Hello everybody and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back at the week in Punknews. I’m Adam White and I’ll be your guide through some of the most popular, notable, and otherwise attention getting stories of the past seven days. Each and every Punknews story is built from tips contributed by you fine folks, and here’s what got the strange, slow, old people in the community talking…
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This week’s most popular stories
Blake Schwarzenbach’s new band the Thorns Of Life topped the news this week. The former Jets to Brazil and Jawbreaker frontman discussed such topics as house shows, the band’s upcoming release plans, drunken bike riding and more. A fan recently posted four videos of the band performing recently. Mainstream pop punkers Fall Out Boy was recently asked to write for the Rolling Stone reviews section. His band also unveiled a cover of the theme from The Simpsons. The Dropkick Murphys announced the lineup for their popular string of St. Patrick’s Day shows. The March gigs will feature bands like H2O, Civet and Cro-Mags among others.
Red Scare act Cobra Skulls are recording a new album for 2009. Alkaline Trio performed an acoustic session for MySpace’s Transmissions. The played acoustic versions of “Over and Out,” “Love Love Kiss Kiss,” “Emma” and “Cut Here.” Philadelphia’s Loved Ones posted the song “Distracted” from their upcoming Fat Wreck Chords EP, Distractions. August Burns Red posted their cover of Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” from the upcoming Punk Goes Pop 2 project. Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham from Toronto hardcore innovators Fucked Up spread their gospel via an . interview on Fox News. Bruce Springsteen has announced summer tour dates in support of his newly released album Working on a Dream. Classics of Love, featuring Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy and Common Rider, have announced some upcoming tour dates in the US and UK. Teenage Bottlerocket have announced the dates for their trip to Europe next month. Finally “How-To” video site Howcast unveiled an irony-free 9 step video explaining “How to Be Punk.”
This week we said goodbye to Telefon Tel Aviv’s Charlie Cooper (1977-2009).
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Our Dispatches series of band tour blogs featured Ty Vaughn from Broadway Calls (Episode 1), Alex of Gatorface and Sam from Virgins] (Episode 1, Episode 2), members of Nashville’s The Becoming (Episode 1), and Jeff Rosenstock of New York’s Bomb The Music Industry (Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4). This week we spoke with Joby Ford of The Bronx (interview). Our Video of the Week featured TSOL performing “Code Blue” live in Pomona, CA. As always we brought you new Streaming Music including a full album from Long Island’s Agent, and Athens, GA-based Pegasuses-XL (featuring members of Bomb the Music Industry! and The Arrogant Sons of Bitches). So what’s coming up this week? Look for new releases from Ben Kweller, the Loved Ones and P.O.S. with tours kicking off from Gaslight Anthem / Polar Bear Club / Frank Turner (Europe), Parkway Drive (China), the Thermals (UK), Murder By Death / Fake Problems (US), Alkaline Trio (UK), Classics Of Love (US), and Teenage Bottlerocket (US).
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