Silver Jews (1989-2009)

Silver Jews have apparently called it quits. According to this report, primary member David Berman had this to say:

Yes I cancelled the South American shows. I’ll have to see the ABC Countries another way. I guess I am moving over to another category. Screenwriting or Muckraking. I’ve got to move on. Can’t be like all the careerists doncha know. I’m forty two and I know what to do. I’m a writer, see?

I always said we would stop before we got bad. If I continue to record I might accidentally write the answer song to Shiny Happy People.

The Silver Jews released Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea in 2008.
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Charlie Cooper of Telefon Tel Aviv (1977-2009)

Charlie Cooper of Telefon Tel Aviv has passed away. His bandmate had this to say:

It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd. We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a decade ago. We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another’s expense.

He is survived by a sister, a neice, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me, and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter. As such, his family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during these extremely turbulent waters.

Our condolences to his friends and family.
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Mansions detail, set release date for forthcoming full-length

Doghouse Records act Mansions will release their debut full-length, New Best Friends, March 3. The album will feature the 12-song studio release on the first disc and a bonus MP3 CD on the second disc featuring the entire EP Initiative, a 7″ project the band released late last year.

The band will hit the road throughout March and May with labelmates Weatherbox.
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Pegasuses-XL: “Electro Agitators”

Pegasuses-XLOur stream today comes from Athens, GA-based Pegasuses-XL. We’ve got a stream of the band’s new full length, Electro Agitators. The group includes members of Bomb the Music Industry! and The Arrogant Sons of Bitches and just released the album via Ernest Jenning Record Co.. They released The Antiphon in 2008.

You can check it out on their Profile
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More videos from Thorns Of Life (Jawbreaker, Crimpshrine)

A fan has posted four new videos of Blake Schwarzenbach’s new band. The Thorns of Life. The band features the influential Jawbreaker and Jets To Brazil frontman on guitar, Aaron Elliott of the Cometbus zine, Crimpshrine and Pinhead Gunpowder on drums and actress / musician Daniela Sea on bass. Sea performed in Berkeley punk rock acts the Gr’ups and Cypher In The Snow and most recently appeared on Showtime series The L Word.

You can check out all the videos here.
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New Found Glory plans “Listen to Your Friends” 7-inch, karaoke contest

New Found Glory have announced plans for a special vinyl single of their song, “Listen to Your Friends.” The 7-inch will be released via Bridge 9 Records who explained some of the fancy features of this particular bit of wax:

This will be pressed only one time. The 7″ will feature the single “Listen To Your Friends” on the A-side and the B-side will be the instrumental version. [7-inch will feature] embossed gold foil that’s totally badass and a free poster only available with this single

The instrumental version of the track is notable as the label is planning a karaoke contest with what promises to be “pretty awesome prizes.” Orders begin on February 3rd and street date is February 10, 2009.
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