Hitting Subset: "Sunday" (Punknews Exclusive)

Hitting Subset: “Sunday” (Punknews Exclusive)

Today, Punknews is pleased to debut the new video by Hitting Subset.

"Sunday" pivots between a driving rhythm and a dream-pop soundscape, resulting in a track that trades power for nuance and back and forth again. That's fitting as the track deals with finding the joy between the tumult of inta-family dynamics.

Speaking to Punknews about the song, singer Caleb Behm said, "I wrote this song, not only to share a little bit of insight into my own life growing up in a toxic cultic environment and overcoming some tough obstacles to adjust to normal life after breaking away from it, but to also express my gratitude and new found love for Sundays with my friends."

The band's new album, Hikari/Yami is out now and you can pick it up right here. Meanwhile, see the video for "Sunday" and tour dates below!

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World's Most Expensive Album Loses Half Its Value

World's Most Expensive Album Loses Half Its Value

Two years ago, Wu-Tang Clan sold the sole copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin to a wealthy, unknown buyer for a whopping two million dollars, making it the world's most expensive record- soaring past Elvis' $300,000 acetate of "My Happiness" and Ringo's $790,000 copy of Beatles serial #1. Of course, a few days later it was revealed that the buyer was convicted fraudster, ruthless drug baron, and all around d-bag Martin Shkreli.

Earlier this month, Shkreli decided to sell the album on eBay. Well, now the sale has wrapped up and the album sold for a paltry $1,025,100, meaning the investor caused the release to lose half its value in a 24 month period (it is still the world's most expensive album though).

The new buyer has not been confirmed and it's unclear if the monetary exchange has actually taken place, but it does look like at most, the album is worth just over one million, assuming everything was on the up-and-up. Right now, Shkeli is in prison awaiting sentencing for being convicted of three counts of securities fraud. While he was out on release prior to sentencing, he was thrown in the clink after offering to pay people to steal hair from Hillary Clinton's head. See the completed eBay ad right here.

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Interviews
Osamu Kawahara on the surprise reunion of Sticks & Stones

Osamu Kawahara on the surprise reunion of Sticks & Stones

Quite surprisingly, earlier this week, the lauded, but cult, New Jersey punk band Sticks & Stones announced a one-off reunion show. The band will be playing in their Theme Song for Nothing lineup because bassist Osamu Kawahara is moving back to Japan.

Kawahara's story is quite an adventure. He came to the states not knowing a word of English, but ended up being drafted into Sticks & Stones. Early on, before Kawahara was fluent in English, he would communicate with Sticks & Stones' Scott Hollingsworth and Jack Terricloth through music. From there, his story involves recording a troubled album, fighting with Nazis, and bring the two original members of World/Inferno Friendship Society back together. Check out the interview below.

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Jann Wenner to sell Rolling Stone magazine

Jann Wenner to sell Rolling Stone magazine

Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone Magazine, has stated that he is planning to sell the magazine after being the head for five decades. Wenner and his 27-year-old son, Gus, the president and chief operating officer of Wenner Media, hope to stay on at the magazine, post-sale. Gus Wenner Stated: "publishing is a completely different industry than what it was." Wenner recently sold the company's other magazines, Us Weekly and Men's Journal, to American Media Inc., helmed by publisher David J. Pecker.

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Gyga, early band of Alkaline Trio's Derek Grant, releases archival recordings

Gyga, early band of Alkaline Trio's Derek Grant, releases archival recordings

Gyga, the "anti-human powerviolence" band of Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant, has released a pair of archival albums representing their entire musical output. Both were recorded in the mid-1990s, when Grant was also a member of the Suicide Machines. Demo 1996 combines a remastered version of the band's 1996 demo tape with an unreleased practice recording from 1998, plus two "proto-Gyga" songs from when the band was known as Abaddon. Single File Suicide, consisting of 20 songs in 19 minutes, was recorded in 1997 but has been newly remixed by Grant; the digital version includes the video retrospective "Visual Sacrifice" consisting of footage from 1999 and 2011. Check out the band below.

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Quicksand

Tom Capone to take a hiatus from Quicksand

As we reported last week, Quicksand recently played as a trio while guitarist Tom Capone was absent from the show. Arizona court records showed that Capone had been arrested for shoplifting. The band has now stated that Capone will be taking an indefinite hiatus from the band, who will continue as a three-piece. The band stated: "As some of you have noticed, we played our show this past Tuesday in Phoenix as a 3 piece. When we began working on new music in the Fall of 2016, Tom wasn’t in a good place health wise. We wrote and recorded Interiors with the three of us. Flash forward to the Summer of 2017, the record was done and we were planning it’s release and the corresponding tours. Tom was in a much better place, and the four of us began rehearsing for the forthcoming tour. We were happy to be playing with him again and looked forward to the future. After a week of some amazing shows, the road has proved to be a difficult environment for Tom who’s headed home to work on his health. We wish him all the best, and thank you all for your continued support. -Alan, Sergio, Walter"

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