Franz Nicolay (August)

Franz Nicolay has posted a run of August dates. The inspiration for the tour was a little unusual, but Franz explained:

A college friend who’s now a biology Ph.D. student at Rutgers, got in touch because he needed to go on a plant-collecting roadtrip, in search of Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum), and wanted a driving buddy. I needed to go on tour again anyway. Car contents will include guitar, accordion, banjo, plant press, lots of plastic bags and about 20 pounds of silica gel. We can be spotted at high elevations, rivers, wet spots and drainage areas during the day, and local rock establishments after dark.

Nicolay released his debut solo album, Major General, earlier this year in the US via Fistolo Records and the record will see a European/UK release in July on Decor Records with two bonus tracks – “The Black Rose Paladins” and “There Will Be Violins.”

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New album “Lividity” from It Dies Today set for September 15, 2009

It Dies Today have announced plans to release their next full length. The record is titled Lividity and is due out September 15, 2009. The record has been delayed but vocalist Jason Wood commented:

We’re really pumped about this new record and finally releasing it for our fans! This week Mike Hatalak (producer/guitarist) is in final mix sessions for the album and we have also finished several cover songs including a cover of Duran Duran’s “Come Undone” as well as Alice In Chains “Them Bones”. We know alot of fans are curious about the delays with this new album, but we assure you, if we could have gotten it to you sooner we would have! We have had so many problems with the studio we build to record this album.

After spending close to $12,000 on building a completely enclosed soundproofed studio in the house that Mike (Hatalak) and I lived in and spending over 2 months finishing pre-production and tracking, our efforts were thwarted with a forced move out of the house. That move forced us to tear down our entire studio (salvaging about $2,000 of materials) within a holiday weekend. So we moved to a new house and rebuilt the studio and are now finally finishing all mixes. I’m looking forward to hearing reactions from our fans and foes and hopefully this album will make up for the long wait!

The band is promising a US headline tour kicking off in September, and a European/UK tour to kick off in November.
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Fake Problems: “Heart BPM” (Live in Philadelphia)

Fake ProblemsNaples’ Fake Problems stopped through Philadelphia on their headlining tour Tuesday night with support from Kiss Kiss. They played at the Trocadero Balcony and we managed to capture their closing track “Heart BPM” from their recent release It’s Great to Be Alive. Watch the video below.

They’ll be joined by Ninja Gun for the second half of their tour.
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Wes Eisold (Give up the Ghost, Some Girls, Cold Cave) talks about new projects, labels

Hardcore veteran Wes Eisold (Give Up The Ghost, Some Girls, Cold Cave) recently spoke to Closet Trekkie about his multimedia label, The Heartworm as well as the forthcoming release from his latest musical project, Cold Cave.

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Death Cab for Cutie: “Little Bribes”

Death Cab For Cutie have posted the new video from their 2009 EP, Open Door. The video came about in a unusual way, in that the video was actually created by a , the San Diego State University film school graduate, Ross Ching, who directed the video on his own. When band members saw the video, they opted to officially release the video and have enlisted Ching to helm a future video project for the label.

Check out the video here.
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Brand New talks new album, future of the band

In a new Kerrang interview, Brand New‘s Jesse Lacey talks a bit about the band’s forthcoming album and also hints at the future of the band. Lacey notes:

I think a lot of the record is about us trying to make decisions about how long the band should go on. When I listened back to it, I realized how many songs are about something coming to a close, or knowing when it’s time to put something away and move on.

Lacey also noted:

I’m a little worried [about the new album]. It’s a pretty exhausting record. It’s quite dense and I think some of the decisions we made don’t always go in the most obvious direction. We were thinking a lot more about what we’d want to play when we were up onstage rather than actually what you’d want to hear on a record.

The record will be their first since The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me in 2006 and was recorded over a 12-month period from March 2008. The band is currently mixing the record with Dave Sardy for a planned Fall release.
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Raised Fist plan September release

Raised Fist Swedish hardcore act Raised Fist have set a title, release date and track listing for their forthcoming album. The record is titled Veil Of Ignorance and is due out September 7, 2009 via Burning Heart in Europe. No word on a US release date or label yet.

The band recorded with producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah) at Studio Dug Out in Uppsala, Sweden. The album is their first since Sound of the Republic in 2006.

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