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Interviews: Ken Cheppaikode (Dirtnap Records)

Posted by adame on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image You may not know Ken Cheppaikode's name, but you're listening to all the records he's putting out. The man behind Dirtnap Records has had a hand in making bands like The Marked Men, Mean Jeans and Sonic Avenues into household names -- at least in punk rock households. Punknews editor Adam Eisenberg caught up with Cheppaikode to talk about what goes into to running a punk rock record label, learn about Dirtnap's signature sound and find out why he doesn't want your demo, but you might want to send it in anyway.

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April 24, 2014

Posted by adame on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Image Adam E., back with three new reviews for you today. I assume by now you've all heard about this so-called "Nemo Revival," right? Personally, I couldn't be more excited -- that's one cute little fish.

Today's reviews are:
Looking for another (or any) review? Head here. Want to submit your own review? Do that here.

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Tours: Corrosion of Conformity / Weedeater / Lo! (Australia)

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Image Sludge-metal sludgers Corrosion of Conformity are sludging through a tour this summer in the sludge capital of the world, Australia and New Zealand! Once they hit the down under, they'll be joined by fellow sludgers Weedeater and Lo!. The band is currently working on their new sludge masterpiece, tentatively due out in the sludgeiest of all months, June.

You can click read more to sludge through the tour dates.

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Tours: Mineral (East Coast + Fest)

Posted by kira on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM (EDT)
Mineral With news about American Football and Jazz June this week, let's keep that emo-revival going with Mineral tour dates. In addition to making an appearance at Fest this year, they've also posted a small handful of tour dates. These will be the band's first shows in 17 years. Chris Simpson stated of the reunion:

Reconnecting with each other and this material for the first time in 17 years has been a real joy and pleasure. The shows will be the icing on the cake. We are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to getting to play for all the people who have loved us all along as well as the many who have discovered us posthumously along the way.

You can click Read More for the dates. You can peep the band's newly minted Twitter here and their Instagram here.

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Fest announces third wave of bands

Posted by kira on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
Image The Fest 13 has posted their third wave of bands including Mineral, Paint It Black, Iron Chic, and more.

You can revisit the complete list previously announced here and here.

The Fest 13 will be October 31-November 2 in Gainesville, FL this year with the Pre-Fest returning October 29 and 30 in Ybor City (Tampa), Florida. Tickets can be picked up here.

Click Read More to see the complete third wave of bands.

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Videos: Zero Boys: Third Strike

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
Image Zero Boys have released a new video from their upcoming album, Monkey, their first album in 20 years. It's due out May 20. The video is for the new song "Third Strike" and you can check it out below.

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Bomb the Music Industry! doc raising funds for final production

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Bomb the Music Industry! Never Get Tired: The Bomb the Music Industry! Story , the documentary following the band directed by Sara Crow, is raising funds for its final production. The documentary crew previously raised money to buy a camera, but are now working on the final push to raise funds for final editing. Crow stated to punknews:
I finished shooting the documentary in January. I worked on it pretty much full-time for five years. I put it on Kickstarter in 2010 and asked for enough money to buy a camera. After I got the camera, I spent all my savings from shitty jobs in coffee shops to make it happen. I went on four tours-I think I have like 300 hours of footage. Needless to say, I've been very broke for a long time. Now the movie is shot and I'm going into post-production. I thought I could do it for super super cheap because I did everything for super super cheap, but turns out post on a documentary of this size is very expensive. Like $30,000 expensive. I'm asking for $25,000 and going to figure out the rest with a maxed out credit card. My concern is that people might not understand how much it costs to edit a documentary like this.

Here's our cost breakdown:
editing costs-$8,500
digital storage/hard drives-$1,000
edit supplies-$500
on-line color correct-$6,000
audio mix-$8,000
graphics-$1,000
You can check out the kickstarter here and you can also click read more to see the doc's trailer.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad: Temple Grandin

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Image Andrew Jackson Jihad have premiered "Temple Grandin," the next video from their upcoming album "Christmas Island."

You can watch it here.

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Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) announces new album, releases new song

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Image Harley Flanagan, formerly of the Cro-Mags, is currently recording a new album which will be released on Southern Lord records. There is no release date yet.

Flanagan stated:

"I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years."

You can hear a demo version of "Trust No One," which is expected to be on the album, by clicking read more.

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Slayer form new label, release demo

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Slayer Slayer have formed a new label. Although the label does not yet have a name, it will be an imprint under Nuclear Blast records. The band is working on a new album, tentatively slated for release in 2015. The album will be produced by Terry Date and Greg Fidelman. Additionally, the band released a demo of a new track called "Implode," which you can find on their website.

This will be the band's first album without Rick Rubin in nearly three decades. In a release, frontman Tom Araya stated:
Rick has played a huge role in our career [and] we've made some great albums with him. But today is a new day, record companies don't play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us."


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Night Birds detail 'Monster Surf' EP

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM (EDT)
Night Birds Night Birds have released further details for their upcoming EP. The EP is titled Monster Surf and will contain four tracks. Three of those tracks will be surf-rock influenced instrumentals, and the fourth will be a Mel Brooks cover. The EP will be released May 13 June 10 (released delayed due to RSD) via Wallride Records.

Meanwhile, the band is currently working on material for their next LP and will play dates across the USA and Europe this summer. You can click read more for the Monster Surf cover art and upcoming tour dates.

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