Interview with Second Nature Recordings

You’re the lucky reader of the 19th edition of the Vinyl File. This column aims to keep you informed with upcoming releases as well as spotlighting interesting releases, your favorite band’s own collections and labels with an history of vinyl releases worth talking about. As always, Vinyl File is brought to you by Ben Conoley.

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This week Vinyl File is pleased to bring you an interview with Dan Askew of Second Nature Recordings. Dan has been involved in a slew of fantastic vinyl releases over the years, many of which you probably count as amongst your favorites.
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Be Your Own Pet talk new album, set release date

Be Your Own Pet recently spoke to Rolling Stone about their forthcoming sophomore album. The record is titled Get Awkward and is due out March 18, 2008.

Frontwoman Jemina Pearl said:

“I was trying not to think about, ‘ohh second album, better not suck,’ ll of us just tried to concentrate on writing better songs. We went into the studio more ready and willing to work really hard and try different things.

According to the story, the band toys with more influences, adding surf-rock and classic girl-group sounds to their garage punk sound. The album was also influenced by a number of films including Robocop, Return of the Living Dead, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

The band’s previous album, Be Your Own Pet, was rated among the best of 2006 by
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Assistant pleads not-guilty in murder of ex-Ramones manager

Natavia Lowery, personal assistant to former Ramones manager and New York City realtor, Linda Stein has pleaded not guilty in the murder of the 62-year old. According to a report from NME, Lowery first claimed that a masked man had committed he crime after bursting into the apartment and telling Lowery she would be the last person to see Stein alive.

She then admitted she killed her boss with a weighted yoga stick after Stein had brandished the stick, blown smoke in her face and made racist comments. Lowery’s attorney Ron Kuby is saying Lowery was coerced into a false confession after a 12 hour interrogation session.

Surveillance footage shows Lowery leaving the building shortly after the murder took place. The murder weapon was never found.
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Tours: Tiger Army / Revolution Mother / Dear & Departed

Tiger Army have announced dates for a January tour with support from skateboarder Mike Vallely’s Revolution Mother and The Dear and Departed.

The band will also be appearing on Fuel TV on Thursday, November 29th, at 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST. The performance will re-air at the following times: 9:00 PM PST on November 29th, 11:30 AM PST/2:30 PM EST and 2:30 PM PST/5:30 PM EST on November 30th.

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Buddyhead signs Jubilee (Icarus Line, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Wires on Fire)

Buddyhead has announced the signing of Jubilee. The Los Angeles-based band includes Aaron North (The Icarus Line, Nine Inch Nails), Michael Shuman (Queens Of The Stone Age, Wires On Fire), Evan Weiss (Wir es On Fire) and Loren Shane Humphrey (The Willowz)

The band’s first 7-inch / cd single, Rebel Hiss from their forthcoming debut album hits stores on January 21, 2008. digital format of the single will also be available, as well as a very limited edition, hand-numbered 7-inch version, which will include an exclusive B-side unavailable on any of the other formats. This 7-inch will ONLY be available at the shows on Jubilee’s UK tour in January 2008. According to the label:

The band is more than halfway done recording their album, which to me, sounds something like The Replacements, The Stone Roses, Neil Young, Blur, Jane’s Addiction, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Verve, all sliced ‘n diced together quite nicely. And… For some reason, the band chose to record this album and single with a dozen different drummers. Some of these friends include: Carla Azar (Autolux), Josh Freese (Devo, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, eh… everybody), Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets, Tones On Tail) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal)

No music has been posted yet, but it’ll eventually show up here.
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Disfear: “Get It Off”

Stockholm-based d-beat/hardcore outfit Disfear have posted the first song from their upcoming full length for Relapse Records. The record is titled Live The Storm and is due out January 22, 2008.

The album was recorded with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his God City Studios in Salem, MA. The band is planning on at least two visits to the United States in early 2008 hitting both coasts.

You can check out “Get It Off” on their myspace page.
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