Franz Nicolay releasing new 10″ on Team Science

Franz Nicolay Team Science Records has relased a 10″ EP from Franz Nicolay titled St. Sebastian of the Short Stage. The The Hold Steady and World/Inferno Friendship Society member has been supporting his acclaimed debut solo full lenth Major General that was released earlier this year.

The release is on clear vinyl and features art by VICE Magazine’s Nicholas Gazin. A pull-out poster insert features a short stoy by Nicolay titled “Paraska Mikhailivna Is A Witch.” The four songs on the 10″ include a new collaboration with the The Dresden Dolls, a ballad to Watchmen comic character Hollis Mason, and a pair of songs dating from a set of 2001 demos.

Nicolay is on tour in europe this fall playing shows with Chuck Prophet and Mark Eitzel.
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August 30th, 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 community talking this week…

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Folk-punker Frank Turner caught our attention with some comments on illegal music downloading. Among his thoughts was the opinion “the idea that by stealing music from the internet you’re somehow crusading for justice against the big bad record labels is absolute fucking bullshit… Britney Spears and David Geffen aren’t going to downsize their condo’s because you didn’t pay for a Fugazi album.” Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump was arrested in Los Angeles last Tuesday being picked up for a two-year-old warrant for driving without a license. He was released on Wednesday after posting $15,000 bail. The Lawrence Arms are planning a new EP for October 27th titled Buttsweat and Tears. They’ll support the release with a 10th Anniversary show in their hometown of Chicago and a week of west coast dates in November. Strung Out unveiled the new track “Black Crosses” this week from their upcoming 20th anniversary full length Agents of the Underground.

AFI has announced a bonus edition of Crash Love that will feature six bonus tracks. Sum 41 posted an update on their new record. The pop punk act is now writing and recording demos. Fellow canucks Tegan and Sara have detailed their new record Sainthood. Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba is hitting the studio to record a solo album this month. Red Scare has announced that it will be reissuing the back catalogue from 90s-era pop-punk outfit Sicko. Defunct pop punk act Fenix Tx is no longer defunct and has a new album set for 2010. Hellcat Records has signed Canadian psychobilly act the Creepshow. This week saw the new Fake Problems video for “Diamond Rings” and a DVD trailer for the Get Up KidsSomething To Write Home About. The Bouncing Souls announced tour dates with Bayside and Broadway Calls. The full lineup of Fun Fun Fun Fest was unveiled and it includes bands like Danzig, Mission of Burma, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Brigade and Fucked Up.

This week we said goodbye to Adam Goldstein, popularly known as DJ AM (1973-2009).

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This week we spoke with Spike Slawson of Re-Volts (not to mention Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Swingin’ Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards) (interview), Sam Johnson of Virgins and the now defunct New Mexican Disaster Squad (interview). vocalist Devin Peralta of Cobra Skulls (interview), and Dan Whitesides of The Used (interview).

As always we brought you new streaming music from some great up and coming bands, including the Fat Wreck debut from Minneapolis, MN’s Banner Pilot, and an audio book chapter from Frank Portman of The Mr. T Experience‘s new book Andromeda Klein.

So what’s coming up this week? Look for new releases from Banner Pilot, Chuck Ragan, Reverend Horton Heat, The Bronx, and The Used with tours kicking off from Nakatomi Plaza (farewell tour), Have Heart with Crime in Stereo, Cruel Hand, End of a Year, Foundation (US), Two Man Advantage (US), Japandroids (US / Canada), and Devon Williams (US).

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Calculator plans 12-inch compilation LP

Los Angeles, CA’s Calculator will be releasing a 12″ compilation LP. The album will include all the band’s previously recorded material, including last year’s Arguments EP and a more recent split with Moldar, as well as some new and unreleased tracks.

The packaging will include a digital download code, while artwork will be handled by Comadre’s Juan Gabe. The band is looking at a winter release through Melotov Records and will go on a winter tour in support.
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DJ AM (1973-2009)

Adam Goldstein, popularly known as DJ AM, was found dead in his New York City apartment Friday evening.

The 36-year-old Goldstein was found shirtless and wearing sweatpants with a crackpipe in the near vicinity. While an investigation is still ongoing, Goldstein had apparently been battling drug addiction and depression for some time, though shortly before his death he claimed to have been drug-free “for years.”

Goldstein was a close friend and frequent collaborator with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The two made headlines last year after surviving a plane crash that killed four other people. sends its condolences to Goldstein’s family, friends and fans.
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Backtrack: “Deal with the Devil”

Long Island, NY hardcore act Backtrack have posted a new song. You can check out the title track from their forthcoming 7″, Deal with the Devil, at their MySpace page.

The 7″ is due out in September on 6131, following on their self-released 2008 demo.

The band is currently finishing up a short tour in California. The last show is tonight in Los Angeles at House of Rot alongside Sabertooth Zombie.
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