Over It: “Anyday”

Over It have posted a song from their upcoming album, The Strand, a new compilation of b-sides and acoustic tracks.Te disc will not be released through the band’s (previous) label, Virgin, who released Step Outside Yourself last year.

According to the band, the disc will be released through the band’s online merch store and through digital distributors. The SnoCap embedded music store on their myspace page appears to contain the entire collection and the whole set is available for $10.41.

You can check out “Anyday” on their myspace page.

(If you’re looking for “faster” Over It, this may be the ticket.)
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Musicians discuss San Diego fires

MTV spoke to a number of San Diego fires who have been displaced or otherwise affected by the recent slate of wildfires that have afflicted residents. As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis told his story:

That first night I could see the fire coming toward us on the hill we’re on, and I was scared. I grabbed important photos, my dog, documents. I have a studio at my house, so I have 15 hard drives with recordings that I had to pile up along with three computers. It was hectic. My wife grabbed her wedding dress.

The famous Big Fish Recording studio was also very nearly a casualty of the fires. The studio was home to notable recordings from bands like Rocket from the Crypt, Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World and others.

You can find the story here.
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Ferret signs Gwen Stacy

Ferret has announced the signing of Indianapolis, IN-based experimental hardcore outfit Gwen Stacy. The he band is currently in the studio with Producer Brian McTernan (Cave In, Snapcase, Thrice) and Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, The Bled) recording their full-length debut album The Life I Know which is due out February 05, 2008.

You can check out some of the band’s material on their myspace page.
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Good Riddance discusses breakup, future

Russ Rankin of Good Riddance spoke to our friends at Pastepunk finally giving up some more details about the reasons to end the band as well as commenting on some of his future plans. As to the breakup, Russ explained:

We were looking at trying to keep going in small little chunks of time, whenever we could have some time available. And then Sean would kind of be on-call to drum for us. But we went out and toured and found that uh, you know, music had changed a lot, and nobody really wanted to see our band anymore. So we had been talking about doing this for about a year.

We don’t want to be that band that keeps on touring, and playing to like, 5 people, then 3 people, then no people. We don’t want to be that band. We would rather do this, and have our dignity.

As to the future, Russ mentioning his co-owned label, Lorelai Records, thoughts about writing a book and more. The interview took place at the site of the band’s final show together. You can check out the entire piece here.
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A second life for vinyl

Wired has an interesting article about the ever-increasing and renewed interest in vinyl formats after all the threats faced by the CD. Of particular note is the news that pressing plants are ramping up production. Turntables are hot again as well. Insound, an online music retailer that recently began selling USB turntables alongside vinyl, can’t keep them in stock. Even Amazon.com has launched a vinyl-only section stocked with a growing collection of titles and several models of record players.

The union of the iPod world and the vinyl world has also made this the perfect time for a vinyl resurgence. Many labels are now including coupons for digital versions of vinyl albums allowing people to enjoy the ostensibly superior sound of vinyl at home while allowing them to put portable versions of the albums on iPods and related players.

While some claim that vinyl is not really hitting the big time, vinyl sales are typically underreported. The record stores that specialize in vinyl are rarely SoundScan sites and do not often report their numbers to the recording industry. On top of that, turntable metrics only include low-end turntables but not popular “pro” models that have become the technology of choice for DJs and vinyl junkies.

You can check out the article here.
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Thursday: “Understanding in a Car Crash (live)”

With their live and rarities collection due out tomorrow, Thursday has posted a live version of their fan-favorite song, “Understanding in a Car Crash.” The song comes from the band’s acclaimed 2001 Victory Records debut, Full Collapse.

Speaking of that album, here is a blast from the past: our 2001 interview with Geoff Rickley on the heels of that release. You can check it out here.

The song will appear on the DVD included with Kill the House Lights – Live and Unreleased which is due out October 30, 2007.

You can check out the video here.
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CBGB to reopen as a high-end fashion boutique

You know what they say, every classic punk rock venue eventually turns into a high-end fashion boutique. Well, they don’t say that, but maybe they should because the legendary CBGB has apparently be repurposed as just that.

According to Yahoo, Designer John Varvatos is tentatively opening the new store in March. He once described his line’s philosophy:

Our philosophy is about reaching back to move forward. We have something different to say with a sensibility that is both old and new. There’s a vintageness and a modern edge to our clothes. We feel that the uniform is dead. Men are taking a more individualistic and personal approach to dressing. They are mixing dressy with casual, resulting in an eclectic look that suits their personality.

Varvatos is not entirely a stranger to the music scene CBGB spawned however, having used people like Iggy Pop (left) in campaigns.

CBGB closed a year ago this week after numerous problems with renting arrangements.

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The Hives provide Cartoon Network theme song

With their long-awaited new album due soon, The Hives are beginning to show up in some unusual places. The band’s new song, “Fall Is Just Something Grown Ups Invented” is the featured theme for Cartoon Network’s fall season. The song accompanies a new set of promos directed by Shilo.

The new record is titled The Black and White Album and is due out November 13, 2007.

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