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Navel Gazing November 18, 2018

Navel Gazing November 18, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. I'm Ricky Frankel and 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 and review is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting a story, feel free to submit a review or if you are a photographer continue reading below. Here's what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week: Photo Credit: Stephen McGill

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Fastfade release new video, announce LP "Happy if You Aren't"

Fastfade release new video, announce LP “Happy if You Aren't”

London trio Fastfade have released a new video from their upcoming LP. The song, "Walkie Talkie," comes off of the band's just-announced new full-length Happy if You Aren't, which is due out December 14th via Umlaut Records.

Fastfade also has a series of gigs lined up throughout the rest of the year, including a date playing support for No Fun At All's London gig. You can check out those dates, and the new video, below.

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Blink-182 announce limited T-Shirt for California wildfire relief

Blink-182 have announced they are selling a limited edition t-shirt, available via their webstore, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief - Wildfire Relief fund, which is providing a plethora of support to both the victims and responders affected by the California wildfires currently raging through the state.

If you want to skip the t-shirt and donate directly to the Red Cross, you can click here.

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Down Memory Lane now streaming new EP "Release"

Down Memory Lane now streaming new EP “Release”

French-Canadian melodic punks Down Memory Lane are now streaming their new, sort-of EP, Release via Thousand Islands Records. The EP consists of six songs which are part of what the band is referring to as a "conceptual EP release" or, the be more clear, it is actually the back half of a 12-song album, with the first six songs due out early next year (on the album's Bandcamp page, those first six tracks are each currently occupied by the same short "recorded message" informing the listener that the tracks are forthcoming).

DML's most recent release was the 2017 French language-only EP Vice Caché , also on Thousand Islands.

Punknews will keep you informed on the further details of this album as they become available but, in the meantime, you can check out the first of the released tracks "The Song About This Song" below.

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Check out the new Christmas single by Jr Juggernaut!

Check out the new Christmas single by Jr Juggernaut!

Today, Punknews is excited to debut the new single by Jr Juggernaut!

On "X-mas" for everyone, the band takes a decidedly refreshing look at the Holiday. Instead of regurgitating some cheesy pop-punk version of a standard, and instead of doing the knee-jerk punk reaction and saying "Christmas is stupid!", the band argues that the Holiday's core values are caring and compassion. They then argue that the Religious aspect is nearly arbitrary and that the Holiday should be a time of good cheer for all.

The band's Mike Williamson spoke to Punknews about the single: ""Xmas is for Everyone' is an original song I wrote about the ubiquity of the holiday, and how I feel it's a great time to bring people together - regardless of their beliefs. The B-Side of the single is a fuzzed out deconstruction of 'Silent Night', complete with audio clips from an infamous movie monologue in my favorite Christmas movie."

You can pick up the digital version of the single here, an extremely limited lathe cut will be released Black Friday, and you can hear the whole thing below, right now!

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Crazy and the Brains

Check out the new album by Crazy & the Brains!

Today, we are THRILLED to debut the new album by Crazy and the Brains!

Into the Ugly is out next Friday and straight up, it is the band's best album yet. They're still anchored by the earliest New York punk rock- some New York Dolls licks here, some Patti Smith surrealism there, and and some straight up Ramones-style smashing everywhere. But, the new release really does feel like a breakthrough. While they've always reveled in a freewheeling John Waters-meets-Richard Hell aesthetic, the new album finds them keeping that shell intact while diving deeper down. There are moments on Into the Ugly where the band pulls back on their rampaging xylophone charge and reveal a sensitive, perhaps melancholy core- and these moments are truly moving. And of course, they still maintain their other ideal which is furious, flying, freaky weirdo punk rock. It's good, man.

You can pick up the new LP right here and hear the whole thing below, right now! (The band is also touring with Leftover Crack real soon, too).

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Original Sharks: "He's Hershey"

Original Sharks: “He's Hershey”

We are thrilled to bring to you a Punknews Exclusive premiere of New York based punk band Original Sharks. The band created a new video for their track "He's Hershey". The track is the sixth track off of their 2017 EP called Hundred Grand to the Man. The band will be opening for A Wilhelm Scream, Shellshag and Taking Meds in Brooklyn, NY on December 7th, 2018 at Kingsland. See below to check out the new video and a quote from the band.

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Festivals & Events
Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly Cruise lineup announced

The first wave of bands that will be performing at Flogging Molly's 2019 Salty Dog Cruise has been announced. Along with Flogging Molly, the list includes Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Stiff Little Fingers, Hepcat, Mariachi El Bronx, Face to Face, and Pounded By The Surf. More bands will be announced later on. The event will take place on November 8, 2019 - November 12, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Key West, and Coco Cay.

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