Rancid

Rancid appears to be recording new material

Recently, Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert posted a picture from a recording studio. In the instagram post, it appeared that Rancid is recording new material. He stated: "Singing backup vocals with my @rancid brothers. I’ve been singing along with these guys since I was a teenager listening to all their albums. It’s still surreal to now literally sing with them. I do a lot of backup vocals on our albums ever since I’ve been in the band. You’ve heard me a lot more than you realize. Hahaha! Tons of backups during shows too! I love singing with these guys"

The band released Trouble Maker in 2017.

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Check out a song by Willie Durisseau, a 101 year old creole house show fiddler!

Check out a song by Willie Durisseau, a 101 year old creole house show fiddler!

Today, we are excited to debut something a little different- an unreleased track by Willie Durisseau, a creole fiddler who was 101 at the time the tune was recorded.

Durisseau sadly passed away in 2019, but he left behind a legacy that preserved an almost forgotten piece of history. Durisseau was born in Mallet and was raised in Lebeau, both communities in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. In the 1930s, he began to play the fiddle at Creole House Dances, which is basically the same thing as punk house shows except it's a fiddle instead of a jacked up amp making the noise. At the time, these House Dances were an important part of the local community and a distinct culture and musical style developed at those shows.

However, when World War II erupted, Durisseau joined the army and fought in Okinawa. When he returned, he found that his community has mostly moved to Texas and the Creole House Dance tradition essentially evaporated. Afterwards, Durisseau let his unique fiddle style drift to the side.

Then, in 2017, a family member gave Durisseau a new fiddle. He quickly set to recording tracks from 80 years prior to preserve the history of the Creole House Dance tradition of Saint Landry parish before it was forgotten forever. We are EXTREMELY psyched to debut three of those recordings.

Nouveau Electric Records will release some of those songs on June 19 as Creole House Dance. You can hear a piece of house show history below.

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Disputed press of Cro-Mags' 'Age of Quarrel' makes it into the public

Disputed press of Cro-Mags' 'Age of Quarrel' makes it into the public

Surprisingly, seminal Cro-Mags album The Age of Quarrel [vinyl reissue] was slated to be released on the first Record Store Day of the year, which occurred last Saturday. This was surprising because ownership of the record has been in dispute since its original 1986 release on Profile/Rock Hotel. Various labels and Cro-Mags members Harley Flanagan, Parris Mayhew, and John Joseph have each claimed ownership of the record over the years (or have at least claimed a party releasing the record did not have the rights to do so).

Upon learning of the RSD reissue, Flanagan announced that he would challenge the release and try to stop its release. He also stated that he would try to regain control of the album as, according to Flanagan, none of the bandmembers that recorded the album ever received payment for it. Following Flanagan's statement, the record was taken off Record Store Day 2021 list. As one Punknews reader pointed out though, the record was taken off the RSD list just a few weeks before RSD, which implies that the records had already been pressed, suggesting that physical copies were being stored somewhere.

Despite the dispute, it appears that at least some copies of the disputed release have made it into the public as per pictures posted on discogs and social media. The pictures posted showed that the label that pressed the record was Profile/Rock Hotel. Both of those labels have been defunct for years, since Arista's late '90s acquisition of Profile. In 2004, Sony purchased Arista. Also of note is that the label bears the address 740 Broadway, New York, Ny, which is the old offices of Profile.

It is unclear if these copies were sold at record stores as part of RSD, or "fell off a truck" as it were. If you saw a record for sale at a RSD outlet, please e-mail podcast@punknews.org.

Meanwhile, Flanagan released a statement: "The Age of Quarrel that is coming out for record store day is not sanctioned by the band and none of the players who performed on the album have ever been paid, have never been accounted to for sales and were not approached for this release and will not be getting paid.

I understand that the fans want to own the album but just understand that the band members never got paid for this record and aren’t being paid now. We appreciate your love and your support and one day I hope to sort all of this out and if and when we do you will all be the first to know about it.

But this is essentially a bootleg made by the industry because no one who played on it is seeing a dime"

We'll let you know if more information appears.

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Navel Gazing for June 13, 2021

Navel Gazing for June 13, 2021

Welcome to Navel Gazing, the Punknews.org commenter community's weekly symposium, therapy session, and back-alley knife-fight. Chime in below with your latest playlists, record store finds, online time wasters, and site feedback.

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Allie Goertz of Everything's Coming Up Simpsons visits This Might Be a Podcast

Allie Goertz of Everything's Coming Up Simpsons visits This Might Be a Podcast

Punknews.org's They Might Be Giants fan podcast This Might Be A Podcast, hosted by long-time Punknews contributor Greg Simpson, is doing a series of paid-download charity episodes with all money going to one of Greg's 5th grade student who is battling brain cancer, the money will go towards the student's medical bills, travel expenses and lodging required for the child's treatment.

The series will include episodes from Mike Park, Justin McElroy, Allie Goertz, former TMBG rhythm section Brian Doherty and Tony Maimone (who is also formerly Pere Ubu), and current TMBG bassist Danny Weinkauf. The first episode is available now for download for $3 or more on the podcast's bandcamp page.

The second episode features musician and podcaster Allie Goertz, who coincidentally Parry Gripp wrote a song about with Nerf Herder. She is a musician who has written songs about Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Rick & Morty, The Simpsons, and many more pop culture touchstones, and hosts the popular Simpsons podcasts Everything's Coming Up Simpsons and Round Springfield, which is about to cap off their series with an episode with Matt Groening. On this charity TMBP episode Goertz and Greg discuss the They Might Be Giants song "Trouble Awful Devil Evil." Head to the bandcamp to donate to Garrett's brain cancer chemotherapy treatments. Find it here!

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