This Is A Standoff (ex-Belvedere) post songs from “Be Disappointed”

This Is A Standoff (ex-Belvedere/Forty Cent Fix) have released two songs from their upcoming full length, Be Disappointed, which hits stores March 31. The first two tracks are up now on the band’s Myspace page.

The band will be doing some Canadian dates with Millencolin in early March before starting their European tour on April 3.
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The Ghost of a Thousand join Epitaph

UK-based hardcore/punk outfit The Ghost of a Thousand have signed to Epitaph Records. The band had this to say:

We’ve signed to Epitaph Europe and we’re really really happy about it. This has been brewing for [almost] 18 months now and its amazing that we can finally spill the beans.

The band released their debut, This is Where the Fight Begins, via Undergroove Records. It was recorded by Sam Burden and mixed by Kurt Ballou of Converge.
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Gray Ghost announces new album

Atlanta, GA’s Gray Ghost have announced that their new album, Deep In the Shallow End will see the light of day through Chainsaw Safety Records. The seven song album will see a twelve inch vinyl release in June of 2009. The album was mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon, Hatebreed).

The band previously put two tracks up for streaming online, and released Gray Ghost [10 inch] in 2008.
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My Chemical Romance to go back-to-basics for next album

My Chemical Romance recently spoke with MTV about their forthcoming album:

I don’t think this is gonna be a ‘kitchen sink’ record. I think it’s going to get by on its musicianship and its own merits in the songs. It’s not going to be hiding behind a veil of fiction or uniforms and makeup anymore. … From the stuff we’ve been playing so far, just feels very pure. That’s the best way to describe it. People who were really big fans of our first record, they’ll find things they’re really going to love about the new material – and not because we sound like that first record at all, it’s because there’s a purity to it. There’s less happening.

Check out the interview here.
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Saosin, We Are the Union, Landmines, Broadway Calls added to Warped

A number of additions to this year’s Warped Tour. First, Saosin, have been confirmed as headliners on the main stage of the tour. Also joining the tour on the Kevin Says tour are a number of bands including Broadway Calls, Left Alone, Ivoryline, Orange, Emmure, Born to Lose, Authority Zero, Cheap Girls, We Are the Union, Ultimate Power Duo, This Providence, Landmines and Foundation.

Check out the full list here.
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Tucson newspaper sues over use of photo by punk band

The Arizona Star has launched a lawsuit against Tucson-based punk band, Awful Truth. The band came into some controversy due to their choice of the photo of a recently slain police officer on their album cover. Many – including many readers – condemned the use of the photo.

The photo, taken by Star photographer James S. Wood, shows officers giving medical attention to Hite, who had been shot in the head on June 1, 2008 during a crosstown chase and shooting spree. Hite, 43, died June 2. The man accused of shooting Hite, 26-year-old David “Nick” Delich, is scheduled to go to trial in January 2010.

Photos taken by the Star are protected by copyright laws and therefore cannot be reproduced without permission. As a result, the news paper filed Monday in U.S. District Court and claims Awful Truth committed copyright infringement when it used the photo for its album “Kill a Cop for God.”
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Touch & Go closes distribution arm

Touch and Go Records has announced that they will be closing the indie distribution portion of the business. The label explained:

It is with great sadness that we are reporting some major changes here at Touch and Go Records. Many of you may not be aware, but for nearly 2 decades, Touch and Go has provided manufacturing and distribution services for a select yet diverse group of other important independent record labels.

Unfortunately, as much as we love all of these labels, the current state of the economy has reached the point where we can no longer afford to continue this lesser known, yet important part of Touch and Go’s operations.

Touch and Go will be returning to its roots and focusing solely on being an independent record label. We’ll be busy for a few months working closely with the departing labels and scaling our company to an appropriate smaller size after their departure.

Labels affected by the closure include Jade Tree Records, Flameshovel Records, Suicide Squeeze Records, Merge Records, Kill Rock Stars and many others.

Some more details can be found via the source, at Chicago Tribune.
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Reprise plans vinyl for Green Day’s Lookout-era material

Reprise has unveiled plans to reissue some of Green Day‘s independent releases on vinyl this March. Both 39/Smooth and Kerplunk! will be reissued on March 24, 2009.

CD reissues of the albums were released in 2007. These vinyl releases are some of the first vinyl versions of the albums since Warner/Reprise officially took over the band’s back catalogue after Green Day pulled their catalogue from Lookout! in 2005.
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IGN reveals their list of 10 great punk drummers

IGN has produced a list of the “Top 10 Punk Drummers. The list includes video clips of each drummer and some background on each.

Leading the list is Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendents, Lemonheads, etc.) followed by Travis Barker of Blink-182, Earl Hudson of Bad Brains, Tre Cool of Green Day, Josh Freese of countless bands including The Vandals, Tommy Ramone of Ramones, Jordan Burns of Strung Out, Dave Wagenschutz of Lifetime, Paint It Black. Kid Dynamite and others.

The list closes with Pete Finestone of Bad Religion and “Topper” Headon of The Clash. Check out the list and the clips right here.
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Wednesday, February 18 2009

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