Drum Magazine names Travis Barker, Tre Cool, Brooks Wackerman, Bill Stevenson as “Best Punk Drummers

Drum Magazine unveiled their reader-voted list of the best punk rock drummers working today. The readers of the magazine named the following as the best four drummers: Travis Barker of Blink-182 and Plus-44, Tré Cool of Green Day and Foxboro Hot Tubs, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion and Bill Stevenson of Black Flag, Lemonheads, Only Crime and more.

Barker also placed in Best Mainstream Pop Drummer, Best Alternative Rock Drummer. Atom Willard of Rocket From the Crypt, Angels and Airwaves and The Offspring also earned a nod in “Best Alternative Rock Drummer.”
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Contests: Check out Circles Jerks, D4, Matt & Kim at F*ck Yeah Tour

We’ve got three sets of two tickets to give away for dates on the 2008 edition of the F*ck Yeah Tour. The shows take place in Philadelphia, PA, New York City and Brooklyn, NY. Since the prizes don’t include a plane, you’ll need to find a way to get there but when you do, you’ll be treated to highly anticipated sets from the Circle Jerks, Dillinger Four, Matt & Kim and more. Philadelphia includes Paint It Black, New York City and Brooklyn include Team Robespierre.

Since these shows are coming up very soon, this is a short contest so you have better odds of winning than ever.
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Cloak/Dagger release “We Are” on vinyl

Cloak/Dagger had made their 2007 EP, We Are available on vinyl through Grave Mistake Records. The band explained:

Alex from Grave Mistake has put in the time and hard work to help us release this and you can order it from him directly at gravemistakerecords.com or you can pick it up from us when we play next which is in Philly with Hot Water Music July 11th!

There are 300 silk screened covers that are black with silver ink that Matt Michel from creativepanic.com (who is also our bass player and newest dagger) put his blood sweat and tears in by individually scoring and screening each record. D.I.Y. bother?? The vinyl for this sounds awesome and we can’t wait for you to hear it.

You can check it out here.
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Dillinger Four in the studio this month, really?

In a gargantuan Myspace update, everyone’s favorite drunks, Dillinger Four, have announced their plans to go in the studio the month to record their follow-up to 2002’s critically acclaimed Situationist Comedy.

The band stated that there is a good chance that is will still be called C I V I L W A R, but they also might name it TCMF or BILLY TOOK HIS GLASSES OFF! DUCK!. The band promises that the record will be done by August.

In other news, recently resurrected pop-punk label, Mutant Pop Records, will be re-releasing the long out of print Dillinger Four EP, More Songs About Girlfriends and Bubblegum in the near future.
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The Fest 7 posts teaser video

The organizers behind Gainesville’s Fest have put together a teaser video for the upcoming seventh edition of the popular festival. While the lineup is still forthcoming, the organizers have confirmed the fest will be taking place Halloween weekend from October 31st through November 2nd in Gainesville, Florida.

Last year’s edition included Naked Raygun, Planes Mistaken for Stars, The Methadones, Army of Ponch, Riverboat Gamblers, Radon, Avail, Dillinger Four, The Copyrights, Ruiner, Shook Ones, Seaweed, Small Brown Bike, The Ergs and many, many more.

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Rare Fugazi Peel Sessions appear online

Fugazi MP3 blog Aquarium Drunkard has quite a find for Fugazi fans. The site has acquired four Fugazi tracks performed on John Peel’s legendary Peel Sessions. The late renowned broadcaster Peel used to have bands record four pieces of music exclusively for his show at the BBC studios.

Sessions were usually four tracks recorded and mixed in a single day; as such they often had a rough and ready, demo-like feel, somewhere between a live performance and a finished recording.

You can check out the music here.
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The Force (AFI, Viva Hate) reunite, plan digital anthology release

The Force, will be reuniting for the first time in 10 years. The NorCal hardcore/punk band featured singer Matt Wedgley (Viva Hate), bassist Hunter Burgan (AFI), guitarist Mark Roustabout (The Roustabouts) and drummer Chad Cox went their separate ways after the band’s final show in 1998.

Formed in May of 1995, the band recorded and toured for three years. The Force released several recordings, including a 7″, a 10″ and a split 7″ as well as a number of songs on compilations. This reunion will coincide with the release of a complete discography, containing every song The Force ever recorded. A limited edition, 21-song double-LP will be sold at the shows as well as online while supplies last.

The Force will only be playing three shows, the first of which will be in their hometown of Grass Valley, CA (a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, between Sacramento and Reno) followed by a Bay Area concert and finally a Southern California stop.
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Anti- signs One Day as a Lion (Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine)

Anti- has announced the signing of One Day as a Lion, the new project from Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine and drummer Jon Theodore, formerly of Mars Volta.

The name taken from the infamous 1970 black and white, captured by legendary Chicano photographer George Rodriguez featuring a center framed tag on a white wall in an unspecified section of Boyle Heights. It reads: ‘It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.’ This record is a stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound

The EP was recorded by Robert Carranza at Ocean Way Recording. It is due out July 22, 2008. To date, no music is available but it is expected to appear shortly.

Since the breakup of Rage in 2000, Zack has remained relatively quiet, officially releasing a collaboration with DJ Shadow and a handful of other material but keeping largely inactive while his former bandmates formed Audioslave.
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Happy Canada Day

Today is Canada Day. The occasion marks the joining of the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces. It’s kind of like the American Revolution except without the violence, idealism or Ben Franklin.

In honor of this day, we suggest you try and obtain some free beer via the “mouse in a bottle” trick. We’ve provided a short instructional video to help you with this process.
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