Travis Criscola of Cute Lepers (1985-2009)

Travis Criscola of The Cute Lepers passed away yesterday. His bandmates wrote this:

Early the morning of March 28, in Cincinnati our friend and band-mate Travis Criscola passed away in his sleep. He was 24. Travis was guitarist in the Cute Lepers for the last six months. We’re gonna really miss him. We feel that it’s appropriate and absolutely not in bad taste to disclose the cause of death of our friend. Travis combined alcohol and pills, then went to sleep and never woke up. It was an accident.

Travis was not any kind of a habitual drug user. I’m a man who has left drugs and alcohol alone for over a decade and I just wont work with people who are mixed up with narcotics. It is rare to find a rock n’ roll musician in his early twenties who doesn’t get caught up in hitting the bars and going to parties on tour, and Trav was just one of those ones who made a really bad decision. He naively took some type of pills on top of the beer he was drinking and that’s it.

You can read the entire announcement here. offers our deepest condolences to his friends and family.
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Friday, March 27 2009

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The Lemonheads sign to The End, detail covers album

The Lemonheads have announced their signing to The End Records and also detailed the long-delayed covers album first promised in 2006. As originally announced, will feature covers of Wire, Leonard Cohen, Christina Aguilera, Fuckemos and more. Guest performances include vocals from actress Liv Tyler on Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” and model Kate Moss guests on Arling & Cameron’s “Dirty Robot.”

The record, titled Varshons, is due out June 23, 2009 and as
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Spinnerette announce full length debut

Spinnerette, the project from remnants of the Distillers – frontwoman Brody Dalle and guitarist Tony Bevilacqua – have announced their debut full length. The record follows the band’s debut digital EP, Ghetto Love. The self-titled album is due out June 2, 2009.

The Distillers last released Coral Fang in 2003 and fell apart in the years following.
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Taking Back Sunday plan 7-inch for Record Store Day

Prior to the release of their forthcoming album, Taking Back Sunday will be releasing a vinyl single for the track “Carpathia” to coincide with Record Store Day on April 18, 2009. The two song single will feature the live recording of “Catholic Knees” on the b-side.

Other bands scheduling special releases for Record Store Day include Gaslight Anthem, The Thermals and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Matador Records. Slayer and many others.

Taking Back Sunday will release their next full length, New Again, on June 2, 2009.
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The Methadones, Pansy Division, Full Of Fancy added to Insubordination Fest

The Methadones The Methadones, Pansy Division and Full of Fancy have been added to the 2009 Insubordination Fest.

The bands join a lineup which includes Banner Pilot, Boris The Sprinkler, Dead Mechanical, Dear Landlord, Deep Sleep, Dillinger Four, Kepi Ghoulie, Lemuria, Parasites, Resistors, Secretions, Short Attention, Squirtgun, Teen Idols, The Challenged, The Copyrights, The Dopamines, The Leftovers, The Max Levine Ensemble, The Steinways, The Unlovables and Toys That Kill.

Check out the full lineup and more details here. More bands are expected soon.
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Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 Update Released

Updates to Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The specific changes include:

Balance Changes

  • Added a smoke flare delay when using the Magnetic Singularity support power.
  • The IFV base defense is now more vulnerable to cannon damage.
  • If a King Oni uses his bull rush secondary ability while shrunk by a Cryocopter’s S.H.R.I.N.K. ray, the King Oni will now explode on impact.
  • In multiplayer matches, Allied and Soviet players may now dock their aircraft at any friendly airfield, regardless of faction, to refuel and reload.

User Interface Enhancements

  • Added the ability for hosts to select a random tournament map when playing in a custom match with 2 or 4 players. Players will see the Random Map option on the Map Selection list.
  • Added a community news window that is displayed on game launch. This window can be disabled by selecting “Do Not Show Again” on the news window.
  • Added a Spanish multiplayer lobby.

Bug Fixes

  • Units will no longer occasionally animate incorrectly when crossing a bridge.
  • The Striker VX and King Oni now correctly animate when powered down by an EMP attack.
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to create health, money, or veterancy crates.
  • Fixed a crash caused by saving while a Magnetic Singularity was active on the map.

Other Changes

  • Added additional Mod support to Red Alert 3.
  • Updated the credits.

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