and Keys Now Available!

The Enemy Territory Public Beta 2 is now available on Fileplanet along with 25,000 new license keys. The keys are first come, first serve, so head on over there right away if you don’t have one yet. Beta 2 offers thousands of improvements, fixes, and additions compared to the first Public Beta and features an all-new map, and the changes are so extensive that even if you are already in the Public Beta, you will need to download the all-new beta client from Fileplanet. You can read all about Beta 2 in Locki’s blog update.

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Bad Brains: “Give Thanks And Praises/Jah Love”

Bad Brains have posted the first video from their new full length Build a Nation. The video, directed by System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian and shot by cinematographer Danny Hiele (U2, Green Day, Kanye West), combines the songs “Give Thanks and Praises” and “Jah Love.” Footage was shot at the George, Washington based Sasquatch Festival and in Portland Oregon.

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Tours: Fear Before the March of Flames / Heavy Heavy Low Low / The End

Fear Before the March of Flames has fleshed out the dates on their European tour, as well as announced supporting acts, which will come in the form of Heavy Heavy Low Low and the End.

FBTMOF are supporting 2006’s The Always Open Mouth as well as a new tour-only EP, A Little Less Teeth. Heavy Heavy Low Low are out on a recent limited reissue of their 2005 EP, Fuck It, and 2006’s Everything’s Watched, Everyone’s Watching. The End released Elementary earlier this year.
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Legendary id Software games now on Steam

id Software brings you some of the most popular game franchises in history via Steam. Starting today, you may download full versions of the complete DOOM series and QUAKE I – III, including mission packs, as well as id’s pioneering PC side-scroller, Commander Keen and vintage favorites Wolfenstein 3D, Spear of Destiny, Heretic, and HeXen.

The line-up of legendary id games and packages includes:

id GAMES on Steam
• Commander Keen, Episodes 1 through 5
• Wolfenstein 3D
• Spear of Destiny
• Return to Castle Wolfenstein
• Ultimate DOOM
• Final DOOM
• DOOM3: Resurrection of Evil
• QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon
• QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity
• QUAKE II Mission Pack: The Reckoning
• QUAKE II Mission Pack: Ground Zero
• QUAKE III: Team Arena
• Heretic
• Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
• HeXen
• HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
• HeXen II

id PACKAGES on Steam
• DOOM 3 Pack: Includes DOOM 3 and DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil
• QUAKE III Pack: Includes QUAKE III Arena and QUAKE III: Team Arena
• Wolf Pack: Includes Wolf 3D, Spear of Destiny and Return to Castle Wolfenstein
• DOOM Pack Complete: Includes all DOOM games released by id
• QUAKE Pack: Includes all 8 QUAKE Titles available on Steam
• Heretic\HeXen Pack: Includes Heretic, Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders, HeXen, HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel, HeXen II
• Id Super Pack: Every id game on Steam

Select packages are 10% off until August 10.

See the full line-up here.
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