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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Anti-Flag was forced to cancel their “G20 Welcoming Party” show in their hometown of Pittsburg due to the proximity of their venue to the expanded security perimeter surrounding the summit. They encouraged fans to get out and protest anyways. Matt Bellamy of Muse kicked up a heated discussion by suggesting that all internet data usage be progressively taxed to subsidize artists. Tech industry blog TechCrunch has been increasingly critical of similar musician-bred solutions to the issue, sarcastically suggesting we should just throw up our hands and ban music. This comes after some in the music industry suggested that royalties should be collected for usage such as 30 second song samples in digital stores. Scientists decided to pit vinyl against CD and digital formats in an attempt to quantify fidelity with interesting results. Critically acclaimed hip hop artist and actor Mos Def is collaborating with Damon Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records to produce a documentary about pioneering Detroit punk outfit Death.
Social Distortion is set to hit the studio in January of 2010 to work on new material. forgetters, which features Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil frontman Blake Schwarzenbach and original Against Me! drummer Kevin Mahon, is set to record a 7″ in October. Label Paper and Plastick is set to release Frank Turner‘s First Three Years LP. Weezer revealed their Raditude track listing and bonus material. We also saw artwork from the debut from Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. This week saw streams of three big upcoming records, those being AFI‘s Crash Love, the Swellers Ups and Downsizing and Strung Out‘s Agents of the Underground. The recently reunited Small Brown Bike has been confirmed for The Fest 8. Converge is set to kick off a two month tour of the US with Mastodon, and High on Fire among others. Hot Water Music is also set to get back together for a November tour of Germany. This week brought a video from Brand New for the song “At the Bottom” and images of Iggy Pop from the Lego Rock Band video game.
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This week we spoke with Calvinball guitarist / vocalist Dave Wolinsky (interview), Fred Mascherino of The Color Fred (formerly of Taking Back Sunday) (interview), Chicken, Nathan Grice, and Ian Anderson of Dead To Me (interview), Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader (interview), and Rory Henderson of American Steel (interview).
Our Dispatches series of band blogs featured British singer-songwriter Mike Scott, currently on tour with Kevin Seconds (Episode 1). As always we brought you new streaming music from some great up and coming bands, including the new full length from Baltimore, Maryland’s Ruiner, and new material from London-based Apologies, I Have None.
So what’s coming up this week? Look for new releases from AFI, Doomriders, Evergreen Terrace, Krum Bums, Paramore, Strung Out and the Swellers. We’ll also see a huge number of tours kick off this week. Look for upcoming shows from Nobunny and Jay Reatard (US), Weatherbox (US), Dinosaur Jr. (US), Brand New with Manchester Orchestra, Thrice, Glassjaw (US), Senses Fail (US), Strung Out (US), Bridge & Tunnel (US), Strike Anywhere with Crime in Stereo, Polar Bear Club, Ruiner (US), AFI (US), Moneen (US), Apostle of Hustle with Gogol Bordello (US), and the Misfits (Mexico, US, Canada).
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