Sunday Edition: Navel Gazing for April 13, 2014

Posted by johng on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
Image Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. This is John G filling in for Brittany Strummer this week. She'll be be back next week, but for this week, she's studying for her test to become a "Crustacean Behavioral Therapist." That is to say, she's trying to become a psychologist for Hermit Crabs, sort of like one of those dog psychologists. I saw her studying materials- the tiny couch is the best. Anyways, I'll be your guide through some of the juiciest, most popular and otherwise noteworthy stories from the last seven days. Remember, every Punknews story is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting. Here's what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week:

Click below to check out this past week's collection of new streaming music, features and interviews. You'll also find our new weekly Q&A and where you can find the Punknews staff to yell at on Twitter. Talk amongst yourselves and we'll see you Monday morning.

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New Review Update: April 11, 2014

Posted by johng on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Image John G coming back at ya. Last night I had Mongolian Hot Pot. The basically give you a huge pot of boiling oil and you just throw all sorts of meats and vegetables in there and it is super delicious. Still, in my opinion, the top cuisines remain 1)Italian; 2)Mexican; 3) BBQ. LET THE FOOD DEBATES COMMENCE!

Today's reviews are:
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As I Lay Dying release conflicting statements about band's future

Posted by johng on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
As I Lay Dying Following the incarceration of frontman Tim Lambesis for crimes related to hiring a hitman to kill his own wife, As I Lay Dying have released a lengthy statement about the future of the band. However, there have been some conflicting reports about the initial statement itself. Originally, it appeared that the statement, which was posted on the band's website, was from the band directly. However, after the statement was published on the band's site, Metal Blade Records, their label, denied that the statement was official. Following that, As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa released an "official statement." Further, Hipa stated that the initial statement was from Lambesis himself and did not reflect the intent of the band.

You can click read more for both statements.

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Alexisonfire's George Pettit forms Dead Tired

Posted by adam on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM (EDT)
Image Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit has announced a new five-piece band called Dead Tired. Not much is known about the Hamilton, Ontario-based group at this point outside of a few social media profiles heralding their presence. The lineup posted to Instagram is listed as "Franz/Bif/Pettit/Waring/Whetstone."

After Alexisonfire split in 2011, Pettit moved on from music to train to become a firefighter. He regrouped with his bandmates for a farewell tour in 2012 and an extensive vinyl boxed set last year. With former members Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil keeping busy in City and Colour and Gallows respectively, Pettit's has comparatively laid quite low since the split.

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Amnesia Rockfest announces complete line up

Posted by johng on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Image Amnesia Rockfest, which takes place in Montreal, Quebec on June 20-21, has announced its full lineup. Bands playing this year include Blink-182, Weezer, Megadeth, Primus, Nofx, Mastodon, Lagwagon, The Used, The Gaslight Anthem, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Big Wig, Goldinger, Strung Out, Anti-Flag, Cocksparrer, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Venom, MxPx, Alkaline Trio, The Vandals, New Found Glory, The Casualties, Rocket from the Crypt, H20, Judge, Chain of Strength, Earth Crisis, Devil's Brigade, Title Fight, Bane, Total Chaos, Negative Approach, Dead Kennedys and many more.

Interestingly, the bill also includes Danzig with Doyle and the new Misfits, as well as Black Flag and Henry Rollins. You can click here for the full lineup and more details.

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GWAR forms the 'Dave Brockie Foundation'

Posted by johng on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
GWAR Following the unexpected and tragic demise of GWAR founder/frontman Dave Brockie, the remaining members of GWAR have formed the Dave Brockie Foundation. The foundation will promote the advancement of the arts as well as catalog and make available to the public Brockie's vast body of work.

In a press release, the band stated:
"The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave's body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave's vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation's first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man."
You can click read more for a video from the band in which the briefly address the foundation as well as state that the upcomming GWAR-B-Q will take place.

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Interviews: Russ Rankin (Only Crime)

Contributed by Shogun. Posted by kira on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Only Crime Just over a month away from the release of Only Crime's third album, Pursuance, lead singer Russ Rankin sounds really happy with a record that wasn't the easiest to make.

"Some of the best albums, I think, are sort of complete thoughts and we somehow managed to pull that off with this Only Crime record even though what a gnarly experience it was trying to get it done," Rankin says. "When somebody listens to it, they're not going to have any idea that was the case – the record's going to hit them in the face repeatedly and they're going to be stoked to go back for more."

During his 30-minute drive to work ("I'm on hands-free so it's legit"), Rankin spoke to Punknews interviewer Gen Handley about the new album, Bill Stevenson's surprising vocal range, and recording a new Good Riddance record in the fall.

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New Review Update: April 10, 2014

Posted by adame on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Image It's Adam E., back here with three more reviews for you. Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you've finally accomplished what you set out to do, only to discover you're really nowhere near done yet. I'm having one today.

Today's reviews are:
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Videos: Frameworks (Topshelf Records' SXSW showcase)

Contributed by lightnoise. Posted by kira on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Frameworks The good folks of Light and Noise have posted video from Frameworks' set at the Topshelf Records second showcase at SXSW. You can click Read More for the video.

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Media: Save Your Generation Records stream 'This is a Tribute to the Replacements'

Posted by brittany on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
ImageWe are excited to bring you the premiere of the new 4-way split, This is a Tribute to The Replacements, featuring covers from Lawnmower, The Standouts, The Most Dangerous Animal and Hawk & Son. Pre-orders are available here via Save Your Generation Records.

You can click Read More to listen.

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Bry Webb reveals Constantines festival dates

Posted by adam on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Constantines On the latest episode of Vish Khanna's podcast Kreative Kontrol, Bry Webb of the Constantines reveals some details on the band's upcoming reunion shows. As previously announced the group will play the Arts & Crafts festival Field Trip on Sunday, June 8th in Toronto along side Broken Social Scene, Fucked Up, and others as detailed at fieldtriplife.com. On the show he also confirms that the band will perform at SappyFest in Sackville, New Brunswick, at the Peterborough Folk Festival and at the Arboretum Festival in Ottawa. Those three festivals all take place in August. Club shows for the Cons have not yet been announced.

The reissue of the Constantines' sophomore album Shine A Light was also tentatively confirmed for a June 10th release on SubPop in the U.S. and You've Changed Records in Canada.

On the podcast Webb and Khanna have an in-depth discussion about the artistic incubator that was the 90s southern Ontario post-hardcore scene, including Webb's London, Ontario skate punk roots, his early band Shoulder, and the Guelph, ON scene that coalesced around Three Gut Records. A new song from Webb's upcoming Idée Fixe release Free Will is also played. That full length comes out on May 20th.

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