Coliseum plans new 7-inch on Deathwish, tours with Young Livers, Converge

Coliseum, the band founded by Ryan Patterson of Black Cross and National Acrobat and featuring Mike Pascal and Chris Maggio, will be releasing a new EP on Deathwish this year. The band released music on Level Plane and Relapse including 2007’s No Salvation

The new EP is titled True Quiet / Last Wave and features artwork by friend John Dyer Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Cursed). The 7-inch will feature two songs and precedes a forthcoming new album on Relapse.

The band also has some shows lined up in March and April.
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“Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records” at SF Indie Film Festival

SF Indie Festival will be premiering the new documentary, Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records. Set for Friday February 13th and Monday the 16th at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco, the film looks at the history of BYO Records, Youth Brigade and the Stern family behind both.

To celebrate the release, Youth Brigade, Filthy Thieving Bastards and Nothington will be performing on the 16th at Thee Parkside.

You can find more info on the film here.
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Mike Ness (Social Distortion) mourns Ron Asheton (The Stooges)

Mike Ness of Social Distortion recently sat down with LA Times to discuss the death of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton earlier this month. Ness had this to say:

For me as a guitar player, the first thing I pick up on is tone. “He had this primitive, high-energy sound. It was pre-metal, but still a metallic sound. It’s just so awesome. That was definitely what caught my ears. Everything he played — it wasn’t like it was a rehearsed solo. It was always very spontaneous, I feel, very organic.

They weren’t like Aerosmith. In the ’70s, you had all these classic-rock bands, but it seemed so unattainable to get to something like Keith Richards’ stature. But the Stooges, they were unpolished. Like the [New York] Dolls. They didn’t take that extra $200,000 in the studio and polish it.

Social Distortion is currently working on a new album expected to drop around mid to late 2009.
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February 1st, 2009

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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New feature content, weekly columns and exclusives

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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Metric to self release album

Rolling Stone reports that Toronto’s Metric will be self-releasing their next full length. The record is titled Fantasies and is due out April 14, 2009.

The magazine adds:

In a video interview posted on the band’s site, frontwoman Emily Haines says she did her “simplest and clearest” writing in Buenos Aires – where she traveled to escape the din of new music coming out of New York and the U.K. – including the first song she penned there, “Help I’m Alive.” Guitarist Jimmy Shaw, who co-produced the record with Gavin Brown, says in a statement that he had a specific sound in mind (“really big and really dreamy”). After meeting with record labels big and small, Haines adds, “We just said, ‘Oh fuck it, lets gamble,’ took a deep breath and decided to put this record out worldwide our own way.”

The group also contributed a song to the forthcoming film, Scott Pilgrim VS. The World which was directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced).
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Cadence Weapon releases name-your-price digital release

Cadence Weapon Epitaph Records hip hop artist Cadence Weapon has released a new name-your-own-price compilation, titled Separation Anxiety. The 20 tracks feature remixes as well as collaborations with other artists. Cadence Weapon’s sophomore studio album Afterparty Babies was released last year.

Check out the album and name your price via his official website.
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Tom DeLonge selling shoes for 2012 apocalypse

Tom Delonge has announced that Macbeth will be making “apocalypse”-friendly shoes to coincide with the 2012 Mayan-scheduled apocalypse. He promises that the shoes – along with beetles – will survive the disaster. While he probably meant cockroaches, he promises that while your body will be destroyed in the apocalypse, your feet will remain perfect.

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