Rise Against respond to military sponsorship controversy

Rise Against has posted a response to Florida Radio Station BUZZ103’s criticisms that the band would not allow the army to sponsor the stage they were performing on. They explained:

As the [Buzz Bake Sale in West Palm Beach, FL] closed in, we discovered that we were scheduled to headline a stage sponsored by the US Army’s Recruitment Dept. As a band that has worked in counter-recruitment in the past, we decided it would be hypocritical and inappropriate for us to headline this stage.

To be clear, this was not an event to honor the military, this was an event that the US ARMY was interested in recruiting people at, and we felt that our fans should be free from that interference at a rock show on a Sunday night in a time of war. Recruiters are a part of the military that even many members of the military will admit their distaste for their documented unethical tactics.

We asked if something could be done, and when we were told no, we respectfully bowed out of the unannounced show for obvious reasons, and left it at that. We assumed the station was depending on the financial support of the sponsor and so we held no grudge.

Thinking that was the end of it, the radio station retaliated. In an act reminiscent of McCarthyism witch-hunts, the radio station has come to the unfounded, false and irresponsible conclusion that Rise Against is “against the army” and, as of this morning, has decided to spread this misinformation over the airwaves, threaten to not play songs, and call for a boycott of Rise Against. Listening to the broadcast, we were surprised at willingness of the DJ’s to spin off of a lie. At no point did they consider the information simply wasn’t true. In addition to a number of lies, they even decided to tell their listeners that we said “F-U to the army” from the stage at past Buzz Bake Sales, something that simply isn’t true and that we would never do.”

You can find more details here.
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Tim Barry talks plans for 2009, 2010

Tim Barry has posted an update on his plans for the rest of the year. First up, Tim will be releasing a new split with Frank Turner which will feature a song, “Thing of the Past” which will also be featured on his new full length. A video for the track is being put together by Jason from Black Water Productions.

He also notes that his next album will be titled 28th & Stonewall. It is due out on Suburban Home Records but no street date has been set. He is expecting a release in early 2010. Finally, the release of the album will kick off a tour in February that will “never end” and international shows are also planned.
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SideOneDummy signs Audra Mae

Side One Dummy Records has announced the signing of singer-songwriter Audra Mae. Her first offering for the label will be a five song digital EP, Haunt, due out October 20, 2009. On the heels of the EP’s release, Audra Mae will be featured on Chuck Ragan’s annual Revival Tour, beginning in Chicago on Octover 25 and running through Orlando, FL on November 22.

She is currently working on her debut album with producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Last year, the producers of the FX series Sons of Anarchy commissioned Audra Mae to do a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” for the show. She recorded two versions, including one a cappella, which book-ended the series’ next-to-last show, causing an amazing run on her MySpace page when the episode aired. She has since recorded a version of Patti Griffin’s “Mary,” which will be featured in episode 10 of the show’s second season.

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Yahoo! declares punk dead

Yahoo! Music has posted an editorial which opens with the notion that punk is long dead, and that said death occurred when “the Sex Pistols imploded and The Clash’s Joe Strummer had the temerity to kick out Mick Jones” or perhaps when “ the first Hot Topic store opened in 1988.

Check out the editorial here.

To be fair however, the The Exploited were saying punk’s not dead as early as 1981 and people were obviously declaring it dead before that.
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Brand New: “Jesus”

Brand New‘s previously unreleased music video for “Jesus” has surfaced online. You can check it out by clicking MUSIC VIDEOS at this website and scrolling all the way down.

The video was originally shot around the time of the single’s promotion during the first half of 2007 but supposedly “scrapped in post-production” and went unreleased until now. The song comes from 2006’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.
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Failures’ Union: “Glasses”

Buffalo, NY’s Failure’s Union (members of Lemuria, The Exit Strategy and The Grail) has posted some more music from their upcoming debut on Paper and Plastick. The new song comes from In What Way.

Check out “Glasses” on their MySpace page.

The band describes themselves as a mid-90’s influenced indie rock band, and has gained comparisons to The Lemonheads, Gin Blossoms, Buffalo Tom, Guided By Voices, The Pixies, and Counting Crows.
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